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Programs, Activities and Events Guide

We strive to provide high-quality, diverse recreation programs, activities, and events designed to enhance and enrich the quality of life in our community for people of all ages and abilities. You are welcome here!

Events for 2018
This page will be updated as more events are added! You can also visit the calendar.
April, May, June, July, August, October, November

Date/Time Event

FEBRUARY
5
Monday

7:30 A.M.

Parks Office


Shelterhouse Reservations

Reservations will begin for the upcoming season Monday, February 5 at 7:30 a.m. for walk-in guests only.

Reservations can be made at the Kenton County Public Works and Parks & Recreation Administration office, located at 420 Independence Station Rd. (in Lincoln Ridge Park), Independence, KY 41051.

Shelterhouses are available for reservation from April 14, 2018 through October 21, 2018. Effective at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5, there will be the option to check availability and make a reservation online here.

For more information about each specific shelterhouse, click here

Learn more.

CANCELLED
FEBRUARY

17

Saturday

10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Sugar Camp Preparation Work Day **Volunteers Needed**

It’s going to take a whole lot of firewood to keep the cast iron kettles boiling when Kenton County Parks & Recreation’s Sugar Camp gets going in a few weeks! A prep work day has been scheduled for Saturday, February 17 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. to set up camp and gather, haul, split and stack firewood for Sugar Camp. 

This is a great opportunity for students who need community service hours. All those attending should dress for the weather, wear clothes that can get dirty, bring work gloves, and bring a wheelbarrow if possible.

Middleton-Mills Park: 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015.  

Learn More

CANCELLED
MARCH 7 - 10

Wednesday-Saturday

Various Time Slots

Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2



Sugar Camp: Making Maple Syrup


Step into the forest and back in time to experience life in a mid-1800’s sugar camp. Visit a working sugar camp, demonstrating the art and science of making maple syrup the old fashioned way. First visit an American frontier settler camp and see how one would work with many of the tools and accoutrements used 150-200 years ago in frontier America and the dress representative of the era.

A second camp set up nearby, provides participants an opportunity to see how Native Americans would have lived and worked at the time. See how sap water was processed into hard sugar using hand-hewn wooden bowls and birch bark molds. Visitors will be encouraged to participate in many of the day-to-day tasks of Sugar Camp! Learn about and make a “spile”; help tap Sugar Maple trees and gather sap; taste unrefined sweet sap water and sample home-made maple syrup. 

Call today at (859) 525-PLAY (7529) to make reservations for class-size groups, individuals, and families.

Weekday time slots are:

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

No reservations are necessary for Saturday, March 10. Saturday ONLY: Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with additional activities available.

Dates may change due to the weather; however, historically, this is the best week for Maple sugaring in Kentucky. 

**Please note: This event has been updated to reflect the new dates**

Learn More


MARCH

5
Monday

7:00 P.M.

Public Works Administration Building 


Softball Manager's Meeting

This note is to inform all Men's Church & Co-Ed (C or below) teams of a managers meeting scheduled for Monday, March 5 at 7:00 pm in the Kenton County Public Works Administration office building, 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051 (in Lincoln Ridge Park).

Kenton County Parks & Recreation offers recreational softball in three leagues for adults:

Monday Men’s Church A
Monday Men’s Church B
Friday Co-Ed

This meeting is mandatory if you have questions or concerns about the upcoming season. If you do not attend then you accept any changes.

Ideally, we will have leagues with 11 teams each with as many as 20 players on a roster during regular season.

Learn more here.

RESCHEDULED
April 7

Saturday

9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.


Reforest Northern Kentucky


Reforest Northern Kentucky was rescheduled due to the threat of impending bad weather. The new date is April 7th.

Reforest NKY is organized by the NKY Urban and Community Forestry Council to restore native Kentucky woodlands. The reforestation project is responsible for planting thousands of tree seedlings on previously mowed properties in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties. This event is an opportunity for public education and awareness about the importance of trees in our region.

