CINCY'S FAVORITE TEACHERS
WHAT MAKES THEM SO SPECIAL
A FOSTER PARENT
FOR A THRILL?
FOUR AMUSEMENT PARKS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER
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The Cincinnati Dragons
Let's Go to an Amusement Park!
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Editor's Note Community Spotlight Cincy's Kids Our Social Network
RESOURCES & CALENDARS
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Preschool & Education Guide Summer Program & Camp Guide May Events Fun & Wacky Calendar
Thinking About Becoming a Foster Parent?
Should My Child See a Mental Health Professional?
4 reasons to take the leap
Understanding when to seek outside help
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Who is Your Favorite Teacher? Local students express what makes their educators so special
Before They Go
Preparing kids for sleep away camp
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Let the Countdown Begin... To summer, that is! Are your kids marking off the days on the calendar until school lets out? (Are you, too?) That final stretch can be a long haul – the lure of one warm May day can distract the best of us. As the last days of school approach, we often reflect on all that’s happened for our children over the course of the year. Not surprisingly, the difference between a really good year and one that’s just ho-hum is having a great teacher. The impact of a special teacher can be felt in both big and small ways, and in this issue, we asked local students to describe what makes their teachers so important to them. Check out Who Is Your Favorite Teacher on page 26 for their answers. If your child had some rough patches socially or emotionally this year that you didn’t anticipate, you may be feeling a little in over your head on how to best help them. There are trained professionals who know what to do though, and reaching out to them for 06
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assistance could make all the difference in the world. Should My Child See a Mental Health Professional? can help you understand when to take this next step. What are your kids most looking forward to this summer? While vacations, camps and other fun activities are on the agenda for lots of children, unfortunately there are many kids in the Cincinnati area in difficult family circumstances whose summer won’t be nearly as enjoyable. The number of children needing foster families now is truly staggering. As a parent, you know how important a stable, positive environment is for kids. If you’ve ever considered providing that for a child in need, read Thinking About Becoming a Foster Parent? for some insight into what the process of fostering is all about. There’s much more inside (amusement parks, summer camp programs, not-to-miss events this month), so please keep flipping! School will be out before you know it – here’s wishing you a great wrap-up to your child’s academic year and a super start to many fun summer days ahead!
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The family that gardens together… has a blast! If you only know Blooms & Berries for its picturesque rows of the reddest, most mouth-watering u-pick strawberries each summer, you’re missing out now! This farm is the place to go in Cincinnati to foster your kids’ green thumbs. Pick up an all-in-one Garden Kit or Kids Garden Project in the Garden Center - choose from kid-approved themes like butterf ly garden or pizza garden. Blooms & Berries Garden Center offers gorgeous photo opps, a butterf ly hatchery, games, a kids garden corner and even a potting bench to keep the mess on the farm. You don’t have to be a gardening pro or invest a lot of money on a family garden; the experts at Blooms & Berries have done the work for you with their hand picked Garden Kits, so you can relax and enjoy the simple pleasure of gardening with your kids. This kid-friendly garden center is open 7 days a week, but be sure to check out Family Garden Weekend May 5-6 for a few extra fun features during your visit!
celebrate moms Mother’s Day is May 13th, so celebrate all the special ladies in your life! Begin with brunch – Coney Island and Winton Woods are both hosting scrumptious buffets. BB Riverboats offers brunch with a view during its two-hour Mother’s Day Cruise (choose from lunch or dinner cruises). LM&M’s Mother’s Day Brunch is planned at the charming Warren County Museum following a scenic train ride. After everyone’s full, enjoy a day visiting Krohn Conservatory (Mom’s admission to the Butterf ly Show is half-price on May 13th) or the Cincinnati Zoo (come for Zoo Babies, and moms get in free on Mother’s Day!).
Visit BloomsAndBerries.com for more info and to join the berry picking email list.
calling all piglets
The Children’s Museum
OPENS MAY 4
It was a long winter without the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. As you know, the museum closed last November to accommodate construction activity as part of the effort to restore Union Terminal. But our beloved museum has made the most of the hiatus: fresh paint and new f looring throughout, new netting around the Energy Zone, new animal specimens in Animal Spot, a new crane in Construction Zone, a new Metro bus in Kids’ Town, new stools in the Diner and a new slide in The Woods. And the best news? The Children’s Museum reopens May 4th, just in time for summer break! www.cincymuseum.org
The Flying Pig Marathon is a true Cincinnati favorite, and there are countless ways for families to participate in all the fun. If you’re not running the full marathon, try the half, 10K, 5K or relay. Kids can participate in the Flying Pig Kids’ Marathon 26th Mile, Piglet or Diaper Dash. And PigAbilities is open to all people with disabilities. (If you’re looking for inspiration to run next year’s Pig, the P&G Health and Fitness Expo at Duke Energy Convention Center is a great place to start!) This race brings Cincinnati together in a fun and healthy way, and this year’s 20th anniversary event is truly something to celebrate! http://flyingpigmarathon.com
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CINCINNATIPARENT.COM. TOUCH A TRUCK EVENTS IN CINCY cincinnatiparent.com/touch-a-truck Touch a Truck events put kids in the driver's seat of their favorite big vehicles: fire trucks, garbage trucks, diggers and dump trucks. These popular events are being held all around Cincinnati this summer, guaranteeing tons of touch-a-truck fun.
100 THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER IN CINCY cincinnatiparent.com/cincy-summer May means the end of the school year, the start of summer festival seasons, Memorial Day fireworks, and Cincinnati Parent’s Summer Bucket List: 100 awesome things to do with your family over the next three months!
BEST BERRY U-PICK FARMS IN CINCY cincinnatiparent.com/berry-farms Nothing beats a locally grown, fresh-from-the-earth, berry. Bold blues, rich reds – berries are a quintessential part of summer!
FOR THE LATEST KID-FRIENDLY HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN, BOOKMARK SARAH MCCOSHAM'S "WHERE ARE WE GOING TODAY?" BLOG. WITH BRIGHT PHOTOS AND VIVID DESCRIPTIONS, HER POSTS LET PARENTS KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN VISITING CINCINNATI SITES – WHETHER IT'S A LIBRARY PLAY PLACE, NEW PLAYGROUND, LOCAL MUSEUM OR MORE. THIS MONTH, LOOK FOR FEATURES ON LOTS OF FUN OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: THE NEW ZIEGLER PARK PLAYGROUND, THE CITY OF MONTGOMERY'S PARK EXPLORER PROGRAM AND BLOOMS & BERRIES'S KIDS GARDEN CENTER!
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While switching from a traditional classroom to online schooling can be a big adjustment, we provide the tools and support to help you address these challenges. We hope you’ll consider OHVA for the 2018-2019 school year! To learn more, visit our website at ohva.k12.com.
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Let’s Go to an Amusement Park! Four options for a thrill-packed getaway Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a trip to an amusement park. Whether you enjoy the thrill of a roller coaster, the classic fun of midway rides or the refreshing splash of a waterpark, there is an option within reach that has you covered. Here are a four of our favorites.
Know before you go
Just north of Cincinnati in Warren County (aka Ohio’s Largest Playground) is Kings Island, the largest amusement park in the Midwest. With more than 100 rides, as well as a variety of shows and attractions, Kings Island offers something for everyone – and it is right in our own backyard.
Located in Sandusky on the shores of Lake Erie, Cedar Point is a bit of a hike from Cincy, but well worth the drive. The park offers an unmatched collection of rides and attractions, including 17 roller coasters, four kids’ areas, Cedar Point Shores Water Park, overnight accommodations, live shows, restaurants and more.
Big thrills Known as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” this park does not disappoint. Enjoy 17 seconds of breathtaking fun on Top Thrill Dragster. Conquer twists, corkscrews, launches and tunnels on Maverick and tackle the steel behemoth that is Millennium Force. Be sure to pace yourself – remember there are 17 coasters to ride!
TOP CEDAR POINT MIDDLE CONEY ISLAND BOTTOM HOLIDAY WORLD & SPLASHIN' SAFARI
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From classic midway rides to Peanut’sthemed fun at Camp Snoopy and Planet Snoopy, there’s tons of fun for little ones at this park. When the temperatures soar, Cedar Point Shores Water Park offers a refreshing break. And be sure to catch one of the award-winning shows before your stay is over.
The two-day park ticket offers the most bang your buck and also allows plenty of time to hit all of the attractions. If you opt to stay at a Cedar Point-owned resort, be sure to ask about their Stay & Play Packages. Learn more at www.cedarpoint.com.
Big thrills Kings Island has 9.2 miles of roller coaster track to explore. Whether you prefer classic coasters like the Racer, massive steel rides like Diamondback or the newest addition, Mystic Timbers, voted Best New Ride of 2017, you are sure to get your adrenaline pumping at this park.
Family-friendly fun For families with young children, Planet Snoopy is the perfect place to spend the day. Little ones can enjoy pint-sized rides, meet their favorite Peanuts characters and get face-to-face with barnyard animals in the petting zoo. As temps heat up, don’t forget about Soak City, the park’s massive 33-acre waterpark.
Know before you go A little research will go a long way in scoring the best deals at Kings Island.
Head to www. visitkingsisland.com/ tickets-passes to explore all of their ticket options, including the occasional buy one/get one free offer and the combo pass that scores you a day at both Kings Island and Cedar Point. Thinking about making more than one trip this summer? A season pass may be worth looking into.
HOLIDAY WORLD & SPLASHIN’ SAFARI Once known simply as Santa Claus Land, this holiday-themed park in the tiny southern Indiana town of Santa Claus has blossomed into the Midwest Mecca for wooden coasters and water slides.
Big thrills If you love a classic wooden roller coaster, you are going to love this park. And where else can you tackle the nation's first launched wing coaster and two of the world's longest water coasters in the same day? This mix of rides in one compact park is tough to beat.
