Monday, December 4, 2017

Martial Arts at All About Kids in Crestwood

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 photo AAK_MartialArts_16 1_zpszzf1koln.jpgIs your child interested in martial arts movies or video games? Do they want to become the next Martial Arts super star? Do they need to learn essential life skills like discipline and focus to become better students in and outside the classroom? Just for Kicks in Crestwood is the perfect place for your child to take martial arts lessons because our lessons focus on helping students develop essential life skills such as discipline, focus and self-control as well as personal responsibility. During the journey to Black Belt, students will learn essential self-defense skills, stay fit and have a lot of fun!?

 photo AAK_MartialArts_10_zps2twpagsj.jpgOur classes are taught by the best instructors in martial arts so your kids will be learning the right skills necessary to achieve their goals. Just for kicks teaches classes starting as young as age 2 with our little ninjas class! This is the perfect class for you and your 2 year old child to begin basic martial arts training side by side. In the little ninjas program, students will begin to develop martial arts motor skills, learn basic kicks and punches, participate in balancing and jumping drills and play lots of fun little ninja games!

Our Mighty Kid’s is a class designed for ages 4-6 and dives deeper in to martial arts. Mighty Kids students will be exposed to a classroom atmosphere charged with a healthy energy level, in which the students will be instructed in a “Firm but Friendly” teaching style. They will learn basic martial arts skills and age appropriate self-defense. Our classes will help students develop focus, coordination, and the importance of hard work. The Mighty Kid curriculum aims to develop practices that contribute to school success.

 photo AAK_MartialArts_12_zpsbj8bxgsc.jpgOur Karate Kid’s class is designed for ages 7-12 and is more advanced. Students in these classes will learn core martial arts skills including self-defense, boxing, kicking, blocking and basic sparring concepts. As they advance, students will begin learning intermediate and advanced martial arts skills and application. As students move through their ranks, more is expected from them in the areas of technique, knowledge and overall attitude.

Your student will never get bored in a Just for Kicks class and will continuously learn essential skills to become a better student in and out of the classroom. Our martial arts students are always striving to achieve more and more. That’s why we offer belt testing several times a year. Not only is it something great for them to work towards and achieve but it is also a great way for parents to see how far their child has come in an amazing program!

 photo AAK_MartialArts_05_zpscz5iqtyt.jpgAt All About Kids, we emphasize self-worth, personal growth, health, mutual respect, responsibility, safety, teamwork while having fun. Our one-of-a kind kids’ sports center exists to further the happiness and health of our clients. We strive to become friends and mentors to the students who come through our doors. We have passion, energy and enthusiasm in everything we do, and we are often recognized and congratulated for our professionalism and positive atmosphere. We take great pride in teaching more than sports and classes. We are teaching kids self-confidence through hard work and increasing their self-esteem through our sports lessons. Call our office today for a FREE trail lesson in one of our awesome Just for Kicks Classes!!!



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Monday, November 27, 2017

Heartland Music Together has a new Goshen class!

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 photo MTphoto-05-web_zpsuehhwbkz.jpgFamilies: We’re so excited to offer a new class option to our friends in Goshen, Prospect, Crestwood, and other Oldham County neighborhoods. Starting in December we’re offering Saturday morning classes at
River Valley Christian Church on US 42 right on the Goshen/Prospect line. This is a perfect location for us, and hopefully for you as well!

Our newest classroom space is beautiful, sunny and just the right size for families having fun. And our hosts at River Valley also invite our registered children to enjoy their playground, either before or after class.

Our December class meets Saturday mornings at 10 am in this new Goshen location. You can sign up for a single class, or register for a 3-week mini-session in December. More details about our interim session.
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And starting in January, we’ll meet at this location with Saturday morning classes at 9:30 and 10:30 am. Registration is open, and classes fill quickly – register soon to save your spot in class! Check our class schedule for a complete list of class options.

If you're not familiar with Music Together...

Music Together classes let you share an amazing experience with your baby, toddler, or preschooler, while helping your child develop basic music skills.

Each weekly 45-minute class features songs, instrument exploration, and rhythm and movement games, with activities designed to be as much fun for you as for your child.
Many families tell us how much their children look forward to "Hello Everybody", often counting down days until their next class. And many parents also confide "This is my favorite time of the week too!"

Come try out a class. I hope you'll love it as much as we do!

Miriam Klein
Director
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Year of Family Fun in Crestwood

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 The Weil Team












Crestwood is home to several family-friendly businesses and special events each year that are great for exploring, learning, being active and more.  We've narrowed down some of the more popular and unique events throughout the year for you.  Here is a year's worth of ideas for family-friendly fun in the city of Crestwood.

 photo IMG_0687_zps1jvdmyyz.jpgDecember:
-Yuletide at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Explore the beautiful gardens at night while sipping on hot cocoa.  Visit with Santa, go on a scavenger hunt, do crafts together all while celebrating the spirit of the season.
-Take Hwy 22 all the way down to Hwy 53 and you'll run into Ballardsville Baptist Church.  This church hosts a Living Nativity each December.  Stay in your car and drive through the city of Bethlehem right down the road from your home.  Make sure you stop at the end for your hot chocolate and cookies!

