April Family Fun in Cincinnati & NKY {2019}

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This events post is presented in partnership with Vintage Market Days. We are grateful for their partnership in helping us provide this resource to local families.

Spring is officially here (yay!) and we don’t know about you, but that makes us crazy excited to get out of the house – maybe even wearing flip-flops… a girl can dream! We are especially excited to check out Vintage Market Days at the end of the month. Vintage Market Days is the PERFECT place to find those one-of-a-kind accent pieces to give your home a fresh & fun vibe this Spring!

If you are looking for our guide to Easter Events, you can find that HERE.



CMB Team Event Pick of the Month!
Vintage Market Days

April 26 – 28

Green County Fairgrounds
120 Fairground Rd. Xenia, OH 45385
General Admission Saturday & Sunday: $5
Early Buying Event Friday through Sunday: $10
Buy one get one half off Early Buying Event option: $15
Children 12 and under are free

Get ready for Vintage Market Days coming to the Greene County Fairgrounds! Enjoy this vintage-inspired market full of antiques, art, and incredible finds! Be sure to check out this great Guide to Vintage Market Days for some tips to prepare for this fun experience! 

CMB Mom Tip – Buy your tickets early! All tickets will be mailed to your home!



Cincinnati Ballet Family Series: Aladdin

March 30 – April 7
Aronoff Center
650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various evening and matinee performances
$40 and up

Beautiful sets and costumes, dazzling dance, and a glorious score by Tchaikovsky will awaken your senses and transport you to a magical place where a beautiful sleeping princess is awakened by a kiss and good triumphs over evil. Children and adults alike will delight in this beloved full-length fairytale classic.

Taft Jr.: Recycled Art

April 4
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
11:15am-12:15pm
FREE for children and Taft members; Regular admission pricing for non-members; Questions: [email protected] or (513)684-4517.

Taft Jr. welcomes visitors 3 to 5 years old, along with their caregivers, on the first Thursday of each month from September-May. This month: Turn junk into art! See how sticks can be turned into a sculpture, hear a story about making a “thingamabob” piece of art by reusing materials you already have, and make your own “thingamabob.”

Baby & Me Story Time

April 4
Blue Manatee Literacy Project Bookstore
3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
9:30-10am
FREE

This storytime is specially geared toward the littlest Manatees. Parents bring your infants 0-18 months for storytime by one of the manaTeam members. The selected books are staff favorites from the store and they love reading them aloud. This is a wonderful bonding experience and also starts the journey of creating lifelong book readers.

Tunes & Blooms 

April 4, 11, 18, & 25
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
6-8:30pm
FREE admission after 5pm; Parking $10

See a collection of Cincinnati’s finest and most respected music veterans playing together in the Zoo’s beautiful gardens, for FREE! Why tip-toe through the tulips when you can rock the garden?

Make A Mess! 

April 5
Blue Manatee Literacy Project Bookstore
3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
10-10:45am
FREE for the Grand (re)Opening Week; Reservations required

Join us for Make a Mess with Ms. Kelli! There’s no better way to start the day then creating a fun craft inspired by a favorite story. Kids ages 2-5 are welcome to attend. Be sure to RSVP to reserve your spot and ensure we have enough supplies on hand. For our Grand (re)Opening Week, Make a Mess will be free of charge. Subsequent sessions will be $6 to cover the cost of supplies.


Wonderful Music of Oz  

April 5-7
Music Hall
1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Friday & Saturday: 8pm & Sunday: 2pm
Kids tickets are just $15

Fans of Wicked, The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz, this one’s for you! With hits spanning Broadway, Hollywood and pop, The Wonderful Music of Oz features bewitching vocalists and the Cincinnati Pops bringing all-things-Oz to life in this unique concert experience. It’s perfect for the family (but leave Toto at home!). 


