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Monday, April 24, 2017

Fan Fest Day at Kentucky Derby Museum

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 It's the time of year when things get really exciting in Louisville. Kentucky Derby Museum is definitely a part of it. They started a Fan Fest Day last year and it was a huge hit so they are doing it again. If you love horses or the racing culture, this is the day to visit Kentucky Derby Museum.

Here's all of the important information for families:

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  • Sunday, April 30 with the doors to the Museum opening early at 8 am.
  • A major announcement will be made at 3 p.m.!
  • D. Wayne Lukas will be there for special programming throughout the day.
  • Historic walking tours of Churchill Downs Racetrack (with a chance to see Derby contenders during their morning workout on the 8:30 a.m. tour) and additional specialty and historic walking tours will be offered throughout the day
  • Children’s activities from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. including Winner’s Circle photo-booth, design your own silks, decorate a horseshoe, stick-horse races, face-painting and more (all children’s activities are FREE with paid general admission)
  • Showings of the 360° movie, The Greatest Race, throughout the day

  • Live music from local bluegrass band Shades of Grass
  • A general admission ticket ($15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 5-14, under 5 free) gives guests access to the entire day’s activities with an option to add on specialty tours, including Barn and Backside Tours and brunch in the Derby CafĂ©! Tickets for Kentucky Derby Museum’s Fan Fest Day are available now at DerbyMuseum.org
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    Monday, April 17, 2017

    UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is Seeking Child Medical Grant Applications from Kentucky Families

    We've learned about this great opportunity for Kentucky families.  
    If you need financial assistance for child medical care costs, you can apply for a UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) grant. You do NOT need to have UnitedHealthcare Insurance to be eligible
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    Here's some basic information:

    • Grants help pay for a child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan.
    • Families can apply for grants at www.UHCCF.org
    • Foundation aims to award 20,000 grants by Jan. 1, 2020
    In Kentucky, UHCCF awarded more than 210 grants since 2013 and is encouraging more Kentucky families to apply this year.

    Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child, to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.

     photo uhccf1_zpsfzlbv3c9.pngFamilies frequently use UHCCF grants to help pay 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. For example, grants have been used for physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. 

    Parents or legal guardians are encouraged to apply today at www.UHCCF.org.

    To be eligible for a grant, a child 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. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Families do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Kentucky Crafted: The Market

     photo ky crafted_zpspek5q2uz.jpgThe Kentucky Art Council puts on an amazing annual display of Kentucky creations at The Market.  Taking place this year April 22-23 at The Lexington Convention Center, The Market features art, craft, music, books and film from all over Kentucky.  Traditional and contemporary art will fill the center and it's an opportunity for you and your family to see what our amazing local artisans can dream up and create.

    Did I mention food?  Oh yes, of course there's food.  And, live music....seventeen different acts.  It's all all-sensory experience so there is something for everyone.  Also, it's in downtown Lexington so if you and your family make a weekend out of it, there's certainly other things to see and do over the weekend.

    Here are some detail about their event:
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    • About 200 exhibitors of fine art, craft, books and food
    • Two days of Americana, bluegrass and world music performances
    • Specialty food products from Kentucky Proud members
    • Hands-on activities are that's great for kids and .....you don't have to carry around what you buy because there is a holding area for purchases....brilliant!
    You can buy tickets at the door: $12 for adults,  $10 for seniors (62 and over), military and state employees with ID. Children ages 15 and under are admitted free.

    Note- 4/21 is for wholesale buyers and is not open to the public.
    Images courtesy of the Kentucky Arts Council Facebook page.
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    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Things to do over Spring Break in Lexington

    Spring Break doesn't have to be hard on the pocketbook and you don't have to drive for hours and hours to do something fun.

    Lexington has so many fun things to do that you are sure to have a fantastic spring break

    Below are several spots for you and your family to consider checking out in Lexington!

    First on the list is The Kentucky Horse Park, with the rolling hills of Kentucky and the beautiful countryside you have to make a stop here. You can see various exhibits and even pay for your kiddos to hop on a pony for a short ride!

    Why not stop in for a visit at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky? My husband could spend the entire day at a place like this!

    The Explorium in Lexington is an incredibly hands on museum that encourages kids to touch the exhibits.

    Zip around at Malibu Jack's - it's an indoor fun mega place in Lexington with a ton of fun all in one spot.

    The UK Arboretum is a great place for you to take your kiddos to get some exercise outdoors. On a nice spring day, it's hard to beat.....definitely visit the children's garden.

    Feel up for a round of mini golf? The Lexington Ice Center offers not only ice skating as the name implies but they also feature mini golf.

    Jacobson Park is all freshened up. We loved the wooden structure they used to have but not it's all new. Check out what's new here

    The Salato Wildlife Education Center is also a great bet for families. You can see animals up close and personal in this park. It is pretty amazing and it's not too far from Lexington.

    These listings are just a tip of the Lexington Iceberg. You should also check out our friends over at LexFun4Kids.  They have a TOP PICKS FOR SPRING list that pretty much covers it all!


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