Monday, February 27, 2017

Summer Camps for Oldham County Kids!


This is a partially sponsored post.

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2017 Summertime camp fun in and around the Oldham County area! Register soon before the camps reach capacity!
This summer we invite you to join us on an artistic adventure as we explore some of our favorite things in new and exciting ways! Back by popular demand, our popular Messy Camp, Star Wars and Fairy Art Camps are all back! We'll be creating things that glow...Lightsabers, stone fairy houses, wands, tiny fairies. Our witches and wizards, in Harry Potter camp will create handmade wands and potions! Also, this year, My Little Pony, Animals, Just Paint!, Boxes & Bowls, Oils, Sculpture, Large Mixed Media and more. Our fun and talented staff will guide your young ones to discover their inner artist at our Art House.
Three age groups including TEENS.  Class sizes LIMITED!

AGES: 4-16
WHEN: 12 camps weekly through summer beginning May 29. M-F: 8-10:30am, 11am-2pm & 2:30-5pm. (Full day and late pickup options.)
COST: $95-$225 per camp
502-438-8865

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Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! An exciting, weeklong summer adventure awaits with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation and sharpen their 21st century skills. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork. Children work together to transform the terrain and ecosystem of a distant exoplanet. They take risks as budding business owners, blast rockets, air cannons, and rubber chickens, and a wire circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local, certified educators lead a week of hands-on activities that fuel children's confidence in their natural ability to dream and create. Early registration discounts available so don't miss out on this exciting opportunity. Visit campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332 for information. Use promo code INNOVATE25 by 3/20 to save $25 on registration.


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Experience 64-acres of summer fun in Goshen during St. Francis School's "Camp Curious" full and half-day camps. Open to ages Preschool through 8th grade, campers will enjoy outdoor adventures including nature walks, garden time, and visits with our farm animals.
Preschool (ages 2-years-old to 5-years old) half-day camps run June 5th - June 30th, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with weekly themes guiding new experiences. Themes include The Great Outdoors, Art Camp, Treasure Hunters, and Science Camp. Each week includes splash days.
Kindergarten - 8th grade camps run May 30th - July 21st with full and half-day options Monday-Friday starting at 9:00 a.m. Specialty camps include Camp Invention, Bricks 4 Kidz, Minecraft, musical theater, art, and more!
For more information, please visit www.StFrancisSchool.org or contact Marcy Jackson at 502-795-3488 or MJackson@StFrancisSchool.org


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Club SciKids: A day camp offering a variety of programs for your young scientist's interests. Interests which include Video Game Creation, Veterinary Medicine, Paleontology, Engineering, Space, Biology, Chemistry, Oceanography, LEGO Robotics and much more! Each camp inspires interest in science and technology by involving children in the creation of a multitude of experiments and take-away projects. Our goal is for kids to have fun and get excited about science. Camps for grades Pre-K-8th.
Jo Cornell Stables is located in beautiful Crestwood and is offering several different summer camps. Camp dates are: 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28. 10am-1pm each day. All ages and ability levels are welcome!  Riders will learn basic riding skills, have lessons, play horse games and create some crafts. $70 per day per camper.
Contact Kristen Smith 502-396-9815
www.Jocornellstables.com


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Get Outside! Summer Camps at The Parklands of Floyds Fork
Get Outside at The Parklands of Floyds Fork! Campers in grades K-6 spend their days participating in discovery-based field experiences and science investigations into gardening, art, paddling, hiking, biking, biology and bugs! Keep your student engaged and entertained while school is out for the summer.
Get Outside! Science Camps are based in Beckley Creek Park and the PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation. Drop-off locations may vary for Paddling and Adventure camps. These full day programs include hands-on classroom activities, field hikes, "Sprayground Wednesdays," and so much more!
The Parklands Summer Science Camps take place over eight weeks from June through August. Each week includes one camp for campers entering K-3 and one for 4-6 graders. Save when you register by May 5! Parklands Members receive a reduced tuition rate.
502-584-0350


