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COULD VIRTUAL OR HOMESCHOOL BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?

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contents J U LY 20 1 8 departments CHILDREN'S HEALTH

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WOMEN'S HEALTH

28 Natural Beginnings Birth Center Marks 100th Natural Birth

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

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A Brush of Hope

TRAVEL

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Let's Go Underground

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Editor's Note Community Spotlight Cincy's Kids Our Social Network

RESOURCES & CALENDARS

35 Preschool & Education Guide 36 July Events 43 Fun & Wacky Calendar

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Ready – Or Not?

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Summer Fun Without the Sun

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Family Friendly and Al Fresco

Test your maternity IQ with this "need to know" info!

Beat the heat with these indoor activities!

Where to enjoy dining outside this summer

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30 Alternative Educational Options Could virtual or home schooling be right for your student?

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Should We Consider Changing Schools?

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What to think about before making a decision

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EDITOR'S NOTE

WORDS BY SUSAN BRYANT

PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox mary@cincinnatiparent.com EDITOR Susan Bryant susan@cincinnatiparent.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER & ADVERTISING Katie Clark katie@cincinnatiparent.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Hannah Mohler hannah@cincinnatiparent.com ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Karen Ring karen@cincinnatiparent.com

July

in cincy

It’s getting a little toasty outside isn’t it? It’s been a hot one this summer, with several 90+ degree days already under our belt. Mother Nature took us seriously when we said we’d had enough of winter! What’s a parent to do with a houseful of rambunctious kids on a day that’s just too hot and humid to be outdoors? Get somewhere cool! And we’ve got you covered – from indoor playgrounds and arcades to laser tag and museums, check out our Summer Fun Without the Sun guide for a host of air-conditioned destinations. Are you in search of something really cool to do? Head to a cave! With a constant average temperature in the 50-degree range, you just might need to break out a jacket! Check out our article Let’s Go Underground for a list of caves your family can have some chilly fun exploring together.

With summer in full swing, the thought of school may be the furthest thing from your mind (it certainly is for your kids!) But summer break can be a good time to think about your child’s educational future. Are you satisfied with your current school or are you entertaining the idea of making a move? Should We Consider Changing Schools? can help you weigh this important decision. Sometimes a traditional school setting isn’t the right fit for a student at all, and virtual or home schooling is the way to go. To find out more about these options, try reading our story on Alternative Educational Choices. July is heating up – we’ll wish we could have bottled up all this sunshine and warmth to take out in just a few short months when the temperature takes a nose dive. Enjoy these hot and steamy days; we will miss them!

COMMUNITY OUTREACH & SOCIAL MEDIA Sarah McCosham sarah@cincinnatiparent.com DIGITAL PUBLISHER Wendy Hasser wendy@cincinnatiparent.com BUSINESS MANAGER Roxanne Burns roxanne@cincinnatiparent.com EVENT COORDINATOR & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Brooke Litherland brooke@cincinnatiparent.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sarah McCosham, Kim Dinan, Karen Ring, Andrea Paul-Taylor and Claire Rogers CALENDAR OF EVENTS calendar@cincinnatiparent.com

Cincinnati Parent Magazine is published monthly. Copyright 2018 by Midwest Parenting Publications, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Distribution of this magazine does not constitute an endorsement of products, commentary or services herein.

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SPOTLIGHT what to look for in july

Make Way for Ducklings Make Way for Ducklings is the story of how Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack navigate through the busy streets of Boston to safely arrive at their new home. This summer, the book’s author and illustrator Robert McCloskey is celebrated at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey features over 100 original artworks and materials from the beloved author/illustrator (and Hamilton, Ohio native), plus fun memorabilia for fans of his other childhood classics, such as Blueberries for Sal and Time of Wonder. This endearing exhibit is organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and opens July 20th. Admission is free. http://cincinnatiartmuseum.org/art/exhibitions/upcomingexhibitions/make-way-for-ducklings/

an exhibit just for

chocolate lovers

Chocoholics unite! This summer, the Cincinnati Museum Center has curated an exhibit just for you. Opening June 29th, Chocolate: The Exhibition features multiple, drool-worthy galleries that create a global historical tour-de-chocolate! You’ll follow chocolate’s story from rainforest to wrapper in the Museum Center’s most delicious exhibition ever. www.cincymuseum.org

Hit the (donut) trail! The most delicious journey your family will travel this summer is just north of Cincinnati. If you love donuts (and who doesn’t?), then it’s time to “hike” the Butler County Donut Trail. Your mission: download a free passport, visit each of the 12 bakeries on the trail, enjoy dozens of donuts and have your passport stamped. Once you’ve completed this foodie feat, trek your way back to the Butler County Visitors Bureau to be awarded your Donut Trail t-shirt. Whether you complete in a day (yes – it can be done!) or take the entire summer to fill your passport, this is one “trip” your kids won’t be complaining about. www.gettothebc.com/donut-trail

Macy’s

KIDS, CULTURES, CRITTERS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL

Who says $1 can’t buy anything? On July 18th, get into the world-renowned Cincinnati Zoo for just a buck as part of the Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival. Come for a day full of fun at the Zoo: live music, parades, entertainment, special animal encounters and tons of kid-friendly activities (in other words… kids, cultures, critters and crafts!) Last year’s festival attracted a record 23,000 guests, so plan on arriving early (or late), purchase tickets ahead of time online and go green with a carpool, as parking is still $10/vehicle! cincinnatizoo.org/events/kids-cultures-critters-and-crafts-festival/

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CINCINNATIPARENT.COM. BIRTHDAY FREEBIES GUIDE cincinnatiparent.com/birthday-freebies/ Be ready for your kiddo’s special day by checking out all the places around Cincy that offer fun, and free, birthday perks.

BEST ICE CREAM SPOTS IN CINCY cincinnatiparent.com/best-ice-cream-spots-in-cincy/ July is National Ice Cream month so celebrate like you mean it and visit the best ice cream spots around!

CINCINNATI'S TOP TOT LOTS AND TODDLER PLAYGROUNDS cincinnatiparent.com/cincinnatis-top-tot-lots-and-toddler-playgrounds/ Watching a toddler at a playground can be stressful for parents; check out these spots that have “little kid” safety in mind.

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 A REVIEW OF THE CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM'S "MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS" EXHIBIT, TIPS ON CONQUERING THE LOVELAND BIKE TRAIL WITH KIDS AND A FEATURE ON ONE OF CINCINNATI'S BEST-KEPT SUMMER SECRETS: STRICKER'S GROVE.

on the cover: MEET LOLA age 5 years old

my favorites

interesting facts about me

FOOD Cheese. No, TACOS! ACTIVITY Painting TV SHOW The Little Mermaid BOOK Cat in the Hat CANDY Jelly beans

I love to sing, I’m left-handed and I want to be a painter like Frida Kahlo when I grow up! cover photo by JENNY B PHOTOGRAPHY www.jennybphoto.com

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TRAVEL

WORDS BY KAREN RING

Let’s Go Underground Keep cool in a cave this summer If you’re looking for a new family adventure this summer, why not head underground? The Midwest is home to a number of intricate cave networks where kids and adults can get up close and personal with the wonders of the underground world – from rock formations to waterfalls, blind cave fish to Ice Age bones. The best part? These caves stay a cool 54 degrees year-round on average, making them the perfect place to cool off when the temperatures soar. Below are just a few of our favorites.

OHIO CAVERNS Location: 2210 East State Route 245, West Liberty, OH Blue, orange, white, red and black – these are the colors you’ll find in Ohio Caverns, known for its variety of hues in various formations and features. The caverns are the largest in the state, with over two miles of passageways running in depth from 30 feet to 103 feet. Be sure to see the "Crystal King” while you’re there – a huge, perfectly formed white stalactite estimated to be over 200,000 years old. Visit www.ohiocaverns.com for more details. TOP MAMMOTH CAVE BOTTOM MARENGO CAVES RIGHT OHIO CAVERNS

OLENTANGY INDIAN CAVERNS Location: 1779 Home Rd Delaware, OH Want to get an even “cavier” experience in a cave? Explore it by flashlight! Olentangy Indian Caverns offers Flashlight Tours where the main lights are turned off and guests use only the glow of their flashlight to see the cave. Check out the 50,000

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square foot Animal Encounter and new Treasure Hunt Maze while you’re there too. Visit www.olentangyindian caverns.com for more info.

