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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Free Fishing Weekend - Kentucky

Thanks to Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, you can fish for free (no license) this weekend. It's always the first weekend of June.

 photo IMG_2635_zpsuk01rei3.jpgYou can fin fishing spots all over Kentucky.! During Family Fishing Days, no license is required to fish. 

The FINS program (fishing in neighborhoods) showcases lakes all over the state that are great for fishing.  See information here.

You can also search for fishing spots here and the FINS locations are noted.

LexFun4Kids has a great list of special events that are taking place around town for free fishing weekend.......fishing derbies are popular.

We encourage you to try out fishing this weekend! You can tie it together with a hike and picnic while you check out a new lake and park. 
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ice Cream & a Moovie at Chaney's Dairy Barn

Chaney's Dairy Barn is a gem of a place with some of the BEST ice cream in all of Kentucky. It is located in Bowling Green and very easy to find off of major roads.  They have so much there just for a visit but in the summer, they host "Ice Cream & a Moovie" - get it?  He He, Snort!

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 photo IMG_0885_zps5usn7d17.jpgIt's free admission. YES, FREE!!!  Movie starts at dusk. You cannot bring outside food and drink and why would you want to? Their food and ice cream are delicious! Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

They have a FUN jumping pillow and on that night, it's just $2/person instead of $5 from 6pm-8pm.  Also, they have a NEW playground so check it out.

Click here to learn more

GOOD NEWS! They have Moovies ALL SUMMER LONG into September with other promos like free popcorn/ice cream, tours and more!


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Star Wars Night in Ashland

Do you and your family love all things Star Wars?  Do you have costumes and love dressing up as your favorite characters?  In Ashland on June 2 from 5-9pm, there will be an event just for you.
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Bring your lightsabers to joins all of your fellow Star Wars fans in downtown Ashland. Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars character.....there will be contests. The event will feature choreographed lightsaber shows and exhibitions and instructional fun so you can learn how to fight like a Jedi or Sit. There will be contests so you can enter to win some Star Wars gear!

You definitely want to arrive at the beginning of the event because the Star Wars Costume Contest takes place at 6:30 p.m. (The contest is for adults and children)
The raffle drawing takes place at 7:45 p.m.

Raffle entry is $1 per entry or 6 entries for $5. All proceeds benefit The Ashland Drop, a division of Pathways designed to benefit local youth who have, or are at risk of developing, behavioral health challenges.

For the adults, this event is also the grand opening of the First Friday Beer Garden located on 15th St. next door to Fat Patty's. There will be live music a special drink menu.

Details about this event can be found here.
Photo from the Facebook event. 


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Day trip to Frankfort, Kentucky - our state capitol

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Over spring break, I had one day to spare from work so I told the kids we would take a day trip.  Their request: a learning trip.  We love going places to explore that have a hint of learning. Sure, there are those times for pure, giggle-full fun but more times than not, my kids want to learn. Love that!
LouFamFun's Frankfort album on Photobucket

I decided on Frankfort because it's about an hour from home so it's doable in a day without having to get up and out very early.  After breakfast, we grabbed our book about the Kentucky state capital and took to the road.

How to get there:
Get yourself to I64 toward Frankfort from wherever you live.  The exit I recommend is 53 onto Lawrenceburg Rd toward Frankfort.  Head into town and you can choose two ways to get to the capitol area: 1)take 60/Louisville Road east and you will arrive on the same side of the river as the capital.  2)Cross over 60/Louisville Rd and continue on Lawrenceburg Rd and you will go beyond the capital but approach it by going through the downtown area and some great historic areas. Basically, go in one way and out the other and you have it all covered!  When you take the 60/Louisville Rd route, that's when you will pass the small parking area for the scenic overlook of the capital. It's a great stop for photo opps.

 photo IMG_3454_zpszw7zivyw.jpgState capitol self-guided tour:
There are two maps online that I recommend you print and take with you for each child. Click here and here. One covers the grounds and the other the interior of the capitol building.  It really helps the kids focus on what they are seeing and appreciate the details.  We liked finding the markers for time capsules and learning tidbits of history as we walked around.

Visitor information can be found here. There's plenty of parking around the building and on adjacent streets. The hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m year round. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (April through October). It's always closed on Sunday. You just walk on in and check in with security. You can arrange for a guided tour if you prefer.

 photo IMG_7018_zpslndjiupy.jpgCliffside Diner:
This diner is right around the corner and literally on a cliff. It's a tiny place full of locals - they spotted our "out of town-ness" immediately.  We sat at the diner counter and shared burgers, fries, and chicken tenders. They had specials to try and the prices were reasonable.  We love finding these local spots. They do not serve breakfast all day.......

 photo IMG_3536_zpsep64pzvl.jpgDowntown Frankfort:
We crossed back over the river to find the main street in Frankfort.  It was quiet but we could tell that it's a wonderful place for festivals and such. Luckily, we spotted B's Bakery right before it closed.  It is the most adorable spot!  If I did this trip again, I'd go there first for coffee and pastries.  The decor was unique and the treats were not only attractive, but delicious.  We snagged a brownie, cookie and donut holes to go....for way less money than I thought at such a nice place. We sat at one of the picnic tables downtown for our snack before heading up the street to the original state capitol building and another awesome strip of shops featuring a coffee shop and local all-things-Kentucky shop.  We also were too late to explore the free Capital City Museum, so we'll have to do that next time. And, on the next trip, we are totally using the Frankfort Public Art Tour map to have a little scavenger hunt to find everything - the kids would love that.  We also drove by Liberty Hall and noticed they have tours and events.  That will go on my "next time" list.  As you can see, you can spend your day in downtown if you like!

 photo IMG_3516_zpsddrrw9uu.jpgSalato Wildlife Center:
If you go back out to 60/Louisville Rd and head west, you will get to the Salato Wildlife Center.  When we went, there were quite a few animals off exhibit so if you are planning a day, give them a call and check on the animals that are out and about their areas.  It's just $5 for adults and $3 for kids (children 4 and under receive free admission) so we didn't mind exploring when the place wasn't totally active.  We were there for about two hours and saw it all, my kids moved fast.  There are times when they have educational experiences with the staff both indoors and outdoors so ask for those times when you go in.  There's an indoor area with some hands-on educational fun, turtles, snakes and more. Outside, there is a paved path for navigating the center and the kids will love the black bear, wildcat and the play area among other exhibits. It's worth a stop if you are in Frankfort.

 photo IMG_3545_zpsds7sq7hd.jpgJuniper Hills Park:
This park is known for it's relatively new aquatic center. But, it has a nice playground area as well. We love finding a playground everywhere we go......to burn off our sugar consumption.  This playground sits up on a hill so it's a great view for relaxing while your children plan.  It was suitable for a variety of ages and way clean. This would be a perfect spot for a picnic or like we did, a short 30 minute stop to get the wiggles out before heading back home in the car. Since we were there in early spring, the restrooms were not open but they did have a clean port-a-potty nearby.

Stephanie
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