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Nothing But Fun With the Grandkids: a Kentucky Horse Farm, the Newport Aquarium & Some Circus Mojo

Program Number: 2559RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2014 - 6/27/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Price starting at: $1,045.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 8 - 11 years of age.

What do horses, sharks and clowns have in common? Together, they’re a great reason to explore the Cincinnati area with your grandchild! At a local horse farm, learn about caring for, grooming, and training horses before enjoying an exclusive riding lesson for kids. Encounter sharks, penguins, jellyfish and more at the Newport Aquarium, where thousands of animals from around the world inhabit a million gallons of water. Enjoy a few laughs as a professional clown from Ringling Brothers shares tips and techniques for entertaining in the circus. Take field trips to a state-of-the-art model train museum and the World Peace Bell, and get an amphibious view of the city via duck boat.


• “Clown around” with a professional jokester from Ringling Brothers, and learn what it takes to create laughs at the circus.
• Watch a horse-riding demonstration and enjoy an exclusive riding lesson for kids.
• Go through underwater tunnels that bring you face-to-face with sharks, and encounter the myriad of other species who call the Newport Aquarium home.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain. Board a motor coach and public transportation

Date Specific Information


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Coordinated by University of Texas at Austin.


Established after the Revolution by founders born in the United States, Cincinnati is the first truly all-American city. Here art-lovers and symphony-goers pack downtown galleries and music halls while paddle-wheelers steam between the banks of the Ohio River, highlighting an appealing balance of folksy Midwestern charm and big-city sophistication.

Hotel in the northern business district of Cincinnati features the indoor swimming pool, well-equipped fitness center, free parking, no charge for wireless Internet and newspaper, guest laundry facilities. Short walk to several area restaurants. Airport shuttle available; children ride free.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati SE Newport
  Cincinnati, Ohio 5 nights
 Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati SE Newport
Type: Hotel
  Description: Bellevue Hotel is the newest addition to Newport on the Levee. Located just three blocks from Newport on the Levee, this Holiday Inn Express Hotel near Cincinnati offers you convenient access to the Newport Aquarium and the Levee itself. You can go shopping, see a movie or check out one of the many restaurants on the Levee. Also nearby is BB Riverboats, which offers a variety of different cruises on the Ohio River. From these riverboats, you can see the Cincinnati skyline while enjoying good food and music. For sports fans, you can enjoy a nearby Cincinnati Reds baseball game or a Cincinnati Bengals football game. Conveniently located within 11 mi. of the Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and only a couple miles from downtown Cincinnati.
  Contact info: 110 Landmark
Bellevue, KY 41073 USA
phone: 859-957-2320
  Room amenities: All Bellevue hotel rooms are fully equipped to provide you with the most comfortable stay. Warmly decorated in a modern style, these rooms each have a 32-inch flat screen TV and free high-speed Internet access. Every room includes a microwave, refrigerator and an easy chair with an ottoman.
  Facility amenities: Our Bellevue, Kentucky hotel offers such amenities as an indoor pool, a complimentary hot breakfast bar and a 24-hour business center for your convenience, along with a well-equipped fitness center. Free high-speed Internet access is also available throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call 859-957-2320 for rates Call hotel at 859-957-2320 for availability and rates. Ask to speak with Ashley Taylor or e-mail her at
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call 859-957-2320 for rates Call hotel at 859-957-2320 for availability and rates. Ask to speak with Ashley Taylor or e-mail her at
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30 PM program registration at hotel. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati SE Newport that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM at the hotel. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati SE Newport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. To participate in your Road Scholar program, you are required to complete the Participant Information Form, which includes your health and safety information, lodging and meal preferences, and more. Please either complete and submit this online form or complete and mail back to your Program Provider a hard-copy version of the form included in your Preliminary Information Packet. Participants are also required to sign a University of Texas-mandated Release and Indemnification Agreement.
  Parking availability:
No charge for hotel parking.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cincinnati, Ohio
  Nearest city or town:  Cincinnati, Ohio
  Nearest highway: I-71, I-75, I-275
  Nearest airport:  Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
  From End of Program
  Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Executive Transportation Shuttle
phone: 800-990-8841


Per Person/One Way:


$22 one way or $32 round-trip. Cost subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes depending on traffic. 




18 miles


Telephone (800) 990-8841 to arrange for transportation from the airport to the hotel. Call ahead or walk up to desk upon arrival. Located in Carousel 2 of Baggage Claim.

