Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Break Fun!

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It's Winter Break! Here's a few ideas of things to do around town for those needing to burn off some energy or get out of the house for a bit!

Send the kids to a Winter Break Camp. There's a few to choose from in town.

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. Kids are $6 each! They can play all day for that price. They have great little areas set up for parents to relax or hook up to the wi-fi and get some work done. They also have a cute little restaurant!

Go watch a movie at Great Escape 8 Shelbyville.

Don't forget about Family Night at Baskin Robbins. From 5 to close on Tuesdays, kid's scoops are $1 and regular scoops are $1.50! It's never too cold for ice cream!

Check out the library's calendar! 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!

You may also be interested in our Kids Eat Free list!

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 2017! 

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Santa Sightings This Weekend

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Where's Santa going to be this weekend?

December 16, 6:30-8:30
$10 per builder at the door/$8 if preregistered by Dec. 15
All supplies provided, Santa, hot chocolate, and more!

Walmart (Shelbyville)
Saturday, December 17, 11-4

Kroger (Boone Station Road)
Saturday, December 17, 10-2

Pet Pictures with Santa
Metzger's Country Store (Simpsonville)
December 17,  9:30-2:00
Bring family, friends, and pets to have pictures with Santa
Bring your own camera!!

Santa Minis - get photos with Santa
Two local photographers are  teaming up to offer great photo packages starting at $25
10am-3pm, first come first served. See details here.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday Camps in Shelby County

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Whether you have to work or you just want to get some last minute shopping done, we've compiled a list of some Winter Break Camps in Shelby County!

Kaleidoscope's Winter Break Camp
December 19-December 23
December 26-December 30
$125/week, $100 for a sibling
$30/day, $25 for a sibling
Call 502-437-2261 for more info or to reserve your spot!

Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks C3 Holiday Camp
December 19-December 30, 7:30-6 pm
There will be swim time, movies, gym time, coloring, and more each day!
Bring a bathing suit and pack a lunch each day!
See fun scheduled events here
Call 502-633-5059 for more info!

Have a wonderful Winter Break!
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Happenings this Weekend!

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This weekend (December 3 and December 4) is filled with so many fun holiday events! 

Lowe's Build and Grow
Christmas Ornaments
December 3 at 10am

Shelby County Christmas Parade
December 3, 10am
"Sights and Sounds of the Season"

Coca Cola Caravan will be at Kroger in Shelbyville
December 3, 10 am to 7 pm
Free pictures with Santa

Shelbyville First Baptist Church
December 3, 6-8 pm

Bagdad Christmas
Children's crafts at the fire house start at 5 pm
Chili supper at the Ruritan Club
Bagdad Christmas parade starts at 6 pm at the square

Cornerstone Christian Academy
December 3, 6 pm
Tickets: Adults/$30 Children/$15

Christmas at the Library
December 4, 1-3:30pm

Don't forget about the Shelby County Christmas Tree Farm and Nursery if your family is looking to purchase a live tree this year. Info here!

Info here on ways to give back and help others!

Have a wonderful weekend making memories with your family!
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ways to Give Back in Shelby County

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Let's help make this amazing community even better by showing love and kindness to all those in need- not just this holiday season, but all year long! Here's a few places to donate toys, clothes, or time!

The Shelby County Fire Department is collecting toys and money for their annual toy drive until December 15 at Fire Station 1. 100% of your donations go to helping children in Shelby County. There are also several Toys for Tots boxes set up around town to collect new toys for children in need.

The Shelby County Library is having a Shoe Box Challenge. They are asking that you decoratea  shoe box, fill it with personal hygiene items, and then drop it off at the library before December 17th. Boxes will be donated to the Serenity Center in Shelbyville. They are trying to reach their goal of 400 boxes- let's help them out! Examples of items to include in box include soap, toothbrush/paste, combs, shaving cream, razor, lotions, deodorant, etc.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby County is accepting donations for the families in need that they serve. They are always looking for mentors and community leaders to serve on their advisory board. They have mentors waiting to be matched with youth ages 7-16. If you want to be a Big Brother or Big Sister call 753-3745 or visit today!

Help a child or family in need through the Angel Tree. There are several angel trees around the county that still have angels that need to be adopted. Kroger has a tree full of angels looking for food donations or gift cards. Call local churches to see if they still have angels or families in need of assistance. 

Do you knit or crochet? If so, A Place to Sleep, needs volunteers who can knit or crochet blocks for blankets. Free yarn and hooks/needles are available if needed. Contact Lynn Whittaker at 321-7116 if you can help out with this great ministry.

