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101 Cheap & Free Summer Activities

by Katie on July 29, 2015

To help families find activities that are both family friendly as well as budget friendly this summer, I’m compiling a list of 101 Cheap & Free Summer 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.

66.  Summer Blockbuster Movie Night

The Cheviot United Methodist Church is hosting a Summer Blockbuster Movie Night on Friday, August 7th at 6:30 p.m.  Movie-goers are invited to bring snacks to share, and water and lemonade will be provided.

If kids and adults would prefer to watch the movie on the floor, they can feel free to bring bean bags, pillows, and blankets to make themselves at home!

67.  Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshops

Lowe’s features a Build & Grow Workshop for children every other Saturday from 10-11 a.m.  Build & Grow Clinics are free and open to the public.  Participants need to register online prior to the event.

On August 8th, kids will have the opportunity to build Hulk’s Tank, while on August 22nd, they can build Thor’s Chariot.  There are also a number of frugal craft ideas on the Lowe’s website that would make fun (and inexpensive!) projects to work on with your kiddos this summer.

68.  Sharks & Penguins Visit the Library

Throughout the summer, the Wave Foundation at the Newport Aquarium will bring their shark tank to the Clermont County Public Library.  Kids will have a chance to touch the sharks during these events.  They will also bring a warm-weather African penguin to the library as well for participants to meet.

You can find the dates, times, and locations of these events here.

69.  Safety Night Out

The Villa Hills Police Department invites the community to attend their Safety Night Out on Tuesday, August 4th from 6-9 p.m.  This event will be held at Tom Braun Field, and will feature a K-9 unit, police displays, a bicycle rodeo, fire department trucks, a helicopter, and free refreshments.

Free parking will be available for this event as well.

70.  Family Night at Union Township Library

The Union Township Branch Library is featuring a Family Night Glow in the Dark event on Tuesday, August 4th at 6:45 p.m.  Families are encouraged to help light up the library as they enjoy glow-in-the-dark themed stories, songs and a special light-up surprise.

Participants can even wear PJs as they enjoy this luminous fun! For more information, you can call the library at 528-1744, plus you can join the event to reserve your spot.

You can find more cheap and free summer activities here.

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101 Cheap & Free Summer Activities

by Katie on July 26, 2015

To help families find activities that are both family friendly as well as budget friendly this summer, I’m compiling a list of 101 Cheap & Free Summer 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.

61.  Free Shakespeare in the Park

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is presented their free Shakespeare in the Park performances again this year.  The company will perform full length Shakespeare productions at a variety of parks and communities around the tri-state area.

You can find the dates and times of upcoming performances here.

62.  Fun on the Farm

Friends of Chrisholm and the MetroParks of Butler County are joining together to host a Fun on the Farm Day on August 15th.  Participants will have the opportunity to to tour the 1874 Amish-Mennonite Augspurger Home, feed the animals, collect eggs, play games, participate in crafts, take a hayride, sample open hearth cooking, tend the gardens, and more.

This event will run from noon until 4 p.m.  There is a fee of $5 per vehicle which you can pay at the door.  No registration is required for this event.

63.  Free Admission at the Contemporary Arts Center

The Contemporary Arts Center and Macy’s have partnered together to offer patrons of the Contemporary Arts Center FREE admission every Wednesday from 5-9 p.m.

Patrons can view the Contemporary Arts Center’s cutting edge exhibitions in their galleries as well as the world class interactive learning space of the UnMuseum.

64.  Bedknobs, Broomsticks, & Baristas at Washington Park

Washington Park is offering their Bedknobs, Broomsticks, & Baristas event every Tuesday from 9-11 a.m.  This event features kids’ yoga with The Yoga Bar.  Kids yoga is designed to teach children how to slow down, breathe, gain self-awareness, improve self-esteem, manage stress, and gain strength.

Participants will receive a basic introduction to yoga poses, games, trust building activities, breathing exercises, and meditation.  The yoga event begins at 10 a.m., and it’s designed for children ages 4-8.

Other kid-friendly activities will also be available before and during the yoga class.  You can find more information regarding this event on the Washington Park site.

65.  National Riddle Day Fun Hunt

National Riddle Day is on Saturday, August 1st!  To celebrate, Madeira will be hosting the Second Annual National Riddle Day Fun Hunt.

This scavenger hunt style event is free and open to the public.  The fun starts 10 a.m. when kids ages 6 and older will have the opportunity to hunt for riddles at local Madeira merchants, and will receive stickers in their passbook for answering the riddles.

