Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Make the most of your winter break!

We encourage you to use the resources that we have provided to spend time with your most precious gifts, your friends and family.

There are a plethora of things to choose from!

For those who are more budget minded (who isn't) our list of 101 Free Things to do in Kentucky is a sure bet!

Here's a list of five inexpensive places for indoor fun around Kentucky.

If you haven't had your fill of Christmas activities yet, check out this list from Louisville Family Fun.

Here's a list of 10 fun FREE things to do around Louisville for winter break.

Maybe some indoor fun in Central KY?  Here are some idea from Lex Fun 4 Kids.

Family Friendly Cincinnati is a great resource for ideas in Northern KY.

Elizabethtown Family has seasonal fun ideas too!

If you are still trying to finish up your Christmas shopping (eek!) this list of gifts that aren't toys might just come in handy!

No matter where you find yourself this holiday we hope that it is filled with fantastic experiences and times where you took the time to enjoy your loved ones!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Discount admission to Ark Encounter

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We've heard many readers say they want to check out the Ark Encounter but that it's too expensive for them.  Well, they are having a deal for Christmastime for half-price admission and free parking. The deal is good when visiting from 5–9 p.m. on December 16-23 or 26-30. During this time, it's decked out in lights and sets the mood for the season.

These discounts are not available online, only at the location.
Free parking starts at 4:30pm.
They have food available for purchase and even shopping opportunities.

On Christmas Eve, the half-price admission is good all day 9am-3pm. 

They have some really great photos on their website that give you an idea of what you will experience at this attraction this time of year. Click here.

Photo credit: Ark Encounter
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Give a the gift of Kentucky Experiences and Family Fun

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What do you give when you don't want to give "stuff" but you want to give something thoughtful?  Experiences! Kentucky is full of fun and maybe giving a gift that can be used all year or later next year is the way to go. Here are some ideas:

1. Louisville Zoo membership holiday offer - offer ends soon but you can always purchase a membership!

2. The Newport Aquarium is super fun. They have a special during the holidays for buy 3, get 1 free on annual passes.

3. The Explorium in Lexington is also a fun place for families to visit, especially those with young children. The membership levels vary but the price range is $70 to $125.

4. A membership to the Creation Museum might be something that your family enjoys. Their membership rate is $175 for a family and incorporated membership to the Ark Encounter.

5. Your family could become members of the Kentucky Gateway Museum. This museum is very unique, "there are a very few places in the world where visitors can enjoy a large collection of miniature buildings, rooms and artifacts: Chicago’s Art Institute, England, and now, Maysville." A family membership is a very affordable $60.

6. The Owensboro Museum of Science and History is another great place for families in Kentucky. And, membership for families is just $40, a great affordable gift. This museum is in the quaint downtown area near amazing local restaurants and what we think is the best park in Ky!

7. The Kentucky Science Center is so much fun for families of all ages. From the IMAX movies to the hands on exhibits your family will be entertained for hours. Membership ranges from $79 to $115.

8. How about the gift of summer fun at Kentucky Kingdom? This is obviously is better suited for older kids because there is a height restriction. Give the gift of season passes!

9. If Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green is closer to you, season pass holders get free sunscreen, parking and tubes for the water rides. A season pass per person is $99.99

10. Louisville City FC Flex package includes ticket vouchers so the recipient can choose the games they want to attend and it includes gear so they can be decked out in support of the team.

11. Louisville Bats also offers a flex pack for just $69 to $89.

12. Lexington Legends offer a "Pee Wee's Pack" for kids. Each pack includes a Kids Mustache Jersey, Kids Mustache Hat, a pair of Mustache Shoelaces and 10 Legends Tickets (Box Seat) to every Sunday Game in the 2017 season!

13. The Bowling Green Hot Rods offer a 6 game holiday gift pack!

14. How about a racing experience for a thrill-seeker?  NASCAR Racing Experience offers gift cards that can be used at Kentucky Motor Speedway!

15. How luck would your gift recipient be to get the gift of exploring Kentucky State Parks.  The state parks offer gift cards that can be used for meals and lodging, even shopping.  They have so many locations and programs - your recipient can pick their favorite place and go take a wildlife tour, learn about birds or history!

16. Have an adventurer you need a gift for? What about Go Ape - an outdoor ropes course?  This experience is a little pricy for people so that's why it might just make the best gift.....something special they have been wanting to do!

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Children's Christmas Book about Kentucky

 photo IMG_5714_zpsnxestkx7.jpgRecently, Sterling Children's Books sent me a book to review and I saved it for the holiday season for good reason. It's called Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky by Evelyn B. Christensen.

 photo IMG_5712_zpst3afgp9h.jpgMy daughter and I read the book together, I read the left page and she read the right page. The book is about a boy that goes to visit family in Kentucky and has wonderful experiences while he's here....of course. The way to book is structured, there is a letter that he writes to his parents on the left page that's longer and on the right side, the text is "The twelve days of Christmas" themed like the song.  It makes for great co-reading.

The book takes readers throughout Kentucky with wonderful illustrations and much to learn along the way. We read things that we already knew about our great state but definitely learning many new things.  My daughter is excited to read it again with her cousins when they come to visit from California. I believe this book will become a family tradition to read during the Christmas season.

The book is hard-cover and I found it available for under $15 on Amazon.  On Amazon, you can also flip through a preview some of the pages.  This would be a great gift for a child or family!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Gifts that Give Back

 photo digit_zpstvxiwf04.jpgUnited HealthCare has a way that you can turn your gift-giving into a way to give back to others.  They have a medical grants program that has helped 200 families in Kentucky over the past five years. 

Available now, inspirational children’s books, toys, and kid-designed holiday cards from the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) will not only make great gifts, but the proceeds from those items will fund child medical grants for families who need financial assistance.

Holiday gift ideas include:
  • Award-winning Oliver & Hope children’s storybooks, along with plush characters Children’s joke books
  • Digit’y Do — a new numbers game that combines elements of strategy and probability with a high dose of fun. Kid-designed holiday cards and 2017 wall calendars
  • Grins to Go bags— this nylon draw string backpack is filled to the brim with a dozen toys, games and activities that will inspire and amuse any boy or girl between the ages of 4 and 12.

All products are available at (search for UHCCF) and 100% of the proceeds go to fund medical grants for children in Kentucky and throughout the U.S.

Interested in applying for a grant?
To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Families do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded over 12,000 grants valued at more than $34 million to children and their families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy. Kentucky families in need should go to to review criteria and submit an online application.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Live Nativity in Shelbyville

 photo bethlehem_zpsmpbl9brx.jpgOne Saturday, December 3, Shelby First Baptist Church in Shelbyville will host a drive-thru live nativity.  This unique experience will take place from 6-8pm and it's totally free!

It doesn't matter if it's cold, you'll be all snug in your car and you can listen in to the narration too. It is a serious production with over 100 live characters and animals to make the spirit of Christmas come to live. 

The church will also give out cookies and hot chocolate, also free.

Be sure to enter through the Shelby County fairgrounds. 

For more holiday happenings in Shelby County - click here.

Photo via the church Facebook page.
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