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Tips to help keep up with your newborn during the holidays.

feedback cincinnati news The Goddard School preschoolers help pick cool toys, Krohn Conservatory’s Holiday Show, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Fairy Godmother program kicks off, giveaways and more.

kids’ health Decoding your child’s cough.

How to Do Holidays With an Infant


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y now you may know that I have four kids and that my oldest is now in college. Two of my boys are teenagers, and the other is 11, so I’m at an interesting point where I can look back from here to where I was when they were small and see how motherhood has changed for younger moms. When I had little toddlers around my ankles (and for the record, I miss that!), motherhood was relatively easy ... exhausting, but easy. I met mom friends at our neighborhood playground and we’d chat while our kids played. We’d arrange playdates for our kids (but just as much for us) and hang out, forgetting about time ... we supported one another through a sisterhood of rearing babies and kids and sharing learned strategies and figuring things out. Then suddenly — it seems like it was overnight — everyone has a cell phone. Today, young moms are in a fiercer, more competitive, less-friendly world. I hardly ever see moms sitting and chatting at my old playground; I see them on their smartphones, heads down. They’re missing out, I think. What are they missing? They don’t even know. Late last night I had a conversation with my husband. We were talking about how I’ve always worked outside the home while raising our kids, about how there were times when I’d complain about it all (like when I was bleary eyed at the end of the work day, spent by cooking dinner, bathing the kids, reading and such). Last night my husband asked, “Do you think you’ll have any regrets about it when you’re older?” Right away I shook my head no, because I am deeply grateful for what I have ... but then I stopped and realized, “The one thing I may regret,” I said, “is that children grow up so fast and you can’t stop that from happening and it just does.” We just looked at each other. I see younger moms and I see a lot of pressure. Pressure to keep up, pressure to be happy, pressure to keep it all together, to be in-the-know, savvy, hip, relevant. Dress the kids right, keep the haircuts up, wear the right stuff, KEEP UP. Where did all this come from? Why on earth is this happening to mothers? I can only think it has to do with the deep expanse of information easily accessible to moms. That they can know everything instantly and even be the first to know. Moms are “the women behind the men,” “the mothers behind the kids,” the ones who lead the charge. But when, in the effort to keep up and keep it altogether, did it become like a battlefield? Sometimes I’m pretty good at spotting trends, so I think I’ll take a stab here as 2013 winds down. I think at some point soon moms are going to say ENOUGH. I think they are going to say, “I’m getting off this merry go round, it’s no fun anymore, I don’t care what anyone else thinks, I’m going to do it my way and that will be good enough for us.” I think they will return to a softer way of living, one that is not about trophy children or trophy homes or THINGS that matter not in the least. Because I’m a mom with four older kids now (hey, I still have a fifth grader!), I can tell you something that’s true: What’s going to happen is that while you may be 25 or 30 right now, one day your eyes are going to blink open and the toddlers you knew will be eye-to-eye with you and asking for the car keys. I am theorizing that the best jewelry in the world is NOT a diamond, but the tiny arms of your child wrapped around your neck. It’s time to get back to what really matters in life. NOT the cell phone, NOT the computer, NOT that ridiculously high pair of shoes. They are right beneath your nose. Or around your ankles, as it may be. Sit down. Enjoy. Take your time. Breathe.

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Expecting a baby during the holidays? Help! “Plan, plan, plan! I had my daughter on December 10, last year. I was due December 16. I made sure to have all of my Christmas presents bought by the beginning of November and wrapped well before Thanksgiving. I could not travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas because it was so close to my due date. Our families do not live in the area, so I made sure they were aware of this well in advance so they could make travel plans to come and see us for the holidays if they wanted too. I have to say it was very nice to be able to be in our own home for the holidays for once! We are always the ones that have to travel back home since everyone else still lives in the area. Also, do not be afraid to ask for help! I did a lot of holiday shopping online and had the gifts for out of town family shipped to my mother or mother-in-law. They graciously wrapped them for me and gave them to our family.”

“Get holiday shopping done early, decide what you and your family are comfortable with doing for the holidays, then relax! My youngest child was born December 19. We told everyone we would not be traveling anywhere, but they could come to us, and luckily, they did. We didn’t have any house guests in the process (we have a small house). Make your plans, make your decisions, don’t feel guilty about thinking of yourself! Someone has to! Stick to all of it.”

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“I had my daughter on the Dec. 12 last year. Get it all done early: shopping, decoding (if you dare), then stay in. Don’t run around to families houses for the holidays ... if you want to see your family, keep your brand new baby home and have them come to you! Everyone will understand. If you don’t get your shopping done, give gift cards! It’s easy and people like them!” Maria Kirkland

“Enjoy your pregnancy. Don’t, even for a moment, feel guilty about taking things easy. I was 33 weeks along when my daughter was stillborn on December 12.”

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his fall, preschoolers at The Goddard School’s Red Bank location (like Lucy, pictured above) got the chance to “test” toys as part of the PreschoolerApproved Toy Test. Red Bank was one of only 30 schools nationwide selected to participate. The school received samples of 20 toys for infants through age 6, (selected by The Goddard School) for teachers to share with the kids. Teachers were able to observe what the children were and were not attracted to. Combining the results of the toy testing with the other participating Goddard Schools, here is The Goddard School Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toy List: Tobbles Neo (Fat Brain Toys; 6+ mos.) Go Go Friends Lady Bug (Chicco; 9+ mos.) Musical Owl (ALEX Toys; 18+ mos.) Green Toys Rocket (Green Toys; 2+ yrs.) Tinker Toy 100-Piece Set (K’NEX; 3+ yrs.) Squigz: Fun Little Suckers (Fat Brain Toys; 3+ years) 100-Piece Building Set - Hot Colors (Citiblocs; 3+ yrs.) Super WHY! ABC Letter Game (University Games; 3+ yrs.) Kinetic Sand (WABA Fun; 3+ yrs.) Stack Up! Peaceable Kingdom; 3 - 5 yrs.) The Goddard School purchased and donated 100 of the winning toys to the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s program, Toys for Tots. Learn more at

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Krohn Holiday Show Perfect for Families


rohn Conservatory offers lots of new fun for families this year: The new Schmalz Family Holiday Village includes vintage decorations plus the moving character “Motionettes” which were displayed years ago in Shillito’s and Pogue’s storefronts. Next, the Cincinnati Scenic Railway displays local landmarks and includes interactive elements for kids; and, Dec. 6 - Jan. 3 see the live Crib of Nativity with Mary, the Christmas Lamb! Santa visits Dec. 8 and 15 at 1 p.m. and Dec. 12 and 19 at 5 p.m. The Holiday Show also includes Krohn by Candlelight (Thursdays, Dec. 12 and 19) and a live dulcimer performance from the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society on Dec. 26. Get all the particulars at Plus! Take an “Elfie” photo with your family at the Krohn to enter into a random drawing for a $100 Macy’s gift card and a four-pack of passes to the Krohn’s 2014 Butterfly Show (photos must be submitted by Jan. 5). Admission to Krohn’s Holiday Show is $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, and free for ages 4 and younger. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Visit for an online coupon! (please turn the page) •

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Ensemble Theatre’s Fairy Godmother Program


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nsemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Fairy Godmother program makes it possible for upwards of 1,500 underserved kids to see one of their most popular musicals, Around the World in 80 Days, over the holidays. At little to no charge, kids will receive transportation, a snack at intermission, a meet-and-greet with the cast and materials to take home to build upon the play’s message. Your family can learn how to help facilitate the godmother program by calling 513-421-3555, ext. 14 or visiting The Fairy Godmother program helps underserved children to experience live theatre.

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or a mere $15, you can send a child to a school performance of The Day Before Christmas performed by The Children’s Theatre Dec. 6 - 8 and 14 at the Taft Theatre, 525 W. Fifth St. This makes for a great way to give back and introduce a child to theatre who may not otherwise get that opportunity. Visit thechildrenstheatre. com to make an online donation. The Children’s Theatre, along with Q102, will also collect items for St. Joseph Orphanage at all performances of The Day Before Christmas. Children and adults are encouraged to bring any new and unwrapped item to donate in the Taft Theatre lobby. Visit stjosephorphanage. org for a list of holiday requests.

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Happen’s Toy Lab: Upcycle Old Toys


ots of moms and dads sort through their kids’ old toys to make room for new ones as the Christmas holidays approach, but don’t just toss’em out! Give them to Happen’s Toy Lab (4203 Hamilton Ave.) for the Upcycle Toy Drive Dec. 7 - 8. From 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., drop off your toys and get a chance to spin Happen’s wheel for a variety of Toy Lab prizes. Happen’s Toy Lab makes it possible for kids to build toys from thousands of recycled parts — RSVP if you want to build a toy while you’re there. Call 513-7512345 or visit

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ou and your kids (ages 10 and older) can help to provide a meal to a needy family this holiday season. Volunteers are needed Dec. 20, 21 and 23 for several shifts at the Freestore Foodbank Customer Connection Center (112 East Liberty St.) to help distribute holiday foods like a turkey (depending on a family’s size), canned veggies and fruit, stuffing and rice, potatoes, apples, mac-n-cheese, and a brownie mix or other dessert. Call or e-mail Tawanda Rollins at 513-482-7557 or trollins@ to sign up.

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Cough. Whoop. Wheeze. What’s behind that dry or goopy hack? Deciphering your child’s cough takes a bit of skill!


oughing is the body’s way of clearing and protecting the airways from irritating mucus and other secretions, but coughs also provide valuable clues about a child’s illness. When parents bring their kids to see John Markovich, M.D. of Group Health Associates in Anderson, he runs through a sort of Q&A to determine what might be happening. “I focus on the duration of the cough and whether or not other associated symptoms are involved,” he says. For example, Markovich determines if the cough’s wet or dry: wet means the child’s trying to expel mucous from the lungs; dry indicates a mild virus or a reactive cough, such as when a child is exposed to an allergen. Questions like “Is a smoker in the home?” or “Who has your child been around?” all help determine causes, too. Markovich advises parents to call the pediatrician if a cough is accompanied by

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other symptoms like a high fever, fatigue, nausea, chest pain or deep belly breathing or flared nostrils in infants. “If your child’s eating, drinking and sleeping normally, it’s OK to wait,” he says, adding that a cough lasting more than seven days should be evaluated.

watery eyes and perhaps mild fever. It’s the common cold, a viral infection of the nose, sinuses, throat and large airways of the lungs. Coughing usually lasts up to 7 days; call your doctor if you don’t see improvement. Saline drops help babies and toddlers who can’t blow noses.

