A Mom’s Guide to November Family Fun in Cincinnati & NKY {2017}

REC Reads 

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Bring your toddler or preschooler to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed story books, songs, and sensory activities. This 30 minute program will get your little one excited about art in a fun and interactive way.

Peppa Pig Live 

November 1
Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tickets start at $15

Peppa Pig, the #1 Family show of 2016, is back with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!

Taft Jr.: All About Me 

November 2
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
$10 non-members in advance (includes Museum admission), $12 day of program, FREE for Taft member; Information & registration: [email protected] or (513)684-4517.

Do you know all the parts of your face? Use the faces in Taft paintings to explore your own, hear a story about making faces out of silly objects, and create your own wacky portrait.


November 2-5
School For Creative and Performing Arts
108 W. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various matinee and evening performances

Quirky teenager has 2 big dreams: to dance on The Corny Collins Show and win heart of her teenage crush.

Cirque Italia: Water Circus Gold

November 2-5
Florence Mall
2028 Mall Road, Florence, KY 41042
Various matinee and evening performances
$10-$50, one FREE child (ages 2-12) admission with each paid adult

Cirque Italia is not your average, traditional circus like the many others. Cirque Italia brings talented artists from across the world under the big top with performances that will really have you wanting more. They bring unique aerial acts, hand balancing, contortionists, and many more surprise performances that are breathtaking. They have created a show that is magical, modern, breathtaking, and most importantly –unforgettable!

Cold-Blooded Critters 

November 3
Woodland Mound – Seasongood Nature Center
8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255
FREE, valid motor vehicle permit required

Discover survival tactics of animals who rely on environment to keep warm, and meet a few animals up close.

Monsters in the Sky Planetarium Show 

November 3
Trailside Nature Center in Burnet Woods
3400 Brookline Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45220
$5, Reservations recommended (513-861-3435)

Hear monster tale, 2,000 years in making. Programs open to adults and ages 5 and older accompanied by adult.

First Family Saturday: Fashion First Saturday 

November 4
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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.

Linton PB&J Concert: A Musical Zoo 

November 4
Lakeside Presbyterian Church
2690 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park, KY 41017
10-10:45am & 11:30am-12:15pm
$6 for an individual ticket (child or adult); $20 for a Flexible Ticket Book (4 tickets)

Listen! Is that a bird or a flute? Is that a swan or a cello? Is that a fish or a piano? Come, hear and find out on an adventure through our musical zoo!

Watch It & Wear It: Cinderella 

November 4
Fountain Square
Fifth & Vine Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202
$6 Admission, $4 Skate Rental

Enjoy Cinderella (1950) on the LED Video Board and meet the princess herself along with her step-sisters and evil step-mother. Dress to impress in your prince and princess attire or costumes!

Linton PB&J Concert: A Musical Zoo 

November 8
Child Focus – Training Center
555 Batavia Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45244

Listen! Is that a bird or a flute? Is that a swan or a cello? Is that a fish or a piano? Come, hear and find out on an adventure through our musical zoo!

CurioCity Series: Heroes & Villains

November 9
Envision Cinemas
4780 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241
Advanced tickets: $15 CMC Non-members, $10 CMC members; add $2/ticket for Day-of tickets

Grab your capes, leave your alter egos at the door, and get ready for a night of super fun! Dress like your favorite superhero or villain and learn the science behind their characters. Read up on your Detective and Action Comics to take part in the ongoing debate of who is the better hero: Batman or Superman? Super powers welcome!

Thanksgiving on the Ohio Frontier

November 11
Shawnee Lookout – Historic Log Cabin
2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend, OH 45052

Step back 200 years in the past to the first Thanksgiving on the Ohio frontier. The Society of Northwest Longhunters reenactors will portray Shawnee Native Americans, early European settlers and military personnel. Exchanges between Native Americans and settlers will occur at 2:30, 3:30 & 4:30 p.m.

Meet a Meteorite 

November 11
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
$10 adults, $5 kids, FREE for Observatory Members

Like rocks? These are Out-of-this-World.
The Cincinnati Observatory will be gathering the best meteorite collections in the Tri-state for the public to explore.
• See and hold rocks from outer space, including rocks from the Moon and Mars
• Learn how meteorites are formed and collected
• Discover how to distinguish meteorites from meteor-wrongs
• Adopt a meteorite! Meteorites will be on sale in the Observatory gift shop
We will also view the stars through our historic telescopes (weather permitting).

Second Sunday Family Showtime: The Inventive Princess of Floralee presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati 

November 12
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
3711 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220
FREE children, $5 adults

This original two-person interactive 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, children 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. Children 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 children the chance to laugh, dance, and think critically about topics rooted in STEM. Recommended for grades K – 5.

Growing Up a Farm Kid: Turkey Day 

November 14 & 15
Winton Woods – Parky’s Farm
10073 Daly Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
$10/child with one adult; $5/additional adult, register by 11/12

Meet the resident farm turkey and play turkey games to celebrate the upcoming holiday. For kids ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult.

Talking Turkey 

November 15-17 & 22-26
Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden
10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45215
15 minute program runs 1 to 3 different times per day depending on the day
$5/person (Program included in Highfield admission.)

This week, we will talk turkey. Join us to learn all about turkeys, from their parts to their behavior.

The Reason for the Seasons 

November 16
Cold Spring Branch Library
3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076
FREE, Registration required 

Cincinnati Museum Center talks about seasons, including seasonal animals.

