Tuesday, July 31, 2018

30+ August 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 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! 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. Saturday: 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25 10:30am-12pm. This program is free with admission.
History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange 8/23 & 8/30 10-11am. Free for members, $5 for non-members.
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. Preschool Family Art Classes offered on Thursday and Saturday each week.
Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance in Prospect- summer open gym times available Monday-Thursday 3-4:15pm.

August Events:

7/31-8/4: Oldham County Fair at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in Lagrange.  $12 admission includes rides.

8/2: First Furry Friendly Thursday at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 4-8pm

8/3: All About Kids Slumber Party in Crestwood 6:30pm-9am $38 6:30pm-11pm $28 Ages 4-10 or Tween Lock-In 11-14

8/3: Parent's Night Out at the Oldham County Family YMCA in Buckner, 5-10pm

8/3: Food Trucks & Farmer Fridays at the North Village Market in Norton Commons in Prospect, 4:30-7:30pm

8/4: FREE! Summer Celebration with Cailin Art Studio and Eleanor's Room in Crestwood, 11am-3pm

8/4: FREE! Pewee Valley Summer Festival in the town square 6-10pm

8/4: FREE! Kentucky Classic and Summer Festival at Hermitage Farm in Goshen, 9am-4pm

8/9: Second Summer Saunter Thursday at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 6-7pm

8/9: FREE! Swing Street Big Band at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6-7:30pm

8/10: Rockin' for Hope-Gala Event at City Place in LaGrange, 6:30-9:30pm

8/10: Sunset Concert Series with Bendigo Fletcher and Mark Charles Heidinger (formerly of Vandaveer) 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.

8/10: FREE! End of Summer Movie Night with Southeast Christian Church in LaGrange, 4-9pm

8/11 Oldham County Grand Slam Fastline’s FunRaising 5K Fastline Printing in Buckner, 8:30am

8/11: Barnyard Fun at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, 10-12pm

8/11: FREE! Guns & Hoses Charity Football Event at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area), 11am-1pm

8/16: Third Thursday Tunes at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 5-8pm

8/16: FREE! Movies at the Library: Singin' in the Rain (for adults only) at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6pm

8/17: FREE! Screen on the Green at Phos Community Church in Crestwood is playing Moana at 8pm. Movie, popcorn and candy provided for free.

8/18: FREE! Woofstock Pet Day & Butterfly Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen. 10am-2pm CANCELED

8/18: FREE! Open Game Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 1-5pm

8/18: Parent's Night Out at the Norton Commons YMCA in Prospect, 6-9:30pm

8/18: Adult Cooking Class at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, 10:30am-12pm

8/19: FREE! August Vet Academy: Careers in Veterinary Medicine at Crestwood Animal Hospital, 4:30-5:30pm

8/23: Fourth Fairy Fun Thursdays at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 6-7:30pm

8/23: Build Your Own Fairy Garden Workshop at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 6-7:30pm

8/24: Paint Night at Waxy Beans in Crestwood. More info coming soon.

8/24: FREE! Street Dance Party with City of LaGrange, 6-9pm

8/25: Date Night in Clay at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 7-9:15pm

8/25: FREE! Quads Rod & Custom Car Show in Downtown LaGrange, 5-9pm

8/25: FREE! Norton Commons Music by the Water Concert in Prospect with CMN Trio and Sail On, 6:30pm

8/25: FREE! Knock on Wood Country Mercantile Pickin on the Porch Concert with Allen Lane in Westport, 6-9pm

8/25: Under the August Moon with BATA, 6:30-9:30pm

8/31: Resin Jewelry Class at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood,

8/31: FREE! Trackside Tunes Summer Concert Series in LaGrange, 6:30-10pm
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Monday, July 30, 2018

