Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter Break Fun!

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Click here for your Shelby County #ForecastForFun from WLKY's Matt Milosevich!

Here's some fun ideas for over winter break

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. They can play all day for one price. They have great little areas set up for parents to relax or hook up to the wifi and get some work done. They also have Nerf Wars on 12/19.

Go watch a movie at Regal 8 Shelbyville.

Get a treat at Baskin Robbins. It's never too cold for ice cream!

Check out the library's calendar fun over winter break! 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.

Penelope's Pottery and Gogh Crazy are also a great places to get some indoor fun creativity going and they have some special events coming up.

Head to Louisville for some ice skating

Head to the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass for their special events.

If you are headed to Lights Under Louisville, don't forget to check for discounts!

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 2018! 

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

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Shelby County Parks and Recreation is hosting a fun party on December 8th at the Family Activity Center. For two hours, decorate your own gingerbread house without making all of the mess at home.  It's $15 at the door but if you pre-register by end of day today (December 6th), it's just $10 so hurry up!


Santa will be there and they will have hot chocolate for a treat. This is a great thing for your entire family or for your kids. Bring friends and make memories!
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Winter Library Fun

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The Shelby County Library is such a wonderful place! There's always so much to do there. Here's some of the fun activities going on this Winter at the library. 

Story Time:
Tuesdays 10 & 11
Wednesdays 10 & 11
Thursdays (Baby Story time) 10 & 11

Lego Club:
November 30 at 4 pm
December 28 at 4 pm
January 25 at 4 pm
February 22 at 4 pm

Stress Free Hour:Wednesdays and Fridays 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Puzzles, coloring, knitting, scrapbooking, Scrabble, and Mahjong. Supplies provided. You can also bring your own things.
Christmas at the Library is December 9th from 10am-noon

Uniquely U Painting (adults 18+) is December 16 from 10 am to 12 pm. Paint and instruction is free (registration required), but you do need to bring a 16 x 20 canvas.

Yoga is on Mondays from 12-1pm, Thursdays from 1-2pm (for seniors). Bring your mats - it's free
Zumba is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 pm for adults - it's free
Nia is on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm - it's free


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground


Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground is located at 525 Main Street in Shelbyville. It's a two story indoor playground that has a Lego  room, music wall, pretend diner/kitchen area, horizontal rock wall, train table, slides, and more! The price of admission is only $6 for unlimited play. There's also a restaurant, Laughing Leo's, located in the back. When we go we like to play for awhile, take a break to eat, and then play some more.

They host Nerf Wars that kids love so keep tabs on their Facebook page for dates or click here.

Kaleidoscopes has lots of fun planned for indoor fun for kids 12 and under. They offer parties, camps and more. They were closed for a short time but they are back open after making some changes.


Open Play Sessions: $6 per child
Tuesday: 10am-1pm
Tuesday: 4pm-7pm
Friday: 10am-1pm
Friday: 4pm-7pm
Saturday: 10am-7pm
Open additional times for private parties and events.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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 2017


Wakefield-Scearce Galleries Christmas Open House
Starts November 8
Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

Tree Lighting Event at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
November 10, 7pm

Trims and Whims Craft Show
November 11
November 12
 9:30am-4:00pm
Wright Elementary School

Celebration of Lights- Shelbyville
November 11, 4-8 pm Tree lighting at 6pm

Light up Simpsonville
November 18, 6:30
Lights, Santa, Chili, Hot Chocolate, Performances

Shelby County Farmers' Market Christmas Bazaar
November 25, 9am-2:30pm
Shelby County Fairgrounds
Food, crafts, decorations

Shelby County Christmas Parade
December 2, 10am
"A Movie Time Christmas"

A Night in Bethlehem- A Drive through Live Nativity Experience
Shelbyville First Baptist Church
December 2, 6-8 pm

Ornament Painting Party
Harvest Coffee & Cafe
December 8, 6-9pm

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

Christmas on Main Street in Taylorsville
December 9, 6:30-9pm
A Christmas in Candyland! Come see Santa! Enjoy a Parade, Play Games! Walk Main Street! Food! and Admire Beautiful Christmas Trees!

"Christmas Cruise" Christmas Dinner and Auction
Cornerstone Christian Academy
December 9, 6 pm
Tickets: Adults/$35 Children/$15

Christmas at the Library
December 9, 10am-12:00pm

Kids Christmas Party with Santa
FireFresh BBQ Shelbyville
December 19, 6-8pm


Have a joyous Holiday Season! 
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Monday, October 30, 2017

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. All you do is bring in at least a sandwich size bag full of candy to any Mortenson, Braces Braces Braces, or Kid's Dentistree through November 18. Mortenson then sends all the candy to troops through Operation Gratitude. One bag per person.

