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 CafĂ© & 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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Friday, June 8, 2018

Weekend Fun for Oldham County Families


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Here are some fun ideas for June 8-10
SCHOOL IS OUT!

Click here for Matt's Oldham County weekend forecast. 

June events are packed with family fun! 

If you haven't visited the library yet, head there on Saturday to pick up Summer Reading information!

Join local families for a free outdoor movie.Friday, Christ Church at Goshen is playing Peter Rabbit. Concessions beginning at 6:30pm, movie will start at dusk. Free popcorn, games and bouncies. (Outdoors) Facebook event here.



Be sure to check out LouisvilleFamilyFun.net for the weekend events post for more ideas.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

5 Exciting Things About the Oldham County Library Summer Reading Program

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This post contains general information about the Summer Reading Program and 2018 dates.

Summer is just a few short weeks away! Kick it off with the Oldham County Public Library Summer Reading Program!

1. The Learning Experiences!
Our librarians sure know how to make reading and learning super fun! They have a schedule jam-packed with different activities. The 2018 Theme is "Libraries Rock." Readers can sign up for some hands-on learning, stories and more. There are different activities for different ages each week. Program ages begin at babies all the way up to adults. We enjoyed the math enrichment program last year, Crazy 8's.  Teens and adults should not miss out on the calendar full of great programs this summer! *Special tip for families: sign ups are required for some of these programs and they usually open one week prior to each class. Check the website early in the morning or watch Facebook!

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2. Family Programs!
There are a lot of programs that the kids get to do alone with the great librarians, but there are also events planned for the entire family to enjoy together.  There is a Nerf Night, Family Concerts and movies.  We, of course, like that summer reading means that families can read together too!

3. The Special Guests!
Expect to see popular guests return like Madcap Puppets and Silly Safaris.  Get groovy with Pete the Cat author, Eric Litwin, learn about our animal friends at Kentucky Down Under and more! *Special tip for families: Some of these shows are first come, first serve, so make sure you watch the schedule and arrive early!

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Not only is reading beneficial for development and continuous learning over the summer break, but the kids get rewarded for their effort!  Readers can collect beads for each day of reading and then a brag tag after five days of reading.  Summer coupons are also rewarded after five days of reading.  Complete five sets of five days of reading and get a pool party pass and more local coupons.
Pool parties are at the Oldham County Aquatic Center!  Pool parties are scheduled the 2018 summer by elementary schools for July 30th, August 6th & August 8th.  Make sure you get a pass for your pool party date!  (The parties, of course, include preschool, homeschool, private and nearby county schools, too.)

5. More and More Fun!
We love that the program includes evening and drop-in activities with such things as crafts, legos, family story time and more.  Everyone loves a good indoor movie when it's just too hot or gloomy outside.  The library has some great films lined up!  *Special tip for families: get comfy during the movie!  Bring some blankets, pillows and snacks.  Enjoy that time together!

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Shiver Shack in Crestwood, KY

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Did you try a cool shaved ice treat from Shiver Shack in Crestwood last summer?  They are opening for the season on Monday, June 11th!  This is probably my kids' favorite summer treat!

Shiver Shack has over 32 flavors to choose from and several different size options available.  Choose one of the combos they suggest or make your own!  A few of our favorites are: Tiger's Blood, Wedding Cake, Cotton Candy and The Patriot!

Kiddie 6oz for $2
Small 12oz for $3
Regular 16oz for $4
Large 24oz for $5
(Cash only.)

Make sure you get a punch card where every 10th shaved ice is FREE!

Shiver Shack is located in Crestwood Station on 146, near the new Taylor Orthodontics location and Chase Bank.  There are several umbrella covered picnic benches for guests. 

2018 SUMMER HOURS START JUNE 11th:
Open Monday-Saturday 1:00-9:30pm, Closed on Sundays
*Hour are weather permitting.  Always check their Facebook page for updates.

Go get your shiver on!

Looking for directions to Shiver Shack?
Taylor Orthodontics' address is: 6010 Crestwood Station, Crestwood, KY 40014
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Arts on the Green in LaGrange, KY

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Every first weekend in June, the Arts Association of Oldham County hosts the Arts on the Green in Downtown LaGrange.  Here's why we love it!

Activities for Kids!
Not only is the festival a great place to expose children to various art forms, there are ways for children to have a hands-on experience.  Children are encouraged to participate in some activities.  There is also face painting, other children's activities and some vendors even allow children to try their art medium.

