Top Family Friendly Attractions in the Cincinnati Metro

Top Family Friendly Attractions in the Cincinnati Metro

When you visit the Cincinnati Metro area, there is so much to see and do for families.

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Science of Sports Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Science of Sports Exhibit
The Cincinnati Museum Center has a new exhibit that is fun for all types of sports fans and ages. The Science of Sports exhibit allows you to play and while educating you on the science behind it.

You can see what it’s like to throw a ball from pitcher’s mound.

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You can also get the catcher’s perspective.
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Test your skills on the balance beam and see how well you do trying a few balance moves without falling off.

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You will appreciate the skills of gymnasts even more because it’s harder than it looks.
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You can challenge someone to run a timed sprint against you. 

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This exhibit makes competition fun; especially when you get to show your kid that you can still beat them even though they are younger and generally faster than you. 

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Kids will love showing their strength with the weight sets.
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Make sure that you also stop by the Science Demo area. My kids still remember some of the science experiments from the demo which included using their other senses while trying to catch a ball with their eyes closed.

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The exhibit also has an area where kids can learn about healthy eating in the pretend grocery store.

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Don’t forget to observe the photographs in the hallway leading to and from the exhibit that showcase sports figures with ties to the Cincinnati area.

“Science of Sports also features photos from the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation ‘s 25 Years, 25 Great Moments in Cincinnati Sports, part of its 25th anniversary celebration in 2014. A list of 50 significant sports moments were compiled and whittled down to 25. Fans voted on their top five moments, casting over 10,000 votes over a one-month period.”

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*Admission to Science of Sports is included with a Museum Center Membership or an All Museums Pass.

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You can find out more about the Science of Sports Exhibit from the Cincinnati Museum website.

 

The Cincinnati Museum Center is located at 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

 

Disclosure: I was received complimentary admission for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Night at the Museum – An Overnight at the Cincinnati Museum Center

An Overnight at the Cincinnati Museum Center

I’ve wanted to take my boys for an overnight at the museum for a few years. The movie “A Night at the Museum” made that desire even stronger.

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

My boys and I attended the Super hero themed Sleepover that took place at the Cincinnati Children’s Museum.

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

We met in the rotunda of Union Terminal which houses all three Cincinnati Museums in one building.

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

The art deco design in the rotunda is so incredible.

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

Our group was guided through the Museum of Natural History to set up our sleeping quarters which were large carpeted classrooms. I recommend bringing an air mattress if you have one unless you are comfortable sleeping on the floor.

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I did bring a memory foam pad but I would still recommend the air mattress if you have one.

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

The museum staff shared stories of superheroes and showed us animals that have some superhero traits.

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

We moved into a classroom inside the Children’s Museum where the kids observed different covers of comic books and then were given the challenge to create their own superhero cover.

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

The kids were also challenged to make their superhero with modeling clay.

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

There was also a few science demos that the kids got to participate in.

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Everyone was offered a healthy snack provided by the museum at around 9pm.

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The kids were given time to play at the Children’s Museum at their own leisure.

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Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

Like all good things, playtime had to come to an end and lights out was around 11:30.

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The next morning we packed up our items and took them out to our vehicles and then met in the rotunda for breakfast.

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

Adults will appreciate coffee in the morning and kids can choose from boxed cereal or breakfast bars and a banana.

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

After breakfast our group watched an Omnimax movie. We really enjoyed our overnight experience. It was a great combination of fun, education and play.

You can find out more about overnights at the Cincinnati Museum Center from their website.

Overnight at Cincinnati Museum

 

Disclosure: I received complimentary overnights for my family for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Mummies of the World – The Exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center

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I previewed the Mummies Exhibit with my friend Jamie. She loves history and we both were interested in learning more about this new rare exhibit. We were given special permission to take pictures for promotional purposes.

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An Evening to Celebrate Cincinnati’s Preservation Renaissance

 

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If you love history, make sure that you check out the newest exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center. It’s a collection of 50 years of history. I love that I discover something new every time I visit the Cincinnati Museum Center.  I find learning about the history of Cincinnati neighborhoods and buildings fascinating.

