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Get ting past a rock y start to the new year



26 tips for a smooth transition




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Cincy Kids Eat Free Guide


Where to go to save some dough!

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Supporting kids in the classroom and beyond

Cool After School Programs

Encouraging a journey of lifelong learning

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Back to School Dilemnas Getting past a rocky start to the new year

The ABC's of Back to School 26 tips for a smooth transition







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Looking Back on Back to School

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It doesn’t matter how many times we go through another “back to school” season, I’m always surprised by how quickly the summer has passed and in disbelief that my kids could really be this old already. As they head out the door with their bulging back packs and an over the shoulder “see ya” casually thrown my way, I feel the first wave of nostalgia hit. Could these really be the same kids who were in kindergarten not so long ago? So small and vulnerable that their names had to be pinned to the front of their shirts? The concerns I had on that first day of kindergarten are largely the same ones I have at the beginning of every school year, even years later. Would they make friends? Would they make friends l liked? Would they get a good teacher? Would they find their way among the masses? Despite my twins being in high school now, when I look in their faces I still see the eager six-year-olds trotting off to school with their cartoon lunch boxes.




Even if I wanted to linger in the past though, back to school shopping yanks me forward. The closet of clothes that fit last season all need replaced. Cuffs on sleeves have surreptitiously crept up arms. Ankles are exposed from jeans that are now floods. Feet can’t be crammed into old tennis shoes anymore. This quick and constant physical metamorphosis can’t be denied. And while I may wistfully remember a school supply list that included glitter glue and safety scissors instead of flash drives and five subject notebooks, I don’t really want to go back. What’s ahead is so exciting for them. So, with the beginning of each school year I have the same wish. I hope my kids get excited about learning something, find good friends to connect with and come a little further on the path of knowing themselves. It’s a big job, and my role in it changes. While I literally held their hand on the journey before, more and more they will need to find their own way. Sometimes the urge to grab on tighter is strong, but my job is to let go gracefully – again and again.


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Only in Ohio Ohio boasts many unique landmarks and events – but the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta really takes the cake. Held each August in New Richmond, Ohio (home to the world’s only cardboard boat racing museum), the Cardboard Boat Regatta features some of the finest hand-built boats you’ll see on the water! Made from everyday items like cardboard and duct tape, these boats are anything but ordinary. Past regattas have featured elaborate riverboats, dragon boats and floating swan boats, all of which passed the test of floating on the mighty Ohio. For this year’s 25th anniversary event, expect the regatta’s 70 entrants to pull out all the stops. Head to New Richmond on August 19th for this only-in-Ohio event.

Smale Family Fun Days Smale Riverfront Park is one of the most family-friendly spots in town, with a stateof-the-art playground, several interactive water parks and even a carousel. On August 10th, Smale takes family fun to a whole new level with its Family Fun Day. From 10 am -2 pm, head on over for face painting, balloon animals, lawn games and more. At 11 am, kids will be treated to a live performance from Grammy-nominated performer Zak Morgan, whose silly lyrics and fun showmanship will surely have your crew engaged and entertained. The best part? Smale Family Fun Days are always free!

Cincinnati Parent KidsFEST August means many things: the end of summer, back-toschool season and, of course, Cincinnati Parent’s KidsFEST! Back for its second year, KidsFEST features face painting, character meet-and-greets, pony rides, a trampoline provided by Recreations Outlet and tons of booths with giveaways, drawings, activities and more. Sponsored by CUB Early Learning Academy, this year’s KidsFEST also features the return of the Cincinnati Parent Cover Kids Contest, which is totally 100% free to enter. Take your whole clan over to Coney Island’s festive Moonlite Pavilion for an afternoon of entertainment, information and festival fun. This event is free to attend (you’ll just need to pay $9 for parking) and all KidsFEST attendees can get into Coney Island for a deeply discounted rate of just $7.50. Mark your calendar for KidsFEST on August 13th from 1-4 pm!




Get to the Zoo! Before summer ends be sure to sneak in one more trip to the Zoo; specifically the weekend of August 19th and 20th during the Cincinnati Zoo’s Visitor Appreciation Days. All weekend long, visitors of all ages can enjoy half price admission to the world-famous Cincinnati Zoo, which is pretty much the best news ever for #TeamFiona fans! (Stop by Hippo Cove to say hi to Cincinnati’s most beloved celebrity!)

Taste of Blue Ash If August means the end of summer festival season, then Taste of Blue Ash is the grand finale. This annual festival gets bigger and better every year, featuring live music, family fun and a culinary spread that’s every foodie’s dream. Taking place at Blue Ash’s gorgeous Summit Park, your family can enjoy walking and bike trails, state-of-the-art playgrounds and expansive green space for pre-festival relaxing. Bid adieu to summer in style with the music of Blessid Union of Souls and Big & Rich on Friday and Saturday evenings, respectively. This festival is free and scheduled for August 25th and 26th.

Shakespeare in the Park Cincinnati is an arts-loving city, and one of our highlights is the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s annual Shakespeare in the Park program. One of the largest programs for free outdoor Shakespeare plays in the entire country, Shakespeare in the Park stops by virtually every ‘burb in Greater Cincinnati! This summer’s shows are The Merry Wives of Windsor and Romeo and Juliet, two classics guaranteed to pique your kids’ interest in the Bard. All performances are free and open to the public – no RSVP required! Shows run through September 4th, and a full schedule can be found at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s website.

Day Out With Thomas There’s trains … and then there’s Thomas. And any parent of train-loving kids will tell you, Thomas reigns supreme. And a Day Out With Thomas? Why, that’s a nationally recognized event that only stops at a select number of stations across the county. Lucky for us, Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad is one of them. August 19th-20th and 25th-27th, head to LM&M for a day of everything Thomas: photos with Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt, wooden train tables, temporary train tattoos, train-themed storytelling, live music and hands-on fun at LM&M’s Imagination Station. Day Out With Thomas is one of LM&M’s most popular rides, so get your tickets today!

Florence Freedom As much as we adore the Reds, they’re not the only game in town! Just over the bridge, the Florence Freedom have created a baseball experience that’s truly for families. There’s a Kids Zone with inflatables, interactive activities in-between innings and free parking with an easy walk to the familyaccessible UC Health stadium. And don’t think the Freedom are little league: this professional baseball team is top-notch, and treats spectators to an exciting baseball game, classic stadium snacks and highquality sports viewing. August brings a variety of kidfriendly promos: Better in the Book Night (Aug. 4), Build-It Night (Aug. 11) and Marvel Superhero Night (Aug. 25). Get your tickets today for a guaranteed homerun experience!



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If you want a sundae in Cincinnati, only one place will do: Aglamesis Bros. And every Cincinnatian needs to try the French Quarter Bonanza: 8 scoops of ice cream (plus toppings!) in a glass bowl that's bigger than most kids' heads. (CP Reporter Ainslie and her family conquered this epic dessert this summer!)