SENECA CAVERNS Location: 15248 E. Township Road 178, Bellevue, OH Seneca Caverns was discovered by two boys in 1872 who were chasing their dog when he suddenly disappeared into a sink hole. Today visitors can see a series of rooms and passageways on their tour as well as "Ole Mist’ry River,” a crystal clear flowing stream 110 feet below the surface which is part of the vast underlying water system in the region. Pan for gemstones, crystals, arrowheads and fossils in their sluice while you’re there, too. Check out www.senecacavernsohio.com to get the full scoop.

SQUIRE BOONE CAVERNS Location: 100 Squire Boone Rd, Mauckport, IN As the story goes, Squire Boone and his brother Daniel discovered these caverns in 1790. Today, families can walk in Boone’s footsteps, passing stalactites and stalagmites, rushing streams and underground waterfalls. And this year, for the first time since opening to the public in 1973, Squire Boone had unveiled a new tour through this wondrous cave. Guided 1-hour tours leave every 30 to 40 minutes. Find out more at www. squireboonecaverns.com.


MARENGO CAVE Location: 400 East State Road 64, Marengo, IN This U.S. National Landmark is definitely one to add to the bucket list. Marengo Cave offers easy walking tours that will amaze adults and children alike. The Dripstone Trail tour is 1 mile and lasts 60 minutes. The Crystal Palace tour is 1/3 mile and lasts 40 minutes. Both are guided and are offered yearround. Kids will get a kick out of The Crawl – a winding maze that allows little ones to get a feel for what cave exploration is like without all the water and mud. Visit www. marengocave.com for more info.

INDIANA CAVERNS Location: 1267 Green Acres Drive SW, Corydon, IN Explore Indiana’s longest cave. Families will enjoy the Panoramic Views Tour. During this 1 ½ hour tour, you’ll descend 110 feet underground, enjoy a 25-minute boat ride on the underground river and learn about the

rich history of Indiana Caverns, all while taking in breathtaking underground views. Above ground, kids can take part in Gem Stone Mining and explore “The Cavern of The Sabertooth,” a crawling adventure where kids set out in search of the Sabertooth Lair. For more details, visit www. indianacaverns.com.

MAMMOTH CAVE Location: 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave, KY Mammoth Cave is one of the largest in the world and is certainly worth the hike to Kentucky. This massive cave sprawls over 400 miles, with 16 different tours for all ages. If you are looking to make this more than a day trip, there are opportunities to enjoy surface hikes, canoeing on the Green River, picnicking, horseback riding, bicycling, camping and more. Advance reservations for cave tours are highly recommended. For more, visit www.nps. gov/maca/planyourvisit/ gocavetours.htm.

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WORDS BY MAGGIE LOISELLE and SUSAN BRYANT

READY−OR NOT? Test your maternity IQ with this “need to know” info! Answer: C. The nausea, fatigue and loss of appetite that often accompany early pregnancy typically dissipate after the twelfth week for most women, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Eating smaller meals more often, avoiding smells that make you queasy, not getting overheated and getting plenty of rest can help alleviate morning sickness.

Is anyone ever really prepared to become a parent? Probably not! From conception to pregnancy to birth, there’s a lot to know. See how ready you are with our baby-making quiz!

CONCEPTION How long does it typically take to get pregnant? A. B. C. D.

One monthly cycle 3 months 9 months 1 year

Answer: D. Most couples will conceive within a year of trying to get pregnant. Older than 35? Check in with your doctor if you haven’t gotten pregnant within six months. (Source: Womenshealth.gov.)

When should I start taking a prenatal vitamin? A. As soon as you start considering pregnancy B. As soon as you know you are pregnant C. After your first doctor’s appointment Answer: A. As soon as you’re even thinking of having a baby, start taking a daily prenatal vitamin with at least 400 mcg of folic acid. Because birth defects of the brain, like spina bifida, happen in the first few weeks of pregnancy before many women even know they’re pregnant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends women start getting folic acid at least a month before becoming pregnant. 14

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What lifestyle changes do I need to make to have the healthiest pregnancy possible? A. Be in good physical shape B. Get chronic illnesses, like diabetes and high blood pressure, under control C. Make sure prescription medications, herbal supplements and essential oils you use are safe for pregnancy D. Kick bad habits, like smoking E. All of the above Answer: E. A healthy pregnancy starts long before you see those two little blue lines appear on the stick. Drop that extra weight, get any health issues under control and quit smoking now. Feel overwhelmed? Reach out to your doctor who can talk with you about how to start making positive changes. A preconception visit can help you pinpoint what specific areas you need to address.

PREGNANCY I’m sick to my stomach, and not just in the morning! When is “morning sickness” typically over? A. B. C. D.

After the second week After the sixth week After the twelfth week After the sixteenth week

When will I first feel the baby move? A. Between 8 and 10 weeks B. Between 12 and 14 weeks C. Between 16 and 25 weeks Answer: C. It varies from woman to woman, but flutters typically start after 16 weeks, although if this is your first child, you might not know what you’re feeling at first. Being in a quiet position, either sitting or lying down, can help you feel more kicks. (Source: webmd.com.)

I’m always hungry! How much more should I be eating while I’m pregnant? A. B. C. D.

No additional calories 220-300 extra calories a day 340-450 extra calories a day 500-700 extra calories a day

Answer: C. While your baby does need additional energy to grow, gaining too much weight can pose health risks for you both. Keep an eye on how many extra calories you are consuming, and make sure they are coming from nutrient-dense foods. (Source: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietitics.)

BIRTH AND BEYOND I think I’m in labor! When should I call my doctor or midwife? A. As soon as you feel any cramping B. When you can track contractions for an hour C. When you leak or gush fluid D. Any of the above Answer: D. Err on the side of caution and call your provider with any symptoms that you think might indicate you are in labor. For a good sign that labor is progressing, use the 5-1-1 rule: contractions that are five minutes apart, lasting one minute each for at least one hour. (Source: Lamaze International.)

How long will labor take? A. B. C. D. E.

Less than five hours 5 to 10 hours 10 to 15 hours 15 to 20 hours Only your body knows!

Answer: E. There are a lot of variables when it comes to how long you’ll labor and predicting just when the baby will arrive is tricky. Some women may deliver within an hour, other times it can take until the following day. Ultimately, your body and your baby have a plan. Having a good relationship with your doctor or midwife will help you feel more at ease during the process.


What kinds of things can increase my chances of developing postpartum depression? A. Personal or family history of depression or anxiety B. History of severe PMS C. Difficult pregnancy or traumatic birth experience D. Health issues, especially thyroid disease and diabetes E. All of the above Answer: E. Twenty percent of new moms – that’s one in seven women – will deal with a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder. Understanding your risk factors can help you and your partner be prepared. Keep in mind that postpartum depression is different for everyone and doesn’t just

mean you are crying a lot. If you’re feeling anxious, angry, are having trouble eating or sleeping or find yourself having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind, reach out to your care provider or find local resources at www.postpartum.net.

How did you do? No matter what your score, there’s always more to learn! Talk with your healthcare provider, read up on the latest maternity issues and sign up for a childbirth class in your area. The more you know, the healthier and happier your pregnancy experience will be!

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SUMMER FUN

WITHOUT THE SUN Beat the heat with these indoor activities! WORDS BY CLAIRE ROGERS

With temperatures soaring in the Tri-State, summer is here in full force. By now, many families are looking for some fun of the air-conditioned variety. Next time you need a break from the heat, check out this list of our favorite indoor family entertainment destinations.

