Thursday, July 30, 2015

Month in Preview- August

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Shelby County Horse Show
Shelby County Fairgrounds
July 29, 30, 31, and August 1

Shelbyville Eggfest
August 1, 9 am- 4pm
Andriots (718 Main Street)
*Benefits Kosair Children's Hospital

Shop, Bop, and Island Hop!
The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
August 4, 6-9pm

National Night Out (Louisville, Frankfort)
August 4, 6-8 pm (check schedule)
Food, drinks, mascots, giveaways, children activities, and more!

Shelby County Resource Fair
Serenity Center, Shelbyville
August 6, 6-8 pm
School supplies, food, raffles, & more!

Waddy Summer Concert Series
Waddy Baptist Church
August 7, 7 pm

Annunciation Church Picnic
August 8
Games, food, & fun!

Simpsonville Summer Performing Arts Series
Wiche Park, Simpsonville
August 8, 3-5 pm
Roy Orbison impersonator

Footloose, the Musical
Shelby County Community Theatre
August 7, 8, 14, & 15 at 7:30 pm
August 9 & 16 at 2:30 pm

Lowe's Build and Grow
August 8 (Hulk's Tank)
August 22 (Thor's Chariot)

JD Shelburne Benefit Concert
Cancer Benefit for Debbie Morgan
First Christian Church, Shelbyville
August 9, 2-5 pm
Food, music, benefit auction

First day of school for SCPS!

Wine and Wraps
Old Stone Inn, Simpsonville
August 20, 6- 8:30pm
$20 for a sheet of nail wraps and drink ticket

Lake Shelby Fish Fry
August 21, 5:30-7 pm
$9- fish, potato wedges, cole slaw, hush puppy, drink & dessert!

Shelbyville Street Party Concert
Featuring New Breed
August 22, 6-10 pm

Shelby County Farmer's Market
Shelby County Fairgrounds
Saturday 8-12, Wednesday 3-6pm

Live Music 
Talon Winery
Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays 4-7pm

House of Boom
Family Night
Every Monday from 6-9 pm
$35 for the whole family to jump!

Check out Mulberry Orchard this month!
Let the kids play on their FREE playground!
They are opened Wed-Sat 9-6, Sun 1-5

8 Great Weeks of Summer! Don't forget to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana by eating at Arby's this summer! Help them fund matches right here in Shelby County through this fundraiser. Donate $1 and get $1 off coupon!


*This list will be updated regularly. If you know of any events please email Kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Tomatoes at Ambrosia Farm

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Source: Seviche, A Latin Restaurant

Ambrosia Farm in Finchville is the place to go for tomatoes in the Shelby County area! With over 75 different types of tomatoes, there is sure to be a kind you will love. Check out the different varieties available this season here.

Tomatoes will be available for purchase at the farm on Saturdays form 9-2 starting soon. (They were set to open July 25, but had to post-pone because they ran out of ripe tomatoes). The farm store will open soon, and they will also have tomato tastings starting in August. We will update with dates/times when we know more information.

If you want to get a hold of some of these delicious tomatoes before the farm store opens, check out one of these restaurants in Louisville that use Ambrosia tomatoes....Seviche, Oak Room, Napa, Rye, Grind Burger Kitchen, Bistro 1860, Sweet & Savory Crepes, and Wiltshire Pantry.

Like Ambrosia Farms on Facebook so you can keep up to date with their farm store hours, tastings, and other happenings.


My mouth is watering just thinking about them.....

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Shelbyville Horse Show

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It's time for the 2015 Shelbyville Horse Show

The event kicks off with the Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee. This is a time for the community, and visitors to the city, to have fun and get excited for the upcoming horse show!

Jubilee schedule:
July 23, 7:30 AM
Kick-off Breakfast at Undulata Farms

July 23-30, 8:30-4:30
Youth Art Show at the Historic Courthouse

July 25-
Custom Car Cruise 5 PM-10 PM
Ice cream eating contest 6 PM
Photo Booth 6 PM- 9 PM
Street Party Concert- JD Shelburne 7 PM
*All events at 5th and Main, Shelbyville


The Shelbyville Horse Show will take place at the Shelby County Fairgrounds July 29 through August 1 at 7 PM (gates open at 6 PM). Main gate admission is $5/night. Horseman's Club Ticket is $45/night.



