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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 2017
This page will be updated as more events are added! You can also visit the calendar.

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Date/Time Event
January 19, 2017 

9:00 A.M.


NKY Senior Games: Winter Edition
($)  

1-Day at Ft. Thomas Armory. This event is for anyone at least 50 years old and who still loves to play. There will be camaraderie, competition and fun!

Print out the form here to register. 

The address is: 950 Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas, KY 41075

Early Bird Registration is before January 6, 2017.

February 6, 2017

7:30 A.M.


Shelterhouse Reservations

Reservations will begin for the upcoming season Monday, February 6 at 7:30 A.M. for walk-in guests only.

Please note: reservations will be made at the Kenton County Public Works Administration office, located at 420 Independence Station Rd. (in Lincoln Ridge Park), Independence, KY 41051. Call 859-392-1920 for questions.

February 11, 2017

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


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 11 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. to set up camp and gather, haul, split and stack firewood for Sugar Camp.

Anyone wishing to help should come to Middleton-Mills Park and meet near Shelterhouse 2. 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. Registration is not required. There will be hot chocolate in a kettle on the wood fire!

The address is 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015.

Learn more here

February 20-25, 2017

Time Slots

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.

Call today at 859-525-7529 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, February 25. Dates may change due to the weather; however, historically, this is the best week for Maple sugaring in Kentucky. 

The address is 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015.

Learn more here.  

March 4, 2017

9 A.M. - 12 P.M.


Lincoln Ridge Park Clean Up/Service Day Part of the Great American Clean Up


KCP&R and Scott High School National Honor Society will facilitate the Lincoln Ridge Clean Up/Service Day, as part of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup 2017, presented by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.

This event provides citizens an opportunity to ‘Make A Difference’ by picking up trash, trail maintenance, stair step building along trails and mulching at Lincoln Ridge Park. The Lincoln Ridge Park Clean Up/Service Day will begin at 9 am and conclude at 12 pm. Rubber gloves and trash bags will be provided. Wear boots or old shoes and old clothes. It will be messy!

Need community service hours? We will be happy to sign your paperwork. The fun begins at 9 am! Come on out to Lincoln Ridge Park on Saturday, March 4 and help your friends and neighbors make a difference!

Lincoln Ridge Park is located at 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051.

Learn more here.  

March 6, 2017

7:00 P.M.


Kenton County Parks & Recreation Softball 2017 Season

This note is to inform all Men's Church & Co-Ed (C or below) teams of a managers meeting scheduled for Monday, March 6 at 7:00 pm in the Kenton County Public Works Administration office building, 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051 (in Lincoln Ridge Park).

Learn more here.

 

March 11, 2017

11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. 


NKY Bluebird Trail Monitors Meeting

Kenton County Parks & Recreation will be hosting a NestWatch training for our NKY Bluebird Trial Monitors. It will be held on March 11, 2017 at the Parks Office. Make a difference! Become a citizen scientist! Learn to safely and properly monitor bird nests and contribute towards the conservation and study of birds! We will cover the NestWatch program in detail, and certify participants. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology recognizes this training for 3 years for current NestWatch certified monitors. We will be learning about the new NestWatch app! So, come along and grab some coffee and baked goodies and be part of the fun! 

The address is 3902 Richardson Rd., Independence, KY 41051.

To RSVP, please call 859-525-PLAY (7529) or email rhonda.ritzi@kentoncounty.org

March 25, 2017
9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Reforest Northern Kentucky

The annual volunteer Reforest Northern Kentucky event will take place March 25th from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Boone County at the former Piner Property which is now owned by Big Bone Lick State Park. The Reforest NKY event site is situated north of Big Bone Lick State Park, 3380 Beaver Road, Union, Kentucky. Parking will be located within Big Bone Lick State Park and volunteers will be shuttled to the planting area. 

Registration will be open in February! For more information on the Reforest NKY event and to register please visit the NKY Urban and Community Forestry Council’s website at: http://www.nkyurbanforestry.org.

Learn more | Flyer

Register Here

April 11 and/or 12

9:30 A.M. -12:00 P.M.