Castle Skateland

SOUTH

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Newport Aquarium

This castle themed roller-skating rink is the largest in the Cincinnati area. Check the website for special themes on various days. Summer afternoon skating on Wednesdays and Thursdays is just $5 for admission.

www.newportaquarium.com

Entertrainment Junction

NORTH Pogo Play www.gopogoplay.com Explore the massive 7,600 square foot play structure at Pogo Play where kids can take advantage of inflatables, bounce houses, a sports court, Lego mania building area, interactive floor, Imagination Playground, a toddler area and dramatic play space. When everyone’s hungry, visit the café where a variety of healthy meals and beverages are available. Run, Jump n’ Play www.runjumpnplay.com This spot is packed full of fun with playsets, inflatables (special times only), a basketball court and café. Parents of little ones will appreciate the designated toddler area. Stop by for Friday Night Family Nights for a great kick-off to the weekend.

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Cool off at Newport Aquarium – a refreshing destination to beat the heat. This summer check out “Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus,” an exhibit with unique light and sound effects mimicking the environment these and other animals live in.

www.entertrainmentjunction.com Entertrainment Junction holds the title of world’s largest indoor model train display. Stop by for “Christmas in July” and enjoy a bit of holiday cheer with a visit from Santa. Great Wolf Lodge www.greatwolf.com/mason Who can resist attractions with names like the Hydro Plunge, Triple Twist and Raccoon Lagoon? There is plenty to do on dry land, too. Lazer Kraze www.lazerkraze.com This is a popular spot for families of school-age kids with laser tag, a trampoline park and arcade providing hours of family fun. Lazer Kraze has a location in Erlanger, too!

Totter’s Otterville

https://tottersotterville.com

Totter’s Otterville is a hidden gem for families with small children. A variety of pretend-play stations encourage hours of creativity. Parents can enjoy relaxing in comfortable seating while watching kids enjoy themselves for hours.

Dart Rush www.dartrush.com Ever been to a foam dart arena? Bring your favorite foam blaster from home or rent one from Dart Rush and let the games begin. Foam darts and balls are provided.


EAST Recreations Outlet http://recreations outlet.com Recreations Outlet offers trampolines, playsets, basketball hoops and more – with locations in Milford and Liberty Township. Scene75 www.scene75.com/cincinnati Scene75 is the ultimate indoor play destination. Activities include indoor go-karts, black light mini golf and inflatables.

Cheers to Art www.cheerstoart.com Cheers to Art is the perfect spot for creative kiddos. Their special “Canvas & Kids” sessions fill up quickly so be sure to register in advance. Locations in Madeira and downtown Cincy.

WEST Discovery Center at Liberty Center www.liberty-center.com/liberty-center-Cub-club Stop by the Discovery Center and let your little ones burn off some energy at this free playland. Check out the toddler area with foam blocks and a flying pig-themed play structure for preschoolers and school-age kids. Silver Diva https://thesilverdiva.com/

The Silver Diva is an open hand stamping jewelry and personalized accessories studio and online store where kids and adults alike can create, design, hand stamp and personalize jewelry or shop a collection of handcrafted pieces.

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Scallywag Tag www.scallywagtag.com A west side favorite, kids of all ages will love the piratethemed black light mini golf. Be sure to enjoy a game of laser tag during your visit too. Full Throttle Indoor Karting www.gofullthrottle.com Do your kids have a need for speed? Children (ages 8 and up) can race around the track during designated kid-friendly racing heats. Skyzone www.skyzone.com/springdale Toddlers through adults will have a blast jumping sky high at Skyzone. This enormous indoor trampoline park includes a special toddler time and areas for younger jumpers. The Web Extreme Entertainment www.funattheweb.com There’s something for everyone at the Web Extreme Entertainment. Mini golf, mini bowling, go karts and lazer tag will provide hours of fun for your kids.

CENTRAL The Red Balloon CafĂŠ + Play https://redballooncafe.com Your family can relax, play and enjoy a meal (made from scratch) at The Red Balloon. Kids ages 1-6 will love the water play area, imaginative play toys and the slide.

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Duke Energy Children’s Museum www.cincymuseum.org/childrensmuseum The Children’s Museum is a Cincinnati favorite for family outings. Be sure to visit the indoor play area (modeled after a forest), expansive water play tables, pretend town (perfect for hours of imaginary play) and toddler zone complete with sand tables. And don’t miss the Cincinnati Museum Center’s new Mission Aerospace exhibit – it’s out of this world! Fire Museum of Cincinnati www.cincyfiremuseum.com This museum provides a unique fire-safety education experience and a chance for kids to see fire trucks and equipment up close. Adventure Station Indoor Playground at Sharon Woods www.greatparks.org/sharon-woods/adventurestation-indoor-playground Located in the Sharon Wood’s Sharon Centre, the Adventure Station is an exciting place for children ages 2–12 to play. This two-story indoor playground is connected with a large sycamore tree ladder, three slides and various climbing features.

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CHILDREN'S HEALTH

WORDS BY ANDREA PAUL-TAYLOR, SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN – CINCINNATI

Cleft Lip and Palate

A common, and highly treatable, condition of childhood July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month, which shines a light on one of the most common birth defects today: facial clefts. This condition occurs in one of every 600 births in the United States. Clefts of the lip and palate (CLP) occur when these sections do not completely fuse during pregnancy. They can be complex conditions, affecting a child’s appearance, selfesteem and ability to breathe and eat properly. Though the cause of clefts is not completely clear, one major factor is smoking during pregnancy. About one in five babies born with CLP has a mother who smoked, according to the March of Dimes. A cleft lip can be repaired when the child reaches three to four months of age and 10 pounds. Cleft palates require the child to be slightly older, nine to 12 months of age. If not properly treated, issues related to hearing, speech and learning could occur. Treatment for CLP is not a “one and done” fix; the patient will need surgical and dental adjustments throughout childhood. Fortunately, with proper treatment, most children born with CLP thrive with little or no physical indication of the original defect. In fact, Lola, the little girl shown here and on our Cincinnati Parent cover this

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month, had CLP surgery at Cincinnati Shriners Hospital. Lola had two surgeries to repair her cleft lip and palate. She has a slight scar that is often unnoticed on her lip. Her treatment certainly has not stopped her from enjoying the beach and being a princess – two of her favorite activities. Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati is a designated Cleft Lip and Palate Team, with their five-year certification recently renewed by the Cleft Palate Foundation and the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association. Cincinnati Shriners recognizes that each cleft is unique, so every patient sees a team of highly skilled professionals, including boardcertified plastic surgeons, to address physical, social and psychological needs from surgery through adolescence. As always, Cincinnati Shriners Hospital is committed to providing specialized care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. A physician referral is not required. If you know a child who needs treatment, contact the hospital at (855) 206-2096 or helpachild@shrinenet.org.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY AND AL FRESCO

Where to enjoy dining outside this summer WORDS BY KIM DINAN

SUMMERTIME MEANS LONG DAYS AT THE POOL, DARTING THROUGH A BACKYARD SPRINKLER OR HIKING AT THE CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER. AND AFTER HOURS OF PLAY, YOUR FAMILY CAN REALLY WORK UP AN APPETITE. THERE ARE COUNTLESS GREAT RESTAURANTS IN CINCINNATI, BUT WE SNIFFED OUT THE BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS TO ENJOY DINING OUTSIDE DURING WARM SUMMER EVENINGS. JUST MAKE SURE YOU COME HUNGRY!

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Arthur’s Cafe in Hyde Park

3313 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati

3516 Edwards Road, Cincinnati

www.elisbarbeque.com

arthurscincinnati.com A true Cincinnati establishment with a quaint neighborhood feel, Arthur’s in Hyde Park is a great place to bring the family. Serving up comfort food ($8-$13) like chili cheese fries, buffalo chicken sandwiches and a long list of mouth-watering burgers, Arthur’s offers a little something for everyone. There’s a kid’s menu to please the little ones, too ($5-$6). While Arthur’s offers plenty of indoor seating, it’s worth the wait for a table on the back patio, a great space with a secret-garden vibe and a veranda lined with lights that twinkle when that summer sun finally goes down.