For more information on the Reforest NKY event and to register please visit the NKY Urban and Community Forestry Council’s website.

Register here!

Poster


APRIL 
7
Saturday

9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Doe Run Lake


Great American Clean-up/Doe Run Lake & Nature Trail Clean-Up

Kenton County Parks & Recreation will facilitate the annual Doe Run Lake & Nature Trail Clean-Up, as part of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Clean-Up 2018, presented by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. The clean-up will begin at 9:00 A.M. on April 7th, 2018. After the cleanup, a celebration with lunch will be available. 

Learn More

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017
 

APRIL 
9 & 10
Monday & Tuesday

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lincoln Ridge Park


Lincoln Ridge Park Mini Camp: Soils, Mud, and Plants! 


Co-sponsored by the Kenton County Public Library 

Join us at Lincoln Ridge Park in Independence (Shelter House 3) to explore soils, mud, and plants! Monday and Tuesday will have different activities, so come for one day or both! We'll explore soil types, mud painting, and plant life cycles. Experiment with soil erosion, plant young plants to take home, and more! Come dressed for mess! Registration is requested but not required.

Jennifer Beach, (859) 962 – 4143, jennifer.beach@kentonlibrary.org 

Rhonda Ritzi, (859) 525 – PLAY (7529), rhonda.ritzi@kentoncounty.org 

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  


APRIL 

14
Saturday

10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Public Works Administration Building 


NKY Bluebird Trail Monitors Training 

This fun, informative meeting is for those interested in our feathered friends! This is for those that volunteer and those that are interested in volunteering to help monitor the Northern Kentucky Bluebird Trail nestboxes during the breeding season. In Kentucky, that’s from late-March and into August.

10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Kenton County Public Works
420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  

Please RSVP to Rhonda Ritzi at (859) 525-PLAY (7529) or rhonda.ritzi@kentoncounty.org. A light lunch will be served.

APRIL 
21
Saturday

8:30 A.M.

Kenton County Golf Course


Come Outside and Play 5K

Come Outside and Play 5k!

We will be running on the Fox Run Golf Course at the Golf Courses of Kenton County.  Run through the hills of this 18-hole course.  The paved trail will be used.

The race will benefit the Kenton County Parks and Recreation.

Cost $25 until April 1st then $30 until April 20th day of race April 21st $35. 

Parking at Lincoln Ridge Park

Register Early!  Register before April 10th to be sure to get a race day shirt.

Learn More Here

Register Here

3908 Richardson Road, Independence, KY 41051 


MAY
14

Ft. Thomas Tower Park


NKY Senior Games: Spring Edition

More information to come!

900 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075


MAY
15
Tuesday

6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Lincoln Ridge Park 


Third Tuesday Nature Serie: Gardening for Wildlife

These free, educational and nature themed programs will meet the third Tuesday of the month.Third Tuesdays are great for all ages! Discover the wonders of nature! Co-sponsored by the Kenton County Public Library.

Gardening for Wildlife! An employee from the Kenton County Extension Office will provide information about native pollinators. Make a mason bee hotel! Learn about a Citizen Science project. There will be resources from the library, an activity just for kids, and more! Please bring a clean, unlabeled 15 oz. soup can or a can of a similar size – 4.25” tall x 3” diameter- to make your bee hotel.

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051 (Shelterhouse 3)


MAY
16
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.

Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! African Skulls with Dr. Tom Sproat and Critters in the Classroom

Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Behringer Crawford Museum

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From May 16 to June 6, snack lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza at Cherokee. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015


MAY

19
Saturday

9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Doe Run Lake 


Take a Hike at Doe Run Lake

This guided hike will cover hilly, wooded, possibly wet and muddy terrain. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended. All ages are welcome, but anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees will be asked to sign a waiver prior to hiking. Following the hike, enjoy a provided picnic lunch and informational booths staffed by local outdoor and nature-oriented organizations. Space is limited. All hikers must register.

