• KCP&R Website Cover Photo Update (1)
  • KCP&R Website Cover Photo Update (2)
  • KCP&R Website Cover Photo Update (3)
  • KCP&R Website Cover Photo Update (5)
  • KCP&R Website Cover Photo Update (6)
  • KCP&R Website Cover Photo Update (4)
  • KCP&R Website Cover Photo Update (8)

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 2019
This page will be updated as more events are added! You can also visit the calendar.

Date/Time Event
May 18, 2019

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Doe Run Lake

Hike at Doe Run Lake

Enjoy the great outdoors with 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.

Advanced Registration is requested. No cost for the event.

Doe Run Lake (1501 Bullock Pen Road, Covington, KY 41017)
May 21, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Doe Run Lake

Two-in-a-Canoe, One Big Bass

Kenton County Parks & Recreation (KCP&R), Thaxton’s Canoe and the Northern Kentucky Bass Busters Club (NKBB) are 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 21, May 28, June 4 and June 11. Enter one or all four nights.

$30 per canoe, each week of the series. Advanced Registration is suggested. The maximum is 20 canoes (40 people). NKBB and Thaxton’s Canoe are providing the equipment for the event including two paddles and two personal floatation devices (PFD) per canoe. For safety, KCP&R recommends that you wear your PFD while on the water.

Canoes will leave the shoreline together at 6 p.m. in one mad dash. Weigh-in at 8:30 PM sharp.

Teams of two 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. No live bait or electronics may be used. Artificial plugs and realistic-looking lures may be used. Self-powered only, participants use paddles to get out and back (no trolling motors). 

Doe Run Lake (1501 Bullock Pen Road, Covington, KY 41017)

May 22, 2019

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Middleton-Mills Park

Wild Wednesdays! Awesome Animal Adaptations with Cincinnati Museum Center


Pre-Program: Kenton County Public Library

All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Explore animal habitats and adaptations. Meet and touch live animals.

Snack Lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza. 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 (3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015)  

No cost. KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

May 23, 2019

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Pioneer Park

(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science: Chemistry in Your Hands with Cincinnati Museum Center
Pre-Program: Kenton County Public Library


These programs are interactive, educational and fun! Heat it up and cool it down! See and feel the evidence of physical versus chemical change. Watch your experiments change color as you create acids and bases. Learn chemistry basics and practice lab safety. Beware — the results you take home may be slimy!

Snack Lunches will be available for $1 a person and will be provided by Snappy Tomato Pizza. 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.

Pioneer Park (3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017)

No cost. KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

May 28, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Doe Run Lake

Two-in-a-Canoe, One Big Bass

Kenton County Parks & Recreation (KCP&R), Thaxton’s Canoe and the Northern Kentucky Bass Busters Club (NKBB) are 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 21, May 28, June 4 and June 11. Enter one or all four nights.

$30 per canoe, each week of the series. Advanced Registration is suggested. The maximum is 20 canoes (40 people). NKBB and Thaxton’s Canoe are providing the equipment for the event including two paddles and two personal floatation devices (PFD) per canoe. For safety, KCP&R recommends that you wear your PFD while on the water.

Canoes will leave the shoreline together at 6 p.m. in one mad dash. Weigh-in at 8:30 PM sharp.

Teams of two 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. No live bait or electronics may be used. Artificial plugs and realistic-looking lures may be used. Self-powered only, participants use paddles to get out and back (no trolling motors). 

Doe Run Lake (1501 Bullock Pen Road, Covington, KY 41017)

May 29, 2019

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Middleton-Mills Park

Wild Wednesdays! Awesome Animal Adaptations with Cincinnati Museum Center

All you need is a sense of wonder and KCP&R will take care of the rest. Learn simple definitions for big words such as biodiversity, endangered, conservation, preservation, adaptation, ecosystem, indigenous, extinction, specialization, and interdependence. Have you ever looked at the bottom of a stream?  Come explore the world beneath the water and meet the adorable, and sometimes miniscule, animals in our streams. Some have faces, some don’t. Some have six legs, some don’t. See just how important our streams are to the fun we have playing in and around them. Let’s play Creek Bottom Bingo!