Driving Directions
  From Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Head southwest on Terminal Dr toward Loomis Rd; Merge onto I-275 E via the ramp to I-71/I75/Cincinnati/Lexington/Louisville; Take exit 84 to merge onto I-71 N/I-75 N toward Cincinnati Entering Ohio; Keep right to continue on I-71 N, follow signs for Columbus/US-50 E; Exit on the left onto US-50 E toward I-471/US-52/Columbia Pkwy; Merge onto I-471 S via the ramp to Newport Ky Entering Kentucky; Take exit 5 toward KY-8/Newport/Bellevue; Merge onto Park Ave; Turn right onto Dave Cowens Dr; Continue onto Fairfield Ave; Turn right onto Riviera Dr; Take the 1st left onto Landmark Dr; 100 Landmark Drive, Bellevue, KY 41073, USA
Elevation Note: Cincinnati's elevation is 574 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Equipment is not required for program participation.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Road Scholar Registration, Welcome, Orientation and Dinner
(Sunday, June 22)
 Afternoon: Check-in at hotel at 3:00PM. Road Scholar orientation session in the hotel conference room at 4:30PM. Start your Cincinnati Intergenerational experience with an informative overview of the week to come, and a chance to meet our staff and your fellow participants. Pick up your folder which contains the updated schedule of program activities, meals, suggested sites to visit during your stay, your name badge, and a map of the Cincinnati area. The coordinator will provide contact names and phone numbers of program leaders, define responsibilities of the hotel, and mention safety guidelines and emergency procedures. The coordinator will orient you to the hotel location on maps, and discuss program details. Breakfast is at the hotel each day, lunches and dinners at restaurants around town. The coordinator will facilitate a meet-and-greet experience for the entire group. Late arriving attendees can pick up their packets at the hotel front desk.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner, with multiple entrée choices, at popular restaurant allows time to become acquainted with your fellow attendees and program staff.
 Evening: What better way to begin your week of fun than with some circus mojo? A former Ringling Brothers clown will lead an interactive lesson for grandparents and grandchildren, teaching clowning skills in a fun and supportive environment.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati SE Newport
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Circus Mojo Clown School
(Monday, June 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: School in the summer? Clown school is so fun, you won't mind going back to school in June. The former Ringling Brothers clown returns to continue demonstrating and teaching skills used in the circus and for entertaining groups. A morning of fun and laughter is in store for all.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Clown School.
 Afternoon: Continue your day at the Clown School with culminating activities. Circus Mojo classes and workshops teach juggling, hat tricks, partner acrobatics, plate spinning, theatrical clowning, and ball, stilt, and tight-wire walking. Instructors cater to the personal needs and talents of their students, bolstering and spotlighting everyone's unique mojo. Students gain respect for themselves and each other as they develop skills as individuals and as an ensemble. At the end of each class series, students experience the creative process of producing and performing in their own Circus Mojo Show.
 Dinner: Enjoy a beautiful view of the Ohio River at a local restaurant with multiple entrees.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati SE Newport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Newport Aquarium and Ride the DucksEntertrainment
(Tuesday, June 24)

Note: Must be able to board a shuttle bus.

 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: Transport to Newport to explore the Newport Aquarium. The Newport Aquarium is an aquarium located in Newport, Kentucky at Newport on the Levee. The aquarium has 70 exhibits and 14 galleries, including five seamless acrylic tunnels totaling over 200 feet in length. Discover the oceans' depths, the rivers’ edge, and the fringe of the Antarctic Frontier. Specially designed underwater tunnels will bring you face-to-face with sharks and other marine life. Exciting exhibits and larger-than-life murals will take you on an up-close encounter with the world's most beautiful, bizarre and dangerous creatures.
 Lunch: Lunch at Aquarium.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a Ride The Ducks cruise experience. The boat's Captain leads you through Greater Cincinnati's streets with a splash into the Ohio River as you learn about Newport and Ohio history, the Ohio River, its famous personalities and its impact on the state and our nation.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own around Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati SE Newport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Cincinnati Riding Stables/Hands-On Horse Experience and Riding Lesson for Grandchildren/Entertrainment
(Wednesday, June 25)

Note: Must be able to board private motorcoach. Grandchlidren will receive horseback riding lesson and participate in riding demonstration.