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Monday, July 20, 2015

Alpaca Haven Farm of Kentucky & Store

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Alpaca Haven Farm of Kentucky in Waddy is a great place to take an alpaca farm tour! My family and I recently visited the farm and had a blast. The owners, Morgan and Carolyn Dowdy, were very friendly and very knowledgeable. You can tell they really care about their animals. They greeted us as we got out of our car, and handed each of the children a bag of food for the alpacas (and a bone for their dog). They showed us around the farm, let the children feed and pet the animals, and told us lots of information about these adorable creatures. My daughters went on another alpaca tour a few months ago, but this was the first time my nieces had every seen alpacas. They loved feeding them and getting their picture taken with them.
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After visiting with all of the alpacas, their llama, and the farm dog, we headed inside to the store. The farm store is located in the back part of their house, and is a very nice set up. There were so many unique and luxurious alpaca items. They had a wide range of clothing (socks, sweaters, scarves), toys, books, puzzles, among other items. If you want to browse the store you can make an appointment by calling 502-682-0617 or emailing dowdy@alpacahavenkentucky.com. We plan on making a trip back when the weather gets cooler.

The trip ended with a craft for the girls to take home. Each one received an alpaca coloring page and some real alpaca fleece to glue on their page. They also got to take home a cross word puzzle that helped them learn even more about alpacas!

The farm also does birthday parties! Talk about a unique party idea! You can find information and pricing on their website under the party tab.

Farm Tour season: April 1-November 30
Tour Hours: 10am-4pm (we went one evening, so they are very accommodating to your schedule)
Tours last 45 minutes to 1 hour
Cost: $20 for a family of four, $5 for each additional person (children 2 and under FREE)
Call  502-682-0617 or emailing dowdy@alpacahavenkentucky.com to set up a tour today!

You can find them on Facebook too!
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mini Links for Littles at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

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It's time for another Project Play event! Come enjoy some mini golf and support Big Brothers Big Sisters at the same time.  For a $5 donation, you can play 9 holes of mini golf at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

There will also be Instagram and Twitter photo props so you can post your photo with #supportBBBSKY and be entered for a Papa Johns gift card.

After you enjoy your mini golf fun, head over to Taqueria Tsunami to dine and donate! A portion of the proceeds will help benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby County.

July 23 from 4-9 pm
The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
Cost: $5

Stay updated with this event by joining the Mini Links for Littles Facebook event page.


If you're an avid golfer, you may be interested in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters by registering for the 4th Annual Links for Littles Golf Classic. This event will be Monday, August 17, at the University of Louisville Golf Club. Golfers will enjoy Brown-Forman cocktails, food, a live auction, and contests.

To register yourself or a team, click here.


Sounds like a fun way to support the kids in our community!
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tropical Snow Shaved Ice in Shelbyville

 photo 0711151714b_zpswxxhvyd1.jpgTropical Snow Shaved Ice recently opened at 18 Main Street in Shelbyville! It's the perfect treat on these hot summer days (or rainy days- they operate at an old gas station so 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 :)

Small $1.75
Medium $2.25
Large $2.75
They also have dog bowl treats for $1 (bowl with plain ice and a dog bone)

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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Friday, July 10, 2015

Spark for the Park

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Spark for the Park is a charitable event to help raise funds for the new playground at Clear Creek Park. The event is being held at Stone's Throw Farm in Shelbyville on July 11th. The fun will start around 3 with inflatables, dunking booth, face painting, pony rides, and other fun activities for the kids. At dusk they will show Charlotte's Web (don't forget your blankets). There will also be a silent auction, food fresh off the grill, and giveaways (FAC memberships, dog park memberships, Shelby Trail Lessons).

  • Cost for parking is $5 per carload (Each person in the car gets a ticket for the giveaways)
  • $10 per kid for an all day stamp that will allow them to enjoy fun activities! (Dunking booth $1, photo booth $1)
  • Movie is FREE! Food costs extra.

This sounds like a great event to help raise money for a great cause. Come let your kids have fun and help support the park at the same time!

More info can be found at their Facebook event page.
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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review of Science in Play at the Kentucky Science Center

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Happy Climber

Science in Play, a learning exhibit geared towards younger children and their families, opened this weekend at the Kentucky Science Center. It replaces the old KidZone area, and encompasses the entire first floor of the museum. It's huge! 

