This weekend’s biggest and best family-friendly deal in town is the Fine Arts Fund Sampler Weekend, hands down. There will be events for kids and adults happening all over town, on both Saturday and Sunday. ALL FREE. You really can’t beat that. Download the whole mega-schedule here (it’s a PDF).
Some events that look particularly interesting for families/kids:
Saturday, Feb. 20
Contemporary Arts Center (UnMuseum) 44 East 6th Street
11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Make! Education staff will be on hand in the A-Z ArtLab to help visitors create their own artwork.
Crone Cottage 605 Fairfield, Bellevue
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., Gallery Open & activity: Create little fairy friends (great for ages 7-12)
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle
11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Creative Dramatics for Children: Ongoing session of acting games and exercises led by
the Playhouse’s zany master of fun, John Bromels. Held in the Rosenthal Plaza.
Learning Through Art, Inc.
1420 Sycamore Street, Suite F50
11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Presents Books Alive! For Kids® an afternoon of making books come alive through sight, sound
and touch. The program provides hands-on activities, performances by Drums For Peace and Kathy Wade; cast
members Zak Morgan and C.J. Thompson of Books Alive! For Kids® television series
The New School Montessori 3 Burton Woods Lane
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre: Enhance creative thinking skills and physical fitness with
an interdisciplinary music or movement workshop by learning Nigerian or Ghanaian basic dance movements. For the entire family.
Center for the Arts Wyoming, 322 Wyoming Avenue
- 10 – 10:25 a.m., Family Music Time – Ages 1-6 with a grown-up. Play instruments! Move and groove to music! Sing and stir up the musical energy with Miss Mary and Miss Kelli of the Center’s Musik Kids Program
- 10:30 – 11:10 a.m., School House Symphony – ages pre-K to adults. Well-known in our region for its exceptional educational program, the six-member ensemble represents the string, woodwind, brass and percussion families. The performance of will include selections from Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and starts with things the students already know and explores classical music in an entertaining and interactive approach. A ton of fun!
- 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., ART OPEN HOUSE – pre-K to adults. Did you ever wonder how one becomes an artist? Stop by at any time, do a fun hands-on art project and talk to our art director Miss Melinda! Our brand new Art School opens its doors to those young and young at heart for some fun art activities. A must do!
Clovernook Center for the Blind, 7000 Hamilton Avenue, North College Hill
10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Linton Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions: Hit It! Be prepared to become part of the action at this hands-on concert! Experience the percussion music of North and South America, Africa, and Asia. For children, ages 2-6, and their families.
Fitton Center for the Creative Arts, 101 South Monument, Hamilton
10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ongoing activities Pop-ups, Puppets and Paper Crafts, Squish and Sculpt: Family Clay-Play, Who Needs a Brush? Painting with Unique Tools, Beyond Stick Figures: Drawing the Human Form, Boundaries Gallery Exhibition: Photos and Sculpture with CReaTioN STaTioN activity
Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Ave
3-5 p.m., Winter Children’s Arts Festival! Visual Arts, Puppetry, Music, Dance, Story Telling: A hands-on experiential event!
Campbell County Public Library- Newport Branch, 901 East 6th Street
12 p.m., Creative Movement and Mask Making: Support your child’s curiosity and imagination through movement games and the creation of their own distinct mask. Especially for ages 5-8, but siblings are welcome!
Sunday, Feb. 21
Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Drive
12 p.m., Madcap Puppets (Auditorium) **Free Tickets available at 11 a.m.** In Madcap’s production of Aesop’s Fables, Aesop is an old man recalling three of our bestloved stories re-told by a cast of puppets and you!
Know Theatre of Cincinnati 1120 Jackson Street
11 a.m., “Brother’s Grimm” takes young audiences on a journey through the familiar tales of Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm – and how the art of storytelling has changed their interpretations over time
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Downtown Branch, 800 Vine Street
3 p.m., Frisch Marionette Company’s Variety Show: A lively, upbeat show featuring hand puppets and trick marionettes performing songs, dances and comical routines