Monday, September 29, 2014

Light the Night Corn Maze at Mulberry Orchard

 photo lightthenightmulberry_zpsb5f61cb5.pngWe all think fall and corn mazes.....pumpkins.....roasting marshmallows over fires!  What if that all took place in the dark - with flashlights?!?!  That's Light the Night at Mulberry Orchard in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

You can find event details here on their website:

It's $5 per person and children 5 & under are free.  I think this would be totally fun for families with tweens/teens.  See their website for some rules about supervision.

You must bring a flashlight and you work your way through the corn maze at night.  At the end, you enjoy the fire, some cider and s'mores.  Sounds awesome, right?

It's October 11 and 25th - have fun!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Kentucky Doughnut Trail

I am sitting down to write this blog post, still in my workout clothes, there has to be some sacrilege to working out for an hour and then writing about this topic.

Everyone knows that Kentucky has the Bourbon Trail, some may know about the Urban Bourbon Trail. I am betting that you haven't heard of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail, you heard me right, the doughnut trail.

Here I have only been to one of the shops on the list, so I have some work to do! I don't believe that you get any sort of recognition for completing this list. Just know that you have supported local businesses and explored our great state just a little more!

With out further ado here is the list of stops on the trail.

Burke's Bakery and Delicatessen -                      
Box of Doughnuts from Nord's Bakery
121 West Main Street, Danville Kentucky
(859) 236- 5661
Visit their Facebook Page

Doughdaddy's -
3325 Lexington Road, Versailles Kentucky
(859) 873- 1355
Visit their website.

Magee's Bakery
726 East Main Street, Lexington Kentucky
(859) 252-3737
Visit their website

Nord's Bakery
2118 Preston Street, Louisville Kentucky
(502) 634-0931
Visit their website

Case at Doughdaddy's Doughnuts
Spaulding's Bakery
760 Winchester Road, Lexington Kentucky
(859) 252- 3737
Visit their website

Stella Jane's Bakery
809 Paint Lick Road, Berea Kentucky
(859) 358 - 6386

Susan's Country Bakery
5427 Highway 643, Waynesburg Kentucky
(606) 355- 2135

Anyone up for a road trip?
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: Newport Aquarium and the Penguin Encounter

Review of The Newport Aquarium and the Penguin Encounter. 

I was granted free admission for the purpose of this review. 

Over the last few years my family and I have visited the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY several times and we love it every time! This time was a bit different than the usual aquarium experience for my kiddos. They didn't know it upon arrival, but we had the opportunity to be involved with the penguin encounter

If you haven't been to the Newport Aquarium, I highly recommend it. At 10:15 in the lobby of the aquarium there is a penguin parade, a child from the audience gets to be the grand marshall, today they chose a little girl who was there celebrating a birthday. 
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An employee starting the parade

After the parade, we headed downstairs into the actual aquarium part. Today the crowd at the aquarium was just right for my family. It was easy to navigate and all of the exhibits were easily seen by my little guys.  
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My kids got their faces painted. A very special treat! 

The newest exhibit is called Turtle Canyon, which is an exhibit that featured several different kinds of turtles and even had a place for kids to touch the different turtles that were on display for that day. My youngest is a huge turtle fan so we had trouble getting out of that exhibit!

We finished up our aquarium tour with about 45 minutes before it was time to arrive for the penguin encounter, so we went out and across the Newport Levee area to Tom + Chee.

 photo DSCN1753_zps5f120c07.jpg After an early lunch it was time for our Penguin Encounter, I might have been more excited than my kids! The group we were in had a total of 15 people. We met in the lobby right outside of the gift shop, and we were greeted by our tour guides right at 12:30 (the start of our tour). They tell you to arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the tour because they don't grant late admission or reschedule the tour if you missed the group.

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, sharing nonstop penguin facts from the time he took us in to the penguin house until the very end. I wish that we had been given a fact sheet with all of the information we were given!

 photo DSCN1761_zpsa2cc075d.jpg Here is how the actual penguin encounter worked, we had 20 minutes to visit with the penguins and we were taken to a room that housed the penguins we were visiting. It wasn't cold in that room, the penguins we got to hang out with are African penguins and don't require the frigid climates.

While you are in the room they ask you to remain seated on the benches that line the perimeter of the room. A staff member brought several different penguins around to let us pet them, and at one point they rolled a plastic 'rock' for the penguin to stand on for a photo opportunity (taken by the staff) and available for purchase. Very quickly our time was over, and we were guided out to where we met as a group before the tour started.

 photo DSCN1766_zps2fb11485.jpg It was a very neat experience, but if it was up to me I would only do that tour if 1) I had a HUGE penguin lover in my life or 2) I had a big discount like the one that is going on currently. However, we were told that a large percentage of the cost goes to the Wave Foundation.

