Monday, December 31, 2018

Let's Go Kentucky: Get Healthier in the New Year

You don't need a new year to start a new chapter in your family's life, but it is definitely a great time to commit to a healthier future.

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With our devices pulling us into stationary positions we have to be proactive in getting our families moving.  We are our children's first and best teacher and the best way to get healthier is to make it a family initiative. 

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services prescribes 5-2-1-0.

Healthy Number for Kentucky Families

+ Five: Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
+ Two: Limit screen time to no more than two hours a day.
+ One: By physically active at least one hour a day.
+ Zero: Don't drink sweetened beverages.

For those of you who are looking for SMART - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely - goals for the new year that will impact your family's quality of life, this prescription is a great place to start.

I don't know about you, but being physically active for an hour each day is our family's biggest challenge. Squeezing in an hour of physical activity shouldn't be as hard as it is. It is all go, go, go, but not the type of activity that makes us sweat, raises our heart rates or gives us sustained mental relief. But the rewards of making exercise and physical activity a daily priority drastically improves a family's quality of life. Less stress for parents, much-needed quality time with children, and overall better mental health for all.

As adults, we know how important exercise is, but how do we get our children's buy-in?  Sitting down together for a family meeting is a great place to start.  After all, if it is going to be a family initiative, it should involve the voices of the entire family. Try creating a vision board.  They are a way to visualize your goals to be healthier and is a great way to have a dialogue with your children.

Come prepared to your family meeting with ideas.  Kentucky Family Fun has recommended resources for active families.  In addition to walking, riding bikes, playing at the playground, and gardening Kentucky offers many other opportunities for mixing exercise with fun.  Click below and print them out to share with your children.

Let's Go Swimming

Let's Go Play Indoors

Let's Go Camping

Let's Go Hiking

Let's Go Birding

Happy New Year!  And may your family meet their goals for a healthier future.


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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Give the Gift of a Kentucky Experience

Looking for a gift that will keep on giving?  Consider buying one of these Kentucky Experiences and give a gift that lasts an entire year.

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Annual Pass to Newport Aquarium
You could easily go to the Newport Aquarium every month and find something new each time.  If you plan to go to Cincinnati in the next year, plan ahead and get an Annual Pass to the Newport Aquarium.  The holidays are a great time to get seasonal discounts to experiences across the state.

 photo UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_mini_31cb_zpsvwl2ke6q.jpg Annual Pass to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Did you know that there was a group of Kentuckians who set out to create heaven on earth here in the heart of the commonwealth? Need an excuse for your family to regularly break free of the pressures of daily life?  With an annual pass, a family can enjoy FREE admission to the entire village, enjoy unlimited FREE rides on the Dixie Belle Riverboat and any and all hayrides and gain FREE admission to their signature events all year long.  Passholders also enjoy discounts at The Trustees' Table and shops.  Purchase Your Annual Pass here.

Join the Kentucky Historical Society
Give a $40 gift to the Kentucky Historical Foundation and automatically become a Kentucky Historical Society member.  Commit your family's donation to prepare Kentuckians for the future because you know history matters.  Members enjoy FREE admission to the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Kentucky Military Museum, the Old State Capitol and Martin F. Schmidt Research Library including a personal family invitation to members-only events, exhibitions, and programs.

Kentucky Derby Museum

Enjoy the thrill and excitement of Derby every day! Membership includes a Fast Track Family Membership.  Membership includes free admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum, complimentary guest passes and the use of the Kentucky Derby Museum's box seats at Churchill Downs Racetrack for the Spring and Fall race meet among other things.

Kentucky Science Center/Louisville Zoo Membership

Get approximately $20 off when you buy a combined membership to both the Science Center and the Louisville Zoo. The dual Family Membership includes two adults and up to 4 children ages 4 to 19.  It includes 2 one-time use child admissions to the Louisville Zoo and 2 one-time guest passes to the Science Center. 

