Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Mom Groups in Oldham County

Let's face it - mothering is hard work! Why go at it alone? It's always nice to meet other Moms and children that live close and start friendships. We compiled a list of groups that meet in Oldham County catered to Moms and Grandmothers of children of various ages as well as women without children.

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Get in touch with one of these groups to meet up with other parents and grandparents!

For all women!
2nd Wednesday of the month (September-May)
Crestwood Baptist Church
6400 Sweetbay Dr Crestwood, KY

For mothers of children ages birth-5 years old.
1st Friday of the month
Saint John United Methodist Church
12700 West US HWY 42 Prospect, KY

Crestwood United Methodist Church Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
For mothers of children ages birth-5 years old.
1st Friday of the month (September-May)
Crestwood United Methodist Church
7214 Kavanaugh Rd Crestwood, KY

Other places and events in the area:

Heartland Music Together classes are held at St. John United Methodist Church in Prospect.

The Oldham County Public Library has several story times and special events at all of their locations. Baby story times, toddler time, toddlerpalooza and more!

Baby Bootcamp is a local group that meets in Oldham County for a good workout and time for socialization.  Check them out on Facebook here.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Fall Children's Consignment Sales in Oldham County

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

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Oldham County hosts two consignment sales in the Fall.  Make sure you get to the sales early for the best deals and finds.  Shoppers can also take advantage of the deals by volunteering and consigning at the sales.

October 3rd 9am-2pm and 6-8pm
October 4th 9am-2pm and 6-8pm
October 5th 8am-12pm (1/2 price day)
Covenant United Methodist Church in LaGrange

October 4th 9am-7pm
October 5th 9am-1pm (half price day)
St. John United Methodist Church in Prospect

Louisville Consignment Sales here.

Check out our Consignment Sale post here for more information on consignment sales & stores in the area.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center

History fun for preschool aged children in Oldham County!

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The Oldham County History Center has a wonderful educational and fun program for preschool aged children and their families!

5 Things About History Hounds

1. This educational program incorporates a history-rich story time, a craft, hands-on artifacts, games, snack and possible exploring of the History Center and grounds!

2. It is designed for children birth - 5 years old and their caretakers.

3. Each month has a different historical theme and runs August-December and February-May on Thursday mornings at 10am.

4. The program is held in the Rob Morris Educational Building at 207 W. Jefferson Street in LaGrange.

5. The program is FREE to History Center members and only $5 for non-members.

Check out their calendar or Facebook page to learn about the different themes.
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Friday, August 9, 2019

Weekend Fun for Oldham County Families

Here are some fun ideas for August 9-August 11, 2019

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Friday: Parents, want a night out alone?  All About Kids has a slumber party tonight! There is also a pick up late option if you don't want your kids to stay the night.

Saturday: Get outside early before it gets too hot! Head to Children in the Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood.  Come anytime 10:30am-12pm
Grab lunch and then head to the Guns & Hoses Charity Football game beginning at 1pm.

Sunday: All About Kids in Crestwood is hosting a Back to School Bash 2-4pm. There is a $5 charge benefiting Blessings in a Backpack.

Check out the weekend fun in Louisville!

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Don & Elizabeth Buchanan Splash Pad

Sometimes you have to take a little drive to find some family fun.  Our family recently found a great splash pad just north of Oldham County.

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 photo IMG_7581_zpsoddvoklx.jpgThe new Don & Elizabeth Buchanan Splash Pad opened in 2019 in New Castle in the Henry County Community Park.  This new splash pad is right next to the Michael Brent Playground on Park Road.  The address given to us for the splash pad is 100 Park Road in New Castle.  Some maps are unable to locate this address.  If you are having trouble finding it, some other businesses nearby are the Henry County Health Department and Cedar Lake Park Place.  The entrance is off of Highway 421/55 about a mile outside of New Castle headed toward Campbellsburg.

There are several cool features to the splash pad including a large dump bucket, spinning water fountain and squishy pad kids can jump on to squirt out water.  Smaller fountains, smaller dump buckets, water tunnels, two squirt guns and more fun are also throughout the splash pad.  There is something to entertain all ages!  The red, white & blue splash pad also has a couple of benches around it and two picnic tables with umbrellas.  

 photo IMG_7567_zpsulpjt6vh.jpgIf visitors want to picnic while they're visiting the park, there is a large covered area with several more picnic tables and restrooms.  Or visitors can bring a blanket and sit in the grassy areas surrounding the splash pad.  Food is not permitted on the splash pad.