Additionally I would say that this is the type of extra where I would recommend the youngest child in your group be 5 years old. My 3 year old sat the entire time and was very good, but I have to tell you that I was shocked that he tolerated sitting there with minimal hands                                                       on activities happening.

We had a great time and we love going to the Newport Aquarium! If you decide to go tell them Kentucky Family Fun sent ya!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Black Gold Festival - Hazard KY

In Hazard, coal has been a huge part of life for the people of Hazard and they created a festival to celebrate it!

According to the Kentucky Tourism website it is one of the largest festivals in Kentucky.

September 18th-20th, Hazard puts on the Black Gold Festival. Friday and Saturday of the festival the General Lee car from the Dukes of Hazard will be there for photo opportunities.

On Saturday the 20th at 11am there is a parade. Fun land is popular with the little ones in your family with attractions like: inflatables, an obstacle course, mega slide , rock climbing wall, and bounce house. New this year is the addition of a magician!

There is not an admission cost, but I am sure there are fees for various activities.

Let us know if you check it out!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lake Shelby- Shelbyville KY

We are nearing the end of water activities in our great state but, as we all know the weather is so unpredictable that you and your crew might just be able to squeeze one more trip in.

The other night a reader told us about Lake Shelby in Shelbyville, KY and we knew we had to check it out!

Here are the details:

You can rent a canoe for $10 for 4 hours! That is amazing compared to some of the other prices nearby. The rental is per canoe, not per person. If you are feeling extra adventurous you can rent a canoe for 8 hours for $20.

At Lake Shelby they also have boat launches, paddle boats, row boats, RV camping and tent camping all for very reasonable prices!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

200 Years On the Ohio

The Farnsley-Morman Landing is hosting a really neat event September 20th and 21st from 10am - 2 pm both days.
They are doing a 'living history timeline', that starts in 1740 and spans through 1940. They will be showcasing historical re-enactments in a wide variety of categories that include: clothing, pastimes, food ways, tools and weapons.

On Sunday September 21st, at 1pm there is a baseball game set in the 1860s between the Cincinnati Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Buckeyes.

The cost is really affordable and is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. You can see all of the details here.

The Farnsley- Morman Landing is located in Louisville in the Pleasure Ridge Park area.

Let me know if you check it out!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Crawford Pumpkin Farm - Elizabethtown, KY

In Elizabethtown there is a really neat place to go and get your pumpkins to ring in fall's arrival. It is called Crawford Pumpkin Farm, you can check out their website here.

Now I realize that we are still in early September but hey planning is everything and there is a deal that goes along with it!

They offer a variety of activities that will keep your whole family busy! Think corn mazes, barrel train rides, hay rides and a petting zoo. 

They open September 20th and are open on Saturdays and Sundays through October 6th. 
Then their days of operation change to Monday - Sunday until October 31st. 

Now for the deal! Head over to Louisville Family Fun and check out their deals page here. There is a special offer linked up there that helps out on the cost of admission. Admission includes, the corn maze and all of the attractions in Sprigg's Playland. 

If you go to visit tell them Kentucky Family Fun sent you! 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs

Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs is an affordable day of family fun! So many activities are included in the ticket price - bring money for food (and bets, or course).

September 14 

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& November 9 too

Tickets are just $5 when purchased online and include:
Access to family-friendly seating in the brand new Grandstand Pavilion.
Easy access to all family activities.
A view of the race track.

And, $1 of every Family Pavilion Ticket purchased benefits Kosair Children’s Hospital- that's great!

(Ages 0-3 are FREE, Ages 4-12 are Children, Ages 13+ are Adults)

Activities may include: Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Inflatables, Face Painting, Corn Hole, Magician, Churchill Charlie, Stick Horse Races, Belle of Louisville Captain Meet N'Greet (Sept. Event), Kona Ice Truck, And much more!
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: The Arctic Scoop

I caught wind of a new ice cream place in Louisville just off of Hurstbourne lane, and I loaded up the kids.

The Arctic Scoop is located in the shopping center with the Barnes and Noble and took over the old Grater's Ice Cream location.

When we walked in, there were three large chalk boards with ice cream flavor options, mix in options and the other had milk options ( 14% fat milk, 10% fat milk,  yogurt base, soy or almond milk) I loved that there are so many options allowing everyone in your group to be able to enjoy a treat!

The very helpful staff explained the process to us, first you pick a type of milk, then choose a base for the ice cream. The base that I picked was the sugar cookie, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw them crumble an actual sugar cookie into the milk base. The other mix ins that I opted for were brownies and raspberries.

The staff added all of these ingredients into the mixing bowl before the freezing process began. The ice cream isn't actually made when you order it. All of the ice cream componants are made, mixed together and then frozen to order. They use liquid nitrogen to freeze your concoction into ice cream. My kids were fascinated watching the process happen. This is the only ice cream place of its kind in Kentucky.