January:
-Families can enjoy indoor entertainment at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center.  Catch a show, musical production or register for a class. There are classes for babies up to adults.  Make sure you catch one of the Saturday morning clay workshops and at least one play a year.  There is so much talent to be found and enjoy at the Arts Center.
-Upward Basketball & Cheerleading start in January.  Games are held at Crestwood United Methodist Church and Crestwood Baptist Church.  This program is a great way for children to be introduced to basketball and cheerleading in a very encouraging environment.

February:
-The holiday rush is finally gone and now is a great time to enroll your kids in an activity to release some energy!  Crestwood is home to several martial art studios, dance lesson options, music lessons, indoor horse riding arenas, cross-fit for kids classes, gymnastics, swim lessons and more.  All About Kids Sports Center is a great place to start lessons or go for open play.  Soiree has beginner kid's dance classes for as low as $5 a class!

March:
-Go Easter egg hunting at one of the many Crestwood churches and businesses hosting an event.
-Did you resolve to exercise more in January?  Put your new running skills to the test and register for the Cloverleaf 5k at Briar Hill Park.  This race is part of several road races held in Oldham County.

 photo eli swimming_zpsblqrcwqa.jpgApril:
-The weather is warming up - enjoy one of Crestwood's parks: Peggy Baker Park, Briar Hill Park & the NEW Maples Park is set to have an official grand opening celebration in 2018!  We have our fingers crossed that Maples Park will eventually have many amenities that will bring more family fun to Crestwood.  Future plans have been rumored to include an amphitheater and spray ground!  Some of these parks have places to play tennis, basketball and sand volleyball.  Briar Hill Park has a great, short paved circle path perfect for beginner bike riders.
-Check into a farm tour at the Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm.  We loved our tour and found it to be super fun, educational and memorable!

May:
-The Foxhollow Summer Concert Series starts this month and continues through September!  Children, adults and four-legged friends are welcome to enjoy an outdoor concert, food trucks and exploring the farm.
-Want a night out with just adults?  All About Kids has a Slumber Party once a month.  Register your kids for a night filled with fun and activity while you check out 3rd Turn Brewery or the KY Artisan Distillery with friends.  Or make it a family night and celebrate Cinco De Mayo together at Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant.

June:
-School's out! Enjoy the FREE Summer Reading events hosted at the South Oldham Public Library.
-Celebrate the start of summer with shaved iced at the one and only Shiver Shack!

July:
-Take a hike with the Brownsboro Trail Alliance.  They host a special Family Sunflower Day during the summer. 
-Need the kids to get out of the house for a few hours during the week?  Crestwood has several Vacation Bible Schools and Summer Camps during July!

 photo IMG_5263_zpspmte3xtf.jpgAugust:
-The summer is winding down, why not check out a good ol' fashion Summer Festival in the Street in nearby Pewee Valley?  Listen to music, play carnival games and eat classic summertime food next to the iconic red caboose.
-Yew Dell Botanical Gardens still has a few Children in the Dell Saturdays left late into the Summer. Parents and Children learn about and explore nature together.  There is a wonderful Fairy Garden that everyone seems to enjoy.  If you enjoy learning about hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators, Yew Dell also has their Summer Hummer Buzz Fest in August.

September:
-Every Labor Day, Southeast Christian Church hosts FamilyPalooza for the community to come enjoy free carnival games, music, pony rides, a petting zoo, several bounce houses and cheap food. This is a large, family-friendly festival!
-The Fall Festivals are starting up this month also.  Try to catch an outdoor movie in nearby Central Park or enjoy the Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner and Carnival this month.

October:
-There is no shortage of Halloween events in Oldham County.  One of the more popular events is right here in Crestwood: Boo Dell at Yew Dell. Trick or treat along the paved trails at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.  
-The popular Foxhollow Farm's Fall Festival is also this month.

November:
-Think cheap or free fun this month as you prepare to go into the busy holiday season.  Crestwood Animal Hospital hosts monthly Vet Academy afternoons where children and parents are invited to learn about different vet, pet, animal etc related topics.  The Oldham County Schools Arts Center has Maker Mondays for $5 where children are free to explore creating through upcycled materials.  There is usually a ceramic workshop this month too.  Catch a preschool story time at the library or after school activity for your older, school-aged children. If the trails aren't too muddy, walk the nature trail at Briar Hill Park or Foxhollow Farm and enjoy some of the fall foliage.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cheerleading at All About Kids Crestwood

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 photo AAK_Cheer_04_zpsvyptn5kd.jpgDoes your child want to be a cheerleader? Do they want to learn how to tumble or increase their skills they already have? At PowerCore Athletics, we strive to instill in our cheerleaders, the value of character, commitment and hard work. At All About Kids, we specialize in teaching cheerleading to kids ages 3 and up. We offer cheerleading classes such as tumbling, cheer squad training and also offer competitive All Star Cheer Teams. We offer classes and showcase teams at our Oldham County location in Crestwood.

