Friday, January 19, 2018

Weekend Fun for Shelby County Families

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Here's some fun ideas for January 19-21

It's a pretty slow start on the family fun front in January. There are more options later in the month. But, seems like you can head outside this weekend for a little bit and not be in pain from the extreme cold. Let's find the bright side of everything!

Friday:  You know the Kroger is all fresh and grand now so they are having some events. On Friday from 4-6pm kids can decorate cookies with the cops!

Saturday: Also at Kroger, Paw Patrol fans can meet the characters. They will be there from noon to 3pm.

Sunday: Any model train fans out there? At the Kentucky Expo Center, there's a train show and it's free for young kids so it's an affordable option! Make a day trip to Louisville for this unique show.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sport Programs with Simpsonville Parks and Recreation

 photo unnamed_zpsuvng73xw.jpgSimpsonville Parks and Recreation offers a variety of sports programs for kids of all ages and abilities.

Coming up, they are offering:
Basketball for pre-K through 7th grade
Preschool sports sampler - looks great!
Spring Soccer
Tee Ball
Baseball (coach pitch and player pitch)

Fees range from $50 to $70 depending on the program.

The programs rolls out February through May so explore their website to check all of the details about ages, dates, times and more.

Here is a link to their website and if you scroll down, it has each program listed.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

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!
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 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!
Getting creative at Penelope's Pottery
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.
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
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 the local Mops group.
Getting a group together and play soccer at Finchville Park.
The skate park in Shelbyville.
The Shelbyville Fountain.
Fun at Simpsonville Park.
Family Movie Days at the library.
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Lake Shelby
The unique classes that the classes the library offers
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.
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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
Deals during the week at Hometown Pizza!
All the beautiful farms and animals you pass while driving around the outskirts of town.
Date night fun at Jeptha Creed
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
Special events 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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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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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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