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12 // Fabulous Factory Tours







See your favorite things made firsthand!

15 // Detecting Early Signs of Autism Red flags to be concerned about in young children

18 // No Sports? No Problem Great options for kids not into athletics

22 // Why Am I So Tired?

What’s up when you’re feeling run down

24 // Rainy Day Fun Guide 18 ideas for a good time indoors


































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meet the staff Publisher Mary Wynne Cox //

Editor Susan Bryant //


ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Charity Kirtley // Katy Mark // Melissa Wittenbaum //

Advertising Coordinator Karen Ring //

COMMUNITY Outreach & Social Media Sarah McCosham //

It’s a Spring Thing What’s not to like about April? Spring flowers, spring sunshine…spring break! By the time April rolls around, we know that even if a cool rainy day pops up, at least we’re still headed in the right direction of enjoying warmer days outside again with our families. April also signifies the arrival of an important campaign: Autism Awareness Month. Although your family may not be personally affected by autism, it’s likely you know someone who is. Identifying a potential problem early on is so important with this disorder, which is why we asked local experts for their input when writing our article Detecting Early Signs of Autism. If you recognize any red flags in your child, please don’t hesitate to follow up with your pediatrician for an evaluation. Here’s an article we think will resonate with just about every mom out there – Why Am I So Tired? Let’s face it, parenting is just flat out exhausting sometimes. Check out this piece to find out if your energy level can be improved with some tweaks to your daily routine or if a larger health issue is zapping your reserves.


Spring means the start of a new round of sports for many families – what if your child isn’t really into athletics? Not to worry. No Sports, No Problem has some great ideas for fun activities that don’t involve balls, bats, gyms or tracks! Has spring fever got you wanting to hit the open road? If you’re up for a unique destination, take a look at Fabulous Factory Tours for a few ideas off the beaten path. Your kids will love seeing how some of their favorite things (like ice cream and candy) roll off the assembly line. As always, we appreciate you picking up this latest issue and hope your April is off to a great start!

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Be part of Opening Day

Spring Fest in the Woods

If you didn’t get tickets for the Reds’ 2016 season opener against the Phillies, don’t worr y – you can still join in on the fun! This April 4th, head to Over-theRhine (OTR) for the 97th annual Opening Day Parade. Since 1920, this parade has made its way from Findlay Market through the streets of OTR each spring to kick off the Cincinnati Reds baseball season. Bring a chair and some noisemakers and make a party of it at nearby Washington Park or Fountain Square. The celebration continues throughout the day at Fountain Square with concessions while you watch the game on the big screen. Play ball!

Come celebrate the beauty and bounty of Springtime at this FREE event on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burnet Woods. Glorious wildflowers, diverse habitats, hundreds of native plants and trees present a spectacular spring showcase. Children’s activities and raffles keep the whole family entertained. Great live music, wild edible cooking demonstrations, crafts and vendors will be onsite as well as experts to answer your questions about native plant conser vation and habitat restoration. Activities are centered around the Trailside Nature Center at 3400 Brookline Drive on the west side of the park.


See the Zoo – in Bloom! Spring has sprung at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. All April long, check out the magnificent explosion of color, blooms and flowers at Zoo Blooms. As one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, the Cincinnati Zoo offers one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest. Dubbed “Tulip Mania,” Zoo Blooms features more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and spring bulbs. Complementing the flowers are thousands of blooming trees and shrubs. Be sure to go on a Thursday and stay for Tunes & Blooms, the Zoo’s free concerts in the garden, happening from 6-8:30 p.m. ever y Thursday in April.

Will run for chocolate! On Saturday, April 16 head to Summit Park for a 5K run for charity – and chocolate! Entrants will compete in a fun and friendly 5K at this beautiful Blue Ash park, with all proceeds going to the Cancer Support Community of Greater Cincinnati. Kids under 11 can run along for free, making this a great event for the whole family. Along the course, treat stations featuring Ghirardelli chocolates will entice participants to set personal records! If you don’t want to run on a chocolate-filled stomach, you can enjoy dessert after the race, as treat tables and goodie bags will be waiting.


Discover the next singing superstar! Campus Superstar Cincinnati is an exciting singing competition showcasing our region’s top talent. All participants are full-time undergraduate students who have flocked to various auditions for the chance to compete against their peers for a $5,000 cash prize. The winner is chosen by the audience, so head to the Aronoff Center on April 17 to cheer for your favorite!

On your mark, get set…go!

Flying Pig weekend is April 29 – May 1; and on April 30, head to Yeatman’s Cove for the most adorable race of the weekend: the Flying Piglet. Designed for children ages 1-9, the Flying Piglet features kid-friendly races like the 15-foot “Diaper Dash” and a 250-yard-sprint for older kids. Registered participants will receive a shirt and a limited-edition poster, and all finishers will receive their ver y own medal. (Kids over 9 are encouraged to register for the EY Kids’ Marathon 26th Mile or the Tri-State Running Company 5K, both of which are linked on the website.) This is a great opportunity to get the littlest family members involved in a beloved Cincinnati tradition!

Support the next generation of artists ArtBeat is an annual celebration of the award winning visual and performing arts at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA). More than 2,300 people attend this oneday festival, which features student performances on three different stages, 1,000 pieces of student artwork, a juried art competition for high schoolers, hands-on arts and crafts for attendees of all ages, professional and student artists providing demonstrations of their work and delicious refreshments. Join the fun at CHCA’s Martha S. Lindner High School Campus on April 9 – admission is free!

See a “tale as old as time” Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is coming to the Aronoff Center April 20-24! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, Beauty and the Beast has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic love stor y is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes and dazzling production numbers. The show runs 2 hours and 10 minutes with a 15-minute intermission. Tickets for this Broadway musical start at just $29, making it a perfect family date!

Celebrate Earth Day at the Cincinnati Nature Center Earth Day is Friday, April 22 -- and what better place to celebrate Mother Earth than the Cincinnati Nature Center? Beginning Thursday, April 21 until Sunday, April 24, head to the CNC for a range of activities in honor of our beautiful planet. The best part: admission to the CNC is FREE all weekend long! Check the Cincinnati Nature Center’s website for a full schedule of events.





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A Dad Inf luence Puppy or baby: Which is harder? Is it harder to raise a puppy than a baby? Although I’ve raised three babies, when my wife brought up the idea of getting a puppy, I balked. I’d never spent any time with a puppy before; we got our first dog when he was two. With him, all the hard work was already done. But a new puppy, that sounded like a lot of work. A few years back, I remember a friend telling me a puppy was harder to take care of than a baby. I had a sixmonth-old child at the time and this friend had no kids of his own. Once I realized he was being serious, I stopped laughing at his absurd statement. Now however, I could put his theory to the test. We’ve had our eight-week-old puppy for a week now, and I’m finding that there are many similarities between babies and puppies. Here are my conclusions so far. • Both are as cute as can be. No doubt, God made babies and puppies adorable because let’s face it, they’re both kind of a pain to deal with. • Both treat urination like a full-time job. The only difference is that there’s no diaper on the dog. It’s a pee-for-all, free-for-all. • Both are very fragile. Every time I pick up a baby or a puppy, I feel like Lenny from Of Mice and Men. • Both can be dangerous. A baby’s tiny fingernails are razor sharp, ditto puppy teeth. • Both use their appendages to attach themselves to your body without letting go, like spider monkeys. The one major difference in caring for a baby versus a puppy? There’s no child equivalent to a puppy crate. Yes, I know there are cribs and pack & plays, but I’m talking about a “this-dog-is-making-me-crazy-I’m-putting-herin-her-crate-so-I-can-go-to-Starbucks-and-chill” type of enclosure. Until there is a legal version of that for kids, don’t come to me with the theory that it’s easier to take care of kids than puppies. Been there, done that and have the Starbucks receipts to prove it. Follow along on my journeys with my wife, three kids, and (now) two dogs at A Dad Influence on Facebook, Twitter @ adadinfluence and Instagram a_dad_influence.




factory tours WORDS BY // Andrea Limke

See your favor i t e t hings m ade f ir st ha nd!

Take a different kind of road trip this spring and visit one of the many fun factory tours available close to home. (No “golden ticket” required!) Several companies open their facilities for the public to see how their favorite products are manufactured. These tours are family friendly and often have specific programs and activities designed just for kids. Check out our picks for planning a few trips just a short drive away.

Great American Popcorn Company Galena, Illinois A trip to the Great American Popcorn Company is worth it just to smell the chocolate, cheese and caramel flavored popcorn made fresh each day. During the short tour, learn the history of popcorn and see how this delicious snack goes from cookers to coaters. The tour is free, but you must call ahead (and be sure to ask for a fresh batch of caramel popcorn to be ready for taste testing!)


Spangler Sweet Company Bryan, Ohio www.spanglercandy. com/about-us/tourstore-museum Who doesn’t like Dum-Dums? Take a trolley tour of the factory where these lollipops are made, along with many other treats. This affordable destination also has a museum and a store to stock up on these famous hard candies.

Velvet Ice Cream Utica, Ohio http://velveticecream. com/visit/tours Did you know there are seven steps to making ice cream? At the Velvet Ice Cream headquarters, your family can enjoy a free tour that includes the history of the company and a look inside their factory from the viewing gallery.

During the 30-minute walking tour, you will learn how the company began in 1914 and what it takes to make this sweet dessert.

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory Louisville, Kentucky

The South Bend Chocolate Company South Bend, Indiana

For the baseball-loving family (and even non-fans), the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory should be at the top of your list. Many different attractions are available to keep your children’s interest and a mini bat is included with the price of the tour. chocolate_museum_ tours.html Still have a sweet tooth? Located near The University of Notre Dame, The South Bend Chocolate Company is the fastest growing chocolate company in the nation. See up close how their chocolate and candies are made with the 45 minute “Inside Scoop” tour, or a shorter 20 minute basic tour option.

www.sluggermuseum. com

Wilson Football Factory Tour Ada, Ohio wilson-and-the-nfl/factory/ Maybe you’re more of a football fan? Since 1941 every NFL game ball that's appeared in the Super Bowl was made at the Wilson Football Factory. See the process of what goes into manufacturing each one. Call ahead as times for the tour do vary.

American Whistle Cooperation Columbus, Ohio We all know children love to make noise, and what better way to do it than with a whistle? Visit this manufacturing plant and see how a whistle is made from start to finish. Tours are scheduled in advance and are customized to the interests of the patrons, so all ages are welcome and encouraged!

Ford Rouge Factory Tour Dearborn, Michigan As a part of the Henry Ford complex, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour has a lot to offer. From an elevated walkway, you will tour a working assembly line that produces one F-150 truck every minute! There are also two theatre experiences that your children are sure to enjoy, including a film with special effects and a short documentary with rarely viewed footage.

So hit the road for one of these unique destinations! Not only will your family have an interesting experience, but your children will be able to see a manufacturing process from start to finish and appreciate the skill it takes to create some of their favorite products.




detecting early signs of Autism

red flags to be concerned about in young children WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle

Parenthood has always come with plent y of questions : Is my child growing normally? Is he ge t ting enough sleep ? Is she mee ting her nutritional needs ? But today ’s moms and dads may also be asking a question pre vious gener ations did not: Could my child have autism ?