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Dry, raspy. A persistent, dry cough may mean a number of things, like respiratory infection from a cold; influenza, asthma, acid reflux or environmental allergies.

Nighttime bark. This could be croup, a contagious, cold-weather viral infection that causes the windpipe to swell and narrow. It usually starts in the middle of the night; a five-minute steam in the bathroom can calm the cough; call the doctor if breathing is difficult.

as many as 25 coughs in a breath may bring a highpitched sound, which could indicate pertussis, a highly contagious bacterial infection of the throat, windpipe and lungs. The illness can be severe for infants. Pertussis can be hard to diagnose, says Markovich, because in the first week it tends to behave like a common cold. Call your doctor for an appointment; antibiotics are needed.

Phlegmy. This could indicate bronchiolitis if it starts out like a cold then develops into a fever and your child’s lethargic. Don’t delay a call to the doctor.

Wet, no wheezing. This is usually accompanied by sneezing, a runny nose,

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Tips for Doctor Mom There really aren’t any overthe-counter remedies for kids younger than 5, according to Markovich, but cold relievers and cough suppressants may provide some symptomatic relief for older kids. Using a humidifier, a nasal saline spray, and honey for kids older than 1 may help. Cough suppressants: If your child’s cough disrupts his sleep, ask your pediatrician for a recommendation. Inhibiting a cough — especially if it’s a phlegmy, lower-respiratory one — can actually prolong illness. Expectorants: While they’re meant to loosen phlegm, studies have shown they’re not very helpful. Water is an excellent natural expectorant.

Multi-symptom cold relievers: These formulas contain more than one drug, so read the labels carefully. Side effects include sleeplessness (common with antihistamines) and irritability (typical of decongestants).

Throat lozenges: Cough drops increase saliva production, which can loosen and sooth a cough, but don’t give them to children younger than 4 due to the choking hazard.

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at Christmas By Deborah Bohn

Your little darlin’ is here and so too the holidays! What to do when all YOU want for Christmas is a nap.

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hat’s a new mom to do when all she wants for Christmas is a nap? Plan ahead. Simplify. Reprioritize. And get help. Let’s take it one step at a time, but let’s also remember what matters most: Children are tiny newborns once in a lifetime, but Christmas comes around every year. Get your priorities straight so you can focus on your baby and allow some of the holiday hoopla to fall to the wayside.

For instance, don’t waste countless hours writing, stuffing, stamping and mailing holiday cards. Instead, combine your Christmas cards and birth announcements into a single photo card. Online photo companies like Shutterfly and Ofoto offer the option of creating a custom picture card, uploading your address list, and mailing them for you! Although its tempting to get the standard “Baby’s First Christmas” ornaments, a monogrammed stocking and a pile of over-hyped toys that will “stimulate your newborn’s brain and enhance his reflexes,” realize that your baby has no clue what the holiday means and is just happy to snuggle quietly with you. Your relatives will inundate you with baby ornaments and keepsakes. Bow out of the neighborhood Christmas lights competition this year. Hang a wreath or put a bow on the mailbox and consider yourself jolly. If putting up a tree seems like an overwhelming task, don’t do it. Most folks have a friend or neighbor who goes crazy for holiday decorating, so ask your local domestic diva devotee to add her creative flair to your home so you can bathe the baby or go for a walk.

Put Baby & You First Reprioritizing means putting the needs of yourself and your new baby first. Strive to get eight hours of sleep a day. If you don’t get it, your energy level is low, and sleeplessness adds to the feeling of being overwhelmed. The good news is that your stress levels have to be pretty extreme to affect your milk supply, according to Wendy McHale, IBCLC and owner of Nurturing Lactation. “What does affect it is mismanagement of breastfeeding,” she says, explaining how easy it is to lose track of feedings when baby is being passed from Grandma to Aunt to Big Brother and back again. According to McHale, a newborn will want to nurse frequently, as much as 14 to 16 times a day, but if Mom gets busy with wrapping presents and making cookies, she may find that nursing her baby less often results in a lower milk supply. “The key is to keep Baby with Mom a lot,” says McHale. The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous, but at this time of year when colds and flu abound, breastfeeding’s ability to keep a newborn healthy is a true asset. “If Mom gets a cold, it’s the most important time to keep breastfeeding,” says McHale. She explains that the antibodies you make when sick go directly to your baby through your breastmilk. And if your little one does catch a stomach virus, breastmilk is considered a clear fluid, so it will help keep her hydrated.

Dr. Heather Iannelli of The Children’s Family Chiropratic Center also advises new moms to stick with breastfeeding, as well as to make sure you eat well yourself, aiming for a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and staying away from processed foods. Plenty of rest, food, liquids and quiet time is the recipe for a healthy mother, but infants have immature immune systems and may need extra protection around the holidays. As tempting as it may be to get a picture with Santa, it’s probably not a good idea. Santa has had dozens of children on his lap, one of which may have had a cold, flu or stomach bug. Iannelli advises “following easy (but not obsessive) hygiene practices” – washing hands with soap and water will suffice, as hand sanitizers give what she calls a “false sense of clean.” She also recommends colloidal silver, which looks and tastes like water but acts like a natural antibacterial and antiviral. And if your newborn does get sick, it’s OK. According to Iannelli, research has shown that colds can help build the immune system – use homeopathic remedies to ease the symptoms. Germ protection extends to friends and family, too. Don’t feel guilty asking someone to admire from afar; your primary responsibility is to keep your baby healthy.

Say “Yes!” to Help Caring for a baby is a full-time job, and getting through the holidays can be another job in itself, so consider adding an extra pair of hands to your household to make things run more smoothly. You can seek out a professional doula, or, if that’s out of your price range, get to know the teenage girls in your neighborhood and have one come over after school each day. You can hold the baby on the couch and direct her in putting up decorations or doing laundry. Check around with local church youth groups, too. Some of them perform community service by cleaning homes or doing light yard work for families with new babies. Let others take care of you and let go this year. Ask for help. Most people love to be useful and will gladly help in any way they can ... but you have to ask!

The Best Gift’s Already Your’s If you miss out on the caroling, church services or a family feast this year, remember that the holiday celebrates the birth of a baby to poor parents in a stable without an ounce of fanfare, so take heart that your holiday has something in common with the very first Christmas ... besides, you’re holding the greatest gift of all. J Deborah Bohn is a local mother, fitness trainer, teacher and •

New Mom Tips • If you’re staying home for the holidays, strategize early: freeze meals ahead of time, ask visitors to bring food Friends and family can help around the house so you can take care of baby. Keep a list of small chores for visitors who ask to help. • Stay healthy! Wash your hands a lot, especially in public places. Keep Baby’s hands clean and other’s hands out of reach, because babies constantly suck on their hands! • Holding and wearing your baby in a carrier (such as a sling, or an Ergo) is a great way to keep babies away from germs. The Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center (CFEC) carries multiple styles of baby carriers, and offers baby-wearing workshops to help you choose the best carrier for you. • Avoid crowded, enclosed spaces with your newborn. • Get fresh air to avoid feeling cooped up and enjoy some sun for Vitamin D. Bundle up and take quick walks. Baby wearing keeps baby warm against you. Special jackets called Peekaroos are sold at the CFEC and are compatible with baby carriers. — Compiled by Anaïs McKinney, Roaring Mama Doula Services, and Lisa Suttschenko, In Joy Doula Services

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Follow Me Fred 6 months & older Tiny Love $24.99

Colorful Fred the pup is the perfect crawling companion for Baby. Your infant will love playing with his crinkly ears, and with the flip of the switch, simply tap his back and he plays music and rolls across the floor to your little one’s delight.


Mess-Free Touch Lights 2 & older My First Crayola $28.99

Creative fun without a mess for little hands comes by way of this sealed gel surface tablet. Kids can use their fingers or the accompanying stylus to create. The unit plays music and illuminates six different background colors on the screen.


The World of Eric Carle Blanket & Rattle 0 & older Kids Preferred $14

Soft, satin lining make this special washable lovey a keeper for your baby. Read Eric Carle’s books to Baby as he grows … and when he’s ready, let him try the Hungry Caterpillar Rocker ($124.99). It’s a special item for a special baby!


Baa-Baa-Barn 2 & older B. Toys $34.99

This unique and richly colored barn play set provides lots of fun and safe interactivity. Play with the zany animals, hear the songs, lift and open doors, spin the silo, slide the critters and more. Four AA batteries included. We love B. Toy’s attention to detail! (please turn the page) •

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InnoTab 3S 3 - 9 yrs. VTech $99.99

VTech’s newest tablet is lighter and easier to tote around (keep in mind when choosing among all the other big draw tech items for kids). InnoTab is the tablet, two stylus pens and all the hook ups you need plus Learning Lodge Software that makes it easy to track your child’s development as he uses apps. Available in pink or blue.


DINOS Volcano with Tyrannaosaurus 4 - 10 yrs. Playmobil $99.99

There are lots of pieces to this puzzle, but once you set it up, your little explorer can search for hidden fossils and play with the two dinosaurs, two people figures and more. With the press of a button, make the working volcano explode!


FirstBIKE 2 - 5 yrs. $159.99


Get your toddler riding with his first balance bike. No training wheels here, your child will use his legs to sturdy himself and learn balance on his own. FirstBIKE’s durable enough to withstand bumps on the road and has a built-in steering limiter to limit the over-turning that can lead to falls.

EzyRoller 3 & older $99

This ultimate riding machine makes fast side-to-side motion without chains or batteries. The reinforced steel frame balances weight effortlessly. Winner of numerous awards — including the esteemed Parent’s Choice — the EZYRoller makes fitness fun for kids.


