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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Pumpkin Patches in Kentucky

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Pumpkin Picking! We have compiled a list of pumpkin patches in Kentucky, listed by county. 

If your favorite pumpkin patch isn't listed let us know and we will add it.


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As always, with any review or list that we compile; give the business a call before going.

  
Boone County: 
                                                       




Bourbon County:


Bullitt County:


Calloway County:

Campbell County: 




Carter County: 
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Christian County:

Amazing Acres


Clark County:

Daviess County:


Fayette County: 

Kelly Farms Giant Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Also, check out Lex Fun 4 Kids.
They have a great listing of pumpkin patches here.

Franklin County: 


Hardin County: 

Thomas Dairy Farm & Market - Read our review here.

Our friends at Elizabethtown Family have
an amazing list of pumpkin patches and festivals
check it out here!

Henderson County:

J&L's Corn Maize Craze

Henry County: 

Blueberry Hill Farm


Morgan's Run 

Jefferson County:

Check out the listings Louisville Family Fun

has put together for Oldham Shelby and Jefferson.
They even threw in some "beyond" choices as well.
Check it out here.

Kenton County:


The Pumpkin Patch


Knox County: 

Knox Corn Maze at Gilreath Farms


Laurel County: 

Hinton's Orchard & Farm Market


Lee's Garden Center

Laurel County:

Hillview Stables LLC. 

Lawrence County:

Forgot N Tymes Farm

Madison County: 

Baldwin Farms


Marion County: 


Pope Creek Ranch 

McLean County:
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Happy Hallow Farms


Meade County: 

Roberts Family Farm


Mercer County: 

Devine's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch


Nelson County:

Watson's Farm 2055 Springfield Road, Bloomfield, KY 40008. Phone: 502-252-0074

Oldham County:
Check out this list here

Owen County:

Michel's Family Farm

Pulaski County: 

Bear Wallow Farm 


Rockcastle County:

Sigmon Farms


Scott County: 

Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse

Evans Orchard

Shelby County: 
Check out this list here

Gallrein Farms


Mulberry Orchard

Spencer County:

The Berry Farm


Trimble County:

Bray Orchards

Warren County:

Chaney's Corn Maze

Wayne County:

Jennings Hollow Farm


Woodford County:

Check out Lex Fun 4 Kids.

They have a great listing of pumpkin patches here.


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Friday, September 21, 2018

This Weekend In Kentucky - Free or Cheap Events by Region

Here are a few out of this world experiences we would suggest if your family wants to have fun this weekend without breaking the bank.

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Image provided by the Birdsong Quilting, Embroidery and Crafts in Georgetown, Kentucky.


Eastern Kentucky 

Friday | Spoonbread Hot Air Balloon Glow, 8pm

Where: 1 Pirate Parkway Berea, Ky


On the Cheap: FREE


Other Resources: 

Hummel Planetarium

Morehead State University Star Theatre

East Kentucky Science Center


Central Kentucky

Saturday | Discovery Saturday - Aerospace Day, 10-2pm

What: Celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the Marksbury Discovery Science Exhibit.  Experience LIVE feeds from the International Space Station and space talks with Tim Knauer in the Planetarium. Build your own rockets and gliders and more.

Where: Living Arts and Science Center

On the Cheap: This event is FREE.  



Louisville 

Saturday | Louisville Science Center, 9:30am - 9pm

What: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

On the Cheap: FREE Admission to the museum, but you MUST register here. Your ticket, which is good for the admission of two people, will be emailed to you.

Other Resources: 

Gheens Science Hall and Raunch Planetarium


North Central Kentucky 

Saturday | Star Party With the Cincinnati Observatory

Where: Erlanger Flagship Park

What: Get a guided tour of the night sky. See Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn through portable telescopes along with the waxing gibbous Moon!  

On the Cheap: FREE


Western Kentucky

Saturday | Paducah Dragon Boat Festival, 9-2pm

Where: Paducah River Front at the River Discovery Center

On the Cheap: FREE


Other Resources: 

Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory


Looking for other ideas?

Find out what other museums are participating in Museum Day here.

Visit Louisville Family Fun here.

Visit Lex4Kids here.

Visit Shelby Family Fun here.

Nicole

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Treetop Flyer - Uniquely Kentucky


Our writer was given a night's stay at HomeGrown Hideaways for purpose of review.

You can stay in a treehouse with your family, right here in Kentucky. Learn more about the Treetop Flyer in Berea, Kentucky at HomeGrown HideAways. 