The Art!
The festival has 125 local and national artists.  You can find anything from paintings, jewelry, woodwork, candles, pottery and so much more!  Prices vary among the artwork too-you can buy a major piece or keep it simple with some elegant smelling soap for your home or as a gift.

The Colonial Trade Faire!
Double festival bonus!  This festival is held in conjunction with the Arts on the Green at the Oldham County History Center.  There is an 18th Century camp with settlers selling 18th century ware, music, cannon demonstrations and other on-going heritage demonstrations!  Art and history together!

The Food & Entertainment!
Various food vendors will be set up during the festival.  Enjoy BBQ, Greek food, ice cream, nuts and other delicious food. Festival goers can "wine down" with wine and beer while listening to music near the square's gazebo.

Main Street!
Downtown LaGrange has many unique stores and restaurants to also visit while you are at Arts on the Green!  Main Street offers antiques, consignment, toys, boutiques, coffee and so much more. It's worth the walk!  You might even see a train come down Main Street while you're there!

Arts on the Green is the first weekend in June, 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday on  the Courthouse Square in LaGrange.

Arts on the Green Facebook Page here.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Things to do in June 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 NEW Hours! Wednesday & Saturday 10am-2pm
FREE! Oldham County Public Library Summer Reading Program has several story times and events for all ages.
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.

June Events:

6/1: All About Kids Slumber Party in Crestwood 6:30pm-9am $38 6:30pm-11pm $28 Ages 4-10 or Tween Lock-In 11-14

6/2: FREE! Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am-2pm

6/2: Art & Garden Market at the Crestwood Civic Club, 9am-2pm.

6/2: FREE! North Oldham Fire Department Open House in Goshen, 11am-2pm

6/2: FREE! Kid's Fishing Derby at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area), 9-11am

6/2-3: FREE! Colonial Trade Faire at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, 10am-4pm

6/2-3: Arts on the Green in Downtown LaGrange, 10am-5pm on Saturday, 10am-4pm on Sunday.

6/4: FREE! Toddlerpalooza at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 10-11:30am.

6/6: FREE! Eric Litwin at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4 & 6pm. First come, first served.

6/6: Father's Day Clay Workshop at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 4:30-6pm

6/6: Paint Your Own Piece: Furniture Refinishing at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 6-9pm

6/7: FREE! Oldham County Children's Choir at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6pm.

6/7: First Furry Friendly Thursdays at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 4-8pm.

6/8: Sunset Concert Series with Zach Longoria Project & The Dive at FoxHollow Farm in Crestwood, 6-9pm

6/8: FREE! Christ Church at Goshen is playing Peter Rabbit. Concessions beginning at 6:30pm, movie will start at dusk. Free popcorn, games and bouncies. (Outdoors) Facebook event here.

6/9: Health Hope Clinic 5k at the Rawlings Group in LaGrange, 8:30am

6/9: Girls Night Out Resin Jewelry at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 7-9:15pm

6/9: Barnyard Fun at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, 10am-12pm. Some fees.

6/9-10: FREE! Kid's Fishing Events at Cabela's in Louisville, 1-4pm

6/12: FREE! Kindergarten Readiness Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4-6pm.

6/13: FREE! Wednesdays on the Water Curry's Fork, 9:45am-12pm

6/13: FREE! Silly Safaris at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am, 1pm & 6pm. First come, first served.

6/14: FREE! Splash Day on the Ohio River in Westport. 4-8pm

6/14: FREE! Family Karaoke Night at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6pm.

6/15: FREE! Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Mary Poppins, 2pm.

6/16: Indoor Yard Sale at St. Aloyisus Catholic Church in Pewee Valley, 8am-12pm

6/16-17: FREE! Kid's Fishing Events at Cabela's in Louisville, 1-4pm

6/20: FREE! rePercussion at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am & 1pm. First come, first served.

6/20: FREE! Family Fun Night with LaGrange Baptist Church held at the OC Courthouse Lawn in LaGrange, 6-8pm

6/21-23: Hello Dolly at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 7pm. Admission fee.

6/22: FREE! Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing The Jungle Book, 2pm

6/23: FREE! Cruisin with the Quads in Downtown LaGrange, 5-9pm

6/24: Farm to Table Dinner at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 6-9pm. Ticket fee.

