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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

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 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Designed to delight kids and kids at heart.
Sunday. April 23, 2:00-4:00 PM
Chrisholm MetroPark: Chrisholm Picnic Shelter - 2070 Woodsdale Rd., Trenton, Ohio

Annual Richter Day Celebration

Celebrate Charles Richter, the creator of the Richter Scale and a famous Butler Countian. Meet at the Richter Roundabout at the intersection of Busenbark & Hamilton-Trenton Rd. for a birthday celebration and other activities. Bring a rock of tribute to leave behind the marker. Special presentation by Eric Burgess on the year without a summer.
Wednesday. April 26, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Richter Roundaboutm intersection of Busenbark & Hamilton-Trenton

Kings Hammer Adidas Blue Chip Showcase

Kings Hammer SC welcomes teams from across the country and internationally to compete in the adidas Blue Chip Showcase. In 2016, the event brought in 140 clubs from 21 states and 15 clubs from Canada. Participating clubs traveled from Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Canada. These teams also come from many of the top youth leagues around the country, including the US Youth Soccer National League, Region I Champions League, Region II Midwest Regional League, Region III Premier League, and US Club Soccer National Premier Leagues. US Youth Soccer State Cup, Regional Cup, and National Championship teams have also been accepted to this event.

The adidas Blue Chip Showcase is played over 3 days and is open to elite level U14 - U19 teams.

U14 will be tournament format with a championship game. Teams will play Saturday and Sunday, with some playing on Friday evening as well.
U15-U19 will be showcase format with all teams playing 3 games. This means each team will only play 1 game per day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) to allow players to maximize their talents in front of the college coaches. All U15-U19 teams will play on Friday. Friday games will begin at 8 am.

Sun, Fri., Sat. Apr. 28-30, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Voice of America MetroPark: Athletic Field 01
Voice of America MetroPark: Athletic Field 02

OESA Spring Classic


FEES: U8-U10 (7v7) - $550.00; U10-U12 (9v9) - $600.00; U12-U19 (11v11) - $650.00





Games: Each team will play a minimum three games. Finals will be played after the completion of the group games on Sunday.

U8-U10 (7v7): 25 minute halves
U10-U12 (9v9): 30 minute halves
U12-U19 (11v11): 35 minute halves

Sun, Fri., Sat. Apr. 28-30, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Athletic Complex

Big Week of Birding in Butler County - Gilmore MetroPark

Gilmore MetroPark is a treasure trove of birds. With the rookery of cormorants, egrets and great blue herons, as well as an abundance of spring warblers, this is a great park to visit. Meet at the Gilmore Road entrance.
Saturday. April 29, 7:30-9:30 AM
7950 Gilmore Rd., Hamilton OH 45015

Big Week of Birding in Butler County - Davidson Woods, 4-Mile Creek MetroPark

Davidson Woods is a beautiful park and a great place to bird. It is normally closed to the public, except for programming. This is a wonderful opportunity to see one of MetroParks' hidden gems. Pre-registration is required.
Saturday. April 29, 6:30-8:30 PM
You will be contacted after registration regarding meet up location.

Big Week of Birding in Butler County - Woodsdale

Woodsdale, part of Chrisholm MetroPark, runs along the Great Miami River. Swamp sparrow is known to hang out here. Because of its location near the water, it is great for spring migrants.
Sunday. April 30, 7:30-9:30 AM
Chrisholm MetroPark: Woodsdale Regional Park - 1917 Woodsdale Road, Trenton, Ohio

Big Week of Birding in Butler County - Forest Run MetroPark

Forest Run Wildlife Preserve has a variety of habitat: meadow, forest, pond and a stream. It is always a great place to bird. Join us in the back parking lot.
Sunday. April 30, 6:30-8:30 PM
1810 Hamilton-New London Rd., Hamilton OH 45013, back parking lot

Big Week of Birding in Butler County - Salamander Run

Salamander Run is soon to be one of MetroParks' newest parks. It is a great place to see orioles and tanagers! Pre-registration is required.
Monday. May 1, 6:30-8:30 PM
Salamander Run - meet up location given after registration
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