The Ultimate Spring Guide

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Get outside and find new ways for the kids to play this spring. From 5K fun runs, to exploring nature and the arts, we have your go-to guide right here!

RAINY DAY PLAY

April showers, bring play on a rainy day! Don’t let the rain stop you from enjoying your spring.

SPRING CELEBRATION AT ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION
7379 Squire Court, West Chester
513-898-8000 • entertrainmentjunction.com
Help celebrate the biggest train display in the world’s spring celebration — when you buy one Do-It-All Ticket, you get one Return Visit Ticket, free. Through May 24.

LAZER KRAZE
1335 Donaldson Road, Erlanger | 859-371-5729
7082 Columbia Road, Maineville/Mason
513-339-1030 • lazerkraze.com
Not only will laser tag fans have a ball, kids will also love the huge Indoor Trampoline Park, arcade and more.

TOTTER’S OTTERVILLE
4314 Boron Drive, Covington
859-491-1441 • tottersotterville.com
Kids can be an astronaut, a pilot, a chef — anything they want to be and enjoy tons of hands-on activities through open-ended play. Adults are free.

RECREATIONS OUTLET
Cincinnati-Milford, 885 St. Route 28
513-831-7383 • recreationsoutlet.com
Kids can run, jump and play — and burn off extra steam — in the temperature-controlled indoor playland with dozens of trampolines and swing sets, a basketball court and more.

NATURE, ARTS & MORE!

Explore our city and parks this spring!

THE KROHN CONSERVATORY
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati
513-421-4086 • cincinnatiparks.com/krohn
This is a perfect spot for the family to explore exotic flowers and plants. Enjoy “Butterflies of Ecuador” — one of the five, unique floral shows here, captivating families with 12,000 butterflies in free flight. Find a $1-off coupon to the butterfly show inside this issue. The butterfly show goes through June 16; daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY
greatparks.org
The parks are loaded with nature-themed hikes, events, story times and more for all ages. Take advantage of more than 78 miles of trails for hiking, biking or walking. A valid motor vehicle permit is required for entrance.

METROPARKS OF BUTLER COUNTY
yourmetroparks.net
Eleven parks and 5,000 acres of green space are open daily. Play areas, fishing spots, a dog park, family friendly hiking trails, special events and more make Butler County parks worth a visit. A valid motor vehicle permit is required for entrance.

CINCINNATI ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDEN
3400 Vine St., Cincinnati • 513-281-4700 • cincinnatizoo.org
Spring is the perfect time to visit our zoo. Not too hot, not too cold, plus, if you come after 5 p.m. on Thursdays this month, admission is free and you can enjoy music at Tunes and Blooms.  Parking is $10; music begins at 6 p.m.; April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

TAFT MUSEUM OF ART
316 Pike St., Cincinnati • 513-241-0343 • taftmuseum.org
Let the kids explore the arts and try hands-on activities. Taft Jr.’s for ages 3 – 5 every Thursday through May (free for members) and 3rd Sunday Fundays and more are for the family. On this month’s Sunday Funday, kids can make Easter crafts and meet barnyard friends at the Sunrock Farm petting zoo from 2 – 4 p.m.; Sunday, April 21 from 1 – 4 p.m.

WASHINGTON PARK
1230 Elm St., Cincinnati • 513-621-4400 • washingtonpark.org
A springy hot spot for the whole family, Washington Park is surrounded by tons of great restaurants, plus The Porch makes a great place for everyone to hang and play games on the green. Take advantage of never-ending kid-friendly events and activities this spring, too.

INDOOR SWIMMING & LESSONS

Check out some of these local indoor swimming facilities (with certified swim instructors) to ready your child for summer.

BEAR PADDLE SWIM SCHOOL
bearpaddle.com
Swim lessons for all ages, seven days a week, all year round. Kids learn to swim in a safe environment. Locations in Ohio and Kentucky; check the website to find the one near you.

GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL
goldfishswimschool.com
Year-round lessons for 4 months – 12 years old, Goldfish aims to accommodate busy schedules. Locations in Anderson, West Chester and Dayton. Check their website to find the one closest to you.

YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI
myy.org
With locations throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, the Y offers parent and child swim lessons, individual and adult. Find your Y’s schedule online.

KIDS FIRST SPORTS CENTER SWIM SCHOOL
7900 East Kemper
Cincinnati • 513-489-7575 • kidsfirstsports.com
Award-winning swim lessons, instructors aim for all ages to have fun while learning. Classes are start at 8-weeks old and continue up to teens.

HEALTHY FAMILY FUN

Sign up for fun run or get active with local activities!

HEALTHY KIDS DAY
myy.org/event/healthy-kids-day
Join the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Great Parks and more than one million kids across the country to celebrate kids’ health and wellness. Free activities include a climbing wall, bounce houses, obstacle courses and relays, fitness classes and more. Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 10073 Daly Road, Cincinnati.

ST. JOSEPH HOME INCLINE TO THE FINISH LINE 5K
stjosephhome.org
Walk, run or roll your way across the finish line. This race is about fun, health and making a difference. Look forward to music, food and awards after the race, too. Saturday, April 13 beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Home (10722 Wyscarver Road, Sharonville).

THE GREAT AMAZING RACE SERIES
greatamazingrace.com
Be a part of the most exciting adventure race on the planet. Ages 4 and older can team up with friends and family to challenge themselves on a competitive course for adults or a fun kids’ course. Walk, run and be prepared to get dirty. Saturday, April 20 at Hopewell Athletic Field (8200 Cox Road, West Chester).

10TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY 5K CHASE
runsignup.com/Race/OH/Cincinnati/ChildrensCharityChase5K
Support the Cincinnati Children’s TIP, a program that provides preschool and daycare opportunities to mentally and physically abused children as well as therapy and medical needs. Saturday, April 13 starting at 9 a.m. at the Xavier University Cintas Center (1624 Herald Ave. Cincinnati).

THE SUPER RUN 5K
thesuperrun.com/locations/cincinnati-oh-5k-run
Don superhero gear for the 5K fun run or walk — or kids fun run — and support a good cause. Fun activities are for everyone, plus receive a cool cape when you register online or have your packet mailed to you. Parking is $5. Saturday, April 13 from 8 – 11 a.m. at 705 E Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati.

PLAYDATES & LOCAL MOM GROUPS!

Pow wow with local moms and let your kids play.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY CAFE
6844 Tylersville Road, West Chester • ltpcafe.com

RED BALLOON CAFE AND PLAY
6200 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati • 513-620-8328 • redballooncafe.com

FORT THOMAS COFFEE
118 N Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas • 859-814-8282 • fortthomascoffee.com

LILYPAD PLAY
2008 Madison Road, Cincinnati • 513-321-1379 • lilypadplay.com

FIT4MOM VILLAGE PLAYGROUPS
513-818-3484 • colleenoconnell@fit4mom.com • centralcincinnati.fit4mom.com

MONTGOMERY MOMS
10530 Deerfield Road, Cincinnati • montgomerymomsinfo@yahoo.com • montgomerymoms.org

CINCINNATI MOMS & FRIENDS
facebook.com/groups/1973410222893592

OAKLEY/HYDE PARK CINCINNATI MOMS & FRIENDS
facebook.com/groups/OakleyHPMoms

MOTHERS OF SPECIAL CHILDREN OF NKY
facebook.com/groups/433638783387461mscnky.com/index.html

NORTHERN KENTUCKY MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES
nkmotc.webs.com

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a military wife and mom of two. If you don't see her writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.

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