Jul
7
11:00 am11:00

Giant Parachute in the Park

  • Washington Park

The Weather is Perfect! Come Play with us in Washington Park!

We'll have the Giant Parachute and Accompanying Activities. We'll Provide the Laughs, You Bring the Giggles. All Ages Welcome. 

Meet on the North Lawn (just north of the fountains).

Some rules:

1. Be respectful & Cooperative

2. Grown-ups, no standing on the sidelines - come play! Your kids want to play With you. 

3, A new game will start about every 10 minutes on the 10(ish) minutes. If you arrive in the middle of a game, wait till the next one. Do not run into the middle of a game. I do not want anyone to get hurt. 

4. Have fun. 

Jul
14
3:00 pm15:00

Water Balloon Toss (in Washington Park)

What? A Giant Water Balloon Toss in Washington Park? Yup!

The balloons are filled and ready. Now We need YOU to Toss 'em! Come in a bathing suit or outfit you won't mind getting wet. This is a friendly, happy, water balloon toss. Be prepared to have a really great time! All Ages Welcome. 

 

Jul
19
5:00 pm17:00

Grocery & Grilling - Findlay Market x Play Library

  • Findlay Market

Click here for the deets.

The gist:

Findlay Market is staying open late on Wednesdays from May-September to accommodate the grocery shopping needs of those who live and work in the city. 

This week's featured community group will be The Play Library. Welcome Play Library members and prospective members. 

Join us each Wednesday for our special Groceries & Grilling Program! Each week has a different theme and featured merchant.

This Week's Theme: Family Night
Featured Merchant: Em's Sourdough Bread

Groceries & Grilling:
1. Watch our featured merchant do a food demo at 5:30 and 6:30pm
2. Grab a recipe card and shop for the ingredients
3. Grill up your own delicious meal on one of our satellite grills

Findlay Market provides utensils, plates, napkins, basic spices and condiments, grills, tongs, spatulas and tin foil. You provide the grub!

The OTR Biergarten at Findlay Market is open, and Market Wines at Findlay Market is putting together red and white wine pairings the whole family can enjoy! 

Groceries & Grilling takes place on the Race Street esplanade.
 

Jul
20
6:00 pm18:00

Beer & Boardgames

Beer & Board Games Night at our new location! Choose from over 300 Game Night Games. Pull em off the shelf and Play! Come solo or with friends. BYOB welcome. 

$5 per person. Beer, Snacks, Boardgames and Happiness provided. Friendly, well trained dogs also welcome. 

21+ Only, please! (does not apply to dogs)

Jul
31
11:00 am11:00

Harry Potter Birthday Celebration & Fundraiser

Today is Harry Potter's Birthday. We're throwing him a big party. Join us!

(Hagrid’s voice): It’s yer birthday, Harry!

Join us for the most magical of all birthdays – Harry Potter’s

11-4p (all ages):

  • Try out for your House Quidditch team

  • Play Hogwarts Trivia
  • Attend a Care of Magical Creatures class presented by the Cincinnati Zoo, 
  • A Costume Contest fit for the Yule Ball, 
  • Raffles, Prizes and More!

6-9p (witches and wizards 21+): Celebrate Harry’s special day with a fundraiser that’s every bit as magical as a trip to Hogsmeade. 

  • Potions Class with a tasting from Skeleton Root wines, 
  • Play Quidditch, 
  • History of Magic Trivia, 
  • Diagon Alley Silent Auction, 
  • Stop in at Flourish and Blotts (sponsored by Joseph-Beth Booksellers), 
  • Costume contest!
  • Raffles, Prizes and More!

11-4p (no reservation required) - $5/adult, $2/child 12 and under (children under 2, free!). 

6-9p (21+) - Pre-selling tickets (click here) 

$25 ticket includes: admission, 1 drink ticket & 1 raffle ticket

$45 VIP ticket includes: admission, 2 drink tickets, your letter to Hogwarts, your House Badge, and a self-inking quill.

