CALLING ALL BAKERS!

Great Bake-Off of Cincinnati Competition Flyer
Great Bake-Off of Cincinnati Competition Flyer

Cincinnati Magazine is inviting guests to ENTER their First Ever ‘Great Bake-Off’ Competition!

WHAT:

Cincinnati’s artistic and imaginative baking community will be taking center stage this October in Cincinnati Magazine’s inaugural ‘Great Bake-off’ confectionary competition. Both professional and at-home bakers are invited to apply NOW to participate in the following categories:

  • Celebrate Cincinnati Cake Decorating
  • Pies to Die For
  • Gimme Gimme Cookies + Brownies
  • Knead More Bread

Professional and amateur bakers will compete throughout the Great Bake-off week followed by a sweet and savory celebration of all the baked goodness as the winners are announced!

WHEN: 

  • Baker applications accepted NOW through September 26.
  • Participants will be announced September 28.
  • Entries will be judged October 16-19.
  • The public is invited to purchase tickets to the Great Bake-off ceremony and celebration on Thursday, October 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: 

Great Bake-off judging and the public celebration will be held at the Midwest Culinary Institute.

WHY: 

Why let the Brits have all the fun?! It’s time for the Queen City’s best bakers to show up and show off their confectionary creations in this ultimate baking battle, followed by an epic party!

WHO: 

Both professional and amateur bakers are invited to apply to participate.
The entire community is invited to purchase tickets and attend the party on October 20.

HOW: 

Apply to participate or purchase party tickets now at cincinnatimagazine.com/bakeoff

Murals with Positive Messages

Cincinnati has influential art around every corner. One of the best things about this city
is the incredible number of murals all over town! The area is known for showcasing
local creators and world-renowned artists with public art in every neighborhood that is
convenient and fun to find! You can take a nice leisure walk, cruise on a city bike, or
ride around in your car to access many art pieces displayed freely for anyone to enjoy.
Embark on a journey to see murals with positive messages and meaning that goes
deeper than the surfaces they are painted on. These works offer a chance to be in the
present moment, to reflect and be inspired and to elevate your state of mind. So, keep
your eyes and hearts open to encounter and be encouraged by Cincinnati art!

Keep Moving, Keep Playing, Keep Dreaming Mural

Where To Find

In the West End, there are three large wall pieces with beautiful words that will make
you smile with happy thoughts when you see them! These huge murals have
motivational phrases painted on brick in bold letters on the side of the Seven Hills
Neighborhood House building. SHNH is a wonderful local resource and community
gathering space at the corner of Findlay and Baymiller Street. ArtWorks partnered with
them to create murals commemorating the life and work of Susan O’Malley, the original
creator of the designs. Their team carefully selected enthusiastic messages from
Susan’s work to share with residents or anyone just passing through.

Encouraging Mural in Cincinnati
Artwork by: Susan O’Malley

From left to right, there are three quotes placed side by side which come together as a
tryptic to create a positive narrative. They work as separate statements, as well as a
sequence of different affirmations with similar subject matter and style. This creates a
lively conversation that unifies them and reaches out to connect with the viewer. Each
section has a fade of colors seamlessly flowing behind the text. They are both
aesthetically pleasing and comforting to experience!

The first sentiment starts off with the words “IT IS POSSIBLE”, initially welcoming the
viewer to believe in themselves and imagine everything they can accomplish. The
second panel has a delightful rainbow background that says, “KEEP MOVING KEEP
PLAYING KEEP DREAMING”, a friendly reminder to follow your passions and never
give up. Last but not least, “YOU ARE SMARTER AND STRONGER THAN YOU
REALIZE”, sending out an endearing confirmation that everyone is capable of
succeeding! All three of these amazing pieces cohesively connect in an effort to
promote self-empowerment and reassurance that you can achieve anything!
The concept of displaying artwork that expresses positivity is to create a sense of
solidarity that is uplifting and helpful to the environment and community.

