Sunday, July 15, 2018

Oldham County Day!

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 photo police_zpsmbdamkck.jpgOldham County Day is always celebrated the 3rd Saturday in July in Downtown LaGrange.  The 2018 date is July 21st.
  • 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 9:30am.  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. The Great Train Robbery is at 1pm at the Railroad Museum and more.  It's definitely worth checking out the courthouse square and surrounding attractions after the parade!
There is a lot of entertainment planned before and after the parade.  Listen to music while you're at the festival.  There is a great lineup of various artists.  Head to LaGrange Christian Church for "Pie in the Eye" and children's activities.

Kick off the celebration on Friday night a the City of Lagrange Street Dance.  Food trucks and music 6-10pm at the North 2nd Street Gazebo.

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.

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).

 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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Friday, July 13, 2018

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 and novelty ice cream.  Pair a scoop of ice cream with a piece of delicious homemade chocolate from their chocolate case!

Fitz Freeze Frozen Treats
This is a new place located at the Oldham County Fairgrounds offering Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Novelty Ice Cream.

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!

Crestwood
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.  They offer a variety of combos and other flavors.  The small is HUGE! (Bring cash and make sure you check their facebook page during bad weather.)

Sweetness
New to Crestwood!  Visitors can customize fountain drinks, teas, coffee and more with several flavor options and then turn the drink into a float!  They also offer smoothies and refreshing lemonades.

Westport
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!

Prospect
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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Weekend Fun for Oldham County Families


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Here are some fun ideas for July 13-15

Click here for Matt's Oldham County weekend forecast. 

July events are packed with family fun! 

Beat the heat at the Oldham County Public Library for a free movie on Friday.  They are showing Coco at 2pm.

Lower temps are expected on Saturday!  Visit the Aquatic Center in LaGrange (Buckner area) and then play at Wendell Moore Park as the sun is setting.

Serendipity Café is celebrating National Ice Cream month and has a BOGO offer on their novelty ice cream.  Head to LaGrange and share a treat with someone. They are open 12-4pm.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Family Fun Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

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Every July, families can come together at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen for some good ol' fashioned summer fun! The 6th Annual Family Fun Day is scheduled for Sunday, July 15th 11am-3pm.

Louisville Family Fun, area businesses, and organizations come together and sponsor activities to celebrate families and community.  The event is free and open to the entire family.  Donations are encouraged and will go directly to Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.

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11am-3pm
Door prizes by Louisville Family Fun for the first 100 families.
Huge water slide from Astro Jump of Louisville.
35 booths that will offer activities for kids and/or free giveaways.
Face painting by Kid Canvas Face Painting in the Nature Center.
A sun visor craft by Louisville Audubon Society in the Nature Center.
Obstacle Course fun with Mighty Titans ($5 pass).

12:00-1:00pm
Zoo animals from the Louisville Zoo in the Nature Center.  (Cool down inside!)

1:00pm
Fire Hose splashdown with the North Oldham Fire District.  (Bring your swimsuit and a towel - you will be soaked!)

2:00pm
Ice-cream eating contest ($5 entry) with Valley Dairy Freeze Inc.  

Plan to enjoy lunch at the Nature Preserve.  Papa Johns Pizza and Valley Diary Freeze will be available for purchase throughout the day as well.

This is a wonderful event for families to enjoy together and offers a chance for the community to explore Creasey Mahan and also give back.  Auction items are available to bid on throughout the day.

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is located at 12501 Harmony Landing Road in Goshen.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Sweetness in Crestwood

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Our community loves new places! Lucky for us, Sweetness in Crestwood just opened.  They offer visitors a great atmosphere to enjoy a variety of delicious treats and drinks.  The owners have transformed the old Taco Bell into a hip space with vibrant colors, fun murals, popular music, comfy couches and plenty of other spaces to sit and visit.

 photo counter_zpsrfrvsavh.jpgThe menu is focused on creating your own specialty drink.  The choices are quite extensive, but Sweetness does have a few combinations already figured out for you.  Start by trying to decide whether you want a fountain drink, iced tea, water, lemonade, limeade, hot coffee, cold brew, hot chocolate or energy drink. If you thought that was hard, wait until you look at the over 40 flavors to add to your drinks.  Choose from flavor shots, fresh fruit, creamers, purees and more.  Adding to the decision process, you can also make any drink a float.

