Thursday, March 29, 2018

April Events in Oldham County

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As with any event, please make sure you check with the business or venue beforehand.  Schedules are subject to change without Oldham Family Fun knowing.  Do you know of a fun, family-friendly event in the Oldham County area?  Let us know! Email: nicolle@louisvillefamilyfun.net

WEEKLY EVENTS

Recurring Events:
Maker Mondays at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center 4:30-6pm $5
History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center Thursdays (4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26) 10am $5 for non-members.
Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood - check their website for class schedule.
Woodland Wee Folk Playdate Series at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood. (Registration is required and there is a class fee.) For ages birth-7. (Other dates: 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26, and 6/9)FREE! Bluegrass Jam Night at LaGrange Coffee Roasters Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
FREE! Open Preschool Play at the South Oldham Library Tuesdays 10:15-11:15am
FREE! Crazy 8's at the South Oldham Library Wednesdays Grades K-3 4pm
FREE! Creasey Mahan Nature Center NEW Hours! Wednesday & Saturday 10am-2pm
FREE! Story Time at The Nest at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Every Thursday 10-11am

APRIL EVENTS


4/2: FREE! Turtle Time at Newport Aquarium at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange (sign ups online) 11am

4/3: FREE! Star War Crafts Drop-In at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. 3:30-5:30pm

4/3: FREE! Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange 5:30pm

4/5: FREE! Hear the Story Behind the Story of the Real Rose Island at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen. 6:30-8pm

4/6: Parent's Night Out at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner 5:00-10:00pm Ages 5-12 Facility Members $20 first child/$10 add’l child Community Members $30 first child/$20 add’l child.

4/7: FREE! Cabela's Dog Days in Prospect (Louisville), 11am

4/7: RESCHEDULED, SEE THEIR WEBSITE FREE! Wildflower Walk with Tavia at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen. 10am-2pm Rescheduled for 4/21

4/11: FREE! Countdown to Kindergarten Story Time
Story time held at LaGrange Elementary School. Story time 11am-Noon. Free lunch at Noon.
Join the Oldham County Public Library and Oldham County Community Early Childhood Council for a special 4-week series of story times at your home school. No registration required, adults need an ID to enter the school. Program is meant for families with children 5 years or younger who are not currently enrolled in kindergarten. Story times are bilingual. (Additional dates on 4/18, 4/25, & 5/2)

4/12: Princess Tea Party at Sister Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner, 6:30pm $20

4/13: FREE! Shakespeare in the Parks at Norton Commons Amphitheater in Prospect (Louisville) 6:30pm

4/13: All About Kids Slumber Party in Crestwood 6:30pm-9am $38 6:30pm-11pm $28 Ages 4-10 or Tween Lock-In 11-14

4/13 & 4/14: Women's Club Yard Sale in Pewee Valley 8am-2pm

4/14: National Jr Rangers Day Underground Railroad at the Oldham County History Center 10am-2pm

4/14: Earth Day 5K at Morgan Conservation Park 8am

4/14: Seedling Tree Giveaway with the Oldham County Conservation District, 10am

4/14:8th Annual Kentuckiana's Authors Fair at the LaGrange Community Center 10am-5pm

4/14: Children's Music Academy Free Class, 10am

4/14: Fashion & FURfriends at City Place in LaGrange 12-4pm. Ticket price.

4/18: FREE! Kindness Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange 4:30pm (sign ups online)

4/18: FREE! Countdown to Kindergarten Story Time
Story time held at LaGrange Elementary School. Story time 11am-Noon. Free lunch at Noon.
Join the Oldham County Public Library and Oldham County Community Early Childhood Council for a special 4-week series of story times at your home school. No registration required, adults need an ID to enter the school. Program is meant for families with children 5 years or younger who are not currently enrolled in kindergarten. Story times are bilingual. (Additional dates on 4/25, & 5/2)

4/18: FREE! Toddlerpalooza at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, drop in 10-11:30am

4/19: FREE! Woodsongs Coffee House at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area)

4/20: Kids Nite Out at the LaGrange Community Center 6-8:30pm, $10. For ages 5-12

4/20: FREE! Family Stargazing at the Oldham County Family YMCA in Buckner, 7:45-10pm

4/21: FREE! Shakespeare in the Parks at CityPlace in LaGrange, 1pm

4/21: FREE! Open Game Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 1-5pm

4/21: FREE! Knights & Fairy Story Time at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange 11am Sign ups online.

