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or years, my family has done a Christmas exchange to end all Christmas exchanges. Since I’m one of five children — and since we’re all grown up with kids of our own — we try to include everyone in the exchange. Each year all of our names are put into two hats: one is the “Gives” hat and the other is the “Receives” hat. So, if you’re the one whose year it is to come up with the exchange list, you might pull a piece of paper from the “Gives” hat and jot down, “Elly gives to ...” and then pull another piece from the “Receives” hat and finish the sentence with “Pat!” So Elly would give to Pat. Each year, different people are in charge of doing the list and sending it out (and I think at least one of my siblings has cheated on the list making!), but each year as we have grown and our families have changed, we have modified based upon what’s happening in our lives. For instance, four of my nieces and nephews are in college now, strapped for extra cash and working odd shifts to help pay for room and board. Why should they be expected to buy a present for someone in the family when they don’t have enough for themselves? Well, it’s my year to do the master exchange list so I’m modifying ... not only based on my nieces and nephews ... but based on the economy. We are all of us scattered around the country. Sending presents is an expense in itself. So I’ve come up with an idea that I don’t think anyone can argue with ... well, maybe the little kids can ... they are just wee ones after all, and Santa Claus comes but once a year. I’ll have to think on that. This year, with sensitivity to all that has happened this year in my family: Dad’s heart bypass surgery, kids in college, bad economy, I’m going to propose a “Gifts from the Heart” list. Yes, I will still put everyone’s name in a “Gives” hat and everyone’s name in a “Receives” hat. But this year, no one is allowed to BUY a gift. This year, everyone is going to be asked to give away something of their own. Something that they love and something that they’d like to keep in the family. When, for instance, Elly finds out that she is to give to Pat (this is a 23-year-old giving to an 81-year-old), well, my soon-to-be-a-poet niece can write an original poem if she chooses, or she can turn to her wonderful collection of literature and find a volume that she thinks Pat would like. When my 8-year-old little boy finds out that he gives to his 3-year-old cousin, Evan, this year, he will be asked to go into his toy collection to find something that Evan would love to have. And so on and so forth. Hmm ... what to do when Thomas doesn’t want to part with anything? I’ll have to modify as we go ... What to do when all that the college kids want/need is cash? Hmm ... modify as we go ... If you say, well, how can you cover “Toys of the Year” in your pages and then tell readers that you’re not buying anything this year? I can say, we all have to dream. And many of us will indeed buy. But in the middle of all that is happening in my family, and in the world today, I like to think that making special, sensitive gift-from-the-heart choices is somehow more meaningful than just buying to buy. Last year I did a lot of buying to buy just to get everything out on time. I didn’t like the way that felt. I want Christmas to have the meaning in my heart it deserves. And since it’s my year to make the master list, that’s what I’m aiming for! Email me your thoughts and suggestions. I'd love to hear from you! susan@daycommail.com

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id you know the Freestore Foodbank pays approximately $80 for every canned food drive to cover the costs of transporting barrels of food? Now, that money can be saved with online food drives. “It’s a great way to do a smaller food drive and let all the money go toward purchasing food,” says James Norris, Interactive Manager. The new Virtual Food Drive program lets you establish a drive, complete with your own web page that announces goals, provides updates and even lets you send messages to team members. To help kick off the new program, Cincinati Family and NKY Family invites you to join our own virtual food! Just visit freestorefoodbank.org, and make a donation in the amount of your choosing — a single dollar can buy four meals! Families, parent groups and schools are welcome to set up individual teams under our drive and compete against each other for bragging rights. If you can’t make a donation, join the Feed America’s awarness campaign, “Hunger Free Families” — read personal stories at feedamerica.org and pledge to make 10 friends aware of hunger in America. You’ll be entered to win the opportunity to present a $10,000 check to our local Freestore Foodbank. Get updates on our Facebook page (Cincinnati Family Magazine or NKY Family Magazine, or follow us on Twitter (@cincyfam or @nkyfam) and find out more ways to help at freestorefoodbank.org.

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incinnati Playhouse in the Park has offered acting classes to children and adults for years, but this winter, even more classes will be available at off-site locations, including the Clifton Community Arts Center and the Mayerson JCC. “We are excited to be developing new partnerships to reach people of all ages, including offering family performances and acting classes at community-based arts centers throughout the region. The future of theatre and the arts is dependent on these collaborations,” says Mark Lutwak, Education Director. In addition to the Playhouse’s traditional line-up, this year’s schedule includes circus skills classes for grades 3 - 6, led by Paul Miller of Circus Mojo. Deadline is Jan. 22, for sign-up information, call 513-345-2242 or visit cincyplay.com.

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older weather is on its way, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatricians (aap.org) to help you dress your child for the outdoors: • Wear a hood, hat, scarf or face mask as most heat loss is at the head. • Keep feet dry with waterproof boots over shoes. • Wear a thermal knit layer underneath daytime clothes, then top that with warm outwear. • Use coats with hoods, thick fabric, linings of flannel or fake fur, overlapping fabric to keep out the wind, and long lengths to cover bottoms.

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• Aim for rib-knit cuffs and hems rather than drawstrings, as those can catch on sleds, or branches.

ondering if you have a simple cold on your hands, or something more serious, like the flu or strep throat? Here are some signs to look for. According to Gurpreet Thind, M.D., with Group Health Associates in Finneytown:

Viral sore throats:

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• Tend to be associated with upper respiratory symptoms like a runny nose, nasal congestion and cough, and may be associated with a fever

• May be accompanied by a fever, headache, abdominal pain or vomiting, and there is usually an absence of upper respiratory symptoms

• An exam will show redness in the throat or white patches (exudate), but more commonly, a pediatrician will see ulcers

• An exam will show redness, swollen tonsils, red spots on the palate called palatal petechiae, and enlarged, tender lymph nodes in the neck

“Most sore throats are due to viruses and are present for the first few days of illness,” says Thind. “If the sore throat is due to strep, then we treat the child with 10 days of antibiotic (or an injection of penicillin if the child is vomiting too much to tolerate an oral antibiotic course) to reduce the chance of developing rheumatic fever.” And according to Morissa Ladinsky, M.D., with Group Health Associates in Mason, a cold presents with slight aches, mild tiredness, a rare or low-grade fever, and usually sneezing. The flu will result in fever, severe aches and chills, moderate-tosevere fatigue, and about 80 percent of sufferers will have a headache. “While it’s easy to mistake flu symptoms for a cold or ‘just being under the weather’ initially, it’s important to know the difference,” says Ladinsky. “Prescription antiviral medicine — if started early in a bout of flu — may shorten the length and severity of illness. Antibiotics will not cure either illness but may be prescribed if ear infections or pneumonia are complicating the viral illness.”

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ids have a way of jolting sleepy parents awake in the wee hours of the morning, and this day was no different. Jumping up and down, excitedly sharing goofy antics and laughs at 6:45 a.m., my family waited to board the first water taxi of the morning from Portofino Bay Hotel. Dad and I smiled through our early morning haze, but as we neared the end of the gentle 10-minute boat ride to the Universal Orlando dock, we caught the kids’ joy: Look! There’s the entrance! Hurry, hurry! We’re here! Finally! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Since we were staying at one of Universal’s three on-site resorts, we were privvy to a one-hour-prior-to-opening admission, but large crowds were already forming at the gate. Other resort guests hustled before us to reach Hogsmeade in the back of the park — some unabashedly running! We thought our earlier admission would propel us to the head of the class — we fantasized being the first to see steam from the Hogwarts Express billowing into the air and hearing the screeching whistle; we thought we’d get right into Zonko’s joke shop, Honeydukes candy shop, the Owlery and Owl Post, Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods and more — but by the time we reached Hogsmeade there was already an impressive line forming for Ollivanders wand shop! And that’s the thing to know going in: Harry Potter is extremely popular and there will be crowds galore at every spot. To assure that you can experience the magic of Ollivanders wand shop without waiting in line all day — seriously — one person in your party needs to get into the Ollivanders line immediately to secure your family’s spot. What’s the big deal? Ollivanders is a shop like no other, promising a fully immersive and magical wand-buying experience resulting in your very own wand designed just for you. It’s a must! Ooh and aah all you like (and you will) as you wind through Hogsmeade headed to Hogwarts (sip on a Butterbeer as you go — this frothy non-alcoholic concoction conjures butterscotch and shortbread with a creamy head) but get thee next to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the main ride located inside Hogwarts.

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Not an expense was spared in the artistic replication of Hogwarts or in all of Hogsmeade, for that matter. Just as author J.K. Rowling imagined in the Harry Potter series of books, the films’ production designer and art director joined forces with artisans from Universal Creative to meticulously create The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Heading into Hogwarts for The Forbidden Journey, if you have bags or cameras, you’ll be directed to a locker area where you’ll scan a fingerprint to be assigned a free locker — ingenious technology in itself — then, inside Hogwarts, you’ll wind through numerous darkened passageways and corridors with enchanted portraits. Being in Hogwarts is delightful and the line moves along as your eyes feast on details within. Toward the end of the line, in the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, Harry, Ron and Hermione themselves will enchant you before you’re buckled into a moving bench for a

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fantastic ride into Harry’s exciting life. State-of-the-art technology and filmmaking put you into the scene; my favorite part was flying behind Harry himself, soaring over the water and feeling like I was actually there. There are some spooky aspects to the ride, of course; danger, spirits and spells abound, so be warned, but the technology will blow you away. Outside Hogwarts, a kiosk offers wands — this is a good option for Harry fans who can’t bear Ollivanders’ line, although you can also purchase wands at Dervish and Banges shop (the line takes approximately 20 minutes). Or simply move onto The Flight of the Hippogriff (based on the magical creature with the head of an eagle), a gentle roller coaster that’s over all too briefly, but one your littlest ones will appreciate. The other ride in Hogsmeade is the devilish Dragon Challenge — two coasters that run at the same time on separate tracks in a whirlwind of spirals and speed. While the rides are fun, what makes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter so awesome is the design and attention to detail in Hogsmeade’s art direction. And after all the excitement of the rides, we were famished.

