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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Kentucky Family Fun is going on Winter Break too!

Hey ya'll we hope that you and your family enjoys their time together as much as we are looking forward to time with our own families.
We will be back to publishing January 5th, 2015!

In the mean time here are some links that might come in handy!

Free or cheap things to do over Winter Break

101 Free Things to do in Kentucky 

30 Things to do in Kentucky that are $5 or less!


We hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Allison
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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Griswold's meet their match in Marion County,KY - Christmas lights at Ruley's Santa Land

When I read about a house in Marion County that has over a MILLION Christmas lights on display on their property I knew that I had to tell you all about it!

It is called Ruley's Santa Land, located on Stringtown Road. The farm is 4 acres and started out with 300 lights which if you think about that number is pretty in check. Heck a small strand of lights has 100. So that doesn't seem too crazy.

What does boggle the mind is that the Ruley family, who used to be in the dairy farming business, has more than 1 Million Christmas lights! This family has 250 nativity sets and their electricity bill runs over $3,000 for the month of December!

Santa is on hand for pictures and they sell hot chocolate and popcorn for $1.00. The attraction of the lights is free but they do accept donations, one could only assume that they will put the donations towards their electric bill!

There isn't an exact address for the farm on Stringtown Road listed but I am going to guess that you could follow the glow of lights once you get on that road!

Let us know if you check it out!

Allison
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Giving back in Kentucky at Christmas Time.

Chances are if you are reading this today, you are blessed in one way or another. I am guessing that you and your family might not have everything you want but your needs are met.

I am always looking for ways to show my kids just how blessed they are, and attempting in small ways to get them to see beyond their own little bubble. 

I got to thinking about ways that my family can give back this Christmas and thought I would share it with all of you. 

1. Clean out toy boxes. Look for toys that your children have out grown or are willing to part with and take them to the local children's home. 
Listed are a few of the homes located in Kentucky. 
Potter Children's Home (Bowling Green)

2. Volunteer at your local homeless shelter to serve a meal. 
Wayside Christian Mission (Louisville) 
Hope Center (Lexington) 
Barren River Area Safe Space (Bowling Green)  

3. Visit the elderly at your local nursing home, maybe you could gather a church group or mom's group to go caroling through the halls. 

4. Bake cookies for a neighbor that you know will be alone this Christmas. 

How do you and your family like to give back? 

Allison 
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Monday, December 15, 2014

My Town Monday: Henderson Kentucky


Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, sometimes they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.

Today's My Town Monday Spotlight is Henderson, Kentucky!

My husband's aunt and several of his cousins live in Henderson, we have gone for a visit a few times but I hate to say we never have really gotten out to explore the town. 

Mr. B's Pizza and Wing's is one of the local pizza joints in town, and from what I understand no trip to Henderson is complete without a visit. In 2011 they opened a location in Bowling Green, KY. 

The John James Audubon Museum is located in Henderson. You and your family can camp, hike and check out his personal memorabilia. 

I love places that helps local artists showcase their hard work. Studio 421 in Henderson does just that. It is a local co-op that showcases different artists and their creations. 

The Henderson Area Arts Alliance is a great place to catch various productions, for example they did a children's Nutcracker show very recently. 

In the summer Henderson they host W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival, June 7-14. It might be a fun trip to Henderson to see the local attractions and take part in the Barbecue Festival this summer! 

Have you been to Henderson? What do you like to do? 

Allison 


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Friday, December 12, 2014

5 Father/ Son Christmas Gift Ideas

We have reached the point in the holiday shopping season where you are starting to feel panicky and desperate when you think about the gifts you have left to purchase. Or is it just me? Which got me thinking about the gift(s) that I have left to purchase for my husband. I thought I would share some of my ideas. 

All of these ideas center around things that my husband and sons can do together and they have all been mentioned to me as something he wants to do with them. 

1. A trip to the Red River Gorge. When I say a trip I don't mean an overnight stay necessarily, but rather providing somethings to make those things possible. A pre paid gas card, a gift certificate to Miguel's, and maybe some new water bottles for their hiking. You see if your family is anything like mine there are times where putting an extra tank of gas in your husband's full size truck just isn't going to happen financially. If you have gas money set aside for such a trip it just becomes a matter of when time permits. 

2. My husband has been super jealous ever since I got to go and experience Mega Quest at Louisville Mega Cavern. He and my oldest son would love to go and have a day at the cavern, the youngest child that can do the quest is 5 so make sure you plan accordingly. For this 'experience gift' I would pair the mega quest for the two of them with a gift card to their favorite restaurant, Chuy's

3. Ale 8 One is the drink of choice at my house. Their bottling facility is located in Winchester and they give free tours, however reservations have to be made in advance. The Daniel Boone National Forest is also located in Winchester and is also free. For this gift I would take care of the reservation (calling people on the phone isn't is his thing) for the Ale 8 plant tour and also give a designated gas card since Winchester is a little bit away from our house. Three Trees Canoe and Kayak offers canoe trips if the guys in your life would enjoy such an adventure. Mine sure would! 

4. My boys adore going to Bernheim Forest, so a day trip to hike and get their hands dirty would be just what they need! This gift would be a picnic basket with an IOU of a picnic lunch for them! Bernheim is free of charge during the week and is $5 per car load on the weekend. 

5. My husband and sons always love going to the movies and it is a real treat around here because it can get so pricey. Giving vouchers from your local movie theater wrapped with your guy's favorite movie treat is a fun surprise! 

These ideas could also be for moms and daughters or any other combination of family members. 

Allison 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review: A Christmas Story

Last Friday night I was privileged to attend the opening night of the play "A Christmas Story." The play was put on by the Shelby County Community Theater.

