July 13, 2012
By: Jill Lynch, Editor and Publisher, Macaroni Kid Cincinnati Metro
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Hello everyone, and I hope you are having a wonderful week.

We've been blessed to have our Swedish au pair from 2-3 years ago visiting this week.  The kids really missed her, and we've been able to show her a lot of the 'new things in town', such as the newly expanded Soak City, the parks and water features downtown, etc.  Now, we are off to Gatlinburg this weekend so that she can mark another state off of her 'been there/done that' list for the USA.  It's been great family time for all of us.

This week brings to close two big Cincinnati events -- the Butterfly Show at Krohn's Conservatory and the World Choir Games.  Both have brought smiles to residents and visitors alike and we will be sad to see them go.  I hope you had a chance to enjoy them like we did.

But, it also brings the Queen City Sausage Festival to Newport On The Levee.  Click here for more details.  It runs Friday through Sunday.

Today (Friday, July 13th) is Free Friday at the Museum Center from 4-8pm. You will need to pay for parking, but admission to the museum is free.

Sunday, July 15th is National Ice Cream Day.   Graeter's is having $1.42 single dip sugar cones as a thank you to all their loyal customers and celebrating 142 years of operations.  You can find all the Cincinnati Graeter's locations here.  But, if you are down at Fountain Square to see the Sunday movie (Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer), why don't you pick up a cone for you and the kids at the Fountain Square location!

If you want to try making your own ice cream, and don't have a machine, there are lots of recipes online (like this one) where you can make it yourself using two different size zipper bags and only 5 ingredients (cream, sugar, vanilla, rock salt, and ice cubes).

If you haven't been to the zoo recently, the new Cat Canyon has opened.  The weather this weekend should be cooler and perfect for getting outside.  If you want something 'free' to do outside, I recently found this great Kids Tree Trail resource for Ault Park.  I haven't done this yet, but it looks so easy.

Hope that gives you a few ideas for this weekend and into next week.

As always, to see more about what is going on in West Chester/Mason area, check out Marie's West Chester/Mason MK newsletter.  If you see a kid or family-friendly event happening, please submit events so that others can also learn what is going on in our great city. And, if you know someone who is interested in subscribing, they can subscribe directly here.

While there are a lot of events listed below for this week, visit our Cincinnati Metro calendar page for the most up-to-date listing of local events to do with your kids and family.  And, just a note... when you click into the MK Calendar, you can see the events BY DAY and can easily move from day to day, instead of sifting through a long list below.  (Check it out!  It's what I personally use to find things to do each day for my family.)

Have a WONDERFUL week!

~ Jill L.

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