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Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf Education


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5 places to go with baby in tow


How these philosophies differ and what they can offer children

Preparing for adventures close to home






Here Comes February! Has your family reached the pinnacle of cabin fever yet? This time of year, it seems that the itch to have a change of scenery and just get out is at an all time high. Good thing this month is only 28 days and gets us that much closer to spring!

Publisher Mary Wynne Cox Editor Susan Bryant

With that thought in mind, we’ve got a few ideas to keep you going this February. First, if you have a baby at home, it can seem like gathering supplies and bundling up to go anywhere can be a hassle in the winter. There are fun destinations though that make the effort worth your while – and we’ve got five great picks in Out and About with Baby. What else can help get you through a cold winter day? Thinking about warm sunshine and sandy beaches! Check out our article Let’s Go to Florida for some travel tips on places to visit you might not know about in the sunshine state. (Because it’s not too early to start planning for spring break!) You know what else is right around the corner? Summer camp registrations! Believe it or not, now is the time to think about what your kids will want to do when school’s out. Be sure to take a look at our Summer Program and Camp Guide for a list of options to consider. And check out our article on Day Camp for some tips on how to evaluate various programs.

Still need some good ideas for how to spend a February day? This month there are special events for Valentine’s Day, home and garden shows and maple sugar demonstrations – just to name a few. Our Community Spotlight page and February Calendar will give you enough possibilities to fill each and every day this month. So hang in there – before long this snow and cold will be just a distant memory!



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SPOTLIGHT what to look for in february.

make a date with the Cincinnati Ballet Valentine’s Day is almost here, and there’s nothing more romantic than a night with the Cincinnati Ballet! This February, the Ballet is performing Carmina Burana + Serenade, two beautifully choreographed and diverse pieces. With live music from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the newly renovated (and always spectacular) Music Hall as the setting, you’ll definitely want to make a date to see this one-of-a-kind performance with your valentine! Carmina Burana + Serenade runs February 8-11.

rock on! This February, Broadway in Cincinnati is bringing one rockin’ and rollin’ musical to the Aronoff Center: School of Rock – The Musical! Based on the hit film starring Jack Black, this family-friendly show features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first ever kids’ rock band. School of Rock – The Musical! runs February 21-March 4. school-of-rock

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If you’ve been thinking about adding a four-legged friend to your family, February is the perfect time to make the leap. February 10 and 11, the Sharonville Convention Center will be hosting My Furry Valentine, Cincinnati’s largest pet adoption event, which found homes for over 800 animals in 2017. This year’s Furry Valentine will be even bigger, featuring hundreds of adoptable pets (dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small animals) from dozens of different rescue and shelter groups from Greater Cincinnati. Tickets are $5/person 5 and older and $25 for Early Bird admission (which is great if you want to get the first look at available pets). You can view some of this year’s adoptable animals at My Furry Valentine’s website – but be warned: they’re all adorable and you might just fall in love!


of maple February is the sweetest month of the year – and not just because of Valentine’s Day! February is harvest time for Ohio’s most delicious crop: maple syrup. All month long, enjoy maplemaking demonstrations and taste tests at various events across the tristate. On select Saturdays and Sundays, the Cincinnati Nature Center is hosting its acclaimed sap-collecting maple hikes, with a special couples’ date night on February 17. On February 24 and 25, visit Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve for Maple Sugar Days, a maple-infused weekend of tastes, crafts, demos and hikes.





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upcoming guides on Date Nights in Cincinnati Looking for a fun date on the town with your sweetie? Our guide to the Best Date Nights in Cincinnati covers a range of places to spend some special time with your partner, girlfriends, fellow dads - and even kids!

The Ultimate Guide to Story Times in Cincinnati What’s better than cozying up with a kid on your lap and listening to a hand-picked lineup of fun children’s stories? Our guide will give you tons of options for mixing up your weekly story time routine.

Fabulous Factory Tours Spring break is just around the corner – do you need something fun to do? We've got a list of fabulous factory tours sure to delight kids of all ages. These tours are family friendly and often have specific programs and activities designed just for kids.

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 library play place, new playground or local museum. This month, check back in for a kid-friendly tour of the Cincinnati Observatory Center, a roundup of all the free fun you can have at the Cincinnati Library and a look at Everything Thomas at Entertrainment Junction!

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Pediatric Craniofacial Disorders?

Wonder No More The success of the heartwarming movie Wonder, about a boy with facial differences and his struggles with attending a mainstream school, likely started many conversations about acceptance and anti-bullying. Although the film was not specific about the condition that caused Auggie Pullman to be different, the original book identified him as having Treacher Collins Syndrome, one of many conditions falling under the broad term of Craniofacial Disorder. This category is actually one of the most common of all birth defects, occurring in more than 130,000 births worldwide each year. Craniofacial disorders are malformations of a child’s face and/or skull affecting soft tissue and bone and caused from birth defect, disease or trauma. They can be particularly stressful for parents because they usually require immediate and often ongoing surgical treatment. There are numerous different craniofacial disorders, causing cosmetic as well as functional abnormalities. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati treats



many of these, including Cleft Lip and Palate, Microtia/Atresia, underdeveloped exterior ears or ear canals; Hemangioma, non-malignant, rapidly growing tumors; and others – always without consideration of a family’s ability to pay. In addition to its exceptional board-certified surgeons, the Cincinnati Shriners hospital team includes professionals from disciplines including psychiatry, social work, speech and physical therapy to help children develop as normally as

possible, ensuring that every child can grow to his or her fullest potential. If you know of a child who would benefit from treatment, please visit www.shriners for a referral or more information. PHOTO CREDIT Jenny Beck, Cincinnati Shriners Hospital




Let’s Go to Florida!

Discover four lesser-known destinations worth a visit

Every year, millions of tourists flock to Florida to enjoy worldclass theme parks and miles of white sand beaches. But there is more to the Sunshine State than seashells and roller coasters. Here are four destinations worth a second look. St. Augustine




Nestled in the upper eastern corner of the state you will find St. Augustine, the country’s oldest continuously occupied city. Dating back to 1565, this quaint tourist destination is packed with history as well as modern-day activities for visitors of all ages. Take an immersive journey through three centuries of St. Augustine history at Colonial Corner, explore the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States at Castillo de San Marcos (complete with working canons) and learn fascinating stories about individual inmates that once occupied the cells of The Old Jail. Old Town Trolley Tours is your one-stop shop for visiting these destinations and many more. (Note: The brave at heart will want to add on a Ghosts & Graveyards tour.) The city is also home to the Fountain of Youth. (Yes, you can actually drink from the fountain. We’ll let you decide if it works.) All of this is just steps away from one of the most pristine stretches of beach in the state. For more on this magical city, visit

The Space Coast Just 45 minutes east of Orlando, Florida’s Space Coast encompasses 72 miles of action-packed coastline. Get up close and personal with the Shuttle Atlantis, tour launch areas and walk amongst giant rockets at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. (Note: If you time things right, you may even witness a rocket launch. Visit blog/launch-list/ to view scheduled launches.) Adjacent to the space center complex, explore Florida’s diverse wildlife at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Just down the road in Cocoa Beach, check out Ron Jon Surf Shop (the largest of its kind at a whopping 52,000 square feet), charter a private offshore fishing boat for a day of angling fun and round out your evening with shopping and dining at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier. A bit further south in Melbourne, visit Brevard Zoo where you can view more than 650 animals by foot, paddle boat, kayak and zipline! Find more on the Space Coast at www.visitspace


The Nature Coast On the opposite side of the state is a swath of land known as the Nature Coast that stretches from the base of the Panhandle to the northern suburbs of Tampa Bay. Here visitors are encouraged to experience the “real Florida.” Opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing abound. Float on a tube down the crystal clear, spring-fed waters of the Rainbow River, which are a refreshing 72º year-round. Stroll along paved trails and boardwalks at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned animals that offers a unique opportunity to witness Florida’s wildlife at close range, including manatees, black bear, Florida panther, alligators and a variety of majestic birds. For a close encounter of a different kind, head to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park to watch the famed mermaids in their underwater show, then spend the day splashing away at Buccaneer Bay, the local spring-fed water park. For more on the Nature Coast, visit www.nature

