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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! 

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.

 

Lake Isabella Grill Outs - Fridays in August

by The Cincinnati Team

Grilling?   August 9, 16, 23, 30                                             

Lake Isabella - Hamilton County Parks, Cincinnati, OhioOn Fridays through August, don't worry about cooking!  Come to Lake Isabella at 10174 Loveland Madeira Road in Symmes Township for a great evening grilling out.  The Friday Night Grill Outs, from 5-8 pm, are fun for the whole family.  A variety of grilled meats are available, ranging in price from $8-10 plus accompanying side dishes.

The Park District will have boathouse activities available before and after dinner for kids of all ages.

There is an active playground area for the kids.  Additionally they will have live music each night.  You can expect to hear the following:

 August 9 - Kevin Fox

August 16 - Ben Alexander

August 23 - Brad Martin

August 30 Kevin Fox

Cincinnati Parks are In the News

by The Cincinnati Team
Cincinnati Parks Receive Numerous Awards                                             

 

Washington Park Selected a "Frontline Park" by City Parks Alliance

 

City Parks Alliance chooses a Frontline Park in order to promote urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship across the country.  It shows examples of parks that have faced challenges from shrinking municipal budgets, land use pressures and urban neighborhood decay.

Sprayground at Washington ParkThe activities around the park, including footpaths, wading pools, bandstand, and dog park, attract both those interested in the cultural offerings and neighborhood residents.  As part of the renaissance of Over the Rhine, Washington Park is key to the turnaround of the entire area.

Be sure to visit often...there are activities every night from salsa dancing to blues to jazz.

 

 

Dwell Magazine Honors Ault Park as one of World's Best Public Spaces

Dwell Magazine looked for the best public places to linger, people watch and take in nature's bounty. They have chosen everything from sculpture parks to urban plazas and now they have chosen Ault Park.  Long loved by residents of  the city, May and Levi Ault donated the park land to the City of Cincinnati in 1911.  It is our fourth largest park.  Offerings include a soccer field, playground, huge flower gardens where you can have a plot and the central pavilion.  

Go there on a star-filled night, bring a blanket and enjoy identifying the constellations or add it to next year's Fourth of July calendar, now.  You may want to go enjoy Summer Sips Vodka Tasting and dance to the music of Lagniappe on July 12th, too.

Smale Riverfront Park Receives 2013 Park Design Award

The National Recreation and Park Associations "Facility of Park Design Award"  was given to Smale Riverfront Park this year.  They look for a city that manages an innovative park that is serving as a model to others.  The award promotes parks that look at recreation usage in unique, innovative and creative ways.  Smale Park was honored for its exceptional service to the values of parks and recreation. Its inclusiveness and responsiveness to the needs of the community wer particularly important.

Enjoy just walking along the riverfront this summer, rent a bike and go all the way to Theodore Berry International Friendship Park and read the story of the Black Brigade on the 20 foot long sculpture. There's more to come with a carousel and children's playground on the way.

Lots of Summer Fun Coming Up

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Summer Festivals                                                 

Italianfest - June 13-16

​Held in Festival Park Newport along Riverboat Row, Italianfest brings authentic Italian food and live Italian music to the city.  Enjoy fireworks on opening night.  Activites will include cooking contests, games and rides for the kids.

Goettafest - June 14-16

MainStrasse Village in Covington again brings the German immigrants' favorite, Goetta, to pizza, chili, burgers, and more.  Everyone will enjoy the children's activities, arts and crafts, music and entertainment.

Paddlefest - June 20-22Paddlefest

As the paddling capital of the United States, the Ohio River Paddlefest is the largest canoe / kayak paddling event in the Midwest.  Coney Island is going to be abuzz with activity. The weekend begins on Thursday with the Kids Outdoor Expo.  They have set up four villages to expand kid's knowledge...Let's Explore, Let's Go Green, Let's Splash, and Let's Move.  Friday's activities feature the Ohio River Music and Outdoor Festival in the picnic grove. There will be music from 5 bands, cardboard boat races, a kayak fishing contest, Dragonfest and more.  Saturday is the big day for boaters; the 8.2 mile float trip, 11 mile canoe and kayak races and 5 mile SUP race all take place.  It all leads to the Gold Star Chili Finish Line Festival at Yeatman's Cove.

Pedalfest - June 22

Planned to coincide with Paddlefest, bike riders can choose two different opportunities.  One group will ride the Trail from Yeatman's Cove to Coney Island and paddle back to Yeatman's Cove.  Other riders will go from Yeatman's Cove to Lunken Airport Playfield and then on to Armleder Park and back in time for the Gold Star Chili finish line.  Everyone can look forward to hearing the Hickory Robot Bluegrass Band.

Panegyri Greek Festival - June 28-30

The Holy Trinity - St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church brings us the 39th annual festival.  Fill up on their incredible foods...saganaki, moussaka,, tiropites and baklava.  Immerse yourself in Greek culture, music and dance, shop for jewelry, leather goods, linens, art, and more.  There are also rides and games for the kids.  Free parking and shuttle from St. Xavier High School.

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.

Parties in the Park Kickoff

by The Cincinnati Team

Yeatman Cove Hosts Parties in the Park                                        

Party in the Park - Yeatman's Cove - CincinnatiThe annual Party in the Park series has expanded to 16 weeks this year.  It kicks off with its usual lineup of top local bands, plus a national recording artist.  The parties are held at Yeatman’s Cove on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. featuring “happy hour and a half” (discounted drinks from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m). This year’s Parties will include the Bud Bar - a moveable Bud Light bar featuring bar-style seating, five Plasma TV’s and ceiling fans for a cool breeze.

National recording artist Wayland will appear on July 3rd to kick off the holiday weekend.  The full series schedule includes performances by the following bands from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.:

  •  May 8, Jamison Road
  •  May 15, Stranger  
  • May 22, Final Order  
  • May 29, The Whammies

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Krohn Conservatory Showcases Exotic Butterflies of Morocco

by The Cincinnati Team

​​Exotic Butterflies of Morocco at Krohn Conservatory         

Starting April 20th - June 30th, Krohn Conservatory will be open from 10 am-5 pm so you can experience the butterflies of Morocco.  If you haven't been in the butterfly room and experienced a butterfly landing on your nose, this is an event not to be missed and long remembered.  Daily, butterflies are released into the space.  It becomes a lavish assault to your senses...the sound of water flowing, bursts of colorful flowers, and musical rhythms in a setting that will remind you of the marketplaces of the Moroccan region.

To get your $1 off coupon for the show, click here.  If you are a photographer, come for the special night-time viewings on April 22 and 29, May 6, 13 and 20, and then enter the photography contest.  For other special events, check out their website.

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Candlelight Walk at California Woods

by The Cincinnati Team

 

 
California Woods Nature Preserve is located at 5400 Kellogg Avenue, 45228.  There are 113 acres of forest featuring 53 tree species and 200 species of herbacious plants.  Lick Run Creek flows through the middle of the preserve.  Kingfishers, snapping turtles, small fish, mallards, wood ducks and beavers have been spotted there.  No dogs are allowed.
 
Parking is limited so please carpool.  There is a $5 fee per person.  Reservations can be made through the Cincinnati Parks website.

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