I really wasn't sure what to expect, but it was a great show! Performance times for all shows (unless otherwise noted) Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Prices are pretty reasonable as well. Ticket prices are as follows:  Adults $15, Seniors (62+) $12, Students $10. It doesn't list anything for children so that is a good question to ask!

I went with a good friend of mine and we made it a girls night! We ate at the Bell House prior to the show which was very good. It is also very conveniently located right next to the theater.

The play started at 7:30 and ended at 10, with a 15 minute intermission half way through the play. The play was spot on with the story line and hit all of the memorable parts. Think the leg lamp, red rider bb gun and shooting your eye out!

I was glad that I took my friend with me because I think even my 5 year old would have gotten restless, my friend did comment that her 13 year old would have loved it!

This was a great girls night out experience and would also make a great date night or mother/daughter day!

There is one weekend left of the play and I encourage you to grab some tickets and some friends and
go have a nice night in Shelbyville!

Allison 
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Monday, December 8, 2014

My Town Monday: Shelbyville Kentucky



Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.

Today's My Town Monday Spotlight is Shelbyville, Kentucky!

Shelbyville so very graciously hosted Kentucky Family Fun for dinner and a play (which I will have a review for a little later) and I learned so much I didn't want to leave anything out.

We ate dinner at The Bell House, and as my friend sat down she said "how have I not been here before?" She echoed my thoughts exactly! The Bell House is what I would consider a mid range restaurant. Perfect for a date night or a girls lunch but not so stuffy that you feel uncomfortable. I had the prime rib special that was served with mashed potatoes and a vegetable ( I opted for the mushrooms) and it was a real treat!

Shelbyville has some other dining options to consider as well like Harvest Cafe and Coffee, Science Hill Inn, and Claudia Sanders to name a few.

During my visit I found out that Shelbyville has some really unique hotel options in addition to the normal choices. Say if you wanted to stay overnight with a large group like a conference or a church group check out Chandler Ridge. If you have always wanted to stay in a converted barn they have you covered in that realm as well, Walnut Grove is an old dairy barn that sits on 100 acres.

Did you know that if you stay in Shelby County overnight you are granted free admission to the farm tours that are offered. You did know that Shelbyville is the American Saddlebred Capital of the World, right? Don't worry if you just came to town for the day you can still go on the tours you just will need to pay, it is $10 for adults and $6 for children.

If you need to shop, Shelbyville has you covered in that area too. In fact I think that you could probably spend an entire day shopping the stores on Main Street and Washington Street. You can see a list of some of the shops here.

Have you visited Shelbyville? What is your favorite thing to do and see?

Allison 
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Friday, December 5, 2014

The Best Local Coffee Shops in Kentucky

If you are like me, I love my coffee and finding a new local coffee shop is like a opening a treasure chest.  If we are traveling, my kids know that mommy WILL find a coffee shop for my treat.

Check out this list of 10 great coffee shops around Kentucky:

La Grange Coffee Roasters in La Grange, KY   Click here for more information.

Fuzzy Duck Coffee Shop in Morehead, KY   Check out their website

The Java Joint in Bardstown, KY  Visit their website here.

Reality Tuesday in Park Hills, KY Check out their facebook page

Argo and Sons in Louisville, KY You can see their website here.

The Creme Coffee House in Owensboro, KY Visit facebook page. 

A Cup of Commonwealth in Lexington, KY Click to visit their website.

Baxter's Coffee in Somerset, KY See their website here.

Planter's Coffeehouse in Henderson, Ky Learn more about them here.

The Hub Coffee House & Cafe Danville, KY Visit their website. 


What is your favorite place to grab a cup of joe in Kentucky?








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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Town Live Nativity

Did you know that at the Creation Museum in Petersburg puts on "Christmas Town"?

There are several different attractions that take place within Christmas Town. The best part? The event is free!

There is a live nativity, garden of lights that you can walk with your family through and the Magi live drama. Those activities take place outside.

Inside they have events like Christmas with Ken and Buddy, The Last Adam (takes place in the theater and admission isn't required) and in the planetarium you can learn all about the Christmas Star.

It sounds like there are some really interesting things going on for Christmas at the Creation Museum.

Christmas town takes place Fridays and Saturdays in December and most all of the events are free. You should check out their website here.


Let us know if you and your family go, we would love to hear about it!

Allison 
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Monday, December 1, 2014

My Town Monday: Owensboro Kentucky


Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.


Today's My Town Monday Spotlight is Ownesboro, Kentucky!

When the weather is nice an your kids needs to burn off some steam I recommend heading to Somthers Park. The playground there is seriously unbelievable! 
If anyone in your family is a big bluegrass music fan, head over to the International Bluegrass Music Museum.  Admission is just $5 per person. 

If you have slightly older more adventurous kids on your trip, then perhaps you should check out Haunts of Owesnboro. It is a ghost tour of Owensboro.

Of course no trip to Owensboro is complete without a trip to Moonlight Barbecue. Heck you could do a bbq tour of Owensboro!

Have you visited Owensboro before? What is your family's favorite thing to do while you are there?

Allison 

 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We love Bowling Green and Louisville too!

Just the other day the National Geographic declared Bowling Green and Louisville Kentucky some of the "world's best cities."

I couldn't agree more, between living in Bowling Green for several years while attending college and calling Louisville my home for my entire life. I feel pretty lucky to be able to tell our readers about places that the world is just finding out about.

The article highlights the Corvette Museum which has sleigh rides with Santa on December 7th. Bowling Green has so much to offer families, did you know that in the Greenwood Mall they have a carousel?

The article brings to focus the dining scene in Louisville, highlight our signature dish the hot brown. Which if you haven't tried it needs to happen soon!

