Greater Cincinnati Weekend Fun {May 24 ~ 27}

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It’s a three day weekend!  Aside from all of the great events and activities going on around town, there’s a certain excitement in the air because the school year is coming to a close, the neighborhood pools are opening up and ice cream trucks are circling the streets.  Summer is upon us!

Since it is a holiday weekend, we’ve expanded our weekend post to include Monday so we could share with you some of the events and parades going on around town this weekend to commemorate those who died while serving our country in active duty in the United States Armed Forces.

Also, please be sure to scroll through the Family Friendly Cincinnati website at some point…we’ve been filling it up with even more great posts about restaurants, local parks, fun things to do and more!  AND we have FOUR giveaways going on right now, so get your name in the hat for all of those!  We have giveaways for nature guides for summer adventures: Wild Cincinnati (ends Friday!!), gift certificate to Natorp’s Nursery so you can start working on your garden, a gift card for Tire Discounters so you can take care of your car before traveling this summer, and a tasty giveaway to Honeybaked Ham.  Good luck!

And if you are planning a summer vacation but funds are tight, consider a STAYCATION right here in town!  We put together a staycation post that is gauranteed to inspire you when planning your own summer adventure plans!

Here’s what’s going on around town this weekend ::

Friday ::

 Final Friday     The last FRIDAY of each month ~  6-10pm    Cincinnati Arts    Pendleton Art Center  1310 Pendleton Street in Cincinnati    FREE    The Pendleton Art Center is home to the world’s largest group of artists under one roof.  Over 200 artists come together at PAC to work and to show their masterpieces.  There are 8 floors of studios to browse, as well as the Studio at 510, the Annex, and the Cafe Studios.  Final Fridays are a fun celebration for the whole family!

Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt    Friday May 24, 2013/ Monday May, 27 2013.  All Day    Peek A Toy    Newport on the Levee    Free!    Go on a scavenger hunt that reminds you what Memorial Day is about…find the answers to the 10 questions through out the Levee. It is a great family game as well as a workout!  How good are you at finding the answers to the questions….visit us at Peek A Toy at anytime this weekend and see…

Saturday ::

Family Saturdays    Fourth Saturday of the Month  1pm – 4pm    Contemporary Arts Center    44 East Sixth Street  Cincinnati, Ohio  45202    Members: Free, Non Members: included with CAC Admission    Family Saturday is a program for CAC families that uses current and upcoming exhibitions to inspire learning and creativity through guided artmaking activities. Family Saturday is the fourth Saturday of each month from 1-4 pm. An artist joins families in creating art projects in the UnMuseum®. Check the CAC calendar for specific Family Saturday events.  To read more about the UnMuseum at the CAC read this post by Katie S: This program is designed for children ages 5-105 and their caregivers.  This Saturday they are having a Family Festival: UnBirthday Party

 ManaTots at blue manatee    Saturdays  9:30am     blue manatee children’s bookstore and decafe    3054 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45209  Free, children up to age 4: Stories, songs and fun

Cash Mob at Le Bon Vivant    May 25, 2013 | 10:00-noon    Cash Mob Norwood    Le Bon Vivant  2801 Woodburn Avenue • Cincinnati    free    A cash mob is a gathering of people who support a small, locally owned business.  They all show up at the business at around the same time and “mob” them with their cash (or credit cards) to support their local economy and make relationships with their communities.  May’s cash mob, put on by Cash Mob Norwood, will be Saturday May 25 at 10:00-noon at Le Bon Vivant  and after mob at Cafe De Sales.  A 10% discount on non sale items will be given to mobbers in attendance.  Please join us for fresh croissants, fun French treats, and that good feeling that comes with connecting with your community!

Fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross    May 25, 2013 2:00-4:00pm    Painting with a Twist – Mason    6196 Tylersville Road, Mason, OH 45040    $35 per person    Join us to paint Tree of Lights on Red this Saturday to benefit the American Red Cross for aid to OKC. All proceeds from the class go to the ARC. Pre-registration required. Please share – we can make a real difference!

Family Open House    Saturdays in May, 10am – 1:00 pm    Brazee Street Studios    426 Brazee Street, Cincinnati, OH 45209    $15    Bring the family to create one-of-a-kind fused glass family portraits! Design your own glass standing figures to look just like your family members. This is an open house style class, so join us anytime between 10am-1pm. No experience necessary. Ages 5+.

