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Do you feel the same way? I saw this phrase on Pinterest recently and couldn’t agree more. From red and gold leaves fluttering from trees to bright orange pumpkins dotting a field to purple and yellow mums sitting on porches, this time of year just bursts with color. October seems like nature’s last big hurrah before we’re whitewashed in snow for the winter. So – it would be a crime not to make the most of this time of year! Good thing Cincinnati Parent has the scoop on all hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and spooky places your family can enjoy this season. Check out our guide to Halloween Fun in Cincinnati, Fall Fun Guide and our October Events for info on everything our area has to offer – you can easily fill your calendar with loads of activities just made for this season.
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October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with 1 in 8 women expected to develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, this disease is likely to affect someone you know. Although our hearts break for those going through treatment, we often find ourselves at a loss for how to express our love and concern. There are tangible ways to help though, and in our piece When a Loved One Has Breast Cancer we give a few ideas for supporting women and their families during this difficult time.
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Yes, October is a busy month and 31 days may not seem like enough time to squeeze everything in. (Especially all the foods labeled “pumpkin-spiced” this time of year!) But if your favorite color is October like mine, a crisp walk crunching leaves with the kids and appreciating the change of season all around us is all that’s necessary to enjoy a perfect autumn day.
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The Mermaids return to Newport Newport Aquarium isn’t all fish and penguins. It’s also sharks, stingrays, seahorses, alligators… and mermaids! This October, the nationally ranked aquarium is once again welcoming magical mermaids to its waters. If you’ve ever wished you could be “part of their world,” this is your chance! This special exhibit features mermaid meet-andgreets, fun animal encounters and dazzling shows. At the Mermaid Dive, your kids will be awed as the mermaids gracefully swim with beautifully colored fins and play games in the 37-foot long Amazon Tunnel. But hurry - the Newport Aquarium Mermaids will swim away October 15th. www.newportaquarium.com/Visitor-Tips/Aquarium-Events/Mermaids
Neltner’s Fall Fest Looking for the ultimate local fall festival? You’ll find it in Melbourne, Kentucky. Come for pony rides, animal barns, a barrel train ride and horse-drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch. There’s also an outdoor train display that’s sure to excite trainloving kids. When you get hungry, amble into Neltner’s dining tent with picnic tables, handmade ice cream and even pumpkin spice wine with live music playing on weekend afternoons. The Neltner family has created a charming, inviting and playful destination that Cincinnati families should definitely add to their fall bucket list! This year’s festival runs until October 29th. www.neltnersfarm.com/things-to-do/
Sunflower fields forever... Recognized as one of the best fall festivals in the state, Gorman Heritage Farm’s Sunflower Festival is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. This festival features classic fun like hayrides, live music, food trucks, vendor booths and pumpkins, but the real star of the show is, of course, the sunflowers. True to its name, the Sunflower Festival boasts a sunflower maze, pre-cut sunflower bouquets and a U-Pick sunflower field. Mark your calendar for the weekend of October 7-8 and be prepared to be dazzled by the golden fields of smiling sunflowers. http://gormanfarm.org/product/sunflower-festival/
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Music Hall is open! After more than two years of major renovations, Cincinnati’s renowned Music Hall will be opening its doors in October. This massive makeover includes a refreshed exterior, revamped Springer Auditorium, improved access for those with disabilities, new practice rooms, dressing rooms and other backstage amenities for performers, expanded restrooms and concessions, various safety and energy efficiency improvements – and more! The result will be unveiled October 6-7 at Music Hall’s Grand Opening Weekend, which features exclusive events and a free community celebration on the 7th hosted by ArtsWave. Music Hall is one of Cincinnati’s most historic and iconic buildings, and its reopening is an exciting milestone for the city! http://cincinnatisymphony.org/concerts-plus-events/music-hall-grand-opening/ music-hall-grand-opening-events/
Journey to Neverland The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 2017-18 season opener, Peter Pan JR, opens October 21st and is sure to inspire and entertain your entire family. This kid-friendly performance features all the beloved characters – the adventurous Darlings, ticking crocodile, bumbling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook, all presented in The Children’s Theatre’s own unique and delightful way. Tickets are on sale now – don’t miss your chance to journey to Neverland with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati! www.thechildrenstheatre.com/mainstage/ details/peter-pan-jr
It’s a fabulous fall Funday KidSPACE! While the Museum Center continues to undergo major renovations, there’s one addition that should make families quite happy: the newly revamped KidSPACE. Kids can explore five different "zones" within the space: a wet zone to create masterpieces through painting, screen printing and ceramics; a textile zone for weaving and sewing; a light and dark zone for shadow play; an assembly zone for building and construction; and a high-tech zone for experimenting with computers and 3D printing. There are also weekly programs designed to fuel kids’ imaginations and creativity. KidSPACE offers a wide variety of learning opportunities that encourage STEAM education in a fun environment.
Third Sunday Funday at the Taft Museum is easily one of the most family-friendly programs in the city. Held the third Sunday of each month from 1-4 pm, these events offer different themes, hands-on activities and special guests that put the “fun” in Sunday Funday. October’s Sunday Funday celebrates everyone’s favorite season, with spooky crafts, art stations and even a bat demonstration from EchoBats. The best part? Admission and parking at the Taft are always free on Sundays! www.taftmuseum.org/events/fundays
Books by the Banks Were book fairs your favorite part of elementary school? On October 28th, head to the Duke Energy Convention Center for the best book fair around, Books by the Banks. Browse the festival’s fantastic stacks of books, attend author panels and writing workshops and take your kids to the Kids Corner for story times, crafts and book-inspired activities. This year’s lineup includes kid favorites Loren Long, Will Hillenbrand and Mike Lowery, as well as bestselling names in the fiction, nonfiction, teen and travel genres. Admission is free – but you’ll want to set aside a generous book-buying fund! http://booksbythebanks.org
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Day Out With Thomas at LM&M Railroad this summer was the stuff of tiny Thomas lovers’ dreams: photos with Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt, wooden train tables, temporary train tattoos, train-themed storytelling, and, of course, a ride pulled by the cheeky blue engine himself!
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Tucked away in Mt. Airy Forest is a hidden gem that epitomizes everything there is to love about Cincinnati. Dubbed "Everybody's Treehouse," Mt. Airy Treehouse is as charming, unique and accessible as the Queen City herself, and is worth a visit this fall with your family!
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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.
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COMMENTARY & PARENTING WORDS BY // PETE GILBERT
A Dad Influence Two Steps Forward, One Step Back She’s in that weird phase of life. The one I don't remember during my own childhood at all. She wants to be an adult, but is still absolutely a child. She’ll help fold laundry and pick up around the house one minute, then get into a screaming fight with her sister over a pack of stickers the next. When another family comes over to visit, she’d rather hang out with the adults than play with the kids. My oldest daughter, a newly certified safe sitter, is maneuvering her way into adulthood taking two steps forward and one step back. The girl I used to have to start waking up twenty minutes before she actually had to get going, now sets an alarm and often wakes me up with the guitar riffs and twangy voices of the latest pop-country singers blaring from her ipad.
The dollhouse and all those once-precious American Girl dolls have left her room; being passed on to her younger sister. Those empty spaces are now replaced with a dozen pair of earrings, a handful of necklaces and enough colors of nail polish to make Picasso jealous.
She’s also dabbling in makeup. A process that’s needed much guidance and restriction from her mom. She is not allowed to wear it to school, but that doesn't stop her from looking like she’s getting ready for the red carpet every time we go to the grocery store.
Over the past six years, since I started this monthly column, she’s transformed from a kindergartener to a thoughtful, kind, generous, caring middle schooler. And much like her progress of taking two steps forward and one step back, our path as parents has been similar as we’ve shared this journey together. 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.
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High-risk maternity experience inspires a career change Jenna Glardon-Burns, RN knows firsthand how scary it is to hear words like abnormal, defect, syndrome, preterm labor, preeclampsia, etc. Even as a medical professional she found herself very scared and overwhelmed. She was a nurse at Bethesda North Hospital when she found out at around 16 weeks that her unborn son was diagnosed with an abdominal defect. Two weeks later, he was diagnosed with an omphalacele, where his bowel and possible other organs were outside of his abdominal cavity and held within a thin membrane. Suddenly, she was a “high risk” patient and her care was transferred to Maternal Fetal Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital. Under close care by her physicians at Maternal Fetal Medicine, Jenna endured a pregnancy with multiple complications, including a five-day inpatient stay at
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TriHealth Advanced Obstetrical Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital before being discharged home to bedrest. Her son, Gabriel, was born at 36 weeks with multiple complications and he required immediate care from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Good Samaritan, the largest Level III NICU in the region, before he was transferred to the Fetal Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Inspired by the care she received as a patient at Good Samaritan Hospital, Glardon-Burns pursued a career change, so that she could offer the support and care to women facing “high-risk” and complicated pregnancies. She now works in the newly renovated TriHealth Advanced Obstetrical Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital. For more information, visit TriHealth.com/maternity
“I always tell my patients, there is life after Advanced Obstetrical Care and there is life after NICU,” she says. “While you are going through it, it can be very lonely and hard to see the light at the end. I try to be that light for them.”
