Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hiking at Harrods Creek Park

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 photo a9d66e99-bbc7-4dbc-95cc-44d4c8e912e8_zpsmtcjb6qb.jpgSometimes our family needs to get out together for fresh air, exploring and a little exercise. We like to visit Harrods Creek Park in Prospect to do these things together. This wooded park offers visitors several hiking and walking trails to explore. Directions to the park can be found here and parking is available close to the trails in the Hunting Creek neighborhood.
There are four trails at the park identified by colors. The elevation ranges with each one and the terrain varies from grass, heavily wooded and dirt. Our family didn't find the trails difficult to walk. If you stick along the creek, you're less likely to find shaded areas as you are up in the woods. During the warmer months, the wooded trails have thicker brush and taller grasses, which can be a nuisance to sensitive skin. Just prepare ahead of time with appropriate attire.
There are several benches, swings and small wooden bridges along the trails. We enjoyed the swings that offered views over grassy fields and of Harrods Creek. There are several smaller benches closer to the creek where we saw families fishing together or just sitting enjoying the views. The wooden bridges allow you to cross over natural creeks; some are large with waterfalls and some smaller ones.
 photo trail_zpsnyhojklh.jpgFor those that like to enjoy their time floating down Harrods Creek, the park has a launch site to put in your kayak or canoe. One summer we rented kayaks from Nachand Canoe & Kayak and saw Harrods Creek Park from our kayaks. There are spots on the trails that lead to sandy beaches along the creek if you desire to explore the water life on land. Keep an eye out for wildlife like turtles basking in the sun on a log, deer and even snakes.
Our family generally spends about 1.5 hours in the park walking at a leisurely pace. Several distance markers and directional signs are along the trails. There is an interactive trail map online to help direct you also. We were able to always connect to the internet also if we wanted to see our location.
Harrods Creek Park is beautiful and a great gem just outside of the Oldham County line. It is a short drive from southern Oldham County. Enjoy the trails together as a family!
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Weekend Fun for Oldham County Families

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Here are some fun ideas for April 20-22

April events are packed with family fun! Here's some fun for the weekend.

Friday - FREE! Family Stargazing at the Oldham County Family YMCA in Buckner, 7:45-10pm

Saturday - FREE! Seedling Tree Giveaway in Pewee Valley, 10am

Saturday - FREE! Shakespeare in the Parks at City Place in LaGrange 1:00pm

Sunday - FREE! The weather looks decent. Visit one of Oldham County's many parks!

Be sure to check out LouisvilleFamilyFun.net for the weekend events post for more ideas.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Outdoor Concerts in or Near Oldham County

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Grab the family, the lawn chairs and snacks and check out some of these outdoor concerts scheduled!

As with any event, please make sure you check with the business or venue beforehand.  Schedules are subject to change without Oldham Family Fun knowing.  Do you know of a fun, family-friendly event in the Oldham County area?  Let us know! Email: nicolle@louisvillefamilyfun.net

4/27 Trackside Tunes Summer Concert Series with Vinyl Kings
LaGrange 208 E. Main Street
Monthly concerts on the last Friday of the month April through September.
6:30-10pm
FREE

5/11 Sunset Concert Series with Roanoke & The Family Secret
FoxHollow Farm in Crestwood
6-9pm
$12 advance purchase/$16 at-the-door. FREE for children ages 3-12 if tickets purchased in advance/$5 at-the-door.

5/26 Norton Commons Music by the Water Concert with The Wulfe Bros & Soul Street
Prospect
6:30pm
FREE

5/25 Trackside Tunes Summer Concert Series with Heath & Molly
LaGrange 208 E. Main Street
Monthly concerts on the last Friday of the month April through September.
6:30-10pm
FREE

5/26 Knock on Wood Country Mercantile
Westport
6-9pm
FREE

5/26 Smith Berry Winery Concert Series with Tymes Band
New Castle
6-9:30pm
$24.95 plus tax, includes dinner. Child Tickets (ages 4-10) are $10.95 + tax.

6/8 Sunset Concert Series with Zach Longoria Project & The Dive
FoxHollow Farm in Crestwood
6-9pm
$12 advance purchase/$16 at-the-door. FREE for children ages 3-12 if tickets purchased in advance/$5 at-the-door.

