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MARCH 2017

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Travel Tips

Save big bucks on your next family vacation


Consignment Sales Cincy-area events not to miss!

Summer PROGRAM and CAMP Guide



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Spring Consignment Sales Cincy-area events not to miss!

Family-Friendly Day Trip Destinations Tons of fun all close to home

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Summer Camps for the Arts






How to save big bucks on your next family vacation

Act, paint, play music, dance and sing at camp this summer!



Money-Saving Travel Tips






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Turning the Corner We’re almost there – when we can say “so long” to winter and “hello” to spring. In fact, March 20th officially

marks the spring equinox (at 6:29 am to be specific). So even though we’ll have to endure a few more blustery days until winter finally eases its grip, it’s good to know that sunny, warmer days are definitely on the horizon. And that’s what we’re focusing on in this issue! Need a change of scenery after hunkering down inside all winter? Maybe a little road trip is in order! We’ve got twelve Family-Friendly Day Trip Destinations ready for you to explore. And if you’re planning a getaway that’s a little farther from home, be sure to read our article on Money-Saving Travel Tips to help you get the most bang for your buck on your next vacation. Have your kids broken out their t-shirts and shorts from last year – which makes you realize just how much they’ve grown since summer? Before you head to the store and drop some major cash, pick up great deals on all kinds of items at one of the many consignment sales in the Cincinnati area. We’ve got a list ready of upcoming events with our guide to Spring Consignment Sales.




What else should be on your spring to-do list? Looking into summer camps! Even though it seems faraway, now is the time to think about camp options for your kids. Start by checking out our extensive Summer Program and Camp Guide which includes both day and overnight camps. And if you’ve got a particularly artistic, musical, dramatic or creative kid at home, take a look at our article on Summer Camps for the Arts to find an experience tailored just for your child. March is a mercurial month – but each day gets us one step closer to saying goodbye to winter for good and embracing the rebirth of spring. Are you ready for it? Me too! Happy (almost) spring!

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Delight in black and white Every third Friday of the month, the Cincinnati Art Museum hosts two Baby Tours for tots 2 and under. These 30-minute tours feature a different theme each month and are a fantastic way to introduce your baby to the arts! The March 17th tour explores all shades of black and white at CAM – which is perfect for babies, who enjoy the stark contrast of these opposing colors. And, these tours are totally free! Just click over to the Cincinnati Art Museum’s website to make a reservation for either the 11 am or 2 pm tour. family-programs/

Final Farewell to the Greatest Show On Earth™

Believe in magic Need a break? The Illusionists show is a two-hour escape from reality. High-tech illusions, theatrical swagger and good, old-fashioned magic make this show completely spellbinding (pun intended). This show is great for families – kids will enthusiastically volunteer to go on-stage and participate in the magic show, and parents will be legitimately wondering “how’d they do that?” The Illusionists have toured all across the world; and March 21-26, they’ll be at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center. Catch them before they disappear! detail/illusionists

Ladies and Gentlemen! Children Of All Ages! Prepare yourself ONE LAST TIME to let your imagination run wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. The final curtain call for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Circus XTREME will be taking place at U.S. Bank Arena from Friday, March 10th through Sunday, March 19th with 13 total performances to choose from. You certainly will not want to miss this Final Farewell to the Greatest Show On Earth™ before it’s gone!

Celebrate Teen Tech Week! Did you know the second week of March is Teen Tech Week? This event began in 2007 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) as a way to encourage teens to use libraries' non-print resources for education and recreation – and to recognize our public library system for the amazing asset that it is! The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is pulling out all the stops for this year’s Teen Tech Week, offering free programs on 3D printing, laser-optics, robots and telescopes. For more information and a full schedule of events for the week of March 5-12, visit the library’s website. eventcalendar.asp




Learn through play Every parent or preschool teacher knows how important play is during a child’s development – and this March, the Cincinnati Museum Center has something special planned with that in mind. Every Saturday in March, the Museum Center is hosting “Learning Through Play for Families.” Interactive activities will be available for families to experience the fun of playing together at the Duke Energy Children’s Museum on March 4, 11, 18 and 25. All activities are free for Museum Members, and included with Duke Energy Children’s Museum admission for non-members.

Remembering Anne Frank The story of Anne Frank is a powerful and heartbreaking testament to the human spirit – her Jewish family’s story of survival hiding inside their apartment in Amsterdam, later arrest by the Nazis and ultimate imprisonment in concentration camps, where she perished. Throughout all her trials, Anne’s spirit remained strong, making The Diary of Anne Frank one of the most important historical works of the 20th century. This spring, The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education celebrates the life and legacy of the Franks with Anne Frank: A History for Today. Frank’s words provide the foundation of this exhibit, which will be enhanced with artifacts from the Center’s permanent collection. Anne Frank: A History for Today runs daily through June 9.

Mamma Mia! If you’re a fan of show tunes, then you know that it doesn’t get much better than Mamma Mia! – the story of a bride searching for her identity on the eve of her wedding. What makes this musical so memorable is the music. ABBA’s soundtrack brings this tale of love, laughter and friendship to life – and you’re sure to have the time of your life at this show! Mamma Mia! is part of Fifth Third Off Broadway in Cincinnati series, and comes to life March 10-12 at the Aronoff Center.

It’s time to think about summer camp! If picking a summer camp for your kids has you completely overwhelmed, we can help! Join Cincinnati Parent at The WEB Extreme Entertainment on March 19th from 1-4 p.m. for our first-ever Summer Camp Fair. Talk face to face with reps from a variety of local organizations and make an informed, stressfree selection on the best camps for your kids. While you’re there, enjoy lots of free family fun, including character meet-and-greets, mock cover photos and opportunities to win gift cards to The WEB Extreme Entertainment! 1313748078668201/

Revisit a classic The Ugly Duckling is the tale of a duckling who believes he is worthless because of his appearance. Through his family and friends, he learns that worth and beauty come from within; and once that lesson is learned, he transforms into a beautiful swan. This March, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati will present The Ugly Duckling for Fitton Family Friday on the 10th. Every month, the Fitton Center for Creative Arts presents a family friendly feature as part of this series; tickets are $13/non-member adult and $11/member adult, and each adult ticket purchased gets families 4 free tickets for kids under 16. fitton-family-fridays/



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A Dad Influence Taking on the Mouse Every time my wife would bring up the topic of taking our kids to Disney, I would shudder. But, like she would always say, our kids were getting older – they were now five, seven and ten. If they were going to have the “Magical Disney Experience” it needed to be soon. So, I reluctantly agreed; it was finally time for us to “take on the mouse.” My wife did 100% of the preparation for this trip, planning that started months in advance – which involved lengthy discussions about fast passes, magic bands, character dinners, park hopper passes and so on. Once we arrived at our Disney hotel, I was thankful for all my wife’s pre-vacation planning. It made our trip, which had the potential to be completely overwhelming, into a blast for everyone.





Our youngest daughter met some of her favorite princesses during “character dinners” leaving her, for the first time in her life, speechless. We used our fast passes so our oldest daughter could jump right to the front of the line for her favorite rides. And our park hopper passes allowed us to visit several parks in a day, which our son loved because it meant he could get behind the wheel of every car ride at Disney. For all the time and energy my wife put into planning this trip, I was happy she had as much (and maybe more) fun as the kids. Her trip was highlighted by watching it “snow” on Main Street in 70-degree weather at the Christmas party.

So what did I think of my time at Disney? For as much grumbling as I did before our trip, I have to admit I had an excellent time. My wife and kids made fun of me for liking the Little Mermaid ride so much and teased me all week about how I had a crush on Ariel. Did we wait too long to take the kids? I don’t think so. I’m glad we went when we did and I have a feeling we’ll be going back soon... as long as my wife agrees, once again, to do all the planning. Follow along on my journeys with my wife, three kids, and (now) two dogs at A Dad Influence on Facebook, Twitter @adadinfluence and Instagram a_dad_influence.

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As you box up the sweaters and flannel and open up last year's shorts and tanks, you're probably wondering who, exactly, wore all these teeny tiny pieces of clothing? Certainly not your kids, who seem to have grown six inches since the fall!

2017 Spring Everything for Kids Sale!

Before you panic and run up a hefty bill at the mall, take a deep breath and start organizing! Take those clothes that no longer fit and put them aside to consign at one of the following sales. Then, take inventory of what you need, mark your calendar and shop 'til you drop at these spring consignment sales around Cincinnati!

Shopper Tips: Don’t be fooled by the name: The Northern Kentucky Mothers of Multiples' semi-annual children’s clothing, toy and equipment sale is open to everyone, not just families of multiples! Admission is $1 per person, and kids 12 and under are free. Credit cards are accepted at checkout with a $3 service fee.