Aug
12
10:00 am10:00

Covington Main Library - Play Day

Play Library will be playing at Kenton County Public Library - Covington Branch this morning from 10-12p. Come join us there! 

More info to come.

Address: 502 Scott Blvd, Covington KY 41011


Jun
22
6:00 pm18:00

Beer & Boardgames

Beer & Board Games Night at our new location! Choose from over 300 Game Night Games. Pull em off the shelf and Play! Come solo or with friends. BYOB welcome. 

$5 per person. Beer, Snacks, Boardgames and Happiness provided. Friendly, well trained dogs also welcome. 

21+ Only, please! (does not apply to dogs)

Jun
15
11:00 am11:00

Giant Parachute Day (in Washington Park)

The Weather is Perfect! Come Play with us in Washington Park!

We'll have the Giant Parachute and Accompanying Activities. We'll Provide the Laughs, You Bring the Giggles. All Ages Welcome. 

Exact time will be announced closer to date: TBD

Jun
10
9:30 am09:30

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - Play Library Game & Toy Drive

  • Taft Theatre

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is holding a Game and Toy Drive for Play Library! 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra's Superheroes program is back and packed with more familiar favorites than ever! Costumes are encouraged as John Morris Russell and your Cincinnati Pops team up with Cincinnati Children’s Theatre to provide the action and soundtrack to this epic adventure.

Visit the Family Fun Zone to try orchestra instruments, make a craft and more! Open pre-concert starting at 9:30 am and immediately following the concert. Bring a a toy or game to donate to PLAY LIBRARY!!!

More info on activities and programing before and after the event: http://cincinnatisymphony.org/concerts-plus-events/lollipops/

Jun
2
3:00 pm15:00

Community Water Balloon Toss (in Washington Park)

What? A Giant Water Balloon Toss in Washington Park? Yup!

The balloons are filled and ready. Now We need YOU to Toss 'em! Come in a bathing suit or outfit you won't mind getting wet. This is a friendly, happy, water balloon toss. Be prepared to have a really great time! All Ages Welcome. 

Exact time will be announced closer to date: TBD

May
25
6:00 pm18:00

Beer & Boardgames

Beer & Board Games Night at our new location! Choose from over 300 Game Night Games. Pull em off the shelf and Play! Come solo or with friends. BYOB welcome. 

$5 per person. Beer, Snacks, Boardgames and Happiness provided. Friendly, well trained dogs also welcome. 

21+ Only, please! (does not apply to dogs)

May
16
6:00 pm18:00

Little Yelpers Club: Play Library

  • Play Library

YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR FIRST INSTALLMENT OF THE LITTLE YELPERS CLUB! 

What's a Little Yelper you ask?
Yelp isn't just about grown ups. Open to the entire Yelp community, we launched Little Yelpers Club for kids up to age 11. Come explore kid-friendly businesses you might not know about and meet other Yelpers with kids. Whether you have wee ones in your life 24/7 or just occasionally babysit your nephew for the afternoon, we're hooking you up with all the hot spots for tots.

This event will be held at The Play Library in historic Over-the-Rhine on May 16th from 6-8pm. We will get to meet the owner, check out the brand NEW space, have some munchies, and play some fun games! 

NEED TO KNOW'S: 
*YOU MUST HAVE A REAL NAME AND REAL PHOTO ON YOUR YELP PROFILE IN ORDER TO BE CHOSEN FOR THIS EVENT
**JUST BC YOU RSVP DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU WILL GET IN. PLEASE RSVP AND WE WILL SEND YOU A CONFIRMATION OR WAITING LIST EMAIL AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE DATE. 
***YOU WILL BE ALLOWED 2 LITTLE YELPERS FOR THIS EVENT. 

More info and to RSVP click HERE

May
13
12:30 pm12:30

Bill & Ted's Excellent Scavenger Crawl on the Streetcar!

All the info you need, right here!

For those of you not on the Facebook:

Have Fun. Drink Beer. Win Prizes. Be Excellent.

