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December's Fun Cincinnati Activities

by The Cincinnati Team

The December calendar is stuffed with things to do in Cincinnati.  You'll expecially have fun if you have a tiny one to bring along.  There's nothing like seeing the holidays through the eyes of a child!  The special light in their eyes will light up your heart.

5th - Santa's Workshop at Beech Acres - preregistration required, $10 fee. For more information see or call 513-388-4513

5th-6th - Feast of Carols at College Conservatory of Music - Hope I will see you there on Sunday afternoon.  We're going for lunch ahead of time, too.  For more information go to or call 513-556-4183.

12th-13th - Madcap Puppets at Cincinnati Art Museum - The museum is still free so this is a great event.  For more information, go to or call 513-721-ARTS.

16th - Holiday Entertaining Made Easy at Whole Foods in Deerfield Towne Center. 7PM.  To register, go to www.Masonpl.lib.OH.US or call 513-459-6131

21st - Tiny Tunes at Cincinnati Museum Center. For more information and registration, go to or call 513-287-7021

Have fun!

5th     Santa’s Workshop                                $10

Beech Acres               Registration begins 10/1/09                 513-388-4513

5th-6th     Feast of Carols                               $10

College-Conservatory of  Music      513-556-4183  (see Full Calendar)

12th-13th     Madcap Puppets

Cincinnati Art Museum                 513-721-ARTS   (see calendar)

16th    Holiday Entertaining Made Easy     7pm

Whole Foods @ Deerfield Towne Center  513-459-6131  (see Adult tab to register)

21st      Tiny Tunes                    (ages 2-5)   10am

Museum Center                 Register  513-287-7021 (information/youth/spr.inst.)












Uncover the Secrets of Egypt at Cincinnati Museum Center

by The Cincinnati Team

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science

Learn about how modern forensic science has been used to uncover the secrets of Umi, the Cincinnati Museum Center's new mummy.  Lost Egypt at Cincinnati Union TerminalThe current exhibit will help you uncover the secrets of Egypt for yourself. By visiting Lost Egypt, you'll learn about modern forensic techniques, like X-rays, CT scans and facial reconstructions, that have been applied to the human and animal mummies featured in the exhibit. By using these techniques, scientists can look underneath the mummy's wrappings to get greater insight into the daily lives of this ancient people. In addition, you can explore art and artifacts and connect with real scientists through video interviews and photographs of their work in the field. The exhibit uses theatrical sets, realistic props and tons of hands-on activities.

Lost Egypt will help you make a connection with the past, and see why archeologists now understand more than ever before. Cincinnati may be a long way from Egypt, but understanding the culture of that time period and learning about the science used today is fascinating!

November - Things to Do in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

There's always something fun to do in Cincinnati...aren't we lucky to live in a city with so many cultural and recreation activities!

  • November 2 - Full Moon Walk - 7:30pm at Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods  - 513-200-0991 to register -   Walk approximately 2 miles under the Hunter's Moon and hear seasonal readings for $5.
  • November 5-8 - Art in Bloom at Cincinnati Art Museum - 513-639-2995 -  Celebrate art and flowers and features floral interpretations of nearly one hundred masterpieces in the Art Museum’s permanent collections by amateur and professional designers. Free.
  • November 6th-22nd - A Tuna Christmas at Mariemont Players - 513-684-1236  This hilarious comedy takes place in the third smallest town in Texas with radio station personalities reporting on Yuletide activities and local lawn displays. 
  • November 7 - Fourth Annual Pumpkin Chuck at Stanberry Park- 513-233-9111 Get rid of your old rotting pumpkin in a fun way. See video:
  • Late in November-January - Holiday Toy Trains at Behringer Crawford Museum - 859-491-4003 (under the Kids tab) Fun train display includes Tommy the Train.  Victorian room with dress up clothes for children. 

Ault Park's Amazing Race Challenge

by The Cincinnati Team

Mark your calendars for a fun, family time on November 8th from 1-3 pm in Ault ParkThis Amazing Race-style event, sponsored by the Cincinnati Parks, incorporates nature education into the activity right in the middle of the Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout areas.  Specifically designed for the family with 5-12 year olds, everyone can plan to learn a lot on the Park's trails while having a good time together.

