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Wet Playgrounds of Hamilton County Open for Summer Fun

We belong to our local pool, but we also like to explore the community and find other places to play in water around town.  Our favorite sort of wet playgrounds are those that are FREE or CHEAP!  The Great Parks of Hamilton County have three wet playgrounds open to the public and the admission is...
10 Ideas for Preschool Fun with Water Beads

10 Ideas for Preschool Fun with Water Beads

Just before the school year ended I learned about the wonderful world of water beads.  My principal and our school’s Speech/Language Pathologists showed me their sensory bin full of these cool and soothing little beads of water.   I will not be able to properly describe to you how these water beads feel other than...
Cambria Hotel & Suites in Noblesville, Indiana

Cambria Hotel & Suites in Noblesville, Indiana

I love a family vacation that we can make happen over a weekend an on a single tank of gas.  I also love exploring new to us small towns.  Last summer we had an opportunity to stay overnight in Hamilton County, Indiana and we were given lodging at the Cambria Hotel and Suites in Noblesville....
Crafty Fun for Hot Summer Days {GIVEAWAY}

Crafty Fun for Hot Summer Days {GIVEAWAY}

This summer we had a chance to review some awesome craft books from The Quarto Group which is “a family of creative small publishers who specialize in beautifully illustrated books on, doing, makings, and learning”.  My kids (and myself) have had so much fun with these four books! These crafty books have given me an...
Wooden Cask Brewing Company

Wooden Cask Brewing Company

We have found another fantastic brewery to love, the Wooden Cask Brewing Company on York Street in Newport.  Northern Kentucky is starting to catch up with Cincinnati in terms of craft beer and local breweries.  Just a year ago our options were limited on the south side of the Ohio River.  Now more craft breweries...
Tiffany Glass at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Tiffany Glass at the Cincinnati Museum Center

There is an impressive collection of Tiffany Glass at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  The exhibition displays many different samples of Tiffany Glass, both windows and lamps.  The exhibition tells about the history of Tiffany Glass, displays some samples of glass that were used to create the masterpieces, and even shows guests a few “faux” Tiffany...
Ice Cream Parlor Dramatic Play Center

Ice Cream Parlor Dramatic Play Center

My preschool classroom has a “Dramatic Play” corner where children can use their imaginations to pretend they are playing or working in different jobs, homes or scenarios.  While our class was learning about the Five Senses I thought it would be fun to put together an Ice Cream Parlor Dramatic Play Center.  It only took a...
Hands on Fun & Learning at COSI in Columbus

Hands on Fun & Learning at COSI in Columbus

Over Spring Break this year we visited one of our favorite museums for a day of hands on fun and learning.  COSI (Center of Science & Industry) in Columbus is not your run of the mill museum, it is more like a warehouse of wonders.  And the great thing is that kids just think that they...

A Day at A.J. Jolly Park

We spent a sunny afternoon at A.J. Jolly Park today.  It was our first time visiting A.J. Jolly Park with the family, it seemed like a good place to try out our brand new kayaks.  We all had a splendid afternoon, there was bike riding, reading, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and even a little cat-napping happening...
Coppins Restaurant at Hotel Covington

Coppins Restaurant at Hotel Covington

Coppins Restaurant in Covington is a fabulous restaurant that just so happens to have a boutique hotel attached to it.  The Hotel Covington opened it’s doors in 2016 to great acclaim, and there was a great amount of buzz over the hotel’s restaurant, Coppins,  named after the Coppins Department Store which is what the historic...

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO {REVIEW}

Cirque du Soleil has brought one of my favorite shows back to town!  Cirque du Soleil’s OVO  is only in town through the weekend and I simply cannot say it enough – you should see this masterpiece!  We caught the show tonight, and I can tell you it is phenomenal.   You will be entertained...
Cincinnati Preservation Association’s 2017 Spring House Tour

Cincinnati Preservation Association’s 2017 Spring House Tour

The Cincinnati Preservation Association’s 2017 Spring House Tour is coming up very soon!  My dad and I have attended this tour for several years now and we always have a memorable time. Even the years that it has rained we still enjoyed our tour.  Every year the Preservation Association spotlights a different Cincinnati neighborhood and...