Monday, May 20, 2019

A to Z Guide to Summer Fun in Oldham County, KY

Summer fun is as easy as A, B, C! Read our fun list of family-friendly events happening this summer!


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Arts on the Green & Colonial Trade Faire on June 1st-2nd in downtown LaGrange!

Bring your pets to Family Fun Day on July 13th at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen!

Celebrate the 4th of July at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area)!

Dive into the pool at the Aquatic Center in LaGrange! See our swim lesson list!

Eat out! Check out our Kids Eat Free list!

Fish at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area).

Go down to the river in Westport for Rollin' on the River Food Truck Festival on September 7th!

Head to one of the many playgrounds in Oldham County!  Try disc golf at Wendell Moore Park!

Invite some friends to go to the St. Aloysius Parish Picnic in Pewee Valley on July 13th!

Jump at All About Kids Sports Center in Crestwood or Power and Grace in Prospect.

Kick back and relax at the Pewee Valley Summer Festival on August 3rd!

LaGrange Farmers Market every Saturday morning on Main Street.

Make your inner artist happy at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood-programs for all ages!

Nature walk at one of Oldham County's hiking trails.

Obstacle course fun on July 27th at the YMCA in Buckner or try a family-friendly road race. See our list here.

Parade watch in downtown LaGrange on Oldham County Day on July 20th.

Quads Cars will be set up on Main Street in LaGrange every 4th Saturday of the month.

Rock out at one of the many Summer Concerts!  Check out our Outdoor Concerts list.

Sign up for a Vacation Bible School! See our VBS list!

Try a Summer Camp! See our list here!

Unplug from electronics and kayak down Harrod's Creek with Nachand Kayak and Canoe in Prospect.

Visit a farm in Oldham County.  Check out our Animal Encounters list.

Watch a family-friendly movie together!  See our list of FREE Summer Movies (currently updating)! The Sauerbeck Family Drive-in Theater is also set to open this summer.

X-change books at the library and go on an adventure to outer space with the Oldham County Public Library reading program.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood has several programs over the summer from Children in the Dell every Saturday, the Fairy Village, Scavenger Hunts and more!

Zip around on rides at the Oldham County Fair July 30th-August 3rd at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in LaGrange.
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Weekend Fun for Oldham County Families

Here are some fun ideas for May 17-19, 2019

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Friday: Tonight's a good night for some live outdoor music! Catch a free concert in Downtown LaGrange at Trackside Tunes featuring The Vinyl Kings 6:30-10pm
Tonight is also the start of Foxhollow Farm's Sunset Concert Series featuring Lauren Eylise, Josyln & the Sweet Compression 6pm

Saturday: Wake up early and go check out the LaGrange Farmers' Market & Artisans 8am-1pm.  While you're up early, head over to the Prospect/Goshen area for the Oldham County Hwy 42 Yard Sale 9am-4pm
There is also a new East End Farmer's Market just outside of Oldham County (off Factory Lane) featuring some Oldham County farmers. On Saturday they are hosting a free kids day featuring farm animals and fun activities for kids. 2:30-6:30pm

Sunday: Visit Yew Dell Botanical Gardens with your pooch.  It's Hounds on the Grounds Day, which means your four-legged friend can join you while you explore Yew Dell.  There is also an Artisan Day at Yew Dell on Sunday 12-4pm.

Check out the weekend fun in Louisville!

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Children's Choir at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center

Does your child love music and singing? Sign up for auditions for next semester's Children's Choir.

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The Oldham County Children's Choir is holding auditions this week.  This group is for Elementary - Middle School children.  Learn more below.

Audition Information:

  • Auditions will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 6:45-8:15pm at the OCS Arts Center. Even if your child is not available on this date, leave your information with the Arts Center so that another audition time can be set up.
  • Auditions are open for the Treble Choir (K-2nd), Concert Choir (3rd-5th) and Bel Canto Choir (6th-8th). 
  • Please call the OCS Arts Center at (502) 241-6018 to schedule an audition. Children should be prepared to sing 1 minute of a favorite song (a cappella).

Children's Choir Information:
  • Choir is a 15 week semester for $135, plus a uniform fee and runs August-December.
  • Treble Choir (K-2nd) meets Thursdays 4:20-5:10pm 
  • Concert Choir (3rd-5th) meets Thursdays 5:10-6:00pm
  • Bel Canto Singers (6th-8th) meets Thursdays 6-6:50pm 

Oldham County Schools Arts Center, 7105 Floydsburg Rd., Crestwood, KY 40014
Facebook page here.
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2019 Vacation Bible Schools in Oldham County, KY

It's almost VBS time! There are so many options around the county this summer! Check out our list!


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VBS starts as soon as school lets out! Register your children today for a great, family-friendly time!

JUNE

May 31 - June 5: Phos Community Church in Crestwood
Theme: Alive Sports Camp
6/3-6/5: For ages 4 years old (have not completed Kindergarten yet) 10am-12pm
6/3-6/5: Children who just completed Kindergarten-completed 3rd grade 6-8:30pm
5/31-6/1: Children 4th-5th grade 6-8pm on Friday and 10am-2pm on Saturday
6/1-6/2: Middle Schoolers 6-9pm on Saturday and 3-8pm on Sunday
Facebook page here.