Tree-Mendous Mini Camp

Can you eat a tree cookie? Join us at Lincoln Ridge Park in Independence on Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th for a nature mini-camp to explore trees! Each of the two days will involve hands-on activities, games, information, and education related to trees and leaves. Activities may include, among others: tree and leaf identification, "becoming" the parts of a tree and "building" a tree from the inside out, learning how scientists use trees to find out the ages of other things, estimating the heights of trees, and much, much more! Create a nature journal, try to identify trees in the park, and record your observations! Attend either day or both. Activities, except tree identification, will be different each day.

Co-sponsored by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. Registration is requested but not required.

To register for Tree-Mendous Mini Camp, click here.

Lincoln Ridge Park is located at 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051.

Flyer

April 22, 2017

7:00 P.M.-8:30 P.M.

Watch the Sky Party

Join us at Lincoln Ridge Park (Independence) for a family "Watch the Sky!" Party to celebrate the Lyrid Meteor Shower! Begin with stories and information about meteors and meteorites, followed by hands-on activities. Touch a real meteorite! Bring Your Own Blanket or chairs; enjoy some popcorn, watch for meteors, and create a Sky Journal for continuing your meteor watch at home. Co-sponsored by Kenton County Parks and Recreation.

Lincoln Ridge Park is located at 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051.

Flyer

April 25, 2017

6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Touch-A-Truck

Trucks! Up-close and personal! KCP&R and BSA Cub Scout Pack 808 will be presenting Touch-A-Truck at Middleton-Mills Park (by the football complex).

It's an opportunity for children to see, touch, sit in and climb on the vehicles they may have in toy form! LOTS of fun and a great photo opportunity for parents and grandparents who will be there "accompanying children". Grownups with or without children in tow (heh, heh!) are invited, too.

It's also Independence Pack 808's Spring Recruitment Activity and leaders will share information about becoming a Cub Scout. AND, they'll be serving hotdogs! AND Kona Ice will be available for purchase!

Come on out to Touch-A-Truck! If you have a truck you'd like to bring or for more information, call Rhonda at (859) 525-PLAY (7529).

Flyer

April 29, 2017
9:00 A.M.

Doe Run Lake & Nature Trail Cleanup

Kenton County Parks & Recreation will facilitate the annual Doe Run Lake & Nature Trail Cleanup, as part of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup 2017, presented by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. 

The cleanup will begin at 9:00 a.m. on April 29, 2017. This event provides citizens an opportunity to “Make a Difference” by picking up trash and litter and caring for one of our great parks in Kenton County. Help your friends and neighbors make a difference. After the cleanup, a Celebration with lunch and entertainment will be available.

Doe Run Lake is located at 1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017. Volunteers should meet in the parking area near the boat launch. 

May 8- June 7, 2017
Various Times and Locations

NKY Senior Games: Spring Edition

Seniors from throughout Northern Kentucky will compete at archery, bowling, cornhole, golf, cup stacking, horseshoes, pickle ball, softball hitting, tennis and many other games at some of the region's best recreational locations, including Florence's World of Golf, the Golf Courses of Kenton County, Fort Thomas Tower Park, Walt's Center Lanes in Newport, Five Seasons Sports Country Club in Crestview Hills and Boone Woods Park.

The Games kick off with hours of activities, a torch lighting and luncheon on Monday, May 8, at Fort Thomas Tower Park, and continue with twelve additional dates of friendly competitive fun, including another luncheon, awards and a schedule of events at Boone Woods Park on Friday, May 12. Senior Games activities continue through Wednesday, June 7.

The base entry for participation is $10, with an additional $7 charge for bowling and a $10 additional charge for seniors who do not live within NKADD's eight counties (Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton counties). Entries mailed after May 1 also add $10 for late registration.

Registration Form
May 16, 2017
6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Lincoln Ridge Park

Third Tuesday Nature Series: National Love a Tree Day

Join us on the 3rd Tuesdays May through August from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Lincoln Ridge Park Shelterhouse 3

Celebrate National Love a Tree Day at Lincoln Ridge Park in Independence! We'll share books and information about trees, and do a variety of hands-on tree activities, games, and more! Find out why we love trees, and I bet you will love trees too!

