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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Day Trip to Hodgenville and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park

My third grader was learning about Presidents and my first grader about the Civil War so when searching for a day trip option that would be fun, a trip to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park was perfect.   We had glorious late winter weather which made it just lovely.    The park is in Hodgenville, KY so a trip to explore has to be combined with some local spots.


Start Your Day

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park opens daily at 8am so we headed out early.  We arrived at around 10am and went to the visitor's center first.  We were greeted by a friendly park ranger who told us about the Junior Ranger program.  My kids loved it!  They received a really well-done booklet to take around that park and do as they explore and learn.  The activities were age appropriate for elementary-school-age children and engaging.  The ranger told them that if they worked on it while they explored, they can show him later and he would swear them in as official junior rangers!  We browsed through the exhibits at the center and watched the ~10 minute movie about Abraham Lincoln as the area we were about to see.  Everything was very well done.

We went outside and walked through the paths. They had a wonderfully shaded "boardwalk" through the woods that led up to the memorial.  Inside the memorial, there is authentic log cabin.  For a long time, it was thought to be THE log cabin that belonged to Abraham Lincoln's family but the ranger at the memorial told us that just over a decade ago, they discovered it was actually the cabin of a neighboring family and not the Lincoln's.   We made our way down the steps (I won't tell you how many, you'll have to learn that fact and it's significance) to the well. The well served as a clean water source for Lincoln's family.  The kids and I found this fascinating.  They took a sip from a modern fountain nearby and thought they were drinking the well water :)

At the top of the hill, there is a device that recites some of Lincoln's speeches and just beyond the well, there is a short (under a mile) walking path.  We peaked inside of the other log cabins on the property and returned to the visitor's center so the kids could be sworn in - which was really cute.  They had a lovely gift shop and the kids picked up a souvenir.  The bathrooms were very clean and convenient in the visitor's center.  Across the main street leading into this area, there is another picnic area and set of hiking trails.  We did not visit that area but it was very close.



Lunch & Town

After just a 10 minute drive following signs, we found the heart of Hodgenville.  It is a quaint town circle with just enough to walk around and have a great local lunch and dessert.  We walked around for a bit and read the historical markers.  The center was a tribute to Lincoln with a boyhood statue, a Presidential statue and notable speeches engraved in the pavement.  In the town, there were gift shops and a bookstore as well as a museum about Lincoln with a gift shop.  We didn't tour the museum because we were getting hungry but we did learn about Lincoln Days (early October) and I think we'll look at going back to experience it!

We ate at Laha's Red Castle Burgers after seeing it on Trip Advisor. You could smell it when you parked the car - in a good way.  They are known for their onions, not just the burgers.  The place is a shoebox with a counter and just what they need to serve up a few menu items.  We took up the entire place. There were three women working behind the counter zipping around getting it all done.  The burgers were small (perfectly small) and fresh.  The flatten them on the grill and cook them with finely chopped onions and then steam them a bit with the bun - they just melt.  They were fantastic.  The sides were nothing in comparison - next time I would just get 3 of those burgers and a coke and call it a day.  The prices were incredible - 5 of us ate for less than $30. The one thing that did put me off a bit is that I was with my parents who LOVE hole-in-the-wall/mom & pop places like this and my mom was being so friendly and when she asked the owner "do you get a lot of out of town guests?" - the owner said "Yes, probably more than I'd like" and that just took a little bit of the fun out of the experience knowing we sought out this great place and thought it was fantastic only the be directly told that they really don't like visitors?  Hopefully she was just having a bad day............

We saved room for dessert and went to The Sweet Shoppe.  Seriously....I have never seen so much fudge.  Truly.  And, they make it all there and it was really reasonably priced.  3 huge pieces for $15. We got the Oreo, chocolate and a peanut butter/chocolate combo. I really couldn't decide!  And, it was perfect - so so very good.  They also had baked goods, candy and a variety of ice cream options.  My father got a shake and I lost count on how many scoops of ice cream they put in!

End the Day
We drove about another 15 minutes to find Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Home park.  The park main building is only open April through October so we only explored outside - which was fine.  Also, they have really clean, updated bathroom facilities.  We walked around the log cabin, and went down by Knob Creek where it is said Lincoln almost lost his life as a young boy.  The kids explore, looked at rocks and imagined life 150 years ago right there and what it would have been like.   We stayed there for about an hour before heading back home for the day.  If you are prepared for it, they do have some serious hiking trails at this location.   Also, prepare to check for ticks and dress/spray to prevent taking one home!  Shower when you get home!  Like being out in any forest, you can come home with any number of rashes/bugs like we did.  Nothing that truly caused issued but definitely something we will prepare better to prevent next time!