6/9 Smith Berry Winery Concert Series with Leo Night & Nobody'z Bizzness
New Castle
6-9:30pm
$24.95 plus tax, includes dinner. Child Tickets (ages 4-10) are $10.95 + tax.

6/23 Smith Berry Winery Concert Series with Decades
New Castle
6-9:30pm
$24.95 plus tax, includes dinner. Child Tickets (ages 4-10) are $10.95 + tax.

6/29 Trackside Tunes Summer Concert Series
LaGrange 208 E. Main Street
Monthly concerts on the last Friday of the month April through September.
6:30-10pm
FREE

6/30 Knock on Wood Country Mercantile
Westport
6-9pm
FREE

6/30 Norton Commons Music by the Water Concert with Jeni Carr & J.D. Shelbourne
Prospect
6:30pm
FREE

7/13 Sunset Concert Series with Yapa & Hey Hey Honey
FoxHollow Farm in Crestwood
6-9pm
$12 advance purchase/$16 at-the-door. FREE for children ages 3-12 if tickets purchased in advance/$5 at-the-door.

7/14 Smith Berry Winery Concert Series with Those Damn Torpedoes
New Castle
6-9:30pm
$24.95 plus tax, includes dinner. Child Tickets (ages 4-10) are $10.95 + tax.

7/27 Trackside Tunes Summer Concert Series
LaGrange 208 E. Main Street
Monthly concerts on the last Friday of the month April through September.
6:30-10pm
FREE

7/28 Smith Berry Winery Concert Series with TBA
New Castle
6-9:30pm
$24.95 plus tax, includes dinner. Child Tickets (ages 4-10) are $10.95 + tax.

7/28 Norton Commons Music by the Water Concert Jimmy G & the Sidewinders and Brutally Handsome
Prospect
6:30pm
FREE

7/28 Knock on Wood Country Mercantile
Westport
6-9pm
FREE

8/10 Sunset Concert Series with Bendigo Fletcher and Mark Charles Heidinger (formerly of Vandaveer)
FoxHollow Farm in Crestwood
6-9pm
$12 advance purchase/$16 at-the-door. FREE for children ages 3-12 if tickets purchased in advance/$5 at-the-door.

8/11 Smith Berry Winery Concert Series with TBA
New Castle
6-9:30pm
$24.95 plus tax, includes dinner. Child Tickets (ages 4-10) are $10.95 + tax.

8/25 Smith Berry Winery Concert Series with Lunar Beach House
New Castle
6-9:30pm
$24.95 plus tax, includes dinner. Child Tickets (ages 4-10) are $10.95 + tax.

8/25 Knock on Wood Country Mercantile
Westport
6-9pm
FREE

8/25 Norton Commons Music by the Water Concert with CMN Trio and Sail On
Prospect
6:30pm
FREE

8/31 Trackside Tunes Summer Concert Series
LaGrange 208 E. Main Street
Monthly concerts on the last Friday of the month April through September.
6:30-10pm
FREE

9/8 Smith Berry Winery Concert Series with Brutally Handsome
New Castle
6-9:30pm
$24.95 plus tax, includes dinner. Child Tickets (ages 4-10) are $10.95 + tax.

9/14 Sunset Concert Series with Brett Ratliff and The Local Honeys
FoxHollow Farm in Crestwood
6-9pm
$12 advance purchase/$16 at-the-door. FREE for children ages 3-12 if tickets purchased in advance/$5 at-the-door.

9/15 Norton Commons Music by the Water Concert with Church Street Revival and The Monarchs
Prospect
6:30pm
FREE

9/22 Smith Berry Winery Concert Series with Back 2 Mac
New Castle
6-9:30pm
$24.95 plus tax, includes dinner. Child Tickets (ages 4-10) are $10.95 + tax.

9/28 Trackside Tunes Summer Concert Series
LaGrange 208 E. Main Street
Monthly concerts on the last Friday of the month April through September.
6:30-10pm
FREE

9/29 Knock on Wood Country Mercantile
Westport
6-9pm
FREE

10/13 Smith Berry Winery Concert Series with From Paris
New Castle
6-9:30pm
$24.95 plus tax, includes dinner. Child Tickets (ages 4-10) are $10.95 + tax.

Pewee Valley Summer Concert Series 2018 TBA
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April SUNdays at the Parklands

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Last Spring, we visited The Parklands of Floyds Fork to learn more about the 2017 Solar Eclipse.  The Louisville Astronomical Society was set up at the park to educate families on how to properly view the sun.  April SUNdays in The Parklands is back again this year and there are a few Sundays left to participate in this free program.