The end result was a HUGE cup of ice cream, I got the 'regular' size as did my two kids! It was a ton of ice cream. I was told that it could be re-frozen before we left if we wanted to take it home and stick it in the freezer for later. That is such a nice option, however we weren't going straight home so we didn't go that route.

Here is the only thing I didn't love, and you can be sure I will still be back maybe just not as often.
It was a little pricey, the prices are $5 for a regular size cup and $7 for a large cup. They do not offer kid sizes, and each cup was way more than my 3 and 5 year old could handle. **Edit** As of this update they have added kids sizes! Yay! ** 

We did return the next day, see I told you it wouldn't keep me too far away! We returned because my kids were so excited to show their Dad who was at work when we ventured in the first time and my parents. We combatted the portion size problem by getting the kids to agree on a flavor to split. By doing it that way my kids had manageable sizes and I didn't feel badly throwing away what they couldn't eat.


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Newport Aquarium Deals and Discounts

My family loves the Newport Aquarium, we try to make it up there at least once a year. We would love to be able to go more often but living almost 2 hours away sometimes makes it but very hard time wise not to mention the expense.

Guess what I came across!? I am so excited about this I am going to have to talk the hubs into it!

September 8th, 2014 - October 2nd, 2014 the Newport Aquarium is giving 50% off "Additional Experiences" this means the Penguin Encounters and Backstage Animal Experiences are half off! Yay!

You can spend 20 minutes with the Penguins, up close and personal for $12.50 per person, this extra is normally $25!

The backstage animal experience is a behind the scenes look at how they care for all of the marine animals in their care for $7.50 per person, normally this is $15!

Check out their website here.
Louisville Family Fun did an overall review of the Newport Aquarium that you can see here.


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Friday, September 5, 2014

5 Kentucky Camping Destinations

It is no secret in my family that as close as I get to camping is staying in a hotel with no cable and scratchy sheets. To each his own, my husband and our two boys love it. Which is why I got to thinking about fall break with the post from yesterday and decided to expand on that. Think of this as 5 places in Kentucky that are perfect camping spots. I have been told that the crisp fall air makes for a perfect night to camp.
Here are our 5 Kentucky Camping Destinations:

 Turkey Foot is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, it is free to camp here and there are 6 to 15 campsites. According to the website they have restrooms to use nearby, bonus points in my book!  

Still Waters Campground is located in Frankfort, KY and they do require 4 days notice to book a campsite. Tent and RV camping have water and electric at all of the sites.

Little Patch of Heaven is located in Bardstown,KY "primitive camping" is $14 for 2 people. The name has recently changed from Holt's Campground. There is a lake on the property as well as restrooms near the sites.

Sparta Campground is located in Sparta, KY just 2 miles from the speedway. The cost is $25 for 2 adults per night, children under 12 are free!

Kentucky Lake's Big Bear Resort is located in Benton, KY and sits on Kentucky lake. The cost is $25 for 1-4 people, kids 6 and under are free.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

5 Fall Break Destinations in Kentucky!

It seems like kids have barely gotten the chance to use up their first glue stick and pack of pencils, but believe it or not fall break is just around the corner! 

Kentucky has some amazing destinations most are just a short car ride away.

Check out our 5 Fall break picks:

Red River Gorge, your scholars can stretch their legs all while enjoying nature's beauty. Fall colors = added bonus!

Newport Aquarium head up the road to Newport Kentucky and swim with the fish for a day, really you gotta check them out behind very thick glass but you get the point. Restaurants and shops all around the aquarium make your day very convenient.  Read a review by clicking here.

Mammoth Cave make the trip to Western Kentucky and check out the the most extensive cave system on Earth, think over 400 miles of caves!

Louisville Mega Cavern spend the day doing the activities that the mega cavern offers. Think zip lines and an areal ropes course all underground! Be sure to make reservations, their spots fill up quickly!  Read more about the Mega Quest by clicking here.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill go back in time with your family and get a taste of what life was like as a Shaker. Plus the homemade desserts always make it a worthwhile trip!

Where does your family end up for fall break? We would love to hear about your trip!


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall Family Fun at the Salato Wildlife Center

 photo IMG_6114_zps0f674abf.jpgWith cooler temps on the way, are you itching to get outside with the jeans and hoodies?  Indeed, it's that time of year.  We love the Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort and we are not the only ones.  It's a well-kept place to visit that's not as commercial as a big zoo but not as rustic as a nature preserve.  It's a wonderful place to spend a day!

 photo IMG_6054_zps8ba5e82b.jpg photo IMG_6071_zps257362ac.jpgCheck out this helpful post by LexFun4Kids about Fall events at the Salato Wildlife Center.

Here's a review by Louisville Family Fun as well.  Click here.


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