It makes me really happy to know that the rest of the world is starting to take notice of what we who are lucky enough to live in this great state already know, we have some amazing towns to visit!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A weekend at the Galt House Part 2 KaLightoscope

Part of our family's weekend at the Galt House and quite possibly the main reason we were invited was to get a glimpse of the all new KaLightoscope feature.

Tickets are a very reasonable $12 for adults and $5 for children. in years past the ticket only granted one time entry guests are now allowed to come throughout the entire day.

The theme of the experience this year is A Christmas Carol. The luminary area is totally different than in years past. We sat with a lovely couple for dinner after our KaLightoscope experience and their teenage boys totally loved the luminaries. We have smaller kids that are 3 and 5, they were a little frightened by the ghosts and the graveyard scenes. My recommendation would be to read the story or watch the movie with your kids to familiarize them with the story.

After the luminary portion of the KaLightoscope you walk into a room that here.
has a stage where Elves do a performance for the kids and place to write letters to Santa. Then you can take a stroll through the Christmas village where there are several different vignettes for the kids to explore with their little hands. A green screen sleigh ride that looks like you are going over the city of Louisville, see our video

Your kids can make snowflakes with the snow fairies and can make wishes with her as well. There is a giant gingerbread house and other smaller gingerbread house lining the room.
Oh! I can't leave out the train that the
kids got to ride on. My boys thought it was funny that mom and dad couldn't get on the train with them.

 Everyone that visits the Galt House has access to getting their
 picture taken with Santa, and is emailed a free picture.




Have you been to KaLightoscope? Do you think that you will go?

Allison 
 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Contest! Kentucky Necklace



I am not a creative person, but to know people that create with their hands fascinates me. Kentucky Family Fun is very lucky to be giving away a necklace created by the talented Jamie. She has a shop on Etsy and a blog Read what she has to say about making jewelry below! You can enter this contest on the Kentucky Family Fun Facebook page!


I come from a long line of people who like to make things. On both sides of my family, the line between creativity and necessity is very thin. Handwork can be utilitarian, but there has to be imagination involved as well. We make things because we have to, but also because we want to. We enjoy seeing someone love and cherish what we’ve created just for them.


I started Handmade by Jaimalaya just in the past year and a half, but have been creating jewelry for almost 20 years. I began in high school when my mother taught me how to macramé. I loved it and spent hours making hemp pieces. That transitioned to beading. And as I had more handmade jewelry than I could ever wear myself I began taking a baggie full of necklaces and bracelets and anklets to school to sell to friends. And that’s where it began.

But then I took a break from jewelry because I learned how to knit (also from my mother.) It became somewhat of an obsession – the ability to take yarn and make it into something wearable still amazes me. My friends benefit from this skill, too. Everyone receives a lace shawl when she is married and all of their babies have sweaters I’ve made just for them.

But I missed creating jewelry, and so decided to open an Etsy store where I could showcase both that and my knitting. I taught myself jewelry stamping, which turned into a passion.

My ‘I love Kentucky’ necklace came out of seeing Kentucky-inspired jewelry, but not finding exactly what I wanted. As normally happens, I realized that I could just make what I wanted myself. And I figured that, as I loved the necklace so much, other people were bound to like it as well.

Kentucky is an amazing place to live. I was born here, have lived her all of my life. It’s full of gorgeous, expansive spaces, and the best people you will ever find. Our traditions are strong, deeply embedded and important. I’ve traveled quite a bit, but no place will ever be distinctly Home the way Kentucky is. And that’s what this necklace celebrates. Coming Home.
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Classically Kentucky Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

It is the time of year that I start to wonder if I should try something new. In terms of what I bring to Thanksgiving, of course. Then I started wondering what side dishes could be considered classic Kentucky, or what could I alter to make them that way. Below are some of my ideas.




First on the list is cranberry sauce with bourbon, vanilla bean and orange. Sure your Uncle Bob the canned stuff and so do the kids but it is time to put a grown up cranberry sauce on the table as well. Try this loves recipe from the cooking
If you are hit or miss on the sweet potato casserole, this next twist will make you a believer. With bourbon and bacon in the ingredient list you might have your new holiday favorite! The recipe is from tablespoon.com and you can check it out here.

This next recipe idea might not have a Kentucky twist to it like bourbon, but it was what my grandmother always made and the nature of the dish is very southern. You used to be able to buy this cheese roll that was garlic flavor but that is no longer the case. This recipe is a good substitute.



Let me know if you make any of them and what you think!

Allison 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A weekend at the Galt House Hotel Part 1

My family and I were invited to spend a weekend at the Galt House hotel, to take in the sights of their Christmas attraction, and to enjoy their holiday dinner show. In the interest of a concise review I have decided to break it into three parts.

First, I wanted to review the stay at the hotel itself. At the Galt House there are two towers that you can stay in, the Revue tower and the Suite tower. We were provided with an executive suite for our stay, the Galt House's website says "it is bigger than your first apartment." I think that they might be right in some cases.

The room that we were given was very large! Upon opening the door to the room, we entered a living room type area. This area had a couch, chair, large TV and a 'bar' area that had a mini fridge and coffee maker. When you walked further you were taken to a hallway of sorts, it had a very large bathroom on the left and a makeup vanity on the right. I love areas like that because I can put on makeup and fix my hair while someone else is taking a shower or brushing teeth. Walking out of that area you are in the room with the beds. We had a room with two queen sized beds, our kiddos ages 3 and 5 were along for the trip. That room also had a TV and our window had a view of the Yum Center.

Upon checking out I inquired as to how much the room runs and they told me that the price fluctuates depending on how full the hotel is and other factors. The rate for the night that we stayed would have cost us $165. I thought that price was very reasonable, especially since chances are you don't want to go to bed when you little ones do. The living area gives you the option to watch TV or chat after you put your kids to bed.

