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Making Independence Day Education a Family Affair

a p p y I n d e p e n d e n c e Day, Cincinnati Parent readers! The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate with our families at the many wonderful tri-state parades, firework shows and festivals. You may be planning to attend the big fireworks show at Fountain Square or perhaps you are planning a backyard picnic with ice cream and sparklers; no matter how you celebrate, it is a fun day for the entire family. Along with the fun of the day, it is also important to educate your children on the true meaning of this holiday. I encourage you to teach your children about the sacrifices made by soldiers who protect our country and the values we cherish. Children should be taught the etiquette of removing their baseball caps during the National Anthem. Teach them the Star Spangled Banner that was written by poet Francis Scott Key. You may also teach them the prayerful song, written by Irving Berlin in 1918 while serving in the U.S. Army, titled God Bless America. While most school children are taught the Pledge of Allegiance, an oath of loyalty to our flag and country written by Baptist minister Francis Bellamy in 1892, as a parent, you can take the extra steps to teach them where each phrase originated and what it means. This Independence Day, find a way to celebrate your heritage and independence with your

family. Display an American Flag at your home and discuss the importance of tradition and honoring your country, freedom and Armed Forces. Another important beacon, the Statue of Liberty and The New Colossus, the sonnet by Emma Lazarus that is engraved on a bronze plaque inside the Statue of Liberty, is a testament to the freedom that immigrants of past and present find within our great country. With that being said, I have recently learned of many families who are taking the journey of finding their heritage and how they ended up in the Tri-state area. If you have the time, see what you can find while trying to complete your family tree. George Santayana once wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Teaching your children important pieces of history, heritage and patriotism is one of the greatest things that you will ever do for your children and your country. Use this Independence Day as a stepping-stone toward educating the next generation of patriots. An interesting new exhibit that you may want to explore with your children is America I Am at the Museum Center, Duke Energy Children’s Museum. It is a new 13,000 square foot exhibit that explores pivotal moments

in African American history in four core areas: Economic, socio-political, cultural and spiritual. The exhibition outlines pivotal moments of African American courage, conviction and creativity that have helped shape the culture and society in which we live today. Children will meet a variety of famous African American Cincinnatians—Pullman Porter William Turner (Wednesdays), Civil War soldier Powhatan Beaty (Fridays) and photographer/entrepreneur J.P. Ball (Saturdays) as portrayed by one of their costumed interpreters. This will take place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in July from 2 – 3 p.m. May your July be full of family fun! Remember, Cincinnati Parent’s calendar of events is bound to give you something new and exciting to do every day. For even more ideas, make certain you receive our weekly e-newsletter with more listings, contests, news and coupons. God bless America! P.S. I hope that you enjoy our BRAND NEW glossy cover. After 25 years of publishing this magazine, we want to shine for you even more!!

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Learning Through Art, Inc., whose CEO Kathy Wade was recently honored for her work to improve the quality of life in Greater Cincinnati, rolls out a host of summer activities and events for the whole family. The Kroger Cincinnati Snaps Virtual Exhibition kicks off on Fountain Square on June 24, and runs through August 31. The Exhibit features winning photos from the Kroger Cincinnati Snaps Juried Photo Competition. Enter your own photos in this year’s competition at through August 31, and watch for them on Local 12’s Good Morning Cincinnati. Then on July 21, join LTA at the Cincinnati Zoo for just $1 at the Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters & Crafts Festival and enjoy music, dance and arts projects for kids of all ages. In the meantime, make summer reading an adventure with LTA’s Books Alive! For Kids®, now available in Home, Holiday and Birthday editions. For more information on these summer opportunities, visit


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Creating Cherished Summer Childhood Memories Help Your Kids Have a Memorable Summer

As a list maker and goal oriented person, it was difficult for me not to measure my day by what I accomplished. Instead, I quickly realized that motherhood was indeed a process and I would cross less off of my daily task list, but have larger goals to strive for accomplishing— like raising good “little people” that will someday become good “big people.”

Have you ever noticed that part of being a mom is trying to be the best version of yourself everyday—all day long? It’s a hard task to live up to that each and every day. I realized this a few years ago when we were pulling through McDonald’s. It was a hectic day with my three kids in tow, I was tired and needed a diet coke to get through the push of the afternoon. I rolled down my window and said, “A diet coke, please.” It took a split second for my oldest daughter, then seven years old, to say to me, “Mom, you didn’t sound very nice to that person when you ordered.” Indeed, I don’t think I did. In fact, I was trying to consume some caffeine so that I could f ind the energy to be nice for the duration of the day to my own family. It was at that moment that I realized that my kids are watching me and my actions—every minute.

Every morning before my feet hit the f loor and I start the marathon day of being a mom, I pray for the strength to set a good example for my kids. Nearly 11 years ago (“BK” “Before Kids”), I would say that I was a nice person, just extremely impatient with process. The process of what, you ask? The


process of anything! W hat motherhood has taught me, against my own nature, is to embrace the process of things—all things. As a mom, I have had to learn patience— and lots of it!

but I stopped to help a neighbor look for their lost dog for an hour. I still have to make it to the grocery store eventually, but our kids learn by watching how we react to things. In the end, our being aw a r e of our actions a nd react ion s will make our children better people.

that I am growing and evolving into the person I want to be: A person with patience, which I have had to learn due to hands-on training as a mother. Now, being a mom means less to me about what I have done throughout the day (although I do love the satisfaction of crossing something off of my to-do list) and more about watching how my 10 year daughter reacts to “girl drama” or how my seven year old daughter shows good sportsmanship on the soccer field during a game. My four year old? Well, I am still working on that one, but I know her independent and fun nature will add up to something unique in our family. In fact, I am a different mom to my youngest than I was when I started out on the journey of motherhood with my older kids. I have grown and changed over the past decade and my youngest reflects that growth in me. Overall, I have my kids to thank for helping me become not only a better mom, but also a better person.

I rea l ize that being the best version of myself every single day is impossible. I lose my temper As a list maker and and patience now goal oriented person, and then just like it was diff icult for every other mom me not to measure and I have had my day by what Mary Susan Buhner is a Life Coach for to explain to my I accompl ished. Moms and author of “Mommy Magic: Instead, I quickly realized that motherhood kids that, in fact, I am a real person and Tricks for Staying Sane in the Midst of Insanity” Visit was indeed a process and I would cross less not at all perfect under every measure. It is for more information. Become a off of my daily task list, but have larger goals important for them to know and understand Fan of Mommy Magic on FaceBook! to strive for accomplishing— like raising good “little people” that will someday become good “big people.” This is a hard thing to measure on a daily basis. What I have come to realize is that if I strive to be my best (whether I accomplish anything or not that day) my kids are soaking that up like little sponges. I may not have made it to the grocery store like I intended to,

Summer Camp Guide Day Camps BootCamp Jamz Rock Music Day Camp Purcell Marian High School 2950 Hackberry St., Cincinnati, OH 45207 Phone: 513-751-4001 Fax: 513-751-4001 Email: Website: Gender of Campers: Coed Type of Camp: Day Basic Category: Arts Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday 5 pm Concert Friday Jefferson Hall, Newport on the Levee Dates: July 5-9 July 12-16 Ages/Grades: Ages 9-17 Cost: $549

All beginners welcome (6 months experience) Bring guitars, bass guitars and practice amps. Keyboards, drums and PA systems provided. 2 Band Rehearsals daily, Instrumental lessons daily, Songwriting classes, Music Theory and Eurhythmics, Stage Performance practice, Computer lab, Master Classes and Clinics with rock greats. Live your rock star dreams and perform live in concert Fridays of camp week at 5 pm at Jefferson Hall, Newport on the Levee with your band in front of hundreds of your fans. Join a band, play rock hits and write an original song.Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Djing, and Vocals. Mercy HealthPlex Kids Camps 2010 (513)942-PLEX Day: Co-ed June - August Ages 3 - 14 Anderson: 7495 State Rd. Fairfield: 3050 Mack Rd. Western Hills: 3131 Queen City Ave.

Become an artist, chef, scientist, sports hero or just have fun in our interactive, educational and unique camps! Go on field trips, have fun in the gym, pools, classrooms, gymnastics center, tennis


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Becoming an Artist

How Local Organizations Encourage Creativity Through Fine Arts Art-ist: a person whose work shows exceptional creative ability or skill. Being creative, or having an imagination, encompasses children virtually every moment of their young life as they explore how to express themselves with everyday objects and materials. Cincinnati has a plethora of bestkept secrets around town to appease aspiring artists both young and old.

The Art Workshop offers art classes covering all media and techniques seven days a week to children ages two through 12, teens 13 to 18, families and adults. The Art Workshop has been teaching art enrichment classes to children and adults since 1984.

increase children’s self-conf idence and encourage a life-long love of art. KidzArt encourages children to tr y new things, guiding as needed, based on the child’s skill level. Schain Studios has a fine art curriculum focusing on drawing, design, and painting. All students are taught independently as they begin their creative journey. Each student will notice a considerable improvement after six classes. Led by Merlene Schain M.F.A., art professor at the University of Cincinnati, D.A.A.P. Department of fine Arts, the students at Schain Studios are taught the same information as those in college.

Pizazz Studios, a boutique and creative hub At KidzArt, with locations in Harrison, in Loveland, has creative camps and carries Colerain, Ross, Fairfield, West Chester, popular brands like Brighton, Vera Bradley Mason and M i lford, is desig ned to and much more to inspire campers to who visit.

More than arts & crafts

Being creative, or having an imagination, encompasses children virtually every moment of their young life as they explore how to express themselves in everyday life with everyday objects and materials. Cincinnati has a plethora of best-kept secrets around town to appease aspring artists both young an dold.

