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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Free or Cheap Things to do in Kentucky over Winter Break!

The kids are officially out of school, for two weeks! What in the world are you going to do with your kids before school starts again?!

We have gathered 10 Free or Cheap things that you can do with your kids during winter break!

1. At the Boone County Public library in the Northern Kentucky Area you can take your kids to New Year's at Noon.  It starts at 11:30am and includes everything a New Years Eve celebration should including a ball drop!

2.  With the milder weather, it would be nice to walk through the arboretum in Lexington.  It's free!

3.  You and your family can head to the Owensboro Museum of Science & History. Admission is VERY reasonable at $3 per person, kids 2 and under are free.

4. In Berea you can check out the Artisan Center, the admission is free! The center features Kentucky Artisan pieces, from pottery to books you can find it there! They also have a restaurant in the center. Think mother/daughter trip!

5. For those of you with young kids, the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville offers a free playdate. It just so happens that the last one in December falls on Tuesday December 29th& January 2nd. It is from 8:30 - 9:30 and is for children 0-4.

6. How about some state history over the winter break?  Tours of the Governor's Mansion are free.  They advise that you give them a call first to check the schedule.

7. I have said it before but Ale 8 One is located in Winchester and they do free plant tours. It sounds like a bunch of fun and we are dying to go!

8. In Georgetown there is a Georgetown & Scott County museum, it is free to the public and might be worth the trip!

9.Better Than Ever in Paducah is really reasonable for some pop in art fun.  Watch their Facebook page because they keep it updated with specials - we saw a $5 off deal posted recently and it's already affordable!

10. Plan a family outing around taking a ferry.  Many of them are free and we think kids would really get a kick out of it.  See the ferry map and info here.   For example, you can use the KY Tourism website to search for the ferry of your choice and then choose nearby restaurants and attractions to formulate your day's activities!
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Most popular baby names in Kentucky for 2015!




As the year comes to a close we thought it might be fun to show you the most popular baby names in Kentucky for 2015. Did your kiddo's name make the list? 


10 most popular girl names of 2015

Sophia
Emma
Olivia
Ava
Mia
Isabella
Zoe
Lily
Emily
Madison


10 most popular boy names of 2015
Jackson
Aiden
Liam
Lucas
Noah
Mason
Ethan
Caden
Logan
Jacob
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas at Panther Creek Park!

If you are in the Owensboro area this event is for you!

We love this event not only because it helps bring you in to the Christmas season feeling festive but also the proceeds from the event benefits local non profits!

 Christmas festivities and giving at the same event? Count us in! 

This event is all done from the comfort of your vehicle, so pack your snacks and grab a cup of hot chocolate! 

The light display features over 400,000 lights  and it is so affordable!!  The display starts in late November and runs through early January in the evenings.
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Monday, December 7, 2015

7 Great Live Nativities in Kentucky




Fridays and Saturdays leading up to Christmas at the Creation Museum.

December 13th Middletown Christian Church (Louisville, KY)

December 14th - 18th Pikeville Medical Center  (Pikeville, Kentucky)

December 18th - 20th Bardstown Baptist Church  (Bardstown, Kentucky)

December 18th - 20th Kirsch Family Christmas Lights & Nativity (Butler, Kentucky)

December 19th - 21st The True Meaning of Christmas (Pendleton Kentucky)



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Monday, November 30, 2015

Have tea with Mrs. Claus!



This weekend make plans to head to the Shaker Village! Why, you ask?

To have tea with Mrs. Claus on December 5th of course! What a fun mother/daughter day to spend together. The Shaker Village is providing the perfect setting for a charming tea!

Take the time to get dressed up in your Christmas finest, and enjoy spiced cider, cookies and sandwiches to complete your afternoon! The fun starts at noon!

Tickets are $10 per person, but the best part of the admission cost is the fact that after the tea is over you are free to explore the grounds! Admission includes access to the following: The Historic Centre, The Farm and The Preserve
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Getaway with your girlfriends before the Holiday rush!

On December 5th, businesses Bellevue, Kentucky are hosting an event that is a perfect excuse to escape with your girlfriends before the hustle and bustle of the season gets out of control.

Let's face it, the shopping and gatherings are already starting but you owe it to yourself to make some time for just you and your friends to recharge your batteries. You will be a better momma and wife I promise!

But, I digress.


If you are a fan of Gone with the Wind this event is one that shouldn't be missed. The event is called  Costumes & Candy, Barbecue & Books: Gone With the Wind Comes to Bellevue, KY.  This event gives Gone with the Wind lovers a chance to learn about the costumes used in the film and see replica gowns up close and personal! 

At noon head to Mama C's Buttercream & Sprinkles to hear from Christopher Sullivan who is a leading expert on Gone with the Wind. He will share how the costumes were designed and what happened to them after the film was produced. 

Avenue Brew will be serving 'a twelve oaks barbecue' and dessert will be chocolates and confections provided by Witt's End Candy Emporium. 

After lunch, author Terry Lynn Crane will present "A taste of Gone with the Wind" at the candy shop. Her new book is called Fiddle Dee Dee Recipes: A Taste of "Gone with the Wind" It is a collection of recipes from the 1800s and some recipes that were used at her bed and breakfast Tarleton Oaks. 

See I am telling you, this event would be fantastic to attend with your girlfriends! 

