April Guide to Family-Friendly Events in Cincinnati and NKY {2021}

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april family-friendly events in cincinnati and nkySpring 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! See below for your roundup of all the amazing events happening this April in Cincinnati & NKY.


Vintage Market Days

April 16 – 18
Green County Fairgrounds
120 Fairground Rd. Xenia, OH 45385
General Admission Saturday & Sunday: $5
Early Buying Event Friday through Sunday: $10
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!

Off the Hill Touring Plays: Dragons Love Tacos

April 16 – May 16
Virtual Events
FREE – Click here to register for your free tickets

Do you know what dragons really love Tacos, of course!
Chicken tacos, beef tacos, big tacos and tiny tacos. As a boy and his dog watch a television show about dragons, they unexpectedly get caught up in the “Dos and Don’ts” of what to feed them. But if they accidentally eat spicy salsa, watch out!
Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Outdoor Archery: Basic Compound Bow

April 1 and April 3
Winton Woods – Adventure Outpost
10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
10am – 12pm
$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.

Barnyard Bonanza: Pen Pals

April 2 and April 3, April 23, April 24
Winton Woods – Parky’s Farm
10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
9:00-9:45 am, 11:00-11:45, 1:00-1:45 

What’s your favorite farm animal? This farmyard tour includes a variety of our livestock to help you decide! Moo! We are following protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Ohio Department of Health. Physical distancing and sanitation recommendations will be followed. Children must be accompanied by a paid, participating adult. ($8.00/person, register 1 day in advance)

Pyramid Hill’s Art and Earth Day

April 24
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum
1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road
Hamilton, OH 45013
9-5pm
FREE

Celebrate Arbor Day, Earth Day, and International Sculpture Day at Pyramid Hill. This celebration of art and nature is free to the public, including free admission to the Ancient Sculpture Museum from Noon to 4 p.m. Pyramid Hill will be hosting guided hikes, a special Happy Hour at the Fretboard Beer Garden, the Contemporary Art Center’s Spring Family Festival at the Grand Pavilion, a university exhibition artist walk in partnership with Miami University and the University of Cincinnati, an exhibition reception for Out of the Darkness, free yoga classes in partnership with Imagination Yoga, and a special “en plein air” art competition juried by local artist and educator Daniel Bonham.

Art Play Hike: Eden Park

April 8
Eden Park
10:30-11:30am
Free; registration required

Join us this month as we explore Eden Park Mirror Lake, take part in hands-on art making and try out some kid-friendly yoga poses. Bundle up! These monthly hikes will take place rain or shine. Come explore the great outdoors with your little one, warm up with some coffee or hot coco and take home an art activity bag. Each family will receive an interactive park print designed by a local artist. During the program masks are recommended for participants 4 and up. This program is designed for children ages 2-7 and their parent or caregiver.

Cincinnati Observatory Virtual Spring Break Camp

April 1 and 2
10am-12pm on ZOOM
$30, $15 for sibling in same household
Grades K-12

Join the Cincinnati Observatory for our virtual spring break camp! We will learn about space, do some citizen science and create some out of this world crafts. The Observatory will provide all the supplies you camper needs. Supplies can be picked up from the Observatory. Please note that a computer or tablet with an internet connection is needed to take part in this camp. Scholarships are available, email [email protected] a 1 page description of why you want to attend camp and a letter of recommendation from an adult (teacher, coach, mentor, caregiver).

* Also check out the Zoom classes for families happening in April: 100 Things to See in the Night Sky, On Mars, Supermoon, and Astrology (not Astronomy) Classes are $10 – $30 per household and you can register online here.

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. Reservations and masks are required to enter the zoo.

Easter Celebration at the Zoo

April 4
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
10am-5pm
Included with Zoo admission

This egg-citing day will feature animals receiving Easter-themed enrichment throughout the day! Enrichment is an important part of the daily care we provide to our animals. Enrichment is anything the zookeepers add to the animals’ environments to stimulate their senses and elicit natural

MAYA: The Exhibition

Open thru April 4, 2021
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Daily 10am-5pm
Special Exhibit Ticket Required

Immerse yourself in the genius of the Maya – early disrupters living in cities of stone carved into the rainforest.

Cincinnati Public Libraries

Check the Cincinnati Public Library website for amazing events at all of their branches throughout the month. Events include Make and Take sessions, Virtual Storytime, Homework Help, Afterschool Yoga, Play and Learn sessions and so much more!

Cincinnati Nature Center

Check out the amazing programs available at the Cincinnati Nature Center this month! 

Full Moon Walks

Monday, April 26, 8:30-10 pm—Super Egg Moon at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Hit the trails at night and enjoy the full moon, natural history moments, and special readings. Recommended for adults and children 8 and up. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

Earth Month Family Quest

Saturday, April 3, 1-3 pm
Saturday, April 10, 2-4 pm
Sunday, April 11, 1-3 pm
Saturday, April 24, 2-4 pm
Explore the trails with your family on a quest to be the ultimate conservationist. Journey through different habitats while completing tasks to help Mother Nature. Members $5; nonmembers $5 (includes daily admission).

Spring to the Greenhouse

Saturday, April 17, 10-11:15 am
Saturday, April 17, 3-4:15 pm

Round up your little gardeners for a fun day in our green house! Kids will try their hands at repotting baby plants, check out all kinds of seeds, and go for a short walk to look for native plants. As a special treat, every helper will get to adopt a native plant to take home. Members $8; nonmembers $13 (includes daily admission).

Pawpaw Planting Project at Long Branch Farm & Trails

Saturday, April 24, 4-5:30 pm
Celebrate Earth Month by giving back. During this family-friendly learn-by-doing volunteer project, you’ll help plant hundreds of baby pawpaw trees “way down yonder” by O’Bannon Creek at Long Branch Farm & Trails. Participants will receive five pawpaw seeds to take home to grow their own trees. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).

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I am a wife and mommy to two sweet girls ages 4 and 10 months. I work from home part-time as an art teacher for a local online school. As a Cincinnati native I love this city and am so thankful to be raising my family here. I love getting creative with my four year old and letting her run wild with paint and lots of other art supplies. I am passionate about encouraging creativity and art making at any age. When I am not crafting or having adventures with my little girls, I love organizing, decorating, shopping for a bargain, exploring new places for family fun around the city, cooking, and searching for local restaurants with great food. I also run an Etsy shop, be tees. by AJB (https://www.etsy.com/shop/AuroraJanesBoutique), with my sister selling screen printed baby and toddler apparel.

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