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May 18, 2022

This Week’s Best Bet Events: February 16 – 20, 2022

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Wednesday, February 16th

CINCINNATI FIRE MUSEUM SCAVENGER HUNT Pick up a scavenger card upon entry and search throughout museum exhibits to find important fire related artifacts. Find all 12 artifacts to win a fun, wintry prize! Cincinnati Fire Museum, 315 West Court Street, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 children 7 – 17 years old, free for children 6 and under with admission of an adult; 513-621-5553 or https://www.cincyfiremuseum.com.


EVERYTHING THOMAS

Engineers, chug on into EnterTRAINment Junction to celebrate everyone’s favorite locomotive, Thomas the Train! There will be Thomas-themed train layouts, videos, scavenger hunts, coloring and crafts. Enjoy the kids train ride and find a Thomas toy to take home; all Thomas & Friends merchandise is 15 – 50% off in the gift store. EnterTRAINment Junction , 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; $16.95 adults, $12.95 children 3 – 12, $14.95 seniors 65+, free for members and children 2 and under; 513-898-8000 or http://Entertrainmentjunction.com.

PENGUIN DAYS 

It may be chilly outside, but many zoo animals are loving the winter weather. Visit the zoo for discounted admission and special animal encounters, including the popular penguin parade (weekends only – 11 a.m. outside the Wings of the World Bird House – temperature must be under 50 degrees for penguins to walk). Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; discounted general admission, see website for more information; 513-281-4700 or http://cincinnatizoo.org/events/penguin-days.

MOM’S NIGHT OUT AT HAPPY HANGOUT 

Ladies! Leave the kids with a sitter and enjoy a night out with friends. Enjoy a night out featuring a new activity each month (see Facebook for updates), a delicious meal from Dewey’s Pizza, non-alcoholic beverages and lots of laughs. February’s event is decorating cookies. Happy Hangout Westside, 2041 Anderson Ferry Road, Cincinnati; 6 p.m.; $30 per person includes activity and dinner (BYOB is permitted for this adult-only event); 513-458-1470 or http://happyhangoutws.com.


MY FAIR LADY 

Enjoy classic tunes like “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” while watching Eliza Doolittle’s transformation into a proper lady.  Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; tickets starting at $34; 513-621-2787 or https://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/my-fair-lady.


FREE PB&J PRESENTS: WINTER WINDS (register) 

Little music lovers ages two to six can get up close and personal with the woodwind family; find out what makes these beautiful instruments unique while moving and grooving to music that explores weather!    Child Focus Training Center (4629 Aicholtz Road, Cincinnat) 6 p.m.; 859-547-8765 or http://peanutbutterandjam.org.


STORY TIME AT KROHN 

Enjoy a weekly story time in Krohn’s showroom on Wednesdays; then explore the whimsical Spring Show- Folklore of the Forest.  Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; $7 adults, $5 children 5 – 17, free for children four and younger; http://cincinnatiparks.com.

 

Thursday, February 17th

FREE JOSEPH-BETH KIDS STORYTIME 

Spend some time at Joseph-Beth on Tuesday and Thursday morning for a super fun children’s storytime.  Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or http://josephbeth.com.


JUMPEROO AT URBAN AIR

Little ones 5 years old and under will have big fun jumping, bouncing and crawling the morning away.  Urban Air Adventure Park, 3321 Alamo Avenue, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; $10.99 for ages five and younger; 513-795-8800 or https://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/locations/ohio/hamilton.

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: IT’S ALL IN THE SNOW

Learn all about snowflakes and how snow affects life on the farm through interactive activities, a craft and snack.  Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.; valid vehicle permit required to enter park; (513) 867-5835 or http://Yourmetroparks.net.


TODDLER THURSDAYS AT DIG ‘N PLAY Dig up some fun; kiddos can explore a huge sand table, dramatic play area and a giant three story play structure.  Dig ‘N Play, 9405 Cincinnati Columbus Road, ; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; $5 for toddlers 1 – 2 years old; 513-847-1055 or https://www.dignplay.com/.