Advanced tickets are required! Please email Kathy Witt (kathywitt24@gmail.com) or give her a call for more information 859-750-7668


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Dickens Christmas Festival



It is just about time for the 5th annual Dickens Christmas Festival to take place once again! 
The event takes place over 2 weekends:  December 5 and 6th and December 12th and 13th. 

You and your family can see scenes from the classic story "A Christmas Carol" acted out during various parts of the day. I would recommend that if you haven't read this story to your kids yet, to share the story with them before going to the festival. There are some dark spots to the story so making sure they know the whole story is a good plan. 

In addition to seeing the various scenes from the story there will be Christmas caroling, as well as a chance to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 

If you still have people to buy gifts for there will also be local vendors on site selling their creations. 

The festival is located in Eminence, Kentucky. You can buy tickets or find more details on their site

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tree Lighting at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass



Ya'll, the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass really know how to throw a party! So, celebrating the Holiday season is no exception!

On November 12th head over to Simpsonville and take advantage of the fantastic deals that will be happening on that night as well!

The entertainment portion of the evening will begin at 5pm and the tree lighting will take place at 7pm. Both of these activities will happen in the new phase of the outlet mall. Just an FYI, this event is also serving as the grand opening for the second phase of the outlets - like Johnny Rockets

Don't let the early date send you into a panic thinking about all that you have to do in order to be prepared. Instead take a deep breath and enjoy the beauty and magic of the holiday season with your family at the event! 

For more information on the event, click here
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Last Call for Family Adventure Day!


The last family adventure day of the season has arrived. If you have been yet now is the time to go since there won't be another one until 2016!

If you haven't heard of Family Adventure Day, let me enlighten you! It is a totally family friendly event that takes place at Churchill Downs right here in Louisville, Ky.

It is scheduled to take place on November 8th at 11:30am. Kroger is the title sponsor for this event which is awesome because this allows for a portion of the proceeds to go to Kosiar Children's Hospital. Win-Win, right?

You can expect all sorts of family fun like pony rides, bounce houses, petting zoos, face painting and crafts just to name a few things that you and your family can get into!

There is also a family friendly race viewing area and even a chance for your kiddos to call 'riders up' prior to a start of a race. How cool is that?!

Tickets start at $8 and can go up to $37 for indoor dining tickets.

I think it is a really cool thing to be able to experience the history and fun of Churchill Downs as a family. Who knows you might even win a little something while you are there too!

Allison 
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Rainy Day Indoor Activities in Northern Kentucky



It is getting to be that time of the year, where the weather is either rainy, cold or snowy. Here in Kentucky those days can seem to stretch on FOREVER. So we wanted to make your job easier and come up with a list of bad weather activities that you and your family can do no matter what the weatherman says is going to happen!

Newport Aquarium - Newport Aquarium is at the top of our list for family fun in the Northern Kentucky area.

Lazer Kraze 
Nothing cures the rainy day blues quite like a friendly game of lazer tag with your family!

Totters Otterville
Want your kiddos to burn off some steam but the playground is too muddy? This indoor play area is just what you need!

Jump Zone
If bounce houses make your kids super excited then this attraction will be right up their alley!

Axis Alley
Bowing always proves to be a fantastic time, no matter the weather!

XhilaRacing 
For slightly older kids let them experience the thrill of go kart racing!

This is just an example of 6 different things that you and your family can do when the weather isn't so great. We'd love to hear what you do with your family in Northern Kentucky when it is yucky outside!


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Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween at the State Parks!




It is officially Halloween week! If you are still trying to make up your mind about what to do with your little goblins you might consider the state parks!

In addition to providing fun for your family, you will also get to take in the beauty of the fall colors! I was driving this weekend and I kept pointing out beautiful trees to my husband.

Most of the Halloween events offered by the parks have already come and gone but  here are a few that you still have time to catch!

Just a word of warning several of these events aren't suited for kids under 10 years old.


Cave-in Movie, Oct. 31

Cascade Cave is offering a family-friendly movie inside the cave! (The film has not been selected. Check the park later.) The price is $5 per person at the door. Make sure you bring your own chairs because seating isn't provided! 

Tour of Terror, Oct. 30-31

Cumberland Falls is a totally different place at night! There are lots of stories supernatural events that have taken place in the area. Guides will take you on a tour of of the park that you will never forget. Not recommended for children under 10. Your adventure will begin at the visitor center near the falls area. Cost is $10 per person. Tickets will go on sale at 7 p.m. each night at the visitor center.

Haunted Frontier, Oct. 29-31

Want to take a walk through one of the oldest and haunted cemeteries in Kentucky? Then head to Old Fort Harrod State Park! The experience starts at dark and lasts until 10 p.m. for only $5 a person. This activity is not recommended for children under 10. 


Ghost Walk, Oct. 30-31

White Hall State Historic Site  is offering an alternative to the typical haunted house. "Ghosts" will come out of the darkness to tell the incredible stories of the Clay family, but in a theatrical history lesson tour that is very family-friendly. Afterwards, guests are treated to hot apple cider and cookies. Tickets are $10 per person and are by reservation only. Tours run from 7-9:30 p.m.

There is more information on the KY State Parks page. 
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Kentucky Burgoo



After you and your family have raced through the corn mazes and picked the perfect pumpkin this weekend chances are you are going to have a serious appetite worked up! Sometimes after a day of running around dinner out doesn't sound appealing.

