Friday, August 18, 2017

Weekend Fun for Oldham County Families

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Children in the Dell is a weekly Saturday event at Yew Dell Gardens. See details here. This is a great options for families looking to start their weekend with fun together right here in Oldham County.

There's a sing-along and luau on Friday night at 8pm at Four Hills Church - MOANA!

Open Gym at All About Kids is Friday from 7-9pm and perfect for indoor fun.

Go for a dip this weekend at the Buckner Aquatic Center before it closes for the season in early September. Admission is $5 and under!
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Children in the Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood

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 photo 144eba2c-1684-41dc-86c1-6b880428af68_zpsxfmbicml.jpgCrestwood's Yew Dell Botanical Gardens has a wonderful children's program during the Spring and Summer months.  Children in the Dell is a program geared toward children ages 5-12.  Beginning in May and ending in August, this Saturday morning program is free for children with a paid adult admission.

Registered children meet at the log cabin beginning at 10:30am for instruction on what the program theme is for the Saturday.  This is a rain or shine event and generally includes a tour of the gardens, maybe some other structures on the grounds, a craft and other information on and fun with nature.  Walk-ups are welcome as long as there is room.

The instructors are passionate and energetic.  Even though it is an instructor-led class, adults are asked to stay with the children and participate too.  Children in the Dell is a great way for children to tour the grounds in a fun, engaging manner.  There is usually something the kids are looking for or gathering to go along with the theme.  During our visit, we were making a bird's nest, so the children walked the grounds searching for small items birds would use to make a nest.  The children then took the items back to the cabin to make the bird's nest craft. 

 photo art_zpsj5pkroxf.jpgOnce back at the cabin, there was a snack and water break for everyone.  We spent about 30 minutes walking around Yew Dell.  We met several other staff and volunteer members and got to learn about hidden areas and little treasures around Yew Dell.  This is how we discovered the Fairy Garden - definitely something everyone should stop in to see!

The program is scheduled until noon and guests are welcome to continue visiting and touring the Gardens.  Several of the families had picnics or a short hike planned for after Children in the Dell. Children in the Dell is a great way to learn more about nature, plants, vegetables and what it entails to keep up the Gardens.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is located at 6220 Old LaGrange Road in Crestwood.  Adult admission is $7, free admission for children 12 and under.  Be sure to register children for the program to ensure you have a spot on Saturday.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Where to Find Fresh Apples Near Oldham County?

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Nothing says fall is on its way like fresh apples!  We searched for local orchards, farms and markets where Oldham County residents can find fresh apples.  A lot of the apples are ready by the end of August or early September, but please note: it is always best to call the orchard or business before you plan a visit to check on crop availability!

Hidden Hollow Orchard
U-pick apples.
Horses for feeding.
Located in Louisville off of Old Henry Road at 3200 Apple Hill Road

Bray Orchards
Variety of apples available in their market.  Ask about u-pick.
Ice Cream shop.
Family activities start in October.
Located in Bedford at 2580 Hwy 42

Mulberry Orchard
Variety of apples available in their market. (No u-pick at this time, the trees are still too young.)
Café available for food purchases.
Play structures on the farm - FREE.
Located in Shelbyville at 1330 Mulberry Pike

Gallrein Farms
Variety of apples available in their market for purchase. (They are not an orchard.)
Café available for food purchases.
Other attractions at the farm, some are FREE, others have an admission fee.
Located in Shelbyville at 1029 Vigo Road

LaGrange Farmers Market & Artisans
Variety of apples available from different local farms.
Open on Saturdays May-Oct 8am-1pm
Located in LaGrange at 100 West Main Street on the Courthouse Lawn

Reardon's Fruit Market & Garden Center
Variety of apples available in the store.
Located in Crestwood at 6462 W Hwy 146

Ayres Family Orchard
40 varieties of apples available at the farm store.
U-pick is welcomed, but they do recommend you call the farm ahead of time to make sure someone is at the farm.
Located in Owenton at 525 Wilson Lane

Goley's Orchard
Variety of apples available for purchase at their roadside market. (No u-pick.)
Located in Madison, Indiana at 2241 Clifty Drive

Huber's Orchard & Winery
Variety of apples available for purchase in the farm store or u-pick.
Restaurant available with food and drinks.
Other family friendly entertainment available.  Admission fees may apply.
Located in Borden, Indiana at 19816 Huber Road

Where is your favorite place to find fresh apples?

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Nature Center at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

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When it's too cold (or even too hot) to enjoy nature outside, Creasey Mahan's Nature Preserve is the perfect place to explore.  The indoor center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-2pm and is located in Goshen at 12501 Harmony Landing Road.

