Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Kentucky Farm Fest

We love affordable family fun as much as the next person, possibly more, so when we saw this event we knew our readers had to know about it! It is Kentucky Farm Fest!

* July 11 & 12th, admission is $5 per person with kids 12 and under FREE! 

From cooking demonstrations, live music and a brewing and distilling workshop there is something for everyone at this event! The kids will love the animal exhibits and food trucks! 

If you decide to go to the event, we want to hear all about it! Be sure to have cash on you for the admission fee and any extras you may want through out the day! 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

5 places in Kentucky your kids need to see...before they grow up!

Time with our kids while they are little is so very limited, and there is so much to do with them it is hard to even begin to plan what to start with. So we thought hard about 5 things that are classically Kentucky that you must take your kids to see while they are still little.

1. Natural Bridge - Kid or not this area so so breathtaking, your kids will marvel at the bridge way up in the sky! If you aren't up for hiking you can take a chair lift up to the top, little legs will have an easier time going down that hiking up.

2. Mammoth Cave - There is nothing quite like Mammoth Cave, being underground in this enormous space is pretty amazing and awe inspiring. Plus you are sneaking in a little education as well!

3. Kentucky Horse Park - Some would argue that Churchill Downs should hold this spot but, that is a place better suited for when your kids are actually grown up! The horse park provides so much history and insight into the horse industry, not just racehorses. There is the opportunity to see the all of the components that make up owning and caring for a horse.

4. Cumberland Falls National Park - These falls are often referred to as the Niagara Falls of the South. If you time your visit right you can plan to see the Moonbow that happens at the falls.

5. Louisville Slugger Museum - There is just something about a bat being taller than a building that makes kids marvel in wonder. That is just outside! Once you step inside you are taken of a tour of the factory and your kids get to leave with a mini bat to remember the trip by!

How many of these places have you visited with your kids? What will you try to visit next?

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Trunnell's Farm Market

We absolutely love finding local businesses to support, so we were especially pleased when we stumbled upon this one. This time of year there I practically gorge myself on all of the goodness that is the fresh fruit and veggies this time of the year!

That brings us to the Trunnell's Farm Market, located in Utica Kentucky. If you aren't from Utica, or are familiar with the area chances are that you are wondering where exactly Utica is located. Have no fear we can help get you there! They are located just about 10 miles outside of Owensboro, Kentucky.

Sweet corn has been the cornerstone on which the business started, but they have expanded to so many other types of produce. In the summer you can expect to find green beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, blackberries, blueberries, and peaches. In the fall they plant pumpkins and around Christmas time you can go back and grab a freshly cut tree!

They even have the 'family fun acre' that has a corn maze (seasonally), a huge jumping pillow, duck races, the chance to mine for gold and a barn yard just to name a few things. There is seriously SO much to do in that area alone!

Mark your calendar for July 11th and plan to head down for the Peach Jam Festival.  From their website :"This unique festival celebrates everything peach! This is an event the whole family will enjoy. The event features a day of food, fun activities, live music, and Itsy-Bitsy Peach Pageant andLittle Mr. & Miss Peach Pageant hosted by Trunnell's! The festival starts off with a delicious Homemade Peaches & Pancake Breakfast. Spend the rest of the day at Trunnell's picking your own peaches, sampling a variety of peach treats, exploring the attractions in the Family Fun Acre, mining for gems, arrowheads, or fossils at The Mining Sluice Adventure, visiting our farm animals, enjoying great food, and more"

Tell us, have you been to the farm before?
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Field Trip to Frankfort!

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Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs
Presented by Kroger
June 21. Advance tickets just $8

At this point of summer vacation, there are some of us (namely me) that are starting to twitch a little thinking about the fact that we still have so much of summer break left. At my house we have done every craft project that I can tolerate and done some reading and math work, it is time for a field trip!

Keep in mind that you don't have to break the bank on these sorts of trips, the hope is that you will get some smiles, giggles and learning along the way!

The Salato Wildlife Education Center is a great place for learning and fun with your family. The exhibits are set up in such a way that you feel as if you are in the animal's natural habit. In addition to the wildlife there are hiking trails and stocked lakes for fishing. Just a side note, if you have been to the center before and are used to the admission being free that has changed. It certainly isn't cost prohibitive, but just be aware that adults are $4, kids 5 and up are $2 and kids 5 and under are free.

If you wait just a few weeks to take your trip, pack your swimsuits and head to the brand new aquatic center that we told  you about a few months ago. The admission is very reasonable, adults $6, kids 3 -10 years old $4, kids 11 - 17 years old $5.

We are huge fans of the show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network, so on your way out of town stop in for lunch at Rick's White Light Diner! They serve both breakfast and lunch!

Let us know if you go on this 'field trip' and what your family thought of it!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Longest Day / Weekend of Play at Shaker Village

It's here!
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Kentucky Tourism’s Longest Weekend of Play at Shaker Village! Children receive free village admission with the purchase of an adult admission on June 18th (this is the Longest DAY of play). Hiking, picnicking, kids’ games and more!

Music at 5:30pm on the lawn on Saturday June 20th.

Note, from their website: Village admission 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.

See the full scope of what they are offering this weekend by browsing their events calendar HERE.
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Chaney's Dairy Barn

We have briefly mentioned this fantastic place in some of our previous posts. Today I thought that I would get more in depth with the awesomeness that is Chaney's Dairy Barn.