When: Saturday, March 11 from 9-11:30 am

Where: Receptions Conference Center, 1379 Donaldson Hwy, Erlanger, KY

Faith MOPS Baby and Kids Spring Sale

Changing Hands Sale When: Saturday, March 4 from 9 am -1 pm

Where: Madeira Elementary School, 7840 Thomas Dr., Madeira, OH

Shopper Tips: There's a $1 cash fee for entry. Cash and credit cards are accepted for both the pre-sale and regular sale. Please note that checks are no longer accepted at checkout. Click over to the website for information on becoming a consignor!

When: Saturday, March 11 from 8-11 am

Where: Faith Church, 5910 Price Rd., Milford, OH

Shopper Tips: Bring $1 cash (per adult) to cover the admission fee. Credit cards are accepted with a $1 surcharge.

SandsBox Sale When: Saturday, March 11 from 9 am -1 pm (Line starts at 7 am)

Tri State Multiples Children's Clothing, Toys & Equipment Sale

Where: Sands Montessori Elementary School, 6421 Corbly Rd., Cincinnati, OH

When: Saturday, March 4 from 8:30-11:30 am

Shopper Tips: Admission is $1 per adult, cash only. Items for sale start as low as $.50, making this one of the most budget friendly sales around. Cash or credit are accepted at checkout. All proceeds for this sale go directly to Sands Montessori to support classrooms, students and teachers.

Where: Scarlet Oaks Career Campus, 300 Scarlet Oaks Drive, Cincinnati, OH

Shopper Tips: All sellers have triplets or more in their family, which translates into tons of gently used clothing, toys and equipment! General admission is $1 (cash only); credit cards are accepted at check out with a $2 convenience fee. No time for breakfast? There’s a bake sale on site for snacking while you shop!

Rhea Lana's When: Sunday, March 19 through Thursday, March 23 (see website for full schedule) Where: Forest Fair Village, 600 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Cincinnati, OH




Shopper Tips: This children’s-consignment-meets-boutique event features high-quality children’s clothing, shoes, furniture, toys, books, DVDs, baby equipment and maternity items at 70-80’% off retail prices. Admission and parking are always free. Check website for details on special discount days, as well as information on how to consign.

Anything for Kids Sale When: Saturday, April 8 from 8 am -12 pm

Where: Lakota East High School, 6840 Lakota Ln., Liberty Township, OH Shopper Tips: This sale is organized by West Chester Mothers of Twins and More Club, and is open to anyone in the public. The spring sale features everything you’ll need for spring and summer. Admission is $1, cash only.

Almost all of the organizations listed above host fall sales as well, so be sure to ask about future sale dates. Can’t make it to these sales? Check our website on March 1 for our favorite local consignment shops!


Family-Friendly Day Trip Destinations Tons of fun ALL C L OS E TO HOME WORDS BY // SARAH MCCOSHAM

Spring has sprung! are you feeling a little stir crazy from the winter? Spring break is the perfect opportunity to get outside, stretch your legs and explore. Here are twelve day trip destinations around the Cincinnati area that are sure to cure your case of spring wanderlust.




BehringerCrawford Museum

Carillion Historical Park

1600 Montague Road in Devou Park, Covington, KY

1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, OH destinations/carillonhistorical-park/

Just over the river in Covington’s beautiful Devou Park stands the BehringerCrawford Museum. This museum’s mission is to celebrate the rich history of Northern Kentucky, and it does just that! Be sure to visit each of BCM’s Top Ten Picks, which include an authentic drive-in movie theatre and large fishing boat. Afterwards, spend some time outdoors at NaturePlay, a brand-new playscape located right next to the museum!

From the original 1905 Wright Flyer III to the 1835 John Quincy Adams to the first automobile self-starter, Dayton’s place in our national narrative is inextricably linked to vehicles. And Dayton’s Carillon Historical Park celebrates them all. See the Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane and the only plane designated a National Historic Landmark. It’s in a room all its own – and absolutely worth the trip alone!

Clifton Gorge 2381 OH-343, Yellow Springs, OH http://naturepreserves. This 268-acre preserve protects one of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in Ohio. It’s also oozing with Norman Rockwell charm, featuring a covered bridge and the eponymous Clifton Mill and its cascading waterfalls. We recommend hiking the Narrows Trail, which begins at the Mill and follows the rim of the gorge.

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum 507 Mulberry Street, North Judson, IN Located in northwest Indiana near the former junction of the Erie, PRR, C&O and NYC rails, this site offers both a museum and rides on an authentic caboose pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. It’s a must for little locomotive lovers!

Kentucky Horse Park 4089 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY Located in Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is an easy 90-minute drive from Cincinnati (closer to an hour for you Northern Kentuckians), making it a perfect day trip. With lots of kid friendly attractions and activities (demonstrations, pony rides and horse competitions), the Kentucky Horse Park is definitely a gold medal winner.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force 1100 Spaatz St., Dayton, OH The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, it’s just a short jaunt up 1-75. Admission and parking are always free and the guided tours will leave your aviationobsessed kids in awe. Check the website for the full schedule of (free) daily tour offerings.

Ohio Caverns 2210 State Route 245 East, West Liberty, OH Did you know the state song of Ohio is “Beautiful Ohio”? After visiting the Ohio Caverns, you’ll discover why! The largest of all Ohio caves, this park is open throughout the year, offering guided tours for families. It’s amazing to know that underneath fields of farmland in eastern Ohio lies an enchanted natural world that began forming millions of years ago – and watching your child discover and understand the historical and scientific significance of the caves is truly the best part of exploring the Ohio Caverns.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, State Route 128, Hamilton, OH This outdoor museum features larger-than-life, colorful, three-dimensional sculptures kids will absolutely love! Sprawling hills and lush greenery make for a gorgeous mini getaway. Pack a picnic and dine with a view of some of the most awe-inspiring feats of artistic vision around. You can also rent an art cart and enjoy the sites on wheels!

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 3000 North Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN Recognized as the world’s largest children’s museum, this Indianapolis gem features fun, rotating exhibits and nontraditional learning experiences for children and families. The Museum’s newest exhibit, Beyond Spaceship Earth, features fun and interactive activities for astronauts young and old!

The Ridges Athens County, OH wheretoplay/parks/theridges-trails/ The site of the former Athens Asylum, today The Ridges is now property of Ohio University. There are several OU buildings on the grounds, plus an art museum, mini golf course, and, of course, lots of picture-perfect hiking trails. There are four separate hiking trails on The Ridges: The Ridges Trail, Athens Trail, River Valley Nature Walk and The Ridges Cemetery Nature Walk. Pack some comfy shoes!

Whitewater Valley Railroad  455 Market Street, Connersville, IN Indiana has a plethora of options for railroad fans (see the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum listed previously). In Connersville, kids can take a real train ride on the Whitewater Valley Railroad, which features themed rides for every season – including a “Wild West Train” and “Pumpkinliner.”

Young’s Jersey Dairy 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, OH Playgrounds? Petting zoo? Mini golf ? Young’s Jersey Dairy is absolutely worth a trip to Yellow Springs. This family owned gem is a real working dairy farm, where guests can watch the cows being milked and then enjoy a bowl of homemade ice cream! How’s that for “farm to table”?

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How to save big bucks on your next family vacation WORDS BY // Karen Ring

Family vacations are a great way to spend quality time together while expanding your horizons, but let’s face it: Travel isn’t cheap. Fortunately, there are ways to save. Check out our tips for saving money when traveling with kids.

Plan ahead This is key, especially if you are flying. According to, the sweet spot for saving on airfare is 54 days in advance. Of course, getting the best deals is not an exact science. The bottom line is this: The fuller the flight, the more expensive the ticket. allows you to save your itinerary and then track fares in order to swoop in and grab the best deal. Booking well in advance also gives you more options when it 18



comes to connections and seat choice, which is essential when traveling with young children. Hotel rates also go up as demand increases. Start your search early and look for rooms that offer free cancellation. This will cost you slightly more than a non-refundable room, but allows you to snag a good rate and then rebook if a better deal arises.

Be flexible If you can manage some wiggle room with your travel schedule, it can make a big difference – especially with airfare. Flying Tuesday to Tuesday or Wednesday to Wednesday can save a family of four hundreds of dollars in many cases. The fare calendar on gives a good overview of the rates for specific travel dates. Or type in your preferred

schedule and an alert will pop up if you can save money by shifting your dates slightly.

Choose accommodations wisely When booking a hotel room, be wary of hidden costs for things like WIFI and parking. Be on the lookout as well for the resort fee some hotels charge to cover amenities like the pool and gym. A room that includes a refrigerator and microwave, or, better yet, a kitchenette will help cut down on the cost of eating out. Also consider renting a home through services like Airbnb and HomeAway. Not only do rates rival those of area hotels, many come with all the comforts of home, including a kitchen and laundry room. Airbnb offers a filter for family-friendly accommodations, many of which include everything from board games to bouncy seats.