Here are some other ideas:

  • 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 holidays.....save some of the candy for stocking stuffers or gifts. Or, save some for goody bags (or a pinata) for an upcoming party. 


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Kid's Class: First Kentuckians

 photo first kentuckians_zpsvlcohiro.jpgI just love events that combine learning experience for families with fun. When I saw this event by the Kentucky Historical Society, I had to share it. And, it's just down the road in Frankfort.

At the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, there is an exhibit called "A Kentucky Journey" and during this event, kids will learn from this exhibit via hands-on activities. They will do things like Native Americans did things - grind maize, harvest seeds, make clay pots and play the games that Native Americans played.  Kids will also learn what changed for Native Americans once European settlers arrived in the Kentucky area.

The event is called "First Kentuckians" and takes place on November 4 from 10:30 am-noon at 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. The event is geared toward children ages 6-12. This is a great event if your child is studying Kentucky history or Native American history in school.  It is $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child.  You do need to register because they have limited space.  The number is 502-564-1792, ext. 4408.  You will be asked to pay when you arrive and check in at the front desk of the center.

You can keep tabs on the Kentucky Historical Society Facebook page too - to watch for upcoming events!

~Stephanie
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Break Camps

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Need childcare over Fall Break? Kids restless and need a change of scenery?
We've got you covered with these great options!


Shelby County Parks C3 Holiday Camp
at Clear Creak Park (FAC)
Starting at $25/day per child
They will need lunch, drink and swim attire
7:30 am to 6 pm
Call 633-5059 for more info!

Gogh Crazy
Fall Break Kids Camp - art fun!
October 16-20 10am-4pm
$30/day per child or $7/hour

The Discovery Gym has some options - give them a call to learn more.

Remember, if not sending your kids to camp, the Shelby County Library has a lot to offer for free fun!

If you know of any other Fall Break camps in the area we will gladly add them to our list. Simply email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net. Thanks!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Halloween Events in Shelby County

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Halloween is a fun time for children and parents! 
Here is a list of some Shelby County Halloween events for families.


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

Light the Night Corn Maze
October 20 & 28, 6:30-8:30
Mulberry Orchard
$5 per person, free for children ages 5 and under.
One adult per five youth required for supervision.

Trunk or Treat Under the Sea
Shelby Christian Church
October 25 6-8pm in their parking lot

Trunk or Treat at Shelbyville First Baptist 
October 25 6:30-8:30pm

Halloween Walk with the Animals
Salato Wildlife Center (Frankfort)
October 28, 1- 5 pm

Halloween Harvest Festival at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
October 28, 3pm
For children 12 and under, accompanied by a supervising adult. Enjoy face painting, balloon art, games, photo op & more! While supplies last.

October 27, evening

JCTC Shelby Campus is inviting folks out for a Halloween event. It's on October 27 from 5-7pm.  We checking in to see if it's inside or outside. When they message us back, we will let you know!

Black Orchard Haunted House at Red Orchard Park
Various dates and times.


Don't forget to check out our list of Fall Festivals around Shelby County! 


We know there's lots more fun Halloween events that will be added as we get closer to Halloween! If you know of any other Halloween themed events in Shelby County, please email stephanie@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will gladly update our list! Thanks!

Places that held Halloween events last year that may or may not have an event again this year. We will update with more info when we learn more details:

Village Plaza's Annual Safe Trick or Treat
Trick or Treating at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
Annual Trunk or Treat at Martinrea
Halloween Party at Shelby County Fire Dept.
Trick or treat, goodies, refreshments, fire safety info, spray a real fire hose, and more!
Trick or Treat Trail at Red Orchard Park
Froggy's Safe Trick or Treat Street at 6th & Main
Howl-O-Ween Party at Tyson's Chance
Shelbyville Country Club (21+, costumes optional, $10 at the door)
Centenary United Methodist Trunk or Treat
Games, food, trick or treating
Love Your Neighbor Event
Shelby Christian




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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pumpkin Picking in Shelby County

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It's almost time to pick pumpkins! Shelby County is lucky to have two wonderful farms that have pumpkin patches!


 photo 0924151201_zps854rtmsc.jpgFall fun at Gallrein Farms runs every Saturday and Sunday through the end of October!