Family-friendly fun The holiday themes throughout the park are enough to delight visitors of all ages. Add in tot-friendly coasters and water slides, as well as classics like the Scarecrow Scrambler and the Lewis and Clark old-fashioned cars and you have a park designed with families in mind.
Know before you go Take advantage of the free unlimited soft drinks and sunscreen included with admission. For more insider tips, visit www. holidayworld.com/planyour-trip/insider-tips/.
CONEY ISLAND Coney Island is a hometown destination where everyone can splash, ride and play. Attractions range from kiddie rides and water slides to classic thrill rides.
Big thrills You won’t find any big coasters here, but there are plenty of thrills to be had on classics like the Tempest, Flying Bobs and the Scrambler.
Family-friendly fun The younger set will love the collection of kiddie rides and the whole family will enjoy a refreshing afternoon at Sunlite Water Adventure, including Typhoon Tower’s 73 interactive play stations and the world’s largest re-circulating pool and erupting hydro storm.
Know before you go Coney Island offers a number of ticket options, including season passes as well as discounted Print@ Home tickets. Visit https://coneyisland park.com/tickets-passes to learn more. Whether this will be your family’s first trip to an amusement park or you are old pros, these four parks are sure to keep the whole crew entertained! May 2018 CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 15
thinking about becoming a
FOSTER PARENT? 4 REASONS TO TAKE THE LEAP WORDS BY WENDI WILLIAMS
The child welfare system works hard to protect our society’s most vulnerable members, but they can’t do it without the heroic efforts of loving, committed foster parents. However, for many, the idea of fostering a child is a daunting proposition, and it becomes something to get around to “someday.” But what if someday is here… today? If you’ve ever considered opening your home and heart to a child in need, read on for a few reasons to get the ball rolling.
You will have support. No matter how experienced you are (or aren’t) when it comes to children, foster care agencies are there to educate and support you. Sarah Sizemore is the supervisor of the foster care program at Beech Acres Parenting Center and says they work hard to provide a number of resources to foster parents. “We do a lot of training throughout the year. We have an on-call social worker who’s available 24/7. [Parents] can call any time day or night and get a hold of someone directly. We also have a foster parent support group that meets monthly.” The takeaway? If you decide to foster, you won’t be alone. There might be a bit of a learning curve, but education and training are available throughout the process.
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The need is great. The number of children in foster care has been rising at alarming rates, especially with the opioid epidemic facing so many families. “People have always struggled with addiction, but over the last couple years, that number has risen and risen,” says Sizemore. “A child might come into foster care for homelessness, but at the root of that problem is addiction.” That staggering rise of children into foster care means agencies are always looking for people to foster – often willing for their lives to change at a moment’s notice. While the needs, preferences and limitations of prospective parents are always considered before placement, those who are flexible and able to adapt quickly can be a great help. Abuse victims, sibling groups and teens can be more difficult to place, but if you’re open to these circumstances, caring for these high-risk children can be infinitely rewarding.
The work is hard – but essential. What is something you’ll likely never hear from a foster parent? “That was easy!” Foster care is tough. It can be heartbreaking to hear what kids
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have gone through. Clermont for Kids foster care supervisor Sara Faison gives the example of fostering an adolescent: “I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a teenager and end up in foster care, through no fault of your own, and then also lose all your friends, neighbors and everyone that you know.” Kids in foster care have had turbulent backgrounds; the safe, nurturing environment you provide may be the first one they’ve known.
You have the chance to make a real difference. Foster parents come in endless varieties. Some are single, some are empty nesters, some have biological children, and some have never had kids of their own. Many have been touched by the foster care system themselves. However, Faison says foster parents all have one thing in common – they feel a sincere desire to help children and give them a safe place to live. It won’t happen overnight, but the impact you have on a child could last a lifetime. While he or she may not express what it means to them in the moment to be cared for by you, it can be gratifying to know that you are a positive force changing the course of a child’s life in a better direction.
FOSTER CARE BY THE NUMBERS
1,200 Number of children in Hamilton Countyâ€™s foster care system
Median age of a foster child in the Cincinnati area
Minimum age to become a foster parent in Ohio
Required hours of training to receive licensing
Increase in Ohio kids in foster care between 2016 and 2017 Sources: Hamilton Co. Job & Family Services: www.hckids.org (statistics 1-4), Public Children Services Association of Ohio: www.pcsao.org (statistic 5)
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THIS MONTH'S SPOTLIGHT
WORDS BY KIM DINAN
Local Spotlight: The Cincinnati Dragons
Making basketball accessible to more young athletes
falling through the cracks that are perfect candidates for wheelchair basketball.
The Cincinnati Dragons is a wheelchair basketball team for kids ages 5-17. Founded by double amputee and former Paralympian Jacob Counts, the Dragons travel the Midwest competing in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Cincinnati Parent spoke with Counts to learn more about the team and what it offers its young players. WHY DID YOU START THE CINCINNATI DRAGONS? When I was injured in 1993 at the age of 13, there weren’t many opportunities for kids with disabilities to play sports, especially competitive sports. I started playing wheelchair basketball for a team in Cincinnati when I was 19. I got pretty good at it and played in college for four years. After that I joined Team USA for 4 years, and then played professionally in Italy for 5 years. When I moved back to the Cincinnati area in 2013, I saw that not a whole lot had changed in terms of competitive adaptive sports. There was a great hockey program called the Cincinnati Icebreakers, but there wasn’t a wheelchair basketball program. That’s what motivated me to start a team. HOW DID YOU BEGIN THE PROGRAM? The first thing we did was to start a non-profit called the Greater Cincinnati Adaptive Sports Club. From there we knew that our first program would be wheelchair basketball. We did a lot of outreach,
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talked to schools and hospitals to try to get the word out about our basketball team. The very first practice we had 8 kids show up. This season we have 22 players.
WHO COACHES THE TEAM AND WHERE DOES THE TEAM PLAY? We have two teams, a Prep Team and a Varsity Team. I coach our little kids on the Prep Team and Ian Lynch coaches the middle and high school Varsity Team. Ian is an accomplished basketball player and won a gold medal in Rio last summer in wheelchair basketball. He’s one of the elite players of the world. We play in the Midwestern Conference, so we travel the Midwest a lot. We play in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Chicago and Dayton. We are fortunate because the national tournament has been in Louisville the last couple of years.
HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT THE CINCINNATI DRAGONS? First and foremost, we need help spreading the word and letting kids know about the opportunity to play wheelchair basketball. Our team has grown, but I know there are some kids
We could also use help with our travel budget. Our philosophy is that we don’t feel it should cost our parents and families more for their kids to play sports than their typical peers playing in a YMCA league. But for us to play teams, we have to travel to different cities, so we can always use funds for equipment and travel. HOW DOES BEING A MEMBER OF THE CINCINNATI DRAGONS BENEFIT KIDS ON THE TEAM? Disabled kids benefit from all of the things that any kid would, and we all benefit through sports. You learn how to work together, you learn how to compete, and you learn how to work hard. That’s one side of what we are trying to offer. We also want the kids to have that social component. The team is a great resource as far as learning independence and learning all the tricks that make living with a disability easy. The kids and their parents get to be around other people going through the same thing. It’s nice for a kid with a disability to be able to come into the gym and not be different at all.
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about the Cincinnati Dragons? Check out their website at www.cincinnati dragons.com.
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Should My Child See a Mental Health Professional? UNDERSTANDING WHEN TO SEEK OUTSIDE HELP WORDS BY SARAH BRICKER-HUNT AND KAREN RING
All kids experience some challenges as they go through childhood, and most of the time these “rough patches” come and go without too much cause for worry. Sometimes though, a troubling phase lingers, bringing to light a mental health issue that could be resolved with the help of someone well-versed in the area of childhood development.
A parent’s knowledge and intuition regarding their child goes a long way in helping to identify a problem. “As parents we know our children best,” Knott says. “We should be looking at the amount of time they are spending alone (isolating), excessive crying or sadness, hopelessness or thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Explore peer relationships and how those are in school, outside of school and on social media. Talk with the school and see if they are having concerns.”
“While most children will experience sadness from time to time, there can be signs that signal a deeper issue that needs attention,” says Nicole Bosse, PsyD, Lindner Center of HOPE Staff Psychologist.
It is also important to note that warning signs change as children age. Younger children tend to exhibit mental health issues through their behavior, while older adolescents may exhibit symptoms through their emotions.
“Excessive sadness and depression typically expresses itself in different ways from adults, with irritability and mood shifts and the level of functioning that a parent may have been used to before typically changing in several areas of their life (at home, school, peer relationships, personal care, etc.),” adds Neicole Knott, Director of Clinical Services with Beckett Springs.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI www.nami.org) outlines several signs to watch for in younger children that could indicate a potential problem:
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• Changes in school performance • Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school
• Hyperactive behavior • Frequent nightmares • Frequent disobedience or aggression • Frequent temper tantrums Parents of adolescents should take note of these troubling behaviors: • Feeling excessively sad or low • Excessive worry or fear • Substance abuse • Social avoidance • Changes in eating habits • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”) • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, NAMI recommends erring on the side of caution. Even mild symptoms can be relieved, and more severe issues respond best when treatment is sought in earlier stages.
“If parents are concerned with their child’s mood there are several places to turn. It is reasonable to start with your child’s pediatrician, as they are trained to be on the lookout for these signs and can direct next steps if necessary,” Bosse says. “There are also several therapists at the Lindner Center of HOPE who treat and diagnose childhood depression with therapy, medication or both.” The online Psychology Today database (www. PsychologyToday.com) is another valuable resource, offering a comprehensive list of providers sorted by zip code, cost, specialty and other factors.
