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contents features 17 | TRUSTING YOUR INSTINCTS Helping your child through mental health issues

20 | DESTINATION OHIO Amusement park fun throughout the state

22 | SUMMER BUCKET LIST “MUST-DO” activities to cross off this summer

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36 | ASK THE TEACHER Parental homework help, spelling words, peaceful mornings and spring testing

41 | TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A STAY-AT-HOME DAD A dirty job

42 | WHAT’S NEW AT SCHOOL

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Carpe Diem-Aiken to open for the 2013-14 year

43 | KIDS AND CASH The allowance issue – part 2

26 | OH, THE POSSIBILITIES This summer at camp

34 | WOMEN’S HEALTH Ten steps to a healthier you

40 | PROPER TESTING FOR ADHD Medication isn’t the only option

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around town 24 | CRC & YOUTH - A GREAT MATCH FOR $2 That’s right... $2 for the entire year!

resources 28 | CAMP GUIDE

08 | PUBLISHER'S NOTE

38 | education/childcare GUIDE

10 | COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

49 | MARKETPLACE

12 | ONLINE BUZZ

calendars commentary + parenting 14 | MOMMY MAGIC Once a mom, always a mom 6 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

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45 | MAY EVENTS 48 | ONGOING EVENTS 51 | FUN + WACKY

34 ON THE COVER Kendal Photo by: Lisa Hezlep www.hezlepphotography.com


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Cincinnati

[ publisher’s note ]

PARENT PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox | publisher@cincinnatiparent.com SALES MANAGER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR Katie Pfierman | katie@cincinnatiparent.com EDITOR Susan Bryant | susan@cincinnatiparent.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Jennifer Baum | jennifer@cincinnatiparent.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Melissa Wittenbaum | melissa@cincinnatiparent.com BUSINESS MANAGER Roxanne Burns | roxanne@cincinnatiparent.com

Welcome to May!

EVENTS COORDINATOR & PUBLIC RELATIONS Wendy Cox | wendy@cincinnatiparent.com

This month marks that transition time from the wet, cool days of spring to the coming hot days of summer. School is just about over (your kids know exactly how many days are left) and all of us, parents and children alike, can hardly wait for the summer fun waiting for us just around the corner. At Cincinnati Parent, we’ve already got a game plan ready for you to take advantage of all this season has to offer. In Destination Ohio, read our “insider tips” for visiting Ohio’s various amusement parks that dot our state from top to bottom. Our Summer Bucket List outlines the “must do” activities to cross off before school next fall. And check out all the fun your kids can have for just $2 through the Cincinnati Recreation Commission in the article CRC and Youth. To keep up with the kids this summer, moms can’t forget to squeeze in some time for themselves. Our Women’s Health article gives ten simple steps to ensure you have the energy to keep you happy and healthy. Children have their health concerns too, and in Trusting Your Instincts we discuss how to help a child who may be struggling with a mental health issue. Thanks for picking up this issue of Cincinnati Parent – we hope our magazine gives you the helpful articles and resources you need to make raising a family in our area all it can be!

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Wendy Schrepferman | s.wendy@cincinnatiparent.com INTERN Maria Tancredi | maria@cincinnatiparent.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Wynne Cox, Sarah McCosham, Abby Hayes, Michelle Shirk, Linda Palacios, David Katkin, Mary Susan Buhner, Pete Gilbert, Deb Krupowicz, Dr. Julia Heath of The University of Cincinnati, Dawn Grady of Cincinnati Public Schools, The American Camp Association CALENDAR OF EVENTS calendar@cincinnatiparent.com CONTACT US 9435 Waterstone Blvd., Suite 140 | Cincinnati, OH 45249 PHONE: 513.444.2015 | FAX: 513.444.2099 EMAIL: info@cincinnatiparent.com

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in every issue

[ community spotlight ]

community S POT L IGH T

take the first step March is National Mental Health Awareness Month. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) fundraiser, NAMIWalks, is the largest and most successful mental illness awareness event in America. Come walk on Saturday May 11th to raise awareness and support children and adults with mental illness and their families. The event will take place at Sawyer Point with check in at 9:00 am. The 5K walk begins at 10 am. There is no fee to walk, however, participants are encouraged to collect donations to support the event. The free NAMIWalks app (available on iTunes) is a great tool to help manage your personal fundraising. For more information contact Heather Turner at heather.turner@ namihc.org, call 513-351-3500 or visit www.nami.org.

baby boom kid bloom The Baby Boom Kid Bloom Expo will take place on Saturday, June 1st from 10 am - 4 pm at Entertrainment Junction. This event is for expecting parents, or parents with young children and is free and open to the public! Come check out vendors and other valuable resources on parenting topics such as nutrition, health, entertainment, photography, and more! The folks at Entertrainment Junction, located at 7379 Squire Court in West Chester, will be offering discounted tickets to all of their exciting attractions. For more information visit www.facebook.com/pages/Baby-Boom-Kid-Bloom.

calling all super sleuths! Put on your trench coat, grab your magnifying glass and get down to the Cincinnati Museum Center where you will be invited to become a detective. This experience is offered to kids in grades 1 - 6 on Saturdays and Sundays. Participants will enjoy I Spy activities in the Cincinnati in Motion gallery, become a reallife detective and earn prizes for solving some of Cincinnati’s famous mysteries, visit the control tower at Union Terminal and search the Museum of Natural History and Science to complete a fun-filled scavenger hunt. To register visit www.cincymuseum.org/experience/ museumsleuths or call 513-287-7000. Tickets are $13.50 each for this event.

can you run faster than a flying pig? Flying Pig Marathon runners will take to the streets of Cincinnati on Saturday May 4th - 5th. The weekend is filled with a variety of events and festivities to celebrate the 15th year of the marathon. In addition to the marathon on Sunday, a Health and Fitness Expo is scheduled as well as additional racing opportunities including a half marathon, a four person relay, a city dash, a corporate relay, and two kids’ runs. To view the exciting schedule of events, register or volunteer, visit www.flyingpigmarathon.com. 10 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

game on! let’s play! ON! Handcrafted Digital Playgrounds is now at the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati! This family-friendly, hands-on exhibit is not to be missed. The ON! galleries have been transformed into a veritable playground where creativity and experimentation is encouraged. Bring your children to play, and rediscover your inner child as you explore, tinker, and create! The featured artists express their talents with games, toys, circuitry, computers and traditional artistic media. The museum is open each day except Tuesday, and is free to the public on Mondays from 5 pm - 9 pm. Visit www.contemporaryartscenter.org/visiting to learn more!

a unique camp experience Camp Kesem is a college student run summer camp for kids with a parent who has (or has had) cancer. The one-week sleep away camp is a chance for kids ages 6-16 to have a fun-filled week to celebrate the simple joys of childhood. Camp Kesem’s mission not only supports children affected by cancer, it also empowers college students to develop leadership skills and advance their personal, philanthropic goals. The camp host in Ohio is The Ohio State University in Columbus. To learn more about this unique experience for your own children, to refer others or to make a donation to support Camp Kesem’s important mission, visit www.campkesem.org/ohio-state or call 614-699-2267.


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commentary and parenting

[ mommy magic ]

Mommy Magic Once a mom, always a mom Mary Susan Buhner

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” - Unknown I was recently by myself at the grocery store picking up a few things. I was in a hurry, and like most moms, I had a dozen things on my mind. While grabbing a loaf of bread, I heard a little voice from one aisle over yell, “Mommy!” Without even thinking, I started to turn in a circle looking for my youngest daughter while automatically yelling back in panic, “Amelia, where are you?” Had she gotten away from me and gone to the next aisle over without me noticing? It took me a solid five seconds to remember she wasn’t even with me while I was at the grocery store. She was, in fact, at home with my husband and her sisters. Had I officially lost my mind while in the bread aisle at the grocery? After I realized I was alone and not with any of my kiddos, I peeked over to the baking aisle to make sure the little voice I heard yelling for mommy had indeed found her. It got me thinking as I was driving home, that we as moms, will most likely act and react as moms forever – whether we are with our children or not. Will I one day be 60 years old and hear “Mom” from across a store and respond still? Will I assume that voice is calling for me? Probably. My oldest daughter recently had a nasty stomach virus. She was home for several days not feeling well. Since she is a teenager, I have grown accustomed to reading her moods (if you have a teen you know what I mean). Whether she is grossed out by it or not, I still hug and kiss on her every day. (Although I have to admit, it is not the same when they are embarrassed by you doing this in front of other human beings.) Embarrassed or not, I still love on her. I have embraced that this affection is indeed, one sided – at least for now. As I hug and kiss her, she stands there praying it will be over soon. This used to bother me, but after talking to other moms of teens, I stopped taking it personally and accepted that this is a “teenage” thing. And then she got sick. All of a sudden my 5 foot 7 inch teenager became my baby again. She put her head on my shoulder and let me hug and kiss on her without complaint. I rubbed her head as she napped on my lap, whispered to her that I loved her 14 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

and made her toast to help settle her stomach. Although she was not standing in the baking aisle yelling “Mommy” like the little child I had seen earlier in the week at the grocery, she did in fact, need me – her mom – to comfort her and say she was going to feel better soon. Being a mom is a funny thing because as our kids grow, our role changes somewhat. Of course, we are always our children’s mother and will love, support, listen and care for them. What I learned those few days when my daughter was home sick, was that she really still needs these things. She may not know she still needs it, but I know it. So, for all us moms, who parent tots to teens, love on them, listen to them, hug on them and always coming running when you hear that precious word that we all share, but is so deeply personal to each one of us – “Mom.” Join the Mommy Magic’s Fan Page on Facebook and visit www.Mommy-Magic.com to be a part of the mom community that supports and encourages moms in Cincy with helpful tips for motherhood!


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TRUSTING YOUR INSTINCTS Helping your child through mental health issues

“By the time she was five,” says Terri, “I can remember talking to the pediatrician and feeling like she was beyond my being able to deal with her. I love her to death, but I was having a tough time figuring out how to deal with her.” By age twelve, Nicki was officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a disease that sometimes left her so depressed she was unable to get out of bed for school. “We were just not prepared!” says Terri. Though her parents did everything they could for Nicki, things weren’t easy. Friends didn’t understand; the school system was uncooperative and Nicki’s bipolar medications didn’t always work. In the worst part of her adolescence, Nicki began

to self-medicate with marijuana, and once, she landed in intensive care after overdosing on her medications.

Signs of a problem When it comes to recognizing potential mental health issues in your child, Marriage and Family/ Art Therapist Jenna Reynolds says parents should trust their instincts. She also says “that parents should definitely educate themselves on what they need to be looking for as indicators that their child is struggling.” What are these indicators? Reynolds, who runs a private practice at her art studio Little Red Hause, lists the following: • Behavioral changes • Changes in sleeping and eating patterns • Tiredness

• Lack of interest in usually-loved activities and relationships “If something has been problematic for someone for more than six months without it improving or being resolved in some way, that’s another good indicator [that they need help],” says Reynolds.

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Even as an infant, Nicki wasn’t easy. Her mother, Terri, describes her as a demanding, outspoken and whip-smart child.

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Where to turn Reynolds recommends first vetting potential therapists over the phone to see if you feel comfortable with them. “So much of therapeutic progress occurs just because of the relationship that is built,” she says. It is essential to choose a therapist with whom both you and your child feel comfortable. One good place to start is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Hamilton County. NAMI’s Executive Director, Heather Turner, says, “We can point people to actual information as well as connecting them with services, if they’re at that point.” NAMI’s website – www.nami.org – offers a host of information on mental illness, community organizations and mental health services in the Cincinnati area.