 

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The exhibit honoring Cincinnati Preservation’s 50th anniversary is now open at Cincinnati Museum Center! It highlights CPA’s story from its founding by three women determined to save Native American and early settlement sites to saving individual buildings and reviving entire neighborhoods. 50 years of work comes to life through building models, blueprints, artifacts and more.

 

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“Celebrating 50 Years of Working Together Saving Places” is located in the Culture Gallery of Cincinnati Museum Center.

From the exhibit’s introductory panel:

 

Saving Buildings Together: 50 Years of Cincinnati Preservation

Fifty years ago a group of Cincinnati citizens recognized that we were losing our historic sites and buildings at an alarming rate.  One highly significant archeological site at Shawnee Lookout faced an immediate threat from a proposed transmission line at a nearby power plant.  To address this crisis they organized the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation (MPA) in 1964.   While working to save Shawnee Lookout they also began to educate themselves and the community about the other treasures in the region.

This exhibit represents the individuals who led preservation efforts, the buildings they saved, and sadly, the many that have been lost.  It also highlights the evolution of the preservation movement from its early focus on individual buildings to its current role in reviving entire neighborhoods.

 

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The founders of MPA had to work hard to convince people of the value of the historic buildings.  Today historic preservation is more widely appreciated and has become a central part of city planning.  Cincinnati’s current urban renaissance is fueled in large part by redeveloping its historic resources.

 

Admission

Admission to the exhibit, which runs through April 5, 2015, is free.

 

Exhibit Hours

Monday – Saturday 10 AM -5 PM

Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM.

 

 

An Evening to Celebrate Cincinnati’s Preservation Renaissance

November 8th, 7:00 p.m

Marriott Renaissance Downtown, Burnham Room C

Cincinnati Preservation Association is pleased to be hosting a grand opening dinner and party at the newly renovated Marriott Renaissance Downtown Hotel.  This exciting event will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 beginning with cocktails at 6:00 pm.  A gourmet dinner will follow at 7:30 PM.

The widespread enthusiasm for Cincinnati’s unique historic fabric is fueling new development and drawing people to the city.  It did not happen overnight, however, in fact Cincinnati Preservation has been working to save and revitalize our landmarks for 50 years.  To commemorate this 50th anniversary of our founding we are celebrating with dinner and party at the newly restored Marriott Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown.  We will be celebrating the opening of this beautiful hotel in the former Union Trust Company building, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut Streets. This is a major success story for Cincinnati, and we are delighted to celebrate our 50th anniversary in such high style.

For sponsorship information or to purchase tickets

($150 per person)

call 513-721-4506 Ext. 2

 

You can find out more from the following websites.

Disclosure: I was compensated to help share get the word out about this information. All opinions are my own. 

 

Behind the Scenes Repair Tour at Union Terminal in Cincinnati

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A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a behind the scenes tour to with other Cincinnati instagramers. The purpose of the tour was to show us how Union Terminal is deteriorating and why it’s so important to save this icon of our city.

This building is absolutely gorgeous inside and out.

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Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

I recently got to attend the sold out premiere of the “Diana, A Celebration” exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The Museum Center created an opening night in style complete with incredible food, red carpet entry and complimentary pictures.

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

The Diana exhibit began with several quotes and pictures of her followed by her tiara.

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Princess Diana was well known for her beauty inside and out.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

This picture of her is so beautiful. The tiara is pretty impressive too!

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

We learned of Diana’s lineage to the throne and history of her family. The family jewels are pretty stunning!

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

The exhibit gave you a sense of her early childhood with pictures, personal possessions and home movies.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

 

The exhibit also has Diana’s wedding dress!

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

It was really interesting to take in all of the details up close.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

I’ve seen the footage of the wedding but it was different to see the elements of that day in person.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Her wedding was watched by over 1 billion television viewers in 1981!

