Spring Break is next week for most schools in Kenton County. Taking an entire week off work or financing a trip to the beach can be difficult so we have ideas that won’t break the bank, or require you to take more than a day or two off work.

1.) The Kenton County Public Library – Schedule time to learn how to use the equipment in the STREAM Center, attend the movie showings each day at the Durr Branch or attend our off-site program at Lincoln Ridge Park Mini Camp:Soils, Mud and Plants. This program will be held Monday and Tuesday, April 9 & 10, at shelter three from 10-noon to explore soils, mud and plants. There will be different activities each day and you will get messy. Be sure to check the calendar of events for other programs like ACT Math Review, Anime Club, Engineering Club, Chess Club and more. You can also come to the library just to check out books, movies and games. Don’t forget to take a look at our Library of Things for unique items you can borrow!

2.) The National Museum of the US Air Force – This museum is free and only an hour drive from Northern Kentucky. It is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. It is located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Visitors can actually climb aboard some of the planes, see lots of memorabilia and try out the flight simulators.


3.) Booneshoft Museum of Discovery – Admission is between $11.50 and $14.50 at this interactive science museum in Dayton, Ohio. The kids will have hours of fun with the science on a sphere, the tree house, tidal pool and discovery zoo exhibits. 

4.) COSI (Center of Science and Industry) – If you are willing to drive to Columbus, this hands-on science museum is an awesome way to spend the day! Tickets cost between $20 and $25 unless you have a discount offer. Admission includes all of the exhibits and live shows. Visitors will learn about space, the ocean, energy, gadgets, animals, big machines and so much more. You will love creating stuff in the science lab, riding a bike across a tight rope, watching shows in the planetarium and theater and rats play basketball! It is worth every dime and the drive!

5.) Hike at Hocking Hills This two-hour drive will take you to beautiful caves, waterfalls and so much more. The best part is it’s all free! You can also find canoeing, horseback riding and ziplining for a fee.

6.) Indianapolis Zoo & Children’s Museum – We have a great museum and zoo right here in Cincinnati but sometimes it’s fun to visit others. My kids loved going to Indy on spring break when they were younger. We would spend one day at the museum and another at the zoo. I’d find an inexpensive hotel with an indoor pool and they would have a blast. But you can also go to one of these on a day trip since both are only about two hours away. My favorite part of the Indy Zoo was the dolphin show because that’s not offered in our area. The Children’s Museum is very hands-on and offers hours of fun. You will experience other cultures, slide down a chocolate river, enjoy exhibits from a variety of eras, play on trains, learn about dinosaurs, watch cool shows and so much more! The cost is between $15 and $25 for these attractions but discount tickets are usually available.


7.) Highfield Discovery Garden – This is a great park about 30 minutes from Northern Kentucky. The younger kids will really enjoy playing in the tree house, watering the flowers, watching the butterflies, hearing the frogs and watching the trains. There is nearby hiking as well. There is a small admission cost for the garden.


8.) Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory – This museum is only two hours away and is where baseball bats are made! Cost is $0 to $15 depending on age. You will get to see baseball memorabilia, how bats are made and even receive a  souvenir bat.

There are lots of other great things to do in Greater Cincinnati and within two hours. Where is your favorite place to go on a day off?


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