Greater Cincinnati Family Fun This Weekend (Oct 12-14)

It’s another Fall weekend packed full of fun things to head out and do with your family. Pick one, pick two, even pick three. Have a great weekend!

Friday – October 12

Independence, KY Courthouse turns 100 years old and they want you and your family to come out to help them celebrate. Activities occur on both Friday evening and during the day on Saturday.

Morgan’s Haunted River Paddle or Die Morgan’s Ft. Ancient location (5701 St Route 350, Oregonia, OH 45054) invite you and your family to hike through the Forest of Lost Souls on your way to a short guided raft ride on the Haunted River….who knows what lurks in the mists on the river? New this year is Zombie Island.

This is Fun for Families, BUT……Due to some of the scary imagery, this event is recommended for kids ages 7 and up. Parents can use their own discretion for younger kids. All children 17 and under must be accompanied by and adult.

  • Price: $15 for Adults, $10 for Kids 12 and under
  • Price with Resevation: $13 for Adults, $8 for Kids 12 and under. Call 1-800-932-2663 to reserve.
  • 7-11 pm

Because this is a guided tour, there may be a wait, so please feel free to bring your own s’more fixins to roast around the bonfire (or pick up a kit along with other snacks and drinks from their deli). In addition, there will be a movie to watch shile you wait.

Take a stroll through Haunted Covington while experiencing the thrills and chills. Our own Amy Q tells you all about this fun event in her post. Walks are $20 per person and happen each Friday and Saturday evening in October and happen at 7 and 9:30 pm.

Saturday — October 13

Brazee Street Studios hosts its Family Open House from 1-3pm. “Celebrate Autumn and the Halloween season! Bring the whole family to create their own Jack-O-Lanterns in fused glass. Design and decorate works of art using our glass accessories, that you’ll be able to hang for years to come. Create art together! All ages welcome. No experience necessary.” Cost is $15/jack-o-latern

If you’re looking to head out to the country this weekend to take in a fun Fall Farm (say three times fast!), then be sure to click the link to check out all of the great suggestions Kristin G. has for you and your family.

If you missed our post earlier this week, then be sure to check out what we have to say about HallZOOween at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Stop out for all of the fun either Saturday or Sunday. If you can’t make it out this weekend, then enter our giveaway.

GOT Electronics? Join in on the Warren County’s Electronic Recycling EVENT! Saturday, October 13th at the Warren County Administration Building from 9am – 12 noon in Lebanon, OH. Accepting: Telephones, Speakers, Fax Machines, Docking Stations, Cell Phones, Stereos, Remotes, LCD Screens, Printers, VCR’s, Wires, Copiers, Computer Equipment, Laptops, Cable/Satellite Boxes, Small Home Appliances. For a $4.00 fee they will accept CRT Monitors (first monitor is free) and TV’s will be accepted for a $1 per inch of screen. For more information call: 513-695-1209.

The Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library is celebrating their 10th year in their “new” building, and they are throwing a birthday bash like no other to mark this occasion!  And everyone is invited!

Here’s the run-down of events on Saturday, October 13th:

  • 10am-1pm:  families can experience a “touch-a-truck” program, storytime, games, and crafts for kids of all ages
  • 11am-1pm:  Gold Star will be providing free cheese coneys (time TBD)
  • 12-2pm: teens can get their game on with a video game competition
  • 4-5 pm: all ages can enjoy live music with Beatles tribute band The Sweet Beats

Festivities continue today as Independence, KY Courthouse turns 100 years old. Activities are scheduled throughout the day today.

Head on over to The Scheben Branch of the Boone County Library  at 8899 US 42, Union in the morning to read to a therapy dog and then head back in the afternoon to compete in a Yo-gi-oh Tournament. Check out the details for both events here:

  • 10 a.m. –  PAWS to Read (grades K-5)   Read to one of our therapy dogs – Squirt, Doc, Brodie and more. Call the Scheben Branch at 859-342-BOOK (2665) to register for your 15-minute time slot.
  • 1-4 p.m.  Yu-gi-oh Tournament (grades 4-10) Bring your cards and duel for prizes. Pizza and drinks provided. No trading. English cards only. Call to register – 859-342-BOOK (2665).

The Morgan’s Haunted River Paddle or Die continues today.  Morgan’s Ft. Ancient location (5701 St Route 350, Oregonia, OH 45054) invite you and your family to hike through the Forest of Lost Souls on your way to a short guided raft ride on the Haunted River….who knows what lurks in the mists on the river? New this year is Zombie Island. See details from Friday above or click through the website for more info.

If you missed this last night, head out tonight and take a stroll through Haunted Covington while experiencing the thrills and chills your surroundings have to offer. Our own Amy Q tells you all about this fun event in her post. Walks are $20 per person and happen each Friday and Saturday evening in October and happen at 7 and 9:30 pm.

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra kicks off it’s 21st Subscription Series with Disney Live in Concert — Pirates of the Carribean. “If Mozart or Wagner were alive today, they’d probably be writing for film. The entire score will be performed by the orchestra as the dialogue and sound effect tracks play with the video. The concert screening offers an interesting “look” at how integral the music is to the action and emotion in all movies.

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean* is adapted from the ride at the Disney theme parks, and is rated Aarrggh! for mateys of all ages.”

