Friday, June 29, 2018

Fitz Freeze Frozen Treats in LaGrange

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It's heating up in Oldham County and lucky for us, there's a new spot to grab a cool treat!  Fitz Freeze Frozen Treats is located at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in LaGrange.  You can't miss the bright blue bus and signage from Highway 146. (*Update as of 6/29: Fitz Freeze is now located in the hut at the West entrance to the Fairgrounds.  You still won't be able to miss it.) 

 photo Elin shaved ice_zpsq2lcfode.jpgWe stopped in this week to try some Hawaiian shaved ice.  With 60 flavors to choose from, it was hard to settle on a final decision.  We ended up trying Mango Tango, Cotton Candy Blue and Angel Food Cake.  Of course, we all tried each other's flavors and agreed that they were all very yummy.  There are mixes already figured out for you or you can get up to 3 flavors in your cup of your own choosing.  Some unique flavors we noticed were Banana Cream Pie, Bug Juice, and Popeye.  You'll have to visit to figure out how they taste.  

This Oldham County, family-owned business has a great mission statement which visitors can read next to the order window.  The treats started out as a hobby for the children to learn how to count money and learn workforce skills to apply in the future.  They are helping in the bus and are very friendly and respectful.  The tips they receive help them earn money toward vehicles when they turn 16 and then anything extra will go toward college.  We love that this family is working together and teaching important skills.

 photo ice cream sign_zpsopeglwbk.jpgWe thought the price was reasonable for the shaved ice: small $3, medium $4 and a large $5.  A small was plenty and the perfect size for my 6 year old.  Fitz Freeze also has a cream topping that you can add to your shaved ice for an extra $1.  If you're not in the mood for shaved ice, they also offer ice cream ranging in price from $2.50-$5.00.  Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Support this new treat spot and follow Fitz Freeze on Facebook to keep up with hours, specials, renting the truck and more.  There are plenty of options and space to sit under a bright blue umbrella to enjoy your treat.  

The Oldham County Fairgounds is located at 2401 West Hwy 146, LaGrange.
2018 Summer Hours are:
Sunday-Friday 2-9:30pm
Saturday 12-9:30pm

Special Grand Opening Event on Sunday, July 1st, 2-4pm!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

FREE Things to do in July in Oldham County, KY

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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: Business owners, see your event listed? Add it to our FREE calendar and get more exposure! Check it out HERE!

Recurring Events:
FREE! Bluegrass Jam Night at LaGrange Coffee Roasters Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
FREE! Creasey Mahan Nature Center Wednesday & Saturday 10am-2pm
FREE! Oldham County Public Library Summer Reading Program has several story times and events for all ages.
FREE! Check out our VBS List!
FREE! Cabela's Family Summer Camp every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through 7/22, 12-4pm
FREE! LaGrange Railroad Museum is open every Saturday, 10am-3pm
FREE! LaGrange Community Center YMCA has open gym, classes, games and more for Oldham County residents.  Check their website and Facebook page for more information on free stuff to do.
Children in the Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood. Every Saturday starting 6/2-8/25, 10:30am-12pm. This program is free with admission.
Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival begins 6/2-7/15 on Saturdays and Sundays only. Ticket fee.
Farmer's Market at New Goshen Presbyterian Church, every Saturday, 9am-12:30pm
LaGrange Farmer's Market in Downtown LaGrange, every Saturday, 8am-1pm
Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood - check their website for class schedule.

July Events:

FREE! 7/1: Grand Opening Celebration at Fitz Freeze Frozen Treats in LaGrange, 2-4pm Free shaved ice.

FREE! 7/4: Fourth of July Celebration at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area), 6:30pm. Fireworks at 10pm.

