Thursday, January 28, 2016

Shelby County Preschools

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Preschools across the county will open up registration soon. Here's a list of several preschools in Shelby County:

Cornerstone Christian Academy
Corpus Christi Academy
Child Town Inc
Discovery Gym
Dorman Center
Shelbyville First Baptist
Shelby County Christian Church
Shelby County Pre-K/Head Start
Simpsonville Baptist Church Adventure Club

There are also several day cares in the county that provide a preschool curriculum in the morning that we did not include on our list!

If you know of any other wonderful preschools, email and we will gladly add them to our list.
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Afternoon Tea at The Bell House Restaurant

On the first Tuesday of each month, the Bell House Restaurant in Shelbyville has Afternoon Tea
From 2:30-4:30 participants can enjoy a bottomless pot of tea and a three tier tray of yummy treats!
The price is $18 a person.
Call 502-437-5678 to make reservations for this enjoyable afternoon event.

Their next Afternoon Tea is scheduled for August 2, 2016!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Indoor Fun in Shelby County!

Cold? Rainy?  Here's our list of 5 indoor places in Shelby County that provide lots of family fun!

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1. The Library! We are blessed with an amazing library in Shelby County! Check out all the fun things happening at the library here! Watch for their special events, you never know what they have planned. There's something for everyone in the family!

2. Kaleidoscopes! It's so affordable for kiddos, and admission for parents is free now! The kids 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!

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3. Family Activity Center! My two daughters (ages 5 and 2) and I can get a day pass to the FAC for only $10! We usually spend the whole time we are there in the pool! We love the kiddie pool and the frog slide. It may be freezing outside, but that pool is so warm!

 4. Miller Outdoor Education Center at Red Orchard Park. It is open on Saturdays from Noon-4pm 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 (subject to change) 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.
5. Go watch a movie at Regal Shelbyville Stadium 8. Did you know if you sign up to be a Regal Crown Club member (which is FREE to do) you can get 25% off candy on every Monday and 50% off any size popcorn every Tuesday!  (Discounts subject to change)

Stay warm, dry and have fun!
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Support Big Brothers Big Sisters at House of Boom!

Our sister site, Louisville Family Fun, is turning 6 this month! They know how to throw a party to celebrate!

Louisville Family Fun's 6th Annual Birthday Party!
January 24, 2016
2-6 pm
House of Boom (100 Urton Lane in Middletown)

ALL the money raised will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters- which includes Shelby County!

Tickets to jump (one hour jump times) are just $10 and also include a slice of pizza from Papa Johns, drink, and nitrogen ice cream from Arctic Scoop! These items will also be available for purchase for non-jumpers!

There will be other fun activities besides jumping- music by DJ J-Bird, activities with Side By Side Studio, Derby City Pediatric Dentistry, prizes and more! You do not have to pay to simply attend the party.

Purchase tickets here!

We love House of Boom! Read our review if you've never been! It's a wonderful, family friendly place and so much fun!

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To make check-in smoother, fill out this online waiver for House of Boom before arriving!

Come have fun with your family and support a great cause at the same time!
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Monday, January 11, 2016

Winter Library Fun!

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We are blessed with an amazing library in Shelby County! There is always something fun going on! Check out all the fun happening at the library this Winter!

The Adult (18+) Winter Read 
January 11-March 12
Registration Required- you will receive a tote bag, bookmark, and small journal after registering
There will be weekly prize drawings and a grand prize drawing! You will get one ticket for the grand prize drawing for every 5 books you read or listen to on CD.

Family Fun Day!
March 19 at 11am- Penguins! There will be a special guest penguin from the Newport Aquarium. After learning about him, children will have a chance to pet and take a picture with him (bring your camera)! Cool!
Event is free, but registration required by calling 633-3803!

Dad's Night Out is February 29, 5:30-6:45
A chance for dad, brother, grandpa, etc. to bring the kids to a special story time!
There will be stories, crafts, music, and PIZZA!
Call 633-3803 to register for this fun, free event!

