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TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A STAY-AT-HOME DAD Five ways to raise a gentleman


HALTING HOMESICKNESS AT CAMP Simple solutions to help separation issues


ASK THE TEACHER ADD, internet safety, introverted kids



If your child has it, you might have it






WHEN CHILDREN LIE The truth behind your kids’ fibs

Understanding when to seek outside help

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Common misconceptions that prevent families from becoming involved





MOTHER’S DAY FUN GUIDE Ten ideas for celebrating Mom’s special day










Making moms’ health a priority too!





Fun ideas meant just for two





26 easy ways for moms to find some peace

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Happy Mother’s Day! “Mama.”


sn’t that one of the greatest words we can ever hear? The name that gives us so much joy when our baby first utters it? Pretty soon we become “Mommy.” These are the playdate/popsicle stick craft/what is that mess?/toys everywhere years. Somewhere after that we graduate to “Mom” – sometimes yelled as in “MOM! Where is my uniform I need for practice today?! ” or barely whispered as in “Mom? Why wasn’t I invited to that party?” Each name change reflects the stages our children go through and the changes we must make as their mother to continually be able to give our kids what they need. They don’t know just how much we second guess ourselves and fumble along the way. To our children, it seems we always know the answers. (Well, maybe not to our teenagers.) But as moms, we are the constant, steady force in their lives – sometimes so under the radar that our efforts go unnoticed and not appreciated at all. But make no mistake; a mom is a force to be reckoned with! 06


Who hasn’t felt that primal mother bear instinct to protect their child in the face of even the most minor of dangers? And this trait doesn’t just apply to biological moms – adoptive moms, step moms, foster moms – we’re all moms. Becoming a mother to one child kind of makes us a mother to all children. Suddenly we feel every child’s hurt or pain in a way we never had before. This Mother’s Day we hope you are celebrated and appreciated by your family for the many ways you give your love to them every day. And if by chance, May 10th comes and goes and your brood somehow lets it slip by without proper recognition, maybe this quote will help: “The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother’s Day are the good ones.”

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Check out the Cincinnati Zoo’s Newest Members All during the month of May, come to the Zoo’s Zoo Babies event. Six-foot-tall pink and blue stork statues displayed throughout the Zoo lead visitors to the cutest little baby faces. If you follow the Zoo on Twitter (@CincinnatiZoo), tag a post or photo of your family (#ZooBabies) to share your experience. This event runs May 1-31 during normal Zoo hours (10 am – 5 pm until May 22; after May 22, the Zoo begins Summer hours: 10 am – 6 pm).

Sample Classic Cincinnati Cuisine Enjoy bites from over 40 area restaurants at the 36th annual Taste of Cincinnati, the nation’s longest-running culinary arts festival. This free event takes place on Memorial Day weekend (Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, from 11 am to midnight; Monday, May 25, from 11 am to 9 pm) in Downtown Cincinnati from Vine Street to Sentinel.

Make Sunday Funday Bring the whole family to the Taft Museum of Art for 3rd Sunday Fundays at The Taft. This free event takes place on select third Sundays from 1-4 pm at the Taft. Mark your calendars for May 17, when the Taft’s outdoor tent becomes a circus big top! Bring the kids down for face painting, crafts and a performance from My Nose Turns Red youth circus at 2 pm.

Walk for a cause Register the family for Cincinnati’s Butterfly Walk for CancerFree Kids, held at Cottell Park on Saturday, May 9. All proceeds from the walk benefit CancerFree Kids, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening illness in children. With a 5K run, walk and junior jog, there’s something for every member of your family! After the races, head over to the Fun Festival for food, games, pony rides, and a giant slide and trampoline.



Pay Homage to Cincinnati’s Roots Head down to Covington’s MainStrasse Village May 1517 for the 36th annual Maifest, which celebrates German culture. With arts and crafts booths, German and international foods, a children’s play area, amusement rides, street chalk art contest and music on four stages, there’s lots to do at this (free) festival!

Take Part in History Enjoy Cincinnati’s Art Scene The Rosenthal Education Center (REC) at The Cincinnati Art Museum is a new space for families to discover art in a fun, hands-on and immersive environment. Open during regular Art Museum hours (Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am-5 pm), the REC is located on the Museum’s first floor, just off the Great Hall. Themes for the interactive space are based on the permanent collection, special exhibitions and elements of art and world cultures.

Established in 1873, the Cincinnati May Festival is the oldest continuous choral festival in the Western Hemisphere. Featuring the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, this year’s theme “Surround Yourself in Song” includes pieces by Haydn and Handel. Tickets can be purchased for individual shows, or the entire festival.

Appalachia comes to the Queen City The weekend of May 8-10, mark your calendar for Cincinnati’s annual Appalachian Festival, held at Coney Island. The event features artisans, crafts, dance, food vendors, storytelling and bluegrass music. Tickets are $8 for adults ($4 for adults over 55). For a list of events and musical acts visit

Dust off your running shoes… Come be part of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, a weekend-long event that draws participants from around the country. On Saturday, May 2, kids can take part in the Piglet Kids’ Fun Run at 1 pm. At 1:30, watch as Cincinnati’s canine competitors tackle the IAMS Flying Fur Run. Then on Sunday morning, take the family to one of the Flying Pig’s 26 mile markers to cheer on marathon participants. Afterwards, take the family to Yeatman’s Cove for the Family Fun Festival, which goes from 8 am to 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. MAY 2015 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM



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For it! Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, they wear white shirts. Tuesdays and Thursdays, red. Black or tan pants, skirts, shorts. No fuss. No being picky. – Nikki H. Against! Keeps from expressing and finding their individuality. – Danielle G.

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Footnotes T hough ts f rom t he m argins of a mom’s l if e Confidence in me Kelly Blewett

Lately around my house there’s been a lot of “The Sound of Music” playing. It began with William, our four-year-old, who learned “Do-Re-Mi” at preschool. His singing prompted me to pull out my old CD of the musical, which I had stashed in the basement. When I was in high school and we put on the show, I played a nun. Now I have more in common with Maria herself, riding herd on two young children, looking for sweet



moments to teach them and counting on raw confidence to bring me through the tough times. Such confidence is not limited to a mother, however. I caught a glimpse of it recently on the face of my two-year-old daughter, Caroline. It was a spring morning, and we were outside in the bright, sweetsmelling air. And she was trying something new. She didn’t want to walk while sitting on her tricycle, she wanted to ride it. She had a look of raw determination on her face. Her feet strained against the pedals, her back pitched forward, her eyes glued to the pavement. But the bike wasn’t moving. Though the road seemed to be flat, upon closer inspection it was evident that actually there was a very slight incline. I wondered whether she’d break into tears and braced myself for a tantrum. Instead, she relaxed her legs briefly and allowed the bike to roll

backwards momentarily. Then she thrust her feet down with renewed energy. The wheels began to turn. She was doing it. As she hit a regular rhythm, Caroline turned and gave me a wide grin that I knew I’d always remember. The sun reflected off her sunglasses and her coat flew up in the air behind her. I applauded. Sometimes as a mom it occurs to me that life has so much to teach our little ones. If they can muster the determination and the confidence to face something small, like a little hill in the street, I believe they’ll handle the big stuff just fine. And in the meantime, we can celebrate these little triumphs with them; those rare moments when our own lives seem part of some bigger production – even something fit for the musical stage.


True Confessions OF A STAY-ATHOME DAD Five ways to raise a gentleman Pete Gilbert

I want nothing more than for my five-year-old boy to grow up to be a gentleman. (Of course, I know he’s watching my every move and learning more from the way I act than from what I say, so I must be a gentleman, too.) Here are five tips I’m encouraging in him.

1. Say “thank you” When someone does something nice for you, tell them “thank you.” It may seem like such a simple thing to do, but it can really mean a lot. Saying “thank you” comes naturally to my son. Even on nights I know he

doesn’t like what I’ve cooked for dinner he still tells me, “Thank you for making dinner Dad.” Or at night while we’re reading books he’ll say, “Thanks for reading my story” or “Thank you for helping me learn that word.”

2. Hold doors open for others A gentleman holds doors open for others, men or women, it’s just the polite thing to do. Yes, it is annoying when it’s the middle of winter and your son insists on standing out in the cold holding the door open for everyone at preschool, but instilling this lesson is worth it.

3. Learn a proper greeting This is one task kids have a tough time with. I tell my son that when he meets someone, he should do three things: make eye contact, give a firm handshake and say “Nice to meet you.” Properly meeting people is important because a limp handshake, looking away from a person and mumbling “hey” is not

going to help make friends, make a good impression at a job interview, and most importantly, it’s not going to help meet girls.

4. Serve others first This is another task that is not always easy for kids – especially if we’re talking about passing out dessert. But, when my son is in charge of passing out a snack, drinks or dinner he’s been taught to give to his sisters first, then himself last

5. Be honest Did you clean your room? Did you punch your sister? Honesty – the most important characteristic can also be the hardest one to teach. If you have other ways to help raise a gentleman, I’d like to hear them! Please post them on my True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad Facebook page.



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PROFESSIONAL? U n d ersta n d i n g w h en to seek outside help Sarah Bricker-Hunt



ll kids experience some challenges as they go through childhood, and most of the time these “rough patches” come and go without too much cause for worry. Sometimes though, a troubling phase lingers, bringing to light a mental health issue that could be resolved with the help of someone well-versed in the area of childhood development.


Determining when a situation has crossed over into an area of true concern isn’t always easy. For example, while it is normal and even expected for children to experience sadness at times, a child who is sad most of the time and having difficulty getting through their normal activities might be experiencing depression. Similarly, although many children have nightmares on occasion, troubling dreams that increase in intensity and frequency could indicate feelings of extreme anxiety.

David Katkin, LPCC and CEO of Katkin and Associates in Cincinnati, says that the “frequency and severity” of a problem can help parents discern whether an issue merits intervention. Parents should become concerned “if the sad moments seem to be outweighing the good moments, or if the severity of the emotions are at a level that their lives are disrupted,” he says. Content is another important element. Phrases like “I wish I was dead” should raise concern. Katkin says that while it’s normal for children to have mood swings, when the moods get in the way of their daily functioning, that’s when it’s important to seek help. *Continued on page 16



Local psychologist Christopher Kaeppner stresses that parents should trust their gut instincts. “If they feel like something is wrong and this feeling continues for a while, an evaluation or additional information gathering should proceed,” he says. “If there’s been a significant change in the child’s mood, behavior or social integration, those are all red flags for the need for evaluation and possible intervention.”