7 Fun Reasons to Visit the Oldham County Fair

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We love that the Oldham County Fair offers the flair of a larger scale fair, but with a small town community atmosphere!  Here are our 7 FUN Reasons to visit!
  1. $12 for fair admission to the different entertainment scheduled and unlimited midway rides!  No waiting in long ride ticket lines when you get there.  Children 2 and under are FREE.  If they want to participate in the age appropriate rides, care-givers will need to purchase individual ride tickets for them.  (Cash only at the admission gates.)
  2. Fair rides, games and food!  There are rides for thrill-seekers and rides for younger children, too.  Take it easy on the Ferris wheel or go crazy on the thrilling fire ball ride!  The fair has usual fair food with corn dogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy or visitors can buy food from other food vendors. 
  3. Take a walk through the exotic animal petting zoo.  Learn about different animals or take a pony or camel ride!
  4. Oldham County residents can enjoy or enter the different contests going on during the fair.  Competitions include several categories such as best floral arrangement, photography, wine, jam, cake, bread, quilts and so much more!  Choose your competition: Floral, Home & Family Arts or Agriculture.  Cash prizes are given to the winners. Other competitions include pageants too!  Enjoy the pageantry of residents ranging from baby to Miss!  Boys and girls are in the pageants!  There is also a Mom of the Year, Dad of the Year and Special Needs competition. 
  5. Pack a lawn chair and maybe even some earplugs for the nightly racing scheduled.  Sit on top of the hill and watch such races as Demolition Derby, Truck & Tractor Pull and more. You don't want to miss the Monster trucks scheduled for the 2018 Fair!
  6. Music & Entertainment are planned during the fair also.  A magic show, 4-H activities and local teen bands and other music can be enjoyed.  Walk around the fair to learn more about local businesses, community services, leaders and more.
  7. Support your community and show pride in Oldham County!
Learn more about the different schedule of events and competitions on the Oldham County Fairgrounds website or Facebook page.

The Fairgrounds is located at 2401 West Hwy 146 in LaGrange.
The 2018 Fair is July 31-August 4.

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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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Quads Rod & Custom Car Show in LaGrange

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If you're looking for a low-key, fun activity to do with your family in the warmer months, then you should check out the Quads Rod & Custom Car Show in Downtown LaGrange.  The car show is set up every 4th Saturday of the month, beginning in May and going through September and is FREE.

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My son loves cars and learning about them, so this car show is perfect for him to experience many makes and models.  The cars are set up along Main and 2nd Streets in Downtown LaGrange and the streets are closed to traffic.  The car owners love to share about their passion for their collector car and my kids love to hear about them.  Their many questions are answered and they learn new interesting facts about restoration and the development of the car.  They love to hear the year of the cars and compare the difference between the collector car and the present day car.  My husband and I also love to hear the many stories associated with the cars.  Some car owners have cards for children to take with them or will allow children to sit in the car for a picture. 

Many different cars, hot rods, trucks, custom cars, jeeps and more are set up for the shows.  Along with the cars, the car show has a 50/50 drawing, music, door prizes and dining along Main Street.  The shows are 5-9pm and are a great way for families to develop or nurture an interest in cars or the hobby while also learning a little history about the different makes and models.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Oldham County Day!

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 photo police_zpsmbdamkck.jpgOldham County Day is always celebrated the 3rd Saturday in July in Downtown LaGrange.  The 2018 date is July 21st.
  • Watch the parade in Downtown LaGrange near the Courthouse Square on Saturday morning.  The parade route usually begins near LaGrange Elementary School on West Jefferson Street, takes a right on Walnut Street and then a right down Main Street to end at Main & 5th Avenue near the elementary school again.  The parade usually starts around 9:30am.  Make sure you arrive early to find a great spot to watch the parade!  Anticipate seeing the Grand Marshall, local school marching bands, tractors, horses, fire trucks, church, local business and other group floats that match the parade's theme for the year.  Kids are also invited to decorate their bikes and ride in the parade!
 photo living statues_zpskqzjxx2f.jpgCheck out the over 120 booths on the courthouse square.  Many of the booths feature local businesses and organizations in the Oldham County area.  Meet local politicians, learn more about locally owned businesses, churches, maybe get a freebie or enter a raffle!  Food and drinks are also on the courthouse square.  In the past, a lot of the booths had kid-friendly giveaways (like Dairy Queen ice cream coupons), bounce houses and balloon artists and visitors saw living statues. The Great Train Robbery is at 1pm at the Railroad Museum and more.  It's definitely worth checking out the courthouse square and surrounding attractions after the parade!
There is a lot of entertainment planned before and after the parade.  Listen to music while you're at the festival.  There is a great lineup of various artists.  Head to LaGrange Christian Church for "Pie in the Eye" and children's activities.

