Friday, May 31, 2019

5 Exciting Things About the Oldham County Library Summer Reading Program

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This post contains general information about the Summer Reading Program and 2019 dates.

Kick off  summer with the Oldham County Public Library Summer Reading Program!

1. The Learning Experiences!
Our librarians sure know how to make reading and learning super fun! They have a schedule jam-packed with different activities. The 2019 Theme is "A Universe of Stories." Readers can sign up for some hands-on learning, stories and more. There are different activities for different ages each week. Program ages begin at babies all the way up to adults. We plan to enjoy the math and science enrichment at the Space Pioneer program.  Teens and adults should not miss out on the calendar full of great programs this summer! *Special tip for families: sign ups are required for some of these programs and they usually open one week prior to each class. Check the website early in the morning or watch Facebook!

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

3. The Special Guests!
Expect to see popular guests return like Madcap Puppets and Silly Safaris.  Oooh and ahh at Wonder Wheels and sing a long with Jim Gill. *Special tip for families: Some of these shows are first come, first serve, so make sure you watch the schedule and arrive early!

 photo library pool 2_zpsurcgvlbi.png4. The Way Cool Prizes!
Not only is reading beneficial for development and continuous learning over the summer break, but the kids get rewarded for their effort!  Track your daily reading on your reading log. For every five days of reading, you earn a brag tag and a summer attraction coupon. Complete five sets of days and earn a special brag tag, a prize, and a pool party pass. Pool parties are at the Oldham County Aquatic Center!  Pool parties are scheduled the 2019 summer by elementary schools for July 29th, August 5th and 7th.  Make sure you get a pass for your pool party date!  (The parties, of course, include preschool, homeschool, private and nearby county schools, too.)

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

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Nachand Canoe & Kayak Rental in Prospect

We found a fun outdoor activity just outside Oldham County that you should check out this summer!


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Nachand Canoe & Kayak is located at 7001 River Road in Prospect.  We recently took a fun 4 hour kayak trip down Harrods Creek with some friends. 


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Nachand Canoe & Kayak offers kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals.  You can choose 4 or 8 hour trips.  You can also choose a single kayak or double kayak.  Prices vary for each type of rental and there's usually a 10% discount code for booking online.  Walk-up rentals are available, but it's best to make reservations ahead of time.

Our group was a mix of single and double kayak rentals.  A single kayak rental for 4 hours was $35 and the double kayak rental was $60.  After signing all necessary waivers, our group was quickly on our way down Harrods Creek.  They provide life vests, but many of our group members mentioned that they wished they had brought their personal life vests because some of the ones at Nachand were wet or damp.  We should have expected that to be the case, but didn't think of that possibility beforehand. 

You can choose to venture down Harrods Creek or up toward the Ohio River and the Captain's Quarter's area. You, however, are not allowed to kayak on the Ohio River.  You will pass a few slow moving boats on Harrods Creek, but the majority of our trip was smooth, peaceful, deep water.  There were quite a lot of down trees and debris in the creek during our trip, but nothing we couldn't navigate.  One other characteristic of Harrods Creek we should mention is that there is little to no current on it.  This is a positive because trips booked on Harrods Creek do not include a designated end or pick up point.  The trip is four hours and that means you have to give yourself time to make the trip back to the launch area.  No current means you aren't paddling against it on the way back.

 photo tall waterfall_zpsubxmuae6.jpgHarrods Creek offers areas of shade at some points because both banks are tree lined.  We saw several deer along the banks and turtles sunbathing on logs.  Harrods Creek Park is visible during the trip also.  The best part of the trip was the waterfall at our turn around point.  We put our kayaks on the shore, located the wet water spring entering the creek and walked a short trip up a bluff to find an amazing waterfall tucked in the woods.  Make sure you are wearing a good pair of water shoes, applied some bug spray and if possible, bring a camera.  The waterfall is beautiful and offers great photo ops.  There is a steel ladder to climb to another level of the waterfall if you choose to do so.

We saw many families enjoying the rentals either in kayaks or canoes.  There were a few children at the waterfall as well.  If your children are patient enough to endure a 4 hour long trip down Harrods Creek, we would recommend including them.  There are paddleboards for children available for rental also.  We loved doing this with other couples as a fun outdoor activity.  Make sure you pack waters and maybe some light snacks.  There are spots on the kayaks to secure small coolers.  There wasn't any instruction given to our group, so we recommend asking if it's available before you book if you're apprehensive about giving kayaking a try for the first time.  You can also bring your dog along for the ride.

Nachand Canoe and Kayak Rental is located at 7001 River Road in Prospect.  Rentals are available 7 days a week 9am-6pm
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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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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 Camp
Alive Camp: Choose your own adventure (sports, baking, art, science, band, etc.)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 21-26: First Baptist Church in Pewee Valley
Theme: In the Wild
For ages:
Kick off event on 7/21 2:30-5pm
VBS time 7/22-7/26 is 6-9pm
Pick up service requires pre-registration.

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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