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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Overnight Camps in Kentucky, Summer 2017

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At YMCA Camp Piomingo, your child will learn new skills, enjoy the outdoors and gain confidence. Activities include swimming, archery, horseback riding and a high ropes course. Overnight camp fosters independence and builds character. Plus, it’s fun! Overnight camps run from June 11 to August 5 for ages 6-16. Financial assistance is available.  

Bluegrass Christian Camp - Lexington

Camp Crooked Creek - Shephardsville
Camp John Currie - Benton
Camp Earl Wallace - Monticello
Camp Robert Webb - Grayson

Camp Judy Layne - Lexington
Coach Cal Basketball Camp - Lexington
Cathedral Domain - Lexington
Youth Haven Bible Camp - Beattyville
The Cathedral Domain - Lexington
Military Adventure Camp - Millersburg
Faith Christian Camp - Annville
Camp Loucon - Leitchfield
Camp Burnamwood - Lexington
Aldersgate Camp - Ravenna
The Center for Courageous Kids - Scottsville
Barefoot Republic - Fountain Run

YMCA Camp Piomingo - Brandenburg

Camp Victory - Somerset
Ohio Valley Christian Camp - Murray
Crossings - Bagdad and Hardin
Foster Music Camps - Richmond
Reading Camp - Pine Mountain
University of Kentucky (some overnight camps) -Lexington
4-H Camp - Various locations
SCATS (Academically Talented) - Bowling Green
VAMPY (academic) - Bowling Green
Transylvania University College Prep Camps - Lexington
ImpactU at Asbury University - Wilmore

Know of more camps or want to advertise your camp?  Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Five FREE Family Attractions in Bowling Green, Kentucky

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Lost River Cave
Thought you have to pay to tour the cave, you can walk the trails and enjoy the nature play area at no cost.  It is a very interesting hiking area in terms of the different things you see (bird watching area, bridges and more) and it's manageable  - you don't need to be an intense hiker to handle it!

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Basil Griffin Park
This park has a lot of offer!  The playground is very large and has such a variety of equipment so I always recommend it since it appeals to families with kids of all ages. They also have a lake, disc golf and plenty of space for picnicking.

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Aviation Heritage Park
This area is very close to Basil Griffin Park so if you visit one, definitely visit the other.  It is small but the planes are very cool for the kids to get up close and touch, look at and learn.

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Chaney's Dairy Barn
If you can resist buying ice cream (yeah right.......), it's technically free to visit Chaney's Dairy Barn and it's an interesting spot to visit.  The shop inside is colorful and full of antiques and other items to look at and there's a play area in the back that the kids will love - particularly the young ones.  But....you really DO have to get some ice cream.....I think it's the best EVER.

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Historic Downtown Bowling Green
In the center of downtown Bowling Green, there is a lovely park with statues, fountains and beautiful landscaping.  In addition to shopping and taking in the architecture, this park is a perfect place to take a break, get some nice family photos or enjoy a snack.

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Stephanie
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Monday, February 20, 2017

10 reasons to visit Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery


 photo FullSizeRender19_zpsonrop0r5.jpgWolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is an educational experience for all ages.  Located within minutes of Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, the Fish Hatchery was built in 1975 to produces over 1,000,000 rainbow, brown, and brook trout.  The Hatchery stock into over 120 different public fishing waters in the state.

Here's why it's totally worth a visit:
1. The Fish Hatchery is FREE to all, and open 365 days a year.

2. They have an amazing visitors/environmental education center, they have ongoing educational tours every hour......it's open 8am-4pm.
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 3. The Fish Hatchery has "Nature Hour" - a program featuring scheduled educational themes throughout the year, and again it's also FREE to all. Check the times so you are plan to be there for this special offering.
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4. Attend fly fishing clinics the 2nd Saturday of each month, again this class is completely FREE. You do need a reservation for the clinic, clinic on link for more information: Fly Fishing

5. Amazing views of the the Cumberland Dam and at the base of the Dam there is an area where you are able to fish for trout on-site.

 photo FullSizeRender20_zps5lsmgr9k.jpg6. You can walk through the indoor/outdoor hatchery to see the process step by step.  The fish start as a small egg and grow large enough to be released into the Ky waters.  They have fish food to feed the trout, it is so cool to see how many trout come to the surface to eat.

