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Summer PROGRAM and CAMP Guide


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Indoor places to go when the rain won't quit


Weekend Getaways


Summer Camps for Kids with Autism or Other Special Needs

Three nearby destinations we love

Local opportunities for great camp experiences


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Rainy Day Fun Guide

Women and Heart Health Simple recommendations for every stage of life







5 Cincy Area Playgrounds Worth the Drive Fun spots for your next outing!







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Finally... Spring! Daffodils and tulips. Robins and green grass. Fresh air and warm sunshine. Sweaters, boots and mittens.

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Are you as ready for spring as I am? Those unexpected snow showers of

last month were almost more than I could bear. But now it’s April and soon that long stretch of cold we endured will be a distant memory. (Can you tell I’ve got a touch of spring fever?) With spring on our radar this month, we’ve got several articles we hope you find particularly interesting. Maybe a little road trip is in order now that the weather is nice? Take a look at Weekend Getaways for a few destinations close to home with lots to offer. Heading out to the playground? Why not go on a little adventure and explore some cool, new places with our piece on Playgrounds Worth the Drive. And since the old phrase “April showers bring May flowers” really is true, be prepared on the next soggy afternoon with our Rainy Day Fun Guide. Here you’ll find all the local indoor places where kids can expend their energy somewhere other than your living room. The month of April also marks two important campaigns, Autism Awareness Month and Women’s Health Awareness Day on April 8th. 06



If you have a child with autism, be sure to check out our article on Summer Camps for Kids with Autism or Other Special Needs. Truly every child deserves the opportunity to experience summer camp and there are many area programs designed with this in mind. And for you busy, multi-tasking moms out there (which describes every mom) be sure to take a look at Women and Heart Health. It’s so easy to put ourselves on the back burner while caring for others, but so critical that we take the time to maintain our health. Please read this piece and make a commitment to yourself to put these hearthealthy habits in place. Thank you for picking up this issue of Cincinnati Parent. As always, we appreciate your support and are always open to your feedback and suggestions for future issues. And, happy, happy, happy SPRING!

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Calling all thrill seekers! Did you know that Warren County is known as “Ohio’s Largest Playground?” It’s no surprise since it’s the home of Kings Island – a destination not only for Cincinnatians but for thrill seekers all over the Midwest. On April 15th, Kings Island opens its gates for its 45th season, which promises to be better than ever, boasting the addition of the highly anticipated Mystic Timbers ride and the return of Winterfest. For ticket and membership information, visit the Kings Island’s website.

An eggciting Funday Taft Museum puts the “fun” in every Sunday Funday each month and April 16th may be the most “eggciting” Funday of all, as the Taft pulls out all the stops for its Easterthemed program. From 1-4 pm families can stop in and decorate eggs to take home and create stories at the Art Cart. At 2 pm, kids can enjoy a performance of The Ugly Duckling by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati on Tour. Afterwards, Sunrock Farm will be making a special stop at 3 pm with its adorable bunnies. As always, all activities, exhibits and parking at the Taft are free on Sundays.

Hop aboard the Easter Bunny Express Hop on over to LM&M’s Easter Bunny Express for a twist on this year’s celebration! Ride through the rolling Lebanon countryside while Mr. E.B. visits passengers for fun photo opps. When the train stops, kids can go on an Easter egg hunt (with baskets provided by LM&M). Train rides, the Easter bunny and an egg hunt? LM&M definitely knows what kids like! The Easter Bunny Express runs select weekends starting April 8th.




Spring has sprung! Need a dose of spring? Head to the Cincinnati Zoo during Zoo Blooms! All April long, the Zoo comes alive with the bright, vibrant colors of spring as blooms of every hue blossom throughout the grounds. Don’t miss out – visitors can expect to see over 100,000 tulips brightening the alreadybeautiful Cincinnati Zoo!

The Majestic Monarch Krohn’s seasonal butterfly show is a quintessential part of spring in Cincinnati. This year’s event promises to be better than ever, with monarch butterflies starring in the show. Other beautiful butterflies will be floating along as well among the colorful hydrangeas, marigolds and celosia in Krohn’s large exhibit room. Kids will have fun trying to coax the fluttery flyers onto “landing pads” provided by Krohn staff. (Tip: wear red – butterflies love this color!) This display is open seven days a week through June 18th.

Make something! Located at the Library’s main branch downtown, the Maker Space is a place where creativity comes to life. Want to try out 3D print art? Publish your own book? Sew your own Project Runway-inspired garment? Maker Space has everything you need: 3D printers, audio and visual equipment, laser cutters and engravers, sewing machines, cameras and other hardware and software tools. The best part? It’s all free to use (some machines require a reservation, however). The only limit here is your imagination!

Matilda the Musical Roald Dahl’s children’s classic comes alive at the Aronoff this April with Matilda the Musical, part of Fifth Third Bank’s Broadway in Cincinnati series. This show is the recipient of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards. Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a powerful and vivid imagination, dares to stand up to all the bullies in her life. Kids will be inspired by Matilda’s amazing powers, and parents will be amused by Dahl’s keen sense of humor. Matilda the Musical runs April 4 – 16.

Build it, eat it! This April, Canstruction® returns for its 20th year at the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Teams of designers and architects push the limits of creativity and engineering in a race to build “cantastic” sculptures of canned and packaged foods. The exhibit runs April 4 – 23 and all canned goods will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank. While this exhibit is always awe-inspiring and fun for kids of all ages, the Weston ramps it up even more with its Families Create! Candy Land Canstruction® Workshop. During this two-hour class on April 8th, kids can use candy, crackers and cookies to create an edible structure. Yum! exhibitions/detail/canstruction-2017

Take me out to the ball game… Opening Day is basically a holiday in Cincinnati and this year on Monday, April 3rd the Reds take on the Phillies at 4:10 pm in Great American Ballpark. Tickets are admittedly hard to come by, but there are still plenty of other ways to participate in this time-honored Cincinnati tradition. From the Opening Day Parade at Findlay Market to the day-long, family friendly celebration at Washington Park, Opening Day celebrates Cincinnati’s baseball town status. =2017&calendar=DEFAULT&m=4



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There's no place like home - especially when our town has the incredible Children's Theatre of Cincinnati! The TCT's performance was true to the classic film, complete with singalong songs and a lovable ensemble.

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Taft Jr is the eponymous museum's newest offering for kids: a class aimed to introduce preschoolers to art! Cincinnati Parent Reporter Andrea attended the very first program - and said it was nothing short of "delightful." (Psst! The next Taft Jr. class happens May 11!)

Win Tickets to Matilda the Musical, Tickets to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, a Gift Card to Joseph Beth Booksellers, and 2017 Butterfly Show Tickets at Krohn Conservatory!



We have our nose to the grindstone on Twitter, retweeting your favorite local hotspot announcements, parenting trends and more. Want the scoop on the latest things to do around town? Check out writer Sarah McCosham’s award-winning blog Where Are We Going Today? To find all the kid-friendly adventures to take advantage of in the Cincinnati area.






A Dad Influence Parenting – From the Eyes of a Child Sometimes it’s necessary to see parenting from a kid’s perspective. It happened again. This time my little brother, little sister and I were on a thirty-minute shuttle bus ride after spending the day at a theme park. We were tired and hungry, and so were mom and dad. We could’ve started complaining and annoying one another, those things small children do, but we didn’t. Instead, we rode the bus happily – reading, talking and dealing with the situation as well as a ten, seven and five-year-old can be expected to. During the ride, the lady next to us said something to our mom and dad as she got off the bus. “Your kids are so well behaved. You both should be very proud of them.”




I felt great. Until I heard what mom and dad said back to her. “You should see the way they usually act.” They then gave a wink-wink letting the lady know our behavior was not usually worthy of a compliment. The same type of thing has happened before. On our mom and dad’s anniversary the babysitter cancelled and they ended up taking us with them to a fancy dinner. Halfway through our meal, the older couple dining next to us came over to our table and said how polite and mature we were acting. Again, mom and dad laughed it off and made a comment about the way we eat at home.

I know it’s not just my parents who do this either. My friends’ parents do this type of stuff all the time, too. The funny thing is, I know parents appreciate these compliments. They love hearing people say nice things about their kids. So, I have a message for all parents. Maybe you’re trying to be humble, but next time someone gives a compliment about your kids, just say “thank you.” We look up to you and we’re always watching and listening. Follow along on my journeys with my wife, three kids, and (now) two dogs at A Dad Influence on Facebook, Twitter @adadinfluence and Instagram a_dad_influence.

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Spring in Cincinnati means rain. Lots of rain. What’s a Cincinnati Parent to do during these soggy days? Head to one of these indoor spots, that’s what!

Behringer-Crawford Museum

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington

2600 DeWeese Pkwy, Dayton

Four floors of interactive exhibits and displays highlight Northern Kentucky’s rich history. Be sure to hit up each of the Museum’s “Top Ten Picks,” which include a drive-in theatre and train display with interactive crawl space.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton is more than a museum of science and natural history, it’s also a zoo, aquarium and planetarium. You’ll find all the answers to your kids’ biggest questions at Boonshoft.

American Sign Museum 1330 Monmouth Ave, Cincinnati

The American Sign Museum is a piece of living history that’s as accessible to kids as it is to adults. Kids will love the spinning signs, flashing lights and pop culture imagery. Definitely schedule your visit around one of the Museum’s daily tours; you’ll learn so much about the history of this awesome art medium.




Blue Marble Books

Brazee Street Studios

1356 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas

4426 Brazee Street, Cincinnati

With a Great Green Room, train table and library-level selection of kids’ books, Blue Marble Books is a magical place to spend an afternoon.

This Oakley art 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 toddler-friendly story times, which are geared especially for kids 3-6.

Carol Ann’s Carousel 100 W Mehring Way, Cincinnati

Go around and around on this unique Cincinnati attraction by Smale Riverfront Park. Glass doors allow for easy access into the carousel building, making this indoor carousel accessible year-round.