Eli’s BBQ

Eli’s BBQ upgraded from food truck to brick and mortar restaurant back in 2012 and quickly became a Cincinnati foodie destination. Serving up southern-style favorites like mac and cheese ($2.25), mashed potatoes ($2.25) and ribs ($6-$30), Eli’s is always crowded and always delicious. Seating is mostly outside at picnic tables and there’s a large, grassy area for kids to run and play in. Bring your own lawn toys from home and kick back while the kids entertain themselves in this park-like setting.

Pizzelii and 50 West Production Works Pizzelli: 7639 Wooster Pike, 50 West Production Works: 7605 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati

pizzelii.com fiftywestbrew.com Pizzelii is a restaurant that serves up delicious brick oven Neapolitan pizza (~$10) and 50 West Production Works is the beerbrewing annex of 50 West and a great place for adults and kids to play. For the perfect family-friendly evening, grab a beer and an outdoor table at 50 West and then order pizza next door at Pizzelii – they’ll even deliver it to your table. What makes 50 West so great for family fun is the outdoor sand volleyball courts. When games aren’t in session, kids are free to dig in the sand or play around on the courts.


Ruth’s Parkside Cafe 1550 Blue Rock Street, Cincinnati

www.ruthscafe.com Perfect for celebrating a nicer occasion like a birthday or graduation, Ruth’s is upscale enough to feel like a treat but laid-back enough to bring the family without worrying you’ll disturb the tables around you. The American-style menu at Ruth’s has everything from spicy meatballs ($7.50) to Creole catfish ($15.50) and the kids menu carries both traditional fare like grilled cheese ($4.24) and slightly off beat offerings like grilled peanut butter ($6.50). The outdoor patio opens up into a large, grassy field where kids can stretch their legs before or after their meal.

Little Miami Brewing Company 208 Mill Street, Milford

www.littlemiamibrewing.com A family-friendly brewpub overlooking the Little Miami River in Old Milford, Little Miami Brewing Company serves brick oven pizza (~$15), salads and appetizers that will please the whole family. The outdoor patio has communal picnic tables and a whole cart of board games to keep the kids entertained, as well as a lineup of live music. A trip to Little Miami Brewing Company is best paired with a family bike ride down the Loveland Bike Trail, which passes just across the street from Little Miami Brewing, making it a great place to stop and rest after your ride.

Urban Grill on Main 6623 Main Street, Cincinnati

www.urbangrillonmail.com Located in quaint Newtown and featuring belly busting favorites like handcrafted burgers ($10-$12), grilled mac and cheese ($9) and buffalo chicken salad ($10), Urban Grill on Main has a family-friendly environment and great food. The kid’s menu is small but features all the favorites (mac and cheese, grilled cheese or a mini burger) and kids' items come with a drink. Grab a table on the covered patio and settle in for a great meal.

One of the perks of summertime is being able to enjoy a great meal outdoors, so next time your crew heads out to eat, do it al fresco at one of these family-friendly spots!

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WOMEN'S HEALTH

BROUGHT TO YOU BY PREMIER HEALTH [BRANDED CONTENT]

Natural Beginnings Birth Center

Marks 100th Natural Birth

When Carlie and Grayson Schick of Middletown welcomed new daughter Abigail Pearl on April 26, it marked the 100th natural birth delivery at Atrium Medical Center since the hospital started its Natural Beginnings Birth Center at the end of 2016. Natural Beginnings —the first comprehensive natural birth center in the greater Cincinnati area located within an acute care hospital—provides expecting mothers services to cope with labor without traditional interventions. Two private natural birthing suites for labor and delivery are part of the hospital’s Family Birth Center, offering an additional safety net of medical staff nearby who can respond with emergency and surgical care if necessary. Each suite features queen sized beds, built in Jacuzzi tubs and more space for a family-friendly experience. "To us, it was a really big deal to have PHOTO CREDIT PREMIER HEALTH

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a water birth, and we wanted to have it in a hospital-like setting for ease of mind," said mother Carlie Schick. Abigail is Carlie’s second child born in natural birth programs at Premier Health hospitals. In addition to board-certified obstetricians, the center has certified nurse midwives on staff. Expecting moms may choose movement, aromatherapy, massage therapy, music, positioning, labor tools, and water therapy to cope with labor and birth. For more information, please visit atriummedcenter.org/NaturalBeginnings. Women interested in Natural Beginnings can enroll in the program by contacting their physician or midwife, or by calling (513) 974-4291.

TOTAL DELIVERIES INCLUDING NATURAL BIRTHS GREW 6.6 PERCENT AT ATRIUM MEDICAL CENTER IN 2017 FROM THE YEAR BEFORE TO MORE THAN 950 BABIES BORN.


THIS MONTH'S SPOTLIGHT

WORDS BY KIM DINAN

Local Spotlight: A Brush of Hope Using the power of art to help young girls

HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY BEST SUPPORT YOUR ORGANIZATION?

Creative expression has the ability to benefit us in many ways, not only as a source of enjoyment, but also in a therapeutic capacity. Aimee Lowrance understands this well; she is the founder of A Brush of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Lebanon dedicated to improving the lives of young girls through art. Cincinnati Parent spoke to Lowrance about the inspiration behind her organization and the kind of impact that artistic expression can have on young people.

YOU FOUNDED A BRUSH OF HOPE IN 2013. WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO START AN ART-BASED NON-PROFIT FOR GIRLS? That summer my 10-year-old daughter’s best friend broke her back in a gymnastic accident. She came and spent a few days at my house after she’d gotten her back brace on and we sat at the table and made art together. As she was doing art she would talk about how her summer was ruined because she couldn’t do anything, but then she’d go into these thoughts like oh my gosh, what if my back never heals? As we sat making art, she was working through these things in her mind, flip-flopping between 10-year-old thoughts about summer and more serious thoughts about if she would recover.

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About a week later, I was on a morning run and I thought that I would really like to start a program where girls could use art to cope with some of the situations they are going through. I wanted to work with young girls who were struggling in many different areas and use art as a character builder and a coping mechanism and to help girls support and connect with their peers.

HOW DO THE GIRLS IN YOUR PROGRAM GET INVOLVED WITH A BRUSH OF HOPE? A lot of girls come to us recommended by guidance counselors or teachers and we reach them during the day in their schools. We go into schools around Montgomery, Butler and Warren Counties. We also get girls referred to us by pediatric counselors and they can come and do groups in our studio. There’s also word-of-mouth. Parents may have a daughter who is struggling to connect and make friends and they can register on our website and find a group that works for their daughter.

We always need women volunteers who would love to work with girls. We work with preschoolers all the way through high school and serve about 400 children over the school year. Our teachers are volunteers who commit to staying with a group of girls through the whole school year. The teachers provide a nurturing and safe environment for the girls and the girls realize they are important enough for someone to show up for every week. We also need women who are willing to work behind the scenes – whether it is social media or donation collection. Also, every organization can use monetary donations. If we don’t have them, we can’t stay in business.

WHY IS THE WORK YOU DO AT A BRUSH OF HOPE SO IMPORTANT? Most of us at A Brush of Hope have said at one time or another, “Wow, if we had had something like this to go to during those hard, formative years it would have made such a difference.” A lot of our girls thrive knowing that they have this group to go to where they can let their hair down and be themselves for a little while. We’ve seen introverted girls get involved in extracurricular activities, grades go up and family relationships get better. That’s why we keep doing it, because we see these results.

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alternative Educational Choices Could virtual or home schooling be right for your student? WORDS BY MAGGIE LOISELLE

FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE TO A LAPTOP LOGGED IN FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE, A GROWING NUMBER OF OHIO STUDENTS ARE REDEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM. Virtual schools and modern homeschooling cater to families looking for something different from the typical brick-andmortar classroom, often due to concerns over school safety, curriculum limitations and fitting in more family time. Here’s what you need to know about these alternative approaches to education.

