Animal Encounters

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Saturday, October 20

River Center at Bicentennial Commons, Middletown

Meet at the new River Center for a live animal presentation with our program ambassadors. Learn about Ohio wildlife, the food chain, tracks, adaptation and insect ecology. 

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

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Winton Woods Parky's Farm, Cincinnati

Celebrate fall as you jump in a leaf pile, learn how to make apple cider and meet friendly farm animals. Wagon ride tickets and playbarn admission also available for purchase. 

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

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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati

Ever see a polar bear swim with pumpkins; how about  an elephant smashing a pumpkin? Zoo animals love Halloween enrichment treats at HallZOOween. Your costumed kids will love trick – or – treating at over a dozen treat stations, riding the Hogwarts Express Train ride (additional charge applies) and watching Phil Dalton’s Theater of Illusion… Read more »

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

Thursday, October 25

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

Let’s explore the seasons through fun hands – on activities, crafts and a snack. Be sure to climb on the natural playscape and feed the farm animals.

Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature Ages: All ages

Saturday, October 27

Forest Park Branch, Cincinnati

Get up-close and personal with 3 live avian ambassadors. You can see and learn about the adaptations which make birds of prey supreme hunters of the sky. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Library Events Ages: All ages

Sunday, October 28

Voice of America MetroPark

Bark your calendars for a pup costume parade, a trick – or – treat trail, designed for both dogs and children, ruff ruff obstacle course, vendors and more. Local rescue centers will have dogs available for adoption. The Doggy Dash is a 5k race around the lake. 

RSVP $ Categories: Animal Encounters, Fitness, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, Trenton

What are Jack and Jill doing at the farmstead? Come on down and learn about pioneer farm life through hands – on activities, live animal demonstrations, crafts and a yummy snack.

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

Friday, November 2

Woodland Mound

Discover survival tactics of animals who must rely on their environment to keep warm and meet a few of these critters up close. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature Ages: All ages

Saturday, November 3

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Newport Aquarium

Get the whole troop together and enjoy the day exploring tanks filled with exotic sea life from around the world. All Scouts receive an all-new Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus patch when they arrive.

$ Categories: Animal Encounters Ages: All ages

Fort Thomas/ Carrico Branch

Moo, Baa, Neigh! Sunrock Farm is bringing the barnyard to the library.  Come pet some adorable animals, rain or shine!

Categories: Animal Encounters, Living History Ages: All ages

Sunday, November 4

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead

Continue the ABC’s of Farm Life at Show and Tell with MetroParks! Through hands-on activities and a craft, you can learn about farm life starting with the letters “U-Z”. A snack will be provided. 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature Ages: All ages

Tuesday, November 6

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Winton Woods/ Parky's Farm

Celebrate fall by helping “harvest” apples, making a scarecrow and taking a hayride at Parky’s Farm. There will also be time to enjoy Parky’s Playbarn. 

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

Friday, November 9

Woodland Mound - Seasongood Nature Center

Discover what kinds of animals live in your own backyard, and meet a few up close! 

Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature Ages: All ages

Main Library

Join the library in the Teen Spot for an afternoon of all things Hogwarts! Enjoy wizarding games, crafts and snacks on both floors of the north building. The Great Parks will show off some fantastic beasts at 5 p.m.  

Categories: Animal Encounters, Library Events Ages: All ages

Saturday, November 10

Bicentennial Commons River Center

Join MetroParks to make discoveries about the 5 senses. Do humans see, smell, taste, feel and hear the way animals do? Meet an animal ambassador, and find out.  

Categories: Animal Encounters, Nature Ages: All ages

Sunday, November 11

Blue Manatee Bookstore

Furry friends from Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati will be at Blue Marble for customers of all ages to read to and pet! This is a fantastic way for kids to practice their reading skills with a sweet, nonjudgmental listener! Since this is an all-ages event, Blue Manatee staff will read a few favorite books about… Read more »

Categories: Animal Encounters, Storytimes Ages: All ages

Saturday, November 17

Cincinnati Museum Center, Banfield Pet Hospital

Meet local therapy dogs and receive a stethoscope to use on your pets at home during this fun and educational Pet Academy Program at the Banfield Pet Hospital. 

$$ Categories: Animal Encounters, Museum Events Ages: All ages

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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

The 36th 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

Sunday, November 18

Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead

What kinds of machines help us on the farm? Find out through fun activities, craft and a snack. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful Augspurger House, climb on the natural playscape, and feed the animals, too! 

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

Saturday, November 24

Carol Ann's Carousel

Live penguins will be sliding into Carol Ann’s Carousel from 12 – 2 p.m.! Learn the basics of ornithology and the different penguins habitats and participate in other cool penguin programming all day long. 

Categories: Animal Encounters Ages: All ages

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