So grab your crockpot and get ready to fix your family a tasty meal to come home to after a day of fun!

This is my father - in - law's recipe for Burgoo, a dish native to Kentucky. Don't let the name burgoo scare you off. This is very similar to a hearty stew.



Kentucky Burgoo:


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 pounds pork shoulder or country ribs, cut into large pieces (3 to 4 inches wide)
2 pounds chuck roast, stew meat, or other inexpensive cut of beef, cut into large pieces (3 to 4 inches wide)
5 chicken legs or thighs (bone-in)
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 quart chicken stock or broth
1 quart beef stock or broth
1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
2 large potatoes
1 bag of frozen corn
1 bag of frozen lima beans
Salt and pepper
4-8 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Instructions:

1 Heat vegetable oil on medium-high heat in a large soup pot (at least 8 quart size).  When the oil is shimmering hot, working in batches brown all the meats.  Make sure not to over crowd the meat or it won't brown properly. Let the meat pieces get well seared. Put the meat in the crockpot.

2 Add the remaining ingredients to the crockpot and cook on low for 5 hours.


3. Strip the chicken off the bone and discard skin if you want. Break the larger pieces of meat into smaller, more manageable pieces.


To serve, taste one more time for salt, and add either more Worcestershire or salt if you want. Serve with crusty bread or cornbread and a bottle of hot sauce on the side.




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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Trick or Treat at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass!



Every year it seems like there are fewer and fewer houses in our neighborhood participating in Halloween. I don't exactly know why, but I do know seeing disappointed little ghosts and goblins makes me sad!

This year at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass you and your kiddos can trick or treat at the outlet mall! The event lasts from 2 until 5 on October 31st (Halloween). Heck with those hours you can trick or treat at the outlet shops AND go home and trick or treat. Who knows maybe you will score some spooky good deals.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the location the outlets are located in Simpsonville just off I-64. You can see it from the highway!

If you are one of the first 150 families to visit guest services then your kiddo will receive a FREE trick or treating bag!

If you and your family go make sure to send pictures!
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Friday, October 16, 2015

Robbery on the Rails at Kentucky Railway Museum!

Photo Courtesy: Kentucky Railway Museum

It seems like to me that every time I turn around the Kentucky Railway Museum, in New Haven is hosting another fantastic event.

That being said get ready to mark another event on your calendar! The weekend of October 24th and 25th you can be apart of a train robbery!

This train robbery happens on both Saturday and Sunday at 2pm! The excursion lasts for 2 hours and takes you through the Rolling Fork River Valley.

Photo Courtesy: Kentucky Railway Museum
The robbery features actors on horseback and law enforcement throughout the train to protect the passengers.

The best part of this event is that a portion of the proceeds go to support the Crusade for Children. So, if you go think about bringing a little extra cash for a donation. It isn't required but if you could it sure would be nice.

You can purchase tickets here.
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Corn Mazes in Kentucky


We have covered the pumpkin patches around our great state. Let's move on to the fun of corn mazes! There are several around Kentucky, so without further adieu here is our list of corn mazes around Kentucky.

Lots of pumpkin patches in the area have corn mazes but not all, so if you are wanting to do both make sure you check with the farm first.

 Gallrein Farms

Mullberry Orchard 

Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch Were else but Kentucky can you find a corn maze tribute to American Pharaoh?

Kentucky's largest corn maze is in Mayfield Kentucky and is called A-Maize-ing Farms

Trunnell's Farm Market 

Union Corn Maze and Hayride

Gardner Family Farms and Corn Maze

Thomas Dairy Farm and Market

Bi-Water Farm

Chaney's Corn Maze 


Just Piddlin' Farm

Sunny Acres Farm

Hinton's Orchard 

Kinman Farms 

White Oak Pumpkin Patch 

Sally Gap Pumpkin Patch 

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Jack-O-Lantern Spetactular

October is the time of year for carving pumpkins, or if you are like me dreaming up ideas for cool ways to carve pumpkins...and not doing it. 
I digress. 

Starting this weekend, the jack-o-lantern spectacular opens to the public. The event is located at Iroquois park and I am just going to be up front here, is a little bit on the pricey side. Sunday - Thursday the price is $12 for adults and $9 for children. Friday - Saturday the price for adults is $15 and $12 for children.  However, it is an experience that is totally unique. 

The trail of pumpkins winds through a 1/4 mile trail of Iroquois park and features over 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins. 

Check out some of these pictures from their Facebook page. You can find more information on their website




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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Shadows of Federal Hill




Tis the season for all things spooky, and an upcoming event in Bardstown is no exception.

The event takes place October 23 and 24 at My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

The tour of My Old Kentucky Home begins with a walk up a latern-lit path to the visitor's center, complete with a 19th century hearse. An undertaker will lead guests into the Federal Hill mansion with the mood set by (presumably) spooky music.

In each room of the mansion, participants of the tour will see visitors and residents of the mansion, even Stephen Foster makes an appearance!

Here are more details from the website:


“Shadows of Federal Hill” is an hour-long ghost tour experience that begins each evening at 6 p.m. Admission is $16/adults and $10/children, and includes Victorian treats (cookies and candy), a fortune teller and hay rides.

