February Family Fun


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For a short month, February can sometimes feel like it takes forever! Don’t let chilly temps and grey skies keep you trapped inside. This guide is full of things to do with your family in February!

Off the Hill Touring Plays: Stuart Little  

Through February 16
Multiple Locations in Cincinnati & NKY
Multiple showtimes depending on location
FREE – $5 depending on location

Stuart Little is a lovable mouse who is born into an ordinary, New York family. His many adventures — both big and small — vividly come to life through a series of delightful scenes. Based on E.B. White’s endearing classic and written with charm, wisdom and joy, this adaptation presents the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse who is trying to survive in the great, big world. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Disney’s The Lion King    

Through February 2
Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Multiple showtimes
Tickets start at $31

A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father’s life, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving his loss and the life he knew behind. Eventually companioned by two hilarious and unlikely friends, Simba starts anew. But when the weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from the now ravaged Pride Lands come to find the adult prince, Simba must take on a formidable enemy, and fulfill his destiny to be king. A vibrant and exciting tale from the great creatives at Disney, The Lion King is a story of love and redemption that nobody should miss.

Family First Saturday: Be My Valentine 

February 1
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

What’s going on? A lot, and then some more! Performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art-making activities are just the start of the fun for the whole family.

Coretta Scott King presented by Cincinnati Children’s Theatre    

February 1
Memorial Hall OTR
1255 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12pm & 2pm
FREE; tickets required – Click here to reserve tickets

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. Coretta’s story continues to be an inspiration to our nation and the world.

Linton PB&J Concert: High-Low, Fast-Slow, Let’s Go!

February 1
Lakeside Presbyterian Church
2690 Dixie Hwy, 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 8
Friendship United Methodist Church
1025 Springfield Pike, 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 13
Child Focus, Inc. – Training Center
4629 Aicholtz Road, Cincinnati, OH 45244
10-10:45am & 11:30am-12:15pm
$6 for an individual ticket (child or adult); $20 for a Flexible Ticket Book (4 tickets)

February 15
Mount 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)

February 22
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kenwood
7701 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
10-10:45am & 11:30am-12:15pm
$6 for an individual ticket (child or adult); $20 for a Flexible Ticket Book (4 tickets)

Opposites attract when it comes to making music! We’ll have lots of fun listening to the flute, string bass, piano, and drums show us how it’s done with musical opposites. Can you spot all the differences?

Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush

February 2, 8, 15, 16, 23, & 29
Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods – Outdoor Learning Center
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

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 during the times above and join in an interactive sap collecting maple hike.

Cincinnati Auto Expo    

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

As Greater Cincinnati’s premier automotive industry event, the Expo showcases the latest cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and hybrids on the market today. Knowledgeable product specialists and dealer representatives will be there to answer all your questions and show you everything you need to know in a sales-free environment. With a wide selection of attractions and exhibits, the 2020 Cincinnati Auto Expo will have something for everyone in your family.

Taft Jr.: All About Me 

February 6
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
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. Do you know all the parts of your face? Use the faces in the Taft paintings to explore your own, hear a story about making faces out of silly objects, and make your own wacky portrait.

Storytime with Sparkle! – Barry the Sad Sunflower: A Focus on Big Emotions 

February 8
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10:30am & 1pm
FREE, but a suggested donation is listed, if you are able! Please reserve your spot(s) on the Facebook events page

At the “Not-So-Super-Market,” a loudspeaker announcement says “ALL flowers are on sale!” Sparkle gets there and only finds one lonely sunflower. We must help guardians grab all items on our shopping list calmly despite several hiccups, including an earthquake, lava monster, and a hurricane shipwreck in the seafood aisle! Learn to control big emotions and reunite Barry with his seeds so that more Sunflowers can bring more Sunshine to Toon Township!

Second Sunday Family Showtime: Stuart Little 

February 9
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
2728 Short Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219
$5 adults, FREE children

Presented by Playhouse in the Park, Stuart Little is a lovable mouse whose adventures vividly come to life through a series of delightful scenes. Based on E.B. White’s endearing classic, this adaptation presents the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse who is trying to survive in the great, big world. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Swan Lake      

February 13-16
Music Hall – Cincinnati Ballet
1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Multiple showtimes
Tickets start at $40

Spread your wings and fly away to the beautifully tragic world of Swan Lake. The story of Odette, a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer, is the epitome of classical ballet. The production is choreographed after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov by Kirk Peterson, former Cincinnati resident choreographer, set to Tchaikovsky’s haunting and majestic score. It’s a production guaranteed to take your breath away.

Meet Me in St. Louis  

February 13- March 8
Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Various evening and matinee performances
$29 Adults, $26 Students

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is a rare treasure in the musical theatre; a delightful portrait of a turn-of-the-century American family. It is the summer of 1903, and the Smith family eagerly anticipates the opening of the 1904 World’s Fair. As they mark each holiday over the course of the year, the family’s love, zest for life and good-natured humor help them through each romance, opportunity, escapade, and heartbreak. The musical has all the best-loved songs from the film, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Boy Next Door” and “The Trolley Song”!

My Furry Valentine  

February 15 & 16
Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, OH 45246
10am-5pm; Saturday: 10am-12pm *Early Bird access only
$5 general admission (ages 5 and up); *Early Bird Tickets: $25

My Furry Valentine has been such a huge success, and we are excited to be hosting My Furry Valentine 2020 again at the Sharonville Convention Center. As always, this event will feature hundreds of adoptable pets (dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small critters) from dozens of different rescue and shelter groups from around the Greater Cincinnati area. Adoptable animals are gathered at a centralized location under one roof to make it easier to find your perfect pet!

