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RAINY DAY FUN GUIDE INDOOR SPOTS FOR A GOOD TIME

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“across the border” GREAT DESTINATIONS JUST OVER THE STATE LINE

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departments. AROUND TOWN

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The 2018 March of Dimes Ambassador Family

WOMEN'S HEALTH

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Reducing C-Section Rates

PARENTING

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Ask the Teacher

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

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The Butterfly Walk for CancerFREE Kids

TRAVEL

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Let's Go "Across the Border"!

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Editor's Note Community Spotlight Cincy's Kids Our Social Network

RESOURCES & CALENDARS

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Summer Program & Camp Guide Preschool & Education Guide April Events Fun & Wacky Calendar

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Ask a Dermatologist Local doctors respond to common skin care questions

Talk About Autism 20 Real

Addressing myths that surround the spectrum

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Rainy Day Fun Guide Indoor spots to dodge the raindrops!

Today's Camp Experience

How summer camp has changed with the times

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EDITOR'S NOTE

WORDS BY SUSAN BRYANT

Spring Fever (n.) A feeling of restlessness and excitement felt at the beginning of spring Have you got a case? After the long, cold winter we’ve had, it seems everyone is just bursting to get outside! And though the temperature may not really qualify as “warm” yet, that doesn’t stop kids (and parents, too) from shedding those heavy coats and boots for t-shirts and sandals… even if we do shiver a little. The month of April has us thinking about all things spring – and a road trip seems like a good place to start. We’re lucky to live in an area where there is so much to do within such a short driving distance. If you’re looking for a vacation destination not too far from home, be sure to check out our article Let’s Go “Across the Border.” Our neighboring states have all kinds of fun things to do with your family this spring.

April also marks the beginning of several important campaigns. Autism Awareness Month starts April 1st. In Real Talk About Autism, we address the common misperceptions people often have about autism, and how local parents of children on the spectrum hope to dispel these myths. Women’s Health Awareness Day is recognized on April 7th, so we’re taking a look at the largest organ of our body – our skin. Read Ask a Dermatologist for answers to a few questions moms ask most. What else is happening this month? April 30th marks the beginning of National Screen Free Week – a time to challenge our kids, and ourselves, to unplug from our digital worlds and find activities we enjoy beyond the screen. Want to learn more? Visit www.screenfree.org for ideas on how to celebrate this week. And lastly, that old phrase “April showers brings May flowers” couldn’t be more true – and while we wouldn’t trade those daffodils and tulips for anything, those spring rains can be a bummer. The remedy? Our Rainy Day Fun Guide has plenty of indoor activities to make even the wettest day a boatload of fun. There’s only one way to cure a case of spring fever – get outside and enjoy everything this season has to offer!

happy spring!

PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox mary@cincinnatiparent.com EDITOR Susan Bryant susan@cincinnatiparent.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER & ADVERTISING Katie Clark katie@cincinnatiparent.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Hannah Mohler hannah@cincinnatiparent.com ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Karen Ring karen@cincinnatiparent.com COMMUNITY OUTREACH & SOCIAL MEDIA Sarah McCosham katie@cincinnatiparent.com DIGITAL PUBLISHER Wendy Hasser wendy@cincinnatiparent.com BUSINESS MANAGER Roxanne Burns roxanne@cincinnatiparent.com EVENT COORDINATOR & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Brooke Litherland brooke@cincinnatiparent.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sarah McCosham, Deb Krupowicz, Kim Dinan, Karen Ring, Haley Paddock and Wendi Williams CALENDAR OF EVENTS calendar@cincinnatiparent.com Cincinnati Parent Magazine is published monthly. Copyright 2018 by Midwest Parenting Publications, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Distribution of this magazine does not constitute an endorsement of products, commentary or services herein.

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blooms Right now, there are a hundred thousand reasons to visit the Cincinnati Zoo! Zoo Blooms happens every April, transforming the Cincinnati Zoo into a f loral fantasyland. Experts in horticulture tend to the tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and countless other plants that decorate the natural landscape of the Zoo. From the moment you walk up to the entrance, you’ll be mesmerized by the rainbow of color. Bring your camera and be ready for lots of picture-perfect photo opps! (And tag #ZooBlooms and #cincyzoopic for a chance to be featured on the Zoo’s social media pages!) http://cincinnatizoo.org/events/zoo-blooms/

a lollipops whodunnit It’s a game of Guess Who presented by the Cincinnati Pops, and the only ones who can solve the mystery are your little detectives! The Lollipops’ final concert of the season, Lemony Snicket: The Composer is Dead, is a musical mystery where kids will join the Inspector to solve an interactive and engaging whodunnit. Lollipops concerts make music fun and accessible, with plenty of audience participation, an interactive Family Fun Zone before and after the show and family-priced tickets ($10 for kids and $15 for adults).

Get your tickets now - Lemony Snicket: The Composer is Dead has just one show: April 28th at 10:30 am at Music Hall! http://cincinnatisymphony.org/ concerts-plus-events/2017-18lollipops/lemony-snicket-thecomposer-is-dead/

Get ready to DANCE! Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour Presented by Pull-Ups® Training Pants is coming to the Taft Theatre on May 6th! This family friendly show is a perfect first theatre experience for youngsters, and features kids’ favorite Disney characters, games and, of course, lots of opportunities to dance! Join Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more at a dance party that’s just for kids (but also fun for parents!) Tickets for Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour are on sale now. www1.ticketmaster.com/disney-junior-dance-party-on-tourcincinnati-ohio-05-06-2018/event/16005362D0526AFC

HEALTHY KIDS DAY Each spring, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and Great Parks of Hamilton County team up for Healthy Kids Day – this year on Saturday, April 28th from 10 am until 2 pm at Parky’s Farm. Healthy Kids Day features a variety of free activities including a climbing wall, bounce houses, relay and obstacle courses, fitness classes, face painting, farm animals, tractor rides and more. Spring is the perfect time to get active with your family, so head on out for this fun event. Healthy Kids Day is planned rain or shine, and parking and admission for this event are free. https://reservations.greatparks.org/Info.aspx?EventID=16

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Congratulations to Mary Wynne Cox, Publisher of Cincinnati Parent, for being recognized by the Parenting Media Association (PMA) as the Distinguished Publisher of the Year at their 2018 Annual Convention held recently in St. Petersburg, Florida. PMA recognizes the best of what local parenting magazines are doing all over the country with the design, editorial and digital media of their publications. As the publisher of Cincinnati Parent for the last 32 years, Mary has devoted herself to the interests and needs of families in Cincinnati and its surrounding communities. Our staff is grateful to PMA for honoring her dedication and service in this way.

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CINCINNATIPARENT.COM. 7 WAYS TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY cincinnatiparent.com/earthday Cincinnati is known as the "Queen City," but it could also be called the "Green City." Earth Day is April 22 and there are lots of ways to celebrate this special holiday with your kids!

2018 CINCINNATI FARMERS MARKET GUIDE cincinnatiparent.com/farmers-market Come to your local farmers market for locally grown produce, homemade baked goods and specialty items such as olive oil and soap!

BEST CINCINNATI MINI GOLF COURSES cincinnatiparent.com/minigolf If spring has you in the mood for a little golf, be sure to check out this guide to the greens!

FOR THE LATEST KID-FRIENDLY HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN, BOOKMARK SARAH MCCOSHAM'S "WHERE ARE WE GOING TODAY?" BLOG. WITH BRIGHT PHOTOS AND VIVID DESCRIPTIONS, HER POSTS LET PARENTS KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN VISITING CINCINNATI SITES. THIS MONTH, LOOK FOR FEATURES ON MIAMI UNIVERSITY'S MANY FREE MUSEUMS, A GUIDE TO PYRAMID HILL AND WHAT'S NEW AT BLUE MANATEE.

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my favorites COLOR Pink SONG Jingle Bells or Let It Go FOOD Pizza and rice BOOK Llama Llama TV SHOW Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

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WOMEN'S HEALTH

BROUGHT TO YOU BY TRIHEALTH HOSPITALS [BRANDED CONTENT]

Reducing C-Section Rates TriHealth physicians are tackling a long-standing problem: the high percentage of babies born by Cesarean section in the United States. C-sections can be life-saving for both mothers and babies. However, C-sections are major abdominal surgeries, and complications can occur that are not seen in vaginal deliveries. Avoiding a C-section that is not absolutely medically necessary, especially for first time mothers, is thought to be the best option. TriHealth’s efforts have been working. “It absolutely has made a difference,” says Dr. Alan Altman. “We have pulled the C-section rate down.” Grateful patients like Tina Beis, who delivered her first child in another area of Ohio, understand the impact the program is having. She had an emergency C-section under general anesthesia with her first child. “It was a pretty traumatic birth experience, and the recovery was very hard,” recalls Tina. Dr. Altman was on call when Tina went into labor the second time and explained to her that she could try a VBAC, or a vaginal birth after C-section. He told Tina and her husband what the risks were, and that her chance of success was 70 percent. “We decided to go for it,” she says. “The staff kept me at ease, and because of Dr. Altman’s confidence, he made me feel much better. And we just kind of trusted in his judgement.”

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Tina says the birth experience and recovery were much different. “My husband was able to be by my side the whole time,” she recalls. “That moment of seeing your baby come into the world, was really great. And this time, I was up and walking around the next day, able to go up and down stairs and drive, which were all things I couldn’t do after my C-section.”


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TRAVEL

WORDS BY KAREN RING

Let’s Go “Across the Border”! Tons of fun awaits just over the state line Travel is not about the distance; it is about the destination – and there are a whole lot of fun family adventures to be found by just crossing a state line or two. Here are a few of our favorite places to visit in our neighboring states. ILLINOIS Giant City State Park Located in the Shawnee National Forest in the southeastern corner of the state, Giant City State Park is a nature lover’s dream. The park, named for the massive sandstone structures that dot the area, has a prehistoric vibe with lush ferns and moss and more than 75 varieties of towering trees. Enjoy horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing/rappelling and more. For an overnight stay, pitch a tent at one of the area’s well-kept campgrounds or opt for the rustic beauty of the Giant City Lodge. Learn more about all the area has to offer at www.dnr.illinois. gov/Parks/Pages/GiantCity.aspx.

Chicago

TOP MILLENNIUM PARK, CHICAGO MIDDLE COSI, COLUMBUS BOTTOM MAMMOTH CAVE, KENTUCKY RIGHT CONNER PRAIRIE TREETOP OUTPOST, HAMILTON COUNTY, IN

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The Windy City is chock-full of big city fun for the whole family. Spend a day at Museum Campus, a 57-acre park on the shores of Lake Michigan that houses three notable museums: Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. Immerse yourself in the shadows of the skyline with a stroll along the Magnificent Mile or get a unique perspective of the city’s architecture with a ride on a Chicago

Water Taxi. Of course, no trip to Chicago would be complete without a stop at Millennium Park, home to the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, aka The Bean. For hotel stays and more, visit www.choose chicago.com.

