Cincinnati moms who are looking for ways to keep their tots busy all day long will find a bounty of activities that range from awesome animal adventures at to more artistic pursuits -- and almost everything in between. Whether your little learner is a budding botanist, a pint-sized paleontologist or simply likes a day of play, Cincinnati's many cultural and recreational attractions are sure to please.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (cincinnatizoo.org) is a local favorite for viewing everything from an Amazon Milk Frog to a Screaming Hairy Armadillo. If your little one tires from simply touring the zoo, try out a Family or Youth program. Family programs include themed classes and night-time hikes for kids of all ages and their parents. Youth programs include animal themed adventures for kids 18-months through 14 years. Classes vary depending on your child's age and typically require a registration fee.
The Museum Center
Whether your child is a history buff, budding biologist or simply just loves to to learn, the Cincinnati Museum Center (cincymuseum.org) has an abundance of activities for kids. This multi-museum complex isn't just one institution, like many museums are. Instead, families with kids can choose from several different options including the Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of natural History and Science, the Cincinnati History Museum or the Cincinnati History Library and Archives. Add to your museum day out with a trip to the Robert D. Linder Family OMINMAX Theater.
Cincinnati's Krohn Conservatory (cincinnatiparks.com), operated by the city's parks service, is in an indoor space for visiting plants from around the world. With over 3,500 different plant species that come from all around the world, kids of all ages can delight in the sights, smells and colors. Aside from simply looking at the plants and flowers, families can enjoy fun-filled special programs at the Conservatory. For example, in the fall kids between 3 and 10 (and their parents of course) can go for Magic Forest Halloween Hikes through a pumpkin-lit trail.
Cool off on a hot summer day with some splishy, splashy fun. Cincinnati kids can enjoy one of the city's many public and private pools. If you are looking for a private pool, the Five Seasons Family Sports Club (fiveseasonssports.com) offers a family swim, private swim lessons and group lessons. Tots as young as 6-months can take part in lessons through the Aqua babies program, while older kids can learn to swim at the aptly named Learn to Swim class. In addition to the private clubs, the city of Cincinnati has over a dozen public pools and spraygrounds for kids to play the warm-weather days away.
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