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





A Dad Influence “What Did You Do This Summer?” I have no doubt one of the first questions my first-grade daughter will be asked when she returns to school this year will be “What did you do this summer?” What I do wonder though is what her answer will be. Our family travelled to Europe and although there were plenty of highlights, I bet she will talk about the public restroom stall that she locked herself into at a department store in Paris. I expect she will then go into greater detail about me kneeling on the floor of the women’s restroom, unable to climb under, and unsuccessfully using my French to English translator book in an attempt to tell an employee that my daughter had locked herself in the bathroom.




Will she talk about the turnstile doors that she got her face wedged into at a busy tube stop in London? The situation had my wife and two other kids on one side of the turnstile, me on the other and her literally stuck in the middle until we were able to find a worker to help us. Or she may choose to discuss the step down from the bathroom that she missed at a fancy, very quiet restaurant in Paris, causing her to scream, “I broke my leg, I broke my leg!” Since the server wasn't very happy about us being there in the first place, we had no choice but to ask for the check before our meal had even arrived.

More than likely she will share the story of arriving back in the U.S. after our eight-hour flight, when she loudly pronounced to a silent cabin, “I can't feel my butt” to the laughter of the 200 or so other passengers. Actually, if I really think about it, when it’s her turn to answer “What did you do this summer?” my guess is she’ll say something like “Not much. It was pretty boring.” Follow along on my journeys with my wife, three kids, and (now) two dogs at A Dad Influence on Facebook, Twitter @adadinfluence and Instagram a_dad_influence.




Kids Eat Free Guide Where to go to save some dough!

Everyone loves eating out – until the bill comes and you realize just how much feeding the whole family costs! Here’s a little secret though: there are plenty of Cincinnati area restaurants that offer free kids’ meals to make the experience more affordable. Try one from this list and your family can dine on a dime any day of the week!

Buffalo Wings & Rings


All Greater Cincinnati locations

200 E 3rd St., Newport

Kids eat free on Monday nights.

The second Tuesday each month at Hofbräuhaus Newport is “Family Night.” During this event, kids eat free from 6-8 pm with each adult entrée purchase. Check the restaurant’s Facebook page for upcoming Family Nights.

Cazadores 750 OH-28, Milford All day Tuesdays, buy one regular entrée and get one free kid’s meal for children under 12.

IKEA West Chester

Cici's Pizza

Every Tuesday, get up to two kids meals with purchase of one adult entrée. Offer valid for kids 12 and under.

5478 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield


Select Greater Cincinnati locations

Kids 3 and under eat for just $1.29, every day.

All day Wednesdays, kids 12 and under eat for just $.99 with the purchase of an adult meal. Limit one per adult meal for kids 12 & under. Dine in only. Call to verify store participation.

Fazoli’s 5990 Fuller St., Florence

Tuesday nights from 5-8 pm, one adult entrée gets you three kids’ meals for just $.99 each.

All Greater Cincinnati locations

Kids eat free on Tuesdays after 4 pm with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Fricker’s 1580 Goodman Dr., North College Hill

Buffalo Joe’s 6130 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield Kids eat free all day on Mondays and Wednesdays with the purchase of an adult entrée. 14



9500 IKEA Way, West Chester Township departments/food/#ifs-ikea-family


Bob Evans

Kids 10 and under eat free every day at Fricker's with the purchase of one adult meal and one kid's beverage. Offer valid for dine-in customers only.

All dine-in locations around Cincinnati posts/10152297699080829 On Mondays and Tuesdays, kids 12 and under can enjoy “Spaghetti a Plenty” for just $.99.

Putters Sports Grill 6575 Cincinnati-Dayton Road West Chester

Kids 12 and under eat free every Monday.

Qdoba All Greater Cincinnati locations

On Fridays after 4 pm, receive a free kids’ meal with each adult entrée purchased.

Quaker Steak & Lube Milford, Colerain and Florence locations All day Mondays, get a kids’ meal for $1.99 with each adult entrée purchase.

Moe’s Southwest Grill 7687 Doc Drive, West Chester chester/100203#specials Kids eat free every Tuesday at the West Chester location.

Skyline Chili Select locations around Greater Cincinnati

Kids eat free from 5 to 9 pm on varying nights at participating Greater Cincinnati locations. Call your local Skyline to check for participation.

Steak & Shake Participating Cincinnati locations On Saturdays and Sundays, kids 12 and under eat free with a $9 dine-in purchase. Limit one kids’ meal per $9 purchase.

Tom + Chee West Chester and Harrison Greene locations

On Tuesdays after 4 pm, get one free kids meals with each adult meal purchased.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill 9246 Schulze Dr., West Chester Township photos/?ref=page_internal Kids eat free every Tuesday.

Please note: This list only contains Kids Eat Free promotions we were able to confirm via website or by phone. As offers and participation are subject to change, we recommend calling the particular restaurant and location you plan on visiting before you go. Bon appétit!




Supp orting kids in the cl a ssroom and be yond Classmates had bullied the boy relentlessly all year. He was pretty sure some of his teachers were aware of what was happening, but they seemed to turn their heads. The situation at home was not much better. His parents acted uncomfortable around him – appearing unsure of what he was going through and unable to support him. He felt different and alone, wondering if he would ever fit in and find acceptance with anyone. As parents, we often develop a universal feeling of empathy for all kids and our hearts break for any child who is suffering. Many of us have seen our own children bear the brunt of cruel words or unfair treatment by others and know how painful that can be. But does our feeling of compassion for kids change depending on what they are struggling with? 16



This scenario could describe a student coping with a physical disability, wrestling with depression or trying to manage an undiagnosed learning disability. But what if this situation described a student who was gay? Or transgender? How do we, as parents and role models, broaden our scope of understanding to support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ ) youth? Increasingly in the past 30 years young people have been coming out as LGBTQ. This coincides with greater social awareness and media representation of the many variations of sexual orientation and gender identity. According to the Institute of Medicine, sexual orientation is a person’s emotional, sexual and/or relational attraction to others. Gender identity is a person’s internal sense of being male, female or something else. Sexual orientation and gender identity are not a choice. Both emerge early in life and do not depend on external factors such as home life.

