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Activities + Summer Programs


Paducah has more than two dozen parks and facilities for the public to enjoy. Some of the park shelters and facilities can be reserved for private use. Learn more about Recreational Facilities and Buildings and Parks and Golf Courses.

Special Events
Spring-Summer-Fall Camps


Discovery Park of America

Union City, TN


Discovery Park of America, located in Union City, TN, offers visitors a world-class entertainment and educational experience with more than 70,000 SF of exhibits focused on nature, science, technology, history, and art; and 50-acres of gardens, grounds and exhibits focused on history.

Ferne Clyffe (State Park, Hiking, Waterfall) 

Goreville, IL


Ferne Clyffe has been known as an outstanding natural scenic spot for nearly 100 years. An abundance of ferns, unique geological features and unusual plant communities create an atmosphere that enhances the many recreational facilities offered at the park. Trails wind through picturesque woods, allowing visitors to view fascinating rock formations and inspiring vistas. Ferne Clyffe also offers camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting and fishing.



Mike Miller Park

Visitors Center Building, 8 Pavilions, 3 Playgrounds (1 large, 2 small), Volleyball Court, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, Walking Trails, Mountain Bike Trails, Soccer Fields, Baseball/Softball Fields, a Pond with Pier (fishing), Veteran's Plaza, Splash Pad, Horseshoe/Cornhole Pits, and a Disc Golf Course.

596 US Highway 68 W, 
Benton KY 42025




Connecting exceptional individuals to the exceptional God. Heartland connect will seek to minister to families and individuals with special needs through our Buddy program. For students who need to be in a classroom of peers, the buddy will be there to lend a helping hand and ensure that individual needs are met. For those would thrive better in a different atmosphere, we will have a class specifically for special needs children and another for special needs youth and adults.​

Rest Church has seen people come to know Christ, marriages healed, strongholds broken, and local/global missions established since its beginning. rest Church is blessed by God and we truly believe that this is just the beginning. We welcome everyone with open arms meeting them exactly where they are and working to provide love and outreach while serving those with or without disabilities of any kind.


Paducah, KY

Connecting with God shouldn’t be complicated. Our goal is to make it simple. We want to create a church that people not in church love to experience just as much as church people. That has been our goal since day one because everyone deserves to know how much God loves them.


Murray, KY


The Rhythm Factory - School of Performing Arts
Shining Stars exists to enrich the lives of children with intellectual disabilities and handicaps. We provide a safe, warm, welcoming environment where talent, imagination and theatrical skills can grow and thrive! Everyone is a star, let us help you shine! A special performance at the end of the day from our players, family and friends are welcome to attend!

Calvert City Drive-In
Open Every Night. Box Office and Grill open at 4:30PM. Double Feature Admission 12 years and up $7.00. Children under 12 are FREE.

Cardinal Lanes Kids Bowl Free
This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.

Cinemark Theatre

Summer Movie Clubhouse
10 fun films for kids. $5 for 10 movies when purchased in advance or $1 per show at the box office.

Challenger Learning Center Camps
The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah offers several exciting summer camp programs for students of varying ages and interest levels. Camps vary in length from one day to three days. Camps fill quickly.

Chuck E Cheese

Call to speak with management about sensory friendly reservations.

Holiday Hills Resort on Lake Barkley 

Eddyville, KY

"Our location on Lake Barkley gives you access to the great outdoors as well as many area attractions. Whether you get a thrill out of "roughing it" at a campsite or like more comfortable accommodations, Holiday Hills is the perfect place to relax and get away from it all! Nestled on the shore of Lake Barkley, our bay is great for fishing and boating.  A canal connects our lake to her sister lake - Kentucky Lake - which more than doubles the fun!

Kentucky Shores Family Fun Center
Gilbertsville, KY

Zipline Canopy Tours, Hurricane, Laser Tag, Go Karts, Islands Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Krazy Kars, Rock Wall, Archery Tag, Train Ride, Water Wars, and Arcade

Kingsway Skateland

Roller skating fun on Quad Skates or Speed/Inline Skates.