Showcam 3 - 7 yrs. Playskool playschool $59.99

This two-in-one digital camera/projector features easy-to-use buttons and holds up to 1,000 images. Fifty fun effects are available to give photos a silly effect. Pictures can be downloaded to your computer via a USB cable (not included).


2-in-1 Shop & Cook Playset 3 & older VTech $49.99

Kids love pretend food, shopping and cooking, so this 2-in-1 set is a natural fit. The shopping cart easily transforms to a play kitchen. VTech provides three modes of play, so learning about food, colors, numbers and more goes right along with the fun. Available in a pink or orangebased color scheme. (“Top Toys” continues on page 19)

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Chef Pop de Pop 6 & older Gamewright $16.99

This multi-sensory game of counting is fun with the popcorn theme. Kids can shake the shaker to make the “popping” sound as the dice rattle around. Count the popcorn to see if you match up to a card. Stack the most cards to win! It’s easy, and no reading is required. Great for reinforcing math skills. For two to six players.


In My Room Lightshow DJ 6 & older Uncle Milton $29.99

With more than 20 light and color combinations, kids can dance to a colorful light show when the lights are out. A sensor allows the light to bump to the beat of the sound. The Lightshow DJ comes with two lenses to direct the light in different ways. Position it near a speaker and hit the lights for a disco-like scene in your room!


The Lord of the Rings: The Complete Trilogy Adventure Board Game Deluxe Edition


8 to adult Pressman $29.99

The family can dive into the epic journey of The Lord of the Rings, joining the quest to save Middle Earth. One player is the evil Sauron, controlling his forces; other players are members of The Fellowship solving riddles and battling the evil army. For two to 10 players.

Mindstorms EV3 10 & older Lego $349.99

Build, program and command five different robots. Technologically advanced enough to satisfy remote control lovers, the “brain” of Mindstorms is a “Brick” with a processor, Wi-Fi port and Internet connectivity. Building instructions are included of course, and remember, kids (native to today’s technology) will not be as challenged as YOU when it comes to putting it altogether.


That’s Gross Science Lab 8 & older Smart Lab Toys $24.99

Kids will become engrossed in science with 26 different and disgustingly fun projects. The kit comes with a motorized toilet bowl mixer along with containers and molds. Instructions are easy and projects require common kitchen items like vinegar, baking soda, food coloring, etc. Concoct stink bubbles, fake barf and more.


Slackers Slackline Classic Series Kit 5 & older Brand 44 Colorado $79.99

Backyard adventures are yours with this 50-foot slackline that includes the webbing, teaching line and ratchet so you can attach them to two trees in your backyard, three feet above the ground. Kids can try and perfect balance while building core strength. After just a few minutes of set-up time, you’re the coolest family on the block.

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Doscher’s Famous French Chew Taffy 24 W. Court St. 513-381-8656 Esther Price Fine Chocolates 7501 Montgomery Road 513-791-1833 5500 Harrison Ave. 513-574-4442 8621 North Pavilion Drive 513-860-0907 Fawn Candy 4271 Harrison Ave. 513-574-9612 2692 Madison Road 513-351-4191

Graeter’s Multiple locations, please visit website. Haute Chocolate 9424 Shelly Lane 513-793-9999 hautechocolatecincinnati. com Jenco Brothers’ Candy 224 W. McMillan St. 513-417-8956 Patty’s Old Fashioned Popcorn 3437 Michigan Ave. 513-533-2676 Schneider’s Sweet Shop 420 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue 859-431-3545 Sweet Dreams Candy Co. Newport on the Levee, Riverwalk Level on the Exterior Plaza 859-261-8585 Sweet Tooth Candies 125 West 11th St., Newport 877-581-5132

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blue manatee children’s bookstore 3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 Blue Marble Books 1356 S. Ft. Thomas Ave. Ft. Thomas • 859-781-0602 Cincinnati Art Museum Gift Shop 953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 Cincinnati Museum Center Gift Shop 1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7000 Contemporary Arts Center Gift Shop 44 E. Sixth St. 513-345-8400 Coolest Toys on Earth 314 Main St., Milford 513-831-8697 Joseph-Beth Booksellers 2692 Madison Road 513-396-8960 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills 859-912-7860 King Arthurs Court Toys 3040 Madison Road 513-531-4600 Learning Express Toys 2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills 859-331-2094

The Little Girl in You 306 Harrison Ave. 513-367-7708 Magic Meadow Store Inside Cincinnati Waldorf School, 6743 Chestnut St., Mariemont • 513-541-0220 Ted’s Toy Store 6934 Miami Ave. 513-271-8697 Toko Kidz 323 1/2 Ludlow Ave. 513-751-1500 Behringer Crawford Museum Gift Shop 1600 Montague Road, Covington • 859-491-4003 Nature’s Niche 513-521-7275 Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve 3455 Poole Road Sharon Woods 11450 Lebanon Road Glenwood Gardens 10397 Springfield Pike Woodland Mound 8250 Old Kellogg Road Miami Whitewater Forest 9001 Mt. Hope Road Krohn Conservatory Gift Shop 1501 Eden Park Drive 513-421-4086


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Ballet Theatre Midwest Spencer Township Hall 3833 Eastern Ave. • 513-520-2334 Save the date for BTM’s winter production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, taking placing at St. Xavier High School’s Walter C. Deye S.J. Performance Center on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 7 - 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now! Calico Children’s Theatre Series UC Clermont College 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia 513-558-1215 Enjoy programs especially designed for young audiences, including a production of A Christmas Carol (Dec. 13 and 14), including a pre-show Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 14 (call to RSVP)!

Something made with love and given with joy is a true gift. Make your own treats and gifts this year! Visit us online at and for more ideas.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s The Day Before Christmas Taft Theatre, 371 East 5th St. 800-745-3000 There is a flurry of activity at the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves, the reindeer, the forest animals, and even the toys themselves prepare for the biggest night of the year. It takes a lot of planning and hard work to get a sleigh off the ground, but Santa’s team is ready and willing — or at least they think they are! This festive production runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Cincinnati Ballet’s Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker Aronoff Center for the Arts 650 Walnut St. 513-621-5282 • No holiday season is complete without Cincinnati Ballet’s timeless family tradition, Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker. A Cincinnati favorite, The Nutcracker is the thrilling journey Clara takes with her Nutcracker Prince through the Land of Sweets. Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Nutcracker is the ultimate holiday experience. Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Music Hall, 1241 Elm St. 513-381-3300 • Cincinnati’s favorite family tradition, featuring a full orchestra and lots of fun! Holiday Pops will warm your heart and send your spirit soaring. Dec. 13 - 15. And don’t miss the family-friendly performance of Yes, Virginia, on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m., featuring conductor John Morris Russell, along with sings and actors in a semi-staged adaptation. This will be the world premiere performance of the fully orchestrated concert version of the musical and book.

Chocolate Reindeer Treats Here’s a fun, yummy craft for kids to make and eat!

What You’ll Need Chocolate Filled Sandwich Cookies Can of Chocolate Icing White and Black Icing in a tube Mini Pretzels

What You’ll Do 1. Take 16 cookies out of the package. 2. Grind them up in your blender until it looks like dirt. 3. Add about 1/3 of the can of chocolate icing to the ground up cookies mashing them together until it looks like the picture. You will have to stir and mash quite a bit. 4. Now take a little chunk of the batter and roll it into a ball. 5. Add a red M&M to the front for the nose.

Red M&Ms

6. Dot two eyes with the white icing in a tube. Add the center of the eyes with the black icing.


7. Take out a mini pretzel and set it on a plate.


8. Carefully break it into pieces until you get antler-like shapes.

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Season crafting!

Holiday Pop-Up Cards What You’ll Need Two sheets of contrasting colors of paper Scissors Glue

What You’ll Do 1. Stack two sheets of paper together and fold them in half. 2. Separate the two sheets of paper. 3. Take the lighter color and fold it back in half. With your scissors, you’ll make four cuts as well as a little triangle at the top. Start by cutting a triangle angled in and cutting from the fold. Cut a one-inch line about a quarter inch down from the triangle starting at the fold and straight across. Cut a two-inch line one inch down from the first line and going straight across. Cut another line one inch down from the second line and going about three inches from the fold. Cut your fourth line one inch down from the last line and make it the same length. 4. Take the section between the last two lines and fold it over horizontally. 5. Fold the next section over going to the length of the shorter line. 6. Fold the next section as well going to the length of the shorter line. 7. Flip the entire thing over and re-fold those sections the opposite way and then open it up to reveal the pop-up gift. 8. Flatten it back out and rub a glue stick all over the back EXCEPT on the “gifts.” 9. Flip it back over, line the sheets of paper up and press the two together.

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house and more. Open Nov. 16 - Dec. 31 from 10 - 6 p.m. Mon - Sat, and 12 - 6 p.m. Sun. Great Parks of Hamilton County — Sharon Woods 11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-7275 • Holiday in Lights and Santaland (Dec. 1 - 31, Sun - Thu, 6 - 9 p.m., and Fri - Sat, 6 - 10 p.m.)! Buckle up the family or your favorite date and enjoy over a mile of fantastic seasonal lights from the warmth of your own car. Featuring more than 120 moving and standing holiday-themed figures. For more information, call 513-769-0393 or visit ($13/car, $45/ buses and 15-passenger vans). After you tour Holiday in Lights, head inside the Sharon Centre for more holiday fun with Santaland. Pick up some hot chocolate or baked goodies, enjoy live family friendly entertainment, check out the model train display and get your photo taken with Santa. Hillforest Victorian Christmas 213 East 5th St., Aurora, IN 812-926-0087 • Visit beautiful Hillforest Museum, decorated in Victorian splendor for the holidays, including vintage toys. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Holly Days at Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road 513-563-9484 Dec. 14 - 15, 12 - 4 p.m. Join us this holiday season at Heritage Village! Enjoy old fashioned crafts, storytelling, holiday treats, music and more in a decorated 19th Century Village! Admission is $7 adults, $4 children 5 - 11. Children 4 and younger and museum members are free. Krohn Conservatory’s Annual Holiday Show, A Cincinnati Scenic Railway Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park • 513-421-5707 This year’s holiday show will be bigger and more festive and includes: new Cincinnati landmarks, six interactive elements, poinsettia display, the live Western & Southern Nativity, special events, and a new display of vintage holiday decorations from the Schmalz Family that is sure to bring back fond memories of holidays past. Now through Sun, Jan. 5, 2014; open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. with special evening hours on Dec. 12 and 19 (5 - 7:30 p.m.). Admission is $7 adults, $4 children, free ages 4 and younger.

