Thursday, December 20, 2018

Winter Break Fun

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Here's some fun ideas for over winter break!

Need a winter break camp for your kids? Here are some options.

Drive around looking at Christmas lights. For ideas of where to find some of the best displays click here.

There are still some holiday events before Christmas that you and your family can enjoy. Check out our list to find out what's coming up.

Find several local deals here including: Lazer Blaze, Turnip the Beet, go carting, rock climbing, museums and more!

There are plenty of places for indoor fun, click here.

Go ice skating and then grab some hot chocolate!

Take your family to Charlestown, IN for holiday fun. Read more about it here.

Find all of our Winter Fun linked up here.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Christmas Lights around Oldham County

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The last few nights have been unusually free for our family so we used the time to go Christmas light hunting.  During our two nights of driving around Southern Oldham County, we found some great displays and wanted to share them with you.  We also wanted to share some fun ideas for you and your family to do this holiday season.  Nothing fancy, mostly cheap and full of fun memories.

 photo backseat fun_zpspaorcjyz.jpgWhen my kids were younger (and I was too), each year I would surprise them with one night full of Christmas light fun.  One year I did a Polar Express theme where each kid received a golden ticket that got punched at different stops (Starbucks for hot cocoa, Little Ceasers for pizza etc).  I decorated our car windows with fun holiday messages, put battery powered lights in the interior, passed out glow necklaces and funny holiday headbands (all from Dollar Tree).  Each kid also got a scavenger hunt list and marker to use during the Christmas light trip. 

Now I realize the holidays are busy and I've already lost some of you.  You don't have to create a Polar Express each year for your kids.  Simply drive around some of Oldham County's neighborhoods and make your own fun.  See who can spot the most unique display.  Who likes traditional white lights and who likes the bright lights?  Can you find the biggest and best displays?  

 photo sheets_zpsml6zc9lo.jpgIf we could give an award for most participation in a neighborhood it would go to Cherrywood in LaGrange.  We found other great displays in Washington Manor in LaGrange, Camden Manor in Crestwood and Heritage Place in Crestwood.  Some other places worth mentioning are Brentwood in Crestwood and the magnificent display on the corner of US Hwy 42 and Hayfield Way in the Countryside neighborhood in Prospect.

Now these are only a handful of the neighborhoods in Oldham County.  Grab some hot chocolate or a treat, get in the car and go explore the lights.  There are some really great displays.

Watch our video to see what's around for 2018.





If you need a scavenger hunt list specific to Oldham County here are some ideas:
  • Decorated horse
  • Buddy the elf
  • Ralphie from The Christmas Story
  • A "JOY" sign
  • Santa in a window
  • Grinch stealing lights
  • A hot dog
  • Dragon blowup
  • Dinosaur blowup
  • White trees
  • Light tunnels
  • A "Mickey" house
  • Nativity
  • Charlie Brown
  • Abominable Snowman
  • R2D2
  • Santa falling off a roof
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Monday, December 17, 2018

Indoor Activities in Oldham County, Kentucky

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Let's face it, the weather is unpredictable in Kentucky!  These indoor options and ideas in Crestwood, Buckner, LaGrange, Pewee Valley and Goshen offer families some fun when the weather is not so nice!

All About Kids Sports Center – Open gym and swim times available and various classes, too! (Crestwood)

Cailin Art Studio - This new art studio offers camps, classes and special events for all ages. (Crestwood)

Creasey Mahan Nature Center – Explore the exhibits and activities inside the nature center. (Goshen)

Horse Riding Lessons – Oldham County is not lacking in places for indoor riding fun! Choose your barn!
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John W. Black Community Center – various events and activities planned during the year. (LaGrange)

Kids Eat Free - Many restaurants have activities for kids to enjoy on their Kids Eat Free or Cheap Nights!

