Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Beach at Green River Lake State Park

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Families always ask where the beaches are in Kentucky. The answer is: at the lakes! Green River Lake State Park has a swimming lake that's great for cooling off in summer

On a quick trip to Campbellsville on a hot summer day, my daughter and I decided on a short stop at Green River Lake to swim at the beach. We love the beach and living in Kentucky, we can't get to the ocean for a quick dip. There are several Kentucky State Park lakes that offer beach swimming and Green River Lake is one of them. The lake was very easy to find using my phone map and there was no fee to enter to park.

Once in the park, we followed the signs for the beach. There was ample parking and we quickly made our way to the water. The sign near the lake stated that the beach is open from 11am - 6pm and of course, this is during summer months.

The beach itself was very rocky. I advise water shoes for this beach. The beach was clean and the water was very warm and refreshing. Even in the water, my daughter and I both said we definitely have to tell people to bring water shoes or floats to avoid the rocky bottom.

It was a very scenic area with landscape views all around, boats going by towing water-skiers, play spaces and lush trees. We noticed the campers adjacent to the beach so if you are looking for a new place to explore with a camper and dock a boat, definitely check our Green River Lake. Additionally, up on the hill we saw bathrooms and a small store. Upon leaving, we saw the miniature golf up on the hill, playgrounds, basketball, volleyball, hiking, fishing, and picnic shelters. Lots of thing to do! You could spend an entire day there or like us, pop in for a quick swim.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

8 Things You Didn't Know about Churchill Downs

 photo IMG_7624_zpsdj5g11ai.jpg1) Family Adventure Day is held four times a year (in the spring and the fall). Bring the kids to Churchill Downs for a day of racing and family activities including pony rides, inflatables, petting zoo, stick horse races in the Paddock, face painting, and more.

2) You can spend special days at Churchill Down’s for Father’s Day or Thanksgiving! General Admission tickets are available or you can get reserved tickets for seating or dining.

3) Right beside Churchill Downs, The Kentucky Derby Museum offers multiple tours including the Around the Track Golf Cart Tour, Barn and Backside Van Tour, or the Historic Walking Tour.

4) Churchill Downs has Military Appreciation Days! Active and retired members of the military are invited to enjoy a day at the races twice a year. By showing a military, or government issued, I.D., military members will receive FREE general admission or a discounted ticket to Millionaires Row dining room.

5) Across the Street at 4th and Central is a popular restaurant that many Racetrack fans frequent called Wagner’s Pharmacy. Lots of history is on the walls and sometimes you can catch jockeys, trainers, and owners having a meal.  We also have a review!

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6) Dawn at the Downs: Get up early and watch the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders conduct morning workouts while enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast. Dawn at the Downs is a popular tradition for both Louisvillians and visitors, giving Kentucky Derby fans the opportunity to see the contenders train for the big race, while listening to expert commentary. Don't miss this next year!

7) Not sure how to bet at Churchill Downs? Don’t worry, they offer a Betting 101 site to help you with the process! Check it out here.

8) Did you know you can become a Race Horse Owner? Churchill Downs Racing Club is your low risk pathway to becoming a race horse owner! The club is a low cost, low risk glimpse into the life of a thoroughbred owner. Visit the track in the early mornings to watch your horse conduct morning training routines, experience the Paddock enclosure just prior to the race, listen in as your trainer gives final instructions to the jockey, watch and enjoy your horse as he competes at the World’s Most Legendary Racetrack and hopefully experience the thrill of visiting the Winners’ Circle!

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

5 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Harrodsburg Kentucky

 photo GLINTstudios_2015_ShakerVillage_00067_zpso4t9flzt.jpgWe love to find gems around the state and bring people just enough information to go out and explore that area.  Something to learn, pure fun, museums, parks.....places to eat.  Here are some suggestions for spending a day (or two) around Harrodsburg with your kids.

 photo devine_zpsb7ubqbt8.jpg1. In the fall, visit Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch for all things farm fun. They make a really intricate design so it is not your average corn maze.  They also have a hay maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and more......yes, a zipline!  It's worth a day trip.

2. Go for a ride on the Dixie Bell River Boat.This is a cozy paddlewheeler that fits 115 passengers and cruises along the Palisades. It's a really lovely ride, such gorgeous natural views. Tickets are just $10 for adults, $5 for kid age 6-13 and guess 5 and under ride free. The cruises run from late April through October, Tuesday – Sunday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Relax, take in the sights and learn the history of the area.

 photo lap pool and diving wells_497x280_zpsocwwqioh.jpg3. Dip in the pool at the aquatic center.  Summer is always a fun time to explore but you might want to finish your day with cooling off. For just $5 per person, you can do that at the Anderson-Dean Community Pool. It has slides, a zero-entry area and a water playground.  Your kids will love it and you won't break the bank.

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 photo brs_zpscivsidax.jpg4. This is near Harrodsburg. Take to the trails on horseback at Big Red Stables.  What's great about this place is that it's for all experience levels. It's $40 per person for an hour of riding.  Bring cash! They don't accept credit cards and keep in mind, they have a 12 year old minimum wage. 
5. Dine at the Olde Bus Station - especially if it's a lovely day because they have a big covered patio for outdoor dining.   Or, there's counter service - my kids love places with counter service. It's breakfast and lunch so plan accordingly. We are talking sandwiches, onion rings, traditional breakfast items - home cooking!

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Friday, January 4, 2019

This Weekend In Kentucky - Free or Cheap Events by Region

Here are a few places you and your children can explore together and experiment with new materials and tools.

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Louisville Metro Area

Friday and Saturday | The MakerPlace, 10 am - 12 pm and 3 pm - 6pm

What: Enter the world of tinkering at the Kentucky Science Center's maker space.  Give your child the gift of discovery by giving them the opportunity to build and create using new tools and methods.  Explore the world of Science Technology Engineering and Math by soldering, circuitry, textile crafts and much more.

Where: Kentucky Science Center

On the Cheap: Arrive at 5 pm and admission is $5

Central Kentucky

Saturday | Toolbox Challenge, 2:30 - 4 pm

What: Bring your thinking caps and your family for a making challenge.  Enter your family as a team to assemble a new invention from a mystery bag of parts. Work with your family to devise a creation and share with the group.

Where: Lexington Public Library, Eastside Branch

On the Cheap: FREE

North Central Kentucky 

What: Gather together ingredients to make a homemade treat while supporting your local Kentucky farmers and makers.  Covington Farmers Market is now a year-round market and invites Kentuckians to kick-off their year-round schedule with their first Farmers Market of 2019.

Where: The Roebling Room at Smoke Justis - 302 Court Street, Covington

On the Cheap: FREE to attend

Western Kentucky

Saturday | Junior Quilters Workshop, 2:30 - 4:30pm

What: Young aspiring quilters and textile artists are invited to join in becoming Kentucky's next generation of quilters.  

Where: The National Quilt Museum - 215 Jefferson, Paducah

On the Cheap: Children 12 and younger are FREE, Students are $5 and General Adult Admission is $12 

Looking for other ideas?

Visit Louisville Family Fun here.

Visit Lex4Kids here.

Visit Shelby Family Fun here.

Visit Oldham Family Fun here.

Visit Elizabethtown Family Fun here.


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