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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? Plenty of Cincinnati kid-friendly activities are available, 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, and the family will love. The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting.  

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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

Arabesque Dance Academy, LLC
All ages
Monthly Tuition starting at just $48!
Black-owned dance academy that offers a large variety of dance classes for all skill levels such as Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Pom, Tumbling, Competition and more! call (513) 401-5361


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 through 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 cardholders 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 playtime 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 cardholders can purchase general admission tickets for $2 and receive free parking. For more information, call 513-287-7000.


Great Parks
All Ages
Enjoy the great outdoors with family. Ohio EBT cardholders may obtain a free permit to enter all 21 parks and preserves in 2020. There is a limit of one MVP per cardholder. EBT cards from other states are not eligible. Remember, a valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter all parks.


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 storytime 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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