Enlist some help According to the American Society of Travel Agents, enlisting a travel agent can save an average of $452 per trip, plus four hours of planning time. How is this possible? Because travel agents have mastered the art of the bundle and can negotiate the best rates by booking your hotel, flight and rental car together. Another perk of having a travel agent is price monitoring. If a promotion is offered after you book, a travel agent can often go in and apply that promotion to your reservation. “If you book directly, the resort is not going to call and say, ‘Hey, I can make your vacation quite a bit cheaper!’” says Heather Lipe, an independent travel consultant with Mousekeplanner, whose planning services are free of charge.

Travel agents make it their business to know the little ins and outs of travel that can add up to big savings. “If you have a large family you may only think to look into a two bedroom suite or villa, while a travel agent may know that if you try a different resort and do two adjoining rooms, you may save money,” adds Lipe.

Note: Most AAA offices offer free travel planning services to both members and non-members.

Compare passes When visiting an amusement park, purchasing a multi-day pass online can offer huge cost savings. At Busch Gardens parks, for instance, a 3-day pass purchased online costs just $17 more than a single-day ticket purchased at the gate – that’s a whole lot more bang for your buck. Also consider purchasing an annual pass for one person in your party – this will score you free parking (up to $20 per day at many parks) and discounts on food and merchandise. Many AAA offices also offer discounted amusement park passes for their members. If you are heading to a big city like New York, Atlanta or Chicago, check out CityPASS, which bundles admission tickets to 5 of the top tourist destinations into one convenient booklet, saving you roughly 50 percent over purchasing admission individually.


Stock up on snacks and drinks Frequent stops at convenience store and fast food chains can quickly add up. Combat these extra costs by loading up on drinks and snacks before your leave. If you are flying, hit the grocery store once you arrive. Check the policy at any amusement parks you will be visiting and carry in what you can – especially high-protein options that keep energy levels in check. Most parks will also offer free water anywhere they sell fountain drinks. “We like to take drink flavoring packets in our backpack so that we keep hydrated, but can have something with a little bit of flavor,” Lipe says. If you are taking a cruise, check to see if they offer a BYOB policy. “Disney cruise line lets you bring two bottles of wine or a six pack of beer per adult on board with you,” adds Lipe.




Keep souvenir spending in check Set daily souvenir spending limits before you leave. This not only keeps spending in check and helps minimize whining; it also offers your kids a valuable lesson in budgeting. Save even more by stocking up on souvenirs before you leave. “The dollar store is your best friend before visiting Disney…ponchos, glow sticks, Disney-themed coloring books, etc.,” says Lipe. “These will all set you back a pretty penny once you’re inside the parks.”

Family vacations don’t have to break the bank. With a little planning and research, you’ll soon be making valuable family memories while sticking to your budget.

Summer Camps for the Arts A ct , pa i n t , pla y m u s i c , da n ce a n d s i n g at camp th i s s u mme r ! WORDS BY // L AUREN L AWSON

Do you have a creative kid at home? Summer is the perfect time to promote their passion with a camp designed just for them. From the budding artist to the musician and the dancer to the thespian, we’ve rounded up a list of local camp opportunities you’ll want to be sure to explore.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

(513) 421-3888

(513) 381-2273

Playhouse offers full day camps now located at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Middletown Arts Center and Run Jump-n-Play Mason. Day camps provide lessons in acting, improv and scenic design, while the three-week performance academy camp teaches students about the full production of plays.

Located in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre at Xavier University, Shakespeare Camp is a great way for campers to learn and advance their theatrical studies. Divided into three camps based on grade level, each camp works on a different Shakespearian play. Auditions are required.


Clifton Performance Theatre (513) 813-7469 Campers will get an authentic theatre experience at Clifton Performance Theatre Summer Camp. Here, students work to perform classic musicals for


ART CAMPS Have an aspiring artist at home? Be sure to check out these local art camps to encourage their creativity.


Leave the drama at camp this summer and let your rising star shine on the stage at one of these theatre camps.


their friends, family and the Clifton community. Camp runs from June through August, offering eight weekly sessions, each with a different musical performance.


(513) 522-1154 Campers hoping to diversify their artistic skills can find a fun selection of weekly camps at ArtsConnect located in the Springfield Township Senior Center. Weekly sessions focus on different topics such as architecture, the sole design of a shoe and even authors and illustrators.

Cincinnati Art Museum

Kennedy Heights Art Center

(513) 721-2787

Designed for children ages 6-12, the Cincinnati Art Museum presents eight weeks of camp running from June through August. Campers will delve into creative art projects and games discovering a different theme each week, such as: “Welcome to the Jungle” or “Comic Creators.”

Located on Montgomery Road, the Kennedy Heights Art Center provides one-week camps that explore visual arts, video/digital media, and even theatre, music and dance. Have a high schooler at home? Kennedy Heights is also looking for summer volunteers.

(513) 631-4278


Taft Museum of Art

(513) 272-1500

(513) 241-0343

For the makers in your family, Creativities offers both beginner and more advanced sewing camps for kids ranging from 8 to 13. Other morning and afternoon camp opportunities are available as well.

The Taft’s summer art day camps offer fun, intensive studios looking at, thinking about and creating art inspired by artwork on view at the Museum. Each weeklong session ends with an exhibition organized by students and staff for family and friends.

DANCE CAMPS Some kids just gotta dance! Keep your performer moving this summer with one of these Queen City dance camps.

Cincinnati Ballet

(513) 621-5282 Plié your way to the Cincinnati Ballet Dance Camps. Here, students can try different weekly sessions based on age and dance experience. Classes range from a Youth Summer Intensive Program to a Kids Dance Camp and a Pre Pointe Class as well. *continued on page 24



Mam Luft Co. (513) 494-6526 Located in the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Mam Luft Co. Dance Camp offers a variety of dance techniques in their two weekly sessions in July. Campers will learn about modern dance and ballet techniques, while also providing a performance at the end of the week.

SDA Studios (513) 779-0135 Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary – they have it all at SDA. Summer classes, workshops and day camps are available. (513) 829-2345

Offering a variety of dance classes, West Chester Academy has an exciting round up of summer camps for your tiny dancer.


Cincinnati Boychoir (513) 396-7664 Located on the Xavier University campus, the Cincinnati Boychoir offers SongFest, a summer camp for boys entering grades 2-12. Students can engage in a truly well-rounded experience with music classes, choral rehearsals, piano and even a daily African drum circle.

Cincinnati School of Music (513) 560-9175

West Chester Academy


Find your rhythm, jam to your own beat or sing your heart out at one of these music programs this summer.


The Cincinnati School of Music invites campers, ages 4 and older, to experience the fun of music firsthand. Camps include: Singing Camp, Music Discovery Camp, Drum/Percussion Camp, Island Jammin’ Ukulele Camp and Strings Camp.

College Conservatory of Music

(513) 556-1987 With a variety of camps to choose from, including Voice and Music Workshops, Jazz Academy and even a full Immersion Camp, CCM offers high school campers a truly dynamic musical experience.

Whether its music, dance, theatre or art, make this summer a “work” to remember and enroll in one of the many outstanding camps offered throughout the Cincinnati area!



WORDS BY // Christa Melnyk Hines

The Benefits of Summer Camp Eight great ways your child can grow from the experience Camp eases the summer slide You know that old saying, "if you snooze, you lose"? In the absence of regular enrichment over summer break, research finds that kids typically lose as much as two months of grade level equivalency in math. Reading comprehension and spelling skills also take a hit during the summer. To help curb summer learning loss, many specialized camps offer educational opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) that make learning and problem-solving fun and interactive. Also, look for camps geared toward reading, writing and the arts.

Camp enhances self-confidence

As 14 million children across the country head off to day and overnight camps this summer, they'll return home with more than just a cute camp t-shirt. The summer camp experience can give kids an advantage in school and in life. Here's how camp benefits kids: Camp nurtures social skills Camp is a community away from home and school where kids learn to work with each other and adult mentors, build relationships and manage conflict. "You learn to navigate through group dynamics, to barter, to keep one another happy, to be sensitive and support a friend who's sad," says James Spearin, YMCA senior vice president of youth development. "These skills transfer and build adults with strong character and leadership."




Camp models healthy living According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity in children has doubled, and in teens has quadrupled, in the last 30 years. Thanks to the many activities camp offers, kids stay busy and physically active. More camps are also working to offer healthier food choices for their campers. According to a 2014 study in the American Journal of Health Behavior, camps that offer wholesome foods are more likely to turn out campers who eat more fruits and veggies. Many resident and day camps now offer cooking and gardening tracks where kids learn how to prepare nutritious meals.

According to an extensive study of camper outcomes conducted by Philliber Research Associates, 70 percent of parents report that their child gained self-confidence while at camp. Whether they work through homesickness or tackle an activity that pushed them outside of their comfort zone, kids walk away feeling a stronger sense of personal pride and self-reliance.

