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WITH FUN Tour family friendly destinations within the state

16 TWEETS, HASHTAGS, LIKES & SELFIES Navigating the landscape of social media

18 THE EFFECTS OF TEXTS How frequent messaging impacts kids


20 KIDS & CYBER SAFETY Online security concerns for children


ADVENTURE What to consider when selecting the right camp experience

42 THE FAMILY DINNER TABLE Finding time for this important place to connect










Cheating, second semester apathy and school stress

24 NEARBY TO TRY Gymnastics and cheer

38 PETE GILBERT... STAY-AT-HOME DAD Toddler penitentiary

40 THOSE IN THE KNOW Real estate professionals














R U a tech n00b? NP!

M e e t T H E S ta f f Pu blisher

Translation: Are you a tech newbie? No problem!

Mary Wynne Cox •

EDITOR Susan Bryant •


Welcome to our

Children and Technology Issue! If our “text speak” had you scratching your head, you’re not alone. While our children are growing up as “digital natives” many parents are struggling to keep pace with the ever-changing online world kids are such a part of. This month we hope to shed some light on the issues of technology that concern moms and dads the most.

Katie Clark •



ACCO UNT EXEC U TIVE Melissa Wittenbaum •

A dvertising C oordinator Karen Ring •

Pu blic R elations // E vents Wendy Cox •

As kids engage more and more by the abbreviated code of texts, how does this style of communication impact their reading and writing skills? Find out in The Effects of Texts. Social media often plays a huge role in the lives of kids (and adults). Tweets, Hashtags, Likes and Selfies discusses the role parents play in determining which sites kids should visit. Finally, Kids and Cyber Safety addresses the primary worry of many parents – online safety and security issues for children. While connecting virtually with one another may be on the rise, the value of “face time” can’t be overstated. The Family Dinner Table discusses the importance of establishing a tradition of mealtime together (even with take out!) and how to make the most of this experience to bond as a family. Also, be sure to check out our suggestions for One Tank Trips and our Camp and Summer Program Guide too. With spring just around the corner, we’ll help you be prepared to take advantage of all the fun warm weather brings! Thanks for picking up this issue of Cincinnati Parent – we hope you enjoy it!


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Editor’s Note: CORRECTION A special thanks to the young man who left a voice mail at our office letting us know of the typo in our February “Fun and Wacky” Calendar. He was indeed correct when he stated that Abraham Lincoln could not possibly have been born in 1908 as we had listed, but was born in 1809. (He also reminded us that Honest Abe was our 16th president and abolished slavery thank you very much.) It’s good to know we have such knowledgeable and attentive readers – of all ages.


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FOR THE EARS AT THE TAFT MUSEUM OF ART The 61st Annual Sunday Chamber Music series continues this spring and will feature both traditional and unexpected chamber ensembles. Performers are drawn from Cincinnati’s diverse and talented roster of professional musicians. Price Hill String Quartet Sunday, March 2nd at 2:30 p.m.

HOME SCHOOL MONDAYS OFFERED Cincinnati Museum Center’s Home School Mondays programs are the perfect addition to any home school curriculum. The learning opportunities feature hands-on lessons using extraordinary exhibits and specimens from the museum’s extensive collections. With options for early childhood through advanced learners, you’ll want to make every Monday a Cincinnati Museum Center Monday! Visit educators/homeschool or call (513) 287-7021 for complete details.

FOR TINY DANCERS Continuing for a third season, Ballet Toybox offers the perfect opportunity to introduce young children to the joy of dance. The program features CBII (Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company) in a mix of ballet and storybook classics. At under an hour and only $20 a ticket, Ballet Toybox is an interactive adventure led by Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan and Director of Education Julie Sunderland. Learn about the essential elements that make up the beauty, humor and inspiring discipline of dance with a range of excerpts from the treasure chest of exciting ballets. But hurry–there’s only one opportunity to see it!

Principally Principals Sunday, April 27th at 2:30 p.m. Carol Dunenvant and Company Sunday, June 1st at 2:30 p.m. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati (513)241-0343 | Cost: Free

DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL? PBS Kids! is hosting a writing contest for young authors in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade. If your child would like to participate, visit www. and choose the “Writer’s Contest” icon, then click on your local station (CET 48.1 Cincinnati) to view the contest rules and create your entry. Get inspired by checking out the past winners section of the site with your child. Hurry, writers have until March 31st to submit their work.

Sunday, March 30th at 2:00 p.m. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati (513)621-5219 |

PREPARE TO BE AMAZED! The circus is coming to Cincinnati this month! Ringling Bros. and Barnum& Bailey’s famous “Built To Amaze” show is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Circus performers from across the globe create the perfect blend of athleticism and bravery, where power meets fearlessness and amazement has no bounds. Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance. Don’t miss it! March 12 - 16th at U.S. Bank Arena Call 1-800-745-3000 or visit to order tickets.


AN “AVANT GARDEN” EXPERIENCE Enjoy the beauty of The Krohn Conservatory this month. Visitors will enjoy a gorgeous spring landscape highlighting a unique variety of exotic spring bulbs, fragrant shrubs and bright annuals. Krohn Conservatory 1501 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati (513) 421-4086 | Cost: $4 regular admission, $2 ages 5-12, free ages 1-4





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Rebecca Wood

Tour family-friendly destinations within the state As the weather warms and spring break approaches, your family may be looking for a change of pace. Consider taking a one tank trip to one (or more) of the many family-friendly destinations in Ohio, including the following list of favorites. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium spans over nearly 600 acres. Almost 10,000 animals live in five exhibits arranged by regions of the world. A sixth regional exhibit, Africa, will be added in May. Jungle Jack’s Landing is an amusement park area within the zoo. Visitors can whiz down a log flume ride or take a spin around Jack’s Tea Party, among other rides. The rides will be open for the season in May. Guests can purchase tickets for individual rides or a wristband for access to all the rides. Zoombezi Bay, a 22-acre water park, is owned and operated by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It features 17 water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river and more. The waterpark opens on May 17th for the season. Visitors can purchase a pass that includes general zoo and water park admittance. Also in Columbus, The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) was named the #1 science center in the country by Parents magazine. COSI features over 300 interactive exhibits in more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. Little Kidspace caters to children kindergarten and under. It includes a water table, health clinic and tree house, among other attractions. Older siblings can enjoy Big KidLab where more age-appropriate activities are planned. Catch a show at the museum’s Extreme Screen Theater, the largest digital screen in Ohio. An additional cost is required for movie admittance.

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium opened its doors in 2012. The aquarium was designed with young visitors in mind. Exhibits are created at a little one’s eye level. The aquarium showcases two touch tanks where guests can feel


green sea anemones at one tank and stingrays at another tank. At the Shark SeaTube gallery, visitors can walk through an 175-foot underwater SeaTube while sharks, moray eels and stingrays swim overhead. The Exploration Station was constructed to resemble a research vessel. Little explorers can steer the ship and visit the captain’s quarters. Kids not tired yet? Pair a trip to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium with a visit to the Great Lakes Science Center, located just a few blocks away.

African Safari Wildlife Park , situated 20 minutes from Sandusky, is a safe refuge for animals. It offers both drive-thru and walk-thru safari tours. At the drive-thru tours, visitors can have the opportunity to meet and feed the animals. Animal inhabitants include buffalo, deer, giraffes and more. The one-price admission provides access to education shows, camel rides, pig races and the safaris. Camel rides, pig races and education shows are only offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Merry-Go-Round Museum sits in the heart of downtown Sandusky. The museum walks visitors through the history and art of the carousel. Guests can watch carvers restore neglected carousel pieces. Visitors can swing around an operating carousel housed in the museum. The admission fee is budget-friendly ($6 for adults, $4 for children 4 to 14, and children under 4 are free).

EnterTRAINment Junction is based halfway between downtown Cincinnati and downtown Dayton. This 80,000 square foot indoor family entertainment center features the world’s largest indoor train display. Visitors can tour the interactive railroad museum. Little ones can climb, slide and bounce in a railroad-themed indoor play area. A new A-Maze-N Funhouse provides the feel of a nostalgic amusement park. Admission to the funhouse requires an additional charge.

Many more family-friendly destinations dot the state. Load up the family and enjoy the discoveries!


footnotes. Thoughts from the margins of a mom's life Train stories

Kelly Blewett

Have I mentioned that my son loves trains? I’m not sure when it began, and I am not sure when it will end. For William every sighting of a train is something akin to a unicorn stepping lightly from a mythical wood. “Train!” he cries. We stop the car, occasionally, pulling over to a parking lot to best view the train’s passage. We imitate the whistle. We identify box cars and tanker cars. And, of course, we play trains at home, linking together puzzle pieces of wooden track and hurrying a magnetized locomotive over the grooves. My imaginative son pretends to be a train, hustling around the house announcing, “There are box cars behind me. Look out!” Predictably I’ve found myself paying a lot of attention to trains, even when my son isn’t by my side. Such was the case when I was driving alone one night, under a full moon, running an errand. I drove down a busy street, and saw railway in the distance. A giant engine came into view and the whistle sounded. The train gleamed under the moon. A red light afforded me the opportunity to linger and watch, delighted. The

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next night when tucking my toddler to bed, I said, “Last night I saw a train in the moonlight.” I told him about the big engine, the bright moon, the cloudless sky, my sense of wonder. And he got it, totally. What could be neater than a train in the moonlight? And now the “train in the moonlight story” has become part of the everyday dialog with my boy, the last thing he wants to hear before he falls asleep.

