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AND CULTURE Three fun ways to spend family time this spring!




ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM Encouraging friendships between all children

Simple ideas to mark this important event





CONTENTS A P R I L 2 0 1 5 // C I NC I NN A T I P A R E N T . COM






What Parents of Children with Autism Want You to Know


SENDING KIDS TO CAMP FOR THE FIRST TIME Determining if your child is ready


ASK THE TEACHER Standardized testing, disagreeing with classroom policies, challenge work



TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A STAY-AT-HOME DAD My view from the carpool line





SAFE DISCIPLINE STRATEGIES Staying within appropriate boundaries










Encouraging friendships between all children


MARCH OF DIMES AMBASSADOR FAMILY 2015 Harmony’s story: 4 high-risk pregnancies, 4 healthy babies





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Simple ideas to mark this important event

Three fun ways to spend family time this spring!

BAD SPORTS Parents who step outside the boundaries of good sportsmanship















E D I T O R ' S NO T E

Spring Fever!


very year it seems like spring will never get here, and then suddenly the first daffodils bravely sprout their yellow heads, our brown lawns transform into the greenest carpet and a warm breeze carries the scent of flowering trees exploding with pink and purple buds. As Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” At Cincinnati Parent, we can’t wait to share all the fun this season brings. Why not start with a little road trip? Check out our suggestions for some great family fun in Camping, Caves and Culture - you’ll be surprised by how much there is to do so close to home. Maybe the best way to recognize spring is by celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd. It’s so important for children to develop a relationship with nature so that they feel a vested interest in protecting our planet. Take a look at our Earth Day feature for some simple ideas on how your family can incorporate some cleaner, greener practices. April 2nd is also World Autism Awareness Day – and it’s likely that you or your child know a family affected by autism.


Unfortunately, kids on the autism spectrum can struggle with making meaningful friendships with their peers. Even our smallest efforts can have such a big impact – read Connecting with Kids on the Autism Spectrum for some advice on the best ways to reach out. This time of year marks the beginning of many sports seasons as well. Have you seen “that parent” at your child’s games? The one whose enthusiasm has crossed the line into heated displays of anger at coaches, referees or even young players? Check out Bad Sports for a discussion on the pressure that so many youth athletes face today. As always, we appreciate you picking up our latest issue. Please read it at a park, outdoor café, your front porch or anywhere else you can soak up the warmth and sunlight of a spring day!

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Paint the town red! Great American Ball Park opens for business on April 6th as the Cincinnati Reds take on The Pittsburgh Pirates. To kick off the baseball season, head downtown for The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade! Bring a chair and some noise makers to Washington Park or Fountain Square and enjoy the spectacle. The celebration will continue throughout the day at Fountain Square with concessions and the game on the big screen. Show your Reds pride and join in the fun!

Cincinnaturally! The Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration’s 2015 “Cincinnaturally” theme promises a day of family fun and hands-on environmental education! The event schedule is packed with fun activities such as live music, recycling games, scavenger hunts, a kids fun zone, a mascot parade, an animal showcase and even a recycled costume contest! Experts will be on hand presenting an environmental lecture series as well. The event is pet friendly and commences rain or shine. Saturday, April 18, 2015 − 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm Sawyer Point

Monday, April 6, 2015 − Noon Findlay Market

Tunes and Blooms returns! Why tiptoe through the tulips when you can rock out in the garden? Enjoy some of Cincinnati’s finest musicians in the Zoo’s beautiful gardens and tour the beautiful Zoo Blooms exhibit! This month’s lineup is not to be missed! April 2: LoopManDan, April 9: Kevin Fox Band April 16: Leo Clarke, April 23: Randy Amann of the Pickin’ Pig April 30: Sidecar Jones with LoopManDan and Jennifer Ellis 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (513) 281-4700 −

This race is amazing! Modeled after the popular TV show, the national, family friendly race competition known as The Great Amazing Race, is returning to Cincinnati! The race is open to recreational and competitive teams of two ages 5-80. Competitors race around a one-mile cross country course completing a string of up to eight fun-filled challenges. Clues provided at each station direct teams to particular tasks such as games, relays and obstacle courses. Teams strive to arrive at the finish line with the fastest overall time to be declared the winner. Prepare to get dirty... it’s part of the fun!

Free after 5:00 pm − Parking fee: $9.00 Saturday, April 18, 2015 − 3:00 to 5:00 pm Hopewell Athletic Field (West Chester) Teams of two: $48 early bird/ $60 day of race; Teachers, Military, Law Enforcement, Fire & EMS receive $5 discount



Geo Fair rocks! Since 1965, GeoFair has introduced thousands of families to the pleasures of the earth sciences. More than 50 commercial and museum vendors from as far away as Florida and Nevada will offer stunning objects for sale, ranging from curiosities costing mere pennies to museum-quality specimens costing thousands of dollars. Guests will enjoy geode cracking, gold panning, a swap area, beautiful jewelry, a hands-on education center, earth science games, free fossil, meteorite, mineral and gemstone identification and more! May 2 - 3, 2015 10 am − 6 pm, Saturday & 11 am − 5 pm, Sunday Sharonville Convention Center Single day tickets: $9 adults - $3 for children (uniformed Scouts are free); Two day passes: $12; Parking is Free

It’s a fiesta Puppet Power The Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild and Happen, Inc. have planned a perfect day of puppetry for all ages! Families will enjoy interactive puppet shows, displays, and puppet-making crafts. Pancakes will be served at 11:00 am followed by performances at noon. Snelvie Pestley and everyone’s favorite, the Wump Mucket Puppets are sure to steal the show!

Don’t miss Cincinnati’s showcase of Latino culture! The Cincy-Cinco Fiesta on Fountain Square boasts authentic art, music, food, traditional dancing, parades and a variety of hands-on activities the whole family will enjoy. The Fiesta is known for breaking world records for salsa dancing, creating the world’s largest taco and the world’s largest piñata! All proceeds benefit Tri-state health and education programs supporting the Latino community.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 − 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday, May 2, 2015 − 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

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Hop on over and hunt Over-the-Rhine’s biggest egg hunt, sponsored by Graeter’s, returns to Washington Park and will be bigger and better than ever! The event features 7,500 candy-filled eggs, face painting, a petting zoo, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and signature waffles from Taste of Belgium! Don’t forget your baskets! Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Washington Park Bandstand 513-977-8028

Free Special Needs Expo returns to Cincinnati! The Families With Autism Spectrum Disorders organization strives to help families discover comprehensive community autism services under one roof! In addition to information sessions to connect patients with doctors, therapists and other local service providers, the expo will offer exhibits, a provider guide, and many family oriented activities! Families touched by autism and special needs of any kind will benefit greatly from this event! Saturday, April 4, 2015 − 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sharonville Convention Center






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Footnotes T hough ts from t he margins of a mom’s l ife Effortlessly expert Kelly Blewett

When I was a child, I believed my father was fluent in Spanish. His ability to count from one to ten without pause was all the evidence I needed. It wasn’t until middle school that I realized his romance language skills are basically nonexistent. By then, a number of other paternal fantasies had also been exposed. My father could not control traffic lights, as I thought when I was five (he was really looking at the lights to the side to cue the “magic words.”) He could not reliably estimate the temperature to the exact degree, as I thought when I was eight (he was cheating). And he did not know the stories behind every stellar constellation, as I thought when I was ten (he made them up). Perfect fluency in a foreign language was the last fantasy to fall. But something remained standing: I still thought my dad was a pretty great guy. Now, with two kids of my own, I’m becoming increasingly aware of the superhuman abilities they think I possess. Last week at the YMCA, my son was



flabbergasted by my ability to bounce a racquetball so hard that it almost hit the ceiling of the racquetball court, which, as you might know, is quite high. “Mom can bounce the ball better than anyone!” he announced that night to my husband. “She’s amazing!” We looked at each other and grinned. I am not often praised for my athletic skills. With a four year-old and a two year-old, I realize now is my opportunity to indulge in some major myth-building. Will I feign competency as a gourmet cook? No. The “proof is in the pudding,” as the saying goes. But certainly other things are within my grasp. I can, at last, be effortlessly expert in whatever I choose and play to an adoring audience. And when I’m found out for the fraud that I am, my children will hopefully know something that is really true: I love them and I like having a good time with them. So, with that, I’ll just practice my own impeccable Spanish and say adios!


What Parents of Children with Autism Want You to Know The Children’s Home of Cincinnati

1. I did not go to school for this. Parents of kids with special needs don’t receive specialized training in special education or developmental pediatrics. They are often swamped with terminology that is unfamiliar and overwhelming. 2. I’m looking to you for answers. See #1. Parents are definitely the expert on their child, but not the expert when it comes to education and medical recommendations. They have plenty of experience, but not necessarily expertise.

3. My kid is not like that person you know with autism. You don’t assume that I have the same ideas, preferences and goals as you do, and the same should be applied to kids with autism. Everyone is different. My kid may not have a special skill

like counting toothpicks or mentally performing complex equations.

4. Autism is a spectrum disorder. Some kids can talk, some cannot. Some kids are academically gifted and others experience learning delays. Some kids are more social than others, but all kids want friends and deserve kindness. 5. Be careful what you say. Just because an individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) looks like they aren’t listening, or it seems that they don’t understand, don’t assume that they don’t hear and understand what you say. 6. My kid doesn’t need more discipline. A lot of people with autism have unexpected behavior, and this doesn’t come from a lack

of discipline. Most people don’t know how hard my team/family is working and how much progress my child has made.

7. Having a child with special needs can be a very isolating experience. Family and friends may become more distant for various reasons: a lack of understanding, not accepting the diagnosis, feeling uncomfortable, the family with a child not wanting to ask for help, etc.

8. An effort to understand/ empathize is appreciated. Please don’t stare at my child, or provide unwanted advice. Autism impacts a person’s behavior, communication, social skills and response to senses. With the rate of diagnosis at 1 in 68, you will be meeting more and more people with autism.



connecting with kids on the AUTISM spectrum Sarah Bricker-Hunt

E n cou r ag i n g fri e n dsh i ps be t w een a ll c h i ld re n


hey are few things more treasured than the companionship of a good friend. But for children living with autism, the process of forging friendships can be especially difficult. For those on the autism spectrum, social cues are sometimes misunderstood and new people and experiences can feel overwhelming. As parents, we want all children, no matter what their abilities, to feel valued and included. How can you help achieve this? By teaching your children about autism and showing them how to reach out to children on the spectrum in the classroom and beyond.

“It’s all about patience,” says 30 year-old Lauren Meyer, reflecting on her own experience as a child with autism. “It’s about patience on the part of the kid on the spectrum and for kids trying to make friends with them, too.” Meyer vividly recalls the unique social challenges she faced growing up. “Most other kids just didn’t get it,” she says. “They didn’t always read me right.” Kristin Tennyson, Principal of Academics at Linden Grove, a local school with an autism focus, agrees. She says it is important to keep a simple idea in mind: Don’t judge a book by its cover. She says that a child with autism may look as if

they don’t want to be involved because they are hanging back, but this is not always true. “Very often a child with autism may struggle with how to start a social interaction, or they may be too overwhelmed by the stimuli in their environment, especially in a noisy area like the playground or the cafeteria,” says Tennyson. She says games that involve minimal language and rules, such as tossing a ball back and forth, can be a good place to start. “Consider joining that child in the area of the playground where he’s most comfortable, and let him know you’d like to play with him.” Megan Thomas and Susie Wolfe of the Cincinnati Center for Autism recommend following these simple suggestions: 1. Gain the student’s attention. 2. Say “Hi.” 3. Wait for the student to respond; don’t walk away until you get a response. 4. Repeat on a daily basis at the same time so the student will come to expect the interaction. Thomas and Wolfe stress that it is important to remember that “our friends with autism want to interact with peers. They just aren’t always sure how to interact.”