Castle Skateland 980 Loveland Madeira Rd, Loveland

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.

Duke Energy Children’s Museum 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati

Don’t let the construction at Union Terminal scare you away – the Duke Energy Children’s Museum is open and better than ever! The Woods, Kids’ Town and Energy Zone are guaranteed kid pleasers, while the new Inside the Grin exhibit is sure to get your kids excited about oral hygiene. (P.S. In May, there’s a Star Wars exhibit coming to the Museum Center that’s sure to be out of this world!)

Joseph-Beth Booksellers Two locations: Cincinnati (Rookwood Commons Shopping Center) and Crestview Hills (Crestview Hills Shopping Center)

Joseph-Beth is known for its story times – and working parents can celebrate that both Cincinnati and Crestview Hills now offer Saturday story times! The newly revamped Kids’ Area at Crestview Hills is definitely worth a trip.

IKEA West Chester 9500 IKEA Way, West Chester Township activities# It’s no secret we love IKEA – and this Swedish superstore is absolutely a fun place to browse on a rainy day! The Kids’ Department features activity tables, cars and trucks, play tunnels and play mats, making it basically the coolest playroom ever. (Be sure to go on a Tuesday for story time and IKEA’s Kids Eat Free promo!)


Krohn Conservatory

Northland Ice Center

Run, Jump and Play

950 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati

10400 Reading Rd, Cincinnati

8481 Duke Blvd, Mason

Ice skating in the spring? Why not? Northland Ice Center is a year-round indoor rink offering lessons, all-ages hockey and open skating.

Now this is an indoor playground: wall-to-wall swing sets, slides, monkey bars, rock walls and trampolines offer loads of rainy day fun. conservatory/

It’s always spring in Krohn Conservatory – and right now, the acclaimed Butterfly Show is happening! The star of this year’s show is the majestic and magnificent monarch butterfly.

Lazer Kraze Two locations: Mason (7082 Columbia Road, Maineville) and Northern Kentucky (1335 Donaldson Rd., Erlanger)

Lazer Kraze combines old-school arcade games with new-school lazer tag, making it a win-win in any parent’s book. Tip: the Indoor Trampoline Park is a sure-fire cure for the rainy day crazies.

7100 Foundry Rd., Liberty Township

This new indoor shopping center in West Chester features an area just for kids. The Discovery Center has games and interactive activities, and definitely encourages creativity and discovery for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Main Event Entertainment 9477 Oxford Way, West Chester

This unique attraction is for children and adults and guarantees hours of fun and excitement. The “main event” at Main Event is bowling: black lights, lasers, music and more will keep your kids entertained frame after frame.

Newport Aquarium One Aquarium Way, Newport

Newport Aquarium is filled with a wide variety of creatures to watch, learn about and even (in some cases), touch. In May, the Aquarium is opening its newest exhibit, the interactive Stingray Hideaway.



Red Balloon Play + Café


6200 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati

Two locations: Cincinnati (876 OH-28, Milford) and Dayton (6196 Poe Avenue Dayton)

A café featuring locally sourced, chef-prepared cuisine (and treats) and a state-of-the-art play place? Sign us up! With Red Balloon’s Eat + Play combo (just $10/kid), you can literally stay all day at this gorgeous Pleasant Ridge gem.

Recreations Outlet 885 Old Ohio 28, Milford indoor-playland/

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Trampolines, basketball courts, soccer fields, golf greens, foosball tables and rows and rows of giant, indoor playground equipment. Recreations Outlet is an absolute favorite place on a rainy day.

Reds Hall of Fame Museum 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati

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 practice their Marty and Joe skills!

Go-karts, virtual reality, mini bowling and lazer tag – Scene 75 is a destination for year-round indoor fun! Located in Dayton and Cincinnati, both locations have been named Top 3 Family Entertainment Centers in North America and Dayton’s holds the title of #1 Family Center in North America.

Sharon Center 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville sharon-centre

The Sharon Center is sure to be a big hit on a rainy day. There are animals, story times, crafts and an entire indoor play place housed at this Great Parks gem – and kids 2-5 will absolutely go crazy for the ball pit. (Please note a 2017 Great Parks Vehicle Permit is required for park entry – at $10/year, it’s a total steal!)

Taft Museum of Art 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati

If we had to describe the Taft Museum in one word, it would be delightful. In addition to a series of ever-rotating displays, this art museum boasts lots of kid friendly activities, including Third Sunday Funday, Taft Jr. classes and free admission every Sunday. Definitely stay for lunch in the café – there are several kid-approved options and the staff is super friendly.

Totter’s Otterville 4314 Boron Dr., Covington

Totter’s Otterville is set up in sections, each having a theme to encourage creativity and cooperative play. It’s geared toward children through age 10 and has a little something for everyone.

The Silver Diva 7594B Voice of America Center Drive, West Chester

The Silver Diva offers a fun, kid friendly alternative to the typical craft time experience. Kids ages 6 and up can hand stamp their own necklaces, bracelets, rings or keychains.

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



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Weekend Getaways Three nearby destinations we love

Spring has sprung and there is no better time to pack up the kids and head out for a weekend getaway. Cincinnati’s central location puts us smack-dab in the middle of the action when it comes to familyfriendly destinations. Here are just a few.

Chicago, IL Chi-town, Second City, the Windy City – no matter what you call it, Chicago is a mainstay of family fun. First up on the must-see list is the Museum of Science and Industry. Plan to spend the better part of the day exploring more than 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, including an authentic German submarine, a 40-foot indoor tornado and a mind-boggling mirror maze. Be sure to check out the amazing LEGO structures in the

Brick by Brick exhibit on display through September 4.

will also love the Chicago Children’s Museum.

Millennium Park offers a wide-open space in the heart of the city perfect for exploring. This unique green space is home to an outdoor concert venue, an interactive fountain, gorgeous gardens and the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, more commonly known as The Bean.

For a unique perspective of the city, catch a ride on the Chicago Water Taxi. An all-day pass is just $9 per person, making this a cost effective way to take in the city’s unique architecture by boat (and give your feet a break!) The route covers all branches of the Chicago River, including a stop in Chinatown (another must see).

Immerse yourself in the skyscrapers by taking a stroll along the Magnificent Mile, the section of Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River that boasts numerous galleries and shops, including the multi-story American Girl store. Located just east of Michigan Avenue on the shores of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions. Stroll through a six-story indoor botanical garden, ride a whimsical carousel and catch fantastic views of the city aboard the 150-foot Centennial Wheel. Children 10 and under

Where to stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown puts you in the middle of the action. The two-room suites include free breakfast and free happy hour with complimentary drinks and snacks for all ages. There is also an indoor pool.

Indianapolis, IN Located in beautiful downtown Indianapolis, White River State Park is home to gorgeous green spaces and six major attractions the whole family will enjoy: Eiteljorg Museum of April 2017 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 19

American Indians & Western Art, IMAX® Theater, Indiana State Museum, Victory Field (home of Indianapolis Indians Baseball), the Indianapolis Zoo & White River Gardens, and NCAA® Hall of Champions. Explore a few or purchase a White River Park Pass (www. wrsp-park-passes) and explore them all! No trip to the Circle City would be complete without a visit to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Take a trip down the two-story Chocolate Slide, walk through the prehistoric Dinosphere and explore life under the big top in the museum’s newest exhibit: Circus – Starring You! Those with young children will want to head to Playscape, a world of sensory play designed specifically for children 5 and under. Just north of the city, discover the picturesque hidden gem of Carmel, Indiana. Rent a bike from one of the 11

Zagster bike share stations and explore the scenic Monon Greenway. Make a stop in the Carmel Arts & Design District, which offers a selection of shops and locally owned restaurants, 11 galleries and unique attractions like the Museum of Miniature Houses and the Monon Depot and Museum. Kids of all ages will love the award-winning West Commons Playground and Splash Pad located in Carmel’s Central Park, and if you are visiting in the summer months, be sure to devote an afternoon to The Waterpark at Monon Community Center. Where to stay: White River State Park offers a number of getaway packages ( The Indianapolis Zoo and The Children’s Museum have also teamed up to offer a Family Fun Adventure Getaway package (

French Lick, IN Nestled in the heart of southern Indiana, are two historic resorts perfect for a family getaway. French Lick Springs Hotel offers eight eateries, a bowling alley and organized children’s activities. The more upscale West Baden Springs Hotel houses seven additional restaurants, a jawdropping atrium and a Saturday afternoon tea service. The grounds also feature five miles of hiking trails and an onsite stable that offers horse and pony rides. Just a short drive away, Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park is perfect for the water-loving family. One of the few retractable-roof water parks in the world, this 40,000-square-foot water park has attractions for all ages. Day passes are limited but can be reserved in advance. Those with a need for speed will enjoy the Grand Prix style racetrack at French Lick West Baden Indoor Karting. Kid-friendly lanes are available for ages 4 and up, and there is also a Family Fun Center complete with bounce house. For a more relaxed pace, spend an afternoon riding one of French Lick Scenic Railway’s historic trains through the beautiful Hoosier National Forest and Burton Tunnel. The railway also offers a selection of themed rides. During the month of April visitors can board the Wizard of Oz train, complete with live onboard entertainment featuring Dorothy and her crew. Where to stay: French Lick Springs Hotel is the more family-friendly of the two resorts, but if luxury is what you are looking for, then West Baden Springs Hotel has you covered. Either way, be sure to explore the grounds of both hotels during your stay.

And there you have it – three destinations and a whole lot of fun. Where will your next weekend adventure TAKE you?





Becoming a Camp Counselor The perfect job for your teen! common goal. Meaningful relationships are built as counselors work alongside one another day after day.

Stretching boundaries Camp is all about new adventures, for campers and counselors both. Counselors can gain self-respect as they overcome any fears they might have and push themselves outside their comfort zones.

