Trip Review: Totter’s Otterville

Written by Andrea

As summer approaches, I start thinking about all of the wonderful things that I’d like to do with the kids. And, trust me, there is no limit to this list. At the end of the summer, there will be this terrible feeling that I did not accomplish half of the things I wanted to do with the kids. That would probably be because we live in close proximity to many fun things… urban things like museums, amusement parks, and water parks. We also live close to many more natural things like lakes, caves, and hiking trails.

The truth is though, I love to travel. I love to get away… to take a road trip… to feel like we have escaped our everyday normalcy. So, where do we often find ourselves? In Northern Kentucky and Cincinatti, Ohio. It is only a short hour or so drive… yet enough to make me feel like we have gone some place else.

Last week, I made such a trip to Northern Kentucky with Jake’s school for a field trip and it made me think about how many times we have made that same trip for various other forms of entertainment. Now, I’m not saying that Lexington and other parts of our state don’t have nice things… because I love many areas of Kentucky. However, since I do love to get away, it provides a nice little alternative.

Our trip on Friday was to a place called Totter’s Otterville. I have to say, I was impressed. I was also slightly frustrated that I have lived in Lexington for many years and have never heard of Otterville until a f ew weeks ago. It was really nice. Naturally, I realized that maybe I hadn’t heard of it because no one talks about it enough. And, naturally, I thought I should blog about it.:)

Totter’s Otterville is located in Covington, Kentucky. It is virtually a huge fantasy play land where kids can pretend to do or be just about anything they can imagine. Indoors, there are sectioned-off areas to play in, such as a puppet theater room, an animal doctor’s office, a dress-up area, a kitchen, a grocery, face painting station… virtually anything you could think of. Outdoors, there is a sand pit with “dinosaur bones,” a fishing area with toy fish, a train/trolley, a maze, and, of course, a playground. This would be fabulous for birthday parties, school groups, and just about any kids between the ages of 0 and 10, girls and boys. And, it was priced relatively cheap. We had  a group rate, but if you look on their website, they have prices listed as $7.95 for children and adults get in for free! Jake had a great time. We were there for about three hours and could have stayed for a couple more if we didn’t have to get back to Lexington to pick Bailey up from school. We went on a Friday morning, arriving right as they opened at 10 a.m., and it wasn’t extremely crowded. I did hear from a few other parents that the crowds could be large at different times, so you might want to stick to a week day during the school year if you have a preschooler or call to see when their slow times are. I had hoped to get a good photo of the storefront, but Jake and I left in a hurry and I completely forgot.:(However… here are a few photos of the various play areas and activities that Jake enjoyed.

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If you are looking for something different and fun, indoors and out, low maintenance and inexpensive, and are willing to travel to Northern Kentucky (if necessary), I would highly recommend it! But, that’s just my two cents!

I’m curious… what plans you have for you and your kids this summer? Short trips? Staycations? Creative new things to try? Or family traditions you want to share? Please tell me! I’m always looking for fun entertainment (especially if it is affordable!).

 

 

Kristyn - May 16, 2011 - 9:50 am

I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this place. It’s getting added to the agenda for the summer, for sure!!

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