We all know that the elementary, middle and high school years can be challenging for children as they begin to discover who they are while managing academic and social stresses. On top of the typical growing-up challenges, LGBTQ youth also regularly experience bias, discrimination and rejection. According to a study at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 30% of transgender youth report a history of at least one suicide attempt, and nearly 42% report a history of self-injury. “That’s tied to family rejection,” says Sarah Painer World, social worker at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Adolescent and Transition Medicine Program. “The mental health difficulties they experience stem directly from how people accept them. When we embrace our LGBTQ youth we are actually saving lives.” That’s why it is so important for parents and teachers to support youth struggling with their sexual or gender identity. “One thing I really encourage is to listen to and reflect language choice that includes preferred name and pronouns,” says Painer World. “There are people who don’t identify socially with the gender they were assigned at birth and because of that they may choose a different name and different pronouns for how they want to be referred to and that is okay. It’s not our job to question that. Our job is to listen and reflect those preferences. When we do that we are able to show signs of support, acceptance and respect for individuality.” As allies, it is also our personal responsibility to educate ourselves about LGBTQ issues without relying on the LGBTQ kids in our lives to do it for us. “You don’t have to be the expert,” Painer World points out. “It’s

okay to ask questions that are appropriate and that do not invade someone else’s privacy. It’s okay if you mess up as long as you correct yourself and move on. But it’s also your job to educate yourself.” (Read on for a list of local and national resources on the subject.) Every person is unique, so there isn’t one standard way to support someone who is LGBTQ. If you’re unsure of what to do to be supportive, it’s okay to ask the young person what they need. Because the things that children learn at home trickle down into the classroom, it’s also critical that we model inclusive behavior and language in our homes. “Staff, educators and allies have responsibilities to be good role models and to mimic good behavior in terms of this,” says Painer World. “To be an ally means to be active and to take a stance. It means to model good behavior and be vocal about your support and acceptance of LGBTQ youth. It just takes one person to stand up for another.”

Local Resources Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Division of Adolescent and Transitional Medicine, Transgender Health Clinic: www.cincinnati adolescent-medicine/programs/ transgender Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, Cincinnati Chapter: cincinnati Human Rights Campaign, Cincinnati Division: local-issues/community/cincinnati Parents, Families, Friends and Allies United with LGBT People (PFLAG), Cincinnati Chapter:

National Resources Trans Student Educational Resources: The Trevor Project: Safe Schools Coalition:

Sexual orientation and gender identity are not a choice. Both emerge early in life and do not depend on external factors such as home life.

Definitions Sexual Orientation - a person’s emotional, sexual, and/or relational attraction to others. Sexual orientation is usually classified as heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual (lesbian and gay), and includes components of attraction, behavior and identity (Laumann et al., 1994). Sexual orientation is expressed in relationship to others to meet basic human needs for love, attachment and intimacy (Institute of Medicine, 2011). Thus, young people can be aware of their sexual

orientation as feelings of attachment and connection to others before they become sexually active. Gender Identity - a person’s internal sense of being male, female or something else. Gender identity is internal, so it is not necessarily visible to others. Gender identity is also very personal, so some people may not identify as male or female while others may identify as both male and female. Gender Expression - the way a person expresses their sense of gender identity (e.g., through dress, clothing, body movement, etc.) Young children express their sense of gender through choices for personal items such as toys and clothes, as well as hairstyle, colors, etc. Gender Non-conforming or Gender Variant - a person whose gender expression differs from how their family, culture or society expects them to behave, dress and act. Transgender - a person who feels that their gender identity does not match their physical body and differs from the gender that others observed and gave them at birth (assigned or birth gender). Source: Institute of Medicine, 2011; SAMHSA, 2012


Cool After School Programs Encouraging a journey of lifelong learning

Ready to sign up? Cincinnati and its surrounding areas have plenty of possibilities to offer. Here are a few to look into.

MUSIC Henry Wadsworth Longfellow famously said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” Learning music requires the application of complex patterns stimulating both sides of the brain. Research on music education continually shows the positive effect learning and playing music has on a child’s intellectual growth. Where to look:

Baldwin Music Education Center

WORDS BY // Miriam Clifford

Considering an after school program for your child? Enrichment activities in art, music, dance, sports and other endeavors provide children diverse outlets to discover their unique talents and abilities. In fact, a recent article in Edudemic, “The Unique Power of Afterschool Learning,” suggests that after school activities foster a network of mentors for educational goals and support individualized learning as well. Research from the Afterschool Alliance, similarly suggests that these programs improve social skills and foster excitement towards learning. While it may just look like fun, the opportunities in good after school programs allow a child to explore their personal interests and strengths, while being exposed to new ideas and people in the process.

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati

Phone: 513-351-1109, Email: baldwinmusiceducenter@

Cincinnati School of Music (Montgomery, Mason & Anderson) 9361 Montgomery Rd, STE B, Cincinnati

Phone: 513-560-9175, Email: info@cincinnati

College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati 3860 Corbett Cincinnati

Phone: 513-556-2595, Email:

Melodic Connections (Adaptive Lessons & Music Therapy, Cincinnati & Mason) 6940 Plainfield Road, Silverton


Indian Springs Academy of Music 9690 Cincinnati Columbus Rd, West Chester Township Phone: 513-779-7070, Email:




ART/ PERFORMING ARTS As Jane Chu, chair of the National Education Association says on their website, “Our imaginations are stimulated by the arts, and it’s imagination that inspires us to innovate, search for new solutions and to dream of new ideas that will advance our companies, our communities, and ourselves as lifelong learners.” Where to look:

Bra zee Street Studios 4426 Brazee Street, Cincinnati (Oakley) Phone: 513-321-0206, Email: info@

Clifton Cultural Arts Center 3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati

Phone: 513-497-2860, Email: info@

The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati, TCT Academy (Hyde Park) 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati

Phone: 513-569-8080, Email:

West Chester Academy 8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester

Phone: 513-829-2345, Email: info@westchester

DANCE The National Dance Education Organization believes that artistic movement cultivates self-awareness and emotional maturity. Dancing also promotes physical fitness and the opportunity to gain self-confidence by performing in front of others on stage. Where to look:

Cincinnati Ballet, Children’s Division Program 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati

Phone: 513-562-1111, Email:


Gotta Dance Studios (Anderson and Mt. Lookout)


7892 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati

7398 Liberty One Dr. Liberty Twp.

According to a nationwide study of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, young people participating in after school programs had a 65% increase in class participation and homework completion. In addition, 57% improved in classroom behavior and nearly half increased grades in math and language arts. Community learning centers and youth clubs are great resources in providing multiple types of after school options for kids of all ages.

Where to look:

1018 Delta Ave., Cincinnati OH 45226

Phone: 513-232-9710, Email: gottastudios@

SDA Studios Phone: 513-779-0135, Email: sdastudios@

Mayerson JCC, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Campus

Tippi ToesÂŽ Dance

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati

Multiple Locations

Phone: 513-578-1280, Email: andrea@




Phone: 513-761-7500, Email: info@

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Multiple locations

Phone: 513-362- YMCA (9622)

Boy Scouts of America - Dan Beard Council 10078 Reading Road, Evendale

Phone: (513) 577-7700, Email: program@

SPORTS AND FITNESS Early participation in sports encourages healthy life-long habits of physical activity while offering opportunities for leadership, sportsmanship and teamwork. In the process of learning a sport, kids can develop a sense of confidence in their growing abilities and understand the reward of dedicated practice.