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Family traveler, have you ever daydreamed about living in a treehouse? Imagine sitting high in the tree canopy listening to the wind and birds while either reading with your children or gathering around to play a game, all while being disconnected from your devices. That place exists and it is called the Treetop Flyer at HomeGrown HideAways, just outside Berea, KY. The brand new construction is a magical place where you can be present in nature and in-the-moment with your children and/or partner.

 photo IMG_2434_zpspn95mndw.jpgOur family spent our last night of summer there, high in the trees, and will remember it for its calm breezes, the quiet moments of giggly painting, and petting the sweet, friendly dogs that call this place home.

Want to plan a visit? Book your stay here at HomeGrown HideAways. The tree house can sleep a maximum of 8 guests, but it is perfect for a family of five. There are two incredibly cozy foldout beds on the first floor and two more beds in the loft. The Treetop Flyer is a short hike in so pack everyone a bag that they can carry. We found everything we needed in the kitchen, just a short, 3-minute hike away. With reusable grocery bags and our own thermoses, we brought our meals back to the Treetop Flyer to enjoy a 360-degree view of the outdoors from the trestle table inside.

 photo IMG_2447_zps9xsksjri.jpg There is no way your children could be bored in this little slice of heaven. The sweet, resident dogs of Homegrown HideAways, like dogs Ryder and Lucy, will lead your children to discover the creek and playground. At night, they will crawl up in their laps to enjoy the fire too.

We look forward to bringing our children back to experience another season in the Treetop Flyer. Hopefully, on our next visit, we can trade out our sandals for warm socks and flannel. The fall colors or snow are a must see from this Kentucky destination.

The Treetop flyer is available for booking in October 2018. It is open for the winter, hence the fireplace inside. See the video for an inside look. They only book 3 months in advance, so if space fills up, check back often.




Visit our earlier post here for more information about HomeGrown HideAways.

Nicole
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Visiting Kentucky Museums For Free

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Museums are an incredible resource for family fun and life-long learning. When you can visit and explore for free it is even better!  Below is a list of museums you should definitely put on your Kentucky bucket list.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day: September 22, 2018

Annually on ONE DAY in September you can get free admission to certain museums thanks to Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day! 

Visit this website to get two free tickets to a participating museum.

Share your experiences on Instagram and Twitter on the hashtags #MuseumDay #WomenMakingHistory

Here are the museums participating in 2018: 

Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green

Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site, Barbourville

International Museum of the Horse, Lexington

Behringer-Crawford Museum, Covington

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Perryville

Janice Mason Art Museum, Cadiz

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Harrogate, Tennesse (just across the border)

Kentucky Science Center, Louisville

Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum, Marion

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Lexington

McCreary County Museum, Stearns

Adsmore Museum, Princeton

Year round, these museums offer free admission:

Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea

The Brown - Pusey House, Elizabethtown

The General George Patton Museum, Fort Knox

The State Capitol Building, Frankfort

Capital City Museum, Frankfort

Old Fort Harrod, Harrodsburg

Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace, Hodgenville

Jeffersontown Historical Museum, Jeffersontown

The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky, Lexington

Speed Museum, Louisville - Sundays the Museum is Free

KMAC Museum, Louisville

21C Museum, Louisville

Kentucky Folk Art Center - Morehead State University, Morehead

Bittersweet Cabin Village, Renfro Valley

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Thomas Dairy Farm and Market

Thomas Dairy Farm and Market in Cecilia, Kentucky offers pumpkin picking, hayrides, an awesome corn maze, a giant jump pad, nighttime zombie paintball, and more. 

This is a sponsored post
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Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-Midnight
Sunday: 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Opening day daytime- September 15th
Opening day for Zombie Paintball- September 28th 
 



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 photo Thomas Dairy Farm and Market ad 1_zpsqbewoztc.pngDaytime Attractions: Walker T's fun zone with new barnyard games, mega slides, corn pit, hayride to the pumpkin patch, 8 acre corn maze, 2 acre kiddie corn maze, tot spot, animal farm, concessions and more!
General Admission: $7/person. Children 2 years old and under are free!

The jump pad is suitable for all ages. Our jump pad will be open on Saturday (10 am-6:30 pm) and Sunday (12 pm-6 pm). The jump pad package is $9/person and this also includes everything from general admission!

ZOMBIE PAINTBALL HAYRIDEThe zombie invasion has begun! Come out for a one of a kind experience on the hayride paintball trailer! This year's theme is the "Wild, Wild West" featuring a new course and even more live zombies! Suitable for all ages! Wheelchair and handicap accessible
$15/person including 125 paintballs, Walker T's fun zone, mega slides, animal farm, flashlight corn maze, bonfire

NEW ATTRACTION: Gem mining adventure! Our brand new gem mining sluice encompasses "gems and stones" that can be found in Kentucky. Just as equally educational as it is fun! Prices vary upon package. There are 3 different mining options. Miners will take home gems/stones, postcard describing the items they found and a bag to put all their findings in!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Let's Go Hiking Kentucky

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Don't be tempted to stay indoors this fall.  Get outside and explore!  Take off on foot and immerse yourselves in the colors of the season.