ONLINE SCHOOL What is it? Online schools offer the option to complete classes wherever there’s an internet connection. Students interact with teachers and classmates via webcam, email and phone, and a parent serves as an at-home teacher during the younger grades.

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Who attends? Virtual classes often appeal to students who are ahead or behind academically or those who’ve struggled with the social aspects of the traditional classroom. Because of the flexible schedule, online learning can also work for families who’d like to supplement with at-home religious education, as well as older students who are juggling jobs, childcare and/or demanding schedules, such as elite athletes. What’s the schedule like? Students studying online have greater control of their own schedules. Schoolwork can be completed any time of day, anywhere, and students can take longer with certain lessons or quickly progress through others without having to wait for classmates to catch up. At TRECA Digital Academy, a full-time online school for K-12 students statewide, students are required to work online five hours and 10 minutes per school day. The self-discipline it takes to commit to the schedule of online learning helps students well after graduation, advocates say. “The stronger demand for time-management and

digital literacy develops a significant skill that many of our graduates are able to take with them post-graduation,” says Jakie Lea, TRECA’s marketing coordinator. “Oftentimes, it helps sets them apart from students coming from a traditional brick-and-mortar setting.” The transition from a typical school schedule to an online learning environment can be an adjustment for some students, but schools have multiple staff members in place to help keep kids on track. “Anytime a student transitions to a new school, they’re going to have changes in rules, school culture and the way things are done,” says Kristin Stewart, head of school of Ohio Virtual Academy, a statewide K-12 online charter school. “The good thing is, we understand that we’re quite different. We’re building a partnership – parents, students and staff. We all have to work together for students to be successful.”

Online schools: Akron Digital Academy: akrondigitalacademy.org Buckeye Online School for Success: go2boss.com ECOT: ecotohio.org Greater Ohio Virtual School: mygovs.com

Ohio Connections Academy: connectionsacademy.com/ohioeschool Ohio Virtual Academy: ohva.k12.com QDA: go2qda.org TRECA Digital Academy: treca.org

HOMESCHOOLING What is it? Homeschooling gives parents the opportunity to craft their child’s education at home, often with the assistance of purchased curriculums or co-ops of fellow homeschooling families. The at-home option has seen a resurgence in the last decade – between 1999 and 2012, the number of homeschooled children more than doubled, from 850,000 to 1.8 million, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The latest numbers show that about 3 percent of students ages 5 through 17 were reported as being homeschooled in 2016 – about 1.7 million students – but


that number is thought to be a low estimation, since many states don’t require homeschoolers be registered as such. Who’s homeschooled? Advocates tout homeschooling for its flexible schedule, personalized learning options and focus on family time. Requirements for homeschooling vary by state. In Ohio, families must provide 900 hours of instruction per year on specific subjects, including language, geography, math, science, health and music. The person providing the instruction must have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and they are required to notify the superintendent in the child’s home district of the family’s decision to homeschool, providing an assessment of the student’s work each year. Kentucky requires homeschooling families to provide a minimum of 1,062 hours of instruction in no less than 170 days on reading, writing, spelling, grammar, history, math, science and civics. Families are also required to notify the superintendent in the child’s home district of their intent to homeschool and to record each student’s progress in “all subjects taught at the same intervals as the local public schools.”

What’s the schedule like? Even more so than online schools, homeschool families are able to set their own schedules depending on their child’s age, interests and abilities. Many museums, libraries and parks offer programs specifically for homeschool families, and homeschool co-ops provide added structure and social outings.

Homeschooling resources: Ohio homeschooling requirements: education. ohio.gov/Topics/Quality-School-Choice/ Home-Schooling Kentucky homeschooling requirements: education.ky.gov/federal/fed/pages/homeschool.aspx “GOING TO SCHOOL” CAN BE DEFINED IN MANY WAYS TODAY – WHICH IS GREAT NEWS FOR FAMILIES FOR WHOM A TRADITIONAL EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT IS NOT THE BEST FIT FOR THEIR STUDENT. IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING A VIRTUAL OR HOMESCHOOL OPTION FOR YOUR CHILD, DO SOME RESEARCH, TALK WITH PARENTS WHO HAVE BEEN THERE, AND FIND THE ACADEMIC SITUATION WHERE YOUR CHILD CAN THRIVE.

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SHOULD WE CONSIDER

CHANGING SCHOOLS?

WHAT TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE MAKING A DECISION WORDS BY SUSAN BRYANT

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At some point, nearly every parent has heard their child say, “I hate school!” And while this sentiment often passes, sometimes it doesn’t and parents are left to wonder if their student would be better off in a different educational environment. Transitioning to another school is a big decision however, affecting not only the child but the entire family. Before making this move, here are few questions to consider.

– By switching schools, is my child missing an important opportunity to learn how to work through a difficult situation? – Have I talked with my child's teacher and principal about my concerns? Have they been receptive to helping us find a solution? – Are there things about our current school that my child does like? Will we be able to find these attributes in our next school?

– If my child is ahead academically, or behind, has my current school stepped in with the resources or support systems in place to help him or her? – If we are contemplating homeschooling or online school, have we evaluated what kind of commitment or lifestyle changes this decision might require?


– How will going to a new school affect the rest of our family in terms of morning or after school routines, drive time, coordinating schedules, etc.? Before changing schools, think carefully about the specific problems you feel your child is experiencing and give your school a chance to address these issues. You may find that once a conversation is initiated, there are resources available you were unaware of and supportive staff who care about resolving the problem.

If you do decide to change schools: – Research a variety of school options and attend open houses or set up meetings with administration at each school you are considering. – Ask if your child can shadow a day at a prospective school or you can sit in on a classroom. Attend a few school functions to get a sense of the culture and community of the places you’re interested in.

– When evaluating new schools, take your child’s opinions into account but don’t leave the final decision of where to attend up to him or her. As their parent, this is ultimately your decision as you carefully weigh the pros and cons of each school you are considering. Once you’ve chosen a new school, talk with your child about the importance of going in with a positive attitude and being patient with the process of settling in. It may take some time for your child, and you, to make the adjustment. Having an ongoing dialogue with your student and setting realistic expectations for the new year can help make this transition a success for everyone involved.

For information on school ratings, reviews and other information, visit www.greatschools. org.

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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: admissions@chca-oh.org, 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.

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.

MONTESSORI

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: reed@cmhschool.com, 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: ceara.c@newschoolmontessori.com, www.newschool montessori.com, Grades: 3-year-olds through Grade 6, Enrollment: 135

NON–PUBLIC

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

SPECIAL NEEDS

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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CURIOUS GEORGE EXPRESS

SAT 07 & SUN 08

calendar J U LY 2 0 1 8 SUN 01 - WED 04

BASTILLE DAY SUMMER FESTIVAL

SAT 14

KINGS ISLAND MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS Kings Island will pay tribute to members of the Military by offering free admission for Military Appreciation Days on July 1-4. Don’t miss the park’s 4th of July Fireworks display! Afterwards, Kings Island will stay open until midnight, giving guests the chance to experience and enjoy even more thrills on rides like The Beast, Banshee, Diamondback and the award-winning Mystic Timbers. Time: Check website for park hours, Location: Kings Island, https://www.visitkingsisland.com/play/ events/4th-of-july-spectacular

SUN 01

FRIDAY NIGHT FLOAT

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POP UP PLAY WITH HAPPEN, INC. It’s time to race! Paint your own hand-held car with racing stripes and learn all about line quality! Get on the fast track to art as you have a chance to race your creations on Happen’s Racing Track. This free, interactive Happen activity is designed for children age 6-10 accompanied with an adult. All activities are first-come, first-served while supplies last. FREE. Time: 3-4:30 pm, Location: Washington Park, https:// www.facebook.com/events/119068132280235/

