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4 Things You May Not Know About Our Public Schools How local schools adapt and innovate to serve Cincy's kids


questions to ask when interviewing a private school



playgrounds 10 PLACES TO RUN, JUMP AND PLAY!

SKIING & snow tubing


6 spots close To home for winter fun


contents JANUARY 2018

departments. WOMEN'S HEALTH


How Trihealth Is Reducing C-Sections



Ask the Teacher



Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach



Let's Go Skiing and Snowtubing


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Editor's Note Community Spotlight Cincy's Kids Our Social Network


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Preschool & Education Guide January Events Fun & Wacky Calendar


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Indoor Playgrounds Around Cincinnati 10 places to run, jump and play!

4 Things You May Not Know About Our Public Schools How local schools adapt and innovate to serve Cincy's kids



The Benefits of Afterschool Programs


Considering A Private School?



What's behind all that fun!

Questions to ask when evaluating your options






Out with the Old,

Publisher Mary Wynne Cox

In with the New

Editor Susan Bryant

Happy New Year! There’s nothing


like opening up a new calendar and seeing all those blank pages to motivate us into making some changes for the upcoming year. What’s on your agenda? At Cincinnati Parent we decided it was time to shake things up a bit with a fresh look to our magazine and a few new pages we think you’ll like.

First, be sure to check out Cincy’s Kids on page 10. We asked our Facebook readers to send in their cute pics of kids and their pets and we weren’t disappointed. (These furry family members are definitely well-loved!) We’ve also started a new column highlighting the people and organizations who make a positive impact on children and families in our area. With this Local Spotlight we hope to bring attention to the good works of so many people in and around Cincinnati. If you have someone in mind we should cover, let us know!

Also, take a look at Let’s Go – our new travel feature, because who doesn’t love a road trip? Each issue we’ll pick a new destination or type of activity we think your family will enjoy. This month we chose places to go skiing and snow tubing – it’s going to be winter for a long time still, so why not take advantage of it? We hope you enjoy the new additions we’ve made. Our hope is that you continue to find our magazine an informative and helpful parenting resource. As always, we thank you for picking up Cincinnati Parent and wish your family a wonderful start to the new year.

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Hannah Mohler Advertising Coordinator Karen Ring COMMUNITY OUTREACH & SOCIAL MEDIA Sarah McCosham DIGITAL PUBLISHER Wendy Hasser Business Manager Roxanne Burns INTERN Meg Wynne CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sarah McCosham, Deb Krupowicz, Kim Dinan and Haley Paddock CALENDAR OF EVENTS Cincinnati Parent Magazine is published monthly. Copyright 2018 by Midwest Parenting Publications, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Distribution of this magazine does not constitute an endorsement of products, commentary or services herein.





SPOTLIGHT what to look for in january.

Books, books & more books Located in the small Cincy suburb of Hartwell is the Friends' Used Book Store (Warehouse). Don’t let the unassuming exterior of this building fool you; on the inside, many treasures await! You’ll find it all here: classics, comics, poetry, nonfiction, LPs, DVDs and even VHS (for those of you who still have that combo VHS/DVD player). The children’s section is as large as your favorite library branch’s children’s department, but better, because everything is for sale! All books are priced to sell with most of the kids’ books between $1 and $3. And unlike other used book stores, these library books are in mint condition, and virtually indestructible thanks to their heavy duty covers. Plan a winter afternoon at this hidden gem, which is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and be sure to check the website for dates of their Winter Warehouse Sale.

PAW Patrol Live!

bundle up

and go to the zoo!

The Festival of Lights may be over, but it’s always bright and cheery at the Cincinnati Zoo! Every weekend, zoo guests can watch penguins, polar bears, snow monkeys and even elephants enjoy the winter weather in their own way during a variety of seasonal animal enrichment activities. (It has to be at least 50 degrees for Fiona to be out, but there are lots of other animals to be seen in colder temps.) Need another reason to get to the zoo? Every day from January 2-March 9, you’ll get half-price admission! events/half-price-days/

This January, nationally touring PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue will be stopping by Cincinnati. Featuring your kids’ favorite pups, PAW Patrol Live! is a perfect first theatrical experience for children. In this show, it’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found though, so Ryder summons the gang to rescue Mayor Goodway and run the race in her place. Got a super PP fan in the house? Be sure to check out the VIP experience, which includes a premium seat, special souvenir and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with Ryder and two PAW Patrol characters after the show. PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue has five shows scheduled from Jan. 27-28 at the Aronoff Center.

celebrate MLK Day with

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati January 15 is Martin Luther King Jr., Day, and there’s no better way to commemorate this important holiday than with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Playing January 12 at 10 am and 7:30 pm in the Children’s Theatre’s Showtime Stage, Martin’s Dream is a one-man show created and performed by the talented Deondra Kamau Means. Martin’s Dream is an inspirational performance that examines Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s faith, education, family and dreams. Means’ rendition of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech will surely bring tears to your eyes. artreach/tour-schedule

Visit the BehringerCrawford Museum The Behringer-Crawford Museum (BCM) is a true treasure, tucked away in Devou Park in Covington. Featuring four levels with different themes and historical exhibits, the BCM is a great way to spend a winter afternoon. Be sure to see “Holiday Toy Trains” running through January 14. The exhibit includes over 250 feet of model train tracks, vintage Lionel and Plasticville trains, Thomas the Tank Engine and more than 30 moving, interactive displays. There’s no better time to visit the BCM!




cincy’s kids There’s something special about the bond between kids and their pets – as you can tell from these pictures! Thank you to all our readers who sent in these shots of their furry family members.

Kenneth and Slugger

Madelynn and Bogey

Georgia and Mouse

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upcoming guides on 99 Things to do This Winter Winter has a tendency to drag on, doesn’t it? We get it.And we have the solution: 99 solutions, in fact. (And many of them are free!)

Kids' Night Out Kids getting a little stir crazy this winter? We've rounded up the best places for Cincinnati kids to run free – and give their parents a night off too!

Best Indoor Playgrounds If this guide whets your appetite, you're in luck! We've got a complete list of every indoor playground in the Cincinnati area on our website. Winter boredom, be gone!

For the latest kid-friendly happenings around town, bookmark Sarah McCosham's "Where are we going today?" blog. With bright photos and vivid descriptions, her posts let parents know exactly what to expect when visiting Cincinnati sites – whether it's a public library branch play place, new playground or local museum. This month, check back for her first-timer's guide to COSI and a review of Run, Jump & Play!

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Indoor Playgrounds Around Cincinnati 10 places to run, jump and play! The holidays are over, there’s still plenty of winter left and children everywhere are feeling cooped-up and stir-crazy. It’s a good thing that in the Cincy area there’s plenty of fun to be had inside and out of the cold. Check out this guide to indoor playgrounds for every age, stage and need! Kids bouncing off the walls? Head to Rockin’ Jump Cincinnati, where your littles can literally bounce off the walls. While much of Rockin’ Jump is designed for older kids, there is an area especially for jumpers ages six and under. This open space really lets kids bounce, climb and roll to their hearts’ content.

Siblings can’t agree on what to do? Try Pogo Play! This indoor play place in Blue Ash has something for everyone: an imaginative play space with dolls, pretend food and dress-up clothes; a dance area with interactive activities; quiet areas for LEGO or wooden block building; a huge, climbable playground; and even a space just for tots under three. Check the schedule and come for Open Bounce – your kids will bounce right over to an early bedtime after jumping on Pogo Play’s inflatables!