“We look for smiles toward people during those first few months and eye contact with mom while being fed,” Jones says. “Six-month olds are laughing, responding to sounds with their own sounds, and showing affection with the people who care for them. Around 9 to 12 months old, you really start to see that back and forth interaction, exchanging sounds, copying facial expressions, looking where you point and playing peekaboo.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD.) A government survey in 2015 puts the rate even higher at 1 in 45 children.

Once speech begins, a typically developing child should have several words in his or her vocabulary by 18 months, and will likely use multiple-word phrases like “I go now” or “my ball” by the age of 2.

The developmental disorder is being detected earlier and earlier, sometimes even before babies have their first birthday, thanks to more public awareness and education campaigns. Spotting autism is far from an exact science, however. Early warning signs can be tricky to discern from typical phases of childhood development, and they vary in severity from child to child.

For children on the autism spectrum though, this is when a language deficit can begin to show. They are more likely to use more grunts and sounds and may just have words for “no” or “mama.” Parents may find that the child only communicates when he or she needs something. For example, a typically developing child will bring a toy elephant to a parent and say, “Elephant!” But for a child with autism, they will often only interact if they need the parent to get more toy animals or if the parent tries to take the animal away. Any other interaction about the toy will be from the parent to the child, and it won’t be conversational in nature. If a child does acquire new words but then suddenly stops using them, this can also be an important warning sign.

“Diagnosing an autism spectrum disorder is harder to do before age 2, especially because we’re looking for the absence versus the presence of certain behaviors and skills, but it is possible and ideal, really,” says Lauren Jones, a psychologist with Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. “Early intervention is so important, because we know it can give us much better long-term outcomes, in terms of developmental progress and lifetime cost.” While some behaviors are commonly associated with kids on the spectrum – such as hand flapping or tiptoe walking – experts also encourage parents to observe how their child learns, communicates and interacts with others, which are key areas in which children with autism often struggle.

Here are some red flags that may warrant a professional evaluation:

D i f f i c u lt y c om mu n i c at i n g While we typically equate communication with talking, deficits in this area can be spotted well before a child begins to speak. Pointing, babbling, smiling and making eye contact are all forms of subtle, nonverbal communication between child and caregiver, and a lack of these skills can be an early indicator of a problem.

T ro u b l e w i t h s o c i a l c u e s Another area of major difference between typically developing children and those with autism is the need for and interpretation of social cues. Imagine a child, between 18 months and 2 years old, waiting with his mother to see the pediatrician. When the doctor comes in, a typically developing child will look at the parent and then at the doctor to observe how his mother is reacting. Is mom smiling? Is she tense? The child will respond to the parent’s facial expressions, perhaps hugging her closer. A child with autism may not recognize that the person is in the room at all, or recognize the person is present but be interested in them only to see if they have something he or she wants, like a toy. Similarly, if another person is in the room and a ball falls, a child with autism might go over and investigate the action, but he or she likely won’t take part in any social interaction, like making eye contact with or responding to questions from the other person about what happened.



“We want to see how kids are interacting with the world around them and how much they’re interested in other people,” Jones says. “Parents are sometimes concerned their child might have a hearing impairment because they don’t respond to sounds, especially familiar voices or to their names when called. When no hearing problems exist, this can be a red flag for autism.”

D i f f i c u lt y w i t h i m ag i n at i v e p l ay This lack of interest in social interactions can also impact how children with autism play. Children on the spectrum may be more interested in examining the individual features of toys – wheels, buttons, sounds – rather than playing with the toy in a typical way. For example, a child with autism might look at the wheels of a toy car spin, or open and close the door for hours on end but never push the car from one place to another while making the sound of a motor. Likewise, common imaginative social play among preschoolers, such as cooking and eating pretend food together, do not come naturally for children with autism. “They’re around other kids, but they don’t want to play with the other kids, and you see that they don’t want to pretend or play in group games either,” explains Greg Marischen, Center Director of Brain Balance of Cincinnati, which integrates sensory motor training and cognitive activities in its therapy for kids with autism. “They’re often disconnected from their surroundings because they can’t interpret what’s happening.”

L ac k o f i m i tat i o n / n o pa s s i v e l e a r n i n g Because of their intense focus and ambivalence to social interactions, children with autism don’t learn through observation and imitation the way most children do. As any parent of a typically developing child knows, kids are watching and listening to us all the time. Even when we don’t realize it, they repeat back words, copy mannerisms and pick up details about the world around them.


For example, a 2-year-old may look in the refrigerator and say, “I want this” while pointing at the yogurt. He doesn’t have a label for the snack yet, but he knows he has experienced it and that he liked it. For children with autism, skills like requesting something or imitating an action require repeated academic training to learn. “Once the child is 3 or 4 years old, it’s difficult when they don’t have any pragmatic skills, like understanding body language, facial expressions or slang,” Marischen says, adding that because nonverbal communication is so difficult for kids with autism, they are very literal in how they interpret the world.

R e p e t i t i v e b e h av i o rs Engaging in repetitive or ritualistic behaviors can be another sign to evaluate for autism. These behaviors can involve motor movements or vocal sounds, including actions like hand flapping, flicking fingers and tiptoe walking, or self-injurious behavior, such as repeatedly banging one’s head against the wall. Having a fascination with the repetitive movement of objects also qualifies. As an example, picture a group of children playing in a sandbox. When something interesting happens across the yard, most children will get up to go check it out. But a child with autism may not even notice, instead staying in the sandbox to watch the flow of sand pouring out of a cup over and over again. A child with autism might also spend a significant amount of time seeking sensory input, such as wedging themselves into tight spaces, slamming into objects or people or spinning in circles. While typically developing children might exhibit these behaviors near bedtime when they’re wound up and overtired for example, children with autism will engage in these actions for hours if allowed.

E x t r e m e s e n s i t i v i t y to e n v i ro n m e n t Some children with autism may be extra sensitive to the sights, sounds and smells of their environment. Others are averse to physical interaction of any kind. Parents of babies and toddlers with autism often report that their child only stops crying if he or she is put down and left alone, the opposite of what most young children would want. Similarly, it may be a red flag if minor changes to the child’s environment, such as moving a piece of furniture, changing the light source or playing a game in a different sequence, cause major distress. Experts stress that autism is a spectrum disorder, so no two children will present characteristics in exactly the same way. Still, these red flags are some of the basic ways in which autism can affect how a child communicates, interacts and learns new skills. The earlier parents and doctors pick up on a potential problem, the sooner early intervention can begin closing the gaps. “Others might say, ‘Oh don’t worry about it. She’ll grow out of it,’ or ‘Let’s just wait and see,’ but those major red flags should not be ignored, because it’s easier to address them the younger kids are,” Jones stresses. “It’s important to trust your own parental compass, and if you think something is not right or not happening as it should, be persistent in getting those developmental screenings.”

Parents seeking information can refer their own children to Help Me Grow, Ohio’s early intervention service that can identify and provide intervention for children with developmental needs under age 3.



no sports?

no problem

Great options for kids not into athletics WORDS BY // LAUREN LAWSON

Are sports not really your kid’s thing? No worries – plenty of fun activities exist in the Cincinnati area for those whose interests and talents lie elsewhere. Here are few ideas your child can get excited about.

Photography Class Got a camera-crazy kid at home? Dodd Camera is a great place to “develop” that passion. Students can register for one-on-one tutoring lessons or join one of the group sessions, including Sports and Action or Portrait Photography. Get the details at www.dodd

Theatre Class Has your child caught the acting bug? Budding thespians desperately in need of a stage will surely enjoy acting classes at The Children’s Theatre of Mason. Young actors, ages 5-7, will learn about acting through improvisation and games. Other classes offered include Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, and How to be a Triple Threat. Register at www.childrens The Children’s Performing Arts of Miamisburg also offers both vocal and theatre classes for kids too. Visit for more information.


LEGO Club For kids with a good dose of imagination and a love for all things LEGO, the LEGO Club Makerspace at the Norwood Library is a cool place to build. Young LEGO fans work together to design their very own creations. For teens, LEGO Mindstorms is a Deer Park Library program that allows kids ages 12 to 18 to create and program robots with LEGO Mindstorms kits. Registration is necessary for this event, so le-go and visit www. to find out more!

Yoga with Pooja A healthy alternative to a competitive sport is the calming art of yoga. Kids First Sports Center offers Kid Yoga with Pooja, classes that nurture a whole child approach, focusing on physical, psychological and social development. Yoga can help students with flexibility and gross and fine motor development, while also teaching relaxation techniques. Choose from a variety of options, including Mommy and Baby, Little Yogis and Tweens and Teens Yoga. Namaste your way to

Book Club Give those bibliophiles a place to listen to their favorite story or share their latest fiction adventure with Book Buddies at the Corryville Library. Kids grades K-6 are invited to read along with Miss Megan. Tales to Tails is another book club at the Main Library where kids can read aloud to a certified therapy dog. And for the avid teen reader, Between the Pages Book Club, at the Wyoming Library branch provides a hangout

for young adults to read some of the newest YA literature. For dates and times, check out

Fossils and Geology Class For the rock collector and fossil enthusiast, the Caldwell Nature Center’s Fossils and Geology Class is the perfect place to explore a rockin’ hobby. Preschool through 8th grade students are invited to learn about fossils as they take an exploratory creek hike in search of some local remnants. Grades 1 and older will also check out geologic processes, including rock formations and soil types that have shaped Cincinnati’s past and present. Rock on and learn more at

Volunteer at the Farm Get your nature lover to Gorman Heritage Farm to take advantage of educational and social volunteer opportunities for all ages. This working farm, located minutes from downtown Cincinnati, offers visitors a glimpse into the life of a family farm in its natural setting. Children under the age of 16 are asked to be accompanied by an adult when volunteering. Visit to learn about their different volunteer opportunities.

Leaders Club Have a natural born leader? The Leaders Club at the YMCA is a great place to polish those skills. This program helps to motivate tweens and teens to become responsible community servants. Leaders-in-training learn about effective communication, group dynamics of leadership, confidence building and more. The Leaders Club meets at both the M.E. Lyons and R.C. Durr locations. For more information, check out

Help your child find an interest that suits them – and you may find a new one too! Have fun exploring the many exciting and creative possibilities available in our area.




