Sunday, February 19, 2017

President's Day in Shelby County

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Check out some of the fun things happening around town on President's Day!

7:30-6:00
Learn about presidents, arts and crafts, games, & more!
$30/day, $25/siblings
Call 437-2261

Holiday Camp at the FAC
7:30-6:00
$20/child for the entire day!
Swimming, games, and more!
Pack a swimsuit!

President's Day Kids Studio Time
Feb. 20, 10-4 pm
$7/hour per child for various art stations

Shop at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass!
Lots of the stores are having President's Day Sales!
Click here for a list of stores and their sales!

The Shelby County Library is open on President's Day!
Stop by and pick up a good book, magazine, or movie.




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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Weekend Plans!

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This weekend is supposed to be warm! Here's a few ideas to get the family outside and having fun together!

Friday- Head to the new Gogh Crazy for open studio time. Stop by from 10am- 4pm and let the kids work at various art stations. Price is $7 an hour per child. There will also be open studio time on Monday at the same time. Stop by Chicken Champs for lunch- I've heard so many wonderful things about this place. I can't wait to try it for myself!

Saturday- Head over to the library at 11am for February Family Fun Day. This month's topic is Games! Play some board games, work puzzles, and enjoy your time together! Afterwards, stroll down the street and check out the Greenway Trail. This paved path offers wonderful views! You could also head to the Miller Outdoor Education Center at Red orchard Park. They're open every Saturday from 12-4 and admission is FREE! They have several great hands-on exhibits. There's also some great play pods around the park to explore!

Sunday- Check out Lake Shelby on what is supposed to be another warm February day! Rent a canoe or paddle boat while you're there! When you're done stop by the Clear Creek playground around the corner and enjoy the beautiful day!

Have a Fabulous February weekend!



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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2017 Shelby County Bucket List

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Shelby County has so much to offer all year long! Check out some of these fun activities we decided to include in our 2017 Shelby County bucket list!


January

Keep warm by playing indoor at Kaleidopscopes Indoor Playground, Inc.  The price is $6 per child and they can play all day long!

Head over to the Miller Outdoor Education Center on Saturday mornings and check out some of their wildlife exhibits and demonstrations. It's FREE!

February

Watch a show at the Shelby County Community Theater.  Check their website for show information, times and prices.

Participate in the Shelby County Public Library adult winter reading program. Participants will have numerous ways to earn tickets for weekly prize drawings. Participants who read 5 books will be entered into the grand prize drawing. This program is for adults 18 and over, and you must have a library card (signing up for one will earn you a 'weekly prize drawing' ticket). If you plan on participating for the 2017 program you better hurry to the library to sign up!

March

Eat at the Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Don’t forget to check out the ‘Claudia Sanders Dinner House Cookbook’ so you can try your hand at some famous recipes.

Go horse back riding. There are several areas around Shelby County that offer horse back riding trails. Red Orchard Park in Shelbyville has free hiking and horse back riding trails. Shelby Trails Park has several horse trails to choose from, as well as pedestrian trails. You must purchase a $50 yearly permit or a $10 daily riding pass. Guided trail rides are also available for $25 for a 50 minute ride (call 232-2110). Check out some other options for horseback riding here.

April

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Rent a paddleboat, canoe, or rowboat at Lake Shelby. If you want to experience more of what Lake Shelby has to offer, you can pitch a tent and stay the night. This 20 acre lake is also fully stocked, so don't forget your fishing gear. I hear they have a boat playhouse too. Sounds awesome!





Check out some of the wonderful Shelby County Parks. Get outside and play!

Attend one of the Spring Festivals or Easter Egg Hunts in the area! List of festivals and dates to be updated soon!

May

Shelby County is considered the American Saddlebred Capital of the World because of the many American Saddlebred breeding and training facilities. So one thing you must do is take an American Saddlebred Horse Farm Tour! If you are staying in a Shelby County lodging accommodation you can schedule a tour for FREE (donation suggested). All other tours are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12-17. Tours will not resume until March 30th.

Shelby County Farmer’s Market begins in April at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Over 30 farmers from around the area bring fresh produce and handmade goods to sell. Check online to see a list of some of their farmers, as well as their produce calendar. Don't forget to look for the Rooted in Shelby logo!