Got a sporty bunch? Recreations Outlet in Milford is the place to be. Located inside a former hardware store, this spacious indoor arena boasts trampolines, basketball hoops, scooters, foosball, ping pong, air hockey and play sets of every size and shape. Recreations Outlet also offers Charitable Play: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 am, kids can play for just $2 per child and half of all proceeds go to charity. Active kids will love the selection of sports clinics, classes and camps offered through the Big Shots program at Recreations Outlet – and parents will love the reasonable prices and number of camps offered on non-school days.

Is “family game night” your thing? Rainy or snowy days are perfect for board games. And the Play Library in OTR is one of the coolest inventions to come to Cincinnati. It’s designed and operated like a regular library, except their inventory is full of new and vintage games, toys, dress-up clothes and more. The best part? It’s always free to come in and play. This is a non-profit organization so feel free to leave a donation or become a member.

Looking for the perfect party place? Need something for your littlest tots? For the parents of smaller kiddos between the ages of 1 to 6, Red Balloon Café + Play is made for you. Their custom designed play space is full of open-ended fun with things to climb, push, pull and ride – plus lots of games to play. This Pleasant Ridge gem is the perfect place for littles to get creative, and a great spot to host your next mom play date. Check out the café at Red Balloon for a healthy selection of locally sourced lunches, brunches and treats.

Run, Jump & Play in Blue Ash has one of the largest indoor playgrounds in the area – and they specialize in parties. For preschoolers and elementary-aged kids, the many play sets, trampolines and inflatables make for a great time. Got a birthday coming up? Each party has a personal party host, private party room, invitations, paper goods and the option for pizza and drinks, party favors and specialty themes. (And they clean it all up, too!)

Do you have a house full of monkeys? Take them to Zip City, where kids can bounce, climb and literally zip around! Centrally located in Sharonville, Zip City is three indoor playgrounds in one, with separate trampoline, rock wall and zip line parks. The main attraction, of course, is the zip lining. Zip City has three zip lines, each spanning almost 220 feet long and three stories high, where riders can be propelled across the park at speeds up to 20 mph. The best part? Parents can supervise from Zip City’s Sky Lounge: a lush, 1,200-square-foot space with TVs and couches that overlook the trampoline and zip line areas.

Are your kids part fish? Head to the YMCA! Specifically, the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA in Springfield Township, which features the best indoor water playground in town. Powel Crosley’s spacious water park includes a leisure pool with a water playground, body flume slide, giant dump buckets, lazy river and lap lanes. Not a YMCA member? Request a free guest pass to try it out! locations/powel-crosley-jr-ymca

Looking for an educational play experience?

Totter’s Otterville is basically a children’s museum, toy store and indoor playground all rolled into one. There are over 30 rooms full of different activities for kids 10 and under. Play areas include not only physically interactive environments, such as a ball pit and slides, but other activities like an art studio, water play and all forms of pretend.

Feeling cooped up with baby? Blue Cocoon in Montgomery is truly a space for new moms and their little ones. This baby-friendly play café is a great resource for new parents; moms can enjoy a hot drink and adult conversation while their babies explore Blue Cocoon’s engaging environment. (Blue Cocoon also sells an array of breastfeeding and baby products, too.) Admission is $6 for kids ages 1-5 and free for adults and babies under 12 months.

For a comprehensive list of all indoor playgrounds in the Cincinnati area, be sure to visit on January 3!




4 things

You May Not Know About Our Public Schools How local schools adapt and innovate to serve Cincy’s kids

Public schools are an integral part of our society and have been educating our children for centuries. In fact, the first public school in the United States was founded in Boston in 1635, 168 years before Ohio even became a state. You may think you know all there is to know about public schools, but our local districts continue to adopt new programs that benefit our students. Here's a look at what just two public school programs are doing in our area. (With classes like these, you might just wish you could go back and do it all over again!)


Public schools can offer a wide breadth of experiential programming. Brent Wise, Director of Technology and Strategic Initiatives at Mariemont City Schools, says, “People are always talking about test scores. But what we are starting to see now is a shift towards experiential learning.” Mariemont’s program starts in kindergarten and grows as the children do. “We are trying to look at what experiences we can give students beyond the typical classroom,” explains Wise. In elementary school that means that students spend a few hours every Monday morning choosing from over fifty experiences they want to

learn more about. They might focus on leadership or the arts, or take an archery class. “In our test-drive society, we try to carve out time for kids to really explore their interests and passions,” says Wise. As the kids grow, their experiences expand. In middle school, kids might spend Friday afternoons looking at colleges or writing and staging their own plays. In high school, students take their learning outside of the classroom. Wise says, “We have a new experience this year which is fairly common for private schools called Intersession. For a week in May we will shut down the high school and students will be doing all kinds of experiences designed by our teachers.” These experiences range


from rock climbing and canoeing in Red River Gorge to service projects in Cincinnati. “It’s a pretty exciting week for our students,” says Wise. 2.

Learning happens year-round. When Princeton City Schools won a $100,000 grant in 2017 they knew just what to do with it. “We know that learning does not stop over the summer breaks,” says Tom Burton, Associate Superintendent of Princeton School District. “So we retrofitted a donated school bus to make a mobile book center.” Over the summer months, the mobile book center deploys into the community to ensure that students continue learning outside of the traditional school year. “We work with them on reading skills, we allow them to



take books home and we have virtual reality devices on the bus,” says Burton. “Virtual reality reading is a new way to excite students into diving deeper into content, giving them the visuals and schema of experiences without really traveling. It opens a new world of opportunities and ways to learn.” In Mariemont, some students use the summer months to expand their horizons – literally. “We do a lot of travel during the school year and during the summer,” says Wise. “There’s some research out there that travel actually makes you smarter, so we try to provide multiple travel opportunities each year, from service learning trips and foreign language trips to band or choir trips.”


Unique programs allow students to explore subjects that interest them. At Mariemont Public Schools, students participate in a unique program called Master Class. Master Classes are designed by

students and driven by teachers. “If a student is really passionate about sign language but the school doesn’t offer sign language, the student sits down with our coordinator and they set up a schedule for what they want to learn,” says Wise. “Essentially they are working on a class that they designed because they’re passionate about it.”

Public schools don’t pick and choose their students; they educate every single kid that walks through their doors. Princeton City Schools has partnered with Hocking College, Sinclair and University of Cincinnati to create unique opportunities for their students. “We have multiple pathways that lead students to college, career and life success,” says Burton. One of those partnerships provides twenty-five seniors the option to participate in action research studying addiction at UC. Five of those seniors will become paid mentors to the junior class, and each student successfully completing the two-year requirement will receive a tuition free education at University of Cincinnati.


Public schools meet students where they’re at. “From students that are high-achieving all the way down to those that need extra help, we don’t leave students behind,” says Wise, who has worked in four public school districts. Public schools don’t pick and choose their students; they educate every single kid that walks through their doors. “We have students with a wide variety of needs,” says Wise. “I think it’s easy to judge a public school based on their report card, but I don’t think we should. We need to judge a school by the experiences they’re offering kids, by the amount of care and the amount of services and resources they’re providing. Public schools care about every single student.”

Do you know other things about our public schools that you’d like to share? Send your comments to editor@cincinnati and let us know!


the benefits of

afterschool programs What’s behind all that fun! WORDS BY Haley Paddock

Many children are eager to try new things – they’re naturally curious! And most parents have heard the pleas from their kids to sign up for this activity or that. Although children are likely to choose programs that sound like the most fun, parents may be pleasantly surprised to learn that enrichment activities can offer their kids a whole lot more than just a good time.