From the creators of The Cov Abides comes Bill & Ted's Excellent Scavenger Crawl, a pop culture fueled adult scavenger hunt/bar crawl through downtown Cincinnati and OTR!!!
Help Bill & Ted pass a bogus History Exam in a stellar journey through time across the Queen City! 

You've never seen an adult scavenger hunt/bar crawl like this!
Starting in OTR at 16-Bit Bar and ending at Arnold's Bar & Grill, individuals and teams (2-6) have three hours (1-4pm) to earn as many points as possible by visiting the BEST BARS, drinking most excellent local craft beer and cocktails, completing challenges all over town, and collecting enough points to pass your history exam.

We are taking over the city! Use the Streetcar to get around quickly! You can also walk or jump on a Red Bike!
Get exclusive drinks and specials at the BEST bars in town including 16-Bit, Arnolds, The Rook, & more!
Perform challenges at famous downtown landmarks including Washington Park, Fountain Square, Findlay Market, and Smale Riverfront Park!
Re-enact scenes from the iconic movies and beat Death at Battleship, do your best Van Halen air guitar challenge, and get selfies with Socrates (and other famous dead dudes) causing trouble all over town!
Visit the Play Library, get a photo onstage at Below Zero, and take a selfie with a legend at Great American Ballpark!

Prizes for Best Costumes!
Outfits inspired by the movie and characters (B&T, Rufus, The Princesses, Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Future Dudes) get 50 BONUS POINTS per person and put you in the running for the Best Costume Prizes! (Individual and Team!)

Register by 4/17 and save 50%! (Just $15!)
Register by 4/24 and save 33%! (Just $20!)
Register by 5/1 and save 20%! (Just $24!)!

All Participants Get:
A special wristband to unlock major drink specials!
A Totally Triumphant Limited Edition Event Fannie Pack!
A once-in-a-lifetime afternoon of tasty drinks, crazy challenges, new locations, and killer prizes. Plus all the traveling through time with your friends stuff.
A digital high five we are giving you right now for supporting a local businesses! (Thanks!)
The joy of knowing a portion of the proceeds will benefit underprivileged campers with The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio! Simultaneously help kids grow and get them out of your hair.

Schedule:
12-1pm at 16-Bit Bar in OTR: Check in, Grab Some Drinks, Grab your Maps and Challenges, and Pick Up Your Swag.
1pm-4pm Embark on the craziest scavenger hunt/bar crawl to hit the Queen City! Dozens of bars, businesses, landmarks, and hidden challenges.
4-? After Party At Arnolds! Turn in your score sheets, grab drinks & food, announce winners, award prizes!

Contact keepyourshirtoncovington@gmail.com with any questions!

May
4
4:00 pm16:00

May the 4th Be...Play Library Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars-themed Costumes strongly encouraged. 

Starting at 4pm we'll have Star Wars themed, everything. Entrance fee - $5 per adult, $2 per kid (under 14). Snacks and Bevs available for a donation of any amount. 

4-6p - Kids' & Families' Star Wars-Themed Activities - All sorts'a Star Wars themed games, crafts and activities. 

6-9p - older kids and adults Star Wars-Themed Activities - Star Wars themed games and activities of all sorts geared towards teens and adults (that said, children are also welcome and we will still have activities for them on the ready).

Apr
23
10:00 am10:00

Start the morning with You Are Here & Play Library

  • People's Liberty

At this All-Ages event, you get to go cray-cray and scribble on everything! Phil Rowland has created an entire dry-erase map of Cincinnati coloring room. Like, literally, the floor, windows and all walls are decorated in black and white map that YOU get to explore! Come color and find some hidden goodies on the walls, floors & windows. 

This event is Free and the event will be held a few blocks north of us at the People's Liberty Globe Gallery. 

 

Apr
20
6:00 pm18:00

Beer & Board Games (21+ Game Night)

  • Play Library

The very first Beer & Board Games Night at our new location! Choose from over 300 Game Night Games. Pull em off the shelf and Play! Come solo or with friends. 