4/21: Parent's Night Out at the Norton Commons YMCA in Prospect 6-9:30pm Ages 3-12 Facility Members $22 first child/$20 per child if more than one Community Members: $31 first child/$33 per child if more than one.

4/22: FREE! April Vet Academy - Proper Care for Rabbits at Crestwood Animal Hospital, 4:30-5:30pm. Contact the clinic if attending.

4/23: FREE! Come Sew with Us: Gardening Accessories at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Office in LaGrange (Buckner area), 3-8pm

4/25: FREE! Countdown to Kindergarten Story Time
Story time held at LaGrange Elementary School. Story time 11am-Noon. Free lunch at Noon.
Join the Oldham County Public Library and Oldham County Community Early Childhood Council for a special 4-week series of story times at your home school. No registration required, adults need an ID to enter the school. Program is meant for families with children 5 years or younger who are not currently enrolled in kindergarten. Story times are bilingual. (Additional dates on 5/2)

4/26: FREE! Movies at the Library: The Greatest Showman, 6pm. (Program is for Adults)

4/26: Mermaid Tea Party at Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner, 6:30pm $20

4/26-28: Anything Goes at the Oldham County Schools Art Center in Crestwood. 7pm Ticket price.

4/27: FREE! Trackside Tunes Concert Series in Downtown LaGrange (Last Friday of the month until 9/28), 6:30-10pm

4/28: FREE! Role Play Game Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange 9:30am-12:30pm for ages 6-12 Capers in the Castle or 1-4:30pm for ages 8-12 Minions vs Sidekicks

4/28: Plant Sale Saturday at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 10am-3pm Admission fee.

4/28: FREE! Dedication Ceremony Welcoming Our New Pumpers at South Oldham Fire Department in Crestwood. 10am

4/29: Family Fun Sunday Make your own Derby Hat at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. Free to Members: $5 plus museum admission to non-members. 1-4pm

4/29: 11th Annual Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea in Downtown LaGrange 1-5pm Ticket fee.


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Spring Break Staycation in and Around Oldham County

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Never hear, "I'm bored!" We have listed some indoor and outdoor ideas for families to try during Spring Break. Many are free or cheap and range between close to Oldham County and beyond.

As always, please contact each business beforehand to ensure there are no unexpected scheduling changes.

Please check for rescheduled dates because of forecasted weather!

INDOOR FUN:

-Crestwood's new Cailin Art Studio has Art Together: Preschool Classes on Thursdays & Saturdays 10-11:30am
-The Oldham County Public Library has programs scheduled for Monday, April 2nd (Turtles from the Newport Aquarium) & Tuesday, April 3rd (Star Wars crafts & Movie) of Spring Break. See their calendar here.  They are open regular hours during Spring Break.
-Take a dip in the pool at All About Kids Sports Center in Crestwood during their open gym and swim!
-Have a tea party at Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner.
-History Hounds is scheduled for Thursday, April 5th.
-Check out the LaGrange Railroad Museum and have lunch on Main Street. Catch a view of a train from the observation deck.
-Check out the LaGrange McDonald's new playground and then head over to the new Feeders Supply.  My kids love to see the fish, crawly creatures and adoptable pets.
-Check back soon.  We are waiting to hear back from the Oldham County YMCA.  Last year they had open play at the Indoor Arena.  We will update this list once we hear back.

Outside of Oldham County...
-Grab some different flavored popcorn at The Popcorn Station in Jtown to enjoy during a movie at home. They have 35 different sweet and savory flavors to choose from. If the weather is decent, try an outdoor movie! The Popcorn Station is located right in front of King Pin Lanes.  Go bowling while you're in the area!
-Have you tried Altitude Trampoline Park yet? The drive is about an additional 15 minutes from some of the other East End trampoline parks. There is a Texas Roadhouse (kids eat free on Mondays at this location) & O'Charley's (kids eat free everyday) in the same shopping center. Check out the full Louisville KEF list here.
-Are you following North Lime Donuts on Facebook? Droooool! Make an early morning trip to Old Louisville to have a yummy donut and then check out a museum in downtown Louisville.
-Old School NY Pizza near the Forest Springs Shopping Center has Kids Night Out on Tuesday nights 4-9pm. Kids can make their own pizza for $4 (drink and dessert included)! Want more dessert? Baskin Robbins has $1.31 scoops on Saturday, March 31st.
-Cabela's is having a Dog's Day Family Event on Saturday, April 7th. Bring your four-legged family member for some free fun!
-Champs Rollerdome has Spring Break specials. You can also sign up for the Kids Skate Free program.
-Go play cheap "old school" video and pinball games at RecBar in Jtown. Children are welcome to join adults at this restaurant up until 10pm. Most games are only a quarter to play (bring cash for the token machine). Kids meals are only $5!
-Try Glowgolf with your kids. There is a Groupon deal right now.
-Build a window birdhouse at Home Depot for free on Saturday, April 7th.
A little longer drive...
-Swim at the Shelby County Family Activity Center. There is a large pool with diving boards and a smaller pool for younger children.
-Paint at Gogh Crazy Art Studio in Shelbyville.
-Visit Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort. Indoor & outdoor fun! Drive to the capitol building and take a photo on the front steps or schedule a tour.

