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M A R C H 2 0 1 5 // F R E E




CYBERBULLYING What to do if your child is targeted



The influence of our “look at me” culture

MAKING THE CALL Is there a “right time” to give your child a phone?


Storing, organizing and displaying your smartphone photos


CONTENTS M A R C H 2 0 1 5 // C I N C I N N A T I P A R E N T . C O M



TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A STAY-AT-HOME DAD In like a lion, out like a lamb




AFFORDABLE CAMP How to send your kids to camp on a budget



Hiring tutors, unrecognized good behavior and test prep suggestions






TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT SEX Encouraging an ongoing conversation versus “the talk”













Fun-filled family getaways close to home

The influence of our “look at me” culture

CYBERBULLYING What to do if your child is targeted







Storing, organizing and displaying your smartphone photos

Is there a “right time” to give your child a cell phone?
















MEET THE STAFF Publ isher Mary Wynne Cox •

EDITOR Susan Bryant •



ACCO UNT EXEC U T I V ES Charity Kirtley • Katy Mark • Melissa Wittenbaum •

Parenting today’s techno kids


f you’re like many parents, you probably have a love/hate relationship with technology when it comes to your children. Cell phones allow us to stay connected with our kids like never before, but when texts and apps compete for our attention, we can feel disconnected from our children. Social media sites let kids have fun posting their pictures and remarks to their circle of friends, but also opens the door to hurtful comments by others or even potentially dangerous contact from predators. As much as the digital age has enhanced our lives, it hasn’t been without its pitfalls.

In this issue, we tackle a few of these concerns parents wrestle with when it comes to managing the technology that enters our everyday family life. Possibly the most pressing question for a kid is “When can I get a cell phone?” The answer is a highly personal one for moms and dads who have to factor in the various pros and cons -- for a little help with your decision try reading our article Making the Call.

A dverti sing Coordinator Jennifer Beahrs •

Has your child ever been harassed or threatened online? Cyber bullying is an unfortunate consequence of today’s digital world and its effects on kids can be devastating. Sometimes parents react by downplaying its significance, while other times they have an urge to retaliate. Neither approach helps kids – read our article on the topic for some advice on how to recognize cyber bullying and handle it effectively. Can you believe the word “selfie” has been officially added to the dictionary? (Merriam-Webster says its first known use was in 2002!) Whether you love them or hate them, it appears the selfie is here to stay. Check out Surrounded by Selfies for a look at how this phenomenon has affected our culture. Thanks for picking up our special issue on technology this month. As much time as we all spend in front of a screen, it’s nice to hold an actual magazine in your hands from time to time – and we’re so glad you chose ours!


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Artistic excitement! Macy’s Arts Sampler returns in 2015 with a weekend of free art all across the region. Discover the arts that make Cincinnati amazing with free theater, music, dance, crafts, museum tours and more. The Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium Sampler Concert, featuring over a dozen local choirs, will take place at Memorial Hall to wrap up the exciting day. On Sunday, tours of historic Music Hall, performances, hands-on arts activities and special programming will be offered throughout the building. macys-arts-sampler March 7, 2015 at various locations in Greater Cincinnati March 8, 2015 at Music Hall (Open House)

Blissful Blooms The Cincinnati Flower Show is returning after 4 years! This year’s event promises to be better than ever in the Yeatman’s Cove location along the banks of the Ohio River. Enjoy spectacular garden and floral exhibits created by the region’s most talented and creative professionals, landscapers, floral designers and amateur gardeners. Plus, attend fascinating lectures and special events with celebrity guests. Visit the website for information on attending the Opening Night Gala on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 April 15 - 19, 2015 at the Cincinnati Horticultural Society (513) 677-2799 | $15 (through 3/31) or $20 (after March 31st or at gate)

A fabulous affair for a great cause The Aubrey Rose Foundation is thrilled to present their spring American Girl Fashion Show! Come celebrate the experience of being a girl at this colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions while enjoying a sit-down meal. Special packages that include a chance to walk the runway at intermission can be purchased as well! Come see Cincinnati’s own Livvy Stubenrauch, the voice of young Anna in Frozen, who will take part in the fashion show as well. There will be opportunities to visit the doll hair salon and purchase souvenirs, too! Tickets are on sale now. The Aubrey Rose Foundation supports families caring for children with life-threatening illnesses. There are many opportunities to become involved with the American Girl Fashion Show as a sponsor, volunteer or with fundraising. Visit the website to learn more. April 24: 4:00 pm, 8:00 pm April 25: 9:30 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm April 26: 11:00 am, 3:00 pm, 6:30 pm April 27: 6:30 pm Cincinnati’s Music Hall (513) 265-5801 | Tickets: $40 - VIP and corporate tables available

Behold the living legends! The all-new show Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS! will wow Cincinnati. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform aweinspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder. Mythical and mysterious creatures of the past will be summoned as well: a unicorn, a pegasus and a woolly mammoth! Don’t miss this unforgettable family night of legendary proportions! March 5 - 8, 2015 at U.S. Bank Arena (513) 421-4111 |

And you thought you knew Neverland... The hilariously entertaining Peter Pan prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher, mixes grown-up fun for adults, ample silliness for children and storytelling magic for the kid inside everyone. What began as a series of books explaining how Peter Pan and Captain Hook first met, has been adapted to the stage outlining an epic adventure. Be sure to check the show schedule for performances for visually and hearing impaired patrons and post-show talks with the cast and directors. March 7 - April 4, 2015 at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (513) 421-3888 or (800) 582-3208 08





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True Confessions OF A STAY-ATHOME DAD In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb Pete Gilbert

The other day, my kids and I headed to Home Depot to buy two items that, in most parts of the country, you’d never need to purchase at the same time. We bought a bag of rock salt for de-icing our driveway and a bag of charcoal for cooking on the grill. As we waited at the checkout line, we debated which bag we would have to use first. There’s nothing like living in the Midwest in March. The most mixed-up of all the months – where we could get 12 inches of snow one day and 70 degree



temperatures with flood warnings (because of all the thawing snow) the very next day. As a parent, March comes with its own set of unique circumstances. The sleds need to stay available at a winter storm warning’s notice, but at the same time all the bike tires need to be inflated and ready for a sunny day bike ride around the neighborhood. (The seats also need to be raised to account for a child’s growth over the winter.) The month of March also creates a clothing problem. Snow boots, snow suits, heavy coats, mittens, stocking caps and wool socks need to be within reach just as easily as rain coats, t-shirts, flip flips and shorts. As much as I dislike winter, March is always the turning point for me. I’m

hopeful that each snowstorm will be the last of the season. Fellow parents, if you’re at the end of your rope, and it feels like you and your kids have been trapped in your home all season, the end of winter is near, I promise. Someday soon, it WILL be time to pack away the sleds and all the snow clothes, and start the rituals of spring and summer…time to find the sunscreen and bug spray. Stop by Facebook and “Like” my “True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad” page for daily Updates and links to all my blogs and columns. petetheblogger


Footnotes T houghts from the margins of a mom' s l ife Chicken soup

Kelly Blewett

My parents recently came down with serious colds. I found myself at the grocery store late in the evening buying them a round of feel-bettersoon foods: a roasted chicken, orange juice, whole fruit, Gatorade and a quart of soup. As I filled the cart, I started thinking about how often my mother had taken care of me when I was little. I would lie in bed and watch the trees outside my window, feel the gentle weight of a cat near my feet and wait for the tray. The tray had everything I would need to get better: saltine crackers, medicine and chicken broth. Now, finally, I’m in a position to offer my mom and dad the same kind of care. As I loaded the groceries in the car and pulled down my hat to ward off the rain, I felt deeply comfortable with my place in the world. I also found myself hoping that somehow I could pass that feeling along to Caroline, my own little girl. I realized, driving the soup across the dark, wet roads, how I want to invest in Caroline – to nurture her when she is sick and when she is well, to show my love for her through everyday acts of caring – so that in the years to come, she can take pleasure from loving those in her life, whether it is me and her dad, her own babies, or a circle of friends so close they feel like family. I hope Caroline will know the sweet, secure pleasure of being the person who delivers the chicken soup, not only the person who receives it. I want to love her in such a way that she becomes an affirming, stable presence for those around her and for herself. When I think of what my mom gave me through all those sick days when I was little, I often can only see the memory through the eyes of a little child, hot with fever, waiting for her mother. But from my mother’s perspective, I see more: a sustaining, capable presence giving out tangible love. Surely my mother felt pleasure as she nurtured me back to health on those days, likely the same kind of pleasure I felt purchasing her groceries this week. Such everyday acts carry with them larger, and more wonderful, implications. They help us carry forward a tradition of love and remind us of who we are in the world. They sustain us, whether we are the giver or the receiver. MARCH 2015 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM



A DV E N T U R E S Fu n - f i lle d fa m i ly g e taways c los e to h om e

Michelle Shirk


till firming up your family’s spring break travel plans? Searching for an early summer getaway? You don’t need to leave the state to have a great vacation. Buckle up – we’ve got ideas for four quick trips that will transport your family to major fun! Take a walk on the wild side in TOLEDO Head north for a day at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium ( Open year-round, this zoo is home to everything from orangutans to polar bears. Special features include two carousels and a train ride that circles the zoo’s African exhibit. Wondering what’s new at the zoo? After a major renovation, a grand opening of the zoo’s aquarium is scheduled for March 27th. The new and improved facility features larger tanks, more diverse inhabitants and a shark and stingray touch tank.

Plan an educational outing to YOUNGSTOWN Kids can learn while they play at OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology ( With galleries devoted to avionics, 12


engineering, early childhood and more, there should be something for every budding scientist here. Geared toward kids ages zero to fourteen, the museum provides tons of opportunities for visitors to interact with its exhibits. After you’ve had your fill of science, head over to the Butler Institute for American Art ( to view works by Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol. If you have athletes in your group, be sure to check out the Donnell Gallery of American Sports Art, which houses a variety of sports-themed works. Admission to this Youngstown museum is free daily.

Soak in the scenery in PENINSULA Ready for some time outside after a long winter? Visit scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park ( cuva) for fresh air and active fun. Hikers can choose from 125 miles of trails ranging from “easy” to “difficult.” Consider beginning your tour at the Boston Store Visitor Center, where you can learn about the park and ask a ranger for itinerary advice. When it’s time to let the kids take a rest, climb aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad ( to enjoy the park’s sights from a new perspective. The railroad offers a three-hour scenic ride from its Peninsula Depot, along with special

seasonal programs like “Day Out With Thomas” and “The Polar Express.” Check the schedule and purchase your family’s tickets online.

