CINCINNATI - Looking for something fun to do this weekend? 9 On Your Side has teamed up with CityBeat to bring you the top 9 picks!
1. Easter egg hunts in the Tri-State
It's Easter weekend and that means it's time to find those hidden eggs. The Tri-State will be hosting several community Easter egg hunts, saving you the trouble of having to hide your own eggs around the house.
Find out where they are here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/Copy_of_tri-state-easter-egg-hunts) .
2. Opening Day
It's time once again for a steady diet of peanuts and cracker jack (and perhaps a beer or two depending on your age). Thousands will head down to the Great American Ball Park this Monday for a full day of Opening Day festivities, including one of the best (if not only) Opening Day parades in the country.
Get details on the city-wide holiday and all things Reds here (http://www.wcpo.com/subindex/sports/baseball/reds) .
3. Ten Commandments Scroll on display
Area residents will have the opportunity to see one of the oldest pillars on which Western civilization is based.
The Cincinnati Museum Center will display the parchment manuscript containing the Ten Commandments beginning on Good Friday.
The parchment is one of the 900 plus ancient writings that comprise the Dead Sea Scrolls and will join the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times exhibit already on display at the Museum Center.
Get details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/ten-commandments-scroll-on-display-at-museum-center-starting-on-good-friday) .
4. Free kids' portraits at Krohn Conservatory
On Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, photographers Nicholas Viltrakis and Megan Koabel of Robots and Rainbows Children's Photography will be at the Krohn Conservatory snapping free portraits of your little ones — a great chance to experience this iconic Cincinnati landmark and get a picture of your child.
Built in 1933 at the height of the Art Deco era, Krohn contains a wondrous collection of plants from around the world and even has its own rainforest and waterfall.
Inside the aluminum and glass walls lies an oasis from the temperamental Cincinnati weather. And it's the perfect backdrop for a portrait.
For information on how to set up and appointment for photos, visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/free-kids-portraits-at-krohn-conservatory.
5. 'War Horse' comes to Cincinnati
The Aronoff's newest production "War Horse" is the story of a horse named Joey, the boy who raised him and the bond they form that transcends the horrendous combat of World War I.
It's hard to imagine a play about horses onstage, but "War Horse" galloped to Broadway in 2011 and won five Tony Awards, including best play.
The real magic of the show comes from the Handspring Puppet Company's horse creation. This group of South African artists dreamed up how to recreate life-size animals in a convincing and evocative way — unlike any puppets you've ever seen .
Get details on the show here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/onstage-war-horse-comes-to-cincinnati) .
6. Neons hosts 'The Bird and the Beer' class
Come celebrate the creative communities of Cincinnati and learn about our burgeoning (or re-emerging?) beer culture with Bryant Goulding, co-founder of the future Rhinegeist Brewery, and the people over at The Bird Haus, a local outside-the-box educational initiative. Goulding has turned his passion for beer into a bona fide career, selling the fizzy beverage for big brewers such as Anderson Valley and Dogfish Head across both coasts.
7. Tri-State native Tyrone Hawkins performs at Go Bananas
Comedian Tyrone Hawkins is a 1989 graduate of Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts, but today he travels across the country performing stand-up and hopes to one day break into television.
When he's not performing, Hawkins is a true student of stand-up. "I like sittin' back, watching and learning how to solve the riddle. How to get that Rubik's Cube back to having the same colors on all sides."
He performs at Go Bananas in Montgomery. Get details here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/tri-state-native-tyrone-hawkins-returns-to-go-bananas) .
8. Final Friday street art extravaganza
Cincinnati has a history with graffiti. Being the birthplace of ScribbleJam, "America's Largest Hip Hop Festival" (which included a graffiti competition during the 13 years the festival ran); the eponymous Scribble Magazine; and the Beautiful Losers street art exhibition at the CAC helped create that reputation — but all had their roots in the flourishing local street art movement. Irish graffiti artist Maser will pick up that torch Friday at the Pendleton's Final Friday "Get Up: An Urban Ballyhoo of Artistic Expression" street art extravaganza, featuring DJs (DJ Clockwork), bands (Archer's Paradox, Black Signal) and an environment of art installations.
For the past week, Maser has been creating a mural on the wall of 522 E. 12th St. in Pendleton. Find out more here (http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/entertainment/citybeat/get-up-an-urban-ballyhoo-of-artistic-expression) .
9. Zoo Blooms is back!
This Monday kicks-off the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's annual Zoo Blooms show. The zoo is one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, and Zoo Blooms offers one of the largest flower displays in the Midwest.
Focused on tulips — there are more than 100,000 tulips in the Bloom's "Tulip Mania" — visitors will also see more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs in full, exploding color.
Check back weekly to see the progress of the bulbs; the tulips will start with yellow and red in the first bloom, followed by every color imaginable in the main bloom.
For more information visit http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/region_central_cincinnati/downtown/zoo-blooms-is-back .
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