Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter Break Fun!

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Here's some fun ideas for over winter break

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. They can play all day for one price. They have great little areas set up for parents to relax or hook up to the wifi and get some work done. They also have Nerf Wars on 12/19.

Go watch a movie at Regal 8 Shelbyville.

Get a treat at Baskin Robbins. It's never too cold for ice cream!

Check out the library's calendar fun over winter break! 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.

Penelope's Pottery and Gogh Crazy are also a great places to get some indoor fun creativity going and they have some special events coming up.

Head to Louisville for some ice skating

Head to the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass for their special events.

If you are headed to Lights Under Louisville, don't forget to check for discounts!

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 2018! 

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Weekend Fun for Shelby County Families

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Here's some fun ideas for December 8-10

Ornament Painting Party
Harvest Coffee & Cafe
December 8, 6-9pm

Christmas on Main Street in Taylorsville
December 9, 6:30-9pm
A Christmas in Candyland! Come see Santa! Enjoy a Parade, Play Games! Walk Main Street! Food! and Admire Beautiful Christmas Trees!

Christmas at the Library
December 9, 10am-12:00pm
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

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Shelby County Parks and Recreation is hosting a fun party on December 8th at the Family Activity Center. For two hours, decorate your own gingerbread house without making all of the mess at home.  It's $15 at the door but if you pre-register by end of day today (December 6th), it's just $10 so hurry up!


Santa will be there and they will have hot chocolate for a treat. This is a great thing for your entire family or for your kids. Bring friends and make memories!
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Monday, November 27, 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. 

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

Lego Club:
November 30 at 4 pm
December 28 at 4 pm
January 25 at 4 pm
February 22 at 4 pm

Stress Free Hour:Wednesdays and Fridays 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Puzzles, coloring, knitting, scrapbooking, Scrabble, and Mahjong. Supplies provided. You can also bring your own things.
Christmas at the Library is December 9th from 10am-noon

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

Yoga is on Mondays from 12-1pm, Thursdays from 1-2pm (for seniors). Bring your mats - it's free
Zumba is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 pm for adults - it's free
Nia is on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm - it's free


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground


Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground is located at 525 Main Street in Shelbyville. It's a two story indoor playground that has a Lego  room, music wall, pretend diner/kitchen area, horizontal rock wall, train table, slides, and more! The price of admission is only $6 for unlimited play. There's also a restaurant, Laughing Leo's, located in the back. When we go we like to play for awhile, take a break to eat, and then play some more.

They host Nerf Wars that kids love so keep tabs on their Facebook page for dates or click here.

Kaleidoscopes has lots of fun planned for indoor fun for kids 12 and under. They offer parties, camps and more. They were closed for a short time but they are back open after making some changes.


Open Play Sessions: $6 per child
Tuesday: 10am-1pm
Tuesday: 4pm-7pm
Friday: 10am-1pm
Friday: 4pm-7pm
Saturday: 10am-7pm
Open additional times for private parties and events.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Shelby County Holiday Events

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Can you believe it's that time of year again?! Here's our list of Holiday events around town!
Here's the Louisville Family Fun list: Best List of Holiday Events for 2017


Wakefield-Scearce Galleries Christmas Open House
Starts November 8
Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

Tree Lighting Event at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
November 10, 7pm

Trims and Whims Craft Show
November 11
November 12
 9:30am-4:00pm
Wright Elementary School

Celebration of Lights- Shelbyville
November 11, 4-8 pm Tree lighting at 6pm

Light up Simpsonville
November 18, 6:30
Lights, Santa, Chili, Hot Chocolate, Performances

Shelby County Farmers' Market Christmas Bazaar
November 25, 9am-2:30pm
Shelby County Fairgrounds
Food, crafts, decorations

Shelby County Christmas Parade
December 2, 10am
"A Movie Time Christmas"

A Night in Bethlehem- A Drive through Live Nativity Experience
Shelbyville First Baptist Church
December 2, 6-8 pm

Ornament Painting Party
Harvest Coffee & Cafe
December 8, 6-9pm

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

Christmas on Main Street in Taylorsville
December 9, 6:30-9pm
A Christmas in Candyland! Come see Santa! Enjoy a Parade, Play Games! Walk Main Street! Food! and Admire Beautiful Christmas Trees!

