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Dad Report: Lake Shafer

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Lake Shafer is a man-made lake just north of Monticello, Indiana, and is known for its boating, fishing, swimming and other recreational water sports.  There’s plenty of dining options, along with hotels and campgrounds that fit all budgets.  Just south of Monticello is Lake Freeman, which is also known for its fishing and boating. If… Read more »

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Mom Report: LM&M Railroad

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Thomas! Who doesn’t love the #1 blue engine? When my son turned 2, we took him to ride Thomas at Greenfield Village in Michigan. Now as my daughter creeps towards 2 it was her turn! My husband and son have taken the LM&M Railroad Easter Bunny train the last two years. It is their favorite… Read more »

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Mom Report: Jump & Jack’s

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Looking for someplace to take your kiddos to burn energy out of the heat and rain?!? Jump & Jack’s is your place! Jump & Jack’s features a multilevel play area for kids! It has fun slides, things to climb, and interactive things throughout the structure. It keeps kids moving while they work on their balance,… Read more »

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Dad Report: Kings Island

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For a family of eight, Kings Island is a little pricey, but seeing the kids’ smiling faces is always worth the price of admission. Since we have varying ages and sizes, navigating through Kings Island is sometimes a little tricky — the older kids want to hit all the bigger roller coasters, and then the… Read more »

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Mom Report: Climb Away at Rockquest

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My husband and I recently had a day date and went rock climbing at Rock Quest. My husband took a video of me climbing and showed it to our son. Of course, as soon as he saw the video he wanted to go! We decided that for our next mommy/son date we would go climbing…. Read more »

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Dad Report! Findlay Market and Washington Park

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We enjoyed a great Sunday afternoon at both Findlay Market and Washington Park. First up, we took a walk through Findlay Market, where the kids loved all the unique food offerings. After an amazing lunch from Taste of Belgium (where the kids said it was the BEST pizza ever) we headed to Washington Park for the kid-friendly outdoor spray… Read more »

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Mom Report: Build-A-Bear

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Recently on a rainy day, I decided to take my kids to Build-a-Bear. It was a perfect opportunity to get their little legs moving and out of the house while we all stayed dry! Build-a-Bear has many ways of incorporating language concepts and math concepts into your visit. While my kiddos picked out their bears… Read more »

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Mom Report: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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I have been asked a few times if I have made it up to Boonshoft yet. Finally after two years of living in Ohio, I made the trip up with my son. We will definitely be making more trips there! It was very interactive and had many learning opportunities throughout. I found myself not only… Read more »

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Mom Report: Pogo Play

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Burrow through tunnels, Swing on vines, climb up mountains, A true “jungle” gym! Walking into Pogo Play (10870 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash), you are greeted by an absolutely mammoth indoor playground. There is so much to explore within the 7,600-square-foot GIANT playground; you could stay in there for hours! It has a ball maze, ropes course,… Read more »

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National Night Out

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The Cincinnati Police District 2’s National Night Out event was held on August 4 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Owl’s Nest Park (1984 Madison Road). This is an annual event held every year in early August. All ages can take part. When we arrived, we knew we were in for a fun evening! The CPD provided free water… Read more »

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