By taking in the art in Cincinnati, you gain a better understanding of the importance of
an artist, the work they create, and the role it plays in society. These murals bring out
the true essence of what art is all about and how it can be a source of good energy and
support. We hope to see more murals with positive messages pop up around town and
pick up our spirits at every turn.

https://www.artworkscincinnati.org
https://susanomalley.org
https://7hillsnh.com

Credit to:

@somalley (original artwork)

@artworkscincy (made possible by)

@7hillsneighbhouses (partnered with)

@christencc (for photos and article if used on social)


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Cincinnati Magazine’s June Musical Brunch will be a Country Shindig with Heather Roush and The Heart Strings

WHAT: 
Cincinnati Magazine’s June edition of its monthly “Musical Brunch” series will be a boot-scootin’ Country Shindig withHeather Roush and The Heart Strings, held at The Cincinnati Club.

Each monthly Musical Brunch performance has received rave reviews from sold-out crowds coupled with one of the most delicious and over-the-top Sunday brunches found in the Queen City. The magazine’s popular Musical Brunch concept debuted in February this year.

Cincinnati’s talented and varied music scene will be fully showcased and celebrated throughout the remainder of this year as the featured musical genre and theme will change every month. Local acts and genres on tap include gospel, bluegrass, jazz, R&B, disco, and more!

Tickets are $55 per person and include a live concert, an elaborate brunch with light lunch options and dessert bites, access to a Mimosa/Bellini bar, an outrageous garnish-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar, complimentary coffee and hot and iced tea, and complimentary parking.

Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Advance registration is highly recommended. 

The Musical Brunch series will continue the last Sunday of each month throughout 2022.

WHEN:
Sunday, June 26 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: 
The Cincinnati Club | 30 Garfield Place, Cincinnati, OH 45202

HOW:
Learn more and buy tickets now before they sell out at cincinnatimagazine.com/musicalbrunch.

Follow @cincinnatimagazine and #cincinnatimagazine #musicalbrunch on social media for event updates.


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Main Street Ventures Announces Inventure Entrepreneurship Academy

Logo for Inventure Entrepreneurship Academy

CINCINNATI— Main Street Ventures is pleased to announce the launch of the Inventure Entrepreneurship Academy for high school students in Cincinnati. Created as the next iteration of Entrepreneurs Change The World led by Cintrifuse last summer, Inventure Entrepreneurship Academy will further develop the entrepreneurial mindset in our region’s high school students and inspire next-gen leaders. Inventure Entrepreneurship Academy is a 2-week immersive experience for high school students interested in entrepreneurship.

This program takes students through the ideation process, teaches them valuable leadership skills, and provides business education from regional experts. At the conclusion of the program, participating teams will pitch their ideas for up to $5,000 in prize funding for their venture. This free program will take place in person from June 13 – 17 and June 21 – 24 and is open to the first 50 High School Students (Rising Freshman – Senior) who register. Registration opens on April 4th.

Main Street Ventures believes there is an incredible opportunity to support entrepreneurship at an early age and connect young leaders to the nationally ranked university programs right here in our region. Connections to a startup community that supports young entrepreneurs are crucial to retaining local talent into college and beyond. Now is the time to invest in the next generation of startup founders and community leaders.

“There’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur, and we’re passionately committed to building an early, diverse pipeline of future startup leaders. We’re excited to partner with Main Street Ventures to turn this into a nationally recognized entrepreneurial training program. We know from two years of experience that extreme challenges drive the best innovation, and our youth bring outsize ambition to areas like sustainability, inclusion, and health.” – Pete Blackshaw, CEO of Cintrifuse

Main Street Ventures is working to become the community-funded initiative that makes entrepreneurship possible for everyone in Greater Cincinnati. With that initiative in mind, supporting these up- and-coming leaders will allow for the potential for young entrepreneurs to make an impact beyond the classroom.

Learn more and register: https://www.mainstventures.org/inventure


About Main Street Ventures

Main Street Ventures is working to become the community-funded initiative that makes entrepreneurship possible for everyone in Greater Cincinnati, by supporting entrepreneurs with what they need, when they need it: Capital, Connections, and Education. We look to support all good ideas and founders, but with a particular focus on women and minority entrepreneurs who have been historically under-represented in the startup community.

