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Monday, March 18, 2019

Day trip to Frankfort, Kentucky - our state capitol

A Day Trip to Frankfort, Kentucky

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Over spring break, I had one day to spare from work so I told the kids we would take a day trip.  Their request: a learning trip.  We love going places to explore that have a hint of learning. Sure, there are those times for pure, giggle-full fun but more times than not, my kids want to learn. Love that!

I decided on Frankfort because it's about an hour from home so it's doable in a day without having to get up and out very early.  After breakfast, we grabbed our book about the Kentucky state capital and took to the road.

How to get there:
Get yourself to I64 toward Frankfort from wherever you live.  The exit I recommend is 53 onto Lawrenceburg Rd toward Frankfort.  Head into town and you can choose two ways to get to the capitol area: 1)take 60/Louisville Road east and you will arrive on the same side of the river as the capital.  2)Cross over 60/Louisville Rd and continue on Lawrenceburg Rd and you will go beyond the capital but approach it by going through the downtown area and some great historic areas. Basically, go in one way and out the other and you have it all covered!  When you take the 60/Louisville Rd route, that's when you will pass the small parking area for the scenic overlook of the capital. It's a great stop for photo opps.

 photo IMG_3454_zpszw7zivyw.jpgState capitol self-guided tour:
There are two maps online that I recommend you print and take with you for each child. Click here and here. One covers the grounds and the other the interior of the capitol building.  It really helps the kids focus on what they are seeing and appreciate the details.  We liked finding the markers for time capsules and learning tidbits of history as we walked around.

Visitor information can be found here. There's plenty of parking around the building and on adjacent streets. The hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m year round. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (April through October). It's always closed on Sunday. You just walk on in and check in with security. You can arrange for a guided tour if you prefer.

 photo IMG_7018_zpslndjiupy.jpgCliffside Diner:
This diner is right around the corner and literally on a cliff. It's a tiny place full of locals - they spotted our "out of town-ness" immediately.  We sat at the diner counter and shared burgers, fries, and chicken tenders. They had specials to try and the prices were reasonable.  We love finding these local spots. They do not serve breakfast all day.......

 photo IMG_3536_zpsep64pzvl.jpgDowntown Frankfort:
We crossed back over the river to find the main street in Frankfort.  It was quiet but we could tell that it's a wonderful place for festivals and such. Luckily, we spotted B's Bakery right before it closed.  It is the most adorable spot!  If I did this trip again, I'd go there first for coffee and pastries.  The decor was unique and the treats were not only attractive, but delicious.  We snagged a brownie, cookie and donut holes to go....for way less money than I thought at such a nice place. We sat at one of the picnic tables downtown for our snack before heading up the street to the original state capitol building and another awesome strip of shops featuring a coffee shop and local all-things-Kentucky shop.  We also were too late to explore the free Capital City Museum, so we'll have to do that next time. And, on the next trip, we are totally using the Frankfort Public Art Tour map to have a little scavenger hunt to find everything - the kids would love that.  We also drove by Liberty Hall and noticed they have tours and events.  That will go on my "next time" list.  As you can see, you can spend your day in downtown if you like!

 photo IMG_3516_zpsddrrw9uu.jpgSalato Wildlife Center:
If you go back out to 60/Louisville Rd and head west, you will get to the Salato Wildlife Center.  When we went, there were quite a few animals off exhibit so if you are planning a day, give them a call and check on the animals that are out and about their areas.  It's just $5 for adults and $3 for kids (children 4 and under receive free admission) so we didn't mind exploring when the place wasn't totally active.  We were there for about two hours and saw it all, my kids moved fast.  There are times when they have educational experiences with the staff both indoors and outdoors so ask for those times when you go in.  There's an indoor area with some hands-on educational fun, turtles, snakes and more. Outside, there is a paved path for navigating the center and the kids will love the black bear, wildcat and the play area among other exhibits. It's worth a stop if you are in Frankfort.

 photo IMG_3545_zpsds7sq7hd.jpgJuniper Hills Park:
This park is known for it's relatively new aquatic center. But, it has a nice playground area as well. We love finding a playground everywhere we go......to burn off our sugar consumption.  This playground sits up on a hill so it's a great view for relaxing while your children plan.  It was suitable for a variety of ages and way clean. This would be a perfect spot for a picnic or like we did, a short 30 minute stop to get the wiggles out before heading back home in the car. Since we were there in early spring, the restrooms were not open but they did have a clean port-a-potty nearby.

Stephanie
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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 what.......kids 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!

Stephanie
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Overnight Summer Camps in Kentucky

Are you looking for sleep-away camps for your kids? There are great options all over Kentucky for that overnight summer camp experience!

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Here are some options around Kentucky for sleep-away camp


Bluegrass Christian Camp - Lexington

Camp Crooked Creek - Shephardsville
Camp John Currie - Benton
Camp Earl Wallace - Monticello
Camp Robert Webb - Grayson
Camp Judy Layne - Lexington
Coach Cal Basketball Camp - Lexington
Cathedral Domain - Lexington
Youth Haven Bible Camp - Beattyville
The Cathedral Domain - Lexington
Military Adventure Camp - Millersburg
Faith Christian Camp - Annville
Camp Loucon - Leitchfield
Camp Burnamwood - Lexington
Aldersgate Camp - Ravenna
The Center for Courageous Kids - Scottsville
Barefoot Republic - Fountain Run

YMCA Camp Piomingo - Brandenburg

Camp Victory - Somerset
Ohio Valley Christian Camp - Murray
Crossings - Bagdad and Hardin
Foster Music Camps - Richmond
Reading Camp - Pine Mountain
University of Kentucky (some overnight camps) -Lexington
4-H Camp - Various locations
SCATS (Academically Talented) - Bowling Green
VAMPY (academic) - Bowling Green
Transylvania University College Prep Camps - Lexington
ImpactU at Asbury University - Wilmore

Know of more camps or want to advertise your camp?  Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net
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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.




Nicole

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