Louisville City Soccer Season Passes

A dynasty is in the making as the purple and gold make a run at their third straight USL Cup in 2019. Season tickets bring a host of member benefits, including a team scarf, access to special member events, and concession discounts.  Best of all, you can easily resell or transfer any tickets you can't utilize with SeatGeek, and register priority for best available seats in the new Butchertown stadium coming in 2020.

Muhammad Ali Center Membership

Does your family member have a special connection to the legacy of Muhammad Ali?  Give them the opportunity to be a part of the mission of Ali's legacy of hope, peace and cultural understanding.  Enjoy free membership to the museum, exclusive member-only merchandise and more.

Season Pass to Beech Bend 

Don't miss the half-off discount, free parking, and unlimited sunscreen at Beech Bend in Bowling Green through November 26th.

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Tickets for the PlayThink Festival
Although the Playthink Festival lasts only 5 days in June, it is an experience that will leave a lasting impression.  Playthink is a magical experience for those who want to let down their guard and their phones to reconnect with themselves and their children through play, movement, music, and the natural world.  This year's festival is sure to be the beginning of a new chapter of the event as they are moving to a new location in Harrodsburg. The sooner you buy your tickets here the more you save. 

YMCA Membership
Give the gift of family fitness and togetherness all year.  YMCAs are such a blessing to families across the state.  Many a multi-tasking parent or guardian has balanced responsibilities to self, career and family thanks to free Wifi, the weight room or pool and the obliging cafe table.  Whether it is a gift to yourself or to a family who needs more support, a YMCA membership is definitely a gift that keeps on giving.

Happy Memory Making!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Let's Talk Candy - How To Have A Healthier Halloween

Halloween can feel like it is all about candy, but it can also be an opportunity for a teachable moment.  Let's talk about making healthy choices during Halloween.

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Halloween can be scary. Even with ghosts, ghouls and goblins abound, the most frightening part of Halloween might be how many calories our children bring home in their trick-or-treat bags.

The candy in an average trick-or-treat bag can contain as much as 7,000 calories, according to Dr. Donna Arnett at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s school of public health, and all that candy can lead to tooth decay and a lot of extra pounds for the entire family.

 photo IMG_5565_zpsgpwyvvuh.jpg What’s a health-conscious parent to do without ruining one of the most kid-friendly celebrations of the year?

· As the person handing out candy, opt for healthier or non-food alternatives. Candy is fun, but healthy food can be as well. Making small oranges, popcorn balls or fruit cups with pumpkin faces drawn on them can encourage healthier eating while still getting into the Halloween spirit. Give trick-or-treaters dried fruit, fruit leathers, crackers or trail mix.

Check out this FREE online book CHEAP EATS, by Leanne Brown, on page 74 for a cheap homemade treat that can be assembled for less than .25 a serving.  What is it? Healthier and affordable microwave popcorn. Print out labels to this book's URL to add to the popcorn bags.  Bonus - families will learn about how to eat healthy at home on a budget year round.

Or, if you want to avoid giving out candy or snack foods altogether, give small toys, stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils, Halloween erasers or glow-sticks. Kids receive plenty of candy on Halloween and will enjoy being surprised by the “extras” they gather while trick-or-treating.

 photo IMG_9730_zpsu6ssaejt.jpg· Get out and exercise. Candy consumption certainly increases on and around Halloween, but so does walking. Fitbit recently analyzed its data and found the average user walked an additional 2,750 steps on Halloween. While those extra steps won’t cancel out all those candy bars you ate, the added walking and exercise can help you control your weight and improve your health.
Take family walks around the neighborhood before Halloween to plan your trick-or-treating route. The additional movement can benefit the whole family.

