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Summer Fun! 10 Things To Do In Cincinnati This Summer

June 26th, 2017

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School is letting out, and the last thing we want are our kids trapped in the house all day. The good news is there is SO MUCH fun to be had here in Cincinnati. Here is an awesome list of awesome activities that can get you out in the sun (or in some air conditioning) and out of the house!

To celebrate school being out for the summer, we will be offering our newest attraction CliffHanger for just $2 per round(50% off) with a purchase of another attraction during the whole month of June!

 

  1. Visit The WEB! We don’t mean to toot our own horn (ok, maybe a little), but with the largest laser tag arena in the Tri-State and plenty of indoor and air-conditioned fun, there’s not a better place to go on those sweltering hot days.
  2. Head to the zoo. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally! From rare white lions to the fastest cheetah in captivity, you and your kids are definitely going to have a blast.
  3. Loveland. Walk around historic downtown Loveland before taking a stroll or bike ride on the Loveland Bike Trail. Not to mention the incredible Loveland Castle!
  4. Butterflies! Visit the butterfly exhibit at the Krohn Conservatory anytime before June 19th!
  5. Ride a Duck! Start in Newport and find yourself on a tour of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati while learning some of the most interesting facts about our awesome city.
  6. Go to a festival. Cincinnati has some awesome festivals where you can try some incredible local cuisine.
  7. Hit up a Farmer’s Market. Lots of new Farmer’s Markets are popping up around town with awesome fresh foods.
  8. Head to a park. On the not so hot days, fly a kite in a park or try your hand at some Frisbee golf!
  9. Get wet on the Little Miami on a canoe or kayak.
  10. Visit Newport and check out some sharks and sea turtles at the Newport Aquarium! Don’t forget to get your kid on at Tom ’N Chee with a gourmet grilled cheese and some tomato soup.

How to Go-Kart Race Like a Pro

November 20th, 2016

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Maintaining the lead at the Inside Track at The WEB Extreme Entertainment

 

Looking to kick up your go-kart racing a notch? After doing some research, we’ve compiled some advice from both professional race car drivers and top competitive go-kart racers to bring you the inside track on how to finish at the head of the pack on our Inside Track.

TIP #1: Get in Racing Posture

Believe it or not, how you sit in a go-kart affects acceleration, stability and turning control. Sit straight back in the seat, with arms slightly bent. Hold the wheel evenly in the middle (like the 9 and 3 position on a clock face). Keep this position the entire race, even when it feels natural to lean forward or reposition your hands on the wheel when entering a turn.

TIP #2: Master Passing

If you want to finish first, you have to pass the other drivers like a pro and then maintain the lead. Follow the fast drivers, following their race lines. The trick to passing is to pick up more speed, and a good place to do this is going into or out of a turn or corner. Try not to brake when making the turn, pass at the peak of the turn’s bend, and keep the speed when exiting the turn.

TIP #3: Get a Handle on Turns

Most kart drivers lose significant speed and track position going into turns. So here’s the expert way to approach a turn and eliminate any chance of sliding the front or back end of your kart: Lift your foot slightly off the accelerator pedal or brake lightly at the end of the straightaway, just before the turn. Try not to turn into corners too early, and keep the go-kart as straight and wide for as long as possible before turning. When in the turn, stay on the inside of your line and accelerate as fast as you can when exiting the turn. If you feel the kart drifting toward the outside when exiting the turn, go with it.

Here’s an example: If you’re entering a right turn, stay at the left side, cut in at the apex (or highest point of the inside bend), then drive to the left side again. Or as the kart racers call it, an out-in-out drive path. Always remember: go slow entering the turn and go fast exiting it.

TIP #4: Drive Smoothly with Momentum

Driving smooth and steady around the track translates into winning. You want to keep your momentum going and avoid making contact with other go-karts or track barriers. The best way to achieve steady momentum around the entire track is to maintain wide lines around the track, accelerate and brake in a straight line, and keep a smooth, non-jerky pace.

TIP #5: Get to Know the Track

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. The more times you do our Inside Track attraction, the more you learn about our grand prix-style track and its racing lines. Once you get comfortable with the handling and response of our high performance electric go-karts, and the turns and twists of our 500-foot track, accelerate a bit more each time out.

And there you have it, five ways to improve your go-kart racing. Now it’s time to try them out at our Inside Track. Ready, set, GO!

Popular Tween (Preteen) and Teen Birthday Party Ideas in Cincinnati

November 1st, 2016

Stumped for birthday party ideas for a preteen or teenager? You’re not alone. Once kids reach the preteen and teen years, birthday party planning can get somewhat challenging for both teens and parents. After all, you don’t want to throw a party that comes off as too childish or, even worse, not cool.

But we’ve got some ideas for planning an awesome birthday bash for your preteen or teen. Whether you’re looking for ideas for an at-home party or one at a venue, our list of popular preteen and teen birthday party ideas in Cincinnati is sure to be a big hit with preteens and teens.

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BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS FOR GIRLS

Ages 8-10

Mini Bowling Party – Not your traditional bowling party, The WEB Extreme Entertainment kicks up the cool factor with its Hang Ten Hawaiian-themed miniature bowling that ups the competition and the fun. Choose an all-inclusive The WEB birthday party package to customize your ideal preteen party.

Dance Party – A dance themed birthday party can be held indoors or outdoors in your home or at a rental hall. Before the party, put together a CD mix, or just have a wide range of tunes available for playing. For activities, hold a dance-off, play dance video games, have a limbo contest, or hire a dance instructor to teach party guests new moves. Set up a table for party food and a birthday cake decorated in a dance theme.

Circus PartyCincinnati Circus takes its circus birthday party to your backyard or a rental hall of your choosing. Its birthday packages let you customize your party with options like rides, carnival games, animals, jugglers and even a flying trapeze.

Pottery Making Party – A birthday with a keepsake is offered by Mad Potter, where party guests can design and paint their very own mug, picture frame, or other pottery piece and then style it with stencils and stamps.

Garden Party – Ideal for home parties or hold the event outdoors in one of Cincinnati’s garden parks, such as Eden Park. Plan garden themed games and activities, like a nature scavenger hunt, decorating clay pots and planting flower seeds in them, or a sophisticated tea party.

BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS FOR BOYS

Ages 8-10

Arcade Party – Preteen boys can’t seem to get enough of arcade games, so what’s better than a birthday party in an arcade! At The WEB Extreme Entertainment arcade, party guests can play in one of the largest arcades in Cincinnati, filled with all sorts of popular video games, table games, driving games and more. Afterwards, continue the party in The WEB’s Winner’s Café or Sweet Shop ice cream shoppe.

Olympics Party – Turn your backyard into an Olympic venue with games that preteens love. Think obstacle courses, games of skill, soccer goal scoring, relays races, water balloon distance throwing, or whatever athletic or non-athletic challenges you can think of. Be sure to make or purchase gold, silver and bronze medals for top finishers! Complement the activities with party food, like pizza and sandwich trays, or have a closing ceremony cook-out!

Magic Party – For some thrilling excitement, throw a magic birthday party at home. Abracadabra Entertainment provides a strolling magician or a show format with lots of audience participation. Decorate your home with magic-themed decorations and serve magic-themed party food. For example, use cookie cutters to design rabbit shaped sandwiches or heart, spade, club and diamond shaped hamburgers. For party drinks, make a magic potion out of your favorite punch recipe.

Jungle Party – Let party guests run wild with a jungle party birthday party at home. The theme makes it easy to decorate and plan games and activities for both indoors and out. Have jungle relay races with jungle themes, like a snake crawl where guests have to race to the finish line by crawling on their bellies, a monkey run where guests run with their hands touching the ground, and a tiger balance relay race while guests balance a stuffed tiger on their head. And, of course, a game of monkey in the middle is a must.

Star Wars Party – Awaken the force with a Star Wars tween birthday party, where you can go wild with Star Wars themed decorations, games and activities, and party food. You can even ask guests to arrive dressed as their favorite Star Wars character. Start the activities off with a Star Wars piñata as blindfolded guests try to smash it open. Some Star Wars themed party game ideas are a light saber balloon balance where party guests gather in a circle and try to keep their balloon up in the air using their light saber, and a Jabba the Hut slime relay (what tween doesn’t love slime!) where guests, divided into two teams, run with a full spoon of slime and dump it into a container to fill it first for the win. Serve party foods on wooden skewers like kabobs to resemble light sabers.

TWEEN GIRL BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS

Ages 11-12

Mini Golf Party – No need to worry about the weather with an indoor mini golf birthday party  at The WEB Extreme Entertainment. We’re talking nine holes, blacklit to up the coolness factor, plus a Jurassic theme to kick up the excitement even more. Customize an all-inclusive tween party with one of The WEB’s birthday party packages.

Karaoke Slumber Party – Rent a karaoke machine, like those offered by A-1 Amusement and Party Rental, and decorate a large room in your home for a combination karaoke and all girl slumber party. Have guests vote in different karaoke categories, like best in tune, best dancer, best facial expressions, best emotional performance and best overall performance. Have plenty of snacks on hand for late-night snacking.

Spa Party – What tween girl doesn’t like trying out new lipstick colors, putting on cool nail polish, or playing around with different makeup ideas? Dazzling Dolls Kids Spa offers spa party packages that cater to tween girls and include manicures, pedicures, facials, makeup and party food and drink. Or, head to one of Cincinnati’s many dollar stores and stock up on beauty supplies for an at-home spa party. Set up different beauty stations, like a makeup table, a facial area, complete with cucumber slices and a face mask, and a hair table with an assortment of hair accessories. Serve finger sandwiches and mini pastries and provide spa-themed party favors.

Birthday Skating Party Cincinnati is home to year-round roller skating and ice skating rinks, so tweens have their pick of either roller skating at Beechmont Rollarena or ice skating at Northland Ice Center . Both rinks offer birthday party packages that include skating and refreshments.

Masquerade Party – Hold an at home masquerade party or rent an event hall, like Cincinnati parks facilities, the Anderson Pavilion or Riverfront Veranda. Ask guests to make or buy their own mask and wear it when arriving to the party. Then, hold a contest for guests to guess who’s under the masks, and another contest for the best, prettiest, most original, and most elaborate masquerade mask. A masquerade ball or a mystery dinner or luncheon also can be part of the party’s activities.

TWEEN BOY BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS

Ages 11-12

Laser Tag Party – The ultimate in fun, a laser tag tween birthday party at The WEB Extreme Entertainment is an awesomely cool way to celebrate a birthday. There’s exciting, fully interactive 3D game play and way cool lights and sounds. Add to the fun with one of The WEB’s all-inclusive birthday party packages.

Scavenger Hunt Birthday Party – For this awesome party idea, you’ll need 11 or 12 items (to match the tween’s age), a large bag for collecting the items and a cool prize for the winning team. Hide items around your neighborhood and divide guests in teams to hunt for them. Some ideas for items to hide are pennies, empty soda cans, tennis balls, books, etc. The first team back with all the items on the list wins the prize. Oh, and you might want to let the neighbors know that tweens will be running about looking for things.

Movie Night Party – If you have a big screen TV at home, rent a bunch of tween-friendly movies and throw an in-home movie night party, complete with popcorn, pizza, pretzels and soda. Depending on the weather, consider setting up an outside screen or viewing area. Or, reserve seating at the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater by buying tickets in advance for party guests. Tweens will love the five-story domed movie screen and surround sound that puts them right in the middle of the adventure films.

America’s Got Talent Party – Based on the popular TV show, party guests get in front of the group and show off their talent, whatever it may be. It can be traditional, like singing, or bizarre, like burping the alphabet. Buy trophies so party guests can vote on the funniest, best, weirdest, and original performances.

Mad Science Party – Tweens love cool science experiments, so you can’t go wrong with an at-home mad science birthday party. Mad Science of Cincinnati has two party options ideal for tweens: Reactions in Action where guests learn about the principles of combustion and Fizzy-Physics that explores the power of air and gas pressure that makes things fizz. The mad science shows are interactive and include hands-on activities.

TEEN GIRL BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS

Ages 13-18

Hunger Games Balloon War Party – Turn this favorite book series among teens into a birthday party game. All players are tributes and receive one balloon, which represents their life. If a teen’s balloon pops or is out of his or her possession for more than a minute, that guest is out of the game. Players can use “safe” weapons, like crayons, to try to pop an opponent’s balloon. The last person holding a balloon wins, with the prize being a gift card to a movie or bookstore.

Field Games – Reserve a field at one of Cincinnati’s parks, like the Otto Armleder Park and hold friendly matches of soccer, baseball, or field games like water relay races, three-legged race, dodge ball, water balloon toss and other favorite field games of your teen. Several field parks have picnic areas where you can bring party food, a birthday cake or cupcakes, and refreshments.

Luau Birthday Party – A luau in honor of a teen’s birthday can be held either at home, at a rental hall, or at Cincinnati’s gem, Lake Isabella . Ask guests to wear Hawaiian-themed outfits and put a lei around their neck as they arrive to the birthday event. For party games, hold a limbo contest or hula hoop contest. The party menu can include fruit smoothies, pulled pork sandwiches, and fruit kabobs.

DJ Party – Hire a DJ and let the teens have a blast dancing. A DJ party can be held at your home or a rental hall. In addition to a customized play list for your party, some DJs provide strobe lighting and sound-activated lasers to enhance the dance room. Others hold contests, games, or bring karaoke machines. All you need to do is provide guests with party foods and refreshments, which you can have catered or order party trays from your favorite market.

Paint Party – With paint parties gaining in popularity among teens, Gallery to Go offers party packages for teen birthday paint parties in your home, backyard, or at a venue of your choosing. Each party guest receives a blank canvas, paint supplies and an apron to create a masterpiece. An art instructor provides tips and technique ideas. Carry the art theme to your party menu with decorative foods, desserts and refreshments. Pinterest has some great art birthday party food ideas.

TEEN BOY PARTY IDEAS

Ages 13-18

Puzzle Room – Teen boys love zombies, so the Trapped in a Room with a Zombie puzzle room at The WEB Extreme Entertainment is the perfect venue for a teen’s birthday party. Party guests have 60 minutes to find clues and solve puzzles to unlock the door and escape before the zombie is unleashed! After the adventure, party guests can refuel at The WEB’s Winner’s Café.

Gaming Party – For teens who can’t get enough of playing video games, a gaming party at home is a cool way for teenagers to celebrate their special day with friends. You can keep the party casual or organize a gaming tournament with teams or head-to-head competition. Serve your teen’s favorite snacks and keep the pizza and wings coming.

Bonfire and Music Party – Teens love just hanging out, which makes a bonfire and music party ideal for this age group. If you don’t have a fire pit in your backyard, you can purchase one for under $75 at the Home Depot or Lowe’s in Cincinnati. For music, your own entertainment system or a portable one will work out well. Provide chairs or blankets, long roasting forks for each guest to roast hot dogs and marshmallows, party snacks and refreshments, and be sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby. Then, let the teens do what they like, whether it’s talking, dancing, or playing Frisbee. Just be sure an adult checks in periodically and keeps track of the whereabouts of guests.

Party Bus – With this popular teen birthday party idea, the teen of honor and party guests spend a night on the town. With Party Bus Cincinnati, you choose the spots and the personal chauffeur will drive the group from one spot to the other. For instance, you can start off at The WEB Extreme Entertainment for a game of laser tag and a bite to eat in the Winner’s Café and then get back on the party bus and head to downtown Cincinnati to hang out in Smale Riverfront Park and make a final stop at a coffee shop before heading back home.

Volleyball Party – Plan an indoor volleyball party at Game On! Birthday packages are available with food and drink add-ons. The multi-sports facility also offers other birthday game options, like soccer, basketball, lacrosse and rugby.

SWEET 16 GIRL PARTY IDEAS

Birthday Concert – Every 16-year-old girl wants to see their favorite pop star or group in person and a Sweet 16 birthday concert is the way to make that dream come true. Check out the concerts planned at the various venues around Cincinnati, including the Cincinnati Music HallUS Bank Arena and Riverbend Music Center. Enhance the special day with a limousine ride to the concert. The Knot is a good source for researching limo options.

Experience Party – A Sweet 16 party is the ideal occasion for teens to take on an adventure they’ve always wanted to do with friends. Some experience party ideas in the Greater Cincinnati area include rock climbing at Climb Time of Blue Ash, ziplining at Zip Line and Canopy Adventure Tours, or whitewater rafting. Some venues offer complete birthday party packages.

Waterpark Sweet 16 Party – Talk about making a splash with a Sweet 16 birthday party! CoCo Key Water Resort offers a 50,000 square foot indoor waterpark, so you don’t have to worry about the weather. And since it’s located in the CoCo Key Hotel & Resort, you can sweeten the deal with overnight accommodations for partygoers as part of the resort’s Splash and Stay package.

Yacht Cruise – A yacht cruise with panoramic views of the Ohio and Kentucky shorelines makes a memorable Sweet 16 birthday party. Satisfaction Cruises at Panama Landing offers themed cruises aboard either of its two stunning yachts. Each yacht accommodates dining and dancing, with customized packages available.

Back to Childhood Party – Take a nostalgic trip back 16 years with a back to childhood party in your home or rental space. Plan activities around games your teen enjoyed growing up, like pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs, hide and seek, jump rope, hopscotch, freeze tag, etc. Keep the nostalgia theme going with party foods like gummy bears, dry cereal in a bowl, cupcakes and other snacks your teen loved growing up. Be sure to display photos of your teen through the years, from newborn to now.

SWEET 16 BOY PARTY IDEAS

Go-Kart Driving Party – Make it a dual celebration of turning 16 and getting your driver’s license with a go-kart party at The WEB Extreme Entertainment. No need to worry about the weather, because the electric go-kart track is indoors. Plus, the track is fast with lots of bends for some fun competition. Choose The WEB birthday party package to add party food options.

Capture the Flag Party – For this classic game popular among teens, you’ll need a large space, preferably a wooded area. If your backyard isn’t big enough, consider one of Cincinnati’s local parks or state parks. Divide party guests into two teams and provide each team with a flag. Divide the playing area into two sides, one for each team. Each team hides their flag in their playing space, leaving about an inch of the flag visible. Team members try to sneak to the other team’s side and steal their flag without getting caught. Captured players must stay in a designated area until a team member successfully crosses over to the opponent’s side, tags the player and both return successfully to their side. The winning team is the one that captures the other team’s flag and successfully returns to their side with it.

Weekend Away Party – Arrange for your teen and friends to go on a weekend getaway. Think camping trip, beach house, or a chic hotel in downtown Cincy. Adult chaperones can get accommodations nearby. Plan a special birthday dinner and other exciting activities.

Sports Themed Sweet 16 Party – Reserve a section for party guests at one of Cincinnati’s own sports team. Depending on the time of year, you have the Cincinnati Reds, which can be combined with a visit to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cincinnati Cyclones, or FC Cincinnati. Call ahead about getting your Sweet 16 teen’s name on the scoreboard!

Amusement Park Sweet 16 PartyConey Island Park and Kings Island, both located in the Greater Cincinnati area, offer amusement rides, waterslides, and other attractions. At both parks, you can add to the group outing with a picnic in the park.

