Cincinnati & NKY Guide to Kids Activities

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This guide is presented in partnership with the businesses featured below. We are grateful for their support in helping us provide this resource for local families.

Local Mom Tips to Consider when Choosing the Best Kids Activities

  • What time commitment are you seeking and/or able to accommodate? Extra-curriculars are often worth the investment, but you do need to be realistic about what makes the most sense for your life and your child. Many kids activities meet weekly, some have flexibility, while some require a greater time commitment.
  • Location and budget. Like it or not, logistics DO matter, especially if your little one falls in love with what they are doing and wants to keep going!
  • What are your goals? Are you hoping to expose your child to the arts, encourage their creative interests, get them moving? When they are smaller and don’t know what to ask for, the activities chosen will reflect our goals as parents. (i.e. swim lessons for swim safety!)
  • Consider limiting activities to keep it reasonable for both them and you. As your child grows, you may consider an approach where your child can pick one athletic and one non-athletic extra-curricular.
  • Follow their lead! After all – it’s their activity and should reflect their interests!

Planet Dance Cincinnati

They’re not your corner dance studio. No dance moms. No toddlers and tiaras. No sparkle motion. You get the idea. Planet Dance Cincinnati has been around for 15 years and is located in the ‘Arts’ District along Gilbert Avenue in Walnut Hills near Downtown. Whatever your child’s dance interests, Planet Dance has a class for that. The newest program, Planet Dance Kids Club, is a 15-week course for either Fall or Spring with January and June shows! Kids Club is recommended for children 7-12. Registration is open now through August 15th, so enroll today!

Besides Kids Club and general classes for every genre, students looking to pursue a career in dancing can join the Pre-Professional/Apprenticeship program. This one is recommended for youth and young adults between the ages of 12-19 that have at least 3 years of prior dance experience. There is no long-term commitment. Get just a single class, a class card, or a Monthly Unlimited card, which is good for any class on their schedule. Even better, you don’t have to schedule ahead of time – drop in on any class, any time!

Planet Dance uses a professional staff with a focus on education. What truly sets them apart is their extraordinary Resident and Guest Faculty, like Andy Blankenbuehler, Tony Award winning choreographer of Hamilton, Beyonce’s Original “Single Ladies”, Ebony Williams, and Emmy Award winning choreographer, Travis Wall, from So You Think You Can Dance and Shaping Sound.

“I have known Missy and Andrew for most of my career. Our paths may have been different, but our passion and creativity in our craft was always very similar. Their voice and work as choreographers and teachers continue to inspire me and is the kind of work that is important and needed in our industry and most of all in the world. I am honored to call them my friends.” – Mia Michaels

Broadway choreographer of Finding Neverland, If These Shoes Could Talk and Fort Chaffee, Celine Dion’s “A New Day” (Vegas), and Popular choreographer: choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance”. She has choreographed for Madonna’s “Drowned World Tour”, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Prince, DK 96, Jon Secada, PYT, and Jimmy Ray.

2230 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
513.505.6340

[email protected]

CCM Prep

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Music! Dance! Theatre Arts!

CCM programs educate students as young as three, so whether you have a beginner or a student that might be preparing for a career in the arts, CCM is a terrific partner.

Classes are offered weekly including evening and weekend opportunities.

Instruction and educational supplies are included in the cost of classes, students are required to supply their own instruments, etc…

“CCM has prepared me by helping me grow and perfect my gift. In classes such as choir, I was able to be ahead of the class. CCM has also taught me to be prepared, practice and study. This valuable lesson had the biggest impact on me.” – Student

3860 Corbett Center
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-2595

[email protected]

IGKnight Music and Movement

Ignite your baby’s body and mind while experiencing music and movement together! You and your child will strengthen your everlasting bond while exploring age-appropriate instruments, songs, stories, movement, and dance. Activities are designed to stimulate children from birth to 24 months and can be replicated at home.

The 45-minute class meets weekly on Monday or Wednesday mornings over three sessions (fall, winter, & spring) and are ideal for grandparents and caregivers.

