Category Archives: Family Friendly

Trick or Treat to Occur 6 to 8 p.m. October 31

The City of Hamilton will have Trick or Treat this year from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, October 31.

This event will happen rain or shine, so please plan accordingly. Residents wishing to participate in Trick or Treat should turn on their patio lights.

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

  • Plan your Trick or Treat route in advance. Choose direct routes and avoid crossing the street unnecessarily. Make sure to stay on the sidewalks (when possible) and obey all traffic control signs. When crossing the street, use crosswalks and look both ways before crossing.
  • Trick or Treat in a group and stay together. For large groups and groups with small children take along an adult – Adults can dress up too!
  • Think through your costumes – Make sure that costumes fit well and wont trip you up along the way. Check the weather before you leave home and dress appropriately for the temperature. Consider adjusting your costume with reflective tape, stickers, glow sticks, flashlights, and other light up devices to make sure you are visible to drivers.
  • Ensure that all candy is sealed and in the original wrapper.
    Take your time! Rushing and running around can often lead to unsafe decisions so remain cautious when Trick or Treating.
  • Last but not least, have fun!

Make your own music at Ritmo workshop, October 17

With live musical instruments and hands-on learning, children ages 4 to 10 are invited to develop important mind-body skills as they drum, dance and play.

Parents are welcome to attend. Each session includes activities targeting six fundamental areas: Timing, Coordination, Listening, Creativity, Teamwork, and Fun.

As part of the workshop, participants will create a rhythm instrument to take home.

“We will be making shaker eggs, playing musical games and learning a few Spanish vocabulary words,” said instructor Liz Wu.

About Instructor Liz Wu

Liz Wu is a professional musician (CCM graduate), fitness instructor and published children’s book author who has combined her love of music, movement and language into a fun, engaging program designed to maximize learning on many fronts. She spends her days teaching fitness for adults and seniors, her mornings and afternoons teaching music to all ages, and her evenings playing in the band Acarya. If she has a spare hour, you might run into her at a farmer’s market, hiking in the woods, or enjoying the arts!

RITMO DRUM WORKSHOP
Location: Fitton Center for Creative Arts  Dance Studio
10/17/2015
Meets 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Tuition: $35.00
Level: Ages: 4-10

Begin Registration Here

 

The Lane Libraries Present a Summer Reading Extravaganza  

The Lane Libraries announce our first Summer Reading Extravaganza on Saturday, August 8, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the Lane Administration Center. Bring the Dewey Dollars you earned all summer to play games and win books. Enjoy magic, face painting, technology toys and a visit to the Bookmobile. This program is for ages 11 and under.

Registration is not required. The Lane Administration Center is located at 1396 University Boulevard in Hamilton.

For more information about this and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please call 894-6557 or visit the Lane website at www.lanepl.org.


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Lane Libraries Night at the Hamilton Joes Game

Join us at Hamilton’s Foundation Field on Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 p.m. for the Lane Libraries Night at the Hamilton Joe’s game. (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.) Adults who show their Lane Libraries card for this game will get in for $3.00.

Children ages 11 and under, sign up for the Summer Reading program at the library and get a free ticket to a Hamilton Joes baseball game! Each ticket is valid for any home game this summer at Foundation Field.

No registration required. For details, call 894-1409. Foundation Field is located at 1140 S. Front Street, Hamilton.

For more information about this and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please call 894-6557 or visit the Lane website at www.lanepl.org.


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ArtReach presents The Wind in the Willows at the Fitton Center

Join us on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. as ArtReach: A Division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents The Wind in the Willows.  This event is part of the Fitton Family Fridays series.

Based on the 1908 children’s tale by Kenneth Grahame, the peaceful lives of Mole and Rat are interrupted when Toad finds a new, exciting invention—a motorcar! When the fate of Toad Hall hangs in the balance, the friends enlist the help of the reclusive Badger, who lives deep in the Wild Wood. A classic story of friendship, keeping up with the times, and conquering one’s fears, this new musical adaptation will take you on an adventure by the river that you’ll never forget.

Fitton Family Fridays feature entertainment geared to kids of all ages, from preschoolers to teenagers – including parents and grandparents who are still kids at heart. Kid-friendly drinks and an assortment of light appetizers will be served before the show and are included in the ticket price. This series is sponsored by Vaden Fitton. The reception is sponsored by G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc.

Adult tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Children (16 and under) are FREE! *Limit 4 children per paying adult. Otherwise, the price for children is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Rotary Vista Room and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

To order your tickets, call 513-863-8873 ext.110 or visit www.fittoncenter.org.

Local groups team up to offer summer art camps

Three local not-for-profit organizations are partnering to offer two week-long summer day camps.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, the Great Miami Valley YMCA and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum will be offering a camp program called Art Around Town, which will encompass traveling to each location and working with staff from all three organizations.

Art Around Town combines exciting art experiences and physical activities, both indoors and outdoors in this full-day camp. Children will create art in a variety of media at the Fitton Center and then have lunch and more art and nature fun at Pyramid Hill. Throughout the day, YMCA staff will lead energizing physical games and activities.

Participants will learn drawing, painting, sculpture and design skills, learn about the environment, use found and recycled materials to create, and see nature as an artist sees it.

 

The collaboration allows for each organization to provide new, varied offerings with staff that have unique yet complementary skill sets and expertise.

Karen Staley, COO at Great Miami Valley YMCA, said the pieces all seemed to fit together.

