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Enjoy them while they're young.
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The most wonderful time of the year includes breakfasts with Santa, special events, holiday markets, light displays and a whole lot of ho, ho, ho!
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“ENJOY THEM WHILE THEY’RE YOUNG”
f I had a dollar for every time someone told me, “Enjoy them while they’re young,” my kids would have a fabulous Christmas this year. This cliché phrase gets me. Sometimes it gives me the warm and fuzzies and sometimes it makes me cringe because my kids are fighting and acting like monkeys in public. Nonetheless, it is a good reminder to enjoy time with my kids, no matter what curve ball gets thrown at us. “You only get 18 summers with them,” or “They won’t be young forever.” You get the point. Time is flying, and it’s easy to get busy and caught up in the daily hustle and bustle — especially during the holidays. Getting too wrapped up in the lights, gifts and selfies with Santa can actually take away from special moments with our kids. When you sit back and do a recap of your week, did you actually appreciate that time with your kids? Do you even remember? Guilty as charged. This holiday season, I’m taking a step back and realizing that less is more. Here is my holiday checklist — or call it a New Year’s resolution and trust me, it doesn’t involve a puppy under the tree. STAY IN: I am a runner (literally and figuratively). I need to be reminded to take a “time out” and skip the that exciting festival here and there. So when my kids ask to stay home, bring on the popcorn, blankets and Christmas movie marathon. BREATHE A LITTLE: Picking and choosing your battles is a real thing that works. In the grand scheme of things, is it really that big of deal that my toddler spilled her chocolate milk, or I forgot to turn in the library books on time? Tomorrow is a new day, and in the end, these little problems are not worth getting upset over. Take a breath; move on to what matters.
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HAPPY ZOO YEAR!
he Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s “Happy ZOO Year” program is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Head to the zoo (3400 Vine St., Cincinnati)
on New Year’s Eve (December 31) for an exciting, familyfriendly celebration including a MadCap puppet show, an early countdown and a fabulous a Rozzi’s firework show. Experience the Zoo Year’s fun from 5 - 9 p.m. Call 513-281-4700 or visit cincinnatizoo.org/events/ happy-zoo-year-2 for more information.
The PNC Festival of Lights continues at the zoo until Jan. 4.
Fun for the Littles at the Play Café
ooking for a toddler play date to liven up your month? Keep the Play Café at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC; 44 East 6th St.) in mind. Every other month, the CAC opens up its kid-friendly creative space for little ones to play with sensory stations, curated toys and more. Play Café is held every other month — the next one is on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; find upcoming dates in Cincinnati Family’s “Things to Do” family calendar. (Cincy Fam tip: remember downtown Cincinnati parking meters are free until 2 p.m.) For more info, call 513-345-8400 or visit contemporaryartscenter.org for more information.
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our kids can literally bounce off the walls at the new Defy sports park now open in Florence, Ky. This extreme air sports park is for all ages and includes various flight packages as low as $16 an hour for ages 7 and older; $12 an hour for ages 3 - 6 years old and $10 an hour for bouncy toddlers 2 and younger. Looking to host a birthday party? Check out Defy Florence’s three perfect party packages. Call 859-212-9413 or visit defy.com/locations/defyflorence-ky for more information. Foam pits, dodgeball, a zipline, a ninja obstacle course and dozens of trampolines make up the new Defy Florence sports park.
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Don't let the kids get underfoot over the holiday break! Plenty of local winter break camps are available and some include fun exploration activities outside!
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Mental Health & Kids Life takes a toll on developing-child brains — is it time for a mental break? Know when to insist on your child taking five and how to help them relax.
BY AMANDA HAYWARD
ife is demanding enough for adults — are you aware that your kids go through similar stresses? Add up their hard-working hours at school, homework, sports, friends, emotions and life changes, and you have what’s called mental overload. Sitting and talking with your kids about their mental health is the first place to start. From the day they have a first tantrum to a total teenage meltdown, a mental check-in is everything when it comes to their emotional well-being. Mental health issues can begin to develop at a very young age. According to Beech Acres Parenting Center’s blog, one in five children live with serious mental health issues. It’s important that you learn to sit and talk with your kids about what may be weighing on their brains — getting it out is the key. It’s never been more important to speak openly and honestly about mental health with your children, according to Beech Acres Parenting Center. As with most essential topics, start at the beginning. Talk with your children about their feelings, focus on their strengths, and most importantly listen to what they have to say. Tailor your support to the age of your child. According to Beech Acres, age-appropriate speaking techniques are important when having one-on-one conversation.
YOUNGER AND OLDER For example, for young children, keep it simple and speak in terms and contexts that they can understand. Preschool-age children may not tell you how they feel, but they may express their feelings in a variety of other ways. Adolescents, of course, are different. “‘Tweens and teens tend to experience drastic and greater pressures, including physical changes, complex relationships and more,” according to Beech Acres. Teens are also very aware of the world around them and some psychologists have tied a growth in mental health issues among teenagers to increased social media use, academic pressure and frightening events like terror attacks and school shootings. Teens express their emotions differently, and sometimes they don’t want to talk, which can be occasionally OK. Instead, try encouraging them to express themselves with painting, music, dance or other creative ways that helps build their mental strength and confidence. Discussing mental health with your teenagers is critically important, according to Beech Acres. With teen suicide at an all-time high, there has never been a better reason to talk, and listen to, your kids. Having conversations around positive emotions and what makes them feel good, reinforces good feelings, and helps prepare them to cope with the bad.
WHEN TO PROVIDE A BREAK We all have good days and bad days. But when you notice something is wrong and your kids are having emotional breakage, it’s OK to allow them a mental break, whether that be taking time as a family, going on a nature walk, taking time away from extra activities, or whatever it is that relaxes your child’s mind. According to John La Count, M.D., a pediatrician at St. Elizabeth Physicians, mental and physical health go hand-in-hand. “Your mental health is exactly like your physical health,” La Count says. “If you’re not going to adapt and deal with it, you’re going to see problems.” Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication and a mom of two.
Practice Mental Health Awareness With Your Kids
• Practice mindfulness, meditation and other relaxation activities. • Talk with your child about stress and symptoms they may experience because of that stress. • Gather more information about your child’s developmental stage. • Use media and daily experiences to normalize conversations about reacting to specific emotions. Source: Beech Acres Parenting Center (beechacres.org).
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Breakfast with Santa at Dave & Buster’s 11775 Commons Drive Springdale, OH 513-719-5306 daveandbusters.com Dig into a breakfast buffet that includes a hot cocoa station, $10 game card with unlimited game play, cookie decorating and photos with Santa. Saturday, Dec 7 - 9 11 a.m.; $25 per person.
PHOTO: Santa hears a young girl’s wish at The Taft’s Antique Christmas, pg. 18 Breakfast with Mother Christmas Heritage Village Museum 11450 Lebanon Road Sharonville, OH 513-563-9484 heritagevillagecincinnati. org (Register) Pancakes and storytime plus balloon art. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 & 15 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. $7 adults; $5 children; $15 adult breakfast and Holly Days combo, $8 kids’ breakfast and Holly Days combo (ages 5 -11); free for ages 4 and younger.