INDIANA Hamilton County Just north of Indianapolis, the “other” Hamilton County boasts a vibrant cultural scene. Carmel’s Art & Design District is the perfect place to stroll and browse boutiques, art galleries and local shops. Then, satisfy your taste buds at local favorite Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream. At the interactive history museum, Conner Prairie, kids can climb the four-story Treetop Outpost, pet baby animals and take a ride on the 1859 Balloon Voyage. With more than 750 acres of exploration, Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville offers a day packed with zip lining, hiking, guided horseback rides (ponies for the little ones) and archery. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Find more fun at www. visithamilton county.com.

French Lick Take a trip back in time at one of two historic hotels at French Lick Resort. The French Lick Springs Hotel boasts eight eateries, a bowling alley and organized children’s activities. The more upscale West Baden Springs Hotel offers seven additional restaurants, a gorgeous, light-filled atrium and Saturday afternoon tea service. Visitors can also explore five


miles of hiking trails or sign up for horse/pony rides at the onsite stable. Find year-round water fun at the pirate-themed Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort or board the French Lick Scenic Railway to enjoy a scenic round-trip journey through southern Indiana. Plan your getaway today at www.frenchlick.com.

When it comes to accommodations, Gaylord Opryland, with indoor and outdoor pools and nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls, is a destination in and of itself. Find more on this musical city at www.visit musiccity.com.

TENNESSEE Chattanooga

Beneath the sandstonecapped ridges of Mammoth Cave National Park lies the most extensive cave system on earth, with over 400 miles of passageways. Choose from a number of cave tour options that are offered for all ages and abilities. Despite the name, this destination is about more than just caves. The 52,800-acre park features miles of hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, canoeing, camping, fishing and more. Learn more at www.nps.gov/maca/ index.htm.

Southern charm meets big city adventure in Chattanooga. The heart of the city is home to both the Creative Discovery Museum and the Tennessee Aquarium. Just outside the city, Lookout Mountain offers stunning views. Take an elevator 1,120 feet under ground to view Ruby Falls and then head above ground to explore Rock City. For a more leisurely pace, spend the day cruising the river aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat. For itineraries, hotel bookings and more, visit www.chattanooga fun.com.

Nashville The city’s musical roots come alive at the Country Music Hall of Fame, where kids can explore instruments in the musical petting zoo and take part in programs for all ages. Take in a show at the Grand Ole Opry and then tour Ryman Auditorium, the opry’s original home. And who needs a trip to Greece when you can walk through Nashville’s very own replica of the Parthenon, complete with a 42-foot statue of Athena.

KENTUCKY Mammoth Caves

Louisville Best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby, Louisville is packed with attractions for all ages. Spanning 100 acres deep underneath the city, the Louisville Mega Cavern is home to the world’s only fully underground zip line course, aerial ropes challenge course and bike park. Kentucky Science Center features three floors of interactive science fun for both kids and grown ups, while the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is one part baseball museum, one part fascinating factory tour. Get the scoop on this southern city at www. gotolouisville.com.

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WORDS BY HALEY PADDOCK

With the flood of advertisements directed at women on skin care, it can be difficult to sort through all the information for recommendations and products that really make a difference. An experienced dermatologist is a good place to start for guidance though, and here we’ve asked three doctors in our area for their answers to the questions moms often have about their skin.

I KNOW I SPENT TOO MUCH TIME IN THE SUN WITHOUT SUNSCREEN WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. I'M–WORRIED ABOUT DEVELOPING SKIN CANCER NOW WHAT SHOULD I BE LOOKING FOR? There are three skin cancers I look for when doing a head to toe exam: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. BCC is the most common skin cancer. It tends to grow locally and rarely spreads throughout the body. It can look like pink, shiny bumps or scaling patches of skin. SCC tends to be a little rougher and scalier than BCC. Both of these skin cancers are most common on sun-exposed areas of the skin such as the face, arms, chest, back and legs. Pigment producing cells in your skin called melanocytes, give rise to your moles. Occasionally, these cells can turn into atypical moles and even into a skin cancer called melanoma. When checking over your skin, you want to look for what we call the ABCDE’s. Moles should be symmetric, not ASSYMETRIC. Moles should be round or oval, not shaped with irregular BORDERS. They should be uniform in COLOR – no multiple colored moles or one darker than all your others. They should be smaller than a pencil eraser and not larger in DIAMETER. Finally, they should not be EVOLVING, meaning they should not be changing in color, size or shape.

Mona S. Foad, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist Cincinnati Dermatology Center

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MY FACE IS BREAKING OUT NOW LIKE I'M A TEENAGER. WHY AM I GETTING ACNE AT THIS AGE AND WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT? Acne in adult women is becoming increasingly more common. There are several factors that cause acne lesions to form, including an excess of sebum (oil) production and a clogging of the hair follicles, which are both influenced by the male androgen hormone. Hormonal imbalances can be triggered by pregnancy, birth control changes, stress, high glycemic index foods, heredity, etc. Treatments that can help include birth control pills and/or Spironolactone (a diuretic which blocks the testosterone skin receptor). Antibiotics are also helpful in reducing the inflammatory component of acne lesions. Topical treatments including antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide and retinoids are a treatment option and can be combined with oral treatments. With greater age, women’s skin becomes more sensitive and topicals should be used with less frequency initially until the skin is better acclimated. Accutane is the last resort in very stubborn or severe cases. In-office treatments such as hydrafacials, peels and microdermabrasion can help keep the pores unclogged, while laser treatments, photodynamic therapy and radiofrequency procedures can help to reduce sebum production by minimizing and debilitating the oil glands for long-term management. It’s best to address acne early on to reduce the risks of scarring and negative social sequelae.

Shalini Gupta, M.D.

The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center

WHAT CAN I DO TO REDUCE THE LOOK OF WRINKLES ON MY FACE THAT IS NON-INVASIVE AND AFFORDABLE TO MAINTAIN? Wrinkles are caused by sun (photo aging), motion lines (caused by repeated frowning and squinting) and genetics. I cannot overstate the importance of sun protection. I recommend SPF 30 and reapplying every two hours when outdoors. During the spring and summer months, you will need a true sunscreen and not a lotion or make up with SPF as this sweats off in about 15 minutes. Wear a hat with a 3-inch brim to shade the face and a lot of sun protective clothing. Rash guards worn over a swimsuit are great for the beach or pool. Retin A (prescription) and retinol products .05% or greater have been proven to help increase collagen and decrease fine lines. The products containing less than .05% retinol are not nearly as effective as those with a higher percentage of retinol. These are generally applied in a thin layer at night. Most are around $100/ tube. Vitamin C and other antioxidants can also be helpful. Vitamin C is oxidized quickly and should not be exposed to air before applying. It is usually best to get the higher priced serums like CE Ferulic or Skin Better Alto serum. Most are around $100/bottle.

Lana Long, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist City Dermatology & Laser

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AROUND TOWN

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MARCH OF DIMES CINCINNATI

Meet the Cincinnati Family Fighting for Strong Moms and Healthy Babies The Dreyer Family has been named the 2018 March of Dimes Ambassador Family John and I wanted to continue to grow our family, and doctors recommended early prenatal care and close monitoring as I was at a high risk for delivering prematurely again. Following a regimented plan of supplements, doctors’ visits, medical tests and hospital stays in the Special Care OB Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital, our son Paxton was born in 2008 at 37 weeks! Four years later, our third child Auggie also made it to 37 weeks! I was diagnosed with preeclampsia during both of these pregnancies, and both boys were treated for jaundice, but neither had to spend time in the NICU.

Lori and John Dreyer, along with their four children, are representing March of Dimes as this year’s March for Babies Ambassador Family. Their goal – to share their struggle with prematurity as a sign of hope for the day when all moms and babies are healthy. The Dreyers are proud to support March of Dimes by leading the 2018 Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky March for Babies walk. Here is the story of why they walk from mom Lori’s perspective. We were excited to learn we were expecting our first child in 2006! I scheduled my prenatal appointments with my doctor right away, and I did everything “by the book.” However, at my six month checkup, my blood pressure was elevated. I had developed preeclampsia, a condition which can become very dangerous for both the baby and me. I was immediately put on bedrest. Five weeks later, I was admitted to the hospital as a high risk patient so the baby and I could be monitored around the clock. Despite treatments to try to lower my blood pressure, my condition continued to worsen, and I was diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome, a potentially life-threatening liver condition. Our daughter Rylie had to be delivered by emergency C-section at 32 weeks. She only weighed 3 lbs., 6 oz. Riley spent 20 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where she received surfactant therapy, a medical advancement discovered because of March of Dimes funding, for her lungs. Today, Rylie is a healthy fifth grader who loves reading, horses and ice skating! 18

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Ten years after my battle with prematurity began, my fourth pregnancy proved once again to be very challenging. As before, I was followed closely by my doctors. At 29 weeks, I was hospitalized and given steroid shots after doctors determined the baby had stopped growing. Avery was born at 33 weeks and weighed less than 3 lbs. She stayed in the NICU for 19 days and also received

surfactant for her lungs. Today, she is a feisty two year old who tries to keep up with her older brothers and sister! Our family is living proof that research funded by March of Dimes is helping us win the fight against prematurity, and we are very thankful for the wonderful doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who are advancing care for moms and babies. We are proud to represent March of Dimes and share our story because every baby deserves the best possible start.

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Sign up to join the fight at marchforbabies.org/event/ cincinnati. THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR

PHOTO CREDITS THE DREYER FAMILY


real talk About Autism

ADDRESSING THE MYTHS THAT SURROUND THE SPECTRUM WORDS BY WENDI WILLIAMS

It’s likely in today’s society that you have been exposed to someone on the autism spectrum – the son or daughter of a friend, your child’s classmate, or even a character on a TV show. However, even as our collective understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) grows, myths and misconceptions persist. To shed some light on the reality of living with ASD, here are a few common misperceptions those with autism and their families often hear.

Myth #1:

“You don’t look like you have autism.” While there are three hallmark areas of difficulty for people on the autism spectrum – behavioral, communicative and social – the ways these difficulties manifest is unique to 20

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each individual. It is impossible to determine whether someone is on the spectrum from outward appearance, and there simply is no autism “look.” Anne Tapia, a social worker with Cincinnati’s Regional Autism Advisory Council (R A AC) says that autism is defined by the very thing that makes it so difficult to pin down: “The spectrum concept. You are not going to understand what autism is by knowing one single person with autism.”