Mental health issues can look different from child to child, and there are a wide variety of issues that can affect kids. A parent’s knowledge and intuition regarding their child goes a long way in helping to identify a problem. It is important to note that warning signs change as children age. Younger children tend to exhibit mental health issues through their behavior, while older adolescents may exhibit symptoms through their emotions.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) outlines several signs to watch for in younger children that could indicate a potential problem: • Changes in school performance • Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school

• Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress

• Hyperactive behavior • Frequent nightmares • Frequent disobedience or aggression • Frequent temper tantrums

Parents of adolescents SHOULD take note of these troubling behaviors:

• Excessive worrying or fear • Substance abuse


• Changes in eating habits • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)

• Feeling excessively sad or low


• Social avoidance

If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, NAMI recommends erring on the side of caution. Kaeppner provides a simple rule of thumb: “If you frequently have trouble getting to sleep because you’re worrying about your child, there’s a strong likelihood that someone needs help.”

Even mild symptoms can be relieved, and more severe issues respond best when treatment is sought in earlier stages. Your first stop might be your child’s school. Discuss your concerns with your child’s teachers and find out what services your school provides. Often, there is a counselor on staff who

can help determine what steps to take regarding your child’s unique issues. Your pediatrician or family doctor can also recommend a local therapist or treatment center for help. The online Psychology Today data-base (www.Psychology lists provider information sorted by zip code, cost, specialty and other factors.

Most importantly, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. As a parent you wouldn’t think twice about seeking a professional opinion for a physical problem your child might have. Mental health should be viewed in the same way. Professional therapists, social workers, counselors and psychologists are trained to identify problematic behaviors in kids, and work with parents as partners in helping t heir child.

How Can I Get My Child to Talk to Me? Find a situation or environment where your child seems most likely to open up. Kids can be uncomfortable discussing their thoughts “face to face.” Try starting a conversation while you’re driving together – this can provide just enough distance for your son or daughter to speak up. Focus on listening, not lecturing. The quickest way to end a budding dialogue is to dominate it with your opinion. Letting your child voice his ideas, even if you disagree, will show him that you respect his thoughts.

When your child does come to you to talk, find out what they’re seeking from you in return. Is she asking for your opinion? Does she want help coming up with a solution? Or does she just need a supportive person to vent to? Get interested in their interests. Not only does this give you common ground to discuss, it shows that you find your kids’ activities worthwhile enough for you to learn about and participate in. Tell your child what you find interesting, unique, funny, admirable or wonderful about them. No child, no matter what age, ever gets tired of hearing why their parent thinks they’re special.




When Children Lie The truth behind your kids’ fibs Sarah Painer, MSW, LISW-S, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

When children lie, what is it really about? Lying in children is common, particularly in school-aged children. While chronic forms of lying may indicate a more serious psychological problem, most of the time lying is simply a common behavior that will eventually be outgrown. Parents, before you get upset about your children telling lies, recognize that a lie can actually be an act of problem-solving, a lack of skills or avoidance of a consequence. A lie usually stems from one of these things:

• An attempt to either connect or differentiate from peers • An effort to keep parts of one’s life separate from parents • A way to attract positive or negative attention • A strategy to minimize or avoid hurting someone’s feelings • A way to avoid or stay out of trouble • An attempt to feel adequate or compete with others • A way to avoid being seen as a failure • A desire for approval or a way to meet unrealistic expectations



Lying by age group Toddlers: Very young children do not lie on purpose and don’t understand yet that lying is wrong. They will tell selfserving fibs. Avoid reacting by accusing or punishing the child. Preschoolers: Children at this age have difficulty separating reality from fantasy. Preschoolers will tell tall tales that are for fantasy play or wishful thinking. School kids: Children at this age understand the negative nature of lying. However, they may tell white lies to benefit someone else or minimize hurt which shows social sensitivity and awareness. Tweens: Adolescents may lie to test limits. Tween behavior can increase in secretiveness. Often lies are about chores, homework, etc. Show your displeasure and continue to be a good role model for more appropriate behavior.

How you can help While it is essential that parents teach their children right from wrong, it is important to pick your battles – which will depend on the developmental age of the child. Make sure the lie isn’t connected to unsafe, risky or illegal behavior. Don’t take the lie personally. Think about and focus on the big picture. Address the underlying reason behind the lie and don’t let your anger and frustration derail the real issue. You can use the lie as a way to help your children learn to problem

solve. Excessive lying should be dealt with by addressing the actual behavior of lying, not the specific lie itself. Demonstrate the types of behaviors you want to see in your child by setting a good example with your own truth telling. Most children are not going to lie forever. Only a very small percentage of kids are chronic liars. With your help, children will typically outgrow this negative behavior. Most lies revolve around a child wanting to feel loved and receive positive attention, so make sure you are interacting with your son or daughter in this way every day.




ABOUT FOSTE R CARE Common misconceptions that prevent families from becoming involved Summer Daily


n the U.S. nearly 300,000 children have been placed in the foster care system due to neglect or abuse. They need stable families who can provide temporary homes and safe, loving environments while their biological families work to become better parents.

Unfortunately, there are more foster children than foster parents and 58,000 kids will be placed in group homes and other state institutions rather than in a family. Oftentimes, suitable adults are misinformed about the foster care system and don’t realize how they could play a part in the life of a young person needing their support. Jessica Parks, Program Director at local foster care

agency Necco, discusses the issues commonly misunderstood about foster care.

It’s actually not that complicated The overall functions of the foster care system are pretty simple. Most children are referred to Child Protective Services for neglect or abuse. The state then evaluates the family situation and will decide whether or not to put the child in foster care. When it comes to the nitty-gritty details like legal questions and family placement, the foster care agency helps you as the foster family work through these issues. They provide the training and license you must obtain, perform extensive background checks and then choose a child they think would be a good match for you or your family.

After deciding to become a foster parent, the process only takes about three to six months, and the agency won’t leave you high and dry. Most agencies offer support and advice throughout the entire training process as well as after a foster child is placed in your home.

The money issue is a moot point “A lot of people always ask us what the cost is, when in fact we pay them,” explains Parks. But that doesn’t mean that foster care is a get-rich-quick scheme. Caring for children still takes time and money. Depending on the needs of your child, the training compensation and per diem payments won’t always completely cover your cost.

You don’t have to be a perfect parent Or a parent at all, for that matter. Foster agencies are not looking for the Brady Bunch, and they welcome people from many different homes and lifestyles. During training, you do have to prove that you are financially stable and can provide a safe environment, but otherwise you can be a 21-year-old who lives in an apartment alone, parents with kids of your own, or 65-year-old empty nesters. Most agencies don’t discriminate against marital status or sexual orientation. At Necco, Parks says, “That is not a factor, we just want you to provide a safe, loving environment for the child.”



You are not adopting these children “A lot of [potential foster parents] ask ‘what if the child goes home?’ And that certainly is really what happens…the foster care system is built to foster children while their parents are working on services for reunification,” Parks says. There are times that the biological family is not going to be a placement option, and then the court will offer permanency. But those are extreme cases, and still, less than 15% of foster care children are adopted by foster families. In fact, you will often work with the biological family as they learn how to make choices that will provide a safe, nurturing environment for their kids. It is important to remember that foster care is not a roundabout path to adoption.

None of this means that foster care is easy Becoming a foster parent is not going to be for everyone. According to Parks, people who are flexible, nurturing and can provide a sense of normalcy for these kids are best suited for the job. Most foster children have suffered abuse or neglect. Although you will receive training and advice on how to care for children who have suffered trauma, it is often an uphill battle. Many kids do have behavioral issues that are not going to change overnight, and caring for them takes patience and perseverance.

More foster families are desperately needed Perhaps the greatest misperception is that foster parenting is too hard to manage or that someone else will take on the challenge. “I think people think the process is really difficult, but it’s not,” says Parks, “We want to be convenient for this process, because we’re always in need of foster parents. I’m always looking for homes.”



mother's day fun guide Ten ideas for celebrating Mom’s special day Sarah McCosham


Moms are superheroes – and they really deserve more recognition that just one day a year! Here at Cincinnati Parent, we know how special moms are, so we’ve compiled a list of fun, unique ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. Choose one (or more!) of these ideas and spend some time showing Mom just how important she is to your family.



Take a cruise! Sail down

the Ohio River on one of BB Riverboats’ two Mother’s Day cruises: a brunch cruise from 1-3 pm or a dinner cruise from 5:30-7:30 pm. Spectacular views, delicious cuisine and a souvenir photo make this a truly memorable and unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day.


every Sunday and conveniently located downtown near all the great restaurants. Make sure to get there for the “Highlights of the Taft” tour at 1:30 pm. You can also head up the hill to the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park and check out the “Warhol and Baseball” exhibit currently on display. Admission to the Art Museum is free; parking is $4.


If Mom’s a baseball fan, visit the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. The current “Stars of the Queen City” exhibit features local players from the past 100 years, and would be fun for hometown moms – and dads, too! The museum is open 10 am – 5 pm TuesdaySunday, and adult admission is $10.

Celebrate all the moms in the animal kingdom

at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Zoo Babies. All during the month of May, the littlest residents of the Zoo will be on display – and on Mother’s Day, moms get in free! The Zoo is open 10 am – 5 pm this Mother’s Day.


Enjoy the arts at the Taft Museum, which is free


Check out the International Butterfly

Show at Krohn Conservatory from 10 am – 5 pm on Mother’s Day. Moms get in free on their special day. Celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary, which pays tribute to the Filipino culture. Coupons are available from their website for the rest of the family.

*Photo Credit (top): Lisa Hezlep Photography


Get your adrenaline rushing!


Get your brunch on at one

For thrill-seeking families, Kings Island is a great option. The park is open from 10 am – 8 pm on Mother’s Day, so come early and stay all day! After you’ve taken in the park’s rides and thrills, treat Mom to a classic Cincinnati dinner at one of Kings Island’s LaRosa’s or Skyline Chili restaurants.

of the many fine-dining establishments in the area. Rookwood Commons’ Buca di Beppo, Brio Tuscan Grille in Newport and downtown’s Palomino have special menus to commemorate the occasion.


Sit down for tea at the BonBonerie in O’Bryonville, which offers an afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, desserts and quiche. This would be a wonderful option for moms, daughters and grandmothers. Call early for reservations.