Camp helps kids unplug and build friendships In a distracting digital world, camp offers valuable space where kids can slow down, connect and focus. Away from the pressures, labels and social structure of school, one of the best parts of camp is the opportunity for kids to make new friends.

Camp reintroduces kids to nature According to a nationwide poll conducted by The Nature Conservancy, only about 10 percent of children spend time outdoors every day. Why? Kids say they aren't interested, they lack access and are uncomfortable outside. In the meantime, they're growing more and more attached to life in cyberspace and further detached from the natural world. Camp provides kids the perfect opportunity to see what they’ve been missing in the great outdoors. Camp fosters teamwork Camp facilitates an environment where kids learn that to succeed they must work together with their peers and their camp leaders. Whether they're working to build a campfire together, playing a game, or preparing a meal, campers learn to problem-solve to accomplish their goals. Through teamwork, kids learn that they are each an integral part of the camp community where they can feel a sense of acceptance and belonging. Camp encourages personal growth While camp may simply seem like a quintessential summer pastime for kids to learn to swim, sleep in a cabin and sing around a campfire, they can be rewarded with personal development skills that can help them in the classroom, in their relationships and in whatever calling they choose. "Those tangible experiences lead to building the foundations of stronger children who can lead others, show empathy, navigate through difficult group dynamics, value the differences in everyone, and give of oneself for the benefit of others," Spearin says. "These are skills that the best in our society show throughout life."

What Campers Say: 96% say camp helped them make new friends 92% say people at camp make them feel good about themselves 74% did something they were afraid to do at first Source:






ADHD Summer Treatment Program Location: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Center for ADHD, Phone: 513-803-7708, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Special Needs Dates: June 12th through July 28th

ADHD Summer Treatment Program at Cincinnati Children’s, 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 sports, swimming, and educational activities designed to improve behavior, social, and problem-solving skills with a student-counselor ratio of 2 to 1.

Baldwin Music Education Center Summer Programs 3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Rachel Kramer, Phone: 513-351-1109, Email:, www. Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June-August with flex-terms and options Ages/Grades: Preschool Music Classes for Ages 6-months to 4-yrs & Keyboard Camps for ages 5-10 Cost: $70-$170

Summer is more exciting with music classes to brighten each week! Age-specific, specially-designed music classes engage students from the minute they walk through the door. Singing, playing, keyboard time, crafts and more open the world of music to every child. 50+ years experience, trained group music teachers, friendly neighborhood, ample parking and family discounts.

Bear Paddle Summer Swim Camps Locations: 9376 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040; 3099 Disney St. Cincinnati, OH 45209; 4012 Seligman Dr. Florence, KY 41042, Phone: (513) 285-8855, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Dates: June 2017 to August 2017 Ages/Grades: 6 months and up Cost: $180.00

Bear Paddle Swim School Summer Swim Camps feature 30-minute daily swim lessons that are skill-focused and feature safety skill development. Bear Paddle’s iron-on swim skill patches teach young swimmers positive reinforcement in an innovative, fun way!




Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220, Contact: Melissa Rounds, Phone: 513-562-8748, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 12 – July 28, 2017 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 hands-on experiences, guest artists and creative problem solving with lots of fun!

CAMP AT THE J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Nikki Downey, Director of Camp at the J, Phone: 513-761-7500, Email:, summer-camps/ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Arts, School Programs (Before/After), Special Needs, Sports, Traditional Dates: June 12 - August 11, 2017; One, two, and three week camp options

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.

Camp Chabad 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Contact: Rabbi Majeski, Phone: 513-731-5111, Email: info@campchabad. org, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Swimming, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates June 26 - August 4th Ages/Grades: 2 Yr.-13 yrs old Cost $190 - $220

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

CAMP INVENTION Phone: (800) 968-4332, Email:, Dates and Hours: Vary based on location Ages: Children entering K-6th grade Activities Included: Hands-on STEM activities

Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! This summer’s all-new curriculum allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities that will launch your child’s imagination.

Children’s Meeting House Montessori School Summer Camp 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic, Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Traditional Dates: Weeks of June 19, June 26, July 17 & July 24

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

Cincinnati Art Museum Summer Camp 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, 45202, Phone: (513) 721-ARTS,, Dates: Weekly, June 12–August 11 (no camp week of July 4) Ages/Grades: Ages 6–12 Weekly camp costs: Members: $175 per child, General public: $225 per child, Before /After Care: $35 per child

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

Cincinnati Ballet Kids Dance Camp Location: Cincinnati Ballet Center at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio, Phone: 513.562.1111, Email: cbacademy@, Ages: 4 – 8 Prices: $225 – 555 Dates: June 5–9, July 24 –28 and July 31–August 4, 2017

This summer, Kids Dance Camp is heading out on week-long safaris to the jungle, the arctic and the ocean! Each day, we’ll be dancing our way through these wildlife adventures while introducing students to the steps they’ll need to explore the terrain.


Cincinnati Boychoir’s SongFest: Music Camp for Boys

Cincinnati Reds Baseball/ Softball Camps

Location: Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati OH 45207, Cincinnati, OH 45207, Contact: KellyAnn Nelson, Associate Artistic Director, Phone: 513.396.7664, Email:, www.

Locations: Beechwood HS in Ft. Mitchell, KY; Reds MLB Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati; Mason HS in Mason; Harrison HS in Harrison; Boone County HS in Florence, KY; Summit Country Day in Cincinnati; Centerville HS in Centerville; Colerain HS in Cincinnati,Contact: Tim Rappe, Executive Director, Phone: 855-846-7337, Email: Trappe@,

Gender of Campers: All-Boy Basic Category: Arts Dates: July 31 - August 4

Each summer, SongFest music camp gives boys of all ages (entering grades 2- 12) from throughout the city a chance to sing, participate in sports, learn music theory and play instruments. From an African drum circle, to a choral rehearsal with 120 boys singing together, to a field trip to sing the national anthem and throw out the first pitch at a Florence Freedom game, the week is filled with fun and education. There are two tracks - one for younger boys and another for older boys and those with changed voices.

Cincinnati Parks’ Summer Nature Day Camps Locations: Ault Park, Burnet Woods, California Woods, French Park, LaBoiteaux Woods, Mt. Airy Forest and Stanbery Park, Contact: Bettman Center, Phone 513-321-6208 ext 11, Email: christyl, Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: Camps begin June 12and run through August 4. Ages/Grades: ages 3 - 14! Volunteer opportunities for children ages 13 – 16. Cost: Fees range from $50 - $85 per camp week

Beyond our special themes, all camps include hikes, arts/crafts, games, live animals & more hands-on activities! Voted “Best of the City” & “Best of Parenting” for great value in educational, fun outdoors! Older campers & preschoolers attend camp at the same park, same week! NEW: Pokémon, Star Wars: Going Rogue!, Narnia & Art Camps. Register online!

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Camp and Performance Academy Locations: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Middletown Arts Center and Run Jump-n-Play Mason, Phone: 513-421-3888, Ages/Grades: Grades 1 to 12

Introduce the young theatre fans in your life to Cincinnati’s Tony-award winning theatre! Camps now located at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Middletown Arts Center and Run Jump-n-Play Mason. One-week day camps offer courses in acting, improv, scenic design, playwriting and more! Day camps are designed for students entering grades one to 10. Three-week, process-based performance academy programs teach the complete production of plays from beginning, including Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and Sleeping Beauty, Kids! Performance academy programs are designed for students entering grades one to 12.

Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Dates: Beechwood HS and Reds Urban Youth Academy: 5/29-6/2, Reds Urban Youth Academy: 6/12-6/16, Mason HS: 6/26-6/30, Harrison HS: 7/10-7/14, Boone County HS and Summit Country Day: 7/31-8/4, Centerville HS and Colerain HS: 8/7-8/11, 2017

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.

CincyNature Camp Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150, Contact: Sharon Renner, registrar@, Phone: 513-831-1711, www.CincyNature. org Dates: June-August 2017 Ages/Grades: Ages: 3-13

CincyNature Camps at Cincinnati Nature Center are a fun way for kids, ages 3-13, to use their creativity and imaginations in a safe, friendly environment. These week-long day camps are held in Milford and Goshen, June through August. Register on our website!

CLASSROOM ANTICS TECH CAMPS Locations: Multiple Locations in Cincinnati, Dayton, N. Kentucky, Contact: Tara Foote, Phone: 800-595-3776, Dates: June 5 - August 4 Ages/Grades: Ages 7-14 Cost: $195 - $235

Kids learn what they love in a Classroom Antics Tech Camp by creating video games, producing stopmotion animation movies, coding computer programs, modding with Minecraft or engineering LEGO robots! Space is limited so join other kids ages 7-14 creating with technology this summer by registering today at

Creative Tots (Mason) Summer Camps 6408 Thornberry Court, Mason, OH 45040, Phone: 513-770-6776, Email:, Dates: June 5 - July 28th Ages/Grades: 18 months to 7 years Cost: $80 - $99 per week

We offer seven exciting summer camps. The program is divided into "weekly" camps featuring different




themes and activities. Some highlights include Frozen in Arendalle, Cupcake Wars, Paint Like Picasso, Lego Camp and Mad Scientists! Our Pre-K (5-7 year old) Word Wizards Camp focuses on honing reading and writing skills through individualized instruction, small group and large group instruction. Join us for adventure and learning all rolled in one!