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Metroparks Brunch with Santa Voice of America MetroPark / Ronald Reagan Lodge, 7850 VOA Park Drive West Chester, OH 513-867-5835 yourmetroparks.net (Register) Join Santa for brunch, live jazz and a MadCap puppet show. Sunday, Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; $18.50 adults, $13.99 ages 3 - 6, free for ages 3 and younger. Vehicle permit is required to enter the park.
Breakfast with Santa at The National Exemplar 6880 Wooster Pike Mariemont, OH 513-271-2103 nationalexemplar.com (Register) Bring the kids to this family-friendly, fun-filled brunch! Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 9 and 11:30 a.m. Reservations $16 per child, $21 per adult; reserve your spot by contacting Lisa Hopkins at LHopkins@ NationalExemplar.com.
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Winterfest Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island, OH 513-754-5700 visitkingsisland.com Celebrate the holidays with ice skating on the Royal Fountain and seeing the Eiffel Tower transform into a 314-foot tall Christmas tree! Enjoy live shows, rides, treats, millions of lights, holiday characters and Winterfest’s signature blue hot cocoa! Select nights through Dec. 31; general admission $27.99 online; free parking when you buy four or more adult tickets; cardholders free with their pass. 37th Annual PNC Festival of Lights Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden 3400 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH cincinnatizoo.org/events/ festival-of-lights Your kids’ eyes will light up as they admire 3 million LED lights leading the way through their favorite zoo! Now transformed into a
“Wild Wonderland,” watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the Toyland Express train ride, experience the Wild Lights show on Swan Lake and enjoy a snack at one of the two S’mores-n-More stands. Santa visits start at 4 p.m.; one hour before the festivities begin. New this year are Fiona fairy statues in Fiona’s Fairyland, holiday photo ops in the Hippo Hut, an immersive “Northern Lights” experience and more! See website for holiday hours. The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill Historic Clifton Mill 75 Water St., Clifton, OH 937-767-5501 cliftonmill.com Celebrate 32 years with Clifton Mill with more than 4 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges. Experience the wonderland which includes a Miniature Village, a Santa Claus Museum, a Toy Collection and a synchronized lights and music show. Take a peek into Santa’s Workshop
and you might see a live Santa; watch him check his list and go up the chimney (every 15 minutes!) Nightly through Dec. 30; see website for holiday hours. Light Up the Fair 2019 Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, Ky 859-568-4046 lightupthefair.com More than a half a million lights fill this gorgeous more than one-mile-long holiday light display. Open nightly through Jan. 4, 2020; gates open at 5:30 p.m., show begins at dark; Sun. - Thurs., 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 p.m.; $6 per person, free for ages 3 and younger. Christmas Nights of Lights Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 513-232-8230 coneyislandpark.com Cozy up in the warmth of your vehicle, and experience a two-and-a-half mile whimsical light show synchronized to popular holiday tunes from your radio. Be awed by
glowing trees, dancing candy canes and of course, the tunnel of lights! Through Jan. 5; begins nightly at dusk until 10 p.m. including holidays; $6 per person, free for ages 3 and younger. Holiday Lights on the Hill Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road Hamilton 513-868-1234 pyramidhill.org Pyramid Hill celebrates 20 years! The two-and-a half mile drive-thru experience takes you through lights including a newly designed over-arching lighting plan by Brave Berlin. Through Jan. 5, 2020; Mon. Thu., 6 - 9 p.m., $20 per car load; Fri.- Sun., 6 -10 p.m., $25 per car load; members save $10 per carload. Holiday in Lights Sharon Woods 11450 Lebanon Road Route 42, Sharonville, OH 513-769-0393 holidayinlights.com Feast your eyes on more than a million twinkling lights
during this year’s holiday lights display. Includes more than120 moving and standing holiday-themed figures from Santa to the 12 Days of Christmas.Through Dec. 31; Sun. - Thurs, 6 - 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 5:30 - 10 p.m. $15 per car, $45 per buses and 15-passenger vans. Stop by Santaland (Sharon Centre) for magic, treats, entertainment, a train display and more, through Dec. 23. Light Up Middletown Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown lightupmiddletown.org Celebrate Light Up Middletown’s 20th year and enjoy twinkling holiday lights while driving through this beautiful 100-acre park. Come by Fridays and Saturdays from 7 - 9 p.m. to meet Santa through Dec. 21! Open nightly through Dec. 31, including holidays, 6 - 10 p.m.; choose your donation and set your own price. (please turn the page)
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Broadway Shows & More Catch a performance — and make a show a holiday tradition!
Broadway in Cincinnati’s “Hello, Dolly!” Aronoff Center for the Arts Proctor & Gamble Hall 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, Oh 513-621-2787 broadwayincincinnati.com
Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, Hello Dolly is touring America and paying tribute to the original work of director/ choreographer Gower Champion. Dec. 3 - 15; tickets start at $30. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Taft Theatre, 317 E 5th St. Cincinnati, Oh 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com
Local 12’s Bob Herzog transforms into a Man’s Best Friend —Snoopy! The whole family will fall in love with this holiday favorite. The kids will enjoy the whole Peanuts’ gang Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and more — as they remind us what Christmas is truly about.
Dec. 7 - 16; tickets start at $10, and can be purchased at ticketmastercom. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s “Bah Humbug! A One-Man Christmas Carol” TCT’s Showtime Stage 4015 Red Bank Road Cincinnati, Oh 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com
From Scrooge to Tiny Tim, The whole family will adore this classic holiday tale told with one actor playing every character! Sunday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m.; $10 tickets.
Cincinnati Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Music Hall, 1241 Elm St. Cincinnati, Oh 513-621-5282 cballet.org
Clara and her Nutcracker Prince are back to conquer their journey to the Land of Sweets. This delightful family tradition will bring your family’s imagination back to childhood dreams. This favorite Cincinnati tradition offers a whimsical performance you’ll never forget. Dec. 19 - 29; single tickets starting at $29.
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s “A Christmas Carol” Marx Theatre 962 Mt. Adams Circle Cincinnati, Oh 513-421-3888 cincyplay.com
Food Drive when you see the show: bring a nonperishable food or personal care item and place it in one of the barrels located near the Box Office. Head to their website for a list of acceptable items.
Take a musical journey with Scrooge through the past, present and future through Dec. 29; tickets start at $30. A sensory-friendly performance takes place on Tuesday Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. for individuals on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities. Tickets cost $15 per person. Support the Cratchit Family
Mason Dance Center’s “The Nutcracker — All Jazzed Up!” Mason High School Theater 6100 Mason-Mont Road, Oh 513-398-0353 masondance.com
Broadway Across America Presents Disney’s The Lion King Jan. 8 - Feb. 2, 2020 Aronoff Center for the Arts, Procter & Gamble Hall 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, Oh | 513-621-2787 broadwayincincinnati.com Hakuna Matata! The beloved musical roars its way back to Cincinnati Jan. 8 - Feb. 2. The Lion King has been seen by more than 20 million theater-goers and the tour has traveled to more than 80 cities in the U.S. Be a part of this heartfelt Broadway production which includes award-winning songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. Tickets start at $29 — hurry and get yours now!
