Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Owensboro Entertainment for Kids and Families

As guests of Visit Owensboro, we explored for a weekend and found that not only is Owensboro and affordable place to visit, it's packed with fun.

Here are some things our writers had to say:

Smother's Park

 photo IMG_1590_zpsx2ukk3xd.jpgSmothers Park is absolutely amazing. The playground is huge, good for all ages, it was super clean, felt very safe, and entertained my kids for HOURS. The splash pad was just flat and basic, but with different timing of the sprays of water which kept my kids entertained. The restrooms were clean and well stocked, which is hard with a splashpad involved! The cafe had a great selection of inexpensive treats, the water fountains were beautiful and fun to stick our feet in. There was a ton of riverside seating, and their Free Friday Festival was AMAZING! The only complaints I had for the waterfront area, was a lack of shaded seating during the day, and the multiple ways for little kids to "escape" the playground. It's so big, if you feel like you need to keep an eye on your kid, you'd better bring help. ~Caryn

Smothers Park was our favorite! That playground was huge! My girls loved all the bridges and trees including in the playground. I thought the water spray area was rather small compared to the rest of the playground, but it was still enough to get wet and cool down a bit. I was concerned with how easy it was to get out of the playground on the side by the road. I think some kind of fence and gates at the entrances may be a good idea. I thought it was very clean and well maintained. I also liked that they had a concession area! ~Kimberly

 photo IMG_1598_zps19bndt5z.jpgThe waterfront is incredible! We loved the swings and how clean everything was - including the bathrooms. Smothers Park was awesome as well! My 9, 8 and 5 year olds ALL loved it - there was something for every age. The more challenging obstacles made me nervous with my youngest one so I watched him more than my other two. We were also impressed with how reasonable the prices were at the concessions stand. My kids also loved the trolley through downtown and near the park and although we rode it a few times, it never lost its charm. And it's also FREE - huge bonus!  ~Dana

Smothers Park was by far my kid's favorite part of the beautiful riverfront. They quickly joined up in games of "Tag" and such with other children, and never ran out of new places to hide and explore. They, being 10 and 7, didn't care so much for the little splash pad, as it was a bit basic and more geared towards the little ones, but certainly had no problems making use of it to cool off from all the running!! ~Karen

We really enjoyed the playground. It was huge and had a lot of options for play. It is very large and I can imagine could be hard to keep track of kids at times, especially when it gets crowded. I loved the big trees that were a part of the play ground. It was also very clean (including the bathrooms) which makes this Mom happy. ~Kelly

Smothers park was amazing. Other parks seem small and boring compared to it! There was definitely something for a wide range of ages!  ~Lauren

Friday After Five

 photo IMG_1612_zpsck9qokne.jpgFriday After Five was a nice family event. I think it may get a little less kid friendly the later it gets, but we had a great time checking out all the old cars, getting Kona Ice (of course), playing cornhole and listening to the five different bands. It was also great people-watching! It's spread all along the riverfront, so it can get taxing - especially for little legs after a long day. ~Dana

 photo IMG_1644_zps4sa4omlb.jpg photo IMG_1627_zpseh6yh667.jpgFriday After Five was my husband's favorite portion of our weekend visit. He loved the ambiance, the bands, pop-up bars, and just the general feel of the public having a good time. I too enjoyed myself, and we are planning to go back again, just as a couple. Our kids did enjoy themselves, but were tired out a bit early and lost interest in "sitting and relaxing" to just enjoy the music and atmosphere. They did like the street fair (*magician act), food trucks, balloon artists and such, just were done with the whole scene a little early. ~Karen

