Kids' Attractions Near Owensboro, KY

by Laurie Rappeport

As the city of Owensboro in northwestern Kentucky grows in population, so does the demand for activities for kids. The city grew by nearly 6 percent over the last decade and 2010 U.S. census figures show that almost a quarter of Owensboro's population is under the age of 18, providing plenty of demand for kids' activities in and near the city. Families will find indoor and outdoor attractions for children of all ages around Owensboro, the seat of Daviess County.

Educational Experiences

The Owensboro Museum of Science and History offers an inexpensive option for families who want their kids to learn more about those subjects, with interactive exhibits that allow them to learn through doing. For storytelling fun with a chill, kids and adults who want to learn more about ghosts and the supernatural can join a Haunts of Owensboro walking tour. The tour, which takes about two hours, takes participants to some of the sites where residents have seen ghosts and experienced supernatural occurrences. Older kids will enjoy learning about the history and development of bluegrass music at Owensboro's International Bluegrass Music Museum. The museum exhibits depict the history, personalities, instruments and events that have made bluegrass music a major genre of music in America.

Farm Fun

Spend a day on the farm. Trunnell's Farm and Market in Utica, 19 minutes outside of Owensboro, features fun farm activities for kids of all ages. Attractions include duck races, climbable straw pyramid, a corn maze, pedal tractors, a rope maze and other games and interactive fun. Some activities are geared to the season, such as pumpkin picking and farm hayrides. Before leaving, families can browse Trunnell's market to buy farm-fresh produce to take home. Reid's Orchard in Owensboro offers visitors the opportunity to pick their own strawberries, apples and peaches. The orchard also offers horse and wagon rides, and has a play area.


The city of Owensboro's Department of Parks and Recreation operates the Edge Ice Center for kids and adults who want to enjoy a few hours of ice skating. The Edge Ice Center offers public skating sessions and lessons along with skate rental. The arena's lobby has flat-screen TVs and a video game area. Families can rent out the ice center after-hours for private parties and other events. Skates Alive in Owensboro is a family fun center that features roller skating along with games, inflatable bouncy toys and a ball pit.

Kids' food

In addition to eating pizza and other kid-friendly food at Mama Leas Kids Zone, children can play video games, including ski ball, basketball, driving games, air hockey or trivia. Winners get tokens to trade in for prizes. For kids who like to get messy when they eat, barbecue may be a culinary attraction. The Owensboro area is known for that specialty. One example is Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, which serves hickory-smoked barbecue mutton, pork, ribs, chicken, ham or beef, along with side dishes of fries and onion rings, which many kids enjoy. Children under 3 can eat from the buffet for free.