Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Animal Encounters in Oldham County, KY

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Do you have an animal or nature lover in your family?  Oldham County has many animal encounter opportunities to pet, feed, learn about and love on our furry and slimy friends!

PETTING ZOOS

Henry's Ark Petting Zoo in Prospect - This petting zoo no longer allows feeding the animals.  Free admission, donations are encouraged.  Open year round, but not open on Monday.  Expect to see animals such as zebras, deer, peacocks, goats, camels and more!  Check their Facebook page for hours.

FARMS

 photo d7365019-c695-44d1-9af5-222e324eb8ff_zps33sup5hv.jpgBluebonnets & Bluegrass Alpaca Farm in Crestwood - This small alpaca farm and fiber studio welcomes visitors by appointment only.  Tour fee depends on the number of visitors.

FoxHollow Farm in Crestwood - Explore this beautiful farm and expect to see cows, horses and maybe a few doggies!

Harvest Moon Farm in Crestwood - This dairy farm allows visitors an opportunity to learn about a working dairy farm and how we get milk from cows.  Visitors can see a cow being milked, feed a calf and make flour meal. They do require a 10 person minimum for tours.  Fee for the tour.

Hemmer Hill Sheep Farm in Crestwood - All ages are welcome to tour this sheep farm.  In the Spring, visitors might see lamb births and get to bottle feed.  Tours are by appointment and there is a fee.

Winding Meadows Horse Farm in LaGrange - This horse farm has tours geared toward children.  Learn how the farm and horses inspired the children's book, "The Tails of Windy Meadows."  No minimum guest number for tours to be given and they ask for a donation for the tour.

Woodland Farm in Goshen - Farm tours are available the first Thursday of each month, April-October.  Visitors can see bison, pigs, chickens, horses, bees, other wildlife and family farm animals.  The farm also has contemporary art throughout the grounds and a cool weather station!  Minimum number of visitors required for tours and there is a fee.

PARKS

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen - This beautiful public nature preserve boasts trails and fields where one can possibly see deer running freely, frogs and turtles in the ponds, birds and other wild creatures!  There is also an indoor Nature Center where visitors can learn more about Kentucy wildlife.  Free admission, donations are encouraged and appreciated!

Wilborn Park in LaGrange - Public park where one can expect to see many wild geese!  Feeding the geese is not permitted!  You might even see some fish, turtles and frogs along the water's edge.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood - There are 3 ponds on the grounds along the hiking trails.  Visitors can possibly run into wild turkeys, deer, geese and beaver.  The gardens and trails are also great for bird watchers and possible hummingbird sightings!  Look for turtles and frogs around the water features, too!  Children 12 and under are free to enter.

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Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange - Does your child enjoy watching birds?  The librarians set up many bird feeders near the children's library windows.  Check out some bird books and cuddle up near the windows together!  The library also hosts many special events with animals and creatures featured!

Tractor Supply in LaGrange - Sometimes we like to take trips to farm and pet stores to see the animals available for adoption.  Tractor Supply hosts adoption fairs for local pet rescue shelters.  Visit them to love on the dogs and cats!  During the spring, the store sells baby chicks and ducks for farm use.

Cabela's in Louisville - The store is not technically in Oldham County, but very close!  Children will enjoy seeing the huge aquarium in the store!

As always, please contact the farm or business regarding tours, hours, fees and feeding rules prior to your visit.



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Monday, March 21, 2016

10 Reasons Why We Love the Oldham County Public Library

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If you have ever been to one of the great public libraries in Oldham County, you know how difficult it is to choose just 10 reasons to love them!  We could go on and on about the 3 branches!  Libraries are a great resource for all families.  Our libraries have great books, programs, people and technology available to us!  Here is our list of why we love the Oldham County Public Library!

1. Morning story times where children are free to explore, wiggle, develop early literacy skills and just have fun!  Story time includes read-alouds, sensory activities, music and movement and crafts.  The library offers bilingual story time on one Saturday a month at the Main Branch!  Story time is available for babies up to preschool age!
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2. The creative, friendly librarians!  The displays, crafts and activities are always intentional and engaging!  Follow them on Pinterest for inspiration!  Looking for a specific book or have a suggestion for an addition?  Let the helpful librarians know!

3. There is a drive-thru book return and pick-up window available at the Main branch in LaGrange.  Place books on hold online and pick them up at the window - how convenient!

4. The Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party is amazing!  Children love the petting zoo animals, snow cones and excitement of the start of summer!  The prizes and the Aquatics Center pool party for completing the program are also great!  The summer program is filled with story times, special outside guest events and family activities! 

5. The outside resources and guests that the library includes in programs are so good!  One can watch a scaled-down Nutcracker performance, pet a penguin from the Newport Aquarium, get silly with a musician or make slime on a mobile science truck.  We love how the programs integrate all subject areas into learning!

6. There are several special programs scheduled weekly and monthly.  Children can experience stress-free reading with a sweet therapy dog in the Paws to Read program.  Other programs like Maker-Mondays and Lego Robotics offer hands-on after-school learning opportunities!  Family Craft Nights and weekend Game Days allow all family members to spend quality time together!

7. The Maker Boxes and Turtle Totes are both life-savers!  Check out a Maker Box (they remain at the library) and create such things as a giant marble run!  Or select a Turtle Tote filled with 10 picture books with a 6 week check out time and no overdue fee.  My children love the mystery of not knowing which books are in the totes!

 photo 5b3826b3-2b32-4fef-ada3-805936fc1701_zpsbjdkt0kf.jpg 8. The grounds!  The Main Branch in LaGrange has a beautiful bricked courtyard, waterfall out front and short hiking trail perfect for little children.  The Mahan Branch in Goshen is located on the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, which is perfect for some outdoor time before or after a trip to the library!  The South Oldham Branch has a small picnic table area behind the building and a great bench area out front where train lovers can watch trains pass by!