Main Street Ventures launched in 1999 with a focus on providing tech companies with a physical structure and wifi network. In 2005, MSV launched The Brandery, a seed-stage startup accelerator that leverages the expertise of the Cincinnati region – namely branding, marketing, and design. As the needs of the entrepreneurial ecosystem have evolved, Main Street Ventures launches new initiatives to meet the challenges of the future. For more information, visit mainstventures.org.

Art of The Past, Present, & Future  

Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick

With a fresh start of a new year brings in new opportunities to engage with art in profound and meaningful ways!  Art in Cincinnati is enriching and entertaining, with eventful explorations into the imagination that will make you want to discover and learn more about what the city has to offer in the expressive community.  From past to present, Cincinnati has always shown its immense support for diversity in the Arts and continues to bring excellent pieces from all around the world, from artists of all backgrounds to our museums, galleys, shows, public spaces, and interactive exhibitions.  Truly making this city the perfect atmosphere, when it comes to having fun in the future of creativity.  So, choose your own adventure at any of the many places that are bringing more artistic experiences to the people!

Locals top favorite and most popular museum in the area to encounter art is, The Cincinnati Art Museum within the beautiful landscape of Eden Park in the hills of Mt. Adams.  The historic museum that overlooks the city was founded in 1881, making it one of the oldest in the United States. Their impressive collection includes over 65,000 pieces of work that span 6,000 years of art making.  This incredible museum always has a magnificent collection of work on display but they also have rotating shows that are by well-known artists with pieces that are admired throughout the world. 

The prolific art of the contemporary artist, Kara Walker is currently on display until January 16th and the exhibition is titled, Cut to the Quick.  This body of work is deep, powerful, and eye opening to say the least, with themes of examining stereotypes and stories about mythology, identity, racism, culture, and history.  Walker transforms the gallery space into a series of different styles of pieces that are thought provoking and fascinating.  With each step you take through the exhibition you find different forms of art that Walker experiments with, such as installation, sculpture, printmaking, and the written word.  Walker incorporates personal quotes to create a dialogue with the viewer and gives a sense of the inside of an artist’s mind.  This work challenges the audience to ask questions about the world around them and Walker gives them the opportunity to interact with the work by having the participant answer questions on addressing histories and narratives of the present.  There is also a place of reflection incorporated in this gallery show for people to really sit with their thoughts on Walker’s compelling work that should remain in your memory and shared with others.  

https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/

https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/art/exhibitions/kara-walker-cut-to-the-quick/

http://www.karawalkerstudio.com/

https://www.everythingcincy.com/listings/cincinnati-art-museum-attractions-cincinnati-oh

https://www.everythingcincy.com/listings/cincinnati-art-museum-attractions-cincinnati-oh?event_id=2322#event_2322

Arrowhead Music Festival

This special autumn gathering is a great way to take a few days off for the weekend and enjoy the wonderment of being in nature while listening and dancing to music under the open sky!  The festivities will be held on a breathtaking farm that’s tucked away in the forestland of Northern Kentucky.  Arrowhead Music Festival will feature incredible live music, informative workshops on permaculture, local art, yoga, walking trails, and plenty of space for camping with a bonfire overlooking a gorgeous lake!

Come together to connect with yourself and other like-minded people, experience inspiring music, open your mind up to new things, and embrace delightful free flowing fun all around you!  The lineup is outstanding and you don’t want to miss a second of it!  Some of the musicians include, Siri Imani featuring Jess Lamb and The Factory, Natural Onyx, Sister Stone, and so much more!

https://www.instagram.com/siri_imani/

https://www.instagram.com/jesslambband/

https://www.instagram.com/sisterstonemusic/

https://www.instagram.com/naturalonyx/

One of the coolest things about this event is that its intention is to promote positive, happy, and healthy lifestyles by being a substance free interactive environment.  The festival will be located in Petersburg, KY at Treasure Lake on October 22nd – October 24th.

