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Friday, February 27, 2015

Easter Egg Hunts at the Kentucky State Parks.

It is time to start thinking about Easter plans. I know that there is still snow on the ground but I am a planner and I need to know what we are doing and when WAY in advance.

There are lots of places that offer Easter Egg hunts that are amazing, but that information is virtually impossible to track down for the whole state. So we settled on the next best thing, Easter Egg hunts at the Kentucky State Parks. There are a surprisingly large amount. A point to note, is that all of the hunts are for kids 12 and under. 

Kenlake's Annual Easter Egg Hunt - Hardin



Egg-Citing Easter Fest - Richmond

Easter Weekend Getaway - Olive Hill

Easter Eggcitement - Dawson Springs

Easter Eggstravaganza - Falls of Rough


Looking for other Easter events?

Louisville Area
Lexington Area
Etown Area
Shelby County



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Locally Owned Bookstores in Kentucky.



I love to read, my husband tells me that he can't afford to keep me in books. It is true. Whenever I can I would much rather frequent locally owned stores and it is no different with bookstores.

Below is our listing of locally owned bookstores in Kentucky. If you know of a great local bookstore in Kentucky make sure you pass it along!

Robie Books - Berea. This bookstore is located in the heart of Berea and has over 50,000 books to browse!

Blue Marble Books - Fort Thomas. They have been in operation since 1979 and have an extensive children's section and also offer online ordering.

Poor Richard's Bookstore - Frankfort. This bookstore has been a pillar of the community for 30 years and features an in house coffee shop.

Lincoln's Loft Bookstore - Hodgenville. They feature new and used books and also have online ordering available.

Karen's Book Barn and Java Stop - LaGrange. Has over 30,000 books with an online ordering feature available as well as a place to grab a great cup of locally roasted coffee.

Joseph Beth Booksellers - Lexington. Is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, they have several area locations but are still locally owned.

The Morris Book Store - Lexington. Opened in 1937, they have a wide variety of books to chose from and there is always something different going on in the store.

A Readers Corner - Louisville. In addition to the typical new and used books, they also have a wide selection of rare and out of print books.

Carmichael's Bookstore- Louisville. They have 3 locations in Louisville, 2 are traditional book stores and the third that carries all children's books.

Coffee Tree Books - Morehead. They have been in business for 30 years and they offer birthday parties at their stores in addition to being a book store.


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Things to do over Spring Break in Northern Kentucky

So it is Spring Break and as much as you would love to go to the beach for the week and relax to the sounds of the waves, it just isn't in the cards. Or is that just my situation?

You don't have to spend every moment of Spring Break doing something, quality is always favored over quantity correct?

Why not squeeze in some time in Northern Kentucky over the break? Below are some ideas for ways to make this spring break a memorable one without breaking the bank.

We have written about Newport Levee before. But it is a fantastic choice for family fun. It has a setting that really makes you feel like you have gotten away to somewhere much further away. You could have a whole day just a the levee. Between the Newport Aquarium, bowling at Axis Alley, you can grab lunch at Dewey's Pizza, or Tom + Chee.

If you have been there done that with and are looking for something beyond the Newport Levee, never fear we have ideas for that too.

You can head to Stringtown Park to let your little ones run off energy! Exploring new and awesome playgrounds in the different towns that we visit is always a highlight. This park is located in Florence.

If you have older kids, check out Ollie's Skatepark, the best part it is an indoor skate park so weather won't be raining on your parade. See what I did there?

You could always stay in the Howard Johnson, they feature theme suites and and indoor pool with a waterfall! Just know it is kitschy.

For the train lover in your group, head over to The Railway Museum just be sure to pack appropriate shoes because the majority of the museum is outside.

Those are just a few of the fun things that you could get into in Northern Kentucky over Spring Break!

Allison

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Guided Horse Riding Trails in Kentucky


I don't think that we have talked about it yet but I am a horse lover. I rode and showed horses my whole life. I miss it dearly, and it is a great way to spend a beautiful spring, summer or fall day. I have compiled a list of places in Kentucky that offer guided horse riding trails. Please note, there are a number of parks that offer horse riding trails but you have to bring your own horse and be your own guide. Many of these places offer different level horses, for the novice rider to the experienced rider. I have noted the minimum age requirements to ride on the trail solo.


Whispering Woods Riding Stables - Located in Georgetown. The youngest rider that they allow is 8 years old.

Little Big Horse Trails - Located in LaGrange. The youngest rider allowed is 6 years old.

Double J Stables - Located in Mammoth Cave. The youngest rider allowed is 6 years old.

Deer Run Stable - Located in Richmond. The youngest rider allowed is 8 years old.

Jesse James Riding Stables - Located in Cave City. Riders 2-5 can ride with an adult, 6 year olds and up can ride alone.

Kentucky Dam Village Stables - Located in Gilbertsville. Ages not listed on site, call for more information.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park - Located in Jamestown. Minimum age not listed, call for info.