June 17-20: Saint John United Methodist Church in Prospect
Theme: Miraculous Mission
For ages: 4 years old-through rising 5th graders
9:30am-12pm
Facebook page here.

June 17-21: LaGrange Baptist Church
Theme: In the Wild
For ages 4 years old-6th grade
9am-12:15pm
Facebook page here.

June 23-27: Ballardsville Baptist Church in Crestwood
Theme: The Incredible Race
For ages: 4 to grade 5
6-8:30pm
Facebook page here.

June 24-27: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in LaGrange
Theme: waiting on info
For ages: 3 year olds -5th Grade
Time: waiting on info
Facebook page here.

June 24-28: Saint Bernadette Catholic Church in Prospect
Theme: Roar! Life is wild! God is good!
For ages: 5 years old (turn 5 by 8/1)-entering 5th grade in 2019
9:30am-12pm
There is a $25 fee for the VBS.
Facebook page here.

June 24-28: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in LaGrange
Theme: Cathletics
For ages: children who are 4-those going into 5th grade.
9am-12pm
No registration fee unless you buy a CD.
Facebook page here.

June 24-28: Crestwood Baptist Church
Theme: In the Wild
For ages: 4 years old-5th grade (grade completed in 2019).
9am-12:15pm
Facebook page here.

JULY

July 15-18: Crestwood United Methodist Church
Theme: Power Up Raise Your Game
For ages: 4-rising 5th graders.
9am-12:15pm

July 22-26: DeHaven Baptist Church in LaGrange
Theme: The Incredible Race
For ages: 4 years old-5th grade.
9am-12pm
Facebook page here.

July 22-26: Covenant United Methodist Church & Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in LaGrange
Theme:
For ages: 4-12
6-8pm
Facebook page here.

July 29-August 2: Ashland Baptist Church in Buckner
Theme:
For ages: age 3 through the summer after 5th grade.
6-8:30pm
Facebook page here.

2019 Dates Coming Soon:
Christ Church at Goshen
Real Family Church
LaGrange Heights Baptist Church
LaGrange Presbyterian Church

Do you know of another VBS in the area and want to include it in our list? Please email Nicolle@louisvillefamilyfun.net
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm Tour

Journey down Highway 22 in Crestwood and you'll find the sweetest little alpaca farm.

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 photo denise tour_zpsz4ilvrp2.jpgWe had heard of Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm, but didn't realize how close it was to our home in Oldham County and how enjoyable our experience would be at the farm.

Tours are given by appointment only and are easy to set up by calling the farm.  Denise Coonley is very friendly and gave a few times to choose from that worked for our group.  She recommends keeping the tour group size between 8-10 people and all ages are welcome.  The cost is $10 per person with a $30 minimum.  The tour lasts about 1-1.5 hours.

Once we all arrived at the farm, Denise greeted us near our cars and told us a little bit about what the tour would entail.  She also went over a few rules and expectations for the tour and interacting with the alpacas.  These were simple things like where to pet the alpacas, the demeanor of the alpacas, not to run and to enjoy ourselves.

 photo feeding alpaca_zpsn7eyxr0o.jpgIt was really neat how once we were inside the alpacas' field, they walked right up to us.  Denise explained that this is not typical behavior for alpacas, but because most of her alpacas were born on her farm, they're used to being around visitors.  Some of the alpacas were more approachable than others, while others liked to just stand back and watch.  One particular alpaca, Stella, was super friendly and content having her neck rubbed so much that she plopped down on her belly to enjoy herself even more.  The alpaca fur was soft and we got a few kisses on the nose.

We spent quite a long time loving on the alpacas in the "girl field" and made our way to the "boy field" and got to hand feed two boy alpacas.  The kids loved seeing the different hairstyles and colors on the alpacas.  They really are cute animals!  We also got to hand feed some of the chickens roaming around on the farm.  We all got a kick out of feeding them marshmallows!  Don't forget to give the cats a nice rub on the head-they love to be part of the tour too.

 photo chicken feeding_zps9dgm0lc7.jpgAfter our fun outside, we got to visit Denise's fiber studio in her basement.  She brought out different fibers for the kids to touch and to see the different textures between each one.  She also showed us some of her beautiful scarves and shawls that she creates and the machines and tools she uses to make them.  Each visitor got to make something using wool fiber.  During our tour, the kids got to make a cat toy by wrapping small pieces of colored wool around a plastic ball.  The ball was then placed in water, given a drop of dish soap, then placed inside a stocking for a few turns in the kids' palms.  The kids learned how the dish soap acted as a binding agent for the different strands of wool that they put around the ball.  The final product was a colorful cat toy!  Denise does different crafts on her tours, so make sure you ask about them when you book your tour.