There’s something wonderful about the way that having children will make you see the world afresh. Sights that once would have chugged by unnoticed become, in this new view, wonders to behold and share. They can even become legends, if only the legends of bedtime stories. My son loves trains, and when his enthusiasm will wane I cannot say. But I am beginning to love trains, too. I am beginning to create train stories, and to share them.

Tweets, Hashtags, Likes & Selfies For Brad and Melissa Wittenbaum, it’s all about establishing a level of trust.

Navigating the landscape of social media Katrina Anne Willis

Instagram, Twitter,, SnapChat, Vine… so appealing to kids and so worrisome for parents. How do families decide what they will and won’t allow their children to use?

“Our older kids (ages 16, 13 and 13) are allowed to use whichever social media platforms they want to as long as they provide us their user names and passwords,” Brad explains. “Our youngest (age 8) is not allowed on social media yet. My wife and I read our kids’ feeds periodically and log on to their accounts every so often. The kids know this is always a possibility, so that helps guide their online decisions.” Sixteen year old Alex uses Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and understands that his parents regularly monitor his accounts. “Social media lets me stay up-to-date with what’s happening with my friends and family,” he explains. In a recent study conducted by Common Sense Media, almost half of teenagers surveyed indicated they preferred face-to-face interactions with their friends. That means the other half prefers communicating via text or online. For these digital natives, social media connections are generally viewed favorably (52% feel that social media has positively influenced their relationships, while only 4% feel their online connections have impacted them negatively). “For us, social media is a great way for the kids to share pictures and updates with out-of-town family and friends. It’s also nice for them to be able to have immediate notification of news and events,” Brad says. “I don’t really see much of a down side to social media usage unless it’s overused. Occasionally, we have


to limit our kids’ access. The general rule is that they can’t be on their devices until all homework and housework is done. They can’t use devices at the dinner table, they have limited usage as car passengers and they’re never allowed to use their devices when they’re driving.”


• Serves as an extension of real-world friendships • Offers speed, accessibility and efficiency in communications • Provides a forum for those with shared interests to exchange ideas • Keeps teens engaged with out-of-town friends and relatives

Alex says he’s never experienced online bullying through social media, but does admit that SnapChat isn’t his favorite app. “Sometimes, it can be a little weird to receive pictures that you’re not expecting,” he says. In addition, he believes there’s merit to setting age limits for usage. “I didn’t open my accounts until I was 14,” he says. “There’s some stuff out there that’s probably not appropriate for younger kids, so I’m glad I waited.”

• Allows users to express themselves through photos, updates and videos • Teaches digital competence by requiring basic web navigation skills • Provides a way for shy teens to socialize online

Instagram seems to be the family favorite right now, but Brad says that changes frequently. “The kids seem to gravitate toward the platforms their friends are currently using. Interestingly enough, Facebook is not a big pull for teens right now.” The Wittenbaum’s social media rules mirror their overall family philosophy. “Trust and honesty are the critical components for us,” Brad explains. “That’s the way our family runs in general. We trust our kids to be open and honest, and we also hold them accountable for the decisions they make. An atmosphere of open family communication, for us, is the key to healthy relationships with each other, with social media and with everything else our kids encounter.”

Social Media cons:

• Can create digital dependency, anxiety and addictive behaviors if overused or used inappropriately • Teens are exposed to increased media influence through ads • Provides an open gateway to the internet • If security features aren’t used, online privacy is compromised



Texting trouble? We asked our Cincinnati Parent readers for their thoughts on texting via an informal Facebook poll, and most responses expressed concern. “[Kids] can’t talk to each other and have no ability to read people by facial expressions,” says Kecia M. “It’s like translating a foreign language,” observes Heather C. regarding the Facebook content posted by teens. Fortunately, the situation may not be as dire as parents fear. Adkins says some researchers believe the cognitive abilities people use in text speak are similar to those developed when learning a second language. Texting language “has rules that it follows just as standard, formal English does,” she says. “I do not necessarily see a negative impact on student writing,” reports Gail Rosero, Upper School English teacher at The Summit Country Day School. “My high school students understand that writing varies depending on the purpose and audience.” She says she has never had a student use text language in an academic essay.


Michelle Shirk

effects of texts

How frequent messaging impacts kids

Do you feel like your child never puts her phone down? A research study published by Common Sense Media in summer 2012 found texting to be the most common form of digital communication among teenagers ages 13 to 17. The study revealed that 87% of teens in that age group had communicated by text, with 68% texting daily. Younger kids are getting in on the action as well. Laura Adkins, 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher at The Summit Country Day School, estimates that about half of the school’s 6th grade students and most of its 8th grade students own a personal cell phone. Given the popularity of texting, what are its effects on kids’ reading, writing and conversational skills? 18 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM // MARCH 2014

Similarly, Adkins says she has not observed an impact on middle students’ reading skills as a result of texting. “If anything, I feel that students are reading more than they have previously because so much of communication takes place online or via text messaging,” she says. “Research shows that the more students read, the more fluent they become as readers.” Adkins believes that the discomfort middle school students often feel with face-to-face and phone conversations stems not from overuse of texting, but “from the fact that this age tends to be slightly socially awkward.” As a result, The Summit’s faculty makes a concerted effort to teach social skills to their students.

Texting tips For parents concerned about texting’s impact on their children, our interviewees offer some suggestions. Adkins recommends parents “help students think critically about situations so that [they] are able to individually determine whether or not texting language is appropriate.” She offers the example of a child inside Starbucks who texts to her mom waiting in the car, “Super long line. UGH!” Adkins says she would discuss with the child why this text is appropriate in terms of relationship and context, and brainstorm situations where this type of communication would not be appropriate. Rosero notes there are probably many reasons for parents to limit and monitor their children’s texting. However, her primary suggestion for parents is to focus on increasing their child’s reading. Rosero recommends choosing literature that contains rich language and ideas, or poetry with condensed language and vivid imagery. The bottom line? Texting and text speak are an inescapable part of modern life. “Teachers and parents may be able to convince a few students that using texting language is inappropriate, but I would guess that we would be fighting a losing battle, generally,” says Adkins. She suggests that instead, parents and teachers look at this new development in language as an opportunity to help kids think critically about this form of expression.



kids & Online security concerns for children Jennifer Garcia

“The web is the primary way our children will learn, work, and interact with the world around them,” says Kevin Lavelle, web and social media expert and Director of Web and Media for the Office of University Communications at Xavier University. “Helping our children learn, ask questions and grow in a positive, appropriate manner is the best way to balance our children’s desire to be online and keep them safe.”

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), one of the most important safeguards kids should learn is how to protect their personal information – including name, address, school name, telephone number, photo, social security number, and usernames and passwords. This information should never be given to anyone, even friends. Parents can help


their kids develop strong email passwords, which should include upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Even without knowing personal information, hackers can still find their way into your home computer through seemingly benign websites. The FTC warns kids to “watch out for free stuff,” such as free games or ring tones where malware may be hiding. Before downloading anything, double-check the source and scan it with security software. “Criminals frequently target children and teens because they often lack the context and experience necessary to avoid online crime or scams,” says Lavelle. He suggests creating a separate computer profile for a child and using parental controls to block certain websites. Install security software and a pop-up blocker. Most importantly, develop positive web usage practices with your children, such as not clicking on unknown links or providing personal information. “Children should never be involved with financial transactions of any kind online. All financial transactions should be handled directly by an adult.” There are some red flags parents can watch for to detect malicious websites. Some websites may mirror the appearance of a well-known, safe site, but can be distinguished by a slightly different web address. In general, .org and .edu websites are considered reputable. As a general rule, stick to known entities and brands, says Lavelle, such as Disney and PBS Kids. Allowing children the

freedom to explore safe sites like these will provide them an environment in which it’s safe to ask questions and explore the internet. “I think it’s healthy for everyone, children and adults alike, to be cautious online,” he says. The internet is a powerful learning and communication tool, and hands-on experience and guidance from parents will help children grow into responsible users. With billions of websites and pieces of online content, learning how to discern between good and bad information is a skill children must develop through experience, guided by the wisdom of their parents. “My advice for parents to help balance safety with their children’s desire to be online is to take an active and ongoing role in their child’s technological development,” says Lavelle.

“The internet is a constantly, quickly evolving space for everyone – children and adults. It’s particularly important for parents to be actively engaged in educating their children about appropriate online behavior, best practices and safety concerns.”

Internet Safety Resources PBS Kids Webonauts Internet Academy Interactive game that teaches key issues of web safety

Department of Homeland Security Stop. Think. Connect.

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team Unique risks associated with children Internet Safety net_safety.html




ask Cheating, second semester apathy and school stress Deb Krupowicz



We have all learned the value of praising kids’ positive actions to reinforce a behavior. When praise is not enough to encourage responsibility, other consequences are needed. Children have learned the cause-effect relationship between choices and consequences long before school age. By school age, they should expect a negative consequence when they neglect responsibilities.


This is when parenting gets tough. Make a list of your daughter’s privileges. Include all non-mandatory activities and technology devices. Instead of “grounding” her to stay home for a defined time, select specific privileges and eliminate them indefinitely, requiring her to exhibit responsibility to earn them back. If this is not leading to the desired result, add to the restricted list. No one delights in making a child uncomfortable, but sometimes it is necessary.