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I dreaded the thought of standing with a tray of food and jockeying for a table. That’s why parents can really appreciate the Three Broomsticks restaurant. The eatery offers a great feast and does it right. A short line whisks your party forward to order from delicious shepherd’s pie, fish ‘n chips, roasted chicken and potatoes, or traditional items and kiddie fare. Next, you move to another brief line to pick up your food, and happily, once you’ve grabbed your condiments, forks and such, a hostess takes you right to your table. The rustic large tavern offers plenty of seating and crowd control/eating time/table count match up perfectly. We relished in a fresly baked hot apple pie for dessert. Our bellies full, we were happy to wander around Hogsmeade now without rushing. We took pictures with the Hogwart's Express conductor, dipped into Dervish and Banges, and spent the rest of the afternoon meandering through the various shops. We considered purchasing Extendable Ears, Fizzing Whizzbees, and Pygmy Puffs, but in the end, came away with a Gryffindor blanket, a Harry Potter scarf and two wands (which had chosen two of my very favorite Muggles for themselves). A trip to Orlando to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a big ticket item for sure — but you’ll be able to offer all the Universal offers at its parks in addition to Harry — and there are plenty of options for what suits your family. Watch for airline deals or plan a visit during spring break or summer vacation when you can do the drive. The bottom line: you’ll be thrilled if you go. And, like Hermione Granger, you’ll declare Harry Potter ... Brilliant! J Susan Swindell Day is a mom of four adventurous kids and editor in chief of this publication.

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A Peaceful Christmas BY KERRIE MCLOUGHLIN

rowing up, I was blessed to have lots of family and the added benefit of those family members living close by. Somehow the dilemma of where to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was always worked out by my parents and grandparents. Their solution was to celebrate with my dad’s family on Christmas Eve one year and on Christmas Day the next, alternating with my mom’s family. As time went by, we added more family members through marriage and birth, which meant more personalities and distances to manage. When I got married, my husband and I attempted to make everyone happy and see as many people as we could over the holidays. Invariably, by the time the new year rolled around, we were totally frazzled from celebrating Christmas no less than six times with many sets of relatives in a 10-day period. Once we added a few of our own kids to the mix, Christmas Day got even crazier. Rather than feel like the rope in a game of human Tug-of-War, I had to come up with some quick fixes. I hope some of my suggestions will help you and your family fully enjoy Christmas this year, as well.

relatively close, consider having a pow-wow in the summer to hammer out the details of time, place, gift and meal options. One year your cousin may need to leave early to spend the rest of the day with her husband’s family. Another year it may just work out best to hold the event on Christmas Eve.

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DO DROP IN. Elaine St. James, author of Simplify Your Christmas: 100 Ways to Reduce the Stress and Recapture the Joy of the Holidays (Andrews McMeel Publishing), only visits her sister and her family to raise a toast but not to eat. She takes no food for the meal, no gifts, and says to her family, “We’re bringing ourselves and our best wishes for the season.”

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HELP YOUR EXTENDED FAMILY REALIZE THAT CHRISTMAS CAN BE EVEN NICER WHEN SPENT ON A DAY OTHER THAN DECEMBER 25TH. We get together with my grandparents a couple of weeks before or after Christmas Day, and the mood is much more relaxed. We get to take our time opening gifts while enjoying each other’s company, and we treasure that time together and look forward to it every year.

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COMBINE FAMILY EVENTS. Instead of running to your parents’ house and THEN to see each of your siblings separately, consider having just one shin-dig at one location when most everyone can attend. A sit-down dinner isn’t necessary. In fact, make it a potluck. My brother- and sister-in-law throw a party like this at their house every year the Friday evening before Christmas, and they even have crafts for the kids (like building a gingerbread house or painting ornaments).

CONSIDER AN OPEN HOUSE. Choose a location (like Grandma’s house), a date and a convenient time frame (like 4 - 8 p.m.) when family members can come and go as they please without the pressure of being on time for a meal. Serve finger foods and other easy fare to make it easy on the hostess. If you don’t know when you might catch your family members, you could leave their gifts there for them — or just stay for the whole thing!

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ATTEND THE FAR-AWAY CELEBRATIONS EVERY OTHER YEAR. It’s just a fact of life that people marry someone from another state or move out of town due to a job change or other circumstance. This can leave many families feeling pulled in too many directions when the holidays roll around. It can be difficult to decide how to come together.

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JUST STAY HOME. After having our third child, we made the tough choice to celebrate Christmas Day at our home every year. Our decision was not popular, and we’ve had to defend it every year, but it is the most relaxing (ah, sweatpants all day long!) and fun (playing with our kids and their new toys) day of our entire year. WHEN TENSIONS ARISE, THINK OF OTHERS WITH LESS. Consider serving food at a homeless shelter sometime around the holiday or being a bell-ringer for The Salvation Army for a couple of hours. These are great opportunities to take your kids along and teach them the true meaning of the holidays. Elaine St. James has another great idea: Make paper bag lunches with sandwiches, cookies, fruits and juice drinks and pass it out to the homeless in your area. To ensure no feelings are hurt, make sure your family knows they are always welcome to spend Christmas Day at your home (with some notice, of course!). With a little understanding and love, everyone involved can have a peaceful holiday season. 

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There’s a slew of great toys for all ages, and we’ve compiled a few of the best!

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Early learning toys make great gifts.

ExerSaucer Jump & Learn Active Learning Center Ages 4 months to walking, up to 30 inches tall; $99.99 Evenflo; evenflo.com With more than 50 learning activities, your growing baby can exercise his legs and his mind all in one stationary seat. Coiled springs in the tops of the legs allow for more bounce than the usual activity centers. It even creates a rocking motion — which can be partially disabled with the three stoppers — and it adjusts to three different heights. There are also three electronic aspects to engage baby with lights and sound as he presses buttons and several moveable and re-moveable toys.

Pull Along Musical Pirate Ship Ages 1 and older; $29.99 Mega Bloks; megabrands.com This little guy will roll with the pull of a string and follow your little pirate on his treasure hunting adventure. It plays pirate-like tunes to set the scene as he sets his crew sets off. He’ll laugh when a trapdoor catches thieving pirates. He can even defend his mighty ship with the working cannon!

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Ages 3 months and older; $12.99 Bright Starts; brightstarts.com Baby will love this colorful, stimulating activity toy that features seven different things to push, roll, open, slide and turn. For use in and out of the crib, the Activi-Tree is a fun way to engage motor skills.

Ages 6 months and older; $19.99 Sassy; sassybaby.com Baby can grab at this cushy ball easily with its colorful bumps. It entices baby to use his hands — which helps create good hand-eye coordination. There is also a rattling aspect in one of the bumps.

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gettin’ crafty Moon Dough Barn Ages 3 and older; $19.99 Spin Master; moondough.com After you mold your hay bales, insert them into the top of the barn, crank the handle and out pops one of four farm animals through the front door. Your little one will have hours of fun with this set, without the worries of it drying out and getting hard. The set comes with three colors, several molds, barn, mat and more.

toys for ages 3 - 7 Toys to engage young minds through creative play.

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Ages 5 and older; $19.99 GiddyUp!, fuzzoodles.com These fuzzy, reusable, bendy noodles will activate your child’s creativity for lots of creature making fun. This set comes with 10 Fuzzoodles (four short and six long) and 10 Fuzzoodle parts like eyes, skirts, bow-ties and more. Make finger puppets, add style to your pencils ... the list goes on. What can you create? It also comes with a great idea book to help you.

Ages 5 and older $49.99 each at Toys ‘R Us JAKKS Pacific disneyprincessandme.com This 18 inch doll is a newer, more elegant Cinderella than ever before. Her eyes look real, her ball gown is spectacular, her beautiful crown is sparkly and she’s bigger! Collect them all — there’s also Belle, Tiana, Ariel and Aurora, each sold separately.

Tonka Chuck & Friends: Chuck’s Stunt Park Ages 3 and older; $39.99 Hasbro; hasbro.com Assemble this track for loads of fun for Tonka lovers. This set allows little Chuck to perform tricks as he races around the track. Start him at the top and as you turn the handle to let down the track, you’ll activate sounds and lights. Chuck even runs off track, too, so you can take him with you wherever you may go.

Color Blanks Ages 6 and older; $9.99 RoseArt; megabrands.com Let your child’s creativity explode with these blank plastic 3D bodies that come with markers, stickers and more. Simply color different patterns to produce a unique creation.

Zoobles: Razoo’s Treehouse Playset Ages 4 and older; $34.99 Spin Master; zoobles.com These colorful little creatures roll about until they POP to life. They’re cute, small and spring to life when they roll onto a special spot on the treehouse. This set comes with one exclusive Zooble and one mini Zooble (additional characters sold separately for $5.99 - $9.99).

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Crayola has several fun, new items this season. Our favorites include Model Magic Presto Dots (Ages 5 and older; $24.99) that allow kids to create a variety of puffy, fluffy creatures ... Color Twister Spin Art (Ages 6 and older; $15.99) lets youngsters create an amazing array of colorful art with wild patterns.

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Bigfoot the Monster Ages 3 and older; $99.99 Fisher Price; fisher-price.com This little monster with the big personality is a hot item this year. With acrobatic moves, the remote toggle enables him to walk forward and backward, throw his ball, roar and pound his fists. Six buttons on the remote trigger different status levels like happy, angry, sleep, fun, ball and exercise. Bigfoot’s movable limbs, brows, eyes and jaws give him extra appeal to little guys.

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My Take Along Puppet Theater Ages 4 and older; $49.99 Playmobil; playmobil.com The coolest playset to come from Playmobil in quite a while, my Take Along Puppet Theater is a self-contained set that folds up into a carrying case. Open it up, and your kid’s imagination can run wild. The set features several different backdrops, seven characters and all sorts of props and costumes that enable your child to enjoy theatrical play. The battery-powered sound effects device includes four different sounds (including cheerful applause), making it all the more exciting.

Weebles Musical Treehouse Ages 18 months and older; $29.99 Playskool; hasbro.com The Weebles rock about for silly fun in their treehouse. Use the crank to help them go up the stairs and then watch them teeter and totter down the slide to the tune of four songs and eight different sounds. Watch out! They can even wobble right off the deck and still won’t fall down.

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By J.W. Rinzler Ages 8 and older; $60 Lucas Books/Chronical Books chroniclebooks.com An absolute must for the Star Wars fan in your family, this out-of-this-world book chronicles the sound effects in all six live action movies. Based on interviews with Ben Burtt (the man behind the sound design), 256 sound effects from the films are explained, and the attached digital sound player allows readers to hear each one throughout the book.

DC Comics Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle Ages 12 and older; $50 DK Books; dk.com This is the ultimate collection of all-things DC Comics, and it goes back to the beginning 75 years ago. From there, comic enthusiasts can go through each month of each year to present day learning about the history and growth of DC Comics, including the debuts of Batman and Superman. Other favorites like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern and more are also found throughout the giant, colorful pages adorned with stunning comic book art.

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Video games are becoming even more popular among the family. There’s a game for virtually everyone! Here are a few to consider for your older kids:

DJ Hero 2 Rated T for Teen; $99.99 bundle, $59.99 software only (XBox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii) Activision; guitarhero.com

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Rated T for Teen; $99.99 bundle, $59.99 software only (XBox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii) Activision; guitarhero.com

iPod Nano 8GB is $149; 16GB is $179 Apple; http://store.apple.com The newly designed iPod Nano will be a big hit this holiday — especially because of it’s redesign that includes a multi-touch screen. Available in numerous shiny colors, your child’s playlist is always a touch away and don’t worry that she’ll lose it: a built-in clip keeps it safely attached to where she puts it. Includes a built in FMRadio, too.