Practice listening Reynolds says that parents can help detect mental issues just by connecting with their kids on a regular basis. She also recommends these general techniques for communicating with kids about potentially difficult topics: Reflect: Repeat back to your child what he or she has told you, instead of asking a question. “What you’re doing,” says Reynolds, “is letting them know, ‘I hear what you’re saying, and I care.’” Validate: “Kids have a really hard time knowing what’s going on inside of them,” Reynolds says. Giving kids language for their feelings helps normalize their emotional experiences. Label praise: “Let [your kids] know that you see the good things they’re doing,” she says. When giving praise, tell kids specifically what you’re happy about. And when in doubt, Reynolds says that it’s never a bad idea to get a second opinion. “Parenting is a very difficult job, so it’s always nice to have someone to give you those little pointers to help keep everybody on track with growing and developing as best they can.”

One happy ending After a long, difficult journey, Nicki’s family has finally found balance. Nicki eventually graduated from a charter school, which gave her more support and flexibility than the public school system was able to. A talented photographer, she is now taking photography classes. She still has her good days and her bad days, but life is looking up. As for Nicki’s parents, they lead a regular bipolar and depression support group that encourages both individuals with mental health issues and the family members who support them. Having a child struggle with a mental health problem is very difficult for the whole family, but as Nicki’s father says in regard to his own daughter, “She didn’t ask for this. . . [All] you can do is love her!”

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DESTINATION OHIO Amusement park fun throughout the state! Michelle Shirk

Summer’s here at last! Why not take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy a family visit to one of Ohio’s many land and water-based amusement parks? Whether you love thrilling roller coasters or prefer a gentle lazy river, we’ve got you covered with our guide to some of the best seasonal fun our state has to offer.

Cedar Point/Soak City Water Park

Kings Island/Soak City Water Park

Sandusky, Ohio

Mason, Ohio

Often referred to as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” Cedar Point satisfies thrill-seekers with a whopping 16 coasters. Family rides, themed children’s attractions and the Soak City Water Park provide a milder alternative for those who don’t meet the park’s thrill ride height requirements.

Located right in Cincinnati’s backyard, this theme park and recently expanded water park offer a huge slate of thrill rides and family-friendly favorites for the 2013 season.

Don’t miss! New for the 2013 season, the Gatekeeper – the world’s longest wing roller coaster – will likely be Cedar Point’s hottest ticket this summer. Insider tip: Cedar Fair Entertainment Company operates Cedar Point, Kings Island, Soak City and Wildwater Kingdom. If your family loves amusement parks, consider purchasing a Platinum Pass for unlimited access to these and all other Cedar Fair parks for the 2013 season. Drive time: 4 hours, 2 minutes* To learn more: www.cedarpoint.com, www.soakcitycp.com, www.cedarfair.com 20 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

Don’t miss! Planet Snoopy, Kings Island’s award-winning children’s area, features an awesome kid-sized suspended coaster, log flume, stage show and meet-and-greets with Charlie Brown and the gang. Insider tip: Hate to wait? Check out the Fast Lane add-ons, which allow guests to bypass the lines for many attractions. This privilege comes at a surcharge but may be worth the cost to families with limited vacation time. Drive time: 28 minutes To learn more: www.visitkingsisland.com


Wildwater Kingdom Aurora, Ohio This northwestern Ohio waterpark has all the essentials – water slides, wave pool, lazy river and plenty of places for kids to splash around. Don’t miss! Thunder Falls, an elaborate rainbow-colored complex, provides a total of seven ways to splash down including three body slides and four tube slides. Insider tip: For those traveling with little ones, playhouse-filled Little Tikes Town gives young children a place for pretend play and parents an opportunity to dry off for a few minutes. Drive time: 3 hours, 59 minutes To learn more: www.wildwaterfun.com

Zoombezi Bay Powell, Ohio Located at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay entertains families with 17 slides and three activity-filled pools. It also offers a separate “island” with a bar and lazy river exclusively for the 21 and over crowd. Don’t miss! Adults and kids alike can enjoy Roaring Rapids, a 1500-foot action river. Guests under 48” are required to wear a life jacket on this ride and those under 42” must also be accompanied by an adult. Insider tip: Your purchase of admission to Zoombezi Bay also includes same-day entry to the zoo. Pack some extra clothes and enjoy a full day of family fun! Drive time: 1 hour, 58 minutes To learn more: www.zoombezibay.com

Coney Island Cincinnati, Ohio Enjoy a mini-vacation without leaving town at this historic amusement park. Coney Island does not charge for admission or live shows. Instead, visitors pay a la carte for rides, the massive Sunlite pool and waterslides, miniature golf, arcade games and more. Don’t miss! Coney Island’s classic rides will thrill kids and help adults feel like kids again. Its nostalgia-inducing line-up includes The Flying Bobs, Tilt-A-Whirl, bumper cars, paddle boats and a lakefront Ferris wheel. Insider tip: Coney Island offers swim lessons, lifeguarding classes and water aerobics for passholders. Head to www.coneyislandpark.com/aquatic_ programs.php for more information. Drive time: 12 minutes To learn more: www.coneyislandpark.com (*Drive times are calculated from Cincinnati using GoogleMaps.) M AY 2013

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bu c ket LIST “MUST-DO” activities to cross off this summer

Kick off the unofficial start of summer Memorial Day Weekend with the 35th Annual Taste of Cincinnati.

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Flit and flutter your way to the International Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory, running through June 30 and featuring more than 12,000 butterflies.

Linda Palacios

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Celebrate America’s (and Cincinnati’s) favorite pastime July 7 for Kids Reds Cap Day at Great American Ballpark.

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Let your little ones run through an interactive plaza fountain and stroll alongside color-changing waterfalls and water curtains at Smale Riverfront Park on The Banks.

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Get out on Cincinnati’s iconic Ohio River with BB Riverboats Ice Cream Social Sundays.

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Give your family control of the boat through Sharon Woods paddle boat rentals.

Help your children connect with nature through CincyNature Camp at Cincinnati Nature Center.

Keep your kids’ reading skills sharp before school with Summer Reading 2013 at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.

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Hit up “Kids Row” during Oakley after Hours on the second Friday of summer months.

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Take advantage of the city’s wealth of local church and school festivals.

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Add some friendly competition to your summer with a round of Frisbee golf at Mt. Airy, Winton Woods or Woodland Mound.

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Explore your regal side on the third Sunday of the month at Loveland Castle’s Castle Days.

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Light up your kids’ life July 3 at the 14th Annual LaRosa’s Balloon Glow at Coney Island.

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Walk or ride on the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail, and pack a picnic for when you work up an appetite.

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Round out your Cincy summer experience Labor Day Weekend with the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Riverfest fireworks display.


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around town

[ cincinnati recreation commission profile ]

CRC and Youth – a Great Match for $2 That’s right… $2 for the entire year! Cincinnati Recreation Commission cares about Cincinnati’s youth and recognizes the challenges faced by parents in these economic times. Here’s what CRC is doing about it. The price for annual junior memberships to our centers (ages 17 and younger) has been reduced from $10 to just $2.

“These are wonderful programs,” says Michael Thomas, CRC Superintendent. “The teens get real work experience and are building life-long business skills that benefit not only their lives, but our city. Mayor Mallory is a strong advocate for our youth and he makes it possible for us to provide these programs.”

Membership at a Cincinnati Recreation Commission center provides opportunities for all kinds of youth development, leadership, educational programs and more throughout the year. Annual junior memberships are accepted at ALL 24 CRC recreation centers throughout the city.

CRC’s pools also provide many jobs for young adults. Each year, CRC recruits and trains 200+ lifeguards to “Work the Water.”

In fact, because of the reduction of membership prices from $10 to $2 for youth, CRC junior memberships have increased 79% - 975 memberships sold in 2012; 1,749 memberships so far in 2013. In addition to affordable memberships for youth, CRC provides youth employment and professional development opportunities. CRC teams with the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program and presents two opportunities for seasonal employment – the Junior Counselor Program and the Recreation Employment Corp.

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Speaking of CRC pools, it is a goal of CRC to lower the number of deaths and injuries from water-related accidents with the “I CAN SWIM!” project and scholarships. Designed to help swimmers of all ages begin, develop and refine their swimming skills, “I CAN SWIM!” provides American Red Cross instruction and swim lessons to all – regardless of the ability to pay. Cincinnati Recreation Commission is dedicated to youth by offering affordable memberships, access to youth employment and swim lessons. Visit a CRC recreation center or aquatic facility today and find out for yourself how a $2 annual junior membership can benefit your child! For more information, visit www.cincyrec.org.


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OH, the

Possibilities This summer at camp The American Camp Association

A summer of endless possibilities is fast approaching for over ten million children who have decided to take part in a camp experience. Whether attending a day or resident, traditional or specialty camp, the benefits of the camp experience reach every camper in their own unique way. Read on for five things your camper can count on this summer.

Role models Experts agree that there is nothing like the camp experience when it comes to surrounding children with role models. The young adults that serve as camp counselors are caring, well-trained and, as far as campers are concerned, “cool.” Camp counselors make a big impact on the positive development of the campers in their care.

Character development In a supportive and nurturing environment, campers learn some of life’s greatest lessons: how to win with grace, how to overcome failures and how to take healthy risks. Research shows it’s these very character traits that will help them find success in the classroom and beyond.

Interaction with nature Three out of four camps list “connecting children with nature” as a priority. Not only does time in nature allow campers to grow into tomorrow’s environmental stewards, but it helps them reap benefits like stress reduction and increased concentration today.

Confidence All of those activities at camp are fun, and they’re also confidence boosters! Building skill proficiency reinforces a camper’s confidence in his or her abilities. Camps strive to make all campers feel they are a special member of the community.

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Physical activity Camp is full of fun ways to get moving! The average child needs at least sixty minutes of activity per day; typically, campers get three to five times that amount! Campers have a great time playing and interacting with friends . . . away from a screen! Get excited for a summer of growth and fun! Remember, if you haven’t yet found the right summer camp experience, visit ACA’s Find a Camp database at http://find. acacamps.org. Find a Camp is searchable by location, cost, activities offered and more. Here’s to a summer where the days might be limited, but the possibilities are not!

About ACA The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 280 health and safety standards. For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org.


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summer camp resources

[ camp listings ]

GUIDE

RESIDENTIAL CAMPS Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center

125 Aldersgate Camp Rd., Ravenna, KY 40472, Phone: 606-723-5078, Email: aldersgatecamp@ gmail.com

aldersgatecamp.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Religious - Traditional Activities Included: Horses, Zip-line, Ropes Course, Sports, Pool, Music, Environmental Education Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center has been exciting and empowering campers of all ages for 50 years. Located about an hour from Lexington, Kentucky, join us this summer for a thrilling week of horses, sports, adventure, mystery, swimming, fun, friends, and memories! For information, check out our website: www.aldersgatecamp.org. Welcome Home!

