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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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Toys “R” Us is hosting a Father’s Day LEGO Celebration on Saturday, June 18th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Kids ages 6 and up can make and take a free mini LEGO Winner’s Podium for their exclusive LEGO Speed Champions line.  Plus, kids will be able to participate in a build and play activity as well.

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101 Free Summertime Activities

by Katie on June 16, 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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26.  Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program invites kids to read throughout the summer in order to earn a free book.  Simply fill out the Summer Reading Triathlon Reading Journal and bring it to your local Barnes & Noble store in order to choose your free book.

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27.  TD Bank’s Summer Reading Program

With the TD Bank’s Summer Reading Program, kids can earn $10 this summer.  Kids in grades K through 5 are encouraged to read 10 books this summer.  They can then print out the Summer Reading Form and take it to their nearest TD Bank in order to receive $10 in a new or existing TD Simple Savings account.

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28.  Family Christian Store Summer Reading Program

The Family Christian Store Summer Reading Club is open to kids 12 years and younger.  Children are invited to read any 6 Christian books and explain one of the faith messages from each book in their Reading Adventures Diary. They can then bring their completed diary to a Family Christian store between June 3 and August 25, 2016 to choose a free book.

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29.  Pottery Barn Kids Summer Book Club

Pottery Barn Kids invites kids to attend their weekly story time this summer as they read aloud some of their favorite books.  When a child attends 5 or more story time events, they’ll receive $10 off an item at Pottery Barn Kids.  You can find times and locations for these events here.

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30.  Scholastic Summer Reading Program

Scholastic is hosting a Summer Reading Program where kids read throughout the summer months and then go online to record the minutes they’ve read.  In so doing, kids will be able to unlock stories and earn rewards.

You can find more free summertime activities here.  

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101 Free Summertime Activties

by Katie on June 15, 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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21.  Brain Camps at the Public Library

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is hosting Brain Camps this summer.  Kids in grades 1-5 can read great stories, make themed crafts, play fun games, experiment with science, and create art during these week-long camps.  Registration is required for these events, and you can contact your nearest branch to sign up.

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22.  Airheads 30th Anniversary Celebration

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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23.  Touch a Truck Event

Montgomery’s annual Touch a Truck Event will take place on Thursday, August 4th at Weller Park from 9-11 a.m.  Kids can explore fire engines, ambulances, tractors, police cruisers, military vehicles, and more.

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24.  Father’s Day LEGO Celebration

Toys “R” Us is hosting a Father’s Day LEGO Celebration on Saturday, June 18th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Kids ages 6 and up can make and take a free mini LEGO Winner’s Podium for their exclusive LEGO Speed Champions line.  Plus, kids will be able to participate in a build and play activity as well.

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25.  Geoffrey’s Birthday Club Event

Children ages 2 and up are invited to attend Geoffrey’s Birthday Club Event on Saturday, June 18th from 3-4 p.m.  Geoffrey’s Birthday Club members will receive special surprises with coupon, including a free Geoffrey plush toy and a storybook.  Invitations will be sent for this event approximately one month prior to your child’s birthday, and you can sign up for the Geoffrey’s Birthday Club here.

You can find more free summertime activities here.  

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101 Free Summertime Activities

by Katie on June 14, 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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16.  Hot Wheels Tournament

The Harrison Branch Library is hosting a Hot Wheels Tournament on Tuesday, June 14th.  Participants can either enter a Hot Wheels or Matchbox car in the race or just come and watch these high-speed races.  Registration starts at 6:15, and the races begin at 7.  Advance registration is required.  This event is open to children ages 12 and under, and the winner will receive a trophy!

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17.  Friday Family Movie Night

The Harrison Community Center is featuring a Family Movie Night on Friday, June 17th with a showing of Hotel Transylvania 2.  Pre-show events will start at 8 p.m., and families can enjoy FREE popcorn, snow cones, orange drink, and pizza from the Harrison LaRosa’s (while supplies last).  Participants are asked to bring a canned good item to donate to the Harrison Mayor’s Fund.  The movie will begin at dusk, and it’s important to note that no coolers are allowed at this event.

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18.  Camp OTR

Stop by Washington Park on Friday, June 17th to participate in Camp OTR.  Taking place from 10-11 a.m., this event will feature games with the Play Library.  From creating toys to inventing new games, kids will have the opportunity to design, build, learn, work and play together.

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19.  East Price Hill Jazz Festival

The East Price Hill Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, June 18th starting at noon.  Five different acts will perform throughout the day.  Families are encouraged to bring coolers, blankets, chairs, and a picnic lunch to enjoy this fun and free event.

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20.  Ohio Lavender Festival

The 8th Annual Summer Solstice Lavender Festival will take place on June 18th and 19th.  Admission to this festival is free and so is parking.  The event will feature workshops, educational talks, tours through the lavender fields, and more.

You can find more free summertime activities here.  

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