PowerCore Athletics previously Power Cheer has been training elite cheerleaders since 1996 and our state-of-the-art Cheerleading training center has over 12,000 square feet of dedicated training space within our 47,000 square foot All About Kids sports facility. PowerCore Athletics is one of the largest, best-equipped cheerleading schools in the Midwest.

Our cheer classes vary on different levels and are based on skill not just age. They start with beginner levels doing back walkovers, back handspring drills and back handsprings with a spot, intermediate jumps and motion techniques. And can progress through some of our most advanced levels doing jumps to standing back tucks, layouts, whips, bounder tumbling, roundoff back handspring fulls/double fulls and standing fulls. We have a class for every level!

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PowerCore Athletics has competitive All Star Cheerleading Teams that compete locally and nationally and train at our Louisville location. Our half year teams are perfect for those athletes who have other commitments such as school cheer or other sports! The season is about half the length of our “full year” teams. We also offer showcase teams at our Oldham county location!

When you come to a cheer class, you can expect professional staff that love to work with kids and want to progress their skills. Our mission is to “Build happy, healthy, confident kids through sports” and that is what we do. Our coaches will provide a fun, safe environment for your cheerleader to learn tumbling, jumps and stunts. Come check us out for a FREE trial today! If you missed our All Star cheerleading tryouts, just call us for a private evaluation.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Louisville Zoo's World's Largest Halloween Party!

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Children 11 and under are invited to come trick or treat through the Louisville Zoo!  The World's Largest Halloween Party is going on now!

This fun, annual fundraiser event is a unique experience for families to enjoy together.  It is kooky, not spooky!  Snap pictures along the way in the many photo stands.  Say hello to your favorite princess or superhero.  Run around in the hay maze or participate in one of the extra attractions available during the party.  Check out the full list of themed areas and attractions here!  There is a new "Not-so itsy-bitsy" Spider House this year!

When: The 1.3 mile Trick or Treat trail is open every Thursday-Sunday in October starting at 5:30pm.  You can enter as late as 8:30pm.

Price: Ticket prices vary for members and non-members and which weekend they choose to visit.  Admission is free for children 2 and under.  There is a $5 parking fee for everyone (including members).  It is best to purchase tickets online.

Tips:
  • Reserve your tickets early, as many weekends sell out fast! Print the tickets off at home. 
  • Bring cash for parking and the extra attractions going on during the night.
  • Don't let the crowd get you down. Take your time and enjoy the trek around the zoo.  It really is a special experience for families!
This is a rain or shine event!
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Equility Boarding & Training Center

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 photo b6556851-a604-436d-8adc-a08439971069_zpskhfyqpeg.jpgMy husband and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Equility Boarding and Training Center in Goshen for a romantic trail ride experience.  This new equestrian center is home to several rehabilitated and rescued horses.  Owner, Brittany Dodson offers visitors and clients an array of services.  Her main focus is Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Therapy to children and adults with physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and even learning disabilities. Brittany's love for horses and people was evident when we met for our romantic trail ride.

The evening began with meeting our horses and grooming them together.  Brittany talked with us a little about each horse, their background story and personality.  I really liked that she explained the importance of first caring for the horse and getting to know them a little before beginning the trail ride.  She wants the horse to have a relaxing experience as much as the riders.  We were fitted for our saddles, took a short ride around the paddock and were on our way to the trail ride. 

The farm is very beautiful.  Even with neighborhoods nearby, the ride was quiet and relaxing around several acres of soy bean fields and the sun slowly setting in the Kentucky blue sky.  Brittany led our two horses, making sure to check in on us along the way and offer riding tips catered to each of our skill levels.  We commented several times that our horses were very well-mannered and calm.  We have no doubt it's because of the love and training that Brittany has given to them along with the horse's drive to help children and adults in the Therapy program.

The trail ride was around an hour long.  At different times during the year, trail rides will go through the surrounding woods and down to a creek. The terrain had a few hills, but nothing insurmountable with a little help from our guide.  Trail rides are generally reserved for small group numbers so that everyone can get the support and attention that they need along the way and also be able to relax.

 photo barn pic_zpsskecdvpl.jpgOnce back to the barn, we were offered a place to sit in the shade with some cold water and wait for the next part of our romantic evening.  We were serenaded with a song and got to enjoy the peaceful quiet of the farmland.  The barn doors were opened where a beautiful and romantic barn setting awaited us.

For about 45 minutes, my husband and I sat together in the pristine barn and our two trail horses joined us in their respective stalls. We sat at the table for two, surrounded by flickering (battery operated) candles and romantic music.  Pretty lights were strewn above us, while flowers and light appetizers with sparkling grape juice adorned an adjacent table. There was even a personalized chalkboard with our names written on it welcoming us to our romantic barn setting.  When we emerged from the barn, the Kentucky sunset was breathtaking! It's amazing to witness such beauty and have this unique experience right here in Oldham County!