April SUNdays in the Parklands is a fun program put on by the Louisville Astronomical Society. On Sundays in April, members of the Louisville Astronomical Society will be at different sections of The Parklands from 1-3pm.  Visitors can talk with a member of LAS, view the sun with one of their telescopes and learn about upcoming programs.

When we visited Beckley Creek Park in 2017, we learned how to make a shoe box solar viewer. We used the LAS telescope to view the sun that day and were told quick facts about it. Another neat viewing tool shown to us was a large piece of cork board with a piece of number 14 welder’s glass taped to it. The kids got a kick out of viewing the sun using all of the different instruments.

The Louisville Astronomical Society members are very passionate and love to educate everyone about the solar system.  We love seeing them set up at different areas of town and how patient and giving they are with their time and resources.  Definitely try to check out one of the remaining Sunday events and enjoy The Parklands as well.


April 22- Brown Forman Silo Center in Turkey Run Park
April 29- Cliffside Playground, Broad Run Park

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Oldham County Parks

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There are a few different parks scattered around Oldham County.  Read our reviews linked below to learn more about each one!

Briar Hill Park in Crestwood

Central Park in Pewee Valley

Eddie Mundo, Jr Park in LaGrange

Forest Friends Playground at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen - COMING SOON!

Harmony Park in Goshen

Maples Park in Crestwood 

Morgan Conservation Park in LaGrange

Peggy Baker Park in Crestwood

Veteran's Memorial Park in Crestwood

Walsh Park in LaGrange

Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange

Westport Park in Westport

Wilborn Park in LaGrange
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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Swim Lessons in Oldham County, KY

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It's never too early to have your child learn about water safety or improve their swimming technique through swim lessons.  Here is a list of swim lessons available in Oldham County.  Do you know of other swim lessons available? Let us know, we'll add it to our list!

Oldham County YMCA in Buckner (indoor pool) - Swim lessons available to members and non-members.  Group and private lessons starting at age 6 months and up.  Lessons available mornings and evenings weekdays and Saturday mornings.  Check their website for lesson fee - various prices for different levels and lesson types.  Swim lessons also available at the Norton Commons YMCA (Prospect).

All About Kids Sports Center in Crestwood (indoor pool) - Group and private lessons available in mornings and evenings on weekdays and Saturday mornings.  Children 4-12 months receive FREE swim lessons.  Various rates for different levels.  Homeschool lessons available.

John W. Black Aquatic Center in LaGrange (outdoor pool) - Seasonal swim lessons available for all skill levels ages 3 and up.  Six lessons for $60.  Registration opens in May.

The Club at Paramont in Prospect (indoor pool) - Contact the clubhouse for swim lesson information.  Several swim instructors offer lessons throughout the year.

Oldham County Country Club in LaGrange (outdoor pool) - We have been told swim lessons are available at this facility. Contact this business directly for more information.


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Monday, April 2, 2018

Road Races in Oldham County

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We found some fun races and obstacle courses in Oldham County for just about everyone and every skill-level!  Many of these events are kid-friendly with Kid Zones, races and short distances!  Also, many of the events support great local causes.  Get out and exercise in beautiful Oldham County!

LIST UPDATED: 3/30/18

November 2017
11/19 Harrod's Creek Trail Bash 5k/10k
9am-12pm
Harrod's Creek Park

December 2017
12/2 Metro United Way 5k Run/Walk
2:30pm
Downtown LaGrange

12/23 12 K's of Christmas 6K Run/Walk or 12K Run
9am
LaGrange Baptist Church

March 2018
3/15 Oldham County Parks & Rec Cloverleaf 5K
6:30pm
Briar Hill Park in Crestwood

April 2018
4/14 Oldham County Parks & Rec Earth Day 5K
8am
Morgan Conservation Park in LaGrange

First wave beginning at 9am
Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area)

5/27 South Oldham Fire 5k Run
7pm
South Oldham Fire Department in Crestwood

June 2018
6/9 Oldham County Grand Slam Health/Hope/Hometown 5K
8:30am
The Rawlings Group in LaGrange

July 2018
7/7 Firecracker 5k Run and 2 mile walk
8am
Westport Park in Westport

7/20 Oldham County Grand Slam Oldham County Festival YMCA 5K
7:30pm
Covenant United Methodist Church in LaGrange

