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The Cincinnati Mom’s Guide to April Family Fun {2017}

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Celebrate Earth Day at Washington Park!


April 22
Washington Park
Cincinnati, OH 45202
12pm-5pm

FREE

3CDC in partnership with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will be offering a fun filled day of eco-friendly activities and vendors on the park Civic Lawn on Saturday April 22nd.

The event will feature live music, food and drink, eco-friendly products & goods for purchase, and a range of activities for both children and adults.



Autism and All Special Needs Expo  

April 1
Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, OH 45246
10am-4pm
FREE

More than 70 organizations with tables set up to hand out free information on autism and special needs. Free breakout sessions, free children’s activities.

Family Performance Series: The Inventive Princess of Floralee

April 1
Oxford Community Arts Center
10 S. College Avenue, Oxford, OH 45056
2-3m
FREE, Created for grades K-5

This original, two-person, interactive, 30-minute fairy tale will have your students “thinking like scientists” as they follow the Princess of Floralee on the adventure of a lifetime, searching for the kidnapped king kept in the clutches of a viciously vile and wrathfully wicked witch.Along the way, your students will help the princess solve a variety of math, engineering, science, and even dance challenges as she uses her brains, wit, and sound judgment to find her father in the land Scalenfell.

Your students will laugh and cheer as they meet characters like a figure-skating dragon, a Platypus saving Pirate, a gate with a flair for dancing, and a witch, that they may recognize! This unique educational opportunity unites science and art by giving your students the chance to laugh, dance, and think critically about topics rooted in STEM.

Family First Saturdays: Material World 

April 1
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12-4pm
FREE

Designed with the whole family in mind! Performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making activities are just the start of the fun for the whole family. There’s a different theme each month, so be sure to come to everyone, and bring your best friends!

A Day in the Life: As the Betts Family Lived in the Mid 19th Century

April 1-June 30
Betts House
416 Clark Street, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 12-5pm
$5, $2 children

Exhibit features materials and programs showing how adults and children entertained themselves in the mid nineteenth century.

Zoo Blooms 

April 1-30
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
10am-5pm daily
$17, $12 ages 2-12, FREE under age 2

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will transform into a magnificent explosion of color when Zoo Blooms kicks off this spring. The zoo promises to be a palette of artistic color with a combination of more than 80,000 tulips. 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 will also feature more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs exploding with color. 

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BUILD SOME FUN IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

 
Whether you are looking for swinging, jumping, shooting hoops or a hot tub for relaxing, Recreations Outlet has it all! Check out their incredible swing sets and spring-free trampolines and BUILD SOME FUN for this spring and YEARS to come! Swing on over to see the difference for yourself! Visit the main showroom in Milford (and bring the kids to play!) or check out the outdoor location in Liberty Township.

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April 1-2, 7-9
Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various Performances
$10-$30

Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Tarzan’s life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his troop’s territory and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.

The Land of Nod Tour Bus at Krohn 

April 2
Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-5pm
$7, $4 ages 5-17, FREE ages 4 and under

Admission includes the 2017 Butterfly Show, The Majestic Monarch, and Charlie Harper themed art activities and giveaways.

Opening Day Celebration

April 3
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-7pm
FREE admission

Beverage sales, fun games and live music. The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade kicks off at noon and will pass by Washington Park on Race Street as it makes its way through the city. Be sure to stick around after the procession for even more music, family-friendly activities, cold beverages, and delicious food options. Additionally, Washington Park’s concession stand will be selling beer, wine, mixed drinks, soft drinks and water.

Findlay Market Opening Day Parade  

April 3
Findlay Market
1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12pm
FREE

Since 1920, this parade has made its way from Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine through the streets of downtown each spring to kick off the Cincinnati Reds baseball season. Bring a chair and some noise makers and make a party of it at either Washington Park or Fountain Square as the parade passes by. The celebration continues throughout the day at Fountain Square with concessions and watching the game on the big screen. Show your Reds pride or be wowed by everyone else’s and join in the fun!

Little Tykes – Earth Day  

April 5
Winton Woods – Winton Centre
10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
11am-12pm
FREE, valid motor vehicle permit required to enter park

You won’t want to miss our traditional Earth Day celebration. Engaging, earth-friendly activities will help your youngster embrace nature in a big way. Bring your favorite earth friendly idea to share. For ages 3–6 accompanied by an adult.

Tunes and Blooms Concert 

April 6, 13, 20, & 27
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220 6-8:30pm
Admission is FREE after 5pm, Parking is $10.

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?

Toddler Trail Time 

April 7, May 5
Children’s Meeting House Montessori School
927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140
9-10am
FREE, Registration recommended

School naturalist leads hike especially designed for families with young children.

Monster Jam  

April 7 & 8
U. S. Bank Arena
100 Broadway, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various Performances
$15-$40

Monster truck racing.

Families Create! Candy Land! Canstruction Workshop

April 8
Weston Art Gallery
650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-12pm
$5 per child, Reservations required

Families Create! Is a popular series of workshops designed to introduce art techniques and concepts to children ages 5-12 years and their families. Participants meet the exhibiting artist and explore the world of art through gallery talks, tours, and hands-on activities with take-home art projects.

