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Keep the Songbird Singing he late, great American poet Emily Dickinson wrote of hope in 1861:

“HOPE” IS THE THINGS WITH FEATHERS “Hope” is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops - at all And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard And sore must be the storm That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm I’ve heard it in the chillest land And on the strangest Sea Yet - never - in Extremity, It asked a crumb - of me.

Dickinson wrote of hope as a free spirit, and yet she also depicts life’s storms raging against it. It happens. When your child is little, that hopeful internal bird sings a wonderful song in his soul. Children are born with hope, but the storms of life DO rage against it. As they grow, kids weather parental disappointment and anger, rigid schedules, rejection, changing friends, losses of pets or worse, school issues, divorce, remarriage, puberty, the ups and downs of it all. Through all of this, that little internal songbird gets shaken. If things get too rough, that little songbird stops singing. Raising my four kids, I’ve learned to work with powerful keys over the years that have given me good results and kept my kids wholesome and relatively positive. The keys are: ACCEPTANCE: Unconditional love. Looking past your child’s faults and loving him for who he is. Saying, “I love you” with no “but.” APPROVAL: Letting your kids know that you approve of them more than you disapprove. ENCOURAGEMENT: Saying,“I am so proud of you because ______. Telling them,“Good job.” Noticing the good. RESPECT: Not belittling your kids. Listening. Being there. SUPPORT: Having your child’s back. Speaking up for him when he can’t. Connecting him to friends. HIGHER POWER: My kids understand that they were created by something outside of themselves and that it’s divine. We name it God. They know they can have a personal relationship with Him. That little bird of hope that perches in the soul of your little one needs to be fed and nourished all the way to adulthood. What an awesome and important task!

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Does Believing in Santa Stop at age 10? — READER POST OF THE MONTH — “I have always told my kids once you don’t believe there are not Santa gifts. They are 29 and 26. I have never said that Santa is or is not real. I’ve always said to believe in Santa. Santa makes Christmas special and celebrates Jesus’ birthday.” Mary Ann Twidale Flynn

“We had friends spill the beans in front of our kids, and I said, ‘Every family is different. Some families don’t use Santa. As for our family, we are maintaining our arrangement with Santa.’ My kids still believe.”

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“My son will be 10 in a couple of months and still believes. He is also really excited for his Elf on the Shelf to arrive. I hope we will make it through Christmas without another child spilling the beans to him. They grow up too fast!”

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he holidays are full of wonderful stories to share with kids, and blue manatee children’s bookstore has recommendations for them. Get a head start! Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston Little Drummer Boy by Loren Long How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson Olive the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold Dream Snow by Eric Carle The Mitten by Jan Brett A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas by Nadine Woodard Huffman

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Grab binoculars and sign up to help Great Parks of Hamilton County with its annual winter bird count on Dec. 10. Starting at 10 a.m., all levels of “birders” can head to a favorite park to begin counting. Then at 3 p.m., make your way to Winton Woods (10245 Winton Road) to find out the grand tally. A fun activity to do with little children, learn more at 513-521-7275 or visit greatparks.org.

It’s easier to find fresh produce in the winter months thanks to the Village Green Farmers’ Market, which is in Fairfield Community Arts Center (411 Wessel Dr.) for the season. Stop by the center’s veranda on the second Wednesday of each month from 5 - 7 p.m. (now through April) to peruse the wares of vendors like Mwimbula Coffee, Crackling Crust, Small Acres Farm, 5Oaks Organics and more. For more, visit fairfieldcity.org/events.

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ummit Country Day School is expanding its Toddler Program to provide an all-day option for children ages 18 months and older. Designed to meet the needs of working parents with busy schedules, the program is Montessori-based and led by one teacher with two co-teachers in each classroom. Expect outdoor learning opportunities via a rooftop playground naturescape, an outdoor learning space and more. Learn about the program and get enrollment info for the 2017 - 2018 school year at summitcds. org/toddlers. (please turn the page)

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he holidays can be a difficult time for some families who struggle with health or loss. That’s why the Faith Community United Methodist Church (8230 Cox Road, West Chester) is offering a HopeFull Christmas service for families seeking inspiration. Join a special candle-lighting in memory of those lost and find hope and support in others with similar struggles. The service will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5. Call 513-777-9533 or visit faithcommunityumc.org.

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t can be tough to balance work and family – you don’t want to miss those allimportant milestones that come with growing up, but you also want to keep up with your professional skills. Fortunately, Cincinnatian Allison Robinson came up with an idea that lets moms do both. The Mom Project is an online tool that lets companies and parents connect on projects that fit needs, skills and schedules together. The first match was made with PatientPoint here in Cincinnati, and the network has since expanded to include Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. Learn more at themomproject.com.

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Balloon Sculpture with more than 6,000 balloons that he will inflate, tie and twist himself to build a five-story tall snowman. If he’s successful, this will be his third Guinness Book of World Records certification. Watch Baker in action between 12 - 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, and between 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Dec. 5 - 10. A prize wheel and a balloon “photo booth” will be on the scene for families to enjoy, and souvenirs (including tickets to the Popping Party when it’s time for the snowman to melt) will be available for purchase. Check it out at facebook.com/TwistedIdeasBalloonsCincy.

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or years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advised parents of children ages 2 and younger to avoid exposure to screens, be it TV, computers or mobile devices. The reasoning was that young minds are still developing and aren’t ready to process an understanding of a 2D world versus a very real 3D world. That hasn’t changed in spite of the AAP’s recently announced new guidelines, which allow for some screen time with parameters. Authors of the paper Media and Young Minds still advocate “hands-on exploration and social interaction with trusted caregivers to develop cognitive, language, motor and social-emotional skills.” John Hutton, M.D., a pediatrician and researcher at the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, says, “The landscape has changed for how kids are growing up, and there’s a lot of confusion on what’s good for them.” Hutton says kids younger than age 2 are dependent on back-andforth interaction while pointing out the problem with screen-based media is that it’s one-way and doesn’t allow for response and feedback. At the same time, pediatricians are aware of the pervasiveness of digital media. “Ideally,” says Hutton, “kids younger than 2 interact with a loving parent all day, every day.” Pediatricians and the AAP admit that keeping devices and TV away from babies and toddlers is not an easy task for parents in busy moments. But quick media dips are not going to hinder your

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child’s development as long as you set a few guidelines to keep devices from always being the go-to solution. In some ways, Hutton says, the AAP’s guidelines have tightened. Kids younger than 18 months should be restricted just to videochats when it comes to screen time. The 18 - 24 months range is what he calls “the new gray area.” Interaction with adults is crucial to child development at this age. So if you’re going to let your toddler watch TV, make sure you first choose what the AAP calls high-quality programming. Sesame Street is a good example touted by the AAP. Second — and this is what makes up the core of the guidelines — is to make sure you watch with your child, so it becomes an engaging experience. Kids need adults to guide them, and that happens through conversations about what is seen on the screen. “Co-viewing can blunt the effects of TV,” says Hutton, adding it gets kids away from a passive, one-way style of viewing to a more healthy approach that involves dialogue with a trusted adult. Hutton also advises parents to be mindful of their own digital media use as kids look to them for role modeling. It’s also a good idea to not focus on restrictions when it comes to screen watching, but instead encourage kids on things they can do, like go outside, read books, play with real toys and use their imagination for games. “Make room for formative, rich, multi-sensory experiences with your kids,” he says. Those experiences are connections all parents can feel good about.

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Dancing Toy Soldier Bellmen perform the “Countdown to Christmas” dance every evening at 5 p.m. at Galt House.

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ver the river and down the Interstate lies a Christmas attraction the Travel Channel calls “over the top.” New this year, LOUISVILLE’S GALT HOUSE unveils KaLightoscope: 12 Days of Christmas (christmasatthegalthouse.com). Children and adults enter the world of the classic song, brought to life by more than 200 luminaries formed through the ancient Chinese art of silk-wrapped lighting. Christmas revelers will see a partridge in a pear tree, pass through five golden rings, cross a bridge over seven swans a-swimming and finally come upon 12 drummers drumming. Custom designed props, mechanization and magical sounds highlight the experience that’s worth the trip. “There is no display of this magnitude anywhere in the world,” says Amanda Lambert, marketing communications manager of Galt House. A family owned and operated hotel, Galt House earned Bing Travel’s recognition as one of the “12 Most Decked out Hotels” with its returning features. Visitors can Make a Flake with the Snow Fairy Princess at the Snow Fairy Castle. They can kiss a crush beneath the magical mistletoe in the gazebo on Winter WonderLane, or build a snowman in Snow Play. Little ones might want to mail a letter to Santa in the Christmas Village, or better still, jump in Santa’s

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Sleigh Green Screen Experience and deliver presents all over the world with the whole family. After all these adventures, Galt House gives guests a chance to relax and take in a show. New this year, the Ladies for Liberty and the Soldiers of Swing present a big band and jazz Holiday Dinner Show. Other performances include a Holly Jolly Elf Show, a very Merry Magic Show and every night at 5 p.m. the Dancing Toy Soldier Bellmen perform their Countdown to Christmas Dance. Galt House isn’t Louisville’s only unique holiday attraction. MEGA CAVERNS (louisvillemegacavern.com) offers “the only underground light show on the planet.” Created in the 1930s, Mega Cavern has more than 17 miles of underground passageways, and throughout December, Lights Under Louisville gives families a chance to pile in the car and take a half-hour tour of 850 lit-up characters and more than 2 million points of light. See lights above ground at LOUISVILLE’S HOLIDAY SQUARE (louisville.gov/ government/city-events/light-louisville). In addition to the city’s Christmas tree and a full-size skating rink, visitors can take the Gum Drop Trail to the Holiday Market where quaint vendor chalets offer unique hand-made gifts. Additionally, live entertainment brings holiday cheer every weekend. As Mayor Fisher says, “We’ve been working hard to create an

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unforgettable experience for people who come to spend some of the holiday season with us here in downtown Louisville.” Also downtown, on Museum Row, the FRAZIER HISTORY MUSEUM (fraziermusieum.org/upcoming-exhibitions), presents two Christmas exhibits. For Holidays Around the World, Louisville residents decorate trees and showcase the holiday celebrations and traditions of the city’s diverse ethnic communities. Additionally White Christmas: The Exhibition displays costumes, posters and memorabilia from the 1954 classic film starring Cincinnati’s own Rosemary Clooney and VeraEllen. For more Christmas musical entertainment, get tickets for the DERBY DINNER PLAYHOUSE (derbydinner.com), one of the oldest and largest continually operating professional dinner theatres in the country. Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular follows three friends who re-unite for a Christmas show at The Hillbilly Heaven Club. Enjoy classic Christmas songs and country favorites, along with a home-style buffet and desserts that are a specialty of the house. Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She’s the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of Cincinnati-area attractions.