There's more to enjoy during your visit to the splash pad.  The Michael Brent Playground is an all accessible playground right next to the splash pad.  Children can go back and forth between the playground and splash pad easily and enjoy both.  If you want to explore some more, the Henry Community Park amenities includes trails, picnic areas, basketball, soccer, football fields, an accessible fishing pond and the accessible playground.

We will for sure visit the splash pad again soon.  The drive from Crestwood to the splash pad was about twenty minutes.  We took Highway 146 all the way into New Castle and turned left on Highway 421 to reach the entrance to the community park.  Wingz N Thingz is a good spot to stop on your way back home for an ice cream!  At times, there are ice cream trucks set up at the splash pad too. The Henry County Government Facebook page is a good page to follow for updates and other information.

 photo IMG_7556_zpsemscu7nx.jpgMy kids enjoyed playing at the new splash pad and commented that the water was the warmest splash pad water ever.  The splash pad was very clean and we liked that the playground was nearby to enjoy as well.  The restrooms and extra shade under the picnic gazebo were also nice to have close to the splash pad.  We are grateful for this gift to the community from the Buchanan family!

The splash pad is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Park hours are daily 10am-5:30pm and open until 8pm on Tuesday.
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Friday, August 2, 2019

Hidden Hollow Orchard

Apple season starts in August and lucky for us, there's a great little orchard just on the Oldham County border in Louisville. 

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 photo eli holding apple_zpsxq64fzju.jpgIt's almost apple picking time! Hidden Hollow Orchard is just a short drive outside of Oldham County and will open soon! Per their website, they hope to be open for picking on 8-24-19 this year!

This small apple orchard offers families an opportunity to experience true apple picking together.  It is located just off of Old Henry Road in East Louisville.  There are specific directions on the website for visitors to follow and a phone number in case you get lost.  Directions can get tricky and you might feel like you're lost, but trust the one-lane road that runs along the Fox Run neighborhood-you'll get to the Orchard, promise. 

Once you arrive at the Orchard, find a spot to park along the gravel road and bushes.  You will find the prices listed near an umbrella table, along with plastic bags to use, maybe an apple picker tool and some honey for sale. 

Pick an open, mowed path and you will run into the rows of apple trees.  The grass can be thick and tall, so old shoes or even rain boots are perfect for the orchard.  Some of the grass near the base of the trees is tall also, so if your skin is sensitive to grass and weeds, pants or tall socks are recommended.  Bring some buckets along with you or even a wagon for hauling your apples through the Orchard. 

 photo horse_zpsyuzhmuph.jpgIn years past, the rows of trees were marked with apple variety signs.  We did not see any on our visit but did manage to pick 3-4 different apple varieties.  If you pick a slightly bruised or blemished apple, use it to have a taste test.

Pack some carrots for feeding several ponies and bring cash (preferable small bills).  Apples are 35¢ each or u-pick bags for $5 or $7.  If you want to stay a little longer, there is a picnic table and areas for a picnic blanket.  There are a couple of tractors for children to explore, too.

Hidden Hollow Orchard is located at 3200 Apple Hill Road Louisville, KY 40245
Follow their Facebook page for updated information on crop availability and hours.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

30+ August Events in Oldham County!

School will be back in session soon, but don't miss the fun that is still going on in our area! 

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Recurring Events:
FREE! Oldham County Public Library has several Summer Reading Programs still going on! Sign up early, sign up fast!
FREE! Bluegrass Jam Night at LaGrange Coffee Roasters Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
FREE! Creasey Mahan Nature Center Wednesday 1-4:30pm & Saturday 10am-2pm
FREE! LaGrange Railroad Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday, 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.
Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood Preschool Family Art Classes offered on Thursday and Saturday each week.
Power & Grace Gymnastics in Prospect Open Gym. Check their website for updated information.
All About Kids in Crestwood Open Gym & Swim. Check their website for updated information.
LaGrange Farmers Market  every Saturday 8am-1pm
Children in the Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, every Saturday 10:30am-12pm
Hounds on the Grounds at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, every Sunday 12-4pm
Everyone Can Paint in LaGrange has various paint sessions for all ages.
Kid's Dance Classes at Soiree in Crestwood on Tuesdays 6:30pm $5 per child, ages 5-18

August Events:

7/30-8/3: The Oldham County Fair at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in LaGrange.