“If there are immediate concerns for safety this would a reason for an emergency room visit at a pediatric hospital or local ER,” Knott adds. Most importantly, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. As a parent you wouldn’t think twice about seeking a professional opinion for a physical problem your child might have. Mental health should be viewed in the same way. Professional therapists, social workers, counselors and psychologists are trained to identify problematic behaviors in kids, and work with parents as partners in helping their child.
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Who is Your Favorite Teacher? LOCAL STUDENTS EXPRESS WHAT MAKES THEIR EDUCATORS SO SPECIAL DO YOU REMEMBER A TEACHER GROWING UP THAT HAD AN ESPECIALLY POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU? MAYBE HE OR SHE NURTURED A BUDDING INTEREST YOU HAD. OR THEIR HIGH EXPECTATIONS PUSHED YOU TO ACHIEVE MORE THAN YOU THOUGHT POSSIBLE. MAYBE THEY WERE SOMEONE WHO JUST TRULY CARED ABOUT YOU. GREAT TEACHERS SEE THESE ACTS AS SIMPLY PART OF THE JOB DESCRIPTION, BUT TO THEIR STUDENTS, IT CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE COURSE OF THEIR SCHOOL DAY – AND BEYOND. HERE WE’VE ASKED A FEW LOCAL STUDENTS TO CHOOSE THEIR FAVORITE TEACHER AND DESCRIBE WHAT MAKES THAT PERSON SO SIGNIFICANT TO THEM.
Molly Mysogland Senior, Mariemont High School favorite teacher: Mike Hanley, Social Studies Teacher Simply put, Mr. Hanley is the best teacher because he is committed to his students. Even though he teaches many classes, the education of each and every student is always his top priority. What’s different about Mr. Hanley is that he keeps his students accountable for the material that he teaches, forcing us to be responsible and implementing a strong foundation to our AP classes. Every day in the classroom was spent learning and preparing, going beyond the textbook and curriculum. He is my favorite teacher because of his jokes, high fives in the hallways, and the fact that he respected my time and taught me well.
Emma Treadway Senior, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy favorite teacher: Dr. Jim Lipovsky, Latin teacher My favorite teacher is Dr. Lipovsky. He has not only kindled in me a passion for Classics and its transformative abilities, but he has been both a guide and friend to me throughout my four years with him. My senior year, we often would meet during his lunch bell to look into obscure Latin puzzles (such as the convoluted meaning of the prefix “inter-“) just for the sake of learning and discussing. He is a major reason I have pushed myself, both in the college process and beyond, and I continue to go to him frequently for advice or simply for a good conversation. He has left a profound impact on my character and my motivations, and I thank him for that.
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Megan Hasson Senior, Princeton High School favorite teacher: Kristen Brown, 6-12 Music Educator, Band Mrs. Kristen Brownâ€™s dedication to teaching music at Princeton City Schools makes her a leader and role model. As drum major of the Pride of Princeton Marching Band and first chair of the flute section in Symphonic Band, I aspire to be like Mrs. Brown. With the leadership responsibilities I was given, Mrs. Brown was always there for guidance and encouragement. She carries herself and handles situations with poise and professionalism. She is a well-respected, intelligent, key necessity to the music department and is committed to celebrating the uniqueness of each one of her 400 plus students. By providing musical and cultural opportunities, Mrs. Brown engages us in amazing experiences, while preparing us academically and for success overall.
Audrey Felton and Annaliese Andsager Seniors, Saint Ursula Academy favorite teacher: Dr. Samantha Jones, English/Literature Dept. To both literature lovers and Shakespeare haters, Saint Ursula Academyâ€™s Literature teacher Dr. Samantha Jones teaches with enthusiasm and care that appeals to all of her students. As both an Advisor and a teacher, she accommodates to all learning styles by introducing riveting short stories and compelling activities that greatly expand our knowledge of literature. She makes the complicated words of William Shakespeare relatable to our current world and eagerly offers help outside of class on all assignments from research essays to poetry projects. We aspire to one day lead with the poise and energy Dr. Jones brings into her classroom as we take our Literature knowledge learned in room E105 with us to our future college classrooms.
Chloe Volk 4 years old, Creative Tots favorite teacher: Nancy Piening Miss Nancy is silly and very lovey. She always give me hugs and is very sweet. The calendar is my favorite thing at circle time. I like it the best because you get to count! She always has the most amazing crafts at her table! She always does super interesting things. She says, 'Can you tell me what the name of this shape is?' And 'Try to build a dinosaur.' She does so many things like that cool dinosaur picture we made with the 10 plates!
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Amaya Hammons 5th grader, Roll Hill Academy favorite teacher: Tiffini Gray, iLife Teacher (High tech computer) Mrs. Gray has been there what seems like most of my whole life. I remember when she was my library teacher and she would read books to not just me, but the whole class. She had this special way of bringing the words on those pages to life. She is one of the reasons I like to read, I am able to escape and feel like I am really there and the story is really happening. Now she is my iLife teacher, I am at most times a quiet student, but Mrs. Gray always encourages me to speak up… I remember looking in the mirror a couple of days after one of our talks and I said to myself “It’s time to be recognized.” Mrs. Gray has helped me become more confident. If I have any problems I can talk to her. Mrs. Gray can make you happy when you are down! However she always makes sure you have your work done before everything. All of these things make Mrs. Gray who she is; she is nice, funny, cute, smart and prepared for everything. And that is enough for me.
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WORDS BY DEB KRUPOWICZ
Ask the Teacher Last days of school, kindergarten readiness and learning gratitude
THE LAST FEW DAYS OF SCHOOL ALWAYS SEEM LIKE SUCH A WASTE OF TIME. I AM THINKING OF GETTING AN EARLY START ON OUR VACATION TO BEAT THE CROWDS. WOULD MISSING THOSE FINAL DAYS BE THAT BIG OF A DEAL?
Although the last few days of school are not typically filled with new concepts or academic rigor, there are activities that are meaningful for students in other ways. Reflection on the past school year is very valuable; it is important that students of all ages learn to look back and recognize what they have learned over the course of the school year, even if it is in a general way. But that is not the greatest good that comes from those last days. Having kids celebrate achievements of the year, remember experiences shared with classmates and appreciate friendships that have formed are more than just being nostalgic; they help reinforce community and camaraderie and strengthen student values of ethics and hard work. Skipping the last few days of school is like leaving a movie five minutes before it is over! Let your child wrap up the year with his or her classmates – the end of a school year is an important milestone that should be recognized.
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OUR OLDEST CHILD TURNS 5 THIS SUMMER AND WE ARE MOVING TO A NEW STATE. HOW DO WE KNOW IF HE IS READY FOR KINDERGARTEN?
If you and your pediatrician have watched your child progress on track physically, socially and emotionally, he is very likely ready for kindergarten. If he is hopping and jumping, holding a pencil/crayons and cutting with scissors, and managing his own bathroom needs, your son is physically ready. Listening to stories, being attentive for short periods, knowing general times of day, understanding basic expectations of behavior, and recognizing the causes and effects that result from his actions are all indicators of social readiness. Emotionally, your child should be able to separate comfortably from you and respond to changes in routine without becoming upset. Expectations for academic skills upon entry into kindergarten vary a great deal among schools. Visit your new school’s website for a checklist or schedule a consult with a kindergarten teacher. Some kindergartens receive children with very little academic development, but others expect children to have mastered the alphabet as well as the
phonetic sounds associated with letters and to understand some basic mathematical concepts. If you recognize a significant gap in what your son knows and what the starting point is at his future school, think about waiting for a year to enroll him. Providing exposure in those areas where he may be lacking might be in his best interest long-term.
MY THIRDGRADE DAUGHTER DOES NOT SEEM TO APPRECIATE ANYTHING. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP HER BE GRATEFUL NOT ONLY FOR WHAT SHE HAS, BUT FOR THE PEOPLE IN HER LIFE?
Learning not to take things for granted and to be grateful requires a mature perspective. To help your daughter develop a more appreciative outlook, begin by recognizing themes of gratitude – and lack of gratitude – that are around her in stories, books, movies and television. Keep the conversation light to invite discussion rather than fuel a lecture. For instance, in a story of someone’s success, rather than list off a litany of factors for which the character should be grateful, ask an open-ended question such as, “What contributed to this person’s
success beyond her own effort?” or “Would this have happened if so-and-so had not supported her?” Hearing her observations and thoughts will give you some insight into how to help her see parallels in her own life. Model gratitude at home and in public. Offer her a genuine “thank you” for simple kindnesses like carrying in a bag of groceries, helping with dinner or making her bed. Talk about situations in which you feel grateful for others, for example, a co-worker’s help during your work day, your sister’s support in a frustrating moment, or a neighbor’s gesture of bringing up your trash cans on a rainy day. When at a restaurant, thank wait and bus staff kindly and talk with her about the challenges of their work. You might even encourage her to leave a thank you note at the table to make someone’s day. Thank the clerk at the store or the fast food chain with more than an offhand “thanks” by mentioning something specific like, “I appreciate your cheerful attitude today” or “Thanks so much for your patience when I changed my mind about my order.” Allow her to see how people lift one another up through simple acts of thoughtfulness and how it can have a ripple effect on others.