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana’s wedding dress had a 25 foot silk train which is the longest in Royal history and was hand embroidered with more than 10,000 tiny mother of pearl sequins and pearls created by Elizabeth and David Emanuel.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

The exhibit showcases a lot of interesting mementoes from that day including hand written notes.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

The Diana exhibit also highlights her public life and her fashion over the years with over 25 pieces.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

I absolutely LOVED this part of the exhibit.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

It felt like you were going back in history.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

You could see how Diana’s fashion evolved over the years.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

There are also images of her wearing several dresses and even some video footage.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

 

There was also an outfit that reflected her humanitarian side that was a huge part of who she was.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

The exhibit has audio recordings that you can listen to along the way that give you extra insight into each piece.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

The Diana exhibit shows her heart and compassion for others.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

The exhibit also ends with the sobering reminder of her death with the kind words of her brother that were spoken and even lyrics from Sir Elton John’s song at her funeral.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

The video footage loops with beautiful clips that capture her beauty as a person.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

The Cincinnati Museum Center also showcase local woman who made philanthropic efforts in the Cincinnati area from the 1850s-1960s.

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

It was really interesting to read about women who had such an impact in our local area.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

 

I absolutely LOVED the Diana, A Celebration Exhibit!

 

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

You can feel like a Princess too by taking a selfie with a crown.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

Don’t forget to share your “#celebratediana” experience on social media.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

 

Princess Diana made such an impact on so many people’s lives and this exhibit gives you an even greater appreciation for her life, her love and her legacy.

 

Diana, A Celebration Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

 

You can see Diana, A Celebration now until August 17, 2014

Feb. 14 – Aug. 17, 2014

 

Exhibit Hours 

Monday & Tuesday Noon- 6pm

Wednesday- Friday Noon – 8pm

Saturday & Sunday 11am – 8pm

 

Exhibit Pricing 

Feb. 14 – July 31

Adult $24

Child 16

Senior $21

Member Adult $17

Member Child $12

There will be a $1 increase for each admission from August 1-17.

 

 

Cincinnati is the LAST city that the exhibition, that has been traveling since 2003, will be in before returning the items to her sons in London for future generations, so don’t miss it!

Make sure you check out the Cincinnati Museum Center website for upcoming events like “Diana:Toast of the Town” every Wednesday from 6-9 with a cash bar.

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The Cincinnati Museum Center is located at 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

 

Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Livin In The Cin” Photo Challenge {Instagram Favorites}

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One of my favorite forms of social media is Instagram. I LOVE checking out photos of friends and travelers. I also really enjoy taking pictures.

I’ve been a contributor for Cincinnati USA’s Livin In The Cin campaign over the past few months where myself and a few other local bloggers highlight hidden gems in our city.

My third mission from Cincinnati USA was to “Photograph one or more things, places, people, etc. that represent the challenge word given and show off reasons you are excited to live in Cincinnati USA.”

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Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains

It’s that time of year again.

 

There are some Cincinnati traditions that families look forward to each year. The Holiday Trains are one of those special traditions that mean a lot to audiences of all ages.  I have fond memories of seeing the trains downtown as a child and now visitors can see the trains at their permanent location at the Cincinnati Museum Center.  You know that Christmas is just around the corner when the trains are on display.

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Activities Around the 4th of July in the Cincinnati Metro Area

There are so many great activities going on around the 4th of July in the Cincinnati Metro Area.

 

Here are few events that you don’t want to miss!  Just click on the link to find out more information.

 

 

 

 

  • 7/3/2013 10 p.m. Red, White and Blue Bash at Mount Adams Pavilion

 

 

 

  • 7/4/13 Red, White & Blue Ash – FREE – Foreigner Performs at    8:15/Summit Park

 

 

  • 7/4/2013 8:15 a.m. Firecracker 5K Run and Walk Fort Thomas @  Tower Park

 

 

 

    • 7/4/13 10 a.m. Military Appreciation Day @ The Beach Waterpark

  • 7/4/13 City of Edgewood Concert and Rozzi Fireworks

 

 

  • 7/5/13  7/6/13 City of Independence 4th of July Parade and Celebration

 

Have a great and safe 4th of July everyone!