“Parents tell me that kids come home excited and can’t wait to come back. This is because I mesh learning into art projects, don’t do a lot of talking and explaining so they have most of the class time to work and give them the freedom that they need,” said Nancy Kopp, owner of The Art Workshop. “My workshop is educationbased, so language, history and techniques of art are taught. Developmental skills for each age level are addressed, which is why the classes are small.”

thinking along with teaching drawing skills and techniques. In school, all children are given assignments that require some art skills. Our program helps children to learn how to draw and create and encourages children to use their imagination,” said Krista Rousch, executive director of KidzArt. “Most of our camps are multi-media where children get a chance to paint, work with clay, use oil and chalk pastels and other artist-grade materials. Nancy adds that parents have told her Kids have a great need to express themselves in that self-confidence is one of the benefits many ways artistically, emotionally, physically of participation. Another is a sense of and spiritually.” accomplishment that they have conquered something that they previously Summer camps couldn’t do and can explain it According to Merlene Schain M.F.A, owner using art words and art history of Schain Studios, if you can hold a pencil we references. can teach you to draw. That does not mean you will be ready for the Modern Museum of A benefit of art classes is that Art, but you will see improvement. “Schain is students begin to see the a fine art program, not crafts. Students, adult world in a new way and think and children are taught individually. Everyone about solving problems works differently and everyone has their own differently. There is no right creative journey.” or wrong in art. Many times, this is a revelation Camps at Pizazz Studios inspire girls to work to students because they together in positive and fun ways through are so conditioned to left group activities. Seeing what they can create brain thinking that’s as a team and on their own builds confidence all they know when as a team and a person. it comes to making decisions; whereas “Our games and crafts offer challenges that are art is intuitive, age appropriate. Teams may have 15 minutes spontaneous, and to design a purse from Bubble wrap, Duct free. Understanding tape, Chenille wires, and sponges or other that not everything secret items they select. Random shoppers or in life can be sales reps are pulled aside and asked to judge described with the group with the most functional or most words opens unique design,” said Jan Ranard, owner. the students mind to new A trip to the river bank to find smooth stones possibilities. to paint inspirational words will find delighted campers when folks along the bike trail have “KidzArt is a discovered and kept their “creative rocks” that drawing based were returned to the river after the artists were p r o g r a m finished. that teaches p r o b l e m Creating art is a way for children to make solving and choices and solve problems. Every step involves c r e a t ive making a decision: what color to use, how to make a line, what size to make something. With every choice the object becomes more and more their own. Nikki Keever is a freelance writer, wife and mother of three living in Noblesville, Indiana. She can be reached at


Arts & Enrichment Guide Music Cincinnati Children’s Choir University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0236 Contact: Robyn Lana Phone: (513) 556-0338 Email: Website: Auditions for singers in grades 2 - 12 will be held in July and September. No preparation required. The award winning Cincinnati Children’s Choir is an educationally based choral program that offers children of all backgrounds the opportunity to experience musical excellence in a creative environment.

Miss Amanda’s Music Garden Classes held at 3766 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220 Phone: 513-221-SING(7464) Email: Website: Nurture your playful, tuneful and confident child, while laying the foundation for musical literacy. Centrally located in Clifton and five minutes from the Zoo, this award-winning local program offers Musikgarten - the leading music and movement curriculum in the country - to babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Yes, we said babies!

Piano Lessons In Your Home 5513-860-3540 Piano, Voice and Guitar Lessons in Your Home -Learn to play piano, guitar or receive voice lessons in the comfort of your home. PLYH offers highly qualified teachers, flexible schedules, optional recitals, and a lending library. Serving students ages 4 to adult from Lebanon, Ohio to Northern Kentucky.

West chester academy of music 8374 Princeton Glendale Rd, West Chester, OH 45069 (513)829-2345 Quality private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, cello, clarinet, saxophone, flute, drums, harp, trumpet and steel drums. Also offers nationally acclaimed Music for Young Children, a group keyboard curriculum for ages 5 and up, and Music Pups, a music and movement class for birth to 4. Call for FREE trial class.


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wanted to be a princess for her fifth birthday, and I was bound and determined to make it happen. I began planning in June for her September party, sure that I could pull off the party of the year and stay within a budget. However, by the time the big day arrived, I had spent many sleepless nights creating princess games, crafts and a colossal castle cake. Add to that the prizes, goody bags and decorations, and I had more than doubled my expense budget and my stress level. She got her princess party, but frankly, it was a royal pain. It’s hard to watch our little ones grow up. However, birthdays are inevitable and when your child’s special day rolls around, you want it to be an occasion he or she will always reflect upon with a smile and a happy memory. You could accomplish this by spending months in preparation with extravagant theme-based games and menus, but let’s face it; we don’t all have enough of the Martha Stewart gene to pull off that kind of party. In addition, you’re looking at an outrageous amount of preparation, headaches and expense. Let’s not forget, you will also be responsible for refereeing, potential accidents and all of the clean-up.


“I was a literal mess,” says Teresa Schondel, a local mom describing her daughter’s ninth birthday. “My house was trashed and my daughter was in tears by the time it was over. Two of the guests’ moms weren’t speaking to me and I was cleaning silly string out of my hair for days. I still don’t know what happened because I was too busy running around like a mad woman during the whole thing. I didn’t even see her open her presents!”

Fortunately, there are many affordable alternatives to traditional birthday parties in the Cincinnati area. With so many local options, it IS possible to treat your child to an awesome and unique birthday bash, one that you can also enjoy without the hassle and expense.

If your child is into skating, roll with it! Fun Factory Roller Skating, centrally located in Cincinnati on Sherman Avenue, offers affordable party plans with many additional options available to customize your party. Food, skate rental, invitations and place settings are all included, plus a hostess will be provided to serve and clean-up after the party. “For my family, the skating rink is the way to go,” says local area mom Andrea West. “My kids’ birthdays are only four days apart and I was able to have a dual party with lots of guests and no hassle for me. For one flat rate, everything was included and the kids had a great time.” Advanced reservations are required, however, according to Sales Representative Amy Gilliland, “At Fun Factory, we understand that there can be last minute planning and we will always accept last minute parties.”

Pump It Up, the Inflatable Party Zone is the perfect place for rambunctious party-goers to work off that excess energy.

Featuring slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and a twentyfoot rock climbing wall, Pump It Up party packages include pizza, drinks, ice cream, paper products and invitations. In addition, goodie bags, balloons and decorations are also available. They’ll even provide the cake. What more could a party need? Pump It Up is located in West Chester and prices vary depending on the number of party guests.

Jumping Jack’s Awesome Inflatables will bring the party to your door. “Once you schedule your date with us, that’s it we do everything,” says Nicole Niehaus of Jumping Jack’s. “There’s absolutely nothing for Mom and Dad to do but enjoy their kids having a blast. We offer ‘out the door’ competitive pricing—there are never additional fees.” For that one price, partygoers enjoy an enormous, bright, colorful bounce house with a slide or obstacle course with fun larger than life characters delivered to the party site. “Each bounce house inflatable includes a slide, climbing wall, large jump area and basketball hoop with a ball – so there’s more than enough for everyone to do,” says Nicole. “They have good, old fashioned fun and get exercise at the same time.” Is your child fond of arts and crafts? If so, opportunities abound. Mad Potter in Madeira, Ohio offers budget-friendly birthday parties in their Kidz Corner. Party-goers enjoy painting pottery and will have a special piece that they created themselves to remember the day. Plan in advance and Mad Potter will even order special pieces to match your party’s theme. Several packages are available and Mad Potter can bring the party to you as well with their pottery-to-go plan.

Star Glazers is another crafty option that will bring the party to your door. Hostess Ann Flynn brings everything you need for a unique birthday party experience. You need

only provide the table and chairs. “No need to transport all the children to a location, so you don’t have the extra safety concerns, gas cost or the need for multiple drivers,” says Ann. “In addition, I have very low overhead costs and I pass the savings along to my clients.” Star Glazers offers parties for six or more guests and has ceramic pieces and designs to match any theme—yes, even princess themes! Painting takes around 45 minutes and Ann is on hand the entire time to instruct and help as necessary. “I set up and clean up, so your job is super easy!” says Ann. “The activity part of the party is a breeze.”

For a truly unique party experience that is not only fun but educational, the Cincinnati Museum Center offers several party options for children ages four through ten. “You don’t have to do much planning; we do all of the programming,” says Tabari McCoy, Director of P ubl ic Relations at the Museum Center. “ You get an hour and 15 m inutes w it h t wo instructors and they present themed programming. They cut the ca ke, they serve the cake a nd ju ice, they handle presents— CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 13

they even do the ‘Thank You’ list, so it’s really all inclusive.” Several party themes are offered for different age groups. “We really can cater a party to the age group and its demographic,” says Tabari. “All the different parties have individual themed programming. Most of them also have a visit from a live animal.” Parties are held at the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and the Museum of Natural History and Science and can be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays. Parties should be reserved at least two weeks in advance because party dates f ill up quickly. If your child is a train fan, make tracks to the “world’s largest indoor train display” at EnterTRAINment Junction. Birthday guests get to experience all areas of the Junction including Train Journey—an interactive train display, Imagination Junction—a 5,000 square-foot railroad-themed entertainment center, and the Interactive American Railroad Museum, (seasonal attractions are also offered). “Our train display


is great for all ages,” says Don Oeters, President of EnterTRAINment Junction. “Even parents and grandparents enjoy themselves.” Several different party options are available, depending on your budget. “Always ask about special deals,” says Don. “Often after you pay for the basic package, you can get a lot more for very little money.” EnterTRAINment Junction is located in West Chester and is open daily. If only I had known about all these options a few years ago when I stayed up nights making twent y princess bingo cards, twenty jeweled, gold crowns and a castle cake that would easily feed a party of two hundred. Party planners, you don’t have to f ight the birthday battle. Honestly, why try when so many people are out there ready, willing and able to do it for you? Don’t end up with silly string in your hair and your child in tears. When it comes to planning your child’s next birthday party, sit back, relax and leave it to the pros. Rebecca Todd is a freelance writer for Cincinnati Parent.

Birthday Party Guide Brad Eickhoff, The Magician Contact: Brad Eickhoff Phone: 859-391-4166 Email:

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2874 Town Center Blvd, Crestview Hills, KY 41017 Contact: Ann Buller - Owner & President Phone: (859) 344-6463 Email:

Best for Ages: Pre K - Middle School

Parents…..Make your party headaches disappear like MAGIC! Brad Eickhoff, Magician. Specializing in quality entertainment for children/families. Birthday parties are a specialty. Call today to learn about the magic performances available and party game services. A FREE party planning guide is available.

Cost: $18 per child (12 & under) - minimum 8 children. Food options are also available. Hours: Call studio to schedule. Studio hours are 11-9 Mo-Sa, 12-6 Su Field Trips Available: Yes All ages; costs vary

Come party with us. We have a private room and a dedicated staff to make your party unique and special. Our parties include a choice of ceramic pieces, all the paints and accessories needed, and a birthday plate for the birthday child.

Jumping Jack’s Awesome Inflatables Inflatalbe Bounce House, Slide & Obstacle Course Rental Company PO Box 18391, Erlanger, KY 41018 Contact: Nicole Niehaus / Owner

Phone: 859) 360-JUMP (5967) Email: Kids of all ages Cost: varies Hours: M-Su, 8a - 9p

Jumping Jack’s Awesome Inflatables rents inflatable bounce houses, slides & obstacle courses perfect for your next birthday, block or private party, school / church function, corporate event or family reunion. Call (859) 360-JUMP (5867) to reserve your inflatable today. Serving Cinti, NKY & LAW w/ free delivery & pick up! CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 15

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Summer Science Activities for Children Making the Most of Summer Vacation Mash a ripe banana and put it into a bottle. Then place a balloon over the mouth of the bottle, and put the bottle in a warm, sunny place. Measure how far the ba l loon inf lates each day for a few days. Do the same thing with other fruit, such as grapes, apples and oranges to answer the experiment question.

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pin in a balloon without popping it. Blow up a latex balloon until it is about threequarters full of air and tie off the end. Next, cut seven pieces of strong, sticky tape and secure each one f irmly to the outside of the balloon. Try to space them evenly. Then carefully stick a straight pin through the middle of each piece of tape. Why didn't the balloon burst? (The sticky tape forms a seal around the pin.)