It's safe to say that there is something for everyone at Equility.  Lessons, training, boarding, pony parties, trail rides and romantic trail rides are all offered at the farm. I love that Brittany recognizes that both her horses and riders have a story or a struggle that can be told, rewritten and overcome with love, patience and learning. Her professionalism and horse experience allowed us to enjoy an evening together doing something unique and special without a worry in the world. The cost for the romantic trail ride experience is $125 per couple and lasts two hours.  Regular trail rides are available at a lower cost also.

Be sure to like Equility's Facebook page to keep up with current events, offerings and other fun happenings going on at the barn.  Brittany is always posting about her different horse friends and her therapy programs. 

The equestrian center is located at 2481 Belknap Farm Road in Goshen. 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

All About Kids Champion Gymnastics in Crestwood

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 photo AAK_Gymnastics_20_zpslimep25c.jpgDo you want your child to be active? Learn Gymnastics? Have a great, fun and loving experience while learning new skills? At Champion Gymnastics at All About Kids, we provide the best gymnastics classes in Oldham County! Your child’s gymnastics lessons will be in a fun, safe environment with the best trained professionals around. We pledge to treat you and your little gymnast as our guests, which means that your comfort and satisfaction with our gymnastics lessons and services is our primary concern. Our classes will challenge your child and keep them striving for more.


At Champion, we offer classes for toddlers all the way up to our highly competitive gymnastics teams. Gymnastics provides many opportunities and a positive experience for your child. Studies show that gymnastics helps kids develop physical and social skills both in and out of the gym.

 photo AAK_Gymnastics_18_zpsbrdqrk2g.jpgWe emphasize self-worth, personal growth, health, mutual respect, responsibility, safety, and teamwork while having fun. Our one-of-a kind kids’ sports center exists to further the happiness and health of our clients. We strive to become friends and mentors to the students who come through our doors. We have passion, energy and enthusiasm in everything we do, and we are often recognized and congratulated for our professionalism and positive atmosphere.

 photo AAK_Gymnastics_09_zpsykurtzlh.jpgAt All About Kids we are committed to watching your child succeed and gain the necessary life skills that will carry them through adult-hood. That’s why we invest time in to educating our staff and empowering them with the tools that help teach more than just how to flip. Our mantra has and always will be to put your child first ensuring that they become happy, healthy, confident adults. What sets us apart from many of the sport centers in our area is the ability to have an unparalleled quality in our gymnastics program.

 photo AAK_Gymnastics_22 1_zpsydmbkfdr.jpgOur facility is the best facility in Oldham County! We have two All About Kids locations plus our competitive team, which practices at their very own Team Gym in Louisville. Our equipment is state of the art and our facilities are the best in town.

We take great pride in teaching more than sports and classes. We are teaching kids self-confidence through hard work and increasing their self-esteem through our sports lessons. Call our office today for a FREE trail lesson in one of our awesome gymnastics classes.



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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs

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Don't miss Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs on Sunday, October 1st and October 29th! Activities begin around 11:30am and will conclude around 5pm (weather permitting).

Activities Include:
  • Pony Rides
  • Inflatables
  • Petting Zoo
  • Stick Horse Races
  • Face Painting
  • and More!
  • Families can also see the live horse races going on during the day.
  • Special activities planned for the October 1st Family Adventure Day, like Sky Zone Paw Patrol Meet and Greet (1-3pm) and KY Science Center experiments. (Several other cool activities!)
Ticket Information:
  • Tickets are just $8 when purchased online in advance and include unlimited access to all kid-friendly activities.
  • The Family Four Pack is available for $44.  This includes 4 Family Adventure Day tickets, 4 family meals in the Adventure Day area and 2 racing programs.
Note: Children ages 2 and under get free access to the Family Adventure Day activities (and on every other race day except for Oaks & Derby, children under 12 get free general admission).

Family Adventure Day Facebook Event:
Check out these tips for families visiting Churchill Downs!

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Baby Boot Camp Oldham County

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This is a sponsored post.

Follow Baby Boot Camp on Facebook for updated class schedules and locations. This sponsored post is from 9/2017.

Baby Boot Camp is now open in Oldham County! We are group fitness classes, comprised of cardio & strength training, for moms in any season of motherhood.  Littles are more than welcome to come with you to class and they will enjoy some playtime while you work up a sweat!

We are conveniently located at Wendell Moore Park with classes every Tuesday & Thursday morning 10-11am. We will be adding a 3rd class time in the late fall 2017! We also offer classes in Northeast Louisville at Tom Sawyer Park, 6 days a week. Your first class is always FREE!

