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!

Nicole

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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

Nicole 
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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

Nicole





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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.


Sundays

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

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

Tuesdays 

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

Wednesdays  

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

Thursdays

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

Saturdays 

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.
Nicole




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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.


Nicole












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