Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Free Fun in June!

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June 3, 7pm
Free swimming and a movie at dusk!

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party!
June 4, 11-1
Shelby County Library

Lowe's Build and Grow
June 11, 10am
Captain America

Diana Dinicola: Flamenco Dancing
June 15, 11 & 1
Shelby County Library

Shelby Prevention Fiesta Event
June 18, 10-2
Behind Hardees on Midland Trail
Health info, food, games, prizes, music!

6th Street Live!
June 18, 6-10 pm
Live music on 6th Street between Washington and Main!

Ky historical Society: Pioneer Pastimes 
June 22, 11 & 1:00
Shelby County Library

Teen Game Night Lock-In
Shelby County Library
June 24, 5:30-8:30
Middle/High school students can play games while enjoying pizza and snacks!

June 29, 11 & 1:00
Shelby County Library

Xscape Theater (Blankenbaker) Summer Movies
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays in June & July
See the free movie schedule here!
$1 Summer movies at Regal Shelbyville start in July!

Don't forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program at the Shelby County Library starting June 4. It's FREE!

Here's a list of the Shelby County Summer Feeding Programs.


We'll continue to update our list as the month goes on. If you know of any free family events in Shelby County please email kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net. Thanks!

Free family fun is the best fun!
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Shelby County Summer Camps 2016

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Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground
$30/day or $125/week
Siblings $25/day or $100/week
Lunch included!
Drop off time 8 am
Art, music, dance, local field trips, and more!
Call 437-2261 for details

C3 Summer Camp
Shelbyville Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park
Ages 6-12
Lots of new activities!
Canoeing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, soccer, fishing, golf, & more!
7:30am-6pm

Infiinity Tumble and Cheer
Weekly themed camps
Children participate in field trips, games, crafts, & more!
6:30-6:00 M-F
$95
Ages 3 and up


History Camp
Shelby County Historical Society
Ages 7-12
June 7-9, 8:15-2:30

Discovery Gym School Age Camp
6:30am - 6pm
K-6th grade
$125/week or $28/day

Discovery Gym Pre-school Camp
June 6-29 (M/W), June 2-28 (T/TH)
July 6-27 (M/W), July 5-28 (T/TH)
9-Noon
$120

Camp HiHO 
(Louisville, but very close to Shelby County line)
Ages 5-13
9:00-3:00 (M-F)
$255 per week-long session
Activities: horseback riding, swimming, fishing, arts/crafts

The Parklands of Floyd Fork Science Camp
(Louisville, but close to Shelby County)
Grades K-6
9am-4pm
$210/members, $235/non-members

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

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(Taylorsville)
Various camps to meet everyone's needs








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.



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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

U-Pick Strawberries

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U-Pick Strawberries at Gallrein Farms is now open! 
You may still want to call or check on Facebook to see what they have available before you go.

They are open Mon-Saturday 9-6
Sunday 1-5

After you pick your strawberries, head over to the deli/bakery for some delicious food! 

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer Bucket List

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Here is the Shelby County Summer Bucket List I created for my family!


Build a Bonfire! Build a fort out of couch cushions and blankets!
Camp out! Sign the kids up for a Camp (Kaleidoscopes, Discovery Gym, etc.)
Dive in movie!
Eat outside while enjoying the sunshine and scenery at a Lake Shelby Fish Fry!
Farmers' Market! Family game nights!
Go fishing! Grow a Garden!
Hike on the Clear Creek Greenway Trail! Horseback riding!
Ice cream at Baskin Robbins- Kids scoops $1 on Tuesdays after 5!
Jump and tumble at Shelbyville's new Infinity Cheer & Tumble! They even have summer camps!
Kaleidoscopes!
Lowe's Build and Grow! Lake Shelby paddle boats!
Movies for $1! See the schedule here!
No electronics for one whole day! I think I can! I think I can ;)
Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass shopping! Outdoor Concerts (6th and Main)!
Peach Jam at Mulberry Orchard! Mmmm....Peaches! Picnics at the Park!
Quiet time at the library!
Read! Participate in the Summer Reading Program at the library!
Strawberry picking at Gallrein Farms! Shelby County Fair!
Tropical Snow Shaved Ice!
Use household items to do science experiments! Ideas here!
Visit a park we haven't been to before! Volunteer somewhere as a family!
Waterslide at the Family Activity Center! Water balloon fights!
Xscape FREE summer movies! (Not in Shelby County, but you can't beat free)
Yummy treats from Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen!
Zoo- pet the animals at Gallrein's petting zoo.


