Friday, May 10
At the 50th Annual Appalachian Festival the family can enjoy demonstrations, dancing, music and crafts; festival-goers can even visit a living history Pioneer Village. There will also be delicious food like pulled pork, fried chicken, kettle corn and funnel cakes available for purchase- yum! Coney Island , 6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati; 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday pricing: $5 adults, $2 seniors (55+), $1 children (5 – 11 years old), free for children 4 years old and younger. Saturday and Sunday pricing: $10 adults, $5 seniors (55+), $2 children (5 – 11 years old), free for children 4 years old and younger.; 513-231-1197 or appalachianfestival.org.
FREE NO SPECTATORS: THE ART OF BURNING MAN
Art enthusiasts will be transported to the infamous Burning Man gathering with the exciting new exhibition. Installations featuring mutant art vehicles, costumes, films, jewelry and more will celebrate the innovation of the 70,000 creative minds who head to Black Rock City, Nevada each year. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
SPRING CELEBRATION AT ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION
Head to EnterTRAINment Junction for a spring themed scavenger hunt throughout the world’s largest train display; then explore the A-Maze-N Fun House for lots of laughs. Purchase a Do-It-All ticket and receive a Do-It-All ticket good for another day, Free. EnterTRAINment Junction , 7379 Squire Court, ; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Do-It-All admission $16.95.; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.
Saturday, May 11
FREE ASIAN FOOD FEST 2019
Taste buds, gets ready for a tour of the East with Asian Food Fest at The Banks. There will be food offerings from local vendors (ranging from $2 – 6), live entertainment and lots of kid-friendly activities. Don’t miss out on a delicious and culturally enriching day out with the family. This 2 day event runs Sat. May 11 from 12 – 10 p.m. and Sun. May 12 from 12 – 8 p.m. The Banks , East Freedom Way, Cincinnati; 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.; asianfoodfest.org.
With just a few steps, make a difference for CancerFree KIDS, a non-profit that supports pediatric cancer research. The 13th annual Butterfly Walk includes a 5K run or walk, a pediatric cancer survivor ceremony, a one-mile inspirational and the quarter-mile Junior Jog. The Family Fun Festival will include music, food, games and activities for all ages. This year will remember several Butterfly Walk Angels, dedicated to brave children who have lost their battles with cancer. Cottel Park, 5847 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason; 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.; $25 – $40 or fundraise for your registration fee.; butterflywalk.com.
FAMILY ART ADVENTURES
Join the Taft Museum of Art for an interactive tour that uses games and hands-on activities to inspire art enthusiasts. This unique program is recommended for ages 8 years old and up, but all are welcome. Taft Museum of Art, Spring Street, Cincinnati; 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Free for children and members. $10 advance registration adults/ $12 day of adults.; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum.org.
Sunday, May 12
BUTTERFLIES OF ECUADOR
The most whimsical family tradition has fluttered it’s way back to the Queen City. Head to the Krohn Conservatory with the whole family to experience thousands of beautiful butterflies happily flying overhead; a butterfly might even land ON your head if you are lucky! Be sure to look within the pages of Cincinnati Family Magazine for a $1 off admission coupon. Krohn Conservatory , 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 children 5 to 17 years old, Free for children 4 years old and under.; 513-421-4086 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.
FREE FINNEYTOWN FARMER’S MARKET
Browse local produce, meats, baked goods, honey, soaps and more! This magnificent market features a variety of local vendors plus live music and activities on the second Sunday of each month. Springfield Township Fire Station, 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 941-962-2765 or finneytownfarmersmarket.com/vendors.html.
MOTHER’S DAY AT LAZER KRAZE
Have an action-packed Mother’s Day and play for free with the family! Mom’s play free with a paying child. Lazer Kraze, 7082 Columbia Road, Maineville; 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Moms play for free with paying child admission. $8 for 1 mission, $15 for 2 missions, $20 for 3 missions.; 513-339-1030 or lazerkraze.com.
MOTHER’S DAY AT MAD POTTER (register)
Come celebrate Mother’s Day by painting some beautiful pieces of pottery and making memories with mom! Mom’s will receive 1/2 off studio fees and there will be cookies and drinks. Mad Potter , 7754 Camargo Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m.; Mom’s receive half-off studio fees. (Studio Fees: $8 adults/ $6 children 12 years and under. Pottery prices range from $9 – 40.); 513-561-1888 or madpottercincinnati.com.
FREE MOTHER’S DAY AT THE ZOO
Mother’s will receive free admission to Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens on Mother’s Day! Bring the family to the zoo to celebrate mom’s of all kinds- even furry, scaly and feathered moms, too. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Mother’s receive FREE admission to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s on Mother’s Day. Standard rates apply to the rest of the family. ; 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org.
YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN
Can’t get enough of Charlie Brown? Well, good grief! Get to the Marx Theatre and watch as the beloved Peanuts Gang comes to life on stage during this playful musical. Charlie Brown and his classmates go through the joys and frustrations of childhood together while playing their own musical instruments- very impressive! Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; Individual tickets starting at $35.; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com/productions/you-re-a-good-man-charlie-brown.