The March of Dimes Continues the Fight Against Prematurity with 2O16 Ambassadors Meet The Jennings Family Rob, Tara, Aubrey and Aidan Jennings are proud to be representing the March of Dimes as the Ambassadors for the Cincinnati/N. Kentucky March for Babies and to share their story in hope that other families won’t have to experience prematurity and the complications it can cause. The Jennings wish that someday, every baby is born healthy. They have been a family team with the March of Dimes since 2008 and have helped to raise more than $50,000. Here is their story from dad Rob’s perspective. In 2003, our daughter Aubrey was born at 36 ½ weeks with no complications. In 2005, 24 weeks into a normal pregnancy, my wife Tara went into labor, due to problems with the placenta. Ethan was born a few hours later and lived for 10 hours before he passed away. After suffering the loss of Ethan, we were eager to have another baby, but scared at the same time. In April 2006, we found

out we were expecting and due December 8, 2006. The first 15 weeks of pregnancy were normal and not considered high risk, even though we were very anxious and worried. While traveling on vacation, Tara started bleeding. We turned around and drove back to Cincinnati to meet the doctor from TriState Maternal Fetal Medicine at the ED at TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital. An ultrasound revealed issues with the placenta and Tara was advised to stop exercise, limit activity, and rest. Tara stayed in the hospital on bedrest in the Special Care Obstetrics floor for the next 11 ½ weeks. During this time, she received weekly progesterone injections to prevent preterm labor and two rounds of steroids. We also found out we were having a boy and named him Aidan, although we didn’t share the name with anyone else. At 34 weeks, a procedure was performed to determine if

Aidan’s lungs were developed. According to the test, Aidan’s lungs were not developed enough and Tara was advised that she would be in the hospital for another two weeks. A few hours later, contractions started and an internal exam revealed that the cervix was dilating. The doctor continued to administer magnesium sulfate in hopes of stopping labor. Aidan had other plans. On October 28, 2006, Aidan Patrick Jennings entered the world, weighing 4 lbs. 14 oz. Tara was able to hold him briefly before he was taken to the NICU. In the following days, he was treated for jaundice and fed through a tube, while learning to suck and swallow from a bottle. After 2 ½ weeks in the NICU, Aidan was cleared to go home. Today he is an active 9 year-old who loves sports and enjoys playing with his friends.

Join the March of Dimes to ensure every baby has a fighting chance.

ABOVE // Rob, Tara, Aubrey and Aiden Jennings


Community Health & Family Expo This day is specifically created for participants to turn in their donations, receive their fundraising incentives, visit with vendors, participate in mini seminars and enjoy family friendly entertainment. Runners participating in the Fifth Third Bank 5.3K Run for Babies will also be able to pick up their packet which includes their bib number and Dri-fit t-shirt. Embassy Suites by Hilton (Blue Ash) 4554 Lake Forest Drive, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242 Thurs., April 21, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

March for Babies 2016 Join more than 13,000 fundraisers fight for the little ones that cannot fight for themselves and ensure March for Babies reaches their goal of $1.2 million. Visit to start your team! Day of Donations accepted in Welcome Area 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Start: Paul Brown Stadium, 9:00 a.m. End: Sawyer Point (3 and 5 miles)

Fifth Third Bank 5.3K Run for Babies This event is a NEW and exciting addition to our signature event. This competitive event will use disposable tags on bib numbers to determine race results. Visit to register today! Registration fee is $30 until April 1 and then it will increase to $35 until race day. Late Runner Registration accepted in Welcome Area 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Start: Paul Brown Stadium, 7:30 a.m.

Kids Fun Run Start: 10:30 a.m. at Sawyer Point after the walk Age Groups: Diapers Dash Crawl for 1 & under, Flights for 1-9 year olds *All children receive a t-shirt Visit to register online today. Registration fee is $10 until April 1 and then it will increase to $15 until walk day.



why am I so tired? What’s up when you’re feeling run down WORDS BY // Melissa Glidden

Hectic schedules, work drama, restless sleep, multiple family obligations…there’s no shortage of factors to make you exhausted. (The kind of fatigue that Starbucks just can’t fix.) Is being overly tired an issue for you more days than not? According to physicians Dr. Chandan Gupta, a primary care doctor at Monroe Medical Center, and Dr. Anthereca E. Lane, an OB/ GYN at The Christ Hospital, those heavy eyelids could mean it’s either time for a serious look at your daily routine, or a trip to your doctor for a check-up.

Tired ? Consider health habits first Before scheduling an appointment with your physician, Dr. Gupta and Dr. Lane urge patients to ask themselves a series of questions that could help them get to the bottom of why they are so tired. Grab a notebook and spend at least a week tracking your sleep, diet and mood fluctuations. • Sleep: How many hours of sleep are you getting a night, and what is the quality of your sleep? • Nutrition: Do you consistently eat breakfast? What does your diet look like? Do you need caffeine to feel energized? • Bedtime routine: How much time do you spend watching TV or using smartphones, tablets or the computer before bed?

• Mood: Are you frequently stressed out, anxious or depressed? • Duration: How long has your fatigue been a problem?

With a clearer picture of your health habits, ask yourself which behaviors may be contributing to your fatigue and what changes you can make. Dr. Lane and Dr. Gupta offer these suggestions: • Make your bedroom a relaxing place. Try lighting a soothing candle, keeping the temperature cool and kicking out the TV. • Unwind with books or magazines at bedtime rather than bright screens (such as tablets, laptops or smartphones.) • Ensure you’re getting at least 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. • Eat a protein-rich breakfast in the morning, and consider a multivitamin. • Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and balance your diet by limiting sugary foods and stocking up on fruits and vegetables. • Don’t forget to de-stress. According to Dr. Gupta, “60-70% of cases of fatigue are related to stress.” Whether it’s daily exercise, meditation, deep-breathing exercises or a gratitude journal, find an activity that helps bring balance to your emotional life.


Still tired ? Time for a check- up You’ve balanced your diet, burned through all your lavender-scented candles and replaced your bedtime Facebook scrolling habit for eight solid hours of sleep. What do you do if you still feel drained? Dr. Lane and Dr. Gupta suggest a visit to your doctor to find out if your fatigue is a sign that one of these underlying medical conditions might be at play: • Thyroid conditions: 1 in 8 women suffer from a thyroid condition, which can result in fatigue, depression, intolerance to cold or heat, or unexplained weight gain or loss. A blood test can help determine if your thyroid gland is on the fritz. • Depression: While being depressed typically involves feelings of sadness or hopelessness, feeling lethargic is a common symptom as well. • Heart or lung disease: Fatigue and exhaustion often occur when the heart and lungs are struggling to oxygenate the blood properly. • Anemia: Feeling tired is the most common symptom of anemia, a condition in which the body lacks enough healthy blood cells or hemoglobin. If you have heavy menstrual cycles this may affect you. • Medications: Certain medications can sometimes contribute to fatigue. Your doctor can help you determine if this is the case and how your prescriptions may be adjusted. • Sleep disorders: Conditions like sleep apnea (which occurs when a person stops breathing intermittently during sleep) can contribute to fatigue and be diagnosed with a sleep study.

The bottom line: if you are continually tired, don’t ignore it. “It is important that women and mothers create balance,” says Dr. Lane. Being a parent is by definition a tiring and demanding job, but discounting your feelings of fatigue isn’t wise for you – or your family. If tweaking your daily routine doesn’t have an impact, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your doctor to find out what you need to do feel rested, energized and ready to take on another busy day.



rainy day fun guide 18 IDEAS for a GOOD time indoors WORDS BY // Sarah McCosham

When you have energetic children, there’s nothing worse than a rainy day! Being cooped up makes everyone grumpy (mom included) and after a few hours of puzzles, videos and crafts, your kids are likely bouncing off the walls. We’re here to help! Here’s a list of our very favorite places for indoor fun.

Duke Energy Children’s Museum 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH

Discover eight educational and themed play areas, including two specifically designed with preschoolers and younger in mind. Go on a wilderness adventure through The Woods, be a part of a complex machine in the Energy Zone and explore the neighborhood in Kids’ Town. childrensmuseum

Behringer-Crawford Museum 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington, KY

EnterTRAINment Junction 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, OH

Check out four floors of interactive exhibits and displays that highlight Northern Kentucky’s rich history.

At EnterTRAINment Junction, you can marvel at the world’s largest indoor train display (25,000 sq. ft. of model trains on an enormous train layout) and slide, climb and crawl in a spectacular children’s play area.


Blue Manatee 3054 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH

From story times to “ActivAtees,” there’s always something fun happening at this kids’ bookstore.

Brazee Street Studios 4426 Brazee Street, Cincinnati, OH

This Oakley studio offers a range of classes for artists, adults and children of all skill levels, using glass as the main medium. Check out Brazee’s kid-friendly storytimes.

Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati Castle Skateland 980 Loveland Madeira Rd, Loveland, OH

Go retro on the next rainy day by lacing up your roller skates for a family skate date! Castle Skateland boasts the largest skate floor in the Tri-State, and provides a bright, clean, safe and friendly atmosphere for the family.

7010 Miami Avenue, Cincinnati, OH

Take a ride on this unique Cincinnati attraction at Smale Riverfront Park. Glass doors allow for easy access into the carousel building, making this indoor carousel accessible year-round. carousel.htm


Jump & Jack’s Creativities

100 W Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH

The Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati showcases Cincinnati’s firefighting efforts and contributions to the community. Check out the interactive life-size fire truck and firefighter pole!

Carol Ann’s Carousel

315 West Court Street, Cincinnati, OH

Pop in to this Madeira studio during “Open Studio” hours -- and make whatever your heart desires!

7102 Office Park Dr., West Chester, OH

Check out Jump & Jack’s in West Chester designed for the active play needs of young children from toddlers up to age 11.

Krohn Conservatory

Recreations Outlet

Taft Museum of Art

950 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati, OH

Milford location: 885 Old Ohio 28, Milford, OH West Chester location: 7267 Yankee Rd., Liberty Township, OH

316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH

It’s always warm, dry and wonderful in Krohn Conservatory -- and right now, the acclaimed Butterfly Show is happening! krohn-conservatory/

Newport Aquarium One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY

Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water, including the enormously popular “Sweet Pea” and “Scooter,” the stars of the first shark ray breeding program in the world.

Kids can get all that pent up energy out at this fun indoor facility. playtime/indoor-playland/

Reds Hall of Fame Museum

The Silver Diva

100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH

It’s baseball season, so what better way to spend a rainy day than at the Reds Hall of Fame Museum? Plenty of interactive areas for kids are available, including a booth where kids can don headsets and be an announcer like Marty and Joe!

This indoor play area used to be a real barn. For East Siders, check out the Adventure Station at Sharon Woods. A 2016 Great Parks Vehicle Permit ($10) is needed for admission. parkys-farm

9797 Montgomery Road, Ste. F, Cincinnati, OH

Kids ages 6 and up can hand stamp their own necklaces, bracelets, rings or make a gift for someone else! cin/hof/

Parky’s Play Barn 10073 Daly Road, Cincinnati, OH

Visit the museum on select third Sundays to explore, create, and play. These free afternoon programs offer great art, kid-sized art info, hands-on fun and family-friendly performances.

Sky Zone 11745 Commons Dr, Springdale, OH

With so many indoor places for fun around Cincy, you might just be wishing for the next rainy day!

Sky Zone Springdale offers open jump, a SkySlam court, SkyRobics fitness classes, Ultimate Dodgeball (when available) and the Foam Zone.




WORDS BY // Denise Yearian

1O Last Minute Tips Before Day Camp Starts Getting your happy camper prepared for fun! Before sending your child to day camp, here are 10 last minute suggestions for a great experience.

appropriate temperatures. Proper shoes are important too, particularly if he is playing outside. Opt for tennis shoes over strappy sandals and flip flops.



Bring one bottle of refrigerated water and a second one that has been in the freezer. As the day wears on, the frozen water will melt and provide cool refreshment. Spray bottles are a great idea too. They keep the face and body cool in the hot sun.

Any item brought to camp should have your child’s name, address and phone number on it in case it gets left behind. It also avoids confusion if identical items are brought by two children.

