Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tropical Snow Shaved Ice

 photo 0711151714b_zpswxxhvyd1.jpg

Tropical Snow Shaved Ice will reopen for the season April 28th at 2pm! They are located at 18 Main Street in Shelbyville.


It's the perfect treat on these hot spring/summer days (or rainy days- there's plenty of covered space). The business operates out of a small green building that sits in front of the old gas station building. There are two large picnic tables in front of the building to enjoy your treat (and pretty flower boxes, too).

 photo 0711151713_zps2efztnzz.jpgThere are about 25 flavors to choose from (you can choose up to 3 flavors for your shaved ice). They also have several combinations to choose from. I ordered a small Kentucky Life (coconut, watermelon, ice cream) and it was great! My husband and 2 daughters each ordered a small Orange Dreamsicle (orange, ice cream, vanilla) and they ate/drank every last drop! They also have sugar free options available, as well as drinks and candy.

The two people inside making the treats for us were very friendly and fast. The day we went they even had music set up in the parking lot as an added treat! We will definitely be back to try out some of the other flavors :)

They are cash only!
Prices:
Small $2
Medium $2.50
Large $3
They also have dog bowl treats for $1 (bowl with plain ice and a dog bone)
These prices were from 2016, they may be slightly different.

Hours:
Sunday-Thursday 2:00-9:00
Friday & Saturday 2:00-10:00

CASH ONLY!


Beat the heat and enjoy this cold treat!
Read More »

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Highway 55 Yard Sale

 
 
The annual Highway 55 Yard Sale is Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 30.

The yard sale stretches through eleven counties (Carroll, Trimble, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Nelson, Washington, Marion, Taylor, Adair, and Russel) and spans 147 miles!

The Finchville Ruritan Club has booths for rent if you don't live along the highway but want to participate. Call 834-7754 for information about renting a spot.

Whether you're selling or buying, it's sure to be a fun filled four days!
Read More »

Friday, April 21, 2017

Gallrein Farms in Shelbyville

Gallrein Farms is set to open today, April 22!
Green house open 10-4
Café open 11-2

I used to think the only time to visit Gallrein Farms was in the Fall when you can take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, go through the corn maze, or climb the giant pyramid of straw. While the Fall is a super fun time to enjoy Gallrein, a visit in the Spring is fun too.

 photo Madison and Claire 2015 573_zps7chvpikq.jpgGallrein has the most beautiful greenhouses I have ever been in. They have nine greenhouses total. Inside you'll find rows and rows of colorful flowers, hanging baskets, potted plants, and other hidden gems like fairy gardens or chairs made into planters. They have one of the largest selections of flowers you will find anywhere, plus tomato plants and other vegetables ready to be transplanted into your garden at home. My daughters and I can spend over half of an hour just walking around looking at everything.

Gallrein's Market is also open in the Spring. They have lots of yummy goodies for sale like jams and produce, as well as home decor type items. They have a bakery that serves items such as hot sandwiches, chips, fudge, and candies.

 photo Madison and Claire 2015 561_zpsvtqfpb2n.jpg
One of our favorite things to do at Gallrein is visit the petting zoo, which is FREE! They recently renovated this part of their farm, and it looks great! We went earlier this week and they had many of their animals already back out in the petting zoo area, but not all. We saw goats, donkeys, a llama, a rabbit, a pig, and several little chickens running around. And you know what Spring means- baby animals! We saw baby lambs, and I heard there were more baby animals not out yet. Can't wait for the camel, my favorite, to come back out! Don't forget to bring a couple quarters to buy food while you are there so your kids can feed the animals. There is a hand sanitizing station located at the entrance gate to clean your hands before leaving.

 photo 1a993694-970c-477b-85b2-25556736459c_zps2q9th9ea.jpgThe farm has u-pick strawberries from mid-May through mid-June. My family went 2 years ago to pick strawberries, and we had a blast. My daughter loved going through the fields finding the perfect strawberries. We filled up our bucket in no time, and then took it back to the greenhouse to be weighed. When we went the price was about $1.99/pound. We enjoyed a few on the way home, and used some of the others for a strawberry shortcake and other desserts. Yum! (Fresh strawberry shortcake is something they make in the bakery during strawberry season!)