Camp Carson YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670, Contact: Mark Scoular, Phone: 812-385-3597, Email: campinfo@ymca.evansville.net

www.campcarson.org Gender of Campers: Coed Hours: 1pm Sunday - 7pm Friday Dates: Weekly through June and July Ages/Grades: 7-16 years Cost: traditional week ranges $499-$599 (range of all programs from $270 - $1000) Only 3.5 hours from Cincinnati. Join campers and staff from over 25 different states and 7 countries at southern Indiana’s premier summer resident camp. YMCA Camp Carson has it all! Truly “An Experience that lasts a Lifetime!” Activities include horseback, motorized dirt-bikes, archery, canoeing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, archery, marksmanship, climbing, pottery, woodworking, fishing, crafts, soccer, basketball, mountain bikes

Ages/Grades: 8-17 Cost: Jewish Overnight Camping grants of up to $1,000 are available for first- and second-time applicants; visit jewishcincinnati.org/camping for details. Activities Included: Basketball, Drama, Canoeing, Hiking, Campfires, Archery, Arts & Crafts, Lake Aqua Park, Swimming Pool, High Ropes Challenge Course, Baseball, Low Ropes Team Building Activities, Climbing Wall, Judaics/Israel Programs, Horseback Riding, Tennis, Soccer, Israeli Dance, Ga-Ga, Nature & Ecology, Camping Overnights, much more… We are the ONLY resident camp owned and operated by the Cincinnati Jewish community. Located in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Indiana, Camp Livingston is the place to be for a summer of friends, sports, arts, nature, and positive Jewish experiences. Our caring staff supervises a progressive program that includes athletics, nature, waterfront activities, arts-andcrafts, performing arts, a challenge course, adventure travel and camping trips, and much more! New one week program for first timers!

www.camplivingston.com Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: Aleph Session: June 16 – July 11; Bet Session: July 14 – August 8; One and Two Week options also available 28 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

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

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

Culver Summer Schools & Camps

1300 Academy Road #138, Culver, IN 46511, Contact: Anthony Mayfield, Phone: 800-221-2020, Email: summer@culver.org

www.culver.org/summer Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Specific Categories: Coeducational resident Dates: June 21 to August 3, 2013 Ages/Grades: Ages 9 to 16 Cost: $5,600 Requirements of Campers: Teacher recommendations Activities Included: Sailing, Aviation, Horseback riding, tennis, golf, swimming, water skiing, SCUBA, theater, band, voice, fencing, baskteball, track, badminton, review academics in Math and English

Camp Livingston 4998 Nell Lee Road, Bennington, IN 47011, Contact: Benjamin Davis, Executive Director, Phone: 513-7935554 or 1-888-564-CAMP, Email: info@ camplivingston.com

Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 16 Cost: $2190 to varies with length of session Requirements of Campers: Willing to have fun and try new things!

Falcon Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email: info@ FalconCamp.com

www.falconcamp.com Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: 2,4,6,8 week sessions available from June 23 – August 17

Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: August 4 – 10 and August 11 – 17 Ages/Grades: ages 6 - 9 Cost: $1010/wk Requirements of Campers: Designed for first time sleep away camp experience. Activities Included: Program same as Falcon Traditional Camp; includes horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, archery, air rifles, crafts, sports, rocketry, fishing, nature study, sailing and much more. 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.

YMCA Camp Ernst of Cincinnati 7615 Camp Ernst Rd, Burlington, KY 41005, Contact: Eli Cochran Program Director, Phone: 859-586-6181, Fax: 859-586-6214, Email: ce@myYcamp.org

www.myYcamp.org Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: One week sessions June 9-Aug 4; Also offer 24 hour overnights as well as a Half-Week session Ages/Grades: Ages 6-15


Cost: $505-690 Requirements of Campers: Registration is required. A co-ed residential summer camp, YMCA Camp Ernst is your child’s ultimate summer destination! Steeped in tradition and built on positive values, YMCA Camp Ernst hosts campers, ages 6-15, who enjoy top-notch counselors and make friends doing a wide variety of activities including a 100-foot water slide, zipline, the BLOB, archery, horseback riding, giant swing, and a banana boat. While participating in our 24 daily activities, your child will also develop in spirit, mind, and body. Come see why people are calling us “The Best Camp On Earth”!

DAY CAMPS Academy Kung Fu Tai Chi 4927 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45238, Phone: 513-481-4406, Email: academyofkungfutaichi@gmail.com

whkungfu.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Hours: 9:00 AM to 11:00 Am or 12:00 AM Dates: June 3-7 June 10-14 June 17- 21 June 24-28, July 1-5, (closed the 4th) july 8-12, July 15-19 Ages/Grades: 3-6 years 7-12 years old Cost: $142 weekly $150 weekly discounts for taking all sessions Requirements of Campers: No previous martial arts experience needed Activities Included: Bully prevention, Listening skills, building self-confidence, motor skill, building

leadership skills, positive motivation martial arts skills Real Kung fu techniques. Tien Shan Pai & Northern Shaolin Kung fu taught by certified Kung Fu instructors. Building life skills, only school in Cincinnati that is member of United State Kuo Shu (Kung Fu) Federation. 2 World Certified Judges,11 members made the United States Kung Fu Team 2000-2009. It’s something you always wanted to do.

Artscapade 22 N. Shaw, Fort Thomas, KY 41075, Contact: Tanith Smith, Phone: 859-443-2496, Email: info@myartscapade.com

www.myartscapade.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 12th - August 2nd, 2013 Ages/Grades: 4-10 Cost: Varies from $55 to $100 Join us as we learn, explore and create through the world of art. We will paint, draw, sculpt and so much more!

ADVENTURE DAYS ON THE FARM 11896 Old Lexington Pike, Walton, KY 41094, Contact: Mary Mary Benton Marcum /Director, Phone: 859-4857000, Email: bentonfamilyfarm@aol.com

www.bentonfarm.com Specific Categories: One day camp with five or less children with parent can be scheduled during summer. Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (specialty camps) Hours: Monday-Friday 9:45am-2:45pm

Dates: Farm Camp offered only these weeks due to this being a working farm. July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26(Pending) Ages/Grades: Ages 6-12 Cost: $195 per week Requirements of Campers: Parents will be interviewed to be sure your child is ready for farm life! Activities Included: Campers will be assigned a sheep/goat the first day. The camper will be responsible for its care for the week, bathing, grooming, shearing, and walking it for exercise. We will learn all the farm chores and be assigned daily. Adventure Days on the Farm is just a kids dream week of making new friends and learning so much in one week. Kids will learn to fish, by the end of week be baiting their own hook, hayrides to look for arrowheads, plant seeds, pick vegetables, nature crafts, music, scavenger hunts, hiking, we dig our own earthworms and on Friday we have our sheep/ goat costume class and handling show where parents can attend and see how well all the kids have done with their animal of the week! And did I mention we learn to fish, learn to milk a cow, and lots of farm fun games. Friday is a big day for the kids! Awards of best milker, best shearer, biggest/tiniest fish caught, and so much more. See our website. Join our Facebook pages and meet our incredible staff.

Camp•a•Palooza 7900 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Joanie Weghorst, Preschool Camp; Drew Ross, K-7th Grade Camp, Phone: (513) 489-7575, Email: info@ theCampusKF.com

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Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Sports Hours: Preschool: 8:30-12:30; K-7th Grade: 9:00-4:00 Dates: June 3rd - August 16th Ages/Grades: Preschool (half day) thru 7th Grade Cost: Varies Requirements of Campers: Vaccination Records; Preschoolers must be potty trained Activities Included: Gymnastics, Swimming, Basketball, Slip-n-slide, Karate, Arts and Crafts, Putt Putt and MORE! With 108,000 square feet of children’s sports activities under one roof, Kids First is the area’s premier destination for summer camp! Camp-aPalooza offers a full day summer camp for K-7th graders and the brand new early learning center, The Campus at Kids First, offers a preschool camp for 3-5 year olds. There truly is NO summer camp like it!

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: Traditional Dates: June 24 -August 9 Ages/Grades: 2 - 14 Cost: $150 - $210 per week ACA Accredited. Cincinnati’s premier Jewish Day Camp, held at the Campus Recreation Center. Ages 2-14. Enjoy a wide variety of activities and field trips with outstanding, nurturing staff unique to Camp Chabad! Lunch & Transportation included. Camp runs from June 24-August 9th; sign up for all 7 weeks or “mix and match” any week. Morning & after care are available.

Camp Courage 10117 Old 3 C Hwy, Clarksville, OH 45113, Contact: Rachel McCoy, Director, Phone: 513-731-3346, Email: rmccoy@cancerfamilycare.org

www.cancerfamilycare.org Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: Saturday June 8, 2013 Ages/Grades: 5-18 Cost: Free/No cost A one day camp event for children impacted by a cancer diagnosis in the family, or by a loss due to cancer. Camp Courage is also open to childhood cancer survivors and their siblings. Transportation from Cincinnati is provided.

Camp Invention Various Locations in Cincinnati and Surrounding Areas, Contact: Michele Millikan, Phone: 800-9684332, Email: campinvention@att.net

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Ages/Grades: Entering Grades 1-6 Cost: $180 to $220 Camp Invention inspires CREATIVITY and INVENTIVE thinking during a weeklong summer adventure of FUN and EXCITING real-world challenges led by qualified educators! Discounts are available to new and returning children. Locations nationwide. Visit www.campinvention.org or call 1-800-968-4332 for a location near you.

for the best value in educational, fun-filled outdoor activities…and economical too! Hikes, crafts and games are part of the daily schedule. The most popular “Nature Camps in the Parks” camp serves ages 5-12 every week and their preschool siblings can attend Discovery Mornings at the same park during the same week! Trailside and LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Centers provide some of the best specialized camps such as Astronomy, Parade! And Wild Art. Camp activities are new for your child each year! Register online at: https://parks. cincyregister.com/summercamp2013.

Cincinnati Art Museum ARTventures Classes 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-721-ARTS, Email: liz.gardner@cincyart.org

cincinnatiartmuseum.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 18-August 15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays Ages/Grades: Ages 5-8 and 9-12 Cost: $10/session- members $20/sessionnonmembers, series pricing also available Delve into art this summer at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Each class is packed with exciting art projects, gallery experiences, and more. Children will discover all aspects of art looking and art making through various themes, games, and more.

Cincinnati Nature Center Summer Camp Rowe Woods: 4949 Tealtown Rd, Milford, OH 45150; Long Branch Farm & Trails, 6926 Gaynor Rd, Goshen, OH, Phone: 513-831-1711

www.CincyNature.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June - August Ages/Grades: 3 - 15 Activities Included: Exploring all the wonders of nature! Explore nature at our week-long nature day camps for ages 3-15 Camps offer unique, age-appropriate activities that immerse children in the outdoors in a safe and friendly environment. A fun way for kids to actively challenge their minds and bodies while using their creativity and imaginations. Join us for an outdoor adventure that is anything but ordinary!

Cincinnati Parks’ Summer Nature Day Camps Day Camps are located at Ault Park, Burnet Woods, French Park, S, Cincinnati, OH 45216, Contact: Dianne Wente, Phone: 513-321-6208 ext 11, Email: Dianne.wente@cincinnati-oh.gov

www.cincinnatiparks.com Gender of Campers: Coed Ages/Grades: ages 3 to 14 Cost: Fees range from $40 - $75 per camp and discounts are available for multiple camp registrations. Activities Included: Beyond our themed camps with special activities, all camps include trail hikes, arts and crafts, outdoor games, interactions with live animals, and many more fun, hands-on activities! Many of our camps are filling quickly…so reserve your spot now! Our summer camps were voted “Best of the City” in 2012 by you and Cincinnati Magazine

Cincinnati Recreation Commission Phone/CRC’s InfoLine: (513) 352-4000, Contact: Call your local CRC Recreation Center or go to www.cincyrec.org

www.cincyrec.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: All Summer! Ages/Grades: Please call your local CRC Recreation Center for specific details Cost: Tier A $1050; Tier B $950; Tier C $650 Clifton, College Hill, Corryville*, Dunham (serves west Price Hill), Hartwell, LeBlond (serves East End), Lincoln (serves West End), Madisonville, McKie (serves Northside), Mt.Washington, North Avondale, Oakley, Pleasant Ridge, Price Hill*, Sayler Park & Westwood Town Hall. *Corryville & Price Hill Centers’ camps also accept ODJFS Day Care vouchers. Specialty Camps and Programs also available!