Myth #2:

“Kids with autism don’t understand feelings.” “People look at individuals with autism as being in their own worlds and not having the typical reactions to social situations – and think they don’t care or aren’t taking into consideration other people’s emotions, and that’s not true,” says Tapia. While a lack of empathy is a common stereotype for children on the spectrum, the truth is they can show great compassion and emotion. The way that empathy is communicated can be a challenge though, Tapia

says. “How they’re taking in the world and how they’re engaging with the world is going to look different. They’re being empathetic, they’re just expressing it in a different way.”

Myth #3:

“It’s the parents’ fault.” Autism parents are their child’s biggest advocate and loudest voice. Sometimes though, it can look to the outside world as if they aren’t doing enough. Cincinnati parent Maria Bast has a 15-year-old son with autism and says that when he was diagnosed over a decade ago, there was more blame on the parents. “It’s hard to stop thinking what you could have done differently,” she says. “They tell you not to worry, this will pass. He’ll get better in a few years… but it’s in your hands to fix him.” It’s a lot of pressure for parents, says Tapia. “There’s a grief process that families go through and there’s a huge denial factor. We all have dreams for our children. It doesn’t mean those dreams aren’t possible, but how you get there takes a lot more work.”


Myth #4:

“You must be a genius.” While many children on the spectrum possess certain unique skills or talents, true savant qualities are rare, and are only seen in a small fraction of people with ASD. Part of the problem, Bast says, is the way people on the spectrum are portrayed in the media. “Shows and sitcoms that showcase kids with autism portray them as geniuses that can function in society. But there’s very little on the other end, where we are.” This portrayal leads directly to our next misconception.

Myth #5:

Myth #6:

“There must be tons of resources nowadays.” Early diagnosis and intervention has improved outcomes significantly for children on the spectrum. But as Tapia says, it’s often hard for teens and adults to access resources. “The adult system is completely different from the children’s,” she says. “For families to be thinking about how to plan for transition, it’s really overwhelming.” It’s a familiar feeling for Bast, whose son is quickly approaching adulthood. “We’re thinking, what’s going to happen when we’re not here? Right now, we’re trying to take care of ourselves,

so we can keep him with us as long as we can.” However, Tapia has some encouraging words for families feeling uncertain about the future. “I would say there’s just so much out there. It takes work and effort to find the support, but it is there. They are not alone.”

Bottom line:

the autism spectrum is broad, and the children who are on it each have their own challenges, hopes and dreams. Like all people, those with autism want to be seen past a label, for the unique individuals that they are.

“Autism is kind of cool.” Representation in pop culture is important, but it can also be misleading. “People see someone with autism and think it’s not that bad,” Bast says. “They think it’s actually kind of cool, it’s pretty interesting.” Tapia agrees that this kind of depiction can be damaging. “In some ways more media portrayal is great, but sometimes it can succeed in perpetuating these stereotypes. That ends up making families who have a different experience with their child feel even more isolated as far as what autism is and what it looks like.”

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THIS MONTH'S GUIDE

WORDS BY SARAH MCCOSHAM

Rainy Day Fun Guide Indoor spots to dodge the raindrops!

APRIL SHOWERS MAY BRING MAY FLOWERS, BUT IF YOU'RE A PARENT, THEY CAN ALSO BRING CRANKY, STIR-CRAZY KIDS. WHAT’S A CINCINNATI PARENT TO DO ON THOSE SOGGY DAYS? TAKE COVER AT ONE OF THESE INDOOR SPOTS! HERE ARE 12 DESTINATIONS SURE TO PLEASE NEXT TIME THE STORM CLOUDS GATHER.

Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore

Entertrainment Junction

Blue Manatee is a beloved children's bookstore nestled in the heart of Oakley, where kids can cuddle up for story times, sign up for weekly "activatees," meet their favorite authors, take yoga classes and more. And don't let its size fool you - the selection at Blue Manatee is incredible.

Entertrainment Junction is a hit for railroad enthusiasts young and old, with 25,000 square feet of model trains, over 2 miles of track, 90 G-scale locomotives and 1,000 cars. There’s also a kids’ play area, railroad museum, Expo Center and approximately 1,346 train tables. 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester http://entertrainmentjunction.com

3094 Madison Road, Oakley www.bluemanateebooks.com

Lazer Kraze The home of world-class laser tag and out-of-this-world birthday parties! This interactive and spacious indoor venue is famous for its multilevel laser tag course, trampoline park and arcade. Plus, the whole family can participate in hours of (indoor) fitness and competition. 7082 Columbia Road, Maineville 1335 Donaldson Rd, Erlanger www.lazerkraze.com/

Full Throttle Indoor Karting

Buckner Martial Arts

Cincinnati's premier indoor go karting centers. With 2 locations to serve families looking for some racing excitement. We have karts for ages 3-93, our karts are designed to provide age-appropriate racing action. In Tri- County and Florence.

Give your child the one program designed specifically for them! Physical fitness, character, social and self-defense skills are presented as fun drills, games and activities. All in a safe and secure environment, from professional instructors.

11725 Commons Drive, Cincinnati www.gofullthrottle.com

8216 Highland Pointe Drive, West Chester www.bucknermartialarts.com

Taft Museum of Art Don’t let appearances fool you: 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.

Krohn Conservatory It’s always spring in Krohn Conservatory – and their seasonal shows are not to be missed. This year's Butterfly Show, The Butterflies of Madagascar, is a surefire cure for the rainy day blues. 950 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati www.cincinnatiparks.com/krohnconservatory/

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Recreations Outlet Trampolines, basketball courts, soccer fields, golf greens, foosball tables and rows and rows of giant, indoor playground equipment: Recreations Outlet is a home run on a rainy day. 885 Old Ohio 28, Milford http://recreationsoutlet.com/page/playtime

316 Pike Street, Cincinnati www.taftmuseum.org

Behringer-Crawford Museum 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. 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington www.bcmuseum.org


Duke Energy Children’s Museum It was a long winter without the Duke Energy Children's Museum - but this Cincinnati Parent favorite is reopening May 4th! With fresh paint, fun updates and revamped exhibits – including new animals at the Animal Spot, a new crane in the Construction Zone and new Metro bus in Kids’ Town – the Children’s Museum will once again be your favorite rainy day destination. Be sure to mark your calendars for May 25th, when the new Mission Aerospace exhibit launches! 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati www.cincymuseum.org/childrensmuseum

Newport Aquarium Newport Aquarium is filled with a variety of creatures to watch, learn about and even touch. There’s always something new happening, too. In March, the Aquarium opened its newest exhibit, the dazzling Ring of Fire. One Aquarium Way, Newport www.newportaquarium.com

Main Library MakerSpace With a button maker, 3D printer, MP3 recording room, sewing stations and even a self-publishing book machine, the Main Library MakerSpace is a place to let your imagination run wild. Bonus: most activities are available for free or a (very) nominal fee! 800 Vine Street, Cincinnati www.cincinnatilibrary.org/main/makerspace.html

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THIS MONTH'S SPOTLIGHT

WORDS BY KIM DINAN

Local Spotlight: The Butterfly Walk for CancerFree KIDS Recognizing families fighting childhood cancer WHEN IS THE WALK AND WHO PARTICIPATES? The event this year is on May 12th at Cottell Park in Deerfield Township. It’s a special year for us because this year we should be able to say that we have fundraised over a million dollars for cancer research since we began twelve years ago.

The Butterfly Walk for CancerFree KIDS is an event that supports families battling cancer and raises money for CancerFree KIDS, a nonprofit organization that funds childhood cancer research. Cincinnati Parent spoke to Amy Paribello, Event Coordinator, about the role this event plays in the effort to eradicate childhood cancer.

The community has really embraced the Butterfly Walk. There’s a core group of people that have come out year after year but there are always new people that hear about what a great event it is and come check it out. We have a timed 5K for those that want to race for the cause and we have a 1-mile inspirational walk. There’s also a whole bunch of fun and games. When you pay to register everything is included. There’s unlimited food supplied by Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs, pony rides, a DJ, games and an onstage magic show.

CAN YOU TELL US WHY YOU CREATED THE BUTTERFLY WALK FOR CANCERFREE KIDS?

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MONEY THAT IS RAISED DURING THE WALK?

PHOTO CREDIT THE BUTTERFLY WALK FOR CANCERFREE KIDS

My daughter Hanna was 2 1/2 years old when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. She pretty much lived at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for about seven months until she lost her battle to cancer. Shortly after my daughter passed away I thought to myself, what am I going to do to make a difference? I met with the president of CancerFree KIDS and knew right away that her organization was the one I wanted to support. My husband and I created this event to raise funds for cancer research and show a fun time to pediatric cancer survivors.

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CancerFree KIDS does something that’s very unique. They fund pilot studies. In order to qualify for some of the big money that’s out there for research, scientists need to demonstrate some potential for success and they can’t do that without pilot studies. What CancerFree KIDS does is really important because they give the little ideas that seem promising some money to help show that their studies are a good idea and worth investing the big money into.

IN ADDITION TO RAISING MONEY, THE BUTTERFLY WALK ALSO HONORS KIDS FIGHTING CANCER. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THAT? Each year we choose a pediatric cancer survivor to design the t-shirt for the event. This year a girl named Ava designed the t-shirts. It’s such an honor for these kids to create that special touch on the day of the event.

You know, being in the hospital is a very isolating experience. When I started the walk, I wanted to show the kids that are out of the hospital that they are really special and deserve to be honored. This walk was meant to be a big block party to celebrate their courage and their strength for going through such an epic battle.

A lot of people don’t talk about what goes on in the hospital because it’s too hard for people to hear, especially when it comes to kids. This was a way for me to allow the kids to come out of the shadows and say, it’s okay if you have a tube coming out of your nose, it’s okay if you don’t have hair or walk with a limp. You’re still special.

Learn more about the Butterfly Walk on their website at www.butterfly walk.com or www.cancerfree kids.


PARENTING

WORDS BY KIM DINAN

Today’s Camp Experience How summer camp has changed with the times

camp to invite a more diverse population of campers and work to serve the needs of each child, no matter their ability level. “Inclusion camping is on the rise in a big way,” says Rosenberg. “There is a camp out there for every child.”

Shorter camp sessions are available. needs of each and every child well,” says Rosenberg. “That helps a camp director deliver on the promise to that child and make sure they have an exceptional summer at camp.”