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HOLIDAY GUIDE

It’s so very good to wrap up the year with your loved ones together at home. We have all kinds of ideas for you to make the most of the most wonderful time of the year!

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TREATS

BY SHERRY HANG

Every year, my mother and I get together for a day to bake and make candy. While I’ve been sworn to uphold the family secret that is her sugar cookie recipe, there are a few other faves worth sharing — and your kiddos can help with these!

TRADITIONS “I love to sew, so I make everyone PJ pants each year (including Dad and the baby) and hand them out on Christmas Eve. They always reflect some fun aspect of the person. Everyone shows up on Christmas morning in their new PJs, and we take a family photo in front of the tree.” – Bonnie Jean Feldkamp “Every holiday I take my children to a Giving/ Angel Tree where they look for a tag with a child their same age. They shop with me for the items on the child’s wish list, then I let each child pick one item that they think the child would want as an extra gift. They help me wrap and deliver the gifts back to the tree.”

RITZY PB’S A perfect combo of sweet and salty, we’ve been making these for years! Just sandwich peanut butter between two Ritz crackers and then dunk the whole thing in melted chocolate (we prefer white chocolate). Set up a buffet of colored sprinkles and let your little chefs have at it. (Tip: You won’t regret freezing a few!)

– Tina Pratt

POTATO-LESS CANDY Shortcut: combine two sticks of softened butter, two pounds powdered sugar, one tbs. plus one tsp. vanilla and enough evaporated milk for a cookie-dough consistency. Chill for 30 minutes, then roll to quarter-inch thickness between wax paper. Remove top sheet of paper, spread with peanut butter, roll up and slice.

SHORTBREAD “Christmas socks! Everybody gets new Christmas socks when we decorate the tree!”

I like mine rolled in a mix of cinnamon and sugar, just out of the oven, while my mother loves to dip one end in melted chocolate and let the kids decorate with sprinkles. Use two cups softened butter, one cup white sugar, two tbs. vanilla and four cups of all-purpose flour. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, add vanilla, then the flour a little at a time until mixed. Shape in logs and chill for at least 30 minutes. Slice and bake 8 - 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

– Margaret Marx “After we visit family for holiday get-togethers, we take the long way home. We love driving and looking at decorations while listening to Christmas music. There are so many families who go all out for the holidays, it’s nice to take the time and enjoy it.” – Amanda Ciani

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Special PERFORMANCES CINCINNATI SYMPHONY TAFT THEATRE 317 E. FIFTH ST. 513-381-3300 CINCINNATISYMPHONY.ORG The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and John Morris Russell present their holiday performance, “Home for the Holidays.” American Idol alum Melinda Doolittle joins the Pops, along with costumed characters, treats for the kids and St. Nick. Performances take place Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., Dec. 3 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Dec. 4 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The special family concert, “The Snowman with the Pops,” takes place Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Watch The Snowman, hear the orchestrations live. Tickets are $15 - $20.

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL ARONOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS 650 WALNUT ST. 513-621-2787 CINCINNATIARTS. ORG For one-night only, a theatrical show based on the TV classic. Characters lead the audience on The Nutcracker with the Cincinnati Ballet is a long-standing tradition. an adventure teaching everyone that what makes songs, including an inspiring version of “‘Twas you unique makes you the Night Before Christmas.” Dec. 1 – 23; special. Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $32. tickets range from $24 - $27.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF CINCINNATI TAFT THEATRE 317 E. FIFTH ST. 513-569-8080 THECHILDRENSTHEATRE.COM

CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK 962 MT. ADAMS CIRCLE 513-421-3888 CINCYPLAY.COM

Elf The Musical Jr. features a young orphan who is mistakenly taken to the North Pole. When he realizes that his real family is somewhere in New York City, he begins an adventure to find them and learn about his true identity – hilarity and toe-tapping tunes follow! Performances take place Dec. 10 - 11 and Dec. 16 - 18; tickets start at $10.

Ebenezer Scrooge returns for this beloved holiday show that teaches audiences about what’s most important during the holidays. A Christmas Carol takes place on a cold Christmas Eve, when Scrooge is visited by three spirits, each intending to show him the error of his miserly ways. Performances run through Dec. 31; tickets start at $40.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CINCINNATI 1127 VINE ST. 513-421-3555 ENSEMBLECINCINNATI.ORG

UC CLERMONT’S CALICO CHILDREN’S THEATRE UC CLERMONT COLLEGE 4200 CLERMONT COLLEGE DRIVE BATAVIA 513-558-2787 UCCLERMONT.EDU/COMMUNITY/ ARTS

Ensemble Theatre presents Cinderella: After Ever After – the sequel to last year’s hit that follows the prince and princess for their “happily ever after.” What happens when Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters move into the palace? Performances run through Dec. 30; tickets are $18 - $44. CINCINNATI BALLET ARONOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS 650 WALNUT ST. 513-621-5282 CBALLET.ORG The Cincinnati Ballet and Frisch’s Big Boy Present The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition featuring the magical journey of a young girl. Clara ventures to the wondrous Land of Sweets with her Nutcracker Prince to meet a fantastic cast of characters. Performances run Dec. 9 -18; tickets start at $32.

The popular children’s theater series welcomes ArtReach: A Division of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati for a performance of A Christmas Carol. Old miser Scrooge learns a valuable lesson in compassion when the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future visit him on Christmas Eve. Performance takes place on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.; tickets are $5 per person. COVEDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 4990 GLENWAY AVE. 513-241-6550 CINCINNATILANDMARK PRODUCTIONS.COM Filled with romance, heartbreak and mystery, The Nights Before Christmas explores the life of Clement C. Moore and the writing of the poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas.” It’s a love story, a literary mystery and full of beautiful cincinnatifamilymagazine.com • nkyfamily.com

CINCINNATI SHAKESPEARE COMPANY 719 RACE ST. 513-381-2273 CINCYSHAKES.COM The holiday smash hit Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) is back to delight audiences with a hilarious look at all of our favorite classics – including everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss. Dec. 14 - 31; $32.

CHRISTMAS SAENGERFEST • CHRISTIAN MOERLEIN BREWERY (1621 MOORE ST.) • ST. FRANCIS SERAPH (14 E. LIBERTY ST.) • FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH (1208 RACE ST.) • OVER-THE-RHINE COMMUNITY CHURCH (1310 RACE ST.) CHRISTMASSAENGERFEST.COM Head to local venues on Dec. 2 and 3 to enjoy 14 local choirs performing holiday classics. 5 - 11 p.m. Dec. 2 - 3; $30 - $60.

MASON DANCE CENTER PERFORMED AT MASON HIGH SCHOOL 6100 MASON MONTGOMERY ROAD 513-398-0353 MASONDANCE.COM The students of the Mason Dance Center will perform their annual benefit production of The Nutcracker with a jazzy twist to support the Mason High School After-Prom program. Performances take place Dec. 11 at 1 and 4 p.m.

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Exhibits & LIGHTS

GET OUT & PLAY! We love the holidays too, but sometimes you have to get out of the house! Find our collection of holiday play spots online at cincinnatifamilymagazine.com or nkyfamily.com

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE HILL PYRAMID HILL 1763 HAMILTON-CLEVES ROAD HAMILTON 513-868-8336 PYRAMIDHILL.ORG

PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CINCINNATI ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDEN 3400 VINE ST. 513-421-4700 O CINCINNATIZOO.ORG

A dazzling display of lights from the warmth of your car. Exhibit is on display through Jan. 1, 2017; hours are 6 - 9 p.m. Mon - Thu, and 6 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sun. Admission is $20 per carload, Mon - Thu, and $25 per carload, Fri - Sun.

A wild lights show on Swan Lake, the Madcap Puppets, strolling entertainment, train rides, visits with Santa and more. Festival of Lights is open 5 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu and 5 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat through Jan. 1, 2017. General admission is $18 adults ($16 online) and $13 children and seniors ($12 online).

A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS HILLFOREST MANSION 213 FIFTH STREET, AURORA, IN 812-926-0087 HILLFOREST.ORG Explore holidays of the past in a unique setting. Open 1 - 5 p.m. Tue - Sun through Dec. 30; admission is $7.50 adults, $3.50 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger. OHIO NATIONAL’S VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE PFEIFFER ROAD AND I-71 INTERCHANGE OHIONATIONAL.COM

HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS AND SANTALAND SHARON WOODS 11450 LEBANON ROAD 513-769-0393 HOLIDAYINLIGHTS.COM Drive through more than a mile of lights, then head into the Sharon Centre for entertainment and more. Holiday in Lights is $13 per car, $45 per bus and 15-passenger vans. Santaland’s open 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu and 5:30 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat, through Dec. 23. Holiday in Lights is on display from 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu an 5:30 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat through Dec. 31.

Explore a Victorian village decorated for the holidays; a whimsical miniature train takes guests from the parking garage to the Village. Meet with balloon-artist elves, enjoy treats and bring cameras for unique photo opportunities. The exhibit is free; bring a nonperishable food donation to the Freestore Foodbank. Exhibit on display Dec. 2 from 6 - 8:30 p.m., Dec. 3 from 5 - 8:30 p.m., Dec. 8 from 6 - 8:30 p.m., and Dec. 9 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

HOLLY DAYS HERITAGE VILLAGE MUSEUM 11450 LEBANON ROAD 513-563-9484 HERITAGEVILLAGECINCINNATI.ORG Visit historical buildings all decked out with traditional decorations from the 1800s, listen to stories, make a craft, enjoy live music, train displays, holiday treats and more. Open from 12 - 4 p.m. Dec. 10 - 11; admission is $10 adults, $6 ages 5 - 11, free ages 4 and younger and museum members. ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS TAFT MUSEUM OF ART 316 PIKE ST. TAFTMUSEUM.ORG Experience Christmases past with beautiful antique ornaments, decorations and toys. Exhibit remains on display through Jan. 8, 2017. The Taft is open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tue Fri, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat - Sun; admission is $12 adults, $10 ages 6 - 18 and seniors, free ages 5 and younger. Discounts for tickets purchased in advance, and admission is free to all on Sundays.

The PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden draws crowds each year.

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Lights, bubbles, holiday music and Scuba Santa in person. Learn about special activities online. Display takes place 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Dec. 31. General admission tickets are $15.99 ages 2 - 12, $23.99 ages 13 and older. A WHIMSICAL WONDERLAND KROHN CONSERVATORY 1501 EDEN PARK DR. 513-421-5707 CINCINNATIPARKS.COM/KROHN Poinsettias of every color plus the botanical train, and don’t miss the Schmalz Family Display. The holiday show runs through Jan. 8, 2017. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger. ILLUMINATED PIONEER VILLAGE GOVERNOR BEBB METROPARK 1979 BEBB PARK LANE, OKEANA 513-867-5835 YOURMETROPARKS.NET Visit illuminated cabins, enjoy tasty treats, crafts, activities, music and more. The Village is open Dec. 2 from 5 - 9 p.m., Dec. 3 from 5 - 9 p.m., and Dec. 4 from 4 - 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per vehicle. AN OLD KENTUCKY CHRISTMAS FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST 6080 CAMP ERNST ROAD BURLINGTON 859-586-4673 ANOLDKENTUCKYCHRISTMAS.COM A recreation of a living history pioneer village. FREE. Open Dec. 8 from 5 - 8 p.m. (special performance by the Ryle Choir at 7 p.m.), Dec. 9 from 5 - 8 p.m., Dec. 10 from 2 - 8 p.m. and Dec. 11 from 2 - 8 p.m.

CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS CONEY ISLAND 6201 KELLOGG AVE. 513-232-8230 CONEYISLANDPARK.COM

LEBANON MASON MONROE RAILROAD’S THE NORTH POLE EXPRESS 127 S. MECHANIC ST., LEBANON 513-933-8022 LEBANONRR.COM Activities, hot chocolate, cookies and a train ride with Santa. Train departs Dec. 2 - 4, 9 - 11, 15 - 18, and 22 - 24; weekdays at 6 and 8 p.m., weekends at 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. as well as 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 3, 6 and 8. Prices range from $18 - $32. HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS AT BEHRINGER-CRAWFORD MUSEUM 1600 MONTAGUE ROAD, COVINGTON 859-491-4003 BCMUSEUM.COM Check out 250 feet of track and 30-plus guest-activated displays, plus enjoy The Polar Express readings, visits with Santa and more. On display during museum hours through Jan. 8, 2017. Free with admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17). WHITEWATER VALLEY RAILROAD’S THE POLAR EXPRESS GRAND CENTRAL STATION CONNERSVILLE, IN 765-825-2054 OR WHITEWATERVALLEYRR.ORG A special journey to the North Pole, complete with a reading of the famous tale, hot chocolate and a cookie, plus a visit with Santa. Trains depart through Dec. 18. Tickets are $29 - $32.50.

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LIGHT UP MIDDLETOWN SMITH PARK 500 TYTUS AVE., MIDDLETOWN 513-649-4506 LIGHTUPMIDDLETOWN.ORG

BEHRINGER-CRAWFORD MUSEUM / bcmuseum.org $75 family membership CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM / cincinnatiartmuseum.org $75 family membership CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER / cincymuseum.org; $99 family membership through Jan. 3; $130 for premium CINCINNATI ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDEN / cincinnatizoo.org $116 family membership through Dec. 31 (10 percent off)

A drive-able light show on 100 acres. Open 6 - 10 p.m. through Dec. 31. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit every Friday and Saturday night from 7 - 9 p.m. through Dec. 23. Admission is by donation. December 2016

The world’s largest indoor train display. Journey to the North Pole to meet Mrs. Claus and Santa, check out the Main Street Holiday Trains and more. Open through Jan. 1, 2017. Tickets are $13.95 adults, $9.95 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger.

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ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION’S CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION 7379 SQUIRE CT., WEST CHESTER 513-898-8000 ENTERTRAINMENTJUNCTION.COM

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER / contemporaryartscenter.org $65 family membership NEWPORT AQUARIUM / newportaquarium.com Buy three passes from $30.99 - $46.99, get one free through Dec. 31

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The Polar Express Pajama Party Saturday, December 10 Movie begins at 5 p.m. Enjoy the movie in your PJ’s, hot cocoa, cookies, free rides on the train, and more! Tickets are $5

Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 17 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Breakfast from Brio Tuscan Grille, crafts, games, visit with Santa, and more! Tickets are $20

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Holidaze BY AMANDA CIANI ‘

STRESSED OUT? NOT ME! MAKE THE MOST OF THE SEASON BY FOLLOWING OUR SHORTCUTS & TIPS TO MERRIMENT!

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is the season to be jolly! And very busy and maybe just a little stressed. I love making holiday memories and carrying out family traditions, but this December, I will be seven months pregnant with two toddler boys rockin’ around the Christmas tree. Between prepping a nursery and decking the halls, I’m in desperate need of help. I asked around and discovered several tips to make my season merry, and because it is the season of giving, my gift to you is this list of holiday hacks to get you through the New Year!

Holiday Shopping It’s easy to stress over finding the perfect gift for loved ones, but here are a few gift tips that will have you being present, instead of worrying about what you need to buy: • Spread out your shopping over the weeks prior to Christmas to ease the stress. Plan ahead for next year: If you see something unique (or at a great price) during summer, go ahead and buy it, then store it. • Keep a small stockpile of “just in case” presents (wine, candles, chocolates, nice soaps and lotions, gift cards, etc.). There is nothing worse realizing you forgot to get your child’s teacher a gift ... and tomorrow is the last day before holiday break! The merry-maker-in-chief may not have a whole lot of fun this month unless she builds in self-care time: Think “pedicure,” “mani,” “a ‘lil sumpin’ for me,” and coffee ... lots of coffee!

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Hacking • Buy online. For me, a day spent shopping around town for multiple presents sounds like a nightmare before Christmas. Local mom Stephanie Buechel speaks from experience. “Shop online and wrap when it comes in! I did that last year and it was great!”

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BALANCING ACT WITH TODDLERS? How are you supposed to do all this? Try these handy expert tips: • Barter with a friend to exchange sitting so you can shop. • Keep little ones active with plenty of playtime.

If you buy a lot of presents, you’ll have a lot of wrapping to do. You don’t have to make an all-day affair of wrapping that mountain of presents come mid-December, though! Plan ahead with these hacks: • Wrap it the day you buy it. Taking three minutes to wrap one gift once the kiddos are asleep is far less stressful than making a day of wrapping 20 presents. Just make sure to use gift tags so you know who the present is for! • Rachael Van Hulle, mother of three, says, “We ‘build’ all the toys before Christmas morning so we’re not trying to get all the toys out of boxes and batteries installed the morning of.” While the box says ‘some assembly required,’ and the instructions make it look so easy to put together, we all know it’s trickier than that. You have to find the right screwdriver and batteries, then follow 16 steps in the right order. Wouldn’t you rather watch your kids play with their toys, instead of getting frustrated while assembling them? • I have attempted many cutesy crafts, only to end up with Pinterest fails, but grandparents love kiddie crafts. Keep it simple, or consider wrapping loved ones’ gifts with butcher paper, and let your kids decorate them!

Festive Fun Most local attractions have wonderful themed events that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Then there are cherished home traditions like baking and decorating cookies. Check out these time-budgeting tips to make the most of your calendar days: • Make a list of activities you would like to enjoy with your family, then rank them from “must-do” to “if we have time.” Put the must-do activities on your calendar first, and fill in the rest of the weekend days with tentative activities you would like to do if you have time. Local mom Katie Taylor uses this time-budgeting method and says, “When time runs out, it’s the things I felt were least important left on the list and it allows me to feel good about where I put my time.” • Know that it’s OK to say, “No.” It’s hard to turn down an invitation, especially if you feel like it hurts someone’s feelings.

• Remember to balance your little one’s sweet intake with heathier food options. • Engage a teen “mother’s helper” for afternoons when you need extra hands.

However, there are only four full weekends in December. If you preserve weekends for something special for your family, spend quality time with extended family during weekday evenings. Beech Acres Parent Coach Sharon James suggests, “Let people know what your schedule is like: ‘I have two weekends in December that I am able to keep open. The other weekends I cannot make plans. Which of those two weekends will work for you?’ Be very clear what the boundaries are.”

What’s Cookin’? Hosting a holiday feast is a rewarding experience. Everyone is gathered around the table with delicious dishes. Stories are told, laughs are had … but somewhere the cook is happy to be sitting down for a minute, exhausted from marathon cooking all day. • Be prepared. A few days before your get-together, check your pantry to make sure you have necessary ingredients; cut vegetables and store them in airtight containers. You can also cook dishes that freeze and heat up well in advance. • If you are feeling overwhelmed, ask for help. Many guests will gladly prepare a side dish or dessert. It’s always fun to see what yummy dishes are brought for a potluck dinner. • Hang copies of recipes on your cabinets with painter’s tape. Your recipe pages will stay clean, and you will easily be able to check measurements and cooking instructions. • Too many cooks in the kitchen can be less than jolly. If someone offers to help, delegate a task out of the kitchen. Grandmas can wrangle up the grandkids to color, or even help set the table. Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their two terrific toddler sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her blog (haikuciani.com) and Twitter account (@haikuciani).

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2016 Guide to After-School Activities & Enrichment Programs ARTS The Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester 8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester 513-829-2345 wcaomd.com

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

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati thechildrenstheatre.com • info@thechildrenstheatre.com

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

Cincinnati School of Music 9361 Montgomery Road, Montgomery 6682 Tri Way Drive, Mason cincinnatischoolofmusic.com

The Mad Potter Madeira 7754 Camargo Road, Madeira madpottercincinnati.com

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Mason Dance Center 600-B Reading Road, Mason masondance.com

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Premier Studio for Dance 679 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland premiertumbling.com

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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 provides an opportunity for anyone, ages 3 - adult, to discover the joys of dance. Summer camps forming soon. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes.

From tap to ballet to hip-hop, you’ll find it all at Premier Tumbling & Dance! Check out our classes today to learn more.

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Trust by over 1,000 families, CSM provides lessons to kids, teens, and adults on piano, voice, guitar, drums, ukulele, violin, and more. New students can enroll at any time. Now with two locations.

Reflexion Dance Arts 10832 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati

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Come see our brand new state-of-the-art studio! We feature dance and tumbling for both recreational and competitive dancers. Classes available for ages 2 - adult.

