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Monday, January 30, 2017

Urban Ninja Project - Lexington

 photo ninja2_zpsajh3ufkf.jpgThere's a new location opening in Lexington that looks like it's going to be just the place for families to find some fitness and fun indoors.  It's called Urban Ninja. They are having a Grand Opening on Febuary 4 from 4-7 p.m. if you want to go check it out.  The event if free.

 photo ninja_zpsa2bficsd.jpgUrban Ninja Project is focused on challenging kids to be active through their obstacle course - healthy competition. It is a non-profit organization striving to encourage healthy lifestyles.  To enjoy their obstacle courses, you don't need a membership - it's a drop in fee of $5 and that gets you access to the open gym and a class. They have a full class schedule on the right side of their website. If you live in Lexington, it could be a regular spot for you but if you are visiting, without the need for a membership, it looks like a unique place to build into your itinerary.


They even have birthday party options for open gym, urban ninja obstacle course or nurf wars.  And, the rates are really reasonable - check it out here.

They have a video from their website that gives you more of an idea of what they do.



For even more family fun ideas in Lexington, click here to visit LexFun4Kids.com
Stephanie
Photos from the Urban Ninja Facebook page
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Friday, January 27, 2017

15 reasons to visit Yogi Bear's Mammoth Cave Camping Resort

 photo FullSizeRender9_zpszinjyxy3.jpgYogi Bear's Mammoth Cave Camping Resort is great for families looking for a close-to-home Spring Break option.

This campground is a perfect getaway for you and your family! They are committed to making sure your family will have a positive experience while making memories. It is located in South Central Kentucky in the heart of Kentucky's Cave Country so there are lots of activities close by.

Remember to make your reservation early. This camp ground books up fast during spring break, and weekends during the summer.


1. They have 2 family-friendly pools for your enjoyment, pools open in late March (they are Heated).

2. Your little one will enjoy the splash pad, this is conveniently located next to the pool.

3. I was extremely impressed by how handicap-friendly this campground was, they have a lift in the pool that parents can use for a child with special needs. The bathing facilities are also handicap friendly.
4. They have a 300 foot water slid that is on a side of a mountain, my kids loved this slide! This slide is staffed when open to ensure your children are safe at all times.

 photo yogi_zpsfxl8sc7f.jpg5. Bring your fishing poles, they have a large pond stocked full of fish.

6. The jumping pillow was one of my kids' favorite activities. ( I had fun too!)  Jump with your kids, it's a awesome workout, plus it wears them out and they sleep wonderfully.

7. Cabin rentals are available! They have lots of cabins to choose from to accommodate a large or small group. Each cabin is fully stock with all of your kitchen needs and are air conditioned, they do not provide bed linens so bring them with you. If you chose to stay on a weekend or holiday they require a two night minimum stay.
 photo FullSizeRender10_zps20dzayqd.jpg 8. Putt Putt golf is included in the price of an over night stay.

9. They have a game room for those rainy afternoons........perfect!

10. If you do not feel like cooking, they have a snack bar that offers pizza, sandwiches, drinks and more.

11. Do not worry if you forgot something at home they have a gift shop that sell groceries, fire wood, fire starters, and souvenirs.

12. If you want to meet Yogi Bear in person along with his friends, make sure to check the calendar for that day! This campground has meet-and-greet times so you can take pictures with Yogi.

13. They offer family-friendly fun activities everyday some include chocolate wars, game night, karaoke in the evenings, water wars, water games daily by the pool and more! You can check online and see the schedule for the week you will be arriving and everyone can get excited.

14. You are in Cave Country so take advantage of all the fun local activities click on link for more info: Cave City Tourism

15. My children's favorite activity in Cave City is the Mountain Coaster, this is definitely for the older child. For more information click on link: Kentucky Action Park

Kelly
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Paoli Peaks or Perfect North? Great for a day of Family Fun!

Where to go skiing,  Paoli Peaks or Perfect North?

We need a reason to get out of the house with our families in winter and skiing is a great option. These places are not in Kentucky, we know that....but we also know that a lot of Kentucky families head to these slopes so here are ten amazing reasons to snow ski this winter with your family!