Catch an adrenaline rush in COLUMBUS At ZipZone Canopy Tours (, adventurous families can enjoy a variety of exciting zip line experiences. Introduce your kids to the sport with the basic two-hour Canopy Tour, or up the excitement factor by choosing the nighttime Full Moon Tour. Participants must be at least seven years old. Visit the company’s website for complete rules and restrictions. ZipZone’s official season runs from March 28th through November 8th, but tours may be available other times by request. If everyone in your group is at least fourteen, consider pairing your aerial adventure with a land-based one. SegAway Tours of Columbus ( offers informative small group segway tours of downtown Columbus. Each two-hour tour departs from the Greater Columbus Convention Center and includes an introductory training session. This year’s tours start on March 1st. While you’re in the area, splurge on a sweet treat at the original North Market location of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (www.jenis. com). This upscale chain scoops unique flavors like Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, Wildberry Lavender and Brown Butter Almond Brittle. Don’t worry – ice cream purists can keep it simple with Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean or The Milkiest Chocolate in the World.

As you can see, Ohio has something for everyone when it comes to family fun. Choose a destination from our list and start planning your adventure!




Affordable Camp

How to send your kids to camp on any budget The American Camp Association

The camp experience offers priceless benefits to the children who participate: instilling in them the kind of interpersonal, social and service skills that lead them to become healthy, well-adjusted adults. But in a time when funds may be tight, finding the means to send your child to camp can seem like a difficult task. You may even feel the camp experience is financially out of reach for you and your child. Fortunately, with a little research and the right resources, you’ll find that the fun of camp can be affordable on any budget. Many parents have a strong desire to send their children to camp, but immediately write off the possibility due to concerns over cost. These same parents are more than likely unaware of



the options they have in finding a camp that is suitable for not only their child, but their budget as well. The American Camp Association (ACA) offers the “Find a Camp” service online at www. This free-to-use service allows parents to search and identify camps by a number of different criteria including location, special needs and activities, and costs. In 2014, the “Find a Camp” service was utilized over one million times to help countless parents find camp activities for their children and families. In addition to the easy to use “Find a Camp” service that pinpoints camps within a specific price range, parents also have the ability to reduce the cost of camp by asking some key questions. Ninety percent of camps offer varying

forms of financial assistance to families. These “camperships” may cover a portion or, in some cases, all of the camp enrollment fees. This option is not always offered to families up front, so parents should always ask if a camp offers additional assistance in paying fees. Camperships are awarded based on need, but don’t assume you won’t qualify. Ask the question! Many camps also offer additional discounts for early registration, full-season enrollment or multiple enrollments, making it possible to save by sending more than one child to camp. There are other cost related factors to consider when seeking a camp for your child. Be sure to carefully consider camp enrollment fees and what they entail. For example, transportation fees are

typically included in the enrollment fee for most day camps, but may be offered in a limited capacity or not at all by residence camps. Other fees to consider include those for special programs, trips, and equipment, as well as memberships and amenities such as laundry services and camp canteens. These fees vary from camp to camp, so it is important that you approach any conversation with a camp professional prepared to ask the right questions. If a residence camp isn’t what you had in mind for your child, the U.S government offers various forms of assistance in helping send children to day camps. A Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account allows parents to be reimbursed on a pre-tax basis for child (or adult dependent) care for qualified dependents. This account allows parents to work, search for work, or attend classes full time while their children receive quality care during the day. In certain circumstances, day care expenses may be considered dependent care services and are paid with pre-tax dollars. Additionally, the IRS allows an income tax credit of up to $6,000 for two or more dependents. For more information on government assistance, visit and/or A camp for every budget means a camp for every child. By utilizing these resources and asking the right questions, parents can find camp opportunities for their children that they may not have known about otherwise. The benefits that the camp experience can offer a child are immeasurable, and no child should be deprived of the opportunity to experience camp. Even in the toughest of economic times, many camps are willing to go the extra mile to turn your children into happy campers.

The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACAAccredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACAAccredited camps that meet up to 290 health and safety standards. For more information, visit




SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE [DAY CAMPS] ADV E N T U RE DAY S ON T H E FAR M 11896 Old Lexington Pike, Walton, KY 41094, Contact: Mary Benton Marcum /Director, Phone: 859-485-7000, Email: bentonfamilyfarm@aol. com, Dates: Farm Camp offered only these weeks due to this being a working farm. Mon-Fri Session 1: July 6-10 ; Session 2: July 13-17 ; Session 3- July 20th-24th Ages/Grades: Ages 5-13 Cost: $195 per week Adventure Days on the Farm is just a kids dream week of making new friends and learning so much in one week. Kids will learn to fish, by the end of week be baiting their own hook, hayrides to look for arrowheads, plant seeds, pick vegetables, nature crafts, music, scavenger hunts, hiking, we dig our own earthworms and on Friday we have our sheep/ goat costume class and handling show where parents can attend and see how well all the kids have done with their animal of the week! And did I mention we learn to milk a cow and play lots of farm fun games. Friday is a big day for the kids! Awards of best milker, best shearer, biggest/tiniest fish caught, and so much more. See our website. Join our Facebook pages and meet our incredible staff.

Requirements of Campers: Parents will be interviewed to be sure your child is ready for farm life! Activities Included: Campers will be assigned a sheep/ goat the first day. The camper will be responsible for its care for the week, bathing, grooming, shearing, and walking it for exercise. We will learn all the farm chores and be assigned daily.

Art Work s hop @ F unke F ired Art s 3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park, OH 45209, Contact: Nancy Kopp/ Director, Phone: 513-4064009, Email:, http:// Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 8-August 14, 2015 Ages/Grades: 6 Years-16 years Cost: $175 Awesome Art Camps including pottery wheel, drawing, painting, creative clay, make your own pet, Princesses & Super Heroes, Pop Art, handmade creations, Color Explosion, Comic Book and a couple of camps for 4 year olds.

A xi s Alley Newport on the Levee: One Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071, Phone: (859) 652-7250, Email: sales@, Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: May-September 2015 Ages/Grades: Any age (under 16)



Cost: $12.99/child +tax/gratuity- $16.99/child +tax/gratuity Bowling & shoe rental, pizza, and soft drinks! Packages can be customized for one or two hours, and to include pizza or hot dogs and fries! Early-open hours available. Packages for 8+ kids. Must be pre-booked. Available Monday-Friday.

Bear Paddle S ummer Swim C amp s 9376 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040, Phone: (513) 285-8855 X4, Email: Mason@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Dates: June 2015 to August 2015 Ages/Grades: 6 months and up Cost: $150.00 Bear Paddle Swim School Summer Swim Camps feature 30-minute daily swim lessons that are skillfocused and promote safety skill development. Bear Paddle’s iron-on swim skill patches teach young swimmers positive reinforcements in an innovative fun way.

BR OADWAY B OUN D DA NCE AC ADE MY 10580 Loveland Madeira Rd, Loveland, OH 45140, Phone: 513-774-9474, Basic Category: Arts, Dance, Traditional Broadway Bound Dance Academy is the place for fun and learning all summer long! We’re excited to offer our themed dance camps again this year for your 3-5 yr old. Complete dance or tumbling instruction is also available. Reserve your spot today!

C al ico T heatre C amp 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, OH 45103, Contact: Nikki Vargas/ Program Manager, Phone: 513-558-1215, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 8-13, 2015 Ages/Grades: K-12 (kindergarteners must be entering 1st grade in fall 2015) Cost: $60-$115 A fully staged musical experience for young actors. The residency begins with an audition. Children in grades K-12 are cast and well-rehearsed throughout the week, learning lines, songs and choreography that will culminate into an original, musical production. Assistant Directors are also cast to aid in rehearsals and take on essential backstage responsibilities.

C amp Art Academy 3711 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, OH 45220, Contact: Lydia Collins, Phone: 513-562-8748, Email:, www.artacademy. edu/com-ed/com-ed.php Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 6-August 1, 2015 Ages/Grades: Ages 5-12 Cost: $155-245 An award-winning and memorable art experience for your camper! Balancing technical instruction with freedom for self-expression. Camp Art Academy’s curriculum includes fundamental visual art skill building activities, two and three dimensional handson experiences, guest artists and creative problem solving with lots of fun!

C amp at the J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Phone: 513-761-7500, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, School Programs (Before/After), Special Needs, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: Kick Start Camp: June 8 – 12, Session 1: June 15 – July 2 (camp will not be held on July 3rd in observance of Independence Day), Session 2: July 6 – 24, Session 3: July 27 – Aug 14; Horseback Riding Camp: July 27 – 31 & Aug 3 – 7 Ages/Grades: Grades K - 10 Cost: $725/ 3 Weeks From American Red Cross swim lessons and archery to arts and crafts, Camp at the J provides great social and educational opportunities that foster friendships and features all the fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. Camp at the J offers weekly theme days, sports, and field trips.

C A M P-I- C A N 5050 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Contact: Beth Wiseman, Phone: (513) 272-2800, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 2nd – August 6th, 2015 Ages/Grades: 5-12 Cost: $185.00 a week child care vouchers are accepted Enroll your child today in an enriching camp on our 40 acre campus that includes: breakfast, lunch, snack, sports, swimming, crafts, and off-site field trips. Designed to enhance self-esteem, social skills and provides learning opportunities. Kids will fall asleep on the way home. Last year’s class read over 300 books.

C amp I nvention Camps in the greater Cincinnati area, Cincinnati, OH , Contact: Customer Service Millikan, Phone: 800.968.4332, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Dates: Vary by location - See our website for details Ages/Grades: Grades K-6 Cost: $225, discounts are available, see our website Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in handson activities that reinvent summer fun. Discounts are available! Visit or call 800.968.4332 for information!

C amp OdakOTa 6642 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Deb Whitcomb, PhD, Phone: 513-791-5688, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Special Needs, Traditional Dates: 1st session:6/15/15-7/10/15; 2nd session 7/13-8/7/15 Ages/Grades: 6-12 years Cost: one session-$1,850; two sessions $3,400 Arts and Crafts, Games, Music and Movement, Science and Nature, Cooking, Swimming, Field Trips, Special Guests

Camp OdakOTa is designed to help children with sensory processing disorders develop meaningful relationships and have fun. Some children avoid sensory input while others crave it. Because the camp was conceived and developed by occupational therapists, our staff understand this and will be sensitive to your child’s sensory needs.

C amp W i ldbrook , LT D. 9664 Daly Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231, Contact: Gayle K. Lucas, Phone: 513-931-2196, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals, Arts, Sports, Traditional Dates: 6 week session - 6/22/15 -7/31/15 Ages/Grades: Completed Kindergarten - 6th grade Cost: $1437 for 6 weeks Accredited by American Camp Association entering 64th season with outstanding adult staff. Co-ed, very active, outdoor program Monday - Friday. Archery, Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Drama & Singing, Floor Tennis, Gymnastics, Kickball, Nature & Camping, Soccer, Softball, Group Swim Lessons, Special Events, more. Bus transportation additional cost. Family owned/ operated.



