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INSIDE: YOUR GUIDE FOR 50 things to do this summer in cincinnati


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Rockin' the Road Trip

Pack the car and hit the highway to one of these family-friendly destinations!

Could My Child Be Bipolar?

The difficulty in making a correct diagnosis

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How to support kids in need even if you can't foster them


50 Things To Do This Summer in Cincinnati


Start your bucket list here!

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Helping Foster Care Families


Students Who Shine

A spotlight on local exceptional teens





meet the staff Publisher Mary Wynne Cox // Editor Susan Bryant // ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER + ADVERTISING


Charity Kirtley // Katy Mark // Advertising Coordinator

Karen Ring // COMMUNIT Y Outreach + Social Media

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Welcome to May! There’s a lot happening during the next 31 days. Including a very important

holiday – Mother’s Day of course! Can you look forward to breakfast in bed? A few homemade gifts made by little hands? A day full of fun – or maybe even better, a day full of relaxation? Whatever your special day brings, we wish you a very happy Mother’s Day! May is also the last month of school for many kids, so find a little time to enjoy those fleeting moments before the kids are set free over break (more on managing that in our next issue!) To get you started on planning your best summer ever, we’ve got a list of 50 Things to do This Summer in Cincinnati. There are so many options, your only dilemma will be choosing what to do first!




Did you know that May is National Foster Care Month? The need for foster families in our state is at record levels. Fostering provides a safe haven for kids in crisis, so if you have ever considered opening your heart and home to a child in need, please look into what the process entails. Even if you can’t foster a child, fortunately there are still many ways you can help. Take a look at Helping Foster Families for some practical suggestions on how to get involved and make a difference in a child’s life.



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Start summer off on the right foot (pun intended) with the 16th annual Redlegs Run. One of the summer’s most exciting races, the Redlegs Run features a course filled with iconic Cincinnati landmarks and finishes at home plate on the field of Great American Ball Park. Families can run with Mr. Redlegs himself in a 1-mile family run, while seasoned runners can choose a 5K or 10K course. This event supports the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund, which helps improve the lives of youth through baseball. Mark your calendar for the 2017 Redlegs Run on Saturday, May 13th.

The Cincinnati Zoo has been making major headlines lately, as Cincinnati has rallied behind Fiona, the preemie hippo calf who’s completely captured the spotlight. #TeamFiona mania has swept the city, with people buying cookies, t-shirts and headbands to support Fiona’s care. (And her adorable videos have all gone viral… this hippo is certainly a star!) So this year’s Zoo Babies event is extra special. Of course, there are many more adorable zoo babies to admire: toddler giraffes Cora and Zoey, Harriet the red panda, a pack of 11 African painted dog pups and a trio of Malayan tiger cubs. Head to the Zoo May 1-31 for a celebration of Cincinnati’s newest animal residents.

Draw the line Taft Jr. is the eponymous museum’s newest kid-friendly offering, and you’ll definitely want to mark your calendar for their next class on May 11th! Intimidated about taking small children to an art museum? Don’t be. Taft Jr. is designed to introduce young kids to the arts in an accessible and engaging way. Each class includes crafts, art encounters and a story time – and classes are totally free for kids (accompanying adults who aren’t museum members will pay $10). The theme for May’s class is “Draw the Line” where kids will hear a classic story about a boy who uses a line to go on an adventure. Children can practice their looking skills by finding lines in one of the Taft’s paintings and create their own line art by drawing with strings. Be sure to RSVP for the May class, which is the last Taft Jr. until the fall, when it will return the first Thursday of each month starting in September.

Spend Memorial Day with the Monarchs This Memorial Day, celebrate with the Monarchs at Krohn Conservatory’s patriotic party. In addition to exploring the glorious butterfly show, families can expect many interactive activities courtesy of the Cincinnati Fire Department, such as a real fire truck for exploring and an on-site smoke house where kids can learn fire safety. As no summer party is complete without a grill-out, the Fire Department will be dishing out dollar hot dogs for hungry guests. To honor the holiday, all active military and veterans get free admission to Krohn’s Butterfly Show on Monday, May 29th. Be sure to join the fun from 10 am -5 pm on Memorial Day. 08



Enjoy a world of cuisine – in Cincy! May in Cincinnati is a foodie’s dream. If you have an adventurous appetite, you can enjoy fare from all over the world at various Cincinnati festivals. The month kicks off with Latin American comida courtesy of Cincy Cinco (, then makes stops in Asia (, Germany (, and the good, old USA for Buckeye BBQ Fest ( The grand finale, of course, is Taste of Cincinnati ( This Memorial Day Weekend festival is the unofficial start of summer in Cincy, and features authentic local cuisine, international fare and food trucks.

It’s Shrek! Once upon a time, fairy tales featured pretty princesses, handsome princes and charmed creatures. Then along came Shrek, an unlikely hero with a sassy crew of story book sidekicks, who wins the heart and hand of the independent and capable Princess Fiona. This May, Shrek the Musical will come alive on stage at the Aronoff Center. This endearing (and Tony awardwinning) musical is based on the hit Disney movie, and features all new songs and jokes. Shrek the Musical is presented by Cincinnati Theatre Company in partnership with Musical Theatre International and can be seen at the Aronoff May 12th through 20th.

Celebrate National Train Day Star Wars™ Comes to the Museum Center Opening May 25th, Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume is one of Cincinnati’s most anticipated events of the summer. This Cincinnati Museum Center exhibit explores how the movie’s costumes define the identities of its now-famous characters, from the menacing mask of Darth Vader to the shiny suit of C-3PO to the infamous bikini worn by Princess Leia. This exhibit is brought to Cincinnati in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and Lucasfilm, and features fan favorites such as ObiWan Kenobi’s robes, Chewbacca’s yak-and-mohair costume, Queen Amidala’s regal gowns and Boba Fett’s armored attire. Star Wars™ fans will enjoy the exhibit’s many digital interactive elements, such as sketches, photographs and notes that contextualize each costume. Tickets for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume can be purchased through the Museum Center’s website.

National Train Day on May 13th is a pretty important holiday if you’re a train-obsessed tot. And in Cincinnati, there’s no better place to celebrate trains than Lebanon Mason Monroe (LM&M) Railroad. LM&M is pulling out all the stops for this year’s National Train Day: free cab tours, a fun array of train-themed vendors, presentations from local locomotive experts, and a 50% discount for all passengers under 17. (Which means that kids under 17 can ride the Turtle Creek Valley Flyer for just $5!) The train departs at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm on May 13th. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Pawpaws 101 Did you know that the pawpaw is Ohio’s official state fruit? The pawpaw looks like a cross between a mango and pear and tastes almost tropical, with a flavor described as similar to a banana, cantaloupe or mango. The Cincinnati Nature Center is providing a crash course in all things pawpaw this May. Students will learn information on orchard-style planting, strategies for gathering fruit, how to gauge ripeness and tips on processing and cooking with pawpaw. But that’s not all: each participant will receive five pawpaw seeds and growing instructions for their very own pawpaw plants. Intrigued? Register today for the Nature Center’s May 27th class.

Image credit: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service



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Krohn's Butterfly Show is one of the most-anticipated events of the season, and readers got a sneak peek of the Media Preview on our Instagram page. The Majestic Monarch runs daily through June 18th, and needs to be on every Cincinnati parent's spring bucket list.

Win Tickets to Wild Kratts LIVE, Cincinnati Museum Center Tickets, a Gift Card to Joseph Beth Booksellers, and 2017 Butterfly Show Tickets at Krohn Conservatory!


With summer fast approaching, a trip to Disney World may be something you're considering for your family. CP Reporter Andrea recently took two preschoolers to Disney, and shared what she learned about “the happiest place on earth.” (Spoiler alert: she advises parents to "embrace the chaos" to have a good time!)



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





A Dad Influence Not a Vegetable in Sight Recently, my wife left town for four days. She forgot to take our three kids with her too, which meant I was in charge of all the meals for the long weekend. What did I learn about my eating habits over those looooooong four days? I discovered that my food choices reflect those of Kevin McCallister from Home Alone. If it weren't for my wife, my kids and I would rarely, if ever, eat a vegetable. While she was gone, I prepared a grand total of zero vegetables. Zero, with a capital Z. The very first meal my kids and I had while flying solo was a classic kid favorite, pizza and chocolate milkshakes, served in front of the TV no less. As far as unhealthy meals were concerned, I’d set the bar pretty high that first night.