Contact Jennifer Beach at 859-962-4143 or jennifer.beach@kentonlibrary.org with questions or to register.


Doe Run Lake: 1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017 



MAY
19
Saturday

8:00 P.M.

Lincoln Ridge Park


Star Gaze 1


The Cosmos sometimes reminds us that space isn't just "out there". We are all taking a free ride on this small planet and we are all astronauts, though we rarely think about it. Join Cincinnati Observatory Center guest lecturer, Jeff Hutton, as he presents "Comets and Meteors" for a trip on a comet as it leaves deep space for a trip near earth. On the way we will learn about the structure of comets, asteroids and meteors and the kinds of threats that they occasionally pose to your fellow travelers on spaceship Earth. The indoor portion of the program will begin at 8:00 P.M. and will last about an hour. The outdoor portion of the program (weather permitting) will begin immediately following the indoor program.

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  


MAY

22
Saturday

6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Doe Run Lake


Two-in-A-Canoe, One Big Bass

The fishing events will be May 22, May 29, June 5 and June 12. You can enter one or all four of the events.

Teams of two will use one rod per person at a time. The team goal is to catch and register one live bass. Teams can catch either a Largemouth, Smallmouth or Kentucky Bass.

Canoes will leave the shoreline together at 6 p.m. in one mad dash and must be back on land no later than the start of weigh-in at 8:30 p.m.

No live bait may be used. Participants may fish with artificial plugs and realistic-looking lures. It’s self-powered only, meaning participants will be using paddles to get out and get back (no trolling motors). Electronics are not allowed either, including depth finders.

Once a legal fish (minimum length of at least 15” bass) is caught, you will flag staff down, who will be on the water in a professional bass boat, to tag your fish and put it into a live well. If you catch another bass and it is bigger than the first one, they’ll come and get that one and replace the smaller fish with the bigger fish. If you happen to catch the biggest bass of the night, you will win the money prize for that night.

Learn More Here

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017

For safety, KCP&R recommends that you wear your personal floatation device while on the water.


MAY
23
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.


Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! 
Digging for Dinosaurs with Cincinnati Museum Center

Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From May 16 to June 6, snack lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza at Cherokee. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015


MAY

24
Thursday

10:00 A.M.

Pioneer Park
Shelterhouse 1


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science: 
The Science of Juggling with Tom Sparough, the Space Painter

Whoever said “Science is boring” had to be kidding! (Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are interactive, educational and fun.

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 a.m. Post-program: To Be Decided

(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, Kenton County Parks & Recreation collects non-perishable food or personal care items for Be Concerned.

Snack Lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza in Ft. Wright. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s and the Summertime Kids grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Pioneer Park is located at 3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017.

  

May
29
Tuesday

6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Doe Run Lake


Two-in-A-Canoe, One Big Bass

The fishing events will be May 22, May 29, June 5 and June 12. You can enter one or all four of the events.

Teams of two will use one rod per person at a time. The team goal is to catch and register one live bass. Teams can catch either a Largemouth, Smallmouth or Kentucky Bass.

Canoes will leave the shoreline together at 6 p.m. in one mad dash and must be back on land no later than the start of weigh-in at 8:30 p.m.

No live bait may be used. Participants may fish with artificial plugs and realistic-looking lures. It’s self-powered only, meaning participants will be using paddles to get out and get back (no trolling motors). Electronics are not allowed either, including depth finders.

Once a legal fish (minimum length of at least 15” bass) is caught, you will flag staff down, who will be on the water in a professional bass boat, to tag your fish and put it into a live well. If you catch another bass and it is bigger than the first one, they’ll come and get that one and replace the smaller fish with the bigger fish. If you happen to catch the biggest bass of the night, you will win the money prize for that night.

Learn More Here

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017

For safety, KCP&R recommends that you wear your personal floatation device while on the water.


MAY
30
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.


Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! 
African Penguins with the WAVE Foundation from the Newport Aquarium

Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From May 16 to June 6, snack lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza at Cherokee. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015



JUNE
2
Saturday

9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. 

Middleton-Mills Park


Kids Fishing Derby

It’s free! Even adults won’t need fishing licenses when they are helping their kids because it’s ‘Fish Free in Kentucky’ weekend! KCP&R will have everything for you and your child to enjoy a great day of fishing including spincast rods and reels, hooks, bobbers, and bait.

Families attending will have the option of purchasing their lunch right in the park. NKB Concessions will be open for this event. Enjoy a hot dog, hamburger, chicken tenders, funnel fries and a variety of snacks. Soda, water and sports drinks are also available.

During the Kids Fishing Derby KCP&R will be introducing kids to good conservation habits and sportsmanship and will be practicing ‘catch and release’.

There will also be prizes awarded for the ‘Big Fish of Each Species’ contest.

If you are interested in volunteering, KCP&R will need fishermen and fisherwomen to help youngsters who may need it. Come on out to Middleton-Mills Park, share your experience, and help teach kids the fun of fishing!

This event is sponsored by Field & Stream and Latonia Bait & Tackle. 

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  


June 
5
Tuesday

6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. 

Doe Run Lake


Two-in-A-Canoe, One Big Bass

The fishing events will be May 22, May 29, June 5 and June 12. You can enter one or all four of the events.

Teams of two will use one rod per person at a time. The team goal is to catch and register one live bass. Teams can catch either a Largemouth, Smallmouth or Kentucky Bass.

Canoes will leave the shoreline together at 6 p.m. in one mad dash and must be back on land no later than the start of weigh-in at 8:30 p.m.

No live bait may be used. Participants may fish with artificial plugs and realistic-looking lures. It’s self-powered only, meaning participants will be using paddles to get out and get back (no trolling motors). Electronics are not allowed either, including depth finders.

Once a legal fish (minimum length of at least 15” bass) is caught, you will flag staff down, who will be on the water in a professional bass boat, to tag your fish and put it into a live well. If you catch another bass and it is bigger than the first one, they’ll come and get that one and replace the smaller fish with the bigger fish. If you happen to catch the biggest bass of the night, you will win the money prize for that night.

Learn More Here

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017

For safety, KCP&R recommends that you wear your personal floatation device while on the water.


JUNE
6
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.


Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! 
Mr. Cowpie's Party Animals with Mr. Cowpie

Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From May 16 to June 6, snack lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza at Cherokee. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

 

JUNE

7
Thursday

10:00 A.M.


Pioneer Park
Shelterhouse 1


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science: 
Rocket Science with Crystal Clear Science

Whoever said “Science is boring” had to be kidding! (Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are interactive, educational and fun.

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy 

(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, Kenton County Parks & Recreation collects non-perishable food or personal care items for Be Concerned.

Snack Lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza in Ft. Wright. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s and the Summertime Kids grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Pioneer Park is located at 3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017



June 
12
Tuesday

6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Doe Run Lake


Two-in-A-Canoe, One Big Bass

The fishing events will be May 22, May 29, June 5 and June 12. You can enter one or all four of the events.

Teams of two will use one rod per person at a time. The team goal is to catch and register one live bass. Teams can catch either a Largemouth, Smallmouth or Kentucky Bass.

Canoes will leave the shoreline together at 6 p.m. in one mad dash and must be back on land no later than the start of weigh-in at 8:30 p.m.

No live bait may be used. Participants may fish with artificial plugs and realistic-looking lures. It’s self-powered only, meaning participants will be using paddles to get out and get back (no trolling motors). Electronics are not allowed either, including depth finders.

Once a legal fish (minimum length of at least 15” bass) is caught, you will flag staff down, who will be on the water in a professional bass boat, to tag your fish and put it into a live well. If you catch another bass and it is bigger than the first one, they’ll come and get that one and replace the smaller fish with the bigger fish. If you happen to catch the biggest bass of the night, you will win the money prize for that night.