June

Pick blueberries at Blues-End Farm!

The Shelby County Fair has something for everyone. Some favorites include a tractor pull, truck pull, beauty contests, agricultural exhibits, livestock, youth exhibits/contests, horse show, and carnival rides. Oh wait, don't forget the fair food!

The summer reading program at the Shelby County Public Library is fun for kids of all ages. They have a kick-off day that is full of crafts, games, music and prizes. The library has several special events each week during the program as well. Children who complete the reading requirements receive a book, certificate, and dining coupons. 

Go geocaching with your family!

July

Simpsonville Red, White, and Boom usually starts around noon. It's free admission and free parking. This event is full of music, food, bouncy houses, vendor booths, and of course fireworks! The event takes place at Simpsonville Park.

The Shelbyville Horse Show at the Shelby County Fairgrounds is a Shelby County tradition that you won't want to miss.

Are your kids bored of summer yet? Enjoy some FREE family fun!

August

Cool off at the Family Activity Center in Shelbyville. They have an indoor and outdoor pool (with fun slides). They also have playground equipment, a golf course, and fitness equipment. Non-members can pay a daily fee to use the facilities.

Fishing at Guist Creek & Marina in Shelbyville. Guist Creek is the largest lake in the county at 317 acres. Word on the street is that it's one of the best bass fishing areas for its size in the state! Get your fishing licence and head on over. Camping is also available from March through November. They have a marina, supply shop, boat dock, and a special area for water skiing (end of May through the end of September)! How fun!


September

Take a self guided farm tour at the Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour event in September. It's a one day event that allows you to see and touch various farm animals, farm equipment, crops, and farm products. It's also a great way to see what great farms there are in Shelby County. The best part....it's FREE!

Take an alpaca farm tour!

October

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Check out Gallrein Farms for a hayride to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, and even climb a hay pyramid. During weekends in October, Gallrein has other fun activities such as pony rides, painting pumpkins, and a really cool barrel train. They have a nice market and deli too (with delicious homemade fudge).



Visit Mulberry Orchard for a Light the Night corn maze and bonfire. Bring your flashlights and try to make your way through the dark corn maze. When you've made your way out you get to enjoy a bonfire. The Mulberry kitchen will be making tasty treats to enjoy as well. Sounds like a super fun night!

November

Get in the Holiday spirit by attending the Celebration of Lights in Shelbyville or Light Up Simpsonville. Both events offer food, vendors, crafts, games, music, Santa visits, and lot of family fun leading up to the lighting of the towns.

Shop Small on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (and throughout the year)! Walk down Main Street in Shelbyville and browse the unique shops. You could spend all day shopping at some one-of-a-kind stores such as Stacey's Simple Stuff, Paisley Pig Antique Mall, or the Polka Dotted Pineapple. Stop for lunch at McKinley's Bread Shop & Deli to refuel.

December

If the lights didn't get you in the Christmas spirit, the Shelbyville Christmas Parade will! It's an annual event sponsored by the Shelby County Fire & Rescue Department, and it's sure to please. Adorable floats, music, and, of course, Santa make this event a yearly tradition for many families.

Shop at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass for some great deals. This great addition to Shelby County has 80 shops and restaurants in one area. With Christmas around the corner, this is a great one-stop shopping experience for sure. The new stores are open!


We hope you have a wonderful year making fun family memories!


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Valentine's Day in Shelby County

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Here's a list of some fun things to do in Shelby County with your Valentine :)

Gogh Crazy
Feb. 5 at 2pm

Family Valentine Silhouette Painting
Gogh Crazy
Feb. 10, 6:00 pm

Valentine's Daddy/Daughter Date Night
at Harvest Coffee & Cafe
Feb. 10, 5:30-7:30
Shop Matilda Jane and enoy dinner!

Celebrate Valentine's Day a little early and take the children to Parent's Night Out at the FAC
Feb. 10, 6-10pm
$10/child
Gym, swimming, games, corn hole, Wii, board games, and more!
Parents can choose to stay if they wish!