If you missed the dazzling performance at Cincinnati Family’s Fall Fest & Expo this year, don’t fret! They are taking this jazzy twist of The Nutcracker to the stage! Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 and 4 p.m.; online tickets $10, at the door tickets $12. Find more December shows listed in THINGS TO DO’s “Now Playing” found on page 31. (please turn the page)
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For the most wonderful time of the year, head to create memories at one of these holiday events!
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A Duke Energy Holiday Train Display at CMC City of Montgomery’s Holiday in the Village Dec. 7, 5 - 7:30 p.m. 513-891-2424 montgomeryohio.org Take a ride on the “Jolly Trolley” free holiday shuttle (5 p.m. at Twin Lakes and Bethesda North Hospital; service ends at 9 p.m., departing from Ohio National
Financial Services). Following the tree lighting (and the announcement of the Winter Coloring Contest winner, plus giveaways), stroll along Shelly Lane and visit the North Pole Workshop. Antique Christmas Taft Museum of Art Through Jan. 5, 2020
New displays include feather trees with vintage Disney and German fairytale ornaments. Enjoy treats in the Taft’s holiday-decorated dining room. Write letters to Santa, shop for gifts, take an Antique Christmas Tour Thursday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. —with Kathy and Stewart Gregory (display contributors to this year’s exhibition). Free for members; regular admission pricing for non-members. EnterTRAINment Junction Christmas at the Junction Through Jan. 1, 2020 7379 Squire Court West Chester Township 513-898-8000 entertrainmentjunction.com A “Journey to the North Pole,”
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Matthew 25: Ministries Global Village Market 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati 513-793-6256 m25m.org Browse unique crafts purchased from artists around the world served by Matthew 25. New this year, experience The Missionarium: watch local artisans at work. Halle-Bration New Vision UMC 4400 Reading Road, Cincinnati 513-961-4817 newvision-umc.org
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The cities largest free holiday festival and market. Shop at more than 60 vendor booths, enjoy food concessions, free entertainment, kid’s crafts and activities, a visit from Santa Claus and more. Friday, Dec. 13, 4- 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Winter Market at Fountain Square 520 Vine St., Cincinnati A shopping experience to remember with regional artisans and crafters in newly designed huts. Enjoy
concessions and wine while you browse and shop. Through Dec. 22; Fridays, 4 - 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 12 - 9 p.m.; Sundays, 12 - 5 p.m. Christmas in Loveland Downtown Loveland, Loveland Find decor to personalize your home, unique, handmade pottery, and browse the town, supporting local businesses. Saturday, Dec. 14, 4 - 9 p.m.
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will take you on an adventure to meet Mrs. Claus and Santa. Special hours from Dec. 8 30 (check website for details); closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tickets $17.95, or buy online and get $2 off; age 2 and younger are free. Krohn Conservatory A Zinzinnati Holiday 1501 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati; 513-421-4086 cincinnatiparks.com/krohn See our city from a different perspective at Cincinnati Parks’ nationally recognized holiday display of more than 3,500 plant species from around the world surrounding historical representations of Cincinnati’s buildings. Through Jan. 5, 2020. $10 adults, $7 ages 5 - 17, free for ages 4 and younger. Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains Daily through Jan. 5
Cincinnati Museum Center 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati 513-287-7000 cincymuseum.org Holiday trains, Santa, build a snowman, get immersed in a LEGO wonderland, take a ride on the train. See website for hours. $14.50 adults, $13.40 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 -12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free for members and ages 1 and younger. An Old Kentucky Christmas 6080 Camp Ernst Road Burlington, Ky 859-586-4673 anoldkentuckychristmas.com Experience colonial days while following your nose to Grandma’s cookies, enjoying the sound of carols and decorating ornaments! Free! Dec. 12 and 13, 5 - 8 p.m.; Dec. 14 and 15, 2 - 8 p.m.
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Independence Christmas Walk Craft Extravaganza Independence, Ky Enjoy a night-time Christmas parade, the crowning of Miss Independence, plus an array of local craft and food vendors at the Independence Courthouse and Independence Senior Citizen Building. Saturday, Dec. 7, 4 - 9 p.m.
Ultimate Holiday Craft Expo Hilton Cincinnati Airport, 7373 Turfway Road, Florence, Ky Shop a variety of local boutiques, crafters and specialty vendors. Order your tickets in advance and drop them in the raffle box for a chance to win some door prizes. Parking and admission, free; Sunday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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Peer Pressure among kids & teens Research shows that kids who have solid, positive relationships with their parents fare much better in the effort to stand up to pressures that come at them in social circles.
BY AMANDA HAYWARD
he moment your kindergartner comes home and suddenly changes the way she walks, what she chooses to wear, and to your surprise, her language, it starts. What happened? Peer pressure. It’s something we all face from day one, and before you know it, your kindergartener is a teenager with an all-new attitude and group of friends. It doesn’t have to be scary. Peers include close friends, same-age cousins, kids at school, church or on a team. All of these will have influence — whether positive or negative — on your kids. The good news is, you can teach your kids how to recognize peer pressure early on and you can model individuality to them: these tools will be gamechangers for them later on in life.
Understanding Peer Pressure According to Colleen Furey, PSD, a licensed psychologist who works as a behavioral health consultant for Mercy Health Kenwood and West Chester Primary Care and Pediatrics, research shows there are two different kinds of peer pressure, and it begins when a child begins to develop early on. “Peer pressure is social influence and social conformity,” she explains. “It’s basically this idea that some kids tend to be more influential, and some kids tend to conform,” she adds. The time when your child begins to develop mentally and begins paying attention to peers is when it all begins. According to research, this is during the preschool ages. Peer pressure peaks in the adolescent years, Furey says, but oddly enough, it begins to wean around ages 17 and 18 years old — just in time to be on your own and off to college.
Surrounded by Peers We are naturally attracted to people with similar interests or people we just admire. It’s completely normal. We surround ourselves with peers. Kids have developing brains and as they grow, they attempt to figure out how to be a part of society in the big world. However, your kids’ biggest influence and role model is you. 20 December 2019
“As they get older and closer to that early adolescence, it really shifts to how the peer group is really that big influential model,” says Furey. “Their brains are really trying to use all of this information to try and figure out how to function and how to thrive, but of course it could be problematic when the influence is something negative.” It’s all fun and games until they are teens — this is when peer pressure can get a bit more risky. Teens tend to be pulled into common pressures including: health, (diet and exercise); risk behaviors (alcohol use, vaping); academics (how much they value homework); dating and sexual activity; and music and fashion, which you may notice more with girls. Although there is no research proving that one gender is more influenced than the other, research does show that boys tend to be more influenced by a group of peers, whereas girls focus more on just one or two besties. And, surprise, boys are more of the risk takers.
