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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Children’s Garden at the University of Kentucky Arboretum

 photo arboretum_zpsbd946082.jpgRecently, I decided to take my family and meet some friends at the children’s garden at the UK arboretum in Lexington. The Arboretum just next to the UK campus is comprised of a 100 acres of gardens that showcase Kentucky landscapes. It is great for walking, running, biking and picnicking. The arboretum also has events and gardening workshops throughout the year.

 photo arboretum3_zps834fd739.jpgWe had a picnic is a grassy spot in the shade of a large tree and then headed to the children’s garden. While the arboretum itself is free, there is a fee of $3 per person to enter the children’s garden- with cost of $10 per family of up to 5. The first thing you encounter in the garden is a cool mist spray area- it was already quite warm and the children played here for a while. Next we made our way to the butterfly garden. The butterfly garden was a play on a traditional symmetrically planted garden with little paths meandering between the native Kentucky flowers. Perfect for young children- the flowers were swarming with butterflies and there were even little nets provided for the children to attempt to catch them. Next we headed to the gardening area where children could dig in the dirt with kiddie size shovels, water the vegetables and sample some of the vegetables- our kids loved picking the sweet cherry tomatoes and smelling the herbs in the herb garden. My son particularly liked heading into the shed to find the kid size equipment to work with. Next was the outdoor train display: two electric trains whizz through a nature created train track. Very cool! My son could have stayed here all day! Other areas included a small homestead with a garden, outdoor cooking models, a camping area with a tent, a nature discovery area, and perhaps the biggest hit was a small creek running through the property. The children adored climbing on the rocks and splashing in the water. It was safe enough for a 2 year old to play in and exciting enough to keep the older kids enthralled. The whole park was very well maintained and staffed. Lots to learn though interpretive signs that captured the children’s attention and plenty of hidden areas for the children to play. We stayed a few hours and left with the children begging to return the next day! Highly recommended day trip from Louisville. We will be going back again and again.
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For more information please head to the children’s garden website at: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/arboretum/Childrens_Garden.php

By: Jennifer
courtesy of  LouisvilleFamilyFun.net
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fall Family Fun around Louisville

 photo IMG_5042.jpgBack to school has come and gone and I know you are already thinking about fall things to do.  Louisville is  a great place to family fun and thanks to Louisville Family Fun - you can find it all in one place.


Here are some highlights of great posts on Louisville Family Fun about Fall!

Great Places to Enjoy Fall Foliage

Fall Farm Fun

Five Favorite Fall Crafts

Foxhollow Farm Fall Festival

Gallrein Farms - Shelbyville

The Bucket List - great ideas for the fall months

Historical Markers

There's always more on LouFamFun, could keep this list going for miles!

Stephanie








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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

River Blast at Fort Boonesborough State Park

 photo RiverBlast2014-Logo_zps911f33f1.jpgOn August 16 from Noon -10 p.m. this is a great event called River Blast.  It is free & open to public at Fort Boonesborough State Park.

There will be:
Canoe Races
Exhibits
Arts & Crafts
Music & Entertainment
Fireworks
and more!

The headliner is Conch Republic

It Benefits Bluegrass Tomorrow & KY Riverkeeper



Stephanie
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Neon Nite 5K in Simpsonville & After-Glow Party!

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Does your family or friends love these types of events? Why not participate in one that helps support local parks in small town Kentucky- Simpsonville Parks and Recreation in Shelby County.

The NEON NITE 5K is a nighttime run, walk & stroller roll for participants of all ages, abilities and levels.  That means families too!

It's a great nighttime experience without focusing on how fast you can run, walk or stroll a 5K. This unique experience caters to the serious, average, beginning runner, walker and stroller. It's all about the GLOW! 

Come dressed in glow gear or not - it doesn't matter, because your race entry includes TONS of glow swag.
You can also be there just to GLOW! During the 5K try GLOW ZUMBA or rock out at the GLOW PARTY during the race.

There's something for everyone!


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Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Parklands of Floyds Fork - East Louisville

 photo IMG_1679smaller_zps6cc88c66.jpgThe Parklands of Floyds Fork is a large park system in East Louisville. When it is completed in 2015, it will include five separate but connected parks that will comprise a quarter of the Louisville Loop. There are hiking and biking trails, grasslands and wetlands, canoeing and fishing spots, a dog park, and playgrounds and spraygrounds.

This is my family’s go-to spot for after work and weekend hiking. It’s close by, clean, and has excellent facilities, and it seems to have new hiking trails every time we go. We usually start off near the water fountain at Beckley Creek Park. Depending on whether we’re hiking or biking, we usually pick a different trail to explore every time we go.

The last time we were there we stuck mainly to footpaths through the wooded areas. It was nice and shady, and there was a little path leading to the creek where we played in the water for quite some time. My dog especially loved wading into the creek and laying down to cool off after our hike.

Take a look at the map before you head to The Parklands so you can choose the right path for what you want to do. The concrete paths are great for bicycles and scooters, and they go for miles and miles. There are over a hundred miles of paths, according to the website. The softer gravel trails are great for hiking, and these are predominately the ones that go through the wooded and prairie areas.

One of my family’s favorite places to hike is to the train trestle in Pope Lick Park. Local folklore states there’s a creature that is half man and half goat living in that area, so we often take the kids out to search for him. If you haven’t been to this brand new parks system yet, be sure to check it out soon. There’s so much to explore that you’re sure not to get bored.

By Maggie
courtesy of LouisvilleFamilyFun.net
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Comedy Caravan with Bob Batch- Elizabethtown

 photo comedyCaravan_zpsde3f78bc.jpgComedy Caravan Comes to Hardin County!

 Let's face it! There are times where we are wanting to find something awesome to do with our friends, spouse, co-worker or chums, and we wonder what on earth to do that won't break the bank, that isn't too far of a commute or that is just a little unique.

If you have ever had these feelings you aren't alone. But we want to make sure that you consider coming to check out this fun event taking place in Elizabethtown, Kentucky if you are looking for fun in Hardin County, KY! (We know you are from Kentucky if you realize that people ALWAYS are making references to what county something is going to happen). I mean, it's the culture, right?

So...let's move on. The Comedy Caravan will be taking place at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown, Kentucky on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:30pm. You can get your tickets in advance and save a few dollars too!

http://www.elizabethtownfamily.com/comedy-caravan-bob-batch

Heather
courtesy of Elizabethtown Family
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