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halloween fun in cincy
Your guide for a spooktacular time! Once upon a time, Halloween was celebrated one day a year. These days, kids can do the Monster Mash all October long! Check out this list of festive events for all kinds of seasonal fun this month.
treat stations to themed animal encounters, HallZOOween needs to be on every Cincinnati family’s fall bucket list! HallZOOween is included with Zoo admission.
LM&M Railroad’s Fall Flyer Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29
HallZOOween Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 http://cincinnatizoo.org/events/ hallzooween/
Little ghouls and boys can enjoy four weekends of fun at the Cincinnati Zoo. From trick-or16
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Take a not-so-spooky ride on LM&M’s Fall Flyer. Each child receives a small pumpkin to decorate back at the station. There’s also a hay maze and plenty of seasonal treats. This is a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate all things fall.
Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm Oct. 12-29 (Thursdays-Sundays) www.greatparks.org/calendar
Described as “hardly-haunted” fun, this annual event features hay wagon rides, festive Halloween displays and lots of activities and entertainment for all ages. This is a perfect Halloween celebration for the younger crowd. Pre-order tickets online to save!
Old West Fest Halloween Weekend October 14-15
The Old West Fest’s Themed Weekends make this unique festival even more fun. During Halloween Weekend, kids can come in costume and trick or treat around this literal “ghost” town.
The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 30-Oct. 29
The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island is classic family fun, and includes live entertainment, mazes, trick-or-treating and more!
Cincinnati Parks’ Annual Magic Forest Halloween Hikes Oct. 20 and 21 at Caldwell Nature Preserve
If you’re looking for a family-friendly alternative to haunted houses, then Cincinnati Parks’ Magic Forest Halloween Hikes are the perfect, not-toospooky solution. Your family will walk through a pumpkin-lit trail and see friendly jack-o-lanterns and costumed nature characters along the way. Children will delight in the stories and engaging performances at this event that’s best-suited for ages 3-10.
FallFest Weekend at Washington Park Oct. 28-29
This annual event at Washington Park is part fall festival, part Halloween party and part City Flea. Expect lots of vendors, family friendly activities, crafts and more in Cincinnati’s picturesque Washington Park.
Fall-O-Ween at Coney Island Oct. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22
While summer may be over, Coney Island makes the “off season” extra fun! Celebrate fall at Coney with haunts, rides and a kid-friendly trick-or-treat trail.
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Halloweenville at Entertrainment Junction
Carol Ann’s Carousel Trick-orTreat Event
Trick or Treat at IKEA
Daily through Oct. 31
Oct. 28 from 11 a.m.-3:30 pm
Entertrainment Junction is always a hit with kids, and Halloweenville is one of the most unique trick-or-treat events in Cincinnati. There’s a trick-or-treat maze, fun Halloweenville display and even an indoor pumpkin patch for kids to pick their own mini pumpkin.
Enjoy family-friendly crafts, coloring, games and contests at this Cincinnati Parks gem. Come dressed in your costume and receive a free ride on the Carousel and a coupon to Krohn Conservatory’s Holiday Show. Be sure to enter the “Best Dressed Like a Carousel Character” Contest for a chance to win a basket full of Cincinnati Park goodies.
The Haunted Village at Heritage Village www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org/ haunted_village.aspx
The Haunted Village at Heritage Village Museum provides festive fun for the entire family, from tiny trick-or-treaters to older thrill seekers. All the Village’s buildings will be decked to the nines for this festive event.
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IKEA isn’t all Ektorps and Malms - the Swedish superstore also hosts a number of family-friendly events throughout the year. On October 29, kids can come in costume for an afternoon of in-store trick-or-treating; afterwards, kids under 12 eat free at IKEA’s restaurant (limit two kids’ meals per adult entrée purchased). Bonus points for kids who dress as the Swedish Chef!
YMCA Fall Festivals
October 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28
Oct. 29 from 2-6 p.m. at IKEA West Chester
Tricks or Treats Weekend at the Ohio Renaissance Festival Oct. 28-29
Batman and Wonder Woman in 16th Century England? You bet! Have your kids wear their costumes during the Renaissance Festival’s Tricks or Treats Weekend. In addition to trick-or-treating amid jesters, duels and kings, your kids can participate in a costume contest and decorate pumpkins while enjoying the final weekend of this iconic Ohio festival.
The YMCA goes big for Halloween, hosting numerous fall festivals at its many Greater Cincinnati locations. This month, celebrate Halloween beginning October 7 at the Melrose YMCA, the Blue Ash YMCA on October 14, Clermont County YMCA on October 26 and Powel Crosely, Jr. on October 28 – just to name a few. From trick-or-treating to crafts and activities, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly fun at these free festivals! Visit website for details and participating locations.
fall fun guide Brown's Family Farm Markets 11620 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton
brownsfarmmarket.com Hours/Dates: Open 7 days a week through Halloween, with Fall Family Fun on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-7pm Every Saturday & Sunday in October features "Fall Family Fun" activities, which includes a pick your own pumpkin patch, hayrides, a corn maze, straw maze, farm animals, picnic area, play area, and lots of photo opportunities! At Brown's, we grow our own corn stalk bundles, Indian corn, squash, assorted gourds, beautiful mums, and of course, pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. Plus, don't miss a full assortment of home grown apples, sweet cider, chewy caramel apples, Amish Fry Pies, bakery items and more!
Burger Farm and Garden Center 7849 Main St., Newtown
straw tunnel, scavenger hunt, sensory station, sunflower field (when in bloom). Reasonable prices and fun for everyone!
Experience Fall on the Farm at Blooms and Berries 9669 OH-48, Loveland, OH
www.bloomsandberries. com/check-out-our-fallfun-festival/ Hours/Dates: Open Monday-Saturday from 10 am-7 pm and Sunday from 10 am-6 pm Take a hayride to a pumpkin patch, see real farm animals, get lost in the 7-acre corn maze and explore the play area. Don’t miss the piles of pumpkins, beautiful mums, apple cider and other Fall favorites. This annual event at Blooms and Berries in Loveland, Ohio, runs Sept. 23-Oct. 31.
Neltner’s Fall Fest
Hours/Dates: Saturday's and Sunday's in October, 10am - 6pm
6922 Four Mile Rd, Melbourne, KY
Join us for our annual fall festival! Hayrides, pick your own pumpkin, puppet show, farm animals, pony rides, entertainment, festival food and drink, face painting, carnival rides and games, fresh apple cider, Halloween decorations and more. A little touch of country right in the middle of the city.
Hours/Dates: Daily through October 29, 9am-6pm Weekdays; 10am-6pm Weekends At Neltner’s Farm, autumn is the time for harvest and celebration, and we invite your family to join ours for the annual fall festival. There’s something for every member of your family: horse-drawn wagon rides, model train display, an expansive corn maze, our pick-your-own pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, homemade food and ice cream, farm shop, crafters, pottery, facepainting, seasonal apples, folk art, live music, a wonderful variety of demonstrations and a barrel train!
Fall Farm Fun at Burwinkel Farms 4359 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton
Hours/Dates: October 1-31 Join Burwinkel Farms in October for some Fall Farm Fun! Enjoy hayrides to pumpkin patch, corn mazes, punch-card maze, corn pool,
Pumpkin Days on the Farm at Benton Family Farm 11896 Old Lexington Pike, Walton, KY
bentonfarm.com Hours/Dates: Sat & Sun, October 21-22, 10am-7pm A family working farm open for your visit in October, to pick a pumpkin off the vine with a hayride out to the patch. A great place to bring your children if they want to see what a fourth generation working farm looks like! Lots of family fun including a kids hay maze, pony rides, sheep shearing, cow milking and so much more!
Shaw Farms Fall Festival Weekends 1737 Ohio 131, Milford
www.shawfarms.com/ FallFestival Hours/Dates: Weekends through October 29 Weekends at Shaw Farms provide an exciting opportunity for terrific family memories, photo ops, and, of course, some awesome, farm-grade adventures. Take the family on a ride around our scenic farm property in one of our traditional tractor hayrides or climb into our nostalgic horse-drawn wagons (available weekends only).