Weekend Hours:
Saturdays 10-6
Sundays 12-5





Weekend activities are:
  • Hay rides to the pumpkin patch 
  • Pony rides 
  • Barrel train rides 
  • Jump pillows 
  • Face Painting
  • Corn maze
  • Pedal tractors 
  • Bounce house 
  • Pumpkin Craft Table 
  • Petting Zoo (Free)
You need tickets for all of the activities listed except the petting zoo. 
*Each ticket is $1. You can purchase a bracelet that would allow for unlimited activities (except for pony rides)! 



Mulberry Orchard has free hayrides to their pumpkin patch on the weekends. They also offer a free soybean maze, corn play bus, and playground (super slide, swings, tires, tunnels, and more). While you're there you can pick up some apples (many varieties to pick from), apple cider, fresh fruits/veggies, local products, yummy desserts, and even enjoy a meal.

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Hours:
Wednesday-Saturday 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 1 to 5 pm

To check out a list of other pumpkin patches in Kentucky, click here!



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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fall Festivals in Shelby County


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Shelby County is the place to be in the Fall! Check out  all the fun things already scheduled! There will be so many more added as we get closer to the cooler weather!

Simpsonville Fall Festival
September 9
Live music, parade, vendors, pageant, food, and more!
7am-10am: Purnell Sausage Country Breakfast
7am-10am: Live Entertainment
9am-7pm: Concessions
9am start: Flag Football & Cheer Jamboree
8am-6pm: Vendor Booths
10:30am-7pm: Food Booth
11am-1pm: The Habit
1pm-2pm: Parade
2pm-6pm: Nascar Pit Stop Simulator
2pm-6pm: Inflatables & Carnival Games
2pm-6pm: Pony Rides
2pm-6pm: Cake Walk
2pm-6pm Car Cruise
2pm-2:15pm: Miss Simpsonville & Court presentation
2pm-6pm: Live Music
6pm-8pm: Kids Pre-Movie DJ Dance party and contests
Dusk: Free Movie in the Park (Sing)

Taste & Tunes
September 14, 5-7:30 pm
Shelby County Fairgrounds
Featuring local music & local food
$20/ person

Shelby County Good Neighbor Tour
September 16, 9-4 pm
Come tour 9 farms in Shelby County for FREE!
7 hours of fun on the farms!

September 16 10am-3pm
Red Orchard Park
Pooch fashion show, barn hunt, bounce house, vendors, music, raffles, & more!

2017 Pumpkin Run at Gallrein Farms
September 23 - race at 9am (check-in starts at 7am)
Benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Participants get a free pumpkin and if you register early, you get a free shirt.
Fun for the entire family - 5k/3k
Stay after the race to enjoy fun on the farm!
There are awards for the 5k race but not the 3k race
September 23 & 24
Location- Finchville Ruritan Building
Parade, vendors, activities, food, & more!

Spencer County Octoberfest
October 7
Crafts, vendors, food, music, and parade!

Cornerstone Christian Academy's Fall Festival
October 6, 5:30-8:30
Spaghetti dinner, vendor booths, kid activities, face painting, photo booth, contests, and more!
Public is welcome, free admission

The Highfalutin Vintage & Antique Southern Market
at the Shelby County Fairgrounds
October 21, 9-5 pm
October 22, 11-5 pm
Food trucks, live music, craft beers
$5 admission for adults

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather and fun fall festivities!


We know there's lots more fun festivals that will be added as we get closer to Fall! If you know of any other Fall Festivals in Shelby County, please email kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will gladly update our list! Thanks!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

High School Football in Shelby County

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Are you ready for some football?

All games played at 7:30 unless otherwise noted


August 25 vs.Atherton

September 1 vs. Meade County

September 8 @ North Bullitt

September 15 vs. Bullitt East

September 22 @ Franklin County 

October 6 @ North Oldham

October 13 vs. Spencer County High School

October 20 vs. Collins High School

October 27 @ South Oldham


Collins High School Schedule
All games played at 7:30 unless otherwise noted

August 25 vs. Moore

September 1 @ Ballard

September 8 @ Oldham County

September 15 vs. Boyle County

September 22 @ Spencer County 
September 29 vs. Franklin County

October 13 vs. North Oldham

October 20 @ Shelby County

October 27 vs. Pulaski County


Go Rockets! Go Titans!
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Live Music in Shelby County!

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Here's a list of some upcoming live music events happening in Shelby County! 

