Monday, April 18, 2016

Unique Activities for Kids in Oldham County, KY

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Does your child want to try something new and different this summer?  Maybe an entire season of an activity doesn't fit your busy summer schedule?  We found some unique programs offered in Oldham County to keep your kids moving and learning this summer!

 photo ballroom_zpsyybyknvr.jpgYoga at The Center for Holistic Healing in Pewee Valley is offered for children on Saturday mornings.  Classes are listed on the event calendar and are generally 10-11am. $15/class or $75 for 6 classes (must be used in 2 months). Walk-ins are welcome!  Children will learn how to focus and center themselves with various breathing and visualization techniques. They will also learn self-respect and respect for others with the practice of fun and challenging poses, partner and group poses, breathing and basic anatomy.

CrossFit KidFit Program at Bluegrass CrossFit Oldham in Crestwood for children ages 5-12.  Classes are on Tuesday at 5pm and Sunday at 3pm.  $75/child $25/add'l child in the family. The program is designed to help kids learn new and improve current skills, grow in strength, speed, flexibility, body awareness, and learn health skills for life.

Fencing classes at the LaGrange Community Center are available for children ages 6 and above.  Classes meet Tuesday at 7pm.  $100 for 8 lessons, $50 uniform fee and $10 fencing membership.  Sessions offered in the spring and also at the beginning of the school year.  Students will learn physical fitness, tactical strategies, respect & honor, self-discipline and motor skills.  Contact Coach Jim Martin Oldhamfencing@yahoo.com

 photo kids yoga 2_zpsoyr2nk7v.jpgBallroom Dance lessons at Soiree in Crestwood are available for children ages 6-18.  Lessons are Tuesday at 6:30-7:15pm.  Children will learn basic ballroom steps and technique from 4 styles- foxtrot, waltz, tango and salsa.  $5/class.  Drop-ins are welcome!  (Classes are currently held at All About Kids near Soiree at 7pm while Soiree moves into their new space.)

Archery lessons are available through Oldham County Parks & Recreation for children ages 8-14, 15-19 and adults.  Lessons are $55 per participant and are held at Wendell Moore Park Softball Complex in LaGrange at various times and days.  Classes meet once a week.  Sessions beginning in May, July & August.  No equipment to purchase for class.  (Tennis & Golf Programs are also available this summer through OCPR!)

Cooking classes are available at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension in LaGrange July 19-21. More details of the camp will be announced soon!  (Pre-registration and payment are required.)

Hip-Hop Dance lessons at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner for children ages 6-11.  $35/members and $55/non-members.  Check the Y's website for session dates.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hiking & Walking Trails in Oldham County, KY

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The county has a variety of trails for all skill levels and distances - something for everyone!  Below is a list of some of our favorite areas to get out and explore with your family!

Crestwood

Briar Hill Park includes a nice paved path, creek, a natural path and according to KYMBA currently there are mountain bike trails under construction. Restrooms, playground, tennis courts and sand volleyball court. Free, operated by Oldham County Parks & Recreation.

Fox Hollow Farm has hiking trails and horse trails for members of the Brownsboro Alliance.

Yew Dell Gardens boasts more than a mile of hiking trails, three woodland ponds, and loads of space to get away from it all in the terrific garden spaces with numerous walks and neat buildings. Visitors can access trails through the gate at the base of the meadow below the castle.  (Make sure you close the gate behind you to keep deer from entering the gardens!) Explorer backpacks and a scavenger hunt game are available for families to check out, too! Restrooms are available. See admission and hours on their website.

Pewee Valley

Central Park is a beautiful place for a quick, quiet stroll. Train lovers can walk over to the red caboose for a photo opp.  Free, community led project.

LaGrange

 photo hiking 1_zpsh1ipmvag.jpgMorgan Conservation Park is a hidden gem with several trails (some steep, but worth it), good sized creek that begs exploration, small waterfalls, an old barn, ponds, a glade, meadows, and an old family burial site. No restrooms. Perfect to pair with a stop for the tastiest ice cream pies ever at Knock on Wood Country Mercantile in Westport and a visit to the little riverside Westport Park with restrooms, playground, and picnic tables for enjoying your well-earned treat! Both parks free, operated by Oldham County Parks & Recreation.

Wendell Moore Park offers great paved paths with some running alongside the water. Paved paths can be located past the football fields. Visitors can choose to do the measured loops or continue around all the way back to the playground or even farther connecting to the next property via the path behind the John W. Black Aquatic Center. Restrooms, playground, tennis, covered picnic areas and more! An added bonus is that you can fish at a floating dock or from the bank.  Free, operated by Oldham County Parks & Recreation. (Park located in Buckner area.)

Wilborn Park is near L&N Lake where you can see (but not feed) lots of geese. There are no hiking trails available, but there is a tiny nature exploration off to the side, as you enter the park, with pretty photo opportunities.  There is also plenty of room to stretch your legs in the park, walking around the L&N Lake trail that includes several wooden bridges. Restrooms and playground. Free, operated by City of La Grange.

Oldham County Greenways has, in addition to the great paths at Wendell Moore Park, completed several other projects and has an inspired master plan to bring more safe pedestrian and bike trails that will preserve and enhance the natural environment and outdoor recreational opportunities, for the quality of life for citizens, visitors, and wildlife. Check out their site for other places to venture! Commerce Parkway is great for walking and bike riding!

