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May 29, 2024

Best Bets This Week: May 12 through May 16

Need some fun things to do with the family? We've got you covered with tons of fun for everyone!

Wednesday, May 12th

Butterflies of Bali (register) 

Celebrate Krohn’s Butterfly Show’s 25th anniversary! Surround yourself with 60 varieties of free-flying butterflies, discover unique plants and flowers and even go on a scavenger hunt!

1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Oh

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 ages 5 – 17, free for Friends of Krohn members and children ages four and younger.

513-421-4086 or


Thursday, May 13th

Cicada Scavenger Hunt Bingo

It’s cicada season! Grab a bingo card from the library and take a close look around the neighborhood for signs of cicadas! Bring back a completed card for a button or small prize all monthlong (branch closed Sundays), while supplies last.

Pleasant Ridge Branch, 6233 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, Oh

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Free!

513-369-4488 or


Friday, May 14th

Climb, crawl and slide through Jack’s Playground! Kiddos under 2 can find fun around every corner of the Toddler Zone, and on Wednesday and Friday nights kids will love bouncing their way through Jump’s Inflatables.

7102 Office Park Drive, West Chester, Oh

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; $10 Friday nights, $8 weekdays, toddlers through age 2 $4 daily

513-779-5867 or

Saturday, May 15th


Kids 16 and younger can try to catch a tagged fish for a trophy! All participants receive a derby button and every child who catches a fish will receive a certificate. You must bring your own equipment; bait will be available for purchase.  

Check out these upcoming dates and locations:

  • April 25: Triple Creek, 2700 Buell Road
  • May 15: Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison
  • May 31: Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland
  • June 20: Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road
  • July 4: Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland
  • July 24: Campbell Lakes Preserve, 10431 Campbell Rad, Harrison
  • August 14: Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road
  • September 6: Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland

513-521-7275 or

Kids to Parks Day 2021 (register)

Get your nature hats and and check out lots of cool programming offered by Cincinnati Parks for this year’s Kids to Parks Day!

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; French Park (3012 Section Road); Fossil Fun: kids can spend the morning fossil hunting.
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center (5400 Lanius Lane); Gardening, Compost and Worms!: learn all about seeds, plants and compost before taking a wildflower hike.
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; California Woods Nature Preserve (5400 Kellogg Ave.); Play and Hike in Nature!: Get outside and play the day away with games and hiking.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Trailside Nature Center (3251 Brookline Ave.); Cicada Celebration and Hike: Learn all about the reemergence of these bug-eyed beauties with this fun nature program.
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Smale Park (166 W Mehring Way); Cincinnati Insects: Cicadas only come once every 17 years, drop by the Explore Nature table to learn all about them!

513-861-3435 or

Sunday, May 16th

Kings Islands Opens! (Register, tickets available online)

Stroll down International Street to all of their favorite rides, shows and eateries. Little adventurers will love braving the rides in Planet Snoopy and the most advanced thrill-seekers will want to take on the award-winning giga-coaster, Orion! Don’t forget to finish the day with a famous blueberry ice cream cone!

11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Mills, Oh

513-754-5700 or

About the Author

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a mom of three with one on the way. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.