We recently visited the center and really enjoyed our time there.  There are 4 dioramas including wetlands, woodlands, Native American life and artifacts and Kentucky fish.  The center's murals are currently being repainted and the new paintings are beautiful.  We did the indoor scavenger hunt that allowed us to walk around the entire center.  The list included animals, stones, artifacts and other interesting items.  The hunt allowed us to see the intricate details of the exhibits.

The bird blind is a neat small room where we were able to use small binoculars to see around the garden outside.  Bird feeders and a small pond are outside where birds, squirrels and other furry friends are having fun.  My kids love to see the different color birds that eat from the feeders.  In the warmer months, the preserve has many butterflies and hummingbirds.  Visitors can also see honey bees at work in this room.

There are plenty of hands-on activities for children to do at the center.  Crafts are set up on Tuesdays and Thursdays for families to do together.  The Magical Forest Imagination Station is a small room where children can play with stuffed animals, read books or draw on the chalkboard.  There is also a small sandbox table filled with plastic bugs, reptiles and other creatures.

Groups can contact the center if they would like to set up a special visit.  Entry to the center and preserve is free.  The Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve relies on visitor donations, grants and other charitable donations.  Be sure to stop in soon, explore the center, walk the preserve and make a donation to keep this great center and other programs going.  The center is a great asset to Oldham County and the surrounding area.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

20+ August Events ($10 or Less) in Oldham County!

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Recurring Events:
Maker Mondays at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood 6-7:30pm, $5
History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center, Thursdays (starting 8/17), $5
FREE! Children in the Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood every Saturday thru 8/27, 10:30-12pm, children are FREE with paid adult admission of $7.
FREE! Karate Classes at the LaGrange Community Center on Tuesday & Saturday.
FREE! LaGrange Farmers Market Saturdays 8am-1pm
FREE! Bluegrass Jam Night at LaGrange Coffee Roasters Mondays 6:30-8:30pm

8/1-8/5: Oldham County Fair at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in Lagrange.  $10 admission includes rides.

8/5: FREE! Arts & Crafts Fair at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood 10am-2pm

8/5: FREE! Woofstock Pet Day & Butterfly Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen. 10am-2pm

8/5: FREE! Pewee Valley Summer Festival in the town square 6-10pm

8/9: Rock Painting Party at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood 6:30-8pm, $5

8/11: FREE! Christ Church at Goshen is playing Sing. Concessions beginning at 7pm, movie is moved indoors.  Free popcorn, games and bouncies.

8/11: FREE! Movie on the Lawn at Norton Commons in Prospect Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them beginning at dusk.

8/13: FREE! Back to School Bash at All About Kids Sports Center in Crestwood 2-4pm (Donations accepted for Big Brothers Big Sisters)

8/15: FREE! Swing Street Big Band at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange 6-8pm

8/18: FREE! Outdoor Luau & Sing-Along: Moana at Four Hills Church in LaGrange 8-11pm

8/19: FREE! Open Game Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange 1-5pm.

8/22: FREE! Baby Bootcamp Oldham County Grand Opening at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area) 10am-12pm

8/25: FREE! Trackside Tunes Summer Concert Series in LaGrange 208 E. Main Street Monthly concerts on the last Friday of the month April through September. 6:30-10pm

8/26: FREE! Cruisin' with the Quads  in downtown LaGrange on Main Street near the Oldham County Courthouse Square.  They will meet the 4th Saturday of the month through September, 5-9pm.  Music, drawings, shopping and door prizes!

8/26: FREE! Norton Commons Music by the Water Concert with The Tyrone Cotton Band and Soul Street, 6:30-10pm

8/26: FREE! Knock on Wood Pickin on the Porch in Westport with Tim Curtis 6-9pm

8/27: Summer Hummer Buzz Fest at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, FREE with regular paid admission. Adults $7, kids 12 and under are FREE. 3-6pm

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Creasey Mahan's "Woofstock" Pet Day & Butterfly Day

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If you have an animal or nature lover in your family, you have to check out this FREE event at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

 photo 2f855b46-72c9-41d6-a3ca-7ddea3f4c03e_zpsoiwhen8n.jpgThis event is open to the community and helps support local pet rescue organizations.  Creasey Mahan is dog-friendly, so as usual, bring your furry friend along with your family!  While you are there, enter your dog in one of the many different categories in the Mutt Strut competition.  This fun and friendly competition has categories like "Best Kisser," "Best Costumed Dog," and "Cutest Puppy."  Even if you're not in the Mutt Strut, it is so fun to watch and cheer for your favorite pup!