Soles for Souls at Central Baptist Church, 1958 US 127 Bypass-North. They are collecting new and clean used footwear of various types to donate to people in the community and around the world that may need them.

Crestview Care and Rehabilitation is looking for volunteers to help residents through arts, crafts, games, music, reading, and other activities. Crestview will also host small groups to include interested residents for community or religious involvement. Call Brittany Mitchell at 633-2454 to volunteer today!

Therapeutic Riding Association Inc. of Louisville (T.R.A.I.L) is located in Simpsonville and is looking for individuals who enjoy horses and working with special needs children and adults to help assist with therapeutic riding lessons. Call Nathalie Green at 876-7844 if this sounds like something that you could assist with. 

You can donate your gently used items to Operation Care or Centro Latino on Main Street.

Shelby County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to walk, play with, and socialize with dogs and cats. Call 633-0009 to volunteer today! Tyson's Chance Animal Foundation is always looking for donations of various items. Like them on Facebook to keep up with what they are in need of the most.

An easy way to give back is to make sure your Kroger card is linked up to your local school, church, or nonprofit through their Community Rewards program. It's an easy way to raise money for your organization, just by shopping at Kroger and swiping your card!

I'm sure there are many other great ways to give back in Shelby County. If you know of any that you would like to add to the list, please email me at and I will gladly add it! Thank you!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas at the Library

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Christmas at the Shelby County Library
Sunday, December 4
1:00 to 3:30

Pictures with Santa
Holiday Music
Write letters to Santa (he may even write back!)
Make reindeer food
Listen to Christmas stories
and more!

The Shelby County Library is such a beautiful place, especially around Christmas. If you've never been to Christmas at the Library, you must try to attend this year. The staff does such a wonderful job and is always so friendly. It has become an annual Christmas tradition for my family!

See other fun events happening at the Shelby County Library by clicking here!

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Check out all the other fun Holiday events happening in Shelby County here
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Shelby Christmas Tree Farm & Nursery

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The Shelby Christmas Tree Farm and Nursery opens on Thanksgiving Day (10am to 6pm)! They will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as well this week. They will then be open on weekends until Christmas!

It is located at 175 McDaniels Road in Shelbyville.

There are 5 species to choose from: Scotch Pine, White Pine, Austrian Pine, Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir!
You and your family can choose the perfect tree and cut it down yourself! Hand saws are available, and they will assist with cutting if needed.

Hot chocolate, apple cider, and treats will also be available!
Sounds like a perfect family tradition in the making!

Read the story of how this Christmas tree farm came to be here!

Saturday- 10 am to dusk
Sunday- 1 pm to dusk

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

10 Places to Play Outside in Shelby County with your kids

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10. Your own backyard :)

Which is your favorite?

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Veteran's Day Freebies

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We are so appreciative to all the men and women who have served our county or are currently serving. We compiled a list of businesses in the Shelby County area who are honoring veterans and active military with freebies this Veteran's Day (November 11, 2016). 

Bob Evans- Veterans and active duty members can enjoy a free meal on their limited menu (six choices available) on November 11, 2016. 

CattlemansVeterans and active duty members can enjoy a free lunch entree (up to $10) from 11 am to 2 pm on November 11, 2016. 

Little Ceasars- Free $5 Hot and Ready lunch combo between 11 am and 2 pm for all veterans and active duty members on November 11, 2016. 

Cracker Barrel- Free double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake on November 11, 2016 for all veterans and active duty members. Dine in only. 

White Castle- Free Breakfast Combo or Castle Combo Meal #1-6.

Beauty Pro's Salon & Boutique (802 Washington Street, Shelbyville)- Free haircut for veterans on November 11, 2016. Call 991-3275 for more details.

Great Clips- Veterans get a free haircut on November 11, 2016. Anyone who gets a haircut on November 11 will get a coupon for a free haircut to give to a veteran (doesn't expire until the end of the year). 

*Most of these restaurants require a proof of service or military ID to get the freebie. Some may require you to dine in to earn the freebie. There are other restaurants in the Louisville area offering free meals (Aplebees, Chilis, Hooters, IHOP, Olive Garden, Red Robin, and more).

Thank you again for your service! 
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Starbucks Deal

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Here's a great deal for all the Starbucks lovers out there!
The only Starbucks in Shelby County is located inside the Kroger on Boone Station Road. 

