Winter Activities with Great Parks

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Get outdoors, and get healthy this winter with the family by getting into some interactive, nature-themed activties for everyone!

One way to fight the common cold is to get outdoors with the family! Staying healthy and active during the winter (and year-round of course!) is one of the best ways to bond with your kids plus help keep those sniffles away! 

All Aboard! at Highfield Discovery Garden is a great way for kids to get into fun train activities while enjoying the indoor winter train display! Daily activities vary. Thursday, January 2 – Saturday, January 4, 10:45 a.m.; and Sunday January 5, 1 p.m. Glenwood Gardens/Cotswold Visitor Centre is located at 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati. Program included in Highfield admission, $2.50 per person.

The next Winter Hike Series takes place Saturday, January 4 10 a.m. at Winton Woods! Get the whole family outside and moving this winter for their annual Winter Hike Series. It includes a challenging hike through Winton Woods, and concludes with a hot, and tasty bowl of chicken noodle soup. Winton Woods is located 10245 Winton Road, Springfield Township. Registration required. $9 per person per hike, ages 12 and older; free for ages 12 and younger, must be accompanied by a paying adult. Head to greatparks.org for more upcoming hikes. 

Senior Girl Scouts: Starry Skies takes place Saturday, January 4 at 10 a.m. at Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre. Gather up your Senior Girl Scouts and let them observe the starry, night sky! They can explore the sky while in an inflatable, indoor planetarium all while working toward their Senior Sky Badge. Learn ways to keep the skies safe and beyond! Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre is located at 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; $7.50 per person, one adult for every 10 scouts is free; register by January 3. 

Spring Training for Backpacking takes place Saturday, January 4 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost. Learn tips on how to start planning ahead and prepping for backpacking in the spring. then get your pack prepped and head out for a one-and-a-half-mile hike! For ages 12 and older. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost is located at 10245 Winton Road, Springfield Township; $10 per person; register by January 1. 

Daisy Girl Scouts: Space Science Explorer is Sunday, January 5 at 1 p.m. at Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre. Your Daisy Girl Scouts can explore the sun, moon and stars! Head outdoors for sun activities and then head back in to observe the night sky in the inflatable, indoor planetarium. $7.50 per person, one adult for every 10 scouts is free; register by January 3. 

Story Time in the Forest takes place Monday, January 6 at 12 p.m. at the Summit Center/Great Parks Nature Center. Attend this interactive, nature-themed story time under the branches of the Summit Center Tree; it’s FREE! The Summit located at Summit Center, 1580 Summit Road, Cincinnati. 

Nature Stories takes place Tuesday, January 7 at 11 a.m. at Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre. Bring the family and hear the nature-themed stories; it’s FREE!

For more family-friendly events, head to greatparks.org. A valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks. Cost for residents of Hamilton County: $10 annual/$5 daily; other visitors: $16 annual/$8 daily.

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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