I have visited Paoli Peaks and Perfect North, they both offer a family-friendly environment that you will love. Included are some tips from a mom that understands that cost is always a question. I began skiing at Paoli Peaks as a small child, my parents put me in the children's beginner class back in the 80s and I still love skiing. It's a wonderful memory I will never forget! I was able to ski just like mom and dad, or even better after my beginner class. I am now in my 40s and have taken my children every year to experience the same adventure.  Both of my children went to the beginner classes at Paoli Peaks, this way I could teach my husband that is from PA that never skied before! So, what is the difference between the two places??

Both are fantastic family fun........

1. They both cost around the same for the day, weekdays are cheaper than weekends. Really, if you're like me, the weekend is the only way I can enjoy this adventure.  So, what's the cost? It's around $80.00 per person for a ski lift and rentals.  This price includes lessons for your children, just be mindful of the time difference.  We missed out on the lessons due to the time difference last year!   (Perfect North operates on Eastern Time, Paoli Peaks on Central Time).

2. If you have family that cannot or will not ski......you can see your family coming down the slopes at Perfect North, they have a lodge located at the bottom of the hills (perfect for someone that wants to watch and not ski).  At Paoli Peaks, the lodge is at the top of the hill, so you don't have as much of a view as a spectator.

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3. Both of them have a comfortable ski lodge with a wood burning fireplace for your enjoyment, many folks sit by the fire and enjoy a good book while their family skis.

4. Food is about the same at both facilities, I totally recommend you pack a lunch and some hot chocolate for your family to enjoy.  The cafeterias are fine but very expensive!

5.  Both Paoli Peaks and Perfect North offer free lessons to children that are with a paying adult!

6. Both Paoli Peaks and Perfect North office discount tickets for children 12 and under.

7. If you want to give snow boarding a try,  Paoli Peaks and Perfect North have snow board rentals which are also included in the price of ski rentals for the day.

8.  If you don't want to ski, both facilities have SNOW TUBING! We enjoyed snow tubing at Paoli Peaks; they offer a discount on the next day to stay over to snow tube and ski.

8.  They both have affordable overnight options; we rented a cabin at Paoli Peaks that was less than 5 miles from the slopes.

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9. Both facilities have a gift shop for you to purchase snow bibs, jackets, snow goggles and more......just in case you forgot anything you may need for the day.

10. Tips: Remember to bring extra gloves (if it's you 1st time skiing you will be on the ground a lot, until you get the hang of it).  Your gloves will be wet, and you will need to replace them with dry ones throughout the day. Layer up! Make sure you wear water-proof clothes and a snow hat. Bring a change of cloths for the end of the day.

Have fun!
Kelly




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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Louisville Family Fun's 7th Birthday Party

Attention Louisville area readers!  Our mother-ship, LouisvilleFamilyFun.net is having a party to celebrate seven years of fun finding and is inviting everyone.  For less than the normal fee for jumping at House of Boom (trampoline park), you get an hour of jumping, food, drink, ice cream and multiple activities from crafts to a photo booth. Such a great deal.

And, where does that money go?  100% of it goes to Big brothers Big Sisters so that kids who want one can have a caring mentor in their lives to experience FUN together!

SUNDAY
JANUARY 22nd 2-7pm 
House of Boom
4 jump times to choose from* 
Additional activities and food included!
LouFamFun 7th BIRTHDAY PARTY

*Tickets should be purchased in advance. If it is not sold out, some tickets can be purchased at the door but cannot be guaranteed and registration will take longer.

Stephanie

 
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events around Kentucky

School is out for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - what's fun around Kentucky that you all can do together?


Perform and act of service. A lot of cities coordinate special service opportunities on this day.  If you can't find one.......surely you can think of your own way to serve your community with your family!

The Living Arts Center (Lexington) has special classes set up for the day off of school.  Click here for details.  Preregistration is required and they have cool things for kids in kindergarten all the way up to high school.

Side by Side Studio (Louisville) is inviting families to make friendship bracelets that they will give to the youth of the Americana Community Center. It's free and you can drop in between 1 and 3pm. Details here.

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington) is hosting a Community Celebration. It's free and open to everyone. Details here.

Explorium of Lexington will have free admission for children on MLK Jr. Day!




Newport Aquarium has a winter-fun deal for families, kids get free admission with a paying adult ($24.99). (Northern Kentucky)

The Harlem Globetrotters are taking on Rupp Arena in Lexington.  See details here.


Here is a link to more events that include unity breakfasts, movies, marches, celebrations and more - taking place all around the state. 