With families in mind, we have compiled a short list of recommended family hikes and activities for your enjoyment.  Whether you are looking for a no-fail trail to introduce your child to hiking or just for a quick stroll with your family's best friend, this list is a good place to start.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, but they are hikes recommended by Kentuckians who are passionate about our commonwealth's natural resources.  


Family Friendly Trails: 
Listed in order of easy to strenuous.  


Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest | Rock Run Loop | Central Kentucky | Bullitt County
Always be practice safety in surface water, but as streams go the creek this trail follows is shaded and pretty safe.  You will find watering holes that children can play in.

Kingdom Come State Park | You can walk or drive up to the overlooks | Eastern Kentucky | Harlan County
All trails are under a mile long.

Cove Spring Park | Central Kentucky | Franklin County
3 miles of trails, a mile of which is accessible. 

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill | Heritage Trail | Central Kentucky | Mercer County
Take a right downhill off the Heritage Trail to view the remains of the Shaker grist and lindseed mills.  This hike will lead you to Shawnee Run Creek and when the water is low it is safe to explore.

Menifee County Park System | Broke Leg Falls | Eastern Kentucky | Menifee County Park
Don't be afraid. Go and learn where the name comes from.
A beautiful sight to behold but more so during wet seasons.

Carters Cave State Resort Park | Natural Bridge Trail | Eastern Kentucky | Carter County
A half mile trail that is easy to walk is considered to be uniquely Kentucky. 

Red River Gorge | Rock Bridge to Creation Falls | Eastern Kentucky | Wolf County
This trail is a little over a mile.  It does not meet accessibility standards but is a moderate paved walk.

Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge | Bluebird Trail to Deer Trail to Woodland Pond Trail to Brooks Hollow Trail and back | Central Kentucky | Boyle County
These trails can be explored until you and your family are ready to turn back.  However the further in your explore the more beauty you will uncover.  Make sure you wear your muck boots.

Jackson County | Flat Lick Falls | Eastern Kentucky | Jackson County
This property is under development but is a moderate half-mile trail to a unique waterfall.

John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest | Anglin Falls | Eastern Kentucky | Rockcastle County
The foot trail to the base of the falls is about a mile in length and is moderate to strenuous.

Daniel Boone National Forest | Lower Dog Slaughter Trail #414 | Eastern Kentucky | Whitley County
Dog-Friendly (I swear). Approximately 2.4 mile round trip.


2018 Fall Color Hikes:

Guided Hikes at the Pinnacles | Every Tuesday, Fridays and Saturdays at 9am
Trail difficulty decided by the group of hikers.

Fall Leaf Hike, Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks | October 30 from 4-5pm


Other suggested ways to enjoy the beauty of fall colors...

Watch for birds while on your hike.  Learn more here.


2018 Autumn Colors Festivals: 

1st Annual Stearns Fall Colors Festival at Big South Fork Scenic Railway | October 6 from 11am-7pm and October 7 from 12-4pm

Colorfest | Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest | October 21 from 10am-5pm


Special Thanks to the following contributors:

~ Claude Stephens, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

~ Bekah Roberts, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill

Kentucky Waterfalls, Arches and Landscapes - Facebook Group

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Friday, September 7, 2018

This Weekend Free or Cheap - September 7, 8, and 9


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Here are a few experiences we would suggest if your family wants to have fun without breaking the bank this weekend.


Western Ketucky | 2018 Murray Ice Cream Festival


What: Ice Cream Festival, need I say more?  All you can eat ice cream friends, for $5.

Where: Court Square Downtown Murray

When: Friday, 7 from 5pm to 8pm.  Event also on Saturday but with a different cost.

What Will There Be to Do: Inflatables, bungee jumping and other activities. Live music from 6-8pm. Free screening of Lego Batman movie at 8pm.  

What to Bring: Bring your hungry bellies and comfortable lawn chairs.



Central Kentucky | Josephine Sculpture Park Fall Arts Festival


What: An experiential Art Festival for those who have no experience making art.

Where: 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd. Frankfort

When: Sunday, 9 from 11am - 6pm 

Where to Start: Admission is FREE but parking is $5, the more the merrier (allowing for a 1:1 ratio, people to seatbelts, of course).  That includes buses.

 photo 11401382_10152985275139021_755504403033365544_n_zpssjs8x7e2.jpg What Will There Be to Do: Meet and create with guest artists.  Throw clay pots, play instruments, print art, make paper, experiment with tie dye (hint, bring your own shirt to tie-dye), make stickers, and immerse yourself in sea of bubbles, jam to live music and more.

What to Bring: We strongly encourage you to bring a wagon or large wheeled stroller for some off-roading.  Dress your kids in play clothes so they can get dirty.



