Monday, January 21, 2019

Valentine's Day Fun in Oldham County


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We have lots of love for Oldham County and the great Valentine's Day options around the area!  Kid-only, Adult-only and Childcare Options. Love is in the air!

We will continue to update this list as more events pop up.

John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange
6:30-8:30pm
$20 per couple/$5 each additional daughter

2/8 Cartwheels & Creations
Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance in Prospect
Valentine's Day Themed
5-8pm
$20

2/8 Father/Daughter Dance
Crestwood United Methodist Church
6:00-8:00pm
Free, but a love offering is appreciated!
Call the church to RSVP (502) 241-8984

2/9 Valentine’s Day Clay Workshop
Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood
10am-12pm
Ages 5-Adult
$15 per participant

2/9 Handmade Valentine Workshop
Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood
11am-1pm
Ages 5-11
$45

Downtown LaGrange on Main Street
11:00am-4:00pm
$10 per ticket until February 1st.

2/11 Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance
Crestwood Elementary School
6:30-8:30pm
$10 per couple. Can purchase tickets at the door. Admission includes patch, snacks, crafts, professional photo of couple and dance! Corsages available at door for $5. Proceeds benefit Girl Scouts Annual Giving Campaign.

Third Turn Oldham Gardens in Crestwood
6pm & 8pm
$40 per person. 21 and over.

Located at Third Turn in Crestwood
6-10pm
$65 per couple. 

Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood
7-9:15pm
$95 per couple.

2/23 For the Love of Music
St. James Episcopal Church in Pewee Valley
6-9pm

Looking for childcare options so you can celebrate alone?

2/1 Parent's Night Out
Oldham County YMCA in Buckner
5:00-10:00pm
Ages 5-12
Facility Members $20 first child/$10 add’l child
Community Members $30 first child/$20 add’l child.

2/8 All About Kids Slumber Party
Crestwood
6:30pm-9am $38
6:30pm-11pm $28
Ages 4-15

2/16 Parent's Night Out
Norton Commons YMCA in Prospect
6-9:30pm
Ages 3-12
Facility Members $22 first child/$20 per child if more than one
Community Members: $33 first child/$31 per child if more than one
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Friday, January 18, 2019

Weekend Fun for Oldham County Families

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Here are some fun ideas for January 18-20

Friday: 
The kids are out of school and today is probably the only day you might be able to squeeze in some outdoor fun.  Put on your rain gear and explore Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve or Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. Both have free entry.

In the evening, try something new and different at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood.  They are hosting a Girls Night Out Resin Jewelry class 7-9:15pm

Saturday:  
Saturday calls for rain. The Oldham County Public Library has a couple of programs available for free for families.  If there's still space, the main library in LaGrange has a Princess vs. Dino Storytime at 11am. Choose your own adventure at this interactive story time featuring guests from the Princesses of Louisville. Crafts, Stories & Fun! Registration required.

Or just head over to the main library in LaGrange and have a good ol' fashioned Game Day with your family.  They have quite the selection of board games!

Sunday: 
It's going to be cold, unfortunately. Want to try somewhere new to eat today? Check out this list here of places in Oldham County.

Check out the weekend fun in Louisville!


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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Mom Groups in Oldham County

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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.

For all women!
2nd Wednesday of the month
6:15-7:30pm
Crestwood Baptist Church
6400 Sweetbay Dr Crestwood, KY

For mothers of children ages birth-5 years old.
2nd Friday of the month
9:15am-11:15am
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
9:00am-12:00pm
Crestwood United Methodist Church
7214 Kavanaugh Rd Crestwood, KY
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Other places and events in the area:

Heartland Music Together classes are held at River Valley 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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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Budget Friendly Fitness Ideas!

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Do you want your family to be more active in 2019?  Take a look at some low-cost ways to exercise in and around Oldham County.

FREE OPTIONS:

Hiking & Walking
Grab a friend or your dog and check out our Hiking and Walking list here.  Admission to Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is FREE in January, February & March. The Brownsboro Alliance Trail Association also hosts hiking events (there is a fee for non-members.)

LaGrange Community Center
The center has several FREE activities for Oldham County residents! Play pickleball, learn karate, take a fitness class, play volleyball or basketball, try yoga, walk the indoor track and more! Facebook page here.

HealthQuest Nutrition
This new to Oldham County business hosts free fitness nights usually held at the LaGrange Community Center when the weather is chilly.  Follow them on Facebook to learn more about future dates.

Crestwood Baptist Church Fitness Ministry
The church opens its facilities for FREE open basketball, family gym time and low-cost fitness classes (with childcare). Check out their website and calendar for a list of activities and team sports!