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Ages 8 and older; $39.99 Fantasma Toys; agwebrunner.com This is one black widow that’s OK to play with. The remote control arachnid runs on floors, but the wow factor is due to the fact that it also runs up walls and operates upside down on the ceiling (smooth surfaces only) due to the vacuum device on its underside. It’s a bit noisy, but a ton of fun for boys, for sure!

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Kids Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt Ages 6 - 16; $29.99 Think Geek; thinkgeek.com Rock like a rock star ... without all the equipment! Just put on this awesome shirt, insert four AAA batteries and play ’til your heart is content ... or the batteries die. It’s a regular T-shirt but with a 15-button thin strip and magnetic picks. Available in small, medium or large.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Scarf and Hat Set Ages 8 and older; $24.95 harrygear.com Your Harry Potter fan will be the envy of all her friends with this Hogwarts knit hat and scarf set. The scarf measures 52 inches long (including tassels) by 8 inches wide, and features a Hogwarts crest on one end. The hat (100 percent acrylic) fits most kids up to age 15. Material can be spot or dry cleaned. Brilliant!

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Lego offers two building options for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Castle for ages 8 - 12 ($129; includes figures Harry and Hermione plus nine minifigures) and the newly released Hagrid’s Hut for ages 7 - 14 ($39.99; includes Hagrid, Harry, Hermione and Ron).

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And the winners are ... BEST EATS Family Restaurant Culvers Honorable Mentions: Red Robin, Toots

Burger Sammy’s Gourmet Burgers Honorable Mentions: Quatman, Zip’s

Pizza Dewey’s Honorable Mentions: Aponte’s, Pizza Tower

Ice Cream Graeter’s Honorable Mentions: The Cone, Dairy Queen, UDF

BEST PARTIES Party Entertainer Cool Critters Outreach Honorable Mentions: Charlie Cadabra, Mad Science

Away From Home Party Lazer Kraze Honorable Mentions: Bananas Drop-In Jump & Play, Pump It Up, The Web - Extreme Entertainment

BEST EVENTS & DESTINATIONS Day Trip Cincinnati Zoo Honorable Mentions: The Beach Waterpark, King’s Island

Family Vacation

Museum Cincinnati Museum Center Honorable Mentions: Cincinnati Art Museum, COSI

Amusement Center King’s Island Honorable Mentions: Cedar Point, Coney Island

Live Performance Symphony Lollipop Concerts Honorable Mentions: Cincinnati Ballet, Children’s Theatre

Rainy Day Kids Event EnterTRAINment Junction Honorable Mentions: Party Hoppers, Jump Zone

Movie Theater Rave Motion Pictures Honorable Mentions: AMC, Regal Cinemas

BEST SHOPPING Grocery Store Kroger Honorable Mentions: Jungle Jim’s, Whole Foods

Shopping Center/Mall Kenwood Towne Centre Honorable Mentions: Bridgewater Falls, Deerfield Towne Center

Children’s Books Store

Honorable Mentions: Silly Bean

Children’s Furniture Store Honorable Mentions: Montag’s Furniture, Treehouse Kids

Consignment Retail Store Once Upon a Child Honorable Mentions: Little Sprouts Boutique, Little Liza Jane’s

Car Dealership Volvo of Cincinnati Honorable Mentions: Subaru of Kings Automall

Salon Mitchell’s Honorable Mentions: Aveda, Identity Salon

Outlet Shopping Prime Outlets Honorable Mentions: Cincinnati Premium Outlets

Place to Buy School Supplies United Art and Education Honorable Mentions: John R. Green Company

Place to Buy Kids Athletic Gear Dick’s Sporting Goods Honorable Mentions: Running Spot, Soccer Village

Kids Haircuts Cookie Cutters Honorable Mentions: Kids Kuts, Sports Clips

Kids’ Photographer Portrait Innovations

Honorable Mentions: Barnes and Noble, Joseph-Beth

BEST KIDS ENRICHMENT

Toy Store Honorable Mentions: King Arthur’s Court, Ted’s Toy Store

Maternity Shop Motherhood Maternity Honorable Mentions: Once Upon a Child

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Castle House

Honorable Mentions: Children’s Garden, Little Rascals

Honorable Mentions: Gatlinburg TN

Honorable Mentions: Science Discovery Camp - David Traxler, Spring Hill Camp Indiana

Children’s Clothing Store

Blue Manatee

Learning Express

Campbell Gard

Honorable Mentions: Little Liza Jane’s, Spotted Goose

Room to Grow

Disney World

Camp

Best for Babies

Dance Studio Tippi Toes Dance Co. Honorable Mentions: Anderson Dance Academy, West Chester Dance Academy

Gymnastics Facility Kids First Honorable Mentions: Gym Nation, The Little Gym please turn the page ...

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BEST KIDS ENRICHMENT con’t. Martial Arts Park Martial Arts Honorable Mentions: Cincinnati Tae Kwon Do, Martin Martial Arts

Music Instruction

Diaper Service

Dentist Pediatric Dental Care - Dr. David Sullivan Honorable Mentions: Dr. Elizabeth Mueller and Associates, Dr. Joel Golub

Orthodontist

Honorable Mentions: Kinder Musik, Musical Arts Center, Piano Lessons in Your Home

Tutoring

Honorable Mentions: Dr. Gerald Johnson, Dr. James Logeman

OB/GYN Seven Hills Women’s Health Centers

Sylvan Learning Center Honorable Mentions: Huntington Learning Center, Langsford Learning Acceleration Center

Art Class

Honorable Mentions: Crescent Women’s, Hill Top OB/ GYN, Mt. Auburn

Hospital

Honorable Mentions: Gymboree Play & Music, Wyoming Fine Arts

BEST PARENTING SERVICES Place to Have a Baby Honorable Mentions: Bethesda North, Christ Hospital

Pediatrician Group Health Associates Honorable Mentions: Muddy Creek Pediatrics, Suburban Pediatrics

Cincinnati Family Magazine

Fitness Center Lifetime Fitness Honorable Mentions: Mayerson JCC, YMCA

BEST FAMILY RESOURCES Fifth Third

Honorable Mentions: Children’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital

Family Eyecare

Honorable Mentions: PNC, US Bank

Real Estate Agency Sibcy Cline

Wing Eyecare Honorable Mentions: Cincinnati Eye Care Team, Eyecare One, Dr. Susan Szmyd

Honorable Mentions: Coldwell Banker, Huff, ReMax

Insurance Company State Farm

BEST PARENTING SERVICES

Good Samaritan

Parenting Resource

Bank

Christ Hospital

Fitton Center for the Arts

Honorable Mentions: Earth Bums

Honorable Mentions: Beech Acres, Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center

Cassinelli & Shanker

Music Factory

Good Natured Baby

Honorable Mentions: American Family, Liberty Mutual

Childcare Facility The Gardner School Honorable Mentions: Goddard School, Kinder Garden School

The Best of Parenting reader’s poll is conducted annually. Ballots are available online beginning August 1 at cincinnatifamilymagazine.com and nkyfamily.com. The winners are published in our December issue and on our web sites.

Honorable mentions are listed in alphabetical order.

parent/child classes

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grade school gymnastics

sports skills development

They always leave a little taller. The lessons your child learns at The Little Gym will fill you both with pride: How to reach higher. How to listen better. How to tackle challenges with confidence and a smile. Call or schedule a free introductory class online. Learn more at TheLittleGym.com Voted best gymnastics facility!

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PIED PIPER ACADEMY OF THE ARTS Classes beginning in January include: Art Classes, Cooking Classes, Music Classes – Music Together, Piano Classes for ages 5-Adult, Choir for Kids, Private Lessons in Voice, Guitar, Piano, Brass Instruments

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Your 2010 After-School Programs and Activities Directory A Paid Advertising Directory

Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester

8374 Princeton-Glendale Road West Chester, OH 45069 513-829-2345 • wcaomd.com

Music and dance classes under one roof. Music lessons for all ages in piano, voice, guitar, drums, strings, winds and brass. Dance classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyric and w orship dance . Other popular pro grams: Music for Young Children, a k eyboard pro gram for ages 4 and up; Music Pups, just for preschoolers and their parents; Jumbie Jam, a kid-sized steel drum ensemble; and Zumba, adult fi tness dance. Free sample classes .

Academy of Music and the Arts - Pied Piper

106 N. East St., Mason, OH 45040 513-754-8866 • piedpiperarts.com

Classes in art, cooking and music. Including Music Together, an international music and movement class for children bir th - K; preschool piano for ages 5 - 6; piano classes for elementary to adult students; Choir for Kids ages 6 10; private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, bass, strings, woodwinds and brass.

Anderson Dance Academy

Baldwin Music Education Center/Music Learning Center, Inc.

Kids First Sports Center

For 45 years the Baldwin Music Education Center has offered specially designed piano-based group music classes for ages 6 mos. - grade 12. Classes are taught by trained group music and piano instr uctors and are offered year round, 6 days a week. BMEC offers referral credits and family discounts.

We are the largest and most amazing children’s sports facility in the U.S. with 108,000 sq. ft. and 2.5 acres under one roof. More than a dozen different instructional programs including recreational and competitive gymnastics, swimming, trampoline and tumbling, cheer leading, dance , soccer, basketball, volleyball and karate . We have an activity for ever y child in your family. We offer seasonal camps , bir thday par ties – even a hair salon and cafe!

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209 513-351-1109 • baldwinmusiceducenter.com

Calico Children’s Theatre

513-558-1215 • ucclermont.edu

A UC Clermont Colle ge initiative geared toward families with children ages 3 - 13 yrs . Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. see “The Gifts” featuring Leland F aulkner. Original, comic , and mo ving tales are wrapped in a package made of storytelling, acting, mime, and magic. Most importantly, the greatest gift of the holida y season is ho w w e celebrate being together. Come celebrate with us! Recommended for grades K 8. Visit us online or give us a call for information about future events .

Center for the Arts, Wyoming

322 Wyoming Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45215 513-948-1900 • MusicArtDance.org

8263 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-474-STEP (7837)

Classes in music , ar t and dance , including private lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass , piano, harp, guitar, dr ums, voice and Musik Kids pro grams. Over 40 conser vatory-trained music teachers with many y ears of e xperience. Visit our w eb site for more information.

Offering dance and fi tness classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballroom, Zumba, pilates and yo ga for all ages , including preschool and home schooled students. Other programs include performance and competitive dance teams. The success of each student is ensured with a focused, noncompetitive environment, with an aim to build self-esteem and self-confidence.