Everglades National Park Covering 2,400 square miles, Everglades National Park is a nature lover’s dream. To truly experience the Everglades, you have to get out of your car and into the landscape. Explore on your own by foot or bike on designated trails or by canoe/kayak along the waterways. Or opt for a guided tour (our recommendation for first-timers). Shark Valley Tram Tours is an authorized concessioner for the National Park Service that offers two-hour educational tram tours through the Everglades that are packed with wildlife sightings. Another fun way to get into the heart of this diverse ecosystem is by airboat. Choose from three authorized operators that offer professional airboat tours inside the park. Find more information on these, and other guided tour options at ever/planyourvisit/ guidedtours.htm. (Note: There are two seasons in the Everglades: wet and dry. Dry season runs from November through March and is the ideal time to visit to avoid extreme heat, torrential rains and pesky bugs.)

The next time you plan a trip to sunny Florida, keep these lesser-known destinations in mind. You might just discover a whole new side of the state to fall in love with. February 2018 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 15



Local Spotlight: A Kid Again

Providing children coping with illness some much-needed fun Can you tell us what A Kid Again does for the community? All of our families have a child with a lifethreatening illness. We take them on adventures, which are regular breaks from illness for the entire family. We have multiple group outings each year to major local venues such as the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Zoo. We have a holiday party at Matthew 25: Ministries. We go to King’s Island and Scene 75 Entertainment Center. The entire family participates, including siblings.

A Kid Again is an Ohio-based non-profit that serves children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The organization provides kids with fun adventures, allowing them a brief time-out from their illness. Cincinnati Parent spoke with Liz Koszuta, Executive Director of the Southwest Ohio Chapter, to learn more about how this organization impacts local families.

We have multiple events each year so there’s always something for the family to look forward to. It also gives families the opportunity to connect with others in similar circumstances who understand their challenges. We are open to any kid with a life-threatening illness, so kids who have rare diseases or multiple diagnoses who may not have a support group elsewhere can find a home with us. The adventures are free for families. Economics can be a huge consideration for some families, given the prolonged and high cost of their medical bills.

Who founded the organization and why? It was founded in Columbus by Jeffery Damron and the organization overall is 22 years old. The southwest chapter is 17 years old. It was originally modeled as a wish granting organization, but they realized that after the wish was granted the need continued for the families to have something to enjoy together and look forward to. It evolved into group outings, so the families have that sense of community and ongoing events to anticipate.





What kind of impact does your organization have on these kids? Our families have told us that there are benefits to both the family and the sick child. Some of those benefits include feeling closer together and stronger as a family, more social support, of course, because there are the group outings, and that they’re just better able to cope with the illness. The sick kids show improved attitudes toward their illness and their treatment. So it really is a benefit to the whole family’s social and emotional well-being.

What is the best way for the community to get involved? Volunteer opportunities are vast. We have a staff of two so we rely very heavily on volunteers and we are equipped to accommodate families, individuals, corporate groups, short-term or long-term volunteers – we pretty much need any volunteer interest there is.

Then, of course, we can always use donations, whether it’s corporate sponsorships or individual donations. We accept donations on the website, just make sure to select the southwest chapter.

If a family has a child that would benefit from your organization, how can THEY get involved? There are two criteria to enroll. The first is diagnosis by a physician of a life-threatening illness and the second is that the child is under the age of 20. There’s an application that the child’s physician fills out. More information is available on our website.

To learn more about A Kid Again, visit https:// akidagain. org/.

Some of our larger adventures require hundreds of volunteers, so volunteers interact directly with the families. We also have some committee work to plan our fundraiser, and people come into the office to help us with different projects from time to time. February 2018 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 17

WORDS BY Lauren Lawson



out and about with

baby 5 places to go with baby in tow

Blue Cocoon Mom + Me Play Café 9361 Montgomery Road G, Montgomery pages/mom-me-play-cafe The modern play area at the Mom + Me Play Café is made especially for babies and children under 5 years old. Not only do they provide a fun and engaging space for little ones to crawl around, they also offer coffee and tea for parents. Fussy baby? No problem. Blue Cocoon has special “bump seats” to help you bounce and soothe your little one, and nursing moms are always welcome within the play café.

The Little Gym 8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason masonOH/classes/parent-child Did your New Year’s resolution include hitting the gym? Why not tagalong with baby? 20

According to the Little Gym in Mason, it’s never too early to have some “serious fun.” Parent and child classes are offered for babies starting at just 4 months old. These programs help promote early development with fun exercises and provide new challenges as your baby grows.

Kindermusik at Sam Ash Music Stores 11805 Commons Drive, Cincinnati http://kindermusikwithdacy. Kindermusik is recognized as a leader in music-based education for kids, and you can start bringing your newborn to classes when they’re just a few weeks old. At Sam Ash Music Store, you can join a class full of music and movement designed specifically for babies 0-2 years. Licensed instructors lead parents and their little ones on an adventure of learning and fun while laying a foundation for musical exploration.


Let’s face it – packing up all the gear necessary to spend an afternoon out of the house with a baby can be a daunting task. But sometimes you’ve just got to get out! (Even if only for a short period of time.) So here’s a list of places to go and things to do with your littlest one in mind. Library Babies

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Even though your tot won’t be reading their first novel for quite some time, the library is still the place to encourage a love of reading right from the start. The Public Library of Cincinnati has 41 branches and each one offers story times for kids. “Library Babies” is designed for infants 0-18 months and aids in the development of early literacy skills. Each story time utilizes songs, stories, rhymes and movement to engage your baby and to make their first library experiences fun and exciting.

Learning to swim is an important skill for all children to learn – so why not start early? Infant swim lessons begin at just 6 months and are designed for parents to participate alongside their babies. You’ll help your little swimmer master the “Teddy Float” – floating on their back for 30 seconds, as well as the “Teddy Paddle” – using flotation aids while paddling, blowing bubbles and kicking. The 90° saltwater pools promise to be gentle on your baby’s skin and eyes as they learn important water safety and swim techniques.

Babies don’t stay babies for very long. Make the most of this special time together by visiting these spots made just for you and your little sidekick.



Natural Beginnings Birth Center

Offers Moms a Unique Birthing Experience Natural Beginnings Birth Center is the first comprehensive natural birth center in greater Cincinnati to be located within an acute care hospital. The center is located inside Atrium Medical Center, a fullservice hospital in Middletown. Two new natural birthing suites feature queen sized beds, built in jacuzzi tubs and more space for a family-friendly experience. The Natural Beginnings Birth Center provides low-risk expecting mothers services to cope with labor without traditional interventions. It’s a unique service because of its holistic program of care. The new center offers a combination of laborcoping services to ease delivery, along with childbirth education classes before birth, options for ongoing education following delivery, certified nurse midwives on

staff trained to care for mothers during pregnancy and childbirth, board-certified obstetricians, and labor and birth taking place in a private, home-like setting. Skilled staff will assist expecting mothers to use labor coping methods such as movement, positioning and hydrotherapy (water) during labor and birth. Additional services offered at Natural Beginnings include: birthing balls, massage therapy and aromatherapy; doppler monitoring of baby’s heart beat; an environment fostering self-responsibility and family empowerment; family-centered care with non-separation of mother and newborn; and access to emergency medical care and a Level II Special Care Nursery, should complications arise.


For more information, please visit www.atriummedcenter. org/NaturalBeginnings. Women interested in Natural Beginnings can enroll in the program by contacting their physician or midwife, or by calling (513) 974-4291.


Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf Education How these philosophies differ and what they can offer children WORDS BY KIM DINAN

Here in Cincinnati, we are lucky to have a diverse range of educational opportunities available to our kids – among those, Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf approaches to learning. To understand more about what these philosophies offer, Cincinnati Parent spoke with local educators for their insight into what families can expect from each method.

Montessori Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of the Montessori method, developed a learning environment that was child-based, hands-on and collaborative. Montessori was the first educator to use child-sized furniture in the classroom and place children in multi-level age groups. “That’s because children learn at different levels,” explains Patty Normile, Principal at Mercy Montessori Center. “She recognized that in no other place in the world do you just work with your age group.” Normile says, “The hallmarks of a Montessori program include a number of different components, the first being that Maria Montessori looked at children from a different lens. Montessori was the first woman in Italy to go through medical school, so her knowledge of a child’s growth and development from a scientific point of view was different. She



really wanted to honor the natural development of a student.” Children in Montessori classrooms learn in units, studying one topic across all subjects. “Let’s say we are doing a unit on South America, the math projects we do will highlight the cultural things you would see in South America,” says Normile. “The problems we use would highlight the things geographically that they have. The books we pick would be stories from that country.” Time is more f luid in a Montessori classroom as well. “We aren’t as time concentrated as a traditional school. We aren’t ringing a bell for everybody to finish,” says Normile. “We really want the kids, once we’ve presented something to them, to make it their own and present it back to us. That may not happen in 30 minutes. It may take somebody 35 or 40 or 50 minutes. There’s more f lexibility in honoring how the child is learning.”

Reggio Emilia An important aspect of the Reggio Emilia philosophy is what is called “the image of the child.” In a Reggio Emilia classroom, children are recognized for their uniqueness. “We believe that children have a lot of different aspects to them. They’re curious, they’re capable, they’re natural investigators. We want to make sure we are including all of that into the projects and activities we bring into the classroom,” says Meghan Schymanski, Administrative Director at The Compass School. “We have a deep respect for each child as an individual.” Another important aspect of the Reggio Emilia philosophy is seeing the environment as a third teacher, explains Laura Carr, Administrative Coordinator of The Compass School. “A lot of families notice right away that the environment in our school is very different than a typical classroom. The ambiance and the beauty of the classroom is very respectful of the children. We want the environment to engage children in the work that they do and support their learning.” The way a child’s time is organized in a Reggio Emilia classroom is different as well. “We provide large blocks of time for our children to engage and study in-depth,” says Carr. “They’re not interrupted by time restrictions.” Schymanski adds, “We’re not just focusing on if they are academically prepared. We want them to be thinkers, problem solvers, collaborators, and negotiators. We want them to be well-rounded.”

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Waldorf “One of the things that is unique about Waldorf Schools is that we provide age appropriate learning,” says Karen Crick, Enrollment Director at Cincinnati Waldorf School. “We don’t pressure young children with a lot of homework and testing. We don’t give grades to the lower grade students. We really let children be children,” In Waldorf Schools, nature and the arts are an important part of the curriculum. “Kids play outside every day in all types of weather,” says Crick. “And every student studies music, movement, painting, drawing, woodworking, they all learn to knit. They all play music instruments. We use the arts to enhance the academic program and keep learning alive for our students.” Like Montessori, Waldorf schools teach by a topic that is dispersed into all academic lessons. “For four weeks the students will be studying Norse mythology,” says Crick. “Within Norse mythology there is language arts and social studies and even math and science.” In addition to traditional subjects, students learn a variety of other skills. “They are all in the orchestra, they’re all in the choir, and they all do woodworking class,” says Crick. “It’s a very well-rounded education. Our goal is to graduate out these renaissance individuals that are very capable academically, socially, physically, emotionally and artistically.”

To determine the best type of educational environment for your child, explore various approaches and talk with educators from different schools for a sense of what their guiding principles are. Observe how your child tends to learn best, how they interact with others and what excites and motivates them. With a little advance research and preparation, you’ll be better equipped to find a school that helps your child reach their fullest potential.

To learn more about Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf philosophies, visit these sites. American Montessori Society

International Montessori Council

North American Reggio Emilia Alliance



Reggio Children

Association of Waldorf Schools in North America

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Day Camp

Preparing for adventures close to home 4. Ask about staff. Find out what the camper-to-counselor ratio is. Ideally it should be six campers to one counselor, as recommended by the American Camping Association. What experience and/or training do the counselors have? How are they selected? What is the camp’s discipline policy? Are they trained to take care of health concerns such as asthma, allergies and dispensing medicine?

5. Focus on the facility. Ask about indoor and outdoor facilities. Is there ample indoor space for children to play during inclement weather? Are outdoor equipment and grounds well maintained and safe? Are the children’s swimming skills tested before they are allowed to enter the water? 6. Investigate cost. Inquire about additional fees. Some day camps have a base price but charge extra for trips, special events and activities. If the camp you want to send your child to costs more than you can afford, find out if there is a scholarship program. Also ask about a refund policy, in the event of an illness or family emergency.

Summer day camp is a place where children can stretch their minds, exercise their bodies, develop new interests and forge lasting friendships. Day camp programs vary from one setting to the next. How can you help make the most of your child’s day camp experience? 1. Consider interests. Day camps offer a host of options that include everything from one centralized activity to a variety of traditional camp fun. Talk with your child about his interests and what he would like to gain from the experience. Would he enjoy an assortment of activities or does he want to concentrate on one skill, such as soccer or art?

2. Ponder program length. Day camps range from several hours to a full day and can run from one week to an entire summer. How long your child should participate in a program will depend largely upon his age, developmental level and previous camp experience. First-time campers would do well starting in a partial- to full-week program. Experienced campers may enjoy one that runs throughout the summer. 3. Look at location. If you choose a day camp close to home, commute time will be shorter and your child may already be acquainted with some of the other children. A day camp near your employer, however, would give you quick access to your child, in the event of an emergency. If your child needs additional morning or afternoon childcare, you may want to consider a program close to your sitter.

7. Arrange a pre-visit. Many day camps have open houses prior to season start up. Find out if the camp you have chosen has one. If not, make other arrangements to introduce yourself to those who will be caring for your child. 8. Fill out forms. When it comes to medical forms, be thorough and specific. If your child was on a medication during the school year but will be taken off of it for the summer, make sure the camp is aware of this. You will also be asked to fill out an emergency contact form, which lists another designated individual to call if you cannot be reached in the event of an accident or illness. Make sure that individual is available before writing their name down.

9. Peruse policies & procedures. Camp should give you materials on camp policies, procedures and planned activities. If you and your child know what to expect and what is expected of you, camp will run smoother. In recent years, many day camps have developed strict policies about leaving technology items – cell phones, handheld games and other tech toys – at home. Be aware that if restricted items are brought to camp, they may be confiscated and returned at the end of the day. 10. Keep the line of communication open. Talk about camp before it even starts. Reassure your child of the positive experience he will have. At the end of each camp day, find a block of uninterrupted time where you can listen as he shares his adventures. Above all, encourage your child to always do his best, obey the rules and be respectful of others, and chances are, he’ll have a great time. February 2018 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 27






& CAMP guide DAY CAMPS Big Shots Sports Training Summer Camps 885 St. Route 28 Milford, Ohio 45150, Contact: Laura Weisbrod/Manager, Phone: 5132447468, Email:, Basic Category: Sports Dates: June, July, August

Located inside of Recreations Outlet in Milford, Big Shots Sports Training will help your young athlete in the making GET THEIR GAME ON! with our variety of summer camp offerings focused on Basketball, Volleyball, & Strength + Agility. We have something to offer for ages 3 and up!

Boychoir Summer Music Camp Phone: (513) 396-7664, Contact: KellyAnn Nelson, Managing Artistic Director, Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 25-29, 2018

Calling all music-loving boys entering grades 2 through 6 for a musical voyage around the world! During this week-long half-day camp at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, boys sing in the camp choir, join a drumming ensemble, play instruments, learn dances, and play games that reflect the area of the world that we “travel” to.

