So much to do and see in Cincinnati this month! Get out and enjoy SPRING!
Tunes & Blooms, Cincinnati Zoo
Thursdays in April, 6-8:30p
See a collection of Cincinnati’s finest and most respected music veterans playing together in the Zoo’s beautiful gardens, for FREE! Why tip-toe through the tulips when you can rock the garden? Admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $9. As a reminder NO outside alcohol is permitted to be brought inside the Zoo. Beer will be available for purchase. Bags will be inspected at the turnstiles before entering the Zoo.
Graeter’s Easter Egg Hunt, Washington Park
April 4, 10a-12p
Over-the-Rhine’s biggest egg hunt returns to Washington Park Saturday, April 4. Produced by 3CDC, the Graeter’s Easter Egg Hunt features 7,500 candy-filled eggs, face painting with On the Line, a petting zoo, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Taste of Belgium will also be on-site, serving up their signature Belgian waffles.
Earth Days, Washington Park
April 4, 11, 18, 12-1p
Enjoy a series of eco-friendly events designed to promote “green living” in Washington Park. Activities for both adults and kids will be featured. See website for more information!
Family First Saturday: Work It, Cincinnati Art Museum
April 4, 12p-4p
Celebrate world of fashion with special scavenger hunt, Happen, Inc., local artists, cool performances and much more. Don’t forget to check out the new Rosenthal Education Center while you are there!
Opening Day Storytime, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
April 6, 10:30a
Join Bookseller Audrey for the annual Opening Day storytime and parade! Wear your favorite Reds gear and show your team spirit!
Opening Day Block Party, The Banks
April 6, 11a-4p
Live music and entertainment, food and drinks available for purchase.
Opening Day Parade, Findley Market
April 6, 12p
Parade begins at Findlay Market on Race. 2015 Findlay Market Parade Grand Marshals are The Nasty Boys: Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers.
Opening Day Celebration, Washington Park
April 6, 11a-7p
Join us for a free fun-filled Opening Day Celebration in Washington Park! Festivities begin Monday, April 6, at 11:00am with beverage sales, fun games and live music from local rock band, Glory Days. The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade kicks off at noon and will pass by Washington Park on Elm Street—directly in front of Music Hall—as it makes its way through the city. Don’t have tickets to Opening Day? We’ve rented a giant LED screen for the day, making the Park the perfect place to watch the Reds-Pirates play starting at 4:10!
Bird Brain, Playhouse in the Park
See website for showtimes and locations
When a kindhearted woodcutter comes across a nest of freezing baby birds, he gives them a warm home under his hat. The problem is, he lives in a world where tipping your hat to others is not only a courtesy, but also the law, with severe punishments for disobeying. The woodcutter finds himself torn between doing what he feels is right and following the social norms. Will he follow the rules, or follow his heart? This charming fable about choosing to be different is full of laughs and the lesson that strange behavior isn’t always foolish. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Kroger’s Where the Wild Things Play, Washington Park
Kids and adults alike will love the stories and songs, art activities and creative movement, “Where the Wild Things Play” at Washington Park.
Activity: New leaves emerge from the ground and on the trees. How many greens can blue and yellow make? Use some of that new greenery to stamp and paint.
Activity: Thankful for the essential nourishment rainwater provides, we celebrate with squirt bottles and water color! Mix cloudy greys when all your colors come together. Make a rainbow to peek through.
Theme: Earth (Earth Day is April 22)
Activity: Put your hands in the sand. Squeeze some homemade clay. Make a sculpture with the play dough and then color with crayons on sand paper. Plant a bean to take home and watch new life sprout!
Family Night, Hofbrauhaus Newport
April 12, 6-9p
The 2nd Tuesday each month at Hofbräuhaus Newport it’s “Family Night!” Kids eat free, face painting, balloon animals, origami art and more! Bring the family out for a great time.
*Kids eat free with purchase of adult entrée
Asian Culture Festival, Cincinnati Museum Center
April 18, 10a-5p
Learn about the rich histories, arts, and traditions of China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and The Philippines through an assortment of performances and cultural activities. Enjoy demonstrations, storytelling, dance performances, workshops, cultural displays and an Asian marketplace with authentic Asian merchandise. Activities in the Rotunda and surrounding areas are free!
A Day of Puppetry, Happen Inc.
April 18, 11a-2p
Puppet shows with Snelvis Pestley, Wump Mucket Puppets and Puppets and Such, puppetry displays, puppet-making crafts and puppet videos. Pancakes from 11-11:45 a.m.
Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration, Sawyer Point
April 18, 12-5p
Celebrate Earth Day with variety of eco-friendly vendors and exhibitors, music, educational lecture series, food, petting zoo and more.
Earth Day Celebration, Blue Ash Recreation Center
April 22, 4-7p
Earth-friendly vendors, food, crafts and fun for entire family.
Wee Wednesday: Animal Kingdom, Cincinnati Art Museum
April 29, 10a-12p
Perfect for ages 2–5. A great program keeps getting better! Our popular “open house” program for preschoolers and their parents offers interactive learning stations in the galleries, story tellers, and a hands-on art project each month. We hope you’ll like our new ideas for the season! Free. Reservations Not Required.
Astronomy Night, Cincinnati Observatory Center
Fridays, now through May 29th, 8:30p-10p
$7, $5 for children. Presentation, Q&A, Tour and Stargazing. Reservations required.
Easter Bunny Express, LM&M Railroad
April 3 & 4, See website for tickets & times
Hop aboard the LM&M Railroad’s Easter Bunny Express! Enjoy a train ride to the LM&M Junction for a special visit with the Easter Bunny. All children will receive a special gift and have the opportunity to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt! Parents be sure to bring your camera to capture this special moment!