· Fill your little goblins’ tummies with healthy food before they hit their candy stash. Eating a healthy dinner before trick-or-treating will help ensure your kids are properly fueled and less tempted to snack their way around the neighborhood. Plus, for safety, you should save your candy until you get home to screen for anything potentially hazardous.

 photo Gingerbread_zpsd7oidezv.jpg · Encourage candy in moderation.  Set a limit on candy consumption to one day or a week.  Save extra candy for creative projects.  In our family, we save extra candy by freezing it and pulling it out before Christmas for our annual gingerbread house making tradition.  Ditch the gingerbread house making kits at Christmas.  Instead, stock up on your supplies over time. Create a bin for your gingerbread making supplies and save for later.  Graham Crackers, store-bought frosting, Halloween Candy, aluminum foil, stale ice-cream cones, coconut that has been sitting in the back of the freezer.  We use this method for building our houses.

If you return home and your family has more candy than they should eat, search online for a local dentist or other business participating in candy-donation or buy-back programs.  Your school's Youth Service Center would likely appreciate the donations as well. Call first for each location’s program details.

This Halloween, have fun dressing up and eating a few treats but balance the usual indulgence with making healthier choices.

By Dr. Julie Daftari, medical director, UnitedHealthcare of Kentucky
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

7 Unique Places to Celebrate Halloween in Kentucky

There are so many Halloween events throughout the state - let's focus on events that are doing things a little differently.  Here are 7 awesome Kentucky events where families can enjoy friendly Halloween BOOs and SCARES.

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The World's Largest Halloween Party takes place at the Louisville Zoo. While I am sure that many have heard of the event there are bound to be some who weren't aware of the event! The zoo starts this event in early October and it runs through Halloween. You can find more information here. Just a tip it is pretty popular so going earlier in the season works out better in terms of crowds! Tickets are required but you can grab them here!

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond - They host a Halloween Lights Drive Thru October 27th.  They are sights, sounds and scares of over 1½ miles of Halloween lights and displays - enjoy it all from the comfort of your car. They do it up at the campground also! A $5 donation for the tour will go to the Fort Boonesborough Foundation. For more information call 859-527-3454

Experience Halloween decorations and lights high in the treetops among 60 obstacles at the Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson State Park.  Hours are typically Friday-Sunday, with extended hours on Thursday, October 18th.  Visit here for more information.

Join in the fun in Winchester at the Halloween Festival, organized by Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation on October 19 or 20 from 6:30-10pm.  There is something fun for everyone in your family, no matter their age and scare-tolerance. Activities include a haunted house, inflatables, pumpkin painting and face painting. 

Halloween Walk with the Animals at Salato Wildlife Center is October 27th from 12-4pm. It's a family-friendly Trick-or-Treat event so folks are encouraged to dress up and talk a walk on the wild side. The kids will receive a treat bag to collect candy and a passport which they will take to each of the indoor and outdoor animal booths to receive a treat (or trick!) - fun while learning about the animals. Hay maze, face painting, photo booth, and a fishing booth.

Join the students, staff, and community of Transylvania University for Pumpkin Mania, which will include at least 5,000 uniquely carved pumpkins.  On October 30 at 7pm families can walk among the jack-o-lanturns to trick-or-treat, listen to music and take part other children's activities.

Main Street Wilmore, described as a little Kentucky Mayberry, will be blocked off and businesses and individuals will be handing out treats for Treats on Main on October 31st. There is a costume contest at 7:30pm in the Pavilion - bring your best because the people of Wilmore bring their best creative ideas.  This is a safe and welcoming experience that despite any cold weather, will warm you. 

Click here to see more events in Oldham County
Click here to see more events around the Louisville area
Click here to see more events for the Shelby County area
Click here for Halloween fun around Lexington
Click here for fall fun around Elizabethtown

Check out our Pumpkin Patch list!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The best places in Kentucky to see the fall foliage

If you are like me and fall is your favorite season, chances are you enjoy seeing natures beauty on display in the form of the beautiful fall colors around Kentucky. Enjoy our natural foliage display this time of year. 