Off the Hill Touring Plays: Five Little Monkeys  

April 5 – May 19
Various Locations in Cincinnati & NKY
Various times depending on location
FREE – $5 depending on location

Going shopping, baking cakes, sitting in trees and jumping on beds! In this zany play, told in cumulative verse, five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way. Monkey mayhem ensues, despite their mama’s warnings. Based on the bestselling books by Eileen Christelow, this day-in-the-life of the monkey family incorporates Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake, Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree and Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping. 
Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Family First Saturday  

April 6
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
11-4pm
FREE

Designed with the whole family in mind! Performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making activities are just the start of the fun for the whole family. There’s a different theme each month, so be sure to come to every one, and bring your best friends!

Linton PB&J Concert: Music with Madcap: The Story of the Ugly Duckling 

April 6
Heritage Presbyterian Church in Mason
6546 S. Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040
10-10:45am & 11:30am-12:15pm
$6 for an individual ticket (child or adult); $20 for a Flexible Ticket Book (4 tickets)

April 11
John P. Parker Elementary School
5051 Anderson Place, Cincinnati, OH 45227
5:30pm
FREE

April 27
Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church
6474 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230
10-10:45am & 11:30am-12:15pm
$6 for an individual ticket (child or adult); $20 for a Flexible Ticket Book (4 tickets)

The clarinet, cello, piano join Madcap Puppets to tell the story of The Ugly Duckling through the music of Beethoven! Don’t miss the music, storytelling, and warm and fuzzy fun!

Outdoor Archery: Basic Compound Bow

April 7
Winton Woods – Adventure Outpost
10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
1-3pm
$20/person; Registration required

Aiming for a new way to enjoy the great outdoors? Try out your skills with a little target practice! An Adventure Outpost instructor will guide you through the basics of shooting a compound bow and teach you the archery steps to success. All equipment is provided. For ages 10 and up. Make sure to register online.  


Take me out to the Ball Game  

April 13
Music Hall
1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
One day only 10:30am; Doors open at 9:30am
$7.50 and up for adult tickets
$4 and up for child tickets – 12 and under

As you look toward Opening Day of the Cincinnati Reds, round third and head to Music Hall for a fun program about the great American pastime. Hear the classic poem “Casey at the Bat,” sing along to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” and, of course, root for the Reds in their 150th anniversary!

Experience instrument demonstrations, crafts and more at the pre-concert Family Fun Zone. 


TRICK! Starring Sir Pat-Trick

April 13
Falcon Theatre
636 Monmouth Street, Newport, KY 41071
7-8:15pm
$10 children, $20 adults

Trick! is a fast-paced 70-minute evening of pure family entertainment! This new and exciting show, geared towards the entire family, is a throwback to the days of Vaudeville, starring award-winning magical entertainer Sir Pat-Trick, who takes the audience on a whimsical journey of laughter, wonder, and just downright silliness. Watch as Sir Pat-Trick performs feats of mind-blowing magic and sleight of hand, along with vaudeville-style juggling, slapstick, and audience participation. 

Second Sunday Family Showtime: Five Little Monkeys  

April 14
Clifton United Methodist Church
3416 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220
2-3pm
$5 adults, FREE children

Going shopping, baking cakes, sitting in trees and jumping on beds! In this zany play, told in cumulative verse, five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way. Monkey mayhem ensues, despite their mama’s warnings. Based on the bestselling books by Eileen Christelow, this day-in-the-life of the monkey family incorporates Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake, Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree and Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping.

Art on Vine at Rhinegeist

April 14
Rhinegeist Brewery
1910 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12-7pm
FREE admission

Art show featuring fine art and handmade goods for sale from 70+ local Cincinnati artists.

Pinkalicious, The Musical  

April 20
Memorial Hall
1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12pm & 2pm
$14

In Pinkalicious The Musical, Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

Earth Day OTR  

April 20
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12-5pm
FREE

Join us for Earth Day OTR in Washington Park! 3CDC in partnership with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will be offering a fun filled day of eco-friendly activities and vendors in the park.

