Saturday, August 18, 2018

Uniquely Kentucky - CONNECT

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Tonight, August 18, 2018, Experience Spontaneity, Play, Creativity, and Discovery at Connect

Where: Bernheim Arboretum | 2075 Clermont Rd, Clermont, Ky 40110 | All around Lake Nevin
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When: August 18, 2018 | 6:31 - 10: 31 | Two hours before sunset to two hours after sunset.

Where to Start: Pay your admission at the admission booth as you enter the park.  Cost is $5 per person, children 2 and under are free.

Why: This is an event you and your children will not forget any time soon.  In their 10th year, the event invites artists, creative thinkers, teachers and scientific minds to set up activities and installations all around Lake Nevin that will light up your imaginations. 

 photo 1012467_10153107619135117_1468016927_n_zpskfiwwviu.jpg What Will There Be to Do: Listen to live music, dance with Grass Men, participate in shadow play and hands-on art making, play among bubbles and get dirty playing in a mud pit.  Does it sound different? I promise your kids will be much calmer on the way home.  

What to Bring: We strongly encourage you to bring a wagon or large wheeled stroller for some off-roading.  You will want to walk completely around the lake, it will be rewarding, but your tikes may get tired.  Also bring a change of clothes, bug spray and reusable bottles for water.

If you can't make it this year, mark your calendars now for 2019.  This event is in mid august and can get lost in the back-to-school shuffle!


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Thursday, August 16, 2018

20 Things to Do in Georgetown This Fall

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Where can you go this fall in Kentucky to ride horses, pick apples, zip down a pumpkin vine zipline and meet famous racehorses on any given day?  That's right, Georgetown, Kentucky.

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Celebrate the Back to School Season | at the Georgetown Chick-fil-A
From 5:30 - 7:30pm on Tuesday, August 21 win prizes, play games and eat shaved Ice at the Back To School Bash.

See the Champions of the Bluegrass | at Family Fun Night at the Kentucky Horse Park
August 24 starting at 5pm with a 6pm Hall of Champions Show.

Support Local Theatre | at a Glass Painting Fundraiser
August 25 from 12-2pm to benefit Georgetown Community Theatre

 photo IMG_2303_zpspto4khvp.jpg Be Inspired | at the "Space: The Final Frontier" Quilt Show
Now until August 26, families can view and vote on their favorite quilt at the Birdsong Quilting and Crafts shop.

Eat Seasonal Food | at the Annual Fireman's Chili-Cook Off
Cost is less than $20 per family.  Serving begins at 6pm in front of the Georgetown-Scott County Museum.

Listen to Live Music | during the Party on the Square
September 6, following the Annual Fireman's Chili-cook off enjoy the musical group Swing Street from 7-10pm.

Join in the Parade | for the Colt and Filly Children's Parade during the 2018 Festival of the Horse
At 6:30pm on Friday, September 7 join most of the Georgetown community for a parade inspired by "A Day at the Races." Stay for the whole weekend of September 7-9 and attend the festival of the Horse.

Enjoy Fall Fun | at the Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse
On September 8 attend their Bi-Water Fall festival. Buy your season pass between now and September 7 to get 20% off their season long access pass and enjoy their many farmly activities all autumn long.  Visit their website for information about their themed weekends.

Pick Apples | during the Apple Festival at Evans Orchard - Market and Cider Mill
There will be plenty to do on September 8 & 9.

Take a Camping Trip Indoors | during Family Fort Night at the Scott County Library
September 14 at 6:30pm round up some pillows and blankets and head to the stacks to build forts.  Wear your PJs and join in bedtime yoga. Geared towards children 2-7 years old.

Shop Local | at the Georgetown Sidewalk Sale
On September 15 in Downtown Georgetown. 

Plan a Bike Trip with Your Family | at the Bicycle Show at the Scott County Library
September 15 at 10-12:30pm.  Presented by the Lexington Bike Shop.

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Paddle Through a Haunted Swamp | at the Indoor Pool of the Pavilion
On October 26 at 5pm for the cost of admission to the Pavilion.