My son recently cheated on a test. I had no idea he was under so much stress that he felt like he had to cheat to do well. What can I do to help him understand that he does not need to cheat? When a child cheats, whether the child is six or sixteen, first we need to make it very clear that there is no acceptable reason for cheating. It is wrong. If this is the first time your child has cheated, a discussion may be the appropriate consequence at home. Explain how significant the consequences for cheating become as he gets older: receiving a zero on an assignment in middle school, being dropped from the course in high school, being expelled from school in college, being fired from a job in adult life. There are significant consequences for this behavior. Then, if the teacher is unaware, require that your son take responsibility for his mistake by telling his teacher. If the teacher is already aware, support the teacher’s consequence. Require your child to write a note of apology as a way to earn restitution. Whether or not he is feeling genuine remorse, he will be learning the appropriate steps to be taken when he makes a serious mistake. Understanding why your child cheated is important, but saving that discussion until a few days later will prevent your child from receiving a mixed message. You do not want to risk him misinterpreting that there may be an acceptable reason to cheat. However, understanding whether the motivation was peer pressure, internal personal pressure or simply poor preparation will give you the opportunity to teach him some strategies to avoid being in the same situation again.


By this time each year my daughter stops doing homework. She claims that she is bored and just shuts down. Her grades drop, and she doesn’t seem to care. How can I make her do her work?


Brace yourself for a personal, negative reaction from your daughter. Do your best to remove yourself emotionally. Ignore the cold shoulder. Seize opportunities to show that while you are not going to condone unacceptable behaviors, you love her.


My kids are so stressed about school. I just don’t understand it. School should be fun! Are there ways to bring the fun back?


To keep stress manageable, start with the basics. Make sure your children are getting sufficient rest and are eating balanced meals. When those needs are met, children are better equipped to deal with the stress they face. Although you cannot control what happens in school, you can control other things related to school. Have supplies organized so that homework can happen efficiently and time isn’t wasted gathering what is needed. Stick to a routine to eliminate any additional stress that comes from lost or forgotten homework or materials and to make getting ready for school and completing tasks go as smoothly as possible. Find ways to make light of homework time. You and your child might take pictures during homework and create funny captions for them to insert some humor. Put a star on a chart for each time one of you says an agreed upon word like “because.” You can call a homework “time out” for a free throw shooting contest on the driveway or a coloring activity at the table. Set a mid-week break time that is homework and activity free – just to play. Evaluate your child’s weekly schedule. Is it too jam-packed to allow for needed rest? Are there daily opportunities for ample down time? Help your child see that while he or she can certainly do anything and everything that he or she is interested in, it is not in anyone’s best interest to try to do them all at one time. >> Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four and current teacher. Deb holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at asktheteacher@






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Do you have a child that seems to be in constant motion? Is your bed used as a trampoline or your couch a vault for daring tricks? Rather than squelch all that natural energy and enthusiasm, consider channeling it in a positive way through gymnastics and cheer! The Cincinnati area offers many places where kids can perfect their flips and dismounts in a gym versus your living room. Check out a sampling here! Blue Ash YMCA Gymnastics Blue Ash YMCA gymnastics classes for ages 3 and up as well as a USAG based competitive gymnastics team program. YMCA programs are centered on teaching children they can achieve by using YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. For more information contact us at Ages/Grades: Open to children 3 years of age and older. 5000 YMCA Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45242 Contact: Barb Peters, Gymnastics Team & Progressive Gymnastics Coordinator, E-mail:

(513) 791-5000 |

Clippard Family YMCA Whether you are looking for morning or evening tumbling for your child, look no further than the Clippard Family YMCA! We offer a “mommy and me” Mini Movers class for 2-3 year olds, Tots and Tumblers classes for preschool age, and some advanced tumbling techniques for 6-12 year olds. Ages/Grades: Ages 2-12. 8920 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251 Contact: Tim Lutz, E-mail:

(513) 923-4466 |

DIANA’S DANCE & FITNESS WEAR Named by Cincinnati Magazine as “Best Dancewear Shop in the City!” Featuring the largest selection of name brand dance, gymnastics, skate, and cheer body wear (including shoes, tights, and accessories) for adults and children.

Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA holds gymnastic classes on a daily basis. This Y is home to the Powel Crosley Jr. Monarchs Gymnastic team. Many of the 53 girls on the team started taking classes at this Y and now train year round and compete for the Monarchs. Already this year, more than 20 of their athletes have qualified for the YMCA National Gymnastics Competition that will be held in Tampa, Florida in July. This growing program at the Powel Crosley Jr. Y develops athletes in basic gymnastics skills all the way to district, regional and national medal winners! The team, run by the Head Coach Kristin Gallo and a Volunteer Parent board, work collaboratively to ensure safety, promote YMCA values and most of all have fun. Ages/Grades: Progressive classes age range from 2.5-12. Our USAG competitive team ranges age 6-high school senior.

8958 Blue Ash Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 Contact: Diana Queen, Owner, E-mail:

9601 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 41011 Contact: Kristin Gallo/ Gymnastics Head Coach/ Coordinator, E-mail:

(513) 792-0970 |

(513) 521-7112 | or


Premier Tumbling and Dance Premier is going into it’s 10th year! We offer tumbling classes for every level and all styles of dance for all ages. We have recreational classes as well as competitive teams, and Adult Fitness Classes! We are “your” dance and tumbling studio. Ages/Grades: Parent and Tot classes start at 18 months and go up to 18 years. We also offer Adult Fitness classes. 679 Loveland Madeira Rd., Loveland, OH 45140 Contact: Angie McNeil/Choreographer & Marketing Director, E-mail:

(513) 677-1240 |

Queen City Storm at Kids FIrst Sports Center Queen City Storm has become one of the premier All Star Cheerleading programs in Cincinnati. This is not just any cheer program. We offer a safe environment for cheerleaders to develop and grow. Whether you are a seasoned cheerleader or brand new to competitive cheer, we have the squad for you. Our clinics are set for May. Continue to check our website closer to the month of clinics for more details. Ages/Grades: 4-18 yrs. 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 Contact: Heather Zumberge/Cheer Director, E-mail:

(513) 489-7575 |

R.C. Durr YMCA We offer beginning to advanced level gymnastics and tumbling classes. Whether your child wants to learn a chartwheel or wants to advance their skills we have a class to fit. We also offer beginning cheerleading and tumbling classes that focus on skills needed in gymnastics and cheerleading. Ages/Grades: 18 months - 14 years old. 5874 Veterans Way, Burlington, KY 41005 Contact: Emily Hellmann Gymnastics Coordinator, E-mail:

(859) 534-5700 |

WESTSIDE ACADEMY OF GYMNASICS Classes for children from 18 months thru adulthood. Recreational and competitive classes! Gymnastics is flippin’ fun! Come see our new facility at our Open House on April 27 from 1-4. Class and team demonstrations, as well as information to prevent sports injuries available at the Open House. Ages/Grades: 18 months thru adults. 5775 Filview Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45248 Contact: Kim Bayliss, E-mail:

(513) 479-0753 |

Other gymnastics and cheer opportunities to consider: Acrocheer Gymnastics & Cheerleading Flip-N-Twist Gymnastics Go 2 Grow Gymnastics Gymnastics Central Gym-Nation Midwest Cheer Elite Perfection Gymnastics The Little Gym Top Flight Gymnastics MARCH 2014 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM


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Peg L. Smith, CEO, American Camp Association

S u mmer A dvent u re What to consider when selecting the right camp experience Don’t let the summer be wasted! Here is what awaits your child: experiential learning opportunities, caring adult role models, time spent in nature and being active, new friendships and fun. Quality camp experiences provide “all of the above” to over 10 million children annually. Each camp has its own unique way of delivering these experiences and things like session length, activities offered and cost vary from camp to camp. When you’re looking for the right camp this summer, consider the following:

your camper The biggest factor to consider is your child. What are his or her interests? What does he or she want to get out of the camp experience? Make sure he or she is involved in the process of choosing the right camp – this is a family decision!

day or resident camp Both day and resident camps are great options! Consider your family’s needs and schedule. The age and maturity level of your child also factor into this decision. Has your child had positive experiences being away from home in the past?


ask questions After finding camps that interest you, speak with the camp director. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions! The American Camp Association (ACA) recommends finding out the staff-tocamper ratio, how issues like discipline or homesickness are handled, etc. Visit the ACA web site for a list of questions to ask when choosing a camp.

first-time campers Whatever camp you choose, make sure first-time campers feel confident about the experience before the first day. Involving your child in the camp selection process helps them own the decision. Let your child talk about their feelings. Stay positive and express your confidence in their ability to handle camp. And it doesn’t hurt to send a card or note to your camper that will arrive on the first day!

a parent’s top concern Ask if the camp is accredited by ACA or not. If not, ask why. ACA accreditation is some of the best evidence that the camp is committed to your child’s health and safety.

Choosing a summer adventure should be a fun and thoughtful process. ACA’s parent and family web site, www., offers guidance, resources and tips from the experts when it comes to choosing and preparing for the right camp. Happy searching, and have a safe and fun summer! With four decades of experience as a change agent in youth development and transformation, Peg L. Smith is the chief executive officer of the American Camp Association® (ACA). ACA is the champion of better tomorrows — providing resources, research, and support for developmentally appropriate camp experiences. Learn more at or





P ROGR A M DAY CAMPS Academy Kung Fu Tai Chi 4927 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45238, Phone: 513-481-4406, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Dates: Session 1: June 9th-June 13th, 10:00a-2:00p M-F; Session 2: June 16th-June 20th, 10:00a-2:00p M-F; Session 3: July 7th-July 11th, 10:00a-2:00p M-F Cost: $170/session

Real Kung fu techniques. Tien Shan Pai & Northern Shaolin Kung fu taught by certified Kung Fu instructors. Building life skills, only school in Cincinnati that is member of United State Kuo Shu (Kung Fu) Federation. 2 World Certified Judges,11 members made the United States Kung Fu Team 2000-2009. It’s something you always wanted to do.

