Monday, October 24, 2016

HalloWhinny at the Kentucky Horse Park

Head to the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend for a special event.
On both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-3, from 2 p.m. – 5pm it's HalloWhinny!

Included in regular park admission and be sure to explore the entire park!
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This year, the spirit of HalloWhinny is taking over the weekend. Halloween is approaching, and the park won’t let the holiday pass without offering two presentations of HalloWhinny, the annual Halloween show, where park horses and their riders are likely to show up as just about any kind of “scary,” funny, or quirky dual human/horse costume for the holiday. Guests will experience fun at HalloWhinny and see some creative costumes, with performances set to music, possibly even Superman, a creepy ghost, a hippy chick, the Wicked Witch, Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast or any number of spooky or fun characters. Joining the staff, volunteers and horses from the Breeds Barn, the Hall of Champions and the Big Barn will be Patrick the Miniature Horse, retired racehorses from Ohio Standardbreds and Friends, and maybe even American Miniature horses from Stampede of Love.

I tell you what............this is oh-so-very Kentucky!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Unique trick-or-treat opportunity in Louisville from Louisville Water

 Trick or treat with Louisville Water On October 26th from  4:00pm to 7:30pm the candy-hungry ghouls and goblins can head to the Crescent Hill reservoir gatehouse for a unique trick-or-treating event.  This is such a cool location for an event!

This event includes a plant tour, fun prizes, fun science experiments and snacks.  There will be a Healthy Zombie Walk around the Reservoir with activity stations for the kids.  If you haven't been, the area has a flat, elevated path around the reservoir and it's really quite lovely and picturesque with the historic gatehouse in the middle.  This is a family event so children must be accompanied by an adult.  There is free parking available along Reservoir Avenue.

Here's a photo of the location: 
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 Location: near 201 Reservoir Avenue Louisville, KY 40206

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Review of Boyd Orchard in Versailles, Kentucky

 photo boyds 1_zpsoykwoayz.jpgThis past weekend, my family of 4 met some friends at Boyd Orchard in Versailles, Kentucky. They are mainly an apple orchard, but clearly work hard to get a lot of people to come to their pumpkin patch because they have many different activities for families centered around pumpkins!

When you get there, there is a large “pumpkin patch” of pumpkins they have picked and pre-labeled with the prices. You then walk through their marketplace, which has tons of things for sale – apples from their orchard, as well as various products made from apples including apple cider and apple spice donuts. If you do nothing else while you’re there, get one of those donuts!

 photo boyds 2_zpsor2jbrhz.jpgIf you continue on through the back doors, you will see the expanse of fun just waiting for your children! There is a huge slide, hay to climb on, hay bales to run across, an animal center and so much more! To get in to this area you have to first buy a ticket. There are a few options for adults and children. You can choose to pay for the playground, a hayride, the animal center and corn maze for $12 ($8 for adults) or you can just do the playground and animal center for $8 (adults are free with this option). Separately, you can buy tickets to ride the mini train for $4 or you can pay for a hay ride separately for $4 as well. We didn’t feel the need to do the corn maze, so we opted for the second option and paid individually for our hayrides.

We got our wristbands and headed into the play area. The kids had an absolute blast! They played for a good 30 minutes and I’m sure could have played much longer if we’d let them. It was lunch time so we decided to head inside to eat, although there were tables and a place to order food outside as well. I was slightly disappointed in their choices and prices, but the BBQ sandwich I got was delicious. My kids wanted hot dogs, but the only choice was to get a hot dog with chips and it was $3.50. It seemed pricey to me, especially for my 1 year old who wasn’t going to eat the chips. We ate and then headed back outside to the animal center.

As we entered the animal center, we saw lots of goats and a couple horses. There were cups of food sitting on the table and as my husband went to get one to feed the animals, they informed him that they were 25 cents apiece. Not expensive, but we had already paid to get in there, so we felt that was unnecessary. There were also signs all over saying not to feed the white horse because it bites. I didn’t understand why they would have a horse around children that they know bites. We did enjoy feeding the goats and my children really had a good time in this area.

 photo boyds 5_zps2y6bpohb.jpgWe then headed back to the other part of the playground, which included some equipment geared toward smaller children, like my son. My 5-year- old still had plenty of fun on this side as well though. One of her favorites was a long inflatable obstacle course. There were also large tube slides and swings. In one corner they had a woman face painting, but as I got closer, there was a sign that said it was $2-$8, depending on your option. Once again, asking for payment once we’ve already paid quite a bit to get into this area.

