Monday, March 30, 2015

Review of Red Orchard Park

 photo playpod_zpsjotbld0p.jpgRed Orchard Park is definitely a park you need to visit if you are ever in Shelbyville. It has something for everyone. My daughter loves the barn themed playground. I, personally, love the play pod fitness nature trail. There are several mulched areas around the trail that have fitness equipment for the adults (squat press, rowing machine, elliptical, exercise bike, etc.) and nature themed play structures (bees, spiders, caterpillar, trees) for the children. This is the only time I ever use exercise equipment (maybe I shouldn't tell too many people that), but it's so convenient because I can use it while the kids are playing right next to me. It's also great because the play pods are not only fun, but educational. There are other trail options at the park as well.

Red Orchard has horse back riding trails and a horse ring.

Another thing that separates Red Orchard Park from the others is the Miller Outdoor Education Center. It is open on Saturdays from 10am-2pm and it's FREE (we love free)! My family recently visited one Saturday, and we were amazed at how many hands-on, interactive exhibits they had. My daughters are still pretty young, but this place kept their attention for a long time. We were welcomed by two volunteers who were extremely nice and helpful. They told us about the different rooms and were always easy to find if we had questions. If you have never been, I would highly recommend spending some time there.

Some of the exhibits we really liked were:
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  • Take A Chance- You put your hand through a hole in a wooden box and try to guess what you are feeling. Then lift the top to see if you were right.
  • Making Tracks- There was a long table with sand and the children can use different animal track stamps to make tracks in the sand.
  • Something's Fishy- An exhibit of fish that live in Kentucky waters.
  • Bees- There's a tree trunk with a bee hive in the middle (the bees weren't back on display yet, but they said they would be soon)
  • Aquarium of fish, turtles, and frogs
  • Duck, Duck, Goose- Try to guess the name of the water fowls
  • Pictures/history of the park
  • Bird Nest Display- Many different examples of nests and eggs found in Kentucky
  • The Center also has educational programs throughout the year. You'll have to follow them on Facebook or visit/call to keep up to date on these programs.

 photo 0328151117_zpsew10zhwu.jpgRed Orchard is also home to Michael Kay's Bark Park. There are two separate lots for the dogs to play in. A 2 acre lot for smaller dogs and a 3 acre lot for larger dogs. This does require a yearly permit.

Red Orchard also has a nice barn that they hold events in and rent out for weddings and parties. You can find information on rental fees here. There are several events throughout the year that the park puts on in the barn. They have an annual Bunny Day (April 4), Earth Day Celebration (April 18), and a haunted house in October! Once again, follow them on Facebook to keep up to date on their events! We have a few of their events listed on our Spring Events post.


Pack a picnic, put on your sneakers, and head out for a fun day at the park!





By: Kimberly


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Lake Shelby Canoes & Paddle Boats

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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.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Fish Fry List for Shelby County

It's Fish Fry time! 

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Bagdad Fire Department Fish Fry
March 20
6pm-8pm
$9/meal
Proceeds will benefit the 2015 Crusade for Children

Simpsonville Baptist Church
March 20
5pm-8pm
$8/adults, $5/kids
Alaskan Pollock, french fries, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert, and drink
Proceeds will benefit the 2015 mission trips

Finchville Ruritan Dinner
March 20
5pm-8pm
$10/meal
Fish, rolled oyster, or salmon croquet plus baked beans, coleslaw, potato wedges, drink, dessert

Church of the Annunciation (Shelbyville)
March 20, 27
4:30pm
Dine in or carry out
Proceeds will go to the building fund



 photo sweet avisha_zpsvfw39f3m.jpg Everyone deserves some dessert!

WIN a $5 gift card to Sweet Avisha & a coupon for a FREE 4-inch frozen yogurt cake!
Did you know that they just starting making and selling cakes? YUM!

We will have 3 winners!

Congrats to the winners:
Donna Ramey
Stephanie Hammond
Judith O'Bryan


To enter: Email kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net and put the word "SWEET" in the subject line.  One entry per email address.

You must be 18 or older to enter and by entering, you agree to these terms.  Submit your email entry by the end of the day 3/22/15.
Winners will be selected at random and emailed by Monday 3/23/15
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Shelby County Date Night Ideas

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Call the babysitter and head out on the town....

                                                 
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www.talonwine.com
Talon Winery  is the perfect place to unwind with your love after a busy week. Talon Winery has wine tasking for $1 a taste or 6 tastes for $5. They also have live music every Saturday from 4-7 pm (5-8 pm on March 21 because of the UK game). Beautiful scenery + wine = a great date for sure!


Enjoy a lovely dinner at a historic Shelby County restaurant, such as the Bell House Restaurant or Old Stone Inn. Both offer delicious food, a romantic setting, and rich history.