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Shannon’s All About Dance 8419 U.S. 42, Florence, KY saadance.org

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Kiddie Academy of Mason 6202 Snider Road, Mason kiddieacademy.com/mason

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Songs For Seeds Cincinnati Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati songsforseeds.com/oh/cincinnati

513-510-0439

The Kinder Garden School 10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester kindergardenschool.com

513-791-4300 513-874-3100

Mayerson JCC 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati mayersonjcc.org

513-722-7221

Star Glazers starglazers.com 513-474-6364

Mother Of Mercy High School 3036 Werk Road, Cincinnati motherofmercy.org

513-661-7240

Tippi Toes Multiple Cincinnati Locations tippitoesdance.com/cincinnati

Rockwern Academy 8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati rockwernacademy.org

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Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati summitcds.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Offering a one-of-a-kind educational experience for grades K - 8 including a dedicated faculty, a rigourous curriculum, and a strong sense of “family” and community. Dedicated to the development of the “whole child” and fostering the spirit, the mind, and the “heart” of our students. Offering a wide array of academic enrichment, fine arts, and athletic opportunities. With our small class sizes, our teachers get to know each student well and help each one reach his or her fullest potential. Open House Jan. 29.

The Campus at Kids First 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati thecampuskf.com

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

Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati countryday.net

513-561-7298

CCDS is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory school for students from 18 mos. - grade 12. Located on a beautiful 62-acre campus in Indian Hill. Merit and need-based tuition assistance is available.

Cincinnati Public Schools cps-k12.org 513-363-0000

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

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

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

Mother of Mercy High School is a Catholic college preparatory school, inspiring, educating, and empowering young women to become faith-filled leaders through the Core Values: Faith, Compassion, Service, Leadership and Excellence.

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

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

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati myy.org

513-362-YMCA (9622)

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

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

Chai Tots Early Childhood Center 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason chaitots.com

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

FITNESS, SPORTS Big Shots Sports Training 885 State Route 28 (inside Recreations Outlet), Milford bigshotstraining.com • hello@bigshotstraining.com

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

Hubbard Family Swim School 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati hubbardswim.com

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

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Junior Tech Academy juniortechacademy.com • info@juniortechacademy.com

513-284-7240

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

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he beloved characters from the classic animated TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are larger than life on stage in this live action, 70-minute musical. Costumed actors and puppetry dazzle young and old alike; be prepared to “ooh” and “aah” when Rudolph’s

nose glows as he takes flight! The visuals are modeled from the classic show, and the story celebrates the uniqueness in everyone. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7 p.m.; $32 - $62. Call 513-621-2787 or visit cincinnatiarts.org.

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A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

A historic look at holidays during the Victorian era with a unique exhibit featuring Mr. Teddy’s Holiday Tea Party. Open 1 - 5 p.m. Tue - Sun, through Dec. 30. Hillforest Mansion, 213 Fifth St., Aurora; $7.50 adults, $3.50 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger; 812926-0087 or hillforest.org.

A WHIMSICAL WONDERLAND AT KROHN

The 2016 Holiday Show has a new twist on holiday traditions. Explore poinsettias of different colors. Check out the interactive train display as well as a new “Photo Loco” feature for families. Get a look at the brand new Enchanted Forest and Whimsical Creatures exhibit, the Schmalz Family Display and enjoy special events throughout the season. The holiday show runs through Jan. 8, 2017. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily; visit the website for special holiday hours. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-4215707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS

Experience ornaments, decorations and old-fashioned toys. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tue - Fri, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat and Sun. Exhibit runs through Jan. 8, 2017. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; $12 adults, $10 ages 6 - 18 and seniors, free ages 5 and younger, free to all on Sundays; taftmuseum.org.

CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION

Enjoy the “World’s Largest Indoor Train Display,” meet Mrs. Claus and Santa, check out the Main Street Holiday Trains and more through Jan. 3, 2017. Visit the website for info on tickets and extended hours. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; 513-8988000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Experience a brand-new exhibit featuring two miles’ worth of holiday light displays. Open dusk - 10 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2017. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; $6 per person, free ages 3 and younger; 513-232-8230 or coneyislandpark.com.

CINCY BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

Join Wendy McHale, IBCLC, and other mothers for a discussion about breastfeeding concerns, a Q&A and making new friends. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 15; donations accepted; 513-5912332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

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DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 47. CLASSICS WITH A TWIST

Please see “Now Playing,” page 44.

HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS AND SANTALAND

Enjoy more than a mile of seasonal lights from the warmth of your car as you enjoy scenes of all-things holiday. While you’re there, head into the Sharon Centre for live entertainment, a visit with St. Nick, a train display, holiday shopping and more. Santaland remains open 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu and 5:30 - 10 p.m.. Fri Sat through Dec. 23. Holiday in Lights is on display from 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu and 5:30 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat through Dec. 31. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; $13 per car, $45 per bus and 15-passenger van; 513-769-0393 or holidayinlights.com.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE HILL

More than 1 million twinkling lights on this drive-through holiday exhibit running through Jan. 1, 2017; hours are 6 - 9 p.m. Mon - Thu and 6 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sun. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; $20 per carload Mon - Thu, $25 per carload Fri - Sun; 513-868-8336 or pyramidhill.org.

HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS

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

LIGHT UP MIDDLETOWN

This drive-thru holiday show features an illuminated park sure to dazzle little ones. Open 6 - 10 p.m. through Dec. 31. Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown; cash donations; 513-6494506 or lightupmiddletown.org.

FREE MANABABIES

Ages 1 and younger can enjoy finger plays, rhymes, songs and bouncy times. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE MEET THE AUTHOR

Best-selling author Thomas Moore presents The Soul of Christmas in this unique look at the most enduring story of all, the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

MIAMITOWN BICENTENNIAL HOLIDAY TRAIN EXTRAVAGANZA

New features have been added to this year’s train layout, including vintage

O-gauge engines, Lionel trains and a semi-scale model of the famous Baltimore and Ohio Cincinnatian. There are activities for all ages. The exhibit runs from 1 - 9 p.m. Thu - Sun through Jan. 1. Miamitown Town Hall, 7998 Main S., Miamitown; $7 adults, $5 seniors and ages 4 and younger; miamihistoricalsociety.com.

NATURE ART

Examine art inspired by nature and make a work of art of your own to take home. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., and 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat; 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Nov. 30 - Dec. 11. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

THE NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Enjoy a new wild lights show on Swan Lake, the Gingerbread Village, s’mores, a puppet, visits with Santa (through Dec. 23), the Toyland Express train ride and more. Hours are 5 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu and 5 - 10 p.m. Fri and Sat though Jan. 1, 2017. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; general admission is $18 adults ($16 online) and $13 children and seniors ($12 online); 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org.

SKATING ON FOUNTAIN SQUARE

Bring the gang for ice-skating fun downtown all winter through Feb. 20, 2017 — visit the website for a schedule of hours and special events. U.S. Bank Ice Rink, Fountain Square, Vine Street; $6 admission, $4 skate rental; 513381-0782 or myfountainsquare.com.

FREE STORYTIME WITH MISS ALICIA

Stories for ages 2 and younger. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 - 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: PLEASE TOUCH!

Create paintings and sculptures with strange fixtures that range from rough and bumpy to smooth, sticky and even a little gooey. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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Enjoy shopping, live music, vintage toy and train displays, visits with Santa,

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face painting and tours of the Dinsmore Homestead. Burlington, KY; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 4; historicburlingtonky. com.

BOY SCOUT CHRISTMAS TREE SALE

Pick out a live tree for your home this year while supporting local Boy Scouts. Mainstrasse Village, Sixth Street, Covington; Dec. 2, 3, 4; mainstrasse. org.

BRILLIANT BEBB

Take in the sights, sounds and scents of the season at the Pioneer Village decorated for the holidays. Enjoy live music, pioneer cooking demos, crafts and more. Governor Bebb Metropark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 5 - 9 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 and 4 - 8 p.m. Dec. 4; $10 per vehicle; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

Get a start on holiday shopping with some unique stores, enjoy carriage rides, luminaries, live entertainment and plenty of tasty dining options. Downtown Waynesville; 6 - 9 p.m. Dec. 2, 12 - 9 p.m. Dec. 3, and 12 - 5 p.m. Dec. 4; waynesvilleohio.com.

CHRISTMAS SAENGERFEST

Local choirs will gather at multiple venues in downtown Cincinnati to perform inspiring holiday classics. Get a complete schedule of venues and performance times online. St. Francis Seraph, 14 E. Liberty St.; 5 - 11 p.m. Dec. 2, 3; $30 - $60; christmassaengerfest.com.

FREE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Bring the kids to watch the tree lighting at Mainstrasse Village and help kick off the holiday season. Mainstrasse Village, Sixth Street, Covington; 6:30 p.m.; mainstrasse.org.

FREE CINDERELLA STORYTIME WITH ENSEMBLE THEATRE

Get a preview of Ensemble Theatre’s Cinderella: After Ever After. Kids can dress up in their finest royal attire for a fun story time they won’t want to miss. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE EDGEWOOD NIGHT AT BCM

Residents of Edgewood get free admission this evening. Check out the Holiday Toy Trains exhibit, explore the museum, learn a craft and enjoy refreshments. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 6 - 8 p.m.; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org. (“Things to Do” continues on page 34)


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FREE HOLIDAY JAZZ

The Chris Comer Trio will entertain audiences with smooth holiday tunes. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way; 7 - 9 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16; newportonthelevee.com.

HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Enjoy live performances of holiday music by local groups. Tonight, the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society will be followed by the Colerain High School Chamber Orchestra. On Dec. 9, enjoy music by SUAVE, the St. Ursula Academy Vocal Ensemble. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 47. HOLIDAY POPS

A night of holiday music featuring American Idol alum Melinda Doolittle, plus an appearance by St. Nick. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.; 8 p.m. Dec. 2 - 3, 2 p.m. Dec. 3 - 4, and 7 p.m. Dec. 4; visit website for ticket information; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony. org.

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MISS KATIE’S MUSIC AND MOVEMENT

Little ones can dance, sing and play instruments. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 10 a.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16, 30; $12.50 (includes admission to play+cafe); 513791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

OHIO NATIONAL’S VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Back for its 15th year, the Victorian

Holiday Village features a variety of holiday activities for the whole family. Enjoy treats, balloon artist elves, free photos with St. Nick (one per family), enchanting houses with lights and holiday decor and more. Ohio National Financial Services, I-71 North and Pfeiffer Road interchange; 6 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 8, 9 and 5 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3; a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Freestore Foodbank is appreciated; ohionational.com.