In addition to classes we have Mom's Night Out events & playdates monthly!  We are more than a workout class, we are a tribe!  Please email meagan.daup@babybootcamp.com or visit www.babybootcamp.com for more information. We would love to meet you mama! We lunge strong, we love strong, we are momstrong!

Wendell Moore Park is located at 1551 N Hwy 393 LaGrange, KY 40031 (Buckner area)


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Monday, August 28, 2017

STEAMPunks Grand Opening in Prospect

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A message from STEAMPunksEdu

 photo 300X2503_zpsob4rjs9x.jpgWe are excited to announce the Grand Opening Celebration of STEAMPunksEdu, a local STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Math) after-school campus for kids PreK-12th grade, on Saturday September 9th in Hillcrest Office parking lot from 6-8 p.m. STEAMPunksEdu is located at 12935 West U.S. Highway 42, Prospect Kentucky, in Hillcrest Park Offices across from Stock Yard Bank and Goshen Elementary.

Our Grand Opening celebration is free and open to the public. Bring your family and come out to enjoy the fun event we have planned. We will have food trucks, raffles, a scavenger hunt, face painting, balloon art, party favors, and STEAM activities planned for the kids. We even have a STEAMPunk themed selfie station and a video game arcade populated with games made by students from our spring and summer programs. Registration for our programs is available onsite and a 10% discount is offered to all registrations made on open house night.
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We are also raffling off:
  • An iPad
  • STEAMPUnksEdu Class Vouchers
  • Bloxels Game Kits
  • 360 degree Camera
  • And more!

Our Programs
 photo punks3_zpsi2nvlipa.jpg STEAMPunksEdu offers programs and camps where STEM subjects are leveraged through the arts. Popular existing STEAMPunksEdu programs include Game-Based Learning: Minecraft,GameStar Mechanic, Scratch, and Bloxels, Robotics: Dash and Dot, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality Creation, and Stop Motion Animation. Classes are constantly being added. With the opening of our new location we are excited to add additional programs such as home-school cohorts, high school internships, tutoring, tinkering toddlers, and personalized Kindergarten readiness program. The campus features whiteboard tables, flexible seating, a creative atmosphere, portable multimedia screens with apple TVs, a podcast studio, 3D printing area, a green screen film production area, as well as a variety of tech to engage students in real-world applications of STEAM subjects.



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Why enroll your child?
  • Learn critical-thinking, communication, and problem solving skills
  • Ignite curiosity, creativity, and imagination
  • Explore STEAM pathways based on interest
  • Personalized learning: voice and choice
  • Internships for high school students
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Homework help
Exclusive Grand Opening Course Discounts
For a 10% discount off our after-school programs and summer camps, sign your kids up using discount code: grandopening now through September 9th!
Our week long After-School Programs begin September 5th and we also offer weekly after school classes and holiday camps. Our first holiday camp will kick off September 4th. REGISTER NOW!
For more information about STEAMPunksEdu or its course schedule, visit www.STEAMPunksEdu.com or email contact@steampunksedu.com or call Creative Director, Amanda Fox at 912-388-6567.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak Rentals in Westport

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Find family fun down the hill in Westport!  Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky is now set up for rentals on the Ohio River. We hope to get out on the Ohio soon, but wanted to let our readers know some general information about the rentals.

Pricing:
Canoe $55 half day. $75 full day.
Kayak Tandem $55 half day. $75 full day.
Kayak Solo $35 half day. $65 full day.

Rentals available on Saturday and Sunday.

The rental tent and launch ramp are located near the Snack Shack.

Contact Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky for reservations and more information.

Learn more about Westport Park here.
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Rock Painting

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 photo alligator hidden_zpsqvtk9l3x.jpgYou have probably seen some painted rocks popping up around Oldham County or the Louisville area.  Recently on Facebook, we discovered a few local groups that are organizing the rock painting and placement of the rocks. 

Our local rock painting group is Oldham County "Rocks" and we love their message!  Through painting rocks and hiding them in our community, the group hopes to promote kindness, spread joy and create togetherness.  If you look at their Facebook page, it is filled with posts from Oldham County residents and beyond about the rock they found, where they found it and how excited their children or even they were to find it.

With a little bit of scrolling through Facebook Groups, I was able to find a recommended local rock company that has the perfect rocks for painting.  River Slick Rocks and River Blend Rocks are perfect for painting and are surprisingly affordable!  I picked up over 50 rocks for under $2! 

Acrylic paints work best on the rocks or you can be fancy and use several different paint pens or sharpies for your design.  Acrylic paints are dirt cheap too and can be found at Wal-mart.  Make sure you pick up a sealer for when the paint dries.  Modge Podge works or you can use a spray sealer.  (The spray sealers can sometimes make the sharpie run.)

The rock design itself can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.  I went to my trusty Pinterest app for inspiration and found a ton of ideas.  Paint a picture, an animal, an emoji or just write an inspirational message to your rock finder. Some local groups also like it if you leave the group name on the back of the rock.  The rock finder can then post on the Facebook page that the rock was found.