Go Trick-or-Treating | Downtown Georgetown 
October 31 enjoy storytelling, activities, and candy at participating downtown shops.

Take to the Trails | on horseback at the Whispering Woods Riding Stables
Plan a day to ride horseback with your family and friends around a 250-acre wooded property that won't disappoint.

Meet Old Friends | at the Old Friends Retirement Farm
 photo IMG_2295_zps2r7jgbm5.jpgTours are offered daily at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm.  Call ahead to reserve your spot.  A golf cart is available for those who need assistance moving around the farm. 

Support Local Farmers | at the Scott County Farmers' Market
Get fresh Kentucky Proud produce for your family dinner on Saturdays from 9-1pm.

Take a Family Photo | at the Yuko-En on the Elkhorn
A Japanese Friendship Garden open from dawn to dusk year round.

Spark Your Child's Interest in Robotics and Engineering | at the Toyota Motor Manufacturer
Tours are available Monday through Friday but call ahead to schedule your visit.

Score a Win With Your Tween or Teenager | and go Skateboarding at the Pavilion

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Kentucky State Fair Free or Cheap

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Kentucky State Fair 2018, August 16th - 26th - Opportunities to save on your family fun!

Who's excited to go to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville?  Are you looking for some ways to save money?  Your Kentucky Family Fun writers are anxious to help you get the most bang for your buck.  Here are some ideas by date.  

Now until the end of day August 15th: 

Visit a local Rally's to get half-price parking.  Buy a Rally's Cheese Burger Combo and receive a souvenir cup and half-price parking coupon.  Reuse souvenier cup to get $1.00 refills at the State Fair.

Advanced tickets and discounted parking available through the Kentucky State Fair website until 10pm on August 15th.  Advanced parking costs $5 and increases to $10 per vehicle at the gate during the State Fair.

Advanced tickets and discounted parking available at participating Kroger locations.

During the Kentucky State Fair - August 16th - 26th:

Trams | The State Fair Trams are FREE and run daily every 15 to 30 minutes until midnight.

Bike Racks | Park outside the State Fairgrounds and bike into the venue with your family for FREE parking.  Bike racks are located at every gate.

Sunday, August 19:

Military Sunday Salute | The Kentucky State Fair celebrates all who serve or have served our country with FREE admission for military members and their families (up to 4 people).

FREE World Championship Horse Show Performance | 12pm noon, first come first serve.

FREE Texas Roadhouse Concert | Lot L, gates open at 6:30pm, performance at 8pm, first come first serve. Offered Daily - see schedule here.

FREE Gantry Show Performances | A theatrical circus at 1:30, 4:30, and 7:30pm in the West Courtyard. Offered Daily.

FREE FMX Stunt Show Performances | Freestyle motocross featuring extreme dirt bike stunts in South Wing Parking Lot. Offered Daily.

Tuesday, August 21:

Senior Citizen Day | FREE admission for seniors.

FREE World Championship Horse Show Performance | 9am, first come first serve.

FREE Texas Roadhouse Concert | Lot L, gates open at 6:30pm, performance at 8pm, first come first serve. Offered Daily - see schedule here.

FREE Gantry Show Performances | A theatrical circus at 1:30, 4:30, and 7:30pm in the West Courtyard. Offered Daily.

FREE FMX Stunt Show Performances | Freestyle motocross featuring extreme dirt bike stunts in South Wing Parking Lot. Offered Daily.

Basic Information: 

In case you have never been, the state fair is held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Gates open at 7am and exhibits at 9am.  Exhibit Halls close at 9pm, Sun-Thur and10pm, Fri-Sat.

Thrill Ville opens at 2pm and closes at midnight.

Wold's Championship Horse Show offers daily free performances August 19 at noon and August 20-25 at 9am.

Texas Roadhouse Concerts offers daily for FREE at 8pm (except August 26 at 4pm). Gates open at 6:30pm, first come first serve.  See schedule here.

Get live updates and plan your daily schedule by downloading the Kentucky State Fair App here.