Uniquely U Painting (adults 18+)
February 11 from 10 am to 12 pm.
Paint and instruction is free (registration required), but you do need to bring a 16 by 20 canvas.
Painting: I love you to the moon and back

Farm to Table Valentine's Dinner
at Harvest Coffee & Cafe
Feb. 11, 5:30 to 7:30 and 7:30 to 9:30

Monarch, Mutts, & Meows at Claudia Sanders is February 11. Music, Dance contest, buffet, 50/50, silent/live auctions, and more!

Celebrate GALentine's Day on Feb. 11 at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Enter to win a $250 gift card for you and one for your best pal! Shop from 1 to 4 pm and enjoy music and special treats.

Another contest happening at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is a giveaway for a romantic candlelight dinner for 2 on Valentine's Day at Johnny Rockets. Entry cards are available at the customer service desk and the drawing will be held on February 8 at 2  pm at Johnny Rockets.


We will update our list as more events are published closer to Valentine's Day! If you know of a Valentine's event to add to the list, please email kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net!

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Monday, January 30, 2017

February Fun

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Rocko's Rookies
at the Family Activity Center
Tuesdays/Thursdays from January 31- Feb. 23, 1-1:45
Basic sports fundamentals for 3 & 4 year olds
$55/members, $65/non-members

Free Family Movie Night (Finding Dory)
at Shelbyville First Baptist Church
Feb. 3, 6-8pm
Concessions will be available for purchase

Family Valentine Painting
Gogh Crazy
Feb. 5 at 2pm

Family Valentine Silhouette Painting
Gogh Crazy
Feb. 10, 6:00 pm

Parent's Night Out at the FAC
Feb. 10, 6-10pm
$10/child
Gym, swimming, games, corn hole, Wii, board games, and more!
Parents can choose to stay if they wish!

Uniquely U Painting (adults 18+)
February 11 from 10 am to 12 pm.
Paint and instruction is free (registration required), but you do need to bring a 16 by 20 canvas.

February Family Fun Day at the SCPL
February 18 at 11 am.
Come to the library to play board games and complete puzzles!

Kids Studio Time
Gogh Crazy
Feb. 17, 10-4pm
$7/hour per child for various art stations

President's Day Kids Studio Time
Feb. 20, 10-4 pm
$7/hour per child for various art stations

Kids Club St. Patrick's Day Craft Night
Gogh Crazy
Feb. 27, 5:30-8:30

Adult Winter Read will run until March 11! More info here!
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gogh Crazy: A new painting place in Shelbyville

 photo gogh_zpse8cj3jt0.jpgThere is a new studio coming to Main Street and it looks like it's going to be great! The name is Gogh Crazy.

They are having a grand opening event on February 4th from 2-5 p.m. and we recommend checking it out - it's always a good idea to support new businesses and help them get going.

They will have live music, giveaways and vendors.

Click for the Facebook event in case you want to stat informed.

It looks like this is going to be a great gathering places for Shelby County friends to enjoy time together through art - opportunities for children and adults. They will even have studio time for kids to just come and paint and pick from a variety of activities and you pay hourly.  They have so many events listed here - we hope that you will go support this new business.

Gogh Crazy will also be sharing their space with other artisans so you can shop and learn about other vendors. For example, Bluegrass Bubbles will be a part of the space.

If this painting is any indication of what they have planned, I am so there!
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Party with us at House of Boom this weekend

Attention readers!  Our mother-ship, LouisvilleFamilyFun.net is having a party to celebrate seven years of fun finding and is inviting everyone.  It's just down the road in Middletown, bring the family for a really good time. If you haven't been to House of Boom yet,  this is the time because for less than the normal fee for jumping at House of Boom (trampoline park), you get an hour of jumping, food, drink, ice cream and multiple activities from crafts to a photo booth. Such a great deal.

And, where does that money go?  100% of it goes to Big brothers Big Sisters (kids in Shelby County too!) so that kids who want one can have a caring mentor in their lives to experience FUN together!

SUNDAY
JANUARY 22nd 2-7pm 
House of Boom
4 jump times to choose from* 
Additional activities and food included!
LouFamFun 7th BIRTHDAY PARTY

*Tickets should be purchased in advance. If it is not sold out, some tickets can be purchased at the door but cannot be guaranteed and registration will take longer.