C incinnati Art Mus e um S ummer C amp 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-721-ARTS, Email: russell.ihrig@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: Monday-Friday, June 15-August 14, 2015 (No camp July 20-24) Ages/Grades: Ages 6-12 Cost: $175 per child/per week. Non-members: $225 per child/per week. Delve into art with eight weeks of summer camps packed with exciting art projects, gallery games, and more! Each week, children will discover all aspects of visual art through various themes and activities taught by highly skilled educators and museum staff.

C incinnati Ballet ’ s K ids Dance C amp 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214, Contact: Kimberly Winburn, Academy Registrar, Phone: 513-562-1111, Email: cbacademy@cballet. org, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 8-12, July 20-24 and July 27-31, 2015 Ages/Grades: Ages 4-8 Cost: $215-500 This summer, Kids Dance Camp takes you to Neverland, Wonderland and the magical world of Oz with week-long adventures that will have your feet flying, your heart soaring and your imagination running wild. Each day, we’ll be dancing our way through these storybook classics while introducing students to the steps they’ll need to make the journey.

C incinnati Boychoir SongF e s t C amp Xavier University, Gallagher Theatre: 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45207, Contact: KellyAnn Nelson, Director of Education & Outreach, Phone: 513.396.7664, Email:, Gender of Campers: All-Boy Basic Category: Arts, Traditional Dates: June 29 - July 3, 2015 Ages/Grades: Boys entering 2nd - 6th grades Cost: $295 (includes lunch, tshirt, Reds game ticket - financial aid available) SongFest is an exciting week for boys who love music, making new friends and having fun! Singing, playing instruments, an African drum circle, recreation, a trip to a Reds game and daily lunch in Xavier’s cafeteria all make up a great week with the Cincinnati Boychoir!

C incinnati Chi ldren ’ s AD H D S ummer T reatment P rogram 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: 513-803-7708, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Special Needs Dates: June 15 – July 31, 2015 (8:30am-4:30pm)



Cincinnati Children’s ADHD Summer Treatment Program is a nationally recognized summer camp program specifically designed for children ages 8-12 diagnosed with ADHD. Children receive intensive behavioral interventions while participating in recreational and educational activities designed to improve behavior, social, and problem-solving skills with a student-counselor ratio of 2 to 1.

C incinnati Chi ldren ’ s Choir S ummer F e s tival University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Phone: 513-5560338, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: July 27 – August 1, 2015, Sessions will run from 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday & Saturday 1pm - 4pm. Ages/Grades: 9 - 15 Cost: Tuition is $200 for the week including one t-shirt and one concert ticket. Young singers interested in enjoying and developing their skills in musicianship will come together for an exciting week as they attend inspiring, interactive sessions at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Sessions will include Vocal Artistry, sight-singing, Musicianship through Movement, Music Theory, and Choral Artistry. Festival will be held on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, CollegeConservatory of Music. Sessions will run from 9 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday. Saturday 1 pm-4 pm. Register online!

C incinnati Mus e um Center C amp s 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203, Phone: (513)287-7021, programs/museum-camp Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages/Grades: Ages 7-12

EDUCATION UNPLUGGED! Discover five days of behind-the-scenes fun, Museum exploration, an OMNIMAX adventure and so much more... packed with academic programs and classes that explore history, technology and science through creative, hands-on activities. All under one dome! Before and after care available.

C incinnati Park s ’ S ummer Nat u re Day C amp s Locations: 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:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals, Arts, Traditional Dates: June 9 - August 2; 5 different camps each week

Ages/Grades: Ages 3 - 15! Cost: Fees range from $45 - $80 per camp week Activities Included: Beyond our themed camps with special activities, all camps include trail hikes, arts and crafts, outdoor games, interactions with live animals, and many more fun, hands-on activities!

Our summer camps are voted “Best of the City” and “Best of Parenting” by you for the best value in educational, fun-filled outdoor activities! The most popular “Nature Camps in the Parks” camp serves ages 5-12 every week and their preschool siblings can attend Discovery Mornings at the same park during the same week! NEW CAMPS: Harry Potter Advanced Magic Camp, Science Mythbusters and “Where the Wild Things Are.” Camp activities are new for your child each year! Online registration by Feb 1 at: .

C incinnati Recreation Commi s s ion S PE C I ALT Y C A M P S AT LUN K E N P L AY F I E LD 805 Central Avenue, Suite 800, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-352-4000, www.cincyrec. org/camps Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports, Adventure Specialty Camps at Lunken Playfield are for boys and girls of different ages. Camps include Outdoor Adventure, Multi-Sport, Preschool Sports, Preschool Games and Adventure Gaming. Camp fees range from $75 - $175 / week. Also available are two sessions of Kayak camp and CRC’s RiverTrek excursion. Call your local recreation center for details. Visit the CRC website to register.

C incinnati Recreation Commi s s ion S ummer Day C amp s 805 Central Avenue, Suite 800, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-352-4000, www.cincyrec. org/camps Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional CAMP CRC Summer Day Camps are offered at 13 CRC recreation centers. Camps run 11 weeks: June 1 - August 14. Activities include field trips and swim lessons. Hours: 9 am – 4 pm ($1045/summer) With Extended Care Program hours: 7 am – 9 am & 4 pm – 6 pm ($1265/summer). Visit the CRC website to register.

C incinnati Reds Ba s e b all / Soft b all C amp s Locations: 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 and Reds Urban Youth Academy: 6/1-6/5, Harrison HS: 6/15-6/19, Mason HS: 6/29-7/3, Walton-Verona HS: 7/13-7/17, Centerville HS and Summit Country Day: 7/20-7/24, Reds Urban Youth Academy: 8/3-8/7, 2015 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.

C incyNat u re C amp 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150, Contact: Sharon Renner, Phone: 513-831-1711m, Email:, www.Cincy Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals, Traditional Dates: June-August 2015 Ages/Grades: 3-15 CincyNature Camps at Cincinnati Nature Center are a fun way for kids, ages 3-15, to use their creativity and imaginations in a safe, friendly environment. These week-long day camps are held in Milford and Goshen, June through August. Register online!

C irc us C amp s pre s ented by My Nos e T u rns Red Camps take place throughout the area - Clifton, Kennedy Heights, Indian Hill, and Oxford, Contact: Steve Roenker, Director, Phone: 859-581-7100, Email:, www.mynose Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: One week long and two week long camps take place all summer! Ages/Grades: 4-7 & 7-16 Cost: $120- $390 Our 18th year! – Fun, unique, and challenging. Selected Best in the City by Cincinnati Magazine. Circus camps conducted by My Nose Turns Red, the area’s only non-profit youth circus. Skills taught include: stilt walking, juggling, rolling globe, clowning, and more. Camps for ages 4-7 & 7-18 plus 2 two-week intensive camps featuring unicycle, aerials, and German Wheel. Register by May 1st for early bird discount!

Cl a s s room A ntic s T ech C amp s Multiple Locations Throughout Cincinnati, OH, Contact: Tara Foote, Program Director, Phone: 800-595-3776, Email: techcamp@, www.classroom Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Dates: 1 week camps from June 8, 2015 - August 7, 2015 Ages/Grades: Ages 7-13 Grades 1-7 Cost: $229 Design video games, produce stop-motion animation movies, code computer programs, and build and program LEGO robots in a Classroom Antics Tech Camp! Kids ages 7-13 across Cincinnati are attending our affordable weeklong Tech Camps. Join us this summer. Limited space available; REGISTER EARLY at



Country s ide YM C A Day C amp s 1699 Deerfield Rd., Lebanon, OH 45036, Contact: Reuben Smith, Phone: 513-932-1424 ext 149, Email:, www. camp/ Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Sports, Teen Tours/Travel, Traditional Dates: May 26- August 14, 2015 Ages/Grades: Ages 3-16 Cost: $120 Members $150 Program Members Offering a wide variety of traditional and specialty camps including NERF, LEGOS, Gymnastics, High Adventure, Aquatics, Sports and more! Many camps go on field trips for an additional charge. Pre and Post care available. Half Day camps offered as well.

G I RL S COU T C A M P We have 3 camps in Warren County, Phone: 888.350.5090, Email:, Gender of Campers: All-Girl, Day AND Residential Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, Sports, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: Many opportunities available from June to August! Ages/Grades: K-12 Cost: $20-345 (financial assistance available) Girls grow, explore, and (most importantly) have FUN at Girl Scout Camp! Whether for the day, overnight, or longer, we have exciting activities for girls to enjoy while making lasting memories. Check out our full brochure online and get ready for an adventure (and S’mores) this summer!

G orman H eritage Farm – Farm C amp 10052 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Katie Murtaugh, Camp Director, Phone: (513)563-6663, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals Dates: June 1-August 14, 2015/ sessions vary by age and theme; parents should register early! Ages/Grades: Camps for children ages 4-15 Cost: $70-$240/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!

GRE AT PARK S SUM ME R DAY C A M P S Naturalist Department, Various Great Parks Locations, Cincinnati, Oh 45231, Phone: 513-521-7275, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, Traditional Dates: Various camps, firsts starts June 3, last ends August 7

Ages/Grades: 2-17 Cost: Early bird pricing $50-$280, Regular pricing $60-$300 Children ages 2–17 can explore nature this summer through full and half-day Great Parks of Hamilton County Nature, Adventure, Farm, Fishing and Horse Camps. Online registration opens on Monday, February 9, 2015. Early bird pricing runs through March 31. For a full list of camps, including dates and registration deadlines, call 513-521-7275, ext. 240, or visit

I nternational S ummer Dance I ntens ive /C amp s/Cl a s s e s 7623 Old 3C Highway, Maineville, OH 45039, Contact: Claudia Rudolf Barrett, Phone: 513-683-6860, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June through August Cost: $65 - $2080 Summer Dance Intensives culminating in performance; Internationally renowned Faculty includes Cervilio Amador, Director, Claudia Rudolf Barrett, Gema Diaz, Milena Garcia, Valery Lantratov, Rebecca Rodriguez Ages 8 thru 1; Kids Camps with end of session performance/Classes for Ages 4 - 7, Teen Adult; Individual attention. NEW! Zumba!

M ary H e len Fa s hion Sewing C amp 1981 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: 513-802-5020, Email: maryhelenclothing@, Basic Category: Arts Dates: 4 weeks ~ July 6-10 (1:30pm-5:30pm)age 8-11 /July 13-17 (1:30pm-5:30pm) age 7-9 / July 20-24 (9am-1pm)age 8-11 / July 27-31(9am-1pm) age 8-11 Cost: $350 all materials/supplies included! Has your child ever dreamed about becoming a fashion designer… or about some day making her/his own clothes? Come join us for a weeklong adventure where we will teach everything that is needed to know about creating a fashion line. This camp is designed for all levels and is here to teach children all of the steps that are taken to make their own fashion line.