Madcap Puppets: Fairy Tale Follies 

February 15 & 16
Madcap Puppets
3316 Glenmore Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211
Saturday: 11am & 1pm & Sunday: 1pm & 3pm
$10 general admission

Zany court jesters, Winx and Jinx, deliver a flurry of fairy tales for the Queen’s celebration. Their hilariously twisted tales of Hansel and Gretel, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Three Little Pigs had better win the Queen’s approval or they may end up facing her fire-happy dragon!

3rd Sunday Funday: Scientific Art 

February 16
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Science meets art at this Funday. Learn about the tools painters use at the Art Cart and create a masterpiece using erupting paint. Join Scientific Mayhem for hands-on show, Newton’s Discoveries that will answer the age-old question “Why is the sky blue?” at 2PM.

Nickelodeon Weekend featuring Paw Patrol @ Cincinnati Cyclones  

February 16
Heritage Bank Center (formerly US Bank Arena)
100 Broadway, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Puck drops: 3pm
$18-$32; Family 4-pack available

Join the Cyclones for Nickelodeon Weekend presented by Meijer as we celebrate all things Paw Patrol with an appearance from Rubble and Skye, clips from the show, and specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off. Plus Kids Club Members can join us for Kids Paint the Ice immediately following the game.

Great Parks FREE Entry Days 

February 17
Great Parks of Hamilton County

Great Parks is celebrating special days with free entry for all into Great Parks! Guests can experience 78 miles of trails, over 17,500 acres of natural habitat and wildlife, lakes and river access, playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses and so much more. 

Wizards Weekend @ Cincinnati Cyclones  

February 21 & 22
Heritage Bank Center (formerly US Bank Arena)
100 Broadway, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Puck drops: 7:30pm
$18-$32; Family 4-pack available

Muggles are invited to join us as we celebrate Wizardry.

Family Festival: UnMuseum Opening!   

February 22
Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Stop by the CAC for the unveiling of our newest Art Lab mural! This exciting work is a collaboration between the artist Lindsey Whittle and local high school students. Join us as we create artwork inspired by this new addition and stick around for a family-friendly artist talk at 1pm in the CAC’s UnMuseum.

Sensory Saturdays  

February 22
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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 22-23
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn
3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251

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. 

Wee Wednesdays 

February 26
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Your preschooler will learn about their local community through sensory play this Wee Wednesday. You and your toddler will wander through the galleries to find interactive art stops, as well as an art-making activity. This “Open house” program is recommended for preschoolers (ages 5 and under) accompanied by an adult. We’re sorry, but we are unable to accommodate school groups for this program. Visitors with strollers: you may enter the museum through the Dewitt entrance near the south side of the building. Parking available near that entrance.

Cincinnati Children’s Theatre presents Annie Jr.

February 29 – March 8
Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Multiple showtimes

Leapin’ Lizards! Kick-off Leap Year with us! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck 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.

REC Reads 

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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

Astronomy Friday 

Cincinnati Observatory Center
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
$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.

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission  

Through February 7
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Daily 10am-5pm
Special Exhibit Ticket Required

Destination Moon gives guests the rare opportunity to see artifacts that made the 953,000-mile journey possible, like Buzz Aldrin’s gold-plated extravehicular helmet visor and thermal-insulated gloves. The dizzying star chart that helped Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins navigate the historic journey and the rucksack and survival kit that accompanied the astronauts are also included. The star of the exhibition is the Columbia command module, on display outside the National Air and Space Museum for the first time since 1976.

Winter Family Days at Newport Aquarium

Through March 1
Newport Aquarium
One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071
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.

Bloom & Grow

Through March 8
Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-5pm daily, Closed Mondays
$7, $4 ages 5-17, FREE ages 4 and under

Bloom and Grow is a garden for the child in us all at Krohn this Spring! The weather is chilly outside but inside the Krohn Conservatory you’ll feel like spring has sprung! Spend time amongst the blooming tulips and daffodils while you take a stroll through the hiking path. Along the way you can collect some leaves and twigs to make your own piece of Nature’s Art in our Art Corner. Or “sit a spell” under the canopy of the Reading Nook. Before you go, add a drawing or a small note to our collage wall. Enjoy the warmth of Spring while the weather is still chilly on the other side of the glass house!

Superpower Dogs  

Through March 13
Cincinnati Museum Center – Omnimax Theater
1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Daily 10am-5pm
Ticket Required

Superpower Dogs showcases the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. From the waters of the Mediterranean and the waves off California’s coast to the mountains of British Columbia and the savannas of Africa, journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives. Narrated by Chris Evans, the film reveals the astonishing science behind their extraordinary abilities, ensuring that we’ll never look at our best friends the same way again. Discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners in an immersive OMNIMAX® adventure.

Penguin Days at Cincinnati Zoo 

Through March 13
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
Discounted admission

March to the Cincinnati Zoo and save a waddle of cash! Experience cooler prices and even cooler animals during Penguin Days, with discounted Zoo admission every day. Ticket prices may change from day-to-day, so lock in the best price by purchasing now! Penguin Parades return at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays in 2020! It must be below 50 degrees for the penguins to participate in the parades. (Special walks on MLK Day, Monday, January 20 & Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17)

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Lisa Springer
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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