Cincinnati Reds Baseball/Softball Camps Beechwood HS in Ft. Mitchell, KY; Summit Country Day in Cincinnati, Mason HS in Mason, Centerville HS in Centerville, Contact: Tim Rappe, Executive Director, Phone: 855-846-7337, Email: trappe@reds.com

www.reds.com/camps Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Hours: 9a-3p, M-F Dates: Beechwood HS: 6/3-6/7 Summit Country Day: 6/10-6/14 Mason HS: 7/1-7/5 Centerville HS: 7/29-8/2 Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American Ballpark, full Reds uniform, 4 game tickets Official Camps of the Reds. 30 hrs. of World Class baseball/softball training and unforgettable Reds experience. Meet a top player at GABP. 30 hrs. of instruction. Bring a buddy and save $25. Maybe the best baseball camp in America. Camps sold out last year so register early.

Classroom Antics Tech Camps Cincinnati camps in: Anderson, Camp Dennison, Fairfield, Loveland, Madeira, Mason, Montgomery, and Springfield Twp., Contact: Toby Foote, Phone: 800-595-3776, Email: camps@classroomantics.com

www.classroomantics.com Gender of Campers: Coed


Basic Category: Arts, Traditional Dates: June 10-August 9, 2013 Ages/Grades: Ages 7-13 Cost: 199.00 Camps in: Video Game Design, LEGO Robotics, Stop-Motion Animation, and Computer Programming. Half-day or full-day. Morning session 9am-12noon; Afternoon session 1pm-4pm.

Gorman Heritage Farm - Farm Camp 10052 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Jamie Stoneham, Camp Director, Phone: (513)563-6663, Fax: (513)563-6659, Email: camp@gormanfarm.org

www.GormanFarm.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (Everyday and Specialty camps) Financial Aid Offered: Financial aid is available Hours: Most camps run 9:30-2:30 Half-day options and extended camp options available. Dates: Camp offered June 3 through August 16 Ages/Grades: Camps for children ages 4-15 Cost: $60-$230/week Activities Included: ALL FARM CAMPERS WILL: feed and groom animals, cook with food grown or raised on the farm, take a hay ride hike to our lookout for lunch and games, make creative crafts engage in age appropriate activities.Theme Camps available. Be a farm kid! Camp activities include: interacting with barnyard animals, exploring the woods,

garden fun, games, hiking, crafts, music and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking, vet & science. Camp sessions scheduled by age group; please see our website for full brochure. Thyme for Farming Fun!

Greenacres Summer Camps 8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati, OH 45424, Contact: Andy DeLay, Education Director, Phone: 513-891-4227, Email: camps@green-acres.org

www.green-acres.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Hours/Dates/Cost: Varies by camp Ages/Grades: Varies by camp Requirements of Campers: Open to everyone Greenacres Summer Camps offer something for everyone! We have art, environment, equine, garden, culinary, and aquatic adventure camps various times throughout the summer season. Each of our camps are hands-on, small group camps led by a caring professional staff. Log onto www.green-acres.org today to view our 2013 Summer Camp Guide. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

iSPACE Summer Camps 3254 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Sue Hare, Education Project Manager, Phone: 513.612.5786, Email: share@iSPACEscience.org

www.iSPACEscience.org

Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Arts Dates: Weekly beginning June 17 - August 9 Ages/Grades: K-12 Cost: $180 - $230/Week iSPACE programs transform campers into robotics engineers and rocket scientists as they take part in a thrilling summer adventure. Our engaging, hands-on programs make learning exciting and build the skills students need for success. iSPACE is a not-for-profit organization that provides science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

Little Songbird Music Studio 240 Main Street, Florence, KY 41042, Contact: Elizabeth Hickerson, Phone: 859-547-8765, Email: elizabeth@littlesongbirdmusic.com

www.LittleSongbirdMusic.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: Check website for details. Ages/Grades: Ages 0-9 Cost: $100-$150 Get your music on! Explore the outdoor world through music in “Nature’s Trail”, awaken your crafty side by making your own instruments in “Craft, Sing and Play” or try out our group piano lessons in “Intro to keyboard”. We also have weekly classes for children 0-5 with a grown up.

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Recreation Unlimited 7700 Piper Road, Ashley, OH 43003, Phone: 740-548-7006, Email: info@recreationunlimited.org

www.recreationunlimited.org Gender of Campers: Coed Type of Camp: Day AND Residential Basic Category: Special Needs, Traditional Hours: Monday - Friday Dates: June 3 - August 2 Ages/Grades: 8 & Up Cost: $820 Per Week Plus $35 Registration Fee Requirements of Campers: Approval of Completed Application and Physical Activities Included: Sports, Recreation & Education Recreation Unlimited’s Summer Residential Camps provide a full schedule of activities, lodging, meals and snacks, counselors, program leaders, on-site nursing and a great environment for indoor and outdoor fun! Camper check-in is Monday between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Camper departure time is Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church 3 Locations: Camp Otterbein, 15779 Cox Rd Logan, OH 43138; Camp Wesley, 653 Twp. Rd. 37 E., Bellefontaine, OH 43311; Camp Widewater, 4050 County Rd. 424, Liberty Center, OH 43532, Contact: Rebecca King, Administrative Coordinator, Phone: 614-781-2630, Email: camps@wocumc.org

www.westohiocamps.org Gender of Campers: Coed Type of Camp: Day AND Residential Basic Category: Arts, Special Needs, Sports, Traditional Dates: Summer Camp runs June 9-August 4; Camps are open year-round for retreats Ages/ Grades: Ages 7-18 Ages/Grades: Ages 7-18 Cost: Cost varies, please look online or call for more information. Financial aid is available up to $100 per camper with financial need. For over 50 years West Ohio United Methodist Camps have served all people for Christian birth, growth, and renewal. We operate at three unique locations, each of which is ACA Accredited and offers age and developmentally appropriate activities and faith-forming programs. In addition to traditional, co-ed resident camp we also offer family camps and fully-accessible buddy camps for those with varying abilities.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps 2013 12 locations throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Phone: 513-362-YMCA Gender of Campers: Coed Specific Categories: Themed Day Camps, Preschool Camps, Teen Camps, Counselor-in-Training programs, Specialty Camps, Sports Camps Ages/Grades: Ages 3-15 Date/ Cost: Dates vary depending on each camp. Pricing Information is available on our website. 32 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

www.MyY.org At the YMCA, we make learning fun while giving youth the opportunity to engage in creative problem solving and team building. This summer, in addition to all the fun traditional and creative camp activities, all sites will also include time for summer programs integrating the arts with math and language standards.

SUMMER PROGRAMS Baldwin Music Education Center 3799 Hyde Park Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209, Contact: Rachel Kramer, Phone: 513-351-1109, Fax: 513-3513934, Email: baldwinmusiceducenter@gmail.com

www.baldwinmusiceducenter.com Type of Camp/Summer Program: Music For 50 years, Baldwin Music has offered unique, specially designed preschool music classes for ages 6-months to 4-years and piano classes ages 5 on up. Classes taught by trained group music teachers, convenient location, 6-day schedule, family discounts. The mission of BMEC is to enrich lives, believing that every life needs music!

Camp Creativity 101 S. Monument, Hamilton, OH 45011, Phone: 513-863-8873

www.fittoncenter.org Gender of Campers: Coed Type of Camp/Summer Program: Arts & Enrichment Dates: June through August Spend your summer with the arts! The Fitton Center for Creative Arts presents Summer Camp Creativity, the perfect destination for children who love to be creative and artistic. Watch their talents shine as they jump into camps that focus on visual art, music, photography, dance, drama or creative writing.

Cincinnati School of Music 7800 Cooper Road, Montgomery, OH 45242, Phone: 513-560-9175, Email: info@ cincinnatischoolofmusic.com

Type of Camp/Summer Program: Arts Dates: May 13 - August 16, 2013 Ages/Grades: Ages 3 and Up Cost: $60.00 - $325.00 Come and join one of our summer dance program. We have wide selection of dance fun for all ages and all levels.

Indian Springs Academy Music Camps 9690 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Sheila Vail, Phone: (513) 779-7070, Email: sheilavail@indianspringsacademy.com

www.indianspringsacademy.com Gender of Campers: Coed Type of Camp/Summer Program: Arts, Traditional Dates: July - August Ages/Grades: K-12 Cost: $150 - $375 Students will enrich their musical knowledge and have a wonderful experience in our age appropriate Summer Camps for Guitar, Violin, Music Theory, Music Harmony and History!

Music Rocks Sharonville Fine Arts Center: 11165 Reading Rd, Five Seasons Sports Club: 11790 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH, Contact: Paulette Glaser, Director, Phone: 513-779-9402, Email: sharpschool@fuse.net

sharpschoolofmusic.com Type of Camp/Summer Program: Arts Dates: June 10-July 1 Ages/Grades: ages 5-8 Cost: $40 Music Rocks explores the basics of music and rhythm through age appropriate singing, movement and instruments. This small group setting allows creativity to flourish with a different lesson plan each week. Music Rocks is a fun way to appreciate music and develop interest in the arts. The class is a great pre-requisite for those interested in future music lessons. For more information about piano, voice, guitar, violin, bass or saxophone lessons call Sharp School of Music 779-9402.

www.cincinnatischoolofmusic.com Type of Camp/Summer Program: Music The Cincinnati School of Music is now open in Montgomery! Offering personalized music lessons in piano, guitar, ukulele, voice, violin and viola. Open 7 days a week, by appointment, for your convenience. To learn more about the benefits of taking lessons at CSM, please visit www. cincinnatischoolofmusic.com, or call (513) 560-9175.

Cincinnati Dance Academy Summer Dance Camp and Evening Classes 4122 E. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Tatyana Makarova, Phone: 513-985-0111, Email: nextgen@fuse.net

www.cincinnatidanceacademy.com Gender of Campers: Coed

Summer Dancer Sampler Classes 7398 Liberty One Drive, Liberty Twp., OH 45044, Contact: Mary St. Romain, Director, Phone: 513-779-0135, Email: sdastudios@aol.com

www.sda-studios.com Gender of Campers: Coed Type of Camp/ Summer Program: Arts, Special Needs Dates: July 1st - August 2nd, 2013 Ages/Grades: Ages 2.5 & Up Cost: $28-$50 per session All dance samplers are 3 or 4 days in length for one week and may include ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, modern, lyrical or contemporary dance. Join us for a FREE summer dance performance at Keehner Park Aug 2!


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women's

health Ten steps for a healthier you Sarah McCosham

For most moms, taking care of others is second nature. Whether it’s their kids, spouse or family members, women are great at helping other people. However, taking care of herself? That’s another story. Here’s a little quiz for you moms: In the past month, have you:

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Postponed or cancelled a doctor or dentist appointment for yourself? Skipped a workout or skimped on sleep? Had a Diet Coke and your kid’s leftovers for lunch or dinner? Missed a date with your spouse or friends? Felt tired, overwhelmed or overextended?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then this article is dedicated to you! May 12th -18th is National Women’s Health Week, so read on for tips and advice all women can take to heart.