Humility Camp counselors learn how to work under someone else's leadership and follow directions. Counselors must do what is asked of them when taking care of children while following a pre-determined schedule. Kids love to go to camp and experience new adventures, enjoy a break from everyday life and make new friends. But, as our kids get older, we want them to experience a summer job and the benefits that go along with earning an income. Why not consider the perfect blend of both: a camp counselor job? Teens can begin working as camp counselors during their high school years and continue during college as summer jobs if they choose. Some camps even offer the opportunity for younger teens to begin as counselors-in-training during their junior high years. A camp counselor job has a lot to offer your teen other than just an income. Here are a few life skills your teen can learn as a camp counselor or counselor-in-training: Responsibility A camp counselor is assigned a group of children and asked to look after their needs and help manage their schedule. Responsibilities include ensuring they are at activities on time, helping with needs such as minor first aid or sunscreen application, playing with kids at activities and 22



being a friend on a bad day or a homesick moment. Teens gain maturity as they help young campers with issues that arise. Endurance Camp schedules are packed with activities to allow kids the opportunity to experience as much fun as possible in a short amount of time. And camp counselors must keep up, even on days when they feel tired or unmotivated.

Selflessness The teen years typically include spells of sour attitudes and selfish behaviors. A camp counselor role forces a teen to remove his self-indulgent attitude and replace it with empathy and understanding for others. It shows teens how to put others' needs before their own – a valuable life skill.

Relationship skills Camp counselors are thrown together with other counselors they don't know, some whom they might not like. They are forced to learn how to get along with others while working toward a

Self-Esteem What a great feeling to know you're investing in others! That's the feeling a camp counselor experiences daily at camp. Whether it's one week or ten weeks, camp counselors go home knowing they've made a difference in young children's lives and that's something to be proud of. If your teen needs a job that builds life skills, consider a camp counselor position. Camps of all varieties fill their staff with teenagers who can offer fun and camaraderie to young campers. Match the interests of your teen, whether it be sports, music, education, etc., with an appropriate camp and watch him or her blossom. As camp counselors, teens can gain valuable experience that rewards them with lifelong lessons and memories in the process.



for Kids with Autism or Other Special Needs L o c a l o p p o r t u n i t i e s f o r g r e at c a m p e x p e r i e n c e s


Once school has finished for the year, finding opportunities that provide positive social interaction and structure are valuable for all kids, but even more critical for children with autism or other special needs. The Cincinnati area offers a variety of specialized camp programs created for children with special needs in mind that strive to inhibit the regression that often takes place during the long break from school. Camps not only create space for recreation, they also foster continued positive social interaction and interpersonal growth. A camp experience can offer kids the chance to gain cognitive and sensory skills and even boost their confidence and self-esteem, as they practice conversation and develop friendships in a real-world setting. Fortunately, there are many choices when it comes to summer camps. Parents can consider camps designed specifically for children with special needs or mainstream camps (required to be inclusionary as a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act). With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of camps that parents of children with special needs may want to consider. If your child is enrolled at a learning center throughout the year, be sure to check with them about what kinds of summer programs they may offer.

Abilities First 513-423-9496 ext. 251 summer-program On average, students lose the equivalent of one month of overall learning and two months of reading skills over the summer; children with developmental disabilities and delays risk greater regression. Abilities First Pediatric Therapies is the only year-round outpatient therapy service that provides specific summer physical, occupational and speech language therapeutic group opportunities to children with developmental delays and disabilities and a summer school for preschool through K/1 for children with autism.

Cincinnati Center for Autism Camp Ability 513-874-6789 programs-services/summer-services/ Camp Ability is a unique summer experience for students ages 3-21. Camp programming includes activities in creative arts, daily living, sports and nature. All activities are structured to address communication, academics, socialization and the behavior needs common for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other related disorders. CCA’s skilled staff provide a specialized summer camp program with low instructor-to-camper ratios; either 1:1 or 1:3 based on the camper’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or

determination by CCA staff. Examples of activities may include: cooking skills and meal planning, recreational activities (i.e., kickball, yoga, dancing, tag), social communication activities (i.e., board games) and scientific exploration (i.e., nature hikes, experiments, water play).

Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Institute Camp OdakOTa 513-791-5688 Camp curriculum has been designed by COTI staff and will anticipate and meet the sensory and environmental needs of campers to promote their successful participation in summer camp. Camp OdakOTa will provide children the opportunity to experience camp life through the support of trained occupational therapy professionals and other staff alongside other children that are experiencing similar challenges.

Linden Grove School 513-984-2215

Linden Grove School offers Summer Camp for 7 weeks in June and July, taking the week of July 4th off. Camp runs Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 am - 3 pm (with after care available for registered students). Students can register for individual weeks. Each week has a


theme ranging from Easy Engineering to Everything Art to Awesome Animals; with related fun, in-house or off-campus field trips, as well as structured learning activities in the areas of reading and writing. Students must be registered at LGS for the upcoming year or have been a LGS alumni student who is entering grades 1-9 for the upcoming year.

Nuhop Camp Nuhop 419-289-2227 Located in southern Ashland County, Camp Nuhop is a residential summer camp for children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, Asperger's Syndrome (ASD) and behavioral nuances. Their mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, dynamic learning environment where people are empowered to succeed. In structured programs, campers receive specialized placement with staff that understand their individuality. Staff teaches self-awareness, social development and creates a safe environment where friendships can be made. Ages 6-18 years.




Stepping Stones Summer Camp Jeannie Ludwig, 513-965-5108 Since 1963, Stepping Stones’ summer day and overnight programs have been building pathways to independence for youths and adults with disabilities in Greater Cincinnati. Today, more than 725 people build their summer adventures at Stepping Stones each year during the nine-week summer camp session. Stepping Stones has programs for children with all types of disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, seizure disorders and other physical and behavioral disorders. The Stepping Stones staff receives an average of 80 hours of training before our summer programs and more training throughout the year. Age 5 and up.

THE CHILDREN’S HOME OF CINCINNATI Ready, Set, Work Camp-I-Can (513) 272-2800

Ready, Set, Work is a summer work exploration program for young adults ages 14-21 with autism. Participants receive a skills training assessment, explore careers, receive job training and participate in off campus work activities. Camp-I-Can is designed for children ages 5 - 12 when school is out and parents are at work. Campers enhance creativity, leadership and social skills while celebrating culture and diversity. Physical activity includes daily stretching and warm-ups, swimming and outdoor play. Journaling, reading and math challenges take place as well as fun off-campus field trips. Summer camp is an experience every child should have the chance to enjoy. Finding the right match that best suits your child can help your son or daughter keep up the skills they’ve been working on throughout the year and have some fun at the same time!

For a comprehensive list of area camps for children with special needs or medical challenges, visit the Cincinnati Children’s website at special-needs/recreation/camps.

Best-selling author Carol Stock Kranowitz to speak in Cincinnati April 7th Carol Stock Kranowitz, the author of The-Out-of-Sync Child, will be coming April 7 to Cincinnati to discuss what can done to help the increasingly large number of children who have sensory problems. Today, the largest category of children with disabilities in the U.S. – one out of six children – are “out-of-sync” or, in medical terms, have Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD). Ms. Kranowitz learned early as a preschool teacher that a number of her young children were having significant sensory problems. She began providing enjoyable sensory-motor techniques to address her children’s sensory issues to help them become more competent in their work and play and, subsequently, has written numerous books on the subject. She also became a popular speaker who focuses on the fun and functional aspects of the sensory-motor activities that need to be implemented to help “out-of-sync” children. Joining her in Cincinnati to speak on sensory issues will be Rebecca Moyes, a former teacher in both public and private schools, who speaks to teachers, parents and professionals on how to teach children proactive, self-regulation skills to deal with sensory overload. She is the author of Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms to Support Children with Challenging Behaviors as well as Visual Techniques for Developing Social Skills and several other books. Continuing Education Credits will be available at the conference, which will be held at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport. To register, go to www.fhautism. com or call 800.489.0727.






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

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

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

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

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

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




Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220, Contact: Melissa Rounds, Phone: 513-562-8748, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 12 – July 28, 2017 Ages/Grades: Ages 5-12 Cost: $155-245

An award-winning and memorable art experience for your camper! Balancing technical instruction with freedom for self-expression. Camp Art Academy’s curriculum includes fundamental visual art skill building activities, two and three dimensional hands-on experiences, guest artists and creative problem solving with lots of fun!

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

From American Red Cross swim lessons and archery to arts and crafts, Camp at the J provides great social and educational opportunities that foster friendships and features all the fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. Camp at the J offers weekly theme days, sports, and field trips.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cincinnati Boychoir’s SongFest: Music Camp for Boys Location: Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati OH 45207, Cincinnati, OH 45207, Contact: KellyAnn Nelson, Associate Artistic Director, Phone: 513.396.7664, Email:, www. Gender of Campers: All-Boy Basic Category: Arts Dates: July 31 - August 4

Each summer, SongFest music camp gives boys of all ages (entering grades 2- 12) from throughout the city a chance to sing, participate in sports, learn music theory and play instruments. From an African drum circle, to a

choral rehearsal with 120 boys singing together, to a field trip to sing the national anthem and throw out the first pitch at a Florence Freedom game, the week is filled with fun and education. There are two tracks - one for younger boys and another for older boys and those with changed voices.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s SummerFlight Specialty Camps 11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Sharon Frankart, Summer Programs Coordinator, Phone: 513-247-9944, Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: June 5- August 4; Length of Camps varies Ages: K-8 Cost: Varies Category: Technology Camps, Athletic Camps, and Spring Hill Camps

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s SummerFlight Specialty Camps exist to advance the CHCA mission through Christ-centered offerings that enable students to learn, lead, and serve during the summer months. Welcoming both CHCA and non-CHCA students, SummerFlight includes Academic, Technology, Fine Arts, and Athletic camps for students in grades K-8. Go to summer for detailed descriptions of each camp.