Health benefits Sports, dance and gymnastics are high on the list of afterschool kid favorites and these types of programs have one thing in common – physical activity. It’s no secret that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, no matter your age. According to the website Kids Health (http://, children who are physically active will:

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Have stronger muscles and bones Have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels Be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes Sleep better

Sarah Urbassik is a Cincinnati mom of four children ranging in age from 3 to 11. Her older kids are involved in baseball and dance, as well as other community programs. “I love the physical activity aspect – it helps them sleep at night! And it’s great to see them succeed as well as struggle, to work through [challenges],” she says.

Social and emotional benefits Physical activity isn’t the only benefit of afterschool programs; many studies agree that participating in various enrichment activities can help kids thrive socially and emotionally. SPARK, a program dedicated to improving the overall health of students, states in their article The Benefits of Participation in After School Activities that “the more children explore their abilities in new 18


environments, the more they can build a sense of their own character.” Kids involved in afterschool activities can gain leadership skills, learn to set and achieve goals and become more confident in themselves or in establishing new friendships. Rick Beard, acting president of the Cincinnati Taekwondo Center, feels very strongly about the benefits of afterschool programs. He says that activities such as youth martial arts “offer an opportunity for children to develop self-discipline and perseverance, and work with other children in a structured environment that emphasizes personal growth and achievement.”

Academic benefits Not only can afterschool activities encourage healthier lifestyles and personal growth, they often have an impact on a student’s academic performance as well. Enrichment activities that incorporate STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math) are a good example. STEM specific activities are becoming increasingly popular, and aim to foster critical thinking and teamwork. According to The Afterschool Alliance, a leading advocate for promoting quality programs to all children, “afterschool programs play a major role in providing meaningful science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences.” Afterschool activities that promote the arts can also positively influence a child’s academic success. Amy Immerman, co-owner of the Cincinnati Music Academy (CMA) which offers voice and music lessons, acting instruction and music technology classes, says the benefits of these programs include practice in problem solving, opportunities for creativeness and discovery, increased attention span and focus, and improved language skills.

With so many possible benefits available from various enrichment activities, it may be hard to choose just one! Start with a program that interests your child and you might just see them advance their social skills, improve their health and even become better students. And from your kids’ point of view, they’re just having a whole lot of fun.




How TriHealth Is Reducing C-sections Though it can be life-saving, C-section carries risks and recovery challenges that don’t occur with vaginal births. TriHealth physicians are tackling a longstanding problem: the high percentage of babies born by Cesarean section in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly a third of the nation’s babies are born by C-section. In individual states, the rate for this surgery varies from a low of 22.8 percent in Utah to a high of 38 percent in Mississippi. Ohio’s rate is 30.4 percent.* C-sections can be life-saving for both mothers and babies. However, C-sections are major abdominal surgeries, and complications can occur, the recovery is longer and can be more complicated. Avoiding a C-section that is not absolutely medically necessary, especially for first time mothers, is thought to be the best option for both mothers and babies.



Alan Altman, M.D., an OB/GYN with TriHealth Women's Services, is working to decrease the C-section rate for TriHealth patients. “In order to create awareness,” he says, “we’ve been periodically publishing the C-section rate of every OB physician on our staff in a blinded fashion.” Dr. Altman explains that bringing attention to the issue makes physicians think: “If my rate is on the higher end, what are others doing to have lower rates?” TriHealth’s efforts have been working. “It absolutely has made a difference,” says Dr. Altman. “We have pulled the C-section rate down.” In 2015 before the reporting program started, the C-section rate at TriHealth for first-time mothers was 36 percent. After the program was implemented, the rate dropped to 26.9 percent in 2016. For 2017, the rate through September is 24.6 percent. *The CDC’s C-section rates are from 2015, the latest year for which statistics are available.


considering a

Private School


If you’re thinking about enrolling your child in a private school, it’s likely you have several criteria you’d like met to ensure a good match. Here are a few questions to ask when evaluating potential schools. What is your educational philosophy or mission? How do you incorporate this philosophy or mission into the school day? Does this school have a particular focus (such as STEM or the arts)?



What is the average class size?

How does the school help support both gifted children, and children with academic, social or emotional difficulties?

What is the school’s approach to discipline, bullying and safety?

Are advanced placement or honors classes available at the high school level?

What is the school’s philosophy or approach to homework?

What sort of professional development opportunities do teachers have?

What kinds of extracurricular activities do you offer?

What statistics can you provide regarding your high school graduates – where do they go to college, what kind of scholarships have they received?

How much is tuition and are scholarships or financial aid available? What is staff turnover like? How are parents involved with the school? How is technology used at school? Are students required to obtain certain devices?

Can I speak with other parents who have children attending this school? Is it possible to have my child spend a day shadowing a student at your school?




Ask the Teacher

Project-based learning, test anxiety and speaking up to a teacher


My eighth-grade son claims he never has any homework, saying he has completed everything at school. I am concerned that he is going to have a rude awakening when he gets to high school. Should I be worried?


In an education era of project-based learning and passion-driven projects, there has been a marked shift in what many students are expected to learn and the way they are expected to learn it. The emphasis of learning has largely become process-oriented: deep research, collaboration and product development. Your son will likely see a continuation of this approach in high school, but more emphasis will be placed on content mastery as well. To help prepare for this transition, engage your son in active reflection on what he is working on at school. Ask him to discuss the topics and content behind the projects. What "big ideas" is he forming based on what he has learned? What people has he learned about and how have they impacted the world around them? What historical events has he studied and what effects do these events continue to have today? What has he learned from the projects others have done? Ask for his observations about the projects he has participated in. How has he made the greatest contribution? What aspects of collaboration are a struggle for him? What have others contributed that has impressed him?



This facet of a project-driven learning environment can be overlooked or under-emphasized in the classroom in the interest of time. By encouraging this conversation with your son, his understanding will be deepened by drawing conclusions and making important inferences about his learning. (And don't let him off the hook with simplistic answers!)


Every time our fifth-gradE daughter has a test or a quiz, she freaks out. She is convinced she can't learn the material, and we spend a lot of time trying to calm her down rather than studying. What can we do to help lessen this stress for her?


Learning to prepare and take tests is a process, and there are many ways to help the process go smoothly. The most important hurdle is to understand that completing daily tasks and assignments is only one piece of the learning puzzle. Beyond homework, require your daughter to spend 15-20 minutes each night studying – even if there is not a test scheduled. Rather than focusing only on what must be turned in, your daughter should review what she is learning every single day. For each subject area, she should re-read her notes, skim the summary section at the end of text chapters and/or practice a problem. It is important that she notes what may be confusing her and ask for clarification as soon as possible.

A quick daily review will build understanding and develop a stronger connection to the content. Doing something as simple as making flashcards of key concepts as she goes through a chapter or doing a bulleted summary will not only deepen her comprehension and solidify her understanding of what she is learning, but it will also ease tensions when a test is announced.


Asking the teacher questions is such a problem for my second grader. She just refuses to let the teacher know when she does not understand something. Should I contact the teacher with the questions she has?


