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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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.
Follow them on Facebook for updated hours of operation.
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