Metro Louisville | Big Four Bridge Art Festival

What: A FREE Festival of 180+ Juried artists featuring international cuisine, art activities, and entertainment.

Where:1101 River Road Louisville in the heart of downtown

When: Saturday, 8 from 10am - 7pm | Sunday, 9 from 10am - 5pm

Where to Start: Parking is ample along the river road and transportation to the venue is provided by a trolley. You can also walk through the park.


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What Will There Be to Do: Pet pink llamas and angora rabbits among other animals.  There will be paint and drawing stations along with collaborative art projects.  Children will leave with their own painted rocks.

What to Bring: Wear your walking shoes, cover yourself in sunscreen, pack your water bottles and pull/push your favorite kid-friendly carrier.



Eastern Kentucky | Kids Fest

 photo Event-Flyer_zpsezc8wuwm.png What: The largest FREE public festival specifically for children 12 and under in Richmond.

Where: Irvine McDowell Park

When: Saturday, 8 from 11am - 5pm

What Will There Be to Do: Activities include vendors, inflatables, a petting zoo, games with prizes, entertainment and other festive attractions. 


What to Bring: Does your child love Disney characters?  Heads up there will be Disney Princesses on-site for meet and greets. 


Nicole
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fall Festivals Across Kentucky - September

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Fall Festivals and Family Fun Across Kentucky In September


There is no shortage of fun things to experience this fall across Kentucky.  BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass, apples and sorghum, hometown traditions and more.  So many towns, communities, counties, and organizations host fall events, and more often than not, they are free. Which events will your family be attending? Let us know in the comments below.


Metro Louisville

September 7, (Louisville),6pm-9:30pm & September 8 10am-9pm: Middletown Family Fun Festival and Craft Show

September 7, 6pm: Southern Seminary – Southern Circus Fall Festival

September 8, Louisville Dragon Boat Festival

September 8, 8am-2pm: Greater Louisville Hamfest

September 8, 10am-7pm, September 9 10am-5pm: Big Four Arts Festival

September 8, 1-11pm: Highlands Festival

September 8, 7:30pm: North Bullitt Demolition Derby

September 8-9, September Art Fair at Mellwood

September 14-16, Times and activities vary: Gaslight Festival

September 14, 4pm-midnight: Oktoberfest Louisville at German American Club

September 15, 5-10pm: Hal & Ben’s Bike-in

September 15, Noon – 11 pm: National Jug Band Jubilee

September 15, 2-5pm: reGeneration Fair with Waterfront Botanical Gardens

September 15-16, 11am-4pm: Fleur de Lis Regatta Sailing for a Cure

September 16, 1-4pm: Family Kite Festival

September 29, 9am-4pm: Family Fun Festival at Summit Heights UMC

September 29, 9:30 am: FARE Walk for Food Allergy Seneca Park

September 29, 11am-5pm: Portland Art Fair


September 29, 11am-11pm, kids are 11am-6pm: NuLu Festival

September 23 & October 28: Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs


Central Kentucky

September 7-9, Kentucky State BBQ Festival

September 7-9, Festival of the Horse

September 8, 9am-7pm: Simpsonville Fall Festival

September 8-9, Trimble County Apple Festival

September 8-9, 9am-approx 6pm: Apple Festival at Evans Orchard


September 9,  11-6pm, Josephine Sculpture Park Fall Festival


September 15, 9am-4pm: BUGFEST at Bernheim Forest

September 21-23, Spoonbread Festival

September 22, Harvest Festival

September 28-30, Burgoo Festival

September 29-30, 10 am – 5 pm: HarvestFest at Shaker Village


Eastern Kentucky




September 27-30, World Chicken Festival



Northern Kentucky

September 7-9, MainStrasse Oktoberfest

September 15-16, Sweet Owen Fall Festival

September 15-16, Simon Kenton Festival

September 21-22, Pig Out


September 28-29, Hoedown in the Holler


South Central Kentucky




September 13-15, Blazin Bluegrass Festival


September 20-22, Cub Run Days

September 27-29, Casey County Apple Festival

September 28-30 and October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28, Pumpkin Festival at Jackson's Orchard


September 29, International Festival


Western Kentucky

September 6-8, Hickman Pecan Festival

September 8-9, Trail of Tears Pow Wow

September 13, Taste of Pennyrile


September 14-16, Owensboro Air Show


September 27-29, Hoptown Harvest Festival

September 27-29, Barbecue on the River

September 27-29, Lions Club Corn Festival


Click here for a full list of Fall Festivals in Louisville.

Click here for a list of Fall Festivals around Oldham County.

Click here for a list of Fall Festivals around Shelby County.

Click here for a list of Fall Festivals around Central Kentucky.


Nicole
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