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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ice Cream & a Moovie at Chaney's Dairy Barn

Chaney's Dairy Barn is a gem of  place with some of the BEST ice cream in all of Kentucky. It is located in Bowling Green and very easy to find off of major roads.  They have so much there just for a visit but in the summer, they host "Ice Cream & a Moovie" - get it?  He He, Snort!

Check back for 2017 info!

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 photo IMG_0885_zps5usn7d17.jpgThey kick it off on May 26-27th, with a showing of Finding Dory and it's free admission. YES, FREE!!!  Movie starts at dusk. You cannot bring outside food and drink and why would you want to? Their food and ice cream are delicious! Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

They have a FUN jumping pillow and on that night, it's just $2/person instead of $5 from 6pm-8pm.  Also, they have a NEW playground so check it out. 

Click here to learn more

Can't go on the 26-27th?  GOOD NEWS! They have Moovies ALL SUMMER LONG into September with other promos like free popcorn/ice cream, tours and more!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

U-Pick Farms in Kentucky



We love this time of the year for so many reasons, not the least of which is being able to take part in the fresh fruits and veggies!

We have compiled a list of the U Pick places (whose info is available online) for you and your family to visit. If you know of a location that you think should be added give us a shout. Also as with all of our lists call ahead to confirm hours before you head out! Bring cash, or find out payment options ahead of time, some places are cash only!

Reed Valley Orchard - Paris, KY

The Farm at Landworks - Paris, KY

Blueberries of Daviess County - Utica, KY

Pennington Family Farm- Dry Ridge, KY

The Berry Farm - Fulton, KY

VanMeter Family Farm -  Clarkson, KY

Toodlebug Farm - Woodburn, KY

Hidden Hollow Orchard and Wildlife Sanctuary - Louisville, KY

Hintons Orchard - Hodgenville, KY

Bluegrass Blueberries - Edmonton, KY

Evans Orchard - Georgetown, KY

Gallrein Farm - Shelbyville, KY

Glover Farms - Pleasureville, KY

Jackson's Orchard - Bowling Green, KY

Eckert's/Boyd Orchards - Versailles, KY


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Star Wars Night in Ashland

Do you and your family love all things Star Wars?  Do you have costumes and love dressing up as your favorite characters?  In Ashland on June 2 from 5-9pm, there will be an event just for you.
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Bring your lightsabers to joins all of your fellow Star Wars fans in downtown Ashland. Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars character.....there will be contests. The event will feature choreographed lightsaber shows and exhibitions and instructional fun so you can learn how to fight like a Jedi or Sit. There will be contests so you can enter to win some Star Wars gear!

You definitely want to arrive at the beginning of the event because the Star Wars Costume Contest takes place at 6:30 p.m. (The contest is for adults and children)
The raffle drawing takes place at 7:45 p.m.

Raffle entry is $1 per entry or 6 entries for $5. All proceeds benefit The Ashland Drop, a division of Pathways designed to benefit local youth who have, or are at risk of developing, behavioral health challenges.

For the adults, this event is also the grand opening of the First Friday Beer Garden located on 15th St. next door to Fat Patty's. There will be live music a special drink menu.

Details about this event can be found here.
Photo from the Facebook event. 


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Day trip to Frankfort, Kentucky - our state capitol

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Over spring break, I had one day to spare from work so I told the kids we would take a day trip.  Their request: a learning trip.  We love going places to explore that have a hint of learning. Sure, there are those times for pure, giggle-full fun but more times than not, my kids want to learn. Love that!
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I decided on Frankfort because it's about an hour from home so it's doable in a day without having to get up and out very early.  After breakfast, we grabbed our book about the Kentucky state capital and took to the road.