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

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

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

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


Cincinnati Reds Baseball/ Softball Camps

Creative Tots (Mason) Summer Camps

Great Parks of Hamilton County Summer Day Camps

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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.

Dance Camp for Kids by MamLuft&Co. Dance

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

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

Locations: Week 1 - Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220; Week 2 - Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Phone: (513) 494-MLCo (6526), Email:, Dates: July 10-14, 2017 and July 14-21, 2017 (1 or 2 week options) Cost: $180-250 (Early registration, sibling, and second week discounts) Ages: 5-10

MamLuft&Co. Dance's Summer Dance & Creativity Camp for Kids won "Best Summer Dance Camp" in 2012 from Cincinnati Magazine for its uniqueness and its value! ML&Co.'s camp is one of the few in Cincinnati designed to be gender inclusive for both boys and girls, to offer Modern Dance ~and~ Ballet for ages 5-10, and to provide all-day options! Discounts are available for early birds, those doing both weeks, and siblings. July 10-14, 2017, the camp themes of Whirling Wizards and Radical Robots take place in Clifton; July 24-28, 2017, themes Stellar Space and Rockin' (80s) Retro take place in Columbia Tusculum.

Contardi Tennis Camp 8675 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Phone: 489-9700,

Drones, Chemistry, Backyard Ballista and Robots STEM Camps

Dates: 10 weeks of Contardi Tennis Camp: June 5 - August 11, 2017 (weekly). Contact the front desk to register or for more info. Registration opens April 1st. Online registration also available. Category: Sports, Traditional Hours: Full day and half day Camp options available. Ages/Grades: 5 - 18

Locations: STEM Camps are located across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Contact: Rollin Robinson, PhD/ Director, Phone: (859) 462-3340, Email: rollin@,

Contardi Tennis Camp – A Cincinnati Tradition! Forty-three years ago we brought the idea of an all day tennis camp to Cincinnati. Today, thanks to an enthusiastic tennis community, the Contardi Tennis Camp has become a Cincinnati tradition as well as one of the most recognized tennis programs in the United States. Our tennis camp formula combines a dedicated and qualified staff with a great facility and a “Tennis is Fun” attitude. This formula has helped youngsters of all ages develop the skills to enjoy the lifelong benefits of tennis. Join for a Summer of tennis and fun!

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




Gender of Campers: Coed ages 5-11 years old Basic Category: Academic/Science Dates: June 12 through July 28, 2017

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

Greenacres Summer Camps offers something for every child in your family! Learn to sew or clown around in our Arts Adventures camps, bond with one of our horses in our Boots and Bridles camps, dig in the dirt and cook up a delicious feast in our Garden Adventures camps, get back to nature and hike on our trails in our Earth Explorers camps, and have fun playing in the water with our Make a Splash camps. Each camp is led by of our caring and professional staff who strive to give campers memories and experiences to cherish for a lifetime.

Kids First Sports Center Camp-A-Palooza 7900 East Kemper Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45249, Contact: Megan Smith, Phone: (513) 489-7575, Email: msmith@, http://www.kidsfirst camps-events/camp-a-palooza-camps Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates/Hours: May 30-August 18, 2017, 7:00am6:00pm Ages/Grades: 5-15 Activities: Gymnastics, Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Volleyball, Karate, Yoga, Drawing Classes, Field Trips Weekly!

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

King Sports - West Chester Summer Camps 8500 Union Centre Blvd. West Chester, OH, Phone: 513-4442196, Email:, http://www. Dates: June 12-15, June 19-22, July 10-13, July 17-20 Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm Monday - Thursday Ages: 8 - 13 Activities: baseball & softball Skills training, nutrition education.

Campers live and breathe baseball & softball while our coaches provide an innovative instructional experience. This will be done through a combination of instruction and actual game experience on our premier fields. We will also focus on the importance of nutrition for the campers; providing education on healthy snacks and meals, part of our overall Game Day Nutrition program.

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

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

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

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

Ready, Set, Work 5050 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Contact: Amanda Tipkemper, Phone: 513-272-2800 ext. 3209, http://www. Gender of Campers: Co-Ed Dates: July 5-27, 2017 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM MondayThursday Ages/Grades: 14-21 Cost: $3,000 for the full camp

The Children’s Home of Cincinnati offers a 4 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, communitybased assessment, job training and participate in off campus work activities.


Redeemer Preschool Summer Camp 2017 2944 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Denise Hoefling, Phone: 513-533-5980, Email: rpsdirector03@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: May 22-25, May 30-June2, June 5-8, June 12-15 and June 19-22 Cost: $80/week; A deposit of $20.00 per week is due upon receipt of application

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

SDA STUDIOS SUMMER DANCE 7398 Liberty One Dr, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Mary St.Romain, Phone: (513) 779-0135, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: July 10-Aug 5, 2017 Ages/Grades: Ages 2.5 & up!

Shakespeare Summer Camp 719 Race Street, Cincinnati OH 45202, Contact: Jeanna Vella, Email:, Phone: (513)381-2273, Category: Arts Dates: June 5-30

Shakespeare Summer Camp is a one-week theater day camp for middle and high school students who want to learn more about the art of theater. We welcome students who have completed grades 4 through 12!

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

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

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

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

Summer FUN Camp 1345 Grace Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Mrs. Julie Vail, Director of Preschool Ministry, Phone: 513.979.8191, Email:, www. Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: August 7 – 11 AND August 14 - 18; 9 am - Noon Ages/Grades: Children ages 3-5 Cost: $125.00 (daily snack & all camp supplies provided)

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

Taft Summer Art Day Camp

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


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

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

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

Discover hidden talents, make friends and explore the performing arts this summer at CCM. Our Summer Programs at CCM and Greater Cincinnati for children, youth, teens and adults provide the finest

arts education led by CCM Prep faculty and guest artists including CCM faculty and local artists and educators.

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

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

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

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

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps 2017 Locations: 12 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Phone: 513-362-YMCA, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Registration begins March 4, 2017; Camps run May through August; dates for each camp are available on the website. Ages/Grades: Ages 3-15 Cost: Cost varies depending on each camp. Pricing and camp brochures are available on our website.

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


Falcon Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey, Phone: (800) 837-2267, Email: info@FalconCamp. com, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional, ADHD and some other learning difficulties offered Dates: June 18 - August 12, 2017; 2, 4, 6 and 8 week sessions. special one week sessions for 6-9 yr olds Ages/Grades: 6-16 Cost: $2340 to varies Activities: Swim, sail, canoe, fish, kayak, paddle board, horse back riding, lots of sports, crafts, drama, tennis, archery, riflery, nature study, mountain bikes, video, photography, dances, lots more.

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

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

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

Word of Life CAMPS Phone: 518-494-6000, Email:, Basic Category: Adventure/ Outdoor, Family camp, Religious, Sports

Though Word of Life Camps are fun and full of energy, they are about so much more than just summer fun. Our camps are designed to create experiences that allow youth and families to connect with God in new ways, no matter where they are in their spiritual

journeys. Have the time of your life, learn from incredible biblical teaching, build friendships, make memories and launch your faith!

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

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



WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle

WOMEN AND HEART HEALTH Simple recommendations for every stage of life

We’ve all heard that heart disease is the number one killer of women, but what does that mean for a fresh college grad in her 20s, a new mom in her 30s or a 40s-something professional at the top of her game? Quite a lot, it turns out. No matter what your age, experts stress that it’s never too early to start taking steps to keep your heart healthy. In fact, studies have shown that if you can avoid the conditions that put you at risk for heart disease before you turn 50, you have a better chance of avoiding heart troubles altogether. “We often think of heart disease as an older woman’s disease, but that’s just not true,” stresses Mary McGowan, CEO of the nonprofit WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, which was founded by three women who had heart attacks in their 40s. “It’s important for younger women to be aware of the risk factors for heart disease, to know the signs and symptoms and to have conversations with their doctor about ways to keep their hearts healthy.” No matter what stage of life you’re in, there are things you can do to keep your heart in good shape now and in the future. Here’s a decade-bydecade breakdown.

YOUR 20s Women in their 20s are thinking about a lot of things – college, marriage, work, motherhood. The risk of heart disease probably doesn’t make the list. Putting a few positive behaviors in place now, however, can pay off later.

Ditch bad habits Now’s the time to quit smoking for good. Smoking increases your risk of heart disease and stroke by two to four times, according to the American Heart Association. Hang out with friends who smoke? According to a U.S. Surgeon General report, even nonsmokers are up to 30 percent more likely to develop heart disease or lung cancer from secondhand smoke exposure.

Know your family history Do heart issues run in your family? If your father or brother had a heart attack before the age of 55, or if your mother or sister had one before the age of 65, you are more likely to get heart disease yourself, according to the National Institutes of Health. Make sure to tell your doctor or OB/ GYN about your family history so he or she can keep a close eye on your numbers.

Focus on your health Your 20s are a time to explore, try new things and enjoy being young, and you can do that while setting up healthy habits that will last for decades.




Find a sport or exercise routine that you love and make it a regular part of your life. Discover your favorite ways to cook healthy foods so you’ll actually eat them. Indulge in a hobby that helps you destress, like reading, yoga or hiking.

overwhelming, it’s a good time to maintain the healthy habits you adopted during pregnancy or to slowly start improving your diet and exercise routines now that you have a baby depending on you.

“If you get in the habit of taking care of yourself when you’re in your 20s, then when you’re in your 30s and 40s and you’re juggling work and kids, those healthy routines will just be second nature,” says Dr. Gaurang Gandhi, a cardiologist at the TriHealth Heart Institute.

Long-term stress causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure which can damage the walls of your arteries.

YOUR 30s Your 30s are a time of juggling. Between raising kids, moving forward in your career and managing multiple commitments, there’s often little time left to worry about yourself. Still, this is a crucial time to keep your health a priority.