Being able to ask for help is a lifelong skill that every child must learn, so it is important to find a way for your daughter to do this independently.

daughter write down her question. Talk with your daughter about how she should select a good time to approach the teacher. Remind her not to interrupt her during a lesson or when she is working with another student. Role-play the actual asking of a question, with you taking the role of the teacher. Emphasize respectful word choice and tone of voice when asking so that the question does not sound like an accusation or a demand. Sometimes the tension the student feels in this situation can result in an attitude or tone that sounds disrespectful. Reiterate that the teacher is there to help your daughter learn, and specifically to answer questions when she does not understand.

Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four who holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Deb has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at asktheteacher@

Begin by helping your daughter identify what she does not understand. Often not knowing what to ask is the biggest obstacle when going to the teacher. Is it the directions, or a vocabulary word, or the order in which steps are to be taken? Have your






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Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church Preschool At HPCUMC Preschool, our goal is to encourage the development of each child's cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills, as well as spiritual growth in order to prepare each child for life-long learning. We provide a learning environment where student-centered learning takes place through exploration, play, experimentation, and discovery. Children are encouraged to try new tasks, use their imagination, make friends, follow directions, focus their energy and develop a love of learning. HPCUMC Preschool is a five-star awarded Step Up to Quality school. Registration for the 2018-19 school year is now open. Registration materials are available online now. 1345 Grace Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Julie Vail, Phone: 513-979-8191, Email: jvail@hpcumc. org,, Grades: 30 months to 5 years of age

Authentic Montessori environment, serving toddler through 6th grade. Small class sizes allow each student to progress at an individual pace. Part-time preschool and extended day are available. Our school is a place of discovery, curiosity, respect and enthusiasm. Come take a tour and see for yourself. 1904 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231, Contact: Kristin Patterson, Phone: 513-742-5800, Fax: 513-7425870, Email:,, Grades: ToddlerGrade 6, Enrollment: 100

Children’s Meeting House Montessori School Children's Meeting House Montessori School has been proudly educating students from preschool through 6th grade using the principles of the Montessori philosophy since 1972. CMH offers a variety of preschool, enrichment and before/after school options to meet each family’s needs. Partner with our devoted staff of experienced and Montessori trained teachers throughout your child’s most developmental years. CMH – where learning happens, naturally. Find out more or schedule a tour on our website. 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Casey Reed, Director, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email:,, Grades: Preschool through Sixth grade, Enrollment: 150

Country Hills Montessori Providing programs for 3 to K. Small, individualized classes with low student-teacher ratios, under the guidance of Montessori certified teachers, in an inter-generational environment. Multiple Locations in Eastgate, Oakley, Harrison and West Chester Ohio and in Ft. Thomas KY. Visit for all location addresses & phones. Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner, Email: susan@,, Grades: 3 - K



The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori GSCM is a unique Catholic Montessori school set on a 12-acre campus. GSCM features nurturing Montessori teachers and individualized learning. 3, 4 or 5 day preschool options, full-day Kindergarten, and aftercare available. Spanish, unparalleled faith formation with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, art, music, dance and drama enrichment offered. 4460 Berwick Street, Cincinnati, 513-271-4171, www., Grades: 3-year olds through grade 8, including full-day Kindergarten, Enrollment: 205; Contact: Dan Teller, Executive Director,

Little Sprouts Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten Little Sprouts Montessori nurtures the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of children, helping them develop a lifetime love of learning. Our goal is to empower children to discover and hone their strengths as they explore the world. We recognize the importance of individualized education, and maintain a 1:6 ratio. 7131 Plainfield Road, Deer Park, OH 45236, Contact: Christie Sawyer, Phone: 513-697-9021, Email: csawyer@,, Grades: Preschool & Kindergarten, Enrollment: Families choose mornings two to four days per week (T/TH and/or W/F), and/or afternoon sessions on Tuesday and Thursday.

Mercy Montessori Center Mercy Montessori is Cincinnati's first Catholic Montessori elementary school and provides students with a personalized education. Mercy offers a sliding scale tuition model, in-school swimming instruction starting at age three, and attracts students from over 50 zip codes. Mercy educates the whole child and develops a strong foundation for learning. 2335 Grandview Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206, Contact: Amanda Grimm, Admissions Director, Phone: (513) 475-6700 ext. 210, Email:, www., Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade, Enrollment: 292

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati Our goal is to instill a love of learning in each child and to assure a solid grounding in the basics of education that will help each student achieve his potential. We provide an outstanding, experienced staff, low student-teacher ratios, a nurturing, student-centered approach, and on-site before-school and after-school care. 8293 Duke Boulevard, Mason, Ohio 45040, Phone: 513-398-7773, Email:, http://www., Ages/Grades: 18 months through 8th grade

The New School Montessori Cincinnati's only school accredited by the American Montessori Society. Centrally located and surrounded by wooded play yards and gardens, students benefit from a nurturing environment where Montessori-credentialed staff support high academic and personal achievement. Full-day, half-day with healthy lunches included in tuition. ISACS and AMS accredited program. 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229, Contact: Ceara Comstock, Phone: (513)281-7999, Email: ceara.c@, www.newschool, Grades: 3-year-olds through Grade 6, Enrollment: 135 January 2018 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 27


CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS CCS has been creating lifelong learners, creative thinkers, passionate disciples, and visionary leaders for over 40 years. Our graduates are welcomed at universities because they’ve become the natural learners and inquisitive students that God created them to be. CCS knows that faith and learning go hand-in-hand. Outstanding. Proven. Elementary Campus: 7350 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, OH, 45014, Junior/Senior High Campus: 7474 Morris Rd., Fairfield, OH, 45011, (513) 892-8500, Contact: Lisa Coombs, Admissions Director,, www., Grades: PS - 12

ST. GERTRUDE SCHOOL Saint Gertrude School offers academic excellence in the Dominican tradition: preaching Truth, practicing virtue, and loving one another in Christ. Students from 21 school districts. IOWA testing ranked 4th among 90 Cincinnati Catholic grade schools. Aftercare, outdoor classroom, STEM, Rosary Procession, household intergrade leadership, Latin, professionally coached musical theater, extracurriculars. 6543 Miami Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243, Contact: Elaine Nolte, Assistant Principal, Phone: 513-561-8020, stgertrudesch. org, Enrollment: 338

St. Thomas School Serving Kindergarten through 8th grade, while providing a 5-star rated pre-k, 3 & 4 year old preschool program, St. Thomas welcomes children from the NKY/Cincinnati area. We inspire academic excellence, personal growth, selfconfidence, leadership, spirituality, strength of character, lifetime friendships and the courage to achieve. We provide a well-rounded academic structure, including STEMscope learning, advanced math program, fine arts and extracurriculars. We encourage you to join us for our Open House on Sunday, January 28 from 11:30 am to 2:30 p.m. 428 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075, Phone: 859-572-4641, Contact: Valerie Clark, Admin. Asst.,,

St. Ursula Villa An extraordinary family atmosphere and Christ-centered spirit of St. Angela Merici cultivates independent learners who achieve their potential through small classes, individualized instruction, and nurturing of the whole child. Program offerings begin with Toddler/2-year-old and Traditional or Montessori preschool continuing through Junior High, recognized for outstanding high school preparation. 3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Contact: Marta Runnels, Phone: 513-533-7373, Fax: 513-871-0315, Email:,, Grades: 2 years old through 8th grade, Enrollment: 465

THE SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Founded in 1890, The Summit serves students from age 2 to Grade 12. A Montessori Program for ages 2-6 begins the academic journey followed by a college-preparatory program (Grades 1-12). The Summit educates students spiritually, academically, physically, socially and artistically while offering the academic excellence and one-on-one guidance of a top-tier Catholic independent school. 2161 Grandin Road (Hyde Park), Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: 513-871-4700, ext. 261, Email:, www.




