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Tomorrow is World Read Aloud Day!

by The Cincinnati Team

Hope you can find someone, young or older to read aloud to. This year on February 16th is "World Read Aloud Day." Please visit the website below and try some activities!

 http://www.litworld.org/wrad

 

 

Read "Otis" to Children on October 3rd with Jumpstart's Read for the Record

by The Cincinnati Team

Jumpstart's Read for the Record - Oct.3  

Once again the Cincinnati Team is Reading to children during the celebration of Jumpstart's Read for the Record.  We will read "Otis" to the classroom and give each child  their very own book to take home to their family.  For many of the children, this may be the first book they have owned.  If you would like to help us buy books, please send a check to Saralou Durham, 3522 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH  45208.Jumpstart - Read for the Record - Otis

What is Jumpstart?  Jumpstart works toward the day that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.  Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Their proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

What is the Read for the Record?  Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign, Read for the Record, is the one time of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart in its efforts to promote early childhood education. On October 3rd, people across the country will read the children’s book "Otis" by Loren Long, a local Cincinnati author. 

Each year, the campaign has shone a national spotlight on America's early education achievement gap and literacy needs.  In 2012, 2.3 million people participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.  Do you think we can beat the record?

Why don't you read the book, "Otis" to your children and grandchildren?

Fun in Anderson Township Parks

by The Cincinnati Team


Family Scavenger Hunt/Geo-caching Event - Friday, Sept. 27, 6-8pm

Explore Johnson Hills Park, 7950 Bridle Rd, as a family.  Go on a park scavenger hunt or discover the new Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trail™.  Ranger Rick® and his pals went geocaching and left behind a trail for you to follow.  

If you have not heard of Ranger Rick and the magazine named after him, here's some information.  The magazines, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, attempts to encourage the interest and exploration of animals and nature.and encourage the protection of animals for the future.  In addition to the two magazines for different age groups, that have started to help kids explore the parks they visit through Geocaching.

What is geocaching?  Geocaching uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) or a smartphone to follow the places on a trail that lead to clues about the positions.  Each participant is given a special Ranger Rick Passport.  When you get to each GPS position, you look around for something out of the ordinary.  When you open up the box, you will find a clue inside and a stamp for recording the findings.  Sometimes, people add treasures to the box in trade for a treasure already inside.  At the end, you can go to RangerRickTrails.com to check your answers.

Please dress for the weather and feel free to bring a flashlight! 

Fun Outside with the Great Outdoor Weekend, 2013

by The Cincinnati Team

Great Outdoor Weekend 2013 - September 28-29 

Cincy Great Outdoor Weekend

 

The Great Outdoor Weekend offers a huge assortment of free outdoor activities across the region. An initiative of Green Umbrella,  it is a sampling of the best outdoor recreation and nature education activities offered in the greater Cincinnati region. This year there are over 120 opportunities for adults and children to engage with the environment around us. You might get a little dirt on your hands learning about composting or water on your feet taking a creek walk. You might work your way up 60 feet in the air exploring the tree tops or pick up a bow and arrow for the first time and try your hand at archery. Best of all, all programs are FREE and open to the public. http://www.cincygreatoutdoorweekend.org/ 

Cincinnati Nature Center - 

Monarch Butterfly Tagging, Sunday, 2-4 PM

Find out how monarchs say “back off!” and flowers say “free food!” as you learn about host and nectar plants. Play the “Egg to Mexico” game, then help attach a tiny identifying tag to a southbound monarch before setting these black and orange wonders back on their way.

S'mores-n-More in the Nature PlayScape, Sunday, 4-5 PM

Cook and eat s’mores over a fire and then head out to explore the PlayScape. Play Facilitators will be present to attend the fire and provide materials to aid in exploration. They’ll provide the ingredients for s’mores; feel free to bring additional food to cook.

Zak Morgan at Smale Park - August 31

by The Cincinnati Team

Grammy Nominated Zak Morgan Performs - August 31     Zak Morgan

The last event of the Smale Park Family Summer Fun series comes August 31.  Featuring Grammy-nominated musician Zak Morgan and a 4 person ensemble, you can expect your kids to be enthralled. Preceding the performance, the audience will be entertained by Cincinnati Circus and naturalists in the "Explore Nature!" program.   

Zak has released three critically acclaimed albums for children and was nominated for GRAMMY® in 2003 for "When Bullfrogs Croak."  He delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike in over 200 shows per year.  He uses music and humor to encourage children to read books, use their imaginations and believe in themselves.  Zak Morgan was named Best of Cincinnati by Cincinnati Magazine in 2010.