My kids loved the stay at the hotel, and my husband I are talking about going back and staying over night for my birthday in December.

Here is a link to the Galt House website for you to check out yourself!

Allison
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Monday, November 17, 2014

My Town Monday: Bardstown

Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.


Today's My Town Monday Spotlight is Bardstown, Kentucky!

Bardstown is an amazing smaller sized town with a really rich history. 

My husband is a huge Thomas Merton fan, when I told him there is an art gallery that has Thomas Merton books he was all over that. You should stop in and check it out. Here is their website

If you have been in Kentucky for any length of time chances are you have heard the song "My Old Kentucky Home." Did you know that you can head to the Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown and see a play all about this talented man's life? 

Perhaps you need to stretch your legs after a long car ride, or have restless kids that need to get some energy out. Why not take a hike on one of the path's many trails at Bernheim Arborteum

Most people think of Bardstown as a bourbon lovers paradise but did you realize that there is a winery that you can tour? It is called Chuckleberry Farm and Winery

You could always indulge your civil war buff with a trip to the Bardstown Civil War Museum. If you plan on doing it this year do it soon because they will close on December 1st and stay closed until the end of February. 

There is a list that could go on forever of quaint little Bed and Breakfast, if that is your cup of tea. 

The square in Bardstown offers cute shops and restaurants. You can check that website out here. 

The things I have listed are just a tip of the iceberg, Bardstown has so many things to do for families of all ages. 

What is your favorite thing to do when you are in Bardstown? 
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Best Christmas Events in Kentucky

Click here for 2016 information!


It's the most wonderful time of the year, right? Time to visit the local Kentucky attractions and prepare for the coming holiday and squeeze as much fun into this time of the year as possible!

We have compiled a list of the various events around Kentucky, they are in date order. As always, if your favorite event is missing make sure to let us know! 

November
Louisville has so many events going on and you can see them on Louisville Family Fun.

Elizabethtown Family has a great list of events for the Holidays, you can check out that link here.


Louisville does Christmas up at the Galt House Hotel. Christmas at the Galt House starts November 17th and runs through December 24th. You can read more about it here.

Ashland has a Winter Wonderland of Lights starting November 14th  - January 8th. You and your family can stroll through Central Park, and take in over 800,000 lights spanning 52 acres. Admission is Free! Read more here.

Owensboro boasts a very large Christmas parade, it happens the Saturday before Thanksgiving at 5 pm. This year it falls on November 19th. Check out the info on Facebook.

The Newport Levee has a bunch of holiday events. On the weekends, there's an array of special entertainment. Click here for the schedule. And, they have Light Up the Levee on November 22nd.

In Bardstown on Friday November 25th head to the town square for Light up Bardstown, word is even Santa himself will be there! Look at Bardstown's website for all of the details. Santa also makes appearances on other days.  See the graphic on their website.

Check out Christmas on the Farm Family Day in Cordon, Ky on November 25th Vendors, animals and Santa - totally unique. See details here.

Hop on the Santa Express in Stearns. Your child will get to meet Santa, receive a special gift and sing Christmas carols during this special train ride. This runs from on multiple dates between November 26th - December 17th.


December

See A Charlie Brown Christmas come to life at the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville.


In Bowling Green they celebrate at Fountain Square for light up Bowling Green. You can go to Visit Bowling Green for more details (updated soon). Lots of


Paducah has a Candy Cane Hunt that starts at Noon December 5th. The event is as the name implies a candy cane hunt there will be over 1,000 candy canes to find. There will also be goodie bags and door prizes. Details here.

Somerset is hosting their annual Christmas Parade and Tree lighting on Saturday December 6th. The parade begins at 5:30 and the tree lighting happens at 7:00. Details here.

Berea is having their annual Twilight Christmas Parade on December 5th at 5pm. The theme this year is "Miracle on Chestnut Street" Here is the link to the event details.

Hopkinsville is having their annual Christmas tree lighting on December 12th, their website doesn't list a time so you might give them a call to find out. Here is a link to their website.

Also at the Newport Levee on December 31st and January 1st they will be having "Brickmas" a huge lego display. Admission to this is $8 but they say to watch for coupons. Check out the Levee's website for more info.

Have an event that we need to add? Let us know!

Allison






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Friday, November 14, 2014

Deal Alert! Louisville Mega Cavern


The other day I was stumbling through Groupon and I wanted to make sure that everyone knew about the deal the Louisville Mega Cavern has going on, through TODAY only.

They do so many things there year round that are so awesome, like Mega Zips and Mega Quest. Louisville Family Fun wrote a review of the Mega Quest that a bunch of the writers went on, you can read about it here.

The Groupon is for another attraction that they have, the Lights Under Louisville event. If you live in Louisville then I am sure that you have heard about it or probably even know someone who has experienced it.

For those outside of Louisville, let me just say it is worth the trip up. Make it a night to remember! Last year my family and I popped popcorn, stopped to get candy and hot chocolate. Just a  heads up, the wait to get in to the cavern for the lights can get pretty long so you might want to bring something for squirmy kids to do!

Anyway, if you think that you might want to experience it with you and your family grab the Groupon and surprise your kiddos!

Allison




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Monday, November 10, 2014

My Town Monday: Ashland, KY



Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.

Today's My Town Monday Spotlight is Ashland, Kentucky

Did you know that you can take the adventurer in your family to Carter Caves? They have 7 caves that can be toured, they even have one that is completely undeveloped. Think no electricity, handrails and passing a squeeze test before you go. I dare say that older children are better for that particular one. 

Also at Carter Caves they offer Gem Mining. I don't know about your kids, but mine would think that they were the coolest people ever if they got to do that! 