Easter Sunday: Sunrise with the Butterflies!, Krohn Conservatory
April 5, 8-10a
Purchase coffee, juice and a healthy snack and enjoy the butterflies and the flowers. Regular admission applies.
CincySings, Music Hall
April 8, 7p
Teams of employee choirs from top regional companies face off in this high-energy evening of music and fun hosted by Drew Lachey. From doo-wop to hip-hop, CincySings features amazing vocal talent you won’t hear anywhere else. Cheer on your friends, neighbors, and colleagues and see who will win this year’s grand prize! Tickets are $20 per person.
Monster Jam, US Bank Arena
April 10 & 11
Tickets range from $20-$60. Truck lineup includes Grave Dinner, Max-D, Blue Thunder, Monster Mutt, New Earth Authority, and Scooby Doo.
Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Taft Theatre
April 10, 11, 12 & 18, See website for showtimes
Everyone’s favorite characters are here in this stage adaptation of the Disney hit, including Aladdin, Jasmine, and of course, the Genie. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, spirits will soar with excitement! This show will feature an onstage collaboration with The Cincinnati Circus Company– bringing jugglers, aerial acrobats, stilt walkers and more to the Taft Theatre stage!
Second Sunday Family Showtime: Madcap Puppets’ Twain’s Twisted Tales, Clifton Cultural Arts Center
April 12, 2p
Clara’s ordinary day takes an unexpected twist when Mark Twain’s most beloved characters escape from her book!! Putting them back where they belong is going to take help from Mark Twain himself. Madcap is proud to introduce the life and stories of one of America’s greatest literary figures and humorists with giant puppets and audience participation. The stories included are: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Legend of Sagenfeld, and selections from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. For students ages 5 – 12, families. Shows start at 2 p.m. and are free for kids and just $5 per adult. Scholarships available.
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend, US Bank Arena
April 14 & 15, 7p
No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family! Tickets range from $15-$63.
Cincinnati Flower Show, Yeatman’s Cove
Enjoy spectacular garden and floral exhibits created by the region’s most talented and creative professionals, landscapers, floral designers and amateur gardeners. Plus attend fascinating lectures and special events with our celebrity guests. Be sure to look for the informative presentations by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden staff from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm every day. See website for full event schedules and tickets!
Linton Music’s Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions: Making Music with Madcap: The Story of the Ugly Duckling
April 18, 10a & 11:30a & 1p, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
April 25, 10a & 11:30a, Heritage Presbyterian Church in Mason
The clarinet, cello, piano and Madcap Puppets tell the story of The Ugly Duckling through the music of Beethoven! Don’t miss the music, storytelling, and warm and fuzzy fun! $5.00 for an individual ticket (child or adult), $15.00 for a Flexible Ticket Book (4 tickets, good at any PB&J concert)
Ignite: Celebration. Cincinnati Boychoir Spring Showcase 50th Anniversary Concert, Aronoff Center (Jarson-Kaplan Theater)
April 19, 3p & 6p
Celebrating 50-year history of boys and men singing together. $15, $10 students and seniors.
Earth Day Celebration, Krohn Conservatory
April 22, 10a-2p
First 300 visitors will receive a free tree seedling sponsored by Cincinnati Parks Foundation and Friends of Krohn. Regular Admission costs apply.
Zoo Blooms, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
April 1st – April 30th
Every spring, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden becomes the Cincinnati Botanical Garden & Zoo when it transforms into a magnificent explosion of color! As one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, the Cincinnati Zoo offers one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest. Dubbed “Tulip Mania,” Zoo Blooms also features more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs exploding with color.
**Every Thursday in April the zoo will host a Tunes and Blooms concert from 6p-8:30p. Performing artists vary.
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition, Cincinnati Museum Center
Now through April 26
Embark on a journey into the extraordinary world of mummies and mummification. Through modern science, engaging interactive and multi-media exhibits featuring 3-D animation, explore how mummies are created, where they come from and who they were. Using state-of-the-art scientific methodology, discover how modern science enables researchers to study mummies through innovative and non-invasive ways, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations.
International Butterfly Show, Krohn Conservatory
April 3 – June 21, 10am-5pm
This year’s theme is Butterflies of the Philippines. Cascading waterfalls, colorful parrot fish, and mysterious stone sculptures will set the stage for thousands of free flying butterflies who flutter together among visitors and throughout the tropical landscape inside Krohn Conservatory. $7, $4 children, free ages 4 and under. $12 unlimited admission pins.
FREE Park Playdate at Woodland Mound, Anderson Township, OH
April 9, 10am-12pm
Cincinnati Moms Blog is hosting a series of park playdates this spring and summer to help connect Moms across the Cincy/NKY area. There will be different days, times and locations to choose from, so follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on this information.
Springing for Spring Playdate, The Little Gym of Mason
April 22, 11:15am-12:15pm
Cincinnati Moms Blog is partnering with The Little Gym and Happy Family once again for another fun playdate event! Tickets are on sale now, $5. Come play with us!
Mommy & Me Mini Photo Sessions, George Rogers Clark Park in Covington, KY
April 25, 8am-11am
Cincinnati Moms Blog is partnering with Gina Altieri, owner of Twinkle Stars Photography, just in time for mother’s day, to help you get some amazing and affordable images, intended to showcase that mother-child relationship that means so much to all of us. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Sessions are $95 and include 4 professional images with print release, and the option to purchase more.
Don’t forget to check out our great local parks for their events! There are a lot of free options!
Click here for a full list of events happening at all the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County branches: April Library Events
For branch locations, click here!