How to get there:
Get yourself to I64 toward Frankfort from wherever you live.  The exit I recommend is 53 onto Lawrenceburg Rd toward Frankfort.  Head into town and you can choose two ways to get to the capitol area: 1)take 60/Louisville Road east and you will arrive on the same side of the river as the capital.  2)Cross over 60/Louisville Rd and continue on Lawrenceburg Rd and you will go beyond the capital but approach it by going through the downtown area and some great historic areas. Basically, go in one way and out the other and you have it all covered!  When you take the 60/Louisville Rd route, that's when you will pass the small parking area for the scenic overlook of the capital. It's a great stop for photo opps.

 photo IMG_3454_zpszw7zivyw.jpgState capitol self-guided tour:
There are two maps online that I recommend you print and take with you for each child. Click here and here. One covers the grounds and the other the interior of the capitol building.  It really helps the kids focus on what they are seeing and appreciate the details.  We liked finding the markers for time capsules and learning tidbits of history as we walked around.

Visitor information can be found here. There's plenty of parking around the building and on adjacent streets. The hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m year round. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (April through October). It's always closed on Sunday. You just walk on in and check in with security. You can arrange for a guided tour if you prefer.

 photo IMG_7018_zpslndjiupy.jpgCliffside Diner:
This diner is right around the corner and literally on a cliff. It's a tiny place full of locals - they spotted our "out of town-ness" immediately.  We sat at the diner counter and shared burgers, fries, and chicken tenders. They had specials to try and the prices were reasonable.  We love finding these local spots. They do not serve breakfast all day.......

 photo IMG_3536_zpsep64pzvl.jpgDowntown Frankfort:
We crossed back over the river to find the main street in Frankfort.  It was quiet but we could tell that it's a wonderful place for festivals and such. Luckily, we spotted B's Bakery right before it closed.  It is the most adorable spot!  If I did this trip again, I'd go there first for coffee and pastries.  The decor was unique and the treats were not only attractive, but delicious.  We snagged a brownie, cookie and donut holes to go....for way less money than I thought at such a nice place. We sat at one of the picnic tables downtown for our snack before heading up the street to the original state capitol building and another awesome strip of shops featuring a coffee shop and local all-things-Kentucky shop.  We also were too late to explore the free Capital City Museum, so we'll have to do that next time. And, on the next trip, we are totally using the Frankfort Public Art Tour map to have a little scavenger hunt to find everything - the kids would love that.  We also drove by Liberty Hall and noticed they have tours and events.  That will go on my "next time" list.  As you can see, you can spend your day in downtown if you like!

 photo IMG_3516_zpsddrrw9uu.jpgSalato Wildlife Center:
If you go back out to 60/Louisville Rd and head west, you will get to the Salato Wildlife Center.  When we went, there were quite a few animals off exhibit so if you are planning a day, give them a call and check on the animals that are out and about their areas.  It's just $5 for adults and $3 for kids (children 4 and under receive free admission) so we didn't mind exploring when the place wasn't totally active.  We were there for about two hours and saw it all, my kids moved fast.  There are times when they have educational experiences with the staff both indoors and outdoors so ask for those times when you go in.  There's an indoor area with some hands-on educational fun, turtles, snakes and more. Outside, there is a paved path for navigating the center and the kids will love the black bear, wildcat and the play area among other exhibits. It's worth a stop if you are in Frankfort.

 photo IMG_3545_zpsds7sq7hd.jpgJuniper Hills Park:
This park is known for it's relatively new aquatic center. But, it has a nice playground area as well. We love finding a playground everywhere we go......to burn off our sugar consumption.  This playground sits up on a hill so it's a great view for relaxing while your children plan.  It was suitable for a variety of ages and way clean. This would be a perfect spot for a picnic or like we did, a short 30 minute stop to get the wiggles out before heading back home in the car. Since we were there in early spring, the restrooms were not open but they did have a clean port-a-potty nearby.

Stephanie
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review of Annual Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester, KY

 photo beer 2_zpsdn3aw6fp.jpgBeing big fans of one of many great Kentucky creations, the unique deliciousness that is beer cheese, we were so excited to find out there is an entire Beer Cheese Festival celebrating it where you can sample all you want for a flat fee! We found Winchester, KY easy to navigate and appreciated its small town feel in a well-kept historic downtown. We parked for free at funeral home that had signs inviting cars to do so. We also noticed free parking available at the Bluegrass Heritage Museum and some on street.