6/24: FREE! Real Family Church Family Fest in LaGrange, 11am-2pm

6/24: Red, White & Blue Paint Party at Waxy Beans in Crestwood, 2-4pm. Fee.

6/27: FREE! Kentucky Down Under at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am, 1pm & 6pm. First come, first served.

6/28: Fourth Fairy Fun Thursdays at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 6-8pm. This program is free with admission.

6/29: FREE! Trackside Tunes Summer Concert Series in Downtown LaGrange 208 E. Main Street, 6:30-10pm

6/29: FREE! Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Frozen Sing-a-long, 2pm

6/30: Dirt Drags (Trucks, ATVs) at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in LaGrange, 7pm. Admission fee.

6/30: FREE! Knock on Wood Country Mercantile Pickin on the Porch in Westport, 6-9pm

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

Also check out our Summer Fun Page!
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Monday, May 28, 2018

A to Z Guide to Summer Fun in Oldham County, KY

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Arts on the Green & Colonial Trade Faire on June 2nd-3rd in downtown LaGrange!

Butterfly Day & Pet Day on August 18th and Family Fun Day on July 15th at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen!

Celebrate the 4th of July at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area)!

Dive into the pool at the Aquatic Center in LaGrange! See our swim lesson list!

Eat out! Check out our Kids Eat Free list!

Fish at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area) during the Kid's Fishing Derby on June 2nd!

Get rocking at the Oldham County Public Library reading program.

Head to one of the many playgrounds in Oldham County!  Try disc golf at Wendell Moore Park!

Invite some friends to go to the St. Aloysius Parish Picnic in Pewee Valley on July 14th!

Jump at All About Kids Sports Center in Crestwood or Power and Grace in Prospect.

Kick back and relax at the Pewee Valley Summer Festival on August 4th!

LaGrange Farmers Market every Saturday morning on Main Street.

Make your inner artist happy at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood-programs for all ages!

Nature walk at one of Oldham County's hiking trails.

Obstacle course fun on July 28th at the YMCA in Buckner or try a family-friendly road race. See our list here.

Parade watch in downtown LaGrange on Oldham County Day on July 21st.

Quads Cars will be set up on Main Street in LaGrange every 4th Saturday of the month.

Rock out at one of the many Summer Concerts!  Check out our Outdoor Concerts list.

Sign up for a Vacation Bible School! See our VBS list!

Try a Summer Camp! See our list here!

Unplug from electronics and kayak down Harrod's Creek with Nachand Kayak and Canoe in Prospect.

Visit a farm in Oldham County.  Check out our Animal Encounters list.

Watch a family-friendly movie together!  See our list of FREE Summer Movies! The Sauerbeck Family Drive-in Theater is also set to open this summer.

X-change books at the Little Library at Knock on Wood Country Mercantile in Westport. Enjoy lunch and a sweet treat while you're there, too!

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood has several programs over the summer from Children in the Dell every Saturday, the Hummingbird Festival, First Furry Friendly Thursdays and more!

Zip around on rides at the Oldham County Fair July 31st-August 4th at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in LaGrange.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Free Summer Movies in Oldham County, KY

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Ahh Summer...time to relax and enjoy some outdoor family fun! We have your list of local FREE movies!

Please check with the venue before you attend the movie event as they are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen reasons.

Please check back for more movie dates as many places are still planning their summer events.

JUNE:

6/8: Christ Church at Goshen is playing Peter Rabbit. Concessions beginning at 6:30pm, movie will start at dusk.  Free popcorn, games and bouncies. (Outdoors) Facebook event here.

6/15: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Mary Poppins at 2pm. (Indoors)

6/22: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing The Jungle Book at 2pm. (Indoors)

6/29: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Frozen Sing-a-long at 2pm. (Indoors)

JULY:

7/6: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing The Wizard of Oz at 2pm. (Indoors)

7/13: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Coco at 2pm. (Indoors)

7/20: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Moana at 2pm. (Indoors)

7/27: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Tangled at 2pm. (Indoors)

AUGUST:

8/17: Screen on the Green at Phos Community Church in Crestwood is playing Moana at 8pm. Movie, popcorn and candy provided for free.

OTHER OPTIONS IN OR AROUND OLDHAM COUNTY:
FREE Outdoor Spring/Summer Movie Deals Around Louisville list here.  Other movie deals around Louisville list here.
Norton Commons Movie on the Lawn has not made any plans for their movie program this summer.
Pewee Valley: Central Park summer movie line-up TBA (We will let you know if we hear of this program coming back again for 2018.)

