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


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All Aboard!

Plan a train trip and ride the rails

50 (More) Things To Do This Summer in Cincinnati The bucket list keeps growing!

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Splash Parks and Spray Grounds



20 places to get soaked this summer!


Stop That Summer Slide


Keeping your child's academic momentum going over break

Kid-Friendly Places to Dine in Cincy





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


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Welcome to Summer! It’s official – June 21st marks the beginning of summer! If your house is like mine, there was at least a month-long countdown to the last day of school. Finally summer break has arrived and we can all celebrate this much-anticipated season.

Need some ideas on how to make the most of the 94 days of summer? Take a look at our article on 50 (More) Things to do This Summer in Cincinnati for great suggestions, big and small, perfect for family fun. (Last month we gave the first 50!) And for those really hot days when your crew needs some quick cooling off, check out our guide to Splash Parks and Spray Grounds. All those fountains, buckets, pipes and nozzles releasing gallons of water are a sure-fire way to beat the heat. Summer is all about family vacations and if you’re looking for something a little different to do, why not try a train trip? We’ve got seven railways close to home listed in All Aboard! that offer all kinds of different excursions – from scenic vistas to mock train robberies to the




ever-popular Day Out With Thomas. “Riding the rails” may just be your family’s favorite getaway this summer. Want to make sure your student starts off next school year with a bang? Have your child stay sharp by keeping him or her engaged academically over break. With so many fun reading programs, STEM offerings and other local activities available, exercising their brain can be fun instead of a chore. Read Stop That Summer Slide for descriptions of the many opportunities available in our area. There you have it – our effort to help you get your summer started in the best way possible. Here’s hoping the fun begins in June and goes straight through Labor Day!



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Explore a Great Park – for free! With summer break here, it’s time to get the kids exploring in the great outdoors. And the Great Parks of Hamilton County are the perfect place to do just that. This summer, they’re making it easier (and more affordable) than ever to enjoy nature by offering Free Entry Days to all Hamilton County residents on the first days of June, July and August. All 20 parks and preserves are included in this promotion – so pick a few new Great Parks to explore this summer!

Yo ho ho! There’s no better way to take in the majestic Ohio than aboard BB Riverboats. This summer, the cruise liner is offering a sightseeing excursion fit for Cincinnati’s smallest swashbucklers: the Pirates of the Ohio Cruise! Kids will get their own pirate hats and eye patches, engage in pirate games, hear pirate lore from the ship’s captain and go on a treasure hunt aboard Cincinnati’s very own Jolly Roger. BB Riverboats is offering this kid-friendly cruise on select Fridays through Labor Day.

A super-charged Lollipops concert Attention, young superheroes: grab your crime-fighting capes and fly to the Cincinnati Pops’ Superheroes Up, Up and Away Lollipops concert on June 10th! In this can’t-miss, super-charged Lollipops concert, the Cincinnati Pops and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati will be joining forces for a musical adventure. This fun and action-packed program features music from classic superhero stories, including Spider Man, Wonder Woman, Hercules, The Avengers and more! This super show starts at 10:30 am at the Taft Theatre.

Museum Center Camp Summer vacation is here! And summer camp is a quintessential part of the equation. This summer, Cincinnati Museum Center Camps will take place at seven locations around town: Cincinnati Observatory, Blue Ash Recreation Center, Villa Madonna Academy, Greenacres Foundation, Thomas More College, Cincinnati Country Day School, and even Union Terminal (which will host a limited number of STEAM-inspired camps). Topics range from archaeology to engineering, Harry Potter to LEGO – with lots of tie-ins to and opportunities to visit the new Star Wars exhibit at the Museum Center! Sign your kiddo up now – spots will fill up quickly! 08



Summer at Pyramid Hill Looking for a fun enrichment activity to do with your kids this summer? Look no further than Pyramid Hill! This sculpture park’s weekly Summer Series for Kids programs are designed by local educators, artists and staff members and offer entertaining, interactive and educational experiences for students and adults. Program themes include animal adaptations, pollination, physics and music, all presented through a unique, STEAM-inspired lens. These hour-long programs are included with park admission (free for Pyramid Hill members), and happen on Wednesdays at noon starting June 7th.

Ohio’s Largest Playground Have you been to Warren County? Just 30 minutes north of the city, this area is known as Ohio’s Largest Playground. Warren County is most famous for its amusement parks: Kings Island (which debuts Mystic Timbers this season); The Beach Waterpark (now offering zip lining) and Great Wolf Lodge (an entire waterpark and family friendly resort all in one). Warren County also offers plenty of strawberry and blueberry U-pick opportunities, old-school arcade fun (and new school lazer tag) at Lazer Kraze and LM&M Railroad. Don’t let summer pass you by without a trip or two to this fun-filled destination!

Say Huzzah! Cincinnati is a baseball city; today’s Reds started as 1869’s Red Stockings (baseball’s first allprofessional team). On June 10th, the classic game of baseball is being celebrated at the Queen City Vintage Base Ball Festival. Cincinnati’s very own Vintage Base Ball Club will host two other vintage teams from the Midwest for a day of baseball as it was played in 1869. This isn’t the game of today, but rather a pure gentleman’s sport that’s sure to inspire and entertain fans of all ages. Hungry spectators can enjoy authentic stadium fare and refreshments at this free festival, which happens at Heritage Village from 10 am - 4 pm

The Cat in the Hat is Back! Everyone’s favorite red-and-white-striped-hatwearing cat is coming to Cincinnati this summer! Join The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at their new Showtime Stage June 2nd-July 9th for an adaptation of the beloved Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment the Cat appears at their door, Sally and her brother’s afternoon instantly goes from boring to bright – and the same will be said for anyone who attends this Children’s Theatre summertime show. Tickets are just $20 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster or by calling 800-745-3000. dr.-seusss-the-cat-in-the-hat

A Day in the Life, 19th Century Edition The Betts House is the oldest residential building in Cincinnati (it’s also the oldest brick building in Ohio). This residence is a well-preserved piece of Cincinnati history, standing as a reminder of the city’s rich and storied past. It was home to several generations of Betts family members, including dozens of children. The lives lived within the house’s brick walls are the subject of The Betts House’s latest exhibit, A Day in the Life. Kids can see real washing machines, cheese presses and clothing from the 1800s, and will get a kick out of trying games and toys from the 19th century. A Day in the Life runs Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12-5 pm through June 30th; and you’ll want to go on a Saturday is possible, as there are interactive demos and story times on the weekend.