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THE CAMPUS AT KIDS FIRST We have FULL DAY Kindergarten! Located inside the nationally acclaimed Kids First Sports Center, The Campus offers the premier early learning experience for children ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten. As the only early learning center in the area that makes physical education a top priority, The Campus at Kids First gives your child an academic edge by integrating a world class physical education (including gymnastics, basketball, yoga and soccer!) curriculum in to the daily schedule, at NO additional cost! Our carefully selected and loving teachers utilize a relevance-based curriculum combined with child-directed play to make learning FUN and start each child on their journey to becoming a life-long learner. 7900 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249, www. theCampusKF.com, Phone: (513) 629-KIDS, info@ theCampusKF.com
CHAI TOTS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER Academic excellence via a unique blend of Jewish and Montessori education offering strong academics, stressing life skills, interpersonal relationship skills and nurturing a love for life-long learning. Individualized curriculum customized for each student, expansive naturally lit rooms, low student ratio. Specials include yoga, music, Hebrew, Spanish, dance, drama, art and Tae Kwon Do. Flexible schedules, before and aftercare, web cams and after-school enrichment available. Transportation available to/from Mason schools. Limited space - now enrolling! 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040, Phone: (513) 234-0600, www.ChaiTots.com, Ages/Grades: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten (6 weeks-6 years), Enrollment: 60
CINCINNATI HILLS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY CHCA is a vibrant, multidenominational, college preparatory school serving students Age 2- grade 12. We’re investing $9MM to deliver new levels of student engagement through expanded facilities including an expanded Early Childhood Learning Center, Innovation Labs, a Greenhouse, and Engineering and Applied Science Labs. CHCA is leading the way to higher levels of cognitive, relational, and spiritual engagement for each student. 11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Natalie Pfister, Enrollment Director, Phone: (513)2470900, Email: email@example.com, 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, www.TheCompassSchool.com
YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers state licensed before and after school care at over 85 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. 1105 Elm Street, Cincinnnati, OH 45202, Contact: Trish Kitchell, VP Youth Development, Phone: 513-362YMCA, Fax: 513-651-3540, Email: tkitchell@MyY.org, www.MyY.org, Grades: Ages 3-12, Enrollment: Stop by any YMCA of Greater Cincinnati location or check with your local school district.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cmhschool.com, Grades: Preschool through Sixth grade, Enrollment: 150
COUNTRY HILLS MONTESSORI Providing programs for 3 to K. Small, individualized classes with low student-teacher ratios, under the guidance of Montessori certified teachers, in an inter-generational environment. Multiple Locations in Eastgate, Oakley, Harrison and West Chester Ohio and in Ft. Thomas KY. Visit chmschools.com for all location addresses & phones. Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner, Email: susan@ chmschools.com, www.chmschools.com/, Grades: 3 - K
Little Sprouts Montessori nurtures the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of children, helping them develop a lifetime love of learning. Our goal is to empower children to discover and hone their strengths as they explore the world. We recognize the importance of individualized education, and maintain a 1:6 ratio. 7131 Plainfield Road, Deer Park, OH 45236, Contact: Christie Sawyer, Phone: 513-697-9021, Email: csawyer@ leavesoflearning.org, www.little-sprouts.org, Grades: Preschool & Kindergarten, Enrollment: Families choose mornings two to four days per week (T/TH and/or W/F), and/or afternoon sessions on Tuesday and Thursday.
THE NEW SCHOOL MONTESSORI Cincinnati's only school accredited by the American Montessori Society. Centrally located and surrounded by wooded play yards and gardens, students benefit from a nurturing environment where Montessori-credentialed staff support high academic and personal achievement. Full-day, half-day with healthy lunches included in tuition. ISACS and AMS accredited program. 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229, Contact: Ceara Comstock, Phone: (513)281-7999, Email: email@example.com, www.newschool montessori.com, Grades: 3-year-olds through Grade 6, Enrollment: 135
THE SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Founded in 1890, The Summit serves students from 18 months to Grade 12. Full- and half-day Montessori programs for ages 18 months-age 6 begin the academic journey followed by a collegepreparatory program (Grades 1-12). The Summit educates students spiritually, academically, physically, socially and artistically while offering the academic excellence and one-on-one guidance of a top-tier Catholic independent school. 2161 Grandin Road (Hyde Park), Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: 513-871-4700, ext. 261, Email: pearl_e@ summitcds.org, www.summitcds.org
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 Starts Here. 2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Carmen Mendoza, Admissions Director, Phone: 513 871-6080 ext. 211, Fax: 513 871-6428, Email: cmendoza@springer-LD.org, www.springer-LD.org, Grades: 1 through 8, Enrollment: 200
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Before They Go Preparing kids for sleep away camp
Spending money at camp is another discussion you’ll want to have with your child. Many camps have camp stores where kids can pick up essentials like toothpaste or feminine hygiene products. In many cases, camps will charge parent’s credit cards for their child’s purchases. Talk to your camper about his or her budget and what is considered an “essential item.” This is a great opportunity to discuss responsible spending habits.
Going away to camp is an exciting experience for most children, but the days leading up to your child’s departure can feel like a mad dash of packing and organizing. But there are easy ways to plan ahead to help the process go smoothly and make sure your child has everything they need while they’re away. Read on for some simple tips to take before the big day arrives.
packing Step number one: review the packing list provided by your child’s camp. This list will include essentials (like clothing and toiletries) as well as camp-specific items like sports equipment or other essentials unique to your camp.
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reaching the end of their life. It’s also important to put your child’s name on everything they bring. Parents can get a jump-start on packing by labeling things early and putting well-worn items, like tennis shoes and t-shirts, aside to be packed for later.
camp rules Every camp has its own set of rules and expectations and it’s important for your child to be familiar with these guidelines before arriving at camp. In the week or two before leaving, take time to sit down with your child and discuss the camp’s policies, especially as they pertain to technology use and money. Most camps do not allow the use of technology, including cell phones. For a kid that always has his phone on him, this tech-free period can be an adjustment. If you feel it’s necessary, help your child adapt in advance by enforcing technology-free weekends at home.
If your child will be heading to camp with prescription medications, make sure that you have pre-ordered enough medication to get your child through her stay at camp. At most camps, the camp nurse will hold the medications and ensure your child takes it as prescribed, but be certain that you and your child understand their policy. Do you think homesickness might be an issue for your camper? For many kids, especially those heading to sleep away camp for the first time, feeling sad or upset is not uncommon. To combat homesickness, talk with your son or daughter beforehand about how you’ll keep in touch (at many camps this is good old-fashioned letter writing) and let them know that their job at camp is to have a good time and not worry about things back home.
With just a little bit of early planning and a few important discussions with your child, you will no doubt have a “happy camper” this summer!
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& CAMP guide DAY CAMPS ADVENTURE DAY'S ON THE FARM/ BENTON FAMILY FARM 11896 Old Lexington Pike, Walton, KY 41094, Contact: Mary Benton Marcum/ Director, Email: Bentonfamilyfarm@aol.com, Phone: 859-2404552, Bentonfarm.com Basic Category: Adventure/ Outdoor, Animals Dates: June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20
If your child loves animals and outdoor activities and some dirt/water we are the camp to visit! We're a very unique summer camp in operation for 13 years and repeat campers keep us booked. Let your child experience a family farm and get their own farm animal for the week to care for and walk, wash, shear, and learn about. We divide into teams and learn a different chore every am, we do morning circle and then we dive into the Family Farm. Activities include milking a cow, archery, fishing, horseback riding lessons, nature walks, berry picking, veggie picking, sheep shearing, rope climbing, and traditional team games! Fun, learning, practice public speaking, arts and music are all in this camp and most importantly safety. Check our reviews or request to talk to parents who have been sending their children for over 10 years. The kids never out grow us - they will eventually become a Jr. Counselor and be helping new campers and learning from the Sr. Counselors. It's amazing what happens when a child gets to hold and love a baby goat all week and our goal is to be the best week of their summer! We have to say don't be surprised if on the first day back to school their essay about their best summer time is about Adventure Day's!
BALDWIN MUSIC EDUCATION CENTER SUMMER PROGRAMS 3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, Contact: Rachel Kramer, Phone: 513-351-1109, Email: info@BaldwinMusicEduCenter.com, www.baldwinmusiceducenter.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: June-August with flex-terms and options Ages/Grades: Preschool Music Classes for Ages 6-months to 4-yrs & Keyboard Camps for ages 5-10 Cost: $80-$190
Summer is more exciting with music classes to brighten each week! Age-specific, speciallydesigned music classes engage students from the minute they walk through the door. Singing, playing, keyboard time, crafts and more open the world of music to every child. 55+ years experience, trained group music teachers, friendly neighborhood, ample parking and family discounts.
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BOYCHOIR SUMMER MUSIC CAMP
Phone: (513) 396-7664, Contact: KellyAnn Nelson, Managing Artistic Director, www.cincinnatiboychoir.org/camp
5050 Madison Road Cincinnati OH 45227, Contact: Kaitlyn Rinear, Phone: 513-527-7358 ext. 5058, Email: campican@thechildrenshomecinti. org, www.thechildrenshomecinti.org
Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 25-29, 2018
Calling all music-loving boys entering grades 2 through 6 for a musical voyage around the world! During this week-long half-day camp at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, boys sing in the camp choir, join a drumming ensemble, play instruments, learn dances, and play games that reflect the area of the world that we “travel” to.
CAMP AT THE J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Contact: Judith Rapport, Camp Director, Phone: 513-7617500, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mayersonjcc.org/camp-afterschool/ summer-camps/ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Arts, School Programs (Before/After), Special Needs, Sports, Traditional Dates: June 11 - August 10, 2018; One-, two-, and three-week camp options
From swim lessons and archery to arts and crafts, Camp at the J provides great social and educational opportunities that foster friendships and features all the fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. Camp at the J offers sports, field trips, and value-based learning that encourages respect and community.
CAMP CHABAD 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Contact: Rabbi Majeski, Phone: 513-731-5111, Email: email@example.com, www.CampChabad.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Swimming, Traditional, Inclusion, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: June 25 - August 3rd Ages/Grades: 2 Yr.-13 yrs old Cost: $190 - $220
A camp that has it all! Sports, Nature, Art, Music, Character Growth, Field Trips, Swimming Lessons, using 200,000 square feet of unmatched fun! Nurturing and dedicated staff. “mix and match” your weeks or sign up for all 6 weeks. Lunch and transportation included. ACA Accredited. Cincinnati’s Premier Jewish Day Camp. The only full day Jewish preschool camp in Cincinnati!
