Monday, September 19, 2016

Spencer County Octoberfest

Does Spencer County know how to celebrate fall!?! Spencer County Octoberfest runs for several days at the end of September.  You can click here to stay up to date with their events each year.

Octoberfest consists of:
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  • A 5K walk/run
  • Several Pageants (for all ages)
  • A talent show
  • Parade
  • Festival
For 2016: It's all taking place September 24 - October 1. 

The festival (basically all day October 1) and parade (10:30 - noon October 1) are definitely the main event.  It all takes place on Main St. in Taylorsville.  They will have acts performing on the main stage throughout the day like many country music acts, the winners of the talent show, an father/son Elvis tribute and from 8-11pm Judge Angus Band will take the stage to close out the day.

Also, on the street, there will be dance team and gymnastics performances as well as two re-enacted Cowboy Posse shoot outs!  That's something to see!

They have a Facebook page you can follow for more details. 


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fall Farm Fun at Trunnell's Family Fun Acre & Farm Market

 photo IMG_1737_zpsn1zcwrju.jpg photo trunnel_zpsv3ddtbyn.jpgNear Owensboro, you can find Trunnell's Family Fun Acre and spend hours having fun this fall and enjoying delicious food. We visited this summer and from what I can tell, it is definitely a destination to put on your trip list for the fall.  This family-run farm looks like a quaint farm market from the road but just over the hill behind their store lies a field of fun - seriously.

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 photo IMG_1770_zpsyi7hivst.jpgThere is an admission fee for the family fun acre (prices vary based on when you go, age etc) but you should get them online because you can save some money. Every fall, they have a corn maze (and mini corn maze), hay rides, pumpkin patch, a hay bale jump, the korny korn crib and bonfire pits. These attractions are in addition to their jumping pillow, animal interactions, giant slide, tractor tricycles and more. They have gem mining too!  There's tons to do. 
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Their calendar is packed with special events each weekend.  I have my eye on October 15th when they are playing It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at dusk on the farm
They also have a fantastic farm market and FRESH FUDGE in so many different flavors.  You will be able to find something to eat there and treats to take home, the place was packed with really high quality items.




Here's what our writers had to say about Trunnell's:

The pit with the slide. In the fall is filled with corn and kids can slide into it and play. The rock mining was also a lot of fun! ~Lauren

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We loved this farm and can't say enough about how much fun we had. My youngest really liked feeding the pig and cow. My oldest enjoyed jumping on the jump pillow and riding the pedal tractors. My youngest (5 years old) tried the tractors but had a difficult time being successful because his legs weren't quite long enough. The mining activity was neat and they enjoyed looking at the identification sheet to match up what they had. And of course we stopped at the market on the way home and got some tomatoes, peaches, and bbq sauce. I would drive back just for the peaches, yum! I liked that you could sample some of the items as well. We had a great time and plan to go back.  ~Kelly
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My kids said "I liked the mining because I got to bring home all my gems!! The tractors were too hard for me, but daddy helped so I could make it around. My favorite part was that big giant pillow in the ground! And, I liked feeding the animals with baby bottles."and "the petting farm with the babies was cool"  We have already looked into returning for their fall events, which looks to be pretty awesome! I believe our pumpkins are going to come from Trunnel's this year! ~Karen

 photo trunnell cars_zpspcg0b5zz.jpgWe loved Trunnels! My kids loved feeding the animals - especially the pig! The big pillow was awesome and I can see us going back for another jumping session. I really liked how many things the farm had for kiddos to do - big tractor tricycles, the sand bag where the kids mined for gems, the petting area, and the big slide - just to name a few - making it fun for my five year old AND my almost ten year old. The folks were really friendly and I can't wait to go back for their Peanut's "Great Pumpkin" theme in October!  ~Dana

We had a great time at Tunnels! My girls loved the petting zoo and being able to feed the animals with the baby bottle. They also enjoyed mining for gems. My 5 year old loved the giant slide! ~Kimberly 



Monday, September 12, 2016

Free Museum Admission on September 24th

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Did you know about this awesome promotion from Smithsonian Magazine?  You can choose a museum and get free admission on September 24th!  One ticket is good for admission for free for two people through this promotion.

