If you’d like to give your kids a little culture this summer, many museums offer programs for families in the summer months.

The Cincinnati Museum Center, home to three museums, an OMNIMAX theater and traveling exhibits, is hosting 100 Days of Fun, guaranteeing members a new thing to see or do every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Basic membership for a family is $99.

At the Taft Museum of Art, every third Sunday this summer is a “Third Sunday Funday” at the Taft. Parents are invited to bring kids to explore, create and play. Events include Dad’s Day Out on Father’s Day, which lets kids make picture frames for their dads, and Dog Days of Summer on Aug. 16, when kids can make their own pop-up dog and look for dogs in art.

“The Taft was founded as a gift to the people of Cincinnati,” says Tricia Suit, the Taft’s marketing and communications manager. “It’s always been important to make sure the house and collection are accessible. Now more than ever, that means affordable.” Children always get in free at the Taft, and admission is free to everyone on Wednesdays. A family membership is $60.

The Cincinnati Art Museum offers several family programs, as well. From July 14 to July 31, children ages 6 to 12 can learn about the arts through interactive tours, art-making and more. Also, every Saturday and Sunday this summer, check out Family ARTventures. The events include tours of touchable objects and hands-on activities. Family memberships at the Art Museum are $75.

The Contemporary Arts Center is offering Thursday Art Play every week this summer. You can always bring the family to create art projects — such as kaleidoscopes or broken toy sculptures — that your kids can take home. Family memberships at the Contemporary Arts Center are $65.

“Follow the North Star” at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The monthly family program is a fun, interactive summer experience. At the June 27 activity, children will learn some of the songs sung during the Freedom Rides of the 1960s. Basic family memberships are $65.

At the Newport Aquarium, the new arrival is “Sunshine,” the first baby shark ray on display in this hemisphere. She joins the aquarium’s full array of sharks, penguins, jellyfish, gators and the like. Annual Aquarium passes cost $38 for adults ages 13 to 64, $34 for seniors, $24 for children ages 2 to 12.— C.W.



Cincinnati Museum Center Gains National Attention

The Cincinnati Museum Center was recently named the 17th most visited museum in the United States in 2008 by ForbesTraveler.com. The museum drew more than 1.3 million visitors last year and was the only Ohio location to make the list.

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