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50 Fun Things

Your summer fun has just begun! Open the PDF below, print it out, and head to a MetroPark! Once you have completed a square, color it in with a crayon, marker or pen. Complete 40 of the 50 Fun Things and turn your paper in for an instant prize and an entry into the grand prize drawing. Complete all 50 Fun Things for a double instant prize and a double entry into the grand prize drawing!

Share your experience with us! #MPX50FunThings
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To be eligible for prizes, your 50 Fun Things 'game board' must be completed and turned in at a MetroParks of Butler County program or to one of the following locations (please call for hours) by Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Grand prize winner will be drawn and announced on Friday, Sept. 1.

MetroParks of Butler County Administration Office
2051 Timberman Road, Hamilton OH 45013

Rentschler Forest MetroPark Program House
5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield Township OH 45011

Voice of America MetroPark Welcome Center
7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester OH 45069

All MetroParks locations are open from 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Motor Vehicle Permit required at MetroParks locations. Free to Butler Co. residents, non-residents: $5 daily, $10 annually.

Questions? Call us at 513.867.5835

Sun, Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. Apr. 8-Aug. 31, 12:00 AM
Any MetroPark of Butler County

A Walk In The Park: Summer Walk Club

Walking is great for the mind, body and spirit. Enjoy a Walk In The Park with others. Tuesday and Thursday mornings in June, July and August - beginning June 13th.

Program plans include giveaways, healthy snacks and periodic pop up programs by YMCA trainers and MetroParks staff members.

The paved walking path at Rentschler Forest is stroller and pet friendly!

Tue., Thu. Jun. 13-Aug. 24, 8:30-10:00 AM
Rentschler Forest MetroPark: Bike Path

Buckeye Classic & Midwest Challenge Lacrosse

The 2017 Buckeye Classic will be hosted at the Voice of America Metropark is West Chester, OH right outside of Cincinnati. The Buckeye Classic will host the boys tournament, and we've partnered with Top of the Bay Sports, one of the largest ladies' tournament providers on the east coast, to operate a girls event at the same facility.
Sun, Sat. Jul. 22-23, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Voice of America MetroPark: Athletic Field Complex

Show and Tell at the Farm

Come on over to Chrisholm Historic Farmstead for a BRAND NEW "Show and Tell" time at the Farm. Each program will be a little different with special guest stars, some Furry and some Feathery, and fun activities. Come for any amount of time during 2pm-4pm. Designed to delight kids and kids at heart.
Sunday. July 23, 2:00-4:00 PM
Chrisholm MetroPark: Chrisholm Picnic Shelter - 2070 Woodsdale Rd., Trenton, Ohio

Water Camp

Slip, slide, splash and swim as you spend two days at the VOA lake. Participants, aged 6-12, will experience everything water-related including swimming, boating, fishing, and science.

Participants should bring a nonperishable lunch, water, sunscreen, bug spray, close-toed shoes and a towel.

Mon., Tue. Jul. 24-25, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Voice of America Lake Gazebo

Paddle Camp

Due to the storms on 7/6/2017 this camp has been rescheduled and there are a few openings. Sign up for your adventure.

12- to 17-year-olds spend the day on the water exploring canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more!

Participants: Bring a nonperishable lunch, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and a towel.

Wednesday. July 26, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Voice of America Lake Gazebo

Hump Day Concert: Hickory Robot

FREE public concerts are offered at Voice of America MetroPark, by the Gazebo behind the Ronald Reagan Lodge, near the Lake, every Wednesday beginning May 31st-August 16th. Concerts are brought to you thanks to Presenting Sponsor UC Health West Chester Hospital, Concert Sponsor Friends of MetroParks of Butler County and Media Sponsor Cox Media Group/Journal-News. Bring the whole family out for a little midweek relaxation and to enjoy the sounds of summer. Don't bother cooking after work as food and Adult beverages are available for purchase. Family yard games will be out to enjoy, the playground is ready for play and you can even rent a bike or boat while you listen to music! Each week will bring a new artist and a new sound.

About the band:
Hickory Robot is an acoustic quintet from Cincinnati, Ohio. Their sound is a compelling blend of traditional bluegrass instrumentation, mixed with jazz, Celtic, and rock elements that create a truly unique and engaging music. The band formed in 2008 and quickly gained a following for its "stellar songwriting" and "impeccable musicianship" (Citybeat Magazine). Their first album, Firefly, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and Sawyer followed in 2012, garnering even greater accolades, extensive radio airplay, and an Album of the Year nomination from the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards

Wednesday. July 26, 7:00-9:00 PM

Show and Tell on the Farm - It's FRUIT time!

"Show and Tell" time at Chrisholm Historic Farmstead. Let's check out what is growing in the gardens and learn about the fruits grown in our area. Take a fruit plant home and enjoy your own produce. Don't forget to visit with the farm animals. FREE program for all.
Thursday. July 27, 6:30-7:30 PM
Chrisholm MetroPark: Chrisholm Picnic Shelter - 2070 Woodsdale Rd., Trenton, Ohio

MetroParks & Great Miami Rowing Center Learn to Row

Give rowing a try! Seasoned rowers and coaches will give you the opportunity to learn to row racing shells. Knowledgeable staff will answer your questions as you try out the equipment. What to wear: gym shorts & t-shirts that aren't too baggy, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, shoes that will not come off your feet. Bring water and socks. Recommended for ages 12 & up. Participation waiver must be signed. Learn to Row dates are 7/1, 7/29 & 10/1 at VOA and 6/3, 8/19 & 9/10 at Great Miami Rowing Center Hamilton.
Saturday. July 29, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Voice of America MetroPark: Gazebo - 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester, Ohio

Moths by the Moon

Identify moths and other flying nighttime insects and discover their economic value in pollination. Program is weather dependent. Registrants will be notified by email if postponed. FREE for all ages but registration is required.
Saturday. July 29, 9:00-11:00 PM
1976 Timberman Ridge, Hamilton OH 45013
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