Get musical. On Saturday, May 9, head to Music Hall to see violinist Joshua Bell in concert. Or, on Mother’s Day, attend the 2 pm showing of Crazy for You at the Aronoff Center. More shows can be found at the Cincinnati Arts Association’s website.


Kick off festival season at Coney Island’s Appalachian

Festival . This event features artisans,

crafts, dance, food vendors, storytelling and bluegrass music. Tickets cost $8 for adults ($4 for adults over 55), and the event runs May 8-10.

However you choose to celebrate, we wish a very happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms in our area!




Dat e N ights Fun ideas meant just for two Lauren Lawson

The Lovel and Bike Trail A ride on the Loveland Bike Trail is a perfect date for couples looking to enjoy the outdoors together. This paved bike path is part of the Little Miami Scenic State Park and connects to Loveland’s historic downtown area. Looking to cool down after a rigorous ride? Make sure to stop at Hawaiian Shaved Ice Trailside, which offers 52 delicious flavors of shaved ice (some natural and even sugar free!)

Romantic Dates: Fueling the passion Sotto Restaurant


t’s that rare occasion, a trifecta of sorts:the babysitter is booked, the evening is reserved and your schedule is cleared for an official date night. It’s on the calendar, and it’s happening. But what is the best way to utilize this precious time away from your kids? Whether you’re looking for an adventure, a little romance, a culinary experience or a money-saving good time, we’ve got you covered with a list of some of the best spots in Cincy to woo your main squeeze.



Adventurous Dates: An adrenaline rush for two K ayak the Little Miami River Couples who paddle together… stay together? At least, they have a lot of fun together! Take a day trip down the Little Miami River on a kayak with Mariemont Livery. Located on Wooster Pike, this company offers kayak rentals and float trips right from their own livery. After a fun day on the water, enjoy a drink at Cincinnati’s local brewery, 50 West.

The scene at Sotto oozes romance with intimate dining options and tables illuminated by candlelight. With a menu designed for sharing, couples can enjoy treats like goat cheese and hazelnut honey bruschetta, homemade pasta or amazing ricotta-filled doughnuts for dessert. Reservations are not required, but highly recommended for couples looking to indulge in the dreamy experience that is Sotto.

Stroll Krohn Conservatory Take romance outside and explore Krohn Conservatory. Located in Eden Park, the Krohn Conservatory displays more than 3,500 plant species from around the world and offers special exhibit programs such as their “Butterfly Show.” From the beautiful flowers to the rainforest waterfall, Krohn Conservatory offers a retreat-like date right in Cincinnati’s very own backyard.

Drinks on the rooftop at 21C Museum Hotel Enjoy creative cocktails and killer views on the Cocktail Terrace at 21 C. Worth a ride to the 11th floor, this rooftop restaurant offers some of the best panoramic views of downtown Cincinnati. After taking in the city’s lights, stay the night in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms displaying the work of contemporary artists.

Foodie Dates: Cincy culinary coolness Hyde Park Farmers Market Morning dates can be just as fun as nighttime ones. Stroll the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market, located in Hyde Park Square, and take in some of Cincinnati’s finest local cuisine and produce. From Blue Oven Bakery to La Terza coffee, the Hyde Park Market offers multiple food and dessert options. Grab cakey-waffles topped with fresh strawberries at the Taste of Belgium stand and then pick up a gorgeous wildflower bouquet from Hazelfield Farm.

Later, grab a treat to bring home to the kids from Street Pops. The market is open every Sunday from May through October.

snuggle up for a good date night reading session.

Taft Museum Eli’s BBQ Nothing is quite as delicious as slow-smoked pulled pork, paired with cheesy macaroni and jalapeno corn bread. Eli’s BBQ is a foodie’s dream date, and the atmosphere helps create a real southern experience from the outdoor seating area to the “bring your own drink” options. A picnic date at Eli’s, complete with live music on a Saturday, is a great outing for any couple looking for a good time.

Affordable Dates: Fun on a budget Mercantile Library Bibliophile couples can take full advantage of the Mercantile Library, which offers a historic collection of books, workshops and events. Peruse art displays or even download one of their many e-book options and

With free admission on Sundays, the Taft Museum of Art makes for a fantastic money-saving date option. Tour the museum’s current exhibition, then stop by the café for a sweet treat. Free on-site parking is also available for all visitors, making this a win for the pocketbooks!

YMCA Release endorphins together on a date at a local Cincinnati YMCA facility. Although a monthly membership fee is required to join, the YMCA offers multiple classes and exercise options to keep couples in shape together. Free on-site babysitting is also available, making this the kind of date you can have again and again.

Plan your own date night today! From adventurous encounters to romantic dinners, Cincinnati provides plenty of interesting options for you and your special someone.



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Health Questions

Women Wonder About Making moms’ health a priority too! Dr. Emma Hostetter, MD

As moms, our lives are filled with doctor’s appointments. We manage our children’s health like champions, but do we take the time to manage our own health? Keeping up with continually changing women’s health recommendations is tricky, especially when our schedules are packed. So, for all of you busy moms who need the facts in five minutes or less, here are some quick answers.


How often do I really need a pelvic exam? Pelvic exams… what a way to break the ice! Recently Pap smear recommendations have changed, confusing many women on how frequently they need one. According to Dr. Amy Renshaw, MD, a local Cincinnati gynecologist at Hilltop OB/ GYN, while some women may be able to

stretch their Pap smears out to every three years (depending on their risk factors), this doesn’t mean that they get to skimp on pelvic and breast exams. The complete pelvic exam looks for changes in the external genitalia, uterus and ovaries, not just the cervix. Since ovarian cancer often lacks early stage symptoms, a yearly pelvic exam could be lifesaving. In short, Dr. Renshaw says that a yearly well woman appointment should still be on your schedule!




Am I going through Perimenopause? If you’re soaking the sheets with night sweats, noticing hot flashes during the day and having irregular vaginal bleeding, then you’re probably experiencing perimenopause. There isn’t a set age for perimenopause and symptoms can vary. Does this mean that full-blown menopause is right around the corner? Not necessarily. Dr. Renshaw says it is hard to predict exactly when menopause may occur. It could still be ten years before your periods are gone for good. In the meantime, keep a fan and panty liners handy, and if the symptoms become too intense talk with your doctor about symptom management options. Dr. Renshaw also emphasizes that you shouldn’t rule out pregnancy as a possibility.



3. Am I gaining weight because my metabolism is slowing down or is something else going on? According to Dr. Bruce Allen, with Obstetrics & Gynecology at The Christ Hospital, having a slow metabolism is actually a rare condition (examples include hypothyroidism and Cushing Syndrome). A slow metabolism is not usually the culprit in cases of obesity or becoming overweight, which are more likely a result of a few complex interactions. Dr. Allen explains that metabolism is defined as the process by which your body changes what you consume into the energy it needs to function. At rest, your body still needs energy for involuntary functions (i.e., breathing, circulating blood and cell repair). He says that basal metabolic rate is the number of calories your body needs to maintain these basic functions and it is influenced by several factors. If you have more muscle mass, you will burn more calories, even while at rest. For example,

a man is more likely to have less body fat and more muscle mass than a woman of the same age, so he will burn more calories. Also, as a person ages, their muscle usually decreases, thus slowing the rate at which they burn calories. Try adding weight bearing exercises to your exercise routine, which is not only good for your bones, but will also increase your resting metabolic rate and lead to more calories burned at rest.

4. Do I still need to get vaccines as an adult? Immunizations aren’t just for infants! Staying up to date on your shots is important for your health and for the little ones around you. Booster immunizations allow your body to once again build up a defense against specific illnesses such as tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The Centers for Disease Control now recommends that a mother have a pertussis

shot with every single pregnancy. With whooping cough on the rise, getting this shot during pregnancy will pass a larger amount of protective antibodies to your unborn child, affording him more protection during the vulnerable period of infancy. Travel immunizations are also important to remember. Don’t forget to check the CDC website several months in advance for specific recommendations depending on the country and region that you will be visiting. Check with your doctor to see if you are up to date on your standard immunizations. Prevention is key!

5. Can I skip on a daily vitamin if I’m eating healthy? While eating a healthy diet is of paramount importance, you still may not be getting all of the nutrients that you need from your food alone. Many of us don’t eat enough iron containing foods such as red meat to prevent iron deficiency. Adding in a daily women’s multivitamin is a great way to make sure you are getting 100% of your daily recommended values. But, don’t go overboard! Too many vitamins can actually be harmful. A calcium supplement with vitamin D is also incredibly important for preventing osteopenia and osteoporosis (weakened bones more likely to fracture). Keeping your bones strong with supplements and regular resistance training is an important way to prevent bone disease.

Don’t forget that you matter too! Prioritizing your own health will make you a better mom and a happy and healthier person. Sources: Dr. Amy Renshaw, MD (OB/GYN) Hilltop Ob/Gyn Dr. Bruce Allen, MD (OB/GYN) The Christ Hospital physicians_OBGYN.aspx home.aspx?id=71446 calcium.html vaccinated.html Pap-Test for_a_change.pdf MAY 2015 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM




re you feeling frazzled and stressed by trying to meet the many and often competing demands in your life? After checking the first twenty things off your to-dos, is there no time left for you on that list? Too often moms claim they do not have enough time to practice self-care. It is time to rethink that. Here are 26 quick ways to enter a more Zen state.

Giggle . Call a friend who always makes you laugh. Read or watch something funny. Hydr ate by drinking more water, less juice, coffee and soda. A hydrated body is more energetic and alert. Ignore media for a day. No face book, no newspaper or television. How does it make you feel?

Ask for help. Let someone else be the giver for a change, it will make them feel better as well.

Deepen your bre ath.

Consciously take a deep inhale and a deep exhale before you start any activity or conversation. Do this every time you remember, waiting in line, at a stop sign, starting your car.

Stretch like a cat. Get down on all fours. As you exhale, round your back to the sky, drawing your chin to your chest, belly to your spine. Inhale back to your starting position and repeat several times.

Move daily. Pick an activity you love and start doing it for 10 minutes each day. If you already move daily, can you add 10 minutes to your current routine? Eat mindfully. Sit down to eat healthy, nourishing food. Really look at your food, taste your food and give thanks for your food. Forgive someone who has slighted you and move on.



Start a success journal . Daily jot down at least one success you had and periodically review your successes.