Buy any one Holiday drink at Starbucks between 2 and 5 pm November 10 through November 14 and get one FREE to share with a friend! Holiday drinks include Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Latte, Caramel Brulee Latte, Chestnut Praline, Eggnog Latte, Joy brewed tea, Sweet Cream Narino 70 Cold Brew, and Holiday Spice Flat White. You can get them hot, iced, or frozen. 
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Friday, November 4, 2016

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 2016

Read also:

Wakefield-Scearce Galleries Christmas Open House
November 9- November 22
Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

Tree Lighting Event at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
November 11, 7pm

Trims and Whims Craft Show
November 12, 10-4
November 13, 11-4
Wright Elementary School

Celebration of Lights- Shelbyville
November 12, 4-8 pm

Turkey Trot 5K
November 19, 7:30-10am

Light up Simpsonville
November 19, 6:15
Lights, Santa, Chili, Children's Choir

Shelby County Farmers' Market Christmas Bazaar
November 26, 9-3
Shelby County Fairgrounds

Toys for Tots event at Derby City Pediatric Dentristry
December 1, 3-5 pm

Lowe's Build and Grow
Christmas Ornaments
December 3 at 10am

Shelby County Christmas Parade
December 3, 10am
"Sights and Sounds of the Season"

Coca Cola Caravan will be at Kroger in Shelbyville
December 3, 10 am to 7 pm
Free pictures with Santa

A Night in Bethlehem- A Drive through Live Nativity Experience
Shelbyville First Baptist Church
December 3, 6-8 pm

"Christmas Cruise" Christmas Dinner and Auction
Cornerstone Christian Academy
December 3, 6 pm
Tickets: Adults/$30 Children/$15

Christmas at the Library
December 4, 1-3:30pm

Santa Paws 5K
December 10, 8am to 10am
Call 633-1636 to register

Santa, Mommy, and Me!
Harvest Coffee & Cafe
December 10, 9-11 am
More info here! Reservations required!

Gingerbread House Decorating Party at the FAC
December 16, 6:30-8:30
$10 per builder at the door/$8 if preregistered by Dec. 15
All supplies provided, Santa, hot chocolate, and more!
We will continue to update our list as we learn of more events!

Have a joyous Holiday Season! 
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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 or $5 cash (each location may be different). All you do is bring in at least a sandwich size bag full of candy (no chocolate) to any Mortenson, Braces Braces Braces, or Kid's Dentistree through November 15. Mortenson then sends all the candy to troops through Operation Gratitude. One bag per person.

Lucky's Market in Louisville (Hourstbourne Pkwy) is having a candy buy-back November 2 from 4:30 to 6 pm. Bring in some of your unwanted candy and trade it for fresh fruit!

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 some of the candy for stocking stuffers or gifts. My daughter's birthday is in December, so we save some for goody bags (or a pinata).

If your children are like mine, they may not like every kind of candy. That's when we sort what they like and what they don't like. Guess who gets to take the unwanted candy to work for his office buddies....daddy!

What does your family do to control the candy overload this time of year?

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Monday, October 31, 2016

November Family Fun

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Dad's Only Story Time
Shelby County Library
November 1, 5:30
Read alouds, music, craft, and free pizza!

First Saturday Walk About
November 5, 8am
Family Activity Center
(All participants receive a free pass to the FAC for a future date)

Jeptha Creed Grand Opening
November 11, 2-6 pm
Tours, cocktails, and more!

Family Fun Night- Zentangles
at Shelby County Extension Office
November 11, 6-8 pm
$2/person, call 633-4593 to reserve your spot

Tree Lighting Event at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
November 11, 7pm

Trims and Whims Craft Show
November 12, 10-4
November 13, 11-4
Wright Elementary School

Celebration of Lights- Shelbyville
November 12, 4-8 pm

Rooted in Shelby Open House
November 15, 3-7 pm
Shelby County Extension Office
Educational displays, demos, hands-on learning experiences, and more!

Turkey Trot 5K
November 19, 7:30-10am

Family Fun Day at the Shelby County Library
November 19, 11am
STEM Fun (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
Science Experiments and more!

Light up Simpsonville
November 19, 6:15
Lights, Santa, Chili, Children's Choir

Fall Finale Fun Day at Shelby Trails Park
November 19, 10-2

Shelby County Farmers' Market Christmas Bazaar
November 26, 9-3
Shelby County Fairgrounds

Shop Small Saturday
November 26
Shop and support all the local shops in Shelby County!