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Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center 620 Greenup St., Covington, KY 41011 859-431-0020 • bakerhunt.com

Ages 5 and older can join ar t classes in dra wing, painting, ceramics, photo graphy, yo ga and dance during three separate sessions each y ear. Classes are or ganized for After School, Home School and Saturda y pro gramming. Re gister toda y for the ne xt session.

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1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203 513-287-7000 • cincymuseum.org

All three museums at Cincinnati Museum Center offer enrichment pro gramming throughout each month. The Museum of Natural Histor y and Science offers Music in Motion for children ages 5 and younger. The Cincinnati History Museum offers Once Upon a Stor y for preschoolers . And Duk e Energy Children’s Museum has an intense focus on ear ly childhood education, including daily programming and the Sprouts Institute workshops.

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 513-489-7575 • kidsfirstsports.com Email: info@kidsfirstsports.com

Let’s Go Doodlin’

7707 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230 513-231-3000 • letsgodoodlin.com

This paint-your-o wn potter y studio offers a range of kids’ classes that teach new techniques of potter y, painting, cla y building, molds , mosaics and more . Great par ties and gir ls night out.

The Little Gym

7318 Yankee Road, Liberty Twp, OH 45044 513-777-1110 • thelittlegym.com

Classes start at 4 mos . and go through 12 yrs. We offer gymnastics, dance , karate and spor ts skills classes . We offer P arents’ Survival Nights on the first and third Friday evening of each month, and our bir thday par ties w ere rated # 1 b y P arent’s magazine .

The Mad Potter Madeira

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira, OH 45243 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.

Mayerson JCC Winter Break Camps

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236 513.761.7500 • jointhej.org E-mail: info@mayersonjcc.org

School break camps at the J (for grades K - 6): Dec. 20 - 24 and Dec. 27 - 31. Kids swim and splash in the indoor waterpark,play games in the gym, create art projects and have fun and exercise in the game room. Special tubing trips to Perfect North Slopes on Dec. 23 and 30. Register by the day or the week.

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After-School Programs and Activities Directory

A Paid Advertising Directory

The Music Factory

Playhouse in the Park

The Music Factory offers fun and educational group music classes for children ages 9 mos . - 5 yrs . The curriculum is specially designed to build musi cal foundations and encourage lear ning through music . Over 20 y ears of teaching experience. Classes a vailable on-site for preschool and da y care .

Programs for young actors from pre-K - grade 12 include theater tours , acting classes , summer da y camp sessions , the annual holida y sho w (A Christmas Carol) and the Rosenthal Ne xt Generation Theatre Series .

8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-545-7125 • themusicfactoryonline.com

Muscial Arts Center

1987 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208 513-321-2766 • musicalartscenter.com

Cincinnati’s premier music school. Providing year-round study to all ages and musical abilities. Private vocal and instrumental instruction with our professional faculty. The most complete program offered in the city. Lectures and presentations throughout the year makes our singers the most prepared. Drama classes are also offered. We offer coaching to prepare students for auditions.

Piano Lessons In Your Home – Piano, Guitar and Voice Lessons

513-860-3540 • pianolessonsinyourhome.com

Offering piano, guitar and voice lessons for all ages in your o wn home with e xperienced instr uctors in the Cincin nati area and in Northern Kentucky. Also offers free recitals, a flexible mak e-up policy, an e xtensive music librar y and flexible scheduling.

962 Mt. Adams Cir., Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-345-2242 • cincyplay.com

Premier Athletics

1610 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills, KY 41011 859-431-7190 • premierathletics.com Email: info@cincinnati.premierathletics.com

Home of the Kentucky All-Stars! Pro viding competitive cheer leading and dance training, tumbling classes , squad lessons , private lessons , sum mer camps and birthday parties to athletes of all ages and skill levels . Ongoing re gistration for tumbling classes and competitive cheerleading.

Rock Quest Climbing Center

3475 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241 513-733-0123 • rockquest.com

Climbing is a great activity for kids of all ages . While kids are busy getting to the top of the wall, their minds are busy w orking other skills: problem solving, critical thinking, endurance , self confidence and trust. Join our Recreational Climbing Club (ages 10 and up) or Junior Climbing Club (ages 6 - 9). All climbers must call to pre-re gister.

St. Romain Dance Academy 7938 Liberty One Drive Liberty Twp., OH 45044 513-779-0135 • stromaindance.com

Classes for ages 3 - adult, including ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, tap, musical theater, moder n, lyrical and yo ga classes . P erforming groups include our SYCD: Youth Community Dancers , ACE: Competition Ensemble and Ris ing Tide Christian dancers , as w ell as an annual Nutcrack er performance .

Skidaddles – Drop-in Anytime Kid Care 8660 Bankers St., Florence, KY 41042 859-485-1684 • skidaddles.com

Skidaddles offers top-quality preschool and enrichment classes that work with your schedule. Degreed teachers, a hands-on curriculum, enrichment activities (at no additional charge) and morning or afternoon availability make our preschool stand out from the rest. Enrichment activities vailable a during preschool or on a drop-in basis. Check our calendar for Crazy Chefs , Movin’ and Groovin’, Spanish and Sign Language, Spectacular Storytime, Drama and Magical Music!

Tippi Toes Dance Company

Various Locations in Greater Cincinnati Area 513-578-1280 • tippitoesdance.com

High-energy dance classes for boys and girls ages 18 mos. - 12 yrs., including Momm y and Me , ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop, with an annual recital and separate mini-sho ws throughout the y ear.

Yoseikan Anderson Karate School

7762 Beechmont Ave., Ste. A Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-232-1035 • yoseikananderson.com

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Yoseikan Chito-Ryu style karate designed to Anderson strengthen the body, mind and spirit. Karate School 7762 Beechmont Ave. Suite A Cincinnati, OH 45255 (513) 232-1035 yoseikananderson.com

Family mar tial ar ts for fun, fitness and self defense. “Chito-Ryu” Karate is a traditional form focusing on self defense , self discipline , self a wareness and self control, while helping to impro ve flexibility, strength and balance. Students will lear n the ph ysical, psycholo gical and philosophical aspects of Chito-Ryu Karate. Come and explore a well rounded martial art.

Classes available for adults and children, in a family friendly atmosphere. Visit our website or call for class schedule. Mention this ad and receive $10 off your first month membership.

Come sing, dance, play and see why 99% of Kindermusik parents recommend it to friends. Call for free class! Kindermusik by Cathy Siebert

kindermusikbycs.kindermusik.net

513-231-3973

6131 Campus Lane in Mt. Washington & other locations

Classes begin January 24

Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center

Professional Instruction. Passionate Learning. Classes for children and adults in drawing, painting, ceramics, pottery, photography, yoga & dance.

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www.bakerhunt.com

859-431-0020

620 Greenup Street, Covington, KY

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Holiday Junction now open! Be transported into the holidays as you get lost in a timeless wonderland of miniature train displays at Cincinnati Museum Center.

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The Calendar is filled to the brim with merry activities for the entire family!

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at the Newport Aquarium Now through Sunday, Jan. 2

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id you know Santa even travels underwater? Check out Scuba Santa and his underwater sleigh pulled by seahorses in this annual exhibit at the Aquarium. Check out Scuba Santa’s Post Office, where kids can write a letter to the jolly man, join some Reindeer Roundup games and more. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport; through Sunday, Jan. 2; $22 adults, $15 ages 2 - 12, free ages younger than 2. Call 859-761-7444 or visit newportaquarium.com.

For more shows see “Now Playing” on page 39. Turn the page for the “Daily Listings.”

NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change. Please call the numbers provided to confirm event information.

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REDSFEST

Meet current and former Reds players, check out memorabilia and play some games in this festival for the Cincinnati Reds that will benefit the Reds Community Fund. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.; 4 - 10:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4; $7 - $25; reds.com/redsfest.

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rades 6 - 8 are invited to take over the pool, gym and game room for an evening of food, fun and games. Wear gym shoes and socks and bring a swimsuit and towel! Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 7 - 10 p.m.; $10 members, $15 nonmembers. Call 513-761-7500, email dmeisterman@mayersonjcc.org or visit jointhej.org.

FREE ANDERSON TOWNSHIP’S TREE LIGHTING

Celebrate the holidays with a tree lighting, followed by holiday entertainment, treats and children’s activities, as well as the “Through the Eyes of a Child” children’s art exhibit. Anderson Towne Center, 7500 Beechmont Ave.; 4 - 8 p.m.; 513-688-8400 or andersoncenterevents.org.

BETTS OPEN HOUSE

1 Wednesday FREE BRAIN BALANCE LECTURE

3 Friday FREE CHRISTMAS IN MASON

Learn about the Brain Balance program to help children succeed academically, socially and behaviorally. Please note that this lecture is for parents only. Brain Balance, 12084 Montgomery Road; 7 p.m. today and Dec. 15; 513-257-0705 or brainbalancecenters.com.

Join a holiday celebration that includes horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, live entertainment, treats, a tree lighting ceremony, and the Reindog Parade. Downtown Mason; 6 - 9 p.m.; festivalsofmason.com.

2 Thursday

Spend a weekend in the heart of Kentucky during this annual festival that includes everything from a homemakers Christmas bazaar, tours, shopping, visits with Santa and a range of family activities. Lebanon, KY; 270-692-0021 or visitlebanonky.com.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

A CHRISTMAS STORY

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

CINDERELLA

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

FOR THE LOVE OF KIDS

Beech Acres hosts a parenting seminar with Dr. Patricia Jennings, who discusses how to strengthen and enhance your relationship with your children, including techniques for emotional awareness, remaining calm in the face of stress and how to avoid power struggles. Cintas Center at Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave.; 6:30 p.m.; $35 per ticket of $30 each for two or more; beechacres.org.

HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCE

The St. Ursula Academy Vocal Ensemble, or SUAVE, offers a concert of festive holiday music. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

INTRO TO LEGO ROBOTS (AR)

Ages 10 - 14 are invited to discover the world of robotics and build a LEGO NXT robot while exploring the role that robots play in everyday lives. iSPACE at Scarlet Oaks, 3254 East Kemper Road; 4:30 - 6 p.m. today and Dec. 9 and 16; $40; 513-612-5786 or ispacescience.org.

MONTESSORI INTERVIEW SESSION (AR)

Parents of children in preschool through Kindergarten can take part in an interview session and learn more about the Montessori offerings at Summit Country Day. Summit Country Day School, 2161 Grandin Road; 8:30 a.m. today and Dec. 7; 513-871-4700, ext. 261 or admissions@summitcds.org.

