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.

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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

*(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!

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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?

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fun in Peryville Kentucky!

If you have any Civil War buffs in your family, then heading to Perrville should be at the top of your Kentucky bucket list!

The battlefield was the site of one of the deadliest Civil War battles in Kentucky. Today the 750 acre battlefield hosts a reenactment each October. When there isn't a reenactment taking place visitors are welcome to explore the site and act out your own battle! Parents against kids anyone?! If you want to tour the museum that is on site the cost is $4 for adults, $3.00 for kids 7-12. You can visit the website here.

Did you know that you can also go on a ghost tour of the town? Obviously this would have to happen without my small kids but teenagers would probably think you were the coolest parent ever, if you took them on this tour! Tour run April - October and they are a walking ghost tour of the city, so be sure to wear your comfy shoes! Adults are $12 and Children under 8 are $10 (use your own judgement on that one)

While you are in town you are bound to get hungry so make sure you stop in at Cue on Main, a diner style restaurant. The reviews all rave about the dishes that you can get there, and it isn't hard on the pocketbook either! Win-Win!

Have you and your family visited Peryville before? What was your favorite stop?
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