Exercise kindness, starting with yourself. Treat yourself the way you treat your best friend. Meditate . Set a timer, sit comfortably (yes a chair is fine) and just watch what thoughts arise in your mind. Don’t judge, simply observe. Say no to a request for your energy or time that you are not excited about.

Open a spiritual or motivational book . Let the uplifting material soothe and buoy your soul.

Buy a pair of PJs that you love . Make sure your body feels cuddled and treasured wrapped in the fabric. Savor the feeling as you slip into them at bedtime.

Pause before you re ac t. Ask yourself, will this be important in 10 minutes? In 10 months? In 10 years?

Lower your standards. If you are feeling stressed does the floor really need to be vacuumed today? Use that time for you. Turn your world upside down and change your perspective. Learn to do the yoga pose down dog at www.

Ex amine your volunteer commitments. Assess how much and how often is practical in your current life. Be open to taking a break or choosing a new focus if you need to. Do not simply replicate last year’s schedule.

Take a walk. Start with 10 minutes. Reconnect with nature and yourself. Add some yellow to your life . The color of the sun makes you cheerful and optimistic because your body releases more feel-good hormones when surrounded by yellow.

Catch more ZZZZs.

Go to bed just 10 minutes earlier and see how that makes you feel.

Sue LeBreton is a freelance writer with two children. A trained yoga teacher, she is always looking for ways to increase the Zen in her life.




Halting Homesickness at Camp Simple solutions to help separation issues The American Camp Association

Homesickness is a natural part of youth development, especially for children who may be away from home for their first summer at camp. For years, studies have shown that most children, spending at least two weeks away from home at summer camp, experience some form of homesickness. While this situation is usually mild, some campers may feel distress that can hinder or even bring to an end an otherwise positive camp experience. Fortunately, homesickness is something that campers can learn to cope with. The American Camp Association (ACA) offers the following advice on helping your child combat homesickness both before and after he or she has left for summer camp.

Foster excitement Positive camp preparation is vital. The best way to avoid homesickness at camp is to keep children excited about their camp experience from beginning to end.

A child that participates in his or her camp decision-making process is likely to be more comfortable with the idea of spending time there. In addition, your attitude goes a long way. An optimistic parent will encourage his or her child to look forward to the camp experience. An anxious or nervous parent, on the other hand, will create similar feelings in his or her child; increasing the likelihood that child will develop homesickness.

Encourage independence ACA encourages parents to arrange for their children to have “practice time” being away from home, such as visiting friends or family overnight to allow them the experience of sleeping somewhere else. Additionally, resist the temptation to arrange a “pick-up deal” in case your child should want to leave after the camp session begins. While you may see this as a safety net, it actually encourages your child to leave rather than urging him or her to enjoy the experience.

Remain positive What about a child who is dealing with homesickness after he or she has already arrived at camp? Most camps designate time for campers to call home, and even those who have a “no call” rule will allow campers and parents to correspond through letters. When communicating with your child, encourage him or her to stay positive and busy at camp. Remind kids that camp offers fun, physical activities that can surely take their mind off of home. It also provides a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and try new things they wouldn’t have if not for camp.

Resist the guilt Above all, you should never feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. If you have lingering concerns about how your child is doing, don’t hesitate to reach out to camp staff to inquire about your child’s adjustment. The staff is trained to keep kids comfortable and involved, and a little extra attention from counselors may be all a child needs to feel more secure in their new environment. Overcoming homesickness is one of the most powerful lessons a child can learn. Camp nurtures children’s independence and prepares them for the future. It can provide an amazing opportunity to experience personal growth. As a parent, it is up to you to foster this growth by encouraging your child to get the most out of his or her camp experience.

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






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

Baldwin Music Education Center Summer Programs 3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Rachel Kramer, Phone: 513-351-1109, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts (music) Dates: June 8 – August 15 (8 or 10-week terms) Ages/Grades: 6-month-olds to 4-year-olds Cost: $60 - $160 Summer is more exciting with music classes to brighten each week! Age-specific, specially-designed music classes engage students from the minute they walk through the door. Singing, playing, keyboard time, crafts and more open the world of music to every child. 50+ years experience, trained group music teachers, friendly neighborhood, ample parking and family discounts.

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

9376 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040, Phone: (513) 285-8855 X4, Email: Mason@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Dates: June 2015 to August 2015 Ages/Grades: 6 months and up Cost: $150.00 Bear Paddle Swim School Summer Swim Camps feature 30-minute daily swim lessons that are skill-focused and promote safety skill development. Bear Paddle’s iron-on swim skill patches teach young swimmers positive reinforcements in an innovative fun way.

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



416 Clark Street, Cincinnati, OH 45203, Contact: Dayle Deardurff, Phone: 513-651-0734, Email: info@, Gender of Campers: Coed Type of Camp: Single Day Activity Basic Category: Construction Dates: May 19- Aug. 22, see web site for days and times Ages/Grades: All Cost: $2 per person Build It! offers fun activities on construction concepts for children. The exhibit,from archKIDecture of Chicago, consists activities that presenting architectural subjects including roofs, tools, and shapes. Designed for children age three to twelve, the exhibit promotes visual literacy with activities on shapes, color, and symmetries.

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

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

Camp-A-Palooza 7900 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Megan Smith/ Camp Department Leader, Phone: 513-489-7575, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Special Needs, Sports, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: June 1 - August 21, 2015 Ages/Grades: Grades K-9 Cost: $69 daily rate/ $285 weekly rate Gymnastics, basketball, karate, swimming, putt putt, rock climbing, arts & crafts and much more! Camp-A-Palooza has a different theme each week and packed full of FUN activities. Many of our campers are here all summer, so we mix it up every week to keep it FUN! Please visit our website for full descriptions of each week.

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

Camp at the J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Phone: 513-761-7500, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, School Programs (Before/After), Special Needs, Traditional, Winter/ Spring Break Programs Dates: Kick Start Camp: June 8 – 12, Session 1: June 15 – July 2 (camp will not be held on July 3rd in observance of Independence Day), Session 2: July 6 – 24, Session 3: July 27 – Aug 14; Horseback Riding Camp: July 27 – 31 & Aug 3 – 7 Ages/Grades: Grades K - 10 Cost: $725/ 3 Weeks From American Red Cross swim lessons and archery to arts and crafts, Camp at the J provides great social and educational opportunities that foster friendships and features all the fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. Camp at the J offers weekly theme days, sports, and field trips.

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

Camp Chabad 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Contact: Rabbi Majeski, Phone: 513-731-5111, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals, Arts, Special Needs, Sports, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: June 22- August 7, 2015 Ages/Grades: 2 Yr.-13 yrs old Cost: $190-$215 A camp that has it all! Sports, Nature, Art, Music, Character Growth, Field Trips, Swimming Lessons, using 200,000 square feet of unmatched fun! Nurturing dedicated staff. “mix and match” your weeks or sign up for all 7 weeks. Lunch and transportation included. ACA Accredited. Cincinnati’s Premier Jewish Day Camp.

Camp Invention Camps in the greater Cincinnati area, Cincinnati, OH , Contact: Customer Service Millikan, Phone: 800.968.4332, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Dates: Vary by location - See our website for details Ages/Grades: Grades K-6 Cost: $225, discounts are available, see our website Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Discounts are available! Visit www. or call 800.968.4332 for information! MAY 2015 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM


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

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

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

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

EDUCATION UNPLUGGED! Discover five days of behind-the-scenes fun, Museum exploration, an OMNIMAX adventure and so much more... packed with



academic programs and classes that explore history, technology and science through creative, hands-on activities. All under one dome! Before and after care available.

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

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

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

Cincinnati Reds Baseball/ Softball Camps Locations: Beechwood HS in Ft. Mitchell, KY; Summit Country Day in Cincinnati, Mason HS in Mason; Harrison HS in Harrison; Reds MLB Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati, Contact: Tim Rappe, Executive Director, Phone: 855-846-7337, Email:,

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

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

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

Enriching Kidz Gender of Campers: Coed Ages/Grades: Ages 9-14 Cost: Kidz Home Alone: $60 per child, Better Baby Sitters: $90 per child, Empowering Girls with Confidence: $65-$130 per child Is you tween ready to be home alone or learn the skills needed to be safe while home alone or when babysitting? Appropriate for girls and boys. Do you want your daughter to feel great about herself or in stickly social situations? Register her in an Empowering Girls with Confidence class. For specific dates and Locations: Go to

Fitton Center Camp Creativity 101 S. Monument, Hamilton, OH 45011, Phone: 513-8638873 ext. 110, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Traditional Dates: June through July Type of Camp: Half-day and Full day 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 or theater!

Ginga Summer Camp 2015 (Futsal/ Street Soccer) Contact: Jon Caldwell, Camp Director, Phone: (317) 430-6394, Email:, Basic Category: Sports Dates: June 1 - Aug 6, 2015 Ages/Grades: 7-18 Cost: $150- $600 Ginga Street Soccer / Futsal camps are back at it for our 5th year! These camps offers a truly unique experience for all players of all levels. Our training curriculum along with our professional staff will allow your child to develop in a positive environment while being challenged. Registration is open!

Gorman Heritage Farm – Farm Camp 10052 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Katie Murtaugh, Camp Director, Phone: (513)563-6663, Email:, www.Gorman Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals Dates: June 1-August 14, 2015/ sessions vary by age and theme; parents should register early! Ages/Grades: Camps for children ages 4-15 Cost: $70-$240/week Be a farm kid! Camp activities include: interacting with barnyard animals, exploring the woods, garden fun, games, hiking, crafts, music and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking, vet & science. Camp sessions scheduled by age group; please see our website for full brochure. Thyme for Farming Fun!

Gray Studios Summer Camp Phone: 818.582.3943, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Type of Camp: Day AND Residential Basic Category: Arts, Acting Dates: June 15th through June 19th, and every week starting July 7th Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 yrs old, but can accommodate special circumstances Cost: $600 per week SUMMER CAMPS ARE BACK! Gray Studios offers one of the most all-encompassing youth camps for actors anywhere! Come join us for a full week of intense & FUN work & learn the secrets that make our students competitive in this industry. This is a week not to be missed!



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

McNicholas High School Summer Camps

School of Rock Mason Summer Camps

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

755 Reading Road, Suite 1, Mason, OH 45040, Contact: Scott Higgins, Manager, Phone: 513-7701257, Email:, http:// Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 15-19; June 22-26; June 29-July 3; July 6-17; August 3-7, 2015 Put on a concert in a PERFORMANCE CAMP! Record a CD in VOCAL RECORDING CAMP! Create a CD in two-week SONGWRITING & RECORDING CAMP! Or, just starting off... ROCK 101 CAMP!