CAMP AT THE J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Judith Rapport, Camp Director, Phone: 513-7617500, Email:, summer-camps/ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Arts, School Programs (Before/After), Special Needs, Sports, Traditional Dates: June 11 - August 10, 2018; One-, two-, and three-week camp options

From swim lessons and archery to arts and crafts, Camp at the J provides great social and educational opportunities that foster friendships and features all the fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. Camp at the J offers sports, field trips, and value-based learning that encourages respect and community.

Camp Chabad 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Contact: Rabbi Majeski, Phone: 513-731-5111, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Swimming, Traditional, Inclusion, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: June 25 - August 3rd Ages/Grades: 2 Yr.-13 yrs old Cost: $190 - $220

A camp that has it all! Sports, Nature, Art, Music, Character Growth, Field Trips, Swimming Lessons, using 200,000 square feet of unmatched fun! Nurturing and dedicated staff. “mix and match” your weeks or sign up for all 6 weeks. Lunch and transportation included. ACA Accredited. Cincinnati’s Premier Jewish Day Camp. The only full day Jewish preschool camp in Cincinnati!

Camp INVENTION Multiple locations throughout Cincinnati, Phone: (800) 968-4332, email: campinvention@invent. org, Special needs: Yes Dates: Varies by location Ages: Kindergarten through 6th grade

Camp Invention’s all-new summer curriculum, allows children in grades K-6 to create a vehicle of the future, design a mechanical robot dog, and build futuristic dream homes. Visit or call (800) 968-4332 to register. Use promo code Ideas25 to save $25 (expires 3/23) and Ideas15 to save $15 (expires 5/4).

Children’s Meeting House Montessori School Summer Camp 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email: office@cmhschool. com, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic, Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Traditional Dates: Weeks of June 18, June 25, July 16, July 23

Visit our website to see the Summer Camp Programs CMH has to offer your family this year. Our camps offer a variety of Arts, Crafts, Nature, Science, Drama, and fun activities for children ages 3-12 on our beautiful 7+ acre campus. Camps are led by experienced CMH Staff, who are eager to share their passion for learning and having fun with our campers. Childcare is available after day camp until 5:30pm to accomodate working families. Reserve your space NOW!

CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM SUMMER CAMP 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, 45202, Phone:(513) 721-ARTS, CAMsummercamp@, summercamp Dates: Weekly, June 11–August 10 (no camp week of July 4) Ages/Grades: Ages 6-12 Weekly camp costs: Members: $175 per child, General public: $225 per child, Before /After Care: $35 per child

Jump into art with eight weeks of exciting art projects, gallery games, and more! Explore a different theme each week with activities taught by skilled educators and museum staff. Register for multiple weeks to enjoy all the Art Museum has to offer. Registration starts February 1.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Camp and Performance Academy 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-421-3888, Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 4 - July 27

The Summer of Stories! Each one-week Theatre Camp offers five exciting courses that are influenced by a unique, book-based theme. Themes and courses vary by week. Performance Academy is a three-week, process-based program for the theatre enthusiast who wants to experience the production of a play from beginning to end.

Cincinnati Reds Baseball/ Softball Camps Locations: Beechwood HS in Ft. Mitchell, KY; Reds MLB Youth Academy in Cincinnati; Mason HS in Mason; Harrison HS in Harrison; St. Xavier HS in Cincinnati; Summit Country Day in Cincinnati; Miamisburg HS in Miamisburg; Contact: Tim Rappe, Executive Director, Phone: 855-846-7337, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Dates: Beechwood HS and Reds Youth Academy: 6/4-6/8, Mason HS and Miamisburg HS: 6/25-6/29, Reds Youth Academy and Harrison HS: 7/2-7/6, Summit Country Day: 7/23-7/27, St. Xavier HS: 8/68/10

Official Camps of the Reds. 30 hrs. of World Class baseball/softball training and unforgettable Reds experience. Meet a current player at GABP. 30 hrs. February 2018 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 29

of instruction. Bring a buddy and save $25. Maybe the best baseball camp in America. Camps sold out last year so register early. Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American, full Reds uniform, 4 game tickets.

CincyNature Camp Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150, Contact: Sharon Renner,, Phone: 513-831-1711, Dates: June-August 2018 Ages/Grades: Ages 1-13

CincyNature Camps at Cincinnati Nature Center are a fun way for kids to use their creativity and imaginations in a safe, friendly environment. These week-long day camps are held in Milford and Goshen, June through August. Register on our website!

CLASSROOM ANTICS TECH CAMPS Locations: Multiple Locations in Cincinnati and Dayton, Contact: Natalie Baker, Phone: 800595-3776, Dates: Weekly sessions, June 4-August 10 Age/Grades: Ages 7-14 Cost: $195 - $235

Kids LEARN what they LOVE in tech camp by designing video games, creating stop-motion movies, producing videos, coding programs, modding Minecraft, or engineering LEGO robots. Full and half-day options available in our affordable weeklong camps. Space is limited, register today! Use code CINP10 to save $10 (expires 4/30/18).

Creative Tots (Mason) Summer Camps 6408 Thornberry Court #110 Mason, Ohio 45040, Contact: Emilie Parry- Owner/ Administrator, Phone: 513-770-6776, Email:, www. Basic Category: Academic, Arts, Traditional Dates: June 1 - July 31

Creative Tots has specialized in private education for over 20 years for children 18 months - 6 years. We focus on the Fine Arts, STEM education and FUN! We offer 7 weeks of themed camps, including Art Camp, Cooking Camp, Lego Camp and STEM Camp just to name a few! Go to our website for more information.

Dance & Creativity Camp for Kids by MamLuft&Co. Dance Location: The Liberty Exhibition Hall in Northside, 3938 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223, Phone: (513) 494-MLCo (6526), Email: dance@, Dates: M-F June 18, 2018 through July 13, 2018 (in 1-week increments) Cost: $180-250 (Early registration, sibling, and additional week discounts)



Ages: 5-10

MamLuft&Co. Dance's Summer Dance & Creativity Camp for Kids won "Best Summer Dance Camp" in 2012 from Cincinnati Magazine for its uniqueness and its value! ML&Co.'s camp is one of the few in Cincinnati designed to be gender inclusive for both boys and girls, to offer Modern Dance ~and~ Ballet for ages 5-10, and to provide all-day options! Discounts are available for early birds, those doing more than one week, and siblings. See our website at for online registration and each camp's themes!

Days of Wonder School Preschool Summer Camp 150 W Main Street, Batavia, Ohio 45103, Contact: Tammy Averwater, Administration, Phone: 513-732-2111, Email: daysofwonderschool@gmail. com, Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 4th, 2018 through the week of August 6th, 2018

10 Weeks of fun, adventure, craft and play for the preschooler in your life. Led by our amazing preschool teachers. The preschooler will have an incredible summer filled with cool, fun days and an enjoyable time at this preschool summer camp.

Docentitos Academy Weston Art Gallery/Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Contact: Kelly O'Donnell/Assistant Director, Weston Art Gallery, Phone: 513-977-4170, Email:, Basic Category: Academic, Arts Dates: June 9-22, 2018

The Weston Art Gallery’s acclaimed art ambassadorial program for young people, Docentitos Academy trains youths ages 9–12 years to be Weston Art Gallery docents during a fun-filled, two-week summer camp. Students meet the artists and go behind the scenes of an exhibition to learn the inspiration and installation work that go into creating a show. Daily activities include classes, artist talks, an Aronoff Center theater tour, workshops, installation and studio visits, script rehearsals, field trips, and a final project. Upon graduation, students lead tours of the gallery’s summer exhibitions.