7/28 YMCA Family Mud Run
8:30am-1pm
Buckner

August 2018
8/11 Oldham County Grand Slam Fastline’s FunRaising 5K
8:30am
Fastline Printing in Buckner

September 2018
9/3 Oldham County Grand Slam Trooper Island 5K
8:30am
L'Esprit Farm Road in LaGrange

9/TBA Sprint Triathlon
Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area)

October 2018
10/7 OCEA Skeleton 5k Run/2 mile Walk
2pm
Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area)


November 2018
11/17 360 Degree Turkey Trotter 5 mile Run/Walk
8am
Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area)
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

April Events in Oldham County

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As with any event, please make sure you check with the business or venue beforehand.  Schedules are subject to change without Oldham Family Fun knowing.  Do you know of a fun, family-friendly event in the Oldham County area?  Let us know! Email: nicolle@louisvillefamilyfun.net

WEEKLY EVENTS

Recurring Events:
Maker Mondays at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center 4:30-6pm $5
History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center Thursdays (4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26) 10am $5 for non-members.
Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood - check their website for class schedule.
Woodland Wee Folk Playdate Series at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood. (Registration is required and there is a class fee.) For ages birth-7. (Other dates: 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26, and 6/9)FREE! Bluegrass Jam Night at LaGrange Coffee Roasters Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
FREE! Open Preschool Play at the South Oldham Library Tuesdays 10:15-11:15am
FREE! Crazy 8's at the South Oldham Library Wednesdays Grades K-3 4pm
FREE! Creasey Mahan Nature Center NEW Hours! Wednesday & Saturday 10am-2pm
FREE! Story Time at The Nest at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Every Thursday 10-11am

APRIL EVENTS


4/2: FREE! Turtle Time at Newport Aquarium at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange (sign ups online) 11am

4/3: FREE! Star War Crafts Drop-In at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. 3:30-5:30pm

4/3: FREE! Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange 5:30pm

4/5: FREE! Hear the Story Behind the Story of the Real Rose Island at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen. 6:30-8pm

4/6: Parent's Night Out at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner 5:00-10:00pm Ages 5-12 Facility Members $20 first child/$10 add’l child Community Members $30 first child/$20 add’l child.

4/7: FREE! Cabela's Dog Days in Prospect (Louisville), 11am

4/7: RESCHEDULED, SEE THEIR WEBSITE FREE! Wildflower Walk with Tavia at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen. 10am-2pm Rescheduled for 4/21

4/11: FREE! Countdown to Kindergarten Story Time
Story time held at LaGrange Elementary School. Story time 11am-Noon. Free lunch at Noon.
Join the Oldham County Public Library and Oldham County Community Early Childhood Council for a special 4-week series of story times at your home school. No registration required, adults need an ID to enter the school. Program is meant for families with children 5 years or younger who are not currently enrolled in kindergarten. Story times are bilingual. (Additional dates on 4/18, 4/25, & 5/2)

4/12: Princess Tea Party at Sister Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner, 6:30pm $20

4/13: FREE! Shakespeare in the Parks at Norton Commons Amphitheater in Prospect (Louisville) 6:30pm

4/13: All About Kids Slumber Party in Crestwood 6:30pm-9am $38 6:30pm-11pm $28 Ages 4-10 or Tween Lock-In 11-14

4/13 & 4/14: Women's Club Yard Sale in Pewee Valley 8am-2pm

4/14: National Jr Rangers Day Underground Railroad at the Oldham County History Center 10am-2pm

4/14: Earth Day 5K at Morgan Conservation Park 8am

4/14: Seedling Tree Giveaway with the Oldham County Conservation District, 10am

4/14:8th Annual Kentuckiana's Authors Fair at the LaGrange Community Center 10am-5pm

4/14: Children's Music Academy Free Class, 10am

4/14: Fashion & FURfriends at City Place in LaGrange 12-4pm. Ticket price.