The basics

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Don’t skimp on sleep. “I always ask people to be honest with themselves about how much rest they are getting,” says Cherylanne Skolnicki, Founder and CEO of Nourish, a health and wellness counseling facility in Cincinnati. “We really need 7-8 hours of solid sleep and it’s worth letting other things slide in order to get it!”

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Eat breakfast – and make it healthy.

3. Eat more “real” foods. Elizabeth Blessing, Co-founder and Chief Nutritionist for Green BEAN Delivery, advises moms go through their cabinets and get rid of food and beverages that contain high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils and food colorings. “These foods are highly processed and do not contribute to a healthy lifestyle,” she says.

to do and do it,” says Skolnicki. “Our over-scheduled lives make ‘doing it all’ nearly impossible, and women resist asking for help even when they know where they could get it.”

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Make time for your spouse and friends. Just like you schedule appointments, dance classes and soccer practices, schedule date nights and girl time!

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Exercise regularly. Working out in the morning starts your day off to a positive start and avoids scheduling conflicts that can occur later in the day.

Moms need “me time” too

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9 . Entertain your interests and passions. Take an art class, get involved in a book club: do something for you.

Don’t put off your own health checkups. Go to the doctor if you’re feeling under the weather, schedule biannual dental visits, annual mammograms, etc. Make your health as big a priority as you do your family’s.

10. Make time for yourself – this is not selfish! Allowing yourself time to recharge actually benefits the whole family.

Rethinking priorities

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Speaking of family, consider simplifying everyone’s schedules. Johnny doesn’t have to be involved in multiple sports, and Molly doesn’t need competing extracurricular activities. Your whole family will be happier with a little more downtime.

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When you do find your schedule a little heavy, ask for help! “Women often hesitate to ask for help – they feel like they should be able to figure out what

Remember: you’re a mom, and your work is invaluable! “I think women get so busy caring for everyone else that they simply run out of time to care for themselves,” says Skolnicki. “Ultimately the strategy backfires, because when moms feel run down, they are less useful to everyone who needs them! It’s critical to prioritize self-care in order to fulfill your own potential and to help those around you fulfill theirs.”

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commentary and parenting

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Ask the Teacher Parental homework help, spelling words, peaceful mornings and spring testing Deb Krupowicz

Q: A:

How do I know how much help to give my son on his homework? I don't know if I should just leave his work alone or if I should help him correct mistakes.

A parent’s role at homework time is to create an environment that is relatively distraction-free. Provide some time guidelines with check-in points. When you are monitoring your son’s progress, you should offer self-check strategies rather than your own “right” answer. For example, ask your son to read his answers aloud so he can hear if they make sense. He will more likely hear than see errors. Give him specific things like capital letters and end marks to check for one at a time, rather than say “Proofread your work.” If he struggles to elaborate in his writing, ask questions that will lead him to greater detail. For math, help your son consider whether answers are reasonable. Show him how to check subtraction with addition and division with multiplication. If you check over one or two problems together, he should check the remaining ones independently. A statement like, “I see three incorrect answers. Can you find them?” helps develop your son’s ability to find his own errors. Offer encouragement by stating some positives, too, like “I see many specific details in your writing” or for math “Do you remember when you thought carrying was tough? Now look what you are learning!” Comments like, “I always hated poetry, too” do not provide good motivation! Give your child the latitude to make a mistake and do not expect perfection.

Q: A:

What ideas do you have for helping my second grader learn her spelling words? She is so tired of writing them three times each, but I don't know what else to try.

Using a variety of strategies that includes visual, auditory and kinesthetic activities will increase interest and improve results when learning. Create a game against the clock requiring your daughter to spell out the words with alphabet noodles or homemade letter tiles. She can sing or chant the letters for a word. If she records herself, she will enjoy listening to her own voice reinforcing the spelling. Fill a large, sealable plastic bag with pudding for your daughter to “write” the words in the pudding, using her finger as a pencil. A pan of rice or sand also works well for that, too. Turn the tables and have her quiz you. Intentionally misspell words that she must correct. These activities should help make spelling practice fun!

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Q:

My sixth grader is a bear in the morning. She won't get up when I call her, and she has to be reminded about gathering all of her belongings that are supposed to be in her backpack. Is there a way to have a peaceful morning with a middle school student in the house?

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No one wants to start out the day with nagging! The time has come for your sixth grader to take some personal responsibility. Have your daughter write out what she needs to do each morning and how much time she needs to do everything before leaving for school. Buy an alarm clock for her and give her the responsibility of getting herself up. You can be the back-up, but there must be a consequence like an extra job or loss of computer privileges if you have to call her after too many times of hitting the snooze button. Packing her back pack the night before and laying out her outfit for the following morning will limit what has to be accomplished in the morning. Have simple breakfast items that she can put on the counter, so they are ready to grab and go. A checklist that she creates will take you out of the role of supervisor (also known as “chief nagger”).


Q:

Our school does additional testing in the spring, beyond what the state requires. My fourth grader’s reading score was quite a bit lower than his other scores have been. I am very worried that he is falling behind in reading. Should I be concerned?

A:

Test scores are certainly headline news right now. However startling it may be to see a lower score, there is no need to panic. Generally, three pieces of data are needed to show a trend in student achievement. Look at your school’s test results as well as those of the state test and your child’s school achievement. Take the standard deviations into account to determine if there is as much of a difference as it appears. If there is only one lower score, chalk it up to a bad day. Rest assured, one test does not give an accurate picture of your child’s ability. If two or three have dipped, then it would be a good idea to set up a conference with the teacher.

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

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education + childcare GUIDE Child Care & Preschool The Campus at Kids First

Brand new and beautiful, The Campus (at the worldfamous Kids First Sports Center) gives your child an academic edge AND daily physical education. Our carefully selected and loving degreed teachers utilize a relevance-based curriculum combined with childdirected play and rigorous physical activity to make learning FUN and start each child on their journey to becoming a life-long learner. Call today to schedule your enrollment tour and ask about our grand opening specials! 7900 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Joanie Metzger Weghorst, Phone: (513) 629-KIDS, Email: info@theCampusKF.com, www.theCampusKF.com, Grades: 6 weeks thru Pre-K

Chai Tots Early Childhood Center Academic excellence via unique blend of Montessori method and traditional Jewish education. Chai Tots teaches children the culture and traditions of Judaism, while developing their creativity skills and promoting independence. Flexible schedule. Before and Aftercare. 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040, (513)234-0600, www.chaitots.com, Grades: 6 weeks - 6 years, Enrollment: 40

The Compass School Ages 6 weeks-6 years plus after school & summer camp up to age 12. Offering outstanding Reggio-Inspired full and part-time Infant, Toddler, Two’s, and Preschool programs, as well as Kindergarten, After School, and Summer Camp for school-age children. Degreed teachers, extensive parent communication, and welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. Call today for your personal tour. 9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Laura Carr, Phone: 513-683-8833, Email: CompassLC@yahoo.com, www.TheCompassSchool.com

Cornerstone Church Preschool A Step Up To Quality award winning preschool committed to nurturing the whole child socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, and spiritually. CCP provides high quality early childhood education based on sound knowledge of child development and appropriate practices. Daily lessons include Bible concepts, language skills, emergent math, discovery opportunities, music, creative art and more! 7600 Princeton Glendale Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011, Contact: Denise Taylor, Director, Phone: (513) 874-7870, Email: preschool@ cornerstonechurch.org, www.cornerstonechurch.org

First Step Co-Operative Preschool Through cooperative curriculum planning and direct participation in classroom activities, parents help to customize and tailor the program to the needs and 38 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

interests of their children. By playing an active role in your child’s early development and preschool education, we prepare our children for kindergarten and beyond. 4309 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242, Contact: Jill Staggs Co-Director, Phone: (513) 400-3727, Email: fscops71@gmail. com, www.firststeppreschool.org, Grades: We have 2 different classes. The Early Childhood Development Cless (ECD) is for children ages 1-3. The Pre-Kindergarten class is for children ages 3-5. Enrollment: You can enroll at any time during the school year (September-May) Tuition is $60/year for each child, or $30/semester. Classes meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9-11:30 a.m.

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church Preschool HPCUMC Preschool is a Christian preschool and is proud to be a Three-Star Step up to Quality program. At HPCUMC Preschool, our goal is to encourage the development of each child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills, as well as spiritual growth in order to prepare each child for the formal learning experience. We provide a learning environment where student-centered learning takes place through exploration, play, experimentation, and discovery. Your child will be encouraged to try new tasks, use their imagination, make friends, follow directions, focus their energy and develop a love of learning. We are currently accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. If you have any questions please call Julie Vail at 513-979-8191 or email to jvail@hpcumc.org. 1345 Grace Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Julie Vail, Phone: 513-979-8191, Fax: 513871-1180, Email: jvail@hpcumc.org, hydeparkpreschool. org, Grades: 30 months to 5 years of age

Kinder Garden School Together with interaction of child, staff & family, we develop the complete child. We provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency. Enlightenment Is Our Mission. Blue Ash& West Chester locations. BA: 513-791-4300, WC: 513-874-3100, www.kindergardenschool.com, Grades: 6 weeks – K

Little Bud Preschool Little Bud is a star rated program with highly qualified teachers and aides. Watch your child bloom in our spacious classrooms and wonderful facility. We believe that children need to explore, investigate, manipulate to learn their world. Choose from 2, 3, or 4 day AM sessions with affordable rates. Located in the Northgate area. 3301 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251, Contact: Teresa Sedam, Phone: 513-385-8404, Email: tsedam@christ-lcms. org, www.christ-lcms.org, Grades: Ages 3 - PreK, Enrollment: Enroll your child today for Fall. Our 3’s class is Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Our 4’s class is Mon/Wed/Friday or Tues./Thurs. Our PreK class is Mon.Thursday or Mon/Wed./ Thurs.

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School Professionally qualified teachers provide active, expressive, child-centered learning experiences at this 3-star award-winning program. Choose 2, 3, 4, or 5 day AM or PM sessions. Excellent ratios, degreed teachers and spacious, sunny, classrooms await your preschooler. Parent and child classes also available for babies and toddlers. 5950 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45213, (513)631-0170, www.prpc.org, Grades: 2 1/2 - 5 years, Parent/Child classes birth to 32 months, Enrollment: 65

Tender Years Cooperative Preschool

Tender Years Cooperative Preschool offers parents a quality program for their child at a reasonable cost. You have the privilege of participating with your child in the classroom and contributing your ideas, talents and experience to the school. Our classes are taught by highly-trained teachers with degrees in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education. 360 Robin Avenue, Loveland, OH 45140, Phone: 513-588-4975, Email: lovelandtenderyears@gmail.com, www. lovelandtenderyears.com, Grades: 3 and 4 year-olds

Montessori

Central Montessori Academy We invite you to call and schedule a tour to come see our new Natural Playground and Outdoor Learning Environment, as well as our redesigned Elementary classrooms! For parents of Toddlers and Preschoolers, be sure to ask about our new “Montessori My Way” flexible early childhood programs designed for today’s familyfriendly work schedules. 1904 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231, Contact: Laura Saylor, Phone: 513-742-5800, Email: info@centralmontessoriacademy.com, www. centralmontessoriacademy.com, Grades: Infancy-6th Grade, Enrollment: 110

Children’s Meeting House Montessori School An authentic Montessori school program resting on 6.5 acres. Extraordinary and rigorous hands-on learning inside and outside of the classrooms creating life long learners, critical thinkers and passionate leaders. 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Meg Thomas, Head of School, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email: thomas@cmhschool, www.cmhschool.com, Grades: Preschool through Sixth grade, Enrollment: 150

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


phones. 4400 Glen Este Withamsville, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner, Phone: 513-752-1066, Email: sschreiberchm@yahoo.com, www. chmschools.com/, Grades: 3 - K

Garden Montessori School Celebrating over 40 years, member of Cincinnati Montessori Society. Certified/degreed Montessori teachers with combined 70 years experience. Montessori program,full day, and Kindergarten. Individualized instruction, small class size, 1:8 teacher/ child ratio. Offer Spanish, music, dance, and gym. Large, fenced-in outdoor playground. Come celebrate our anniversary on Wednesday, May 29th at our annual picnic at 6:30 on school grounds. 318 Nagel Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45255, Contact: Jackie Wofford/Director, Phone: 513-474-4933, Email: gms@cinci.rr.com, Grades: pre-school thru Kdg. ages 3-6 years old.