So you might be asking yourself, what's the big deal about a painted rock? 
1) This is frugal family fun.  The rocks were cheap and I already had the paint supplies. I spent the most on the sealer and it was still under $5.
2)  This is an activity all ages can enjoy.  I found myself really getting into my design.  My kids loved thinking of clever things to paint and then write on their rocks.  I loved the creativity!
3) Why not spread a little cheer and happiness in your community or even beyond?  You can choose to leave the rock at a neighbor's house, a library, favorite walking trail, outside your school or vacation spot.*  It was nice to hear the hiding spot ideas from my kids and who they were thinking of surprising.  *(It's always best to check with a business or park first before hiding a rock.  There are some local parks and businesses that have asked to be excluded from the hiding.  Also, don't hide the rocks in the grass - they don't work well with lawnmowers.) 

 photo pano_zpsxhp0qnwl.jpgMake sure you follow Oldham County "Rocks" on Facebook.  They have a rock painting event coming up in July at the Arts Center.  The Louisville Group #502Rocks! will be at Family Fun Day at Creasey Mahan on July 16th too!  Both of these events should be a lot of fun and an opportunity to be creative with your family.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Headquarters BBQ in Centerfield

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Don't just pass through Centerfield - stop! 

 photo brisket_zpscz0cblqt.jpgThere's a new barbeque place right off Hwy 22.  The old, red roof building is now the home of Headquarters BBQ, LLC.  If you take a look at their Facebook page, you will find that Headquarters has been satisfying the community's appetite for a while now.  They do catering and now offer BBQ at their new location at 2700 West Hwy 22 in Centerfield.

The restaurant opened at the beginning of June and their weekly hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm.  The food offered is typical of a BBQ place: pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken all in sandwich or entrée portions.  Side choices range from homemade mac n cheese, potato salad, baked beans, fries and others.  The prices were not bad: $3.50 for a thick slice of BBQ Bologna or $24.50 for Baby Back Ribs.

Even though the food was traditional BBQ, the flavors were very unique!  I tried the Sliced Beef Brisket entrée with a side of baked beans and potato salad ($13.50).  My son had wings (six for $6) and my daughter had a kid's chicken tender meal ($4).  The Brisket was delicious and very tender.  You can request sauce for it, but I didn't feel like it needed any.  I loved that the potato salad and baked beans were obviously homemade.  These were not from a tub trucked in from Sysco.  The potato salad was light with chunks of potatoes and slices of celery and green and red peppers.  The baked beans were very filling and flavorful.  There were chunks of hamburger and peppers in the baked beans, which made for a unique side item. 

 photo deck_zpsrjimegbi.jpgI had to explain to my Buffalo Wing loving son that the wings at Headquarters BBQ were a little different from what he usually eats.  These wings are marinated, rubbed and then smoked.  You can see the rub on the wings and it's tasty.  My son enjoyed them!

The kids meals are $4 and under and are good portions for the price.  There is a BBQ pulled pork quesadilla that I was wishing one of my kids had chosen so I could sneak a taste of it!  Don't forget to ask about desserts!  Again, more homemade deliciousness!

Inside the restaurant there are a couple of tables and chairs set up for dining or you can sit at a bourbon barrel tabletop on the back deck.  The deck has lots of shade and it's nice if you want to eat your food at the restaurant versus getting it to go.

I love that the red roof house is now home to another family owned and run business.  We hope you stop in soon and give Headquarters BBQ a try!
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cabela's Kids' Explorers Program

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 photo loot_zpsrsbohxjz.jpgWho loves FREE fun in the summer?  Cabela's has great evening workshops scheduled for children at their Louisville location.  The "Kids' Explorers Program" is on Wednesday evenings 6-7pm.

The first program was Fishing Fun and boy did my kids have fun! There was a representative from the KY Department of Fish & Wildlife that spoke briefly about fishing in Kentucky.  She also had a fun casting game for the kids to try out and gave tips as the kids practiced.  Cabela's provided a few treats to go along with the fishing theme - shark gummies and worm gummies!

Each child participant received a (really nice) fishing pole, sunglasses and fishing bobber to take home!  This was a great surprise for all of us.  The Cabela's representative told us that there will be something special after each Explorer Program.

 photo schedule_zps5znaae4d.jpgThe fun, hands-on experience was amazing, the extra gifts were great bonuses to this program.  We love that this is an evening program and it incorporates learning about the outdoors through fun and educational activities.

There are a variety of topics scheduled for the program, so be sure to check out their calendar!  The program runs through July 12th, is completely free and open to children 11 and under.  You do not have to pre-register for the event.

Cabela's is a short drive outside of Oldham County and is located at 5100 Norton Healthcare Blvd. Louisville, KY 40241.
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pickleball at Wendell Moore Park

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If you haven't heard, there are new Pickleball courts at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange!  We had never played before, so we checked it out over the weekend.

 photo runing_zpso8nodnw1.jpgBecause the courts are still fairly new, I had to contact the John W. Black Community Center for information on how to set up a time to play.  Mr. Bill Hopkins helped coordinate the Pickleball courts and he was my main contact.