Gallrein also has an old tractor for the kids to play on, a tunnel that can run through, and lots of open grass to run around on. Don't forget to check out the pond and walk out on the dock.



Have some fun on the farm!


By: Kimberly





Read More »

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Marilyn's Song Garden

This is a sponsored post.
 

Did you know we have a wonderful music program available in Shelbyville called Marilyn's Song Garden?

Marilyn's Song Garden uses the Music Together program. Music Together is a music class for parents and their children ages birth to kindergarten, where parent participation (regardless of ability) is essential for creating the stimulating environment that leads to musical development. Because the curriculum is developmentally appropriate and research-based, children participate at their own level, when they are ready, with no pressure or expectation to perform. Rather, they are encouraged to respond spontaneously to the rich, varied, and playful activities however they like, either by joining the group or by just observing. The exposure they receive to vast types of rhythms and melodies provides all they need to learn and become musical for life. Research shows that family bonds are strengthened in mixed-aged classes when siblings and parents participate together in class and at home through singing, dancing, and playing instruments.

Spring Session: April 9th through May 28th (Even though classes have started, there's still time to sign up and join this session!)

Tuition for the first child is $125 and $95 for the second sibling. Any additional siblings are free and siblings under 8 months are always free. There is a $15 registration fee (waived if you attend a demo class). The tuition fee includes weekly classes, a songbook with current semester songs, 2 CDs, a parent guide DVD, weekly parent education, and free downloads of the songs from the website. There is a referral credit of $20 for any family that you refer who joins the class, so tell all your friends and family about Music Together®.

There is also a free app called “Hello Everybody” that has free introductory songs that you can listen to prior to coming to the demo.

For more information, please contact Marilyn or check out www.musictogether.com. To attend a FREE demo class, please contact Marilyn to reserve your spot.
 
 
Spring semester classes will be as follows:

At Shelby Christian: Tuesday and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. , and Thursday s 6:30 p.m.
 
Like Marilyn's Song Garden on Facebook to stay up to date on new info, including upcoming summer sessions!
 
 
*Marilyn also offers private piano and voice lessons!

Marilyn's contact info: 229-2841 or marilynssonggarden@gmail.com



 
Read More »

Monday, April 17, 2017

$1 Summer Movies in Shelbyville


 photo 1 Summer_zpspyjnjjrj.jpg

The schedule for the 2017 Summer Movie Express at Regal Shelbyville Stadium 8 is out!
Movies will play on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. 
Both movies will play on both days.
The first movie is set to start May 30!
Admission is only $1 (a portion will go to the Will Rogers Institute).
 
 
May 30 & May 31: Kung Fu Panda 3 & Ice Age: Collision Course

June 6 & June 7: Trolls & Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

June 13 & June 14: Monster Trucks & Penguins of Madagascar

June 20 & June 21: Rio 2 & The Boxtrolls

June 27 & June 28: The Secret Life of Pets & Sing

July 4 & July 5: Kubo and the Two Strings & Ratchet and Clank

July 11 & July 12: SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water & The Adventures of Tin Tin

July 18 & July 19: Happy Feet 2 & Cats and Dogs 2

July 25 & July 26: Storks & The Lego Batman Movie



Bring on the popcorn and the fun!
Read More »

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April Fun around Town!

Even if there are lots of April showers....there's still lots of April FUN!
 
 
Check out our list of Easter Egg Hunts Galore!

Highfalutin Vintage & Antique Market
Shelby County Fairgrounds
April 8 and April 9, 10 am - 5 pm
Over 100 booths, live bluegrass music, food trucks, activities, and more!
$5 for adults, Free admission for children and veterans!