YMCA'S Fall Festivals Multiple locations
myY.org Hours/Dates: Dates and times vary by location; check website for details Head to your local YMCA for hayrides and spooky trails, games for the family, fall crafts, a bounce house, marshmallow roasting, music and so much more! Activities and also vary by location. For more fall fun options, visit www.cincinnatiparent.com
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enrichment WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF
A GOOD PROGRAM? WORDS BY // L auren L awson
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Music lessons, art programs, soccer clubs, karate classes… the range of enrichment options available to the under five crowd seems to grow and grow. The benefits for enrolling preschoolers in these types of activities can be numerous – helping to develop cognitive, motor, social and language skills – if the program is a good one. With all the choices available out there, what should parents be looking for when evaluating an enrichment class or program for their child?
Why enroll? While formal enrichment programs certainly aren’t mandatory in a young child’s life, kids that have the opportunity to take advantage of these types of experiences can really benefit. “Young children are sponges that are absorbing everything around them,” says Lisa Soper, Youth Services and Programming Coordinator for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County “They learn through play and interaction with others. It is especially important to provide opportunities for open-ended exploration, which allows children to develop skills like creativity, independence and problem solving.” Molly Meiners Dressing, a Cincinnati parent of two preschool-aged children, has found that choosing an activity that capitalizes on her children’s interests has paid off. “My son loves music, so we enrolled him in a Kindermusik class and he has already taken to it. He is thrilled to see his friends, teacher, and participate in class,” she says. For her daughter, she chose an activity that allowed her to develop her natural ability in the pool. “My five-year-old daughter was a good swimmer at the beginning of the summer, so I decided to enroll her on the swim team, which I knew would be a stretch for her. As a result, she improved her swimming abilities, learned the importance of working together as a team, and hard work/practice.”
What to look for What are the key considerations when choosing an enrichment program? Rachel Kramer, President of the Baldwin Music Education Center, says that parents often choose a program based on location and price. “These two considerations are important but should not be the end of a total vetting system when choosing a quality program.” Kramer advises parents to look for places that have longevity and a proven track record. “Asking to observe a class with their children should be welcomed. Price should be considered in terms of total class time, materials, registration fee, discounts and compared accordingly.” She encourages parents to consider the inclusivity of a program, the resources utilized and any expectations parents or caregivers may have for their children. For music classes in particular, she says students should be taught by teachers who have a music degree and experience working in a teaching/pedagogical/group setting. October 2017 // CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 21
More than anything, a preschool enrichment program should be fun. Dressing says she likes to expose her children to a variety of experiences and “if a teacher makes the activity fun, I view it as a success.” Forcing a child to participate in an enrichment activity they don’t enjoy is likely to backfire. Spending a little extra time up front choosing the right program for your child can make all the difference – and encourage their willingness to try new experiences now and in the future.
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The best enrichment programs plant a seed of interest, says Soper, while also allowing for growth beyond an initial experience. She also believes that activities that follow a rigid structure or a pre-set outcome may be less beneficial than programs that allow children to explore and learn about their interests. “I also want to stress that children can learn from any experience,” says Soper. “Parents don’t need to spend a lot of money (or any money) on an activity to make it an enriching experience for their children.”
Questions to consider when evaluating a program:
Is the curriculum developmentally appropriate with reasonable expectations for preschoolers?
Does the program have a good track record of consistency and longevity?
Is the staff experienced – and do they enjoy working with young children?
Has my child expressed an interest in the activity I’m considering?
Has the program been personally recommended by someone I know?
Is the staff to child ratio appropriate for the activity?
Are there safety and discipline policies in place?
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breast cancer Helpful ways to show your love and support WORDS BY // KIM DINAN
In the United States alone, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. When the diagnosis comes, the routines of daily life often grind to a halt as the affected woman reorganizes her life around doctor’s visits and treatment. When someone we know and love is diagnosed with breast cancer, we want to help but don’t always know what to do or say. Cincinnati Parent reached out to some of our local breast cancer support organizations to ask about tangible ways to provide support to a friend or family member battling breast cancer. “The first thing I always tell everyone is first and foremost- the person with cancer, they are the exact same person they are today as they were five minutes before their diagnosis,” says Tracie Martin, Founder and Director of Development for Pink Ribbon Girls, a non-profit that provides services such as meal delivery, house cleaning and transportation to women with breast cancer in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus. “Don’t feel like you have to walk on eggshells. Whatever your relationship was before, continue the same as it has been.” Martin understands. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, at only 30 years old, she had a two-year-old and an eightmonth-old. “It was devastating,” she says. But she was fortunate. “I come from a big Catholic family. My family, friends and parish rallied around me.” They provided meals, babysat the kids, cleaned the house and took her to chemo treatment. “It’s the little things that you don’t have the energy to do,” she says. “In chemo, you might not be able to stand smells but you still have to provide meals to your
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kids.” That’s why today, Martin’s non-profit does the same things that people did for her when she was in treatment for breast cancer. All of their services are free, and any man or woman, regardless of income, can receive help.
The day-to-day tasks are crucial, but they’re not the only way that friends and family can offer help. Providing emotional support to a loved one battling cancer is just as important. “A lot of times people don’t know what to say. If you aren’t sure what to say just ask, ‘Is there anything I can do?’ or, if you’re a faithful person, ‘I’m praying for you,’” says Martin. Janet Chambers, Executive Director and Founder of I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation, agrees. An eighteen-year breast cancer survivor herself, she says that when she was diagnosed there were many people in her life that didn’t know what to do or say, so they did nothing. “That’s not the right answer,” she says. “Go to the dollar store and buy a stack of cards and send that family member a card every single week. Let them know you are there thinking of them while they are going through chemo.” “Women are multi-taskers,” notes Martin. “We do it all. When this happens, it can be hard for the woman to accept help.” Chambers agrees. “The mom is the core of the family… I tell women, don’t turn your back on the fact that others want to help you.”
Taking over laundry, lawn work, childcare and preparing meals are all wonderful ways to help a friend or family member battling cancer. But don’t forget that treating cancer is a marathon, not a sprint. When a diagnosis is received there’s often a rush from the larger community to help. But after that first round of chemo, time goes by and all of a sudden the community forgets. “I tell folks to put a note on a calendar and send that person a card three months after their last chemo treatment,” says Martin. “Think outside the box,” she adds. “Emails and texts are so common. Sending a handwritten card to let them know you’re thinking about them or a $10 gift card to Graters is doing just a little bit extra.” When Chambers was going through treatment, it helped her to recognize the little things. “My husband and I would celebrate every chemo treatment,” she says, “we would go to our favorite restaurant or stop and get our favorite ice cream. Just something special to celebrate the small accomplishments.”
In the end, it’s important to remember that, though you might not know what to say, the person in your life battling cancer probably wants to talk about it. Martin’s advice is simple: “I like to say, ‘If you want someone to cry to, if you need to get it out, I’m your person.’” And small gestures go a long way, notes Chambers. “It’s the simple things in life that really matter when you’re going through something that is very traumatic.”
Resources I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation web: https://ihavewings.org/ email: email@example.com phone: (859) 743-3044
Pink Ribbon Girls web: www.pinkribbongirls.org/
email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (877) 269-5367
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private school open house guide Considering a private school for your student? Our area has plenty to choose from! Find the right match by visiting an upcoming open house to get all your questions answered. Bethany School
555 Albion Ave. Glendale, OH 45246
8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
513) 771-7462 www.bethanyschool.org
(513) 984-3770 RockwernAcademy.org
Open House: October 7th, 2017 at 2:00pm
We encourage prospective families to call us to schedule a personal tour.
Children’s Meeting House Montessori School
Saint Ursula Academy 1339 E. McMillian Street, Cincinnati, OH 45206
927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140
(513) 961-3410 www.saintursula.org
(513) 683-4757 http://cmhschool.com Open Houses: Sunday, October 29 from 2-4pm and Sunday, January 28 from 2-4pm
Open House: Sunday, October 29, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
St. Gabriel Consolidated School
11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249
(513) 247-0900 chca-oh.org
18 West Sharon Avenue, Glendale OH, 45246
Mercy Montessori Center 2335 Grandview Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Open Houses: Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10:00am-12:00pm and Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10:00am-12:00pm
Country Hills Montessori Multiple Locations in Eastgate, Oakley, Harrison & West Chester, OH and Ft. Thomas, KY
www.chmschools.com Call for a personal tour.