The Oldham County Park and Rec Department 
Several of the Oldham County Parks have options to work out for free.  Ride a bike on a trail, play kickball, soccer, volleyball, pickleball, disc golf, tennis or basketball! Or work out and meet new moms at Baby Boot Camp (there is a membership fee for this group). Full list of Oldham County Parks here.

Find a running group.  Southeast Christian Church in Crestwood has a group that meets on Saturday mornings and includes walkers and runners.

OTHER BUDGET FRIENDLY OPTIONS:
Soiree
Take dance lessons in Crestwood.  Lessons as low as $5 for children and adults!

All About Kids
First class is always free to try.  Open gym and swim times during the week are also available along with a variety of classes.  Check their Facebook page for specials that they run. Intro classes for $39!

Power & Grace Gymnastics
Parent & Me classes are aimed at getting parents and kids up and moving!  Check out their website for information on their tumbling and dance classes.

Next Level Martial Arts
First class is always free.  They also run Groupons regularly. 

MEMBERSHIP FACILITIES:
(Some have beginning of the year specials right now):
Oldham County YMCA
Planet Fitness
Burn Bootcamp
Jazzercise 
Body Under Construction

Always check with the business as prices and dates are subject to change without our knowledge.
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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Oldham County Preschool Directory

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Best List of Preschools in Oldham County!

 photo chatter box_zps8jg9bims.jpgThe Chatterbox Preschool program is designed to meet the needs of 3-5 year olds with and without developmental disabilities. Each class has between 8-10 students and is led by a certified teacher and classroom assistant. Our program focuses on strengthening speech and language skills, phonemic awareness and building confidence across all developmental domains. The classroom incorporates the Ski-Hi curriculum, Handwriting Without Tears, Letterland and the use of many visual supports and hands on activities. We provide periodic formal assessment to monitor progress in cognitive, communication and social skills. An occupational therapist and speech language pathologist will visit bi-weekly to provide ongoing consultation with the preschool teacher.  502-384-0910

 photo St. Francis School Logo_zpsk9rjd63z.pngSt. Francis Preschool is a joyful place that seeks to foster curiosity and wonder. We believe that allowing students to explore, investigate, and create is the perfect medium for motivating learning. Because of these values, our curriculum is one that emerges from the daily experiences and interests of the children. Social, physical, and cognitive skills grow freely in this fertile ground of play and exploration. While facilitating these experiences, our teachers assure that children are challenged by utilizing open-ended questions to encourage problem-solving, imagination, and creativity. Student artifacts such as photographs, paintings, and clay-work, as well as completed individual and group projects, fill the classrooms. We believe that outdoor play encourages an appreciation for the environment and fosters creativity and a sense of wonder. Here, children have a say in what they do and how they do it, and teachers encourage learning to be an exciting journey every day. 502-795-3380


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Where You Start Matters. With over 50 years as Louisville’s premier progressive school for children age 2-through-5th-grade, we continually set new standards for best practices in education. Virginia Chance School provides two lead teachers in every classroom, integrated outdoor learning for all students, a Play-Based Preschool curriculum with real Science, Spanish, Art, Music and P.E. classes by specialist teachers in dedicated classrooms, and a multi-age elementary program. Call now to arrange a tour of our school and 26-acre campus that includes woods, fields, gardens, Goose Creek and The Learning Greenhouse! It’s the ideal place for children to develop a lifelong love of learning.

Tour Today! 502-425-6904 or admissions@chanceschool.org
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BUCKNER

Southside Christian Child Care & Preschool
3419 Cedar Point Road Buckner, KY 40031
502-222-1999

CRESTWOOD

A Wise Choice for Kids
7219 W Hwy 22 Crestwood, KY 40014
502-243-3222

The Chatter Box
6317 Hwy 329 Crestwood, KY 40014
502-384-0910

Crestwood Baptist Church
6400 Sweetbay Drive Crestwood, KY 40014
502-241-8534

Crestwood Childcare & Learning Center
7018 Hughes Ave Crestwood, KY 40014
502-241-5071

Crestwood Preschool Academy
5719 Hwy 22 Crestwood, KY 40014
502-376-9297

Crestwood United Methodist Church
7214 Kavanaugh Road Crestwood. KY 40014
502-553-9362

Cadence Academy
8905 W Hwy 22 Crestwood, KY 40014
502-243-8484

Tomorrow's Promise Child Care & Learning Center
6003 Pleasant Colony #14 Crestwood, KY 40014
502-290-6950

GOSHEN

St. Francis Preschool
11000 US Hwy 42 Goshen, KY 40026
502-795-3380

Thrive Forest School
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
12501 Harmony Landing Road
502-228-4362