Along with the Pet part to the day, there is also the Butterfly part!  Surround yourself with butterflies when you walk inside Creasey Mahan's catch and release butterfly tent.  Kids and adults love this tent!  Volunteers assist the children in properly handling the butterflies and tell interesting facts about them. 

 photo magnify_zpsz4ucplkk.jpgLearn more about butterflies inside the air-conditioned Nature Center or grab a butterfly net and have a go at catching (and releasing) the many butterflies around the nature preserve.

There are several booths set up at the event, many geared toward our pet friends.  You can also meet adorable cats and dogs looking for homes.  Food, sweet treats, inflatables, crafts and face painting are also available.  Check their Facebook event for a schedule of contests.

The day is filled with cuteness and discovery.  It's a great way to bring your entire family (furry members and all) outside to a great Oldham County gem.  Check out "Woofstock" Pet Day & Butterfly Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

7 Fun Reasons to Visit the Oldham County Fair

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We love that the Oldham County Fair offers the flair of a larger scale fair, but with a small town community atmosphere!  Here are our 7 FUN Reasons to visit!
  1. $10 for fair admission to the different entertainment scheduled and unlimited midway rides!  No waiting in long ride ticket lines when you get there.  Children 3 and under are FREE.  If they want to participate in the age appropriate rides, care-givers will need to purchase individual ride tickets for them. 
  2. Fair rides, games and food!  There are rides for thrill-seekers and rides for younger children, too.  Take it easy on the Ferris wheel or go crazy on the thrilling fire ball ride!  The fair has usual fair food with corn dogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy or visitors can buy food from other food vendors. 
  3. Take a walk through the exotic animal petting zoo.  Learn about different animals or take a pony or camel ride!
  4. Oldham County residents can enjoy or enter the different contests going on during the fair.  Competitions include several categories such as best floral arrangement, photography, wine, jam, cake, bread, quilts and so much more!  Choose your competition: Floral, Home & Family Arts or Agriculture.  Cash prizes are given to the winners. Other competitions include pageants too!  Enjoy the pageantry of residents ranging from baby to Miss!  Boys and girls are in the pageants!  There is also a Mom of the Year, Dad of the Year and Special Needs competition. 
  5. Pack a lawn chair and maybe even some earplugs for the nightly racing scheduled.  Sit on top of the hill and watch such races as Motocross, Demolition Derby or Dirt Drag.
  6. Music & Entertainment are planned during the fair also.  A magic show, 4-H activities and local teen bands and other music can be enjoyed.  Walk around the fair to learn more about local businesses, community services, leaders and more.
  7. Support your community and show pride in Oldham County!
Learn more about the different schedule of events and competitions on the Oldham County Fairgrounds website or Facebook page.

The Fairgrounds is located at 2401 West Hwy 146 in LaGrange.
The 2017 Fair is August 1-5.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Quads Rod & Custom Car Show in LaGrange

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If you're looking for a low-key, fun activity to do with your family in the warmer months, then you should check out the Quads Rod & Custom Car Show in Downtown LaGrange.  The car show is set up every 4th Saturday of the month, beginning in May and going through September and is FREE.

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My son loves cars and learning about them, so this car show is perfect for him to experience many makes and models.  The cars are set up along Main and 2nd Streets in Downtown LaGrange and the streets are closed to traffic.  The car owners love to share about their passion for their collector car and my kids love to hear about them.  Their many questions are answered and they learn new interesting facts about restoration and the development of the car.  They love to hear the year of the cars and compare the difference between the collector car and the present day car.  My husband and I also love to hear the many stories associated with the cars.  Some car owners have cards for children to take with them or will allow children to sit in the car for a picture. 

Many different cars, hot rods, trucks, custom cars, jeeps and more are set up for the shows.  Along with the cars, the car show has a 50/50 drawing, music, door prizes and dining along Main Street.  The shows are 5-9pm and are a great way for families to develop or nurture an interest in cars or the hobby while also learning a little history about the different makes and models.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak Rentals in Westport

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Find family fun down the hill in Westport!  Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky is now set up for rentals on the Ohio River. We hope to get out on the Ohio soon, but wanted to let our readers know some general information about the rentals.

Canoe $55 half day. $75 full day.
Kayak Tandem $55 half day. $75 full day.
Kayak Solo $35 half day. $65 full day.

Rentals available on Saturday and Sunday.

The rental tent and launch ramp are located near the Snack Shack.

