From science to art, and everything in-between your little one will love these Cincinnati kid-friendly activities!
Musicals and plays for children.
Kid concerts, sporting events, and more!
When is the Daddy Daughter Dance, Baby Shark and Kidz Bop coming to Cincinnati?
Cincinnatians are always looking for family-friendly activities to do with your children in the Queen City? 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.
The Lion King Broadway Musical
January 8 – February 2 (2020)
$60 – $120
Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. Experience the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular.
Books Alive! For Kids®
January 16 – May 14
This four-time EMMY nominated, national award-winning performing arts literacy program designed to enhance creative thinking, writing, reading, art, and music education. Subscribe to begin receiving books.
Winter Art Classes for Youth
Kennedy Heights Arts Center
January 28 – March 22
$9 – $160
Professional teaching artist will teach kids to draw, sketch, paint, and sculpt. Photography will be involved as well. Schedule daytime, evening and weekend classes.
Coretta Scott King Play
12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Born in Alabama, Coretta Scott King overcame childhood adversity in the segregated south and attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. A talented singer, she would go on to play an integral role as the First Lady of the American Civil Rights movement, not only as the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but also as an independent woman. Tickets for this event are $10.
Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance
Duke Energy Convention Center
Walk the red carpet into a special evening of dinner, dancing, a keepsake professional daddy-daughter photo, prizes and more. Tots to teens and all ages are invited for an evening that creates a special, lifetime memory. No tickets will be sold at the door. Must purchase them online.
Annie Jr. Musical
February 29 – March 9
With equal measures of luck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.
Baby Shark Live!
$30 – $65
Fans of all ages will delight as Baby Shark joins up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs including Five Little Monkeys, Wheels on the Bus, Jungle Boogie, Monkey Banana Dance, and of course, Baby Shark!
Harriet Tubman Play
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
March 14 – 15
Bring the past to the present and change the future with this one-woman interactive storytelling experience. This play is 45-minutes long and ideal for children in grades 3 – 8.
Matilda The Musical
April 25 – May 4
Unloved by her cruel parents, Matilda is armed with astonishing wit, intelligence and mysterious powers. At school, she catches the eye of her sweet schoolteacher, Miss Honey, but also the mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who loves to think of clever ways to punish children. Matilda and Miss Honey take a stand against Miss Trunchbull to change their destiny.
Kidz Bop Live 2020
$24 – $55
KIDZ BOP connects with kids and families through its best-selling albums, music videos, consumer products, and live tours. In the US, KIDZ BOP is the No. 1 music brand for kids, featuring today’s biggest hits “sung by kids for kids.” Click to see how you can get discount tickets.
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.
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.
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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