MON 02 AMERICAN GIRL TEA PARTY Celebrate American Girls! Tea party designed for kids ages 6-12. FREE. Time: 2 pm, Location: Madeira Branch Library, http:// cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6018

TUES 03 - SUN 08 FAIRY FEST It’s that special time of year again when magical visitors fly in from all over. You’re invited to celebrate the mythology of these wee folk during this all-week fairy fest. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/person. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, https://www. greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275

TUES 03 LAROSA’S BALLOON GLOW The Annual LaRosa's Balloon Glow is a great event to bring the whole family to. Watch colors come to life right before your eyes as hot air balloons of every color illuminate over Coney. Plus, the grand finale will shock and awe you with a firework


display from Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks over the banks of Lake Como. Time: Check website, Location: Coney Island, https:// coneyislandpark.com/events/, Phone: 513-232-8230

RED, RHYTHM AND BOOM Features carnival and kid zone activities such as a zipline, extreme air trampolines, interactive inflatables, a climbing wall, bounce houses, strolling entertainment and more! Stage entertainment will kick off at 6 pm with a skydiving exhibit presented by Start Skydiving and continue throughout the night until a fireworks display presented by Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks at 10 pm. Grammy-nominated band The Fray is this year’s featured artist! FREE. Time: 4-11 pm, Location: Mason Municipal Campus, https://www.imaginemason.org/things-to-do/ red-rhythm-boom-2018/

TUES 03 - WED 04 NORTHSIDE 4TH OF JULY PARADE AND ROCK N’ ROLL CARNIVAL It’s a two-day, music-filled festival in the Heart of Northside with the most colorful 4th of July parade in town! The Rock ‘N Roll Carnival is an extension of the festival that has been presented by the Northside Business Association since at least the early 80’s and continues through the work and support of the Northside Business Association and numerous Northside residents and businesses. FREE. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Downtown Northside/Hoffner Park, http://northsiderocks.com

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-needs-program/, Phone: 513-965-4050

THURS 05 FAMILY FUN NIGHT AT CAROL ANN’S CAROUSEL Bring your family and enjoy discounted rides, creating an amazing craft, and participate in learning about the characters found on the carousel! Guess this week’s featured character on the Carousel for a chance to win a small prize and your family’s name listed on the winner’s board during Family Fun Nights. The Carousel’s all a ‘glow’ waiting for you to take a spin! FREE. Time: 5-8 pm, Location: Carol Ann’s Carousel, http:// www.cincinnatiparks.com/event/family-fun-night6/?instance_id=21444

FRI 06 BIG KID CRAFTERNOON: FELTED SUCCULENTS Join Blue Manatee's Miss Kelli to create an adorable needle felted succulent in a little clay pot! All of the materials you'll need (wool, felting needles, pots, and accoutrements) will be included.

WED 04 RED, WHITE AND BLUE ASH Head to Summit Park on July 4th for an amazing day of family fun, great music and fantastic fireworks!

FREE. Time: 4-10:35 pm, Location: Summit Park, http://www.blueash events.com/events_calendar/ red_white_and_blue_ash.php

Time: 1:30 pm, Location: Blue Manatee, https://www. bluemanateebooks.com, Phone: 513-731-2665

FRI 06, 20 & 27 FISHING FEVER Learn the basics of fishing. Go fishing at our catch-and-release pond and see what is splashing around! Bait, poles and equipment are all provided. 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 2 days in advance. Time: 9 am, Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275

SAT 07 CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER STEM GIRLS UNIVERSITY: METEOROLOGY Ever wonder about the weather? Learn what it takes to become a meteorologist and explore the science of the summer sun. Class time based on age: ages 7-10 is 10 to 11:30 am and ages 11-14 is 1 to 2:30 pm. Adult chaperones must remain in the Library at all times during the program. FREE. Time: 10 am – 2:30 pm, Location: Main Branch Library, https://www.cincymuseum.org/STEMGirls, Phone: 287-7000, ext. 7296

SAT 07 & SUN 08 CURIOUS GEORGE EXPRESS *CP PICK Each month, LM&M offers different themed rides - July’s ride is the Curious George Express, and features visits from everyone’s favorite monkey and yellow-hat-wearing man! On the Curious George Express, kids will enjoy a scenic ride aboard a real, working train, then get lots of quality time with George and the Man With the Yellow Hat. Just don’t forget to bring your camera! Time: Check website for schedule, Location: LM&M Railroad, https://lebanonrr.com/pbs-kids-train-rides/, Phone: 513-933-8022

SAT 07 - SUN 15

PATRIOTIC POPS

MYSTERY FESTIVAL AT BLOOMS & BERRIES *CP PICK This July, head to Blooms & Berries for a familyfriendly outdoor event featuring a “fun element of nature” kids all love! Details TBA, but we’re told there will be flowers and there will be fun! Stay tuned at www.BloomsAndBerries.com/events/.

*CP PICK

Patriotic Pops is one of Cincinnati’s biggest, most festive Fourth of July celebrations, featuring a soundtrack of patriotic music, summery outdoor venue and red-coated Pops conductor John Morris Russell. But the fun doesn’t stop there: kids 17 and under get complementary lawn tickets, families can pack a picnic to eat on the lawn, and all Patriotic Pops ticketholders enjoy free rides at Coney Island (Sunlite Pool excluded) all day! The concert starts at 8 pm and ends with fireworks from Rozzi’s. Time: 8 pm, Location: Riverbend - Corbett Pavilion, http://cincinnatisymphony.org/concerts-plus-events/ special-concerts-and-events/pops-specials/2018-19pops-special-concerts/patriotic-pops/

Cost is $12 per child ages 7-12 and pre-registration is required. Register online.

Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Blooms & Berries, https://www.bloomsandberries.com/events/, Phone: 513- 697-9173

FREE

LAROSA'S BALLOON GLOW

TUES 03

*Ongoing *SN

*CP PICK

Free for families! A recurring event Special needs friendly A Cincinnati Parent favorite!

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MON 09

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MON 17

NEWPORT AQUARIUM TURTLE TIME Are you ready to experience true Turtle Power?! On July 9, the Wave Foundation of the Newport Aquarium is bringing three live turtles and tortoises to the library. Learn about their differences and some conservation practices to help protect these amazing animals. All ages welcome. No registration required. FREE.

BASTILLE DAY SUMMER FESTIVAL Montgomery celebrates its sister city, NeiullyPlaisance, France with this annual fundraising street. Bastille Day has a kid’s area with games and pony rides, two stages of live entertainment, 15+ food vendors, domestic and craft brews, wines and more in a festive, family-friendly setting. FREE.

MAGICIAN TERRY FRANCIS Mr. Francis will astound all ages with an interactive magic show! FREE.

Time: 2 pm, Location: Mt. Washington Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6033

TUES 10 THE PRINCESS AND THE PIT STOP STORY TIME Come in for a fun afternoon story time to celebrate the release of The Princess and the Pit Stop, written by Tom Angleberger and illustrated by Dan Santat, which releases on July 10th. Cost is $5 per child ages 3 and up - or free with pre-order of the book. Pre-registration is encouraged. Register online. Time: 3 pm, Location: Blue Manatee, https://www. bluemanateebooks.com, Phone: 513-731-2665

WED 11 FIRE SAFETY & FIRE TRUCKS A program especially for little firefighters presented by Madeira Indian Hill Fire Department. No registration required. FREE.. Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am, Location: Madeira Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/ Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6028

THURS 12 AMAZING MONARCHS! Monarch butterflies are amazing creatures that scientists still don't understand completely. Students will learn about the Monarch's amazing migration and unique metamorphosis then create their own Monarch life cycle made from pasta and paint. Presented by Gwen Roth from the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. FREE. Time: 2-3 pm, Location: Hyde Park Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4456

FRI 13 KIDS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPO The Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo is the largest free outdoor recreation and nature education event for kids in the county! Hosted by Green Umbrella and Great Parks of Hamilton County, the 13th annual Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo is open to the public with thousands of people expected! This unique opportunity will encourage kids’ interest in the great outdoors and recreational activities. Come out and discover more than 50 exhibitors and interactive activities at this free, family-friendly festival!