M c N ichol a s H igh School S ummer C amp s 6536 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, Oh 45230, Contact: Christina Mullis, Director of Communications, Phone: 513-231-3500 ext.5809, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Dates: Beginning June 8, 2015 Ages/Grades: Grades 1-9 Cost: Beginning at $60 Launch into Summer 2015 with the Rockets! McNicholas High School is excited to again offer summer day camps for students entering grades 1-9! Camps begin June 8 and include many options in our Rocket Athlete Champ Camps and our Blast Off for Fun Camps. Visit for a full listing.



Paint and Bake Ceramic s 3972 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076, Phone: 859-415-1909, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Traditional Dates: Throughout Summer 2015 Ages/Grades: 5-13; Ages varied based on camp Cost: $40-$200 Paint and Bake Ceramics is a walk-in paint your own pottery studio in Cold Spring, KY. We offer fun for all ages with no studio fees! Summer Camps and Birthday Parties available.

P remier T umbl ing and Dance S ummer C amp s 679 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140. Contact: Angie McNeil/ Choreographer, Phone: 513-677-1240, Email: premiertumbling@gmail. com, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Dates: SPRING BREAK CAMP: March 30 - April 3 ; Summer Camps Vary June - July Ages/Grades: Ages 3 & Up Cost: $125-$225/week each child Staying in town for spring break? Then Premier is the place to be that week! Come and learn different styles of dance, tumble, get crafty and play games. Summer has 4 weeks of fun planned for your camper...Become a princess, join a circus, and learn new tricks in our Acro camp! OR let your imagination fly as you join our Musical Theatre Cast as Premier presents: Alice in Wonderland!

Seven H i ll s School S ummer P rogram 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Contact: Jill Romerill, Phone: 513-728-2380, Email:, SummerProgram Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Adventure/ Tripping, Arts, School Programs (Before/After), Sports, Traditional Dates: June through August Ages/Grades: Age 3 - 18 Cost: $175 - $350 per week Weekly Summer Programs open to all Greater Cincinnati area children (ages 3-18). More than 100 half-day and full-day programs available! Register for one week or all eight! Early Care and After Care available. To learn more visit or call 513.728.2380.

T ippi Toe s Prince s s Dance C amp Locations: 1.) Blue Ash Rec Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242; 2.) Evendale Cultural Arts Center, 10500 Reading Road, Evendale, OH 45241; 3.) Mason Community Center, 6050 Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH 45040, Phone: 513-578-1280, Email: andrea@tippitoesdance. com,



Gender of Campers: All-Girl Dates: Various dates throughout June and July: 1.) Blue Ash Rec Center (June 22-25) 6-8 pm. 2.) Evendale Cultural Arts Center (July 28-31) 9:30-11:30 am. 3.) Mason Community Center (August 3-6) 1- 4 pm Ages/Grades: Ages/Grades: 3-7 Cost: $125 Once upon a time, Tippi Toes planned a magical Princess Dance Camp. Young campers will come from near and far dressed in princess or dance outfits and meet princesses, fairies, and ballerinas! The children dance, attend the princess beauty parlor, make crafts, play games, and receive wonderful gifts.

Springer School and Center 2121 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208 Phone: 871-6080 ext. 402, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 15 - July 10, 2015 “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, handwriting and writing. The Launch program gives children entering Kindergarten and first grade a head start for next year.

W e s t Che s ter Academy S ummer C amp s 8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester, OH 45069, Contact: Patsy Rabinowitz, Phone: 513-829-2345, Email:, www.westchester Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 15-August 7, 2015 Ages/Grades: Ages 3-18 Cost: $125 per week long camp Choose from 16 unique and fun week long camps this summer at West Chester Academy! Visit: for a complete listing of music, dance, art, and gymnastics camps. Family multi-camp discount: Take $25 off each additional camp per family. Register online or call 829-2345. Check out the brand new facility, 3 blocks north of the old location!

YM C A of Greater C incinnati S ummer Day C amp s 201 5 12 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Phone: 513-362-YMCA, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Registration begins March 7, 2015; Camps run May through August; dates for each camp are available on the website. Ages/Grades: Ages 3-15 Cost: Cost varies depending on each camp. Pricing and camp brochures are available on our website. Overnight, day, and specialty camps at the Y are all

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

Young Rembrandt s Mutliple Locations, Contact: Debbie Welker, Phone: 513-779-5858, Email: debbie.welker@, www.YoungRembrandts. com/Ohio Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: Multiple options available Ages/Grades: 3 1/2 - 13 Cost: Costs vary based on length of workshop Come Draw with Us! Inspire your child’s love of ART with Young Rembrandts. Drawing, Cartooning and Summer Workshops are starting soon for children ages 3½ - 13. Our classes are fun and engaging! No experience is necessary. All supplies are included. New drawings each session and every week! Your child will learn art skills and core learning skills while delving into a favorite subject matter. Popular upcoming sessions include: Cartooning Classes, Fashion Runway Workshop, and Super Hero Workshop.

YM C A C amp Arrowhead 6703 Yankee Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Angie DelNegro, Phone: 513-779-3917, Email:, www.lakota Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 1- August 7,2015 Cost: $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! Join us for an open house on Tuesday, May 19th from 6:30-8pm.

[OVERNIGHT CAMPS] C YO C amp R ancho F rama s a 2230 N. Clay Lick Road, Nashville, IN 47448, Contact: Shelle Hertz, Phone: 812-988-2839 X 122, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Religious - Vacation Bible School, Special Needs, Traditional Dates: June 7 - July 31 Ages/Grades: 7-19 Cost: Inclusive camp Eight weeks of traditional recreational residential camping on 297 wooded acres in beautiful Brown county Indiana. Established in 1946, United Way agency and American Camp Association accredited. Core values - Inclusive, Stewards of the Earth, Humility, Camper-Centered, Staff Development, Catholic. All are welcome.

Fal con C amp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email: info@FalconCamp. com, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: 2,4,6,8 week sessions available from June 14 – August 8, 2015 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!

I s rae l T rave l and Overnight J ewi s h C amping Grant s 8499 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Karyn Zimerman, Overnight Jewish Camping & Israel Travel Grant Manager, Phone: 513-985-1534, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Study Abroad/International, Teen Tours/ Travel, Traditional Ages/Grades: Overnight camp, Ages 16-26 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.

YM C A C amp E rns t of C incinnati 7615 Camp Ernst Rd, Burlington, KY 41005, Contact: Megan Gierhart, Program Director, Phone: 859-586-6181, Fax: 859-586-6214, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: One week sessions June 7-Aug 1; 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”!





by Se l f i e s The influence of our “look at me” culture Summer Daily


re selfies related to self-esteem? Do too many selfies indicate narcissistic tendencies? Or are selfies just a harmless trend currently popular in social media? The answer seems to be as individual as each selfie.

In her book It’s Complicated, author dana boyd (her preferred spelling) has researched and written extensively on the subject. After completing a ten-year study on teens’ use of social media, she boiled all of the data down to one point: Our ideas on social media often over-simplify or vilify the topic. Social media, like so many other mediums, has both pros and cons, and its effects depend on how each individual uses it. Selfies, a subset of social media, are no different.

For parents concerned that social media has primarily detrimental effects (like lowering the self-esteem of kids who don’t get many likes on a selfie), according to a study done by Pew Research Center in 2013, 81% of teens who used social media said they have had an online experience that made them feel good. While certainly there are kids who have had very negative experiences online, it seems that it would be a misnomer to think that this was necessarily representative of the general population. The larger issue of social media may be the dangerous consequences of irresponsible online activity. Jennie Noll, PhD, clinical psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, conducts research on how teens present themselves online in ways that might put them at risk for sexual solicitation and exploitation. She sees no evidence that posting selfies may cause low self-esteem or narcissism, but she does see



how it can lead to sexual harassment. To avoid this situation, parents should understand their child’s social media privacy settings, who they add as friends and who they share images with. “This is no different than teaching your kids about drugs or sex or anything else. The lines of communication have to be open. You have to be willing to talk to your kids about the dangers of posting these things online, and when you see these things (either from your kid or from another kid), point it out to them and say this is dangerous because...” She doesn’t, however, necessarily advocate seriously restricting a child’s online activity. “It’s part of the culture. We’re not going to stop the selfies, but we have to examine the motivation for doing it. Kids are going to do it no matter what. We just have to teach them where the line is.” Dr. Pamela Rutledge, a nationally recognized expert on the subject, has spent the past three decades researching, writing about and educating people on social science and technology. She is a selfie advocate and warns against putting too much stock in fearpromoting studies. She says, “The problem with a lot of these studies is there’s a huge difference between things that are related and things that are causal.” No one is denying the possibility that people who post a lot pictures of themselves may be a bit narcissistic, but it’s important to remember that the ability to post selfies doesn’t make anyone narcissistic. Or as Rutledge puts it: “Technology enables behavior; it doesn’t create behavior.” Rutledge encourages adults to let their kids teach them about social media and have them explain what makes a “good” selfie and why they post it. “At the end of the day, one more or less photo doesn’t matter,” she says. “But you can take these opportunities to form some critical thinking, some perspective. It’s not just what you see that matters.” When parents listen to their kids’ thought processes behind why they post a certain selfie, they can get a better sense of what is motivating this behavior and if it brings up any red flags they should be concerned about.



cyberbullying What to do if you r child is targeted Sarah Bricker-Hunt


just don’t feel like going,” 15 year-old Ella insists as she slams her bedroom door. “Maybe next time. I need to check my email.”

Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.” If the cyberbullying involves an adult bully, it is considered cyber-stalking or cyberharassment. Cyberbullying is also distinct from online child-related crimes such as an adult trying to lure a minor.

Teenagers will have their moments, but Ella’s mother was becoming concerned. This time it was a movie night she’d had planned a month ago with some friends from school – and she also recently quit band and basketball. “Is this withdrawing behavior? Is she depressed?” she wondered.

Generally, if a child is feeling targeted over the internet, or a parent notices what they would consider harassing behavior, the issue of cyberbullying needs to be addressed by parents and the school district.

Ella’s mother decides to check Facebook to see if there are any clues there. What she finds leaves her shaking: dozens of taunting, demoralizing posts from several kids at Ella’s school and even a few explicit threats. What Ella has experienced is cyberbullying. According to Cincinnati’s Beech Acres Parenting Center, one in four teens has experienced it, and one in six teens has cyberbullied another teen. It’s a modern problem that has grown as quickly as the internet itself, making it a relatively new and unique issue that can confuse parents, children and school administration. Most bullying that takes place on school grounds falls under the jurisdiction a school’s conduct code, but cyberbullying isn’t always addressed.

I s i t c y b e r b u l ly i n g ? indicates that cyberbullying is taking place “when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the



W h at s h o u l d pa r e n t s d o ? According to Beech Acres, when parents discover their child is being cyberbullied, they might be tempted to confront the bully or even possibly minimize their behavior. Instead, focus on reassurance. The parenting center recommends telling your child five key things: “I hear you,” “I believe you,” “You are not alone,” “It is not your fault,” and “There are things we can do.” Talk with your kids about both internet safety and internet etiquette, and limit usage. Don’t introduce too much tech too early. Keep an eye out for typical signs

that your child is being bullied, including withdrawing from activities, behavioral changes, academic struggles and episodes of anger or sadness. Also, be sure to check your child’s social media accounts on a regular basis.