Erickson Academy of Irish Dance - Camp Erickson, Intro to Irish Dance 673 Wilmer Ave - Suite D, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Contact: Allison Weber Erickson, ADCRG, Phone: 513-232-1366,, Basic Category: Arts Dates: Session 1: July 17-18-19 (9:30am - 11:30am) , Session 2: July 24-25-26 (9:30am - 11:30am)

Jig on into Camp Erickson! Campers will be introduced to the basics of Irish dancing, have fun making Irish crafts, learn the group dances of Ireland and enjoy Irish storytelling. Ages 4 - 12. $75 per session. Certified by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, Dublin, Ireland.

Great Parks of Hamilton County Summer Day Camps Various Great Parks Locations, Phone: 513-5217275, Email:, https:// Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, Traditional Dates: June-August 2018

What better way to keep the kids outside and active this summer that at a park! Great Parks of Hamilton County provides an fun and safe environment where your young ones will get to explore streams, go on hikes, ride horses, do archery, go kayaking and much more, with experienced and trained staff. Children ages 2-17 can take part in summer camps focused on nature, adventure, farm life and horseback riding! Sign up before March 31 for early bird pricing! For a full list of camps, including dates and fees, visit children/summer-day-camps.

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati Camps 8293 Duke Boulevard, Mason, Ohio 45040, Contact: Megan Ball, Phone: 513-398-7773, Email:, http://www. Basic Category: Academic, Arts, Traditional Dates: 6/4/18 - 8/3/18

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati offers programs for children beginning at the age of 18 months through 8th grade. The Montessori philosophy and teaching method are used, from our early childhood program through Middle School. Our summer program is 9 weeks of fun and learning for students who have a wide range of interests.

Shakespeare and Theatre Summer Camp The Otto M. Budig Theater, 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Contact: Jeanna Vella/ Director of Marketing and Sales, Phone: 513-3812273, Email:, Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 11-July 23, 2018, 9am-5pm

Shakespeare and Theatre Summer Camp is a full day theatre camp for students who have completed grades 3 up through 12 who want to learn more about the art of theatre- and have fun! Camp takes place at the brand new Otto M. Budig Theater in Downtown Cincinnati.

Silverlake "The Family Place" 301 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY 41018, Contact: Whitney Thomas/Director, Phone: (859) 426-7777, Email:, Basic Category: Adventure/ Outdoor, Arts, Sports, Traditional, Travel, Winter/Spring Break Program Dates: May 29th-August 17th

Silverlake's camps offer supervised freedom, creativity and learning in a fun, safe environment. Campers will enjoy a variety of activities inside and outside of our unique facility. Daily field trips include Cincinnati Art Museum, Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Children’s Museum, Lazer Kraze, Cincinnati Fire Museum and so much more.

SPACE – THE FINAL FRONTIER, OUTRAGEOUS INVENTION CONVENTION, SCIENCE MATTERS MAKER SPACE - STEM CAMPS Locations: STEM Camps are located across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Contact: Rollin Robinson, PhD/ Director, Phone: (859) 462-3340, Email: rollin@, Gender of Campers: Coed ages 5-11 years old Basic Category: Academic/Science Dates: June 11 – Aug 6, 2018

STEM summer camps are hands-on and exciting with fun science projects. Each day starts with a camp rally to get the day started with energy and spirit. Camp counselors then lead campers through the first morning project. After the morning project, campers will play a game or engage in a critical thinking project followed by the second science project. We end each morning with a Group RAP (Review, Acknowledge and Praise) and say good-bye to our half day campers. After lunch, we then repeat the agenda in the afternoon with all different projects. Most locations run from 9-3:30 pm for full day camps, 9-12 and 12:30-3:30 for half day camps. Before and after care is available. The day is full of fun and exciting science, camp games, and songs. Where STEM and fun are one! It's the "Best Summer Camp Ever."

YMCA Camp Arrowhead 6703 Yankee Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Angie DelNegro, Phone: 513-779-3917, Email: angie.delnegro@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Cost: Check website for details. Dates: May 29th-August 10th. Registration begins on February 6, 2018

Camp Arrowhead is designed to provide campers with a variety of experiences in a well supervised camp setting. Each week will include a special theme. Don't miss a great opportunity!

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps 2018 Locations: 12 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Phone: 513-362-YMCA, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Registration begins March 3, 2018. Camps run May through August; dates for each camp are available on the website. Ages/Grades: Ages 3-15 Cost: Cost varies depending on each camp. Pricing and camp brochures are available on our website.


Overnight, day, and specialty camps at the Y are all about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too! (Themed Day Camps, Preschool Camps, Teen Camps, Counselor-inTraining programs, Specialty Camps, and Sports Camps)

OVERNIGHT CAMPS Falcon Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey Director/Owner, Phone: (800) 837-2267, Email:, Gender of Campers: Boys and girls separate with planned coed activities. Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional, ADHD and some other learning difficulties offered Dates: June 17 - August 11, 2018; 2, 4, 6 and 8 week sessions. special one week sessions for 6-10 yr olds Ages/Grades: 6-16 Cost: $2425 to varies Activities: Swim, sail, canoe, fish, kayak, paddle board, horse back riding, lots of sports, crafts, drama, tennis, archery, riflery, nature study, mountain bikes, video, photography, dances, lots more.

Widely recognized as Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Beautiful lakefront setting with extensive range of activities. Boys and girls ages 6 – 16 choose their own schedule within general framework, separate activities with planned coed events. 1:4 staff/camper ratio. Most of all it’s a great time! ACA accredited, many references.

Falcon Young Adventure Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey Director/Owner, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email:, Gender of Campers: Boys and girls separate with planned coed activities. Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 17-23, June 24-30, July 29 – August 4 and August 5 – 11, 2018 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 10 Cost: $1200/wk

A unique and exciting introduction to overnight camping for boys and girls ages 6 -9. These one-week programs are designed with care to guide the campers in being successful with their first great “Young Adventure” away from home. 1:2 staff/camper ratio provides individual attention, instruction and parental oversight. (Program same as Falcon Traditional Camp) activities include horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, archery, air rifles, crafts, sports, fishing, nature study, sailing and much more. ACA accredited, many references.








Have your son define very specifically how he is preparing. He should be able to describe exactly what strategies he is using, when and where he is studying, and how much time he is giving to the preparation.

Ask the Teacher

Missing school for vacation, better test prep and staying focused after school


We have the opportunity to take a short vacation in February, but it doesn’t coincide with my kids’ no-school days. Is it a bad idea to have a third and fifth grader miss a few days of school for a trip?


To take your children out of school for a few days for a special family vacation is not, in and of itself, a bad idea. The chance to spend time together is very valuable to children’s development and to your family unit in general. There are, however, a few things to take into consideration. First, check the school’s absence policy, which can vary a great deal from one school district to another. Some schools allow make up work to be done upon return from a vacation, usually under specified time limits. Others see vacations as unexcused absences and will not accept work that was missed and may not allow tests to be taken upon return. (Student attendance may be a factor in the school’s evaluation or accreditation.) You may have to weigh the impact this might have on your child’s grade.

Another factor to think about is each of your children’s stress levels. Will missing a few days and having a sense of being behind add anxiety for your children that will hamper their vacation experience or will impact re-entry into school upon your return? Even if the trip seems like a great opportunity to you, your children may not be comfortable missing school. An additional consideration is what information will be missed. If the curriculum to be covered while your children would be gone is light, or is something you feel comfortable helping them understand, this may be a non-issue. However, if your children will be challenged to grasp what they missed in the classroom, you may consider a short-term tutor to get them back up to speed.


Test-taking seems beyond my eighth grader. He studies and studies, but his test grades do not show it. He is becoming very frustrated. Do you have any ideas about what he can do to improve?