Currently, there is outdoor play scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-9pm and Saturday mornings 9am-12pm at Wendell Moore.  This is the schedule for June & July. (This is always subject to change without us knowing, so please double check with the park before making a trip.)  We understand that it's a walk-up basis at the moment and the future plan is to have the nets on-site in a lockbox for the public to use.  (*6/16 update: the lockbox system is now in place.) Once the lockbox system is in place, you will need to know how to assemble the net.  The game is played on a court half the size of a tennis court.

Mr. Hopkins suggested that we watch some YouTube videos on the sport and to check out www.usapa.org to learn more about the rules.  After watching some of the videos and reading some information, we found that there is a lot more to Pickleball than we originally assumed.  The sport has elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, but don't be fooled - it is it's own game!

 photo net_zpswgchamwj.jpgWe can't possibly begin to pretend we are experts on Pickleball, but we can tell you that new players must learn about "the kitchen," the importance of the bounce rules and the funny way of calling out the score before each serve.  A few elements will become more natural as you start to practice on the court.  New players will soon learn that power isn't as important as it is in tennis, finesse is your friend, the game is played near the net, you must be quick, the wiffle-like ball can trick you and there's not much bounce to the ball either.

We had a lot of fun during our first experience with Pickleball.  There are two courts at Wendell Moore Park.  The LaGrange Community Center has three indoor courts and scheduled times to play and train also.  Training is Tuesday mornings at the LaGrange Community Center.  You can play for free at both places, but you will need to bring your own paddle and balls to Wendell Moore Park.  (We were able to find a set for under $20 at Dick's Sporting Goods.)

We are excited for this new addition to the Oldham County Parks & Rec system.  Make sure you watch their Facebook page and website for future information on the developing program.  Give Pickleball a try!
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Disc Golf at Wendell Moore Park

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Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange now has disc golf!  Thanks to a local Eagle Scout's service project, an 18 hole course was designed and installed at the park this Spring.  We love any opportunity for our family to get outside together so we decided to try disc golf together.  We would recommend checking out this website for information about the sport before playing.

None of us had tried the sport before, so we asked our experienced friends to come along too.  Our families met near the football field at the first hole and were soon on our way! 

Here are a few things we think beginners should know before heading to the Wendell Moore course:

1. You have to bring your own discs.  We were so inexperienced, that we didn't realize that there are actual discs (similar to a Frisbee) for this sport.  We purchased 3 from Academy Sports for around $10.  The discs are marked for different ranges (similar to golf clubs).  You should also be prepared to maybe lose a disc or two when you're first learning how to properly throw them.

2.  There is a lot of walking.  Most of the time, you can see the target from where you start your first throw, but you should be prepared to walk a lot.  The Wendell Moore course has 18 holes so it's quite spread out.  Each hole has a sign with a description of where the target is located and how far away it is.  These were helpful when we couldn't actually see the target from the tee.  We did wish we had a map of the entire course when we were playing.

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3.  Be prepared to encounter a variety of terrain changes.  Hole 1 will seem like a breeze, but be prepared for an intense and difficult course - especially if you are new to the sport.  Expect to walk and throw up steep hills and over creeks.  Some of the targets are positioned between and around trees.  The course is surrounded by trees and tall weeds, so you might lose a disc or two.  Just make sure you keep an eye on where the disc lands so you can find it.  It's also best to keep an eye out for poison ivy.  We saw quite a bit during our game.

4.  Bring some water along and use the restroom before you begin.  The course is set away from the playground and Aquatic Center so water fountains and restrooms are not nearby.

5.  It's a lot of fun!  Because most of us were inexperienced and we were including our kids in the fun, we decided to do a scramble type game. This is where everyone on the team throws a disc and the closest disc is where you start your next throw.  The kids had a blast having a try at disc golf!  We didn't really keep track of our scores, but you can if you really want to be competitive.  Scores are kept similar to golf, where the fewest number of throws is best.  We love that the course allowed us to see areas of Wendell Moore Park that we hadn't explored before.  A lot of the course runs along the bike and walking path and some targets are near the lake too.

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Check out the course with your family!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Beat the Heat in Oldham County

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The summers can get super hot in Kentucky!  So hot that maybe we want to stay cooped up in our homes.  Here are some ideas on how to beat the heat this summer in Oldham County!