Where to look:

Hubbard Family Swim School

Where to look:

Bear Paddle Swim School (Cincinnati, Florence, Mason)

7900 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati

Junior Tech Academy

Phone: 513-285-8855

Phone: (513) 530-0123, Email: info@


The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

I9 Sports, Youth Sports Leagues


Various locations (Soccer, Basketball, T-ball, Flag Football)

Phone: 513-733-0123

Phone: 513-369-6900


STEM Girls at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Phone: 513-442-3947, Email: dixie.

Kids First Sports Center (Cincinnati & Milford) 7900 East Kemper Cincinnati

Phone: 513-489-7575, Email: info@

3475 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati

According to the Afterschool Alliance, over a third of American companies say that 50% of applicants for entry-level jobs lack basic STEM skills. STEM programs give children exposure to 21st century challenges in fun and creative environments.

1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati

Phone: 513-287-7000, Email: BTussing@

From the arts to sports to clubs to academic exploration, the possibilities for after school enrichment are endless. There is one thing all good programs have in common though: child development experts agree that effective after school programs can help kids strengthen social relationships, build confidence, encourage school success and provide exposure to new interests, ideas and people. So find a class, team, program or club that your child enjoys and watch them reap the benefits of participating in an after school activity they love.


WORDS BY // Maggie Loiselle

From the anticipation of entering a new classroom with a different teacher to the return of worrying about grades and fitting in with other kids, a new school year brings a flurry of emotions for kids and their parents. Here we’ve asked local experts for their suggestions on how to handle a few common back to school dilemmas families often face.




Our family just moved to the area and my 10-year-old will be starting 5th grade at a new school. She is quite introverted, and as we get closer and closer to the first day of school, she is becoming more and more anxious. What can I do to help her get the new year off to a good start and have a positive experience? Your concern for your daughter’s adjustment is understandable. Children at this age want to fit in and not be seen as an outsider. I encourage you to make an appointment to visit the school together at a time when other families will not be there. Meeting her teacher(s) and touring the school will increase her confidence. Ask them to pair her with an outgoing student who is familiar with the school and its routines so she can ask questions and find her way around. Allowing her to control her environment and be involved in planning for the start of school will let her feel more confident. Giving her choices about picking out her clothes, deciding what to eat, etc. will make the day something she is more excited about. Show her how she will get to and from school. Introduce yourself to the parents of neighborhood children to get their advice and establish some early connections. If she packs a lunch, insert a lunchbox note to let her know you are thinking of her and that you are confident in her ability to make it through the day. I wish you and your daughter the best, and welcome to the neighborhood! Stephanie Beebe, Clinical Social Worker and Therapist in private practice

My 3-year-old really struggled with separation anxiety during his Mother’s Day Out program last year. He will be starting preschool this fall, and I’m worried it will be an issue again. Is there something I can do so he won’t miss me so much? Separation anxiety for young preschoolers is very common (although difficult on the parents!) While there is not a full-proof answer to completely eliminate any fears your child might have, there are some strategies that can help make the transition a little easier. Set up a time prior to the beginning of school to meet with the teacher and look around the room. This will make the setting more familiar to August 2017 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 23

your child. Talk to him in the weeks leading up to school about what will happen during his time there. Try to schedule some time for him to be away from you so that he can begin to adjust to being in someone else’s care. Always speak about school in a very positive manner, even if you are worried. Never use the words “fear” or “afraid.” If your child hears you using those words, he will start to think there is a reason to be afraid. You might tell him you are going somewhere that he doesn’t like when you drop him off – if he thinks you are going to be at the grocery store it might not be so appealing! And finally, tell your son you love him and that he will have a wonderful time. Lisa Emery, Early Childhood Director, Montessori Academy of Cincinnati




Seventh grade was a rough one academically for my son. He struggled in several classes, and his grades really suffered. We’ve gotten him a tutor, which I hope will help turn things around, but his ego has taken a beating. He doesn’t think he’s smart, and I’m worried that this belief will influence what he feels like he’s capable of this year. How can I help him? A new school year is a fresh start, and your son’s own resolve to do well is his greatest asset. Get the year off in a positive way by focusing on his past successes, whether academic or not, and by discussing what led to those successes. Identify the strengths that he has already demonstrated as the foundation upon which to develop the areas that challenge him. Do not ignore the problems of the past. An open, honest discussion about what caused the trouble in seventh grade is necessary to have a reasonable plan for improvement. Encourage your son to identify two specific areas upon

which to focus, for example, test preparation, time management, proofreading assignments or consistent homework completion are some possibilities. As his habits change, add a different goal. Discuss with him now how you will monitor his progress each week and stick to the plan. Resist the urge to hover over his work every day; give him the opportunity to show that he has taken the personal responsibility needed to meet his goal. You are there as support, but your son must take ownership of this challenge. Be realistic. If last year’s fall in grades indicates that your son has some skill gaps that are essential building blocks to his current curriculum, it will take more study time and more work with a tutor to recover. And don’t wait until the end of the grading period to celebrate his improvements; acknowledge small successes along the way to help build his confidence. Deb Krupowicz, Cincinnati Parent “Ask the Teacher” columnist

I know this makes me sound like an overly sentimental mom, but back-to-school time is a little hard on me. The start of each new school year reminds me of how quickly my kids are growing up and will eventually leave the nest. I know I can’t make time stand still, so what can I do to work out of this slump and have a better frame of mind? Please know that you are not alone; letting go really is hard to do! As parents, we are continually confronted with the reality of our children growing up and eventually leaving the nest. This can certainly create anxiety that many of us are not fully prepared for. The first step is to take a look within and explore what might be preventing you from letting go. This process will help you sort out mixed emotions and/or unresolved issues that may lie at the root of not being able to let go. Second, learn to embrace every new transition and celebrate the capable young adults your children are becoming. The more comfortable you are with each new transition, the easier it becomes for your children to progress to the next phase of development. Third, it’s important that you rediscover yourself. As your children become less dependent upon you, this is the perfect time to explore your interests, set personal goals and invest in yourself. Consider taking a class, learning a new hobby or volunteering your time. Finally, if you find yourself in a perpetual slump, please seek the help and advice of a professional. Caroline Sanders, Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice

A new school year always presents new challenges – but also offers new opportunities for growth. Take comfort in knowing that

whatever issue you may be dealing with is familiar territory for others who have tackled it before. If you’re facing a back to school dilemma this year, don’t hesitate to reach out to teachers, school counselors, other parents and mental health experts for their guidance.