Time: 12-11 pm, Location: Downtown Montgomery, https://www.montgomeryohio.org/pages/montgomeryevents/

SUN 15 POP UP PLAY WITH HAPPEN, INC. The sun is out so it’s time to decorate your own sunglasses! Learn about all the natural lights in the world while creating your one-of-kind pair of sunglasses. This interactive Happen activity is designed for children age 6-10 accompanied with an adult. All activities are first-come, first-served while supplies last. FREE. Time: 3-4:30 pm, Location: Washington Park, https:// www.facebook.com/events/582823405433509/

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Saddle up for this Funday! Explore the West by visiting the Taft’s Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution exhibition, learn about photography at the Art Cart and make a work of art to take home. Meet a mini horse and his friends from Honey Hill Farm from 1-2 pm. Join the gang from Wump Mucket Puppets at 2 pm for their new Western show, “Tales from Bucket Gulch.” FREE. Time: 1-4 pm, Location: Taft Museum, http://www. taftmuseum.org/events/fundays, Phone: 513-241-0343

SUN 16 CINCINNATI ZOO ON THE MOVE! Come mix and mingle with your favorite animals from the Cincinnati Zoo! All ages welcome; no registration required. FREE. Time: 1:30 pm, Location: Blue Ash Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6051

Time: 10:30 am, Location: Main Branch Library, http:// cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-3135

TUES 17 - SAT 21 NATURE PLAY FOR HEALTH WEEK Drop by for active games, nature play and to see how connecting to nature can contribute to your family’s health and wellness. Crafts available for a small fee. FREE. Time: 11 am – 3 pm, Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn, https://www. greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275

TUES 18 MACY’S KIDS, CULTURES, CRITTERS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL On July 18, get into the world-renowned Cincinnati Zoo for just $1 as part of the Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival. This festival a day full of fun at the Zoo: live music, parades, entertainment, special animal encounters and tons of kid-friendly activities. Time: 10 am – 6 pm, Location: Cincinnati Zoo, http:// cincinnatizoo.org/events/kids-cultures-critters-andcrafts-festival/, Phone: 513-281-4700

WEDS 19 PUPPET BUILDING WITH MADCAP PUPPETS Head to the library for a puppet building workshop presented by Madcap Puppets. Kids will create their very own puppet to keep. Grades K-6. Registration required. FREE. Time: 2-3 pm, Location: Mt. Washington Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6033

RED, WHITE & ZOO B-105 presents Red White & Zoo at the Cincinnati Zoo on July 19th. Ticket proceeds benefit the USO of Central and Southern Ohio. Time: 6:30 pm, Location: Location: Cincinnati Zoo, http://cincinnatizoo.org/red-white-zoo/, Phone: 513-281-4700

FRI 20 MOON DAY BLAST OFF! Celebrate the anniversary of the first walk on the moon with stories, crafts and an out-of-space adventure! Cost is $10 per child ages 4-8 and includes allergen-free snack. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Go online to register. Time: 2 pm, Location: Blue Manatee, https://www. bluemanateebooks.com, Phone: 513-731-2665

Time: 9:30 am – 3 pm, Location: Winton Woods/ Harbor, https://greenumbrella.org/kids-expo

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BABY TOUR: ALL ABOUT PAINT This 40-minute experience will introduce you and your infant (ages 2 and under) to the world of art with a tour designed to stimulate their developing minds. Strollers are not permitted so that you and your child can better experience the art together. FREE. Time: 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, http://cincinnatiartmuseum.org/events-programs/families-teens/ family-programs/, Phone: 513-721-2787

FRI 20 & 27 FRIDAY NIGHT FLOAT Get some pointers on kayaking on flat water and then head out to enjoy Winton Lake. All equipment is provided. Participants must fit properly in provided lifejackets and not exceed 275 pound kayak capacity. For ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the water. Cost is $15/person; register by 3 days in advance. Time: 7:30 – 9 pm, Location: Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275

SAT 21 ART MUSEUM PUBLIC TOUR WITH ASL INTERPRETATION A certified American Sign Language interpreter joins a museum docent each month for a tour. This month, explore various sculptures from different eras and cultures. FREE.

*SN Time: 1 pm, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, http://www. cincinnatiartmuseum.org/events-programs/accessibility-programs/, Phone: 513-721-2787

SENSORY FRIENDLY MOVIES MARVEL VS DC: JUSTICE LEAGUE AND THOR: RAGNAROK Sensory friendly films offer an accepting and understanding environment for individuals with autism or other special needs and their families to enjoy the moviegoing experience. The room will be brighter, the volume will be lower, and audience members will be welcome to move around, talk, and sing. The intended audience is children, teens and adults with special needs accompanied by siblings and caregivers, although everyone is welcome. FREE. *SN Time: 3-8 pm, Location: Newport Branch Library, https://www. cc-pl.org/programs/view?id=24966&la=a|all, Phone: 859-5725035

SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK Enjoy an evening of orchestral pop with the UC Community Band! Don’t forget to bring your blanket or lawn chairs. Refreshments will be available for purchase. FREE. Time: 7-9 pm, Location: Winton Woods/Harbor, https://www. greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275

SUN 22 PET ACADEMY Visit the Museum’s kid-sized Banfield Pet Hospital in the Duke Energy Children's Museum to explore the reception area, exam tables, grooming station, kennels and real veterinary tools. Practice checking vital signs of stuffed animal pets, reviewing X-rays and weighing pets. Free for members; non-members pay daily admission. Time: 11 am, Location: Duke Energy Children's Museum, www.cincymuseum.org/programs/pet-academy

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PAINT WITH YOUR PUP Head to the dog park to create a fun painting to take home. Kids will also learn about some of Ohio’s wild canines. Time: 1-3 pm, Location: Otto Armleder Memorial Park/ Dog Park, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275

CAMPOUT STORY TIME Includes stories, songs, silliness and s'mores around the (pretend) fire! Cost is $6/child ages 5 and up. Pre-registration is required. Register at bluemanateebooks.com. Time: 6:30 pm, Location: Blue Manatee, https://www. bluemanateebooks.com, Phone: 513-731-2665

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MAKE YOUR OWN STORY TIME! Get inspired by the works of author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers and go step by step through the process of creating your own story. Children will receive their own blank book in which to continue writing! Cost is $8 per child ages 5-8. Preregistration is required, as space is limited. Register online.

SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILY NIGHT It’s a special after-hours program for families with special needs. This open house event is designed to provide an opportunity for a low stress visit to the library to explore the collection, activities and educational resources. No registration required.

Time: 1:30 pm, Location: Blue Manatee, https://www. bluemanateebooks.com, Phone: 513-731-2665

SPORTS & GAMES Kids will watch Air Bud and participate in a variety of games. No registration required. FREE. Time: 2-3:30 pm, Location: Madeira Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6028

TUES 24 SUMMER FUN WITH MATTHEW TAYLOR, MAGICAL EDUCATOR! This talented magician and funny family-friendly entertainer weaves library science and skills into fun-filled, laugh-out-loud performances that make kids want to read and use the library and learn more about the world of sports! Registration recommended. FREE. Time: 2-3 pm, Location: Pleasant Ridge Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4488

WED 25 - THURS 26 PEN PALS What’s your favorite farm animal? This farmyard tour includes a variety of livestock to help kids decide! Optional package includes a wagon ride and time to play in Parky’s Playbarn. Program only is $2/person; package is $6/child and$4/adult. Register by 2 days in advance. Time: 9 am, Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, https://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275

THURS 26 FREE STROLLER BARRE CLASS AT SMALE RIVERFRONT PARK Stroller Barre is a 60-minute cardio and strength interval class designed to improve posture, stability and mobility. Stroller Barre helps new moms reconnect to their bodies, increase flexibility and develop the core strength needed for motherhood. Recommended for moms at least 6-8 weeks postpartum. FREE. Time: 10:30 am, Location: Smale Riverfront Park, http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/event/free-strollerbarre-class/?instance_id=21617

