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Commentary & Parenting * Publisher’s Note: Tribute to Tom

tutoring feature


mommy magic: Keeping Up With Changing Times


dear teacher: Your Questions of Teachers—Answered


parenting 101: Bottle Weaning for Beginners


NEWS & SHOPPING * News You Can Use: News, Contests, Celebrations and More



Health & Wellness * women’s HEALTH:

Ready for camp?

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Understanding Endometriosis


Planning and Special Care Important for Healthy Babies


pediatric HEALTH: Field Sports: Brain Injuries and Your Child


special needs awareness: Summer Camp for Kids With Special Needs


Around Town * Profile: Hocus Pocus Purim Party



childcare & education directory


summer camp guide






fun & wacky calendar


cincy on a budget: 10 FREE (or Nearly Free) Things to do in Cincy This Spring 36

the circus is in town!


childcare options

S t a f f:ity A s k t h eeath er activ

Golf, flowers, green grass, blue skies!!!

Gardening & walks with my dogs


What warm w u look or thing do yo most? forward to the

Katie Pfier Driving around with the top down on my car!!

Bike rides with my boys!

Play dates at the park






Pool parties!!!




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Scuba-diving down under!

Just hanging outside with my kids!

Being outside with my little guy... and flip-flops!

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co mm e n ta ry & pa r e n t i n g

Publisher & President of Sales & Business Development Mary Wynne Cox

interim editor Katie Wynne

Art Direction & DESIGN Heather Lipe

director of MARKETING & business development Katie Pfierman

SALES AND Business Development Jennica Zalewski


ACCOUNTANT Roxanne Burns

Events Coordinator & Public Relations Wendy Cox



Publisher’s Note

Tribute to Tom

would like to dedicate this column to my brother, Tom Wynne. He was the publisher and editor of this magazine for over 10 years. He purchased our formerly titled magazine “All About Kids” from Earladeen Badger in the mid 1990’s. He loved Cincinnati and all of the great people he worked with along the way.

His humor, talent, passion and love for life was unsurpassed by anyone I know. He was an incredible songwriter, pianist, prankster, storyteller, and friend. His greatest gift of all was finding the positive in everyone he encountered in life! He also had a wonderful loving marriage to his wife, Jan Wynne (my best friend), for over 30 years.

Our goal at Cincinnati Parent Magazine is to provide resources and information to you so that you can strengthen your family. I must say that one of my parents’ primary goals as we grew up was to instill true love of family. I love to be with my siblings and parents as often as possible. I guess my message to you is to cherish each day and make sure you teach your children the lesson of loving and respecting their family members.

Tom was only 54 years old at his passing on January 21, 2011. We didn’t know that he was ill until four days prior to his passing. We learned that his illness was not curable so he left us quickly as would have been his choice. His last words to me were to quit crying and to smile.

Smile though your heart is aching Smile even though it's breaking When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by If you smile through your fear and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow

My brother Tom was an unbelievably talented and wonderful man. He would light up a room with his presence.

You'll see the sun come shining through for you Light up your face with gladness Hide every trace of sadness Although a tear may be ever so near

One of his favorite songs was “Smile” by Steve Tyrell, which was the song that ended his funeral service. I would like to share it with you as it contains powerful lyrics that can help everyone as we all go through painful and challenging times in our lives.

That's the time you must keep on trying

As a tribute to Tom, I promise to keep this magazine as a great resource to all of our Cincinnati Parent readers. Every issue that I publish will be a remembrance of his love to me!

Smile, what's the use of crying? You'll find that life is still worthwhile If you just smile

—Mary Cox


Cover Photography Barnum & Bailey®

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news you can use

Cincinnatti Parent Facebook Contests! Facebook has become an increasingly popular social networking site for friends, families, and businesses alike. Here at Cincinnati Parent, we are using our Facebook page to keep our readers and loyal fans in touch with what is going on with the magazine. Furthermore, we are using our page to offer exclusive contests and prizes to lucky fans. So how do you become one of our lucky fans? “Like” us on Facebook! For the month of March, we encourage all of our readers to join us on Facebook (this requires making a Facebook account). When you “Like” our page, you will receive fun announcements about our magazine and about Indy on your News Feed Page. Contests will be announced every few days, so be sure to check back often so you don’t miss one!

6 CINCINNATI PARENT * MARCH 2011 Hosts Virtual Science Fair to Inspire Young Scientists To help make sure that every child experiences the thrill of scientific discovery, is hosting an online science fair. All elementary school, middle school, and high school students are invited to participate and compete for $6,000 in scholarship prizes. If your kid is a science wiz, encourage them to enter this unique contest and showcase their talents! Winners will be chosen based on overall quality of the project. When you are having fun and working together as a family in this special learning experience, however, everyone is a winner! Visit for more contest details.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Announces Exciting New Season! Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra audiences have come to expect world-class music and unparalleled concert experiences. For the 2011-12 season, the Orchestra enlisted three giants of the classical music world to help deliver just that. With their considerable expertise and artistic vision, the CSO has put together an incredible season as the search continues for their next music director. The incredible Masterworks Series, the dazzling Ascent Series, and the groundbreaking Boundless Series are just a few of the exciting features of their new season. With 19 compelling guest conductors and 22 guest soloists, the CSO’s 117th season offers its audiences unprecedented variety and an undeniably powerful musical experience To learn more about the CSO, visit

Open Auditions for Arts Innovation Movement: Aim Cincinnati’s Lord of the Jungle!

Kinder Garden School Offers Enriching Camp Experience for Children Kinder Garden School…Where Will They Go Next? This exclusive, 12 week, fully-licensed camp is specifically designed for your potty trained child. Each week they will introduce your child to a different theme. The week is packed with fun activities including: Story time, Field Trips, Puppet Shows, Sensory Play, Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games, and Water Activities. The camp will run from June 6, 2011 through August 26, 2011. Camp Closed on Monday, July 4, 2011.

Arts Innovation Movement: Aim Cincinnati, formerly Ballet Tech Cincinnati, invites dancers, tumblers and gymnasts of all ages and dance genres to audition for its 10th Season Series Leaping for Literacy production, the World Premiere of Lord of the Jungle on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, 2011. Lord of the Jungle will feature community and pre-professional dancers and gymnasts from age 5-60+, a great soundtrack, stunning sets and costumes and original choreography. Join the arts innovation movement and be a part of How many muscles does it take to walk? Cincinnati-area this Family Friendly residents are being asked this question now, as they are show that highlights encouraged to participate in Cincinnati, OH Muscle Walk the Tarzan Stories by 2011 at UC Rec Center on March 26, 2011 to help speed Edgar Rice Burroughs. treatments and cures for muscle diseases. More than 300 people are expected to walk at the fun event benefiting local For more information families served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. about the show or how to audition, On your own, with friends, or as part of a company team, visit www. please put your best foot forward for the first nonprofit organization recognized by the American Medical

Kinder Garden School is always working to introduce new and exciting experiences to the children who attend the school. The children have fun, tactile experiences that help to keep their minds sharp through the summer. The summer camp program was designed to keep the children academically active over the summer when aptitude tends to decline. If you would like more information about programs and curricula, visit www. or call 513-874-3100 to set up a tour.

Muscle Walk 2011 Makes for a Fun Activity for the Whole Family tion with a Lifetime Achievement Award “for significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity.” So how many muscles does it take to walk? One … your heart! Register by visiting, or by calling 513-231-2222. Your victory lap will help the Muscular Dystrophy Association assist local families affected by muscle-damaging diseases.




women’s health

What is Endometriosis?

Understanding the Symptoms, Side Effects and Treatment Options metrial tissue, which can create a hostile environment and damage the cilia that help push the sperm and eggs toward each other. Another concern is swelling of the Fallopian tubes, which can also prevent the eggs and sperm from

“Thirty to 40 percent of women with infertility have underlying endometriosis.” —Dr. Blumenthal, OB-GYN with Group Health Associates

reaching each other. “Thirty to 40 percent of women with infertility have underlying endometriosis,” according to Dr. Blumenthal, an OB-GYN with Group Health Associates. If the egg is fertilized, the resulting zygote may not be able to reach the uterus, causing an ectopic pregnancy. The inflammatory response can also cause scarring on the organs, and cause them to stick together.

Chronic pain is something no woman wants to experience; especially when it is coupled with infertility, as often occurs with endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue from the lining of the uterus – the endometrium – escapes and implants in other parts of the body, typically within the pelvis. Because endometrial tissue responds to the hormonal changes of menstruation,

the rogue tissue can cause dysmenorrhea – pain during, or right before, the period. “Every time it bleeds, it becomes inf lamed and it hurts,” Dr. Flood-Shaffer, an OB-GYN at University Hospital, says. Other main symptoms of endometriosis are pain during sexual intercourse and infertility. Infertility can result from the inflammation caused by the endo-

An endometrioma – cyst filled with endometrial cells – can also form, and might be diagnosed with a CT or ultrasound. Because the ovaries essentially “float” inside the pelvis, the weight of an endometrioma on an ovary can cause torsion, twisting the ovary and cutting off its blood supply. There is also a risk of the endometrioma rupturing, creating a burst of endometrial cells into the pelvic cavity. “Both of those are surgical emergencies,” says Dr. Flood-Shaffer. One theory for the cause of endometriosis is retrograde menstruation – instead of carrying all of the excess tissue out through the cervix and vagina, some of the blood and tissue backs up and out through the Fallopian tubes into the pelvis. Other possible explanations, according to Dr. Flood-Shaffer, include the possiblity that peritoneal cells lining the abdominal and pelvic cavities somehow transform into endometrial tissue, or that endometrial cells somehow get into the main blood stream and travel that way. Drug therapy and surgery are both treatment options.“One of the easiest things to do is put the patient on birth control pills and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen,” Dr. Flood-Shaffer says. Norephedrine, progestin or an intrauterine device like Mirena might be prescribed as well – by controlling the hormones, the drugs help control the pain and can help inhibit the spread of


the endometrial tissue. In extreme cases, GnRH agonists like Lupron temporarily trick the body into early menopause. However, these drugs come with all the potential side effects of menopause, including bone loss. Unfortunately, there is a high rate of pain recurrance if patients stop the drug therapy. “The hardest thing is that this is a recurrent, persistent disease,” Dr. Flood-Shaffer says. If the drugs aren’t effective, or the patient is actively trying to become pregnant, a laproscopy would likely be the next option. It’s minimally invasive and allows doctors to visually diagnose endometriosis and remove the endometrial tissue from the bladder, pelvic wall or anywhere else it shouldn’t be. While medical history, a pelvic exam and an ultrasound can help; a laparoscopy followed by pathology reports provides the most definitive diagnosis. The laparoscopy can also remove scar tissue and separate fused organs. Women who want to become pregant but don’t want the surgery could try the non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, without the hormones. Drug therapies might also be recommended after laproscopy to help reduce the risk of recurrance. In extreme cases, or for women who are older and know they do not want more/ any children, a hysterectomy is the closes thing to a cure. “To really treat endometriosis, you have to sweep the pelvis,” Dr. Flood-Shaffer says. In addition to the hysterectomy, Dr. Blumenthal says the ovaries should also be removed.“The reccurrance rate can be up to 60 percent if the ovaries are left intact,” he says. Even menopause only causes the condition to go dormant – no hormonal cues mean no pain or growth – but doesn’t actually “cure” endometriosis. “When you reach menopause, it’s actually a very nice, natural treatment,” Dr. Flood-Shaffer says. If you are experiencing symptoms of endometriosis, be sure to discuss your complete history with your doctor. The primary symptoms – pain during intercourse, pain just before and during a period and infertility – can each have many other causes. “Crampy periods could just be crampy periods,” Dr. Flood-Shaffer says. “You don’t want to rule out other things.” Allison Tyra is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Journalism. An Indianapolis native, she spends most of her time freelancing for various Midwest-based publications, watching too much Glee/Grey’s Anatomy and giving into her cats’ demands for attention.


Keeping Up With Changing Times Embracing the "Going Green" Trend

I am not an old mom (yet) or a young mom (anymore). I am in the middle aged mom, I guess. I have eleven years of motherhood under my belt thus far. There are a lot of things about motherhood that have stayed the same overtime; loads and loads of laundry...that never changes. There are some things, though, that have changed without me knowing it or even understanding it. One major change for me, the mom in the middle, is the ever changing technology. I thought it was cool when I had the flip phone. Somewhere between my flip phone and Facebook, texting happened. Yes, I DO text and yes, my 5th grader is better at it than I am. Which makes me wonder some days, if in fact, I am smarter than my 5th grader? In technology, I highly doubt it.

An area that has also changed over the past decade is the concept of “Going Green.” When my first daughter started drinking milk, my pediatrician recommended organic milk. At the time, organic was NOT the norm. Finding organic milk was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Now, of course, “Going Green” is much more mainstream and easy for moms to do. This is actually something that I feel that I don’t HAVE to do, but something I WANT to do. Since I am the generation that grew up on happy meals, I know it can be a hard mind set to change. I also know that it is something that our childrens' generation innately comprehend. I am not sure if it is marketing, taught in schools or both, but somehow they know that recycling is important and fresh is better. So with that, March is a great time to make a plan with your family on how you want to embrace “Going Green” this


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More Tips for Going Green:

Spring. The great thing with this concept is that you can usually implement your “Going Green Plan” quickly. Ask your kids what their definition of recycling is. Write down what they say and apply it to their age group. If you have little ones, recycling could be giving their used toys or clothes to their younger sibling. If your kiddos are older, their definition could apply to sorting plastics, newspapers and aluminum to a recycling bin.


Regardless of your children’s age, a great way to embrace “Going Green” is to plant a family garden. It doesn’t have to be big or overwhelming task. Instead, pick a few things you all enjoy eating as a family and try growing them. Plus, planning and planting a garden is a fun activity to do as a family. If starting a garden doesn’t float your boat, perhaps buying local and going to farmer’s markets is more your speed. Still a great way to eat fresh! In the winter, I am a big fan of Whole Foods Market. Like my texting skills, I am not perfect in the area of Going Green, but by trying a few of the above tips, I know my children are embracing the concept of a healthier lifestyle. We do, in fact, physically “do” these things as a family together - recycle, reuse, garden, cook. Little did I know that “Going Green” would be a great way for our family to spend quality time together. I am sure there is an app for that, right?