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The Kentucky Tourism thinks it is so important they have a whole program devoted to it called ColorFall.

Here are a few ideas that stand out:

 photo IMG_5409_zpslby702e5.jpgBernheim Forest looks to be the place with the most organized event that honors the colors at their ColorFest. It takes place on both October 20-21, complete with food trucks, crafts by various Kentucky artists, a mud pie kitchen, hay maze and a pumpkin launch! You get to tour forest by hay ride and take in all of the fall colors in that unique way. If you are a member admission is free and for everyone else it is $10 per car load.

In the Lake Cumberland area there is the option of going on a train ride with Big South Fork Scenic Railway. This is a great way to take in the colors from a different perspective and, of course, the kids will love the train!

Cave City in the western part of our state is another great area to taken in the colors, there are 5 different caves in the area and a quaint little town with shopping and restaurants. You can take in the colors on a day trip or weekend getaway. There's lots to do around Cave City!

Travel and Leisure says that Middlesboro KY is a great place to take in the sights and if you are up for a little over night trip they even recommend a cute bed and breakfast.

 photo IMG_5435_zps4dynd67u.jpgPick some fall family fun in Louisville and stop in at St. James Court. The homes are so historic and beautiful, add in the changing colors on the trees, the lovely'll have a nice stroll around the area.

And, here are some more ideas from the KY Bed & Breakfast Association.Click here.
Don't forget about the Lexington area, click here.
There's also a fall foliage calendar for the Smoky Mountains so you can plan accordingly if you are headed to that area.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Let's Go Camping Kentucky - Cave Run Lake

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Are you thinking about planning a family camping trip before the cold weather settles in?  Maybe you are thinking about next year and want to commit to getting outdoors by blocking off time now before next year's calendar fills up?  If you are looking for a camping destination, we suggest you consider a trip to Cave Run Lake.

Cave Run Lake is about a one and a half hour drive east from Lexington towards Morehead at the foothills of the Eastern Kentucky mountains. The Ziplo Recreation area where you can camp is located on a 355-acre wooded peninsula on Cave Run Lake and is 15 minutes south from I-64 off of Hwy 801.

What will you find there? When the water is not high, you will find a beach along with hiking trails, fishing, boating, and safe wide roads to bike on.  You will also discover that the staff of Cave Run Lake are committed to making your experience safe, relaxing, and well supplied.  There is a store located near the beach and the main parking area which also houses a laundry.

With at least 172 campsites divided between 10 sections, families will likely make new friends while camping at Cave Run Lake.  Despite the number of campsites the wooded acres and changing topography of this campground provide a wide variety of site types making it difficult to choose favorites.  However, if you are comfortable camping beside the water and like quick access to fishing, we recommend the following sites: D - sites 16 and 14, E - sites 9, 10, & 12 or F- sites 19 through 28. 

For those of you who may not like tent camping, consider renting a camper.  Sites like make it easy to plan to stay in a camper.  Businesses like Wild Cat Adventure Rentals, will set up the camper for you and make it easy for those of us who may be less excited about sleeping in a tent.  Shop around for the best deal.  Wild Cat Camping requires a deposit but if the campers are left as they were found, deposits are returned.

As you are preparing for your trip to Cave Run, keep in mind that you should Be Bear Aware.  Although, bears are typically only spotted near the campground once a year.  The last spotting was on September 8, 2018. 

Finally, we recommend that you plan a meal at Pop's Southern Style BBQ.  It is on the sweeter side but still delicious and there are plenty of choices for kids.  For starters, we recommend the cheese sticks or homemade beer cheese with a pretzel.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Zombie Paintball Hayride

Kentucky's Zombie Paintball Hayride takes place at Thomas Dairy Farm and Market in Cecilia, Kentucky

This is a sponsored post
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 photo paintball3_zpsagssalew.jpg The zombie invasion has begun! Come out for a one of a kind experience on the hayride paintball trailer at Thomas Dairy Farm and Market. This year's theme is the "Wild, Wild West" featuring a new course and even more live zombies. Suitable for all ages. Zombie paintball is a night activity, other activities are also available during the day.