Jammin' at Jeptha Creed takes place on Friday nights starting at around 5pm.
They have a live band, local food trucks and cocktails for the adults. 
Of course, you can go and simply enjoy the music.

Taste & Tunes
September 14, 5-7:30 pm
Shelby County Fairgrounds
Featuring local music & local food
$20/ person

Simpsonville Fall Festival
September9
Live music, parade, vendors, pagent, food, and more!


Smith-Berry Winery Dinner Concert Series
See Schedule and ticket info here
Purchase tickets online or call 888-845-7091

Live Music at Talon Winery
You can bring a picnic!
Every Friday at 6 pm
Every Saturday at 4 pm
See schedule here.


We'll update our list as we learn of more live music events. If you know of any, you can email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will gladly add it to our list! Thanks!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Upcoming Library Events


Craft Day for Kids
August 12, 10-11:30
Lots of fun painting and sculpting!

American Girl Club
August 14, 4 pm
September 11, 4 pm
Story, craft, snack!
Preschool-5th grade

Stuffed Animal Sleep Over
Drop off your animal August 18 during regular library hours.
Watch social media to see what your stuffed animal is up to!

Eclipse Viewing Party
August 21, Noon-3 pm
Games, music, and food on the front lawn
They will have special glasses to view the sun!
*Register at 633-3803

Princess and Pirate Tea Party
August 26, 11 am
Come dressed as a princess or pirate and enjoy tea and snacks!
*Register at 633-3803

Lego Club
September 28, 4 pm
Preschool through 5th grade
Come play and build with legos!
 
Story Hour starts in September!!
Tuesdays 10 and 11
Wednesdays 10 and 11
 
Baby Story Time (Birth through 2) Thursdays 10 and 11
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bluegrass Summer Nights

 
The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass will have live bluegrass bands playing this summer as part of their Bluegrass Summer Nights event. Every Thursday from July 13 to August 3 a national or local bluegrass band will play in center court from 6 to 8 pm.

July 13- Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys
July 20- The Michelle Canning Band
July 27- Michael Cleveland and Brian Allen
August 3- The Kevin Prater Band

Sounds like a great time to shop and take in some wonderful tunes!

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Blues-End Farm U-Pick Blueberries in Shelbyville

The 2017 picking season is just about ready! (6/5/17)

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My family and I went on the Shelby County Farm Tour one year and came across Blues-End Farm. The farm is owned by Ruth and Doug Welch and is located off Ky Highway 55 and Hooper Station Road.
There are direction on the bottom of their website.

I was so excited to learn that they have u-pick blueberries! 

I just read that the blueberries for this season are just about ready for picking! The berries last year were $2.80/pound. 

Here's a list of the different types of blueberries they grow and when they should be ready for picking. 
Patriot (June 12-25)
Blueray (June 12-22)
Jersey (June 18-July 1)
Bluecrop (June 16-July 1)
Olympia (July 1-July 15)
Read more about each of these types here

Call 889-7018 to set up a time for you and your family to go pick some blueberries!

PS- They also make maple syrup! We purchased some during the farm tour- yum!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Daylily Daze in Finchville!

2017 Daylily Daze will be June 23 & 24 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.

 photo 0627151347a_zpsg5iv8bwj.jpg photo 0627151346_zpsqwatsabd.jpgIf you can't stop by, you can shop online and order flowers that will be freshly dug the day of ordering. All the ordering information, including selection and prices, can be found at their online store. There is also a lot of information about how to plant, grow, and care for your daylily.

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





By: Kimberly
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June Family Fun


$1 Summer Movies every Tuesday & Wednesday! Schedule here!

Blue Gables Open House Summer Celebration
June 10, 4-7
Come check out some of the cool new shops and enjoy live music, pony rides, face painting, selfie stations, and more!

Shelby County Fair & Horse Show
June 12-June 17
Shelby County Fairgrounds
(More info coming soon!)

Wump Mucket Puppets
June 14, 11 & 1:00
Shelby County Public Library

Touch a Truck
June 16, 9:30-11:30
FAC Parking Lot
Let the kids get hands on with some of the trucks and equipment seen around town!

Lake Shelby Fish Fry
June 16, 5-7:30

Diana Dinicola: Build a Flamenco Dance
June 21, 11 & 1:00
Shelby County Public Library

Shelby County Fair Horse Show
June 21-June 24
Shelby County Fairgrounds

Great American Backyard Campout
June 24
Finchville Park
$5/person, preregistration required (Call Shelby Co. Parks)
Games, nature programs, hike, craft, campfire, and more!