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HEART OF KENTUCKY HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP (AR)

Bring the family to enjoy crafts with natural materials or a nature theme with a range of age-appropriate craft selections. LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Lanius Lane; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. today or 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4; $5 per person, $15 per family; 513-542-2909 or cincinnatiparks.com.

HOLIDAY FOLLIES 2: A TRIP TO THE NORTH POLE Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

I KNOW I AM LOVED AUTHOR SIGNING

Author Dolores Mize discusses and signs her book, I Know I Am Loved — a celebration of childbirth and a journey of the discovery, belonging and love of adoption. Proceeds will benefit faith-based pregnancy help centers. Book Bums, 8992 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester; 1 p.m.; 513-847-1471 or iknowiamloved. com.

JOHN PRINE CONCERT

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

FREE OHIO NATIONAL’S VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Enjoy miniature homes decorated for the holidays in this annual display that includes free hot cocoa, cookies, music, goodies for little ones and more. Each family can also get a free 5x7 photo with Santa. Ohio National’s corporate headquarters, I-71 at Pfeiffer Road; 6 - 8:30 p.m. today, 5 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10; please bring a non-perishable food item for the FreestoreFoodbank (no glass jars); ohionational.com.

SCPA’S THE NUTCRACKER

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

The Betts House opens its doors to families today for refreshments and activities, as they explore a special holiday exhibit. Betts House, 416 Clark St.; 12:30 - 5 p.m. today, Dec. 11 and 18; $2; 513-651-0734 or bettshouse.org.

FREE CHEVIOT CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Enjoy live music, storytelling, photos with Santa, crafts, hayrides, light displays, Christmas caroling and yummy treats in this holiday celebration. Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd.; 5 - 8 p.m.; 513-662-2048 or cheviotumc.org.

CREATE WITH K’NEX

Design your own robot, car or anything your imagination devises at the K’NEX Station. Proceeds will benefit educational programs at Cincinnati Museum Center. Grand Rotunda, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. today and 12 - 4 p.m. Dec. 5; prices vary; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

FREE DAZZLE DAYS KIDS WORKSHOPS

Stop in for crafts, games and prizes from the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. Tower Place Mall, 28 West Fourth St., downtown; 1 - 5 p.m. today and Dec. 11 and 18; 513-421-4440 or downtowncincinnati.com.

FREE DOWNTOWN DAZZLE

Watch Santa rappel down the side of the 525 Vine Building office tower to the Macy’s rooftop in a 20-minute program that includes holiday music and fireworks. Fountain Square, downtown; choirs begin at 5:45 p.m., Santa rappels at 6:30 p.m. today, Dec. 11 and 18; downtowncincinnati.com.

FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY

Art and music come together while you make music from unusual instruments with performer Michael Bashaw and artist Cedric Cox. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; admission is free, parking is $4; 513-639-2995 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE HAPPEN’S COMMUNITY CANVAS

Help Happen, Inc. create a mural based on a print from African American artist Robert S. Duncanson. Lobby, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2:30 p.m.; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP (AR)

Please see Dec. 3 for details.

HOLIDAY LASER SHOWS

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

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FREE HOMETOWN HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Visit the Krohn’s poinsettia show, and watch the unveiling of the evergreen tree, covered in handmade ornaments made by Cincinnati Park Board volunteers. Kids can visit with Santa from 1 - 3 p.m. today or make a holiday craft from 1 - 3 p.m. on Dec. 5. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; today and Dec. 5; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE I’M A SIGNER (AR)

Learn how to use your hands to communicate with your baby or toddler in this one-hour workshop designed to introduce you to using sign language. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

FREE iSPACE ROBOTIC TOURNAMENT (AR)

Join the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for a robotics tournament featuring teams that will compete in this year’s challenge, “Body Forward.” Explore biomedical engineering to learn about new ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions and lead healthier lives. Turkey Food Middle School, 3230 Turkeyfoot Road, Edgewood; 513-612-5786 or ispacescience.org.

JCC TWEEN SCENE (AR)

Please see “Spotlight” on page 30 for details.

JINGLE BELL WALK AND RUN

Please see “Spotlight” on page 34 for details.

FREE LOOK OUT GALILEO

Madcap Puppets presents this tale with life-sized puppets perfect for all ages. Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road; 1 p.m.; 513-522-1410 or springfieldtwp. org/winterfest.cfm.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.

FREE OHIO NATIONAL’S VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE Please see Dec. 3 for details.

FREE SPROUTS IN THE KITCHEN (AR)

Ages 5 - 12 spend the morning decorating holiday cookies while learning about good nutrition. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or Emily.hahn@wholefoods.com.

5 Sunday BLACK BEARS AND BUCKEYES

Bring the entire family to learn about Ohio’s rarest mammal. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

BRUNCH WITH SANTA (AR)

Enjoy a special meal with Santa and a free 4x6 photo for all good little boys and girls. Stonewood Banquet Center at Sharon Woods, 11555 Swing Road; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. today and Dec. 12; $14.95 adults, $7.95 ages 2 - 12, free ages younger than 2; 513-769-0624 or greatparks.org.

CREATE WITH K’NEX

Please see Dec. 4 for details.

EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!) Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

FAMILY HOT CHOCOLATE HIKE

Mix up your own hot chocolate (ingredients supplied by park) to enjoy during a walk along the inner loop of the Shaker Trace Trail, then take home a recipe. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FAMILY POTTERY PAINTING (AR)

All ages are invited to select a pottery piece to paint with their grown-ups, from Star Glazers. Coffee Emporium, 110 East Central Pkwy.; 2 - 5 p.m.; pieces start at $8; 513-474-6364 or ann@starglazers.com.

FREE GIVING, GIGGLES AND GELT (AR)

Please see “Spotlight” on page 32 for details.

FREE MAY FESTIVAL YOUTH CHORUS (AR)

Enjoy seasonal music, choral selections and more from the May Festival Youth Chorus, featuring high school students throughout Greater Cincinnati. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 2:30 p.m.; free tickets will be distributed beginning at 11 a.m., limit two per person; 513-684-4515 or taftmuseum.org.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.

FREE RAISE FINANCIALLY AWARE KIDS (AR)

Start saving for the future. Cam McClung and Ed Terrill, financial advisors for MorganStanley SmithBarney, discuss strategies for saving and teaching your children to be money-wise. Copies of the book, Yes, You Can … Raise Financially Aware Kids will be available. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com. (please turn the page)

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Parents interested in becoming an adoptive or foster care parent are invited to attend a free informational seminar this evening. Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Ft. Mitchell; 6:30 p.m.; 859331-2040, ext. 241 or dcchome.org.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (AR)

Last day to register. Join Santa and Butler County Parks for a breakfast for all ages, featuring food from TGIFriday’s and a special performance by the Northern Cincinnati Youth Ballet. Ronald Reagan Lodge, Voice of America Park, 7850 VOA Park Drive; West Chester; 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 12; $14.95 per person, $4.95 ages 2 and younger; 513-867-5835 or metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

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amilies are invited to an afternoon of festivities that include Chanukah songs and crafts, a giant moon bounce, tzedakah (charity) projects, snacks and a menorah lighting. Bring unwrapped gifts for less fortunate children and teens and enjoy the first communal viewing of Shalom Sesame’s Chanukah: The Missing Menorah, featuring Annaliese van der Pol and Debi Mazar. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 1 - 3 p.m. Call 513-761-7500, email ccummings@mayersonjcc.org or visit jointhej.org.

MAD SCIENCE CHANUKAH PARTY (AR)

Join a family outing that includes hands-on Chanukah crafts, a presentation from Mad Science, refreshments, a Chanukah candle-lighting, and glow-in-the-dark Chanukha gifts from the Jewish Discovery Center. Mason High School, 6100 Mason-Montgomery Road; 5:30 - 7 p.m.; $5; 513-234-0777 or jdiscovery.com.

Make your holiday a personal one this year and make gifts from the heart with a few new recipes. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 6 p.m.; 513459-6131 or Emily.hahn@wholefoods.com.

FREE SANTA’S BIG ARRIVAL

I LOVE A PIANO

Continuing a German tradition in the Mainstrasse Village, Saint Nicholas arrives on horseback with sweet treats for little ones. Mainstrasse Village, Covington; 6:45 p.m.; 859-491-0458 or mainstrasse.com.

FREE YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE

The Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble and the Cincinnati Junior Youth Wind Ensemble present their fall concert this evening. Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village, University of Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; 513-553-2595 or uc.edu/ccm.

7 Tuesday FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR)

Ages 3 - 8 and a grown-up are invited to create a magical, edible winter wand. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or Emily. hahn@wholefoods.com.

MONTESSORI INTERVIEW SESSION (AR)

Please see Dec. 2 for details.

8 Wednesday BEARY MERRY MITZVAH (AR)

Last day to register. Children and their families take over Build-A-Bear for the morning to make a furry friend for a child in need and one for themselves in this program from Fusion Family — open to families with children 10 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Kenwood Town Centre; 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 12; call for prices; fusionnati.org.

FREE CCMP PREP BRASS CHOIR

The CCM Prep Brass Choir, composed of high school brass musicians, performs their fall concert this evening. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village, University of Cincinnati; 8 p.m.; 513-556-2595 or uc.edu/ccm.

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FREE GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN (AR)

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

9 Thursday IT’S A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

FREE OHIO NATIONAL’S VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE Please see Dec. 3 for details.

OPEN HOUSE

Learn more about the educational and enrichment offerings during this open house. St. Michael Elementary School, 11136 Oak St.; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-554-3555 or stmichaelsharonville.org.

SEUSSICAL

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

THURSDAY ART PLAY

Motorcycles can be very exciting — make your own green-powered moving vehicle today. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, free with admission non-members ($7.50 adults, $4.50 ages 3 - 13); 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

10 Friday CCM PREP BALLET

The CCM Youth Ballet Company, featuring the Mini, Junior, Adult and Youth Ballet Companies, presents their annual December concert. Patricia Corbett Theatre, CCM Village, University of Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m. today and Dec. 11; $8 - $10; 513-556-2595 or uc.edu/ccm.

CULTURE KIDS

Explore furry friends and creepy crawlers with your preschooler through stories, hands-on activities and tours. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; $10 per adult/child member, $20 per adult/child nonmember; 513-639-2995 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

THE GIFTS

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH THE POPS

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCE

The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society, followed by the Colerain High School Cardinal String Project, perform festive holiday music. Ellenwood Nature Barn, FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

NORTH POLE PAJAMA PARTY (AR)

Last day to register. Wear your holiday PJs and drink hot chocolate, enjoy crafts, play reindeer games, visit Holiday Junction and get ready to groove with the elves and Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Cincinnati Museum Censter, 1301 Western Ave.; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 19; $20 member child, $25 nonmember child, $10 adult, free ages 2 and younger; 513-287-7021 or cincymuseum.org.