Cincinnati Public SChools Our goal is to provide a rigorous curiculum that cultivates critical thinking and technology skills while encouraging collaboration, real-world connections and endless creativity. It’s not just about getting your children ready for graduation. It’s about getting them into college and preparing them for a thriving career! Phone: 513-363-0123,


Linden Grove School Linden Grove School is a state-accredited, non-public K-8 school offering a specialized learning environment for students with ASD and related learning needs. Our progressive education program integrates academics, social-emotional learning, and specialized therapies. We partner with families to create a respectful, rewarding and supportive environment, inspiring hope for all and providing each student with the opportunity for personal growth and independence. Afterschool programs and summer camp are also available for enrolled students. 4122 Myrtle Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45236, http://www., Phone: (513) 984-2215, headofschool@

Skyward Academy Specialized education for students with a variety of learning challenges. Academic or behavioral focus - parent choice. Full and part time school day options, home based or offsite services. 7121 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Melissa Amrein, Phone: 513-600-8476, Email: office@skywardacademy. com,, Grades: K thru high school graduation

Springer School and Center For more than 45 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6-14 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Springer Experience. Success Starts Here. 2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Carmen Mendoza, Admissions Director, Phone: 513 871-6080 ext. 211, Fax: 513 871-6428, Email:, www., Grades: 1 through 8, Enrollment: 200


Ohio virtual academy Ohio Virtual Academy is an innovative online school with passionate educators dedicated to inspiring and empowering students. Partnering with the K12 curriculum, OHVA provides an engaging blend of interactive online lessons and offline materials that cater to varied learning styles, allowing students the opportunity to master lesson objectives. Phone: 1.866.339.9071,




Local Spotlight: Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach Helping ease the transition for kids entering foster care Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach is a Cincinnati based, volunteer run organization that supports children living in foster care. Krista and Howard Lorenz and their five young children founded Warm Welcomes in 2013, after their eyes were opened to the needs of foster children during their time as a foster family. Today, the organization provides over 1,000 welcome bags a year to kids in foster care as well as other necessity items and enrichment opportunities. We spoke with Krista about the work her organization does in our community. What does Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach do? We partner with different county agencies to provide welcome bags to kids in foster care. The welcome bags are brand new, large backpacks and they are filled with everything from blankets to stuffed animals to full-size toiletries, books, creative items – just the basic things that a kid might need in those first few days. If it’s an infant bag, we have diapers to get them started. We also hold four to six welcome events throughout the year. These are free enrichment events for the whole foster family to come to. They might be at Skatetown USA or Perfect North. We always go to Niederman Family Farm in the fall. Part of this is because we really want to help kids reestablish some positive childhood memories. Some kids have never been able to go to their local movie theater or to go pick their own pumpkin.

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You’re a busy mom with five young kids. Why did you decide to start Warm Welcomes? My husband and I and our family are a former foster care family and we’ve adopted children from the foster care system. We saw that there was this need where kids were coming into care and not having basic belongings for those first few nights. It’s well known that a lot of kids come into foster care with a black trash bag of the only belongings they have. Sometimes kids are brought into the office at two in the morning and that’s not a, Hey, let’s run to Wal-Mart kind of time. We needed these things to be ready and easy for a caseworker to be able to grab in those first chaotic moments of this transition. There was no group providing consistent support to provide toiletries or basic necessities for the kids that were coming in.

How can the community support Warm Welcomes? The biggest need is financial support. Our welcome events, which are some of the highlights of the kids we serve, don’t have outside funding. We have to raise every nickel and dime in order to do those events. We’re always collecting any of the supplies on our list. One thing that is hard for us to get is card games for teens and tweens and new stuffed animals no bigger than 6-8 inches, as well as small baby toys like rattles, stacking cups and plastic keys. Right now we are collecting new blankets, handmade or store bought and preferably throw size. We need over 1,000 blankets in the coming year. Hosting a drive, sponsoring a welcome bag, making a financial donation, organizing a group to come pack welcome bags in our office – those are the key things we need year-round.

What keeps you motivated to press on? We just want kids to know that no matter what their circumstances are, people in their community care for them. That’s where this all came from. It’s a privilege to be able to play this small role.

Find out more about Warm Welcomes on their website at www.warm



WORDS BY Susan Bryant

Let’s Go Skiing and Snow Tubing 6 spots close to home for winter fun!

There are officially 90 days of winter (which can seem like a long time) so why not embrace the cold and snow and make the most of what this season has to offer? There’s no better way to enjoy a winter day than racing down a hill on skis or a snow tube with your children squealing in delight. And finding a place to go within driving distance is easier than you might think. Check out these destinations for a snowy good time your kids won’t soon forget. Mad River Mountain 1000 Snow Valley Road, Zanesfield, OH


19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, IN (812) 537-3754 Distance from Cincinnati: 30 minutes Find a mix of diverse terrain at this 22-acre ski and tubing resort. Child, adult and adaptive lessons are offered, with a lesson included for first-timers with every lift ticket purchased. Feel the need for speed? Sign up for racing lessons. Training and practice sessions are available for ages 7 and up. Don’t leave without taking a ride down one of their 23 tubing lanes, including “super lanes” that allow your entire family to slide down together.

(800) 231-7669

Paoli Peaks

Distance from Cincinnati: 2 hours 30 minutes

2798 West County Road 25 South, Paoli, IN

Mad River is Ohio’s largest ski resort with 144 skiable acres, 20 trails and a 300-foot vertical drop. Ski and snowboard lessons are offered as well as adaptive instruction so everyone can enjoy the thrill of downhill skiing. Is tubing more your style? Head over to Avalanche Tubing Park, a 1,000-foot long hill with ten lanes of sliding fun.


Perfect North

(812) 723-4696 Distance from Cincinnati: 3 hours Spend the day skiing or tubing at Paoli Peaks, which offers 15 trails, 8 lifts and a natural hill with a 300-foot vertical drop. Test out the “The Bonk” terrain park with boxes, rails, steel benches and small jumps for an extra thrill on the slopes. Ten lanes of snowtubing, each 700 feet long, are available with specially constructed inner tubes at their Arctic Blast Snow Tube Park.

Boston Mills & Brandywine Ski Resorts 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula, OH (800) 875-4241 Distance from Cincinnati: 3 hours 30 minutes Boston Mills/ Brandywine are sister ski resorts in northeastern Ohio that offer skiing, snowboarding and tubing with 18 trails, 16 lifts and 88 skiable acres. Polar Blast, the resort’s snow tubing facility, has state of the art snowmaking fans to make sure the slopes are always tube-ready. Grab a spot by the bonfire to warm up in between runs!

Alpine Valley 10620 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, OH (440) 285-2211 www.alpinevalley Distance from Cincinnati: 4 hours 20 minutes Located in the snow belt of the Cleveland area, Alpine Valley is subject to an average of 120 inches of natural snowfall each year. New skiers and snowboarders can get their “snow legs” on beginner hills while those who are more advanced will find their thrills on more difficult slopes. Take a spin down their multi-lane tubing hill before you go!