Barry Mitchell Magic Show
June 28, 11 & 1:00
Shelby County Public Library

Summer Camps!

Library Summer Reading Program info!

Have a wonderful June!
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Friday, May 5, 2017

A Day at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

 
Bath and Body Works opens today at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass!

While you're there, stop by the new Toys R Us outlet shop that opened in early April.

Other great kid stores:
Carters
Osh Kosh B'Gosh
Children's Place
Gymboree
Justice

Lunch at Johnny Rockets (Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday). Did you know that Johnny Rockets is hosting a Slider Eating Contest? Qualifiers is Wednesday, May 10th at 6pm. Contest is Wednesday, May 17th at 6pm. Winner gets a $250 gift card to the mall!

Snack at Great American Cookie Company (Buy one, get one free on Double Doozies every Tuesday). Inside the cookie shop is also an ice cream shop. It's great because there's something for everyone. There's also Auntie Anne's and Ghirardelli's!

Let the kids get some energy out at the play area. It's under covers so they can even play when it's raining (which seems to be everyday lately).

Dinner at Taquiera Tsunamis is always yummy. They have Taquiera Tykes Tuesday and kids eat free!

Also be sure to check out the custom painted horse sculptures. Beautiful!

Follow their events by clicking here!
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Events around Town

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Here's a few fun family events going on this month in Shelby County!


First Saturday Walk at Clear Creek Park FAC
May 5, 8:30 am
Participants receive free pass to the FAC!

Penelope's Pottery Painting Opens at the Blue Gables!
Stop by May 7, 12-4 or May 13, 10-5 to check them out!

Free Community Cook-Out
May 9th, 5-7 pm
Fred Wiche Park, Simpsonville
Food, fun, and music!

Nerf Wars at Kaleidoscopes
May 13, 5-8 pm
Call 437-2261 to register

Fish Fry at Lake Shelby
May 19, 5:30-7:15

Bagdad Days- May 19 & May 20
Food, auction, 5K, parade, games, and more!
Bagdad Baptist Church
 
Shelby County Farmers' Market
Every Saturday, 8-12
Shelby County Fairgrounds


Summer Reading Program sign-ups begin May 30th!

$1 Summer movies begin May 30 & May 31!

Summer Camps begin! Check out our list here!


*We'll update as soon as we learn when it's strawberry and blueberry picking time!

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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Best BBQ in Shelby County

Will's Grill, Simpsonville
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm
Carry-out
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Source: www.PureSouthernBBQ.com
Will's Grill is located in Simpsonville. It is locally owned and operated. My husband and I have picked up food here several times. We usually get the pulled pork plate that comes with two sides and a drink. They give you a VERY generous amount of meat, and it is delicious! I highly recommend the potato salad as well. Will's Grill is also a food truck, and continues to offer on site event service and catering.  If you're in the Simpsonville area, you must check this place out!

Ken Tex BBQ, Shelbyville
Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm
Sunday 11am-8pm
Ken Tex is a small restaurant not too far from I-64. I had driven past it several times without even knowing it existed until a friend of mine told me about it. Despite the size, there is an area to eat inside. I thought the food was good, and the prices were comparable to other BBQ places I've been to. I liked that they had a kids menu.

Fire Fresh BBQ, Shelbyville
Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm
Sunday 11:30-8pm
Fire Fresh is one of my daughter's favorite restaurants. Besides the fireman decor, she likes that she gets to color a picture and then hang it on the restaurant wall before she leaves. They have a kids menu, and kids eat free on Tuesdays with purchase of adult entree! I like the variety of sides that Fire Fresh offers, and everything I've tried has been good. Fire Fresh also offers catering.


If you're traveling through the state and in the mood for BBQ, check out Kentucky Family Fun's list of Best BBQ places in Kentucky.



If you know of any other delicious BBQ places in Shelby County, PLEASE email kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net. I'm always looking to try new places ;)



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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tropical Snow Shaved Ice

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Tropical Snow Shaved Ice will reopen for the season April 28th at 2pm! They are located at 18 Main Street in Shelbyville.


It's the perfect treat on these hot spring/summer days (or rainy days- 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 :)

They are cash only!
Prices:
Small $2
Medium $2.50
Large $3
They also have dog bowl treats for $1 (bowl with plain ice and a dog bone)
These prices were from 2016, they may be slightly different.

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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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Highway 55 Yard Sale

 
 
The annual Highway 55 Yard Sale is Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 30.