The fee is $15/person including 125 paintballs, Walker T's fun zone, mega slides, animal farm, corn pit, flashlight corn maze, bonfire, and so much fall family fun. 20+ people group rate is available.

Last year, some staff from spent the day at Thomas Dairy Farm and Market participating in a variety of their activities, including the paintball. Check out this post to read more about it. 

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 20th, they will have a DJ and Karaoke free with admission 4 pm- 8 pm.

Hours of Operation:​
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-Midnight
Sunday: 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Zombie paintball is Now open every Friday and Saturday night in October!
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Let's Go Hear Spooky Stories Kentucky

Who’s heard about the haints in the holler or the Grey Lady of Liberty Hall? Kentucky is rich with ghost stories and great storytellers.  We suggest you seek some of them out this October. 
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This is a selection of tours and programs but is by now way comprehensive. 

Central Kentucky

Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill October 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 21, 27, 28, 5:30 and 7:00pm | Spirit Stroll
The stories told are spooky or uncomfortable tales of the people who called Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill home.
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Spirit Strolls at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

My Old Kentucky Home | October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28, 7-10pm | Shadows of Federal Hill, Ghost Tours of My Old Kentucky Home

Woodford County Libary | October 12, 6-9pm | Cemetery Ghost Walk

Lawrenceburg (Anderson) | October 18, 20, 26, 27, and 31 at 8pm | Lawrenceburg Ghost Walk 

West Point (Hardin County) | October 20, 6-9pm | Ghost Walk Through Haunted West Point

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate (Fayette County) | October 27, 10-11am |  Stump Stories
Sit on a stump below the old twisted Catalpa to hear Spooky tales.  Appropriate for all ages!

Waveland (Fayette) | October 26, November 2, 8pm | Ghost Hunt at Waveland

Metro Louisville

Downtown LaGrange (Oldham County) | October 4-?, 7:30-9:30pm | Spirits of LaGrange Ghost Tour at Main Street LaGrange

Corn Island Festival, 7:30-9pm (Jefferson County): Corn Island Storytelling Festival

Eastern Kentucky

White Hall (Madison) | October 19 | Ghost Hunt at White Hall

Northern Kentucky

Trimble County Public Library | October 6, 8-11pm | Ghost Walk

Western Kentucky

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center (Maysville) | October 6, 7:30-8:30pm | Maysville Ghost Walk

Market House Theatre (Paducah) | October 6, 13, 20, 26, and 27 | Ghost Tours

For Adults

Liberty Hall Historic Site | October 25, 6-9:30pm | Haint Nothin' but Spirits

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fall Events Across Kentucky - October

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Fall festivals and events are a great opportunity for Kentucky families to explore different areas of the state. So many towns, communities, counties, and organizations host fall events and more than not, they are free. Enjoy fall fun around Kentucky with family and friends.

Across Kentucky

October 20 & 21, 26-31, 12-5pm: Great Pumpkin Celebration

Metro Louisville

October 4-28, Thurs-Sat, 5-8:30pm: The World's Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo

October 5-7, 11-5pm: Iron Ball Harvest Weekend

October 5-7, Friday and Sat, 10am-5pm., Sunday 10am-5pm: St. James Court Art Show

October 6-7, 10am-5pm: Nunnlea Craft Fair

October 6-7, times vary by day: Bowman Field Aviation and Military Heritage Festival

October 9-November 4: Louisville Jack O' Lantern Spectacular

October 12-13, times vary by day: Belknap Fall Festival

October 12-13, times vary by day: Garvin Gates Blues Festival

October 13, 10am-4pm: Southwest Community Festival

October 13, 10am-6pm: Foxhollow Farm Festival

October 13, 11am-1pm: Children’s Business Fair

October 12, 6-10pm: Farmington Oktoberfest

October 14, 12-5pm: Farmington 18th Annual Harvest Festival

October 20, 9am-2pm: Wilderness Louisville Forest Adventure at Jefferson Memorial Forest

