Friday, May 17
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.
WEE WONDER ABOUT ANIMAL BABIES
Come learn about animal babies with an activity, craft and story. For children ages 3 – 7 years old. Woodland Mound , 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.; $7.40 per child, payable at the door; A valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park.; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
Bring the family to meet the Zoo’s newest family members, the zoo babies. Six-foot-tall stork statues will lead visitors to adorable baby animals throughout the zoo. Zoo members and adventure ticket holders can enter the grounds one hour early, at 9 a.m. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; NEW! Save money and utilize plan-ahead ticketing by visiting the zoo website. Walk-up tickets available for purchase, call or go online for more information. ; 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org/events/zoo-babies/.
Saturday, May 18
FREE 5TH ANNUAL BEND IN THE RIVER ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL
Get the family moving and grooving with this annual community music festival, then browse local vendors wares and local artists masterpieces. Hungry? Delicious food, drinks and craft beer for the adults will be available for purchase. This year’s headlining performance will be by the Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle. The Sanctuary, 2110 Saint Michael St., Cincinnati; 12 p.m.; cmcincy.org and https://www.facebook.com/events/2149009521998059/ .
CIVIL WAR WEEKEND
Step back in time to learn about the Civil War era with a fun and interactive family-friendly event. There will be Confederate and Union reenactors demonstrating both every day life and battle drills and demonstrations. First person interpreters will portray Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, to give their perspective on the war. There will also be afternoon tea, children’s games, vendors and so much more! This weekend event runs Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $10.00. Museum members, veterans and active duty military (with a military I.D.), and children ages 4 and under are free. A valid Great Parks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, visit greatparks.org for details. ; 513-563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.
FREE KIDS TO PARKS DAY SCAVENGER HUNT
Celebrate the 9th annual National Park Trust’s, Kids to Parks Day (KTP Day). The Explore Nature! staff and partner organization, Camping and Education Foundation, will be hosting a variety of activities for families and kids of all ages to find their own outdoor adventure. Head to Smale Park for a fun outdoors scavenger hunt! Smale Park, 166 West Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 513-321-6070 or cincinnatiparks.com.
FREE KIDS TO PARKS DAY: CANOEING AND CAMPING SKILLS Celebrate the 9th annual National Park Trust’s, Kids to Parks Day (KTP Day). The Explore Nature! staff and partner organization, Camping and Education Foundation, will be hosting a variety of activities for families and kids of all ages to find their own outdoor adventure. Head to Burnet Woods to learn all about canoeing and camping skills. Burnet Woods , 3251 Brookline Ave., Cincinnati; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 513-321-6070 or cincinnatiparks.com.
FREE KIDS TO PARKS DAY: CREEKS, CRITTERS AND CLAY Celebrate the 9th annual National Park Trust’s, Kids to Parks Day (KTP Day). The Explore Nature! staff and partner organization, Camping and Education Foundation, will be hosting a variety of activities for families and kids of all ages to find their own outdoor adventure. Head to California Woods Nature Preserve to learn all about creeks, critters and clay. California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.; 512-321-6070 or cincinnatiparks.com.
Sunday, May 19
FREE 3RD SUNDAY FUNDAY: ONCE UPON A TIME
Join the Taft for some fairy tale fun! Create a story at the Art Cart, enjoy a performance of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Rumpelstiltskin at 2 p.m. and create a paint-and-peel project. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 1 – 4 p.m.; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum.org.
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.
DARCI LYNNE & FRIENDS: FRESH OUT OF THE BOX
Prepare to be wowed by singer and ventriloquist performer Darci Lynne Farmer. Darci Lynne stunned judges on the tv show “America’s Got Talent”. When she won the competition at 12 years old, she even received the most votes at a final performance! Come see Darci Lynne sing the night away with her personality-filled friends; don’t miss this show, Darci Lynne DOES have talent! Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati; 3 p.m.; Tickets starting at $27.95, VIP packages available- call or see website for more information.; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/darci-lynne.
EGYPT: THE TIME OF PHARAOHS
Egyptologists of all ages will enjoy learning about the daily life of Egyptians during the time of Pharaohs. Step back in time with over 350 original artifacts (including some more than 4,500 years old), impressive scale models of cities and interactive hands-on components. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $19.50 Adults, $17.50 Seniors, $12.50 Children ages 3 – 12, Member Adults, $12.50, Member Children $8.50. ; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.