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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 are always looking for family-friendly activities to do with their children in the Queen City. Is it time to spice up play dates and birthday parties? Check out rides, slides, crafts, bounce houses, arcades, 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 on weekends and weekdays, but often, 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. The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Educators and readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting.  

 

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Activities:

Open Family Skating at the Place
All ages
513-522-2424
Price: $9 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
513-745-0154
Price: $5
Kenwood Theatre,45236 (Kenwood);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
513-860-2882
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
513-271-2700
Price: $10
4761 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227 (Madeira)
On Saturdays and Sundays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. there is a deal for unlimited play.

 

Half-price Tuesdays at Top Golf
All ages
513-342-6249
Price: Half-price off 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
513-815-3962
Price: $10
4870 Hunt Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242 (Blue Ash)
After school, to relax kids Altitude Trampoline Park offers discounted jumping.

 

 

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Discounted Bowling at the Rollhouse in Fairfield
All ages
513-829-8666
Price: $4.50
5181 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, OH 45014 (Fairfield)
Discounted games of bowling

 

Family Fridays at Scallywag Tag
All ages
513-922-4999
Price: $17
5055 Glencrossing Way, Cincinnati, OH 45238 (Covedale)
3 games of laser tag, 2 slices of pizza, and a drink are all offered in a package deal.

 

Jump into Saturday Night at Rockin Jump
All ages
513-373-4260
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
513-474-5636
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
513-321-1379
Price: $8
2008 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208 (Hyde Park)
LilyPad is an indoor play space geared towards kids 6 and under.

 

Play Library
Ages: All ages
513-407-7045
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
513-771-7529
Price: $7-$12
5897 Pfeiffer Rd Ste B, Blue Ash, OH 45242 (Blue Ash)
Run Jump-n-Play offers two types of sessions: Indoor Playground and Inflatable Open Play.

 

Carol Ann’s Carousel
Ages: All Ages
513-381-3756
Price: $2 per person per ride
8 E Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (The Banks)
Come and take a ride on one of 44 whimsical Cincinnati-centric characters that make up Carol Ann’s Carousel.

 


Nature:

Great Parks
All Ages
513-521-7275
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
513-831-1711
Price: $2-$9
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150 (Milford)
The Rowe Woods venue in Milford has 17 miles of hiking trails that meander through an area of forest, fields, ponds, and streams.

 

Cincinnati Parks
All ages
513-357-2604
Price: Free Admission
Hamilton County
Enjoy time outdoors with your family! Check websites for specific descriptions about each park such as hours.

 

The Wolff Planetarium
All ages
513-751-3679
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.

 


Reading:

Library Storytimes on Facebook Live
All ages
513-369-6900
Price: Free Admission
Librarians (and occasional special guests) host bedtime storytimes on Facebook Live.

 

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

 


 

Museums:

Cincinnati Art Museum
All ages
513-721-2787
Price: Free Admission
953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Mt. Auburn)
Discover the visual arts in a whole new way through our full schedule of youth, family, and teen programs. Become a member and save on exhibitions.

 

Cincinnati Observatory
All ages
513-321-5186
Price: $5
3489 Observatory Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45208 (Oakley)
Love space, astronomy, 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
513-345-8400
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
513-287-7000
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.

 

 

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Salty Dog Museum
All ages
513-738-7353
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 absolutely stunning to look at, and kids can touch and investigate each and every one.

 

Taft Museum of Art
All ages
513-241-0343
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
513-765-7000
Price: $8-12
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Downtown)
This museum is fun for baseball fans of all ages.

 


Zoos and Aquariums:

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Access for All Program
All ages
513-281-4700
Price: $9.50-$23 per person
3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220 (Clifton)
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.

 

Newport Aquarium
All ages
800-406-3474
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 in the day.

 

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Cincinnati Kid-Friendly Activities

If that wasn’t enough hands-on family entertainment, be sure to check the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County calendar for 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.

Many of the events and venues require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry. Find a location in Hamilton County for free daily COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

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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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

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