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Each summer we offer two 3-day camps. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced camps for children ages 6+ - no experience necessary. Each day at camp we will break into groups by age and will spend the morning doing horse activities (learning how to brush, tack the horse, etc.) We will break for lunch and ask that campers bring a sack lunch each day. We provide afternoon snacks and drinks. In the afternoon campers will do a daily craft, play games, scavenger hunts, as well as a private 30 minute riding lesson. Please be sure campers wear long pants and close-toe shoes (tennis shoes or a boot with a heel). If it's hot, campers can bring shorts for the morning and will have time to change after lunch. We provide helmets. Reserve a spot for $50 and provide camper information including name, age, camp preference, and t-shirt size (YXS-Adult XL sizes). Mail check and information to Zubrod Stables Attn: Deveau Zubrod P.O. Box 379 Prospect, KY 40059. You may also email dzubrod@gmail.com or call 502-228-3377 www.zubrodstables.com


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Power & Grace will be offering a summer enrichment program (S.E.P.) for kiddos 3-10 years old. The goal of this program is to give kids an opportunity to maintain their momentum and enthusiasm for learning throughout the summer break. We will be touring the world this summer by learning about a different country each week. Our activities incorporate art, music, dance, sports, reading and cultural studies. All of the activities will be centered around the specific country we are studying that week. The program will be 3.5 hours a day two days a week and the tuition will be monthly.
A typical day in the program would look like this: Arrival Time/Gym Time 30 minutes, Organized Game/Physical Activity Time 30 minutes, Art/Music 45 minutes, Movement Break 30 minutes, Snack/Cultural Studies 50 minutes, Pick Up/Free Time 25 minutes. This will be a very structured environment while still allowing your child to express their creativity and release their energy! $168 per month for non/members and $155 per month for members. Rates will not be prorated for missed days. Class space is extremely limited so please reserve a spot now by registering online or calling P&G 502-434-7575.


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Give your child's summer break a dose of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) powered fun and learning in a STEAMPunks Summer Camp! These week-long day camps blend project based learning environments, hands on exploration and cutting edge technology to teach exciting subjects like Video Game Design, Circuitry and Soldering, 3D Printing, Robotics, Coding and more! Every camper will learn invaluable STEAM skills, a crucial factor in the ever expanding career fields of the future, and leave camp with a tangible project to encourage lifelong tinkering and creativity. With seasoned instructors and an arsenal of collaborative projects and fun curriculum, a STEAMPunks Summer Camp means your child's brain stays engaged in the educational "off season" and they're primed for the best summer experience of their life. Register here now! What will your child make at STEAMPunks Summer Camp?
Venues TBD, Schedule will be posted by mid-March!


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The Oldham County Family Y is excited to offer a summer of fun, friends and adventure! Campers get to spend lots of time enjoying the great outdoors, wonderful weekly themes, activities, field trips and swimming. Various themes are offered each week with corresponding field trips to places like the Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Science Center, Louisville Slugger Museum and Kentucky Kingdom (teen camp only). Camps available for several ages including, Kamp Kermit (ages 4-5), Explorers (6-10) and Teen Camp (11-14). The Oldham County YMCA has a brand new archery range, bike trails and enhanced walking trails. Camps begin June 5th and run until August 11th. Campers have fun 7am-6pm each day with enthusiastic camp counselors. Weekly fee is $135 for members and $160 for program members. Registration fee of $25 for members (thru May 4th) and $40 for program members. Use promo code SAVE25 to pay no registration fee through April 15th. For more information, contact Josh Lewis at jlewis@ymcalouisville.org 502-222-9358

At Virginia Chance School, summer is welcomed! Summer Under the Trees is an outdoor camp for the adventurous child ages 2 years through 5th grade.
Summer Under the Trees nurtures children's natural sense of wonder and fosters a lifelong connection to the outdoor world through dynamic child-initiated play and outdoor discovery.
Gather with friends and experienced teachers as we explore our beautiful 26-acre campus in a summer of outdoor games, art, music and fun!
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Take an Adventure Through Time with the J Summer Camp where there is something for every child. The J Summer Camp offers traditional camp for children 2 years through 10th grade with arts and crafts, sports, free swim, swim lessons and more!
Children 2 years old receive private swim lessons twice a week, children 3 and 4 years old receive group swim lessons three times a week and children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade receive group lessons daily.  Specialty camps are also offered which include: Soccer, Theatre, Dance, Lego, Cooking, Art and more. All specialty camps enjoy a daily swim.
We believe that all campers can participate, all campers can succeed and all campers can make a new friend. Our Yachad program integrates children with special needs fully in our regular programs. We also offer a special unit for preschoolers transitioning into Kindergarten.
Our beautiful campus includes two outdoor pools, baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, as well as indoor gymnasiums, auditorium and more!
3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205
502-459-0660
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Fun, friendships, and exploration - all summer long! Bright Horizons Summer Camp for preschool and school-aged children offers fun and excitement for your child AND meets your expectations of convenience, flexibility, a healthy and safe environment, and experienced counselors.
Your child will enjoy a jam packed summer that includes: Field trips, special guests, and events. Cool themes including STEM, ecology, art, cinematography, cooking, theater, and more. Sports, fitness, and outdoor adventures.  Call us today to learn more! Our camps follow the local public school calendar and run throughout the entire summer vacation time period.