"Christmas Cruise" Christmas Dinner and Auction
Cornerstone Christian Academy
December 9, 6 pm
Tickets: Adults/$35 Children/$15

Christmas at the Library
December 9, 10am-12:00pm

Kids Christmas Party with Santa
FireFresh BBQ Shelbyville
December 19, 6-8pm


Have a joyous Holiday Season! 
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Monday, October 30, 2017

What to do with all that candy....

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If your children are like mine they probably had a bucket of candy from community events and school parties before it was even Halloween. Now that Halloween and trick-or-treating is over, that bucket is overflowing! I have to have a game plan as to what we're going to do with it all. Here's a few ideas that may help reduce the candy pile- and possible future dental bill.....

Speaking of dentists, Mortenson Family Dental is giving you a chance to Swap your Treats for a $5 gift card. All you do is bring in at least a sandwich size bag full of candy to any Mortenson, Braces Braces Braces, or Kid's Dentistree through November 18. Mortenson then sends all the candy to troops through Operation Gratitude. One bag per person.

Here are some other ideas:

  • This could also be a great opportunity to talk to your child about giving and helping others. My family tries to make shoe boxes every year that are sent to children around the world (Operation Christmas Child). Certain types of candy are allowed to be sent in those boxes. If this is something that your family may be interested in, find more info here. There are local places that may accept candy donations as well, check with local shelters or community centers.
  • Keep some for holiday baking or crafts. I'm thinking candy corn turkeys around Thanksgiving time and gingerbread men with M&M eyes and buttons around Christmas. And don't forget about those dozens of sugar cookies that will need to be decorated for your holiday parties.
  • Speaking of the holidays.....save some of the candy for stocking stuffers or gifts. Or, save some for goody bags (or a pinata) for an upcoming party. 


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Kid's Class: First Kentuckians

 photo first kentuckians_zpsvlcohiro.jpgI just love events that combine learning experience for families with fun. When I saw this event by the Kentucky Historical Society, I had to share it. And, it's just down the road in Frankfort.

At the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, there is an exhibit called "A Kentucky Journey" and during this event, kids will learn from this exhibit via hands-on activities. They will do things like Native Americans did things - grind maize, harvest seeds, make clay pots and play the games that Native Americans played.  Kids will also learn what changed for Native Americans once European settlers arrived in the Kentucky area.

The event is called "First Kentuckians" and takes place on November 4 from 10:30 am-noon at 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. The event is geared toward children ages 6-12. This is a great event if your child is studying Kentucky history or Native American history in school.  It is $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child.  You do need to register because they have limited space.  The number is 502-564-1792, ext. 4408.  You will be asked to pay when you arrive and check in at the front desk of the center.

You can keep tabs on the Kentucky Historical Society Facebook page too - to watch for upcoming events!

~Stephanie
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Break Camps

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Need childcare over Fall Break? Kids restless and need a change of scenery?
We've got you covered with these great options!


Shelby County Parks C3 Holiday Camp
at Clear Creak Park (FAC)
Starting at $25/day per child
They will need lunch, drink and swim attire
7:30 am to 6 pm
Call 633-5059 for more info!

Gogh Crazy
Fall Break Kids Camp - art fun!
October 16-20 10am-4pm
$30/day per child or $7/hour

The Discovery Gym has some options - give them a call to learn more.

Remember, if not sending your kids to camp, the Shelby County Library has a lot to offer for free fun!

If you know of any other Fall Break camps in the area we will gladly add them to our list. Simply email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net. Thanks!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Halloween Events in Shelby County

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Halloween is a fun time for children and parents! 
Here is a list of some Shelby County Halloween events for families.


Waddy Fire Dept Community Children's Halloween Party
at the Waddy Fire Dept
October 14, 6-8 pm
Trick or treat, games, food, and more!
Dress in costume if you'd like

Light the Night Corn Maze
October 20 & 28, 6:30-8:30
Mulberry Orchard
$5 per person, free for children ages 5 and under.
One adult per five youth required for supervision.

