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Friday, December 6

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

Happening thru:

Kings Island

Kings Island has been magically transformed into ten enchanting winter wonderlands. Families can go ice skating, bask in the glow of more than 5 million lights, go on exhilarating rides, enjoy live entertainment and meet lots of friendly holiday characters. 

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

Washington Park , Cincinnati

Join the CAC for a new holiday tradition in OTR. Start the night around the fire pits at Washington Park’s Porch- enjoy hot cocoa, make some art and join a caroling procession that strolls through the park and features music played on phones or boomboxes! 

Categories: Art, Festivals and Fairs, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: All ages

Saturday, December 7

Winton Woods, Cincinnati

RSVP by Dec. 4. All levels of birders are welcome to join this annual inventory of bird populations. Bring your binoculars, bundle up, and head outdoors to make your counts in one of the system’s parks. Head back to Winton Woods at 4 p.m. for the grand tally.

RSVP Categories: Nature, Outdoor Activities, Volunteer Opportunities Ages: All ages

Friday, December 13

YMCA Camp Kern, Oregonia

Campers ages 7 – 15 years old can enjoy traditional Camp Kern activities like archery, hiking and a big game during this fun-filled weekend. Campers will be dropped off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and picked up on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. Kids will make memories and lasting friendships during a seasonal camp weekend… Read more »

$$$ Categories: Crafts, Nature, Outdoor Activities, Sports Ages: 6 – 8 Years, 9 – 12 Years, Teens

Saturday, December 14

Winton Wood/ Winton Centre Auditorium , Cincinnati

Before hitting the trails, join Adventure Outpost staff for an indoor presentation about winter hiking preparation and get some tips to help ensure an enjoyable experience in the great outdoors. 

Categories: Nature, Outdoor Activities 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

Saturday, December 21

Harbin Park , Fairfield

Hibernate, migrate, or tolerate—those are the options animals have in order to survive winter. Join in to discover who is tolerating the winter cold in Harbin Park. Dress for the weather, as humans tolerate the cold too!

RSVP Categories: Fitness, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Shawnee Lookout, North Bend

Experience the winter solstice through different cultures’ folklore, celebrations and stories; then stroll through a beautiful winter forest to celebrate the shortest day of the year. 

Categories: Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: All ages

Sunday, December 22

Fountain Square , Cincinnati

Celebrate Hanukkah with a great community event; join JCC as they light the menorah at Fountain Square. 

Categories: Outdoor Activities, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: All ages

Thursday, January 1

Camp Kern , Oregonia

Campers can spend the weekend having lots of fun with friends playing games, doing camp activities and having a dance party, too! 

RSVP $$$ Categories: Crafts, Nature, Outdoor Activities Ages: 9 – 12 Years

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

Thursday, December 26

Sharon Woods , Sharonville

Come see Holiday in Lights on foot! Enjoy the lights during this family fun night where the road will be closed to vehicle traffic. No coupons accepted during this event; however, free passes are accepted. Children 3 and under free; dogs on leashes welcome. 

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

Friday, December 27

Burnet Woods, Cincinnati

Bring on the snow! Campers can go exploring, play seasonal games, create crafts and relax with a story. It will be snow much fun. 

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

Miami Whitewater Forest, Harrison

Put on a parka, grab some mittens and hit the trail; gather the family to try to decode a trailside mystery. 

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

Sunday, December 29

The Square, Liberty Center

Come celebrate all things Chanukah with an amazing Zak Morgan concert, chocolate gelt drop, crafts, delicious hot latkes, crafts, prizes and so much more!!! 

RSVP Categories: Crafts, Festivals and Fairs, Music, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal/Holiday Ages: All ages

Monday, December 30

LaBoiteaux Wood's Nature Preserve , Cincinnati

Campers can wear their jammies and slippers, bring a pillow, blanket and stuffed animal for a cozy camp day. Activities will be all about hibernation with sleepy stories, crafts, games and more! 

RSVP $$ Categories: Crafts, Nature, Outdoor Activities, 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

Wednesday, January 1

Rentschler Forest MetroPark , Hamilton

Learn the fun sport of orienteering with Orienteering Cincinnati, Inc.; various courses will be offered.

$ Categories: Outdoor Activities, Sports Ages: All ages

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