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

Herlyn Stables Horse Camp 1388 Frank Willis Memorial Rd, New Richmond, OH 45157, Contact: Lynda Donahue, Owner, Phone: 513-290-4138, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Animals Dates: 6/15-6/18; 6/29-7/2; 8/3-8/6; 7/20-7/23 Ages/Grades: Ages- 6-14 Cost: $275 Has your child dreamed of learning to ride a horse? Join us for summer camp and learn all about horses! Activities will include, riding, general care, horse crafts, hiking and much more!

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

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

SCHOOL AGE SUMMER CAMP Indian Springs Academy Music Camps 9690 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241, Contact: Sheila Vail, Phone: (513) 779-7070, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Traditional Students will enrich their musical knowledge and have a wonderful experience in our age appropriate Summer Camps for Guitar, Violin, Music Theory, Music Harmony and History!



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

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

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

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

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

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps 2015 12 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Phone: 513-362-YMCA, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Registration begins March 7, 2015; Camps run May through August; dates for each camp are available on the website. Ages/Grades: Ages 3-15 Cost: Cost varies depending on each camp. Pricing and camp brochures are available on our website. Overnight, day, and specialty camps at the Y are all about

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

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

YMCA Camp Arrowhead 6703 Yankee Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Angie DelNegro, Phone: 513-779-3917, Email: angie., Gender of Campers: Coed

Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 1- August 7,2015 Cost: $135.00 day, $170.00 extended, $110.00 CIT; NonMembers: $175.00 day, $210.00 extended, $140.00 CIT Camp Arrowhead is designed to provide campers with a variety of experiences in a well supervised camp setting. Each week will include a special theme. Don’t miss a great opportunity! Join us for an open house on Tuesday, May 19th from 6:30-8pm.

[OVERNIGHT CAMPS] Falcon Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email: info@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: 2,4,6,8 week sessions available from June 14 – August 8, 2015 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 16 Cost: $2225 to varies Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Boys and girls enjoy wide variety of activities with outstanding staff. “Fun for Now, Skills for Life” is motto and environment created at Falcon. Located on beautiful 8 mile Leesville Lake in hundreds of acres of woods, great food, great fun, lifetime of memories. Activities Include sailing, horseback riding, riflery, archery, tennis, crafts, drama, woodslore, canoeing, swimming, basketball, softball, sports, overnight camping, dances, creative arts, video, mountain biking and much more!




Ask the Teacher ADD, internet safety, introverted kids Deb Krupowicz

elaborate specifically on what she is seeing in class. Is there a predictable time of day when she observes the behaviors she describes? Can he focus better in the morning or in the afternoon, or does he struggle all day? Ask the teacher to have a counselor or special education professional observe your son for a block of time and record everything he does so that you can see beyond the generalization offered by the teacher. Ask what strategies have been used to help encourage his attention. Simple things like changing where your son’s desk is relative to the teacher’s point of instruction or implementing a behavior plan with specific steps to achieve appropriate goals should be attempted before concluding that a disorder might be present. If the problem persists after changes like these have been made, talk to your pediatrician. After a checklist evaluation is completed by you and his teacher, the pediatrician can determine an appropriate course of action and whether or not a disorder is indicated.


I see lots of references to teaching kids about internet safety, but I am reluctant to frighten my kids unnecessarily. How do I help them be safe without making them scared?



When my husband and I went to our son’s spring conference, his teacher said that she thought my son had ADD. I just do not see the busyness in him that I associate with that. Should I have my son tested?


We tend to use the acronym ADD to refer to all attention problems. However, while Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 40


(ADHD) both result in a child’s struggle to attend to a task, they each manifest themselves differently. A student with ADD often operates under the radar because he tends to be quiet and get lost in thought; he may appear to just “zone out.” ADHD is more obvious, as the child struggles to sit still or even to stay seated at all. If he stays seated, he may be fidgety and easily distracted by anything and everything. To have a solid understanding of what is happening with your son, ask his teacher to

Teaching internet safety is just as important as teaching children to cross the street safely. Walking into traffic without looking will have horrible consequences; navigating the internet naively can as well. For the games and activities that you have set up for your young children, an explanation of safety precautions isn’t necessary. However, once kids begin to search the internet independently, they must be aware of the potential danger they are exposed to. Children must understand that they should never put personal information such as an address, phone number or email contact on a website. Explaining why this is dangerous is just as important as explaining why a child

should not approach the car of a stranger offering candy. Discuss the issue of cyberbullying at length. Talk about how typed words can be understood differently than what was intended, and explain the lasting nature of published thoughts. Even the quietest child can find power behind a keyboard and screen. Exposure to inappropriate material is a very real danger. Risking your child’s innocence is serious. Accidental exposure can lead the most responsible 10 or 12 year old to pornographic material. The importance of this threat cannot be overemphasized. Use filters and blocks and keep all computers and phones in high traffic areas where you can monitor activity.


My second grade daughter is so introverted. She is just unable to make friends. What can I do to help her?


If a child’s introversion makes her uncomfortable or unhappy, it’s time to step in. Sometimes a quiet child can be overwhelmed by outgoing children or a large number of kids and may not be aware of someone else with a similar disposition or interests as her own. Begin by asking the teacher to recommend a few girls from the class who she thinks would be compatible with your daughter. Have her choose someone she would look forward to seeing. When the classmate comes, start the playdate with an activity in which you are involved – play a board game, do a craft or bake cookies for example. You will be able to help the girls start conversations and get to know one another. This will nudge them along to playing independently without you. If your daughter is more content on her own than with others, consider reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This book will give you a new understanding and appreciation for this special personality.

A s k t h e T e ac h e r 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



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education guide [CHARTER] Hor i zon Sc i e nce Ac ade my C i nc i nnat i We prepare students to succeed in college and the world by offering high-quality, college-prep, STEM education. 1055 Laidlaw Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45237, Phone: (513) 242 0099, Email: info@,, Grades: K-8th

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

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

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



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

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

T h e K i n de r G arde n Scho ol s Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. In our Kinder Garden, we provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Kinder Garden School is devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency in a full supportive, fertile, fun setting. ENLIGHTENMENT IS OUR MISSION. Blue Ash: 10969 Reed Hartman Highway, Blue Ash, OH 45242, Phone: 791-4300; West Chester: 5900 West Chester Road, West Chester, OH 45069; Phone: 874-3100,, Grades: 6 weeks through kindergarten, Enrollment: Please call the school 791-4300 or email Tami Lanham at

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

[MONTESSORI] Ch i ld re n ’ s Me e t i ng Hous e Mon t e s s or i Scho ol An authentic Montessori school program resting on 6.5 acres. Extraordinary and rigorous hands-on learning inside and outside of the classrooms creating life long learners, critical thinkers and passionate leaders. 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Meg Thomas, Head of School, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email:,, Grades: Preschool through Sixth grade, Enrollment: 160

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

G arde n Mon t e s s or i Scho ol 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 music, dance, and gym. Large, fenced-in outdoor playground. 1318 Nagel Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45255, Contact: Jackie Wofford/Director, Phone: 513-474-4933, Email:, gardenmontessori, Grades: pre-school thru Kdg. ages 3-6 years old.

L i t t le S pr ou t s Mon t e s s or i P re s cho ol & K i n de r g ar t e n Little Sprouts Montessori nurtures the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of children, helping them develop a lifetime love of learning. Our goal is to empower children to discover and hone their strengths as they explore the world. We recognize the importance of individualized education, capping classes at ten students. 7131 Plainfield Road, Deer Park, OH 45236, Contact: Christie Sawyer, Phone: 513-697-9021, Email:, www., Grades: Preschool & Kindergarten, Enrollment: Families choose mornings two to four days per week (T/TH and/or W/F), and/or afternoon sessions on Tuesday and Thursday.

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

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

T h e S e v e n H i ll s Scho ol An award-winning Independent, non-sectarian and co-educational school serving students two years through grade 12 on two campuses. An intellectually vibrant environment encourages personal attention and the average class size is 15. Educating the whole child with a college-prep, 21st century curriculum. Hillsdale Campus - 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati; Doherty Campus - 2726 Johnstone Place, Cincinnati, Phone: 513-7282400,, Grades: Pre-K through 12

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


ADHD If you’re child has it, you might have it

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

[TUTORING] L a ng s ford Le ar n i ng Acce le r at ion Ce n t e r s Is your child on track to be a successful reader? For over 14 years, Langsford has been applying an evidence-based approach to reading difficulties to turn struggling readers into confident and successful ones. Langsford’s approach is to identify the root cause of the reading difficulties and then to implement research-validated approaches to develop confident independent learners. Langsford offers support for reading, comprehension, and writing. Langsford is also an approved Jon Peterson provider; contact us to see if your child qualifies for a scholarship from the Ohio Department of Education. Blue Ash Location: 9402 Towne Square Ave. Ste B, Cincinnati, OH 45242, West Chester Location: 7616 Cox Lane, West Chester, Oh 45069, Contact: Jeff Graham, Executive Director, Phone: 513-531-7400, www., Grades: All ages

Br a i n B al a nce Brain Balance Achievement Centers offer a cutting-edge, drug-free approach to help children improve their ability to learn academically, socially and emotionally. We don’t just work with your

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“Have you even started your homework? It’s 10 o’clock for crying out loud!” I’ve heard this from so many parents describing what it’s like to manage an ADHD child. At first glance, a therapist could think, “Why would your kids start their homework so late? How irresponsible!” But an experienced therapist will know to ask, “Why doesn’t your child have a set homework time?” When this question is asked, that is when I see the parent coming up with every excuse outside of “the dog ate it.” I get it: we parents have hectic lives and need to stay on more things than just our kid’s homework. But more often than not, parents with ADHD kids are most likely parents with ADHD. The way I explain ADHD to adults is: “You’re brain’s good, it’s just the secretary part of your brain isn’t.” So kids with ADHD can’t be expected to have a better brain secretary than you as an adult do. I know that they should be responsible enough to do it on their own, but remember the last “D” in ADHD stands for “Disorder.” So if you’re having trouble managing the disorder, their homework will be done at the very last minute; their waking up and getting ready for school will be done at the very last minute and I’d be willing to bet that a lot of your stuff isn’t done until the last minute. But when you as the parent can understand why you’re disorganized and what to do about it, you’ll be better able to manage a child with ADHD. If you’re a parent with a child who’s been diagnosed with ADHD, consider being checked out by a responsible clinician as well.