The yard sale stretches through eleven counties (Carroll, Trimble, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Nelson, Washington, Marion, Taylor, Adair, and Russel) and spans 147 miles!

The Finchville Ruritan Club has booths for rent if you don't live along the highway but want to participate. Call 834-7754 for information about renting a spot.

Whether you're selling or buying, it's sure to be a fun filled four days!
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Gallrein Farms in Shelbyville

Gallrein Farms is set to open today, April 22!
Green house open 10-4
Café open 11-2

I used to think the only time to visit Gallrein Farms was in the Fall when you can take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, go through the corn maze, or climb the giant pyramid of straw. While the Fall is a super fun time to enjoy Gallrein, a visit in the Spring is fun too.

 photo Madison and Claire 2015 573_zps7chvpikq.jpgGallrein has the most beautiful greenhouses I have ever been in. They have nine greenhouses total. Inside you'll find rows and rows of colorful flowers, hanging baskets, potted plants, and other hidden gems like fairy gardens or chairs made into planters. They have one of the largest selections of flowers you will find anywhere, plus tomato plants and other vegetables ready to be transplanted into your garden at home. My daughters and I can spend over half of an hour just walking around looking at everything.

Gallrein's Market is also open in the Spring. They have lots of yummy goodies for sale like jams and produce, as well as home decor type items. They have a bakery that serves items such as hot sandwiches, chips, fudge, and candies.

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One of our favorite things to do at Gallrein is visit the petting zoo, which is FREE! They recently renovated this part of their farm, and it looks great! We went earlier this week and they had many of their animals already back out in the petting zoo area, but not all. We saw goats, donkeys, a llama, a rabbit, a pig, and several little chickens running around. And you know what Spring means- baby animals! We saw baby lambs, and I heard there were more baby animals not out yet. Can't wait for the camel, my favorite, to come back out! Don't forget to bring a couple quarters to buy food while you are there so your kids can feed the animals. There is a hand sanitizing station located at the entrance gate to clean your hands before leaving.

 photo 1a993694-970c-477b-85b2-25556736459c_zps2q9th9ea.jpgThe farm has u-pick strawberries from mid-May through mid-June. My family went 2 years ago to pick strawberries, and we had a blast. My daughter loved going through the fields finding the perfect strawberries. We filled up our bucket in no time, and then took it back to the greenhouse to be weighed. When we went the price was about $1.99/pound. We enjoyed a few on the way home, and used some of the others for a strawberry shortcake and other desserts. Yum! (Fresh strawberry shortcake is something they make in the bakery during strawberry season!)


Gallrein also has an old tractor for the kids to play on, a tunnel that can run through, and lots of open grass to run around on. Don't forget to check out the pond and walk out on the dock.



Have some fun on the farm!


By: Kimberly





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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Marilyn's Song Garden

This is a sponsored post.
 

Did you know we have a wonderful music program available in Shelbyville called Marilyn's Song Garden?

Marilyn's Song Garden uses the Music Together program. Music Together is a music class for parents and their children ages birth to kindergarten, where parent participation (regardless of ability) is essential for creating the stimulating environment that leads to musical development. Because the curriculum is developmentally appropriate and research-based, children participate at their own level, when they are ready, with no pressure or expectation to perform. Rather, they are encouraged to respond spontaneously to the rich, varied, and playful activities however they like, either by joining the group or by just observing. The exposure they receive to vast types of rhythms and melodies provides all they need to learn and become musical for life. Research shows that family bonds are strengthened in mixed-aged classes when siblings and parents participate together in class and at home through singing, dancing, and playing instruments.

Spring Session: April 9th through May 28th (Even though classes have started, there's still time to sign up and join this session!)

Tuition for the first child is $125 and $95 for the second sibling. Any additional siblings are free and siblings under 8 months are always free. There is a $15 registration fee (waived if you attend a demo class). The tuition fee includes weekly classes, a songbook with current semester songs, 2 CDs, a parent guide DVD, weekly parent education, and free downloads of the songs from the website. There is a referral credit of $20 for any family that you refer who joins the class, so tell all your friends and family about Music Together®.

There is also a free app called “Hello Everybody” that has free introductory songs that you can listen to prior to coming to the demo.

For more information, please contact Marilyn or check out www.musictogether.com. To attend a FREE demo class, please contact Marilyn to reserve your spot.
 
 
Spring semester classes will be as follows:

At Shelby Christian: Tuesday and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. , and Thursday s 6:30 p.m.
 