Ask the Teacher Back to school transitions, test-taking help and goal-setting


Simplify your daughter’s schedule and encourage some unstructured, active play. Put as much on hold as possible. Those extra-curricular activities can be added back to her schedule at a later date. Put yourself in her place – imagine starting a new job and having several meetings to attend each evening when you are simply exhausted. Even things you normally enjoy can be too much after a taxing day. In place of sports practice or other scheduled activities, take a bike ride with your daughter or go for a walk after dinner. It is important that she get some exercise without an expectation of performance or significant concentration.

The first few weeks of school are always a nightmare for my fourth-grade daughter. She is just a bear. What can I do to make this a better time for all of us?


The most important thing you can do to help your daughter make this shift more easily is to ensure that she is getting a good night’s sleep. Falling asleep at an earlier bedtime might not be easy after lots of late nights, but even resting quietly with a book will help. Without a good night’s sleep, the challenges of the day are tougher. It is harder to concentrate and nerves are a bit on edge. Without adequate rest, it is impossible to absorb all the information in a new classroom and navigate the different peer groups that come with the new school year.



Talk with your daughter about why this change is hard and what she can do to make it easier. Have a frank discussion with her about how she can recognize when she is feeling overwhelmed or stressed and possible strategies to help her through these times. 2017


Our sixthgrade daughter has always been a straight A student, but when tests started carrying more weight, her grades dropped. She is so frustrated. How can she become a better test taker?


Is she allowing enough time to prepare? Time is the key element in test preparation. Sometimes it will take a few failures to help a student see that waiting until the night before a test to study is simply not enough time. The most effective studying happens regularly as the content is presented. Taking a little bit of time each day to review notes and texts, to recognize the essential concepts and to identify problem areas will go a very long way in ensuring that your daughter has truly understood the material.

The sooner the problem areas are identified and clarification sought, the better her retention will be. The most overlooked part of doing well on a test is doing a thorough review of previous tests. Your daughter should look very carefully at what questions she missed, determining if a particular type of question or an area of content posed the greatest difficulty for her. This will help her see if she overlooked important ideas or if she needs to develop strategies in answering certain types of questions. If she thinks that she studied very hard and felt confident that she knew the material but still did not do well on the test, then she must change the way she is studying. Studying longer will not likely produce a different result. Talk with your daughter’s teacher for her input and any strategies she recommends – she will likely have some tips for how she can improve her study habits and test-taking skills.


I think setting goals is such an important skill for children to develop in order to be successful in life. How can I get my eleven-year-old son to start setting some goals for himself?


Helping your child set goals at the start of the school year is a great idea. Your job is to coach him into selecting a few reasonable goals that are short-term, measurable and attainable. When goals are set that can only be realized very far into the future, they get lost. A significant long-term goal is admirable, but breaking that large goal into smaller, short-term goals will help your child feel successful along the way. Your child needs your assistance (but not your insistence) not only to set a reasonable goal, but to identify the steps that will be needed to reach that goal. When defined steps are established, it will be clear to your child that working on each step will help him get closer to his goal. Determine with your child what the measurement of success will be. Focus on progress toward the goal rather than perfection at every turn. Have him evaluate how he’s doing along the way to see if the approach he selected is having the effect he seeks or if adjustments need to be made. Again, put your child in the driver’s seat. Allowing him to see himself as the one responsible for attaining the goal is the most important part of setting it.

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



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play dates with some of your child’s classmates prior to the start of the year.

a bedtime routine one week before school starts.

a central calendar to calm the school-year chaos.

a landing zone near the front door where backpacks and lunchboxes are stored.

ase into the transition by

practicing the morning routine before school begins.

yourself with the school staff (office personnel, principal, school nurse).

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ads for back-to-school sales to save time and money.

an emergency plan in place. Enlist friends and family who can help if need be.


enjoy the moment. There are only so many back-to-school days in your child’s life.


stories with a back-to-school theme to get your child excited for the first day.

up on extra supplies while they are in stock and on sale.

a first-day photo. You’ll be amazed how much your child will change over the year.

that set backs happen, no matter how much you prepare.

the teachers. Breaking the ice helps ease first-day jitters.

the teacher of any specific concerns regarding your child.

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the clothes in your child’s closet and then create a shopping list.

a study space in your child’s room to help establish a homework routine.

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lunches and pick out clothes the night before to avoid the morning rush.


your child on the rules of the road and other safety strategies.

the classroom to familiarize your child with his new environment.

notes of encouragement and hide them in your child’s lunch box or backpack.

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shot records and other important paperwork and store in a central location.


physicals ensure shot records are up-to-date.

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in on your child’s first-day concerns and discuss them openly.

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YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

Ages 6 weeks-6 years plus after school & summer camp up to age 12. Offering outstanding ReggioInspired full and part-time Infant, Toddler, Two’s, and Preschool programs, as well as Kindergarten, After School, and Summer Camp for school-age children. Degreed teachers, extensive parent communication, and welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. NAEYC Accredited. Call today for your personal tour.

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1105 Elm Street, Cincinnnati, OH 45202, Contact: Trish Kitchell, VP Youth Development, Phone: 513-362-YMCA, Fax: 513-651-3540, Email:, www., Grades: Ages 3-12, Enrollment: Stop by any YMCA of Greater Cincinnati location or check with your local school district.


Central Montessori Academy Creative Tots, Mason Our holistic approach allows children (18 months - 5 1/2 years) the opportunity to learn, explore, play and grow while engaging in the fine arts, science, music, yoga and a modernized curriculum. We provide opportunities to use creativity, solve problems, use language, develop new vocabulary and reading skills, while engaging in intellectual activities. There are elements of STEAM education, bilingual education, arts education, as well as lots of physical activities to strengthen the mind and body. 6408 Thornberry Ct.,, Mason, oh 45040, Contact: Emilie Parry, Phone: 513-770-6776, Email:, www.creativetotsmason. com, Grades: Toddler: 18 months-3 years, Preschool: 3-4 years; Pre-K: 4-5 years

St. John's Westminster Learning Center 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

Authentic Montessori environment, serving preschool through 6th grade. Small class sizes allow each student to progress at an individual pace. Part-time preschool and extended day are available. Our school is a place of discovery, curiosity, respect and enthusiasm. Come take a tour and see for yourself. 1904 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231, Contact: Kristin Patterson, Phone: 513-742-5800, Fax: 513-7425870, Email:,, Grades: Preschool- Grade 6, Enrollment: 100

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

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


Garden Montessori School Celebrating over 45 years, member of Cincinnati Montessori Society. Certified/degreed Montessori teachers with combined 70 years experience. Montessori program, full day, and Kindergarten. Individualized instruction, small class size, 1:6 teacher/ child ratio. Offer music, Spanish and yoga. Large, fenced-in outdoor playground. 1318 Nagel Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45255, Contact: Jackie Wofford/Director, Phone: 513-474-4933, Email:,, Grades: pre-school thru Kdg. ages 3-6 years old