Valley’s Edge Snowtubing 8295 St. Rt. 121, New Paris, OH (937) 437-1386 www.valleysedgesnow Distance from Cincinnati: 1 hour 30 minutes Just over an hour away, Valley’s Edge Snowtubing offers affordable family fun close to home. Even when there’s no snow on the ground, there’s still snow at Valley’s Edge as they’ll make the white stuff even when Mother Nature won’t. Go on a Thursday night and pay just $6 for everyone in your family.

So grab the snowsuits, hats, gloves, boots and scarves (and your courage) – and head for the hills! A day spent skiing, snowboarding or tubing is a perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors with your crew this winter.



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Fountain Square Ice Rink Enjoy ice skating this winter on Fountain Square!

KinderBridge Get ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, and hands-on activities. Recommended for ages 4-6. No registration required. FREE.

*Ongoing Time: 9 am-11 pm, Location: Fountain Square,


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TUES 02 Nature Stories Join us for stories, songs and activities all about the natural world. FREE.


manaTots A story time for the younger set, with stories, songs, and silliness with Miss Sarah! Most appropriate for ages under 4. FREE. *Ongoing

Time: 11 am and 1 pm, Location: Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre,, Phone: 513-521-7275

Time :10 am, Location: Blue Manatee, https://www., Phone: 513-731-2665

TUES 02 – SAT 06


Blue Manatee’s Winter Blues Sale Save 20% storewide on in-stock items!

Taft Jr.: Everyday Art Art can be made out of anything - even things you use every day! Hear a story about the things a mouse finds on his first day of school, learn about still lifes and how to use everyday objects to make one, and practice your new skills by arranging your own still life. For 3 to 5 years old and their caregivers. Free for Taft members; $10 non-

Time: Daily, Location: Blue Manatee, https://www., Phone: 513-731-2665


Time: 1-2 pm, Location: Harrison Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-4442


members in advance (includes Museum admission), $12 day of program; children free. For information and registration, call 513-684-4517 or eholland@ Time: 11:15 am-12:15 pm, Location: Taft Museum of Art,, Phone: 513-6844517

FRI 05 Mother Goose on the Loose Our youngest wiggleworms are invited to try out our sensory stations the first Friday of each month! We may get a little messy, but we’ll always have a lot of opportunity to talk, sing and play with our little ones to support our early literacy skills. For babies and toddlers and their caregivers. No registration required. FREE. *Ongoing

Time: 10:30 am, Location: Harrison Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4442

SAT 06 Families Create! “When These Walls Can Talk” *CP PICK Award-winning Cincinnati writer Kathy Y. Wilson guides workshop participants through a reconstruction of her inspiring “living room museum.” She will even let you write on the walls like she did as a child! Afterwards, we’ll design and bind a one-of-a-kind book that celebrates your unique memories. All workshops are $5 per child and conducted at the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Pre-registration is required. Time: 10 am, Location: Weston Art Gallery, https://www. families-create-when-these-walls-can-talk, Phone: 513-621-2787

Cincinnati Museum Center STEM Girls at the Library STEM Girls University is a program designed to introduce STEM Girls participants to STEM concepts through in-depth discussion and activities featuring women in science. Registration is required. To register, call 287-7001 or visit www. FREE. Time: 10 am, Location: Main Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-6900

SUN 07 Free Ice Skating Lesson on Fountain Square FREE US Figure Skating Basic Skills Instruction for beginner ice skaters! Skills include: Fall down and recover safely, March in place, March forward, Wiggle backward, Stopping. Wear layers, mittens, hats and ski pants. Strongly recommend children wear an All Sports Helmet. Arrive early to check in and size skates. Bring your own skates or rent skates at the Fountain Square rink. Families are welcome to enjoy one free lesson per family member. FREE. Time: 11 am, Location: Fountain Square Ice Rink, https:// rgid=516267&PortalSession=

MON 08 Movie Monday Enjoy a new release movie with light refreshments. No registration required. FREE. Time: 1-3 pm, Location: Northside Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4449

TUES 09 Yoga for Kids Enjoy a free kids’ yoga class taught by instructor Vivian Konz. No registration required. FREE.



Time: 4-5 pm, Location: Hyde Park Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4456

WEDS 10 – SUN 14 & WEDS 17 – SUN 21 Animal Adventures If you want to learn all about our local wildlife and what they do in the winter, then come out of the cold and join us in the Garden Workshop. We may even get a visit from one of our animal ambassadors! Program included with admission: $2/person. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, https://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

THURS 11 Let It Snow Have fun inside in the "snow"! We will be making our own snow and paper snowflakes. Ages 5-12. No registration required. FREE. Time: 3-4 pm, Location: Oakley Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-6038

FRI 12 Bunny Jamboree Join us for a nature jamboree. Through crafts and activities, we will learn all about bunnies. For ages 3-5. $7/child, register by Jan. 9th. Time: 10 am, Location: Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center,, Phone: 513-521-7275

Cincinnati Cyclones Twister Plush Giveaway Ever wanted to take Twister home with you? Now you can! The first 3,000 fans will receive a Twister Plush Doll. Time: 6:30 pm, Location: U.S. Bank Arena, http://

Martin’s Dream *CP PICK Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., really? Martin's Dream answers this question and more as it bring this historical figure to life through the power of story, speech and song. Watch as Dr. King tells the story of his life, from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Created and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show explores the real person behind the pictures, a funny intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation's history. Times: 10 am and 7:30 pm, Location: TCT Showtime Stage Theatre at 4015 Red Bank Road, https://www., Phone: 800-745-3000



SAT 13 Hit It! There’s more to being a drummer than just “sticking” to it. Come feel the beat and explore the world of the percussion family with us! All PB&J concerts last approximately 35 minutes and include a free Graeter’s cookie post-concert. Tickets are $6/person. Time: 10 am and 11:30 am, Location: Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church,, Phone: 513-381-6868

I-Spy a Winter Bird! The winter season often allows us to see birds that are difficult to spot during the rest of the year. Enjoy a hike and craft. Time: 10-11:30 am, Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, https:// id=3549, Phone: 513-831-1711

SAT 13 – SUN 14 Animal Adventures (Special Edition) Join us to learn about local wildlife. We will then have a simple craft available from noon to 4 p.m. each day and a live animal presentation at 2 pm. FREE. Time: 12-4 pm both days, Location: Glenwood Gardens/ Cotswold Visitor Centre,, Phone: 513-521-7275

SUN 14 Winter Crafts Drop by to make some winter-themed crafts. Kids can make up to two crafts to take home. For ages 5-12. $1/ craft, payable at the door. Time: 1-3 pm, Location: Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center,, Phone: 513-521-7275

Second Sunday Family Showtime: Trip Jones and The Case of the Missing Music ROKCincy is a non-profit program with a mission to introduce young people to the thrill of live, fully staged opera and to give developing professional musicians an opportunity to hone their performance skills through experience. ROKCincy provides FREE performances and accompanying study guides to schools and community centers all over the Greater Cincinnati area. This original work is an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure opera and is sure to be a hit! Time: 2 pm, Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, https://, Phone: 513-497-2860


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SAT 20 – SUN 21

1803 Farmstead Hop into history at Parky’s Farm. From work boots to dancing shoes, discover life as an 1800s farmer with crafts, animals and more. Program will be held inside and outside, so dress for the weather. For children in grades K-6. $5/child, $3/adult; register by Jan. 14th.

Wee Wonder About the Ice Age Learn all about what Cincinnati was like during our last ice age. Children will enjoy an activity, craft and story. For ages 3-5. ($7/child, payable at the door)

Candy Land Weekend at Krohn Conservatory It’s Opening Weekend for Krohn’s winter show: A Garden of Pure Imagination! Join us for a fun filled weekend of candy inspired crafts and activities, all included with admission.