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Lebanon Mason & Monroe (LM&M) Railroad 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon 513-933-8022 • North Pole Express! Event Dates: Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22. Take a half-hour train ride to the decorated LM&M Junction to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Take a moment to visit Santa and tell him your Christmas wishes. Each child will receive a small gift from Mr. Claus himself! Macy’s Downtown Dazzle Saturdays, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m. Forget coming down the chimney, now Santa comes down the side of a building! On three Saturdays, Santa rappels down an office tower to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a spectacular holiday fireworks display on Fountain Square. After the fireworks, you’ll want to go to Macy’s Fountain Place for Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Mason Dance Center 600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 • Enjoy a special performance of The Nutcracker - All Jazzed Up! Experience the traditional tale like you’ve never seen it before and help benefit the Mason High School After Prom. Performance held at Mason High School Theatre on Dec. 15 at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets are only $8! Ohio National’s Victorian Holiday Village Intersection of I-71 and Pfeiffer Road Dec. 6, 12 and 13 from 6 - 8:30 p.m., and Dec. 7 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. • Back for its 12th year, Ohio National’s Victorian Holiday Village features new houses decorated with holiday scenes, thousands of lights, and free family fun on the grounds of Ohio National Financial Services. Families will enjoy complimentary cocoa and cookies, a view of the Century House (a miniature-scale replica of a Habitat for Humanity home) and free 5x7 photos with St. Nick. Scallywag Tag 5055 Glencrossing Way 513-922-4999 491 Ohio Pike • 513-528-3696 Enjoy holiday specials, including group rates as low as $10 per person, and weekday specials. On Tuesday, get a 3-hour pass, pizza, drink, and tokens for $20. On Wednesday, play 3 games for only $10. And on Thursday, get a 3-hour pass for only $15.





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Education and Enrichment Opportunities A Paid Advertising Directory Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester

8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester 513-829-2345 Music lessons for all ages in piano, voice, guitar, drums, strings, winds and brass. Dance classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyric. Other popular programs: Music for Young Children, a keyboard program for ages 4 and up; Music Pups, for preschoolers with a caregiver; Jumbie Jam, a kid-sized steel drum ensemble; and Fun with Drums. Special one-week camps throughout the summer. Free sample classes.

Baldwin Music Education Center

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati 513-351-1109 The Baldwin Music Education Center, a division of Music Learning Center, Inc., has been serving the tri-state area for 50 years. Specially-designed preschool group music classes are offered for students ages 6 mos. - 4 yrs. and piano classes for 5 yrs. and older. All classes are taught by trained music educators and piano pedagogues. Classes are offered six days a week year round. Convenient location in Hyde Park/Oakley and family discounts. “Every Life Needs Music”

Ballet Theatre Midwest

3833 Eastern Ave., Spencer Township Hall, Cincinnati 513-520-2334 • Ballet Theatre Midwest provides pre-professional classical ballet training and performance program, engaging children’s curriculum, creative dance for 3 and 4 year olds, jazz and musical theater repertoire and adult ballet classes.

The Campus at Kids First

7900 E Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-629-KIDS (5437) • Located inside the state-of-the-art Kids First Sports Center, The Campus offers the premier early learning experience for children ages 6 wks. - pre-K. As the only early learning center in the area that makes physical education a top priority, The Campus is able to give your child an academic edge by integrating a top-notch physical education curriculum in to the daily schedule and special summer programs.

Children’s Meeting House Montessori

927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 Celebrating over 40 years of authentic Montessori education for students 3 - 12 yrs. Offering half- and full-day programs, before- and after-school care, and after-school enrichment options. Each classroom is a partnership of experienced, treasured teachers and multi-age communities. Call to schedule a tour or visit our website for more information. Open House Jan. 26, 2 - 4 p.m.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati/ArtReach Performance Venue at The Taft Theater

5th & Sycamore Streets, Cincinnati 513-569-8080 Offering professional theatrical productions for families and students with productions timed for young patrons. ArtReach offers touring productions, while WorkShops feature educational outreach programs. Learning the Craft Classes are six-week sessions of drama, vocal music, and dance classes for students at all levels of ability and interest. The staff of professionals teaches children 6 - 18 yrs. the techniques and principles behind the art of musical theater.

Cincinnati Ballet, Otto M. Budig Academy

1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 513-562-1111 11444 Deerfield Road, Ste. A, Cincinnati The region’s only pre-professional ballet training program combines professional instruction, performance opportunities and a strong connection to Cincinnati Ballet. Classes are held in the state-of-the-art studios where Cincinnati Ballet Company dancers rehearse. Ballet students frequently interact with company dancers, gaining insight into the life of a professional dancer.

Creative Tots Mason

6408 Thornberry, Mason 513-770-6776 A small private preschool providing toddler, early 3’s, preschool, pre-K programs and summer camp. Spanish, music, art and yoga enrichment available. Low class ratios. We believe children flourish in a stimulating environment which emphasizes growth in intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. Committed to creating a warm, caring and supportive atmosphere. To discover a new approach to preschool, visit our website and schedule a tour.

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Education and Enrichment Opportunities

The Gardner School

9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati 513-985-9444 An award-winning, academically-focused preschool for ages 6 wks. through private full-day kindergarten. Our early childhood education curriculum is age-appropriate and is among the highest standards in the industry. Your child will reach their full potential guided by our highly qualified, degreed teachers and may participate in such activities as sign language, the Be Smart Kids computer program, dance, gymnastics, foreign languages and music and drama.

Kinder Garden School

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash 513-791-4300 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester 513-874-3100 Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. We provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency.

The Mad Potter Madeira

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

Mason Dance Center

600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone, ages 3 - adult, to discover the joys of dance. Register now for fall classes. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes.



The Music Factory 513-545-7125 The Music Factory , Cincinnati’s premier preschool music program, is dedicated in laying a solid musical foundation for young children. We will provide the necessary tools to allow preschool children, age 9 mos. through 5 yrs., to build that foundation one step at a time!

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8179 Princeton-Glendale Road, Ste. G, West Chester 513-874-0806 Bring your precious little ones out for a day of painting. Weekend classes for kids are now available, cost is $17.50 and this includes: all art materials, instruction and a drink/snack. Ages 5 and up. You can schedule a class on-line or call 513-874-1101.

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Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School

5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-631-0170 Professionally qualified teachers develop programs rich in language experiences and reading and math readiness to encourage in each child a love of learning, curiosity, creativity, self-confidence, and independence as a learner.

Rockwern Academy

8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-984-3770 Rockwern is a premier Jewish day school focused on academic excellence since 1952. Rockwern Academy is a community of learners where students, families, and teachers join together to ensure that every individual child is free to rise to challenges and soar, academically and personally.

Summit Country Day School

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

Tippi Toes

Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky 513-578-1280 Our dance season registration begins Aug. 3rd. Come join us for a fantastic year of Mommy & Me, Baby Ballet, tap, jazz, and even hip-hop!

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ring the little ones to experience the classic tale where Clara receives a nutcracker at her family Christmas party, her brother receives a toy soldier and the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer brings it all to life as the children sleep. Walter C. Deye S.J. Performance Center at St. Xavier High School, 600 West North Bend Road; 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8; $20 adults, $15 seniors and children 11 and younger, $12 students with ID (Dec. 6 performance only). Call 513-520-2334 or visit


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DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 45.


Bring the whole family to check out all the new additions to the Krohn Conservatory’s annual holiday show, A Cincinnati Scenic Railway. This year’s show features new Cincinnati landmarks included within the bridges and trains display in the main exhibit room, six interactive elements, and hands-on experiences for the kids. A new display of vintage holiday decorations donated by the Schmalz Family will be available for viewing, along with the traditional poinsettia display, Christmas tree, the live Western & Southern Nativity, and special events, including Thursday Family Photo Nights, Sundays with Santa, live music and more. The holiday show will remain open through Jan. 5, 2014. Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., with special evening hours on Dec. 12 and 19 until 7:30 p.m. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $7 adults, $4 children, free ages 4 and younger;

SPOTLIGHT: FREE Holiday Kickoff at the Taft Sunday, Dec. 1


ick off December with a fun day of free holiday activities for the whole family. Meet Santa, make an old-fashioned ornament and listen to Christmas melodies in the galleries. The house will be decorated inside and out with lights, garlands and displays of antique ornaments. The below photo is of the International Winter Wonderland from the Collection of Pam and Jim Thomas by Philip Groshong. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike Street; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 513-241-0343 or visit


Visit beautiful Hillforest Museum, decorated in Victorian splendor for the holidays, including vintage toys. Open through Dec. 29; closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hillforest Museum, 213 5th Street, Aurora; 1 - 5 p.m.; free with admission ($6 adults, $3 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger); 812-926-0087 or


A holiday favorite returns. Get into a festive mood with this display of antique ornaments, toys and decorations, and learn about Christmas as it used to be. This year’s exhibition features new displays, including an arrangement of Noah’s Ark, an entire tree trimmed in cats and dogs, and another one all decked out with only pink ornaments. Exhibit will remain open through Jan. 5, 2014. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike Street; general admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors, students and teachers, $4 ages 12 - 17, free ages 11 and younger; 513-241-0343 or


Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at a magical indoor holiday celebration. Enjoy holiday lights and decorations, train displays, a special walk through the “Journey to the North Pole,” reindeer stables, the elves’ workshop, Santa’s house, and more. Open through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Day). Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Sat, and 12 - 6 p.m. on Sun. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; tickets start at $9.95; 513898-8000 or


Join the community to light the JCC’s menorah. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 5 p.m. Dec. 1 - 4; 513-761-7500 or


The Blue Ash and Montgomery Symphony presents Christmas Through the Ages with music from medieval to baroque to the pops. The Cincinnati Choral Society will join the Orchestra for this concert. Montgomery Assembly of God Church, 7950 Pfeiffer Road; 7 p.m.; 513-232-0949 or


Buckle up the family for a mile of fantastic seasonal lights to be enjoyed from the warmth of your own car. Featuring more than 120 moving and standing holiday-themed figures depicting everything from Santa

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to Godzilla, there’s something for everyone. After your tour, head inside to Santaland for more fun with hot chocolate or baked goodies, live entertainment, a train display and photos with Santa. Open through Dec. 23; 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu, and 6 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; $13 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans; 513-769-0393 or


One of Cincinnati’s favorite holiday traditions kicks off today, featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains. Holiday Junction is open through Jan. 5, 2014. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sat, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun, and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Closed on Christmas Day. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; admission included with All Museums Pass ($12.50 adults, $8.50 children, $11.50 seniors); 513-287-7000 or


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Check out more than 250 feet of tract, Lionel trains and an interactive layout in this holiday favorite, enjoyed by families across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Exhibit will remain open through Jan. 19, 2014. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague

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Road, Covington; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum. org.


