Happy New Year! Many of us wrote down plans, resolutions, goals, etc. for 2017. Why not plan a bucket list of fun things to do this year? Our bucket list has 1-2 local options for each month that won't cost you an arm and a leg. Many of these activities are FREE or under $10! We like cheap family fun! What's on your bucket list this year?
January - It's cold, you ran everywhere in December and you'd rather not spend a whole lot of money. Now is the perfect time to check out the Creasey Mahan Nature Center. The center is FREE and open to the public on Mondays & Wednesdays 9am-1pm and on some Saturdays. The center has fun nature art crafts for children, dioramas to explore, a bird blind to watch birds and a fun play area for kids to enjoy. If it's not too cold outside, families can also enjoy a hike or play on the playgrounds located on the preserve. It's a great place to fly a kite on a windy January day too! The Oldham County Schools Arts Center also has Maker Mondays where children can explore creating art and projects from upcycled materials. This is open to all ages and only costs $5 per maker! Lots of fun and a very relaxed atmosphere.
February - Have you been to the new Oldham County History Center in LaGrange? The newly renovated building has exhibits to explore and fun FREE activities through their History Hounds program. History Hounds is for children 5 and under and meets on Thursdays. If you want to take the entire family to the History Center admission ranges from $6-$8 depending on age of the patron. There is a FREE Fifth Sunday of the month so keep that option in mind too for April!
March - Take your kids to see a show at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center! These family-friendly shows are entertaining and you'll probably recognize some familiar faces and names on stage! Many of the actors are local Oldham County children. What a great way to introduce your children to theater and support local art! Show admission is generally $10 for adults and $8 for children. Sometimes you can find a steal and see two shows for $6!
April - You know there are horses in Oldham County, but what about all of the other lovely animal encounters to be had? Take a farm tour with Oldham Farm Tours. You might run into some bison, alpaca, sheep or a racehorse! We love the Harvest Moon Dairy Farm where groups can learn about a working dairy farm and maybe even feed a baby calf. Want some adult time? Tour a working distillery (brewery coming soon) in the county.
May - Ahhh...finally warmer weather! Many outdoor concerts and movies start this month. Find a FREE concert, movie or have your own outdoor family movie night at home. FoxHollow Farm's Sunset Concert Series offers wide open spaces, hay bales to jump on and a variety of food trucks for concert goers to enjoy. Admission is $10 and FREE for children 12 and under.
June - Downtown LaGrange is beginning to get busy again. Arts on the Green is a neat festival on the town square showcasing artists' work. Read our review here.
July - One of the more popular events in Oldham County has to be Oldham County Day! The special event is always the 3rd Saturday in July. Families can enjoy a pancake breakfast, fun parade and entertainment on the Courthouse Square in Downtown LaGrange. This event is a great way to show your pride in the county. Read our review here. Family Fun Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is always a favorite with the kids. July in Kentucky is hot and a good hose down from the North Oldham Fire Department is perfect! Raptors are inside and the inflatables and other fun are outside. Admission is only $3 per child.
August - Love a good county fair? If so, the Oldham County Fair is for you! Admission is $10 and it includes unlimited rides on the fairway. Families can watch FREE magic shows, pageants or spend a couple extra bucks on camels rides or at the petting zoo. Read why we love the fair here. Creasey Mahan's Woofstock is great FREE fun in August. Bring your family dog along for a nice walk on the preserve and pet-friendly activities. Families can learn about and interact with butterflies also.
September - Check out the LaGrange Farmers' Market and Artisans on the square in Downtown LaGrange! Local produce, sweet treats, meat, coffee and more goods are to be found! Take a walk down Main Street to visit more local shops and eateries.
October - Oldham County has no shortage of Fall Festivals and Halloween events. One Fall festival not to miss is the FoxHollow Farm Fall Festival. Admission is FREE, parking is $10. If you're looking for treats, Boo Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is the place to check out. Trick-or-treat your way through the beautiful gardens, meet local fire heroes and see a magic show. You can choose to park at Yew Dell for $5 or pay $1 per walk in.
November - Are you all festival'd out? Why not take a drive "down the hill" to Westport? This small, quiet town is on the Ohio River where families can enjoy fall colors, Westport Park and a little down time together. Knock on Wood Country Mercantile is a great place to visit for lunch or if it's a warm day, maybe a slice of some ice cream pie?
December - Schedules are packed, everyone is tired. This month calls for some relaxing FREE entertainment. We love to drive through the Ballardsville Church Living Nativity. The kids love to see the animals and hear the Christmas story. Free hot chocolate and cookies wait for everyone at the end. If you want to get out of the house for an hour or so, the Oldham County Public Library has some great holiday programs this month. Sign up early for the Nutcracker performance and gingerbread house making. Their holiday open house is also a lot of fun.