We are fortunate to live on the "south side of Cincinnati". We are in Kentucky and our area has lots of pretty farms and retains a good bit of the feel of country life. However, living a stone's throw from a major metropolis has some advantages.
We have season's passes to several of our area's top family attractions, including the Cincinnati Zoo and the Newport Aquarium, which is here in Kentucky. I must say that our favorite is the Cincinnati Museum Center. It consists of three museums in a wonderful historic building, Union Terminal, which was the main train station in Cincinnati. Now it houses the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Cincinnati Historical Museum and the Duke Energy Children's Museum. It also has an Omnimax theater and several gift shops and snack bars.
Yesterday we spent a few hours there with one of Jonathan's preschool friends and his mom. The boys spent some time playing in the Children's Museum, then we saw the movie "Hubble". So much fun to see on the five-story surround screen, almost like being in space! Then it was off to The Natural History Museum for a quick trip to the Trading Post, where kids can earn points to take home some natural treasures, such as minerals, fossils, etc. There is also a large shop, Store To Explore, with lots of unique and cool things for kids of all ages. We had to take a minute to go in to see if anything new had arrived.
It was a fun day, and if you ever visit the Cincinnati area, I highly recommend a visit to the Museum Center!