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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International Butterfly Show: Butterflies of Madagascar
May 2 – June 16
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets are $0 – $7
The 2018 Butterfly Show “The Butterflies of Madagascar” celebrates the exotic flora, fauna, and extraordinary landscape of this unique African country. Giant baobab trees, remarkable stone forests, and illustrious lemurs of Madagascar set the stage for the thousands of bright, beautiful butterflies flying amidst the striking collection of fiery orange Bidens, vivid red celosia, purple salvia, and punches of lime green ipomoea! Help us celebrate the vibrant life of the “Island of Rainbows” and the Butterflies of Madagascar!
Cincinnati Museum Center
Opens May 25
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets are $8.50 – $10.50 (Museum members are free)
Here is your chance to prove you have the right stuff to lead the future of space exploration. Over a dozen experiments, puzzles and activities are packed into an a-maze-ing journey of twists and turns. Learn about the history of rockets and flight, explore the technology that supports modern-day aeronautics and tests the laws of aerodynamics by creating advanced paper airplanes and rockets. For more information, call 513-287-7000.
Contemporary Art Museum
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Step right up for a teeny-tiny circus! Join us in the UnMuseum as we create circus-themed works of art. Design your own big top tent sculpture (or in this case little top tent) complete with mini performers and itty-bitty animals. Don’t forget to snack on some popcorn and try your hand at some tiny tightrope racing.
May 29 – June 10
Performance times vary
Tickets are $34 – $145
This timeless story is a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 513-621-2787 or visiting the Aronoff Box Office.
May 30 – Sept. 26 (Every Wednesday)
Family movie screenings will take place every Wednesday. Bring lawn chairs, grab a picnic basket and enjoy 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!
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!
Great American Ball Park
9:30 a.m. & 10:15 a.m.
Families & children under 10
Registration is $16 – $21
A family that exercises together stays together. The One-Mile Family Run starts at Great American ballpark, turns around by Paul Brown Stadium and finishes inside the ballpark near home plate. The Gapper’s Kids Fun Run (children 10 years and younger) is a short course is along the warning track inside Great American Ball Park. Register online.
Queen City Riverboats
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$25 – $50
Fairytales do come true with this deal! Set sail on the Ohio River with the Princess Party Productions and Queen City Riverboats for enchanted experience you won’t soon forget! Princess Party Productions is a high-end party production including birthday party character entertainment. Their quality cast, with custom costumes and wigs, will put on such a great performance, you’ll feel like you are floating down the river with real royalty! This experience is perfect for an unforgettable birthday party or celebration for your little princess.
Free Movies for Kids
Esquire Theatre, Mariemont Theatre, Kenwood Theatre
June 4 – August 2 (Mondays & Thursdays)
Kids can enjoy free movies at the listed theaters. Movies include, Jumanji (1995), Stuart Little, Smurfs 2 and more!
CinCity Reptile Show
Sharonville Convention Center
June 10, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, 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.
The City Flea
June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. , Oct. 20
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This Urban flea market features shopping, eating and drinking from local vendors. City Flea also features a Kids Market on Aug. 18. This market features child vendors of 4 – 14-years-old selling their merchandise. Have your child apply to be a vendor today!
City Flea Kids Market
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages 4 – 14
Kids Market is the first and original of its kind in the Cincinnati area! It is a market FOR kids BY kids. Whether you’ve got a young artist, collector, or a kiddo with that entrepreneurial spirit on your hands, Kids Market is for them! These local kids will showcase their wares, feel empowered, and for them to get an idea of what it’s like to own and run a small business. Have your child apply to be a vendor in Kids Market today!
Star Wars – A New Hope (Music Performed Live)
September 7 – 9
2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25 – $105
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will present the Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert featuring screenings of the complete film with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live. The three performances will be led by Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell.
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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.
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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