People first language When it comes to autism and other labels, “person first language” is important. The Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati encourages people to refer to a child as having autism versus being an autistic child. This is considered a more respectful and accurate, since autism is only one aspect of a child’s whole being. APRIL 2015 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM


The word “spectrum” is used to describe autism because how it manifests in different people can vary greatly.

Beyond school Social situations away from the school setting can be even more difficult to navigate for kids on the spectrum. Local parent Joey Spencer says a simple call for a play date can be huge for a child with autism. “These kids want to play and have friends just like everyone else,” she says. “They just need help to make it happen.” Spencer also suggests reaching out to children exhibiting “stimming” behaviors. “My son will happily explain why he is pacing, flapping his hands and talking to himself,” she says. Stimming behaviors are sometimes exhibited by “sensory seeking” children on the spectrum. Other children with autism are “sensory avoiding,” and can quickly overload with too much input.



Northern Kentucky mother Jeanette Tacon offers this firsthand advice for approaching kids who are sensory avoiding: “Think of ways these folks may be affected. Loud, sudden noises at a party or event may be enough to make the child anxious enough that they can’t stay, because they don’t want to have another noise surprise them,” she says. “And once it has happened once, it’s all over.”

Planning ahead Meyer says that while maintaining a routine can be important for people on the spectrum, they do want to enjoy new friends and experiences. “It’s helpful to us when we have plenty of advance notice,” she explains. “Parents can encourage their kids to think ahead when it comes to including a child on the spectrum – try to ask way ahead of time for a play date.” To that end, Tacon suggests sending the child pictures or websites for new places in advance so they know what to expect. “Let them become as familiar as possible

with new surroundings before you get there,” she recommends.

Local resources Cincinnati is home to many high quality organizations focused on autism. The Children’s Home of Cincinnati (www. has outreach programs that span across 112 Cincinnati neighborhoods. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati (www.cincinnati has an Autism Learning Center that brings typical peers together with children on the spectrum. Cincinnati also has its own chapter of the Autism Society of America (www.autism The Cincinnati Center for Autism (www.cincinnaticenterforautism. org) is another comprehensive resource for local families dedicated to educating the community about autism and providing education for parents, caregivers.



March of Dimes

Ambassador Family 2015 Harmony’s Story: 4 High-Risk Pregnancies, 4 Healthy Babies


ur story began on March 15, 2007, just 24 weeks into my pregnancy. I was rushed to TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Hospital for multiple health concerns including pre-term labor. The Special Care OB Unit became my home for the next four weeks. It was one of the most terrifying experiences I have had, but in the end I couldn’t have asked to be in a better place. The care and compassion I received from nurses, doctors and staff more than exceeded my expectations. Our son Logan was born twelve weeks early on April 10, 2007. I did not see him long before he was whisked away in an incubator to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He weighed two pounds and five ounces, fit in the palm of our hand when curled up and was not even the length of a standard ruler. Nothing could

prepare us for the numerous health issues we would witness Logan face, fight, and eventually overcome. The first few weeks in the NICU Logan encountered different health concerns. He was born with a very large Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) and nine small holes in his heart. (A PDA is a blood vessel that keeps the blood away from the lungs before the infant is born.) Along with the heart issues, Logan fought infections, respiratory distress syndrome, jaundice and other health issues. It was almost paralyzing to sit back and watch our baby struggle with tubes coming out of everywhere possible while hooked to monitors and machines. Every time it seemed as if Logan was making progress and gaining strength, we would see him suffer a setback that would dampen our spirits. The nurses and staff were always there to help inform us, comfort us and even celebrate with us no matter the situation.

After two months, Logan graduated from the Good Samaritan NICU, was released to specialists for treatment and came home with mom and dad. Finally, during his four year checkup with the cardiologist, all heart conditions had corrected themselves requiring no surgery and Logan was released with a clean bill of health. Today Logan is a very active and healthy outgoing seven year old who enjoys baseball, swimming, soccer and playing with friends. We call him our dare devil not only because of the start he had, but because we often find him climbing places he shouldn’t, hanging upside down on monkey bars with no one near, water skiing one handed, or doing other things many kids wouldn’t dare try. On April 18, 2009, we found ourselves in a similar situation. Although I had been receiving exceptional care from my doctors, including weekly ultrasounds and progesterone injections to help prevent

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preterm labor, our second child Lizzie was born seven weeks early weighing just less than five pounds. Fortunately Lizzie came home after only 11 days in the NICU. She is a normal five year old girl who enjoys dance, gymnastics and singing her favorite Disney movie Frozen songs. Thanks to the treatment and careful monitoring by my Tri-State Maternal Fetal Medicine doctors, in October 2011 and again in November 2013, our third and fourth children Lexi and Lucas were born only five weeks early and required no stay in the NICU. All four of our children are active and healthy today thanks to the wonderful nurses, doctors, and staff at Good Samaritan Hospital. My kids are true testaments to what the March of Dimes can do. Our NICU story has a happy ending but many others are not so fortunate. We continue to fundraise, walk in March for Babies and support The March of Dimes to help educate families about healthy pregnancies, the research and treatment of all birth defects, and to help every baby have a healthy start.

Save The Dates! March for Babies Cincinnati/N. Kentucky Sunday, April 26 at 9AM Paul Brown Stadium 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Community Donation Day & Expo Thursday, April 23 from 11AM – 7PM Courtyard Marriott Rookwood/Midtown 3813 Edwards Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45209

New This Year! Stop by the all NEW Baby & Beauty Depot and Ambassador Showcase at Sawyer Point after the walk. From pampering to poignant, these new features are a must see for everyone. Visit to start your team and begin fundraising TODAY!




Sending Kids to Camp for the First Time Determining if your child is ready The American Camp Association

Spending that first summer at camp is a big step for any child. It’s also a big milestone for mom and dad. Sending your kids to camp takes considerable thought, from finding the right camp to allocating the necessary funds, parents have many decisions to make. But before the searching and saving begins, ask yourself one important question: Is my child ready for camp? The American Camp Association (ACA) encourages parents to consider the following questions when deciding whether or not to send their child to camp for the first time.

Has your child had positive overnight experiences away from home? Children who have little to no familiarity being away from home for the night may struggle adjusting to daily life at an overnight camp. ACA encourages future campers to “practice” spending nights with friends or relatives before attending an overnight camp. These separations allow a child to make a positive association with being away from home and learn to

manage any negative experiences in a healthy, independent fashion.

Is your child old enough for overnight camp? ACA has found that a child under the age of seven may not adjust to an overnight camp as easily as an older child. Fortunately, a quality camp experience is still available to those children who may not be ready for an extended stay away from home. Day camp lets children experience the same physical, social and emotional development they would get at an overnight camp, while allowing them to stay home. Day camp is a great way to show children the benefits of camp – and many take the next step to overnight camp in the future.

How did your child become interested in camp? How much persuasion is necessary from you to send your child to camp? Does he or she need extra encouragement? Or is

his or her own curiosity enough to send them to camp? It’s not uncommon for some children to be excited about camp before ever having set foot in a cabin or hiking a trail. The stories of older siblings, cousins, friends and even parents or guardians may be just what a child needs to inspire interest in a camp experience of their very own.

What does your child expect to do at camp? Learning about camp ahead of time allows children to create positive expectations. Many camps offer visits for potential campers and their families. At these visits, your child can get a feel for what day to day life is like at camp, meet staff members and get excited for the summer. If a visit isn’t an option, many camp websites provide detailed lists of summer activities for current and future campers.

Are you able to share consistent and positive messages about camp? Your enthusiasm helps to assure your child that camp is a positive place to be, allowing him or her an opportunity to experience its full benefits and come home excited about future summers at camp. Every child deserves their own camp experience. Some will be ready soon; others may need a little more time. For younger children who aren’t ready to spend their summer somewhere else, ACA recommends any one of the quality day camps available through its Find a Camp service. Whether it’s a four-week, overnight stay in the woods or a daily journey to a local community center, the camp experience is waiting for your future camper!

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






SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE [DAY CAMPS] ACTIVE BODIES, BRILLIANT MINDS: Yoga & Creativity Summer Camps Bi-Okoto Center (Theater Space) in Clifton, Contact: Cezarina Trone, Phone: (513) 432-4887, Email:, http:// summer-camps.html Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: WEEK ONE: JUNE 15th-19th, 2015 (Mon-Fri); WEEK TWO: JUNE 22nd-26th, 2015 (Mon-Fri) from 9 AM-3PM each day (with free lunch & half day options) Ages/Grades: 4-12 Have awesome fun in these inclusive camps for all needs children (ages 4-12) empowering them with yoga, play, dance, singing, storytelling, creative games, mindfulness, art, self-esteem & leadership activities. Programs are led by certified kids yoga teachers and creativity coaches. Register early. Space is limited. Sibling and multiple camp discounts available. Call 513-432-4887!

Adventure Days on the Farm 11896 Old Lexington Pike, Walton, KY 41094, Contact: Mary Benton Marcum /Director, Phone: 859-485-7000, Email:, Dates: Farm Camp offered only these weeks due to this being a working farm. Mon-Fri Session 1: July 6-10; Session 2: July 13-17 ; Session 3- July 20th-24th Ages/Grades: Ages 5-13 Cost: $195 per week Adventure Days on the Farm is just a kids dream week of making new friends and learning so much in one week. Kids will learn to fish, bait their own hook, take hayrides to look for arrowheads, plant seeds, pick vegetables, do nature crafts, listen to music, do scavenger hunts, hike, and dig for earthworms. On Friday we have our sheep/goat costume class and handling show where parents can attend and see how well all the kids have done with their animal of the week! Plus, learn to milk a cow and play lots of farm fun games! Awards of best milker, best shearer, biggest/tiniest fish caught, and so much more. Join our Facebook pages and meet our incredible staff.

Art Workshop @ Funke Fired Arts 3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park, OH 45209, Contact: Nancy Kopp/ Director, Phone: 513-406-4009, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 8-August 14, 2015 Ages/Grades: 6 Years-16 years Cost: $175 Awesome Art Camps including pottery wheel, drawing, painting, creative clay, make your own pet, Princesses & Super Heroes, Pop Art, handmade creations, Color Explosion, Comic Book and a couple of camps for 4 year olds.



Axis Alley Newport on the Levee: One Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071, Phone: (859) 652-7250, Email: sales@, Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: May-September 2015 Ages/Grades: Any age (under 16) Cost: $12.99/child +tax/gratuity- $16.99/child +tax/ gratuity Bowling & shoe rental, pizza, and soft drinks! Packages can be customized for one or two hours, and to include pizza or hot dogs and fries! Early-open hours available. Packages for 8+ kids. Must be pre-booked. Available Monday-Friday.

Baldwin Music Education Center Summer Programs 3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Rachel Kramer, Phone: 513-351-1109, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts (music) Dates: June 8 – August 15 (8 or 10-week terms) Ages/Grades: 6-month-olds to 4-year-olds Cost: $60 - $160 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 9376 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040, Phone: (513) 285-8855 X4, Email: Mason@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Dates: June 2015 to August 2015 Ages/Grades: 6 months and up Cost: $150.00 Bear Paddle Swim School Summer Swim Camps feature 30-minute daily swim lessons that are skill-focused and promote safety skill development. Bear Paddle’s iron-on swim skill patches teach young swimmers positive reinforcements in an innovative fun way.