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this warm air quickly cooled. Cool air takes up less room than warm air. The bottle collapsed to f ill the space. It was pushed in by the outside air pressure on all surfaces of the bottle.

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Gravity causes all objects to be pulled toward each other. Because Earth is the biggest object around, it has the strongest pull of gravity. How does gravity work? Place a marble in a bottle. Turn the bottle over. What happens? Again, place a marble in a bottle. Move the bottle so the marble starts going around inside it. Keep moving the bottle and gradually turn the bottle on its side and then upside down. Did the marble fall out of the bottle? It shouldn't have. Centrifugal force should have pulled the marble away from the bottle neck and overcome the gravity that would cause it to fall out.

Help your children f ind out if warm or cool air takes up more room? Help or supervise younger children with this experiment as hot water is used. Have your children f ind a large plastic bottle, like a 1-gallon milk bottle. Hot tap water should be poured into the bottle until it is about half-full and then swished around in the bottle for about a minute. Pour the water out of the bottle, and immediately screw the cap on tightly. Watch the bottle collapse. Parents should send questions to

Is one eye better than two? You'll need an eye patch and a fairly small ball for this exper iment. Two ch i ldren shou ld stand several feet apart and toss the ball back and forth 10 times. Older children should catch the ball with or ask one hand. Then one child What has happened is that the air in the them on the columnists’ Web site at should put on an eye patch. bottle was warmed by putting the hot water Again, the children should in the bottle. When the bottle was capped, toss the ball to each other. Total how many times the child caught the ball with and without the eye patch. Then have the other child use the eye patch. Parents: Children learn best when instruction is continuous. We'll help you keep your children in the learning mode this summer by offering science activities Is your skin the same that you can do with them every week while everywhere? Make a big black area of about they are away from school. They will be 3 inches by rubbing a soft pencil on a sheet of asked a question and then do an experiment paper. Put a f inger on the spot until it picks to f ind the answer. All of the experiments up a big smudge. Then pick up the smudge will be based on scientif ic principles that from your f inger with a piece of Scotch tape also let them see the fun side of science. and press it onto a piece of white paper. Do Make sure that the ones that your children the same with other parts of your body. Did do are age-appropriate and safe. As they your skin prints differ? do these experiments, they may also be practicing their reading, writing, math and thinking skills. How hard is your heart working? Take your pulse lying Perhaps this summer's work will turn a few down, and then after doing these exercises: of your children into future scientists. If sitting, standing and jumping 10 times. Rest they become hooked on science, there are so between each activity. Does your pulse rate many Web sites offering more experiments. change with what you do? Three good choices are: explore/handson.html, sciencemadesimple. com/projects.html and Does air expand zoom/activities/sci. Also, you will f ind when it is heated? Blow up a balloon and many additional experiments on our Web measure the distance around it at its widest site in Resources under Activities. point (circumference). Next, turn on a lamp and hold the balloon above it for 2 to 3 minutes. Then measure the distance Which fruit decays around the balloon's circumference again. the fastest? This is fun because your children What happened to the size of the balloon? will see the fruit blow up a balloon. When fruit decays, bacteria multiply as they eat up the fruit. In processing the food, the Ask your children bacteria give off gas. if they think that it is possible to stick a

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Welcome Home

What You (and Baby) Can Expect Upon Arrival Having three uneventful (dare I say easy) pregnancies, the days of thankfulness were eclipsed by the days I found myself home alone with this new creation and strange body, both challenging every ounce of my character with all-hours-of-the-day aches and pangs of motherhood. Having read all the pregnancy books I was given, being a student of the miracle of life and every morsel my OB provided, not often did I consider what was coming next.


Patients of Dr. Glen Hofmann at Bethesda Center discuss in-depth information the registered nurse gives them in a prenatal discharge booklet. Patients talk of potential concerns of early pregnancy including nutrition of pregnancy and breastfeeding, nausea, constipation, heartburn and tiredness. The development of the embryo and fetus throughout the pregnancy is discussed with a time outline given and a list of resources including books, Web sites and support groups are also given. Due diligence is required the moment you find out you’re expecting. But keep going, talk to other moms and your mom about how to welcome home baby.

Your body is no longer yours The journey of pregnancy is nine long months of anticipation. All of this fades away when mother and child gaze into each other’s eyes for the first time. Planning the nursery with the coolest gear and furniture from Treehouse Kids Company, selecting a name, attending showers and the pain of labor dissolve and you think to yourself or even verbalize to your partner before leaving the hospital that you’d do it all again. Your body became the vessel to create a new life and with each sensation less and less yours as your heart now walks outside your body. “A new mom experiences numerous changes from physical to hormonal to emotional. These changes can seem daunting and mother will often feel sad, angry, afraid or anxious. Approximately 75 percent of women will experience these feelings during the first few days home from the hospital. It is called postpartum or baby blues,” said Sarah Lewis M.D., department director obstetrics and gynecology at Group Health Associates. “Levels of progesterone fall sharply after delivery, which can lead to mood changes for some women. Similar hormone changes occur around the time of the menstrual cycle but to a lesser degree. Generally doctors set up a follow-up following delivery to ensure the recovery process is going well four to six weeks after delivery.”

From your pigs to your “bops” My daughter calls breasts bops, so in honor of her we’ll investigate how your “bops” become the focus of the first year of your child’s life and learn about what the rest of your body is doing. According to Donna M. Cirasole, M.D. at Mt. Auburn Obstetrics and Gynecologic Associates, you may experience some discomfort from breast engorgement, often around the third day post-partum, when the milk comes in. Ibuprofen is helpful. If you are not breastfeeding, ice packs and a snug-fitting bra can minimize your discomfort. La Leche League is the quintessential breastfeeding support group. They have been around for a long time and have helpful hints. Cirasole also notes that Christ Hospital, as well as most area hospitals, have lactation consultants on staff. “They will see you in the hospital and provide phone numbers for questions after delivery. Labor and delivery and post-partum nurses can help during those times the lactation consultants are not available—like 3 a.m. feedings,” said Cirasole. Most obstetricians and pediatricians will help with breastfeeding questions or problems. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has a breastfeeding program that includes lactation consultants and pediatricians. “For any mom who plans to breastfeed, give yourself and your baby some time. Don’t quit after two or three days if it seems difficult. Both of you have to learn what to do. Some babies are naturals, but most need some time to learn how to eat,” said Cirasole. “You will be able to see your feet again. Unfortunately, you will not be able to fit into your prepregnancy clothes right away, so don’t give away those maternity clothes just yet. You will lose weight from the baby, the placenta, and the amniotic fluid. However, your own weight gain will take time to lose. I usually recommend a return to pre-pregnancy weight by six months post-partum,” said Cirasole. “There will probably be more bleeding than you expect. It will decrease significantly by about two weeks post-partum, although some bleeding will remain until four to six weeks after delivery.” Cirasole continues that you will experience cramping as the uterus involutes, or returns to its nonpregnant size. This is often more intense during breastfeeding. Ibuprofen usually is the best pain reliever for uterine cramps. You will also have some pain or discomfort if you have stitches. Sitz baths and Tucks pads can help you feel better, in addition to ibuprofen and sometimes, narcotic pain relievers can be prescribed.

Good Night Moon Yes, this book is a sweet classic, but I must say I saw the moon a few more times than I saw the sun when I came home with our newborns. Infants often confuse day and night leaving you in a perma-jet lag state with safety pins to remind you which side the baby needs to start feeding and moments asking yourself what day it is, or even when you last had a shower. CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 19

“Newborns are typically wakeful at night when the parents are tired. There is no good solution for this phenomenon but to accept it and share the pain—this is the time for partners and grandparents to help with the baby’s care so that the primary caretaker doesn’t become sleep deprived,” said M. Elaine Billmire, M.D. pediatrics department directors at Group Health Associates. Cirasole continues doling out pearls of wisdom and said to sleep when your baby sleeps. “You cannot take good care of your baby unless you get some rest. Chronic sleep deprivation affects anyone. Accept all offers of help from family and friends. In addition to watching the baby while you rest, they can help with housework, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking. A nap and a shower will work wonders after a sleepless night.” If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask friends or family. Most will be thrilled to help out so you can get a little sleep, a night out with your partner or just a refreshing walk. A little rest and relaxation is good for the mind and body. Whether you’re having your first child or your third, child and infant care can help relieve a lot of stressors in those first few weeks and beyond. According to Julie Weeden, Local Childcare Coordinator for Culture Care Au Pair, au pairs provide childcare for up to 45 hours per week, 10 hours a day in exchange for room, board and the opportunity to take classes at a local university.


Au pairs live with a family for one year, experiencing America culture first-hand. Working parents with young children, twins or infants often want the flexibility and having an au pair is a perfect solution. The cost is about $340 per week for a family and in comparison to other childcare options that charge per child, having an au pair is an attractive option for busy families and cost conscious parents. For more information visit or call 513-807-7403.

A healthy baby “Caring for a newborn baby can often feel overwhelming. Even the perfect baby who does nothing but eat and sleep, and a few other things, requires an incredible amount of parent time and attention. Most primary care providers recommend scheduling the first office visit before the child is a week old, so that parents have the opportunity to ask some of the millions of questions that often arise once they take the baby home,” said Billmire. “The most reassuring sign of a healthy baby is weight gain. Most babies lose weight for the first few days of life, but then begin to gain at the incredible rate of one ounce per day,” said Billmire. “Another good sign is adequate output—that is urine and bowel movements. Many babies urinate and stool with every feeding. That’s eight to 10 times per day.”

Take a break, into song “The most critical time to include a child in music is when they are babies because it is such a formative time. They are learning their native language and they can also learn the musical language. Baby class is a great way for moms to get out and meet new mothers and get support. Moms meet people who are going through the same life stage and see how other moms are coping and parenting. Life-long friendships are formed in our classes, as well. Fathers come, as well as grandparents who bring the baby so that mom can have time to rest or go back to work,” said Amanda O’Bannon, owner of Miss Amanda’s Music Garden located near the Cincinnati Zoo where she teaches Musikgarten programs. “It’s a supportive environment for people who are with children all the time. Musikgarten curriculum was developed by music experts and childhood development experts, through the medium of folksongs from all over the world. There is so much that can be taught to a child including social and motor skills, learning how to be a little human being on this planet,” said O’Bannon, who attended classes when her son was 18 months old and found her daughter, who was in utero, was responding to the music. “You do not have to be talented or consider yourselves musical to attend our classes or reap the benefits of adding music to their life.” Even with the support of your partner and family, the first week with your newborn can supersede new parent joys with stress, confusion and sleep deprivation. The pregnancy glow

quickly transforms into dark circles. You exchange a cute waddle with a zombie-like disposition. Your gorgeous prenatal vitamin-sponsored locks wash away down the drain. Stylish maternity clothes and preparations for your own person, albeit larger and clumsy, are exchanged with dozens of baby gear items and infant paraphernalia. Have hope. Your precious child, while being coddled and loved by visitors and family members, will serve as an excellent distraction while you gather your senses.

