February Family Fun in Cincinnati & NKY {2019}

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Fiona’s Playlist: Lollipops Family Concerts

February 2nd

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

What would Cincinnati’s favorite baby hippo listen to? The Pops has built a playlist for Fiona in collaboration with the Cincinnati Zoo. From Carnival of the Animals to music from A Bug’s Life and Harry Potter (Hedwig’s Theme, of course!). Fiona would feel right at home in this musical menagerie—your family will, too! Experience instrument demonstrations, crafts and more at the pre-concert Family Fun Zone.
Doors open at 9:30 AM!

CMB Mom Tip – Feel free to get into the spirit and attend in you #teamfiona gear!


Family First Saturday: Make Your Mark 

February 2
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12-4pm
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!

Cincinnati Auto Expo

February 6-10
Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Wednesday: 5-9pm; Thursday & Friday: 11am-9pm; Saturday: 10am-9pm; Sunday: 10am-6pm
$11, $9 advance; $8 at Kroger; FREE ages 12 and under

Wide selection of attractions and exhibits. New Beer and Wine Garden, expanded Dream Machine Boulevard, Safe Travel Family Zone, classic cars and collectibles.

Taft Jr.: Down on the Farm 

February 7
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: Down on the Farm. Cows, sheep, and roosters—oh my! Meet the farm animals in the Taft collection and practice making animal sounds, read a book about shapes and animals, and make your own animal out of paper shapes.

Winter Xscape: Indoor Beach Party  

February 8-9
Newport’s Festival Park – Riverboat Row
1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071
Friday: 5pm-1am & Saturday: 1pm-1am
FREE admission

Xscape the winter doldrums by partying in the area’s largest heated tent! Featuring: Silentdisco with 2 live dj’s and 1 live band, a real sand beach, fun beach games, great beach food and tropical cocktails.

Jurassic Quest

February 8-10
Dayton Convention Center
22 E. 5th Street, Dayton, OH 45402
Friday: 5pm-1am & Saturday: 1pm-1am
Tickets start at $20

Jurassic Quest is Americas Largest and most realistic Dinosaur Event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among living, breathing dinosaurs.

My Furry Valentine  

February 9-10
Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, OH 45246
Saturday: 10am-6pm & Sunday: 12-6pm
$5 general admission (ages 5 and up); Early Bird Tickets: $25

This February 9-10, 2019, for PhoDOGrapher’s ninth My Furry Valentine, the Tri-State’s largest companion animal adoption event. Sponsored by The Petco Foundation, the event aims to find homes for the area’s rescue and shelter animals to help end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in our community. Hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small animals are brought together in a festive environment at the Sharonville Convention Center, making it fun and easy to find your perfect pet! Adopter swag bags, raffle prizes, vendor booths and free kid’s activities add to the festivities at this family-friendly gathering at the Main Event in Sharonville. 

Linton PB&J Concert: It’s a String Thing 

February 9
Wyoming Fine Arts Center
322 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, OH 45215
10-10:45am & 11:30am-12:15pm
$6 for an individual ticket (child or adult); $20 for a Flexible Ticket Book (4 tickets)

February 16
Lakeside Presbyterian Church
2690 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park, KY 41017
10-10:45am & 11:30am-12:15pm
$6 for an individual ticket (child or adult); $20 for a Flexible Ticket Book (4 tickets)

February 21
Child Focus (Training Center)
555 Batavia Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45244
5:30-6:15pm & 7-7:45pm
FREE

February 23
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
7701 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
10-10:45am & 11:30am-12:15pm & 1-1:45pm
$6 for an individual ticket (child or adult); $20 for a Flexible Ticket Book (4 tickets)

The wonderful sounds of the violin, viola, and cello will “string you along” as you listen, dance, and sing to the music of the string family! Come hear why Mozart and Beethoven loved this family of instruments.

Second Sunday Family Showtime: The Corner: Storytelling for Today  

February 10
Clifton United Methodist Church
3416 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220
2-3pm
$5 adults, FREE children

The Corner is storytelling for today. It moves kids out of their seats and into worlds painted by thoughtful literature and the rhythm of the spoken word. Whether the story is about a missing sock, choosing a book, or feeling left out, The Corner delivers on storytelling like a modern-day Shel Silverstein with a rhythmic twist. They do not simply tell stories: they rap them!
The Corner offers a unique storytelling experience for children in Pre-school to 6th grade. Using interactive skits, storytelling, aerobic movements, poetry, and music, The Corner engages children and inspires them to explore the world around them through reading and the arts.
Recommended for audience members of all ages. 

Art on Vine at Rhinegeist

February 10
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.

Cincinnati Ballet Presents: The Sleeping Beauty  

February 14-17
Music Hall
1241 Elm 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.

Off the Hill Touring Plays: Cyrano  

Through February 15
Various Locations in Cincinnati & NKY
Various times depending on location
FREE – $5 depending on location

Cyrano de Bergerac is a master of swordplay and wordplay, but a “magnificent Mount Everest of a nose” blocks his path to true love. Tongue-tied Christian borrows Cyrano’s words to woo beautiful Roxane — but is she falling for Christian’s looks or Cyrano’s soul?
Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

February 16-24
Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various evening and matinee performances; Sensory-friendly performance: February 16: 5pm
$10-$35+

The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, this musical features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the animated movie. Based on the works of Rudyard Kipling, the “Man-Cub” Mowgli, bounds through the jungle and learns what it means to be human. You won’t want to miss this culturally-infused and spectacular Disney classic!