W h at a b o u t t h e b u l ly ? Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center at Florida Atlantic University (www.cyberbullying. us), says that “kids know when they have hurt someone with their words or actions. They may justify it or rationalize it away, but they know.” He says adults need to motivate kids to do what is right and to “cultivate empathy by helping them fully understand the implications of their actions.” Schools sometimes need to involve law enforcement in bullying situations. Serious threats to another child can result in criminal charges for the bully.

H ow s h o u l d s c h o o l s r e s p o n d to c y b e r b u l ly i n g c as e s ?

school also experience fewer problematic behaviors online,” he explains.

Dr. Hinduja stresses that it is important to condemn the behavior but not the child, while sending a message to the rest of the school community that bullying in any form is wrong. He says school administrators can work with parents “to convey to the student that cyberbullying behaviors are taken seriously and will not be tolerated.”

Beyond discipline and strict school policies centered on anti-cyberbullying efforts, a shift in focus can help, too. Hinduja points to a positive trend. “From pledge campaigns, to flash mobs, to anonymous Twitter feeds which compliment random students for being awesome, young people from around the world are spearheading initiatives to really make a difference,” he says. “We need schools to help youth get excited about ways they can harness the capabilities of peer influence and social media to show compassion toward others.”

“Kids know when they have hurt someone with their words or actions. They may justify it or rationalize it away, but they know.” Apart from responding to individual situations, Hinduja says it is essential to cultivate a positive school climate in general. “Our research demonstrates that students who report a positive climate at

For more information about Dr. Hinduja’s extensive cyberbullying research including tips for parents and students, visit Visit the Safer Schools Ohio website at for specific anti-bullying action plans for parents and schools.



Photo Overflow Storing, organizing and displaying your smartphone photos Sarah McCosham


one are the days of forgetting your camera to take pictures – as long as you have your phone, you have a camera. While smartphones make snapping shots of your family easier than ever, most people aren’t sure what to do with all those pictures. If your smartphone contains photos from the past few months – or even years – read on for some tips on how to get those precious moments viewable in a way you can enjoy.

upload pictures to the website, which opens up space on your hard drive. These websites will allow you to manage, edit and organize your pictures – plus, you can create web albums for easy sharing. Finally, there’s always the old-fashioned way of photo storage: the photo album. Fun albums can be purchased anywhere from Amazon to Michael’s, and you can get the kids involved with choosing prints to display. Or, you can simply purchase some photo storage boxes from the Container Store (Stockholm and Semikolon make colorful ones) for easy organization.

Photo storage 101 While most smartphones have enough storage for hundreds – even thousands – of pictures, there are limits to their capacity. In general, each iPhone 5 picture takes up about 2.3MB of space, which translates into roughly 435 photos for every gigabyte. For a fee, you can buy more storage, but there’s a better way to handle this issue. Backing up your photos is the best method to save your pictures and open up space on your smartphone. This process is easy – simply connect your phone to your computer and transfer photos from your phone to your PC or Mac. If you don’t want to overload your computer’s hard drive with a lot of photos, services such as Dropbox or Flickr can store your files online. Experts recommend regular photo backups to keep all of your devices uncluttered and organized. If you enjoy sharing your photos with friends and family, online sites such as Shutterfly and Picasa are great options. After creating a free account, you simply



Photo projects for beginners Now that your photos are backed up and organized, it’s time to get crafty. If the thought of scrapbooks and hot glue guns leave you in a cold sweat, have no fear! The internet offers a myriad of photo projects for even the least artistically inclined. Sites like Shutterly and Snapfish are a great place to start. After uploading your pictures, it’s easy to create photo books, photo cards and an array of gifts such as blankets, mouse pads and calendars. Speaking of calendars, the classic wall calendar isn’t your only option. Prinstagram, a site that creates printable Instagram products, has a desktop calendar that showcases a print for each day of the year. This makes a great gift for parents who work outside of the home – or could be a cool item in a home office or kid’s room.

Lastly, canvas prints are a classic way to showcase favorite family pictures. In addition to Shutterfly, sites such as Canvas Pop and Easy Canvas offer canvas prints for very reasonable prices, and give users lots of options on size, color and finish.

Get Pinspired! For the more crafty types, Pinterest offers plenty of ideas and inspiration. From tips on arranging a photo wall, to interesting ways for displaying photographs, Pinterest is full of potential projects. For example, one user incorporated a reclaimed wood shutter for photo hanging, while another pinner chronicled her family’s travels by posting pictures on a US map. Online parenting sites like Babble and Daily Mom also offer great suggestions. Both sites are searchable and offer easy-to-read directions for photo crafts and DIY projects. Some unusual ideas on Babble include blowing up a picture for an interesting backdrop to a room, or posting an image on a Scrabble board using letter tiles as a caption. Another out-of-the-box idea is an illustrated photo of your family, which is a fun twist on the classic family portrait. Artists on Etsy can incorporate paper cut outs, water colors or digital media to make your family portrait into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Start organizing today! With a little effort and creativity, you can take those favorite photos off your smartphone and turn them priceless keepsakes your family will enjoy for years to come.



making the call

Is there a “right time” to give your child a cell phone?

Julie Young

“Can I have a cell phone?” It’s a question today’s parents expect to be asked at some point during their child rearing years, but one which lacks a clear-cut answer. Although cell phones are convenient and come with unquestionable safety benefits, they are also costly, can be a distraction and open the door to a host of other potential problems. Once upon a time, cell phones were typically earmarked for teenaged drivers who needed one in the event of a roadside emergency or those who had a part-time job to help pay for it. However, thanks to a wide variety of plans designed with the busy family in mind, it is more common than ever for kids of all ages to have their own device. In fact, according to the National Consumers League, a whopping 56 percent of kids aged 8-12 have their own cell phones while research at Pew 30


Charitable Trusts show that 75 percent of teenagers report having cell phones. Parental opinion varies widely on the subject of when to grant this privilege. Recently Cincinnati Parent Facebook readers were asked “At what age did you allow a cell phone for your child? What factored into your decision?” Several posts stated that a common age was between 10 -13 years old and a concern for safety and the convenience of staying connected were frequently the deciding issues. Reader Rebecca J. wrote “Our children each got phones at the age of 12 when we knew they would have a greater need for one due to spending more time with friends, sports...etc.” Christine M. says age 13 for her kids, “They were a couple of years behind their classmates. It’s nice when they are away from the house & they are responsible with them. I check” Another reader commented, “7th grade - the school

expects them to be able to reach parents after sports and other after school activities.” For others, not having a home phone factored into their decision, as Stephanie B. said, “We just gave our almost 12-year-old one for Christmas (a very basic smartphone... not an iPhone or anything!) She’s started staying home alone and we don’t have a landline, so it was an easy decision.” If you’re contemplating a cell phone for your child, it’s important to take into account his or her maturity level. Here are few questions to consider before making your decision: • Can your child handle the

responsibility of a cell phone? • Do they have a habit of losing


• Do they understand the financial

investment a cell phone requires? • Can they be trusted to use the phone

judiciously without racking up exorbitant charges?

• Can you trust them not to surf

inappropriate websites or send inappropriate messages? • Do they understand and accept that you

will have access to their email messages and texts at any time? Dr. Laura Markham, psychologist and author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting says that when it comes to cell phones, parents need to discuss the rules and boundaries of their use with their children prior to making the purchase. After that, regular conversations should take place about their appropriate use, the texts they are receiving, apps they have on their phone, etc. When parents do make the decision to provide their child with a phone, there are a number of ways they can curtail their child’s usage and monitor their activity. On their web site, Verizon Wireless suggests parents buy their child a basic phone as opposed to a smart phone and consider a pre-paid or pay-as-you-go-plan so that fees do not spiral out of control.

Ultimately, the age at which to give a child a cell phone is a highly personal decision. It is a major responsibility, but also a chance for your son or daughter to show they can manage this type of accountability. Choose a plan wisely, have rules in place about proper usage and don’t be afraid to revoke the privilege if necessary – then enjoy the many benefits this modern technology provides that allow you to stay connected with your kids.




Talking to Kids About Sex Encouraging an ongoing conversation versus “the talk” Sarah Painer, MSW, LISW-S, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Talking to your children about sex can be uncomfortable for you and them, but it is a crucial part of parenting. Your kids will inevitably learn about sex, so it is important for them to get accurate information from you. As a parent, you have the opportunity to help your children develop a healthy understanding and attitude towards sex, and encourage them to behave in a sexually responsible way. It’s important to remember that talking to your children about sex will not in turn make them want to have sex! In fact, current research shows that talking to kids about sex makes them more likely to wait longer to initiate sexual activity and when they do, more likely to use contraception. Since learning about sexuality is a normal part of development, start talking to your children in age appropriate ways beginning in early childhood. By nature, children are curious about their bodies and will ask questions. This curiosity creates a natural opening to initiate conversations about sexuality. Realize that this is really a lifelong conversation – not a one-time event. If you take this approach, you can practically eliminate the need to have “the talk” formally. Everyday life also offers many opportunities to include discussions about sex into normal dialogue. For example, you can initiate a conversation while watching a television show, movie, news, etc. that deals with topics like a child going through puberty, teen dating or seeing a pregnant woman. Use these



development as sexuality is key. Here are some general suggestions to guide your conversations:

• Think ahead about what messages you want to convey. • Be truthful and provide accurate information.

situations as a springboard for a dialogue with your kids. If you think of these experiences as “teachable moments” it will make the situation less awkward and more natural. By ages 10-12, when puberty can begin for many children, the importance of keeping an open discussion on the topic of sex is even more important. Kids this age have likely seen and heard things in school, the news, television, magazines, from their peers and siblings, etc. related to sexuality and getting your message heard on the topic is vital. When they come to you with a question, ask questions in return to find out what they really want to know. Ask “What have you heard about that?” and “What do you think about that?” to gauge their level of knowledge and their own opinion on a subject. Also be sure to ask “Is there anything else you want to know?” and “Does that answer your question?” to make certain you clarify any information they don’t understand. By age 12, children begin to formulate their own values and sense of self identity, so having an ongoing dialogue on such an important aspect of their

• Be open to discussing sex without embarrassment. • Spend time listening, instead of jumping in with your viewpoints. • Keep answers short and simple, explain new words if your child has not heard them before. • Realize that it’s okay if you don’t know an answer to a question, find out together. • Model how to appropriately communicate about the topic of sex. • Remember that it’s never too late to start the conversation. Parents, you will get through this! Work through your discomfort and engage your children in meaningful conversations about sex. They really do want to hear what you have to say on the subject.