8/2: Parent's Night Out at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner, 5-9:30pm

8/2: FREE! Family Movie Night at Southeast Christian Church in LaGrange, 4-6pm

8/3: FREE! Cooking at the Hearth demonstrations at the colonial hearth and bread oven at the Dahlgren Pioneer Barn at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. 11am-1pm

8/3: FREE! Pewee Valley Summer Picnic, 6-10pm

8/9: All About Kids Slumber Party in Crestwood 6:30pm-9am or 6:30pm-11pm

8/9: Rockin' For Hope at City Place in LaGrange, 6:30-10pm

8/9: Porch Light Studio Fall Launch Party at Mercantile on Main in LaGrange, 6pm

8/10: FREE! Guns N Hoses Charity Flag Football Game at the Oldham County Youth Football League Field in Buckner, 1pm

8/11: Back to School Bash at All About Kids in Crestwood, 2-4pm $5 benefiting Blessings in a Backpack

8/11: Guided Hike with BATA in Crestwood, 8-11am

8/16: FREE! Screen on the Green featuring Mary Poppins at Phos Community Church in Crestwood, 8pm

8/16: FREE! Family Nerf Night at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6-8pm Sign ups required.

8/16: FREE! Trackside Tunes in Downtown LaGrange, 6:30pm

8/16: Bourbon & Bingo for FOP of Oldham County at Third Turn in Crestwood, 6pm

8/17: FREE! Open Game Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange

8/17: Parent's Night Out at Norton Commons YMCA in Prospect, 6-9:30pm

8/19: FREE! Bluegrass Bikes & Brats at LaGrange Coffee Roasters and Main Street Bourbon & Ale House in LaGrange, 5:30-8:30pm

8/22: History Hounds returns at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. 10am. Program is for preschoolers. Free for members and $5 for non-members.

8/22: Cooking Class at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, 6-8pm

8/22: FREE! Movie Night showing Galaxy Quest at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. 6-8pm. Program is for adults.

8/23: Sunset Concert Series at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, 6-9pm

8/23: Girls Night Out Resin Jewelry Class at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 7-9pm

8/24: Sprint Triathlon at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area), 7:30am

8/24: FREE! Barnyard Fun at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. 10am-12pm

8/24: FREE! Quads Rods & Custom Car Show in Downtown LaGrange, 5-9pm

8/24: Date Night in Clay at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 7-9:15pm

8/29: History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. 10am. Program is for preschoolers. Free For members and $5 for non-members.

8/31: FREE! Pickin on the Porch at Knock on Wood Country Mercantile in Westport, 6pm
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

7 Fun Reasons to Visit the Oldham County Fair

We love that the Oldham County Fair offers the flair of a larger scale fair, but with a small-town community atmosphere! Here are our 7 FUN Reasons to visit!

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The Oldham County Fair is fun for everyone.  Here are 7 reasons you should go to the fair this summer!
  1. Low admission price!: It's only $12 for fair admission to the different entertainment scheduled and unlimited midway rides!  No waiting in long ride ticket lines when you get there.  Free admission for children 29" and below.  If they want to participate in the age-appropriate rides, caregivers will need to purchase individual ride tickets for them.  (Cash only at the admission gates.)
  2. Fair rides, games, and food!  There are rides for thrill-seekers and rides for younger children, too.  Take it easy on the ferris wheel or go crazy on the thrilling fireball ride!  The fair has usual fair food with corn dogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy or visitors can buy food from other local food vendors. 
  3. Animals! Take a walk through the exotic animal petting zoo.  Learn about different animals or take a pony or camel ride!
  4. Contests! Oldham County residents can enjoy or enter the different contests going on during the fair.  Competitions include several categories such as best floral arrangement, photography, wine, jam, cake, bread, quilts and so much more!  Choose your competition: Floral, Home & Family Arts or Agriculture.  Cash prizes are given to the winners. Other competitions include pageants too!  Enjoy the pageantry of residents ranging from baby to Miss!  Boys and girls are in the pageants!  There is also a Mom of the Year, Dad of the Year and Special Needs competition. 
  5. Track Entertainment! Pack a lawn chair and maybe even some earplugs for the nightly racing scheduled.  Sit on top of the hill and watch such races as Monster Trucks, Bulls & Barrels Rodeo, Demolition Derby, Truck & Tractor Pull and more. 
  6. Music & Entertainment! There are several musical acts scheduled during the fair also.  A magic show, 4-H activities and local teen bands and other music can be enjoyed.  
  7. Support your community and show pride in Oldham County! Walk around the fair to learn more about local businesses, community services, leaders and more.
Learn more about the different schedule of events and competitions on the Oldham County Fairgrounds website or Facebook page.