I think what is so special about the alpaca part of the farm tour is that Denise obviously loves her alpacas and loves to share them with visitors.  The tour is extremely laid back and interactive.  Denise is patient with the children and answers the many questions that are asked.  We never felt rushed to move from one area to the next.  We loved hearing the stories about each alpaca and what makes them unique.  Denise also incorporates educational facts about the alpacas and what it takes to maintain the farm.

The fiber studio was incredible.  I love that the kids could have a hands-on experience inside and outside.  They were able to see how alpaca fur can be used for different things in our world and the work that goes into making the creations.  Again, Denise was super welcoming and patient inside her home.  Everything was age appropriate and interesting to the children.

Our experience at Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm was memorable, enjoyable, educational and relaxing.  We cannot say enough good things about Denise and the gentle alpacas we got to meet.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page about possible birthday parties held on the farm.  Book a tour at this great gem in Oldham County!

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Hear from some of the visitors that were part of our tour:
I loved petting, hugging and feeding the alpacas.  They were so loving. - Kelli, age 6
I loved when the alpacas were smelling me. - J.R., age 5
I loved being close to the animals. - Elin, age 5
It was awesome! My favorite part was hugging Stella and feeding the chickens marshmallows! -Sarah, age 7
What an awesome place to visit! Denise was very friendly, knowledgeable and willing to answer all of our questions. The tour was very age appropriate for our kids and she even had them participate in a craft that we could take home! - Molli
We had a great experience.  Denise is so nice and her tour was very kid-friendly.  It was definitely worth the cost. I would recommend this to a friend! - Rachael


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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Hiking & Walking Trails in Oldham County, KY

Let's get moving this Spring!

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The county has a variety of trails for all skill levels and distances - something for everyone!  Below is a list of some of our favorite areas to get out and explore with your family!

Crestwood

Briar Hill Park includes a nice paved path, creek, a natural path and according to KYMBA currently there are mountain bike trails under construction. Restrooms, playground, tennis courts and sand volleyball court. Free, operated by Oldham County Parks & Recreation.

Fox Hollow Farm has hiking trails and horse trails for members of the Brownsboro Alliance.

Yew Dell Gardens boasts more than a mile of hiking trails, three woodland ponds, and loads of space to get away from it all in the terrific garden spaces with numerous walks and neat buildings. Visitors can access trails through the gate at the base of the meadow below the castle.  (Make sure you close the gate behind you to keep deer from entering the gardens!) Explorer backpacks and a scavenger hunt game are available for families to check out, too! Restrooms are available. See admission and hours on their website.

Pewee Valley

Central Park is a beautiful place for a quick, quiet stroll. Train lovers can walk over to the red caboose for a photo opp.  Free, community led project.

LaGrange

 photo hiking 1_zpsh1ipmvag.jpgMorgan Conservation Park is a hidden gem with several trails (some steep, but worth it), good sized creek that begs exploration, small waterfalls, an old barn, ponds, a glade, meadows, and an old family burial site. No restrooms. Perfect to pair with a stop for the tastiest ice cream pies ever at Knock on Wood Country Mercantile in Westport and a visit to the little riverside Westport Park with restrooms, playground, and picnic tables for enjoying your well-earned treat! Both parks free, operated by Oldham County Parks & Recreation.

Wendell Moore Park offers great paved paths with some running alongside the water. Paved paths can be located past the football fields. Visitors can choose to do the measured loops or continue around all the way back to the playground or even farther connecting to the next property via the path behind the John W. Black Aquatic Center. Restrooms, playground, tennis, covered picnic areas and more! An added bonus is that you can fish at a floating dock or from the bank.  Free, operated by Oldham County Parks & Recreation. (Park located in Buckner area.)

Wilborn Park is near L&N Lake where you can see (but not feed) lots of geese. There are no hiking trails available, but there is a tiny nature exploration off to the side, as you enter the park, with pretty photo opportunities.  There is also plenty of room to stretch your legs in the park, walking around the L&N Lake trail that includes several wooden bridges. Restrooms and playground. Free, operated by City of La Grange.

Oldham County Greenways has, in addition to the great paths at Wendell Moore Park, completed several other projects and has an inspired master plan to bring more safe pedestrian and bike trails that will preserve and enhance the natural environment and outdoor recreational opportunities, for the quality of life for citizens, visitors, and wildlife. Check out their site for other places to venture! Commerce Parkway is great for walking and bike riding!

Goshen

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is a wonderful place with numerous trails, a paved path, woodland garden, ponds, small seasonal waterfall, lots of places to rest, nature center open during special events & limited weekdays, and so much more! Restrooms and playground. Free, donor supported.

Buckner

Oldham YMCA Outdoor Walking Trail is available to the community for those who want a breath of fresh air.  YMCA members can enjoy all of the other popular facilities and fitness opportunities they offer.

Prospect

Belknap Community Park at Lion’s Club is a nice quick stop with a short loose gravel trail around the perimeter of property and small seasonal waterfall. Small, old-school playground. No restrooms. Free, supported through event rentals at the facility.