While you are in Ashland, make sure you visit the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center. Added bonus is that they are doing a Cookies for Santa contest. Think that you decorate the best cookie around? You might want to enter! 

In downtown Ashland they have a wide variety of locally owned specialty shops and upscale boutiques. 

If you are in the market for a piece of art by a local artist stop in the Pendleton Art Center. It might not be the best place for little hands, just a thought! 

Did I miss anything in Ashland? Which town should we feature next? 

Allison 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Kentucky State Parks

I will be honest with you I have been in Christmas mode, since
well before Halloween. As I was looking over all of the things that you and your family can get involved in to ring in the Holiday season, I wondered if there was anything to do for Thanksgiving.

Guess what? There is! If it is your turn to host this year, or you can't imagine having to endure your Aunt Edna's dry turkey for the 10th year in a row this might be the solution for you!

At the 16 Kentucky state resort parks they will be serving a buffet dinner. They will serve from noon until 8 p.m. The price isn't that bad either! Adults are $18.95 Children ages 6-12 are 8.49 and Kids 5 and under are free!

Check out the menu!

Starters:
Chef's choice of soups
Assorted Cheeses, Salads & Relishes

Entrees:
Choice roasted round of beef (carved on the line)
Turkey and dressing
Baked ham
Fried chicken
Chef's choice of a local favorite
Vegetables
Candied Yams
Country style green beans
Mashed potatoes with giblet gravy
Other Thanksgiving favorites
Desserts
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Other Southern Favorites

Below is the list of the parks that are providing this Thanksgiving meal. Just make a note, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park is doing their own thing this year so you will want to give them a call. 

Western Kentucky
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
Kenlake State Resort Park
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Rough River Dam State Resort Park

Central Kentucky 
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park
General Butler State Resort Park
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

Eastern Kentucky
Breaks Interstate Park
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Pine Mountain State Resort Park

Just giving you something to think about, next week we will get into the Christmas spirit! 

Allison
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Monday, November 3, 2014

My Town Monday: Florence, Kentucky

Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.

Today's spotlight is Florence ya'll, sorry I couldn't help myself! My husband and I traveled to Cincinnati on Sunday to see a Bengals football game. As we passed the infamous water tower I thought to myself I know that Florence has an awesome water tower but what is there to do if you stop there for a little family fun? Here is what I discovered in my research. 

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. 

There is even a place called The World of Golf that you and your family can check out. They have a miniature golf course, foot golf and even an indoor driving range. 

When it is baseball season, you can check out the Florence Freedom they are a minor league baseball team. 

You could always check out a race at Turfway Park, what can I say we love horse racing in Kentucky! 

There are plenty of things to do in Florence, Kentucky! What do you like to do in Florence? 

Allison 
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Get away before the holidays!

Halloween is officially here, which means the start of the holiday season. Rushing becomes our way of life and we aren't able to stop and enjoy the season because of all of the 'things' we have on our to do list. I was talking to a friend the other day about this, because not only is this season crazy between Thanksgiving and Christmas, to top it off my birthday is ten days before Christmas. My friend encouraged an adults getaway.

Before you stop me, I totally understand that money is extra tight this time of year. For something to be meaningful it doesn't always have to cost a lot. May I suggest Berea, Kentucky?

Berea is located 39 miles south of Lexington and 113 miles southeast of Louisville. It is pretty centrally located but far enough away to make your trip really seem like a getaway.

Berea has several beautiful parks and perhaps before all of the amazing fall colors are gone you could enjoy them on a stroll through Memorial Park.

The Boone Tavern was recommended to me as a great place to stay, it is a historic hotel and it is beautiful.

You could also stay at the Rest Weavers Cottage, this cottage was originally the first Mayor of Berea's home.

There is always the Fairfield Inn and Suites if you are looking for something a little more traditional.


From November 28th - December 28th Berea has something happening called Make it, Take it, Give it.  They have a wide variety of workshops available for you to participate in and leave with a gift that you would be proud to give someone you love!

Berea has a lot of little locally owned shops that you could spend the whole day checking out each and every one. This link showcases all of the shopping options that you have.

Have you been to Berea before? Do you think you might go?

Allison 
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Big South Fork Scenic Railway in Stearns, KY



The Big South Fork Scenic Railway http://bsfsry.com/ in Stearns, KY is an absolute treasure and must take adventure for those seekers of fun from age 1 to 99! Step into the train cars for any type of journey, whether it’s a leisure viewing, family escapade, or a group involved setting such as their ice cream social, Haunted Hollow and Santa express rides, or the Banjo Boogie express. There’s something for everyone here, and the prices are very affordable!


The train ride takes you through the gorgeous views of rural Kentucky, through the gorge of the Big South Fork National River area and more. There are many ticket and types of rides options, with prices starting at $22.75 for adults, $21.25 for seniors, and $13.00 for children (3-12).


Book a trip with your family, a group outing, or plan a unique family reunion. Most rides are 2 or 3 hours long and take you 12-14 miles roundtrip through the beautiful bluegrass regions of Kentucky.


Location: 100 Henderson Street, Stearns, KY 42647 Contact: 1-888-462-5664 M-F 9am-5pm for booking reservations or email info@bsfsry.com.





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Monday, October 27, 2014

My Town Monday: Elizabethtown, KY


Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.

Today's pick is Elizabethtown, KY. I went to college in the Western part of the state and drove past the Elizabethtown exits more times that I can count, but I am sorry to say that I never stopped and explored. Did you know that E-town is the 10th largest city in the state? Or that there is a fantastic family website devoted to all things fun in Elizabethtown? You can check out that site here!

Here are some attractions that I came across when I was researching that look like just the thing to do with your family.

If your crew is anything like mine, they are really into cars. The Swope Cars of Yesteryear Museum looks like a fun stop for perhaps your older car lover. The museum is free and is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday - Saturday.

