Cincinnati Family Magazine

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June 25, 2024

Afternoon Delight Outdoors With the Kids

Spring is perfect for having a little fun outside for the kids. The BEST memories come from the unexpected joy found in “down time” and if you have a backyard or a piece of land at a park, you can have an old-fashioned good time. Or, head to one of Cincinnati’s wonderful nature centers (we’ve handpicked several for you down below).

It’s time to spread your wings and enjoy the April weather!

Backyard Game Ideas

Find directions for these games with a simple Google search.

Badminton • Red Light, Green Light • Corn Hole • Monkey in the Middle • Red Rover • Tag •
Hide and Seek • Hopscotch • Jump Rope • Simon Says • Marco Polo • Statues • Freeze Dance • Mother, May I? • Kickball • Capture the Flag • Duck, Duck Goose • Hand-Clap Games (Miss Mary Mack, etc.) • I Spy • Charades • Croquet • Tether Ball • Frisbee • Wiffle Ball • Limbo • Flashlight Tag • Nature Scavenger Hunt • Twister


… or Head to a NATURE CENTER
5 Editor Picks!

Caldwell Nature Preserve
430 West North Bend Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216
Stroll nature trails, visit the nature center, mingle with wildlife.

Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road
Milford, OH 45150
The PlayScape is the big draw for creek-loving kids. There’s lots of programming for all ages plus 20 miles of trails and 1,600 acres. Admission is $4 kids ages 4 – 12; $9 adults.

Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
3455 Poole Road
Cincinnati, OH 45251
A wonderful spot to take the kids for a shaded picnic!

Mt. Airy Forest
5083 Colerain Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45223
With the all-free and all-accessible Treehouse for Everyone, Mt. Airy Forest is a beloved Cincinnati landmark! But there’s also 1,459 acres of hiking trail, bridle trails and multi-use trails and picnic tables.

Sharon Woods
11450 Lebanon Road
Sharonville, OH 45241
Lots of people love  Sharon Woods and for good reason. Trails around the lake, a waterfall and room to move and explore. Hoping the indoor playground opens soon!




About the Author

Susan Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief of Cincinnati Family Magazine and a mother of four.