March Family Fun

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Lion or lamb? Only time will tell, but no matter what the weather does in March, don’t let it stop you from having fun as a family!


Taft Jr.: Shape Up

March 5
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. Everything shapes will be the focus of this Taft Jr. Practice naming the shapes and then finding them in a work of art. You will even get a chance to use shapes to create your own masterpiece!

Family First Saturday: Cut and Paste 

March 7
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
11-4pm
FREE

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.

Pucks N Pups + Wiener Dag Races @ Cincinnati Cyclones  

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

Enjoy a game with your good boy at the Cyclones Pups N Pucks game presented by John Morell. Bring your pup to the frozen pond with a Special Pups N Pucks ticket package. During one of the intermissions, the Cyclones will find out who the fastest dachshund on ice is. Plus $1 John Morrell Hotdogs All Night Long!

Baby Shark Live!

March 7
Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
2pm
Tickets start at $30

Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark, Ollie, as he joins up with his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs! In this one of a kind live experience young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and his friends go on fun adventures to learn about shapes, colors, numbers and so much more! Approximately 65 minutes.

Maple in Mt. Airy  

March 7
Mt. Airy Forest – Oak Ridge Lodge
Cincinnati, OH 45202
9-11:45am
$8/person; Children 2 and under are FREE; Reservations required

This event is perfect for scouts, organized groups and families of all ages! A free pancake breakfast is provided in Oak Ridge Lodge before your program begins. After breakfast, participants head outside to interact with sugar makers from the past and present to learn how trees produce the sugar and how people have tapped into this sweet source over the centuries. Participants visit 4 stations outside of the lodge: At the Maple Tree station learn how the trees make sap (sugar water) and stop by the Evaporator station to discover how we turn the sap into syrup. The Native American station will delight you with small samples of pure maple sugar while the Pioneers will warm your mouth with a taste of maple tea. Yum…lots of tasting!

Cincinnati Children’s Theatre presents Annie Jr.

Through March 8
Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Multiple showtimes
$10-$35+

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.

Second Sunday Family Showtime: The Barber of Seville 

March 8
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
2728 Short Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219
2-3:30pm
FREE

CCAC is thrilled to feature ROKCincy’s performance of “The Barber of Seville” at March’s Second Sunday Family Showtime! Sung in English and Italian, this updated version includes familiar music, high energy hi-jinks, and colorful sets and costumes. A Q&A with the performers is offered after the show.

Play Cafe   

March 8
Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-12pm
FREE

Come out and play at the Contemporary Arts Center’s newest family program, Play Cafe! Drop by the museum from 10am-noon for a giant playdate your little ones will love. We’ve transformed our lobby into a family-friendly creative space filled with sensory stations and curated toys all designed to inspire exploratory learning.

Cin City Reptile Show  

March 8
Holiday Inn Centre Park of West Chester
5000 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester Township, OH 45069
10am-4pm
$7 general admission; FREE ages 10 and under

Cincinnati’s premier monthly reptile show. 1000’s of reptiles, amphibians, spiders, insects, feeders, supplies and more all to view and buy.

Boldly Go  

March 10
Music Hall
1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10:30am
Tickets start at $4

Every day people around us, in Cincinnati and across the world, leave their mark on history by inspiring others and enriching the community around them. Hear the music behind some of these remarkable stories from all walks of life, particularly those in our own backyard.

Jurassic Quest

March 13-15
Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Friday: 3-8pm; Saturday: 9am-8pm; Sunday: 9am-7pm
$20-$36

An adventure for the whole family to explore the world of dinosaurs in an exciting, educational, and fun way. The event features more than 80 ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs with which visitors can interact. 

Storytime with Sparkle! – Billy the Bully: A Focus on Empathy

March 14
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

Howdy farm folk! Join Sparkle in the “Baryard of Bubbles,” for a chat about how bullying can hurt feelings. Not only is this Barnyard unique because it’s an Animal Sanctuary, it’s also on the Moon! Will Billy the bully goat clean up his act? Has anyone asked Billy how he is doing today? Maybe Billy is a Bully because he doesn’t have good friends?!  Come along for a kooky adventure of kindness that will be out of this World!

Family Owl Fun

March 14
Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods – Outdoor Learning Center
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150
6:30-8pm
$10 Members, $15 Nonmembers (includes daily admission) Preregistration required

It’s a nighttime session of owl watching that is fun for the whole family! We’ll even learn signs of owl activity that you can spot during daylight. Our evening will include wise words from our neighbors, Raptor Inc., and a short walk.