The Elizabethtown Nature Park seems like a great place to let your kiddos stretch their legs but most importantly there is a Veteran's Tribute with a sculpture honoring all 5 branches of service.

Greenbelt Walking Tours and Parks has a large amount of different hiking trails you can choose from based on how far you want to walk.

If you are in the area you have to check out the Lincoln Museum, which technically is in Hodgenville, KY but close enough right?

In July, make sure you are in E-town for the Crusin' the Heartland Festival. It has gotten pretty large over the years!

I am sure our friends at Elizabethtown Family would be glad to give some more tips on the "must dos" for you and your family!

Allison 
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Pumpkins, Pumpkins and MORE pumpkins.

We have already written a post about Pumpkin Patches around Kentucky, you can check it out here.  However, there is always so much more that you can say about pumpkin picking this time of year.

Did you know that this weekend in Elizabethtown, the Pumpkin Wagon is doing their Great Pumpkin Fest from 6 -10 pm? Admission is free and there is a costume contest, marshmallow roasting and flashlight corn mazes to name a few things. Of course pumpkins will be available for purchase!

Also in Elizabethtown, Hinton's Orchard is doing their Halloween Party on October 25th starting at 9 am. Admission is $5.00 and you get to trick or treat, take part in the great pumpkin hunt (kids only please) play in the farmlands play area or explore the corn mazes.

Check out Elizabethtown Family's website here for more on their area fall events.

You could keep going down 65 and hit Bowling Green.

On October 25th the National Corvette Museum is having their trunk or treat from 10 am - Noon with a costume contest starting at 11 am. Carnival games are .25 per game and you get to trunk or treat out of collector cars.

You could also hit Jackson's Orchard in Bowling Green and check out their pumpkin fest. Think pumpkin picking and an apple cider slushy ( I don't know what that is but I would love to find out)

You could hang out in Louisville for the day and find some fun.

Jeffersontown is having their Pumpkin Fest it is free and you can trick or treat and even enjoy FREE hot dogs!

Head over to Louisville Family Fun for more fall fun ideas in Louisville.

In Lexington there are some fun choices too.

Head over to Salato Wildlife Center and participate in their Halloween Walk with the Animals. Admission is $5 and you get to take part in a Haunted Hay Maze, Face Painting, Fishing Booth and CANDY!

Check out LexFun4Kids for more about the fall festivals in that area.

OR in Northern Kentucky...

Go check out Neltner's Farm and Greenhouses and pick a pumpkin, visit the petting zoo or listen to the live music. Admission is $5 but it includes a hay ride to the pumpkin patch and the corn maze.

You could also head over to Country Pumpkins, and take a ride on their Cotton Wagon. There is a 5,000 lb bale of cotton to play in! When you head to the pumpkin patch the pumpkins are still on the vine, ready for you to cut off! Admission is free but pumpkins are $8.

Phew! That list is all things that you can do with your family THIS weekend!

Allison 
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Educational Day Trips Around Kentucky

When schools are on the various breaks that happen with in the school year or it is summer break, I hear so many parents saying what am I going to do! You can be sneaky and plan a whole day of learning, trust me your kids won't suspect anything!



Here is a list of places to check out with your family when you have a whole day burn!

The Highlands Museum is located in Ashland and admission is very reasonable $6.50 for adults and $5.00 for kids 2 and up.

Locust Grove in Louisville, is a history buff's dream trip. I remember many a field trip to this landmark myself.

The Kentucky Railway Museum is really special not only do they have special events like Thomas the Train coming to visit but they have a really interesting museum that you can take your family for a visit. New Haven might just be where you and your family end up for the day!

The Dinsmore Homestead is located in Burlington, when you visit this homestead you are able to take a trip back to rural 19th century.

I had no idea that this place existed but there is a coal mining museum! It is called the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum and is located in Harlan County. Loretta Lynn has items on display in the museum.

The Great American Dollhouse Museum is a good place to think about taking your doll house lover. It is located in Danville KY and was recently featured on A&E.

The Marshall Key House in Washington, KY was written about in Uncle Tom's Cabin and was the site of slave auctions. The museum goes from Slavery to Freedom, and is featured in the Underground Railroad tours.

The Wickliffe Mounds is located on a site that used to be a Native American Village. It is located in Wickliffe Kentucky.

South Union Shaker Village is a great place to visit if for no other reason than to pick up their Shaker Lemon Pie! It is located in Auburn, KY my old stomping grounds!

The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY is a great visit! They house a wide range of horse breeds and do daily demonstrations about various horse related topics.

These ideas should at least keep you and your family busy for a little bit!

Allison 
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If I were going to Bowling Green for the weekend I would....

In my family we like to play hypothetical games like: If I won a million dollars I would... or If I could only eat one type of candy for the rest of my life it would be...

So I was playing that game internally, today and that got me thinking about the topic for today's blog post.

If I were going to Bowling Green for the weekend I would....

Leave right after the kids get out of school and check out dinosaur world on the way down.

I would stay overnight in Cave City at probably the Comfort Inn and Suites because they have an indoor pool (bonus kid points!)

Tour Mammoth Cave the next morning allowing at least 2 hours before heading further South.

When we got to Bowling Green we would stop by the Corvette Museum on the way into town. If you were to go this weekend October 25th make sure to pack your Halloween costumes and do the trunk or treat from 10 am - 12 pm.

Finally, we would hit up Chaney's Dairy Barn and enjoy the pumpkin patch and corn maze.


After all of that fun it would be time to load up the car and head back home to the reality of laundry piles and grocery shopping.

It is fun to dream though isn't it?

Allison
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Monday, October 20, 2014

My Town Monday: Crestwood, KY

My town Monday
Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, some times they are a big metropolis.