Build It! 416 Clark Street, Cincinnati, OH 45203, Contact: Dayle Deardurff, Phone: 513-651-0734, Email: info@, Gender of Campers: Coed Type of Camp: Children’s Museum Exhibit Basic Category: Construction

Dates: May 19- Aug. 22, see web site for days and times Ages/Grades: All Cost: $2 per person

Build It! offers fun activities on construction concepts for children. The exhibit,from archKIDecture of Chicago, consists activities that presenting architectural subjects including roofs, tools, and shapes. Designed for children age three to twelve, the exhibit promotes visual literacy with activities on shapes, color, and symmetries.

BROADWAY BOUND DANCE ACADEMY 10580 Loveland Madeira Rd, Loveland, OH 45140, Phone: 513-774-9474, www.broadwaybound Basic Category: Arts, Dance, Traditional Broadway Bound Dance Academy is the place for fun and learning all summer long! We’re excited to offer our themed dance camps again this year for your 3-5 yr old. Complete dance or tumbling instruction is also available. Reserve your spot today!

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

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

Camp at the J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Phone: 513-761-7500, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, School Programs (Before/After), Special Needs,

Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: Kick Start Camp: June 8 – 12, Session 1: June 15 – July 2 (camp will not be held on July 3rd in observance of Independence Day), Session 2: July 6 – 24, Session 3: July 27 – Aug 14; Horseback Riding Camp: July 27 – 31 & Aug 3 – 7 Ages/Grades: Grades K - 10 Cost: $725/ 3 Weeks From American Red Cross swim lessons and archery to arts and crafts, Camp at the J provides great social and educational opportunities that foster friendships and features all the fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. Camp at the J offers weekly theme days, sports, and field trips.

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

Camp Chabad 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Contact: Rabbi Majeski, Phone: 513-731-5111, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals, Arts, Special Needs, Sports, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: June 22- August 7, 2015 Ages/Grades: 2 Yr.-13 yrs old Cost: $190-$215 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 7 weeks. Lunch and transportation included. ACA Accredited. Cincinnati’s Premier Jewish Day Camp.

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



Camp Mommawatchi (At-Home Camp Curriculum) P.O. Box 5011, Zionsville, IN 46077, Email:, Specific Categories: At-home camp Ages/Grades: preschool and elementary age children Cost: $24.95 for each camp curriculum purchase ($16.95 for digital only) Camp Mommawatchi is an online retailer that specializes in at-home camp curriculum. Our curriculum allows moms to do camps at home with their preschool and grade school children. We currently have four themes - sports, the arts, secret agent and science. Each camp purchased comes with an instruction booklet and digital downloads - everything moms need to host their own camp. Moms and kids will love all of the activities, games, crafts, recipes and field trips. Start a new, fun tradition this summer and make lasting memories with your little ones. Visit www. (Note: we are not a camp for kids to attend, but a camp for you to do yourself.)

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Day Camp Contact: Megan Alexander, Phone: 513-421-3888 (Box Office), Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Theatre Dates: June 15-July 31, 2015 Ages/Grades: Entering grades 1-12 Cost: Grades 1 and 2 ($175), Grades 3-12 ($285), Prices increase on June 1, 2015 Acting is offered for each weeklong, full day camp. Other classes may include circus training, Shakespeare, musical theatre, playmaking, puppetry, stage combat, improvisation and more. Classes will vary each session for campers interested in joining us for multiple weeks! All experience levels welcome. Before and after care offered.

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

Cincinnati Art Museum Summer Camp 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-721-ARTS, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: Monday-Friday, June 15-August 14, 2015 (No camp July 20-24)



Ages/Grades: Ages 6-12 Cost: $175 per child/per week. Non-members: $225 per child/per week. Delve into art with eight weeks of summer camps packed with exciting art projects, gallery games, and more! Each week, children will discover all aspects of visual art through various themes and activities taught by highly skilled educators and museum staff.

Cincinnati Boychoir SongFest Camp Xavier University, Gallagher Theatre: 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45207, Contact: KellyAnn Nelson, Director of Education & Outreach, Phone: 513.396.7664, Email:, Gender of Campers: All-Boy Basic Category: Arts, Traditional Dates: June 29 - July 3, 2015 Ages/Grades: Boys entering 2nd - 6th grades Cost: $295 (includes lunch, tshirt, Reds game ticket - financial aid available) SongFest is an exciting week for boys who love music, making new friends and having fun! Singing, playing instruments, an African drum circle, recreation, a trip to a Reds game and daily lunch in Xavier’s cafeteria all make up a great week with the Cincinnati Boychoir!

Cincinnati Children’s ADHD Summer Treatment Program 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: 513-803-7708, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Special Needs Dates: June 15 – July 31, 2015 (8:30am-4:30pm) Cincinnati Children’s ADHD Summer Treatment Program is a nationally recognized summer camp program specifically designed for children ages 8-12 diagnosed with ADHD. Children receive intensive behavioral interventions while participating in recreational and educational activities designed to improve behavior, social, and problem-solving skills with a student-counselor ratio of 2 to 1.

Cincinnati Children’s Choir Summer Festival University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Phone: 513-556-0338, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: July 27 – August 1, 2015, Sessions will run from 9am – 4pm Mon through Fri & Sat 1pm - 4pm. Ages/Grades: 9 - 15 Cost: Tuition is $200 for the week including one t-shirt and one concert ticket. Young singers interested in enjoying and developing their skills in musicianship will come together for an exciting week as they attend inspiring, interactive sessions at the University of Cincinnati, CollegeConservatory of Music. Sessions will include Vocal Artistry, sight-singing, Musicianship through Movement, Music Theory, and Choral Artistry. Festival will be held on the campus of the University of

Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Sessions will run from 9 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday. Saturday 1 pm-4 pm. Register online!

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

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

Cincinnati Parks’ Summer Nature Day Camps Locations: Day camps are located at Ault Park, Burnet Woods, California Woods, French Park, LaBoiteaux Woods and Stanbery Park. Contact: Diane Wente, Phone: 513-321-6208 ext 11, Email: dianne.wente@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals, Arts, Traditional Dates: June 9 - August 2; 5 different camps each week Ages/Grades: Ages 3 - 15! Cost: Fees range from $45 - $80 per camp week Activities Included: Beyond our themed camps with special activities, all camps include trail hikes, arts and crafts, outdoor games, interactions with live animals, and many more fun, hands-on activities! Our summer camps are voted “Best of the City” and “Best of Parenting” by you for the best value in educational, fun-filled outdoor activities! The most popular “Nature Camps in the Parks” camp serves ages 5-12 every week and their preschool siblings can attend Discovery Mornings at the same park during the same week! NEW CAMPS: Harry Potter Advanced Magic Camp, Science Mythbusters and “Where the Wild Things Are.” Camp activities are new for your child each year! Online registration: www.cincinnatiparks. com.

Cincinnati Recreation Commission SPECIALTY CAMPS AT LUNKEN PLAYFIELD 805 Central Avenue, Suite 800, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-352-4000, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports, Adventure Specialty Camps at Lunken Playfield are for boys and girls of different ages. Camps include Outdoor Adventure, Multi-Sport, Preschool Sports, Preschool Games and Adventure Gaming. Camp fees range from $75 - $175 / week. Also available are two sessions of Kayak camp and CRC’s RiverTrek excursion. Call your local recreation center for details. Visit the CRC website to register.

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

Cincinnati Reds Baseball/ Softball Camps Locations: Beechwood HS in Ft. Mitchell, KY; Summit Country Day in Cincinnati, Mason HS in Mason; Harrison HS in Harrison; Reds MLB Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati, Contact: Tim Rappe, Executive Director, Phone: 855-8467337, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Dates: Beechwood HS and Reds Urban Youth Academy: 6/1-6/5, Harrison HS: 6/15-6/19, Mason HS: 6/29-7/3, Walton-Verona HS: 7/13-7/17, Centerville HS and Summit Country Day: 7/20-7/24, Reds Urban Youth Academy: 8/3-8/7, 2015 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Official Camps of the Reds. 30 hrs. of World Class baseball/ softball training and unforgettable Reds experience. Meet a top player at GABP. 30 hrs. of instruction. Bring a buddy and save $25. Maybe the best baseball camp in America. Camps sold out last year so register early. Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American, full Reds uniform, 4 game tickets.

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

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


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8958 Blue Ash Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242, Contact: Diana Queen, Owner, Phone: (513) 792-0970, Email:, www.dianasdance Category: Dance Named by Cincinnati Magazine as “Best Dancewear Shop in the City!” Featuring the largest selection of name brand dance, gymnastics, skate, and cheer body wear (including shoes, tights, and accessories) for adults and children.

Naturalist Department, Various Great Parks Locations, Cincinnati, Oh 45231, Phone: 513-521-7275, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, Traditional Dates: Various camps, firsts starts June 3, last ends August 7 Ages/Grades: 2-17 Cost: Early bird pricing $50-$280, Regular pricing $60-$300 Children ages 2–17 can explore nature this summer through full and half-day Great Parks of Hamilton County Nature, Adventure, Farm, Fishing and Horse Camps. Online registration opens on Monday, February 9, 2015. Early bird pricing runs through March 31. For a full list of camps, including dates and registration deadlines, call 513-521-7275, ext. 240, or visit

Educational Arts Center 2127 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230, Contact: Mary Schultz, Director, Phone: 513-8279144, E-mail:, Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June-August Ages/Grades: 2.5 - 5 Cost Range: $18-$25 per half day, flex tickets available Let’s Play! Enjoy half or full day programs dedicated to preschoolers with before and after care available. Themes include fairy tales, Americana, our Earth and superheros that incorporate music, art, cooking, games, and water play. Flexible scheduling that coordinates with your needs!

GIRL SCOUT CAMP We have 3 camps in Warren County, Phone: 888.350.5090, Email:, Gender of Campers: All-Girl, Day AND Residential Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, Sports, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: Many opportunities available from June to August! Ages/Grades: K-12 Cost: $20-345 (financial assistance available) Girls grow, explore, and (most importantly) have FUN at Girl Scout Camp! Whether for the day, overnight, or longer, we have exciting activities for girls to enjoy while making lasting memories. Check out our full brochure online and get ready for an adventure (and S’mores) this summer!

Gorman Heritage Farm – Farm Camp 10052 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Katie Murtaugh, Camp Director, Phone: (513)5636663, Email:, www.Gorman Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals Dates: June 1-August 14, 2015/ sessions vary by age and theme; parents should register early! Ages/Grades: Camps for children ages 4-15 Cost: $70-$240/week Be a farm kid! Camp activities include: interacting with barnyard animals, exploring the woods, garden fun, games, hiking, crafts, music and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking, vet & science. Camp sessions scheduled by age group; please see our website for full brochure.Thyme for Farming Fun!



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

Paint and Bake Ceramics Greenacres Summer Camps 8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati, OH 45424, Contact: Andy DeLay, Education Director Phone: 513-891-4227, Email: camps@green-acres. org, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Varies by camp Ages/Grades: Varies by camp Cost: Varies by camp Greenacres Summer Camps offer something for everyone! We have art, environment, equine, garden, culinary, and aquatic adventure camps various times throughout the summer season. Each of our camps are hands-on, small group camps led by a caring professional staff. Log onto today to view our Summer Camp Guide. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Manyet Dance 208 Evergreen Avenue, Southgate, KY 41071,Phone: 859-781-0061, Email: manyet, Category: Dance Manyet Dance offers classes for ages two through adult in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, tumbling and hip hop. We have daytime and evening classes. We also offer birthday parties.