Despite what tweens and teens may say, no one is too old for a birthday party! And as you can see, there are a lot of things tweens and teens can do to have a cool birthday celebration. In fact, this list gives you plenty of popular birthday party ideas in Cincinnati to get you through the preteen and teen years, but more importantly, ensure you’re throwing a really cool birthday party!

7 Team Building Tips to Improve Morale

April 15th, 2016

Perhaps Phil Jackson, considered one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, sums up the importance of team morale best:

“The strength of the team is each member. The strength of each member is the team.”

All teams, whether a workplace team, a sports team, or a charitable team, operate under the same belief: Everyone must work in unison to realize success. The adverse behavior of just one person can throw off the morale of the entire team and impact performance and overall success in reaching the team’s goals.

As Dr. Laura Hills, author, speaker, trainer, and coach specializing in personal and professional development for career professionals, points out, team leaders should look for certain signs of low morale. Among them are:

  • Low productivity;
  • A drop in energy or performance;
  • Poor cooperation and growing conflict between team members;
  • Fewer conversations between team members;
  • Lots of eye rolls, sighs, complaints, and other signs of frustration;
  • More absenteeism;
  • Less collaboration among team members;
  • No excitement or enthusiasm in the project at hand.

When low morale seeps into the team environment, it’s important to rebuild it quickly. These seven team building strategies to improve morale are designed to create a positive team culture. And check out this article if you’re team building ideas in Cincinnati.

1. Build Team Unity

A cross-sectional study by the Society of Business and Management Dynamics concludes that team building efforts boost morale. Off-site team building activities, in particular, help team members get to know each other better, including their strengths, personality type and how they approach a goal, in a fun and nonthreatening environment.

One proven team building activity is laser tag. Laser tag games, such as those played in the multi-level Laser Web arena at The WEB Extreme Entertainment, can be specifically designed to build team unity. Game play can focus on building team communications or morale, or promoting conflict resolution among team members.

The key to building team unity is to get the team talking and working together. By doing so, team morale will improve as well.

2. Strengthen a Team’s Confidence

Often times, team members may have the necessary skills, but lack confidence in their abilities. Team building activities, according to the Small Business Chronicle, can help people “become more confident, which boosts their motivation.”

Health Fitness Revolution lists go-karting as a great confidence booster. At The WEB Extreme Entertainment, its Inside Track go-kart racing raises team confidence as participants master driving techniques, vehicle control tricks, and other skills in a fun way. Plus, winning a race is a great confidence booster, too.

3. Rally the Team Around a Common Goal

Creating a common goal for the team to achieve does wonders for improving morale. Whether it’s winning an important game, completing a project on time and within budget, or meeting a fundraising goal, whenever people have to come together to achieve a monumental task, it brings out the best in them.

Creative team problem-solving, such as that required by a puzzle room, makes for an appropriate common goal because it cannot be accomplished without the skills of the entire team. The Zombie Room at The WEB Extreme Entertainment will challenge your team in an environment like no other.

With puzzle room challenges, team members are locked in a room and must find clues and solve puzzles to unlock the door before time runs out. In the case of The WEB’s Zombie Room, the team is trapped in a room with a chained zombie, whose chain unleashes more length as time runs down.

Even if teams don’t succeed the first time, they’ll want to keep trying. And the more they work together to successfully achieve that common goal, the better morale gets.

4. Touch Base Often With Team Members

According to an Accountemps survey, the majority of HR managers surveyed said communications is the best remedy for low morale.

Building camaraderie among team leaders and members can be as simple as having regular contact. This can be accomplished through daily group time, weekly e-mails, feedback sessions, team meetings that are scheduled on the same day and time each week or month, and informal one-on-one meetings.

Off-site activities also help build camaraderie in a less formal atmosphere. Bowling, for example, promotes both team building and camaraderie. For something a little more challenging, try miniature bowling at The WEB Extreme Entertainment. It’s Hang Ten team bowling offers a six lane miniature bowling alley with a Hawaiian theme for some really laid back fun that fosters mingling among team members.

Whichever communication method is chosen, it’s important to evaluate it to be certain team members are responding to it. The proof will be in improved morale.

5. Celebrate Successes

Nothing does more for morale than celebrating the success of the team. Even small successes should be recognized, either with on-site or off-site events.

The University of Washington offers some internal recognition measures for all budgets. Among them are a team rewards and recognition program, a team appreciation day, and publicizing the achievement in internal communications.

Off-site, you can hold a private event just for the team. Depending on the nature of the celebration, you can choose to include the team’s family members, especially if family time was impacted to complete the goal.

Some off-site ideas include a team picnic, pizza party, a group night out at a sporting or entertainment event, or a group day at an amusement park. Another off-site option that combines a private room with several fun activities is a group event package at The WEB Extreme Entertainment. There are several to choose from based on the size of your celebration.

Recognition is important to individuals, so be sure to do something to recognize your team’s accomplishments. The efforts are certain to enhance morale.

6. Hold Monthly Team Competitions

Just like athletes need to stay in shape to perform, so do teams. Monthly team competitions and challenges, held during a work break or lunchtime, reinforce team building and morale building efforts. For a change of pace, alternate between holding team competitions on-site and off-site.

Some team competition ideas are bean bag toss tournaments, best dessert challenge, board game competitions, or one of the five-minute competitive games from the Energize Learning Blog.

Off-site competitions can be held outdoors at a field in a local park or a basketball hoop at a community center. For an indoor, off-site competition, plan a miniature golf tournament at The WEB Extreme Entertainment Center’s Jurassic Par course.

Monthly team competitions can be as simple or extravagant as time and budget allows. What’s important is sticking to that monthly schedule so your team remains sharp and cohesive and morale doesn’t dip.

7. Keep the Team Motivated

Once you improve team morale, you must sustain it so team members will remain motivated to reach its ongoing objectives. Some great ways to accomplish this are unexpected rewards, like additional days off, a motivational talk by a well-known coach or celebrity, sporting events or concert tickets, gift certificates, or other unexpected rewards.

A change of scenery also helps in keeping a team motivated. Arrange for a day of team volunteering in the community, or organize a team challenge. This could be anything from a scavenger hunt to a skills challenge, such as in the Arcade Center at The WEB Extreme Entertainment.

Individuals are motivated by different things. Experiment with different activities to find out what works best for your team and regularly hold these types of motivational activities.

There are so many reasons why team morale suffers, some within your control, others not. Whatever the reason for low morale, team building measures are part of the remedy and should be implemented on a continual basis to improve morale and ensure team success.

 

54 Awesome Team Building Ideas in Cincinnati

February 18th, 2015

Whether a company meets its year-end goals greatly depends on its workforce. Hiring the most qualified individuals is not enough. These individuals need to work successfully with others, regardless of differences in work habits, culture, and personalities. That’s where team building comes into play, adding the essential ingredient to business success.

Team building takes many different forms, from action-packed to philanthropic. But the benefits obtained are the same. Among them are:

  • Improved communications and cooperation among team members because barriers, misconceptions, conflicts, and stereotypes are lifted.
  • A better understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses so team members can work effectively together.
  • Creative problem-solving, decision-making, and positive thinking.
  • A stronger working relationship that allows for critical thinking.
  • Empowerment of team members to contribute to team goals.
  • Enhanced company focus and productivity.

The Greater Cincinnati area is rich in both indoor and outdoor corporate team building opportunities. There are businesses that offer team building activities at their location, and others that will come to your workplace or a rented venue. Companies also can implement their own HR-grown corporate team building exercises based on their type of business and budget.

We’ve shared team building tips in the past, so this list serves as a starting point for brainstorming corporate team building ideas for your company, or for scheduling a team building event in Cincinnati.

Fun, Action Adventures

1. Teams must make fast-paced decisions every day, so one way to strengthen critical thinking is with strategic team building missions of laser tag that require quick thinking and on the fly problem-solving. Laser tag team building at The WEB Extreme Entertainment takes place in the largest, multi-level laser tag arena in the Cincinnati tri-state area. The WEB can accommodate groups of all sizes and will design a program to meet your team’s goals.

Team-oriented laser tag is also available at LazerKraze, with missions requiring different levels of team participation, collaboration, and skills.

2. Competitive go-kart racing is an ideal team builder for developing teamwork, boosting morale, and building confidence. Corporate team building packages are offered at The WEB Extreme Entertainment, home to the only electric indoor track in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Team building indoor karting in gas-powered go-karts is offered by Full Throttle Indoor Karting, which offers go-kart racing events that build endurance, foster teamwork, and strengthen camaraderie.

3. Team challenges can be played out in arcades, where video and arcade games encourage teams to solve problems creatively, resolve challenging situations, and collaborate on tasks to achieve success. Among the arcade centers within 30 miles of Cincinnati offering team building packages are The WEB Extreme Entertainment, GameWorks, and Dave & Buster’s.

4. For a unique team experience, the Cincinnati Circus Company offers a flying trapeze experience that encourages teams to work together more effectively. Flying trapeze instructors teach team members how to fly, building a sense of accomplishment among the team.

5. Rock climbing emphasizes trust, communication, confidence, and leadership. Teams can climb to new heights, literally, at Rock Quest Climbing Center. Half day, full day, and power hour programs are available, with programs customized to meet your company’s needs.

6. Mad Dash, offered at Dave & Buster’s, consists of three, deadline-based missions where teams learn how to accomplish goals within a specified time frame through collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

7. Team Olympics, ideal for large or multiple teams that interact, challenges team members to collaborate on strategy and execution as they compete in different activities, like a volleyball relay, Frisbee golf challenge, and non-athletic challenges. Cincinnati Team Olympics challenges are organized by Corporate Teams, American Outback Adventures & Events, and Team Builders Plus. Indoor and outdoor venue options are available.

8. Elite fighter pilots run the Afterburner Day employee team building program that teaches team members how to execute missions flawlessly in a corporate environment. Participants will plan a real mission and debrief it just like a fighter pilot would. The program, presented by Afterburner Inc., is designed to enhance teamwork, in particular leadership development and communication.

9. Black Ops, an interactive experiential team building program offered by Afterburner Inc., teaches team members “can’t fail” techniques used by elite special operations teams when executing missions in hostile environments. Teams learn how to work as one cohesive unit to complete a project successfully. Tools put into action to ensure success are planning and debriefing, execution, and focused teamwork.

Philanthropic Activities

10. Feeding Works is corporate team building that matters, an initiative created by Freestore Foodbank (FSFB), the largest food bank serving the Cincinnati tri-state area. Medium to large sized companies can develop high performing teams through experiences that combine team building with making an impact on hunger in the community.

Led by professional facilitators, the half day team building experience takes place at the FSFB Mayerson Distribution Center where teams must overcome obstacles and complete the project of packing bags with shelf-stable food items.

11. The Cincinnati Parks system has numerous outdoor team building opportunities where teams volunteer to build a bridge or trail, maintain urban landscapes, remove invasive plants, clean up wooded areas, or paint tables, benches, and flower pots. Tasks teach teams to strategize, collaborate, and think creatively.

12. Build staff morale with a team building volunteer project at Gorman Heritage Farm, a working farm in Cincinnati. The 122-acre farm encourages team building through methods and values practiced on the farm. Team members volunteer on projects that involve taking care of the farm’s croplands, gardens, and farm animals.

13. In the Rescue Buddies team building workshop, teams stuff teddy bears that are given by first responders to a child who is impacted by the emergency. The workshop develops problem-solving skills that address strategy and execution. Teams also learn the impact of independent roles and functions on the overall project’s success. The workshop is organized by Charity Team Building Events.

14. Bicycle team building has teams building a bicycle for a local child in need. Organized by Charity Team Building Events, the workshop provides insight into workplace interactions and behaviors, especially when team members come from different business units. Team participants become aware of the different strengths each member brings to the team, learn how to problem solve and resolve issues, and recognize the importance of working in individual teams, as well as part of a larger group.

Structured Activities

15. Scavenger Hunts can be indoors or outdoors and take on any type of theme. They are an ideal structured team building activity that encourages teams to work together to solve clues to complete a goal.

The WEB Extreme Entertainment in Cincinnati and its sister site, Laser WEB in Dayton, offer fun and exhilarating indoor team building scavenger hunts that will strengthen team unity and problem-solving.

The Great Cincinnati Scavenger Hunt, presented by Scavenger Hunt Anywhere, uses downtown Cincinnati as a backdrop for the activity, with answers to clues found on buildings or in businesses in the area.

Additional scavenger hunts in Cincinnati are the Ultimate Quest Scavenger Hunt at Dave & Buster’s, the Hall of Fame Scavenger Hunt presented by the Cincinnati Reds, and a Surrey Scavenger Hunt by Wheel Fun Rentals at Sawyer Point, where team members ride together on a bike and follow a course while solving clues within a specified time period.

There’s also Urban Fear Factor, an old-school scavenger hunt with a bit of Fear Factor, the popular TV show, mixed in. It’s offered by American Outback Adventures & Events and Cincinnati Team Building. Other companies offering corporate scavenger hunts are EnterTRAINment Junction and Stray Boots.

16. Puzzle Rooms are the latest craze in team building activities, offering an excellent way for teams members to learn how to think strategically while under pressure, and to work as a team to achieve the end goal.

In the Cincinnati area, The WEB Extreme Entertainment offers Trapped in a Room with a Zombie, a live action puzzle room adventure where team members have 60 seconds to work together to find clues and solve the puzzle before the zombie is unleashed!

Room Escape Adventures, producers of Trapped in a Room with a Zombie, will reserve a private session for your team in West Chester, Ohio. The company also offers other team building options that utilize leadership, problem-solving and communication skills.

17. GPS geocache helps build stronger teams by enforcing strategic planning and effective communication. Teams complete challenge tasks and locate hidden clues to find the cache. American Outback Adventures & Events coordinates the venues and provides the handheld GPS units.

18. An intergalactic adventure offered by Team Builders Plus requires team members to make quick decisions to prevent an intergalactic enemy from using communication satellites to eradicate the human race. Teams discover the power of teamwork, effective communication, and trust as they improvise, adapt, and negotiate resources. The program can take place at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal or a venue of your choice.

19. Murder mystery theater team building events are offered by numerous venues throughout Cincinnati. Teams collaborate and use problem-solving, analytic, and reasoning skills to figure out which character committed the crime. The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad offers a murder mystery dinner train, the Cincinnati Circus Company offers a murder mystery lunch or dinner, and Venture Up offers themed clueless murder mystery functions.

Educational

20. Culinary teambuilding is designed to build or mend bridges, strengthen work relationships, and encourage teams to innovate. Working in a professional kitchen under the guidance of a culinary expert, the team works together to create a culinary creation.

Corporate culinary teambuilding is offered by the Cincinnati State Midwest Culinary Institute, which requires team members to create a dish that incorporates their individual tastes and personalities, A Forkable Feast, where teams must create a dish using a secret ingredient within a time limit, and The Art of Entertaining, which customizes its interactive, culinary classes to meet your team’s needs.

21. Art-making activities presented by the Cincinnati Art Museum is a corporate teambuilding event that promotes group problem-solving, creative thinking, and working comfortably within a team environment. The Art Inc. program can be customized to your team’s or company’s needs.

Cheers to Art also offers art team building events, with painting sessions taking place in its studio that emphasize attention to detail and relationship building. In addition, Venture Up offers an Art Rageous Paint Fest team building event.

22. The cardboard boat building challenge has teams building a floatable boat while dealing with actual business situations, like staff changes, project modifications, and material shortages. Problem-solving, construction, strategy, collaboration, and communication skills are emphasized. American Outback Adventures & Events handles all logistics and materials for the event.

Team Builders Plus also offers watercraft building challenges, with teams required to build a raft or other type of watercraft and race it.

23. Team Samurai, offered by Team Builders Plus at a venue of your choice, teaches participants how to apply the principles of martial arts to get the best out of their team. Taught by martial arts instructors who are team building facilitators, the martial arts exercises help team members take advantage of opposites, shatter expectations, capitalize on the group’s strengths, remove old habits, and open their minds to new experiences.

24. Catapult launch, presented by Corporate Teams, can be held at an indoor or outdoor venue of your choice and accommodates any team size. Teams are tasked with constructing a catapult capable of launching up to 30 yards. Teams must use strategic planning, innovation, creativity, performance management, and effective implementation skills to successfully complete the task.

Athletic Action

25. Indoor miniature golf is a fun avenue for encouraging teams to strategize and resolve conflicts. This is especially true for teams competing on the nine-hole, blacklight indoor course at The WEB Extreme Entertainment. Teams have to analyze, collaborate, and use problem-solving skills to successfully maneuver around prehistoric jungle-themed obstacles, twists, and turns.

26. Athletic fitness competitions at DNA Sports Center utilize strategy, teamwork, and the advantages of individual differences while building camaraderie, improving communication, coping with change, and supporting and appreciating team members. Corporate team building fitness challenges are offered in dodgeball, kickball, tug-of-war, and relay races.

In addition, the University of Cincinnati’s Campus Recreation Center offers a team building athletic program that brings team members closer through exercises that use both the mind and body. Different types of activities focus on communication, thinking outside the box, and working comfortably together as a team.

27. Baseball activities offered by the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park put your team’s skills to the test. On-field batting practice, hitting in the batting cages, softball games, and whiffle ball are designed to challenge your team and get them thinking creatively and working together efficiently.

28. Bowling brings out team camaraderie and team building. While the Cincinnati area offers numerous bowling centers, the miniature bowling alley at The WEB Extreme Entertainment allows teams to master problem-solving skills and collaboration of ideas.

29. Paintball combines athleticism with strategy to build teamwork. At Niederman Family Farm, its team builder package is a 4-hour event that includes paintball, corn hole, and sand volleyball. Venture Up also offers paintball team building games at private locations or sets up a portable course at golf courses, parks, ranches, etc.

30. Volleyball team competitions on the outdoor sand volleyball courts at The Sandbar provide the setting for team bonding. The games develop teamwork and strategy skills. Volleyball courts are also offered for team events at Coney Island Park.

31. Basketball scrimmages in the Mayerson JCC gym allow team members to bond, develop trust, strategize, and tap into each other’s advantages. The gym features two, full-size basketball courts, plus bleachers. A basketball court is also available for team events at Coney Island Park.

TV Show Inspired Events

32. The Amazing Chase, based on The Amazing Race, reinforces a team’s problem-solving, strategizing, negotiating, communication, and teamwork skills. As participants become aware of each other’s strengths, they apply them to complete challenges, detours, roadblocks, and interactive tasks to finish the race. The team building event is offered by American Outback Adventures & Events, Team Builders Plus, and Corporate Teams, all of which handle the event’s logistics.

33. CI: The Crime Investigators has team members solving clues and uncovering secrets. The team activity, presented by American Outback Adventures & Events at your workplace or an arranged venue, builds cohesive teams through innovative problem-solving, creativity, and cooperation. Team Builders Plus offers a similar event called CSI: Negative Zero.

34. Minute to Win It has teams working together in a race against the clock to complete simple challenges. Colleagues must work together to figure out the best strategy to get the highest score and assign responsibilities based on each team member’s existing skills. The team building event is offered at a venue of your choosing by Cincinnati Circus Company, American Outback Adventures & Events, Venture Up, and Corporate Teams.