Share your experiences by tagging your posts and Instagram photos with #KYStateFair


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Sunday, August 5, 2018

4 Ways to Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

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4 Ways to Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

 photo IMG_2214_zpsevrderxv.jpgAs you are busy getting your kids ready to head back to school, don't forget that there are at least three months left to buy locally grown produce at a Kentucky Farmers' markets.  Where you shop makes a difference to Kentucky Farmers!  In celebration of #FarmersMarketWeek, consider participating in one or more of the following ways. 

1) Plan to visit your local Farmers Market weekly.  Need help finding one?  Visit the Kentucky Proud Farmers Market Directory here or visit one of the following suggested Farmers' Markets by the day of the week.

Note that many of these farmers' markets are open on other days of the week too.  Check their hours for additional availablity.


Chevy Chase Farmers' Market | 10am - 2pm | 316 Ashland Ave. Lexington

Lexington Farmers' Market | 10am - 2pm | Southland Dr. Lexington


Bowling Green's Original Farmers' Market | 6am - 1pm | Scottsville Rd. Bowling Green

Community Farmers' Market Bowling Green | 2pm - 6pm | 2319 Nashville Rd. Bowling Green

Lexington Farmers' Market | 7am - 4pm | Maxwell & Broadway Lexington


Franklin County Farmers' Market | 11am - 1pm | 275 East Main Street Frankfort

Hardin County Farmers' Market | 9am - 1pm | 200 Peterson Dr. Elizabethtown

Harrison County Farmers' Market | 9am - 1pm | Courthouse Square Cynthiana

Lexington Farmers' Market | 4pm - 7pm | The Summit Lexington


Allen County Scottsville Farmers' Market | 8am - 12pm | 106 W. Public Square Scottsville

Bowling Green's Original Farmers' Market | 6am - 1pm | Scottsville Rd.

Knox Farmers' Market | 5pm - 8pm | 215 Treuhaft Blvd. Barbourville

Lexington Farmers' Market | 7am - 4pm | Maxwell & Broadway Lexington


Bardstown Road Farmers' Market | 8am - 12pm | 1722 Bardstown Rd. Louisville

Boyle County Farmers' Market | 9am - 1pm | 203 E. Lexington Ave. Danville

Covington Farmers' Market | 9am - 1pm | 3rd and Court Streets

Harvest 859 Farmers' Market | 8am - 12pm | 100 North First Street Richmond

Nicholasville Farmers' Market | 9am - 1pm | 717 Main St. Nicholasville

Westport Road Baptist Farmers' Market | 9am - 1pm | 9705 Westport Rd. Louisville

2) Buy merchandise to show your support for your local farmers market.
  • Purchase "I 💓 Farmers Markets" merchandise here and support the National Farmers Market Coalition.
3) Attend an upcoming Farmers' Market event and deepen your appreciation for Kentucky Agriculture.
4) Get your children involved in your local food system as a volunteer and help them appreciate the value of locally grown food.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

One Tank Trip: Hodgenville and the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park

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Kentucky Family Fun On One Fill-up: Hodgenville and the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park

My third grader was learning about Presidents and my first grader about the Civil War so when searching for a day trip option that would be fun, a trip to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park was perfect.   We had glorious late winter weather which made it just lovely.    The park is in Hodgenville, KY so a trip to explore has to be combined with some local spots.

Start Your Day

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park opens daily at 8am so we headed out early.  We arrived at around 10am and went to the visitor's center first.  We were greeted by a friendly park ranger who told us about the Junior Ranger program.  My kids loved it!  They received a really well-done booklet to take around that park and do as they explore and learn.  The activities were age appropriate for elementary-school-age children and engaging.  The ranger told them that if they worked on it while they explored, they can show him later and he would swear them in as official junior rangers!  We browsed through the exhibits at the center and watched the ~10 minute movie about Abraham Lincoln as the area we were about to see.  Everything was very well done.

