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For Kids & Teens

The following programs are designed to meet the needs of school-age children in a safe outdoor setting. All programs require preregistration and follow Cincinnati Nature Center's COVID Program Safety Protocol. Please register online well in advance of the class start date to ensure placement.

Unvaccinated people, including children kindergarten and up, are required to wear masks while inside all facilities (for example, Rowe Visitor Center, restroom, etc.). Masks are not required outdoors. 

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CLICK HERE to sign up and be notified for various upcoming programs.

Goodnight, Fireflies!  

Friday, June 25, 7:30-8:30 pm 

Enjoy an evening storytime for families outside watching the fireflies. After we read our books, we’ll go for a short evening stroll and discover the fireflies that like to come out early to begin their light show. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission). 

Preschool Storytime in the Nature PlayScape  

Tuesday, June 22, 10-10:30 am 

Tuesday, June 29, 10-10:30 am 

Tuesday, July 6, 10-10:30 am 

Tuesday, July 13, 10-10:30 am 

Tuesday, July 20, 10-10:30 am 

Tuesday, July 27, 10-10:30 am 

Tuesday, August 3, 10-10:30 am 

Join us for a unique, outdoor storytime in the Nature PlayScape. Our story expert will lead finger plays, songs, and read nature-themed books. Each week is a new nature topic. Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

The Great Bug Hunt in the Nature PlayScape 

Sunday, June 27, 1-2:30 pm 

Saturday, July 17, 10-11:30 am 

Celebrate pollinators and creepy-crawlies in the Nature PlayScape!  We will search for interesting creatures and then use our field guides to look up what we found. Preregistration required. Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

Mud Ball Throwing in the Nature PlayScape

Friday, July 2, 1-2 pm

Join us to take the corn hole toss game to a whole new level. We’ll make our own mud balls and try our hand at throwing them at targets located throughout the Nature PlayScape. Be prepared to get seriously muddy! Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

Make an Instrument in the Nature PlayScape 

Sunday, July 11, 1-2 pm 

Create instruments with us out of recycled and natural materials. We can’t wait to hear the Nature PlayScape full of music! Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

 

Creature Feature in the Nature PlayScape   

Friday, July 16, 10-10:30 am 

Friday, August 6, 10-10:30 am 

Drop in and get to know critters that call the outdoors home. Feel the wiggling of worms or see small salamander toes! After we meet our visitor, we’ll make simple crafts, explore, and play. Preregistration required. Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

 

Mud Pies in the Nature Playscape 

Sunday, July 25, 1-2 pm 

Imagine your favorite pie and recreate a muddy version in the Mud Zone! We’ll make our pies with soil and water and then decorate them with flowers and other delights we find in the Nature PlayScape. Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

Nature PlayScape 10th Anniversary Popsicle and Splash Party!  

Sunday, August 8, 2-4 pm 

Celebrate 10 years of nature play with us! Join us for free treats and an extra fun water play day! Limited space available. Register today! Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). 

Nature Painting Extravaganza in the Nature PlayScape 

Saturday, August 28, 1-2 pm 

Bring your budding artist outdoors for some BIG painting fun! We’ll create large paper paintings while experimenting with natural brushes and paints. Members free; nonmember adult $9 and nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission).