From science to art, and everything in-between your little one will love these Cincinnati kid-friendly activities.
Looking for family-friendly activities to do with your children? Is it time to spice up play dates? There are plenty of Cincinnati kid-friendly activities, but often, many don’t know about them, or where to look for them.
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The Frisch Marionettes Wizard of Oz Performance
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
September 14 – 16
Ages 4 – 12
Tickets are $15
The Wizard of Oz Marionette Cincinnati performance is ideal for children ages 4 and up. Learn more about the art of puppetry when Kevin Frisch hosts a kid-friendly talkback after each show. Tickets are $15 each plus service fee and can be purchased online or by calling 800-745-3000. Discounts are not available for these performances. Children 0 to 12 months who do not need a seat and will sit on your lap will be required to have an $1 Infant Lap Pass.
The Jungle Book
September 29 – November 2
Ages 6 and up
Tickets are $0 – $30
Playhouse in the Park brings The Jungle Book Cincinnati performances in its Off the Hill series. Tickets prices and locations vary. Performance are recommended for children 6-years-old and up. Most shows are FREE. Please check ahead of time. Mowgli is rambunctious, curious and silly in this new adaptation of the beloved Rudyard Kipling story. Lost in the wilds of the Indian jungle, Mowgli is adopted by Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and all the beasts who call the mysterious wilderness home.
October 6 – 15
Tickets are $10 – $35
SUPERMAN™ is the tale of Superman’s efforts to defeat a vengeful scientist, the new villain Dr. Abner Sedgwick, who seeks to destroy the world’s symbol of good. In this premiere adaptation of the 1966 musical, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman, this brand-new version is a comic book come-to-life. Geared to young audiences, this musical will be sure to soar up, up and away into the hearts of all children and the young at heart. Purchase tickets online today.
CinCity Reptile Show
Sharonville Convention Center
Oct. 7, Nov. 11, Dec. 9
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tickets are $0 – $7
Enjoy holding various lizards, spiders and snakes. All reptiles are properly contained. Some reptiles may even be available for purchase. Children under the age of 10 get in free. For more information, call 513-910-0900.
Princess Party on the River
Queen City River Boats
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$25 – $50
Fairytales and Super Heros come to life with this deal! Set sail on this Magical boat ride on the Ohio River with Party Princess Productions and Queen City Riverboats. A truely magical experience you won’t soon forget! Meet your favorite Princess or Super Hero, take pictures, face painting, stoey time and sing alongs! Tickets original $50, but CincySavers saves you $25!
Best for ages 2 – 6, but all are welcome
$29 – $43
In “Peppa Pig’s Surprise,” it’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, Peppa and George cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy fun interactive games and, of course, many surprises. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-300 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office.
Santa Clause the Musical
December 8 – 16
Tickets are $10 – $35
After 1,000 years of faithful service, Santa Claus has decided to retire. But not all the elves in Santa’s Workshop are too thrilled about his chosen replacement. With the help of his tech-savvy daughter, Beatrice, website designer Nick is in for the adventure of his life as he prepares to take over the reins to Santa’s sleigh…before the next Christmas! Purchase tickets online today.
The Jungle Book
February 16 – 24 (2019)
Tickets are $10 – $35
The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, this musical features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the animated movie. Based on the works of Rudyard Kipling, the “Man-Cub” Mowgli, bounds through the jungle and learns what it means to be human. You won’t want to miss this culturally-infused and spectacular Disney classic. Purchase tickets online today.
April 27 – May 5 (2019)
Tickets are $10 – $35
A clever take on the classic fairy tale, this new rock musical comedy is packed with humor, heart and a powerful message! The impulsive but courageous Princess Aurora (who prefers to be called Rory) defies the age-old tradition of attending ‘Princess School’, and sets out on her own to discover all the Kingdom has to offer. But along the way, she encounters her evil Fairy Godmother, the magnificent Magnilda, who placed a curse on Aurora when she was a child, causing her to fall into a deep sleep. This sleeping beauty will awaken only with a kiss from her true love. Once she is fully awake and ready to rock, the feisty Princess Rory begins a whirlwind quest to defeat Magnilda and restore order to the Kingdom. Purchase tickets online today.