Stephanie

 
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Winter Library Fun

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The Shelby County Library is such a wonderful place! There's always so much to do there! Here's some of the fun activities going on this Winter at the library. 

Adult Winter Read will run January 9- March 11! More info here!

Story Time:
Tuesdays 10 & 11
Wednesdays 10 & 11
Thursdays (Baby Story time) 10 & 11

January Family Fun Day is January 21 at 11 am. This month they will have fun with pa int, shaving cream, and marbles! Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting paint on.

February Family Fun Day is February 18 at 11 am. Come to the library to play board games and complete puzzles!

Lego Club:
January 26 at 4 pm
February 23 at 4 pm

American Girl Club:
January 9 at 4 pm
February 13 at 4 pm

Uniquely U Painting (adults 18+) is February 11 from 10 am to 12 pm. Paint and instruction is free (registration required), but you do need to bring a 16 by 20 canvas.

Line Dancing is on Thursdays from 5-6 pm!
Zumba is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 pm!


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Adult Winter Read Program 2017

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The Adult Winter Read Program at the Shelby County Library will be January 9 through March 11.

This year's program is titled Exercise Your Mind, READ!

Each person who registers will receive a tote bag, bookmark, and small journal to track progress.

You will get one ticket for the grand prize drawing for every 5 books you read or listen to on CD.

You can also earn tickets towards weekly prizes by completing trivia quizzes or coming to programs.

You must be at least 18 years old and have a library card in good standing to participate.


So grab a good book, a blanket, some coffee, and cozy up and READ!

More info can be found here!

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Monday, January 2, 2017

100 Things I Love About Shelby County!

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In honor of our a new year, we decided to make a list of 100 things I love about Shelby County! There are many, many more things I love about this town, but these quickly came to mind!