Ask the Teacher Hiring tutors, unrecognized good behavior, test prep suggestions Deb Krupowicz


My daughter has several friends whose parents have hired tutors. Some concepts seem tough for my child at school, but I have never thought of hiring a tutor. Should I?


Every student should have some experience mastering tough concepts. Learning should be hard much of the time – it requires some struggle and even frustration at various points. When parents see this kind of tension, they can become anxious; concerned that their child is not capable of meeting the challenge on their own. Eager to alleviate any anxiety their child is experiencing, they see hiring a tutor as the right answer. If a child always struggles with academics, a relationship with a tutor may provide a sense of security for the child and a ready partner for the parent. Parents with demanding professional commitments may find that having a tutor help with school work allows them extra time to focus on recreational activities with their child. Specific needs of a student may require a tutor’s expertise. Most students, however, develop the perseverance needed to face challenging academic tasks independently. For some, the struggle becomes a deterrent to progress. If your daughter is having trouble advancing at the rate her teacher believes is appropriate for her age, and you have tried unsuccessfully to close that gap, a tutor may be a reasonable solution. Only consider a tutor if you and your daughter’s teacher see it as an answer for your daughter’s specific situation, not because others have hired one.

A s k the T eacher 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


My second grader’s teacher has a “bucketfiller” incentive program in the classroom where kids write down compliments for their classmates and put them in the students’ buckets. My child has not received any compliments in her bucket even though her teacher says that she is quiet, courteous and cheerful. What can I do to keep my daughter from feeling disappointed?


Your child’s teacher is certainly committed to nurturing positive attributes in kids as well as encouraging them to see the good in others. She may have implemented this program in an effort to recognize the favorable traits of students who are often only singled out for negative reasons, for example, trouble behaving in school. It may not have occurred to her that well-behaving students might be overlooked. This is certainly something that you should approach her about. At this point in the year, the teacher should be able to identify a special person in the classroom who could write a compliment for your daughter. She could initiate the compliment by saying something to her subtly like, “Have you noticed that Amy gets quiet right away when I ask for the class’s attention?” or “I wonder if anyone has complimented Amy; she comes in each morning with such a cheerful attitude.” It may require her to plant some ideas that the student would, in turn, notice and acknowledge. Even suggesting to the class some quieter behaviors to be on the look-out for might shift the focus of the students to your daughter and others who are doing what they should be quietly and out of the public eye.


What can I do to help prepare my son for all the tests that he has to take in the spring? I am not a big test advocate, but I want him to be able to do his best. Are there things we should be practicing at home?


Leave the academic preparation to the school and your child’s teachers. They will provide activities and practice to support the curriculum that will be tested. There are several things that you can do as a parent, however, to help ensure that he is ready to show what he knows. First and foremost, be sure that your child is getting plenty of rest. It is not enough to go to bed early the night before the test, but that helps! Make sure that he is consistently getting enough sleep to function at his best every day. Establishing that habit well before testing time will have him in the routine, increasing the likelihood that he will awake rested and be alert. His morning routine should allow ample time to get ready for the day at a relaxed pace and to eat a good breakfast. Plan breakfast to be a pleasant time to help set the stage for a great day. Serve your son’s favorites, with focus on something that will stick with him until lunch. Give your son a pep talk! Emphasize your confidence in him and your interest in seeing him show others what he has learned. Suggest a few calming techniques if he seems nervous. Taking a deep breath before starting the test or repeating a phrase in his head like “I can do this!” may help diminish his nerves and pave the way for a great result.



preschool and

education guide [ACADEMICALLY GIFTED] T he Schi ll ing School for G ifted Chi ldren An independent, coeducational school serving gifted children since 1997, we are one of only two K-12 gifted schools in the U.S. We offer advanced classes with an individualized approach. Typically academic classes are accelerated 1 1/2 to 2 grade levels. Maximum class size of 12 students allows for extensive personal attention. Foreign languages are a key component of our curriculum and students have a choice of 9 language options. Our dynamic curriculum is not limited by Common Core or standardized testing. Our teachers and staff are gifted themselves and understand the students we serve. 8100 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Dr. Sandra Schilling Head of School, Phone: 513-489-8940, Fax: 513-489-8941, Email:, www., Grades: 4 years through 18 years Kindergarten through 12th grade, Enrollment: Enrolling gifted children with IQs of 130 or higher.

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

T he Compa s s School Ages 6 weeks-6 years plus after school & summer camp up to age 12. Offering outstanding ReggioInspired full and part-time Infant, Toddler, Two’s, and Preschool programs, as well as Kindergarten, After School, and Summer Camp for school-age children. Degreed teachers, extensive parent communication, and welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. Call today for your personal tour. 9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Laura Carr, Phone: 513-683-8833, Fax: 513-683-8456, Email: CompassLC@,



Creative Tot s , M a s on Creative Tots has specialized in the private education of Toddler, Preschool and Pre-K children for 20+ years. Our holistic approach allows children the opportunity to learn, explore, play and grow while engaging in the fine arts and Montessori activities. Our modernized curriculum is rich in opportunities to use creativity, solve problems, use language, develop new vocabulary and reading skills, while engaging in intellectual activities. Enrichment Programs: Spanish, Music, Art, Yoga and Science 6408 Thornberry Ct.,, Mason, oh 45040, Contact: Emilie Parry, Phone: 513-770-6776, Email:, www., Grades: Toddler: 18 months-3 years, Preschool: 3-4 years; Pre-K: 4-5 years

Shine N u rt u re Center Shine Nurture Center, nestled into a cove of Mt. Airy Forest, provides a healthy space for the nourishment and growth of young children. Shine’s core values include promoting holistic wellness, fostering a connection with nature, providing developmentally appropriate care, and allowing for character discovery. 5100 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223, Contact: Katie McGoron, Phone: 513-541-0400, Email:,, Grades: 6 weeks - 5 years, Enrollment: Opens Nov. 3, 2014: Open Enrollment.

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

[MONTESSORI] Chi ldren ’ s Meeting Hous e M onte s s ori School An authentic Montessori school program resting on 6.5 acres. Extraordinary and rigorous hands-on learning inside and outside of the classrooms creating life long learners, critical thinkers and passionate leaders. 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Meg Thomas, Head of School, Phone:

513-683-4757, Email: thomas@cmhschool. com,, Grades: Preschool through Sixth grade, Enrollment: 160

Country H i ll s M onte s s ori Providing programs for 3 to K. Small, individualized classes with low student-teacher ratios, under the guidance of Montessori certified teachers, in an inter-generational environment. Multiple Locations in Eastgate, Oakley, Harrison and West Chester Ohio and in Ft. Thomas KY. Visit for all location addresses & phones. Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner, Email:, www.chmschools. com/, Grades: 3 - K

Litt le Sprou t s M onte s s ori P re s chool & K indergarten Little Sprouts Montessori nurtures the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of children, helping them develop a lifetime love of learning. Our goal is to empower children to discover and hone their strengths as they explore the world. We recognize the importance of individualized education, capping classes at ten students. 7131 Plainfield Road, Deer Park, OH 45236, Contact: Christie Sawyer, Phone: 513-6979021, Email:,, Grades: Preschool & Kindergarten, Enrollment: Families choose mornings two to four days per week (T/TH and/ or W/F), and/or afternoon sessions on Tuesday and Thursday.

Mercy Monte s s ori Center Mercy Montessori provides a world-class education and a strong foundation for learning and discovery as Greater Cincinnati’s first and oldest Montessori school. Started in 1969, Mercy Montessori is a private, independent Catholic Montessori School offering personalized educational experiences for children from preschool through eighth grade. 2335 Grandview Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206, Contact: Amanda Grimm, Admissions Director, Phone: (513) 475-6700 ext. 210, Email:, www., Grades: Preschool 8th Grade, Enrollment: 292

[NON–PUBLIC] De Pau l Cri s to Rey H igh School Looking for an affordable private school? DePaul Cristo Rey is the Catholic, college-prep high school for families who can’t afford other private high schools. Through our Corporate Work Study Program students work one day a week in professional settings earning part of their education costs. Find out more at 1133 Clifton Hills Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220, Contact: Yasmeen Khan, Admissions Coordinator, Phone: 513-861-0600, Fax: 513-861-0900, Email: yasmeen.khan@, www.discoverdepaul. org, Grades: Grades 9-12, Enrollment: 260

T he Seven H i ll s School An award-winning Independent, non-sectarian and co-educational school serving students two years through grade 12 on two campuses. An intellectually vibrant environment encourages personal attention and the average class size is 15. Educating the whole child with a collegeprep, 21st century curriculum. Hillsdale Campus - 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati; Doherty Campus - 2726 Johnstone Place, Cincinnati, Phone: 513-728-2400,, Grades: Pre-K through 12

[PUBLIC] C incinnati P u bl ic S Chool s Our goal is to provide a rigorous curiculum that cultivates critical thinking and technology skills while encouraging collaboration, real-world connections and endless creativity. It’s not just about getting your children ready for graduation. It’s about getting them into college and preparing them for a thriving career! Phone: 513-363-0123,

[SPECIaL NEEDS] Springer School and Center For more than 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6-14 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Springer Experience. Success Changes Everything. 2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Carmen Mendoza, Admissions Director, Phone: 513 871-6080 ext. 211, Fax: 513 871-6428, Email:, www.springer-LD. org, Grades: 1 through 8, Enrollment: 200

[TUTORING] Lang s ford Learning Acce leration Center s Is your child on track to be a successful reader? For over 14 years, Langsford has been applying an evidence-based approach to reading difficulties to turn struggling readers into confident and successful ones. Langsford’s approach is to identify the root cause of the reading difficulties and then to implement research-validated approaches to develop confident independent learners. Langsford offers support for reading, comprehension, and writing. Langsford is also an approved Jon Peterson provider; contact us to see if your child qualifies for a scholarship from the Ohio Department of Education. Blue Ash Location: 9402 Towne Square Ave. Ste B, Cincinnati, OH 45242, West Chester Location: 7616 Cox Lane, West Chester, Oh 45069, Contact: Jeff Graham, Executive Director, Phone: 513-531-7400,, Grades: All ages





DAILY calendar

MARCH 2015 Sun 01

THURS 05 – SUN 08

M ap le S ugar Day s

R ingl ing Bros . and Barn um and Bai ley pre s ent s Legends

Time: 12-5 p.m., Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, www.great

It’s maple sugaring time! Bring your family and celebrate the awakening of the trees as they prepare for spring, and join us for the traditional craft of making maple syrup. Enjoy crafts, demonstrations and hikes. Maple treats, including waffles and ice cream, will be available for a small fee.

LE G O BU I LDI NG CO M P E T I T ION Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Phone: 513.321.5707, Location: Krohn Conservatory, www.