David Katkin is the CEO of Katkin and Associates. He has been working as a therapist for 20 years and specializes in the treatment of ADHD in children and adults. For more information about Katkin and Associates check out their web page at: Interested in more information about ADHD? Take the quiz here:


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G r e at L a k e S

beach towns Hit the shores close to home! Michelle Shirk


s your family craving sun and sand this summer? There’s no need to hop on a plane to enjoy a beach vacation. Instead, choose one of these five destinations for a fun and easy Great Lakes getaway.



chesterton, indiana Start your outdoor adventures at Indiana Dunes State Park ( The park contains exciting trails and over three miles of beautiful Lake Michigan beachfront. Families with young children may choose to stick close to the beach and nature center. However, for hikers experienced enough to cover substantial distances, Trail 10 (5.5 miles) provides a moderately challenging trek with wonderfully varied scenery.

After your hike, enjoy Italian favorites at Popolano’s (www.popolanos No matter what you order, be sure to sample the restaurant’s “legendary” cream of chicken dumpling soup. If your trip falls between May and October, a Saturday morning visit to Chesterton’s European Market (www.chestertons is sure to be a highlight. While you’re there, keep an eye out for the delicious fruit pies sold by Marilyn’s Bakery (www.marilyns, a market regular.

Holland also has all the standard beach town essentials. Visitors can swim, fish and scope out iconic Big Red Lighthouse at Holland Beach State Park ( The city’s downtown houses charming shops and eateries, like the not-to-be-missed Alpen Rose Restaurant (

traverse city, michigan For a quintessential beach vacation experience, look no further than Traverse City. Families can relax on one of the city’s public beaches (www.traverse tcpublicbeaches.asp), then enjoy a Moomers Ice Cream Sail through Grand Traverse Bay on the Tall Ship Manitou ( The Traverse City branch of Pirate’s Cove ( offers a variety of family-friendly attractions including two mini golf courses, go-carts and a ropes course.

holland, michigan Searching for a destination filled with culture and history? Experience Holland’s Dutch heritage by taking a stroll around Windmill Island Gardens (www.cityof holland. com) or shopping for klompen (wooden shoes) at Nelis’ Dutch Village (www.dutch The annual Tulip Time Festival (, scheduled from May 2 - 9 in 2015, brings with it a variety of entertainment options ranging from Dutch dance performances to carnival rides.

When you’re ready to get out of the sun, head downtown for an afternoon of boutique browsing or check out the specialty shops at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (www.grand If you have time for a side trip, nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes (www.sleeping provides a scenic, albeit potentially exhausting, hiking experience. Stop in at the Cherry Republic Grand Café ( in Glenn Arbor for a grilled cheese on your way back.

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bike tour around the island’s perimeter, with stops at Arch Rock, British Landing and other popular landmarks as desired. Families may also enjoy visiting one of the island’s two butterfly houses or picnicking at Marquette Park. And, of course, no trip to Mackinac Island would be complete without fudge. This writer believes JoAnn’s Cookie Crunch Fudge ( ranks number one, but you’ll want to conduct your own taste test.

chicago, illinois While most wouldn’t exactly call Chicago a “beach town,” its Lake Michigan location means tourists looking for watery fun have plenty of choices. The 18-mile Chicago Lakefront Trail grants pedestrians and cyclers access to Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, parks, beaches and more. Find a detailed trail map at resources/brochures/pdf/ Lakefront%20Trail%20Map.pdf. In addition, a variety of river-based architecture tours provide a closer look at some of Chicago’s most famous buildings. Shoreline Sightseeing ( boasts frequent departure times from convenient Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue locations. Advance reservations for your tour time of choice are strongly recommended.

As you can see, freshwater getaways can be just as exciting as saltwater ones. We hope your family can work one of these fun spots into your summer itinerary!

A weekend on peaceful Mackinac Island ( is basically the definition of “getting away from it all.” This island maintains a strong Victorian-era vibe, thanks largely to its ban on personal vehicles. Get the lay of the land via a self-guided eight-mile




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MAY 2015 FRI 01

A n i m al s of Oh io Location: Miami Whitewater Forest, Time: 11:00 AM, Phone: (513)521-7275,

Join the naturalist to meet some of our native wildlife in person and find out why Ohio is the perfect place for them to make their homes.

and warm and fuzzy fun 10am and 11:30am. $5.00 per person or $15.00 for Flex-Book of 4 tickets good at any PBandJ concert. Children under 2 are free Free Graeter’s cookies at every concert Tickets available at the door, by calling 513.381.6868, or visit

SAT 02 − SUN 03

L i br ary B ab i e s

B i rd s , Blo om s & Pa i n t e d P ot s W e e k e n d

Location: Anderson Branch Library, Time: 10:30 AM, Phone: 513-369-6030, www.cincinnati

Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Phone: (513)5217275,

Fun for you and your baby with songs, rhymes, stories and movement! For babies 6-18 months.

Celebrate migratory birds and 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 bird and wildflower hike, play games and more. Crafts available for a fee.

SAT 02 K i n de rb alle t Location: Blue Ash Amphitheatre, Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Phone: 513-745-8550, www.avo

Ballet Company performs new production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eight Ballet Adventures from Eric Carle.

L i n ton Mus ic ’ s P e a n u t Bu t t e r a n d Ja m S e s s ions Location: Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, Time: 11:30 AM, Phone: 513-381-6868, http://

Music Making with Madcap: The Story of the Ugly Duckling! The clarinet, cello, piano and Madcap Puppets tell the story of The Ugly Duckling through the music of Beethoven. Don’t miss the music, storytelling,

C i ncy- C i nco L at i no F e s t i val Location: Fountain Square, Phone: (513) 352-4066,

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with authentic music, culture, food and more.

Ge oFa i r Location: Sharonville Convention Center, Phone: 513-771-7744,

Featuring over 70 Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Displays, 4 Illustrated Earth Science Programs, Retail and Wholesale Dealers, a Swap Area, a Free Fossil, Meteorite, Mineral & Gemstone Identification for kids, and more!

MON 04 M ay t h e 4t h Be w i t h You: T e rr ar i um s Location: Wyoming Branch Library, Time: 4:00 PM, Phone: 513-369-6014, www.cincinnati

Celebrate with other Jedi’s and Sith Lords by creating a Star Wars themed terrariums. Feel free to dress up as your favorite character!

THURS 07 Fa i r on t h e S q uare Location: Fountain Square, Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM,

Celebrating National Mental Health Month! Featuring 36 booths from agencies in the Greater Cincinnati area that showcase what services are available for those with mental and substance use disorders, wellness and recovery. No registration is required. Organized by Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio.

T h u r s day Ar t Pl ay: M ot h e r ’ s Day Ar t Location: Contemporary Arts Center, Time:10:30 AM, Phone:(513) 345-8400, www.contemporary

A great way to schedule creative play time with your little ones. This program uses storytelling, performance and hands-on artmaking activities to excite and educate our youngest visitors. It is designed especially for children ages 3 to 5 years old, and their parents and caregivers.

FRI 08 Mot h e r-S on S u pe rh e r o Da n ce

SUN 03 Fa m i ly ARTv e n t u re s: Ar t STOP

Location: Beech Acres Park RecPlex, Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Phone: 513-388-4513,

Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, Time: 3:00 PM, Phone: (513) 721-2787,

Supermoms and their little superheroes will enjoy fun evening of pizza, punch and dancing. Dress as your favorite crime-battling duo.

Visit a docent at an interactive art cart in the galleries. The art cart includes hands-on activities for the whole family. These ART STOPS take place every Sunday at 3 p.m.

FRI 08 − SUN 10 Appal ach i a n F e s t i val Location: Coney Island, Phone: 513-232-8230,

The 46th Annual Appalachian Festival is sponsored by the Appalachian Community Development Association. Visitors can enjoy hundreds of down-home crafts, non-stop music on four stages, storytelling performances, G eo Fair at the sharonville con V E N T I O N C E N T E R , traditional dance performances, and lots of food! Traditional craftsmen will be demonstrating their M AY 2 nd through may 3 rd techniques and selling their wares. The living history village features “live” campers dressed in 1840’s clothing who’ll be demonstrating Appalachian mountain life 150 years ago. MAY 2015 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM


S pr i ng Pl a n t S ale Location: Glenwood Gardens, Time: Fri & Sun, Noon–5 p.m. & Sat, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Phone:(513)521-7275,

Do you have spring fever? We have the cure! This annual sale features many of the plants, shrubs and trees you’ve seen at this incredible park. Our horticulture and landscape team will be on hand to answer questions and assist you with your selections.

SAT 09 NAMI Walk s 2 01 5 Location: Sawyer Point, Time: 9:00 AM, Phone: (513) 351-3500,

Every journey begins with that first step! As NAMIWalks celebrates our 13th Anniversary in 2015, we are proud to be the largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in America! Through NAMIWalks’ public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are changing how Americans view persons with a mental illness. Please join us as we improve lives and our communities one step at a time! NAMIWalks is a rain or shine event.

Pa ige ’ s P r i nce s s Run Location: Wyandot Early Childhood School, Time: 9:00 AMto 12:00 PM, Phone: 513-236-3048,

Please join us for our only major fundraiser each year. We will have our 5k course (which is chip-timed) and another fun family themed carnival with food, games, bounce houses, princesses, animals. All proceeds benefit Paige’s Princess Foundation and allow us to continue to support children with disabilities in the community.

W um p Muck e t P u p p e t s at Nor t hs i de Ar t i n t h e Par k Location: Hoffner Park, Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Phone: 513-370-9803, www.Wump

Join us for an early afternoon puppet show at Northside’s Art in the Park. We’ll have plenty of silliness for everyone.

M AK E F R I E N D S H I P B R AC E L E T S AT F O R E S T PAR K B R A N C H L I B R AR Y, may 1 1th

T h e V i n tage Fa i r Location: The Friendly Market, Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Phone: 513-312-1629, www.the

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

SUN 10 M ot h e r ’ s Day Brunch i n t h e Park Location: Winton Woods, Time: 10 AM, Noon & 2 PM, Phone: (513)521-7275,

Celebrate an amazing mom in your life on her special day! Enjoy blooming flowers and green lawns while relaxing over Sunday brunch. A delicious buffet has something to please even the pickiest eaters, with a carving station, made-toorder omelets and all the traditional favorites. Advance registration required.