(513) 475-6700 www.mercymontessori.org
Montessori Academy of Cincinnati 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040
(513) 398-7773 www.montacademy.org
Guardian Angels School (513) 624-3141 gaschool.org
(513) 321-3282 http://montessoricenterroom.com Open House: Sunday, October 15, 12pm-2pm
Immaculate Heart of Mary School 7800 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45255
(513) 388-4086 www.ihomschool.org
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The New School Montessori 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 281-7999 www.newschoolmontessori.com Open Houses: October 15, January 21 and April 22 from 2:00-4:00pm, (Ages 3-12)
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Montessori Center Room 2505 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Open House: Sunday, January 28 - 1:00-3:00pm
Open House: Wednesday, January 31st from 6:30-8:30pm
Open House: Sunday, November 12, 1-3:00pm
Open Houses: November 12 from 1–3:00pm and January 28 from 1–3:00pm
6539 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230
(513) 771-5220 www.stgabeschool.org
St. Gertrude School 6543 Miami Ave, Madeira, Ohio 45243
(513) 561-8020 www.stgertrudesch.org Open House: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 11am-1pm and 7-8pm, and Sunday, January 28, 2018, 1-3pm
St. Ursula Villa 3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati, OH 45226
(513) 871-7218 www.stursulavilla.org Informational Coffees: Mon., Nov. 6, 8:30 – 10:00 am, Featuring Traditional Kindergarten through Junior High – Main School and Classrooms Tues. Nov. 6, 8:30 -10:00 am, Showcasing Traditional preschool for 2-, 3-, and 4-yearolds and Montessori for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds – Manor House and Early Childhood Classrooms
(St. Ursula Villa CONT.) All-School Open House: Sun., Jan. 21, 12:00 – 2:00 pm – Bring the family and tour all grades and programs
Seven Hills School Hillsdale Campus - 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 Doherty Campus - 2726 Johnstone Place, Cincinnati, OH 45206
(513) 728-2400 7hills.org/welcome
Open House: (grades 6 – 12, Hillsdale Campus) Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 from 12:30-2:30 *This event is for parents and students. Informational Meetings: Lotspeich Lower School (Hillsdale Campus) – Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at 9 am Doherty Lower School (Doherty Campus) – Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at 9 am Doherty Lower School (Doherty Campus) – Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at 9 am Lotspeich Lower School (Hillsdale Campus) – Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at 9 am *This event is for parents only.
Springer School and Center 2121 Madison Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45208
(513) 871-6080 http://www.springer-ld.org/ We encourage prospective parents to call and schedule a personal tour.
The Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road (Hyde Park), Cincinnati, OH 45208
(513) 871-4700, ext. 261 www.summitcds.org Parent Preview Days (18 mos- Grade 8): Oct. 26 & Nov. 9, 8:30 am Upper School Open House (Grades 9-12): Thurs., Nov. 16, 6:30 pm RSVP required. Please call 871-4700 ext. 261
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COMMENTARY & PARENTING WORDS BY // DEB KRUPOWICZ
Ask the Teacher Homework overload, creating downtime, encouraging a musical interest
My third grade son comes home with at least two hours of homework three nights a week. This seems crazy to me, but maybe my ideas on the subject are outdated. How much homework is reasonable?
To determine whether your son’s homework load is appropriate, it is important to understand the big picture. Begin by approaching his teacher from a “wanting to understand” perspective rather than one that is critical or defensive. Find out whether this work is assigned as homework, or if some portion of it is work that was expected to have been completed in class. If your son is not using class time effectively, some interventions at school may be needed. If the work you see has, indeed, been assigned for home,
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ask for insight from the teacher regarding how much time she would expect your son to spend on the specific assignments given. When your son starts his homework, have him plan the time he should need according to the guidelines the teacher has suggested for each subject area. If he is working much beyond that, consider if distractions, lack of understanding or tiredness are impeding his progress. If your son is not completing the work close to the amount of time the teacher thinks it should take, a meeting together might help to identify strategies that can help him become more efficient. The traditional wisdom in education has supported the idea that 10-20 minutes of homework are appropriate for kindergarten, first grade and second grade students, and that each grade level beyond that adds ten minutes to the total. 2017
If you find that your son is being assigned work that is expected to take much more than what has been traditionally considered as reasonable, consider arranging a time to meet with the principal and teacher to discuss overall goals and expectations for students and how that translates into homework load.
My fifth grader really seems to require some down time at the end of each school day. However, it becomes very difficult to fit in his homework before his evening extra-curricular activities begin. What is the best way to help him unwind and still allow him to get to bed on time?
When your son gets home from school, have a snack ready. While he is having his snack, help him to plan his study time. Assignments due the following day take top priority, but keep progress on longer-term projects in mind as well. Have him estimate how much time each assignment will take. Consider if there is any work that is portable and can be done on the way to and from activities. Then do the math. Deduct the time required from the time available to see how much “unwind” time there is. If there is not sufficient time for your son to decompress, there are a few options. Arriving to a practice a bit late or leaving a little early might be necessary. Opting to miss an activity occasionally might help.
Your son’s emotional health is a very important component of his general wellbeing. If, after trying to find a way for him to relax between school and extracurricular activities, you realize it just can’t be done, it is time to reduce his load of activities. Compromising rest is not an option.
How much should I push my daughter to develop her musical talent? Her school music teachers have consistently told me how capable she is, and I have tried to get her to take voice lessons or piano lessons, but she has no interest.
Talk with your daughter to understand her thoughts on the matter. Does she have a genuine lack of interest in pursuing music, or is she afraid she won’t like it once she starts? Perhaps she would consider trying a few lessons without making a long-term commitment. Is she anxious about trying something on her own? Maybe the lessons would be more appealing to her if she doubled up with a friend. Does she have a busy schedule? She may be reluctant to add something more to her to-do list, especially music lessons which also require a considerable amount of practice time. Another possibility is to introduce opportunities in music that are not lessons. Look into local children’s theatre – participating in a musical production may provide an enjoyable way for your daughter to explore music. Getting involved in a children’s choir or a youth group’s praise band might be a fun expansion that could lead to an increased desire for private instruction. If none of these experiences appeal to her, you should let it go. Additional time may be all it takes for her to decide to pursue this interest on her own.
Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four who holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Deb has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at asktheteacher@CINCINNATIPARENT.com.
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CINCINNATI HILLS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY CHCA is a vibrant, multidenominational, college preparatory school serving students Age 2- grade 12. We’re investing $9MM to deliver new levels of student engagement through expanded facilities including an expanded Early Childhood Learning Center, Innovation Labs, a Greenhouse, and Engineering and Applied Science Labs. CHCA is leading the way to higher levels of cognitive, relational, and spiritual engagement for each student. 11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Natalie Pfister, Enrollment Director, Phone: (513)2470900, Email: email@example.com, www.chca-oh. org, Ages 2 - Grade 12, Enrollment: 1350
THE COMPASS SCHOOL Ages 6 weeks-6 years plus after school & summer camp up to age 12. Offering outstanding ReggioInspired full and part-time Infant, Toddler, Two’s, and Preschool programs, as well as Kindergarten, After School, and Summer Camp for school-age children. Degreed teachers, extensive parent communication, and welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. NAEYC Accredited. Call today for your personal tour. 9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249, Contact: Meghan Schymanski, Phone: 513-683-8833, Fax: 513-683-8456, Email: compass.meghan@gmail. com, www.TheCompassSchool.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.creativetotsmason. com, Grades: Toddler: 18 months-3 years, Preschool: 3-4 years; Pre-K: 4-5 years
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers state licensed before and after school care at over 85 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. 1105 Elm Street, Cincinnnati, OH 45202, Contact: Trish Kitchell, VP Youth Development, Phone: 513-362YMCA, Fax: 513-651-3540, Email: tkitchell@MyY.org, www.MyY.org, Grades: Ages 3-12, Enrollment: Stop by any YMCA of Greater Cincinnati location or check with your local school district.
Children’s Meeting House Montessori School Children's Meeting House Montessori School has been proudly educating students from preschool through 6th grade using the principles of the Montessori philosophy since 1972. CMH offers a
variety of preschool, enrichment and before/after school options to meet each family’s needs. Partner with our devoted staff of experienced and Montessori trained teachers throughout your child’s most developmental years. CMH – where learning happens, naturally. Find out more or schedule a tour on our website. 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140, Contact: Casey Reed, Director, Phone: 513-683-4757, Email: email@example.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
The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori GSCM is a unique Catholic Montessori school set on a 12-acre campus. GSCM features nurturing Montessori teachers and individualized learning. 3, 4 or 5 day preschool options, full-day Kindergarten, and aftercare available. Spanish, unparalleled faith formation with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, art, music, dance and drama enrichment offered. 4460 Berwick Street, Cincinnati, 513-271-4171, www. gscmontessori.org, Grades: 3-year olds through grade 8, including full-day Kindergarten, Enrollment: 205; Contact: Dan Teller, Executive Director, dteller@ gscmontessori.org
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: 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.
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Mercy Montessori Center
The New School Montessori
St. Ursula Villa
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.