LaGrange Coffee Roasters – Grab an instrument and join their Open Bluegrass Jam Night on Mondays! Or settle in at a table with the kids, a cup of hot cocoa and a board game. (LaGrange)

LaGrange Community Center – Get the family together and play basketball, walk the indoor track or try a class. This facility is open to all Oldham County residents for free. (LaGrange)

LaGrange Railroad Museum – Open for tours on Saturday. (LaGrange)

Library Children’s Story Time & Special Events – We are lucky to have some super creative and fun librarians at our local library branches. Check out their calendar for special events and try out one of their story times!  Many other activities for all ages and interests! (LaGrange, Crestwood & Goshen)

Little Colonel Playhouse – Check out the local talent in a play! (Most shows are geared toward an older, mature audience. They do have one show a year that includes high school students and actors.) (Pewee Valley)

McDonald’s LaGrange Play Place – Yes, McDonald’s! Our young kids love getting a sweet treat and playing in the NEW play place, especially after story time at the library! (LaGrange)

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Oldham County History Hounds & Historical Society – Story time and history lesson for children (birth up to 5) in the Rob Morris Educational Building. (Program runs Sept-Dec and Feb-May)  Be sure to tour the NEWLY renovated History Center building also! (Lagrange)

Oldham County Schools Arts Center – Sing, dance, create, act, learn how to play an instrument! So many programs, special shows and one-day classes are available! (Crestwood)

Open Range Reball – Play reball (similar to paintball, but without the mess) with your older (age 10+) children in the indoor arena. (Crestwood)

Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance - Open gym, parent's night out, camps, special events and classes are available for several ages.  (Prospect)

Serendipity Café & Gifts – Custom tea parties available or just grab lunch or a sweet treat! (LaGrange)

Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique – In the mood to feel posh then try out Sisters! They have fun themed tea parties for all ages or make a reservation to have a fun tea lunch date with your littles! (Buckner)

Soiree’ – Get your children dancing at one of their drop-in ballroom dance classes! How fun! (Crestwood)

The Treasured Child Toy Store – Follow them on Facebook to learn about special events they have planned. It’s also a great place to pick up a unique toy or game to play at home! (LaGrange)

YMCA – The Buckner YMCA is such a fun, family-friendly place! Members can check in the kids in the activity center, shoot basketball in the gym or swim! They plan several other events throughout the year open to the community. Special Open Field Play Dates and events in their indoor arena are also offered at different times throughout the year.  (Small fee for non-members.) Follow them on Facebook for up to date event info. (Buckner) The Norton Commons YMCA has similar activities.

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Check out these other options, too! Just a short drive from Oldham County!

House of Boom – Located in Middletown, jump the day or night away. Family discount night on Mondays.

Whet Your Palette – Just a step over the Oldham County line Anchorage, you can paint day or night with or without the kiddos!

The Parklands Wednesday Wonders – Starting at 2:30pm on Wednesday afternoons, this program would be fun to check out on an Early Release Day with your younger elementary school or preschool children.

Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground – Located a short drive away in Shelbyville! Let your kids get their crazies out!

Shelby County Parks Family Activity Center - Swim at the large indoor pool when the weather isn't cooperating for their outdoor pool.
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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Christmas Trees in and around Oldham County

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Do you prefer a real Christmas tree?  If so, there are several places around Oldham County to find the perfect tree for your family.  As always, it is best to contact the business prior to your visit to make sure they are open and that they have trees available to purchase.

6462 W Hwy 146
Crestwood
502-241-0129
Trees, wreaths, centerpieces and Santa visits!

Starview Greenhouses
10082 Hwy 146
LaGrange
502-222-9839
Trees, wreaths, horse wreaths and other holiday décor.

Norton Commons
10401 Meeting St
Prospect
502-412-5085
Trees, wreaths and garland available!
Facebook information here.

Sleepy Hollow Tree Farm (at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course)
4221 S Hwy 1694
Prospect
502-963-3319
Per their voicemail recording: cash only is accepted. They are open Sun-Fri 1-6pm

Shelby Christmas Tree Farm & Nursery
175 McDaniels Road
Shelbyville
502-500-4766
You cut trees available. 