35. Corporate Castaways, based on Survivor, pits team groups against each other as they complete challenges and castaway type activities. Your management group is asked to select members for each tribe from a strategic perspective. Teams then overcome common team issues, such as strategy, trust, communication, and leadership to be the winning team. American Outback Adventures & Events handles all logistics.

Outdoor Experiences

36. Unique animal encounters are incorporated into a casual day of team building at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. With both indoor and outdoor venues, the zoo customizes team activities based on your company’s needs.

37. Zoo Quest is offered at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden by Team Builders Plus. The competitive treasure hunt equips teams with a special GPS device and a clue sheet of puzzles and riddles. Teams must work together and use quick thinking and strategy skills to navigate through the zoo and its inhabitants to solve the challenge.

38. Adventure Outpost at Winton Woods offers physically and mentally challenging adventure recreation activities that develop character, foster team dynamics, and improve team building skills like problem-solving, leadership, and communication. Among the activities are canoeing, kayaking, low ropes, archery, mobile initiatives, and rock climbing.

39. Amusement park team building events at the 375-acre Kings Island are led by a facilitator who develops a day-long program designed to break down barriers, strengthen teamwork, renew trust, and encourage interaction and camaraderie among team members.

40. Duck tours from Ride the Ducks Newport are ideal for team building exercises to enhance camaraderie and de-stress team members. Team activities are based on the number of team members and your goals.

41. A corn-fusing corn maze treasure hunt is a fun team building corporate event held at Shaw Farms. In order to exit the maze, teams must work together and strategize to find and complete destination spots.

42. Onboard team building events take place with Destiny Yacht Charters, where custom floor plans and audio and video rental equipment can be used to accommodate your onboard team activities. While cruising along the river in the 149 passenger yacht, teams will enjoy the stress-free environment while bonding and learning more about each other.

Indoor Events

43. A U.S. history train journey is the focus of team building exercises offered at EnterTRAINment Junction. A journey through three distinct eras in U.S. history and a funhouse are designed to inspire forward-thinking and creativity among team members.

44. Roller-skating offers team associates the opportunity to establish a deep bond and build strong working relationships. The Fun Factory Roller Rink rents out its roller skating rink to corporations for private team building functions.

45. Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, focuses on collaboration, but as team members search for gold in a simulation of the famous U.S. gold mine, they also reinforce communication, strategy, leadership, and organizational skills. Team Builders Plus handles all the logistics for the game.

46. Minefield is an interactive team building task offered by Strictly Success that simulates working in changing environments where any misstep can cause serious problems. Teams need to strategize and work together to maneuver through a minefield quickly and with the fewest casualties.

47. Building trust and confidence among team members is the goal of the Nocando Spider Webs team building exercise from Strictly Success. Participants have to rely on assistance from their colleagues to successfully maneuver through the portable webs.

Team Building on a Budget

48. The Spaghetti and Marshmallow Tower challenges the team to work together to build a high structure in 30 minutes using just uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. Recommended by Team Building-Leader for the workplace or a venue of your choosing, the exercise requires team members to apply organization and management principles, and emphasizes time management, planning, research and development, communication, and analytical skills.

49. Play It Forward puts a modern twist on an old concept of paying random acts of kindness forward. Offered by Cincinnati Team Building, the smartphone-powered activity requires team members to use a range of skills as they compete against the clock to complete acts of kindness and good deeds in the Cincinnati area.

50. The Parlor Game, presented by Team Building-Leader, is designed to develop team synergy. First, participants have one minute to look at 40 different items on a display table before they are covered. The facilitator allows 4 minutes to pass before asking individuals to write down all the items they can remember. The total items remembered are written on a flip chart. Individuals then form teams of three and are asked to come up with a group total of items. Participants discover that team results have a bigger impact than individual efforts.

51. Wild Goose Chase is a low-cost, self-hosted digital scavenger hunt recommended by American Outback Adventures & Events and Cincinnati Team Building. The group is divided into teams and instructed to download a free mobile app on their smartphones and complete as many of the listed tasks within the given time frame. Teams that best apply teamwork, problem-solving, strategy, creativity, and communication come out on top.

52. The Great Camera Caper, offered by Cincinnati Team Building and American Outback Adventures & Events, is a budget-friendly, self-hosted digital photo scavenger hunt where individuals must work together as a team, use problem-solving skills, and think creatively to find secret locations and perform tasks and challenges. Teams must manage time and resources to complete the challenges with the limited materials and time given.

53. The Paparazzi Challenge is a low-cost, indoor team building game that mixes current events with pop culture. Missions are provided by American Outback Adventures & Events and Cincinnati Team Building directly to participants’ smartphones. The celebrity and paparazzi-themed challenges test a team’s leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills. The game allows teams to think creatively and build stronger relationships.

54. Code Break is ideal for companies with limited time and physical activity restrictions. Via a smartphone app, Cincinnati Team Building provides logic problems, riddles, and brainteasers for team members to solve. Teams need to use deductive reasoning, problem-solving, and teamwork to successfully break the code.

While many opportunities are available for corporate team building in Cincinnati, what’s important is that your company holds team building events regularly to ensure your employees perform well together on projects. After all, a well-functioning team translates into business success.

136 Things to Do with Kids in Cincinnati

January 15th, 2015

The Greater Cincinnati area is so rich in indoor and outdoor attractions that, on any given day, there’s always a list of great things to pick from when looking for things to do with kids. No matter the age, kid-friendly entertainment is within 30 miles of your home, providing a combination of fun and stimulating activities.

This list of 136 things to do with kids in Cincinnati serves as a resource guide for parents looking to plan a day with the family, or for caregivers taking care of children, no matter the day or time.

From indoor entertainment centers with numerous attractions under one roof to outdoor activities, this list runs the gamut from fun and recreational to cultural and educational.

Plus, you’ll find traditional seasonal events held annually in Cincinnati to help you plan your spring, summer, fall, and holiday events.

Indoor Entertainment Centers

1. The Web Extreme Entertainment

With our four attractions and gigantic arcade all under one roof, we just had to put The WEB at the top of our list for things to do with kids in Cincinnati. We have something for kids of all ages, plus adults will have great fun, too.

Take a look at all we have: Laser WEB laser tag in an eight-level arena, Inside Track go-karts for racing on over 500 feet of grand prix style track, Jurassic Par miniature golf set in a prehistoric jungle, Hang Ten miniature bowling with a Hawaiian theme, and one of the largest arcades in the Cincinnati area.

And if you need to refuel between attractions, our Winners Cafe serves up some delicious and affordable food options, or have an ice cream treat in our Sweet Shop.

The WEB Extreme Entertainment is open year-round. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.

The WEB is an awesome deal, too, with single passes at $4 and $8 per person, depending on your attraction choices, a family fun package at $49, or a family frenzy package at $89, all designed to fit your budget.

Details: 7172 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069; Phone: 513-860-2882.

2. Parkland Theatre and Entertainment Center

Originally a vaudeville house before motion pictures were even invented, this historic theatre dates back to 1881, but has been restored and transformed into a movie theatre and entertainment center.

Entertainment includes custom laser light shows, live performances, family oriented entertainment, and live sporting events on the big screen.

Hours of operation vary, depending on event or show times. There are generally two movie times during the week and four on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and school vacation weeks.

Known as the least expensive theatre in the Cincinnati tri-state area, the movie theatre shows first-run movies for only $6. Plus, you can order and receive your hot concession foods, some only $1, without leaving your seat.

Details: 6550 Parkland Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233; Phone: 513-600-7900.

3. Mason Community Center

The family recreation and entertainment facility offers a multipurpose area for gymnastics, tumbling and cheerleading, a field house and gymnasium for your sports of choice, and a Kids Korner featuring fun activities.

Popular attractions at the community center for kids and families are the leisure pool, complete with a water playground, lazy river, and body flume slide, and the 35-foot natural rock surface climbing wall.

There’s also exercise equipment with a cardio theatre system, a competition pool with diving boards, and numerous exergaming units, and an indoor walking track.

Day pass hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Day passes are $10 for youth ages 4 to 11, $20 for adults ages 12-59, and $100 for seniors ages 60 and older. Basic and premier membership plans are available for families of up to four.

Details: 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040; Phone: 513-229-8555.

4. University of Cincinnati Campus Recreation Center

Located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, but open to the public, this recreation center offers lots of entertaining activities for families.

Play in the recreation swimming pool or check out the shallow water leisure pool with its waterfall, vortex, current channel, and bubble couch. For the more adventurous, try the two climbing walls.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Daily rates are $20, with several types of membership plans available for yearly and monthly plans.

Details: 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221; Phone: 513-556-0604.

Outdoor Entertainment Centers

5. Fountain Square

Whenever you’re looking for something to do with kids, head to Fountain Square, where there’s sure to be something going on year-round, such as special events, family movie nights, free concerts, festivals, arts and cultural events, and family games and activities.

During the summer, there’s the Water Wall, where kids can make patterns on sheets of water or jump around the water streams coming from the pop-jets in the granite floor. In the winter, there’s family skate at the outdoor U.S. Bank Skate Rink.

Fountain Square is open daily, year-round. Free admission to most events and activities.

Details: 520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-534-5877.

6. Lunken Playfield

This playfield packs in a lot of activities for kids, including play equipment and the Land of Make Believe Playground.

Next to the playfield is Reeves Golf Course, offering miniature golf, an 18-hole regulation golf course, a 9-hole, par-3 golf course, and a driving range. Tennis courts and 6.5 miles of trails are also available.

Hours of operation are daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., from late May to early October.

Admission to the playground is $1 for children ages 2 through 12 and Free for anyone younger than 2 or older than 12. Miniature golf is $3 per person.

Details: 4740 Playfield Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226; Phone: 513-321-7333.

7. Washington Park

Located in the heart of Cincinnati, Washington Park holds a bunch of entertainment options to do with kids all year-round, including a 49,000 square foot civic lawn for recreational play.

A popular spot with kids is the playground, which is like no other. There are climbing walls reflecting Cincinnati’s historic architecture, a boardwalk and stage, and a canal boat in a water channel.

In the warm weather, get wet in the interactive fountains and water jet groupings. There’s also music on the bandstand in the heart of the park, festivals, and arts, cultural and dance performances planned nearly every day. There’s even a dog park, so bring the family dog along.

Washington Park is open daily, year-round. Admission is free, but some events may charge a fee.

Details: 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-621-4400.

8. Newport on the Levee

This multi-level entertainment center situated on the south bank of the Ohio River offers a wide range of entertainment options for families with kids of all ages.

You can take a train ride on the Newport Express, play arcade games, bowl, or take in a movie.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.

Admission to the complex is free, but some attractions have fees.

Details: 1 Levee Way, Newport, Kentucky 41071; Phone: 1-866-538-3359.

Hands-On Activities

9. Cincinnati Union Terminal House Detective Agency

Kids and adults alike will love this hands-on Whodunit game as they become detectives to solve mysteries. Clues lie in your knowledge of Cincinnati’s history plus observations about the Cincinnati Union Terminal.

The detective agency pays you for your services, so you can use your earnings to buy some great prizes.

Hours are Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The fee is $5 per person (agent).

Details: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

10. Michael’s 

The Kids Club at Michael’s offers some great craft projects to do with the kids ages 3 and older. Simply drop in, enjoy 30 minutes of creative craft fun, and take home the completed project.

The cost is $2 per child, with supplies included.

Call ahead for Kids Club hours.

Details: 7624 Voice of America Centre Drive, West Chester, OH 45069; Phone: 513-759-9410.

11. Mad Potter

Here’s a fun activity to do with kids. Create a lasting keepsake out of pottery. Choose from picture frames, mugs, banks, and much more to design and paint.

You can even accent your piece with stencils, stamps, or other painting tips provided by the Mad Potter staff. Mad Potter will then glaze and fire your creation for pick up in a week.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The studio fee is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and under. Pottery pieces are priced separately, ranging from $5 to $40.

Details: 6680 Tri-Way Drive, Mason, OH 45040; Phone: 513-770-5585.

12. My Little Red Haus

Get creative with your kids at the creative arts studio located in a little red house. Open Studio features unstructured fun, where kids can stretch their imagination and let their creative juices flow.

Participants will have access to a wide range of materials to make their creations. The sessions are open to children ages four and older.

Open Studio hours vary throughout the week, so call for times.

The fee is $10 per hour, per person.

Details: 9429 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242; Phone: 513-827-9110.

13. Home Depot

Work on a small project together with your kids at the Home Depot Kids Workshops. Designed for all ages and experience levels, the workshops feature a different project each month.

Workshops are held at all Home Depot stores every first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to Noon. All kids’ workshops are free and include supplies.

Details: 3400 Highland Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45213; Phone: 513-631-1705; 6300 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211; Phone: 513-661-2413; 3461 Joseph Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251; Phone: 513-923-9157; 1266 Omniplex Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240; 513-671-6012; 520 Ohio Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255; Phone: 513-688-1654.

14. Lowe’s

Build a wooden project with your child at the Kids Clinics offered by Lowe’s. A different project is featured at each Build and Grow Clinic.

Kids Clinics are held on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. Registration, which opens a few weeks before the date of the clinic, is required.

All Kids Clinics are free and include supplies.

Details: 5385 Ridge Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45213; Phone: 513-731-6127; 10235 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251; Phone: 513-741-0585; 6150 Harrison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45247; Phone: 513-598-7050; 618 Mount Moriah Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245; Phone: 513-753-5094; 505 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246; Phone: 513-671-2093.

Indoor Museums

15. Duke Energy Children’s Museum

Tons of things to do with kids of all ages await at the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. With eight exhibit areas, there’s something of interest for everyone, plus lots of hands-on action.

Exhibits range from arts to science and encourage exploring, touching, climbing and crawling. Also featured each day is a schedule of children’s programs and activities.

The children’s museum is open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A single museum admission pass is $10.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 3-12, $5.50 for toddlers ages 1-2, and Free for infants under age 1. Parking is $6 per vehicle.

Details: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

16. Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati

What kid doesn’t love climbing on a fire engine or sliding down a real fire pole? These are just some of the activities in store at the fire museum.

Dedicated to all things related to firefighting, kids will get to see how fire equipment and trucks changed from Cincinnati’s early firefighting days to now.

Kids will learn about fire safety in the Safe House Display, plus they’ll get to ring the fire bell, sound the siren on a modern fire engine, and more.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 7-17, Free for children ages 6 and younger with an adult.

Details: 315 West Court Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-621-5553.

17. Museum of Natural History & Science

Kids will be in awe when they spot the 20-foot long Allosaurus skeleton. It’s just one of the many exhibits inside the Museum of Natural History & Science that hold many wonders of the Cincinnati area.

A fun time of exploration awaits families, such as the Ice Age Trail, a space exhibit dedicated to Ohio’s own Neil Armstrong featuring actual moon rocks, and a replica of an actual limestone cave discovered in the region.

Stop in the STEM Discovery Lab and play Stranded Island Survivor Challenge for some great family fun.

The museum is open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $10.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 3-12, $5.50 for toddlers ages 1-2, and Free for infants under age 1. Parking is $6 per vehicle.

Details: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

18. Creation Museum

The pages of the Bible come to life in his 70,000 square foot museum. Kids will be enthralled with the personal interaction of each of the 160 exhibits.

Walk through the Garden of Eden, see the busy work area for Noah’s Ark, come face-to-face with T.Rex, and see a show in the Stargazers Planetarium or Special Effects Theater, complete with rising mists and rumbling seats.

The museum also includes an outdoor petting zoo, complete with camel rides and botanical gardens.

Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.

Tickets, which are valid for two consecutive days, are $29.95 for adults ages 13 to 59, $15.95 for children ages 5-12, $23.95 for seniors ages 60 and older, and Free for children under age 5. Planetarium show tickets are $7.95 per person.

Details: 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg, Kentucky 41080; Phone: 1-888-582-4253.

19. Krohn Conservatory

Kids can explore a rainforest waterfall or a desert within this nationally recognized conservatory. Visit the palm, desert, orchid, and tropical exhibits and view 3,500 exotic plant species from around the world.

In addition to its permanent displays, the Krohn Conservatory offers special programs and exhibits throughout the year that kids will enjoy. Among them are the interactive train display during the holiday floral show, and the butterfly show.

The conservatory is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $4 adults, $2 for children ages 5 to 12.

Details: 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-421-4086.

20. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

Take the kids on a self-guided tour through this 16,000 square foot museum featuring two floors of exhibit galleries. Interactive monitors throughout the museum are a fun way to learn about the history of the Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s oldest professional team.

Also on display are Reds artifacts, spanning the team’s early days to present. And of course, some of the biggest names in Reds history are enshrined in video and audio clips.

Hours during the baseball season are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-game days, 10 a.m. to two hours after a day game ends, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. when there are night games.

Off-season hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, and Free for children age 4 and younger.

Details: 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-765-7923.

21. Cincinnati Art Museum

Who says art museums can’t be fun for kids? Exploring the art collections within the Cincinnati Art Museum becomes a fun adventure with the interactive scavenger hunt. Ask about the activity and special exhibition guides for kids at the visitor’s desk.

The museum displays over 60,000 works that span 6,000 years. Throughout the year are art-related programs and activities, as well as special events designed for families with children of all ages.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $4 per vehicle.

Details: 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-721-2787.

22. Loveland Castle

There’s lot of things for kids to do in this castle, hand-built brick by brick by Sir Harry Delos Andrews. Before entering the castle, see if your kids can spot the four different types of towers.

Inside the castle, kids can view actual swords and period weapons, play games and puzzles, and learn about the castle’s ghosts and the Knights’ ghost stories.

The Loveland Castle is open daily April to September from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on weekends from October to March.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.

Details: 12025 Shore Road, Loveland, Ohio, 45140; Phone: 513-683-4686.

23. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

If you want to teach children about the struggles for freedom in the United States, this museum brings stories to life. Not to be missed is the wall of handcrafted quilts depicting the history of African American freedom heroes.

The freedom center is filled with immersive exhibits that share the stories of freedom heroes from the past to present day. Other activities include family programs, gallery talks, films, and lectures.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-12, and Free for children under age 3.

Details: 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-333-7500.

24. American Sign Museum

Adults will love a walk down memory lane, while kids will love the colorful display of signs of different shapes, designs, and sizes advertising restaurants and retail businesses.

The museum’s collection offers a fascinating look into America through the years. Plus, kids can see neon signs being made in the museum’s working neon shop.

Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, Free for children ages 12 and younger with an accompanying adult, $10 for seniors ages 65 and older, and $10 for students and active duty military with ID.

Details: 1330 Monmouth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45225; Phone: 513-541-6366.

25. William Howard Taft National Historic Site

History buffs will enjoy exploring the birthplace of America’s 27th president and Chief Justice of the United States. The Greek Revival house is where William Howard Taft was born and grew up.

Throughout the Taft House museum are mementos of Taft’s political career and personal life. Guided tours of the Taft House are given every 30 minutes, starting on the hour and half hour.

During their visit, kids ages 6 through 12 can take part in the Junior Ranger Program by taking the guided tour and answering questions in an activity book. They’ll earn a badge and certificate upon completion.

The museum is open daily, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

Details: 2038 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219; Phone: 513-684-3262.

26. Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Honoring the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the historical home displays a look at Harriet Beecher Stowe’s family, friends, and colleagues of the family. It’s the perfect activity for kids who are either reading or already read the book.

The home, which can be viewed in a guided tour, includes history about the Underground Railroad, abolitionist, and rights movements that the Beecher-Stowe family and associates participated in from the 1830s to 1860s.

The historic home is open Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from February 1 through April 30 and Labor Day through November 30; and Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May 1 through Labor Day. It is closed from Thanksgiving to January 31 and on all federal holidays.

There is no admission fee.

Details: 2950 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206; Phone: 513-751-0651.

27. Cincinnati Aviation Heritage Society & Museum

Take kids to view aviation’s past, where they can see all types of restored airplanes and other aviation artifacts connected to the Cincinnati tri-state area and aviation in general.

In addition to exhibits, that include a Stinson SR-10C Reliant NC18496, the museum includes a library with a good collection of resources about aviation.

The museum is open Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donations are requested.

Details: Room 26, Lunken Airport, 262 Wilmer Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226; Phone: 513-208-8145.

28. UnMuseum at the Contemporary Arts Center

It’s a museum that offers hands-on exhibits, plus family art sessions. There’s the Hypar Room where children and families can investigate a puzzling space, the A-Z Art Lab that explores structures people use in their daily lives, and The Story Tree.

Kids can orchestrate their own thunderstorm, ride in the egg-shaped Rockin Trailer, explore and play in a cocoon-shaped dwelling called Wobble, and check out other exhibits, structures, and installations.

Hours of operation are Monday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for students, seniors, and educators, and Free for children under age 5.

Details: 44 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-345-8400.

29. Behringer-Crawford Museum

Located in the historic 19th century Devou family home and known as the home for northern Kentucky’s heritage, this museum delights kids with its exhibits that focus on the area’s railways, roads, runways and rivers.

A must-do activity is the fossil hunt, where kids can dig in the dirt to find objects reflecting the history of northern Kentucky. After exploring the museum, be sure to visit the Civil War sites in Devou Park and explore the nature trails.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission prices are $7 for adults ages 18 to 59, $4 for children ages 3 to 17, and $6 for seniors age 60 and older.

Details: 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky 41011; Phone: 859-491-4003.

30. Drake Planetarium & Science Center

Discover the wonders of the universe with your kids with programs, labs, and exhibits that develop a love of science. A laser show is a popular summer show.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Drake Science Center.

For public planetarium shows, hours are select Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Admission to public shows are $10 at the door, $8 in advance, or $30 for a family four-pak.

Details: 2020 Sherman Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45212; Phone: 513-396-5578.

31. Cincinnati History Museum

If your kids love to explore and do hands-on activities, this museum is for them. They can unload cargo with a flatboat man, help a printer in his shop, talk with a street car conductor, and take part in other activities from Cincinnati’s days gone by.

Costumed interpreters complement the exhibits, which include a replica of the Queen of the West steamboat, a recreation of the 1850 Cincinnati Public Landing, and a model of the city from the 1900s to 1940s, including working trains.

The Cincinnati History Museum is open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $10.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 3-12, $5.50 for toddlers ages 1-2, and Free for infants under age 1. Parking is $6 per vehicle.

Details: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

32. U.S. Grant Birthplace Historic Site

View the birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant, one of eight U.S. presidents who came from Ohio. The restored, three-room cottage, originally built in 1817, is furnished with period items.

A guided tour provides an interesting history lesson about the Ohio farmer who became president, his parents, the home’s furnishings, including straw beds, and what life was like back then.

Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an hour closing from Noon to 1 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $3 for adults, $1.50 for children ages 6 through 12, Free for children ages 5 and younger, and $2.00 for senior citizens.

Details: 1551 State Route 232, Point Pleasant, Ohio 45153; Phone: 1-800-283-8932.

Outdoor Museums

33. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

This wide open space invites families to explore both nature and art. Large, colorful sculptures are displayed within gardens, meadows and forests, and around lakes.

The sculpture park features four areas: North Woods, Central Valley, Overlook Hill, and East Ridge. Step into the Ancient Sculpture Museum to view Roman, Egyptian, Greek, and Etruscan sculptures that are thousands of years old.

Open year-round, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Admission is $8 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, Free for children ages 5 and younger.

Details: 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, State Route 128, Hamilton, Ohio, 45013; Phone: 513-868-1234.

34. Heritage Village Museum

Walk the museum’s grounds and visit historic buildings that reflect life in Ohio during the 1800s. Kids also get a first-hand look at traditional crafts and cooking of 19th-century life through demonstrations.

Be sure to check out the historic Myers Schoolhouse, Fetter General Store, and the Chester Train Station.

Guided tours are available, or explore on your own.

The Heritage Village Museum is open year-round. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tours at 10:30 a.m., 12: 45 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with tours at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Admission with the guided tour is $5 adults, $3 children ages 5 to 11, and Free for children under 4. Admission for exhibits only is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

Details: Located in Sharon Woods Park, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241; Phone: 513-563-9484.

35. Tower A

Climb the stairs and step back in time when Union Terminal used to be a train yard. With a fantastic overview of Queensgate Freight Yard, where all rail operations were controlled, it’s easy to see why it was among the busiest train yards in the United States.

Kids will love watching training coming and going, while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Greater Cincinnati area.

Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

Details: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

Indoor Attractions

36. Newport Aquarium

Amazing thrills await for everyone at the Newport Aquarium, like touching a shark, petting a penguin, or playing in an interactive frog bog.

Check out Mighty Mike, a 14-foot, 800-pound alligator, Thunder, a 118-pound alligator snapping turtle, and Bravo, a 600 pound, 84-year-old Galapagos tortoise.

View rare shark rays or see a dive show, which are scheduled throughout the day.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.

Admission rates are $23 for adults, $15 for children ages 2 to 12, and Free for children under age 2.

Details: 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, Kentucky, 41071; Phone: 1-800-406-3474.

37. EnterTRAINment Junction

This 80,000 square foot entertainment center features two attractions: Train Journey and A-Maze-N Funhouse.

In train journey, more than 90 G-scale trains run along a 25,000 square foot area, featuring handcrafted cities and towns, cascading waterfalls, and forests.

There’s also a replica of the historic Coney Island Amusement Park, an interactive play area for kids, the American Railroad Museum, and a Great Train Expo Center with changing exhibits.

The funhouse features a circus midway with mirror mazes, a tilt room, a curtain maze, a spinning vortex tunnel, and more.

Admission for the Train Journey is $13.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 3-12, $11.95 for seniors age 65 and older, and Free for children ages 2 and under.

Admission for the A-Maze-N Funhouse is $9.95.

EnterTRAINment Junction is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.

Details: 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, Ohio 45069; Phone: 513-898-8000.

38. Climb Time of Blue Ash

Get ready for some climbing action in this 7,000 square foot climbing facility. There are short climbing walls for bouldering, or higher walls for rope climbing.

There is no minimum age for climbing and no experience necessary.

June 1 to August 31 hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., daily. September 1 to May 31 hours are Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A daily pass is $10 per person. Sunday is Kids Night after 5 p.m., with a day pass costing $8 for children ages 2 to 13.

Save on the $5 shoe rental by wearing sneakers or closed toed shoes.

Details: 10898 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242; Phone: 513-891-4850.

39. LazerKraze

Play an exhilarating game of world-class laser tag while competing in a futuristic outpost at some place in the galaxy. Soft celestial sounds and pulsating music add to the excitement.

After the game, head to the trampoline park, or the arcade, with its mix of video and game redemption games, including a time freak arena.

Laser tag pricing is $8 per mission for individuals, with group pricing available for groups of 10 and more.

Trampoline park pricing is $9.50 for a 30-minute jump session and $14 for a 60-minute session.

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to Midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m.

Details: 7082 Columbia Road, Maineville, Ohio 45039; Phone: 513-339-1030.

40. Cincinnati Observatory

By day, take a tour of the two national historic landmark buildings and by night, view the stars in the observatory, the birthplace of American astronomy and home to the world’s oldest telescope.

Historic tours are offered the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In the observatory, viewings are offered Thursday and Friday nights, with each session focusing on a new planet, nebula, or star cluster.

Admission is $5 per person.

Details: 3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208; Phone: 513-321-5186.

41. Carew Tower Observation Deck

See what you and the kids can spot from the 49th floor of the observation deck of the Carew Tower, the second tallest building in Cincinnati and the highest elevated building in the city.

The panoramic view shows key areas of the greater Cincinnati region. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the shops and restaurants located within the tower.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children.

Details: 441 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-579-9735.

42. Bee Active Adventure Zone

Nine huge inflatables and a gymnastic play center provide the fun in this 16,000 square foot facility for kids of all ages.

Open recreation hours are Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Noon to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Regular admission is $5 per half hour, per child ages 3 to 15, or $10 per hour, per child. Free for children 18 months and younger.

Youngsters 18 months to age 3 receive half off admission Monday through Thursday.

Special promotions include Family Night Mondays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., featuring half price admission for all ages and free popcorn, and Five Dollar Fridays, with the admission price $5 per hour, per child.

Details: Cincinnati Mall, Entry #2, 1050 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240; Phone: 513-563-2600.

43. Scallywag Tag

Play laser tag in this high-tech hide-and-seek gaming platform that combines 18th century pirate ships with a Caribbean village.

There’s two locations, both featuring an arcade. The West location also offers blacklight miniature golf with a pirate theme.

Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to Midnight; Saturday, Noon to Midnight; and Sunday, Noon to 7 p.m.

Rates are $7 for one game, $13 for two games, and $17 for three games.

Details: West location: 5055 Glencrossing Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238; Phone: 513-922-4999; East location: 491 Ohio Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255; Phone: 513-528-3696.

44. Rock Quest Climbing Center

Experience adventure, fitness, and education with rock climbing, ideal for adults and children of all ages. It’s a natural activity with no upper body strength required.

Choose from two types of climbing: bouldering, which is low to the ground and does not use a rope, and rope, where a harness and a rope are used as you climb walls up to 40-feet high.

Climbing hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rates are $15 for a general climbing day pass, $10 for bouldering only. Rates do not include the $5 harness or shoe rentals.

Details: 3475 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241; Phone: 513-733-0123.

45. Pump It Up

Jump around with the kids on massive inflatables during open jump sessions. Choose from Open Jump, Glow Jump, or Ice Cream Jump.

Glow Jump features a glow-in-the-dark arena and special effects lighting, with each child receiving a glow-in-the-dark bracelet. Ice Cream Jump includes ice cream after the jumping session.

Inflatables include a bungee jump, a 40-foot obstacle course, a rock wall, a slide, a basketball bouncer, and slippery slope. There are also games, like T-ball.

Glow Jump is Monday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ice Cream Jump is Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All other times are Open Jump.

Rates are $8 per child, $2 for walking toddlers under age 2. Game tokens are $0.25.

Details: 7724 Service Center Drive, West Chester, OH 45069; Phone: 513-829-7867.

46. Jump & Jack’s

With play areas for kids of all ages and adults who want to join in, this multi-level indoor play area delivers fun.

The main area is Jack’s Playground, with adventure stations featuring lots of climbs, slides, and interactive elements.

There’s also a Toddler Zone and a Jump’s Inflatables attraction, which is every Friday night, Monday holidays, and summer weekdays.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 pm.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 pm.; and Sunday, Noon to 8 pm.

Walk-in pricing for kids ages 3 and older is $8 weekdays, $10 Friday starting at 5 p.m. For toddlers up to age 2, the price is $4 every day. Free for adults.

Details: 7102 Office Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069; Phone: 513-779-5867.

47. Sports of All Sorts

It’s all about sports activities at this indoor practice facility. Play a game of air hockey or pool with your kids, or challenge each other in the video arcade area.

The inflatable sports arena is a big draw for kids, as well as the machine batting cages, designed for all ages and abilities.

Summer hours are: Monday through Friday, Noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.

Fall hours are: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

Winter hours are: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.

Token prices are 3 for $1, 18 for $5, 50 for $10, and 110 for $20.

Details: 10138 Transportation Way, West Chester, OH 45069; Phone: 513-860-4636.

48. Gym-Nation Go Play Cafe

This four-level playground delivers the fun, with tubes, tunnels, racing slides, and spiral slides, providing the excitement.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prices, which include tax, are $2.14 for children under age 3, $5.34 for children ages 3 and older, or $16.01 for a 5 play discount pass.

Details: 836 Reading Road, Mason, Ohio 45040; Phone: 513-229-7315.

49. Full Throttle Indoor Karting

Race each other in kid and adult size go-karts on this high speed indoor go-kart track. Racers drive around 14 challenging turns, reaching speeds of 40 mph, as they race against the clock for the fastest lap.

Racing hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to Midnight; and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

Rates are $20 for adults for one race and $15 for youth for one race. There is also a $2 fee for a head sock, which is required with loaner helmets.

A family pack is available for $65 that includes 2 adult and 2 youth races and four head socks.

Details: 11725 Commons Drive, Springdale, Ohio 45246; Phone: 513-341-5278.

Outdoor Attractions

50. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Visit with the animals in the Cincinnati Zoo and then take a stroll and enjoy the beauty of the botanical gardens.

The zoo features numerous exhibits inhabited by a wide array of animals, including lions, elephants, polar bears, penguins, tigers, giraffes, painted dogs, and manatees, just to name a few.

The botanical gardens bloom with a collection of native plants and flowers, as well as garden exhibits that include rain gardens, butterfly gardens, oriental gardens, and more.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, May 24 through September 1; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, September 2 through May 23.

General admission tickets are $15 for adults ages 13 to 61 and $11 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens age 62 and older.

Details: 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220; Phone: 513-281-4700.

51. Cincinnati Nature Center

A diverse selection of activities await at the Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods. The grounds are rich in heritage, with trails that pass an early 1800s pioneer cabin, a 1918 stone lodge, an herb wall, and oak trees planted in the early 1920s.

Designed especially for kids and accompanying adults, the Marge & Charles Schott Nature PlayScape provides unstructured play in a 1.6 acre natural play area surrounded by forest, fields, wetlands and streams.

The Rowe Visitor Center offers exhibits with interactive touch tables, a children’s play area, and a large viewing window with computers, guidebooks, and binoculars.

Ground hours are November through January, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; February, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; March and September, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; April, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; May and August, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; June and July, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and October, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 12, and $6 for active military members and seniors age 65 and older.

Details: 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, Ohio 45150; Phone: 513-831-1711.

52. Woodland Mound

Disc golf is the main attraction at this outdoor park. The 18-hole course is designed for both beginners and experienced players.

After a game of golf, continue the fun at Parky’s Wetland Adventure playground or view the wildlife exhibits in the Visitor’s Center. There’s also biking and hiking on the nature or Parcours trails.

Hours are daily, from dawn to dusk. Parky’s playground is seasonal, open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission is $3 per vehicle, with a separate $3 admission per child to Parky’s Wetland Adventure.

Details: 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255; Phone: 513-521-7275.

53. Big Bone Lick State Park

The birthplace of American paleontology, this state park offers an outdoor discovery area, complete with a Discovery Trail where kids can view a bison herd, part of an effort to reestablish herds that once roamed the area.

The 4.5-mile Discovery Trail leads to a bog diorama and a salt-sulphur spring. The park also features a 7.5-acre lake and two family playgrounds.

Big Bone Lick State Park is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk.

Free admission.

Details: 3380 Beaver Road, Union, Kentucky, 41091; Phone: 859-384-3522.

54. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve

A butterfly garden, a wildflower garden, and a two-story barn round out the outdoor attractions at this nature preserve, where kids will find learning about nature fun and exciting.

The barn features exhibits and is the place where various nature programs and special events are held.

Hours are daily from dawn to dusk.

Park admission is $3 per vehicle.

Details: 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251; Phone: 513-521-7275.

55. Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park

Designed like a child’s friendship bracelet, this grand park features a stunning display of sculpture and flora representing five continents and promoting international peace.

While viewing the gardens, kids will learn about Cincinnati’s first African-American mayor, and the importance of global understanding and world unity.

Hours are daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Admission is free.

Details: 1101 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-352-4080.

56. Shawnee Lookout

Kids can explore Ohio’s historic heritage by stopping in at the historic Springhouse School and Log Cabin, or viewing Native American archaeological earthworks.

Other attractions include nature trails and a playground. Not to be missed are the incredible views of the Ohio River and the Great Miami River valleys from the lookout.

Shawnee Lookout is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Admission is $3 per vehicle.

Details: 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend, Ohio 45052; Phone: 513-521-7275.

57. Cincinnati Golf Center

Fun for the whole family awaits with a 36-hole miniature golf course and three driving ranges to practice your golf swing.

The mini golf course features challenging turns, twists, hills, and water traps. The heated covered range, open air range, and elevated range include new range balls that measure your distance to the flags with laser accuracy.

Hours are daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with miniature golf offered seasonally.

Admission for miniature golf is $10 for ages 11 and older and $8 for children ages 10 and younger.

Driving range rates are $6, $8, $10, and $12, depending on the bucket size of golf balls.

Details: 7630 Columbia Road, Maineville, Ohio 45039; Phone: 513-459-4653.

58. Highfield Discovery Garden at Glenwood Gardens

This 12-acre garden is designed to encourage children and adults to discover and explore the natural world in a fun way. It features seven small gardens, each with engaging features.

Traverse the gardens and spot the Frog and Toad Garden, walk through the forest and across the swinging bridge to the Wizard’s Garden, climb the 25-foot Discovery Tree to the tree house, and enter the Storybook Garden, complete with a Trolley Garden with trains and a trolley.

Kids can also check out what’s growing in the eye-level vegetable garden, sniff and touch the plants in Grandma’s Scent Garden, look for fairies in the Fairy Garden, and walk through the caterpillar tunnel in the Butterfly Garden.

Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m., January through March and November and December; and Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m., April through October, weather permitting.

Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older, $4 for ages 2 to 12, and Free for youngsters under age 2.

A family pass for a family of four can be purchased for $40, with each additional person $5 each at the time of purchase.

Details: 10397 Springfield Pike, Glenwood Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215; Phone: 513-521-7275.

59. Burnet Woods

This 90-acre park is one of Cincinnati’s oldest and is filled with lots of outdoor activities. There’s a fishing lake, a disc golf course, hiking trails, and playgrounds.

Birdwatching is also a popular activity in the park. Be sure to check out the 84-ton pink granite sculpture positioned in Stonehenge fashion.

Also on-site is a Trailside Nature Center, a children’s museum, and the Wolff Planetarium.

Hours are daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is free.

Details: Burnet Woods Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45220; Phone: 513-751-3679.

Inclusive Playgrounds

60. All Children’s Playground

Located in Beech Acres Park, the playground for children with and without disabilities is designed to encourage imaginative and active play.

There’s a Tot Lot for infants to age 5 featuring a sand play area, a playhouse, a mini mountain for climbing, swings, and a train with a train station.

For older children, there’s a play area with slides, rock climbing, Sasquatch-tall climbing boulders, a large fort-like play unit, and bongos for making music.

For all ages, there’s a seasonal water play area, a Sway Fun® glider, and a riverboat shelter.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily.

Admission is free.

Details: 6910 Salem Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45230-2959; Phone: 513-474-0003.

61. Francis RecreAcres

This universally accessible playground includes wide ramps, physical fitness elements, and rubber safety surfaces.