Story time at the library:
Preschool- Tuesdays at 10 and 11
Preschool- Wednesdays at 10 and 11
Baby- Thursdays at 10 or 11

Live Music at Talon Winery
Every Friday at 6 pm
Every Saturday at 4 pm
See schedule here

Have a great month making memories!
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Light the Night Corn Maze at Mulberry Orchard

 photo 0919151249-2_zpset8jqsdf.jpgThere are several corn mazes around, but how many of them are you allowed to go into at night?! Mulberry Orchard in Shelbyville has added an extra thrill to their corn maze by allowing people to do just that during their Light the Night Corn Maze event. Make sure you bring your flashlights (they're required) and head over to 1330 Mulberry Pike! You and your family can try to make your way through their maze using only the moon light and your flashlight. How fun! And as an added bonus- when you do make your way to the exit there will be a bonfire waiting! Bonfires are a fall staple! My daughter's love to roast marshmallows and sit around the fire telling not so scary stories. Mulberry will have everything you need for s'mores available to purchase, or you can pick something else up from their yummy kitchen- apple cider, doughnuts, snacks, etc.
The weather is going to be perfect, the staff is the friendliest around, and the orchard itself is a beautiful place to spend this Fall night! Go have some fun and make memories that will last forever!

For more info on the Light the Night event, click here.

October 22, 2016
& October 28, 2016
$5/person, children 5 and under FREE! 
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Woodworking Maniak Grand Opening

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Woodworking Maniak

 There's a new shop opening on Main Street in Shelbyville this Saturday, October 22.
The Woodworking Maniak store will open at 545 Main Street, next to Sixth and Main Coffeehouse.

The Woodworking Maniak is a family owned and operated business. Timothy Babb and his whole family are invested in this business, including his wife Amy and two children Alex (10) and Sarah (1). Amy will help run the store while Tim is off-site in the workshop building more items. Timothy, who is also a member of the Shelby Regional Arts Council, creates wonderful hand crafted items from local (and some exotic) wood. He sources nearly all of his lumber in Kentucky from two sources, McInturf Sawmill & Kiln and Bagdad Lumber. Because most of his lumber is from Kentucky, he has been granted the Kentucky Proud status for the past few years.

Some of his items include pens, games, custom signs, wine holders, cutting boards, and more! Check out his website here to view some of these amazing wood creations and even watch videos on how some of them are made.

Here's a little more info about Saturday's Grand Opening Celebration:

  • Ribbon Cutting at 10 am
  • First 50 people in line can enjoy a free beverage from Sixth and Main Coffeehouse.
  • Sign up for their newsletter between 10 am and 4 pm and be entered to win one of three gift cards valued at $100, $50, and $25! (Don't need to be present at time of drawing)

Business hours will be:
Monday & Tuesday 10-6
Wednesday & Thursday CLOSED
Friday 10-8
Saturday 10-4

Like them on Facebook here to keep up to date with all the cool happenings at The Woodworking Maniak.

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Double sided game board

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Cutting Board with brick pattern
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Simpsonville McDonald's Grand Opening

The new McDonald's in Simpsonville, at 1101 Buck Creek Road, is open for business!

They are having a grand opening celebration this Saturday, October 15! This new McDonald's is right off I-64, in front of The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. There will be a ribbon cutting at 11, followed by tours of the new facility, meet and greets with McDonaldland characters, giveaways, and more!  

Saturday, October 15
11 am to 1 pm
Simpsonville McDonald's 
1101 Buck Creek Road
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Monday, October 10, 2016

Highfalutin Family Fall Festival

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Highfalutin Family Fall Festival 
Shelby County Fairgrounds
(Located in historic Shelbyville- Only 15 minutes from Louisville!)
October 15 (9:00-5:00)
October16 (11:00-5:00)

Kids and Vets are FREE, adults $5! 

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Over 100 vendors setup selling vintage, antiques, repurposed, and handmade goods! 
Family activities including a FREE pumpkin patch!  
Second Chance Wildlife will be bringing a flying squirrel!
Raptor Rehab will have owls, eagles, and other birds!
Live farm animals!
Live Bluegrass Music!
Food Trucks!
Steel City Pops will be there selling their delicious popsicles!

And SO much more!

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More info can be found on their Facebook page here or by calling 502-533-2688.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

October Family Fun in Shelby County

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Pumpkin Patch info in Shelby County here!

Free Pumpkin Patch Workout with Fit4Mom
October 1, 9-10 am
Gallrein Farms

Cedarmore Harvest Festival (Bagdad)
October 1, 2-8 pm
Food, games, live music, pumpkin patch, & more!

Taylorsville Octoberfest
October 1
Crafts, vendors, food, music, and parade!

Pumpkin Painting at the Library
October 6, 5-6:30
Must bring your own pumpkin or gourd, paint and brushes provided
Registration required- call 633-3803 today!
Ages 16+

Cornerstone Christian Academy's Fall Festival
October 7, 5:30-8:30
BBQ dinner, vendor booths, kid activities, face painting, photo booth, contests, and more!
Public is welcome

Shelby County Monster Dash 5K
Shelby County Fairgrounds
October 8, 7:30-10 am
Register Today!