$5 per person. Beer, Snacks, Boardgames and Happiness provided. Friendly, well trained dogs also welcome. 

21+ Only, please! (does not apply to dogs)

More deets to come. 

Apr
14
6:00 pm18:00

Volunteer & Potential Volunteer Appreciation Party (V.I.Players Party)

  • Play Library

This is the first of many Play Library Volunteer Appreciation Events

Wether you've helped out just a little, helped a lot, or want to help, we wanna see you here. This event is exclusively for you and your family and a friend or 2 or 3. 

  • Free, All-ages event
  • Trivia provided by Trivia with a Twist (host Derek Kolligian) - begins promptly at 7.
  • Food & bevs provided
  • It's going to be fun and you don't wanna miss it. Cool? Cool.

RSVP HERE so I know how may string cheeses to provide cause people love string cheese, right?

Apr
9
9:30 am09:30

Play Library Design Committee Meeting

  • Play Library

Hi and hello,

 

For those who have been on this list, we are starting up again! For those who are new, Welcome.

 

Play Library is officially open. Here's your chance to BE A PART OF PLAY LIBRARY!!! A Play Library (PL) "Player", if you will...and I know you will. 

First of all, thank you. To everyone. Community is the backbone of Play Library™ so without you, this wouldn’t be. 

 

Time commitment:

  • All volunteers will be celebrated via parties and events throughout the year as well as receive perks (like free borrowing privileges) and discounts per number of hours worked.
  • Your children ARE welcome to play in the space while you volunteer! 

Time commitment:

The Design committee will meet once every 2 months for about 2 hours with emails in between.

 

We are looking for Committed Committee Members

Feel free to join as many different committees as you like.

At each committees' first meeting, you will decide on team name & roles.

If you are unable to make it to a particular meeting, let me know.

 

Design Committee

  • Graphic design services/skills
  • Come up with and implement innovative ideas for the space on a semi regular basis (this could include a ball pit, wall-sized Rube Goldberg machine, etc.)
Apr
2
9:30 am09:30

Play Library Players (Volunteers) Onboarding Session 2

  • Play Library

Play Library is officially open! Here's your chance to BE A PART OF PLAY LIBRARY!!! A Play Library (PL) "Player", if you will...and I know you will. 

Community is the backbone of Play Library™ so without you, this wouldn’t be. 

Time commitment:
• All volunteers will be celebrated via parties and events throughout the year as well as receive perks (like free borrowing privileges) and discounts per number of hours worked.
• Your children ARE welcome to play in the space while you volunteer! 

Responsibilites:
• Volunteer in-store and at festivals and other out-of-store events when needed. 
• You will be client-facing and expected to interact with members & guests. 
• Open and close the shop, check items in & out, disinfect 'em, and monitor our online product database.

If you're interested in being an Onsite PL Player, we have 2 training sessions coming up. You MUST attend ONE of the training sessions at 1517 Elm St.
Please RSVP:
Thursday, 3/30, 6-7:30pm OR Sunday, 4/2, 9:30-11am

Mar
31
6:00 pm18:00

Play Library Events Committee Meeting

  • Play Library

Play Library is officially open. Here's your chance to BE A PART OF PLAY LIBRARY!!! A Play Library (PL) "Player", if you will...and I know you will. 

 

Time commitment:

All volunteers will be celebrated via parties and events throughout the year as well as receive perks (like free borrowing privileges) and discounts per number of hours worked.

Each committee will meet at least 1x/mo for about 2 hours.

 

We are looking for Committed Committee Members

Feel free to join as many different committees as you like.

At each committees' first meeting, you will decide on team name & roles.

If you are unable to make it to a particular meeting, let me know.

Events Committee:

  • Coordinate & execute events (incl. b-day parties and corporate events)
  • Help out at said events (intermittently)
  • Work with volunteer team to organize regular volunteer events
Mar
30
10:26 am10:26

Play Library Players (Volunteers) Onboarding Session 1

  • Play Library

Play Library is officially open! Here's your chance to BE A PART OF PLAY LIBRARY!!! A Play Library (PL) "Player", if you will...and I know you will. 