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

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

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

Saint Ursula Academy Summer Camps 1339 E. McMillan, Cincinnati, OH 45206, Contact: Michelle Dellecave, Phone: (513) 961-3410 ext 183, Email:, Gender of Campers: All-Girl Basic Category: Traditional, Enrichment Dates: June 15-19, 2015 Ages/Grades: 6-8 Cost: $85 The Saint Ursula Summer Academy offers summer enrichment camps for girls in grades 6-8. Saint Ursula also offers athletic camps in several sports on various

dates. The ages and pricing for the athletic camps varies. To see a complete list and camp descriptions, visit www.

SCHOOL AGE SUMMER CAMP 5165 Western Row Rd., Mason, OH 45040, Phone: 513.229.5400, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 1- August 7, 2015 Day Camp (9am - Noon) or Full Day (7am - 6pm) Day Camps include Legos, Challenger Soccer, Drama, Mystery, Geocaching, Wacky Science, Crazy Art; Kids Will Enjoy... Pool time, weekly field trips, a reading program with a therapy dog, arts and crafts, chapel and more! (FULL DAY option)

School of Rock Mason Summer Camps 755 Reading Road, Suite 1, Mason, OH 45040, Contact: Scott Higgins, Manager, Phone: 513-770-1257, Email: Mason@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 15-19; June 22-26; June 29-July 3; July 6-17; August 3-7, 2015 Put on a concert in a PERFORMANCE CAMP! Record a CD in VOCAL RECORDING CAMP! Create a CD in two-week SONGWRITING & RECORDING CAMP! Or, just starting off... ROCK 101 CAMP!



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

Springer School and Center 2121 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208 Phone: 871-6080 ext. 402, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 15 - July 10, 2015 “Adventures in Summer Learning” is designed for students of at least average potential who are not making expected progress. The morning program helps children become confident in the basic skills through small group instruction. The afternoon program consists of specialized courses in math, handwriting and writing. The Launch program gives children entering Kindergarten and first grade a head start for next year.

Summer Camps at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center 322 Wyoming Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45215, Phone: 513-948-1900, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Dance, Music Dates: June 8 to August 14, 2015, Full and Half Camps Available Ages/Grades: Ages 4 to 17 Cost: $135 - $300 46 summer camps and 8 different classes offered. For the past 20 years, the Wyoming Fine Arts Center has established a summer camp experience at the highest level, choosing proven faculty and providing unparalleled programming in a fun and safe environment. Camps range from half day to full day. For working parents, early dropoff (8:15 am) and late pick-up (5:45) is available. Prices start at $135 per camp. The Center also offers unparalleled year-long programs in Fine Arts, Music and Dance, including: Private Music Lesson, Musik Kids, Suzuki Violin, Suzuki Piano, curriculum-based art programming and level-appropriate dance classes. Wyoming Fine Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 Community Arts Center, est. 1995. Open to all!

Summer Fun Camp 1345 Grace Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Mrs. Julie Vail, Director of Preschool Ministry, Phone: 513.979.8191, Email:, www.hyde Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: August 17 - August 21; 9 am - Noon



Ages/Grades: Children ages 3-5 Cost: $165.00 (daily snack/ all camp supplies provided) Come join us for some end-of-summer fun at Summer Fun Camp! We will be offering an interactive art camp and a cooking camp during the week listed above. For more specific information and registration materials please visit our website.

Summer Music Lessons Contact: Paulette Glaser, Director, Phone: 513-7799402, Email:, Basic Category: Arts Accepting students of all ages and levels! Summer is a great time for music lessons. Get Started on the Right “Note.” Sharp School offers piano, voice, strings, guitar, clarinet, saxophone. Call for times available. Private lessons, First lesson FREE: Flexible Summer Scheduling starting June 1st; Pay $88 per month or pay in advance for specified number of summer lessons Semi-private or group lessons-Beginners: Starts June 15th; $115 for 8 lessons

Wake Nation Summer Camp 201 Joe Nuxhall Way, Fairfield, OH 45014, Contact: Brian Frantz, GM, Phone: 513-887-9253, Email: info@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Ages/Grades: 7-17 Dates: Weekly sessions available: (Full-Day Sessions run Tues, Weds and Thurs from 8am-4pm); Session 1: June 9 – June 11; Session 2: June 16 – June 18; Session 3: June 23 – June 25; Session 4: June 30 – July 2; Session 5: July 7 – July 9; Session 6: July 14 – July 16; Session 7: July 21 – July 23; Session 8: July 28 – July 30; Session 9: August 4 – August 6; Session 10: August 11 – August 13; Session 11: August 18 – August 20 Cost: Three day (Full-Day 8am-4pm) session: $300 for season pass holders/ $375 for non-season pass; Three day (Half-Day 8am-1pm) session: $250 for season pass holders/ $325 for non-season pass Children will learn how to wakeboard and water ski in a fun, supportive environment from our experienced and professional staff. Whether your child is just learning or is on their way to becoming a pro, we give each camper the attention and encouragement they need to succeed and have fun! So get your kids off the couch this summer and get them enrolled in the coolest camp around!

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

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps 2015 12 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Phone: 513-362-YMCA, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Registration begins March 7, 2015; Camps run May through August; dates for each camp are available on the website. Ages/Grades: Ages 3-15 Cost: Cost varies depending on each camp. Pricing and camp brochures are available on our website. Overnight, day, and specialty camps at the Y are all about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too! (Themed Day Camps, Preschool Camps, Teen Camps, Counselor-in-Training programs, Specialty Camps, and Sports Camps)

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

YMCA Camp Arrowhead 6703 Yankee Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Angie DelNegro, Phone: 513-779-3917, Email: angie., Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 1- August 7,2015 Cost: $135.00 day, $170.00 extended, $110.00 CIT; NonMembers: $175.00 day, $210.00 extended, $140.00 CIT Camp Arrowhead is designed to provide campers with a variety of experiences in a well supervised camp setting. Each week will include a special theme. Don’t miss a great opportunity! Join us for an open house on Tuesday, May 19th from 6:30-8pm.

[OVERNIGHT CAMPS] CYO Camp Rancho Framasa 2230 N. Clay Lick Road, Nashville, IN 47448, Contact: Shelle Hertz, Phone: 812-988-2839 X 122, Email:, www.camprancho Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Religious - Vacation Bible School, Special Needs, Traditional

Dates: June 7 - July 31 Ages/Grades: 7-19 Cost: Inclusive camp Eight weeks of traditional recreational residential camping on 297 wooded acres in beautiful Brown county Indiana. Established in 1946, United Way agency and American Camp Association accredited. Core values - Inclusive, Stewards of the Earth, Humility, Camper-Centered, Staff Development, Catholic. All are welcome.

Falcon Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: 2,4,6,8 week sessions available from June 14 – August 8, 2015 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 16 Cost: $2225 to varies

Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Boys and girls enjoy wide variety of activities with outstanding staff. “Fun for Now, Skills for Life” is motto and environment created at Falcon. Located on beautiful 8 mile Leesville Lake in hundreds of acres of woods, great food, great fun, lifetime of memories. Activities Include sailing, horseback riding, riflery, archery, tennis, crafts, drama, woodslore, canoeing, swimming, basketball, softball, sports, overnight camping, dances, creative arts, video, mountain biking and much more!

Israel Travel and Overnight Jewish Camping Grants 8499 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Karyn Zimerman, Overnight Jewish Camping & Israel Travel Grant Manager, Phone: 513-985-1534, Email: kzimerman@jfedcin. org, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Study Abroad/International, Teen Tours/Travel, Traditional Ages/Grades: Overnight camp, Ages 16-26 Our kids are our future. This summer, give them a strong Jewish identity, pride in their heritage and a personal connection to Israel. The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, offers generous funding for overnight Jewish camping and Israel travel.

YMCA Camp Ernst of Cincinnati 7615 Camp Ernst Rd, Burlington, KY 41005, Contact: Megan Gierhart, Program Director, Phone: 859-586-6181, Fax: 859-586-6214, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: One week sessions June 7-Aug 1; Also offer ranch adventure camp, 24 hour overnights as well as a Half-Week sessions Ages/Grades: Ages 6-15 Cost: $505-690 A co-ed residential summer camp, YMCA Camp Ernst is your child’s ultimate summer destination! Steeped in tradition and built on positive values, YMCA Camp Ernst hosts campers, ages 6-15, who enjoy top-notch counselors and make friends doing a wide variety of activities including a 100-foot water slide, zipline, the BLOB, archery, horseback riding, giant swing, and a banana boat. While participating in our 24 daily activities, your child will also develop in spirit, mind, and body. Come see why people are calling us “The Best Camp On Earth”!




Safe Discipline Strategies Staying within appropriate boundaries Sarah Painer, MSW, LISW-S, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

April is National Child Abuse Awareness month. Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the U.S., which can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and emotional/ mental maltreatment. Some parents choose to use corporal punishment as a discipline tactic for misbehavior – and since this approach involves inflicting physical harm on a child, there can be a fine line between corporal punishment and child abuse. Since one of your most important jobs as a parent is discipline, it is important to understand how discipline differs from punishment. Discipline should be viewed as a positive way to teach children how to behave. Used correctly, proper discipline can help kids build self-esteem, develop self-control, learn respect for themselves and others, express their emotions in an appropriate way and become more self-reliant.

Why do children misbehave? Children misbehave for a variety reasons. Often kids misbehave simply because they are experiencing physical discomfort or are just tired. They may misbehave out of frustration or a desire for attention. Many children have difficulty controlling their impulses, especially at younger ages. Some will try to challenge rules and test limits. As a parent, how you respond to their misbehavior teaches kids how to act next time in a similar situation. For example, if your child pleads long enough, will you give them the toy they want? If so, they have learned what method they need to use to achieve their desired result.

Discipline basics Here are a few parameters to consistently employ when thinking about discipline: Set limits and guidelines. Children look to their parents to provide the boundaries and rules they should follow. Specifically state your expectations so that any potential misunderstandings are avoided. Be consistent. Enforcing the same rules without fail lets kids know explicitly what the boundaries are. Start early. Laying the groundwork early with young children regarding discipline will pave the way for an easier path for everyone as they mature. Be a role model. There is no substitute for spending time with your children and modeling the behavior you want to see in them. In general, it is important for parents to take a positive approach to discipline. When possible, focus on what kids should be doing instead of solely on what they’re doing wrong. Take the time to explain the reason behind why you are taking a certain action. Choose what battles are important. Don’t ask a question about an issue that is not up for debate. For example, don’t say “Are you ready for bed?” if what you mean is “It’s bedtime.”


• Parental disappointment – let your children know that if they misbehave, how saddened or upset you will be with their actions • Restitution – reward good behavior by returning items or restoring privileges • Time out – give children a oneminute time out for each year of their age

Recognizing your own limits All parents can lose their temper at times. In the event that you begin to yell or think you may harm your children, walk away. It is okay to tell your children that you are upset and need a time out. Once you are calm, return to handle the situation in a mature manner. Providing effective discipline can be a tough part of parenting and no one is perfect – but it is possible to be consistently fairminded, firm and loving all at the same time.

[Resources] Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (513) 636-7233 Beech Acres Parenting Center

Enforcing rules

(513) 231-6630

Rather than using physical punishment, try these strategies as a discipline tactic:

• Loss of privileges – take away games, phone, screen time, car, etc.