4/18: FREE! Kindness Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange 4:30pm (sign ups online)

4/18: FREE! Countdown to Kindergarten Story Time
Story time held at LaGrange Elementary School. Story time 11am-Noon. Free lunch at Noon.
Join the Oldham County Public Library and Oldham County Community Early Childhood Council for a special 4-week series of story times at your home school. No registration required, adults need an ID to enter the school. Program is meant for families with children 5 years or younger who are not currently enrolled in kindergarten. Story times are bilingual. (Additional dates on 4/25, & 5/2)

4/18: FREE! Toddlerpalooza at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, drop in 10-11:30am

4/19: FREE! Woodsongs Coffee House at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area)

4/20: Kids Nite Out at the LaGrange Community Center 6-8:30pm, $10. For ages 5-12

4/20: FREE! Family Stargazing at the Oldham County Family YMCA in Buckner, 7:45-10pm

4/21: FREE! Shakespeare in the Parks at CityPlace in LaGrange, 1pm

4/21: FREE! Open Game Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 1-5pm

4/21: FREE! Knights & Fairy Story Time at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange 11am Sign ups online.

4/21: Parent's Night Out at the Norton Commons YMCA in Prospect 6-9:30pm Ages 3-12 Facility Members $22 first child/$20 per child if more than one Community Members: $31 first child/$33 per child if more than one.

4/22: FREE! April Vet Academy - Proper Care for Rabbits at Crestwood Animal Hospital, 4:30-5:30pm. Contact the clinic if attending.

4/23: FREE! Come Sew with Us: Gardening Accessories at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Office in LaGrange (Buckner area), 3-8pm

4/25: FREE! Countdown to Kindergarten Story Time
Story time held at LaGrange Elementary School. Story time 11am-Noon. Free lunch at Noon.
Join the Oldham County Public Library and Oldham County Community Early Childhood Council for a special 4-week series of story times at your home school. No registration required, adults need an ID to enter the school. Program is meant for families with children 5 years or younger who are not currently enrolled in kindergarten. Story times are bilingual. (Additional dates on 5/2)

4/26: FREE! Movies at the Library: The Greatest Showman, 6pm. (Program is for Adults)

4/26: Mermaid Tea Party at Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner, 6:30pm $20

4/26-28: Anything Goes at the Oldham County Schools Art Center in Crestwood. 7pm Ticket price.

4/27: FREE! Trackside Tunes Concert Series in Downtown LaGrange (Last Friday of the month until 9/28), 6:30-10pm

4/28: FREE! Role Play Game Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange 9:30am-12:30pm for ages 6-12 Capers in the Castle or 1-4:30pm for ages 8-12 Minions vs Sidekicks

4/28: Plant Sale Saturday at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 10am-3pm Admission fee.

4/28: FREE! Dedication Ceremony Welcoming Our New Pumpers at South Oldham Fire Department in Crestwood. 10am

4/29: Family Fun Sunday Make your own Derby Hat at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. Free to Members: $5 plus museum admission to non-members. 1-4pm

4/29: 11th Annual Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea in Downtown LaGrange 1-5pm Ticket fee.


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Spring Break Staycation in and Around Oldham County

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Never hear, "I'm bored!" We have listed some indoor and outdoor ideas for families to try during Spring Break. Many are free or cheap and range between close to Oldham County and beyond.

As always, please contact each business beforehand to ensure there are no unexpected scheduling changes.

Please check for rescheduled dates because of forecasted weather!

INDOOR FUN:

-Crestwood's new Cailin Art Studio has Art Together: Preschool Classes on Thursdays & Saturdays 10-11:30am
-The Oldham County Public Library has programs scheduled for Monday, April 2nd (Turtles from the Newport Aquarium) & Tuesday, April 3rd (Star Wars crafts & Movie) of Spring Break. See their calendar here.  They are open regular hours during Spring Break.
-Take a dip in the pool at All About Kids Sports Center in Crestwood during their open gym and swim!
-Have a tea party at Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner.
-History Hounds is scheduled for Thursday, April 5th.
-Check out the LaGrange Railroad Museum and have lunch on Main Street. Catch a view of a train from the observation deck.
-Check out the LaGrange McDonald's new playground and then head over to the new Feeders Supply.  My kids love to see the fish, crawly creatures and adoptable pets.
-Check back soon.  We are waiting to hear back from the Oldham County YMCA.  Last year they had open play at the Indoor Arena.  We will update this list once we hear back.