Join the naturalist for a hike to discover how nature copes with winter. Playground, Fernbank Park, Thornton Drive; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Take a train ride to the LM&M Junction to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and get a small gift and share your Christmas wishes. Stop at the Holiday Post Express to color pictures or write letters destined for the North Pole, and enjoy a holiday cookie and a cup of hot chocolate while watching the Elves perform. Trains depart at 10 a.m., 12:15, 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8, 15, 21 and 22; at 10 a.m., 12:15 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 7, and an additional 7 p.m. departure time on Dec. 14, 21 and 22. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; $20.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free infants 1 year and younger; 513-933-8022 or

DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 45. PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Head to the Zoo for this favorite Cincinnati holiday tradition. This year includes a Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, a S’mores-N-More station, performances from Madcap Puppets, visits with Santa (through Dec. 23), strolling entertainment, the North Polar Express Train ride, and be sure to keep an eye out for the five hidden fairies in Fairyland! Open 5 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu, and 5 10 p.m. Fri - Sat, through Jan. 4, 2014. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street; free with admission ($15 ages 13 - 61, $10 for ages 2 - 12 and 62 and older); 513-281-4700 or


He’s back: Check out a scuba-diving Santa, who will talk to you from underwater with help from his elf, and some friendly fish, including a special holiday story. Then play the Reindeer Roundup game, visit Scuba Santa’s post office to write a letter, and more fun! Scuba Santa will be in town from through Jan. 1, visit the site for a schedule. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport; $23 adults, $15 ages 2 - 12, free ages 1 and younger; 800-406-3474 or


Put on your skating shoes and take a spin around Fountain Square — rent skates or bring your on, step inside a heated tent to warm up, and grab lunch or snacks from any of the nearby coffee shops and restaurants. Rink will be open 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun - Thu, 10 a.m. - midnight Fri - Sat, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, and 2 - 10 p.m. Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Fountain Square, Downtown; $3 admission, $3 skate rental;


This inaugural event is designed to bring people together in the historic business district of Westwood. Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center, 3017 Harrison Ave.; 2 - 6 p.m.; 513-662-6100 or WestwoodDecktheHall.


Enjoy winter’s quiet in the harbor with a picture scavenger hunt. Pick up your hunt sheet between 1 and 3 p.m. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 12 - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Please see Dec. 1 for details.


Celebrate the holidays with a night of fun, including an auction of unique handmade ornaments from Creativity for a Cause, crafts, tips on holiday decor, and a wrapping booth. Enjoy hot chocolate and snacks or get your photo taken with the Able Projects’ holiday backdrop. Proceeds from Creativity for a Cause ornaments by P&G designers support the CAC’s participation in Memories in the Museum, a new program with the Alzheimer’s Association, Taft Museum and CAM designed for visitors with memory loss. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 5 - 8 p.m.; $5 members, $10 nonmembers; 513-345-8405 or


Let your little one’s imagination take over as they create their own robot sculpture. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 11 a.m. today and 2 p.m. Dec. 5; free with admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


A giant Menorah will stand tall and proud among the holiday decorations in Mason, thanks to the Jewish Discovery Center, so bring your family to join a community-wide celebration featuring public dignitaries and community leaders, a petting zoo, fire show, Chanukah treats, music and prizes. Deerfield Towne Center, 5505 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 5:30 p.m.; 513-234-0777 or


Please see Dec. 1 for details.


Please see Dec. 1 for details.


Polar bears and penguins may live at opposite ends of the globe, but they both thrive in cold habitats. Find out how they survive the frigid temperatures and how we handle them too. Programs are weather dependent, please call ahead. Programs take place at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Dec. 4 - 15. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-7718733 or


This new playgroup is designed for children being raised in either a bilingual or Spanish-speaking home. Kids will have independent play time with other Spanishspeakers, while parents can share their experiences raising children in a bilingual home. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 11 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Please see Dec. 2 for details.


Create glass art! Design a fused glass ornament using a variety of colorful and safe glass components. Glass projects will be taken back to Brazee Street School of Glass for firing in the kiln, and will be available for pick up the following week. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or

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Celebrate the holidays and the greatest gift of all — adoption. Join Cincinnati author and illustrator duo, Nadine Huffman and Marilyn Lebhar, for a reading of their book A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas. Based on a true story, a child awaits his new sibling while experiencing many of the city’s holiday traditions. Proceeds from the book are donated to area adoption organizations. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Check out local talented craftsmen and shop from an array of jewelry, fiber arts, glass, handmade soaps, fine art photography, paintings, student art and more. Enjoy The New School Montessori’s new Enrichment Center while you’re there. The New School Montessori, 3 Burton Woods Lane; 5:30 - 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 7; 513-281-7999 or newschoolmontessori. com.


Please see Calendar opener on page 33 for details.


Enjoy this free holiday tradition from Ohio National Financial Services featuring new houses, a 5x7 photo with St. Nick, hot cocoa and cookies, and fun goodies for the little one. Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the FreestoreFoodbank. Ohio National Building, Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati; 6 - 8:30 p.m. today, 5 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12 - 13;


It’s time for the winter warm-up of the Cincinnati Reds! Bring the little kids and big kids for games and activities, and a chance to meet past, current and future stars of the Cincinnati Reds. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati; 3 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7; $25 adult two-day passes, $12 ages 3 - 14 two-day passes, $17 adults single day admission, $7 ages 3 - 14 single day admission; 513381 or


Join a neighborhood celebration and light up the holidays with the communities of Pleasant Ridge and Kennedy Heights. WinterFest kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center (5915 Ridge Ave.). Then head indoors for games, crafts and entertainment (including a visit with Santa) fro 6 - 8 p.m. From 7 - 9 p.m., families can stop by the Kennedy Heights Art Center (6546 Montgomery Road) to view the winter art exhibition, listen to holiday music by local choirs, and enjoy some tasty desserts while kids make ornaments in the art studio. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; 513-631-4278.

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Take a trip back in time to the 1950s and 1960s holiday event — this exhibit of people and parks includes photographs, a re-created historic journal and live music. Vintage kids’ holiday crafts and light refreshments will be available for a small fee. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 12 - 4 p.m. today and Dec. 8; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Join a program all about different wildlife from the area and even meet a few creatures up close. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or

ARTESSORI 2013 HOLIDAY ARTS FAIR Please see Dec. 6 for details.



SPOTLIGHT: Holiday Pops with Ann Hampton Callaway Dec. 13 - 15


oin “Mr. Christmas,” aka John Morris Russell (pictured) for this holiday family tradition — he’ll warm your heart with traditional and contemporary holiday favorites, delivered in Cincinnati Pops fashion, complete with dancers, choirs, an appearance from St. Nick, and vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway. Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street; 8 p.m. Dec. 13 - 14, 2 p.m. Dec. 15; tickets start at $25 for adults, $10 for ages 17 and younger for all performances. Call 513-381-3300 or visit

Please see Calendar opener on page 33 for details.


Enjoy performances, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, visits with local artists, and art-making activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.


Bring family and friends to celebrate the holidays with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s choirs and special guest choirs. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Avenue; 5 p.m.; $12; 513-556-4183 or ccm.


Meet the Grinch and grow your heart three sizes this holiday season — celebrate a Seuss classic about the power of good cheer in this special story time, and take a picture with the star of the book. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Wayne Martin Puppets presents this fast-paced musical-revue featuring two dozen beautifully designed and costumed hand puppets and trick marionettes. Enjoy favorites like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and Santa, along with Peter and Penelope Penguin and other surprise guests. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Avenue; 1 p.m.; $6; 513241-6550 or


Catch Santa rappelling down the side of an office tower to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a spectacular holiday fireworks display on Fountain Square. After the fireworks, head inside to Macy’s Fountain Place for a story time with Mrs. Claus. Fountain Square, Downtown; 6:30 p.m. today and Dec. 14;



Hawks and owls can be seen all year long — learn the facts about these creatures and their adaptations, and even meet some live birds of prey. Cameras are welcome! Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Please see Dec. 6 for details.


Bring your old plastic and rubber toys, including ones that are broken, for Happen’s Toy Lab’s Upcycle Toy Drive. Drop off your toys and spin Happen’s wheel for a variety of Toy Lab prizes. Be sure to RSVP if you want to build a toy while you’re there. Happen’s Toy Lab, 4203 Hamilton Avenue; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. today and Dec. 8; additional fee to build a toy; 513-751-2345 or


Is Cincinnati’s weather unique? Join the naturalist to learn some weather basics, including what makes weather and cloud formations. Then head outside to make your own forecast. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Families are invited to enjoy an afternoon of fun, including a Madcap Puppet show at 1 p.m., followed by photos with Santa, games, crafts, hay rides, and a train display. Bring a children’s book for the book exchange! Grove Banquet & Event Center, 9158 Winton Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; a $5 donation is recommended; 513-522-1410 or .

Please see Dec. 6 for details.

sun 8 A VINTAGE PARK CHRISTMAS Please see Dec. 7 for details.