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Harrods Creek Park is a fantastic space that has several trails, one of which goes alongside the creek with swinging benches to rest or enjoy the view. Other trails offer more challenge and a good variety. No restrooms. Free, operated by City of Prospect.

Hays Kennedy Park features a short walking or biking paved path, but many don’t realize there is the lovely Garvin Brown Preserve on the other side with charming pastoral views, pretty hiking trails, and even access to a fun little spot on the river. Restrooms, playground and basketball available on the park side. Free, park operated by City of Louisville and preserve provided by River Fields.

Little Hunting Creek Park has a fun little shallow stream and very short trail that may eventually connect to Putney Pond trails. No restrooms. Free, operated by City of Prospect.

Putney Pond & Woodlands offers a few trails with some steep areas.  You can also walk over to the pond. This park will eventually connect to Hunting Creek Park Trail. No restrooms. Free, operated by City of Prospect.


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Monday, April 29, 2019

May Events in Oldham County

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RECURRING EVENTS:
FREE! Oldham County Public Library there are no special programs planned for May as the library prepares for their Summer Reading Program, but visitors can always visit and play with the Maker Boxes, Steam Crates and more!
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 and Sunday, 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.
Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood Preschool Family Art Classes offered on Thursday and Saturday each week.
Power & Grace Gymnastics in Prospect Open Gym. Check their website for updated information.
All About Kids in Crestwood Open Gym & Swim. Check their website for updated information.
History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange 10-11am on Thursdays: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23
LaGrange Farmers Market - every Saturday 8am-1pm

May Events:

5/2: FREE! Make a Derby stick horse at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 3:30-5pm

5/4: Cooking at the Hearth at the Oldham County History Center in Lagrange, 11am-1pm

5/6-11: Main Street Week in Downtown LaGrange

5/9: Bourbon & Botanicals at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 5:30-8pm

5/10: Mother/Son Dance at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area), 6:30-8:30pm $15/couple $5 each additional son.

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

5/10: FREE! Trackside Tunes with Allen Lane Band in Downtown LaGrange, 6:30-10pm

5/10-11: The Spring Market at 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens in Crestwood, 4-9pm

5/11: Mother's Day Clay Workshop at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 10am-12pm, $15

5/11: FREE! Pick the Parks at various Oldham County Parks, 10am-12pm

5/11: LaGrange's Farmers Market Opens in Downtown LaGrange, 8am-1pm

5/11: FREE! Ford Drive Event with Oldham County Educational Foundation held at Kenwood Station Elementary School in Crestwood, 9am-3pm

5/11: Color Me Kind Fun Run at River Valley Christian Church in Prospect, 9am-12pm

5/12: FREE! Shakespeare in the Park at Norton Commons, 6:30-8:00pm

5/16: Bourbon & Botanicals at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 5:30-8pm

5/17: Sunset Concert Series at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood with Lauren Eylise, Josyln & the Sweet Compression, 6-9pm

5/17: FREE! Trackside Tunes with The Vinyl Kings of Louisville in Downtown LaGrange, 6:30-10pm

5/17: All About Kids Slumber Party in Crestwood 6:30pm-9am $38 6:30pm-11pm $28 Ages 4-10 or Tween Lock-In 11-14

5/17: Date Night in Clay at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 7-9:15pm

5/18: Down & Dirty Mud Run at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area), firest wave at 9am. $30 up to 4/30, $40 after.

5/18: Parent's Nite Out at the Norton Commons YMCA, 6-9:30pm

5/18: FREE! Oldham Co Prospect/Goshen Yard Sale with the Weil Team, 9am-4pm

5/19: FREE! Cody's Cause 4th Annual Community Picnic at Maples Park in Crestwood, 3-7pm

5/19: Artisan Day at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 12-4pm

5/20: FREE! Come Sew with Us: Pillows at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Office in LaGrange, 3-8pm

5/23: Bourbon & Botanicals at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 5:30-8pm

5/23-25: Our Town at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 7pm

5/25: John Black Aquatic Center Opening Day

5/25: FREE! Barnyard Fun at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, 10am-12pm

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

5/25: FREE! Pickin' on the Porch at Knock on Wood Country Mercantile in Westport with The Serenades, 6-9pm

5/25: FREE! Norton Commons Music by the Water in Prospect with Funk's on Fire, 6:30-10pm

5/25: Resin Jewelry Class at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 7-9:15pm

5/30: Bourbon & Botanicals at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 5:30-8pm

5/31: Butterfly Ball & Dinner at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve 6-10pm
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea

Support ovarian cancer awareness & local businesses at The Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea.

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Every April, Downtown LaGrange blooms with joy for their annual Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea.  This special event brings awareness to ovarian cancer while showcasing all that Downtown LaGrange merchants and businesses have to offer.

 photo tea cups and barn_zps28khok0r.jpegThe day begins at the Oldham County History Center where visitors check in, receive their raffle tickets, special teacup, and gift bag.  After this, the visitors are free to explore Downtown LaGrange at their leisure.  There are over twenty merchants and restaurants participating in the 2019 event, held on April 28th this year.  This is a great time to shop and get to know business owners.