When to Step In So when does a parent need to step in? This can get a bit tricky —the last thing you want to do is close your kids off from you or go mute. You want to build trust and allow them to be open about their feelings, so choosing the right time, style and approach can help. According to Furey, age-appropriate conversations are necessary. “Whenever we are explaining tough topics to kids, we want to make sure the way we are delivering that information is developmentally appropriate,” suggests Furey. A typical conversation with your child can start simply with an open, honest conversation about peer pressure, according to Furey. Even sharing your own personal childhood stories is one way of getting through to your child, and that story just might be the topic that hits home. Before you begin, keep your kids’ ages and personality types in mind. For example, if one of your kids tends to gets uncomfortable with lectures, try a different approach. For younger kids, picture books, TV shows and movies that highlight individualism can create a solid message. Yes, The Breakfast Club, Mean Girls and Ferris Bueller’s Day
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Peer pressure is everywhere —especially on our phones. Support your kids by knowing their friends and helping them navigate.
Off are all great, classic movies, and for older kids and teens, they are conversation starters, too. What do they have in common? Peer pressure situations. Use media to help ease you into that natural, open conversation simply by asking questions like, “How could have that character handled that differently?” or “What were the consequences of his action?” Maintaining a good, trusting parent and child relationship is everything. According to Furey, although research shows that peers play a more important role in life during adolescent years, your relationship with your child is the foundation. “The child/parent relationship really serves as a bumper,” assures Furey. “The research shows at the end of the day, when they are standing up to peer pressure, the variable that makes a difference is what the relationship is like with their parents.” Being assertive, modeling your own healthy relationships and standing your ground can show positive behavior for your child in everyday life situations. It’s also important to consider getting to know their friends and their peers’ parents, too.
It’s Not All Bad Peer pressure isn’t always a bad thing. Research actually shows that peer pressure can be used for good. “Kids who are around leaders and who are more influential, are more likely to make good choices,” says Furey. If you feel like your child is shifting to negative peers, try and explore a new activity or get involved in a volunteer organization in place of the negative peer group trying to lure him in. However, this approach can only go so far. Teens will be teens.
It’s shown that putting a kid who is involved with negative peers into a group of positive peers, may not have that “ah-ha” impact you had hoped for. They are likely to go to find a new group of notso-good peers anyway. So hang on tight for the ride, and ease into this approach with a little TLC. Aim to be a positive role model from the get-go, and surround your kids with solid people who can help guide them in the right direction when it’s needed. Amanda Hayward is the editor of this publication and a mom of two.
• ROLE-PLAY with your kids to help them know what to say when they’re asked to do something they don’t want to do. • PRAISE your kids and celebrate their achievements. Kidswith high self-esteem are able to resist pressure. • HELP your kids choose friends with good values and self-esteem. • CREATE code words — these are words your kids can use when they want your help but don’t want their friends to know. • USE YOU as an excuse, in other words, they can refuse pressure by saying, “My parents will ground me for a month if I do that.” SOURCE: The Self-Aware Parent (Griffen; 2010) by Fran Walfish
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baldwinmusiceducenter.com • firstname.lastname@example.org Baldwin Music Education Center offers an outstanding curriculum combining the cognitive, social, emotional and musical concepts every young life needs for ages 6 mos. and up. Group classes are engaging with lots of options, affordable pricing and convenient location.
290 CCM Blvd., Cincinnati 513-556-2595 ccm.uc.edu/prep • email@example.com CCM Preparatory provides enjoyable and accessible arts opportunities in music, dance and theatre arts. Our programs educate and inspire students from 3 yrs. - adult.
1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 513-562-1111 cballet.org/academy • firstname.lastname@example.org From creative movement to pre-professional ballet training, Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy brings the joy of dance to students of all ages along with a strong connection to the area’s preeminent ballet company.
The Mad Potter Madeira
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927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 cmhschool.com Children’s Meeting House fosters the development of the whole child by implementing the philosophy and curriculum of Dr. Maria Montessori, using the abundant natural resources of our seven-acre campus. Voted Best Preschool by the readers of Cincinnati Family magazine.
Cincinnati Country Day School
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Summit Country Day School
2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati 513-871-4700 summitcds.org Founded in 1890, the area’s only Catholic, independent co-ed, college prep school serving students 2 yrs. - grade 12. Programs include a classical academic curriculum with a global perspective and a nationally recognized Character Education program. Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence in Montessori education!
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
myy.org 513-362-9622 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, school age care, preschool, two autism centers, kindergarten toddler care, teen college and career readiness program, youth and government program and day and overnight camps.
Mason Dance Center
600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 masondance.com Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone ages 3 - adult to discover the joys of dance. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes.
7398 Liberty One Drive, Liberty Township 513-779-0135 email@example.com We are committed to finding and nurturing the beautiful dancer in every student by providing a comprehensive dance learning experience based upon a solid foundation of technique training and quality performing opportunities. We work hard to provide a safe, wholesome, positive, and challenging atmosphere of friendship, guidance, and encouragement that enables our students to achieve their highest potential and become the very best dancer they can be. We believe in our students and we believe in ballet!
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West Chester Academy Music, Dance, Gymnastics
8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester 513-829-2345 westchesteracademy.com From a child’s very first lesson to the experienced adult, West Chester Academy has something for everyone in music, dance, and gymnastics. Located in West Chester, we specialize in beginners of all ages and offer training through pre-professional levels.
The Campus at Kids First
7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-629-5437 thecampuskf.com The Campus at Kids First is the only early learning center in the area that makes physical education a top priority. Located inside Kids First, we combine intentional brain-stimulating physical education with a top-notch academic curriculum to give children an early learning experience like no other.
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY The Stem Lab
1644 E. Kemper Road, Suite #4, Sharonville 513-857-3366 cincystemlab.com Our after school STEAM Club offers scholars a variety of experiences including crafts, hands-on STEAM opportunities, reading support, team challenges, and homework support. Find out more on our website.
SPORTS/FITNESS Buckner Martial Arts
8216 Highland Pointe Drive, West Chester 513-779-2413 bucknermartialarts.com Voted one the best martial arts studios in Cincinnati, we combine defense skills with personal development. Students progress quickly while learning leadership and strong values under the teaching of master instructors. Free uniform with class sign-up.
The Little Gym of Mason
8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason 513-204-1400 thelittlegym.com/masonoh For children ages 3 - 10 yrs., Super Quest camps invite kids to exercise their muscles, imaginations, and cooperation skills. You’ll love how easy our flexible scheduling is.
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TRAINS GALORE! Look for the train in our listings for holiday trainthemed events.
Choo Choo! The holidays are off and running and right on track! There are plenty of train-tastic holiday attractions to visit this month including Holiday Junction at Cincinnati Museum Center (pictured above); A Zinzinnati Holiday at Krohn Conservatory; Christmas at the Junction at EnterTrainment Junction; Holiday Toy Trains at Behringer Crawford Museum; All Aboard! at Glenwood Gardens; and Train Days at Heritage Village. Chug on over to one of these locomotive locations to make lasting memories with the kids!