Like Marilyn's Song Garden on Facebook to stay up to date on new info, including upcoming summer sessions!
 
 
*Marilyn also offers private piano and voice lessons!

Marilyn's contact info: 229-2841 or marilynssonggarden@gmail.com



 
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Monday, April 17, 2017

$1 Summer Movies in Shelbyville


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The schedule for the 2017 Summer Movie Express at Regal Shelbyville Stadium 8 is out!
Movies will play on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. 
Both movies will play on both days.
The first movie is set to start May 30!
Admission is only $1 (a portion will go to the Will Rogers Institute).
 
 
May 30 & May 31: Kung Fu Panda 3 & Ice Age: Collision Course

June 6 & June 7: Trolls & Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

June 13 & June 14: Monster Trucks & Penguins of Madagascar

June 20 & June 21: Rio 2 & The Boxtrolls

June 27 & June 28: The Secret Life of Pets & Sing

July 4 & July 5: Kubo and the Two Strings & Ratchet and Clank

July 11 & July 12: SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water & The Adventures of Tin Tin

July 18 & July 19: Happy Feet 2 & Cats and Dogs 2

July 25 & July 26: Storks & The Lego Batman Movie



Bring on the popcorn and the fun!
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April Fun around Town!

Even if there are lots of April showers....there's still lots of April FUN!
 
 
Check out our list of Easter Egg Hunts Galore!

Highfalutin Vintage & Antique Market
Shelby County Fairgrounds
April 8 and April 9, 10 am - 5 pm
Over 100 booths, live bluegrass music, food trucks, activities, and more!
$5 for adults, Free admission for children and veterans!

Bluegrass Unbridled Event at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
April 15, 11-3pm
Family Festival- face painting, balloon art, stick horse races, and more!

Bunny Day
Red Orchard Park
April 15, 10 am
Egg hunt, arts and crafts, visit from the bunny, & more!

Earth Day Celebration
Red Orchard Park
April 15, 10 am-2 pm
Local vendors, community organizations, and more!
FREE!

Health and Fitness Fun Day
at the Family Activity Center
April 22, time TBD
Local vendors and health organizations!
Prizes, give-a-ways, screenings, massages, and more!
FREE!

Gallrein Farms opens April 22!

Ky 55 Yard Sale
April 27-30
More than 100 miles of fun finds!

Tropical Snow opens April 28 at 2pm!

Library Family Fun Day
April 29, 11am
Magician Roger Wayne!
FREE!

Master Gardener Plant Sale
April 29, 9 am-2 pm
Shelby County Cooperative Extension
Numerous vendors selling plants and garden related items!
Shelby County Homemaker Book Club will have their annual book sale inside the same day!

Shelby County Farmers' Market will open April 29
Shelby County Fairgrounds


Have an awesome April!
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Monday, April 3, 2017

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.

By: Stephanie
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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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Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Break in Shelby County!

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What are you doing for Spring Break? 
Here's some fun ideas around town that are sure to please the kiddos!


Send them to camp! Here's some of the camps going on in Shelby County:

Kaleidoscope Indoor Playground Camp
April 3-7
7:30-6pm
Grades K-5
$30/day, $125/week
Siblings $25/day, $100/week
Lunch and snack included

Family Activity Center in Shelbyville
April 3-7
7:30am-5:30pm
$20/child/day
502-633-5059

Gogh Crazy
April 3-6, 10-4pm
$7/hour or $30/day
Different projects and activities everyday!


Check out our awesome library! 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!They will have a special spring break movie on Tuesday, April 4th, at 2pm.

Check out Shelby Trails Park!

Go on an alpaca tour! We've been to Alpaca Haven Farm and Perfect Timing Alpaca! Both were great! Check out this groupon to save money on your tour!

Rent a paddle boat or canoe at Lake Shelby! Check out the prices here!

If it's raining, spend the day at the Family Activity Center in Shelbyville.  They have a great indoor lap pool and indoor kiddie pool!  Check out their daily fees here.

 photo 0312151436_zpsnpvretj4.jpgHike! We have some great trails 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! I hear Beauty and the Beast is awesome!

If you're close to Louisville, check out the new Main Event off I-64 and Blankenbaker! It is the best place to take kids bowling! So. Much. Fun. Malibu Jacks is right next door and also very fun!

Here's our list of 50 FREE things to do in Shelby County! You may be able to find a few things on the list to do over Spring Break!

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! Or check out the new Commonwealth Smoothie shop! They're yummy!

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! 
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Break Ideas

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, which are free with admission.