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A Dad Influence Ready or Not – Here Comes Middle School As the year wrapped up at school, my fifth grade daughter and I went to her “get to know your future middle school” night. It was a great way for kids to tour the new school they will be attending in the fall and help ease any anxiety they may be having. The jump from elementary to middle school can be a lot for kids (and their parents) to wrap their brains around. They will be sharing the school with older (more intimidating) kids, finding their way in a much larger building, having to change classes, and of course, getting lockers. When we walked in, we were given a map of the school and a mock schedule. We wandered around the hallways trying to follow the map as best as we could. My daughter was excited when she found out all students would be able to take the maps home. She was already making plans to put stars on the map of where her actual classes would be and drawing lines marking the path to each of her classes, using red ink for the “Red Schedule” day and blue for the “Blue Schedule” day. She also made plans to laminate her map, because – why not? The highlight of the night, hands down, was the experience of opening a locker. Kids lined up at the opportunity to master the right-left-right skills necessary to the task. With the concentration of a bank robber trying to open a safe full of diamonds, one by one kids gave it their best shot. Luckily, there were several very patient middle schoolers there to help the elementary students try again and again (and sometimes again), until they were able to do it correctly. My daughter left the middle school that night in good spirits. She was feeling confident in finding her way around this new environment and excited about having her own locker (with plans to decorate it with a disco ball and carpeting). For me, I was a pile of mixed emotions. On one hand, I was more nervous than ever about her going to middle school. I feared how she would fit in. At the same time, I was excited for her to be growing up and having more opportunities and freedom than ever before. I also felt good sending her to a school that cared enough about its incoming students to put together such a great evening for fifth graders and their parents. I only have one real dilemma facing me now. Where in the world does one buy locker carpeting and a miniature disco ball?


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Plan a train trip and ride the rails this summer WORDS BY // Megan Bohrer

There is something just so fun and nostalgic about trains. They captivate our imaginations and remind us of simpler times. Why not plan a trip by rail this summer with your family? With these seven railways in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, you won’t have to go far to “get on the right track”!





LM & M Railroad

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad carries passengers along scenic routes in southwestern Ohio. Operating since about 1881, some of the original tracks still exist. History buffs and train enthusiasts alike will enjoy this fourteen mile stretch of track. Children are in for a real treat over the summer when LM&M offers special rides with beloved characters Curious George, Whyatt from SuperWhy! and Daniel Tiger – and the fun continues with “Day Out With Thomas” and Friday night pizza trains. If this railroad looks familiar, you might have seen its cameo in the 1994 movie Milk Money.

Managed, operated and maintained completely by volunteers, the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is a tribute to history lovers. Trains run on the weekends and offer passengers both enclosed and open air cars to enjoy the scenery. Families wanting a little drama should be sure to check out “Ohio’s Friendliest Train Robbery” which will make passengers feel as if they have traveled back in time to the days of outlaws and bandits.

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Nelsonville, Ohio

true piece of Indiana history. The railroad offers regularly scheduled excursions throughout the year, but families are in for something special over the summer aboard the “American Limited” where passengers will be transported back to a Civil War battle and enjoy a layover in the historic town, Metamora. And the youngest locomotive buffs will be excited to know that “Day Out With Thomas” will be offered multiple dates as well.

French Lick Scenic Railway French Lick, Indiana

Whitewater Valley Railroad Connersville, Indiana

This 19-mile scenic railroad is part of an operating railroad museum. Dating back to 1867, the Whitewater Valley Railroad is a

With “some of the best scenery in the Midwest” a family excursion to the French Lick Scenic Railway is fun for all ages. In addition to standard excursions, the railway offers themed rides throughout the summer. Want to feel like the star of an old Western movie? Hop aboard the “Wild West Hold-Up” and witness the River Renegades


looting the train. Guests will enjoy travelling through the Hoosier National Forest and spending the day exploring French Lick as well.

Spirit of Jasper

Jasper, Indiana Looking for a little luxury on the rails? Then the Spirit of Jasper is perfect for you. Delivering on the promise of the Golden Age of Rails, the Spirit of Jasper transports passengers on a beautifully restored train. Take an excursion to French Lick or enjoy dinner and drinks during a “Ride and Dine” excursion. Be sure to check out the Parlour Car, which features leather couches and a f lat screen television, a modern makeover for a classic train.

Big South Fork Scenic Railway

Kentucky Railway Museum

Situated in the heart of coal country, the Big South Fork Scenic Railway is steeped in history. During its heyday, the railway stretched for 25 miles through Kentucky and Tennessee. Today, the railway seeks to preserve the history of the coal mining and timber industries. Passengers can enjoy the “K&T Special” – a three-hour ride through the area’s beautiful countryside, including a 600-foot descent into the gorge and a visit to the Blue Heron Coal Mining Camp. In the summer, combine a canoe trip with your train ride on a special Rivers & Rails package excursion.

The Kentucky Railway Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the history of rail travel while providing them an opportunity to experience it firsthand. In addition to regularly scheduled excursions, summer passengers can look forward to a “Day Out With Thomas” as well as a “Sunday Train Robbery.” Interested in a little intrigue? Be sure to check out the “Mystery Theater and Train Ride” which caters to adults and older children. For the youngest train enthusiasts, the Kentucky Railway Museum offers a “Junior Engineer” program, which includes unlimited admission for a year as well as other perks such as a birthday message and a postcard.

Stearns, Kentucky

New Haven, Kentucky

The tracks are calling – so “move your caboose” and plan a train trip (or two) with your family this summer!








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Cincinnati truly comes alive during the summer, with tons of family fun to be had in every corner of the tristate! So this month, we present the sequel to last month’s summer bucket list: 50 (More) Things to do This Summer in Cincinnati!

1. Explore a new Great Park – all Hamilton County residents get FREE entry on June 1, July 1 and August 1 as a “thank you” for continued support! 2. Check out the new KidSpace at the Cincinnati Museum Center. 3. Burn off some energy at the brand-new Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park.

12. Get up close with the birds at one of Raptor Inc.'s free open house events. 13. Explore the new Stingray Hideaway at Newport Aquarium. 14. Go for a bike ride on the Loveland Bike Trail. 15. Wander around Jungle Jim's.

4. Catch an outdoor movie at Washington Park.

16. Try pedal boating at Sharon Woods.

5. Try whippy dip (or is it creamy whip?) from a local stand.

17. Make a one-of-a-kind toy at Happen’s Toy Lab.

6. Go creek stomping!

18. Spend a morning perusing Findlay Market.

7. Rent Red Bikes and explore Cincinnati. 8. Put the "fun" in Sunday Funday at the Taft Museum. 9. Explore Arlitt PlayScape. 10. Tour the Cincinnati Art Museum with your kids. 11. Play a round of mini golf with the fam.

19. Sit in a real fire engine at the Cincinnati Fire Museum. 20. See Shakespeare in the Park – for free! (July 14-Sept. 4) 21. Watch the fireworks at a local festival. 22. Go to Families Create! at the Weston Gallery on July 15th. 23. Eat a family style meal at The Schoolhouse Restaurant.


41. See Zak Morgan perform during Smale Kids Days (June 8, July 13 and Aug. 13).

24. Take a pony ride at Parky’s Farm.

32. Have a water balloon toss with your kids.

25. Celebrate National Ice Cream Month in July with a double dip of your favorite local ice cream.

33. See The Cat in the Hat at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Showtime Stage! (June 2-July 9)

26. Take Fido to an area dog park in honor of the “dog days” of summer.

34. Stay out past your bedtime for a Cincinnati Reds Fireworks Friday game.

43. Check out the Main Library Children’s Learning Center.

27. Get into the Zoo for just $1 during Macy's Kids, Cultures & Crafts Festival on July 19th.

35. Get something fried at a summer festival.

44. Star gaze at the Cincinnati Observatory.

36. Indulge in a Cincy delicacy at Glier's Goettafest (Aug. 3-6)

45. Take a covered wagon ride at Bonnybrook Farms (July 1-Sept. 16).

37. Order a farm-fresh scoop of ice cream from Young's Dairy.

46. Go to Cincinnati’s largest (and coolest) outdoor market: The City Flea

38. Walk the Ohio River Trail.

47. Peruse the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo (through Aug. 20).

28. Venture to Columbus for the Ohio State Fair (July 26-Aug. 6). 29. Go old-school at Stricker's Grove. 30. Play a few rounds of foosball at Recreations Outlet in Milford. 31. Get your teen back-to-school ready at Plato's Closet.




