Family Friendly

Bring Your Crew

With parks, playgrounds and so many events, family is Downtown’s specialty.

 

 

Pictured: Washington Park

Play Library

Over-the-Rhine

Play Library is just like a regular library but instead of books, we lend games and toys. Designed for kids and adults, Play Library's goal is to connect families, friends and communities through play. We offer over 1,000 games and toys including: game night games, gamer-y games, toys of all kinds, seasonal outdoor sports equipment and event rentals like giant Jenga, Big Wheels. Permanent Cincinnati Toy History Museum on-site. Host birthday parties, baby showers and creative off-site meetings. Streetcar Stop #9: Liberty & Elm

Address: 1517 Elm St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 407-7045

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Located in an historic Art Deco train station built in 1933, Cincinnati Museum Center offers special exhibitions and houses the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Cincinnati Historical Society Library and the Omnimax Theater. Admission can be purchased for individual attractions, or combination discounts are available.

Address: 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 287-7000

Cincinnati Fire Museum

Central Business District

Over 200 years of firefighting history on display, including exhibits of early leather fire buckets, an 1808 fire drum, the oldest surviving fire engine in Cincinnati, a Hunneman hand pumper up to a modern Emergency-One fire engine cab and a house to try out safety practices. The Fire Museum can also be a setting for special events.

Address: 315 W. Court St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 621-5553

Carol Ann’s Carousel

The Banks

Filled with colorful characters and embellished with jewels, the carousel sits inside a glass frame offering a three hundred and sixty degree view of the Roebling Bridge, Smale Riverfront Park, and the breathtaking skyline. Streetcar Stop #1: Cincinnati Cyclones station, The Banks A gift from Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, the carousel was designed to be Cincinnati's front porch light and the perfect place for any event.

Address: 8 W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 978-1821

Carew Tower Observation Deck & Gift Shop

Central Business District

At the top of Cincinnati's tallest building, a chance to buy souvenirs and take a look at the surrounding territory. Observation deck: Open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Rates: $6, Adult and $3, Child Cash only. Streetcar Stop #18: Fountain Square

Address: 441 Vine St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 579-9735

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

The Banks

The Reds Hall of Fame is CLOSED Nov. 1, 2018 - April 1, 2019 for renovations. Baseball fans enjoy 10 galleries where they can learn about baseball's first professional team. On view are over 500 objects, including the three World Series trophies -- the 'Big Red Machine' from 1975 and 1976, plus the team that swept the series in 1990 -- and the 81 Hall of Fame plaques from the Reds Hall of Fame. Streetcar Stop #1: Cincinnati Cyclones station, The Banks

Address: 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 765-7923

Contemporary Arts Center

Central Business District

One of the earliest contemporary art institutions in the United States and long a progressive cultural force in the Tristate and the nation. The CAC continues to surprise, challenge, educate and entertain audiences by presenting and exploring the art of the 'last 15 minutes.' Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the CAC's home, The Richard & Lois Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, has been hailed as 'a breakthrough.' The first floor also offers lunch items from Melt Eclectic Cafe, and the cocktail bar M.Wellman offers handcrafted cocktails during evening hours. Streetcar Stop #17: The Aronoff Center

Address: 44 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 345-8400

Krohn Conservatory

An indoor botanical garden operated by Cincinnati Park Board, showcasing more than 1,000 plant species from around the world, featuring a desert room, palm room, fern room, orchid room and Bonsai display. Gift shop offers plants, gardening accessories and gifts for gardeners and lovers of nature. Admission varies according to the events and shows. Free parking.

Address: 1501 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 421-4086

Main Library / Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton Cty.

Central Business District

The Main Library is part of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, a county-wide system also including 40 branch libraries, making it one of the largest and busiest in the U.S. Open daily, it spans two city blocks and is a downtown hub serving on average 25,000 people each week. Its dynamic new service model emphasizes convenience and increased access to technology through the TechCenter, TeenSpot, Homework Central, Children's Learning Center, Popular Library, Information & Reference, and top-ranked Genealogy & Local History departments. Streetcar Stop #16: The Public Library

Address: 800 Vine St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 369-6000

Omnimax Theater

A newly renovated state-of-the-art movie theater showing specially created features on a five-story, 260-degree domed screen that surrounds audiences and immerses them in the experience. Subjects range from natural wonders and space flight to rock-and-roll and exploration of unusual locales. Located in Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.

Address: 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 287-7000

Schmidlapp Event Lawn

The Banks

An event lawn within the new Smale Riverfront Park featuring live music and more.

Address: 100 E. Ted Berry Way, Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 352-4079

UC Health Ice Rink

The Banks

Many Cincinnatians have fond memories of ice skating on Fountain Square, surrounded by downtown’s tallest buildings. Admission and skate rental close one hour before the rink closes. Times are subject to change due to weather or special events. (Seasonal)

Address: 520 Vine St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Phone: (513) 381-0782