Look for the special teal ribbons and tea signs in the windows indicating the business is a participating partner for the event.  Inside the business, you will find a refreshing beverage and treat.  Some of the displays are too beautiful to eat.  The tea is warm, iced and some businesses will put their own twist on the tea.  Don't forget to put your raffle tickets at your favorite store!

This beautiful event is a wonderful way to support local businesses, enjoy the company of friends and delicious treats and support women's health.

The 2019 event is April 28th, 1-5pm.  There is a special blessing for those thriving at 12:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event.  The Oldham County History Center is located at 106 N 2nd Avenue.  More information can be found on Downtown LaGrange's website here or the Facebook event here.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Swim Lessons in Oldham County, KY

Summer is coming, which means more swimming! Learn where to find lessons around Oldham County.

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It's never too early to have your child learn about water safety or improve their swimming technique through swim lessons.  Here is a list of swim lessons available in Oldham County.  Do you know of other swim lessons available? Let us know, we'll add it to our list!

Oldham County YMCA in Buckner (indoor pool) - Swim lessons available to members and non-members.  Group and private lessons starting at age 6 months and up.  Lessons available mornings and evenings weekdays and Saturday mornings.  Check their website for lesson fee - various prices for different levels and lesson types.  Swim lessons also available at the Norton Commons YMCA (Prospect).

All About Kids Sports Center in Crestwood (indoor pool) - Group and private lessons available in mornings and evenings on weekdays and Saturday mornings.  Children 4-12 months receive FREE swim lessons.  Various rates for different levels.  Homeschool lessons available.

John W. Black Aquatic Center in LaGrange (outdoor pool) - Seasonal swim lessons available for all skill levels ages 3 and up.  Six lessons for $60.  Registration opens in May.

The Club at Paramont in Prospect (indoor pool) - Contact the clubhouse for swim lesson information.  Several swim instructors offer lessons throughout the year.

Oldham County Country Club in LaGrange (outdoor pool) - We have been told swim lessons are available at this facility. Contact this business directly for more information.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Woodland Farm Visit

Sitting along the Ohio River in Goshen is the wonderful Woodland Farm.  We visited this beautiful working farm last Fall and fell in love. 

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Oldham County is home to several horse farms, but at Woodland Farm, visitors can learn about Kentucky bison and sustainable farm practices.

 photo pigs_zpsazlfznzd.jpegWoodland Farm is over 150 years old and is on the National Register of Historical Places. It was once slated to be subdivided until Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson purchased the farm in 1996 and turned it into the farm it is today.  Lucky for us, the farm offers tours for visitors to explore and learn more about the land and animals.

Our tour started at the farm store where we were picked up by farm manager, Kristopher Kelly.  We hopped in the back of his pickup truck and set out on our tour.  The first stop on the 1,000 acre farm was to visit the bison.  We stopped in the middle of a field where several bison surrounded us.  Kristopher spoke to us for a while about the animals and answered our questions.  It was neat to learn about the bison and see them up close.  There were several babies in the field that the kids enjoyed seeing.

After leaving the bison, we drove closer to the Ohio River where we passed a beautiful home, garden and developing orchards.  We zig-zagged our way through the woods down to the Ohio River, stopping to see the green bunnies and for Kristopher to point out old tree forts hiding in the woods.  Many of the structures on the farm were built using lumber from trees on the farm, adding to the sustainable process the farm prides itself on.  Visitors will notice unusual creatures in the fields including the green bunnies and pink snails located near the entrance to the farm.  The artwork adds joy and beauty to the tour.

 photo snails_zpsn0ajr2qz.jpegOn the banks of the Ohio River, we stopped and walked to visit the pigs and chickens.  We caught some of the piglets rushing back to their moms, ducking under the fencing and squealing along the way.  Kristopher found some remnants of corn in an adjacent field and let the kids feed it to some of the pigs.  In this area we also saw chickens and learned about the different breeds of pigs and chickens on the farm.

We loaded back in the truck bed and made our way back to the farm store for the end of our tour.  We marveled at the vastness and beauty of the farm.  We left with a new appreciation of how much work goes into the daily chores and upkeep of Woodland Farm.

Tours are open to the public April-October and are generally held on the first Thursday of the month at 10:30am. If you have a group of ten or more people tours can can be scheduled any weekday.  Tour prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children.  There is a discount for large groups.

Woodland Farm is located at 4716 Greenhaven Lane in Goshen, Kentucky.


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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Outdoor Concerts in or Near Oldham County

Grab the family, the lawn chairs and snacks and check out some of these outdoor concerts scheduled!

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Check out the lineup for outdoor concerts in Oldham County and the surrounding area.  Most of the concerts are free and family-friendly!

As with any event, please make sure you check with the business or venue beforehand.  Schedules are subject to change due to weather or other reasons without Oldham Family knowing.