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati Celebrating 25 years of offering Montessori education in the Greater Cincinnati area. Providing a supportive learning environment, the school focuses on individualized education, through which students are offered opportunities for self-paced acceleration. Experienced, degreed teachers are committed to the success of each student. Self-motivation and an excitement about learning are encouraged. 7.5 acre campus! State Chartered. AMS affiliated. Extended care available. 8293 Duke Boulevard, Mason, OH, 45040, Contact: Pat Elder, Head of School, Phone Number: 513-398-7773, Fax Number: 513-398-1031, www. montacademy.org, Ages/Grades: 18 months through grade 8, Enrollment: 250

The New School Montessori Founded on Montessori principles in 1970, our wooded playgrounds, home-cooked meals and family-like setting in North Avondale’s Mitchell Mansion provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for learning. We value diversity and create a caring and supportive community. Our graduates excel academically, but more importantly are empowered as citizens of our global community. 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229, (513)281-7999, www.thenewschool.cc, 3 years through 6th Grade, Enrollment: 150

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Cincinnati Country Day School CCDS is an independent, co-educational school dedicated to educational excellence serving students 18 months through Grade 12. The School is nationally recognized for its innovative, integrated laptop computer program. Extended day and tuition assistance is available. 6905 Given Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243, Phone: (513)979-0220, www.countryday.net, Grades: 18 months–12th grade, Enrollment: 800

St. Ursula Villa Academic excellence in the Ursuline tradition for boys and girls in preschool through 8th grade. Whole-child development, family atmosphere, dedicated faculty, Montessori or Traditional preschool options, small class size, individual attention, outstanding high school preparation. 3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati, OH 45226, (513)871-7218, www.stursulavilla.org, Preschool – 8th grade, Enrollment: 496

SPECIAL NEEDS Springer School and Center For more than 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6 - 14 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Springer Experience. Success Changes Everything. 2121 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: (513)871-6080, www. springer-ld.org, Grades: 1st - 8th grade, Enrollment: 200

TUTORING

Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers Langsford is a private educational organization dedicated to developing life-long, independent learners. Since 2001, we have been teaching reading, spelling, comprehension, and writing in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and encouragement.Our successful model identifies where the breakdown in the reading and writing process is occurring and then we apply targeted instruction using research validated approaches. 9402 Towne Square Ave. Ste B, Cincinnati, OH 45242, Contact: Jeff Graham, Executive Director, Phone: 513-531-7400, www.WeTeachReading.com, Grades: All ages

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Proper Testing for ADHD

David Katkin

Medication isn’t the only option

OMG you’re so ADD! Attention Deficit Disorder – also known as ADD – is very popular in the language of everyone these days for both adults and kids. Can’t get through that book? ADD!

of five school-age males is on a medication for ADHD. Surely 20% of the male population does not have ADHD. (Ladies, try not to make a joke here!) I’d like to shout it from the mountain or just say to anyone who will listen: Testing is very important in making the diagnosis of ADHD.

Teacher’s way too boring? ADD! No, not necessarily. To be diagnosed ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), you should be thoroughly assessed. In the old days, you’d just tell your doctor that you or your kids were having trouble focusing and BAM – they prescribed Ritalin. Sadly, sometimes this still happens. Recent reports estimate that one out

Some doctors and clinicians use forms called the Conners and/or the Vanderbilts. Given to teachers and parents, these forms ask questions about a child’s focus, attention and other aspects of behaviors. These subjective forms of testing are helpful in getting another view point and description of a child, but they won’t tell you if the child is going through something tough at home or school. Kids whose parents are divorcing or kids who are being bullied are obviously undergoing stress which can manifest as anxiety or depression. And kids who are suffering from anxiety or depression could seem to exhibit ADD to teachers and parents, and sometimes even to themselves – symptoms for ADD and depression or anxiety overlap. Also, it’s important to take into account sleep and nutrition. If someone hasn’t slept or lives on Mountain Dew and candy bars, their behaviors could be mistaken for ADD. For kids or adults, stress taxes the attention span. Stress also changes behavior, usually

for the worse, and this could look like ADHD, but that doesn’t necessarily make it so. When mental health professionals do testing, we use these forms in addition to objective measurement testing. The difference between subjective and objective testing is, for example, saying the Batmobile is fast. Subjectively, it looks fast. It also looks aerodynamic and lots of people say it’s fast. That’s subjectively testing it. Objectively testing it means racing it against other cars and determining its 0-60 m.p.h. or quarter mile times. When it comes to treating individuals with ADD or anyone who is having problems with focus or what the experts call executive function, medication should be a secondary defense – especially with children. Therapy and coaching can help adults and children improve time management, organization and overall focus. Also, many schools offer behavioral planning and help for children who struggle with focus. And some research has found that exercising not only helps improve focus but helps the brain better learn new information. Medication can be considered if therapy and/ or coaching and behavioral planning have not been effective. Medication can help to increase focus or basically help the brain better use its filter. This filter could quell desires to look out the window, poke the person sitting next to you, go on Facebook, or grab your phone when you should be listening or finishing homework. However, the medication will not organize a locker and it will not clear up a schedule. So if you think you or a loved one has a problem with attention span, focus, impulse control or executive function, don’t just call it ADD and take medication. Get tested and then get help.

David Katkin is a clinical counselor and CEO of Katkin and Associates. His practice has been treating people with ADHD for over 15 years. More information can be found at www.KatkinTherapy.com. 40 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM


[ pete gilbert...stay-at-home dad ]

commentary and parenting

A Dirty Job True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert As a stay at home dad, I have many "jobs.� My least favorite is laundry. Laundry is a dirty word around our house. (Get it? Dirty word.) Anyway, let's start with my oldest daughter's laundry. She has probably fifty socks. And by fifty socks, I do not mean twenty five pair, I mean maybe five pair and dozens of mismatched socks. Where are the rest of them? Possibly hiding next to the missing winter gloves that vanish some time around Halloween each year. There's also the problem of doll clothes getting put in laundry baskets. There are three different sizes of doll clothes at our house, plus three kids' clothes. That's a lot of little pieces of laundry. At one time, the baby doll clothes were about the same size as our own baby's clothing, making the distinction almost impossible. To make the doll clothes thing even more confusing, my daughter has some pajamas that match her baby doll's pajamas. Thanks for that brilliant idea American Girl. I will add that to my list of grievances I have with your company.

I even get my son's clothes confused with my oldest daughter. Boy shorts seem to be made long and girl shorts are, well, short. 5T girls shorts and 3T boys shorts are the same length. Can you sense my frustration? With kid laundry there's so much overlap and confusion. To make things even more confusing, my two daughters have a couple of pair of matching jammies. So, give me the jobs of cooking dinner, unloading the dishwasher, "cleaning" the bathrooms, and everything else house related, but please someone come do my heaping, balled up, stinking, food covered, poop stained, muddy, mysteriously wet, sea of dirty kid laundry. Happy Parenting! www.facebook.com/petetheblogger

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commentary and parenting

[ what’s new at school ]

What’s New at School Carpe Diem-Aiken to open for the 2013-14 school year at the new Aiken High School Dawn Grady, Manager, Marketing and Community Relations, Cincinnati Public Schools

On August 21, 2013, Carpe Diem Learning Systems will open its first school in Cincinnati at Aiken High School, 5641 Belmont Avenue, 45224. Carpe Diem-Aiken is the first tuition-free public charter school for the general district population sponsored by Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS).

The school uses a proprietary blended learning model of digital curriculum combined with high quality, personalized learning experiences and high expectations. Carpe Diem-Aiken accepts students from 12-16 years old working at 7th through 10th grade levels. The curriculum is tailored to a complete spectrum of students, including: • Students lost in a large school or traditional classroom • Students who thrive on relationally-driven, ability-based learning • Gifted students who need an accelerated pace to keep them challenged • Students who want to take college courses and gain credit while still in high school • Students who have been home-schooled • Elementary charter school students who wish to continue their charter school education at a secondary level

“It’s important that CPS attract high-performing, highly qualified charters that provide our students with school choice options,” says CPS Superintendent Mary Ronan. “We believe Carpe Diem’s ‘learn-at-your-ownpace model’ and use of digital technology to enrich the curriculum will offer the different pathways students need to be successful in school and life.”

Carpe Diem Learning Schools are NCA accredited and include a secure online portal to provide parents with real-time student data, including attendance, grades and academic progress. Students learn at their own pace, mastering material prior to moving to the next level.

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allowing students to explore career pathways and take college preparatory courses. The Carpe Diem blended learning model has an eight-year record of academic achievement, student success, cost effectiveness and a productive environment for teachers and students.

For more information or to enroll, please contact 513-612-0153. You also may visit CarpeDiemAiken.com and click on the “Enroll” tab.


[ kids and cash ]

commentary and parenting

Kids and Cash The allowance issue – part 2 Dr. Julia Heath, Director, Economics Center and Professor, Alpaugh Family Chair of Economics, University of Cincinnati

In last month’s column, I talked about allowance basics. I think children should get an allowance to experience making decisions about money – both good ones and bad ones. The decision to start your child on an allowance should be part of an ongoing and years-long conversation between you and your child about money: how you get it and what you can and cannot buy with it. The groundwork for good money management should be laid early as you talk with your children about what their options are with money they get for gifts, for example. Allowances should not be given at some pre-defined age, but only when your child has demonstrated good decision-making in general.

Probably the most debated issue around allowances is what they should be given for. Should you tie allowances to the completion of chores? Or should allowances just be given, with no strings attached? The problem with only tying an allowance to doing chores is that you can quickly find that you’re

raising kids who want to nickel and dime you and expect to be paid for everything little thing. And if they don’t do the chores, they don’t get the money (or shouldn’t), and with no money, they can’t learn about money management. The problem with not requiring chores for getting an allowance is that it does not teach children to appreciate hard work and how money is earned.

My suggestion is to combine the two approaches. You can have a clear set of age-appropriate chores your child is expected to perform because he/she is a member of the family – no allowance attached. But also give them the opportunity to earn extra money for completing additional work. For example, you could keep a list of the chores that you do around the house on the refrigerator. If they do one of your chores, they get paid extra. If they don’t do one of their expected chores and you do it instead, they owe you money. This teaches children that time really is money. Work around the house is valuable and if they perform some of that for you (beyond keeping their own room neat, for example), they should get compensated. Likewise, if you have to pick their socks up off the floor, you should be compensated.