Make it a haunted weekend and overnight in Bardstown, one of the most haunted places around, according to world-renowned Certified Ghost Hunter Patti Starr, who conducts ghost treks through the streets of Bardstown every Saturday night (with Fridays added in October). Several of Bardstown’s 17 bed and breakfast inns are known to be haunted, including the Jailer’s Inn and Old Talbott Tavern.

Be sure to let us know if you take part in this adventure! 

Allison 
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Distilleries to Visit in Kentucky



It is a well known fact that Kentucky is a haven for Bourbon lovers. There is a whole bourbon trail, that caters to those who want to learn more about the spirit. Did you know that the commercial production of moonshine is really taking off here in the bluegrass state?

I thought it might be fun to provided a list of all the different distilleries in Kentucky that invites visitors in for tours. Keep it handy, you know in case you ever have a moment away from the kids!

Let's start in Bardstown, shall we?

Heaven Hill

Barton 1792

Willett

Four Roses (this is only their warehouse tours and technically in Cox's Creek but it is VERY Close)

Jim Beam Stillhouse (again technically Clermont but super close to Bardstown.)

Next up the small but mighty Lebanon. 

Kentucky Cooperage

Limestone Branch

...in Danville

Wilderness Trail Distillery

Near the Frankfort/Versailles/Lexington Area

Buffalo Trace

Woodford Reserve

Town Branch Distillery

In Bowling Green 

Corsiar Distillery

Hopkinsville 

Casey Jones Distillery

Around Louisville 

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

Copper and Kings

In Paducah 

Paducah Distilled Spirits

Whitesburg
Kentucky Mist Moonshine Distillery









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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Five Fantastic Festivals in October


October is the perfect month for venturing somewhere new.  The scenic routes around the state are full of colors - so even the drive makes for a part of a perfect outing.  Here are five awesome festivals taking place this month that we think are worth getting to!

St. James Court Art Show (Louisville, early October) - This is a staple!  Set in the historic Victorian district of Old Louisville, this festival is an eclectic mix of shopping, entertainment and art.  It has something for everyone - even the kids.  

Hunter's Moon Fall Festival (Grand Rivers, early October) - There are three days of fun for this festival complete with a pancake breakfast, a pageant, a parade, stage with entertainment and a kids area.  There's a trolley around town for free and......cake walk - need we say more. 

Mt. Washington Fall Festival (Mount Washington, Mid-October) - This festival is made possible by the local Lions Club.  Car show, fish fry, carnival, wild west show, vendors and more.  It's FREE!

ColorFest at Berheim (Clermont, Mid-October) - It's a celebration of exactly what it says,the gorgeous colors of the season.  Berheim is great all year round, but perfect in the fall.  Crafts, hayrides, slingshots - what's not to love?   Free admission ($5 environmental fee per car for non-members)

Woolly Worm Festival (Lee County, late-October) - Does the name say it all?  What a name, right?    It's everything you want in a festival - stages full of random entertainers from animal acts to bluegrass music, a car show and.....a woolly worm race you won't want to miss.


Stephanie

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Party for the Pumpkins

Fall has got to be my absolute favorite season, as if you didn't pick up on that yet! So when the event taking place in Lexington called Party for the Pumpkins popped up in my Facebook feed I knew that it needed to be shared!

On October 17th from 2pm - 6pm you and your family can go party with the pumpkins! This event takes place at the Arboretum located on the University of Kentucky's campus. Did you know that they have an arboretum that the public can visit? Here is a link to their website if you want to learn more.

The event on the 17th is a fundraiser for the arboretum, and all of the proceeds from the event will go back to the arboretum.

There is lots of family friendly fun to be had during the pumpkin party, like live music, seasonally delicious food and amazingly carved pumpkins.

There will be uncarved pumpkins available for sale during the event and children under 12 years old will receive a free pumpkin with paid admission.

Children are encouraged to wear their halloween costumes to this event as well.

If you and your family decide to head to the Party for the Pumpkins make sure you tell us all about it!

Allison 
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

10 Things to Know about Barbecue on the River in Paducah


1) It takes place September 24-26th  (last weekend in September) in historic downtown Paducah.  

2) Admission is FREE!

3) There are multiple stages so there's pretty much live entertainment everywhere you turn.

4) It's all for charity!

5) Go hungry - folks will cook up over 80,000 lbs of pork and chicken and you'll want to sample quite a bit.

6) There's a huge list of vendors so there's something to delight everyone. 

7)  For the kids - lots to see! Plus facepainting, balloon animals and more.  

8) Plan ahead- there will be over 40,000 people there!  

9)  Get ahead of some of the calories you'll consume by participating in the United Way 5K and Fitness walk that also takes place this weekend in conjunction with the festival. 

10) There's more than just BBQ - check out Fixins Row!  Did someone say FRIED PIES????

Have fun!
Stephanie
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Best Drives in Kentucky for Fall Colors




It is no secret around my house that I love fall. In fact, I have a batch of pumpkin butter and apple butter on the stove to give to neighbors as "happy fall" presents! So when the first leaf starts to turn the glorious fall colors I do a happy dance!

What better way to see the fall beauty of our state than to go cruising on the back roads.

I present to you 4 back roads to take during the fall!

1. Venture over to Pine Mountain Road. This showcase of fall beauty is located in Breaks Interstate Park, this park straddles the West Virginia/Kentucky line. Check out more information about the drive here.  Be sure to take your time, as the road is very, very curvy.