Notice pregnancy changes Pregnancy is often the first major cardiovascular stress test for women, so take note of how your body responds. If you develop hypertension or gestational diabetes, don’t assume they’re gone for good once the baby’s born. “Women are often told that these conditions are due to your pregnancy, and that after you give birth, it will revert back. But the research shows that women who experience these heart-related issues during pregnancy are 80 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease in the future,” McGowan says. If you have hypertension or diabetes while pregnant, make it a point to follow up with your doctor or OB/GYN so they can keep tabs on your heart health. While new motherhood can be

Listen to your body Think being tired, gaining weight and forever fighting a bad mood are just part of life in your 30s? Think again. Now is the time to stop rationalizing away those little things and actually bring them up to your doctor. “If you’re feeling worse than you were a year ago, that’s something we need to know,” Gandhi says. “Yes, everything else in your life is important – your husband’s important, your kids are important, your parents are important – but you also need to pay attention to your body and not ignore those symptoms.”

Tame your stress Your 30s can be a stressful time, but it’s in your heart’s best interest to find positive ways to cope. According to the American Heart Association, long-term stress causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, which can damage the walls of your arteries. Seek out stress management techniques to practice, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga or simply finding time to do things you enjoy.

YOUR 40s

As women age, we lose some of our natural defenses against heart disease. Hormonal changes from menopause can affect cholesterol levels, and type 2 diabetes usually develops after the age of 45 for women, reports the American Heart Association. But don’t despair. Your 40s are a time when you can still make important changes to keep your heart healthy longer.

Start regular checkups If you’ve mainly been seeing an OB/GYN or don’t have a primary care doctor, now is the time to establish a relationship with someone who can make your heart health a top priority. The American Heart Association recommends you have your cholesterol checked every five years, your blood pressure checked at least every two years and your blood glucose levels checked every three years starting by the time you’re 45. Your body mass index and waist circumference should be checked during every regular visit.

Find physical activities you enjoy If you haven’t already made staying active a part of your daily life, starting now can seem like a chore, but it really is critical. According to the American Heart Association, exercising for 40 minutes, three to four times per week can improve your blood pressure and HDL “good” cholesterol, reduce your chances of developing diabetes and strengthen your heart.

There are a wealth of resources online to help you keep your heart health top of mind throughout your life. Track and analyze your heart numbers with Go Red for Women (www.go and find resources on how to make specific lifestyle changes on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s page (www. Do it for yourself – and for everyone who cares about you.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Your Heart Health • What is my overall risk for heart disease? • What lifestyle changes can I start making to improve my heart health? • How much exercise do I need to help protect my heart? • What tests should I have to monitor my risk factors for developing heart disease or other cardiovascular diseases? How often do I need these screenings? • The warning signs of a heart attack can be different in women. What should I look for? Source:

“The crucial thing about your 40s is that all the work you’ve done for all those years – eating healthy, being active – can be wiped out in a second if you give up now,” Gandhi stresses. “Now is not the time to forget about yourself and your health.” April 2017 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 35


WORDS BY // Janis Fay, Shelby Haskins, Amanda Luchsinger, Amanda Tipkemper & Elizabeth Wietmarschen, High School for Students with Autism and Related Disorders, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati

Growing Up on the Spectrum: Building Job Readiness Skills Preparing a child to step out into the world on his own is a huge undertaking. When that child is on the spectrum, the task comes with its own set of unique challenges. To gain some insight into the best practices for building job readiness skills in children with autism, we reached out to The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, an organization responsible for transitioning young people on the spectrum in to adulthood. Below they offer ideas and suggestions provided by parents, siblings and professionals working and living with young adults with autism. Whether you have a child with plans to attend college or transition directly into the workforce from high school, job readiness skills are a necessity. If you have a student identified with a disability, transition services and activities will be provided starting the school year that student turns 14, as mandated by special education law. Research shows that high expectations lead to better outcomes. More specifically, parents and students who have a vision of full-time employment are more likely to secure it*. With this in mind, we advise that the expectation is set high earlier rather than later. This may start by providing opportunities to develop independence and crucial skills in self- determination. Whether you have a young child or a high schooler; consider these ideas to get them ready for the job market. Basic • Taking out the trash • Helping with laundry • Laying out clothes for school • Setting the table • Putting dishes in the dishwasher • Getting self a snack or drink



• Picking up after self (toys, clothing) • Knowing personal information (full name, parent’s names, phone #) • Demonstrating appropriate public restroom behavior Intermediate • Using money to purchase items • Making lunch for school • Waking up to an alarm • Putting away laundry • Ordering food at a restaurant • Using appliances in the kitchen, like using the microwave to prepare simple meals or snacks • Knowing personal information (address, birthday) • Using technology for communication, planning Advanced • Managing a list of weekly chores (with due dates) • Earning and managing an allowance • Volunteering on a regular basis • Mock interviews with unfamiliar people • Visits/ job shadows to workplaces • Independently getting ready in the mornings • Knowing personal information [diagnosis/ disability, SS#] • Using technology safely We understand that this list is by no means comprehensive, and we also know that every person has a different level of ability. These are just ideas to get you started in thinking about how to set up your child to be as self-sufficient and successful as possible! *Southward, J. D., & Kyzar, K. (march 2017). Predictors of Competitive Employment for Students with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilties, 52(1), 26-37.


5 playgrounds worth the drive cincy area


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Is there anything better than taking your kids to a playground on a warm spring day? In the Cincinnati area, we’re fortunate to have an abundance of fantastic play spaces to explore. Check out these five playgrounds and head over to our website on April 5 for five more!



Highfield Discovery Garden 10397 Spring field Pike, Woodlawn glenwood-gardens This Hamilton County Great Park is an unexpected breath of fresh air and beauty beside a very industrial area, plus it has one of the most innovative, imaginative and interactive parks around. Highfield Discovery Garden is 12 acres of pure magic that will bring out the kid in everyone. There are seven different themed gardens to explore, including a 25-foot-tall tree house, kid-sized cottage with a tea set and dress-up clothes, koi pond and Garden Learning Center with water to pump, dirt to dig and daily classes to attend. The big-and-small scale of everything


will make you feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland – and you won’t want to leave.

fun. Kids will especially enjoy banging on the larger than life xylophones.

Pleasant Ridge Playground

Eden Park Playground

5919 Ridge Ave., Cincinnati central/eden-park/ facility.aspx?id=46 Pleasant Ridge’s playground was built in 2000 by more than 3,000 volunteers, then renovated in 2013 to be even bigger and better. In fact, this Cincinnati Recreation Commission playground was most recently expanded to include a spray ground worthy of a water park. From swings (infant, big kid and tire) to bridges and fairy tale castles to chomping crocodile slides, this playground is tons of

950 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati

When entering Eden Park, drive around the roundabout, up the hill and about a half mile past Krohn Conservatory you’ll come to an overlook where you can see views of the Ohio River and Kentucky that are so gorgeous, there are almost always professional photographers taking wedding, engagement, family and newborn pictures. There’s also an amazing playground. Natural colored materials and earthy structures make Eden Park Playground one of

the prettiest in Cincinnati. From a faux tree house to rope bridges and branch-rung ladders to tree trunk steps, this playground is like no other in the area. There are also plenty of swings, swirly and tunnel slides, and rocks, ropes and “trees” to climb. Afterwards, check out the seasonal show at Krohn Conservatory.

Summit Park 4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash recreation/summit_park/index.php This playground is state-of-the-art with a giant ropes course, massive slides, spinning stools, a four-person see saw, a hill made out of AstroTurf, plus a dog park (because Fido needs a fun place to play, too!) Summit Park hosts a farmer’s market starting in the spring, weekly fitness classes in the summer and year-round events on the Great Lawn (which is also fantastic for kite f lying). Recently, a crop of restaurants opened at this park, making it the perfect place to plan a play date with a friend.

Smale Riverfront Park West Mehring Way, Cincinnati Smale Riverfront Park has several gardens, parks and trails that are great for the whole family. For kids, there are four main attractions: the Main Street Fountain, Heekin/PNC Adventure Playground, P&G go Vibrantscape and, of course, Carol Ann’s Carousel. The Main Street Fountain and P&G go Vibrantscape are at the top of the list for summer fun, and kids will love running through fountains and playing with the water auger and pumps. The Adventure Playground features a rock climbing canyon, log climbers, twin racing slides, rope bridge and a mist feature. And no visit to the riverfront would be complete without a two-minute whirl on Carol Ann’s Carousel.

While your local playground may be a family favorite, why not plan a mini adventure to a new destination? With so many great options available, surprise the kids and make a day of exploring what’s offered in and around our city.



Ask the Teacher Letting kids quit, discouraging a try out, encouraging camp


If you determine that following through on this commitment is an important life lesson for your son, you need to discuss this concept with him. Establish guidelines for his behavior for the time that remains, emphasizing the importance of being a reliable contributor with a good attitude. Emphasize that grumbling or complaining is not appropriate. Avoid turning your discussions into lectures however, which will only make the experience that much less enjoyable. When your son completes the project or season, praise his perseverance and talk about what he learned about choosing future activities.

My fifth-grade son signed up for an activity at school that he just hates. Should we insist that he participate until the end of the year to help him understand the importance of commitment?


Several factors should be considered in this scenario. Is your son part of a team or group that needs his participation for the activity to be successful for others? Was the activity open to a limited number of students that required others to be excluded? Did his participation require a fee? Does he have a track record of quitting things? Has the activity turned out to be significantly different than what it was described as or what your son understood it to be? The answers to these questions may help guide you in whether or not you let him quit.




Cheerleading next year is all my daughter can talk about. I think her chances of making the cut are very slim. Should I discourage her from trying out to avoid the embarrassment of not being good enough?

enthusiasm, energy, cooperation, etc. It is possible that those who are doing the selection may see your daughter as filling a much-needed role that goes beyond strong gymnastics skills. It isn’t always feasible for someone outside of the situation to completely understand the ability level of the other students trying out or other priorities that the coaches have for building the team.