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.
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.
2335 Grandview Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206, Contact: Amanda Grimm, Admissions Director, Phone: (513) 475-6700 ext. 210, Email: agrimm@ mercymontessori.org, www.mercymontessori.org, Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade, Enrollment: 292
Montessori Academy of Cincinnati Our goal is to instill a love of learning in each child and to assure a solid grounding in the basics of education that will help each student achieve his potential. We provide an outstanding, experienced staff, low student-teacher ratios, a nurturing, student-centered approach, and on-site before-school and after-school care. 8293 Duke Boulevard, Mason, Ohio 45040, Phone: 513-398-7773, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, http:// www.montacademy.org/, Ages/Grades: 18 months through 8th grade
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3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229, Contact: Ceara Comstock, Phone: (513)281-7999, Email: email@example.com, www.newschool montessori.com, Grades: 3-year-olds through Grade 6, Enrollment: 135
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, stgertrudesch.org, Enrollment: 338
3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati, OH 45226, Contact: Marta Runnels, Phone: 513-533-7373, Fax: 513-8710315, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www. stursulavilla.org, 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@ summitcds.org, www.summitcds.org
Great Oaks Career Campuses Great Oaks offers career development training for high school students and adults. With four campuses--Scarlet Oaks in Sharonville, Diamond Oaks in Dent, Live Oaks in MIlford, and Laurel Oaks in Wilmington, high school students prepare for careers and college, and adults get training and certification to begin a new career or advance in a current career. 3254 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45040, Contact: Jon Weidlich, Phone: 513-771-8840, Email: email@example.com, www.greatoaks.com, Grades: High school (grades 11-12) and Adult
BRAIN BALANCE OF CINCINNATI Brain Balance Achievement Centers offer a cutting-edge, drug-free approach to help children improve their ability to learn academically, socially and emotionally. We don’t just work with your child’s strengths or compensate for a weakness. We tackle your child’s issue head on, by addressing the root cause at the most fundamental level. 12084 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249, Phone: (513) 257-0705, https://www.brainbalancecenters.com/locations/ brain-balance-center-of-cincinnati/
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
Ohio virtual academy Ohio Virtual Academy is an innovative online school with passionate educators dedicated to inspiring and empowering students. Partnering with the K12 curriculum, OHVA provides an engaging blend of interactive online lessons and offline materials that cater to varied learning styles, allowing students the opportunity to master lesson objectives. Phone: 1.866.339.9071, http://ohva.k12.com
Virtual Community School of Ohio Free tuition, free laptop AND Internet. We provide 100% flexibility: Our courses are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Plus Virtual Community School of Ohio has a College Credit Plus (PSEO) partnership with Ohio Christian University. Phone: 866-501-9473, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, vcslearn.org
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BROUGHT TO YOU BY // Whitney Riggs, Communications Coordinator, Hamilton County Tourism, Indiana
FALL RO A D
TAKE A VISIT TO THE OTHER HAMILTON COUNTY Just a couple hours from Cincinnati on the northside of Indianapolis lies Hamilton County. And if you’ve never been there before, you’ll want to make a trip! Next time you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway, head across the border to the Hoosier state. Here’s an itinerary of what’s waiting for you.
Friday Start off your trip in the city recently named the Best Place to Live in America*: Carmel, Indiana. Spend the day exploring the Arts and Design District, a state-designated cultural area where art galleries, eateries and boutiques align. Make sure to snap some touristy selfies with the 17 lifelike statues along Main Street. While you’re there, stop by the Evan Lurie Gallery for abstract art and The Museum of Miniature Houses. Feeling outdoorsy? Rent a bike and explore the 18+mile Monon Trail, a paved path stretching all the way to downtown Indianapolis. Along the way, visit Carmel’s Central Park for trails, boardwalks and natural wetlands. Getting hungry? Try the Jamaican Reggae Grill or Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream, located right off the bike path. Or head to The Quirky Feather Confectionary for a late-night snack of tiramisu, raspberry tartlets or old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies.
Saturday It’s the weekend so hit the snooze button and enjoy some ZZZs before heading to breakfast at Café Patachou for French toast, omelets and waffles or stop at Bub’s Café for a few homemade donut holes. You’ll need the carbs before you zip, trot and shoot at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville. This 750-acre park has guided horseback riding, treetop trails and zip lines and even an archery range. For dinner, head over to nearby Big Dog’s Smokehouse BBQ where baby back ribs, pulled pork and campfire s’mores will have you licking your fingers. Take a short drive up to Morse Reservoir to end the day with sunset views over the lake with your ice cream cone from Alexander’s on the Water.
Sunday Wake up and head to Rosie’s Place on the historic square of downtown Noblesville for a unique spin on a Hoosier classic: the pork tenderloin benny with poached eggs and sausage gravy. Grab a gooey butter cookie on the way out from their irresistible bakery case. Once you’re good and stuffed, spend the day at Conner Prairie, an interactive history park in Fishers. Sail high up in the sky in their tethered balloon before floating down and visiting the farm animals and historic buildings below. In the fall, visitors can wind their way through the new seven-acre corn maze or see the Headless Horseman and a performance of the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” during the Halloween festival. While you’re in Fishers, stop for lunch or dinner at Pure Eatery, a local spot for fresh food and soups and dressings made from scratch. And to top off your trip, climb the 60-foot hill at Flat Fork Creek Park to get a bird’s eye view of Hamilton County while you reminisce about all the fun you’ve had on your weekend getaway! *According to Niche.com, www.niche.com/places-to-live/search/ best-places-to-live
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THE GREAT PUMPKIN FEST
weekends through October 29
CINCINNATI MINI MAKER FAIRE
SAT 07 – SUN 08
calendar OCTO B ER 2 0 1 7 SUN 01
Fall Park Fest
Head to Winton Woods harbor for an afternoon of outdoor activities that will get you moving. Take part in fitness challenges, tour the lake on a pedal boat or the Winton Queen, dance to live music from local bands, clown around with Circus Mojo, play mini golf and more! FREE.
PETER PAN JR.
Time: 1-4 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Harbor, http:// www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
SAT 21 – SUN 29
All aboard the LM&M Railroad Princess Express! Come dressed as your favorite princess for an out-of-this-world experience. Each train ride will include a special visit with a real Princess, a free magic wand, and a tiara! Fairy balloon artists will be onboard each train adding a little bit of magic to every ride. After the ride passengers will walk to the nearby Warren County Museum to visit with a colorful cast of princesses and their friends. Time: Trains depart at 10 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., Location: LM&M Railroad, http://lebanonrr. com/princess.html, Phone: 513-933-8022
FALL FEST WEEKEND
SAT 28 – SUN 29
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Join Laurie Dean for a festive seasonal craft. All materials provided. FREE. Time: 6-8 p.m., Location: Mt. Washington Branch, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6033
TUES 03 Teen Tuesday: Creepy Eyeball Craft
Make a realistic eyeball craft that you can use as a prop for Halloween! FREE. Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Clifton Branch Library, http:// cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4447
TUES 03 – SUN 08 Fantastic Fall
Celebrate this wonderful time of year when leaves are changing colors, crops are being harvested and animals are preparing for winter. Join us to take a closer look at the sights, tastes and smells that have come to represent the fall season. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/person.
Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, http://www. greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
nonmembers $7 per child; children under age 2 and adults are free. Time: 6-7:30 p.m., Location: TriHealth Fitness Pavilion, http://www.trihealth.com/hospitals-and-practices/ trihealth-fitness-and-health-pavilion/, Phone: 513-985-0900
Celebrate the beginning of fall at an end-of-thesummer nature bash. Play nature-themed games with a community of great families. For children ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. FREE. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Winton Woods/Winton Centre, http://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-5217275
PJ Masks Live! Time To Be A Hero
Super news for PJ Masks fans! The live show is based on eOne’s top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, acrobatics, and immersive interactivity. Time: 6 p.m., Location: Taft Theatre, http://tafttheatre. org/events/2017/10/pj-masks-live-time-to-be-a-hero
THURS 05 Taft Jr.: Spooky Art
Get in the Halloween spirit at the Taft! Hear a story about a bat who loves color, make your own colorfully spooky monster and learn about the Taft’s very own trickster (but not scary!) ghost. Program is free for Taft members and kids; $10 non-members in advance (includes Museum admission) and $12 the day of program. Time: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Location: Taft Museum of Art, http://www.taftmuseum.org/taft-jr, Phone: 513-684-4517
FRI 06 Fitton Family Fridays: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
In a drowsy, dreary hollow where time stands still, new schoolmaster Ichabod Crane is losing his head over the lovely Katrina. Unfortunately, local brute Brom Bones is vying for her affections as well. But as night draws in and the stars sink deeper into the sky, Ichabod realizes there may be even worse things in Sleepy Hollow lurking just over the bridge. With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s time to get spooked out of your seat with this timeless and haunting tale, live on stage. Tickets are $5/members; $7/nonmembers. Time: 7:30 p.m., Location: Fitton Center for the Arts, https://www.fittoncenter.org/fitton-events/fittonfamily-fridays, Phone: 513-863-8873, ext. 110
Attention, all little goblins! Come dressed in your Halloween costumes and join us for a frighteningly good time at our annual Halloween carnival. We’ll have new, fun and different activity stations featuring our creepy crawlers station, a special activity hosted by Abrakadoodle and much more! Don’t miss out on the spooky sights and sounds, goofy games, Halloween treats and a special magic show for the whole freaky family to enjoy! Members and
SAT 07 A Musical Zoo
Listen! Is that a bird or a flute? Is that a swan or a cello? Is that a fish or a piano? Come hear and find out on an adventure through our musical zoo! Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions brings families together for a musical encounter that provides a friendly, educational, and enjoyable introduction to classical music. Designed for ages two to six, these interactive concerts will touch, teach, and enrich your child’s life. Tickets are $5 each and include a free Graeter's cookie after the concert! Time: Concerts and 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Location: Heritage Presbyterian Church, http://lintonmusic.org/ pbj-sessions-schedule/
Luminary Night Hike
Take a magical night hike through lantern-lit woods. You will meet different characters along the way who will introduce you to legends and lore. Guided hikes will depart every eight minutes between 6:30–8:30 p.m. Bring your own stick to toast marshmallows over the fire while you wait for your group to depart. $5/ person ages 2 and up; register by Oct. 5th. Time: 6:30 p.m., Location: Glenwood Gardens/ Gatehouse, http://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
This festival features hayrides, a sunflower maze, live music, food trucks, vendor booths, pumpkins and, of course, sunflowers! Admission is $8 adults, $5 kids ages 3-17 and kids under 3 are free. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day, Location: Gorman Heritage Farm, http://gormanfarm.org/product/ sunflower-festival/, Phone: 513-563-6333
SUN 08 Second Sunday Family Showtime: My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus Run away to the circus without leaving home! My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus presents a fun afternoon of clown antics and circus skills sure to amaze. Show is about 50 minutes long and is free for kids and $5 for adults (scholarships available).
Time: 2 p.m., Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, https://www.cliftonculturalarts.org/ccac-events/ my-nose-turns-red-youth-circus-performance-secondsunday-family-showtime/, Phone: 513- 497-2860
Stricker’s Grove Customer Appreciation Day
Don’t miss the final day of the season! Cost is $12.50 per person (kids 2 and under are free) and includes: all rides, roller coasters, parking, soft drinks, cotton candy, popcorn and sno kones. Time: 1-8 p.m., Location: Stricker’s Grove, http://www. strickersgrove.com
Story Time + Meet the Author: 'After the Fall' with Dan Santat *CP PICK
Re(New)ed Celebration: Music Hall and More! *CP PICK
A community celebration of the reopening of Music Hall and other new and restored cultural facilities. This free community event includes tours and interactive performances of the state-of-the-art, iconic performance hall. All-new Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati will be open, offering free tours, and the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, and Contemporary Arts Center will celebrate with free admission! FREE. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Location: Music Hall and other locations downtown, http://cincinnatisymphony.org/ concerts-plus-events/music-hall-grand-opening/ re-new-ed-community-celebration/
SAT 07 – SUN 08 Cincinnati MINI Maker Faire
The Cincinnati Museum Center’s has become one of the region’s most creative events, bringing together engineers, inventors, artists, artisans, brewers, crafters, musicians, robotic enthusiasts and many more. Tickets are free for Museum Center Members. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, http://cincinnati.makerfaire.com
Join us for a very special Story Time event! Brazee has teamed up with our friends down the street at Blue Manatee Children's Book Store to bring you a Story Time like no other. Students in this class with read the NEW book After the Fall with the author Dan Santat! After our story, your little one with create their own Humpty Dumpty inspired glass project using age appropriate materials. Price of class includes glass project + a copy of After the Fall by Dan Santat. Time: 12-1 p.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios, https:// www.brazeestreetstudios.com/products/story-timemeet-the-author-after-the-fall-with-dan-santat, Phone: 513-321-0206
MON 09 TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN Release Party
The wait is over! The new John Green novel, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, will be available on Tuesday, October 10th! To celebrate, we'll be having John Green book trivia and handing out pre-ordered copies of TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN at midnight! Other activities TBD! Time: 10:30 p.m.-midnight, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, http://www.bluemanateebooks. com/home/activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665
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TUES 10 – WEDS 11
WEDS 11 – THURS 12
Growing Up Farm Kid: Spooky Farm
Family Glassroom at Brazee Street Studios
Explore the woods at Parky’s Farm and learn about our creepy crawly friends like snakes, turtles and toads. For kids ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10/child with one adult and $5/additional adult; register by Oct. 8th. Time: 9:30-11 a.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, http://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
TUES 10 – SUN 15 Apples
This week we will look at all the fun varieties and colors of apples. We will talk about an apple’s life cycle and its friend the honeybee. We will also do a little sampling to see which apple is our favorite. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/person. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, http://www. greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
Brazee is thrilled to introduce the GLASSROOM - a stop-in-anytime glass classroom. Students may sign up OR walk-in anytime during a scheduled GLASSROOM session. Students will select from a range of glass project options in person, such as plates, platters, coasters, ornaments, and more. Students will use colorful glass accessories to design and create their own glass projects. Time: 4-8 p.m., Location: Brazee Street Studios, https:// www.brazeestreetstudios.com/products/familyglassroom-stop-in-anytime-to-create, Phone: 513-321-0206
Teens are invited to join us for an art or craft project. Your creativity plus a little instruction = awesome! No registration. Ages 12-17. FREE. Time: 3:30-5 p.m., Location: Madeira Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6028
ManaTots Story Time
The Blue Manatee tradition of great books, easy laughs, and sweet songs continues every Wednesday on the LePage Stage! FREE. *Ongoing
Time: 10 a.m., Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, http://www.bluemanateebooks.com/home/ activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665
Hop on a hayride to pick out the perfect pumpkin from our patch! Visit fall focused interactive learning stations throughout the farm, meet animals and play inside Parky’s Playbarn. Activities are geared for children ages 2-8. Adult admission does not include a pumpkin, but pumpkins may be purchased separately. Tickets are $6/child and $2.50/adult when preregistering online by two days in advance; day of event: $7/child and $3/adult. Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, http://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
FRI 13 – SUN 15 Music of John Williams
Carol Ann’s Carousel Whirlin’ Good Time Day
Come whirl with us inside Carol Ann’s Carousel! For just $6, buy a band for unlimited rides all day! Come join us for this whirlin’ good time! Time: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Location: Carol Ann’s Carousel, http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/event/carol-annscarousel-whirlin-good-time-day/?instance_id=17632
Madeira Creativity Lab
Peter Pan Story Time with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Our friends from the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati are bringing PETER PAN JR. to their stage, and they're sharing the star of the show with us to read stories and take pictures! Join us for this fun, free event for the whole family! For information about PETER PAN JR., visit https://www. thechildrenstheatre.com/mainstage/shows. FREE. Time: 11 a.m.-noon, Location: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, http://www.bluemanateebooks.com/home/ activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665
The majesty of Music Hall is revealed again through the musical genius of John Williams’ greatest hits, as performed by JMR and the Pops. Experience selections from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and more by the master of film music. Plus hear the world premiere of the theme from Schindler’s List adapted for cello and orchestra, offered personally by John Williams! Time: Check website for concert schedule, Location: Music Hall, http://cincinnatisymphony.org/concertsplus-events/pops/1718-pops/music-of-john-williams/, Phone: 513-621-1919
SAT 14 Harvest Moon Fall Festival
Celebrate the harvest season with hayrides around the park, pony rides, crafts and face painting. The fire department will be serving coneys and other concessions. Kids can explore a smokehouse and a firetruck. FREE. Time: 5-8 p.m., Location: Swaim Park, https://www. montgomeryohio.org/event/harvest-moon-familyfestival-2/
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
BLACK WALNUT WEEKEND
SAT 14 – SUN 15
Everyone's favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat that they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly loads of fun. He turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure... but what will mum find when she gets home...? Recommended for grades PreK-5. Performed by TCT on Tour. Time: 7:00pm, Location: Calico Children's Theatre at UC Clermont College, Phone: 513-558-ARTS, ucclermont. edu/community/arts
SAT 14 – SUN 15 Black Walnut Weekend
Bring the family to celebrate nature’s nuttiest harvest in the Midwest! This event has something for the whole family, including games, crafts and more. Local favorites Jake Speed & the Freddies will perform on Sunday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Time: 12-4 p.m., Location: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn, http://www. greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
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Story Tree Time
Join us in the Schott Nature Playscape in search of Halloween’s famous creatures – worms, spiders and insects. We will hunt for these creatures throughout the Nature PlayScape and then use our field guides to look up what we found. Perfect for ages 3-8. Drop in anytime between 1-3 pm. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission. Time: 1-3 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Nature Center PlayScape, http://www.cincynature.org/events-andprograms/nature-playscape-events-and-programs/ happenings-4/, Phone: 513-831-1711
Fabulous Fall Funday *CP PICK
Halloween is on its way - start the fun at Fabulous Fall Funday! Make a fall decoration to take home, learn about the Taft’s spooky art and friendly ghosts, and become an expert puzzle solver at the Art Cart. Learn about and meet a few bats during a presentation by EchoBats at 1:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. FREE. Time: 1-4 p.m., Location: Taft Museum of Art, http:// www.taftmuseum.org/events/fundays, Phone: 513-241-0343
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! Free with Museum Center admission. Time: 11-11:30 a.m., Location: Cincinnati Museum Center/Duke Energy Children’s Museum, https://www. cincymuseum.org/programs/story-tree-time, Phone: 513-287-7000
Teen Time: After Hours: Here Come the Zombies!