Lowe's Build & Grow
Pumpkin fun!
October 8, 10 am

Shelby County Fire Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Dinner
October 8, 5-8 pm
$8/plate (carry-out available)
200 Alpine Drive

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

The Highfalutin Vintage & Antique Southern Market
at the Shelby County Fairgrounds
October 15, 9-5 pm
October 16, 11-5 pm
Food trucks, live music, craft beers

Family Fun Day at the Library
October 15, 11 am
Kentucky Shakespeare Company

McDonald's Grand Opening (Simpsonville, by Outlet Shoppes)
October 15, 11-1 pm
Meet McDonaldsland characters, tour facility, and more!

Froggy's Trick or Treat Street
Free trick or treat event for the community!
October 21, 5-6:30
6th Street Between Main and Washington in Shelbyville

Spooks & Sparkles Pageant
at Pretty in Pink Boutique
October 22, 12 pm

Ghost Hunting: Making Contact Through EVP
Library program at the Shelby County Public Library
October 26, 7-8 pm
Register at 633-3803

Shelby Christian Trunk or Treat
October 26, 6-8
Theme: First Responders

Masonic Home presents "Haunted Home"
October 27, 5-8:30 pm
Chili supper ($5), Haunted House ($1), Split the pot bingo ($1)

Guist Creek Marina Halloween Camping
October 28 and 29
Decorate your campsite, trick or treat around to each one
Contact the marina for more info!

Halloween Walk with the Animals
Salato Wildlife Center (Frankfort)
October 29, Noon - 5 pm

Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass Trick or Treating
October 29, 4-7 pm
Wear your costume and trick or treat around the shoppes, face painting, balloon art, & more!

First Christian Church Trunk or Treat
October 29, 2-4
Food, face painting, bounce houses

Halloween Party at Shelby County Fire Dept.
October 29, 2-5 pm
Trick or treat, goodies, refreshments, fire safety info, spray a real fire hose, and more!

Trick or Treat Trail at Red Orchard Park
October 29, 4-6 pm

Howl-O-Ween Party at Tyson's Chance
October 29, 7pm
Shelbyville Country Club (21+, costumes optional, $10 at the door)

Centenary United Methodist Trunk or Treat
October 30, 4-6
Games, food, trick or treating

Love Your Neighbor Event
Shelby Christian
October 31

Story time at the library:
Preschool- Tuesdays at 10 and 11
Preschool- Wednesdays at 10 and 11
Baby- Thursdays at 10 or 11

Farmer's Market
Every Saturday 8- Noon
Every Wednesday 3-6 pm

Live Music at Talon Winery
Every Friday at 6 pm
Every Saturday at 4 pm
See schedule here

Watch a high school football game! Schedule here!

Have a great month making memories!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

2016 Fall Bucket List

My family just wrote our Fall Bucket List! Below is a list of all the fun things we're excited to do this season!

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Enjoy one of the many Fall Festivals in the area- Simpsonville, Bagdad, Finchville, Southville!

Enjoy the Fall festivities every weekend at Gallrein Farms- giant jump pillow, barrel train ride, pony rides, petting zoo, and more!

Enjoy an afternoon on the farm at Mulberry Orchard- hayride to the pumpkin patch, play on the playground, free cornmaze, and delicious food!

Go camping at Lake Shelby!

Get a Pumpkin Patch Workout in with Stroller Strides at Gallrein Farms- and it's free!

Try to find your way through a dark corn maze at Mulberry Orchard's Light the Night! Enjoy a fun bonfire afterwards! (Dates to be announced later)

Dress like a monster and walk/run the Monster Dash 5K!

Enjoy some sort of pumpkin drink at 6th and Main Coffee!

Do fun Fall crafts with the kids! Carve our pumpkins!

Dress in fun costumes and enjoy some Halloween fun around town (stay tuned, fun list to be published at the beginning of October)!

What's on your family bucket list for Fall?
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Artists Wanted- Public Art Project

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Shelbyville is looking for Kentucky artists to help enhance the downtown area through unique art displays. The Public Art Project is looking for 7-10 pieces that portray "Ways to Play" in Shelbyville. The chosen pieces will be placed on the side of buildings throughout downtown.

Some ideas given, but not limited to, include attending a show at the theatre, playing on the new inclusive playground at Clear Creek Park, the dog park, skate park, horse show, car show, antiquing, dining, shopping, etc. The murals should use distinctive design and color, be suitable for all ages to look at, and not have any copyrighted logos or symbols.