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FIND DECEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. a journey to the North Pole to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; through December 30 (closed Christmas); Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun, 12 - 6 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $11.95 seniors 65+, $11.95 ages 2 - 12, free for members and ages 2 and younger; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.
DINING AROUND THE WORLD
Prepare for a month of holiday festivities; learn all about table manners across the globe. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; program included with Discovery Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children, free for members; 513-2877000 or cincymuseum.org.
PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden transformed into a “Wild Wonderland.” Lights, a MadCap black-light puppet show, the BB&T Toyland Express, fairies in Fairy Land, the Swan Lake show and seasonal treats. Visits with Santa start at 4 p.m. each day. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; through Jan 4 (no Festival of Lights Christmas Eve; closed Christmas); Sun - Thu 5 - 9 p.m., Fri - Sat 5 - 10 p.m.; prices vary, see website for more information; free for members; 513-2814700 or cincinnatizoo.org.
An Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum takes visitors back to a simpler time in life.
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Watch trains chug past beautiful evergreens, poinsettias and Cincinnati landmarks during Krohn Conservatory’s holiday show. This year’s show celebrates Cincinnati’s German heritage, with adorable nutcrackers, adventskranz, a gingerbread house-themed kid’s craft room and more. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; open daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; special holiday hours Dec. 13, 23, 26 - 30 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Dec. 25 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 youth, free for ages 4 and younger; 513-421-4086 or cincinnatiparks.com.
The stockings are hung with care and the halls have all been decked: come celebrate the holidays with the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments,
toys and decorations. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; Wed Sun through Jan. 6 (closed Christmas); 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 seniors, free for members and ages 18 and younger; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum.org.
BOREALIS: HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE HILL
Be dazzled by thousands of holiday lights on Pyramid Hill. New this year: dozens of art installations by light and media artists and the creators of BLINK Cincinnati, Brave Berlin. Pyramid Hill, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; Open daily through Jan 5; Mon - Thu 6 - 9 p.m., $20 per carload; Fri - Sun 6 - 10 p.m., $25 per carload; 513-8681234 or pyramidhill.org.
CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION
Experience the magic of the holidays at the world’s largest train display. Take
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Enjoy the city tree lighting, refreshments at local businesses, visits with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides and more during this cherished community event. City of Fort Thomas, Ky, Fort Thomas; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
GREATER CINCINNATI WINTERFAIR
Give the gift of handmade this holiday season: browse hundreds of artists’ wares to find the perfect gifts for “nice” loved ones. 1 West Rivercenter Blvd., Covington; 10 a.m.; $7 adults, free for children; free return passes; winterfair. org.
HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS & SANTALAND
More than a mile of lights, plus moving and standing figures. Fridays - Sundays, head inside the Sharon Centre for family entertainment in Santaland. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; open nightly through Dec 31 (last chance to visit Santaland is Dec 23); Sun - Thu 6 - 9 p.m., Fri - Sat 5:30 - 10 p.m.; $15 per car, $45 per
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Includes train displays, hands-on activities like dressing-up snowmen and a train that young engineers can ride (additional fees apply). Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; through Jan 5 (closed Christmas), 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; included with Discovery Ticket admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1- 2, free for ages 1 and younger and members; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS
This annual train display will dazzle and delight with more than 30 animated, guest-operated features and 250 feet of track rolling through busy cities and snowy countrysides. Enjoy Wahoo’s Winter Wonderland, a kidsized animated exhibit, the Dickens Village and more. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; through Jan 5,Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. (closed Christmas); $9 adults, $8 seniors 60 +, $5 children, free for members; 859491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.
KINGS ISLAND WINTERFEST
The park transformed into 10 enchanting winter wonderlands. Ice skate, enjoy lights, go on rides, see live entertainment and meet friendly characters. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason; select nights through Dec 31, 5 - 10 p.m.; 513754-5700 or visitkingsisland.com.
FREE LIGHT UP MIDDLETOWN
Celebrate Light Up Middletown’s 20th year and enjoy holiday lights while driving through the 100-acre park. Visit on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 - 9 p.m. to meet Santa. Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown; open nightly through Dec 31, including holidays, 6 10 p.m.; choose your donation and set your own price; lightupmiddletown.org.
NORTH POLE EXPRESS
Hop aboard a holiday train, sip hot cocoa and more. Each child receives a bell and a “North Pole Express” train ticket. LM&M Railroad, 16 East South St., Lebanon; $26 adults, $22 ages 2 - 16 and seniors 62+, $5 ages 1 and younger; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr. com/northpole.
FREE SANTA’S WONDERLAND AT BASS PRO SHOPS
Children are welcome to test out Santa’s toys, make a craft (see website for details and times) and get a free photo with the jolly old elf himself. Bass Pro Shops, 300 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Cincinnati; open through Dec 24, see website for details, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-826-5200 or basspro.com.
ALL NEW 2019 ENTERTAINMENT! BRUNCH WITH SANTA
FREE ART AFTERNOON: WAX RESIST SNOW SCENES Get a little messy and a lot creative with Erin Holland from the Taft Museum of Art. Downtown Main Library - Children’s Learning Center, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE CCM BRASS SHOWCASE: HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR!
CCM’s nationally-recognized Brass Choir performs classical and popular holiday selections, featuring brass ensembles large and small consisting of students from the CCM horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium and percussion studios. Corbett Theater, 290 CCM Blvd., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; 513-5564183 or ccm.uc.edu.
FREE GIFT WORKSHOP
Help spread holiday happiness; make a special gift for that special someone! Carrico/Fort Thomas BranchCCPL, 1000 Highland Ave., Newport; 4 p.m.; 859572-5033 or cc-pl.org.
FREE STORIES FROM THE NORTH POLE
Brunch with Santa WHEN
Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Brunch 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Jazz band performance 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. MadCap Puppet Show 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Visit With Santa 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Voice of America MetroPark Ronald Reagan Lodge 7850 Voice of America Park Drive West Chester OH 45069
Adults: $18.50 Age 3-6: $13.99 Children Under 3: FREE
Blast oﬀ into the best time of the year! Santa has arranged for jazz music, a yummy brunch buﬀet, photos with Santa, holiday crafts and an all new space themed show presented by MadCap Puppets. MadCap is nationally recognized for engaging and original children’s theatre productions. They will present “The Great Space Caper” in which famous space explorer, Buzby, crash lands his spaceship on a strange planet and forms an unlikely friendship with a stranded alien named Galax. Together, they uncover the mysteries of our universe as they search for a new planet that the funny little creature can call home. Reserve now - Seating Limited!
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Motor Vehicle Permit Required. FREE to Butler County Residents. Non-Residents $5/daily or $10/annually.
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Motor Vehicle Permit Required. FREE to Butler County Residents. Non-Residents $5/daily or $10/annually.