7/5: First Furry Friendly Thursdays at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 4-8pm

FREE! 7/6: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing The Wizard of Oz at 2pm

7/6: Sweet Painting Party at Serendipity Café in LaGrange, 6-9pm

FREE! 7/7: Walsh Park Family Outreach at Walsh Park in LaGrange, 11am-2pm

7/7: Firecracker 5k Run and 2 mile walk Westport Park in Westport, 8am

FREE! 7/11: Hooked on Science at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am, 1pm & 6pm. Tickets handed out 30 minutes prior to each show. First come, first served.

FREE! 7/11: Kids Animal Tales at Ballardsville Baptist Church in Crestwood, 6-7:30pm

7/12-14: Charade at Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 7pm

FREE! 7/12: Minecraft Lego Night at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange for ages 5-8, 6-7:30pm, registration required.

FREE! 7/12: Wolfe Brothers concert at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6-7:30pm

7/12: Trivia Night benefitting OCCS at 3rd Turn in Crestwood, 6-9pm

7/13: All About Kids Slumber Party in Crestwood 6:30pm-9am $38 6:30pm-11pm $28 Ages 4-10 or Tween Lock-In 11-14

FREE! 7/13: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Coco at 2pm

FREE! 7/13: NerfNite at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6-8pm, registration required.

7/13: Sunset Concert Series with Yapa & Hey Hey Honey at FoxHollow Farm in Crestwood, 6-9pm $12 advance purchase/$16 at-the-door. FREE for children ages 3-12 if tickets purchased in advance/$5 at-the-door.

FREE: 7/14: St. Aloysius Church Picnic in Pewee Valley, 1-11pm (some activities have a fee)

7/14: Welcome Sign Porch Leaner Paint Party at Waxy Beans in Crestwood, 1-3pm, $39

7/14: Barnyard Fun at the Dahlgren Pioneer Barn at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. Some costs depending upon activity. 10am-12pm

 photo Family Fun Day 2018 300x250 copy_zpsizjfwz4g.pngFREE! 7/15: Family Fun Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen, 11am-3pm

FREE! 7/18: Lexington Philharmonic Petting Zoo at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am, 1pm & 6pm. Tickets handed out 30 minutes prior to each show. First come, first served.

FREE! 7/19: Minecraft Lego Night at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange for ages 9-12, 6-7:30pm, registration required.

7/19: Third Thursday Tunes with Billy Goat Strut Revue at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 5-8pm

FREE! 7/20: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Moana at 2pm

7/20: Oldham County Grand Slam Oldham County Festival YMCA 5K at Covenant United Methodist Church in LaGrange, 7:30pm

7/20, 21, 22, 28, 29: Blithe Spirit at Little Colonel Playhouse in Pewee Valley, showtimes at 7:30pm except 7/22 & 29 are at 2pm. Ticket fee.

FREE! 7/21: Oldham County Day in Downtown LaGrange, 9am-4pm

7/21: Garden Game Day at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 10am-4pm

FREE! 7/25: Madcap Puppets presents Rumplestiltskin at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 1pm & 6pm. Tickets handed out 30 minutes prior to each show. First come, first served.

7/26: Build Your Own Fairy Garden at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 6-7:30pm

FREE! 7/27: Oldham County Public Library Movie Day in LaGrange is playing Tangled at 2pm

FREE! 7/27: Trackside Tunes Summer Concert Series  in LaGrange, 6:30-10pm

7/28: YMCA Family Mud Run in Buckner, 8:30am-1pm

FREE! 7/28: Quads Rod & Custom Car Show in Downtown LaGrange, 5-9pm

FREE! 7/28: Norton Commons Music by the Water Concert in Prospect with Jimmy G & the Sidewinders and Brutally Handsome, 6:30pm

FREE! 7/28: Knock on Wood Country Mercantile Pickin on the Porch Concert in Westport, 6-9pm

7/31-8/4: Oldham County Fair in LaGrange

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pickin on the Porch at Knock On Wood in Westport, KY

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We know we've mentioned Knock On Wood Country Mercantile a few times in our posts, but seriously, you need to visit!