~Stephanie
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Midway Chocolate Stroll

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Saturday, February 10 is your time to indulge! It's the Midway Chocolate Stroll taking place from 10am to 5pm.

All of the shops and restaurants in Midway will be celebrating Valentine's Day. Equus Run Vineyards is also participating but from noon-4pm. You walk along Historic Main & Grantz Streets and explore the businesses.  There will be specials for the day and of course, a chocolate treat for everyone.

You can get your FREE chocolate stroll ticket at any shop or restaurant.  If you have your ticket stamped 10 times, you can drop your competed ticket off at the Midway Sweet Tooth Candy Store to enter to win a prize. 

It's like.........a chocolate scavenger hunt!!!

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Kentucky Students Invited to “Dream Out Loud” for a Chance to Win $1,000 for College

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Attention parents and educators. Kentucky's 529 college savings plan has an initiative going on now through which your child/student can win money for college and the school can win money as well!

Here are all of the details:

Kentucky’s 529 college savings plan is inviting families of students in grades Pre-K through 6 to participate for a chance to win a $1,000 college savings plan account and $500 for their school. Students may enter Dream Out Loud by submitting an original drawing, poem, essay or video answering the question: “How will I change the world after I go to college?” Parents can learn more by visiting www.kysaves.com/DreamOutLoud.

The Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT) is Kentucky’s official 529 college savings plan. KESPT sponsors Dream Out Loud to encourage Kentucky families to start planning for higher education with their children.

“Over the years thousands of Kentucky children have participated in the Dream Out Loud Challenge and shared their dreams for the future,” said KESPT Manager David Lawhorn. “Dream Out Loud encourages families to talk about future college expectations while their children are young, which is an important time to start saving for higher education expenses to help support future college dreams.”

Dream Out Loud runs from January 15 through March 19, 2018. Entries must be postmarked by March 19 and received by March 23. The contest has two categories: drawing or video and essay or poem. One winner will be chosen from each category in grades Pre-K and K, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4 and grades 5 and 6. The winning families will receive a $1,000 KESPT college savings account, and their schools will win $500.

KESPT has awarded more than $106,000 in Dream Out Loud prizes to winners and their schools over the past eight years. The plan is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. (TFI). KESPT helps parents, grandparents and others invest in a child’s future college education. A KESPT account can be started with as little as $25 and can be used at any qualified institution in the nation. For more information about KESPT, tax advantages and the eGifting feature, visit kysaves.com or call toll-free 1-877-598-7878.

Visit www.kysaves.com/DreamOutLoud to learn more about the Dream Out Loud challenge, including official rules, prize details, a communications toolkit and a complete description of entry requirements. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Free National Park Admission Day

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Photo from the Visit Cave City Facebook page

We love free fun and exploring Kentucky. So, when these come together, it's perfect.

We want to make sure that you know about the free days for national parks this year.

Free National Park Entry Days for 2018: 
January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
April 21: First day of National Park Week
September 22: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day

Remember, if you have a 4th grader, they can get in free all the time! See details here for getting a pass.

Now you ask, which parks in Kentucky are National Parks?
Here's a list from the National Park Service for Kentucky 
The most popular that people visit during this time is Mammoth Cave because they offer free cave tours too (first come, first served for select tours).  Details here.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