 photo boyds 4_zpssxhhxuib.jpgWe were saving our pumpkin picking for last so we didn’t have to carry them around all day, so we finally headed that direction. We walked over to get on the hayride and it was a short wait. They clearly had a few running, which was nice. We headed out and quickly realized that there was a pumpkin patch very close and that there wasn’t really a need for the hayride, but it was a fun adventure and we figured it was taking us to a patch farther away that you couldn’t just walk to. We rode for about five minutes, seeing many apple trees with lots of types of apples, and then we came to where they had the corn maze. The tractor stopped to let people off and let others on and then we continued on our way. There were no pumpkin patches by the corn maze, so we stayed on. As we started getting closer to where we got on, we saw more pumpkin patches again and assumed we would stop. We did not. The tractor pulled up to where we started and we realized that we had just paid $4 each to ride the hayride to nowhere. Yes, it was a fun hayride, but had we known that we didn’t need to ride the hayride to get to the pumpkin patch, we probably would have saved that money for an extra couple pumpkins!

 photo boyds 3_zpsq5tv1vbw.jpg  At that point, we decided to just get a pumpkin from the front where they were labeled with the price instead of trekking back out to the patch. The pumpkins there are 55 cents a pound and after all the other money we’d spent, decided to know for sure how much we were going to be paying for the pumpkins. We found quite a few great pumpkins out there and had a hard decision, but were able to find some that were less expensive and larger than some others, so we chose 2 pumpkins and decided to get some others back home (the cheapest ones we could find were $5 and they went up above $10).

After paying for our pumpkins and enjoying some donuts, we headed out for the day. Overall, it was a very fun experience with many unique activities, but we did often feel like they were trying to make money, and lots of it, everywhere we went. Yes, they are a business, but it was frustrating to pay for things and still not be able to experience everything for that price. If you are looking for a pumpkin patch with a place to stay for hours and really make a day of it, this is likely the place for you. If you are looking for a hayride to a pumpkin patch to get a pumpkin and head home, it probably isn’t.

By Guest Contributor: Lauren

Monday, October 3, 2016

Halloween Walk with the Animals

 photo salato halloween_zpstwbzdc6n.jpg On October 29th from noon- 5p.m., the Salato Wildlife Center will host a fun event for families! It's the "Halloween Walk with the Animals" for just $5 per person (free for members).

Visitors are encouraged to put on your costume and This is a kid-friendly event that will include a hay bale maze, “Creatures of the Night” exhibit, face painting and plenty of candy! Kids will get a Passport to take around to every exhibit for a stamp this way you know you have it all covered!

Staff and volunteers will be there to answer question and all of the animals are ready for visitors.

For more information about the Salato Wildlife Center, click here.

Location: 1 Sportsman's Lane Frankfort, KY 40601

Monday, September 26, 2016

5 Unique Places to Celebrate Halloween in Kentucky

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There are so many Halloween events throughout the state - let's focus on events that are doing things a little differently.  Here are 5 awesome Kentucky events for families to enjoy the friendly BOOs and SCARES of Halloween.

The World's Largest Halloween Party takes place at the Louisville Zoo. While I am sure that many have heard of the event there are bound to be some who weren't aware of the event! The zoo starts this event in early October and it runs through Halloween. You can find more information here. Just a tip it is pretty popular so going earlier in the season works out better in terms of crowds! Tickets are required but you can grab them here!

Kentucky Reptile Zoo Ssssspooktacular takes place on October 15th from 11am - 6pm. Enjoy a tour filled with games, prizes, crafts, and spend some time with snakes and other reptiles from all over the world! Click here for info.

In downtown Bardstown you and your littles can hit the square and collect candy from the local businesses. This event takes place on October 28th and lasts from 3pm until 5pm. Call 502-348-4877 or visit for more information.

Corvette Museum offers a version of trunk or treat but the trunks are the trunks of classic cars. The event takes place on October 25th, from 4-6 p.m. and it's free. It takes place at NCM Motorsports Park. Click here for info.

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond - They host a Halloween Lights Drive Thru on Oct. 22nd.  They are sights, sounds and scares of over 1½ miles of Halloween lights and displays - enjoy it all from the comfort of your car. There will also be pirate miniature golf with Halloween music and thousands of lights along with snacks for purchase. A $5 donation for the tour will go to the Fort Boonesborough Foundation. For more information call 859-527-3454

Click here to see more events in Oldham County
Click here to see more events around the Louisville area
Click here to see more events for the Shelby County area
Click here for Halloween fun around Lexington
Click here for fall fun around Elizabethtown
Click here for fall fun around Bowling Green

Check out our Pumpkin Patch list!


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.