2. Buy Recycled Products.

When you Clean Use Green! Many household cleaning products contain various chemicals and toxins detrimental to the environment and to your health.

Buying new products made

from recycled materials allows you to “close the loop,” creating a market for the items recycled curbside or in other recycling programs.

3. Ditch Plastic Drinking Bottle. 80% of the 25 billion single-

serving plastic water bottles Americans use each year end up in landfills. Recycle your

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bottles, or better yet, choose to reuse with a refillable water bottle made of a refill-safe material


Tutoring Launches Learners to the Next Level

Researching the right tutor and experiencing success with your child will yield years of academic success.


s children grow, parents notice strengths and deficiencies in their academic prowess. They

requires tutoring for students who need to maintain the utmost credentials for their future plans. However, tutoring also meets the needs of students struggling with a certain subject or needing assistance with core studying skills or preparation for standardized tests.

will have their own learning style and respond to different types of teaching.

By the numbers

Often, whether a child is gifted or

The scenarios vary, but parents start with the realization that their child is not meeting his or her potential. Not getting average scores or scores that will allow entry to the desired college are red f lags warning parents and students tutoring help is needed.

needs remedial encouragement, tutors can push students to excellence— achieving to the best of their ability. In years past, tutoring has been seen in a negative light, giving the perception that remedial students are the only ones who need tuition. Today, cut-throat competition in all adolescent arenas

Marian Powers, founder and director of Powers Education Services and Powers Assessment Center shared a success story. John’s grades in Algebra had fallen from a C to a D. His teacher reported that John now had missing assignments and had always been a B student until this year. Powers’

testing revealed that John’s IQ was in the superior range, but his short-term memory for numbers was below average. He was becoming frustrated when test results didn’t match his efforts. With tutoring help from Powers, together they developed strategies to process the numbers in his Algebra problems in a more effective way and his grades improved to the A/B range. The good news, he only needed f ive hours of tutoring. Schools do their best working with students, breaking them into leveled learning groups and providing out-of-the-classroom opportunities, but it’s often not enough. Parents can learn how to help their child by obtaining the teacher’s guidance, reading books or working alongside tutors to better understand the assessment process and tools needed to learn effectively. Ramona Toussaint, director of Community Outreach and training at Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, said all kids learn differently at different rates but there are basic things that should


weak performance by a student is in no way a reflection of how the rest of their life will go,” Kostic said.

Finding the right tutor There are different types of tutors, each having their own purpose in the season of academia of their students. Procuring a reputable tutor can be done via word-of-mouth recommendations from other parents, through references from your child’s school or by searching the Cincinnati area for reputable tutors and educators for hire. The outcome described with John’s experience is ideal and in order to achieve this, parents need to f ind the right f it for their student to succeed. Home tutors come at a high price, but may match your child’s learning style and attention span. Learning centers like franchised Sylvan Learning Center or Kumon Math and Reading Centers offer one-on-one tutoring as well as small group tutoring for specif ic subject or study skills. Assessment centers, like Powers and Langsford, provide in-depth learning assessment and reveal def iciencies in neurological learning development and create customized strategies for success in lieu of worksheet after worksheet of memorization. No matter the best f it for your child, a tutor needs to have experience, expertise and success. The tutor needs to be able to create a positive experience and apply the proper teaching technique which best f its the student’s needs. There are those that want to earn extra cash and those that are professionals and want to make a signif icant, positive impact in someone else’s life.

be in place that don’t have anything to do with IQ. Neurological development needs to be investigated.

Lisa Corbett who is with iCue Learning in Loveland and works exclusively one-on-one with students.

Lisa Mader, president with the Learning Enrichment and Assistance Program, has had great success with test preparation for students. “Did you know in our area the typical high school guidance counselor to student ratio is 1:450 leaving many families seeking additional private help.”

Jeff Graham, executive director of Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers says the goal of any tutor is to close the gap and recognize when there is an undiagnosed foundational issue. At Langsford, students receive indepth diagnostic testing revealing learning deficiencies that affect their ability to learn and then move forward with building strong educational foundations that create a passion for learning. One method that accomplishes this is the use of the “questions for discovery” method. Students discover the answer by being asked questions to guide their thinking. Therefore, answers are never wrong. This builds self-esteem and self-confidence.

Improvements in spirit and disposition With tutoring help, not only will parents see improvements in grades and test scores, but they will discover an enthusiastic learner in their child. “Most parents see an immediate improvement in attitude and confidence. Making the changes that are needed often involves breaking bad habits. This takes steady, consistent reminders to transfer important study skills,” says


Mathnasium director Chip Kostic shares his favorite quote by Niels Bohr, “An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.” So, for him, even the best and brightest have their times when they do not understand something. “Denial of a problem is not a solution and a

“Tutors need to be personable; if the student does not feel that they can effectively communicate and click with the tutor, then you are potentially just creating another reason for them to not like the subject at hand,” Kostic said. Caitlin McHugh with Kumon stresses parents should consider their goals for their child and how the resources available will help to reach those goals. Whether working with a reputable tutoring service or with a college student with the ability to help your child with a specif ic skill set, parents have to understand everything about their child’s abilities and needs f irst and foremost. Choosing your child’s tutor needs to be taken seriously. Recognizing there is an opportunity for growth when def iciencies arise is important to correct the issue sooner rather than later. Researching the right tutor and experiencing success with your child will yield years of academic success. Nikki Keever is a freelance writer living in Indiana with her husband, three children and two dogs.




dear teacher What to Do about Two Hours of Kindergarten Homework My 5-year-old daughter has a lot of homework in kindergarten – as much as two hours occasionally. The work is on stuff that I am still trying to teach her how to do, so she isn’t frustrated with learning. We have noticed a decline in her work attitude when it comes to school during the past couple of months. I truly believe it is because the children are forced to do and learn so much that the pressure gets to them when they don’t understand it the first time. How can I improve her attitude toward learning? -Attitude Problem No wonder your daughter is not enthused about doing her schoolwork. Two hours is way too much time to devote to schoolwork. You simply can’t spend this much time in one session trying to get your child to do or understand her homework. At the kindergarten level, 15 minutes is the appropriate amount of time for homework, if any is assigned.

At the kindergarten level, 15 minutes is the appropriate amount of time for homework, if any is assigned.


You have waited a long time to deal with this situation. Set up a meeting with your daughter’s teacher right away so that you can find out how you and the teacher can help your child master the kindergarten work. Be sure to discuss in great detail your daughter’s skill level with the teacher. The child may simply not be ready to handle the work that she is being asked to

do. This could be a result of the trend of pushing first grade content into kindergarten. In the meantime, put some joy back into learning for your child. When doing work with her, focus on areas where she will have some success to rebuild her confidence in her ability to learn. And try to use games, songs and computer activities much of the time when working with her. Because her kindergarten sounds very academic, you may need to spend time reviewing the work she has done this year during the summer to prepare her for next year.

The Benefits of Belonging to the PTA I wanted to tell you about my experiences in being involved with the PTA. Being a member of a PTA makes one a part of the oldest and largest organization that advocates for all children. The organization dates back to 1897! As the mother of three grown daughters, I have spent many years involved with the PTA, as my mother did before me. I now watch my oldest daughter’s involvement at my grandsons’ schools. It is a legacy to pass on. My own involvement included several years as an officer throughout my daughter’s middle- and high-school years. Often, this is the time we see parent/guardian participation drop off dramatically.

COMMENTARY & PARENTING All parent/staff organizations set out to support the staff, students and programs of the school. They fundraise, they educate and they offer support in a variety of ways. As a member of a PTA, one not only supports your own child’s school but also reaches out state-wide and nationally for all children. - PTA Supporter Another great benefit to being an active member of the PTA is getting to know the parents of many children in your child’s school. It also acquaints you with school administrators. Plus, you get a bird’s-eye view of what is happening at the school. And there is no question that the collective voice of the members of this organization has more influence than that of one parent.

Is Spelling Correctly Still Important? Last year, my niece was a fifth-grader. When I was trying to help with a school paper, she told me she didn’t have to correct her spelling on school papers. She only had to spell correctly on her spelling tests. I was convinced that she was mistaken and made her correct all her spelling mistakes. The next day, my brother spoke with the teacher. To our astonishment, my niece was correct. The school assumes that in the upper grade levels all papers will be written on computers,


dear teacher

and spell-check will take care of the spelling. What do you think? - For Correct Spelling Fifth grade is a bit soon to throw in the towel and no longer stress the correct spelling of words. Each time a child misspells a word and it is left uncorrected, the misspelling is reinforced. We don’t think the teacher should correct the misspelling, but circle it so the student can correct it. There are several flaws to relying entirely on computer spell-checkers to catch spelling errors. First of all, you cannot rely on spell-checkers to catch all errors because they do not always catch homophone errors (war, wore). Admittedly, they are getting more context-sensitive. And relying on spell-check and grammar-check as well can lead students to abandon the important final checking of their work. Furthermore, misspelling words can affect how teachers view students’ work. Some students may spell so poorly that it is impossible to know what they have written. Furthermore, at the present time, plenty of handwriting is still done on classroom work and tests at most schools. Finally, the experts weigh in on both sides to this question. Some think relying on computers leads to skill losses in writing. Others believe skills lost by spell-checkers are being replaced by other skills, such as better research skills. Parents should send questions and comments to or ask them on the columnists’ Web site at

FIfth grade is a bit soon to throw in the towel and no longer stress the correct spelling of words.


Child Care/Preschool

Childcare & Education Directory

Chai Tots Early Childhood Center 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040 (513)234-0600 Grades: 6 weeks - 6 years Enrollment: 40 Academic excellence via unique blend of Montessori method and traditional Jewish education. Chai Tots teaches children the culture and traditions of Judaism, while developing their creativity skills and promoting independence. Flexible schedule. Before and Aftercare.

The Compass School 9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249 Contact: Laura Carr Phone: 513-683-8833 Email: Ages 6 weeks-6 years plus after school & summer camp up to age 12. Offering outstanding Reggio-Inspired 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. Call today for your personal tour.


the gardner school of blue ash

interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Kinder Garden School is devoted to 9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cul513-985-9444 tivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency in a full supportive, fertile, fun setting. ENLIGHTAges 6 weeks - Pre-K ENMENT IS OUR MISSION. This award-winning, academically focused preschool has recently opened in the Blue Ash Community. You want the best for your child, and so do we. With our Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian nationally-recognized curriculum taught by our de- Nursery School greed teaching faculty, we are committed to providing 5950 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45213 a nurturing environment for learning readiness where (513)631-0170 your child can prepare for academic achievement and lifelong success. Grades: 2 1/2 - 5 years, Parent/ Child classes birth to 32 months Enrollment: 65 Kinder Garden School Blue Ash - 10969 Reed Hartman Professionally qualified teachers provide active, exHighway, Blue Ash, OH 45242 pressive, child-centered learning experiences at this Contact: Tami Lanham 3-star award-winning program. Choose 2, 3, 4, or Phone: 513-791-4300 5 day AM or PM sessions. Excellent ratios, degreed Email: teachers and spacious, sunny, classrooms await your West Chester - 5900 West Chester Road, preschooler. Parent and child classes also available for Ste. C, West Chester, OHIO 45069. babies and toddlers. Contact: Trudi Simpson Phone: 513-874-3100 Skidaddles Email: 5939 Deerfield Blvd., Suite 104, Mason, OH 45040 Grades: 6 weeks through kindergarten Contact: Tiffany Sams, President Enrollment: Please call or email. Phone: 513-204-3482 Email: Together with interaction of child, staff and ily, we develop the complete child. In our Kinder Grades: 18 months - 12 years Garden, we provide formative encouragement and Enrollment: New registrations are always knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal

welcome. Register once and use both locations - Mason, OH and Florence, KY! Skidaddles offers convenient and reliable care that is available without reservation. Drop-in days, evenings, and weekends whenever you need childcare. Whether you need care for a few hours or all day, part-time, or full-time with flexibility, we can accomodate all your childcare needs! Feel confident knowing your children are having fun and learning while being cared for by well qualified staff in a safe and clean environment.

Montessori Central Montessori Academy 1904 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231 Laura Saylor 513-742-5800 Infancy through Sixth Grade Enrollment: 110 At C.M.A., children (infants through sixth-graders) learn at their pace, building self-esteem while being taught as individuals. Our program is academically rigorous while stressing life skills (i.e. critical-thinking & courteous behavior). The result: motivated & selfdisciplined lifelong-learners who are students of life just as much as they are of academics.