A Day in the Life of Native Americans 

November 16
Walton Branch Library
21 S. Main Street, Walton, KY 41094

Experience what life was like for local Native Americans and learn how they hunted, worked and played. With Imago for Earth of Cincinnati.

Wild Kratts Live 

November 17
Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tickets start at $29

This all-new theatrical stage show is based on the hit animated television series Wild Kratts. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts, step out live onstage to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story.Starting off in their headquarters, the “Tortuga,” the Kratts receive a message about an animal in trouble. Always ready to help animals in need, they pull on their “Creature Power” vests and gloves and are off. The adventure doesn’t work as planned, which results in hilarious pratfalls and slapstick fun. But they press on, encountering some amazing “Wow Facts” about animals, presented via large-screen multimedia video footage, as they rescue their animal friend and return it to its natural home.

First Thanksgiving: A Native American Celebration 

November 18
Cincinnati Parks’ LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve
5400 Lanius Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45224
$5/person or $15/family; call 542-2909 by 11/16 for paid reservations

10am – noon: Adults and youth ages 14 and up gain hands-on experience as participate in Native American lifestyle skills from the past and present such as fire building, cooking and a make-n-take project.
1 – 3pm: Families with young children ages 4 – 13 discover the lifestyles of early Native American tribes of this area by playing games, participating in simulation activities, sampling food and making a craft. Engaging fun for all!

3rd Sunday Funday: Magic in the Air 

November 19
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
FREE; No reservations required

Join us for a magical day at the Taft. Magician Brett Sears will dazzle the crowds with his up-close magic from 1–2 p.m. and perform amazing feats in an all-new show at 2:30 p.m. While the magician might not be able to share his secrets, you will learn card tricks to wow your friends, make a magical craft to take home, discover the magic of perspective at the Art Cart, and meet rabbits (no need to pull them from a hat!) from Sunrock Farm at 3 p.m.

Carol Ann’s Carousel’s Character Celebration Craft Day Program 

November 19
Carol Ann’s Carousel
8 E. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Scavenger character riddle game and themed crafts, along with fun activities and prizes.

Run Turkey Run 5k and Walk! 

November 23
England-Idlewild Park
5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington, KY 41005
$23 Adults, $13 Kids 14 and under; Registration required by 11/21 

“If you’re looking for running product expos, Mylar blankies, goody bags, fancy medals or post-race massages … this is not the race for you! But if you’re looking to get up on the line and race with a bunch of your pals before you go over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s, this is for you.
Come out and burn some pre-Turkey Day Dinner calories with us!”
CASH Race proceeds will go to the Burlington Student Mission Projects helping to serve local families. Please bring one or more canned or nonperishable food items for Saving Grace Food Pantry.

Thanksgiving Day Cruises 

November 23
BB Riverboats
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
1-3pm & 5:30-7:30pm (Boarding begins an hour before)
$48 Adults, $26 Children, Registration required

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Cincinnati’s River Tradition and treat yourself to a traditional holiday feast with all the trimmings but without all the work.

Thanksgiving Day Race 

November 23
Paul Brown Stadium
One Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 45202
9am (Runners should arrive one-hour before race starts)
$37 Adults, $10 Kids; Registration required

10K Run/Walk; McDonald’s Half K Kids Run

Lollipops Family Concert: The Polar Express 

November 25
Music Hall
1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
$10 Children (12 and under), $15 Adults

All aboard The Polar Express! This holiday adventure of a mysterious train bound for the North Pole includes original storybook imagery by Chris van Allsburg.
Experience instrument demonstrations, crafts and more at the pre-concert Family Fun Zone. Doors open at 9:30 AM!
Accessibility for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: This performance is American Sign Language interpreted.

Macy’s Family Festival: Life Aquatic 

November 25
Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Aquatic life has influenced many artists and two of them just happen to be at the CAC right now! Join us in the UnMuseum for an underwater adventure featuring ocean-themed snacks and an deep sea submarine booth. Create a giant wave mural using blue tape, decorate a coral crown or captain’s hat. You can even design your very own wooden boat to sail in our wading pool. Oh, and did we mention The Wave Foundation will have a giant tank with stingrays to pet from 12:00 to 2:00?

The Dancing Princesses 

November 29 – December 30
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various afternoon and evening performances

From the creators of last season’s runaway hit Cinderella: After Ever After comes a whimsical adaptation of the classic fairy tale about a kingdom where an enchanting mystery is afoot! Wanting the best for his daughters, an overprotective king locks the castle doors each night. Yet, each morning, the princesses’ shoes have been curiously worn to tatters. Keen to cobble together the mystery of the frayed footwear, the King resorts to drastic measures of royal proportions. This is the heartfelt and humorous story of five uniquely different sister princesses who embark upon a journey of the imagination that explores the universal quest for understanding, acceptance, and love.

Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss 

Through January 7
Boone County Public Library – Main Branch
1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005
Monday-Friday: 9am-9pm, Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 1-5pm

Join us as we explore newly discovered life forms, thermal vents, shipwrecks, and close-up views from deep-sea research submersibles. “Fly” a remotely operated vehicle over a virtual model of the Titanic’s deck and observe firsthand the technology that has allowed explorers to travel to the ocean floor through the recreation of the interior of an Alvin personnel sphere. Complete a checklist of tasks to prepare Alvin for a dive. Watch though a 4pinch viewport window—just like Alvin’s window—as you attempt to operate Alvin’s robotic arm to pick up lava rocks and clams from the sea floor. It’s not as easy as it looks! Extreme Deep introduces us to the critical role that biology, chemistry, geology, history, exploration and technology play in understanding our world and its future.


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