Frugal Family Fun

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Receive free admission to all of our national parks on August 25th through August 28th in honor of the National Park Service’s Birthday.  Be sure to check out the National Park Service site for park locations.

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The Cincinnati Zoo is offering $1 admission on Wednesday, July 20th for their Annual Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters, & Crafts Festival.  This event runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and admission is just $1 per person.  The tickets are available for purchase at the main gate on the day of the event.

If you park in the zoo’s parking lot, you will need to pay the parking fee of $10.  However, as an alternative, you can park on a street near the zoo for free.

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101 Free Summertime Activities

by Katie on July 1, 2016

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To help families find activities that are both family friendly as well as budget friendly this summer, I’m compiling a list of 101 Free Summertime Activities.  Some of the items on this list will be universal in regards to location, while others are more specific to the Cincinnati region.

You can find previous posts from this series here.

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46.  Fourth of July Jam

Washington Park will be hosting their Fourth of July Jam on Saturday, July 2nd.  Enjoy live music, carnival games, giant Jenga, stilt walkers, a Framester photo booth, and more.  They’ll also feature a fireworks show that will begin at approximately 9:50 p.m.

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47.  St. Bernard’s Fourth of July Celebration

St. Bernard will celebrate the Fourth of July on Saturday, July 2nd at Ross Park.  There will be a Firecracker Run at 9:30 a.m., and the Aquatic Center will be open and free to all runners and St. Bernard residents from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Non-resident runners may bring a guest for $5.

Festivities at the park will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a cupcake eating contest followed by a cornhole tournament.  Enjoy rides, food, drinks, and live music as well.  The evening will end with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

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48.  Red White & Kaboom

Harbin Park will host their annual Red White & Kaboom Event on Sunday, July 3rd.  This event will feature entertainment, food, and activities as well as Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks at 10 p.m.

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49.  Firecracker Festival

Loveland will be celebrating Independence Day with their Firecracker Festival at Home of the Brave Park.  The festival will begin a 3 p.m., and will feature live music, food and vendor booths, children’s inflatables, a petting zoo, face painting, sand art, playground and water park, a firetruck, and more.  The evening will be capped off with fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

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50.  Independence Day Celebration on Fountain Square

Fountain Square will be celebrating Independence Day with live music beginning at 7 p.m.  They will also feature fireworks on the square at 9:45 p.m.

You can find more free summertime activities here.  

 

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101 Free Summertime Activities

by Katie on June 30, 2016

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To help families find activities that are both family friendly as well as budget friendly this summer, I’m compiling a list of 101 Free Summertime Activities.  Some of the items on this list will be universal in regards to location, while others are more specific to the Cincinnati region.

You can find previous posts from this series here.

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41.  Free YouthSpark Camps at Microsoft 

Microsoft is offering free YouthSpark Summer Camps this summer.  Kids ages 8 and older will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the latest technology as they learn how to code, create games, and use their imagination.

There will be four camps available, with two designed for beginners and two for intermediates who are ready to take their skills to the next level:

  • Kodu Makerspace (ages 8-11)
  • Be an Inventor with LittleBits (ages 8-11)
  • Learn to Code Flatverse (ages 12 and up)
  • Start Your Own Business (ages 13 and up)

Each camp runs for four consecutive days and lasts for two hours per day.  It’s important to note that the parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant ages 18 and under must remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event.  You can find a participating Microsoft store near you here.

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42.  Free Apple Camps

Apple Retail Stores across the country are offering free Apple Camps this summer.  Kids ages 8-12 will have the opportunity to broaden their creative horizons by making movies, creating interactive books, and more all while using Apple products.

These free camps last for three days each, and there are three different camps to choose from:

  • Coding Game and Programming Robots
  • Stories in Motion with iMovie
  • Interactive Storytelling with iBooks

It’s important to note that a parent or legal guardian must stay at the Apple Store for the duration of the Apple Camp workshop.  Space is limited, and these workshops fill up very quickly, so if you have a child who is interested, I would suggest signing up as soon as possible.

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43.  Red White and Boom

Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with Dearborn County’s Red White and Boom Event.  This event will include free military boat rides and displays, a lighted boat parade, a craft show, a cruise-in car show, and Saturday night fireworks at dark over the Ohio River.  You can find the full schedule of events for Red White and Boom here.

