Top 5 Activities For Kids Who Love History

Every family has a history buff, and sometimes it’s one of the kids. Give ’em a thrill with these local exhibits and activities.

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  1. Shawnee Lookout in Miami Township is renowned not only for its panoramic views of the Ohio River and Great Miami River Valley, but also for it’s historical significance. Visitors can see an 18th century Springhouse and Log Cabin, as well as Native American earthworks and more than 1000 acres of the Ulmansiak Wildlife Sanctuary and wetlands that surround the park. Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Rd., North Bend, (513) 521-7275, greatparks.org
  1. The Krohn Conservatory is filled with opportunities for kids to learn about nature year-round, but their new seasonal show combines history and nature for a surprisingly educational display for all ages. An Apothecary Garden for the Soul is an exhibition of traditional herbal remedies and healing plants, along with a whimsical apothecary shop for some retail therapy. Admission for adults 18 and up is $4, $2 for kids 5-17, and free for children 4 and under. Through August 19, 2018, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., 1501 E. Eden Park Dr., Eden Park, (513) 421-4086, cincinnatiparks.com
  1. 1940’s Day at Lunken Airport is the increasingly popular celebration of 1940s kitsch mixed with a healthy dose of World War Two history. Dress in your favorite 40s garb, see some vintage planes, eat some Aglamesis ice cream, and attend some historical lectures at the event, sponsored by the Cincinnati Museum Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. August 11, 2018, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Lunken Airport, 262 Wilmer Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, cincymuseum.org
  1. The Behringer-Crawford Museum is a weird wonderland for kids of any age. The museum’s impressive collection of artifacts, from the Paleolithic period to the Civil War to the mid-century, would be enough to educate; the famous two-headed calf and shrunken head, however, enthrall. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for kids 3-17. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, 1–5 p.m., 1600 Montague Rd., Devou Park, Covington, (859) 491-4003, bcmuseum.org
  1. Sir Harry Delos Andrews built Chateau Laroche or “The Loveland Castle” as an homage to days of yore and the Knights of the Golden Trail. Learning about the history of this to-scale replica of a medieval European castle is nearly as interesting as learning about the man who made it: It is a labor of love like the city has never seen. Spend an afternoon doing a self-guided tour of the castle and gardens, capped off with a picnic on the grounds. Or, plan an overnight camping adventure in the castle complete with a guided tour by the Knight on-duty for an unforgettable journey through time. Admission is $5, kids 5 and under are free. Overnight rates and special event pricing vary. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., 12025 Shore Dr., Loveland, (513) 683-4686, lovelandcastle.com

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