Kroger
12450 LaGrange Rd
Louisville
502-241-1311
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Monday, November 12, 2018

New pediatrician option in Crestwood and south Oldham County


Dr. Mattingly Crestwood pediatrician


A working mom herself, Dr. Mattingly brings crazy socks and a passion for children to Oldham County’s newest pediatrician office

When AprilR. Mattingly, M.D., walked into her pediatrics rotation as a medical student at the University of Louisville, she knew she belonged.

“There was nothing else I wanted to do,” said Dr. Mattingly, who is raising two young children of her own. “It’s such an optimistic place to be. Kids make work fun.”

As the newest pediatrician in Crestwood, Kentucky, in Oldham County, Dr. Mattingly brings her crazy socks and supply of stickers along to make her young patients laugh.

She recalls one of her first patients, a young boy who needed a strep test but was fighting the throat swab with everything he had. She was able to get the sample but hated to see him upset.

She returned with the results a short time later. He greeted her with a smile and a picture he’d drawn for her.

“You’re like Spiderman,” the young patient said, “because you’re cool.”
Dr. Mattingly Crestwood pediatrician
“Here I was feeling so worried about him and he was just so resilient,” Dr. Mattingly said. “At least the swab was not in vain — he did have strep throat.”

A working mom

Dr. Mattingly is now practicing at the newly opened Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Crestwood office between Walmart and the South Oldham schools’ campus on Highway 329 near Interstate 71.

As a working mom, she understands the scheduling demands on today’s families.

Both her children — daughter, Gabbi, age 7, and son, Ben, age 4 — have had medical issues of their own. When parents come to her with a problem, she is ready to listen and help.

“I can relate to being that parent in the hospital,” Dr. Mattingly said. “My kids have had their share of trials, so I always tell parents there are no stupid questions. I have been there.”


Tackling childhood obesity
In her spare time, Dr. Mattingly is learning to crochet (putting dinosaur spikes on her son’s crocheted hat). She also loves to volunteer at her kids’ schools and Northeast Christian Church, where she is a member.

Her obsession, however, is with tackling obesity in children. Earlier in her career, she worked for a company that helped children manage their weight to avoid medical complications. She worked with a dietitian, a psychologist and an exercise physiologist to help children and parents focus on diet and food planning, physical activity and supporting each other emotionally.

Dr. Mattingly understands how hard it can be to make healthy food choices over cheaper, convenient and less healthy ones. She still loves to educate and support parents and children on choosing better foods and keeping everyone healthy.

“It takes an extra effort, but we have a generation of kids that won’t live as long if we don’t start making better choices now,” she said. “Prevention is key.”
A big part of that prevention is as simple as getting regular checkups with a pediatrician.
“The best part is watching them grow — babies especially,” Dr. Mattingly said. “It’s all just fun!”

Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Crestwood
Close to home and school in south Oldham County.

6411 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Suite 200
Crestwood, KY 40014
Call (502) 394-6555
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Pilates Fit Studio in Crestwood

Pilates studio expands options in Crestwood. Their open house will featured specials and giveaways.

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Have you been wanting to try Pilates? Come with a friend to Pilates Fit Studio Open House and discover what it's all about.

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Where: 7109 W. Hwy 22. Crestwood, KY 40014
Duet Sessions: $30 each; Small Group Classes: $20 each.
Intro Specials, Refreshments, & Snacks. We will also have GIVEAWAYS and Chair Massages.
Sign up today to reserve your spot!

Click here to learn more about the studio and specials here:  https://www.ericawalterspilates.com/specials/
Have questions? Call 502-797-5068

Pilates Fit Studio is Crestwood’s studio for Classical Pilates training. The studio is locally owned, fully equipped, and an Education Facility for The Pilates Center of Boulder. Our team of instructors are comprehensively certified and knowledgeable in the Authentic Method of Pilates.


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Come by the open house to learn more!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fall Fun at Cailin Art Studio

This is a sponsored post. 

