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11 Free Things to Do with Kids this Week! July 19 – 23

Don't break the bank- we have rounded up the top 11 Free things to do with kids this week...

Wednesday, July 19th 

FREE SUMMER MOVIES Summer means free cinema at the Esquire (320 Ludlow Ave.) and Mariemont Theatres (6906 Wooster Pike)!   July 17 and 19: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 10:30 a.m.


Thursday, July 20th 

LIVE ON THE LEVEE Head to NotL for a fun free concert featuring local band Buzz Bin on The Plaza. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; 859-291-0550 

ROCKIN’ THE ROEBLING Enjoy a free concert, hosted by Cincinnati Parks. Featuring the band Trauma Illinois. Schmidlapp Event Lawn, 124 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; 513-357-2604 


Friday, July 21st

CAM BABY TOURS (register) Enjoy a 40-minute tour to stimulate babies developing minds and introduce them to the world of art. Babies and their caregivers can create a fun baby-safe artwork in the Rosenthal Education Center. *Strollers are not permitted on this tour, so that baby and their caregiver can better experience the art together.   The July 21st Baby Tours will feature art all about animals!  Cincinnati Art Museum , 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.; 513-721-2787 

ST. DOMINIC PARISH FESTIVAL Summer fun is here. This festival features drinks, food, games and rides. There will also be live music performances by Elvis & Tressler Comet (Friday), Excalibur (Saturday) and the Naked Karate Girls (Sunday).  St. Dominic Parish , Delhi Avenue, Cincinnati; 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; 513-471-7741 


Saturday, July 22nd

BACON BOURBON AND BREW FESTIVAL Celebrate one of America’s most loved breakfast meats alongside bourbon and brews, too. There will also be live music performances, inflatables and events in the Bourbon Hall.  Newport Festival Park , 1 Levee Way, Newport; 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m

RED, WHITE AND BLUE CRAFT SHOW Spend an afternoon browsing local businesses, crafters and food vendors from the Tri-State area.  EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester ; 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; (admission to EnterTRAINment Junction is not included); 513-898-8000 

SIGN CRAFTING SATURDAY (register) Kids can explore the skills needed to become an expert sign maker while playing with different materials and learning about different elements of sign making!   The August Sign Crafting Saturday is FREE with registration; American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth Ave., Cincinnati 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; 513-541-6366

THE CITY FLEA Head down to OTR for this unique outdoor market featuring local vendors of all kinds. Families can grab a bite from a food truck and kids will definitely want to spend some time at the fun playground.  The flea is a way to keep your dollars local, get out in the community and experience the city in a super-cool way.   The August 12th flea will also feature the Kids Market! Come support cool kids and their unique wares. Washington Park, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Sunday, July 23rd 

MV FLEA Creative House of Art & Design is excited to present the MV Flea, featuring tons of fun booths with unique wares. Find something for everyone!  Mainstrasse Promenade, 6th St., Covington, Ky; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; 859-669-1425 

SKATE DOWNTOWN CINCY Skate the outdoor rink at Sawyer Point every Sunday, weather permitting, for free! Riverfront Outdoor Rink, 925 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.




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Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).