Mammoth Cave Adventure - Located in Cave City. Minimum age not listed, call for more information!

Stables at Creekside Glen - Located in Whitesburg. Call for more information.

Triple R Ranch - Located in McKee. Minimum age is 8 years old.

Big Red Stables - Located in Harrodsburg. Minimum age is 12 years old.

Barren River State Resort Stables - Located in Lucas. Minimum age is 6 years old.

Allison




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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fun Sports Outings for Kentucky Families

There's no doubt that Kentucky families love their college basketball and usually, it's automatic to ask - Cards or Cats?  We all know what there are many options beyond college basketball that families can enjoy and the ticket prices and availability aren't as much of an issue.

 photo IMG_2030smaller_zps17e126da.jpgHere are a few spectator-sports options around the state:

Louisville City FC - This is the new soccer team in Louisville. They will play at Louisville Slugger Field and tickets will range from $12/game with season ticket pricing. They'll have a family zone and games run March through September.

Minor League Baseball - There's the Lexington Legends, Louisville Bats, Florence Freedom, and Bowling Green Hot Rods (new playground!).  All of these games and venues offer promotions, special events for families and are intimate stadiums for great action.


University of Louisville Baseball - These games are free (34 out of 36 of them)!  And, Sunday home games are always geared toward families.

Ice Hockey!  Yes, University of Louisville has an ice hockey team and admission for kids 12 and under is free.  Adults, just $7.

 Check out college sports of all kinds - UK - WKU - Bellarmine - UofL - EKU - Murray State

There are an incredible number of other sporting events to attend with your family from races to wrestling to rodeos.  For an events list, go to the Kentucky Tourism website for events under the sports menu!

By: Stephanie
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Spring Break Idea: Breaks Interstate Park, Pikeville KY

I have said it before and I am going to say it again now. I love discovering new things about this great state. It seems like I find out something that I didn't know every time that I sit down to write.

Did you know that in Pike County there is a place called Breaks Interstate Park. It borders Virginia as well but since this is a Kentucky centered site we will focus on the parts that Kentucky brings to the table. 

This park is amazing creation of Russell Fork River and it carved out a gorge, the largest gorge east of the Mississippi River. The park is a treasure trove of family activities and just exploring nature's amazing beauty. 

Photo Courtesy of BreaksPark.com
25 miles of hiking trails are in the park, mountain bike paths stretch out over 12 miles of this beautiful park. Paddle boats are available for rent, as well as the ability to go on a white water rafting adventure.  This whitewater rafting is not for the faint of heart, or little kid. It is known all around the world as the most difficult whitewater anywhere. 

They also have an area called Splash! in the park, this area opens the Friday before Memorial Day. From the website "A 4,000 square-foot beach-entry leisure pool anchors the water park. Additional features, including a current channel; four water slides; a spray ground; in-pool basketball and volleyball areas; shade structures; and other water features ensure that everyone will enjoy this facility." Admission is reasonable at $5 for everyone under 4 feet and $7 for everyone over 4 feet. 

If you think you might have time for golf, you can play it here as well. Pretty affordably at $15 for 9 holes with a golf cart or $30 for 18 holes, also with a golf cart. 

The park also offers a wide variety of lodging options as well. You can see what is available here

This place looks like a fantastic time for you and your family. Let us know if you go check it out! 

Allison 


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Popes Creek Ranch in Lebanon, KY

Sometimes in the quest for finding all things fun in Kentucky you stumble upon something too amazing that you can't wait another minute to share it!

That is what we came across very recently. It is called Popes Creek Ranch and it is located in Lebanon. It is the perfect setting for 'glamping' (glamorous camping) or in other words the only camping that I am willing to do.

Photo courtesy of "Visit Lebanon"
The tree house in the picture is called the venus and it is the largest of the tree houses with a queen size bed, a couch and tables and chairs.

It is $140 per night but that price is totally worth it to me. Being able to camp in an environment that my kids would like and where I am slightly more comfortable is priceless!  There are even teepee options for $75 per night.

The ranch is 1,100 acres so you will have more than enough space to explore after you wake up rested from sleeping in your tree house.

If you want to have a larger function like a family reunion you can rent the Burley Shed, it has a catering kitchen and a huge front porch.

Check out their website here.

Let us know if you try it!
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Train Rides & Museums around Kentucky

 KY Train Fun 

Until I started with Kentucky Family Fun, I had zero clue just how many train related places in Kentucky there are. From the passenger trains that you can take a tour on, to the museums and everything in between.  We thought wouldn't it be nice to have all of that information in one place?

Without further ado, we give you trains all around Kentucky!

Kentucky Railway Museum - Located in New Haven, Kentucky. Don't let the name fool you, they also offer a tremendous amount of activities on board their trains in addition to the museum that is also on site.

The Historic RailPark and Train Museum - Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this historic site is truly a museum on rails. The cars no longer chug up and down the tracks but you can climb aboard for a tour or stay for a special event dinner. Fun fact, when I was in culinary school my class catered an event on this train.

