Anyone who’s traveled with children knows it can be difficult; luckily for you, when in Danville and Boyle County, whether you’re toting a toddler, chasing a child or tugging a teen along behind you, you’ll find fun and interesting things to do at the following places.
Bring your littlest ones to the Community Arts Center, where they can enjoy a few hours in Lisi’s Art Lab (left), a studio filled to bursting with art supplies and pre-made activities that unleash their inner artist. Admission is just $1 per child. For the months of March and April, you can enjoy the Arts Center’s newest exhibit, “Gamecraft, the Art of Video Game Design,” an interactive and educational delight for all ages!
Tiny tots also have a blast at the Boyle County Public Library, where the children’s area invites kids to use their imaginations and their thinking caps for interactive math, science, and reading activities. The library offers a wide array of story times and other activities for kids, too. Check their schedule here.
The Great American Dollhouse Museum is a great place for slightly older children to experience the best in miniature artwork. The museum is enjoyable for all ages, with extensive displays on American and world history, and miniature scenes from across the globe and throughout various time periods. Your children will leave with a new understanding of scale, perspective, and history! Photo by Clay Jackson.
Your oldest children can tour the McDowell House Museum and Apothecary, which is the home of pioneer surgeon Dr. Ephraim McDowell. The historic home tour gives you an understanding of most aspects of daily life in 19th-century Danville; you’ll see the gardens where McDowell grew his herbs and the apothecary where he made his own medicines. The incredible story of the world’s first successful ovariotomy is the icing on this medical history cake (and your kids will be sure to enjoy seeing the surgeon’s tools and hearing the hair-raising story behind them!).
If you’re looking for places where your whole family can relax and unwind, head downtown to tour Constitution Square Historic Site (right), where Kentucky was born. The spacious park lets little ones romp while older children can learn about frontier life in Kentucky. The park is a great spot to enjoy lunch from one of our downtown eateries, too.
If you’ve got rambunctious runts who need room to run, head to Millennium Park, where you can feed the ducks, go fishing in the pond, play on the playgrounds, or hang at the skate park. If you’ve got a furry friend with you, check out the dog park there, too.
For kids who love being outside, you can head to Perryville Battlefield or the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge (left), where you can see native flora and fauna, not to mention soak up the beauty of the bluegrass.
Other family fun spots include Windjammer Fun Center, Danville Cinema 8 Movie Theater, and Bowlarama Lanes. We have several gymnasium and inflatables venues, including Party on Air Xtreme Inflatables (right), Kango Inflatables and Sports Complex, and KC’s Gymnastics and Tumble Zone.
These are just a few ideas for family fun in Danville—browse a full listing of our attractions and things to do here.