CMC members, head to Holiday Junction for a special members-only story time with Santa; children will love hearing tales of holiday magic from the Big Man himself! Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Dec 2, 9, 16 and 23, 9 a.m.; free for members; this is an exclusive members-only experience; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org..
FREE NATURE STORIES
Gather under the Summit Center Tree for a naturethemed story. Summit Center, 1580 Summit Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
Learn and play with friends with activities designed to support development during a child’s first five years. This program is available on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; program included with Discovery Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children, free for members; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
Nature Cat: A Nature Carol Nature Cat is visited by the spirits of Nature Past, Present and Future on Christmas Eve.
December 2 8am & 3pm
FREE REC READS
Get little ones excited for art with this 30-minute class in the Rosenthal Education Center. Young artists will hear art-themed stories, sing songs and explore the world around them through sensory activities. Cincinnati
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Kids ages 6 and younger can bounce and play the mornings away! This familyfriendly event is available Mon - Fri from 9 - 11 a.m.; and Sat from 8 - 10 a.m. Rockin’ Jump Cincinnati, 8350 Colerain Ave., Groesbeck; $12 for two hours of jump time, each additional child $3, each additional parent $9; 513-4492968 or rockinjump.com/cincinnati.
FREE 14TH ANNUAL GINGERBREAD CHALLENGE
Build the best gingerbread house using materials provided. Harrison Branch, 10398 New Haven Road, Harrison; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-369-4442 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
Grab a conductor’s cap and chug on into Highfield Discovery Garden for fun train activities and a wonderful winter train display. Glenwood Gardens/ Cotswold Visitor Centre, 10397 Springfield Pike,
DECEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. Cincinnati; 10:45 a.m.; program included in Highfield admission, $2.50 per person; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-7718733 or greatparks.org.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: LET’S MAKE SOAP
How did the early farmers make soap? Learn all about it and make some soap on the rope to share for the holidays. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.
FREE SNOWMAN DAY
Snow friends made outside will melt away but not the ones made during this program - although the marshmallow snowman may disappear! Newport Branch - CCPL, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 3 - 5 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.
TAFT JR. HOLIDAY FUN
A holiday story, ornament craft and explore an Antique Christmas. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; $9.99 adults,
free for children 18 and younger and members; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum. org/experience/families-children/taft-jr.
Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.
THURSDAY ART PLAY: ICE, ICE BABY
FREE ORNAMENT DECORATION
Warm up inside the UnMuseum with some cool art projects. Kids will experiment with snow and watercolors, use ice chalk to paint and design snow sculptures. Stick around for kidfriendly yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 for non-members, free for members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.
TODDLER THURSDAYS AT DIG ‘N PLAY
Dig up some fun; kiddos can explore a huge sand table, dramatic play area and a giant three-story play structure. Dig ‘N Play, 9405 Cincinnati Columbus Road, West Chester, Oh; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $3 for ages 0 - 2 years old; 513847-1055 or dignplay.com.
FREE 14TH ANNUAL WINTERFEST
Enjoy a tree lighting, carol singing, art exhibits, live music, holiday shopping, children’s activities, food and drink. Kennedy Heights Art Center & Lindner Annex, 6546 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 6 - 9 p.m.; 513-631-4278 or kennedyarts.org.
FREE CHRISTMAS ON MAIN
Warm up at the library after the Walton Parade. Families will enjoy listening to holiday melodies performed by the Walton-Verona High School Select Choir and creating tasty reindeer food. Light refreshments will be served. Walton Branch, 21 South Main St., Walton; 6 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.
CONDUCTOR CODY’S CHRISTMAS EXPRESS
The Conductor takes families on a holiday train adventure to the North Pole, makes cocoa appear and more. Meet Santa and make even more lasting holiday memories! Haines House of Cards, 2514 Leslie Ave., Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children; 513531-6548 or haineshouseof.cards.
FREE HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCE
It’s National Gingerbread House Day on Dec. 12 — time to get your kits or baking pans ready!
Hear harmonious holiday tunes by local groups; enjoy music by the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society followed by the Cardinal String Project. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road,
“Where Every Family Matters.”
Get ready to dress the tree, decorate a delightful ornament at the library. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-4456 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE UNSILENT NIGHT
Start the night around the fire pits at Washington Park’s Porch with cocoa, make art and join in caroling featuring music played on phones and boomboxes. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati; 5 - 7 p.m.; concessions for purchase; 513-3458400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/ calendar/2019/12/06/unsilent-night.
sat 7 ANTIQUE AFFAIR: HOLIDAY CRAFTS PRESENTED BY BOONE COUNTY PARKS
Make crafts, listen to holiday music, shop vintage and enjoy refreshments. Main Library - BCPL, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 for up to 10 different crafts; 859-3422665 or bcpl.org.
FREE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Make festive crafts, enjoy treats and hear holiday tunes performed by Mount Saint Joseph band, vocal and piano majors. Delhi Township Branch, 5095 Foley Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-369-6019 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Attend a holiday party at the library with a visit from Santa, crafts, cookies and live music by Liz Wu of Ritmo. Cold Spring Branch - CCPL, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 859-781-6166 or cc-pl.org.
FREE FAMILY HOLIDAY BASH
Bring the family to this holiday party for crafts, arcade games and laser tag, refreshments, superheroes and princesses and Santa! Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati; 2 - 5 p.m.; donations will be accepted to support A Kid Again; 513-793-6256 or m25m.org/event/ holidaybash.
blizzards.Sharon Woods/ Sharon Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 12:30 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.
FREE OLDE WEST CHESTER CHRISTMAS WALK
Stroll through Olde West Chester and enjoy holiday fun including a parade, Arctic Arcade games with the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty, crafts, a petting zoo, horse and wagon rides, live music, pictures with Santa and more! Olde West Chester, 9113 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester; 2 - 8 p.m.
FREE SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP WINTERFEST
This two-day festival includes a parade, musical performances, a winter village, an art and craft show, a petting zoo, a hayride, photos with Santa and more! 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 12 p.m.; admission is free with a donation of a coat or new toy to support local charities; 513522-2108 or theartsconnect.us/248/ winterfest-schedule.
FREE STAR ORNAMENTS
Transform a simple craft box into something worthy of the holidays. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-369-4456 or cincinnatilibrary. org.
Children of all ages can create candy cane art and enjoy sweet science activities at the library. Elmwood Place Branch, 6120 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-4452 or cincinnatilibrary. org.
FREE GIFT BOX SPECTACULAR
Burlington; 5 - 8 p.m.; 859-586-4673 or anoldkentuckychristmas.com.
FREE FUN CANDY CANES
PJ MASKS LIVE: SAVE THE DAY
FREE ART CLUB FOR KIDS: HOLIDAY CRAFT
Make and take a holiday craft to keep or give as a gift. Reading Branch, 8740 Reading Road, Reading; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513369-4465 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE STORY TIME WITH MS. ERIN
Head to Blue Manatee Tuesdays and Thursdays when Ms. Erin shares favorite stories with toddlers. Blue Manatee Literacy Project & Bookstore, 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10 - 10:30 a.m.; donations accepted; suggested donation $2; 513-247-0554 or bluemanatee.org.