Over the course of the long weekend, I spent no more than ten minutes making each meal. Tomato soup. Grilled cheese. Mac and cheese. PB and J. Without my wife around, there was no way I was going to cook a decent meal just for me – because I knew the kids would just spread the food around their plates until I told them to leave the table. I also learned that, in addition to poor nutrition, without my wife around we’d probably all have rotting teeth too. I took my kids to a baseball game where we binged on sugary soda, sports drinks and cotton candy. Delicious. Our last meal before mom came home was a celebration that we’d survived our weekend and that no one ended up in the hospital (although we did have one close call that involved a

slingshot and a rocket). We went out in style by eating bacon and Belgian waffles, topped with chocolate ice cream and fudge sauce. Even though our diet that weekend was a fun departure from our usual fare, I was very glad to see my wife walk through the door again. How did we celebrate her return? By having grilled chicken and fresh vegetables for dinner. Just like what we’d been eating all weekend - right kids? Follow along on my journeys with my wife, three kids, and (now) two dogs at A Dad Influence on Facebook, Twitter @adadinfluence and Instagram a_dad_influence.





TRIP Pack the car and hit the highway to one of these family-friendly destinations! WORDS BY // L AUREN L AWSON

Looking to travel the open roads this summer? From Michigan to Tennessee, we’ve rounded up a list of drive-worthy theme parks, fun family resorts and affordable attractions to make your road trip one to remember. So, “exit” here for the best kid-friendly, play-cation options with one theme in mind: FUN!







Live the island life with a trip to the historic beauty that is Mackinac Island. Enjoy the feeling of simpler times here, where cars are non-existent and exploration is done by horse and buggy, bicycles or on foot. With nature and history all around, kids will love visiting Mackinac Island State Park and Fort Mackinac, too. Book a carriage tour to check out the Victorian-era downtown scene and stop for some fudge along the way! Families can book tours, schedule ferry rides to the island and learn more by visiting

Fast-paced families will enjoy a bustling city jaunt to Chicago. With so many kid-friendly activities, this vacation is sure to get you a (cubs) win! Check out the free Lincoln Park Zoo, enjoy a day at the official Cubs Ballpark or walk the Navy Pier. Rainy day bust? No problem, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Art Institute are great places to spend some time. Don’t forget your family’s picture with the iconic Bean sculpture. For hotel stays and more, take a look at

The hills are alive with the sound of vacation at Buckhorn Lake Resort. Explore the beauty of nature and partake in the many outdoor activities this resort offers. From fishing, golfing, swimming and more, this trip boasts big adventure. The Lodge has 36 rooms with full amenities as well as two and three bedroom cottages available for rental. Learn more at resortparks/buckhorn-lake/.

Mackinac Island

Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore For the nature nuts in the family, Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore is a great place to explore the outdoors. Kayak Lake Michigan, walk the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail or try out the park ’s namesake dune climb. Kids will also love the Junior Ranger program available at the park. Learn about campground stays and more at www.


Springfield As the capital of Illinois, Springfield is a road trip for the history books – or at least a “Summer ’17” scrapbook. Discover President Lincoln’s two-story cottage where he lived before he was elected, tour the Abraham Lincoln Public Library and the state capital building too. Jump to the present and enjoy the Illinois State Fairgrounds (open May through Labor Day) or the Washington Park Botanical Garden. More information is available at www.visitspringfield

Ann Arbor

Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena

Looking for a small town feel with big city adventure? Ann Arbor is your place to go. Stroll Main Street, visit the Michigan Stadium or check out the Leslie Science Center. Take a baking class at the Zingerman’s Bakehouse or just enjoy the local culinary cuisine. Check out www. for details on hotels, festivals and more.

Escape to the mountains and book a weekend trip to Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, which overlooks the Mississippi River. With many family-friendly activities, this resort offers plenty of outdoor summer options, such as zip lining, Segway tours, riverboat cruises, mini golf and more. Book your stay and check out the great accommodations at www.chestnut

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington For the horse lover in the family, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington is a terrific place to visit. Tour the grounds on horseback, check out the local horse museum or stop by the Hall of Champions, where kids can meet some iconic thoroughbreds. Drop by the Kids Barn for a truly interesting equine experience. Trot on over to to find out more.

Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville Thrill seekers will find plenty of action at Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay Theme Park in Louisville. Scream on the Storm Chaser roller coaster or practice those driving skills with bumper cars. Pack swim suits for the water attractions at Hurricane Bay too! For tickets and pricing, visit www.


Blackberry Farm, Walland Stay, eat and play at Blackberry Farm, a luxurious resort located in the Great Smoky Mountains. This vacation spot offers plenty of exciting escapades, like fly-fishing, wake boarding, archery and horseback riding. For the kids, Camp Blackberry and Blackberry Youth Discovery allow campers time away May 2017 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 15

from the family to explore the outdoors, fine arts, culinary experiences and more. Make your reservation today at www.

Museum, or tour the city on a riverboat cruise. Zipstream at Ruby Falls and capture that picture-perfect moment at Lookout Mountain. For itineraries, hotel bookings and more, visit

Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville This centrally located resort and convention center in Nashville makes for a great family vacation. Within minutes from the Grand Ole Opry Museum and Grand Ole Opry, this four star-resort has a spa, an indoor and outdoor pool and nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls. Learn more at www.

Chattanooga Considered one of the best destinations in the south, Chattanooga is a city that pairs southern charm with big city adventure. Located along the Tennessee River, Chattanooga offers family friendly activities on both water and land. Discover the Chattanooga Zoo and the Creative Discovery




INDIANA Indianapolis

What can you do in the Circle City? Just about anything you want! Head downtown and rent a kayak to float down the canal at White River State Park. While you’re there, stop by the Indianapolis Zoo, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Art or the NCAA Hall of Champions. Spend a summer evening watching the Indianapolis Indians in their beautiful ball park and then stroll through the city to choose from a wide variety of dinner and entertainment options. The best part? All of these attractions are situated close together! Get the scoop at

French Lick Resort Situated within the beautiful Hoosier National Forest, French Lick has many unique amenities that parents and kids will enjoy. Golfers can try out one of the three golf courses on the property, while those hoping to relax can enjoy some peace at the spa. Kids can make a big splash at the indoor “dive-in” movie theatre. From biking to horseback rides and so much more, French Lick is a great family getaway. Take a look at for more details.

There is nothing quite like a summer road trip. Whether it’s a weeklong adventure or just a weekend getaway, family vacations are the stuff of memories. Plan your next trip to one of these destinations and enjoy your time with the people you love most!


BE BIPOLAR? The difficulty in making a correct diagnosis

WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle

Can kids really have bipolar disorder? It’s a seemingly simple question with a complicated answer, depending upon who you ask. This month marks Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and there is perhaps no bigger controversy in the world of child psychology than diagnosing children with bipolar disorder. Formerly known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is a serious brain illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy and activity levels, including manic episodes of hyperactivity and risk-taking, and depressive episodes of extremely low energy and unhappiness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, bipolar disorder affects 2.6 percent of American adults and up to 3 percent of adolescents in the United States. But the prevalence of the disorder in children isn’t well established due to ongoing disagreement about symptoms in children, concerns over misdiagnosis and the safety of available treatment options.

The history Before the 1990s children were rarely diagnosed with bipolar disorder, due to the fact that symptoms in children don’t usually fit with those outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, the standard classification of mental disorders used by professionals in the United States. “The presentation of illness in most children is different than that of adults. While both children and adults can exhibit manic periods characterized by elation/euphoria, as well as irritability/aggression, they don’t exhibit the same duration of episodes as adults,” says Dr.

Demitri Papolos, a pioneer in the field and Director of Research at the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation. “Children typically have more rapid or ultra-rapid mood swings, often cycling within the day.” Additionally, there have always been concerns about labeling behavior that may be challenging, but is developmentally typical (such as outbursts, energy level fluctuations and sleep changes) as symptoms of a severe, lifelong disorder for which strong medications are prescribed. *continued on page 20


Still, as Papolos and others continued their research, they began raising concerns that perhaps some of the millions of children being diagnosed with ADHD or depression were, in fact, suffering from early-onset bipolar disorder. As a result, between 1994 and 2003, the number of doctor visits associated with bipolar disorder in children went up 40-fold, according to a 2007 study in the Journal Archives of General Psychiatry. When the book The Bipolar Child, written by Papolos and his wife, Janice Papolos, was published in 1999, it brought the issue mainstream.