9.  Have a teenager in your family?  The library has you covered with programs like Teen Coffee House where teens can study, visit, play games, drink hot chocolate or coffee all with a weekly theme.  The Book Besties program teams up a volunteer teen with an elementary aged reader for one-on-one reading assistance.  Follow My Spot on Facebook for up-to-date teen event information.

10.  Adult interests and programs are available, too!  Book clubs, tax prep assistance, computer classes, scrapbooking, photo-editing and other interesting programs are planned throughout the year!

Why do you love the Oldham County Library?

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen, Kentucky

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5 Things About Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

1. The Preserve is 170 acres with 9 miles of hiking trails, a playground, gazebo, public restrooms, cool frog pond, waterfalls and natural springs.  It is also dog-friendly, so bring Fido on a leash!

2. The Preserve is visitor-supported.  Through charitable donations, visitors can explore for FREE!

3. There are several fun events planned during the entire year, some are even FREE!  Family campouts, a Butterfly and Dog Adoption Day, Family Fun Day and Christmas Celebration are just a few of the great events!

4. The indoor Nature Center has exhibits, crafts and a cool scavenger hunt for children!  Check their website for hours.

5. They offer two summer camp sessions available for children entering 1st grade - 6th grade!

Follow Creasey Mahan on Facebook or visit their website for more information on all of the family-fun they offer!

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Friday, March 4, 2016

March Special Events in Oldham County, Kentucky

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Dessert from Knock on Wood in Westport, KY

3/4 Kid's Night Out at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner! Ages 5 and older. 5-10pm $20/facility member, $25/program member, $10/add'l child

3/5 Serendipity Café and Gifts in LaGrange is having a 10 Year Anniversary Celebration!

3/9 The new Walmart in Crestwood is scheduled to open!

3/10 Clover Leaf 5k and 2 Mile Walk at Briar Hill Park in Crestwood, 6:30pm.

3/10-3/11 Disney's Alladin KIDS, Scheherazade's Tales at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 7pm, $5.

3/11 Teen Night at the LaGrange Community Center! Ages 11-17, 7-10pm

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Free DQ Cone!
3/11 Star Family Circus at the Oldham County YMCA Indoor Arena in Buckner! Adults $12, Ages 13-17 $6, Children 12 and under are FREE, 7pm.

3/12 Craft Fair at Camden Station Elementary School in Crestwood! Support local businesses! 9-1pm

3/12 Walker Fabrics Grand Opening at their new location in Crestwood Station! They are giving away 175 rolls of fabric 11-12pm, drawing for a free ottoman at 2pm! Store open 9-4pm, beat the crowd!

3/15 "Sherlock High Tea" at Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner! 6:30pm

3/15 Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen! Locations in Prospect, Crestwood & LaGrange.

3/16 Wild Wednesday Raptor Rehab at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 2pm

3/18 Kid's Night Out at the LaGrange Community Center! Ages 5-10, $10/child, 6-10pm.

3/18 All About Kids Slumber Party in Crestwood! $28 6:30-11pm, $38 All Night.

3/19 Knock on Wood Country Mercantile Spring Open House in Westport! Enjoy lunch, delicious homemade desserts and shopping! 10-6pm

3/19 Bright from the Heart Yoga & Wellness Spring Equinox Yoga & Paint Night 6-8:30pm $50 includes one hour of yoga and paint supplies and lesson.

3/22 All County Elementary Art Show at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 6pm
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Jim Gill!

3/25 Teen Night at the LaGrange Community Center! Ages 11-17, 7-10pm

3/25-3/26 "You, Me & Dr. Seuss Tea Party" at Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner! 6:30pm on Friday, 11am on Saturday.

3/26 Demolition Derby at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in LaGrange! $10, Kids 5 and under are FREE, 7pm.

3/30 Story Time Extravaganza with Jim Gill at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange! Crafts, refreshments and family fun! 11am.

3/31 Skincare Spa by Pilar One Year Anniversary Celebration!  Specials going on from 5-7pm!

Don't forget about these other special events in March:
Easter Events in Oldham County
Fish Fries in Oldham County
Children's Consignment Sales in Oldham County

Do you know of a special event happening in Oldham County this month?  Let us know! Email Nicolle@louisvillefamilyfun.net
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Children's Consignment in Oldham County, Kentucky

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Kids grow fast!  Consignment sales and stores offer affordable buying and selling options for families.  Here is a list of stores and annual sales in the area. 

Consignment Sales

KidStuff Sale The sale offers infant, children, youth and maternity clothing and accessories, toys, equipment, furniture and many other items!  Usually a fall and spring sale.

Saint John Kid's Kloset Consignment Sale located in Prospect at Saint John United Methodist Church.  The sale offers infant, children, youth and adult clothing, accessories, toys, furniture and equipment.  Usually a fall and spring sale.

Covenant United Methodist Church Consignment Sale located in LaGrange.  The sale offers children and adult clothing, toys, accessories and equipment.  Usually a fall and spring sale.


Consignment Stores

Rainy Day Resale located in LaGrange offers consignment clothing and accessories for ladies, juniors and little girls.

Kaeli's Kloset located in Crestwood offers consignment clothing and accessories for babies, children and adults.  Toys, equipment, furniture are also available.
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