“Arrowhead is inspired by the elements- Earth, Air, Wind, and Fire- and our programming is meant to reflect that.  Arrowhead is 100% substance free, meaning no drugs or alcohol are permitted on the festival grounds.  We’re gathering to get high on life, to embrace sobriety as its own type of drug, and to explore the potential of un-influenced human awareness.”

https://www.arrowheadfestival.com/

We asked the creator Anthony Schneider to share a little bit about his background and what his pursuit is and this is what he had to say,

“I’m passionate about self-examination, self expression, community organization, and cultural progression.  In 2019 I founded the NVRLND Tribe, a Media Group and Digital Agency that creates content and produces experiences which inspire people to make positive changes in their lives.  Additionally, NVRLND Tribe offers intuitive operations and systems support for transformational events, facilitators, and coaches. This includes web/backend, payment, communication, branding, and on-the-ground operations strategies and implementation.  I’m currently based in Cincinnati, OH where I’m able to facilitate intentional experiences through my community organization Positive Life: Cincinnati.  I also travel frequently to keep up with my tribe.”

“For our launch event we’re getting back to the basics and keeping things small. Good music, good people, good food, positive, health-focused intentions, and communion with our Mother Earth.  Arrowhead is an intimate celebration of life, community and nature.  Join us on 60 beautiful acres as we launch this mini Transformational Music Festival set in the rolling hills of the Ohio River Valley.  If any of these things resonate with you then buy your ticket now!”

https://www.instagram.com/anthonyreeseschneider/

Written By: Christen Collins

Best Tacos in Covington, KY

You’ve seen our lists of best tacos in Newport and Florence, but when in Covington, the delicious taco options are endless!  Whether you’re at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center for an event, or just in town staying at one of the Covington hotels, you’ll want to include tacos for at least one meal.

several tacos lined up from agae and rye in covington ky

Agave & Rye

Agave & Rye seems like it’s boomed lately, with a total of nine locations, but Covington was the original, the OG, the epicenter of epic-ness.  

two baskets of chips in front of artwork on wall with cups of salsa, guacamole, queso at agave and rye in covington ky

Start with the incredible dips–from the guacamole to the queso, you can’t just try one.  They’re all delicious.  And the chips are house-made.  Expert tip: If you like a softer/fluffier chip, or just want to try it once, ask your server if you can have the flour tortilla chips.  They typically come with the pimento cheese dip, but man, they’re delicious with the queso! 

grilled corn at agave and rye in covington ky with pitcher of margaritas in background

The elote is also incredible, and those margaritas are where it’s at!  They use premium tequila and you can definitely taste the difference.  During happy hour (MWRF 3 p.m.-6 p.m.) and all day on Taco Tuesday, the OG margaritas are $6… and worth every penny.

agave and rye patio

Speaking of Taco Tuesday, the specials at Agave & Rye are incredible.  In addition to the margarita special, they also feature $3 chips and queso, and taco specials running from $2.50 to $4.  And these tacos aren’t just your typical tacos… They’re double-shelled (a crunchy wrapped in a soft–so it holds the crumbles) and the flavor combinations are amazing.  My personal favorite is the Bees Knees, but there are still a few on the menu I want to try–Kangaroo, anyone?!

A table full of tacos, queso, red glasses, with funky art on the walls in the background at Agave and Rye in Covington, Ky.

If you’re not into tacos, there are many other options on the menu, including egg rolls, burger and chicken sandwich, sticky cauliflower bites, Brussel sprouts, Irish Nachos, corn fritters, Lo Mein, and more!  You won’t regret a meal here.  And don’t miss their sister restaurant next door, Papi Jocho’s, serving up Mexican street dogs!

Gutierrez Deli

Gutierrez Deli exterior

First and foremost, Gutierrez Deli is a small family-owned and operated Hispanic store located in Covington, near Mainstrasse Village on Lee Street.