Holiday Inn 

The Holiday Inn felt very new and clean, the staff were very helpful and kind, and the room had a Keurig coffee maker with K-cups, mini fridge, and microwave, plus extra toiletries if you needed. The indoor pool and hot tub were clean, and the hotel had a beautiful riverfront view from some of the rooms and the restaurant. ~Caryn

 photo IMG_1666_zpsxjacq9nt.jpgThe Holiday Inn provided a perfect spot for our family, and having the corner suite with a wall-to-wall view of the riverfront from our bedroom was beautiful, especially in the evening!! The staff was also very friendly and helpful!! **Full disclosure, we were confused as to wear to catch the Trolley, and I also had to ask for a toothbrush as I had packed the whole families' except for mom's! ~Karen

Any hotel is an adventure for my kids, but they especially loved the balconies in the suite! The indoor pool and hot tub were a nice addition and the outdoor seating area was lovely. Service was gracious and kind - I could tell that everyone I encountered wanted to be there.  ~Dana

The Museum of Science and History

 photo IMG_1671_zpsdbffo1yj.jpgThe Museum of Science and History (just $3 admission) has added some new features since our last trip there. Some of the areas will probably always be the same, but my kids still enjoyed it. I think the admission fee is definitely worth the enjoyment and time my kids can play there. The town of Owensboro itself is very cute. The buildings on the main streets look well kept, there are a ton of cute restaurants and shops, and I think it is only going to grow as more hotels are built and people realize what a gem Owensboro is to visit!  ~Caryn

The Museum of Science really caught my son's attention with the cave tour. He was fascinated with it, and also liked a lot of the other exhibits throughout. My daughter also enjoyed. Worth going once. ~Karen

The Museum was pretty neat. There were lots of different hands on activities to keep the kids of all ages engaged. Loved the little tunnel that went outside the window on the second floor! The cave was also really fun for the kids to crawl through! ~Kimberly

 photo IMG_1689_zpsbzkmjuzl.jpgWe also loved the museum of history and science. We spent most of our time exploring all the different science activities. Most kids probably didn't realize how much science they were doing and that they were learning while having fun!  ~Lauren

 photo IMG_1700_zpsajexb8v5.jpgWe all really enjoyed the Museum of Science and History. The visit makes for lots of teaching moments, but in a very fun and hands-on way. My five year old was OBSESSED with all the buttons, levers, drums, pipes, and anything else he could DO. The play area upstairs is better suited for smaller kiddos but there were still plenty of other things to keep my older kids interested.  ~Dana

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Reach Out for Kosair Kids Fundraising Event in Cave City

 photo reach out for kids cave city_zpszjlhuwuy.jpgReach Out for Kosair Kids® is a fundraising event which has raised over $131,000 for Kosair Charities since 2012. Join the Glasgow Shrine Club on August 5, 2017 at 9am at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City, Kentucky. It's the 6th (and final) year for this event!

There is no admission cost and most kids activities are free or just cost a coin to play. 
Prizes are given out like bikes, gaming systems, basketball goals and more.

There will be a cake walk, karaoke contest, dunking booth and more that are sure to be fun. Mascots will be there for meet-n-greets as well. It will also include a tractor pull and antique car show. So much fun!

Tickets for the 50-cent meal (hot dog, Coca-Cola®, chips and dessert) goes on sale at 9:30 a.m. and continues whiles supplies last.

More information at And on Facebook at
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

FREE Apple Camp - Locations in Kentucky

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Are you aware of the FREE summer camps that Apple offers?

Three-day program for kids ages 8 to 12

They fill up FAST - register now!

Topics are:

  • Coding games & programming robots
  • Creating characters & composing music
  • Stories in motion with iMovie

Here is a list of the Apple Store locations in Kentucky:
Oxmoor Mall  in Louisville

Fayette Mall in Lexington

Kenwood Towne Center in Cincinnati (it is technically not in Kentucky but...close for those NKy folks)

Would your kids dig this camp?

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mount Washington Summer Shop Hop

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 Cordial Lee has teamed up with 12 other Mt Washington Small Businesses to bring you the 2nd Annual Summer Shop Hop!!