The zombie apocalypse has begun! Can you survive against the zombie horde? Come to this special after-hours event and prove your know how and out wit (and out run) the zombies. Zombie cookies will be provided to those left standing(ish). FREE. Time: 6:30-8 p.m., Location: Forest Park Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-4478
THURS 19 The Big College Event
MON 16 Toddler Storytime
Encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music and fun. For toddlers and their caregivers. This event happens during closed branch hours. FREE. *Ongoing
Time: 10:30-11 a.m., Location: Oakley Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6038
TUES 17 Fantastic Beasts of the Harry Potter World
Celebrate the magical creatures that Harry and Newt cherish, and discover the fantastic adaptations that 3 of our local avian ambassadors possess! RAPTOR, Inc. will bring live birds to the library to show all of their magical abilities. All ages. No registration required. FREE. Time: 6-7 p.m., Location: Mt. Washington Branch, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6033
TUES 17 – SUN 22
The Big College Event is a new event for thousands of students around the Cincinnati region to get introduced to the area, make community connections, search local internships/co-ops, discover more about the professional landscape, and find activities/groups that best match their personal interests and aspirations. Sign up for this event at cincychamber. campustap.com. FREE. Time: 4-9 p.m., Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, http://www.cincinnatichamber.com/
Movie in the Park
Enjoy a family-friendly flick at Summit Park! FREE. Time: Check website for time, Location: Summit Park, http://summitparkblueash.com/calendar.php
Hop on a hayride to pick out the perfect pumpkin from our patch! Visit fall focused interactive learning stations throughout the farm, meet animals and play inside Parky’s Playbarn. Activities are geared for children ages 2-8. Adult admission does not include a pumpkin, but pumpkins may be purchased separately. $6/child, $2.50/adult when preregistering online by 2 days in advance; day of event: $7/child, $3/adult. Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, http://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
FRI 20 – SAT 21 Cincinnati Parks’ Annual Magic Forest Halloween Hikes
Walk through a pumpkin-lit trail and meet costumed characters from nature and history. This is a non-scary holiday walk best suited for children ages 3-10. Hikes are an hour long, and start at 7 p.m. with the last hike leaving at 8:30 p.m. Hike groups are organized by type: scouts, youth groups, families with young children and families with older children. Cost is $6 per person, with a $3 administrative fee per order. Children 2 and under are free. Time: 7-10 p.m., Location: Caldwell Nature Preserve, http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/event/annual-magicforest-halloween-hikes-6/?instance_id=16448
SAT 21 Alton Brown’s Eat Your Science
Everyone’s favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat that they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly loads of fun. For all ages. Part of the EnterAct series: $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under.
'Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science', the follow-up to the smash 'Edible Inevitable' tour, will hit the road in 2017. Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings), but Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients including new puppets, songs and bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans rave about the interactive fun when Brown invites an audience member on stage to serve as his assistant.
Time: 6 p.m., Location: Fairfield Community Arts Center, http://oh-fairfield.civicplus.com/817/ Performing-Arts-Season
Time: 7 p.m., Location: Aronoff Center, http://www. cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/alton-brown, Phone: 513-621-2787
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
Join us this week to learn about a nocturnal favorite: owls! Are your eyes as big as an owl’s? How do they fly so quietly? We will answer these and other owl questions. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/person. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, http://www.greatparks.org/ calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
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MAGIC FOREST HALLOWEEN HIKES
FRI 20 – SAT 21
SAT 21 – SUN 22 & FRI 27 – SUN 29 Peter Pan JR.
Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. Peter Pan JR. is the perfect show for the child in all of us. Time: Check website for show times, Location: Taft Theatre, https://www.thechildrenstheatre.com/mainstage/details/ peter-pan-jr, Phone: 513-569-8080
SUN 22 Out of Reach Painting
Can you build a brush to paint a picture 3 feet away? Enjoy this KidSPACE program with Museum Center admission. Time: 1 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Museum Center KidSPACE, http://www.cincymuseum.org/childrens/kidspace, Phone: 513-287-7000
MON 23 Movers and Shakers
You and your child will shake it together! Sing, dance and enjoy music, movement and fun! FREE. *Ongoing
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Location: Madeira Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6028
TUES 24 Dr. Who Cupcakes
Decorate Doctor Who-inspired cupcakes with Lisa Donaldson of Cincinnati Cake & Candy Supplies. FREE. Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Wyoming Branch Library, http:// cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6014
TUES 24 – SUN 29 Spiders
What could be better than eight legs, two body parts and tons of eyes? Join us this week to find out how great it is to be a spider. Program included in Highfield admission: $5/ person. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, http://www.greatparks. org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
WEDS 25 Pumpkin Painting
Decorate a pumpkin to take home! Ages 3-12. Registration recommended. FREE. Time: 3-4 p.m., Location: Oakley Branch Library, http:// cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6038
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Carol Ann’s Carousel Trick-orTreat Event
THURS 26 Animal Tales
Nature has many stories to tell. Families are invited to join the naturalist for a nature-themed story. FREE. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center, http://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
THURS 26 – SUN 29 Disney on Ice Presents Reach for the Stars *CP PICK
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars, coming to U.S. Bank Arena for 7 shows, Oct. 26-28. Unleash the magic with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf. Sebastian and the Daughters of Triton make a splash as they introduce Ariel in an ‘80s pop montage. Rapunzel and her charming ally, Flynn Rider pay a visit. Relive a tale as old as time when Belle opens her heart to new adventures as the Beast’s enchanted objects take center stage for a dazzling skating spectacle. You never know what unforgettable feats your whole family will discover when Reach For The Stars makes its Cincinnati debut! Time: Check website for schedule, Location: U.S. Bank Arena, DisneyOnIce.com
FRI 27 Pumpkin Patch
Hop on a hayride to pick out the perfect pumpkin from our patch! Visit fall-focused interactive learning stations throughout the farm, meet animals and play inside Parky’s Playbarn. Activities are geared for children ages 2-8. Adult admission does not include a pumpkin, but pumpkins may be purchased separately. Cost is $6/child and $2.50/adult when preregistering online by two days in advance; on the day of event, tickets are $7/child and $3/adult. Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, http://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
Special Needs Family Night
Come join us for a special afterhours 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: Anderson Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6030
SAT 28 Books by the Banks *CP PICK
The premiere event is the Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival held annually in downtown Cincinnati. The day-long festival, which is free and open to the public, features national, regional, and local authors and illustrators; book signings; panel discussions; and activities for the entire family to enjoy. Admission is FREE. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, http://booksbythebanks.org
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Enjoy family friendly crafts, coloring, games and contests! Come dressed in your costume to receive a free ride on the Carousel, and $1 off coupon for Krohn Conservatory’s Cincinnati Choo Choo Holiday Show! Enter into the ‘Best Dressed Like a Carousel Character’ Contest, for a chance to win a basket full of Park goodies, valued at over $60! Seeing you at the Carousel will be a ‘treat’ for the animals! Time: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Location: Carol Ann’s Carousel, http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/event/cacs-trick-ortreat-event/?instance_id=17634
Halloween of Heroes Trick or Treat Party
Stop into this cool vintage toy store for free trick or treat candy, free photo ops with in-store Stay Puft Marshmallow Man character or in front of their life size Star Wars display and enter their Halloween coloring contest! FREE. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Location: Saturday Morning Heroes Toys, https://www.facebook.com/ satmorningheroes
SAT 28 – SUN 29 Fall Fest Weekend
Join us at Washington Park for a weekend of fall family fun! We’ve got a jam-packed entertainment lineup for all ages. There will also be local vendors selling craft and homemade items, baked goods and more. Time: 12-6 p.m. each day, Location: Washington Park, http://washingtonpark.org/event/fall-fest-weekend3/2017-10-28/?event
SUN 29 Creepy Crafts
Children ages 5-12 will enjoy making Halloweenthemed crafts. Kids can make up to two crafts to take home. Cost is $1/craft, payable at the door. Time: 1-3 p.m., Location: Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center, http://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
Cardboard creations with Christian Schmitt
Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Local artist Christian Schmitt will have examples of cardboard based costumes and demonstrate construction techniques. Bring ideas or drawings along with you, and bring them to life! Time: 1-3 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Museum Center KidSPACE, http://www. cincymuseum.org/childrens/kidspace, Phone: 513-287-7000
CAROL ANN'S CAROUSEL TRICK-ORTREAT EVENT
When the moon has risen and most animals have gone to sleep, there are howls, screeches and flutters in the night sky. Bring the family to Sharon Woods to see some of the animals that make these noises and see how they aren’t that scary… or are they? FREE. Time: 6 p.m., Location: Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre, http://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-5217275
MON 30 Halloween Bash
Join us for a spooktacular afternoon with creepy crafts, crawly snacks, and frightfully fun activities. Grades K-5. Registration required. FREE. Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Green Township Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/ Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6095
Drop in and enjoy a variety of pumpkin themed games, activities and crafts. Costumes are welcome, but are optional. Children ages 10 years and younger with parent or caregiver. Registration required. FREE. Time: 4-5 p.m., Location: Wyoming Branch Library, http://cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar, Phone: 513-369-6014
TUES 31 ManaTotZZZ
Join Miss Sarah at the Oakley Sleepy Bee for blue manatee tradition of great books, easy laughs, and sweet songs! Most appropriate for ages under 4.