Community is the backbone of Play Library™ so without you, this wouldn’t be. 

Time commitment:
• All volunteers will be celebrated via parties and events throughout the year as well as receive perks (like free borrowing privileges) and discounts per number of hours worked.
• Your children ARE welcome to play in the space while you volunteer! 

Responsibilites:
• Volunteer in-store and at festivals and other out-of-store events when needed. 
• You will be client-facing and expected to interact with members & guests. 
• Open and close the shop, check items in & out, disinfect 'em, and monitor our online product database.

If you're interested in being an Onsite PL Player, we have 2 training sessions coming up. You MUST attend ONE of the training sessions at 1517 Elm St.
Please RSVP:
Thursday, 3/30, 6-7:30pm OR Sunday, 4/2, 9:30-11am

Mar
15
5:00 pm17:00

GRAND OPENING Ribbon Cutting and Happy Hour

GUESS WHAT??!!!

It's time! Play Library officially opens March 15th at 5pm. Join us for a ribbon cutting and casual happy hour to celebrate this day I've been excited about for...ever! 

Rhinegeist sponsoring the bevs, Costco sponsoring the snackies, and you provide my entertainment :)

Can't wait to see you there!

Feb
11
12:00 pm12:00

Game On! Game Day: Build-a-Toy @ Manifest Gallery

So many ideas are sparked by simply playing around. That initial brainstorming stage can be incredibly freeing, allowing us to dream up any number of weird and exciting possibilities that we later get to build. 

Is there a toy that you’ve ever wanted to build? Maybe a doll with ray-gun eyes? Could your toy cars be improved with rocket boosters? Maybe you just wanted to finally give your toy T-Rex arms long enough for him to reach things with. Play Library will be at Manifest to help you improve or remake your old and broken toys in this event geared specifically for families and their children. We’ll provide a few broken items ourselves and enough glue guns to go around, but we definitely encourage you to bring your own old or broken toys as well!

RSVP here!

Feb
8
6:00 pm18:00

VOLUNTEERS COMMITTEE MEETING (volunteer coordinators)

Do you love meeting, hiring and directing people? Great! Help us find and celebrate the very best Play Library volunteers! (Great resume builder - just sayin')

The Volunteers Committee will:
• Recruit & vet volunteers
• Volunteer coordination
• Create & execute volunteer appreciation parties/events
• Help create a volunteer handbook

Beer, non-beer and snacks provided. Or, feel free to bring your own dinner.

RSVP here!

(Prefer not to be so darn responsible? No biggie. We have 5 different volunteer committee opportunities for you. You're bound to wanna join one of em. See additional event postings for more!)

Feel free to come to as many different committee meetings as you like. Excited to see you! Yeeee!

Feb
6
6:00 pm18:00

EVENTS COMITTEE MEETING

Ever wanted to be an event planner? Great! Help plan Play Library events! Great resume builder!

The Events Committee will:
• Coordinate & execute events
• Help out at said events
• Work with volunteer team to organize regular volunteer events

Beer, non-beer and snacks provided. Or, feel free to bring your own dinner.

RSVP here!

(Not the event-type? No biggie. We have 5 different volunteer committee opportunities for you. You're bound to wanna join one of em. See additional event postings for more!)

Feel free to come to as many different committee meetings as you like. Excited to see you! Yeeee!

Feb
2
6:00 pm18:00

PLAY COMMITTEE MEETING (in-store volunteer)

You say you like hands on volunteering with visitors to the space? Great! Be an on-site Play volunteer! It's going to be so much fun! 

The Play Committee will:
• Interact with members & guests
• Check items in & out and disinfect 'em
• Monitor online product database
• Maintain a clean and organized storefront space

Beer, non-beer and snacks provided. Or, feel free to bring your own dinner.