Warm up inside and made star ornaments that can be used as tree ornaments or as home decor. Newport Branch - CCPL, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 1 p.m.; 859572-5035 or cc-pl.org.
Watch as the PJ Masks go into the night to save the day from the Villains along with PJ Robot who is new to the live show! BB&T Arena, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, Ky; 6 p.m.; tickets starting at $29.50; 859-2922889 or thebbtarena.com.
‘Tis the season for winter weather; warm up inside and explore snow with friends. Newport Branch - CCPL, East 6th St., Cincinnati; 5 - 7 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: WINTER WREATH FUN
Decorate winter wreaths using natural materials from the farm and take one home. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.
THURSDAY ART PLAY: HOLIDAY GIFT MAKING
National Gingerbread House Day
FREE AN OLD KENTUCKY CHRISTMAS
Enjoy a colonial Kentucky Christmas with cookies, carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, ornament-decorating and more. On Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, the village will be open to families with special needs. First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road,
DECEMBER 6TH, 7TH & 8TH
FREE EXPLORATION STATION: SNOW!
Bring little ones to Art Play and make one-of-a kind presents. Stick around for some kid-friendly yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 children, free for members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.
FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: SANTA’S WORKSHOP
Learn to make DIY gifts. Supplies and snacks will be provided by the CAC. Cincinna
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FIND DECEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. 369-4456 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
mon 16 SUPER SPROUTS
Little ones can create a masterpiece each week through this program available on Mondays and Thursdays. Cincinnati Museum Center - Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; program included with Discovery Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children, free for members; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
FREE LITTLE ELVES WORKSHOP
Little elves can make their very own gifts for loved ones; gifts include an ornament, picture frame and wreath. Walton Branch - BCPL, 21 South Main St., Walton; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl. org.
Hurry to light up your holidays with Kings Island Winterfest — it run through New Year’s Day. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 4 - 8 p.m.; 513-3458400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/ calendar/2019/12/12/young-adultlab-santas-workshop.
fri 13 CINCINNATI BOYCHOIR: JOIN THE PARRANDA
La Parranda is a Puerto Rican Christmas holiday tradition filled with good food, music making, dancing and bombas. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; tickets starting at $18; 513-396-7664 or cincinnatiboychoir. org/performances.
STAR WARS NIGHT AT THE CYCLONES
Tthe Cincinnati Cyclones take on the Wings Friday and the Walleye on Saturday during Star Wars Weekend. The Cyclones will wear Star Wars-inspired jerseys. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; tickets starting at $18; 513-421-4111 or cycloneshockey.com.
TICKETS THE RADIO PLAY
This family-friendly holiday show presented by Matthew 25: Ministries certainly celebrates the Christmas spirit. Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; $7 adult, $5 children; 513-793-6256 or m25m.org/ event/tickets-the-radio-play.
required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
My Nose Turns Red’s annual fundraiser. Students will be performing circus skills, there will be unicycle and gym wheel class demonstrations and so much more! 3689 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; donations accepted; 859581-7100 or mynoseturnsred.org.
HOLLY DAYS AT HERITAGE VILLAGE
See decorated homes, enjoy treats, make traditional crafts, watch model trains and more. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 12 - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children; free for members and ages 4 and younger; 513563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati. org.
FREE LIVE NATIVITY
The 4th annual Live Nativity at Forestville Baptist Church features animals for kids to pet and feed. Enjoy free coffee, hot chocolate and cookies provided by Chick-fil-A. Head to 1311 Nagel Road, Cincinnati; 5 - 8 p.m.; 513-474-3884 or forestvillebaptist.com.
FREE SENSORY OVERLOAD
Sensory activities with self-guided, interactive stations set up to mimic survival adaptations in nature. Woodland Mound/ Seasongood Nature Center, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 12 - 2 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is
FREE BLACK SANTA
The Voice of Black Cincinnati presents this event. Kids can meet Santa at Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati from 1 - 4:30 p.m. 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmusuem.org.
FREE LUMINARIA AT CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY
Make your way to the Cincinnati Observatory for stargazing through the historic telescope (weather permitting), carolers and hot drinks. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-321-8771 or cincinnatiobservatory.org.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: HOLIDAYS NEW & OLD
Learn about holidays old and new with friends at the farm! There will be hands-on activities, a craft and snack. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.
FREE YOGA FOR KIDS
Yoga for kids, presented by a kid! Come and meet Vivienne Konz who is a certified yoga teacher. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-
“Where Every Family Matters.”
wed 18 TRAIN DAYS AT HERITAGE VILLAGE
Model trains chug through villages inside an historic train station. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $3 admission, free for members; 513-5639484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.
FREE CHANUKAH PAJAMAKA & PUPPET SHOW
Put on a pair of jammies and head to Barnes & Noble for a Chanukah puppet show, crafts and lots of fun! Barnes & Noble Fields Ertel, 9891 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati; 6 - 7 p.m.; 513-2340777 or jdiscovery.com/pajamaka.
FREE ROCKIN’ AROUND THE LIBRARY
The Christmas Tree Lady is coming to town. Sing and dance to holiday favorites, play games, craft and take photos. Hebron Branch - BCPL, 1863 North Bend Road, Hebron; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: PRESENTS FOR THE FARM ANIMALS
Make edible presents for feathered and furry friends inside the Augspurger House, then head outside to gift the tasty presents to the animals. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale
Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.
THURSDAY ART PLAY: WINTER WONDERLAND
Winter-themed art-making, a complimentary hot chocolate bar and kid-friendly yoga in the UnMuseum. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child, free for members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/ calendar/2019/12/19/thursday-art-play-winterwonderland.
fri 20 WINTER BREAK CAMP AT THE J
On winter break days, kids can enjoy swimming, sports, crafts and more fun with friends. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Ave., Cincinnati; 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.; $65 general public, $55 J member; 513-761-7500 or mayersonjcc.org/campafterschool/school-break-camp.
sat 21 SCIENCE OF SNOWFLAKES
Learn about unique snowflakes. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 2 - 2:30 p.m.; $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children, free for members; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
sun 22 Hanukkah
FREE JCC LIGHTS THE MENORAH
Celebrate Hanukkah with a great community event; join JCC as they light the menorah at Fountain Square. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Cincinnati; 6 p.m.; 513-761-7500 or mayersonjcc.org.
FREE MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES GLOBAL VILLAGE MARKET
Matthew 25 sells craft items from all around the world. Matthew 25, 11060 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; items available for purchase; 513-793-6256 or m25m.org
WATER WONDERLAND WITH SCUBA SANTA
Scuba Santa takes a holiday dive in a Water Wonderland. Meet Scuba Santa and visit the Post Office to write down holiday wishes to drop off in Santa’s mailbox. Scuba Santa will be in town through Dec 31. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport; open daily; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $25.99 adults, $17.99 ages 2 - 12, free for members; 1-800-406-3474 or newportaquarium. com.
tue 31 PLAYING NOW New Year’s Eve
CYCLONES NYE FIREWORKS The holidays are a wonderful time for seeing shows! Get your tickets!
