Cincinnati might have some wacky weather, but when it comes to fun times for families, this city is aces. Check out all the fun to be had this weekend, and make your plans. Have a blast, my friends!
Chess, anyone? Kids from grades K through 12 can test their chess-playing skills at the Walton Branch of Boone County Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Fridays. Parents are welcome to attend, and snacks are provided.
Learn the art of cross stitching with other children at this monthly workshop, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the College Hill Branch of Cincinnati Public Library. Projects will take several sessions to complete. All materials are provided.
Jump into the weekend at Jump Zone Family Night in Milford. Pay $28 for the whole family to play from 5 to 8 p.m. and enjoy pizza and pop, or pay $10 per kid.
Shop Bellevue at its First Friday event, hosted by Bellevue Renaissance, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the 200-700 blocks of Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue Kentucky 41073 (just east of the Party Source). Get the details from Michelle’s FFC post about Shop Bellevue.
Skating is a family affair at West Chester’s Skatetown USA Family Skate Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is $5.
Explore the stars at the monthly meetings of the FOTOKids & FOTOTeens Youth Astronomy Club, from 7 to 8:25 p.m. at the Cincinnati Observatory. These clubs are for kids 6-9 and 10-15+ years of age (and their parents) who have a deeper interest in astronomy.
Create unique Valentine’s cards at the Middletown Arts Center from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. This workshop is aimed at grades 7 and up. Cost is $25 per participant. No experience is necessary, and supplies are included in cost. Registration is required.
Families with preschoolers can get free information, workshops, activities, screenings, prizes and stories at the Early Childhood Fair. The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boone County Main Library.
Get heart-healthy cooking inspiration at Whole Foods Market at Rookwood from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The free weekly Kids Can Cook Too workshop gives children the chance to explore great food and good nutrition. Register at 513.981.0794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a space-themed musical ride at the Lollipops Family Concert “Symphony in Space,” featuring the Cincinnati Pops with John Morris Russell. The concert will be held at Music Hall from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children.
Be mesmerized by The Pied Piper and Other Fantastic Tales featuring Donna Wissinger, who weaves a piper’s spell with her magical gifts as both flutist and storyteller. Part of the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series, The Pied Piper will show at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park‘s Rosenthal Plaza. Tickets are $5 for children, $6 for adults.
Create a unique mixed-media Valentine, learning textured painting and layering techniques, combining found objects, fabric and a message to give to the one you love. The Key to My Heart Valentines Workshop will be at Broadhope Art Collective in Cheviot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For teenagers and adults, all materials (including an easel for your finished piece) are covered by the $20 registration fee. Learn more about this new artsy hub on the West Side in my recent post.
Get your art on for free at Happen, Inc., in Northside. This Saturday’s Open Studio provides cool materials to make beautiful Valentine’s cards from 10 to 11 a.m. and noon to 5 p.m. At 11 a.m., you’ll be seeing double when Tony Two-Times stops by to talk about symmetry in art.
Bookworms will love the fun, free reading-related activities at Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore in Oakley this Saturday. It starts at 9:30 a.m. with stories, songs and fun for little ones at ManaTots, followed by all-ages German Story Time at 10:30. Then at 2 p.m., local artist and illustrator Christina Wald will discuss her books, including A Warm Winter Tail, and lead a workshop for aspiring illustrators (ages 6 and up).
Make fused glass art at Brazee Street Studios in Oakley. Bring your mom, child or loved one to create an original fused glass valentine and create glass art together from 10am-1pm at an Open House-style Valentine workshop. Cost is $15 per Valentine. At the Kids+Me workshop from 1:30 to 3 p.m., learn the basics of fused glass while creating original glass pendants in this introductory class (ages 6 and up). Registration is $30 per student.
Enjoy great art as a family at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s free Family First Saturday. From noon to 4 p.m., spend the day exploring galleries while jamming to the soothing tones of Xavier University’s male a cappella group, Harmon-x. Go on a hunt through the museum and if you’re lucky, you may run into some Madcap puppets. Visit with local artists to learn about their work and visit the Behind the Seams exhibition to watch and learn as Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles, Cynthia Amneus, transforms paper into a hairdo for a mannequin. Stop by Artworld to make some work of your own. And while you’re at the art museum, join a docent-led Family ARTventures Public Tour at 1 or 3 p.m.
Discover the secretive world of mole salamanders with a Hamilton County Park District naturalist at Shawnee Lookout Waterhole Meadow. This free outdoor program begins at 2 p.m.
Celebrate the new American Girl Doll with fellow AG fans at the Mason Barnes & Noble. Bring your favorite doll to this free party at 2 p.m.
Make Chinese Zodiac t-shirt art for the Chinese New Year at the Madeira branch of the Cincinnati Public Library. This program is for ages 12 to 18, and starts at 2 p.m. Call 513-369-6028 to sign up.
Teens can learn the craft of knitting with Mendy Kercheval at the Greenhills branch of the Cincinnati Public Library, starting at 2 p.m.