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Fall is here and Cailin Art Studio is gearing up for fun fall sessions that include Camps during Oldham County Fall Break week and a variety of after school classes for the kiddos. They will be hosting the ColorFALL Festival and Pop-up Shops on October 20th from 11am to 3pm in conjunction with Eleanor’s Room, who also resides at 7910 Floydsburg Road in Crestwood. 

 photo Olivia pottery_zpsp0zd7f5l.jpegThe ColorFall Festival will feature a wide variety of demonstrations by the teachers including pottery wheel, acrylic pouring, art journaling, and more. Participants can get hands on with a variety of free art projects for kids and adults. Local artists including the teachers at the Studio will have work for sale at the Pop-Up Shop to kick off the holiday gifting season. Plus, they’ll be having a chili cook-off between the teachers so there will be plenty of good food for everyone! The event is free and open to all.


During Fall Break kids can enjoy a variety of 3-day Art Camps, including pottery, drawing and painting, and illustration. Throughout the school year, the Studio offers kids after school classes in drawing, painting, and pottery and has focused classes for each age group from Kindergarten through High School. They even have a family art class for preschoolers that encourages the whole family to get involved.

 photo adults wheel_zpsvsxpgsco.jpgThere’s also great offerings for the grown-ups! Oil Painting, Art Journaling, and Pottery 6-week classes are available for adults as well as a wide variety of one time workshops in resin jewelry, acrylic pouring, illustration, sewing, and more.

Make sure to follow Cailin Art Studio on Facebook, Instagram and their website to keep up with class offerings and special events. New workshops and classes are added regularly.
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour

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 photo alpaca_zpslay10ntc.jpgThe Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour is one event our family looks forward to each year!  We realize this event is not located in Oldham County, but is so worth writing about and sharing all of the fun and learning that comes along with it.

The 2018 tour date is on Saturday, September 15th and is 9am-4pm.  This year there are nine participating farms!  Your family has the opportunity to drive the 75 mile trail and learn about the animals, crops, machinery, farm processes, products, workers and more.  The 4-H hands-on experiences are wonderful for children and adults.  Some of the farms will have samples of their products that families can touch and even taste. There is no cost for the tour, but some farms do have items for sale.

 photo tobacco_zpsskpuoqah.jpgThe animals were by far my family's favorite.  On this year's tour, you can expect to see alpacas, dairy cows, horses, sheep, goats, chickens and who knows what else!  Some of the farms allow you to get up close and personal with the animals.  Last year, we were able to feed a horse a carrot, pet an alpaca and brush a cow.

Here are our tips for the tour:
  • Try to visit every farm!  Each stop has a unique experience, different from the last stop.  Pick up a farm tour map at any participating farm (on the day of the tour), the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office and Shelbyville and Simpsonville Farmers Markets.
  • This is a self-guided tour, so go at your own pace, but start early.  We found that parking was tricky at some stops last year, so be patient.  If one farm is too busy, try another close by farm and then go back to the one you skipped. 
  • You're touring farms - wear play clothes and old shoes.  Bug spray and sunscreen are recommended also.
  • Restrooms might be hard to find - plan ahead with stops at fast food restaurants in town.  Porta-Potties are set up at some of the stops.  Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Pack snacks, but also plan a lunch break at one of the stops.  The farm tour map will indicate which farms will have food for sale.  Look for the "Local Foods" logo. We hear that the Shelby County Kentucky Cattleman's Association will be set up at stop #8 serving food.  Bring cash!
  • Don't forget to turn in your Farm Tour Passport.  Get a special stamp at each farm.  There is a drawing you can enter after you visit every stop.  
  • Thank the families that open up their farms! We found last year's farmers and volunteers to be very kind and informative.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Every Kid in a Park Program for Fourth Graders

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Every Kid in a Park provides fourth grade students and their families free admission to National Parks and Federal lands and waters.  If you have a fourth grade student, you don't want to miss this opportunity!

 photo every kid in a park_zpsz4p5h2zl.pngFourth graders can download their passes now and they are good until August 31, 2019.  The process is easy and takes about five minutes.  With the pass, fourth graders and up to 3 adults can get free entry to more than 2,000 federally managed sites around the country.

