Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Discount admission to Ark Encounter

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We've heard many readers say they want to check out the Ark Encounter but that it's too expensive for them.  Well, they are having a deal for Christmastime for half-price admission and free parking. The deal is good when visiting from 5–9 p.m. on December 16-23 or 26-30. During this time, it's decked out in lights and sets the mood for the season.

These discounts are not available online, only at the location.
Free parking starts at 4:30pm.
They have food available for purchase and even shopping opportunities.

On Christmas Eve, the half-price admission is good all day 9am-3pm. 

They have some really great photos on their website that give you an idea of what you will experience at this attraction this time of year. Click here.

Photo credit: Ark Encounter
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Children's Christmas Book about Kentucky

 photo IMG_5714_zpsnxestkx7.jpgRecently, Sterling Children's Books sent me a book to review and I saved it for the holiday season for good reason. It's called Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky by Evelyn B. Christensen.

 photo IMG_5712_zpst3afgp9h.jpgMy daughter and I read the book together, I read the left page and she read the right page. The book is about a boy that goes to visit family in Kentucky and has wonderful experiences while he's here....of course. The way to book is structured, there is a letter that he writes to his parents on the left page that's longer and on the right side, the text is "The twelve days of Christmas" themed like the song.  It makes for great co-reading.

The book takes readers throughout Kentucky with wonderful illustrations and much to learn along the way. We read things that we already knew about our great state but definitely learning many new things.  My daughter is excited to read it again with her cousins when they come to visit from California. I believe this book will become a family tradition to read during the Christmas season.

The book is hard-cover and I found it available for under $15 on Amazon.  On Amazon, you can also flip through a preview some of the pages.  This would be a great gift for a child or family!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Gifts that Give Back

 photo digit_zpstvxiwf04.jpgUnited HealthCare has a way that you can turn your gift-giving into a way to give back to others.  They have a medical grants program that has helped 200 families in Kentucky over the past five years. 

Available now, inspirational children’s books, toys, and kid-designed holiday cards from the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) will not only make great gifts, but the proceeds from those items will fund child medical grants for families who need financial assistance.

Holiday gift ideas include:
  • Award-winning Oliver & Hope children’s storybooks, along with plush characters Children’s joke books
  • Digit’y Do — a new numbers game that combines elements of strategy and probability with a high dose of fun. Kid-designed holiday cards and 2017 wall calendars
  • Grins to Go bags— this nylon draw string backpack is filled to the brim with a dozen toys, games and activities that will inspire and amuse any boy or girl between the ages of 4 and 12.

All products are available at Amazon.com (search for UHCCF) and 100% of the proceeds go to fund medical grants for children in Kentucky and throughout the U.S.

Interested in applying for a grant?
To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Families do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded over 12,000 grants valued at more than $34 million to children and their families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy. Kentucky families in need should go to www.uhccf.org to review criteria and submit an online application.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Live Nativity in Shelbyville

 photo bethlehem_zpsmpbl9brx.jpgOne Saturday, December 3, Shelby First Baptist Church in Shelbyville will host a drive-thru live nativity.  This unique experience will take place from 6-8pm and it's totally free!

It doesn't matter if it's cold, you'll be all snug in your car and you can listen in to the narration too. It is a serious production with over 100 live characters and animals to make the spirit of Christmas come to live. 

The church will also give out cookies and hot chocolate, also free.

Be sure to enter through the Shelby County fairgrounds. 

For more holiday happenings in Shelby County - click here.

Photo via the church Facebook page.
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