Red flags Bipolar disorder is a difficult illness to diagnose in adults, let alone in children, whose behavior is naturally more erratic. But experts stress that the symptoms of the disorder in children go far beyond the normal ups and downs of growing up. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a child experiencing mania may: • Feel very happy or act silly in a way that’s unusual for them or others their age • Have a very short temper • Talk really fast about a lot of different things • Have trouble sleeping but not feel tired • Have trouble staying focused • Do risky things

While children having a depressive episode may: • Complain about pain a lot, such as stomachaches and headaches • Sleep too little or too much • Feel guilty and worthless • Eat too little or too much • Have little energy and no interest in fun activities • Think about death or suicide




“If your child goes from lying around bored, to hyper and fast multiple times a day, that could be a sign of bipolar disorder,” says Dr. Susan Kuschnir, a psychiatrist in private practice at the Hyde Park Wellness Center. “Everyone’s mood changes, of course, but these are the children who have the most dramatic mood swings.”

With such a broad range of symptoms, it’s easy to understand how bipolar disorder can initially be diagnosed as something else, especially among children. Concerns about misdiagnosis With such a broad range of symptoms, it’s easy to understand how bipolar disorder can initially be diagnosed as something else, especially among children. For example, researchers say 90 percent of the symptoms of early-onset bipolar disorder overlap with ADHD. Other common diagnoses with similar symptoms include OCD, oppositional defiant disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Unfortunately, this can result in children being given medications, such as stimulants or antidepressants, that can worsen the symptoms of bipolar disorder. “When a child is very distractible and restless and can’t sit still, teachers will often think, ‘This could be ADHD,’ and the pediatrician, based on these and other symptoms that closely overlap those of bipolar disorder, diagnoses the child with ADHD and typically recommends a trial of stimulants,” Papolos says. “The parents may see something of a

response as attention improves, but other problems begin to emerge, including increased irritability, aggression or psychosis.”

A changing mindset The DSM has been updated in recent years to reflect changing opinions surrounding bipolar disorder, adding a diagnosis called “Other Specified and Unspecified Bipolar and Related Disorders” to encompass children’s often atypical symptoms. Treating bipolar disorder in kids can include stabilizing the child’s mood, treating sleeping disturbances and psychotic symptoms and focusing on therapy to help the child understand the nature of the illness. Still, it’s not a diagnosis that should be entered into lightly, Kuschnir stresses. “With the little ones, it takes more sorting out and thoughtfulness,” she says. “I think it’s hard for parents when they get a lot of differing advice, but if you have an inkling that something is not right, it might be better to just trust that and get an evaluation.”

For more resources about bipolar disorder among children, visit these websites: The National Institute of Mental Health publications/bipolar-disorder-inchildren-and-teens/index.shtml Mental Health America conditions/bipolar-disorder-children The Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation BPChildren


helping foster c are fa milies How to support kids in need even if you can’t foster them WORDS BY // CL AIRE ROGERS

Have you ever considered being a foster parent to a child, but for whatever reason, could not make the type of commitment this relationship requires? Even if you are unable to take a child into your home, there are still many ways you can help kids in crisis and the families that care for them.




For vulnerable children, a foster family can be a lifeline offering a stable environment during an uncertain season of life. Currently, the demand for foster care parents in Ohio is at a record high. "The need for loving, nurturing foster parents is greater than ever, as the opioid epidemic has dramatically increased the demand on the foster care system,” says Brian Forney, Director of Focus on Youth, a non-profit, faith based foster care and adoption agency in West Chester. “It has become a common occurrence for children to be placed in the emergency protective custody of children’s services and then have to stay overnight at the children’s services offices until an appropriate foster home can be located because of the limited number of families available to meet the current need.”

While becoming an actual foster parent would serve the most pressing need, for those not in a position to take on this responsibility, it is still possible to offer much-needed support to foster kids and foster families. Here are a few practical ways to get involved.

Offer to organize a meal calendar for a new foster family. When a new baby arrives, friends and neighbors often rally to coordinate meals for the busy parents. Consider offering the same kind of support to foster parents occupied with the needs of making a new foster child feel welcome. Katie Pawlack of Mason vividly remembers the initial struggle of adjusting to life with their new foster son who was placed with them at three weeks old. He was struggling with withdrawal from his mother’s substance abuse during her pregnancy. At the time, the Pawlack family had two biological daughters at home ages 5 and 3. Katie says their life was turned upside down for several months before establishing new routines and settling into life with three young children. “Just as when a new baby is born, new parents of foster children spend a lot of time and energy adjusting and helping their other kids through the adjustment,” says Katie. “Our foster son was a very high needs baby who needed to be held all the time which made dinner prep very difficult. We received meals several times a week for a few weeks and it was a lifesaver! Another idea would be to host a freezer meal workshop on behalf of the family and fill their freezer with meals ready to go.”

Pitch in with errands. Foster children may arrive with very little clothing or toiletry and personal items. Offer to make a trip to the store to pick up essentials for the new foster family. Helping with tasks like lawn mowing or house cleaning can ease the burden for foster parents busy attending to their new family addition.

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“I think really practical help at the beginning is the most beneficial so the foster parents can just focus on what is most important: helping the new child/ children to adjust to the new home, developing trust, bonding and helping biological children adjust,” says Kerry Garvin, a foster parent from Landen.

her foster children. “Community is key. There was a friend who offered to babysit our foster son for a night so I could have a break from sleepless nights with an infant going through withdrawal,” she says. “Having people who are truly in it with the foster family is invaluable.”

Offer respite care.

Be able to babysit. Foster children may not be able to be left with a babysitter unless the sitter has had their background checked and is certified in CPR. This can create an obstacle for many foster families in need of a sitter. Consider taking these steps so you can step in as a sitter when the foster parents need to attend appointments, or just need a break. Bob and Jessica Groves of West Chester foster through Butler County Children’s Services. Jessica is thankful for the people in her community who took steps to ensure they would be certified to legally babysit

Respite care providers offer short-term child care services to foster families, giving them an opportunity to rest and recharge. “Respite care is a great way to provide services to youth for those families who are unable to make a long-term commitment to foster children,” says Forney. “It is a vital resource for our foster parents and helps prevent their burnout. While providing respite care you can form a long-term relationship with foster youth and serve in a mentoring capacity. You can be a part of a youth's larger story and share your life experiences with them.”

Encourage your children to reach out. For kids new to a different foster family, school and community, a friendly face of someone their own age can help make their adjustment a little easier. Talk with your children about the importance of making all kids feel welcome and ask foster parents the best way your children might be able to connect with kids in their care.

Become a court appointed special advocate volunteer. Court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers are empowered by the courts to advocate on behalf of a child in foster care. Volunteers for CASA collect information from key people in a child’s life such as foster parents, teachers and social workers and use that data to make a recommendation to the judge concerning the best long-term placement for the child. There are several CASA organizations in the Cincinnati area; visit to find out more. As many parents know, becoming a mother or father often makes one feel an empathy for all children – not just your own. If fostering a child is something you are considering, please take the time to find out more about the process. As Forney says, “If a family wants to take the first step to learn more, they can contact any foster care agency and ask for an inquiry packet which will give more information about that agency as well as the requirements for becoming licensed as a foster parent. A family can visit our website at for more information on our agency, or they can visit www. to learn about a collaborative of foster care agencies in the Cincinnati area dedicated to working together to find qualified foster parents."

If you are unable to become a foster parent but still feel compelled to help, the time and energy you spend supporting foster kids and families is valuable, appreciated and instrumental to their success.








Hey there, summer – so glad you’re finally here! This month marks the end of the school year and the start of all things summer – here are 50 ideas to get the party started! 1. Go baby crazy at Zoo Babies May 1-30. (Moms get in free on Mother’s Day!)

2. Ride the Cincinnati Bell Connector. 3. Cheer on the runners at the Flying Pig Marathon on May 7.

4. Book a summer staycation at Great Wolf Lodge.

5. Let the kids loose at an indoor playground. 6. Go for a whirl around Carol Ann’s Carousel.

7. Check out Blue Manatee’s new digs at 3094 Madison Road.

8. Sign your kids up for your local library’s summer reading program.

9. Go to a Reds Family Day game on a Sunday.

10. Play in the mud at the Cincinnati Nature Center PlayScape.

11. Refresh your kids’ summer wardrobes (and

sell their outgrown clothes) at Once Upon a Child.

12. Go underground and explore the Ohio Caverns.

13. Get an important history lesson at the

Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibit at the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education through June 9.




14. Peruse the American Sign Museum.

28. Say “ahoy!” on BB Riverboat’s Pirates of the Ohio Cruise starting June 9.

15. Delight in the Monarchs at Krohn

Conservatory's Butterfly show through June 18.