The event will feature live reggae music, food and drink, eco-friendly products & goods for purchase, and a range of activities for both children and adults.

3rd Sunday Fundays: Splash of Color 

April 21
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
1-4pm
FREE

Welcome spring at the Taft! Create your own bunny ears and decorate your own goody bag that you can fill with Easter treats before you leave. Get your face painted and explore the colors of nature in the Taft collection. Meet rabbits, chicks, and their barnyard friends at the Sunrock Farm petting zoo from 2–4 p.m. 

Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration  

April 25
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
10am-5pm
Included with Zoo admission

Join the Greenest Zoo in America as we celebrate Earth Day during our 10th annual “Party for the Planet”! Businesses and organizations from around the region will be on hand to share their expertise and resources about living more sustainably within our communities. Topics include solar energy, composting, recycling, energy efficiency, green building, rain gardens/barrels, sustainable food, green products, and much more! 

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man 

April 26 – September 2
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
11-5pm
FREE

Fresh from the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, stunning immersive room-sized installations, mutant art vehicles, creative costuming, films, jewelry and more will transport Cincinnati Art Museum audiences to the Burning Man gathering.
Burning Man attracts more than 70,000 active participants from all over the globe who gather in the desert outside Reno, Nevada. This thriving temporary metropolis is a hotbed of artistic expression and innovation through its shared principles. Both a cultural movement and an annual event, Burning Man is one of the most influential happenings in contemporary American art and culture.

Autism Family Exploration  

April 27
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
9-11am
FREE

This program is designed for families with children with developmental disabilities to explore the Art Museum before public hours. Families or individuals are welcome to explore the museum at their own pace, or participate in the day’s activities.  Upon entrance, visitors will receive a sensory-friendly map which includes a visual scavenger hunt. Families are welcome to participate in an art making in the Rosenthal Education Center and hands-on learning centers in the galleries.

The Children’s Theatre Presents: Sleeping Beauty

April 27-28 & May 3-5
Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various evening and matinee performances
Tickets start at $26.50

A clever take on the classic fairy tale, this new rock musical comedy is packed with humor, heart and a powerful message! The impulsive but courageous Princess Aurora (who prefers to be called Rory) 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. This sleeping beauty will awaken only with a kiss from her true love. Once she is fully awake and ready to rock, the feisty Princess Rory begins a whirlwind quest to defeat Magnilda and restore order to the Kingdom. 

REC Reads 

Wednesdays
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
11:30am-12pm
FREE

Bring your toddlers or preschoolers to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed storybooks, songs, and sensory activities. This 30-minute program will get your little one excited about art in a fun and interactive way.

Thursday Art Play   

Thursdays
Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10:30-11:30am
$5 for non-members, FREE for members

A great way to schedule creative play time with your little ones. This program uses storytelling, performance and hands-on artmaking activities to excite and educate our youngest visitors. It is designed especially for children ages 2 to 5 years old, and their parents and caregivers. Stick around for some kid-friendly yoga in the UnMuseum following each Art Play session. Enjoy a half priced kids meal from the Cafe at the CAC with the purchase of an entree!

Astronomy Friday 

Fridays
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
8-9:30pm
$7, $5 ages under 18; FREE for Observatory members; Please call 513.321.5186 for reservations

In awe with the beauty of the night sky? Have questions about the Universe? This is where you can get the answers. Astronomy Fridays include short presentations on a wide variety of topics and plenty of time for your astro questions. Tour of the Cincinnati Observatory, which as a National Historic Landmark played an important role in the history of Cincinnati and our nation. Once dark, we will view the Moon, planets and deep space treasures through the historic 1845 telescope. (The program is held rain or shine; telescope viewing if clear skies). The topics and the night sky change week-to-week/month-to-month so you can visit often to hear and see something new.