The Child’s Place 4936 Old Irwin Simpson Rd, Mason, OH 45040

(513)398-6928 Grades: 6 weeks through 4 years Enrollment: 150 Montessori Early Childhood Program! Exceptionally low ratios in a nurturing environment! Our 2-acre campus provides bike and cart paths. Separate play areas for toddlers and preschoolers. Spanish and Music classes offered! Full-time and Part-time available. AMS Affiliate

Country Hills Montessori 4400 Glen Este Withamsville, Cincinnati, OH 45236 Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner Phone: 513-752-1066 Email: Grades: 3 - K Providing half day programs for 3 to K. Small, individualized classes with low student-teacher ratios, under the guidance of Montessori certified teachers, in an inter-generational enviornment. Multiple Locations in Eastgate, Oakley, Harrison and West Chester, Ohio and in Ft. Thomas and Erlanger, KY. Visit for all location addresses & phones. Grades: 3 year-olds through 6th Grade Enrollment: 150 Founded on Montessori principles in 1970, our wooded playgrounds, home-cooked meals and family-like setting in North Avondale’s Mitchell Mansion provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for learning. We value diversity and create a caring and supportive community. Our graduates excel academically, but more importantly are empowered as citizens of our global community. (Accredited by AMS and ISACS). Upcoming Open House Dates: Sunday, January 30 (2-4PM)

Renaissance Montessori School

9994 Zig Zag Road, Montgomery, OH 45242 Contact: Linda Klages Phone: 513-234-5821 Email: Category: Montessori Grades: 18 months to age 6 Enrollment: 45 At Renaissance Montessori, we take pride in educating young children the Montessori way and welcome the opportunity to educate your child and foster your child’s development. Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and creative learning environment for each child. Montessori Academy of Cincinnati We strive to ensure each child is thriving in the natural, 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040 nonjudgmental environment we provide by presenting (513)398-7773 a happy, organized, and clean atmosphere in which the children can play, learn, observe, and interact. You can Grades: 3 years – 8th grade learn more about us by visiting us on Thursday mornings Enrollment: 300 or arrange for a tour at 234-5821. Now in our 23rd year offering Montessori curriculum with an individualized nurturing approach. Experienced, degreed teachers foster a love of learning, promote independence and develop the necessary skills for success. New 7.5-acre campus! State Chartered. AMS Affiliated. Extended Care available on-site. Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243 Phone: (513)979-0220 The New School Montessori 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229 Grades: Early Childhood (18 months); 12th grade (513)281-7999


Enrollment: 800 CCDS is an independent, co-educational school dedicated to educational excellence serving students 18 months through Grade 12. The School is nationally recognized for its innovative, integrated laptop computer program. Extended day and tuition assistance is available.

Enrollment: 105 Founded in 1983, Zion Temple Christian Academy is a private, nonprofit Christian School that offers highly competitive academic standards. We use the A Beka Curriculum. Our goal is to develop the total person, based on Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go…”

St. Ursula Villa

Special Needs

3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati, OH 45226 (513)871-7218 Preschool – 8th grade Enrollment: 496 Academic excellence in the Ursuline tradition for boys and girls in preschool through 8th grade. Whole-child development, family atmosphere, dedicated faculty, Montessori or Traditional preschool options, small class size, individual attention, outstanding high school preparation.

Summit Country Day School

Springer School and Center 2121 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208 Phone: (513)871-6080 Grades: 1st - 8th grade Enrollment: 200 For 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to become strategic learners, helping them to achieve success. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6-13 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Springer Experience. Success Changes Everything.

2161 Grandin Road (513)871-4700 Grades: Age 2 - Grade 12 Enrollment: 1100 Founded in 1890, the area’s only independent, Catholic, co-ed, college-prep school servin students age Ohio Virtual Academy 2 - Grade 12 is recognized as a leader in formalized CharBest performing eSchool in Ohio acter Education, Credo. A diverse community of students (866)339-9072 benefit from a rich, classical and challenging curriculum Grades: Kindergarten – 10th grade within three contiguous divisions. Extensive athletic and Enrollment: 3,300 visual arts programs campus-wide. Ohio Virtual Academy helps your K-10 children obtain an excellent public school education, tuition free! Under Zion Temple Christian Academy the guidance of licensed teachers, parents help their chil3771 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45229 dren learn at home using K12’s comprehensive curricuContact: Rodney Napier, Assistant Principal lum and educational materials. Phone: 513-861-5551 Fax: 513-861-1563 Email: YOUR LISTING HERE! Contact Katie at Grades: 3 year-olds through 6th Grade



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pediatric health

Field Sports

Brain Injuries and Your Child ciousness, it’s not serious. While head injuries can cause these symptoms, they are relatively rare. “You feel a little bit fuzzy or more tired than usual,” Dr. Shutter says. “Headaches are one of the most common physical symptoms.” Difficulty remembering things from just before or since the trauma are “their health is more important than common, as are balanything else...” —Dr. Shaffer, Director ance problems, fatigue, sensitivity to light and of Sports Medicine at University Hospital sound, mood swings and irritability, says Dr. Michael Shaffer, Director of the Sports Medicine program at University Hospital. Sleeping longer or less are also possible side effects. “It’s hard to identify, using those symptoms,” he says, particularly in teens. “There are a lot of really subtle symptoms.” The majority of symptoms fade with time and rest, Dr. Shutter says. “Danger signs” include symptoms worsening, slurred speech, weakness on either side of the body and continued nausea or vomiting. Seizures, loss of conciousness and different sized pupils are also causes for concern. In infants, unusual irritability, refusing to eat, fidgeting and appetite changes may all be indicators of head trauma.

When it comes to children and sports,

Whether your kids are involved in dance, f ield sports or martial arts, staying active is an important part of staying healthy. However, in children’s sports, as in any physical activity, there is always risk of injury. When it comes to sports-related injuries, parents often need help understanding how to care for their childen, especially in cases of head trauma.

One study in particular showed that when parents were told their child had a concussion, they were less likely to closely comply with doctor’s instructions, compared to parents who were told their child had a mild traumatic brain injury. “The feedback from parents is they thought traumatic brain injury was a much more serious condition,” Dr. Shutter says. “A concussion and a traumatic brain injury are the same thing.”

As Medical Director of the Neuroscience ICU at University Hospital, Dr. Lori Shutter specializes in critical care of head injuries.“‘Concussion’ is the common layman’s term for a mild traumatic brain injury,” Dr. Shutter says. One major problem is that parents don’t take such injuries seriously.

Usually caused by falling or being hit, a concussion or traumatic brain injury is a “bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change how your brain normally works,” Dr. Shutter says. Parents also need to be aware of the symptoms of a concussion – many people believe that if the child doesn’t vomit, seize or lose con-


Another reason children might not get the help they need in cases of head injury is that many athletes are taught to be “tough” and might down-play their symptoms. “It doesn’t make them less of an athlete or less strong to admit an injury,” Dr. Shutter says. Playing when an athlete is not at the top of their game can hurt the team’s performance, and cause further injury to himself or other people on the field. “You’ve got to know your athlete,” Dr. Shaffer says, adding that the trust players put in a team physician is also vital. This is why it’s important for parents and coaches to make sure that any head injury is checked out on the sidelines by medical personnel – someone trained to recognize any and all cognitive and motor signs of a trau-

matic brain injury. “If a player has any symptoms, they should not be allowed to play,” Dr. Shutter says. If a medical professional determines there are no cognitive or motor symptoms whatsoever, the athlete may be allowed to return to play, but should be rechecked every few minutes. If the player continues the game with symptoms, they run a very high risk of a second – possibly fatal – concussion. Perhaps most important is teaching athletes not to use their helmets as weapons in sports like football and hockey – just because they’re more protected doesn’t mean they can’t be harmed. When used incorrectly, helmets can actually make things worse. Often, kids wearing helmets think they’re safe, so they hit harder, which can result in more frequent and more severe injuries. Of course, helmets when used properly can help prevent head injuries and parents should encourage their use. When doing individual activities, parents should set an example in safety – just as adults should always wear seat belts in a car, they should wear a helmet when skateboarding, roller skating and biking. Another way to help ensure children wear helmets is to make them as “cool” as possible – letting them pick out the helmet, decorating with decals and so on. When it comes to children and sports, “their health is more important than anything else,” Dr. Shaffer says. “When you go into a sport, you don’t think about all the things that could happen until they happen in front of you.” Allison Tyra is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Journalism. An Indianapolis native, she spends most of her time freelancing for various Midwest-based publications, watching too much Glee/Grey’s Anatomy and giving into her cats’ demands for attention.

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Tips for Preparing for the Perfect Resident Camp Experience Camp, especially summer camp, has become an American tradition. Generations of families have gone to camp – making new friends and lifelong memories. For parents of first-time campers, determining if their child is ready for camp and preparing for camp is an exciting and new adventure. Many families wonder how to determine if a resident camp experience is right for their camper. Resident camps, or sleep away camps, offer a variety of programs for children starting at age seven. Options include coed, single sex, and specialty camps that focus on a particular program. Resident camps offer varying overnight accommodations such as cabins, tents, and tepees. Camp sessions vary in length. Children may stay at camp for a few days, a few weeks, or the entire summer. Resident camp allows children to develop life skills – such as independence, teamwork and empathy – while taking healthy risks in a safe and nurturing environment. Camp also helps stem summer learning loss and provides an experiential education like no other. When deciding whether or not a resident camp experience is right, families should take the following into consideration:


What is the child’s age? Children under age 7 may not adjust easily to being away from home. Consider the day camp experience to prepare them for future overnight camps.

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How did the child become interested in camp? How much persuasion is necessary from families? Has the child had positive overnight experiences away from home visiting relatives or friends? Were these separations easy or difficult?


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What are the child’s camp expectations? Learning about the camp experience ahead of time creates positive, realistic expectations. Are families able to share consistent and positive messages about camp? Their confidence in a positive experience will be contagious.

It’s important to consider all aspects of the camp experience – how to mentally prepare campers prior to camp, what to pack, and how to help ease homesickness. To help prepare a f irst-time camper, families should remember that camp decisions, like what to pack, should be made together. When children feel that they are part of the decision-making process, they are more comfortable. It’s important to let the child talk about the upcoming camp experience. Families can remind the child of other times they have been away from home successfully — sleepovers with friends or family, etc. And, most of all, it’s important for children and parents to maintain realistic expectations. Parents should encourage realistic views of what camp will be like, discussing both the high points and the low points children may experience. When packing for camp, families need to avoid either packing too much, or not enough. Parents should check with their individual camp for specif ic camp packing lists; however here are a few guidelines to keep in mind when packing for camp:



Pack items to protect a camper from the sun. Remember to pack items such as scarves, bandannas, baseball caps, or a sunhat, as well as needed eyeglasses, sunglasses, and swimming goggles.


Clothing is a necessary component of camp, just don’t expect any to return home clean! Don’t forget to pack T-shirts, a swim suit, and shorts for hot days; a jacket, sweatshirt, jeans for cool or cold days; and a raincoat or poncho for rainy days. Also, long pants will protect a camper from poison ivy, bugs, and thorns during hikes. Check with the camp to see if dress clothes are required.


Appropriate footwear is one of the most important items to pack for children at camp, especially when they are hiking, spelunking, running, and heading to the beach. Check with the camp to find out what footwear is required. Remember that shoes should be broken in prior to the start of camp.



Don’t forget to pack the basics – especially if children are attending resident camp. Items such as towels, a blanket, pillow, pillow cases, sheets, sleeping bag, laundry bag, and mattress pad may be required. Bathroom kits are essential. Families should pack a brush and comb, shampoo, soap and soap container, toothbrush and holder, toothpaste, deodorant, insect repellent, feminine products, sun block, shaving gear, and lip balm with sun block in it.


Families should also pack additional items including books and magazines, flashlights and batteries, Frisbees or other toys, a water bottle, and writing materials. When considering


Resident camp allows children to develop life skills – such as independence, teamwork and empathy – while taking healthy risks in a safe and nurturing environment.

electronics, musical instruments, and other special gear, check with the camp about policies.

Once children are packed and ready for camp, families may be worried about homesickness. Research indicates that mild homesickness is normal, and only a small percentage of cases are severe. Families can help children overcome homesickness by exercising a little preparation and patience. Some tips include:

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Practicing separations, such as sleepovers at a friend’s house, prior to camp. Making children part of the decision process – including what to pack. The more that children are involved, the more comfortable they will feel being at camp.

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Discuss phone calls home ahead of time. If your child’s camp has a no-phone-calls policy, honor it. Send a care package or letter to arrive on the first day. Acknowledge, in a positive way, that you will miss your child. For example, you can say “I am going to miss you, but I know that you will have a good time at camp.”

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Pack a personal item from home, such as a stuffed animal. Don’t feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. For many children, camp is a first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth and development.

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For additional information and tips, families can visit, the American Camp Association’s (ACA’s) family resource site. ACA’s Find A Camp search allows families to look for a camp based on region, activity, cultural focus, budget, session length, and much more! In addition, families can follow ACA on Facebook and Twitter for helpful hints and camp information.


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special needs awareness

Summer C *A *M *P Savvy for Families with Kids with Special Needs How to Find the Right Camp for your Kid

March it may be but summer is right around corner. Yippee! Summertime means sunshine, sunblock and summer camp. While the sun and Coppertone generally work themselves out, summer camp needs a bit of planning, especially for kids with special needs. Many camps are enrolling campers right now so don’t delay in securing a great summertime camp experience for your child. But where to start?

Choosing a summer camp Brigitta Adkins, executive director for the American Camp Association Indiana, offers some worthwhile advice for parents looking to enroll their children with special needs in a summer camp.


First, she says, don’t assume that because a child has a special need that he or she must attend a specialty camp that is solely for kids with special needs. For instance, a child who has asthma doesn’t have to be limited to asthma-specific camps.


“Don’t assume that because a camp doesn’t list a particular special need that your child can’t attend. Many camps can in fact incorporate special needs into their program. Many camps follow the concept of inclusiveness, allowing those with special needs to not feel so different and helping those without special needs to be aware and accepting of those with needs,” Adkins says. Adkins also advises parents to make a list of their child’s needs before contacting the camp. This will help the parents and camp director work together as a team to create options that will best suit the child. Of course some camps may not be able to accommodate every special need, but it is worth checking into it she says. To choose the ideal camp for a particular kid, About Special Kids parent liaison Suzanne Aaron says parents should take their child’s strengths and challenges into account. She also says camps specific to a special need will give good details about what

kids the camp is intended to serve and often have a thorough application process that will further help families

Don’t assume that because a camp doesn’t list a particular special need that your child can’t attend.

determine if the camp is a good fit. Aaron says another good way to assure a child will be attending a safe camp is to see if they are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA).

Carrie Bishop is a freelance writer and mother of two young sons whose daily antics inspire her work and her life. Contact her at


C *A *M *P G *U *I *D *E Day Camps Camp-A-Palooza at Kids First Sports Center

Anderson Dance Academy Camps

8263 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45255 Contact: Jennifer Rothwell Phone: 513-474-7837 Fax: 513-985-3561 Email: info@ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Financial Aid Offered: No Dates: June 21-23, July 26-28, August 2-3. Additional dates may be added. Ages/Grades: Camps available for ages 3-18 Cost: Camps start at $65.00 Activities Included: All Camps include dance instruction, activity/ craft, snack and education.