OUTDOOR FUN:

-Enjoy some ice cream on the front porch of Knock on Wood in Westport.  Walk down to the Ohio River and Westport Park.
-Try horseback riding at Equility Boarding & Training Center.
-Easter falls during Spring Break, so there are a few egg hunts and celebrations scheduled during the first weekend.  Check out our list here.
-The Oldham County Fairgrounds is hosting the Spring Destruction Demo Derby on Saturday, March 31st at 7:30pm. Admission cost.
-Check out our parks list here and choose from hiking, bike riding, tennis, pickleball, disc golf and more.
-Visit Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen!  There are hiking trails, playgrounds and indoor Nature Center to explore.  On Saturday, April 21st (RESCHEDULED DATE!), visitors can participate in the free Wildflower Walk with Tavia.  This includes free kids crafts .
-Try out fishing at Wendell Moore Park! (Make sure you have bait and a fishing license.)
-Go on a scavenger hunt at Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood! Check out one of the Backpacktivities or Book-n-Blanket Bags. Children 6 and under are FREE!
-Visit Hays Kennedy Park near Prospect.  Pack a picnic, bikes and play on the playground.  After the fun at the park, visit Henry's Ark Petting Zoo.  You can also walk the new East End bridge while you're in the area.

Outside of Oldham County...
-The Louisville Astronomical Society will be at The Parklands on Friday, March 30th for a Public Star Party. 6:30-9pm The event is free!
-The SkyStar Wheel will be set up during Spring Break. Check it out at Waterfront Park. There is a Groupon right now for it.
-Kentucky Shakespeare Shakespeare in the Park has two shows scheduled for Saturday, April 7th. The early 1pm show is at Baxter Square Park and the 6:30pm show is at the Community Park-St. Matthews. Both shows have rain spaces in case the show needs to be moved indoors. Check out their schedule here. Free!
-Walk around the Crescent Hill Reservoir off Frankfort Avenue. Grab a yummy baked good at Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe, check out the new Cocoberry Pops and the other shops. Stop at Seneca Park for some fun on the playground.
A little longer drive...
-Bernheim Forest has a Spring Break Adventure Week planned that includes hands-on discovery stations in the visitor center, tower tours and guided hikes. The programs are free.
-Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort has their ReForest Frankfort event on Saturday, April 14th (RESCHEDULED DATE!). 9am-2pm Be prepared to dig in the dirt and bring your own shovel. Enjoy visiting with vendors, live music, tree planting and take home a tree of your own for free!
-There is a Watefall Hike at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana on Sunday, April 1st.  Begins at 1pm.

Check out our Spring Break Destinations List for more indoor & outdoor ideas!
More ideas from Louisville Family Fun here.
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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sauerbeck Family Drive-In Groundbreaking Ceremony

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 photo family_zpsqaxw9itp.jpgThere might be snow on the ground now, but soon the grass will be greener, the sun will be warm and summer will start!  The start of summer will include an exciting new drive-in movie theater in Kentucky!  Oldham County is lucky to have the Sauerbeck Family Drive-In opening in June 2018.

Today was the ground breaking ceremony for the drive-in.  We met on the walking path along Commerce Parkway across from the new Watts Home Center in LaGrange.  The Sauerbeck family along with county officials and Oldham County residents were present to celebrate this exciting new addition to the community.

