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From science to art and everything in between, kids of all ages will love these Cincinnati kid-friendly activities!


Cincinnati kid-friendly activities

Discounted movies, bowling, roller skating, golf, trampoline parks, play areas and more

Museums, zoos, and aquariums to visit with children


Cincinnatians always look for family-friendly activities with their children in the Queen City. Is it time to spice up play dates and birthday parties? Just looking for things to do with kids? Check out rides, museum exhibitions, and other indoor activities for children ages preschool to middle school accompanied by an adult.

Plenty of Cincinnati kid-friendly activities are available, but many don’t know about them or where to look for them. Below is a list of activities your child can participate in from toddlers to teens, and the family will love. This list features indoor places with attractions and fun outdoor activities for kids.

The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Educators and readers are encouraged to confirm the information before acting.  


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Open Family Skating at the Place

All ages
Price: $11 admission; $4-$5 Skate Rental
3211 Lina Place, Cincinnati, OH, 45239 (Colerain)
Open family skating occurs every Saturday at the Place.


$5 Bargain Tuesdays at the Movies

All ages
Price: $5
Esquire Theatre,45220 (Cincinnati); Mariemont Theatre,45227 (Mariemont)
Please contact the theater before arriving to see which films are eligible for the bargain that day.


Fridays at the Web

All ages
Price: $30, the price goes down $5 each hour after 6 p.m.; $2 sock purchase with ValoJump
7172 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd., West Chester, Ohio 45069 (West Chester)
Unlimited attractions include go-karting, ValoJump, laser tag, mini bowling, mini golf, and a climbing wall.


Discount Bowling Weekends at Madison Bowl

All ages
Price: $10
4761 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227 (Madeira)
On Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to noon, there is a deal for three hours of play.


Half-price Tuesdays at Top Golf

All ages
Price: Half-price of the game of your choosing
9568 Water Front Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069 (West Chester)
Games are half-price all day at participating Top Golf locations.


Afterschool Happy Hour $10 Jumps at Altitude Trampoline Park

Ages: Elementary
Price: $5
4870 Hunt Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242 (Blue Ash)
After school, to relax kids Altitude Trampoline Park offers discounted jumping on weekdays.


Family Fridays at Scallywag Tag

All ages
Price: $17
5055 Glencrossing Way, Cincinnati, OH 45238 (Covedale)
Three games of laser tag, two slices of pizza, and a drink are all offered in a package deal.


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Jump into Saturday Night at Rockin Jump

All ages
Price: $30.99
8350 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45239 (Colerain)
Neon Nights Saturday is our “All Ages” open jump night.


Graeter’s Lil’ Pints Playroom

Ages: 9 and younger
Price: Free Admission
8533 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, 45255 (Anderson)
Come and let your kids enjoy an active, fun-filled afternoon away from the cold and rainy weather.


LilyPad Play

Ages: 6 and younger
Price: $8
2008 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208 (Hyde Park)
LilyPad is an indoor play space geared towards kids ages 6 and under.


Play Library

Ages: All ages
Price: $15/month
1306 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Over the Rhine)
Designed for kids and adults, Play Library’s goal is to connect families, friends, and communities through play.


Run Jump-n-Play

Ages: All ages
Price: $7-$12
5897 Pfeiffer Rd Ste B, Blue Ash, OH 45242 (Blue Ash)
Run Jump-n-Play offers two sessions: Indoor Playground and Inflatable Open Play.


Carol Ann’s Carousel

Ages: All Ages
Price: $2 per person per ride
8 E Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (The Banks)
Take a ride on one of 44 whimsical Cincinnati-centric characters that make up Carol Ann’s Carousel.


Dave and Buster’s Half-Price Wednesdays

All ages
Price: Varies
11775 Commons Dr, Springdale, OH 45246
Play half-priced games from opening until closing every Wednesday.




Great Parks

All Ages
Price: Free Admission
Hamilton County
Enjoy the great outdoors with family. Remember, a valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter all parks.


Cincinnati Nature Center

All ages
Price: $2-$9
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150 (Milford)
The Rowe Woods venue in Milford has miles of hiking trails that meander through forests and fields.


Cincinnati Parks

All ages
Price: Free Admission
Hamilton County
Enjoy time outdoors with your family! Check websites for specific descriptions of each park, such as hours.


The Wolff Planetarium

All ages
Price: $5 per person
3251 Brookline Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220 (Clifton)
Twenty adults can sit under the twelve-foot dome to view the stars in all seasons and all latitudes. Sometimes Burnett Woods offers live music.




Library Storytimes

All ages
Price: Free Admission
Librarians (and occasional special guests) host bedtime story times at various library branches.  

Imagination Library

Ages: Birth-5 years old
[email protected]
Price: Free Admission
Every child in Hamilton County from birth to age 5 will receive a free book in the mail once a month.





Cincinnati Art Museum

All ages
Price: Free Admission
953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Mt. Auburn)
Discover the visual arts in a new way through our full youth, family, and teen programs schedule. Become a member and save on exhibitions.


Cincinnati Observatory

All ages
Price: $5
3489 Observatory Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45208 (Oakley)
Love space, astronomy, and planets, or want to learn more about them? Come to the observatory to learn how to identify constellations and major stars.


Contemporary Art Center

All ages
Price: Free Admission
44 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
A wonderful way for parents to schedule creative playtime with little ones.


Duke Energy Children’s Museum

All ages
Price: $7.50-$16.50
1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203 (Queen City)
Children are encouraged to climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world around them.


Cincinnati Fire Museum

All ages
Price: $6-$8
315 West Court Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Cincinnati Fire Museum highlights the significant contributions that Cincinnati has made to the firefighting profession. Cincinnati is the birthplace of professional firefighting, and we proudly display its history.



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Salty Dog Museum

All ages
Price: Free museum admission by appointment only
4995 Cincinnati Brookville Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013 (Shandon)
The museum boasts dozens of well-known classics, like Model As and Ts. These cars are stunning, and kids can touch and investigate everyone.


Taft Museum of Art

All ages
Price: $10 general admission
316 Pike St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
The Taft Museum of Art is one of the finest small art museums in America.


Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame

All ages
Price: $8-12
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
This museum is fun for baseball fans of all ages.


Behringer-Crawford Museum

All Ages
Price: $5-$9
1600 Montague Road – Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky 41011
Behringer-Crawford Museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the unique arts, heritage, and culture of Northern Kentucky.


Zoos and Aquariums


Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Access for All Program

All ages
Price: $9.50-$23 per person
3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220 (Clifton)
The Cincinnati Zoo has more than 20 exhibits, including everyone’s favorite, Fiona the Hippo in the Hippo Cove.


Newport Aquarium

All ages
Price: $14.99-$34.99
1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071 (Newport)
Kids play and SEA thousands of aquatic creatures, TOUCH amazing sea life and EXPLORE the wonders of an underwater world. Tickets must be purchased in advance for a certain time of the day.


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Cincinnati Kid-Friendly Activities

If that wasn’t enough hands-on family entertainment, check the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County calendar for year-round awesome kid events. 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 of attractions.

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, CincySavers, and Groupon for discount events and activities. Let the family fun begin and get tickets today!


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