Cincinnati Parent’s September Free Guide

September’s here, and we are embracing all things fall. School is in full swing, there’s a chill in the air, and our Online Calendar is full of fun, fallish, FREE events! Go “all in” on fall this month, Cincinnati Parents!

Here’s Cincinnati Parent’s September Free Guide:




Toy Swap
Sept. 2 at Glendale New Church
Kids and caregivers welcome to this trading and sharing opportunity! Bring new or gently-used toys to trade plus an extra toy for sharing. Bake sale proceeds, donations and toys benefit local women & children’s shelter, Bethany House Services.

Sept. 3 at Sawyer Point
This is the only way to celebrate Labor Day weekend in Cincinnati; Riverfest is a free festival at Sawyer Point that’s capped off with the famous WEBN fireworks display featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. Riverfest is sponsored by Western & Southern.

Sept. 4 at Farbach- Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn
A variety of local native raptors will be on exhibit during this holiday weekend. Some of the birds will be provided by Raptor, Inc., a local organization with a mission to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned birds of prey. Cameras and sketchpads are welcome.

Story Time/Kids Eat Free Tuesday
Every Tuesday at IKEA
Join us for story time in our Restaurant. Kids can enjoy classic tales of adventure and craft time after the story. While you’re there, take advantage of IKEA’s Kids Eat Free program!

Try Synchro for Free!
Wednesdays in September
The 2017 National Champion Synchronized Swimming Team, Cincinnati YMCA Synchrogators, are offering a Free Trial starting Wednesday September 6th. Practice for free with the team during the month of September and participate in the annual Fall Show in October. Synchrogators practice at ME Lyons YMCA, Gamble Nippert YMCA, Blue Ash YMCA and POWELL CROSLEY, JR YMCA.

Little Tykes
Sept. 6 at Winton Woods
Scales, skin and shells are found on many of nature’s critters. Join us to explore the lives and wonders of reptiles and amphibians. For children ages 3–6 accompanied by an adult.

Harvest Home Fair
Sept. 8-11 at the Cheviot Harvest Home Park
The Harvest Home Fair has come to be known as “the biggest little fair in Ohio.” The four-day event kicks off with the annual parade through Cheviot. The Fair follows, offering live entertainment, food, amusement rides, 4-H animal and horticulture exhibits, along with horse, flower and art shows. Admission is $5 for adults; children under 12 are free.

Children’s Book Swap
Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. at Blue Manatee
To celebrate International Literacy Day, blue manatee is hosting a book swap! Bring a gently used children’s book, and take home another attendee’s book! Registration required. FREE.

Deerfield Township Touch a Truck
Sept. 9 in the Deerfield Towne Center
Climb in a variety of vehicles, enjoy the petting zoo, and receive fun giveaways at this FREE community event!

Yoga for Kids
Sept. 12 at the Hyde Park Branch
Yoga for kids presented by a kid! Come and meet Vivienne Konz who is certified to teach yoga. She would love to introduce you to the world of yoga. FREE.

Carol Ann’s Carousel Kids Bingo Day
Sept. 16 from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
B-Frog, I-Giraffe, N-Penguin, G-Ladybug, O-Oktoberfest Horse, BINGO!! Come join us at Carol Ann’s Carousel for this Kid’s Bingo Day on September 16, 2017 from 11am-3:30pm. No need to bring your Bingo daubers, we have everything you need, including your good luck charms! So bring your children out to this fun filled day of ‘bingo-ing’ to win tokens, and other prizes. The animals look forward to “playing” with you soon!

The Cat in the Hat at Summit Park
Sept. 17 from 4-5 p.m.
Enjoy a free showing of The Cat in the Hat at Summit Park! FREE.

Kid Lit Trivia
Sept. 17 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Kids and their grownups will compete as teams to score as many points as possible in this fun children’s book trivia challenge! Free event Space is limited, so registration is required Register your team by stopping by or calling blue manatee at 513.731.2665.

Family Game Night
Sept. 19 from 5-8 p.m. at Miami Whitewater Forest/Visitor Center
Unplug from technology and join us to play classic games together or learn some new favorites.