 

Anderson Township Summer Shazaam Series - August 14

by The Cincinnati Team

​​Magic show by Cincinnati Circus - August 14                    

Take in the excitement with the final show of the Anderson Township Summer Shazaam Series.  The Magic show performed by Cincinnati Circus Company will be August 14th from 10-10:45 am.  It will be held in Beech Acres Amphitheater.  After the show, stay to play on the playground and have lunch in the Park.  

They are also having the final Grilled Cheese Wednesday, right after the show. You can get free grilled cheese sandwiches, and purchase hot dogs and drinks from the concession stand.  You can also bring other items your kids like in your own picnic.  Have fun with the kids before they head off to school again.

Cincinnati Museum Center's Free Friday - July 12

by The Cincinnati Team

Free Friday at Cincinnati Museum Center  - July 12                                

Cincinnati Museum CenterMark your Calendar for Friday, July 12th.  Plan a free evening at the Cincinnati Museum Center.  The Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cincinnati History Museum will all be open to the public from 4-8 pm for FREE.

Fortunately good Cincinnati sponsors have stepped up to the plate and made this possible.  Sponsors are  Rosemary and Frank Bloom and Paycor, with additional support from Catholic Health Partners, Chem Corporation and Digital Media Group.

There is a $6 fee to park.  Tickets to the Omnimax theater and the Ultimate Dinosaur exhibit are not included.  Still, it is a bargain that your kids will love!

Summer Camps to Explore at the Carnegie Center

by The Cincinnati Team

​​Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum Summer Camps  

The Carnegie Center, located in Columbia Tusculum, is one of the many donated over the years by Andrew Carnegie. It was designed by the renowned architectural firm of Samuel Hannaford. The Beaux Arts building has large, arched windows, 22-foot ceilings, patterned wood floors and is flooded with light. It was a public library until 1959 and is now directed by the Columbia Tusculum Neighborhood Association.

Partly due to a donation from Artsworks, they are bringing many activities and summer camps to the area this summer.  There is something for almost any interest.  Consider summer chess, salsa, island, or hip hop dancing, Hindu arts and movement, or Nigerian Drumming.  The Art Academy is teaching classes in Narrative Painting, Comic Drawing, and Figure drawing.  Next year the Playhouse in the Park will also be bringing two of their Off the Hill productions (January 19 and May 18th)

To find out more about the activities that will set the building to humming this year, see their website.

 

Family Activities in Cincinnati's Smale Park

by The Cincinnati Team

Family fun at Smale Park                                                                    

The Cincinnati Park Board is excited to announce a full line-up of Family Summer Fun at Smale Riverfront Park!  They are offering family friendly movies, music and theater.  Kick off the summer with musical entertainment, movies and theater. Bring your family, blankets and smiles for some extraordinary nights at Smale Riverfront Park this summer!​Smale Riverfron Park
 
May 16 - Bach & Boombox (Concert Cellist performing an interactive program) 5:30pm–6:30pm

 

May17 - "Wreck It Ralph" plus Cincinnati Circus performers at 7pm9pm,  Movie at 9pm

May18 - Cincinnati Children’s Theater performs Rumplestilskin with special guests Bullooney Puppet Works, Cincinnati Circus and Explore Nature!  4pm–7pm

May23 - Bach & Boombox  (Concert Cellist performing an interactive program)  5:30pm–6:30pm

May30 - Bach & Boombox  (Concert Cellist performing an interactive program)  5:30pm–6:30pm

May31 - "Brave" plus Cincinnati Circus performers at 7pm–9pm,  Movie at 9pm

​Smale Riverfront Park is described as a park for the generations.  The activities benefit the entire community with recreational, entertainment and leisure resources.  The fountains, walkways, gardens, event lawns, playgrounds, and restaurants all add to the economic vitality of the region.

When completed, the park will extend from east at Great American Ball Park to west as far as Paul Brown Stadium - flanking the city's landmark Roebling Suspension Bridge.

Shipwrecked, The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont

by The Cincinnati Team

Shipwrecked at Cincinnati Playhouse in the ParkShipwrecked at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Coming next to the Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre is the season-finale production of Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself). The rollicking, family-friendly adventure, inspired by a true story, brings to life the fantastic and amazing story of Louis de Rougemont, a would-be explorer who embarks from Victorian England only to find himself marooned on a remote desert island.

This show has it all...typhoons, killer octopus', flying wombats, and cannibals. Louis and his faithful dog, Bruno have quite an adventure.  The show is recommended for age 8 and up. 

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment runs May 18 through June 16.  For tickets, check here.

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