Greater Cincinnati Family Fun This Weekend…. (Oct 19 – 21)

If you’ve been reading our site for any length of time, you know that we LOVE reading! Our top pick for fun this weekend? Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival! The festival is Saturday and is FREE to attend.  There will be a great kids area where you can meet up with mascots for a dance party, enjoy crafts and entertainment and more. Some of our favorite authors and illustrators will be there including Loren Long (Night Song), Louise Borden (Cincinnati: Our City, Our Story), Dr. John Hutton (Baby Unplugged), Mac Barnett (Danger Goes Beserk) and more!  Click here for the complete list of children’s authors and Books by the Banks!

Head to Northside Saturday at 6pm for lots of fun and a screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (screening at 9m)! Fun includes activities with WORDPLAY, and more. Kids encouraged to come in costume.

Saturday is National Fossil Day at Cincinnati Museum Center! Enjoy a day filled with hands-on geology missions throughout all three museums, including You are the Geologist challenges in the LITE Lab, scavenger hunts to earn points in Nature’s Trading Post, an extra 300 points earned for fossil information presented in Nature’s Trading Post, Geology games, cave tours in the Museum of Natural History & Science and other engaging fossil activities for visitors of all ages.

Latin American Culture Fest also takes place this weekend at the Cincinnati Museum Center on Saturday & Sunday. Fun includes lots of great performances, crafts a marketplace and more. Word on the street is there will be two alpacas there this year as well!

Blue Man Group continues at the Aronoff this weekend and it’s a TOTALLY family friendly production. The nice folks at Broadway in Cincinnati were kind enough to send us and let us tell you, it was a blast and a cool, interactive show.

blue manatee children’s bookstore and decafe has two super fun events this weekend, on Friday you can meet Barney Saltzberg, the bestselling author and artist of Beautiful Oops! and learn about his books Andrew Drew and Drew and Arlo Needs Glasses. Then on Saturday from 10 – 10:45am you can meet best-selling author Mac Barnett (Chloe and the Lion, Extra Yarn…) during a surprise signing of his work. These events are free.

Head to Centerville this weekend for Town Hall Theatre’s production of DUCK FOR PRESIDENT!  Recommended for ages 4 and up.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents SEUSSICAL JR this Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Visit their website for showtimes and details. Watch the FFC blog too as we’ll be giving away tickets soon!

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!”

Brazee Street Studios hosts its Family Open House this Saturday from 10am – 1pm. “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. All ages welcome. No experience necessary.” Cost is $15/jack-o-latern.

Looking for a great farm to visit? Perhaps you are on a mission to conquer all of the corn mazes around town? Never fear! We have you covered. Check out our GIANT listing of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Fall Festival and Farm Activities.  Oh, and don’t forget to check out our Cincinnati Discounts page to save on tickets to a few of these great places.

Even more fun for theatre lovers — The Children’s Theatre Of Mason  presents “Bye Bye Birdie” Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Check out Taft Museum for Third Sunday Funday from 1-4pm. Children can explore, create, and play. Activities are free and ongoing.

Ohio Renaissance Festival — “Queen Elizabeth and over 150 costumed characters invite you to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village this weekend 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.

Friday & 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.

Image courtesy of Whole Foods Website

Young chefs can head to Whole Foods Market Cincinnati Saturday at 10am for Kids Can Cook Too!


Phew… that is a long list. Know of more events taking place this weekend? Share them below!

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  1. Susan says

    Too much! Too much! But as always, so much to choose from. I think we’re going to the Chocolate Festival this weekend at Xavier. Also, a “Glow in the Garden” event at Highfield Discovery Garden/Glenwood Gardens.