2. IT’S A SCORCHER! Apply sunscreen to your child’s skin before he leaves home and pack the tube along for later reapplication. Avoid tanning lotion with little or no SPF, or sunscreen that contains glitter as it can reflect light and cause sunburn. Send along a hat for extra protection.

3. BUG OFF! If your child is going to be out in a natural environment, he should wear insect repellent. Look for a lotion form that is safe for children; avoid sprays. When camp is over, follow up with a tick check for safekeeping.

4. ALL DECKED OUT. Camp directors always see children arriving with the wrong clothes. Some kids want to pick out their own clothes, but if they have chosen black jeans and a dark t-shirt, it may not be the best option. Dress your child for comfort, safety and


6. TIME OUT FROM TECH TOYS. Leave valuable items such as handheld games or cell phones at home. Day camp programs are designed to provide an enriching experience, and your child should be engaging in these activities rather than playing with electronics. If brought, these items may be confiscated and returned at day’s end in hopes your child gets the message.

7. PILLS, PAINS AND OTHER PROBLEMS. Camps have forms for parents to list their child’s medications. But if you take your camper off a medication for the summer, the camp needs to know that too, because it could cause an extreme change in behavior. Allergies are another issue to make counselors aware of, be it insect or food related. Equally important is to share other concerns with camp staff, such as if your family is going through a divorce or has experienced a recent death, as this might affect your child’s interactions. Camps look out for the physical and emotional needs of a child, so the more information you provide, the better equipped they will be.

8. HELP IS ON THE WAY! Having an emergency contact person is vital. Even more important is to inform the designated person that you have written her name down. Every year camps have situations where they call the emergency contact person and she was not told in advance that she had this responsibility.

9. BEEF YER’ BRAIN. Read the materials the camp gives you – policies, procedures and planned activities. If you know what to expect and what is expected of you, things will run much smoother. Most camps have a weekly schedule so parents know what the upcoming activities are. Talk with your child about the activities planned. If she cannot participate because of health reasons, make sure you (not your child) inform the camp.

10. GETTING TO KNOW YOU. Find out if there is an open house where you can meet the staff and see the facility prior to camp. If not, make other arrangements to introduce yourself to those who will be caring for your child. It is important for the camp directors and counselors to know you so they can keep you informed on how things are going for your child at camp.

Finally, encourage your child to enjoy the experience. Mark the first day of camp on the family calendar and do a countdown. Help your child develop a checklist of items needed. And don’t forget to share your own camp stories. Remind your child to do his best, obey the rules, be respectful of others and have a great time!




Summer Camp Guide {DAY CAMPS} 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 Dates: June-August with flex-terms and options Ages/Grades: Preschool Music Classes for Ages 6-months to 4-yrs & Keyboard Camps for ages 5-10 Cost: $70-$170 Summer is more exciting with music classes to brighten each week! Age-specific, speciallydesigned 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 Phone: (513) 285-8855 X4, Mason: 9376 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040, Email:; Oakley Station: 3099 Disney St. , Cincinnati, OH 45209, oakleystation@ Gender of Campers: Coe Basic Category: Sports Dates: June 2015 to August 2016 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 feature safety skill development. Bear Paddle’s iron-on swim skill patches teach young swimmers positive reinforcement in an innovative, fun way! Calico Theatre Camp 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, OH 45103, Contact: Nikki Vargas/ Program Manager, Phone: 513-558-2787, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 6-11, 2016 Ages/Grades: K-12 (kindergarteners must be entering 1st grade in fall 2016) Cost: $65-$120 A fully staged musical experience for young actors. The residency begins with an audition.


Basic Category: Animals, Arts, Special Needs, Sports, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: June 20-August 5, 2016 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.

Children in grades K-12 are cast and wellrehearsed 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. This season’s show title is “Aladdin.”

Camp-I-Can – The Children’s Home of Cincinnati


5050 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Phone: (513) 272-2800, Email:

Clifton Cultural Arts Center 3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220, Contact: Lydia Collins, Phone: 513-562-8748, Email: com-ed.php Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 13-July 29, 2016 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! Themes: Week 1: Artful Antics - June 13-17; Week 2: Imaginarium - June 20-24; Week 3: Art Attack! - June 27 - July 1; (No Camp week of July 4th); Week 4: Art of Egypt - July 11-15; Week 5: Picture it! Art that Tells a Story - July 18-22; Week 6: Comic Jam - July 25-29 CAMP AT THE J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Nikki Downey, Director of Camp at the J, Phone: 513-761-7500, Email: summer-camps/ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Arts, School Programs (Before/After), Special Needs, Sports, Traditional Dates: June 6 - August 12, 2016; One, two and three week camp options From American Red Cross swim lessons and archery to arts and crafts, Camp at the J provides great social and educational opportunities that foster friendships and features all the fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. Camp at the J offers weekly theme days, sports, and field trips. Camp Chabad 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Contact: Rabbi Majeski, Phone: 513-731-5111, Email: info@ Gender of Campers: Coed Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 1 – August 4, M-F from 7am – 5:30pm Ages/Grades: 5-12 Cost: $185/week child care vouchers are accepted 10 week camp offering traditional activities as swimming, sports, recreational play, music, arts, wellness and gardening. Campers enhance their creativity, leadership and social skills. Our 40 acre campus offers, a swimming pool, gym, playgrounds and walking trails. Child care vouchers accepted. C amp OdakOTa 6642 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Deb Whitcomb, PhD, OTR/L, Phone: 513-791-5688, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Special Needs, Traditional Dates: 1st session:6/13/16-7/8/16; 2nd session 7/11/16-8/5/16 Ages/Grades: 6-11 years Cost: one session-$1,875; two sessions $3,450 Camp OdakOTa is a program of Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Institute (COTI) and is designed to help children with sensory processing difficulties develop meaningful relationships and have fun. Because camp was conceived and developed by occupational therapists, our staff understand your child’s specific sensory needs. Children’s Meeting House Summer Camp 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Casey Reed, Director, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Adventure/ Tripping, Arts, Traditional Dates: Weeks of June 20, June 27, July 11, & July 18 Come visit our beautiful seven acre campus to see the many things that are taking place this summer. Our camps offer a variety of Arts, Crafts, Nature, Science, Drama, and fun activities for children ages 3-12.

The Children’s Theatre SUMMER Camp 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227; Phone: 513-569-8080; email: tct-theatre-camp Basic Category: Arts, Camps & Summer Programs, Enrichment and After-School Programs, Theater Calling all theatre beginners! Join The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati for our one-week-long, themed summer camps! No audition required. Our three camps in June offer day-long training and enrichment in acting, dance, and voice, with professional teaching artists as instructors. Sessions are available for 6 to 9-year olds and 10 to 13-year olds each weekday from 9:30 AM to 4 PM at our brand new facility in Hyde Park. Register now! Sessions will fill up fast! Only 30 participants will be accepted in each age group for each week. Theme weeks include: Week One: Heroes and Villains; Week Two: Pirates and Princesses; Week Three: Fairies & Wizards; Sign up for one week or for all three! Just $225 per week. 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 13-August 12, 2016 (No camp week of July 4) Ages/Grades: Ages 6-12 Cost: $175 per child/per week. Non-members: $225 per child/per week. Delve into art this summer with eight weeks of classes packed with exciting art projects, gallery games, and fun. Each week, children will discover all aspects of visual art through various themes and activities. Register for multiple weeks to enjoy all the Art Museum has to offer. Registration starts March 1. Cincinnati Boychoir’s SongFest: Music Camp for Boys Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati OH 45207, Cincinnati, OH 45207, Contact: KellyAnn Nelson, Associate Artistic Director, Phone: 513.396.7664, Email: Gender of Campers: All-Boy Basic Category: Arts Dates: August 1 - 5, 2016 Each summer, SongFest music camp gives boys of all ages (entering grades 2- 12) from throughout the city a chance to sing, participate in sports, learn music theory and play instruments. From an African drum circle, to a choral rehearsal with 120 boys singing together, to a field trip to sing the national anthem at a Cincinnati Reds game, the week is filled with fun and education. There are two tracks - one for younger boys and another for older boys and those with changed voices. Cincinnati 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 13th through July 29th



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

Cincinnati Children’s Choir Summer Festival University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Phone: 513-5560338, Email: summer-festival/ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: July 25– July 30, 2016, Sessions will run from 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday & Saturday 1pm - 4pm. Ages/Grades: 9 - 15 Cost: Tuition is $210 for the week including one t-shirt and one concert ticket. Young singers interested in having fun while developing their skills in musicianship will come together for an exciting week as they attend inspiring, interactive sessions at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Sessions will include Vocal Artistry, sight-singing, Musicianship through Movement, Music Theory, and Choral Artistry. Register online today! Limited need-based tuition assistance is available. Email Executive Director Lauren Hess at: lhess@, for the application. Cincinnati Museum Center Camps 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203, Phone: (513)287-7021 museum-camp Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: Run through August; New extended hours! Camps now run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, child care available before and after camps. Ages/Grades: Kindergarten - 8th grade Cost: Varies EDUCATION UNPLUGGED! Explore science, technology, history and the arts through creative, hands-on activities and games at Cincinnati Museum Center’s fun and educational Museum Camps! Experience three museums, our five-story, domed OMNIMAX® Theater and behind-thescenes adventures not available to the average visitor! Whether there’s a day or a week off from school, there’s a camp for that! Cincinnati Parks’ Summer Nature Day Camps Day camps are located at Ault Park, Burnet Woods, California Woods, French Park, LaBoiteaux Woods, Riverfront Parks and Stanbery Park, Contact: Bettman Center, Phone 513-321-6208 ext 11, Email: ruthann.spears@ Dates: Begin June 13; run through August 12


Gender of Campers: Coed Ages/Grades: ages 3 - 14! Volunteer opportunities for children ages 13 – 16. Cost: Fees range from $45 - $80/camp week

Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Ages/Grades: Ages 7-13 Grades 1-7 Cost: $229

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

Design video games, produce stop-motion animation movies, code computer programs, or engineer LEGO robots in a Classroom Antics Tech Camp! Many kids ages 7-13 across Cincinnati and N. Kentucky are attending our affordable weeklong Tech Camps. Join us this summer. Limited space is available so REGISTER EARLY.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Day Camp 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Contact: Megan Alexander, Phone: 513-421-3888 (Box Office), Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 13-July 29, 2016 Ages/Grades: Entering grades 1-12

Crash Test Dummies, Junkyard Robots, Amusement Park Science, Blast Off Rockets

Acting and improvisation are offered for each weeklong, full day camp. Other classes may include circus training, Shakespeare, musical theatre, puppetry, playwriting, stage combat, theatre design and more. Classes will vary each session for campers interested in joining us for multiple weeks! New this year, we’ll also offer a three-week Performance Academy for grades seven to 12. All experience levels welcome. Before and after care offered. Cincinnati R eds B aseball/ Softball C amps Contact: Tim Rappe, Executive Director, Phone: 855-846-7337, Email: 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; Walton-Verona KY Sports Complex; Centerville HS in Centerville Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Dates: Reds Urban Youth Academy and Harrison HS: 5/30-6/3, Beechwood HS: 6/6-6/10, Mason HS: 6/27-7/1, Walton-Verona HS: 7/11-7/15, Centerville HS and Summit Country Day: 8/1-8/5, Reds Urban Youth Academy: 8/15-8/19, 2016 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@