Planning a Fall Break trip or staying close to home?  This pass will come in handy as there are several locations in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.  Maybe you want to encounter wildlife or visit a national forest?  Visit the website and choose what interests you.  See what's around your area and then call to see if the park participates in the program.  Please be aware, that several parks already offer free admission, it's the tours that cost money.  This pass may not be good toward free tours, so again, make sure you contact the park before you make the trip!

Have fun exploring, Fourth Grade Students!
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

FamilyPalooza at Southeast Christian Church Crestwood

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Staying around town for Labor Day weekend?  If so, check out FamilyPalooza hosted by Southeast Christian Church in Crestwood.

The community is welcome to enjoy the FREE activities and cheap (nothing more than $1) carnival food.  Volunteers will be serving up hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cotton candy and drinks for everyone to enjoy.  There's plenty to do while you're visiting, too!
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FREE Activities include:
Carnival style games inside and outside
Face painting
Music
Petting zoo
Pony rides
Inflatables
Waterslides
Firetruck visit
& MORE!

FamilyPalooza is on Labor Day each year. 
Check it out on September 3, 2018 11am-3pm
6201 Crestwood Station
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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Summer Send Off with Ronald McDonald House Charities

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 photo 10517480_10153105268109852_424228410978072458_n_zpslbiqf2cz.jpgThis Labor Day weekend is the Summer Send Off with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana.  The fun event is 10am-4pm on September 3, 2018 at Camp Hi Ho and includes a long list of activities!

  • Archery
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Paddle boats
  • Water trampoline
  • Horseback riding
  • Zip line
  • Slip n slide
  • Tree forts
  • Swimming
  • Classic camp games
  • Crafts
  • & more!

 photo IMG_3256_zpsgeza52gm.jpgThis event is for the entire family!  $25 per person includes lunch and all of the activities (you choose where you want to spend your time)!  Admission for guests 2 and under is free.

Don't miss this fun Labor Day event!

Camp Hi-Ho
5915 Aiken Road
Louisville, KY 40245

Facebook event here.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Where to Find Fresh Apples Near Oldham County

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Nothing says fall is on its way like fresh apples!  We searched for local orchards, farms and markets where Oldham County residents can find fresh apples.  A lot of the apples are ready by the end of August or early September, but please note: it is always best to call the orchard or business before you plan a visit to check on crop availability!

Hidden Hollow Orchard
U-pick apples.
Horses for feeding.
Located in Louisville off of Old Henry Road at 3200 Apple Hill Road
502-243-4196
Facebook
Read our review here.

Bray Orchards
Variety of apples available in their market.  Ask about u-pick.
Ice Cream shop.
Family activities start in October.
Located in Bedford at 2580 Hwy 42
502-255-3607
Facebook

Mulberry Orchard
Variety of apples available in their market. (No u-pick at this time, the trees are still too young.)
Café available for food purchases.
Play structures on the farm.
Located in Shelbyville at 1330 Mulberry Pike
502-655-2633
Facebook

Gallrein Farms
Variety of apples available in their market for purchase. (They are not an orchard.)
Café available for food purchases.
Other attractions at the farm, some are FREE, others have an admission fee.
Located in Shelbyville at 1029 Vigo Road
502-633-4849
Facebook

LaGrange Farmers Market & Artisans
Variety of apples available from different local farms.
Open on Saturdays May-Oct 8am-1pm
Located in LaGrange at 100 West Main Street on the Courthouse Lawn
Facebook

Reardon's Fruit Market & Garden Center
Variety of apples available in the store.
Located in Crestwood at 6462 W Hwy 146
502-241-0129
Facebook