Time: 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, Location: Winton Woods/ Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-521-7275

Kids’ Day at the Park Kids, bring your grown-up to learn all about nature in winter! We’ll take a hike, have some hot chocolate and make a craft. $7/person payable at the door. Time: 11 am and 1 pm, Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn, https://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

MLK Day Storytime Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with stories, songs, and a craft. Appropriate for elementary school children. No registration required. FREE. Time: 3-4 pm, Location: Blue Ash Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-6051

TUES 16 National Nothing Day Commemorate National Nothing Day at the Hyde Park Library! All ages. No registration required.

FREE. Time: 3-4 pm, Location: Hyde Park Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4456

TUES 16 – WEDS 17 Growing Up a Farm Kid: Downy Duck Ducks like to go swimming in the winter. Explore why they can, but you get too cold. For children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. $10/child + one free adult, $5/additional adult. Register by Jan. 14th. Time: 9:30-11 am, Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-521-7275

WEDS 17 Looney Ballooney Join Looney Ballooney for some balloon twisting fun! No registration required. FREE. Time: 4-5 pm, Location: Madisonville Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6029



Time: 11 am, Location: Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre,, Phone: 513-5217275

FRI 19 Family Science Night Science is everywhere! Bring your family to Caldwell Nature Preserve as we delve into the world of science. Dress for the weather to spend time outdoors exploring light deprivation activities on a night hike then warm up indoors with group demo experiments and fun self-guided activities. $5/person or $15/family. Register before noon on Jan. 17th. Time: 7-9 pm, Location: Caldwell Nature Preserve,, Phone: 513-761-4313

Fitton Family Fridays: Poof Daddy Magic Show Dr. T-Rex returns to the Fitton Center in a new and unique magic show format as Poof Daddy, teaching kids the 3 Magic Words that make their school a safe and bully-free zone: Kindness! Character! Cooperation! With amazing acts of astonishment, over-sized puppets, and audience interaction, Poof Daddy offers an unforgettable, anything-can-happen show! Time: 7:30 pm, Location: Fitton Center for the Arts,, Phone: 513-863-8873

SAT 20 Hit It! There’s more to being a drummer than just “sticking” to it. Come feel the beat and explore the world of the percussion family with us! All PB&J concerts last approximately 35 minutes and include a free Graeter’s cookie post-concert. Tickets are $6/person. Time: 10 am and 11:30 am, Location: Sycamore Presbyterian Church, sessions-schedule/, Phone: 513-381-6868


SAT 20 – SUN 21

Time: 10 am-3 pm both days, Location: Krohn Conservatory,, Phone: 513-421-4086

SUN 21 Schott Nature PlayScape Fireside Hot Cocoa & Fire-building Scavenger Hunt Enjoy hot cocoa by a cheerful, warm fire in the Nature PlayScape, followed by our fire-building Scavenger Hunt. Our naturalist will demonstrate how to start fires safely using only natural materials. Help the naturalist find the right winter “weeds”, and then with permission and supervision, add them to the fire and see how each one burns. Donations for hot cocoa appreciated. Drop in anytime during the program. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission. Time: 1-4 pm, Location: Cincinnati Nature Center PlayScape, happenings-4/, Phone: 513-831-1711

Sarah Cannon Visits Blue Manatee! Meet author Sarah Cannon, who will discuss and sign Oddity, her new book for middle-grade readers (ages 8-12). Copies of the book will be available at Blue Manatee’s store and on the website! FREE. Time: 2-3 pm, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, author-events/, Phone: 513-731-2665

3rd Sunday Funday: PatchWork Fun You’ll be in stitches this Funday! Learn about fabrics at the Art Cart, and create your own paper patchwork masterpiece to take home. From 1-2 pm, meet a sheep, and learn how its wool plays a part in quilt-making. Learn how quilts tell stories during a musical performance by Russ and Barb Childers from 2-3 pm. No reservations required.

WED 24 – SUN 28

SAT 27

Who’s Been Here? While we are sleeping and keeping warm inside, the garden’s residents are living their lives and leaving clues in the snow and mud. Get ready to be a garden detective and see what they have been up to. Program included with admission: $2/person.

Hit It! There’s more to being a drummer than just “sticking” to it. Come feel the beat and explore the world of the percussion family with us! All PB&J concerts last approximately 35 minutes and include a free Graeter’s cookie post-concert. Tickets are $6/person.

Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, https://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

THURS 25 Animal Tales Nature has many stories to tell. Families are invited to join a naturalist for a nature-themed story.

FREE. Time: 1-4 pm, Location: Taft Museum, http://www., Phone: 513-684-4517

FREE. Time: 11 am, Location: Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center,, Phone: 513-521-7275

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Adventures Under Glass: Preschool Camp at Krohn Conservatory! Back by popular demand! Join us this winter at Krohn Conservatory, where it’s always a sea of warm and green! Our young campers ages 3.5-5 and Park staff sill explore a new theme each Monday without crowds... Krohn is closed to the public on these Mondays! Scavenger hunts, stories, games, make and take crafts each day, games and much more keep the preschoolers engaged and active in this two hour camp. Dress your child for the weather; we plan to go outside too! Fee is $35 per camper. Register online before Jan. 17 at: winterpscamp2018. Call 231-8678 for more information and to inquire about available spots after the deadline.

Cincinnati Cyclones Kids Eat Free Night Bring the kids but dinner is on us! All kids ages 2-12 will receive a free meal consisting of a John Morrell hotdog, side and soda.

Time: 10 a.m.-noon, Location: Krohn Conservatory,, Phone: 513-421-4086

Tail Waggin’ Tutors Practice your reading skills by sharing a book with a reading dog certified by Therapy Dogs International. Each participant will pick a book to read aloud for 15-20 minutes. No registration required. FREE. Time: 3:30-4:30 pm, Location: St. Bernard Branch Library, Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4462

TUES 23 Winter Cookie Decorating Learn cookie decorating tips and tricks with special guest Rebecca Tabaja from Cincinnati Cake and Candy Supplies, and then eat your own sweet creations! All materials provided. Grades K-6. Registration is required. FREE. Time: 6-7 pm, Location: Mt. Washington Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6033

Time: 6:30 pm, Location: U.S. Bank Arena, http:// free-night

STORY TIME: THE DOT Join us for our weekly glass art Story Time to hear a great story and make an original piece of glass art! After reading The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, students will create their own dot sun catchers using safe and colorful fused glass components. No experience necessary. Cost is $30/child. Ages 3-6.

Time: 10 am and 11:30 am, Location: Lakeside Presbyterian Church, pbj-sessions-schedule/, Phone: 513-381-6868

OWL QUEST In the deep depths of Sharon Woods, there are creatures that are rarely seen. Join us to go off-trail in search of owls and other nocturnal wildlife. Register by 1/26. FREE. Time: 5:30 pm, Location: Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre,, Phone: 513-521-7275

Winton Woods Trail Run Give trail running a try! Meet up with other runners to start enjoying the trails at a quicker speed. Runners are responsible for their own water and gear. For ages 12 and up. Register by Jan. 26th.

