Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shelby County Summer Reading Program

 
Build a Better World

It's almost time for the Shelby County Public Library Summer Reading Program 2017!

Sign-ups begin Tuesday, May 30.
The deadline to sign-up is Monday, July 10.
All reading logs are due by Monday, July 24.

  • Children reading board books to picture books must read (or be read to) 15 books.
  • Advanced readers must read 3 chapter books.
  • Middle and high school student must read 2 or more novels.

After signing up for the program you will receive a bag and book log.
When you complete the program you will receive a book and coupons!


Below is a schedule of Summer Reading Program events and activities. You do not have to attend these events to complete the program. You can attend as many or as few as you would like. They're just added fun!
 
Schedule for Children
June 3 Summer Reading Kick-off Party 11-1:00
June 5-10 Scholastic Book Fair
June 14 Wump Mucket Puppets 11 & 1:00 
June 21 Diana Dinicola: Build a Flamenco Dance 11 & 1:00
June 28 Barry Mitchell, Magician 11 & 1:00
July 5 Mark Wood Fun Show 11 & 1:00
July 12 Animal Tales 11 & 1:00
July 20 Jason Lindsey "Hooked on Science" 11 & 1:00
July 26 or 27 Swim Party (Ticket Required) 7:30-9:30pm


Schedule for Tweens & Teens
June 3 Summer Reading Kick-off Party 11-1:00
June 5-10 Scholastic Book Fair
June 14 Wump Mucket Puppets 11 & 1:00
June 16 Game Night Lock In 5:30-8:30 
June 21 Diana Dinicola: Build a Flamenco Dance 11 & 1:00
June 28 Barry Mitchell, Magician 11 & 1:00
June 30 Painting with Teens 5:00-7:00
July 5 Mark Wood Fun Show 11 & 1:00
July 7 Teen Movie 2:00-4:00
July 12 Animal Tales 11 & 1:00
July 20 Jason Lindsey "Hooked on Science" 11 & 1:00
July 30 Swim  Party (ticket required) 6:30-8:30pm

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This information is from the Shelby County Public Library and their Summer Reading Program card. If you have any questions or would like more information you can contact the Shelby County Public Library at 502-633-3803. 
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shelbyville Rocks!

 
Have you seen painted rocks hidden around Shelbyville lately? 

There's a Facebook group called Shelbyville Ky Rocks!!!! Find the link to the group page here.  The group encourages people to paint rocks and then hide them around town for people to find. It's a fun and inexpensive way to have fun and get people outside exploring this great town of ours! If you find a rock you can keep it or hide it for someone else to stumble upon. By joining the Facebook page, you can post pictures of rocks you have found or rocks you have hidden. My daughters love to paint rocks and are so excited to go hide some of their work. We haven't found any rocks yet, but we're on the look out! It's like a big scavenger hunt!

Rocks painted by Faith Ashton and family
There's a few things that the FB page suggests you keep in mind when hiding painted rocks:
  • Keep the safety of the finder in mind
  • Don't put it where it can get mowed over
  • Don't hide in stores
  • Don't hide in baseball fields
  • Don't disturb stores or businesses where rocks are hidden around

Get out and find some rocks!
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Monday, May 8, 2017

Day Out With Thomas- Coupon Code and Information

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All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven, Kentucky! This family friendly event includes a ride with Thomas, a visit with Sir Topham Hatt, an Imagination Station, and other fun Thomas and Friends inspired activities.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. This event sells out frequently so I would suggest having tickets in hand before making the trip. Use the coupon code shelbyfamfun17 for a special $2 off discount! The museum asks that you arrive an hour before your departure time to check in and take pictures.


Event dates: June 3-4 and June 10-11

Click here for tickets or call 866-468-7630




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Friday, May 5, 2017

A Day at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

 
Bath and Body Works opens today at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass!

While you're there, stop by the new Toys R Us outlet shop that opened in early April.

Other great kid stores:
Carters
Osh Kosh B'Gosh
Children's Place
Gymboree
Justice

Lunch at Johnny Rockets (Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday). Did you know that Johnny Rockets is hosting a Slider Eating Contest? Qualifiers is Wednesday, May 10th at 6pm. Contest is Wednesday, May 17th at 6pm. Winner gets a $250 gift card to the mall!