• Grounding – take away outings with friends, social events, etc.

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)





Simple IDE AS to m ark this important e ve nt Michelle Shirk


hile the environment remains an important topic year round, Earth Day is a particularly good time to focus on your family’s role in creating a cleaner, greener world. First held in 1970, this holiday is now celebrated every April 22 in countries across the globe. Read on to learn how you can join the festivities!

C r e at i n g a B ON D Sarah Navarro, Lead Education Program Developer for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, believes it is very important for children to feel connected with the natural world. “These connections help children create wonder and help them realize their role in this world as well as their influence on it,” she says. “If you care about something and feel a connection to it, you are more likely to want to protect and take care of it.” Looking to help your child create this type of bond? Gia Giammarinaro, Park Naturalist with the Cincinnati Park Board, offers parents some very simple instructions. “Step One: Go outside. Step Two: Have fun! It’s really that simple,” she says. Giammarinaro says kids have a natural love for the outdoors, and adults must take care not to stifle their interest. “If your kids want to make mud pies, let them,” she says.



*Round up your old cell phones and take them to the Cincinnati Zoo to be recycled. According to the zoo, this program helps conserve gorilla habitat by reducing demand for an ore mined there. *Attend a local Earth Day event – check our list of options!

Medium efforts Navarro agrees parents play a key role in their kids’ relationships with the natural world, noting, “Children model the behaviors and beliefs they see from the grownups they trust.” In other words, parents should be sure to spend some time enjoying the outdoors as well.

Ma k i n g a d i f f e r e n c e As Earth Day approaches, brainstorm with your kids about ways your family can honor this year’s holiday. Maybe you’ll decide to take some simple steps toward a greener lifestyle at home, or perhaps you’re ready to join (or launch!) a major conservation initiative in your area. To get you started, we’ve rounded up some ideas for small, medium and large ways you can make a difference.

Small efforts *Encourage family members to turn off the faucet during tooth brushing. Leaving the water running wastes about five gallons of water per session, reports Giammarinaro.

*Have a green thumb, or want to develop one? Plant native or non-invasive plant species, recommends Giammarinaro. You’ll benefit the environment while also beautifying your yard. *“Make your backyard wild-life friendly,” urges Navarro. You can do this by hanging birdfeeders and choosing plants like sunflowers, aster and goldenrod to plant there. These plants provide a food source for pollinators like bees and butterflies. *Take an in-depth look at your family’s energy usage. The Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal agency, provides a checklist at www.serve. gov/?q=site-page/toolkits/audit-home/ four.

Larger efforts *Commit to increasing your family’s knowledge of the natural world. The Cincinnati Zoo offers a variety of programs designed to educate kids about animals and the environment. Learn more about upcoming classes and events at

*Clean up close to home. Giammarinaro suggests organizing a neighborhood cleanup. *Talk to your children’s school or club about participating in the Earth Day Groceries Project. Participants borrow and decorate paper grocery bags, then return them for distribution on Earth Day. Head to to get started. *Visit the site and click on “Take Action” to find out how you can participate in large scale efforts to save the planet, like promoting The Climate Petition to encourage local, national and international leaders to phase out carbon. However your family decides to celebrate, you can feel good about your efforts to raise kids who care about the world around them.

happy earth day! Cincinnati Area Earth Day Events Earth Day at Saw yer Point: April 18 Celebrate Earth Day at Sawyer Point Park from noon to 5:00 pm. Cincinnati Parks’ Explore Nature team will be in attendance with activities and information about park programs. Learn more at

Part y for the Pl ane t: April 23 Get more ideas for living green at this special event at the Cincinnati Zoo. Attendees can learn about composting, recycling, solar energy and more, then take in a free concert as part of the zoo’s Tunes & Blooms series. Find complete details at

GreenUp Days : April 25 Ready to get your hands dirty? Sign up to help clean up one of two area parks. To volunteer at Burnet Woods, contact Cheryl Lackey at cheryl.lackey@cincinnati-oh. gov. For California Woods, email Gia Giammarinaro at

Earth Day Tree Pl anting at Winton Woods : April 25 Help Great Parks of Hamilton County reach its goal of planting 60,000 trees by 2016 by volunteering for this Earth Day event. Register at




RAINY DAY FUN GUIDE April showers bring, well, rain. And sometimes it can put a real damper on your spring plans. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to spend rainy days in the Cincinnati area. Tack this to your fridge or bookmark it for a rainy day: All of them come with a promise of fun. Aglamesis Bro’s 513-531-5196 Oakley Square & Montgomery Square Shopping Center Axis Alley 859-652-7250 1 Levee Way, Suite 1112. Newport, KY 41071 Bear Paddle Swim School 513-285-8855 9376 Mason Montgomery Rd. Mason, OH 45040 Brazee Street Studios 513-321-0206

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum 513-765-7923 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Cinemark Oakley Station 513-351-2381 3015 Disney St. Cincinnati, OH 45209 CoCo Key Water Resort 513-771-2080 11320 Chester Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45246

4426 Brazee Street. Cincinnati, OH 45209

Drake Planetarium 513-396-5578 2020 Sherman Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45212

Cincinnati Art Museum 513-721-ARTS 953 Eden Park Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45202

Educational Arts Center 513-827-9144 2127 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45230

Cincinnati Museum Center, Humpback Whales Occurring daily through Wednesday, August 5, 2015 513-287-7000 1301 Western Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45203

EnterTRAINment Junction’s Spring Celebration April 1 – May 22, 2015 513-898-8000 7379 Squire Ct. West Chester, OH 45069



Gameworks 859-581-7529 Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way #2130, Newport, KY 41071 Hubbard Swim School 513-530-0123 7900 E. Kemper Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45249 Joseph-Beth Booksellers 513-396-8960 2692 Madison Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45208 Kids First Sports Center 513-489-7575 7900 E. Kemper Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45249 Krohn Conservatory Butterflies of the Philippines April 3 – June 21, 2015 butterflyshow 513-421-4086 1501 Eden Park Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45202 Lazer Kraze 513-339-1030 7082 Columbia Rd. Maineville, OH 45039

Mirador Yoga & Creativity School www.miradoryogacreativityschool. 513-432-4887 Call to set up private or small group yoga & creative play sessions for you and your children! Newport Aquarium Canyon Falls Exhibit Open now – November 7, 2015 1-800-406-3474 One Aquarium Way. Newport, KY 41071 Paint and Bake Ceramics 859-415-1909 3927 Alexandria Pike. Cold Springs, KY 41076 Sports Plus 513-769-1010 10765 Reading Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45241 The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County 513-369-6900 800 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 Rock Quest Climbing Center 513-733-0123 3475 E. Kemper Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45241 The Silver Diva 513-873-4561 9797 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45242 Star Glazers 513-474-6364 Call to reserve a date at YOUR location! YMCA of Greater Cincinnati 513-362-YMCA See website for different YMCA locations near you! Zip City 513-632-5261 10765 Reading Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45241




Ask the Teacher Standardized testing, disagreeing with classroom policies, challenge work Deb Krupowicz


There is so much debate in the news about testing in schools – the “need” for testing, the perspective that there is too much testing, and that all teachers can do now is to “teach to the test.” What, exactly, does all of this testing mean to my fourth grader?

assignments, essays, projects and classroom tests – completed over time and in a variety of formats are much better indicators of student mastery of content.


Our educational world is driven more and more by data, heightening the need for testing. A generation ago, testing-derived data was used to determine if a student was learning what was expected. Now, the data provides numbers that not only offer an indicator of a student’s learning, but also of a school corporation’s effectiveness and of an individual teacher’s ability. To your child that means that as long as there is a perception that this data is meaningful in determining those things, the testing will continue. When the testing becomes an objective in and of itself, and interrupts the flow of classroom instruction and content, we have to reconsider its role and the time being dedicated to it. It is prudent that all parents are keenly aware of the educational costs of testing, that is, how much time is spent discussing testing strategies, learning the vocabulary associated with testing and practicing various testing formats – as well as the actual testing itself. Seek to understand if this comes in the context of mastery of curricular content or as a skill set independent of new content. If the testing being done is based on a state’s standards, by definition teachers are always “teaching to the test.” However, we must recognize that the standardized test is only one indicator of mastery. Other valid assessments –




When my son’s teacher explained her policy about allowing kids to re-do any assignment that they wanted to for full credit, I thought it seemed like a good way to instill the value of a strong work ethic. Now, I think my son opts to hurry through his work because he knows he does not have to give it his best at the start. What do I do if I disagree with the teacher’s classroom policy?

work correctly the first time rather than spend additional time completing the work again. Each of you might consider tracking your son’s assignments, noting when the work meets expectations the first time and when it must be redone. If his work requires re-doing regularly, show your son your “records” and explain that the primary goal is for him to do his best the first time he does an assignment. Together define a specific goal such as “No more than two assignments per week will need to be redone.” Help your son track his efforts so that he can see the progress he makes. Seeing progress provides great incentive toward improvement. This nudge may help reap the benefits the teacher hoped for with her policy initially.


My first grade daughter is great at the math “challenge” work that her teacher offers when the regular work has been completed. I am grateful that she provides it, but it makes me wonder if she is being challenged consistently. Should I wait for the teacher to initiate a conversation about this?


Face-to-face communication is always the best way to share concerns about classroom policies and teacher strategies. Share honestly with your son’s teacher how you felt about her announcement of the policy and your very specific observations since then.


Teachers have the tough task of determining how much challenge is enough and how much is too much. The younger the student, the tougher this task is. Certainly the teacher wants to feed your daughter’s enthusiasm for math without causing stress for her. The teacher is very conscious of the building blocks provided by the curriculum and necessarily cautious about making sure the foundation for her future math skills is sound.

The teacher will likely suggest that as your son matures he will prefer to do the

Let the teacher know how much you appreciate the challenge opportunities

she is providing for your daughter. Ask her if this is something that all of her students are doing, or if there are just a few completing the challenge work. If it is something that many of the students are doing, the teacher is working to help all of the students achieve more, and is probably not an indicator of a higher aptitude for mathematics in your daughter. If there are only a few needing this work, ask her if there are indications that your daughter is ready for a higher level of math and how to determine whether such a placement is in your daughter’s best interest. The reasons for accelerating are obvious – rapid progress and student engagement among them. There are also reasons not to accelerate such as inconsistent indicators of ability, a high stress level in an individual student or a student’s need for a confidence boost. Discussing the situation with your daughter’s teacher can give you a better sense of how to proceed in this situation.

A sk t h e T eac h er is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four and current teacher. Deb holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at



preschool and

education guide [CHARTER] Hori zon S cience Academy C incinnati We prepare students to succeed in college and the world by offering high-quality, college-prep, STEM education. 1055 Laidlaw Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45237, Phone: (513) 242 0099, Email: info@,, Grades: K-8th

[CHILDCaRE // PRESCHOOL] T h e C amp us at K ids F irst 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, Phone: (513) 629-KIDS, Email:,, Grades: 6 weeks thru Kindergarten

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

T h e Compass S chool Ages 6 weeks-6 years plus after school & summer camp up to age 12. Offering outstanding ReggioInspired full and part-time Infant, Toddler, Two’s, and Preschool programs, as well as Kindergarten, After School, and Summer Camp for school-age children. Degreed teachers, extensive parent communication, and welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. Call today for your personal tour.