ST. GERTRUDE SCHOOL Saint Gertrude School offers academic excellence in the Dominican tradition: preaching Truth, practicing virtue, and loving one another in Christ. Students from 21 school districts. IOWA testing ranked 4th among 90 Cincinnati Catholic grade schools. Aftercare, outdoor classroom, STEM, Rosary Procession, household intergrade leadership, Latin, professionally coached musical theater, extracurriculars. 6543 Miami Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243, Contact: Elaine Nolte, Assistant Principal, Phone: 513-561-8020,, Enrollment: 338

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

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

St. Ursula Villa An extraordinary family atmosphere and Christcentered spirit of St. Angela Merici cultivates independent learners who achieve their potential through small classes, individualized instruction, and nurturing of the whole child. Program offerings begin with Toddler/2-year-old and Traditional or Montessori preschool continuing through Junior High, recognized for outstanding high school preparation. 3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Contact: Marta Runnels, Phone: 513-533-7373, Fax: 513-8710315, Email:, www., Grades: 2 years old through 8th grade, Enrollment: 465

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

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


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


Virtual Community School of Ohio

The New School Montessori Centrally located and surrounded by wooded play yards and gardens, students benefit from a nurturing environment where Montessori-credentialed staff support high academic and personal achievement. Full-day, half-day and part-time AMS and ISACS accredited programs with healthy lunches included in tuition.

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Cincinnati Public SChools Our goal is to provide a rigorous curiculum that cultivates critical thinking and technology skills while encouraging collaboration, real-world connections and endless creativity. It’s not just about getting your children ready for graduation. It’s about getting them into college and preparing them for a thriving career! Phone: 513-363-0123,

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







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SUN 06

AUGUST 2 0 1 7 TUES 01


Great Parks Free Entry Day

FREE Movies for Kids: The Lego Batman Movie

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 August without the need for a Motor Vehicle Permit.


SUN 13

FREE. Time: All day, Location: All Great Parks of Hamilton County,, Phone: 513-521-7275

This summer, enjoy Free Movies for Kids on Mondays and Wednesdays at Kenwood Theatre, Esquire Theatre, Mariemont Theatre and Eastgate Brew & View. All movies carry a rating of “PG” or under.

FREE. Time: 10:30 a.m., Location(s): Kenwood Theatre, Esquire Theatre, Mariemont Theatre and Eastgate Brew & View, Free-Movies-For-Kids

TUES 01 – SUN 06 Tea Time

Do you drink plants? It may sound funny, but you’ll be surprised at how many vegetables, fruits and herbs we consume as a liquid. We will explore the history and etiquette of tea time and maybe even try a cup! Program included in Highfield admission: $5/person. Time: Check website for schedule; Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275


FRI 18




THURS 03 Masterpieces in the Making

Join artists from the Kennedy Heights Art Center in re-creating your own piece of modern sculpture! For ages 8-14; registration required. FREE. Time: 2 p.m., Location: Green Township Branch, http://, Phone: 513-369-6095

Montgomery Touch a Truck

Montgomery’s annual Touch a Truck event is held rain or shine! FREE. Time: 9-11 a.m., Location: Weller Park, https://www.

FRI 04 Florence Freedom vs. Southern Illinois Miners

Join the Florence Freedom for “Better in a Book Night.” Characters from your favorite books that were later made into movies will appear on the concourse for photos and autographs. Local authors will also participate in promoting and talking about their books. Time: 7:05 p.m., Location: UC Health Stadium, http://, Phone: 859-594-4487

Mud Sculptures in the Nature PlayScape

Drop by the mud zone in the Schott Nature Playscape to craft your sculpture masterpiece out of mud. Display your art work in the mud zone. Perfect for all ages. No preregistration required. Free for members; nonmembers pay daily admission.

Splish Splash Bash

Wear clothes that can get wet, because you are in for a messy good time as we play all sorts of water games. Explore the world of water as nature’s essential ingredient. All ages will want to drop by and get in on the act, with hands-on fun and learning for all. FREE.

MON 07

FRI 11 & SAT 12

Make a Mess at the Manatee

Cincy Blues Fest

Join blue manatee's Miss Kelli and 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. Cost is $6 per child ages 2-4. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Stop by or call 513-731-2665 to register. Time: 10 a.m., Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, http://, Phone: 513-731-2665

TUES 08 Barnyard Bonanza: The Curious Case of the Chicken Fiasco

Time: 9 a.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-5217275

SUN 06 Super Hero Cruise

ATTENTION ALL POTENTIAL SUPER HEROES! BB Riverboats requests your presence for this 2-hour cruise complete with official Super Hero Training. Bring the whole family to learn the ins and outs of being a Super Hero and test out your skills as you learn them. After you have mastered your special powers, show them off on the dance floor as we throw a DJ Dance Party with all the Super Heroes! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Time: Boards at 11 a.m., Location: BB Riverboats/101 Riverboat Row, super-hero-cruise, Phone: 1-800-261-8586

Cincinnati Reds. vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Celebrating two decades of success, Cincy Blues Fest continues to draw fans and families to Cincinnati’s riverfront for music, food, fun, and the best names in the blues. Cincy Blues Fest is an all-volunteer run event produced by the Cincy Blues Society. Time: 5 p.m.-midnight on Friday and 4:30 p.m.-midnight on Saturday, Location: Sawyer Point, http://

FRI 11

SAT 05

Time: 7-9 p.m., Location: Summit Park, http://www.

Smale Family Fun day features lawn games, face painting, balloon animals and a live performance from Grammy-nominated Zak Morgan. FREE. Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Location: Smale Riverfront Park,

The chickens have gone missing! Follow the clues, solve the riddles and complete the challenges to identify the culprits. Optional package includes a wagon ride and time to play in Parky’s Playbarn. Program only: $2/person; package: $6/child and $4/ adult. Register by Aug. 6.

Catch a family friendly live performance of this Shakespearean show, presented by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. FREE.

Smale Family Fun Days *CP PICK

Time: 2-4 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Harbor, http://, Phone: 513-521-7275

Time: 1-3 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center PlayScape, happenings-4/, Phone: 513-831-1711

Shakespeare in the Park: Merry Wives of Windsor


TUES 08 – SUN 13 Butterfly Fashion Show

Vibrant orange, electric blue, classic black and even zebra stripes! These graceful insects have some of the most beautiful looks in town. Let’s learn all about fashion while we vogue like butterflies. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/person. Time: Check website for schedule; Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

WEDS 09 Summer Cinema at Washington Park

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. On August 9th, catch a screening of La La Land. FREE.