Bluegrass Unbridled Event at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
April 15, 11-3pm
Family Festival- face painting, balloon art, stick horse races, and more!

Bunny Day
Red Orchard Park
April 15, 10 am
Egg hunt, arts and crafts, visit from the bunny, & more!

Earth Day Celebration
Red Orchard Park
April 15, 10 am-2 pm
Local vendors, community organizations, and more!
FREE!

Health and Fitness Fun Day
at the Family Activity Center
April 22, time TBD
Local vendors and health organizations!
Prizes, give-a-ways, screenings, massages, and more!
FREE!

Gallrein Farms opens April 22!

Ky 55 Yard Sale
April 27-30
More than 100 miles of fun finds!

Tropical Snow opens April 28 at 2pm!

Library Family Fun Day
April 29, 11am
Magician Roger Wayne!
FREE!

Master Gardener Plant Sale
April 29, 9 am-2 pm
Shelby County Cooperative Extension
Numerous vendors selling plants and garden related items!
Shelby County Homemaker Book Club will have their annual book sale inside the same day!

Shelby County Farmers' Market will open April 29
Shelby County Fairgrounds


Have an awesome April!
Read More »

Monday, April 3, 2017

Lake Shelby Canoes & Paddle Boats

 photo canoe_zpse76ea3c0.jpg
Photo courtesy of Shelby Parks & Rec
Did you know that you can rent canoes and paddle boats at Lake Shelby?  It is extremely affordable too!

The rates are $8 for a 1 hour paddle boat rental and $20 for a canoe for the entire day!  You can get exercise and have fun for an entire day for less than if your family all took in a movie and popcorn together for just a few hours - totally a great deal.

And, if you really want to be outdoors all weekend, you can camp there too for just $12 a night.

Read more about it on the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation website here.

By: Stephanie
Read More »

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Geocaching in Shelby County

 photo 0312151436_zpsnpvretj4.jpgLooking for a fun, FREE, family activity to do on these warm Spring days? Try geocaching!

Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt. There are over 2.5 million geocaches worldwide, and many right here in Shelby County. There may even be some in your own neighborhood! If you're new to the geocache craze, check out www.geocaching.com to watch a short video and learn everything you need to know to start your adventure today!

 photo 0312151438_zpspo5zykiv.jpgTo begin you will need a smart phone or a GPS, a pen to sign the log book, and little trinkets if you plan on doing any trading. If you're using a smart phone, download one of the free geocaching apps and you're ready to go. If you don't have a smart phone you can set up an account on the website mentioned above and then type in the coordinates of the geocaches on a GPS. Geocaches come in various sizes, shapes, and difficulty. When my family goes geocaching we stick with the larger ones that are easier to find because we have small children. We also try to find an area that has several geocaches together so we don't have to do so much driving in between hunts. There are several places in the area that have a few within walking distance of each other. When I'm at a park I sometimes get on the geocache app to see if there are some nearby that we can hunt before we leave. My daughter also likes the ones with trinkets inside that we can swap out. Before we leave she writes her name in the log book while I log our find online. Make sure to put the geocache back where you found it so somebody else can have fun finding it too.

This is a great activity for everyone in the family. The older the children are, the more help they can be finding the geocache. My daughters are still young so I get them as close as possible and then tell them to start looking. If I find it first, which is most often the case, I will try to guide them to the geocache until they spot it. It's so much fun! There have been a few that we never found, so don't be discouraged if that happens to you. Sometimes they're taken, put at a different location, or just that hard to find. It's about having fun with your family and making memories!



By: Kimberly


Read More »

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Break in Shelby County!

 photo Spring Breakin Shelby Coun_zpsvtcz6ar1.jpg
What are you doing for Spring Break? 
Here's some fun ideas around town that are sure to please the kiddos!