It will be fun for the entire family and you can win great prizes and get to know some of the awesome from small businesses in the area.

The participating businesses are:
Amanda's Creations Florist
Busy Lady Quilt Shop
Cindy's Consignments
Cordial Lee
Country Vogue
Daddy Yo's Frozen Desserts-Mount Washington
F&B Furniture & Variety Store
Game Day Graphics
James' Jewel Box
Maggie Mae's Cafe
Missy K's Boutique & Consignment
Mt.Washington Florist
Urban Max Boutique

Grand Prizes:
1st place - $100 in City Bucks, Yeti Tumbler
2nd place - $50 in City Bucks, Yeti Tumbler
3rd place - Yeti Tumbler

Bonus Prizes: Many of the Shop Hop businesses are donating various bonus prizes.

How does it work?

Visit any of the participating businesses during the week of July 26th to pick up a game board. They are giving visitors five days to visit at least 8 of the businesses to collect a game piece and be eligible for the Grand Prizes. To be eligible for the Bonus Prizes, collect a game piece from all 13 of the participating businesses. There is no purchase necessary to collect game pieces. All you have to do is visit. Once you have collected all your game pieces, turn in your gameboard to the last business you visit.

One game board per person. Must be at least 18 years old to be eligible for prizes. Winners will be drawn from the completed game boards on August 6th.

Game boards must be presented to collect game piece and eligible discounts. Offers cannot be combined with any other offer and are based on pre-tax amounts. Some exclusions may apply. Please see each business for full details of their offer.

Celebrate small businesses and visit Mount Washington!
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Friday, July 8, 2016

The Best of Family Friendly Dining in Owensboro

Some writers from and I went on a trip to Owensboro to explore thanks to the lovely folks from Visit Owensboro. While there, we had the opportunity to explore several dining options and had excellent food!  Here are some of our recommendations and suggestions.

Keep in mind, there are many more places beyond what we tried. You can click here to find more and try something different. Let us know about what you choose!

Colby's Fine Food & Spirits:  This restaurant is a downtown go-to for many locals, we could tell by how bustling it was on the Friday night we were there.

"Shrimp and Grits is amazing, and enough to easily be split between two people. The kid's meals are plenty big, especially my daughter's steak, which was almost as large as an adult portion!! And with sides, a drink and a dessert for the kiddos, we'll worth the very reasonable price!!" ~Karen

 photo IMG_1611_zpsnwvfkice.jpg"Colby's was delicious! Go early to get their early dining specials! We got the prime rib (normally $23), along with a salad, a side, drink, and dessert, for just $15! It was more than I could eat and it was fabulous! " ~Lauren

"The service was wonderful, especially since we got there late and she had to get our orders in and out quick. The food was yummy and had good portion size for the price. " ~Kelly

"Katelyn said it was the best hamburger she ever ate! The prices seemed really reasonable for the dishes they had and for the portion sizes. I liked how relaxed the atmosphere was for a white tablecloth restaurant - it was nice but definitely kid friendly!" ~Dana

"We ordered off the early dinning menu and got a lot of food for a great price! I got a drink, salad, chicken tenders and side, and dessert for around $15! The kids meals were only $5 and they got a cheeseburger, fries, drink, and dessert! The staff was friendly and super fast!" ~Kimberly 


 photo IMG_3756_zpsfd1cfmed.jpgAnother Broken Egg: This is an awesome breakfast spot inside of the Holiday Inn.  Apparently, it's the only one of it's kind that's in a hotel and generally they are stand-alone restaurants.  I ordered their signature cinnamon roll french toast and it was one of the best breakfast meals I have ever had and totally sinful.
" 'Fancy' breakfast dishes, yet larger portions! Our Crabcake and Prime Rib egg creations were delicious, and the kids really enjoyed their M&M pancakes, and especially the neatly presented chocolate milk!" ~Karen