LAGRANGE

Covenant United Methodist Church Preschool
909 West Jefferson Street LaGrange, KY 40031
502-222-9925

Kids Haven, by Sandy
1010 Oldham Oaks Road LaGrange, KY 40031
502-222-5008

LaGrange Baptist Church Preschool
1139 Commerce Parkway LaGrange, KY 40031
502-643-7169

The Learning Garden
2100 Spencer Court LaGrange, KY 40031
502-222-1700

Oldham County Preschool
4309 Brown Blvd. LaGrange, KY 40031
502-222-3700

The B Hive Childcare Academy
230 Yager Ave LaGrange, KY 40031
502-265-7133

PEWEE VALLEY

Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church Child Development Center
119 Central Avenue Pewee Valley, KY 40056
502-241-0177

St. Aloysius Preschool
122 Mount Mercy Drive Pewee Valley, KY 40056
502-241-8516 x1010
Preschool@StAloysiuspwv.org

St. James Episcopal Church Preschool
401 LaGrange Road Pewee Valley, KY 40056
502-243-3394

PROSPECT

Virginia Chance School 
4200 Lime Kiln Lane Louisville, KY 40222
502-425-6904

KLA School of Prospect
8907 US Hwy 42 Prospect, KY 40059
502-292-0123

Prospect Preschool Academy
13001West Hwy 42 Prospect, KY 40059
502-228-4007

Saint John United Methodist Preschool
12700 West Hwy 42 Prospect, KY 40059
502-753-1768
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019 Bucket List of Fun in Oldham County

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Happy New Year!  Many of us wrote down plans, resolutions, goals, etc. for 2019, but why not plan a bucket list of fun things to do this year?  Our bucket list has at least two 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!  Check their website for hours.  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!  If you're looking for more indoor fun, All About Kids in Crestwood has open gym and swim times for all ages.  Play on the gymnastics floor, play basketball, soccer or swim in their fun indoor pool. If your kids have been wanting to try something new, they can also try out their first class for free!

February - Have you been to the new Oldham County History Center in LaGrange?  The newly renovated building has exhibits to explore and fun activities through their History Hounds program.  History Hounds is for children 5 and under and meets on Thursdays.  The program is free to History Center members and $5 for non-members.  The history center has several other programs for children and adults. Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood is also a great indoor option for families.  They offer Art Together: Preschool Class for $15 per 75 minute class. Several other art classes and events are offered throughout the year at the studio. A great event to check out this month is the Chocolate Crawl in downtown LaGrange. Early bird tickets are only $10! 

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 $7! Did you know there is a local community center that offers free activities for Oldham County residents? The LaGrange Community Center has programs for children and adults ranging from Kid's Night Out, pickleball, fitness classes, fencing and more.

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 where 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 have a chance to feed a baby calf.  Other favorites are the Bluebonnets & Bluegrass Alpaca Farm Tour in Crestwood and Woodland Farm in Goshen. Want some adult time?  Tour a working distillery or brewery 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 (in advance) and FREE for children 12 and under. We're hoping the Sauerbeck Family Drive-In will be back up and running by this time.  If so, support this local family by watching a double feature at their drive-in movie theater. 

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 hereThe LaGrange Railroad Museum is usually open to visitors during the Arts on the Green Festival also.  Check out the museum and learn more about what they have to offer for families. Admission is free to the museum and they are open on Saturdays.  Families should also take advantage of the wonderful summer reading programs that the Oldham County Public Library starts around this time of year.  The programs are free, entertaining and educational.

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 hereFamily 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.  Another fun family activity in July is the Oldham County Family YMCA Mud Run.  They do a great job with the course and the price isn't too bad for this unique activity.

August - Love a good county fair?  If so, the Oldham County Fair is for you!  Admission is $12 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. Hidden Hollow Orchard is our closest apple orchard and usually has an opening date in mid-August.  Take the kids on a unique outing and go apple picking together.

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. Explore one of Oldham County Parks this month.  September can bring mild mornings and evenings to take a great hike, play at a park or ride bikes.

October - Oldham County has no shortage of Fall Festivals and Halloween events.  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.  Admission in 2018 was $5/person. Another great place to find treats and a not so scary haunted house is at the Haunted Hike at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. Admission is $6/person and includes treats along the forest trail and a variety of other activities.  If you want to get some holiday shopping done early, check out the Arts & Craft Fair in Pewee Valley this month.

