November’s here, and while you may be looking at the kids’ wish lists and seeing lots of dollar signs, there’s actually a lot of FREE fun to be had this month! We sifted through our Online Calendar for some fun events for families, and came up with the following list of 15 activities.
If you’re looking for FREE HOLIDAY FUN, however, you’ll want to check back on the site Nov. 7, when we publish our epic list of 50 Free Things to do in Cincinnati this Holiday Season. (You heard us right: 50 free activities!)
Without further ago, here are 15 free things to do in Cincinnati this November:
7th Annual All-City Boychoir Festival
Nov. 4 from 1-6 pm at the Aronoff Center
Join us for the 7th annual festival as Guest conductor Mollie Stone, an expert in authentic music performance from around the world, will be our guest to teach the boys South African music. All boys grades 1-12 welcome! (Our Ambassadors choir will tour South African in the summer of 2018!) All attendees receive a free t-shirt and snacks. Don’t miss the festival’s free showcase concert at 5 pm. FREE!
Mt. Washington Pumpkin Chuck
Nov. 4 from 12-5 pm at Stanbery Park
Launch your leftover pumpkins from one of four trebuchets in Stanbery Park. Event also includes live music, kids games, food, craft beer, and, of course, a great viewing area to watch pumpkins fly!
Antique Christmas at the Taft
Opens Nov. 3 – Free on Sundays!
Escape to a winter wonderland of Christmas past at the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, decorations, and toys.
Linton Peanut Butter and Jam: A Musical Zoo!
Nov. 8 from 6:30-7:15 pm at Child Focus Training Center
Listen! Is that a bird or a flute? Is that a swan or a cello? Is that a fish or a piano? Come hear and find out on an adventure through our musical zoo! Don’t miss this special FREE fall presentation!
Library Olympics for Kids!
Nov. 10 from 6-7:30 pm at the Montfort Heights Branch Library
Join in the fun and games at the Monfort Heights Library Olympics based on the book Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. (Those who have read the book will definitely have an advantage.) Bring a group or come alone. Everyone will get to play! This event is open to students in grades 3-5. Registration is required.
Thanksgiving on the Ohio Frontier
Nov. 11 from 2-5 pm at Shawnee Lookout
Step back 200 years in the past to the first Thanksgiving on the Ohio frontier. The Society of Northwest Longhunters reenactors will portray Shawnee Native Americans, early European settlers and military personnel. Exchanges between Native Americans and settlers will occur at 2:30, 3:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 at 10:30 am at the Sleepy Bee Cafe (ongoing on Tuesdays)
Join Miss Sarah at the Oakley Sleepy Bee for blue manatee tradition of great books, easy laughs, and sweet songs! Most appropriate for ages under 4.
Autumn’s New Moon Night Hike
Nov. 17 at 5:30 pm at Shawnee Lookout/Little Turtle Trail
Join us for a brisk hike through nature at night. Enjoy night activities along the trail as we listen for creatures preparing for winter’s cold. Hopefully an owl will make an appearance!
Story Time with Author & Illustrator Jacob Grant
Nov. 18 from 3-4 pm at Blue Manatee
Jacob Grant, author and illustrator of Cat Knit and Little Bird’s Bad Word will be at blue manatee for a special story time to introduce his newest book, Through With The Zoo
This new picture book, which releases on November 14th, is the story of a goat who lives in a petting zoo, but dreams of some personal space.
Turkey Time Crafts
Nov. 19 from 1-3 pm at Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center
Children ages 5–12 will enjoy making turkey day themed crafts. Kids can make up to two crafts to take home. ($1/craft, payable at the door). **Not technically free, but pretty close! And a fun, inexpensive way to decorate your Thanksgiving table!
Macy’s Downtown Dazzle
Nov. 25 at 5:30 pm at Fountain Square
From Santa visits to carriage rides, Story Time with Mrs. Claus to Santa rappelling down the Huntington Center, Macy’s Downtown Dazzle is one of the most fabulous holiday events in town. And it’s all FREE!
Saturdays from Nov. 25-Dec. 23 between 1-3 pm at Washington Park
This year, ditch your annual trip to the mall and venture down to Washington Park to see Santa Claus! Every Saturday in December, Santa and his merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations from 1-3 pm. Stop by the wish-list station where elves will help you write a list to give to Santa when you meet him- or bring yours from home!
Holiday Season Kickoff at the Taft
Nov. 26 from 11 am-4 pm
Enjoy free activities for the whole family! The house will be decorated inside and out with lights, garlands, and displays of antique ornaments on old-fashioned feather trees. Enjoy lunch in the Lindner Family Café and do some holiday browsing in the Shop, where you will find gifts for all ages—including the one-size-fits-all Taft membership. FREE.
Llama Llama Pajama Day Story Time
Nov. 28 from 4-5 pm at Blue Manatee
November 28th is “Giving Tuesday,” and we are partnering with Penguin Random House to not only have a fun, after school story time, but to also give back to children in our community. Join us for stories, games, and songs for friends of all ages. Your “admission fee” to this event is a cozy pair of new pajamas for a child in need. For every pair of pajamas donated, Penguin will also donate a book to the same organization!
Story Tree Time with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Nov. 29 at 11 am at the Children’s Museum
Story Tree Time takes place from 11-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Bring your little one and join us as we play, dance, sing and listen to a new story each week! Free with Museum Center admission. Story time on Nov. 29th features a special guest from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Cinderella! Free with Museum admission.