If your daughter is cut from the squad, praise her for trying out for something she genuinely wanted to do that was challenging. Talk through the positives that she gained from the experience in spite of the end result being a disappointment. Before offering suggestions, give her a little time to digest the experience if she needs it. Then help her determine her next steps. If cheerleading is something she still wants to pursue, perhaps committing to lessons or to coaching sessions will help improve her skills. Also, encourage her to think of other activities that are similar in some

Cheerleading tryouts are typically preceded by a few practice sessions where cheers are taught and the needed skills are presented. Opportunities to practice with the help of experienced cheerleaders and coaches are usually provided. If your daughter still wants to try out after these practice sessions, do not discourage her. Instead, support her effort to pursue something that interests her by focusing on the positives that she would bring to the cheer squad, for example work ethic,


way – like a joining a dance team or trying out for team mascot. Maybe whatever interest drew her to cheerleading could be fulfilled in another way.


All of my daughter’s classmates are talking about their plans for summer camp. My daughter seems to have no interest at all in going. What can I do to keep her from missing out on this experience?


Discussions about camp can become the center of conversation this time of year as registration deadlines loom and summer calendars begin filling in. Most kids see this as a time of excitement and anticipation as they make their plans. However, others want no part of it. Talk with your daughter about why going to camp does not interest her. If she is feeling overwhelmed with studies and activities right now, the thought of a “free” summer might be very appealing. It might be hard for her to imagine that she may find herself feeling bored come mid-summer. Encourage her to think about how much downtime she will actually have and to consider camp as a vacation with peers rather than family. Perhaps your daughter is concerned about being away from you or about the unknowns of trying something completely new. Look for day camps being offered in your area or for 3-4 day overnight camps to help give her a taste of what camp is like. Focus on camps that provide activities that she is comfortable with or has shown an interest in initially and then work into those that offer something new to her.

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





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

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

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




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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Mercy Montessori Center Mercy Montessori is Cincinnati's first Catholic Montessori elementary school and provides students with a personalized education. Mercy offers a sliding scale tuition model, in-school swimming instruction starting at age three, and attracts students from over 50 zip codes. Mercy educates the whole child and develops a strong foundation for learning. 2335 Grandview Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206, Contact: Amanda Grimm, Admissions Director, Phone: (513) 475-6700 ext. 210, Email:,, Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade, Enrollment: 292


BRAIN BALANCE OF CINCINNATI 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, https://www.

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


CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS CCS has been creating lifelong learners, creative thinkers, passionate disciples, and visionary leaders for over 40 years. Our graduates are welcomed at universities because they’ve become the natural learners and inquisitive students that God created them to be. CCS knows that faith and learning go hand-in-hand. Outstanding. Proven.

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

Skyward Academy 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. 7121 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Melissa Amrein, Phone: 513-600-8476, Email:, www., Grades: K thru high school graduation

Springer School and Center For more than 45 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6-14 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Springer Experience. Success Changes Everything. 2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Carmen Mendoza, Admissions Director, Phone: 513 871-6080 ext. 211, Fax: 513 871-6428, Email:, www., Grades: 1 through 8, Enrollment: 200


Elementary Campus: 7350 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, OH, 45014, Junior/Senior High Campus: 7474 Morris Rd., Fairfield, OH, 45011, (513) 892-8500, Contact: Lisa Coombs, Admissions Director,, www., Grades: PS - 12

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


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




FRI 07 – SUN 09

calendar APRIL 2017 SAT 01 Nature PlayScape

Come to our drop-in program at the Nature PlayScape! No preregistration required. Free for members; included with admission. Time: 1-3 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center,, Phone: 513-831-1711

Madcap Music-Making: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood


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The violin, French horn, and piano join our warm and fuzzy friends from Madcap Puppets to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood through the music of Brahms! Tickets are $5 each and includes a free Graeter’s cookie after the concert.




MON 03 Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Watch the Reds take on the Phillies in the 2017 season opener! Time: 4:10 p.m., Location: Great American Ball Park, =cin#y=2017&calendar=DEFAULT&m=4, Phone: 513-381-7337

SAT 01 – SUN 02

Opening Day Celebration

Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Tarzan’s life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his troop’s territory and

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Time: Check website, Location: Taft Theatre, https:// tarzan-the-stage-musical-based-on-the-disney-film, Phone: 513-569-8080

Time: 10 and 11:30 a.m., Location: Lakeside Presbyterian Church,

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he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.

Join us for a free fun-filled Opening Day Celebration in Washington Park! Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with games and live music. The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade kicks off at noon and will pass by Washington Park on Race Street as it makes its way through the city. Be sure to stick around after the procession for even more music, family friendly

activities, drinks and delicious food options. FREE. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Washington Park, http://washingtonpark. org/event/opening-day-celebration-5/

TUES 04 – WEDS 05 Garden Builders

Use shovels and towels, sticks and stones at the garden construction site to build homes for garden friends like insects, toads and birds. Plant some seeds for landscape and check back throughout the spring and summer to see what moves into the homes. Program includes a wagon ride and time in Parky’s Playbarn. For ages 2-5. Program is $6/child, $4/adult; register by April 2. Time: 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-521-7275

TUES 04 – SUN 09 Garden Senses

This week in the garden we will discover how to use our senses. Learn how to see, listen, touch, smell and taste the world around you. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/ person. Time: Check website for program schedule, Location: Highfield Discovery Garden,, Phone: 513-521-7275

TUES 04 – SUN 16 Matilda the Musical

Welcome to the deliriously amusing, heartwarming, headspinning world of Matilda. The Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Aronoff Center,, Phone: 513-621-2787

WEDS 05 Little Tykes

You won’t want to miss our traditional Earth Day celebration. Engaging, earth-friendly activities will help your youngster embrace nature in a big way. Bring your favorite earth friendly idea to share. For ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. FREE. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Winton Centre, http://www.greatparks. org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

Special Edition Family Storytime: Meet a Police Officer

Meet an integral part of the community this week when Officer Joe Willig from the Harrison Police Department joins us to tell us about being a police officer, how to dial 911 and how to be safe in an emergency. Event will be held rain or shine and is subject to change due to Officer Willig's availability. Space is limited! FREE. Time: 10:30 a.m., Location: Harrison Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-4442



FRI 07

Brazee is thrilled to introduce the GLASSROOM: a stop-in-anytime glass classroom. Students may sign up or walk-in anytime during a scheduled GLASSROOM session. Select from a range of glass project options, such as plates, platters, coasters, ornaments, and more. Students will use colorful glass accessories to design and create their own glass projects.

Bring your 3-5 year old to this month’s jamboree. Through crafts and activities, learn all about staying green and being good stewards of the Earth. Cost is $7/child; register by April 5.


Time: 4-8 p.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios, http://, Phone: 513-321-0206

Roaming the Nature Center: Family Hike with a Naturalist

You never know what you’ll find as you roam the trails of Cincinnati Nature Center on a hike with a naturalist. Program free for members and included with Nature Center admission. Time: 1-3 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center,, Phone: 513-831-1711

FRI 07 – SUN 09

Tarzan the Stage Musical Based on the Disney Film • CP PICK•

Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Tarzan’s life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his troop’s territory and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts. Time: Check website, Location: Taft Theatre, https:// tarzan-the-stage-musical-based-on-the-disney-film, Phone: 513-569-8080

Be Green Jamboree

Time: 9 a.m., Location: Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center,, Phone: 513-521-7275

Family Hike: Froggie Spotting Adventure

Join us for a stroll up to Reservoir Pond where we’ll listen in on the Spring Peepers chorus. We’ll also try our hand at spotting these tiny native frogs and their fellow pond residents. Suitable for ages 4-8 with an adult. Program free for members and included with Nature Center admission.

SAT 08 – SUN 09

Easter Egg Hunt at Washington Park Over-the-Rhine’s biggest egg hunt returns to Washington Park Saturday, April 8! This event is free and open to the public. Produced by 3CDC, our annual Easter Egg Hunt features 10,000 candy-filled eggs and photos with Mr. Easter Bunny & Mrs. Easter Bunny. More info to come! The hunt will be divided into age groups. Participants must bring their own baskets. FREE. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Location: Washington Park, http://

Families Create! Candy Land Canstruction® Workshop

Time: 6:30-8 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center,, Phone: 513-831-1711

• CP PICK• Use candy, crackers, and cookies to make sweet and savory structures -- then eat your sculptures! Create with candy! All workshops are $5 per child. Preregistration is required.

Swedish Easter All-You-Can- Eat Buffet

Time: 10 a.m., Location: Weston Art Gallery, http://www. families-create-candyland-canstruction-workshop, Phone: 513-621-2787

Join us on Friday, April 7 starting at 5 p.m. for our all-you-can-eat ‘Påskbord’ featuring ham, meatballs, cheeses and more! Dinner is $12.99/adult and $2.99/ kids for IKEA FAMILY Member (membership is free), and $16.99/adult and $4.99/kid for non-members. Purchase your tickets today! Time: 5 p.m., Location: IKEA West Chester, http://www.

SAT 08 – SUN 09

Easter Bunny Express

Hop aboard the LM&M Railroad's Easter Bunny Express! Enjoy a train ride to the LM&M Junction for a special visit with the Easter Bunny. All children will receive a special gift and have the opportunity to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt! Can’t find your Easter Baskets? No worries, LM&M will provide each child with a bag to use during the Easter Egg Hunt! Time: Check website for schedule, Location: LM&M Railroad,, Phone: 513-933-8022, ext. 101


SAT 08

Ready to Read Festival

The whole family can take a walk around the pretend neighborhood and enjoy fun activities featuring reading, talking, writing, playing and singing. Award-winning musician Demi Mays will perform songs that capture and celebrate the day-to-day life of a child and the lessons parents teach to help them grow and learn. Enjoy a story time, have your face painted and earn a prize for visiting every station. The festival is geared toward children 6 and under and their families, but everyone is welcome. FREE. Time: 10 a.m.-noon., Location: Union Township Library,, Phone: 513-735-7162

SAT 08 – SUN 09

Easter Spectacular

Easter Spectacular at Parky’s Farm is for kids of all ages and includes lunch, a wagon ride to an Easter egg hunt with a surprise for the kids, a photo with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment and more! Advanced ticket purchase is required. Tickets are $9.95/person, plus tax. Time(s): 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

SUN 09

PJ Library Passover Prep in the Park with Camp at the J and Camp Livingston

Camp families and PJ families will hike, craft, and burn Hametz (bread) for Passover. Kids will make food over an open fire! FREE with RSVP.