29. Splurge on the French Quarter Bonanza at Aglamesis Bros.

16. Spend a Tuesday at IKEA – come for story

30. Wear your Superman costume to the

17. Go medieval at the Loveland Castle’s

31. Explore a new Great Park.

time at 1 pm and grab lunch too (kids under 12 eat free)!

Castle Days every third Saturday of the month through August.

18. Pick up fresh produce at a farmer’s market. 19. Geek out at the Cincinnati Museum

Musical May 12-20.

Street Studios.

22. Broaden your kids culinary horizons at the Taste of Cincinnati May 28-30.

23. Go strawberry picking at Blooms and Berries.

24. Indulge your little locomotive lovers with a ride on LM&M Railroad.

25. Savor a craft donut on National Donut 26. Get your adrenaline

pumping at Kings Island!

27. Celebrate

summer at Coney Island’s Summerfair June 2-4.

Ozone Zipline Adventures.

33. Row by a real castle on Loveland Canoe 34. Check out the new Red to Bronze exhibit

21. Take your tots to Story Time at Brazee

Day June 2.

32. Fly through the skies of Warren County at

and Kayak’s Castle Adventure.

Center’s Star Wars and The Power of Costume exhibit opening May 25th.

20. Take the whole family to Shrek the

Cincinnati Pops’ Superheroes: Up, Up and Away Lollipops concert on June 10.

at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.

35. Ride the ducks at Ride the Ducks Newport!

36. Tube down The Beach Waterpark’s Kokomo Lazy River.

37. Sign your kids up for a week (or two) of summer camp!

38. Live “A Day in the Life” of The Betts Family select days through June 30th.

39. Lace up your skates and roll around Castle Skateland.

40. Play a few rounds of Lazer Tag at Lazer Kraze.

41. Try glow-bowling at Main Event Entertainment.

42. Visit the Goebel Goats in Covington. 43. Win something silly at a church festival. 44. Try lawn bowling at Little Miami Golf Center.

45. Go blueberry picking at Iron’s Fruit Farm. 46. Enroll your kids in swim lessons. 47. Check out the Friends of the Library’s Summer Sale at the Main Library June 3-9.

48. Ride a classic ride at Coney Island. 49. Watch airplanes at the CVG Airport Playground. 50. Celebrate the Summer Solstice June 21 by stargazing at Stonelick Lake.

Need some more ideas for your summer bucket list? Head to our website on May 16 for 50 more suggestions!



The Do’s and Don’ts of Summer Camp Parenting DO give them spending money. There are definitely times when they will need it. Don’t give them a limitless budget. DO wonder how your kids are doing. It is a natural thing for a parent to do.

DON’T worry. If you have made it all the way

through the process and actually sent your kids away for the summer, you have made that decision because you trust the program that you have chosen.

DO follow your child’s program on social media. Following a program on social media can provide insight into how much fun your child is having.

Your kids have gone to camp. Now comes the hard part. Parenting them while they aren’t living at your house! While they are away, there are a myriad of thoughts that go through your head. Are they having fun? Are they making friends? Are they eating enough nutritious food? Are they learning something new? Did they shower today? All of these thoughts are perfectly natural, but it’s how we act on them that is the important part. Kids go to camps or summer programs for many reasons – to learn, to meet new friends, to navigate life “on their own.” Giving them the proper space to do that is a very hard thing to do, but it is the key to a successful experience. Here is a list of recommended “Do's and Don’ts” of summer camp parenting:

DO give your child pictures of home to hang on their walls. It is important for them to have reminders of their amazing family back home.




DON’T call, text and email them every day. It

is important that they focus on being fully present at their program. Too much contact with home can take away from that.

DO discuss real, actionable goals for the

summer with your kids. It helps them focus on each day while they are gone.

DON’T be too critical of them if they fall a

little short on those goals. Part of summer is meant to explore new things and have some fun.

DON’T read too deeply into the pictures that you see. Summer programs try to catch the highlights throughout the summer. When you see a picture of your child and they aren’t smiling, don’t assume the worst. Keep in mind that a photo is a snapshot of one moment in a very long camp day.

DO empower your child to self-advocate. If

they need something, be it a pillow or toothpaste, encourage them to ask their residential counselor, instructor or director on their own.

DO allow your kids to experience the general ups

DON’T call the director for your kids. There is probably little you can do from wherever you are. DO enjoy yourself while your kids are away. Take a break, do something you love but don’t usually have the time to do.

DON’T tell them that you will come pick them

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and downs of their experience. There can be some homesickness, especially if this is their first time away from home. This is a growing experience that you should allow to happen.

up if they are unhappy. Knowing this is an option can prevent students from overcoming very important challenges that they will certainly encounter while they are away.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each summer, SongFest music camp gives boys of all ages (entering grades 2- 12) from throughout the city a chance to sing, participate in sports, learn music theory


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

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

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

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

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

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

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




complete production of plays from beginning, including Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and Sleeping Beauty, Kids! Performance academy programs are designed for students entering grades one to 12.

Cincinnati Reds Baseball/ Softball Camps Locations: Beechwood HS in Ft. Mitchell, KY; Reds MLB Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati; Mason HS in Mason; Harrison HS in Harrison; Boone County HS in Florence, KY; Summit Country Day in Cincinnati; Centerville HS in Centerville; Colerain HS in Cincinnati,Contact: Tim Rappe, Executive Director, Phone: 855-846-7337, Email: Trappe@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Dates: Beechwood HS and Reds Urban Youth Academy: 5/29-6/2, Reds Urban Youth Academy: 6/12-6/16, Mason HS: 6/26-6/30, Harrison HS: 7/10-7/14, Boone County HS and Summit Country Day: 7/31-8/4, Centerville HS and Colerain HS: 8/7-8/11, 2017

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

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

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

We offer seven exciting summer camps. The program is divided into "weekly" camps featuring different themes and activities. Some highlights include Frozen in Arendalle, Cupcake Wars, Paint Like Picasso, Lego Camp and Mad Scientists! Our Pre-K (5-7 year old) Word Wizards Camp focuses on honing reading and writing skills through individualized instruction, small group and large group instruction. Join us for adventure and learning all rolled in one!

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

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

Drones, Chemistry, Backyard Ballista and Robots STEM Camps Locations: STEM Camps are located across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Contact: Rollin Robinson, PhD/ Director, Phone: (859) 462-3340, Email: rollin@, Gender of Campers: Coed ages 5-11 years old Basic Category: Academic/Science Dates: June 12 through July 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Kids First Sports Center Camp-A-Palooza 7900 East Kemper Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45249, Contact: Megan Smith, Phone: (513) 489-7575, Email:, http:// www.kidsfirst Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates/Hours: May 30-August 18, 2017, 7:00am-6:00pm Ages/Grades: 5-15 Activities: Gymnastics, Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Volleyball, Karate, Yoga, Drawing Classes, Field Trips Weekly!

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

King Sports - West Chester Summer Camps 8500 Union Centre Blvd. West Chester, OH, Phone: 513-444-2196, Email:, Dates: June 12-15, June 19-22, July 10-13, July 17-20 Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm Monday - Thursday Ages: 8 - 13 Activities: baseball & softball Skills training, nutrition education.

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

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

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


Music Discovery Camp


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

5939 Deerfield Blvd. Mason, OH 45040, Phone: (513) 204­-3482,

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

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

The Children’s Home of Cincinnati offers a 4 week summer work exploration program designed to meet the needs of young adults ages 14 – 21 with autism. Participants receive: a skills training/assessment, career exploration, community-based assessment, job training and participate in off campus work activities.

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

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

Dates: May 22, 2017-Aug 18, 2017 Ages/Grades: Ages 4-12 Cost: Daily and weekly rates available

Join us this summer for our week long summer camps! Kids will enjoy fun themes, lots of visitors, sports, arts and crafts and enrichment activities.

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

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

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

Discover hidden talents, make friends and explore the performing arts this summer at CCM. Our Summer Programs at CCM and Greater Cincinnati for children, youth, teens and adults provide the finest arts education led by CCM Prep faculty and guest artists including CCM faculty and local artists and educators.

West Chester Academy Summer Camps

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

Falcon Young Adventure Camp YMCA Camp Arrowhead 6703 Yankee Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Angie DelNegro, Phone: 513-779-3917, Email: angie.delnegro@, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional


Cost: The weekly cost of camp is for Lakota YMCA members is: $140 for day, $175 for extended day & $115 for CIT. The cost for non-members is: $180 day, $215 extended day & $145 for CIT. Dates: May 30-August 11, 2017; Registration begins March 7, 2017

4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey Director/Owner, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: July 30 – August 5 and August 6 – 13, 2017

Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 9 Cost: $1200/wk

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

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

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


StudentS Who

Shine A spotlight on local exceptional TEENS

Kate Bachman Good news Cincinnati – our future looks bright in the hands of these capable young people! As graduating seniors, these students serve as an inspiration to their fellow classmates and teachers. With such drive and ambition at 18, we can’t wait to see what their future holds!