During the summer they have front porch sitting fun on the last Saturday of the month.  This cute restaurant and store sets up tables, chairs and tents outside where patrons can listen to live music, eat food fresh from the grill and sip on sweet tea.

This year, MileWide Beer Company will be for sale for the 21 and over guests.  Don't worry, there are treats for those that don't want beer.  Their ice cream pies are huge - share a slice with your kids.  A couple other favorites are the Blue Bell ice cream shakes and ice cream cookie sandwiches.

Enjoy the entertainment 6-9pm.  Grab a couple of lawn chairs and slow down in Westport at Knock on Wood's Pickin on the Porch.

Lineup for 2018 Summer:
6/30 Robbie Cox
7/28 The Serenades
8/25 Allen Lane
9/29 Laurie Jane & Cort

Knock on Wood is located at 7001 Main Street Westport, Ky

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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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Thursday, June 14, 2018

4th of July Events Around Oldham County

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Aquatic Center Fun!
At 2pm, the John W. Black Aquatic Center will kick off the 4th of July Festivities with fun at the pool!  Activities include:
  • Singing
  • Flag Ceremony
  • Pool Races
  • Kiddie Patriotic Swimwear Contest
  • Adult Cannonball Contest
  • The Greased Watermelon Dive
Admission to the Aquatic Center:
Ages 13-59 $6
Ages 3-12 $5
60 and up $4
Children 2 and under FREE

Hours on Wednesday, July 4th 12pm-7pm

Park & Firework Fun!
The pool will close at 7pm and there will be more entertainment at Wendell Moore Park 6:30-9:30pm.  DJ and fireworks show at 10pm. 
Read our review of the park here to learn what there is to do at the park.

Wendell Moore Park & John W. Black Aquatic Center are located at:
1551 North Highway 393 LaGrange, Ky 40031 (Buckner area.)

Firecracker 5k Run!
Continue the celebration with the Oldham County Parks & Rec Firecracker 5k Run and 2 Mile Walk on July 7th at Westport Park in Westport, KY beginning at 8am.

Visit the Oldham County Parks & Rec website here or their Facebook page here.

Events in and around Louisville - here!

Prospect (Jefferson County) - still waiting on 2018 information for this annual event.
July 4th "Boomsday"
North Oldham County families close to Cowley Park in Prospect can celebrate the 4th of July together. Activities include:
  • Bouncy houses
  • Climbing walls
  • Obstacle course
  • Wet and dry slides
  • Food trucks
  • Trackless train
  • Much more!
Parade beginning at Westover Drive around 6pm.
Fireworks at dusk around 9:40pm.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Children in the Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood

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 photo 144eba2c-1684-41dc-86c1-6b880428af68_zpsxfmbicml.jpgCrestwood's Yew Dell Botanical Gardens has a wonderful children's program during the Spring and Summer months.  Children in the Dell is a program geared toward children ages 5-10.  Beginning in May and ending in August, this Saturday morning program is free for children with admission.  Admission to Yew Dell is free for children 5 and under and $5 for children 6-17.

Registered children meet at the log cabin beginning at 10:30am for instruction on what the program theme is for the Saturday.  This is a rain or shine event and generally includes a tour of the gardens, maybe some other structures on the grounds, a craft and other information on and fun with nature.  Walk-ups are welcome as long as there is room.

The instructors are passionate and energetic.  Even though it is an instructor-led class, adults are asked to stay with the children and participate too.  Children in the Dell is a great way for children to tour the grounds in a fun, engaging manner.  There is usually something the kids are looking for or gathering to go along with the theme.  During our visit, we were making a bird's nest, so the children walked the grounds searching for small items birds would use to make a nest.  The children then took the items back to the cabin to make the bird's nest craft. 

 photo art_zpsj5pkroxf.jpgOnce back at the cabin, there was a snack and water break for everyone.  We spent about 30 minutes walking around Yew Dell.  We met several other staff and volunteer members and got to learn about hidden areas and little treasures around Yew Dell.  This is how we discovered the Fairy Garden - definitely something everyone should stop in to see!