FREE. *Ongoing Time: 10 a.m., Location: Sleepy Bee Café, http://www. bluemanateebooks.com/home/activatees.html, Phone: 513-731-2665
The Fall Flyer
Weekends through Oct. 29 The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island is all treats and no tricks when it comes to family-friendly fun including live entertainment, mazes, trick-or-treating and so much more!! Guests of all ages will enjoy our Halloween-themed festivities, sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.
Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 A unique and fun wall to take in the fall colors! Take a one-hour ride through Warren County and enjoy lots of fall fun! At the station, we will have a small hay maze that’s free for younger children. The Black Barn, a local greenhouse and farm market, will have shop onboard selling apple cider, pie, caramel apples, and more! Ticketed children will receive a free pie pumpkin grown by The Black Barn. Ticketed adults and seniors will receive a free LM&M Railroad tote bag. The pie pumpkins will be available in the station area for kids to decorate their pumpkin before or after the train ride in the station.
Time: Open daily, Location: Kings Island, https://www. visitkingsisland.com/play/events/the-great-pumpkinfest
Time: Check website for schedule, Location: LM&M Railroad, http://lebanonrr.com/pumpkin.html, Phone: 513-933-8022
HallZOOween *CP PICK
Shakespeare and the Queen City
The Great Pumpkin Fest
Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 Little ghouls and boys can enjoy FOUR spooktacular weekends of fun at the Cincinnati Zoo. HallZOOween is FREE with Zoo Admission! Help the Zoo ‘Go Green’ by bringing your own treat bag! Kids are encouraged to wear a costume during HallZOOween, but it is not required. Time: 12-5 p.m., Location: Cincinnati Zoo, http:// cincinnatizoo.org/events/hallzooween/, Phone: 513-281-4700
Fall on the Farm at Blooms & Berries
Daily through Oct. 31 Year after year, Fall on the Farm offers local families a fun experience they can look forward to. Blooms & Berries’ Fall Festival is one of the most beloved in Cincinnati – and a visit with your family will not disappoint. Pumpkin patches, cow trains, live animals, sunflowers and a 7-acre corn maze make Blooms & Berries a unique, fun and wholesome family experience. Time: Mon.-Sat.: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Location: Blooms & Berries, http://www. bloomsandberries.com/check-out-our-fall-fun-festival/, Phone: 513- 697-9173
Mermaids and Pirates
Through Oct. 15 For a limited time, discover the magic of Mermaids & Pirates when they splash into Newport Aquarium. Be amazed during the daily mermaid appearances as you watch them swim in our Amazon Tunnel with their favorite Newport Aquarium animals every day.
Daily through Oct. 29 The first published edition of a literary icon’s most famous works is coming to Cincinnati. Shakespeare and the Queen City will feature a rare First Folio, the first published collection of William Shakespeare’s most famous works. Published in 1623, the First Folio is the centerpiece of the exhibition that displays the ways Shakespeare’s plays, stories and characters have resonated, evolved and been adapted over time. Time: Open daily, Location: Cincinnati Museum Center, http://www.cincymuseum.org/shakespeare, Phone: 513-287-7000
October 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 This is a family-friendly, slight-fright event loaded with ghostly attractions. Visitors can take a wagon ride through the Village, or take a stroll into the cemetery…if you dare. Ghouls, witches, and a mad scientist will entertain guests throughout the night. Everyone is encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes and children can Trick-or-Treat throughout the Village. Face painting, balloon animal making, and games will amuse children of all ages. Admission is $10 for ages 2 and up; museum members are free. Time: 6-10 p.m. each night, Location: Heritage Village, http://www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org/haunted_ village.aspx, Phone: 513-563-9484
Time: Open daily, Location: Newport Aquarium, http:// www.newportaquarium.com/Visitor-Tips/AquariumEvents/Mermaids, Phone: 1-800-406-3474
Oct. 12-29 (Thursdays-Sundays) Join in on the spooky, hardly-haunted fun at Parky’s Farm! This annual event features hay wagon rides, festive Halloween displays and family fun activities and entertainment for all ages. Pre-order tickets online: $7/person; Tickets at gate: $8/person; Free/ children under 2.
Time: 5:30-9:30 p.m., Location: Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm, http://www.greatparks.org/calendar, Phone: 513-521-7275
Oct. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 Features kid-friendly haunts, rides and a trick-or-treat trail! The whole family can celebrate all things fall with spooky displays, fall fare, pumpkins and more.
County Pumpkins Fall Festival
Daily through Oct. 31 Experience fall in the country on a 250-acre dairy farm! Hayrides, U-pick pumpkins, barrel train rides, a 4-acre corn maze, corn boxes, farm animals, kiddie corn maze, hay pyramid, play area, concessions, pumpkins, gourds, squash, mums, straw bales, corn stalks and more! Free admission and free parking. Time: Check website for schedule, Location: Country Pumpkins in Dry Ridge, KY, www.countrypumpkinsky. com, Phone: 859-905-9656
Ohio Renaissance Festival
Weekends through Oct. 29 Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 12 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages. Time: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, Location: Renaissance Park in Harveysburg, http://www.renfestival.com
Through Oct. 15 Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One -- born with emerald green skin -- is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How do these two grow up to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good? You’ll have to get your tickets to find out! Time: Check website for show times, Location: Aronoff Center, http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/ wicked, Phone: 513-621-2787
Jack O’Lantern Junction
Sept. 23-Oct. 31 Halloween fun for the whole family! Walk through our kid-friendly trick-or-treat maze, visit our mini animated display, Halloweenville, and visit the area’s only indoor Pumpkin Patch where kids get to pick a mini pumpkin! Time: Open daily, Location: Entertrainment Junction, http://entertrainmentjunction.com/calendar/, Phone: 513-898-8000
P L EASE NOTE At CINCINNATI PARENT, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally, event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.
Time: Check website, Location: Coney Island, http:// coneyislandpark.com/events/, Phone: 513-232-8230
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1 Vegetarian Day
3 Techies Day
5 Teacher’s Day
6 World Smile Day
Card Making Day
Name Your Car Day
8 Pierogi Day
Native American Day
10 Cake Decorating Day
11 Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
World Sight Day
14 Top Spinning Day
15 Students’ Day
Wear Something Gaudy Day
Chocolate Cupcake Day
23 iPod Day
Smart is Cool Day
29 Cat Day
24 United Nations Day
World Pasta Day
19 Conflict Resolution Day
26 Howl at the Moon Day
27 did you know? Today is the 300th day of the year!
28 Make a Difference Day
Candy Corn Day
Halloween Sources: www.daysoftheyear.com, www.checkiday.com, www.onthisday.com, www.todayinsci.com
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