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Animal Encounters

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Monday, December 16

Happening thru:

Newport Aquarium, Newport

Ho, Ho, Ho! Scuba Santa is back at the Aquarium for a holiday dive in an enchanted Water Wonderland.  Meet Scuba Santa one-on-one, say hello to playful elves and visit the Post Office to write down holiday wishes to drop off in Santa’s mailbox.  Scuba Santa will be in town through Dec. 31, when his… Read more »

$$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Exhibits, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: All ages

Happening thru:

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati

The 37th Annual PNC Festival of Lights will once again transform the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden into a “Wild Wonderland”. Bask in the glow of 3 million LED lights, watch a Mad Cap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairy Land, marvel at the spectacular Swan Lake show… Read more »

$$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Festivals and Fairs, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: All ages

Wednesday, December 18

Happening thru:

Winton Woods/ Parky's Farm , Cincinnati

Make Christmas treats for the farm animals; walk the farm and sing carols to the animals while they enjoy their snacks. Program includes time in Parky’s Playground and a snack. For ages 2 – 5. 

RSVP $ Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: 2 – 3 Years, 4 – 5 Years

Thursday, December 19

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead , Trenton

Ho, ho, ho and Cluck, hop, tweet. What do chickens and rabbits want this holiday season? Help make edible presents for some feathered and furry friends inside the warm Augspurger House, then head outside to gift the tasty presents to the animals.

Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: All ages

Monday, December 23

California Woods Nature Preserve , Cincinnati

Brr! The Ice Ages are back for a day chocked full of adventure. Campers can explore outside with their stone age tribe, play games, help make a glacier, meet an animal ambassador and make a prehistoric craft. At the end of the day, campers can gather round the campfire for hot cocoa and stories. 

RSVP $$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal/Holiday, Storytimes Ages: 6 – 8 Years, 9 – 12 Years

Tuesday, December 31

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati

Calling all party animals! Come ring in the New Year with the 10th annual Happy Zoo Year; enjoy a MadCap puppet show, see some amazing animals and cap the night off with an early New Years countdown and Rozzi’s firework show. 

$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Fundraisers, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: All ages

Sunday, January 5

Happening thru:

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Cincinnati

It may be chilly outside, but many zoo animals are loving the winter weather. Visit the zoo discounted admission and special animal encounters, including the popular penguin parade (weekends at 11 a.m.). 

$$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: All ages

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

Through hands-on activities and a craft, learn about farm life while learning the letters of the alphabet. A snack will be provided. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature Ages: All ages

Thursday, January 9

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

Who is living in the “mitten” at the farm? Create a mitten and puppets to put on a play while learning all about farm life; then enjoy a snack inside the Augspurger House. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature Ages: All ages

Sunday, January 12

Gorman Heritage Farm , Cincinnati

The Hearty Leaf and Gorman Heritage Farm are presenting a barnyard animals and succulent creation workshop. There will be a terra cotta vessel to plant succulents and adorn with your favorite animals from the farm. Guests will have a chance to visit with farm animals, too. The Hearty Leaf will provide all vessels, a variety… Read more »

RSVP $$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Classes, Crafts, Nature Ages: All ages

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

Learn how a birds beak size and shape determines their diet through hands-on games and activities. Then make a bird buffet to share with the farm chickens. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Wednesday, January 15

Happening thru:

Winton Woods/ Parky's Farm, Cincinnati

Meet barnyard friends, see a puppet show, play in Parky’s Playbarn and enjoy a tasty snack! 

RSVP $$ Categories: Acting & Theater, Animal Encounters, Nature Ages: All ages

Thursday, January 16

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

Brr, it is cold outside! How do animals survive in this winter weather? Learn all about migration, hibernation and toleration during this program through hands-on activities and crafts. Then enjoy a snack inside the beautiful Augspurger House. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature, Outdoor Activities, Science Ages: All ages

Saturday, January 18

Happening thru:

Sharon Woods, Sharonville

Find out what it would be like to walk around 20,000 years ago through Ice Age themed crafts; kids will even have a chance to touch a real mammoth leg bone!  (Sensory friendly hour 10 – 11 a.m.)

Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Exhibits, Nature Ages: All ages

Reading Branch , Reading

Join the Cincinnati Zoo at the library for a close encounter with some animal ambassadors. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Library Events Ages: All ages

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Zoo is one of only two institutions outside of Florida that rescue and rehabilitate manatees. Come experience a once-in-a-lifetime sleepover with these gentle giants! During the overnight, enjoy two sneak peeks behind the scenes, hike the Zoo at night, play games, experience animal encounters and fall asleep with the zoo’s resident manatee, swimming… Read more »

RSVP $$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Exhibits, Science Ages: 6 – 8 Years, 9 – 12 Years, All ages, Teens

Monday, January 20

Happening thru:

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden , Cincinnati

Campers can spend the day learning all about how animals (including humans) can stay healthy; meet animal ambassadors, play games and even create some animal enrichment toys for special Zoo residents to enjoy. 

$$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts Ages: All ages

Harrison Branch, Harrison

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day by participating in a day of service; help make enrichment supplies for animals at the zoo and meet some of the zoo’s animal ambassadors. 

RSVP Categories: Animal Encounters, Library Events Ages: All ages

Thursday, January 23

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

Whose tracks are these? Solve the mystery by completing a scavenger hunt all around the farm. Be sure to dress warm, as some of the footprints even go outside! This program will include a craft, live animal demonstration and a snack.  

Categories: Animal Encounters, Crafts, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Saturday, January 25

Indian Creek MetroPark Springfield Road Area , Oxford

Whoo wants to learn about owls? Register now for another chance to see and hear live owls – this time at Indian Creek MetroPark. Go on a night hike and practice calling them in from the forest. Bundle up… it will be a hoot! Space is limited and registration is required by 1/24/20.

RSVP Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature Ages: All ages

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