Nikki Keever is a freelance writer, wife and mother of three living in Noblesville, Indiana. She can be reached at


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How to Boost Your Teen’s Self Esteem Suggestions Straight from Kids

Have you ever heard of the saying, “only you can make yourself happy?” As hard as it seems to hear that—it’s true. Many teens in the United States have a problem with self-esteem. Healthy self-esteem is a child’s armor against the challenges of the world. Teens who feel good about themselves seem to have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting negative pressures. They tend to smile more and are more optimistic than other teens who might be struggling. And although it seems parents are the main influence in a teen’s life and how they see themselves, this can be good, but it can also be bad. Teens with low self-esteem can find everyday challenges to be sources of major anxiety and frustration. Understanding teens from their point of view can be very difficult, but it may also prove helpful in encouraging positive self-esteem.

After discussing with dozens of teens about what parents can do to increase their teen’s self-esteem, they came up with a list of ten actions that parents could take to help boost their self-esteem.

Gabbie B., 10th grader, said that she believes that most of self-esteem issues stem from parental influence. When a parent looks down upon them it can turn into a life-long battle of self-esteem issues. Colleen S. and Hanna J., 11th grade, both said that if parents we’re more understanding they wouldn’t constantly feel at fault or feel bad about themselves. By being more lenient and understanding, parents could help boost their self-esteem through trust, compassion and confidence-boosting activities. Parents are the first line of defense in combating negative self-image.

going on within their lives. Ask questions and if they can’t answer it, give them time to think about how to answer. Pay attention to timing and environment and remain open with them. You accomplish nothing by asking nothing.



Lexi S., 9th grade, said that if parents would just accept how their teen is, then their self-esteem wouldn’t be a main problem. Scott P. Sells writes in Parenting Your Out of Control Teenager that if you use all of your energy to change your teen’s personal identity, “you may win these battles but lose the war on bigger issues like drugs, alcohol, skipping school and curfew violations.”

L., 11th grade, thinks that parents shouldn’t be 2. Monica such workaholics and put so much focus on money. Doing

so takes away from family time and activities that could be used to enhance your teen’s positive self-image. Sells also writes that it’s important to get reacquainted with one another, find activities that have meaning for both of you and help build your teen up from the inside out.

M., 11th grade, thinks teens could use more 6. Ally compliments.’s Dr. Adele Hofmann notes that “We don’t tell our children often enough what they did right.” So hand out the compliments even if there’s a loss involved, make it sincere (kids do have a radar for knowing when you’re just being a mom/dad) and show them why they should be proud of who they are.


Courtney M., 12th grade, says parents could reward their teen when they accomplish things. Rewarding accomplishments happens throughout our entire lives: Raises, promotions, certificates, bonuses, etc. Why not encourage goals and reward positive behaviors, accomplishments and hurdles? Not only will you inspire them to keep doing it, you’ll boost self-esteem, too.

M., 10th grade, thinks that parents should push 8. Dennis their teens to be involved in positive groups. Parents might get overwhelmed with the number of groups their teen is involved in, but social involvement and team building are both positive influences on self-esteem—plus they look good on a college application.

N., 10th grade, wants parents to interact more 9. Kris H., 8th grade, thinks that teens would feel better by 3. Marcus being treated like a young adult. While being treated older, with their teen’s life. Take a genuine interest in what’s

K., 10th grade, says that by encouraging their teen 4. Jenna to do what they are good at, could make them feel good

about themselves. Bottom line: encouragement translates into self-esteem.

they would feel older and better about how they are. We don’t want our children to grow up too fast or give limitless boundaries, but as teens mature, as pointed out by Maud Purcell, LCSW, CEAP, you need to avoid lecturing, nagging and guilt trips. Never break their confidence. Always accept feelings, apologize, increase autonomy, respect privacy, be a good listener and refrain from the bullet train of questions. They’re growing up and it’s important that parents adapt.

L., 9th grade, says that parents should attend 10. Meredith K., 12th grade, said that the most important 5. Georgia thing to help boost your teen’s esteem is being loved the social events that support the teens. Work and life often gets in the way of being able to attend every event that your child participates in. However, even though they may never tell you, your support in presence is a huge dose of self-esteem every time you’re there.

way they are. Your teen is constantly exploring who he wants to be—accept it. While you can encourage positive behavior, your child is trying on different identities and it’s important to love them for who they are. No matter what color their hair is, how weird the clothes might be or who

they love, they’re still your child and unconditional love goes a long way at boosting self-esteem.

While hearing teens discuss parents’ failing the self-esteem test may be difficult to hear, it will make a huge difference in your teen’s life knowing that you want to help them feel better about themselves. At, professionals talk about how teens have low selfesteem because parents lack giving their teens motivation. The biggest buffer of low self-esteem is to give them attention and motivation to do the right thing. A teenager’s life may seem like a huge struggle— we face many problems and obstacles that weren’t around when our parents were teenagers—but many are still the same: Dealing with school, problems with friends and keeping close with the family. We might not say it, but we need help keeping our self-esteem high! Having our parents in our life can make a huge difference in the way that we handle the problems we face. Just like you put bandaids on our knees when we were little, you can do the same thing for our self-esteem as teenagers. Abbie Klingsmith is 16 years

old and wants to go to IU and become a pediatrician. She enjoys cheerleading and playing softball throughout the year.


12 Tips for Successful Back-to-School Routines

Plan Now for an Easy Return

At the start of every school year there is an excitement that fills the air: New classes, new teachers, new friends—and new routines! To help your children adjust to new school year schedules and routines, consider these twelve suggestions.

1 Reflect and resolve.

Think about situations that posed problems in

last year’s routine and work through solutions with your kids so they don’t become issues again. “I know it’s hard for you to get up in the morning. How do you suggest we go about it this year?” Build in incentives to increase their motivation.

2 Shift sleep schedules.

One to two weeks before classes

begin, start transitioning your children to their new bedtime and wake-up schedules. Gradually alter the time by fifteen minutes to a half hour so the change isn’t a shock to their system.

3 Stop by the school. school





If your day,

take advantage of this time to meet the teacher and see the classroom. If it doesn’t, call and ask if you can


stop by so your child can get acclimated to the

on three strategies to meet that goal, then have them write it down and post it in

environment and alleviate some first-day jitters.

their study area. Build in rewards and celebrate little successes along the way.

This is particularly important if he is moving to a new school or beginning to have multiple teachers and classroom changes.

Lay hold of 4learning.

Ideally your kids

should be reading and writing

all summer, but if they haven’t, get back into the regimen right away. Set aside an hour or two each day to read together, see an





movie trips





grade-appropriate worksheets and have your child complete one each day.

5 Establish academic goals.

Place a large family calendar in

a central location and write in after-school activities, practices, projects, appointments, meeting and events. For easy reference, designate a different colored marker for each person. Teach your children to transfer items from their agenda books to the calendar when they come home from school each day.

7 Lay out expectations.

Before school starts, set ground rules with

regard to homework, after-school activities, chores, bedtime and computer and TV usage. If you anticipate a problem, create a written agreement and have both parties sign it so there’s no vacillation in rules.


the library, science center or museum.

6 Create a family calendar.

8 Regular rap sessions.

Carve out time each day when you

and your child can talk about what happened at school. Ask open-ended questions: “What did you learn in social studies?” “What new friends have

Talk with your children about

establishing academic goals for the school year: “What kinds of grades do you want to make? What do you need to do to accomplish this?” Help them decide

you made?” “How are you adjusting to changing classes?” If you detect a problem, follow up until the situation is resolved.

9 Hold family meetings.

Establish a dedicated time once a

week to discuss past, present and future events. Post a piece of paper on the refrigerator that serves as an agenda. As the week unfolds, encourage everyone—parents and kids—to jot down items on the paper they want to address during this time. Keep the meetings positive and let everyone participate. Consider coupling it with a fun meal and movie night or a makeyour-own healthy snack party.

10 Ponder P.M. preparations.

To reduce morning stress,

prepare the night before. Pack lunches, lay out clothes and put papers into backpacks then gather everything you need for the next day and place it by the door so you can grab it and go. If lunches need to be refrigerated, put a sticky note with your other items as a reminder to take it when you leave.

11Make a to-do.

For children who have problems staying

on task, create a morning “To-do list” and post it in their bedroom or bathroom. Keep it simple: Make bed, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth and comb hair. As they complete items have them put a check mark by the task. Offer incentives for completing activities independently and on time for a full week.

12 Secure study time.

Establish a designated study space

that is quiet, comfortable and free of outside stimuli, and have supplies readily on hand. The time of day should be consistent too. Some kids do best completing homework right after school; others need a break before starting their work. Find a time that works best for your child and stick with it.

Denise Morrison Yearian is a former educator and editor of two parenting magazines. 26 CINCINNATI PARENT * JULY 2010

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Celebrating Independence Day Safely

10 Star-Spangled Safety Tips (Plus, Events That Leave the Fireworks to the Pros) With the price of fuel and food cutting into everyone’s budget, entertainment often comes last on the list. Here are ten tips on how to make the most of free local fireworks celebrations and how to play it safe if you do decide to set off your own displays.

1. PACK A PICNIC AND SUPPLIES. Many fireworks displays are done near parks or grassy knolls. Arrive an hour or two early. Bring a blanket and foods and drinks such as fried chicken, hot dogs, s’mores, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, carrot sticks, apples and lemonade or fruit punch. Bring along a conversation starter such as those from TableTopics. com or Dinner Games from Don’t forget the utensils and bring along a flashlight or two just to be safe. 2. PICK A GOOD LOCATION. Finding a good view spot doesn’t necessarily mean getting as close as possible. Displays can often shower down large, hot embers which can catch you or your vehicles on fire. Pick a spot that is not downwind or directly underneath the fireworks displays. 3. REMEMBER THE INSECT REPELLENT. Nothing can ruin a night outdoors faster than mosquitoes; and with the increased reports of West Nile virus, it’s important to take precautions. Off and Avon Skin-So-Soft both work well. For a more natural approach, look to Thermacell or the Don’t Bite Me Patch. Or you can cut up lemon grass, roll it between your hands and put all over exposed areas for an all-natural repellant. Even better, take vitamin B supplements for a week before an outdoor event. The vitamin is reported to keep insect bites at bay. 4. PROTECT YOUR SKIN. It doesn’t take long to get a sunburn, so keeping your skin protected should still be a concern. Find an SPF that suits the sun time you’ll be getting. What does SPF mean? It stands for sun protection factor. Figure the time it usually takes to get a burn, which can range from 10 to 20 minutes. Multiply that number by the SPF and you’ll get the number of minutes the lotion will protect you. Reapply if you’re playing water games. Make sure that you find the proper kind. A recently study by the Environmental Working Group found that out of 783 sunscreen items, or items containing sunscreen, only 16% of them are deemed safe, block UVA and UVB radiation and remain stable while being used. For more information on the safer sunscreens, visit

protect our freedoms and what those freedoms are. You’d be surprised how many, young and old, might not know about the freedoms we have. After all, it’s important to know not just the concept or history behind a holiday, but its purpose as well.

