Thursday, October 19, 2017

Weekend Fun for Shelby County Families

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Here's some fun ideas for October 20-22


Head to a pumpkin patch and carve a big pumpkin this weekend. 

Soccer fans can head to downtown Louisville on Friday night for Louisville City FC's first game of the playoffs. Tickets here. Use code LCFC to save up to 20%

Don't you love Mulberry Orchard? They are having a great event this weekend (and next). 
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.

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
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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 (store could not confirm exact times yet)

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 12, 2017

Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour 2017

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The Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour is September 16, 2017. From 9 am to 4 pm your family can enjoy 9 farms in Shelby County for FREE! This is a great opportunity for families to get up close with farm animals, farm equipment, watch special demonstrations, and meet the wonderful farmers! There's something for everyone on this farm tour!

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On the day of the tour pick up your Farm Passport at one of the following three locations: Shelby County Farmer's Market , Metzger's County Store or any of the farm stops.

Visit as many farms as you like, for as long as you like! Before you leave each location, have your Farm Passport stamped. Leave your passport at your last location to be entered to win a basket filled with Shelby County and Kentucky Proud products (one entry for each stamp on your passport).

Helpful Hints:
Wear comfortable and supportive shoes because you may have to walk on uneven or rough surfaces.
No dogs are allowed on the tour.
Bring a cooler to store items you may purchase at some locations.

Did we mention that this tour is free! How awesome is that? There will be food sold at some locations, as well as specialty products for a fee.

My family went on the farm tour last year and loved it! We ran out of time and only visited about 7 of the 10 farms. We got to pet and learn about alpacas, horses, and dairy cows. We learned about honey bees at one farm and how maple syrup was made at another. We enjoyed a nice lunch at Mulberry Orchard, followed by a hay ride around their orchard- we even got to pick a pumpkin! It was a great day, and we can't wait to have more farm fun this year! My girls are looking forward to feeding some pigs this year.

Keep up to date with the farm tour on Facebook- Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour.


Enjoy your family fun down on the farm!
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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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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer Send Off - Labor Day Event

 Summer Send Off


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The Summer Send Off with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana will bring families together for camp fun on Labor Day. The event is September 4 from 10am-4pm at Camp Hi Ho and includes a long list of activities! This event is presented by McDonald's of Kentuckiana.

Camp Hi Ho is less than 20 minutes from Shelbyville!

This event SOLD OUT in 2016. Don't wait too long to get your tickets.

Last year, this event raised enough funds to cover 175+ overnight stays for families needing services through RMHCK. Your family fun and time together on Labor Day at this event will keep families close when they need it most, thanks to RMHCK. 
  • Archery
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Paddle boats
  • Water trampoline
  • Horseback riding
  • Giant slip-n-slide
  • Zip line
  • Tree forts
  • Swimming
  • Classic camp games
  • FREE Shirt and tie-dying
  • Lunch
  • & more!

 photo IMG_3256_zpsgeza52gm.jpgThis event is for the entire family!  $25 per person includes lunch and all of the activities (you choose where you want to spend your time).  Guests 2 and under admitted for free.
This is not a drop-off event, parents stay and it's a family event.

Don't miss this fun Labor Day event!

Camp Hi-Ho
5915 Aiken Road
Louisville, KY 40245

Here are photos from 2016

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Peach Jam at Mulberry Orchard

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 photo IMG_2159_zpswxabajwn.jpgMark your calendar for the second annual Peach Jam to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters in Shelby County! The event will be held Saturday, July 29, at Mulberry Orchard in Shelbyville! 

 photo IMG_2129_zpssacbmn4p.jpg photo IMG_2145_zpsr8rahi3y.jpgCome 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!

5K RUN/WALK (non-competitive) starts at 8am 
5K registration includes the breakfast and a shirt
The festival goes until 1pm
Register here

(5K registration: $25
If you want to just enjoy the pancake breakfast, it's $7)


Get ready to jam at the Peach Jam!
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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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Thursday, June 22, 2017

4th of July Events in Shelby County

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Shelby County is a great place to celebrate the 4th of July!

Simpsonville's The Boom
Tuesday, July 4
Free Admission & Parking
Location: The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
10am-9pm: Shopping and activities!
10am-10pm: Food, treats and concessions.
11am-2pm: Live Music.
4pm-7pm: Live Music
7pm-Dusk: Pre-show party with DJ!
Dusk: The BOOM (Fireworks)
More info and a complete schedule can be found HERE!