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Our Musical Theater camps are the perfect combination of a traditional camp experience with all of the activities mixed in with fun and excitement in singing, dancing and acting. CMPI Young Performers-Elementary ages. July 17th-21st, 9am-3pm. A broadway themed show will be performed at the end of the week for parents. This is great for girls and boys. Experience the magic of Broadway in a fun learning environment with top professionals in the industry. Students will love our daily activities too. Water day, Movie day, and so MUCH MORE!! Students may bring their own lunch. We will provide a themed snack daily. Register on our website, Classicmelodies.org




 photo st lukes_zps41qeoopq.jpgWelcome to St. Luke's Camp Maple, where you will have fun in the company of friends old and new.  All camps include hands on learning, fun outdoor activities, and free play time.  
Our camp is staffed with the same high quality teachers who work in our preschool program.  All are experienced teachers who are CPR and First Aid certified. 
Camps run Monday-Friday from 9am-1:30pm for children ages 2-10.  Each camp is theme based so one week is different than the next.  We look forward to you joining us for one or all six fun and exciting camps.
May 22-May 26 Discover your Favorite Artist
June 5-9 Nature Camp
June 19-23 Explore the World of Science
July 10-14 Culinary Camp
July 17-21 Build with Bricks
July 31-Aug 4 Space Camp





Camps listed in alphabetical order. We will update as 2017 summer camp information becomes available. Please check with each camp for any possible changes that may occur without our knowledge.

See more camps on LouisvilleFamilyFun.net
Looking for overnight camps? Click here.

All About Kids Sports Center (Crestwood) - Weekday Camps available for children 4 and up starting 6/5 and ending 8/11.  Camp runs 9am-5pm with early drop-off and late pick-up options.  Various themes each week! Rates starting at $49 with sibling discount.

Bricks 4 Kidz (Goshen) - June 12-16 9am-12pm grades 1-5, July 17-21 1-4pm grades 1-5.

Bright Horizons (Louisville) - See their ad above!

Camp Hi-Ho (Louisville/near Oldham line) - 9 sessions beginning 6/5 and ending 8/7.  Ages 5-13. $270 per camper, per week. 9:30am-3:15pm

Chance School (Louisville) - See their ad above!

Circle Bar C Ranch (LaGrange) -

Club Science Kidz Ky - See their ad above!

Creasey Mahan Nature Camp (Goshen) - Two sessions for children entering 1st grade – 6th grade. 6/13-19 and 6/26-29, 9am-2pm, $155 per camper, per week.

Fun-Tastic Camp (LaGrange) - Oldham County Parks and Rec camp for ages 7-9 years old (sessions 1 & 3) and ages 10-12 (session 2). Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am-3pm. Activity, craft and go to the pool each day. $50 Session 1: 6/26-30 Session 2: 7/10-14 and Session 3: 7/24-28

Gillman's Dance Academy (Crestwood) - July 10-12 9-11am ages 3-6, July 17-20 9:15-10am ages 4-5, July 17-20 10:15-11am ages 6-8, July 24-26 9-11am ages 6-9.

Hidden Bridge Farm (Prospect) - Various camp weeks Mon-Thurs $380 Ages 6-14.

JCC (Louisville) - See their ad above!

Jo Cornell Stables (Crestwood) - See their ad above!

Kismet Farm LLC (Simpsonville) -

Oldham County 4H Camp 7/17-7/21 at Lake Cumberland for children ages 9-13 and 8 year olds entering the 4th grade, $250.

Oldham County Cooperative Ext. Kid's Cooking Camp (LaGrange) 7/10-12 9:30-11:30am, $10 supply fee, ages 9-12.