Kick off the celebration on Friday night a the City of Lagrange Street Dance.  Food trucks and music 6-10pm at the North 2nd Street Gazebo.

Enjoy a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning at the LaGrange Community Center on Jefferson Street 7-10:30am.  There is a cost for the breakfast.

Arrive early for parking! You can also sometimes find parking along the side streets surrounding the square and some local residents open their property (sometimes for a fee).

 photo train robbery_zps26oubdh5.jpgAnd of course, always check out the other businesses in LaGrange!  A lot of the businesses and restaurants have special hours and activities during Oldham County Day!
Make sure you check the official Oldham County Day website and Facebook page for updates on this special event.  We wanted to allow our readers to have a general idea of what to expect during Oldham County Day, but realize that activities, event times and entertainment acts are subject to change each year. 
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Ice Cream & Other Cool Treat Spots in Oldham County

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Whether you're in the mood for an ice cream cone, shake, frozen drink or something fruity, Oldham County has plenty of choices!

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Serendipity Café
They offer several different flavors of hand dipped ice cream and novelty ice cream.  Pair a scoop of ice cream with a piece of delicious homemade chocolate from their chocolate case!

Fitz Freeze Frozen Treats
This is a new place located at the Oldham County Fairgrounds offering Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Novelty Ice Cream.

LaGrange Coffee Roasters
If you're wanting a frozen treat with a little pick me up, try a frozen or iced coffee!  We love to sit outside and watch Main Street!

McDonald's & Dairy Queen
These are both locally owned franchises!

Red Peppermint Frozen Yogurt
This frozen yogurt shop is connected to the delicious and very popular Red Pepper Deli.  We love to grab lunch at Red Pepper Deli and then a frozen yogurt treat.  The kids love the different toppings!

Shiver Shack
This family-owned shaved iced business is open seasonally during the warmer months in Crestwood Station.  They offer a variety of combos and other flavors.  The small is HUGE! (Bring cash and make sure you check their facebook page during bad weather.)

New to Crestwood!  Visitors can customize fountain drinks, teas, coffee and more with several flavor options and then turn the drink into a float!  They also offer smoothies and refreshing lemonades.

Knock on Wood Country Mercantile
Did someone say ice cream pie?  Holy cow - their ice cream pie slices are BIG!  It is worth the drive down the hill to visit this restaurant for a cool treat.  The homemade ice cream pies, ice cream cookie sandwiches and shakes are so delicious!

IGA has a soft serve ice cream machine!  Don't forget about Dairy Queen and Homemade Pie & Ice Cream Kitchen too!
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Family Fun Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

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Every July, families can come together at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen for some good ol' fashioned summer fun! The 6th Annual Family Fun Day is scheduled for Sunday, July 15th 11am-3pm.

Louisville Family Fun, area businesses, and organizations come together and sponsor activities to celebrate families and community.  The event is free and open to the entire family.  Donations are encouraged and will go directly to Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.

 photo Family Fun Day 2018 300x250 copy_zpso8mmy8nh.pngMake sure you don't miss any of the day's activities - both indoor and outdoor.

Door prizes by Louisville Family Fun for the first 100 families.
Huge water slide from Astro Jump of Louisville.
35 booths that will offer activities for kids and/or free giveaways.
Face painting by Kid Canvas Face Painting in the Nature Center.
A sun visor craft by Louisville Audubon Society in the Nature Center.
Obstacle Course fun with Mighty Titans ($5 pass).

Zoo animals from the Louisville Zoo in the Nature Center.  (Cool down inside!)

Fire Hose splashdown with the North Oldham Fire District.  (Bring your swimsuit and a towel - you will be soaked!)

Ice-cream eating contest ($5 entry) with Valley Dairy Freeze Inc.  

Plan to enjoy lunch at the Nature Preserve.  Papa Johns Pizza and Valley Diary Freeze will be available for purchase throughout the day as well.

This is a wonderful event for families to enjoy together and offers a chance for the community to explore Creasey Mahan and also give back.  Auction items are available to bid on throughout the day.

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is located at 12501 Harmony Landing Road in Goshen.

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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.

 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.
They are open Monday-Saturday 7am-10pm
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