Great view and delicious food. I got the eggs Benedict because it's one of my favorites for breakfast. My husband got the lobster and brie omelet. Both were very rich, which was expected, and both heavenly. They came with potatoes which had great flavor! ~Lauren

 photo IMG_3752_zpsbtikareu.jpg"The portion size and taste of the food at Another Broken Egg were amazing! My kids loved that a few of the booths had TVs at them. I loved the view and optional eating outside by the river view." ~Caryn

"Our favorite place, by far - but we're breakfast people. The chocolate milk was incredible and they had pancakes with M&M's - not to mention the small flat screen TV at the booths. Their breakfast menu was full of gourmet style choices that had my mouth watering! The only downside for me was that it is on the more expensive side for families." ~Dana

 photo IMG_1557_zpsjkrtjtdf.jpgFetta -  Fetta is a pizza place really close to Smothers Park so it's super convenient for families. They have an upstairs that has an awesome view of the river. And, with pizza by the slice, it's affordable and no one can complain they don't have anything they like! I also saw folks in the park picnicking with pizza so they ordered, picked up their pie and took it to the park - great idea!

 photo IMG_1568_zpskdl4evm3.jpg"Fetta did not disappoint my husband's need to always try something new -- their mashed potato bacon pizza was much to his delight. I also enjoyed my slice of chicken/feta/spinach. The kids were not all that impressed, however, they are not big thin-crust pizza fans." ~Karen

"Fetta pizza was delicious! My daughter said it was the best pizza she'd ever had! I loved my chicken, bacon, ranch pizza and my husband loved the meat pizza and their specialty, the mashed potato. I love that you could get pizza by the spice and try different options!" ~Lauren

"The pizza was fantastic, and I loved seeing some of the more adventurous flavors! The servers were very friendly and I appreciated how they kept hustling to keep our big group happy while the large order was being prepared." ~Dana


 photo IMG_3766_zpsir4rtjr3.jpgOld Hickory: Owensboro is known for its BBQ, particularly award-winning mutton, so we couldn't visit without finding some BBQ for dinner.  We asked around and the locals told us that Old Hickory was the place to go!  It has a no-frills, friendly atmosphere and every BBQ meat option you could want.  I had a quarter smoked chicken with potato salad and baked beans.  The chicken was fantastic with their signature sauce but the potato salad was my favorite. I would have loved some corn bread or fresh rolls instead of the slices of white/wheat toast.  Definitely a place to try if you love BBQ.  My husband had the brisket and I totally regret not getting it - it was perfect.

 photo IMG_3763_zpsnnerdxga.jpg "Old hickory was clearly a well known place to eat, but we were seated quickly. My husband has ribs and I has chopped pork. His ribs were great and our sides (mac and cheese, green beans, baked beans and french fries) were great, but I didn't love the meat I got. It was very salty, almost too much so to even eat it. The BBQ sauces were both delicious though and helped. I highly recommend the baked beans. They were unique and delicious!" ~Lauren


 photo IMG_3776_zpsbufzz9ny.jpgThe Big Dipper: I love finding the dives that have been open for EVER. The Big Dipper is one of those. You can barely find parking and you might have to wait in line for a while if you do drive-through but it's worth it.  It's a walk up, order at the window place and everyone inside is hustling - grilling, frying, making shakes.  Everything is SO moderately priced. You have to go.

"The big dipper is a great little spot. They had plenty of food to choose from, but we were there for the dessert! We got a strawberry milkshake and it was the best I've ever had! The only complaint was that the big chunks of strawberries kept clogging my straw!" ~Lauren


 photo IMG_3798_zpsnocvjfdw.jpgThe Wonder Whip:  Yes, another dive of a place. It's on our way back home so each time we have visited, we have stopped for a treat.  I get a simple, HUGE soft-serve ice cream cone and it's summer.  The staff member at the window was so nice and asked the kids about their summer, their day and it made us remember why we love these little dives - the people. Ice cream too, but people.

