Kids of all ages will love these Cincinnati kid-friendly activities, from science to art and everything in between!
Cincinnati kid-friendly activities
Discounted movies, bowling, skating rinks, golf, trampoline parks, play areas, and more
Museums, zoos, and aquariums to visit with children
Fun things for kids to do
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.
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Ages: All Ages
3064 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211 (Westwood)
Have a rootin’ tootin’ shootin’ good time, telling stories with Ohio’s favorite gal, Annie Oakley! Hear Midwest classic tall tales like Johnny Appleseed, Giant Puppet Buffalo Bill, and Paul Bunyan.
Ages: 4 and up
650 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
Discover a new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. The timeless story of Aladdin is a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle.
Ages: All ages
3064 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211 (Westwood)
It’s Christmas Eve in the home of the Snickerdoodles. This little mouse family is busily preparing for the arrival of Santypaws! A delightful family Christmas story filled with sing-a-long Christmas Carols!
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Fun Family Activities
There are many ongoing activities that families can enjoy together, some of which include indoor play areas, arcade games, trampolines, and slides. Check out these fun activities for the whole family.
One Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071 (Newport)
Bring your kid’s crew for playtime at the Levee. Weekly activities may include face painters, storytellers, magicians, arts and crafts, and more!
Village Green Park (Fairfield), Summit Park (Blue Ash), Ziegler Park (OTR), Colerain Park (Colerain), Deerfield Park (Mason)
Free movies for everyone at the park. Check each location for specific times and lineups!
$5 Bargain Tuesdays at the Movies
7172 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd., West Chester, Ohio 45069 (West Chester)
Unlimited attractions include go-karting, ValoJump, laser tag, mini bowling, golf, and a climbing wall.
4761 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227 (Madeira)
Deals for three hours of play on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to noon.
9568 Water Front Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069 (West Chester)
Games are half-price all day at participating locations.
4870 Hunt Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242 (Blue, Ash)
Let your kids let off some steam on the trampolines.
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4950 Provident Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45246 (West Chester)
Enjoy two fun game options- Archery Dodgeball and Nerfwars Dart Arena. Watch your kids through the viewing area, or join the fun!
Check out these places for time out in nature with the family. Many parks offer open green spaces for picnics, trails for hiking or biking, and playgrounds and play structures for kids. Some of these places also provide indoor fun with nature for kids.
Enjoy the great outdoors with family. Remember, a valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter all parks. Many parks offer spaces for picnics, playgrounds, and open trails.
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150 (Milford)
The Rowe Woods venue has miles of hiking trails that meander through forests and fields, outdoor activities, and classes for kids.
Enjoy time outdoors with your family. Check websites for specific descriptions of each park, such as hours. Many parks offer spaces for picnics, playgrounds, and open trails.
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, something with live music.
Foster your child’s love for reading with these activities. Perfect for keeping your kids entertained indoors.
Librarians (and occasional special guests) host bedtime story times at various library branches. Storytimes are a great way to get out of the house and show your kids how reading can be fun.
Ages: Birth-5 years old
Every child in Hamilton County from birth to age five will receive a free book in the mail once a month. Using the Imagination Library program can foster your child’s love for reading.
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Perfect for Sunday amusement. Some museums include a play area for kids. Great for stimulating the body and the mind.
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.
315 West Court Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
See the significant contributions that Cincinnati has made as the birthplace of professional firefighting and a leader in the firefighting profession.
4995 Cincinnati Brookville Road, Hamilton, OH 45013 (Shandon)
See dozens of well-known classics, like Model As and Ts, where kids can touch and investigate.
Zoos and Aquariums
Perfect for all animal-loving families. Some include hands-on activities for kids. Great for all ages!
3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220 (Clifton)
Over 20 exhibits, including everyone’s favorite, Fiona the Hippo in the Hippo Cove. The zoo also offers activities such as the safari train, touching animals, and more!
1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071 (Newport)
Kids play and see thousands of aquatic creatures and explore the wonders of an underwater world. Some activities include touching sharks, walking over a shark tank, and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific time of the day.
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If that wasn’t enough Cincinnati Kid-Friendly Activities, check the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County calendar for year-round extraordinary 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-Friendly Activities we have missed, please submit them to The Voice of Black Cincinnati Calendar. 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!
Written by: Jaylyn Nurredin
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