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.  Extend your night by driving around some of the neighborhoods nearby to look at Christmas lights.  Here's what we found in 2018.  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.  Other great and free holiday events are Yule Log in Pewee Valley and Light Up LaGrange.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January Events in Oldham County

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Sponsored by:
  Eberle Orthodontics

RECURRING EVENTS:

FREE! Oldham County Public Library has various story times and other programs at their 3 locations.
FREE! Bluegrass Jam Night at LaGrange Coffee Roasters Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
FREE! Creasey Mahan Nature Center Wednesday & Saturday 10am-2pm
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.
FREE! Admission to Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood January-March 29 Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm
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.

JANUARY EVENTS:

1/4: Parent's Night Out at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner, 5-10pm

1/4: Intro to Acrylic Pouring at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood. 6-9pm

1/7: FREE! Crafty Kids Club at the South Oldham Library in Crestwood. 4pm. Registration required.

1/9: FREE! Lego Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. 4pm. Registration required.

1/10: FREE! Yoga Storytime for adults and children ages 3 and up at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. 4pm

1/11: Date Night in Clay at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 7-9:15pm

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

1/12: FREE! Zoo Visit at Mahan the Oldham County Public Library in Goshen. 11am.

1/12: FREE! Chamber Music Concert at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. 1-2pm

1/12: Mom & Me Sewing at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 1-4pm

1/14: FREE! Kid's Cooking Club at the South Oldham Public Library in Crestwood. 4pm. Registration required.

1/15: FREE! Drop-in Crafts at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. 6-7:30pm

1/16: FREE! Kindness Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. 4pm. Sign Ups required.

1/17: FREE! Drop-in Crafts at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. 3:30-5:00pm

1/18: Girls Night Out Resin Jewelry at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 7-9:15pm

1/19: FREE! Princess vs. Dino Storytime at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange 11am Choose your own adventure at this interactive story time featuring guests from the Princesses of Louisville. Crafts, Stories & Fun! Registration required.

1/19: Junior Ranger Program at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange.

1/19: FREE! Open Game Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. 1-5pm

1/19: Parent's Night Out at the Norton Commons YMCA in Prospect, 6-9:30pm

1/20: Winter Wiking with Brownsboro Alliance Trail Association in Crestwood. 2-4:30pm. Wine and a hike. $20 for non-members

1/22: FREE! Words & Wiggles at St. Francis School in Goshen, 10:30-11:30am

1/23: FREE! Pokémon Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. 4pm. Sign Ups required.

1/24: FREE! Movies at the Library at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. Movie is for adults and they are showing "The Hate You Give" at 6pm.

1/24: Pizza and Paint with "Everyone Can Paint" at Hometown Pizza in LaGrange.6-9pm $45 includes all supplies and a personalized pan pizza.

1/25: Bunco for Beds at Ballardsville Baptist Church in Crestwood supporting Good News Homes, 7-9pm. $20 per player.

1/25: Father/Daughter Dance at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area) 6:30-8:30pm $20/per couple. $5 for each additional daughter. Tickets not sold at the door. Must be purchased by 1/24.

1/26: Father/Daughter Dance at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area) 6:30-8:30pm $20/per couple. $5 for each additional daughter. Tickets not sold at the door. Must be purchased by 1/24.

1/26: FREE! Wreath Making Class at Walker Fabrics in Crestwood, 10am.

1/26: FREE! Maisy Story Time at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am. Sign up online.

1/28: FREE! Come Sew with Us: Beach Wraps & Kimonos at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension in LaGrange (New location). 10am-3pm

1/28: FREE! Word Worms at the South Oldham Public Library in Crestwood. 4pm. Book Club: "Going Wild"

1/29: FREE! Maisy Story Time at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6pm. Sign up online.

1/30: FREE! Art Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. 4pm. Grades K-5. Registration required.

1/31: FREE! Countdown to Kindergarten Story Times for Goshen & Harmony Elementary School families. Story time is at Goshen Elementary School 11am-12pm. Free lunch served at 10:30am. (Additional story times at Goshen on 2/7, 2/14 and 2/21)

1/31: Pizza and Paint with "Everyone Can Paint" at Hometown Pizza in LaGrange.6-9pm $45 includes all supplies and a personalized pan pizza.
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Winter Break Fun

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Here's some fun ideas for over winter break!

Need a winter break camp for your kids? Here are some options.

Drive around looking at Christmas lights. For ideas of where to find some of the best displays click here.

There are still some holiday events before Christmas that you and your family can enjoy. Check out our list to find out what's coming up.

Find several local deals here including: Lazer Blaze, Turnip the Beet, go carting, rock climbing, museums and more!

There are plenty of places for indoor fun, click here.

Go ice skating and then grab some hot chocolate!