Co-Presenter: Jennifer Beach (jennifer.beach@kentonlibrary.org

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  

May 17, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park

Wild Wednesdays! Awesome Animal Adaptations with Cincinnati Museum Center

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

9:30 a.m. pre-program: TBD
11:00 a.m. post-program: Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy
Dessert Provided by Full Gospel House of Praise

Snack lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Subway. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunches grant from Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient NKY.

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

May 24, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park

Wild Wednesdays! Hickory, American Indian with Howard McDaniel

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

9:30 a.m. pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 a.m. post-program: TBD

Snack lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Subway. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunches grant from Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient NKY.

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

May 25, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Pioneer Park

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

Whoever said "Science is boring" had to be kidding! Join us for our tenth season of ‘outstanding’ science programming. These programs are interactive, educational and fun! Programs are held in Shelterhouse 1 at Pioneer Park, rain or shine, beginning at 10 a.m. on each of the seven dates. The free programs are delivered in one hour theatrical assembly presentations. 

9:30 a.m. pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 a.m. post-program: Woodmen Life

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 Lunches grant from Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient NKY.

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017

May 30, 2017
6:00 P.M.- 8:30 P.M.
Doe Run Lake

Two-in-a-Canoe, One Big Bass

Kenton County Parks & Recreation is once again offering a four-night series of Tuesday night bass fishing events at Doe Run Lake to let you feel like a pro! The fishing events will be May 30, June 6, June 20 and June 27. You can enter one or all four of the events. It may pay off for you if you can fish all four!

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.

More information here. 

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017

May 31, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park 

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

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

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

Snack lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Subway. Fruit and veggies will be served on the side, thanks to a Healthy Alternatives Lunches grant from Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient NKY.

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

June 3, 2017
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! Start a family tradition.

Don't worry if you have never fished before. 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.

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

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

Learn More Here.

June 3, 2017
8:00 P.M.
Lincoln Ridge park


Star Gaze

Kenton County Parks & Recreation, the Cincinnati Observatory Center, and the Midwestern Astronomers are hosting a free Star Gaze on Saturday, June 3 for amateur and professional astronomers, as well as all other interested participants!

Steve Rismiller will present "Moon Shadows", beginning at 8:00 pm. The indoor portion of the program will last about an hour and participants of all ages will learn about the August 21st solar eclipse and how to safely see it. We'll also talk about the total part of the eclipse such as where to go and how to see that phase of the eclipse.

A bright gibbous moon right next to Jupiter will be easily seen with a surprise eclipse happening on Jupiter. These will be visible in the sky as well as in our telescopes following the presentation if the skies are clear. The outdoor portion of the program (weather permitting) will begin immediately following the indoor program.

Volunteers from Friends of the Observatory Center and the Midwestern Astronomers will provide telescopes and expertise in the field, describe observations, answer questions, and help open our eyes to the wonder of the universe. Who knows what the night sky will reveal? We welcome you to bring your telescope and binoculars.

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence. 

 
June 6, 2017
6:00 P.M.- 8:30 P.M.
Doe Run Lake

Two-in-a-Canoe, One Big Bass

Kenton County Parks & Recreation is once again offering a four-night series of Tuesday night bass fishing events at Doe Run Lake to let you feel like a pro! The fishing events will be May 30, June 6, June 13 and June 20. You can enter one or all four of the events. It may pay off for you if you can fish all four!

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.

More information here. 

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017

June 7, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park 

Wild Wednesdays! Barnyard Animals with Sunrock Farm

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

9:30 a.m. pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 a.m. post-program: TBD 

Lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Nondiscrimination statement: this institution is an equal opportunity employer.

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

June 8, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Pioneer Park

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

Whoever said "Science is boring" had to be kidding! Join us for our tenth season of ‘outstanding’ science programming. These programs are interactive, educational and fun! Programs are held in Shelterhouse 1 at Pioneer Park, rain or shine, beginning at 10 a.m. on each of the seven dates. The free programs are delivered in one hour theatrical assembly presentations. 