If he is reading over a prepared study guide several times or working through a computergenerated review game, he may think he knows the material. Instead, he may just be recognizing concepts rather than having a genuine understanding of them. For some students that is enough to master the material, but for many it is not. He may have the misconception that he has spent a great deal of time studying, but if this time is interrupted by social media or by other distractions it will not be effective. Encourage your son to begin test prep as soon as new content is provided, even if the test is weeks away. Spending a few minutes each day reviewing the material from his classes can be a real game-changer. Noting where he may need clarification on something and asking about it early on will solidify his understanding in a way that waiting until just prior to the test cannot. He can do this by highlighting his notes, making a list of key terms on paper, or creating a brief summary in his own words from that day’s lesson.


When my daughter sits down to do her homework after school, she just cannot concentrate. It takes her forever to get just a little bit of work done. I keep trying to redirect her attention to her work, but she gets angry. Our evenings get off to a terrible start. Any suggestions for what we can do?


After an after school break, your daughter should come up with her own plan for homework. Have her look over the assignments she has and estimate how much time each assignment will require. Suggest that she put the things she likes most at the end of her list and the things she likes least at the beginning. Scheduling a break between subjects or at specific times throughout her work may help her maintain focus long enough to accomplish what she needs to. Write out the plan that your daughter creates and keep it nearby. Should she not stick to the plan, you can say, “I see that your plan says you would be working on X right now. I am not sure how what you are doing is meeting your plan.” Turning the responsibility over to her for what she needs to get done, rather than making it something you are requiring of her, should help remove the tension from the homework scene.

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






The Campus at Kids First We have FULL DAY Kindergarten! Located inside the nationally acclaimed Kids First Sports Center, The Campus offers the premier early learning experience for children ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten. As the only early learning center in the area that makes physical education a top priority, The Campus at Kids First gives your child an academic edge by integrating a world class physical education (including gymnastics, basketball, yoga and soccer!) curriculum in to the daily schedule, at NO additional cost! Our carefully selected and loving teachers utilize a relevance-based curriculum combined with child-directed play to make learning FUN and start each child on their journey to becoming a life-long learner. 7900 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249, www., Phone: (513) 629-KIDS, info@

Chai Tots Early Childhood Center Academic excellence via a unique blend of Jewish and Montessori education offering strong academics, stressing life skills, interpersonal relationship skills and nurturing a love for life-long learning. Individualized curriculum customized for each student, expansive naturally lit rooms, low student ratio. Specials include yoga, music, Hebrew, Spanish, dance, drama, art and Tae Kwon Do. Flexible schedules, before and aftercare, web cams and after-school enrichment available. Transportation available to/from Mason schools. Limited space - now enrolling! 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040, Phone: (513) 234-0600,, Ages/Grades: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten (6 weeks-6 years), Enrollment: 60

CINCINNATI HILLS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY CHCA is a vibrant, multidenominational, college preparatory school serving students Age 2- grade 12. We’re investing $9MM to deliver new levels of student engagement through expanded facilities including an expanded Early Childhood Learning Center, Innovation Labs, a Greenhouse, and Engineering and Applied Science Labs. CHCA is leading the way to higher levels of cognitive, relational, and spiritual engagement for each student. 11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Natalie Pfister, Enrollment Director, Phone: (513)2470900, Email:, www.chca-oh. org, Ages 2 - Grade 12, Enrollment: 1350



THE COMPASS SCHOOL Ages 6 weeks-6 years plus after school & summer camp up to age 12. Offering outstanding ReggioInspired full and part-time Infant, Toddler, Two’s, and Preschool programs, as well as Kindergarten, After School, and Summer Camp for school-age children. Degreed teachers, extensive parent communication, and welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. NAEYC Accredited. Call today for your personal tour. 9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Meghan Schymanski, Phone: 513-683-8833, Fax: 513-683-8456, Email: compass.meghan@gmail. com,

Creative Tots, Mason Our holistic approach allows children (18 months - 5 1/2 years) the opportunity to learn, explore, play and grow while engaging in the fine arts, science, music, yoga and a modernized curriculum. We provide opportunities to use creativity, solve problems, use language, develop new vocabulary and reading skills, while engaging in intellectual activities. There are elements of STEAM education, bilingual education, arts education, as well as lots of physical activities to strengthen the mind and body. 6408 Thornberry Ct.,, Mason, oh 45040, Contact: Emilie Parry, Phone: 513-770-6776, Email:, www.creativetotsmason. com, Grades: Toddler: 18 months-3 years, Preschool: 3-4 years; Pre-K: 4-5 years


Central Montessori Academy 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. Visit our Open House on February 25th 12-2 pm. 1904 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231, Contact: Kristin Patterson, Phone: 513-742-5800, Fax: 513-7425870, Email:, www., Grades: Toddler- Grade 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

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers state licensed before and after school care at over 85 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. 1105 Elm Street, Cincinnnati, OH 45202, Contact: Trish Kitchell, VP Youth Development, Phone: 513-362YMCA, Fax: 513-651-3540, Email:,, Grades: Ages 3-12, Enrollment: Stop by any YMCA of Greater Cincinnati location or check with your local school district.

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

Garden Montessori School


Celebrating over 45 years, member of Cincinnati Montessori Society. Certified/degreed Montessori teachers with combined 70 years experience. Montessori program, full day, and Kindergarten. Individualized instruction, small class size, 1:6 teacher/ child ratio. Offer music, Spanish and yoga. Large, fenced-in outdoor playground.

The purpose of Montessori Center Room is to provide preschool children with an authentic Montessori learning experience, in order to promote intellectual, physical, and social/emotional growth.

1318 Nagel Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45255, Contact: Jackie Wofford/Director, Phone: 513-474-4933, Email:,, Grades: pre-school thru Kdg. ages 3-6 years old

The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori Set on a beautiful 13-acre campus with an outdoor natural playscape, GSCM is a unique Catholic Montessori school with nurturing teachers and individualized learning for children ages 3 to 14. Grounded in Montessori theory and practice, Spanish, art, music, dance, and drama are offered within an unparalleled, faith-formation environment. Grades: 3-year-olds through grade 8 including full-day Kindergarten; aftercare program available; 4460 Berwick Street, Cincinnati (near Mariemont square), 513-271-4171,, Grades: 3-year olds through grade 8, including full-day Kindergarten, Enrollment: 210; Contact: Anne Marie Vega, Principal,

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:,, 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: agrimm@,, Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade, Enrollment: 292

2505 Riverside Ct., Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-321-3282, Email:,, Grades: 3 - 6 years of age, Enrollment: 50

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:, www.newschool, Grades: 3-year-olds through Grade 6, Enrollment: 135

THE SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Founded in 1890, The Summit serves students from 18 months to Grade 12. Full- and half-day Montessori programs for ages 18 months-age 6 begin the academic journey followed by a collegepreparatory 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: pearl_e@,


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,


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 studentteacher 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://, Ages/Grades: 18 months through 8th grade

St. Ursula Villa An extraordinary family atmosphere and Christcentered 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: 513-8710315, Email:, www., Grades: 2 years old through 8th grade, Enrollment: 465


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. After-school programs and summer camp are also available for enrolled students. 4122 Myrtle Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45236, http://www., Phone: (513) 984-2215,

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:,, Grades: 1 through 8, Enrollment: 200





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Taft Jr.: Home Sweet Home Practice learning the parts of the home at the Taft’s historic house. Hear a story about a pair of birds searching for the perfect house, figure out which part of the house each room of the Taft used to be, and make your own paper bag house. Free for Taft members and children; $10 non-members in advance (includes Museum admission) and $12 day of program. For information and registration, email eholland@ or call 513-684-4517.

Groundhog Jamboree Join us for a nature jamboree. Through crafts and activities, we will learn all about groundhogs. For ages 3-5. Cost is $7/child, register by Jan. 30th.