Hours are daily from dawn to dusk.

Admission is $3 per car.

Details: 11982 Conrey Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45249; Phone: 513-742-1091.

62. Every Child’s Playground

Located along the river at Sawyer Point Park and Yeatman’s Cove, the custom playground, designed in the shape of a steamboat, is accessible to all children, including those in wheelchairs or with visual impairments.

The climbing structures includes ramps for access by all. The 10,500 square foot play area also features slides; finger mazes; tactile puzzles; swings, including therapeutic ones; a music area with musical instruments; a play village; and much more.

Hours are daily, dawn to dusk.

There is no admission fee.

Details: 801 East Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 352-1616.

63. Clippard Park Playground

The 10,000 square foot playground with a rubber surface for easy maneuvering has a variety of play equipment that is fully accessible to people of all abilities.

The play area includes many climbing features, swings with open, zero-G, or tot seat options, a sandlot with accessible backhoes, a music play area, sand and water tables, and much more

The playground is open daily, from dawn to dusk.

Admission is free.

Details: 3514 Bevis Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251; Phone: 513-385-7500.

64. Boundless Playground

Located in Dudley Memorial Park, the boundless playground is accessible to children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Play equipment includes slides, swings, and play systems that encourage playing and learning in a fun environment.

The playground is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Admission is free.

Details: 5700 Yankee Road, Liberty Township, Ohio 45044; Phone: 513-759-7500.

65. Beckett Park

The 150-acre Beckett Park includes a boundless playground on the park’s east side that provides opportunities for active play for children of all ages and abilities.

A shelter is located next to the playground where families can picnic or take a break from playing.

In the summer, there’s a water feature and in the winter, ice skating on the two ponds.

Park hours are daily, dawn to dusk.

There is no admission fee.

Details: 8682 and 8630 Beckett Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069; Phone: 513-777-5900.

Parks and Recreational Trails

66. Loveland Bike Trail

This bicycle trail is in Little Miami Scenic State Park and is the fourth longest paved rail trail in the United States, following an old railway line.

The scenic bike ride offers views of rivers, woodlands, Indian burial grounds and more. Biking destinations are plentiful.

For a 1.75 mile ride, follow the trail to Riverview Park and its playground. For longer rides of a few hours, bike the trail from Loveland to Milford, Morrow, or Lebanon.

The Loveland Bike Trail is open daily, year-round.

The bike trail is free to use.

Details: 206 Railroad Avenue, Loveland, Ohio 45140; Phone: 513-897-3055.

67. Smale Riverfront Park

Outdoor recreation is the name of the game at this 45-acre park, known for its spectacular view of Cincinnati’s Roebling Suspension Bridge.

Take a bike ride on the park’s trail, walk the promenade along the river, play in the playgrounds, and, in the warm weather, cool off at the interactive fountains, cascades, and water curtains.

The park is open daily, from dawn to dusk.

Admission is free.

Details: West Mehring Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-352-4079.

68. Mitchell Memorial Forest

If you and the kids enjoy fishing, biking, or hiking, the Mitchell Memorial Forest has it all. There are trails to meet all ages and fitness levels.

The Wood Duck nature trail is a one mile walk or ride, while the mountain bike trail is a more challenging 8.1 mile ride or hike. There’s also a playground and a catch and release fishing pond.

Hours are daily from dawn to dusk.

Park admission is $3 per vehicle.

Details: 5401 Zion Road, Cleves, Ohio 45002; Phone: 513-521-7275.

69. Keehner Park

The 123-acre park along Mill Creek features numerous woodland trails for hiking.

The creek side trails make for a scenic hike with its many wildflowers. In addition, kids can get a glimpse of history with the trails’ collections of fossils and clay deposits.

The park also features tennis courts, playgrounds, catch and release ponds, and the Cabin in the Clearing, which offers numerous programs throughout the year.

Hours are daily, dawn to dusk.

Admission is free.

Details: 7211 and 7411 Barret Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069; Phone: 513-777-5900.

70. Miami Whitewater Forest

The largest of the Great Parks of Hamilton County, the Miami Whitewater Forest offers horseback riding, biking, hiking, fitness and nature trails, and other recreational activities for adults and kids of all ages.

The park features the Shaker Trace Horse Tail, a circular trail of 7.2 miles, and the Wooded Horse Trails with three loop trails totaling 7.74 miles.

Paved trails for walking, biking, and hiking range in length from 0.6 miles to 7.8 miles. There’s also a 1.4 mile Parcours fitness trail and a 1.4 mile Timberlakes nature trail.

Other activities to do with kids include a 9-hole disc golf course and a soccer complex.

Park hours are daily, dawn to dusk.

Admission fee is $3 per vehicle.

Details: 9001 Mt. Hope Road, Crosby Township, Ohio 45030; Phone: 513-367-4774.

71. Little Miami Scenic Trail

This paved recreational trail is open to walkers, cyclists, wheelchair users, and rollerbladers. It’s well shaded and offers lots of interesting attractions along its 330 miles of trail.

The trail begins in Newtown and ends in Springfield. Among the area’s attractions are Fort Ancient, Hartman’s Rock Garden, and John Bryan State Park.

The trail, which winds through the southwestern Ohio countryside, also runs parallel to the river in some sections.

Hours are daily, dawn to dusk.

There is no admission fee.

Details: Start at Avoca Park, 8063 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227; Phone: 513-521-7275.

72. Otto Armleder Memorial Park

An assortment of recreational activities for kids can be enjoyed in this park, and bring the family dog along because there’s a 10-acre dog park, complete with a canine shower.

For water recreation, the park includes a river outlook with canoe access to the Little Miami River.

The park itself offers several biking and walking trails, including the five mile Lunken Airfield Loop.

Otto Armleder Memorial Park is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Admission is $3 per vehicle.

Details: 5057 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226; Phone: 513-521-7275.

Lake Activities

73. Campbell Lakes Preserve

This is an ideal place to fish with kids. There are four lakes stocked with northern pike, bluefill, bass, and crappie.

You can fish from the bank, a kayak, a canoe, or a jon boat, with no Ohio fishing license required.

Bass and northern pike are catch and release, but you can keep 10 crappie and bluegill per day.

Campbell Lakes Preserve is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Park admission is $3 per vehicle.

Details: 10431 Campbell Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030; Phone: 513-521-7275.

74. Lake Isabella

This former rock quarry is now a 28-acre lake stocked weekly from March to October, so kids are sure to catch a bite.

Fishing is permitted from the bank, dock, or a rental boat. An on-site boathouse offers bait, tackle, and fishing gear, or bring your own.

Lake Isabella is open daily, dawn to dusk.

Admission is $3 daily to enter the park.

Details: 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45140; Phone: 513-521-7275.

75. Sharon Woods

Lake activities abound at this 730 acre family park. The harbor area offers fishing off the pier, boat rentals of all types, and a playground with water features.

Around the lake is the Gorge nature trail, a one mile Parcours exercise trail, and biking or hiking trails. The Sharon Center offers nature displays and a two-story indoor play area called Adventure Station.

Sharon Woods is open daily, dawn to dusk.

Admission is $3 per vehicle. Boat rental hourly rates range from $10.77 to $40.28.

Details: 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241; Phone: 513-563-4513.

76. Pine Hill Lakes Park

Located adjacent to Corwin M. Nixon Park, this 82-acre park features two fishing lakes, stocked several times a year. In the warm weather, fishing by moonlight is offered on selected days.

Surrounding the lakes are two miles of nature trails, wooded areas, open meadows known for their butterflies, and a tree arboretum. When there’s snow, check out the sledding hill.

The area also includes Pine Hill Lodge, where nature activities are conducted. There’s also a wildlife viewing area at the lodge.

Pine Hill Lakes Park is open year-round. Moonlight fishing, with days announced in the spring, is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Admission is free, but a fishing pass is required for anyone over age 10. Daily fishing pass rates are $8.75 for adults, $5.50 for children ages 10 to 12, and seniors age 60 and older.

Details: 211 Kings Mills Road, Mason, Ohio 45040; Phone: 513-229-8550.

Amusement Parks

77. Kings Island

The largest amusement and water park in the Midwest offers a ton of things to do with kids, including thrill rides, family rides, live entertainment, and Planet Snoopy, featuring Peanuts-themed rides and attractions for all ages.

The Soak City waterpark features more than 50 water activities for adults and kids to enjoy, including 30 water slides, surfable waves, tropical lagoons, water rides, rushing rivers, a lazy river, and two giant wave pools.

The 364-acre amusement park also includes Dinosaurs Alive!, the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur park. A separate admission ticket is required for those not purchasing a gold or platinum admission pass.

Kings Island is open from April through November, with hours varying for weekdays and weekends. Soak City is open May through September.

Single day admission is $39.99 per person and $37.99 for children under 48 inches tall and senior citizens age 62 and older. Seasonal and other package options are offered.

Parking is $15 per vehicle.

Details: 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, Ohio 45040; Phone: 513-754-5700.

78. Coney Island Park

Classic amusement rides, a sunlite pool with waterslides, live shows, a miniature golf course, a kids-sized version of a western town, and an arcade are the attractions at this amusement park.

Coney Island Park, located on the banks of the Ohio River, is open May through October, with daily hours varying for weekdays and weekends.

Admission prices for both the classic rides and sunlite pool and waterslides is $23.95 for ages 5 and older, and $10.95 for children ages 2 to 4.

Classic rides only prices are $12.95 for ages 5 and older, and $6.95 for ages 2 to 4. Admission to only the sunlite pool and waterslides is $13.95 for ages 5 and older, and $4.95 for ages 2 to 4.

Discounted prices are offered for after 4 p.m. admission and for Print@Home ticket purchases.

Parking is $8 per vehicle.

Details: 6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230; Phone: 513-232-8230.

Waterparks and Spraygrounds

79. Florence Family Aquatic Center

This aquatic center offers plenty of splashing fun for kids and adults of all ages. Among the water attractions are a lazy river, spray grounds, spiral and speed slides, and a competition pool.

Sun and shade options range from sunbathing areas to funbrellas to sun shelters. There is a bathhouse and a concession area.

Open late May to mid-August from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily.

Admission is $10 adults ($7 for Florence residents), $7 for children ages 3 to 15 ($5 for Florence residents), and Free for children ages 2 and younger.

Details: 8200 Ewing Boulevard in the Florence Government Center complex, Florence, Kentucky 41042; Phone: 859-647-4619.

80. CoCo Key Water Resort

Located in the Crowne Plaza Cincinnati North, this 50,000 square foot indoor waterpark features lots of water rides for all ages in a balmy year-round temperature of 84 degrees.

The waterpark includes four, 40-foot body and raft waterslides, tube rides, giant whirlpools, slides for tots, an activity pool, a multi-level interactive play island, and an outdoor tanning deck.

CoCo Key Water Resort is open daily, year-round. Hours depend on the day, but are generally 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

General admission is $22.99 for guests over 48 inches, $17.99 for those under 48 inches, and Free for children ages 2.

Twilight pricing, available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. is $17.99 for guests over 48 inches and $12.99 for guests under 48 inches. Family 4-pack and annual passes are also available.

Details: 11320 Chester Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246; Phone: 513-771-2080.

81. Great Wolf Lodge

This 79,000 square foot indoor waterpark keeps adults and kids of all ages occupied with its collection of water rides, mega slides, and play areas by age group.

At the center of the waterpark is a four-story interactive tree house, complete with suspension bridges, soaking spray stations, and swinging cargo nets.

Great Wolf Lodge waterpark is open daily, year-round. However, you must be a guest of the resort to use the waterpark. Nightly rates start at $151.99.

Details: 2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason, OH 45040; Phone: 513-459-8885.

82. Wake Nation

Located on a 10-acre lake, the attraction features the Aqua Glide waterpark and the only full-sized cable wake park in the Midwest.

In the waterpark, fun awaits on giant inflatables for sliding and jumping into the lake. Connecting inflatables create an obstacle course in the lake.

In the wake park, adults and children ages 5 and older can wakeboard, kneeboard, wakeskate and water ski on the 10-acre lake.

Wake Nation is open May through October. Hours in May are: Wednesday through Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m.; from June through August: Monday, Noon to 8 p.m., and Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; in September: Thursday and Friday, Noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and in October: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to Dark.

Aqua Glide prices are $5 for one hour, $8 for two hours, $12 for four hours, and $14 for an all-day pass.

Admission to the wake park is $30 for two hours, $35 for four hours, and $40 for an all-day pass. Equipment rentals are an additional charge. Add the waterpark for an additional $5.

Details: 201 Joe Nuxhall Way, Fairfield, Ohio 45014; Phone: 513-887-9253.

83. The Beach Waterpark

The 35-acre park features a heated wave pool, water slides, children’s play areas, and a zip line for soaring high over the park.

The water fun is surrounded by a tropical setting, complete with live palm trees, waterfalls, crashing waves, and white ocean sands.

Dive-in movies and live music are also scheduled events on most days, or play in the family arcade.

The Beach is open May through September. Hours vary, but from late June to mid-August, hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

General admission is $28.99 at the gate or $23.99 if tickets are purchased online. Children ages 3 and under are admitted Free with a paying adult.

There is an $8 parking fee.

Details: 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason, Ohio 45040; Phone: 513-398-7946.

84. Mayerson JCC

This indoor waterpark has 12,000 square feet of water fun, including a 116-foot long water slide, splash zone, an interactive spray park, and a relaxing current channel.

There are also two indoor pools, including one for laps. A heated outdoor pool has a diving board and a tanning deck.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Mayerson JCC membership is required to use the waterpark for Free. Members can purchase guest passes for two guests at one visit. A guest pass is $8 for ages 16 and older, $4 for ages 3 to 15, and Free for ages 2 and younger.

Details: 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236; Phone: 513-761-7500.

85. Clippard Park Sprayground

The 15-acre park features a sprayground for families to enjoy with lots of motion activated features.

Hours are daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

There is no admission fee.

Details: 3514 Bevis Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251; Phone: 513-385-7500.

Performing Arts

86. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

The theatre offers performances especially for families. The one hour productions, which range from drama and music to dance and visual arts, appeal to all ages and interests.

Performance dates and times vary, depending on the show.

Advanced purchase of four balcony seats is $11.54 each or $46.16.

Parking is available at meters, parking lots, or parking garages.

Details: The Taft Theatre, 5th & Sycamore Streets, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-569-8080, ext. 10.

87. Calico Theatre

Aimed at introducing kids to the visual and performing arts, the theatre presents one hour performances that range from musicals and plays to puppet and magic shows.

Presented in the Krueger Auditorium in the Peter-Jones building on the University of Cincinnati Clermont College campus, most presentations feature free, pre-show activities.

Dates and performance times vary, depending on the show.

Tickets range from $5 to $7 per person, Free for children ages 2 and younger.

Details: 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103; Phone: 513-558-1215.

88. The Children’s Theatre of Mason

With the goal of presenting family-friendly performances to families with children ages 5 to 18, the theatre performs popular plays and musicals.

In addition, children have the opportunity to become involved in the theater, either as a performer, a crew member, or behind the scenes.

Performances are usually held Friday and Saturday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Mason High School Theatre, 6100 Mason-Montgomery Road.

Ticket prices vary by performance, but are typically in the $10 to $12 range.

Details: 308 West Main Street, Mason, Ohio 45040; Phone: 513-398-0116.

89. Kids First Playhouse

Located in the Kids First Sports Center, the Kids First Playhouse showcases the talents and skills of children by presenting dramatic, musical, and dance performances on its full-size theatrical stage.

Performance times vary, but are typically Saturday, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for general seating and $12 for premium seating.

Details: 7900 East Kemper, Cincinnati, Ohio 45249; Phone: 513-489-7575.

90. Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

The Lollipops Family Concerts offer a perfect opportunity to introduce children to music. Each concert is designed to spark a child’s imagination.

Performed by the Cincinnati Pops, under the direction of conductor John Morris Russell, the one-hour concerts also include a family fun zone before the performance.

Performances are scheduled on a Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with the fun zone at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets for orchestra, balcony and gallery seating are $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 12 and younger. Limited view seating is $6 for adults, $3.50 for children.

Details: 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-621-1919.

Farm Attractions

91. Niederman Family Farm

There’s lot of things for kids to do on a farm, especially a family farm. Activities coordinate with the seasons, but at Niederman Family Farm, you can always visit the farm animals and play in Paintball Country.

From mid-April to June, the farm also offers two-hour farm tours that include a tractor ride. In the fall, activities include a hayride, corn maze, a pumpkin patch, a jumping pillow, and more. For the Christmas season, there’s a free holiday display, including a nativity display.

Hours for farm activities vary, so it’s best to call ahead or visit the farm’s website before you visit.

Farm tours are $7 per person. Fall festival admission is $10 per person, Free for children under age 2.

Prices for Paintball Country are based on the rental package you select, plus a $10 per person field fee.

Details: 5110 Lesourdsville W. Chester Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011; Phone: 513-779-6184.

92. Parky’s Farm

The 100 acre educational farm offers a bounty of activities, including wagon rides, pony rides, and an indoor playground for ages 2 to 12 in Parky’s Playbarn, a converted dairy barn.

Fun farm programs are also offered throughout the year for kids of all ages. Special events include Pioneer Pastimes, Halloween Nights and a Pumpkin Patch.

Parky’s Farm is open daily year-round, from dawn to dusk.

Admission to the farm is $3 per vehicle. Programs, pony and wagon rides, and other special farm events require a fee, which varies.

Details: 10073 Daly Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231; Phone: 513-521-3276.

93. Gorman Heritage Farm

At this 122 acre working and outdoor educational family farm, adults and kids can learn the history, methods, and values of a local working family farm.

The farm features a farmyard, a hen house, a rabbit house, a children’s garden, orchards and gardens, a rock quarry, a pond, and walking trails.

The farm offers guided and self-guided tours, events, garden workshops, education programs, cooking classes, and family classes.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 17 and senior citizens age 60 and older, and Free for children under 3.

Programs and some events have additional fees and may require advance registration.

Details: 10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio; Phone: 513-563-6663.

94. Sunrock Farm

It’s year-round farm fun at this educational farm whose mission is to help people touch the earth. Kids get direct contact with animals and plants, with activities, like storytelling, singing, dancing, and drama, enhancing the experience.

Throughout the year, the farm schedules different activities. For example, in the winter, kids ages 5 and older can hike with their favorite farm animals. Farm tours are geared for the season, such as Pumpkin Patch, School Day, and Family Day tours.

Other activities and demonstrations include craft workshops, sheep shearing, maple syrup days, and pioneer days, which includes blacksmithing, weaving, and woodworking demonstrations.

The farm is open year-round. Hours vary, so call ahead or check the website.

Admission is free, but some activities have fees.

Details: 103 Gibson Lane, Wilder, Kentucky 41076; Phone: 859-781-5502.

Sightseeing Tours

95. Anderson Ferry

Take the kids on a ferry ride to tour the Kentucky side of the Cincinnati tri-state area. You can take your car or bikes on the ferry, or tour Boone County by foot.

The Anderson Ferry, in operation since 1817, connects Cincinnati to Hebron, Kentucky. The five-minute ferry ride to the other side offers some nice scenic views along the Ohio River.