Art Works in Anderson 6450 Sherman Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230, Contact: Sharon Obermeyer, Phone: 513-232-3648, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June through August Ages/Grades: 4-10

Ages/Grades: Grades 1-12 Cost: $450-$750

Academic summer camps focusing on improving content knowledge. Camps are offered in the areas of Language Arts / Reading, Math (Algebra, Algebra II, Calculus, Trigonometry, etc), Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) and many more! Individual ACT / SAT and HSPT prep sessions also offered.

Camp-A-Palooza 7900 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Megan Smith, K-7th grade Camp; Joanie Weghorst, Preschool Camp, Phone: (513) 489-7575, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Sports Dates: June 9 - August 22, 2014 Ages/Grades: 3yrs-7th grade, (8th & 9th Graders are eligible for Leader in Training Program *requires application) Cost: $259 per week (K-7th) - includes lunch, field trips, t-shirt and backpack!

With 108,000 square feet of children’s sports activities under one roof, Kids First is the premier destination for summer camp! Camp-aPalooza offers a full day summer camp for K-7th graders and our early learning center, The Campus at Kids First, offers a preschool camp for 3-5 year olds. There truly is NO summer camp like it!

Camp at the J

Autry Academic Summer Camps


archery, Camp at the J also offers programs such as recycled art, silly science, social action projects and more!

Camp Safari 801 W. Main Street, Lebanon, OH 45036, Contact: Margie Powelson, Phone: 513-228-0333, Email:

Art Classes (with real drawing and painting instruction) for kids who like art ages 4 through 10.

8078 E. Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45255, Contact: Dr. Davis, Executive Director, Phone: 513-474-7407, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Special Needs, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: June and July 2014


8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Nikki Sandor, Camp at the J Operations Manager, Phone: 513-792-5657, Email: nsandor@ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Sessions offered from June 9 - August 15, 2014 Ages/Grades: For children entering grades K - 8. Cost: Dependent upon number of weeks child attends.

Camp at the J provides great social, educational and cultural opportunities that foster friendships and features good old fashioned fun. In addition to traditional activities such as swimming and

Dates: 7/22-7/25 and 8/5-8/8, 2014 Ages/Grades: Ages 5-12 Cost: $79 per child with $5 discount after first child

Camp Safari is coming to Jump Stop SafariLebanon! T-Shirt, snack, beverage, & Arcade tokens are provided. $79 for one child & $5 discount for each sibling, ages 5 to 12! MegaPlayground, team-building, crafts, and Safari Learning Center during 3-hour morning sessions!

CCDSummer 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243, Contact: Tina Moulin, Coordinator of Summer Programs, Phone: (513)979-0365, Email: Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 9 - August 1, 2014 Ages/Grades: 18 months - grade 12 Cost: $150 per week (half-day) - $1,200 for 4-weeks (full-day)

Our weekly day camps are led by degreed and experienced teachers who provide engaging activites that foster academic and social experiences for children 18 months - grade 6. Weekly courses are available for students age 5 - grade 12 in the areas of arts, athletics, and academics. Some courses are available for high school credit.

Central Montessori Academy 1904 Springdale Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231, Contact: Cheri Hauer, Phone: 513-742-5800, Email: Kpatterson@centralmontessoriacademy Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional

Dates: June 9 - August 8, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Ages/Grades: Ages 3-6 years Cost: Weekly rates range from $120

Central Montessori Academy’s early childhood and elementary Montessori summer programs are designed to nurture children’s curiosity, creativity and intellect. These goals are met through many outdoor activities (like playing on our NEW Natural Playground), special theme weeks, project-based learning opportunities, inspiring learning environments and our energetic teachers. Activities Included: Summers at CMA are based in our Montessori approach to learning and discovery. Each week offers unique opportunities that facilitate children’s growth and provide endless opportunities for fun and exploration!

Cincinnati Art Museum ARTventures Classes 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-721ARTS, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 17-August 14, 2014 on Tuesdays and Thursdays Ages/Grades: Ages 5-8 and 9-12 Cost: $10/session- members $20/session- nonmembers, series pricing also available

Delve into art with eight weeks of classes packed with exciting art projects, gallery games, and more! Each week, children will discover all aspects of visual art through various themes and activities.

Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center 4244 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223, Contact: Sharon Said /Co-Owner, Phone: 513-591-2332, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 9 through August 16, 2014 Ages/Grades: 3 to 5 Cost: $10/class

Dinosaurs, outer space, under the sea, bugs & bubbles each week will be a new theme that preschoolers love to explore!

Cincinnati Museum Center Camps 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203, Contact: Jamie Robertson, Manager, Youth Public Programs, Phone: (513)287-7021, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Weekly, June 16th – Aug. 8th, 2014 Ages/Grades: 2nd-7th grade Cost: $200-$250

(Various themes available. Check website for details.)



CincyNature Camp 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150, Contact: Sharon Renner, Phone: 513-831-1711, Email: srenner@ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, Traditional Dates: June-August 2014 Ages/Grades: 3-15

Explore, Discover, Play & Create at Cincinnati Nature Center Summer Camps. Kids will actively challenge their minds and bodies immersed in creative play in the great outdoors. Each camp offers unique age-appropriate activities that expose children to new and exciting adventures surrounded by forest, fields, streams and ponds. Come join the fun!

Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy Summer Programs Cincinnati Ballet: 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214, Contact: Heather Cameron, Academy Assistant, Phone: 805-562-1101, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 16 - August 1, 2014 Ages/Grades: Ages 4+ Cost: $175+

Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy offers several summer programs to keep students dancing. Each program is designed to address the specific needs to each student.

Cincinnati Parks’ Summer Nature Day Camps Day Camps are located at Ault Park, Burnet Woods, California Woods, French Park, LaBoiteaux Woods and Stanbery Park, Contact: Diane Wente, Phone: 513-321-6208 ext 11, Email: dianne.wente@

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Day Camp 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-421-3888, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 16 - Aug. 1, 2014 Ages/Grades: Grades one to 12 Cost: $175 to $285 when purchased by June 1st

One-week, full-day camps for children entering grades 3 to 12; One-week, half-day camps for children entering grades 1 and 2. Each week offers acting. Then, campers can choose circus training, Shakespeare, musical theatre, playmaking, puppetry, stage combat, improvisation, movement and more. Select the theme that interests your camper most.

Cincinnati Reds Baseball/ Softball Camps Located at Beechwood HS in Ft. Mitchell, KY; Summit Country Day in Cincinnati, Mason HS in Mason; Harrison HS in Harrison; Reds MLB Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati, Contact: Tim Rappe, Executive Director, Phone: 855-846-7337, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Dates: Beechwood HS: 6/2-6/6, Harrison HS: 6/16-6/20, Mason HS: 6/30-7/4, , Reds Urban Youth Academy: 7/21-7/25, Centerville HS: 7/28-8/1, Summit Country Day: 8/4-8/8 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395

Official Camps of the Reds. 30 hrs. of World Class baseball/softball training and unforgettable Reds experience. Meet a top player at GABP. 30 hrs. of instruction. Bring a buddy and save $25. Maybe the best baseball camp in America. Camps sold out last year so register early. Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American, full Reds uniform, 4 game tickets. Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals, Arts, Traditional Dates: June 9 - August 2, 5 different camps each week Ages/Grades: Ages 3 - 14, depending on specific camp Cost: $45 - 80 per week of camp

Our camps are voted “Best of the City” by you for the best value in educational, fun-filled outdoor activities. Daily hikes, arts/crafts, outdoor games, live animals and hands-on activities. NEW CAMPS: Harry Potter, H2Whoa! and “BIG” Kid for ages 50 plus. Activities are new each year! Online registration at:


Circus Mojo Summer Camp 326 Elm Street, Ludlow, Ky 41016, E-mail: info@, Phone Number: 859-360-7757 Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 9th - August 11 Ages/Grades: 7-17 (ages 4-6 June 16 & July 14) Cost Range: $200-$225

Circus Mojo is a circus arts program that teaches juggling, trapeze, gym wheel, hat tricks, partner acrobatics, plate spinning tightwire walking, ball and stilt walking, and character development through theatrical clowning. In this multidimensional class, combining humor, grace, and athleticism, students are encouraged to conquer doubt and learn a variety of skills in a non-competitive environment.

CMH Summer Camp 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Michelle Meder, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping Dates: Week of June 16, June 23, July 7, July 14, July 21, 2014 Ages/Grades: 3-12 year olds Cost: $120/half-day program

All of our camps are open to EVERYONE, not just CMH students. Morning camps run from 9-12, Afternoon camps from 1-4. If the camper is staying all day, they are welcome to bring a packed lunch, no nuts allowed, and will be supervised to eat and play until the afternoon session begins. If you need Early Bird (8-9) or Aftercare(4-6), we offer those each week. For specific week activities, check out all of our camp listings at

CompassQuest 2014 9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Laura Carr, Executive Director, Phone: 513-683-8833, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: School Programs (Before/After), Traditional Dates: June, July, August Ages/Grades: Ages 6-12 Cost: $210/week

Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts & crafts, food, games, and more. What could be more fun than weekly visits to the swimming pool with your friends as well as entertaining field trips related to the theme-of-theweek? We’ll also enjoy guest speakers, shows, recreation, sports, and more.