The Fairgrounds is located at 2401 West Hwy 146 in LaGrange.
The 2019 Fair is July 30-August 3.
Parking is $3.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Oldham County Day!

Celebrate our beautiful county in July!

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 photo police_zpsmbdamkck.jpgOldham County Day is always celebrated the 3rd Saturday in July in Downtown LaGrange.  The 2019 date is July 20th and the theme is "Music Man."

Enjoy an all you can eat pancake breakfast on Saturday morning at the LaGrange Community Center on Jefferson Street 7-10:00am. There is a cost for the breakfast.
  • After you enjoy the pancakes, get set up to watch the parade in Downtown LaGrange.  The parade route begins near LaGrange Elementary School on West Jefferson Street. The route is opposite this year.  Participants will parade down Fifth Street to Main Street, turn left onto Main Street, parade to Walnut Street and take a left, up to Jefferson Street and will end at Fourth Street. 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.  
 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.
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 children's Carnival 11am-1pm.  The Great Train Robbery, a cookout, face painting, and free tours will be at the Railroad Museum. It's definitely worth checking out the courthouse square and surrounding attractions after the parade!

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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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Family Fun Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

Every July, families can come together at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen for some good ol' fashioned summer fun! 

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The 7th Annual Family Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 13th 10am-2pm.  This year, Creasey is joining two of their great events together into one: Family Fun Day & Pet Day is now Family Fun Day with Pets!

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.

 photo family fun day creasey_zpsu78wj48j.jpg Make sure you don't miss any of the day's activities - both indoor and outdoor.

Crafts & other children's activity booths
Pet booths & pet adoptions
Water slide
Face Painting
Gem Mining
Misting Tree

Zoo animals, such as a Blue-tongued skink, African Pygmy hedgehog and Corn snake from the Louisville Zoo will be in the Nature Center. (Cool off inside!)
Mutt Strut Contest - there is a small fee to compete.  Bring your friendly four-legged friend with you!

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

 photo Elin with dog Woofstock_zpsymdz3udc.jpgPlan to enjoy lunch at the Nature Preserve.  Papa Johns Pizza, Comfy Cow Ice ream and Kona Ice 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.

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

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Ice Cream & Other Cool Treat Spots in Oldham County

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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LaGrange Coffee Roasters
If you're wanting a frozen treat with a little pick me up, try a frozen or iced coffee!  They also now have soft serve ice cream in their coffee shop. Visit them and the other great places on Main Street!

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

Fitz Freeze Frozen Treats
They have a new location near the Oldham County Middle School campus on Hwy 146. They offer Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Novelty Ice Cream. Sit outside at one of their many picnic tables and enjoy a colorful shaved ice!

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 is now serving ice cream! Get it in a cup, cone or shake.  Visitors can also 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.

HealthQuest Nutrition
Located next door to Red Pepper in Crestwood, visitors can pick up a shake packed with protein.

Dairy Queen, McDonald's & Burger King
You can usually find a coupon for a deal on a treat or they offer BOGO specials during the week.  Do you have a favorite DQ treat? Use the McDonald's or Burger King app to find deals on cool treats.

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

IGA has a soft serve ice cream machine!  Don't forget about Dairy Queen & McDonald's!
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fitz Freeze Frozen Treats in LaGrange

It's heating up in Oldham County and lucky for us, we have several places to grab a cool treat!

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Fitz Freeze Frozen Treats is in its second season in Oldham County.  It is now located at 4411 West Highway 146 in Buckner.  You can't miss the bright blue building and signage from Highway 146 close to Buckner Elementary School and Oldham County Middle School. 

 photo Elin shaved ice_zpsq2lcfode.jpgWe stopped in last year 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.  

They are open every day 12-9pm

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