Catch a show! You can head over to the movie theater or catch a local show at the Shelby County -Community Theatre. The SCCT will have A Night of One Acts (The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, This Property is Condemned by Tennessee Williams, and Dracula by Bram Stoker) on March 27 & 28 at 7:30 and March 29 at 2:30. The Miracle Worker, by William Gibson, will be playing April 17-19 and April 24-26.


Check out the Brick Room on Facebook. They have had karaoke in the past, as well as ladies night out painting parties. This Friday, March 20, at 6:30 they will be hosting the Habitat for Humanity Evening Out. Tickets are $30/person or $50/couple. Event includes a dinner, live entertainment by Tom Hood, raffles, and a silent auction. Have fun and help support a great cause at the same time!


Head out a little early and shop on Main Street.  Stacey's Simple Stuff is having their 3 year anniversary sale this weekend. March 19-22 (10-6, 10-3 on Sunday). They'll have deals, prizes, and snacks!


Take a class or workshop together at Making Ends Meet in Shelbyville. There are various classes to choose from including doll making, beading, upholstering, and sewing.



Need somewhere to send the kids?

The Family Activity Center in Shelbyville is having a Gym and Swim March 20th from 6pm-10pm!
You can enjoy a night out while the staff watches your child as they enjoy games, food, and fun!
$10 per child, 1st through 5th grade.





By: Kimberly

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Summer Camps in Shelby County

Here's a list of summer camps in the Shelby County area.

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Broadway Workshop Drama Camp
Shelby County Community Theater
June 22-26
9-12/1-4 (2 sesssions)
$100 (sibling discounts)
Camp concludes with a live performance!

Summer Hoops Camp
Simpsonville Parks & Recreation
Pre-K-8th grade
June 2-July 4 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
1-3pm
$75

Summer Cheer Camp
Simpsonville Parks & Recreation
Pre-K-8th grade
June 2-July 4 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
9-11am
$75

Summer Dance Camp
Simpsonville Parks & Recreation
Pre-K-8th grade
June 2-July 4 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
11am-1pm
$75

Camp Clear Creek
Shelbyville Family Activity Center
Wee Wiggelo Camp (ages 4 -5)
Junior Day Camp (ages 6-12)
7:30am-5:30pm
$100/week

History Camp
Shelby County Historical Society
July 9-11, 2015

Discovery Gym School Age Camp
6:30am - 6pm
K-6th grade
$110/week or $25/day

Discovery Gym Pre-school Camp
June 1-24 (M/W), June 2-25 (T/TH)
July 6-29 (M/W), July 7-30 (T/TH)
9-Noon
$120

Walnut Way Farm
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Source: CampHiHo.com
Horse Camp
Info coming soon to their website

Camp HiHO 
(Louisville, but very close to Shelby County line)
Ages 5-13
9:00-3:00 (M-F)
$245 per week-long session
Activities: horseback riding, swimming, fishing, arts/crafts

The Parklands of Floyd Fork Science Camp
(Louisville, but close to Shelby County)
Ages 5-12
9am-4pm
$185/members, $210/non-members

Cedar Ridge 
(Louisville, but close to Shelby County)
Day Camp for ages 7-13
$179/week
Other camp options available, including overnight

Louisville Equestrian Center
(Taylorsville)
Ages 4-17
M-F 9am-4pm
$385/week



Summer Camps in the Louisville area....lots of choices!


If you know of any other camps in the Shelby County area, you can email Kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will be glad to add them. Thanks.


By: Kimberly

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review of Heartland Music Together Class in Shelbyville

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Source: www.heartlandmusictogether.com

Heartland Music Together is a music program designed for children birth through age four. It's an engaging class full of singing, dancing, and playing instruments. The classes are small, with 6 to 10 children, and their caregivers. It's a very fun and relaxed class, where children are free to roam about the circle if needed, and no one is forced to sing a solo. I'm a quiet person, and not musical in any way, but I never once felt out of place or scared to attend class with my daughters. I think I look forward to it just as much as they do. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. There is a Spring, Fall, and Winter session that runs for 10 weeks, and a summer session that runs for 6 weeks. With each session comes a new collection of songs and a new songbook and CD for you to take home. We listen to our music class CDs every time we're in the car! The girls love singing along!

 photo 20140331_110553_zpsaim6h8vo.jpgI enrolled my four year old daughter when she was just 8 months old, and we have completed the entire three year curriculum. I am now taking my one year old daughter.  The class is very engaging and developmentally appropriate for all the children enrolled. Whether it be an eight month old exploring the instruments or a three year old helping to come up with extra verses to the song, everyone is having fun and involved.

We had been attending classes in Louisville, and were so excited when we heard they were going to have a class in Shelbyville. The class in Shelbyville meets on Friday mornings at 10:30 at St. James Episcopal Church on Main Street. There are several different Music Together teachers, but this particular class is taught by Mr. Dave. My girls love Mr. Dave's energetic, caring, and silly personality. The class in Shelbyville has been a little smaller than some of the other classes we've been enrolled in, but it is still a very fun and lively class.