Senior, Class of 2017

Saint Ursula Academy What high school achie vement are you most proud of? I promoted human rights in the fashion industry by working with my friend Emilie Kilfoil '17 to convince our school to source our uniforms from Fairtrade companies. I am excited about this legacy I leave, and know that SUA will continue to promote sustainability and justice long after I leave!

What are your future plans? I will be heading to college next year where I am hoping to study sociology and ethics. I would like to study how young people learn best, and whether systems such as grades and standardization are benefitting them. After graduating, I hope to help improve the structure of the education system.

How has SAINT URSUL A ACADEMY prepared you for your future? Saint Ursula was instrumental in preparing me for my future because the faculty and staff at SUA helped me discover my unique skills and talents, and taught me to use them effectively. Each day, my ideas and ambitions were supported and encouraged, and I was challenged as a thinker and leader.





Davis Feldman

Jeffrey Jordan

Senior, Class of 2017

Senior, Class of 2017

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

Virtual Community School of Ohio

What high school achievement are you most proud of?

What high school achie vement are you most proud of?

I am proud of my leadership as a Student Peer Advisor. This opportunity has allowed me to give back to my community through mentoring and advising students during their freshman year. Peer advising has been a meaningful experience because it allows me to foster and build younger students. Pursuing a life-long dream to save lives, I am proud to have been certified this year as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician, while maintaining a full and rigorous course schedule here at CHCA.

I have attended VCS Ohio since Kindergarten where I have maintained a 4.0 GPA. I am also taking college courses through Ohio Christian University working on an Associate Degree with a 3.8 GPA. I am also a member of the National Honor Society, school clubs and several volunteer opportunities.

What are your future plans? This fall, I will be attending Wake Forest University in WinstonSalem, North Carolina. It is my intent to major in Biology with a double minor in both Chemistry and Psychology, while continuing to work as an EMT. After college, I plan to attend medical school to specialize in Emergency Medicine.

How has CINCINNATI HILLS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY prepared you for your future? CHCA has given me the tools to succeed as both a student and a leader in my community. The faculty and staff at CHCA have encouraged me to find my unique talents and pursue my individual passions. The courses offered, including Organic Chemistry and AP Biology, have prepared me for the future and the rigors of a pre-med curriculum. Similarly, my CHCA Intersession experiences to countries such as Peru and Costa Rica have sparked a desire to use my medical training on medical mission trips in the future. CHCA has provided me with tremendous opportunities to learn, lead, and serve.

What are your future plans? My desire is to continue my education and receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Communications and Business upon graduation.

How has VIRTUAL COMMUNIT Y SCHOOL OF OHIO prepared you for your future? I have achieved an excellent education at VCS Ohio. I give credit for my accomplishments to my mom and the amazing staff. I have had a tremendous experience. It has allowed me to experience online education, make my own schedule, participate in community projects, engage with students and excel academically.



Lauren Alvey

Javijon Reese

Senior, Class of 2017

Senior, Class of 2017

Archbishop McNicholas High School

Western Hills University High School, Cincinnati Public Schools

What high school achievement are you most proud of? I am most proud of everything that I have accomplished in the theater. This is where I have taken the most risks, gone out of my comfort zone, and learned to be myself. I’ve had opportunities to be in many amazing productions, and have grown by challenging myself.

What are your future plans? I am attending the University of Notre Dame. I am studying Biology and plan to attend medical school, although I’m not sure what specific field of medicine I want to go into. I am looking forward to all the opportunities to do research and explore my passions at Notre Dame!

How has ARCHBISHOP MCNICHOL AS HIGH SCHOOL prepared you for your future? McNicholas has taught me how to care for others through service opportunities. I have learned to help others, but I have also learned to ask for help when I am facing a difficult challenge.

What high school achie vement are you most proud of? My most honorable achievement at Western Hills University High School is earning my high school diploma with my graduating class. Young adults are exposed to many challenges and I believe that earning a diploma from West High has prepared my classmates and me to be able to handle these adventures.

What are your future plans? My future plans are to study Fire & Safety Service Training at Cincinnati State Community & Technical College. I am still deciding on what public service I want to do, but I know my future will have me helping people in high crisis situations. I must further acknowledge West High because of the new EMT Program offered there, I am graduating with seven college credits and certifications in CPR and EMT Medical.

How has WESTERN HILLS UNIVERSIT Y HIGH SCHOOL prepared you for your future? West High has prepared me for life by simply supporting my classmates and me through the good times and bad. In my eyes Western Hills High School has been much like a family. West High sometimes gets a bad rep, but I say it’s what the eyes can’t see about West High that truly makes it a shining star place to learn.








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

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

CHILDREN INC. Early Education and Care (including Montessori and traditional curriculum) offered at multiple sites throughout Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Nationally accredited and multi-STAR quality rated. Generous tuition assistance is available for qualifying families based on income and family size. Phone: (859) 431-2075,, Grades: Infant through 12 years


St. John's Westminster Learning Center

CHCA is a vibrant, multidenominational, college preparatory school serving students Age 2- grade 12. We’re investing $9MM to deliver new levels of student engagement through expanded facilities including an expanded Early Childhood Learning Center, Innovation Labs, a Greenhouse, and Engineering and Applied Science Labs. CHCA is leading the way to higher levels of cognitive, relational, and spiritual engagement for each student.

Since 1962, St. John's Westminster Learning Center has served west- side families providing educational opportunities through our full time childcare, part time preschool and summer camp. We are located in a safe, park- like setting with plenty of room to play in the nature surrounding us. Call for more details.

11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Natalie Pfister, Enrollment Director, Phone: (513)2470900, Email:, www.chca-oh. org, Ages 2 - Grade 12, Enrollment: 1350

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

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

1085 Neeb Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45233, Phone: 513-922-2703, Email: Candace Lemke, Candace@sjwlc. net,, Ages/Grades: Birth - 5years and school age summer camp

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


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

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





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

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


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

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


CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS CCS has been creating lifelong learners, creative thinkers, passionate disciples, and visionary leaders for over 40 years. Our graduates are welcomed at universities because they’ve become the natural learners and inquisitive students that God created them to be. CCS knows that faith and learning go hand-in-hand. Outstanding. Proven. Elementary Campus: 7350 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, OH, 45014, Junior/Senior High Campus: 7474 Morris Rd., Fairfield, OH, 45011, (513) 892-8500, Contact: Lisa Coombs, Admissions Director, lisa.coombs@,, Grades: PS - 12




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,

Great Oaks Career Campuses Great Oaks offers career development training for high school students and adults. With four campuses--Scarlet Oaks in Sharonville, Diamond Oaks in Dent, Live Oaks in MIlford, and Laurel Oaks in Wilmington, high school students prepare for careers and college, and adults get training and certification to begin a new career or advance in a current career. 3254 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45040, Contact: Jon Weidlich, Phone: 513-771-8840, Email:,, Grades: High school (grades 11-12) and Adult


BRAIN BALANCE OF CINCINNATI Brain Balance Achievement Centers offer a cutting-edge, drug-free approach to help children improve their ability to learn academically, socially and emotionally. We don’t just work with your child’s strengths or compensate for a weakness. We tackle your child’s issue head on, by addressing the root cause at the most fundamental level. 12084 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Phone: (513) 257-0705, https://www.

Linden Grove School Linden Grove School is a state-accredited, non-public K-8 school offering a specialized learning environment for students with ASD and related learning needs. Our progressive education program integrates academics, social-emotional learning, and specialized therapies. We partner with families to create a respectful, rewarding and supportive environment, inspiring hope for all and providing each student with the opportunity for personal

growth and independence. After-school programs and summer camp are also available for enrolled students. 4122 Myrtle Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45236, http://www., Phone: (513) 984-2215,

Skyward Academy Specialized education for students with a variety of learning challenges. Academic or behavioral focus - parent choice. Full and part time school day options, home based or offsite services. 7121 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Melissa Amrein, Phone: 513-600-8476, Email:, www.skywardacademy. com, Grades: K thru high school graduation

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


Virtual Community School of Ohio Free tuition, free laptop AND Internet. We provide 100% flexibility: Our courses are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Plus Virtual Community School of Ohio has a College Credit Plus (PSEO) partnership with Ohio Christian University. Phone: 866-501-9473, Email: information@vcslearn. org,




Ask the Teacher Indoor recess, choosing study hall, hiring a tutor


It seems as if half of my kids’ recess time is indoors due to extreme temperatures or rain. Is there really any point to having recess if the kids cannot be outside?