Trunk or Treat Under the Sea
Shelby Christian Church
October 25 6-8pm in their parking lot

Trunk or Treat at Shelbyville First Baptist 
October 25 6:30-8:30pm

Halloween Walk with the Animals
Salato Wildlife Center (Frankfort)
October 28, 1- 5 pm

Halloween Harvest Festival at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
October 28, 3pm
For children 12 and under, accompanied by a supervising adult. Enjoy face painting, balloon art, games, photo op & more! While supplies last.

October 27, evening

JCTC Shelby Campus is inviting folks out for a Halloween event. It's on October 27 from 5-7pm.  We checking in to see if it's inside or outside. When they message us back, we will let you know!

Black Orchard Haunted House at Red Orchard Park
Various dates and times.


Don't forget to check out our list of Fall Festivals around Shelby County! 


We know there's lots more fun Halloween events that will be added as we get closer to Halloween! If you know of any other Halloween themed events in Shelby County, please email stephanie@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will gladly update our list! Thanks!

Places that held Halloween events last year that may or may not have an event again this year. We will update with more info when we learn more details:

Village Plaza's Annual Safe Trick or Treat
Trick or Treating at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
Annual Trunk or Treat at Martinrea
Halloween Party at Shelby County Fire Dept.
Trick or treat, goodies, refreshments, fire safety info, spray a real fire hose, and more!
Trick or Treat Trail at Red Orchard Park
Froggy's Safe Trick or Treat Street at 6th & Main
Howl-O-Ween Party at Tyson's Chance
Shelbyville Country Club (21+, costumes optional, $10 at the door)
Centenary United Methodist Trunk or Treat
Games, food, trick or treating
Love Your Neighbor Event
Shelby Christian




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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pumpkin Picking in Shelby County

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It's almost time to pick pumpkins! Shelby County is lucky to have two wonderful farms that have pumpkin patches!


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Weekend Hours:
Saturdays 10-6
Sundays 12-5





Weekend activities are:
  • Hay rides to the pumpkin patch 
  • Pony rides 
  • Barrel train rides 
  • Jump pillows 
  • Face Painting
  • Corn maze
  • Pedal tractors 
  • Bounce house 
  • Pumpkin Craft Table 
  • Petting Zoo (Free)
You need tickets for all of the activities listed except the petting zoo. 
*Each ticket is $1. You can purchase a bracelet that would allow for unlimited activities (except for pony rides)! 



Mulberry Orchard has free hayrides to their pumpkin patch on the weekends. They also offer a free soybean maze, corn play bus, and playground (super slide, swings, tires, tunnels, and more). While you're there you can pick up some apples (many varieties to pick from), apple cider, fresh fruits/veggies, local products, yummy desserts, and even enjoy a meal.

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Hours:
Wednesday-Saturday 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 1 to 5 pm

To check out a list of other pumpkin patches in Kentucky, click here!



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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour 2017

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The Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour is September 16, 2017. From 9 am to 4 pm your family can enjoy 9 farms in Shelby County for FREE! This is a great opportunity for families to get up close with farm animals, farm equipment, watch special demonstrations, and meet the wonderful farmers! There's something for everyone on this farm tour!

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On the day of the tour pick up your Farm Passport at one of the following three locations: Shelby County Farmer's Market , Metzger's County Store or any of the farm stops.

Visit as many farms as you like, for as long as you like! Before you leave each location, have your Farm Passport stamped. Leave your passport at your last location to be entered to win a basket filled with Shelby County and Kentucky Proud products (one entry for each stamp on your passport).

Helpful Hints:
Wear comfortable and supportive shoes because you may have to walk on uneven or rough surfaces.
No dogs are allowed on the tour.
Bring a cooler to store items you may purchase at some locations.

Did we mention that this tour is free! How awesome is that? There will be food sold at some locations, as well as specialty products for a fee.

My family went on the farm tour last year and loved it! We ran out of time and only visited about 7 of the 10 farms. We got to pet and learn about alpacas, horses, and dairy cows. We learned about honey bees at one farm and how maple syrup was made at another. We enjoyed a nice lunch at Mulberry Orchard, followed by a hay ride around their orchard- we even got to pick a pumpkin! It was a great day, and we can't wait to have more farm fun this year! My girls are looking forward to feeding some pigs this year.

Keep up to date with the farm tour on Facebook- Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour.


Enjoy your family fun down on the farm!
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