Shew, that's a lot of choices!  Our family tried three different drinks, two cold and one hot.  We also tried three of the cookies.  Sweetness also offers bagels with several different cream cheese options.  Jalapeno cheddar and fresh strawberry sounded amazing!  You can also order hot fries with your choice of dipping sauce.

 photo ordering_zpszzksbpsp.jpgSweetness serves both Pepsi and Coke products, Sunergos Coffee and decaffeinated beverages.  We love that there is something for everyone.  Prices vary depending on the size drink you get and how much you add to the drink. If you wanted a 24oz drink with a couple of flavors added and a cookie, you can easily spend under $4.  An added bonus is that they are utilizing the old Taco Bell drive-thru also.  Wonderful news for those of us that don't want to get everyone out of the car or want a quick treat.

The menu is fun and the space is very welcoming.  The food items are baked daily, the fruit is fresh, the customer service is friendly and your family will enjoy hanging out together at Sweetness.

Sweetness is located at 6408 West Hwy 146 in Crestwood.
They are open Monday-Saturday 7am-10pm
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Fitz Freeze Frozen Treats in LaGrange

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It's heating up in Oldham County and lucky for us, there's a new spot to grab a cool treat!  Fitz Freeze Frozen Treats is located at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in LaGrange.  You can't miss the bright blue bus and signage from Highway 146. (*Update as of 6/29: Fitz Freeze is now located in the hut at the West entrance to the Fairgrounds.  You still won't be able to miss it.) 

 photo Elin shaved ice_zpsq2lcfode.jpgWe stopped in this week to try some Hawaiian shaved ice.  With 60 flavors to choose from, it was hard to settle on a final decision.  We ended up trying Mango Tango, Cotton Candy Blue and Angel Food Cake.  Of course, we all tried each other's flavors and agreed that they were all very yummy.  There are mixes already figured out for you or you can get up to 3 flavors in your cup of your own choosing.  Some unique flavors we noticed were Banana Cream Pie, Bug Juice, and Popeye.  You'll have to visit to figure out how they taste.  

This Oldham County, family-owned business has a great mission statement which visitors can read next to the order window.  The treats started out as a hobby for the children to learn how to count money and learn workforce skills to apply in the future.  They are helping in the bus and are very friendly and respectful.  The tips they receive help them earn money toward vehicles when they turn 16 and then anything extra will go toward college.  We love that this family is working together and teaching important skills.

 photo ice cream sign_zpsopeglwbk.jpgWe thought the price was reasonable for the shaved ice: small $3, medium $4 and a large $5.  A small was plenty and the perfect size for my 6 year old.  Fitz Freeze also has a cream topping that you can add to your shaved ice for an extra $1.  If you're not in the mood for shaved ice, they also offer ice cream ranging in price from $2.50-$5.00.  Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Support this new treat spot and follow Fitz Freeze on Facebook to keep up with hours, specials, renting the truck and more.  There are plenty of options and space to sit under a bright blue umbrella to enjoy your treat.  

The Oldham County Fairgounds is located at 2401 West Hwy 146, LaGrange.
2018 Summer Hours are:
Sunday-Friday 2-9:30pm
Saturday 12-9:30pm

Special Grand Opening Event on Sunday, July 1st, 2-4pm!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

FREE Things to do in July in Oldham County, KY

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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 Business owners, see your event listed? Add it to our FREE calendar and get more exposure! Check it out HERE!

Recurring Events:
FREE! Bluegrass Jam Night at LaGrange Coffee Roasters Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
FREE! Creasey Mahan Nature Center Wednesday & Saturday 10am-2pm
FREE! Oldham County Public Library Summer Reading Program has several story times and events for all ages.
FREE! Check out our VBS List!
FREE! Cabela's Family Summer Camp every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through 7/22, 12-4pm
FREE! LaGrange Railroad Museum is open every Saturday, 10am-3pm
FREE! LaGrange Community Center YMCA has open gym, classes, games and more for Oldham County residents.  Check their website and Facebook page for more information on free stuff to do.
Children in the Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood. Every Saturday starting 6/2-8/25, 10:30am-12pm. This program is free with admission.
Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival begins 6/2-7/15 on Saturdays and Sundays only. Ticket fee.
Farmer's Market at New Goshen Presbyterian Church, every Saturday, 9am-12:30pm
LaGrange Farmer's Market in Downtown LaGrange, every Saturday, 8am-1pm
Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood - check their website for class schedule.

July Events:

FREE! 7/1: Grand Opening Celebration at Fitz Freeze Frozen Treats in LaGrange, 2-4pm Free shaved ice.

FREE! 7/4: Fourth of July Celebration at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area), 6:30pm. Fireworks at 10pm.