Location: Cottell Park, Times: 9:00 AM, Phone: (513) 535-2948,

Welcome to the 9th 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. We are pleased to announce that we have included a 5K run again to start the day and the FUN FESTIVAL starts at 10am with activities for the whole family!

Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Time: 2:00 PM, Phone: 513-497-2860, www.cliftoncultural

When a kindhearted woodcutter comes across a nest of freezing baby birds, he gives them a warm home under his hat. The problem is, he lives in a world where tipping your hat to others is not only a courtesy, but also the law, with severe punishments for disobeying. The woodcutter finds himself torn between doing what he feels is right and following the social norms. Will he follow the rules, or follow his heart? This charming fable about choosing to be different is full of laughs and the lesson that strange behavior isn’t always foolish.

*Also on Saturday, May 24th Location: Gymboree, Time: 2:00 PM, Phone: 513-703-3343,

These private interactive play groups take place on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, featuring the popular Miss Shana, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and

S P R I N G P L A N T S AL E AT G L E N WO O D G AR D E N S , M AY 8 th through may 10 th



MON 11 MAK E F r i e n ds h i p Br ace le t s

S e con d S un day Fa m i ly S how t i me: B i rd Br a i n

S e ns ory S un day Bu t t e r f ly Walk for C a nce rF re e K i ds

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

Location: Forest Park Branch, Time: 4:00 PM, Phone: 513-369-4478, www.cincinnatilibrary. org/branches/forestpark.html

Learn how to make fancy friendship bracelets. It’s easier than you think!





Hof br äu haus Fa m i ly N igh t

T h u r s day Ar t P l ay: Edi ble Ar t

Location: Hofbräuhaus Newport, Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Phone: 859-491-7200,

Location: Contemporary Arts Center, Time: 10:30 AM, Phone:( 513) 345-8400, www.contemporary

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

A great way to schedule creative play time with your little ones. This program uses storytelling, performance and hands-on artmaking activities to excite and educate our youngest visitors. It is designed especially for children ages 3 to 5 years old, and their parents and caregivers.

C i nc i nnat i Re ds V S At l a n ta Br av e s Location: Great American Ballpark, Time: 7:00 PM, Phone: (513) 765-7000, cincinnati.

FRI 15

Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Braves!

Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, Time: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM, Phone: (513) 721-2787, www.cincinnati

T e e n G a me Day! Location: North Central Branch, Time: 4:00 PM, Phone: 513-369-6068, www.cincinnatilibrary. org/branches/northcentral.html

Play different games each week! Games include but not limited to Wii Games, PS2/3 games, board games and more! Ages 12-18. Snacks will be provided.

TUES 12 − WEDS 13 Gr ow i ng U p a Far m K i d: B i r t h day Par t y Location: Parky’s Farm, Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Phone: (513) 521-3276,

Make some ice cream and join the goats to celebrate their birthday. For kids ages 2–5 years accompanied by an adult.

B aby Tou r

This 30-minute experience will introduce you and your infant (ages 0-2) to the world of art with a tour designed to stimulate their developing minds. We will explain the positive effects of visual stimulation with masterpieces that will mesmerize the Art Museum’s youngest visitors. Strollers are not permitted so that you and your child can better experience the art together.

Jun ior Ch e f s Appl ic at ion De adl i n e Location: Gabriel’s Place, Time: 8:00 AM, Phone: 513-221-2306,

Gabriel’s Place, a non-profit seed-to-table organization in Avondale, is offering a FREE 8 week culinary program for local high schoolers June 8th-August 1st. Students will get to explore the diverse world of food through foundations of cooking and backyard gardening. There will also be guest chef instructors and field trips to local restaurants and markets.

FRI 15 − SAT 16 Ja z z , Ar t, a n d W i n e F e s t i val Location: Newport on the Levee, Phone: (859) 291-0550,

For a third year, we will celebrate not only visual art, but music and locally crafted wines.

FRI 15 − SUN 17 C i ncI tal i a , t h e C i n c i nnat i I tal i a n F e s t i val Location: Harvest Home Park Fairgrounds,

CincItalia is Cincinnati’s true celebration of Italian heritage. The three-day festival is a showcase of Italian culture, offering entertainment from national music acts, cooking demonstrations, carnival rides, games, and authentic cuisine prepared by Italian restaurants and Cincinnati’s Italian cultural societies. Note: Friday Night is for adults only; Saturday and Sunday is family-friendly!

Maifest Location: Germania Society of Cincinnati, Phone: 513-742-0060,

Variety of German music, food and beer provided, along with rides, games of skill, a Kiddie Corner, Flower Market and various crafters.

SAT 16 C i nc i nnat i L i br ary Com ic Con Location: Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Main Library, Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Phone: 513-369-6900, news/2015/comiccon/

This five-hour program features artists, writers, game creators, event partner booths, free comic books*, the CLCC15 Drawing Contest awards, a Cosplay contest, Lego robotics, superhero and geek crafting, comic book trivia, face painting, a board and card gaming area hosted by Gateway Games, and more!

Cle r mon t Coun t y M ar ch for B abi e s Location: Miami Meadows Park, Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Phone: 513-370-5007, www.march

March for Babies is the March of Dimes biggest fundraiser and America’s favorite walking event. The money raised supports the March of Dimes mission to help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies have a healthy start. The Clermont County event is a 3 mile walk around Miami Meadows Park, with a post walk celebration that includes free food and entertainment.

C I N C I T Y R E P T I L E S H OW AT T H E FA I R F I E L D B A N Q U E T C E N T E R , M AY 1 7 th



Fa m i l i e s Cre at e! “ S avor t h e Wav e s ” Location: Weston Art Gallery, Time: 10:00 AM, Phone: (513)977-4165,

Navigate the art of Roscoe Wilson and construct your own environmentally friendly “surf and turf” objects.

Monar ch S tory T i me Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, Time: 10:30 AM, Phone: (513) 731-2665,

Join a naturalist from Cincinnati Nature Center for this special story time all about monarch butterflies. We’ll read stories, sing songs, and learn what makes these animals so special.

Walk Now for Au t i s m S p e ak s Location: Coney Island, Phone: 513-232-8230,

An inspirational and impactful opportunity to raise money and awareness to help change the future for all those who struggle with autism. Participating in Walk Now for Autism Speaks empowers you to make a difference and provides you with an opportunity to honor someone with autism.

SUN 17 C i n C i t y Re p t i le S how Location: Fairfield Banquet and Convention Center at Tori Station, Time:10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Phone: 513-910-0900,

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

L au re n ’ s F igh t for t h e C u re Location: Coney Island, Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Phone: 513-232-8230,

Following the Rusty Races, all afternoon long there will be great family activities to enjoy at benefiting Lauren Hill’s Fight for the Cure organization. Event highlights include: Classic Rides - tickets only $5 per person and directly benefiting Lauren’s Fight for the Cure. Two live music stage, Large Raffle, Classic car show starting at 2:00 p.m., Motorcycle show starting at 2:00 p.m., Face painting, Layup for Lauren Challenge, Basketball shootout, Mascot Mingle from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and MORE!

W h e re t h e W i ld T h i ng s Pl ay Location: Washington Park, Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Phone: (513)621-4400, http://washington

Child-friendly fun, activities and art.



3 RD S un day F un day: Un de r t h e B ig Top Location: Taft Museum of Art. Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Phone: (513) 241-0343, www.taft

The Taft’s outdoor tent becomes a circus big top for the day! Get your face painted like a clown or your favorite circus animal, explore painting tools at the Art Cart, make a circus-themed craft to take home, and explore the Museum with a tour or seek and find. Performers from My Nose Turns Red youth circus will delight kids of all ages (and teach a few circus tricks) at 2 p.m.

the taste of cincinnati at fountain square , M AY 2 3 rd through may 2 5 th

T h e J oy of Pa i n t i ng: F lor al

Walk to C u re Ar t h r i t i s

Price: $50, $45 residents per class, Location: Beech Acres Park RecPlex, Phone: 513-388-4513,

Location: Sawyer Point, Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Phone: 513-399-8091, www.arthritis

Learn the famous Bob Ross floral painting method to paint beautiful roses, poppies, daisies, sunflowers, hibiscus, and more.

Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual community fundraising 5K walk event. Juvenile Arthritis affects some 300,000 children across the United States. Bring the family and enjoy entertainment, food, exhibitors, special Kid Zone activities and receive valuable health information.

TUES 19 T u e s day N igh t K ayak Cru i s e Times: 6:30 PM, Price: $12/person, register by 5/17, Location:Winton Woods, Phone: (513)5217275,

Unwind from your day by cruising in a kayak around Winton Lake on a spring evening. Get pointers on kayaking and then head out to enjoy the water. Participants must fit properly in provided lifejackets. For adults and children ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by adult.

WEDS 20 Touch-a-T ruck Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Price: FREE, Location: Blue Ash Summit Park, Phone: 513-745-8500

Celebrate National Public Works Week. Check out equipment used everyday on streets. Learn about Public Works and Service Departments by getting up close and personal with tractors, trucks and plows. Rain cancels. Presented by City of Blue Ash Public Works Department.

THURS 21 M ar s hm allow Bu i ldi ng t i me Location: Mt. Washington Branch, Time: 4:00 PM, Phone: 513-369-6033, www.cincinnatilibrary. org/branches/mtwashington.html

Design and construct your own building using only marshmallows and toothpicks. Enjoy a marshmallow snack after putting your engineering skills to the test. Ages 6 and up.

O’ Bryon v i lle ’ s W i n e Walk Time: 5-8pm, Price: Free, Location: The Art of Entertaining, Phone: 513-871-5170l,

Wine, tapas, local artists and live music.

FRI 22 Toddle r S tory t i me

T u r t le Ja mb ore e

Location: Green Township Branch, Time: 10:30 AM, Phone: 513-369-6095, www.cincinnati

Times: 10:00 AM, Price: $6/child, register by 5/20, Locaiton: Woodland Mound, Phone: (513)5217275,

Encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music and fun. For toddlers 18 - 36 months and their caregivers.

Bring your 3–5 year-old to this month’s jamboree. Through crafts and activities, we will learn all about turtles.

FRI 22 − MON 25 # tot e s? #a m a z i ng! Check website for your local location.

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a big sale! Get a FREE tote when you shop at any OUAC location, then FILL IT full of stuff, then TAKE 20% OFF of whatever is in your bag! A sale you don’t want to miss!

