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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Camp Innovation: Pathways to College Program for Gifted and Talented Youth
Northern Kentucky University College of Education and Human Services
March 17, & 24
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Grades K – 9
Registration is $100 – $130
This program is a cutting-edge program designed for high potential youth to discover and explore advanced content and engaged learning. All classes provide the opportunity for students to share interests with other children while exploring pathways to intellectual development, academic enhancement, career exploration and creative artistic fulfillment. Camp Innovation offers trans-disciplinary courses infusing entrepreneurship, science, mathematics, social studies, technology, visual and performing arts, and original interdisciplinary studies. Classes are first come first serve so register as soon as possible. For more information, call 859-572-5600.
Playhouse Acting Classes and Workshops
Playhouse in the Park
March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12
Class & Workshop hours vary
Ages 3 – 14
Registration is $95 – $155
Youth will focus on social and artistic development through creative dramatics, improvisation and theatre games. Students will learn how to band together as an ensemble and use their voices, bodies and imaginations to create complex tales and characters. Stories will be shared with families on the final day of class. For more information, call 513-345-2242.
STEM Night Out is filled with intensive and interactive activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This event is first come first serve. Register as soon as possible. For more information, call 859-572-5600.
Chop It Like It’s Hot
Oakley Branch Library
March 27 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Ages 13 – 17
Are your kids taking an interest in cooking? Cincinnati libraries offer plenty of cooking classes that will teach them lifelong skills in the kitchen. Plus, they will learn to try new foods and create healthy dishes and build confidence. Check the library calendar for more cooking classes. For more information for this event, call 513-369-6038.
Mason Sports Park
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Grades 7 – 12
Registration is $50 for a team of 4
The event will be for students from 7th -12th grade but open to all to celebrate in the games. Registration deadline is Friday, March 16. Each team member must compete in at least 2 game activities. Each team is to be dressed in a creative team uniform, which will be judged in the “Most Creative Team Costume Contest” to earn point in the competition. The final winning team will receive a First Place Trophy and $250 Cash Prize.
CinCity Reptile Show
Sharonville Convention Center
April 22, May 20, 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.
Disney Junior Dance Party
12 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Ages 4 – 7
Tickets are $29.50 – $49.50
Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Preschoolers and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around! Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
May 11 – 12
Tickets are $33.50 – $73.50
Enjoy diverse dance artists who perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire from treasured classics, to neo-classical works. Get 20% your ticket order by mentioning code VOICE over the phone, in-person, or purchasing online. Student tickets are also available for when you mention promo code STUDENT over the phone, in-person or purchasing online. Student tickets are in select locations with a limit of (4) tickets per order. Online and phone orders will be held at Will Call for pickup with a valid student ID.
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.
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.
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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.
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