2. Head to the Red River Gorge. This area is filled with natural beauty any time of the year but there seems to be something just magical about fall! Drive the roads in the gorge and be sure to stop at Miguel's for pizza while you are out that way!

3. Ironworks Pike, in Lexington is a great road for a fall sightseeing trip. Traveling on this road will take you past the Kentucky Horse Park and past many beautiful fall sights!

4. Head over to Clearmont and drive through Bernhiem Forest. Then park the car and hop out for a hike to see the colors up close and personal.


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Friday, September 18, 2015

Harrodsburg Ghost Walk



We are quickly approaching fall, in fact I have already declared it fall in my home. With the arrival of fall also brings slightly spooky activities, and that is exactly what is happening in Harrodsburg, Kentucky starting this weekend. 

The tour is appropriate for the whole family, just be prepared to walk for 1 mile during the tour. The guide for the tour is dressed in 1850's apparel and lights the path with a lantern. 

The start time is 7:30pm and will last until about 9:30pm. Participants should meet at front parking lot of Fort Harrod by the Old Sage Orange tree & the tour ends at the Fort Harrod Cemetery.

Here is more information about the tour taken from their website: "The Historical Ghost Walk is for those that have a love for the unexplained, paranormal or history. The tour guides will tell you the history of Harrodsburg, unexplained events, local folk lore and reveal evidence that they have captured on their investigations of the historic downtown area. This walk includes a tour of a historic mansion that has active unexplained events in it."

This is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour does go up and down a couple of hills. Cost is $10.00 per person, 12 & older; under 12 are free.

Here are the dates for the tours this year: 

  • Sep 18, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Sep 19, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Sep 25, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Sep 26, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Oct 02, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Oct 03, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Oct 09, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Oct 10, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Oct 16, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Oct 17, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Oct 23, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Oct 24, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Oct 30, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
  • Oct 31, 2015 
         7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs!




It is time for Family Adventure Day once again!

If you haven't heard of Family Adventure Day, let me enlighten you! It is a totally family friendly event that takes place at Churchill Downs right here in Louisville, Ky.

It is scheduled to take place on September 27th at 11:30am. Kroger is the title sponsor for this event which is awesome because this allows for a portion of the proceeds to go to Kosiar Children's Hospital. Win-Win, right?

You can expect all sorts of family fun like pony rides, bounce houses, petting zoos, face painting and crafts just to name a few things that you and your family can get into!

There is also a family friendly race viewing area and even a chance for your kiddos to call 'riders up' prior to a start of a race. How cool is that?!

Tickets start at $8 and can go up to $37 for indoor dining tickets.

I think it is a really cool thing to be able to experience the history and fun of Churchill Downs as a family. Who knows you might even win a little something while you are there too!

Allison 
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Trimble County Apple Festival

If a festival has been going for 25 years, it has to be good. And, anything apple sounds really good this time of year.  In Trimble County, they do it right with the Trimble County Apple Festival.

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Photo courtesy of the Trimble Apple Fest website


It's this weekend - September 12 & 13th in Bedford, KY just northeast of Louisville and with the weather looking great, we are thinking this is the place to be.  Tons of good food and family fun!

They will have the following events:
SCHEDULE of EVENTS
SATURDAY
10:00 Festival Opens, Miss Apple Festival, Little Miss & Mr. Pageant
11:00 Sweetheart & Princess Pageant
11:30 - 6:00 pm Bands and Entertainment

SUNDAY
11:00 Community Worship Service (non-denominational)
12:30 - 5:00 Bands & Entertainment

Even better, they offer FREE ADMISSION!

Check out this small town fun - even if it's not in your small town!

 Stephanie
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

It's the Great Pumpkin Patch Express, Charlie Brown!

You guys, there is a super awesome event happening in New Haven in October. I realize that we are still in very early September, but this is a two day event and I am quite sure that the it will sell out.

On the weekend of October 3 -4 head out to the Kentucky Railway Museum with your family and hop on the pumpkin patch express! The train will head out 2 times each day at 11 am and 2 pm.

You and your family will board the train headed to the pumpkin patch! Once and the pumpkin patch you and the kids in your party can choose the perfect pumpkin from the very 'sincere' pumpkin patch!

There are photo ops with Charlie Brown and Snoopy, bounce houses, mini golf, a coloring station, games and more!

Tickets are $20 per person and it is strongly encouraged to purchase the tickets in advance! Kids are also welcome to wear their Halloween costumes!

You can purchase tickets here. 
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Friday, September 4, 2015

Kentucky Bourbon Festival - Bardstown, KY

The Bourbon Festival starts in Bardstown on September 15th and runs through September 20th.

When you think of bourbon, typically family friendly doesn't come to mind. However, the distilleries have really started making strides lately to up the family appeal.

Balloon Glow Photo Courtesy: KY Bourbon Festival
This is especially evident with the evolution of events that are popping up at the festival of late. Of course there are events that are absolutely geared towards adults and discretion is absolutely encouraged.

That being said check out these events happening at the Bourbon Festival that your kids are sure to love!

On the first day of the festival, kicking things off is a balloon glow, in the evening of September 15th.

For the car lovers in your family there is a car show on Friday, September 18th. Getting my husband and boys to leave a car show is difficult so plan for a lot of time.