In alphabetical order:

Bourbon & Botanicals
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, Admission fee, FREE for members
Every Thursday beginning May 9-July 25th
5:30-8pm, music starts at 6:30pm

Foxhollow Farm Sunset Concert Series
Crestwood, 6-9pm, Ticket Fee
5/17 - Lauren Eylise, Josyln & the Sweet Compression
6/7 - The Queen City Silver Stars, Pennies & Roses
6/21 - Nellie Pearl, Jeri Katherine Howell
8/23 - Magnolia Boulevard, The Dive
9/13 - Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters, Britton Patrick Morgan

Knock on Wood Pickin' on the Porch
Westport, 6-9pm, FREE
5/25 - The Serenades
6/29 - Jordan Bales
7/27 - The CMN Trio
8/31 - Robby Cox
9/28 - Lorie Jane & Cort Duggins

Little Kentucky River Winery
Bedford, 7-10pm
6/1 - Don Edlin
6/8 - Allen Lane
6/15 - Elvis Tribute Artist Todd Bodeheimer
6/22 - Robby Cox
6/29 - Jay Stewart
7/13 - Allen Lane
7/20 - Robby Cox
7/27 - The Troubadours of Divine Bliss
8/3 - Don Edlin
8/10 - Robby Cox
8/17 - Allen Lane, Acoustic Country and Rock
9/7 - Jay Stewart
9/14 - Elvis Tribute Artist Todd Bodeheimer
9/21 - Robby Cox
9/28 - TBD

Norton Commons Music By the Water
Prospect (Louisville area), 6:30-10pm, FREE
5/25 - Funk's on Fire
7/27 - Cool Covers & Dance Ditties
8/24 - The Brits are Back!
These two concerts are scheduled in June, but are not part of the Music By the Water series:
6/8 - Hand in Hand Ministries Amphitheater Concert
6/27 - SpiropalLOUza to Benefit Cure CF Inc 1-10pm (ticket fee)

Pewee Valley Concert in the Park
Central Park, Pewee Valley, 6-10pm, FREE
6/8 - Double Trouble Band

Smith Berry Winery Dinner & Concert Series
New Castle, 6-9:30pm, Ticket fee
5/25 - Brutally Handsome
6/8 - Melody Ressurrection
6/22 - Rigby's
7/13 - Usual Suspects Band
7/27 - The Mixers
8/10 - Radiotronic
8/24 - Louisville Brass & Electric
9/14 - PoJo
9/28 - Conch Republic
10/12 - From Paris

Trackside Tunes
LaGrange, 6:30-10pm, FREE
4/19 - The Allen Lane Band
5/17 - The Vinyl Kings of Louisville
6/21 - Hot Brown Smackdown
7/19 - Soul Circus
8/16 - Ida Clare
9/20 - The Bottle Trees

3rd Turn Oldham Gardens
Crestwood, FREE
Follow them on Facebook for updates on music acts.
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Saturday, April 6, 2019

April SUNdays at the Parklands

Sunny days are coming and The Parklands of Floyds Fork has a free program to learn more about the giant star!

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If you have a space enthusiast in your family, April SUNdays is a great way to learn more about our solar system in the beautiful surroundings of the Parklands.

Two years ago, we visited The Parklands of Floyds Fork to learn more about the 2017 Solar Eclipse.  The Louisville Astronomical Society was set up at the park to educate families on how to properly view the sun.  April SUNdays in The Parklands is back again this year and there are three Sundays to participate in this free program.

April SUNdays in the Parklands is a fun program put on by the Louisville Astronomical Society. On Sundays in April, members of the Louisville Astronomical Society will be at different sections of The Parklands from 1-3pm.  Visitors can talk with a member of LAS, safely view the sun with one of their telescopes and learn about upcoming programs.

This year, visitors will
 view the sun safely as they observe Sol, the park's private star.  LAS members will also show visitors sunspots and prominences on the sun, teach about NASA’s Parker Solar Probe which is orbiting the sun and have a meteorite collection on hand.

The Louisville Astronomical Society members are very passionate and love to educate everyone about the solar system.  We love seeing them set up at different areas of town and how patient and giving they are with their time and resources.  Definitely try to check out one of the Sunday events and enjoy The Parklands as well.


April 7 - PNC Achievement Center, Beckley Creek Park
April 14 - Cliffside Center, Broad Run Park
April 28 - PNC Achievement Center, Beckley Creek Park

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

April Events in Oldham County

Well, hello April! What do you have in store for us?

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Short sleeves, relaxing and blowing bubbles out in nature. That looks wonderful, doesn't it? Fingers crossed April brings us warm weather for all of these fun events!

RECURRING EVENTS:

FREE! Oldham County Public Library has various story times and other programs at their 3 locations.
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 and Sunday, 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.
Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood Preschool Family Art Classes offered on Thursday and Saturday each week.
Power & Grace Gymnastics in Prospect Open Gym. Check their website for updated information.
All About Kids in Crestwood Open Gym & Swim. Check their website for updated information.
History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange 10-11am on Thursdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25

EASTER EVENTS found here.

APRIL EVENTS

4/3: FREE! Bigfoot Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. Crafts 11-12:30pm and Presentation at 1pm. No registration required. 