Goshen

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is a wonderful place with numerous trails, a paved path, woodland garden, ponds, small seasonal waterfall, lots of places to rest, nature center open during special events & limited weekdays, and so much more! Restrooms and playground. Free, donor supported.

Buckner

Oldham YMCA Outdoor Walking Trail is available to the community for those who want a breath of fresh air.  YMCA members can enjoy all of the other popular facilities and fitness opportunities they offer.

Prospect

Belknap Community Park at Lion’s Club is a nice quick stop with a short loose gravel trail around the perimeter of property and small seasonal waterfall. Small, old-school playground. No restrooms. Free, supported through event rentals at the facility.


 photo hiking 2_zpsf2qtm4zk.jpgProspect (Jefferson County) 

Harrods Creek Park is a fantastic space that has several trails, one of which goes alongside the creek with swinging benches to rest or enjoy the view. Other trails offer more challenge and a good variety. No restrooms. Free, operated by City of Prospect.

Hays Kennedy Park features a short walking or biking paved path, but many don’t realize there is the lovely Garvin Brown Preserve on the other side with charming pastoral views, pretty hiking trails, and even access to a fun little spot on the river. Restrooms, playground and basketball available on the park side. Free, park operated by City of Louisville and preserve provided by River Fields.

Little Hunting Creek Park has a fun little shallow stream and very short trail that may eventually connect to Putney Pond trails. No restrooms. Free, operated by City of Prospect.

Putney Pond & Woodlands offers a few trails with some steep areas.  You can also walk over to the pond. This park will eventually connect to Hunting Creek Park Trail. No restrooms. Free, operated by City of Prospect.


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Monday, April 11, 2016

LEGO KidsFest Kentucky

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LEGO KidsFest is coming to Kentucky!  Get your tickets soon before they sell out!

LEGO KidsFest Kentucky stops at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville from June 3-5, 2016. The show brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this three-acre activity- and entertainment-packed family event. LEGO KidsFest is for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

All attendees, including adults, must purchase a general admission ticket. Only children ages 2 and under are admitted for free, without a ticket.

 photo lego2_zpsabd5f3pq.pngFriday, 6/3 (4:00-8:30pm)  $19
Saturday, 6/4 (9:00-1:30pm) $22
Saturday, 6/4 (3:00-7:30pm) $22
Sunday, 6/5 (9:00-1:30pm)  $22
Sunday, 6/5 (3:00-7:30pm) $19

Find tickets by going to www.LEGOKidsFest.com.
Follow LEGO KidsFest on Facebook here.


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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Proposed LaGrange Splash Park

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Want to learn more about the proposed splash park in LaGrange?  We recently spoke with LaGrange Council Member, William Lammlein, to have some of our questions answered.  William Lammlein is currently heading the planning and organizing of the splash park.

 photo wilborn park splash park_zpskdww4q08.jpgWhere will the splash park be located? The splash park will be located at Wilborn Park close to the already existing playground and restroom facility.  Wilborn Park is located at 201 Lakeshore Drive in LaGrange.

What will the splash park include? The new splash park will be a circle approximately 48' across with 16 different fountains.  About half of the fountains will be above ground with such things as sprinkling flowers and dumping buckets.  The other half will be in ground sprinkler systems.

Who can use the splash park?  The park will be open to the community and will be suited for children ages 15 and younger.  It will also be handicap accessible.

How much will the splash park cost?  The splash park, expansion of parking, fencing and other amenities is estimated to cost around $260,000.  So far, $70,000 has been donated by local foundations.

 photo LaGrange Splash Park_zpsf0lwyyrs.jpgWhen will the splash park be built?  As soon as funding is in place.  William Lammlein is hoping the park will be open by late summer 2016.

How can the community help? William Lammlein suggested contacting your council member to show support for the development of the splash park.  The more the city knows that the community would enjoy the park, the better.  Also, donations can be sent to The LaGrange Foundation 307 West Jefferson Street LaGrange, KY 40031

Follow the Facebook page, La Grange Splash Park, for updates on the splash park.  Help spread the word about the development of the park!


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Monday, April 4, 2016

5 Things About Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique

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5 Things About Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique

1.  There is more than just tea at Sisters!  Enjoy strawberry cream tea, homemade scones, sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts in one of the elegant dining rooms!  The menu is constantly changing with the seasons and different events.

2.  Let them host your next special event. Whether it's a birthday party, baby shower or meeting-Sisters is a unique venue!

3.  Costumes are encouraged!  Wear your own or have fun playing dress up with the accessories available in the boutique!  Pick a hat, boa, fancy gloves and a pair of pearls and you'll feel like royalty during your visit! 

4.  Sisters hosts many teas during the year with special themes.  Some of the themes are "Alice in Wonderland High Tea," "You, Me & Dr. Seuss Tea Party," "Downtown Abbey High Tea," "Wonderful Wizard of Oz High Tea" and many others.  Adults and children can have fun at Sisters!

5.  The boutique has several unique gifts ranging from baby gifts, handmade soaps, jewelry, Derby hats and beautiful tea sets.

Follow Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique on Facebook!


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