The drive-in is a huge asset to Oldham County and the surrounding areas.  We imagine families from Louisville, Shelby County, Henry County and beyond will utilize the new theater.  It's located close to I-71 and minutes from the Gene Snyder Freeway.  At it's completion, the theater will have two 80' wide, 40' tall screens.  There will be one screen opening this summer that can host 450 cars.  The room for the second screen will hold an additional 350 cars.

 photo CLAPPING_zpsekqmfnjw.jpgStephen Sauerbeck promises a family-friendly experience.  Double features will be shown, admission cost will be per person ($11 adults & $6 children) and concessions will be served.  There are different pre-sale packages available for purchase now.

We can't wait for movies under the stars and to see what the Sauerbeck Family Drive-In Theater will bring to Oldham County!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Kindness Club

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 photo IMG_2543_zpsj8h4v4i9.jpgYou probably have heard the expression "Choose Kind" quite a bit these past couple of years due to the popular children's book and now movie, "Wonder."  Drawing from the book's message, the Oldham County Public Library started The Kindness Club.  This new monthly community service program is open to elementary aged children and has 1-2 sessions a month. The response to the new program has been overwhelming!

The program started with the children introducing themselves.  I liked this introduction part, because after all, it's a club, the children should also get to know each other.  Librarian, Susan Bunting read the picture book, "We're All Wonders" by R.J. Palacio.  There was a brief discussion on kindness and the children were eager to share their thoughts and ideas.  They shared ways they have seen others show kindness and they also brainstormed ways the club could help the community for future monthly dates.  It was moving to hear the thoughts of the young children.

 photo IMG_2538_zpshmgfd3az.jpgSo far, the Kindness Club has created Valentine's Day cards for members of the Oldham County community and then switched it up and made bird feeders and nesting bags to take home.  Each project chosen is one that can be done at the library together. There is a good variety of grades represented and the content is appropriate for each elementary age level.

My children end up leaving feeling joyful and eager to think of ways to show kindness to those around them.  I love that the club asks children to think of how to show kindness, but also teaches them to recognize it around them.

New "members" are always welcome, but make sure you register online early because this is a popular program.  So far, the program is meeting at the Main Branch in LaGrange, but always check the children's calendar for recent information.
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Cailin Art Studio

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A new art studio opened up over the weekend in Crestwood.  The building that once sat as an abandoned daycare center has been transformed into Cailin Art Studio.  The space is now clean, fresh and waiting for visitors to use it for creative purposes.

The studio is owned and operated by Sean Fitzgerald and Ivy Clinton.  Sean has several years of art teaching experience and Ivy is an Oldham County native.  We love that they have returned to Crestwood to offer new art classes to the community.

The studio is equipped for all skill-levels and there are already classes and workshops on their events calendar.  Students can explore painting, drawing, clay, craft arts and other mediums.  The ceramics studio has worktables, 6 electric wheels, two kick wheels and a slab roller.  There are also glazes, kilns, stamps and several other finishing tools.

During the open house event, my children were able to freely explore creating ornaments with clay, cookie cutters and different stamping tools.  Sean also allowed for children to work with clay on the wheel.  He was very encouraging and laid-back with the children.  My two children did not want to leave the wheel and found it fascinating how quickly the clay changes form.

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One of the class offerings that caught our attention is the Art Together: Preschool Class.  Grown ups are encouraged to work alongside their preschool aged child during these morning classes.  They meet Thursday & Saturday 10-11:30am.  For $15 per class, per family, preschoolers can experience working with clay, creating pinch pots and other artwork.  This is a great new option for preschool parents!

Private parties, birthday parties, date nights, sewing lessons, jewelry making and book binding are just a few of the other classes you can find at Cailin Art Studio.  The couple has plans to expand on the class offerings once they are settled and add more staff.

We look forward to returning to Cailin Art Studio for more creative fun.  Make sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and their website to keep up with class offerings and special events.  The studio is located at 7910 Floydsburg Road in Crestwood and is close to the east end of Louisville.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Swim Lessons in Oldham County at All About Kids

This is a sponsored post from All About Kids.

 photo AAK_Swimming_15 2_zpsiv8ivuyr.jpgFun Fins Swim School at All About Kids Sports Center offers one of a kind swim lessons for all ages and levels of swimmers. We teach the best swim lessons in Oldham County and have the best trained swim instructors! Our mission is to build happy, healthy, confident kids through our swim lessons. Our customers enjoy learning to swim in a safe, comfortable environment. We are the premier instructional swimming facility in town because we offer many different swim classes in a warm, safe environment.