4/5: Parent's Night Out at the Oldham County Family YMCA in Buckner, 5-10pm

4/5-6: St. James United Methodist Church Spring Yard Sale in Pewee Valley, 8am

4/6: Leather, Sterling & Hand Enamel Purse Charms Workshop at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 1-3pm

4/6: Family Clay Date at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 1-3pm

4/8: FREE! Crafty Kids Club at the South Oldham Library in Crestwood, 4pm. Registration required.

4/10: FREE! LEGO Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4pm. Sign up online.

4/12: Hats, Houses & Hope hosted by Good News Homes at Sisters Tea Parlor in Buckner, 11:30am-1pm

4/12: Blessings in a Backpack Chili Dinner & Silent Auction at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Crestwood, 6-8pm

4/12: 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: Farm & Forest Playgroup at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, 9:30-11:30am

4/13: FREE! Knights & Fairy Story Time at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am. Sign ups online.

4/13: FREE! Spring Wildflower Walk with Tavia at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen, 10am. Donations are accepted.

4/13: FREE! Shakespeare in the Park at the Oldham County Courthouse in LaGrange, 2pm

4/15: FREE! Kids Cooking Club at the South Oldham Library in Crestwood, 4pm. Sign ups online.

4/17: FREE! Kindness Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4pm. Sign ups online.

4/18: Princess Tea Party at Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner, 6:30pm

4/18: Woodsongs Coffehouse at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area)

4/18: Cooking Class at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, 6-8pm

4/19: FREE! Trackside Tunes in Downtown LaGrange

4/19-20: First Annual Derby Market at 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens in Crestwood, 4pm

4/20: 9th Annual Kentuckiana Independent Authors Fair at the LaGrange Community Center, 10am-4pm.

4/20: Farm & Forest Playgroup at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, 9:30-11:30am

4/20: Jr Ranger Program at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, 10:30-11:30am

4/20: Earth Day 5k at Morgan Conservation Park in LaGrange, 8am

4/20: Fashion and FURiends at City Place in Lagrange supporting the Oldham County Humane Society, 12-4pm

4/20: Demo Derby at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in LaGrange, 7:30pm

4/22: FREE! Come Sew with Us: Criss Cross or Dress Shirt Aprons at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Office in LaGrange, 3-8pm

4/24: FREE! Pokemon Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4pm. Sign ups online.

4/25: FREE! Pokemon Jr Party at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4pm. Sign ups online.

4/25-27: Oliver! at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 7pm

4/27: Alice in Wonderland Tea at Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner, 12pm & 4pm

4/27: FREE! Shakespeare in the Park at Central Park in Pewee Valley, 6:30pm

4/28: 12th Annual Blue Hydrangea Tea in LaGrange, 1-5pm. Purchase tickets before it sells out.

4/29: FREE! Word Worms at the South Oldham Library in Crestwood, 4pm. Sign ups online.

4/30: FREE! Drop-in Crafts at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6-7:30pm. Make a Derby horse! Additional date on May 2nd.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Easter Events in and Around Oldham County

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

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Oldham County never disappoints when it comes to Easter egg hunts and visiting with the Easter bunny! Check out what's scheduled so far. We will continue to update the list as more organizations set their dates. 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

Lenten Fish Fry list here.
Louisville area Easter events here.


Recurring 4/13-4/21
FREE Pictures with the Easter Bunny at Cabela's in Prospect.

Saturday, 4/13

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

St. Aloysius Catholic Church
Pewee Valley
10am-12pm
$5 admission includes the hunt, bouncies and visit with Easter Bunny.

Sunday, 4/14

Real Family Church
LaGrange
11am-1pm

All About Kids Easter Egg Hunt
Crestwood
1:30-4pm
Registration. $15/$18 day of event. Price includes Open Gym

Crestwood Animal Hospital Easter Egg Hunt & Open House
Crestwood
2-5pm

Oldham County Fairgrounds
LaGrange
Oldham County's Largest egg hunt.
3-5pm

Wednesday, 4/17

Ballardsville Baptist Church
Crestwood
6:00pm

Saturday, 4/20

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Moved indoors per Facebook post here
LaGrange
9-10am

Mt. Tabor UMC
Crestwood - Held at Ballardsville Fire Station #2
10am-11:30am
Egg hunt and pancake breakfast.
Please note this is not at the church, but down the road at the fire station 2414 W. State Hwy 22.

Crestwood United Methodist Church
Crestwood
11:30am

Saint John United Methodist Church - RAIN OR SHINE per Facebook here
Prospect
12-1:30pm
Open to ages 2 through 5th grade

DeHaven Baptist Church - RAIN OR SHINE per Facebook post here
LaGrange
1pm

Norton Commons YMCA - Cancelled per Facebook post here.
Prospect
2-4pm
Oval Park in Norton Commons

Sunday, 4/21

Phos Community Church
Crestwood
Please come to one of the three services that day and attend the egg hunt at 12:30pm.
3,000 Eggs Egg Hunt
12:30-1:30pm

Waiting on 2019 information

LaGrange Community Center
Briar Hill
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Spring Break Staycation in and Around Oldham County

Staying home for Spring Break doesn't have to be boring. Get out and explore the Oldham County & Louisville Area.

