Cincinnati Walks for Kids: Wild New Location… Same Great Cause

It’s officially time to register for Cincinnati Walks for Kids 2013 and we are so very excited to share with you the news that this year we will be walking at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden!

With the move to the Zoo for 2013, just about everything will be new this year. Everything except the great cause and the fantastic day of celebration and family fun.

Here’s the rundown on the basics for Cincinnati Walks for Kids 2013:

Who: Cincinnati Children’s and you!

What: Cincinnati Walks for Kids – a scenic half-mile stroll through the Zoo to celebrate and raise money for Cincinnati Children’s.

For participants wondering about walking up (or down!) the big “bear hill” at the Zoo while pushing wheelchairs or strollers, don’t worry. While you’ll be free to explore the entire zoo on your own after the walk, our route avoids the big hills to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone.

When: Saturday, Sept. 28. Check-in starts at 3 pm, the walk starts at 4:30 pm.

Where: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Directions and Parking)

Why: To raise money to support the Cincinnati Children’s mission and to celebrate all of our patients and their families.

How: Register to walk, join a team or create a team. Registration is $25 for adults and $5 for children 17 years old and younger. All registered participants will receive an official 2013 Cincinnati Walks for Kids T-shirt, a personal online fundraising page and exclusive admission to the Zoo for the evening of the walk.

For those of you who have walked with us before, there are a lot of changes in store, but the walk will still be what it always has been – a celebration of our patients and their families. Plus, this year everyone will have an opportunity to enjoy the Zoo following our celebratory walk through the park!

You can keep up with Cincinnati Walks for Kids information via Facebook and Twitter over the next several months. We’ll be using #cincywalks and encourage you to do the same. And all of the information you need for registration, fundraising and planning can be found at

We hope to see you on September 28th and please know that our team is available to answer any of your questions all the way through walk day!

Kate Setter

About the Author: Kate Setter

Kate manages social media at Cincinnati Children's, a role that she loves because it gives her opportunities to help families find stories and pediatric health information that they want and need. Kate is the mother of two elementary-age kiddos.

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  1. Kim Parnes July 27, 15:59
    I will definitely be walking for the Cincinnati Walks for Kids, but I have to say, I really HATE driving down that way and parking. I know a lot of the people that we had walk with us last year probably won't go this year because of the new location. Coney was just the perfect location for all my family and friends. I have trouble walking because of 2 knee surgeries & I still need knee replacement, but I will make it there to support my grandson who had heart surgery when he was born. I believe in all the things that Children's does. You said that the walking area will be flat, and that makes me feel a little better, but it's still going to be hard. Do you know why the location was changed? Will food be served like at Coney? Thank you for your time. Kim Parnes
    • Kate Setter
      Kate Setter Author July 30, 11:35
      Thanks for your feedback and continued support Kim! As with any big change, we realize that some families will have concerns about the new location; we’re hoping that a more centralized location will make the walk accessible to more families. Our latest blog post touches on some of your concerns related to parking, walking and food. We will have three parking locations, as well as a dedicated handicapped parking lot. And for those concerned about the hills at the zoo, the course is only a half-mile long and avoids the hills all together. Thanks again for your long-time support and we look forward to seeing on September 28!