Outside of Oldham County...
-Grab some different flavored popcorn at The Popcorn Station in Jtown to enjoy during a movie at home. They have 35 different sweet and savory flavors to choose from. If the weather is decent, try an outdoor movie! The Popcorn Station is located right in front of King Pin Lanes.  Go bowling while you're in the area!
-Have you tried Altitude Trampoline Park yet? The drive is about an additional 15 minutes from some of the other East End trampoline parks. There is a Texas Roadhouse (kids eat free on Mondays at this location) & O'Charley's (kids eat free everyday) in the same shopping center. Check out the full Louisville KEF list here.
-Are you following North Lime Donuts on Facebook? Droooool! Make an early morning trip to Old Louisville to have a yummy donut and then check out a museum in downtown Louisville.
-Old School NY Pizza near the Forest Springs Shopping Center has Kids Night Out on Tuesday nights 4-9pm. Kids can make their own pizza for $4 (drink and dessert included)! Want more dessert? Baskin Robbins has $1.31 scoops on Saturday, March 31st.
-Cabela's is having a Dog's Day Family Event on Saturday, April 7th. Bring your four-legged family member for some free fun!
-Champs Rollerdome has Spring Break specials. You can also sign up for the Kids Skate Free program.
-Go play cheap "old school" video and pinball games at RecBar in Jtown. Children are welcome to join adults at this restaurant up until 10pm. Most games are only a quarter to play (bring cash for the token machine). Kids meals are only $5!
-Try Glowgolf with your kids. There is a Groupon deal right now.
-Build a window birdhouse at Home Depot for free on Saturday, April 7th.
A little longer drive...
-Swim at the Shelby County Family Activity Center. There is a large pool with diving boards and a smaller pool for younger children.
-Paint at Gogh Crazy Art Studio in Shelbyville.
-Visit Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort. Indoor & outdoor fun! Drive to the capitol building and take a photo on the front steps or schedule a tour.

OUTDOOR FUN:

-Enjoy some ice cream on the front porch of Knock on Wood in Westport.  Walk down to the Ohio River and Westport Park.
-Try horseback riding at Equility Boarding & Training Center.
-Easter falls during Spring Break, so there are a few egg hunts and celebrations scheduled during the first weekend.  Check out our list here.
-The Oldham County Fairgrounds is hosting the Spring Destruction Demo Derby on Saturday, March 31st at 7:30pm. Admission cost.
-Check out our parks list here and choose from hiking, bike riding, tennis, pickleball, disc golf and more.
-Visit Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen!  There are hiking trails, playgrounds and indoor Nature Center to explore.  On Saturday, April 21st (RESCHEDULED DATE!), visitors can participate in the free Wildflower Walk with Tavia.  This includes free kids crafts .
-Try out fishing at Wendell Moore Park! (Make sure you have bait and a fishing license.)
-Go on a scavenger hunt at Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood! Check out one of the Backpacktivities or Book-n-Blanket Bags. Children 6 and under are FREE!
-Visit Hays Kennedy Park near Prospect.  Pack a picnic, bikes and play on the playground.  After the fun at the park, visit Henry's Ark Petting Zoo.  You can also walk the new East End bridge while you're in the area.

Outside of Oldham County...
-The Louisville Astronomical Society will be at The Parklands on Friday, March 30th for a Public Star Party. 6:30-9pm The event is free!
-The SkyStar Wheel will be set up during Spring Break. Check it out at Waterfront Park. There is a Groupon right now for it.
-Kentucky Shakespeare Shakespeare in the Park has two shows scheduled for Saturday, April 7th. The early 1pm show is at Baxter Square Park and the 6:30pm show is at the Community Park-St. Matthews. Both shows have rain spaces in case the show needs to be moved indoors. Check out their schedule here. Free!
-Walk around the Crescent Hill Reservoir off Frankfort Avenue. Grab a yummy baked good at Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe, check out the new Cocoberry Pops and the other shops. Stop at Seneca Park for some fun on the playground.
A little longer drive...
-Bernheim Forest has a Spring Break Adventure Week planned that includes hands-on discovery stations in the visitor center, tower tours and guided hikes. The programs are free.
-Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort has their ReForest Frankfort event on Saturday, April 14th (RESCHEDULED DATE!). 9am-2pm Be prepared to dig in the dirt and bring your own shovel. Enjoy visiting with vendors, live music, tree planting and take home a tree of your own for free!
-There is a Watefall Hike at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana on Sunday, April 1st.  Begins at 1pm.

