Let’s Go Hiking Kentucky

Don’t be tempted to stay indoors this year.  Get outside and explore!  Take off on foot and immerse yourselves in Kentucky’s natural beauty. With families in mind, we have compiled a short list of recommended family hikes around Kentucky. Whether you are looking for a no-fail trail to introduce your child to hiking or just for a quick stroll with your family’s best friend, this list is a good place to start.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, but they are hikes recommended by Kentuckians who are passionate about our commonwealth’s natural resources.   Family Friendly Trails:  Listed

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Best Drives in Kentucky for Fall Colors

It is no secret around my house that I love fall. In fact, I have a batch of pumpkin butter and apple butter on the stove to give to neighbors as “happy fall” presents! So when the first leaf starts to turn the glorious fall colors I do a happy dance! What better way to see the fall beauty of our state than to go cruising on the back roads. I present to you 4 back roads to take during the fall! 1. Venture over to Pine Mountain Road. This showcase of fall beauty is located in Breaks Interstate Park,

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101 FREE things to do with your kids in Kentucky!

There are so many free things to do with kids in Kentucky! We are lucky to live close to historical sites, many parks, cities with rich culture, and natural sites for outdoor adventures. We have updated this post and it is now housed on our sister site – LouisvilleFamilyFun.net – please click here to see the updated list.  During the pandemic, some of these places may not be open or they may have different programming. Please check with them before you go to make sure they are open! Most events have not been taking place and in 2021, still many

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Let’s Go Birding Kentucky – Christmas Bird Count

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

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Free Drive-In Movies

Walmart will be offering FREE drive-in movies at supercenters around Kentucky Get your free tickets to upcoming movies at one of these four Kentucky Walmart locations. Who doesn’t like free? Sign me up! Walmart is hosting free drive-in movies this fall. This is great for family fun. Where and when? Oak Grove – 9/18/20 Oak Grove – 9/19/20 Hopkinsville – 9/22/20 Hopkinsville – 9/23/20 Paducah – 9/25/20 Shepherdsville – 9/25/20 Paducah – 9/26/20 Shepherdsville – 9/26/20 Possible movies are: Wonder Woman Spy Kids Space Jam Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Ghostbusters The Wizard of Oz Black Panther E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Friday

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Shelby Trails Park in Simpsonville

Shelby Trails Park in Simpsonville is one of the few places in the Louisville area that provides guided horseback trail rides. Hour-long rides are $40 per person, and run most days as long as the weather is good (call ahead for appointments). There is a minimum age of 8 and a maximum weight of 200 pounds, and the horses are very gentle so that even beginners can ride. This post is from an experience in the past and some of their details, fees, information may have changed. The ride itself covers a variety of terrains. In addition to somewhat steep

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The Beach at Green River Lake State Park

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

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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. 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

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Let’s Go Kentucky: Get Healthier in the New Year

You don’t need a new year to start a new chapter in your family’s life, but it is definitely a great time to commit to a healthier future. With our devices pulling us into stationary positions we have to be proactive in getting our families moving.  We are our children’s first and best teacher and the best way to get healthier is to make it a family initiative.  The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services prescribes 5-2-1-0. + Five: Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. + Two: Limit screen time to no more than two hours

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Let’s Talk Candy – How To Have A Healthier Halloween

Halloween can feel like it is all about candy, but it can also be an opportunity for a teachable moment.  Let’s talk about making healthy choices during Halloween. Halloween can be scary. Even with ghosts, ghouls and goblins abound, the most frightening part of Halloween might be how many calories our children bring home in their trick-or-treat bags. The candy in an average trick-or-treat bag can contain as much as 7,000 calories, according to Dr. Donna Arnett at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s school of public health, and all that candy can lead to tooth decay and a lot of extra

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