Please see Calendar opener on page 33 for details.


Get into the holiday spirit with the Cincinnati Dance and Movement Center dancers, along with local choirs, bands and orchestras from area schools including Mt. Healthy and Winton Woods. Admission is a donation of a winter clothing item such as a cat, hat or mittens for the Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center. Winton Woods High School, 1231 West Kemper Road; 7 - 8 p.m.; 513-521-8462 or


The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to start decorating. Stop by to make some unique items for your holiday celebrations. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; $1 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Bring family and friends to celebrate the holidays with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s choirs and special guest choirs. Corbett Auditorim, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Avenue; 2 p.m., 5 p.m.; $12; 513-556-4183 or


The Cincinnati Civic Orchestra perform a holiday concert featuring songs from The Polar Express and classics like Sleigh Rides. Grove Banquet & Event Center, 9158 Winton Road; 3 p.m.; 513-522-1410 or (please turn the page) •

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Ages 3 - 12 can make up to two holiday-themed crafts to take home. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; $1 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Mix up your own hot chocolate to enjoy as you walk the 1.4-mile inner loop of the Shaker Trace Trail. Bring a mug, and Great Parks will supply the ingredients, along with a recipe to take home. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 11 a.m.; $1 per cup plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Bundle up and stop by the Nature PlayScape to enjoy free hot cocoa, conversation and play. Please bring your own mug. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


Please see Dec. 7 for details.


Enjoy holiday favorites from Kenny Rogers, along with his hits through the years and special guest Linda Davis. Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $69.50; 859-442-2652 or


Bring your little ones to create their own artistic currency. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 11 a.m. today and 2 p.m. Dec. 12; free with admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Join in for stories, songs and activities designed to support key early literacy skills all while having fun. This week, families will enjoy holiday stories, along with a special snack and a craft. Covington Library, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Boulevard, Covington; 10 a.m.; 859-962-4060 or


Make a felt stocking and stuff it with small treats to give to someone special, and enjoy treats of your own and some games while your stockings dry. Cheviot Branch Library, 3711 Robb Avenue; 3 p.m.; 513-3696015 or


Join Naturalist Sheila Riley in the Rowe Visitor Center to meet with other members interested in astronomy. Bring telescopes if you have them and be ready to go outside for a look at the night sky. If skies are cloudy, the program will move indoors. Best for ages 12 and

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SPOTLIGHT: Calico Children’s Theatre’s A Christmas Carol Dec. 13 - 14


alico Children’s Theatre welcomes ArtReach for a presentation of one of the holiday’s best-loved stories -- an old miser makes excuses for his uncaring ways until he learns real compassion during a Christmas Eve adventure. Best for grades K - 8. Be sure to enjoy a fun preshow Breakfast With Santa on Dec. 14 beginning at 8:30 a.m., featuring goodies and crafts, all courtesy of UC Clermont College, Student Life. UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14; $5. Call 513558-1215 or visit community_arts.

older. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


First Church of Christ will host its annual community event, featuring the 1800s-style Christmas Pioneer Village where families can visit the candle maker’s shop, the woodworker’s bench, and then snack on Grandma’s cookies. Visit outdoor shops, play pioneer games, decorate a cookie, hand-dip a candle and make an ornament, and be sure to enjoy the petting zoo, a live Nativity, and a horse-drawn carriage ride. First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington; 6 - 9 p.m. Dec. 12 - 13, 3 - 9 p.m. Dec. 14 - 15; 859-586-4673 or


There’s nothing like the sound of the Albee Theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer — it’s an orchestra all in one organ. Enjoy holiday favorites with all of the bells, whistles and special effects. Music Hall Ballroom, 1241 Elm Street; 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m.; $25; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts. org.



Artist JR celebrates everyday people as heroes in his large-scale art. You should be a hero too. Decorate capes, masks and a super power badge, then join friends from Moksha Yoga as they show off some fun super hero poses. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513345-8405 or


Please see Dec. 12 for details.


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Whether spending the evening with your significant other or the whole family, try something different with a train ride from Lebanon to The Brazenhead Irish Pub in Mason for dinner. Then reboard the train for a relaxing ride back to Lebanon. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $30 ages 12 and older, $25 ages 13 months - 12 years), free infants up to 12 months (ticket price does not include dinner or beverages); 513-933-8022 or

Please see Dec. 6 for details.


Please see Dec. 9 for details.

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Enjoy a live performance of festive holiday music by the St. Ursula Academy Vocal Ensemble, SUAVE. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


SPOTLIGHT: Mother of Mercy Christmas Concert Dec. 13 - 14


oin Mother of Mercy High School’s music department for their annual Christmas concert, featuring Mercy’s Vocal Ensemble, the freshmen/sophomore chorus, the junior/senior chorus, and the Handbell Choir. Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 - 14; $6. Call 513-661-2740 or visit

Please see “Spotlight on page 37 for details.


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Please see Dec. 6 for details.


Join the Cincinnati Boychoir, performers from Elementz, and visual artists from the Cincinnati Art Academy for a unique reflection on the holiday season — through poetry, music, dance and art, talented young people will find the spark that provides comfort and hope this time of year. Cincinnati Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street; 7 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Dec. 15; $15 adults, $10 students and seniors; 513-396-7664 or


TSO celebrates their first 15 years of touring with an encore and final performance of their multi-platinum rock opera, The Lost Christmas Eve, a combination of Broadway storytelling with rock music. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway Street; 4 p.m., 8 p.m.; $33 - $70.50;


Music, movement, stories and age-appropriate celebration of Shabbat are planned today. See the Torah scroll up close as it’s rolled across the room, learn how it is made and what makes it so special. Isaac M. Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road; 6:15 p.m.; 513-793-2556 or


Please see Dec. 12 for details.


Please see “Spotlight” on page 38 for details.


THead to the Main Library for plenty of fun activities and crafts, as well as holiday model train display and family story times. Main Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street; 1 - 4 p.m. today and Dec. 15; 513-369-6900 or


The 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the area, will perform holiday songs from around the globe. Corbett Auditorim, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Avenue; 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; $12 general, $6 students, free for UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.

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Enjoy live performances of festive holiday music by the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 37 for details.


Go back in time for the sights, sounds and smells of the 19th century holiday season — see the Village in its holiday splendor, while enjoying crafts, storytelling, holiday food, music and more. Each historical house will be decked out with traditional decorations from the 1800s. Heritage Village Museum, inside Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 12 - 4 p.m. today and Dec. 15; $7 adults, $5 ages 5 - 11, free for members and children 4 and younger; 513-563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati. org.


Please see Dec. 7 for details.

“Where Every Family Matters.”


This family-friendly performance features John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops along with singers and actors in a semi-staged adaptation of the classic tale. Join this world premiere performance of the fully orchestrated concert version of the musical with book and lyrics by William Schermerhorn and music by Wesley Whatley. Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street; 2 p.m.; $10 per child, $20 per adult; 513-381-3300 or


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Learn simple Spanish vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Join a holiday parade of boomboxes — this is caroling, CAC style. The party moves through the streets of downtown and invites participants to carry boomboxes to form a swirling blizzard of sound. The parade begins at the CAC and ends at Fountain Square. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 6:30 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or

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Learn how waterfalls change to icicles during this hourlong walk through the natural world. Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 10 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or


The PipSqueak Theater elves and Madcap Puppets present a fun holiday show that includes giant cookie decorating, face painting, holiday crafts, a photo booth and a special performance of Madcap’s Enchanted Worlds. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; $7; 513-520-9500 or pipsqueaktheater.


Please see Dec. 12 for details.


Please see Dec. 14 for details.


Please see “Spotlight” on page 42 for details.


Share in the holiday spirit with athletes skating to their favorite holiday music. Beginners through advanced levels demonstrate their skills on the ice, and enjoy some hot chocolate and goodies. Sports Plus, 10765 Reading Road; 3:14 - 4:15 p.m.; $8;


Please see “Spotlight” on page 37 for details.


Please see Dec. 14 for details.


Join the 38th anniversary of this holiday tradition — as the neighborhood lights up the streets, the Observatory will open its buildings and telescopes for public viewing. Cruise from Mount Lookout Square to the Observatory for carolers, stargazing, a gift shop, and hot drinks. Viewing of Venus will be available early, and the telescopes will focus on the Moon, Orion and Jupiter (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-321-5186 or


Please see Dec. 13 for details.


Experience the classic tale like you’ve never seen it before as the Mason Dance Center puts its own spin on everyone’s favorite holiday story. Benefitting the MHS After Prom. Mason High School Theater, 6100 S. Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 1 and 4 p.m.; $8; 513-3980353 or


Join in for a cool hunt while keeping warm — various winter treasures will be hidden inside the nature center, find them all and win a prize! Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Get in the holiday spirit and create a brightly colored ornament inspired by abstract artist Helen Frankenthaler. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 11 a.m. today and 2 p.m. Dec. 19; free with admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Help the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra welcome “dream team” singing duo Amy Grant and Vince Gill for a onenight only concert event featuring traditional holiday favorites along with new classics from the performers’ multi-platinum Christmas albums. Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $30; 513-381-3300 or


Homeschooling families are invited to read favorite poems or ones they’ve written on their own on the LePage Stage. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2:30 - 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Bring your preschoolers to learn all about trains today through stories and a craft, then be sure to stick around to enjoy the Holiday Toy Trains exhibit! Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or


Bring your preschoolers for this “open house” style program that features stories and touchable objects for a memorable exploration of art at the CAM. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or


Snow, frost and ice have inspired artists for centuries. Create a piece of winter art to take home. Programs are weather dependent, please call ahead. Held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Dec. 18 - 29. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513771-8733 or


Nature has many stories to tell — join a naturalist for a nature-themed story. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or



Please see Dec. 16 for details.