We’ve compiled a list of local fireworks events in the area.

7. THANKSGIVING IN JULY. Sit in a circle and start a discussion about what freedoms mean the most to you and why. Can you imagine life without those rights? Read books aloud which discuss the 4th of July. Suggestions: Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney; The Story of America’s Birthday: America: A Patriotic Primer,; and most importantly, the Declaration of Independence. Putting history and freedom in a perspective kids can understand, especially if it’s done with those they respect the most (their parents), ensures better retention. And let’s face it—it’s a good refresher course for parents, too. 8. ADULTS ONLY. If you decide to set off your own fireworks while waiting, keep them a safe distance from children in the area. Some kids are fascinated and often run up to grab and tear apart the spent firework. Avoid letting kids do this and set ground rules before you begin. Fireworks sometimes appear spent but often have a second round of display left in them. 9. AVOID SPARKLERS. No matter what you think of sparklers the most important thing to know is that they are dangerous. Sparklers reach a temperature of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit when lit and continue to burn even when extinguished. Fireworks can backfire, and those like sparklers, bottle rockets and firecrackers account for approximately two-thirds of all firework-related injuries. Most injuries occur when fireworks are too close, kids play without an adult present or they get curious and attempt to make or set off their own. Keep all fireworks out of the reach of children, and teach them to respect fireworks the same as any other flame. 10. SAFETY TIPS. If an accident does happen, remember to follow the 4Cs of firework safety. • Cool the burn with cool water. Never use ice as this can make the burn deeper.

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Northside Rock n Roll Carnival July 2 (6 pm - 1 am) and July 3 (1 pm - 1 am)

Hoffner Park at Blue Rock and Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati

City of Madeira Independence Day Festivities July 2 (8 pm)

• Clean the wound with mild soap and water to remove dirt and debris to avoid infection.

Sellman Park, 6612 Miami Ave., Madeira, OH

• Cover the wound with a towel or gauze to protect the area.

Northside Fourth of July Parade

6. PLAN AN EDUCATIONAL PRESHOW EVENT. Gather the family and start a conversation about the birth of our nation, about those who

• Call for help if you’re unsure of the extent of the injury. Burns can often be worse than they appear. If it is bigger than the size of a baseball or isn’t better within 24 hours, call your doctor.

Celebrating Independence Day doesn’t mean spending a fortune. As long as you use safety precautions and plan ahead, you can make this holiday both fun and educational. And who knows? You might even find that you’re starting a new family tradition.

July 4 ( 8 am - 10:30 pm)

Independence Memorial Park, Delaware Crossing, Independence KY

July 3 (12 pm)

5. TAKE OUTDOOR GAMES. If you park yourself in a wide-open space, set up a travel badminton, volleyball, flag football or croquet set. Or get a Play and Freeze ice cream maker at www. and play hot potato with a low-fat sweet treat at the end. Use the outdoor time to have fun and to create family time. Waiting for the big show doesn’t have to mean just sitting.

Greendale Fourth of July Celebration

Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati

Coney Island Balloon Glow July 3 (1 pm - 10 pm)

6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati

Active/retired militaryfree admission. Immediate family-$29.99 (up to 6 people) July 4 (10 pm) and July 5 (10 pm)

6300 Kings Island Drive., Mason, OH

Independence Day in New Richmond July 4 (11 am)

116 Susanna Way, New Richmond, OH (Call 513-553-4146 for more information. Parade at 2 pm, car show and fireworks at 9:30 with F-16 flyover at 2:30 pm)

Fourth of July Parade July 4 (2 pm)

Parks and Recreation in City of Sharonville, OH

4th of July Fireworks July 4 (3 - 11 pm)

11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross, OH

Fourth of July Bash July 4 (6pm and 9pm) Smooth Sunday music series concerts at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. Fireworks following.

520 Vine Street, Cincinnati


How to Find A

Good Sitter For Your Child With

Autism Local Organizations and Networking Help Provide Respite Finding a dependable babysitter who is also a good match for your family is not always easy. If your child has autism, it can seem next to impossible. Yet, every parent of a child with autism knows that a good babysitter is an essential tool for a healthy family life. Breaks allow parents to regroup, get things done and yes, even have time for some personal fun. Following are a few ideas that may help make the essential task of finding a sitter easier.

Hire family. If you are lucky enough to have family near and dear to you, tap them for some respite. Brenda Zechmeister, studio manager at Rising Stars Studio in Covington, Ky., says something out of the ordinary, like a new sitter, can be upsetting to kids with autism. A family member, on the other hand, is someone with whom they already have an established relationship. Having an aunt, uncle or grandparent babysit can provide great peace of mind knowing that your child is being cared for by someone you love and who you knows and loves your child. Ask around. Word of mouth is perhaps the oldest and best methods for finding a sitter. Ask friends and connections you have made through support groups within the Greater Cincinnati autism community for names of sitters they like and have used to care for their own children. Network with area schools and colleges. Talk with the special education department at your child’s school to see if any special education teachers are available to babysit. Oftentimes, new teachers are looking for extra experience and would be very interested in sitting. In the same vein, nearby Xavier University can tap into its students who may be seeking experience working with kids who have autism. Contact the psychology department at 513-745-3533 to see if they can connect you with students or suggest a means of reaching students who may be good sitter material. 30 CINCINNATI PARENT * JULY 2010

Tap community resources. Area support groups, like the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, are terrif ic resources for families in general and are sometimes contacted by area caregivers and teachers seeking additional work. Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, is another avenue to try. Megan Whitney, the coordinator for the local Autism Speaks walk, encourages families to call the organization’s autism response team at 888-autism2 or email them at familyservices@ to f ind area respite providers who may be able to help. Place an ad in the paper, around town. Sometimes a little marketing will turn up good leads. Place an ad in the Cincinnati Enquirer, neighborhood gazette or even Cincinnati Parent, or post f lyers at your place of worship and coffee shops around the campuses of the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, etc. Be sure to specify in the advertisement that you want someone who has experience working with kids who have autism or have specif ic understanding of your child’s unique needs. Consider a nanny. If your child would have a diff icult time with a sitter who comes and goes infrequently or at irregular intervals, Zechmeister says it may be wise to consider hiring a nanny. This will help create a routine with the same caregiver and give you scheduled respite. Be honest about the circumstances.

When talking with a potential babysitter, be honest with them about your child’s needs and behaviors. For example, if your child has been known to bite when he or she gets excited, let the caregiver know upfront so there are no surprises. Ask the potential babysitter how he or she feels about that and whether or not it would upset them.

Be clear about your expectations. Make sure the babysitter can be f lexible

and ready to roll with the punches. Let him or her know you expect the child to be safe, have a good time and experience minimal stress. If putting pajamas on becomes too stressful, then skip it. Keep it simple.

Ask the potential sitter about his or her concerns. This can be very telling and may be the insight you need to see if this person is or is not a match for your child and family. For instance, is the person worried about handling temper tantrums or uncomfortable with some of your child’s unique needs or behaviors? What you learn could matter a great deal.

and is on the path to either hurting himself or others, what would you do?” or “If my child gets angry and screams, what would you do?” The responses to these or other impromptu questions will reveal both the interviewee’s advice as well as his or her f irst reactions.

Get referrals. Obtain three or more references from past employers and current or past babysitting clients. Their f irst-hand knowledge of the person will provide essential details on his or her level of responsibility and skill set. Give the sitter a trial run. Have the babysitter over once or twice while you are there. This will help the babysitter get comfortable with your child and vice versa. The sitter will also have you on-hand to ask any questions that may come up such as what to do if your child bumps his or her head. It will also afford you the opportunity to see how they truly get along.

Pay for good care. Be prepared to pay a bit more for good help. This is not always easy, but well worth it. Low-income families with parents who are either working or attending school may also be eligible for the federally funded Child Care and Development Fund program. While this program is most available for families seeking care outside of the home, families with three or more kids may be eligible for in-home care. Visit for more information. Trust your gut. If you feel you have

met someone who is going to be great— give them a try! Parents have great gut instincts. Carrie Bishop is a freelance writer and mother of two young sons, whose daily antics inspire her work and her life. Contact her at freelancewritercarrie@

Ask the caregiver a few situational questions, too.

Parents should also ask the prospective caregiver situational questions like “If my child is in a meltdown

Special Needs Directory Campbell County YMCA 1437 S. Ft. Thomas Ave, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075 Phone: 859-781-1814 Name of adaptive program: Youth with Special Needs Fitness Program What the program is: Leaps and Bounds- physical activities such as swimming, gym, soccer, basketball for children of all special needs. When is the program: Summer program: 9-4 pre camp 7-9 and post 4-6 Theme: Jungle June 14-18, Science June 28-July 2, Aquatic Life July 12-16, Olympic July 26-30. Leaps and Bounds is also a year round program. Who the program serves: 5-18 years old Summer fee: $75 per week Clippard Family YMCA 8920 Cheviot Rd, Cincinnnati, OH 45251 Phone: 513-923-4466 Name of adaptive program: YMCA Autism Inclusion Summer Camp What the program is: The Clippard YMCA Autism Inclusion Summer Camp provides a meaningful summer camp experience for children on the autism spectrum, ages 3 through first grade. Your child will receive a program structured in ABA, 1:1 instruction, water therapy and sensory therapy. The Autism Inclusion Camp seamlessly integrates therapeutic interventions into the camp day so as to foster the campers’ language skills, fine and gross motor

skills and their ability to interact effectively with their peers, while having fun and staying active. These interventions help insure that the children continue to make strides during the summer and do not lose skills learned. The children have a wonderful camp experience and receive the support they need in order to have a fun and successful summer. When is the program: May-July Who the program serves: children with autism ages 3-8 Cost: $145 per week Gamble Nippert YMCA 3159 Montana Ave, Cincinnnati, OH 45211 Phone: (513)661-1105 Name of adaptive program: Adapted Swim Lessons What the program is: Teaching individuals with disabilities to swim. Includes swim meets, the Special Olympics and the Dolan Method for Autism. When is the program: Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Who the program serves: Children with autism, MRDD, and other. Registration: contact Mary Dolan at 513-467-9539 NO COST M.E. Lyons YMCA 8108 Clough Pike, Cincinnnati, OH 45244 Phone: 513-474-1400 Name of adaptive program: Adaptive Dances What the program is: Dance for people with all disabilities

When is the program: Quarterly (Saturday evening 7-10 PM) Who the program serves: Ages 13+, all disabilities Cost: FREE Name of adaptive program: Adaptive Swim Lessons What the program is: Swimming lessons When is the program: Every Saturday - 8:30-9:15 AM (Beginner), 9:15-10:00 AM (Intermediate) Who the program serves: Ages 8+, all disabilities Cost: $26 Members, $70 Non-members (7 week session) Name of adaptive program: Adaptive Swim Team What the program is: Swim Team program with opportunities to compete in the Special Olympics When is the program: Every Saturday – 12:30-1:30 PM Who the program serves: Ages 8+, all disabilities Cost: $26 Members, $70 Non-members (7 week session) R.C. Durr YMCA 5874 Veterans Way, Burlington, KY 41005 Phone: 859-534-5700 Name of adaptive program: Adaptive Swim Lessons – “Challengers” What the program is: Swim lessons for children and adults with disabilities When is the program: Saturday mornings Who the program serves: all ages and abilities Cost: $26 members/$80 program participants


pounds increase. Throw in a 2005 report by the National Institute on Aging that points out that severely obese people cut 20 years off their lives and you have a recipe for a nationwide epidemic. Armed only with my own experience and educational journey through these topics, I set out to start my first gardening experience. My mission? To grow 100% organic fruits and veggies in a 288 square foot plot. After much sweat, bug bites, poison ivy and dirt, my garden was complete. Success—or so I thought.