The idea of sending kids off for summer camp has been around for over 150 years. While some things about the experience have remained the same for generations, much has changed in the two decades since parents went to camp. We spoke with Tom Rosenberg, President and CEO of the American Camp Association, to find out what’s different since parents packed their bags and headed off to camp. More than ever, camps are working hard to meet the needs of every child. Each child comes to camp with a unique set of circumstances – and camps want to know what they are. Rosenberg says, “That plays out in dietary restrictions, challenges the kids are dealing with at home that parents have clued us in about, medical needs or mental, emotional, social and health issues.” And today’s parents do a better job of letting camp directors know what kind of individualized attention their child would benefit from. “We’re grateful to know the 28

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The types of activities offered has exploded. While the core activities of camp – swimming, boating, archery, hiking and campfires with s’mores – have remained steady, kids now have an array of diverse options to choose from as well. “Today we’re doing more high adventure,” says Rosenberg. “More ropes courses, zip lines, rock climbing and mountain biking.” Musical and theatrical art opportunities have also increased. Some camps also offer STEM programming or teach kids about coding or robotics. “Camps used to have black and white photography. Today there might be a podcast activity or videography,” Rosenburg says. “We also offer metal work, glassblowing and mixed media. There are lots of new things – it’s pretty exciting.”

Camps have become more inclusive. Rosenberg says that when he went to camp it was rare to see children with disabilities there. Now, camp is truly for everyone. Many camps employ Inclusion Coordinators that allow the

Today’s parents may feel a little more hesitant to send their child off to camp for weeks at a time. “It’s harder for parents to separate from their children for the summer,” says Rosenberg. Because of that, camp sessions are shorter on the whole. “One to two-week sessions are very popular,” says Rosenberg. “But there are still camps that offer six or seven-week sessions.”

Parents don’t have to wait till camp is over to hear about it. Camp counselors communicate with parents in a way that wasn’t possible twenty years ago. “When I was a camper I don’t think our parents ever saw a photo of what was going on at camp until after camp was over,” says Rosenberg. Today, many camps publish photos nearly every day and some of them post weekly videos. In fact, because there’s such a demand for this kind of connection, some camps hire full-time photography and videography staff. Camp counselors may also make phone calls to parents to let them know how their children are doing. “We want to give parents a one-way mirror into their child’s experience,” says Rosenberg. “When parents know their child is enjoying camp, they let that child fully have that experience.”


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& CAMP guide DAY CAMPS ADVENTURE DAY'S ON THE FARM/ BENTON FAMILY FARM 11896 Old Lexington Pike, Walton, KY 41094, Contact: Mary Benton Marcum/ Director, Email: Bentonfamilyfarm@aol.com, Phone: 859-2404552, Bentonfarm.com Basic Category: Adventure/ Outdoor, Animals Dates: June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20

If your child loves animals and outdoor activities and some dirt/water we are the camp to visit! We're a very unique summer camp in operation for 13 years and repeat campers keep us booked. Let your child experience a family farm and get their own farm animal for the week to care for and walk, wash, shear, and learn about. We divide into teams and learn a different chore every am, we do morning circle and then we dive into the Family Farm. Activities include milking a cow, archery, fishing, horseback riding lessons, nature walks, berry picking, veggie picking, sheep shearing, rope climbing, and traditional team games! Fun, learning, practice public speaking, arts and music are all in this camp and most importantly safety. Check our reviews or request to talk to parents who have been sending their children for over 10 years. The kids never out grow us - they will eventually become a Jr. Counselor and be helping new campers and learning from the Sr. Counselors. It's amazing what happens when a child gets to hold and love a baby goat all week and our goal is to be the best week of their summer! We have to say don't be surprised if on the first day back to school their essay about their best summer time is about Adventure Day's!

BALDWIN MUSIC EDUCATION CENTER SUMMER PROGRAMS 3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Rachel Kramer, Phone: 513-351-1109, Email: info@BaldwinMusicEduCenter.com, www.baldwinmusiceducenter.com 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: $80-$190

Summer is more exciting with music classes to brighten each week! Age-specific, speciallydesigned music classes engage students from the minute they walk through the door. Singing, playing, keyboard time, crafts and more open the world of music to every child. 55+ years experience, trained group music teachers, friendly neighborhood, ample parking and family discounts.

BOYCHOIR SUMMER MUSIC CAMP

CAMP-I-CAN

Phone: (513) 396-7664, Contact: KellyAnn Nelson, Managing Artistic Director, www.cincinnatiboychoir.org/camp

5050 Madison Road Cincinnati OH 45227, Contact: Kaitlyn Rinear, Phone: 513-527-7358 ext. 5058, Email: campican@thechildrenshomecinti. org, www.thechildrenshomecinti.org

Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 25-29, 2018

Calling all music-loving boys entering grades 2 through 6 for a musical voyage around the world! During this week-long half-day camp at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, boys sing in the camp choir, join a drumming ensemble, play instruments, learn dances, and play games that reflect the area of the world that we “travel” to.

CAMP AT THE J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Judith Rapport, Camp Director, Phone: 513-7617500, Email: daycamp@mayersonjcc.org, www.mayersonjcc.org/camp-afterschool/ summer-camps/ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Arts, School Programs (Before/After), Special Needs, Sports, Traditional Dates: June 11 - August 10, 2018; One-, two-, and three-week camp options

From 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 sports, field trips, and value-based learning that encourages respect and community.

CAMP CHABAD 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Contact: Rabbi Majeski, Phone: 513-731-5111, Email: info@campchabad.org, www.CampChabad.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Swimming, Traditional, Inclusion, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: June 25 - August 3rd 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 and 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!

Basic Category: Academic, Adventure/ Outdoor, Arts, Sports, Travel Dates: May 30 - August 2

Camp-I-Can at The Children’s Home is a fun and safe place for children ages 5 to 12 during the summer, when school is out and parents are at work. Campers enhance creativity, leadership & social skills while celebrating culture & diversity. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and field trips and a t-shirt included!

CAMP INVENTION Multiple locations throughout Cincinnati, Phone: (800) 968-4332, Email: campinvention@invent. org, http://campinvention.org/ Special needs: Yes Dates: Varies by location Ages: Kindergarten through 6th grade

Camp Invention’s all-new summer curriculum, allows children in grades K-6 to create a vehicle of the future, design a mechanical robot dog, and build futuristic dream homes. Visit campinvention.org or call (800) 968-4332 to register. Use promo code Ideas25 to save $25 (expires 3/23) and Ideas15 to save $15 (expires 5/4).

CAMP VILLA 3660 Vineyard Place Cincinnati, OH, Contact: Lisa Wolfer/Director of Summer Programs, Email: l.wolfer@stursulavilla.org, Phone: 513-533-7363, https://www.stursulavilla.org/ summer-programs/

There is truly something for everyone at Camp Villa, located on St. Ursula Villa’s historic, urban campus. We offer a variety of specialty camps as well as theme-based, summer-long enrichment opportunities with half-day and full-day offerings. CAMP WAVE Located at Newport Aquarium: One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071, Phone: (859) 815-1422, Contact: Lauren Beatty, Email: camp@ wavefoundation.org, https://wavefoundation.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: Spring, Summer, and Winter break camps Hours: 9am-4pm

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Ages/Grades: 6-12 , K-8

Camp WAVE is a day camp experience for students in grades K-8, held at Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY from 9am-4pm. Camp WAVE is the only camp around where campers have the chance to meet sharks, penguins, and stingrays up close while exploring the aquatic wonders around us.

CHILDREN’S MEETING HOUSE MONTESSORI SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email: office@cmhschool. com, cmhschool.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic, Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Traditional Dates: Weeks of June 18, June 25, July 16, July 23

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 MUSEUM CENTER – MUSEUM CAMP

1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203, Cincinnati, OH 45203, Phone: (513) 728-0082, Contact: Kelsey Enderle, Email: KEnderle@ cincymuseum.org, http://www.cincymuseum.org/ programs/museum-camp Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic, Arts, Winter/Spring Break Programs Ages/Grades: Kindergarten - 8th grade Dates: May 29 - August 10 Hours: 9am - 4pm (Before and After Care Available)

Explore science, technology, history and the arts through creative activities and games at Cincinnati Museum Center’s fun and educational Museum Camps. Whether there’s a day or a week off from school, there’s a camp for that because when school is out – Museum Camps are in! Camps include a t-shirt, afternoon snacks and days full of exciting and educational activities including science experiments, crafts, group projects, games and more!

CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM SUMMER CAMP 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, 45202, Phone:(513) 721-ARTS, Email: CAMsummercamp@cincyart.org, cincinnatiartmuseum.org/summercamp Dates: Weekly, June 11–August 10 (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

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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.

Magic, Chills and Thrills, Choose Your Own Adventure, Sleuths and Spies, Comedy and Clowning, and Action and Adventure as well as 3 weeks of Shakespeare themed camps for Grades 6-12! Learn more at cincyshakes.com/ summercamp.

CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK SUMMER THEATRE CAMP AND PERFORMANCE ACADEMY

CLASSROOM ANTICS TECH CAMPS

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 4 - July 27

The Summer of Stories! Each one-week Theatre Camp offers five exciting courses that are influenced by a unique, book-based theme. Themes and courses vary by week. Performance Academy is a three-week, process-based program for the theatre enthusiast who wants to experience the production of a play from beginning to end.

CINCINNATI REDS BASEBALL/ SOFTBALL CAMPS Locations: Beechwood HS in Ft. Mitchell, KY; Reds MLB Youth Academy in Cincinnati; Mason HS in Mason; Harrison HS in Harrison; St. Xavier HS in Cincinnati; Summit Country Day in Cincinnati; Miamisburg HS in Miamisburg; Contact: Tim Rappe, Executive Director, Phone: 855-8467337, Email: Trappe@reds.com, www.reds.com/ camps Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Dates: Beechwood HS and Reds Youth Academy: 6/4-6/8, Mason HS and Miamisburg HS: 6/256/29, Reds Youth Academy and Harrison HS: 7/2-7/6, Summit Country Day: 7/23-7/27, St. Xavier HS: 8/6-8/10

Official Camps of the Reds. 30 hrs. of World Class baseball/softball training and unforgettable Reds experience. Meet a current 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.

CINCINNATI THEATRE SUMMER CAMP Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, The Otto M. Budig Theater, 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Phone: 513-381-2273, cincyshakes.com/ summercamp Basic Category: Arts Ages/Grades: Grades 1-12 Cost: $295/week Dates: June 11-July 27, 2018, 9am-5pm

Join Cincinnati’s most buzzed about professional theater company downtown for Theatre Summer Camp! Students from Grades 1-12 can join us at any or all of the 6 themed weeks: Monsters and

Locations: Multiple Locations in Cincinnati and Dayton, Contact: Natalie Baker, Phone: 800595-3776, Classroomantics.com Dates: Weekly sessions, June 4-August 10 Age/Grades: Ages 7-14 Cost: $195 - $235

Kids LEARN what they LOVE in tech camp by designing video games, creating stop-motion movies, producing videos, coding programs, modding Minecraft, or engineering LEGO robots. Full and half-day options available in our affordable weeklong camps. Space is limited, register today! Use code CINP10 to save $10 (expires 4/30/18).