39. Clean house (summer cleaning is a thing!) and get organized with IKEA. 40. Take a one-tank trip before school starts.

42. Watch a round of tennis at the Western & Southern Open. (Aug. 12-20).

48. Play a few rounds of corn hole.

49. Get a taste of Blue Ash (Aug. 25 and 26). 50. Celebrate summer with us at the Cincinnati Parent Summer Fair at Coney Island on August 13th!

Add it all up, and it’s looking to be a pretty fantastic summer in Cincy. For the full list of all 100 Things to do this Summer in Cincinnati, visit our website at!



Splash Parks

and Spray GROUNDS 20 places to get soaked this summer!

School is out and summer is here in full force. As the temperature rises, you might be in search of fun ways to cool off. Mix up the typical pool day routine and instead, check out one of Cincinnati’s many splash parks and spray grounds – the perfect blend of waterpark and playground! Here we’ve compiled a guide to some of our favorite spots to beat the heat. 20



Cincinnati Recreation Commission find-the-water/sprayground-locations/ All CRC spraygrounds are free (except McKie, Oakley and Pleasant Ridge, which require a pool membership during regular pool hours). Spraygrounds are open 7 days a week, from 10 am to 10 pm.

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• Oakley

• Dyer

• Pleasant Ridge

• College Hill • McKie

• North Fairmount

• Oyler

• South Fairmount

City of Cincinnati All three of these splash parks are free; however, you’ll pay a few dollars for parking. Open through Labor Day. • Washington Park 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati

• Miami Whitewater Forest: Parky's Pirate Cove 9001 Mt. Hope Road, Harrison Located in Miami Whitewater Forest, Parky’s Pirate Cove makes for an exciting afternoon of adventure with a pirate ship and alligator sprayers. • Winton Woods: Parky's Ark 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati Located in the Winton Woods Harbor, Parky’s Ark includes 18 animal figures that squirt water. A snake slithers around the playground shooting water from 47 nozzles along its back, while a butterfly with a 30-foot wingspan sprays water. water-park/

• Woodland Mound: Parky's Wetland Adventure (Anderson Township) 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati

A state-of-the-art, 7,000 square foot interactive water feature consists of more than 130 pop up jets. Other elements include steps with cascading water and a large boulder with water flowing over the sides to create a playful attraction for children. Open daily from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Parky’s Wetland Adventure boasts a 16-foot tree with two slides, a whimsical great blue heron, frogs, turtles and flowers which spray water, as well as a dry playground, picnic area, concessions and lifeguard supervision.

• Smale Riverfront Park West Mehring Way, Cincinnati

This playground next to the Roebling Suspension Bridge contains a rock climbing canyon, log climbers, twin racing slides, a rope bridge and a mist feature. Fountains provide space for children and families to enjoy and play in, and meandering rocks for hopping across the water. Be sure to make time to stop for a ride on Carol Ann’s Carousel. • Armeleder Memorial Sprayground 705 East Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati yeatmans-cove/

The Plaza below the One Lytle Place Apartments is designed for family fun with an array of water features.

Covington Water Park/Splash Pad The Covington Water Park is a popular spot for families in Northern Kentucky. The Water Park is subject to a seasonal schedule and is available to all Covington residents in possession of a pool pass. Daily admission is $3 for Covington residents, $5 for non-residents. Seasonal passes are $25 for Covington residents and $50 for non-residents. Passes can be obtained from the Recreation Department in advance or at the water park during regular operating hours. Open daily 12 pm-6 pm.

Hamilton County Parks These splash parks charge a daily admission (Children age 2 – 12: $3.50/ each or $8/3 kids. Season Wristband: $24), and require your $10/annual car pass. Splash parks are open from 11 am – 7 pm.

• Sharon Woods: Sprayground 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville

Located at Sharon Woods Harbor, the playground at Sharon Woods has a man-made flowing brook, and small water features throughout the area. This is a great option for younger children. There is a playground on site as well, with separate play structures for young toddlers and older children. Concessions and a covered picnic area are nearby.

Home of the Brave Park

11605 Lebanon Rd, Loveland home-of-the-brave-park.aspx This 54-acre park features five multi-purpose sporting fields for soccer, softball, baseball and lacrosse, a Veterans' memorial plaza, a shelter, and wet and dry playground areas. The water park is open Memorial Day to Labor Day, from 11:00 am – 7 pm.

Beech Acres - All Children's Playground (Anderson Township Park District) 6910 Salem Road, Cincinnati

The wet playground at Beech Acres Park enables children of all abilities to play together. The small water play area has sprinklers and buckets for kids to play with in the water. The splash park is open from 10 am –8 pm. Free.

Pine Hill Lakes Park

211 Kings Mills Rd., Mason This park offers walking trails, fishing, picnic shelters and of course, a huge playground with swings. The small splash park is perfect for small children. The splash pad is open during daylight hours. Free.


stop that summer slide Keeping your child’s academic momentum going over break

WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle

Summer break means a vacation for kids and parents from nightly homework, required reading and rushed mornings getting ready for school. But extended time away from the classroom does have a downside.

Decades of research shows that all children, no matter how well they do in school, can lose some of their hard-earned knowledge over the summer, particularly when it comes to math, where most students lose about two months of skills if not engaged academically. The summer slide is especially detrimental for kids in low-resource areas, who often struggle to have basic needs met over break, and can slip an average of two months behind in reading as well. Matthew Boulay, founder and interim CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, encourages parents to talk to their child’s teacher before break for any




suggestions they have on what to address over vacation, and to also ask their child about what they’d like to learn. “We’re not talking about overwhelming your family with more schoolwork,” he says. “Learning in the summer is about finding new and fun ways to engage your children while keeping up those good habits you’ve set during the school year, like reading together and limiting screen time.” Here are a few area programs and at-home ideas to keep kids sharp during summer vacation.

READING AND WRITING Shake off the required reading lists of the school year by taking a deep dive into the topics your kids love. A Google search can help you find books and magazines to match even the most obscure interests, and library staff can help you track down resources locally.