You should meet at the fountain and park rangers will send a family out on the trails every five minutes.  For each trip through the woods, you will need toAult Park - Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout in Cincinnati complete certain activities and show those as part of determining winners.  Typical activities might be finding a certain kind of leaf or searching for a fossil in the creek.

Small prizes will be awarded. Not only will you learn about nature, best of all, the event is FREE!

Reservations are required so that the Park has enough staff on hand and prizes for the winners.  Call 513-761-4313 to set it up for your family!

Ahhh...a weekend in Adams County, Ohio on the "Edge of Appalachia."  Murphin Ridge Inn is a special treat, a not to miss experience within 1 1/2 hours of Cincinnati.  You'll know you are there when the terrain starts to change.  Featured in the prestigious Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America and the National Geographic Traveler as one of the 54 top inns in the US, Murphin Ridge continues to live up to the hipe it receives.Murphin Ridge Inn

Why will YOU love a day or two relaxing at Murphin Ridge?

  • Peaceful surroundings - the 1820's farmhouse overlooks fields of soy beans.  Their 142 acres have guided paths through the woods, so there is no excuse to just sit.Murphin Ridge Inn - chairs overlooking fields Plus, it's fun to harmonize around the firepit.
  • It's in the middle of the Amish area of Adams County. In fact it is important to never speed on the winding, hilly roads.  You never know when a buggy will be just over the crest of that next hill.  It is fun to see the children playing, clothes drying on a line and imagine life without some of the modern conveniences we expect.
  • FOOD - Their chef, trained at the Culinary Institute of America, takes good food seriously.  There is an expectation that only the freshest food will be served.  The menu changes with the season and what is available in their kitchen garden and that of their Amish neighbors. Be sure to make a reservation, because the demand may exceed their limited space.
  • The innkeepers, Sherry and Darryl McKenney are truly "at your service," enlivening the experience with their knowledge of the community and just plain good cheer. You can make reservations at 877-687-7446.

Personally, I would recommend being there for three days...then you get the benefit of actually relaxing.  Know that everything for shopping will be closed on Sundays, so plan your time there with that in mind. The Amish shops are important to see-buy herbs in bulk, choose a rocking chair for your porch, eat their Amish baked goods and cheeses.Murphin Ridge Inn - rocking chairs

Other places of interest include:

  • Serpent Mound, built by the Adena Indians in the 800 B.C to 100 A.D.
  • Edge of Appalachia Preserve, 14,000 acres developed by the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science and the Nature Conservancy
  • Buzzard Roost Rock Preserve - Be sure you are in good shape for this hike. You'll find the view is worth the breathless climb!
  • Shawnee State Forest is often called the "Little Smokies" and the only state designated wilderness area.
  • Shopping in the antique shops.
  • Clothesline of Quilts is a sampler of 20 painted quilt squares on local barns.  Finding all of them is a fun part of the trail through Adams County.
  • Visiting a covered bridge should be a must if you have children along...they will probably have never seen one and as the bridges quickly disappear, they may never get the chance to show one to their children.
  • Blake Pharmacy in West Union is like the one you may remember from your childhood, but lunch there features five-cent Cokes from the soda fountain, sandwiches and milk shakes, too.

If you are planning a romantic weekend for two, reserve one of Murphin Ridge's cabins.  Built by the Amish, each cabin is slightly different, but you may Murphin Ridge Inn - diamond anniversarywant one with a two person whirlpool and two -sided fireplace.  While we were there one loving husband gave his bride of 20 years an anniversary diamond ring. The surroundings throughout the Inn are further enhanced by the antique reproductions from the Workshops of David Smith.

Go and enjoy - it's beautiful in any season and you'll return refreshed and ready for the next project! 

October Things to Do in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

Things to add to your Cincinnati activities calendar for the month of October...take advantage of all the things our city has to offer:

  • October 1-18 - Meet Me in St. Louis at the Covedale Center for Perfoming Arts, 513-241-6550,
    • Join the Smith family as they tour the 1904 World's Fair in Chicago...the music has lasted for all to enjoy
  • October 24-November 24 - Three Sisters at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park - 513-381-4444
    • A new version of Anton Chekhov's story of three sisters and their desire to leave their small town life and go to Moscow where their lives will be transformed and fulfilled.  Directed by John Doyle of Company and written by Sara Ruhl, this is a premiere production, right here in Cincinnati
  • October 31 - Monster Mash Bash - Fountain Square, 8 PM-Midnight 513-621-4400
    • Join the costumed revelers for a fun evening with DJ Easz.  You are promised goulish lighting and fun treats.