The ferry runs daily, with early morning and late evening runs. It does not operate on Christmas Day.

Admission is $1.50 for passenger and bicycle, $8 roundtrip ticket for car and passengers.

Board on Anderson Ferry Road, which is on Cincinnati’s west side.

Details: 4030 River Road, Hebron, KY 41048; Phone: 859-586-5007.

96. Lebanon Mason Monroe Train Tours

What child doesn’t love a train ride? You can tour scenic Warren County on a 1930s train and ride in either an open gondola car or a closed car.

During the train tour, the conductor will share railway history and lore. Throughout the year, the LM&M also offers specialty and themed rides, like Clifford’s Big Red Train Ride, the Civil War Train, and A Day Out with Thomas, designed especially for kids.

Special holiday rides are also scheduled, like the Easter Bunny Express, the Pumpkin Patch Express, and the Polar Express.

Ticket office hours are Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday during scheduled events.

Tickets range from $5 to $18.50, depending on age and the type of train ride or event.

Details: 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon, Ohio 45036; Phone: 513-933-8022.

97. Zip Line and Canopy Adventure Tours

Located at the Creation Museum, families can soar across sky bridges and a three-acre lake on over two and a half miles of zip lines.

There are different zip line options, including dual racing lines, the longest in the region. There’s also the Aerial Challenge Course for adults and kids ages 5 and up that features challenging elements, like swinging planks, loop-to-loops, and a slide, all while 45-feet high.

Zip line and canopy adventure tours are offered mid-March through December. Dates and times vary, so call or check the website. Advance reservations are recommended.

Rates range from $24.95 to $118, depending on age and the type and length of the zip line tour.

Details: 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg, Kentucky 41080; Phone: 1-800-721-2298.

98. Union Terminal Tour

During this 45-minute rotunda tour, adults and kids learn all about Union Terminal, a national historic landmark and an architectural wonder.

Throughout the indoor walking tour, Cincinnati Heritage docents explain the Art Deco style architecture, and provide fascinating details on the famous mosaic murals.

Tours are offered on the hour on Saturdays, Noon to 3 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission to Union Terminal and the tour is free.

Details: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

99. Northern Kentucky Riverwalk Statue Tour

This self-guided tour in Covington’s Historic Licking Riverside neighborhood is designed so kids can learn the history of the area in a fun way.

Along the Riverwalk, families will find seven life-like statues of these historical figures: James Bradley, John James Audubon, Chief Little Turtle, Captain Mary B. Greene, Daniel Carter Beard, John A. Roebling, and Simon Kenton.

Each historical figure displays information on the individual’s contribution to the history of Greater Cincinnati.

Hours are daily until dusk. There is no admission fee for the self-guided tour.

Details: Riverside Drive and Greenup Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011; Phone: 859-655-4159.

100. Segway of Cincinnati Tours

A great activity to do with kids is a Segway tour of the Cincinnati area. Each tour route is two hours, which includes training and the guided ride.

Three tours are offered. The Riverfront Tour highlights the riverfront and travels into northern Kentucky via the Purple People Bridge. The Eden Park Tour features 14 points of interest in the park. Cincinnati’s Center City Tour explores downtown and the Banks, Over-the-Rhine and Pendleton neighborhoods.

Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday. The Riverfront Tour runs Wednesday through Saturday, the Eden Park Tour, Sunday through Tuesday, and the Center City Tour is offered on the first Sunday and the third Wednesday of the month.

Standard tour times are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m., 9: 30 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m., Noon, 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.

Each tour costs $60 per person.

Details: 1150 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-225-1583.

101. Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Take the kids on a horse-drawn carriage tour around downtown Cincinnati. All carriages are equipped with heated blankets and AM/FM CD stereos.

The tour passes the city’s historic buildings, city parks, historic churches, and other landmarks.

Tours are offered throughout the day and evening by reservations, or Friday and Saturday evenings on a first come, first serve basis, weather permitting.

Prices start at $35 for a 30 minute ride.

Details: Vine Street and 5th carriage stand, in front of Tiffany’s across from Fountain Square, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-309-3251.

102. BB Riverboats Sightseeing Cruise

Sightseeing cruises and kid-friendly themed cruises are offered aboard the BB Riverboats. The one-hour sightseeing cruises tour the Cincinnati/northern Kentucky riverfront, offering a history of the river.

The kid cruises range from 90 minutes to two hours. Among the tour offerings are Pirates on the Ohio Cruise, Ice Cream Social Sundays, Princess Cruise, Super Hero Cruise, Kids Valentine’s Day Ball Cruise, and Little Goblins and Ghouls Costume Cruise.

Sightseeing and kids cruises are offered Tuesday through Sunday. Visit the website for departure times.

Cruise prices start at $20 for adults, $14 for children, with prices varying for special themed cruises. Cruises that include lunch and dinner also can be purchased.

Details: 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Kentucky 41071; Phone: 1-800-261-8586.

103. Ride the Ducks Newport

This 45-minute amphibious sightseeing tour is ideal for families with kids. The tour starts on the city streets around downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, and Newport, Kentucky, then hits the water as the Duck boat drives into the Ohio River.

Along the way, the Duck captain points out some of the region’s landmarks, including the World Peace Bell, the Paul Brown Stadium, Covington’s Historic Riverside Drive, and the Great American Ballpark.

Kids love the Wacky Quacker noisemaker given out to all guests. The tour guide encourages guests to use the noisemaker when the tour passes large groups of people on the streets or boats on the river.

Tours are offered every day, between Noon and 5 p.m., from April 23 to May 20; between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. from May 21 to September 3; and between Noon and 5 p.m., September 4 through November 18.

Tour tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for children ages 2 to 12, and Free for children under 2.

Details: 1 Levee Way, Newport, Kentucky 41071; Phone: 859-815-1439.

Sports

104. Cincinnati Reds Ballgame

Experience a major league ballgame in the Great American Ballpark and cheer on the home team, the Cincinnati Reds.

The season runs from April to October, with game times varying between day and night games.

Single tickets prices range from $5 to $255, based on your seating preference. Check out the various ticket promotions for different games.

Details: 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202; Phone: 513-765-7000.

105. Cincinnati Bengals Football Game

Head out to Paul Brown Stadium, do some tailgating as a family, and then cheer on the Cincinnati Bengals.

Preseason games start in August, with regular season games running from September to January.

Game times vary from early afternoon, late afternoon, or evening.

Single game ticket prices vary, depending on your choice of seats in the stadium.

Details: 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-621-8383.

106. Florence Freedom

Take the kids out to a ballgame and watch the Florence Freedom team take on other teams in the Frontier League. Throughout the game, family entertainment keeps the kids engaged in the action.

Team mascots Liberty and Belle entertain, plus there are playground areas, interactive fan activities on the big video board, games, and music.

The season runs from May through September.

Tickets are $10 for reserved seats close to the Kids Zone, or $12 for dugout seats directly behind the dugout.

Details: 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Kentucky 41042; Phone: 859-594-HITS.

107. Cincinnati Cyclones

Catch an exciting hockey game and cheer on the home team, the Cincinnati Cyclones. Twister, the team’s mascot, entertains the kids between the action on the ice.

The season runs from October through April, with game times varying between afternoon and evening.

Single game ticket prices range in price from $13 to $26.50, depending on your seating area preference.

Details: 100 Broadway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-421-4111.

108. Cincinnati Rollergirls

Kids will love the fast-paced action of a roller derby competition. Experience the sport and support Cincinnati’s first, all-female amateur track roller derby team.

Arrive early at the Cincinnati Gardens, the venue for the scrimmages, and take part in tailgating activities.

Single game general admission ticket prices are $12 in advance ($14 at the door) for adults, $5 ($6 at the door) for children ages 7 to 12, and Free for children ages 6 and younger.

Details: 2250 Seymour Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45212; Phone: 513-631-7793.

Indoor Skating Rinks

109. The Skatin Place

This roller skating center is family owned and operated, so it knows how to deliver family fun. The public skating sessions are enhanced with cool lighting and surround sound music.

Family hours are Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Admission is $5 weekdays with regular skate rental, $7.50 on Friday starting at 8 p.m., and $6 on Saturday and Sunday.

Skate rentals are $2 for regular roller skates, $3 for inline, and $4 for jam skates.

Details: 3211 Lina Place, Cincinnati Ohio 45239; Phone: 513-522-2424.

110. Fun Factory Roller Rink

Themed skates make for some great fun with kids throughout the week. Skate to top hits while special effects amp up the rink.

Wednesday and Friday nights are family night from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The weekly schedule also includes Gospel night Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Radio Disney music on Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m., followed by Top 100 music from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Top 100 music Sundays from Noon to 9 p.m.

Admission is $2 on Wednesday family night, $5.50 Thursday through Saturday, and $6 on Sunday.

The skate rental fee is $3.

Details: 1631 Sherman Avenue, Norwood, Ohio 45212; Phone: 513-631-1311.

111. Beechmont Rollarena

Accommodating both roller skating and inline speed skating, the rink offers a great family atmosphere. Kids will love the variety of music played as they skate around the rink.

Open skating hours are Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $3 on Wednesday, $6 on Friday, Saturday until 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, and $7.50 on Saturday evening.

Skate rentals are $2 for regular skates and $4 for speed skates.

Details: 3988 Commercial Boulevard, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245; Phone: 513-753-6868.

112. SkateTown USA

Afternoon and evening open skating to Top 40 music is offered at this family roller skating facility, featuring an above average hardwood maple skating rink, extra-large seating, and a concession area.

Family skate days and times are the first Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Friday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Open skate times are Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Per person admission for family skate is $5 on Mondays, $6 on Fridays.

Open skate admission is $6 during afternoon times, $7 during the evening.

Regular skate rentals are $3, inline or speed skate rentals are $5.

Details: 8730 Union Center North Pavillion Drive, West Chester, OH 45069; Phone: 513-874-9855.

113. Northland Ice Center

Bring the kids to Cincinnati’s indoor, year-round ice skating rink for public skating throughout the week and weekends.

Every Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., a DJ spins music from the classic 80s to today’s top 40 and adds enhancements, like strobe lights, lasers and fog.

Public skating times vary, but are typically Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Public skating prices are $9 for adults ages 13 and older, and $7 for children ages 12 and under.

DJ Skate prices are $13 for adults ages 13 and older, and $8 for children ages 12 and younger.

There is no charge for skate rentals.

Details: 10400 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241; Phone: 513-563-0001.

114. Northern Kentucky Ice Center

Kids can skate indoors year-round at this Northern Kentucky ice skating rink. Public skating sessions are offered all week long and are open to all ages and skill levels.

Public session times vary, but are typically Thursday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 pm.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is $6.00, $5 for children ages 10 and under.

Skate rental is $2.

Details: 2638 Anderson Road, Crescent Springs, Kentucky 41017; Phone: 859-344-1981.

Outdoor Skating Rinks

115. U.S. Bank Ice Rink on Fountain Square

Enjoy skating outdoors with Cincinnati’s tallest downtown buildings as your backdrop. The 7,000 square foot rink includes all the amenities, including skate rentals, lockers, benches, and concessions.

The rink is open from November through February and welcomes all ages. On New Year’s Eve, there’s free ice skating and fireworks.

Hours from November 21 to December 18 are Monday through Thursday, Noon to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to Midnight; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hours from December 19 to January 4 are Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to Midnight.

Hours from January 5 to February 14 are Monday through Thursday, Noon to 5 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, Noon to 10 p.m.

Admission is $4, plus a $4 skate rental.

Details: Fifth and Vine Streets, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-381-0782.

Bowling

116. Crossgate Lanes

Take the kids bowling, or try glow crazy bowling, a music and video bowling experience. There’s 24 lanes with automatic scoring, and bumper and lightweight balls are available on all lanes.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to Midnight.

Glow crazy bowling times are usually Friday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday, 12: 30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Prices are $4.50 per game for regular bowling and $4.75 for glow crazy bowling and weekend evenings.

Shoe rental is $3.

Details: 4230 Hunt Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242; Phone: 513-891-0310.

117. Madison Bowl

With its retro contemporary look and a diner right inside, this bowling alley has been serving up bowling fun since 1957.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m., and Friday through Sunday, 24 hours a day.

Bowling rates vary.

Details: 4761 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227; Phone: 513-271-2700.

118. Colerain Bowl

In business since 1960, this bowling alley offers regular bowling and neon glow bowl. Bowling events are held throughout the month, including Teen Nite, a high school bowl shootout, and adult-child bowl tournaments.

Hours are Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to Midnight; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 10 p.m.

Bowling rates vary.

Details: 9189 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251; Phone: 513-385-8500.

119. Axis Alley

Neat casual fitted attire is the dress code for this upscale bowling experience with 16 lanes of rockin’ bowling, complete with giant projection screens over the lanes showing music videos and sporting events.

There’s full lane food and drink service. Billiards tables are also available.

Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to Midnight, and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. After 9 p.m., only ages 21 and older are admitted.

Per person bowling prices are $4 per game daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $5 per game, Sunday through Thursday after 5 p.m., and $10 per hour Friday and Saturday starting at 5 p.m.

Billiards prices are $6 per hour Sunday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday before 5 p.m., and $9 per hour starting at 5 p.m.

Details: 1 Levee Way, Newport, Kentucky 41071; Phone: 859-652-7250.

Movie Theaters

120. Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater

With films changing regularly, there’s always a new adventure at this five-story theater, equipped with surround sound.

All of the films are family-oriented, with themes that range from historic time periods to faraway places. Others explore the underwater world or the hidden universe.

During the holiday season, a popular tradition for families is viewing the film, Rocky Mountain Express.

Show times vary, depending on the movie.

Admission is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 3 to 12, Free for infants and toddlers ages 2 and younger.

Details: 1301 Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

121. Starlite Drive-In

See a flick from your car or outdoors lounging on a blanket or lounge chair. Kids love it at the drive-in, and adults love the bargain of two movies for the price of one.

The drive-in shows newly-released movies, complete with digital projection and FM stereo sound by tuning into 90.7 FM. A concession stand offers traditional movie treats.

The drive-in is open nightly, rain or shine, during the summer months and open weekends in spring and fall.

Tickets are $8.50 adults, $5.00 children ages 4-11, Free for children 3 years and younger.

Details: 2255 State Route Ohio-125, Amelia, Ohio 45102; Phone: 513-734-2282.

122. Cinemark Oakley Station and XD

This is no ordinary movie theater, with the XD standing for extreme digital, with an oversize, wall to wall and ceiling to floor screen, a custom digital surround sound system, the brightest digital projection, and plush seating.

Up to 14 first-release films are shown per day, with offerings for kids of all ages.

Hours vary based on show times.

Ticket prices vary based on the show and show times. Tuesday is discount day, with each ticket priced at $5.50 all day.

Details: 3025 Disney Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45209; Phone: 513-351-2381.

123. Danbarry Dollar Saver Cinema

The all-digital movie cinema offers bargain prices for first-release movies, a great bargain for families who want to enjoy a day or night out with the kids.

Show times vary, depending on the movie.

Tickets are $3 each for all movie times, $5 for 3D movies. Tuesday is Bargain Day, with all seats for all movies costing $1.75 each, $3.75 for 3D movies.

Details: 601 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240; Phone: 513-671-0537.

Storytimes

124. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore & DeCafe

Besides a bookstore, there’s plenty of activities and events for kids of all ages. Weekly events include storytimes, workshops, music and movement, and discussions with best-selling authors.

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

Most programs are free.

Details: 3054 Madison Road, Oakley Square, Cincinnati, Ohio 45209; Phone: 513-731-2665.

125. Joseph-Beth Booksellers Kids Events

Kids’ storytimes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m., plus each month brings a number of activities and events, including magic shows, crafts, book discussions and author signings.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Most programs are free.

Details: 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208; Phone: 513-396-8960.

126. Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Numerous storytimes and activities are presented throughout each month based on themes, such as snow or bears, or children’s books. Activities are also scheduled for pre-teens and teens.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Most programs are free.

Details: 9891 Waterstone Boulevard, Cincinnati, Oho 45249; Phone: 513-683-5599.

127. Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Main Library

Family storytime offers fun for the entire family, with books, songs, a craft, and dancing included in each program.

The library also offers storytimes for babies, toddlers, and children ages 4 to 6. Afterschool storytimes that include stories and a craft are geared toward grades K through 5.

The Main Library hours are Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Most storytime programs are free.

Details: 800 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-369-6900.

Arcades

128. Arcade Legacy

Whatever the age, adults and kids will have fun playing arcade games and pinball in this 7,800 square foot arcade.

There’s also 18 gaming stations and high-definition projection screens for all-age favorites like Mario Kart 8, Minecraft, and Rock Band.

Hours are Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Wednesday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Thursday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday through Saturday, Noon to 1 a.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 10 p.m.

Daily and hourly rates are available, ranging from $5 to $10. Friday is Family Night, with mom, dad, all the kids, and grandparents playing for the one price of $20.

Details: Cincinnati Mall, 662 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240; Phone: 513-874-8766.

129. The Place Retro Arcade

For some retro arcade games, Donkey Kong, Tempest, Centipede, and Frogger, take the kids to this family owned and operated arcade.

In addition to 40 arcade games, there are 850 video games on 20 different systems. Other popular favorites are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pac Man, and Mario Brothers.

Hours are Friday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

All-day admission is $10 per adult, $8 per children ages 5 to 11.

Hourly admission is $6 for adults, $4 for child for one hour, or $8 for adults, $6 for child for two hours. Free admission for children ages 4 and younger.

Friday is Family Fun Fridays, when for one price of $20, mom, dad and the kids get unlimited play.

Details: 4069 E. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236; Phone: 513-745-0803.

130. Gameworks

There are games for the whole family, from novice to advanced players. Kids will love the selection of hundreds of the latest arcade, old school classics, and prize games.

Some of the featured attractions are Typhoon, Golden Tee Live, and pinball machines. While playing, rock to the music or catch a sporting event on the 26 big screen TVs.

Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to Midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Game card pricing ranges from $5 to $50.

Details: 1 Levee Way #2130, Newport, KY 41071; Phone: 859-581-7529.

Seasonal Activities

131. TCC Berry Farm

From summer through fall, berry picking is a great activity to do with kids, plus you can make some yummy desserts with the fruits of your labor.

At the Teen Challenge Cincinnati (TCC) pick-your-own farm, you can pick organically-grown red raspberries right from the fields. Several raspberry varieties are available throughout the 9,000 foot field.

Picking hours are Saturday, 8 a.m. to Noon from mid-June through September. Call before going to verify picking dates.

The pick-your-own price is $5 a pound, which includes picking containers.

Details: 1466 U.S. Highway 50, Milford, Ohio 45150; Phone: 513-248-0452, ext. 103.

132. Shaw Farms

The historic farm is well-known for its fall events, including its annual fall festival and Halloween events.

The fall festival runs the entire month of October and features an interactive playground, hayrides, face painting, a corn maze, and weekend activities.

Halloween events run from late September to the end of October. For something to do with teens, check out the Halloween Haunt. For younger children, there’s Howl-o-Fest, complete with trick-or-treating, a maze, a dance party, and a pumpkin patch.

Hours are daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July through September, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in October.

Farm admission is free, but there is a free for some activities.

