Amanda Ciani Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her blog (haikuciani.com) and Twitter account (@haikuciani).

Mom Report: Kinman Farms


October is here — which means families across the TriState are loading into vans and cars to make their annual scrimmages to pumpkin patches. Pumpkins, hayrides, petting zoos, apple cider, rides, photo opps …. there are many criteria from which to judge fall farms. My family loaded into our minivan this past weekend to drive… Read more »

Mermaids and Pirates, Oh My!


Mermaids and Pirates have invaded Newport Aquarium! You have until October 15 to meet playful pirates and view majestic mermaids in their underwater oasis.    I recently took my boys for an afternoon adventure at the Aquarium, and they had a blast. They loved discovering hidden treasure throughout the aquarium, meeting Nova the mermaid, and joking… Read more »

Week 4 at TCT


“I’ll see you in an hour!” A kiss on the forehead and off Luca went to his fourth week of Creative Toddling at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. He readily walked into class, ready to sing and dance and act. It makes me so proud to watch my son feel confident and excited about his… Read more »

Week 2 at The Children’s Theatre


Introducing a toddler or young child to theatre may seem intimidating. Will they sit through the whole show? What if they get a case of the wiggles or giggles? What if they lose interest? The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s MainStage Shows makes it easy for kiddos to fall in love with the big stage by… Read more »

Week One at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati


Mom Reporter Amanda Ciani and her son Luca are checking out a class available through The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and will be providing updates throughout the session on how things are going.  Get the scoop on Week One! When my oldest son holds my youngest son, it actually looks as though he is holding… Read more »

DockATot


Today’s thing I love is sleep, featuring DockATot.  So first, what are the obstacles with sleep once you have a baby?  Well, with an infant, you may feel like good sleep is a distant memory. Your sweet new bundle of joy may be awake at night every two to three hours to eat and get… Read more »

IT’S SEP-STEM-BER!


With school back in session, your children are busy learning something new every day. You can keep the learning going and help cultivate your child’s curiosity by exploring hands-on, educational STEM programs.   STEM based learning focuses on Science-Technology-Engineering- and Math; it opens up your child’s mind to explore what is, and what could be…. Read more »

Explore Museums (With the Kids!)


Dusty, stuffy museums are thankfully a thing of the past! Many museum programs today are designed specifically with touchy toddlers in mind — because interaction leads to creative learning. Check out our area guide for programs that will fire up your kids’ imaginations!   ART PLAY SUMMER SEND OFF UnMuseum at Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)… Read more »

Mom Report: The Beach Waterpark


Summer is sizzling, so why not beat the heat and check out The Beach Waterpark with your entire family! The Beach has something for every member of your family, whether they seek adventure or relaxation. Recently my family visited The Beach, and we all found something to suit our summer fun needs.   For toddlers,… Read more »

Mom Report: Rockin’ Jump!


Whether it’s a rainy day, blistering hot day, or just a day where you’re looking for something new to wear the kids out, Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park is the place to be. My family checked out the new Colerain Avenue location, and let me tell you, we all had a blast, and we are all… Read more »

Don't Miss Out!

Sign up for our newsletter.

Best Bets for the Weekend | Editor's Picks | Contests & Giveaways

Our weekly newsletter – sent each Thursday – features our picks for the best events for the weekend, plus exclusive online content, and links to our online contests and giveaways.  You'll also find contests and giveaways that are for newsletter subscribers only!

Oh, and we don't share your information with anyone else!