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September 22, 2023

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Top Things to Do with Kids this Week | July 26 – 30

Soak up the summer sun with these fun family events!

Wednesday, July 26th 

Young wizards will love this Harry Potter themed event featuring crafts, storytime, coloring, a scavenger hunt, snack and more.  Joseph Beth Bookstore, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 2:00 p.m.; $25 per child ; 513-396-8960


Thursday, July 27th 

Fans will have a roar-ing good time at Bengals Training Camp, watching the Bengals practice as they prepare for the upcoming season. Concessions and Bengals merchandise will be available to purchase. Select players will stick around after each practice to greet fans. Gates opens at 1:30 p.m., practice starts at 2:15 p.m.   Kettering Health Practice Fields just west of Paycor Stadium, 1 Paycor Way, 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate all things goetta with the fun festival; families can enjoy live music and try goetta pizza, nachos, Mac, coneys and so much more!  River Boat Row , 1 Riverboat Row, Newport; 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.


Friday, July 28th 

Fireworks Friday at Florence Y’Alls
Enjoy an exciting baseball game and stick around afterwards to watch the skies light. It’s at the Y’alls ballpark after every Friday home game – detonated by Rozzi Fireworks, presented by McDonalds. Thomas More Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence; 7:03 p.m.; tickets starting at $11; 859-594-4487 

Party with a purpose at the annual Sharonfest, designed to support local non-profit organizations and connect the community through a great lineup of entertainment, rides, attractions and other fun festivities. Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive, Sharonville; 6:00 p.m.; please visit web site for admission info

Spectrum Empowerment, a student-run non-profit organization is hosting a fun and free STEAM event for kids on the autism spectrum. This event is geared for children ages 4 – 14 with events like art, a LEGO lab, chess, science experiments, robotics and more!  Mason Municipal Center, 6000 Mason Montgomery, Mason, Oh; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Saturday, July 29th 

Kowabunga dudes! This beach-tactic event will dive into sea-side fun as families hear two stories, make painted shell necklaces to take home and play with awesome ocean-y toys!  Learning CURVE, 5846 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati , 11:30 a.m.; 513-305-5784

The Sign Museum is full of characters- mascots, that is! Spend the day exploring the collection for past mascots and then say hello to current mascots Mr. Red Legs, Gary the Lion, Rosie Red and The Big Boy.    The American Sign Museum , 1330 Monmouth Avenue, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; included with daily admission, $15 adult, $10 youth ages 13 – 18, three children ages 12 and younger are free with each paid adult; 513-541-6366


Sunday, July 30th

Fritz & Fiona’s Sundae Fundae
This sweet fundraiser offers a double dip of Fritz, Fiona and Graeter’s ice cream. As families roam the zoo after hours, they can enjoy sampling six tasty flavors of ice cream, plus train and carousel rides, too.   Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; $30 general admission, $25 members; 513-281-4700

Ice Cream Social Cruise
Is there anything better than having ice cream in the summer? How about having ice cream while cruising the Ohio River on BB Riverboats! BB Riverboats, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; $30 adult, $25 children 4 – 12 ; 800-261-8586 


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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).