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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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Friday, March 10, 2017

Up to 50% off Annual Pass at the Newport Aquarium - Discount

 photo IMG_4676_zpsr9q218jk.jpgDon't you just love a trip to Northern Kentucky and seeing Cincinnati across the river, visiting new places and of course...........the Newport Aquarium.

Groupon is currently offering a discount for membership, find it:
Newport Aquarium membership discount -
 Click here

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They have three options
  • Family Pack Pass which includes four annual passes plus two general admissions so you can take guests sometime.
  • One kid's annual pass in case you have a family larger than four
  • One adult's annual pass in case you want to add an adult
It's not valid on renewals, so it's good only for new folks. Be sure to check out the fine print - as you should whenever you are purchasing a discount like this.
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The aquarium has a lot coming to the exhibits as well as fun things that are already there.  Like the Stingray Hideaway that will be opening in May 2017, the existing Shark Bridge and Shark Central, the Frog Bog and more.

Enjoy our Kentucky attractions, for less!
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

30 things to do with your kids in Kentucky that are $5 or less!

 Family Fun in Kentucky doesn't have to cost a lot. In fact we found some places that are downright affordable! Save this list for a rainy day and surprise your kiddos!

1. Were you the slow skate master? The speed skate champion? Take your kids to the Fun Dome in Florence and show them what you've got! Saturday and Sunday afternoons you can skate for $5 per person. On Wednesday nights you can skate for $3 per person!

2. The Bardstown Civil War Museum is a great place for you to take budding civil war buffs! The cost is $5 for children, and slightly more for adults.

3. The Lincoln Museum is really affordable at just $2 per person. It is always important to study our past to see where we might be headed.

4. The Salato Wildlife Education Center (*note the center closes during the winter) the cost is $2 for kids and $4 for adults. They have indoor exhibits as well as outdoor exhibits.
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 5. At Kart Kountry one ride ticket is $5, and their course is 1.5 miles so while it isn't something to fill up your whole day it is a nice thing to do as a diversion.

6. Did you know that Florence is home to the Behringer-Crawford Museum? The museum is dedicated to educating people about Northern Kentucky's history. Admission for children is $4 and adults are $7.

7. To play mini golf at the World of Golf it is $5 for kids 11 and under and any one 12 and up is $7.

8. At Blazer's Fun Zone you kiddo's can have two attempts at their rock wall attraction for $3.50. They have some other options at Blazer's but they are over our $5 mark, but not by much.

 9. Kentucky Action Park has miniature golf that is $5 a game for adults and $4 for kids.

  10. Travel on down the tracks to the Paducah Railroad Museum. Kids are $2 and adults are $5.

11. Also at Kentucky Action Park you can ride the Alpine Slide for $5 for the first ride and $4 for the additional rides.

 12. Check out the toy train museum called Nostalgia Station in Versailles admission is free for kids and just $2.50 for adults.

13. Tour the house made of coal in Middlesboro. The admission is free, but it does house the city's chamber of commerce.

14. Do you have a burning desire to learn about coal mining (see what I did there?) Take a trip to the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Harlan county and learn the facts!

15. Did you know that there is a Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum? It is $4.95 for kids to get in, adults are slightly more.

16.  Your family might like the Toyota Motors Factory tour, the best part? It's free! Your machine loving kids might really enjoy it.

17. Go and check out the Great American Doll House Museum, in Danville. The cost for children is $5.

18. Is your family full of music lovers? Go to for a visit to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, admission for children is $4.50 and adults are slightly more.

19. You could always go on a tour of the Kentucky Speedway, admission is free for kids and is $7.00 for adults. It evens out that way right?

20. Go and take in the beauty of Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. Free admission for kids but adult tickets are $9.....average that out for your $5 or less option!

21.  Take the family bowling at Fern Bowl in Louisville. The cost per person varies but it is never over $5 per person per game. Great specials!

22.  The Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington is free and looks like great fun!

23.  Go star gazing at the Hummel Planetarium at EKU. Kid admission is $5!

24. Check out the Kentucky Military History Museum in Frankfort. $2 for kids, $4 for adults. 

25. While you are in Frankfort stay and check out the Thomas D Clark Center for Kentucky History. Kid tickets are $2 and adults are $4.

26. The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center in Ashland is worth the trip. $5 for kids, $6.50 for adults.

27. Did you realize that the National Quilt Museum is located in Paducah? Kids get in free with a paid adult admission.

28. Also in Paducah is the William Clark Market House, it is worth a stop. Kids tickets are free and adults are $4.

29. Head to Calvert City and check out the Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland. It is free, which might be a good thing, I haven't formed an opinion just yet.

30. On Mondays at Lazer Blaze in Louisville you can play a game of Lazer Tag for $6. OK.....we are cheating there but it's close to $5.............(it was $5 when we created this post!)

Those are just a few of the things that you can do together as a family affordably around Kentucky. What would you add to the list?

Note: Prices and business details may change. Please check with the business for updates.



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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Overnight Camps in Kentucky, Summer 2017

This is a partially sponsored post
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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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