Art in Action    Last Saturday of the Month 11am – 3pm    Pendleton Arts Center    1310 Pendleton Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202    Free    Art in Action takes place the Saturday after Final Friday from 11am-3pm. It offers the public a chance to meet artists, view and purchase their artwork, attend lectures, live demenostrations and FREE interactive classes.

City of North College Hill Memorial Day Parade   May 25, 2013    11 a.m., participants assemble 10 a.m. at Rose’s Department Store    Goodman Av. – Hamilton av. – Centeridge Dr. – La Boiteaux Av. – W. Galbraith Rd. to 1646 W, Galbraith    An opportunity to begin the Memorial Day weekend with one of the few parades held on Saturday.

Sunday ::

 The Village Vintage and Art Bazaar on May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22 and October 27 along the Sixth Street Promenade in MainStrasse Village, Covington, KY.  Purveyors of antique, vintage, and repurposed items as well as local artists will be showcased along the Sixth Street Promenade for browsing, buying and enjoying on the fourth Sunday of each month.


Monday ::

Park Hills Memorial Day Parade    Monday, May 27    11:30am    The route includes Dixie Highway to Arlington Drive to Old State Road to Terrace Drive to Amsterdam Road to Rose Circle road.  Flag Raising Ceremonies are at the intersection of Amsterdam Road and Park Drive and start immediately following the parade.      “Parade Entries:  Parade entries include elected City, County, and State officials, local fire and police departments, floats, convertibles, military vehicles and personnel, local businesses, antique cars, marching band, community groups, horses, school youth and sport groups, local music groups, gymnastic clubs, and neighborhood entries.
Flag Raising Ceremony:  At the conclusion of the parade, a flag raising ceremony will be conducted at Trolley Park at the intersection of Amsterdam Road and Park Drive.  A flag that has flown over our nation’s capitol will be presented to the City and flower displays will be placed at the base of the commemorative markers honoring the Park Hills residents who have given their lives in war.
Garden Club Bake Sale:  A bake sale sponsored by the Park Hills Garden Club will be open for business prior to the parade at the corner of Amsterdam and Park Drive.  Starting at 10:00am, please bring your cakes, pies and goodies for sale, as the proceeds support the Garden Club activities.  Come join the fun!!  Questions?  Email”

City of Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade    May 27, 2013    10:15 AM    The parade will proceed east on Cooper to Kenwood, south on Kenwood to Hunt, east on Hunt and end at the Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park on Blue Ash Towne Square.    Military organizations, non-profit organizations, and various businesses will participate in the parade. A special ceremony will follow afterwards at the City’s Veterans memorial, where a commemorative stone tablet will be dedicated to resident Veterans who have lost their lives in combat.

Memorial Day Jump    May 27, 2013 10-11:30, 11:30-1:00, 1:00-2:30    Pump It Up of West Chester    Pump It Up: 7724 Service Center Dr, West Chester, OH 45069    $8 per child- Adults are FREE    Do you need something FUN for the whole family while the kids are off from school?  You and your child are invited to come and play on our giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Pump It Up Memorial Day Pop-In Playtime.  Parents and Grandparents play for FREE!

All Weekend Long ::ButterflyElla

International Butterfly Show    Through June 30, 2013    Cincinnati Parks        $7 adults • $6 seniors • $4 children • 4 & under are FREE! $12 Unlimited Admission Pins    Visit the Krohn Conservatory to see the beautiful butterflies of Morocco, along with gorgeous works of art and flowers.

If you’re feeling hungry this weekend, or want to try new foods head down to the Taste of Cincinnati downtown!  Saturday May 25 through Monday, May 27.

Flight of the Butterflies    Every week until June 27, 2013    Cincinnati Museum Center    The OMNIMAX at the Cincinnati Museum Center    Ticket Prices Vary    The Flight of the Butterflies movie at the OMNIMAX is enlightening &  educational for the whole family. Read more about this fantastic show in the Family Friendly Cincinnati post about Flight of the Butterflies.

Fine Feathered Friends and More    May 3 thru May 28, 2013    Sharonville Fine Arts Center    11165 Reading Road, Sharonville, OH 45241    Free    This photography exhibit by Mike Simpson, local photographer, captures wildlife in nature.

 Farmers Markets :: There are a multitude of wonderful Farmers Markets around town that you can visit for fresh, local, delicious foods, flowers and more!  Check out this post for a list of markets in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.  Find one in your neighborhood, or visit a new neighborhood market!

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