Oldham County Historical Society (LaGrange) 6/8-6/9, 6/15-16 Camps 9am-3pm are for ages 7-12 $75 each camp. 7/17-21 9am-3pm $200 per student. Held at Trimble County Gatewood Plantation for high school students.

Oldham County Parks & Rec - Various lesson dates for archery, golf and tennis.

Oldham County Schools Arts Center (Crestwood) - Theater, music, art, dance and private lessons all available this summer!  Camps are weekly June-August and available to a variety of ages.

The Parklands (Louisville/Middletown area) - See their ad above!

Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance (Prospect) - See their ad above!

South Oldham Boys Basketball Camp at South Oldham High School (Crestwood) July 10-14 for grades 6th-8th 8:30am-12pm $60 and July 18-22 for grades 1st-5th 8:30am-12pm $60. (Grade just completed. Family Plans available.)

STEAMPunks - See their ad above!

St. Francis School Camp Curious (Goshen) - See their ad above!

Stonehurst Riding Center (Louisville) -

Valley View Farm (Crestwood) -

Whet Your Palette (Louisville/Anchorage area) - See their ad above!

Windhover Farm (LaGrange) - Pony Camp 6/7-9, 6/14-16, 6/19-21, 7/19-21, 8/2-4 9am-3pm, $175 per rider and camp.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens (Crestwood) - Louisville Visual Arts Camp 6/12-16, 9am-12pm. For ages 7-12, $155/members and $180/non-members

YMCA of Oldham County (Buckner) - See their ad above!

Zubrod Stables (Prospect) - See their ad above!
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Melrose Cafe in Prospect

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 photo inside_zpsmumbnpes.jpgMelrose Café is the newest eatery to be added to the Prospect/Goshen area. It has a nice, cozy feel, and is available for breakfast, brunch, or lunch.  There's counter seating, table seating, a couch area, and even a children's area with a small table and books. There is good variety on the menu with breakfast available all day and a children's menu. Options include soups, salads, tacos, burgers, sandwiches, fish, vegetarian and vegan.  The menu items have unique names like Prospector, Mr. Wallace, and The O.C.  
The prices seemed comparable to the area eateries: starters around $6-$10, a la carte and side items $3 average, and kids menu $7 (which can be served before the rest of the meal on request), $3 drink average.  Despite the coffee shop vibe in the couch area, they offer only basic hot beverages.
 photo lunch_zpsrpugqh6v.jpgDuring the week, it will be a fast casual service (order and pay at the counter, but they'll bring it to your table), open from 7:30am to 3pm. During the weekend they will have table service. 
The staff seems really friendly, and the food was delicious. I look forward to going again soon!

Melrose Café is located at 13206 Hwy 42 Suite 104 in Prospect. 

By guest contributor, Caryn.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tips for Kindergarten Registration in Oldham County

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Oldham County Kindergarten registration is coming up in March!  We asked some veteran Kindergarten parents for some helpful tips on registering for Kindergarten.

1.  Visit the Oldham County Schools website for full details on what is needed to register your Kindergartener and when some of these items are due.

2.  Find your school assignment and visit their website too.  It's a great way to see photos of school events, possibly learn teachers' names and your administration. 

3.  Save time by printing and filling out your registration documents before you go to your elementary school.  Print the doctor forms to take with you to appointments.

4.  Proof of residency is required and your driver's license is not accepted.  If you're a paperless household, you might have to request a hard copy from your water, gas or electric company to submit with your paperwork.  More details about proof of residency are on the Oldham County School website.

5.  Bring your checkbook or cash to registration.  There is a fee for full-day Kindergarten.  Some elementary schools have other fees, such as technology, carpool tags, etc.

6.  Find out if your elementary school has a special "meet and greet" planned for families over the summer.  Some schools have "Kindergarten Konversations" and other days for new students to see their school and classroom and meet teachers and other students.  These special days are also great for parents to meet other classroom parents.

7.  Watch for all the fun summer programs coming up around Oldham County and Louisville!  Visit the Oldham County Public Library in the spring.  They have a great Kindergarten Countdown program that includes many fun events and activities. 
The Jefferson County Kindergarten Countdown program already has programs and events happening.  The program is open to all incoming Kindergarteners.  Visit a Louisville Free Public Library branch to receive a t-shirt and other materials for the program. 
Jefferson County also has a Cultural Pass that allows holders access to events, businesses and places around Louisville.  Oldham County residents are eligible to receive a free pass if they work or own other property in Jefferson County.