7. Want to stay the weekend? The Kendall Campground is perfect and open from late March to late November.

8. Don't forget to visit Lake Cumberland State Park, located about 10 minuets from the Hatchery.  They have an delicious restaurant with a dinner buffet daily.

9. If you want to stay overnight at Lake Cumberland State Park, they have all the comforts of home. With clean and comfortable rooms with amazing views of the lake and an indoor pool with hot tub. The rates are really affordable. Reservations link: Lake Cumberland Lodge accommodations

10. The area has many nature trails for all the nature lovers and explorer. For those that just want to take in a breath of fresh air, it's really relaxing.

My family and I had a wonderful time, so much we returned the next year with my parents so we could share this experience with them.

Kelly
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Children's Theater in Kentucky

The sun has been gracing us with it's presence more and more lately and we have seen some warm days, but sadly I don't think that winter is through with us quite yet. I got to thinking about more indoor things to do with my kids, then it hit me children's theater! We understand that there are a plethora of theaters in Kentucky, but our focus this time is on those that offer children's programming on a regular basis.

Below is a list of theaters that offer children's programming in Kentucky:

Stage One Family Theater - Louisville

Lexington Children's Theater - Lexington

Central Kentucky Community Theater - Springfield

Shelby County Community Theater - Shelbyville

BG OnStage - Bowling Green

Playhouse in the Park - Murray

Angelic Hall at Centre Square - Lebanon

Mountain Arts Center - Prestonsburg


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Tuesday, February 7, 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. 

Morehead is home to a indoor inflatable play place called Kids Will B Kids. There isn't a ton of information but there are a lot of good reviews on about the location. It is worth a try! I would give them a call before venturing out.

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.

Stephanie
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Hubble Telescope Exhibit is at the East Kentucky Science Center

 photo eksc_building_zpsddbvw3hn.jpegA piece of history is at the East Kentucky Science Center (EKSC) in Prestonburg. It is a special exhibit that will be there through August. It's from NASA!

EKSC is open Tuesday through Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. You can also book a school group visit or a group tour.
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It is so affordable! $6 for adults, $4 for children and free for children four and under.  WIth admission, you get to see the exhibit as well as enjoy planetarium shows. For more information about EKSC, visit their website.
Note, on weekdays, the planetarium show is at 2 p.m. and the laser show is at 3:15 p.m. On Saturday the planetarium shows are at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. while the laser show is at 3:15 p.m. so plan accordingly so you don't miss those!

Stephanie
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

$5 Admission to Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Muhammad Ali Center in February

 photo IMG_6434_zps6irt4gh2.jpgDuring February 2017, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory along with the Muhammad Ali Center would love to have you visit for just $5!  This is their way of welcoming locals with a great deal.

You must show proof of residency in Kentucky or Indiana, (like a driver’s license) when you get your tickets. Anyone in your group will also receive the $5 admission, this is a GREAT deal. It does not apply to special tours or events.

Read more about this special offer on their news release which also details some exhibit previews and new exhibits at these museums.

It's worth a trip to Louisville and making a day out of visiting these two places.  A family of four can enjoy both for just $40.....that's a really reasonable day in Louisville for two cultural experiences.

While in Louisville, we recommend Luigi's Pizzeria. It is between these two museums so perfect for a bite to eat when walking from one museum to the other.

Stephanie

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Urban Ninja Project - Lexington

 photo ninja2_zpsajh3ufkf.jpgThere's a new location opening in Lexington that looks like it's going to be just the place for families to find some fitness and fun indoors.  It's called Urban Ninja. They are having a Grand Opening on Febuary 4 from 4-7 p.m. if you want to go check it out.  The event if free.

 photo ninja_zpsa2bficsd.jpgUrban Ninja Project is focused on challenging kids to be active through their obstacle course - healthy competition. It is a non-profit organization striving to encourage healthy lifestyles.  To enjoy their obstacle courses, you don't need a membership - it's a drop in fee of $5 and that gets you access to the open gym and a class. They have a full class schedule on the right side of their website. If you live in Lexington, it could be a regular spot for you but if you are visiting, without the need for a membership, it looks like a unique place to build into your itinerary.