“Each organization does what they do best,” she said. “The YMCA has a camp system and staffing for counselors to be with the campers all day. The Fitton Center had the morning art programs and registration systems in place, and Pyramid Hill was the outdoor element that included art instruction.”

Jennifer Acus-Smith, Education Coordinator at the Fitton Center, agreed that the collaboration is a perfect fit: “It satisfied a need we had to provide a day-long camp for families that work.”

 

Strengthening the connections between organizations is important. Shaun Higgins, Interim Director at Pyramid Hill, was looking for an opportunity to build the program opportunities at the park, so when he entered the discussion, it just made sense to partner.

Higgins said, “I contacted Rick H. Jones at the Fitton Center. He and Woody Fitton, CEO at the Great Miami Valley YMCA, had already started a conversation about an all-day camp. Jenn, Karen and I worked to develop the program and moved forward very quickly.”

 

Acus-Smith points out that collaboration is what is essential in our community because “funders look for organizations that collaborate and make the most funding dollars.”

The camps will be the weeks of July 13-17 and July 27-31; however, the three organizations are currently looking for additional funding to cover transportation costs.

 

Registration opened for Art Around Town on April 1. The program is geared towards ages 7-12 and all ability levels. Scholarship opportunities and early registration discounts are available.

To register, contact the Fitton Center for Creative Arts by visiting www.fittoncenter.org or calling 513-863-8873 ext. 110. For additional information, any of the participating organizations can be contacted. Fitton Family YMCA:  513-868-9622. Pyramid Hill: 513-868-8336.

Featured image from Fitton Center 2013 summer camps

Things to do on Easter weekend

By Cyndy Sims Parr/Flickr Creative Commons contributed photo
By Cyndy Sims Parr/Flickr Creative Commons contributed photo

Here is a list of some of the activities happening around the area this weekend. For more in the coming month visit heyhamilton.com’s calendar.

FRIDAY
Flashlight Egg Hunt: Children are invited to hunt for eggs using their own flashlight and basket. Registration is required for this event. Ages 5 and younger are $3 and will hunt at 7:30 p.m. Ages 6 and older are $5. The hunt takes place at Forest Run MetroPark, 1810 New London Road, Hamilton.

SATURDAY
Pleasant Treasures Easter Eggstravaganza: The Pleasant Treasures Flea Market on Pleasant Avenue will have Peter Cottontail to visit with children from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The day includes cookie decorating, a balloon artist, face painting and more. Details

Trenton Easter Parade and Egg Hunt: The City of Trenton hosts an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at Community Park. A parade begins at noon. The parade includes the famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

SUNDAY
Sunrise Service: An Easter Sunrise Service begins at 7 a.m. at the River’s Edge Amphitheater in downtown Hamilton. Hosted by multiple churches in the area. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating.

OTHER
Opening Day weekend: The Cincinnati Reds play their first baseball game of the official season on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cincinnati Enquirer has a list of events happening this weekend to celebrate Opening Day.

Frisch Marionettes presents ‘Jungle Book’ at the Fitton Center  

Based on Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” this play tells the story of the young boy Mowgli, who was raised by wolves in the jungle. Join us on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. as The Frisch Marionettes present Jungle Book: The Story of Mowgli’s Fire. This event is part of the Fitton Family Fridays series.

When Shere Khan, the tiger, threatens the jungle, Mowgli must face his destiny and bring peace to the jungle. The Frisch Marionette Company brings the story to life with stringed puppets in a production produced and directed by Kevin Frisch, with original music composed by Steve Frisch.

Fitton Family Fridays feature entertainment geared to kids of all ages, from preschoolers to teenagers – including parents and grandparents who are still kids at heart. Kid-friendly drinks and an assortment of light appetizers will be served before the show and are included in the ticket price. This series is sponsored by Vaden Fitton. The reception is sponsored by G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc.

Adult tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Children (16 and under) are FREE! *Limit 4 children per paying adult. Otherwise, the price for children is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Rotary Vista Room and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

To order your tickets, call 513-863-8873 ext.110 or visit www.fittoncenter.org.

Free Art at the Fitton Center

The 2015 Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend presented by ArtsWave, will be held over one weekend from March 7-8, 2015, and will offer more than 100 events, activities and performances throughout Greater Cincinnati. All events are free and open to the public through the sponsorship of Macy’s.

“Macy’s Arts Sampler gives everyone a chance to discover the wide variety of arts across our region,” said Alicia Kintner, President and CEO of ArtsWave. “It’s a great way to spend a weekend with family and friends and try something new.”

As part of Macy’s Arts Sampler weekend, the Fitton Center will present an action-packed activity schedule from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Activities include clay tile making, monster making, temporary tattoos, Drawing with Young Rembrandts, Dancing with Miami Valley Ballet Theatre, a drum jam, and much more!

Macy’s Arts Sampler is a celebration of the arts in our community, and occur throughout the annual community campaign, when people all across our region come together to support the fun things to do in greater Cincinnati.

A full schedule of weekend activities is available on the ArtsWave website, www.theartswave.org, and through the free Macy’s Arts Sampler app, available for iOS and Android platforms.  Printed schedules may be picked up at participating Sampler venues, Macy’s stores, and at public libraries in Hamilton and Campbell County.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is supported by individuals and organizations throughout the area, who recognize that their donations to ArtsWave help create a livelier community and a place where people from different backgrounds come together to share ideas and experiences.