May Guide to Family-Friendly Events in Cincinnati & NKY {2021}

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may 2021With Summer Break right around the corner, I’m sure your kids are just as anxious as you are to get out and do some fun and “normal” things again. Here’s your roundup of all the amazing events happening this May in Cincinnati & NKY.


Off the Hill Touring Plays: Dragons Love Tacos

Through 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 bo

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.

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, Drop In 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

Wednesday, May 26, 8:30-10 pm—Milk Moon at Rowe Woods

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).

Make a Hiking Stick

Saturday, May 29, 8:30-9:30 am
Saturday, May 29, 10:30-11:30 am

Grab a pre-harvested honeysuckle branch and craft it into a hiking stick using our hand tools. Use our leather stamping set and brass tacks to embellish your new hiking companion. Members $7; nonmembers $14 (includes daily admission).

Get to Know Long Branch Farm & Trails Hike

Sunday, May 16, 3-4:30 pm

This hike is for members who have never visited Long Branch Farm & Trails before, or for those who would like to know more about it. Come check it out! You’ll hear some history, fun facts, and see the natural treasures Long Branch has to offer. Members $5.

Lucky Chops

May 13, 8:00 pm
Taft Theatre
317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tickets $15 (purchased in advance) or $18 on day of show

Lucky Chops has been unleashing high-energy brassy funk on the world since forming in NYC in 2006. The intensity of the band’s energy is fueled by their desire to share the healing and inspirational power of music with others. That power has resonated with audiences around the globe, giving the band hundreds of millions of views on their online videos and leading to live performances in more than twenty five countries. Lucky Chops maintains a busy schedule touring across several continents. The band members are also committed to music education, regularly performing clinics and educational outreaches to help train and inspire the next generation of musicians.

National Train Day

May 1
Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad
127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon, OH 45036
11, 1, & 3pm
$14 adults, $10 seniors 62+, $5 children ages 2-16, age 1 and under FREE

Join the LM&M Railroad as we celebrate the importance of trains in America. The LM&M Railroad will be offering FREE locomotive cab tours in the Lebanon Station to all passengers and the general public. Weather permitting, select vendors and presenters from local railroad related organizations will be set up in the station area. On board you will travel through the country side of Warren County in Southwestern, Ohio. During your ride you can listen to our informative passenger conductors describe railroad history and operations. Masks are required. See website for a list of all COVID policies.

Spring Frogs Art Display

Thru May 21st

Highfield Discovery Garden 

Tues-Sat 9:30-5
Sun 12-5

Delight in these uniquely made frogs displayed throughout the garden. Local students from Mercer Elementary created these wonderful reflections of nature. Find inspiration and joy through the artistic eyes of these youngsters. Great Parks is following protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health. Physical distancing and sanitation recommendations will be followed. (Program included with Highfield Discovery Garden admission: $5.25/person)

Barnyard Bonanza: Pen Pals

May 8
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)

Kids’ Mystery Fish Challenge – Miami Whitewater Forest


Saturday, May 15, 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Miami Whitewater Forest Boathouse
Free/family (up to five people maximum per family, advanced registration is required)

This event are intended for children under 16 years of age, accompanied by an assisting adult. Live bait is permitted. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups to the kid who weighs in a fish closest to the mystery fish weight. Any species of fish can be weighed. Trophies will be awarded to every kid who catches a fish.
Great Parks is following protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health. See all COVID policies on their website

10×10 Teen Art Expo

Tuesday, May 4 – May 9, 11am -5pm

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
12-4pm
FREE

The Cincinnati Art Museum will be presenting nearly 400 artworks from young artists across the region. This year, the artists responded to the theme “Space”. Whether it’s outer space or personal space, express your feelings about this open ended prompt visually.
All qualifying artworks submitted will be presented on a slideshow in the Great Hall during the Teen Art Expo. We will highlight 100 artworks that will be displayed in person in the same space. These 100 artworks are selected by the volunteer 10×10 Teen Team to showcase a variety of schools and ages. The 10×10 Team is a group of volunteer teen art enthusiasts from around the city, that is organizing this year’s Expo. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, please preregister for your visit in order to ensure entry into the museum.

Cincy-Cinco Latino Festival – Virtual Event

May 5 at 5pm

To keep the spirit alive of Cincy-Cinco’s mission to share authentic Latino culture with the whole community, organizers plan to host a “virtual” one hour long Cincy-Cinco program to re-live some of the greatest moments in the 17 years of this event. It will feature highlights such as the Longest Taco in the World, as well as the Guinness award winning Largest Piñata in the world and some of the best Latino dancing and food offered over the years. This event will take place on YouTube. Check the website for more details. 

Ice Cream Social Cruise

May 30
BB Riverboat
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
3:00-4:30 pm
$26, adults, $21 Children 4-12

Is there anything better than having ice cream in the summer? How about having ice cream while you cruise the Ohio River on BB Riverboats! On Sundays this season, each passenger will enjoy scooped ice cream and their choice of assorted toppings on this 1 1/2 hour afternoon sightseeing cruise. The Captain will guide your afternoon with interesting commentary about Cincinnati and the surrounding area. The best part is that all of this is included in your cruise! It is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family! Cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase. View all of the COVID policies on their website.

Family Dinner Cruise

May 2
BB Riverboat
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
6:30pm-8:30 pm
Dinner Buffet $47 Adult, $32 Children

Experience the Mighty Ohio River with the whole family on this Sunday Family Dinner Cruise. Guests will enjoy a wonderful buffet meal, a two-hour river cruise and special entertainment. And with an earlier cruise time, you can have great family fun and still get the kids to bed on time. Cruise schedule may change during off-season months. See all of the up-to-date special packages when you choose a specific date in the online reservation system. View all of the COVID policies on their website.

Art Play Hike: Burnet Woods

Thursday, May 13, 2021, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
3251 Brookline Ave, Cincinnati, oh 45220

Join us this month as we explore Burnet Woods, 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. Art Play Hike is free however, registration is required in order to limit visitor capacity. This program is designed for children ages 2-7 and their parent or caregiver. Register for tickets here.

Family Sunday and Bronson Arroyo Live with Florence Y’alls Professional Baseball

May 30
UC Health Stadium
7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042
Game Time: 5:30 pm
Tickets start at $10

Art on Vine at Fountain Square

May 9
Fountain Square
520 Vine Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202
12-6pm
FREE admission

Art show featuring fine art and handmade goods for sale from 70+ local Cincinnati artists.

The City Flea

May 8
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
10am-4pm
FREE admission

The City Flea is Cincinnati’s original curated, urban flea market that takes place once a month at Washington Park and various other locations throughout the year. Since its conception in 2011 The Flea has seen dozens of vendors grow from hobby to full time business and it is with much pride that we consider ourselves not only a monthly market, but a small business incubator, community organization, and city advocate. The Flea is a place to keep your dollars local, support small business and experience YOUR city in a unique and engaging way. Our vendors range from vintage dealers to artisan pizza makers to plant studios.

Zoo Babies

May 1-31
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
10am-5pm
Included with Zoo admission

Help celebrate the newest arrivals at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden during May. Six-foot-tall stork statues displayed throughout the Zoo will lead visitors to all of the cutest little baby faces. Reservations required for zoo admission.


Have fun, and make sure to share your photos with us this month on Instagram with #MomsAroundCincy!

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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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