Barbara David

Barbara David, mother of five and an award-winning columnist for Cincinnati Family Magazine, enjoys travel, writing, and restoring her century-old, west-side home.

Late Afternoon at Fernbank Park


“Count to 100. No, 200,” the kids urged, before running to hide for a game of Hide and Seek. They hid under slides, inside slide tubes and beneath canopies. At “100,” a shout of “Ready or not, here I come” was followed by delighted squeals and running, while moms and grandparents watched the happy chaos… Read more »

Visit the Cat in the Hat!


Hear a Who with Horton. Count One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and join Sam I Am for make-believe Green Eggs and Ham at the Amazing World of Doctor Seuss.   Last month, Springfield, Massachusetts (the city where Seuss was born), opened the doors to the world’s only museum dedicated to the beloved… Read more »

An Overnight at Put-In-Bay


White caps curled and crashed on the shore, sunlight sparkled on the water — an almost tropical paradise, less than a four-hour drive from Cincinnati. We viewed the scene from seats atop the Miller Ferry, the boat that brought us, and our minivan, from Catawba, Ohio, to Put-in-Bay, one of several islands located on the… Read more »

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL


Anyone familiar with “Tapestry” knows that a musical about Carole King (played by Julia Knitel, pictured here; photo by Joan Marcus) will feature “Beautiful” songs. More lovely is Knitel’s performance. It’s warm and vulnerable as the songwriter auditions with “It Might as Well Rain Until September,” (adding “bloops” for raindrops), and blends strength and humility… Read more »

Glass-fusing Fun for All


Create anything you like and turn it into glass at Brazee Street Studios with glass-blowing workshops for kids and adults!

A Valentine’s Escape Plan for Parents


We had less than ten minutes left to solve the crime. We dashed around the room, raising lanterns to see the suspects. “Who did it?” “Where’s the guy with the mustache?” “No, not that one. It’s not him.”   We made our desperate search at the Cincinnati Escape Room during our “221B Baker Street” adventure…. Read more »

KALIGHTOSCOPE & MORE IN LOUISVILLE


Over the river and down the Interstate lies a Christmas attraction the Travel Channel calls “over the top.”  New this year, Louisville’s Galt House unveils Kalightoscope: 12 Days of Christmas (christmasatthegalthouse.com).  Children and adults enter the world of the classic song, brought to life by more than 200 luminaries formed through the ancient Chinese art… Read more »

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