Before school supply shopping overwhelms your schedule, take your brood to one of these family-friendly activities with deals that will keep the kiddos entertained without emptying your wallet.
From shark rays to rockhopper penguins, Newport Aquarium has an abundance of oceanic creatures and interactive features to keep children and adults alike engaged. Celebrate Shark Week at the aquarium’s shark petting tank and view the largest collection of shark rays in the world. To sweeten the deal, take advantage of the aquarium’s Summer Family Hours, which allow two kids in free with the purchase of one full-priced adult ticket. Newport Aquarium, One Aquarium Way, Newport, newportaquarium.com
Red’s games can make for a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon outing, and your kids will be happy to pick up a free giveaway, such as a Gapper book or a Reds cap, on their way into the stadium. Save some cash with Reach Magazine’s Family Day tickets: three premium seats at half-price when you buy one full-price ticket in the same section. Great American Ballpark, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, downtown, cincinnati.reds.mlb.com
There’s something magical about settling into a plush chair with a bucket of buttery popcorn, but that magic can be dampened when theater tickets are $10 and your snacks add up to more than the price of admission. With Mariemont Theatre’s free kids movies, both parents and kids get in free to see recent blockbusters like “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.” Go ahead, buy the Junior Mints—your seat was free. August 12, 10:30 a.m., Mariemont Theatre, 6906 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, free, mariemonttheatre.com
There are few foods that embody Cincinnati flavor more so than Skyline. Visit one of the restaurant’s many locations after 4 p.m. on Wednesdays to taste test their Kids Eat Free deal. August 14, 4 p.m., Skyline Chili, 254 East Fourth Street, downtown, skylinechili.com
Put down the iPad and take a family trip to Parky’s Farm. Enjoy barnyard wildlife and the final weeks of warm weather as you help the farmer care for his animals, visit the Playbarn, and go on a wagon ride. The Fun Pack deal allows families to spend the day on the 100-acre farm with one inclusive ticket, and it even gives adults a discount. August 15, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Parky’s Farm, 10073 Daly Road, Forest Park, $4-6, greatparks.org
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