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Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall Farm Fun at Trunnell's Family Fun Acre & Farm Market

 photo trunnel_zpsv3ddtbyn.jpgNear Owensboro, you can find Trunnell's Family Fun Acre and spend hours having fun this fall and enjoying delicious food. We visited this summer and from what I can tell, it is definitely a destination to put on your trip list for the fall.  This family-run farm looks like a quaint farm market from the road but just over the hill behind their store lies a field of fun - seriously.

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 photo IMG_1737_zpsn1zcwrju.jpg photo IMG_1770_zpsyi7hivst.jpgThere is an admission fee for the family fun acre (prices vary based on when you go, age etc) but you should get them online because you can save some money. Every fall, they have a corn maze (and mini corn maze), hay rides, pumpkin patch, a hay bale jump, the korny korn crib and bonfire pits. These attractions are in addition to their jumping pillow, animal interactions, giant slide, tractor tricycles and more. They have gem mining too!  There's tons to do. 
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Their calendar is packed with special events each weekend. 
2017 brings movies every Saturday night in October....and fireworks!

They also have a fantastic farm market and FRESH FUDGE in so many different flavors.  You will be able to find something to eat there and treats to take home, the place was packed with really high quality items.

Here's what our writers had to say about Trunnell's:

The pit with the slide. In the fall is filled with corn and kids can slide into it and play. The rock mining was also a lot of fun! ~Lauren

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We loved this farm and can't say enough about how much fun we had. My youngest really liked feeding the pig and cow. My oldest enjoyed jumping on the jump pillow and riding the pedal tractors. My youngest (5 years old) tried the tractors but had a difficult time being successful because his legs weren't quite long enough. The mining activity was neat and they enjoyed looking at the identification sheet to match up what they had. And of course we stopped at the market on the way home and got some tomatoes, peaches, and bbq sauce. I would drive back just for the peaches, yum! I liked that you could sample some of the items as well. We had a great time and plan to go back.  ~Kelly
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My kids said "I liked the mining because I got to bring home all my gems!! The tractors were too hard for me, but daddy helped so I could make it around. My favorite part was that big giant pillow in the ground! And, I liked feeding the animals with baby bottles."and "the petting farm with the babies was cool"  We have already looked into returning for their fall events, which looks to be pretty awesome! I believe our pumpkins are going to come from Trunnel's this year! ~Karen

 photo trunnell cars_zpspcg0b5zz.jpgWe loved Trunnels! My kids loved feeding the animals - especially the pig! The big pillow was awesome and I can see us going back for another jumping session. I really liked how many things the farm had for kiddos to do - big tractor tricycles, the sand bag where the kids mined for gems, the petting area, and the big slide - just to name a few - making it fun for my five year old AND my almost ten year old. The folks were really friendly and I can't wait to go back for their Peanut's "Great Pumpkin" theme in October!  ~Dana

We had a great time at Tunnels! My girls loved the petting zoo and being able to feed the animals with the baby bottle. They also enjoyed mining for gems. My 5 year old loved the giant slide! ~Kimberly 



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Monday, September 18, 2017

LEGO® Ninjago at Target


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Attention LEGO® fans! Target is hosting scavenger hunts across all of their local stores. THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ scavenger hunts will take place on September 30th from 10am - 1p.
The fun is free and will get the kids all excited for the upcoming movie.

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Images from Target.com
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Shelby Trails Park in Simpsonville

 photo Shelby Trails 2_zpss7qrceng.jpgShelby Trails Park in Simpsonville is one of the few places in the Louisville area that provides guided horseback trail rides. Hour-long rides are $40 per person, and run most days as long as the weather is good (call ahead for appointments). There is a minimum age of 8 and a maximum weight of 200 pounds, and the horses are very gentle so that even beginners can ride.

The ride itself covers a variety of terrains. In addition to somewhat steep up- and downhills, your trip will take you through mown grass, down a more meadow-y lane, over a small stretch of loose rocks, and even across a small creek. The horses on the ride walk in a single file, with guides at the front and end of the line to ensure that no one gets lost.

The weather for our trip was perfect – much nicer than expected for August when we went! You will need to wear long pants for your ride, so consider riding during a cooler month. Additionally, we were about a week-and-a-half into horsefly season, which lasts about a month, so take that into account when making plans.

 photo Shelby Trails 1_zpsln1sve17.jpg We had to keep a sharp eye out for the horseflies, which pestered us for most of the ride. Our guide, Justine, urged us to smack any that landed on our horses, because of their very painful stings (painful to both horses and humans). Fortunately for us, only Justine was stung on our ride.

We saw a rabbit on our ride, but evidently it’s not uncommon to come across other wildlife, such as deer, a fox, or a crane. The scenery is beautiful, and would be especially striking when the leaves turn in the fall. Cell phones/cameras are not allowed on the ride (or any other loose objects), but your guide will take a couple of pictures of you with her own phone, and text them to you afterwards.

My eight-year-old niece, who had previously only ridden around rings, very much enjoyed our trail ride. The only thing she didn’t like were the horseflies!

