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Mom Report: The Red Balloon Cafe

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The Red Balloon Cafe is a gathering place — as one of the owners says, the goal is to promote community amongst multi generations. Parents, grandparents, and children/grandchildren can come and everyone can feel like they got to connect through creative play and good food. As much as possible, all of the food in the… Read more »

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Mom Report: Stingray Hideaway

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Newport Aquarium has always been a family favorite in our house. From the sharks, the large Grouper named Brutus, and the waddling penguins, my family always enjoys trips to the aquarium. Newport Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Stingray Hideaway opened May 5. The stingrays are located in a newly renovated area where the otters formerly were. The… Read more »

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Join the Hunger Walk

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Freestore Foodbank’s 14th annual Hunger Walk & 5K Run takes place at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 29 at The Banks, downtown.  This makes a great way for kids and families to help others; the event raises funds for the Freestore Foodbank’s 350 partner agencies that distribute 23 million meals each year.  Online registration… Read more »

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Summer Concert Season is Here!

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Outdoor music concerts are one of the many treats of summer, and several of them kick off this month!  Get ready to enjoy lazy summer evenings:   Groovin’ on the Green The City of Fairfield offers weekly concerts at Village Green Park (301 Wessel Drive) beginning May 11, ranging from pop and folk to classic,… Read more »

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Mom Report: MidPointe Library

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When you think of the library, what often comes to mind is story time and checking out books. While this may be true, libraries offer a whole lot more than that! Take the Butler County MidPointe Library system, for example. MidPointe Library consists of four branches spread throughout Butler County, including West Chester, Middletown, Monroe,… Read more »

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What’s in Your Hiking Bag?

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Hats. Sunglasses. Water bottles. Tissues. Hand Sanitizer. Sunscreen. Band-aids. Chap Stick. Instant Bug Bite Relief.  We do a lot of hiking! On a normal week we hike at least twice! It’s important that we keep our bag packed and ready to go. We usually end up rushing out the door as soon as we realize we… Read more »

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Mom Report: Cincinnati Nature Center

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Some of my fondest memories growing up involve digging in the mud, hiking through the woods behind my house, building forts out of random logs, and searching for frogs around the pond in my backyard. Now, I live in a subdivision with my two kids and we don’t have a pond, the mud, or the… Read more »

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Mom Report: Rabbit Hash General Store

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One of my favorite adventures as a child is one that I recreate with my own children now — a country drive with the windows down, and a visit to the Rabbit Hash General Store. I was devastated when the original General Store burnt down in February 2016. But the store has been restored to its… Read more »

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Kid Report: Flash Photography

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Picture taking can be a drag for plenty of kids, but 6-year-old Landon gave us the scoop on where it’s a blast!   “We went to a place called Flash Photography. We got to go around and pick out different “stages” (backdrops) for our pictures. I picked one with candy and another one with bunnies…. Read more »

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Mother Daughter Weekend Retreat

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I enjoy doing things with just my daughter and also just with my son. I love the one on one time with each of them where they can get my full undivided attention. Coming in May, I will enjoy a weekend of bonding with just my daughter. We will be attending the My 31 Sisters… Read more »

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