Second Sunday Family Showtime: The Ugly Duckling

April 9
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
3711 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220
2pm
FREE for kids, $5 per adult

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, we tell the story of a down-trodden duckling who believes he is ugly and worthless because of his distinct appearance. Through his family and friends, he realizes his self-worth as he transforms into a beautiful swan. This timeless story offers a wonderful lesson in overcoming adversity and accepting our differences.

Recommended for grades K – 5 and families.

Outdoor Archery  

April 9 & 15
Winton Woods – Adventure Outpost
10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
April 9, 1pm; April 15, 10am
$15/person, valid motor vehicle permit required to enter park, Registration required at least 3 days prior to event

Aiming for a new way to enjoy the great outdoors? Try out your skills with a little target practice! Our archery instructor will guide you through the basics of shooting a compound bow while explaining the archery steps to success. All equipment is provided. For adults and children ages 8 and up. An adult must be present for the duration of the program.

3rd Sunday Funday: “Egg”-Citing Funday  

April 16
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH
45202 1-4pm
FREE

Come celebrate Easter in this “egg”-cellent Funday. Decorate an egg to take home, find eggs on the front lawn, and learn how to create stories from art at the Art Cart. At 2 p.m., enjoy a performance of The Ugly Duckling by TCT on Tour (suitable for kids grades K-5). Meet rabbits from Sunrock Farm at 3 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day at Washington Park!

April 22
Washington Park
Cincinnati, OH 45202
12pm-5pm

FREE

3CDC in partnership with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will be offering a fun filled day of eco-friendly activities and vendors on the park Civic Lawn on Saturday April 22nd. The event will feature live music, food and drink, eco-friendly products & goods for purchase, and a range of activities for both children and adults

Family Festival: You, Me and Everyone We See  

April 22
Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12-3pm
FREE

Join us for an identity themed family festival, where we’ll learn about our similarities and celebrate our differences. Stop by the UnMuseum to collaborate on a giant quilt that focuses on the many special things that make us who we are! Design a shield for your family crest, create a 3-D ceramic self portrait and stick around for an identity themed storytime at 1:00pm with the fabulous Amy Schardein from the Covington Library.

Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration

April 22
Blue Ash Summit Park
4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242
12-7pm
FREE

Theme is Local Food with activities surrounding home gardening, local foods and composting.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill

April 22
Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center
6980 Cambridge Avenue, Mariemont, OH 45227
10-11am
$5

Step through wardrobe to magical land of Narnia in 2-actor adaptation of beloved tale of good’s triumph over evil. For ages 5 and up.

Wee Wednesdays: Recycled Materials 

April 26
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-12pm
FREE

Your preschooler will learn about their local community through sensory play this Wee Wednesday. You and your toddler will wander through the galleries to find interactive art stops, as well as an art making activity. This “Open house” program is recommended for preschoolers (ages 5 and under) accompanied by an adult.

Disney in Concert with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

April 28-30
Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various Performances
Tickets start at $25.

A musical celebration exploring the magical moments and feats of heroics from Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more.

Vikings: Beyond the Legend 

Through April 23
Cincinnati Museum Center
$19.50 adult, $12.50 child, $12.50 adult member, $8.50 child member

Explore the rich, often-misunderstood Viking culture through a rare collection of artifacts and fresh insights revealed through new archaeological discoveries that gives you a real look into the lives of Vikings and shows why they continue to capture our imagination.

Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibit 

Through June 9
Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education
8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
Mondays-Fridays 1-4pm, Sundays 11am-3pm
$10, $5 students

The life history of Anne Frank and her family is the leading thread running through this exhibition. The family’s story is juxtaposed against world events before, during and after the rise to power of the Nazi party. Throughout the exhibit, Anne’s own wonderfully candid writing provides a central voice to the exhibit narrative, bringing a poignant and truly beautiful perspective to the story.

International Butterfly Show: Majestic Monarch 

Through June 18
Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-5pm daily
$7, $4 ages 5-17, FREE ages 4 and under

Welcome to the Cincinnati Parks Krohn Conservatory 2017 Butterfly Show, The Majestic Monarch!. Grab your Butterfly Show Field Journal and flutter along with us and our imaginary character “Mona” through the Krohn showroom resembling fields and forests that “Mona” and her Monarch friends would likely visit on their long journey across North Americas. Experience what it’s like to be a butterfly surrounded by towering fir trees, giant flowers, and islands of color as you fly by beautiful hydrangeas, marvelous marigolds, and gorgeous celosia.



Plan Ahead!! No Child Wet Behind 5K

May 20
Winton Woods Park
10246 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45248
9am (5K), 10am (1M FamilyFun Run)
Registration and details HERE.

Join Doulas of Cincinnati and Q102 for the inaugural “No Child Wet Behind” Diaper Drive, 5k and 1 mile family fun run to help eliminate diaper need in Greater Cincinnati. Diaper Drive runs from Mar 20 – May 20; 5k and 1 mile family fun run hosted at Winton Woods Park on Saturday, May 20, at 9am. This is a day full of having fun and doing good – perfect for kids and adults alike! 

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