Details: 1737 Ohio 131, Milford, Ohio 45150; Phone: 513-575-2022.

133. Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade

There’s no better way to kick off turkey day than with a parade. The Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual neighborhood tradition that shouldn’t be missed.

The parade is held on Thanksgiving Day and starts at the intersection of Glenway Avenue and Ferguson Road. The parade ends at St. Lawrence Corner.

Expect to see marching bands, floats, local dignitaries, classic cars, groups representing various organizations and businesses throughout Cincinnati and, of course, Santa Claus.

After the parade, the festivities continue on the lawn of St. Lawrence Church and its Parish Center, where there are pictures with Santa, a performance by the St. Lawrence choir, pony rides, a petting zoo, and hot chocolate and cookies.

The parade starts at 10 a.m.

There is no admission fee for any of the activities.

Details: Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio; Phone: 513-251-3800.

134. Beach Mountain

It’s snow tubing fun and winter festivities for kids and adults of all ages. Snow tubing is like sledding, only faster.

When the cold weather hits, Beach Mountain turns into a 400-foot long run of snow. There are different runs and levels to try to keep the snow tubing excitement level high.

If you visit during the holiday season, you can snow tube surrounded by over 100,000 Christmas lights!

The snow tubing season runs from November to March. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The price for two hours of snow tubing for individuals over 42 inches is $20 per person on Thursday and Friday, and $25 per person on weekends and holidays.

Details: Beach Mountain, 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason, Ohio 45040; Phone: 513-398-4356.

135. Spirit of Christmas Tour

Experience this family holiday tradition presented by American Legacy Tours. The Spirit of Christmas Tour stops at churches of national and local significance in the Gateway Quarter.

The highlight of the tour is St. Francis Seraph Church, where nativity scenes from around the world can be viewed, along with a detailed Charles Dickens Village.

In the church’s courtyard is a live nativity scene, complete with a full stable of animals.

Estimated tour time is 90 minutes to two hours, depending on the crowds.

Tours are available from the day after Thanksgiving to the last Saturday in December. Call or visit the website for tour times, which vary.

Tickets are $20 per adult, with free admission for children with a paying adult.

Details: Tour begins at 1332 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 859-951-8560.

136. Perfect North Slopes

When the weather turns cold, it’s a sign to head to the slopes to take the kids skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.

Perfect North Slopes is open from mid-December to early March. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. for skiing and snowboarding, and 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for snow tubing; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing; and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.

Admission tickets range from $30 to $43, depending on age and time of day. Rentals and lessons are available.

Details: 19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025; Phone: 812-537-3754 or 513-381-7517.

 

As you can see, when it comes to things to do with kids in Cincinnati, there’s always something going on. No matter the season, the Greater Cincinnati area is a playground of fun for children of all ages.

Best of all, with the diversity of attractions, activities, and events, you can find great fun at a price that fits your budget.

So when you’re looking for something to do with the kids, go out and explore this great area. Indoors or outdoors, you’ll find a fun and exciting activity is waiting for you right around the corner!

50 Under $50: Things to Do With Kids in Cincinnati

November 25th, 2014

Who says it’s impossible for families to go out and have fun without spending close to $100 in doing so? The Greater Cincinnati area offers lots of free and affordable family attractions, events, and activities.

As proof, Forbes Magazine ranked Cincinnati among the Top 10 places to raise a family, a nod to the area’s amenities for great family living, including the many options for family-friendly fun places.

Rather than take time to search for budget-friendly things to do with your family in Cincinnati, this listing puts them all in one place. But, you won’t find attractions with expensive ticket prices on this list. Instead, you’ll find a diverse variety of 50 things to do with kids in Cincinnati for under $50 and all within 30 miles of Cincinnati.

So get ready to enjoy some family fun throughout the Cincinnati-North Kentucky metropolitan area.

 

Attractions

1. The Web Extreme Entertainment

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Why spend close to $100 or more on just one family attraction when you can get two, plus arcade credits, for under $50? The best value in town is the Family Fun Package at The WEB.

It costs $49 and includes four premium passes for Laser WEB laser tag or Inside Track go-karts, four standard passes for Jurassic Par mini-golf or Hang Ten mini-bowling, and 40 game credits for the largest arcade and redemption center in the greater Cincinnati area.

You get a lot of fun for your money with four attractions all under one roof. Plus, there’s the on-site Winners Café and Sweet Shop to refuel before enjoying more fun. Open daily year-round, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday–Saturday.

Details: 7172 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069; Phone: 513-860-2882.

2. Beechmont Rollarena

This rink is ideal for families with kids who have different roller skating preferences. The roller/inline skating rink offers regular roller skating and speed skating. There’s great music and a great family atmosphere.

Hours and admission prices are 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday with a $2.50 admission; 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday with a $6 admission; 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday with a $6 admission before 6 p.m. and $7.50 after 6 p.m.; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday with a $6 admission. Skate rentals are $2 for regular skates and $4 for speed skates.

Details: 3988 Commercial Boulevard, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245; Phone: 513-753-6868.

3. Loveland Castle

It’s hard to imagine that one man, Sir Harry Delos Andrews, made each brick by hand to build the Loveland Castle, featuring four types of towers. Inside more of Sir Harry’s craftsmanship awaits, with games and puzzles to enjoy.

Kids especially like checking out the swords and period weapons on display and pictures of the castle’s ghosts accompanied by Knights’ ghost stories. The grounds also feature pathways to gardens and family picnic areas by the river or atop the arched tower overlooking the river.

Admission: $5 adults, $3 children ages 12 and younger. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April–September, weekends only October–March.

Details: 12025 Shore Road, Loveland, Ohio, 45140; Phone: 513-683-4686.

4. Fun Factory Roller Rink

Here’s a great way for families with children of all ages to have some fun together and get some exercise in at the same time. Every Wednesday, it’s family night from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., where admission is only $2 and up to four children, ages 12 and younger, are admitted free of charge.

Skate rentals are an additional $3. Roller skate to music, try out some skating moves, and enjoy the special effects. Afterwards, have some family fun in the game room, with a good ol’ gaming competition.

Details: 1631 Sherman Avenue, Norwood, Ohio 45212; Phone: 513-631-1311.

5. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore & DeCafe

Along with a great selection of books and a family-friendly café, there’s a full calendar of family activities going on every week at this children’s bookstore.

Activities and events appeal to children, pre-teens and teens. Special events include discussions with best-selling authors, writing and drawing workshops, story times, and music and movement.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday–Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Most programs are free.

Details: 3054 Madison Road, Oakley Square, Cincinnati, Ohio 45209; Phone: 513-731-2665.

6. Climb Time of Blue Ash

Everyone in the family can get into the climbing act since there’s no experience necessary and no minimum age for climbing. The 7,000 square foot climbing facility has shorter walls for bouldering and higher walls for top rope climbing.

Hours are 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, September 1–May 31 and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 1–August 31. Closed on major holidays.

A daily pass is $10 per person. Sunday is Kids Night after 5 p.m., with a day pass costing $8 for kids ages 2-13. Save on the $5 shoe rental by wearing sneakers or closed toed shoes.

Details: 10898 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242; Phone: 513-891-4850.

7. The Skatin Place

Known for being fun and family-friendly, this family owned and operated roller skating center offers public skate times and has a full-service skate shop, a stuff shop, an arcade, and a snake bar. Skating rounds include colorful lighting, surround sound and musical fun.

Family hours and admission are Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., $5 admission with regular skate rental included; Friday, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., $5 admission, $7.50 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., $6 admission; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., $6 admission.

Skate rentals are $2 for regular roller skates, $3 for inline, and $4 for jam skates.

Details: 3211 Lina Place, Cincinnati Ohio 45239; Phone: 513-522-2424.

8. Parkland Theatre and Entertainment Center

The movie theatre is historic and so are the prices, but the movies are first-run. Families can now enjoy movie night at an affordable price at the oldest operating movie house in Cincinnati.

The theatre, originally built as a vaudeville house in 1881, now shows newly released films for only a $3 admission price. Plus, all concessions, including popcorn, candy and drinks, are $2 or less.

The theatre features state of the art projection, sound and lighting systems, plus has stadium style seating with leather reclining seats.

Details: 6550 Parkland Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233; Phone: 513-600-7900.

9. Florence Family Aquatic Center

Families have a splashing good time enjoying the lazy river, spray grounds, spiral and speed slides, and competition pool. The sunbathing areas, funbrellas, and sun shelters offer sun and shade options.

The bathhouse includes family restrooms, and the concession area offers refreshments.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays–Saturdays, late May to mid-August. Daily admission is $10 adults ($7 for Florence residents), $7 for children ages 3-15 ($5 for Florence residents), Free for children ages 2 and younger.

Details: 8200 Ewing Boulevard in the Florence Government Center complex, Florence, Kentucky 41042; Phone: 859-647-4619.

10. Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater

Families can travel to exotic adventures all from the comfort of the seating in this five-story theater, with surround sound that puts you in the action. Films change regularly, but all have a family focus. Journey to the hidden universe, the underwater world, faraway places, or historic time periods.

During the holiday season, a returning family favorite is the Rocky Mountain Express. Showtimes vary. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 3-12, Free for infants and toddlers ages 2 and younger.

Details: 1301 Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

11. Carew Tower Observation Deck

Check out the panoramic view of the greater Cincinnati region from the 49th floor observation deck of the Carew Tower. Have fun trying to spot your family’s favorite spots from the highest elevated building in Cincinnati and the second tallest building in the city.

Make a day of it and enjoy the shops and restaurants located in the Carew Tower. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday–Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children.

Details: 441 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-579-9735.

12. Tower A

Call it a family time travel as you step back in time when Union Terminal was a train station and view where all rail operations were controlled.

Restored and maintained by the Cincinnati Railroad Club, Tower A looks out over Queensgate Freight Yard, one of the busiest yards in the United States.

Children of all ages will be enthralled watching trains coming and going. Access to the tower is by stairs only. Hours are Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays–Sundays. Admission is free.

Details: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

13. Cincinnati Union Terminal House Detective Agency

This is a real-life game of Whodunit as family members become agents to solve mysteries using their knowledge of Cincinnati history and observations about the Cincinnati Union Terminal.

And the best part is families get paid by the detective agency for their services, which can be used to buy awesome prizes.

Hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Fee is $5 per agent.

Details: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

14. Arcade Legacy

It’s family game night taken to a whole other level with 7,800 square feet of arcade games, pinball, and 18 gaming stations. Use the high-definition projection screens for family favorites like Rock Band, Minecraft, or Mario Kart 8.

On Friday family nights, mom, dad, all the kids, and even grandma and grandpa, can all play for one price of $20. On other days, affordable daily and hourly rates range from $5 to $10. Hours are 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, 3 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday, Noon to 1 a.m. Friday–Saturday, and Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Details: Cincinnati Mall, 662 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240; Phone: 513-874-8766.

 

Museums

15. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

This outdoor museum just 25 miles from Cincinnati is a wide open space where families can explore both art and nature. Spend the day exploring the park’s four areas: East Ridge, Central Valley, Overlook Hill and North Woods, where huge, colorful sculptures are displayed among gardens, meadows, lakes, and forests.

The thousands of years old Greek, Egyptian Etruscan and Roman sculptures in the 10,000 square foot Ancient Sculpture Museum are sure to captivate kids of all ages.

Pack a lunch to enjoy in one of numerous picnic areas. Admission is $8 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, free for children ages 5 and younger. Open year-round, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Details: 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, State Route 128, Hamilton, Ohio, 45013; Phone: 513-868-1234.

16. Museum of Natural History & Science

Fun family exploration awaits, like the 20-foot long Allosaurus skeleton in the Dinosaur Gallery, a replica of an actual limestone cave found in the region, actual moon rocks in the space exhibit dedicated to Ohio native and astronaut Neil Armstrong, and an Ice Age Trail of the area.

A great family activity is trying to master the Stranded Island Survivor Challenge in the STEM Discovery Lab.

Admission is $10.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 3-12, $5.50 for toddlers ages 1-2 and free for infants under age 1. Parking is $6 per vehicle. Open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Details: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

17. Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati

All family members will find something of interest at this museum dedicated to all things firefighting, from Cincinnati’s early fighting days to present.

Kids get to slide down a real fire pole, sound the siren on a modern fire engine, learn fire safety tips in the Safe House display, and much more.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 7-17, free for children ages 6 and younger with an adult.

Details: 315 West Court Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-621-5553.

18. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

Families can relive the greatest moments from baseball’s oldest professional team, The Cincinnati Reds. The self-guided tour through this 16,000 square foot facility features two floors of exhibit galleries. Interactive monitors showcase the biggest names in Reds history, complete with video and audio clips.

Kids will get a kick out of viewing Reds artifacts from the early days of the team to present.

In season hours: Non-game days, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Day games, 10 a.m. to two hours after game ends, Night games, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Off-season: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, and free for children age 4 and younger.

Details: 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-765-7923.

19. Duke Energy Children’s Museum

Ranked among the top 10 children’s museums in the U.S., the Duke Energy Children’s Museum appeals to kids of all ages with its eight exhibit areas where they can touch, climb, crawl and explore.

Every visit is a new experience with the many children’s programs and activities offered, ranging from arts to science.

A single museum pass is $10.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 3-12, $5.50 for toddlers ages 1-2, and free for infants under age 1. Parking is $6 per vehicle.

Open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Details: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

20. Cincinnati Art Museum

Art exhibits, art-related programs and activities, and special events await families to this museum displaying over 60,000 works covering 6,000 years. Families can explore the art collection on their own or take a free public tour.

Especially for families is an interactive scavenger hunt and special exhibition guides. Be sure to ask about them at the visitor’s desk.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday. Admission is free, parking is $4 per vehicle.

Details: 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-721-2787.

21. Heritage Village Museum

Kids learn about Ohio life during the 1800s through exhibits and 13 historic buildings that were saved from destruction and moved to the museum’s grounds.

Among them are the Chester Train Station, Fetter General Store, and Myers Schoolhouse. Demonstrations of 19th-century life include traditional crafts and cooking.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday, with tours at 10:30 a.m., 12: 45 p.m. and 3 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, with tours at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Admission for the guided tour is $5 adults, $3 children ages 5-11, free for children under 4. Admission for exhibits only is $2 adults, $1 children. Open year-round.

Details: Located in Sharon Woods Park, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241; Phone: 513-563-9484.

22. Cincinnati History Museum

Costumed interpreters and a recreation of the 1850 Cincinnati Public Landing bring Cincinnati’s past alive. Families can board the replica Queen of the West steamboat, help a flatboat man unload cargo, talk with a street car conductor, or help the printer in his shop.

Be sure to view the model of Cincinnati from the 1900-1940s, complete with working trains.

Admission is $10.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 3-12, $5.50 for toddlers ages 1-2, free for infants under age 1. Parking is $6 per vehicle.

Open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Details: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

23. Krohn Conservatory

Families only need to travel inside the aluminum and glass walls of the Krohn Conservatory to explore a desert or a rainforest waterfall. Nationally recognized, the conservatory is home to 3,500 exotic plant species from around the world on display in the Palm, Tropical, Orchid and Desert houses.

Special events and programs are held throughout the year, with the 4th of July at Krohn, the fall harvest celebration, the holiday floral show complete with an interactive train display, and the seasonal butterfly show among popular family events.

Admission is $4 adults, $2 children ages 5-12. Open Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours during special shows and events.

Details: 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-421-4086.

24. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Here’s a great way for families to learn about the struggles for freedom in the United States. The immersive exhibits share stories of freedom heroes from yesterday and today. Complementing the many exhibits are family programs, lectures, films, and gallery talks.

Be sure to check out the Solomon Northup Tour, created for the film, 12 Years a Slave, with seven stations depicting the story of Solomon Northup. Also not to be missed are the handcrafted quilts telling the history of African American heroes.

Admission is $14 adults, $10 children ages 3-12, free for children under age 3. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday.

Details: 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-333-7500.

 

Outdoors

25. Smale Riverfront Park

The 45-acre park, with an incredible view of Cincinnati’s trademark Roebling Suspension Bridge, is the perfect spot to spend a day outdoors with the family.

There’s plenty of activities, including a bike trail, playgrounds, interactive fountains, watercurtains, cascades and pools, a meditative labyrinth, a promenade with fantastic river views, Yeatman’s Cove, and tree groves for picnicking.

View the Black Brigade Monument and learn about the men who protected Cincinnati from Confederate troops by erecting barriers.

Open daily. Admission is free. Parking rates are $1 for each 30 minutes, $8 maximum rate.

Details: West Mehring Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-352-4079.

26. Starlite Drive-In

Make it family night at the drive-in, featuring digital projection for a bigger and brighter picture. Plus, stereo FM sound is available by tuning into 90.7 FM. The Starlite shows newly-released movies, and as an added bonus, offers two movies for the price of one.

Open nightly rain or shine during summer months, open weekends in spring and fall. Be sure to visit the concession stand for movie candy favorites, popcorn, sandwiches, drinks, ice cream, and more.

Tickets are $8.50 adults, $5.00 children ages 4-11, free for children 3 years and younger.

Details: 2255 State Route Ohio-125, Amelia, Ohio 45102; Phone: 513-734-2282.

27. Fountain Square

There’s bound to be something going on in the square, from free concerts to family movie night to special events, but if there isn’t, make your own family fun.

The Water Wall is a popular attraction, where kids can make patterns on the sheet of water, or jump around the pop-jets on the granite floor.

During the summer, check out the summer music series, and in the winter, have a family skate on the outdoor U.S. Bank Skate Rink. Enjoy Cincinnati’s seasons by viewing the tree groves and gardens. Free admission. Open daily, year-round.

Details: 520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-534-5877.

28. Big Bone Lick State Park

Kids can discover where bison roamed during the Pleistocene Era along the park’s Discovery Trail. The 4.5 mile trail through woods, grasslands, and wooden savannas leads to a salt-sulphur spring, a bog diorama, an outdoor discovery area, and a bison herd, part of an effort to reestablish these animals that once roamed the area.

Known as the birthplace of American paleontology, Big Bone Lick State Park also offers great family fun with its 7.5-acre lake for fishing, basketball and tennis courts, and two family playgrounds. Free admission. Open daily from dawn to dusk year-round.

Details: 3380 Beaver Road, Union, Kentucky, 41091; Phone: 859-384-3522.

29. Sharon Woods

An excellent family adventure awaits at this popular 730 acre park. Take a scenic bike ride or hike around the 35 acre lake, or on the Gorge nature trail or one mile Parcours trail. The harbor area features a playground with water features and fishing at the pier.

Boat rentals of all types are available at the boathouse, with hourly rates ranging from $10.77 to $40.28. At the Sharon Center are educational nature displays and the Adventure Station two-story indoor play area.

Park admission is $3 per vehicle ($10 annual pass to all Hamilton County parks). Open daily from dawn to dusk.

Details: 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241; Phone: 513-563-4513.

30. Loveland Bike Trail

Located in Little Miami Scenic State Park, the multi-use trail is the fourth longest paved rail trail in the United States. The bike trail follows an old railway line, passing by Civil War sites, rivers populated with Canadian geese and ducks, deer darting through the woods, Indian burial grounds, and more.