Drones, Chemistry, Backyard Ballista and Robots STEM Camps Locations: STEM Camps are located across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Contact: Rollin Robinson, PhD/ Director, Phone: (859) 462-3340, Email: rollin@, Gender of Campers: Coed ages 5-11 years old Basic Category: Academic/Science Dates: June 12 through July 28, 2017

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

Great Parks of Hamilton County Summer Day Camps Various Great Parks Locations, Phone: 513-521-7275, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, Traditional Dates: June-August 2017

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

Greenacres Summer Camps 8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, Contact: Katie Brown, Phone: (513) 891-4227, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic, Arts, Day Camp Dates: various dates between June 12-August 5 Ages: 6-13 Activities Included: hiking, fishing, arts, music, gardening and more!

Greenacres Summer Camps offers something for every child in your family! Learn to sew or clown around in our Arts Adventures camps, bond with one

of our horses in our Boots and Bridles camps, dig in the dirt and cook up a delicious feast in our Garden Adventures camps, get back to nature and hike on our trails in our Earth Explorers camps, and have fun playing in the water with our Make a Splash camps. Each camp is led by of our caring and professional staff who strive to give campers memories and experiences to cherish for a lifetime.

Kids First Sports Center Camp-A-Palooza 7900 East Kemper Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45249, Contact: Megan Smith, Phone: (513) 489-7575, Email: msmith@kidsfirstsports. com, http://www.kidsfirst camp-a-palooza-camps Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates/Hours: May 30-August 18, 2017, 7:00am-6:00pm Ages/Grades: 5-15 Activities: Gymnastics, Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Volleyball, Karate, Yoga, Drawing Classes, Field Trips Weekly!

Every day is a themed, non–stop, in and outdoor adventure. From morning drop–off to evening pick–up, you’ll experience crafts, talent shows, water slides, sports instruction, science experiments, agricultural projects and more! Speaking of adventure, our weekly field trips are famous for combining excitement and learning!

MSJ: Summer Art Camp 2017 5701 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, OH 45233, Contact: Velma Dailey/ Art Gallery Director, Phone: 513-244-4314, Email: velma.dailey@, Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 26 - 30 and/or July 10 - 14 (two different weeks)

All art camps are taught by professional art educators. Materials are provided for a week of fun, hands-on learning experiences. Art camps are for students entering grades 1 8. For more information, please visit our website or call the art gallery.

Music Discovery Camp Cincinnati School of Music: 9361 Montgomery Rd, 45242, Phone: 513-560-9175, summer-camps/ Dates: June 5-9, July 10-14, July 31-Aug 4 Ages: 4-7 (Perfect for Young Beginners!)

Have a blast and make new friends in CSM Music Discovery Camp! Play musical games while learning about note reading, rhythms, and musical instruments such as piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, drums, and singing. Enjoy kid-friendly workshops and try out many different instruments. The perfect introduction to music for children!

Redeemer Preschool Summer Camp 2017 2944 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Denise Hoefling, Phone: 513-533-5980, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: May 22-25, May 30-June2, June 5-8, June 12-15 and June 19-22 Cost: $80/week; A deposit of $20.00 per week is due upon receipt of application


Once again we have planned an exciting summer program at Redeemer Preschool! Camp will be held four days a week (Mon-Thurs) from 9:00-11:30am. Session 2 is Tues-Fri. (Five sessions total, with each session having a different theme). Camp themes and applications available March 4 on our website. All children must be between 3 and 6 years old by June 1st and potty trained. Emergency/Medical forms are due by the first day of camp (if not a current Redeemer student) along with the balance of the program tuition. Lunch buddies will be offered for an additional fee of $6.00 per day and your child may stay until 12:30pm. There will be 12 spaces available.

Skidaddles SUMMER CAMPS 5939 Deerfield Blvd. Mason, OH 45040, Phone: (513) 204­-3482, Dates: May 22, 2017-Aug 18, 2017 Ages/Grades: Ages 4-12 Cost: Daily and weekly rates available

Join us this summer for our week long summer camps! Kids will enjoy fun themes, lots of visitors, sports, arts and crafts and enrichment activities.

West Chester Academy Summer Camps 8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester, OH 45069, Phone: 513-829-2345, Email:,

Come join the fun and excitement of WCA Summer Camps! Visit: for a complete listing of music, dance, art, and gymnastics camps. Morning, afternoon, and evening options, Monday through Friday. Family multi-camp discount: Take $25 off each additional camp per family. Register online or call 829-2345.

Summer FUN Camp SDA STUDIOS SUMMER DANCE 7398 Liberty One Dr, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Mary St.Romain, Phone: (513) 779-0135, Email:,

1345 Grace Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Mrs. Julie Vail, Director of Preschool Ministry, Phone: 513.979.8191, Email:, www.

Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: July 10-Aug 5, 2017 Ages/Grades: Ages 2.5 & up!

Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: August 7 – 11 AND August 14 - 18; 9 am - Noon Ages/Grades: Children ages 3-5 Cost: $125.00 (daily snack & all camp supplies provided)

Dance for ages 2.5 & up. Creative Dance, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical & Contemporary. Annual Spring Show & Recital. Competition Ensemble & Community Dance Performing Group. Summer Classes, Workshops & Day Camps available.

Come join us for some end-of-summer fun at Summer Fun Camp! We will be offering at least two different interactive camps during the weeks listed above. For more specific information and registration materials please visit our website.

Silverlake "The Family Place" 301 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY 41018, Contact: Whitney Thomas/Director, Phone: (859) 426-7777, Email:, Basic Category: Adventure/ Outdoor, Arts, Sports, Traditional, Travel, Winter/Spring Break Program Dates: May 30th-August 18th

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

Taft Summer Art Day Camp 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Contact: Erin Holland, Phone: (513) 684-4517, http://www.taftmuseum. org/education/summercamp Dates: June-July 2017 Ages/Grades: Grades 3-12 Cost: $200 Taft Family-level members and above $275 All others

The Taft’s Summer Art Day Camps offer fun, intensive studios looking at, thinking about, and creating Art inspired by artwork on view at the Museum. Each weeklong session ends with an exhibition organized by students and staff for family and friends.

Singing Camp Cincinnati School of Music: 9361 Montgomery Rd, 45242, Phone: 513-560-9175, summer-camps/ Dates: June 12-16, July 17-21, August 7-11 Ages: 5-12 (Beginners Welcome!)

CSM Singing Camps are perfect for boosting confidence and having fun while singing your heart out with friends! Campers sing popular songs while developing their technique, harmonization, and blending with other singers. Singing Camp helps young music lovers to discover their voice and showcase their talent!

UC-CCM Preparatory Summer Happenings 290 CCM Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Contact: CCM Preparatory & Community Engagement, Phone: 513-556-2595, Fax: 513-556-9469, Email: ccmprep@uc. edu, Gender of Campers: Coed Hours: varies Dates: June 5 – August 12 Ages/Grades: ages 3 & up, including adult Cost: Varies Activities Included: music camps, music lessons, music ensembles, theatre camps, acting camps, and ballet classes

Discover hidden talents, make friends and explore the performing arts this summer at CCM. Our Summer Programs at CCM and Greater Cincinnati for children, youth, teens and adults provide the finest arts education led by CCM Prep faculty and guest artists including CCM faculty and local artists and educators.




YMCA Camp Arrowhead 6703 Yankee Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Angie DelNegro, Phone: 513-779-3917, Email: angie.delnegro@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Cost: The weekly cost of camp is for Lakota YMCA members is: $140 for day, $175 for extended day & $115 for CIT. The cost for non-members is: $180 day, $215 extended day & $145 for CIT. Dates: May 30-August 11, 2017; Registration begins March 7, 2017

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

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps 2017 Locations: 12 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Phone: 513-362-YMCA, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Registration begins March 4, 2017; 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, Counselorin-Training programs, Specialty Camps, and Sports Camps)


Falcon Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey, Phone: (800) 837-2267, Email: info@FalconCamp. com, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional, ADHD and some other learning difficulties offered Dates: June 18 - August 12, 2017; 2, 4, 6 and 8 week sessions. special one week sessions for 6-9 yr olds

Ages/Grades: 6-16 Cost: $2340 to varies Activities: Swim, sail, canoe, fish, kayak, paddle board, horse back riding, lots of sports, crafts, drama, tennis, archery, riflery, nature study, mountain bikes, video, photography, dances, lots more.