Time: 11:15 am-12:15 pm, Location: Taft Museum of Art,, Phone: 513-2410343

Yoga and Mindfulness Blue Manatee is hosting a yoga and mindfulness class let by Emily Hunt from Busy Being Kids Yoga. Each themed class will include a featured book, yoga poses and more! Best for ages 6-11;





FREE. Time: 4-5 pm, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, events/, Phone: 513-731-2665

Time: 10 am, Location: Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center,, Phone: 513-521-7275

SAT 03 Wake up Groundhog! A wild cast of animal puppets will entertain young and old alike. Be sure to stay after the show to meet one of our animal ambassadors. FREE. Time: 1 pm, Location: Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre,, Phone: 513-521-7275

Family First Saturday: Black History Month Celebration Designed with the whole family in mind! Performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making activities are just the start of the fun for the whole family. This fun-filled day is perfect for the whole family. This month, join us for a celebration of Black History Month. FREE. Time: 12-4 pm, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, http://, Phone: 513-721-2787

Mozart's Neighborhood Let's get to know Mozart and his music, including excerpts from Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and more of Mozart's most famous works. Lollipops concerts are a fun, interactive, and engaging way to introduce kids ages 2-9 to classical music. Programs are selected specifically to delight young audiences, and attendees are encouraged to arrive before the concert to play in our Family Fun Zone. Tickets are just $10 for kids and $15 for adults. Time: 10:30 am, Location: Music Hall, http://, Phone: 513-3813300

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: 11 am-2 pm, Location: Cincinnati Nature Center PlayScape, happenings-4/, Phone: 513-831-1711

SUN 04 Tools of the Sugar House: An Up-Close Experience for Preschoolers 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. Free for members; included with Cincinnati Nature Center admission. Time: 10:45-11:45 am, Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, tools-of-the-sugar-house-an-up-close-experience-forpreschoolers-242018/?instance_id=3477, Phone: 513-831-1711

MON 05


Cincinnati Observatory Tours The Cincinnati Observatory hosts weekday tours to the public. The tours are held at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm Monday-Friday, and include both of the Observatory’s buildings and two main telescopes, including the Mitchel scope, the oldest public telescope still in use in this hemisphere. Weather permitting, there will also be the opportunity for safe solar viewing during the tours. Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Observatory’s programs. Call 513-321-5186 for more information, or you sign up online. *Ongoing

ValenScience Day Calling all young scientists! Join us for some Valentine's themed science experiments. Don't like science? Join us for the candy treats. Grades K-6. Registration required. FREE.

Time: 1, 2 and 3 pm, Location: Cincinnati Observatory, upcoming-events-2/, Phone: 513-321-5186

Black History Month Craft Celebrate Black History Month with a craft. No registration required. FREE. Time: 4-5 pm, Location: Northside Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4449

Masterpieces in the Making: Sam Gilliam Create your own 3-D masterpiece inspired by artist Sam Gilliam! No registration required. Presented by the Kennedy Heights Arts Center.

FREE. Time: 4-5 pm, Location: Corryville Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6034

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

TUES 06 Teen Tuesday: Who is the Black Panther Celebrate the release of the new Marvel movie, Black Panther. We will discuss the comic book Who is the Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin. Ask a librarian for a copy of the book to check out and read in advance. Free pizza! Best for ages 11 to 18. Registration recommended. FREE.

Time: 4-5 pm, Location: Mt. Washington Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6033

THURS 08 – SUN 11 Carmina Burana + Serenade

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Carl Orff’s evocative score comes to life in the Cincinnati premiere of Carmina Burana by world-renowned choreographer Nicolo Fonte, complete with live music and the voices of the May Festival Chorus. Balanchine’s brilliant Serenade is a piece of ravishing beauty, performed to Tchaikovsky’s lush and romantic Serenade for Strings. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Music Hall,, Phone: 513-621-5282

FRI 09 Story Time: Moon Rabbit Bring your little one to create art in our glass story time! This week, we'll read "Moon Rabbit" by Natalie Russell. Afterwards, your young artist will create an original hanging glass "moon" using a range of colorful glass pieces. Cost is $20/child. Ages 3-6. Time: 10:30-11:15 am, Location: Brazee Street Studios, story-time-moon-rabbit, Phone: 513-321-0206

SAT 10 – SUN 11 & FRI 16 – SUN 18 Madagascar: A Musical Adventure

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Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the Taft Theatre stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Time: Check website for show times, Location: Taft Theatre, mainstage/details/madagascar-a-musical-adventure, Phone: 513-569-8080, ext. 13

Time: 3:30-4:30 pm, Location: Clifton Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4447 February 2018 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 37

SAT 10 Linton PB&J Sessions: 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!

TUES 13 Art Club: Make & Take Valentines Fun Valentines craft-making for kids ages 6-12. No registration required. FREE.

Time: 10 and 11:30 am, Location: Wyoming Fine Arts Center,

Time: 3:30-4:30 pm, Location: Reading Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4465

SAT 10 – SUN 11

TUES 13 – WEDS 14

My Furry Valentine *cp pick This year’s event will feature hundreds of adoptable pets (dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small critters) from dozens of different rescue and shelter groups from around the Greater Cincinnati area. Adoptable animals are gathered at a centralized location under one roof to make it easier to find your perfect pet! Time: 12-5 pm on Feb. 10 (early bird entry at 10 am) and 10 am-5 pm on Feb. 11, Location: Sharonville Convention Center,

SUN 11 All Things Chocolate Chocolate is the natural choice for many on Valentine’s Day. Why do we have such a fascination with this luscious food? Come find out and share in some special treats. Cost is $7/person, register by Feb. 6th. Time: 2 pm, Location: Winton Woods/Winton Centre,, Phone: 513-5217275

Second Sunday Family Showtime: Pinocchio The much-loved tales about a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy is packed with magical characters, cartwheels, circus antics and dollops of fun for the whole family. Presented by Playhouse in the Park. Tickets are free for kids and $5 for adults. Time: 2 pm, Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, pinocchio-second-sunday-family-showtime/, Phone: 513-497-2860

Maple at Mitchell Drop in to learn about the maple tree. From possible financial freedom for the colonists to sweetening tea today, this tree has been a very valuable resource for generations! You’ll get to see sap being boiled and taste some real maple syrup. FREE. Time: 2-4 pm, Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest/ Wood Duck Trail,, Phone: 513-521-7275

MON 12 Valentine’s Craft Celebrate Valentine's Day with a craft. No registration required. FREE. Time: 4-5 pm, Location: Northside Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4449



Growing Up Farm Kid: Valentines All the farm animals invite you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with them. For children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. $10/child + one free adult, $5/additional adult; register by Feb. 11th. Time: 9:30-11 am, Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-521-7275

WEDS 14 Teen Chocolate Tasting Calling all chocolate lovers! Experience chocolate like never before in this YUMMY taste testing event! FREE. Time: 3-5 pm, Location: Oakley Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-6038

THURS 15 Wee Wonder About Tracks and Signs Learn all about signs left behind by animals. Children will enjoy an activity, craft and story. Part of this program will be outdoors, so please dress appropriately. For ages 3-5. $7/child; payable at the door. Time: 11 am, Location: Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre,, Phone: 513-5217275

Mad Scientists! The Science of Color and Art Learn about the science of color and art! For grades 3-6. Registration required. FREE. Time: 4-5 pm, Location: Green Township Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6095

FRI 16

Carnival of the Animals *cp pick The Cincinnati Ballet performs at the Fitton Center for the very first time with a new production of Carnival of the Animals! With a sumptuous score, this humorous and enchanting production includes the Royal March of the Lion, Kangaroos, and The Swan, all performed by some of the area’s most talented young dancers. Time: 7:30 pm, Location: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, fitton-family-fridays, Phone: 513-863-8873

Cincinnati Art Museum Baby Tours This 40-minute experience will introduce you and your infant (ages 2 and under) to the world of art with a tour designed to stimulate their developing minds. Held the third Friday of each month at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm, Baby Tours are free, but reservations are required. FREE. *Ongoing Time: Tours at 11 am, 2 and 3 pm, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, events-programs/families-teens/family-programs/, Phone: 513-721-2787