Feed & Seed Depot
Fresh apples available for purchase during business hours.
Located in Crestwood at 6315 W Highway 146 Ste B
502-241-7886
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Ayres Family Orchard
40 varieties of apples available at the farm store.
U-pick is welcomed, but they do recommend you call the farm ahead of time to make sure someone is at the farm.
Located in Owenton at 525 Wilson Lane
502-514-1594
Facebook

Goley's Orchard
Variety of apples available for purchase at their roadside market. (No u-pick.)
Located in Madison, Indiana at 2241 Clifty Drive
812-273-1487
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Huber's Orchard & Winery
Variety of apples available for purchase in the farm store or u-pick.
Restaurant available with food and drinks.
Other family friendly entertainment available.  Admission fees may apply.
Located in Borden, Indiana at 19816 Huber Road
812-923-9463
Facebook

Where is your favorite place to find fresh apples?
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Creasey Mahan's "Woofstock" Pet Day & Butterfly Day

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

If you have an animal or nature lover in your family, you have to check out this FREE (donations encouraged) event at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

 photo 2f855b46-72c9-41d6-a3ca-7ddea3f4c03e_zpsoiwhen8n.jpgThis event is open to the community and helps support local pet rescue organizations.  Creasey Mahan is dog-friendly, so as usual, bring your furry friend along with your family!  While you are there, enter your dog in one of the many different categories in the Mutt Strut competition.  This fun and friendly competition has categories like "Best Kisser," "Best Costumed Dog," and "Cutest Puppy."  Even if you're not in the Mutt Strut, it is so fun to watch and cheer for your favorite pup!

Along with the Pet part to the day, there is also the Butterfly part!  Experts will be present to show how to properly catch and release butterflies around the nature preserve.  Kids and adults enjoy learning interesting facts about the butterflies.  You can also learn more about butterflies inside the air-conditioned Nature Center.
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There are several booths set up at the event, many geared toward our pet friends.  Idlewild Butterfly Farm will have a booth this year.  You can also meet adorable cats and dogs looking for homes.  Food, sweet treats, inflatables, crafts and face painting are also available.  Check their Facebook event for a schedule of contests.

The day is filled with cuteness and discovery. It's a great way to bring your entire family (furry members and all) outside to a great Oldham County gem. Check out "Woofstock" Pet Day & Butterfly Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve!

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is located at 12501 Harmony Landing Road Goshen, Kentucky 40026

2018 Event Information Here:

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Duke Energy Children's Museum in Cincinnati

This is a partially sponsored post. We were given admission for the purpose of review. 


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The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is currently undergoing renovations, but the Duke Energy's Children's Museum section is now back open!  The drive from Oldham County is a little over an hour and easily accessed off of the interstate.

Admission to the museum is reasonable: Adults are $10.50, Children ages 3-12 are $8.50 and Children ages 1 & 2 are $5.50.  We found the museum is best suited for children ages 8 and under.  There are a few exhibits that were appropriate for children older than 8, but the majority of exhibits will appeal to younger children.  There will be plenty more options for older children, once all of the renovations are completed at Union Terminal.

Duke Energy Children Museum has several areas for exploring, hands-on learning, creating and imaginative play.  The Woods is a great area for all ages to climb, slide, walk across a rope bridge, find their way through a maze, crawl in a tunnel to see river creatures up close and personal and much more.  Close by is a large water table play area.  Across the museum is a large space designed for children to explore different careers and adult roles.  In Kids' Town, children can do things such as shop at Kroger, serve at a diner, run their own lemonade stand or care for animals at the local vet office.  This area merges into another area where children build using legos, big blue blocks and play with construction machinery.  Because the areas are so close together, some of the play items are scattered and disorganized.  The children were all still having fun, but we did find that some areas in Kids' Town were depleted of the items and we had to skip them.

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If your children want a break from running around, there is a KidSPACE for creative play through STEAM activities.  The museum plans workshops or children can choose their own project.  Make sure you allow yourself time to visit this space because supplies might run low closer to closing time.  There is also a smaller area at the museum for preschool children to work on planned projects at smaller tables and lead by helpers.