STEM Camps are located across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Contact: Rollin Robinson, Director, Phone: (859) 462-3340, Email: rollin@ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic Dates: June 13 through July 29, 2016 Ages/Grades: 5-11 years old STEM camps are exciting with fun science projects; camp cheers; sing songs. Each day starts with a camp rally to get the day started with energy and spirit. Camp counselors then lead campers through the first morning project. After the morning project, campers will play a game or engage in a critical thinking project followed by the second science project. We end each morning with a Group RAP (Review, Acknowledge and Praise) and say good-bye to our half day campers. After lunch, we then repeat the agenda in the afternoon with all different projects. Most locations run from 9-3:30 pm for full day camps. The day is full of fun and exciting science, camp games, and songs. Where STEM and fun are one! It’s the “Best Summer Camp Ever”.​ Creative Tots Mason Preschool 6408 Thornberry Court, Mason, OH 45040, Phone: 513-770-6776, Email: creativetotsmason@ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Animals, Arts, Traditional Dates: June 6 -July 29, 2016 Ages/Grades: 18 months to 7 years Cost: $80- $99 We offer seven exciting summer camps. The program is divided into “weekly” camps featuring different themes and activities. Some highlights include Frozen in Arendalle, Cupcake Wars, Paint Like Picasso, Lego Camp and Mad Scientists! Our Pre-K (5-7 year old) Word Wizards Camp focuses on honing reading and writing skills through individualized instruction, small group and large group instruction. Join us for adventure and learning all rolled in one! Dance Camp for Kids by MamLuft&Co. Dance 3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220, Phone: (513) 494-MLCo (6526), Email: Basic Category: Arts, Traditional

Dates: July 18-22, 2016 and/or July 25-29, 2016 (1 or 2 week options) Ages/Grades: 5-10 Cost: $180-250 (Early registration, sibling, and second week discounts) MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Summer Dance Camp for Kids won “Best Summer Dance Camp” from Cincinnati Magazine in 2012. It is a supportive environment for boys and girls that de-emphasizes pink and princesses. Instead, it teaches cooperation and awareness through Modern Dance, Ballet, and crafts. 9am-3pm, aftercare til 6, early drop-off available. Dance Intensive for Teens by MamLuft&Co. Dance 3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220, Phone: (513) 494-MLCo (6526), Email: Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 13-17, 2016 Ages/Grades: 14-18 Cost: $247-278 (Early registration discount) MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive is a new program designed just for teens to explore Modern Dance and to be exposed to other types of dance. Named “Best Dance Company Pushing the Envelope” by CityBeat’s staff in 2012, ML&Co. provides an immersive, supportive, and judgment-free learning zone! GORMAN HERITAGE FARM SUMMER CAMP 10052 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Katie Murtaugh, Program Manager,, Phone: (513)563-6663, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals Dates: June-August/ sessions vary by age and theme; parents should register early! Ages/Grades: Camps for children ages 4-15 Cost: $75-$205/week for members, $100-$285/week for non-members Be a farm kid! Camp activities include: interacting with barnyard animals, exploring the woods, garden fun, cooking, hiking, crafts, and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking, vet and science. Camp sessions scheduled by age group; please see our website for full camp brochure. You’ll never want to leave! Great Parks of Hamilton County Summer Day Camps Various Great Parks Locations, Phone: 513-521-7275, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, Traditional Dates: June-August 2016 What better way to keep the kids outside and active this summer that at a park! Great Parks of Hamilton County provides an fun and safe environment where your young ones will get to explore streams, go on hikes, ride horses, do archery, go kayaking and much more, with experienced and trained staff. Registration begins February 8! For a full list of camps, including dates and fees, visit



Greenacres Summer Camps 8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati, OH 45424, Contact: Andy DeLay, Education Director, Phone: 513-891-4227, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Varies by camp Ages/Grades: Varies by camp Cost: Varies by camp Greenacres Summer Camps offer something for everyone! We have art, environment, equine, garden, culinary, and aquatic adventure camps various times throughout the summer season. Each of our camps are hands-on, small group camps led by a caring professional staff. Log onto today to view our Summer Camp Guide. We look forward to seeing you this summer! I ndian Springs Academy Music C amps 9690 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Sheila Vail, Phone: (513) 779-7070, Email: sheilavail@ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Traditional Students will enrich their musical knowledge and have a wonderful experience in our age appropriate Summer Camps for Guitar, Violin, Music Theory, Music Harmony and History! I nvent Now/C amp I nvention

MCN ICHOL A S H IGH SCHOOL SUM M E R C A M PS 6536 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, Oh 45230, Contact: Christina Mullis, Director of Admissions, Phone: 513-231-3500 ext.5809, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Dates: Beginning June 6, 2016 Ages/Grades: Grades 1-9 Cost: Beginning at $60 Launch into Summer 2016 with the Rockets! McNicholas High School is excited to again offer summer day camps for students entering grades 1-9! Camps begin June 6 and include many options in our Rocket Athlete Champ Camps and our Blast Off for Fun Camps. Visit for a full listing. Mount St. Joseph U niversity “Summer A rt C amp ” 5701 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, OH 45233, Contact: Velma Dailey, Gallery Director, Phone: 513-2444314, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: July 11 - 15 and July 18 - 22, 2016 Students will enjoy an exciting week at “Summer Art Camp” working directly in the college art studios at Mount St. Joseph University. All Art Camps are taught by professional art educators. Materials are provided for a week of fun, hands-on learning experiences. Art Camps are for students entering grades 1 - 8.

Phone: 800-968-4332, Email: campinvention@, Multiple locations throughout Cincinnati

R eady Set Work! – T he Children ’s Home of Cincinnati Dates: Multiple dates available Basic Category: Academic Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for 1st-6th graders. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Early registration discounts are available.

5050 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Phone: 513-272-2800, Email:

K ing of K ings School Summer C amps! 3621 Socialville-Foster Road, Mason, Ohio 45040, Phone: 513-398-6089, ext 304

Ages: 2-6 years old Dates: June through August 2016 Cost: $75.00 or $100.00 per week King of Kings Nationally Accredited Preschool and Kindergarten is ready for a jam-packed Summer of 2016! Our camps include: Cooking, Math, Reading Around the World. Space, English Language Learner, Science and Nature, Music and Movement, Getting Ready for School and Kids Yoga and Movement

32 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM // April 2016 Basic Category: Academic, Special Needs Dates: July 5th - August 4th, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9:00am – 3:00pm Ages/Grades: Ages 14-21 5 week summer work exploration program designed to meet the needs of young adults ages 14 – 21 with autism. Participants receive: a skills training/ assessment, career exploration, community-based assessment, job training and participate in off campus work activities. R edeemer Preschool Summer C amp 2016 2944 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Denise Hoefling, Phone: 513-533-5980, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: May 23-26, May 31-June2, June 6-9, June 13-16 and June 20-23 Cost: $75/week; A deposit of $20.00 per week is due upon receipt of application Once again we have planned an exciting summer program at Redeemer Preschool! Camp will be held four days a week (Mon-Thurs) from 9:00-11:30am.

Session 2 is Tues-Fri. (Five sessions total, with each session having a different theme). Camp themes and applications available March 4 on our website. All children must be between 3 and 6 years old by June 1st and potty trained. Emergency/Medical forms are due by the first day of camp (if not a current Redeemer student) along with the balance of the program tuition. Lunch buddies will be offered for an additional fee of $6.00 per day and your child may stay until 12:30pm. There will be 12 spaces available. Seven H ills School Summer Program 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Contact: Jill Romerill, Phone: 513-728-2380, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Adventure/ Tripping, Arts, School Programs (Before/After), Sports, Traditional Dates: June 13 through August 18, 2016 Ages/Grades: Age 3 - 18 Cost: $180 per week for half-day 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 SummerProgram or call 513.728.2380. Summer F un C amp 1345 Grace Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Mrs. Julie Vail, Director of Preschool Ministry, Phone: 513.979.8191, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: August 15 - August 19; 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 at least two different interactive camps during the week listed above. For more specific information and registration materials please visit our website. Summer F un at Broadway Bound Dance Academy 10580 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Emilie LaRosa, owner, Phone: 513-774-9474, Email: Basic Category: Arts Dates: June through August Ages/Grades: 2 - 18 years Cost: $55 on up Broadway Bound Dance Academy is the place for fun and learning all summer long! We’re excited to offer our summer dance camps again this year for your 3-5 yr old. Complete dance or tumbling instruction sessions are also available. Reserve you spot today!

T I PPI TOE S PR I NCESS DA NCE C A M P Locations: Blue Ash Rec Center, Blue Ash YMCA, Evendale Cultural Arts Center, West Chester Activity Center, Phone: 513-578-1280, Email: Gender of Campers: All-Girl Dates: Various dates throughout June and July Ages/Grades: Ages/Grades: 3-7 Cost: $120 Dates: Blue Ash YMCA: June 13-16, 10 am-12 pm; Blue Ash Rec Center: June 27-30, 6-8 pm; West Chester Activity Center: July 11-14, 6-8 pm; Evendale Cultural Arts Center: July 26-29, 10 am-12 pm

creating Art inspired by artwork on view at the Museum. Each weeklong session ends with an exhibition organized by students and staff for family and friends. WC A Summer C amps 8107 Market Place Dr., West Chester, OH 45069, Contact: Patsy Rabinowitz, Phone: 513-829-2345, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Ages/Grades: Ages 3-18

Once upon a time, Tippi Toes planned a magical Princess Dance Camp. Young campers will come from near and far dressed in princess or dance outfits and meet princesses, fairies, and ballerinas! The children dance, attend the princess beauty parlor, make crafts, play games, and receive wonderful gifts.

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

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316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Contact: Erin Holland, Phone: (513) 684-4517 summercamp Dates: June-July 2016 Ages/Grades: Grades 3-12 Cost: $200 Taft Family-level members and above $275 All others The Taft’s Summer Art Day Camps offer fun, intensive studios looking at, thinking about, and

6703 Yankee Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Angie DelNegro, Phone: 513-7793917, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Cost: The weekly cost of camp is for Lakota YMCA members is: $140 for day, $175 for extended day & $115 for CIT. The cost for non-members is: $180 day, $215 extended day & $145 for CIT.

Dates: May 23-August 12; Registration begins March 8, 2016 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! Y MC A of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day C amps 2016 12 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Phone: 513-362-YMCA Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Registration begins March 5, 2016; Camps run May through August; dates for each camp available on 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)



{DAY & RESIDENTIAL CAMPS} W est Ohio C amps 3 locations, Contact: Lisa Nevels, Administrator, Phone: 614-844-6200, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure, Religious, Traditional Dates: June 8, 9, 10 -Day, Residential June 12- July 29 Three choices to attend a One Day Adventure June 8, 9 or 10 for $20 (ages 6-13) at one of our three Ohio locations. Camp Otterbein in Logan, Camp Wesley in Bellefontaine and Camp Widewater on the Maumee River in Liberty Center. Ages 7-17 offer 3, 4 or 6 day camps full of adventure, water and fun. We separate into small family groups to make new friends and bond with counselors. We do worship and bible study to start and close each day. Call or email and visit our webpage for more information. Our camps are ACA accredited, practice Safe Sanctuaries and reference and background check all staff.


