January Family Fun in Cincinnati & NKY {2018}

Science in play2go 

December – March 4
Boone County Pulblic Library – Scheben Branch
8899 U.S. 42, Union, KY 41091
Monday-Friday: 9am-9pm, Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 1-5pm

FREE hands-on exhibit designed by Kentucky Science Center specifically for ages 8 and under. A whole new way to see play! Science in Play2GO makes science personal, fun, participatory, and relevant – empowering kids and adults to learn together, for life, and all through the power of PLAY!
o Build Your World
o Build Your Own Rollercoaster
o Light Bright
o Ball Fall
o Shapes and Stuff Store
o Science Depot

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.

REC Reads 

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

Bring your toddlers or preschoolers 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.

Taft Jr.: Everyday Art 

January 4
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.

Art can be made out of anything—even things you use every day! Hear a story about the things a mouse finds on his first day of school, learn about still lifes and how to use everyday objects to make one, and practice your new skills by arranging your own still life. (Adults are encouraged to bring a camera to capture their child’s work of art.)

Cavalcade of Customs 

January 5-7
Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Friday: 3-10pm, Saturday: 10am-10pm, Sunday: 10am-6pm
$18, $6 children ages 6-12, FREE children ages 5 and under; discount tickets available at KOI Auto Parts
Custom car, classic car and hot rod show. More than 500 show cars on display, music and numerous celebrity appearances.

Astronomy Friday 

January 5, 12, 19, & 26
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
$7, $5 ages under 18

In awe with the beauty of the night sky? Have questions about the Universe? This is where you can get the answers. Astronomy Fridays include short presentations on a wide variety of topics and plenty of time for your astro questions. Tour of the Cincinnati Observatory, which as a National Historic Landmark played an important role in the history of Cincinnati and our nation. Once dark, we will view the Moon, planets and deep space treasures through the historic 1845 telescope. (The program is held rain or shine; telescope viewing if clear skies). The topics and the night sky change week-to-week/month-to-month so you can visit often to hear and see something new.

The Christ Hospital Medical Center Liberty Township Open House

January 6

The Christ Hospital Medical Center
6939 Cox Road
Liberty Township, OH 45069

Stop by with the entire family to enjoy these activities:

  • Groundbreaking ceremony with members of The Christ Hospital Health Network and Liberty Township Chamber Alliance
  • Tours of the new facility and state-of-the-art family birthing center and luxury patient rooms
  • Meet Fritsch from Q102
  • Kids teddy bear clinic with special guest, Doc McStuffins
  • Food, screenings, and giveaways
  • Meet the physicians who will deliver care in the new Medical Center

Family First Saturdays: Renaissance Festival

January 6
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. There’s a different theme each month, so be sure to come to everyone, and bring your best friends!

Free Ice Skating Lessons on Fountain Square 

January 7 – February 11
Fountain Square
Fifth and Vine Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sundays 11am-12pm
FREE, Registration required (click on link above)

US Figure Skating basic skills instruction for beginner ice skaters. Wear layers, mittens, hats and ski pants. Strongly recommend children wear all sports helmet. Arrive early to check in and get skates on. Ages preschool and up.

Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show 

January 12-21
Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Times vary depending on day
$12, FREE ages 12 and under with adult; $3 discount at Kroger with plus card

More than 700 displays and exhibits. Boats, equipment, gear, seminars, guides, outfitters and more.

Fiona’s First Birthday Celebration

January 20
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati 45220
11am – 3pm

First 1,000 families will get a hippo bath mat (while supplies last)*, birthday enrichment throughout the Zoo, get a commemorative Fiona foot stamp while supplies last, sign Fiona’s birthday card from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Hippo Cove, Busken cake, and cookies from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (while supplies last), Graeter’s ice cream from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (while supplies last), hippo care team members will be available for chats and Q&A from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, specialists from Children’s Hospital who helped save Fiona will be here from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, authors of Fiona books will be available for autographs from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Zoo’s Gift Shop.

Temps must be 50° + with sunny skies for hippos to be outside. (This is at the discretion of our animal care staff & could change without notice.) To RSVP to the party click here – http://evite.me/2Wqu78fnGU

Linton PB&J Concert: Hit It! 

January 13
Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church
6474 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230
10-10:45am & 11:30am-12:15pm
$6 for an individual ticket (child or adult); $20 for a Flexible Ticket Book (4 tickets)

January 20
Sycamore Presbyterian Church (New Symmes Township Location)
11800 Mason Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249
10-10:45am & 11:30am-12:15pm
$6 for an individual ticket (child or adult); $20 for a Flexible Ticket Book (4 tickets)

January 27
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)

There’s more to being a drummer than just “sticking” to it. Come feel the beat and explore the world of the percussion family with us!

Hats Off Series: Jules and Verne’s Excellent Adventure Around the World in 80 Days 

January 13 & 14
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
1pm & 3pm

With the science fair just around the corner, Jules challenges Verne to a race around the world! May the best scientist win in this exciting re-imagining of Jules Verne’s epic adventures, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days.

Second Sunday Family Showtime: Trip Jones and The Case of the Missing Music 

January 14
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
3711 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220

This original work presented by ROKCincy is an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure opera and is sure to be a hit! Recommended for Grades K-6.

Cosmic Kids! Youth Astronomy Program 

January 20
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
$5/person, FREE for Observatory members

An out of this world family experience! Explore the cosmos during our new multi-disciplinary family class which helps grades 1st-6th learn and discover new topics in astronomy and investigate the wonders beyond our world!

Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill: Pinocchio 

January 20 (Various other dates, times, and locations through February 18)
Fort Wright Civic Club
115 Kennedy Road, Covington, KY 41011
$2 adult, $1 child, FREE for members

The much-loved tale about a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy is packed with magical characters, cartwheels, circus antics and dollops of fun for the whole family.
Recommended for ages 6 and up.

3rd Sunday Fundays: Patchwork Fun 

January 21
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Bring the whole family to the Taft Museum of Art on select third Sundays to explore, create, and play. These free afternoon programs offer great art, kid-sized art info, hands-on fun, animal encounters, and family-friendly performances. Most activities are ongoing, so drop in when you have time and stay as long as you like.
You’ll be in stitches this funday! Learn about fabrics at the Art Cart, and create your own paper patchwork masterpiece to take home. From 1–2 p.m., meet a sheep, and learn how its wool plays a part in quilt-making. Learn how quilts tell stories during a musical performance by Russ and Barb Childers from 2–3 p.m.

TCT On Tour Presents: Maya Angelou: A Writer’s Legacy 

January 26
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227
10-11am & 7:30-8:30pm
$15, $10 advance ticket

Maya Angelou experienced a life that most of us could hardly imagine and her impact on society was immeasurable. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is proud to bring you a world premiere biographical sketch of the iconic Maya Angelou. Her talents as an actress, dancer, songwriter and poet entertained and challenged us. While her life, filled with heartache, political activism and humanitarian service taught us to value each other as beautiful, intelligent, works of art. Recommended for grades 5-12.

Family Festival: Collective Breath Opening 

January 27
Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Join us for the UnMuseum Opening of Collective Breath, designed by the artist Karen Saunders! We’ll be celebrating the newest addition to the sixth floor with this exciting interactive and inflatable work of art. Stick around to discover the many forms of art you can make when you use air as a material! Don’t miss out on the child-friendly artist talk at 1:00pm.

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One Response to January Family Fun in Cincinnati & NKY {2018}

  1. Jessica McCarty December 31, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! There is always so much to do in this great city of ours!

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