The crowd at the museum is significantly more manageable after 2pm.  If you have younger children that may be overwhelmed, Little Sprouts Farm is specifically for children 4 and younger.  It offers a great space for littles to run and explore without the older kids.  Another low-key area is near The Woods where snakes, frogs, fish and other creatures are on display. Children can also explore fossils and other exhibits in this area.

Families can also take a break just outside the children's area at several cafeteria tables.  There is a small stand selling food, light snacks and drinks, but we saw several families with their own outside food. There are also dining options close to the center in downtown Cincinnati if you want to leave and come back.

The Children's Museum has special exhibits throughout the year.  For an extra charge families can experience more hands-on and explorative play at these exhibits.  Check their website to see what is scheduled during your visit.

Plan a trip to Cincinnati for a fun day at Union Terminal.  Break up your museum visit and plan a lunch at a unique restaurant in downtown Cincinnati or pack a picnic to share at a nearby park.  Washington Park is near the museum center and has interactive fountains for the children to enjoy.  The Museum Center is open seven days a week and there is a small discount for purchasing your tickets online and printing them at home.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Sweetness in Crestwood

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Our community loves new places! Lucky for us, Sweetness in Crestwood just opened.  They offer visitors a great atmosphere to enjoy a variety of delicious treats and drinks.  The owners have transformed the old Taco Bell into a hip space with vibrant colors, fun murals, popular music, comfy couches and plenty of other spaces to sit and visit.

 photo counter_zpsrfrvsavh.jpgThe menu is focused on creating your own specialty drink.  The choices are quite extensive, but Sweetness does have a few combinations already figured out for you.  Start by trying to decide whether you want a fountain drink, iced tea, water, lemonade, limeade, hot coffee, cold brew, hot chocolate or energy drink. If you thought that was hard, wait until you look at the over 40 flavors to add to your drinks.  Choose from flavor shots, fresh fruit, creamers, purees and more.  Adding to the decision process, you can also make any drink a float.

Shew, that's a lot of choices!  Our family tried three different drinks, two cold and one hot.  We also tried three of the cookies.  Sweetness also offers bagels with several different cream cheese options.  Jalapeno cheddar and fresh strawberry sounded amazing!  You can also order hot fries with your choice of dipping sauce.  In 2019, they added more items to their menu including chicken fingers and a variety of cookie flavors and baked goods.

 photo ordering_zpszzksbpsp.jpgSweetness serves both Pepsi and Coke products, Sunergos Coffee and decaffeinated beverages.  We love that there is something for everyone.  Prices vary depending on the size drink you get and how much you add to the drink. If you wanted a 24oz drink with a couple of flavors added and a cookie, you can easily spend under $4.  An added bonus is that they are utilizing the old Taco Bell drive-thru also.  Wonderful news for those of us that don't want to get everyone out of the car or want a quick treat.

The menu is fun and the space is very welcoming.  The food items are baked daily, the fruit is fresh, the customer service is friendly and your family will enjoy hanging out together at Sweetness.

Sweetness is located at 6408 West Hwy 146 in Crestwood.
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Harvest Moon Dairy Farm Tour

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There's no shortage of horse farms in Oldham County, but did you know there is also a great dairy farm to explore?  Tours are given 7 days a week at Harvest Moon Dairy Farm, but need to be arranged ahead of time. I emailed farm owner, Bob Klingenfus and gathered general information about the tour.  Bob asked about our group size and ages of the children. Several of the tour activities are the same with each group, but others can be customized to fit the group members. The farm prefers to give tours in the late afternoon during feeding and milking times.

Directions were emailed to us along with general instructions on how to prepare for the tour.  We advise wearing old shoes, maybe even ones that can be hosed off at the end of the day.  Old clothing and bug spray are also ideal for the tour.  The farm tour is $10 per person and there is a $60 minimum charge for groups less than six members.  Cash and check are accepted.

