The Classic Grilled Cheese Donut at Tom & Chee


Looking for a fun dinner option that the kids will be talking about for days? Perhaps Tom & Chee is the place for you!

We had a family day trip to Newport on the Levee in Newport, KY this weekend.  We had the pleasure of eating dinner at Tom & Chee.  We each got “The Classic” grilled cheese donut.  It is cheddar on a glazed donut.  It sounds odd and I was skeptical at first.  They were amazing!  The combination of the saltiness in the cheddar and the sweetness of the donut was a perfect combination.  The kids loved it!  Obviously this is not good for you but it was a great treat dinner.

It’s very kid friendly.  They had an outdoor seating area so we could eat, chat, and people watch in the beautiful weather.  There is a television tuned to cartoons inside if that’s your thing.  It’s a casual laid-back place.

The menu includes many grilled sandwich options, soups, and salads.  They will add potato chips to your sandwiches as well.  The prices are reasonable. Around $20 for our family of 4.  The classic grilled cheese donut is $4.

Spring at Florence Nature Park – Florence, KY

Florence Nature Park in Florence, KY is a small park. It was spring and all the flowers were just beginning to bloom during our visit. The kids had a blast chasing butterflies. We watched squirrels, smelled flowers, and even followed a honey bee from a short distance. Isabella kept asking, “Is he eating, Mommy? Does he eat flowers?” Ivy was taken with the daffodils that were in full bloom.

If you happen to be in Florence, KY during Spring or Summer, I highly suggest this park as a good place to have a picnic, spend a little time with nature, and perhaps play frisbee or ball in the large grassy areas.

The Details:

Website: http://www.boonecountyky.org/parks/ParkInfo/5

Location: 7200 Nature Park Drive Florence KY 41042

Happy Travels!!

Kite Flying in Kentucky

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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.

Kinman Farms Spring Fest 2015 – Free Family Fun!

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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.

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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!

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The face painting station is in the petting zoo barn. It was kind-of odd placement. The girls running it were very nice.

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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!

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OMNIMAX – Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs – Cincinnati, OH

My daughters and I recently enjoyed Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs at the Omnimax in Cincinnati, OH.  The show runs for 40 minutes. It is educational and not scary. The Omnimax in general can be scary for kids that are afraid of the dark and the large scale can be overwhelming. We have personally not had any problems. Before every film we repeat “This is just a movie. If you are afraid close your eyes and hold my hand until you feel better.” There was one moment during one about space that she clamped down on my hand for a second and that has been it. I found this show entertaining and informative. My five year old daughter, Isabella found it amusing enough to sit still the entire time. There are many beautiful shots of Egypt. The show ends April 26th. If you are interested in Egypt, mummies, or advances in healthcare this may be the film for you.

You can see a trailer here – http://www.cincymuseum.org/omnimax/mummies

You get a discount on tickets if you print them at home. There is a link on the above link. Current prices are $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids without the discount. If you live in the Cincinnati area & would enjoy experiencing the Omnimax on a regular basis I would suggest a 1-year membership for $25. It’s a great deal. Parking is $6. After 4:30 it’s $4.