Time: 9 p.m., Location: Washington Park, http://

Hoots and Hops

Discover the Cincinnati Nature Center at our fifth annual fundraiser under the stars! Includes self-guided hikes, beer tastings from local craft breweries, delectable samples from local restaurants and live music at Krippendorf Lodge. For ages 21 and older. Tickets are $40 per person. Time: 7-11 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center,, Phone: 513-831-1711

Special Needs Family Night

Come join us for 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. FREE. Time: 6:30 p.m., Location: Green Township Branch Library, Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6095

SAT 12 Into the Woods Jr. *CP PICK

Be careful what you wish for! Featuring your favorite characters like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch, this lyrical musical retells classic Brothers Grimm fables as it centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

Time: 7 p.m., Location: Aronoff Center, http://www., Phone: 513-621-2787

Sundays are Family Days at Great American Ballpark! Enjoy face painting, special activities and promotions. Time: 1:10 p.m., Location: Great American Ballpark,, Phone: 513-381-7337


1940s Day at Lunken Airport

Join Cincinnati Museum Center for our annual 1940s Day celebration! One of our most popular events is growing and moving to Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport for an all-day affair of dancing, fashion, cars, planes and interactive fun for all ages. Time: Check website, Location: Lunken Airport, https://, Phone: 513-287-7000


Back for a second year, KidsFEST 2017 will be bigger and better than ever! Join us for our popular Cover Kid Contest, face painting, character meet-andgreets, pony rides, a trampoline provided by Recreations Outlet and tons of booths all with giveaways, drawings, activities and more at Coney Island’s festive Moonlite Pavilion. Sponsored by CUB Early Learning Academy, KidsFEST is the perfect “last hurrah” for your family before the school year starts. Just like last year, all attendees will be invited to visit Coney Island at a discounted rate of $7.50, which is normally $29! KidsFEST is totally free to attend (and includes entry into the Cover Kids Contest); you’ll only pay for parking. As such, we recommend carpooling with a friend… the more the merrier! Time: 1-4 p.m., Location: Moonlite Pavilion at Coney Island,


Movers and Shakers


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

You and your child will shake it together! Sing, dance and enjoy music, movement and fun! FREE. *Ongoing

Time: 10:30 a.m., Location: Madeira Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-6028


SUN 13


MON 14

Barnyard Bonanza: Pen Pals

WEDS 16 Barnyard Bonanza: Pony Parade

Our pony is a mess. Can you help groom her and shine her saddle, too? She will be so pretty! Optional package includes a wagon ride and time to play in Parky’s Playbarn. Program only: $2/person; package: $6/child and $4/adult. Register by Aug. 13th.

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 and $4/adult. Register by Aug. 12th.

Time: 9 a.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-5217275

Time: 9 a.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm,, Phone: 513-5217275

Step up to the LePage stage to tell your favorite jokes for National Tell a Joke Day! Jokes must be appropriate for all ages (They can't embarrass your grownups too much). We'll have a signup sheet at the event so everyone gets a turn to tell their joke, and members of the manaTeam will tell some of our favorites as well! FREE.

TUES 15 – SUN 20 Garden Ninjas

Discover the secrets that keep our plants and animals in the garden happy and healthy. Become a garden ninja to learn how to secretly take care of the plants, animals and people in the garden. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/person.

Tell a Joke Open Mic

Time: 4-4:30 p.m., Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665

THURS 17 Florence Freedom vs. Evansville Otters

It’s Throwback Thursday: join us for Covington Blue Sox Night with special uniforms paying tribute to the 1913 team that became Northern Kentucky's first professional baseball team. Time: 6:35 p.m., Location: UC Health Stadium, http://www., Phone: 859-594-4487

Teen Thursday: Back to School Bash!

Come on in and stock up on personalized DIY school supplies - and say goodbye to summer with corn hole and other games! FREE. Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Norwood Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-6037

FRI 18 Campfire Fun

Bring your roasting sticks and s’more supplies to the fire, which will be ready at 6 p.m. A program with live animals, songs, stories and other campfire fun begins at 7 p.m. FREE. Time: 7 p.m., Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/ Amphitheater,, Phone: 513-521-7275

French Story Time

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

SAT 19 – SUN 20 & FRI 25 – SUN 27 Day Out With Thomas *CP PICK

Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™, at regional heritage railroads across the country. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: LM&M Railroad,, Phone: 1-866-468-3399

SAT 19 Cardboard Boat Regatta

Don’t miss the 25th anniversary of this one-of-the-kind event! 70 boats will compete in 2017. FREE. Time: Race starts at 1 p.m., Location: Cardboard Boat Museum in New Richmond, OH, http://www.cardboardboatmuseum. com/2017-regatta.html

City Flea Kids Market

The first Kids Flea was held last year, and we can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for our awesome local kid makers. Kids Fleas held in conjunction with the regular City Flea market. Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Location: Washington Park, http://www.


Ice Cream Social Sundays

SAT 19 & SUN 20 Visitor Appreciation Days *CP PICK As a “Thank You” to Hamilton County for their continued support, Zoo visitors of all ages can enjoy half price admission to the world-famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden during Visitor Appreciation Days. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days, Location: Cincinnati Zoo,, Phone: 513-281-4700

SUN 20 Dog Days of Summer Funday

Is there anything better than having ice cream in the summer? How about having ice cream while you cruise the Ohio River on BB Riverboats! On Sundays this season, each passenger will enjoy scooped ice cream and their choice of assorted toppings on this 1 1/2 hour afternoon sightseeing cruise. The Captain will guide your afternoon with interesting commentary about Cincinnati and the surrounding area. The best part is that all of this is included in your cruise! It is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family! Cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase. Time: Boards at 2:30 p.m., Location: BB Riverboats/101 Riverboat Row,, ice-cream-social-sundays, Phone: 1-800-261-8586

Time: 1-4 p.m., Location: Taft Museum, http://www., Phone: 513-241-0343

MON 21 Solar Eclipse Viewing

On August 21st, if skies are clear, the Cincinnati area will experience a significant partial solar eclipse. Join us for a safe viewing. Free for members; nonmembers pay daily admission. Time: 1-1:45 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center,, Phone: 513-831-1711

Time: 3-5 p.m., Location: The Marmalade Lily in Loveland,

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, http://www., Phone: 513-521-7275

Don’t miss the Florence Freedom’s Marvel Superhero Night! The Freedom will don Spiderman inspired jerseys to auction away to the crowd while the concourse is lined by Marvel based superheroes. Time: 7:05 p.m., Location: UC Health Stadium, http://, Phone: 859-594-4487

FRI 25 & SAT 26

Teddy Bear Jamboree *CP PICK

Shalom Family invites families in the Jewish community to join all your furry (and not so furry) friends for the most fun and fantastical party of the summer! Stuff your beary own make-and-take teddy with a T-shirt to decorate! Featuring a petting zoo, balloon artists, face painting, inflatable fun and more! FREE with RSVP by Aug. 12th, space is limited. Open to families with children 12 and under in which at least one parent is Jewish.