Contact Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky for reservations and more information.

Learn more about Westport Park here.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Fall Children's Consignment Sales in Oldham County

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Whether you're buying or selling, consignment sales are super family-friendly!  We have the Oldham County Fall Sales linked up here for you!  Save the date!

September 15th 5-9pm
September 16th 9am-4pm
September 17th 11am-3pm
Oldham County YMCA in Buckner

October 5th 9am-2pm and 6-8pm
October 6th 9am-2pm and 6-8pm
October 7th 8am-12pm
Covenant United Methodist Church in LaGrange

October 6th 9am-7pm
October 7th 9am-1pm
St. John United Methodist Church in Prospect

Check out our Consignment Sale post here for more information on consignment sales & stores in the area.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ice Cream & Other Cool Treat Spots in Oldham County

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Whether you're in the mood for an ice cream cone, shake, frozen drink or something fruity, Oldham County has plenty of choices!

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Serendipity Café
They offer several different flavors of hand dipped ice cream.  Pair a scoop of ice cream with a piece of delicious homemade chocolate from their chocolate case!

Daddy Yo's Frozen Desserts
Choose from frozen yogurt, hand dipped ice cream, dippin dots or sorbet.  Plus several topping options!

LaGrange Coffee Roasters
If you're wanting a frozen treat with a little pick me up, try a frozen or iced coffee!  We love to sit outside and watch Main Street!

McDonald's & Dairy Queen
These are both locally owned franchises!

Red Peppermint Frozen Yogurt
This frozen yogurt shop is connected to the delicious and very popular Red Pepper Deli.  We love to grab lunch at Red Pepper Deli and then a frozen yogurt treat.  The kids love the different toppings!

Shiver Shack
This family-owned shaved iced business is open seasonally during the warmer months in Crestwood Station.  This is the only shaved ice place in town and offers a variety of combos and other flavors.  The small is HUGE! (Bring cash and make sure you check their facebook page during bad weather.)

Knock on Wood Country Mercantile
Did someone say ice cream pie?  Holy cow - their ice cream pie slices are BIG!  It is worth the drive down the hill to visit this restaurant for a cool treat.  The homemade ice cream pies, ice cream cookie sandwiches and shakes are so delicious!

IGA has a soft serve ice cream machine!  Don't forget about Dairy Queen and Homemade Pie & Ice Cream Kitchen too!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Oldham County Day!

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 photo police_zpsmbdamkck.jpgOldham County Day is always celebrated the 3rd Saturday in July, 9am-4pm in Downtown LaGrange.
  • Watch the parade in Downtown LaGrange near the Courthouse Square on Saturday morning.  The parade route usually begins near LaGrange Elementary School on West Jefferson Street, takes a right on Walnut Street and then a right down Main Street to end at Main & 5th Avenue near the elementary school again.  The parade usually starts around 10am.  Make sure you arrive early to find a great spot to watch the parade!  Anticipate seeing the Grand Marshall, local school marching bands, tractors, horses, fire trucks, church, local business and other group floats that match the parade's theme for the year.  Kids are also invited to decorate their bikes and ride in the parade!
 photo living statues_zpskqzjxx2f.jpgCheck out the over 120 booths on the courthouse square.  Many of the booths feature local businesses and organizations in the Oldham County area.  Meet local politicians, learn more about locally owned businesses, churches, maybe get a freebie or enter a raffle!  Food and drinks are also on the courthouse square.  In the past, a lot of the booths had kid-friendly giveaways (like Dairy Queen ice cream coupons), bounce houses and balloon artists and visitors saw living statues, wild west gun fights and more.  It's definitely worth checking out the courthouse square after the parade!
Listen to music while you're at the festival.  The Friday before OC Day, there is usually a street dance with live music hosted by the City of LaGrange.  Check the Facebook page for updates on the entertainment they have lined up.  Entertainment is usually 5-9pm.

Arrive early for parking!  You can also sometimes find parking along the side streets surrounding the square and some local residents open their property (sometimes for a fee).

Enjoy a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning at the LaGrange Community Center on Jefferson Street 7-10:30am.  There is a cost for the breakfast. 

 photo train robbery_zps26oubdh5.jpgAnd of course, always check out the other businesses in LaGrange!  A lot of the businesses and restaurants have special hours and activities during Oldham County Day!
Make sure you check the official Oldham County Day website and Facebook page for updates on this special event.  We wanted to allow our readers to have a general idea of what to expect during Oldham County Day, but realize that activities, event times and entertainment acts are subject to change each year. 
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