7/5: First Furry Friendly Thursdays at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 4-8pm

FREE! 7/6: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing The Wizard of Oz at 2pm

7/6: Sweet Painting Party at Serendipity Café in LaGrange, 6-9pm

FREE! 7/7: Walsh Park Family Outreach at Walsh Park in LaGrange, 11am-2pm

7/7: Firecracker 5k Run and 2 mile walk Westport Park in Westport, 8am

FREE! 7/11: Hooked on Science at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am, 1pm & 6pm. Tickets handed out 30 minutes prior to each show. First come, first served.

FREE! 7/11: Kids Animal Tales at Ballardsville Baptist Church in Crestwood, 6-7:30pm

7/12-14: Charade at Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 7pm

FREE! 7/12: Minecraft Lego Night at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange for ages 5-8, 6-7:30pm, registration required.

FREE! 7/12: Wolfe Brothers concert at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6-7:30pm

7/12: Trivia Night benefitting OCCS at 3rd Turn in Crestwood, 6-9pm

7/13: All About Kids Slumber Party in Crestwood 6:30pm-9am $38 6:30pm-11pm $28 Ages 4-10 or Tween Lock-In 11-14

FREE! 7/13: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Coco at 2pm

FREE! 7/13: NerfNite at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6-8pm, registration required.

7/13: Sunset Concert Series with Yapa & Hey Hey Honey at 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.

FREE: 7/14: St. Aloysius Church Picnic in Pewee Valley, 1-11pm (some activities have a fee)

7/14: Welcome Sign Porch Leaner Paint Party at Waxy Beans in Crestwood, 1-3pm, $39

7/14: Barnyard Fun at the Dahlgren Pioneer Barn at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. Some costs depending upon activity. 10am-12pm

 photo Family Fun Day 2018 300x250 copy_zpsizjfwz4g.pngFREE! 7/15: Family Fun Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen, 11am-3pm

FREE! 7/18: Lexington Philharmonic Petting Zoo at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am, 1pm & 6pm. Tickets handed out 30 minutes prior to each show. First come, first served.

FREE! 7/19: Minecraft Lego Night at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange for ages 9-12, 6-7:30pm, registration required.

7/19: Third Thursday Tunes with Billy Goat Strut Revue at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 5-8pm

FREE! 7/20: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Moana at 2pm

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

7/20, 21, 22, 28, 29: Blithe Spirit at Little Colonel Playhouse in Pewee Valley, showtimes at 7:30pm except 7/22 & 29 are at 2pm. Ticket fee.

FREE! 7/21: Oldham County Day in Downtown LaGrange, 9am-4pm

7/21: Garden Game Day at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 10am-4pm

FREE! 7/25: Madcap Puppets presents Rumplestiltskin at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 1pm & 6pm. Tickets handed out 30 minutes prior to each show. First come, first served.

7/26: Build Your Own Fairy Garden at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 6-7:30pm

FREE! 7/27: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Tangled at 2pm

FREE! 7/27: Trackside Tunes Summer Concert Series  in LaGrange, 6:30-10pm

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

FREE! 7/28: Quads Rod & Custom Car Show in Downtown LaGrange, 5-9pm

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

FREE! 7/28: Knock on Wood Country Mercantile Pickin on the Porch Concert in Westport, 6-9pm

7/31-8/4: Oldham County Fair in LaGrange

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pickin on the Porch at Knock On Wood in Westport, KY

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We know we've mentioned Knock On Wood Country Mercantile a few times in our posts, but seriously, you need to visit!

During the summer they have front porch sitting fun on the last Saturday of the month.  This cute restaurant and store sets up tables, chairs and tents outside where patrons can listen to live music, eat food fresh from the grill and sip on sweet tea.

This year, MileWide Beer Company will be for sale for the 21 and over guests.  Don't worry, there are treats for those that don't want beer.  Their ice cream pies are huge - share a slice with your kids.  A couple other favorites are the Blue Bell ice cream shakes and ice cream cookie sandwiches.

Enjoy the entertainment 6-9pm.  Grab a couple of lawn chairs and slow down in Westport at Knock on Wood's Pickin on the Porch.

Lineup for 2018 Summer:
6/30 Robbie Cox
7/28 The Serenades
8/25 Allen Lane
9/29 Laurie Jane & Cort

Knock on Wood is located at 7001 Main Street Westport, Ky

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Harvest Moon Dairy Farm Tour

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There's no shortage of horse farms in Oldham County, but did you know there is also a great dairy farm to explore?  Tours are given 7 days a week at Harvest Moon Dairy Farm, but need to be arranged ahead of time. I emailed farm owner, Bob Klingenfus and gathered general information about the tour.  Bob asked about our group size and ages of the children. Several of the tour activities are the same with each group, but others can be customized to fit the group members. The farm prefers to give tours in the late afternoon during feeding and milking times.