Snack at Great American Cookie Company (Buy one, get one free on Double Doozies every Tuesday). Inside the cookie shop is also an ice cream shop. It's great because there's something for everyone. There's also Auntie Anne's and Ghirardelli's!

Let the kids get some energy out at the play area. It's under covers so they can even play when it's raining (which seems to be everyday lately).

Dinner at Taquiera Tsunamis is always yummy. They have Taquiera Tykes Tuesday and kids eat free!

Also be sure to check out the custom painted horse sculptures. Beautiful!

Follow their events by clicking here!
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Events around Town

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Here's a few fun family events going on this month in Shelby County!


First Saturday Walk at Clear Creek Park FAC
May 5, 8:30 am
Participants receive free pass to the FAC!

Penelope's Pottery Painting Opens at the Blue Gables!
Stop by May 7, 12-4 or May 13, 10-5 to check them out!

Free Community Cook-Out
May 9th, 5-7 pm
Fred Wiche Park, Simpsonville
Food, fun, and music!

Nerf Wars at Kaleidoscopes
May 13, 5-8 pm
Call 437-2261 to register

Fish Fry at Lake Shelby
May 19, 5:30-7:15

Bagdad Days- May 19 & May 20
Food, auction, 5K, parade, games, and more!
Bagdad Baptist Church
 
Shelby County Farmers' Market
Every Saturday, 8-12
Shelby County Fairgrounds


Summer Reading Program sign-ups begin May 30th!

$1 Summer movies begin May 30 & May 31!

Summer Camps begin! Check out our list here!


*We'll update as soon as we learn when it's strawberry and blueberry picking time!

We will continue to update our list! If you know of any other family friendly events going on this month in Shelby County, please email kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will gladly add them to our list!

Have fun and make May marvelous!
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Best BBQ in Shelby County

Will's Grill, Simpsonville
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm
Carry-out
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Source: www.PureSouthernBBQ.com
Will's Grill is located in Simpsonville. It is locally owned and operated. My husband and I have picked up food here several times. We usually get the pulled pork plate that comes with two sides and a drink. They give you a VERY generous amount of meat, and it is delicious! I highly recommend the potato salad as well. Will's Grill is also a food truck, and continues to offer on site event service and catering.  If you're in the Simpsonville area, you must check this place out!

Ken Tex BBQ, Shelbyville
Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm
Sunday 11am-8pm
Ken Tex is a small restaurant not too far from I-64. I had driven past it several times without even knowing it existed until a friend of mine told me about it. Despite the size, there is an area to eat inside. I thought the food was good, and the prices were comparable to other BBQ places I've been to. I liked that they had a kids menu.

Fire Fresh BBQ, Shelbyville
Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm
Sunday 11:30-8pm
Fire Fresh is one of my daughter's favorite restaurants. Besides the fireman decor, she likes that she gets to color a picture and then hang it on the restaurant wall before she leaves. They have a kids menu, and kids eat free on Tuesdays with purchase of adult entree! I like the variety of sides that Fire Fresh offers, and everything I've tried has been good. Fire Fresh also offers catering.


If you're traveling through the state and in the mood for BBQ, check out Kentucky Family Fun's list of Best BBQ places in Kentucky.



If you know of any other delicious BBQ places in Shelby County, PLEASE email kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net. I'm always looking to try new places ;)



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Thursday, April 27, 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!

Every Thursday Kids Eat Free at Kaleidoscopes! (Enjoy one free kids meal with each adult meal purchase!)

The next Nerf Wars is set for May 13th from 5-8 pm. You can drop the kids off or stay and watch. $15 includes Nerf play and a kids meal, $5 drop off charge for kids under 10. Reserve your spot today at 437-2261!

Kaleidoscopes has lots of fun planned for this summer! They will have weekly camps running from May 23rd thru July 28th for kids in K thru 5th grade! $30/day and $25/siblings or $125/week and $100/siblings. Drop off as early as 7:30! Each week they will cover a different topic (superheroes, space, dinos, bugs, scientists, and more!) Call and reserve your spot today!

They also host birthday parties! Talk about a fun time! Call for more info or to reserve your party today!

Monday 3-8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10-8
Friday and Saturday 10-9
Sunday Closed
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tropical Snow Shaved Ice

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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!
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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!
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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.

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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





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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



 
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Monday, April 17, 2017

$1 Summer Movies in Shelbyville


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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!
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