What's on your family's Summer Bucket List?
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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Peach Jam at Mulberry Orchard

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Mark your calendar for the 1st ever Peach Jam to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters in Shelby County! The event will be held Saturday, July 30, at Mulberry Orchard in Shelbyville! 

Come celebrate the delicious peach harvest and support the kids of Shelby County at the same time! There will be lots of family friendly activities, farm fresh food, music, a wonderful play area and more! 

Music provided by Derby City DJ & 106.9 Play!

5K RUN/WALK starts at 8am
Register here
(5K registration: $25 online through July 28th, $35 day of event, $15 for kids 12 and under)
Registration includes the pancake breakfast and a t-shirt!

PANCAKE BREAKFAST 8 -10am $6/person (includes a drink, unlimited pancakes!)
PEACH JAM 10am -5pm FREE games, inflatable, & more!
Hay Rides through the orchard 10am-5pm- $1/person!
Cobbler Gobbler Eating Contest at 2pm- $5 donation!
WATER SLIDE - come dressed to get wet! - $1 for all day!
Raffle Prizes!


Get ready to jam at the Peach Jam!
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Shelby County Summer Reading 2016

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On your mark, Get set, READ!

It's almost time for the Shelby County Public Library Summer Reading Program 2016!

Sign-ups begin Monday, June 6th.
The deadline to sign-up is Monday, July 11th.

  • Children reading board books to picture books must read (or be read to) 20 books.
  • Advanced readers must read 4 chapter books.
  • Middle and high school student must read 2 or more novels.

When you complete the program you will receive a book, a bag, and coupons!
All reading logs must be turned in by Monday, July 25.

Below is a schedule of Summer Reading Program events and activities. You do not have to attend these events to complete the program. You can attend as many or as few as you would like. They're just added fun! Also listed is the summer story hours, which are different that the story hours during the school year!

Schedule for Children
June 4 Summer Reading Kick-off Party 11-1:00
June 6-13 Scholastic Book Fair
June 15 Diana Dinicola: Flamenco Dancing 11 & 1:00 
June 22 Ky historical Society: Pioneer Pastimes 11 & 1:00
June 29 Mark Wood, Magician 11 & 1:00
July 6 Slip and Slide 10:30-Noon
July 13 Be an Artist 11 & 1:00
July 20 Animal Tales- REAL Animals 1:30 & 2:30
July 27 or 28 Swim Party (Ticket Required) 7:30-9:30pm

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Summer Story Hours
Preschool Tuesdays at 10am
June 21,28
July 5,12,19
Elementary on Thursdays at 11am
June 23,30
July 7,14,21


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


Happy Reading!
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Day out with Thomas at the Kentucky Railway Museum

All Aboard! 
Thomas is coming to the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven! 

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June 4-5 and June 11-12
Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven

Enjoy a train ride with Thomas
Meet Sir Topham Hatt
Enjoy kid-friendly activities in the Imagination Station! 


Use code Loufamfun16 to save $2 off each ticket!
Purchase tickets here

* They recommend you arrive one hour before your scheduled departure time.
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Monday, May 9, 2016

5 Tips for Families Visiting Churchill Downs

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Churchill Downs is such a fun and exciting place to visit- and not just on the first Saturday in May! We've compiled a list of 5 Tips for Families Visiting Churchill Downs! 

1. Churchill Downs has two Family Adventure Days coming up- May 15 and June 26! Not only will there be live horse racing, but lots of fun kid-friendly activities! There will be inflatables, a petting zoo, stick horse races, face painting, pony rides, and more! Tickets are $8 and include access to all kid-friendly activities ($1 of every ticket is donated to Kosair Children's Hospital) or $11 if you want to include a family meal. These are great days to bring the entire family out to the track because there's something for everyone!
Note: Children ages 2 and under get free access to the Family Adventure Day activities (and on every other race day except for Oaks & Derby, children under 12 get free general admission). There are 2 options for Family Meals: 1. Uncrustable, apple sauce & juice 2. Hot dog, chips, soft drink or water (family meals are $5 if purchased separately).