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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Five reasons to visit the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Harrodsburg is one of Best Choice Reviews’ “50 Best Small Town Downtowns in America”; and one of Smithsonian Magazine’s “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014” – it definitely lives up to the accolades.

Shaker Village is located in Harrodburg Kentucky, a part of the Bluegrass region, and is Kentucky’s oldest town. Harrodsburg is full of  unexpected family fun and simply perfect for a girls get-away weekend anytime of the year. I had the opportunity to visit the Shaker Village with my mom and sister last year, and we highly recommend it. We stayed at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in a extremely large rooms that was super comfortable and the food was fantastic.  Currently, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is offering discount stays for the winter months.  We also visited  Woodford Reserve and enjoyed the history of bourbon in the state of Kentucky.  Below are some highlights of the area, and attractions you may want to visit.


1. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, sits on 3,000 acres and is America’s largest restored Shaker community. This village perfect for a family getaway, girls weekend, or couples weekend.  The farm has a numerous refurbished historic lodging homes and are able to accommodate large groups.  They pride themselves in their farm to table restaurant, that is simply mouth watering!! 

2. Tour Shaker Village 10-5pm daily: learn how they sustain and share the simple Shaker gifts to inspire a new generation.  It takes you back to the time when life was so simple, making all their own products to live.  
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3. Visit the Old Fort Harrod State Park commemorates the first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains.

4. Dixie Belle Sternwheeler River Boat, is running daily through April - October

5.Ten bourbon distilleries and a dozen wineries are a short drive away, for adults, of course. 

There's plenty to do with the family but also consider Shaker Village for a weekend with friends or a getaway with someone special!

~Kelly


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Monday, January 9, 2017

Carter Caves Winter Adventure


Carter Caves State Resort Park Winter Adventure in Olive Hill, KY

It’s that time of year again when we want to get outside! Do you have cabin fever? Staying cooped up in side with your family making you crazy? I have the perfect winter time activity for you and your family. Carter Caves State Resort Park is having their annual Winter Adventure event the last full weekend of January. There is something for everyone’s level of adventure, whether you’re a beginner or advanced. Some of the amazing opportunities are listed below, but you must be at least six years old to participate.

· Hiking
· Rappelling
· Climbing
· Tree Climbing
· Canoeing
· Zip-Lining
· Kayaking
· Cave Tours
· Workshops around winter survival

They recommend making reservations for this event, they will sell out. 
To make reservations Click link below:
Carter Caves State Resort Park Web Site

~Kelly
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Monday, January 2, 2017