9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Laura Carr, Phone: 513-683-8833, Fax: 513-683-8456, Email:,

Creative Tots , M ason 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.creative, Grades: Toddler: 18 months-3 years, Preschool: 3-4 years; Pre-K: 4-5 years

Country Hi ll s M ontessori 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 chm for all location addresses & phones. Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner, Email: susan@,, Grades: 3 - K

Litt le S prou ts M ontessori P reschool & K indergarten Little Sprouts Montessori nurtures the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of children, helping them develop a lifetime love of learning. Our goal is to empower children to discover and hone their strengths as they explore the world. We recognize the importance of individualized education, capping classes at ten students. 7131 Plainfield Road, Deer Park, OH 45236, Contact: Christie Sawyer, Phone: 513-697-9021, Email:, www., Grades: Preschool & Kindergarten, Enrollment: Families choose mornings two to four days per week (T/TH and/or W/F), and/or afternoon sessions on Tuesday and Thursday.

Mercy Montessori Center

MCCP is a quality, Christian based preschool where kids learn, grow and develop good social skills led by college degreed teachers. MCCP continues to be one of the best in the area. Watch your child blossom in this nurturing environment. 11251 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Chris Conner, Phone: 513-469-5333, Email:,, Grades: Ages 2 1/2 - 5, Enrollment: 165

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

YM C A of Greater C incinnati

T h e N ew S chool M ontessori

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


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. Fullday, half-day and part-time AMS and ISACS accredited programs with healthy lunches included in tuition. Open House April 26th (2:00-4:00) or call to schedule a visit. 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229, Contact: Jeff Groh, Phone: (513)281-7999, Fax: (513)281-7996, Email: jeff.g@newschool, www.newschool montessori. com, Grades: 3-year-olds through Grade 6, Enrollment: 125

Ch i ldren ’ s Meeting House M ontessori S chool


M ontgomery Community Ch u rch P reschool

An authentic Montessori school program resting on 6.5 acres. Extraordinary and rigorous hands-on learning inside and outside of the classrooms creating life long learners, critical thinkers and passionate leaders. 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Meg Thomas, Head of School, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email:,, Grades: Preschool through Sixth grade, Enrollment: 160

DePau l Cristo Rey High School Looking for an affordable private school? DePaul Cristo Rey is the Catholic, college-prep high school for families who can’t afford other private high schools. Through our Corporate Work Study Program students work one day a week in professional settings earning part of their education costs. Find out more at www.

1133 Clifton Hills Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220, Contact: Yasmeen Khan, Admissions Coordinator, Phone: 513-861-0600, Fax: 513-861-0900, Email:, www., Grades: Grades 9-12, Enrollment: 260

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

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


S pringer S chool and Center

Brain Bal ance

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

Brain Balance Achievement Centers offer a cutting-edge, drug-free approach to help children improve their ability to learn academically, socially and emotionally. We don’t just work with your child’s strengths or compensate for a weakness. We tackle your child’s issue head on, by addressing the root cause at the most fundamental level. 12084 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Phone: 513-257-0705, www.brainbalance

Linden Grove S chool , S pecial i z ed Learning for t h e W hole Ch i ld Linden Grove School is a state-accredited, non-public school that offers a specialized learning environment for students who struggle in a more traditional school setting.Our mission is to provide a specialized, progressive educational program for K-8 students with autism and other related learning needs. Linden Grove School offers a unique school environment that integrates academics, social skill, and therapies. Our program partners with families in a respectful, rewarding and supportive environment, inspiring hope for all and providing each student with the opportunity for personal growth and independence. 4122 Myrtle Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Phone: (513)984-2215,


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



Grace Rodecap


A N D c u lt u r e Three fun ways to spend family time this spring!


fter too many days


Jellystone Park

inside this long, cold

Hocking Hills

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park CampResort is a network of campgrounds focused on providing a fun outdoor vacation for the entire family. There are three Jellystone Parks in Ohio: Akron/ Canton, Columbus North-Mount Gilead and Holmes County, in the heart of Amish Country. Little ones will enjoy watching for appearances from Yogi and his friends.

winter, it’s time to get out and enjoy some new activities! With so much to do so close to home, every member of your family will find something they’ll love from this list of ideas.

The Hocking Hills State Park Campground has been named the number one campground in the country by Award-winning private campgrounds Lake Hope State Park and Wayne County National Forest offer campers one-of-a-kind experiences. The amphitheater hosts movies on Saturday night and guests can enjoy swimming pools and game rooms as part of their visit as well.



Tappan Lake Park Located between Cadiz and Uhrichsville, Tappan Lake is great for camping, swimming, boating, fishing and hiking. More than 500 campsites are available, as well as vacation cabins and camper cabins. If fishing is your thing, Tappan Lake boasts one of the best bass lakes in the state.

CAVES Ohio Caverns Ohio Caverns is one of Ohio’s most popular tourist attractions. Try panning for real gemstones or take one of four breathtaking tours, including the Natural Wonder Tour and the Limestone Tour. Ohio Caverns is located four miles east of West Liberty on the Logan/ Champaign County Line.

Olentangy Indian Caverns Located just 30 minutes north of Columbus, Olentangy Indian Caverns lets you dive deep into the days of lost Indian tribes and pioneer explorers. Many miles of passageways have never even been explored yet.

House while you’re there – with 50 different types of butterflies from around the world. Mammoth Cave The world’s longest cave is less than four hours away from Cincinnati. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky is an easy drive for families who wish to explore the vast system of amazing caves in the area. Along with caving, a wide variety of attractions like zip lines, horseback riding, balloon rides and water activities zre all offered in close proximity as well.

Where the Wild Things Play Your entire family will want to join in on the fun during Where the Wild Things Play at Washington Park in Cincinnati. This free celebration of art and movement kicks off on April 12 and occurs every weekend through May 17.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Get your kids in on the act with classes that teach children the art of musical theatre. And – don’t miss the production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. this month!


Find something that interests you? Pick a few ideas for your family and enjoy all that our area has to offer!

Cincinnati Art Museum Preschoolers, teens, families…even babies can find a program just for them at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Check out their web site for a description of the variety of creative programs they offer.

Perry’s Cave Perry’s Cave, located in Put-In-Bay Ohio, is a registered Ohio Natural Landmark. The cave lies 52 feet below the surface of South Bass Island in Lake Erie. Be sure to check out the Butterfly




Trisha Shepherd

Parents who step outside the boundaries of good sportsmanship


n eleven year-old batter steps up to the plate. He swings and misses at the first two pitches. The third pitch looks low and outside, so he watches it sail into the catcher’s mitt. The umpire makes a surprising call. “Strike three! Batter’s out.” As the batter’s head slumps in frustration, he hears his dad screaming from the stands, “Come on Blue! Get some glasses!” The player’s face turns red with shame and embarrassment. The only thing he dreads more than his next at-bat is the ride home.

Growing pressure In many youth sports activities across the U.S., momentum is surging for kids to join elite teams rather than lower pressure recreational leagues. “Baseball is one of those sports that has changed dramatically for kids compared to 25 years ago when I was a kid and playing,” says David Coe, a father of three boys who play football, basketball, lacrosse and baseball. Choosing a club with a likeminded philosophy was a top priority when Coe’s sons showed interest in playing elite baseball. They landed with Cincinnati Baseball Club (CBC), a relatively new 27-team organization within the Southwest Ohio League (SWOL). “The focus was always going to be player development first, and not just racking up the most wins,” explains Coe, who also coaches.


Dawn Pendergast, a Cincinnatiarea mother of three athletes, is concerned about the intensity of competition in the elite youth tennis scene. “It’s not okay to just be yourself anymore, you have to be the best of the best,” says Dawn. “Kids come off the court and of course, they’re sad they lost, but many times they say, ‘I’m afraid my dad or mom is going to be mad at me.’” While the trend toward elite teams can provide great opportunities for young athletes, it also increases the potential for parents to get carried away by the pressure.

Rule #1: Coaches coach, players play, parents cheer One of the most common temptations parents face is to yell advice to their kids during games. Coe says coaching from the stands is a mistake. “It’s hard enough for kids to learn how to be a good player. It’s even harder when you have coaches giving you instructions, players from the other team yelling, and on top of that you have mom or dad chirping at you.” There’s a better alternative if you see your child making mistakes, or, if you have issues with the way the team is being run in general: “If you have a question, talk to the coach directly,” advises Coe. “Don’t ever go through your kid and ask them to ask the coach something. And you can’t do it by text or email.”


Referee and umpire etiquette Youth sports advocates say this one rule is simple: even if parents feel a bad call has been made, they should stifle their criticism. That rule becomes even more critical when the umpires are kids themselves. “It’s distracting for the kids,” says Coe. “They don’t understand when they see adults argue or have confrontations. It’s confusing. It teaches players that it’s okay to question coaches and referees rather than just playing through it.” Twelve year-old “Matthew,” a basketball and baseball player, says parents who cross the line can be just plain embarrassing. “I remember one time a parent yelled, ‘Come on, Blue, get the sleep out of your eyes!’ And I thought, ‘Wow, I feel bad for that kid.’”

When to step in What should a parent do when they see other spectators – or coaches – crossing the line? “My dad actually had to step in front of a coach once to tell him to calm down,” Matthew says, recalling the coach’s aggressive verbal attack on a youth umpire. Pendergast has also seen adults get out of control at tennis matches. “I’ve seen a nine year-old girl pinned up against the wall after losing. Her father was telling her, ‘You choked!’

The director told him to take his hands off her or they would call the police.” It can be a fine line to decide when to speak up, but Gregg Beemer, Vice President of Baseball Operations of Midwest Ohio Baseball offers this advice: “You should step in to protect any child in immediate physical danger right away.”

After the game Even if well-intentioned, any critique you offer during the ride home from a game may backfire and crush your child’s enthusiasm for their sport. “Try to remind yourself it is just a game,” advises Coe. “If they’re having fun and learning, your kids will want to keep playing and keep coming back, and that’s what will make them better.”


True Confessions OF A STAY-ATHOME DAD

wait. The last couple of weeks I’ve noticed several types of people in the pickup line.

My view from the carpool line

The Overextended Mom I’m not sure how this parent keeps her sanity, clearly getting no break from children all day long. Even though she’s picking up two or more kids from carpool, she has at least three others that are too young for preschool in her 15 passenger van.

Pete Gilbert

Get there early, waste time in line waiting, pick up your kid first. Get there late, waste time waiting in line, pick up your kid last. Whichever path you choose, you’re stuck waiting. The carpool line at preschool is kind of like a traffic jam you voluntarily put yourself into each day. When I’m sitting in line, I’m most likely on my phone, reading the news, listening to NPR, checking things out with my blog, on FB or Twitter… stuff like that. But recently I’ve found something more interesting to do with my time – watch other people while THEY

The Excessive Groomer Everyday it’s something: nail clipping, pimple popping, makeup applying, etc. The Socializer This person is always out of his or her car, talking to everyone, every day, and usually oblivious when the carpool line actually starts moving. The Phone Talker This parent is on the phone while pulling into the lot, waiting for pickup, while the teacher

brings kids to the car, while the teacher tries to talk about the child’s day, and when driving away. The Organizer I thought I’d seen it all, until this person opened her sliding van door and I peered inside. It was perfect, not full of junk and clutter. There was a small plastic carousel organizer full of neatly arranged crayons. What? I’d never seen anything like it. And in the backs of seats where my kids stuff all their trash, hers was full of coloring books, regular books, normal kid stuff. It was amazing. Stop by Facebook and “Like” my “True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad” page for daily Updates and links to all my blogs and columns. petetheblogger




DAILY calendar

APRIL 2015 WEDS 01

Sun 05

Thurs 09

Apri l Fool s

E aster S unday: S unrise wit h t h e Bu tterf l ies

Are You a P oet ?