Basic Category: Academic, Adventure/ Outdoor, Arts, Sports, Travel Dates: May 30 - August 2
Camp-I-Can at The Children’s Home is a fun and safe place for children ages 5 to 12 during the summer, when school is out and parents are at work. Campers enhance creativity, leadership & social skills while celebrating culture & diversity. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and field trips and a t-shirt included!
CAMP INVENTION Multiple locations throughout Cincinnati, Phone: (800) 968-4332, Email: campinvention@invent. org, http://campinvention.org/ Special needs: Yes Dates: Varies by location Ages: Kindergarten through 6th grade
Camp Invention’s all-new summer curriculum, allows children in grades K-6 to create a vehicle of the future, design a mechanical robot dog, and build futuristic dream homes. Visit campinvention.org or call (800) 968-4332 to register. Use promo code Ideas25 to save $25 (expires 3/23) and Ideas15 to save $15 (expires 5/4). CAMP WAVE Located at Newport Aquarium: One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071, Phone: (859) 815-1422, Contact: Lauren Beatty, Email: camp@ wavefoundation.org, https://wavefoundation.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates: Spring, Summer, and Winter break camps Hours: 9am-4pm Ages/Grades: 6-12 , K-8
Camp WAVE is a day camp experience for students in grades K-8, held at Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY from 9am-4pm. Camp WAVE is the only camp around where campers have the chance to meet sharks, penguins, and stingrays up close while exploring the aquatic wonders around us.
CHILDREN’S MEETING HOUSE MONTESSORI SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email: office@cmhschool. com, cmhschool.com
Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic, Adventure/Tripping, Arts, Traditional Dates: Weeks of June 18, June 25, July 16, July 23
Visit our website to see the Summer Camp Programs CMH has to offer your family this year. Our camps offer a variety of Arts, Crafts, Nature, Science, Drama, and fun activities for children ages 3-12 on our beautiful 7+ acre campus. Camps are led by experienced CMH Staff, who are eager to share their passion for learning and having fun with our campers. Childcare is available after day camp until 5:30pm to accomodate working families. Reserve your space NOW!
CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER – MUSEUM CAMP
1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203, Cincinnati, OH 45203, Phone: (513) 728-0082, Contact: Kelsey Enderle, Email: KEnderle@ cincymuseum.org, http://www.cincymuseum.org/ programs/museum-camp Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Academic, Arts, Winter/Spring Break Programs Ages/Grades: Kindergarten - 8th grade Dates: May 29 - August 10 Hours: 9am - 4pm (Before and After Care Available)
Explore science, technology, history and the arts through creative activities and games at Cincinnati Museum Center’s fun and educational
Museum Camps. Whether there’s a day or a week off from school, there’s a camp for that because when school is out – Museum Camps are in! Camps include a t-shirt, afternoon snacks and days full of exciting and educational activities including science experiments, crafts, group projects, games and more!
Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 4 - July 27
CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM SUMMER CAMP
The Summer of Stories! Each one-week Theatre Camp offers five exciting courses that are influenced by a unique, book-based theme. Themes and courses vary by week. Performance Academy is a three-week, process-based program for the theatre enthusiast who wants to experience the production of a play from beginning to end.
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, 45202, Phone:(513) 721-ARTS, Email: CAMsummercamp@cincyart.org, cincinnatiartmuseum.org/summercamp
CINCINNATI REDS BASEBALL/ SOFTBALL CAMPS
Dates: Weekly, June 11–August 10 (no camp week of July 4) Ages/Grades: Ages 6-12 Weekly camp costs: Members: $175 per child, General public: $225 per child, Before /After Care: $35 per child
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.
Locations: Beechwood HS in Ft. Mitchell, KY; Reds MLB Youth Academy in Cincinnati; Mason HS in Mason; Harrison HS in Harrison; St. Xavier HS in Cincinnati; Summit Country Day in Cincinnati; Miamisburg HS in Miamisburg; Contact: Tim Rappe, Executive Director, Phone: 855-8467337, Email: Trappe@reds.com, www.reds.com/ camps
CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK SUMMER THEATRE CAMP AND PERFORMANCE ACADEMY
Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Ages/Grades: Ages 6-14 Cost: $395 Dates: Beechwood HS and Reds Youth Academy: 6/4-6/8, Mason HS and Miamisburg HS: 6/256/29, Reds Youth Academy and Harrison HS: 7/2-7/6, Summit Country Day: 7/23-7/27, St. Xavier HS: 8/6-8/10
962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com
Official Camps of the Reds. 30 hrs. of World Class baseball/softball training and unforgettable Reds
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experience. Meet a current player at GABP. 30 hrs. of instruction. Bring a buddy and save $25. Maybe the best baseball camp in America. Camps sold out last year so register early. Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American, full Reds uniform, 4 game tickets.
CREATIVE TOTS (MASON) SUMMER CAMPS
CINCINNATI THEATRE SUMMER CAMP
Basic Category: Academic, Arts, Traditional Dates: June 1 - July 31
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, The Otto M. Budig Theater, 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Phone: 513-381-2273, cincyshakes.com/ summercamp
Creative Tots has specialized in private education for over 20 years for children 18 months - 6 years. We focus on the Fine Arts, STEM education and FUN! We offer 7 weeks of themed camps, including Art Camp, Cooking Camp, Lego Camp and STEM Camp just to name a few! Go to our website for more information.
Basic Category: Arts Ages/Grades: Grades 1-12 Cost: $295/week Dates: June 11-July 27, 2018, 9am-5pm
Join Cincinnati’s most buzzed about professional theater company downtown for Theatre Summer Camp! Students from Grades 1-12 can join us at any or all of the 6 themed weeks: Monsters and Magic, Chills and Thrills, Choose Your Own Adventure, Sleuths and Spies, Comedy and Clowning, and Action and Adventure as well as 3 weeks of Shakespeare themed camps for Grades 6-12! Learn more at cincyshakes.com/ summercamp.
CLASSROOM ANTICS TECH CAMPS Locations: Multiple Locations in Cincinnati and Dayton, Contact: Natalie Baker, Phone: 800-5953776, Classroomantics.com Dates: Weekly sessions, June 4-August 10 Age/Grades: Ages 7-14 Cost: $195 - $235
Kids LEARN what they LOVE in tech camp by designing video games, creating stop-motion movies, producing videos, coding programs, modding Minecraft, or engineering LEGO robots. Full and half-day options available in our affordable weeklong camps. Space is limited, register today! Use code CINP10 to save $10 (expires 4/30/18).
CONTARDI TENNIS CAMP 8675 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Phone: 489-9700, clubatharperspoint.com Basic Category: Sports, Traditional Dates: 10 weeks of Contardi Tennis Camp: June 4 - August 10, 2018 (weekly). Contact the front desk to register or for more info. Registration opens April 1st. Online registration also available. Hours: Full day and half day Camp options available. Ages/Grades: 5 - 18
Contardi Tennis Camp – A Cincinnati Tradition! Forty-four years ago we brought the idea of an all day tennis camp to Cincinnati. Today, thanks to an enthusiastic tennis community, the Contardi Tennis Camp has become a Cincinnati tradition as well as one of the most recognized tennis programs in the United States. Our tennis camp formula combines a dedicated and qualified staff with a great facility and a “Tennis is Fun” attitude. This formula has helped youngsters of all ages develop the skills to enjoy the lifelong benefits of tennis. Join for a Summer of tennis and fun! 36
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6408 Thornberry Court #110 Mason, Ohio 45040, Contact: Emilie Parry- Owner/ Administrator, Phone: 513-770-6776, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.creative totsmason.com
DANCE & CREATIVITY CAMP FOR KIDS BY MAMLUFT&CO. DANCE Location: The Liberty Exhibition Hall in Northside, 3938 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223, Phone: (513) 494-MLCo (6526), Email: dance@ mlco.org, mlco.org/camp Dates: M-F June 18, 2018 through July 13, 2018 (in 1-week increments) Cost: $180-250 (Early registration, sibling, and additional week discounts) Ages: 5-10
introduced to the basics of Irish dancing, have fun making Irish crafts, learn the group dances of Ireland and enjoy Irish storytelling. Ages 4 - 12. $75 per session. Certified by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, Dublin, Ireland.
GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY SUMMER DAY CAMPS Various Great Parks Locations, Phone: 513-5217275, Email: email@example.com, https:// www.greatparks.org/discovery/children/summerday-camps Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Animals, Arts, Traditional Dates: June-August 2018
What better way to keep the kids outside and active this summer that at a park! Great Parks of Hamilton County provides an fun and safe environment where your young ones will get to explore streams, go on hikes, ride horses, do archery, go kayaking and much more, with experienced and trained staff. Children ages 2-17 can take part in summer camps focused on nature, adventure, farm life and horseback riding! Sign up before March 31 for early bird pricing! For a full list of camps, including dates and fees, visit https://www.greatparks.org/discovery/ children/summer-day-camps.
MamLuft&Co. Dance's Summer Dance & Creativity Camp for Kids won "Best Summer Dance Camp" in 2012 from Cincinnati Magazine for its uniqueness and its value! ML&Co.'s camp is one of the few in Cincinnati designed to be gender inclusive for both boys and girls, to offer Modern Dance ~and~ Ballet for ages 5-10, and to provide all-day options! Discounts are available for early birds, those doing more than one week, and siblings. See our website at mlco.org/camp for online registration and each camp's themes!
