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?

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!


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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?

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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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