CLERMONT COUNTY PARK DISTRICT SUMMER CAMPS 2228 U.S. Highway 50, Batavia, Ohio 45103, Contact: Jana Marshall, Phone: 513-240-2615 www.clermontparks.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Outdoor/Adventure Dates: June 11 – August 6 Ages: 3-13

A variety of exciting, hands-on outdoor learning experiences and opportunities for ages 3 to 13 ¬Pre-K Summer Camp/Storytime, Junior Naturalist, Outdoor Survival Camp, Nature Sleuths. Sessions start June 11 and run through August 6. Call Jana Marshall, lead naturalist, at 513-240-2615 to register. Visit www.clermont parks.org for more camp information.

CONTARDI TENNIS CAMP 8675 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Phone: 489-9700, clubatharperspoint.com Basic Category: Sports, Traditional Dates: 10 weeks of Contardi Tennis Camp: June 4 - August 10, 2018 (weekly). Contact the front desk to register or for more info. Registration opens April 1st. Online registration also available. Hours: Full day and half day Camp options available. Ages/Grades: 5 - 18

Contardi Tennis Camp – A Cincinnati Tradition! Forty-four 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!


CREATIVE TOTS (MASON) SUMMER CAMPS 6408 Thornberry Court #110 Mason, Ohio 45040, Contact: Emilie Parry- Owner/Administrator, Phone: 513-770-6776, Email: creativetotsmason@gmail.com, www.creative totsmason.com Basic Category: Academic, Arts, Traditional Dates: June 1 - July 31

Creative Tots has specialized in private education for over 20 years for children 18 months - 6 years. We focus on the Fine Arts, STEM education and FUN! We offer 7 weeks of themed camps, including Art Camp, Cooking Camp, Lego Camp and STEM Camp just to name a few! Go to our website for more information.

DANCE & CREATIVITY CAMP FOR KIDS BY MAMLUFT&CO. DANCE Location: The Liberty Exhibition Hall in Northside, 3938 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223, Phone: (513) 494-MLCo (6526), Email: dance@mlco.org, mlco.org/camp Dates: M-F June 18, 2018 through July 13, 2018 (in 1-week increments) Cost: $180-250 (Early registration, sibling, and additional 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 more than one week, and siblings. See our website at mlco.org/camp for online registration and each camp's themes!

DAYS OF WONDER SCHOOL PRESCHOOL SUMMER CAMP 150 W Main Street, Batavia, Ohio 45103, Contact: Tammy Averwater, Administration, Phone: 513-732-2111, Email: daysofwonderschool@gmail.com, daysofwonderschool.org Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 4th, 2018 through the week of August 6th, 2018

10 Weeks of fun, adventure, craft and play for the preschooler in your life. Led by our amazing preschool teachers. The preschooler will have an incredible summer filled with cool, fun days and an enjoyable time at this preschool summer camp.

ERICKSON ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE - CAMP ERICKSON, INTRO TO IRISH DANCE 673 Wilmer Ave - Suite D, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Contact: Allison Weber Erickson, ADCRG, Phone: 513-232-1366, ericksondance@aol.com, www.ericksonirishdance.com Basic Category: Arts Dates: Session 1: July 17-18-19 (9:30am - 11:30am) , Session 2: July 24-25-26 (9:30am - 11:30am)

Jig on into Camp Erickson! Campers will be introduced to the basics of Irish dancing, have fun making Irish crafts, learn the group dances of Ireland and enjoy Irish storytelling. Ages 4 - 12. $75 per session. Certified by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, Dublin, Ireland. April 2018 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 31


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GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY SUMMER DAY CAMPS Various Great Parks Locations, Phone: 513-5217275, Email: information@greatparks.org, https:// www.greatparks.org/discovery/children/summerday-camps Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, Traditional Dates: June-August 2018

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 https://www.greatparks.org/discovery/ children/summer-day-camps.

HORSEPOWER AT HEAVENWARD FARM DAY CAMP 7084 Ludlum Rd., Morrow, OH 45152, Contact: Carole Bower, Director, Phone: (513)899-4347, https://www.heavenwardfarm.org Basic Category: Adventure/ Outdoor, Animals, Religious Dates: June 24-29, July 9-13

Learn to handle, groom and ride a horse or pony while having fun and making friend! Grow in confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. Learn about our Creator and making wise choices. Activities include canoeing and pedalboating, fishing, crafts, and nature activities.

HYDE PARK PRESCHOOL SUMMER FUN CAMP 1345 Grace Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Mrs. Julie Vail, Director of Preschool Ministry, Phone: 513.979.8191, Email: jvail@ hpcumc.org, www.hydepark preschool.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: August 13-17, 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 four different interactive camps during the weeks listed above. For more specific information and registration materials please visit our website.

METROPARKS OF BUTLER COUNTY 2051 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH 45013, Phone: 513-867-5835, Email: Programs@ YourMetroParks.net, www.YourMetroParks.net/ Basic Category: Adventure/ Outdoor, Animals, Winter/Spring Break Program Dates: Multiple camp dates available April through September; check website for details.

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Ages: 3-12

Engage your kids with Camps at MetroParks of Butler County! Various camp options are available for ages 3 - 12. Kids will have fun while spending time on the farm, on the water, in the garden, learning outdoor survival skills, playing games & more! Visit YourMetroParks.net/ experiences/adventure-camps for more information & registration.

MONTESSORI ACADEMY OF CINCINNATI CAMPS 8293 Duke Boulevard, Mason, Ohio 45040, Contact: Megan Ball, Phone: 513-398-7773, Email: mball@montacademy.org, http://www. montacademy.org/ Basic Category: Academic, Arts, Traditional Dates: 6/4/18 - 8/3/18

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati offers programs for children beginning at the age of 18 months through 8th grade. The Montessori philosophy and teaching method are used, from our early childhood program through Middle School. Our summer program is 9 weeks of fun and learning for students who have a wide range of interests.

MUSIC DISCOVERY CAMP Cincinnati School of Music: 9361 Montgomery Rd, 45242, Phone: 513-560-9175, CincinnatiSchool ofMusic.com/summer-camps/

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 9:0011:30am. 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.

SILVERLAKE "THE FAMILY PLACE" 301 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY 41018, Contact: Whitney Thomas/Director, Phone: (859) 426-7777, Email: wthomas@silverlakefamily.com, www.silverlakefamily.com Basic Category: Adventure/ Outdoor, Arts, Sports, Traditional, Travel, Winter/Spring Break Program Dates: May 29th-August 17th

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.

Dates: June 5-9, July 10-14, July 31-Aug 4 Ages: 4-7 (Perfect for Young Beginners!)

SINGING CAMP

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.

Dates: June 12-16, July 17-21, August 7-11 Ages: 5-12 (Beginners Welcome!)

RECREATIONS OUTLET Contact: Pete Delois, Owner, Email: pdelois@ recreationsoutlet.com, Phone: 513-831-7383 (PETE), www.recreationsoutlet.com/

Recreations Outlet is a local family owned business that specializes in backyard equipment: quality basketball hoops, wooden playsets, top of the line trampolines, hot tubs, multi-sport bounce backs, and rec room tables and fun. Their Milford location also has a HUGE indoor playground to host parties, pay to play, or just test out all the fun before you buy! In business for 28 years and still building FUN!

REDEEMER PRESCHOOL SUMMER CAMP 2018 2944 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Denise Hoefling, Phone: 513-533-5980, Email: rpsdirector03@gmail.com, RedeemerPreschoolHydePark.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: May 21-24, May 29-June 1, June 4-7, June 11-14 and June 18-21

Cincinnati School of Music: 9361 Montgomery Rd, 45242, Phone: 513-560-9175, CincinnatiSchoolofMusic.com/summer-camps/

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!

SPACE – THE FINAL FRONTIER, OUTRAGEOUS INVENTION CONVENTION, SCIENCE MATTERS MAKER SPACE - STEM CAMPS Locations: STEM Camps are located across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Contact: Rollin Robinson, PhD/Director, Phone: (859) 462-3340, Email: rollin@sciencematters.tv, http://www. sciencematters.tv Gender of Campers: Coed ages 5-11 years old Basic Category: Academic/Science Dates: June 11 – Aug 6, 2018

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."

T SQUASH ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS Email: jon@thet.us, Contact: Jon Geekie, Phone: (513) 561-4900, www.tsquashacademy.org/ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Dates: June 18th-22nd, July 9th-11th, July 23rd-27th, August 6th-10th Hours: 9am-4pm Ages: 9-16

Squash camp engages the children in many levels from technical & tactical objectives of the game to match analysis and refereeing instruction. There will also be match play and physical testing to build practical strength and agility. Other ball games will be included and lunch at the pool.

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THE ART SPARK 9430 Main Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45242, Phone: 513-324-2025, Email: create@theartspark.com, http://www.theartspark.com Basic Category: Arts, Winter/Spring Break Program Dates: We offer week long camps beginning June 4th and ending August 17th. Half day + Full Day Options Available

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Summer camp at The Art Spark gives your child the opportunity to use their imagination to brainstorm, plan, and design unique art projects. Each week of camp offers new and exciting themes designed to SPARK imagination. Throughout the summer, you may find your child sculpting macarons, and making chef costumes for the Art Spark bake-off challenge. Your child could be learning the technique of screen printing to show off a new custom tote, t-shirt, or scarf. Whether your child loves outer space, the ocean, volcanos, slime, mermaids, or just wants to learn new techniques in art they can find it at The Art Spark!

WEST CHESTER ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS 8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester, OH 45069, Phone: 513-829-2345, http://www.westchester academy.com/ Basic Category: Arts

Some of the unique and fun Summer Camps: Princess Dance, Beginning Ukulele (includes free ukulele), Arts & Crafts Galore, Theatre Camp, Aerial Silks & Hoops, Musical Theatre, Beginning Piano, Try It All, Mermaid Gymnastics. Visit westchesteracademy.com for complete listing of Adventures in the Arts Camps. Mention this listing for 20% discount.

YMCA CAMP ARROWHEAD 6703 Yankee Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Angie DelNegro, Phone: 513-779-3917, Email: angie.delnegro@ lakotaymca.com, www.lakotaymca.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Cost: Check website for details. Dates: May 29th-August 10th April 2018 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 33


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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 2018 Locations: 12 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Phone: 513-362-YMCA, www.myY.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Registration begins March 3, 2018. Camps run May through August; dates for each camp are available on the website. Ages/Grades: Ages 3-15 Cost: Cost varies depending on each camp. Pricing and camp brochures are available on our website.