You can enter the festival area from several spots, with two main ones opposite each other. You start with the free to enter section featuring all sorts of vendors before and around the pay to enter section. There was a great variety of these ranging from Kentucky Proud items, crafts & artisans, jewelry, woodworking, clothing, direct sales companies, political, community, and businesses. There were several farmer market offerings including lots of samples, homemade jellies, candy, barbecue sauce, hot sauce, spice mixes, and more, so bring a good size bag to shop and maybe a cooler for beer cheese, produce, or meat. We also noticed what looked to be a motorcycle and off-road vendor off to one side street. Several commercial beer cheese vendors had merchandise like t-shirts and cozy with their logos for sale and some vendors in the free section gave away freebies including water or sold refreshingly cold bottles of another Winchester original, Ale-8, for just a dollar!

When you get to the star of the show, Beer Cheese Boulevard, you pay $5 cash each for a wristband and voting ticket, then follow a line down and around to just under 10 commercial vendors, most offering more than one kind of beer cheese with crackers, pretzels, and one also offered carrots or celery. We had such fun sampling and found it hard to choose just one top favorite each!

The free part of the festival had a small food court option, mostly typical festival food and at least one had beer cheese themed offerings. There was also a small beer garden area and a few places selling ice cream or other cold treats. We got so full from tasting beer cheese plus various samples from vendors in the free areas, that we didn't end up buying lunch after all. We bought ice cream and fresh squeezed lemonade, which offered regular and sugar free options. There was live music in at least two areas and a DJ at the courthouse who played family friendly songs from a variety of decades.
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The whole event felt family friendly except, understandably, the beer garden, and that there wasn’t any designated smoking or no-smoking areas. Everything is pretty spread out so even though well attended it didn't feel shoulder to shoulder crowded. Waiting in line for the beer cheese samples moved along at a decent place and chatting with fellow beer cheese lovers was a great way to pass the time. The vendors were personable and very nice to our child. We noticed an inflatable and some sort of swing and other rides off to one or two side streets, but didn’t venture farther to check that part out more because our kiddo was quite happy already. The festival had outstanding directional signage, which made it easy to get around. We saw a good amount of police officers so felt even more secure than we already did with the friendly atmosphere.

 photo beer 1_zpsf9i92itn.jpg The crowd started to thin around 2:30 pm on Beer Cheese Blvd. compared to when we arrived around 12:30 pm. We stayed until about 3:15 pm, so just under three hours total including lots of meandering. This was a terrific way to experience a Kentucky original as a family. If you want to stretch out your day or make a weekend of it, the tour at Blackfish Bison Ranch was an awesome way to begin the day. Call ahead to reserve your spots and confirm current times, which was Saturday morning only when we went. We also stopped by the historic Civil War Fort at Boonesboro which has a neat Kentucky River mural in the parking area, and found another quick spot to see the Kentucky River and some of the old stone fences nearby. The Ale-8-One Factory offers free tours, currently only Thursdays and Fridays, so a great way to make a weekend of it would be to drive there for Ale-8 tour Friday morning, visit Fort Boonesborough State Park afterwards, stay overnight, visit the Blackfish Bison Ranch Saturday morning, and then finish off the weekend perfectly at the Beer Cheese Festival. Other nearby attractions can be found at Tour Winchester, including a Beer Cheese Trail. The Beer Cheese Festival is held annually on the second Saturday in June, so mark your calendars and plan to have a great time enjoying all of the yummy beer cheese- just be sure you save some for us!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Fan Fest Day at Kentucky Derby Museum

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 It's the time of year when things get really exciting in Louisville. Kentucky Derby Museum is definitely a part of it. They started a Fan Fest Day last year and it was a huge hit so they are doing it again. If you love horses or the racing culture, this is the day to visit Kentucky Derby Museum.