They even have birthday party options for open gym, urban ninja obstacle course or nurf wars.  And, the rates are really reasonable - check it out here.

They have a video from their website that gives you more of an idea of what they do.



For even more family fun ideas in Lexington, click here to visit LexFun4Kids.com
Stephanie
Photos from the Urban Ninja Facebook page
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Friday, January 27, 2017

15 reasons to visit Yogi Bear's Mammoth Cave Camping Resort

 photo FullSizeRender9_zpszinjyxy3.jpgYogi Bear's Mammoth Cave Camping Resort is great for families looking for a close-to-home Spring Break option.

This campground is a perfect getaway for you and your family! They are committed to making sure your family will have a positive experience while making memories. It is located in South Central Kentucky in the heart of Kentucky's Cave Country so there are lots of activities close by.

Remember to make your reservation early. This camp ground books up fast during spring break, and weekends during the summer.


1. They have 2 family-friendly pools for your enjoyment, pools open in late March (they are Heated).

2. Your little one will enjoy the splash pad, this is conveniently located next to the pool.

3. I was extremely impressed by how handicap-friendly this campground was, they have a lift in the pool that parents can use for a child with special needs. The bathing facilities are also handicap friendly.
4. They have a 300 foot water slid that is on a side of a mountain, my kids loved this slide! This slide is staffed when open to ensure your children are safe at all times.

 photo yogi_zpsfxl8sc7f.jpg5. Bring your fishing poles, they have a large pond stocked full of fish.

6. The jumping pillow was one of my kids' favorite activities. ( I had fun too!)  Jump with your kids, it's a awesome workout, plus it wears them out and they sleep wonderfully.

7. Cabin rentals are available! They have lots of cabins to choose from to accommodate a large or small group. Each cabin is fully stock with all of your kitchen needs and are air conditioned, they do not provide bed linens so bring them with you. If you chose to stay on a weekend or holiday they require a two night minimum stay.
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9. They have a game room for those rainy afternoons........perfect!

10. If you do not feel like cooking, they have a snack bar that offers pizza, sandwiches, drinks and more.

11. Do not worry if you forgot something at home they have a gift shop that sell groceries, fire wood, fire starters, and souvenirs.

12. If you want to meet Yogi Bear in person along with his friends, make sure to check the calendar for that day! This campground has meet-and-greet times so you can take pictures with Yogi.

13. They offer family-friendly fun activities everyday some include chocolate wars, game night, karaoke in the evenings, water wars, water games daily by the pool and more! You can check online and see the schedule for the week you will be arriving and everyone can get excited.

14. You are in Cave Country so take advantage of all the fun local activities click on link for more info: Cave City Tourism

15. My children's favorite activity in Cave City is the Mountain Coaster, this is definitely for the older child. For more information click on link: Kentucky Action Park

Kelly
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Paoli Peaks or Perfect North? Great for a day of Family Fun!

Where to go skiing,  Paoli Peaks or Perfect North?

We need a reason to get out of the house with our families in winter and skiing is a great option. These places are not in Kentucky, we know that....but we also know that a lot of Kentucky families head to these slopes so here are ten amazing reasons to snow ski this winter with your family!

I have visited Paoli Peaks and Perfect North, they both offer a family-friendly environment that you will love. Included are some tips from a mom that understands that cost is always a question. I began skiing at Paoli Peaks as a small child, my parents put me in the children's beginner class back in the 80s and I still love skiing. It's a wonderful memory I will never forget! I was able to ski just like mom and dad, or even better after my beginner class. I am now in my 40s and have taken my children every year to experience the same adventure.  Both of my children went to the beginner classes at Paoli Peaks, this way I could teach my husband that is from PA that never skied before! So, what is the difference between the two places??