Summer reading programs are also a great way to keep kids engaged over break. * Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: Take a Summer Adventure with this year’s newly expanded summer reading program, running June 1 through July 29. Register at any branch to receive an Adventure Kit, including a free book and a voucher for a free view level ticket to a Cincinnati Reds game, and then read and explore to earn points. Each week will have a theme, such as science, community and the arts, with corresponding book and activity suggestions. More info: www.cincinnati summeradventure * Campbell County Public Library: The Summer Reading Program, with the theme of Build a Better World, encourages kids, teens and adults to earn prizes for reading. Enjoy more than 20 programs for young children each week, family events and movies, plus fun educational programs for elementary kids and teens. Don’t miss Jolly

Thursdays – great weekly events at 10 am every Thursday in June and July at A.J. Jolly Park in Alexandria. More info: org/summer-reading. * Kenton County Public Library: Escape the Ordinary with the Summer Reading Club, which runs June 1 through Aug. 31. Kids, teens and adults can log the books and magazines they read or listen to over the summer and earn prizes – from t-shirts for the youngest readers to tech toys for the teens. More info: For those who need more structure, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Summer Camp Reading offers four weeks of intensive one-on-one tutoring designed to improve the reading skills of third-graders. More info: www. summercampread



MATH Practicing math problems over the summer is no one’s idea of fun. Fortunately, there are ways you can help keep your kids’ skills sharp without opening a textbook.

Mathnasium ( centers in Blue Ash, Mason and West Chester offer game-filled summer programs aimed at helping kids make math progress over the summer, while the Kumon Math Program takes just 30 minutes a day, split between the center and home ( As a family, cook together to figure out fractions and measurement conversions, or set up a family store where kids can buy and sell to learn about currency. Give older kids the chance to tally the tip at dinners out or budget a family vacation. Also consider apps that hone

math skills, such as Operation Math, Mathmateer and Bedtime Math.

SCIENCE From weather and space, to nature and robotics, science covers so much ground that every kid can find something of interest. Give your children the chance to experiment more in the summer months, from melting ice cubes to playing with magnets or taking a hike, and supplement what you know with books, websites and educational apps. Have a kid interested in STEM subjects? Camp Invention ( offers hands-on activities on topics such as circuitry, robotics and coding, while Classroom Antics Tech Camps (www. focuses on stop-motion animation, coding and even LEGO robots. Check out the Cincinnati Museum Center’s (

summer-camps-2017) wide array of STEMbased camps on everything from space to dinosaurs and Harry Potter’s spells, and find the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Brain Camp closest to you ( summeradventure/braincamps).

PHYSICAL FITNESS Not only are kids at risk of losing academic knowledge over the summer, studies show that they tend to gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school. Experts urge parents to keep control of screen time and find opportunities for daily fitness , such as trips to the playground or biking around the neighborhood. Explore more structured programs at the YMCA (www.cincinnatiymca. org), Boys and Girls Clubs ( and your local parks department. There are also a plethora of sport-specific camps – the University of Cincinnati ( summer/High-School-Students.html) hosts camps covering several sports, while the Cincinnati Reds offer baseball and softball camps ( community/camps/).

The key to avoiding summer learning loss is getting kids engaged, active and thinking critically – and it doesn’t have to feel like school. With a few ideas in place that appeal to your child, you can keep those academic juices flowing and get next school year off to a great start.





Sleep Away Camps 3) Camp teaches good sportsmanship by encouraging each child to be fair and kind. Team activities teach kids how to cooperate with each other and the value of getting along with others through working together and supporting one another. 4) Camp fosters new friendships with kids who come from varying backgrounds – helping kids gain an understanding of how others live outside their community. In a relaxed atmosphere, kids easily make friends while they play, sing, work, eat and bunk together. 5) Camps creates life-long memories of new adventures in places kids have never experienced before. Camp offers carefree time where kids can learn how to thrive outside the structure of over-scheduled days.

Sleep-away camp was just what Ally needed in order to gain independence and confidence, marveled her mom, Sharon. “She found a whole new group of girls and had a ball; she’s had a hard time with girls beginning in grade 4,” Sharon says, “so it was great for her to bond with girls in a different setting.” Starting at age 9, Ally went away to camp for a week. The following summer she begged for it to be four. Her parents were delighted. Time away from parents helps kids learn how to make their own decisions without checking with Mom or Dad first, and residential camp provides the perfect training ground, says Michael Thompson in his book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow. Week- or month-long adventures gives kids opportunities to experience unique adventures they’d never find at home. Asking other parents what camps their kids attend can be helpful also; having a friend go with your child is a beautiful thing for parents leery of separation.

To find a camp that fits your child’s needs, seek out opinions from friends and neighbors, ask teachers and church counselors, attend camp fairs and explore options on your own. Residential camps of all kinds and sizes are located all across the country, so there’s sure to be one your child can love and from which he can gain valuable skills. Need more convincing about the benefits of sleep away camp? Here are a few thoughts to consider: 1) Camp builds maturity and allows children the chance to make their own decisions in a safe, caring environment. Kids benefit from new relationships with camp counselors who care about them and want to help them with everyday struggles. 2) Camp forces kids to unplug from technology and enjoy the beauty and benefits of nature. Through outside activities, kids find new hobbies without academic pressure or expectations. Kids gain self-confidence by trying new things and discovering talents they didn’t know they had.

When it comes to sending a child to sleep-away camp, plenty of parents say, “Well, she’s ready for camp, but I’m not ready for her to leave!” Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association, says, “The partnerships between parents and camp directors have increased. Parents should share their concerns with camp directors who are prepared to respond with responsible, informed answers.” Happy camping!

Need a few tips for letting go? Try these: • Let your child have a few trial runs being away from you with sleepovers at friends’ or relatives’ homes. • Try not to show any anxiety you’re having about your child being gone since this just makes the separation harder for them. • Have a plan for yourself while your child is away. Get a project done you’ve been wanting to do, go on a trip with your spouse, etc. • Remember that two of the greatest gifts you can give your child are confidence and independence.


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

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

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

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

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

2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221, Contact: Rabbi Majeski, Phone: 513-731-5111, Email: info@campchabad. org,

Brazee Street Studios: Kids Summer Workshops 4426 Brazee Street (Oakley) Cincinnati, OH 45209, Phone: 513-321-0206, https://www.brazeestreetstudios. com/collections/kids-summer-workshops Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts Dates: May 30th-July 28th Ages: 3+ - 11+

Is your budding artist eager to learn new skills? Brazee is a national leader in art glass education for children. Pick from our wide range of safe kiln-forming classes for younger students or torch-working classes for older teens, with one-day courses or full week camps. CINCINNATIPARENT.COM // June


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


For younger students, we have Story Times + Crafts or instructor-led classes for suncatchers, monsters, bugs, pets, self-portraits and more. For older students, we have a fun and comprehensive art history course where you learn a little and create a lot! Older students can enjoy skill-focused painting with glass classes or exciting bead making classes on the torch. Register for any single class or sign up for both morning & afternoon sessions to bring a lunch and "Stay-All-Day" at Brazee! (Recess included!)


Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Swimming, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates June 26 - August 4th Ages/Grades: 2 Yr.-13 yrs old Cost $190 - $220

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each summer, SongFest music camp gives boys of all ages (entering grades 2- 12) from throughout the city a chance to sing, participate in sports, learn music theory and play instruments. From an African drum circle, to a choral rehearsal with 120 boys singing together, to a field trip to sing the national anthem and throw out the first pitch at a Florence Freedom game, the week is filled with fun and education. There are two tracks one for younger boys and another for older boys and those with changed voices.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s SummerFlight Specialty Camps 11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Sharon Frankart, Summer Programs Coordinator, Phone: 513-247-9944, Gender of Campers: Coed Dates: June 5- August 4; Length of Camps varies

Ages: K-8 Cost: Varies Category: Technology Camps, Athletic Camps, and Spring Hill Camps

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

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

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

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

Introduce the young theatre fans in your life to Cincinnati’s Tony-award winning theatre! Camps now located at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Middletown Arts Center and Run Jump-n-Play Mason. One-week day camps offer courses in acting, improv, scenic design, playwriting and more! Day camps are designed for students entering grades one to 10. Three-week, process-based performance academy programs teach the complete production of plays from beginning, including Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and Sleeping Beauty, Kids! Performance academy programs are designed for students entering grades one to 12.

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


Official Camps of the Reds. 30 hrs. of World Class baseball/softball training and unforgettable Reds experience. Meet a top player at GABP. 30 hrs. of instruction. Bring a buddy and save $25. Maybe the best baseball camp in America. Camps sold out last year so register early. Activities Included: VIP trip to Great American, full Reds uniform, 4 game tickets.

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

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

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

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

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

STEM summer camps are hands-on and exciting with fun science projects. Each day starts with a camp rally to get the day started with energy and spirit. Camp counselors then lead campers through the first morning project. After the morning project, campers will play a game or engage in a critical thinking project followed by the second science project. We end each morning with a Group RAP (Review, Acknowledge




and Praise) and say good-bye to our half day campers. After lunch, we then repeat the agenda in the afternoon with all different projects. Most locations run from 9-3:30 pm for full day camps, 9-12 and 12:30-3:30 for half day camps. Before and after care is available. The day is full of fun and exciting science, camp games, and songs. Where STEM and fun are one! It's the "Best Summer Camp Ever."

instruction, science experiments, agricultural projects and more! Speaking of adventure, our weekly field trips are famous for combining excitement and learning!

Great Parks of Hamilton County Summer Day Camps

Basic Category: Arts Dates: June 26 - 30 and/or July 10 - 14 (two different weeks)

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

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

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

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

Kids First Sports Center Camp-A-Palooza 7900 East Kemper Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45249, Contact: Megan Smith, Phone: (513) 489-7575, Email: msmith@, http://www.kidsfirst camps-events/camp-a-palooza-camps Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Sports, Traditional, Winter/Spring Break Programs Dates/Hours: May 30-August 18, 2017, 7:00am6:00pm Ages/Grades: 5-15 Activities: Gymnastics, Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Volleyball, Karate, Yoga, Drawing Classes, Field Trips Weekly!

Every day is a themed, non–stop, in and outdoor adventure. From morning drop–off to evening pick–up, you’ll experience crafts, talent shows, water slides, sports

MSJ: Summer Art Camp 2017 5701 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, OH 45233, Contact: Velma Dailey/Art Gallery Director, Phone: 513-244-4314, Email:,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Singing Camp Cincinnati School of Music: 9361 Montgomery Rd, 45242, Phone: 513-560-9175, 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!

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

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

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

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

YMCA Camp Arrowhead 6703 Yankee Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45044, Contact: Angie DelNegro, Phone: 513-779-3917, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Cost: The weekly cost of camp is for Lakota YMCA members is: $140 for day, $175 for extended day & $115 for CIT. The cost for non-members is: $180 day, $215 extended day & $145 for CIT. Dates: May 30-August 11, 2017; Registration begins March 7, 2017

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)

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.


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

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

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

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

Falcon Young Adventure Camp 4251 Delta Rd SW, Carrollton, OH 44615, Contact: Dave Devey Director/Owner, Phone: 800/837-CAMP, Email:, Gender of Campers: Coed Basic Category: Traditional Dates: July 30 – August 5 and August 6 – 13, 2017 Ages/Grades: Ages 6 - 9

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

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


K i d - F r i e n dl y

places to dine in cincy WORDS BY // SARAH MCCOSHAM

When you have kids, dining out isn’t always easy. For starters, getting hungry kids to behave in a restaurant can be a challenge. Then, there’s the whole picky preschooler palate to consider. And, of course, footing the bill for a night off in the kitchen can easily cost you several days’ worth of groceries! The key is to choose your destination wisely – which is why we’ve compiled this list of the best places to try next time your family says “let’s go out to eat!”


The Original Pancake House 9977 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati The Original Pancake House in Olde Montgomery dishes up some of the best ‘cakes in town. Kids will love the Strawberry Waffles, which come topped with butter, syrup and an optional scoop of ice cream, which basically makes them dessert for breakfast.


Who doesn’t love breakfast food?

The prices and portions for lunch make going out for this meal a win-win for kids and parents.

Holtman’s Donuts

Frisch’s Big Boy

Three Greater Cincinnati locations (West Chester location coming soon!)

Several Cincinnati locations

Holtman’s takes donuts to an other-worldly level. Oreo-topped, FruityPebbles speckled, Red Velvet. These donuts are divine. Let your kids pick something crazy for a special breakfast treat.

Sleepy Bee Café Blue Ash location: 9514 Kenwood Road; Blue Ash Oakley location: 3098 Madison Road; Cincinnati With smoothies, vegan-and-gluten-free options and coloring kits for kids, the Sleepy Bee Café should be on every Cincy family’s brunch list. Pancakes come with real, Ohio-sourced syrup and the various “build-yourown-omelet” options are sure to be a home run.




For “All-American” kid-pleasing cuisine, you can’t beat Frisch’s. The Kid’s Menu features favorites such as grilled cheese, chicken tenders and burgers, all served with a side of Frisch’s crispy, thick-cut fries. Crayons and coloring pages make the wait fun for kids and the hot fudge cake is a must for dessert!

IKEA 9500 IKEA Way, West Chester food/#restaurant IKEA isn’t just the king of home organization, this Swedish superstar is also the lord of lunch! The Kids’ Menu at IKEA features five delicious meals at just $2.49 apiece, and options include a kid-sized serving of

IKEA’s famous Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes. Bonus: go on a Tuesday, and get two kids’ meals free with each adult entrée!

LaRosa’s Several tristate locations

LaRosa’s is a Cincinnati institution – and LaRosa’s kid-sized pizzas are legendary. Kids will love choosing their very own 6” pizza from the menu, customizing with whatever toppings they want. Of course, you can always go family style and order a few large pizzas for everyone to enjoy.

Skyline Chili Several tristate locations When in Cincy, you must have Cincinnati Chili: sweet-and-spicy meat sauce served over spaghetti and topped with a mountain of shredded cheddar cheese. Skyline’s 3-way is a must for any Cincy kid – or you can order some kid-sized cheese Coneys for your crew. You can’t go wrong with Skyline!

Tom + Chee Locations in Downtown Cincinnati, Newport on the Levee, Harrison Greene and West Chester Grilled cheese is a classic kid favorite, and Tom + Chee doesn’t mess around. For adventurous families, order a few T+C Melts for everyone to sample (the “Westsider” on the Cincinnati menu has goetta!) For fans of the original, choose your own bread and cheese in a single, double or half-size portion for a perfectly customized grilled cheese.

DINNER WINNERS Don’t be intimidated by taking the kids out for dinner – plenty of places offer family friendly fare. Buca Di Beppo 2635 Edmondson Road, Norwood entrees Buca Di Beppo is a constant favorite among Cincinnati Parents – and for good reason.