Time: 4-5:30 p.m., Location: Sharon Woods Council Bluff Shelter,, Phone: 513-521-7275




Second Sunday Family Showtime: The Ugly Duckling

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, we tell the story of a down-trodden duckling who believes he is ugly and worthless because of his distinct appearance. Through his family and friends, he realizes his self-worth as he transforms into a beautiful swan. This timeless story offers a wonderful lesson in overcoming adversity and accepting our differences. presented by ArtReach: A Division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Time: 2 p.m., Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, http://, Phone: 513-497-2860

Sunday Story Time

Celebrate our new store with stories and songs with friends from the Blue Manatee team, dress up a manatee of your own, and take home a Blue Manatee balloon! FREE. Time: 2 p.m., Location: New Blue Manatee space at 3094 Madison Road, activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665

The Buzz on Native Bees

Did you know there are more than 500 native bee species in Ohio? Come learn all about them, the important role they play in the environment and how much of our food is dependent on them. Stick around to build a bee house for your yard. Program is free, but bee houses are $6 or $8 depending on size. Time: 2 p.m., Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve,, Phone: 513-521-7275

MON 10

Movers and Shakers

You and your child will shake it together! Sing, dance and enjoy music, movement and fun! FREE. *Ongoing Time: 10:30 a.m., Location: Madeira Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-6028


Full Moon Walk at Rowe Woods

Hit the trails at night and enjoy the full moon and natural history readings. Time: 8-9:30 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, http://, Phone: 513-831-1711

Meet the Pout Pout Fish!

This special event will feature stories, a few songs, and an opportunity to take a picture with the Pout Pout Fish, the star of the popular picture book series by Deborah Diesen! Suitable for ages 2 and up. FREE. Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Location: New Blue Manatee space at 3094 Madison Road, home/activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665


TUES 11 – WEDS 12

FRI 14

SAT 15 – SUN 16

Hop down the bunny trail to explore the sights and sounds of springtime on the farm. From eggs to bouncing barnyard babies, get up close and personal with some of the newest arrivals. Program includes a wagon ride and time in Parky’s Playbarn. For ages 2–5. $6/child, $4/adult, register by April 9.

Register your 2-4 year old for this exciting program all about one of our favorite fuzzy critters. The program will be followed by a story time and a craft. $6/child; register by April 12.

Hop aboard the LM&M Railroad's Easter Bunny Express! Enjoy a train ride to the LM&M Junction for a special visit with the Easter Bunny. All children will receive a special gift and have the opportunity to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt! Can’t find your Easter Baskets? No worries, LM&M will provide each child with a bag to use during the Easter Egg Hunt!

Peeps & Squeaks

Time: Programs at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, http://www.greatparks. org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275


Story Tree Time

Story Tree Time takes place from 11-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in the Duke Energy Children's Museum. Bring your little one and join us as we play, dance, sing and listen to a new story each week! *Ongoing Time: 11-11:30 a.m., Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, story-tree-time, Phone: 513-287-7000


Madcap Music-Making: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood

Madcap Music-Making: Little Red Riding Hood - The violin, French horn, and piano join our warm and fuzzy friends from Madcap Puppets to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood through the music of Brahms! Tickets are $5 each and includes a free Graeter’s cookie after the concert. (Please note this venue is not wheelchair-accessible.) Time: 6:30 p.m., Location: Williams Elementary School,

All About Bunnies

Time: 11 a.m., Location: Miami Whitewater Forest/Visitor Center,, Phone: 513-521-7275

Spring Celebration Family Swim

Join us for a celebration of Spring at Family Swim! Enjoy open swim and arts and crafts! Family Swim is only $5 per swimmer ($15 max per family). RSVP requested. Children ages 6 and under must be accompanied in water by an adult during family swim. Time: 6:30-8 p.m., Location: Goldfish Swim School West Chester, events/, Phone: 513-857-1700

Story Time: The Dot

Join us for our weekly glass art Story Time to hear a great story and make an original piece of glass art! After reading The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, students will create their own dot sun catchers using safe and colorful fused glass components. No experience necessary. $30/student ages 3-6. Time: 10:30-11:15 a.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios,, Phone: 513-321-0206

SAT 15

Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers

It’s Kids Opening Day! Features a pregame red carpet parade with Reds players and mascots and more fun activities for kids. Free Reds hat for kids 12 and under.


SAT 15

Time: 1:10 p.m., Location: Great American Ball Park, index.jsp?c_id=cin#y=2017&calendar=DEF AULT&m=4, Phone: 513-381-7337

Easter Bunny Express

Time: Check website for schedule, Location: LM&M Railroad,, Phone: 513-933-8022, ext. 101

SAT 15

Easter Celebration at the Zoo

• CP PICK• An egg-citing event for children that includes treat stations throughout the park, children’s activities, popular animal egg hunts and visits with the Easter Bunny. Back by popular demand, Search for the Golden Eggs! There will be four “Golden Eggs” hidden around the Zoo. If you find one turn it in at the Welcome Center for one of four great prizes! Time: 12-5 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden,, Phone: 513-281-4700

Fairy House Building at the PlayScape

Come to our drop-in program at the Nature PlayScape! No preregistration required. Free for members and icluded with Nature Center admission. Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center,, Phone: 513-831-1711

SUN 16

Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Sundays are Family Sundays at Great American Ball Park! Enjoy a special ticket offer, live mascot races, face painters and more. Time: 1:10 p.m., Location: Great American Ball Park, cin#y=2017&calendar=DEFAULT&m=4, Phone: 513-381-7337

Easter Brunch in the Park

Bring the family and hop on over for Easter brunch! Celebrate the holiday with the Easter Bunny and enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet. Advanced ticket purchase is required. Tickets are $18.35/adults, $8.75/ child ages 2-12, plus tax and free for children under 2. Time(s): 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Mill Race Banquet Center, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275




“Egg”-citing Funday

• CP PICK• Come celebrate Easter in this “egg”-cellent Funday. Decorate an egg to take home, learn how to create stories from art at the Art Cart, and then join us for a performance of The Ugly Duckling by TCT on Tour at 2 p.m. (suitable for kids grades K-5). Meet rabbits from Sunrock Farm at 3 p.m. Time: 1-4 p.m., Location: Taft Museum, http://www.taftmuseum. org/events/fundays, Phone: 513-241-0343

MON 17

RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles

RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles returns for a record seventh engagement with a live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Featuring new songs and high-definition imagery, this expanded RAIN adds even more hits that you know and love from the vast anthology of Beatles classics, such as 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', 'Hard Day’s Night', 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band', 'Let It Be', 'Come Together', and 'Hey Jude'. This stunning concert event takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to The Beatles. Time: 7:30 p.m., Location: Aronoff Center, http://www., Phone: 513-621-2787

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Come celebrate the beginning of baseball season with some games and activities. Time: 6-7 p.m., Location: Northside Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-4449


Vikings: Beyond the Legend

Don’t miss the last week of the Museum Center’s myth-busting exhibition! *Ongoing through 4/23 Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, http://, Phone: 513-287-7000

TUES 18 – WEDS 19 Udderly Amazing

Discover all the things that come from cows and goats as you enjoy activities focused on the dairy world. Be prepared for lots of hands-on animal contact as we meet some barnyard animals and smell the dairy air. Program includes a wagon ride and time in Parky’s Playbarn. For ages 2-5. Program is $6/child, $4/ adult; register by April 16. Time: Programs at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/ Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-521-7275


Library Babies with Mr. Eric

Fun for you and your baby with songs, rhymes, stories and movement! FREE. *Ongoing Time: 10:30 a.m., Location: Clifton Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-4447


THURS 20 – SAT 29

FRI 21

No season of celebration would ever be complete without The Kaplan New Works Series, now a Cincinnati institution. New Works remains committed to celebrating innovation in dance and brings internationally recognized choreographers right to our door step. This year is no exception with a dazzling, all-women roster. Victoria has chosen the best female choreographers to present their work alongside her, in keeping with the tradition of innovation while highlighting the talented women who are underrepresented in our art form. Morgan will present a world premiere of her own along with new works from Jennifer Archibald, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Heather Britt.

Fridays are Fireworks Fridays – enjoy a post-game firework show at Great American Ball Park!

The Kaplan New Works Series

Time: Check website, Location: Aronoff Center, http://, Phone: 513-621-5219


Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs Time: 7:10 p.m., Location: Great American Ball Park, cin#y=2017&calendar=DEFAULT&m=4, Phone: 513-381-7337

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

• CP PICK• This April, join us for an exclusive 45-minute performance of The Ugly Duckling on our Showtime Stage. The Ugly Duckling is most enjoyed by those in grades K-5. Tickets are just $7 and will sell out fast! Time(s): Shows at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Location: Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage on Red Bank Road, see-the-ugly-duckling-on-the-showtime-stage, Phone: 513-569-8080

SAT 22

Earth Day Fun: Fort Building in the PlayScape

Come to our drop in program at the Nature PlayScape! No preregistration required. Program is free for members and included with Nature Center admission. Time: 10 a.m.-noon, Location: Cincinnati Nature Center,, Phone: 513-831-1711

Earth Day OTR

3CDC in partnership with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will be offering a fun filled day of eco-friendly activities and vendors on the park Civic Lawn. The event will feature live music, food and drink, eco-friendly products and goods for purchase, and a range of activities for both children and adults. FREE.