Anderson Dance Academy believes in providing quality dance education in a positive environment. The success of each student is ensured within a fun, focused, and non-competitive environment. We strive to build self esteem and self confidence in our students . Dance training builds confidence, grace and coordination and should always be an enjoyable experience!


7900 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 Contact: Sheri Stulz Phone: 513-489-7575 Fax: 513-489-9761 Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Special Needs Camps Offered: No Financial Aid Offered: Yes Hours: 9-4 pm; 7:30-9am Before care, 4-6pm After Care Dates: June 6- August 20 Ages/Grades: K-7th grade Cost: $233 a week or $54 a day with a two day minimum Activities Included: Gymnastics, basketball, karate, swimming, putt putt, rock climbing, arts & crafts, assemblies, Young Rembrants, Mad capp puppets and much more! Camp-a-palooza has a different theme each week and pack full of FUN activities. Many of our campers are here all summer, so we mix it up every week to keep it FUN! Please visit our website for full descriptions of each week.

Campbell County YMCA 1437 S. Ft. Thomas Ave, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075 Phone: 859-781-1814

Basic Category: Special Needs Name of adaptive program: Youth with Special Needs Fitness Program Dates: Summer program: 9-4 pre camp 7-9 and post 4-6 Theme: Jungle June 14-18, Science June 28-July 2, Aquatic Life July 12-16, Olympic July 26-30. Leaps and Bounds is also a year round program. Ages: 5-18 years old Cost: $75 per week What it is: Leaps and Bounds- physical activities such as swimming, gym, soccer, basketball for children of all special needs.

Camps & Summer Programs Brazee Street School of Glass 4426 Brazee Street, Cincinnati, OH 45209 Contact: Emily Repp Phone: (513) 321-0206 Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Hours: 9:30-11:30am OR 1:00-3:00pm Dates: Week-long camps June 6-July 29; one-day activities weekdays August 1-19. Ages/Grades: Varies. Visit our website for details! Cost: $195/week in June & July, $20-$40/day in August. Activities Included: Campers will create glass objects of their own

design! Projects include casting glass fossils, assembling glass mobiles, glass beadmaking, creating comic books, and much more! Visit our website for details. Come make glass art with us! Each week we will explore a theme while learning new techniques in kiln-formed glass. It is our mission to facilitate self-expression through fun, safe, and age appropriate activities that will inspire your child to create! Snacks and juice will be provided daily.

Camp Invention Metropolitan Cincinnati Area Contact: Michele Millikan Phone: 800-968-4332 Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Hours: 9am to 3:30pm Dates: See web site for details. Ages/Grades: Entering Grades 1-6 Cost: $185 to $215 Activities Included: Five exciting hands-on classes daily: take apart appliances, make new inventions, experiment with chemistry and polymers, decipher secret codes, and discover nature’s inventors. Unleash the creative genius in your child! Camp Invention is a weeklong adventure in creativity. Led by local teachers the program nurtures children’s innate sense of curios-

ity. Children will learn how to think like inventors, problem-solve, collaborate and create—all while having tons of FUN!

CCM Preparatory Summer Happenings

290 CCM Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45221 Contact: Elizabeth Boland, Asst Director Phone: 513-556-2595 Fax: 513-556-9469 Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Financial Aid Offered: No Hours: 9am-8pm Dates: June 21 thru August 20 Ages/Grades: Music & Theatre Arts ages 5 & up; Ballet ages 4 & up Cost: Varies Requirements of Campers: Varies Activities Included: Music camps, lessons, theatre arts camps, including performance camps, music ensembles and ballet classes. Programs designed to provide the finest arts education led by CCM Prep faculty and guest artists including CCM faculty, local artists and educators. Combine our camp with RecKids for all-day experience!

Children’s Dance, Music and Art Workshop & Summer Intensive Performance Workshop 3833 Eastern Avenue, Spencer Township Hall, Cincinnati, OH 45226 Contact: Nancy Fountain, Director Phone: (513)520-2334 Email: Gender of Campers: Day: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts Hours: Children’s Workshops - 9:3012:30, Monday - Friday; Summer Intensive - 9:30-4:30, Monday - Friday Dates: Children’s Workshops - June13July 1; Summer Intensive - July 5-29 Ages/Grades: Children’s Workshop - Ages 4-8 Summer Intensive - Ages 9-25 Cost: Please see website for specific program rates. Children’s Workshops - Dance, music and art creatively built around a weekly theme with Friday performances. Summer Intensive - outstanding technical and artisitic training with individual attention. Bi-weekly performances.

Childtime Learning Centers

having fun and staying active. These interventions help insure that the children continue to make strides during the summer and do not lose skills learned. The children have a wonderful camp experience and receive the support they need in order to have a fun and successful summer.

Cincinnati Country Day School

Community Montessori School

6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243 Phone: (513)979-0365 Gender of Campers Co-ed, Multiple Day Options Available Dates: June 13 - August 5 Ages/Grades: 18 months – Adult Academic, arts, athletic, and adult programs are offered weekly. Day camps are offered weekly and monthly for students 18 months through entering grade 6 with either a traditional or Montessori focus. Prices vary per program and camp session selected.

Clippard Family YMCA 8920 Cheviot Rd, Cincinnnati, OH 45251 Phone: 513-923-4466 Basic Category: Special Needs Name of adaptive program: YMCA Autism Inclusion Summer Camp Dates: May-July Ages/Serves: For children with autism, ages 3-8 Cost: $145 per week What it is: The Clippard YMCA Autism Inclusion Summer Camp provides a meaningful summer camp experience for children on the autism spectrum, ages 3 through first grade. Your child will receive a program structured in ABA, 1:1 instruction, water therapy and sensory therapy. The Autism Inclusion Camp seamlessly integrates therapeutic interventions into the camp day so as to foster the campers’ language skills, fine and gross motor skills and their ability to interact effectively with their peers, while

9035 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester, OH 45069 Contact: Jamie Minniear, Director Phone: 513-777-0808 Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Hours: 9:00am-11:00am Dates: The weeks of: June 13, June 20, July 11, July 18 Ages/Grades: Ages 3-6 including children who completed Kindergarten this year Cost: $75/week; **receive *10 off if you register by 3/1/2011 Requirements of Campers: None Activities Included: Themed weeks, art projects, water fun, and outside activities. Children will spend one hour in the Montessori classroom, have a group snack, then go outside for art activities, water fun, and community visitors.

Camp at the J 8485 Ridge Road (at Ronald Reagan Highway), Amberley Village, OH 45236 Phone: 513-722-7249 Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: June 6 – August 19, 2011 Ages/Grades: Ages 18 months – grade 10


Multiple Locations Phone: 866-961-3945 Empowered to have fun this summer. Childtime’s summer program is everything you want for your child under the sun – smiles, learning and quality care! Let our program engage your child through things like field trips, extraordinary guests and unique activities with special sessions in arts and crafts, sports, music and more! Childtime is the perfect place for summer for children

between six weeks and 12 years of age. With highlytrained teachers, a safe, nurturing environment and flexible hours – it’s a place parents will love too! For more information about Childtime’s summer program, call us at 1-866-961-3945 or visit today!


Multi-faceted day camp programs. The broad variety of age-appropriate activities includes: sports, art and crafts, horseback riding, hiking, nature, dance, outdoor cooking, field trips, music, golf, archery, and indoor/outdoor swimming. Full-day and half-day camps; travel camps. Sessions are 6 weeks, 3 weeks & 1 week. Before and after camp options available for grades K – 6.

Gamble Nippert YMCA 3159 Montana Ave, Cincinnnati, OH 45211 Phone: (513)661-1105 Basic Category: Special Needs Name of adaptive program: Adapted Swim Lessons Dates: Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Ages/Serves: For children with autism, MRDD, and other. Registration: Contact Mary Dolan at 513-467-9539 Cost: FREE What it is: Teaching individuals with disabilities to swim. Includes swim meets, the Special Olympics and the Dolan Method for Autism.


The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori Summer Camps 4460 Berwick Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45227 Phone: 513-271-4171 Fax: 513-271-4680 Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional, Hands-On Enrichment Hours: 9:00am-12:00n and 1:00pm-4:00pm Dates: June 13-17, June 23-27 Ages/Grades: Age 4-14 Cost: $125.00 per week if paid by May 8. $135.00 per week if paid May 9 or after. Some camps have


additional lab fees. Optional supervised lunch/ recess hour for all-day campers at $25 per week. Requirements of Campers: Dress for hands-on, creative projects and bring a water bottle. Activities Included: Karate, Artrageous, Archaeology, clay, mosaics, cooking, Introduction to Guitar, Circus, Chess, origami, scrapbooking, magic, nature exploration, and music & movement. Something for everyone! Go to and click the summer camp icon for a complete listing of camps. Hands-on enrichment and fun learning experiences for all aged 4-14. Most camps taught by certified teachers or professionals with specialized and advanced degrees.

Gorman Heritage Farm 10052 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241 Contact: Mike Roman, Camp Director Phone: (513)563-6663 Fax: (513)563-6659 Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes, (During everyday camps) Financial Aid Offered: Financial aid is available Hours: 9:30am - 2:30pm, some other options available Dates: June 6 - August 13, see website for detailed schedule. Ages/Grades: Ages 4 - 15. Cost: $55-$210/week for main camps, themed camps offered at additional cost. Activities Included: Be a farm kid! Interact with farm animals, garden, play games, hike, explore the forest, make crafts, music. Themed

camps: wilderness, art, cooking & science. GHF’s talented & dedicated camp staff are recruited nationally. Camp counselors are selected based on their experience with children, passion & creativity for teaching, & knowledge of agriculture & the environment. You will never want to leave!

Kids Summer Camp at Heritage Village Museum 11450 Lebanon Road / Route 42, Sharonville, OH 45241 Contact: Lisa Egan, Education Director Phone: 513-563-9484 Fax: 513-563-0914 Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Special Needs Camps Offered: No Financial Aid Offered: No Hours: :00am - 3:30 pm M-F Early Drop-off 8:00 and late Pick-up 5:00pm option available Dates: June 20-24, 2011 July 1115, 2011 July 25-29, 2011 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-13 (or having finished Kindergarten) Cost: Members $145; Non-Members $170 Activities Included: Making wooden toys, Basket weaving, Cooking in a hearth kitchen, playing old-fashioned games, learning about natural dyes, sewing, weaving on a loom During a week at the Heritage Village Kids Summer Camp, campers will learn about life during the 1800s. History will come alive during those days of camp. Kids will get the chance to learn skills (and even chores!) of Ohio’s pioneer history.

KinderCare Summer Camp Multiple Locations Phone: 888-518-2213 KinderCare® Summer Camp was designed to provide pre-school through school-age kids with what they want: TONS of summer fun! From the old west to space-age machines, from the antics of animals to learning new sports, each of our 12 camp offerings is a combination of learning and fun that adds up to one unforgettable summer! Discover more by visiting SummerCamp or calling 888-518-2213.

Lindner Center of Hope 4075 Old Western Row Road, Cincinnati, OH 45040 Phone: 513-536-4673 Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Special Needs Specific Categories: For children with attention and anxiety issues. Financial Aid Offered: No Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday Dates: (Three 3-week sessions) Session 1: June 13 - July 1; Session 2: July 11 - July 29; Session 3: August 1 - August 19 Ages/Grades: Age 11 to 14 Cost: $2,000 per session (all inclusive) Activities Included: Behavior and study skills screening, Socialization groups, Teambased activities, Gross motor activities, Group art projects, Lunch with peers, Mindfulness/relaxation techniques SummerSMART is a unique summer program that welcomes children (age 11 -14) who struggle with impulsivity, socialization difficulties, attention and concentration

issues and anxiety disorders. The program caters to their special needs by encouraging inclusion and building confidence and socialization skills.

M.E. Lyons YMCA

R.C. Durr YMCA 5874 Veterans Way, Burlington, KY 41005 Phone: 859-534-5700 Basic Category: Special Needs Name of adaptive program: Adaptive

Springer School and Center 2121 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208 Phone: 871-6080 ext. 402 Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: June 20 - July 15, 2011 Ages/Grades: Ages: 1st – 8th grade “Adventures in Summer Learning” is designed for students of at least average potential who are not making expected progress. The morning program helps children become confident in the basic skills through small group instruction. The afternoon program consists of specialized courses in math, writing, social skills, and creative expression. Sunrock Farm 103 Gibson Lane, Wilder, KY 41076 Contact: Frank Traina, President Phone: (859)781-5502 Fax: (859)572-0260 Email: Basic Category: Traditional, Preschool, Traditional and Youth Hours: 9:30am - 2:30pm Dates: 7 sessions beginning June 13 and ending August 5 Ages/Grades: Ages 4 - 15 yrs Cost: $195/camper/session Ages 5-11; $150/camper/session Ages 4-5; $225/ camper/session Ages 12-15


8108 Clough Pike,Cincinnnati, OH 45244 Phone: 513-474-1400 Basic Category: Special Needs 1. Name of adaptive program: Adaptive Dances Dates: Quarterly (Saturday evening 7-10 PM) Ages/Serves: Ages 13+, all disabilities Cost: FREE What it is: Dance for people with all disabilities 2. Name of adaptive program: Adaptive Swim Lessons Dates: Every Saturday - 8:30-9:15 AM (Beginner), 9:15-10:00 AM (Intermediate) Ages/Serves: Ages 8+, all disabilities Cost: $26 Members, $70 Nonmembers (7 week session) What it is: Swimming lessons 3. Name of adaptive program: Adaptive Swim Team Dates: Every Saturday – 12:30-1:30 PM Ages/Serves: Ages 8+, all disabilities Cost: $26 Members, $70 Nonmembers (7 week session) What it is: Swim Team program with opportunities to compete in the Special Olympics

Swim Lessons – “Challengers” Dates: Saturday mornings Ages/Serves: For all ages and abilities Cost: $26 members/$80 program participants What it is: Swim lessons for children and adults with disabilities


Activities Included: Campers enjoy hands-on animal activities such as: bottle-feed lambs, milk a goat, hold chicks, brush horses. Also included: creek and woodland exploration, gardening,crafts, and games. Sunrock Farm has been providing fun, educational animal and nature activities to Greater Cincinnati for 30 years. We are located 10 minutes from downtown Cincinnati near NKU. Our experienced, adult staff will guide campers on exciting animal and outdoor adventures.