Most elementary teachers agree that the best recess for young children is outdoor recess, providing an opportunity for large muscle movement and a time to be noisy. Unfortunately, weather fluctuations can prevent that ideal from happening. Although indoor recess is not as desirable as outdoor, it does still have value. Indoor recess can provide a break in the intensity of academic focus. It gives children an opportunity to think about something beyond the curriculum and to simply relax and recharge. Some rules may be




different from outside recess, but being able to interact with peers in casual conversation and game playing provides a much-needed mental break that facilitates better engagement for the rest of the afternoon. Indoor recess may be structured differently as well, which may encourage interaction between students who might not otherwise connect, creating an environment for new friendships and for new interests as well.


My sixth grade son is working on his schedule for next year. He has the option of taking a study hall. IS there really a need for that? It seems like such a waste.


There are several things to take into account when making a decision about whether or not to sign up for study hall: your child’s track record for completing homework, his extracurricular schedule and his ability to finish homework independently. If your child usually has what you both consider to be a reasonable amount of homework (that is, work that can be completed in less than two hours), and he has demonstrated responsibility in getting it turned in on time, a study hall may not be needed. Unless time management is a challenge for your son, he may not require that extra school time dedicated to homework completion. A busy afterschool schedule can be a good reason to add a study hall. Students who devote a great deal of time to sports, music, scouts or church activities might benefit from being able to study and do homework within the school day. To help

determine if this might help your son, put all of his extra activities into a daily planner. Include practices and travel times to and from activities to give the two of you a true picture of how much time is available for him to do homework in the evening and still get a good night’s sleep. Perhaps adding a study hall will alleviate some of the stress that overscheduling can cause. Consider if your child is able to do his work independently. If he needs a great deal of encouragement from you to stay focused, particularly if that “encouragement” evokes tension between the two of you, an opportunity to get jump-started on homework during a study hall may help everyone in your family. Also, a child who needs assistance in understanding directions or in checking his work may complete homework more effectively being supervised by a teacher.


All of my daughter’s friends seem to be getting tutors. I had never considered the idea, but my daughter is asking for one. How do I know if she truly needs a tutor?


Hiring a tutor can be helpful if your daughter is struggling to be successful with her school work, is spending an inordinate amount of time studying for tests or is feeling overwhelmed with her homework. A strong tutor can help identify learning problems that may not be recognized by a regular classroom teacher in the full class setting because he or she will be working with your child one-on-one. That individualized attention may make all the difference and lead to greater school success. Does your daughter think she is studying hard for tests but is displeased with the results? A tutor might be able to teach your daughter new ways to study content for tests that yield greater understanding and better retention of test material. Does the amount of homework your daughter has feel overwhelming which makes getting started tough for her? A tutor can help prioritize tasks and cut down on the frustration of not accomplishing much for the time seemingly invested. If your daughter is already successful at school, has found study strategies that are effective for her and has learned to manage her time well without frustration, she does not need a tutor. If she wants a tutor because her friends have them and she feels left out, she should be able to make a strong case for what the tutor will help her do that she hasn’t already figured out how to do herself. If she thinks this is still something that is critical for her academic success, talk about how she can earn the cost of the tutor by way of household contributions.

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





TUES 02 – SUN 07

M AY 2 0 1 7 MON 01


Bad Kitty Celebration!

Wild World Records

Kick off Children's Book Week with Bad Kitty themed stories and activities and a visit from Bad Kitty! FREE. Time: 4-4:45 p.m., Location: Wyoming Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6014

Maker Mondays


*Ongoing Time: 3-5 p.m., Location: Loveland Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4476

TUES 02 – SUN 07 Busy Bees

Just how busy are bees? Join us to learn about all the jobs a honeybee maintains while she makes delicious honey. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/ person.


Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

FRI 12 – SUN 20


Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Monfort Heights Branch Library, Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4472

Create a different craft every Monday. FREE.

FRI 05 – SUN 07


How long is the world's longest beard? How many post-its did someone put on their face in only one minute? Come learn about some wacky but true world records and experiment with a few for yourself! For students currently in 5th grade. Registration required. FREE.


WEDS 03 Story Tree Time

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

THURS 04 Carol Ann’s Carousel’s Family Fun Night

Back by popular demand is Carol Ann’s Carousel’s Family Fun Nights! Enter for your chance to win tokens and tickets to a Krohn Conservatory Show! Time: 5-8 p.m., Location: Carol Ann’s Carousel, http://www.

Mini BB-8

Celebrate Star Wars Day and make a mini BB-8 to take home! For teens in grades 6-12. Registration required. FREE. Time: 5-6:30 p.m., Location: Monfort Heights Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4472

Star Wars Princess Leia Buns Hairband Craft

It’s May the Fourth Be with You Day! What better way to celebrate than to make your very own “Hair Bun” Headband? Princess Leia will be proud. Vader will be jealous. Ages 10 and up. FREE. Time: 6:30-8 p.m., Location: Hyde Park Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4456

FRI 05 “Dragons Love Tacos: The Sequel”: TACO PARTY!

The sequel to "Dragons Love Tacos" comes out this week, which calls for a TACO PARTY! Hear the new book, play games, and create an adorable felt taco to take home and have your own taco party! $6/child ages 4 and up. Pre-registration is required; please call 513-731-2665 to register. Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Blue Manatee Bookstore, http://www., Phone: 513-731-2665

FRI 05 – SAT 06 Flying Pig Marathon P&G Health and Fitness Expo

The P&G Health and Fitness Expo serves as packet and premium pickup for participants. The expo is free and open to the public and hosts over 120 local and national vendors. FREE. Time: Check website, Location: Duke Energy Convention Center,

FRI 05 – SUN 07 Cincy Cinco

Enjoy dance, culture, kids’ activities – and lots of authentic Latin American cuisine. Time: Check website for festival schedule, Location: Fountain Square,


SAT 06

SAT 06 – SUN 07


Families Create! Collector’s Collages *CP PICK

Museum Overnight: S.T.E.A.M

Make Your Mother’s Day

Artist Michael Scheurer brings everyone together by bringing anything and everything together! Work with him to assemble fantastic, colorful collages. This workshop is perfect for adults and children. All workshops are $5 per child and conducted at the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Pre-registration is required. Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Location: Weston Art Gallery, exhibitions/detail/families-create-collectors-collages, Phone: 513-977-4170

Experience an evening filled with fun experiments, building challenges and create works of art using scientific reactions! Each Museum Overnight includes educational programming, an evening snack, time to explore the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, breakfast and access to the Duke Energy Children’s Museum the next day. All overnights last from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. Recommended for ages 6 to 12. Time: 7 p.m. on Sat., May 6 to 10 a.m. on Sun., May 7,, Phone: Phone: 513-287-7000

SUN 07

Free Comic Book Day

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day by visiting the Clifton Library and choosing two free comics, while supplies last! FREE. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Location: Clifton Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4447

Alice: Dancing Through Wonderland

Join us for a magical performance of the Cincinnati Kinderballet performing a rendition of Alice in Wonderland. Friends of the Library is sponsoring the event. All ages welcome. FREE. Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Location: J. F. Dulles Elementary School, Calendar, Phone: 513-665-2816

Mini Boat Float in the Nature PlayScape

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

Pig Story Time

Celebrate Flying Pig weekend with stories and songs at Blue Manatee! Flying Pig participants receive 10% off all purchases when they show their race bib! FREE. Time: 1-2 p.m., Location: Blue Manatee Bookstore, html, Phone: 513-731-2665

MON 08 Library Babies

Fun for you and your baby with songs, rhymes, stories and movement! FREE. *Ongoing Time: 11-11:30 a.m., Location: Symmes Township Branch Library, Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6001


SAT 06 – SUN 07

Get ready for Mother's Day by making your mom a thoughtful gift! Ages 5-17. FREE. Time: 3 p.m., Location: Oakley Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-6038

Yoga for Kids

Come and meet Vivienne Konz who is certified to teach yoga. She would love to introduce you to the world of yoga. FREE. Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Hyde Park Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4456

WEDS 10 ManaTots Story Time

The Blue Manatee tradition of great books, easy laughs, and sweet songs continues every Wednesday on the LePage Stage! FREE. *Ongoing Time: 10-10:30 a.m., Location: Blue Manatee Bookstore, html, Phone: 513-731-2665