We went outside and walked through the paths. They had a wonderfully shaded "boardwalk" through the woods that led up to the memorial.  Inside the memorial, there is authentic log cabin.  For a long time, it was thought to be THE log cabin that belonged to Abraham Lincoln's family but the ranger at the memorial told us that just over a decade ago, they discovered it was actually the cabin of a neighboring family and not the Lincoln's.   We made our way down the steps (I won't tell you how many, you'll have to learn that fact and it's significance) to the well. The well served as a clean water source for Lincoln's family.  The kids and I found this fascinating.  They took a sip from a modern fountain nearby and thought they were drinking the well water :)

At the top of the hill, there is a device that recites some of Lincoln's speeches and just beyond the well, there is a short (under a mile) walking path.  We peaked inside of the other log cabins on the property and returned to the visitor's center so the kids could be sworn in - which was really cute.  They had a lovely gift shop and the kids picked up a souvenir.  The bathrooms were very clean and convenient in the visitor's center.  Across the main street leading into this area, there is another picnic area and set of hiking trails.  We did not visit that area but it was very close.

Lunch & Town

After just a 10 minute drive following signs, we found the heart of Hodgenville.  It is a quaint town circle with just enough to walk around and have a great local lunch and dessert.  We walked around for a bit and read the historical markers.  The center was a tribute to Lincoln with a boyhood statue, a Presidential statue and notable speeches engraved in the pavement.  In the town, there were gift shops and a bookstore as well as a museum about Lincoln with a gift shop.  We didn't tour the museum because we were getting hungry but we did learn about Lincoln Days (early October) and I think we'll look at going back to experience it!

We ate at Laha's Red Castle Burgers after seeing it on Trip Advisor. You could smell it when you parked the car - in a good way.  They are known for their onions, not just the burgers.  The place is a shoebox with a counter and just what they need to serve up a few menu items.  We took up the entire place. There were three women working behind the counter zipping around getting it all done.  The burgers were small (perfectly small) and fresh.  The flatten them on the grill and cook them with finely chopped onions and then steam them a bit with the bun - they just melt.  They were fantastic.  The sides were nothing in comparison - next time I would just get 3 of those burgers and a coke and call it a day.  The prices were incredible - 5 of us ate for less than $30. The one thing that did put me off a bit is that I was with my parents who LOVE hole-in-the-wall/mom & pop places like this and my mom was being so friendly and when she asked the owner "do you get a lot of out of town guests?" - the owner said "Yes, probably more than I'd like" and that just took a little bit of the fun out of the experience knowing we sought out this great place and thought it was fantastic only the be directly told that they really don't like visitors?  Hopefully she was just having a bad day............

We saved room for dessert and went to The Sweet Shoppe.  Seriously....I have never seen so much fudge.  Truly.  And, they make it all there and it was really reasonably priced.  3 huge pieces for $15. We got the Oreo, chocolate and a peanut butter/chocolate combo. I really couldn't decide!  And, it was perfect - so so very good.  They also had baked goods, candy and a variety of ice cream options.  My father got a shake and I lost count on how many scoops of ice cream they put in!

End the Day

We drove about another 15 minutes to find Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Home park.  The park main building is only open April through October so we only explored outside - which was fine.  Also, they have really clean, updated bathroom facilities.  We walked around the log cabin, and went down by Knob Creek where it is said Lincoln almost lost his life as a young boy.  The kids explore, looked at rocks and imagined life 150 years ago right there and what it would have been like.   We stayed there for about an hour before heading back home for the day.  If you are prepared for it, they do have some serious hiking trails at this location.   Also, prepare to check for ticks and dress/spray to prevent taking one home!  Shower when you get home!  Like being out in any forest, you can come home with any number of rashes/bugs like we did.  Nothing that truly caused issued but definitely something we will prepare better to prevent next time!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

201+ Indoor Kentucky Family Destinations

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201+ Indoor Kentucky Family Destinations

Across Kentucky

There are close to 200 public library branches throughout the state of Kentucky. You don't have to be a card carrier to take advantage of a library's resources and programs on any given day.

Play with the idea of owning chickens and try on new rain boots while eating free popcorn at your local Rural King. Leashed pets are allowed in the store and dog treats are FREE.

Go swimming indoors at the public Lebanon Aquatic Center, Falling Springs Indoor Pool or the Family Activity Center

Eastern Kentucky

Superhero Creamery and T-Shirt Factory | Ashland - Learn more here.