Meet Author Elizabeth Eulberg at Blue Manatee
Sept. 20 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Blue Manatee welcomes Elizabeth Eulberg to discuss and sign her latest book, The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match. This new middle-grade novel releases on September 12th, and can be pre-ordered at Blue Manatee’s website. Line numbers for the signing will be given with pre-orders and sales of the book.

Hobbit’s Day Eve
Sept. 21 from 6:30-7:45 at the Hyde Park Branch
Did you know that Bilbo and Frodo Baggins shared the same birthday? That’s right! It’s September 22nd! Come on down to the Hyde Park Library and celebrate by making your very own Hobbit Hole Door! Sorry, the door won’t let you turn invisible but you might be able to use it to rule the other hobbit hole doors. Ages 10-18. FREE.

Autumn Fun at Carol Ann’s Carousel
Sept. 22
Leaves changing colors of persimmon, crimson, and brown falling all around us; it’s Fall! Come whirl with us inside Carol Ann’s Carousel for fall fun on September 22. Enjoy fun fall leaf crafts along with entering for your chance to win Parks goodies. We hope you don’t have to ‘leaf’ soon, and will whirl with us! FREE.

CFTA Food Truck Festival
Sept. 22 at Summit Park
Live music, family fun, and some of the best food trucks in Cincinnati!

Bluegrass for Babies
Sept. 23 from 3-9 p.m. at Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion
The Healthy Roots Foundation is proud to announce that on Saturday, September 23, Bluegrass for Babies is going back to its roots at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park for the 9th annual concert benefitting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The concert, which runs from 3-9 p.m., features music from top bluegrass bands, family-friendly activities, local concessions, and much more. Kids 12 and under are FREE.

Great Outdoor Weekend
Sept. 23 and 24 at various venues in Cincinnati
Great Outdoor Weekend presents opportunities for children and adults to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs available in Greater Cincinnati region. Each fall there are over 100 events available—all are free and open to the public

Blue Manatee presents illustrator Jeffrey Ebbeler
Sept. 24 from 2-3 p.m.
Local illustrator Jeffrey Ebbeler will discuss and sign his newest book, “Melvin the Mouth.” This brilliantly-illustrated book chronicles the story of Mel Blanc, the voice behind Bugs Bunny and a number of beloved cartoon characters. Free event for all ages!

My Little Pony Palooza
Sept. 28 from 4-5 at the Mt. Washington Branch
Calling all My Little Pony fans! Join us as we get ready for the release of My Little Pony: The Movie with crafts, music, fun, and games. Registration is required. Recommended ages 5 & up.

Movie in the Park
Sept. 29 at 8 p.m at Summit Park
Catch a free showing of The Jungle Book at Summit Park!

Blue Manatee Presents Illustrator Christina Wald
Sept. 30 from 3-4 p.m.
Local illustrator Christina Ward discuss and sign her newest book, Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant, written by Songju Ma Daemicke. In this fictional story of six-year-old Cao Chong, the most famous child prodigy in Chinese history, he uses creative problem solving and some scientific principles to find out how much an elephant weighs! Ms. Wald will also be leading a fun activity related to the book. Free event for all ages!

Carol Ann’s Carousel Solar Gazing Event
Sept. 30 from 1-4 p.m.
What is the bright star found at the center of our solar system? If you guessed the Sun, you are correct! Come join Carol Ann’s Carousel and the Cincinnati Observatory for this amazing blazing day of Solar-gazing! The first 300 people at the event time receive one free ride on the Carousel, compliment of Procter & Gamble! Learn fun facts about the Sun, safely view solar flares with special instruments, and make your very own kaleidoscope! Receive a complimentary star chart to help identify constellations all year round courtesy of the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr. Foundation! Join in on all the fun!

Zoo Babies at the Library!
Sept. 30 at the Madeira Branch from 12-1 p.m.
Meet some of the Zoo’s babies past and present. Take a look behind the scenes to discover what it takes to prepare for the new baby. Presented by members of The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. FREE.

As always, be sure to bookmark our Online Calendar for the latest and greatest events in your neighborhood!

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