Starting on September 18th there is also a family fun area, with bounce houses, games and train rides.

On Saturday, September 19 the World Championship Barrel Relay takes place as well a 'train
Barrel Racing Photo Courtesy: KY Bourbon Festival
robbery' at the Kentucky Railway Museum.

If you decide to leave the kids at home and make it an adult experience, there is a brand new attraction this year. It is called The Loft. It is a VIP lounge with a private bar and spectacular views of all of the happenings at the festival. If you choose to buy tickets to the loft, each ticket holder gets a bourbon swag bag and a chance to meet with bourbon royalty. Word is those tickets are extremely limited so if you decide to do that make sure to grab your tickets early!

For more information about all of the things happening at the Bourbon Festival and the pricing of various events check out the website.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dog Shows at The Kentucky Horse Park

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If a visit to The Kentucky Horse Park has been on your list, why not plan it for this week/weekend?
Why?

I am glad that you asked!

Starting on Wednesday August 26th - 30th the Bluegrass Classic Dog Show takes place. If you children are huge animal lovers like mine are then dogs and horses are totally the best of both worlds. Who am I kidding? That combo is my happy place too!

A trip to the Horse Park and the dog show will set you back a total of $10. The admission to the park is $5 and it is $5 for the dog show. The admission price is for the car load not per person.

On Saturday and Sunday there are "meet the breeds" sessions that take place. So, if you and your family have been considering a specific type of breed that is at your local shelter (hint, hint!) it is a great time to get up close and personal and learn more about the breeds.

The judging at the shows start at 9 am Weds and Thurs and 8 am Friday and Saturday. The dogs will be judged on obedience and agility.

If you decide to go make sure you let me know!



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Five Fantastic Festivals for Families in September

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Can you say "Five Fantastic Festivals for Families" five times, fast?  I can't.  But, I can tell you about it.  We LOVE festivals in Kentucky and it seems just about every town waits until the lovely fall weather rolls in and BAM - it's festival time.  Here are five amazing options!

Balloons, Tunes & BBQ in Bowling Green:  September 10-13th.  Kids area, live entertainment, amazing food.  Best news:  Admission is free for kids 10 and under!

Kentucky State BBQ Festival in Danville:  September 11 -13th.  Eat your heart out!  Best news: it's totally FREE.

Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown:  September 15-20th.  C'mon - celebrating our state's love of bourbon can indeed be family fun. There's a family zone and a balloon glow.  Best news: Live music throughout the weekend!

Nulufest in Louisville: September 26th.  It's an all day street festival for shopping, eating and kids' area fun.  Good ole street fair, I like it!

Ham Days in Marion County: September 27-27th.  They serve over 4,500 pounds of country ham.  For real.  How can that not be good?


See even more options on our Annual Events calendar page!

Stephanie

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Date Night Idea: Paint with the Penguins

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I have an obsession with penguins, I absolutely love them. In fact I got to do the penguin encounter at the Newport Aquarium. You can see that post here.

Well, the Newport Aquarium is having another event featuring their penguins. It happens Thursday August 26th, from 7pm -10pm. Think you could find a baby sitter and make a date night of it? 

The cost of the ticket, which is a little expensive at $49.95 includes everything that you will need. Paint and paint supplies. Also, included in the price of the ticket are hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. 

The best part of the evening is getting to watch the penguins 'paint'. The penguins are given canvases and paint to create their own works of art. At the end of the evening the paintings are auctioned off and the proceeds benefits the WAVE foundation. 

Tickets can be purchased here

If you go make sure you share pictures! 
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekend Fun around Kentucky!

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With school being back in session and the homework already flowing, I think we could all use a little family fun this weekend!

Here are some things for you and your family to get into this weekend no matter where you are in Kentucky!

Head to the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and spend the day on Saturday. There is a lot of different things going on this weekend like a half marathon, kids fun run, hay rides and you can end the evening with happy hour on the lawn.

Take your kids to see the production of Cinderella. This is takes place in Elizabethtown, at the PAC check out Elizabethtown Family website for more details.

If you are in the Lexington area check out the Chevy Chase Street Fair. For 5 years in a row the area businesses have done this event to thank the community for their support. There will be food, family fun and live music.

In Cave City- On the 25th tours of Mammoth Cave are free. Just note that you have to reserve your spot online prior to tour.
This isn't during the weekend but it is close enough that if you live near the area it might be worth the trip.

These events are just a few of the many amazing things that are going all over our great state this weekend. No matter what you get into make sure that you let us know! We love to see pictures!
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Family Fun & Discounts for the Kentucky State Fair

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So the Kentucky State Fair starts this week ya'll. I am sure that it was on your radar screen somewhere but now that school is back in swing the weeks run into each other.

The fair runs from August 20th and ends August 30th, 2015.

The fair is pretty awesome, I mean anywhere that you can get fried food on a stick pretty much jumps to the front of the awesome line for me.

I thought that I would break the fair into some easy to navigate categories for you and your family should you decide that you want to head and see how many cows you can count!

Admission to the fair is $10 per adult, kids 6-12 are $6 and kids 5 and under admitted free. Don't forget that you will also need to pay to park and parking is $8.  If you have a large group, the best deal happens on 8/20 & 8/27 when it's carload day and it's just $20/carload for admission + parking!