Our infant and toddler centered swim program features a 50′ x 25′ learn-to-swim pool. Our pool depth ranges from 3 to 4 ½ feet deep. We have a warm water pool in which the water is heated to a comfortable 90 degrees! This offers optimum learning for the little ones without shivering or blue lips. We have so much training equipment that your child will never get bored. We have two fun water slides that also keep the kids interest while learning to swim.

 photo kids-swimming3_zpslckqjoae.jpgIn addition, we work at each child’s individual level. We put their mental and physical well-being first and we are dedicated to addressing the needs and readiness of each child. We never teach through fear, domination or force. Our emphasis is teaching swim lessons while having fun, being understanding and patient. We believe the journey is as important as the destination.

Most of all, we teach kids how to swim using correct techniques and proper progressions. Our skillfully trained, enthusiastic and loving instructors will safely teach your child to swim with confidence. In each level, children will also learn exciting new skills. If your child is hesitant to put his or her face in the water, or already knows all the strokes, we have a swim class for you!

Fun Fins is also known in the community for our commitment to accommodate children with special needs. We offer not only classes for special needs but also privates for a one on one lesson!

Start your little one in our minnows class(Parent participation required) for ages 4-12 months. This is a great class to introduce your little one to the water at a young age and best of all it’s FREE with an annual membership! Skills learned include: Teach child to be comfortable in water, Water awareness, Floating on front & back & rolling over, Kicking, Blowing bubbles and Submersion, Climbing in and out of pool and much more!

Our beginner swim classes start with Rosie Red 1 (ages 3-5) where they learn all of the swim essentials with a trained instructor. Our goal is safety first so we teach all the important lifesaving skills to your little one in a safe and friendly environment!
Next up we have our Polly Purple class which is designed for older children (6 and up) learning to swim and advance their skills. We offer this class for both beginner and intermediate swimmers! They not only develop lifesaving skills but also learn different techniques and work on strokes.

 photo AAK_Swimming_17 1_zpshx2ipp2p.jpgLast but not least we have our most advanced swim class, Rainbow Fish. This class is one of a kind and pushes your swimmer to the max. Our instructors break down the different strokes and techniques to become the best swimmer they can be! This is a great class to get your child ready for swim team or just to challenge them more in the water!

No matter the age or level, we have a swim class for your child! Get them spring and summer ready near the water with our awesome swim classes! 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 swim classes (502) 365-1386.
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Easter Events in and Around Oldham County

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Hippity Hoppity! The Easter Bunny is coming to Oldham County!

Lenten Fish Fry list here.

Do you know of an Easter Event in Oldham County?  Let us know so we can add it to our list! Email Nicolle@louisvillefamilyfun.net
RECURRING:
FREE Pictures with the Easter Bunny at Cabela's in Prospect, starting Saturday, 3/24 - 4/1. 11am-6pm. Special Easter Craft on Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm and Hunting for Eggs on Saturday, 3/31 at 1pm.

Saturday, 3/24

Easter Clay Workshop
OCS Arts Center in Crestwood
10am
$15/person

St. Aloysius Catholic Church
Pewee Valley
Hunts start at 1:30-3:30pm
Egg hunts separated by age. Candy donations are appreciated!

Saint John United Methodist Church
Prospect
12-1:30pm

YMCA at Norton Commons Easter Fest
Prospect (Louisville)
2-4pm
Featuring Egg Hunts, Easter and fitness activities, Easter Bunny, treats and more!

Sunday, 3/25

Real Family Church
LaGrange
11am-1pm

Oldham County Fairgrounds
LaGrange
Oldham County's Largest egg hunt.
FREE!
3pm

2-4pm
Register online.

Wednesday, 3/28

Ballardsville Baptist Church
Crestwood
6:30pm

Friday, 3/30

Oldham County YMCA
Buckner
7pm
Flashlight Hunt! Open to the community! Candy, toys or novelty item donations are appreciated!

Saturday, 3/31

Crestwood
11am
3 Age groups. Open to walking 6th grade.

LaGrange Community Center
LaGrange
11:30am

Crestwood Animal Hospital
Crestwood
2-4pm
Easter Egg Hunt and Open House

DeHaven Baptist Church
LaGrange
2pm

Sunday, 4/1

Phos Community Church
Crestwood
Please come to one of the three services that day and attend the egg hunt at 12:30pm.
2,000 Eggs Egg Hunt

Waiting on 2018 information

Crestwood United Methodist Church 
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