Here's all of the important information for families:

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  • Sunday, April 30 with the doors to the Museum opening early at 8 am.
  • A major announcement will be made at 3 p.m.!
  • D. Wayne Lukas will be there for special programming throughout the day.
  • Historic walking tours of Churchill Downs Racetrack (with a chance to see Derby contenders during their morning workout on the 8:30 a.m. tour) and additional specialty and historic walking tours will be offered throughout the day
  • Children’s activities from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. including Winner’s Circle photo-booth, design your own silks, decorate a horseshoe, stick-horse races, face-painting and more (all children’s activities are FREE with paid general admission)
  • Showings of the 360° movie, The Greatest Race, throughout the day

  • Live music from local bluegrass band Shades of Grass
  • A general admission ticket ($15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 5-14, under 5 free) gives guests access to the entire day’s activities with an option to add on specialty tours, including Barn and Backside Tours and brunch in the Derby CafĂ©! Tickets for Kentucky Derby Museum’s Fan Fest Day are available now at DerbyMuseum.org
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    Monday, April 17, 2017

    UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is Seeking Child Medical Grant Applications from Kentucky Families

    We've learned about this great opportunity for Kentucky families.  
    If you need financial assistance for child medical care costs, you can apply for a UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) grant. You do NOT need to have UnitedHealthcare Insurance to be eligible
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    Here's some basic information:

    • Grants help pay for a child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan.
    • Families can apply for grants at www.UHCCF.org
    • Foundation aims to award 20,000 grants by Jan. 1, 2020
    In Kentucky, UHCCF awarded more than 210 grants since 2013 and is encouraging more Kentucky families to apply this year.

    Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child, to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.

     photo uhccf1_zpsfzlbv3c9.pngFamilies frequently use UHCCF grants to help pay for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy. For example, grants have been used for physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. 

    Parents or legal guardians are encouraged to apply today at www.UHCCF.org.

    To be eligible for a grant, a child must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Families do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Kentucky Crafted: The Market

     photo ky crafted_zpspek5q2uz.jpgThe Kentucky Art Council puts on an amazing annual display of Kentucky creations at The Market.  Taking place this year April 22-23 at The Lexington Convention Center, The Market features art, craft, music, books and film from all over Kentucky.  Traditional and contemporary art will fill the center and it's an opportunity for you and your family to see what our amazing local artisans can dream up and create.

    Did I mention food?  Oh yes, of course there's food.  And, live music....seventeen different acts.  It's all all-sensory experience so there is something for everyone.  Also, it's in downtown Lexington so if you and your family make a weekend out of it, there's certainly other things to see and do over the weekend.

    Here are some detail about their event:
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    • About 200 exhibitors of fine art, craft, books and food
    • Two days of Americana, bluegrass and world music performances
    • Specialty food products from Kentucky Proud members
    • Hands-on activities are that's great for kids and .....you don't have to carry around what you buy because there is a holding area for purchases....brilliant!
    You can buy tickets at the door: $12 for adults,  $10 for seniors (62 and over), military and state employees with ID. Children ages 15 and under are admitted free.

    Note- 4/21 is for wholesale buyers and is not open to the public.
    Images courtesy of the Kentucky Arts Council Facebook page.
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    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Things to do over Spring Break in Lexington

    Spring Break doesn't have to be hard on the pocketbook and you don't have to drive for hours and hours to do something fun.

    Lexington has so many fun things to do that you are sure to have a fantastic spring break

    Below are several spots for you and your family to consider checking out in Lexington!

    First on the list is The Kentucky Horse Park, with the rolling hills of Kentucky and the beautiful countryside you have to make a stop here. You can see various exhibits and even pay for your kiddos to hop on a pony for a short ride!

    Why not stop in for a visit at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky? My husband could spend the entire day at a place like this!

    The Explorium in Lexington is an incredibly hands on museum that encourages kids to touch the exhibits.

    Zip around at Malibu Jack's - it's an indoor fun mega place in Lexington with a ton of fun all in one spot.

    The UK Arboretum is a great place for you to take your kiddos to get some exercise outdoors. On a nice spring day, it's hard to beat.....definitely visit the children's garden.

    Feel up for a round of mini golf? The Lexington Ice Center offers not only ice skating as the name implies but they also feature mini golf.

    Jacobson Park is all freshened up. We loved the wooden structure they used to have but not it's all new. Check out what's new here

    The Salato Wildlife Education Center is also a great bet for families. You can see animals up close and personal in this park. It is pretty amazing and it's not too far from Lexington.

    These listings are just a tip of the Lexington Iceberg. You should also check out our friends over at LexFun4Kids.  They have a TOP PICKS FOR SPRING list that pretty much covers it all!