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2. Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum while visiting Churchill Downs! Check out these downloadable activities before heading to the museum! When you get there, make sure to look at the back of the Museum Map they hand out to all of their guests. There are fun and tricky trivia questions on the back. Find the answers throughout the museum, and then show it to the front desk for a prize! The museum itself is very kid-friendly with many interactive exhibits! Children under 5 are FREE to the museum!

3. Download the Churchill Downs app for your phone before you go! It helps you map out the nearest restrooms, concession stands, atms, and historical icons at the track. You can skip long lines for food and drinks with Express Pick-up or In-Seat Delivery (certain sections). You can even place bets directly from your phone (iOS). There's so much useful information on the app!

4.  Make sure to visit the Paddock area with the family. There you will get an up close look at the horses and jockeys as they are preparing for their upcoming race. Sometimes the jockeys will will even stop and talk to the kids!

5. During Spring, Summer, and Fall meets children 12 and under are FREE with General Admission pricing! This does not include Derby, Oaks, Downs after Dark, and other select days during the Spring, Summer, and Fall meets. Seating is first come first served, but I have always found great seats!
Note: To participate in Family Adventure Day activities, children over 2 must purchase a ticket.

Go Baby Go! 


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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Derby in Shelby County

 It's Derby time in Kentucky! 

My family and I browsed Main Street this past weekend and found several local shops with Derby items. The Typsy Gypsy had cute signs, hand towels, magnets, jewelry, shirts, and candy to make any Derby party complete. We picked up a Mint Julep Twinkie! My daughter really wanted the horse poop (chocolate covered raisins)! 

We then stopped at the Paisley Pig and admired all the antiques. They had a nice Derby area set up in their window, and then we saw many Derby glasses, Louisville Stoneware Derby themed items, pictures, jockey bobble heads, and other horse inspired items.

We didn't go into The Polkadotted Pineapple Boutique, but we saw many beautiful hats in the window that would be perfect for the big race! They also have dresses if you haven't found the perfect one yet.

The last place we went was Reclaimed on Main. They had Derby glasses and pictures, but also had the cutest chair with race horses on it! Loved it! 

The Bell House Restaurant is having a Derby Dinner May 5-7. Call for reservations or more info. Yum!

Speaking of horses.....Don't forget about our Horse Back Riding Lessons post. You can also take a Saddlebread Horse Farm Tour! Tours only available by appointment. Call 651-248-2027 for more info. 




 Have an enjoyable Derby! Go Baby Go!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

May Family Fun

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We highlighted some of the fun family events happening around Shelby County in May! Check them out!

Community Cook-Out to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week
May 3, 5:30-7:30 at Fred Wiche Park
May 4, 11:30-1:30 on the lawn next to the court house
Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and dessert!
Free event, but donations will be accepted to support Simpsonville Parks & Rec Scholarship Program and Shelby County Backpack Program!

Lowe's Build and Grow
May 5, 7pm
Build a chalkboard planter FREE!

Kelly Miller Circus
May 9, 4:30 & 7:30
Shelby County Fairgrounds

Princess and Pirate Tea at the SCPL
May 13th and May 14th from 11-Noon
Girls and boys can dress like princesses, pirates, or in their Sunday best.
Registration is required!

Gym & Swim at the FAC
May 13, 6-10pm
$10 at the door
Food, fun, and games for kids in 1st-8th grade

Fishing Derby
May 14, 10-1 at Lake Shelby
Free fishing event for kids in grades K through 5th
Poles and bait will be provided! Plus, a picnic lunch!
Register at 738-5506 (1st 10 to register get a free fishing pole!)

Shelby County Park's Poker Pedal Party
May 14, 10- Noon
2-8 mile children and family bike ride through Clear Creek Park
Registration info here

Bagdad Days
May 13-15 at Bagdad Baptist Church
May 13- VBS for kids 5:30, dinner at 6, live auction at 7
May 14- 5K, pancake breakfast, parade, vendors, pageant, music, food, & Bagdad's Biggest Banana Split
May 15- Service at 11 followed by picnic
For more info, visit bagdadbaptistchurch.org or call 386-1763 (Amy)

Lake Shelby Fish Fry
May 20, 5-7:30

May Family Fun Day at the library
May 21, 9:30-10:30 session and another 11-12 session
Step by step canvas painting class for kids in K-5 and one parent.
The class is free, but you must bring a 16 X 20 canvas.
 Registration is required!

Shelby County Farmers' Market
Every Saturday, 8 to Noon
Shelby County Fairgrounds

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

Have fun and make May marvelous!
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