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum - Located in Versailles, Kentucky. This attraction is also museum in addition to a working railroad. They have a bunch of different train rides that go on all throughout the year. Like the Easter Bunny train ride.

Big South Fork Scenic Railway - Located in Stearns, Kentucky. This railway is strictly that, just a railway. They have some really unique events that go on, say a date night on the Moonshine limited train!

Nostalgia Station Toy Train Museum - Located in Versailles, Kentucky. This stop on our list is exactly what it sounds like. If you could dream it up as far as toy trains go, they probably have it.

Elkhorn City Railroad Museum - Located in Elkhorn, Kentucky. This is truly just a museum. They have historic pieces various eras in train history.

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train - Located in Bardstown, Kentucky. Schedule an time to eat dinner in style on this train.

Paducah RailRoad Museum - Located in Paducah, Kentucky. There is a lot to learn about train history and you can do it in Paducah at this museum!

Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati - Located in Covington, Kentucky. The museum is an entirely outside experience so come prepared for the elements. You are treated to seeing trains of yesterday up close and personal here.


Have you been to any of these attractions? Which one is your favorite?

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Overnight / Sleep Away Camps in Kentucky

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Kentucky is a wonderful place for families - kids can experience a summer to remember at one of our state's overnight camps.  Here's our state-wide list of sleep away camps!

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Burnamwood Camp is located Appalachian foothills in Irvine Kentucky. We are a ministry of the Presbyterian Church USA. Our camp offers 5 day camp weeks for Grades 3 - 12 and 1/2 week mini camps for Grades 1 & 2. Each day includes interactive Bible Study time, pool, canoeing, recreational time, and quiet time for personal reflection and rest. We are staff by a college age staff and volunteers. Campership are available for all campers. Visit their site








Camp Crooked Creek - Shephardsville

Camp Wow - Murray

Camp Judy Layne - 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

Toodle Langas Summer Camp - Lexington

YMCA Camp Piomingo - Brandenburg

YMCA Camp Ernst

ABC Sports Camps - Bowling Green

Camp Victory - Somerset

Ohio Valley Christian Camp - Murray

Crossings - Bagdad and Hardin

Foster Music Camps - Richmond



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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

REUSEapalooza at the Kentucky Science Center!



The Kentucky Science Center is launching a very exciting temporary exhibit, that opens on February 6th and runs through May 30th. It is called REUSEapalooza and it is all apart of the bigger exhibit called The Great Big Science To Do.

The hope is for kids (and adults) to learn more about the science behind sustainability. This exhibit is included with a regular general admission ticket. The exhibit will focus on three main themes.

The themes include: 
Food ( Feb 6 - March 8)
Water and Land (March 13 - April 26) 
Energy (May 3 - May 30) 

Think going green represented in each category, but taught in such a way that kids understand it easily! If you want more information about the event check out the their website here

Do you think that you and your family will check out this exhibit while it is around? 

Allison 
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toy Land Museum

Roadside attractions were a big thing back in the 70's, and it seems that they are making a comeback. With Will Russell of Why Louisville buying Guntown Mountain in Cave City the attention seems to be even more focused on this seemingly forgotten rage. 

When I put together our list of 101 Free Things to do with your kids in Kentucky, I repeatedly saw this attraction coming up! While I listed them I really didn't ever dig too deeply into what they are all about.

So I did a little digging and I am totally intrigued by what I have found! Plus I am ready to get out of the house and let a little sunshine do my little family and I some good! They are open year round rain or shine but I suspect it would be even more fun in the warmer weather.


Keith the owner in the toy museum
Photo courtesy of the website
Originally the property was purchased in the 1920s, for the purpose of becoming an apple orchard. This is an excerpt from the website on the history. It is totally fascinating to me.  "He started making apple cider and selling it at his new produce stand called "Shady Nock". Then he built an under- ground still hidden in the barn and open up an auto camp with small zoo. He was a musician, so he performed for the guest. In 1931 after hearing HWY 68 was going to be paved the house was added onto so there would be a room to rent. The wood that was left over from the house was used to build a small country store (14'x14') called Apple Valley. In this small space they had a small barbers chair where Oral would cut hair and a four seat diner where they served chicken dinners. March 24, 1939 Gulf gas was added. Store/gas station closed down when Oral died February 28, 1964. Grandma Myrtle Wallace went back to selling stuff on the produce stand until 1988. Then in 2005, a change blew in !"

So in 2005 the area became what it is today. The old store where they sold cider and chicken dinners is still standing on the property and is used now to display a enormous collection of toys and memorabilia.

They have a collection of "hillbilly art" think trees with faces and repurposed gas tanks from the 20s. Here is the best part about this historic place. It is free! They just ask for a donation from their visitors, the donations allow them to stay in operation. Check out their website!

Here is the address should you take your family for a visit!
9351 US HWY 68 W.
Paducah/Calvert City, KY 42029
(270) 366-2301

Let us know if you and your family decide to check it out! 
Allison 
 

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