The Fun Hunts starts and ends at the Madeira City Hall Community Room.  The U.S. Bank in Madeira will provide a cookout at noon as well.  You can register for this event here.

You can find more cheap and free summer activities here.

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101 Cheap & Free Summer Activities

by Katie on July 23, 2015

To help families find activities that are both family friendly as well as budget friendly this summer, I’m compiling a list of 101 Cheap & Free Summer 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.

56.  Free Admission to Taft Museum

The Taft Museum offers free admission every Sunday to the general public.  The museum is open every Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and there is free onsite parking.

Plus, select third Sundays of the month are Sunday Fun Days where the whole family is invited to explore, create, and play.  These free afternoon programs offer great art, kid-sized art info, hands-on fun, and family-friendly performances.

The next Sunday Fun Day is on Sunday, August 16th from 1-4 p.m.  The theme is It’s a Zoo in Here.  Families will have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour to find animals in art, experience the textures of different animals at the Art Cart, make a funny animal puppet, and get their faces painted like an animal. At 2 p.m., there will be a live presentation of some animals from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

57.  Free Admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum offers free general admission every day.  They’re open on Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There is a parking fee of $4  per vehicle.

The Cincinnati Art Museum features a phenomenal art collection of more than 65,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the Art Museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year.

58.  Free Entertainment Series in Colerain Township

Colerain Township Parks & Services is offering free entertainment each week at the Colerain Park Amphitheater.  Each Friday evening this summer, families can enjoy a movie, concert, or event.

You can find the complete listing of events as well as the times for each event on the Colerain Township site.

59.  Curiosity Saturday at Washington Park

Washington Park will be hosting Curiosity Saturday on Saturday, July 25th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Curiosity Saturdays offers a wide-range of free, engaging, kid-friendly activities for the whole family.

This Saturday’s event will feature construction blocks with Happen, Inc. as well as information from the Cincinnati Public Library.

60.  Perseid Meteor Shower Watch

Forest Run MetroPark will be featuring a Perseid Meteor Shower Watch on Friday, August 14th from 9-11 p.m.  Families are invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to watch this amazing sight.

While not required, registration is kindly requested.

You can find more cheap and free summer activities here.

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Cincinnati Zoo: $1 Admission Today

by Katie on July 22, 2015

Just a reminder – The Cincinnati Zoo is offering $1 admission on July 22nd for the 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.  If you park in the zoo’s parking lot, you will need to pay the parking fee of $9.

Since I originally posted this information, I’ve received several questions about the event.  So, I thought I’d add a FAQ’s section below as a helpful guide to anyone heading to the zoo later today:

Is the $1 admission just for the festival or is it the festival and Zoo?

The $1 admission is for the festival and zoo to see everything except the paid attractions (4-D theater, train, carousel, etc.).

Is this event open to the general public?

Yes, it’s for everyone. Tickets will be sold at the door for $1 each.

Will there be any more $1 days like this or this the only day?

This is a once-a-year event.

Do you have to leave the park at 6, or do you just need to arrive by 6 to receive the $1 admission offer?

From May 23rd through September 7th, the zoo’s hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Can I bring food into the zoo?

According to the zoo’s website, you are allowed to bring food and beverages into the park.  However, I would suggest calling the zoo in the morning just to double check (513-281-4700) if there are any restrictions.

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101 Cheap & Free Summer Activities

by Katie on July 20, 2015

To help families find activities that are both family friendly as well as budget friendly this summer, I’m compiling a list of 101 Cheap & Free Summer 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.

51.  Great Parks 85th Birthday Party

The Great Parks of Hamilton County invites everyone to celebrate their 85th Birthday Party on Saturday, August 1st.  This event will feature free entry into all Great Parks, free entry and programs at Highfield Discovery Garden in Glenwood Gardens, free entry to all indoor playgrounds and wet playgrounds, free use of Ohio River boat ramp at Woodland Mound, an open house at the Shaker Trace Nursery in Miami Whitewater Forest from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., and free admission and programs at the Heritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods.

Participants will also have the opportunity to use a canoe, kayak, pedal, or non-motorized fishing boat for free as well as take a trip on the Winton Queen for free as well.  Plus, all pedal bikes, including cruiser bikes, quadracycles, three-wheel bikes, and pedal carts will be free for use as well.

But that’s not all!  Enjoy free fishing at Lake Isabella and Campbell Lakes,  free green fees at all seven Great Parks golf course (must be booked in advance), a free basket of balls at driving ranges, and free miniature golf and FootGolf at Little Miami Golf Center.