101 FREE things to do with your kids in Kentucky!

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1. Visit Abraham Lincoln's birthplace. Link here  - there's a heritage trail!
2. Take a deep breath at the Patriot Peace Memorial.
3. See folk art in Kentucky's Folk Art Center.
4. Tour the State Capitol Building in Frankfort.
5. Pay your respects to Daniel Boone at his gravesite.
6. Take a ride on the Valley View Ferry.
7. Take in the breathtaking views at Kingdom Come State Park
8. Eat a picnic lunch at the edge of Nolin Lake.
9. Plan a trip to see a moonbow at Cumberland Falls State Park.
10. Travel back to re-enact a battle at Perryville Battlefield.
11. Get some energy out by hiking to the top of Natural Bridge.  See LouFamFun post.
12. Pay your respects to Thoroughbred Greats at Claiborne Farm.
13. Visit Boone Station in Lexington.
14. Marvel at the Flood Wall Murals in Paducah
15. Visit the Kentucky Dam and let the kids burn off some steam in the open areas.
16. Check out the Historic Apple Valley Roadside Attraction.
17. Get up close and personal with the planes at Aviation Heritage Park.
18. Bask in the beauty of Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve.
19. Take the dogs (and kids!) to romp at Pioneer Park.
20. Walk (or run!) across the Purple People Bridge.
21. Play on the playground at Old Fort Harrod.
22. Hike one of the trails at Bernheim Forest. Here's a LouFamFun post.
23. Explore one of the many covered bridges of Fleming County.
24. Marvel at the beauty of Tioga Falls.
25. Go on a free guided Big Blue Traditions tour on the UK campus.
26. Go see how candy is made at Old Kentucky Chocolates and get a taste too!
27. Splash in Yahoo Falls, Kentucky's tallest waterfall.
28. Go see the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
29. Tour the Ale 8 One Plant.
30. Stop for a picture opp at Weisenberger Mill.
31. Tour the 21C Museum Art Gallery.
32. Tour the Louisville Nature Center.
33. Get locked up in the historic Scott County Jail.
34. Check out Toyota's Manufacturing Plant.
35. Hike through the Arboretum in Lexington.
36. Check out the Daniel Boone National Forest.
37. Go back in time and visit the Dr. Thomas Walker Historic Site.
38. In April, check out the Kite Festival in Lexington.
39. Stretch your legs on the Big Four Bridge.  Read this LouFamFun post.
40. In October, take a look at the trains at the Railroad & Bluegrass Festival  
41. Hike and make memories, then stop at the playground at The Parklands.
42. Take in the beauty of Kentucky at the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.
43. Brush up on your history at the Lexington History Museum.
44. Leave the rat race behind at Jacobson Park.
45. Pay your respects to the fallen men and women at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.
46. Stroll through the art galleries in Paducah.
47. Get in touch with your inner Daniel Boone at Fort Boonesborough State Park.
48. Camp at Red River Gorge.
49. Get closer to the clouds at Natural Bridge State Park.
50. Visit the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum. Tour the museum!
51. Go for a hike at the Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park.
52. Walk the scenic loop at Cherokee Park.
53. Explore the Freeman Lake Park.
54. Go for a drive along the country roads in Meade County and look at the quilts painted on barns.
55. Visit Anglin Falls.
56. Cool off in the Torrent Falls.
57.Tour the governors mansion in Frankfort.
58. Count the love locks on the bridge at the RiverWalk in Bowling Green.
59. See the waterfall Cumberland Falls State Park is named for.
60. Hang out at Thoroughbred Park, get in the race and an awesome picture!
61. Find the hidden waterfalls of McCreary County
62. Explore EP Tom Sawyer Park.
63. Hang out in Basil Griffin Park.
64. Be a skateboard pro at Roland Bland Park.
64. Picnic at Reservoir Hill Park.
65. Strike a pose in front of the fountains at Fountain Square Park.
66. Pull over and check out the monuments on the side of the road.
67. Learn a little bit about Whiskey at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey.
68. If you like gardening you'll love the Hillbilly Garden!
69. Peek in at all of the treasures at Jerry's Junk.
70. Try out the slides at Legion Park.
71. Pay your respects to the king of fried chicken, at Colonel Sanders Grave.
72. If it doesn't creep you out go visit the Vent Haven: Ventriloquist Museum.
73. Stop for pictures in front of the worlds largest bat.
74. Check out the 30 ft statue of David.
75. Visit the beautiful grounds of Gethsemani.
76. Check out the Bardstown Art Gallery and Thomas Merton Books Collection.
77. Play the day away in the Bardstown Community Park.
78. Go in to the Why Louisville Store and check out Colonel Sanders!
79. Write on the Before I die...wall in NuLu.
80. Go see the world peace bell.
81. Check out Big South Fork National River.
82. Get in the trenches at Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield.
83. Immerse yourself in culture at the Godbey Appalachian Cultural and Fine Arts Center.
84. Go on the Hatfield - McCoy Family Feud driving tour.
85. Play around at the John James Audubon Park.
86. Relax in the butterfly garden at Panther Creek Park.
87. Play at the super awesome playground at Smothers Park.
88.Visit the Jesus swingset sculpture.
89. Hike at Berea Pinnacles.
90. Watch the barges go by at the Newport Levee.
91. Tour the Kentucky Artisan Center.
92. Take a peek inside the Cane Ridge Meeting House.
93. Tour the historic Duncan Tavern.
94. Learn something new at Wrather West Kentucky Museum.
95. Pull over and take your family's Christmas card photo in front of Mother Goose.
96. See the sights while hiking the Osborne Bend Trail.
97. Brush up on your Native American History on the Trail of Tears.
98. Hike to the top of Carrington Rock.
99. Tour a working farm set in the 1850's.
100. Explore the Big Bone Lick discovery trail.
101. Learn some local history at Fitchburg Furnace.


In Louisville?  See this list from LouisvilleFamilyFun.net about 50 FREE things to do in Louisville with kids!

In Shelby County?  See ShelbyFamilyFun.net for fun ideas!
In Oldham County?  See OldhamFamilyFun.net for fun ideas!
We also recommend this article: 50 Free Fun Things to Do in Central Kentucky


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