FRI 25

Florence Freedom vs. Gateway Grizzlies


Celebrate one of our favorite four-legged animals this Funday! Make your own canine-related craft, visit the dogs in the Taft collection, and learn how animals are seen in another culture at the Art Cart. Join us at 2 p.m. for a presentation by SPCA Cincinnati on how to be a good friend to any dog you meet, and practice your skills with an SPCA ambassador dog. No reservations required. FREE.

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Location: Hyde Park Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced. info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4456

Taste of Blue Ash

WEDS 23 Back to School Fun & Games

Kick off the school year by gaming with your friends. A good time will be had by all! Ages 5-12. FREE. Time: 3-4 p.m., Location: Oakley Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-6038

THURS 24 Fuse ‘Em!

Taste of Blue Ash Food & Music Festival is a two-day event featuring a variety of food, live music and family fun! In addition to the great music lineup, concertgoers will be able to choose from a wide variety of local food truck and unique food vendors over the two-day period! FREE. Time: 12-11 p.m. both days, Location: Summit Park, taste_of_blue_ash/

SAT 26

Do you have some itty bitty colorful plastic pipes that you just wish you could melt into something cool? Don't worry! We do! Come on down to the Hyde Park Library for our fuse bead crafting and make that cool fob or coaster you've been craving. Ages 10-18. Registration required. FREE.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

It’s Homer Bailey Bobblehead night! As part of Super Saturdays, the first 20,000 fans get a free bobblehead of the Reds pitcher. Time: 6:40 p.m., Location: Great American Ballpark,, Phone: 513-381-7337


SUN 27




SUN 27 Rock Painting

Calling all junior painters! Paint the afternoon away in the Schott Nature PlayScape. We will have water painting for our littlest painters and detailed rock painting for older children. Each child will be able to take a special painted rock home. Perfect for all ages! No preregistration required. Free for members; nonmembers pay daily admission. Time: 2-4 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center PlayScape,, Phone: 513-831-1711

Cheetah Run

Run for a purpose! The Cheetah Run proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Zoo, one of the oldest nonprofits in the city. Your support helps us continue providing world class care for the animals you love! Time: 8 a.m., Location: Cincinnati Zoo, events/cheetah-run/, Phone: 513-281-4700

Return to Eden: A Monarch Festival

Join us for a fun day in Eden Park with music, food, crafts sale and more. Celebrate the great migratory journey of the Monarch butterflies as they pass through our region on their way to Mexico. Stop by the Explore Nature booth to learn about deceptive coloring and mimicry in nature. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Location: Eden Park, http://www.

MON 28 Ruby the Reading Dog

Come read to Ruby the Reading Dog! FREE. Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Location: Northside Branch Library,, Phone: 513-369-4449

TUES 29 Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets Special promotion: Bark in the Park! Ticket packages available for dogs and their owners with pet activities, samples and more in the Kroger Fan Zone.

Time: 7:10 p.m., Location: Great American Ballpark, https://, Phone: 513-381-7337

Story Time at IKEA

Join us for story time in our Restaurant. Kids can enjoy classic tales of adventure and craft time after the story. Parent must be present with child. FREE. *Ongoing

Time: 1 p.m., Location: IKEA West Chester, http://www.ikea. com/us/en/store/west_chester/activities

WEDS 30 Story Tree Time

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


Time: 11-11:30 a.m., Location: Duke Energy Children's Museum, story-tree-time, Phone: 513-287-7000

Summer Cinema at Washington Park

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. Enjoy a screening of Beauty and the Beast on August 30th.

FREE. Time: 9 p.m., Location: Washington Park, http://

THURS 31 After School Art

Get creative with us! We will be making marbled paper. Ages 5-12. Registration recommended. FREE. Time: 3-4 p.m., Location: Oakley Branch Library, http://, Phone: 513-369-6038


A fun introduction to language for your smallest ManaBabies! Miss Alicia will be doing finger plays, rhymes, songs and bouncy times with our youngest customers! FREE. *Ongoing

Time: 10:30-11 a.m., Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665

Newport Aquarium Summer Family Hours

Sundays-Fridays through Sept. 1 Sundays through Fridays, one kid (age 2-12) gets in free after 4 p.m. with the purchase of one full-priced adult ticket. This offer is available between May 28 and September 1, online only.

Time: Check website for daily hours, Location: Newport Aquarium, Visitor-Tips/Aquarium-Events/Summer-Family-Hours, Phone: 1-800-406-3474

Kenner® and the Building of an Empire

Daily through Oct. 1 Kenner and the Building of an Empire tells Kenner’s story through rare and iconic toys dating back to the 1940s and the first toy the company ever produced, a metal bubble gun called the Bubbl-Matic. The exhibition also includes a 1964 Easy Bake Oven and over 100 original Star Wars action figures, vehicles and playsets. Among the Star Wars action figures are an original set of toys from 1977 and the accompanying packaging. One of the rarest items in the exhibition is an original die cast from 1979 for a droid factory, a toy set that never made it into production. Time: Open daily, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, medium=10474348&utm_source=sarah@ er+toys+on+display+in+exhibition+at+Cincinnati+Muse um+Center&utm_content=6/7/2017, Phone: 513-2877000

Petals & Pedals

Daily through Aug. 27 (closed Mondays)

ongoing events Ohio State Fair

Through Aug. 6 Get ready for the Ohio State Fair, a favorite family tradition since 1850! Enjoy a variety of activities and exhibits, plus more than 70 exhilarating rides for kids big and small. Bring an appetite: you won't be able to resist all your favorite Fair goodies from any of the nearly 200 food vendors. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: The Ohio Expo Center & State Fair,

Carload Days at The Beach!

Select Saturdays through Aug, 26 Every Saturday from June 10th through August 26th after 4 p.m., pay juts $50 for your entire carload! Valid for up to 10 wristbands for persons in a single vehicle, parking included. All passengers must be wearing a seat belt! Please note that July 8th is excluded from the promotion. Time: 4-10 p.m., Location: The Beach Waterpark, http://;event_date=2017-06-10, Phone: 513-3987946




The 2017 Krohn Summer Floral Show “Petals and Pedals - Take a Ride on the Floral Side” is celebrating biking and summer flowers --- so ride your bike to Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park and receive a dollar off admission to the Summer Show! You can park your bike right out front. Then, come inside and enjoy the bounty of beautiful summer blooms! The 2017 Summer Show is presented by Scherzinger Termite and Pest Control.

Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume *CP PICK

Daily through Oct. 1 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: 513287-7000

Friday Night Grill Outs

Through 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

Time: Tuesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Location: Krohn Conservatory, krohn-conservatory/

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.

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