SAT 17 Linton PB&J Sessions: 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! Time: 10 and 11:30 am, Location: Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, pbj-sessions-schedule/

Tools of the Sugar House: An UpClose Experience for Preschoolers 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. Free for members; included with Cincinnati Nature Center admission. Time: 8:45-9:45 am, Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, tools-of-the-sugar-house-an-up-close-experience-forpreschoolers-2172018/?instance_id=3476, Phone: 513-831-1711


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SUN 18 & SUN 25 Winter Star Quest Prepare for an out-of-this world experience in an inflatable planetarium. Marvel at the night sky in winter as we spot some of the brightest stars and constellations. Programs begin on the half hour. $2/person, payable at the door. Time: 1-3 pm, Location: Winton Woods/Winton Centre, https://, Phone: 513-521-7275

SUN 18 3RD SUNDAY FUNDAY: Celebrate Tiffany Celebrate all things stained glass at this Funday! Learn about transparency at the Art Cart, and create your own pasta “stained glass” work of art to take home. At 2 pm, OTRimprov presents ComedySportz Cincinnati, a hilarious performance of family friendly improv games. Meet some creatures that inspired works in the Tiffany show during a visit from Cool Critters at 3 pm. FREE. Time: 1-4 pm, Location: Taft Museum of Art, http://www., Phone: 513-241-0343

Nick Jr. Matinee featuring Paw Patrol Appearance Young Cyclones fans will be able to meet Chase from Paw Patrol on the concourse before and during the game. Time: 3 pm, Location: U. S. Bank Arena, http://cycloneshockey. com/game/2018/02/18/nick-jr-matinee-featuring-paw-patrolappearance

MON 19 Kids’ Day at the Park Kids, bring your grown-up to learn all about the sweet tradition of maple sugaring! We will see a movie, take a hike, taste some yummy maple syrup and more. $7/ person; payable at the door. Time: 11 am and 1 pm, Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn, calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275

TUES 20 Art for Kids: Kehinde Wiley and Power Pose Self Portrait! Celebrate Black History Month with a Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s Masterpieces in the Making project! Kehinde Wiley contemporizes the figures of power by elevating the ordinary man and woman into a hero or person of power. Students will draw a self-portrait in a power pose (like a superhero, favorite athlete, pop-star, or a historical power figure), using a poseable template. Figures are then cut out and mounted on a pattern background similar to wallpaper or gift wrap. FREE. Time: 4-5 pm, Location: Pleasant Ridge Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-4488

WEDS 21 – SUN 25 Maple Sugar This time of year, maple trees produce the sap for nature’s sweetest treat. We will explore the process required to turn this sap into everyone’s favorite pancake topping. Program included with admission: $2/person. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, https://www.greatparks. org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275 February 2018 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 39

WEDS 21 REC Reads at the Cincinnati Art Museum Bring your toddler or preschooler to the Rosenthal Education Center (REC) for a morning of art-themed books, songs and sensory activities. This 30-minute program will get your little one excited about art in a fun and interactive way. FREE. *Ongoing Time: 11:30 am-12 pm, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum,, Phone: 513-721-2787

THURS 22 Linton PB&J Sessions: 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! FREE. Time: 5:30 pm, Location: John P. Parker Elementary School,

FRI 23 Art Studio We provide the supplies, you provide the creativity. Our in-house artists will teach new skills including polymer clay work, watercolor painting and more. No registration required. FREE. Time: 4-5 pm, Location: Main Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-6900

Story Time: Square Cat Bring your little one to SOG Story Time! Listen to "Square Cat" by Elizabeth Schoonmaker, then create your own glass Square Cat sun catcher using safe fused glass components. Cost is $25/child. Ages 3-6. Time: 1:30-2:15 am, Location: Brazee Street Studios, square-cat, Phone: 513-321-0206

SAT 24 Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush Experience the whole process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Bask in the warmth of the evaporator and its maple-scented steam. Drop by the sugar house near Krippendorf Lodge and join in an interactive sap collecting maple hike. Time: 10 am-3 pm, Location: Cincinnati Nature Center,, Phone: 513-831-1711

SAT 24 & SUN 25 Maple Sugar Days *cp pick

It’s maple sugaring time! Bring your family to celebrate the awakening of the trees as they prepare for spring with the very traditional craft of making maple syrup. Enjoy this delicious weekend of tastes, crafts, demonstrations and hikes. Time: 12-4 pm, Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn, https://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

SUN 25 Backyard Maple Sugaring Celebrate the sweetest time of year by learning how to make maple syrup in your own backyard. From identifying a maple tree to producing finished syrup, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to make this sweet treat at home. This program is outdoors, so dress appropriately. FREE. Time: 1 pm, Location: Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre,, Phone: 513-521-7275

TUES 27 Potato Chip Taste Test Learn about George Crum by reading "George Crum and the Saratoga Chip." Then try the Potato Chip Taste Test in honor of George Crum, inventor of the potato chip, before voting on your favorite chip! FREE. Time: 4-5 pm, Location: Hyde Park Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4456

WEDS 28 Stop-Motion Animation for Teens Create your own story and setting using Legos, then use stop-motion animation to bring your story to life! Registration is required. Ages 12 to 18. FREE. Time: 7-8 pm, Location: Sharonville Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6049

Wee Wednesdays at the Art Museum Your preschooler will learn about their local community through sensory play this Wee Wednesday. You and your toddler will wander through the galleries to find interactive art stops, as well as an art making activity. This “open house” program is recommended for preschoolers 5 and under accompanied by an adult. Reservations not required. FREE. Time: 10 am-12 pm, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, families-teens/family-programs/, Phone: 513-721-2787

ongoing events. School of Rock Wed., Feb. 21-Sun., March 4

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If you’re craving an upbeat, inspirational performance with a rockin’ (and rollin’) soundtrack, you’ll love School of Rock – The Musical! Based on the hit film, this new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a bona fide rock band. School of Rock – The Musical features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage! Coming to the Aronoff Center for the Arts this February, this Broadway in Cincinnati show will have you and your kids demanding an encore! Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Aronoff Center, school-of-rock, Phone: 513-621-2787

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical Feb. 21-March 28 Polkadots follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine, Polkadots serves as a colorful history lesson for the world, reminding us that our differences make us awesome - not outcasts. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at 4015 Redbank Road, polkadots-the-cool-kids-musical, Phone: 513-5698080

Everything Thomas at Entertrainment Junction Feb. 1-28 Visit our indoor celebration of Thomas the Train with Thomas-themed train layouts, videos, scavenger hunt, coloring and crafts. Enjoy our indoor kid’s train ride, plus get our Thomas merchandise for 15%-50% off! Time: Open daily, Location: Entertrainment Junction,, Phone: 513-898-8000

Dinosaurs & Fossils Wed., Feb. 7-Sun., Feb. 11 and Wed., Feb. 14-Sun., Feb. 18 Winter is the perfect time to bone up on every kid’s favorite family of historical animals and their fossilized friends. Join us to learn about these extinct wonders. Program included with admission: $2/person. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, https://www., Phone: 513-521-7275



A Garden of Pure Imagination Through 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, 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/

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 Through 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

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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Baked Alaska Day


Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

Groundhog Day



Sweater Day


World Nutella Day



Lost Penny Day

Pluto Day

Send a Card to a Friend Day



19 President’s Day

Get a Different Name Day

Clam Chowder Day

Kite Flying Day



Love Your Pet Day



Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Polar Bear Day

22 Be Humble Day



Umbrella Day

16 Do a Grouch a Favor Day

Valentine’s Day

Sticky Bun Day


9 Read in the Bathtub Day

Hippo Day

Make a Friend Day




Frozen Yogurt Day


17 Random Acts of Kindness Day


Banana Bread Day

Tortilla Chip Day

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