SAT 23 − MON 25 3 6t h A nn ual Ta s t e of C i nc i nnat i Location: Downtown Cincinnati, Phone: 513-5793100,

Area restaurants served more than 70 dishes to some of the most discerning taste buds in Cincinnati USA to proclaim the Best of Taste, the region’s most prestigious annual culinary competition and precursor to the Taste of Cincinnati.

T U E S DAY N I G H T K AYAK C R U I S E AT W I N T O N WO O D S , M AY 1 9 th



T H e B E AC H WAT E R PAR K ’ S 2 01 5 O P E N I N G S E A S O N B E G I N S M AY 2 3 rd

WEDS 27 W e e W e d n e s day: N umbe r s Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Phone: (513) 721-2787,

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

FRI 29 C i nc i nnat i Re ds V S Wa s h i ngton Nat ional s Location: Great American Ballpark, Time: 7:00 PM, Phone: (513) 765-7000,

SAT 23 THE BEACH WATERPAR K Ope n i ng Day! Location: The Beach Waterpark, Prices vary; discounts available online!, Phone: 513.398. SWIM(7946),

Come celebrate the beginning of summer and Memorial Day weekend at The Beach Waterpark! Rride your inner tube along the Kokomo Lazy River and lounge at Paradise Cove, with live palm trees, white ocean sand and waterfalls, plus a family arcade, sand volleyball and MORE! A tropical themed adventure for the whole family!

C a n dy R ace a n d L i t t le Je lly Tot Da s h Times: 8:30 AM, Price: $25, Location: Sawyer Point,

The start and finish area will be by the Statue of Cincinnatus at Sawyer Point, on the downtown Ohio Riverfront. All finishers receive a fabulous looking custom medal. While the main event will be fun, we don’t want to forget about those little Jelly Tots. Each Jelly Tot participant will receive their own colorful shirt, a finishers ribbon and a one of a kind gift.

MON 25

Come cheer on the Reds as they take on the Nationals! And it’s Fireworks Friday! Post-game fireworks show with soundtrack starting approximately 15 minutes after the end of the game.

FRI 29 − SAT 30 Dio ce s a n C at hol i c Ch i ld re n ’ s Home Mus ic F e s t i val Location: DCCH Center for Children and Families, Time: 6:00 PMto 11:30 PM, Phone: 859-331-2040,

Two stages, many local bands. Food, craft beer garden. New for 2015: The Bourbon Barn.

Me m or i al Day at t h e K r ohn Fa m i ly F e s t i val: P or t r a i t palo o z a Location: Contemporary Arts Center, Time: 1:00 PM, Phone: (513) 345-8400, www.contemporary

Drop in and join the fun! Guest artists and educators with a talent for working with children teach hands-on art projects that can be taken home or displayed in the UnMuseum®. Projects use unusual materials and processes that artists of all ages can enjoy. This is an openhouse style program, so drop in any time during the offering.

Location: Krohn Conservatory, Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Phone: (513) 421-4086,

FRI 29 − MON 31

All active military and veterans get free admission. Special activities planned. Sponsored by Cincinnati Fire Department.

Location: Coney Island, Phone: 513-232-8230,

Me m or i al Day Par ade Location: Blue Ash Municipal and Safety Center, Phone: 513-745-8550,

S um me rFa i r

Summerfair is Cincinnati’s premier festival of fine arts and crafts. The fair will feature more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople from around the country as well as regional performers, a variety of gourmet arts, and the Youth Arts Rocks! area for kids.

Blue Ash Civic League sponsors parade with technical support provided by the City of Blue Ash. Parade ends at Blue Ash Towne Square with ceremony.10:15 am - 12:15 pm

SUN 30

Times: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Price: $25.00, Location: Inspirational Baptist Church, Phone: 513-550-5394,


Location: Winton Woods, Time: 6:30 PM, Phone: (513)521-7275,

The perfect summer transition course for parents of children entering kindergarten. This workshop will give you the tools to layout the first month of summer according to common core standards in kindergarten curriculum. Includes academic resource packet.

Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, Time: 2:30 PM, Phone: (513) 731-2665,

“ K i n de r g ar t e n Pare n t H e r oe s ”



Ho me s cho ol P oe t ry Gr ou p

Join other homeschooling families as children read favorite poems or ones they’ve written on the LePage stage.

Fa m i ly Di nn e r S e r i e s: Ce le br at e Br oadway

Join IO Productions as we take a journey through the best of Broadway musicals. Whether you enjoy the classics or the music of today, this tribute to “The Great White Way” is sure to please. Advance registration is required.

O N G O I N G E V E N T S // M AY 2 0 1 5

ONGOING EVENTS F r i day N igh t Gr i ll Ou t s Occurring Each Friday Beginning Friday, May 22nd Through Friday, September 4th

Zo o B abi e s Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, May 1st Through Sunday, May 31st

Times: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Lake Isabella,

Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Phone: (513)281-4700,

Leave Friday night dinner to us! Enjoy an evening at the lake with delicious grilled meals from $8.50–$10 and live music on the pier from 6–8 p.m. The park playground and boathouse will also be open for fun activities for all ages.

Help us celebrate our newest arrivals at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden during May. Six-foot-tall pink and blue storks statues displayed throughout the Zoo will lead visitors to all of the cutest little baby faces.

Bus y Be e s Occurring Daily Beginning Tuesday, May 19th Through Sunday, May 24th

T h e S oun d of Mus ic Occurring Every Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun Beginning Thursday, April 30th Through Sunday, May 24th

Time: Tue–Sat, 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. & Sun, 1 & 4 p.m., Cost: Program included in Highfield admission: $5/adult, $4/child ages 2-12, Phone: (513)521-7275, Location: Glenwood Gardens,

Just how busy are bees? Join us to learn about all the jobs a honeybee maintains while making delicious honey. Not only will you learn to act like a bee, but you might learn to dance like one.

Cost: $24, $21 seniors and students, Location: Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, Phone: (513)241-6550, www.cincinnati

Final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical.

T h e Adda m s Fa m i ly H um p b ack W hale s Occurring Daily Through August 5th Price: $7.50, Phone: (513)287-7000, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center,

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

Bu t t e r f l i e s of t h e P h i l i ppi n e s Occurring Daily Through June 21st Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Price: $7, $4 children, free ages 4 and under, Phone: (513) 421-4086, Location: Krohn Conservatory,

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



Occurring Daily (except Mon & Tue) Beginning Thursday, May 7th Through Sunday, June 28st Cost: $73, $57, Location: La Comedia Dinner Theatre, Phone: 800-677-9505,

Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with sweet, smart young man from respectable family. Gourmet buffet prior to showtime.

S um me r C i n e m a Occurring Each Wednesday Beginning Wednesday, May 27th Through Wednesday, August 26th Times: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: Washington Park, Phone: (513)621-4400, http://

Summer Cinema features a free movie screening every Wednesday at the Park! Dust off those lawn chairs, grab a picnic basket, and join us for a fun, relaxing evening over on our civic lawn.

S p r i ng Ce le br at ion Occurring Daily Through May 22nd Price: Buy One Do-It-All Ticket and Get a Return Ticket - FREE!, Phone: 513-898-8000, Location: EnterTRAINment Junction, www.entertrainment

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

For more f un ONG OING e v e n t s , v i s i t www.C INC

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

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

R i de T h e Duck s Occurring Daily Through Sunday, November 8th Times: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Cost: Adult ( 13+)- $18 Children (2- 12)- $13, Location: Newport Aquarium, Phone: 859-815-1439, http://newport.

Ride the Ducks is Greater Cincinnati’s most unique attraction. Splash down and cruise the Ohio River while exploring the historic waterfronts of Newport, Covington and Cincinnati. Enjoy the ride as we pass the World Peace Bell, Historic Riverside Drive, Great American Ballpark, Paul Brown Stadium and much more aboard an amphibious vehicle crafted from WWII-era DUKW vehicles.

T h e Colos s al F i s h Con t e s t Occurring Daily Beginning Monday, May 4th Through Sunday, September 20th Cost: $3/fish + fishing ticket, Location: Lake Isabella, Phone: (513)521-7275,

Think you can reel in one of the colossal catfish sitting at the bottom of Lake Isabella? Weigh in as many times as you like during boathouse hours for a chance to win a prize. This new daily contest will award a new winner each week!

E s c ape T h e R o om Challe nge Occurring Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday Times: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Cost: $28; Reservations Online Only; Free Parking, Location: Escape the Room Challenge, Phone: 513-7597666, www.escapethe

Can you escape? Region’s newest and largest interactive escape adventure in which players are trapped in a room and must find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape in one hour. Great fun with two themed rooms, including Esmeralda’s Curse (up to 10 players) and Escape the Mob (up to 8 players). Open year-round! Group discounts available.

L adi e s N igh t Ou t Occurring on the fourth Friday of each Month Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Cost: Varies - see website for prices!, Location: The Silver Diva, Phone: 513-8734561,

One thing that’s always in style - having fun with some girlfriends Come to the studio for Ladies Night Out and bring on your crafty self to make a new personalized piece of jewelry. We have a variety of blanks and designs for you to choose from - pay only for what you make. Bring a girlfriend and get 20% off - WOW Prices range from $5-$50. Last seating is 8:00 pm. Feel free to bring wine or beer We’ll provide non-alcoholic refreshments and treats Registration fee is $10 and applied towards your purchase. Registration fee is fully refundable up until 24 hours prior to event.

Scre e n F re e W e e k Occurring Daily Beginning Monday, May 4th Through Sunday, May 10th Cost: Free event, open to the public, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, Phone: (513) 731-2665,

Screen-Free Week is an annual, international celebration when schools, families, and community groups pledge to spend seven days without entertainment screen media. Instead of watching TV, surfing the web, or playing video games, they read, play, think, create, get physically active, and spend more time with friends and family. Take the pledge with us and stop in the Blue Manatee for some fun!

Cr a z y for You Occurring Daily (except Mon & Tue) Beginning Friday, May 8th Through Saturday, May 16th Cost: $20 & $24, Location: Aronoff Center for the Arts - Jarson Kaplan Theater, Phone: (513)621-ARTS,

CRAZY FOR YOU™ is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. And despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be ex-fiancée, Bobby achieves his dream! Memorable Gershwin tunes include ‘I Got Rhythm’, ‘Naughty Baby’, ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’, ‘Nice Work if You Can Get It’, ‘Embraceable You’ and ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’. It’s a high energy comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music.

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












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