RSVP here!

(Prefer to be behind the scenes? No biggie. We have 5 different volunteer committee opportunities for you. You're bound to wanna join one of em. See additional event postings for more!)

Feel free to come to as many committee meetings as you like. Excited to see you! Yeeee!

Feb
1
6:00 pm18:00

BUSINESS COMMITTEE MEETING

You say you like Business? Great! Share your expertise to help Play Library prosper. It's going to be so much fun! 

Depending on your interest, the Business Committee will:
• Grant writing & finding funding opportunities
• Corporate funding & partnerships
• Legal stuff
• Licensing/businessy stuff
• Budget/money stuff
• Educators/Librarians/Heath consultants

Beer, non-beer and snacks provided. Or, feel free to bring your own dinner.

RSVP here!

(Not businessy? No biggie. We have 5 different volunteer committee opportunities for you. You're bound to wanna join one of em. See additional event postings for more!)

Feel free to come to as many committee meetings as you like. Excited to see you! Yeeee!

Jan
31
6:00 pm18:00

DESIGN COMMITTEE MEETING

You say you like Design? Great! Help Design and Build Play Library! It's going to be so much fun! 

The Design Committee will:
• Design the space
• Help construct the space
• Maintain the space
• Come up with innovative ideas for the space on a semi regular basis
• Graphic design services/skills

Beer, non-beer and snacks provided. Or, feel free to bring your own dinner.

RSVP here!

(Not a designer? No biggie. We have 5 different volunteer committee opportunities for you. You're bound to wanna join one of em. See additional event postings for more!)

Feel free to come to as many different committee meetings as you like. Excited to see you! Yeeee!

Jan
17
Jan 18

ReOpening Get-Involved Info Session

Help Play Library get running and stay running.

Come hang out and watch me nervously present Play Library needs and all the opportunities available to get involved!

To lure you in, snacks and drinks will be provided. 

The meeting will be brief and informative. Please RSVP so that I know how many plastic cups and string cheeses to buy. 

Bring friends & family.

With love,
Julia & the Play Library team

Aug
24
5:00 pm17:00

Family Game Night (Themed)

  • The Play Library

Wednesdays (weekly) July 6th-Aug 24th, 5p-9pm-ish. Drop in and out. Bring the whole family for an evening of hilarity, goofin, and connecting as a fam. Each week will be differently themed (just for kicks). This open play time is free. 

Aug
18
6:00 pm18:00

Beer & Board Games (21+ Game Night) (Themed)

  • The Play Library

Tentatively every other Thursday July 7-Aug 18, 6-10pm; Yoooo! Adults Only game nights give you the chance to connect as friends and neighbors without the kids in tow (and without other people's kids). We'll have everything from Cards Against Humanity to Scrabble...or whatever. Each week will have a different theme (TBD) just to kick it up a notch. More info coming sooooon. 

Aug
17
5:00 pm17:00

Family Game Night (Themed)

  • The Play Library

Wednesdays (weekly) July 6th-Aug 24th, 5p-9pm-ish. Drop in and out. Bring the whole family for an evening of hilarity, goofin, and connecting as a fam. Each week will be differently themed (just for kicks). This open play time is free. 

Aug
13
10:00 am10:00

Toy Hospital Drop-in

No insurance required. No appointment necessary.

Have a loved one (stuffed animal, doll or electronic toy) that hasn't been feeling or acting up to snuff? Bring her/him/it in for a fix. For 3 hours we'll have professional Toy Doctors on-site who'll be sewing, tinkering, bandaging, and doing their darndest to repair your ailing toy-friend. Free event. All ages. Materials provided. Donations appreciated. 

Click for More Information

Aug
10
5:00 pm17:00

Family Game Night (Themed)

  • The Play Library

Wednesdays (weekly) July 6th-Aug 24th, 5p-9pm-ish. Drop in and out. Bring the whole family for an evening of hilarity, goofin, and connecting as a fam. Each week will be differently themed (just for kicks). This open play time is free.