Residential Camps


Camp Nuhop

404 Hillcrest Drive, Ashland, OH 44805 Contact: Jason Picking Phone: (419) 289-2227 Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Special Needs Special Needs Camps Offered: ADHD, ED, ODD, LD, Asperger’s Syndrom and other disabilities. Financial Aid Offered: Financial aid is available Hours: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Dates: Session 1: June 20-June 25; Session 2: June 27-July 2; Session 3: July 4-July 9; Session 4: July 18-July 23; Session 5: July 25July 30; Session 6: August 1-August 6 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 18 Cost: $745-$2000 Activities Included: wimming, archery, slingshots, fishing, arts and crafts, general sports, cycling, rock climbing, backpacking, orienteering, ropes course, canoeing, hiking, primitive skills, survival skills, caving, kayaking, white water rafting, team building.

For 37 years, Camp Nuhop has provided a safe, nurturing, dynamic learning environment where people are empowered to succeed. This residential program is for children with special needs, including learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, OCD and ADHD. Nuhop programs are designed to build confidence and social skills through adventure, success and friendship.

Falcon Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615 Contact: Dave Devey Phone: 800/837-CAMP Fax: 216/991-4908 Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Type of Camp: Residential Basic Category: Traditional Dates: 2, 4 ,6 or 8 weeks available from June 19 - August 13 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 16 Cost: $2095 - $6500 Requirements of Campers: Willing to have fun and try new things! Activities Included: Sailing, horseback riding, riflery, archery, tennis, crafts, drama, woodslore, canoeing, swimming, basketball, softball, sports, overnight camping, dances, creative arts, video, much more!

Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Boys and girls enjoy wide variety of activities with outstanding staff. “Fun for Now, Skills for Life” is motto and environment created at Falcon. Located on beautiful 8 mile Leesville Lake in hundreds of acres of woods, great food, great fun, lifetime of memories.

Falcon Horse Lover Camp 4251 Delta Rd. SW, Carrolton, OH 44615 Contact: Emily Devey, Director Phone: 800/837-CAMP Fax: 216/991-4908 Email: 30 CINCINNATI PARENT * MARCH 2011

Gender of Campers: All-Girl Type of Camp: Residential Basic Category: Animals Dates: One week sessions June 19 – August 13 Ages/Grades: Girls ages 11 - 15 Cost: $1025/wk Requirements of Campers: For horse lovers only. Some experience recommended. Activities Included: Daily mounted lessons, trail rides, fun rides, games, guest instructors, field trips, your “own horse”, parent demo, take home video, ground lessons, approx. 4 hours actual riding each day. For Horse Lover’s only! Eat, sleep and breathe horses in this special program designed to improve riding skills, teach horsemanship, horse health and care. Very limited enrollment ensures individual instruction and attention. Excellent instructors and horses. ACA accredited since 1959. References available. If you love horses, you’ll love this camp!

The Howe School Summer Camp PO Box 240, Howe, IN 46746 Contact: Charles Grady, Director Phone: 260-562-2131 Fax: 260-562-3678 Email: Gender of Campers: Both All Boy and All Girl Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Hours: Any time Dates: Boys (June 19 - July 29); Girls (July 31 - Aug 5) Ages/Grades: 9 through 15 Cost: Boys (3-wks $2100, 6-wks $3500); Girls ($500) Requirements of Campers: Be ready to have fun Activities Included: Rifle, ropes course, repelling, archery, boating, canoeing, sports, hiking, nature study, games, physical fitness, camp newsletter, and crafts The Howe Summer Camp has three and six-week boy’s residential program and a one-week girl’s program. The boys’ camp offers leadership, education and discipline, including rifle, archery, swimming, canoeing, physical training, ropes course, repelling, crafts, horsemanship, and games. Girls’ camp offers leadership, skills necessary for young women to succeed in today’s careers, including team building, culinary arts, scrapbooking, crafts, ropes and obstacle course and repelling.

YMCA Camp Ernst of Cincinnati 615 Camp Ernst Rd, Burlington, KY 41005 Contact: Eli Cochran Program Director Phone: 859-586-6181 Fax: 859-586-6214 Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Financial Aid Offered: Yes Dates: June 12-Aug 20 (one week sessions) Ages/Grades: Ages 6-15 Cost: $500-675 Activities Included: Archery, BLOB, 100 foot waterslide, banana boat, aquacycles, kayaks, canoes, swimming, crafts, zipline, giant swing, burma bridge, airwalk, climbing wall, rock band, big art, movie-making, and much more! Steeped in tradition and founded on the YMCA qualities of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect, campers enjoy top notch counselors and make friends while doing a wide variety of activities. Exciting teen adventure trips and specialty horseback riding, skateboarding, and mountain biking add-ons are also part of our popular program!

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Many are blown away at the fact that 12 million people and counting patronize The Greatest Show on Earth annually. Cincinnati will play host to the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus; Barnum's Fundrum on March 11-20 at the U.S. Bank Arena. For more information on the circus and to purchase tickets, visit and enter your zip code in the "Buy Tickets" box in the upper, right-hand corner.




parenting 101

Bottle Weaning for Beginners

Help Your Child Achieve This Important Milestone It is often one of baby’s f irst words. It’s a comforting item. It’s an important part of the parent-child bonding experience: the bottle. Often bottle feeding can be as hard to give up for a parent as it is for the child.

Many parents find bottle weaning success by making the transition to a sippy cup early, when a child begins sitting in a high chair and eating solid food. “I recommend 6 months as that is a time when developmentally children are able to hold the cup and drink well by themselves,” says Dr. Jillian Schaffeld of Healthsource Ohio. “You can start by putting small amounts of formula in the sippy cup for practice. As the child gets older (around 9 months or so), small amounts of undiluted juice can be used.” Children should then be gradually weaned from daily bottles and should be completely weaned by the age of 12 months.

Pediatricians agree that the final bottle to be eliminated from your child’s diet should be the bedtime bottle, because it is often the one that helps your child relax and be ready for bed. When my youngest child was approaching the one year mark, I was afraid we would lose some of the closeness that comes from the bedtime bottle. Yet it’s important to remember the bottle may be going away, but that doesn’t mean that snuggle time has to go away. Keeping the routine of snuggling before bedtime by using the time to read a story or sing a song will make the transition easier for your both. The final transition from sippy cup to a regular cup should then be made as soon as possible. The sucking motion itself can cause problems including an increased risk for ear infections and tooth decay. The recommendation is to completely wean from a sippy cup as well by the age of 15 months. Rebecca Todd is a freelance writer and the author of the book “What’s the Point?” Visit her at

Additional Resources The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website offers a plethora of additional information on potty training, bottle weaning and many other areas of concern for parents and children. Visit for more information. Many books are also available. Check out the AAP book “Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, Birth to Age Five” and “Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Baby’s First Year,” and other books by Ari Brown.




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Hocus Pocus Purim Party with Shalom Family & Mayerson JCC

FREE Program for Young Families in the Jewish Community Sunday, March 20 at 3pm at the Mayerson JCC

Abracadarbra… Presto! Shalom Family & the Mayerson JCC will present Hocus Pocus Purim, a FREE program for young families in the Jewish Community on Sunday March 20th at 3pm at the Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road in Amberley.

munity with children 10 and younger, in which at least one parent is Jewish.

The fun begins with a Vegas-style magic and illusion act featuring star of stage and screen, Justin Kredible, best known for his recurring role as Armando the Amazing on the Disney Channel’s popular sitcom, The Suite Life on Deck. But first, guests will be treated to a Purim pre-show, sure to set the stage for an afternoon of fascination and fun featuring the JCCilly Players, followed by a Purim carnival complete with games, prizes, professional face painters, balloon artists, traditional Hamentaschen cookies and much more! Kids are encouraged to come dressed as characters from the Purim story, or in other costumes.

“From Superhero Hanukkah and Hamentaschen Hip Hop, to the Sweet Treat Family Fun Factory and Galaxy a Glow Go, Shalom Family events are always free and offer a great way for parents and children to spend quality time together,” says Julie Robenson, Program Coordinator. “And the best part is, there are plenty of opportunities for grownups to socialize and get to know one another while their kids work the wiggles out in a fun and safe environment!”

The event is being held in celebration of the holiday of Purim, considered one of the most festive Jewish holidays of the year. It recounts an event that took place more than 2,000 years ago in Shushan, Persia when a beautiful queen named Esther, who hid her Jewish identity from the King, saved her people from a plot by the evil Haman to destroy the Jewish people. This program is FREE with advance reservations by March 15th and is open to families in the Jewish Com34 CINCINNATI PARENT * MARCH 2011

Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation, puts on some of the biggest events for young families in the Jewish community throughout the year.

In addition to events at some of the most family-friendly venues in town, Shalom Family also offers Sensory Sunday Playgroups in Mason, for families with babies 18 months and younger, and Shalom Baby Starter Kits to help welcome new babies to the Jewish community. To learn more about these programs or to RSVP to Hocus Pocus Purim, please go to Rachel Rothstein is the PR & Advertising Coordinator for Shalom Family which is an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. For more information about this program, please visit



women's health

Planning and Special Care Important for Healthy Babies baby! The time to quit these substances is before you conceive. If you are having trouble doing so, seek help from your health care provider, counselor, or with a rehabilitation program. Genetic disorders If you or your family has a history of inherited genetic conditions, discuss these with your provider because it may be recommended to get genetic counseling prior to conceiving. A number of genetic tests now available may be helpful in caring for you and your baby during pregnancy. Diet and weight If you are overweight, try dieting and exercise to lose weight before conception. Women who are overweight have a greater risk of developing health problems during pregnancy, including diabetes, which can harm your baby. When you decide to have a baby, you need to consider a number of important issues before becoming pregnant. Pre-pregnancy plans are important to benef it your own body and that of your baby.

The first few weeks of your pregnancy are crucial to the development of a healthy baby. Most women don’t even know that they’re pregnant at this point. So if you are planning a pregnancy, make a pre-conception visit with your obstetrician/gynecologist or nurse practitioner to discuss health concerns, risks and care, including: Chronic health problems Do you have ongoing conditions such as diabetes or hypertension? These are health problems that, if out of control, can affect your pregnancy and baby. Your health care provider can help you better control any health problems by adjusting medications or diet prior to your pregnancy and discussing any special care that you may need during your pregnancy. Medications Are you taking any medications, including over-the-counter medications or herbal supplements? Discuss these with your provider because certain medications can harm your baby and adjustments can be made. Immunizations Are your shots up to date? Infections such as Rubella measles and chicken pox can be harmful to your baby if you yourself are not immune to them. Recommendations can be made on what vaccinations you need before getting pregnant.

Folic acid It is important to have adequate supplementation of folic acid in your system, beginning a few months before trying to conceive and continuing through the f irst three months of pregnancy. One of the B vitamins, folic acid has been shown to reduce the chance that your baby will develop birth defects of the brain and spine. The neural tubes of the fetus develop during the f irst four weeks of pregnancy, when many women don’t know they are pregnant. All women of childbearing age should take 0.4 milligrams of folic acid daily in case they inadvertently become pregnant. Women who have had a child with a defect of the spine or skull require higher doses of folic acid. Age Women older than 35 may have more problems during pregnancy. They also have a higher risk of chromosome abnormalities. Discussing these issues ahead of time will help you take precautions to minimize any risks. Previous problems You should discuss any issues that developed during previous pregnancies with your provider so that plans can be implemented to anticipate and help prevent complications during this pregnancy. Making healthy choices both before and during your pregnancy is important for your health and that of your baby. Ruth Culpepper RN CANP is a nurse practitioner in obstetrics/gynecology with Group Health Associates.

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cincy on a budget

10 FREE (or Nearly Free)

Things to do in Cincy this Spring Spring is around the corner, and in our efforts to help you save money, we’ve scoured the Tri-State for the best free events for you and your family to enjoy. Here 's our top 10 list.

Arts Sampler Weekend This is

the 25th anniversary of the program that invites you to enjoy the arts for free, and for the first time, the event will be spread out over several weekends instead of just one.

Margy Waller of ArtsWave, the program's organizer, says the change will allow families even more opportunities to attend free ballet, puppet, music programs and more. There will be events from Oxford to Downtown to Covington and just about everywhere in between. Mark your calendars for

March 12, March 26, April 10 and April 23 and go to www.theartswave. org for a complete list of activities.

Passport to the World

The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal hosts Passport to the World program with a look at different cultures. On March 12 & 13, take a journey to Ireland, and on April 16 & 17, head to Asia without a trip through the airport security line. Jenna Stoll, marketing coordinator at the museum, says the program offers a unique opportunity to experience other cultures without the airfare.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

It’s no blarney. This year is the 45th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Cincinnati. On Saturday, March 12 at 1pm, enjoy Irish dancers, bands and floats. Rain, snow or shine Nothing stops this parade. Bundle up and have fun.

Findlay Market Openin g Day Parade

March 31st is the unofficial start of spring with the 91st edition of the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. It starts at Findlay Market on March 31st and winds through Downtown. After the parade, watch the Reds' game on the video screen at Fountain Square.


Let’s go fly a kite at KiteFest at VOA Park in West Chester April 9-10. Kevin Reynolds with Cincinnati Public Radio - one of the event's sponsors - says there will be kiteflying teams, a kite-making workshop (there is a small fee for supplies) and plenty of space for kite flying. Go to for details.

Hot Wheels Racin g Day

Put the pedal to the metal on April 11 at 11am at the Durr Branch Library in Independence for the 4th annual Hot Wheels Racing Day. Joel Caithamer, the Children's Services Coordinator, says there will be about 100 feet of track for children to race their favorite cars. Call 859-962-4030 to register.