Middleton-Mills Park (3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015)  

No cost. KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

June 1, 2019

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Middleton-Mills Park

Kid's Fishing Derby

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.

Enjoy lunch at the park. NKB Concessions will be open. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders, snacks, soda, water and sports drinks are available.

At all other times, it’s acceptable to keep a catch from either of the ponds in Middleton-Mills Park. During the Kids Fishing Derby, however, 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.

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

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

June 4, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Doe Run Lake

Two-in-a-Canoe, One Big Bass

Kenton County Parks & Recreation (KCP&R), Thaxton’s Canoe and the Northern Kentucky Bass Busters Club (NKBB) are 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 21, May 28, June 4 and June 11. Enter one or all four nights.

$30 per canoe, each week of the series. Advanced Registration is suggested. The maximum is 20 canoes (40 people). NKBB and Thaxton’s Canoe are providing the equipment for the event including two paddles and two personal floatation devices (PFD) per canoe. For safety, KCP&R recommends that you wear your PFD while on the water.

Canoes will leave the shoreline together at 6 p.m. in one mad dash. Weigh-in at 8:30 PM sharp.

Teams of two 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. No live bait or electronics may be used. Artificial plugs and realistic-looking lures may be used. Self-powered only, participants use paddles to get out and back (no trolling motors). 

Doe Run Lake (1501 Bullock Pen Road, Covington, KY 41017)

June 8, 2019

8:30 PM

Lincoln Ridge Park

Star Gaze

The Presenter will be Aaron Eiben, who will present a program on "A Tour of the Universe." Aaron is a Physicist at the University of Cincinnati and former staff Scientist at the Cincinnati Observatory. The "Tour" will be a computer generated tour of the major attractions in the universe followed by a question and answer period.

The outdoor portion of the program (weather permitting) will begin immediately following the indoor program. Opportunity to see what’s visible in the sky through our telescopes following the presentation if the skies are clear.

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.

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

June 11, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Doe Run Lake

Two-in-a-Canoe, One Big Bass

Kenton County Parks & Recreation (KCP&R), Thaxton’s Canoe and the Northern Kentucky Bass Busters Club (NKBB) are 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 21, May 28, June 4 and June 11. Enter one or all four nights.

$30 per canoe, each week of the series. Advanced Registration is suggested. The maximum is 20 canoes (40 people). NKBB and Thaxton’s Canoe are providing the equipment for the event including two paddles and two personal floatation devices (PFD) per canoe. For safety, KCP&R recommends that you wear your PFD while on the water.

Canoes will leave the shoreline together at 6 p.m. in one mad dash. Weigh-in at 8:30 PM sharp.

Teams of two 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. No live bait or electronics may be used. Artificial plugs and realistic-looking lures may be used. Self-powered only, participants use paddles to get out and back (no trolling motors). 

Doe Run Lake (1501 Bullock Pen Road, Covington, KY 41017)


Return to top

Stay connected with our upcoming events on Facebook!

FB Logo Blue

 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

Enrollment and/or participation in Kenton County Parks & Recreation Department sponsored programs and events authorizes Kenton County, its departments, employees and contractors to take photos and videos of you and your dependents for use in future brochures, flyers, documents, displays, in other County publications, on the County website, and social networking websites. Kenton County will not sell or authorize others to use such photographs for commercial purposes, and will not use them upon written notice from the participant for themselves and/or their dependents. 

The Presenter will be Aaron Eiben, who will present a program on "A Tour of the Universe." Aaron is a Physicist at the University of Cincinnati and former staff Scientist at the Cincinnati Observatory. The "Tour" will be a computer generated tour of the major attractions in the universe followed by a question and answer period.

 

The outdoor portion of the program (weather permitting) will begin immediately following the indoor program. Opportunity to see what’s visible in the sky through our telescopes following the presentation if the skies are clear.

 

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.