We will update this list as we hear about more FREE movies in the Oldham County area.  If your business or church is hosting a free movie night and you would like to be added to this list (no charge to be added), please email Nicolle@louisvillefamilyfun.net.
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm Tour

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 photo denise tour_zpsz4ilvrp2.jpgJourney down Highway 22 in Crestwood and you'll find the sweetest little alpaca farm.  We had heard of Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm, but didn't realize how close it was to our home in Oldham County and how enjoyable our experience would be at the farm.

Tours are given by appointment only and are easy to set up by calling the farm.  Denise Coonley is very friendly and gave a few times to choose from that worked for our group.  She recommends keeping the tour group size between 8-10 people and all ages are welcome.  The cost is $10 per person with a $30 minimum.  The tour lasts about 1-1.5 hours.

Once we all arrived at the farm, Denise greeted us near our cars and told us a little bit about what the tour would entail.  She also went over a few rules and expectations for the tour and interacting with the alpacas.  These were simple things like where to pet the alpacas, the demeanor of the alpacas, not to run and to enjoy ourselves.

 photo feeding alpaca_zpsn7eyxr0o.jpgIt was really neat how once we were inside the alpacas' field, they walked right up to us.  Denise explained that this is not typical behavior for alpacas, but because most of her alpacas were born on her farm, they're used to being around visitors.  Some of the alpacas were more approachable than others, while others liked to just stand back and watch.  One particular alpaca, Stella, was super friendly and content having her neck rubbed so much that she plopped down on her belly to enjoy herself even more.  The alpaca fur was soft and we got a few kisses on the nose.

We spent quite a long time loving on the alpacas in the "girl field" and made our way to the "boy field" and got to hand feed two boy alpacas.  The kids loved seeing the different hairstyles and colors on the alpacas.  They really are cute animals!  We also got to hand feed some of the chickens roaming around on the farm.  We all got a kick out of feeding them marshmallows!  Don't forget to give the cats a nice rub on the head-they love to be part of the tour too.

 photo chicken feeding_zps9dgm0lc7.jpgAfter our fun outside, we got to visit Denise's fiber studio in her basement.  She brought out different fibers for the kids to touch and to see the different textures between each one.  She also showed us some of her beautiful scarves and shawls that she creates and the machines and tools she uses to make them.  Each visitor got to make something using wool fiber.  During our tour, the kids got to make a cat toy by wrapping small pieces of colored wool around a plastic ball.  The ball was then placed in water, given a drop of dish soap, then placed inside a stocking for a few turns in the kids' palms.  The kids learned how the dish soap acted as a binding agent for the different strands of wool that they put around the ball.  The final product was a colorful cat toy!  Denise does different crafts on her tours, so make sure you ask about them when you book your tour.

I think what is so special about the alpaca part of the farm tour is that Denise obviously loves her alpacas and loves to share them with visitors.  The tour is extremely laid back and interactive.  Denise is patient with the children and answers the many questions that are asked.  We never felt rushed to move from one area to the next.  We loved hearing the stories about each alpaca and what makes them unique.  Denise also incorporates educational facts about the alpacas and what it takes to maintain the farm.

The fiber studio was incredible.  I love that the kids could have a hands-on experience inside and outside.  They were able to see how alpaca fur can be used for different things in our world and the work that goes into making the creations.  Again, Denise was super welcoming and patient inside her home.  Everything was age appropriate and interesting to the children.

Our experience at Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm was memorable, enjoyable, educational and relaxing.  We cannot say enough good things about Denise and the gentle alpacas we got to meet.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page about possible birthday parties held on the farm.  Book a tour at this great gem in Oldham County!

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Hear from some of the visitors that were part of our tour:
I loved petting, hugging and feeding the alpacas.  They were so loving. - Kelli, age 6
I loved when the alpacas were smelling me. - J.R., age 5
I loved being close to the animals. - Elin, age 5
It was awesome! My favorite part was hugging Stella and feeding the chickens marshmallows! -Sarah, age 7
What an awesome place to visit! Denise was very friendly, knowledgeable and willing to answer all of our questions. The tour was very age appropriate for our kids and she even had them participate in a craft that we could take home! - Molli
We had a great experience.  Denise is so nice and her tour was very kid-friendly.  It was definitely worth the cost. I would recommend this to a friend! - Rachael


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