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DAYS OF WONDER SCHOOL PRESCHOOL SUMMER CAMP
Engage your kids with Camps at MetroParks of Butler County! Various camp options are available for ages 3 - 12. Kids will have fun while spending time on the farm, on the water, in the garden, learning outdoor survival skills, playing games & more! Visit YourMetroParks.net/ experiences/adventure-camps for more information & registration.
150 W Main Street, Batavia, Ohio 45103, Contact: Tammy Averwater, Administration, Phone: 513-732-2111, Email: daysofwonderschool@gmail. com, daysofwonderschool.org Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 4th, 2018 through the week of August 6th, 2018
10 Weeks of fun, adventure, craft and play for the preschooler in your life. Led by our amazing preschool teachers. The preschooler will have an incredible summer filled with cool, fun days and an enjoyable time at this preschool summer camp.
ERICKSON ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE - CAMP ERICKSON, INTRO TO IRISH DANCE 673 Wilmer Ave - Suite D, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Contact: Allison Weber Erickson, ADCRG, Phone: 513-232-1366, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ericksonirishdance.com Basic Category: Arts Dates: Session 1: July 17-18-19 (9:30am - 11:30am) , Session 2: July 24-25-26 (9:30am - 11:30am)
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2051 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH 45013, Phone: 513-867-5835, Email: Programs@ YourMetroParks.net, www.YourMetroParks.net/ Basic Category: Adventure/ Outdoor, Animals, Winter/Spring Break Program Dates: Multiple camp dates available April through September; check website for details. Ages: 3-12
MUSIC DISCOVERY CAMP Cincinnati School of Music: 9361 Montgomery Rd, 45242, Phone: 513-560-9175, CincinnatiSchool ofMusic.com/summer-camps/ Dates: June 5-9, July 10-14, July 31-Aug 4 Ages: 4-7 (Perfect for Young Beginners!)
Have a blast and make new friends in CSM Music Discovery Camp! Play musical games while learning about note reading, rhythms, and musical instruments such as piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, drums, and singing. Enjoy kid-friendly workshops and try out many different instruments.
RECREATIONS OUTLET Contact: Pete Delois, Owner, Email: pdelois@ recreationsoutlet.com, Phone: 513-831-7383 (PETE), www.recreationsoutlet.com/
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Recreations Outlet is a local family owned business that specializes in backyard equipment: quality basketball hoops, wooden playsets, top of the line trampolines, hot tubs, multi-sport bounce backs, and rec room tables and fun. Their Milford location also has a HUGE indoor playground to host parties, pay to play, or just test out all the fun before you buy! In business for 28 years and still building FUN!
THE ART SPARK
Summer camp at The Art Spark gives your child the opportunity to use their imagination to brainstorm, plan, and design unique art projects. Each week of camp offers new and exciting themes designed to SPARK imagination. Throughout the summer, you may find your child sculpting macarons, and making chef costumes for the Art Spark bake-off challenge. Your child could be learning the technique of screen printing to show off a new custom tote, t-shirt, or scarf. Whether your child loves outer space, the ocean, volcanos, slime, mermaids, or just wants to learn new techniques in art they can find it at The Art Spark!
Cincinnati School of Music: 9361 Montgomery Rd, 45242, Phone: 513-560-9175, CincinnatiSchoolofMusic.com/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!
SPACE – THE FINAL FRONTIER, OUTRAGEOUS INVENTION CONVENTION, SCIENCE MATTERS MAKER SPACE - STEM CAMPS Locations: STEM Camps are located across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Contact: Rollin Robinson, PhD/Director, Phone: (859) 462-3340, Email: email@example.com, http://www. sciencematters.tv Gender of Campers: Coed ages 5-11 years old Basic Category: Academic/Science Dates: June 11 – Aug 6, 2018
STEM summer camps are hands-on and exciting with fun science projects. Each day starts with a camp rally to get the day started with energy and spirit. Camp counselors then lead campers through the first morning project. After the morning project, campers will play a game or engage in a critical thinking project followed by the second science project. We end each morning with a Group RAP (Review, Acknowledge and Praise) and say good-bye to our half day campers. After lunch, we then repeat the agenda in the afternoon with all different projects. Most locations run from 9-3:30 pm for full day camps, 9-12 and 12:30-3:30 for half day camps. Before and after care is available. The day is full of fun and exciting science, camp games, and songs. Where STEM and fun are one! It's the "Best Summer Camp Ever."
T SQUASH ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Contact: Jon Geekie, Phone: (513) 561-4900, www.tsquashacademy.org/ Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports Dates: June 18th-22nd, July 9th-11th, July 23rd-27th, August 6th-10th Hours: 9am-4pm Ages: 9-16
Squash camp engages the children in many levels from technical & tactical objectives of the game to match analysis and refereeing instruction. There will also be match play and physical testing to build practical strength and agility. Other ball games will be included and lunch at the pool. 38
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9430 Main Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45242, Phone: 513-324-2025, Email: create@ theartspark.com, http://www.theartspark.com Basic Category: Arts, Winter/Spring Break Program Dates: We offer week long camps beginning June 4th and ending August 17th. Half day + Full Day Options Available
WEST CHESTER ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS 8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester, OH 45069, Phone: 513-829-2345, http://www. westchesteracademy.com/ Basic Category: Arts
Some of the unique and fun Summer Camps: Princess Dance, Beginning Ukulele (includes free ukulele), Arts & Crafts Galore, Theatre Camp, Aerial Silks & Hoops, Musical Theatre, Beginning Piano, Try It All, Mermaid Gymnastics. Visit westchesteracademy.com for complete listing of Adventures in the Arts Camps. Mention this listing for 20% discount.
YMCA CAMP ARROWHEAD 6703 Yankee Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Angie DelNegro, Phone: 513-779-3917, Email: email@example.com, www.lakotaymca.com Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Cost: Check website for details. Dates: May 29th-August 10th
Camp Arrowhead is designed to provide campers with a variety of experiences in a well supervised camp setting. Each week will include a special theme. Don't miss a great opportunity!
YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI SUMMER DAY CAMPS 2018 Locations: 12 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Phone: 513-362-YMCA, www.myY.org Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: Registration begins March 3, 2018. Camps run May through August; dates for each camp are available on the website. Ages/Grades: Ages 3-15 Cost: Cost varies depending on each camp. Pricing and camp brochures are available on our website.
Overnight, day, and specialty camps at the Y are
all about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too! (Themed Day Camps, Preschool Camps, Teen Camps, Counselor-in-Training programs, Specialty Camps, and Sports Camps)
OVERNIGHT CAMPS FALCON CAMP 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey Director/Owner, Phone: (800) 837-2267, Email: info@FalconCamp.com, www.falconcamp.com Gender of Campers: Boys and girls separate with planned coed activities. Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional, ADHD and some other learning difficulties offered Dates: June 17 - August 11, 2018; 2, 4, 6 and 8 week sessions. special one week sessions for 6-10 yr olds Ages/Grades: 6-16 Cost: $2425 to varies Activities: Swim, sail, canoe, fish, kayak, paddle board, horse back riding, lots of sports, crafts, drama, tennis, archery, riflery, nature study, mountain bikes, video, photography, dances, lots more.
Widely recognized as Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Beautiful lakefront setting with extensive range of activities. Boys and girls ages 6 – 16 choose their own schedule within general framework, separate activities with planned coed events. 1:4 staff/camper ratio. Most of all it’s a great time! ACA accredited, many references.
FALCON YOUNG ADVENTURE CAMP 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey Director/Owner, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email: info@FalconCamp.com, www.falconcamp.com Gender of Campers: Boys and girls separate with planned coed activities. Basic Category: Traditional Dates: June 17-23, June 24-30, July 29 – August 4 and August 5 – 11, 2018 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 10 Cost: $1200/wk
A unique and exciting introduction to overnight camping for boys and girls ages 6 -9. These one-week programs are designed with care to guide the campers in being successful with their first great “Young Adventure” away from home. 1:2 staff/camper ratio provides individual attention, instruction and parental oversight. (Program same as Falcon Traditional Camp) activities include horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, archery, air rifles, crafts, sports, fishing, nature study, sailing and much more. ACA accredited, many references.
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BUSY BEES All kinds of bees labor tirelessly in the growing season. Their work benefits their own kind, but maybe even more so, our human lives. Come learn all the friendly good deeds of these misunderstood insects. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/person.
LITTLE TYKES Let’s explore things that fly! From butterflies to birds, lots of other creatures take to the air. Join us for an active morning for a flying adventure. For ages 3-6. FREE.
Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, https://www. greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
WEDS 02, 16 & 30 FAMILY NIGHTS: BUTTERFLY PAJAMA PARTIES Wear your pajamas and visit the butterflies at night for fun family activities, snacks and crafts for all ages! Join us for a Lemur Dance Party where you can shake your lemur tail. Enjoy story night under the Baobab tree and make your own butterfly garden with your own host plant to take home. Possible surprise visits by costumed characters from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.