NKY International Festival  

March 14
Northern Kentucky Convention Center
1 W. River Center Boulevard, Covington, KY 41011
10am-6pm
FREE

You don’t need a passport to travel the world! Come see the sights, sounds and tastes right here in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. The NKY International Festival offers a full day of international performances, food samples, authentic items for sale from around the world and plenty of family fun at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ The Underground

March 14-15
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Saturday: 2-3pm & 5-6pm; Sunday: 2-3pm
$10; $7 for TCT Mainstage Subscribers

Bring the past to the present and change the future with this one-woman, interactive, storytelling experience. Uncover the truth about America’s 200-year-old struggle with slavery when you play a part in this historic retelling. On this journey, you’ll follow Harriet Tubman, the most recognized conductor of the Underground Railroad. Nicknamed “Moses,” Harriet Tubman lived up to her name by gaining her own freedom, as well as traveling back and forth from North to South over 19 times and freeing over 300 slaves! Ideal for ages 8+

Madcap Puppets: Twice Upon A Time 

March 14 & 15
Madcap Education Center
3064 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211
Saturday: 11am & 1pm & Sunday: 1pm & 3pm
$10 general admission

Aiden Legend, is making funny faces into a mirror when it falls and breaks, accidentally propelling Aiden’s mirror image into the real world. Is there room in our world for two Aiden Legends? Can Aiden get the Accidental Twin back into the mirror!?

Linton PB&J Concert: Music with Madcap: The Story of the Gingerbread Man

March 14
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)

March 21
Sycamore Presbyterian Church in Symmes Township
11800 Mason Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249
10-10:45am & 11:30am-12:15pm
$6 for an individual ticket (child or adult); $20 for a Flexible Ticket Book (4 tickets)

The piano, violin, viola and cello join Madcap Puppets to tell the story of The Gingerbread Man through the music of Brahms! Don’t miss the music, storytelling, and warm and fuzzy fun!

3rd Sunday Funday: Wild West 

March 15
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
1-4pm
FREE

Put on your cowboy hat and boots for this Funday. Visit the N.C. Wyeth: New Perspectives exhibition to see art about cowboys and make your own cowboy craft to take home. Join Wild Carrot for a music performance featuring songs from the West that will include sing-alongs and a lesson on yodeling at 2PM or 3PM. Seating is limited for the performance and available on a first come first serve basis.

Disney on Ice Roadtrip Adventures  

March 19-22
Heritage Bank Center
100 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Multiple Showtimes
Tickets start at $17

Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy—and you—embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with Simba. Discover a whole new world as you’re swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. Join us for a fun-filled getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and up-close character interactions — right in your hometown!

TRICK! Starring Sir Pat-Trick Magical Entertainer  

March 21
Madcap Education Center
3064 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211
7-8:15pm
$10

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.

Madcap Puppets: Twice Upon A Time 

March 21 & 22
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
1-2pm & 3-4pm
$10 general public, FREE for CAM Members (Family Level +; reservations required)

Aiden Legend, is making funny faces into a mirror when it falls and breaks, accidentally propelling Aiden’s mirror image into the real world. Is there room in our world for two Aiden Legends? Can Aiden get the Accidental Twin back into the mirror!?

Butterfly Show: Butterflies of Bali

March 21 – June 21
Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Daily 10am-5pm
$10 Adults, $7 Children (ages 5-17), FREE ages 4 and under

Each spring, thousands of free-flying butterflies flutter among visitors and throughout the tropical landscape inside Krohn Conservatory.

Wee Wednesdays 

March 25
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-12pm
FREE

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.

Opening Day in Washington Park  

March 26
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-4pm
FREE

Join 3CDC for a FREE Opening Day Celebration in Washington Park! They’ve partnered with Taft’s Ale House to celebrate the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day with a jam-packed day full of fun activities- and surprises. Festivities begin Thursday, March 26th at 10am with fun games and live music. The Findlay Market Parade 100th Anniversary Celebration kicks off at noon and will pass by Washington Park on Race Street as it makes its way through the city. Be sure to get there early for prime seating, the sidewalk fills up quickly!

Findlay Market Opening Day Parade  

March 26
Findlay Market
1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12pm
FREE

Since 1920, this parade has made its way from Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine through the streets of downtown each spring to kick off the Cincinnati Reds baseball season. Bring a chair and some noisemakers and make a party of it! 

Sensory Saturdays  

March 28
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
9:30-11:30am
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.

Lollipops Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf 

March 28
Music Hall
1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10:30am; Doors open at 9:30am
$15 adult; $10 children – 12 and under

Get to know the instruments of the orchestra through Prokofiev’s imaginative score.
This wild and wonderful morning of orchestral classics will have your kids humming on the ride home.
Visit the Family Fun Zone starting at 9:30 am to try orchestra instruments, make a craft and more!

Cincinnati Ballet’s Family Series: Snow White   

March 28 – April 5
Aronoff Center
650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Multiple showtimes
Tickets start at $20

Who’s the ‘fairest of them all?’ Find out this season in a regional premiere of our Family Series: Snow White. It’s the treasured fairy tale of a jealous Queen, her beautiful stepdaughter, and a kiss from a handsome Prince. Snow White is an hour-long, narrated, fun, fully-staged ballet, featuring Cincinnati Ballet Second Company (CB2) dancers. It’s the perfect introduction to dance, even for the youngest members of your family.

Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series

March 30-31
Heritage Bank Center
100 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Saturday: 1pm & 7pm; Sunday: 1pm
Tickets start at $15

Featuring eight of the most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Cincinnati fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor contending in customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and of course, the iconic Monster Jam trucks in six events sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats.  

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.

Winter Family Days at Newport Aquarium

Through March 1
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.

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 glasshouse!

Meet Me in St. Louis  

Through 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”!

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
10am-5pm
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)

MAYA: The Exhibition  

March 14 – September 7
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.

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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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