Day Outings with Kids

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Sometimes you just need to “make a day of it.” We’ve got good ideas for day tripping with your family. Enjoy!

Splash Around at Coney Island

Spend the day at Coney and keep cool with the family! Sunlite Pool is the world’s largest recirculating pool, so swimmers won’t have any issues keeping their distance. Kids can also take a trip down a waterslide, make a splash in Cannonball Cove or even take on Typhoon Tower to make the visit complete. Coney Island; 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; open daily Aug 1 – 30, opening time 10 a.m., 8 p.m. closing time Aug 1 – 23, 29 and 30, 6 p.m. closing time Aug 24 – 28; advance daily tickets must be purchased online; $23.95 daily adult tickets, $15.95 daily junior tickets; 513-232-8230 or coneyislandpark.com.

Dig Up Fun at a Fossil Park

Have a pint-sized paleontologist in your family? Plan a visit to Trammel Fossil Park located at 12026 Tramway Park Drive in Sharonville. Open daily, this rock formation is home to fossils from the Ordovician Period, over 440 million years ago. Kids will love searching for fossils – be sure to bring a bucket and paintbrush to make it feel authentic! Learn more by visiting sharonville.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Trammel-Fossil-Park-13.

Learn More at Behringer Crawford Museum

Uncover Kentucky’s history while learning all about how modes of transportation have impacted the bluegrass states citizens. Kids will love the trains, cars, boats and the two-headed calf! Behringer-Crawford Museum; 1600 Montague Road, Covington, Ky; open in August, Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sundays 1 – 3:30 p.m.; $9 adults, $5 children 3 – 17; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

Seek Adventures at Kings Island

Head to Kings Island’s website to register for tickets! Enjoy Planet Snoopy, ride the Beast and don’t miss out on the brand new Mega Coaster, Orion! Safety protocols are in place; use the online reservation system, expect a temperature check upon arrival, sanitizing stations, social distancing markers throughout the park, including ride que lines, mask requirements and more. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Mills; see website form dates and hours of operation, ticket information and registration; 513-754-5700 or visitkingsisland.com.

Get Cool at Newport

Discover an underwater oasis! Newport Aquarium is home to popular exhibits like Stingray Hideaway, Penguin Palooza, Shark Bridge and the new exhibit “Shipwreck: Realm of the Eels.” The aquarium is sure to make a splash with families, so plan a visit: advance ticket purchases or Passholder Reservations are required. Newport Aquarium; 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, Ky; Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; see website for ticket pricing and membership details; 1-800-406-3474; newportaquarium.com.

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).

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