Summer is the perfect time to relax and recharge. It’s also a great time to take advantage of longer hours of daylight and special events taking advantage of the beautiful weather. To maximize your summer fun, make a list of events at the beginning of summer, then add the adventures into your schedule.
You might be familiar with the gorgeous architecture at French Lick Springs Resort but they also have a lot for families to enjoy.
The Place Retro Arcade is like walking into a time capsule from your childhood. The retro games gave me so many fond memories and it was so fun to share these arcade games with my kids.
The Beach Waterpark now offers snow tubing at it’s newest addition called Beach Mountain.
The holidays are a great time to create memories with your family and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has a great play to kick off the season. Shows typically last about an hour which is perfect for short attention spans. Attendees can dress as casual or as dressy as they want. This is a great way to introduce your child to the performing arts.
There is a flurry of activity at the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves, the reindeer, the forest animals and even the toys themselves prepare for the biggest night of the year! It takes a lot of planning and hard work to get a sleigh off the ground and deliver toys to children around the world, but Santa’s team is ready and willing. Or at least they think they are before a tricky Jack Frost decides to try to stop the Christmas Festivities with a little comical chaos and calamity.
Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 PM*
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 PM
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 PM
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 PM
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 PM
Educators make sure you check out The Day Before Christmas study guide that offers lots of activities.
Tickets range from $7-$25. You can purchase online or call call 513.569.8080 ext. 10.
The Cincinnati Children’s Theatre is located at The Taft Theatre on 5th & Sycamore Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202
I’ve been given 4 tickets to giveaway!
Disclosure: I was given tickets for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own.
I’m a huge fan of the arts and we are very fortunate to live in a city that has a wealth of performance arts. Sometimes it can be a challenge to try to get younger audiences interested in the performing arts but the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Lollipops Family Concert Series) has a show with kids in mind.
We attended the Superheroes! themed concert and had a great time.
Prior to the show, there were lots of hands on activities for kids to enjoy.
Kids could also try playing several different types of instruments.
Each child in attendance was also given a bag with activities and crayons. Kids were also encouraged to represent their favorite superhero.
Music Hall, where the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra concerts are held, is also a beautiful work of art inside and out.
My son enjoyed recognizing songs from some of his favorite superhero movies and multitasked during the concert by drawing a superhero as he listened to the music. The Lollipops concerts are only an hour long which works very well with short attention spans.
The concert had a special visit from Captain America and a few children were even selected to do a superhero parade during the show.
The concert was a great taste of the symphony in a style that really appealed to the whole family. I’m looking forward to checking out more Lollipop concerts in the future.
You can learn more about upcoming Cincinnati Pops Lollipops Family Concerts from their website.
Disclosure: I was given tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Cincinnati Music Hall is located at 1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Who is your favorite superhero?
Whether you are young or old, there are certain superheroes that bring back fond memories. The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has an upcoming superhero themed concert that will be fun for the whole family.
The concert, geared towards children and families, features iconic superhero-themed music and other surprises designed to capture the imaginations of the Orchestra’s youngest audience members and ignite a lifelong love of orchestral music.
The program highlights several tunes from superhero-themed movies and television, which were also featured on the latest recording from the Cincinnati Pops on the Fanfare Cincinnati label, Superheroes! Pops Conductor John Morris Russell, respected worldwide for his educational program, leads the concert, which also includes special guests Charles Ramsey (a student at the School for Creative and Performing Arts), who will perform a special piano work, as well as vocalist Chris Collins-Pisano.
There is also a good chance that you will hear the theme song from your favorite hero’s show/movie at the Cincinnati Pops Superhero Concert. I think this is a great way to introduce your kids to the arts with a theme that is loved by everyone. I can’t wait to watch my boys’ faces light up as they recognize songs from some of their favorite movies.
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Superheroes! is Saturday, November 16th at 10:30
* Make sure you get there early for the Pre-concert activities that start at 9:30 am
(including crafts, performances and the ever-popular “instrument petting zoo,” )
Tickets are $7 child and $12 for adults
and can be purchased by phone at (513) 381- 3300
or by visiting www.cincinnatipops.org.
The Superheroes concert will take place at Music Hall located at 1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
I’ve also been given 4 tickets to giveaway!!!!!
My family and I had a great weekend adventure in Sandusky, Ohio at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Cedar Point hosted Bloggy Con which is a conference for variety of bloggers. The park is located on a mile long peninsula surrounded by Lake Erie on both sides.
Our family recently experienced our first adventure at the Old West Festival.
The festival gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience a taste of what life was like during the old west.
Upon arrival, both of my sons received a cowboy hat and schedule of the shows that day.
They look pretty tough huh?
It was really hard to decide what to see first.
We decided to take in the Medicine show first.
They showcased juggling, sword swallowing, laying on a bed of nails and stunts with fire.
Their skills were impressive! After the show we watched a shoot out.
While at the festival, I snuck away to make plans with the Sheriff for the arrest of my oldest son.
You can put anyone in jail for a $5 bail that comes with an arrest warrant to keep.
The Sheriff will tell the suspect what they are being arrested for and then bring them to jail.
My son was charged with not cleaning his room.
A charge he knew he was guilty of.
The Old West Festival has many details that really feel authentic.
You definitely want to allow time to take in as many shows as possible while at the festival.
The show with Rider is a must see! He demonstrated incredible skills with a gun, lasso and whip.
The festival also has food available for purchase and several activities that families can enjoy for an additional fee.
Covered Wagon rides are $2 for adults and $1 for 12 and under.
Kids can also pan gems, ride a mini train and ride a horse for a fee. There is also a playground that kids enjoy.
The Old West Festival also has themed weekends that will add to the festival experience.
Cowboy Hero Weekend Sept. 7-8
Native American Weekend Sept. 14-15
Steam Punk Weekend Sept. 21-22
Villains Weekend Sept. 28-29
America’s Pastime Weekend October 5-6
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You can find out more information from the Old West Festival website.
On our trip with Visit Pittsburgh, we got to ride the Dusquesne Incline.
I was really excited about this because the city of Cincinnati used to have several inclines but we no longer have any in our city. The city of Pittsburgh still has two that help serve the public transportation needs in the city.
The Duquesne Incline is a working museum. You have history and you have function because people still use it for their everyday public transportation needs.
This view gives you an idea of how steep the grade of the hill is.
The ride is smooth and allows you to take in a different perspective of the city on your way up.
At the top of the incline you can also learn more about the history of the incline.
There is also a self guided tour that shows you the mechanical aspect of the incline.
You can also step outside and take pictures from the observation area.
The views from the observation area showcased the numerous bridges and gorgeous scenery in every direction.
A visit to Dusquesne Incline is an experience that you should add to your list next time you’re in Pittsburgh.
You can find out more about the Duquesne Incline from their website.
PITTSBURGH, PA. 15219
Disclosure: Visit Pittsburgh provided my accommodation, meals and admissions for my participation in their media trip. All opinions are my own.