They are located in Bowling Green and have been in business since 2003. Chaney's is a working dairy farm, however they don't currently have the capacity to properly serve their milk or milk products on site. The hope is that one day in the near future they will be able to do just that. They have super yummy ice cream for sale, as well as homemade soups, sandwiches and ice cream pies.

Chaney's offers farm tours for a super reasonable fee of $8. Check out what is included with the tour: Wagon ride to the barn
Live Milking demonstration
Visit with Jersey calf
Information about cows, milk and farm life
Barnyard Playground
Scoop of Chaney's homemade ice cream in a cup or plain cone
Goody bags for the kids that include a free ice cream coupon (This is for larger groups)

In the summer, you can grab your family and head to the farm for ice cream and a movie! Starting Friday June 26th Chaney's will be showing movies projected on to the side of the dairy barn. Admission is free!

Here is the schedule:

June 26 & 27 - Rio 2

July 10th & 11 - Paddington

July 24 & 25 - Frozen

August 7 & 8 - Planes Fire & Rescue

August 21 & 22 - Up

September 4 & 5 - How to Train your Dragon 2

September 18 & 19 - 101 Dalmatians

Oh! We can't forget to mention that they also have the capacity to host birthday parties. For $110 you get a dedicated staff person, balloons, small drinks, build your own sundaes, and 2 hours in the party space for 10 guests. There are a bunch of other add ons that will go along well with your celebration!

You can check out the Chaney's Dairy Barn website here, to find out more about what they do!
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Girls Weekend in Bowling Green, KY

I was recently contacted by a reader of ours about putting together some ideas for a girls weekend in Kentucky. I love requests like these, so if you have any let us know and we will try to do for you as well!

I went to college in Bowling Green at WKU and I adored this small town. Did you know that Bowling Green has more restaurants per capita than any other town in Kentucky? There is 1 restaurant for every 200 people. This makes for a fantastic girls night plan!

First up where to stay on your girls weekend. There is a new hotel on the scene in Bowling Green called The Hotel Sync. I have been eyeballing it for a while now. I must confess that I haven't stayed there yet, but I hope to change that soon. It is a 'green hotel' but beyond that it is contemporary and clean! Check out this picture from their website.

The hotel is close to the Corvette Museum which is an idea for a stop with the girls. Hey, girls like cars right? For me I would have more fun without my husband who would want to read every plaque there!

 I would head down to the square and grab dinner and drinks at 440 Main. When I was in Bowling Green, this place was THE place to go. The food is out of this world and the atmosphere is pretty awesome as well -not to mention that it is situated on the square where there is a beautiful fountain perfect for photo opps with the girls. *Side note- this is the place I spent most of my time when I turned 21. Their bathrooms are pretty nice as well!*

The Corsair Distillery will be a fun place to check out as well. The distillery was opened by two college buddies and they are now churning out small batch whiskey. They call their product "“HAND CRAFTED SMALL BATCH ULTRA PREMIUM BOOZE FOR BADASSES” You totally have to go for a tour while you are kid free!

Make time for some pampering, with a massage or facial at the Seagrass Spa. The school year is over, and it is time to work out some of that homework tension!

No matter what you decide to do with your friends, my bet is that you will make memories that will last for the rest of your friendship. If you decide to go on a girls trip to Bowling Green, let us know!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Spending the 4th of July in Kentucky

I want to talk about the 4th of July. There is so much to see, do and of course eat! I realize that it is barely June and some schools aren't even out for the summer yet, but if this summer goes by as quickly as it has started out the 4th will be here before you know it!

We have found the Festivals and events around our state and want to make sure that you know about them!

July 3rd: 

4th of July block party - Corbin Kentucky
4th of July Block Party on Main Street! Food and craft vendors and excellent entertainment. Children's activities provided. The night ends with a spectacular fireworks celebration!

July 4th: 

Jefferson Davis 4th of July - Fairview, Kentucky
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Reading of the Declaration of Independence,  Signing of Declaration, Parade of Soldiers,
Old to New Period Music and Dance

4th of July Parade - Scott County, Kentucky
Parade begins 11 a.m. on Main Street in Georgetown. This year's theme is: "Only in America" Fireworks will be at Brooking Park at dark.

Fireworks at Lake Cumberland - Jamestown, Kentucky
Fireworks begin at dark complete with live music!

Steven Foster Story- Bardstown, Kentucky 
Did you know that Steven Foster shares a birthday with our great country? They will be celebrating the birthdays of Stephen Foster and our country with old fashioned games and birthday cake at 6:30 p.m.

4th of July Celebration - Henderson, Kentucky
There will be children’s activities and musical entertainment by The Dave Lutz Band. Kids activities include petting zoo, pony rides and magic show. 6- 9:30 pm

City of Independence
They hold a huge 2 day celebration! On Friday there is a concert at the amphitheater. Saturday the day begins at 10 am with a classic car cruise in lasting until 2. At 3pm the 4th of July parade begins, 7 pm in the amphitheater there is a concert and at dark the fireworks begin!

Fireworks on the Waterfront - Louisville, Kentucky 
The fireworks show is coming back to Louisville this year. The celebration begins at 5pm. The Louisville Orchestra begins playing at 8:30 pm and at 10 pm the fireworks begin!

Lexington's 4th of July Festival - Lexington, Kentucky
The long weekend is a perfect time to head to Lexington to celebrate the 4th! The 2nd features and ice cream social and live music. On July 3rd you can experience tons of live music. July 4th has a 10k, a parade and fireworks.

Most all of the state parks are having celebrations of their own. Check out the website for the parks here.

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