Hailed for its family-sized servings of Italian comfort food in a fun and festive atmosphere, this restaurant is the kind of place where you don’t have to worry about your kids being “too loud.” Have a budding chef in the family? Request the Kitchen Table and see where the magic happens!

Dewey’s Several Greater Cincinnati locations In Cincinnati, Dewey’s pizza reigns supreme, with its doughy crust and blend of mozzarella/ fontina cheeses. But it’s not just the pizza that makes Dewey’s special: kids will love watching Dewey’s dough artists knead, roll and toss. Large windows make the kitchen visible to patrons, making for the best dinner entertainment ever.

Keystone Bar and Grill Locations in Clifton, Covington and Hyde Park Keystone is classic, American comfort food in a family friendly setting. And there’s an entire menu dedicated to every kid’s favorite food: mac n’ cheese! Visit on a Monday for half-price plates of this ooey, gooey favorite.

The Brown Dog Café 1000 Summit Place Suite A, Cincinnati menu/layover/ The Brown Dog Café’s location isn’t just what makes it extremely family friendly – its Children’s Menu is one of the best in town! Pizza, sliders and chicken fingers are served with kid-friendly sides like smashed Yukon potatoes and house-made ice cream. As for the location, with the patio overlooking Summit Park’s super-cool playground, The Brown Dog Café is the perfect family friendly date night!

get generous portions (unlimited refills on sides) in a homey-yet-historic atmosphere. Afterwards, kids will love browsing the old-fashioned general store and feeding the goats.

SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT Top off your meal with a treat from one of these Cincy favorites. Aglamesis Oakley location: 3046 Madison Rd, Cincinnati; Montgomery location: 9899 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati This old-fashioned ice cream parlor is a great after-dinner destination. If you’ve got a crowd, the French Quarter Bonanza is an epic, family-sized super sundae! Or let your kids pick out a hand-made confection – the chocolate dipped Oreos are especially delicious.

Busken Bakery Several Greater Cincinnati locations If your kids are craving cookies, Busken Bakery is your best bet. Their iconic iced smiley faced cookies are sure to put a smile on your kids’ faces. Tip: get a tub of the mini smileys for perfect kid-sized snacks.

Graeter’s Locations vary Famous for its creamy, French Pot-churned ice cream that’s loaded with gooey, melt-in-yourmouth chunks of chocolate, Graeter’s takes “chip” ice cream to another level. Kid-sized cones are inexpensive yet generous enough that your kids just might share.

The Schoolhouse Restaurant 8031 Glendale Milford Road, Camp Dennison The Schoolhouse Restaurant is family-style dining at its best. Festive red-checkered, kid-proof tablecloths cover round tables, and a Lazy Susan in the center gets filled with the most delicious fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and cornbread you’ve ever had. You’ll

With so many family-friendly places to choose from in Cincy, your only problem will be picking just one!



Ask the Teacher Educational summer travel, retaining math skills and storing favorite school projects


excitement. As the time for the trip gets closer, select some YouTube videos about the canyon to share with your daughter. This preview will not spoil her impression, but instead can greatly enhance her experience of it.

We are taking a trip to the Grand Canyon this summer and I’d like my fifth-grade daughter to get the most out of this experience she can. What can I do to make this vacation fun, but educational too?



Purchase a Grand Canyon travel guide, maps of the canyon and surrounding areas, a journal and a novel or two set in the Grand Canyon a few months prior to your trip. Fodor’s, Lonely Planet and Eric Henze have user-friendly travel guides that showcase the wonders of this amazing place to help pique your daughter’s interest. As she pours through a guide, encourage her to note places or experiences that interest her. Allow her to help develop the itinerary for your trip. Referring to a map as you are working through what you want to include on your visit will help make the trip more tangible for your daughter. Have your daughter use a journal prior to your vacation to record her impressions of what she has read and what she is anticipating. While on the trip, have her record what the actual experience is like for her and your family. Compare the two for some fun conversations! Take turns reading very short excerpts from The Grand Canyon Answer Book! by Boyé Lafayette DeMente with your family one or two evenings each week to help build




My son has made great progress during third grade in math. I am really worried that he is going to lose ground over the summer though. What can I do other than flash cards to help him retain what he has learned?


Change the focus of math review to fun and games over the summer. For example, work on measurement outside with squirt guns and water balloons. How far to the nearest half inch will one squirt gun reach? Compare different sizes of water guns, estimate their volume and test their projection distances. Conduct experiments with water balloons to determine how the fullness of a balloon impacts its effectiveness. Use weighing, measuring and record keeping to develop a strategy for filling the balloons that are most likely to win a water balloon toss. Make graphs for the data you gather. Host a neighborhood event to test the theory! Many great math games are available to keep math skills honed. A simple game of Yahtzee provides an opportunity to practice addition and

multiplication. Allow your son to do the work on his own. On each of his turns, have him figure out his points in his head. Challenge him to use multiplication when possible. Other games that help students practice math skills are Equate, Sequence Numbers and Multiply, Divide and Conquer. Your involvement in this active type of review and practice will help to create an enjoyable atmosphere for learning with your son that won’t seem like schoolwork.


I have saved all of my kindergartener’s work from the school year and have accumulated a huge box. I know it’s not practical to save everything, but I can’t seem to pare down! How can I make this project manageable?


Prepare a digital photo album of your child’s kindergarten year. First, organize your child’s work by month and then sort by type of work: handwriting, math, art, reading, etc. After this sorting, leave the project for a few days. For the next step of this undertaking, consider your goal. You know that you cannot encapsulate every minute of every day of the school year. Instead, you want to be able to create a way to remember the highlights of the year and to show your child’s progress.

Only go through one month’s stack per sitting. Begin by selecting your favorite piece. Then choose two or three pieces from each of the categories you have created. Finally, spread out all the pieces you have chosen on the floor. Which ones are truly important to tell the story of your child’s school life for that month? Try to limit your selections to 10-12. Take a digital picture of each one. Set your favorite aside and discard the rest. Continue until you have gone through the entire collection. When you get to this point, you should have around 100 pictures and 10 hard copies of your most favorite pieces. You can stop there, with easy access to a great deal of your child’s kindergarten work. Another option is to use an online image publishing service to create a book with the photographs that you took. This can be done for a very reasonable fee, and it creates a way for you and your child to relive the highlights of the year easily without storing piles and piles of paper.

