make your own story (time)!
Jul
23
1:30 PM13:30

make your own story (time)!

Get inspired by the works of author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers and go step by step through the process of creating your own story.
Children will receive their own blank book in which to continue writing! 

This class is perfect for children who've attended Erin Barker's "Create a Character Workshop" and want to give a story to their characters! 

• $8 per child
• Ages 5-8
• Pre-registration is required, as space is limited

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Creative Mindfulness Camp
Jul
26
1:00 PM13:00

Creative Mindfulness Camp

Join Emily Hunt from Busy Being Kids Yoga in this afternoon camp that will spark your creativity while quieting your mind! A variety of movement, mindfulness, art, and craft activities will take place within the time spent with Miss Emily!


• $20 per child
• Ages 6 and up
• Pre-registration is required, as space is limited
• Visit bluemanateebooks.com to register

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Find Waldo Local Wrap-up Party!
Jul
29
2:00 PM14:00

Find Waldo Local Wrap-up Party!

Wrap up our month-long search for Waldo in local businesses around Cincinnati at this fun event! We'll have a Waldo look-alike contest, a trivia game, photo ops with Waldo , and more! As a bonus, each Find Waldo Local passport with over 20 stamps/signatures will enter you to win the Grand Prize featuring Where's Waldo? books and goodies from a variety of local businesses!

At 2:30, rock out with our friends from Songs for Seeds Cincinnati! This three-piece band will play some great music for the whole family!

Free event for all ages!

 

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Paint a favorite character (or two)!
Jul
17
2:30 PM14:30

Paint a favorite character (or two)!

blue manatee's Miss Kelli will walk our young friends through all of the steps to create a painting of Narwhal and Jelly, the stars of Ben Clanton's popular graphic novel series, with acrylic paint on a canvas!

We'll have all of the supplies, just bring your listening ears and your creativity!

• Ages 6 and up
• $12 per child (includes all materials)
• Pre-registration is required, as space and materials are limited. 

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children's book swap
Jul
15
1:00 PM13:00

children's book swap

Clear out your children's book shelves and make room for some new summer reads!

Rules of the swap:
• Please bring books in good condition.
• Be fair with your trade- one for one, unless you've made an agreement with another grownup.
• Any books left at the end of the event will be donated to Madisonville Education & Assistance Center.
Anyone bringing in a book to swap will receive a coupon for 10% off one purchase at blue manatee!

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The Princess and the Pit Stop story time
Jul
10
3:00 PM15:00

The Princess and the Pit Stop story time

Come in for a fun afternoon story time with a craft to celebrate the release of The Princess and the Pit Stop, written by Tom Angleberger and illustrated by Dan Santat, which releases on July 10th. 

About the book: Join Her Royal Highness in the driver’s seat for a mad dash to the finish in this exciting ode to auto racing. With appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and ALL of the Wicked Witches, this rollicking mash-up of race cars and royalty is a true celebration of both girl power and horsepower.

• Ages 3 and up
• $5 per child, or free with pre-order of the book! 
• Pre-registration is encouraged, as space is limited. 
• Neither the author nor the illustrator will be present- we are just fans of this book, and wanted to throw a party!

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Read to a therapy pet
Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

Read to a therapy pet

Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati will be in the store for customers of all ages to read to and pet! This is a fantastic way for kids to practice their reading skills with a sweet, nonjudgmental listener!

For non-readers, one of our booksellers will share a few animal books so you can hang out with an animal and hear a great story. 

Free event, no registration required! 

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Big Kid Crafternoon: Felted Succulents
Jul
6
1:30 PM13:30

Big Kid Crafternoon: Felted Succulents

Join blue manatee's Miss Kelli to create an adorable needle felted succulent in a little clay pot!
All of the materials you'll need (wool, felting needles, pots, and accoutrements) will be included.
Miss Kelli (Kelli Gleiner) is the creator of two blue manatee press titles featuring her needle felted creations, including a happy cactus friend!

• $12 per child
• ages 7-12
• pre-registration is required

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Find Waldo Local Kickoff!
Jul
1
1:00 PM13:00

Find Waldo Local Kickoff!

Pick up your Find Waldo Local passport and meet Waldo as we kickoff a month-long search!

Find Waldo Local, the search throughout Oakley for the famous striped adventurer beings today! blue manatee has teamed up with local businesses throughout our community, and a little Waldo has been hidden in 25 locations.
Throughout the month of July, families can search for Waldo, win small prizes for finding him in 10 or more locations, and be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE, which will be awarded to one lucky passport holder who finds Waldo in 20 or more locations at our wrap-up party on July 29th.

Pick up your passport at blue manatee on or after July 1st.
This free event is fun for the whole family! 

Can't make it? Print out your Find Waldo Local passport and start playing! 

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Poetry Teatime
Jun
27
2:00 PM14:00

Poetry Teatime

The summer is the perfect time of year to draw children away from electronics while engaging them in reading.Join Julie Bogart for a fun teatime featuring readings from some of blue manatee's favorite poetry books, and a service of tea and light snacks.

• For ages 4-8
• 8 per child
• This event is sold out! 

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