Read Before You Weep

Locavore Living : Your Guide to Eating Local Jamie’s Oliver’s Food Revolution, Food Inc., recent studies on a link between pesticides and ADHD—welcome to your food wake-up call! These and dozens of other organizations are shedding light on our addiction to


processed food, chemicals and fast food and how they are shortening life spans. A study published in the April 12th issue of the International Journal of Obesity reported that those who were born between 1966 and 1985

were obese at a much younger age than their parents and their grandparents gained weight later in life than their parents. The bottom line: Americans are getting heavier younger in life and life expectancy is shrinking as the

Lesson #1: Organic gardening takes practice. Learning the world of bacteria, organic pest control, beer traps, good bugs, bad bugs, etc. is mindboggling. I quickly found myself hunched over my precious sprouts with flashlight in tow, plucking hundreds of hungry slugs from my garden. Once I had the snail population under control, I noticed my greens being devoured. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collard, Brussels sprouts—all being chomped to nothingness by what I determined to be hundreds of voracious cabbage worms. It takes practice, but doesn’t everything? Gardening has taught me a valuable lesson— persistence pays off. By all means, garden, but don’t make the same mistake I did. Ask the experts or do your research before you set out. Maggie Sullivan of Nature’s Crossroads,

Earth-Friendly Seeds for Midwest Gardeners, says, “Start small! It’s easy to get carried away and then get overwhelmed, so it’s best to start with a fairly small area, even 4’ x 4.’ For a child’s garden, you could pick a theme like a pizza garden (tomatoes, green peppers, basil, onions) or a purple garden (eggplants, Echinacea, purple radishes, cosmos).” More importantly, support your local organic farmers. Sullivan points out that founders, Jeff Evard and Art Sherwood, have been farming and gardening for decades. Most farmers have spent years honing their cultivating skills, perfecting their use of land, energy and organic materials to provide us with the best all-natural food possible. As responsible eaters, buying local and organically is the single best thing you can do for your health and your local economy. For more information on Nature’s Crossroads visit www.

So You Want to be a Local Eater?

So you’ve decided that you want your broccoli without a side of pesticides—good for you! Your milk and meat will be free of hormones and steroids and your veggies without that thick layer of chemicals—that’s something to celebrate. You’ll be contributing to your local economy, your neighbors and your friends with every local food you purchase. Now how do you make sense of the different local eater lingo? CSA, Farmers Markets, Co-op, Slow Food Organizations, to-your-door service—what does it all mean? Here’s a quick primer on being a local eater. CSA: Community Supported Agriculture is exactly how it sounds, agriculture that is supported by the community. A farmer simply sells shares to the public in the form of a prepaid service similar to buying stock in a company. A share then comes to you in the form of a box full of fruits and veggies that you will either pick up at the farm or areas they have designated as a pick-up spot. The prepayment helps them market and keep cash flow up for crop support to provide you with fresh food, some of which you may have never tried. Some allow you to mix and match while others select for you and a few even include options to buy a la carte options such as milk, eggs, breads, meats, etc. Some allow you to pay 100%, others ask that you donate a few hours of work every month in exchange for a lower rate. Gravel Knolls Farm in West Chester, Ohio offers CSA memberships along with farm fresh, brown, ungraded, fertile eggs, organic supplies for your lawn or garden, poultry, lamb and pork. They point out that CSAs are important because they give you the fairest return on their products, create a sense of social responsibility and stewardship of local land and because it creates a guaranteed market, farmers invest their time doing what they love rather than seeking out buyers. For more information visit Cincinnati serves host to a plethora of farms, most of which offer CSA memberships.Visit for a complete list and links to every farm in your area. Co-op: A food co-op is a grocery store owned by the people and stocks primarily local products. For a complete list visit or and search your state. Farmers’ Markets: A farmers’ market is simply a group of farmers and artisans who gather together to sell their produce and wares. The number of farmers markets across the city has skyrocketed in past years as more individuals try their hand at farming. Search for farmers’ markets in Cincinnati and 44 listings pop up. Most offer a wide array of goods. For example, the Wyoming Avenue Farmers’ Market has vendors ranging the full gamut of organic products: aloe, herbs, honey, produce, soaps, potpourris, gelato, pizza, gourmet sauces, coffee, meats, confections and more. Looking to network with your community to find out where nearby markets and local foods are? Join the Cinci Locavore group at groups. and send out an email with your request. Chances are, if you can’t find one nearby, someone else knows. Many markets make their visit personal by getting you involved in the process and learning more about your local farmers. Findlay Market is an institution in Cincinnati and serves host to two dozen merchants

selling their local goods from Wednesday through Sunday with Satrudays and Sundays serving as a farmers’ market with dozens of outdoor vendors, performers and special events. Visit www.f for more information. On August 27, Covington Kentucky holds the Farmers’ Fair at the corner of Court Street and Park Place in the Roebling Entertainment District to celebrate and support local food culture and sustainable living. A street fair, farmers’ market and fundraiser all in one, the event works to build relationships from farm to table. The event will feature the Earth Mother Market from 10 am to 4 pm where local farmers and growers will be selling fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses and other farm fresh goods. Susan Miller-Stigler, Chairperson for the Farmers’ Fair and an instrumental force behind the development of the CORV Guide, offers visitors a few nuggets of advice when visiting markets aside from the typical one to bring your own bags and cash-only. “Not all markets and certainly not all roadside stands require that the sellers actually grew the food, so ask where the food was grown, by whom and how. Go to the farmers’ market before you go grocery shopping for the week. What is available varies from week to week so go purchase what is in season and locally available first. There is nothing worse than buying dried out carrots at a major grocery store only to find beautiful carrots from a farm at market. Be willing to come up with meal plans that are able to utilize the fresh ingredients you find at market and then go to the grocery if you are in need of anything else.” Miller-Stigler also points out that the Farmers’ Fair raises funds for some great local food causes. They support the Future Farmers of America Northern Kentucky Chapters,; Eat Local CORV Food Guide,, Ohio Valley Foodshed Project, cincinnatilocavore.; and Slow Food Cincinnati, slowfoodcincinnati.blogspot. com. Farmers’ Fair also highlights local restaurants using local food and their will be lots of samples to taste. Best of all, the event will be family friendly and offer educational opportunities for kids and adults alike. To Your Door Service:Three words: Farm Fresh Delivery.This one-of-akind organization offers organic produce and natural groceries delivered right to your door year round. All you need to do is sign up online using a credit card that will be kept on file. Place your order or your standing order and your card will be charged the day of delivery. If you’re looking for a tip when ordering, a produce bin must be selected and a minimum of $35 spent for delivery. Members are able to customize their produce bin, meaning they can choose exactly what they would like to have each delivery. And left over food never goes to waste. Members are asked to participate in a Constant Can Food Drive where they ask members to place non-perishable items in their empty bins and drivers will pick them up. They then match the weight of donated items with fresh produce and donate it to the food banks. Farm Fresh Delivery also donates left over produce each week, if applicable, to one of the food banks in the area. They also donate a lot of fresh fruit to different community events and causes. This had made a positive impact throughout the community and avoids waste on all fronts. So, whether you’re looking to help your local farmers by getting your hands a little dirty, picking up from drop-off points, shopping at a member co-op or market or having it delivered to your door—there’s something available around every corner. And if you can’t find something near you in Cincinnati, let us know, we’ll do a little digging and see what we can do to help you become a local eater. Pick up a copy of next month’s issue of Cincinnati Parent for our twopart feature on childhood obesity. The statistics and facts are startling— you don’t want to miss this important piece.

Lynette Rowland is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Cincinnati Parent. She can be reached at

Several organizations in t he Tri-State Area exist solely to help you wit h your gardening and organic food needs. So, grab your keyboard and start clicking: Local Harvest (List of all farms, markets, CSAs, etc.)

Farm to Table

Slow Food Cincinnati

Neighbor Power!

Eat Well Guide

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

(Petition to get healthy foods into schools) jamies-food-revolution/petition

Locavore Living Guide Findlay Market 1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Phone: 665-4839

Website: Ohio’s oldest public market offers over 30 locally owned merchant stands specializing in hand-cut meats, seafood, specialty sausages, ethnic foods & artisan cheeses. Weekend & Thursday local farmer’s market plus arts & crafts shopping. Open year-round Tues-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 8am-6pm & Sun 10am-4pm.

Montgomery Farmers’ Market Shelly Lane (between Cooper and Remington Roads) in Montgomery H, Montgomery, OH 45242 Contact: Valerie Taylor, Coordinator Phone: 513-891-3994 Email:

Website: montgomeryfarmersmarket. Located in historic downtown Montgomery, the Montgomery Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday through Oct. 30 (except July 17) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Located on Shelly Lane between Cooper and Remington Roads. Featuring seasonal produce, pastured beef and poultry, eggs, baked goods, jellies, jams, honey, grains, soaps, lotions, demonstrations and more! CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 33


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Thursday 1

Celebrate America’s Birthday!

with CAC Admission. down doesn’t mean the fun is over! Motor Vehicle Contemporary Arts and Metroparks fishing permit required. VOA Park. Center. 44 E Sixth Street, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester Township OH. Cincinnati, OH. www. UnMuseum/ThursdayArtPlay. 513.345.8400.

It’s America’s birthday! Celebrate our nation’s special day with red, white and blue, and stars and stripes recycled party favors. 1-2 pm. Contemporary ”Harry and the Potters” to Rock Arts Center. 44 E. 6th St, Cincinnati OH. www. Harry the Norwood Branch Library (513)345-8400. As part of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Summer Reading Program, “Harry and the Potters” will rock the Norwood LIVE at the Levee Summer Branch wizard-style. 6:30 pm. Norwood Concert Series Branch. 4325 Montgomery Rd. (513)369-6037. The Rusty Griswolds. 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Newport on the Levee. 1 Levee Way # 1113, Newport KY. www. (859) 291-0550. Thursday Art Play: Celebrate America’s Birthday!

