Top 5 Kid-Friendly Events This Week

  1. The Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside initiative seeks to encourage children to connect with nature through outdoor play, and the 7th annual Leave No Child Inside Summit is a free opportunity for parents to learn about the benefits of outdoor play from pediatricians and educators. During the conference, kids will have the opportunity to explore an unstructured outdoor play scape. Registration is free (but required). 215 E. 3rd St., Dayton, March 10, 9:30am-5pm, ohiolnci.org
  2. If you haven’t been to a show at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Showtime Stage, seeing Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical this week is a great time to start. This creative and heartwarming show, inspired by the story of Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine, teaches lessons about bullying, acceptance, and friendship. The show runs now through March 25. 4015 Red Bank Rd., 513-569-8080, thechildrenstheatre.com
  3. The Cincinnati Museum Center’s Learning Through Play conference is a chance for educators, parents, and families to come together and hear the latest research about open-ended, activity-based play and how to incorporate it in classrooms and at home. Registration required. Northern Kentucky University, March 10, 8am-4:45pm, cincymuseum.org
  4. Make your childhood dream (and, you know…your kids’) come true with The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice this weekend. See old favorites like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, as well as some newer Disney superstars like Dory, Anna and Elsa, skate their hearts out to classic Disney songs. US Bank Arena, March 8-March 11, usbankarena.com
  5. Head to Hamilton for Inspiring Arts Productions’ presentation of Into the Woods & The Jungle Book at the Fitton Center.  This family-friendly adaptation combines two classic stories into one new show.  Be sure to come early on Friday and Saturday for the pre-show character meet and greet and kid-approved crafts.  Fitton Center for the Creative Arts, March 8-11, thingstodo.journal-news.com

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