Click HERE to see the list of Kentucky museums that participate and get more information.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Review of Big Bone Lick State Park

 photo 20160630_151838_zpsuoled0se.jpgWhen they were younger, my kids were totally OBSESSED with dinosaurs and fossils and paleontology. The older two (9 and 8) may act like they’ve outgrown the whole dino craze, but the fact is you never outgrow skulls as big as your whole body! When I saw Big Bone Lick State Historic Site with pictures of bison and a mastodon skull, I knew we had to go.

Located in Union, Kentucky, BBL is about 1.5 hours northeast of Louisville, just over an hour north of Lexington, and about 35 minutes southwest of Cincinnati. BBL is very easy to find once you get off the main interstate but check your GPS for your exit because there’s no interstate signage.

My kids got excited as soon as they saw the big entrance sign with picture of bison and mammoths. We went straight back to the outdoor diorama and the museum. While you aren’t able to touch or access them directly, the life sized replicas are really cool and the walkway above serves as a place for photo ops and also has several educational plaques.

 photo 20160630_120436_zpsnnmatg77.jpgThe museum has a large (air conditioned!!!) room with a mastodon skull as the focal point. There are several other fossils, historical references, restrooms, and a gift shop. Typically I cringe when I hear “gift shop” because I hate being asked to buy a $25 stuffed animal that I’ve seen at the dollar store – just without a logo. However, this gift shop is very reasonably priced and if your kids like getting souvenirs, you won’t break the bank.

 photo 20160630_125307_zpsawkmshba.jpgFrom the museum/gift shop we headed across the parking lot to a trail to see the bison. The trail to go see the bison is less than a quarter of a mile and if you have little legs with you or even a sturdy stroller, it’s an easy walk. The trails in the woods are more difficult for toddler legs and impassable for a stroller. The first trail we started with was called Cedar Run. Five minutes in and were totally surrounded by untouched nature in all her splendor. Due to the narrow width, single file walking is a must – so pick a line leader.
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We took the longer trail around the woods instead of heading straight back to the museum and ended up hiking around two miles. We did have to stop and take some water breaks after some steep inclines and I had to keep reminding my kids to watch their footing on the sharp descents, but minus some huffing and puffing, we all made it just find – including my active five year old. After a quick bathroom stop in the museum, we drove to the lake parking lot (which only has around 8 parking spaces) then hiked up some terrain steps to the lake at the top - another beautiful nature view with plenty of benches to relax. There is another two mile trail looped around the lake, but my folks were done with trails at that point! We also drove up to the campsite, which has mini-golf, a small camp store, and a pool for the campers.

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All in all, we had a very fun and full day. When we stopped at the museum/ visitor center, there were several fliers about upcoming events – most of which were free. There are also educational scavenger hunts to make things even more interesting for older kids. Big Bone Lick State Historic Site has 813 acres with 40 acres of picnic grounds, a pavilion with more restrooms, 2 playgrounds and a 62-site campground with electricity, water, grills, bathhouse, and a pool.

Just one word of caution, there is NO cell service at the park – at least my AT&T phone didn’t pick up service until we were back towards the highway.

Dana

Friday, August 19, 2016

Upcoming Fall Events at Shaker Village

 photo shaker run_zpsvg3kyhpy.jpgThere are many fun activities that take place daily at Shaker Village but when it comes to fall, it's the best time to head out to this beautiful place in Kentucky.

The Healthy Community Fall Trail Festival is September 3rd and features runs and a field festival.  There will be cooking demonstrations, nature programs and fun for the kids as well.  Of course, runners can enjoy admission to Shaker Village free with the race registration. It's all free for kids so bring the kids with you to you on!

