Monday, July 25, 2016

Mighty Titan Adventures

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Mighty Titan Adventures are a lot of fun for the entire family!  Before your family gears up for your adventure on the course, here are some things you should know before you go!

 photo mud net_zpsttz9bwdj.jpgRegister early!  Registering early ensures you get the wave time that you want and also the cheapest price!  There's usually a discounted rate for each additional child that registers from each family.  Our little Mighty Titans have learned that it's best to choose a wave that allows for time to go through the course more than once if desired!  Some events allow for day of registration for an extra fee.

Get involved!  Pump your kids up for the course - it's so much fun to cheer for everyone!  We have seen personalized t-shirts and sweatbands, team names created and other cool ways families have turned the day into something special for the children.  Also, because some of the courses are for children as young as 4 years old, parents are encouraged to do the course with the children.  Don't be afraid to have a little muddy fun with the kids!

 photo tight rope_zpsfc81xx7p.jpgPrepare to be challenged while having fun!  The courses vary in length and offer a great balance between challenging obstacles and extreme fun!  Some courses have tunnels to crawl through, nets to climb, walls to maneuver, tight ropes to walk, slippery slides and of course MUD!  Obstacles can be skipped if children don't want to do them.  There are helpers along the course to assist the runners and also to make sure everyone stays safe.  Parents can also walk alongside the course to cheer and help.

Wear old gear!  If children participate in one of the Mud Runs, they will certainly get dirty!  Wear shoes that are good for running and won't slip off.  Usually there is a firetruck hose down after the races to help get rid of some of the mud.  Pack towels to use to dry off and for your car!  An extra set of clothes is also good to have and plastic bags for the dirty race gear.

 photo IMG_2914_zpsqs3qsrxk.jpgBring snacks & water!  As with any physical activity, make sure your Mighty Titan is well-nourished before and after the race.  Participants are given a finishing award and a refreshment, but it's best to have some extra snacks and water on hand.  Some of the races take place on very hot days!  Food and drinks are sold at some of the race events also.

Take a before & after shot!  Kids and parents get a kick out of seeing how dirty the Mighty Titans get along the course!  Plus, who doesn't love a good "Finishers" pic?

We love Mighty Titan Adventures for offering a fun way for families to be physically active together while having fun.  Families walk away with cool stories and memories.  Follow Mighty Titan Adventures on Facebook here to stay up to date on events!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Review of Harmony Park in Goshen

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Location: off of Old Harmony Landing Rd in Goshen

If you have visited Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve you might have also visited Harmony Park.  The park is located behind the preserve and can be accessed by walking from Creasey or driving down Old Harmony Landing Road.  Harmony Park is run by the City of Goshen and is a very nice, clean park.  Families can enjoy running around the preserve and climbing, sliding and swinging at the playground together.  We love the open fields that surround the playground.  It's a great place to fly kites and kick around a soccer ball.

Playground Features:
  • Large playground structure
  • Small playground structure
  • 5 slides with varying heights and lengths
  • Climbing structures
  • Monkey bar rings
  • Playground telephone
  • 3 swings, 2 bucket swings, 1 JennSwing
  • Animal rocker
  • Spinning stand
  • Mulch

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Other Features:
  • Connected to Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
  • Soccer fields

Amenities:
  • Gazebo in the center of playground and swings
  • Water fountain
  • Picnic tables
  • (There is no restroom at the park, but there is one at Creasey Mahan.)

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Turn in Your Summer Reading Log!

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Don't forget to submit your Summer Reading Logs to be eligible for great prizes and admission to the Pool Parties!  Read below for deadlines!

Submit Logs at any of the 3 library branches or online!

Pool Parties!
Submit your log by July 23rd to receive a pool pass to attend your assigned party at the Oldham County Aquatic Center.  All pool parties are 7:30-9:30pm.  Preschool and out of county students not listed will attend the party of the school closest to their home.  (After you submit a log online, you must still get a pass from a branch.)

July 25th Pool Party for:
LaGrange Elementary
Locust Grove Elementary
Centerfield Elementary
Trimble County
Henry County

July 27th Pool Party for:
Camden Station Elementary
Crestwood Elementary
Kenwood Station Elementary
Shelby County
St. Aloysius

August 1st Pool Party for:
Buckner Elementary
Harmony Elementary
Goshen Elementary
Jefferson County
St. Francis
Homeschool students

Goody Bag!
Submit reading logs by August 19th to be eligible for prizes!  Children that complete 5 hours of summer reading are eligible to receive an awesome goody bag with coupons and freebies!  Some of these include: Louisville MegaCavern, The Louisville Zoo, The Kentucky Science Center, free ice cream from Dairy Queen, free pizza from Hometown Pizza & MORE!