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FREE. *SN Time: 6:30-8 pm, Location: Anderson Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6030

FRI 27 - SUN 29 GREATER ANDERSON DAYS This popular event hosts thousands of people over the three-day weekend, and features live music, games, rides, delicious food, “Anderson’s Got Talent” competition and fireworks display by Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, courtesy of Beechmont Automotive Group. FREE. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Beech Acres Park, https://andersonparks.com/anderson-days/

SAT 28 AMC SENSORY FRIENDLY FILMS: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique, sensory-friendly movie showings. Lights are turned up, sound is turned down and kids can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! *SN Time: Check website, Location: AMC Newport on the Levee, https://www.amctheatres.com/programs/ sensory-friendly-films

CINCINNATI ZOO MEMBERS MORNING As a way to show appreciation for the support of its members, the Cincinnati Zoo is hosting a members-only morning on Saturday, July 28th from 8-10 am. Wake up with the Zoo and experience special animal encounters throughout the Zoo! Time: 8-10 am, Location: Cincinnati Zoo, http:// cincinnatizoo.org/events/member-morning/, Phone: 513-281-4700

SUN 29 FC CINCINNATI DAY AT THE ZOO The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and Cincinnati’s professional soccer team, FC Cincinnati, are partnered up to host a fun-filled FC Cincinnati Day at the Zoo. Visitors are encouraged to sport their best blue and orange gear as they spend the day on wild adventures around the Zoo with familiar faces from the field. Time: 10 am – 6 pm with a Q&A at 2 pm, Location: Cincinnati Zoo, http://cincinnatizoo.org/fc-cincinnatiday-at-the-zoo/, Phone: 513-281-4700

WHERE’S WALDO LOCAL WRAP-UP PARTY Wrap up the month-long search for Waldo in local businesses around Cincinnati at this fun event! Features a Waldo look-alike contest, trivia game, photo ops with Waldo and more! At 2:30 pm, rock out with songs from Songs for Seeds Cincinnati. FREE. Time: 2 pm, Location: Blue Manatee, https://www. bluemanateebooks.com, Phone: 513-731-2665

SEWWHAT?!: BEADED EMBROIDERY Whether by hand or machine, kids will learn to sew with these beginner projects. Be inspired by the work of other embroidery artists and create your own beaded embroidery project to take home. Time: 2 pm, Location: Duke Energy Children’s Museum, https://www.cincymuseum.org/childrens/kidspace, Phone: 513-287-7000

TUES 31 LIBRARY MINI CARNIVAL Play reading-themed carnival games for prizes. Get a balloon animal to take home! For ages 4 to 10. No registration required. FREE. Time: 3-5 pm, Location: Mariemont Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4467

ongoing events BLOOMS AND BERRIES OPEN PLAY

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Daily through Aug. 17 New for 2018 - the Play Area at Blooms & Berries is now open in the Spring and Summer. Enjoy the brand-new sound garden, the Giant Slide, Farm Animals, Giant Spider Web, Tug of War and more. Special limited time Grand Opening Admission rate of just $3.50 per person, with season passes also available! Time: Check website for hours, Location: Blooms & Berries, https://www.bloomsandberries.com/ spring-summer-play-area/

MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS: THE ART OF ROBERT MCCLOSKEY *CP PICK July 20 – Sept. 9 Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey celebrates the writer and illustrator whose classic children’s books have captivated children of all ages for generations. The recipient of two Caldecott Medals and three Caldecott Honors, McCloskey was a major force in twentieth century children’s literature. Time: Open during Museum hours, Location: Cincinnati Art Museum, http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/art/ exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/make-way-forducklings/, Phone: 513-721-2787


THE CONEY ISLAND WHEEL

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Daily through July 8 Travel 155 feet into the air and you’ll be in awe of the sights only this vantage point can provide. The Coney Island Wheel offers a 360-degree view, overlooking everything from the Ohio River, the beautiful surrounding foliage, a once-in-a-lifetime view of Sunlite Water Adventure, and more! Rides are $5/person and $2.50 for passholders. Time: Open daily, Location: Coney Island, https:// coneyislandpark.com/event/wheel-2018/

CHOCOLATE: THE EXHIBITION June 29-Jan. 6, 2019 Chocolate: The Exhibition features multiple galleries, each a stop on chocolate’s global historical tour. Chocolate begins with a life size cacao tree in an American rain forest and ends with a look at the modern-day product. Follow chocolate’s story yourself, from king to kid, rainforest to wrapper. #ChocolateAtCMC Time: Open daily, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, https://www.cincymuseum.org, Phone: 513-287-7000

SUMMER CINEMA Through Aug. 29 Summer Cinema features a free movie screening every Wednesday at the Park! Dust off those lawn chairs, grab a picnic basket, and enjoy a fun, relaxing evening over on the civic lawn. FREE. Time: Movies start at 9 pm, Location: Washington Park, https://washingtonpark.org/event/summer-cinema4/2018-05-30/?event

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK Through August Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its tradition for over a decade of performing Shakespeare in the Park in communities across the tri-state area with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar this summer! Admission to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in the Park Tour is free and open to the public. There are no ticket or RSVPs required and all performances are general admission. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Various venues around Cincinnati, https://cincyshakes.com/ shakespeare-in-the-park/

FREE SUMMER MOVIES FOR KIDS Through Aug. 2 Enjoy free, kid-friendly movies all summer long at the Esquire, Kenwood and Mariemont Theatres! The doors open at 9:45 am and the films start at 10:30 am. Seats are first come, first served. FREE. Time: 9:45 am, Location: Esquire, Kenwood, Mariemont and Eastgate Brew and View Theatres, www.esquire theatre.com

FIND WALDO LOCAL July 1-29 Find Waldo Local, the search throughout Oakley for the famous striped adventurer! Blue Manatee has teamed up with local businesses throughout the community, and a little Waldo has been hidden in 25 locations. Throughout the month of July, families can search for Waldo, win small prizes for finding him in each location, and be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE, which will be awarded to one lucky passport holder at a wrap-up party on July

29th. Pick up your passport at blue manatee on or after July 1st. FREE. Time: Daily, Location: Various locations around Oakley, https://www.bluemanateebooks.com

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY DINOSAUR GALLERY AT COSI Open daily COSI’s newest exhibit makes for a fun day trip for Cincinnati families. Highlights include a 6-footlong mechanical T. rex model that walks in place; an 8-foot tall Titanosaur femur; three-horned Triceratops cast; 100-year-old piece of fossilized amber preserving an ancient feather and full-sized cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex. Included with COSI admission. Time: Open daily during museum hours, Location: COSI, https://cosi.org/exhibits/dinos, Phone: 614-228-COSI

MISSION AEROSPACE 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

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JOKE DAY

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3 COMPLIMENT YOUR MIRROR DAY

INDEPENDENCE DAY

UFO DAY

8 MATH 2.0 DAY

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SUGAR COOKIE DAY

16 GUINEA PIG APPRECIATION DAY

17 WORLD EMOJI DAY

BLUEBERRY MUFFIN DAY

HAMMOCK DAY

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TIGER DAY

12 ETCH A SKETCH DAY

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GORGEOUS GRANDMA DAY

30 PAPERBACK BOOK DAY

24 COUSINS DAY

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FRIED CHICKEN DAY

STRAWBERRY SUNDAE DAY

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FRENCH FRIES DAY

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HOT DOG DAY WORLD JUMP DAY

ICE CREAM DAY

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APPLE TURNOVER DAY

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GUMMI WORM DAY

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10 TEDDY BEAR PICNIC DAY

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CAROUSEL DAY

26 ALL OR NOTHING DAY

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WALK ON STILTS DAY

PANDEMONIUM DAY

21 JUNK FOOD DAY

28 MILK CHOCOLATE DAY

31 UNCOMMON INSTRUMENT AWARENESS DAY

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