  • Check out the air conditioned stores on Main Street in downtown LaGrange - toys, books, antiques, tea parties, ice cream and more!
  • Jump at All About Kids Sports Center in Crestwood - check out an open gym and swim!  They also have a great VIK pass this summer that allows for unlimited open gym, swim and fun zone visits for only $50 per kid!
  • Visit the LaGrange Railroad Museum. Check their website for hours of operation.
  • Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood has classes for all ages.
  • Swim at the John W. Black Aquatic Center in LaGrange - open late on Friday nights!
  • Dance away at Soiree in Crestwood - kid's and adult dance classes for $5!
  • Have water fun at home!  Buy cheap water toys at the Dollar Tree in LaGrange or create your own pvc sprinkler with supplies from Ace Hardware in Crestwood.  Find water balloons, buckets, sprinklers, thick plastic for slip-n-slides, squirt guns and more at these stores.
  • Have quiet time at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, Crestwood and Goshen - cozy book nooks, maker boxes, board games, computers, movies and story times. *Bonus: the Summer Reading Program prize bag has several coupons for admission to Louisville museums, a pool party pass and free ice cream treats in Oldham County!
  • Explore the indoor Nature Center at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen - open Monday & Fridays (9am-12pm) and open house Saturdays.
  • Exercise or play at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner - fitness center, gym, pool and indoor arena are open to members.  The Norton Commons YMCA is also very close to Oldham County.
  • Get creative at the OCS Arts Center in Crestwood - take a class or catch a show!
  • Check out the YMCA Community Center in LaGrange - gym, walking track, game room, aerobics rooms and many free activities for Oldham County residents.
  • Climb the McDonalds Play Place - grab lunch, a milkshake and play at the LaGrange location.
  • Run around at Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance in Prospect - preschool open gym, parent's night out and other classes available!
  • Enjoy tea time at Sisters Tea Parlor in Buckner - register for one of their special tea events or just stop in for lunch and tea.
  • And of course - there's always a cool treat!  Treat yourself to a frozen dessert at Red Peppermint in Crestwood, Serendipity in LaGrange, Dairy Queen in Crestwood and LaGrange or The Shiver Shack in Crestwood.
  • Register the kids for Summer Camp or VBS!
  • Want to get out of the county? Check out Louisville Family Fun's List here for movie deals and more!
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

7 Special Events Not to Miss in LaGrange

This post is sponsored by:
 The Weil Team

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How many places can boast that a train runs straight through Main Street?  Watching the trains in Downtown LaGrange can be entertaining along with the several special events during the year.  Be sure to check out these events and many more this year with your family!

 photo kids art center arts on the green_zpshnrvteie.jpgArts on the Green - 130 juried artists line the Oldham County Courthouse Square for two days in June.  Peruse artwork from many mediums, listen to live music and enjoy delicious food.  Read our review here.  We also love the newly added event, Dixie Soul Fancy Flea.  Shop antique, vintage and re-purposed items in September.  We're sure you'll find something you HAVE to have at both events!

Summer Reading Kick-Off Celebration - The Oldham County Public Library system is amazing!  We have many reasons why we love the library and included in our list is the summer reading kick-off celebration! The celebration gets readers excited about continuing learning during summer break.  Their big celebration is held toward the end of the Oldham County school year at the Main Library in LaGrange and offers entertainment, family resources, treats and more!  Read more about the OC library here.

 photo Oldham county day waving to parade_zps2bx1wlcf.jpgIndependence Day Celebration - You don't have to go far to celebrate Independence Day!  LaGrange is home to Wendell Moore Park and the John W. Black Aquatic Center.  On the 4th of July, families can enjoy a day filled with swimming, fun activities in the pool and park and then a fireworks display at night. 

Oldham County Day - Nothing feels like home like a great parade through your town square!  Oldham County Day brings families, businesses, local heroes, community helpers and others from around the county together in Downtown LaGrange.  We love seeing familiar faces, the pride shown in the floats and the fun and excitement as kids gather candy and treats from the parade.  There are opportunities for families to participate in the parade and other fun activities during the weekend too.

 photo light up lagrange courthouse_zpsehqrdkti.jpgOldham County Fair - Wind down the end of summer at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.  The County Fair offers entertainment for all ages from the petting zoo, pageants, 4H competitions, fairway rides and games and nightly motocross events.  You can't beat $10 for unlimited fair rides either!

IronMan Louisville - You either love it or would rather it be somewhere else, but we love that Oldham County is included in IronMan Louisville!  Every fall, spectators can line the rural roads of Oldham County and also roads in Downtown LaGrange.  Bicyclists make their way in front of the courthouse and are greeted by hundreds of locals and out-of-towners cheering them on during their 112 mile journey.  It's exciting and inspiring to see these athletes.  Have a little fun on the courthouse square with a picnic lunch from one of the local eateries, listen to music or maybe even let the kids jump in a bounce house.

Light Up LaGrange - Get in the holiday spirit at this December event.  Held at the Courthouse Square in Downtown LaGrange, families can watch as the LaGrange streets are lit up with vibrant lights and decorations.  Visit with other families, community heroes, leaders and businesses.  Sing along to live music and enjoy hot cocoa or coffee while walking along Main Street.  You might even spot Santa and the Grinch and have a chance to make your own candy cane at City Place!

Pick a few special events to attend this year with your family in LaGrange!  You'll love this Historic city!

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