4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email: info@ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: 2,4,6,8 week sessions, June 19 – August 13, 2016


Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 16 Cost: $2340 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, kayaks, paddleboards, sports, overnight camping, dances, creative arts, video, mountain biking and much more! Falcon Young Adventure Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey Director/Owner, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: July 31 - August 6 & August 7–13, 2016 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 9 Cost: $1170/wk A unique and exciting introduction to overnight camping for boys and girls ages 6 -9. These one-week programs are designed with care to guide the campers in being successful with their first great “Young Adventure” away from home. 1:2 staff/camper ratio provides individual attention, instruction and parental oversight. (Program same as Falcon Traditional Camp) activities include horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, archery,

air rifles, crafts, sports, fishing, nature study, sailing and much more. Pleasant H ill Outdoor C amp 4654 Pleasant Hill Road, Perrysville, OH 44864, Contact: Ben Radley, Director, Phone: 419-9383715, Email: Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure, Religious, Traditional Dates: June 19 - July 30, 2016 Ages/Grades: 1st - 12th grades Cost: $499 / scholarships available Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp is a traditional Christian summer camp in the Mohican area of Ohio. Days are filled with engaging camp activities led by exceptional role models who are committed to helping your child grow socially, spiritually, and physically. Experience the magic that is camp this summer!


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Overcoming Test Anxiety Helping kids handle the stress of exams It’s spring, and that means warmer days, time outdoors… and major test-taking for your student. General and state wide testing can play an important role in decisions regarding next school year – and kids feel the pressure. While it’s not uncommon for many students to get nervous about upcoming exams, for some the anxiety they feel can be overwhelming. How can you help keep a child’s stress level in check?

Signs of text anxiety Test anxiety is a type of performance anxiety, where students are nervous about how well they will do, regardless of how much they’ve studied or how confident they feel with the material. When an individual experiences stress, the body releases adrenaline which can cause a variety of physical changes. A student feeling stressed may experience stomach aches, headaches, sweating, heart-pounding, feeling shaky, shortness of breath, feeling faint or even panic attacks. Emotional reactions can include feeling afraid, angry or helpless. Mentally, a child may have difficulty concentrating and repeat negative thoughts in their head. Children who tend to worry or lean toward being a perfectionist will often have more difficulty with test anxiety. Likewise, kids who feel a great deal of pressure from their parents to do well academically can be under enormous stress.

Be academically prepared There’s no substitute for hard work. Help your child develop good study habits so he or she can feel as confident as possible that they’ve done everything they can to prepare for the test.

• Visualization: Close your eyes, imagine yourself in a calm, relaxing setting. Picture how this place looks, sounds and even smells. • Positive self talk: Remind yourself of the hard work you have put into studying and tell yourself you can handle the situation and do well.

Be mentally prepared Encourage your child to be positive and imagine a good outcome. Help them recognize any negative soundtracks they are playing in their head about how they will do and replace them with more positive thoughts

Practice relaxation techniques • Deep breathing: Inhale to fill the diaphragm, hold breath for three seconds, release air slowly, repeat five times.

Remember what’s important Remind your child that their self-worth is not defined by a grade. While you expect them to do their best, make sure he or she knows that they are valued for more than their grades and accomplishments and your feelings will not change about them based on a test score.

Get help Tap into the assistance that teachers, guidance counselors and tutors can provide for academic preparation and for strategies to manage test anxiety.

Stress is an inevitable fact of life, and finding a way to manage it is a skill everyone needs to learn. By taking the time to help your child develop ways to cope with their test anxiety now, you can help them find which methods work best for them – and they can apply this knowledge in any future situations that cause them stress.

Tips to combat test anxiety Be physically prepared No child will do well on a test if they are hungry or tired. Ensure that your child is getting enough sleep prior to test day and eats a healthy breakfast the morning of the exam.





Footnotes //Thoughts from the margins of a mom’s life Matchy matchy In the mornings, I have a pint-sized fashion plate on my hands. My daughter wants tights, a flouncy skirt, a sparkly shirt and a hair clip. Getting her to choose shoes can be excruciating, especially if we’re running late. I’ve been known to literally wring my hands with frustration when she’s choosing rain boots or sneakers. But eventually we get to the diva’s final accessory: a pair of sunglasses perched at the end of her nose. Her purse swings from her shoulder as she dances down the sidewalk toward the car. In the evenings, though, the role abruptly shifts. It’s time to relax. Moments after crossing the threshold, my threenager’s tights unroll. Coat, skirt, sunglasses and boots are discarded. Feet patter up the stairs and a few minutes later she emerges in what I now think of as her night uniform: blue-and-white striped cotton pants paired with a navy tee. The pants are more important than the top. Sometimes, especially on the


weekends, I find it difficult to persuade her to take them off at all. If she can’t find them, she goes fishing through the dirty clothes. When I close my eyes and picture my daughter, I automatically also imagine those pants. But why? I wondered to myself recently. Why love for the striped pants? Last Sunday morning I may have found my answer. I came downstairs early with kids. I made coffee, turned on a favorite episode of “Thomas,” and settled on the couch beside them. “Look Mom!” my daughter said. “We match!” I looked down at our laps. The night before I had grabbed a pair of pajamas from the back of the drawer, a thin cotton pair that I usually wear in the summer. And she was right: our pants were identical, down to the width of the stripes and the texture of

the fabric and the fit of the legs. We were unintentional twins. I smiled at her, the wheels in my mind turning. Is she mimicking me? But how could that be, when the last time she saw the pants was practically a lifetime ago for her? Also, when I see the purse swinging from her shoulder, am I seeing a version of myself? What other fashion habits am I unintentionally passing down to this sharp-eyed child? All I know is this: I’ve got to go through my loungewear with a discerning eye and, more importantly, start emphasizing how flexible I am when it comes to footwear. Until then, I’ll start breaking out my summer pajamas a little bit more often, pair them with my favorite slippers, and remind myself that a mother’s influence is pretty powerful stuff.


Thyroid Disease and Women’s Health Disorder can lead to serious health issues when undiagnosed or untreated The thyroid – a butterfly-shaped gland located in a woman’s neck – may be small, but it has a lot of power influencing every cell, tissue and organ in the body. This gland rules a woman’s weight, heart rate, energy level and mood. And even the slightest imbalance in the amount of hormones released from the gland can significantly increase a woman’s risk for major diseases and even affect her ability to conceive a child, according to the American Thyroid Association (ATA). Two different types of thyroid disease can develop when the gland is not working properly. Hypothyroidism, the more common of the two, occurs when the gland is not producing enough hormone. Hyperthyroidism is when the gland is producing too much hormone. About 12 percent

of Americans will develop a thyroid disease within their lifetime, the majority of which will be women.

weight loss, diarrhea, sweating, tremors, anxiety and increased heart rate. This type of thyroid disease is less common.

It’s extremely important for women to know the symptoms of thyroid disease. Women whose thyroid is not producing enough hormones (hypothyroidism) will see the effects of her metabolism slowing. Therefore, symptoms will include fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, constipation, depression, dry hair or even loss of hair. Hypothyroidism often progresses slowly over time, which can make it difficult to diagnose right away.

There is a genetic link to thyroid disease, so anyone who has a family history should be carefully monitored. Most thyroid diseases are lifelong conditions, but can be treated with medication. Women usually see a difference in their well-being fairly quickly once their medication is adjusted appropriately.

Women whose thyroid is producing too much hormone (hyperthyroidism) often see the disease progress faster and present itself in a shorter amount of time. Symptoms may include

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Ask the Teacher Waiting for kindergarten, gifted programs, recognizing ADD


My son just turned five and is looking forward to starting kindergarten in the fall. Several friends have asked me whether I am sending him or holding him back a year. That thought never crossed my mind! I thought all students enrolled according to the cut-offs for birthdays that the school sent out. Should I reconsider?


Some parents feel that their child will have a better chance of succeeding in school and keeping up with their peers if they wait to begin kindergarten. Typically, schools offer registration in the spring prior to the kindergarten year. Preschool teachers usually conduct some basic assessments to test for readiness. They are trained to see red flags and recognize those children who may be better off waiting. If your child’s preschool teacher

recommends waiting to enroll, give this feedback some serious consideration. However, it is important to keep in mind that the months from April to August can bring a great deal of change in a five-year-old. Think carefully about your child’s development. Consider how he gets along with kids his age in preschool, day care or in casual play. As you watch him in those situations, take note whether his behavior, interaction with others and his communication skills are similar to what other children his age are doing. If he is functioning in a way that is comparable to his age-peers, he will likely have a positive experience in kindergarten.


I am very confused by the high ability/ gifted classes offered in our school corporation. If my daughter qualifies, she will be bussed to another school in our district. Why can’t her own school meet her needs?


Each school corporation determines how students qualify for high ability or gifted classes as well as what kinds of services they will provide. Some schools decide that the top 3-5% qualify; others use a test score to determine which students may participate. While some schools offer full classes for gifted students (referred to as self-contained), others have weekly pull-out programs for special topics of study, and others cluster small groups of similarly leveled students in a classroom where they will have varied amounts of more challenging curriculum.


By pooling all of the gifted students from your district into one classroom, the teachers can provide a genuinely enriched and accelerated environment that will meet the needs of this group of children consistently and effectively. These programs are typically not stressful for students, but engage and excite them. If your daughter qualifies, you will have to investigate the type of program that will be provided and then make the determination if the change of schools and the extra bus time is worth her involvement in the program.


My son hates school and is constantly being called out for not paying attention and acting like the class clown. His teacher says he doesn’t focus on the task at hand and interrupts her all the time. I have talked with him many times about this problem, but there has been no change. What else can I do?


Your son’s struggle to pay attention probably leads him to interrupt and distract others, which in turn gets a negative reaction from the teacher. That negative reaction has probably made him feel disliked and not enjoy school. The key to making school a positive experience for him is to get to the bottom of what is causing his lack of focus. If only one teacher has observed this behavior, your son may be making a series of bad choices in her class alone. However, if other teachers have reported similar issues, something else may be at play.

Because you have already tried discussing this problem with your son to no avail, your next step may be to consult your pediatrician to determine if Attention Deficit Disorder is a factor here. Your doctor can put your son’s behavior into the context of normal childhood development and help determine through various rating scales if ADD is something your child is dealing with.

time to achieve the across-the-board changes that you seek, but with a great deal of patience, you will see your son’s behavior move in the right direction.

Parents often bristle at this diagnosis, or dismiss it all together, but ADD is very real. Acknowledging this issue removes the label of “ornery” or “class clown” from a child and instead turns the focus from lectures and consequences to development of strategies to improve likelihood of success. Medication may be required, but not necessarily. If it is determined that your child does not have ADD, ask for a meeting with your child’s teacher and school counselor to develop a behavior plan. Select one or two very specific behaviors at a time to target with an obvious way to quantify progress. This approach can take a long

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




Preschool & Education Guide //CHILDCaRE & PRESCHOOL Chai Tots Early Childhood Center Academic excellence via a unique blend of Jewish and Montessori education offering strong academics, stressing life skills, interpersonal relationship skills and nurturing a love for life-long learning. Individualized curriculum customized for each student, expansive naturally lit rooms, low student ratio. Specials include yoga, music, Hebrew, dance, art and Tae Kwon Do. Flexible schedules, before and aftercare, web cams and after-school enrichment available. Limited space - now enrolling!