Time: 1 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve,

Can you separate fact from fiction? Celebrate all that is weird in the natural world during this interactive program.

Fri 03 − SAT 04 E aster Bunny E xpress Times: 10:00am, 12:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:45pm, Phone: (513)933-8022, Location: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad,

Hop aboard the LM&M Railroad’s Easter Bunny Express! Enjoy a train ride to the LM&M Junction for a special visit with the Easter Bunny. All children will receive a special gift and have the opportunity to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt! Parents be sure to bring your camera to capture this special moment!

Time: 8-10 a.m., Price: $7, $4 children 5-12, free age 4 and under, Phone: (513) 421-4086, Location: Krohn Conservatory, krohn

Enjoy sunrise with butterflies of the Philippines and special early hours at Krohn Conservatory. Regular admission applies.

Fami ly AR T vent u res: Art S TOP Time: 3 p.m., Price: FREE. Reservations Not Required, Phone: (513) 721-2787, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, www.cincinnati

Visit a docent at an interactive art cart in the galleries. The art cart includes hands-on activities for the whole family. These ART STOPS take place every Sunday at 3 p.m. This week is the Ancient Art Cart! Check in at the Front Desk to see where the art cart will be located.

SAT 04

MON 06

E art h Day E vents

F indl ay M arket Opening Day Parade

Time: 12-1 p.m., Phone: (513)621-4400, Location: Washington Park,

Series of eco-friendly events designed to promote green living.

E aster Ce le bration Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Phone: (513)281-4700, Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden,

An egg-citing event for children that includes treat stations throughout the park, children’s activities, popular animal egg hunts and visits with the Easter Bunny. Back by popular demand, Search for the Golden Eggs.. There will be four “Golden Eggs” hidden around the Zoo. If you find one turn it in at the Welcome Center for one of four great prizes!.

E aster E gg S cramble Time: 12-2 p.m., Price: Free to the Public, Phone: 513-779-9111, Location: Midwest Cheer Elite,

Join us for our Annual Easter Egg Scramble for ages 12yrs and younger; the hunt is split up by ages with plenty of prizes for everyone. Immediately following the hunt join us for a free open gym with inflatables and much more.



Time: 12 p.m., Phone: (513) 665-4839, Location: Findlay Market,

Time: 4 p.m., Price: A free story and creative writing event. Best for ages 5-7, Phone: (513) 731-2665, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore,

Are you a poet? And do you know it? Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us as we read Frederick by Leo Lionni, as well as some of our favorite poems, before writing our very own “All About Me” poetry.

F rankie Vall i and t h e Fou r S easons Time: 8 p.m., Price: $10-$105, Phone: 513-3813300, Location: Music Hall, www.cincinnati

The original Jersey boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American pop icon. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles. With unforgettable tunes, Valli has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Their long-lasting career has led to the overwhelming success of the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys, and now the Jersey Boys movie, both of which chronicles the life of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and features all of their greatest hits.

Come kick off the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day at Findlay Market! GO REDS!

THURS 09 − SAT 11

Tues 07

Phone: 513-419-7300, Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, www.midwesthome

S ay ler Park Farmer ’ s M arket Price: Free, Phone: (513)706-5148, Location: Sayler Park Community Center, http://cincy

Presented by Sayler Park Village Council. Purchase fresh eggs, handmade baked goods, homemade preserves, handmade soaps.

Weds 08 C incinnati Reds Opening N igh t Time: 7 p.m., Phone: (513) 765-7000, Location: Great American Ballpark, cincinnati.reds.

Be there for a special celebration of the season’s first night game featuring post-game fireworks, live music from The Rusty Griswolds and a special pregame red carpet player appearance in the Kroger Fan Zone. Plus, a 2015 Team Calendar free to the first 20,000 fans.

M idwest Homeschool Convention

Are you considering a new homeschool curriculum? Do you have questions about a specific book or resource? Be encouraged and informed! 100s of information-packed workshops are included, talk one-on-one with representatives from these great companies and don’t miss the inspirational speakers. Go home feeling empowered and equipped to have the best homeschool year ever!

Fri 10 F itton Fami ly F ridays: P eter R abbit Phone: (513) 863-8873, Location: Fitton Center for Creative Arts,

Beatrix Potter’s most famous long-eared character grows up into a rambunctious teen and he still can’t stay out of the McGregor’s Garden! It seems that the Rabbit family must contend with the young Peter, whose goal is to get out of the humdrum life of the rabbit hole and play his guitar at “The Farm.”

FRI 10 − SAT 11

Sat 11

Monster Jam

A Day in t h e Park S cavenger H unt

Price: Varies, Phone: (513) 421-4111, Location: US Bank Arena, events/820/monster-jam/

Monster Jam® is the perfect sports entertainment brand that mixes racing, showmanship, the ultimate fan connection and accessibility into one incredible show. Featuring the world’s most famous 1,500 horse power Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam events are the only place where fans will see legendary behemoth machines, including: Grave Digger®, Max D℠, Man of Steel,™ El Toro Loco®, Batman™ and many more, compete in jaw-dropping spectacles.

Time: 12-3 p.m., Price: $3/nature journal, payable at the door, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Miami Whitewater Forest,

Get ready to test your observation skills and your nature knowledge. Bring the family and work together to complete this challenging scavenger hunt. Record and remember your experience by writing and drawing in a nature journal. Return by 4 p.m. to claim your prize!

the market to help determine which diaper and diapering accessories are right for you Fathers, grandparents, and other caregivers are welcome.

Pl ay house Off t h e Hi ll: Bird Brain Time: 6:30-9 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 513-7458550, Location: Blue Ash Recreation Center,

Bird Brain by Vern Thiessen, based on story Vogelkopp by Albert Wendt. Snacks and beverages available for purchase.

C incinnati Reds vs S t Lou is C ardinal s

T h e V intage Fair

FRI 10 − SUN 12 & SAT 18

Time: 1 p.m., Phone: (513) 765-7000, Location: Great American Ballpark, cincinnati.reds.

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 513-312-1629, Location: The Friendly Market,

Disney ’ s Al addin J R .

Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Cardinals! As part of Super Saturdays, the first 25,000 fans receive a Todd Frazier Bobblehead of the All-Star third baseman!.

Unique crafts, jewelry and collectibles, along with farmers market and indoor food vendors.

Phone: (513)569-8080, Location: Taft Theatre,

Everyone’s favorite characters are here in this stage adaptation of the Disney hit, including Aladdin, Jasmine, and of course, the Genie. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, spirits will soar with excitement! This show will feature an onstage collaboration with The Cincinnati Circus Company– bringing jugglers, aerial acrobats, stilt walkers and more to the Taft Theatre stage! The Disney version of Aladdin was last produced by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati in 2006, but the Aladdin story has a long history performed five other times: in 1949, 1958, 1968, 1975 and 1986.

Sat 11 − SUN 12

Clot h Diapering 101

T h e 3 8 t h A nn ual D ollhouse M iniat u re S how and S ale

Time: 3 p.m., Price: FREE, Phone: 513-791-1089, Location: Blue Cocoon, www.bluecocoon

Price: Adults $5, Children 4 to12 $3, Phone: 513-898-8000, Location: EnterTRAINment Junction,

Are you interested in using cloth diapers? Confused about which cloth diaper will work for your family and budget? Then join us for a free, informative, interactive class that will answer all of your questions You will be able to see and touch some of the most popular cloth diapers on

In it’s 4rd year at the Junction, the Miniature Society of Cincinnati brings a bigger and better show than ever!! This year the show will be celebrating “The Nifty Fifties”. For more information about the show including our 2-Day Special, visit



Sun 12

Thurs 16

C incinnati Beau ty Healt h and W e ll ness E xpo

W ee Wonder Ab ou t Ow l s

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Price: FREE to PUBLIC Phone: 859-373-1274, Location: Woodlawn Community Center, cincinnatibeautyhealthandwellnessexpo

GET HEALTHY! Learn healthy alternatives, sample natural products, get massages, manicures/pedicures or a body wrap, get advice on healthy living, recipes and home remedies, juicing, oils and herbs!

Time: 11 a.m., Price: $6/child, register by 4/15, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Sharon Woods,

Parents, register your 3–5 year-old to learn all about owls! Children will enjoy making a craft, reading a story and meeting one of these nocturnal birds.

Fri 17 M ari E lder ’ s I tal ian F estival

S econd S unday Fami ly S howtime: T wain ’ s T wisted Tales Time: 2 p.m., Price: Free for kids 12 and under, adults $5, Phone: 513-497-2860, Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, www.cliftonculturalarts. org/th_event/twains-twisted-tales/

Clara’s ordinary day takes an unexpected twist when Mark Twain’s most beloved characters escape from her book. Putting them back where they belong is going to take help from Mark Twain himself. Madcap is proud to introduce the life and stories of one of America’s greatest literary figures and humorists with giant puppets and audience participation.

Mon 13 M ake a Mess at t h e M anatee Price: $7/child, Phone: (513) 731-2665, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore,

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

Tues 14 Hof br äu haus Fami ly N igh t Time: 6-9 p.m., Phone: 859-491-7200, Location: Hofbräuhaus Newport, www.hofbrauhaus

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

TUES 14 − WEDS 15 S esame S treet L I V E: M ake a N ew F riend Price: Varies, Phone: (513) 421-4111, Location: US Bank Arena, events/885/sesame-street-live-make-a- new-friend/

No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family!



Time: 5:30-9:30 p.m., Price: $12, $10 advance, $5 children 12 and under, Phone: 513-271-5588, Location: R.G. Cribbett Center aka Fairfax Recreation Center

Music by Pete Wagner Band.Dinner includes spaghetti/ravioli with meatballs, salad, Italian bread, dessert, tea and coffee. Beer and wine extra. Heads or Tails at 7 p.m., raffle baskets, split the pot and ring toss. Presented by MARIELDERS, INC.

Sat 18 − SUN 19 A sian C u lt u re F estival Price: Museum Admission, Phone: (513)287-7000, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center,

Learn about the rich histories, arts, and traditions of China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and The Philippines through an assortment of performances and cultural activities. Enjoy demonstrations, storytelling, dance performances, workshops, cultural displays and an Asian marketplace with authentic Asian merchandise.

C incinnati E art h Day Ce le bration Time: 12-5 p.m., Location: Sawyer Point,

Celebrate Earth Day with variety of eco-friendly vendors and exhibitors, music, educational lecture series, food, petting zoo and more.

K ings I s l and Opening Day 201 5 Phone: (513) 754-5700, Location: Kings Island,

Check out Kings Island’s new improvements for 2015! Two new family rides, the largest Starbucks store in the Tri-State, a new yogurt store, a Coca-Cola Freestyle Café, a Petting Farm and more! Make Kings Island part your plan for fun this summer!

T h e Great A ma z ing R ace C incinnati 1 M /5K Advent u re R ace Time: 3-6 p.m., Price: $48 per team, Phone: 513-518-0528, Location: Voice of America Park,

Where Smiles and Teamwork Rule! A national D.I.T. (Do-It-Together) family-friendly competition supporting pediatric cancer and modeled after TV show THE AMAZING

RACE. Two person teams (adults and kids grades K-12) complete a 1 mile course speckled with fun challenges requiring teamwork. Recreation and competitive levels. Top 25 local teams advance to regional championship and chance to win $1,500.

