“What’s our next adventure maw maw?” is something I often hear from my almost 5-year-old granddaughter Eden. She and her 2-year-old sister Nova look forward to our day-trips almost as much as paw paw and I do. We try to find free or inexpensive things to do within two hours of our home that are also Covid-safe.

Big Bone State Lick Park is a great adventure. It’s a short walk on a gravel path to see the bison. There are also areas to play while learning a little history. This is completely free.

We took the girls on the Anderson Ferry. They couldn’t believe that we could drive a car on to a boat! The cost was only $5 and they loved it!


Creeking at Pioneer Park was a lot of fun. These girls are usually all about Barbie Dolls and frilly clothes but they enjoyed collecting seashells and catching bugs in the water. This is also a completely free activity.


We took a drive to Rabbit Hash to skip rocks, have lunch out doors and check out the cute little town. We were lucky enough to come upon the Boone County Sherriff’s office at a park with horses. The girls were excited to pet the police horses, especially since seeing a horse was on Eden’s bucket list. The only cost was lunch.

Eden asked us to take her to see a waterfall so we made it happen. We stopped at Terry’s Pizza and Ice Cream on our way. Eden got a Unicorn Crazy Shake. This thing was crazy! It had tons of candy, ice cream, a cone and lots of whip cream. It was $10 but the smile on her face was worth it! Be prepared to wait a long time to order ice cream. The pizza was amazing and super affordable. After lunch we headed to Fallsville Falls. It’s a very short walk back a pretty easy trail.

Bernheim Arboretum and Forest is fun and peaceful. There is a lot of walking but it’s easy and stroller friendly. They ask for a $10 donation but it’s optional. There are three giants in the park and each has it’s own story. There are other fun structures to look at. Pre-Covid, the giants and play structures were not roped off but they are now. It was still a lot of fun and worth the drive to Louisville.

Neltner’s Farm in Camp Springs included hours of fun. We chose this pumpkin patch because they had pony rides and Eden had been asking us to take her to ride a horse. It also had a lot to do. The $5 admission included the petting zoo, a ride on the horse carriage, browsing the craft fair, a corn maze and lots of photo opportunities. It was an additional $3 to ride the pony. Each girl picked a pumpkin to take home and got homemade ice cream that was made right on the farm. This adventure was extra fun because the girls’ aunt Holly and cousins Keegan and Charlie joined us.

Sometimes adventures just take place at maw maw and paw paw’s house. The girls love to color, do crafts, make cards and play games.

We asked Eden to make us a list of adventures she wants to take. She drew this – it’s a unicorn. “Maw maw, take me to find a real life unicorn,” she said. I might need some help making this one happen!

What adventures have you taken or suggest that are safe during this time?

This post was written by Gina Stegner. Gina is the public relations coordinator at the Kenton County Public Library, mom and bonus mom of five and has two granddaughters. 

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