Highfield discovery gardenPARK IT HERE
 is one of Cincinnati’s newest parks, but it’s designed especially for small kids. The two-acre playground is themed to children’s literature — Frog and Toad Pond, Wizard’s Garden and more. A fabricated 25-foot tree is full of crawling and climbing tubes.10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday). $4 parents, $3 children 2-12, family pass $30. (513) 771-8733 or www.discoverygarden.org.


spaghetti and meatballsA Cincinnati tradition plays out this month: The Sacred Heart Church Ravioli Dinner, a favorite since 1910. They say “dinner,” but the multitudes actually begin gathering before noon to obtain a slice of this carefully guarded recipe (spinach is at least one magic ingredient). Enthusiasts travel from as far as Michigan, and some 200,000 dinners are served. Bring your own Tupperware containers if you’re planning to buy in bulk. And Lord, yes, the good fathers serve up spaghetti and meatballs, too.2733 Massachusetts Ave., Camp Washington. Noon to 7 p.m. (or “when we run out”) Sept. 19 (date tentative, so call first). $8 per dinner, $3 children’s serving. (513) 541-4654.

AmpitheaterIf you haven’t checked out Clermont County’s newest entertainment facility, this is a great time to try it out. TheUnion Township Civic Center Amphitheater plays host mid-month to a free performance by the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, an evening of classical, pops and surprise favorites. Bard’s Nursery sponsors songwriters from Nashville in a popular local concert series, as well. The civic center amphitheater is tucked away behind the Hobby Lobby at Eastgate. 4350 Aicholtz Road, Union Township. 7 p.m. Sept. 13. Free. (513) 753-2221 or www.union-township.oh.us.