Just a few weeks into summer break and already the “I’m boreds” have been flung in family rooms around Frankfort. Fortunately, there’s no need to fork over big bucks to entertain the kids this summer. There are several free local child-friendly options for families with kids of all ages.
On Monday, the Paul Sawyier Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, “A Universe of Stories,” gets underway in earnest with activities and events for newborns to seasoned adult bookworms.
Special family programming — what PSPL is billing as “the biggest events of the summer” — includes a concert by The Doubleclicks; “The Wizard of Oz” performed by Madcap Puppets; a basketball show by Champions Forever, a family with 12 children who were featured on “America’s Got Talent”; an animal show compliments of Silly Safaris; and a stunt show by the Cincinnati Circus.
Friday Fun and Saturday Fun, neither of which require advance registration, are also geared toward families, as are Wednesdays at the Park, where kids 4 years old through fifth grade are taught a lesson and participate in a craft or activity at Juniper Hill Park.
Speaking of cost-free outdoor options, there are plenty. Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites hosts Environmental Adventures in the Park on the first Saturday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and Art in the Parks on the first Sunday of each month from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Both programs visit a different city park for each session.
The Kiwanis Club of Frankfort will host the annual Longest Day of Play starting at 5:30 p.m. next Thursday at Juniper Hill Park. The first 600 receive free armbands for a splash party at the aquatic center beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Want to quick way to cool off without hitting the pool? Let the kids race around the Don Sturgeon Splash Pad at Lakeview Park, where there is also a playground, newly repaired skate park, disc golf and walking/running trails. There are also trails to meander at just about every city park.
Frankfort also has several free music events throughout the upcoming months, including the Downtown Frankfort Summer Concert Series at the Old Capitol and the Lunchtime Concert Series at Ward Oates Amphitheater.
While at River View Park, check out the mural painted by kids and sculptures that have been added along the walking path. Another free opportunity, Josephine Sculpture Park features many varieties of art and is open from dawn until dusk each day.
Fortunately, Franklin County families don’t need to break the bank to have fun together this summer.