Some of the free things to do at the Fair : 

Check out all of the various livestock. In the West Wing you will find dairy cattle, beef cattle and Miller’s Border Collies

In the Pavillon, you and your kids can visit the poultry, pigeons, rabbits, swine and sheep.

You can always go and check out the beautiful crafts and food that people have made (in the South Wing) but my kids only want to do a fly through while we are visiting the fair. I never have the luxury to really take in the incredible craftsmanship. Perhaps your kids are more patient than mine are.

There are countless daily shows.  See the list here.  Any "Paw Patrol" fans out there?

Some Additional Costs at the Fair: 

There are always rides to ride and games to play at the fair, it is a given. There are some pricing options that you should be aware of.

You can purchase a wrist band for the midway a few different ways:
If you buy them online you can get a discount, you can order them here. Or, you can buy them at Kroger through 10pm on 8/19 and save!  If you are a procrastinator like I am and don't order them online, the wristbands will cost you $25 per person.   They are just $12 for kids under 12 years old that are 56" tall and under.
You can also purchase individual ride tickets on site as well.

Don't forget to plan on spending some money on the midway games as well. It isn't the fair if you don't try to win a giant stuffed monkey.

Did you know Kentucky Kingdom is right there?  They have a special deal for KY State Fair attendees.  
From their website:
Get your Kentucky Kingdom ticket in advance for $9.95 (+tax) at all area Kroger Stores.
Also available at our front gates for $19.95 (+tax).
Kentucky State Fair admission and KEC parking sold separately.

The food vendors will also set you back some change but in my family summer doesn't officially come to a close until we eat a corn dog and a roasted ear of corn.

Here are some past reviews from Louisville Family Fun:
Click here.
And, click here.
And - 4H stuff and FOOD - click here.

Chances are you and your family have been to the fair at least once of twice, so tell me. What do you look forward to the most while you are there?

Allison 
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Mayberry Festival in Lebanon



This weekend marks the annual Mayberry Pie Festival in Lebanon, Kentucky.
The festival started on August 13 and runs through August 16.

If you think that you have what it takes as a fisherman Andy's Fishing Tournament starts at 6am and lasts until Noon on Saturday.

Students can enter the Opie's Fishing tournament lasting from 12:30 - 2:30.

For both of the fishing tournaments there are prizes awarded.

Enter the pie eating contest at 2pm, for a $7 entry fee you could take home the blue ribbon and a $50 grand prize. Assuming that you have what it takes to gobble down pies in record time!

Don't forget to catch the 3PM showing of the show "Tied Up in Knotts" starring Karen Knotts (Don Knotts daughter)

Starting at 5 pm on Saturday you and your family can hear the Honeysuckle String Band play, this is a free activity.

At 6pm attendees are invited to have dinner in one of the restaurants on Main Street, where the restaurants will be serving up Mayberry specials.

This festival sounds like the perfect way to have some good old fashioned family fun!

Have you been before? Do you plan to go?
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Monday, August 10, 2015

End Summer with Natural Bridge State Park



Can ya'll even believe that school starts for some districts this week?! My kiddos start on Wednesday and I am not ready for all the homework I they will have to do!

Someone asked me recently how I would spend the last few days of summer vacation, you know if I didn't have to go to my day job. 

Here is what I would do:

I would head to Natural Bridge State Park. With the many miles of trails to hike, and amazing scenery along the way, it is the perfect way to stretch your legs before the reality of school sets in! 

In the park there is also a mini golf course that is open from Memorial Day until October. There is a fee that is charged per round, so be sure to keep that in mind. 

There is also a pool that the public can use for a $4 for adults and $3 for kids if you aren't staying in the cottage. Cottage guests can use the pool free of charge. 
The sky lift is also a classic part of Natural Bridge State Park! If your legs or the little legs in your group tire easily then there is a sky lift to take you to the top! It is $12 per person so that can add up quickly! 

While there aren't a tremendous amount of restaurants in the area, there is one that you absolutely can't miss. It is called Miguel's Pizza. I am not sure what makes the pizza so good, maybe it is because you don't have many choices. What ever the reason it is delish! 



Now that you have heard what I would do to squeeze the most out of the remaining days of summer, I want to know what you would do! 
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Shelbyville Horse Show is not to be missed!

Unless you grew up in the horse world like I did, chances are slim that the Shelbyville Horse Show is even on your radar. I am here to tell you that it should be!

Nestled in the Saddlebred capital of the world, this historic show now in it's 26th year is the pride of Shelbyville!


The show starts on the last Wednesday in July and runs through Saturday and takes place at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.  Every night the show starts at 7pm and ends at 9pm.

There are several different ways that you can experience the show. It is of course, a kid friendly atmosphere and the kids will love getting to see the horses perform! My kids would also love causing me to go broke at the different food vendors, between the lemon shake ups to the corn dogs they would be in total junk food heaven.

If a date night is something that you are long overdue for, then find a babysitter for the kids and make plans to head out to the show on Saturday night. Saturday night at most every Saddlebred horse show, is a cause for celebration. Attendees of the show go all out and dress up in fancy dresses and men throw on a shirt and tie. There is an option to purchase a ticket for the Horseman's Club which gives you access to the catered buffet and the bar. After the show on Saturday there is a dance celebrating the successful week.

If you opt for the date night option, I would hit Main Street in downtown Shelbyville and visit the amazing shops. Seriously the shops on Main Street are worth a whole trip by themselves.