101 FREE things to do with your kids in Kentucky!

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1. Visit Abraham Lincoln's birthplace. Link here  - there's a heritage trail!
2. Take a deep breath at the Patriot Peace Memorial.
3. See folk art in Kentucky's Folk Art Center.
4. Tour the State Capitol Building in Frankfort.
5. Pay your respects to Daniel Boone at his gravesite.
6. Take a ride on the Valley View Ferry.
7. Take in the breathtaking views at Kingdom Come State Park
8. Eat a picnic lunch at the edge of Nolin Lake.
9. Plan a trip to see a moonbow at Cumberland Falls State Park.
10. Travel back to re-enact a battle at Perryville Battlefield.
11. Get some energy out by hiking to the top of Natural Bridge.  See LouFamFun post.
12. Pay your respects to Thoroughbred Greats at Claiborne Farm.
13. Visit Boone Station in Lexington.
14. Marvel at the Flood Wall Murals in Paducah
15. Visit the Kentucky Dam and let the kids burn off some steam in the open areas.
16. Check out the Historic Apple Valley Roadside Attraction.
17. Get up close and personal with the planes at Aviation Heritage Park.
18. Bask in the beauty of Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve.
19. Take the dogs (and kids!) to romp at Pioneer Park.
20. Walk (or run!) across the Purple People Bridge.
21. Play on the playground at Old Fort Harrod.
22. Hike one of the trails at Bernheim Forest. Here's a LouFamFun post.
23. Explore one of the many covered bridges of Fleming County.
24. Marvel at the beauty of Tioga Falls.
25. Go on a free guided Big Blue Traditions tour on the UK campus.
26. Go see how candy is made at Old Kentucky Chocolates and get a taste too!
27. Splash in Yahoo Falls, Kentucky's tallest waterfall.
28. Go see the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
29. Tour the Ale 8 One Plant.
30. Stop for a picture opp at Weisenberger Mill.
31. Tour the 21C Museum Art Gallery.
32. Tour the Louisville Nature Center.
33. Get locked up in the historic Scott County Jail.
34. Check out Toyota's Manufacturing Plant.
35. Hike through the Arboretum in Lexington.
36. Check out the Daniel Boone National Forest.
37. Go back in time and visit the Dr. Thomas Walker Historic Site.
38. In April, check out the Kite Festival in Lexington.
39. Stretch your legs on the Big Four Bridge.  Read this LouFamFun post.
40. In October, take a look at the trains at the Railroad & Bluegrass Festival  
41. Hike and make memories, then stop at the playground at The Parklands.
42. Take in the beauty of Kentucky at the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.
43. Brush up on your history at the Lexington History Museum.
44. Leave the rat race behind at Jacobson Park.
45. Pay your respects to the fallen men and women at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.
46. Stroll through the art galleries in Paducah.
47. Get in touch with your inner Daniel Boone at Fort Boonesborough State Park.
48. Camp at Red River Gorge.
49. Get closer to the clouds at Natural Bridge State Park.
50. Visit the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum. Tour the museum!
51. Go for a hike at the Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park.
52. Walk the scenic loop at Cherokee Park.
53. Explore the Freeman Lake Park.
54. Go for a drive along the country roads in Meade County and look at the quilts painted on barns.
55. Visit Anglin Falls.
56. Cool off in the Torrent Falls.
57.Tour the governors mansion in Frankfort.
58. Count the love locks on the bridge at the RiverWalk in Bowling Green.
59. See the waterfall Cumberland Falls State Park is named for.
60. Hang out at Thoroughbred Park, get in the race and an awesome picture!
61. Find the hidden waterfalls of McCreary County
62. Explore EP Tom Sawyer Park.
63. Hang out in Basil Griffin Park.
64. Be a skateboard pro at Roland Bland Park.
64. Picnic at Reservoir Hill Park.
65. Strike a pose in front of the fountains at Fountain Square Park.
66. Pull over and check out the monuments on the side of the road.
67. Learn a little bit about Whiskey at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey.
68. If you like gardening you'll love the Hillbilly Garden!
69. Peek in at all of the treasures at Jerry's Junk.
70. Try out the slides at Legion Park.
71. Pay your respects to the king of fried chicken, at Colonel Sanders Grave.
72. If it doesn't creep you out go visit the Vent Haven: Ventriloquist Museum.
73. Stop for pictures in front of the worlds largest bat.
74. Check out the 30 ft statue of David.
75. Visit the beautiful grounds of Gethsemani.
76. Check out the Bardstown Art Gallery and Thomas Merton Books Collection.
77. Play the day away in the Bardstown Community Park.
78. Go in to the Why Louisville Store and check out Colonel Sanders!
79. Write on the Before I die...wall in NuLu.
80. Go see the world peace bell.
81. Check out Big South Fork National River.
82. Get in the trenches at Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield.
83. Immerse yourself in culture at the Godbey Appalachian Cultural and Fine Arts Center.
84. Go on the Hatfield - McCoy Family Feud driving tour.
85. Play around at the John James Audubon Park.
86. Relax in the butterfly garden at Panther Creek Park.
87. Play at the super awesome playground at Smothers Park.
88.Visit the Jesus swingset sculpture.
89. Hike at Berea Pinnacles.
90. Watch the barges go by at the Newport Levee.
91. Tour the Kentucky Artisan Center.
92. Take a peek inside the Cane Ridge Meeting House.
93. Tour the historic Duncan Tavern.
94. Learn something new at Wrather West Kentucky Museum.
95. Pull over and take your family's Christmas card photo in front of Mother Goose.
96. See the sights while hiking the Osborne Bend Trail.
97. Brush up on your Native American History on the Trail of Tears.
98. Hike to the top of Carrington Rock.
99. Tour a working farm set in the 1850's.
100. Explore the Big Bone Lick discovery trail.
101. Learn some local history at Fitchburg Furnace.


