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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. The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting. 

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The Little Mermaid Movie
Select AMC Theaters
September 6 – 12
Experience the classic cartoon tale all over again on the big screen. Soon to be made into a live-action feature starring Halle Bailey, THE LITTLE MERMAID follows a restless mermaid who dreams of one day living on the surface. To get there, Ariel trades her greatest gift — her beautiful singing voice — for a pair of legs.


Open House Ballet Boys Class Registration
Otto M. Budig Academy
September 8
1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Free Entry
For a second year, Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy is offering a boys-only ballet class, taught by former Cincinnati Ballet Senior Soloist Zack Grubbs, now Academy Principal. Parents will be able to look around even register on-site and receive a $30 discount. The class sold out last year. 


Beauty and The Beast Movie
Select AMC Theaters
September 13 – 19
It’s a tale as old as time that never gets old. The 1991 animated version translates the classic romance for a contemporary audience, riding on the coattails of some incredible songs, such as “Be Our Guest” as well as the title track.


Tangled Movie
Select AMC Theaters
September 20 – 26
Rapunzel may have let down her hair, but TANGLED did not let down animation audiences looking for a new winner from Walt Disney Animation. Mandy Moore plays the fiery Rapunzel, and she is no damsel in distress. But the true star of TANGLED is the animators who turned Rapunzel’s flowing blonde hair into its own character.


The Princess and The Frog Movie
Select AMC Theaters
September 27 – October 3
Relatively new compared to the other titles on this list, though PRINCESS has built up a steady fan base over the years, and we expect them to turn out to see this one on the big screen once again. FROG has a distinct New Orleans flavor to it, tapping into the music and cuisine of the Bayou. But it also has star power, with Anika Noni Rose, Keith David and Oprah Winfrey all lending their voices.


The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Play
Various Community Centers
September 28-November 1
Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit, and he is loved by a little girl named Abilene. On an ocean voyage, he is accidentally thrown overboard. So begins his miraculous journey home, in which he learns the meaning of love and loss, and how to find the courage to love again. 


MasterChef Junior Live!
Aronoff Center
October 7
7 p.m.
$20 – $125
This all-new production brings the culinary hit TV show MasterChef Junior directly to you LIVE! Featuring head-to-head cooking competitions with past MasterChef Junior all-stars and fan favorites, Q&A sessions, and an overall immersive audience experience fun for all ages.


The Addams Family Movie
In Theaters October 11
An animated version of Charles Addams’ series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family.


Casper The Friendly Musical
Taft Theatre
October 12 – 21
Tickets go on sale August 30

Everyone’s favorite friendly ghost and his three uncles live a rather uneventful existence in the family mansion. Fifty years after their lives were cut short in a lightning storm, Magdalena, their former maid, re-enters their (after)lives.


A Charlie Brown Christmas Play
Taft Theatre
December 7 – 16
Tickets go on sale August 30
Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down. Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind everyone about what’s most important during the Yuletide season. 


The Lion King Broadway Musical
Aronoff Center
January 8 – February 2 (2020)
Tickets available soon. 
Giraffes strut.  Birds swoop.  Gazelles leap.  The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before.  And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. Experience the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular.


Coretta Scott King Play
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
January 18 – 29, 2020
Born in Alabama, Coretta Scott King overcame childhood adversity in the segregated south and attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. A talented singer, she would go on to play an integral role as the First Lady of the American Civil Rights movement, not only as the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but also as an independent woman. Tickets for this event are $10.


Annie Jr. Play
Taft Theatre
February 29 – March 9 (2020)
Tickets go on sale August 30
With equal measures of luck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. 


Matilda The Musical
Taft Theatre
April 25 – May 4 (2020)
Tickets go on sale August 30
Unloved by her cruel parents, Matilda is armed with astonishing wit, intelligence and mysterious powers. At school, she catches the eye of her sweet schoolteacher, Miss Honey, but also the mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who loves to think of clever ways to punish children. Matilda and Miss Honey take a stand against Miss Trunchbull to change their destiny.


Harriet Tubman Play
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
March 14 – 15, 2020
Bring the past to the present and change the future with this one-woman interactive storytelling experience. This play is 45-minutes long and ideal for children in grades 3 – 8.


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Below are some ongoing happenings you can always work into your schedule. Also, be sure to check CincySavers and Groupon for discount events and activities.

Ongoing Activities

Cincinnati Art Museum
All ages
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.


Cincinnati Observatory
All ages
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
All ages

$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
All ages
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
All ages
$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
All ages
$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.


Dunham Pool
Open 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; Noon-7 p.m. Sunday

Features a zero-depth entry, toddler area, sprayground, two large water slides, and lap lanes. Admission is $10 for adults, and $6 for youth/seniors.


McKie Pool
Open 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; Noon-5:30 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday

Features a deep-water pool with a diving board and a shallow wading pool. Admission is $3 for youth, $5 for adults, and $6 for seniors.


Mount Adam Pool
Open Noon-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; Noon-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Features a greenspace by the Playhouse in the Park and a pool with a maximum depth of 3 feet. Admission is $3 for youth and seniors and $5 for adults.


Oakley Pool
Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday; Noon- 6 p.m. Friday, Sunday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Features a deep-water pool with a diving board and a shallow wading pool. Admission is $3 for youth and seniors, and $5 for adults.


Reds Family Sundays
Great American Ball Park
May – September (Every Sunday game)
Times vary
All ages
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!


Summer Cinema
Washington Park
May 29 – August 21 (Every Wednesday)
9 p.m.
All ages
Free entry
Family movie screenings will take place every Wednesday. Bring lawn chairs, grab a picnic basket and enjoy a relaxing evening. Schedule subject to change. Enjoy The Secret Life of Pets, The Devil Wears Prada, The Fast & The Furious, The Little Rascals and more!


Taft Museum of Art
All ages
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.



Cincinnati Kid-Friendly ActivitiesBe 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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