 By guest contributor: Erika
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fort Knox Oktoberfest is September 22

This is a sponsored post
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Join Fort Knox for the annual Oktoberfest on Fort Knox's Brooks Field Friday evening, September 22 beginning at 5 pm. This popular event is a great time for the whole family.

 photo volksmarch_zpsubgnkvyt.jpgAlso, join us for the Volksmarch 5K run/walk at 6 PM!
Ft. Knox Oktoberfest will feature delicious German food, beer, live music, and a kids’ zone with activities and inflatables. Connect with the Fort Knox community while listening to Tony and the Tan lines Band along with the Schnickelfritz Band. Win cash prizes at the Corn Hole tournament.

Mark the Fort Knox Oktoberfest on your calendar today! 

The Fort Knox Oktoberfest and the Oktoberfest Volksmarch is sponsored by USAA and Harshaw Trane.


U.S. Army Garrison Fort Knox is open to the public for this great event.  If you are a non-military affiliated guest, please access Fort Knox through the Chaffee Gate and visit the Visitor's Control Center to receive your pass for gate access. You will need a valid form of ID such as a driver's license.  If this is your first time to visit Fort Knox, allow a few extra minutes at the Visitor's Control Center  to get your gate pass.
 
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review of Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course in Jefferson Memorial Forest

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Go Ape is an aerial adventure course with sixteen locations in the US, one of which is in Jefferson Memorial Forest. Their Louisville course consists of five stations that take about 2-3 hours to complete. Reservations should be made in advance and are limited in number for each time slot.

 photo GoApe5_zps7tshptk6.jpg The minimum age for Go Ape’s Treetop Adventure courses is 10, but children age 10-15 must be supervised (from the obstacles, not from the ground) by an adult. Kids who are 16-17 don’t need adult supervision, but will need a signed waiver. Additionally, there is a minimum height of 4’11” and a maximum weight limit of 285 pounds.

Everyone (kids and adults) wears the same size harness, which is professionally adjusted by Go Ape instructors. The maximum waist size for the harness is 43”, and the maximum thigh size is 28”, but our instructor had no problem adjusting down a harness for my eleven-year-old nephew, who is lean and wiry. The harness has a number of attachments for safety, including two color-coded carabiners, a pulley, and a D-ring.

 photo GoApe3_zpsapymxi5p.jpgBefore you start the course, there is a mock-up of a cable and a swing and your instructor will show you how to safely connect and disconnect from them. The instructor will also go through the first station with you, to ensure everyone understands how to move safely through the obstacles, but after that you are on your own and the instructors supervise from the ground.

Each station starts with a rope ladder up to a platform and ends with a zipline from a platform back down to the ground, with several platforms and crossings in between. The first station, that you move through with the instructor, is very simple and low to the ground; after that, the rope ladders that start each new station are inside a locked paddock. The paddocks also include a bench, drinking water, and a sign with facts about different types of primates (to go with the Go Ape theme).

 photo GoApe2_zpsdwkymozn.jpgEach of the obstacles has a rating (easy, moderate, difficult, or extreme). Once you climb the rope ladder, there’s no going back – you can’t skip an obstacle. However, in several places there will be a choice of two paths: one easier and one harder.

There are many types of crossings between the platforms. Some involve walking along a thin steel cable, or a net. Some have moving platforms to cross. There are also two Tarzan Swings, where you swing from one platform into a cargo net that catches you, then climb from the net up to the nearest platform and continue on.

The course was a lot more strenuous than I expected. At one point I slipped off a difficult crossing, and even though my harness kept me perfectly safe, I had difficulty getting back up on a platform, due to a lack of leverage and upper body strength. Also, because the forest is so hilly, the terrain between the stations was uneven and quite steep in places. Spectators are allowed to watch from the ground, but if you have family members with mobility issues, they might have a difficult time. I wouldn’t recommend the aerial course itself for anyone who is not at least moderately fit.

Go Ape is not a cheap experience. “Baboons” (ages 10-15) are $38, and "Orangutans" (16-17) and “Gorillas” (18+) are $58. However, at the completion of our experience, we were given a certificate that included a 25% off discount on the back. My nephew said it was the most exciting day he’d ever had, so I’m glad we were able to do it, but I do think that 25% off the price would have been more reasonable. Discounts are offered periodically on Groupon.

Tips:
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You must supervise your children (maximum two children per adult) from the obstacles. If you have two 10-15 year old children that have different abilities or comfort levels with heights, consider taking another adult with you so that each child can have one-on-one supervision and go at his/her own pace.

Trust the difficulty ratings on the signs. Even if a crossing doesn’t look like it will be that hard, it will feel different once you get out there. Don’t be surprised if your child has an easier time than you – they’re probably shorter and lighter, and with a lower center of gravity, the obstacles won’t move as much for them.

Consider wearing (or buying at Go Ape) gloves that will protect your hands. If you hold onto the steel cables for balance, they can hurt your hands – mine were still sore hours later.

If you can, leave everything but your keys in your car/trunk, and give the Go Ape staff your keys to hold. Anything that gets dropped from the course may break and/or may not be able to be found. The Go Ape staff have first aid kits (including Epipens) in case of emergency.

Don’t worry about wearing sunglasses – you’re under the trees and it’s fairly shady. However, if you wear prescription lenses, consider putting them on some sort of strap. My face got pretty sweaty due to my exertions, and there were several times when my glasses started to slip off my face.

Go Ape Treetop Adventure course in Jefferson Memorial Forest is generally open from March - December. For more information or to make a reservation visit their website. To learn more about Jefferson Memorial Forest, see our review

By Guest Contributor: Erika
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