Sun 19 C in C ity Repti le S how Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Price: $5, free ages 10 and under, Phone: 513-910-0900, Location: Fairfield Banquet and Convention Center at Tori Station,

Thousands of non-venomous snakes, lizards, amphibians, spiders, small mammals, feeders and supplies; all at or below wholesale prices.

Glu ten F ree E xpo 201 5 Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Price: $10 in advance; $15 at the door, Phone: 513-673-4312, Location: Centennial Barn, http://glutenfreeforcincy.wix. com/gluten-free

Gluten Free for Cincinnati is holding its 1st Annual Gluten Free Expo. Join us on April 19, 2015 for samples and special offers from local and national vendors.

Ignite: Ce le bration Phone: (513)621-ARTS, Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts - Jarson-Kaplan Theater,

Light the candles for the Boychoir’s first fifty years and celebrate the bright future to come! For one weekend in April, we celebrate the thousands of boys that have made the Cincinnati Boychoir one of the nation’s foremost boychoir organizations. All of our choirs will come together to celebrate our fifty year history of boys and men singing together. If you are an alumnus of the Boychoir, we invite you to join us for a rehearsal and onstage for the performance. This is an event not to be missed!

Tues 21 F undraiser for Au tism S peaks Time: 7 p.m., Price: $35, Phone: 513-271-2793, Location: Cheers to Art,

Advance registration for this fundraiser required. Sorry, no coupons or vouchers accepted as payment. $10 from each painter donated to Autism Speaks. Ages 16+.

WedS 22 E art h Day Ce le bration Time: 4-7 p.m., Price: Free, Phone: 513-745-8550, Location: Blue Ash Recreation Center,

This free event includes earth-friendly vendors, food, crafts and fun for the entire family.



CE LE BR AT E E art h Day AT K R OHN Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Price: $7 adults, $4 children 5-12, Free ages 4 and under, Phone: (513) 421-4086, Location: Krohn Conservatory,

First 300 visitors will receive a free tree seedling sponsored by Cincinnati Parks Foundation and Friends of Krohn. Regular Admission costs apply.

Thurs 23 Homesc hool Hangou t: E art h Day Ce le bration Time: 11 a.m., Price: Free, Phone: 513-734-2619, Location: Clermont County Public Library

We’ll provide fun learning activities for kids. Attendees this month are invited to make crafts from recyclables for Earth Day. Call to register.

M arch for Bab ies Community D onation Day and E xpo Time: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Phone: 513-769-3588, Location: Courtyard Marriott,

Turn in your donations and enjoy the expo! Teams and individuals will receive their March for Babies t-shirt and “Day-of” packets.

Fri 24

Sun 26

C incinnati Reds vs Ch icago C u bs

M arch for Babies

Time: 7 p.m., Phone: (513) 765-7000, Location: Great American Ballpark, cincinnati.reds.

Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Cubs! As part of the weekend celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1990 World Champions, you can purchase a special ticket package featuring a 1990 World Series replica ring and a View Level ticket for only $25. Limited number of packages available only at Plus, it’s Fireworks Friday.. stay for a post-game fireworks show with soundtrack starting approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game.

Time: 4-8:30 p.m., Phone: (513)281-4700, Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden,

Join the Greenest Zoo in America as we celebrate Earth Day during our 6th annual “Party for the Planet”! Businesses and organizations from around the region will be on hand to share their expertise and resources about living more sustainably within our communities. Topics include solar energy, composting, recycling, energy efficiency, green building, rain gardens/ barrels, sustainable food, green products, and much more!

Thurs 23 − SUN 26 D rac u l a Price: $5-$15, Phone: 513-363-8100, Location: School for Creative and Performing Arts,

Told with mix of classical and contemporary dance, ballet is choreographed by Daryl Bjoza. Ages 8 and up.

Sat 25 Apri l Fami ly Open House: F lower Ornaments Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Phone: 513-321-0206, Location: Brazee Street Studios, www.brazee

Bring the whole family to create hanging fused glass flower ornaments for your home or garden! Stop by any time between 10am-1pm for this Open House-style class.

Time: 1-4 p.m., Phone: (513) 345-8400, Location: Contemporary Arts Center, www.contemporary

Let’s light up the UnMuseum with some extra bright artwork inspired by the artist Albano Afonso. We’ll create glow forts and design giant webs of light using recycled materials. Kids can create an LED paper lantern to take home, build shiny glow sculptures and experiment with shadow play and reflection. Don’t miss out on this luminous experience!.

Healt h y K ids Day® Price: Everything including Park admission is FREE!, Location: Parky’s Farm at Winton Woods Park,

Join the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and Interact for Health until 2 p.m.! There will be a wide variety of free activities, including a climbing wall, ropes course, bounce houses, relay and obstacle courses, fitness class demonstrations, food trucks, petting barns, tractor rides, and much more. Everyone in the community is invited to join in on the fun! Special thanks to event sponsors Humana and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Thurs 23 − SUN 26 M ary He len Clot h ing Grand Opening! Location: Mary Helen Clothing: 1981 Madison Road, CincinnatiOH 45208, Phone: 513-802-5020,

A weekend of events showcasing the shop... Featuring exclusive MHC Collections, sewing classes, fashion sewing camps, and birthday parties! See website for a full list of events!



March for Babies is the March of Dimes biggest fundraiser and America’s favorite walking event. The money raised supports the March of Dimes mission to help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies have a healthy start. NEW THIS YEAR AT THE WALK! A Baby & Beauty Depot presented by Mercy Health: Visit the Depot at Sawyer Point after the walk to pamper your baby and you!

Mon 27 Base b all Hero Day

Fami ly F estival: Glow Party Party for t h e P l anet

Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Phone: 513-769-3588, Location: Paul Brown Stadium,

M ini M akers: Create-a-K ite Time: 2:30 p.m., Phone: (513)287-7000, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center,

Get outside and fly a handmade, one-of-a-kind kite created by YOU!

Time: 4 p.m., Price: A Free story and creative writing event. Best for ages 5 and up, Phone: (513) 731-2665, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore,

Did you know that today is Babe Ruth Day? In honor of one of baseball’s greatest heroes, not to mention the start of another great Reds season, we are having a baseball hero day. Join us as we read a few baseball classics, and end by writing a letter to your baseball hero. This event is sure to be a grand slam!

C incinnati Reds vs M i lwau kee Brewers Time: 7 p.m., Phone: (513) 765-7000, Location: Great American Ballpark, cincinnati.reds.

Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Brewers! It’s Bark in the Park Night #1! Ticket packages available for dogs and their owners with pet activities, samples and more in the Kroger Fan Zone. Dog packages must be purchased in advance of game day.

Music C afe Price: Free, Phone: (513) 863-8873, Location: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, www.fitton

Musicians come from all over southwestern Ohio to perform, and we’re always searching new acts to share their talents on our welcoming stage.

Weds 29 W ee W ednesday: A nimal s Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Price: Free. Reservations Not Required, Phone: (513) 721-2787, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, www.cincinnati

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

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

ONGO I NG E V E N T S // A P R I L 2 0 1 5

ONGOING EVENTS Disney presents T h e Lion K ing Occurring Daily (except Mon) Beginning Tuesday, March 31st Through Sunday, April 26th Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts - Proctor & Gamble Hall, http:// lion-king-baa/, Phone: (513)621ARTS

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

C incinnati F lower S how Occurring Daily April 14th Through April 19th Price: $20, $15 advance; $5 ages 16 and under, Phone: 513-872-9555, Location: Yeatman’s Cove, http:// cincinnatihorticulturalsociety. com/

There is something for everyone. Enjoy spectacular garden and floral exhibits created by the region’s most talented and creative professionals, landscapers, floral designers and amateur gardeners. Plus attend fascinating lectures and special events with our celebrity guests.

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

Zoo Blooms Occurring Daily April 1st Through April 30th Phone: (513)281-4700, Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden,

Every spring, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden becomes the Cincinnati Botanical Garden & Zoo when it transforms into a magnificent explosion of color! Featuring more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs exploding with color. Look for bright yellow and white daffodils blooming throughout the park. More than 100,000 tulips provide every color you can imagine. Plan a visit and enjoy the abundant beauty in our Garden!

T unes & Blooms Occurring Each Thursday Beginning April 2nd Through April 30th Times: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Price: Admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $9, Phone: (513)281-4700, Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden,

See a collection of Cincinnati’s finest and most respected music veterans playing together in the Zoo’s beautiful gardens, for FREE! Why tip-toe through the tulips when you can rock the garden?

I magination Yoga Cl asses for K ids Occurring Each Tuesday

S ensory S unday S Ongoing on the second and fourth Sunday of each Month

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Price: $48/ series - 4 classes, Phone: 513-4913573, Location: Gracetree Yoga & Growth Studio, www.

Times: 2:00 PM, Price: FREE, Location: Gymboree, http://www., Phone: 513-703-3343

Imagination Yoga uses an adventure theme incorporating

These private interactive play groups take place on the second and fourth Sundays of each month,

For more f un ONG OI NG events , visit www.C I NC I NNAT I PARE N

featuring the popular Miss Shana, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Play dates are open to families in the Jewish community with children two years and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. The programs are free and always include a snack. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event. Dates and times are subject to change, please check for updates and to RSVP. Sensory Sunday is a program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation.

H ump b ack W hales Occurring Daily Through August 5th Price: $7.50, Phone: (513)287-7000, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center,

Narrated by two-time Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor, Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young.

Bu tterf l ies of t h e Ph i l ippines Occurring Daily April 3rd Through June 21st Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Price: $7, $4 children, free ages 4 and under, Phone: (513) 421-4086, Location: Krohn Conservatory,

The Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show turns 20 this season! Travelling far away to the paradise of the Philippines will be as easy as a trip to the Krohn! The entire conservatory will be transformed— brilliantly showcasing the life, the culture, and stunning natural beauty of the Philippines. The showroom will be filled with butterflies soaring among bold displays that will immerse visitors in a sumptuous tropical environment.

S pring Ce le bration Occurring Daily April 1st Through May 22nd Price: Buy One Do-It-All Ticket and Get a Return Ticket - FREE!, Phone: 513-898-8000, Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, www.

After a long cold winter celebrate the return of warmer weather with Spring Celebration! And to help celebrate, when you Buy One Do-It-All ticket you get a Return Visit – Free!* Plus buy online now and you can save an additional $2.00 OFF! Note: Children 2 and under are always FREE! *Return ticket must be used by May 22, 2015.

Jumping Beans Occurring Each Monday April 6th Through April 27th Times: 10:30 AM, Price: $100/10-class package or $12 per class, Phone: 513-591-2332, Location: Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, www.

This beginner music and movement class, for children 12 to 35 months, is a joyful way for children to improve motor skills and burn their boundless energy, all whole developing balance, coordination and rhythm. Filled with movement and singing, this fun class includes rhythmical music games, free-style dance, and the use of simple musical instruments. Come prepared to “shake those sillies out”!

C anyon Fall s Occurring Daily Through Saturday, November 7th Times: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Phone: (859) 491-3467, Location: Newport Aquarium, www.

Come explore the new home to our Asian small-clawed otters, which are back by popular demand and whose cute little faces will melt your heart. You’ll love watching them swim and play next to a real indoor waterfall. Also exhibiting two species of lizard never before seen at Newport Aquarium and don’t forget to say hello to Thunder, a more than 100-year-old snapping turtle and the Aquarium’s oldest resident!





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