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

Popcorn and Lemonade will be provided by the Faith Community United Methodist Church in Independence.

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 Lunches grant from Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient NKY.

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017

June 14, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park 

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

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

9:30 a.m. pre-program: Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council  
11:00 a.m. post-program: Woodmen Life  

Lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Nondiscrimination statement: this institution is an equal opportunity employer.

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

June 15, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Pioneer Park

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

Whoever said "Science is boring" had to be kidding! Join us for our tenth season of ‘outstanding’ science programming. These programs are interactive, educational and fun! Programs are held in Shelterhouse 1 at Pioneer Park, rain or shine, beginning at 10 a.m. on each of the seven dates. The free programs are delivered in one hour theatrical assembly presentations. 


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

Popcorn and Lemonade will be provided by the Faith Community United Methodist Church in Independence.

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 Lunches grant from Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient NKY.

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017

June 20, 2017
6:00 P.M.- 8:30 P.M.
Doe Run Lake

Two-in-a-Canoe, One Big Bass

Kenton County Parks & Recreation is once again offering a four-night series of Tuesday night bass fishing events at Doe Run Lake to let you feel like a pro! The fishing events will be May 30, June 6, June 20 and June 27. You can enter one or all four of the events. It may pay off for you if you can fish all four!

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.

More information here. 

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017

June 20, 2017
6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Lincoln Ridge Park

Third Tuesday Nature Series: National American Bald Eagle Day

Join us on the 3rd Tuesdays May through August from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Lincoln Ridge Park Shelterhouse 3

Did you know birds are living dinosaurs? Celebrate National  American Eagle Day with a look at birds! Join us at Lincoln Ridge Park in Independence, where we'll share stories and information, and do a variety of hands-on activities. Learn about adaptations, migration, colors, and more!

Co-Presenter: Jennifer Beach (jennifer.beach@kentonlibrary.org

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  

June 21, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park 

Wild Wednesdays! NestWatch & Northern Kentucky Bluebird Trail Monitors

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

9:30 a.m. pre-program: To Be Decided
11:00 a.m. post-program: Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy

Lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Nondiscrimination statement: this institution is an equal opportunity employer.

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

June 22, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Pioneer Park

(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science: Wonderful Water with Crystal Clear Science 

Whoever said "Science is boring" had to be kidding! Join us for our tenth season of ‘outstanding’ science programming. These programs are interactive, educational and fun! Programs are held in Shelterhouse 1 at Pioneer Park, rain or shine, beginning at 10 a.m. on each of the seven dates. The free programs are delivered in one hour theatrical assembly presentations. 

9:30 a.m. pre-program: Kenton County Public Library
11:00 a.m. post-program: Woodmen Life

Popcorn and Lemonade will be provided by the Faith Community United Methodist Church in Independence.

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 Lunches grant from Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient NKY.


3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017

June 27, 2017
6:00 P.M.- 8:30 P.M.
Doe Run Lake

Two-in-a-Canoe, One Big Bass

Kenton County Parks & Recreation is once again offering a four-night series of Tuesday night bass fishing events at Doe Run Lake to let you feel like a pro! The fishing events will be May 30, June 6, June 20 and June 27. You can enter one or all four of the events. It may pay off for you if you can fish all four!

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.

More information here. 

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017

June 28, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park 

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

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

9:30 a.m. pre-program: Foundation for Ohio River Education (F.O.R.E.) 
11:00 a.m. post-program: Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council (GSKWRC) 

Lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Nondiscrimination statement: this institution is an equal opportunity employer.

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

Month of July National Park and Recreation Month


This July, discover the power of play and adventure. For children and adults, play is a vital part of our mental wellbeing, physical health and personal interactions. During Park and Recreation Month, we are challenging you to get your play on with our local parks and recreation. Whether it's summer camp, an adult sports league, exploring a trail, meeting friends on the playground, playing cards in the park, or discovering nature -- parks and play go hand in hand. 