"My husband got a wonder burger and I had a corn dog. The kids got hot dogs and we all shared some fries and a chocolate shake. The fries were those prefect crinkle fries and the shake was thick and delicious! I highly recommend both!" ~Lauren

 photo IMG_3786_zpsmyakgvkj.jpg photo IMG_3789_zpstem2xjdv.jpgThe Windy Hollow Restaurant:   I was on a search for Sunday brunch and Google led me here.  It is only open on Sundays and I thought - that's what I am talking about!  This place has great history so you need to visit to learn more and see all of the relics.  When you walk in, you will be shocked at the amount of memorabilia and you will also be immediately greeted by someone who makes you feel like you are their long-lost friend.  It gets packed in there and everyone is so darn happy.  The breakfast is buffet style and features cold items like fruit, jello, puddings and hot items like fresh home-made sugar donuts, fried chicken, country ham, biscuits and more more more.  It is reasonably priced for a buffet with adults paying $9.95, kids $5 unless they are wee little 5 years old and under....then the price is just $1.  My kids loved browsing the history hung everywhere and heading back to the buffet over and over for their favorites.  I was so full - lunch was not necessary!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tour Toyota's Motor Manufacturing Plant - it's FREE

 photo Toyota Visitor Center 2016 1_zps5purpppa.jpgToyota Motor Manufacturing came to Georgetown, KY 30 years ago and has continued to grow over the years. This past year saw the introduction of a new Lexus line to the plant as well as new updates to the visitor’s center.

Toyota offers FREE tours of the factory to visitors from 1 st grade and up. It’s a great way to see up close how a real assembly line works and how one of America’s favorite cars is made.  I’ve taken the tour with my boys and there is always something new to see each time you go. With so much to see it’s exciting for young and old!

Here are 5 awesome things you’ll see on the tour!
1. The Visitor’s Center! Yes, even the visitor’s center has cool things to do! There is a new virtual reality distracted driving simulator to try out and a gifony screen to create your own gif symphony with Toyota factory sounds and videos. You’ll watch a quick intro video to TMMK in the new Toyota Theater then head out on your tour.

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2. Tour trams! The TMMK plant in Georgetown has over 7 million square feet of space! Luckily this isn’t a walking tour. After your video you are taken inside the factory to a tram. Each tram is equipped with seat belts, individual safety glasses and a headset for you to wear so you can hear your tour guide. (The factory gets loud!)

3. Sparks! From the minute you start out you are on overload to try to look left, right, and even UP to see all there is to see. The sparks are just one cool part of the beginning of your tour. Robots are smooth and quick as they make welds and create lots of sparks as you pass through the bodywelding section of the plant. (What kid wouldn’t love that!)

 photo 20160608_122041_zpsh0k0hawa.jpg4. Doors over your head! Yep – that’s right. One cool fact about the line at TMMK is that the doors are taken off the cars so team members have easier access to work inside the car and assemble it. It also saves lots of space not having to make room on the line for doors to open and close. Where do they go? Well they are moving on a separate line over your head throughout the plant. Cool!

5. Robots! Kids love robots right?! It’s awesome to see how many cool things the robots in the plant can do. They help move car parts, weld pieces together, and even deliver parts throughout the plant. Be on the lookout for how many ways they help make the creation of the Camry something exciting!
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Things to Remember
*The tour is for kids in 1 st grade and above
*The tour lasts 1 - 1 ½ hours but you do need to arrive a few minutes early to check in
*No bags or cell phones are allowed on the tour. They offer a service where they will check your things at the desk or you can leave them in your car.

To sign up for a tour:
Call them at 1-800- 866-4485, send an email to their Visitor Center or go online at The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (open til 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays)
Plant Tours available Monday through Friday, at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays
Environmental Education Center tours are available at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday only (reservations required)
Tours are subject to availability and Toyota reserves the right to cancel tours at any time.

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