Creativities Summer Camps 7010 Miami Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45243, Contact: Christine Parker, Phone: 513.272.1500, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June through mid-August Ages/Grades: 6 - 18 Cost: $150- $200

In the heart of downtown Madeira in a lovely 1800’s Victorian with porches, yards and gardens. The best camps in the city for kids & teens that want to paint, build, design, write, garden, cook and create! Indoor and outdoor activities from Fine Arts to Fashion Design. Featured in Midwest Living and Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best of the City!” We’ll take wonderful care of your children.

Gorman Heritage Farm – Farm Camp 10052 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Jamie Stoneham, Camp Director, Phone: (513)5636663, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals Dates: June 2-August 15, 2014/ sessions vary by age and theme; parents should register early! Ages/Grades: Camps for children ages 4-15 Cost: $60-$230/week

Be a farm kid! Camp activities include: interacting with barnyard animals, exploring the woods, garden fun, games, hiking, crafts, music and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking, vet & science. Camp sessions scheduled by age group; please see our website for full brochure. Thyme for Farming Fun!

Great Outdoor Camps 10245 Winton Rd., Cincinnati, Oh 45231, Phone: 513-521-PARK Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping Dates: June 9-June 13, July 7-July 11 and July 21-July 25, 2014 Ages/Grades: 8-14 Cost: Early Bird Price: $280, Regular Price: $300

Five fabulous days in the park! Enjoy the different outdoor experiences of Winton Woods and a visit to Miami Whitewater Forest. Activities include low ropes course, horseback riding, golfing, hiking, canoeing or kayaking, rock-wall climbing, wetland exploration and more! The adventures are endless with Great Parks! Different experiences all day, every day.

Greenacres Summer Camps 8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati, OH 45424, Contact: Andy DeLay, Education Director, Phone: 513-891-4227, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Varies by camp Ages/Grades: Varies by camp Cost: Varies by camp

Greenacres Summer Camps offer something for everyone! We have art, environment, equine, garden, culinary, and aquatic adventure camps various times throughout the summer season. Each of our camps are hands-on, small group camps led by a caring professional staff. Log onto today to view our 2014 Summer Camp Guide. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Hubbard Family Swim School Kids First Sports Complex: 7900 E. Kemper Road, (East Kemper Rd. & Reed Hartman Hwy), Cincinnati, OH 45249, Phone: 513.530.0123 Basic Category: Sports Dates: Year round, indoor

Get ready now for summer camp - work on your swim skills! Our priority is to teach children to love and respect the water. We are committed to providing swim lessons that build confidence and teach water safety skills in a child centered environment. Our international reputation for excellence in teaching has grown as a result of our passion for teaching and our learn-to-swim MARCH 2014 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM


techniques. As our students grow from babies to toddlers to pre-teens we focus our lessons on teaching skills to help your child excel.

Indian Springs Academy Music Camps 9690 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Sheila Vail, Phone: (513) 779-7070, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Traditional

Students will enrich their musical knowledge and have a wonderful experience in our age appropriate Summer Camps for Guitar, Violin, Music Theory, Music Harmony and History!

iSPACE Summer Camps 3254 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Sue Hare, Education Project Manager, Phone: 513.612.5786, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Arts

iSPACE award winning programs transform campers into robotics engineers and rocket scientists as they take part in a thrilling summer adventure. Our engaging, hands-on programs make learning exciting and build the skills students need for success. iSPACE is a not-forprofit organization that provides science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

Lazer Kraze Spring Break Camps 7082 Columbia Rd, Maineville (Mason), OH or 1335 Donaldson Hwy, Erlanger, KY, Contact: Maggie, Phone: 513-339-1030 or 859-371-5729, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Hours: 10am-3pm Dates: March 25-27 in Mason and April 8-10 in Erlanger Ages/Grades: 7-12 yrs Cost: $99

Campers 7-12 yrs will have a great time working with each other in a program designed to increase leadership, social and team skills. They’ll sharpen their teamwork skills with unlimited laser tag and get the ultimate in exercise with two 30 minute jump sessions each day in the Trampoline Park.

Mad Science Located at The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori School: 4460 Berwick Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45227 AND Other assoted Tri-State locations, Contact: Eugene Wulsin, Phone: 513-793-6784, Email:

34 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM // MARCH 2014 Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Traditional Dates: Weeks of June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, July 21 & August 4, 2014 Ages/Grades: Ages 5-12/ Grades K-6 Cost: $100.00-$250.00

Interactive, hands-on science programs for ages 5 - 12. Half- and full-day programs at locations throughout the area, June through August. Content is correlated to State of Ohio Education standards. Children enjoy “make and/or take home” projects and activities each day. Programs range from $10 - $15 per classroom hour. Sibling and early registration discounts available.

McNicholas High School Summer Camps

6536 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, Oh 45230, Contact: Angie Noble, Director of Communications, Phone: 513-231-3500 ext.5824, Email: anoble@ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports, Traditional Dates: June 9-June 27, 2014 Ages/Grades: Grades 1-9 Cost: Beginning at $60

Launch into Summer 2014 with the Rockets! McNicholas High School is excited to again offer summer day camps for students entering grades 1-9! Camps run the weeks of June 9, 16, and 23 and include over 25 options for our Rocket Athlete Champ Camps and our Blast Off for Fun Camps.

Premier Tumbling and Dance Summer Camps 679 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Angie McNeil/ Choreographer, Phone: 513-677-1240, Email: Basic Category: Sports Dates: Weeks vary June - August Ages/Grades: Ages 3 & Up Cost: $125-$225/week each child

We have 4 weeks of pure fun planned for your camper! Our studio will be transformed to showcase each week’s theme! Take a trip to a Princess Castle, join a circus, or jump on board a cruise ship in one of our themed camps! OR become a lost boy in our Musical Theatre Broadway camp production of Peter Pan!

Springer School and Center 2121 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: 871-6080 ext. 402 Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: June 16 - July 11, 2014

“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.

Summer Challenge Mason Location: 7818 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040, Email:, Phone: 513-336-7799 West Chester Location: 6860 Fountains Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069, Email: center191@sshouse. com, Phone: 513-779-0003 Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Mason: June 9 to August 6; West Chester June 4 to August 20 Ages/Grades: For ages 5-12, Junior Camp for children under 5 Cost: Contact center for details

The Sunshine House is one of the largest childcare and early education providers in the country and has been educating young children for 38 years. We know summer is all about fun, adventure, discovery and meeting new friends – and that’s what Summer Challenge is all about! Your camper will have tons of new experiences while going on exciting field trips, engaging in fun activities both indoors and out, and meeting special guests. Summer Challenge also features the popular NFL Play 60 and the Think Stretch Summer Learning Program! Schedule a tour of our school to experience the difference today!

Summer Fun Camp 1345 Grace Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Mrs. Julie Vail, Director of Preschool Ministry, Phone: 513.979.8191, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: August 18 - August 22; 9 am - Noon Ages/Grades: Children ages 3-5 Cost: $165.00 (daily snack and all camp supplies provided)

Come join us for some end-of-summer fun at Summer Fun Camp! We will be providing a variety of different camps to choose from in late August. For more specific information and registration materials please visit our website.

The Kinder Garden Schools BLUE ASH:10969 Reed Hartman Highway, Blue Ash, OH 45242, Phone: 791-4300; WEST CHESTER: 5900 West Chester Road, West Chester, OH 45069, Phone: 874-3100 Grades: 6 weeks through kindergarten

Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. In our Kinder Garden, we provide formative



encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Kinder Garden School is devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency in a full supportive, fertile, fun setting. ENLIGHTENMENT IS OUR MISSION.

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

The Seven Hills School Summer Program

ZOO Camps

5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Contact: Jill Romerill, Co Director, Phone: 513-728-2380, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, School Programs (Before/After), Sports, Traditional Dates: June 16, 2014 - August 8, 2014 Ages/Grades: Ages 3-18

For ages 3 to 18, sessions include arts, technology, field trips, sports, and academics — half-day or full-day — led by Seven Hills’ faculty or by professionals from our community. Early Childhood programs feature weekly themes that spark imagination and natural curiosity through hands-on learning experiences. Early Bird and After Care.

YMCA Camp Arrowhead 6703 Yankee Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Joey Ayers, Phone: 513-779-3917, Email: Joe.Ayers@ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 2 - August 15, 2014 Cost: Members: $135.00 day, $170.00 extended, $110.00 CIT; NonMembers: $175.00 day, $210.00 extended, $140.00 CIT

Camp Arrowhead is designed to provide campers with a variety of experiences in a well supervised camp setting. Each week will include a special theme. Don’t miss a great opportunity! Registration begins March 9, 2014. Join us for an open house on May 20th.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps 2014 12 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Phone: 513-362-YMCA

3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Oh 45220, Phone: 513-559-7767, opt. 4

Dates: July 27 - August 2 and August 3–9, 2014 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 9 Cost: $1100/wk

A unique and exciting introduction to overnight camping for boys and girls ages 6 -9. These one-week programs are designed with care to guide the campers in being successful with their first great “Young Adventure” away from home. 1:2 staff/camper ratio provides individual attention, instruction and parental oversight. (Program same as Falcon Traditional Camp) activities include horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, archery, air rifles, crafts, sports, fishing, nature study, sailing and much more. Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals, Traditional Dates: March 24-April 18, and May 26-August 15, 2014 Ages/Grades: Varies per camp Cost: Register before March 24th and SAVE $15 per participant!