The first thing you will probably notice when you enter the area is the Happy Climber. It is a 14 foot climbing structure at the center of the exhibit. It is super fun (adults can climb!) and very open so you can keep an eye on your child at all times. Also in the center section is the roller coaster building area, mirror maze, and the hanging noodles that kids love to run through! They are favorites that have been brought back.

If you enter the area that used to be KidZone you will be welcomed by a cool hands-on science area. There are fossils, rocks, bones, and all kinds of nature related items for the kids to observe and touch. They have tables set up for note-taking or projects. The day we went they were creating casts of shells. They also have a tub of sand where the children can dig for rocks, shells, and fossils.
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Giant Lite Bright

Next to the nature area is a huge lite bright! Children (and adults) can create words, pictures, and designs by moving the pegs around. This entertained my two children for the longest time! The small room next to this is now a shadow room. Another favorite! There was also a table where kids could explore more with color and light.

The water area is still there! The large TARC bus has been replaced by a Smart car. The doors are removed and children are welcome to climb in and explore. Behind the car is the new and improved Shop For Shapes area. I'm so glad they brought this back, and also glad they added another cash register.They also have a shape launcher that you can slide shapes down and tables set up where you can design/create with your shapes. In the back area is a really cool reading nook.

On the opposite side of the building is the scarf launcher. They added small balls to launch along with the scarfs. My girls were running everywhere trying to catch them.

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Mirror House
The old Shop For Shapes area has been replaced by an area for smaller children and babies. Inside this area was a small mirror house, a kitchen area with lots of doors to open and explore, a magnet board, a cardboard construction area that will be changed out periodically, and an area where children can velcro tubes to a board and try to create chutes for balls. To the back of this section was a private area for mothers to breast feed.

Science in Play was carefully thought out, designed, and constructed. It will definitely get kids and parents thinking, learning, and playing together! My daughters have already asked to go back. It's so interactive, educational and fun!



Hours:
Sunday-Thursday 9:30am-5pm
Friday & Saturday 9:30am-9pm

Find prices of admission here, but check out these DEALS first!
*$5 per person after 5 on Friday & Saturday!
*The Science Center also offers FREE playdates where children 0-4 can play for free from 8:30-9:30. Check dates and themes here.
*When you sign your child up for the Summer Reading Program at the Shelby County Library, you can pick up a coupon there for the Kentucky Science Center. The coupon allows for one free children's admission with purchase of adult admission.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Daylily Daze in Finchville!

2016 Daylily Daze will be June 24 & 25 and July 1 & 2 from 10 to 5!

Finchville Daylily Gardens is a great place to purchase locally grown Daylilies. This family business has been running for over 18 years now! They have 600 different varieties of daylilies on 5 acres!

 photo 0627151347_zpscjrpjumy.jpgDuring peak bloom, the garden is open for Daylily Daze. Everyone is invited to come see these beautiful, fragrant flowers. My husband and I stopped by to check it out last year. We were amazed at all the varieties available and how beautiful everything was. We picked out a few to take home for our yard. Not only do they have flowers, but they have several water features as well. They have some tables and chairs set up next to some of the water features that allows you to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Everyone was very helpful and friendly.

If you have a chance, go and see these beautiful flowers for yourself, and maybe purchase one or two to take home. You can pick up some already potted, or you can fill out an order form and they will dig them up for you to pick up later. We bought one already potted, and my daughters love going out everyday and seeing the new blooms.

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I love supporting local businesses in Shelby County, and this family business is another great one!





By: Kimberly
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass- Shop, Bop & Island Hop!

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Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

Join The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass for their Shop, Bop & Island Hop event! Every Tuesday evening from 6-9 a local band will play, prizes will be given away, and there will be a bounce house for the kids to enjoy. Also, guests can register for the grand prize- a cruise to the Caribbean! 

The event will run every Tuesday evening from July 7- August 4 in the Food Court area.

While you're there check out Taqueria Tsunami for their Taqueria Tykes Tuesday! Get a FREE kids meal with each adult entree when you dine in!

Sounds like a fun way to spend a Tuesday evening!


By: Kimberly



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