Friday, February 18th 

ACOUSTIC JAM (register) Bring baby to their first concert! This fun class is designed for children (newborn to six years old) to sing and dance along with live music.  LilyPad Play, 2008 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.; $15 per class; 513-321-1379 or http://lilypadplay.com.

FREE CRAFT TIME WITH WYOMING FINE ARTS CENTER 

Head to the library for some craft time with Ms. Melinda from the Wyoming Fine Arts Center. Avondale Branch , 3566 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.; 513-369-4440 or http://cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE FAMILY PLAYDATE While the little ones play, sing, dance and hear stories from a Librarian, caregivers can chat with each other and enjoy a cup of coffee. Mount Healthy branch, 7608 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; 513-369-4469 or

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WINTER NATURALIST 101 SERIES (register) Want to learn more about nature in winter? Check out this weekly series to dig deeper into the great outdoors, including a hike. 

  • Feb 4: Winter Tree ID
  • Feb 11: Maple Sugaring
  • Feb 18: Winter Birding
  • Feb 25: Tracking
  • Mar 4: Lichens

California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; $10 per person, per session; 513-231-8678 or http://cincinnatiparks.com.


WIZARDS NIGHT 

Celebrate wands, wizards and lots of magical fun while the Cyclones take on the Oilers.  Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway Street, Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; $21 day of ($19 advanced), $33 front row day of ($31 advanced); 15134214111 or https://heritagebankcenter.com/event/2022/02/18/wizards-night.

Saturday, February 19th 

FREE AUTHOR STORYTIME WITH CHRISTINA DENDY (register) 

Join Joseph-Beth for a storytime with Christina Dendy, where she shares her latest literary offering The Wall and the Wild.  Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or https://www.josephbeth.com/event/storytime-christina-dendy-sharing-wall-and-wild.


CINCINNATI PRINCESS MUSIC PARTY (register) 

Meet over 10 princesses for songs, stories, dances and more. Guests will get the chance to meet the princesses for photos, pixie wishes, autographs and hugs!  RSVP Event Center , 453 Wards Corner Road, Loveland; 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; $35 child, $25 adult; choose from 9:30 a.m., noon, 2 or 4 p.m. start time ; http://princesssymphony.com.

FREE Ice, Ice Baby 

Get ready for some frosty fun! Families can experiment with ice painting, design a frozen snow crown and take part in an epic snowball battle. The WAVE Foundation will even bring by a real live penguin by from 12 – 2 p.m.  Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street, Cincinnati; 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.; 513-345-8400 or https://www.contemporaryartscenter.org/calendar/2022/01/29/family-festival-ice-ice-baby.

MAPLE TAPPING AND TASTING (register) 

Families will have a fun afternoon full of history, storytelling and hands-on activities all focusing on maple tapping; at the end, participants can taste the pre-cursor to maple syrup as well as the finished product. Yum!  Bowyer Farm, 2210 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; $35 non-members, $30 members; 513-559-7730 or https://cincinnatizoo.org/education/kids-families/family-programsactivities/

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MITTENFEST 

The second annual Mittenfest will celebrate chilling with friends at Washington Park; there will be craft beers, a DJ, food trucks and tons of other fun!  Washington Park , 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; starting at $25; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mittenfest-2022-at-washington-park-tickets-224048323567?aff=web.

 

Sunday, February 20th

MILITARY APPRECIATION + SENSORY FRIENDLY + BLANKET GIVEAWAY AT THE CYCLONES 

The Cyclones will show their appreciation for those who have previously and currently serve in the military. This game will also be a Sensory Friendly Game with decreased auditory and visual stimulation for those who have sensory sensitives or suffer from PTSD (presented by Triage).  Heritage Bank Center , 100 Broadway Street, Cincinnati; 3 p.m.; $21 day of ($19 advanced), $33 front row day of ($31 advanced); 15134214111 or https://heritagebankcenter.com/event/2022/02/20/military-appreciation-sensory-friendly-blanket-giveaway.

About the Author

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).