If you are looking for a fun, safe, and educational camp during spring or summer break, the Zoo’s got it! All Zoo Camps are age-appropriate and are guaranteed to be a WILD time. Featuring age-appropriate topics weekly! Half-Day Camps (Summer only) and Full-Day Camps (Spring Break & Summer) available.


GERI Summer Residential Camp 100 N University St., West Lafayette, IN 47907, Contact: Dr. Marcia Gentry, Phone: 765-494-7241, Email: Dates: June 29 - July 26 Ages/Grades: Grades 5 - 12 Cost: 5th-6th grade / one week ($975) , 7th-12th grade / two weeks ($1,950)

Summer Residential is a summer program for high-ability students in grades 5-12 held annually at Purdue University. Courses cover a variety of interest areas including: engineering, medical sciences, 3-D printing, art, leadership, chemistry, psychology, and more! Join students from around the world (e.g. Colombia, Greece, China, Saudi Arabia, Korea....) in challenging and enriching experiences you will never forget!

Falcon Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email: info@ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: 2,4,6,8 week sessions available from June 15 – August 9, 2014 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 16 Cost: $2225 to varies

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. Activities Include sailing, horseback riding, riflery, archery, tennis, crafts, drama, woodslore, canoeing, swimming, basketball, softball, sports, overnight camping, dances, creative arts, video, mountain biking and much more!

Israel Travel and Overnight Jewish Camping Grants 8499 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Karyn Zimerman, Overnight Jewish Camping & Israel Travel Grant Administrator, Phone: 513-985-1534, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Study Abroad/International, Teen Tours/Travel, Traditional Ages/Grades: overnight camp age - age 26

Our kids are our future. This summer, give them a strong Jewish identity, pride in their heritage and a personal connection to Israel. The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, offers generous funding for overnight Jewish camping and Israel travel grants and associated programming. Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Registration begins March 1, 2014. Camps run May through August; dates for each camp are available on the website. Ages/Grades: Ages 3-15 Cost: Cost varies depending on each camp. Pricing and camp brochures are available on our website. 36 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM // MARCH 2014

Falcon Young Adventure Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey Director/Owner, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional

YMCA Camp Ernst of Cincinnati 7615 Camp Ernst Rd, Burlington, KY 41005, Contact: Megan Gierhart, Program Director, Phone: 859-5866181, Fax: 859-586-6214, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed

Basic Category: Traditional Dates: One week sessions June 8-Aug 9; Also offer ranch adventure camp, 24 hour overnights as well as a Half-Week sessions Ages/Grades: Ages 6-15 Cost: $505-690

A co-ed residential summer camp, YMCA Camp Ernst is your child’s ultimate summer destination! Steeped in tradition and built on positive values, YMCA Camp Ernst hosts campers, ages 6-15, who enjoy top-notch counselors and make friends doing a wide variety of activities including a 100-foot water slide, zipline, the BLOB, archery, horseback riding, giant swing, and a banana boat. While participating in our 24 daily activities, your child will also develop in spirit, mind, and body. Come see why people are calling us “The Best Camp On Earth”!

DAY AND RESIDENTIAL CAMPS Center for Talent Development Summer Program 617 Dartmouth Place, Evanston, IL 60208, Contact: Cassie Sparkman, Phone: 847/491-3782 ext. 2, Email: summer@ctd. Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Dates: June 23 – August 8, 2014 (multiple sessions of varying length available) Ages/Grades: Age 4 through Grade 12; residential options start in grade 4 Cost: $310-$3,535 depending on program length; need-based financial aid is available.

CTD is dedicated to helping gifted students reach full potential. We provide assessment, academic programs and resources to enhance a child’s schooling. Our dynamic pathways lead students on a journey of intellectual, emotional and social growth. CTD’s Summer Program allows students to explore subjects of intrigue and connect with peers.

YMCA Camp Kern 5291 State Route 350, Oregonia, OH 45054, Contact: Roy Harriman, Phone: 513-932-3756, Email: rharriman@ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 1st- August 9th, 2014 Ages/Grades: Ages 5-16 Cost: $265-$665

YMCA Camp Kern is a year round facility offering a various range of experiences in the outdoor world. Our Summer Camp Program runs as individual one week sessions throughout the eight week summer. We have a variety of programming from Day Camp and Residential Camp, to Teen programs and fully themed Literary Camp such as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Rangers Apprentice and Star Wars!




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stay-at-home dad. Great news! My daughter was recently released from solitary confinement to a general population cell. Perhaps I should explain... A few months ago we transitioned our two-year-old from a crib to a toddler bed. At first she slept fine, particularly during naps, but lately things have started to change. It’s almost as if one day she realized she didn’t actually have to stay in her bed during naptime. It was no longer a roofless prison cell like her crib. Sure she was gated in the room, but now she could leave her cell and wander around the grounds, while the guard (me) was busy with other things. She also reached the developmental stage of dressing and undressing BY HERSELF, and don’t you dare try to help her! Now that she spends her naptime quietly wandering around her room (as not to disturb the guard) instead of sleeping, she has plenty of time to try on outfit after outfit. She starts this process by emptying


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her dresser drawers – completely. After ten to fifteen changes, she decides on the best outfit for nap (many times it involves a tiara and rain boots). If orange was the new black, then pink is the new orange. Now it’s time to put the rest of her cell mates to bed. First she tucks in her bear, then her monkey, occasionally there’s a couple of naked Barbies that need a rest as well. (I wonder what they’re doing time for?) Then it’s story time for her animals, before “Lights Out.” After an hour or so of this behavior, she’s finally exhausted herself enough to fall asleep in the middle of the floor, right around the same time her brother wakes up from his nap. This guard is never off duty.

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There are two other homes in my neighborhood that are for sale along with mine. How can I make my house stand out from the competition? Standing out from the competition in today’s real estate market takes a conscious effort; however, there are many ways to help you stand out and create excitement.


First impressions make all the difference. A home should sparkle inside and out: deep clean the house from floor to ceiling, make sure plant beds are freshly weeded and mulched, all odors are neutralized, the front door looks great and operates smoothly – then clean the house again. Tackle your closets, declutter throughout, and pack up any personal items such as family photos and collections that may distract buyers. A well-staged home showcases the best features and functionality of your home, and will help a buyer picture themselves living there.

Most importantly, price your home based on recent sales. It can be tempting to price the home higher, where competing homes are priced. Don’t fall into that trap. Those homes have not sold; if anything, they have established the price at which your home won’t sell. You’ll end up in a price reduction battle with the competition. The only winner in this case will be a bargainhunting buyer, because the longer a house is on the market, the lower its eventual sale price. Submitted by Steve Sylvester & Associates, Comey & Shepherd Realtors 40 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM // MARCH 2014


However, even a home that shows beautifully won’t sell if it isn’t priced right. But how do you know you’re not leaving money on the table? Hire an experienced agent. They can give advice on market preparation items and do a value analysis so you know how your home fits into the market.

When is it worth it to pay to have my home professionally staged for selling?


There are many reasons why sellers should consider having their house professionally staged: if the house is vacant, unfurnished or partly unfurnished; if owners are currently residing out of town; and when sellers need assistance in keeping the house clean. A professional stager can give sellers advice on little things such as what curtains to put up and what throw pillows to have on the couch, to bigger issues such as what furniture to keep and which items to put in storage. Having your house show well is key, and a staging company will take care of as little or as much as you need. Stagers are also able to take the perspective of a buyer better than the homeowner, who has lived in the house for many years.

In summary, the idea of staging is to make your home more appealing to the buyer’s eye. Having a room furnished and arranged correctly gives the buyer an idea of what they can accomplish with their decorating style. It also helps buyers envision their own life being lived in these rooms. First impressions are everything when selling a house, and when buyers see a home empty or poorly staged house, it is a huge turn off. In my opinion, hiring a professional home stager is definitely worth the investment! Jamesina Kong, Keller Williams Realty


If you are new to an area and need to buy a home during a short visit, what are the key factors to consider to ensure a good long-term decision?


Do your homework. Preparing yourself ahead of time is key to ensuring your limited time is utilized efficiently. Buyers should make a list of the top five “must haves” for their new home and neighborhood. It’s crucial for buyers to understand that their top priorities now may not necessarily be the same a few years from now. If possible, try to make the house you buy today be the house that still meets your needs down the road. Once you have your list, do as much research as you can ahead of time. If you have friends or family that already live in the area, discuss what they like or dislike about different parts of your new city. Working with a local realtor will also provide you with critical information on what the housing forecast looks like in the area you are considering. Your realtor will work for you ahead of time by setting up a scheduled tour of area homes and neighborhoods. This is much more efficient than contacting individual realtors for various listings once you have arrived in town. While house hunting, take notes and pictures! You will likely be on a whirlwind tour going from house to house – after you see five to six homes, they all seem to blend together. Having notes to look back on once you have returned home will help you keep your research organized. Finally, try and enjoy the journey. Moving can be stressful, but the better you prepare ahead of time, the easier your move will be. Submitted by Martin Hart, Comey & Shepherd Realtors MARCH 2014 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM




DINNER TABLE By now, most parents have heard the importance of families eating meals together. Research suggests that children whose families regularly gather for meals have greater academic achievement, better eating habits, higher selfesteem and even less drug use. However, bringing all members of the family together for a meal can seem nearly impossible at times. Demanding work schedules, different bedtimes for younger children and various extracurricular activities all compete for time – making a family dinner together seem more of an idealistic virtue than a realistic possibility. It can be done though! Try these tips with your family to schedule, and make the most of, mealtimes.