FREE. Time: 9 am, Location: Winton Woods/Fitness Trail,, Phone: 513-521-7275


MON 22

Time: 1:30 pm, Location: Brazee Street Studios, products/the-dot, Phone: 513-321-0206

Maya Angelou: A Writer’s Legacy Maya Angelou experienced a life that most of us could hardly imagine and her impact on society was immeasurable. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is proud to bring you a world premiere biographical sketch of the iconic Maya Angelou. Her talents as an actress, dancer, songwriter and poet entertained and challenged us. While her life, filled with heartache, political activism and humanitarian service taught us to value each other as beautiful, intelligent, works of art. Times: 10 am and 7:30 pm, Location: TCT Showtime Stage Theatre at 4015 Red Bank Road, https://www.thechildrens dream, Phone: 800-745-3000


SAT 27 – SUN 28 Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue *CP PICK

It's the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that ‘no job is too big, no pup is too small’, and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. Time: Check website for showtimes, Location: Aronoff Center, paw-patrol-live, Phone: 513-621-2787

SUN 28 Tools of the Sugar House: An Up-Close Experience for Families While the evaporator is still cold, families are invited to drop in for an up-close look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters and thermometers. Time: 10:45-11:45 am, Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, tools-of-the-sugar-house-an-up-close-experience-forfamilies-all-ages-1282018/?instance_id=3563, Phone: 513-831-1711

cp spotlight: A Garden of Pure Imagination Jan. 20-March 11 Get a taste of spring at Krohn Conservatory’s 2018 Spring Show, A Garden of Pure Imagination! The show room will be blossoming with the vivid colors of cherry, lemon, grape, orange, blue raspberry and sour apple. This candy-inspired exhibit will display vibrant tulips, cheerful daffodils, fluffy hydrangeas and fragrant hyacinths that will dazzle your imagination with all the sweet flavors of spring. Giant candy props sprinkle the landscape to make you feel as if you were in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory! Admission is $4/adults, $2/kids 5-12 and free for ages 4 and under. Time: Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am-5 pm (closed Mondays), Location: Krohn Conservatory,, Phone: 513-421-4086



Howl & Growl Learn all about the wild canines – both past and present – that have called Ohio home. For ages 8 and up. FREE. Time: 3 pm, Location: Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre,, Phone: 513-521-7275

MON 29 Adventures Under Glass: Preschool Camp at Krohn Conservatory! Back by popular demand! Join us this winter at Krohn Conservatory, where it’s always a sea of warm and green! Our young campers ages 3.5-5 and Park staff sill explore a new theme each Monday without crowds... Krohn is closed to the public on these Mondays! Scavenger hunts, stories, games, make and take crafts each day, games and much more keep the preschoolers engaged and active in this two hour camp. Dress your child for the weather; we plan to go outside too! Fee is $35 per camper. Register online before Jan. 17 at: https://parks.cincyregister. com/winterpscamp2018. Call 231-8678 for more information and to inquire about available spots after the deadline. Time: 10 a.m.-noon, Location: Krohn Conservatory,, Phone: 513-421-4086

TUES 30 Thomas the Tank Toddler Time Enjoy free play with wooden Thomas trains and wood blocks. No registration required. FREE. Time: 6:30-7:30 pm, Location: Northside Branch Library, Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4449

ManaTotZzzz Join Miss Sarah at the Oakley Sleepy Bee for blue manatee tradition of great books, easy laughs, and sweet songs! Most appropriate for ages under 4.

FREE. *Ongoing Time: 10 am, Location: Oakley Sleepy Bee, https://www., Phone: 513-731-2665

WED 31 STORY TREE TIME WITH THE CHILDREN'S THEATRE OF CINCINNATI Story Tree Time takes place from 11-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Bring your little one and join us as we play, dance, sing and listen to a new story each week! Free with Museum Center admission. Story time on Jan. 31st features a special guest from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Madagascar! Time: 11:00 am, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center,

Full Moon Walk For centuries people have been sharing stories of the effects of the full moon. Join us for a walk under the stars as we separate fact from fiction. Time: 6:30 pm, Location: Sharon Woods/Harbor,, Phone: 513-5217275

ongoing events. Holiday Junction featuring Brickopolis *CP PICK Through Jan. 2 Holiday Junction featuring Brickopolis will include a blizzard of bricks crafted into custom LEGO creations. From floor to ceiling, 1,800 square feet of LEGO landscapes will feature motorized trains, whimsical scenes with local flavor and a merry amount of surprises tucked into every pip of their environment. In addition, train displays, the kid-sized train and the arrival of Santa on Nov. 24th make this event a must for Cincinnati families. Time: Check website, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center,, Phone: 513-287-7000

Antique Christmas Through Jan. 7 Escape to a winter wonderland of Christmas past at the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, decorations and toys. Free admission and parking every Sunday! Time: Check website for hours, Location: Taft Museum,, Phone: 513-241-0343

Cincinnati Choo Choo Through Jan, 7, 2018 Discover the magic of being home for the holidays aboard the Cincinnati Choo Choo at Krohn Conservatory! The conservatory showroom will be filled with ruby red poinsettias, fanciful evergreens, cyclamen, amaryllis, and more of your favorite holiday plants. Delightful botanical architecture surrounded by many miles of train track will be created in natural components by the Applied Imagination team. Admission is $7/adults, $4/kids 5-17 and free for kids 4 and under. Time: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily with special hours on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Location: Krohn Conservatory, http://www., Phone: 513-421-4086

O’Keefe’s Ice Rink Daily through Feb. 19 Enjoy ice skating on Fountain Square! Skate rental available. Time: Open daily, Location, Fountain Square, https:// okeeffes-ice-rink-presented-by-fifth-third-bank/


through FEB 19

Red to Bronze Open daily This exhibit chronicles and celebrates eight Reds

legends and the bronze statues of them created by local artist Tom Tsuchiya. Through game-used and period items, fans will learn about these Reds icons and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process and tools used by Tsuchiya to craft these enduring tributes to some of the greatest players in Reds history. Time: Check website, Location: Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, bronze.jsp, Phone: 513-765-7923

Half-Price Days at the Cincinnati Zoo Jan. 2-March 9 Bundle up and head to the Cincinnati Zoo this winter and save! Experience cooler prices and even cooler animals during Half-Price Days, with half-price Zoo admission every day and special animal encounters every Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 2 through March 9. Plus, enjoy heated indoor animal exhibits throughout the park. Time: Open during Zoo hours, Location: Cincinnati Zoo,, Phone: 513-281-4700

STEAM Jan. 13-March 9 STEM + Art = STEAM. The issues, discoveries or processes inherent in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) provide some of the power behind fantastic prints, a recycled environmental installation, metal sculptures, large-scale charcoal drawings and suspended porcelain. Time: Open daily, Location: Fitton Center for the Arts,, Phone: 513-863-8873, ext. 110

Living on the Air in Cincinnati: Cincinnati’s Broadcasting History Through Jan. 31 The Library is partnering with Media Heritage for an exhibit featuring photographs and original artifacts from local shows and stations. The exhibit will be on display in various parts of the Main Library, including the Atrium and the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room.FREE. Time: Check website for hours, Location: Cincinnati Public Library Main Branch, http://www., Phone: 513-369-6900

Summit Park Ice Rink Through Feb. 19 Summit Park's newest winter addition will be located directly underneath the glass canopy. The ice rink will open November through February with pre-holiday, holiday, and post-holiday hours. All restaurants will be open during their respective hours, and Nanny Belles will have an outdoor cart selling snacks, drinks, hand warmers, gloves, and more. Admission into the rink is $5 and kids 3 and under are free. Admission includes skates. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Summit Park, ice_rink/hours.php

PLEASE NOTE At CINCINNATI PARENT, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally, event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.


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