October 20-21, 10am-6pm: Via Colori Kentucky Street Painting Festival 

October 21, 4-7pm (Oldham County): Prospect Fall Festival to Benefit the Homeless

October 27-28, 10am-4:30pm: 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove

October 27, 11am: Boo Dell! at Yew Dell

Central Kentucky

October 5, 5:30-8:30 (Shelby County): Fall Festival at Christian Academy

October 6-28 weekends, 10-5:30pm (Scott): Harvest Festival at Evans Orchard and Cider Mill

October 6-28 weekends, 9am (Scott County): AutumnFest(sm) at Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse

October 6 – 28 weekends, 12 – 7pm (Bullitt County): Pumpkinfest at Slow Poke Farm

October 6-28 weekends, 10-5pm (Jessamine County): Pumpkin Jamboree

October 6-28 weekends, 2pm (Woodford County): Pumpkin Patch Train - Blue Grass Scenic Railroad 

October 6, 9-4pm (Jessamine): Annual Wilmore Arts and Crafts Festival

October 6: Spencer County Octoberfest

October 6, 2-11pm (Fayette County): West Sixth Oktoberfest

October 8, 6-8pm (Fayette County) Haunts & History Downtown Walking Tour 

October 12-13 (Woodford County): 2018 Mary Queen Fall Festival

October 12-14, (Nelson County): Bardstown Arts Crafts and Antiques Festival Vendor Market 2018

October 12 (Mercer County): Oktoberfest 2018

October 13, 1pm (Franklin County): Fall Tree ID Hike at Cove Spring

October 13 (Harrison County): ARToberfest

October 13, 2-6pm (Fayette County): Party for the Pumpkins at the Arboretum

October 13, 9am (Fayette County): South Elkhorn Fall Festival 2018 at South Elkhorn Christian Church

October 14, 12pm (Fayette): Kids Club Family Day

October 16, 5-8pm (Fayette County): Kids Art Day 2018

October 19, 6pm (Fayette County): Fall Festivals at YMCA of Central Kentucky

October 20, 
10am-5pm (Bullitt County): Bernheim ColorFest

October 20, 2pm (Fayette County): The Ghosts of Pineville

October 26-27, 5pm-8pm (Mercer County): Trick-or-Treat at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

October 26, 5:30pm (Anderson Countyu): Corn Maze Trick or Treat at Buckmeadow Farms

October 26, 5:00pm (Scott County): Haunted Swamp

October 27, 5-6:30pm (Franklin): Ghosts in the Garden

October 28, 8pm (Fayette County): Halloween Thriller Parade

October 28, 10am (Fayette County): The Kentucky Castle Fall Festival

October 31, 6pm (Fayette County): Trunk or Treat

October 31, 5:30pm (Boyle County): Trick or Treat on Main

October 31, 6pm (Franklin County): Safe 'Trick or Treat' Event

Eastern Kentucky

October 4-6 (Leslie County): Mary Breckinridge Festival

October 4-6 (Greenup County): Old Fashioned Days

October 5-6 (Johnson County): Kentucky Apple Festival
October 5-6 (Harlan County):Black Bear Festival

October 6 (Leslie County) Mary Breckinridge Festival

October 6, 11am (Clark County): 2018 Scarecrow Festival

October 10-13 (Floyd County): Jenny Wiley Festival

October 12-15 (Montgomery County): Mt. Sterling October Court Days

October 13, 10am (Madison County): 51st Annual KGAC Fall Fair at Indian Fort Theater

October 18-20 (Whitley County): 25th Gateway to the Cumberlands Jeep Jamboree

October 19-21 (Lee County): Wooly Worm Festival

October 21, 6pm (Madison County): Madison County KFTC Halloween Spectacular

October 27, 8pm (Clark County): Trick or Treat at the Waterfront!