FREE POLAR EXPRESS STORYTIME

Dress in your PJs for a magical reading of The Polar Express, followed by writing a letter to Santa. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Center Blvd.; 7 p.m.; 513-755-2258.

REDSFEST 2016

Meet Cincinnati Reds players and get autographs, win prizes, check out memorabilia, have fun on the indoor baseball fields and more. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.; 1:30 - 10:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3; see website for prices; reds.mlb.com.

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL Please page 31.

SPANISH PLAY GROUP

Kids can enjoy stories, songs and free play, all while using Spanish. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dec. 2 and 16; donations accepted; 513591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

STARRY NIGHT IMPROV

The NKU Improv Group presents an evening of skits while incorporating visuals on the dome. Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University Campus, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive; 7:30 p.m.; parking only; planetarium.nku.edu.

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oin the fun as Santa fills his air tank with magic bubbles, sending them throughout the Newport Aquarium to create an enchanting water wonderland. Lights and bubbles dance to holiday music in Shark Ray Bay Theater where kids can meet Scuba Santa face to face. The undersea celebration continues with holiday music and more magical bubbles as you journey through the Seahorses: Unbridled Fun Gallery where the ceiling is filled with hundreds of twinkling sea creature lights. Newport Aquarium (1 Aquarium Way) is open daily from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $15.99 ages 2 12, $23.99 ages 13 and older. Call 800-406-3474 or visit newportaquarium.com. 34

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

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THE POLAR EXPRESS

Take a journey to the North Pole to visit with Santa, listen to the famous

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story, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Trains depart through Dec. 18; visit website for a complete schedule of times. Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, Connersville; $29 - $32.50; 765-825-2054 or whitewatervalleyrr.org.

TODDLER TIME AT SKY ZONE

Ages 5 and younger can enjoy fun and games. Toddlers must be 40” or under and must wear SkySocks. Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 11745 Commons Cir.; 9:30 - 11 a.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dec. 4, 11, 18, 30; $10; 513-671-1333 or skyzone.com/ springdale.

FREE VISIT WITH SANTA

Bring your camera for photos with downtown’s only Santa in a festive North Pole setting. Santa will visit with little ones from 12 - 8 p.m. Fri - Sat through Dec. 17; 12 - 6 p.m. Sun through Dec. 18; and 12 - 5 p.m. Mon - Sat, Dec. 19 - 24. Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine St.; downtowncincinnati.com.

sat 3 FREE A CIRCUS OF A HOLIDAY

Little ones can check out the antics of the Cincinnati Circus Company. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way; 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17, 23; newportonthelevee. com.

DANCE PARTY

All ages can move to favorite tunes. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 4 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 11, 31 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16, 30; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

FREE DICKENS CAROLERS

Live musical entertainment from Dickensian carolers. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17, 23; newportonthelevee. com.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES

A docent-led interactive tour with facts and activities featuring “touchable” art objects. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY: THE ART OF STORYTELLING

Collect badges and explore art while making art of your own and enjoy a family-friendly musical performance. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org. (“Things to Do” continues on page 37)


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Welcome the holidays with festive choral favorites from local choirs. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Avenue; 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 3 - 4; tickets start at $15; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

FREE GERMAN STORY TIME

Learn simple German vocabulary through stories and songs. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE A GRINCH-Y STORYTIME

Kids can hear a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, followed by craft activities. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Center Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

FREE HOLIDAY PRINCESSES

Bring your little princes and princesses for a visit from special wintry royalty. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way; 2 - 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 1:30 - 3 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17; newportonthelevee.com.

HOMEMADE HOLIDAY

Create your own pipe cleaner Bonsai Tree, then visit the holiday show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-4215707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

FREE ICE SCULPTING MAGIC

Watch ice sculptors at work during weekend demos. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way; 3 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17; newportonthelevee.com.

FREE LIGHT UP FAIRFIELD

Ring in the holiday season with activities at Village Green Park, Fairfield Community Arts Center and the Waterford at Fairfield. Help Santa light the tree, visit the holiday market, enjoy kids’ activities and more. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 1 - 6 p.m.; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

FREE MACY’S DOWNTOWN DAZZLE

See Santa and his friends rappel down the side of the Huntington Center to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a fireworks display. Arrive early for a few surprises! Downtown Cincinnati, Vine Street; 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10; downtowncincinnati.com.

FREE MEET THE AUTHOR

Meet author Lawrence Levy, who recounts the beginnings of Pixar, his friendship with Steve Jobs and more tales in To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey With Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 2

p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

OWLS OF OHIO

Meet winged wonders. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

FREE SANTA’S WORKSHOP

Bring the kids to the park for ornament and gift-making along with a visit from Santa. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17; 513-6214400 or washingtonpark.org.

SANTA’S WORKSHOP: HOLIDAY CRAFTS

Make a Santa ornament. Admission is free for members, discounted for Cincinnati Museum Center members and included with admission for nonmembers. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $2 per ornament plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

SING ME A STORY

The Cincinnati Boy Choir sings the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with special guests. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 5 p.m.; $15 - $35; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiboychoir.org.

ST. SUSANNA SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER

Support St. Susanna School by completing your holiday shopping at Barnes & Noble Fields Ertel. A percentage of sales from Dec. 3 - 7 made in-store or online will benefit the school’s students (use code 11948098 online). Barnes & Noble Fields Ertel, 9891 Waterstone Blvd.; 513-6835856 or bn.com/bookfairs.

FREE STORYTIME WITH MRS. CLAUS

Stories with Mrs. Claus, plus face painters and balloon artists. Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine St.; 7:15 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10; downtowncincinnati. com.

TOTALLY TURTLES

Turtle, terrapin, tortoise ... what’s the difference? Find out and meet a few live ones found in Cincinnati. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT THE MANSION

The Fairfield Historical Society, Four Seasons Garden Club, Fairfield Parks

and Recreation and Friends of Elisha Morgan team up to provide light snacks and refreshments for the opening of this 1817 mansion that is one of the oldest standing structures in Fairfield. Elisha Morgan Mansion, 6181 Ross Road; 1 - 4 p.m. Dec. 3 - 4; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

FREE WEEKEND CARRIAGE RIDES

Horse-drawn trolley carriage rides through the heart of the city. Final boarding is at 4:45 p.m. Macy’s Celebration Station, West Fifth Street; 12 - 5 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11; downtowncincinnati.com.

WINTER SCAVENGER HUNT

Search for treasures throughout the nature center and win a prize. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

WINTERFEST

WinterFest begins with a performance of Monkey See, Monkey Do from the Madcap Puppets at 1 p.m. followed by a visit from Santa. Professional photographers will be on hand, then stick around to make a handmade gift, play games, have your face painted, listen to stories with Mrs. Claus and enjoy free hay rides. Grove Banquet Hall, 9150 Winton Road; 1 p.m.; $2 per child at the door; 513522-1410 or theartsconnect.us.

sun 4 FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES ART STOP

Visit a docent at an interactive art cart in the galleries and tackle your own art project. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 3 p.m. Dec. 4, 11, 18; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

HILLFOREST HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Bring the family to experience Christmas past with costumed docents, holiday refreshments and periodic entertainment. Hillforest Mansion, 213 Fifth St., Aurora; 1 - 5 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $3.50 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger; 812926-0087 or hillforest.org.

SKETCHING SUNDAY

Check out the CAM in a whole new way — through sketching! Pick a spot or use an art prompt from the Services Desk at the Main Lobby. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; a $5 refundable deposit is required to check out a supplies kit; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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The Maccabeats deliver an a cappella performance with Jewish humor in a pre-Hanukkah celebration. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 3 p.m.; $15 adult members, $10 child members, $18 adult non-members, $12 child nonmembers; 513-761-7500 or mayersonjcc.org.

mon 5 MOM & ME YOGA

Moms can regain core strength after childbirth while bonding with Baby. All levels welcome to drop in. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19; $12.50 (includes admission to play+cafe); 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

FREE STORYTIME WITH PJ LIBRARY

PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program for children ages 8 and younger. Each month, families are sent free books and music. Listen to stories about Jewish tales, holidays, life cycle events and more. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m. Dec., 5, 19; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

SUPER SPROUTS: TERRIFIC TOPHUES

Little ones will design a hat inspired by the author Jan Brett and traditional Scandinavian knitting designs. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. Dec. 5 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

tue 6 NATURE STORIES: TURTLES

Parents and children are invited for a short story and activity all about amazing turtles, then meet one up close. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE SAINT NICHOLAS ARRIVES

It’s a big day for little ones, as Saint Nicholas makes his grand appearance at the Sixth Street Promenade to greet boys and girls and listen to their Christmas wishes. Mainstrasse Village, Sixth Street, Covington; 6 p.m.; mainstrasse.org.

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daily listings This program will lay the foundation for Baby’s developmental motor skills, sensory awareness and more. Bring a small blanket. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27; $12.50 (includes admission to play+cafe); 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

wed 7 KROHN BY CANDLELIGHT

Enjoy the beauty of the Krohn’s holiday exhibit by the light of twinkling candles, along with live music and visits with Tinkerbell and Fauna in their festive attire. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 5 - 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks. com/krohn.

PRENATAL YOGA WITH AROMATHERAPY

Enjoy a yoga class complete with essential oils and aromatherapy to prepare your growing body for childbirth and labor. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 6 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28; $12.50; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

FREE REC READS

11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 9 A MOUNTAIN HOMEPLACE CHRISTMAS

Head to Paintsville for caroling, the story of Christmas, a live nativity scene, carriage rides, refreshments and old-fashioned holiday fun. Mountain Homeplace, Kentucky Route 2275, Staffordsville; 5 - 9 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17; $5, free ages 4 and younger; visitpaintsvilleky.com.

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CRIB OF THE NATVITIY

This Cincinnati tradition at the Krohn opens today. Families can visit between 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily through Jan. 1. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks. com/krohn.

FREE HARRY POTTER HOLIDAY BALL

Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed story books, songs and sensory activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dec. 7, 14; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

Dress like your favorite Harry Potter character, wear your holiday best, or just come as you are for dancing, music, activities and giveaways. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Center Blvd.; 7 p.m.; 513755-2258.