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If a regular, weekly mealtime is simply not possible, be flexible and make the most of whatever opportunity you do have to be together. David Payne, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at ClearView Counseling, says parents shouldn’t put pressure on everything being perfect, or even every member of the family being present, in order to come together and share a meal. “If mom is at work and one child has baseball practice, that doesn't mean dad can't sit down with the two other kids and have a family dinner,” he says. In fact, Payne says it really doesn't matter when families get together; it's more a matter of how that time is spent. “If set meal times don't work during a particularly hectic time, schedule other opportunities to connect with your family,” says Payne.

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pictures that look good, while older kids can browse the internet or recipe books for ideas," says Haugen. "Cooking should be fun – helping teach kids simple recipes like peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese is a great start, and can really empower kids.”

Dinner conversation do’s and dont’s Once you’ve gotten everyone together, it’s important to keep family meals positive and fun – something everyone looks forward to. As such, parents shouldn’t use mealtime as a forum for discipline or confrontation, says Dr. Kathy Ferguson, Clinical Child Psychologist at Family Success Consortium. “The most important thing for parents to remember about family dinners is that it should be a time to relax, keep emotional intensity low and enjoy eating together in a safe environment.”

A standing reservation If all members of your family have an evening that is (somehow!) free each week, make a commitment to share dinner together that day – and stick to it. Not only will the weekly date become routine, but it will also become something your kids will look forward to. Breakfast can also be a great option for family time when work schedules and after school commitments make dinner difficult. Since younger kids are generally up early, and older children have to get to school, breakfast can be a time that works for everyone. Brunch or lunch on the weekend can be a fun way to work in family time as well. 42 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM // MARCH 2014

Now you’re cooking “Getting kids involved with meal prep at an early age is key,” says Kathy Haugen, Registered Dietician at TriHealth Fitness Pavilion. "Kids are never too young to start helping with dinner prep – even toddlers can stand on a footstool at the counter and mix or help pour ingredients." Parents can also get kids of all ages involved by having them each select one meal per week. "Younger kids can look at magazines with parents and point out

Instead of using mealtime as an opportunity to lecture, Haugen suggest parents go around the table asking kids to share their “highs and lows” from the day. This method not only gets kids to open up, but it also avoids the dreaded “yes” or “no” answers kids often give to standard questions.

Above all, remember that family meals are not about the food, but the interaction it brings. By making time together a priority, you are cultivating connection – and that’s what being a family is all about.


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01 SATURDAY Carnival de Levee: A FamilyFriendly Mardi Gras Celebration


Phone: (859) 291-0550 Location: Newport on the Levee, Newport

Join us at Newport on the Levee for the biggest, family-friendly Bayou Block Party in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area! Festivities include: mask making, dessert tastings, live music, costume characters, drink specials, and more!

Family First Saturday: French Adventure Price: FREE. Reservations not required. Phone: (513) 721-2787 Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati 44 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM // MARCH 2014

What’s going on? A lot, and then some more! This month we’re celebrating love and art with a special scavenger hunt, Happen, Inc., local artists, French vocabulary lessons, French-inspired music and much more.

02 SUNDAY Unbearlievable Price: Free Phone: (513)521-7275 Location: Winton Woods, Cincinnati

Feed your critter fascination during this afternoon of exploration about the “bear” necessities and bear basics. Do these mammals live in the area? What species are in Ohio? What do they need to survive? These questions and more will be answered, so come and join us.



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Classical Roots

Price: $35.00 Phone: 513-271-2793 Location: Cheers to Art, Madeira

Price: Varies Phone: 513-381-3300 Location: Music Hall, Cincinnati

Personalize our whimsical destination post with your favorite places! It’s fun, easy, and always a popular painting! Sign up today before it sells out!

Join us for Classical Roots, a community-wide celebration of a musical heritage that has inspired millions and influenced so many artists and genres of music. This annual event has sold out Music Hall in a roof-raising, heart-rending concert experience that brings forth the power of full orchestra and a 150-member community mass choir. There really is nothing else like it in our great city. All are welcome.

Price: $10 Phone: 513 871-6080 ext. 402 Location: Springer School and Center, Cincinnati events/march/2014/demystifying-dyslexiaresources-and-strategies-success

If your child struggles to learn letters, sounds and words, or lags behind her peers in reading and spelling, does that mean she has dyslexia? If so, what does that mean for her academic performance? This program will explain and define this learning disability, and provide resources and strategies for home use, and guidance as you determine options and next steps.

Mardi Gras Masks Price: Free Phone: 513-369-6049 Location: Sharonville Branch, Cincinnati

06 THURSDAY Little Yogis Time: 10:30 a.m. Price: $9/child Phone: 513-731-2665 Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, Cincinnati

Join Hollie Nesbitt from Omya Studio in Northside for a yoga class for children ages 2-4, with an emphasis on focus, flexibility, and fun! Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Pajama Party with Sleeping Beauty Phone: 513-522-1410 Location: The Grove Banquet Hall, Cincinnati

Presented by the Cincinnati Children’s Theater. Pants and button-front pajamas collected. Healthy snacks provided by Bob Evans after show.

Celebrate the fun and festivity of Mardi Gras by making a mask. Materials provided. All ages welcome. No registration required.



08 SATURday Changing Hands Sale Phone: 985-6080 Location: Madeira Elementary School, Madeira

Come out for the first-ever SPRING Changing Hands Sale, Saturday, March 8, 8 am - noon. Shop early to get the best merchandise. You’ll find top-quality clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, sports equipment and more at a fraction of the cost. Plus, be sure to check out our vendor booths, featuring Stella and Dot, Origami Owl, Usbourne Books and more. $1 admission. Cash or credit card accepted. Bring a friend and a tote.

Learning Through Play Phone: (513)287-7000 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati

At Cincinnati Museum Center, we know that open-ended, hands-on play is crucial to your child’s growth and development. That’s why we’re bringing together the region’s best childhood development experts for a one-day conference on Saturday, March 8. Learn how to get the most from your interactions with little ones by choosing from more than 30 sessions, two forums and a free information fair. This isn’t your typical conference—kids of all ages are welcome to join, so bring yours along for the fun!.

The Doo Wop Project Price: $35, $25 members. VIP: $75 Phone: (513)761-7500 Location: Mayerson JCC, Cincinnati

Features leading cast members from Tony award- winning Broadway smash, “Jersey Boys.” Night of songs mixed with individual stories and references to their upbringings and experiences in the business.

09 SUNday Second Sunday Family Showtime: Storyteller Diane Macklin Price: Free for children, suggested donation of $5 for adults Phone: 513-497-2860 Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati

Presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Diane captivates the young and old with her dancing hands, lyrical voice, high energy and magnificent smile. Get to know fabulous characters with claws, paws, fins, feet, and wings in this fun-filled, interactive performance celebrating the richness of cultures.


Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for you and your Little One Price: Free, includes a snack! RSVP online. Phone: 513-722-7245 Location: Gymboree, Mason

These private interactive play groups take place on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, featuring the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Play dates are open to families in the Jewish community with children two years and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event. A program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation.

11 TUESday Growing Up a Farm Kid: Snouts & Beaks Through Wednesday, March 12th Price: $10/child + one free adult, $5/additional adult, register by 3/9 Phone: (513) 521-3276 Location: Parky’s Farm, Cincinnati

Explore the different ways animals eat and smell with their nose, mouth or beak as we walk around the farm. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult.

12 WEDNESday St. Patrick’s Day Crafts Price: Free Phone: 513-369-4452 Location: Elmwood Place Branch, Cincinnati

Got a creative mind? Put it to good use during this arts and crafts period at the Library to create items to wear on St. Patrick’s Day.

14 FRIday Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing Times: 8-9:30 p.m. Price: $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.Free for Observatory members! Phone: (513) 321-5186 Location: Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati

Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on

anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope! For ages 8 to 80.

15 SATURday Doktor Kaboom! Look Out! Science is Coming! Times: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Price: $5.00/person Phone: (513) 745-5705 Location: Muntz Theater, UC Blue Ash College, Blue Ash

Join Doktor Kaboom! for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular, and often successful, experiments and demonstrations. Doctor Kaboom! will take the audience on an amazing educational tour of the modern scientific method, using humor and comedy while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences.

FAMILIES CREATE! “CANDY LAND!” CANSTRUCTION® WORKSHOP Price: $5 per child Phone: (513)977-4165 Location: Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati

One of our most popular workshop projects—art you can eat! Families Create! is a popular series of workshops designed to introduce art techniques and concepts to children ages 5–12 years and their families. Participants meet the exhibiting artists and explore the world of art through gallery talks, tours, and hands-on activities with take-home art projects.

Macy’s Arts Sampler Saturday in March Phone: 513.871.2787

Macy’s Arts Sampler returns in 2014 with three Saturdays of free art all across our region. Discover the arts that make Cincinnati amazing with free theater, music, dance, crafts, museum tours and more. This annual event is generously sponsored by our friends at Macy’s. Visit website for a full schedule of events around the city.