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Kart Kounty

Bullitt County:

Visit Bernheim Forest for their Spring Break Adventure Week. Daily drop in activities and guided nature hikes for all ages 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....

Kaleidoscope Indoor Playground Camp
April 3-7
7:30-6pm
Grades K-5
$30/day, $125/week
Siblings $25/day, $100/week
Lunch and snack included

Family Activity Center in Shelbyville
April 3-7
7:30am-5:30pm
$20/child/day
502-633-5059

Gogh Crazy
April 3-6, 10-4pm
$7/hour or $30/day
Different projects and activities everyday!

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



By: Kimberly
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 Spring Festivals


This is Shelby Community Showcase
March 25, 10 am to 3 pm
at Martha Layne Collins High School
FREE admission!

Highfalutin Vintage & Antique Market
Shelby County Fairgrounds
April 8 and April 9, 10 am - 5 pm
Over 100 booths, live bluegrass music, food trucks, activities, and more!
$5 for adults, Free admission for children and veterans!

Bunny Day
Red Orchard Park
April 15, 10 am
Egg hunt, arts and crafts, visit from the bunny, & more!

Earth Day Celebration
Red Orchard Park
April 15, 10 am-2 pm
Local vendors, community organizations, and more!
FREE!

Finchville Community Egg Hunt at Finchville Park
hosted by Finchville Baptist Church
April 15, 10-1pm
Free food, candy, games, prizes, pet show

Health and Fitness Fun Day
at the Family Activity Center
April 22, time TBD
Local vendors and health organizations!
Prizes, give-a-ways, screenings, massages, and more!
FREE!

Master Gardener Plant Sale
April 29, 9 am-2 pm
Shelby County Cooperative Extension
Numerous vendors selling plants and garden related items!
Shelby County Homemaker Book Club will have their annual book sale inside the same day!

Shelby County Farmers' Market will open April 29
Shelby County Fairgrounds

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Events around Town

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Here's a few of our top picks for family fun this month around Shelby County! 

March 12, 3pm & 6pm
Shelby Co. Fairgrounds Bldg.
Adults $12, Students (13-17) $6, Children FREE

American Girl Club at the Library
March 13, 4-5 pm
Talk about AG books, do a craft, enjoy a snack!

Toddler Tuesday at Kaleidoscopes
March 14, 10-11am
$3/child per hour
Arts & Crafts and little toys!

Kids Bible Study at Kaleidoscopes
March 15, 10-11am
$3/child
Singing, daily devotion, and scripture

New Comer Moms
March 16, 10-11am
$3/child per hour
Meet other new moms in the area!

Home Schooler
March 16, 11-1pm
$8 per child for fun and lunch!

Family Fun Day at the Library
"Cooking Healthy Foods"
March 18, 11am

Nerf Wars! at Kaleidoscopes
March 18, 5-8
$15 (includes kid's meal), $5 drop off charge for kids under 10
Register at 437-2261

This is Shelby Community Showcase
March 25, 10 am to 3 pm
at Martha Layne Collins High School
Free admission!

Check out Gogh Crazy's Facebook page for all their fun events going on this month.
March 6: Children's Art 
March 11: Kid's Studio 
March 12: Kid's Craft with Paula
March 13: Children's Art
March 20: Children's Art
March 27: Children's Art
*Check their Facebook page for registration details and prices.

Lego Club at the Library
March 30, 4-5pm
Come play and build with Legos!

Story Time at the Library
Enjoy stories, music, movement, and a craft!
10am and 11am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for preschoolers
10am and 11am on Thursdays for toddlers and babies


Have a Marvelous March making Memories!
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

President's Day in Shelby County

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Check out some of the fun things happening around town on President's Day!

7:30-6:00
Learn about presidents, arts and crafts, games, & more!
$30/day, $25/siblings
Call 437-2261

Holiday Camp at the FAC
7:30-6:00
$20/child for the entire day!
Swimming, games, and more!
Pack a swimsuit!

President's Day Kids Studio Time
Feb. 20, 10-4 pm
$7/hour per child for various art stations.
You can drop your kid off and get some errands done or stay!

Shop at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass!
Lots of the stores are having President's Day Sales!
Click here for a list of stores and their sales!

The Shelby County Library is open on President's Day!
Stop by and pick up a good book, magazine, or movie.

Or just get outside and PLAY! Enjoy this beautiful, unseasonably warm day at one of Shelby County's many wonderful parks. You could even rent a canoe or paddle boat at Lake Shelby!


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