If you would like to know more about Heartland Music Together, come try a demo class. This is a great way to see what the classes are all about, get any questions you have answered, and get a free CD of their songs.


Shelbyville Heartland Music Together class
Fridays at 10:30
St. James Episcopal Church on Main Street
10 week session starts March 27, 2015
Registration going on now!





By: Kimberly
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring Break in Shelby County

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

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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 from 12:30-2:00, which are free with admission.

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Kart Kounty
Louisville:

Check out this huge list of fun things going on in Louisville during Spring Break.

Bullitt County:

Visit Bernheim Forest for their Spring Break Adventure Week. Daily drop in activities and guided nature hikes for all ages from 11 am- 3pm 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....

Family Activity Center in Shelbyville
April 6-10
7:30am-5:30pm
$15/child/day
502-633-5059

 photo 20140830_130817_zpsdeeznwpg.jpgSpring Break Horse Camp
Shelby Trails Horse Park
April 6-10
Ages 6-16
Call 502-232-2110

Simpsonville Break Days
Simpsonville Parks & Recreation
April 6-10
502-722-8793




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



By: Kimberly
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring Festivals & Easter Egg Hunts in Shelby County



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Bring on the warmer weather! Bring on Spring! Here's our list of Spring festivals around Shelby County!


2015 Community Showcase (iShopShelby)
Shelby County High School
March 14, 2015
10 am- 3 pm
Over 50 booths, entertainment, golf area, concessions, prizes, and more!


Easter Egg Hunt at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
Tuesday, March 24
Ages 0-3 6:00pm
Ages 4-8 6:30pm
Ages 9-12 7:00pm
Egg hunt, face painting, Easter bunny visits


Simpsonville Christian Church
March 28, 2015 at 10am
Community wide, free event


Buffalo Trace Distillery Easter Egg Hunt
(Frankfort)
March 28, 2015 at 1pm
Easter Egg hunt, Easter bunny visit, refreshments


Shelby County Public Libary
Easter Egg hunt after their normal story time
Tuesday 10 & 11, Wednesday 10 & 11, Thursday 9:30 & 10:30
*Please bring 12 eggs filled with candy

Finchville Easter Egg Hunt
Finchville Community Park
April 4, 2015
10am-1pm
Food, candy, inflatables, horse rides


Bunny Day at Red Orchard Park
April 4, 2015
10 am- Noon
Egg hunt, crafts, prizes, and more!


Spring Festival & Craft Show
Mulberry Orchard (1330 Mulberry Pike)
April 11, 2015 11 am-8pm
April 12, 2015 Noon- 5 pm
Bounce house, games, booths, face painting!


Health & Fitness Fun Day
Shelby County Annual Family Community Health Fair
Clear Creek Family Activity Center
April 11, 9am-Noon
Adult & Children activities, door prizes (bicycle giveaways)


Earth Day Celebration @ Red Orchard Park
April 18, 2015
10 am-2 pm
Kids Crafts, bugs & critters, fabric weaving/yarn making, reptiles, and more!


Corpus Christi Music Fest & Arts & Crafts Show
Simpsonville
April 25, 2015
Noon-7 pm
Bounce house, face painting, food, music, vendors, and more!


Shelby County Farmer's Market
Opens April 25, 2015



You may also be interested in Easter Events in Louisville or Spring Festivals in Louisville!




If you know of any other Spring festivals in Shelby County please email Kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will gladly add them to our list. Thanks!



By: Kimberly

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Shelby County Pediatricians & Pediatric Dentists Directory

Directory of pediatricians and pediatric dentists in Shelby County

Grow and be healthy!
Grow and be healthy!

 
Pediatricians

Shelby Pediatrics (Shelbyville) 502-633-7337
Dr. Eric Siegel, M.D.

Future Hope Pediatrics (Shelbyville) 502-633-6411
Dr. Laura White, M.D.

Kosair Children's Medical Hospital Associates Pediatric & Neonatal Practice  (Shelbyvile) 502-647-5468
Dr. Tia M. Alton, M.D.
Dr. Arlyn E. Lua-Canby, M.D.
Dr. Lisa B. Lyon, M.D.
Dr. Angelito L. Samson, M.D.



Pediatric Dentists

Pediatric Dentistry of Shelbyville 502-633-4441
Dr. Kirby Hoetker, DMD

Bright Smile Dental Care 502-633-1819

Fairbourn Family Denstistry 502-633-3900
Dr. Jeremy Fairbourn, DMD

Raymond Lohr Family Dentistry
Dr. Raymond H. Lohr, DMD

Mortenson Family Dental
Simpsonville 502-496-0002
Shelbyville (Mt. Eden Rd.) 502-633-1538
Shelbyville (Stonecrest Rd.) 502-633-1584




If you know of any pediatricians or pediatric dentists in Shelby County please email Kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will gladly add them to our list!





By: Kimberly
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