For families with small children, consider biking the trail to Riverview Park and its playground. The round trip is 1.75 miles. For bike rides of a few hours, ride from Loveland to Milford, Morrow, or Lebanon. Free and open daily year-round.

Details: 206 Railroad Avenue, Loveland, Ohio 45140; Phone: 513-897-3055.

31. Niederman Family Farm

Whatever the season, there’s family fun down on the farm for all ages. From mid-April to June, two-hour farm tours, complete with a tractor ride and farm animals, are educational and fun.

Fall activities include a corn maze, hayride, pumpkin patch, jumping pillow, and more. Farm tours are $7 per person. Fall festival admission is $10 per person, free for children under age 2.

Details: 5110 Lesourdsville W. Chester Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011; Phone: 513-779-6184.

32. TCC Berry Farm

A great family activity awaits at pick your own farms, where everyone can do their part picking delicious berries right from the fields.

The Teen Challenge Cincinnati (TCC) berry farm offers pick your own organically-grown red raspberries from summer through fall. Several varieties are available throughout the 9,000 foot field.

The pick your own price is $5 a pound, which includes picking containers. Saturdays 8 a.m. to Noon from mid-June through September. Be sure to call before going to verify picking dates.

Details: 1466 U.S. Highway 50, Milford, Ohio 45150; Phone: 513-248-0452, ext. 103.

33. Shawnee Lookout

This family outing combines Ohio’s historic heritage with outdoor activities and a great view. The park is home to the historic Springhouse School and Log Cabin, as well as Native American archaeological earthworks. Bike or walk the nature trails that range from 1.3 miles to two miles.

Take a break and enjoy the lookout, offering incredible views of the Great Miami River valleys and the Ohio River. There’s also a playground, picnic areas, a golf course, and boat access to the Great Miami River.

Park admission is $3 per vehicle ($10 annual pass to all Hamilton County parks). Open daily, dawn to dusk.

Details: 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend, Ohio 45052; Phone: 513-521-7275.

34. Mitchell Memorial Forest

For families who love to fish, bike, or hike, this is the park for you. Take a pleasant walk or ride along the one mile Wood Duck nature trail, or for a challenge, ride or hike the 8.1 mile mountain bike trail.

The park also has a catch and release fishing pond, a playground for youngsters, and picnic areas.

Open daily, dawn to dusk. Park admission is $3 per vehicle ($10 annual pass to all Hamilton County parks).

Details: 5401 Zion Road, Cleves, Ohio 45002; Phone: 513-521-7275.

35. Embshoff Woods

Disc golf is the main attraction in this park, where family members can challenge each other throughout the nine holes. The course winds through the woods, making for some challenging features.

Bring your own discs. Keep the family challenge going on the one mile Parcours fitness trail.

There’s also a playground for kids and family picnic areas. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Park admission is $3 per vehicle ($10 annual pass to all Hamilton County parks).

Details: 4050 Paul Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238; Phone: 513-521-7275.

36. Otto Armleder Memorial Park

Even the family dog is welcomed to join in the fun at this park. Featuring a 10 acre dog park with separate areas for large and small breeds, families can walk the off-leash run with their dogs or run throughout water fountains.

The park is also home to several trails, including the popular Lunken Airfield Loop.

A playground and a river outlook with canoe access to the Little Miami River makes this a great place for family fun. Open daily, dawn to dusk. Park admission is $3 per vehicle ($10 annual pass to all Hamilton County parks).

Details: 5057 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226; Phone: 513-521-7275.

37. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve

Get away from the bustling city and enjoy a relaxing day with nature at this Cincinnati nature preserve. An enjoyable family walk on the 0.6 mile Pin Oak Trail hugs a butterfly and wildflower garden.

For some family fun, stop in at the two-story barn, where nature programs, special events, and exhibits take place.

Open daily from dawn to dusk. Park admission is $3 per vehicle ($10 annual pass to all Hamilton County parks).

Details: 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251; Phone: 513-521-7275.

38. Woodland Mound

Home to one of Cincinnati’s most popular disc golf courses, the 18 hole course is ideal for beginners and experienced players. For more action, bike or hike the nature or Parcours trails.

Not to be missed is the spectacular view of the Ohio River Valley from the Breezy Point Pavilion.

Popular with kids are the wildlife exhibits in the visitor center, the playground, and Parky’s Wetland Adventure playground (open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Memorial Day – Labor Day, with separate admission of $3 per child ages 2-12 or $7 for 3 children).

Open daily, dawn to dusk. Park admission is $3 per vehicle ($10 annual pass to all Hamilton County parks).

Details: 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255; Phone: 513-521-7275.

39. Campbell Lakes Preserve

A great place to take the family fishing, with four lakes stocked with northern pike, bass, crappie, and bluegill. Northern pike and bass are catch and release, but you can keep 10 bluegill and crappie per day.

Fish from the bank, or a canoe, jon boat, or kayak.

No Ohio fishing license required. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Park admission is $3 per vehicle ($10 annual pass to all Hamilton County parks).

Details: 10431 Campbell Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030; Phone: 513-521-7275.

 

Tours

40. Northern Kentucky Riverwalk Statue Tour

An interesting and fun way for kids to learn the area’s history, this self-guided tour in Covington’s Historic Licking Riverside neighborhood features seven life-like statues along the Riverwalk.

View the historical figures, James Bradley, Chief Little Turtle, John James Audubon, Captain Mary B. Greene, Simon Kenton, Daniel Carter Beard, and John A. Roebling, and learn what each contributed to the history of Greater Cincinnati. Open daily. Free.

Details: Riverside Drive and Greenup Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011; Phone: 859-655-4159.

41. Anderson Ferry

Pack up the bikes and take the Anderson Ferry to Hebron, Kentucky. Or drive on to the ferry in your car and explore northeastern Boone County for the day. On the five-minute ferry ride, enjoy the scenery along the Ohio River.

In operation since 1817, the Anderson Ferry is a popular Cincy landmark. Board on Anderson Ferry Road, located in Cincinnati’s west side.

The ferry runs daily, except on Christmas Day, with early morning and late evening runs. Admission is $1.50 each for passenger and bicycle, $8 roundtrip ticket for car and passengers.

Details: 4030 River Road, Hebron, KY 41048; Phone: 859-586-5007.

42. Union Terminal

Families can experience one of Cincinnati’s incredible architectural wonders and learn all about this national historic landmark with a 45 minute rotunda tour.

Cincinnati Heritage docents explain all about the Art Deco style architecture and provide interesting details on the famous mosaic murals.

Tours are offered on the hour from Noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tours are free.

Details: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; Phone: 513-287-7000.

43. Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Carriage Occasions offers a variety of horse-drawn carriage tours around downtown Cincinnati, or will create a custom ride for your family. The downtown Cincinnati tours are a great way to see the city’s historic buildings and churches, city parks, and other landmarks.

Plan a carriage ride during the Christmas season, the kids will love it! All carriages have heated blankets and AM/FM CD stereos.

Prices start at $35 for a 30 minute ride. Available Friday and Saturday evenings, weather permitting, or other days and times can be reserved.

Details: The carriage stand at Vine Street and 5th in front of Tiffany’s across from Fountain Square, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-309-3251.

44. Spirit of Christmas Tour

A wonderful holiday family tradition is the Spirit of Christmas Tour presented by American Legacy Tours. Visit churches of national and local significance in the Gateway Quarter, including St. Francis Seraph Church to view nativity scenes from around the world and a detailed Charles Dickens Village.

In the church’s courtyard, view a live nativity scene, complete with a full stable of animals.

Estimated tour time is 90 minutes to two hours. Tours are available from the day after Thanksgiving to the last Saturday in December. Tickets are $20 per adult, with free admission for children with a paying adult.

Details: Tour begins at 1332 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 859-951-8560.

 

Performing Arts

45. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Presenting theatre performances specifically for families, The Children’s Theatre’s one hour productions run the gamut from music, dance, drama, and visual arts to appeal to all ages and interests.

The Snow Queen, Aladdin, and School House Rock Live are just a few examples of the fine family-friendly performances the theatre presents.

The theatre never disappoints in presenting productions that are popular, vibrant, and professionally performed. Performance dates and times vary.

Advanced purchase of four balcony seats is $11.54 each or $46.16. Expect to pay for parking at meters, parking lots, or parking garages.

Details: The Taft Theatre, 5th & Sycamore Streets, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; Phone: 513-569-8080, ext. 10.

46. The Children’s Theatre of Mason

Ideal for families with children ages 5-18, the theatre presents family-friendly performances, such as Cats, Camp Rock, the Musical, Bye, Bye Birdie, Shrek the Musical, and The Little Mermaid, plus gives children the opportunity to become involved in theater, either as a performer, crew member, or a behind-the-scenes role.

Performances are held at the Mason High School Theatre, 6100 Mason-Montgomery Road, usually on Friday and Saturday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Ticket prices vary by performance, but are typically in the $10-$12 range.

Details: 308 West Main Street, Mason, Ohio 45040; Phone: 513-398-0116.

47. Calico Theatre

With a goal of introducing children and families to the visual and performing arts, each year’s theatre season offers a range of one hour shows, from magic and puppet shows to plays and musicals.

Be sure to catch the entertaining pre-show activities, which are typically free.

Performances take place in Krueger Auditorium in the Peter-Jones building on the University of Cincinnati Clermont College campus. Dates and times vary, depending on the show. Tickets range from $5 to $7 per person, free for children ages 2 and younger.

Details: 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103; Phone: 513-558-1215.

 

Sports

48. Cincinnati Reds Ballgame

During the April to October professional baseball season, families can see the Cincinnati Reds play at the Great American Ballpark. Simply take advantage of the Reach Magazine Family Days promotion every Sunday during home games.

One adult family member pays full ticket price and can then purchase up to three non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day.

Under $50 admission options include View Level ($18 full price) and View Level Line ($8-$18 full price). Parking fees or bus fare is extra.

Details: 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202; Phone: 513-765-7000.

49. Florence Freedom

Head out to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium and take in a Florence Freedom ballgame. The game is baseball at its purest, as these professional ball players compete in the independent Frontier League baseball league.

Team mascots Liberty and Belle are great entertaining the kids and the ballpark offers family entertainment throughout the game, including interactive fan activities on the big video board, playground areas, music, and games. The season runs from May through September.

Choose from reserved seats close to the Kids Zone at $10 a ticket, or dugout seats directly behind the dugout at $12 a ticket.

Details: 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Kentucky 41042; Phone: 859-594-HITS.

50. Cincinnati Rollergirls

Experience the fast-paced action as Cincinnati’s first all-female amateur track roller derby team faces off against the competition.

Families can arrive early and tailgate before the bouts, which take place at the Cincinnati Gardens in a season that runs from January through September.

The team is a member of the sport’s governing body, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), so the bouts are very competitive.

Save a couple of dollars and buy tickets in advance. General admission is $10 ($12 at the door) for adults, $5 ($6 at the door) for children ages 7-12, free for children age 6 and younger.

Details: 2250 Seymour Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45212; Phone: 513-631-7793.

 

There you have it, 50 great things to do with kids in the greater Cincinnati area, all under $50. You’re sure to find other inexpensive things to do in Cincinnati, especially during the summer season, when free outdoor concerts and activities are in full swing.

In addition, some attractions may have special family promotions, so keep an eye out for them. Either way, one thing is for certain: There are numerous Cincinnati attractions that offer family fun at a great value!

Get Ready for the Food Truck Rally!

July 29th, 2014

If you love dining out and trying new cuisines, this weekend is designed especially for you! Both our Dayton and Cincinnati area locations are holding a Food Truck Rally this weekend, with an array of food trucks parked right outside our doors offering a diverse selection of epicurean delights. There’s no entry fee for either rally event and food truck vendors will be offering special prices.

The fun starts this Friday, August 1, at Laser WEB Dayton in Centerville. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., purchase Dayton’s finest fare from these popular food trucks:

  • Zombie Dogz – Known for its gourmet hot dog combinations.
  • Harvest mobile cuisine – Preparing specialty comfort foods indigenous to the area.
  • The Painted Pepper – Serving Southwestern themed cuisine.
  • The Shakery Juice Bar – Offering vegetarian fare, smoothies, and organic juices.

Of course, an event at Laser WEB Dayton wouldn’t be complete without fun, and we’re planning lots of it for all ages. There will be a DJ spinning some great songs and be sure to check out the photo booth where you can make some fun memories.

After enjoying your culinary delights, stop indoors for a competitive, yet fun game of laser tag, or try your navigational skills in the laser maze. We’ll be open until 11 p.m.

Don’t miss this great community event that is sure to be the talk of the town!

The following day, Saturday, August 2, The WEB Extreme Entertainment in West Chester holds its food truck rally from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Among the renowned food trucks participating are:

  • Velvet Smoke BBQ – Offering award-winning barbecue, including ribs and brisket.
  • Pizza Tower – The pizza icon in Cincinnati featuring pizza made from fresh, made-from-scratch dough.
  • East Coast Eatz – Known as the home of Cincinnati’s original “FAT” sandwich, it serves authentic East Coast style food.
  • Kona Ice – Providing refreshing shaved ice in a bounty of delectable flavors.
  • Cold Stone Creamery – Offering unique ice cream creations and shakes.

Joining the festivities will be our popular entertainers: Dave the Balloon Guy creating unbelievable balloon creations and KC the caricature artist drawing unique caricatures that will capture your food truck rally experience.

There will be plenty of outdoor seating, so sit back and enjoy a local DJ playing a cool mix of music while the kids have fun playing lots of free games.

And here’s an added WEB bonus: When you make a purchase at a food truck during the event, you’ll receive coupons to The WEB. So, once you’ve had your full of eats outdoors, work it off by stepping inside The WEB for games of laser tag, go-kart racing, miniature golf, and mini bowling. And don’t forget our arcade, one of the largest in the Cincinnati area, offers extreme fun, too.

We’re excited about this Food Truck Rally weekend and hope you can join us for this fun, local event. Stop by and savor the goodness the Dayton and Cincinnati areas have to offer!

What’s Not to Love About Our Extreme Wedding Party Fun!

July 22nd, 2014

Looking for bride and groom party ideas that are sure to be memorable and fun? Then look no further than The WEB. With our engaging indoor attractions, we’re the perfect pre-wedding festivities destination. Our specially trained event coordinators make it easy to plan a before wedding party. Whether it’s a bachelor party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, bridesmaids luncheon, or rehearsal dinner, take it to the extreme at the WEB! Here’s a look at what we offer:

Party Games

Our attractions engage your guests in FUN, FUN, FUN! We’re talking bride and groom party games like no other and suitable for all ages. At The WEB Extreme Entertainment serving the Cincinnati area, you can choose as many activities as you like from our attractions menu of laser tag, go-kart racing, miniature golf, and mini bowling. At Laser WEB serving the Dayton area, our laser tag and laser maze are sure party pleasers. And let’s not forget our mega arcades at both locations, with games that span generations. It’s a sure bet your party at The WEB for the bride or groom (or both!) will not run short on things to do and games to play!

The Right Size Space

Whether you’re planning large or small celebrations for the bride or groom, we have the space to accommodate casual or formal functions. Both our WEB locations offer private function rooms that make an ideal spot for a bridal shower where the bride-to-be can open gifts and mingle more intimately with her guests. Our function rooms also are great for bridal luncheons or a gathering spot for a bachelor party.

The on-site Winners Cafe at The WEB Cincy offers mouth-watering selections, like wings, pizza and burgers, that make the perfect party food. Depending on the size of your party, you can enjoy a sit-down meal in the restaurant, or ask about our catering menu options at both our Cincinnati and Dayton locations that are sure to meet your pre-wedding party planning needs and budget.

Flexibility for Easy Planning

At The WEB, you have the flexibility to make your bachelor or bachelorette event as formal or casual as you’d like. Reserve a date and time (preferable for large parties), or walk on in and enjoy an afternoon or evening of fun on your own schedule with your guests (preferable for small groups). Both WEB Ohio locations are open seven days a week and offer extended hours on the weekends.

Event Planners at Your Service

Whether you’re having a Jack and Jill party, a bachelor party, a bridesmaids luncheon, a bridal shower, or a rehearsal dinner, let it stand out from all the rest by holding it at The WEB. What better way to surprise the bride and/or groom than a relaxing and casual day of fun with their guests. And there’s no better way to get rid of those pre-wedding jitters than with some WEB fun! To get started planning your pre-wedding event at The WEB, simply email The WEB in West Chester, Ohio, or Laser WEB  in Dayton, Ohio. Say “I Do” to a unique pre-wedding party at The WEB!

Have You Heard the Mega Summer News?

June 30th, 2014

The WEB Extreme Entertainment has just added a major boost to your summer plans. Mark your calendar, rally the troops, and get ready for a blockbuster summer! Meet the game changer – The WEB Summer Series, featuring fun and entertainment for the whole family!

Sure, The WEB Cincinnati has always been known for extreme fun, with our four indoor attractions and one of the largest arcades in the area, but with The WEB Summer Series, we’re taking summer to a whole other level with awesomeness outside our doors, too. And the best thing, yet – The WEB Summer Series is free! Talk about family value!!! Check out what’s in store:

Touch-A-Truck

Kicking off The Web Summer Series is the Touch-A-Truck attraction on Saturday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids of all ages (including adults young at heart!) can explore the fire vehicles and gear of Liberty Township’s finest fire department.

Liberty Township Engine 112

Engine 112, a 2009 Sutphen, is Liberty Township’s newest piece of apparatus. It’s equipped with a thermal imaging camera, a portable hydraulic generator and a multi-gas meter.

Just think, you can climb, sit in the driver’s seat, honk the horn, and touch the fire trucks you see on the road every day helping the community. Let your imagination soar as you pretend to be a firefighting hero! Talk to the men and women who operate the vehicles and learn what the equipment can do and what it’s like to be a first responder.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! It wouldn’t be a WEB event without fun and games, so we’ll have plenty of games for the kids, with prizes awarded. Oh, yeah, and great music and food, too!

Food Truck Rally

They’re a nationwide trend that keeps on growing, plus they’re the star of a Food Network TV show. We’re talking food trucks and there will be lots of them parked outside The WEB Cincy on Saturday, August 2, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., as part of our Food Truck Rally!

Come taste some of the finest mobile cuisine in the Greater Cincinnati area. There will be a wide array of food choices available to purchase, from ethnic specialties to extreme sandwich creations to luscious desserts. As you dig into your gourmet eats, enjoy the music of one of the area’s famed DJs spinning a great mix of tunes. And for even more fun, check out our games for the kids and exciting giveaways!

First Annual WEB Car Show

We’re really excited to be holding our first ever car show. It takes place on Sunday, August 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by our friends at the Super 60’s Car Club, we’re expecting a large display of classic, modern rare, stock, and custom cars. Look under their hoods, check out the customizations, and talk cars, all while enjoying music being spun by a local DJ.

Help us choose the best cars to receive trophies and plaques in a variety of categories. We’ll even have food and giveaways as part of the festivities.

All our WEB Summer Series outdoor attractions take place in the parking lot right in front of our 7172 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester location. Before and/or after the events, cool off inside with even more fun, like go-kart racing, miniature golf, laser tag, and mini bowling. With the WEB Summer Series, you can enjoy family fun-filled days that are sure to make this summer one of the best ever!