(Sponsored by King Arthur’s Court Toys in Oakley) Here’s a Family-Friendly Event you won’t want to miss! Exercise your design skills in a fun competition for the entire family! King Arthur’s Court Toys will lend everyone the LEGO kits so you and your family can create a mission, style work of art inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. After the competition, all of the LEGO kits will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Mon 02

Price: Starting at $15, Phone: 513-421-4111, Location: U.S. Bank Arena, www.ticketmaster. com/venueartist/180631/1924451?brand=ringli ngbros&brand=ringlingbros&camefrom=C FC_FELD_WEBSITE

Changing Hand s Sale

Behold the living legends In an all-new show, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey® Presents LEGENDS unveils the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages™. Experience epic family fun as legendary circus artists from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination until now: the Unicorn, Pegasus and Woolly the Mammoth.

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. Cash or credit card accepted. Bring a friend and a tote.

CC M M ains tage Mus ical T heatre: P eter Pan Price: $31-$35, $20-$24 students, $18-$22 UC students, Phone: 513-556-4183, Location: Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati,

Based on famous story by James Barrie, play tells the tale of the mischievous boy who can fly, who never ages and who spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the spellbinding isles of Neverland.

Happy Birthday, D r . Se us s Time: 6 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 513-732-2128, Location: Clermont County Public Library,

We will celebrate the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel by watching a movie. We’ll make a Cat in the Hat craft and enjoy a snack. Call to register.

Tues 03 Be Smart, E at W e ll and M ove M ore @ You r Li brary Time: 7 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 513-369-6068, Location: North Central Branch Library, http://

Make a move toward a healthier lifestyle with the Flying Pig! Join us for a fun time learning more about exercise, good nutrition, and feeding your brain with good books while completing the 26 miles of the Flying Pig marathon on your Hog Log.

Weds 04 Litt le T yke s Time: 11 a.m., Price: free, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Winton Woods,

Bring your 3–6 year-old for kid fitness in the great outdoors– animal style! Learn about animal antics and wiggle and jump your way to physical fitness.



Elementary and Middle School students but all are welcome.

Fri 06 Arc Attack: T he World’ s M os t Dangerous R ock Band Time: 7-8 p.m., Price: $5-$7, Phone: 513-8675348, Location: Fairfield Community Arts Center, cfm?id=39577

Part rock concert, part science experiment, this is a show you will never forget! Two custom engineered hand built Tesla Coils throw out electrical arcs up to twelve feet long, each one acting as an instrument with a sound reminiscent of the early days of the synthesizer. With ArcAttack, you get much more than just a concert--it’s an otherworldly fusion of science, technology and music that will electrify you. All ages. Part of the EnterAct Family Series.

Sat 07 C A S K ids: Space P rogram P otpou rri Time: 7-8:30 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 513-9411981, Location: Cincinnati Astronomical Society,

2015 will be an exciting year for NASA! This spring “Dawn” reaches Ceres, the largest of the asteroids and “New Horizons”, launched in 2006, will sped past Pluto finally revealing her secrets. CASKids is free and designed for

Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Price: $1 admission, Phone: 513-985-6080, Location: Madeira Elementary School,

Fami ly Dinner Serie s: A n E vening W ith Z ak M organ Time: 6:30 p.m., Price: $29.95/person, $14.95/ child ages 2–12, plus tax, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Winton Woods,

Join Grammy nominee Zak Morgan for an evening of his unique brand of children’s music. Zak delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike. Advance ticket purchase is required.

Learning T hrough Pl ay Phone: (513)287-7000, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center,

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 bring together the region’s best childhood development experts for a one-day conference every year. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 7, 2015 for the seventh annual Learning Through Play conference! Check website for the day’s complete schedule.

SAT 07 – SUN 08 Faith W eekend Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Price: $12, Phone: 859-2617444, Location: Newport Aquarium, www.

Join us for Faith Weekend at the Newport Aquarium This is an exclusive offer for members, families and friends of any faith organization Enjoy the day in a fun, unique, climate-controlled environment. Everyone in the family will have an unforgettable experience. Please place your order before Wednesday, March 4, 2015, as this special group rate will not apply to walk-up ticket purchases.

M acy ’ s Art s Samp ler Price: Free, Phone: 513.871.2787, Location: Various Cincinnati Locations, www. macys-arts-sampler

Macy’s Arts Sampler returns in 2015 for one weekend, March 7 & 8, with 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. Please check website for a full schedule of participating organizations.

Tues 10 Hof br äu haus Fami ly N ight Time: 6-9 p.m., Phone: 859-491-7200, Location: Hofbräuhaus Newport, www.

Family Night at Hofbrauhaus features face-painting, balloon animals and prizes. Plus Kids 12 and under eat FREE.

be heard coming from the trees. Meet a nocturnal animal to help discover the outdoor world that exists after our bedtime.

FRI 13 – SAT 14 M ons ter X Tou r Time: 7:30 p.m., Price: Tickets start at $12, Phone: 859-442-2652, Location: Bank of Kentucky Center, www.bankof event-details/MonsterX/

The Bank of Kentucky Center will be the motorsport entertainment’s epicenter with the nation’s most competitive Monster Trucks and FMX Motocross! Come see these incredible 10,000 pound, car crushing giants compete in Racing, Wheelie Contests, and then rock the house with amazing Freestyle Action during the Monster X Tour! Plus you can meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party.

Sat 14 Thurs 12 W hoooo C all s in the N ight ? Time: 11 a.m., Price: Free, Phone: (513)5217275, Location: Woodland Mound, www.

When darkness falls in our woodlands, a cacophony of rustlings, hoots and howls can

Fami ly Pizza M aking Cl a s s Time: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Price: $50/member medium pizza, $60/non-member medium pizza (additional pizza $30), Phone: (513) 563-6663, Location: Gorman Heritage Farm,

Grab your family, grab your date, grab a friend, or come by yourself to learn how to make a quick and easy pizza which will then



be baked in our cob (wood-fired earthen oven). We will also be going out to our hoop house to harvest some greens, and onions for your pizza as well if so desire. Join us for a fun-filled and tasty afternoon! Age: 5+.

Linton Mus ic ’ s P ean u t Bu tter and Jam Se s s ions Time: 11:30 a.m., Price: $5 or 4 for $15; Children under 2 are free!, Phone: 513-381-6868, Location: Pilgrim United Church of Christ, http://

NEW WEST SIDE LOCATION High – Low. Fast– Slow. Listen Closely Here We Go! Opposites attract when it comes to making music We’ll have lots of fun listening to the flute, string bass, piano, and drums show us how it’s done with musical opposites.

Once and Again K id ’ s Sale Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Price: free, Phone: 513-398-4741, Location: Mason United Methodist Church,

Annual Once and Again Kid’s Sale at Mason United Methodist Church on Saturday March 14, from 8am-12pm. Gently used children’s items including: clothing(all seasons), games, books, shoes, toys, baby equipment, puzzles, bikes, costumes, room decor, bedding, and much more. Proceeds donated to local and global charities of MUMW. Bags provided, cash and checks only.

St. Patrick ’ s Day Ce le bration Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Phone: (513) 352-4066, Location: Fountain Square,

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with not one, but two FREE parties on Fountain Square! Festivities all throughout the day. Enjoy live music from Celtic rock bands, St. Patrick’s Day merchandise and, of course, Guinness on tap.

Second Sat u rday at M ount Wa s hington Art Work s Price: Free, Phone: 513 232-3738, Location: Mount Washington ArtWorks,

Join us for an exhibit and free class at our beautiful art studio the Second Saturday of every month. Make an art project, enjoy refreshments, and view an art class in session. All free. All ages welcome.

Sun 15 Nat u ral E gg Dyeing Time: 1 p.m., Price: $1/egg, payable at the door, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Miami Whitewater Forest,

Plants have been used to dye items for thousands of years, so why not eggs? Come see how plants are used for dyes, and try your hand at dyeing an egg with common household plants.

Pancake s in the Wood s

Fri 20

Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 513-761-4313, Location: California Woods Nature Preserve,

Baby Tou r

Celebrate the maple season! Enjoy pancakes and sausage grilled by celebrity chefs. Learn about the process and story of maple sugaring. All proceeds benefit California Woods and Magrish Riverlands Preserves. Suggested donation: $7.00 per person. No reservations required. Call 513-231-8678 or email gia.giammarinaro@ for more information.

Time: 2 p.m., Price: FREE. Limited space, first come basis; Reservations Recommended, Phone: (513) 721-2787, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum,

Tues 17

This 30-minute experience will introduce you and your infant (ages 0-2) to the world of art with a tour designed to stimulate their developing minds. We will explain the positive effects of visual stimulation with masterpieces that will mesmerize the Art Museum’s youngest visitors. Strollers are not permitted so that you and your child can better experience the art together.

33 rd A nn ual St. Patrick ’ s Day Ce le bration of Song and Dance

Mozart ’ s Re q u iem

Time: 11:30 a.m., Price: Free, Phone: 513-3696900, Location: Main Library, www.

Time: 8 p.m., Phone: 513-621-5219, Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts, www.cballet. org/1415/requiem%20

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music by Foley Road and performances by the McGing Irish Dancers. For more programs, go to http://www.

From Cincinnati Ballet’s resident choreographer Adam Hougland comes the moving Mozart’s Requiem. Hougland’s exploration of mortality, told in a series of compelling, achingly realistic vignettes, is underscored by the fact that Mozart died before completing his famous Requiem Mass in D Minor. Yet from darkness comes light: the characters journey from grief and loss towards acceptance and hope, leaving us all having finally embraced the ultimate unknown. pdf.

Weds 18 C al ming the Chaos Time: 7-9 p.m., Price: $25/single ticket or $20 each for 2 or more tickets, Phone: 513 871-6080 ext. 402, Location: Sharonville Convention Center,

Psychologist and author Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP, will address parents on ways to help their students who are disorganized, distracible, forgetful and prone to careless mistakes. Dr. Dawson will present strategies parents can use to help children acquire the critical skills they need to calm the chaos and become successful students.

Thurs 19 S u per Sprou t s: Lot s O’ Line s Time: 2-4 p.m., Phone: (513)287-7000, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, www.cincymuseum. org

Lines curve, loop, wiggle and wave to create a masterpiece inspired by the artist Joan Miro!.

THURS 19 – SAT 21 T he Diary of A nne F rank Time: 7-9 p.m., Price: $5-$15, Phone: 513-3638100, Location: School for Creative and Performing Arts,

Presented by School for Creative and Performing Arts Drama Department 3 dates & times (see complete schedule below) Anne Frank is Jewish girl who has to go into hiding during World War II to avoid the Nazis. Together, with seven others, she hides in secret annex on Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam.