Time: 12-5 p.m., Location: Washington Park, http://


The honeybees are making a beeline for nectar and it’s time for the springtime hive check. Join us at the Parky’s Farm apiary as we learn about the lives of honeybees and how we care for them. This program will be canceled in inclement weather in respect for the bees’ health. For ages 7 and up. FREE. Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-521-7275

The Ugly Duckling

Party for the Planet

Join the Greenest Zoo in America as we celebrate Earth Day during our 8th 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!

Hunting for Honeybees

SAT 22 – SUN 23

Spring in Early Cincinnati: An 1803 Muster and Social

Before the war of 1812, militia musters were not just for drilling -- they were social opportunities for men and women alike. Linigle’s Company of Ohio Militia will join Heritage Village Museum for an 1803 event that will include drilling, civilian demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Come and celebrate the year Ohio became a state! Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 5-11, kids under 5 and members are free. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, Location: Heritage Village Museum, http://www., Phone: 513-563-9484

SUN 23

Earth Day Fun: Rainbows of the Nature PlayScape

Come to our drop-in program at the Nature PlayScape! No preregistration required. Program is free for members and included in Nature Center admission. Time: 1-3 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center,, Phone: 513-831-1711

Shakespeare’s Birthday Party!

Party like it's 1564! We're celebrating the birth of William Shakespeare! Join us to learn a bit about the Bard, fun games, and since the play's the thing, some acting! $3/child; best for ages 8 and up. Time: 2-3 p.m., Location: New Blue Manatee space at 3094 Madison Road, http://www.bluemanateebooks. com/home/activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665

MON 24

Fred the Fish

Fred is a little fish whose curiosity gets the best of him as he sets out to explore the Mill Creek. He has no idea that there is a lot more than water in the water! We will follow Fred on his journey and see the effects of water pollution on wildlife as well as discuss what we can do to help keep the water clean. Presented by Barb Wriston-Ruddy, Director of Environmental Education at Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. FREE. Time: 4 p.m., Location: Wyoming Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-6014





Make it Snappy: Snap Circuits in the Library

Are you interested in learning how electronics work? Do you like to build exciting projects? If so, visit the library and experiment with our Snap Circuits Extreme kit. FREE. Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Madisonville Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6029

Junie B. Jones Story Time

Even though Junie B. was born on "Junie the first," her creator, Barbara Parks, celebrates her birthday on April 28th. We'll read a chapter or three from the first Junie B. Book, and find out which of the 28 books in the series is the crowd favorite! FREE. Time: 4-4:40 p.m., Location: New Blue Manatee space at 3094 Madison Road, http://www.bluemanateebooks. com/home/activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665

FRI 28 – SUN 30 WEDS 26

Wee Wednesdays: Recycled Materials

Your preschooler will learn about their local community through sensory play this Wee Wednesday. You and your toddler will wander through the galleries to find interactive art stops, as well as an art making activity. This program is recommended for preschoolers ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. No reservation required. FREE. Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, families-teens/family-programs/, Phone: 513-721-2787

Disney in Concert

• CP PICK• We are thrilled to introduce Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time, a musical celebration exploring the magical moments and feats of heroics from Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more. These performances include a quartet of brilliant young singers and high-resolution film clips above the orchestra. Experience this new chapter of Disney magic! Kids' tickets just $15. Time: Check website, Location: Taft Theatre, http://www., Phone: 513-381-3300

SAT 29

Crafty Supermarket



Brazee is thrilled to introduce the GLASSROOM: a stop-in-anytime glass classroom. Students may sign up or walk-in anytime during a scheduled GLASSROOM session. Select from a range of glass project options in person, such as plates, platters, coasters, ornaments, and more. Students will use colorful glass accessories to design and create their own glass projects. Time: 4-8 p.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios, http://, Phone: 513-3210206

Word of Art

Celebrate National Poetry Month in the TeenSpot for an afternoon of the written word as art with staff from the Cincinnati Art Museum. FREE. Time: 4-5:30 p.m., Location: Main Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-7891

FRI 28

Cows Don’t Fly and Other Known Facts

Based on Paul Brett Johnson’s popular children’s book series, Cows Don’t Fly captures the vision of a world where extraordinary things happen on a regular basis. Adapted for the stage by Lexington Children’s Theatre, seeing is disbelieving in this reality-bending show. Time: 7:30 p.m., Location: Fitton Center for the Arts,, Phone: 513-863-8873, ext. 110

Crafty Supermarket is back for their spring craft show on April 29! We expect more than 2,000 shoppers throughout the day to shop with 50 vendors, enjoy great local food, a live DJ and hands-on craft activities for the young and young at heart! This event is free and open to the public.

SUN 30

Flower Pot Painting in the PlayScape

Come to our drop-in program at the Nature PlayScape! No registration required. Program is free for members and included with Nature Center admission. Time: 2-4 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center,, Phone: 513-831-1711

Kids Fishing Derby at Triple Creek

Triple Creek pond is a great place to teach youngsters how to fish. Kids 16 and under can try and catch a tagged fish for a trophy. Each child who catches a fish will receive a certificate, and all participants will receive a derby button. Participants must bring their own equipment, but bait will be available for purchase. FREE. Time: 8 a.m.−3 p.m., Location: Triple Creek, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

Horse Show

Outside riders and Winton Woods Riding Center (WWRC) novice level and above students can compete in the disciplines of Hunt Seat & Western Speed events in this all-day show. Spectators are welcome to come and cheer on these hard-working equestrians. Free for spectators, $10/class for riders. Time: 9 a.m., Location: Winton Woods/Riding Center,, Phone: 513-5217275

Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, https://crafty

Healthy Kids Day

• CP PICK• Get moving at Healthy Kids Day with fitness class demos, scavenger hunts, an inflatable bounce house, wagon rides and more. We will be joined by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. FREE. Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/ Parky’s Farm, www.great, Phone: 513-521-7275

Madcap Music- Making: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood

Madcap Music-Making: Little Red Riding Hood - The violin, French horn, and piano join our warm and fuzzy friends from Madcap Puppets to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood through the music of Brahms! Tickets are $5 each and includes a free Graeter’s cookie after the concert. Time: 10 and 11:30 a.m., Location: Heritage Presbyterian Church in Mason,


SUN 23


Open House at RAPTOR Inc.

RAPTOR Inc. will open our doors to the public on the last Sunday of each month (March-November) from 1 to 4 p.m. During these times our educators will be available to welcome guests, lead tours, conduct educational programs with our avian ambassadors, share biological artifacts, and answer questions. Participate in special activity stations, shop for merchandise, and enjoy some treats! FREE. Time: 1-4 p.m., Location: RAPTOR Inc., http://, Phone: 513-825-3325

ongoing events Majestic Monarch

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

A Day in the Life

Through June 30 This exhibit features what daily life was like during the 1850s and 1860s with brand new materials and programs. Fun for the whole family! Time: Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12-5 p.m. with special events each Saturday, Location: The Betts House,, Phone: 513-651-0734

Spring Celebration

Through May 21 Celebrate spring with EnterTRAINment Junction. Purchase a Do-It-All ticket to visit the world’s largest train exhibit and our famous A-Maze-N FunHouse PLUS get another ticket to visit us again for more fun on another day. Time: Daily, Location: EnterTRAINment Junction,, Phone: 513-898-8000

Zoo Blooms

• CP PICK• 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, Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden,, Phone: 513-281-4700




Canstruction® 2017

April 4-23 Organized by the Cincinnati chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the Society for Design Administration, Canstruction® is an international design/build competition of the architecture and engineering industry that unites the love of design, art, creative thinking, competition, and public service. Local teams race to build whimsical sculptures created entirely from canned and packaged food. After the event, all “building materials” are donated to the Freestore Foodbank. Time: Check website for gallery hours, Location: Weston Art Gallery,, Phone: 513-621-2787

Summerfair 50th Anniversary Poster Exhibition

April 8-23 The Summerfair 50th Anniversary Poster Exhibition celebrates fifty years of Summerfair and its unique and award-winning poster designs from the popular annual Cincinnati summer art fair—one of the oldest continuous art fairs in the country. Time: Check website for gallery hours, Location: Weston Art Gallery,, Phone: 513-621-2787

Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibit • CP PICK• Through June 9 The life history of Anne Frank and her family is the leading thread running through this exhibition. Anne’s own wonderfully candid writing provides a central voice to the narrative, bringing a poignant and truly beautiful perspective to the story. Exhibit was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in N. America by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Times: M-F 1-4:00 p.m., SUN 11 a.m.– 3 p.m., Additional times available upon request, Location: The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education, Phone: 513-487-3055,

Baby Splash Classes at Hubbard Family Swim School

Occurring Daily Being in the water with your little one is an amazing and rewarding experience. Let us show you what they are capable of. The child has an adult (parent or other) in the water with him/her at all times. For babies 8 weeks to 5 months. Free; registration required. FREE. Time: Check website, Location: Hubbard Family Swim School at Kids First,, Phone: 513-530-0123

Charitable Play at Recreations Outlet

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

Story Time at IKEA

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

Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris

February 11 through May 14 Sparkling gems, luxurious materials, elegant designs, and superb craftsmanship distinguish works by the great Parisian jewelry houses. Exploring the intersection of French art, fashion, and history, Bijoux Parisiens presents 75 glorious pieces of jewelry by Cartier, Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpels, and others. Time: Open Tues.-Sun., Location: Taft Museum of Art,, Phone: 513-241-0343

The Carnegie presents DISENCHANTED!

Weekends Through April 9 Poisoned Apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ‘em? Join these fairytale princesses for an uproarious evening of irreverent humor and satirical snipes as they throw out their tiaras and start getting real. Snow White leads an all-star cast featuring Cinderella, Belle, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and many more in this not-for-thekiddies cabaret. Forget the princesses you think you know. These ladies will have you rolling in the aisle with their piercing take on happy ever after. Tickets $28. For member, student and group discounts, please call The Carnegie Box Office. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: The Carnegie, php, Phone: 859-957-1940

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