Best Of 2019

Best Theme Nights: Florence Freedom

Watching a Florence Freedom game is fun, but it’s even more fun on a theme night. The Frontier League baseball team — housed out of the UC Health Stadium in Florence, Kentucky — has all the drama of a Major League match but with a “fun uncle” kind of attitude. The wide-ranging promo schedule has themes to please both kids and adults, ranging from Pokémon and Marvel superhero nights to a Bourbon Fest and Bark in the Park for humans and their furry friends. Almost every home game has an attached and interactive promo with costumes, competitions or photo ops. And if it isn’t Wrestling Night or Game Show Night, there’s a chance it’s Thirsty Thursday (with $1 Miller Lite and Coors Lite drafts or $4 craft drafts), Fireworks Friday or Rockin’ Saturday with live musical performances after the game. It’s kind of the best bang for your buck — sports with a side of sideshow — and very family friendly. They have a Kids Club membership, which gives little ones access to 13 free games, giveaways and entry to an inflatable play zone featuring a giant slide that looks like the Florence Freedom mascot, Y’all Star, who strongly/strangely resembles the Florence Water Tower. UC Health Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, florencefreedom.com.