Learn More Here

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017

For safety, KCP&R recommends that you wear your personal floatation device while on the water.


JUNE

13
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.


Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! The Water Show (Wear Your Swimsuit!) with FamilyTime Entertainment


Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-program:  Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council
11:00 a.m. Post-program: To Be Decided

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From June 13 to August 1, lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Adults can purchase lunch for $3. Nondiscrimination statement: This institution is an equal opportunity employer. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015



JUNE

14
Thursday

10:00 A.M.


Pioneer Park
Shelterhouse 1


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science: 
iSPACE

Whoever said “Science is boring” had to be kidding! (Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are interactive, educational and fun.

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library 
11:00 a.m. Post-program: iSpace 

(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, Kenton County Parks & Recreation collects non-perishable food or personal care items for Be Concerned.

Snack Lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza in Ft. Wright. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s and the Summertime Kids grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Pioneer Park is located at 3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017.



JUNE

19
Tuesday

6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Lincoln Ridge Park


Third Tuesday Nature Series: Tides of Summer


These free, educational and nature themed programs will meet the third Tuesday of the month.Third Tuesdays are great for all ages! Discover the wonders of nature! Co-sponsored by the Kenton County Public Library.

Tides of Summer – National Ocean Month! The Newport Aquarium's WAVE on Wheels outreach program Tri-State Treasures! Discover the local freshwater ecosystem while you see and touch an endangered species, the lake sturgeon. We will discuss these living fossils and learn about overfishing and the efforts to increase declining populations. Stinkpot turtles will also be featured and discussed! 

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051 (Shelterhouse 3)


JUNE
20
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.

Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! 
Barnyard Animals with Sunrock Farm

Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From June 13 to August 1, lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Adults can purchase lunch for $3. Nondiscrimination statement: This institution is an equal opportunity employer. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015



JUNE

27
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.


Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! 
Alpacas with Linda Salsbury and Eagle Bend Alpacas

Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Foundation for Ohio River Education (F.O.R.E.)

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From June 13 to August 1, lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Adults can purchase lunch for $3. Nondiscrimination statement: This institution is an equal opportunity employer. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015



JUNE

28
Thursday

10:00 A.M.


Pioneer Park
Shelterhouse 1


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science: 
Phenomenal Physics with Cincinnati Museum Center

Whoever said “Science is boring” had to be kidding! (Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are interactive, educational and fun.

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Foundation for Ohio River Education
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Family Nurturing Center

(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, Kenton County Parks & Recreation collects non-perishable food or personal care items for Be Concerned.

Snack Lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza in Ft. Wright. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s and the Summertime Kids grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Pioneer Park is located at 3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017.



JULY 6

Friday

10:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.

Lincoln Ridge Park
Shelterhouse 3


Family Yoga with Madison Pike Yoga

Join us for a 45 minute Yoga class for the entire family to participate in and enjoy! The class will involve: review of yoga poses, and an introduction to meditation. This yoga class is a great way for kids and adults to learn basic poses and mind/body control. Parents and children age 8 and older are invited to attend. A parent must stay with children for the class. Please bring water and a yoga mat.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Call Rhonda at 859.525.PLAY (7529) to register.

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  


JULY

11
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.


Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! 
Foundation for Ohio River Education (F.O.R.E.)

Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From June 13 to August 1, lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Adults can purchase lunch for $3. Nondiscrimination statement: This institution is an equal opportunity employer. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015



JULY

12
Thursday

10:00 A.M.


Pioneer Park


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science: 
WOW Science with Science Matters in America


Whoever said “Science is boring” had to be kidding! (Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are interactive, educational and fun.

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy

(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, Kenton County Parks & Recreation collects non-perishable food or personal care items for Be Concerned.

Snack Lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza in Ft. Wright. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s and the Summertime Kids grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Pioneer Park is located at 3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017.