Gutierrez Deli store

First open in 2012, Gutierrez Deli quickly became a gathering place for Covington’s growing Latino population.  The deli features a huge selection of imported products from Central America and Mexico… and they happen to also sell incredible tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tamales, and more on a carryout basis (there are some sidewalk picnic tables out front).

Gutierrez Deli tacos

The tacos are incredible.  The ingredients are so fresh and authentic… and can be “Americanized” with cheese added.

Gutierrez deli food

On the weekends, the menu at Gutierrez has additional offerings… Sergio (the son of owner Claudio Gutierrez) suggests trying the mole poblano that is his grandmother’s recipe.  We can’t wait to try it!

Gutierrez Deli food

When you don’t want anything fancy, just incredibly good food, head to Gutierrez Deli.

Olla Cov

exterior street corner of olla in covington ky

Speaking of Sergio, he branched out from his father’s deli and opened his own restaurant earlier this summer, Olla Cov.colorful mural on interior wall of Olla in covington, ky

Unlike Gutierrez Deli, which is carryout only, Olla features some indoor dining space, as well as an outdoor patio.  Not unlike Gutierrez Deli, the food is incredible.

taco, birria taco, quesadilla at olla covington ky

From Birria tacos, chicken tacos, quesadillas, elote, and nachos, everything we ate was delicious.  I must say, I didn’t order any rice, but tried my friend’s and it was some of the best rice I’ve ever had.  Definitely going to order it next time! 

basket of nachos with guacamole in covington ky at olla

These nachos, though, stole the show.  All three of us were digging in and admiring all the fresh ingredients.  I usually don’t like beans or guacamole on my nachos, but with these, you can’t go wrong!  Our server told us to try the Guti Fries, which are similar to the nachos, except with a bed of French fries… sounds delicious!

hallway and bar seating at olla covington ky

Read our full review of Olla Cov here.

Zapata Cantina

zapata exterior

Located on Madison Avenue in Covington, Zapata Cantina opened in the midst of the pandemic in the fall of 2020.  They serve a traditional handmade Mexican experience in a modern, industrial space.

zapata interior seating 2
zapata interior seating

The interior is beautiful.  And so is the food…

zapata chips and queso

Don’t leave without ordering the queso fundido appetizer.  At $12, some may wonder if it’s really worth it.  Trust me, it is.  The chips accompanying the queso are equally delicious, so start every meal here with this app.  

zapata margarita

Our waiter told us the lime juice for the traditional margarita is fresh-squeezed in-house daily and wow–you can definitely tell the difference!  The margarita was delicious… we couldn’t wait to get to the food!

zapata entree

My coworker ordered the chicken sopes, served on handmade corn disks.  The portion was great and everything was so fresh.  But man, those handmade corn disks steal the show.

zapata tacos

I ordered the del mar (tempura shrimp, spiced candied pecans, cilantro, cabbage, honey chipotle) and al pastor (pork, cilantro, onions, and pineapple) tacos.  Wow–each was so different from the other and other tacos I’ve had, making me confident that Covington can support the several taco restaurant options out there.

zapata outdoor sign

A neat note about Zapata is that their seafood is flown in fresh daily–our waiter said they don’t even have a freezer!  The shrimp on my del mar taco was delicious and the taco itself could’ve served as a dessert with the spiced candied pecans.  Definitely an A+!

Frida 602

Frida's patio

Located in Mainstrasse Village, Frida 602 features a tequila & mezcal bar and Latin street food.  Owned by the same people as Otto’s and The Standard, it’s no surprise that Frida is top-notch.

frida 602

In addition to the beautiful art throughout, Frida features some cool hangout spots like picnic tables and  foosball on the sidewalks.

frida 602 queso

And speaking of incredible queso, this one gives Zapata a run for their money as my personal favorite in the city.  Both are amazing–this one adds corn.  I will gladly eat either.  😉

Frida's Taco
frida 602 tacos

The above tacos are delectable, and you can get chicken tacos for $2 on Tuesdays.

Frida 602 server

I personally have not had their margarita (yet), but have heard it’s incredible.

Frida 602 taco window

And a drumroll for one of the best things to come out of Covid…….. The Frida taco window!  Grab them to go or hang out in the village–can’t go wrong with a meal from Frida 602.