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Cincinnati Art Museum
Free, but exhibition prices vary
Discover the visual arts in a whole new way through our full schedule of youth, family and teen programs. Create hands-on masterpieces, discuss art-inspired books and simply, have fun! For more information, call 513-721-2787.
Free admission, ticketed events are between $5-$15
Love space, astronomy, planets or want to learn more about them? Come to the observatory to learn how to identify constellations and major stars, or on Astro Thursday and Friday come out to hear a 30-min. lecture by an astronomer, followed by a stargaze thru the oldest telescope in the USA – on rainy or cloudy days’ groups are led on a historical tour of the observatory. For more information, call 513-321-5186.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Access for All Program
$3 and up
The Cincinnati Zoo has more than 20 exhibits including Cat Canyon, Giraffe Ridge, Night Hunters, Gorilla World and everyone’s favorite Fiona the Hippo in the Hippo Cove. Although Fiona has no set schedule, if the weather is above 50 degrees during the daytime, it is best to go early and visit her. There are also plenty of zoo encounters to be a part of like the Sea Lion Treats, Snow Monkey Feeding and Manatee Chat. SNAP card holders can purchase general admission tickets for $3 – $6 and receive discount parking. For more information, call 513-281-4700.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Free admission, ticketed events start at $5
Take piano, viola or international folk dance classes or take a try at acting or learning ballet. The CCAC offers classes to the public in visual and performing arts, writing, fitness, language and culture. For the family check out The Family Showtime Series with children’s Latin dance and cartoon characters. For more information, call 513-497-2860.
Contemporary Art Center
$0 – $5
A great way to schedule creative play time with your little ones. This program uses storytelling, performance, and hands-on art making activities to excite and educate our youngest visitors. Guest artists and educators with a talent for working with children teach hands-on art projects that can be taken home or displayed in the UnMuseum. Projects use unusual materials and processes that artists of all ages can enjoy. For more information, call 513-345-8400.
Duke Energy Children’s Museum
$2 and up
Discover hands-on fun for children of all ages in our eight educational and themed play areas, including two specifically designed for preschool-aged and younger. Children are encouraged to climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world around them. Go on a wilderness adventure through The Woods, be a part of a complex machine in the Energy Zone and explore the neighborhood in Kids’ Town. Dive into arts, culture, reading, science and more with over 1,800 hours of programming each year. SNAP card holders can purchase general admission tickets for $2 and receive free parking. For more information, call 513-287-7000.
Reds Family Sundays
Great American Ball Park
May – September (Every Sunday game)
Tickets are $5 – $280
Thanks to Klosterman Bakery, EVERY Family Sunday you can buy up to three half-price tickets with the purchase of a full-price ticket. Plus every Sunday includes kids giveaways, face painters, live mascot races, carnival games with unique Reds prizes, Mr. Redlegs, Mr. Red, Mr. Gapper, Rosie Red and more!
May 30 – Sept. 26 (Every Wednesday)
Family movie screenings will take place every Wednesday. Bring lawn chairs, grab a picnic basket and enjoy a relaxing evening. Schedule subject to change. The kickoff begins with Disney’s Mulan. Other movies will include National Lampoons Vacation, Jumanji, Black Panther and more!
Taft Museum of Art
Free on Sundays
The Taft Museum of Art is one of the finest small art museums in America. Taft Jr. allows preschoolers to have fun learning about and making art with their favorite adults while absorbing good museum manners. Children can make their watercolor paintings, enjoy story time and create artwork using nature. For more information, call 513-241-0343.
Be sure to check the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County calendar for awesome kid events like Tech Week and DIY Paper Circuits. The Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) is also a great place to check for programs, events and athletics for youth. Search the recreation center closest to you and view their calendar.
If there are Cincinnati kid activities we have missed, please submit them to The Voice of Black Cincinnati Calendar. Remember to check The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and Groupon for more ideas.
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