Deadline is September 18 at 4pm. Submissions should include an autobiographical statement, detailed full color sketch of proposed work of art, and detailed concept description. Turn submissions in via email to or mail to:

Public Art Project, Shelbyville City Hall
315 Washington Street
Shelbyville, Ky 40065

Winners will be selected by September 28 and will receive $500 for each winning design.

Click here to get more info, including submission requiredments and deadlines.
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Simpsonville Fall Festival

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The Simpsonville Fall Festival will be September 10, 2016 at Simpsonville Park! 

 Start the day off with a Purnell Country Breakfast from 7am to 10am.
Adults $7
Children $5

Vendor Booths will be open from 9am to 6pm selling a variety of goodies.

Then head over to Bounce Town USA from 10am to 6pm! 
There will be bouncies of all shapes and sizes to please kids of all ages! Bounce all day for $10!

Food will be served at Mayor Eden's Grill form 10:30 to 6pm. 
I heard there's going to be some famous hand-cut potato wedges available that you won't want to miss!

The parade will start at 1pm on Shelbyville Road. 
Come see fire trucks, police, floats, animals, and more!

Re-Discover Play Zone will go on from 2pm to 6pm. 
Children can play in the park or enjoy a game of kickball, tag, or basketball. 
Leave the tablets and cellphones at home and really enjoy all this 'Playful City' has to offer!

There will also be live music!
Silver Wings will play from 2 to 4!
In Tune will play from 4 to 5!
The Habit will play from 5 to 7!

So come out and have a great day of family fun!
More info can be found on their website!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs

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Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs
Presented by Kroger

Head to Churchill Downs on October 1 for Family Adventure Day! 
Gates open at 11:30!

 photo cd3_zps6550ec3a.jpgIt's a great time to have some outdoor fun before the cold winter arrives! Bring the whole family out for an  affordable day of races and family fun! Children 12 and under can enjoy over 20 kid friendly activities including pony rides, crafts, inflatables, a petting zoo, stick horse races, face painting, and more! Activities will conclude around 5pm.

Sky Zone Paw Patrol Meet and Greet from 1-3 PM
Live Science Experiments hosted by Kentucky Science Center
Games 2 U Mobile Video Games Truck
Tug O War Bungee
Giant Jenga and Connect Four
and more............

Tickets are just $8 when purchased online in advance, and include unlimited access to all kid-friendly activities. Ticket price is $10 if purchased day of the event.

You can also purchase Family Four Packs which includes 4 Family Adventure Day tickets, 4 family meals from the concession stands within the Family Adventure Day area and 2 racing programs for $44 General Admission tickets or 4 Box Seats for $59.

$1 from every General Admission ticket purchased to the September meet will be donated to Feeding South Florida in support of Hurricane Irma relief.

Go, Baby, Go!
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

September Family Fun in Shelby County

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Check out all the fun fall happenings this month in Shelby County!

Family Movie at the Shelby County Library
September 2, 11 am

Shelby County Health And Wellness Walk
September 3, 8:30 am
Register from 8:30 to 9 at the FAC, this is a FREE event!
Walkers will receive a free pedometer and free day pass to the FAC

Multi-purpose Community Action Agency's Family Fun Day
September 3, 11-4
Stratton Center, Shelbyville
Games, prizes, food, bounce houses, silent auction, &more!

Ronald McDonald House Charities Summer Send Off
September 5, 10-4 at Camp Hi Ho
$20/person, 2 and under FREE
Come dressed to get wet!

Waddy Labor Day Festival
September 5
Waddy Ruritan Club
Breakfast, parade, 5K, pagent, pedal pull, silent auction, and more!

Bell House Restaurant's Afternoon Tea
September 6, 2:30-4:30
3 tier tray and bottomless pot of tea
Reservations required (469-734-3409)

Taste & Tunes
September 8, 5-7:30 pm
Shelby County Fairgrounds
Featuring local music & local food
$20/ person

Charlotte's Web, The Musical
at the Shelby County Community Theater
Check website for dates, times, and ticket info!

Simpsonville Fall Festival
September 10
Live music, parade, vendors, pagent, food, and more!
Silver Wings Live 2-4 pm
The Habit Live 5-7 pm

Dorman Center Carnival at Clear Creek Park Amphitheater
September 10, 11-2pm
Free admission, games, bouncies, food, and more!
Benefits the Dorman Preschool Center

Festival of the Leaf
September 10, 1-10pm
Benefits Ky Wounded Soldiers
Food, Music, and Fun!