Look for your shadow at the Groundhog Day Hike for Families at the Cincinnati Nature Center’s Long Branch Farm and Trails from 2 to 4 p.m. Learn to whistle like a woodchuck as you search for signs of the illusive groundhog, and afterward enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallow roasting. For members, cost is $2 per person; nonmembers pay $6 per person. Registration is required.
See the free “Get Up Groundhog!” puppet show at Sharon Woods Sharon Centre from 2 to 3 p.m. You might even meet a special guest!
Create and build with Lego lovers at the Norwood branch of the Cincinnati Public Library. Ages 6-12 are welcome to join the Lego Club, which meets at 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.
Watch The Travelling Jekyll and Hyde Show, presented by Playhouse in the Park, at the Glenmore Playhouse in Cheviot. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $5. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
Girls ages 8 to 15 can get together for pampering and socializing at the Girls Night Out at Countryside YMCA in Lebanon. From 7:30 to 11 p.m., enjoy mini-manicures, facials, hair do’s, fitness classes, movies, girl talk and games. Cost is $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers. Complete a waiver and pre-register by January 31 to hold a spot.
Leave it to the beavers when you attend this free naturalist program at Miami Whitewater Forest Visitor Center, starting at 2 p.m. Learn about Ohio’s largest rodent and its amazing architectural skills, then explore a life-sized beaver lodge and participate in an indoor scavenger hunt.
Kids in grades 1 to 6 can read to a real dog companion to improve reading skills and gain confidence. Dog listeners will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mary Ann Mongan Library in Covington.
Get out and play at the PlayScape Outdoor Social, held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cincinnati Nature Center’s Rowe Woods location in Milford. Don’t forget your favorite mug for hot cocoa. This program is for children 12 and under with an adult. Members are free; nonmembers pay daily admission.
Track down the Family ARTventures ART STOP in the Cincinnati Art Museum. From 3 to 4 p.m., you’ll find a Japanese Tea Ceremony Art Cart, where a docent leads hands-on activities for the whole family. Free admission.
Skate your heart out at Skatetown USA‘s Open Skate, held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.
Do some winter stargazing at the Adventure Outpost in Winton Woods starting at 7 p.m. Telescope provided; event is free and will take place weather permitting.
Attention, Thomas the Train fans: “Everything Thomas” comes back to EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester starting this weekend, through March 3. Look forward to a magical indoor celebration of Thomas, with several Thomas train layouts, Thomas videos, Thomas scavenger hunt, Thomas coloring and crafts and our indoor kids’ train ride PLUS the hobby shop has the area’s largest selection of Thomas merchandise all at 15% to 50% off. Tickets are $9.95 for kids, $11.50 for seniors and $12.95 for adults.
Examine the Dead Sea Scrolls–ancient handwritten texts that shaped the future of the Western world–at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The exhibition is open daily at 10 a.m., with extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m., and Sunday until 6 p.m. There is an additional cost to attend this exhibit (it’s not part of your museum admission). Tickets for adult members are $15, for children (ages 3-12) $10; for nonmember adults, tickets are $23, for children $15; seniors (ages 60+) pay $20. Read Karen’s FFC post about the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit for more information.
Special events at the Museum Center this weekend include a free Genetic Jigsaw program Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Museum of Natural History & Science. Use DNA to match sections of a document together, the same way researchers match together sections of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum will present Fabulous Foods: Apples and Honey on Friday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Discover the health benefits and cultural significance of this tasty treat.
Bring your best eagle eye to Eagle Weekend at Woodland Mound Seasongood Nature Center, Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. At this free program, enjoy hands-on discovery stations all about eagles. At 1 p.m. each day, join the naturalist at the Steamboat Bend Boat Ramp to look for these majestic birds.
Explore Artworld at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where the current installation for kids and families is Hot Off the Presses. Kids will have the opportunity to discover printing techniques like screenprinting, emboss, relief print, collagraph, and monotype, as well as create their own print to take home and enjoy. Artworld is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.
Tiptoe through the Enchanted Forest Spring Show at Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park, featuring bulbs, blooming shrubs and miniature elf houses. Krohn Conservatory is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Show admission is $3, $2 seniors, $1 children; $1-off-admission coupon available online.
“It’s great to learn ’cause knowledge is power” at Schoolhouse Rock Live!, a student musical performed at Highlands Middle School in Fort Thomas. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 for students.
Groove to a modern musical interpretation of classic fairytales at Into the Woods Jr., presented by Miss Bridgette’s Dance Studio and Theatre in Lebanon. Showtimes are Saturday at 2 and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8, $6 advance online, $5 pre-sale in studio.
Laugh your fool head off at Mason High School Theater‘s production of the Neil Simon comedy Fools. Showtimes are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m., with shows next weekend as well. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.
When not blogging for Family Friendly Cincinnati, you can find Susan writing at her personal blog,Working Moms Against Guilt.