October 31, 6pm (Clark County): Halloween MAINia! Trick or Treat on Main Street

Northern Kentucky
October 5-7 (Pendleton County): Kentucky Wool Festival

October 19-21 (Boone County): Salt Festival at Big Bone Lick State Park

South Central Kentucky

October 6 (Metcalfe County): Pumpkin Festival in Edmonton 

October 12-13 (Adair County): Downtown Days Festival

October 19-20 (Hart County): Big Buffalo Crossing BBQ Cook-off

Western Kentucky

October 6-7 (Henderson County): Lion's Club Arts and Crafts Festival

October 12, 10-11:30am (Henderson County): Fall Break Friday

October 12-13 (Trigg County): Country Ham Festival

October 19-21 (McCraken County): Maiden Alley Oktoberfest

October 20-21 (Hancock County): Independence Bank Sorghum Festival

October 20-21 (Daviess County): Reid's Apple Festival

October 27, 7pm (Henderson County): Creatures of the Night - After Dark Hike

More Ideas:

Click here for a list of October events around Louisville.

Click here for a list of October events around Lexington.

Click here for a list of October events around Oldham County.

Click here for a list of October events around Shelby County.

Click here for a list of October events around Hardin County.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Treetop Flyer - Uniquely Kentucky

Our writer was given a night's stay at HomeGrown Hideaways for purpose of review.

You can stay in a treehouse with your family, right here in Kentucky. Learn more about the Treetop Flyer in Berea, Kentucky at HomeGrown HideAways. 

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Family traveler, have you ever daydreamed about living in a treehouse? Imagine sitting high in the tree canopy listening to the wind and birds while either reading with your children or gathering around to play a game, all while being disconnected from your devices. That place exists and it is called the Treetop Flyer at HomeGrown HideAways, just outside Berea, KY. The brand new construction is a magical place where you can be present in nature and in-the-moment with your children and/or partner.

 photo IMG_2434_zpspn95mndw.jpgOur family spent our last night of summer there, high in the trees, and will remember it for its calm breezes, the quiet moments of giggly painting, and petting the sweet, friendly dogs that call this place home.

Want to plan a visit? Book your stay here at HomeGrown HideAways. The tree house can sleep a maximum of 8 guests, but it is perfect for a family of five. There are two incredibly cozy foldout beds on the first floor and two more beds in the loft. The Treetop Flyer is a short hike in so pack everyone a bag that they can carry. We found everything we needed in the kitchen, just a short, 3-minute hike away. With reusable grocery bags and our own thermoses, we brought our meals back to the Treetop Flyer to enjoy a 360-degree view of the outdoors from the trestle table inside.

 photo IMG_2447_zps9xsksjri.jpg There is no way your children could be bored in this little slice of heaven. The sweet, resident dogs of Homegrown HideAways, like dogs Ryder and Lucy, will lead your children to discover the creek and playground. At night, they will crawl up in their laps to enjoy the fire too.

We look forward to bringing our children back to experience another season in the Treetop Flyer. Hopefully, on our next visit, we can trade out our sandals for warm socks and flannel. The fall colors or snow are a must see from this Kentucky destination.

The Treetop flyer is available for booking in October 2018. It is open for the winter, hence the fireplace inside. See the video for an inside look. They only book 3 months in advance, so if space fills up, check back often.

Visit our earlier post here for more information about HomeGrown HideAways.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Visiting Kentucky Museums For Free

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Museums are an incredible resource for family fun and life-long learning. When you can visit and explore for free it is even better!  Below is a list of museums you should definitely put on your Kentucky bucket list.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day: September 22, 2018

Annually on ONE DAY in September you can get free admission to certain museums thanks to Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day! 

Visit this website to get two free tickets to a participating museum.

