Wednesday, December 9, 2020

201+ Indoor Kentucky Family Destinations

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201+ Indoor Kentucky Family Destinations

This post is originally from 2018. Please understand that some of their offerings may have changed and/or may not have the same offerings during the pandemic. Check if they are open before you go or if they have changed their programming!

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


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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Let's Go Birding Kentucky - Christmas Bird Count

Get outside, count birds and participate in the statewide Christmas bird census.

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Why Go Birding?

It is also time for the annual early-winter statewide bird census.   On December 15, birders and bird enthusiasts across Kentucky participate in an annual statewide census that helps track the health and well being of our environment. You can participate, everyone can! 

The practice of bird watching forces us to slow down and be present with our kiddos. Explore a local trail and see how many birds you can identify together as a part of the statewide early-winter bird count. It is a fun activity that does not require a lot of planning or equipment!

How Do We Get Started?

Before considering where you even go, visit this Nature Conservancy website and print off mnemonic device cheat sheets.  Download the FREE Merlin Bird ID app to listen to their recorded calls ahead of time. You can even encourage your kids to practice their mnemonic devices to the recordings as preparation for your trip.  Take the advice of Audubon and use common birds like the Robin to practice listening for birds before you see them.

or...

Grab a pair (or even better, multiple pairs) of binoculars and head to a local trail.  Monoculars are recommended for children, but they are not necessary.  It is more fun when more than one person can look for a bird at the same time, so bring extras if you can.


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Don’t have binoculars?

Often parks like McConnell Springs in Lexington have binoculars that they will lend to guests. Helpful hint: for less stress and quicker sighting, stick to areas near water. 

Also, check with your local library.  The Jessamine County Public Library provides a birdwatching kits.  It includes a backpack, Celestron NatureDX binoculars, 2 Kidwinz binoculars, a Birds of Kentucky book and a Natural Geographic Kids Bird Guide to North America.

Where To Go Besides Your Backyard?

Eastern Kentucky

Any Day | Berea College Forestry Outreach Center | Trails behind Berea College

Any Day | Daniel Boone National Forest | Flat Woods Trail


Central Kentucky

Any Day | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill | Heritage Trail

Any Day | Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge | Blue Bird Trail | While you are there... visit Danville


For more information about Kentucky’s Birding hotspots visit the Audubon site here. Have more suggestions for our followers or birding events you would like to promote?  Let us know in the comments below.


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