The friendly folks I've met!
Great police and fire service!
The way the community comes together to help others!
The Shelbyville Horse Show jubilee and Shelbyville Horse Show!
The Shelby County Fair!
Enjoying the fish frys, camping, and renting paddle boats at  Lake Shelby.
Great teachers at SCPS
The new playground at Clear Creek Park- can't wait to see the next phase!
The new indoor playground- Kaleidoscopes on Main Street.
$1 summer movies at the Shelbyville theater!
Letting the kids explore the play pods on the Adventure Trail at Red Orchard Park
The dog park at Red Orchard!
Woofstock!
Alpaca tours!
Time-saving with Kroger clicklist
The many places to get fit.
The Kids Eat Free options around town.
Light the Night at Mulberry Orchard!
The Lots 4 Tots consignment sell at the Fairgrounds.
Tomatoes from Ambrosia Farm!
The car cruises and street parades throughout the year!
U-Pick Strawberries
Shaved Ice from Tropical Snow!
All the 5Ks that are run throughout the year! We did our first family 5K last fall!
Swimming at the Family Activity Center. We love the slides!
Picking strawberries at Gallrein in May!
The different farms that allow for horseback riding and lessons.
Admiring the beautiful daylilies at Finchville Daylily Garden's Daylily Daze in the summer!
The Rooted in Shelby Program!
The Miller Outdoor Education Center, which is Open Saturdays from 10-2.
Family Night at Baskin Robbins.
Doughnut dates at Donut Express.
Playing a game of tennis or basketball at Clear Creek Park
Walking the new Clear Creek Greenway trail.
The great gals I've met at SFB's Mops group.
Getting a group together and play soccer at Finchville Park.
The skate park in Shelbyville.
The Shelbyville Fountain.
Project Play at Simpsonville Park.
Family Movie Days at the library.
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Lake Shelby
The unique classes that the classes the library offers like Zumba!
Ms. Sara Beth and story hour at the library!
Discovery Gym- for school and/or gymnastics.
The annual princess and pirate  tea party at the library.
Awesome programs- Simponville Parks & Rec. & Shelbyville Parks.
The library book mobile.
The Fireman's Fall Bonanza was a blast!
The Shelby County Fair
Coffee from 6th and Main!
Buying veggies to plant from Hilltop.
Marilyn's Song Garden!
The summer reading program at the Shelby County Public Library.
Enjoying shows at the Shelby County Community Theater!
The Christmas Tree Farm that opened up!
Starbucks....nothing bad about coffee!
The American Saddlebred Horse Farm tour.
The Shelbyville History Museum.
The gas is usually always cheaper than Louisville!
The annual Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour!
Collecting Easter Eggs and visiting with the Easter Bunny at Red Orchard Park.
Love having fun at the Spring Festival & Craft Show at Mulberry Orchard.
The Trims and Whims Craft Show.
Tractor Pulls!
First Saturday Walk Abouts!
Tastes and Tunes!
U-Pick blueberries.....yum
6th Street Live!
The recycling center- great for all those holiday boxes I had!
Learning about recycling and our environment at Red Orchard Park's Earth Day Celebration.
 photo eec69165-2e7a-4c63-a9bf-c1460760fa3d_zpsqpr1jzp7.jpgSimpsonville's Red, White, and Boom celebration.
The Simpsonville Fall Festival, including the parade.
Welcoming Fall with the Finchville Festival.
The Waddy Labor Day parade.
All the informative and fun events at the Shelby County Extension Office!
Watching Santa come down Main Street at the Christmas Parade in December.
Watching Simpsonville and Shelbyville light up for the holidays.
All the yummy and local finds at Shelby County Farmer's Market.
Listening to the tunes at one of Shelbyville's downtown concerts this summer.
The US 60 yard sale.
Adult winter read at the library.
Lots of outdoor fun and places to play
Will's Grill BBQ....yum!
Treats from Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen!
Unique shops like Woodworking maniac
Science Hill!
Such a caring community with so many ways to give back
Free kids buffet during the week at Hometown Pizza!
All the beautiful farms and animals you pass while driving around the outskirts of town.
Building a wooden project with your child at Lowe's Build and Grow each month.
Weekly music at Talon Winery on Saturday evenings.
Gallrein Farm's- the petting zoo, the delicious deli, the green houses, and the Fall Fun!
Mulberry Orchard- the playground, Fall Fun, the apples and peaches, and their yummy kitchen!
Fishing at Guist Creek
Shop, Bop, and Island Hop at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass during the summer.
Walking down Main Street and browsing the unique shops.
Having some coffee (ice cream for the kids) at Harvest Coffee & Cafe.
Playing with the chicks at Metzger's County Store or Rural King.
The deals at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.
Mulberry Orchard peaches and apples
Pumpkin picking!
My family loves Taqueria Tsunami (at the outlet)!
Mexican Food is my favorite- lots of choices around!
Bellhouse Restaurant and Old Stone Inn are great!

It's a wonderful place to raise a family!

OK...that may be more than 100...........

What do YOU love about Shelby County?


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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Break Fun!

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It's Winter Break! Here's a few ideas of things to do around town for those needing to burn off some energy or get out of the house for a bit!

Send the kids to a Winter Break Camp. There's a few to choose from in town.

Spend the day at the Family Activity Center in Shelbyville. Who says you can't go swimming in the summer? They have a great indoor lap pool and indoor kiddie pool!  Check out their daily fees here.

 photo 0312151436_zpsnpvretj4.jpgHike! It may be Winter Break, but that doesn't mean it's going to feel like Winter everyday. The temperatures may warm up a bit. If that's the case, hit the trails. We have some great ones 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.

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! It's never too cold for ice cream!

Check out the library's calendar! They will be open several days during Winter Break. 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!

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! Shelby Family Fun wishes you a very joyous and safe holiday season! We'll see you again in 2017! 

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Santa Sightings This Weekend

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Where's Santa going to be this weekend?


December 16, 6:30-8:30
$10 per builder at the door/$8 if preregistered by Dec. 15
All supplies provided, Santa, hot chocolate, and more!

Walmart (Shelbyville)
Saturday, December 17, 11-4

Kroger (Boone Station Road)
Saturday, December 17, 10-2

Pet Pictures with Santa
Metzger's Country Store (Simpsonville)
December 17,  9:30-2:00
Bring family, friends, and pets to have pictures with Santa
Bring your own camera!!

Santa Minis - get photos with Santa
Two local photographers are  teaming up to offer great photo packages starting at $25
10am-3pm, first come first served. See details here.


Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!
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