In Louisville?  See this list from LouisvilleFamilyFun.net about 50 FREE things to do in Louisville with kids!

In Shelby County?  See ShelbyFamilyFun.net for fun ideas!
In Oldham County?  See OldhamFamilyFun.net for fun ideas!
We also recommend this article: 50 Free Fun Things to Do in Central Kentucky


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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Make the most of your winter break!



We encourage you to use the resources that we have provided to spend time with your most precious gifts, your friends and family.

There are a plethora of things to choose from!

For those who are more budget minded (who isn't) our list of 101 Free Things to do in Kentucky is a sure bet!

Here's a list of five inexpensive places for indoor fun around Kentucky.

If you haven't had your fill of Christmas activities yet, check out this list from Louisville Family Fun.

Here's a list of 10 fun FREE things to do around Louisville for winter break.

And, even more fun things to do around Louisville - click here.

Maybe some indoor fun in Central KY?  Here are some idea from Lex Fun 4 Kids.

Family Friendly Cincinnati is a great resource for ideas in Northern KY.

Elizabethtown Family has seasonal fun ideas too!

If you are still trying to finish up your Christmas shopping (eek!) this list of gifts that aren't toys might just come in handy!

There are special events at the Kentucky State Parks.

No matter where you find yourself this holiday we hope that it is filled with fantastic experiences and times where you took the time to enjoy your loved ones!


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Indoor Winter Fun for Toddlers around Kentucky


Wind, rain, cold, snow! You never know with winter in Kentucky - be prepared with fun places to go to tire out the kids!

*Please note - some hours and prices may change*

In Lexington there is a place called Monkey Joe's kids 2 and under are $5.00 everyone else is $7.99 to $8.99 depending on the day.

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Radcliff has an indoor play place called Blazer's Fun Zone, they have all sorts of attractions but for little guys the bouncy houses are a sure bet! Unlimited bouncing is $8.95 and kids 2 and under at $6.95.

In Covington? Totter's Otterville offers an expansive play area and adults don't pay for admission. It is geared toward children under the age of 10.

If you are in the Owensboro area you and your little one can head to the Owensboro Rotary Playzeum it is located inside of the Owensboro Museum of Science and History. The best part? It is only for kiddos 10 and under so you can let you little one play without having the worries of the bigger kids.

In Louisville & Oldham County, All About Kids offers open gym and swim. There are inflatables and gymnastics fun.  At their Oldham facility, they also have basketball and soccer during open gym. 

The Railpark in Bowling Green has story time!  Details are on the Bowling Green visitor's website.  It's free and at 10 a.m. on certain dates so be sure to plan ahead.  What a neat place for story time. 

In Campbellsville you can head over to BOUNCE. They are an indoor bouncy house facility that can be rented for birthday parties but they are also open for free play.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Give a gift of Kentucky Experiences and Family Fun

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What do you give when you don't want to give "stuff" but you want to give something thoughtful?  Experiences! Kentucky is full of fun and maybe giving a gift that can be used all year or later next year is the way to go. Here are some ideas:

1. Louisville Zoo membership holiday offer - offer ends soon but you can always purchase a membership!

2. The Newport Aquarium is super fun. They have a special during the holidays for buy 3, get 1 free on annual passes.

3. The Explorium in Lexington is also a fun place for families to visit, especially those with young children. The membership levels vary but the price range is $70 to $125.

4. A membership to the Creation Museum might be something that your family enjoys. Their membership rate is $175 for a family and incorporated membership to the Ark Encounter.

5. Your family could become members of the Kentucky Gateway Museum. This museum is very unique, "there are a very few places in the world where visitors can enjoy a large collection of miniature buildings, rooms and artifacts: Chicago’s Art Institute, England, and now, Maysville." A family membership is a very affordable $60.