16 SUNday Heart Mini Phone: (513) 281-4048 Location: Fountain Square, Cincinnati

Start line at Sixth and Broadway, celebration at Fountain Square. Heart Mini Marathon, Heart 1/2 Marathon, 5K Heart Run, 2K Kids Mini MaraFun Run, 5K and 10K Walks & 1K Steps for Stroke.

Hamentaschen Hip Hop Time: 3 p.m. Price: FREE; RSVP Online Location: Mayerson JCC, Cincinnati

Kids’ concert and “Off the Chain” Purim Carnival! Featuring The Mama Doni Band, Balloon artists, Inflatable carnival games, Face painters, Carnival food, Hamentaschen and more! Presented by Shalom Family and the Mayerson JCC.

Camp Fair Times: 1-5 p.m. Price: Free Phone: 1-800-381-TADA Location: Ludlow Theatre, Ludlow

Join CampFinder and Circus Mojo at the Ludlow Theatre for their 2014 Camp Fair There will be camps from all around the Tri-State. Entrance is free for the whole family. There will also be plenty of entertainment including, circus acts, horses, rock music, and martial arts.

17 MONday St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Price: Free Phone: 513-369-6900 Location: Main Library, Cincinnati

Join us for the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration of Song and Dance, featuring music by Foley Road and the McGing Irish Dancers. No registration required.

20 THURSday SOG Story Time: The Sun is my Favorite Star Phone: 513-321-0206 Location: Brazee Street Studios, Cincinnati

Join us for SOG Story Time! We’ll read “The Sun is my Favorite Star,” by Frank Asch, then create a fused glass sun catcher inspired by the story. Start with a blank circle and add your rays of sunshine to create your favorite star- the sun!

21 FRIday Monster Nation Through Saturday, March 23rd Price: $12-$37 Phone: 859-442-2652 Location: Bank of Kentucky Center, Highland Heights

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Mr. Blue Shoes

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Price: $10/ members; $12/ non-members; Children 16 & under FREE with adult ticket purchase Phone: (513) 863-8873 Location: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton

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Nature Story Time with Imago!

Mr. Blue shoes is a highly interactive and engaging, multisensory live music experience that combines Blues music, oral history and life lessons, designed to inspire children of all ages about music and learning. Not only will children be engaged throughout the performance, they will become part of the performance – singing, dancing, clapping, participate in call and response and perhaps even visiting the stage!

Once Upon A Mattress Through Sunday, March 24th Price: $12, $10 seniors Phone: 513-494-6062 Location: Mason Middle School, Mason

Family-friendly production of Broadway favorite; presented by Acting Up.

22 SATURday

Price: $25 Phone: 513-271-2793 Location: Cheers to Art, Madeira

Change colors to make you happy. Recommended Ages 10+.

Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for you and your Little One Price: Free, includes a snack! RSVP online. Phone: 513-722-7245 Location: Gymboree, Mason

These private interactive play groups take place on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, featuring the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Play dates are open to families in the Jewish community with children two years and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event. A program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation.

The Summer Fairy – Book Reading and Signing

24 MONday

Price: No charge unless you choose to buy the book which is $21.95 Phone: 513-891-1569 Location: Little Lords & Ladies Children’s Boutique, Montgomery

Price: Please register online. Phone: (513) 563-6663 Location: Gorman Heritage Farm, Cincinnati

Come meet Elizabeth Gillihan, a Montgomery native, as she shares a treasured family tradition through her book. This is a charming story through a pixie who visits the homes of young families and bestows seasonal gifts and poetic wisdom about summer safety. Please RSVP.

Science-Smart Snacks

Put on your lab coats and chef hats and join nutritionist Karima Samadi in the kitchen as we explore the science behind food. We’ll learn what makes popcorn kernels POP, and how marshmallows get their FLUFF. After creating these tantalizing treats, we’ll eat em all up in true food scientist style. Open to children ages 5-10 years old.

Zak Morgan Concert Price: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 2 and under are free Phone: 513-321-3282 Location: St. Ursula Academy Theater, Cincinnati

Come and see Grammy nominee Zak Morgan, live in concert Zak’s unique brand of children’s music delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike. Proceeds benefit Montessori Center Room. Advanced tickets available online.


26 WEDNESday Wee Wednesday: Sensational Senses Price: FREE. Reservations not required. Phone: (513) 721-2787 Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati

You and your preschooler won’t want to miss this sense-ational look at our collection that will have you exploring all of our senses. Wander through the galleries with your little ones and be sure to stop at our interactive storytelling stops. Recommended for ages 5 and under. We’re sorry, but we are unable to accommodate school groups for this program.

Price: Free, Ages 2 & up Phone: 513-731-2665 Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, Cincinnati

Join us for a monthly installment of nature stories, songs and other fun activities with our friends from Imago!

29 SATURday Cincinnati Pops’ Lollipops Concerts: Peter & the Wolf Price: $6-$12 Phone: 513-381-3300 Location: Music Hall, Cincinnati

A bird, a cat, a duck and a boy come face-to-face with the big, bad wolf. Grandfather will not be amused!

30 SUNday Bugs to Munch Price: $1/person, payable at the door Phone: (513)521-7275 Location: Woodland Mound, Cincinnati

They are creepy, crawly, have lots of legs and they are edible! Learn about tasty insects and sample a few if you are brave enough.

Cincinnati Ballet: Ballet Toybox Price: $20/ticket Phone: 513-621-5282 Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati

One Performance Only Special Family Series. Continuing for a third season, Ballet Toybox offers the perfect opportunity to introduce young children to the joy of dance. The program features CBII (Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company) in a mix of ballet and storybook classics. Learn about the essential elements that make up the beauty, humor and inspiring discipline of dance with a range of excerpts from the treasure chest of exciting ballets.

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


ongoing. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Built to Amaze Wednesday, March 12th Through Sunday, March 16th Price: $12-$85, plus fees Phone: 800-745-3000 Location: U. S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati

Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. As the momentum builds so does the anticipation, anything can happen when Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze! Experience it’s modern flare of twists and turns where excitement and suspense are so intense you’ll be tempted to cover your eyes. From the blueprints to the band, the crates to the clowns, the hammer to the high wire, witness the spectacle as we measure out the perfect mix of marvel and majesty in an imagination equation where the impossible comes to life. Celebrate the tradition TODAY!

March Madness is crazier than ever at EnterTRAINment Junction, “America’s Most Amazing Family Attraction,” in West Chester. During the madness event (March 3-March 31), visitors can celebrate the mad, mad A-Maze-N FunHouse at the crazy reduced price of $1.99 with the purchase of a ticket to Train Journey (the world’s largest indoor model train display). Plus, hot dogs are priced at a wacky 25¢ and select items in the incredible hobby and toy shop are reduced as much at 50%. The A-Maze-N FunHouse features carnival-themed walkthroughs that include the region’s largest mirror maze, tilt room, spinning vortex tunnel, rope maze, holograms and more.

Diana: a celebration Occurring Daily Through Sunday, August 17th Price: Varies Phone: (513)287-7000

Cincinnati Home and Garden Show Occurring Daily (except Mon & Tue) Beginning Saturday, March 1st Through Sunday, March 9th Price: $13, free ages 13 and under Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s largest and longest running spring showcase with an amazing array of the area’s newest and innovative home products and services! Be prepared to be awed by a large showcase of beautiful landscape & interior designs, specialty companies, remodeling specialists, manufacturers, retail stores and contractors. The Cincinnati Home & Garden Show® brings the best of the best in the region all together in one place downtown Cincinnati. So bring the family or some friends and check out what’s new for 2014!

Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati

More than 15 years after her death, Princess Diana’s memory still stirs interest and emotion. The exhibition presents the life and humanitarian work of Princess Diana through nine galleries containing 150 objects-ranging from her royal wedding gown and 28 of her designer dresses to family heirlooms, personal mementos, paintings and rare home movies and photos. Showcases the life and work of one of the most remarkable women of her time.

WICKED Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Wednesday, March 5th Through Sunday, March 23rd Price: $38 and up Phone: (513)621-ARTS Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati

March Madness At EnterTRAINment Junction Occurring Daily Beginning Monday, March 3rd Through Monday, March 31st Price: Free parking Phone: 513-898-8000 Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, West Chester 50 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM // MARCH 2014

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Back by “Popular” demand! Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete - and completely satisfying - new musical in a long time” (USA Today)!

Avant Garden Spring Floral Show Occurring Daily (except Mon) Through Sunday, March 30th Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: $4, $2 ages 5-12, free ages 1-4 Phone: (513) 421-4086 Location: Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati

Fresh and creative spring landscape highlights unique variety of exotic spring bulbs, fragrant shrubs and bright annuals that are not commonly used in the typical spring garden.

Pride and Prejudice Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Saturday, March 8th Through Saturday, April 5th Phone: (513)421-3888 Location: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati

Fall in love all over again with Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy and all of Austen’s other beloved characters as they navigate the rocky road of manners and matrimony. Ages 10 and up.

March Family Open House: Mini Sun-Catchers Occurring Each Saturday Beginning Saturday, March 1st Through Saturday, March 29th Times: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Phone: 513-321-0206 Location: Brazee Street Studios, Cincinnati

Celebrate Spring with us! Join us any Saturday in March to design and create a hanging Mini Sun-Catcher using a variety of Bullseye Glass materials. Open to all students ages 5+, so bring the entire family anytime between 10am-1pm.

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