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Time: 5-7:30pm, Location: Krohn Conservatory, http:// butterflyshow.com/special-events/, Phone: 513-4215707
Time: 11 am, Location: Winton Woods/Winton Centre, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
THURS 03 SPECIAL NEEDS DAY AT SCENE75 The first Thursday of every month, Scene75 offers a Special Needs Day for local families. The program has been developed to help improve social and motor skills, hand and eye coordination, reaction time and recognition - all in a safe, controlled and fun environment. Registration is $10/child ($14.99 for siblings). *Ongoing *SN Time: All day, Location: Scene75 in Milford, https:// www.scene75.com/about/cares/special-needsprogram/, Phone: 513-965-4050
TAFT JR.: CELEBRATE MOM Celebrate Mother’s Day with the Taft’s help! Hear a story about all the things an awesome mom (or favorite adult) have to learn, visit with the moms in the Taft’s collection and make a special card to give on Mother’s Day. Program is free for kids and member adults; non-member adults pay regular museum admission. Time: 11:15 am-12:15 pm, Location: Taft Museum, http:// www.taftmuseum.org/taft-jr, Phone: 513-241-0343
FRI 04 DUKE ENERGY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM REOPENING On May 4, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum is reopening after months of closure due to construction! Come see what’s new at the Museum. Time: 10 am-5 pm, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, http://www.cincymuseum.org,Phone: 513-287-7000
FRI 04, 11, 18 & 25 PIONEER PASTIMES Spring into farm life of the olden days! Become a farm hand by trying 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 ages 4-8. Class is $6/child and $2.50/adult in advance; $7/child and $3/adult the day of event. Register by 2 days in advance. Time: 10 am-2 pm, Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
FRI 04 - SAT 05 P&G HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO The P&G Health and Fitness Expo serves as packet and premium pickup for participants. The expo is open to the public and hosts over 120 local and national vendors. FREE. Time: Check website, Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, http://www.duke-energycenter. com/events/flying-pig-marathon-p-g-health-andfitness-expo
SAT 05 KIDS’ WORKSHOP: GNOME HOMES Wild garden fairies, sprites and gnomes don’t need formal housing – but they do enjoy it! Kids can become architects for the wee folk. Each child will make a miniature dwelling with materials gathered from the Earth to place in their own garden. For ages 6 and up. $10/child; register by May 3. Time: 10 am, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Cotswold Visitor Centre, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
PIGABILITIES PigAbilities is an option for people of all ages with disabilities, their families and friends who may not wish to participate in a competitive event, but still want to be part of The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon weekend. This event takes place when there are fewer crowds and more parking. *SN
Time: 1 pm, Location: Mile 26 of the Flying Pig course, http://flyingpigmarathon.com/events/pigabilities/, Phone: 513-721-7447
SAT 05 - SUN 06 FAMILY GARDEN WEEKEND 2018
Come out to Blooms & Berries for Family Garden Weekend! Kids can experience the farm animals and create a "Make and Take Garden" (have them bring their own small toys for their creation!) Get a free kids' ice cream with any Garden Center purchase over $10. RSVP at bloomsandberries.com to receive a free pumpkin plant (limit 1/family). Time: 10 am-5 pm each day, Location: Blooms & Berries, https://www.bloomsandberries.com, Phone: 513-6979173
SHEN YUN Shen Yun’s unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures - the ﬁve millennia of traditional Chinese culture. This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. Time: Check website for show times, Location: Aronoff Center, https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/ shen-yun, Phone: 513-621-2787
SUN 06 BUILDING BIG IDEAS Part Touch a Truck, part STEM Expo and part Family Festival, Building Big Ideas at the CMC is a must for all construction-loving kids in Cincinnati! Aspiring architects can participate in meet-andgreets with experts in their fields and get a firsthand look at how the manmade world around them is built. Trucks, models, machines and more will be showcased throughout the inside of the Museum and parking lot, with lots of interactive fun for families. Building Big Ideas will cap off a weekend celebrating the reopening of Cincinnati’s beloved museum! Building Big Ideas is free for CMC members and included with admission.
Time: 7: 10 pm, Location: Great American Balllpark, https://www.mlb.com/reds/schedule/2018-05, Phone: 513-381-7337
MADCAP MUSIC-MAKING: THE STORY OF JACK AND THE BEANSTALK The violin, cello, piano and Madcap Puppets tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk through the music of Schubert! Don’t miss the music, storytelling, and warm and fuzzy fun! Don’t miss this special spring performance! FREE. Time: 6:30 pm, Location: Williams Avenue Elementary School, http://lintonmusic.org/pbj-sessions-schedule/, Phone: 513-381-6868
WED 09 JUGGLING ROCKS! Don't miss The Space Painter, Tom Sparough, as he performs his interactive show, Juggling Rocks! FREE. Time: 6:30-8 pm, Location: Anderson Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6030
THURS 10 COOL SCIENCE: SOAP MAKING! Learn how to make your own cold process molded soap for a thoughtful Mother's Day gift! Kids will mix a fixed oil with an alkali, resulting in a chemical process called saponification, which creates a bar of soap. Registration requested. FREE. Time: 4-5 pm, Location: Pleasant Ridge Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4488
FAMILY GLASSROOM Drop in anytime during open Glassroom hours and create in glass! Students in Glassroom will select from a range of glass project options in person, such as plates, platters, coasters, ornaments and more. Projects range from $10-$65. *Ongoing
Time: 11 am-5 pm, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, http://www.cincymuseum.org, Phone: 513-287-7000
Time: 4-8 pm, Location: Brazee Street Studios, https:// www.brazeestreetstudios.com/products/familyglassroom-stop-in-anytime-to-create, Phone: 513-321-0206
ALL THINGS STEAM Children ages 5-12 are invited to have fun conducting science experiments, creating arts and crafts projects and completing quick technology, engineering and math activities. No registration required. FREE. Time: 4-5 pm, Location: North Central Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6068
OWL ENCOUNTER Nighttime brings out a whole new crew of animals, with adaptations suited for navigating dark spaces. Meet and greet an owl as we discover owlish tricks for survival during a time when most of us are sleeping. FREE. Time: 11 am, Location: Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
TUES 08 CINCINNATI REDS VS. NEW YORK METS It’s ‘Bark in the Park’ night at Great American Ballpark – purchase a special package and bring Fido along to the game! Ticket includes pet activities, samples and more in the Kroger Fan Zone.
Free for families! A recurring event Special needs friendly A Cincinnati Parent favorite!
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APPALACHIAN FESTIVAL Don’t miss the Appalachian Community Development Association’s 40th annual Appalachian Festival! Enjoy hundreds of "downhome" crafts, non-stop music and storytelling, traditional dances and lots of food. Festival held rain or shine!
ASIAN FOOD FEST This vibrant community festival celebrates culture and cuisine from Asian countries including Cambodia, China, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. While food is definitely the heart of the festival, there’s also live entertainment and lots of family activities. Admission to the festival is free.
Time: Check website for festival schedule, Location: Coney Island, http://www.appalachianfestival.org
SAT 12 2018 BUTTERFLY WALK
This isn’t your average charity walk! This is day filled with celebrating survivors and their families and honoring those that have been lost. There is something for everyone including a chip timed 5K race, inspirational 1-mile walk and junior jog, plus food, games, pony rides and more! Proceeds benefit CancerFree KIDS. A day you don't want to miss! Time: 8:45 am (registration opens at 8 am), Location: Cottell Park, www.butterflywalk.com
FAMILIES CREATE! “GLOW WITH THE FLO” Artist Tom Bacher's paintings are transformed in certain light. Talk with him about his special way of making images before embarking upon your own glimmering, shimmering art journey. All workshops are $5 per child. Pre-registration is required. Time: 10 am, Location: Weston Art Gallery, https://www. cincinnatiarts.org/weston-art-gallery/exhibitions/detail/ families-create-glow-with-the-flo, Phone: 513-621-2787
THE BIG COVINGTON PLAYDATE The children's level will be filled with spots to play and special activities: pet a penguin from the Newport Aquarium, meet Pete the cat, princesses & superheroes, explore sensory bins, play/make simple toys from everyday materials, create with the Contemporary Art Center, explore with the Cincinnati Museum Center and more! FirstSteps will provide free developmental screenings for children ages 0-36 months. All children receive a book to take home. For kids 6 and under. FREE. *SN Time: 11 am, Location: Children’s Learning Center at the Covington Branch Library, http://kentonlibrary.evanced. info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=19919&backTo=Cale ndar&startDate=2018/05/01, Phone: 859-962-4060
Time: Check website for festival schedule, Location: Washington Park, www.asian foodfest.org
SUN 13 MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH IN THE PARK Bring mom out for the perfect brunch! Celebrate with family and friends as you enjoy a delicious all-you- can-eat buffet. Advanced ticket purchase is required. Tickets are $19.35 for adults, $9.75 plus tax for kids ages 2-12 and free for children under 2. Time: Seatings at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm, Location: Winton Woods/Mill Race Banquet Center, https://www. greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
MOTHER’S DAY CRUISE Make Mom feel special! Treat her to spectacular views, sensational food and a souvenir photo for the ultimate "thank you” aboard BB Riverboats. Time: Cruises at 1:30 and 5:30 pm, Location: BB Riverboats, http://bbriverboats.com/cruises/mothersday-cruise, Phone: 859-261-8500
MON 14 - SUN 20 FIRST RESPONDERS DAYS Kings Island is honoring those who protect our community by offering free admission to all active fire, police and safety personnel. The offer also allows fire and police personnel to purchase discounted admission tickets for up to six family members. Guests will have an opportunity to interact with emergency response teams and vehicles. Time: Daily, Location: Kings Island, www.visitkings island.com/play/events/first-responders-days