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FREE AN OLD KENTUCKY CHRISTMAS

Bring the whole family to experience the nostalgia of Christmas from the 1800s, including outdoor shops, pioneer games for kids, cookie decorating, candle dipping and ornament-making in the woodworker’s shop. You’ll also enjoy a petting zoo and a horse-drawn carriage ride. Indoors, there will be music by a local dulcimer group, the opportunity to get a free family portrait, and an inspirational Candlelight Service. First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington; 5 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 10, 11; 859-586-4673 or anoldkentuckychristmas.com.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: LOOSE PARTS PLAY

Stop by to meet a special guest from Loose Parts Project -- Leslie Kochanowski will bring lots of recycled goodies for kids to work together and enjoy some creative play. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 10:30 -

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TUMMY TIME

Join Miss Katie for songs and play, while little ones dance, sing, play instruments and have fun together. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 10 a.m.; $12.50 (includes admission to play+cafe); 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

sat 10 FREE CLOTH DIAPERING 101

Learn the basics of cloth diapering including cost, care, quantity and more. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 3 p.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

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cherish memories of visiting the Festival of Lights with my family from when I was a little girl. Now, I look forward to taking my own kids every single year! There is nothing better in the world than seeing your child’s eyes light up with pure, unfiltered excitement. The PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is sure to give your kids that look of being awe-struck (basking in the glow of 2.5 million lights has that effect on you)! Our very favorite light attraction during last year’s visit was the cinema-centric Swan Lake Wild Lights Show. We loved guessing what movie each song was from before a visual clue was given on the LED tree (a raptor claw for Jurassic Park, Darth Vader for Star Wars, etc.) It’s like a movie-themed version of “Name That Tune” … with lights! This year promises a whole new show. Also new this year, Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m., giving you an extra hour to meet the jolly old elf before the festivities begin at 5 p.m. One of my favorite memories from our visit last year was my 2-year-old’s encounter with Mrs. Claus. She engaged him in a fun hot-chocolate conversation, and spent a few minutes with him chatting and singing together. It was such a kind moment that makes me believe she might just be the real Mrs. Claus! In addition to all the lights, attractions, characters and yummy food, you can also enjoy seeing the zoo animals at night. The elephants happily play with barrels filled with hay and popcorn, while the giraffes are indoors enjoying a late night snack. Santa’s reindeer keep a watchful eye on all the boys and girls to make sure they are being nice. You may also be lucky enough to stumble upon a zookeeper with an owl or snake! It’s a great opportunity to get a closer view of some cool critters. We had a great time during our visit to Festival of Lights last year and can’t wait to go again this year. When you go, avoid the crowds by visiting on a week day or earlier in the evening. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s located at 3400 Vine St. PNC Festival of Lights is open 5 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu and 5 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat through Jan. 1. Online discount tickets are $16 ages 13 - 61, $12 ages 2 - 12 and 62 and older, or get discount tickets at Kroger. Tickets at the gate are slightly higher. Call 513-2814700 or visit cincinnatizoo.com.

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DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 47. CLOTH DIAPERING 102

Cloth diapering families that want to dive into topics like wool, lanolizing, heavy wetting and potty training can attend. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 4 p.m.; $10; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

DRAMAKINETICS

This popular local troupe presents a family-friendy performance about two South African communities coming together to solve an environmental crisis. Admission is free for members, discounted for Cincinnati Museum Center members. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 2 p.m.; general admission is $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17; 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

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HOLLY DAYS

Go back in time to a 19th century holiday and visit Heritage Village decked out with traditional decorations, listen to stories, make a craft and enjoy live music, train displays and holiday treats. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road; 12 - 4 p.m. Dec. 10 - 11; $10 adults, $6 ages 5 - 11, free ages 4 and younger and museum members; 513-563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

FREE IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE

Join a reading of this classic tale then enjoy some coloring activities. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Center Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

FREE INTERNATIONAL BABYWEARERS PLAY GATHERING

Learn the benefits of babywearing in this gathering of families and peruse the lending library. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 12:15 - 2 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

MAKE IT (EVER) GREEN

Join this homemade holiday event to decorate and plant using recycled K-cups, then take a tour of the annual holiday show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger ; 513421-5707 or cincinnatiparks. com/krohn.

ORIENTEERING INTRO

Join Orienteering Cincinnati, Inc., to learn this fun sport. Registration requested, but walk-ins welcome. Sebald MetroPark, 5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $7 OCIN members, $10 non-members plus a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

THE POLAR EXPRESS PJ PARTY

Enjoy the movie in your PJs with cookies and cocoa, then take a ride on the train. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way; 5 p.m.; $5; newportonthelevee.com.

sun 11 2ND SUNDAY FAMILY SHOWTIME

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FREE CHRISTMAS CAROLING

Enjoy holiday music from the Young Professional Chorale Collective. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 11 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

PIONEERS IN EARLY OHIO

Enjoy refreshments while learning about early pioneers in Ohio. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Groesbeck; 1 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

THE NUTCRACKER ALL JAZZED UP

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TURTLE TALK

Find out what makes turtles great and meet ones that call Hamilton County home. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE WINTER CLASS SAMPLER

Discover upcoming arts classes for adults and children with demos. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2:30 - 4 p.m.; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

mon 12 SUPER SPROUTS: CHRISTMAS CHOOCHOO

Celebrate the season by creating a festive train car. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. Dec. 12, 2 p.m. Dec. 15; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

tue 13 FREE GROWING READERS

Ages 4 - 7 can participate in a program designed to keep them excited about books as they develop their reading skills. Carrico/Ft. Thomas Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Ft. Thomas; 4 4:30 p.m.; 513-572-5033 or cc-pl.org.

FREE HOLIDAY CRAFTS MAKE & TAKE

Make a fun holiday craft to give as a gift or keep for yourself. Reading Branch Library, 8740 Reading Road; 3:30 p.m.; 513-369-4465 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

wed 14 EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME) Please see “Now Playing,” page 44.

FREE MANATOTS STORY TIME WITH SANTA

A Christmas-themed morning with a guest who is from very, very far away! Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

TRADITIONAL TOYS

Learn about the history of classic toys made of natural material and play games. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Dec. 14 - 23. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents Elf the Musical Jr. at Taft Theatre Dec. 10 - 18. See “Now Playing,” page 44.

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thu 15 FREE POINT OF VIEW

The opening reception of this new exhibit features works exploring personal points of view through painting, sculpture, collage and photography. Exhibit runs through Jan. 14. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: GIFT MAKER STATION

Bring your little ones to Art Play and create some unique presents sure to make a loved one smile. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

WEE WONDER ABOUT ANIMALS IN WINTER

Ages 3 - 5 will learn all about how animals survive in winter with crafts, a story and an activity. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m.; $6 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

fri 16 ANIMALS ALIVE

Discover some of the animals that call the nature center home and meet a few up close. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Dec. 29; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE BABY TOURS: TEXTURES

Introduce ages 2 and younger to the world of art with a tour designed to stimulate developing minds. Strollers are not permitted. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE FRENCH STORY TIME

Bonjour! Learn basic French vocabulary through stories and songs. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

sat 17 FREE A CAROLING WE WILL GO

Enjoy (and join in) holiday caroling on the front porch. Stoney’s Village Toy Shoppe, 323 W. Sixth St., Covington; 4 p.m.; 859-655-9571 or stoneystoys. com. (please turn the page)

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FREE BABYWEARING 101

Learn the different types of carriers, safety and get one-on-one help. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 2 p.m.; 513791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

BABYWEARING 102

This class concentrates on wrapping your baby. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 3:30 p.m.; $10; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

BACKYARD SAFARI

Meet critters that you can find locally. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS

Ages 5 - 12 can make crafts. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 17 - 18; $1 per craft plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

DECEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 47. LAKESIDE STROLL

Enjoy a casual walk with the naturalist along the paved trail. Kreis Dam, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

MAKE IT FESTIVE

Stop by for a home-made craft and make a headband of pine rope with natural attachments, then take a tour of the holiday show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger ; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

ORIENTEERING FUN

Have fun with the sport of orienteering. Registration requested, but walk-ins welcome. Forest Run MetroPark, 5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $7 OCIN members, $10 non-members plus a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.

FREE PICTURE THIS! BOOK CLUB FOR TEENS

Teens are invited to join librarians from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County along with members of the CAM staff to share thoughts and opinions of Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer before exploring related artwork. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE SANTA STORYTIME

Bring the gang for a special homegrown story, Santa’s Sleigh Is On Its Way to Cincinnati! Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Center Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

SESAME STREET LIVE: MAKE A NEW FRIEND

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FREE THE CITY FLEA

Get in some last-minute holiday shopping with the City Flea’s Holiday Market — check out local vendors featuring homemade crafts, fine art and more. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 5 - 10 p.m.; thecityflea.com.

FREE TUBA CHRISTMAS

It’s a musical afternoon of holiday songs, as played by the one and only great tuba. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way; 3 - 4 p.m.; newportonthelevee.com.

sun 18 THE ZERO DEGREES CLUB

Meet animals that thrive in winter. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

WINTER HIKE WARM-UP

A brisk hike with a naturalist. Winton Center, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS Dec. 21 - 23

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usic, mischief and miracles combine in the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s production of Gian Carolo Menotti’s Christmas chamber opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors. It’s the tale of shepherd boy Amahl, his mother and their miraculous, life-changing encounter with the three wise men. See it at Xavier University’s Gallagher Student Center Theater, 3800 Victory Pkwy. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 adults, $10 children/students. Call 513723-1182, ext. 102, or visit ccocincinnati.org.