Both are fantastic family fun........

1. They both cost around the same for the day, weekdays are cheaper than weekends. Really, if you're like me, the weekend is the only way I can enjoy this adventure.  So, what's the cost? It's around $80.00 per person for a ski lift and rentals.  This price includes lessons for your children, just be mindful of the time difference.  We missed out on the lessons due to the time difference last year!   (Perfect North operates on Eastern Time, Paoli Peaks on Central Time).

2. If you have family that cannot or will not ski......you can see your family coming down the slopes at Perfect North, they have a lodge located at the bottom of the hills (perfect for someone that wants to watch and not ski).  At Paoli Peaks, the lodge is at the top of the hill, so you don't have as much of a view as a spectator.

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3. Both of them have a comfortable ski lodge with a wood burning fireplace for your enjoyment, many folks sit by the fire and enjoy a good book while their family skis.

4. Food is about the same at both facilities, I totally recommend you pack a lunch and some hot chocolate for your family to enjoy.  The cafeterias are fine but very expensive!

5.  Both Paoli Peaks and Perfect North offer free lessons to children that are with a paying adult!

6. Both Paoli Peaks and Perfect North office discount tickets for children 12 and under.

7. If you want to give snow boarding a try,  Paoli Peaks and Perfect North have snow board rentals which are also included in the price of ski rentals for the day.

8.  If you don't want to ski, both facilities have SNOW TUBING! We enjoyed snow tubing at Paoli Peaks; they offer a discount on the next day to stay over to snow tube and ski.

8.  They both have affordable overnight options; we rented a cabin at Paoli Peaks that was less than 5 miles from the slopes.

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9. Both facilities have a gift shop for you to purchase snow bibs, jackets, snow goggles and more......just in case you forgot anything you may need for the day.

10. Tips: Remember to bring extra gloves (if it's you 1st time skiing you will be on the ground a lot, until you get the hang of it).  Your gloves will be wet, and you will need to replace them with dry ones throughout the day. Layer up! Make sure you wear water-proof clothes and a snow hat. Bring a change of cloths for the end of the day.

Have fun!
Kelly




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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Louisville Family Fun's 7th Birthday Party

Attention Louisville area readers!  Our mother-ship, LouisvilleFamilyFun.net is having a party to celebrate seven years of fun finding and is inviting everyone.  For less than the normal fee for jumping at House of Boom (trampoline park), you get an hour of jumping, food, drink, ice cream and multiple activities from crafts to a photo booth. Such a great deal.

And, where does that money go?  100% of it goes to Big brothers Big Sisters so that kids who want one can have a caring mentor in their lives to experience FUN together!

SUNDAY
JANUARY 22nd 2-7pm 
House of Boom
4 jump times to choose from* 
Additional activities and food included!
LouFamFun 7th BIRTHDAY PARTY

*Tickets should be purchased in advance. If it is not sold out, some tickets can be purchased at the door but cannot be guaranteed and registration will take longer.

Stephanie

 
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events around Kentucky

School is out for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - what's fun around Kentucky that you all can do together?


Perform and act of service. A lot of cities coordinate special service opportunities on this day.  If you can't find one.......surely you can think of your own way to serve your community with your family!

The Living Arts Center (Lexington) has special classes set up for the day off of school.  Click here for details.  Preregistration is required and they have cool things for kids in kindergarten all the way up to high school.

Side by Side Studio (Louisville) is inviting families to make friendship bracelets that they will give to the youth of the Americana Community Center. It's free and you can drop in between 1 and 3pm. Details here.

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington) is hosting a Community Celebration. It's free and open to everyone. Details here.

Explorium of Lexington will have free admission for children on MLK Jr. Day!




Newport Aquarium has a winter-fun deal for families, kids get free admission with a paying adult ($24.99). (Northern Kentucky)

The Harlem Globetrotters are taking on Rupp Arena in Lexington.  See details here.


Here is a link to more events that include unity breakfasts, movies, marches, celebrations and more - taking place all around the state. 


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