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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Spring Break Camps for Oldham County Kids

Oldham County 2019 Spring Break is April 1-5. Get your kids in a camp!

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Looking to keep your kids busy and learning during Spring Break? Check out these Spring Break Camps!

Oldham County
All About Kids Sports Center
Crestwood
April 1-5
9am-5pm (early drop-off and late pick-up available)

Cailin Art Studio
Crestwood
April 1-5
Different camps each day with a new theme for ages 6-11.
AM & PM or Full Day options.

Zubrod Stables
Prospect
April 3 10am-3pm
Ages 6 and up

Louisville
Looking for more? Check out Spring Break Camps in the Louisville Area. Several are close to Oldham County. Louisville list here.
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Monday, March 11, 2019

8 Spring Break Day Trips One Hour of Oldham County, KY


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Staying home during Spring Break, but you want to still get away for a bit?  Here are some places to consider visiting - all within an hour of Oldham County.

 photo 100_3072.jpgMadison, Indiana - This little town reminds us of LaGrange's Main Street, only slightly bigger and located next to the Ohio River, of course!  There's so much to see and do in Madison!  Check out Clifty Falls National Park, the Lanier Mansion or Broadway Fountain.  Shop and eat along Main Street or walk or bike along the sidewalk next to the Ohio River.  Red Pepper Deli is a favorite spot in Oldham County, how about trying out The Red Pepperoni on Main Street in Madison!  The Red Roaster and Eatery looks like a nice spot to grab a coffee or light snack!  (Approx. 57 minutes away) 

Salato Wildlife Education Center - Take the scenic route down US 60 through Shelby County or hop on I-64 East to check out this cool education center!  The center offers an opportunity for families to learn about different native animals through indoor and outdoor exhibits.  Look at snakes and fish inside or go outside to the trails to see a black bear and elk!  There are interactive exhibits indoors and outdoors, too!  Picnic gazebos are available outside with lots of room to run and play!  The center offers affordable entry: $5 for adults, $3 for children 5-18 and FREE for children under 5! After your visit, grab dessert at Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory!  (Approx. 53 minutes away in Frankfort, KY)

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Bernheim Forest - Plan your family's outdoor adventure or check out the Spring Break activities planned!  Discovery stations, fire tower tours and guided nature hikes planned.  These activities are all free with admission, $5 per car for non-members. (Approx. 45 minutes away in Clermont, KY)

General Butler State Park - There's a long list of things to do at this state park!  Hike, bike, camp, stay in the lodge, play tennis, visit the museum or play miniature golf! (Approx. 39 minutes away in Carrollton, KY)

Big Bone Lick State Park - This quiet state park has so much to offer visitors!  Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy one of the playgrounds and picnic areas.  Walk up to the museum to see artifacts and then walk along the discovery trails to see live bison!  Pack fishing poles if you want to cast a line in their 7.5 acre lake (must have a fishing license)!  18 hole miniature golf opens up on April 1st!  It is FREE to get in the park and museum! (Approx. 60 minutes away in Union, KY)

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Falls of the Ohio State Park - Located just a short drive over the Ohio River in Indiana, The Falls of the Ohio State Park is full of indoor and outdoor family fun!  The Interpretive Center is newly renovated with more hands-on exhibits!  Pack a lunch and eat next to the Ohio River.  Grab some dessert at The Widow's Walk Ice Creamery just down the road from the center and play at Ashland Park.  (Approx. 30 minutes away in Clarksville, IN)

Kentucky Down Under located in Horse Cave, Kentucky. Check Groupon before you go - they usually have a deal!

Shelby County - Check out our sister site, Shelby Family Fun, for family-friendly ideas in the Shelby County area!  The Shelby County Family Activity Center has a big indoor pool and great outdoor park!

Louisville - Of course, there's always good ol' Louisville that's jammed full of fun places and activities during Spring Break.  Check out this list for staycation ideas!

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Battle of the Bowls with the Hope Health Clinic in LaGrange

We have your dinner plans figured out for you for this Friday! Enjoy yummy comfort food and support your community too!

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Oldham County's Hope Health Clinic is hosting another Battle of the Bowls this year! This family-friendly event features 30 different chili recipes entered by local churches, non-profits, businesses, restaurants and individuals.

 photo cutting board_zpsqwuewpku.jpgThe 2nd Annual Battle of the Bowls Chili Cook-off will be on Friday, March 8, 2019 6:30-9:00pm at the John W. Black Community Center.  The community is invited to come enjoy the different chili recipes.  You can't beat the price you'll pay for dinner this night!  It's only $5 per person for all you can eat chili, hot dog, drink and homemade dessert.  Families, children 12 and under eat FOR FREE! The John W. Black Community Center is located at 1551 N Hwy 393 LaGrange, KY 40031 (near the Buckner area).

If you haven't heard of Hope Health Clinic, it is a small clinic located in LaGrange and helps provide access to basic health services to the under-served in our community. In doing so, Hope Health gives these individuals a basis to hope for a better, healthier future.  When you attend this event, your money will go to help Hope Health Clinic continue these services.

We encourage you to attend this event that will not only help you with dinner plans on Friday, but also benefit our community.  Head over to the John W. Black Community Center to enjoy different chili, hang out with your family and see who will be crowned winner in each category.

To learn more about the Hope Health Clinic click here. They are located at 1025 Sanibel Way, Ste E LaGrange, KY 40031
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