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mon 19 FREE CAROLS WITH MISS KATIE AND MISS SARAH

Join seasoned storyteller Miss Katie and ManaTots’ Miss Sarah for holiday cheer. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 6 - 6:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

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SUPER SPROUTS: ABSTRACT ORNAMENTS

Shake and swirl a colorful ornament inspired by the color-field artist Helen Frankenthaler. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. Dec. 19, 2 p.m. Dec. 22; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

tue 20 OVER THE RHINE CHRISTMAS

Folk/Americana duo Over the Rhine is joined by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for a unique take on familiar holiday favorites as well as songs of their own. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.; 7:30 p.m.; see web site for prices; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

TOT TUESDAY: HOLIDAY CRAFTS

Enjoy stories and crafts, then check out the Holiday Toy Trains exhibit! BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

wed 21 AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

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thu 22 ANIMAL TALES

Join a naturalist for a fun, nature-themed story. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

OLD-FASHIONED PIONEER CHRISTMAS

Experience the holidays like early settlers with crafts, light refreshments and pioneer activities. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 1 - 3 p.m.; groups of up to six: $10 members, $25 nonmembers; additional guests $3 members, $5 nonmembers; 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

SHEN YUN

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THURSDAY ART PLAY: WINTER WONDERLAND

Wee ones can enjoy winter-themed art making with ice painting, igloo fort building and then participate in an indoor snowball fight. Warm up


daily listings at the hot chocolate bar and help yourself to a marshmallow or two! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 23 SNOWFLAKE SCIENCE

Explore the world of snowflakes and make a craft. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $1 per craft plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

THE SNOWMAN WITH THE POPS

See the animated Christmas film, The Snowman, in HD while the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performs the score live. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.; 7:30 p.m.; visit website for ticket information; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

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DULCIMERS AT THE KROHN

Enjoy live music as performed by the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

SUPER SPROUTS: MENORAHS & KINARAS

Learn about the traditions behind special candle holders and make one of your own. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. Dec. 26, 2 p.m. Dec. 29; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

tue 27 TRAILSIDE SCAVENGER HUNT

Pick up a challenge sheet and complete the hunt for a prize. Ellenwood Nature Barn, FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Groesbeck; 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 27 - 30; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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Splash & Bubbles This new PBS Kids series tells the story of two fish - Splash and Bubbles - as they explore the world’s ocean habitats and make new friends while learning valuable life lessons under the sea.

ANIMAL ADVENTURES

Learn how animals exist in the world, then meet one. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Dec. 28 - Jan. 8. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org. (please turn the page)

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WALK THE LIGHTS NIGHT

Join a family fun night as you walk through Holiday in Lights. Strollers and leashed pets welcome. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 6 - 10 p.m.; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or holidayinlights.com.

FREE WEE WEDNESDAY: MEET THE ARTISTS

Preschoolers can look at local art through interactive stations followed by a story and handson art activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

thu 29 THURSDAY ART PLAY: NEW YEAR’S PARTY

Decorate a top hat and mask, try your hand at firework painting, and don’t miss the countdown and balloon drop at 11 a.m. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 30 FREE NOON YEAR’S EVE PARTY

Join a family-friendly countdown to the New Year without staying up late. Enjoy crafts, snacks, music and dancing, with a balloon drop and soda pop toast at noon. Covington Branch Library, 502 Scott Blvd.; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 859-962-4077 or kentonlibrary.org.

FREE TEEN NIGHT

Teens can enjoy a chance to hang out in the library after it closes and nosh on pizza while playing games with friends. Florence Branch Library, 7425 US 42; 6 - 8 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

sat 31 FREE HAP-PEA ALL YEAR STORYTIME

Just in time for the New Year, the peas from the bestselling LMNO Peas are back for more fun as they explore the months of the year. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Center Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

NEW YEAR’S EVE ORIENTEERING

Advanced orienteers can join Orienteering Cincinnati, Inc., for a nighttime navigation adventure. Registration requested, but walk-ins welcome. Forest Run MetroPark, 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton; 7 - 12 p.m.; $7 OCIN members, $10 nonmembers plus a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

Count down to the New Year with the whole family. Enjoy crafts, games, a light lunch and make a toast to 2017. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $5 members, $10 nonmembers, free ages 2 and younger; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

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ArtReach: A Division of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents A Christmas Carol for all ages. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m. Dec. 11; $5 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 513497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

CALICO CHILDREN’S THEATRE

ArtReach: A Division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents A Christmas Carol for all ages. UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 7 p.m. Dec. 9; $5; 513-558-2787 or ucclermont.edu/community/arts.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

It’s a time-honored tradition as Charles Dickens’ iconic story returns to the Playhouse, with a heartwarming message of the true nature of the holiday spirit. Ages 5 and younger not admitted. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Cir.; through Dec. 31; $30 - $45; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

CINCINATTI BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER

Follow the magical journey of Clara as she helps her Nutcracker Prince defeat the Mouse King before traveling to the Land of Sweets. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Dec. 9 - 18; tickets start at $32; 513-621-5282 or cballet.org.

CINDERELLA: AFTER EVER AFTER

What happens when Prince Freddy and Cinderella move into the palace with her diva stepmother and her stepsisters in tow? Change can be hard, and when Gwendolyn the Well Wisher tries to bring peace to the kingdom, she sets off a series of chaotic events. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.; through Dec. 30; $18 - $44; 513-421-3555 or ensemblecincinnati.org.

CLASSICS WITH A TWIST

CCM’s Department of Dance opens its season with a concert of mixed repertoire featuring a collage of dance scenes spanning diverse genres. Patricia Corbett Theatre, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Avenue; 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 3 and 3 p.m. Dec. 4; $27 - $31 general, $17 - $20 students, $15 - $18 UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

ELF THE MUSICAL JR.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents the story of a young orphan who grows up with Santa and his elves. When he realizes his real family lives in New York City, he embarks on an adventure to find them. Plenty of mayhem and hilarity ensue, as he reminds everyone what Christmas is all about. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.; Dec. 10 - 11 and Dec. 16 - 18; tickets start at $10; 513-569-8080 or thechildrenstheatre.com.

EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)

It’s a smash hit that takes a hilarious look at all of our famous holiday tales – everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss. If it’s a Christmas story, you’ll hear about it here! Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St.; Dec. 14 - 31; $32; 513-381-2273 or cincyshakes.com.

FITTON FAMILY FRIDAY

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. A family-friendly reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton; $11 members, $13 non-members; 513-863-8873 or fittoncenter.org.

MIAMI VALLEY BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER

The Miami Valley Ballet Theatre presents this timeless holiday classic that’s full of action, adventure, romance and celebration. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11; $15 adults, $10 ages 10 and younger; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

THE NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Explore the life of the man behind the famous poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” in this love story/literary mystery that’s full of song. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Dec. 1 - 23; $24 - $27; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

THE NUTCRACKER ALL JAZZED UP

Support the school’s after-prom program by enjoying a performance of The Nutcracker from the students of the Mason Dance Center. Mason High School, 6100 Mason Montgomery Road; 11 a.m. Dec. 11; visit website for prices; 513-398-0353 or masondance.com.

THE NUTCRACKER JAZZED UP

The De La Dance Company’s ballet opens in 1940s New York City, but the second act takes audiences to a magical place with traditional and familiar ballet choreography. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m. Dec. 2 - 3 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3; $23.50 $37.50; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

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THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED AND CONFUSED REVUE

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

SESAME STREET LIVE: MAKE A NEW FRIEND

Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and others welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to the neighborhood in this musical celebration of friendship. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St.; 3 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17, and 3 p.m. Dec. 18; $19 - $69; usbankarena. com.

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This visually stimulating Chinese dance performance takes you on a journey through mystical folklore, heroes and demons, far-away places and more. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 - 23; tickets start at $67; shenyun.com/cincinnati/aronoffcenter-for-the-arts.


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

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

•Homeschool Program: School in Scale Grades 5 - 7 will transform into architects and explore the world of scale models by using their math skills to build a proportional one-room schoolhouse. Students should be comfortable manipulating fractions. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6; $5. •Brown Bag Luncheon Bring a lunch and listen to Dr. James C. Claypool, NKU professor emeritus of history, discuss Covington-Born Tin Pan Alley who wrote “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15; $3 members, $10 nonmembers.

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

•Happiest Baby On the Block Join a workshop that will teach a step-by-step method to help your newborn sleep better and help soothe even the fussiest baby in minutes. 6:45 p.m. Dec. 10; $50.

BLUE COCOON’S MOMMY+ME PLAY CAFÉ

9361 Montgomery Road 513-791-1089 • bluecocoonbaby.com •Sensory Class Bring your little ones for messy fun that will activate their curiosity while promoting development. This month’s themes include Vanilla Cinnamon Oobleck (Dec. 7); Hot Chocolate Cloud Dough (Dec. 14); and White Christmas (Dec. 21). 9:45 a.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21; $14.50 (includes admission to play+café). •TOT Clinic Topics include reflux, colic, torticollis, latching difficulty, breastfeeding problems, suck training, a mini-CST session and more. 12 p.m. Dec. 8 and 22; $40.

The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival is one of the oldest festivals of the Christmas season. Experience the free festivity at Christ Church Cathedral, Dec. 31 - Jan. 1. FREE Meet the Grinch Story Time Read Dr. Seuss’ classic tale with a very special guest – the Grinch himself! After the story, take a picture with the big, green fellow. The first 20 line numbers will be reserved for those who would like to purchase a copy of the book, and line numbers following will be to meet the Grinch and will be given day of, on a firstcome, first-served basis. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8. •Make a Mess RSVP by the Friday before. Join Ms. Anne for a good book and an art-making activity for ages 2 - 4 and their parents. 10 - 11 a.m. Dec. 12; $10. •FREE A Visit from Loren Long Local fave Loren Long will visit the manatee to share his new book, Otis and the Kittens, and he’s bringing a special guest. Line numbers available for signing with purchase of book. 11 a.m. Dec. 10.

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•Winter Break Camp RSVP by Dec. 27. Grades K - 3 will explore, play seasonal games and get creative with a craft before enjoying a story. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 29; call for prices.

•Celebrate Jan Brett’s Birthday! Celebrate this honored children’s author/illustrator with stories and a craft, followed by a cup of hot cocoa. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1; $2.

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FREE Meet Author Jinny Berten Children’s author Jinny Berten leads a storytime with her book, Henri: A Christmas Donkey Story. 10 a.m. Dec. 20.

430 W. North Bend Road 513-761-4313 • cincinnatiparks.com •Outdoor Winter Survivor Camp Grades 4 - 6 will master fire building, campfire cooking and other survival skills. Dress for the weather. 9:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 28; $25 per child.

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5400 Kellogg Ave. 513-231-8678 • cincinnatiparks.com Winter in the Woodlands Families can follow a luminaria-lit trail on a self-guided hike through the nighttime forest. Decorate your own holiday cookie, make a craft and enjoy lively acoustic music by a crackling fire. 6 - 8 p.m. Dec. 2; $6 per person. •Give a Cheer for Winter! RSVP by Dec. 16 or 23. Grades K - 3 are invited for cold weather adventures, nature activities and animal encounters. Then enjoy some hot cocoa by the fire. 9:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 or Dec. 30; call for price.