Maggie's Jungle Golf & Jungle Run 

Gilbertsville, KY

Miniature golf and petting zoo.


Venture River Water Park 

Eddyville, KY

Western Kentucky’s Only Water Park! Excitement is a slide away as you plunge down our Dueling Demon Speed slides, Triple Mania enclosed body slide, or our giant open.

Wonderfully Made Weekend

The mission of Wonderfully Made Weekend is to provide a safe and educational experience for people who possess an intellectual disability and offer a weekend tailored to their spiritual needs. This session is designed to bring these campers into a close encounter with Christ through tailored experiences.

Western Kentucky Youth Summer Camp 

Building Strong Christians 

WKYC is a year-round destination for families and congregations looking to build strong Christians. We offer a beautiful, rustic property nestled in the rural hills of Marion, KY where important things happen in the lives of our campers and staff. Cut through the clutter of the modern world and engage the Gospel like never before when you sign up for our WKYC-sponsored summer sessions or host a retreat for your group. Starting in May and going until Oct, there are dates for all age groups. 

Bear Creek Aquatic Camp

Bear Creek Aquatic Camp is a traditional overnight summer camp owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. Located near Benton, KY, this 183-acre, American Camp Association (ACA) Accredited camp sits on the shores of Kentucky Lake and has a large lodge, troop cabin, and picnic shelters that are available year-round. Screened cabin units, a platform tent unit, and primitive camping areas are available from April 15 through October 15. This site holds Summer Resident Camp from June through the first of August and is available for Troop Camping and Day Programs the rest of the year.

Camp Little Giant

Carbondale, IL

Camp Little Giant has many programs designed to meet the needs of anyone! Specialized programs have been designed for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, autism, ADD/ADHD, traumatic brain injuries and special needs individuals.

The Carson Center

Broadway Workshop and Camp and Summer Musical Theatre Camp


The Center for Courageous Kids

Scottsville, KY

Special needs and medical illness camp for campers AND their families FREE of charge! (Autism camp in January, registration due in Nov.)Activities include boating, equestrian, archery, woodshop, cooking, music, theater, outdoor adventures, bowling, climbing wall, indoor swimming and recreation and various evening activities.

Harmony Road Music School

Summer Program for Exceptional Children with Special Needs
Classes and camps for exceptional students with special needs at the Harmony Road Music School!

Market House Theatre

Summer camps are so much fun at Market House Theatre! Enjoy two-week musical performance camps, workshops and camps, and preschool play shops.

The National Quilt Museum Quilt

There are three skill level camps: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced where campers will make a quilt project to keep. Campers choose their own fabrics, learn to use a sewing machine, rotary cutters, how to quilt and how to tie a quilt.

Paducah Regional Sports Plex Summer Camps

Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Martial Arts, Flag Football, and Summer Camp.

Paducah Symphony Orchestra Summer Camp

The PSO Summer Music Camp features high quality skill-building instruction from a professional music faculty for rising 4th-12th grade students. The last day of camp features a Showcase performance for friends and family of the participants.



Bike World Amazing Bike Camps

Check our page often for updated listings of all types of cycling events in and around our area.


goSoccer is a special needs soccer program targeted at children ages 5 thru 18. The program provides a fun and interactive way to work on motor skills, listening and communicating with others.


Lakewood Gymnastics Open Gym Play

Open Gym is a supervised "Open Workout/Open Play" time in which members and/or non-members can use the gym space and inflatables to either work on skills or just play.

Lone Oak FBC is part of Upward Sports Ministry providing opportunities for kids ages K4 to High School to participate in basketball, soccer, flag football and cheerleading. Upward Sports is the largest Christian sports organization in the world emphasizing the enhancement of a child's self-esteem, challenge of recreation, learning, and competition in a Christian based sports atmosphere.

Paul Rowton Indoor Tennis Center
We are unique to this area within a 60+ mile radius, offering six indoor courts with state-of-the-art lighting and viewing. Junior and Adult Programs run for a number of weeks throughout the year.
     - Junior Programs
     - Adult Programs

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