Only one goody bag and pool pass per reader, but continue to submit additional reading logs for additional submissions for other cool prize drawings!

Happy Reading & Happy Celebrating!
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Review of All About Kids Summer Camp

Nicolle's kids were guests of the camp for the purpose of review
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All About Kids Sports Center has an awesome summer camp going on right now!  Children ages 4 and up can experience Camp-A-Bunga at the Blankenbaker and Crestwood locations.  My two children (ages 4 and 8) recently spent a day at the Crestwood camp and before I could ask how it went, they were telling me how much fun they had!

 photo Elin foam pit 2_zpsshqh3pet.jpgI love that there is structure with the camp and that each week has a different theme that kids love.  The campers start with open play in the inflatable zone and then move to an instructional lesson.  These lessons are taught by a coach and include specialized activities such as: martial arts, soccer, gymnastics, tumbling, swimming (ages 6+ only), basketball and more.  This is the only day camp in the area that includes all of these sport activities!

The camp fee includes lunch for campers also!  Campers can enjoy the lunch provided for them or pack their own if they choose.  It's nice that the lunch schedule changes since some campers come consecutive days.  The café is also open for campers to buy snacks.  Parents can send in money with their children or request that their accounts be charged for café purchases.

There is another instructional lesson after lunch and then swimming.  Swimming is open to children 6 and over only.  While the older campers swim, the younger campers have open gym.  During open gym, campers get to explore the different gymnastic and tumbling equipment.  Campers get to play on various trampolines, balance beams, foam pits, rope swings and many other fun activities!  The camp counselors stay on the floor with the campers, playing alongside and assisting them.  The swimmers can split their time between the pool and the open gym also.

As the day is winding down, the campers relax with a light snack and beverage.  I could tell my kids were tired by the time I picked them up around 4:45pm!  When the weather is nice, campers will sometimes play outside together also.  Some of the outdoor activities include water inflatables, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and other active games.

 photo slide_zpspyupnif9.jpgRegistration is super easy and can even be done the day before or day of ($5 extra) if you need a last minute camp for your kids.  An email is sent to parents detailing the activities, lunch and procedure for drop-off and pick-up.  During my childrens' camp, all of the campers stayed together except during swimming.  I liked that siblings can stay together if needed.

Camp runs 9am-5pm.  The fees are: $55/1 day, $110/2 days, $160/3 days, $205/4 days, $255/5 days.  A 20% discount is given for each additional sibling that is registered also.  There is an early drop-off and late pick-up option for an additional fee.  There are also specialty camps including Dance, Martial Arts and Trampoline and Tumbling.

There's still time to check out All About Kids Camp-A-Bunga Summer Camp!  There isn't one dull moment during the camp and the kids are MOVING, playing and learning together!   

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Review of Wilborn Park

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Location: Hoffman Lane to Head Lane in LaGrange

Wilborn Park is a great park for LaGrange and other Oldham County residents to visit!  It can be reached by taking Hoffman Lane to Head Lane.  The park is large with many areas to explore between the play structures and trails around the lake.  This park is the planned site for the proposed LaGrange Splash Park.  Before visiting the park, we heard about the issues the city had with controlling the geese population.  We did see some geese while we were at the park, but on this particular day, we did not feel overwhelmed by their presence.  There is a very strict policy against feeding the geese!  My family likes to walk around the lake on the different bridges and trails.  Pack a fishing pole, some bug spray, snacks and head out to see what Wilborn Park has to offer.

 photo bridge_zpsg4rt5umm.jpgPlayground Features:
  • Large play structure
  • Small play structure
  • Several slides with varying heights and lengths
  • Monkey bar rings
  • Stepping stone platforms
  • 2 bucket swings
  • Rubber mulch
Other Features at the Park:
  • L&N Lake (fishing permitted)
  • Walking trails (See our hiking list here.)
  • Large green space around playground
Amenities:
  • Restrooms
  • Large covered picnic area
  • Benches
  • Wildlife (DO NOT FEED!)

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