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

OVERNIGHT CAMPS BRADFORD WOODS 5040 State Rd 67 N, Martinsville, IN 46151, Phone: (765) 349-2915, Contact: Nicholas Hunter-Shields, Email: nyhunter@indiana.edu, https://www.bradwoods.org/campriley Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Special Needs, For children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities Dates: Sessions offered May-July Ages: 8-18 Activities Included: Horseback riding, climbing tower, alpine tower, canoeing, boat rides, nature, creative arts, music

Camp Riley empowers children with physical disabilities by providing enriching, lifechanging experiences in a traditional camping environment tailored to their individual needs. For 62 years, campers have shattered perceived limitations, met new friends and reached higher achievements, allowing them to return home with an increased sense of independence and confidence.

FALCON CAMP 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey Director/Owner, Phone: (800) 837-2267, Email: info@FalconCamp.com, www.falconcamp.com Gender of Campers: Boys and girls separate with planned coed activities. Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional, ADHD and some other learning difficulties offered Dates: June 17 - August 11, 2018; 2, 4, 6 and 8 week sessions. special one week sessions for 6-10 yr olds

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Ages/Grades: 6-16 Cost: $2425 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 extensive range of activities. Boys and girls ages 6 – 16 choose their own schedule within general framework, separate activities with planned coed events. 1:4 staff/camper ratio. Most of all it’s a great time! ACA accredited, many references.

FALCON YOUNG ADVENTURE CAMP 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey Director/Owner, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email: info@FalconCamp. com, www.falconcamp.com Gender of Campers: Boys and girls separate with planned coed activities. Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 17-23, June 24-30, July 29 – August 4 and August 5 – 11, 2018 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 10 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. ACA accredited, many references.

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Lessons in responsibility, keyboarding skills and video game obsessions

IT SEEMS TO ME THAT BASIC RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT EMPHASIZED IN SCHOOL AS IT ONCE WAS. MY FOURTH GRADE DAUGHTER IS ALLOWED TO CALL HOME FOR FORGOTTEN SUPPLIES AND HOMEWORK DEADLINES SEEM VERY FLEXIBLE. HOW CAN I TEACH HER TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE, WHEN AT SCHOOL IT DOESN’T SEEM TO MATTER?

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It is more common for schools now to separate work habit behaviors from academic achievement in an effort to make clear what students actually do know. Some schools have developed a reporting system to communicate when work has been missing or late, but some have not. In the past, responsibility was viewed as a component of academic success; now it is seen as a distinct behavior that should not muddy the understanding of exactly what a child has learned. What were traditionally seen as natural consequences of poor time management or organization have been eliminated. Some students have received the message that it does not matter whether work is turned in on time or not. You can reinforce what you want your daughter to learn about responsibility at home though. Develop a list of expected behaviors for which your daughter is responsible. That list might include doing household chores with a timeframe of when tasks should be completed. Behaviors related to school can also be on the list. The two of you can determine what to include that will contribute to her school success.

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Regarding your daughter forgetting important items for school at home, let her know that it will not be your policy to bring in what she is missing. To avoid this situation, have your daughter create a list of what needs to go to school each day and teach her to check it each night as she prepares for the following morning. If something is left at home that she considers really important and you agree to bring it in, impose a consequence. Require that your daughter offer the same amount of time you spent locating and delivering whatever she forgot in completing tasks for you. Should this happen a second time, inform your daughter that you will not be bringing anything else to her for the remainder of the school year. Having her experience the consequences of not having what she needs will help this lesson stick.

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MY KIDS DO A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF WORK ON THE COMPUTER FOR SCHOOL, BUT THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO TYPE CORRECTLY. I THINK THIS IS A NECESSARY SKILL FOR THEM TO LEARN. HOW CAN I TEACH THEM?

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Not long ago, technology was introduced in the academic setting along with learning keyboarding skills. Focus seems to have shifted away from that to investigative and creative project development. Many kids have come up with their own method of keyboarding, but their approach is likely not as efficient as traditional typing. Learning to type is something that will benefit students throughout their academic lives and beyond.


Several websites offer free typing programs that include lessons, tests and games that don’t require any type of special set up to use. The site www. commonsense.org/ education/top-picks/ best-typing-games-forstudents offers a variety of options to find a good fit for your kids. If they spend ten to fifteen minutes a few times each week working with a program that seems more like a game than a skill-builder, their keyboarding will improve dramatically in a short period of time.

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OUR FIFTH GRADE SON IS SO OBSESSED WITH VIDEO GAMES THAT HE WON’T PLAY OUTSIDE AT ALL. HOW CAN WE CONVINCE HIM THAT TIME OUTDOORS IS IMPORTANT?

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Although the data is varied about how video games and screen time affect young people, it is quite clear that lack of physical activity has a significant negative impact. Inactivity may lead to obesity and contribute to poor health.

Lack of exercise can impede healthy brain development, attention skills and academic achievement. Recent findings indicate that not only is activity necessary for physical health and academic success, it provides a way to relieve stress as well. Talk with your son about why getting outdoors and being active is so important to him on so many levels. Also, recognize that your son may struggle to find an activity he enjoys that provides exercise. Encourage him to try some new things. Begin with some outdoor family activities. Even simple activities such as a walk or bike ride done as a family can get the ball rolling and show him that being outdoors can offer a different kind of fun that video games can’t provide.

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

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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. theCampusKF.com, Phone: (513) 629-KIDS, info@ theCampusKF.com

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, www.ChaiTots.com, 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: admissions@chca-oh.org, www.chca-oh. org, Ages 2 - Grade 12, Enrollment: 1350

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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, www.TheCompassSchool.com

CREATIVE TOTS, MASON Our holistic approach allows children (18 months - 5 1/2 years) the opportunity to learn, explore, play and grow while engaging in the fine arts, science, music, yoga and a modernized curriculum. We provide opportunities to use creativity, solve problems, use language, develop new vocabulary and reading skills, while engaging in intellectual activities. There are elements of STEAM education, bilingual education, arts education, as well as lots of physical activities to strengthen the mind and body. 6408 Thornberry Ct., Mason, OH 45040, Contact: Emilie Parry, Phone: 513-770-6776, Email: creativetotsmason@gmail.com, www.creativetotsmason. com, Grades: Toddler: 18 months-3 years, Preschool: 3-4 years; Pre-K: 4-5 years

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: 513-362YMCA, Fax: 513-651-3540, Email: tkitchell@MyY.org, www.MyY.org, Grades: Ages 3-12, Enrollment: Stop by any YMCA of Greater Cincinnati location or check with your local school district.

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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

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 chmschools.com for all location addresses & phones. Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner, Email: susan@ chmschools.com, www.chmschools.com/, 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@ leavesoflearning.org, www.little-sprouts.org, 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: agrimm@ mercymontessori.org, www.mercymontessori.org, Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade, Enrollment: 292

THE NEW SCHOOL MONTESSORI Cincinnati's only school accredited by the American Montessori Society. 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 with healthy lunches included in tuition. ISACS and AMS accredited program. 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229, Contact: Ceara Comstock, Phone: (513)281-7999, Email: ceara.c@newschoolmontessori.com, www.newschool montessori.com, Grades: 3-year-olds through Grade 6, Enrollment: 135


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MONTESSORI ACADEMY OF CINCINNATI Our goal is to instill a love of learning in each child and to assure a solid grounding in the basics of education that will help each student achieve his potential. We provide an outstanding, experienced staff, low student-teacher ratios, a nurturing, student-centered approach, and on-site before-school and after-school care. 8293 Duke Boulevard, Mason, Ohio 45040, Phone: 513-398-7773, Email: info@montacademy.org, http:// www.montacademy.org/, Ages/Grades: 18 months through 8th grade

THE SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Founded in 1890, The Summit serves students from 18 months to Grade 12. Full- and half-day Montessori programs for ages 18 months-age 6 begin 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, www.summitcds.org

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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 Starts Here.

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://www. lindengroveschool.org, Phone: (513) 984-2215, headofschool@lindengroveschool.org

SKYWARD ACADEMY Skyward addresses the academic, social, behavioral, and independent living skills of students with learning challenges such as autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, social or communication issues, and other challenges. We realize that more traditional schools are not always the best option for students with these special needs. Our Mission: The mission of Skyward Academy is to provide students with an individualized education program in a loving and supportive atmosphere, where each child is welcomed and accepted and differences are embraced. 9994 Zig Zag Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242, Contact: Melissa Amrein, Superintendent, Email: office@ skywardacademy.com, Phone: 513-222-4611, www.skywardacademy.com

2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Carmen Mendoza, Admissions Director, Phone: 513 871-6080 ext. 211, Fax: 513 871-6428, Email: cmendoza@springer-LD.org, www.springer-LD.org, Grades: 1 through 8, Enrollment: 200

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INDIAN SPRINGS ACADEMY OF MUSIC Enjoy Private Lesson Instruction in Piano, Violin, Cello, Bass, Voice, Guitar and Flute with one of our experienced professional teachers! RCM Certificates of Merit available for students of all ages, instruments and levels. Lots of Recitals, group activities, performance classes and music theory are part of our program! 9690 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241. Contact: Sheila Vail, Academy Director, Phone: 513-779-7070, Email: SheilaVail@IndianSprings Academy.com, www.IndianSpringsAcademy.com

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ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT AT YOUNG’S DAIRY An annual tradition, Young’s boils and dyes over 7,000 eggs for its Easter Egg Hunt. Hunts are divided by age and start at 2 pm for children ages 4 and under; 2:20 pm for ages 5 to 7 and 2:40 pm for ages 8 to 10. Rain or shine. FREE. Time: 2 pm, Location: Young’s Jersey Dairy, https://youngsdairy.com/easter-egg-hunt/, Phone: 937-325-0629

EASTER BRUNCH AT THE PARK Bring the family and hop on over for Easter brunch! Celebrate the holiday with a delicious, all-you-can-eat buffet. Advanced ticket purchase is required. Tickets are $19.35 for adults, $9.75 plus tax for kids ages 2-12 and free for children under 2. Time: Brunch at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm, Location; Winton Woods/Mill Race Banquet Center, https:// www.greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

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EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS *CP PICK 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! Baskets provided. Time: Check website for departure times, Location: LM&M Railroad, http://www.lebanonrr.com/easter. html, Phone: 513-933-8022

MON 02 REDS OPENING DAY PARADE Cincinnati will hold the 99th annual Findlay Market Opening Day Parade on Monday, April 2, when your Cincinnati Reds take on the Chicago Cubs that afternoon at 4:10 pm. FREE. Time: 12 pm, Location: Findlay Market in OTR, http:// www.findlaymarketparade.com

OPENING DAY PARADE PARTY Join us in the park for the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade celebration! Features fun activities for kids and Reds fans young and old!