HarvestFest is September 10-11 and is everything you want to kick off fall. Hay rides, hay stacks for the kids to climb on plus a harvest markets and, of course, the apple orchard. With music and food to round out the weekend, this is a great destination for a fun family weekend.

Don't forget! While you are there, you can always enjoy the "Daily Adventures" which include:
  • Hiking
  • Checking out the bird blind
  • A Riverboat ride
  • Tours
  • Stories
  • Hayrides (seasonal)
  • Horse + carriage ride
  • Taking in the gorgeous scenery

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Levee Kids Karnival

 photo levee carnival 16_zps3a2gugo9.jpgOn August 20th, Newport on the Levee is hosting a "Karnival" for everyone to enjoy.  This event runs from 11am-5pm and is free to attend.  

They will have entertainers, inflatables, carnival games and arts & crafts, workshops, corn hole, hourly shows and more.

Although they do not charge admission, tickets will be for sale for carnival games and to play on the inflatables. They will also have drinks for purchase.

The entertainment includes folks on stilts, jugglers and magicians.  As for the shows, they will have a juggling show, magic show, fire show and hula hoop workshop.

To see a schedule for the day and even more detail on the activities, click here

Monday, August 8, 2016

Cinemark Community Day - FREE Movies

August 20, 2016 from 9AM - 1PM 

This event will feature family-friendly movies for FREE along with discounted concession offerings!
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It is a fundraiser for WE.org

More details:
  • FREE family movies at all Cinemark locations from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Movie selection at each theatre may include the following family-friendly films: Kung Fu Panda 3, Home, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Madagascar 3, and Shrek.
  • Discounted concession items including: $2 small popcorn, $2 16 oz. soft drinks, and all packaged candy varieties for $2 (While supplies last)

Showtimes and movie selection will be available to view online at cinemark.com starting August 15th. Complimentary tickets for the select DreamWorks movies, at each theatre, will be available at the theatre box office only. Community Day showtime tickets will be available at each theatre’s box office starting at 8:30AM on August 20th.*
Find a Cinemark Theatre location near you: cinemark.com

*Free tickets to select DreamWorks movies will be available at the Cinemark box office starting at 8:30AM on August 20, 2016. No advance tickets available at box office or online. Check your theatres available showtimes at cinemark.com (Showtimes and movie sections may vary per location. Exact showtimes to be determined. Participating theatres only. Limited seating. Seating availability is first come, first serve, per showtime. No rainchecks).

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Splash 'n' Dash 5K Walk/Run to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital

This is a fun annual event for families.  

August 6th - 9am

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Runners and walkers can choose to splash their way through a 5k obstacle course or a kid-friendly 1k course filled with fun and refreshing ways to cool off in splash zones.

After the race, enjoy family-friendly activities in the “Just for Kids” Zone:

• Water slides
• Water balloon toss
• Splash park
• Face painting
• Water obstacle course

Learn more and register at www.SplashNDash5k.org or by calling (502) 629-8060.

The Kosair Children's Hospital Splash 'n' Dash is presented by: Texas Roadhouse.

Proceeds benefit the life-saving care provided to children at Kosair Children’s Hospital, through the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Review of Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area

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Our family had a wonderful first visit to the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area, which is owned and operated by the KY Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources. It is right on KY-1638 off US-31, not too far off the interstate, and has so much to offer that it is well worth a drive to spend the day or even longer! 

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You pick up a map and pay at the main gate, just $3 each person over 12 years old unless you are using any of the special activities like horse trails, mountain bike trails, or shooting ranges, which has an additional charge. Annual permits are available. If you are heading to the range, you backtrack to its separate entrance, displaying your paid passes on your dash. The road to that is gravel and a little tricky if you aren’t used to country roads, but very pretty scenery. They offer a traditional archery range for broad heads and target tips, as well as a really fun 3D range where are you go into a walking path in the woods and stop at numbered posts for a total of 30 stops to try your aim at foam animals, like coyote, deer, turkey, and even bear and mountain lion. You shoot uphill on the left side of the trail and downhill on the right. We spent a good amount of time searching for lost arrows, so we plan to buy some light up nocks before we drive out again. The rifle range is close so you do hear it- you may want to bring earplugs for anyone with sensitive ears.  