THURS 11 Taft Jr: Draw the Line *CP PICK

Have fun learning about and making art at Taft Jr. Each program features a story time, a craft, and a close-up encounter with a piece of art. Join the Taft Museum of Art for a morning of turning simple lines into art. Hear a story about a boy who uses a line to go on an adventure, practice your looking skills by finding lines in one of our paintings, and create your own line art by drawing with strings. For ages 3-5 and a caregiver. Program is free for Taft members. Non-member adults pay $10 (includes Museum admission); children are free. For more information contact Time: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Location: Taft Museum of Art,, Phone: 513-684-4517

FRI 12 Story Time: Planting a Rainbow

Happy April! Celebrate the coming of Spring in this glass art Story Time. After listening to "Planting a Rainbow" by Lois Ehlert, students will create their own colorful flower-inspired glass tile. Bring your child's imagination to life - in glass! $25/child age 3-6. Time: 10:30-11:15 a.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios,, Phone: 513-321-0206

Pioneer Pastimes

Spring into farm life of the olden days! Watch the animals get a haircut and become a farm hand through everyday pioneer activities. Play old-time games, take a wagon ride to the Pioneer Campsite, help in the garden and have fun in Parky’s Playbarn. For children preschool through second grade. Pre-register online 2 days in advance: $6/child, $2.50/adult; Day of event: $7/child, $3/adult. Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-521-7275



2017 April 2017

FRI 12 & SAT 13 Stravinsky’s Firebird

A season of highlights in the marvelous Taft Theatre closes with a bang, courtesy of the exotic and provocative Firebird Suite. Anna Vinnitskaya, hailed by the Washington Postas a “lioness at the keyboard,” will make her CSO debut performing the fiery Prokofiev Concerto No. 2. Time: Shows at 11 a.m. on May 12th and 8 p.m. on May 13th, Location: Taft Theatre, detail/stravinskys-firebird, Phone: 513-381-3300

FRI 12 – SUN 14 The 48th Annual Appalachian Festival

The Appalachian Festival is one of Cincinnati’s most popular annual festivals, drawing approximately 10,000 people over the three-day event each Mother’s Day weekend. An additional 1,500 school children take part in “Education Day” on the first day of the festival. Time: Check website for festival schedule, Location: Coney Island,

FRI 12 – SUN 20 Shrek the Musical *CP PICK

'Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…’ And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek. Time: Check website for show times, Location: Aronoff Center,, Phone: 513-621-2787

SAT 13 Members Appreciation Night

Did you know that as a member of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, you are part of one of the largest membership bases of any zoo or aquarium in the United States? More than 60,000 member households provide amazing and critical support of the Zoo and it is through that support that the Zoo continues to grow and thrive as a worldwide leader in conservation and education! As a huge “THANK YOU” for your support, we designed this event to express our sincerest appreciation. Come out and experience the “Best of the Zoo”! Time: 6-9 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Zoo, http://cincinnatizoo. org/events/members-night/, Phone: 513-281-4700

National Train Day *CP PICK

Join the LM&M Railroad as we celebrate the importance of trains in America. Children (Under 17) can ride the Turtle Creek Valley Flyer for just $5! The LM&M Railroad will be offering FREE locomotive cab tours in the Lebanon Station to all passengers and the general public. Weather permitting, select vendors and presenters from local railroad related organizations will be set up in the station area. Time(s): Trains depart at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., Location: LM&M Railroad,, Phone: 513-933-8022


Redlegs Run

Lace up those running shoes and join us for the 16th annual Redlegs Run on Saturday, May 13. All races finish on the field at Great American Ball Park. Time: 8 a.m., Location: Great American Ball Park, http:// d=ed-11236818-975363653

Butterfly Walk for CancerFree KIDS *CP PICK

This event is not your average charity walk; this is a day filled with celebrating surviors and their families and honoring those we have lost. There is something for everyone including a chip timed 5K race, inspirational 1 mile walk, junior jog plus food, games, pony rides and more! It's a day you don't want to miss! Location: Cottell Park, Time: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., http://www.

SAT 13 – SUN 14

MON 15

FRI 19

Urban Garden at Your Library

French Story Time

Stop by the Corryville Library to help us plant our urban garden that will grow and bloom over the summer! FREE. Time: 3-4 p.m., Location: Corryville Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6034

TUES 16 Art Club: William Wegman Critters

Create fun critters using photos and your imagination in the style of William Wegman. Ages 6-12. FREE.

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Location: Reading Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4456

Fire Department Safety Day

Asian Food Fest

This vibrant community festival celebrates culture and cuisine from Asian countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. While food is definitely the heart of this festival, this year will also feature live entertainment, local craft and Asian beer, fun family activities and more. Admission to the festival is free, and vendors will be offering a mouthwatering tour of Asian foods, in the form of small plates priced from $2-$6. Time: Check website for festival schedule, Location: Washington Park,

Education of the general public has enabled the Fire Department to contribute to making Cincinnati a more livable city. Education of children is accomplished in many ways. The most important and successful are the programs presented in schools, fire drills, Fire Prevention Week, and lectures given by the Division and fire company personnel, on and off duty. FREE. Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Location: Sawyer Point Park, http://

WEDS 17 SUN 14 Family Hike: Colors of Spring

Shades of yellow, blue, green, and purple abound during the annual Spring awakening. Come explore a rainbow of colors with us as we trek on a short hike, go on a color hunt, and learn about why we see so many different colors in the spring. Time: 1-2 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center,, Phone: 513-831-1711

Make a Monet for Mama!

Create a beautiful artwork based on artist Claude Monet! We will gain inspiration from stories about the artist, then make beautiful waterlilies to give to mom or a special grownup! $5/child ages 3 and up. Registration required; please call 513-731-2665 to register. Time: 1-2 p.m., Location: Blue Manatee Bookstore, html, Phone: 513-731-2665

Mother’s Day Brunch in the Park

Family Nights: Butterfly Pajama Parties Visit the butterflies after hours for family fun activities and crafts for all ages. This event also happens May 31st and June 14th.

Time: 5-8 p.m., Location: Krohn Conservatory, http:// seasonal-krohn-conservatory-show/, Phone: 513-4215707


Students may sign up or walk-in anytime during a scheduled GLASSROOM session. Students will select from a range of glass project options in person, such as plates, platters, coasters, ornaments, and more. Students will use colorful glass accessories to design and create their own glass projects. *Ongoing

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

Bring mom out for the perfect brunch! Celebrate her with family and friends as you enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet. Advanced ticket purchase is required. Brunch is $18.35/adults, $8.75/child ages 2-12 (plus tax) and free for children under 2.

Wee Wonder About the Teeny Tiny

Time(s): Seatings at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Mill Race Banquet Center, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

Time: 11 a.m., Location: Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre,, Phone: 513-521-7275




Bring your preschooler to explore the world through a magnifying glass! Children will enjoy making a craft, reading a story and a short hike. For ages 3-5. Class is $6/child, payable at the door.

Bonjour! Learn simple French vocabulary through stories and song. FREE. Time: 11-11:30 a.m., Location: Blue Manatee Bookstore, html, Phone: 513-731-2665

Story Time: Harry the Dirty Dog

Another story time classic! After reading "Harry The Dirty Dog" by Gene Zion, your young artist will design and create their own colorful glass tile inspired by Harry the dog, a loveable black and white pup who loves everything- except bath time! $25/child age 3-6. Time: 10:30-11:15 a.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios,, Phone: 513-321-0206

FRI 19 – SAT 20 Buckeye BBQ Fest

The 2017 Buckeye BBQ Fest will feature two nights of non-stop Blues from 11 top Blues Bands, 99 kegs of Beer featuring 14 flavors, 16 BBQ vendors, 10 dessert vendors, a Classic Car Show, and more. On Saturday, there will be a Kids Zone with inflatable bouncy rides and a petting zoo from noon until 7 p.m. Time: Check website for festival schedule, Location: The Square at Union Centre, http://www.buckeyebbqfest. org/

FRI 19 – SUN 21 Maifest

Maifest is the traditional German celebration of spring. Each year the Germania Society raises a stein to the blooming flowers and warming weather with its own Maifest celebration - the most authentic in Cincinnati. Admission is $3 and free for 12 and under. Time: Check website for festival schedule, Location: Germania Park,

SAT 20 The Cincinnati Children’s Theatre Character Day Volunteers from Cincinnati Children’s Theatre will be helping at the doors all day and special storybook characters will stop by to greet and entertain the younger visitors. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Location: Krohn Conservatory, seasonal-krohn-conservatory-show/, Phone: 513-3524080

The City Flea

It’s the first Flea of the season! The City Flea is Cincinnati's original curated, urban flea market that takes place once a month at Washington Park and various other locations throughout the year. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Location: Washington Park, http://

Pioneer Pastimes

SUN 21 Shawnee Lookout Historic Cabin and School Open House Shawnee Lookout has a 1795 log cabin and historic stone school building on its grounds. These buildings are open from 2-5 p.m. on Sundays, May through September. *Ongoing

Time: 2-5 p.m., Location: Shawnee Lookout, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

WEDS 24 Blue Ash Touch a Truck *CP PICK

Celebrate Public Works Week with some of Blue Ash's best trucks! FREE. Time: 4-7 p.m., Location: Summit Park, http://www.