8.  If your elementary school has a PTA/PTO Facebook Page - follow it!  Many parents find these pages to be a great resource for knowing what is going on and getting involved at the school.

Oldham County Schools are amazing! Good luck to all of the incoming Kindergarteners!
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Science in Play2GO at the Oldham County Public Libary!

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 photo b2739650-f113-42ec-9107-ebf1937ff970_zpsc2bae9xk.jpg Something super exciting is coming to the Oldham County Public Library!  The Main Branch in LaGrange is a stop for The Kentucky Science Center's Science in Play2Go.  For 3 months, the Main Branch will host exhibits similar to the ones found at the Kentucky Science Center. 

Beginning on March 4th, exhibits will include:
  • Build Your World
  • Build Your Own Roller Coaster
  • The Science Depot
  • Shapes & Stuff Store
  • Ball Fight
  • Light Bright
 photo Science in Play ball wall_zpszplwpgul.jpgScience in Play2GO, the mobile version of Kentucky Science Center’s progressive next-generation learning experience, empowers children and adults to learn together, and for life, all through the power of play. With key elements that embody the philosophies behind the Science Center’s permanent exhibit, Science in Play2GO will visit libraries across Kentucky for 3-month residencies at no cost to libraries or their visitors.

Science in Play2GO will be at the library until May 27th and is completely FREE!  Oldham Family Fun is thrilled that our wonderful Oldham County Public Library was chosen as one of the four stops this year! 
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Have fun on Early Release Days!

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We are always looking for ways to fill our extra few hours on Early Release Days so we compiled a list of local and Louisville area activities for families.  One advantage to the Louisville area activities is that Jefferson County Schools are usually still in session, so the businesses aren't as crowded.  Make sure you check our Discounts Page too for deals.

Wild Wednesdays
Oldham County Public Library - Main Branch in LaGrange
2-3pm
FREE
All ages, first come, first served

House of Boom
Louisville
10am-9pm
Tickets start at $10, call for a group discount!
All ages

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve Nature Center
Goshen
9am-1pm (Rush over there if you're at a school nearby!)
All ages

Wednesday Wonders Program
Parklands of Floyd Fork in Louisville
2:30-3:30pm
$5 per person/free to members
Ages 7 and under

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory or Muhammad Ali Center
Louisville
Louisville Slugger hours 9am-5pm, Ali Center hours 9:30am-5pm
$5 admission in February
All ages

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood
10am-4pm
FREE Admission in February
All ages

YMCA Community Center
LaGrange
9am-9pm
Play basketball, board games or other activities.
FREE to Oldham County residents.
All ages

Whet Your Palette
Anchorage
10am-10pm
$10 drop-in paint
All ages
Groupon deal here for a group class.

Paint Spot
Louisville
10am-9pm
All ages
Groupon deal here.

Iceland Sports Complex
Louisville
11am-2pm Public Skate
Groupon deal here.

As with any event or discount offered, please check with the business prior to your visit.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine's Parent's Night Out at Power and Grace

Drop your kids off at Power and Grace Gymnastics and Dance while get out of the house and enjoy a nice a dinner for two for Valentine's Day. There will be open gym, organized games, arts and crafts, dinner, and a kid-friendly movie.  It's just $35 and we have a special discount for you!

 
Power and Grace offers a friendly, fun and relaxed environment for your kids to get some exercise and have fun! It is conveniently located off of US42 on Timber Ridge Drive in Prospect.  It's just a few storefronts away from Gustavo's, another excellent business and Oldham Family Fun supporter.

February 11th
5:30-9:00 p.m.

5:30-6:45: Open Gym
6:45-7:15: Food
7:15-7:45: Open Gym
7:45-9:00: Movie

Register online under the events tab to reserve your spot. 

Type "Oldham Family Fun" in the comments section 
to receive $10.00 off. 
Pre-registration is required in order to receive the discount.

You pay the night of the event when you drop off your kid(s) and they will give you the discount at that time as long as you registered with "Oldham Family Fun" in the comments.

Limited to 30 kids to make sure everyone stays safe and has fun. This PNO is for kids ages who are potty trained up to age 11.

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