Our tour began at the large barn where most of the cows stay.  We were able to feed some of the cows that came close to us as we learned about the type of dairy cow they have, the different parts of the barn, how the barn is maintained and other interesting facts about caring for cows.  During our tour we also learned about the feed cows eat, how it's harvested, how much the cows eat and even saw the tractor mix all of the feed and bring it to the cows.

As the adult cows were eating, our group met inside a small room where Bob taught us about feeding the calves.  We prepared 8 bottles for the babies that were waiting for us.  Each child in our group was given the opportunity to bottle feed a baby calf.  Angie Klingenfus told us a little about the babies and their needs as we fed them.  This was probably the highlight of the tour for many of us.  The babies are very cute, along with the several cats and dogs looking for a drop of milk to steal during the feeding.

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The second milking of the day was beginning so we made our way back to the barn where we took turns milking one of the cows.  We saw the machines used and learned how much milk cows produce each day and how the milk is pasteurized and used on this particular farm.  Most of the milk goes to a milk distributor while other milk goes toward cheese production.  There is a cheese factory on site at the dairy farm that we got to see also.

We ended our tour outside where the children were able to mill wheat and learn how wheat is used in several food items in our daily lives.  We stood outside the barn for a few minutes and asked some more questions, let Bob tell us some farming history, the regulations placed on farmers today and how farming has changed over the years.

 photo baby cows_zpshnawgrlu.jpgWhen you inquire about a tour, ask for details about what your tour will entail.  Tours are developed based on the tour group size, ages in the group, overall objective of the group and farm herd size.  This is a working farm, so although the tour is very laid back, adults do need to make sure they are watching children at all times.  There is machinery and other places where visitors need to use caution.  Another option for groups is to rent out the meeting/party room available above the barn.  It is a nice size, air-conditioned room with a large deck overlooking the cow barn below.

The Harvest Moon Dairy Farm tour lasted about 90 minutes and included educational, hands-on lessons for all ages in our group. We left knowing more about the importance of dairy farms, the hardworking farmers, the math and science involved in farming and more. Bob and Angie Klingenfus were great tour guides and incredibly wise and welcoming. If you have a few minutes, stick around and listen to Bob's stories about farming and Oldham County history.

Harvest Moon Farm is located at 7401 Hanna Road Crestwood, KY 40014

Love to learn about farms?  Check out the Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm tour in Crestwood also.
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Arts on the Green in LaGrange, KY

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Every first weekend in June, the Arts Association of Oldham County hosts the Arts on the Green in Downtown LaGrange.  Here's why we love it!

Activities for Kids!
Not only is the festival a great place to expose children to various art forms, there are ways for children to have a hands-on experience.  Children are encouraged to participate in some activities.  There is also face painting, other children's activities and some vendors even allow children to try their art medium.

The Art!
The festival has 125 local and national artists.  You can find anything from paintings, jewelry, woodwork, candles, pottery and so much more!  Prices vary among the artwork too-you can buy a major piece or keep it simple with some elegant smelling soap for your home or as a gift.

The Colonial Trade Faire!
Double festival bonus!  This festival is held in conjunction with the Arts on the Green at the Oldham County History Center.  There is an 18th Century camp with settlers selling 18th century ware, music, cannon demonstrations and other on-going heritage demonstrations!  Art and history together!

The Food & Entertainment!
Various food vendors will be set up during the festival.  Enjoy BBQ, Greek food, ice cream, nuts and other delicious food. Festival goers can "wine down" with wine and beer while listening to music near the square's gazebo.

Main Street!
Downtown LaGrange has many unique stores and restaurants to also visit while you are at Arts on the Green!  Main Street offers antiques, consignment, toys, boutiques, coffee and so much more. It's worth the walk!  You might even see a train come down Main Street while you're there!

Arts on the Green is the first weekend in June, 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday on  the Courthouse Square in LaGrange.

Arts on the Green Facebook Page here.
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