Check out our Spring Break Destinations List for more indoor & outdoor ideas!
More ideas from Louisville Family Fun here.
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sauerbeck Family Drive-In Groundbreaking Ceremony

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 photo family_zpsqaxw9itp.jpgThere might be snow on the ground now, but soon the grass will be greener, the sun will be warm and summer will start!  The start of summer will include an exciting new drive-in movie theater in Kentucky!  Oldham County is lucky to have the Sauerbeck Family Drive-In opening in June 2018.

Today was the ground breaking ceremony for the drive-in.  We met on the walking path along Commerce Parkway across from the new Watts Home Center in LaGrange.  The Sauerbeck family along with county officials and Oldham County residents were present to celebrate this exciting new addition to the community.

The drive-in is a huge asset to Oldham County and the surrounding areas.  We imagine families from Louisville, Shelby County, Henry County and beyond will utilize the new theater.  It's located close to I-71 and minutes from the Gene Snyder Freeway.  At it's completion, the theater will have two 80' wide, 40' tall screens.  There will be one screen opening this summer that can host 450 cars.  The room for the second screen will hold an additional 350 cars.

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We can't wait for movies under the stars and to see what the Sauerbeck Family Drive-In Theater will bring to Oldham County!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Kindness Club

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 photo IMG_2543_zpsj8h4v4i9.jpgYou probably have heard the expression "Choose Kind" quite a bit these past couple of years due to the popular children's book and now movie, "Wonder."  Drawing from the book's message, the Oldham County Public Library started The Kindness Club.  This new monthly community service program is open to elementary aged children and has 1-2 sessions a month. The response to the new program has been overwhelming!

The program started with the children introducing themselves.  I liked this introduction part, because after all, it's a club, the children should also get to know each other.  Librarian, Susan Bunting read the picture book, "We're All Wonders" by R.J. Palacio.  There was a brief discussion on kindness and the children were eager to share their thoughts and ideas.  They shared ways they have seen others show kindness and they also brainstormed ways the club could help the community for future monthly dates.  It was moving to hear the thoughts of the young children.

 photo IMG_2538_zpshmgfd3az.jpgSo far, the Kindness Club has created Valentine's Day cards for members of the Oldham County community and then switched it up and made bird feeders and nesting bags to take home.  Each project chosen is one that can be done at the library together. There is a good variety of grades represented and the content is appropriate for each elementary age level.

My children end up leaving feeling joyful and eager to think of ways to show kindness to those around them.  I love that the club asks children to think of how to show kindness, but also teaches them to recognize it around them.

New "members" are always welcome, but make sure you register online early because this is a popular program.  So far, the program is meeting at the Main Branch in LaGrange, but always check the children's calendar for recent information.
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Cailin Art Studio

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A new art studio opened up over the weekend in Crestwood.  The building that once sat as an abandoned daycare center has been transformed into Cailin Art Studio.  The space is now clean, fresh and waiting for visitors to use it for creative purposes.

The studio is owned and operated by Sean Fitzgerald and Ivy Clinton.  Sean has several years of art teaching experience and Ivy is an Oldham County native.  We love that they have returned to Crestwood to offer new art classes to the community.

The studio is equipped for all skill-levels and there are already classes and workshops on their events calendar.  Students can explore painting, drawing, clay, craft arts and other mediums.  The ceramics studio has worktables, 6 electric wheels, two kick wheels and a slab roller.  There are also glazes, kilns, stamps and several other finishing tools.

During the open house event, my children were able to freely explore creating ornaments with clay, cookie cutters and different stamping tools.  Sean also allowed for children to work with clay on the wheel.  He was very encouraging and laid-back with the children.  My two children did not want to leave the wheel and found it fascinating how quickly the clay changes form.

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One of the class offerings that caught our attention is the Art Together: Preschool Class.  Grown ups are encouraged to work alongside their preschool aged child during these morning classes.  They meet Thursday & Saturday 10-11:30am.  For $15 per class, per family, preschoolers can experience working with clay, creating pinch pots and other artwork.  This is a great new option for preschool parents!

Private parties, birthday parties, date nights, sewing lessons, jewelry making and book binding are just a few of the other classes you can find at Cailin Art Studio.  The couple has plans to expand on the class offerings once they are settled and add more staff.

We look forward to returning to Cailin Art Studio for more creative fun.  Make sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and their website to keep up with class offerings and special events.  The studio is located at 7910 Floydsburg Road in Crestwood and is close to the east end of Louisville.
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