Montgomery Community Church Preschool 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: 513-4695333. Email:,, Grades: Ages 2 1/2 - 5, Enrollment: 165


//MONTESSORI Children’s Meeting House Montessori School An authentic Montessori school program resting on 8 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: Casey Reed, Director, Phone: 513-6834757, Email:, www., Grades: Preschool through Sixth grade, Enrollment: 160

7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040, Phone: (513)234-0600,, Ages/Grades: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten (6 weeks-6 years), Enrollment: 60

Skidaddles offers convenient, flexible, reliable care without reservations. Drop by days, evenings and weekends for a few hours or all day. Feel confident knowing your children will have fun while learning from a qualified staff in a safe and clean environment.

Creative Tots, Mason

Florence: 8660 Bankers Street, Florence, KY 41042, Phone: 859-647-7529, MasonL 5939 Deerfield Blvd Suite 104, Mason, OHIO 45040, Phone: 513-204-3482,

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

The Compass School

Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner, Email: susan@,, Grades: 3 - K

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:,, Grades: Toddler: 18 months-3 years, Preschool: 3-4 years; Pre-K: 4-5 years

King of Kings Preschool and Kindergarten King of Kings Nationally Accredited Preschool and Kindergarten upholds the highest standards of early childhood education: 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, Kinder Ready, and Kindergarten, Half days and Full days, National Accreditation, Christian focus, Ohio’s Early Learning Developmental Standards and Kindergarten Curriculum, Experienced teachers with education degrees, Enrichment classes: Art, Music, Spanish, Gym, American Sign Language, ESL and Summer Camps: Open to all. 3621 Socialville-Foster Road, Mason, Ohio 45040, Phone: 513-398-6089, ext. 304, http://, https://www.facebook.



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: CompassLC2004@gmail. com,

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

Country Hills Montessori

The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori Located just 1/2 mile north of Mariemont Square, GSCM is a unique Catholic Montessori school where each child can achieve his or her full potential in academics, faith and life. Set on a beautiful12-acre campus, GSCM features dynamic, nurturing Montessori teachers, individualized learning and self-paced acceleration. 3, 4 or 5 day preschool options, full day Kindergarten, and aftercare available. Spanish program beginning at age 3, unparalleled faith formation with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, art, music, dance and drama enrichment are just few of reasons families love GSCM. Students score 36% higher than national average and 88% better on HS entrance exams. Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:12 4460 Berwick Street, Cincinnati, 513-271-4171,, Grades: 3-year olds through grade 8, including full-day Kindergarten, Enrollment: 200

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

The New School Montessori Centrally located and surrounded by wooded play yards and gardens, students benefit from a nurturing environment where Montessoricredentialed staff support high academic and personal achievement. Full-day, half-day and part-time AMS and ISACS accredited programs with healthy lunches included in tuition. 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229, Contact: Ceara Comstock, Phone: (513)2817999, Email: ceara.c@newschoolmontessori. com,, Grades: 3-year-olds through Grade 6, Enrollment: 125

// NON–PUBLIC Archbishop McNicholas High School Archbishop McNicholas High School promotes a Christ-centered, Catholic community that embraces each student – spiritually, intellectually, morally, and physically. We provide a safe, nurturing, creative, and challenging campus where individuals will grow in knowledge and faith. We equip our students with opportunities and experiences that will enable them to achieve excellence, live out gospel values, and attain full stature in Christ. 6536 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230, Contact: Christina Mullis, Director of Admissions and Enrollment, Phone: 513-2313500,, Grades: 9-12, Enrollment: 640

CINCINNATI HILLS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY CHCA’s college-prep curriculum sparks creativity and fuels mastery. CHCA’s culture of vigorous inquiry and persistent effort develops agile, innovative thinkers. As they wrestle with timeless, essential questions, students strengthen their minds and their faith.

The Seven Hills School

Skyward Academy

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.

Specialized education for students with a variety of learning challenges. Academic or behavioral focus - parent choice. Full and part time school day options, home based or offsite services.

Hillsdale Campus - 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati; Doherty Campus - 2726 Johnstone Place, Cincinnati, Phone: 513-728-2400,, Grades: Pre-K through 12

7121 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Melissa Amrein, Phone: 513-6008476, Email:,, Grades: K thru high school graduation

Springer School and Center ST. GERTRUDE SCHOOL Saint Gertrude School offers academic excellence in the Dominican tradition: preaching Truth, practicing virtue, and loving one another in Christ. Students from 21 school districts. IOWA testing ranked 4th among 90 Cincinnati Catholic grade schools. Aftercare, outdoor classroom, STEM, Rosary Procession, household intergrade leadership, Latin, professionally coached musical theater, extracurriculars. 6543 Miami Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243, Contact: Elaine Nolte, Assistant Principal, Phone: 513-561-8020,, Enrollment: 338

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: cmendoza@springer-LD. org,, Grades: 1 through 8, Enrollment: 200

St. Ursula Villa


An extraordinary family atmosphere and Christ-centered spirit of St. Angela Merici cultivates independent learners who achieve their potential through small classes, individualized instruction, and nurturing of the whole child. Program offerings begin with Toddler/2-year-old and Traditional or Montessori preschool continuing through Junior High, recognized for outstanding high school preparation.

Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers

3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Contact: Marta Runnels, Phone: 513-871-7216 x 2101, Email:,, Grades: 2-years-old through 8th grade, Enrollment: 465

//SPECIaL NEEDS Brain Balance 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

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

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11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Natalie Pfister, Enrollment Director, Phone: (513)247-0900, Email: admissions@,, Grades: Preschool 3 - Grade 12, Enrollment: 1350




daily calendar {APRIL 2016} FRI 01 Story Time: Planting a Rainbow Happy April! Celebrate the coming of spring in this glass art Story Time. After listening to “Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert, students will create their own colorful flower-inspired glass tile. Bring your child’s imagination to life - in glass! Ages 3-6. $25/child. Time: 1:30 p.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios, products/story-time-planting-a-rainbow, Phone: 513-321-0206

SAT 02 Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Toledo Walleye Fan Appreciation Night! Closeout the regular season with $1 John Morrell hotdogs, Donatos pizza and drinks! Plus, a ton of giveaways! Time: 6:30 p.m., Location: U.S. Bank Arena, fan-appreciation-night, Phone: 800-745-3000 Run, Walk and Shoot Challenge Enjoy springtime in the great outdoors with this unique challenge. Participants will walk or run along an approximately three-mile route, shoot a compound bow at a target and climb a portion or the entire 23-foot climbing wall before enjoying a small celebration. $24/ person; register by 3/29. Time: 10 a.m., Location: Winton Woods/ Adventure Outpost, http://www.greatparks. org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

YOUnique Wellness, an Expo! Join us for “YOUnique Wellness, an Expo!” This fun, family-friendly, and free event will feature more than 40 vendors exhibiting goods and services. There will be workshops and presentations by local wellness practitioners for all ages, on topics such as: healthy eating, essential oils, attention and learning, functional medicine, qigong, mindfulness and yoga, and much more. Time: 12 - 4 p.m., Location: Sharonville Community Center, YOUniqueWellnessAnExpo, Phone: 513-3102369

SUN 03 Outdoor Archery Learn the basics of shooting a compound bow on our outdoor range, then try out your skills with a little target practice! Program is led by


an archery instructor and all equipment is provided. For adults and children ages 8 and up. $15/person; register by 3/31. Time: 3 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/ Adventure Outpost, http://www.greatparks. org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

Shalom Sprint 5K Run/Walk Join us as we raise money and awareness for the Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention.

Reds vs. Phillies Opening Night: Be there for a special celebration of the season’s first night game featuring post-game fireworks, live music and a special pregame red carpet player appearance in the Kroger Fan Zone, plus Opening Night Fireworks after the game. Time: 7:10 p.m., Location: Great American Ballpark, schedule/, Phone: 513-381-7337

Time: 9 a.m., Location: Summit Park,


MON 04

Baby Jam Calling all Babies! Babies and their caregivers are welcome to join us for a special playtime. The first Thursday of the month will include a Librarian-led story time with songs, puppets and more. A librarian will be on hand at all other play days to answer questions, and provide tips on early literacy.

Opening Day Celebration Join us for a free fun-filled Opening Day Celebration in Washington Park! Festivities begin Monday, April 4, at 11 a.m. with beverage sales, fun games and live music from local rock band, Glory Days. The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade kicks off at noon and will pass by Washington Park on Elm Street-- directly in front of Music Hall -- as it makes its way through the city. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Washington Park,, Phone: 513-621-4400 Opening Day Parade Since 1920, this parade has made its way from Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine through the streets of downtown each spring to kick off the Cincinnati Reds baseball season. Bring a chair and some noisemakers and make a party of it at either Washington Park or Fountain Square as the parade passes by. The celebration continues throughout the day at Fountain Square with concessions and watching the game on the big screen. Time: All Day, Location: Parade starts at Findlay Market and ends at Fountain Square,

WEDS 06 Little Tykes You won’t want to miss our annual Earth Day Celebration. Engaging, earth-friendly activities will delight your 3 - 6 year old. Help your youngster embrace nature in a big way with others during outdoor festivities. Free. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Winton Woods/ Winton Centre, calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

Time: 10:30 a.m., Location: Main Library,, lib/eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-369-6900

FRI 08 All About Flowers Register your 2 - 4 year old for this exciting program all about the beautiful flowers that are springing up around us. The program will be followed by a story time and a craft. $6/child; register by 4/6. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Miami Whitewater Forest/Visitor Center, http://www.greatparks. org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275



FRI 08 – SUN 10 & SAT 16 – SUN 17 Shrek the Musical, Jr. Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” for everyone’s favorite ogre in “Shrek The Musical JR.,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. Times vary; check website; Location: Taft Theatre, https://www.thechildrenstheatre.


TUES 12 Fun with Mud Celebrate the joys of mud! Listen to a story, learn about the properties of soil that aid in the change from winter thaw to a green spring, and create a mud finger painting. Presented by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Time: 4 p.m., Location: Madisonville Branch Library, http://programs.cincinnatilibrary. org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-369-6029

Phone: 513-569-8080, ext. 10

ArtBeat ArtBeat is an annual celebration of the award winning visual and performing arts at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. More than 2,300 people attend this one-day festival, which features student performances on three different stages, 1,000 pieces of student artwork, a juried art competition for high schoolers, hands-on arts and crafts for attendees of all ages, professional and student artists providing demonstrations of their work, and delicious food and drink. Admission is free.