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FIRE SAFETY FAIR The Kids Safety Fair is an opportunity for all children in the Greater Cincinnati Area to be educated in all aspects of safety. At the event, fire fighters and police officers and other safety officials in the Greater Cincinnati Area will use fire safe houses, puppet shows and mock demonstrations to educate children on fire safety issues at Yeatman’s Cove. FREE. Time: 7 am-3 pm, Location: Yeatman’s Cove, http:// www.cincinnatiparks.com/event/fire-safetyfair/?instance_id=18359
WED 16 BLUE ASH FARMERS MARKET The summer farmers market at Summit Park features local farmers, artisans, vendors and more! *Ongoing Time: 3:30 pm, Location: Summit Park, www.summit parkblueash.com/calendar.php
THURS 17 WEE WONDER ABOUT FLOWERS Come learn all about eye-catching flowers! Children will enjoy an activity, craft and story. Dress for the weather, as part of this program will take place outside. For ages 3-5. Program is $7.50/ child, payable at the door. Time: 11 am, Location: Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-5217275
SAT 19 CINCINNATI GREAT STRIDES For 30 years, Great Strides – the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event – has supported the Foundation’s mission to cure cystic fibrosis and raise awareness for this rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that makes it difficult to breathe and shortens lives. It provides opportunities for all people within a local community to get involved forming teams with friends, family and colleagues. Walk day is a fun celebration that includes a healthy walk and fun festivities. *SN Time: All day, Location: Sawyer Point, www.cff.org/ Cincinnati/
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CINCINNATI ZOO MEMBERS APPRECIATION NIGHT 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! Members can enjoy special deals and events during this exclusive event. Time: 6-9 pm, Location: Cincinnati Zoo, http://cincinnatizoo.org/ events/members-night/, Phone: 513-281-4700
NATIONAL KIDS TO PARKS DAY
Come out for this exciting new event in celebration of National Kids to Parks Day. Each location will offer engaging activities to help you enjoy the great outdoors. For a list of activities visit greatparks.org. FREE. Time: 12-4 pm, Location(s): Sharon Woods, Miami Whitewater Forest & Woodland Mound, https://www.greatparks.org/ calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
SUN 20 CINCINNATI REDS VS. CHICAGO CUBS Sundays are family days at the ballpark! Enjoy a special ticket offer, live mascot races, face painters and more. Some restrictions apply. Available in advance of game day only. Tickets available at reds.com/Family. Time: 1:10 pm, Location: Great American Balllpark, www.mlb. com/reds/schedule/2018-05, Phone: 513-381-7337
WYOMING ART SHOW The 33rd annual Wyoming Art Show is one of southwestern Ohio/Greater Cincinnati’s premiere juried Art Shows and Competitions. Over 125 regional fine arts exhibitors are selected to participate in our booth sales and competition. Great music, distinctive food offerings and free children’s art activities complement this fine art show and sale. FREE. Time: 11 am-5 pm, Location: Wyoming Civic Center, www.wyomingartshow.org
MON 21 MAKE A MESS AT THE MANATEE Miss Kelli will read a great picture book, then lead an art project for ages 2-4! Class is $6 per child, and registration is required, as space is limited. *Ongoing Time: 10 am, Location: Blue Manatee, www.bluemanateebooks. com/story-times/, Phone: 513-731-2665
BLUE ASH TOUCH-A-TRUCK *CP PICK Celebrate Public Works Week with some of Blue Ash’s best trucks! FREE. Time: 4-7 pm, Location: Summit Park, www.summitparkblueash. com/calendar.php
FRI 25 - MON 28 MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS Kings Island will pay tribute to members of the military by offering free admission during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Military who qualify include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID. Time: Open daily, Location: Kings Island, www.visitkingsisland. com/play/events/military-free-days
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AUTISM FAMILY EXPLORATION Now two hours long, this program is designed for families with children with autism to explore the Art Museum before public hours. Families or individuals are welcome to visit sensory stops and participate in an all-ability art making experience. At 11 am, families are welcome to join the staff-guided Connect Sensory Tour. FREE. *SN
THOMAS THE TANK TODDLER TIME Enjoy free play with wooden trains. FREE.
Time: 9-11 am, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, http:// cincinnatiartmuseum.org/events-programs/ accessibility-programs/, Phone: 513-721-2787
CONEY ISLAND OPENING DAY Looking for some fun in the sun on Memorial Day Weekend? Join Coney for a weekend full of laughs, smiles cannonballs and more! Time: Sunlite Pool open 10 am-8 pm/Amusement Park open 11 am-9 pm, Location: Coney Island, http:// coneyislandpark.com/events/
SAT 26 - MON 28 TASTE OF CINCINNATI 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. Taste of Cincinnati features more than 40 fine restaurants serving up delicious and delectable menu items. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Fountain Square, www.tasteofcincinnati.com
SUN 27 MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION This festive open house features activities sure to please all outdoor lovers. FREE. Time: 2-4 pm, Location: Winton Woods/Harbor, https:// www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
RAPTOR INC. OPEN HOUSE Raptor Inc. opens its doors to the public on the last Sunday of each month (March-November) from 1 to 4 pm. During these times, educators will be available to welcome guests, lead tours, conduct educational programs with our avian ambassadors, share biological artifacts, and answer questions. Participate in special activity stations, shop for merchandise and enjoy some treats! FREE. Time: 1-4 pm, Location: Raptor Inc., http://raptorinc. org/open-houses/, Phone: 513-825-3325
MON 28 MEMORIAL DAY AT KROHN CONSERVATORY All active military and veterans receive free admission on May 28. Time: 10 am-5 pm, Location: Krohn Conservatory, http://butterflyshow.com/special-events/, Phone: 513-421-5707
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Time: 6 pm, Location: Northside Branch Library, http:// cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4449
WED 30 WEE WEDNESDAYS Your preschooler will learn about their local community through sensory play on Wee Wednesday. This program is recommended for preschoolers (ages 5 and under) accompanied by an adult. FREE. Time: 10 am-12 pm, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, http://cincinnatiartmuseum.org/events-programs/ families-teens/family-programs/, Phone: 513-721-2787
THURS 31 PAINTING WITH LIGHT Did you know that you can paint with light? Come learn about shutter speeds, cameras, and create cool images with light! Registration not required. FREE. Time: 6-7 pm, Location: Westwood Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4474
TUES 31 - SUN 03 FRONTIER DAYS One of the largest festivals on the East Side, Frontier Days features a parade, food, entertainment, rides and more! Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Frontier Days Grounds in Downtown Milford, www.frontier daysmilford.com/index.html
ongoing events. BUTTERFLIES OF MADAGASCAR
Through June 17 Welcome to the Cincinnati Parks Krohn Conservatory 2018 Butterfly Show, The Butterflies of Madagascar. Madagascar has been called an island of rainbows and our beautiful show hopes to show you why! Krohn’s 2018 Butterfly Show is a must for Cincinnati families this spring. Time: Open daily from 10 am – 5 pm, Location: Krohn Conservatory, http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/ programs-and-events/seasonal-krohn-conservatoryshow-513-421-4086/, Phone: 513-421-5707
RING OF FIRE Open daily Explore this all-new exhibit where your family will meet the Giant Pacific Octopus, Moon Jellyfish and Japanese Spider Crabs. Included with admission. Check website for exhibit opening dates. Time: Open daily, Location: Newport Aquarium, www. newportaquarium.com/Coming-in-2018, Phone: 1-800-406-3474
ZOO BABIES May 1-31 Celebrate the newest arrivals at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden during May. Six-foot-tall stork statues displayed throughout the Zoo will lead visitors to all of the cutest little baby faces. Time: Open daily, Location: Cincinnati Zoo, http:// cincinnatizoo.org/events/zoo-babies/, Phone: 513-2814700
MISSION AEROSPACE Opens May 25 Kids dream of becoming pilots and astronauts, and most adults never quite grow out of that dream! This May, the Cincinnati Museum Center is giving kids the chance to reach for the stars. This interactive exhibit features over a dozen experiments, puzzles and activities are packed into an a-maze-ing journey of twists and turns through an interactive aeronautical labyrinth. Kids will learn about the history of rockets and flight, explore aeronautics technology and test the laws of aerodynamics by creating advanced paper airplanes and rockets. Time: Open daily, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, http://www.cincymuseum.org/mission-aerospace, Phone: 513-287-7000
May 29-June 10 Discover a whole new world at Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Time: Check website for show times, Location: Aronoff Center, https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/ aladdin, Phone: 513-621-2787
REDS THREADS Open daily Explore the evolution of the uniforms worn by the Cincinnati Reds. The exhibit features over 120 uniform items including jerseys, jackets, pants and caps, and traces the history of Reds uniforms back to the 1869 Red Stockings' introduction of the knicker-style uniform that became the model for baseball uniforms everywhere. In total, authentic, period examples of uniform elements from over 26 past and present Major League teams are on display in Reds Threads, making it one of the largest public uniform exhibits ever assembled. Time: Check website for museum hours, Location: Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, http:// cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/hof/exhibits/index. jsp?loc=featured, Phone: 513-765-7923
PLEASE NOTE AT CINCINNATI PARENT, WE WORK HARD TO ENSURE OUR CALENDAR AND GUIDE INFORMATION IS ACCURATE. OCCASIONALLY, EVENT SPECIFICS CHANGE AFTER WE GO TO PRESS. THEREFORE, WE ENCOURAGE OUR READERS TO CALL LOCATIONS OR VISIT THEM ON THE WEB TO VERIFY INFORMATION.
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WACKY FUN & calendar M AY 2 0 1 8
C I N C I N N AT I PA R E N T
1 MOTHER GOOSE DAY
6 NO HOMEWORK DAY
7 LEG OF LAMB DAY
20 BE A MILLIONAIRE DAY
27 SUNSCREEN DAY
LOST SOCK MEMORIAL DAY
CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY
22 SHERLOCK HOLMES DAY
21 MEMO DAY
14 CHICKEN DANCE DAY
SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS DAY
29 BISCUIT DAY
SEA MONKEY DAY
23 LUCKY PENNY DAY
30 WATER A FLOWER DAY
TWO DIFFERENT COLORED SHOES DAY
4 STAR WARS DAY
STAY UP ALL NIGHT NIGHT
TRAIN DAY EAT WHAT YOU WANT DAY
17 WORLD BAKING DAY
24 BROTHERâ€™S DAY
18 PIZZA PARTY DAY
25 TAP DANCE DAY
LEARN TO SWIM DAY
26 PAPER AIRPLANE DAY
31 MACAROON DAY
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