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April 13, 2024

Summer Fun FOX19 Roundup

Hit up a great local park, keep active even if it rains and maybe try a new overnight adventure - our local summer fun guide has lots of great ideas; check them out below!

School’s (almost) out for summer! Long sunny days filled with playtime and fun are just around the corner, and we want to get you thinking about some fun ways to make the most of June and July!

4 Perfect Parks

Washington Park

1230 Elm St., Cincinnati







-Amazing Splash Park featuring geysers and a water fountain

-Great playground

-In June, they have Wednesday night Summer Cinema at 9 p.m.:

  • June 5: Life of Pets
  • June 12: Mulan
  • June 19: The Devil Wears Prada
  • June 26: Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • July 17: Ratatouille

Smale Park

166 W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati






-Natural Water Play Area, geysers, lots of water fun

-Amazing playground for kids to climb and slide

-Thursday Nights 6 – 10 p.m., Rockin’ the Roebling concerts at Schmidlapp Event Lawn near Moerlein

-Carol Anne’s Carousel – kids love riding on Cincinnati icons like the UC Bearcat, a Cincinnati Zoo Cheetah and so much more!



Summit Park

4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash






-Natural Playground featuring a zip line and a natural water play area

-Modern Playground with turf hills that kids can slide down

-Huge field, great for flying kites or playing some ball

-Path for Scooters or bike rides

-Observation Tower


West Fork Park

4764 West Fork Road, Cincinnati






-Sensory-friendly park designed specifically to cater to children with autism – there are tons of colors, textures and sounds to explore

-Interactive area for little kiddo’s

-Huge climbing and sliding playscape for big kiddos

-Zip Line!

-Sound Garden featuring drums and xylophones



Rainy Day Fun

Recreations Outlet

885 OH-28, Milford

-Purchase Play Passes and explore TONS of playsets and trampolines

-$6 Mon – Fri, $8 weekends

-Try before you buy – all of the playsets on display are available for purchase


Local Family Overnight Experiences


Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

3400 Vine St.




-Twiga Tented Camp Overnight Available June 8 and 28, July 6 and 19, August 10 and 30

-Feel like your family has been transported to Africa

-Sleep in Twiga Tented Camps

-Special animal encounters, behind the scenes tours, continental breakfast and SO much more!

-$85 non-members, $80 members


Newport Aquarium

1 Aquarium Way, Newport



-Shark Summer Overnight Available May 31 and July 5

-Sleep with the Sharks

-Special animal encounters, behind the scenes tours, animal themed games, activities and more!

-$49.99 general admission, $40.99 passholder admission

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).