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

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

Country Hills Montessori

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St. John's Westminster Learning Center

Contact: Susan Schreiber, Owner, Email: susan@,, Grades: 3 - K

Since 1962, St. John's Westminster Learning Center has served west- side families providing educational opportunities through our full time childcare, part time preschool and summer camp. We are located in a safe, park- like setting with plenty of room to play in the nature surrounding us. Call for more details. 1085 Neeb Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45233, Phone: 513-922-2703, Email: Candace Lemke, Candace@sjwlc. net,, Ages/Grades: Birth - 5years and school age summer camp

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

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THE SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Founded in 1890, The Summit serves students from age 2 to Grade 12. A Montessori Program for ages 2-6 begins the academic journey followed by a 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@,


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FRI 02

calendar JUNE 2017


SAT 10


THURS 01 − SUN 04

Carol Ann’s Carousel Family Fun Night


Back by popular demand is Carol Ann’s Carousel’s Family Fun Nights! Come whirl with us inside Carol Ann’s Carousel for discounted ride packages, different themed nights, with featured crafts and activities. Enter for your chance to win tokens and tickets to a Krohn Conservatory Show! Time: 5-8 p.m., Location: Carol Ann’s Carousel, http://

Great Parks Free Entry Day

As a special thank you for their continued support of Great Parks, Hamilton County residents can enjoy free entry into any Great Park on the first day of June, July and August without a Motor Vehicle Permit. FREE. Time: All day, Location: All Great Parks, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275


SAT 24 – SUN 25

Games, rides, food, a parade and more – don’t miss the festival voted 'Best of the East' by Cincy Magazine 2013, 2014 and 2015! Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Frontier Days Grounds on Victor Stier Drive in Downtown Milford, html

FRI 02 Creature Feature

Join the naturalist at the wet playground today to see a few live animals before the little ones play. FREE. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Woodland Mound/Parky’s Wetland Adventure, calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275

Donut Party Day

Celebrate National Doughnut Day with stories, a doughnut-making craft, and a tasty treat! $5/child ages 3 and up; registration is required as space is limited! Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665



FRI 09 – SUN 11 THURS 08 Smale Kids Day

Smale Kids Day features fun entertainment for kids, plus lots of family friendly activities. FREE. Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Location: Smale Riverfront Park,

Sylvan Learning Center Presents: Robotics and Legos

Kids will learn a little about coding, robotics, and other STEM concepts through the fun use of LEGOS. Kids grades 2 to 5. Parents and caregivers are strongly encouraged to attend to see the cool creations their kids make illustrating learning about science and technology is fun!! Registration is required. FREE.

more! For families in which at least one parent is Jewish.

FRI 02 − SUN 04 JuneFest 2017

Enjoy magicians, balloon artists, rides, great food and drink, and games of chance throughout the weekend. All You Can Ride bracelets will be available Saturday and Sunday. Time: Check website, Location: Our Lord the King Parish in Mt. Lookout,

SAT 03 Great Parks Adventure Fest

Discover new adventures for all ages. Activities include paddle sports, slacklining and mountain bike demos, trail races, gear swap, orienteering, climbing wall, animal encounters and more. Event also features local food trucks, beer and bands. Some activities require paid registration. Learn more at Time: 12-8 p.m., Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest,, Phone: 513-5217275

National Trails Day

Grab your hiking boots and bring your friends and family for hiking and fun as we celebrate National Trails Day at our Rowe Woods location! Time: All day, Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, http://, Phone: 513-831-1711

SUN 04 One-Day Sunday Family Fun Day at Camp Livingston *CP PICK

Ditch the distractions of everyday life and get back to basics with the whole family for an afternoon adventure in the great outdoors! Featuring dance party fun for the whole family, inflatables, a giant waterslide, zip line, canoeing, a campfire cookout and




Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Location: Camp Livingston, http://

Time: 2-3 p.m., Location: Anderson Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6030

FRI 09 − SUN 11 MON 05 Make a Mess at the Manatee!

Join Ms. Anne to enjoy this wonderful outlet for your child's creative side. Have fun listening to a good book and participating in an art-making activity with your child. Class is $10/child ages 2-4. Please register by June 2nd. Time: 10-11 a.m., Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665

Sharonville Touch a Truck

This popular Touch a Truck event in Sharonville is a great way to kick off the summer! You’ll see the fire truck ladders as you approach the Convention Center. FREE. Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Location: Sharonville Convention Center,

TUES 06 − SUN 11 Buggarific

From darting dragonflies to squishy slugs, what exactly is a bug? Come and learn about the diversity and wonder of the bug world. We will be discovering all things creepy and crawly. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/person. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

St. Gertrude Parish Festival

Over 60 fun booths and rides; festival fare; live entertainment; a super-sized auction booth; and lots of raffles, including a "reverse" raffle to win a full year's tuition! Time: Check website for festival schedule, Location: St. Gertrude Parish in Madeira, festival

SAT 10 Breakfast with Butterflies

Enjoy a continental style breakfast while getting a sneak peek of the butterflies! Tickets are $12/adult and $6/child 5-12. Kids 4 and under are free. Time: 8:30-10 a.m., Location: Krohn Conservatory,, Phone: 513-421-4086

Queen City Base Ball Festival

Come out and join us for a full day of baseball in 1869! Come out and experience the exciting play of base ball before gloves, the sportsmanship of ballists who played before contracts and free-agency, and the unique atmosphere of our national pastime as it was meant to be played. FREE (donations appreciated). Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Location: Heritage Village, https://

Superheroes: Up, Up and Away


Attention, young superheroes: grab your crime-fighting capes and fly to the Cincinnati Pops’ Superheroes: Up, Up and Away Lollipops concert. In this can’t-miss, supercharged Lollipops concert, the Cincinnati Pops and the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati will be joining forces for a musical adventure. When live music and creativity are threatened by the nefarious forces of Otto Tüün and Purrrfect Pitch, musical superheroes Conduktor and Rubato (along with JMR and the Pops) battle back to save the day This fun and action-packed program features music from classic superhero stories, including Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Hercules, The Avengers and more! Costumes and imagination encouraged! Time: 10:30 a.m., Location: Taft Theatre, http:// lollipops-2016-17/superheroes-up-up-and-away/, Phone: 513-621-1919

SUN 11 Rock & Fossil Fest

Calling all amateur rock and fossil enthusiasts! Gather rocks or fossils to show off or swap. Try hands-on games and activities or show off your collection in the “Exploration Zone.” There is something for everyone who enjoys geology. FREE. Time: 1-3 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Harbor, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

Trillium Art and Music Fair

Pick up a fantastic work of local art while enjoying food, drinks and live music in beautiful Glenwood Gardens. More than 40 artist and craftspeople will showcase their talents and work, along with a day full of music. FREE. Time: 12-5 p.m., Location: Glenwood Gardens/Gatehouse,, Phone: 513-521-7275

TUES 13 Dive for Treasure in Sunlite Pool

Find hidden treasure at the bottom of the Sunlite Pool as you dive and search for all sorts of special prizes. Time: 1-2 p.m., Location: Coney Island’s Sunlite Pool, http://, Phone: 513-232-8230

WEDS 14 Family Nights: Butterfly Pajama Parties

Visit the butterflies after hours for fun activities and crafts for all ages. Time: 5-8 p.m., Location: Krohn Conservatory, http://www., Phone: 513-421-4086



SAT 17


Backyard Bonanza: Pen Pals

The City Flea

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Take a walk on the wild (or domestic) side and create some new farmyard friends. Discover how animals “talk” to each other and speak to us! Optional package includes a wagon ride and time to play in Parky’s Playbarn. Program only: $2/ person; package: $6/ child, $4/adult. Register by June 11th. Time: 9 a.m., Location: Parky’s Farm, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

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

SUN 18 Cool Classic Films

Come cool off with some classic films! Popcorn provided. FREE. Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Location: Greenhills Branch Library, Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4441

FRI 16

Dads Swim Free on Father’s Day!