Martin’s Dream  

February 16
Memorial Hall
1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12pm & 2pm
FREE, tickets required

Created, directed and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show explores the real person behind the pictures: a funny, intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history. Watch the story of his life unfold — from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Most enjoyed by those in grades 2-12. 

TRICK! Starring Sir Pat-Trick

February 16
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 down right silliness. Watch as Sir Pat-Trick performs feats of mind-blowing magic and sleight of hand, along with vaudeville style juggling, slap stick, and audience participation. 

Rosa Parks

February 9-10
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Saturday: 11am & 2pm; Sunday: 2pm
$13 plus service fee; Tickets are available exclusively through ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man more than fifty years ago on December 1, 1955, she was tired and weary from a long day of work, little did she know that this simple act would significantly change the course of our nation.  Adapted by TCT’s Deondra Kamau Means.

This show is ideal for children in grades 3-8, with a question-and-answer session with the cast after the show.

3rd Sunday Fundays: Out of this World 

February 17
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
1-4pm
FREE

Blast off this Funday! Meet the “stars” of the Taft collection, learn about the constellations at the Art Cart, and create your own solar system by painting with balloons. Join Madcap Puppets for their performance “The Great Space Caper” at 2 p.m.
Seating is limited for the performance and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cyclones Hockey: Meijer Kids Club Game + Kids Paint the Ice 

February 17
U.S. Bank Arena
100 Broadway, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Doors Open: 2pm; Puck Drops: 3pm
Tickets start at $15; Group and Family rates available

Join the Cyclones for this special 3pm Matinee. Meijer Kids Club members are invited to paint the ice after the game.

Family Festival   

February 22
Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12-3pm
FREE

Drop in and join the fun! 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. This is an open-house style program, so drop in any time during the offering.

Autism Family Exploration  

February 23
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.

Maple Sugar Days 

February 23-24
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn
3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251
12-4pm
FREE

It’s maple-sugaring time! This event for the whole family celebrates the awakening of the trees as they prepare for spring with the very traditional craft of making maple syrup. Enjoy this delicious weekend of tastes, crafts, demonstrations and hikes. 

Maple Syrup Making and Guide Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush

Saturdays in February & February 24
Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150
Saturdays: 10am-3pm & Sunday: 12-4pm
FREE with admission ($9 adults, $4 ages 4-12, FREE children 3 and under); FREE for members

Meets at the Outdoor Learning Center at our Rowe Woods location.  

Experience the process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Bask in the warmth of the evaporator and its maple-scented steam. Drop by the Outdoor Learning Center and join in an interactive sap collecting maple hike. Hikes start at the sugar house (Outdoor Learning Center) on the hour.

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 an entree!

Astronomy Friday 

Fridays
Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
7-8:30pm
$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.

Winter Family Days at Newport Aquarium

Through February 28
Newport Aquarium
One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071
10am-6pm
Adult + one child = $25.99

Discover the Wonder this Winter at Newport Aquarium! During Winter Family Days, one kid gets in FREE with each full price adult.

Penguin Days at Cincinnati Zoo 

Through March 8
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
10am-5pm
Half-price admission

March to the Cincinnati Zoo and save a waddle of cash! Experience cooler prices and even cooler animals during Penguin Days. Penguin Parades in 2019! It must be below 50 degrees for the penguins to walk.

Fabulous Foliage

January 19 – March 10
Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-5pm daily, Closed Mondays
$4, $2 ages 5-17, FREE ages 4 and under

Spring is here, and this means the talented staff at Cincinnati Parks Krohn Conservatory, located in majestic Eden Park, have once again outdone themselves creating the “fabulous foliage” floral show. Visit now through March 10 to see all the colors and textures showcasing thousands of brightly colored plants. And get an up close view of thousands of blossoming tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. The experience also features unique “living walls” and “moss graffiti”. Come see for yourself how Cincinnati Parks is building better lives and a better community.

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation  

Now Playing
Cincinnati Museum Center
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.

1919 Cincinnati Reds World Series Champions Exhibit  

Through March 28
Behringer-Crawford Museum
1600 Montague Road, Covington, KY 41011
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm & Sunday: 1-5pm
$9 adults; $8 seniors (60+); $5 children (3-17)

This new exhibit features authenticated baseball cards, autographs, postcards and souvenir books from the 1919 Championship Reds. The exhibit also includes memorabilia commemorating the notorious “Black Sox” betting scandal that rocked baseball and led to eight White Sox players being banned from baseball for life.

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.


Looking Ahead!

Disney on Ice

March 7-10

US Bank Area
100 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tickets start at $17

Be a part of Anna’s adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven as they encounter wintry conditions and mystical trolls in a race to bring back summer. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, your whole family will sing along to unforgettable music and be delighted with special appearances by the Disney Princesses, Woody, Buzz, Dory and more. Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen – the show worth melting for! 

CMB Mom Tip – Let your kiddos dress up for this one!

 

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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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