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

Falcon Young Adventure Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey Director/Owner, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email: info@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: July 30 – August 5 and August 6 – 13, 2017 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 9 Cost: $1200/wk

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

YMCA Camp Piomingo 1950 Otter Creek Park Road, Brandenburg, KY 40108, Contact: Molly Staley / Senior Program Director, Phone: (502) 942-2616, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Traditional, Winter/ Spring Break Programs Dates: June 11 – August 5, 2017

YMCA Camp Piomingo is a resident overnight camp for children ages 6-16 years old. We are nestled on 160 acres within Otter Creek Recreational Park located 45 minutes south of Louisville, Kentucky. We offer achievement based programming, camper choice activities, and instill our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in all that we do. Our well trained staff focus on the fun environment while maintaining safety as a number one priority with all our campers. Come join the fun today!




Ask the Teacher Following rules, the “growth mindset” and prepping for kindergarten


Sometimes there is not an apparent trigger or pattern. The next key consideration should be how much misbehavior is actually occurring. One bad behavior that lasts a few minutes at the end of the day may color the impression of how much poor behavior he has had overall. Determine just how often his learning is being disrupted throughout the entire school day as well as how much of his classmates’ learning is being disrupted. When learning is being disrupted often, a discussion with the school counselor or your child’s pediatrician may be warranted to determine if there is something more impacting the choices your child is making.

Our third grade son has a tough time following rules at home and at school. We are at a loss as to how to help him. What can we do?


Begin by doing a careful assessment of exactly what is happening. Track behaviors for a few days, and ask your son’s teacher to do the same. Note how often he is misbehaving and when the misbehavior occurs. Pay attention to the circumstances. Do problems come up when other children are involved, when your son is working independently or when asked to do specific tasks? If a trigger is indicated or a pattern becomes apparent, determine if there is a way to alter the circumstances that seem to result in your son’s misbehavior. Make adjustments accordingly. Work out one or two simple behavior goals and a plan for your son to accomplish those goals. 34



The principal at my children’s school has talked about “growth mindset” as a focus of our school. What is that exactly?



The term “growth mindset,” developed through Dr. Carol Dweck‘s research, refers to her discovery that intelligence can be developed. In the past, some have considered intelligence to be fixed. Students, and often their parents and teachers, have typically seen themselves as intelligent or as unintelligent and have not believed they could do much about improving their own intelligence. The growth mindset and the fixed mindset perspectives are contrasted in the student’s motivation to learn. Modern neuroscience has made the differences apparent. The growth mindset leads to confidence that the student can learn and is, therefore, willing to ask questions. The student with the fixed mindset sees learning as out of his control and as something he should be able to produce immediately and independently rather than something that he can develop with the help of those around him. He is afraid to ask

questions for fear of being seen as unintelligent. He shrinks from concerted effort because he does not see achievement as possible. The development of “growth mindset” is believed to inspire greater effort and more resilience in students, resulting in higher achievement. When students are taught directly about the correlation between their personal effort and results as demonstrated in neuroscience, they are more successful. Teachers can be trained to help students understand growth mindset and, consequently, achieve more.


I want to help my preschooler be ready to be successful when she starts school in the fall. Are there things I can do to help her start reading?

A: instead.

Don’t get too carried away with the idea that your daughter needs to be reading when she starts kindergarten. Focus on the basics

Arrange playdates and opportunities to be supervised by other adults when you are not there. Building this confidence in getting along with others and in being separated from you will establish a solid foundation for learning. Provide ample opportunity for outdoor and active play for development of large motor skills. Formal lessons are not necessary; these skills will develop naturally on the playground or in the backyard. Encourage your daughter to color, draw and paint on blank paper to help her develop small motor skills. Playing with playdough, using small scissors and stacking blocks will also help with eye/ hand coordination. Spend some time reading a variety of children’s books and magazines to your daughter. Discuss the characters and the story line. Encourage her to “read” the book to you after she is familiar with it, using the pictures to guide her re-telling of the story. Talk about shapes, numbers and letters as you see them in everyday life. If your daughter is able to identify them, she will be comfortable when the reading lessons begin. Write her name often, using a capital letter at the beginning and lower case letters for the rest of her name. Spell it aloud as you write it: “capital letter x, next letter, etc.” Helping your daughter become comfortable in the care of others, developing large and small motor skills and having exposure to shapes, numbers and letters will set her up for a great start to school!

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






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

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

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




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

Creative Tots, Mason 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.creativetotsmason. com, Grades: Toddler: 18 months-3 years, Preschool: 3-4 years; Pre-K: 4-5 years

St. John's Westminster Learning Center Since 1962, St. John's Westminster Learning Center has served west- side families providing educational opportunities through our full time childcare, part time preschool and summer camp. We are located in a safe, park- like setting with plenty of room to play in the nature surrounding us. Call for more details. 1085 Neeb Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45233, Phone: 513-922-2703, Email: Candace Lemke, Candace@sjwlc. net,, Ages/Grades: Birth - 5years and school age summer camp

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


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

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

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

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

The New School Montessori Centrally located and surrounded by wooded play yards and gardens, students benefit from a nurturing environment where Montessori-credentialed staff support high academic and personal achievement. Full-day, half-day and part-time AMS and ISACS accredited programs with healthy lunches included in tuition. 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229, Contact: Ceara Comstock, Phone: (513)281-7999, Email: ceara.c@,, Grades: 3-year-olds through Grade 6, Enrollment: 125


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

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


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


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

Springer School and Center For more than 45 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6-14 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Springer Experience. Success 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., Grades: 1 through 8, Enrollment: 200


Virtual Community School of Ohio Free tuition, free laptop AND Internet. We provide 100% flexibility: Our courses are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Plus Virtual Community School of Ohio has a College Credit Plus (PSEO) partnership with Ohio Christian University. Phone: 866-501-9473, Email: information@,





FRI 10 – SUN 19

calendar MARCH 2017 WEDS 01


Little Tykes

Celebrate Read Across America Day at Blue Manatee

Animals and birds are on the move at this time of year. It’s migration time! Winged critters move to warmer homes and amphibian critters move to lay eggs. Spring is jump starting nature. Bring your 3-6 year old and learn how during this seasonal active exploration time. FREE. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Winton Woods/Winton Centre,, Phone: 513- 5217275


FRI 10 – SUN 12

WEDS 01 – SUN 05 Magic of the Maple

Reenact the time-honored North American tradition of maple sugaring by trying your hand at the historic work of the sugaring season. The reward is a tiny taste of the fruits of this labor. Program included with admission: $2/person. Time: Check website for daily schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, http://, Phone: 513- 521-7275



Time: 12-1 p.m., Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665

Charlie Chaplin in THE KID: Classic Film, Live Music

Come see the classic Charlie Chaplin film, THE KID, at The Carnegie accompanied live by pianist Jeff Rapsis. Rapsis brings the silent-film-era to life with a fresh score and audience participation. You’ll get to boo the villain and cheer the hero along with the rest of the audience at this silent film phenomenon. It’s a community movie-going experience not to be missed! Time: 7:30 p.m., Location: The Carnegie, http://www., Phone: 859-957-1940


Every year the National Education Association (NEA) celebrates reading and Dr. Seuss’s birthday by hosting Read Across America, a day to promote reading motivation and awareness. Read Across America, the largest celebration of reading across the country, is the perfect reason to gather together at blue manatee to read some Dr. Seuss favorites! While we're at it, let's make our very own red and white stovepipe hats, just like the Cat in the Hat! Program is $2/child; register in advance.



Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

registration is open online and is open to the general public (Madeira and beyond), so don't delay! Many bargains to be found at this event.

Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Walnut Hills Branch Library, eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-369-6053

Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Location: Madeira Elementary School,

Celebrate Dr. Seuss with art projects and games inspired by his many famous books! FREE.

SAT 04, 11, 18 & 25

FRI 03

Learning Through Play for Families

If Pets Had Thumbs Day

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your pet had thumbs? One thing that sets humans apart from many other species on the planet is an opposable thumb. It allows us to do many things that other creatures can't do. What kind of mischief would our pets get into if they could open doors, open containers, or turn on the tv? Join us today as we read a few of our favorite pet books and then we'll create a "thumb-tastic" piece of artwork! Get ready to get your thumbs a bit messy! Best for ages 2-4; FREE. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665

SAT 04 Tools of the Sugar House: An Up-Close Experience for Families While the evaporator is still cold, families are invited to drop in for an up-close look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters, and thermometers. Participants will be able to look inside the sap storage tanks, try on the fire gloves, help set up the Native American rock boiling demonstration, stand on a stool to look inside the evaporator and help prepare the materials to fire up the evaporator for the day. Meet at the Outdoor Learning Center. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission. Registration required.