JULY 13

Friday

10:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.

Lincoln Ridge Park
Shelterhouse 3


Family Yoga with Madison Pike Yoga

Join us for a 45 minute Yoga class for the entire family to participate in and enjoy! The class will involve: review of yoga poses, and an introduction to meditation. This yoga class is a great way for kids and adults to learn basic poses and mind/body control. Parents and children age 8 and older are invited to attend. A parent must stay with children for the class. Please bring water and a yoga mat.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Call Rhonda at 859.525.PLAY (7529) to register.

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  


JULY

17
Tuesday

6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Lincoln Ridge Park


Third Tuesday Nature Series: World Snake Day


These free, educational and nature themed programs will meet the third Tuesday of the month.Third Tuesdays are great for all ages! Discover the wonders of nature! Co-sponsored by the Kenton County Public Library.

World Snake Day! Newport Aquarium's WAVE on Wheels SNAKES! What makes a snake different from other reptiles? Discover this and more! WAVE will bring three different types of snakes for you to experience. Big and small, learn why snakes are important to our ecosystems! 

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051 (Shelterhouse 3)


JULY

18
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.


Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! 
The Equine Show (Miniature Horse, Pony & Donkey) with Farmer Joan

Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From June 13 to August 1, lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Adults can purchase lunch for $3. Nondiscrimination statement: This institution is an equal opportunity employer. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015


JULY 20
Friday

10:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.

Lincoln Ridge Park
Shelterhouse 3


Family Yoga with Madison Pike Yoga

Join us for a 45 minute Yoga class for the entire family to participate in and enjoy! The class will involve: review of yoga poses, and an introduction to meditation. This yoga class is a great way for kids and adults to learn basic poses and mind/body control. Parents and children age 8 and older are invited to attend. A parent must stay with children for the class. Please bring water and a yoga mat.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Call Rhonda at 859.525.PLAY (7529) to register.

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  


JULY

25
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.


Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! Barnyard Animals with Sunrock Farm

Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Family Nurturing Center (FNC)

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From June 13 to August 1, lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Adults can purchase lunch for $3. Nondiscrimination statement: This institution is an equal opportunity employer. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

 

JULY

26
Thursday

10:00 A.M.


Pioneer Park
Shelterhouse 1


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science: Terrific Toys with Crystal Clear Science


Whoever said “Science is boring” had to be kidding! (Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are interactive, educational and fun.

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: To Be Decided
11:00 a.m. Post-program: To Be Decided

(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, Kenton County Parks & Recreation collects non-perishable food or personal care items for Be Concerned.

Snack Lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza in Ft. Wright. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s and the Summertime Kids grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Pioneer Park is located at 3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017.


JULY 27
Friday

10:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.

Lincoln Ridge Park
Shelterhouse 3


Family Yoga with Madison Pike Yoga

Join us for a 45 minute Yoga class for the entire family to participate in and enjoy! The class will involve: review of yoga poses, and an introduction to meditation. This yoga class is a great way for kids and adults to learn basic poses and mind/body control. Parents and children age 8 and older are invited to attend. A parent must stay with children for the class. Please bring water and a yoga mat.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Call Rhonda at 859.525.PLAY (7529) to register.

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  

JULY 28
Saturday

9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Morning View Heritage Area


Hike at Morning View Heritage Area 

Enjoy the great outdoors with a hike at Morning View Heritage Area! From wildflowers to trees and mussels to wetlands. We will explore the natural surroundings of this property. This guided hike will cover hilly, wooded, possibly wet and muddy terrain. During the event, enjoy a provided picnic lunch and information booths staffed by local outdoor and nature-oriented organizations. The approximately 1-mile mostly-forested trail will be muddy, wet, and rocky in places. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended. All ages are welcome, but anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees will be asked to sign a waiver prior to hiking.