FREE. Time: 10 am-4 pm, Location: Washington Park, https:// washingtonpark.org/event/opening-day-parade-dayparty/?event


TUES 03 NATURE STORIES Parents and children are invited to join us for stories, songs and activities about the natural world. FREE. Time: 11 am and 1 pm, Location: Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

TUES 03 - WED 04 SMALL FRY FISHING FUN Fishy, fishy in the brook, won’t you bite my little hook? Enjoy fishing activities for young ones who can’t wait for the bite. We’ll examine the fish and make them a snack to feed them in the pond. Includes a wagon ride and Parky’s Playbarn. For ages 2-5. $6/child and $4/adult; register by 2 days in advance. Time: 9:30 am, Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

TUES 03 - SUN 08 GOOD MORNING, GARDEN! After a winter rest, new leaves and baby plants are ready to emerge and beautify our gardens, parks and yards. Come see what’s growing and help get some new plants started for your own home. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/ person. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, https://www. greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

WED 04 LITTLE TYKES You won’t want to miss our traditional Earth Day Celebration. Help your youngster embrace nature in a big way with others during engaging, earthfriendly activities. Bring your favorite earth friendly idea to share. For ages 3-6. FREE. Time: 11 am, Location: Winton Woods/Winton Centre, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

THURS 05 CAROL ANN CAROUSEL’S FAMILY FUN NIGHT Come whirl with us inside Carol Ann's Carousel for discounted ride packages, different themed nights, with featured crafts and activities! Time: 5-8 pm, Location: Carol Ann’s Carousel, http:// www.cincinnatiparks.com/event/family-fun-night2/?instance_id=17999, Phone: 513-381-3756

TAFT JR.: ALL THINGS NATURE Spring is in the air at the Taft! Hear a story about the life of a tree, look for the different kinds of plant life in a painting, and create a nature artwork in the Taft’s garden. Program is free for kids and member adults; non-member adults pay regular museum admission. Time: 11:15 am-12:15 pm, Location: Taft Museum, http:// www.taftmuseum.org/taft-jr, Phone: 513-241-0343

FRI 06 STORY TIME: THE LITTLE MOUSE, THE RED RIPE STRAWBERRY AND THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR Join us for our weekly glass art Story Time to hear a great story and make an original piece of glass art. This week we are returning to a classic story about a little mouse, a delicious strawberry and a big hungry bear! After we read our story, students will create their own red ripe strawberry that looks good enough to eat! $30/student ages 3-6; no experience necessary. Time: 10:30-11:15 am, Location: Brazee Street Studios, https://www.brazeestreetstudios.com/products/ story-time-the-little-mouse-the-red-ripe-strawberryand-the-bug-hungry-bear, Phone: 513-321-0206

FRI 06 - SUN 08 FAMILY SERIES: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Beautiful dance, vibrant costumes and engaging live narration give new magic to this beloved family-friendly fairytale, which features the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company and students of the Otto M. Budig Academy. The new annual Family Series is a perfect introduction to ballet for audiences of all ages, with dazzling costumes and sets and guided narration so that even the youngest members of the audience can comprehend the story on stage. The Family Series will continue as an ongoing annual production in the seasons ahead, so that patrons can create lasting ballet traditions with family and friends. Don’t miss this “tale as old as time” as presented by the Cincinnati Ballet! Time: Check website for show schedule, Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts, https://www.cballet.org/ family-series/, Phone: 513-621-5282

SAT 07 MADCAP MUSIC-MAKING: THE STORY OF JACK AND THE BEANSTALK The violin, cello, piano and Madcap Puppets tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk through the music of Schubert! Don’t miss the music, storytelling, and warm & fuzzy fun! Tickets for Linton PB&J Concerts are $6/person. Time: 10 am and 11:30 am, Location: Heritage Presbyterian Church in Mason, http://lintonmusic.org/ pbj-sessions-schedule/, Phone: 513-381-6868

SAT 07 - SUN 08 & FRI 13 - SUN 15 MARY POPPINS JR. *CP PICK

Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. Don’t miss The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s charming take on this beloved classic! Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Taft Theatre, https://www.thechildrenstheatre.com/ mainstage/details/mary-poppins, Phone: 513-5698080

SUN 08 SECOND SUNDAY FAMILY SHOWTIME: BAILA! KIDS LATINO DANCES Prepare to be delighted with a taste of everything our Hispanic heritage has to offer! You will see folkloric dancing, merengue, flamenco, and Sonora bronco rhythms. Presented by Cincinnati Baila! Dance Academy. Tickets are free for kids and $5 for adults. Time: 2 pm, Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, https://www.cliftonculturalarts.org/ccac-events/ baila-kids-latino-dances-second-sunday-familyshowtime/, Phone: 513-497-2860

MON 09 COLLABORATIVE CONCERT WITH JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL Experience the combined talent of music students from Mariemont, Madeira and Indian Hill High Schools in this spectacular concert featuring favorite marches written for orchestra and band. Students from all three schools will perform under the baton of Cincinnati Pops Conductor, John Morris Russell. FREE. Time: 7 pm, Location: Indian Hill High School Auditorium, http://cincinnatisymphony.org/concertsplus-events/young-peoples-concerts/collaborativeconcert-with-john-morris-russell/

TUES 10 - WED 11 CALLIN’ ALL COWGIRLS & COWBOYS Hey, buckaroo! Put on your cowboy hat and boots and head to Parky’s corral. Learn how to care for a pony, then saunter over to feed the “doggies” (cows). Includes a wagon ride and Parky’s Playbarn. For ages 2-5. $6/child and $4/adult; register by 2 days in advance. Time: 9:30 am, Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

TUES 10 - SUN 15 MAGIC LIFE CYCLES Discover the magic of metamorphosis! Together, we’ll take a look at many different creatures and the stages of transformation they go through in their life. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/person. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, https://www. greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

WED 11, 18 & 25 LITTLE SPROUTS A perfect introduction to sharing nature with your toddler, this program meets Wednesday mornings for three weeks. During each hour-long session, caregivers and children can discover the wonders of nature using simple sensory experiences and fun outdoor play. For ages 1-2 with a caregiver. Members $38; nonmembers $46. Preregistration required and includes the full series. Time: 10-11 am, Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, http://www.cincynature.org/events-and-programs/ programs-3/childrens-programs-8/, Phone: 513-831-1711

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ONCE UPON A SYMPHONY Discover the many ways music can tell a story and spark imaginations! In this concert students will meet the orchestra through exciting and expressive stories told in music. The woodwind instruments are the main characters in this performance, highlighted by musical selections from William Tell Overture, Scheherazade, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and more!

FAMILIES CREATE! CANSTRUCTION® WORKSHOP “CANDY LAND” Enjoy candystruction at the annual workshop for making fantastic structures out of savories and sweets! All workshops are $5 per child and conducted at the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Pre-registration is required.

Time: 10:30 am, Location: Music Hall, http:// cincinnatisymphony.org/concerts-plus- events/young-peoples-concerts/ once-upon-a-symphony/, Phone: 513-381-3300

Time: 10 am, Location: Weston Art Gallery, https://www. cincinnatiarts.org/weston-art-gallery/ exhibitions/detail/families-create- canstruction-workshop-candy-land

FREE. Time: 3-3:45 pm, Location: Oakley Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6038

CAROL ANN’S CAROUSEL’S HOPPIN’ GOOD TIME Come whirl with us inside Carol Ann's Carousel for the Hoppin' Good Time event! Enjoy fun Tortoise and Hare crafts, coloring and exciting interactive activities! Come have a hoppin' good time with us at Carol Ann's Carousel! Time: 11 am-5 pm, Location: Carol Ann’s Carousel, http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/event/cacs-hoppingood-time-event/?instance_id=17998, Phone: 513-381-3756

FRI 13 STORY TIME: MY GARDEN Bring your little one to create glass art in our story time! This week we'll read "My Garden" by Kevin Henkes. Story followed by a fused glass art activity for your budding artist. Students will use our safe glass components to create a fused glass sun catcher, inspired by "My Garden." Class is $30/ student age 3-6; no experience necessary. Time: 1:30-2:15 pm, Location: Brazee Street Studios, https://www.brazeestreetstudios.com/products/ my-garden, Phone: 513-321-0206

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THE SUN WITH THE CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY Join astronomers from the Cincinnati Observatory for an entertaining and informative presentation about the Sun. FREE. Time: 6:30 pm, Location: Anderson Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6030

OPENING DAY AT KINGS ISLAND Join us April 14 as we officially kick off the start of the 2018 season at Kings Island. Plan your visit now to attend Kings Island Opening Day and be among the first guests of the year to experience the park’s lineup of world-class rides and attractions, like the award-winning Mystic Timbers, The Beast, Banshee and Diamondback. Families can spend the day together in Planet Snoopy, voted “Best Kids’ Area in the World” 17 years in row. There’s also new food items, games and merchandise! Time: 10 am-10 pm, Location: Kings Island, https://www. visitkingsisland.com/play/events/opening-day

SUN 15 CINCINNATI REDS VS. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Sundays are Family Days at Great American Ballpark! Sundays are family days at the ballpark! Enjoy a special ticket offer, live mascot races, face painters and more. Some restrictions apply. Available in advance of game day only. Tickets available at reds.com/Family. Presented by Klosterman Bakery. Time: 1:10 pm, Location Great American Ballpark, https://www.mlb.com/reds/schedule/2018-04, Phone: 513-381-7337

HORSE SHOW Outside riders and Winton Woods Riding Center (WWRC) novice level and above students can compete in the disciplines of Hunt Seat and Western speed events in this all-day event. Spectators are welcome to come and cheer on these hard-working equestrians. $10 for riders; FREE for spectators. Time: 9 am, Location: Winton Woods/Winton Woods Riding Center, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

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Time: 1-4 pm, Location: Taft Museum, http://www. taftmuseum.org/events/fundays, Phone: 513-241-0343

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THURS 12 WIGGLY WORMS! Join the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District as we discover the world of worms with the story Tunneling Earthworms; they will learn what they eat, how they survive, and what environment they live in. A worm bin will be brought into the classroom for kids to have a hands-on experience with worms and soil and investigate why the underground world is so important. Ages 5-12. No registration required.

WACKY ART *CP PICK Join us for a wacky day this Funday! Solve art puzzles at the Art Cart, and find new and silly ways to look at the Taft’s artworks. Sculpt your own Dr. Seuss-inspired character to take home, and at 2 pm, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati on Tour will get you in a crazy mood with a performance of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. Stop by the petting zoo at 3 pm and meet a kangaroo from Honey Hill Farm. FREE.