Time: 9 a.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, http://, Phone: 513-831-1711

Changing Hands Sale

This is a premier children's consignment sale that offers discounted brand-name clothing (newbornteen), shoes, accessories, toys, games, books, bikes, baby equipment, maternity and more. Consignor

Every Saturday in March, we will host Learning Through Play for Families. Drop-in activities will be available for families to experience the joy and benefit of playing together in Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Activities will be free for Museum Members or with admission to Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Time: 8am-4pm,

SAT 04 – SUN 05 Madcap Puppets: Carnival of Animals

Madcap presents a brand-new addition to its concert series, Camille Saint-Saens’s Carnival of the Animals. Did you ever want to see an elephant ballet? Encounter giant sea creatures in a submarine? Or, run from a dinosaur skeleton that’s come to life? Using mostly the art of shadow puppetry, Madcap brings this popular musical suite to life with vibrant colors and comical characters. Tickets are $8 for nonmembers and free for kids under 1 (CAM members get 4 free tickets for each performance). Time: Shows at 1 and 3 p.m. both days, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, http://www., Phone: 513-721-2787

Model Scale Expo

Come and see these operating steam and gas engines! Featuring 1/6 scale figures and dioramas! Display is free to the public on March 4 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and March 5 from 12-4 p.m. FREE. Time: March 4 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and March 5 from 12-4 p.m., Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, http://, Phone: 513-898-8000

SUN 05 PJ Library Madcap Puppets Party

Enjoy a workshop led by the larger-than-life Madcap Puppets! Children of all abilities are invited to join us as we celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness at this fun PJ Library event. We’ll read a PJ Library book about the acceptance of all people, and make our own puppets, too! Registration required. FREE.

Time: 3-5 p.m., Location: Mayerson JCC, event/disability-inclusion-awarenessmonth-pj-library-madcap-puppetsparty/, Phone: 513-761-7500




MON 06 An Afternoon with the Cincinnati Observatory

We're celebrating Teen Tech Week with the Cincinnati Observatory. Learn how astronomers use technology to learn about space. This program is hands on and we will be outside if the weather permits. FREE. Time: 4-5:30 p.m., Location: Main Branch Library, http:// asp, Phone: 513-369-6900

TUES 07 3D Printing at Your Library

Join us at the library during Teen Tech Week to design and 3D print your own key chain with the MakerBot Mini. FREE. *Ongoing Time: 12-8 p.m., Location: Corryville Branch Library, eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-369-6034

WEDS 08 Maker Fair for Teens

Celebrate Teen Tech Week by trying out some fun makerspace equipment! Write your name on a ping-pong ball using our Egg Bot, create 3-D art with our 3-Doodler, design your own buttons, and more! Ages 12 to 18. Registration required. FREE. Time: 7-8 p.m., Location: Sharonville Branch Library, eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-369-6049

THURS 09, SAT 11 & SUN 12 Rhapsody in Blue

The famous clarinet riff of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blueopens the door for the virtuoso pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk to generate all of the jazz-infused flair called for in this crowd-pleaser. Gershwin’s exuberant An American in Paris vividly captures the sights and sounds of Paris, while Ravel’s charming Mother Goose and vibrant Daphnis and Chloé suites complete this delightful program. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Taft Theatre,, Phone: 513-381-3300

THURS 09 Super Heroes of STEMville!

Help us celebrate Teen Tech Week by using your skills to solve the challenge and save the citizens of STEMville. Presented by the Cincinnati Museum Center. FREE. Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Location: Miami Township Branch Library, eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-381-6050

FRI 10 Purim Parade

It’s Purim – one of the most fun days on the Jewish calendar! Stop by the JCC to see our adorable children parade in costume throughout the building. Time: 10-11 a.m., Location: Mayerson JCC, https://www., Phone: 513-761-7500

The Ugly Duckling

• CP PICK• Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, follow a down-trodden duckling who believes he is ugly and worthless because of his distinct appearance. Through his family and friends, he realizes his self-worth as he transforms into a beautiful swan. This timeless story offers a wonderful lesson in overcoming adversity and accepting our differences. Time: 6:30 p.m., Location: Fitton Center for the Arts, http://, Phone: 513-863-8873, ext. 110

FRI 10 – SUN 12 Mamma Mia!

Over 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. Time: Check website for show times, Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts, mamma-mia, Phone: 513-621-2787

FRI 10 – SUN 19 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme

Experience the circus one LAST time with Circus Xtreme. Get ready for amazing spectacles, exhilarating performances and magnificent exotic animals that can only be found at The Greatest Show on Earth. Head to the show one hour early for the All Access Pre-Show where children of all ages are invited to join the performers on the show floor – and it is all included in the price of your ticket. Don’t miss your chance to bid the circus one final farewell! Location: U.S. Bank Arena.Time: see website for schedule;

SAT 11 Families Create! Discover Drawing

Artist Kate Kern investigates the scientific and the spiritual. Be drawn in by her artwork and make your own remarkable renderings. All workshops are $5 per child and conducted at the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Pre-registration is required. Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Location: Weston Art Gallery, http:// families-create-discover-drawing, Phone: 513-621-2787

The SandsBox Sale

Sands Montessori Parent Organization is hosting its semi-annual SandsBox Sale -- a children’s consignment sale benefiting the students at Sands Montessori in Mt. Washington. Sands Montessori parents will sell gently used children’s gear, spring and summer clothing (size newbornteen), toys, books and more. All proceeds go directly to Sands Montessori to support classrooms, students and teachers. Admission is $1 (cash only), and credit cards are accepted for sales. Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Location: Sands Montessori Elementary School,

Cincinnati St. Patrick's Day Parade

Celebrate one of Ireland’s greatest Saints and all things Irish with floats, pipers, step dancers, Irish families, marching bands and more! Rain, snow, or shine. Parade begins at Mehring Way & Central Avenue. Location: Downtown Cincinnati, Time: 12:00 PM,


SUN 12


Blooms on the Bayou

Harriet Tubman

Don’t miss the final day of Krohn’s spring show, Blooms on the Bayou, which is inspired by the colorful culture of New Orleans, and features both a fun, festive side of the ‘Big Easy’ as well as the eerie, yet enchanting, swampy southern bayou. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Location: Krohn Conservatory,, Phone: 513-421-5707

MON 13 Elephant & Piggie Palooza

Celebrate your love of reading with Elephant and Piggie! Play Piggie and Elephant's favorite games, eat slop and maybe even have a bird on your head! FREE. Time: 2-3 p.m., Location: Oakley Branch Library, http:// eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-381-6095

PJ Library Story Time

Enjoy PJ Library stories and crafts.FREE. Time: 10:30 a.m., Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, pj-library-story-time-11/, Phone: 513-731-2665

The year is 1849. Watch as Harriet Tubman journeys back into slave country to rescue her family and many others. Traveling by the cover of night and cloaked in extreme secrecy, Harriet never lost a passenger during her trips on the Underground Railroad. The story of this amazing woman known as Moses, whose image will soon grace the redesigned $20 bill, comes to life in this exhilarating musical drama. FREE. Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Walnut Hills Branch Library, eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-369-6053

THURS 16 Story Time at Joseph-Beth Crestview Hills

Follow the Rainbow

The farm animals have reported seeing leprechauns hiding around Parky’s Farm. Follow the rainbow clues and help find the pot of gold. Program includes a wagon ride and time in Parky’s Playbarn. For ages 2-5. Program is $6/child and $4/adult; register by March 12. Time(s): 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Location: Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-521-7275

TUES 14 Pi Day, Pie Day

Celebrate Pi day with some delicious pies! FREE. Time: 3-4 p.m., Location: Oakley Branch Library, http:// eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-381-6038

Bring your family to enjoy the free day of arts and fun! Starting at 11 AM. There will be arts & crafts suitable for all ages, music and songs, story time for toddlers at 11:30 am & children at 12:30 pm with adult stories in the Art Room at 1:00 pm. Experience fabulous live music and dancing. The Irish in Cincinnati museum exhibit and presentation will be held at 1:30 pm in the Library; Plus, come dressed in costume for an adventure discovery tour- you'll learn to walk, talk and explore like a pirate with Pirate Captain Seamus O'Malley! Lunches,Snacks and Drinks available for a small fee. Entire day happenings from 11 AM to 4:00 PM. Free Parking behind the Irish Center off Tennyson Ave. Location: Irish Center of Cincinnati, Phone: 513-5330100, Email:, http://

Snuggle up with your kids for story time at JosephBeth Crestview Hills’s newly revamped Kids’ Area!

SUN 19

Unlimited Ride Band Day at Carol Ann’s Carousel

Join us for our first Cincinnati Parent Summer Camp Fair as we bring in several area businesses/ organizations under one roof that all offer some sort of summer program or camp. There will be characters, mock cover photos and opportunities to win The WEB Extreme Entertainment gift cards! FREE.

FREE. *Ongoing Time: 10:30 a.m., Location: Joseph-Beth Crestview Hills,, Phone: 859-912-7860

Buy a band for $6 and enjoy unlimited carousel rides from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.!