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    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    5 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Harrodsburg Kentucky

    We love to find gems around the state and bring people just enough information to go out and explore that area.  Something to learn, pure fun, museums, parks.....places to eat.  Here are some suggestions for spending a day (or two) around Harrodsburg with your kids.

     photo devine_zpsb7ubqbt8.jpg1. In the fall, visit Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch for all things farm fun. They make a really intricate design so it is not your average corn maze.  They also have a hay maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and more......yes, a zipline!  It's worth a day trip.

     photo GLINTstudios_2015_ShakerVillage_00067_zpso4t9flzt.jpg2. Go for a ride on the Dixie Bell River Boat.This is a cozy paddlewheeler that fits 115 passengers and cruises along the Palisades. It's a really lovely ride, such gorgeous natural views. Tickets are just $10 for adults, $5 for kid age 6-13 and guess what.......kids 5 and under ride free. The cruises run from late April through October, Tuesday – Sunday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Relax, take in the sights and learn the history of the area.

     photo lap pool and diving wells_497x280_zpsocwwqioh.jpg3. Dip in the pool at the aquatic center.  Summer is always a fun time to explore but you might want to finish your day with cooling off. For just $5 per person, you can do that at the Anderson-Dean Community Pool. It has slides, a zero-entry area and a water playground.  Your kids will love it and you won't break the bank.

     photo brs_zpscivsidax.jpg4. This is near Harrodsburg. Take to the trails on horseback at Big Red Stables.  What's great about this place is that it's for all experience levels. It's $40 per person for an hour of riding.  Bring cash! They don't accept credit cards and keep in mind, they have a 12 year old minimum wage. 
     
     photo ole bus station_zpskuubneqo.jpg5. Dine at the Olde Bus Station - especially if it's a lovely day because they have a big covered patio for outdoor dining.   Or, there's counter service - my kids love places with counter service. It's breakfast and lunch so plan accordingly. We are talking sandwiches, onion rings, traditional breakfast items - home cooking!

    Stephanie
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    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Easter Sunrise Services in Kentucky



    Sunrise service is a wonderful way to celebrate Easter. And, you know in Kentucky, we have some beautiful sunsets and sunrises so it can make it quite memorable.

    Here are some places that traditionally have offered such a service.  Make sure to check with their schedule each year to see that they are continuing to offer the service and check on the time.  Times may vary based on when Easter lands on the calendar and sunrise take place!

    At Breaks Interstate Park-Easter Sunrise Service at Potter's Knoll.

    Centenary United Methodist  Lexington KY,

    Southern Hills United Methodist Church Lexington KY, sunrise service in the courtyard.

    Sunrise at the Stadium, Whittaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington KY.

    Highland Presbyterian Church Louisville, KY

    Christ Church United Methodist Louisville, KY

    Advance Methodist in Flatwoods, KY

    Cave City Christian Church in Cave City, KY 


    Mill Creek Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, KY 

    Tunnel Hill Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, KY 

    Bardstown United Methodist in Barsdstown, KY 

    New Salem Baptist Church in Vine Grove, KY 

    Florence Christian Church in Florence, KY 

    Settle United Methodist Church in Owensboro, KY 


    If you have any that need to be added to the list let us know!
    info@louisvillefamilyfun.net
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    Monday, March 13, 2017

    New this Spring: Butterflies at the Louisville Zoo


     photo Butterflies and Catepillars-2042_zpssa5ixmag.jpgThere's a new butterfly experience coming to the Louisville Zoo. Starting May 20, Zoo guests can experience over 600 native butterflies and moths sipping nectar from flowers in a 1000 sq. ft. outdoor flight house located across from the bongo exhibit. Butterfly species will include monarchs, swallowtails, painted ladies and dozens more over the course of the summer season. It is a limited time exhibit that is free with the Zoo admission and membership. It runs through September 24, weather permitting during regular Zoo hours.
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    Also remember, last year, the Zoo started camel rides. This year, the Zoo is adding pony rides at the Boma Petting Zoo. Both camel and pony rides are offered daily during regular hours beginning March 18, weather permitting. Rides will be $6 for non-members; $5 for members.
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