Cl a s s ical R oot s Times: 7:30 PM, Price: Tickets start at $25 Adults / $10 Students, Location: Music Hall, Phone: 513-381-3300, zurb/1415_ClassicalRoots.htm

Join the CSO and the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir for one of the most highly anticipated concerts of the season! Take 6, the most awarded vocal group in history, brings a riveting blend of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop too the stage. Conductor, pianist and composer Charles Floyd, known for his work in Hollywood and with orchestras across the country and around the world. This sure-to-sell-out performance brings together friends and neighbors in this annual celebration of AfricanAmerican musical heritage. All are welcome!

P eter R abbit Time: 7 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: (513)524-8506, Location: Oxford Community Arts Center, www.

ArtsWave and Lane Public Library present ArtReach: A Division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati production of Beatrix Potter’s most famous long-eared character. Peter’s goal is to get out of the humdrum life in a rabbit’s hole and play his guitar at “The Farm.”

FRI 20 – SUN 22 Legally Blonde , J r . Pre s ented by Acting Up Time: 7-9 p.m., Price: $12, Phone: 513-494-6062, Location: Mason Middle School,

Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical. Legally Blonde, Jr. has all the excitement of the original,





Pa s s over Arty Party

E a s ter Spectac u l ar

Time: 3 p.m., Price: Free with Advance RSVP, Phone: 513-703-3343, Location: Scripps Center,

Price: $9.50/person, plus tax, Phone: (513)5217275, Location: Winton Woods, /www.

The Easter Spectacular is for kids of all ages. This festive, family-friendly event includes lunch, wagon ride to an Easter egg hunt with a surprise for the kids, photo with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment and more! Advance registration required. 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m. & 1:45 p.m.

M adcap P u ppet s

Get a panoramic perspective of Cincinnati, the perfect backdrop for an artful afternoon of creative family fun when Shalom Family presents the Passover Arty Party, for families in the Jewish community, on Sunday, March 22nd at 3pm at the iconic Scripps Center building in Downtown Get artrageous with plenty of make-your-own art projects including Passover art(wheels), Passover Pottery, Mini-Matzah Masterpiece, Spin Art Matzah covers, Geometric Paper Sculptures, Kinetic Art Mobile, Paper curling project. Plus, live DJ and dancers, airbrush tattoos, caricatures, Digital Spray Paint Photo Booth, ballon artistry, face painting, arty snacks and so much more Open to families in the Jewish community with children 12 and under. Older siblings and grandparents always welcome.

Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Price: $8, Phone: 513-497-2860, Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center,

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based on the movie of the same name, and redesigned for audiences of all ages. The cast is comprised of 80 talented young people from all over the tri-state!

Sat 21 Ce ltic Lands C u lt u re F e s tival Price: Museum Admission, Phone: (513)287-7000, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, www.cincy

Enjoy an array of folklore and art from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Marvel at the fast and fancy footwork of traditional Celtic dancers and enjoy music by local Celtic musicians and shop vendors’ booths for authentic wares and baked goods.

Under the Bonsai Tree-Welcome to the wonderful world of the bonsai tree When it’s time for Ko, a little beetle, to say goodbye to the safety and comfort under the bonsai, he must confront his fears of leaving the only home he has ever known. His caretaker, a tiny old woman named Hachi, reveals how strength and courage can come from the humblest of creatures. Her captivating tales from the Fareast show Ko that even the power of dragons and emperors can be no match for the smallest and unlikeliest of heroes.

Phone: 513-396-8960, Location: Joseph-Beth Booksellers, www.josephbeth. com/

We love our community! To thank our beautiful city and loyal customers for all their years of patronage, we’re having another day just for you – chock full of activities and savings all over the store! Starting with a special storytime at 10:30 am, we’ll be having fun stuff to do all day – a visit from the Cincinnati Zoo, face painting, balloon art, magic, a special presentation from CET, and an evening concert from a fantastic local band: The Young Heirlooms!

Sun 22 Ballet Toy b ox Time: 2 p.m., Price: $20, Phone: 513-621-5219, Location: Aronoff Center for the Art, www.

Now in its fourth year, Ballet Toybox offers the perfect opportunity to introduce young children to the joy of dance. The program features CBII (Cincinnati Ballet 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 where you will 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.



Price: $7 per person, $5 when 10+ in group, Location: UC Blue Ash College Muntz Theater, Phone: 513-745-5705, about/community/artrageous.html

Join other homeschooling families as children read favorite poems or ones they’ve written on the LePage stage.

11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Performing as the Gizmo Guys, Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences around the world. They work in a great variety of venues including theaters, corporate functions of all types, cruise ships.... you name it, they’ve done it. Sure, they’ve made numerous television appearances, won international juggling competitions, and taught at top circus schools. But what makes their act so appealing is their uniquely winning combination of dazzling technique and infectious humor. The Gizmo Guys’ rapid-fire act exhilarates and inspires sidesplitting laughter in audience members of all ages.

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SAT 28 – SUN 29

Home s chool P oetry Grou p Time: 2:30 p.m., Price: -Free event, open to the public., Phone: (513) 731-2665, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, www.

W ee W edne s day: Spring Community Appreciation Day

G izmo Gu y s

Time: 10 a.m., Price: Free. Reservations Not Required., Phone: (513) 721-2787, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, www.

Perfect for ages 2–5. A great program keeps getting better! Our popular “open house” program for preschoolers and their parents offers interactive learning stations in the galleries, story tellers, and a hands-on art project each month. We hope you’ll like our new ideas for the season!

FRI 27 – SUN 29 C I R QU E ME CHA N IC S Price: Start at $12, Phone: 513-381-3300, Location: Music Hall, www.cincinnatisymphony. org/home2.asp

Dazzling acrobatics, popular classics and an 18-foot, pedal-powered “Gantry Crane” unite for a show unlike anything you’ve seen! Marvel at aerialists, trapeze artists and contortionists as they perform feats that have been called “highly skilled and wholly original.” The Pops creates its own magic with majestic selections by Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Copland, Ravel and more!

Sat 28 E a s ter E gg H unt Time: 11 a.m., Price: Free, Phone: (513)941-0102, Location: Sayler Park Community Center, http://

Be early and mingle at craft fair, which opens at 10 a.m. Then go on the hunt for some Easter eggs!

M adcap P u ppet s Time: 1-2 p.m., Price: $8, Phone: 513-721-2787, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, www.

Welcome to the wonderful world of the bonsai tree! When it’s time for Ko, a little beetle, to say goodbye to the safety and comfort under the bonsai, he must confront his fears of leaving the only home he has ever known. His caretaker, a tiny old woman named Hachi, reveals how strength and courage can come from the humblest of creatures. Her captivating tales from the Fareast show Ko that even the power of dragons and emperors can be no match for the smallest and unlikeliest of heroes.

Tues 31 Bedtime Storie s: Cons truction Zone Time: 6:30 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 513-7525580, Location: Clermont County Public Library,

Wear your pajamas for our family story time as we share stories about construction vehicles and buildings. Call to register. For ages 0-8.

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

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ONGOING EVENTS M arch M adne s s! Occurring Daily Beginning Monday, March 2nd Through Tuesday, March 31st Price: Crazy Low FunHouse Deal!, Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, www., Phone: 513-898-8000

We’ve gone Mad! Don’t miss all the crazy deals! Admission to the A-Maze-N FunHouse: The Greatest Funhouse on Earth is only 99¢ with purchase of a Train Journey ticket! Hot Dogs are only 25¢ each all month long!

Di s ney pre s ent s T he Lion K ing Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Tuesday, March 31st Through Sunday, April 26th Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts - Proctor & Gamble Hall, shows/lion-king-baa/, Phone: (513)621-ARTS

Experience the phenomenon. The most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you’ve ever heard. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors. Wonder at the inspiration of award-winning director Julie Taymor, who created visual images for this show that you’ll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.”

I magination Yoga Cl a s s e s for K id s Occurring Each Tuesday Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Price: $48/ series - 4 classes, Phone: 513-4913573, Location: Gracetree Yoga & Growth Studio, www.

Imagination Yoga uses an adventure theme incorporating developmentally appropriate kids yoga poses to encourage a creative outlet while providing physical activity that increases strength, balance, and flexibility. Our program provides a playful way for children to relax in an increasingly stress-filled world by integrating the wonderful mind, body and heart benefits of yoga. Yoga mats and other materials needed for class will be provided.

P eter and the Starcatcher Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Saturday, March 7th Through Saturday, April 4th Price: $30 and up, Location: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park,, Phone: (513)421-3888

Encounter the Neverland you never knew in this hilarious and inventive Peter Pan prequel. Play by Rick Elice. Adapted from novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.

Sens ory S undayS Ongoing on the second and fourth Sunday of each Month Times: 2:00 PM, Price: FREE, Location: Gymboree, http://www., Phone: 513-703-3343

These private interactive play groups take place on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, featuring the popular Miss Shana, 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. The programs are free and always include a snack. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event. Dates and times are subject to change, please check for updates and to RSVP. Sensory Sunday is a program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation.

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Fall ingwater G ardens: A M odern Work of Nat u re Occurring Daily (except Mon) Through Sunday, March 22nd Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Price: $4, $2 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and under, Location:Krohn Conservatory, http://www., Phone: (513) 421-4086

The designers of the Spring Show draw their design inspiration from key aspects of famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. The show features a mission-style flowerbed representing a stained glass window made of hundreds of cheerful pansies, tulips and hydrangeas. As well as, real stained glass windows of the same genre created by local artist David Duff of Classical Glass. Norway Spruces, Atlas Blue Cedars and Pussy Willows frame flower beds flowing with small streams of water to exemplify the melding of design rooted in nature.

Mummie s of the World: T he E xhi bition Occurring Daily Price: Adult: $19.50, Child: $12.50, Senior: $17.50, Member Adult: $12.50, Member Child: $8.50, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center,, Phone: (513)287-7000

Come face to face with the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled! Featuring never-before-seen collection of objects and specimens, including real human and animal mummies and related artifacts from South America, Europe and Egypt, Mummies of the World also demonstrates that mummification has taken place all over the globe.

Litt le Women Occurring Every Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun Beginning Friday, February 20th Through Saturday, March 21st Price: $22-$36, Location: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company,, Phone: (513)381-BARD

Louisa May Alcott’s treasured classic tells the enduring story of the March family – a lively, American household living in refined poverty.

M ake a Me s s at the M anatee Occurring Each Monday Price: $7/child, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, http://www.bluemanateebooks. com, Phone: (513) 731-2665

Join Ms. Kelli every Monday to enjoy this wonderful outlet for your child’s creative side. Have fun listening to a good book and participating in an art-making activity with your child. Ages 2-4. (*pre-registration required)

M arve lous Wonderette s Occurring Every Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun Beginning Thursday, March 12th Through Saturday, April 4th Price: $24, $21 seniors, students and groups of 20 or more, Location: Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, http://www. cincinnatilandmarkproductions. com, Phone: (513)241-6550

Play takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing such classic ‘50s and ‘60s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party,” and over 20 other classic hits!











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