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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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4th Annual Read Across Madisonville
March 14
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free Entry
This family fun celebration will include activity stations, raffles, giveaways, light refreshments and so much more. Entry is FREE, but registration is required online.


Rumpelstiltskin Play
The Children’s Theatre
March 15 – 17
Come see the classic tale of the miller’s daughter, her boastful father, a handsome prince and the ability to spin straw into gold. Discover the magic and wonder of one of the world’s best loved fairytales. This play is most enjoyed by those in grades PreK-5.


Spring Circus Camp
Evendale Cultural Arts Center
March 25 – 29
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$125 and up
Kids ages 4 – 16-years old can learn stilt walking, tightwire walking, aerial silks and more. Camp times vary upon age group. For more information, call 859-581-7100. 


Spring Museum Camps 1
Cincinnati Museum Center
March 25 – 29
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$50 – $65 per day
Kids kindergarten to eight grade can learn about everything from dinosaur discovery, to engineering and robotics, to masterminding their own creation. Before and after care is provided. Register your child online today. Call 513-287-7001 for more information. 


Spring Museum Camps 2
Cincinnati Country Day School
March 25 – 29
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$50 – $65 per day
Kids kindergarten to seventh grade can learn about everything from Lego engineering, to Harry Potter, to crazy chemistry. Before and after care is provided. Register your child online today. Call 513-287-7001 for more information. 


Spring Break Arts Camp
Kennedy Heights Arts Center
March 25 – 29
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Daily)
Send your child for an exciting week of fun and creativity as they learn about art installations and transform the KHAC Annex Gallery into an elaborate paper garden. They’ll be cutting, folding, and twisting paper into fantastical botanical creations and creatures!


Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire
Cincinnati Museum Center
April 13
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$10.50 – $14.50

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.


Spring Museum Camps 3
Cincinnati Museum Center
April 22 – 26
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kids kindergarten to seventh grade can learn about everything from paleontology, to sticky and messy creations, to exploring Egypt. Before and after care is provided. Register your child online today. Call 513-287-7001 for more information. 


Sleeping Beauty
Taft Theatre
April 27 – May 6 
All ages
Tickets are $10 – $30
The impulsive but courageous Princess Aurora defies the age-old tradition of attending ‘Princess School’, and sets out on her own to discover all the Kingdom has to offer. But along the way, she encounters her evil Fairy Godmother, the magnificent Magnilda, who placed a curse on Aurora when she was a child, causing her to fall into a deep sleep.


Kidz Bop
PNC Pavilion
June 30
Kids 16 and under

Tickets are $30 – 175
Kidz Bop records kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits sung by kids, for kids. Ticket prices will range from $30 – $175 and can be purchased online, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Groupon currently has tickets for $20. 


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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.


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 30 – Sept. 26 (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. The kickoff begins with Disney’s Mulan. Other movies will include National Lampoons Vacation, Jumanji, Black Panther 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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