First up on the My Town Monday feature: Crestwood, KY.  I spent my entire life in Crestwood, in fact I lived in the same house until I got married. While Crestwood could be considered a map dot town there is a lot to do and see there!

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is a really neat place to visit while you are in Crestwood. They have beautiful gardens for you to explore and offer a wide variety of children's programming.

If you are looking for something to munch on in while you are in town check out locally owned Jucy's Bar B Q.

Foxhollow Farm is a really unique place to visit. They not only raise grass fed beef that is available for purchase, but they host wheelbarrow to table dinners and festivals.

Sometime when you are kid free, stop by Duncan Memorial Chapel. The grounds there are so very peaceful, a beautiful pond with benches. The chapel there was built in the English gothic style and dates back to 1936. The man who built it, Mr. Duncan, built it for his wife as a memorial. How romantic is that?!

We want to feature your town! Tell us where you are from and what town you want us to spotlight.

Allison
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Kentucky's Best Loved Dishes & Recipes

A whole other life ago, I went to culinary school and in my free time I love to spend it in my kitchen experimenting. I started thinking about all of the amazing dishes that Kentucky gets to claim.

 The Kentucky Hot Brown, this one is probably the most obvious. I am a hot brown lover, there isn't a hot brown that I don't like. There is even something called the Hot Brown Hop in Louisville. Given the amount of calories in one of these rich dishes I suggest you break up the hop over a couple of years. Damaris Phillips is a Food Network star from Kentucky and she has a unique twist on the hot brown. Try her out her recipe

Do you burgoo? Burgoo is a hearty stew that is traditionally made with game meats, think squirrel, opossum and their relatives. If that makes you a little squeamish you can give it a try with chicken and beef. People dig burgoo so much there is a festival just for the hearty stew. You can try a some restaurants like Mark's Feed Store. If you want to give it a whirl in your own home this recipe is an awesome one, bonus points for the bourbon in the recipe! 

Fancy having a tea party and inviting your friends over for benedictine? I don't blame you! I love benedictine, what makes it even tastier is that it isn't a bit hard to make. If you go out of state asking for it you are bound to get funny looks, so make a big batch of this recipe and take it with ya! 

To round things out you can't have a complete Kentucky meal with out bourbon balls or a Derby Pie. Something you should remember is you can't technically call your pie a "derby" pie unless it comes from Kern's Kitchen. We have some pretty close copycat recipes though! This pie recipe is super easy to make and very tasty. 

I don't have a bourbon ball recipe that I like enough to share but I do have a good friend that makes the best bourbon truffles that you would ever want to taste! She even sent her truffles to Hollywood last year to be part of the Oscar swag bags! Check out Art Eatables

I love new recipes, if you have one that you want to share I would love to hear about it! 

Allison 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Things to do in Kentucky with kids on rainy days for indoor fun!

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It's rainy, your kids are antsy and you can't stand another at home science experiment. Here are some ideas from around our great state that will help ensure sanity sticks around for at least another day!
  • Take your kids bowling at Axis Alley on the Newport Levee. 
  • Get your quarters ready for GameWorks also located at the Newport Levee
  • Head over to Jump Zone in Florence, ya'll to bounce out some energy. 
  • Show your kids the skilled roller skater you are at the Florence Fun Dome
  • In Lexington head to Kids Play Place Adventure, they say they are the largest indoor playground in Kentucky. Check it out for yourself. 
  • Take your airplane lover to The Aviation Museum of Kentucky
  • Go to the Explorium, and let your little explorer run wild. 
  • YaYa's Island, if for no other reason that the name is fun to say. If you are in Paducah head there to take cover from the rain.  
  • If you have a little car lover, head to the National Corvette Museum and check out the cars! 
  • If you are looking for things to do in the Louisville area, check our previous blog post here.
  • In the Fort Knox area you can visit the General George Patton Museum for FREE!  
  • Be the coolest parent around and take your kids to Richmond Underground Lazer Tag. 
  • Check out the Kentucky Reptile Zoo, and try not go get the heeby jeebies. 
  • Let your kiddos catch up on the latest comic books at Comic Oasis in Richmond, KY
  • If you think that indoor sand volleyball and bowling would appeal to your kiddo then check out Southern Sports Lanes in Alexandria.
Those are just some ideas from the top of my head! Where is your go to rainy day place in Kentucky? 

Allison 
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Friday, October 10, 2014

The 10 Best Indoor Things to Do in Louisville with Kids






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Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky so it packs a big punch when it comes to entertainment. With so many options, you need to know what is the BEST fun for your family!  Here's our list of the our picks for indoor places to visit in Louisville.

1.  Louisville Mega Cavern - Mega Quest.  This ropes course in underground and climate controlled so there is never a bad time to go. It is awesome for kids 6 and up because they can manage the course best.  Parents will like it too!

2.  Kentucky Science Center.  It's the go-to for families looking for the downtown museum experience.  There are many levels of entertainment, a kids area and special events all of the time.  And, they just added a 4-Story Digital Theater that's amazing.
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3.  Rauch Planetarium.  Why see a movie when you can go to the planetarium and experience a unique show and learn something at the same time?  They have lazer light shows as well as public shows and events.

4.  Bluegrass Indoor Karting.  C'mon, it's a 1,000 ft long go-kart track. That's sweet!  Kids (and adults) over the age of 7 can race up to 8 karts for a great adrenaline rush.

5. Whet Your Palette.  Painting is definitely "in" these days but this place is special, it's kind of funky.  It's a large home that has been completely turned into a creative zone.   It is very affordable and you don't have to be a part of a formal class, you can just drop in.

6.  CLOSED Good Garbage.  Let trash become your child's next masterpiece.  Talk about let the creative juices flow - at Good Garbage, make robots out of random items, create a lamp out of bottles or maybe even jewelry out of buttons.