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44.  Red White and Liberty

Join the Liberty Center in the square from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 2nd for their Red White and Liberty Event.  The event will feature a parade, games, music, crafts, and more.  You can find the full schedule of events here.

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45.  Great Parks Days

Miami Whitewater Forest is featuring Great Park Days on Saturday, July 2nd.  This event includes free admission into the park (no parking pass needed), free entry into Parky’s Pirate Cove wet playground, an open house at Shaker Trace Nursery, free harbor activities (canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard, pedal boat, rowboat, hydrobike and bike rentals), free golf, free concerts, and more.  You can find more details here.

You can find more free summertime activities here.  

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101 Free Summertime Activities

by Katie on June 21, 2016

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To help families find activities that are both family friendly as well as budget friendly this summer, I’m compiling a list of 101 Free Summertime Activities.  Some of the items on this list will be universal in regards to location, while others are more specific to the Cincinnati region.

You can find previous posts from this series here.

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36.  Dog Day of Summer Event at Spring Grove Cemetery 

Spring Grove Cemetery is hosting their 9th Annual Dog Day of Summer Event on Sunday, June 26th.  Events throughout the day will include a gift basket raffle, guess the treats contest, an organized Dogwood Trail Walk, pet portraits, animal adoptions, a luau picnic, and more.  You can find the full schedule for this event here.

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37.  The Open on the Square

This summer’s Open on the Square will take place at Fountain Square on Friday, June 24th from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  This free event is kid-friendly and will feature tennis courts with instruction from USTA teaching professionals.  Stop by to enjoy treats from Skyline and Graeter’s as well as other activities throughout the afternoon.

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38.  Summer Soccer Clinic

Join the Summer Soccer Clinic on Sunday, June 26th from 1-4 p.m.  The clinics will be led by soccer star Jennifer Meiners who currently coaches Girls Elite teams with Total Futbol Academy and has taught camps and clinics both locally and on the collegiate level.  The first clinic will run from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. and is best suited for kids ages 6-7.  The second clinic is from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. and is for children ages 8-9.  You can sign up for this event here.

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39.  Free Admission to the Contemporary Arts Center

The Contemporary Arts Center offers free admission on a daily basis.  You can find their hours of operation here.

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40.  Pioneer Village Open House

Governor Bebb Metro Park is featuring a Pioneer Village Open House on Saturday, June 25th from noon until 4 p.m.  With this event, you’ll be able to stop back in time to the early 1800’s and enjoy demonstrations in the cabins such as open hearth cooking, games, toys, and weaving.  While registration for this event is not required, it is preferred.

You can find more free summertime activities here.  

 

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Come celebrate Airheads’ 30th Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 18th.  The event will feature an Airheads hot air balloon, fun family activities, live music, food, and candy!  Activities will include face painting, a balloon artist, a bounce house, and a trampoline bungee.  This event will take place at Smale Park from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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101 Free Summertime Activities

by Katie on June 18, 2016

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To help families find activities that are both family friendly as well as budget friendly this summer, I’m compiling a list of 101 Free Summertime Activities.  Some of the items on this list will be universal in regards to location, while others are more specific to the Cincinnati region.

You can find previous posts from this series here.

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31.  BAM Summer Reading Program

Book-A-Million is offering their Summer Reading Program again this summer.  Kids can choose 3 books from the Summer Reading Adventure Section, read the books, and then record them in their reading log.  Then show the completed log at your local BAM store to get a free James Patterson Middle School lunch bag.

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32.  Book Adventure Reading Program

Book Adventure is a fun and free way to encourage your child to read.  Kids in grades K through 8 can read books, take a quiz online, and earn prizes for their reading success!  You can find more information about this program here.

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33.  SYNC Summer Reading Program for Teens

SYNC is a summer reading program designed for teens ages 13 and up.  Each week, SYNC will give away two free complete audio book downloads based on weekly themes.  This program runs through August 17th.

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34.  Cincinnati Police National Night Out

The Cincinnati Police National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd at Owls Nest Park.  This event will feature free food and drinks, carnival games, police equipment and displays, and fun for all ages!  The event will run from 6-9 p.m.

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35.  Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshops

Lowe’s features monthly Build & Grow Workshops.  During these events, children will have the opportunity to complete a building project, and will receive a free apron, goggles, and a patch.  The next event will take place on Saturday, June 25th at 10 a.m. when kids will be able to build an Iron Man project.  Preregistration is required.

You can find more free summertime activities here.  

 

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