Concerts are held at 2pm and 8pm at the Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion. Tickets are $12 – $40 and available online.

Farnbach-Werner (3455 Poole Road Cincinnati, OH 45239), part of the Hamilton County Park District, is the place to be if you’d like to attend the annual Black Walnut Festival.  “Black Walnut Weekend celebrates Ohio’s autumn harvest with tasty food, hikes, crafts and games. Each day, visitors can sample foods prepared with the robust flavor of black walnut. There will also be a nut and tree hike through the park at the top of each hour. The celebration includes crafts, games, an opportunity to dye a 100% cotton garment (bring or buy) in a walnut bath and live music. Shelled nuts will available for purchase. ” This is free and open to the public (with daily or annual park admission vehicle sticker). The festival runs from 12pm – 4pm both today and tomorrow.

Book Signing at Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore — “New York Times best-selling illustrator Loren Long returns to blue manatee to sign his latest book “Nightsong.” Written by Ari Berk, it is the story of Chiro, a young bat who is sent by his mother into the night for the first time alone. It’s an adventure, but how will he find his way? And how will he find his way home? As the young bat discovers, navigating the world around him is easy as long as he uses his good sense.” Book signing begins at 11:30 am in Oakley (3054 Madison Rd.). Line numbers will be given with purchase of the book. For more info, call (513) 731-2665. Free for everyone.

Ohio Renaissance Festival — “Queen Elizabeth and over 150 costumed characters invite you to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village where you can enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! Featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink fit for Kings, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages, the Ohio Renaissance Festival offers something for everyone!” 10:30am-6pm in Waynesville, OH – Purchase tickets on-line to save money.

Feel like eating a sauerkraut donut? Might be a fun trick to play on your kids, right? If you agree and like a little kraut with your dogs, then be sure to head up to the fun filled festival in Waynesville. The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival is huge and fun for all. The event runs today from 9am-8pm and tomorrow from 9am-6pm.

If you like Washington Park, then you’re going to love taking your kids to the Washington Park Kids Fall Fest from 2pm-4pm. “Kids Fall Fest is the perfect time to get into the Halloween spirit! Every Saturday in October, you can play games and win cool prizes, clown around with circus performers, and get your face painted to look like your favorite animal. Or, you can stop by our pumpkin patch, pick your favorite, carve it and take it home with you as a souvenir!”

This Saturday’s entertainment lineup will include:

  • Balloon Animals and Stilt Walkers from the Cincinnati Circus Company
  • Uni-cyclists,  Jugglers, Hula-hoopers, Diablos, & Stilt Walkers from My Nose Turns Red
  • Face Paintings by Devansway
  • Pumpkin Patch by Brown’s Market Place (John & Joyce Brown)
  • Games & Prizes
District A day at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center sounds like an absolutely fabulous and family fun event. “Everyone is invited to a free, all-day, family-friendly party in District A along Montgomery Road in Pleasant Ridge and Kennedy Heights. From 10am to 2pm, the Art Center will host a program filled with music and art for the whole family. Then continue the fun with more activities up the street in Pleasant Ridge.”
  • 10am – 2pm  Art-making on the lawn –Create your very own “mini-world in a jar” or a colorful, Kandinsky autumn tree.
  • 11 am  Madcap Puppets — Mapcap will perform “When You Wish Upon a Fish” at the Kennedy/Montgomery corner.
  • 12 noon  Music performance by Todd Hepburn
  • 5-10pm this turns into a street party at All Saints Episcopal Park where you can enjoy dinner by the bite and dancing in the street.

Sunday — October 14

Jump into Fall at the  Krohn Conservatory on Sunday, October 14th 10am-3pm.  We are excited to be partnering with Whole Foods Market Cincinnati on this super cool LOCAL event. There will be more than 16 local vendors selling and sampling, along with a Whole Foods Market kids farmers market, make your own trail mix bar, and more!! First 500 kids will receive a FREE mini pie pumpkin to take home!

Best of all? It’s FREE with price of admission to the Krohn Conservatory. Adults $3, Seniors $2, Children $1 (4 and under FREE). (We’re proud to help sponsor this event. Be sure to stop and say hey to us if you come out.)

If you’d like to head inside, then scoot on over to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (3711 Clifton Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45220) for the Second Sunday Family Showtime. This month’s play is Accidental Friends by Y York. The show begins at 2pm and is free for children  with a suggested donation of $5 per adult. Click on the link to get all of the details.

There’s still time today to visit  a local Farm and check out all of their fall fun. Click the link to find out where to go and what to see.

Today is the last day for the annual Black Walnut Festival at Farnbach-Werner (3455 Poole Road Cincinnati, OH 45239), which part of the Hamilton County Park District. Be there or miss out on eating some great treats made with black walnuts. Festivities are from 12pm-4pm and are free with your day or annual vehicle pass.

The Ohio Renaissance Festival continues today in Waynesville, OH from 10:30am-6pm. Purchase tickets on-line to save money.

Put a little kraut on your dog or just about anything else at the The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville. Today is the last day — head on up between 9am-6pm.

HallZOOween at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens continues today.  Stick the kids in their costumes and head on over for a great fun filled time.  If you can’t make it out this weekend, then be sure to enter our giveaway.


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