Having family around during the holidays can be very fun, but there’s only so many things to do around the house. If you’re looking to take your relatives and/or guests out and into the town this weekend, we’ve come up with a few ideas:
Bridgeview Box Park, 1 Levee Wy, Newport, KY 41071
This park faces the Ohio River and the Cincinnati skyline with restaurants such as Blackmarket Saloon, The Buzz, Crepe Guys, Kon Tiki and West Sixth Brewing. Light Up the Levee will be Saturday, Nov. 26 and features a few different events such as Shop Local on the Levee from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., where you can shop small ahead of Santa’s arrival; Santa House on the Levee from noon to 3 p.m., where Santa himself will make an appearance; and finally the Tree Lighting from 4 to 6 p.m., where a local band will preform as well as where JonJon from Kiss 107FM will officiate the lighting. Santa will also be on the Levee Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road – Devou Park
The family-friendly museum celebrates the arts and culture that Northern Kentucky has to offer with interactive activities, music and movies. Thanksgiving weekend they have a few different activities such as “White Christmas the Movie Collection, Cincinnati Scavenger the Book and the Hunt for Local Clues” from 11 a.m. to noon, as well as Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers Performance on Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Ark Encounter, 1 Ark Encounter Drive Williamstown, KY 41097
With a structure of 510-feet long and seven stories high, The Arc is an exact replica of Noah’s Arc. The Arc features exhibits, zip lines, the Ararat Ridge Zoo, rides and fossil hunts for the family.
Big Bone Lick State Park, 3380 Beaver Road, Union, KY 41091
This park has new displays on paleontology, geology, ice age mammoths, Native American history and more on-going research. Some events on the books are Wonderland Mini Golf Friday at 10 a.m., “Within the Wild” Photography Exhibit Saturday at 10 a.m., Christmas During the Civil War Saturday at 2 p.m., Eat to the Beat Elvis Christmas Show Saturday at 5 p.m., Saturday Night with Wildflower Honey & the Hot Biscuits also at 5 p.m. and Krampus at 6 p.m. For a full list of events click here.
AMC Newport 20 Theatres, One Levee Way Suite 4100, Newport, KY 41071
Whether you want the kids out of the kitchen while the turkey cooks, or if you need some wind-down time after the leftovers have been boxed AMC Newport has lots of new movies ready to be screened. Movies like “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Ticket to Paradise,” and “Devotion” are all now playing.
Dave and Buster’s, Florence, 781 Heights Blvd, Florence, KY 41042
An exciting place for all ages, Dave and Buster’s is open this Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Patrons can enjoy games like virtual reality, bowling and more all while watching sports, eating and drinking.