Family Fun Day at the Shelby County Library
September 17, 11 am
Mr. Mustache Magic Show

Mighty Pumpkin 5K/3K and Obstacle Course at Gallrein Farms
September 17
Benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Stay after the race to enjoy rides to pumpkin patch, bounce house, pony rides, barrel train rides, jump pillows, and more!
Register online now!

Shelby County Good Neighbor Tour
September 17, 9-4 pm
Come tour 9 farms in Shelby County for FREE!
7 hours of fun on the farms!

September 17
Red Orchard Park
Pooch fashion show, barn hunt, bounce house, vendors, music, raffles, & more!

Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs
September 18

Lowe's Build and Grow
September 24, 10am
Project: Fire Boat

Finchville Fall Festival
Last weekend of September
Location- Finchville Ruritan Building
Parade, vendors, activities, food, & more!

Story time at the library:
Preschool- Tuesdays at 10 and 11
Preschool- Wednesdays at 10 and 11
Baby- Thursdays at 10 or 11

Farmer's Market
Every Saturday 8- Noon
Every Wednesday 3-6 pm

Live Music at Talon Winery
Every Friday at 6 pm
Every Saturday at 4 pm
See schedule here

Watch a high school football game! Schedule here!

Have a great month making memories!

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Family Aquatic Center in Frankfort

The Family Aquatic Center (Juniper Hills Aquatic Center) in Frankfort is still opened during the week (11:30-7:00) until August 12th. 

Starting August 13th, they will only be opened on Saturdays (11:00-6:00) and Sundays (12:30-6:00).
September 4th is the last day of the season!

My family went for the first time last weekend, and we loved it! They had so many different activities for every member of the family. My youngest, who is three, enjoyed the spray ground area and the shallow area that had a slide and climbing feature with a large bucket above it collecting and dumping water every few minutes. My five year old loved trying to jump across the lily pads that crossed one section of the pool. She also enjoyed the very tall rock wall, but didn't climb too far up. Everyone in the family enjoyed the wide red slide because we could all go down together. There were two other slides, which were faster, but still perfect for kids. My favorite was the lazy river. There were single and double tubes available to float around the river on. We went at 4 and took advantage of their twilight hours (half off admission)! You're not allowed to bring in food, but they had a nice concession area with reasonably priced food. We spent three hours there, and still weren't ready to leave! We will definitely be back before they close for the season!

Children 2 and under are FREE!
Children ages 3 to 10 are $4
Youth ages 11 to 17 are $5
Adults ages 18 to 59 are $6
Seniors ages 60 and over are $5

Twilight hours start at 4 pm and admission is then half off! We took advantage of this offer last weekend and the whole family got in for $10!

Follow them on Facebook here!
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

August Family Fun in Shelby County

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Shelby County Horse Show
August 3-6, gates open at 6pm
Shelby County Fairgrounds

First day of school for SCPS is August 10!
*Teachers with school id can get a FREE cup of coffee or drink at McDonalds in Shelby County (8/10/16) to help celebrate the first day of school!

Lowe's Build and Grow
August 13, 10 am
Project: Black Widow

March to Recovery
August 13, 10 am
Shelby County Fairgrounds

Church of the Annunciation Summer Picnic
August 13, 2-9 pm
Food, music, booths, games, inflatables, raffles, and more!

Family Bingo
at the Dorman Center
August 19, 7:15 pm
Ages 5-17

Lake Shelby Fish Fry
August 19, 5-7:30

Downtown Street Party Concert
August 20, 7-11 pm
5th and Main Street
Music by The Juicebox Heros

6th Street Live
August 27, 6-10 pm
Free live music on 6th Street (between Washington & Main)

Farmer's Market
Every Saturday 8- Noon
Every Wednesday 3-6 pm

Live Music at Talon Winery
Every Saturday, 4-7 pm

Have a great month making memories!
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cornerstone Christian Academy

This is a sponsored post.

Cornerstone Christian Academy
Check out their all-A 'Report Card'

Located in Shelby County, Cornerstone Christian Academy is an independent school providing excellence in education to students from age 3 through 12th Grade since 1984.

  • Attentive, top-quality faculty and staff
  • Academic excellence Preschool-12th Grade
  • Atmosphere safe and conducive to learning
  • Application of Biblical truth in every subject
  • All-year Preschool
  • Advanced technology featuring Microsoft Surface 5th-12th Grades
  • After-School Care until 6pm
  • Affordable tuition plans averaging $125-$145 per week

  • Academically challenged to reach their full potential 
  • Artistic, Athletic & Active in community service 
  • Applying Biblical truth to their lives
  • Achieving Above-Average results on ACT and Standardized Tests
  • Acquiring credit for AP and Honors courses
  • Attaining General, College Prep or Advanced College Prep Diplomas
  • Accomplished, successful Alumni

Contact Admissions for enrollment information. 