The program is scheduled until noon and guests are welcome to continue visiting and touring the Gardens.  Several of the families had picnics or a short hike planned for after Children in the Dell. Children in the Dell is a great way to learn more about nature, plants, vegetables and what it entails to keep up the Gardens.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is located at 6220 Old LaGrange Road in Crestwood.  Be sure to register children for the program to ensure you have a spot on Saturday.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

5 Exciting Things About the Oldham County Library Summer Reading Program

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This post contains general information about the Summer Reading Program and 2018 dates.

Summer is just a few short weeks away! Kick it off with the Oldham County Public Library Summer Reading Program!

1. The Learning Experiences!
Our librarians sure know how to make reading and learning super fun! They have a schedule jam-packed with different activities. The 2018 Theme is "Libraries Rock." Readers can sign up for some hands-on learning, stories and more. There are different activities for different ages each week. Program ages begin at babies all the way up to adults. We enjoyed the math enrichment program last year, Crazy 8's.  Teens and adults should not miss out on the calendar full of great programs this summer! *Special tip for families: sign ups are required for some of these programs and they usually open one week prior to each class. Check the website early in the morning or watch Facebook!

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2. Family Programs!
There are a lot of programs that the kids get to do alone with the great librarians, but there are also events planned for the entire family to enjoy together.  There is a Nerf Night, Family Concerts and movies.  We, of course, like that summer reading means that families can read together too!

3. The Special Guests!
Expect to see popular guests return like Madcap Puppets and Silly Safaris.  Get groovy with Pete the Cat author, Eric Litwin, learn about our animal friends at Kentucky Down Under and more! *Special tip for families: Some of these shows are first come, first serve, so make sure you watch the schedule and arrive early!

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Not only is reading beneficial for development and continuous learning over the summer break, but the kids get rewarded for their effort!  Readers can collect beads for each day of reading and then a brag tag after five days of reading.  Summer coupons are also rewarded after five days of reading.  Complete five sets of five days of reading and get a pool party pass and more local coupons.
Pool parties are at the Oldham County Aquatic Center!  Pool parties are scheduled the 2018 summer by elementary schools for July 30th, August 6th & August 8th.  Make sure you get a pass for your pool party date!  (The parties, of course, include preschool, homeschool, private and nearby county schools, too.)

5. More and More Fun!
We love that the program includes evening and drop-in activities with such things as crafts, legos, family story time and more.  Everyone loves a good indoor movie when it's just too hot or gloomy outside.  The library has some great films lined up!  *Special tip for families: get comfy during the movie!  Bring some blankets, pillows and snacks.  Enjoy that time together!

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Shiver Shack in Crestwood, KY

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Did you try a cool shaved ice treat from Shiver Shack in Crestwood last summer?  They are opening for the season on Monday, June 11th!  This is probably my kids' favorite summer treat!

Shiver Shack has over 32 flavors to choose from and several different size options available.  Choose one of the combos they suggest or make your own!  A few of our favorites are: Tiger's Blood, Wedding Cake, Cotton Candy and The Patriot!

Kiddie 6oz for $2
Small 12oz for $3
Regular 16oz for $4
Large 24oz for $5
(Cash only.)

Make sure you get a punch card where every 10th shaved ice is FREE!

Shiver Shack is located in Crestwood Station on 146, near the new Taylor Orthodontics location and Chase Bank.  There are several umbrella covered picnic benches for guests. 

Open Monday-Saturday 1:00-9:30pm, Closed on Sundays
*Hour are weather permitting.  Always check their Facebook page for updates.

Go get your shiver on!

Looking for directions to Shiver Shack?
Taylor Orthodontics' address is: 6010 Crestwood Station, Crestwood, KY 40014
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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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