 photo otter5_zpsmyjsbev1.jpgWe had the pleasure of meeting one of the staff members who was working on maintaining this big beautiful property.  His passion for it was contagious and he was so informative and friendly. He and others there, including staff and fellow patrons, were especially encouraging of our kiddo who is just learning to shoot archery. The nice staff member shared so much information with us that I hope I got it all correct to pass on to you!  They sometimes offer free archery instruction for kids on Saturday mornings. Call on Friday afternoon to ask and you get in free to the range during it. He talked with us about the great trout and other fishing there. They stock the creek with trout several times a year. There is a sandbar where the stream meets the river that’s good for catching catfish, and a carry down ramp to the Ohio River for canoes, kayaks, or small boats. Otter Creek Rec Area is the first in the state that is a hybrid between a park and wildlife area so people do hunt here according to seasons, but not on the campground or disc golf course. They have lots of plans to add things, including a pistol pit range and doing a 5-million-dollar creek restoration with a fill and spill area. The grounds currently have about 20 free geocaches and up to 40 for premium geocache members including earth caches featuring conservation messages. The geocaches are not sponsored by the park because some are off trail. They’d like to arrange a “Cache In Trash Out” and offer prizes for things like first to find, first to complete all of them, and the like. This sounds like a great addition to an already great mix of things to enjoy there! 

 photo otter4_zpsh4apidg8.jpgOtter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area offers 18 miles of hiking with a good variety of lengths and difficulty levels. You can swim at Blue Hole, which is an easy flat half mile walk through the woods from parking, or at the busier Garnettsville Picnic Area where we saw lots of families hanging out having a great time, grilling, playing games they brought with them like ping pong, corn hole, and cards, as well as some adults hanging out farther down the creek, many of which bought portable chairs to just sit in the water to cool off from the summer heat. The water here has a great little current on a couple of sections right by parking lot and several people enjoyed those in inflatable tubes, so plan to bring one to join the fun. Our kiddo had fun just sliding down with his body letting the current take him, so if you prefer to travel light there is still fun to be had! If you plan to swim in either place, you may want to use swim shirts for boys and full swimsuits girls because the rocks can scratch as they gleefully splash and play. I definitely suggest some sort of swim shoe or swim sock because you're walking across rocks, but the water felt great even in bare feet. 

They sell hunting and fishing licenses on site at the entry gate, which is a nice convenience. You truly get away from it all here since there is little to no cell service in many spots. We only saw portable bathrooms throughout. You will want to have plenty of water, sunscreen & bug spray, and do tick checks, like in any outdoor area. We brought most food with us because there are no facilities there and not much nearby. We stopped at Dodge’s Chicken down the road because my family hasn’t had that since moving here. It was a hopping place and smoking is allowed inside, but there are a couple of tables outside plus a cool chicken statue for a fun photo opp! 

 photo otter3_zpslowqovcn.jpgIf you want to make your visit longer, the campgrounds looked like a great option, We drove through to check it out and it looked nicely kept with plentiful real bathrooms and space. They have a few cabin rentals also. Nearby you can explore Tioga Falls, one of the best waterfalls we’ve seen in KY, & Bridges to the Past trails, as well as Saunders Springs, all of which we enjoyed on a previous outing. For even more to do in the area, visit Radcliffe & Ft. Knox Tourism.
 
If you get a chance to visit this place, be sure to visit their Facebook page and Twitter feed to see what extras might be happening, as well as to leave a review so you can help spread the word. Check out their site for more information and regulations. According to their website, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources receives no money from the state’s general fund, so they rely on support from Sportsmen & Sportswomen and donations via the Kentucky state income tax check off to the Nature and Wildlife Fund. I imagine it also helps when you pay the entry or usage fees at great sites like this, so have fantastic family fun while keeping our wild spaces open for adventure! 

Angela