Directions were emailed to us along with general instructions on how to prepare for the tour.  We advise wearing old shoes, maybe even ones that can be hosed off at the end of the day.  Old clothing and bug spray are also ideal for the tour.  The farm tour is $10 per person and there is a $60 minimum charge for groups less than six members.  Cash and check are accepted.

Our tour began at the large barn where most of the cows stay.  We were able to feed some of the cows that came close to us as we learned about the type of dairy cow they have, the different parts of the barn, how the barn is maintained and other interesting facts about caring for cows.  During our tour we also learned about the feed cows eat, how it's harvested, how much the cows eat and even saw the tractor mix all of the feed and bring it to the cows.

As the adult cows were eating, our group met inside a small room where Bob taught us about feeding the calves.  We prepared 8 bottles for the babies that were waiting for us.  Each child in our group was given the opportunity to bottle feed a baby calf.  Angie Klingenfus told us a little about the babies and their needs as we fed them.  This was probably the highlight of the tour for many of us.  The babies are very cute, along with the several cats and dogs looking for a drop of milk to steal during the feeding.

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The second milking of the day was beginning so we made our way back to the barn where we took turns milking one of the cows.  We saw the machines used and learned how much milk cows produce each day and how the milk is pasteurized and used on this particular farm.  Most of the milk goes to a milk distributor while other milk goes toward cheese production.  There is a cheese factory on site at the dairy farm that we got to see also.

We ended our tour outside where the children were able to mill wheat and learn how wheat is used in several food items in our daily lives.  We stood outside the barn for a few minutes and asked some more questions, let Bob tell us some farming history, the regulations placed on farmers today and how farming has changed over the years.

 photo baby cows_zpshnawgrlu.jpgWhen you inquire about a tour, ask for details about what your tour will entail.  Tours are developed based on the tour group size, ages in the group, overall objective of the group and farm herd size.  This is a working farm, so although the tour is very laid back, adults do need to make sure they are watching children at all times.  There is machinery and other places where visitors need to use caution.  Another option for groups is to rent out the meeting/party room available above the barn.  It is a nice size, air-conditioned room with a large deck overlooking the cow barn below.

The Harvest Moon Dairy Farm tour lasted about 90 minutes and included educational, hands-on lessons for all ages in our group. We left knowing more about the importance of dairy farms, the hardworking farmers, the math and science involved in farming and more. Bob and Angie Klingenfus were great tour guides and incredibly wise and welcoming. If you have a few minutes, stick around and listen to Bob's stories about farming and Oldham County history.

Harvest Moon Farm is located at 7401 Hanna Road Crestwood, KY 40014

Love to learn about farms?  Check out the Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm tour in Crestwood also.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

4th of July Events Around Oldham County

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LaGrange
Aquatic Center Fun!
At 2pm, the John W. Black Aquatic Center will kick off the 4th of July Festivities with fun at the pool!  Activities include:
  • Singing
  • Flag Ceremony
  • Pool Races
  • Kiddie Patriotic Swimwear Contest
  • Adult Cannonball Contest
  • The Greased Watermelon Dive
Admission to the Aquatic Center:
Ages 13-59 $6
Ages 3-12 $5
60 and up $4
Children 2 and under FREE

Hours on Wednesday, July 4th 12pm-7pm

Park & Firework Fun!
The pool will close at 7pm and there will be more entertainment at Wendell Moore Park 6:30-9:30pm.  DJ and fireworks show at 10pm. 
Read our review of the park here to learn what there is to do at the park.

Wendell Moore Park & John W. Black Aquatic Center are located at:
1551 North Highway 393 LaGrange, Ky 40031 (Buckner area.)

Westport
Firecracker 5k Run!
Continue the celebration with the Oldham County Parks & Rec Firecracker 5k Run and 2 Mile Walk on July 7th at Westport Park in Westport, KY beginning at 8am.

Visit the Oldham County Parks & Rec website here or their Facebook page here.

Events in and around Louisville - here!