Download the free Activity Book


July 12, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park 

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

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

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

Lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Nondiscrimination statement: this institution is an equal opportunity employer.

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

July 13, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Pioneer Park

(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science: Living and Working in Space with iSPACE 

Whoever said "Science is boring" had to be kidding! Join us for our tenth season of ‘outstanding’ science programming. These programs are interactive, educational and fun! Programs are held in Shelterhouse 1 at Pioneer Park, rain or shine, beginning at 10 a.m. on each of the seven dates. The free programs are delivered in one hour theatrical assembly presentations. 

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

Popcorn and Lemonade will be provided by the Faith Community United Methodist Church in Independence.

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 Lunches grant from Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient NKY.

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017

July 18, 2017
6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Lincoln Ridge Park

Third Tuesday Nature Series: National Honey Month

Join us on the 3rd Tuesdays May through August from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Lincoln Ridge Park Shelterhouse 3

Celebrate National Honey Month! Join us at Lincoln Ridge Park in Independence, where we'll share some stories and information about bees, talk about the crisis our bees are facing, and discuss ways we can help the bees survive. Hands-on activities, crafts, a honey tasting and more will help us appreciate how important bees are to our world!

Co-Presenter: Jennifer Beach (jennifer.beach@kentonlibrary.org

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  

July 19, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park 

Wild Wednesdays! Barnyard Animals with Sunrock Farm

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

9:30 a.m. pre-program: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


Lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Nondiscrimination statement: this institution is an equal opportunity employer.

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

July 26, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park 

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

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

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

Lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Nondiscrimination statement: this institution is an equal opportunity employer.

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

July 27, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Pioneer Park


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science: Amazing Air! With Crystal Clear Science  

Whoever said "Science is boring" had to be kidding! Join us for our tenth season of ‘outstanding’ science programming. These programs are interactive, educational and fun! Programs are held in Shelterhouse 1 at Pioneer Park, rain or shine, beginning at 10 a.m. on each of the seven dates. The free programs are delivered in one hour theatrical assembly presentations. 

9:30 a.m. pre-program: Foundation for Ohio River Education (F.O.R.E.) 
11:00 a.m. post-program: Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy

Popcorn and Lemonade will be provided by the Faith Community United Methodist Church in Independence.

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 Lunches grant from Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient NKY.

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017

August 2, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park 

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

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

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

Lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Nondiscrimination statement: this institution is an equal opportunity employer.

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

August 9, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park 

Wild Wednesdays! Turtle Time with the WAVE Foundation from the Newport Aquarium

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

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

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

August 10, 2017
9:30 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! Join us for our tenth season of ‘outstanding’ science programming. These programs are interactive, educational and fun! Programs are held in Shelterhouse 1 at Pioneer Park, rain or shine, beginning at 10 a.m. on each of the seven dates. The free programs are delivered in one hour theatrical assembly presentations. 

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

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 Lunches grant from Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient NKY.

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017

August 15, 2017
6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Lincoln Ridge Park


Third Tuesday Nature Series: National Aviation Week

Join us on the 3rd Tuesdays May through August from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Lincoln Ridge Park Shelterhouse 3

Bats are some of nature's most amazing fliers! Celebrate National Aviation Week with a fun look at bats! Join us at Lincoln Ridge Park in Independence for bat stories, bat information, and hands-on bat activities! You'd be batty to miss this last program in the Third Tuesday Nature Series.

Co-Presenter: Jennifer Beach (jennifer.beach@kentonlibrary.org

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  

August 16, 2017
9:30 A.M.
Middleton-Mills Park 

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

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife! From May 17 to August 16, join us for our 18th season of award-winning Wild Wednesdays! The free, thirteen programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and last about an hour. They are held, rain or shine, at Middleton-Mills Park in Shelterhouse 2. 

9:30 a.m. pre-program: TBD
11:00 a.m. post-program: Woodmen Life

Lunches will be provided through the summer food service program for children in collaboration with Kenton County Schools. Nondiscrimination statement: this institution is an equal opportunity employer.