TUES 14 – WEDS 15

FAMILY FUN DAY at the Irish Center

Time: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Location: Carol Ann’s Carousel, id=14554, Phone: 513-357-2621

FRI 17 Story Time: Blueberries for Sal

Bring your little one to experience glass art story time featuring the beloved classic - Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. After reading the story, each student will design and create their own fused glass tile inspired by Sal's blueberry plucking adventures. No experience necessary. $25 child ages 3-6. Time: 1:30-2:15 p.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios,, Phone: 513-321-0206

SAT 18 Waterfowl Walk

Stroll along the paved hike-bike trail with the naturalist to look for the wet and wild water birds that call our park home. Don’t forget your binoculars and dress for the weather as we’ll be hiking rain or shine. For ages 8 and up. FREE. Time: 8 a.m., Location: Sharon Woods/Harbor Parking Lot,, Phone: 513-521-7275

Cincinnati Parent Summer Camp Fair • CP PICK•

Time: 1-4 p.m., Location: The WEB Extreme Entertainment, events/1313748078668201/

Third Sunday Funday: BlingedOut Art

Get ready for a glittering Funday! Create your own blinged-out accessory, see how a touch of gold or sparkle can glam up a painting, and learn about the materials artists use to create these beautiful works of art at the Art Cart. At 2 p.m., join OTRimprov for a hilarious performance of sketch comedy. FREE. Time: 1-4 p.m., Location: Taft Museum of Art, http://, Phone: 513-241-0343

SUN 19 – THURS 23 Rhea Lana’s Spring Consignment Sale

Rhea Lana’s is a semi-annual second-hand sale held at various locations nationwide. This children’sconsignment-meets-boutique event features high-quality children’s clothing, shoes, furniture, toys, books, DVDs, baby equipment and maternity items. Check website for details on special discount days, as well as information on how to consign. Time: Check website for daily schedule, Location: Forest Fair Village,


SAT 18




SUN 20 Story Time at Joseph-Beth Cincinnati

Free story times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m., and now Saturdays at 11 a.m.! FREE.*Ongoing Time: 10:30 a.m., Location: Joseph-Beth Cincinnati, http://www., Phone: 513- 396-8960

TUES 21 – SUN 26 The Illusionists

This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists -- Live From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Time(s): Check website for schedule, http://www.cincinnatiarts. org/events/detail/illusionists, Location: Aronoff Center, Phone: 513-621-2787

WEDS 22 Story Tree Time

• CP PICK• For the fifth year running, we are pleased to partner with the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, who provide special appearances by characters from their upcoming shows! Today we’ll be joined by Jane from Tarzan the Stage Musical! *Ongoing Time: 11-11:30 a.m., Location: Cincinnati Museum Center,, Phone: 513-287-7000

THURS 23 Paint that Pot!

Decorate a flower pot. Take that pot home. The end? Ages 10 and up. Registration recommended. FREE. Time: 6:30-7:45 p.m., Location: Hyde Park Branch Library, asp, Phone: 513-369-4456

FRI 24 How-To… Perform Magic!

How to do just about anything... for teens. Today’s program will teach teens how to perform basic magic tricks! Ages 12-18; registration required. FREE. Time: 4 p.m., Location: Anderson Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-6030

SAT 25 Majestic Monarch

Don’t miss the opening day of Krohn’s 2017 butterfly show, which stars the majestic monarch butterfly. *Ongoing Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Location: Krohn Conservatory, http://, Phone: 513-352-4080


U.S. Bank Fan Appreciation Night

SUN 26 Birds of Prey Open House

Visit RAPTOR Inc. on the last Sunday of each month for a free Open House. Meet live avian ambassadors up close, learn about the important role raptors play in the environment, touch interesting artifacts, speak to the knowledgeable staff and participate in fun activities. All ages welcome. FREE. Time: 1-4 p.m., Location: RAPTOR Inc., www.raptorinc. org, Phone: 513-825-3325

Spring Crafts

Children ages 3-12 will enjoy making crafts celebrating spring. Kids can make up to two crafts to take home. $1/craft, payable at the door. Time: 1-3 p.m., Location: Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center,, Phone: 513-521-7275

MON 27

Join the Cyclones as they face the Komets on March 31 for U.S. Bank Fan Appreciation Night! Close the Cyclones regular season home schedule in style with $1 hotdogs, pizza, soda - plus prizes galore! Time: 6:30 p.m., Location: U.S. Bank Arena, http:// game/2017/03/31/u-s-bank-fanappreciation-night

ongoing events Madness in March

March 1-31 Purchase a Train Journey ticket and add the famous A-Maze-N FunHouse for only $1.25! Stop by and enjoy a hot dog for only $0.25 - all month long.

Seahorses: Unbridled Fun

Daily through March 31 An interactive exhibit where guests can discover 10 species of seahorses, sea dragons, trumpetfish, shrimpfish and pipefish. With a head like a horse, snout like an aardvark and belly pouch like a kangarooseahorses are anything but ordinary. Time: Open daily, Location: Newport Aquarium, http:// Seahorses-Unbridled-Fun, Phone: 1-800-406-3474

Baby Splash Classes at Hubbard Family Swim School

Occurring Daily Being in the water with your little one is an amazing and rewarding experience. Let us show you what they are capable of. The child has an adult (parent or other) in the water with him/her at all times. For babies 8 weeks to 5 months. Free; registration required. FREE.

Time: Daily, Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, http://, Phone: 513-898-8000

Time: Check website, Location: Hubbard Family Swim School at Kids First,, Phone: 513-530-0123

Majestic Monarch

Charitable Play at Recreations Outlet

Maker Mondays

Create a different craft every Monday 3-5 p.m. Best for kids 6 and under. FREE. *Ongoing Time: 3-5 p.m., Location: Loveland Branch Library, eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-369-4476

TUES 28 – WEDS 29 Small Fry Fishing Fun

Fishy, fishy in the brook, won’t you bite my little hook? Enjoy fishing activities for young ones who can’t wait for the bite. Build a fish habitat, touch and examine a fish and learn what makes it special. Make a fish snack to feed real fish at our pond. Program includes a wagon ride and time in Parky’s Playbarn. For ages 2-5. Program is $6/child, $4/adult; register by March 26. Time: 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/ Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-521-7275

WEDS 29 Afternoon Movers and Shakers

You and your child will shake it together! Sing, dance and enjoy music, movement and fun! For ages 18 months - 4 years. FREE. *Ongoing Time: 1:30-2 p.m., Location: Mariemont Branch Library, eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-369-4467

FRI 31 Story Time: Planting a Rainbow

Happy April! Celebrate the coming of Spring in this glass art Story Time. After listening to "Planting a Rainbow" by Lois Ehlert, students will create their own colorful flower-inspired glass tile. Bring your child's imagination to life - in glass! $25/child ages 3-6. Time: 1:30-2:15 p.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios,, Phone: 513-321-0206




• CP PICK• March 25-June 18 This year promises to be better than ever, with the Monarch Butterfly the star of the show. Thousands of beautiful butterflies will be living among the colorful hydrangeas, marvelous marigolds and gorgeous celosia each day during the show. Time: Open daily, Location: Krohn Conservatory, http:// seasonal-krohn-conservatory-show/, Phone: 513-3524080

Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibit • CP PICK• Feb. 26 through June 9 The life history of Anne Frank and her family is the leading thread running through this exhibition. Anne’s own wonderfully candid writing provides a central voice to the narrative, bringing a poignant and truly beautiful perspective to the story. Exhibit was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in N. America by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

Times: M-F 1-4:00 p.m., SUN 11 a.m.– 3 p.m., Additional times available upon request, Location: The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education, Phone: 513-4873055,

Blooms on the Bayou

Through March 12 Step into the south and celebrate spring on the bayou! The 2017 Spring Show Blooms on the Bayou is inspired by the colorful culture of New Orleans, which features both a fun, festive side of the ‘Big Easy’ as well as the eerie, yet enchanting, swampy southern bayou. Time: Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Location: Krohn Conservatory, http://www., Phone: 513-421-5707

Ongoing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Stop in and enjoy the fun for only $2 per child every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m.! Time: 9-11 a.m., Location: Recreations Outlet in Milford,, Phone: 513-831-7383

Vikings: Beyond the Legend

Daily through April 2 Experience a myth-busting exhibition that has captivated millions of people around the world, as the largest collection of Viking artifacts to visit North America comes to Cincinnati. Explore the rich, often-misunderstood Viking culture through a rare collection of artifacts and fresh insights revealed through new archaeological discoveries that gives you a real look into the lives of Vikings and shows why they continue to capture our imagination. Time: Check website, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center,, Phone: 513-287-7001

Story Time at IKEA

Occurring Every Tuesday Join us for story time in our Restaurant. Kids can enjoy classic tales of adventure and craft time after the story. Parent must be present with child. FREE. Time: 1 p.m., Location: IKEA West Chester, http://www. P L E A S E N OT E 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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