Easter Egg Hunt

There are two big egg hunts on Saturday, April 23rd. Fountain Square will host Its 5th annual Egg Hunt on the Square. Hundreds of children will search for chocolate-filled eggs, and at Warren County's Armco Park, there will be 8,000 hidden eggs. There's no charge for either event, but Armco Park volunteers will collect canned goods for people in need.

Taft Museum of Art

Enjoy a tour of this historic home filled with amazing art. There's free parking on site and plenty to see. Go online to before your visit to print scavenger hunt activity pages to help your kids get into the fun at the museum. It's free on Sundays from 11a-3p.

Fishin g Derby

Head to England-Idlewild Park in Burlington May 14 for the 11th annual Youth Fishing Derby. The program is for children 15 and younger. Poles will be available and bait is provided.

Sprin g Grove Cemetery & Arboretum

Spring is the best time of year to enjoy the cherry trees, magnolias and dogwoods in bloom at Spring Grove. You can also find many local and baseball notables buried there. Check out the local history, flora and fauna at the cemetery.

There are other fun and free activities around town this spring. Check out our monthly calendar to find more! Amy Seng Holtzman is a freelance writer from Northern, KY. Writer, producer, mom of three. Xavier University, Class of `92 She can be reached at

s pT i o n O Childcare

hether it’s time to go back to work after weeks, months or years of being home, finding the right childcare situation can be stressful. The process involves not only finding the right provider, but also adapting to a new routine and a new ‘normal.’ Parents may feel guilty for needing to work and be away from their child(ren) for long stretches of time; however, parents should look at having

good childcare in place as an advantage and not a disadvantage for children.

What is one of the biggest advantages of quality childcare for children and parents alike? It’s knowing that your child has a positive attachment to someone else other than you, which helps alleviate the guilt of being apart for much of the day. Even for stay-at-home mothers who have no plans to return to work while their children are small, developing attachments with other adults is important,

according to Penelope Leach, author of Your Baby & Child. Leach points out that “Even if you don’t need childcare right now, plans could change or disasters could strike….and loving a few other people a bit makes life safer.”

There are a number of childcare options in the Cincinnati area as well as free resources to help parents and childcare providers network, learn and take advantage of the options that are available.

Nannies Caren Burger, the owner of Home Management Services, Inc., says, “We understand the challenges inherent in a dual role as parent and career woman.” Noting that 59% of mothers return to work within 4 months of having a child, Burger’s agency provides an array of help—from full-time nanny to shortterm newborn help to the Nannies On Call service (see Babysitters below.) “Choosing the person who cares for your children while you work may be your most important decision. HMS carefully screens each candidate and only those most closely matching the pro-

file of the person the family is looking for are interviewed by the family.”

“We provide guidance throughout the hiring process to assure the best fit for the family and the provider, and we offer ongoing support,” Burger says. “We are local, always here, and available to help our clients work through a challenge or answer a question. Many of our childcare providers have expertise in children with special needs, with multiples, with newborn care, as tutors, as educators and as mentors.”

Childcare Centers Typically serving children ages 6 weeks through 6 years, childcare centers often provide educational opportunities in addition to childcare. The Kinder Garden School offers care for children ages 6 weeks through kindergarten or first grade (depending on which location), with both a traditional play-based preschool and a Montessori preschool as well as a Kindergarten class. Tami Lanham, Founder of Kinder Garden School of Blue Ash emphasizes their open-door policy and says that “parents are always welcome and we encourage parental interaction with children at any


time.” The school also provides a variety of programs and opportunities to foster learning and a love of learning in children. Rene Maus, educational coordinator for Jelly Bean Junctions, says of the centers, “We expose infants to sign language and also carry on that practice in our toddler program. We offer a summer camp for school-age children from June through August. We also plan for each child according to various assessments that we use to ensure that children are receiving an individualized plan weekly. We are proud to have earned star ratings from Ohio’s Step Up to Quality Program.”

Babysitters Caren Burger’s Home Management Services agency also offers a Nannies-On-Call program. HMS members can request a short-term nanny for an evening out, a weekend getaway, a fill-in for a current provider, or errands or appointments.

Drop-in Childcare Tiffany Sams, owner of Skidaddles Drop-in Childcare, saw a need for this type of center to allow for flexibility for parents. The center takes children ages 12 months through 12 years. With evening and late-night hours on weekends, this option offers parents the flexibility they are often looking for. “The parents love it, it’s childcare whenever they need it,” Sams says. “You can use us one hour a week, one hour a year, or whatever you need. It’s on your schedule, so you pay only when your child is here.”

Take your time When adjusting to a new caregiver, your baby or child will need time to get to know and love her, and vice versa. Acceptance from the parents about the new situation is also crucial. “If parents are sure that what they’re doing is right, or certainly all right…you can be sure that even the most clingy one-year-old will eventually take childcare in stride if you can give him enough time to adapt.” KRISTA BOCKO is a freelance writer and is married with four children. She can be reached at



ReS o u rcE

Step Up to Quality is Ohio’s voluntary quality rating system for licensed child care programs, recognizing childcare that exceeds Ohio’s quality benchmarks. The organization not only assists parents in searching for and choosing quality childcare, but also benefits providers by providing resources and learning opportunities. Parents can use the Step Up to Quality website, www., and use the search function to locate childcare using

a number of different criteria such as zip code, age, type of facility, etc.

The National Association of Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) is the national website dedicated to providing help for both parents and providers. See for a wealth of resources to assist in your childcare search.

March 2011

C a le n da r o f E v e n t s Tuesday, March 01 Half Pint Kids Club - No Bake Granola Balls Half Pints age 3-8 are invited with a caregiver to explore and try new foods in a fun environment. Join us in the café for this fun food treat. Today we will create a delicious snack for home or on the go! FREE; Registration Required. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason OH. (513) 398-9358. Maple Sugaring for Scouts Delve into the science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. This program includes a guided hike in the sugarbush, a look into the Native American origins of sugaring, and a visit to the Sugar House. See Website for Details. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods. 4949 Tealtown Road,

Milford OH. scout-maple-days-3111.html. 513-831-1711.

Wednesday, March 02 Happy Birthday Dr. Suess A birthday party like no other, tell your friends, tell your mother Play stack the Cat’s hat and make some Ooblek goo. free. Boone County Public Library. 7425 us 42, Florence KY. 859-342-2665. Story Time with Miss Gail Get ready for silly stories, fun fingerplays, and sing-alongs with Miss Gail! free and open to our friends ages 2 and up. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore. 3054 Madison Road, Cincinnati OH. 513-731-2665. Behind the Mask making & playing with masks Put on a mask and anything is possible! Suddenly you can move, act, and think differently. Create and build your own mask and then bring your mask to life through movement, sound, and imagination. Find out how the mask makes you move! Ages: 2 to 5 years . $100/10 class package or $13/ class. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center. 4244 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati OH. 513591-2332.

Thursday, March 03 Young Rembrandts: Cartoon Drawing Innovative, step-by-step drawing method to teach any child how to draw, regardless of artistic ability. Weekly through March 10. $89, $79 residents. Beech Acres Park RecPlex. 6915 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati OH. Happy Birthday,

Dr. Seuss

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Writing for the Love of It A weekly workshop for teen girls that encourages their passion for writing and inspires and challenges them to write their hearts out. Activities include: looking together at work in a variety of genres; writing time both with prompts offered and the option of free-writing; sharing writing with each other. Tuition is $75 for the five week series. Grailville Retreat and Program Center. 932 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland OH. 513-683-2340.

friday, March 04 ArtsWave Surprise Party Celebrating creative food, pop up arts performances and surprises. Admission is free to members, $7.50 for general admission, $6.50. Contemporary Arts Center. 44 E Sixth Street, Cincinnati Oh. UnMuseum/ThursdayArtPlay. 513.345.8400. Guided Ghost Tours of Cincinnati Music Hall Music Hall is one of Cincinnati’s most iconic buildings, and a National Historic Landmark. It’s also said to be haunted! For those who are fascinated by the history and paranormal potential of this unique venue, special after-hours tours have been scheduled. $25. Cincinnati Music Hall. 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati OH. www. CincinnatiArts.ORG. (513) 621-ARTS. Shop Bellevue! Start the Madness! Entertaining evening of dining, gallery openings, shopping, open house receptions, and special promotions provided by independently owned businesses located along 200 to 700 blocks of historic Fairfield Ave. FREE. Historic Fairfield Avenue Business District. 200-700 Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue KY. 859-431-8866. Essex Studios Art Walk Resident and local artists present collections from every artistic medium, including paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry, sculpture and more.

FREE. Essex Studios. 2511 Essex Place, Cincinnati OH. 513-476-2170.

Russia and Beyond Occurring through March 5th. Experience the mysterious sounds of the balalaika (a traditional Russian triangular 3-stringed instrument) and the expressive range of the piano in this exuberant collaboration. This show includes dance tunes, classical music, gypsy melodies and Russian folk songs. Recommended for grades K-8. Calico Children’s Theatre. 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia OH. (513) 558-1215.

saturday, March 05 All About Deaf Kids Fair Theme: “Expressions of Communication” FREE fun for families with members who use sign language to communicate. Lots of family-focused booths with fun info, crafts, games, etc. to help families focus on creative ways to express communication. Sponsored by Deaf Institute free. Cincinnati Christian University. 2700 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati OH. 471-2990. Family Yoga Class All ages and family sizes welcome!. Grace Tree Yoga & Growth Studio. 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester OH. www. 513-759-4458. From Apples to Zucchinis: They Are What They Eat! It’s difficult enough for us as adults to consume our share of fruits and veggies, but trying to coax children, from toddlerhood through the teenage years, to eat enough of them is nearly impossible! This fun workshop teaches easy, effective ways to help your family eat healthier and feel their best. Free. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center. 4244 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati OH. 513-591-2332. The Magic of Stephen Knight The theatre grows dark...the music swells...the curtain rises...and the audience begins a jour-

ney into a magical world of mystery and illusion. More than just a performer of tricks, Stephen engages his audience by using illusion, comedy, drama, music, and special effects to create a unique theatrical experience. $5-7. Fairfield Community Arts Center. 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield OH. 513-867-5348. A National Treasure Occurring through March 6th. A slice of Americanna -- Music of Aaron Copland. 8:00 p.m. A$28 B-$23 Senior-$18 Student-$10. Notre Dame Academy. 1699 Hilton Drive, Covington KY. 859-431-6216.

sunday, March 06 Sunday Jazz Mardi Gras Brunch in the Park Live Jazz is coming to the Hamilton County Park District on Sunday’s! Start a new family tradition and join us for a fabulous Sunday brunch and live jazz music featuring the Chris Comer Trio performing jazz in the traditional swinging piano trio style. Reservations are requested and recommended for large groups, walk-ins are welcomed. Adults $13.95, Children 2-12 $6.95 plus tax. Sweetwine Banquet Center at Woodland Mound Park. 600 Nordyke Road, Cincinnati OH. (513) 521-PARK (7275). Mommy and Me Time Join us for a little Mommy and Me Time every Sunday from 11am-4pm at Star Lanes! For only $10 a child they will receive unlimited bowling, unlimited soft drinks, pizza and popcorn. Also, we will be showing kids’ movies and/or cartoons on all lane projection screens!. $10. Star Lanes on the Levee. 1 Levee Way, Newport KY.!/ pages/Mr-Pin-at-Star-Lanes-on-the-Levee/175567829120936. (859) 652-7250.

Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for You and Your Little One Private interactive playgroups, offered twice a month for Jewish families with children 18 months and younger! These playgroups feature the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Plus, events include a snack! All play dates will take place at the Mayerson JCC. Please check the Shalom Family website for updated locations. For more information, or to RSVP, please visit www. Shalom Family is an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation for families in the Jewish Community with children ten and under. FREE. Mayerson JCC. 513-703-3343.

monday, March 07 Toddler Food Workshop Presented by: Surviving Motherhood. Join us as we share our personal experiences to feed even the pickiest toddler! We will offer helpful suggestions (such as how to hide the veggies!), irresistibly fun meal presentations, and tried-and-eaten recipes that you can prepare with love for your toddler in your own kitchen at a fraction of the cost of processed alternatives!. FREE. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason OH. www. (513) 398-9358. Twig (ages 8-12) Let the library know what tweens want. See your ideas come to life. free. Boone Coun-

ty Public Library. 3215 Cougar Path, Hebron KY. 859-342-2665.

go Earth Center. 700 Enright Ave., Cincinnati OH. 513-921-5124.

Wiggle Worms Dance and stomp, clap and tap! Creative Movement’s where it’s at! Join us as we explore movement utilizing yoga, dance, games, and songs. The use of silly props and the acting-out-ofstories will spark your child’s imagination and encourage self-expression. Sprouts Institute is designed for children ages 3-5 years old. Museum admission is not included in the workshop fee. $5 per child, per session for members; $7 per child per session. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati OH. (513) 287-7021.

Stamping Combo Camp Make five seasonal greeting cards, two gift items and scrapbooking layout/project using the latest stamps, tools and techniques. All experience levels. Ages 12 and under. All supplies provided. Registration required. $40. Springfield Township Senior and Community Center. 9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati OH. 513-522-1154.

Tuesday, March 08 Half Pint Kids Club - Quick Crispy Rice Apples Half Pints age 3-8 are invited with a caregiver to explore and try new foods in a fun environment. Join us in the café for this fun food treat. Today we will create a delicious quick afterschool snack! FREE; Registration Required. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason OH. (513) 398-9358. Title Waves Book Club (ages 9-12) What great new book is making waves in your world? Tell club members about it as you enjoy snacks and games. Call to register. free. Boone County Public Library. 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington KY. 859-342-2665.

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The Pirates of Penzance Frederic was as a child apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nurse who, being hard of hearing, had mistaken her master’s instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot. By the end of the opera, the pirates, a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family of beautiful but unwed daughters, and the timid constabulary all contribute to a cacophony that can be silenced only by Queen Victoria’s name. Presented by Cincinnati Christian Schools. Starts at $14.50. Aronoff Center for the Arts. 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati OH. 513-621-5282.

friday, March 11 Culture Kids Explore cool colors and the magic of mixing paint. You and your preschooler learn about art during story times, snack time, tours, and hands-on art activities. Includes snack. Ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. . $10 per pair members, $20 per pair. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati OH. www. (513) 639-2984.