7.  Explore Downtown Louisville via the Louie Link Pedway System.  There's something about these tunnels that spark adventure with my kids.  They reach a new place and get excited like "Wow, a hotel!" or "No way, we are walking over the street."  We pair it with lunch somewhere and it's a day of indoor fun.

8.  House of Boom.  If you are looking for something indoors to do because it's cold outside, you'll warm up in minutes after you start jumping. They have a bunch of special times for preschoolers or children with special needs. 

9.  Stage One Family Theatre.  Plan ahead and get tickets to their public performances.   Live theater is so intriguing to kids and Stage One makes it really affordable to see a high quality live show in a really nice atmosphere at the Kentucky Center.
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10.  Louisville Stoneware.  It's been around since 1815 so you are definitely going to see something special.  Tour and learn about how unique it is and then paint your own pottery!  Be sure to ask to meet the one woman that's been putting on all of the handles to their pitchers and mugs for years - she does it all by hand and it's an art.

Stephanie

Here's a podcast from Louisville Family Fun with more ideas!
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Festival of Riverboats


Here in the Louisville area we are very lucky to have the Belle of Louisville on display for everyone to see day in and day out.

This year the Belle is celebrating it's 100 year anniversary, and there is a huge celebration planned! Riverboats from around the country will be on display during the event.

The event takes place from Tuesday October 14th - Sunday October 19th, each day there is live music, a free bicycle valet service (how awesome is that?!), a calliope contest, riverboat races and a food and beverage showcase.

Every day there is a special event of note like the balloon glow on Friday night, and the Belle's birthday bash on Saturday.

For more information check out the website here.

Allison 
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Monday, October 6, 2014

10 Local Pizza Places in Kentucky that you have to try!

I don't know about your piece of Kentucky, but in the Louisville Area pizza places are taking over! We have every style of pizza known to man, I decided to go on a quest, for the best local pizza places in Kentucky.

Without further ado, I present to you Kentucky Family Fun's Top 10 Local Pizza Places in Kentucky!

1. Miguel's - There is something about hiking at the Red River Gorge all day and coming up upon Miguel's that makes that pizza taste so awesome!

2. Smashing Tomato Pizza- They cook their pizza's in a wood burning oven that is heated to 800 degrees. Even more impressive is that Smashing Tomato is Kentucky’s only Neapolitan Pizza Restaurant certified by the Vera Pizza Napoletana.

3. Clifton's Pizza- Their pizza and calzones are out of this world. They are in a little hole in the wall restaurant in the Clifton neighborhood of Louisville.

4. Mister B's Pizza - Located in Henderson, they have been locally owned and operated for over 20 years. That's gotta be some great pie!

5. Mancino's Grinders & Pizza - They have some amazing pizza in Bowling Green at Mancinos. Located in my college town, it is strategically positioned next to a Baskin Robbins. Can you say Freshman....30?

6. Newport Pizza Company - Located in Newport, just across the river from Cincinnati they took their signature pie to a whole new level. With Cincinnati Chili topped pizza, as their signature pizza. Let me know if you give it a try.

7. Apollo Pizza -  They make the dough in house on a daily basis, and boast an 'almost gluten free' pizza. I am not entirely sure what that means but let me know if you figure it out!

8. Papleno's Restaurant - Reviewers on Yelp say that there pizza was nothing short of amazing and if you go there and don't order a pizza you have wasted a trip. They are located in Corbin.

9. Giuseppe's Neighborhood Pizzeria  - Situated in Covington they are an award winning pizza company. Their menu is pretty creative, as well. It might just be worth the trip.

10. Giovanni's Pizza- If you are ever in the Paris (Kentucky of course) area stop into Giovanni's Pizza for one of their famous pies.

Allison 
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Top 10 Halloween Celebrations in Kentucky.


Top 10 Halloween Festivities in Kentucky
Activities are rated on a "ghost scale"
1 ghost = Not Scary,  2 ghost = mildly scary, 3 ghosts = moderately scary, 4 ghosts = Very Scary


1. Halloween Train at the Kentucky Railway Museum. Trick or Treat on the train with various characters, costumes for your kiddos are encouraged!
                                                       


2. Halloween Family Weekends at General Butler State Park. You can enjoy glow in the dark 18 hole mini golf, haunted train track of terror and haunted maze shelter house. 
 




3. Halloween Campout Celebration at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. There is a pumpkin carving competition and costume contest. Be the most creative in decorating your campsite and you could win a free weekend stay! Haunted mini golf is also an option. 
                                                   

4. Harry Potter Party at the Graves County Public Library. Think a hogwarts themed scavenger hunt and a wand workshop. 
                                                 

5. Sinister Tombs Haunted House. This attraction is obviously for the older, less jumpy crowd. The website scared me. 
                                                     
 

6. Scarecrow Trail at Lost River Cave. This is a contest encouraging movement in children, the organizers are hoping to cut down on 'screen time' in kids. Instead you and your family will be creating a scarecrow to enter into the contest. 
                                                   


7. Museum Monster Mash at the National Corvette Museum.  There is trunk or treating, carnival games, arts and crafts and a costume contest. 
                                                     


8. Movies in the Garden at Liberty Hall. Take in a double feature in the garden. Before the show starts you can participate in face painting, a costume contest and a ghost tour. 
                                               
 

9. Harvest Festival at Evans Orchard. Each weekend leading up to Halloween you can take part in freshly cooked kettle corn, pony rides, hayrides and horse drawn wagon wides. 
                                                   

10. The World's Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo.  Take your little pumpkin to the zoo for trick or treating, pose with characters and check out the pumpkin carvings on display. 
                                             
                 
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