Need some ideas for the coming weekend? We’ve got you covered! Check out a plethora of family friendly activities for March 25 and 26, including the opening of the Krohn Conservatory’s annual Butterfly Show!
Saturday, March 25
2017 KROHN CONSERVATORY BUTTERFLY SHOW: THE MAJESTIC MONARCH
The Krohn staff has created an amazing exhibit so that you can experience what it’s like to be a butterfly surrounded by towering fir trees, giant flowers, and islands of color. Thousands of beautiful butterflies will live among the colorful hydrangeas, marvelous marigolds, and gorgeous celosia each day during the show. Many varieties of butterflies will be on display, including favorites like the Monarch, the tropical Morphos and the various subtropical Longwings. Discover ways to attract butterflies to your own garden and join the Krohn’s Citizen Science project. Exhibit remains on display through June 18. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 – 17, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or butterflyshow.com.
BOB CATES: COMEDY IN MOTION
A four-time “Entertainer of the Year (CEIA),” “Best Variety Act” and “Best One Man Show” nominee (Canadian Comedy Awards), Bob Cates is a Juggling Champion, clean comedian, and physical variety artist that has been delighting audiences full time for over 22 years. He keeps audiences laughing with comedy routines involving advanced juggling, wild unicycling and balancing skills, magic, dance, black light, lasers, and an insane 21 real-plate-spinning finale that has to be seen to be believed. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 8 p.m.; $15 – $18; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.
FREE CREATE YOUR OWN LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Book, join us to create your very own Little Golden Book to take home. Read classic Little Golden Book titles such as The Monster at the End of This Book from the Sesame Street Series. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Boulevard; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.
FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: SING, PAINT, DANCE AND PLAY
Celebrate the UnMuseum’s tuneful artwork with a music themed festival! Enjoy guests from Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Music Lab bringing different orchestral instruments for families to try out. Stick around to build an instrument of your own and experiment with music, paint and movement. Don’t miss out on a special performance at 1 p.m. from the Constella Festival. A young boy named Beethoven will take audiences to a magical world where adventure awaits! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 12 – 3 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.
HIGHLY IMPROVABLE: IMPROV PERFORMANCE
Join an evening of unscripted fun as Cincinnati’s own improv comedy troupe Highly Improvable returns to CCAC! A series of improvisational games, combined with audience suggestions, makes each show uniquely entertaining. This event is for adults and children 13 and older. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Avenue; 8 p.m.; $7.50 in advance and $9 at the door; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.
FREE MEET PEPPA THE PIG
Fans of Peppa won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet the famous pig in person, along with fun crafts and games for all! Learning Express Toys Crestview Hills, 2812 Town Center Boulevard, Crestview Hills; 1 p.m.; 859-331-2094 or facebook.com/learningexpressofcrestviewhills.
PEEPS 5K, KIDS RUN, AND EGG HUNT
Bring the entire gang for a 5K race, a fun, quarter-mile kids run, and the Tri State Running Company Easter Egg Hunt, which will be broken into age groups. Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way; 10 a.m.; $15 – $45; itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8520.
WALK WITH A NATURALIST
Get your steps in while enjoying a guided, one-mile nature walk through the woods an adjacent prairie habitat. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
WELCOME SPRING HIKE
Join the naturalist to see what’s stirring in the forest — take a hike along the woodland trail to welcome spring. Timberlakes Program Shelter, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 10 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
FREE WORLD DAY OF PUPPETRY
The Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild presents a fun day with puppets! At 10 a.m., families can watch puppetry videos and enjoy some pancakes. At 11 a.m., Guild members will perform, and from 12 – 4 p.m. Happen, Inc. will help kids make a puppet to take home. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Avenue; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; cincinnatipuppetryguild.com.
FREE YOUNG ARTIST OPEN STUDIO
Teens are invited to bring their materials or borrow some from the CAM for an afternoon of inspiration from other young artists. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 – 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Sunday, March 26
FREE BIRDS OF PREY MEET AND GREET
Meet a live avian ambassador up close, learn about the important role raptors play in the environment, touch interesting artifacts, speak to the staff, and join some fun activities during this open house that helps support local birds of prey conservation. Raptor, Inc., 961 Barg Salt Run Road; 1 – 4 p.m.; 513-825-3325 or raptorinc.org.
LEGENDS OF FUNK BENEFIT CONCERT: MY LEGACY MATTERS
My Legacy Matters, hosted by Atlanta faves Melissa Chambers and Razzie “The Model” Odom offers an intimate evening that takes the audience up close and personal with The Deele and other recording artists. The livestreamed event by Rosemary’s Babies Co. is adding funk to fundraising to bring awareness to the socio-economic ills of teen parents and childhood poverty. The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main Street; 4 – 9 p.m.; $49.50; 513-813-8336 or rosemarysbabies.co.
Ages 3 – 12 can make up to two crafts celebrating spring. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 – 3 p.m.; $1 per craft plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
As the weather warms, nature is becoming more active. Bring the family for a short hike to explore the springtime woods. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.