Glass Rainbow Expand the rainbow! In this exciting new class, students will work with colorful transparent and opaque glass pieces to design and create their own standing glass rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet never shined so bright! Learn about the color spectrum while working hands-on to create your own unique glass rainbow. Ages 10 and up; $30/child. Time: 10:30 a.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios, products/glass-rainbow, Phone: 513-3210206

SUN 10 Reds vs. Pirates Sundays are family days at the ballpark! Enjoy a special ticket offer, live mascot races, face painters and more. It’s also Kids Opening Day: Be there to celebrate the first Family Sunday of the season with special activities for kids. As part of Kids Opening Day, all kids 14 and younger will receive a free Reds hat. Time: 1:10 p.m., Location: Great American Ballpark, schedule/, Phone: 513-381-7337

FRI 16

Time: 10:30 a.m., Location: Music Hall, lollipops-2015-16/celebrate-earth/, Phone: 513-621-1919

WEDS 13 – SUN 17 Cincinnati Flower Show: An International Adventure Horticultural and food enthusiasts will enjoy elaborate garden displays, creative containers, brimming window boxes, dramatic table settings, inspiring lectures, great shopping with plant and garden vendors in the Marketplace and tantalizing treats and culinary inspirations at the Fine Food Show and special events. Time: Varies by day; check schedule, Location: Yeatman’s Cove, http://cincinnati, Phone: 866-568-5189

WEDS 13 Astronomy Club Join Naturalist Sheila Riley on the second Wednesday of each month and meet with other members interested in astronomy. There will be an indoor program and if skies are clear, be prepared to go outside and look at the night sky. Astronomy Club is available to all Nature Center members ages 12 and up, and is free. Time: 7 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, page.aspx?pid=299, Phone: 513-831-1711

THURS 15 Spring Jamboree Bring your 3 - 5 year old to this month’s jamboree. Through crafts and activities, we will learn all about springtime. Time: 10 a.m., Location: Woodland Mound,, Phone: 513-521-7275


Time: 6:30 p.m., Location: Anderson Branch Library, http://programs.cincinnatilibrary. org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-369-6030

Celebrate Earth! Bring the family to celebrate Earth Day through song and music, including “Circle of Life” from The Lion King and Debussy’s La mer (“The Sea”). Stunning visuals will play above the stage to help bring nature center stage at Music Hall. Our friends at Taking Root will be providing each child at this concert with their very own bare root tree sapling to take home and plant! Free Family Fun Zone starts at 9:30 a.m.!

SAT 09

Time: 10:30 a.m., - 5 p.m., Location: CHCA’s Martha S. Lindner High School Campus,

Teen Mystery Night: Clue Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery? Join other teens and play a life size version of Clue. For teens ages 12-18. Registration required.

The Chocolate 5K 5K fun run featuring chocolate stations along the course. All proceeds support the Cancer Support Community of Greater Cincinnati. Time: 9 a.m., Location: Summit Park, http:// Wild Kratts LIVE! In this live version of the wildly popular PBS KIDS® television show, animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, ‘come to real life’ in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off ‘To the Creature Rescue’, the Emmy-nominated Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’, the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again. Time: 7:30 p.m., Location: Aronoff Center, wild-kratts, Phone: 513-621-2787

SAT 17 Campus Superstar Cincinnati Campus Superstar Cincinnati presented by Cincinnati Hillel is an exciting singing competition showcasing our regions superb talent! All Students are full-time undergraduate students from the region who have flocked to various auditions for the chance to compete against their peers for a $5,000 prize. Winner to be chosen by the audience! Get your tickets now! Time: 7 p.m., Location: Aronoff Center, campus-superstar-cincinnati, Phone: 513-621-2787

Once Upon a Time… Learn all about the art of fairy tales during this story book Funday! Make a dragon to take home, explore how artists tell stories at the Art Cart, and enjoy a performance of Henny Penny by ArtReach at 1:30 p.m. Time: 1 - 4 p.m., Location: Taft Museum of Art,, Phone: 513-241-0343

SUN 18 Oxford Kinetics Festival This year’s theme is Circus Fracas. It will be a unique combination of creative making, circus arts, science, kinetic contraptionism, and competitions. Time: 12 - 5 p.m., Location: Millet Hall at Miami University, http://www.

MON 19 Tot Tuesdays: April Showers All Tot Tuesdays! programs are held on the third Tuesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Features story time and a craft. Time: 10:30 a.m., Location: BehringerCrawford Museum, http://www.bcmuseum. org/, Phone: 859-491-4003

WEDS 20 – SUN 24 Beauty and the Beast Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to you! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including ‘Be Our Guest’ and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! Time: 8 shows, check website for times, Location: Aronoff Center, http://www., Phone: 513-621-2787

FRI 22 – SUN 24 Celebrate Earth Day! Celebrate Earth Day with Cincinnati Nature Center. Bring your friends: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be free admission for nonmembers. Check website for a full schedule of activities. Time: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Fri., Sat. and Sun., Location: Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, aspx?pid=299, Phone: 513-831-1711

SAT 23 Reds vs. Cubs As part of Super Saturdays, the first 25,000 fans will receive a Joey Votto Super Hero Bobblehead. Time: 7:10 p.m., Location: Great American Ballpark,

schedule/?c_id=cin#y=2016&m=4&calendar= DEFAULT, Phone: 513-381-7337

Run 4 Kids As a youth-serving organization, we believe it’s important that our fundraising events encourage healthy living and exercise. Participants can also choose to join a team, run as an individual or be a virtual fundraiser. All proceeds from the event will be used to provide new volunteer mentors to children on our waiting list and to supervise existing mentoring relationships. Time: 8:30 a.m., Location: Voice of America Park,

THURS 28 Teens Paint @ The Library Join Wyoming Fine Arts Instructor Kelly Langdon as she takes you step-by-step in creating your very own masterpiece of a “Bird at Night.” Time: 6:30 p.m., Location: Wyoming Branch,, evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, Phone:


Linton Music’s Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions: The Story of the Frog Prince Our warm and fuzzy friends from Madcap Puppets help tell the story of The Frog Prince through the music of Brahms! Don’t miss the “ribbiting” music, storytelling, and fun! Times: 10 and 11:30 a.m., Location: Wyoming Fine Arts Center,


SUN 24 March for Babies As the March of Dimes signature event fundraiser, March for Babies supports the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies. In 2015, more than 13,000 walkers raiser over $1,000,000 in the Greater Cincinnati/N. Kentucky March for Babies. This year, individual walkers along with family, corporate and school teams will enjoy walking with a purpose to support the March of Dimes. Time: 9 a.m., Location: Paul Brown Stadium, i=&PersonId=&EventID=17251 , Phone: 513-370-5012

FRI 29 Henny Penny Based on the original folktale, Henny Penny is a hen enjoying a day gathering acorns. When one hits her on the head, she is convinced that the sky is falling. When almost to the palace to tell the king, she meets the cunning of Foxy Loxy. Together, their can-do attitude make this a delightful adventure with a strong message of self-confidence, teamwork and friendship. Presented by ArtReach: A Division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Time: 6:30 p.m., Location: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, event-series/fitton-family-fridays/, Phone: 513-863-8873 ext. 110.

FRI 29 – SUN 01 Flying Pig Weekend Features a Health and Fitness Expo, Flying Piglet, 5K, 10K, Half and Full Marathons and Kids Family Fun Festival. Details on Website. Time: Check website, Location: Downtown Cincinnati,


THURS 21 Party for the Planet Join the Greenest Zoo in America as we celebrate Earth Day during our 7th 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! Time: 4 - 8 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden,

events/party-for-the-planet-an-earth-daycelebration/, Phone: 513-281-4700

SAT 30 Amazing Farm Race Team up with your family to reason, ruminate and race your way around the farm and earn the title of ultimate farmers. Recommended for teams of 2–5 members, with one adult required per team. $15/team; register by 4/28. Time: 10 a.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, calendar#, Phone: 513-5217275




ongoing calendar {APRIL 2016} Flower Power

Where the Wild Things Play

To Kill a Mockingbird

Tues., April 19 – Sun., May 1

Saturdays from April 3 – May 22

Daily through April 3

Flowers come in a rainbow of colors and more shapes than we can count. No two flowers look the same, but they all have the same parts. During this program, we will dissect a flower to look at its parts and then make a beautiful piece of art. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/person.

Kids and adults alike will love the stories and songs, art activities and creative movement, “Where the Wild Things Play” at Washington Park. All activities are led by Cathy Barney, founder and director of Artsy Fartsy Saturdays.

One of the most treasured novels of all time returns to the Playhouse stage for the first time in more than 20 years! Set in Depression-era Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird follows the precocious tomboy Scout and her brother Jem during one life-changing summer. They discover the true meaning of courage when their father, Atticus, a small-town lawyer, defends a black man accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

Times: Tues – Sat, 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sun, 1 and 4 p.m., Location: Glenwood Gardens, calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

Time: 1-3 p.m., Location: Washington Park,, Phone: 513-621-4400

Spring Celebration Butterflies of the Caribbean Daily through June 19

Krohn Conservatory invites you to “dive in” to the 2016 Butterfly Show, “Butterflies of the Caribbean”. Whimsical ocean creatures and colorful butterflies float together in the showroom for a seaside adventure. The white sand, “coral” reef, and towering palm trees will lend a beachside feel, while the coral and yellow hues of hundreds of flowers reflect the colors of a spectacular Caribbean sunset. Many exciting events have been planned throughout the 12-week show to allow visitors to discover even more about the vibrant, engaging and gracious Caribbean culture. The show creates a wonderful environment for 12,000 butterflies in free flight through the showroom. Time: Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Location: Krohn Conservatory, http://www.cincinnatiparks. com/krohn-conservatory/, Phone: 513-3524080

Zoo Blooms Daily April 1 - 30

Every spring, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden becomes the Cincinnati Botanical Garden & Zoo when it transforms into a magnificent explosion of color! As one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, the Cincinnati Zoo offers one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest. Dubbed “Tulip Mania,” Zoo Blooms also features more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs exploding with color. Time: Open daily through April 30, Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, http://, Phone: 513-281-4700

April 4 - May 22

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! Offer ends May 21st. No return tickets will be distributed or accepted after May 22nd 2015. *Return ticket must be used by May 22, 2015. Not available with other discounts or specials. Times: Daily, Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, http://www.entertrainmentjunction.

com/cincinnati_entertainment_and_ attractions_calendar, Phone: 513-898-8000

Time: Showtimes vary; check website, Location: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, http://www., Phone: 513-421-3888

Star Trek 50th Anniversary Exhibit Daily through May 26

The Cincinnati Library Comic Con Series 2016 is celebrating Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary with memorabilia from the Star Trek franchise. Original Series through the new reboot films will be on display in the Popular Library of the Main Branch. This event is part of the Cincinnati Library Comic Con 2016 Series. Time: Daily, Location: Cincinnati Library Main Branch, evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, Phone: 513-369-6900

Fiddler on the Roof Shows daily through May 1

Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences around the world for over fifty years with its humor, warmth, and honesty. Not only is this classic returning to our stage, but is also enjoying a revival on The Great White Way. Time: Check website, Location: La Comedia Dinner Theatre, playbill/, Phone: 937-746-4554

The Art of the Brick Through May 1

Presents LEGO bricks in a whole new light, demonstrating the potential of creativity and the power of imagination. Features over 100 works of art by contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya. But rather than paint and canvas, these masterpieces are made entirely of LEGO bricks. Time: Open daily; check website for hours, Location: The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, the-art-of-the-brick/, Phone: 513-287-7000

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




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