Send them to camp! Here's some of the camps going on in Shelby County:

Kaleidoscope Indoor Playground Camp
April 3-7
7:30-6pm
Grades K-5
$30/day, $125/week
Siblings $25/day, $100/week
Lunch and snack included

Family Activity Center in Shelbyville
April 3-7
7:30am-5:30pm
$20/child/day
502-633-5059

Gogh Crazy
April 3-6, 10-4pm
$7/hour or $30/day
Different projects and activities everyday!


Check out our awesome library! Whether you're going to story time, using the computers, letting the kids do some puzzles/games in the children's area, or checking out books- there's always something to do at the library!They will have a special spring break movie on Tuesday, April 4th, at 2pm.

Check out Shelby Trails Park!

Go on an alpaca tour! We've been to Alpaca Haven Farm and Perfect Timing Alpaca! Both were great! Check out this groupon to save money on your tour!

Rent a paddle boat or canoe at Lake Shelby! Check out the prices here!

If it's raining, spend the day at the Family Activity Center in Shelbyville.  They have a great indoor lap pool and indoor kiddie pool!  Check out their daily fees here.

 photo 0312151436_zpsnpvretj4.jpgHike! We have some great trails in the area, especially the new Clear Creek Greenway Trail. If the weather's nice you could also try geocaching! It's free and fun!

Let the kids burn off some steam at Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground. Kids are $6 each! They can play all day for that price. They have great little areas set up for parents to relax or hook up to the wi-fi and get some work done. They also have a cute little restaurant!

Go watch a movie at Great Escape 8 Shelbyville! I hear Beauty and the Beast is awesome!

If you're close to Louisville, check out the new Main Event off I-64 and Blankenbaker! It is the best place to take kids bowling! So. Much. Fun. Malibu Jacks is right next door and also very fun!

Here's our list of 50 FREE things to do in Shelby County! You may be able to find a few things on the list to do over Spring Break!

Don't forget about Family Night at Baskin Robbins. From 5 to close on Tuesdays, kid's scoops are $1 and regular scoops are $1.50! Or check out the new Commonwealth Smoothie shop! They're yummy!

You may also be interested in our Kids Eat Free list!


Whatever you and your family decide to do, enjoy each other's company and have fun! 
Read More »

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Break Ideas

Ideas to keep you and your little ones having fun during SPRING BREAK!

    photo IMG_6114_zpsxjhwqpem.jpg



Take a day trip to somewhere within an hours drive of Shelby County....

Frankfort:

Experience some of Kentucky's diverse ecosystems at Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort.

Explore Franfort's historic properties such as the Capital Building, the Old Capital Building, Governor's Mansion, and Old Governor's Mansion. (Call ahead to schedule tours)

Satisfy your sweet tooth and take a candy tour at Rebecca Ruth's Candy in Frankfort.

Lexington:

Spend a few hours exploring nature at the Kentucky Children's Garden in Lexington.

Visit the Explorium in Lexington and enjoy some of the fun programs they offer each day during Spring Break, which are free with admission.

 photo 20140412_135747_zpskzex75jo.jpg
Kart Kounty

Bullitt County:

Visit Bernheim Forest for their Spring Break Adventure Week. Daily drop in activities and guided nature hikes for all ages each day. And it's FREE!

Rev up your engines as your race around the lap at Kart Kountry.


Plan a staycation.....

Spend the day at Lake Shelby. Rent a paddle boat, canoe, or rowboat. Go fishing. Camp out.

Go horse back riding at Shelby Trails Park or take a horse farm tour.

Visit the skate park.

Pack a lunch and spend the day at one of the great parks in Shelby County.



Or, send the kids to camp....

Kaleidoscope Indoor Playground Camp
April 3-7
7:30-6pm
Grades K-5
$30/day, $125/week
Siblings $25/day, $100/week
Lunch and snack included

Family Activity Center in Shelbyville
April 3-7
7:30am-5:30pm
$20/child/day
502-633-5059

Gogh Crazy
April 3-6, 10-4pm
$7/hour or $30/day
Different projects and activities everyday!

 photo 20140830_130817_zpsdeeznwpg.jpg




Whatever you and your family do this Spring Break, have fun and enjoy it!