Murder at the library (event for middle/high school students) is Feb. 26 from 5:30-7:30
Pizza, snack, drinks, and fun!

Story Times
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10 am and 11 am.
There's reading, music, movement, and crafts!

American Girl Club (K through 5th Grade)
January 11, Febrary 8, March 14

Lego Club
January 28, February 25, March 31 (4-5 pm in the community room)

Uniquely U Paintings
January 22- Winter Scene
Feb. 5- Couples Night Out
March 11- Spring Scene
These are step-by-step instruction canvas painting.
The class is free, but you do need to bring your own 16 by 20 canvas.
Registration is limited and required. Call 633-3803 to register!

The library's not just for books, you can get fit for free!
Zumba (18+) on Tues/Thursdays from 6-7
Line Dancing on Wednesdays from 5:50-6:50
Yoga for Seniors 50+ on Monday, Wed, and Thursdays

Follow the library on Facebook or keep up to date with their newsletter!

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Happy Reading!
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Monday, January 4, 2016

Shelby County Fitness

The new year brings lots of resolutions to get into shape! Here's a few places around Shelby County where you can do just that!

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The Shelby County Library is a great place to exercise for FREE! They have Zumba on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 pm for adults 18 and over. They have yoga on Mondays from 10:30-11:30 and 12-1, Wednesdays from 12-1, and Thursdays from 1-2. They also over line dancing on Wednesdays from 5:50-6:50. All these classes are free, but they would like for you to register at 633-3803 ex. 11.

The Family Activity Center in Shelbyville is a great place to get into shape. They have a basketball court, indoor/outdoor track, fitness room, and a lap pool (and kiddie pool). They also have several fitness classes that are free for members, but nonmembers can also pay to participate. See a list of classes here. The best part- they have a nursery during most class times that is free to members! See nursery times here.

Fit4Less just opened its doors in December in the Village Plaza shopping center. They have state of the art equipment that is available 24 hours a day to members! Membership info here.

Shelby Fit For Life is located at 169 Alpine Drive in Shelbyville. They also feature a keyless entry that allows members 24/7 access. Shelby Fit For Less has fitness equipment as well as on and off site group classes and workshops. They have boot camps that start today- call 647-7867 to get more information or to sign up and get started! Make sure to like them on Facebook because they have done Mommy & Me yoga in the past, and may do it again soon!

Looking to get your kids moving and exercising through gymnastics? Discovery Gym in Shelbyville is now registering for their winter gymnastics session. Register here.

Bourbon Barrel CrossFit across from WalMart is another great fitness facility in Shelbyville. They have Crossfit Kid and Teen classes! Check them out on Facebook to see their schedule and learn more about what they offer!

There's also Cross Fit Run A Muck on Mt. Vernon Drive in Shelbyville! They can help you with personal training, strength & conditioning, and intense fitness workouts!

Do you want to exercise with your child? Try Stroller Strides®! It is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones. Each 60-minute, total body workout incorporates power walking, strength, toning, songs and activities. Certified fitness instructors offer a variety of fun class formats both indoors and outdoors. They also offer a free playgroup with Our Village so moms can form lasting friendships with other moms through organized playdates, moms' nights out, and activities for the whole family.

 photo Parklands and Stroller_zpsy9fjemn1.pngThe moms of Shelby County are lucky to be close enough to Louisville to enjoy the Louisville East Fit4Mom group that meets at The Parklands in the warmer months, but they also meet at several indoor spots during the cooler ones (Oxmoor, Babies R Us, Westport Baptist)! Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with their meeting times and playdates. They even have family fitness days where the whole family can get involved and be active. They did one at Mulberry Farms last Fall!

Don't forget about the new Clear Creek Greenway trail that opened up in Shelbyville. That's a great place to enjoy on the not-so-cold Winter days!

Here's to a happy and healthy 2016!

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