Berea College Visitor Center and Shoppe | Berea

Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky | Hazard

Kentucky Folk Art Center | Morehead

Gateway Regional Arts Center | Mt. Sterling

East Kentucky Science Center | Prestonburg

Hummel Planetarium | Richmond

Galaxy Bowling and Entertainment Center | Richmond

North Central Kentucky

Schneiders Homemade Candies | Bellevue

Behringer - Crawford Museum | Covington

Northern Kentucky Ice Center | Crescent Springs

Lazer Craze | Erlanger

Full Throttle Indoor Karting | Florence

Florence Fun Dome | Florence

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center | Maysville

Hofbrauhaus Newport | Newport

Axis Alley | Newport

Galaxie Skateshop | Newport

Open 365 days a year - take a trip to see the Newport Aquarium | Newport

Creation Museum | Petersburg

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site | Union

The Ark Encounter | Williamstown

Central Kentucky

See how the Civil War came close to home at the largest museum of its kind in Kentucky - The Civil War Museum and the Women's Museum of the Civil War | Bardstown

Participate in indoor play at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest | Clermont

All About Kids | Crestwood

Appreciate the smaller things in life at the Great American Doll House Museum | Danville - Review Here.

Danville Community Arts Center | Danville

Visit the Brown-Pusey House to follow in the footsteps of Jenny Lind, the Famous Swedish Singer showcased in the Greatest Showman | Elizabethtown

Inspire your children to be leaders by visiting the General George Patton Museum | Fort Knox - Free and will reopen August 16, 2018

Kentucky Historical Society | Frankfort

Poor Richard's Bookstore | Frankfort

Salato Wildlife Center | Frankfort

Broadway Clay | Frankfort

Grand Theatre | Frankfort

Toyota Visitor Center | Georgetown

Explore the nature center at the Creasey Mahann Nature Preserve | Goshen - Discover 5 things about Creasey here.

Malibu Jack's | Lexington

Gattitown | Lexington

Joseph-Beth Booksellers | Lexington

Explorium | Lexington

Living Arts and Science Center | Lexington

Lexington Children's Theatre | Lexington

Lexington Ice & Recreation Center | Lexington

Urban Ninja Project | Lexington

Champs Entertainment Complex | Lexington

Go ziplining or complete a ropes course inside the Louisville Mega Cavern | Louisville

Get creative in Art Sparks at the Speed Art Museum | Louisville

Create your own glass masterpiece at Kentucky's oldest operating glass studio along the Bourbon Trail - Fire Studio and Gallery | Louisville

Carmichael's Bookstores | Louisville

All About Kids | Louisville

Kentucky Science Center | Louisville

Muhammad Ali Center | Louisville

Altitude Trampoline Park | Louisville

Iceland Sports Complex | Louisville

Puzzles Fun Dome | Louisville

Idlewild Butterfly Museum | Louisville

Bluegrass Karting & Events | Louisville

The Rock Gem Climbing Center | Louisville

American Printing House for the Blind | Louisville

WaterWorks Museum | Louisville

Louisville Zoo | Louisville - There are always fascinating exhibits available indoors.

Mammoth Cave

Take off on a Train Excursion through the Rolling Fork River Valley from the Kentucky Railway Museum | New Haven

Hopewell Museum | Paris

Find inspiration for your next family DIY project at the Awesome Flea Market | Shepherdsville

Take in a live Central Kentucky Threatre performance at the Springfield Opera House | Springfield

Blazer's Fun Zone | Radcliff

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad Museum | Versailles

Bluegrass Heritage Museum | Winchester

Western Kentucky

National Corvette Museum | Bowling Green

Kentucky Museum | Bowling Green

Vertical Excape Indoor Climbing Gym | Bowling Green

Ralphie's Fun Center | Glasgow

Circus Skate | Murray

Edge Ice Center | Owensboro

Owensboro Museum of Science and History | Owensboro

Immerse yourselves in the sounds of Bluegrass at the Bluegrass Hall of Fame | Owensboro - Opening October 18-19, 2018.

YaYa's Island | Paducah

River Discovery Center | Paducah

Do you have another suggestion? Let us know! Leave us a comment below.


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