Take your family to Charlestown, IN for holiday fun. Read more about it here.

Find all of our Winter Fun linked up here.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Christmas Lights around Oldham County

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The last few nights have been unusually free for our family so we used the time to go Christmas light hunting.  During our two nights of driving around Southern Oldham County, we found some great displays and wanted to share them with you.  We also wanted to share some fun ideas for you and your family to do this holiday season.  Nothing fancy, mostly cheap and full of fun memories.

 photo backseat fun_zpspaorcjyz.jpgWhen my kids were younger (and I was too), each year I would surprise them with one night full of Christmas light fun.  One year I did a Polar Express theme where each kid received a golden ticket that got punched at different stops (Starbucks for hot cocoa, Little Ceasers for pizza etc).  I decorated our car windows with fun holiday messages, put battery powered lights in the interior, passed out glow necklaces and funny holiday headbands (all from Dollar Tree).  Each kid also got a scavenger hunt list and marker to use during the Christmas light trip. 

Now I realize the holidays are busy and I've already lost some of you.  You don't have to create a Polar Express each year for your kids.  Simply drive around some of Oldham County's neighborhoods and make your own fun.  See who can spot the most unique display.  Who likes traditional white lights and who likes the bright lights?  Can you find the biggest and best displays?  

 photo sheets_zpsml6zc9lo.jpgIf we could give an award for most participation in a neighborhood it would go to Cherrywood in LaGrange.  We found other great displays in Washington Manor in LaGrange, Camden Manor in Crestwood and Heritage Place in Crestwood.  Some other places worth mentioning are Brentwood in Crestwood and the magnificent display on the corner of US Hwy 42 and Hayfield Way in the Countryside neighborhood in Prospect.

Now these are only a handful of the neighborhoods in Oldham County.  Grab some hot chocolate or a treat, get in the car and go explore the lights.  There are some really great displays.

Watch our video to see what's around for 2018.





If you need a scavenger hunt list specific to Oldham County here are some ideas:
  • Decorated horse
  • Buddy the elf
  • Ralphie from The Christmas Story
  • A "JOY" sign
  • Santa in a window
  • Grinch stealing lights
  • A hot dog
  • Dragon blowup
  • Dinosaur blowup
  • White trees
  • Light tunnels
  • A "Mickey" house
  • Nativity
  • Charlie Brown
  • Abominable Snowman
  • R2D2
  • Santa falling off a roof
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Monday, December 17, 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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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Winter Break Camps

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Oldham County Schools 2018 Winter Break is December 24-January 4th.  Are you looking for a place for your kids to play and learn while you work, shop or get ready for the holidays?  Here are a few options around the area.

9am-5pm
December 27-28 & 31
January 2-4
$49/$98/$145/$189/$199 add $6 for early drop off & late pick up
Ages 4-14
Promo code here.

Oldham County Family YMCA
Polar Bear Express
December 26-28
7am-6pm
$70/session per child Members
$100/session per child for program members
Open to ages 5-12
Winter Olympics
December 31-January 4
7am-6pm
$110/session per child Members
$130/session per child for program members
Open to ages 5-12

Zubrod Christmas Break Camp
January 2nd
10am-3pm
Open to ages 6 and up.
Contact the stable for more information.

More camps in Louisville here.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Crestwood Festival of Nativities

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 photo IMG_1327_zps8fgtr05o.jpgChances are if you celebrate Christmas, you are familiar with the nativity scene and might even have one displayed in your home during this holiday season.  The Church of Latter Day Saints in Crestwood hosts the annual event, Festival of Nativities, where the community is invited to visit and view 600 displays of nativities from around the world.

The room filled with nativities is beautifully decorated and set up by several volunteers.  The lights are dimmed and tabletops are adorned with winterscapes, white lights and unique nativities. Visitors will see traditional Nacimiento, a living nativity, porcelain, wooden, gingerbread and more varieties.

There is more to the event, too.  The Festival of Nativities has children's activities, live concerts each night performed by community choirs and musicians, family photo opportunities, cookies and nativity story tours.

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What began in 2009 as a way to help bring measure of the Christmas spirit to the community has turned into a tradition for many in Oldham County and the surrounding area.  Share the meaning of Christmas during one of the three days of the event.  It is free and open to everyone.

Church of Latter Day Saints is located at 6401 Westwind Way Crestwood, KY 40014

The 2018 times are 6:30-9pm on these dates:
Thursday, December 6
Friday, December 7
Saturday, December 8

(Festival Express Hours available on Thursday, 12/6 12-3pm. This is open to seniors and the assisted living community that might need a less crowded environment. Please see the website for more details.)
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