We were trying to find a good place to go kite flying. We came across A.J. Jolly Park in Alexandria, KY while searching online. It’s a beautiful park with large open areas that were perfect for flying kites. There is also a large lake and tons of trails. We had a picnic under a large tree. The kids played on the playground. The park was clean, easy to find, and as you can tell from the photo, not too crowded. Looking for a low-key family outing in Northern Kentucky? Perhaps A.J. Jolly is what you are looking for.
Spring Fest 2015 at Kinman Farms in Burlington, KY continues this coming weekend (5/16/15 & 5/17/15). Spring Fest is being offered free this year. Yes folks, Free! Free petting zoo, Free hayrides, Free pony rides, Free face painting, Free parking. The other activities were very budget friendly. They also sell a ton of plants if you are looking for something for your garden. Our first stop was the photo booth where the kids enjoyed holding bunnies.
There is an area here to paint a flower pot for $2. We skipped this because the line was too long. The petting zoo was a hit. Isabella, 5 years old, loves chickens! She could have stayed there all day. You can buy feed in an ice cream cone for $1. We went through a few of them!
The face painting station is in the petting zoo barn. It was kind-of odd placement. The girls running it were very nice.
We grabbed a quick lunch off the grill and ate at a picnic table looking out over the lake. It was relaxed and very budget friendly. Food options are Pulled Pork $4, Hotdogs $2.50, Funnel cakes $4, Nachos & Cheese $3, and Drinks $1. After lunch we went for a hayride around the farm. This was a lot of fun. A pony ride was Isabella’s favorite part of the whole day. This family farm day was just what we needed!
We are huge library fans! I always make it a habit of getting to know every library in the area we are living. I will start by looking them up online and seeing if they have any events that we are interested in. Often we visit during events or on rainy/cold days that would keep us in the house. The kids and I get sick of being in the house. I have been known to drive for up to an hour to spend a day in a library. We revisit our favorites. I have made friends at the library. I have volunteered at libraries. The whole family loves to read. Ivy and I will sometimes bring our own laptops or tablets to take advantage of the free wi-fi. They really are the perfect public place to spend a day with your family on a budget.
This photo of Isabella was taken in the play room in the Children’s area at the Main branch of the Boone County Library located in Burlington, KY. This is a great library. The first floor is more for grown-ups. The second floor includes the children’s area and event rooms. There is a small café that serves lunch. We have not tried this yet. There are always programs, classes, and events going on here. We have attended a free classical concert, art shows, a Lego show, and many children’s classes/activities at this location. Best of all, they were all free! Some classes require reservations. You can find a list of all their events on the website and make reservations.
They hold children’s events in the room pictured above so it is not always available for play space. There is another play area which includes a puppet theater and computers loaded with children’s programs. There is typically puzzles and coloring sheets out.
Yesterday we took the girls to see the Scuba Santa Show at the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY. The show starts with a little back story that his reindeer flew away and he went under the sea to find the magical seahorses to help him find them. At that point they lift the screen and there’s Santa in his sleigh and diving gear.
After a minute the sharks, fish, and the sea turtle begin to swim by. There was a lot of excitement in the room. Isabella had been asking to see this for almost 2 weeks! There were many fascinated children and adults. I’m not ashamed to say we were some of them.
At one point in the show he went to get his naughty and nice book. He asked the kids some questions such as “Can you raise your hand if you have been naughty?” The kids put their hands up about half way through the question. The kids all freaked out and put thier hands down the second he said naughty.
Then he took photos with the kids. It was a fun experience!
There was a family party with radio Disney at Newport Aquarium. Isabella danced with the DJ’s and had a blast!