 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: Get up close and personal with horses as you explore a near-by Riding Stables with its owners. The Center is a 30 acre full care and partial care boarding facility. Your activities will include an introduction to farm rules, a barn tour, horse safety and equine care, grooming and tacking, and a riding demonstration. Grandparents and grandchildren will have an opportunity to groom and feed horses together.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Horse Farm.
 Afternoon: Continue interacting at the horse farm as grandchildren enjoy horseback riding lessons. Next add to your fun-filled adventure with a visit to one of the largest model train exhibits in the world. Entertrainment, recently named Ohio's Best Family Entertainment venue, features over 25,000 square feet of model trains. Also included are a train museum and an interactive play area- there is something for everyone! Enjoy the elaborate miniature train displays and learn about the role of railroads in the development of the country.
 Dinner: Dinner at a scenic restaurant in Eden Park.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati SE Newport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Behringer Crawford Museum/World Peace Bell/Free Afternoon to Explore and Cincinnati
(Thursday, June 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: Discover what the area was like thousands of years ago through a presentation about the Ice Age from a staff member of the Behringer-Crawford Museum. Encounter another one of Cincinnati's unique attractions with a visit to the World Peace Bell. The bell, which commemorates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is larger than the Liberty Bell and is one of the more than 20 peace bells located around the world.
 Lunch: Lunch in a unique Cincinnati restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afternoon on your own to explore the many tourist attractions of Cincinnati such Fountain Square, Grater's Ice Cream, Carew Tower, Taft Art Museum, and Freedom Underground Railroad Center.
 Dinner: Dinner catered at hotel.
 Evening: Attend a concert performed by The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimer Society. Sing and dance along with some old favorites, hear some unusual music, learn about the instrument, and take a quick lesson.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati SE Newport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast/Wrap Up Activity/Departures
(Friday, June 27)
 Breakfast: Wrap up your week of fun by making a thank-you keepsake for the grandparents and bidding farewell to your new friends.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Cincinnati, Ohio Carew Tower
Built 1930, art-deco architecture, tallest building in downtown Cincinnati-panoramic view from observation deck. Open daily. For additional information, visit
  Cathedral Basilica of Assumption
Cathedral Basilica of Assumption Small scale Notre Dame with gargoyles & flying buttresses; North America's largest handblown stained glass window; mural-sized oil paintings; Exquisite Venetian mosaics.
  Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati Art Museum Enjoy 6,000 years of fine art. Free general admission, special exhibits, the Cincinnati Wing, gift shop and Terrace Café. Open 11 am-5 pm Tue-Sun; 11-9 Wed. For additional information, visit
  Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Cincinnati Historical Society Library - Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal Outstanding regional research center that includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, maps and newspapers dating back to the 1750's, plus thousands of 19th - and 20th-century photographs and rare publications. See website for museums included at this site For additional information, visit
  Cincinnati Observatory Center
Cincinnati Observatory Center The "Birthplace of American Astronomy". Founded in 1842 by the citizens of Cincinnati, this National Historic Landmark offers public stargazing and historical tours, set in two fully restored and fully functional observatories. For additional information, visit
  Cincinnati Zoo
Rated the #1 attraction locally by Zagat Survey. Exhibits over 500 animal species and 3,000 types of plants on 75 acres. For additional information, visit
  Contemporary Arts Center
Renowned architect Zaha Hadid designed this six-story museum on the corner of 6th & Walnut. Open Monday 10 am - 9 pm, Wednesday Friday 10 am - 6 pm; and Sataurday & Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. For additional information, visit
  Findlay Market
Findlay Market Open year-round: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. Open-air marketplace in continuous operation since 1852. Famous for fresh produce and meats. For additional information, visit
  Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Open May 1 - Labor Day: Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Closed Sunday, Monday & Friday). Labor Day - April 30: Wed & Sat, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Year-round: Fourth Sunday of the month: 4-6 p.m. Open House. All other dates and times by appointment. Home to Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Beecher family. Prolific group of religious leaders, educators, writers, antislavery, abolitionists and womens' rights advocates. For additional information, visit
  Krohn Conservatory
Krohn Conservatory Rainforest-under-glass; 5,000 varieties of exotic tropical, desert and orchid plants. One of the country's largest public greenhouses; beautiful seasonal floral shows. Free admission. For additional information, visit
  National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center The Freedom Center uses exhibits and educational programs from the era of the Underground Railroad to inspire modern action by promoting a better understanding of freedom today. Open Tues-Sun, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. For additional information, visit
  Newport Aquarium
Where else can you pet a shark, pet a penguin, and see one of only a few Shark Rays on exhibit in the world? So much to see and do, you'll never want to leave. 1-800-406-3474. 365 days a year. For additional information, visit
  Taft Museum of Art
Built in 1820, this National Historic Landmark is one of the nation's finest small art museums, featuring paintings by Whistler, Rembrandt, and Turner, Chinese ceramics and European decorative arts. For additional information, visit
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