6. The Owensboro Museum of Science and History is another great place for families in Kentucky. And, membership for families is just $40, a great affordable gift. This museum is in the quaint downtown area near amazing local restaurants and what we think is the best park in Ky!

7. The Kentucky Science Center is so much fun for families of all ages. From the IMAX movies to the hands on exhibits your family will be entertained for hours. Membership starts at from $89 for families.

8. How about the gift of summer fun at Kentucky Kingdom? This is obviously is better suited for older kids because there is a height restriction. Give the gift of season passes!

9. If Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green is closer to you, season pass holders get free sunscreen, parking and tubes for the water rides. A season pass per person is $99.99

10. Louisville City  ticket vouchers - your recipient will get to choose which game they want to go to and their seats.

11. Louisville Bats also offers a flex pack for just $69 to $89 with some promotional freebies.

12. Lexington Legends offer a holiday flex pack. You can get 10-50 tickets for the 2018 season!

13. The Bowling Green Hot Rods offer a 6 game holiday gift pack for $60!

14. How about a racing experience for a thrill-seeker?  NASCAR Racing Experience offers gift cards that can be used at Kentucky Motor Speedway!

15. How luck would your gift recipient be to get the gift of exploring Kentucky State Parks.  The state parks offer gift cards that can be used for meals and lodging, even shopping.  They have so many locations and programs - your recipient can pick their favorite place and go take a wildlife tour, learn about birds or history!

16. Have an adventurer you need a gift for? What about Go Ape - an outdoor ropes course?  This experience is a little pricy for people so that's why it might just make the best gift.....something special they have been wanting to do!

Stephanie
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Top Three Reasons to Celebrate the Holidays in Kentucky

1 - Illuminate the Sky

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In a state with some of the most striking natural beauty, there are endless possibilities and ways to explore this holiday season, including driving lights tours and shows. For more than 20 years, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has hosted the state’s original driving tour of three miles of holiday lights at the Southern Lights Holiday Festival. Spectators can immerse themselves in the grandeur of the horse park while also taking advantage of activities for the whole family, including a mini express train, craft fair, exotic petting zoo and more, starting Nov. 17.

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The magic of Christmas is alive in the small town of Grand Rivers, Kentucky (seen above). Experience firsthand the Grand Rivers Festival of Lights that started in early November. The festival showcases more than 700,000 lights and hosts musical productions at the Badgett Playhouse, gift shops and cozy lodging along peaceful Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

Ashland makes winter a beautiful scene with a Winter Wonderland of Lights. Watch as 850,000 holiday lights illuminate Ashland’s Central Park and downtown area starting Nov. 18.

ChristmasTime at the Ark offers a world-class animated program projected onto a life-size Noah’s Ark at the free laser projection show, “Encounter the Wonder.” The iconic 510-foot-long ship will become the screen for a groundbreaking new show that is free and open for all to enjoy.

Looking for something a little deeper? Dive into the underground this year as the Louisville MEGA Caverns hosts the only underground light show across the globe. The 17-mile man-made cavern located under the city of Louisville lights up 850 characters and 2-million points of light. Visitors can drive through all of the underground passageways to see the transformation take life.

2 - Cheers to the Holidays

Featuring authentic distilleries and the rights to claim the fame to “America’s Native Spirit,” it wouldn’t be a Kentucky holiday without bourbon. This year, Maker’s Mark Distillery is hosting self-guided after dark Candlelight Tours, Dec. 2- 9, featuring holiday d├ęcor, seasonal cocktails and sweet treats. Take advantage of the time at the distillery to preview signature bottles that make for great gifts or the smaller items to fill stockings early.

3 - Step Back in Time

In wrapping up its 225-anniversary as a state, Kentucky offers a host of historical adventures, especially during the holidays. My Old Kentucky Home, Kentucky’s most famous landmark – also the namesake for the state song – guides visitors through the Victorian mansion with docents in hoop skirts and tailcoats. Learn about the traditional, and sometimes odd, Christmas customs of the Victorian era, including the origin of the Christmas tree, the yule log, Santa Claus and Krampus, while touring each room of the mansion.