Share your experiences on Instagram and Twitter on the hashtags #MuseumDay #WomenMakingHistory

Here are the museums participating in 2018: 

Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green

Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site, Barbourville

International Museum of the Horse, Lexington

Behringer-Crawford Museum, Covington

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Perryville

Janice Mason Art Museum, Cadiz

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Harrogate, Tennesse (just across the border)

Kentucky Science Center, Louisville

Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum, Marion

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Lexington

McCreary County Museum, Stearns

Adsmore Museum, Princeton

Year round, these museums offer free admission:

Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea

The Brown - Pusey House, Elizabethtown

The General George Patton Museum, Fort Knox

The State Capitol Building, Frankfort

Capital City Museum, Frankfort

Old Fort Harrod, Harrodsburg

Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace, Hodgenville

Jeffersontown Historical Museum, Jeffersontown

The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky, Lexington

Speed Museum, Louisville - Sundays the Museum is Free

KMAC Museum, Louisville

21C Museum, Louisville

Kentucky Folk Art Center - Morehead State University, Morehead

Bittersweet Cabin Village, Renfro Valley


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Friday, September 7, 2018

This Weekend Free or Cheap - September 7, 8, and 9

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Here are a few experiences we would suggest if your family wants to have fun without breaking the bank this weekend.

Western Ketucky | 2018 Murray Ice Cream Festival

What: Ice Cream Festival, need I say more?  All you can eat ice cream friends, for $5.

Where: Court Square Downtown Murray

When: Friday, 7 from 5pm to 8pm.  Event also on Saturday but with a different cost.

What Will There Be to Do: Inflatables, bungee jumping and other activities. Live music from 6-8pm. Free screening of Lego Batman movie at 8pm.  

What to Bring: Bring your hungry bellies and comfortable lawn chairs.

Central Kentucky | Josephine Sculpture Park Fall Arts Festival

What: An experiential Art Festival for those who have no experience making art.

Where: 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd. Frankfort

When: Sunday, 9 from 11am - 6pm 

Where to Start: Admission is FREE but parking is $5, the more the merrier (allowing for a 1:1 ratio, people to seatbelts, of course).  That includes buses.

 photo 11401382_10152985275139021_755504403033365544_n_zpssjs8x7e2.jpg What Will There Be to Do: Meet and create with guest artists.  Throw clay pots, play instruments, print art, make paper, experiment with tie dye (hint, bring your own shirt to tie-dye), make stickers, and immerse yourself in sea of bubbles, jam to live music and more.

What to Bring: We strongly encourage you to bring a wagon or large wheeled stroller for some off-roading.  Dress your kids in play clothes so they can get dirty.

Metro Louisville | Big Four Bridge Art Festival

What: A FREE Festival of 180+ Juried artists featuring international cuisine, art activities, and entertainment.

Where:1101 River Road Louisville in the heart of downtown

When: Saturday, 8 from 10am - 7pm | Sunday, 9 from 10am - 5pm

Where to Start: Parking is ample along the river road and transportation to the venue is provided by a trolley. You can also walk through the park.

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What Will There Be to Do: Pet pink llamas and angora rabbits among other animals.  There will be paint and drawing stations along with collaborative art projects.  Children will leave with their own painted rocks.

What to Bring: Wear your walking shoes, cover yourself in sunscreen, pack your water bottles and pull/push your favorite kid-friendly carrier.

Eastern Kentucky | Kids Fest

 photo Event-Flyer_zpsezc8wuwm.png What: The largest FREE public festival specifically for children 12 and under in Richmond.

Where: Irvine McDowell Park

When: Saturday, 8 from 11am - 5pm

What Will There Be to Do: Activities include vendors, inflatables, a petting zoo, games with prizes, entertainment and other festive attractions. 

What to Bring: Does your child love Disney characters?  Heads up there will be Disney Princesses on-site for meet and greets. 

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