Friday 2

Night Fishing at VOA Park Night Owls love the dark and so do fish! Come and It’s America’s birthday! Celebrate our nation’s see for yourself at the Voice of America Park Lake special day with red, white and blue, and stars when fishing is open until 1 a.m. the first Friday and stripes recycled party favors. 1-2 p.m. Free of the month May-Sept. Just because the sun goes

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Sunday 4 Fourth of July on Fountain Square Fourth of July on Fountain Square is a summer celebration for everyone! Beginning at 11am. Fountain Square. 520 Vine St., Cincinnati OH. (513) 352-4066.

Monday 5 Adventure Club: Popcorn and a Movie

Hawaiian Beach Party (ages 6-10) Wish you were at the beach? Crazy games and lots of fun will make you glad you stayed home! 1 pm. Boone Co. Main Library. 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington KY. (859)342-BOOK.

Thursday 8 Adventure Club: A Visit from Ronald McDonald Ronald McDonald is coming and ready to make a splash with the Adventure Club! Ages 6-11. Please register. 4:00pm. Cold Spring Branch. 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring KY. (859)781-6166. Misfit Toys What do you get when you combine parts of a doll and the head of a dinosaur? A new toy! Join us to learn how to make an original toy from found objects. 1-2 pm. Contemporary Arts Center. 44 E. 6th St, Cincinnati OH. www.

Join us for popcorn and a movie! Ages 6-11. Please register. 4:00pm. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas KY. 859572-5033.

Tuesday 6 Passport to Fishing Enjoy fishing with your kids (ages 6-16) while sharing an important discussion about the dangers of drugs. Fishing poles will be provided with a 50 children limit per session, open to first time participants only. Register by calling 759-7312. 8:30am - 2 pm. VOA Park. 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester Township OH. Circus Experience: Join the Circus for a night Bring your child to join the circus for a night at our Studio in Clifton Ohio. He can learn and see some of the skills that we perform on a daily basis like ballooning and juggling. Please RSVP by phone to 513-921-5454. 5:45pm - 7:45pm. Free. Essex Studios. 501 Minnesota Street, Cincinnati. 513-921-5454.

Wednesday 7 Duct Tape Crafts Learn to make duct tape wallets and other crafts! 6 p.m. Erlanger Branch. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger KY. (859)962-4002. 36 CINCINNATI PARENT * JULY 2010

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

cont empor a r ya r t scent er. org. (513)345-8400 The Opera Idol Concert The Opera Idol Concert will feature live performances by the 10 semi-finalists from the second annual Opera Idol auditions, along with commentary from judges. The concert will be held on Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at the Aronoff ’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater in downtown Cincinnati. The audience will determine the top 5 finalists by voting during intermission. All seats $10. Call (513) 621-2787 or order online at 7:00 pm. $10. Aronoff ’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. (513)621ARTS. Pirate Island Madness The Scottish pirate Thomas MacGregor and his English pirate cohort Mary Read will sing and play while they spin historically accurate yarns of the pirate experience and cleverly insert positive life messages for the whole crew. Climb aboard at a Library location near you! 2 p.m. Oakley Branch. 4033 Gilmore Ave, Cincinnati OH. w w w. c i n c i n n a t i l i b r a r y. o r g . (513)369-6038.

Saturday 10 Cinema Under the Stars: Outdoor Movie Bring the family for an outdoor movie night! Free soda and popcorn provided. No registration required. 8:00pm. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas KY. 859-572-5033.

Sunday 11 Duke Energy Children’s Museum: Young at Art: The Poetry of Langston Hughes Langston Hughes wrote poetry about his life growing up in Harlem ... Join us and create/illustrate your own poetry inspired by the styling of Langston Hughes. 3:00pm. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati OH. w w (513)287-7000.

Wednesday 14

Growing Sound / David Kisor Free concert

Learn about the most colorful and diverse place in the ocean! Ages 6-11. Please register. 4:00pm. Cold Spring Branch. 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring KY. (859)781-6166.

Bring your preschoolers for a free familyfriendly concert featuring music from Growing Sound. 2:30 pm. Free. Barnes & Noble Newport LIVE at the Levee Summer on the Levee. One Levee Way, Newport KY. Concert Series 859-431-2075. Soul Pocket. 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Newport on the Levee. 1 Levee Way # 1113, Newport KY. (859) The Amazing Portable Circus 291-0550. Presents: Puppet Mania Puppets like you have never seen them before: in the crowd, on the crowd, over the crowd; these puppets are everywhere. 12:00pm to 1:00pm. $5, $2 children, free for Pyramid Hill members. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum. 1763 Ohio 128 (Hamilton-Cleves Road), Cincinnati Ohio. 513-868-8336.

Make Your Own Handmade Soap Learn to make your own soap from essential oils, poppy seeds and a host of other ingredients! Adults. Please register. 7 p.m. Newport Branch. 901 E. Sixth St., Newport KY. (859)572-5035.

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Adventure Club: Cincinnati Museum Center presents the Coral Reef!

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Movie Magic Costume Party Celebrate the summer movie season with snacks and games. Dress as your favorite movie character. 2:00pm. Durr Branch. 1992 Thursday Art Play: Misfit Toys Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence KY. Bring your kids to the UnMuseum to make w w w . k e n t o n l i b r a r y . o r g . an original toy from found objects. 1-2pm. 859-962-4030. Free with CAC Admission. Contemporary Arts Center. 44 E Sixth Street, Cincinnati Oh. www.contemporaryartscenter. Zumba Hip Hop Family Fitness o r g / U n M u s e u m / T h u r s d a yA r t P l a y. Learn about this program and the benefits of exercise. This is a mix of dance and 513.345.8400. exercise that every member of the family will love. 2 p.m. Erlanger Branch. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger KY. (859)962-4002.

Friday 9

Durr Teens Lock-In Spend the night at the Library! Registration and parental permission slips required. 8 pm - 8 am. Durr Branch. 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence KY. 859-962-4030. Johnny Depp Movie Marathon Three Johnny Depp films of your choosing will be shown! Snacks provided. Ages 12-18. Registration not required. 2 p.m. Newport Branch. 901 E. Sixth St., Newport KY. (859)572-5035.

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Tuesday 13 Ice Cream Make ice cream at the Library! 4:00pm. Durr Branch. 1992 Wa lton-Nicholson Road, Independence KY. w w w. ke nt on l ibr a r 859-962-4030.

Teen Movie Night Music with Kelley and Hayes Join us for a double feature at the Library! Bring your favorite action Hear this duo play ‘80s favorites flick rated PG-13 or lower or vote on with an acoustic and unique spin! those already here. Popcorn and drinks No registration required. 2 p.m. Newport provided. Ages 12-18. Please register. 6:00pm. Branch. 901 E. Sixth St., Newport KY. Cold Spring Branch. 3920 Alexandria (859)572-5035. Pike, Cold Spring KY. (859)781-6166. CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 37




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Go Reading! Merry Mermaids and Mermen Participate in a Merry Mermaid party. 2 pm. Mary Ann Mongan Branch. 502 Scott Blvd, Covington KY. w w nt on l ibr a r (859)962-4071. ”Pamper Me” Fundraiser for Autism Silent Auction & Raffle Come treat yourself to the following: Coupon Class, Wine Tasting, Massage, Manicure, Pedicure, Facial, Waxing & more. This is one fundraiser you don’t want to miss!!! For tickets please contact Amy 513-8354504 or leeamy972@yahoo. com Auction and Raffle items include: Week Vacation, A day at the Spa to PF Changs! 6:3010:00. Tickets $20 each - 10 comp raffle tickets. Weatherby Farms. 9349 Waterstone Blvd, Cincinnati OH.

Sunday 18

Duke Energy Children’s Musuem: Young at Art: Duncanson Designs Learn about the first known professional African American painter Robert Duncanson and create your own landscape painting inspired by his work. 3:00pm. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati OH. www. (513)287-7000. Fun & Safety on Two Wheels: Bicycle Clinic 2:00pm. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas KY. org. 859-572-5033.

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Adventure Club: Wonderful Water Join us for a hands-on science day and explore the properties of water! Ages 6-11. Please register. 4:00pm. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas KY. www. 859-572-5033.

Tuesday 20

Adventure Club: Super Sand Art We’re bringing the beach indoors! Use colorful sand to make pictures, jewelry and glass sculptures. Ages 6-11. Please register. 2 p.m. Newport Branch. 901 E. Sixth St., Newport KY. w w w. c c - p l . o r g . (859)572-5035. Calling all Detectives Something mysterious has happened at the library! Use your sleuthing skills to solve

the mystery. 11 am. Boone Co. Main Library. 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington KY. www. (859)342-BOOK. Circus Experience: Join the Circus for a night Bring your child to join the circus for a night at our Studio in Clifton Ohio. He can learn and see some of the skills that we perform on a daily basis like ballooning and juggling. Please RSVP by phone to 513-9215454. 5:45pm - 7:45pm. Free. Essex Studios. 501 Minnesota Street, Cincinnati Ohio. www. a m a z i n g p o r t a b l e c i rc u s . com/. 513-921-5454.

Wednesday 21

Bass Pro Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby Registration begins at 5:45 ages 6 and under. FREE. 8:30am - 2 pm. VOA Park. 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester Township OH.

Thursday 22

Adventure Club: Luau Party Come to the Library for snacks, games, crafts and dancing as we wind down our summer with luau party! Ages 6-11. Please register. 4:00pm. Cold Spring Branch. 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring KY. (859)781-6166. LIVE at the Levee Summer Concert Series Clayton Anderson Band. 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Newport on the Levee. 1 Levee Way # 1113, Newport KY. w w w.newportonthelevee. com. (859) 291-0550. Thursday Art Play: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Join us in the UnMuseum to learn how to draw a selfportrait. 1-2pm. Free with CAC Admission. Contemporary Arts Center. 44 E Sixth Street, Cincinnati Oh. www. contempora r ya r tscenter. o r g / Un M u s e u m / T hu r sd ayA r t Pl ay. 513.345.8400. Wildlife Comes to You The wonders of the Cincinnati Zoo are coming to a Library near you! Summer Readers can encounter creatures of all kinds between the covers of books and in-person with the Zoo’s Wildlife Comes to You program. A Zoo educator and four Zoo animal ambassadors will visit several branch libraries in July. 2 p.m. West End Branch. 805 Ezzard Charles Dr.. www.cincinnatilibrary. org. (513)369-6026. www.


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Fireworks, Cartoons and Ice Cream Enjoy Vito’s Fireworks, Trauth ice cream and cartoons. Bring your blankets and lawnchairs. 7:30 pm. Durr Branch. 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence KY. w w nt on l ibr a r 859-962-4030. Teen Survivor Compete against other teens in feats to determine who is the ultimate Survivor! 6 p.m. Erlanger Branch. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger KY. www. (859)9624002.

Saturday 24

America I AM Children’s Celebration African Americans have contributed to the world as we know it in a variety of ways come on out to this program in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum lobby and join us as celebrate their profound impact. 1-3:30pm. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati OH. w w (513)287-7000. Honeyhill Farms Petting Zoo The farm comes to the library. Pet and feed donkeys, miniature horses, goats, sheep, llamas, and more. 11:00-1:00 p.m. Boone Co. Main Library. 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington KY. (859)342-BOOK.