ArtsWave Days 

Through April 13
Multiple Venues around Cincinnati
FREE

Each Saturday from February 9th through April 13th, ArtsWave Days will feature a set of curated events with a different theme, focus and venue. Visit website for information on time and venue.

Zoo Blooms 

April 1-30
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
10am-5pm
Included with Zoo admission

Every spring, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden becomes the Cincinnati Botanical Garden & Zoo when it transforms into a magnificent explosion of color! As one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, the Cincinnati Zoo offers one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest. Dubbed “Tulip Mania,” Zoo Blooms also features more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs exploding with color.

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation  

Through June 9
OMNIMAX Theater
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Daily 10am-5pm
Member Adult: $6, Member Child: $5, Non-member Adult: $9, Non-member Child: $7,

Volcanoes are often seen as destructive, but for billions of years, volcanoes have created our world. With over 500 active volcanoes, our planet is bursting at the seams with these forces of mass construction.
Travel around the world: dodge boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend to a boiling lava lake in Vanuatu, visit incredible acid ponds, geysers and mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia, walk the archaeological ghost town of Pompeii, dive beneath the waves to hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean and witness the spectacular 2018 Kilauea eruption in Hawaii.

Butterfly Show: The Butterflies of Ecuador

Through June 16
Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-5pm daily, Closed Mondays
$7 Adults, $4 Children (ages 5-17), FREE ages 4 and under

Thousands of butterflies flutter freely in the showroom among a themed garden design celebrating “The Butterflies of Ecuador.”

SkyStar Observation Wheel 

Through June 16
The Banks
150 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various times depending on day of the week
$12.50/person

Enjoy unique views of downtown Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and the Ohio River from aboard the 150 foot Skystar Observation Wheel. Each of the 36 gondolas is enclosed, climate controlled and can hold up to six passengers. The SkyStar experience consists of four revolutions and lasts approximately 12 minutes.

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs 

Through August 18
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Daily 10am-5pm
Member Adult: $12.50, Member Child: $8.50, Non-member Adult: $19.50, Non-member Child: $12.50; FREE Children 0-2

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs unveils the mysteries and explores the realities of daily life in ancient Egypt. This extraordinary exhibition looks beyond popular culture’s fantastical portrayals to examine the lives of commoners and god-kings and queens alike. More than 350 original artifacts dating back over 4,500 years, stunningly detailed models of once-lost cities and landscapes and vivid interactive multimedia spaces will combine to conjure up ancient Egyptians’ economic, mythological and cultural world. Egypt will bring the land of pharaohs back to life at Cincinnati Museum Center.


Looking Ahead!

Coney Island: Mother’s Day Brunch

May 12th

Moonlite Gardens or Moonlite Pavillion
6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
Check out the link above for pricing & reservation options.

It’s Mom’s Big Day so treat her to a delicious all-you-can-eat brunch buffet in historic Moonlite Gardens or Moonlite Pavilion at Coney Island. Once the brunch is over, take a stroll along the Ohio River and spend extra time with her winding through the 50th Anniversary Appalachian Festival filled with history, culture, music, and crafting.

CMB Mom Tip – Reservations are required and tickets sales end April 30th.

 

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I am a native Cincinnatian, born and raised on the West Side and currently settled across the river in Northern Kentucky. I’m a former Highlander, Bearcat, Falcon, and Fulbright Scholar. My greatest challenge hitherto is the one I love the most: being a Mom to an energetic eight-year-old boy. When not working full-time at one of the city’s great hospitals, I’m trying to fit in all there is to do in this wonderful city – and there is certainly A LOT to do! As one who loves to read, I am an advocate for the public library and go multiple times a week. You can often find me at Music Hall enjoying the ballet, opera, and orchestra. I am an introvert, a bit of a foodie, an NPR listener, a pessimist who likes to think she’s a realist, a middle child, an ex-wife and amicable co-parent, a fiancée, and much, much more. I feel lucky to have grown up in Cincinnati and to be raising my own child in this wonderful city.

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