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Fun Things to Do for the Day With Children in Cincinnati

by Erica Loop, studioD

With just over 77 square miles of city space, Cincinnati is a mid-sized, Midwestern metropolitan area that has activities galore for children of all ages. Whether you live in this Ohio city and are looking for a "staycation" day or are visiting Cincinnati, there are plenty of fun family things to do for the day. From indoor ideas that feature active, artsy and educational pursuits to outdoor activities, kids of all ages will enjoy what Cincinnati has to offer.


Whether your child is an arts enthusiast or a true science lover, there is an array of museum options to try out during the day in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Art Museum (cincinnatiartmuseum.org) has a world-class collection as well as fun family programs. Check out the museum's free "Family First Saturdays" on the first Saturday of each month to see performances, try hands-on art making, take a family tour or watch an artist demonstration. Another artsy option is the Taft Museum of Art (taftmuseum.org). If you are looking for a free family option, try the Taft's "Third Sunday Fundays". This program features free museum admission, tours and art making activities. For a multi-themed museum day out, visit the Cincinnati Museum Center (cincymuseum.org). Housing the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Cincinnati History Museum along with archives, libraries and an Omnimax theater, the center has something for almost every child's tastes.

Amusement and Water Parks

Take your adventure-seeking child for a fun-filled day out at one of Cincinnati's amusement parks. Ohio's Coney Island (coneyislandpark.com) park features classic rides such as the Dodgems bumper cars, a Ferris wheel and a Tilt-a-Whirl along with the largest flat-surface pool in North America, a mini-golf course, a kid's Western Town, arcade games and a bungee jumping dome. If the weather isn't cooperating, take a trip to the town's Coco-Key Water Resort (cocokeycincinnati.com). This 50,000-square-foot indoor attraction has a multi-level play island for little kids, fast tubes and slides for older kids and adults, a water basketball field and a zero-depth pool with small slides for younger children.

Indoor Play

If you are looking for a fun Cincinnati winter or rainy day alternative to outdoor activities, choose one of the city's indoor play spaces. Bounce Cincinnati (bouncecincinnati.com) has five large inflatables for kids to jump on, a ball pit, an arcade, trampoline basketball and a rock wall for climbing. Older kids and teens may enjoy RockQuest's (rockquest.com) indoor climbing walls. Climb on one of the indoor areas or take a class to learn basic safety instructions.

Nature and Animals

Turn a warm, sunny day into a nature-oriented exploration with your child. Cincinnati's park system features several nature centers (cincinnatiparks.com/nature-centers) that offer activities for kids of all ages. For example, the Avon Woods Nature Center has hiking trails to walk and community gardens to view, while the LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center provides opportunities to watch the area's natural species such as deer, owls and turtles. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (cincinnatizoo.org) has animals from around the world, family programs that feature educational discussions with the zoo staff and classes for children of all ages.

About the Author

Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.

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