FREE OHIO NATIONAL’S VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE Please see Dec. 3 for details.

RIPLEY OHIO RIVER VILLAGE CHRISTMAS

Enjoy an old-fashioned home town Christmas, including a tree lighting, a Taste of Ripley River featuring snacks and beverages throughout the town, a holiday concert and a historic church tour. Ripley, Ohio; Dec. 10 - 12; ripleyohio.net.

SLEEPIN’ BEAUTY

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

FREE SPROUTS IN THE KITCHEN (AR)

Ages 5 - 12 are invited to create a winter treat and learn about good nutrition. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or Emily. hahn@wholefoods.com.

TAFFY PULL (AR)

Last day to register. Pull the taffy candy until it is just right for cutting and wrapping up to take home. FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Dec. 18; $5 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

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WINTER IN THE WOODLANDS (AR)

Families can enjoy a luminaria-lit trail on a self-guided walk, followed by crafts and music by a crackling fire. California Woods, 5400 Kellogg Ave.; 5:30 - 7 p.m. or 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 11; $5; 513-231-8678 or cincinnatiparks.com.

11 Saturday FREE ATTACHMENT PARENTING GATHERING (AR)

Parents who are proponents of attachment parenting, or parents who want to learn more, are invited to this social gathering to meet and share their stories. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

BRUNCH WITH SANTA (AR)

Join the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati for a special brunch, featuring food, music, crafts, a visit from Santa and his elves and more. Taft Theatre, corner of 5th and Sycamore Streets, downtown; 11:30 a.m.; $25 brunch only, $40 brunch and show; 513-569-8080, ext. 13 or thechildrenstheatre.com.

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NATURE CRAFTS FOR JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS (AR)

Please see Dec. 4 for details.

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

Bring your favorite mittens, hat and scarf for wintery stories brought to life. Cotswold Visitor Center, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

HANG AT THE J (AR)

Parents can enjoy a night out (or in) while kids hang at the JCC to play games, play in the indoor waterpark and more. Bring PJs and a sleeping bag; dinner and breakfast included. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 7 p.m. today - 8 a.m. on Dec. 12; $30 members ($25 per sibling), $35 nonmembers ($30 per sibling); 513-7617500, mmiller@mayersonjcc.org or jointhej.org.

HILLFOREST HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Bring the family to tour the museum with costumed guides, followed by refreshments and treats. Hillforest Victorian House, 213 Fifth St., Aurora; 1 - 5 p.m. Tue Sun; $5 adults, $3 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger; 812-926-0087 or hillforest.org.

FREE HOLIDAY PUNCH

Please see Dec. 10 for details.

FREE CANDY CANE HUNT

Take your little ones on a tasty scavenger hunt for candy canes, followed by cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. Goebel Park, 5th and Philadelphia Streets, Covington; 2 p.m. 859-292-2151 or recreation@ covingtonky.gov.

FREE DAZZLE DAYS KIDS WORKSHOPS

Please see Dec. 4 for details.

Join Cincinnati Family and NKY Family for a puppet show full of holiday cheer from the Frisch Marionettes. Main Library Reading Garden Lounge, 800 Vine St.; 3 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

JBB KIDS

Illustrator and author Loren Long discusses and signs Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters, a patriotic tribute to all American children. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 1 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

Scouts can make crafts with natural materials and different techniques including low-temp hot glue, sewing and more. LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Lanius Lane; 1 - 3 p.m.; $5; 513-542-2909 or cincinnatiparks.com.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.

THE NUTCRACKER

Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy presents The Nutcracker, featuring up-and-coming young dancers that will take audiences on a journey through the land of sweets and sugarplums. Reakirt Auditorium, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 1 and 2 p.m.; 513287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

OMO WA

Omo Wa (Our Children) is an African musical that takes audiences through the stages of a child’s life from birth to adolescence, and explores the roles the community plays in raising children. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 7:30 p.m.; $18 adults, $9 ages 5 - 12; 513-696-2112 or bi-okoto.com.

FREE PAWS FOR READING (AR)

Children are invited to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a non-judgmental listener — Beau the Boxer, a local certified therapy dog. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10:30 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

SANTA’S NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

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Join Happen’s Toy lab, where the professors help you create a new and unique toy out of recycled toy parts. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 12 - 3 p.m. today and Dec. 18; $10 per toy; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

WINTER IN THE WOODLANDS (AR) Please see Dec. 10 for details.

12 Sunday ARTREACH’S FANTASTIC TOY SHOPPE (AR)

The owners of a small toy shop are struggling to make ends meet, but a poor and mysterious gentleman looking for a special toy might just save the day in this holiday production from ArtReach. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 p.m.; free members, $4 non-members; 513-684-4524 or taftmuseum.org.

BEARY MERRY MITZVAH (AR)

Please see Dec. 8 for details.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (AR)

Please see Dec. 6 for details.

BRUNCH WITH SANTA (AR)

Please see Dec. 5 for details.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC OF MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

FREE CINCINNATI JUNIOR STRINGS

The area’s premier junior string orchestra, directed by Dr. Gerald Doan, presents their fall concert. Patricia Corbett Theatre, CCM Village, University of Cincinnati; 3 p.m.; 513-556-2595 or uc.edu/ccm.

FREE COMBONI NATIVITY EXPERIENCE

Immerse yourself in the story of the first Christmas as displayed in the Comboni Missionaries nativity scene. Tonight’s opening night includes children’s activities, live entertainment and a Mission Market. Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road; 4 - 9 p.m. today, 6 - 9 p.m. Dec. 13 - 30, closed Dec. 24 and 25; 513-474-4997 or combonimissionaries.org.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.

SECOND SUNDAY FAMILY SHOWTIME

The Frisch Marionette Company uses traditional 19th-century European puppetry in their performance of Holiday Punch as part of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s family series. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; free for children, a $5 donation per adult is appreciated; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts. org.

13 Monday HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK (AR)

Learn how to turn on your newborn’s natural calming reflex for less crying, fussiness and fewer sleepless nights. Good Samaritan Hospital, 375 Dixmyth Ave.; 6:45 p.m.; $50 (includes Parent Kit containing the Happiest Baby on the Block DVD); 513-475-4500 or trihealth.com.

14 Tuesday FREE MONTESSORI DISCOVERY DAYS (AR)

Learn how a Montessori program can benefit your child, take a tour, and observe a classroom in action during this open house. Montessori Academy of Cincinnati, 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason, and The Child’s Place, 4936 Old Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason; 9 a.m.; 513-398-7773 or 513-398-6928 or montacademy.org.

MORE SIGNING, LESS WHINING (AR)

Learn how to “talk” to your baby or toddler using American Sign Language in this two-hour workshop for parents led by a Child Sign Language Specialist. Good Samaritan Hospital, 375 Dixmyth Ave.; 6:45 p.m.; $45 (includes Signing Safari DVD); 513-475-4500 or trihealth.com.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (AR)

Drop off the kids ages 6 and older for some LEGO fun while you enjoy an evening out, or just get your holiday shopping done. iSPACE at Scarlet Oaks, 3254 East Kemper Road; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10 per child; 513-612-5786 or ispacescience.org.

15 Wednesday BEESWAX CANDLES (AR)

Last day to register. Ages 6 and older can create a beeswax candle and learn about the role of honeybees in the traditional craft of candle-making. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 19; $6 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE BRAIN BALANCE LECTURE

Please see Dec. 1 for details.

16 Thursday FRISCH’S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH THE MIGHTY WURLITZER

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

OPEN HOUSE

Parents of Kindergarten-age students are invited to learn more about the educational offerings at Rockwern Academy. Rockwern Academy, 8401 Montgomery Road; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 513-984-3770 or rockwernacademy.org.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Ages 3 - 5 and their adults are invited to take a short hike in search of some evergreen trees, followed by stories, hot chocolate and games. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

17 Friday BALLET THEATRE MIDWEST’S THE NUTCRACKER

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

SPOTLIGHT: JINGLE BELL WALK AND RUN Saturday, Dec. 4

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upport the Arthritis Foundation by checking out this wellness fair and 5K run or walk to kick-off a healthy holiday. Wear a holiday costume, hit the pavement and even get a flu shot from Meijer for $25. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington; 8:30 a.m. wellness fair, 10 a.m. run/ walk; $15 - $30. Call 513-271-4545 or visit arthritis.org.

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POLAR EXPRESS SCIENCE (AR)

This holiday science program will share a great story, explore magnets, and turn Roamer Robots into trains heading to the North Pole. iSPACE at Scarlet Oaks, 3254 East Kemper Road; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 per child; 513-612-5786 or ispacescience.org.

ST. ROMAIN DANCE ACADEMY’S NUTCRACKER BALLET

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

STORIES IN THE STARS (AR)

Learn about heavenly myths from local expert Dean Regas, including the best Greek and Native American legends, Orion and his loves, and the rescue of Andromeda, followed by a star gaze through the observatory’s historic telescope (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children; 53-321-5186 or cincinnatiobservatory.org.

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NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (AR)

Enjoy a night out and leave your kids for snacks, a movie and plenty of activities. Jewish Discovery Center, 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason; 6:45 - 10 p.m.; $7; 513-234-0777 or jdiscovery.com.

FREE SPROUTS IN THE KITCHEN (AR)

Ages 5 - 12 can learn about good nutrition while making hot cocoa in a bag to give as a treat. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-4596131 or Emily.hahn@wholefoods.com.

TAFFY PULL (AR)

Please see Dec. 10 for details.

TOY LAB AT CMC

Please see Dec. 11 for details.

19 Sunday BEESWAX CANDLES (AR)

Please see Dec. 4 for details.

Please see Dec. 15 for details.

FREE DOWNTOWN DAZZLE

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Please see Dec. 4 for details.

FREE HOLIDAYS WITH ZAK MORGAN

Head to the library and join Cincinnati Family and NKY Family for some musical holiday cheer with children’s favorite singer Zak Morgan! Main Library Reading Garden Lounge, 800 Vine St.; 3 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

HOMEMADE GIFT MAKING (AR)

Make your own holiday gift as you craft your own candles and soaps feauring scents that can be found in the woods. Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; 513-861-3435 or cincinnatiparks.com.

LIVE NATIVITY

Families are invited to enjoy a live nativity scene this evening. Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-871-1345 or hydeparkchurch.com.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.

NORTH POLE PAJAMA PARTY (AR)

Please see Dec. 10 for details.

SNOWFLAKE CRAFTS

Stay warm and cozy while making a cool snowflake craft. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

STAR GARLANDS

Learn how to make a star garland from old greeting cards — ideal for ages 6 and older. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. today and Dec. 21; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE THIRD SUNDAY FUNDAY

Explore vintage ornaments, hear stories of Christmases past, and create your own gift for someone special. Activities, self-guided tours, art-making, storytelling and games are on the schedule today. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-684-4516 or taftmuseum. org.