Silly Science! - NEW! why, why, why? Mushy and messy creative explorations for the child who loves to get their hands goopy! Children are born scientists: they are naturally curious about the world around them, and learn best through hands-on experimentation. Ages: 18 to 35 months $100/10 class package or $13/class. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center. 4244 Hamilton, Cincinnati OH. 513-591-2332.

Cincinnati International Wine Festival Grand Tastings Occurring through March 13th. New, rare and exciting wines from around the world. Food and music. Includes all tastings, food and Riedel wine glass. Benefits Cincinnati International Wine Festival. $60-$75/day. Duke Energy Convention Center. 525 Elm St., Cincinnati OH. 513-723-9463.

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Brain Balance Parent Lecture At the lecture you will learn about the exciting Brain Balance Program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially and behaviorally. You will also have the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have. Seating is limited. For attending you will receive Dr. Melillo’s book Disconnected Kids. We look forward to seeing you!. FREE. Brain Balance Center Of Cincinnati. 12084 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati OH. 513-257-0705. Earth Art Series Children, ages 3-6, along with parents or caregivers are invited to join us in some fun and messy natural art. Together you and your child will embark on artistic explorations, hikes, stories and of course make some great natural art to take home. This series will take place every other Thursday from March through May. Please visit us online for more information. . Free for members/ $5 for nonmembers. Ima-

CANstruction Workshop One of our most popular projects—use CANdy to make sweet structures, then eat your sculpture! For children ages 5-12 years and their families. Weston Art Gallery. 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati OH. 513.977.4165. Fairy or Toad House Workshop Create a magical clay structure for the illusive creatures in your garden with Rosemary Tople. Adults and youth. $25. Baker Hunt Cultural Center. 620 Greenup St., Covington KY. www.bakerhunt. com/. (859)431-0020. Planetarium Shows - The Zodiac Come join us at the Wolff Planetarium for an introduction to the constellations and some of the legends connected to them. Programs are open to adults and children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. Fee: $3.00 per person. Reservations required. Seating is limited. . $3 per person. Burnet Woods Wolff Planetarium. 3251 Brookline Dr., Cincinnati OH. 513-751-3679. Shamrock Shuffle: 5k, 10K, Children’s Fun Run The Shamrock Shuffle, now in its 5th year, has something for everyone. Whether you and your family chose the 5k Run / Walk, 10K Run or the IKEA Leprechaun Lap (Children’s Fun Run), participants will be sure to have a great time. For more information or to register online visit the website All preregistrants will receive a Shamrock Shuffle t-shirt. We looking forward to seeing you on March 12th. Be sure to wear your green. The Square @ Union Centre. Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester OH. 513-874-5450.

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Bi-Okoto African Dance Opens with an African drum performance by 5th grade music students from North College Hill. Bi-Okoto performs and teaches Nigerian or Ghanaian dance, followed by make-ittake-it craft. - Made possible by artswave and their Fine Arts Sampler Weekend!. FREE. Grove Banquet Hall. 9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati OH. www. springfieldtwp. org. 513-522-1410.


Second Saturday at Mount Washington ArtWorks Join us for an exhibit and free class at our beautiful art studio the Second Saturday of every month. Make an art project, enjoy refreshments, and view an art class in session. All free. All ages welcome. Free. Mount Washington ArtWorks. 6450 Sherman, Anderson Township OH. 513 232-3738. 3rd Annual Mini Model Engineering Show Ongoing through March 13th. Come by and check out these incredible working miniatures built by the some of the world’s greatest model craftsman! See functioning miniature steam engines, internal combustion engines, ships, boats, airplanes, action figures and more!! Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm. FREE. EnterTRAINment Junction. 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester OH. (513) 898-8000.

sunday, March 13 Pancakes in the Woods Celebrate the maple season Enjoy fantastic pancakes and sausage grilled by celebrity chefs. Decode the mystery and learn the magic of maple sugaring. Taste maple syrup made right here in California Woods All proceeds benefit California Woods and Magrish Riverlands Preserve. . $6 for adults, $4 children 10 and under. California Woods Nature Preserve. 5400 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati OH. 513-231-8678. St. Patrick’s Parade Day “Afters” Celebration Featuring Irish music, songs, dance, food, special stories and crafts for children. Children’s parade 4:30 p.m. Children asked to line up at stage door at 4:25 p.m. Finest St. Patrick’s Day attire encouraged. Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati. 3905 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati OH. 513-533-0100.

Sunday Jazz St. Patrick’s Day Brunch in the Park Live Jazz is coming to the Hamilton County Park District on Sunday’s! Start a new family tradition and join us for a fabulous Sunday brunch and live jazz music featuring the Chris Comer Trio performing jazz in the traditional swinging piano trio style. Reservations are requested and recommended for large groups, walk-ins are welcomed. Adults $13.95, Children 2-12 $6.95 plus tax. Stonewood Banquet Center at Sharon Woods. 11555 Swing Road, Sharonville OH. (513) 521-PARK (7275).

The Page Turners The most laid back book club in town! Looking for a book club where you can choose to come alone, bring your partner, or even your child? Where it’s not frowned upon if you haven’t even read the book of the month? Then this is the reading group for you! To RSVP: please visit or call 513591-2332. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center. 4244 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati OH. 513-591-2332.

monday, March 14 Tween Gaming (ages 8-12) Game on Enjoy some friendly competition with Raving Rabbids, Wii Sports Resort, MarioKart and more Call to register. free. Boone County Public Library. 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington KY. 859-342-2665. Sacred Woman: The Art of Bellydance All levels welcome!. Grace Tree Yoga & Growth Studio. 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester OH. 513-759-4458.

Tuesday, March 15 Raising Resilient Kids: Helping your child bounce back and gain strength from stressful situations Has your child ever felt left out? Been crushed by the off hand remark of a teacher? Or had challenges getting along with other kids? Your child is not alone. You can help your child become more resilient. We’ll provide you with strategies to help coach your children on how to cope with everyday hurdles as well as from complex situations like bullying, challenges at home, illness, divorce, and much more. $15 per person. Beech Acres Parenting Center. 6881 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati OH. BeechAcres. org/classes. (513) 231-6630. Circus Experience: Join the Circus for a night Bring your child to join the circus for a night at our Studio in Clifton Ohio. He can learn and see some of the skills that we perform on a daily basis like ballooning and juggling. Please RSVP by phone to 513-921-5454 . Free. Essex Studios. 501 Minnesota Street, Cincinnati Ohio. 513-921-5454.

wedndesday, March 16 Mediatainment Join us for guided meditation under the stars at Drake Planetarium for a time to relax and rejuvenate. Meditainment involves a blend of proven meditation techniques with stories, music and natural sound effects set under a canopy of moving space images. $7 in advance, $8 at the door; 50% off for Planetarium Members. Drake Planetarium. 2020 Sherman Ave., 4th floor of Norwood High School, Cincinnati OH. 513-396-5578.

supplies. Call to register. free. Boone County Public Library. 8899 us 42, Union KY. 859-342-2665.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Dancing, music, songs, children’s room, food, drink and more. Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati. 3905 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati OH.


friday, March 18 Crafternoon (ages 6-11) Waiting for spring? Decorate a sun catcher, flower pot or frisbee. Call to register. free. Boone County Public Library. 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington KY. 859-342-2665. Fitton Family Friday: Mike Hemmelgarn Fitton Family Fridays feature entertainment geared to kids of all ages, from preschoolers to teenagers—including parents who are still kids at heart. Unique and hilarious blend of comedy juggling & ventriloquism - with a splash of magic! Adults: $10/members; $12/non. Children (up to age 16): $5/member. Fitton Center for Creative Arts. 101 South Monument Avenue, Hamilton OH. (513) 863-8873. Planetarium Show - The Zodiac Come join us at the Wolff Planetarium for an introduction to the constellations and some of the legends connected to them. Programs are open to adults and children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. Fee: $3.00 per person. Reservations required. Seating is limited. . $3 per person. Burnet Woods Wolff Planetarium. 3251 Brookline Dr., Cincinnati OH. 513751-3679.

saturday, March 19 thursday, March 17 Messy Art (ages 3-6) Create your own messy masterpiece with ooey-gooey art

Art in the Making Local artist, Katie Labmeier leads these interactive class exploring sewing and weaving that includes a gallery tour and hands-on art making activity. Classes are designed for children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult. Reservations are suggested as spaces are limited. . Cost: $20 per each child/adult pair public, $6 for each addition. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati OH. www. (513) 639-2984. Celtic Arts Festival Get your green on with the 3rd Annual Celtic Arts Festival at the Fairfield Community Arts Center. This FREE event includes music performances, a dance demonstration, arts & crafts for kids, face-painting and fun activities. End your evening with a performance by Tartan Terrors in the FCAC theatre . FREE. Fairfield Community Arts Center. 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield OH. 513-867-5348.

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Full Moon Walk Recommended for ages 8 and older. Hit the trails at night and enjoy the full moon and natural history readings. Preregistration is required. 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford OH. www.cincynature. org. 513-831-1711.

Learning Through Play Conference This unique, one–day event will focus on how parents, educators and childcare professionals can use play as an effective tool in their interactions with and education of young children. There will be a variety of sessions appropriate for parents and caregivers of children 10 and younger. Sessions are priced individually. See website for details. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati OH. (513) 287-7000. My NoseTurns Red Youth Circus Spring Extravaganza Juggling, unicycling, wire walking, comedy and other amazing feats by children ages 8 to 18 from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. Presented by My Nose Turns Red Theatre Co. Aronoff Center for the Arts. 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati OH. (513) 621-2787. Rhythm ‘N’ Blue Ash Concert Series - An Evening of Gershwin The David Leonhardt Jazz Group with The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers: Two uniquely American art forms take flight as a jazz trio unites with talented tappers to create a night of high spirited jazz improvisation and dance – all set to the music of one of America’s greatest songwriters. $10 in Advance; $15 at the Door. Muntz Theater. 9555 Plainfield Road @ Raymond Walters College, Blue Ash OH. 513-745-5705.

sunday, March 20 A Feast of Music and Words at Grailville Are you an aspiring songwriter? Or do you just enjoy listening to the music others make? Or maybe it is culinary harmony that soothes your soul. Join us for an afternoon Feast of Music and Words which includes a Songwriting Workshop, Muse: Cincinnati Women’s Choir Concert and Grailville Sunday Supper! Enjoy any or all of these events—and help support Grailville, too! . Each event is $15; attend any two for $25 or all three programs. Grailville Retreat and Program Center. 932 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland OH. 513-683-2340. Hocus Pocus Purim at The Mayerson JCC Abracadabra… Presto! Shalom Family & The Mayerson JCC will present Hocus Pocus Purim, a FREE program for young families in the Jewish Community. The fun begins with a Vegasstyle magic and illusion act featuring star of stage and screen, Justin Kredible. Marvel at the magic show, and then come to the Purim carnival complete with games, prizes, professional face painters, balloon artists, Hamentaschen cookies and much more! Open to families in the Jewish Community with children 10 and younger, in which at least one parent is Jewish. FREE with Advance RSVP by March 15th. Mayerson JCC. 8485 Ridge Rd., Cincinnati OH. 513.761.7500. Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for You and Your Little One Private interactive playgroups, offered twice a month for Jewish families with children 18 months and younger! These playgroups feature the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents

engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Plus, events include a snack! All play dates will take place at the Mayerson JCC. Please check the Shalom Family website for updated locations. For more information, or to RSVP, please visit www. Shalom Family is an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation for families in the Jewish Community with children ten and under. FREE. Mayerson JCC. 513-703-3343.

monday, March 21 Music and Movement Discover the magic of music together! Children, along with a parent or caregiver, are invited to sing, dance, chant and play instruments in an informal setting. Eliana Corredor, a registered Music Together teacher who has a Masters in Music, leads this workshop. Sprouts Institute workshops are designed for ages birth to 3 years. Museum admission is not included in the workshop fee. $5 per child, per session for members; $7 per child per session. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati OH. (513) 287-7021.

Tuesday, March 22 Half Pint Kids Club - Power Packed Oatmeal Cookies Half Pints age 3-8 are invited with a caregiver to explore and try new foods or a craft in a fun environment. Join us in the café for this fun food treat! Today we’ll make a yummy treat for home or on the go! . FREE; Registration Required. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason OH. www. (513) 398-9358. Music Cafe An evening at Music Café is like music to your ears. Literally. Featuring a wide variety of musical performances of all ages. Come enjoy melodies from all genres, including everything from folk music and worldly sounds to bluegrass and hard rock. . FREE. Fitton Center for Creative Arts. 101 South Monument Avenue, Hamilton OH. (513) 863-8873.

cincinnati OH. 513281-4700.

thursday, March 24 Brain Balance Parent Lecture At the lecture you will learn about the exciting Brain Balance Program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially and behaviorally. You will also have the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have. Seating is limited so call today to reserve your seat. Please note the material being presented needs your undivided attention and therefore we ask that children not attend. For attending you will receive Dr. Melillo’s book Disconnected Kids. We look forward to seeing you!. FREE. Brain Balance Center Of Cincinnati. 12084 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati OH. 513-257-0705. Zootini at Cincinnati Zoo Zootini, kicks off our 2011 Toast to the Wild series. The evening will feature shaken and stirred martinis with light fare donated by local restaurants. In addition, guests will enjoy live musical performances, up-close animal encounters, a 4-D movie and more. $35 presale; $45 day of. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. 3400 Vine St., cincinnati OH. 513-281-4700. Head & Shoulder, Knees & Toes - baby yoga & brain play Creative play and sensory activities abound in this one-of-kind class for pre-crawlers. Our infant behavioral specialist will share specific techniques to promote your baby’s awareness and thinking skills, as well as activities to enhance sensory development and promote the brainbody connection, all through “play”! Ages: 5 to 9 months . $100/10 class package or $13/class. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center. 4244 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati OH. 513-591-2332.

friday, March 25 Cincinnati Cyclones Hockey

wednesday, March 23 Planetarium Show - Discoveries of the Great Observatories NASA JPL Ambassador, Pam Bowers, takes us on a journey of discovery using images from the Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory. These images provide both stunning beauty and a wealth of scientific information. Find out interesting facts, like why Cassiopeia A, a supernova in the Milky Way, acts like a pinball machine, or how stars and black holes are formed. $6 in advance, $7 at the door. Free for Planetarium Members with. Drake Planetarium. 2020 Sherman Ave., 4th floor of Norwood High School, Cincinnati OH. 513-396-5578. The Winifred and Emil Barrows Lecture Series: Dr. Mark Moffett Intrepid international explorer, biologist, and photographer Dr. Mark W. Moffett, “the Indiana Jones of entomology,” takes us around the globe on a strange and colorful journey in search of the hidden world of ants. $10-$12. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. 3400 Vine St.,

vs. Toledo. Join us for Kids Eat FREE Night and Scout Night!. $13-$25.50. US Bank Arena. 100 Broadway, Cincinnati OH. www. 800-745-3000.