WED 18 CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM REC READS Bring your toddler or preschooler to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed story books, songs, and sensory activities. This 30-minute program will get your little one excited about art in a fun and interactive way. FREE. *Ongoing Time: 11:30 am-12 pm, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, http://cincinnatiartmuseum.org/events-programs/ families-teens/family-programs/, Phone: 513-721-2787

THURS 19 PARTY FOR THE PLANET Join the Greenest Zoo in America as we celebrate Earth Day during our 9th 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! Admission to the Zoo is FREE after 5 pm and parking is $10. Time: 4-8:30 pm, Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, http://cincinnatizoo.org/events/party-for-theplanet-an-earth-day-celebration/, Phone: 513-2814700

FRI 20 FITTON FAMILY FRIDAYS: WHY MOSQUITOS BUZZ Dramatized by Jeremy Kisling, this play is based on the African folktale that begins with Nwanko and his wife out gathering palm nuts to use for their evening meal. The nuts they find are high in a tree, and Nwanko must climb the tree to try to reach them. Along comes Mosquito. When Nwanko shoos Mosquito away, the events set off a chain reaction of panic in the forest. In this African story, learn what happens when Mosquito’s loud mouth causes a great jungle catastrophe! Presented by the Lexington Children’s Theatre. Tickets are $5/ members and $7/non-members.


Time: 7:30 pm, Location: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, https://www.fittoncenter.org/fitton-events/fitton-family-fridays, Phone: 513-863-8873

SAT 21 EARTH DAY TREE PLANTING Trees provide us with shade, oxygen and natural habitat. Plus, they sure are pretty to look at! Celebrate Earth Day by helping us replace a split rail fence with a living wall of native trees. All ages welcome. Register by April 18th. FREE. Time: 9 am-12 pm, Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest/Stone Memorial Shelter, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

MADCAP MUSIC-MAKING: THE STORY OF JACK AND THE BEANSTALK The violin, cello, piano and Madcap Puppets tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk through the music of Schubert! Don’t miss the music, storytelling, and warm & fuzzy fun! Tickets for Linton PB&J Concerts are $6/person. Time: 10 am and 11:30 am, Location: Pilgrim United Church of Christ, http://lintonmusic.org/pbj-sessions-schedule/, Phone: 513-381-6868

SAT 21 - SUN 22 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, the First Regiment of Rifles, and the Second Regiment of Kentucky Volunteer Militia will join Heritage Village Museum for an 1803 event that will include drilling, civilian demonstrations, tea, and hands-on activities. Come and celebrate the year Ohio became a state! Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for ages 5-11, and free for kids under 5 and members. Time: 10 am-5 pm on April 21 and 12-5 pm on April 22, Location: Heritage Village Museum, http://www.heritagevillagecincinnati. org/fall_harvest_festival.aspx, Phone: 513-563-9484

SUN 22 EARTH DAY FUN: LIFE UNDER A LOG IN THE NATURE PLAYSCAPE Grab a magnifying glass and explore the mysterious life of critters living amongst the logs and leaves in the Schott Nature PlayScape. We’ll also make a special creature habitat craft to take home! Drop-in anytime between 1-3 pm. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission. Time: 1-3 pm, Location: Cincinnati Nature Center PlayScape, http://www.cincynature.org/events-and-programs/natureplayscape-events-and-programs/happenings-4/, Phone: 513-831-1711

EARTH DAY SCAVENGER HUNT Every day is Earth Day in the park, but come celebrate the official day with us and learn about ways you can help protect the earth. Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the nature center and return it by 4 p.m. for a prize. FREE. Time: 12-4 pm, Location: Woodland Mound/ Seasongood Nature Center, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

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SUN 29

CHOP IT LIKE IT’S HOT! Learn quick cuisines to nom nom nom! Please be advised that some food prepared in this event may contain ingredients that cause allergic reactions.

MARCH FOR BABIES Join the March of Dimes in leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies. You will have the option to walk 3 or 5 miles alongside 13,000 other Greater Cincinnati/ N. Kentucky residents. Fundraisers will enjoy music, food and a family fun area! Register at marchfor babies.org/event/cincinnati

FREE. Time: 3-5 pm, Location: Oakley Branch Library, http:// cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-569-6038

TUES 24 - WED 25 SMALL FRY FISHING FUN Fishy, fishy in the brook, won’t you bite my little hook? Enjoy fishing activities for young ones who can’t wait for the bite. We’ll examine the fish and make them a snack to feed them in the pond. Includes a wagon ride and Parky’s Playbarn. For ages 2-5. $6/child and $4/adult; register by 2 days in advance. Time: 9:30 am, Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

THURS 26 CINCINNATI REDS VS. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Enjoy a Business Day Special: for $20, fans can purchase a View Level ticket and receive $10 in concession credits.

Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Registration begins at 8:00 am

INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE DAY Enjoy free admission to Pyramid Hill in honor of International Sculpture Day! In partnership with UC DAAP, Miami University Hamilton, Miami University Oxford, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Lunatic Fringe Salon and IVY salon in Hamilton. FREE. Time: Check website for museum hours, Location: Pyramid Hill, www.pyramid hill.org/international-sculpture-day, Phone: 513-868-1234

Time: 12:35 pm, Location Great American Ballpark, https://www.mlb.com/reds/schedule/2018-04, Phone: 513-381-7337

RAPTOR INC. OPEN HOUSE RAPTOR Inc. hosts free open house events the last Sunday of each month from March-November. Join them for tours, educational programs with their avian ambassadors, special activity stations and more! FREE.

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Time: 1-4 pm, Location: RAPTOR Inc., http://raptorinc. org/open-houses/, Phone: 513-825-3323

7 WONDERS HEIST Together, you and your team must use your combined wits and work together to collect all 7 Wonders of the world! Can you escape before time runs out? Pizza provided. For teens in grades 6-12. Registration required. FREE. Time: 6-8:30 pm, Location: Monfort Heights Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/ Calendar, Phone: 513-569-4472

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MON 30 PRESCHOOL MAGIC: SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Get hands on with springtime through stories, a nature walk and create a signs of spring shadowbox! Ages 3-6. Registration required. FREE. Time: 1:30 pm, Location: Green Township Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/ Calendar, Phone: 513-569-6095

HEALTHY KIDS DAY *CP PICK Get moving and enjoy 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.

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Time: 10 am-2 pm, Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

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LEMONY SNICKET: THE COMPOSER IS DEAD *CP PICK Whodunnit?! Join the Inspector for a fun and musical murder mystery that introduces young audiences to the instruments of the Orchestra. Time: 10:30 am, Location: Music Hall, http:// cincinnatisymphony.org/concerts-plus-events/2017-18lollipops/lemony-snicket-the-composer-is-dead/, Phone: 513-381-3300

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BUTTERFLIES OF MADAGASCAR

Through June 17 Welcome to the Cincinnati Parks Krohn Conservatory 2018 Butterfly Show, The Butterflies of Madagascar. Madagascar has been called an island of rainbows and our beautiful show hopes to show you why! Krohn’s 2018 Butterfly Show is a must for Cincinnati families this spring. Time: Open daily from 10 am – 5 pm, Location: Krohn Conservatory, http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/ programs-and-events/seasonal-krohn-conservatoryshow-513-421-4086/, Phone: 513-421-5707

THE BUTTERFLIES OF MADAGASCAR AT KROHN CONSERVATORY

through june 15

ZOO BLOOMS 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, http://cincinnatizoo.org/events/zoo-blooms/, Phone: 513-281-4700

THE KING AND I April 10-22 Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, directed by Bartlett Sher. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Something Wonderful.” Presented by Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati presented by TriHealth. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Aronoff Center, https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/ the-king-and-i, Phone: 513-621-2787

CANSTRUCTION® 2018 April 10-29 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. FREE. Time: Open daily during Weston Art Gallery hours, Location: Weston Art Gallery, https://www. cincinnatiarts.org/weston-art-gallery/exhibitions/detail/ canstruction-2018, Phone: 513-621-2787


BETWEEN THE MIAMIS: GREAT ART FOR GREAT PARKS April 13-29 This one-time art event is an expertly curated exhibition of nationally-recognized nature artists, including Cincinnati’s own John Ruthven. The exhibition is open to the public Monday-Sunday during regular Sharon Centre hours. Join us for the opening reception on April 13 from 6-9 pm featuring select artwork by local high school art students. For more information, visit greatparksforever.org. FREE. Time: Open daily during Sharon Center hours, Location: Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre, https://www.greatparks. org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

PAINTED POTS WEEK April 13-28 (closed Sundays) Celebrate spring by decorating a clay pot! Paint a pot and leave it for others to enjoy for no fee or pay a small fee to take it home with you. Pots will be hung in the trees throughout the park, where they will remain through the end of May. FREE.

Time: Open daily, Location: Newport Aquarium, https:// www.newportaquarium.com/Coming-in-2018, Phone: 1-800-406-3474

Time: 11 am-4 pm Monday-Saturday, Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Nature’s Niche, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar#, Phone: 513-521-7275

PLEASE NOTE AT CINCINNATI PARENT, WE WORK HARD TO ENSURE OUR CALENDAR AND GUIDE INFORMATION IS ACCURATE. OCCASIONALLY, EVENT SPECIFICS CHANGE AFTER WE GO TO PRESS. THEREFORE, WE ENCOURAGE OUR READERS TO CALL LOCATIONS OR VISIT THEM ON THE WEB TO VERIFY INFORMATION.

RING OF FIRE Open daily Explore this all-new exhibit where your family will meet the Giant Pacific Octopus, Moon Jellyfish and Japanese Spider Crabs. Included with admission. Check website for exhibit opening dates.

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WACKY FUN & calendar APRIL 2018

SUN

MON

TUES

1

EASTER AND APRIL FOOL’S DAY

9

15 TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY

16

DEEP DISH PIZZA DAY

12

18

17

BANANA DAY EGGS BENEDICT DAY

6

19 HIGH FIVE DAY

13

SCRABBLE DAY

20 VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION DAY

KICKBALL DAY

22

23 TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY

24 PIG IN A BLANKET DAY

25 GUIDE DOG DAY

26 ALIEN DAY

PILLOW FIGHT DAY

7

CARAMEL POPCORN DAY

WALK ON YOUR WILD SIDE DAY

SIBLING DAY

SAT

5

11

10 PET DAY

UNICORN DAY

FRI

4 CARROT DAY

FIND A RAINBOW DAY

8

THURS

3

2 PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY DAY

ZOO LOVERS DAY

WEDS

27 TELL A STORY DAY

14

DOLPHIN DAY

21 BULLDOGS ARE BEAUTIFUL DAY

28 BLUEBERRY PIE DAY

EARTH DAY

29 INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY

30 OATMEAL COOKIE DAY

SOURCE: www.daysoftheyear.com

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