 

Taqueria San Miguel

Taqueria San Miguel exterior

An unassuming storefront on Madison Avenue, Taqueria San Miguel offers authentic food at great prices.  

Taqueria San Miguel interior

If you miss Taco Tuesday, be sure to catch Taco Wednesday here–$1.99 tacos and Modelo or Corona for $2.99.

Taqueria San Miguel

The tacos are delicious–and choices include carne asada, chicken, tongue, chorizo, barbacoa, carnitas, or al pastor.  Yum!

taqueria san miguel

They also have a great selection of tortas, huarache, fajitas, quesadillas, burritos, soups, and Mexican plates.

El Valle Verde Taqueria

el valle verde exterior

Located in Mainstrasse Village next door to Piper’sEl Valle Verde is a perfect spot to satisfy your taco cravings. 

el valley verde tacos

From top to bottom, barbacoa, shrimp, chicken, and fish–all incredibly delicious and fresh!

valle verde food tacos

The location is close to my office, so I’ve dined here multiple times and they always serves up fresh food with quick service.

valle verde patio

To me, one of their best assets is their outdoor dining space.  It’s just like eating on the front porch at grandma’s house, plus you get to participate in one of my favorite pastimes–people watching!  Mainstrasse is a great place for people watching and the front-porch patio at El Valle Verde is a great spot for it!

Django at Covington Yard

Strings of white lights hanging over Covington Yard, filled with seated people and a dog.

If you haven’t made your way to Covington Yard yet, what are you waiting for!?  It’s dog-friendly & family-friendly, has plenty of outdoor TVs and a stage for DJs and bands, and also has some excellent people-watching.

covington yard

Comprised of a former fire hall and group of shipping-container restaurants with a nice view of the Roebling Bridge area, Covington Yard is a popular local hotspot.  

frozen slushy drinks at Covington Yard

They also feature a full bar, serving up some delicious slushy drinks in addition to all the regulars.  Slushy drink flavors include froze, bourbon sangria, bourbon slush, or a frozen margarita.

Covington Yard food

The food at The Yard includes Mr. Bulgogi, Yard Bird, Hangry Omar’s, and Django Western Taco number three, which cranks out delicious tacos.  The first Django opened in Northside in 2012 and the second inside Kroger Downtown OTR Food Hall.

Django tacos Covington Yard

Django’s menu includes carnitas, carne asada, fried chicken, shrimp, and Brussel sprout taco options as well as chips, salsa, queso, guacamole, and churros.  And it’s all mouth-watering!

As you can see, Covington has a strong taco scene.  Eat your favorite before or after the Reds or Bengals game, during your next business meeting, for date night, or for a weekend people-watching session with your besties.  You can’t go wrong with this list!

Artsy Architecture in Cincinnati

The Queen City is known for its impressive architecture throughout the city and in its surrounding neighborhoods.  Just about everywhere you turn you can find historic buildings and homes that have elaborate characteristics and artistic features that add to Cincinnati’s unique appeal.  Venture to the East Side of Cincinnati to find two of our favorite locations to admire some of the best funky architecture in the area.  First on the list is the famous “Mushroom House” of Hyde Park and second is the colorful “Painted Ladies” houses in Columbia Tusculum.  They aren’t far from each other and you can make a day trip out of viewing them and vising local businesses and parks nearby!

The Mushroom House of Hyde Park

This whimsical house is something right out of a fairytale and is a must see in Cincinnati!  The quirky house has incredible details from the rocks that lay at its foundation to the decorative stain glass windows that make your imagination run wild!  Creativity comes to life through this one-bedroom home that is artistic expression from the floor to the ceiling!  In the front of the house is a mushroom cap balcony that overlooks Erie Avenue and is hard to miss!  The “Mushroom House” is also known as the, “Treehouse” and was built between 1992 and 2006 by architect Terry Brown.  This house was Browns studio where he taught the tools of architecture to students and also served as his secondary residence.  It has beautiful features like its orange spiral staircase, copper roof, and warped shingles that add to the look of fungi.  The inspiration of this home was to create a space that humans could relate to nature with and connect to the adventure of wonderment.  A nice local place to stop in after to think about the structure is Coffee Emporium right across the street!