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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.

INDOOR FUN:
3/30 & 31 and 4/6 & 4/7 Check out the LaGrange Railroad Museum and have lunch on Main Street. Catch a view of a train from the observation deck.

4/3 The Oldham County Public Library has a special Big Foot Program scheduled. Drop in crafts from 11am-12:30pm and presentation at 1pm.

4/3 & 4/6 Head over to Creasey Mahan and enjoy their Nature Center. The center is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

4/4 & 4/6 Crestwood's new Cailin Art Studio has Art Together: Preschool Classes on Thursdays & Saturdays 10-11:30am

4/4 History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center. (This is intended for ages 5 and below.)

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.

Have a tea party at Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner.

Take a dip in the pool at All About Kids Sports Center in Crestwood during their open gym and swim!

Outside of Oldham County...

4/4 Art Lab for Kids: Make Your Own Emoji at the Oxmoor Apple Store. Registration required. 4-5pm

4/4 Coding Lab for Kids: Sphero Robot Obstacle Challenge at the Oxmoor Apple Store. For ages 6-12. Registration required. 6-7pm

4/5 Photo Lab for Kids: Fun Family Portraits at the Oxmoor Apple Store. For ages 5-12. Registration required. 5:30-6:30pm

4/6 Build a window birdhouse at Home Depot for free.

Check out events happening at Cabela's or visit the large aquarium.

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!

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.

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!

A little longer drive...
Have you heard of the Wi Bit? Try out this inflatable obstacle course at the Fort Knox Aquatics Center. Make your reservation before your visit. Two sessions on 4/6. Ages 6 and up can participate. More information here.

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.

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.

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 5 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...
4/6 & 4/7 Kentucky Shakespeare Shakespeare in the Park has shows scheduled on these days. Admission is free.

Visit the Crescent Hill Neighborhood area. Walk around the Crescent Hill Reservoir off Frankfort Avenue, grab a yummy baked good at Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe, check out the new store, Sadie Makes 4 and the other shops. Seneca Park is nearby too.

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.  Make sure you check out the Forest Giants too!

4/6 Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort has their ReForest Frankfort event. 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 are several events scheduled at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana during Spring Break including Turtle Time, a Waterfall Hike, crafts and more!

Check out our Spring Break Destinations List for more indoor & outdoor ideas and Spring Break Camps here!
More ideas from Louisville Family Fun here.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Spring Break Fun with Giants at Bernheim Forest

If you're staying home for Spring Break, we have a fun day trip idea for you!

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Head down to Bernheim Forest and check out the Forest Giants!  

We visited Bernheim Forest's three giants this past weekend and they were so cool to see.  Bernheim Forest has several fun activities and events planned during April 1-5.  Check out their Facebook event here for more details.  There are concerts, discovery stations, walks and more planned all around the three giants.

 photo mama_zpsdgekivfx.jpgSome tips for families planning to visit Bernheim Forest to see the Forest Giants:

1. Prepare to walk a little.  Two of the giants are close to parking areas (Little Nis and Mama Loumari).  The third giant (Little Elena) requires a little bit of a walk (not too far though) to reach her.  If you want to walk to all three of them, the whole trip is about two miles.  It's a flat walk on pavement along Arboretum Way and gravel trails near Lake Nevin (these might be tricky for some strollers).  We walked on Arboretum Way and then cut through the fun grassy field trails on our way back to our car.

2. Pack some snacks or a picnic. How cool would it be to eat your lunch with a giant?  If you forget to pack something to eat or drink, there is a cafe at the visitor's center.

3. Grab cash and quarters.  There are machines for turtle and duck food near Little Nis.  If you visit on Saturday or Sunday there is a $5 charge (for non-members) to enter Bernheim Forest.  They do take credit cards, but cash is fast.

4. Be patient.  These giants are popular.  On the day we visited, many families were taking turns getting a picture of the giants.  Everyone's excited!  Mama Loumari has an entire area behind her to check out.  Take some time to look around at what the artist, Thomas Dambo, created.

5. Hints on finding the giants: You'll see Little Nis on your right as you approach the Visitor's Center.  Mama Loumari is either a walk or drive over near the Sun Shade Loop.  The third lounging giant, Little Elena, is on the backside of Lake Nevin in the park. See a map of Bernheim Forest here or be sure to grab a map at the Visitor's Center.

 photo nis_zpsyu6vowwy.jpgWe loved visiting the giants.  We had never explored down by Lake Nevin in the park.  Because we walked to each giant, we got to see many parts of the park we normally skip over during Bernheim's special events.  We hope you get to explore Bernheim and experience these wonderful sculptures over Spring Break.  If you miss them over the school break, don't worry they will be at Bernheim 3-5 years.

Bernheim Forest is located at 2075 Clermont Rd, Clermont, KY 40110
Park hours are: open daily 7am-8pm
$5 entry charge on Saturday and Sunday
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