When children are younger, their allowances should be used for their discretionary purchases (you can have a rule about saving and/or donating a certain percentage). As they grow, however, you could consider giving them a larger allowance and turning some of the more necessary purchases over to them. For example, a teenager could be trusted with making decisions about school clothes if that money were turned over to them. They might discover that the most expensive athletic shoes really aren’t a necessity if they’re the ones handling the money.

Finally, the most important thing about an allowance isn’t the amount, or whether it’s tied to chores. The most important thing is the framework you set for it. Make expectations clear and follow through. If your agreement with your child is to pay them every Saturday, do it. Don’t be late. You want to teach your child about being responsible with money. Watching you fail to pay one of your commitments does not make for a good lesson. Be consistent, be open to re-negotiation as your child grows, lay the groundwork before the allowance starts, and continue talking to your child about decision-making and budgeting. An allowance with no background and no ongoing conversation is a transfer of funds. An allowance with engagement and follow- through is an extraordinary learning experience.

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LITTLE TYKE HIKE Times: 11:00 AM Price: Free Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Winton Woods, Cincinnati greatparks.org Put your best foot forward! Bring your three to six year old to this festive morning program about feet. Jumping feet, climbing feet, slow feet and fast feet, the assortment will delight your youngster.

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Times: 10:30 AM Price: -$9/child, pre-registration is required, as space is limited Phone: 513-731-2665 Location: blue manatee children’s bookstore, Cincinnati www.bluemanateebooks.com Join Hollie Nesbitt from OMYA Studio in Northside for a yoga class for children ages 2-4, with an emphasis on focus, flexibility, and fun!

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American Heritage Girls, Brownies and Juniors Overnight Adventure Program Price: $39.00 per guest, free parking Phone: (513) 898-8000 Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, West Chester www.entertrainmentjunction.com What’s Included: Tour our Train Journey, Select An American Heritage Program of Your Choice, Behind-the-Scenes Walk-Thru -Scavenger Hunt, A-Maze-N FunHouse, Light Breakfast, Private Shopping Experience 15% Discount in our Gift and Hobby Shops, Child’s FREE Coupon with Paid Parent, plus Brownie and Junior Badge requirements offered!

AMPHIBIANS Times: 11:00 AM Price: $5.00 Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Miami Whitewater Forest, Harrison greatparks.org Register toddlers, ages two to four, for this

exciting program all about amphibians. Meet some of our native critters up close. The program will be followed by a story time and a craft.

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PAINTED POTS WEEKEND Occurring Daily Beginning Saturday, May 4 Through Sunday, May 5 Times: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, Cincinnati greatparks.org Celebrate wildflowers at this family event. Pick a painted pot from our trees and plant a flower in it, make a tie dyed project, decorate a flower cookie, go on a wildflower hike, enjoy refreshments and more. Craft activities have a fee. For ages 12 and under with an adult.

GeoFair Occurring Daily Beginning Saturday, May 4 Through Sunday, May 5 Price: $9, $3 children, free for uniformed scouts Phone: 513-948-8630 Location: Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati www.cincygardens. com/ Gems, mineral, fossil and jewelry show. Educational exhibits, lectures, swap area and free mineral kit for children. Free parking.

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Times: 6:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 513-369-6036 Location: College Hill Branch, Cincinnati savingslifestyle.com/coupon-classes/ Coupon blogger Andrea Deckard leads a workshop on why and how meal planning can transform your grocery budget. The class will walk you through the different phases of meal planning and teach you the ins and outs of two different “schools of thought,” so that you can come up with a plan that works for you. Registration is required.

Times: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Price: Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission Phone: 513-831-1711 Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, Milford You may know the Big Dipper or even Ursa Minor, but have you ever seen Cassiopeia or Hercules? Did you know there are two dogs, a crab and a lion shining down on us? Join us as we learn about constellations in the night sky. Outside observation will follow inside program if conditions are favorable. Bring binoculars.

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Messy Moments Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: Member: $7; public: $10 Phone: 513-761-7500 Location: Mayerson JCC, Cincinnati www.JointheJ.org For ages 6 months - 3 years with a parent/ caregiver. You and your little one will love getting messy with fun art projects and sensory exploration Dress appropriately.

Times: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Price: $40 per team (adult/ kid, kid/kid or adult/adult) Phone: 5135180528 Location: Voice of America Park, West Chester www.GreatAmazingRace.com A family fun adventure race modeled after the show THE AMAZING RACE. It’s way more fun than a 5K Kids in grades K-12 can pair up with or race against parents, grandparents, friends, family members and neighbors completing a 1 mile course of fun challenges.

Sunsets at the Center: Celebrating Cincinnati and Clifton Art and Architecture Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Price: $15/event or $60/full season ticket Phone: 513-497-2860 Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati www.cliftonculturalarts.org Join us for an enlightening lecture by esteemed staff at the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) using the CAM collection as a lens to view Cincinnati’s spectacular architecture as art. This night will also feature delicious bites and an opportunity to see two spectacular exhibits, including prints by Tiger Lily Press.

Family Field Fest: Mini Maccabi Games

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great amazing race Adventure Run and Family Activity

Curious about Constellations?

GROWING UP FARM KID – BIRTHDAY PARTY Occurring Daily Beginning Tuesday, May 7 Through Wednesday, May 8 Times: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Price: $10.00/child, one adult complimentary Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Winton Woods Parky’s Farm, Cincinnati greatparks.org Make ice cream and join the goats to celebrate their birthday. Recommended for ages two to five, with an adult caregiver.

Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: FREE; Dinner is available for purchase Phone: 513-761-7500 Location: Mayerson JCC, Cincinnati www.JointheJ.org For ages 12 and younger and families; Spend an evening on the JCC sports field playing games, running races, bouncing in the bounce house, and having a great time JCC Blue Jays team photos will be taken.

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Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Brewers! Plus, stay for Fireworks Friday: Post-game fireworks show with soundtrack starting approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game.

Appalachian Festival Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, May 10 Through Sunday, May 12 Price: $8, $4 ages 55 and up, $2 ages 4-11, free ages 3 and under. Parking: $6 Phone: 513-251-3378 Location: Coney Island Park, Cincinnati www.coneyislandpark.com Artisans, crafts, dance and food vendors. Storytelling and bluegrass music entertainment.

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Occurring Daily Beginning Saturday, May 11 Through Sunday, May 12 Price: $10, $6 ages 6-14, $2 pet ticket, free ages 5 and under Phone: (513)352-3750 Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati www.duke-energycenter.com Inaugural consumer show featuring 100 booths with products and services from local, regional and national pet related businesses. Highlights include pet adoption, entertainment, kids area, contests, networking yappy hour, agility area, central bark, fashion, accessories, grooming, pet friendly hotels and pet resorts, healthcare, and more.

Carnival The Day Away Times: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 513-244-5062 Location: Washington Park, Downtown Cincinnati www.carnivalthedayaway.com Santa Maria Community Services invites you to ‘Carnival The Day Away’. This event will feature trapeze artists, a mega-slide, bounce house, life sized checkers, jugglers, balloon artists on stilts and more. We will have food vendors from some of Cincinnati’s favorite restaurateurs and live music. Proceeds support Santa Maria Community Services.

2013 Butterfly Walk for CancerFREE Kids Price: Registration fees Phone: (513) 535-2948 Location: Cottell Park, Deerfield Township www.butterflywalk.com/ Welcome to the 7th Annual Butterfly Walk for CancerFree KIDS. This event is not your average charity walk it’s a full day of fun and festivities for the whole family. 5K Run begins at 9am, and our walk and Fun Festival begins at 10am. Come help support a local cause and have a fun day with your family!

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NAMIWalks- Walk For Mental Health Times: 10:00 AM Price: FREE Phone: (513) 351-3500 Location: Sawyer Point, Downtown Cincinnati www.namiwalks.org/hamiltoncounty Changing Minds One Step at a Time. Join NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, as we walk for mental health in Greater Cincinnati. NAMIWalks is a fun-filled, family and pet friendly event to end the stigma of mental illness and raise funds to help those who are affected by mental disorders such as Depression, Bipolar, PTSD and Schizophrenia. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

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MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH IN THE PARK Price: $16.25/adult, $8.00/children 2-12, plus tax, free/children under 24 months Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Winton Woods, Cincinnati greatparks.org There is still some time to give mom the perfect Mother’s Day. Treat her to a delicious brunch with family and friends. Reservations are required. 12 pm & 2 pm

Cincinnati Reds VS Milwaukee Brewers Phone: (513) 765-7000 Location: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati cincinnati.reds.mlb.com Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Brewers! Sundays are family days at the ballpark! One member of the family pays full price and may purchase up to three nonpremium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Outer View Level and Kroger Bleachers. Plus, a free Mother’s Day Tote Bag offered to the first 10,000 moms!

Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for You and Your Little One Times: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Price: FREE, RSVP online! Phone: 513-703-3343 Location: Gymboree, Mason www.myshalomfamily.org Now Shalom Family has a great new way for parents and babies to get connected to one another and the Jewish community. Presenting private interactive playgroups that Feature the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Sensory Sunday is a program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. Open to families in the Jewish community with children two years and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event!

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For more ideas for fun things to do, visit our online calendar at www.cincinnatiparent.com!

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More Signing, Less Whining teach your child to sign Times: 6:30 PM Price: $45 Phone: 475-4500 Location: Bethesda Hospital, Cincinnati www.trihealth.com/ “Talk” to your hearing baby or toddler with American Sign Language -as early as 6 months of age Benefits include preverbal communication, earlier speech development, enhanced intellectual development, and less frustration (less crying, fewer tantrums). SmallTalk, a 2- hour parent workshop is taught by a Child Sign Language Specialist.

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The Need for Speed Times: 4:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 8593422665 Location: Boone County Public Library, Hebron On your mark, get set, go Discover the world of car racing. Register.

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VEGETABLE GARDENING ON A SMALL SCALE Times: 6:30 PM Price: $20.00/person; call to register Phone: (513) 771-8733 Location: Glenwood Gardens, Cincinnati greatparks.org Adults, register for one of these classes to learn the plants and techniques used by our Master Gardeners in the vegetable garden at Highfield Discovery Garden. Receive a sampling of seeds for compact veggie plants and take home a dwarf tomato plant.

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SESAME STREET LIVE: ELMO’S SUPER HEROES Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, May 17 Through Sunday, May 19 Phone: (513) 421-4111 Location: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati www.usbankarena.com When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of super heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise,

nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene – all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. It’s Elmo’s Super Heroes to the rescue!

CincItalia, Cincinnati Italian Festival Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, May 17 Through Sunday, May 19 Location: Harvest Home Park, Cheviot www.cincitalia.org A true celebration of Italian heritage! Drawing attendees from the entire tri-state by offering entertainment from national music acts, activities for all ages, and authentic cuisine prepared by local Italian restaurants and Cincinnati’s Italian cultural societies. Italians and non-Italians alike can enjoy Italian food, wine, cooking, music, and culture! (Adults-Only “Carnevale!” on Friday Night, Family-Friendly Saturday and Sunday)

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Civil War Weekend Occurring Daily Beginning Saturday, May 18 Through Sunday, May 19 Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: $7 adults, $4 children 5-11, children under 4 are free Phone: 513-563-9484 Location: Heritage Village Museum, Sharonville www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org Battles will take place both days at 2pm. Infantry, artillery, and cavalry units from both sides will fill the historic village. Civilian reenactors will be demonstrating Civil War fashion, games, and entertainment of the time period. Shop for authentic wares at the sutler tents and tour through the buildings learning about life during the 1860’s.

Space Day Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 513-612-5786 Location: iSPACE at Scarlet Oaks, Cincinnati ispacescience.org/ Each year, iSPACE hosts a fun family event for kids of all ages, celebrating all things SPACE related Enjoy many hands on activities such as: ride a hovercraft, observe liquid nitrogen demo, touch a meteorite, launch rocket, fly glider, operate remote controlled vehicle, try on space suit, visit NASA exhibit, complete robot programming challenge, drive a robot, watch model rocketry demos, see Chuck Sunshine - Math Magician, learn about FIRST Robotics and how to form a robotics team and more.

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ORIOLE WALK Times: 1:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Fernbank Park, Harrison greatparks.org


We will take a hike to look for these colorful, musical birds commonly seen in the park.

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Happiest Baby on the Block Times: 6:30 PM Price: $50/couple (includes a Parent Kit containing the HBOB dvd) Phone: 475-4500 Location: Bethesda Hospital, Cincinnati www.trihealth.com/ Learn how to turn on your newborn’s Calming Reflex – the extraordinary “off-switch” for crying all babies are born with New babies are such a blessing, but they can also bring with them sleepless nights, crying, and sometimes quite a bit of stress In this 2-hour innovative workshop you will be taught step-by-step how to help your newborn sleep better and how to soothe even the fussiest baby in minutes Magic? A miracle? No, it’s a reflex.

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Cubs! Plus, stay for Fireworks Friday: Postgame fireworks show with soundtrack starting approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game. Plus, “Sam” the Bald Eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will perform a flight from the roof of the Cincinnati Bell Technology Pavilion in center field to the pitcher’s mound during the singing of the national anthem.

Cave Overnight Program Times: 7:00 PM Price: $28 per person Phone: (513) 287-7021 Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati www.cincymuseum.org/ CAVES!This popular overnight program is designed to provide visitors with an in-depth study of the longest man made caves. Enjoy the Museum of Natural History & Science after hours, explore our limestone and ice caves, meet some of our animals, play games and create art. You will get to enjoy the OMNIMAX® film Journey into Amazing Caves the next morning.

For more ideas for fun things to do, visit our online calendar at www.cincinnatiparent.com!

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Occurring Daily Beginning Saturday, May 25 Through Sunday, May 26 Price: FREE Phone: 513-579-3100 Location: Downtown Cincinnati www.tasteofcincinnati.com/ One of the nation’s largest street festivals! Food from more than 40 Greater Cincinnati restaurants serving up delicious and delectable menu items. Music on multiple stages.

Come Sail Away (grades K-2) Times: 6:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 8593422665 Location: Boone County Library, Florence Travel the high seas and make a boat to take home. Register.

25th Annual Taste of Cincinnati USA

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Snappin’ Asparagus and Strawberry Jam

Times: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Price: $15 Phone: 513-241-6060 Location: Woodlawn Community Center, Cincinnati www.cincinnatiblacktheatre.org/ CBTC Children’s Company presents an exciting new performance of The Little Mermaid, Jr. The Little Mermaid introduces us to Ariel. Ariel discovers so much more than what’s Under The Sea Ariel and Prince Eric must find a way to find each other and bring their worlds together amongst the evil plans of Ursula the Sea Witch and against Ariel father’s wishes.

Times: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Phone: 937-203-8289 Location: Branstrator Farm, Clarksville www.branstratorfarm.com/ Celebrate beginning of growing season with fresh asparagus and pick-your-own strawberries. Educational activities and events such as farm walking tours, live animals, gardening kits, games, music and food.

Little Mermaid Jr

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Cincinnati Reds VS Chicago Cubs Phone: (513) 765-7000 Location: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati cincinnati.reds.mlb.com Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the

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Cincinnati Reds VS Chicago Cubs Phone: (513) 765-7000 Location: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati cincinnati.reds.mlb.com Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Cubs! Sundays are family days at the ballpark! One member of the family pays full price and may purchase up to three nonpremium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Excludes Outer View Level and

Kroger Bleachers. As part of family day at the ballpark, a free kids baseball team card set offered to the first 8,000 kids 14 and younger.

Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for You and Your Little One Times: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Price: FREE, RSVP online! Phone: 513-703-3343 Location: Gymboree, Mason www.myshalomfamily.org Now Shalom Family has a great new way for parents and babies to get connected to one another and the Jewish community. Presenting private interactive playgroups that features the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Sensory Sunday is a program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. Open to families in the Jewish community with children two years and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event!

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Crawlers and Climbers loco-motion Ongoing Each Tuesday Times: 9:30 AM Price: $100/10-class package for one child or $150 for two Phone: 51359123321 Location: Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, Cincinnati www.theplaceforfamilies.com/ Movement is one of our first forms of communication. From their first year, children love to sway, rock, clap, crawl, and climb. Ages: 12 to 23 months

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Wee Wednesday: Fine Lines Times: 10:00 AM Price: $10 per pair Art Museum Members, $20 per pair non-members Phone: 513-721-2787 Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati cincinnatiartmuseum.org Perfect for ages 2–5. Squiggles, dashes, and zig-zags, oh my! Join us as we explore lines in our collection with four interactive story stops in the galleries.

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Times: 7:00 PM Price: $30.00 Phone: 513.271.2793 Location: Cheers to Art, Madeira www.cheerstoart.com Paint just one canvas or couples can paint side by side for a series!!

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SENSORY NIGHT Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Price: $8.00 per child. Parents are free! Phone: Call 513.829.7867 Location: Pump It Up, West Chester www.pumpitupparty.com/oh/west-chester For Special Needs kids, and their siblings and families! Kids with autism and those on the autism spectrum love the active movement of jumping and climbing on our safe, giant inflatables. It also helps build large muscle groups and coordination. And it’s really FUN!

Times: 7:00 PM Phone: (513) 521-7275 Location: Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, Cincinnati greatparks.org You are welcome to bring your campfire dinners and roasting sticks to cook on the coals that will be ready one hour ahead. The program with live animals and campfire fun will begin at 7 pm.

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. M AY 2013

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ongoing events Flight of the Butterflies Occurring Daily Through Sun., June 30 Price: $7.50, $6.50 ages 60 and up, $5.50 ages 3-12; members: $5.50, $4.50 ages 3-12 Phone: (513) 287-7021 Location: Omnimax Theater at the Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati www.cincymuseum.org/ Join hundreds of millions of real butterflies on a journey to a remote and secret hideaway.

Zoo Babies Occurring Daily Beginning Weds., May 1 Through Fri., May 31 Phone: 513.281.4700 Location: Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati cincinnatizoo.org Bring your babies to see our babies!

FAMILY JUMP NIGHT Occurring Each Thurs. Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Price: $7.00 per child. Phone: Call 513.829.7867 Location: Pump It Up, West Chester www.pumpitupparty.com/oh/west-chester Come play on our giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during our evening Pop-In Playtime! Share quality time and promote physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping at Pump It Up. Enjoy spending time with your family, meeting other families and making new friends in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment. Call Us For Details!

Butterflies of Morocco Occurring Daily Through Sun., June 30 Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children, 4 & under are FREE! Phone: (513) 421-4086 Location: Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati www.cincinnatiparks.com/krohn Enter the showroom filled with the exotic Butterflies of Morocco, and these brilliantly colored, soaring works of art will be your guides as you are immersed in a spectacular feast for the senses. Experience the essence of Morocco— etched by nature into one of the world’s most beautiful countries!

Half Pints Kids Club Occurring Each Weds. Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: free Phone: 513-398-9358 48 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM

Location: Whole Foods Market, Mason www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mason Each class engages young children to make healthy eating fun with crafts and other activities. For kids age 3-9.

FRIDAY NIGHT GRILL OUTS Occurring Each Friday Beginning Fri, May 24 Through Fri., August 30 Times: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location: Lake Isabella, Loveland www.greatparks.org Bring the family and enjoy grilled meals, dine on the patio by the lake or enjoy your meal in the airconditioned dining area. Live music nightly! Playground and boathouse open before or after dinner.

SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT Occurring Every Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri Beginning Tues., May 21 Through Sun., June 16 Phone: (513) 421-3888 Location: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati www.cincyplay.com Recommended for ages 8 and up. Hear the fantastic and amazing story of Louis de Rougemont, a would-be explorer who embarks from Victorian England on a daring expedition only to find himself marooned on a remote desert island. That’s when the real adventure begins for Louis and his faithful dog Bruno: Typhoon! Killer octopus! Flying wombats! Cannibals! As Louis’ breathless tale grows larger and larger, the boundary between truth and fiction blurs. Inspired by a true story, this charming, family-friendly frolic by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright celebrates the magic of theatre and imagination.

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at www.cincinnatiparent.com Phone: (513) 521-3276 ext. 100 Location: Winton Woods Parky’s Farm, Cincinnati greatparks.org Ride the wagon to a pioneer campsite, play old time games, plant a garden, experience farm animals and visit the old schoolhouse. Bring your picnic lunch. Recommended for grades pre-K through second. Daily activities vary.

CHARITABLE PLAY at Recreations Outlet Occurring Every Tue, Wed & Thu Times: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: $1 per family for donation Phone: 513-831-7383 Location: Recreations Outlet, Milford www.recreationsoutlet.com Maybe it’s raining and they need to burn off some steam... Or you want to beat the weather... Or they have just been “extra good” lately? Bring them into our temperature controlled showrooms for the best indoor play available. You will have fun watching them and they will sleep well tonight! All proceeds are donated to a charity (Charities rotate on a monthly basis).

GO, DOG. GO! 1st Class Member Appreciation Days ! Occurring Daily Beginning Weds., May 1 Through Sun., May 19 Phone: (513) 898-8000 Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, West Chester www.entertrainmentjunction.com EnterTRAINment Junction would like to thank our 1st Class Boarding Pass Members in a big way! From May 1st through May 19th we are bringing back our most requested perk – Bring A Friend FREE!* *One FREE ticket per passholder per day. Limit 4 per passholder during the promotional period. Free admission must be used day of issue. Passholder and guest must be present at time of transaction.

PIONEER PASTTIMES Occurring Each Friday Beginning Fri., May 3 Through Fri., May 31 Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Price: $7.00/child, $3.00/adult, online discount avail.

Occurring Every Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri Through Fri., May 17 Phone: (513) 421-3888 Location: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati www.cincyplay.com Recommended for grades K - 3, P.D. Eastman’s beloved children’s book comes to life on stage! Big dogs and little dogs, black dogs and white dogs and all dogs in between delve into life with gusto, creating a visual spectacle of movement and color for audience members of all ages. The dogs swim and play. They howl at the moon. They ride a Ferris wheel. They sing, dance and climb trees. It all culminates in the greatest Dog Party of them all in this rollicking, musical free-for-all.

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


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space day

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how to celebrate: Make your mom her favorite breakfast or dinner today

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Circus opened in 1884

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on this day buy a musical

the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton in 1881

on this day amnesty the Golden Gate Bridge opens in 1937

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on this day Mount St. Helens eruptedin 1980

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on this day tap dance day

the first Morse Code message was sent from Washington DC to Baltimore in 1844

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twilight zone day

cherry cobbler day

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instrument day

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weather observers day

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