Columbia-Tusculum’s Victorian Patented Houses

The “Painted Ladies”, are gorgeous historic homes on both sides of Tusculum Ave. and are a sheer delight to see!  Take your time walking down this stunning street to see the colorful homes that complement each other in the most charming ways.  The brightly painted houses are in Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood that was founded in 1788 and make you feel like you are going back in time with a contemporary twist!  These Victorian homes are so much fun to look at and the purpose of painting them in vibrant colors was to embellish and enhance their architectural details.  Houses like this are historically found in San Francisco, California where the name “Painted Ladies” originated from a book about Victorian houses.  When walking down the hill of Tusculum Ave. you even start to feel like you’re in San Francisco!  You can find these glorious homes throughout the neighborhood and each have their own one of a kind element to them.  The area includes lots of lovely shops, bars with live music, restaurants with local food, and wonderful green spaces like, Alms Park that overlooks the Ohio River.   Be sure to explore every inch of what Columbia-Tusculum has to offer while checking out the “Painted Ladies”!

Written By: Christen Collins

Early Learning Fun in NKY

Stories, letters, nature & sensory play appeal to young kids 

Northern Kentucky has a wealth of fun learning opportunities for young children. They love to spot letters and identify colors. They can be completely still as they squat down to observe a passing snail or spend hours running, jumping and climbing. 

We’ve pulled together many of the ways that our region integrates teachable moments into our environments and encourages curiosity. 

Story Walks 

Imagine reading the first page of a story with your child while standing under a shady tree in a park. For the second page of the story, you walk together along a path to a sunny flower bed. The third page is located near a playground. As you read the story, you stroll from page to page through the park until the story ends. This experience is called a Story Walk and there are quite a few to be found this summer in Northern Kentucky. Find the entire list here

Ground Games 

Hopping, pointing and laughing are rewarded when kids do the fun activities provided by Read Ready Covington. The organization created large stickers that have been placed in Covington parks, at playgrounds and even inside a laundromat. The stickers are printed with objects and ideas for playful learning. Find them at places like Randolph Park, Devou Park and Leo Foster Ballfield. The stickers don’t last forever, so some of the locations may change as they are removed and replaced. 

Alphabet Hunts 

As part of its goal to increase the number of kids who start kindergarten ready to read, the City of Covington has installed complete alphabets, in the form of pink and yellow signs, throughout five of its neighborhoods. Each sign has a word (apple, volcano, yarn), an image and the encouragement, “You found a word. Now find another!” Some of the signs have Spanish words, as well.  

Families can pick up a free map and passport-style checklist at the city building to start their hunt. When the passport is completed and turned in, the child will receive a free Tshirt. 

Nature Encounters 

Little kids love to learn about the plants and animals they see in their neighborhood. Two of the top nature educators in the area take it several notches up, providing immersive fun for families. 

In Covington, Behringer-Crawford Museum’s NaturePlay is a self-contained, accessible outdoor area that offers kid-sized log cabins and caves, a climbable wooden flatboat, a spot to dig for fossils and gardens planted with native flowers and shrubs. 

AJ Jolly Park’s Environmental Education Center in Alexandria is filled with wonders. Kids can get up close and personal with fish and turtles, watch birds flit around nearby branches and even examine the poop from various animals (an exhibit that always leads to giggles). After they’ve learned everything they wanted to know, they can walk the trails outside. The center is open all year and there is always something to see in the surrounding landscape.  

Public Libraries 

Northern Kentucky residents are fortunate to have such robust early childhood programming and resources available at our local libraries. From story time and science for tots to the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program, families can rely on the friendly librarians to engage their children with fun, educational activities. Check out the programs at Boone CountyCampbell County and Kenton County

If you’ve got young kids and you live in NKY, you’re in a good place! 

Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.