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Cincinnati Cyclones as they take on the Swamp Rabbits. Immediately following the game, there will be BAH HUMBUG! A ONE-MAN an exciting indoor fireworks show to help ring THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF CHRISTMAS in 2020!CAROL Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway CINCINNATI PRESENTS: Dec 1, 2St., p.m. Cincinnati; 6 p.m.; tickets starting at $18;MRS. CLAUS SAVES THE DAY Showtime Stage Dec 21 at 2 and 5 p.m. cycloneshockey.com/game/2019/12/31/nye4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati Showtime Stage fireworks. 513-569-8080 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati HAPPY ZOO YEAR thechildrenstheatre.com 513-569-8080 Calling all Tim, partywatch animals! Come ring in the New thechildrenstheatre.com From Scrooge to Tiny as this classic holiday with the 10th annual Zoo Year; enjoy Behind every great Man in Red is a great Woman in Red! tale is told Year with ONE PERSON playingHappy every character! $10 tickets.a MadCap puppet show, see some amazing When the holiday is threatened by a severe outbreak of animals and cap the night off with an early the North Pole Pox two days before Christmas Mrs. Claus A CHARLIE CHRISTMAS New BROWN Year’s countdown and Rozzi’s fireworkhas less than 24 hours to figure out how to pull off the Dec 7 and 15Cincinnati at 2 p.m., 8 and 14 at3400 show. Zoo &Dec Botanical Garden, best Christmas ever. Tickets $10. 2 and 5Vine p.m., 13 at57:30 p.m.buy advance St., Dec Cincinnati; - 9 p.m.; The Taft tickets Theatre online for savings; 513-281-4700 or 317 East 5th St., Cincinnati cincinnatizoo.org/events/happy-zoo-year-2. 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com FREE Watch as everyone’s favorite INTERNATIONAL Christmas cartoon comes NEWshow YEAR’S to life on the big stage! Charlie EVE Brown and Head the Peanuts Gang will to Cincinnati remind the Museum audienceCenter what is most to learn all about important this holiday season with New their sweet,international innocent and humorous antics. Year’s Ticketstraditions start at $10; discover how available atand ticketmaster.com. people all across THE FROG PRINCESS the globe celebrate Dec 4 - Jan when 4, the 2020 clock strikes midnight on January Ensemble Theatre 1. Cincinnati Museum 1127 Vine St., CincinCenter, 1301 Western nati Ave., Cincinnati; 12 513-421-3555 - 5 p.m.; 513-287ensemblecincinnati.org. 7000 or has cincymuseum. Prince Ivan’s father declared org. that it is time for his sons to marry, but when Ivan discovers his FREE NOON bride-to-be is actually a frog, he YEAR’S EVE is toad-ally disappointed. Tickets Ring in the New Year starting at $35. a little early at the library; watch the ball FREE! KINDERBALLET drop and celebrate PRESENTS: THE NUT2020 with crafts, face CRACKER Dec 22, painting 2 p.m.and a dance party. Branch Main LibraryMain - BCPL, BCPL, 1786 Burlington 1786 Burlington Pike, Pike, Burlington; 11:30 Burlington, Ky a.m.; 859-342-2665 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org. bcpl.org. Delight in the music from the Land of Sweets in this classic story, performed by the AVO School of Ballet.
TICKETS THE RADIO PLAY Please see listing under Friday, Dec. 13.
A Charlie Brown Christmas plays at The Taft Dec. 7 - 15 on select days and times. See item above.
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LIGHT UP THE FAIR
Head down to the fairgrounds for a fun family event; this festive light show is set to synchronized music and is one-and-half miles long with more than half a million lights. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington; open nightly through Jan 4, Sun - Thu 5:30 - 9 p.m., Fri - Sat 5:30 - 10 p.m.; $6 per person, free for ages 3 and younger; facebook.com/lightupthefair.
thu 26 THURSDAY ART PLAY: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Stop by for a toddler-friendly New Year’s Bash with crafts and fun with friends. Kiddos will decorate party
HILLFOREST VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Tour Hillforest now decked out for the season. Costumed docents, refreshments and entertainment. Hillforest, 213 5th St., Aurora; 1 - 5 p.m.; $10 adults and students over age 13, $4 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger; 812-9260087 or hillforest.org
FREE PLAY CAFÉ
Bring tots to play during this family program. Sensory stations and more. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513345-8400 contemporaryartscenter.org/ calendar/2019/12/08/play-cafe.
SECOND SUNDAY FAMILY SHOW
Spend the second Sunday of the month at the CCAC for performances and a reception. CCAC @ Short Vine, 2728 Short Vine St., Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; $5 adults (scholarships available), free for kids; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts. org/events/signature-event-series/ second-sunday-family-showtime.
FREE WINTER SCAVENGER HUNT
Explore nature through a winter scavenger hunt. Miami Whitewater Forest/ Visitor Center, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-367-4774 or greatparks.org. hats, create firework paintings and sip on sparkly grape juice. The balloon drop and countdown is at 11 a.m. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child, free for members; 513-3458400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/ calendar/2019/12/26/thursday-artplay-happy-new-years-party.
WALK THE LIGHTS
See Holiday in Lights on foot! Enjoy the lights during this family fun night where the road will be closed to vehicle traffic. No coupons accepted during this event; however, free passes are accepted. Ages 3 and younger free; dogs on leashes welcome; Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $5 per person; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
FREE WINTER BREAK: FAMILY ADVENTURE QUEST
Put on a parka, grab some mittens and hit the trail; gather the family to try to decode a trailside mystery. Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-367-4774 or greatparks.org.
FREE NOON YEAR’S EVE
Ring in the New Year with a NOON Year’s celebration filled with snacks, games, a countdown and balloon drop. Newport Branch - CCPL, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 11:15 a.m.; 859-5725035 or cc-pl.org.
mon 30 KIDS JUMP AT DEFY FLORENCE
Bounce and play the mornings away with toddlers 6 and younger! This brandnew extreme air sports arena is sure to be a big hit with little ones. Defy Florence, 4999 Houston Road, Florence; 9 - 10 a.m.; $12 ages 6 and younger, one free adult per paying child; 859-212-9413 or defy.com/locations/defy-florence-ky.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
There are plenty of options for ringing in the New Year! Consider: • The New Year’s Blast at Fountain Square (myfountainsquare.com) • Oakley Family New Years Eve • 10th Annual Happy Zoo Year at the Cincinnati Zoo (cincinnatizoo.org).
FREE FROSTY FUN
Create cool winter-themed crafts and take part in self-guided activities for the whole family. Sharon Woods/ Sharon Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 12 - 3 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
BE LISTED IN THINGS TO DO! Get your event listed in next month’s award-winning “Things to Do” calendar! Send details pronto to Amanda Ciani at Stroll through the PNC Festival of Lights on display through Jan. 5 at the Cincinnati Zoo.
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