Break out your crafty side with homemade gifts, creative wrapping paper and holiday decorations. Then take a moment to stretch and practice some poses for the chilly season with Moksha Yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or


The Greater Cincinnati Storytelling Guild spins some festive winter stories to spice up the season. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Ages 3 - 6 are invited to have some fun with Legos, Duplos and other building bricks and connectors. Pleasant Ridge Branch Library, 6233 Montgomery Road; 4 p.m.; 513-369-4488 or


Ages 2 - 6 and a grown-up enjoy stories, songs and a craft all designed to spark their imaginations. Limited to the first 40 children in attendance. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; 859-962-4000 or


Join the naturalist on the first day of winter for a hike to learn about the winter solstice and what native wildlife must do to survive the cold. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


All ages are invited to celebrate the winter solstice — toast marshmallows and meet costumed critters in the Nature PlayScape, warm up in the Krippendorf Lodge, enjoy Celtic music, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, drumming and more. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 12 - 5 p.m.; $6 members, with family maximum of $30, $14 nonmembers, with family maximum of $50; 513-8311711 or

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Let your little one create a colorful collage that looks good enough to eat. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 11 a.m. today and 2 p.m. Dec. 26; free with admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or

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SPOTLIGHT: FREE Drive Through Nativity Sunday, Dec. 15


hurch of the Saviour hosts the Drive Through Nativity for the 27th year as a Christmas gift to the community. Ten different live scenes capture biblical times with animals and inspirational music. Admission is free and donations not necessary; event takes place regardless of weather. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 5:30 - 9 p.m. Call 513-791-3142 or visit


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Snakes, turtles and toads ... oh, my! Join a naturalist for an up-close look at a few animals that call Woodland Mound home. Program held at 1 p.m. Dec. 26 - Dec. 29. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Please see Dec. 23 for details.


Make some snow-themed art — create your own snow monster, do some fluffy flake painting, and hunt for treasures with the CAC’s frozen painters. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter. org.


Pick up your nature scavenger challenge sheet at Nature’s Niche each day between 1 and 3 p.m., Dec. 26 - 29. Complete the items on the list by answering some easy questions as you walk along the trail, then turn in your list for a prize. Nature’s Niche Gifts & Books, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Come to the park for an indoor scavenger hunt and games. Kids can make up to two winter-themed crafts to take home. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 12 - 4 p.m. today and Dec. 27; $1 per craft, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Join friends from Imago Earth Center for nature stories, songs and other fun activities. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513731-2665 or

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WINTER BREAK FUN DAYS Please see Dec. 26 for details.


Learn basic French vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Wildlife relies on many ways to beat the cold. Take a look at what some animals do during the wild, winter weather. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Learn about nature in winter by following a list of clues to lead you on your path. Pick up your hunt sheet between 1 and 3 p.m. and return your completed sheet by 4 p.m. for a prize. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 1 - 4 p.m. today and Dec. 29; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


View the constellations in the winter skies and learn about their rich history. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 6:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

“Where Every Family Matters.”


Join a hike in the hills for some outdoor adventure and enjoy stretching your legs in the brisk winter air while searching for nature’s winter finery and animals and birds. Kingfisher Trail, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

WINTER DISCOVERY HUNT Please see Dec. 28 for details.


Help welcome in the New Year with an artistic BANG! Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 11 a.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


Bring the gang for a family-friendly, seasonal movie and some popcorn! Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland; 1 p.m.; 513-369-4476 or


Join an afternoon celebration of the New Year, complete with games, noise-makers, and snacks, and finishing off with a ball drop at noon. Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 11:30 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or (the Calendar continues on page 45)

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Free Family Fun at the Main Library! Thank You for Voting us the Best Party Place in Greater Cincinnati!

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Enjoy Dazzle Days activities on

December 14 & 15 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Enjoy a holiday model train display*, holiday crafts, refreshments, and family storytimes.

*The train display will be open from noon-6:00 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Park for $2 a day on weekends at the Garfield Garage.


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The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra announces the Return of the Kings to Cincinnati, just in time for the holidays. Gian Carlo Menotti’s chamber opera features magical, larger-than-life puppets from Madcap Puppets, amazing soloists from Pones Inc. dancers, and Xavier University Edgeclliff Ensemble vocalists, and played to sold-out crowds last year. Xavier University, 3800 Victory Pkwy.; Dec. 20 - 23; $25 adults, $10 children; 513-723-1182 ext. 102 or


Based on the classic tale by Jules Verne, and featuring music and lyrics by local musician David Kisor, this production will take young audiences on a fantastic journey with Englishman Phileas Fogg, who has wagered his fortune that he can circumnavigate the world in just 80 days. With weather, bandits, his own wily valet, and even Scotland Yard to stand in his way, will he make the journey? Find out for yourself! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.; Dec. 4 - Jan. 4; 513-421-3555 or


Cincinnati Playhouse and U.S. Bank present the 23rd annual production of the Tristate holiday favorite! Adapted by Howard Dallin, this presentation of a classic tale incorporates stage magic and brings to life the story of a sinner given one last chance at redemption. Bring your family to learn about the story’s heartwarming message, or to just relive the thrilling special effects and grand costumes. Best for ages 5 and older. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through Dec. 29; $35 - $85 adults, $30 children; 513-421-3888 or


Enjoy a fresh take on a classic tale in this musical version of Dickens’ holiday tale. Audiences will “Bring Back Christmas” with the not-so-“Dear, Mr. Scrooge,” while Bob Cratchit counts his heavenly “Christmas Treasure” and Tiny Tim chimes in with “God Bless Us Everyone!” Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; through Dec. 22; $24 adults, $21 students and seniors; 513-241-6550 or


The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati offers their newest holiday musical spectacular, featuring a flurry of activity at the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with the elves, reindeer and Toys are getting ready for the biggest night of the year. But a tricky Jack Frost has other plans! Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St.; Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7 at 2 and 5 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., Dec. 14 at 2 and 5 p.m.; tickets start at $7; 800-7453000 or

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


5085 Observatory Circle 513-321-6070 • • Give a Cheer for Winter RSVP by Dec. 26. Grades K - 3 go for a winter exploration hike, and enjoy cold weather activities and crafts to learn how animals deal with the season. Then end the day with hot chocolate and a story. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 30; $20 per child resident, $25 non-resident.


Introduce your family to this epic tale, or experience it for the first time, with familiar melodies, and a heart-breaking, yet truly inspiring tale of redemption. Anderson Center Theater, 7850 Five Mile Road; Dec. 5 - 15; $12;

See the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of The Day Before Christmas this month.


Re-discover the magic of this classic holiday tale as it is brought to life on stage. Max the Dog narrates this story of the Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” and who decides to steal Christmas from the lovable Whos of Whoville. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; through Dec. 1; ticket prices vary, see site for details; 513-721-2787 or


It’s just not the holidays without catching a performance of the classic tale of Clara and her nutcracker doll from the Cincinnati Ballet. Audiences will be treated to stunning sets and brilliant costumes, along


with Tchaikovsky’s score played by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Dec. 20 - 29 (Sugar Plum Parades take place at the 2 p.m. performances on Dec. 21 and 28); single tickets start at $32; 513-621-5282 or


These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.

BEHRINGER-CRAWFORD MUSEUM 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park 859-491-4003 •

• Polar Express Readings RSVP for these special readings of the classic tale by a local librarian. Come dressed in your PJs for holiday fun! 2 p.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17).

BLUE MANATEE CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE 3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 •

• Little Yogis Join Hollie Nesbitt from Omya Studio in Northside for a yoga class for kids ages 2 - 4, with an emphasis on focus, flexibility and fun. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5 and 19; $9. • Miss Meghan’s Music Join Miss Meghan for songs and fun with your little one. 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12 and 26; $10. • Make a Mess at the Manatee Join Miss Kelli and have fun listening to a good book and participating in an art-making activity. 10 a.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; $7. •


3400 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 • • Cincinnati Skies Learn the stories behind Orion and other constellations, as well as how stars form and function, star types and more. Students receive materials to construct star charts for nighttime viewing at home. 10 a.m. or 12 p.m. Dec. 12; $5. • Give a Cheer for Winter RSVP by Dec. 30. Celebrate the quiet calm of winter and ring in the New Year — go on a hike, play some games, make crafts and relax with a story. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 31; $20 per child resident, $25 non-resident.


430 W. North Bend Road 513-761-4313 • • Outdoor Winter Survivor Camp RSVP by Dec. 24. Grades 4 - 6 learn neat outdoor skills in winter, like building and cooking over a fire. Be sure to dress for the weather! 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 27; $20 per child resident, $20 non-resident. (please turn the page)

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PLAN AHEAD • Winter Warriors RSVP by Jan. 2. California Woods staff and special guests from OSU Extension 4H take campers on a hike and teach the basics of navigation on the way to a prize. Dress for the weather. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Jan. 3; $20 per child resident, $25 non-resident.

CALIFORNIA WOODS NATURE PRESERVE 5400 Kellogg Ave. 513-231-8678 •

• Winter in the Woodlands RSVP by Dec. 5. Families can follow a luminaria-lit trail on a self-guided walk through the forest, then decorate your own homebaked holiday cookies, make crafts and enjoy acoustic Celtic music from Coel Mhor. You can even learn to play a dulcimer with the Strothers family. 6 8 p.m. Dec. 6; $5; parking is limited, please carpool as much as possible.

CHRISHOLM METROPARK/AUGSPUGER HOUSE 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton 513-867-5835 or A valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park

• 2013 Christmas Bird Count Enjoy light refreshments at the historic Augspurger farmhouse, then move outside to count birds at the park with a little instruction from the experts. 8 - 11 a.m. Dec. 14.


953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 • • Culture Kids Ages 2 - 5 and their parents are invited for stories, snacks, tours and hands-on art activities. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Dec. 13; $10 per parent/child members, $20 per parent/child nonmembers, $3 and $6 for each additional person. • Art in the Making Ages 6 - 12 and an adult work together in an art-making activity, and take a gallery tour. 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 21; $10 per parent/child members, $20 per parent/child nonmembers, $3 and $6 for each additional person.

CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER 4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 •

• CFEC Classes Register for the center’s classes for ages birth to 5 years, including Rock n Rollers, The Pottery Train, Little Sprout Yogis, Tiny Tunes, Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes, Movers & Shakers, Crawlers and Climbers, The Next Step, Silly Science, Jitterbugs, Wiggle Worms, Crazy Maze, Tip Tap Toe, and new classes Eating the Alphabet, Jumpin’ in Our Jammies, Setting Sun, Movin’ and Groovin’ and Expressive Adventures. Class packages range from $50 - $150. • Family Classes Register for classes for the family including Whale of a Tale, Imagination Station, Family Fiesta, Animal Action, Cupcake Kids, PeaWee Patch, Cultural Club, Yoga Adventures, Rise & Shine, DRUMatic, Hands Up, and new classes Grossology and Music Express. Class packages range from $50 - $110.


These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.

• Signing Safari Goes to the Zoo RSVP at Staff from Signing Safari and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden team up for an hour-long program featuring weather, nature and animal signs. Enjoy singing, signing, story time and three special animal visits. 9:30 or 11 a.m. Dec. 3, 6, 7, 10 and 14; $17 members, $20 nonmembers.


1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7000 • All-museums pass ($12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2) • Bright Ideas Ages 5 - 10 and their grown-ups explore several themes, including Caroling Cuisine (2:30 p.m. Dec. 7), Snow Globes (3:30 p.m. Dec. 8), and Gingerbread Architecture (2:30 p.m. Dec. 14). $5 per child, per session for members, $7 plus admission per child, per session for nonmembers. • Explorer’s University Ages 9 - 15 learn all about crystal formation and structure, and make their own crystal decoration. 2 p.m. Dec. 14; $5 per child members, $7 plus admission per child nonmembers. • Sprouts Institute Bring your preschoolers for fun and games during these themed family workshops, including Songs and Stories (Dec. 2), Miss Meghan’s Music (Dec. 16), and Joy of Art (Dec. 9). All workshops begin at 10:15 a.m.; $5 per child, per session for members, $7 plus admission per child, per session for nonmembers.

CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER AT ROWE WOODS 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 • Daily admission for nonmembers $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 -12

• Full Moon Walk Hit the trails at night with kids ages 8 and older and enjoy the full moon and some natural history readings. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17; free members, $8 nonmembers. • Ohio Young Birders’ Club Ages 12 - 18 are invited to join this club for those interested in hiking and birding. Locations vary so you must be a member to receive email updates on each outing. Register online for $10 or email • Drumming on the Longest Night RSVP by Dec. 20. Drum, dance or just listen while celebrating the winter solstice with drums and other percussion instruments — bring your own or borrow one from CNC. Young children may need ear plugs. 7 - 9 p.m. Dec. 21; $10 with online registration, $12 at the door.


2715 Reading Road 513-221-0981 • • Natural Christmas Ornaments Nature leaves lots of treasures during the winter. Learn how to take dried nuts and plants and turn them into ornaments for your Christmas tree. 9 or 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. Dec. 14; $5.

• Parent Classes Register for parent workshops including BellyRobics, Signing Safari, The Potty Train, Tree of Life prenatal yoga, and more. Class package prices vary.

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Held at The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road 859-445-2207 • ConversaTheFrenchSchoolInCincinnati • French Children’s Classes RSVP for Frenchthemed programs created for children to be exposed to a foreign language and learn on a regular basis in a relaxing environment. Held on Saturdays through Dec. 14; $48 for four sessions.


3455 Poole Road 513-521-7275 • A valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Legend of the Christmas Spider RSVP by Dec. 13. The German legend of the Christmas Spider recounts the origin of the use of tinsel to decorate Christmas trees. Kids will enjoy crafts, and a special visit from a spider guest. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 18; $6.


Freestore Foodbank Customer Connection Center, 112 East Liberty St. 513-482-7557 • • Holiday Food Distribution Ages 10 and older can help distribute food for a December holiday meal to neighbors in need. Dec. 20, 21 and 23, several shifts available; email


7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason 513-234-0777 • • Jewish Kids Club: Curious Kids Science Ages 6 11 will have some hands-on science fun — discover the environment like never before and create something unique to take home while meeting other Jewish kids in the area. 1:30 - 3 p.m. Dec. 15; $10 per session.

LABOITEAUX WOODS NATURE PRESERVE 5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 •

• Holiday Crafts for the Family Choose from more than 15 different nature-themed crafts to make and take, using natural or recycled materials, and make decorations that will become part of your family’s holiday celebration. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7; $5. • Nature Crafts for Junior Girl Scouts Make crafts with a nature theme or using natural materials using a variety of tools and methods using hot glue, sewing and more. 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 14; $6 each scout with one adult assisting. • Wild About Winter RSVP by Dec. 19. Ages 5 - 12 can celebrate the winter solstice with indoor and outdoor activities like hikes, games, crafts and stories by the fire. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23; $20 per child resident, $25 non-residents.


9402 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash 513-531-7400 • • FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension RSVP by Dec. 2. Learn about current national research focused on the path of successful readers, and how to better follow your own child’s reading development and learning. This seminar will cover the five critical literacy skills of successful reading and compensation skills that mask reading development. 5:30 - 7 p.m. Dec. 4.


9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Winter in the Woods RSVP by Dec. 11. Bring ages 2 - 4 for an exciting program all about winter in the woods, complete with a story and a craft. 11 a.m. Dec. 13; $6.


3036 Werk Road • 513-661-2740 ext. 346 • • Christmas on Campus RSVP by Dec. 19. Eighth grade girls are invited for a sleepover extravaganza, including a pizza party, holiday activities, a movie, gifts and more. 8 p.m. Dec. 20; $5.


3976 Hamilton-Middletown Road, Hamilton 513-867-5835 • A valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park • Discovery Kids RSVP by Dec. 17. Ages 3 - 5 and their adults explore the wonders of birds in the winter with crafts, songs, snacks and more. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Dec. 18; $3 per child.


491 Ohio Pike or 5055 Glencrossing Way 513-528-3696 • New Year’s Eve Celebration Ages 6 and older can play unlimited laser tag and miniature golf (West Side location only) and celebrate the New Year with a balloon drop party, sparkling cider, and games all night. 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. Dec. 31; please call for price.

SHALOM FAMILY • FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive playgroups feature Miss Meliss, who keeps both parents and their little ones engaged with her unique brand of fun. Play dates include a snack and are open to families in the Jewish community with children ages 2 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Two families will each win a $50 Target gift card at each event. Presented by Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road; 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 22. Dates subject to change, please call to confirm.


These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.


234 Goodman St. 513-584-2230 • • Childbirth Classes Expecting moms are invited to a range of childbirth classes including: Baby Care Basics (Dec. 2); Infant CPR (Dec. 5); Prepared Childbirth (Dec. 7 and 18); Breastfeeding (Dec. 12, also at Walnut Hills Health Center Dec. 17); Little Bit of Everything (Dec. 21); and Maternity Tours (Dec. 2 and 16).


7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 • A valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park • Discovery Kids RSVP by Dec. 18. Make a home for birds and learn about where they go in the winter with stories, songs, snacks and a craft. For ages 3 5 and their adults. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Dec. 19; $3 per child.


Fourth and Fifth Streets, Connersville, IN 765-825-2054 • • Polar Express Enjoy a journey through the quiet countryside for a special visit to the North Pole to see Santa Claus. through Dec. 15, see site for times; $29. • Metamora Holiday Special RSVP in advance for a special holiday shopping trip. Take a train ride to Metamora and enjoy a 3-hour layover in this historical town. 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14; $27 adults, $16 ages 2 - 12.


5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason 513-398-9358 • FREE Half Pint Kids Club Join a fun class for ages 2 - 9 and explore healthy eating and craft activities. This month’s themes include Winter Wonderland (Dec. 4); Reindeer (Dec. 11); and Holiday Fun (Dec. 18). 10 a.m.

• Holiday Basket Workshop RSVP by Dec. 2. Gather some friends and learn the age-old practice of basket-making to give as a gift or keep for yourself. 1 p.m. Dec. 8; $25. • Wilderness Skills: Winter Survival RSVP by Dec. 5. Enjoy a day in the woods using a variety of outdoor skills and decision-making techniques to successfully carry out the challenges you may face in the winter months. Best for ages 9 and older. 2 p.m. Dec. 8; $6. • Growing Up a Farm Kid: Holiday on the Farm RSVP by Dec. 8. Help the ponies celebrate the holiday at the farm. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Dec. 10; $10 per child plus one free adult, $5 per additional adult. • Annual Winter Bird Count RSVP by Dec. 12. Join the annual census of the birds living in Great Parks of Hamilton County. Visit the parks and join a group led by staff to count, then head to Winton woods at 4:15 p.m. for a grand tally. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14. • Capture the Flag RSVP by Dec. 26. Get outside and play! Grab your friends and family for favorite field games. Please dress for the weather. 2 p.m. Dec. 30; $3.


8250 Old Kellogg Ave. 513-521-PARK (7275) or A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Evergreen Centerpieces RSVP by Dec. 2. Ages 12 and older are invited to make beautiful holiday centerpieces with fresh evergreens while enjoying light refreshments. Bring gloves and pruning shears if you have them. 2 p.m. Dec. 7; $22. • Family New Year’s Eve Celebration RSVP by Dec. 26. Kick off the New Year with live animal programs, music, games, crafts and more. Lewis Petrushko, a real “balloona-tic” will make balloon sculptures for the kids. Magician John Louis, of On the Edge of Illusion, returns with an all-new show, and then check out the ball drop at 9 p.m. 6 - 9 p.m. Dec. 31; $4, free ages younger than 2.


10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Wilderness Skills: Knot That! RSVP by Dec. 5. Knowing a few handy knots can make your outdoor adventures much safer. Learn a few favorite knots and then put your skills to the test. 4 p.m. Dec. 7; $6. • Survival Bracelet Workshop RSVP by Dec. 4. Create a survival bracelet for you or a friend - learn to use survival strength paracord to make a bracelet you can use to create a shelter, snare or other items crucial in a survival situation. 6 p.m. Dec. 7; $10 for basic cord and clasp kit. • Brunch With Santa Start a new family holiday tradition — enjoy a delicious buffet, a carving station and omelet bar. Santa will greet children and listen to wish lists, and each child will receive one complimentary photo. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15; $15.95 adults, $7.95 ages 2 - 12, plus tax, free ages younger than 2. •

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