Experience firsthand how the early settlement days of Kentucky were spent celebrating the holidays. See and hear the classics at the 18th Century Christmas at Fort Boonesborough State Park with candlelight tours and decorations keeping with the traditions of the time. Lanterns, bonfires, Christmas Guns, music and dance, along with time-appropriate food and refreshments, add to the event’s atmosphere.

 photo Tea Time with Mrs. Claus - Shaker Village_zpsvfz2fzbr.jpgDiscover the simple gifts of long-ago winter days filled with wonder and laughter at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, while discovering connections to the past throughout the country’s largest private collection of original 19th century buildings. Shaker Village is home to an impressive collection of Shaker architecture, skilled craftsmanship and spirituality.

Information for this post courtesy of: kentuckytourism.com
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Discount winter admission tickets - Louisville Zoo

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The Louisville Zoo adult (12–59) general admission will be reduced to $9.95 and $6.95 for children (ages 3–11) and seniors (60+) now through Feb. 28, 2018.

The Louisville Zoo is teaming up with Kroger to help Dare to Care again support families in our community with a winter food drive during the Zoo’s Wild Winter Days presented by Kroger through Feb. 28.

What to do: Bring at least one canned food item per person or show your Kroger Plus card to receive $1 off winter adult or child’s admission. Do both and also receive one voucher per Kroger Plus card for a free carousel ride redeemable starting spring 2018 through Sept. 2018!

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Want to know what is needed most? Canned meats (tuna included), canned fruit, beans, peanut butter, soup, rice, cereal, fruit juice, pasta and canned vegetables. Please avoid glass containers.

More details are available at www.louisvillezoo.org/wildwinterdays/

Fall/winter hours at the Louisville Zoo are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (exit by 5 p.m.) and continue through March 17, 2018. The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A healthier Halloween for you and your children

 photo IMG_5565_zpsgpwyvvuh.jpgHalloween can be scary. Ghosts, ghouls and goblins abound, but the most frightening part of Halloween might be how many calories our children bring home in their trick-or-treat bags.

The candy in an average trick-or-treat bag can contain as much as 7,000 calories, according to Dr. Donna Arnett at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s school of public health, and all that candy can lead to tooth decay and a lot of extra pounds for the entire family.

What’s a health-conscious parent to do without ruining one of the most kid-friendly celebrations of the year?

· Instead of candy, opt for healthier or non-food alternatives. Candy is fun, but healthy food can be as well. Making small oranges, popcorn balls or fruit cups with pumpkin faces drawn on them can encourage healthier eating while still getting into the Halloween spirit. Give trick-or-treaters dried fruit, fruit leathers, crackers or trail mix.

Or, if you want to avoid giving out candy or snack foods altogether, give small toys, stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils, Halloween erasers or glow-sticks. Kids receive plenty of candy on Halloween and will enjoy being surprised with the “extras” they gather while trick-or-treating.

 photo IMG_9730_zpsu6ssaejt.jpg· Get out and exercise. Candy consumption certainly increases on and around Halloween, but so does walking. Fitbit recently analyzed its data and found the average user walked an additional 2,750 steps on Halloween. While those extra steps won’t cancel out all those candy bars you ate, the added walking and exercise can help you control your weight and improve your health.
Take family walks around the neighborhood before Halloween to plan your trick-or-treating route. The additional movement can benefit the whole family.

· Fill your little goblins’ tummies with healthy food before they hit their candy stash. Eating a healthy dinner before trick-or-treating will help ensure your kids are properly fueled and less tempted to snack their way around the neighborhood. Plus, for safety you should save your candy until you get home to screen for anything potentially hazardous.

If you return home and your family has more candy than they should eat, search online for a local dentist or other business participating in candy-donation or buy-back programs. Call first for each location’s program details.

This Halloween, have fun dressing up and eating a few treats, but balance the usual indulgence with making healthier choices.

By Dr. Julie Daftari, medical director, UnitedHealthcare of Kentucky
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Monday, October 30, 2017

The Candelight Tradition


 photo The_Candlelight_Tradition_large_zpsajlxefnl.jpgFor a few days in November, Frankfort goes above and beyond to bringing the community together. Surely, they do this all year round but nothing like The Candlelight Tradition.

From Thursday to Sunday, they do it up with festive activities, music, food, shopping and more.  In 2017, the event is November 9-12.  Each day brings an array of events so you can go each night and experience something different or pick your favorite evening and head out with the family.

The events include:
Visits with Santa
Marching bands
Sleigh rides
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Special activities and sales at local shops
A cocktail stroll - what a fun date night!
Breakfast with Santa
Polar Express party for kids
and more..........

You can find the entire schedule of events here and details about the location.

Have fun!

Stephanie



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