Fabulous Train Ride Through Warren County

by The Cincinnati Team

As you might guess, I love trains so here is another opportunity to ride a train...The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad that wanders through the Warren County countryside allows you to relive the experiences of yesterday and enjoy some fun time with your family.Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad - Southwest Ohio  They offer information from their knowledgable conductors who will describe railroad history and the operation of railroads. 

The train ride takes you through Southwestern Ohio to Schappacher Farm in Mason, Ohio.   You will be able to pet the animals, select a pie pumpkin and find your way through their corn maze.  Dates for the experience are October 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and November 1.  It leaves at 10 am, 1 and 4 pm. Costs are $18 for adults and $15 for children 2-12.

Tom Sawyer Weekend Activities

by The Cincinnati Team

Tom Sawyer Weekend Activities                             

Tom Sawyer - 1876 frontispiece


The National Endowment of the Arts has established the "Big Read" and the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library and the Cincinnati Park Board in conjunction with Joseph Beth Booksellers have agreed to sponsor it locally. Their goal is to "revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of citizens."  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the selected book.

Cincinnati celebrates the book in various ways:

  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 11 am - 2 pm. - Burnet Woods Lake - Floating fun.  Canoes, paddles, life vests and basic instruction provided.
  • Wildlife on the river - Learn about critters that interested Tom and his friends from Trailside Nature Center staff
    • Oct. 14, 3:30 pm - West End Branch Library
    • Oct. 15, 4 pm - Pleasant Ridge Branch
    • Oct. 20, 3 pm - Avondale Branch
  • Folk Remedies and Superstitions presented by the Caldwell Nature Center staff
    • Oct.14, 3:30 pm - Elmwood Place Branch
    • Oct. 28, 4 pm - Norwood Branch
  • Old Fashioned Games that might have been played by Tom Sawyer is presented by LaBoiteaux Woods naturalists
    • Oct. 15, 2:30 pm - College Hill Branch
    • Oct. 21, 3 pm - Northside Branch
  • A Tom Sawyer Classroom complete with strict teachers from the California Woods Nature Center
    • Oct. 14, 3:30 pm - Madisonville Branch
    • Oct. 20, 3:30 pm - Oakley Branch
  • River Music with Bearfoot features Russ and Barb Childers and their fiddle and banjo music, plus storytelling about river life
    • Oct. 12, 7 pm - Reading Branch
    • Oct. 23, 4 pm - Corryville Branch
    • Oct. 24, 3 pm - Madeira Branch 

Mt. Adams Hosts Bluegrass for Babies Event

by The Cincinnati Team

If you love Bluegrass and like to watch little ones bounce to the music, this is a do not miss event.  "Bluegrass for Babies" is the title of the fun event planned for September 26th from 5-9 PM with the sponsorship of Mt. Adams Civic Association.  Proceeds from the event, to be held at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park, will benefit Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Bluegrass entertainment will feature the Comet Bluegrass All Stars from 5-7 PM.  They won the Best Bluegrass/Folk Band in the Enquirers Cammy Award for 2000-2002 plus awards from City Beat.  Relic will play from 7-9PM.  This Louisville, Kentucky based band draws from a variety of influences in interpreting their bluegrass sound.

From 5-7:30 PM, there will be activities by Cathy Siebert of Kindermusik. In addition to the early childhood music and movement activities designed for this age group, there will be crafts including make-your-own music shakers!

The tickets are $10 for adults and kids are free.

Dancing on Cincinnati's Fountain Square

by The Cincinnati Team

I love the concept of a "Spontaneous " dance that seems to celebrate life.  Last Friday almost 150 people gathered on Fountain Square to bring exciting dance to downtown.  I love the freedom of the dance and the joyfulness it expresses.  Be sure to watch at the end when Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet Director makes a few inspiring comments.

If we are lucky, they will teach even more people the dance and perform somewhere else!  The community feel is wonderful.

If you want other dance events on Fountain Square, show up on Thursday nights at 7 PM for Salsa on the Square (lessons and dancing).

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