Top 5 Family Activities: Feb 18-24

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This week, Cincinnati offers some out-of-the-box quality time for you and the little ones. Get out of the house and take the kids on a mini fieldtrip to waddle with penguins, walk through an enchanted forest or, gaze at the Moon.

1. Penguin Days at The Cincinnati Zoo
Watch penguins on parade during the week or venture in on the weekend to see polar bears, snow monkeys, and elephants snack on icy treats. Penguin Days runs until the end of February, tickets for children 2 to 12 years old are $5, while adults are $7.50. The Cincinnati Zoo, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, (513) 281-4700, http://cincinnatizoo.org/

2. Thursday Art Play: Glass Works at Contemporary Arts Center
Indulge in some craft time especially designed for your 3- to 5-year-old. Kids are encouraged to break apart twisty straws, wires, and plastic to build glass-like sculptures, candle holders, and collages. It’s preschool fun that won’t require you to clean up your kitchen table. Does it get better than that? Free for children under 5 and for CAC members. Tickets for adult non-members are $7.50. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E 6th St., downtown, (513) 345-8400, http://contemporaryartscenter.org/

3. An Enchanted Forest Spring Show at Krohn Conservatory
The Krohn Conservatory has been transformed into miniature woodland for its spring show, An Enchanted Forest. Early blooming hyacinths, tulips, violas, and daffodils along with blooming trees and shrubs complement elf and fairy houses created by local artist Lee Baker DeVore (available for purchase after the show). The show runs until April 7th, tickets cost $1 for children and $7 for adults. Krohn Conservatory 1501 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams, (513) 421-4086, http://cincinnatiparks.com/krohn

Click here for a coupon: $1 off admission

4. Classic OMNIMAX films at Cincinnati Museum Center
Every month, the Cincinnati Museum Center pulls a film from their OMNIMAX vault. For February, CMC is featuring Hubble 3D (2010). The film, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, follows seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis repairing the Hubble Space Telescope. Daytime showings, tickets for children 3 to 12-years-old are $5.50 and $7.50 for adults. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, (513) 287-7000, cincymuseum.org

5. Moonday Monday at Cincinnati Observatory
Don’t miss this chance to view the Moon—which will be positioned next door to Jupiter—through the Observatory’s historic telescope. Local Moon experts will be on hand to discuss everything from phases to myths.  $7 for adults; $5 for kids. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Pl., Mt. Lookout, cincinnatiobservatory.org

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