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015

August 26, 2017
8:00 P.M.
Lincoln Ridge Park

Star Gaze

Kenton County Parks & Recreation, the Cincinnati Observatory Center, and the Midwestern Astronomers are hosting a free Star Gaze on Saturday, August 26 for amateur and professional astronomers, as well as all other interested participants! The event will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Kenton County Public Works Administration building at Lincoln Ridge Park.

Jeff Hutton will present "Chasing the Moon's Shadow", beginning at 8:00 pm. The indoor portion of the program will last about an hour and is open to participants of all ages. 

Lincoln Ridge Park is located at 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence. 


Learn more.


September 9, 2017
10:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Middleton-Mills Park


Teddy Bear Day at the Park

The teddy bear is one of the most popular toys for children, and holds a special place in many adults hearts, too. This lovable stuffed animal has a day all of its own, Teddy Bear Day. It’s an ideal time to get together with others for a teddy bear’s favorite activity, having a picnic, as immortalized in the classic song, ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic.’ This was written in 1907, shortly after teddy bears were first manufactured in Europe and America. The American toy bears were named Teddy, in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who had refused to shoot a small captured bear on a hunting trip.

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with a Day at the Park at Middleton-Mills Park at Shelterhouse #1! Families pack a picnic lunch, bring a blanket, and grab your favorite teddy bear(s) for fun and adventure. Enjoy storytelling, crafts, songs, games and march in the Teddy Bear parade! Bring a new teddy bear to share with local police and children’s organizations. 

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  
Shelterhouse #1

September 14, 2017
6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Pioneer Park

Family Fun Nights 


Join us for Family Fun Nights! Enjoy a night of fun and games with the entire family! From playing giant board games to creative crafts and scavenger hunts to Olympic Games all while participating in fun family activities for all ages.

Theme: Princess & Superhero – Dress like your favorite princess or superhero. 

FREE Event. KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned

Pioneer Park is located at 3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017
Shelterhouse #1

September 20, 2017
6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Middleton-Mills Park

Family Fun Nights 


Join us for Family Fun Nights! Enjoy a night of fun and games with the entire family! From playing giant board games to creative crafts and scavenger hunts to Olympic Games all while participating in fun family activities for all ages. 

Theme: Wacky Game Night – This is not your average game night. 

FREE Event. KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  
Shelterhouse #2

 
October 12, 2017
6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Lincoln Ridge park

Family Fun Nights 


Join us for Family Fun Nights! Enjoy a night of fun and games with the entire family! From playing giant board games to creative crafts and scavenger hunts to Olympic Games all while participating in fun family activities for all ages. 

Theme: Fall Harvest

FREE Event. KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned

Lincoln Ridge Park is located at 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence.
Shelterhouse #3 

October 20, 2017
7:00 P.M. to 10:30 P.M.
Middleton-Mills Park
Halloween Happenings Haunted Trail 

More information to come!

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  
Shelterhouse #2
October 21, 2017
1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Middleton-Mills Park

Halloween Happenings Kid’s Fun Day/Character Trail 

More information to come!

Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  
Shelterhouse #2

October 27, 2017
6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Owl Prowl 


More information to come!


Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  
Shelterhouse #2
November 4, 2017
Time: TBD
Golf Courses of Kenton County

5K at Golf Courses of Kenton County Fox Run Course 

More Information to come!

The Golf Courses of Kenton County is located at 3908 Richardson Rd, Independence, KY 41051.


November 6-December 4, 2017
Various Locations

Letters to Santa, Letters from Santa

More information to come!

Locations: Kenton County Courthouses, Kenton County Public Libraries and Kenton County Animal Shelter
November 18, 2017
Time: Morning
Doe Run Lake


National Take a Hike Day at Doe Run Lake & Flagship Park

With Kenton County Public Library & City of Erlanger

More information to come!

Doe Run Lake is located at 1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017


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Scott Gunning • Director 

scott.gunning@kentoncounty.org

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

3902 Richardson Road  Independence, KY 41051 
Phone: 859.525.PLAY (7529)  •  Fax: 859.525.7265 

Last updated: June 14, 2016

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