Sunday 25

Duke Energy Children’s MuSEUm: Budding Scientists: Inventing with Eli Whitney Eli Whitney had a problem; he needed to clean cotton. He invented a machine to help get the job done. Join us as we try to solve a similar problem and invent some things of our own. 1:00pm. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati OH. w w (513)287-7000. Duke Energy Children’s Musuem: Kreative Kids: America - Who Am I? Explore the contributions of various Americans, and think about the contributions we might like to make from science and literature to education and entertainment. 4:00pm. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati OH. w w (513)287-7000.

Duke Energy Children’s Museum: Young at Art: Faith Ringgold Art Get inspired by Faith Ringgold, an artist and an author whose work combines traditional African and Indonesian art to create her own style. We will paint fabric to make our own story quilt like she does. 3:00pm. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati OH. www.cincymuseum. com. (513)287-7000.

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Tuesday 27

Animal Yoga Kids and parents will bend and stretch together with this fun variation of yoga positions! Allow minds to work with bodies as you roar like a lion and dance like a big brown bear. 10:30 am. Mary Ann Mongan Branch. 502 Scott Blvd, Covington KY. www. (859)9624071. Board Games Stop by the Library to play your favorite board games and win a prize! Ages 13-18. Please register! 4:00pm. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas KY. www. 859-572-5033. Legolympics Compete in a friendly Lego building contest under the guidance of master Lego builder, Professor Sam Lapin. No need to bring your Legos, they will be provided by Professor Lapin. 1:00 p.m. Boone Co. Main Library. 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington KY. (859)342-BOOK.

Wednesday 28

Juggling Show! This traveling circus will bring the best of the Big Top to many Library locations this summer with music, juggling and magic shows. Plus, learn the tricks-ofthe-trade at a magic workshop. 2 p.m. Blue Ash Branch. 4911 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati OH. (513)369-6051. The Amazing Portable Circus Presents: Everything Up! Juggling Show Juggling at its funniest, with a twist of danger. Kids will watch in amazement as tricks are performed with props that are on fire and blazing hot. Lots of comedy and audience interaction

guarantees a unique and fun show. 12:00pm to 1:00pm. $5, $2 children, free for Pyramid Hill members. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum. 1763 Ohio 128 (HamiltonCleves Road), Hamilton Ohio. w w w. p y r a m i d h i l l . o r g . 513-868-8336. The Game Room Console and board gaming for teens. Pizza and drinks provided. 1 pm. Mary Ann Mongan Branch. 502 Scott Blvd, Covington KY. w w nt on l ibr a r (859)962-4071. Wildlife Comes to You The wonders of the Cincinnati Zoo are coming to a Library near you! Summer Readers can encounter creatures of all kinds between the covers of books and in-person with the Zoo’s Wildlife Comes to You program. A Zoo educator and four Zoo animal ambassadors will visit several branch libraries in July. 11 am. Bond Hill Branch. 1740 Langdon Farm Rd, Bond Hill OH. (513)369-4445.

Thursday 29

Gardening Fun! Summer is the best time for picnics. Create a plate of your favorite summer treats inspired by local gardens. Then make your own seed bomb to make the earth a little greener. 1-2 pm. Contemporary Arts Center. 44 E. 6th St, Cincinnati OH. www. contempora r ya r tscenter. org. (513)345-8400. HypnoBirthing A Celebration of Life! Return birthing to the beautiful, peaceful, empowering experience nature intended. This unique childbirth series explodes the myth that suffering must accompany labor! 6:45 pm. Bethesda North Hospital. 10500 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati OH. w w w.sig n i ng sa f a r (513)475-4500. LIVE at the Levee Summer Concert Series The Whammies. 6:00 9:30 p.m. Newport on the Levee. 1 Levee Way # 1113, Newport KY. www. new por tont (859) 291-0550. Thursday Art Play: Gardening Fun! Summer is the best time for picnics. Create a plate of your favorite summer treats inspired by local gardens. Then make your own seed bomb to make the earth a little greener. 1-2pm. Free with CAC Admission. Contemporary Arts Center. 44 E Sixth Street, Cincinnati Oh. www.



contemporaryartscenter. org/Un Museum/ T h u r s d ayA r t P l ay. 513.345.8400. Tween & Teen Hula Hoop Workshop Join us at the Library to make your own professional-style hoop and learn some tricks to perform on your own! Ages 9-19. Please register. 3 p.m. Newport Branch. 901 E. Sixth St., Newport KY. (859)572-5035.

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Jazzing Up Free Fridays Free music and access to a great exhibition at no cost; what could be better? Visit Cincinnati Museum Center during its Free Friday dates and enjoy some great live jazz and see America I AM at a price sure to fit your budget! 4-8 pm. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati OH. www. (513)287-7000. Mt. Pleasant String Band A high-energy event by this five piece bluegrass band. 7 p.m. Erlanger Branch. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger KY. w w w.kenton l ibrar (859)962-4002.

Saturday 31

Harry, a History - The True Story of a Boy Wizard His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon: Join expert Harry Potter historian and Leaky Cauldron webmistress Melissa Anelli for an in-depth look at the pop culture phenomenon surrounding Harry Potter. Reading Garden Lounge, Saturday 31, 2:00 p.m., All ages Sponsored by the Kersten Fund. 2 p.m. Main Library. 800 Vine St, Cincinnati OH. w w w.c i nc i n n at i l ibr a r y. org. (513)369-6900. The Vaccination Debate Considering an alternative or delayed vaccination schedule for your child? Considering not vaccinating altogether? Certainly one of the most controversial and agonizing decisions all parents must make is when, how, or not to vaccinate their child. Join Dr. Michael Nichols for this enlightening pro’s and con’s open-floor format discussion. 11:30 am. FREE. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center. 4244 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati OH. www. theplacefor (513)591-CFEC.

R E SOU RC E S ”The Garden of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” presented by Playhouse in the Park Ongoing Each Monday Beginning Monday, June 21, 2010. All ages will enjoy this free-flowing comic brawl - a loose adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic children’s tale Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Contact: Register in advance through the Mayerson JCC, 513.761.7500, or 1 - 2:30pm. $5; Open to the public. Mayerson Jewish Community Center. 8485 Ridge Rd., Cincinnati OH. (513)761-7500.

Club Aqua Occurring Each Tuesday Beginning Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Through Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Club Aqua, The Beach’s teens-only outdoor dance club, is returning for its eighth season. The party will take place at the Pearl and features a live interactive DJ and music. (Must be 13-19 years of age). 9-midnight. $10 at the gate; $8 online. The Beach Waterpark. 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason OH. 513-398-SWIM. Amazing Portable Circus presents Magic Mondays Occurring on the first Monday of each Month Through Monday, September 06, 2010. The Amazing Portable Circus is offering a free Magic show in our studio on the first Monday of every month. Please RSVP by phone to 513-921-5454. Check us out at 7:30pm. Free. Essex Studios. 501 Minnesota Street, Cincinnati Ohio. 513-921-5454.

Duke Energy Children’s MuseUm: Home School Museum Monday: Keats Collage Occurring Each Monday Beginning Monday, July 05, 2010 Through Monday, July 12, 2010. Ezra Jack Keats wrote the first American picture book with an African American child as a main character. Learn more about this pioneering author as we create collages inspired by his work. 3:00pm. Cincinnati Museum Center. 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati OH. w w w. c i n c y m u s e u m . c o m . (513)287-7000.

Stay at home dads weekly playgroup Ongoing Each Friday Beginning Friday, June 18, 2010. This is a private group for at-home dads in Cincinnati. Sign up and register at to gain access to the announcements and regular updates. The weekly playgroup meets at various parks and attractions around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

and make one call (513) 898-9857 to The Sitter Connection to get a babysitter anytime you want to go out. Anytime. $8-$10 per hour. Any where in Cincinnati. (513) 898-9857.

Kool Kids’ Fridays Occurring Each Friday Beginning Friday, June 18, 2010 Through Friday, July 30, 2010. Kool Kids’ Fridays will teach athletic activities and safety tips to children as well as provide opportunities for them to get involved in local organizations. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Free with youth admission: $5 admission before 3pm. The Beach Waterpark. 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason OH. w w w . ch ea B thebeachwaterpark. he T at Club Aqua com. 513-398-SWIM.



gate; $19 online in advance. The Beach Waterpark. 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason OH. www. 513-398-SWIM.

Ohio Pioneer Days Occurring Daily Beginning Saturday, July 10, 2010 Through Sunday, July 11, 2010. A celebration of early pioneer settlement in Ohio. Demonstrations in campfire cooking, fire starting, and pioneer crafts. Contests such as tomahawk, knife and skillet throwing. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. $5 for adults, $3 for children. Heritage Village Museum. 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville OH. www. (513)563-9484.

Wake Nation Cincinnati’s Weekly Grind Series Competition Occurring Each Thursday Beginning Thursday, June 17, 2010 Through Thursday, July 15, 2010. Beginning Thursday, June 17 (and continuing for the next four weeks), wakeboarders young and old can enter Wake Nation Cincinnati’s “Weekly Grind Series” with an opportunity to move on in a national competition. Laser Show All nine cable wakeboarding parks in the USA Series: Legends of the Night Sky are participating in the event, called the National Ongoing throughout the month. Visit Web site for Points Chase Competition, sponsored by dates and times. Drake Planetarium becomes an At the end of the summer, changing universe of brilliantly colored astronomical the top three Wake Nation Cincinnati winners in each imagery and animations with our competition category will qualify Laser Show Series. Experience to represent Wake Nation the 3D animated “Legends of the Cincinnati and the entire Night Sky” as well as the rock region in the 2010 National shows: Laser Beatles, Laser U2, Points Chase Championship Laser Metallica, Laser Zeppelin, in Texas. To enter, contestants and 2 Pink Floyd Shows: “The can sign up at Wake Nation Wall” and “Dark Side of The Cincinnati or call (513) 887Moon. Plus, new this year, Miley WAKE. Each competition Cyrus, a fun show for the whole begins at 6 p.m. Cost to enter is family! 7:00 pm. $7 in advance, $15 per event, or $60 for all five $8 at the door or as a Family events. Wake Nation. 201 Joe 4-pack for $25. Drake Science Nuxhall Way (In Joyce park), La ser Shows at Drake Planetarium Center. 4557 Montgomery Fairfield OH. 513-887-WAKE. Rd, Cincinnati OH. w w w.d r a ke p l a n e t a r iu m . NEED EVEN MORE org. (513)396-5578. IDEAS??? Visit and sign up for our weekly e-newsletter! Every week you’ll get the top 5-10 events delivered right to your inbox! Plus, you’ll gain access to exclusive subscriber contests, news, prizes and more!!! Mom Day Mondays Occurring Each Monday Beginning Monday, June 21, 2010 Through Monday, July 26, 2010. A new event this year, this is a special day for Mom to get pampered: manicures, fashion shows, lifestyle exhibitors and more. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free with admission: $27.99 at the




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