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318 East 4th St. 513-621-2627 • boarsheadfestival.com FREE The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival One of the oldest continuing festivals of the Christmas season, this popular pageant is rooted in ancient times and gives audiences a glimpse into the past. Featuring soaring music, more than 150 cast members (and even more behind the scenes), the festival is an annual tradition of “tunes and times past and gone.” 2 p.m. Dec. 31 dress rehearsal; 5 p.m. Dec. 31; 2:30 and 5 p.m. Jan. 1; tickets distributed beginning at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 10.

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The Polar Express Reading Local children’s librarians will read the classic children’s book, then guests can create a Christmas craft, enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies, and visit with Santa. Holiday finery or comfy PJs are encouraged! 2 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18; free with admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 – 17).


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•Toilet Training Without Tears Learn the physical, intellectual and psychological readiness signs as well as how to deal with things like accidents and regression, and whether or not a reward system is right for your family. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dec. 3; $30.

HARBIN PARK

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Kids can have fun exploring hidden wonders during Legends and Folklore of Winter at the Cincinnati Nature Center on Saturday, Dec. 10.

CINCINNATI ART MUSUEM

953 Eden Park Dr. 513-721-2787 • cincinnatiartmuseum.org •Art in the Making: Meet the Artists Ages 6 - 12 and an adult will explore the CAM before creating their own masterpiece with artists from the exhibit Employed: A Staff Art Exhibition. 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 17; $5 members, $10 nonmembers.

CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER

4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 • theplaceforfamilies.com •Tummy2Tummy Learn about the benefits of wearing your baby in a sling or carrier, then try a few samples to decide what’s best for you. 11 a.m. Dec. 10; donations accepted. •Breastfeeding Realities Learn the basics of breastfeeding along with ways to avoid typical troubles like identifying baby’s hunger cues and what to do when things don’t go according to plan. 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 17; $35.

CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER 1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7001 • cincymuseum.org

Mini Makers Ages 5 - 10 will make their own ornaments (Dec. 3); attend the Jedi academy (Dec. 17); and create a gingerbread house (Dec. 22 and 23) this month. 2:30 p.m.; $8 members, $10 plus admission non-members.

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

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carefully. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dec. 7; $6 member child, $10 non-member child. •Legends and Folklore of Winter Find wonders buried in the cold of this challenging season during an easy walk through the winter forest. Listen to some colorful stories, oddball explanations and poetic symbols. Adults will be surprised by the strange history of familiar things and kids can enjoy fun activities. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dec. 10; $5 members, $9 nonmembers. •Whitetail Deer: A Family Nature Quest Ages 8 and older will peer into the lives of whitetail deer during a 1.5-mile hike to explore how they communicate, what they eat, the ethics of hunting and what can happen when bucks lock antlers. 10 a.m. 1 p.m. Dec. 14; $6 members, $10 non-members. •Winter Solstice Night Hike Ages 9 and older can learn about the winter solstice and take a night hike in search of nocturnal animals, followed by refreshments around the bonfire. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Dec. 21; $6 members, $10 non-members.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

1261 Race Track Road, Alexandria 859-572-2600 • campbell.ca.uky.edu •FREE Commodity Feeds and Their Use in Beef Ration Adults can learn more about commodity feeds and how they can best be used. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

FARBACH WERNER NATURE PRESERVE 3455 Poole Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park •Taffy Pull RSVP by Dec. 15. Meet in the historic barn for an old-fashioned taffy pull where everyone

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FREE Christmas Bird Count Dr. Richard Munson will join this hike to help count for birds for The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. Join citizen scientists from across the country to help take census. 10 a.m. –-12 p.m. Dec. 17. •FREE Let’s Go Hiking! Meet at the Overlook Stone Shelter for a free guided hike through the park, followed by hot chocolate. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dec. 17.

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Victorian Christmas Tea Time Tour the mansion’s Christmas exhibit and enjoy a festive three-course tea in the parlors. 1 p.m. Dec. 3, 6 or 8; $28 members, $30 nonmembers.

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KIDS FIRST SPORTS CENTER

7900 East Kemper Road 513-489-7575 • kidsfirstsports.com •Holiday Camp-a-Palooza Ages 5 - 12 can participate in gymnastics, swimming, arts and crafts, basketball, field trips and other fun. Various dates and themes available; visit website for details and complete schedule.

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5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 • cincinnatiparks.com Holiday Crafts Workshop RSVP by Dec. 5. Bring the family for crafts made with natural materials while enjoying live musical performances. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9; $5 per person. Holiday Crafts for Girl Scouts RSVP by Dec. 6. Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts can make crafts out of natural materials as they warm up by the fire. 12 - 2 p.m. Dec. 10; $5 per scout. Holiday Crafts Afternoon Workshop RSVP by Dec. 6. Bring the family for live music and natural-made crafts. 3 - 5 p.m. Dec. 10; $5 per person. •Absolute Zero! RSVP by Dec. 19. Grades K - 3 will brave the cold on a mission to study wildlife in the nature preserve. Plenty of indoor activities are on the schedule as well. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22; $25 per child.

LANGSFORD LEARNING ACCELERATION CENTER

9402 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash 513-531-7400 • langsfordcenter.com/RSVP •FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension This presentation simplifies the complex process of reading by explaining the five critical skills that support successful reading. Learn about the developmental path of successful readers, the root causes of reading difficulties and why some good readers struggle with comprehension. 12:30 - 2 p.m. Dec. 14.

LAZER KRAZE

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

LITTLE MIAMI HIGH SCHOOL 3001 E US 22&3, Morrow 513-899-3781, ext. 20461 lmbreakfastwithsanta.eventbrite.com

Breakfast With Santa RSVP by Nov. 30. Little Miami High School’s student government will host a breakfast with Santa full of children’s crafts, activities, holiday performances and a family photo. Be sure to stop by the Holly Jolly Holiday Fair for shopping, too. 8 - 11 a.m. Dec. 3; $8 ages 12 and older, $6 ages 1 - 11, free infants.

MARY HELEN STUDIO

1981 Madison Road 513-802-5020 • maryhelenstudio.com/classes •Pajama Sewing Party Escape the cold and make a new pair of cozy pajama pants and a coordinating pillowcase. Perfect for grades 2 - 8 of all experience levels. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 19 or 21; $150 (includes all supplies and a pizza lunch).

MAYERSON JCC

8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 • mayersonjcc.org •Kids Night Out Ages 5 - 12 can enjoy supervised activities in the gym and water park, while you enjoy a night out. Be sure to pack a swimsuit. Children of all abilities are invited to participate, contact Nikki Downey at inclusion@mayersonjcc.org. 5 - 9 p.m. Dec. 10; $20 members, $30 non-members. •FREE Math Circle Grades 6 - 8 will meet other kids who share a passion for math in this nationallyrecognized program with professors from University of Cincinnati and award-winning area high school teachers. Students will be challenged and inspired with intriguing math activities, topics and puzzles. 2:30 – 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11.

NEUSOLE GLASSWORKS

11925 Kemper Springs Dr. 513-751-3292 or neusoleglassworks.com Ornament Blow Get help from professional glassblowers and make your own holiday ornament. For ages 5 and older. Call for a 15-minute time slot between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10, 16 or 18; $35 per ornament.

NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE 1 Levee Way, Newport newportonthelevee.com

Breakfast With Santa RSVP for an unforgettable morning with the Jolly Old Elf as you create a lasting memory with your little ones. 9:30 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17; visit website for ticket prices.

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

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park Farm Holidays RSVP by Dec. 11. Ages 2 - 5 and their parents will help the animals on the farm celebrate the holidays! 9:30 - 11 a.m. Dec. 13 and 14; $10 per child plus one free adult, $5 for each additional adult.

VOICE OF AMERICA METROPARK 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester 513-867-5835 • yourmetroparks.net

A valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park Murder Mystery Dinner: Santa’s Slay … Santa’s Sleigh RSVP by Dec. 8. Adults can party with the Claus’, but someone is about to get a really big lump of coal for being bad. Can Elf Barry Mitzvah and Santa’s daughter, Ann Arctic, discover “whodunit?” 5:30 - 8 p.m. Dec. 10; $35. Santa’s Brunch RSVP by Dec. 2. Enjoy a delicious buffet, live piano music with caroling and a private visit with Santa. Kids can go to Elf School and graduate with an elf hat and diploma. 12:30 - 3 p.m. Dec. 11; $14.95 ages 8 and older, $12.95 ages 3 - 7, free ages 2 and younger.

WESTON ART GALLERY

650 Walnut St. cincinnatiarts.org westonartgallery@cincinnatiarts.org •Families Create: Terrific Terrariums Tour the new installation, Soft Regards, from artists Elena

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PLAN AHEAD Harvey Collins and Liz Roberts, then learn how to create a magical mind-garden in the smallest of spaces. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dec. 10; $5 per child.

WINTON WOODS

10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park Brunch With Santa Enjoy a delicious buffet, while Santa meets with children to hear their holiday wish lists. Each child will receive one complimentary photo. 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11; $17.95 adults, $8.50 ages 2 – 12, plus tax. •Outdoor Archery RSVP two days in advance. Ages 8 and older will learn the basics of shooting a compound bow before testing their skills on the range. 1 p.m. Dec. 4, 10 and 18; $15. •Wilderness Skills: Survival in a Bottle RSVP by Dec. 8. Learn how everything you need to survive in the wilderness can fit in a 32-ounce bottle. 1 p.m. Dec. 11; $6. •Backcountry Cooking RSVP by Dec. 14. Ages 14 and older can learn about the options of backpacking cuisine and cooking gear. 1 p.m. Dec. 17; $15.

WOLFF PLANETARIUM

Burnet Woods, 3400 Brookline Dr. 513-751-3679 • cincinnatiparks.com •Cincinnati Skies Discover the stars and learn the stories behind famous constellations in this program for ages 5 and older. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Dec. 8; $5. Holiday Skies Discover the mysteries of the Christmas Star, see a bright holiday “wreath” of twinkling lights, and more. 7 p.m. Dec. 2; $5.

WOODLAND MOUND

8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park •Family New Year’s Eve Celebration RSVP by Dec. 26. Enjoy music, games and crafts to celebrate the New Year. Enjoy live animal programs, face painting, a magician and dancing to a live band before the ball drops at 7 p.m. 4 - 7 p.m. Dec. 31; $6.

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