All Dads get in free on Sunday, June 18th with a paid admission at admission window only. Not valid with any other discount offer or ticket. Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Location: The Beach Waterpark,;event_date=2017-06-18, Phone: 513-398-7946

Horsing Around Funday *CP PICK

Reds Day at the Zoo

Don’t miss an exclusive Q&A session from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Wings of Wonder Theater with your favorite Reds players! The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. for members and ZAT ticket holders and 10 a.m. to the public. Doors to the Wings of Wonder theater open at 11 a.m. -- seats are first come first serve. The Reds Rover will be on grounds from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Time: Reds Q+A starts at 11:30 a.m., Location: Cincinnati Zoo,, Phone: 513-281-4700

Springfield Touch a Truck

Springfield Township's Touch A Truck event will introduce over 50 different vehicles (and a helicopter) to kids of all ages. Participating vehicles include a variety of service, luxury and food trucks. Meet police officers and fire fighters. A mobile DJ will emcee the event. Kids will have a chance to climb aboard many of the trucks! FREE. Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Location: 9150 Winton Road (Civic Center parking lot), calendar.aspx?EID=1582

Saddle up for this silly Funday! See horses in art when you visit Treasures of British Painting 1400-2000: The Berger Collection, and meet a real mini horse and some of his barnyard friends from Honey Hill Farm, 1-2 p.m. Get giggly at the Art Cart with some Appalachian toys, and then enjoy a performance of circus tricks by My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus, 2-3 p.m. No reservations required. FREE. Time: 1-4 p.m., Location: Taft Museum of Art, http://, Phone: 513-241-0343

Paint with Your Papa

Bring your best grownup dude to build and decorate a birdhouse to celebrate Father’s Day! Craft is $8 per child ages 4 and up. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Time: 1-2 p.m., Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665

WEDS 21 Join us to learn about the importance of pollinators. Figure out how bees communicate, and what catches the eye of a butterfly. To end out the program make your own pollinator artwork to take home. Presented by Butler Soil and Water Conservation District. Program free for members and included with park admission. Time: 12-1 p.m., Location: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park,, Phone: 513-868-1234

FRI 23

Time: 2 p.m., Location: The Beach Waterpark, http://;event_date=2017-06-22, Phone: 513-398-7946

FRI 23 West Chester Township Touch a Truck

Check out all the cool trucks and vehicles that serve our community every day. Fire trucks, police vehicles, snow plows, helicopters and more will be on display. FREE. Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Location: The Square @ Union Centre, Components/Calendar/Event/3420/17?seldept=4

FRI 23 − SAT 24 Great Parks’ Backyard Campout

Join us for a night under the stars! Families can camp in the park and connect with nature. A limited number of sites will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Family-friendly activities will kick off Friday night at 6 p.m. Register by June 18th with a $5 deposit. Time: 3 p.m. on June 23-10 a.m. on June 24, Location: Lake Isabella,, Phone: 513-521-7275

FRI 23 − SUN 25 Summer Series for Kids: Pollinator Partners


Join us on June 22nd for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at 2pm at the Wave Pool! The Beach will serve as an Official Host Location as the nation’s top water safety and training organizations join forces to set a Guinness World Record. No extra charge to participate -- admission to park is required. Everyone who signs up for the lesson receives a Free Zip Line Ride Ticket! Sponsored by Bear Paddle Swim School.

Panegyri Greek Festival

Authentic Greek cuisine, pastries, music, dancing, raffles, games and amusement rides. Admission is $2/ person over 12. Free parking at and shuttle from St. Xavier High School. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, http://

SAT 24 − SUN 25 Curious George Express *CP PICK

Take a train ride with Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat! Bring kids, grandparents, and friends to enjoy this memorable moment, but don’t forget your camera! Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat will visit passengers on board the train. A story teller will be on board reading the book, Curious George Takes a Train. Time: Check website for ride times, Location: LM&M Railroad,, Phone: 513-933-8022




SAT 24

FRI 30

Ice Cream Olympics

Backyard Bonanza: Fishing Fever

Do you have what it takes to compete in a variety of Ice Cream challenges? Come compete for the gold and eat a bunch of sugary sweets! FREE. Time: 1-4 p.m., Location: Anderson Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6030

Learn the basics of fishing. Go fishing at our catch-and-release pond and see what is splashing around! Bait, poles and equipment are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Optional package includes a wagon ride and time to play in Parky’s Playbarn. Program only: $3/person; package: $7/child, $5/adult. Register by June 28th. Time: 9 a.m., Location: Parky’s Farm, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

MON 26 & TUES 27 Super Name Sign

Design and decorate your own colorful "Name Sign" to hang in your bedroom! Students will conceptualize and create their own double-fire hanging glass panel in this fun 2-day workshop. Students will learn how to utilize two different temperatures in the kiln to create smooth and textured portions of their sign. For ages 9+. Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. both days, Location: Brazee Street Studios, super-name-sign, Phone: 513-321-0206

MON 26 Animals Alive

Meet some of our local animals through the Animals Alive program. Presented by a naturalist from Great Parks of Hamilton County. FREE. Time: 2-3 p.m., Location: Hyde Park Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4456

ongoing events Red to Bronze

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

Time: 12-1 p.m., Location: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park,, Phone: 513-868-1234

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


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

Summer Series for Kids: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

An educational performance that uses junk percussion instruments to introduce musical concepts and illustrate elements of math and physics. An array of buckets, barrels, pans, cans, auto parts, pipes, flower pots, and pieces of wood can make music. Learn how the physical properties of the instruments affect the sounds that they make. Then translating fractions into rhythms that they can play as a group. Presented by Stan Ginn. Program free for members and included with park admission.

Legos in the Library - Building Batman's City

There is no limit to what you can create with Legos! Join us in building a Gotham City for Team Batman to have their adventures in. FREE. Time: 3-5 p.m., Location: Sharonville Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6049

Majestic Monarch

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




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

Friday Night Grill Outs

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

Baby Splash Classes at Hubbard Family Swim School

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

Christmas in July Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume *CP PICK


A Day in the Life

June 26-July 31 Think some Christmas Cheer might help get you through the summer heat? Cool off at the Junction with a visit to the North Pole to get your mid-year check up with Santa as well as stop by all of our great attractions. Time: Open daily, Location: Entertrainment Junction,, Phone: 513-898-8000

Groceries and Grilling Wednesdays

Wednesdays through Sept. 27 Head to Findlay Market on Wednesday evenings for Groceries & Grilling! Each Wednesday, a merchant or vendor will demonstrate a themed recipe in a newly installed demo kitchen. Guests will get the recipe and list of ingredients so they can shop and then grill the recipe on-site, on grills provided by the market, along with some tools, plates, napkins and utensils. Time: 5-8 p.m., Location: Findlay Market, http://www.

Summer Cinema Wednesdays

May 31-Aug. 30 Summer Cinema features a free movie screening every Wednesday at the Park! Dust off those lawn chairs, grab a picnic basket, and join us for a fun, relaxing evening over on our civic lawn. Check website for full movie schedule. FREE. Time: 9 p.m., Location: Washington Park, http://, Phone: 513-621-4400


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