If you head to the show, I want to hear all about your experience.

Allison
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Friday, July 24, 2015

SomerSplash in Somerset!

Did you know that Somerset has a water park?

I didn't either, but it looks pretty incredible! It is called SomerSplash! With the dog days of summer really in full swing, you have to find a way to cool off!

The water park has a lazy river, a wading pool for smaller kids, tube slides, body slides and so much more!

Tickets for those who are 48 inches or taller cost $16.95, for your kids that aren't quite 48 inches the cost of admission is $14.95. If you have no plans to join in on the fun, there is a minimal cost of $3.00 to hang out and stay dry!

The Hours for the park are as follows:

May- July
Monday - Saturday: 11 AM - 7 PM
Sundays: 1 PM - 7 PM

*August
*(Aug. 8th SomerSplash will be on a weekend only Schedule)
Saturday 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29: 11 AM- 7 PM EST
Sunday 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30: 1-7 PM EST

The best part about the location of the water park in my mind is that it is so close to Lake Cumberland, so you and your family can take advantage of the proximity and make a fun weekend out of the area! 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Family Events at Shaker Village



The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill has some great family programming in addition to the traditional tours that they already offer.

In the next few weeks they really have some amazing events for you to consider taking your family to. Just a note, one is a little more of a 'splurge' but it might be a nice back to school treat for your kids.

On July 25th (that is this coming Saturday) the village is hosting a family camp out! It is suggested for ages 6+. Their website describes it this way:
 "Calling all adventure seekers! Bring your sleeping bags for this action-packed night in the dark that barely leaves room for a little shut-eye. Discover plenty of behind the scenes exploration, glow adventures, free time with fellow explorers and much more. Fee includes cookout and breakfast, as well as complimentary admission to the Village, which grants you access to The Historic Centre, The Farm and The Preserve, with a full day of self-guided and staff-led tours, talks, demonstrations, activities, farm experiences and more."

The cost is $65 but, it would be a great way to end summer with a bang. Click here for more information.

The next event coming up is on August 29th and is called the Family Village Chase. It is modeled after the Amazing Race. Compasses, binoculars and other tools are helpful at this event, which is basically like heaven to my children. The price to take part in this event is $10 and you can get tickets here. 

Have you visited the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill before?



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Friday, July 17, 2015

Shakespere in Smothers Park




If you feel like you need a little culture in your life for FREE this weekend, then we have an idea for you!

There is a performance of The 12th Knight in Smothers Park in Owensboro, Kentucky. The free shows are on July 18th and July 25th at the River Overlook stage in Smothers Park begining at 7:00pm. You can read more information about the performance here.

If you are feeling particularly brave, why not make a whole day of it? Smothers Park might be one of the coolest free parks in Kentucky if not the best! Let your kiddos get their wiggles out at the park, grab a bite to eat and then settle in for the show!

If you haven't read about all there is to do in Owensboro with kids be sure to check out this post! You can't go wrong with a little FREE family fun!

Allison 
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BreyerFest at the Kentucky Horse Park


Are you looking for something to do this weekend and crossing your fingers that the weather will be nice? We are too! 

Head to the Kentucky Horse Park and check out BreyerFest. It starts on Friday July 17th and runs through Sunday July 19th. 9am to 5pm all of the days. BreyerFest is the annual model horse festival and horse fair for Breyer model horses.
It will take place in the covered arena of the horse park. What's really cool is that horses that have been models for the figurines will be at this BreyerFest! Your child will get to see those horses in action and have a chance to get a photo of the horse! 

There will also be crafts and kid friendly activities that will be sure to satisfy your horse loving family members! 

Admission is $15 and children under 6 are free! 

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Issac's Cafe at Bernheim Forest

On Tuesday of this week I was invited to Bernheim Arboreum and research center to check out all of the things that they had been working on in Issac's Cafe.



*Cue the musings that Bernheim even has a place to eat*

Believe me. They do, and if you haven't indulged you are missing out.

They are really rocking out with the food they are serving to their customers especially in the space that they have to work in. They have a kitchen that is slightly bigger than a food truck kitchen, with only crockpots and a panini press to work with. In another building there is an oven where they can make a very small percentage of the items that they sell. That space is truly the little kitchen that could.

Exactly 200 steps away from the cafe you will find the Edible Garden.
So far this season they have harvested 150 lbs of food that has been used in the cafe. Ya'll that is an incredible amount of food!

I was privileged enough to sample some of the items on the Summer here.
menu that rolled out on June 10th. I have to be honest when I was presented with the Kale Slaw and Roasted Beet Salad I politely took some because I was the guest who was there to write about the food. I took seconds and maybe even thirds I lost track because it was so amazingly delicious. You can check out the menu

The turkey lemon twist was for sure my favorite sandwich with the nutty bird coming in a close second.

The cafe offers a vegan menu that would rival any restaurant in Louisville, because they know what vegans are looking for having vegans on staff.

The miso soup with tons of fresh veggies to add in, was so good I was wishing that I had a thermos or at least an empty container to take home a serving for lunch the next day!

I encourage you to bring your kids for a hike around Bernheim and a tour of the garden (please don't pick the produce) and finish off the day with lunch in the cafe.

The cafe is open daily from 11am to 4pm.

When will you go to try out the food?

Allison
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