Prospect (Jefferson County) - still waiting on 2018 information for this annual event.
July 4th "Boomsday"
North Oldham County families close to Cowley Park in Prospect can celebrate the 4th of July together. Activities include:
  • Bouncy houses
  • Climbing walls
  • Obstacle course
  • Wet and dry slides
  • Food trucks
  • Trackless train
  • Much more!
Parade beginning at Westover Drive around 6pm.
Fireworks at dusk around 9:40pm.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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 5-10.  Beginning in May and ending in August, this Saturday morning program is free for children with admission.  Admission to Yew Dell is free for children 5 and under and $5 for children 6-17.

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.  Be sure to register children for the program to ensure you have a spot on Saturday.
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Indoor Activities in Oldham County, Kentucky

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Let's face it, the weather is unpredictable in Kentucky!  These indoor options and ideas in Crestwood, Buckner, LaGrange, Pewee Valley and Goshen offer families some fun when the weather is not so nice!

All About Kids Sports Center – Open gym and swim times available and various classes, too! (Crestwood)

Cailin Art Studio - This new art studio offers camps, classes and special events for all ages. (Crestwood)

Creasey Mahan Nature Center – Explore the exhibits and activities inside the nature center. (Goshen)

Horse Riding Lessons – Oldham County is not lacking in places for indoor riding fun! Choose your barn!
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John W. Black Community Center – various events and activities planned during the year. (LaGrange)

Kids Eat Free - Many restaurants have activities for kids to enjoy on their Kids Eat Free or Cheap Nights!

LaGrange Coffee Roasters – Grab an instrument and join their Open Bluegrass Jam Night on Mondays! Or settle in at a table with the kids, a cup of hot cocoa and a board game. (LaGrange)

LaGrange Community Center – Get the family together and play basketball, walk the indoor track or try a class. This facility is open to all Oldham County residents for free. (LaGrange)

LaGrange Railroad Museum – Open for tours on Saturday. (LaGrange)

Library Children’s Story Time & Special Events – We are lucky to have some super creative and fun librarians at our local library branches. Check out their calendar for special events and try out one of their story times!  Many other activities for all ages and interests! (LaGrange, Crestwood & Goshen)

Little Colonel Playhouse – Check out the local talent in a play! (Most shows are geared toward an older, mature audience. They do have one show a year that includes high school students and actors.) (Pewee Valley)

McDonald’s LaGrange Play Place – Yes, McDonald’s! Our young kids love getting a sweet treat and playing in the NEW play place, especially after story time at the library! (LaGrange)

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Oldham County History Hounds & Historical Society – Story time and history lesson for children (birth up to 5) in the Rob Morris Educational Building. (Program runs Sept-Dec and Feb-May)  Be sure to tour the NEWLY renovated History Center building also! (Lagrange)

Oldham County Schools Arts Center – Sing, dance, create, act, learn how to play an instrument! So many programs, special shows and one-day classes are available! (Crestwood)

Open Range Reball – Play reball (similar to paintball, but without the mess) with your older (age 10+) children in the indoor arena. (Crestwood)

Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance - Open gym, parent's night out, camps, special events and classes are available for several ages.  (Prospect)

Serendipity Café & Gifts – Custom tea parties available or just grab lunch or a sweet treat! (LaGrange)

Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique – In the mood to feel posh then try out Sisters! They have fun themed tea parties for all ages or make a reservation to have a fun tea lunch date with your littles! (Buckner)

Soiree’ – Get your children dancing at one of their drop-in ballroom dance classes! How fun! (Crestwood)

The Treasured Child Toy Store – Follow them on Facebook to learn about special events they have planned. It’s also a great place to pick up a unique toy or game to play at home! (LaGrange)

YMCA – The Buckner YMCA is such a fun, family-friendly place! Members can check in the kids in the activity center, shoot basketball in the gym or swim! They plan several other events throughout the year open to the community. Special Open Field Play Dates and events in their indoor arena are also offered at different times throughout the year.  (Small fee for non-members.) Follow them on Facebook for up to date event info. (Buckner) The Norton Commons YMCA has similar activities.

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Check out these other options, too! Just a short drive from Oldham County!

House of Boom – Located in Middletown, jump the day or night away. Family discount night on Mondays.

Whet Your Palette – Just a step over the Oldham County line Anchorage, you can paint day or night with or without the kiddos!

The Parklands Wednesday Wonders – Starting at 2:30pm on Wednesday afternoons, this program would be fun to check out on an Early Release Day with your younger elementary school or preschool children.

Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground – Located a short drive away in Shelbyville! Let your kids get their crazies out!

Shelby County Parks Family Activity Center - Swim at the large indoor pool when the weather isn't cooperating for their outdoor pool.
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