Lots of places around town offer free or affordable arts programs for introducing little kids to art.
Behringer Crawford Museum
1600 Montague Road | 859-491-4003 | bcmuseum.org
Kids and caregivers can enjoy crafts, stories and more on Tot Tuesdays, held the third Tuesday of each month for $1 plus admission.
9361 Montgomery Road | 513-791-1089 | bluecocoonbaby.com
Mommy+Me-type classes available on a drop-in basis for a small fee.
Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore
3054 Madison Road | 513-731-2665 | bluemanateebooks.com
Storytime and crazy crafts (nominal fee) are always different. Visit the website as some events that require you to RSVP.
Boone County Library
Multiple Locations | bcpl.org
Storytimes, crafts, games and other fun.
Campbell County Library
Multiple Locations | cc-pl.org
Stories, crafts, and fun and games are all on the calendar.
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive | 513-721-2787 | cincinnatiartmuseum.org
Free stories, play time in the REC Center, and free Family First Saturdays, kicking off in September.
Cincinnati Museum Center’s Super Sprouts
1301 Western Ave. | 513-287-7000 | cincymuseum.org
Learn about art and cultures and create something fun (free with admission).
513-381-3300 | cincinnatisymphony.org
The Lollipops concerts — kicking off this fall — are an affordable way to introduce children to the wonders of symphony music. Meet-and-greets happen before each performance.
Contemporary Arts Center
44 E 6th St. | 513-345-8400 | contemporaryartscenter.org
Thursday Art Plays and Family Saturdays allow art exploration in the unique UnMuseum.
Kenton County Library
Multiple Locations | kentonlibrary.org
Paint a masterpiece, create a sock puppet or come for another fun activity at one of three local branches.
7754 Camargo Road, #11 | 513-561-1888 | madpottercincinnati.com
6680 Tri Way Drive | 513-770-5585 | madpottermason.com
Pick out a jewelry box or a cup, and create your masterpiece for a half-price studio fee for kids on Wednesdays.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Storytimes and Crafts
Multiple Locations | cincinnatilibrary.org
Free storytimes and craft activities for all ages.
6200 Montgomery Road | 513-620-8328 | redballooncafe.com
Let little ones’ imaginations run wild on Free Fridays at Red Balloon.
1230 Elm St. | 513-621-4400 | washingtonpark.org
Programs like Curiosity Saturdays let kids explore their creative sides with groups like Happen, Inc., and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.