Final Friday Presented by Merchants of Main Street. Open house of shops and galleries from 12th to Liberty streets. Main Street, Cincinnati OH. 513-241-2690. Professional Bull Riders It’s America’s original extreme sport! Come see the PBR that has evolved into a captivating and adrenaline charged sporting event, featuring an all star cast of the greatest bull riders and

bucking bulls in the world!. $72 family fourpack, $47, $32, $22; $12 ages 2-12. Bank of Kentucky Center. 500 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights KY. www.bankofkentuckycenter. com. 800-745-3000.

saturday, March 26 An Old Fashion Slide Show Take an imaginary voyage through the Milky Way. Begin on Earth and travel through our solar system, past near-by stars to the outer reaches of the Milky Way galaxy. Along the way, discover the amazing properties of star clusters, visit regions of star birth, neutron stars and the super massive black hole at its center. Discuss the evolution of our Galaxy from its beginning to its possible ultimate end. Tour the Cincinnati Observatory, learn of its interesting history and see the operation of the telescopes. . $18 per person. Cincinnati Observatory Center. 3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati OH. (513) 3215186. Follow the North Star Family Activity Series Once a month program. Interactive experiences and make a craft to take home. This month’s activity includes 19th Century Children’s Games. Included with admission: $12; $10 ages 60 and up, educators and. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati OH. www. (513)333-7500. Garden Volunteer Days Please bring gloves, water bottle, sunscreen, hat and footwear that can get dirty (and a mid-morning snack if you would like). Tools will be supplied. No experience needed. Individuals and groups are welcome to call to schedule other times to come help out!. FREE. Grailville Retreat and Program Center. 932 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland OH. 513-683-2340. MDA Muscle Walk 2011 So how many muscles does it take to walk? One … your heart! Your victory lap will help the Muscular Dystrophy Association assist local families affected by muscle-damaging diseases. The walk is a family-oriented gathering and light exercise for everyone — children, adults, grandparents, students, corporate teams and more!. University of Cincinnati Recreation Center. 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati OH. www. 513 231-2222. Semi-Annual mops Baby and Kids Sale The Semi-Annual MOPS Baby and Kids Sale will be held at Faith Church (5910 Price Rd - Milford) on Saturday, March 26 from 8am - noon. There will be 45+ sellers with gently used, consignment quality children’s clothing, baby furniture, strollers, toys, books, strollers and more. We will open the doors at 750 for the first 10 people in line. Admission is $1. All sales are CASH ONLY. You can check out on Facebook at Faith MOPS Baby and Kids Sale. Faith Church. 5910 Price Rd, Milford OH. facebook. com/FaithMOPSbabysale. 513-831-3770. CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 43

Tri-State Multiples Spring Clothing, Toy and Equipment Sale Toys, DVDs, videos, games, climbers, kitchen items, strollers, beds, shoes, clothing, books, baby items and more Items are priced to sell as we all have triplets or quadrs and WE NEED THE SPACE. About the Sale: Items are new or gently used. Clothing is available in sizes starting at newborn to children’s size 10+. Come early for best selections. A few reminders and suggestions: Admission is $1.00. We accept CASH ONLY. All sales are final. Check our website for more details. Princeton Community Middle School. 11157 Chester Road, Cincinnati OH. www.tristatemultiples. com/events/sale.asp. 513-555-5555. Window Box Gardening Whether you have a big backyard or live high up in an apartment, gardens are a great way to grow your own food. Get started here with a window Mbox garden created around your favorite foods with support from Chiquita. These interactive family workshops are designed for 5 to 10-yearolds!. Workshops $5/child per session (members); $7/child per session (. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati OH. (513) 287-7000.

sunday, March 27 Smucker’s Stars on Ice Anniversary Tour! Skating Superstars past & present come together for one special production. Experience incredible performances by Evan Lysacek, Sasha Cohen, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva, and more – in an un-


forgettable celebration of our 25th Anniversary, produced by Scott Hamilton. . $131.50, $76.50, $46.50, $26.50. US Bank Arena. 100 Broadway, Cincinnati OH. 800-M745-3000.

monday, March 28 Baby’s Amazing Journey Babies have approximately 200 billion brain cells at birth – twice the number of stars in our galaxy! This eye-opening workshop helps parents navigate the challenging waters of infancy by offering effective strategies for dealing with typical eating, sleeping, & fussiness issues, as well as sharing tips that will guide you through expected developmental milestones, assisting you in helping your child reach their fullest potential. $35/parenting team. Bethesda North Hospital. 10500 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati OH. (513)475-4500.

Tuesday, March 29 Half Pint Kids Club April Fools Sushi Half Pints age 3-8 are invited with a caregiver to explore and try new foods in a fun environment. Join us in the café for this fun food treat. Today we’ll make a yummy creation that is more sweet than savory and will fool your family on April Fool’s Day! . FREE; Registration Required. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason OH. (513) 398-9358.

wednesday, March 30 Non-Stop-Hip-Hop (ages 6-12) Get up and dance Learn some of the latest hiphop moves. Call to register. free. Boone County Public Library. 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington KY. 859-342-2665. Wee Wednesdays Explore all sorts of shapes at the Art Museum! This open house for preschoolers and parents is held on the last Wednesday of the month and offers storytelling and touchable objects. . Free, Registrations not required. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati OH. www. (513) 639-2984. HypnoBirthing:A Celebration of Life! ...returns birthing to the beautiful, peaceful, empowering experience nature intended. This unique childbirth series explodes the myth that suffering must accompany labor! To register: call Bethesda at 475-4500 or visit www.trihealth. com. Registration is $200/birthing team/10week package. Bethesda North Hospital. 10500 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati OH. 513-475-4500.

thursday, March 31 Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Opening Day! Support the Reds as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers!. Varies Per Ticket. Great American Ball Park. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati OH. 513-381-REDS.

Art Explorers at the Miami University Art Museum Art Explorers includes story-time led by the Lane Public Library children’s department followed by a related craft. The program is intended for children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult. Free. Miami University Art Museum. 801 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford OH. 513-529-2232. eat. drink. paint. Includes canvas, paints, brushes, easels, aprons and snacks. Bring your own cocktails. $35. Clifton Cultural Arts Center. 3711 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati OH. (513) 768-5562. Mom’s Night Out Mom’s Night Out is an opportunity for local mothers to get together without the kids to socialize, relax, and be pampered. We know it’s hard being a mom - you deserve a break! Great food, goodies, giveaways & drinks – what could be better! . FREE. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason OH. (513) 398-9358. need even more ideas on fun things to do??? sign up for our e-newsletter at and have the top events delivered right to your inbox! At Cincinnati Parent, we work hard to make sure our calendar information is accurate. However, occasionally event specifics change after we go to press. We encourage our readers to call locations in advance to verify information.

ONGOING EVENTS Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Occurring Daily (except Mon & Tue) Beginning Friday, March 11 Through Sunday, March 20. The Greatest Show On Earth just got Greater with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Barnum’s FUNundrum! Featuring 130 performers from six continents, almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, cowboys, pirates, and mermaids, Barnum’s FUNundrum is a super-sized spectacle so massive you just can’t miss it!. $85, $60, $40, $19.50, $14.50. US Bank Arena. 100 Broadway, Cincinnati OH. 800-745-3000

The Amazing American Circus Poster Occurring Daily (except Mon)Beginning Sunday, February 27 Through Sunday, July 10. Featuring 80 circus posters created between 1878 and 1939, along with materials related to circus advertising by Cincinnatibased Strobridge Lithographing Company. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati OH. 513-721-2787.

The Incredible A-Maze-N FunHouse Occurring Daily (except Wed) Beginning Tuesday, March 01 Through Thursday, March 31. Grand opening in March of The Greatest Funhouse on Earth like an old- time circus midway with sideshow attractions, weird illusions and fun challenges, such as the hysterical tilt room, confusing mirror maze (area’s only real mirror maze), spinning vortex, baffling curtain maze, an “Ames Room” that will make you question your sense of reality, a blacklight planet room, distortion mirrors, and more. Only $4.95 (half-price) during March. EnterTRAINment Junction. 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester OH. (513) 898-8000.

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long seminars at Home Improvement and Ask the Expert stages. Includes Garden Market and RiverSpan Sculpture Preview Exhibition and Sale. Ticket discount available at Home Depot! Check web site for times. $12, free ages 13 and under. $3 discount at any area Kroger with. Duke Energy Convention Center. 525 Elm St., Cincinnati OH. www. 513-352-3750.

Family Jump Time Occurring Each Thursday Through Thursday, April 28. Spend some quality with your kids at Pump It Up. Come play on our giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during our evening Pop-In Playtime! Share quality time and promote physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping at Pump It Up. Enjoy spending time with your family, meeting other families and making new friends in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment. Call Us For Details!. $7.00 per child. Pump It Up. 7724 Service Center Dr., West Chester OH. Call 513.829.7867.

After-School Drama Program Occurring Every Tue & Thu Beginning Tuesday, March 08 Through Saturday, April 16. For ages 10 through 13. Classes will encompass acting, improvisation, theatre skills and a final performance on the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts stage! 4:15 – 5:30 pm each afternoon. Target class size is 25 participants. Admission the program is on a first-come basis. Registration is available immediately. $175.00 for 12 sessions plus performance. The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. 4990 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati OH.


Form From Form: Art from DiscoverY Occurring Daily Through Sunday, March 13. Form From Form features works of art based on the themes of metamorphosis, evolution and change as well as the life and work of the “Father of Evolution”, Charles Darwin. Both children and adults will enjoy the fantastical perspectives and whimsical shapes and colors of the pieces created by leading Cincinnati artists. The styles of the art work ranges from oil paintings and sculpture to mixed media and ceramics. Vary. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati OH. 1.800.733.2077.

Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, February 18 Through Monday, September 05. The world of Cleopatra VII has been lost to the sea and sand for nearly 2,000 years. The exhibition features nearly 150 artifacts from Cleopatra’s time and will take you inside the present-day search for the elusive queen, which extends from the sands of Egypt to the depths of the Bay of Aboukir near Alexandria. $23 adult, $15 child, and $19 senior; with discounts for Members. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati OH. Guys and Dolls 1.800.733.2077. Occurring Every Sun, Fri & Sat Beginning Friday, March 11 Through Sunday, March 20. Highly-acclaimed Broadway and movie hit. Cincinnati Home and $16, $14 students and seniors. Loveland Stage Garden Show Occurring Daily (except Mon & Tue) Begin- Company Theatre. 111 Second St., Loveland OH. ning Saturday, February 26 Through Sunday, March 06. More than 500 displays of ideas 513-683-9687. and trends for the home and garden. Day-

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Ongoing Every Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu. Kids Eat Free Monday-Thursday from 4-7pm at Star Lanes on the Levee (Offer valid for kids 12 and under. For parties of 8 or less. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Offer is valid for 2 free kids meal per accompanying adult). Also, become a fan of Mr. Pin on facebook and receive all of our additional offers FREE. Star Lanes on the Levee. 1 Levee Way, Newport KY. www. 859-652-7250.

Occurring Every Sun, Thu, Fri & Sat Beginning Thursday, February 24 Through Sunday, March 06. Jonathan Larson’s re-setting of “La Bohème” to the loves, conflicts and struggles of young New York fringe artists. $29, $19 students. Patricia Corbett Theater at UC. 513-556-4183.




Newport Aquarium Launches the Flat Penguin Project Occurring Daily Beginning Tuesday, March 01 Through Thursday, March 31. While the Kroger Kingdom of Penguins exhibit is closed for renovations and the penguins are temporarily off-exhibit, we wondered, “If a penguin could go anywhere, where do you think it would go? Where would you take one?” It’s your chance to show us! Just download and print any one (or all three) of the special Flat Penguin pictures from the Newport Aquarium web site and then take a photo with it wherever you are in the world. Have fun. Be creative. Every Wednesday, we’ll randomly select winners! Good luck, and have fun with your new Flat Penguin friends. FREE!. Newport Aquarium. One Aquarium Way, Newport KY. 859261-7444.

Once Upon A Mattress Occurring Every Sun, Fri & Sat Beginning Friday, February 25 Through Saturday, March 05. Musical retelling of fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” All ages welcome!. $15, $12 seniors and students. Anderson Center. 7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati OH. 513-233-2468.

Posters and Essays Contest Occurring Daily Through Friday, April 08, 2011. Sponsored by the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District. The theme is “Forests for People: More Than You Can Imagine!” We want to connect people to the forest and thank trees that help clean the air we breathe. Hamilton County students are eligible to enter each contest: essay contest is for kids in grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12, and kids in K-2 as well as the older ones can participate in the poster contest. For detailed info visit the website. Winners will be selected from each grade level category. FREE. Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. 29 Triangle Park Drive, Suite 2901, Cincinnati OH. 513-772-7645.



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