By: Kimberly
Read More »

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 Spring Festivals


This is Shelby Community Showcase
March 25, 10 am to 3 pm
at Martha Layne Collins High School
FREE admission!

Highfalutin Vintage & Antique Market
Shelby County Fairgrounds
April 8 and April 9, 10 am - 5 pm
Over 100 booths, live bluegrass music, food trucks, activities, and more!
$5 for adults, Free admission for children and veterans!

Bunny Day
Red Orchard Park
April 15, 10 am
Egg hunt, arts and crafts, visit from the bunny, & more!

Earth Day Celebration
Red Orchard Park
April 15, 10 am-2 pm
Local vendors, community organizations, and more!
FREE!

Finchville Community Egg Hunt at Finchville Park
hosted by Finchville Baptist Church
April 15, 10-1pm
Free food, candy, games, prizes, pet show

Health and Fitness Fun Day
at the Family Activity Center
April 22, time TBD
Local vendors and health organizations!
Prizes, give-a-ways, screenings, massages, and more!
FREE!

Master Gardener Plant Sale
April 29, 9 am-2 pm
Shelby County Cooperative Extension
Numerous vendors selling plants and garden related items!
Shelby County Homemaker Book Club will have their annual book sale inside the same day!

Shelby County Farmers' Market will open April 29
Shelby County Fairgrounds

Read More »

Monday, March 13, 2017

Easter Egg Hunts around Shelby County

 photo Easter Egg Hunts amp Events_zpsxcwebqos.jpg 
Here's a list of some fun Easter events around town- for parents and kids!
 

Easter Egg Decorating Workshop for Kids at Dogwood Art Gallery
April 8, 11am-2pm
$10 per child, $15 for 2 siblings
RSVP 437-5152

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
April 8 at the Family Activity Center
10am- Children 6 and under
11am- Children 7-14
$8 per child if preregistered before the event
$10 per child if registered at the door

Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
April 8, 11am- 2pm
Visit with the Easter Bunny (bring your camera)!
Special goodie bag for the first 100 kids who meet the Easter Bunny
(5 lucky winners will find a Golden Egg in their bag that will be redeemable for a $25 Outlet Shoppes gift card!)

Clay Street Baptist Church
April 8, 11:30-1:30

Holy Cross Lutheran Egg Hunt
April 8, 1pm
Community is invited to come find 2,000 eggs!

Bunny Day
April 15 at Red Orchard Park
Egg hunt, arts and crafts, visit from the bunny, & more!

Finchville Community Egg Hunt at Finchville Park
hosted by Finchville Baptist Church
April 15, 10-1pm
Free food, candy, games, prizes, pet show

Faith Pointe Church Easter Egg Hunt (709 Mt. Eden Road)
April 15, 11-1
Children's games, bounce house, gift card drawing for adults, and more!

Olive Branch UMC Egg Hunt
April 15, 1-3 pm
6383 Zaring Mill Road
Over 1,000 eggs! Easter Bunny visit!
Ages 1-12

First Christian Church (Shelbyville)
April 15, 2-4 pm

Salem Baptist Church
April 15, 4pm
Egg hunt, devotional, crafts, sandwich/chip supper

Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground
April 15, all day
Eggs will be hidden periodically throughout the day for children of all ages to find.
Stay and play all day for $6!
Don't forget to enjoy lunch at Laughing Leos while you're there :)

Centenary United Methodist Church
April 15, 1 to 2:30
Colonel Sanders Pavilion at Clear Creek Park


Shelby County Public Library Story Time
Easter/Spring themed stories, craft, egg hunt
During regular story time hours Easter week!
Each family is asked to bring 12 filled eggs if possible.



We will continue to update our list as we learn of more family friendly Easter egg hunts around Shelby County. If you know of any, please email Kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will gladly add it to the list. Thanks!


Have a 'hoppy' Easter!
Read More »