Pirate Movie Time

Ahoy, me hearties! Stop by this Man-o-War for a swashbuckler movie to celebrate the return of Captain Jack Sparrow! Savvy? Ages 12 to 18. FREE. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Location: Sharonville Branch Library, Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6049


Spring into farm life of the olden days! Watch the animals get a haircut and become a farm hand through everyday pioneer activities. Play old-time games, take a wagon ride to the Pioneer Campsite, help in the garden and have fun in Parky’s Playbarn. For children preschool through second grade. Pre-register online 2 days in advance: $6/child, $2.50/adult; Day of event: $7/child, $3/adult. Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-521-7275

SAT 27 Grow Your Own Pawpaw Trees: A Hands-on How to Class

The pawpaw is an indigenous understory tree that bears North America’s largest native fruit and can be a welcome ecological enhancement to your yard. Learn by doing as you help in our pawpaw patches. Learn strategies for gathering fruit, gauging ripeness, processing fruit, cooking with pawpaw and more! Food samples included. Each participant will receive five pawpaw seeds and growing instructions. Meet at the Green Cottage. Preregistration required. Members $7; nonmembers $11 (includes daily admission). Time: 2-4 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center,, Phone: 513-831-1711

Lebanon Appreciation Day *CP PICK

Animal Tales

Nature has many stories to tell. Families are invited to join the naturalist for a nature-themed story. FREE. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center,, Phone: 513-521-7275

FRI 26 Story Time: Hand Book

Bring your child to create their own "hand" in glass! Students will listen to "Hand Book" by Jeff Newman, then we will trace the outline of their hand for them to fill with colorful glass frit. Each student will create a vibrant glass sun catcher entirely unique to them. $35/child age 3 and up. Time: 1:30-2:15 p.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios,, Phone: 513-321-0206

Celebrate over 100 years of railroading in Lebanon with a discounted train ride as we show our appreciation for the continued support of the community. Ride the entire section of railroad owned by the city of Lebanon for just $5.

Time: Rides start at 10 a.m., Location: LM&M Railroad,, Phone: 513-933-8022

Spring Mini Triathlon

Discover your inner tri-athlete! Start a new tradition and challenge yourself, family and friends to Great Parks’ mini-triathlon! We will walk/run (~1.7), bike (~3.4 miles) and paddle (~1 mile) our way to a celebration that awaits the tri-athletes at the finish line. Try it solo or form a team of up to three. Canoes, kayaks and paddle equipment are all provided.

Participants must provide their own bikes and helmets. $24/person; register by May 22nd. Time: 9 a.m., Location: Winton Woods/Harbor, http://, Phone: 513-521-7275

SAT 27 – MON 29 Taste of Cincinnati *CP PICK

Taste of Cincinnati is held every Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati by the Corporate and Community Events division of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Started in 1979, it is now the nation's longest running culinary arts festival. Time: Check website for festival schedule, Location: Fountain Square,

SUN 28 Animal Encounters and Nature Games

Have you ever played Quick Frozen Critters? How about Lemonade? Families with children ages 6 and up learn some of our favorite summer day camp games while learning important ecological principles such as predator vs prey and animal adaptations. Between games, get a close view of the animals cared for at the nature centers. RSVP required; call 513-321-6070 by May 25. FREE. Time: 1-2:30 p.m., Location: Stanbery Park, http://www.

Memorial Day Celebration

Come celebrate the beginning of summer! This open house includes activities sure to please all outdoor lovers and will showcase an artist’s corner and a few unique surprises of the live animal variety. FREE. Time: 2-4 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Harbor, http://, Phone: 513-521-7275

MON 29 Kids’ Mystery Fish Challenge

Catch the mystery fish! Prizes are awarded in three age groups to each kid who weighs in a fish closest to the mystery weight. Every kid who catches a fish will receive a trophy. Any species can be weighed, and live bait is permitted. For children ages 15 and under, accompanied by an adult. FREE. Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Location: Lake Isabella/Boathouse,, Phone: 513-5217275


SAT 27




Memorial Day at Krohn Conservatory

Enjoy $1 hot dogs & water sold by the Cincinnati Fire Department, get up close and personal with a real fire truck and take a walk through the smoke house! All active military and veterans get free admission! Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Location: Krohn Conservatory, http://, Phone: 513-352-4080

TUES 30 ManaTots Story Time

The Blue Manatee tradition of great books, easy laughs, and sweet songs continues every Tuesday on the LePage Stage!

FREE. *Ongoing Time:10-10:30 a.m., Location: Blue Manatee Bookstore, http://, Phone: 513-731-2665

6� Suncatcher

Join us to create a beautiful hanging 6" suncatcher of your own design, using a variety of colorful glass materials. Bring ideas and inspiration if you'd like, and create your image in glass. Let your imagination run wild! No experience necessary. $40/child age 6 and up. Time: 1:30-3 p.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios, https://, Phone: 513-321-0206


National Geographic Photo Ark

WEDS 31 Family Nights: Butterfly Pajama Parties Visit the butterflies after hours for family fun activities and crafts for all ages. This event also happens June 14.

Time: 5-8 p.m., Location: Krohn Conservatory, http:// seasonal-krohn-conservatory-show/, Phone: 513-4215707

ongoing events

May 19-Aug. 20 The National Geographic Photo Ark is an ambitious project committed to documenting every species in zoos - inspiring people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations. The National Geographic Photo Ark is a compelling and visually powerful project that aims to photograph species before it is too late. In addition to creating an archival record for generations to come, this project is a hopeful platform for conservation and shines a light on individuals and organizations working to preserve species around the world. Exhibit free with Zoo admission. Time: Open daily, Location: Cincinnati Zoo, http://, Phone: 513-281-4700

Red to Bronze

Open daily This exhibit chronicles and celebrates eight Reds legends and the bronze statues of them created by local artist Tom Tsuchiya. Through game-used and period items, fans will learn about these Reds icons and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process and tools used by Tsuchiya to craft these enduring tributes to some of the greatest players in Reds history. The exhibit will also include a special focus on the creation of the Pete Rose statue, the ninth Reds statue created by Tsuchiya that will be dedicated at Great American Ball Park on June 17. Hours based on Reds schedule Time: Check website, Location: Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, bronze.jsp, Phone: 513-765-7923

Zoo Babies

May 1-31 Celebrate the Zoo’s 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. Time: Open daily, Location: Cincinnati Zoo, http://, Phone: 513-2814700

A Day in the Life

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

Spring Celebration

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




Summer Fun

May 22-June 25 Beat the heat with summer savings at EnterTRAINment Junction! Purchase a Do-It-All ticket and get a ticket to Cincinnati’s Coney Island – free! That’s 3 great attractions for less than $6 each! Time: Daily, Location: EnterTRAINment Junction,, Phone: 513-898-8000

Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume *CP PICK

Opens May 25 Iconic costumes from “a galaxy far, far away” are presented in the Smithsonian traveling exhibition Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. Opening May 25th, Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume is perhaps Cincinnati’s most anticipated event of the summer. This exhibit is brought to Cincinnati in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and Lucasfilm, and features fan-favorite costumes such as Obi-Wan Kenobi’s robes, Chewbacca’s yak-and-mohair costume, Queen Amidala’s regal gowns and Boba Fett’s armored attire. Museum-goers can expect lots of interactive elements, such as digital interactives featuring sketches, photographs and notes that contextualize each costume. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Museum Center’s website.

Time: Open daily, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center,, Phone: 513-287-7000

Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibit

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

Majestic Monarch

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

Baby Splash Classes at Hubbard Family Swim School

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

Friday Night Grill Outs

May 26-Sept. 1 Bring the family to Lake Isabella to enjoy a relaxing Friday evening with flame-grilled food and local live music. Dine on the patio pier or in the Chart Room. Playground and boathouse open before and after dinner. Meals available for $8.95–$10.95. Time: 5-8 p.m., Location: Lake Isabella, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

Story Time at IKEA

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

Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris

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

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