School starts August 15th!

Call 502-633-4070 or email
Cornerstone Christian Academy
3850 Frankfort Road Shelbyville, KY 40065

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Class of 2016
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cardinals Summer Festival 2016

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*UPDATE: This event has been cancelled because of weather forcasted for tonight. Click here to read when the next Cardinals Summer Festival will be.

Come out to the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville on Friday, July 29, to meet UL coaches, spirit groups, student athletes and more! The activities start at 7 pm and include inflatables, photo opportunities, a $10,000 hole-in-one contest, and even fireworks! There will be food and beverages available to purchase as well as season tickets to different sports programs available to purchase. More info can be found online by clicking here. Sounds like a great evening of fun, family-friendly activities and lots of engagement with the University of Louisville athletics!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee

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The Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee is happening July 28-30! 

Kick off Breakfast
July 28, 7:30-10
Undulata Farms (1600 Zaring Mill Road)
Tickets are $20 each

Check out all these fun events happening on July 30th at 5th and Main Street in Shelbyville:

Horsing around with the Arts, 4-9 pm
Classic Car Show, 5-9 pm
Ice Cream Eating Contest for all ages, 6:30-7:30 
Street Party Concert featuring Nobodyz Business, 7 to 10 pm

The Shelbyville Horse Show will be August 3-6 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.
Show will begin at 7pm each night.
Main gate tickets are $5 (or you can buy a $15 pin to get in all four nights). 
More info to come.....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

U-Pick Flowers at Gallrein Farms

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I am so excited about Gallrein Farms new u-pick flower gardens! 
Check out their Facebook page to see some pictures of these beautiful flowers.

For $7 they will give you a Mason jar that you can fill with gorgeous flowers from their u-pick flower beds. 
If you don't want to keep the jar the price goes down to $6!

The flowers you can choose from are zinnias, sunflowers, and snapdragons!

While you're there don't forget to check out their farm fresh vegetables (including their delicious corn) in their market, the free petting zoo, and their yummy lunch served from 11-2 in their cafe. 

My family loves Gallrein Farms! It's a great family friendly place!

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Arby's Carnival at the Park!

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Saturday, July 9th
10am- 3pm
Ray Jewell Park (Taylorsville)

Music by Derby City DJ and Judge Angus (1-3)

Fun games & competitions for the entire family:

Bounce Houses
Duck Pond
Face Painting
Mystery in the Haystack
Ring Toss
Tug of War
Corn Hole
Ice Cream Eating Contest
Water Fights
and MORE!

There will also be raffles- including one for Holiday World Tickets!

 Tickets for activities and food will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and help children right here in Shelby County!

Come have fun and support a great cause at the same time!
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Friday, July 1, 2016

July Family Fun in Shelby County

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Mulberry Orchard opens July 1st! Mmmm....peaches!

4th of July Fun!

$1 Summer Movies throughout July!

Shelby County Library
July 6, 10:30-Noon
Part of the Summer Reading Program

July 9, 10 am
Project: Falcon from Avengers

Ray Jewell Park (Taylorsville)
July 9, 10-3 pm
Derby City DJ & Live music all day
FREE admission, tickets will be sold for games and food.
All proceeds benefit Shelby County BBBS!

Shelby County Library
July 13, 11am and 1pm
Part of the Summer Reading Program

July 16, starting at 11am
Clear Creek Park Amphitheater
$5/person, $10/carload
Bouncies, vendors, silent auction, music, food!

Animal Tales- Real Animals
Shelby County Library
July 20, 1:30pm and 2:30pm
Part of the Summer Reading Program

Lowe's Build and Grow
July 23, 10 am
Project: Thor

6th Street Live
July 23, 6-10pm
Come listen to some local music!

Kids in the Kitchen
Shelby County Extension Office
July 27, 9-11am or 1-3pm
Youth (5-12) will have fun, hands-on cooking experiences and nutrition education.
This is a free event, but registration is required. Call 633-4593 today!

Cardinals Summer Festival
July 29 at UL Golf Club in Simpsonville

Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee Events:
5th and Main Streets in Shelbyville
July 30
Horsing around with the Arts, 4-9pm
Classic Car Show, 5-9 pm
Ice Cream Eating Contest for all ages, 6:30-7:30 
Street Party Concert featuring Nobodyz Business, 7 to 10pm

July 30, 10-5 pm
Free games and activities for the family & live music by Derby City DJ!
Don't forget to register for the 5K ($25)!
There will also be a $6/person pancake breakfast from 8-10 am! 
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