Long sleeves and pants, a walking stick if desired, sturdy shoes with good treads all recommended. Bring your own liquid and snacks. No dogs are allowed in the preserve. 

Call Rhonda at (859) 525-PLAY (7529) to register. Please note: Rain Cancels. 

Program is co-sponsored by the Kenton County Conservation District.

Morning View Heritage Area: 15168 Decoursey Pike, Morning View 41063

Driving Directions: 

From Independence KY, go south on KY-17 (Madison Pk). Continue south through the KY-16 intersection. After an “Atwood” community sign, turn east (left) on KY-2042 (Moffett Rd). After 5.2 miles turn right on Kenton Station Rd (which is still KY-2042). Turn right on KY-177 and drive south about 5 minutes. Look for the preserve’s parking lot about ½ mile south of the KY-14 intersection where there is a Morning View Post Office. There is no sign yet but the new gravel parking lot is on the west side of Decoursey (KY-177), on the opposite side of the road from the railroad track. It has 2 entrances. A black barn with above sign is obvious behind a wood fence.


AUGUST
1
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.

Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! 
Scales & Tails with the WAVE Foundation from the Newport Aquarium

Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Kenton County Solid Waste
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From June 13 to August 1, lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Adults can purchase lunch for $3. Nondiscrimination statement: This institution is an equal opportunity employer. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015


AUGUST
8
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.


Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! Raptors with Dr. Tom Sproat and Critters in the Classroom

Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 A.M. Post-program: Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From August 8 to August 15, snack lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza at Cherokee. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015


AUGUST
9
Thursday

10:00 A.M.


Pioneer Park
Shelterhouse 1


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science: 
Reaction Action with Science Matters in America

Whoever said “Science is boring” had to be kidding! (Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are interactive, educational and fun.

9:30 a.m. Pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 a.m. Post-program: Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy

(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science programs are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, Kenton County Parks & Recreation collects non-perishable food or personal care items for Be Concerned.

Snack Lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza in Ft. Wright. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s and the Summertime Kids grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Pioneer Park is located at 3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017.


AUGUST
15
Wednesday

10:00 A.M.


Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Wild Wednesdays! Hickory, American Indian with Howard McDaniel

Wild Wednesdays! are for everyone! All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Don't miss a single adventure!

9:30 a.m. Pre-Program: To Be Decided
11:00 a.m. Post-program: To Be Decided

Wild Wednesdays! are free to attend and enjoy. Instead of money, KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

From August 8 to August 15, snack lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza at Cherokee. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunch grant from Cincinnati Children’s. Lunch is served at 11:30 am.

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

 

AUGUST
18
Saturday

Lincoln Ridge Park


Star Gaze 1

More information to come!

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  

AUGUST
21
Tuesday

6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Lincoln Ridge Park


Third Tuesday Nature Series: Wonderful World of Water


These free, educational and nature themed programs will meet the third Tuesday of the month.Third Tuesdays are great for all ages! Discover the wonders of nature! Co-sponsored by the Kenton County Public Library.

Wonderful World of Water – National Water Quality Month! A look at water quality and water conservation! Enjoy hands-on learning with an Enviroscape, explore what lives in our creek, find out what bugs can tell us about water health, and more! Activities will be provided by Sanitation District No. 1 and the Kentucky Department of Water.

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051 (Shelterhouse 3)


OCTOBER
19
Friday

Middleton-Mills Park


Halloween Happenings (Haunted Trail)

More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015 


OCTOBER
20
Saturday

Middleton-Mills Park


Halloween Happenings (Kid's Fun Day & Character Trail)

More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015 


NOVEMBER 5 
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DECEMBER 10


Letters to Santa, Letters from Santa

More information to come! 

   

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 Rhonda Ritzi • Recreation Programs Coordinator
Rhonda.Ritzi@KentonCounty.org

420 Independence Station Road, Independence, Kentucky 41051
Phone: 859.525.PLAY (7529)  •  Fax: 859.392.1923 

Last updated: June 14, 2016

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