You can find more information regarding this event as well as the schedule of events (including programs, classes, activities, and concerts) on the Great Parks site.

52.  DIY Lava Lamp Event

The Loveland Branch Library is hosting a free DIY Lava Lamp Event on Thursday, July 23rd at 1 p.m.  This event is best suited for children ages 8-12, and all materials are provided.

You can find more free activities at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County here.

53.  Fly High Amelia Earhart Event at the Blue Manatee

The Blue Manatee is featuring a Fly High with Amelia Earhart Event on Friday, July 24th from 2-3 p.m.  Kids will have the opportunity to learn more about Amelia Earhart’s life and love of aviation during this event.

Participants can listen to a story about Amelia Earhart, and can make their own air craft and see whose will fly the farthest.  This event is best suited for children ages 5-7.

Parents are encouraged to call 513-731-2665 to reserve a spot for their child(ren) as space is limited.

54.  Free Fridays at the Cincinnati Museum Center

This is one of my favorite freebies to post about!  The FREE Fridays have returned at the Cincinnati Museum Center!

Visit the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, and Cincinnati History Museum free of charge from 4-8 p.m. on June 12th, July 24th, August 21st, September 11th, and October 23rd.

Visitors will need to pay for parking which is a fee of $4 after 4:30 p.m. and $6 before 4:30 p.m.

55.  Hands On Creatvity! at Plaza Art

Plaza Art is featuring a Hands On Creativity! Event on Saturday, July 25th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 26th from noon until 4 p.m.  This event will give artists of all ages the opportunity to expand their art skills and take home free samples of high-quality artist supplies.

Expert artists will demonstrate everything from airbrushing to encaustic, screenprinting, acrylic mediums, oil painting, and more.  This is an event for artists of all ages and skill levels. There will be fun hands-on activities for kids and families, door prizes, and other surprises throughout both days of the event.

You can find all the activities scheduled for this event here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

You can find more cheap and free summer activities here.

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Cincinnati Zoo: $1 Admission on July 22nd

by Katie on July 20, 2015

The Cincinnati Zoo is offering $1 admission on July 22nd for the 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.

If you park in the zoo’s parking lot, you will need to pay the parking fee of $9.  However, as an alternative, you can park on a street near the zoo for free.

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101 Cheap & Free Summer Activities

by Katie on July 14, 2015

To help families find activities that are both family friendly as well as budget friendly this summer, I’m compiling a list of 101 Cheap & Free Summer 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.

46.  All-Star Neighborhood Celebration

The city of West Chester is hosting an All-Star Neighborhood Celebration today.  This event will feature batting cages, food, and entertainment at The Square at Union Centre.

Participants are then invited to watch the game with family and friends on a giant TV screen.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite team’s gear and join the celebration.

47.  MLB All-Star Summer Pepsi Block Party

Celebrate today’s All-Star Game at the MLB All-Star Summer Pepsi Block Party at The Banks.  This event will take place on Freedom Way from Rosa Parks to Joe Nuxhall Way.

The block party will start at noon and run through 12 p.m.

48.  Greenhills Concert on the Commons

The Village of Greenhills is presenting a Concert on the Commons on Wednesday, July 15th from 7-9 p.m.  Second Wind will be performing at this event, and it will take place on the commons in Greenhills.

49.  Play Hide & Seek

With so many rainy days this summer, we’ve been trying to think of things to do indoors.  The kids love playing hide and seek and it’s perfect for days when the weather is anything but sunny.

Of course, it’s a lot easier for the kids to hide than me!  And a word of warning….before you decide to hide in a closet that contains sports shoes and gym shoes from several teenage boys, err on the side of caution and pick a less dangerous hiding location!

50.  Move Outdoor Games Indoors

When you’re stuck with a rainy or stormy day (ahem….yesterday!), think creatively.  Some of the games that kids enjoy outdoors can safely be moved indoors with a few modifications.

For example, yesterday we played capture the flag indoors and had a blast.  The only rule I added in was that both forts needed to be on the same level of the house since I didn’t have an overwhelming desire to take anyone to the hospital with a broken leg!

There are several other games we play indoors on a rainy day, such as hallway soccer, toss with a nerf football (nerf being the operative word here!), cosmic keep away, cosmic catch, and catch.

By the way, can you tell from the picture above which one of my kids is actually serious about the game and which one is simply trying to make a capture the flag fashion statement?!  They crack me up!

You can find more cheap and free summer activities here.

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