Check out this video to see the fun in action!

“Ms. Donna delights children with her high-energy approach to music education. She greets parents and students by name in a warm and genuine manner. She expertly modifies instruction to fit the needs of the energetic and busy toddlers in her classroom. Curriculum is rich and purposeful, and the children demonstrate understanding in unique ways. Thank you, Ms. Donna!” – S. McGuffey

2161 Grandin Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208
[email protected]
(513) 871-4700

Harriet Beecher Stowe House

2950 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 452121

Do you have a creative kiddo on your hands? You know the type we are talking about… the ones who collect the toilet paper rolls and trinkets they find around the house in order to create their next masterpiece. If you have a kiddo who is continually seeking that creative outlet… then these classes are for you.

World of Spanish

Locations Vary

Art Workshop

Hyde Park

Cincinnati Museum Center

Downtown

Cincinnati Art Museum

Mt. Adams

Brazee Street Studios

Oakley

These classes are for those kids who are constantly twirling, shaking their booty, tapping their toes, & who love a good beat. No matter if your child is a born performer, loves the art of dance or enjoys being part of a peer group… dance can be a wonderful experience!

Planet Dance Cincinnati

'Arts' District Near Downtown

Perfection Gymnastics

West Chester

Cincinnati Ballet

Downtown

Emerge Dance Academy

White Oak

Gotta Dance

Anderson

Prestige Dance Center

Anderson

Erickson Academy Irish Dance

Mt. Lookout

DanceKids

Liberty Township

Cincy Dance Studio

Madeira

SDA Studios

Liberty Township

There are a ton of kids activities that are not only fun and engaging, but they help teach some important life skills as well. This category is devoted to those “hands-on” opportunities around town!

Healthy Hands Cooking

Mason

Most kids can’t resist shaking their booty or singing along to their favorite tunes, but did you know that music is also a great way to encourage developmental growth? Music classes can be a great way to stimulate your little one’s mind, but lessons can also be the perfect creative and challenging outlet for your older kids as well!

Miss Nancy's Musikgarten

Clifton

Eric Blume, Drum Instruction

Loveland

Baldwin Music Education Center

Cincinnati

Peanut Butter & Jam

OTR

Kindermusik

Locations Vary

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra - Young People's Concerts

Virtual and FREE!

Coding, technology, STEAM, 4H, and more… the possibilities are endless in this arena and honestly, the things these kids can learn and create are incredible. We are big fans of the ever-growing opportunities for our kids in the world of science and tech.

The Cincinnati Zoo

Clifton

The Highfield Discovery Garden

Woodlawn

Boy Scouts of America

Various Troops Around Town

Girl Scouts of America

Various Troops Around Town

Cincy Arts Wave + STEM

Downtown

Classroom Antics

Locations Vary

Girls Who Code

Locations Vary

Destination Imagination

Various School Affiliations

Sports are amazing ways to encourage exercise, teamwork, personal drive, and so much more! And the options are endless as well. No matter if you have a little one tumbling on mats or an older one involved in team games or competitions, one this is for certain. They will learn all kinds of life lessons they don’t even realize they are learning and we love that.

Kid Strong

Mason

Perfection Gymnastics

West Chester

Gym Skills

Blue Ash

Cincy lil' Kickers

Cincinnati

Pro Martial Arts

Kenwood & Loveland

Cincinnati Tae Kwon Do Academy

Silverton

Top Flight Gymnastics

Crestview Hills, KY

Mercy Anderson HealthPlex - KidTown

Anderson

Music, movement, motor skill development, and social skills! Toddler enrichment classes can be a great way to help enhance your little one’s natural development. And best of all… they are fun for grownups to attend as well!

For more information on local toddler enrichment opportunities, check this post out too!

Kid Strong

Mason

Gym Skills

Blue Ash

Go 2 Grow Gymnastics

Montgomery

Cincy lil' Kickers

Cincinnati

World of Spanish

Locations Vary

The Little Gym

Mason

Blue Manatee Literacy Project

Oakley

ArtSpark

Symmes Township

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