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SPOTLIGHT: NORTH POLE EXPRESS

FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE (AR)

Last day to register. Ages 3 - 12 and their parents are invited for a New Year’s Eve celebration, including entertainment, crafts, refreshments and a 9 p.m. ball drop. Seasongood Pavilion, Woodland Mound, 8250 Kellogg Road; 6 - 9 p.m. on Dec. 31; $5 per child plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the park ($2 daily, $10 annual); 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

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ake a ride to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus! Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and meet Santa’s elves. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon; 10 a.m., 12:15, 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; $20.50 adults, $15.50 ages 62 and older and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free ages 1 and younger. Call 513-933-8022 or visit lebanonrr.com.

WINTER SOLSTICE

Families are invited to celebrate the winter solstice with holiday and Celtic music by Dark Moll, carols by West Clermont by Request, horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts and refreshments. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 adult members, $1 child members, $10 adult nonmembers, $2 child nonmembers; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

20 Monday FREE FAMILY FUN FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Bring the whole gang for crafts and storytelling all week long. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 5 - 7 p.m. today - Dec. 24; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks. com.

JCC WINTER BREAK CAMP (AR)

Grades K - 6 on winter break can splash in the waterpark, play games in the gym, create art projects or exercise in the game rooms. Bring your own lunch and drink, please. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. today and Dec. 21, 22, 24, 27 - 31, camp ends at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31; $48 members, $58 nonmembers, additional fees for before or after care; 513-761-7500, mmiller@mayersonjcc.org or jointhej.org.

21 Tuesday FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR)

Ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver are invited to make hot cocoa in a bag to give to someone special. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-4596131 or Emily.hahn@wholefoods.com.

STAR GARLANDS

Please see Dec. 19 for details.

TOT TUESDAY

Bring your preschooler for stories, games and songs, then check out the play tables and train displays. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission (free members, $7 adults, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

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KWANZAA FEST

Celebrate Kwanzaa in a family fest that focuses on collective work and responsibility. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; see web site for times; 513-696-2112 or bi-okoto.com.

TRAILSIDE SCAVENGER HUNT

22 Wednesday NATURE MYTHS DEBUNKED

Learn some common nature myths, like getting warts from a toad, and put them to the test. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

23 Thursday JCC WINTER BREAK TO PERFECT NORTH (AR)

Let loose on the slopes of Perfect North in this winter break camp. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. today and Dec. 30; $58 members, $70 nonmembers, $50 member siblings, $62 nonmember siblings, additional fees for before and after care; 513761-7500, mmiller@mayersonjcc.org or jointhej.org.

24 Friday FAMILY CHINESE SHABBAT DINNER (AR)

Join with other families and friends for a homemade Shabbat Dinner. Jewish Discovery Center, 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason; 6 p.m.; $18 per person or $25 per couple, $12 per child; 513-234-0777 or jdiscovery.com.

25 Saturday Merry Christmas! 26 Sunday NATURALLY SPEAKING

Bring your found objects to the naturalist for identification, or just find out what a naturalist actually does. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

“Where Every Family Matters.”

Pick up your challenge sheet and search for items along the trail. Complete the hunt, and turn in your sheet for a prize. Nature’s Niche Gifts and Books, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

28 Tuesday FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR)

Ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver are invited to make some snowball marshmallows today. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or Emily.hahn@wholefoods.com.

29 Wednesday CRAFTS AND SCAVENGER HUNTS

Stop by to make a craft and join a winter scavenger hunt. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. today and Dec. 30; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

WEE WEDNESDAY

Preschoolers and their grown-ups can enjoy stories and art-themed activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; admission is free, parking is $4; 513-639-2995 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

30 Thursday CRAFTS AND SCAVENGER HUNTS

Please see Dec. 29 for details.

JCC WINTER BREAK TO PERFECT NORTH (AR) Please see Dec. 23 for details.

31 Saturday FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE (AR)

Please see Dec. 27 for details.

BE IN THE CALENDAR

To have your events listed in our January calendar, send details by Monday, Dec. 6 to Sherry Hang at sherryh@daycommail.com or fax to 513-252-0081.

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ongoing events Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal 1301 Western Ave., 513287-7000, cincymuseum.org HUBBLE

Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) 953 Eden Park Drive 721-ARTS (2787) cincinnatiartmuseum.org

For 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope gave us dazzling views of the cosmos. Enjoy some awe-inspiring imagery in this OMNIMAX film narrated by Leonardo Di Caprio. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 ages 3 - 12.

ARTWORLD

CLASSIC FILM

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES

Stop by the CAM between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sat and Sun for hands-on activities and art making inspired by current exhibitions.

Enjoy a Friday night screening of a favorite OMNIMAX film. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; single film, $7.50, adults; $6.50, seniors; $5.50, ages 3 - 12; double feature, $13 adults, $11 seniors, $9 ages 3 - 12.

These weekend tours led by CAM docents feature touchable objects and hands-on ARTSTOPS. Meet at 1 p.m. on Sat; 3 p.m. on Sun.

HOLIDAY JUNCTION

Stop by the front desk to pick up a family-friendly guide.

Bring the gang to see vintage model trains running through holiday scenes, along with crafts and activities, a holiday shop and more. Visit the web site for a schedule of Santa’s visits. Included with admission to Cincinnati History Museum ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12).

TOYS THROUGH TIME

Adults can relive childhood memories while kids explore toys of the past in this free exhibit located in the John A. Ruthven Exhibit Gallery.

FAMILY FOCUS GUIDE

Miscellaneous events continuing this month: ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS AT THE TAFT

Celebrate the season while learning about Christmases as long ago as 1890, including traditional Christmas decorations, art, and a German miniature toy shop. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed - Sun, Nov. 5 - Jan. 9; $8 adults, $6 students, free seniors and ages young than 18, free on Sundays; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum.org.

ARTSTOP WORKSHOPS (AR)

Children are invited to explore their creative side in these artistic series that meet once a week for eight weeks, including Let’s Make a Movie (Mon at 4 p.m.); The Lunch Box (Thu at 4 p.m.) and Seaons in Wonderland (Fri at 4 p.m.). The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington; $10; 859-491-2030 or thecarnegie.com.

FREE BARNES & NOBLE STORYTIMES

Stories and activities with weekly themes for ages PreK and older. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 7800 Montgomery Road; Saturdays at 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320.

THE BEACH ON ICE

Please see “Spotlight” on page 40 for details.

BIBLE BUDDIES (AR)

This class teaches simple Bible truths to children 20 months - 5 years using the FaithWeaver Friends curriculum that includes Bible stories, crafts, snacks and activities. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; Wed at 9 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more; cos-umc.org.

FREE CHILD AFRICAN DANCE

Ages 6 - 12 can learn about the beauty and strength behind African dance. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 11:15 a.m. on Sat; 513-6962112 or bi-okoto.com.

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NARRATED BY LEONARDO DiCAPRIO

CHANGE YOUR VIEW OF OUR UNIVERSE

OMNIMAX

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ongoing events FREE CHILD AFRICAN DRUM

Ages 6 - 12 are invited to build confidence, listening skills and discipline through African drumming. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 10 a.m. on Sat; 513-696-2112 or bi-okoto.com.

CHRISTMAS AT ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION

Enjoy a magical holiday celebration with train displays, a hobby shop, and two walk-through experiences, including A Christmas Carol and Journey to the North Pole. Visit an ice cave, a winter wonderland, the North Pole, a reindeer stable, the elves’ workshop and Santa’s house. Entertrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester; through Jan. 2; $10 for holiday walk-throughs; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

FREE DUKE ENERGY HOLIDAY TRAINS

Bring the whole family for this annual tradition featuring over 300 miniature train cars and engines and 1,000 feet of track. Duke Energy Building Lobby, 139 East Fourth St., downtown; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Sat, 12 - 5 p.m. Sun through Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25); 513-287-1500 or duke-energy.com/train.

ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION’S MINI-CIRCUS

Railroads and traveling circuses have a long history, and the Mackay’s Mighty Small Circus exhibit delves into that history with gusto. Enjoy a 1,200-square-foot display with 1,500 had-carved pieces portraying the life and times of an American circus in the 1900s. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester; through Dec. 31, 2010; included with admission ($12.95 adults, $9.95 children); 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

GOD’S BIG BIG WORLD (AR)

Ages 20 months - 5 years will learn how to praise and worship with songs, dancing, puppets, play games and more. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; Thur at 9 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more; cos-umc.org.

HILLFOREST HOLIDAY SPLENDOR

Visit the Hillforest Victorian House Museum, which has been decorated for the holidays. Hillforest Victorian House, 213 Fifth St., Aurora; 1 - 5 p.m. Tue - Sun; regular admission $5 adults, $3 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger; 812-926-0087 or hillforest.org.

HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS

Take a mile-long drive through a transformed Sharon Woods and enjoy a dazzling display of lights, all from the warmth of your car. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu, 6 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat, through Saturday, Jan. 1; $12 per car, $45 per bus or van; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE HILL

Enjoy hundreds of light displays from the warmth of your car in this winter wonderland that includes Candy Cane Lane, a quarter-mile stretch of road featuring 12-foot tall candy canes, tunnels of lights, and more. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton; 6 - 9 p.m. Mon - Thu, 6 - 10 p.m. Fri and Sat, through Jan. 2; $15 Mon - Thu, $20 Fri and Sat; 513-887-8336 or pyramidhill.org.

HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS

They’re back on track at the Behringer-Crawford Museum. Enjoy a toy train display that includes Lionel trains and Plasticville, with over 250 feet of track and over 25 operational accessories. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; though Jan. 16; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17, one grandchild admitted free weekdays in December

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with a paying grandparent; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum. org.

FREE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The Krohn Conservatory brings to life its annual holiday floral show with train displays, evergreens and more, including special events throughout the weekends in December. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Jan. 2; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

ICE SKATING AT FOUNTAIN SQUARE

The U.S. Bank Ice Rink is open for some outdoor ice skating. Please note times are subject to change for weather or special events. Fountain Square, downtown; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun - Thu, 10 a.m. - midnight Fri - Sat through Jan. 2, 12 - 6 p.m. Sun - Wed, 12 - 8 p.m. Thu, 12 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat Jan. 3 - Feb. 20; $3 to skate, $3 skate rental; 513-381-0782 or myfountainsquare.com.

