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April 16, 2024

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Awesome Things to Do with Kids This Week

Monster trucks, a Daddy/Daughter Dance, a Swifties Skate and more!

There are lots of awesome things to do with kids this week in Cincinnati! From Maple adventures to a Daddy/Daughter Dance to Hot Wheels Monster Truck Live Glow Party! Let’s go!


Wednesday, February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Fuzzy Valentines! Pre-schoolers can celebrate Valentine’s Day with the farm animals by learning what foods they love and making a cute craft to take home.  Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm , 10073 Daly Road, Cincinnati; 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.; $5 per child + valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-521-3276. 


Thursday, February 15

FREE WEE WONDER ABOUT DOVES Little ones can fly in to the park to learn about love-dove does, do some dove activities and make a dove craft, too.  Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre, 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati 10 a.m.; valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-521-7275. 


Friday, February 16

EARLY CHILDHOOD MAPLE ADVENTURE (register) Preschoolers can use their senses to discover the magic of maple while exploring the journey of sap to syrup.   Available 9:15 – 10:15 am or 10:30 – 11:30 am  Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; $7 members, $11.50 nonmembers (includes daily admission); 513-761-4313. 


PARENTS’ SURVIVAL NIGHT (register) Kids can celebrate the season of love during this lovely themed kid’s night out featuring friends, games, fun activities, a craft and cheese pizza dinner, too.     The Little Gym of Mason, 8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason; 5 – 8 p.m.; $40.50 member child, $45 nonmember child; 513-204-1400. 


Saturday, February 17

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE (register) Join The Arts Connect for their 14th annual Daddy/Daughter Dance, where dads can enjoy a special evening with their little girls! The evening’s theme is “A Night in the Amazon.” The room will be decorated with sparkling lights and a tropical jungle theme. Enjoy pizza, a keepsake photo keychain, a sundae bar and a carnation for all the girls. The Grove Event Center, 9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 7 – 9 p.m.; $38 per couple, additional daughters $9 each; 513-522-2108.

FAMILY DAY: FUN WITH FOOD Discover all of the food signs in the collection and then taste test flavorful samples from select signs. Families will create a mini food sign sculpture to take home.  American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth Ave., Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; included with Museum admission; $15 adult, $10 students with ID, free to children 12 and younger and members; 513-541-6366.

Saturday, February 17 & Sunday, February 18

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live – Glow Party The Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party is at Truist Arena! See real-life versions of the famous Hot Wheels monster truck toys in the Dark! Mega Wrex, Tiger Shark, Boneshaker, Bigfoot and more will be lighting up the floor during outrageous monster truck competitions and battles.    

Get 20% OFF adult tickets! Use code FAMILY HERE.

Truist Arena, 500 Louie B. Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY; 12:30 or 7:30 p.m.; Feb 18 show at 2:30 p.m.; general tickets starting at $33, children tickets starting at $12, + $10 Crash Party tickets add-on available; 859-292-2889.

My Furry Valentine Find a new furry best friend at the Tri-state’s largest annual pet adoption event featuring hundreds of adoptable pets like dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and small critters, too!  Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati; Saturday and Sunday; 12 – 5 p.m.; $5 per person for ages 5 and older / early bird admission available.

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA: YOUTH EDITION See the magical fairytale where dreams come true! Showtimes are Feb. 17 – 25. Taft Theatre  317 E 5th St., Cincinnati; 2 p.m. and  5 p.m.; tickets starting at $10; 513-232-6220. 


Sunday, February 18

SWIFTIES SKATE Swifties can take to the rink to skate to Taylor’s tunes – bracelet trading encouraged! VIP tickets available, including a skate rental friendship bracelet, glow stick and t-shirt. Beechmont Rollarena, 3988 Commercial Blvd., Cincinnati; 6 – 8 p.m.; $10 admission + $3 regular skate rental, $5 speed skate rental, $5 skate mate rental, $40 VIP tickets available; 513-753-6868.



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Amanda Ciani

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).