FREE JOSEPH BETH STORYTIMES

Bring your little ones to hear favorite stories and listen to new tales each week. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

KALIGHTOSCOPE CHRISTMAS

Just a short drive away to Louisville, the Galt House Hotel presents this 15,000-square foot walk-through Christmas luminary, handcrafted by over 30 Chinese artisans. Enjoy themed sections, including Toyland, the Christmas Tree Maze, The Nativity and others. Sculptures and miles of decorations will bring the Christmas season to life. Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St., Louisville; through Jan. 3; $14.95 - $17.95; 800-843-4258 or kalightoscope.com.

KIDS DAY OUT (AR)

FREE MOM TO MOM

Get support, encouragement and answers to your new mom questions from fellow moms and those who have been there before. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 18; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

MUNCHKIN MADNESS

Ages 12 and younger can play unlimited laser tag for $12! Lazer Kraze, 3187 Western Row Road, Maineville, or 1335 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturdays; $12; 513-339-1030 or 859-371-5729 or lazerkraze.com.

PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

One of the area’s most cherished holiday traditions, the Zoo offers a holiday celebration with animals, train rides, children’s activities , nightly performances of Winter Wonders from Madcap Puppets, and of course, plenty of lights. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 5 - 9 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 2; free with admission ($14 adults, $9 seniors and ages 2 - 12); 513281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org.

PRESCHOOL OPEN PLAY INFLATABLES (AR)

Enjoy huge slides, obstacle courses and bouncers in a morning full of inflatable fun. A parent-signed waiver and socks are required; no coupons or free passes accepted during open play. Lazer Kraze, 1335 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger; Fri at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $6; 859-271-KRAZ (5729) or lazerkraze.com.

FREE PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES

Get ready for finger puppet fun with Miss Gail. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; Wed at 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665; bluemanateebooks.com.

Ages 6 months - Kindergarten can make crafts, play games, and have a snack with friends while parents run errands, meet with friends, or have some time away from the demands of parenthood. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; Tue at 9 - 11:30 a.m. or 12 - 2:30 p.m., lunch bunch from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more, $5 lunch bunch; cos-umc.org.

SANTALAND

LIVE NATIVITY

SCUBA SANTA

Western & Southern Financial presents this live nativity scene at the Krohn. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Dec. 11 - Jan. 2; 513-4215707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

MAKE A MESS AT THE MANATEE (AR)

Ages 2 - 4 are invited to join Miss Kelli to read a picture book and create an art project based on the book. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 a.m. on Mon; $5; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

MAKE A BIGGER MESS AT THE MANATEE (AR)

Enjoy a range of activities and fun, including photos with Santa, carolers, live music, the holiday train depot, an indoor play land, and Santa’s Confectionaries and more. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu, 6 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat, through Thursday, Dec. 23; free with admission to Holiday in Lights; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org. Please see Calendar Opener on page 29 for details.

SUCCESS STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS WITH ADHD

High school and college students with ADHD or learning disabilities can learn new strategies to improve their academy performance in weekly, small-group meetings. Life Management Strategies, LLC; 4 - 5:30 p.m. Mon through Dec.; $25; 513-947-8387 or lifestrat.net for locations.

FREE TRINITY TOGETHER TIME

Ages 4 - 7 can explore the elements of art with Miss Kelli. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1:30 p.m. on Fri; $5; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Parents and grandparents with children ages birth - 5 are invited to experience activities like guest speakers, crafts, games, stories and snacks. Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, 1 - 2:30 p.m., first and third Tuesday; 513-791-7631 or trinitycincinnati.org.

FREE MANATOTS STORY TIME

TUESDAY KIDS DAY OUT (AR)

Bring in your youngest on Saturdays for morning stories and songs. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 9:30 - 10 a.m. Sat; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Enjoy a day out with and for the kids, including lunch! Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 9 - 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (lunch bunch) and 12:30 - 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 - 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; $10 for one child, $15 for families, $5 additional for lunch bunch; 513-7913142 or cos-umc.org.

“Where Every Family Matters.”

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now playing BALLET THEATRE MIDWEST’S THE NUTCRACKER

Celebrate the holiday spirit with a performance of the classic tale, including a 20-foot long Chinese dragon, a magical pirate ship, battles and more. Then enjoy treats from “Clara’s Confectionary” and a pointe shoe signing. Walter C. Deye S.J. Performance Center at St. Xavier High School, 600 West North Bend Road; 7 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2 p.m. on Dec. 19; $20 adults, $15 children and seniors; 513-520-2334 or ballettheatremidwest.com.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Bah, humbug! Spend Christmas Eve with Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas’ past, present and future in this annual holiday favorite. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Dec. 2 30; $20 - $52; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC OF MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER

Ballet Theatre Midwest’s production of The Nutcracker takes place Dec. 17 - 19.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

IT’S A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS

HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH THE MIGHTY WURLITZER

JOHN PRINE CONCERT

Celebrate the holidays with this timeless story of uplifting redemption from the Cincinnati Symphony and the May Festival Chorus. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 3 p.m. on Dec. 19; $10 - $103; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

Celebrate the season with the 25th anniversary production from Mannheim Steamroller, featuring Christmas music, multi-media effects and more. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St.; 4 p.m. on Dec. 12; $37.50 $77.50; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

There’s nothing like the sound of the Albee Theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer - it’s an entire orchestra in one organ. Enjoy holiday favorites with special musical effects and relive memories of holidays past. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 16; $25, $20 seniors; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

A CHRISTMAS STORY

HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH THE POPS

You’ll shoot your eye out! Follow Ralphie Parker in this hilarious holiday tale, including the school bully, a temperamental furnace, icy lampposts, a “major award” and of course, the quest for a Red Ryder BB gun. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Dec. 2 - 22; $21 adults, $19 seniors and students; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

CINDERELLA

So long to glass slippers and fancy ball gowns in this modern take on a classic fairy tale that includes a nearsighted bookworm heroine, a diva of a stepmother, a romantically-challenged prince, and a lost sneaker. Cincinnati Ensemble Theatre Company, 1127 Vine St.; Dec. 2 - 31; $16 - $42; 513-421-3555 or cincyetc.com.

EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVERY TOLD (AND THEN SOME!)

With just three actors, a tipsy Santa, and help from the audience, this tongue-in-cheek romp through classic holiday stories is a sure-fire way for parents to let loose some of that holiday stress. Arnold’s Bar & Grill, 210 East Eighth St., downtown; 7:30 p.m. Sun - Tue, Dec. 5 - 28, seating for dinner begins at 6 p.m.; $22 (does not include dinner); 513-381-BARD (2273) or cincyshakes. com.

FRISCH’S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

The Cincinnati Ballet invites you to delight your children with the world’s most famous ballet, full of dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, brave toy soldiers and Tchaikovsky’s magical musical score. Meet the cast on stage after the Dec. 19 and 23 performances! Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Dec. 16 - 26; $30 $80; 513-621-5282 or cincinnatiballet.com.

THE GIFTS

The Calico Children’s Theatre Series presents The Gifts - inside a series of gift boxes live a collection of stories, mgic, dreams, and more. The whole family will enjoy heartwarming stories, magic and mime in this celebration of the holiday season that’s all about being together. UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive; 7 p.m. on Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 11; $6 adults, $4 children; 513-558-1215 or ucclermont.edu.

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Special guest Debby Boone will join the Cincinnati Pops for a musical celebration of the holidays - bring the entire family for classic holiday songs conducted by Cincinnati favorite John Morris Russell. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Dec. 10 - 12; adult tickets start at $26, children’s tickets start at $10; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatipops.org.

HOLIDAY FOLLIES 2: A TRIP TO THE NORTH POLE

In the sequel to 2009’s holiday hit show, the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents a follow-up featuring an original story by Kelly Germain and Chris Stewart, with holiday music adapted by Stephen Goers and David Kisor. Mrs. Claus sends a band of musical performers to the North Pole to celebrate the season with Santa — who everyone seems to forget. Taft Theatre, corner of 5th and Sycamore Streets, downtown; Dec. 3 - 5 and 10 - 12; $20, $18 and $7; 513-569-8080, ext. 10 or thechildrenstheatre.com.

HOLIDAY LASER SHOWS

Families can enjoy a unique outing this holiday season with two different laser shows. ‘Tis the Season features a history of Santa Claus and the Christmas Tree, the Hanukkah Menorah and other customs. Laser Holiday Skies includes a mix of holiday music, all choreographed to laser lights. And check out their web site site for a schedule of rock laser shows. Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave.; through Dec. 19; $8 advance, $9 at door, $30 family four-pack in advance, $32 at door; 513-3965578 or drakeplanetarium.org.

I LOVE A PIANO

Join a celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin in this journey that follows a piano as it moves and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present, and features songs such as “Cheek to Cheek,” “Blue Skies,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton; Dec. 8 - 12; $15 members, $17 nonmembers, $10 on Wed and Thu; 513-863-8873, ext. 10 or fittoncenter.org.

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Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith will perform with a full symphony orchestra, a local choir, and selections from his Christmas albums. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St.; 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9; $52.50 $99; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org. Grammy-award winner John Prine performs some of his famous and favorite songs, including songs written for singers like Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver and more. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m. on Dec. 3; $42.50 - $75; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts. org.

MESSIAH

The Cincinnati Boychoir and Collegium Cincinnati will take a fresh approach to the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, including guest soloists. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East Fourth St.; 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11; also St. John the Evangelist Church, 9080 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester; 4 p.m. on Dec. 12; $20 adults, $12 students and seniors; 513-396-7664 or cincinnatiboychoir.org.

ST. ROMAIN DANCE ACADEMY’S NUTCRACKER BALLET (AR)

Enjoy a performance of the classic tale that features over 165 local dance students from the St. Romain Dance Academy. Lakota East High School Auditorium, 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Twp.; 7 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18, 3 p.m. on Dec. 19; $10, reserve seating; 513-779-0135 or stromaindance.com.

SANTA’S NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Wayne Martin Puppets presents this cast of hand puppets and marionettes that use parody, mime, dance and musical theatre to tell the story of getting to the North Pole, in the Covedale’s Saturday Morning Children’s Series. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; 11 a.m.; $7 adults, $5 children; 513-2416550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

SCPA’S THE NUTCRACKER

Students of the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) will present this timeless holiday ballet. SCPA, 108 W. Central Pkwy.; 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2 p.m. on Dec. 5; $13 - $20; 513-3638000 or scpa.org.

SEUSSICAL

Brieabi Productions brings everyone’s favorite Cat in the Hat to the stage. Anderson Center Theater, 7850 Five Mile Road; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 - 11, 2 p.m. Dec. 11 - 12; $10; 513-497-5000 or brieabiproductions.com.

SLEEPIN’ BEAUTY

Aimcincinnati’s Krucial Kompany Hip Hop Kru will perform a modern version of Sleepin’ Beauty in a can’tmiss show. Woodford Paideia School, 6065 Red Bank Road; 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 11; aimcincinnati.org.

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