Saturday July 1, 8am-11pm
Clear Creek Park
5K run
3 on 3 Basketball
Live entertainment by New Breed
Inflatables and face painting
T-shirt launcher
Tethered hot air balloon rides

Fireworks show at dusk


Have a fun, safe Fourth of July!

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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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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shelby County Summer Reading Program

 
Build a Better World

It's almost time for the Shelby County Public Library Summer Reading Program 2017!

Sign-ups begin Tuesday, May 30.
The deadline to sign-up is Monday, July 10.
All reading logs are due by Monday, July 24.

  • Children reading board books to picture books must read (or be read to) 15 books.
  • Advanced readers must read 3 chapter books.
  • Middle and high school student must read 2 or more novels.

After signing up for the program you will receive a bag and book log.
When you complete the program you will receive a book and coupons!


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!
 
Schedule for Children
June 3 Summer Reading Kick-off Party 11-1:00
June 5-10 Scholastic Book Fair
June 14 Wump Mucket Puppets 11 & 1:00 
June 21 Diana Dinicola: Build a Flamenco Dance 11 & 1:00
June 28 Barry Mitchell, Magician 11 & 1:00
July 5 Mark Wood Fun Show 11 & 1:00
July 12 Animal Tales 11 & 1:00
July 20 Jason Lindsey "Hooked on Science" 11 & 1:00
July 26 or 27 Swim Party (Ticket Required) 7:30-9:30pm


Schedule for Tweens & Teens
June 3 Summer Reading Kick-off Party 11-1:00
June 5-10 Scholastic Book Fair
June 14 Wump Mucket Puppets 11 & 1:00
June 16 Game Night Lock In 5:30-8:30 
June 21 Diana Dinicola: Build a Flamenco Dance 11 & 1:00
June 28 Barry Mitchell, Magician 11 & 1:00
June 30 Painting with Teens 5:00-7:00
July 5 Mark Wood Fun Show 11 & 1:00
July 7 Teen Movie 2:00-4:00
July 12 Animal Tales 11 & 1:00
July 20 Jason Lindsey "Hooked on Science" 11 & 1:00
July 30 Swim  Party (ticket required) 6:30-8:30pm

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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. 
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shelbyville Rocks!

 
Have you seen painted rocks hidden around Shelbyville lately? 

There's a Facebook group called Shelbyville Ky Rocks!!!! Find the link to the group page here.  The group encourages people to paint rocks and then hide them around town for people to find. It's a fun and inexpensive way to have fun and get people outside exploring this great town of ours! If you find a rock you can keep it or hide it for someone else to stumble upon. By joining the Facebook page, you can post pictures of rocks you have found or rocks you have hidden. My daughters love to paint rocks and are so excited to go hide some of their work. We haven't found any rocks yet, but we're on the look out! It's like a big scavenger hunt!

Rocks painted by Faith Ashton and family
There's a few things that the FB page suggests you keep in mind when hiding painted rocks:
  • Keep the safety of the finder in mind
  • Don't put it where it can get mowed over
  • Don't hide in stores
  • Don't hide in baseball fields
  • Don't disturb stores or businesses where rocks are hidden around

Get out and find some rocks!
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Monday, May 8, 2017

Day Out With Thomas- Coupon Code and Information

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All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven, Kentucky! This family friendly event includes a ride with Thomas, a visit with Sir Topham Hatt, an Imagination Station, and other fun Thomas and Friends inspired activities.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. This event sells out frequently so I would suggest having tickets in hand before making the trip. Use the coupon code shelbyfamfun17 for a special $2 off discount! The museum asks that you arrive an hour before your departure time to check in and take pictures.


Event dates: June 3-4 and June 10-11

Click here for tickets or call 866-468-7630




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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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Thursday, April 27, 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!

Every Thursday Kids Eat Free at Kaleidoscopes! (Enjoy one free kids meal with each adult meal purchase!)

The next Nerf Wars is set for May 13th from 5-8 pm. You can drop the kids off or stay and watch. $15 includes Nerf play and a kids meal, $5 drop off charge for kids under 10. Reserve your spot today at 437-2261!

Kaleidoscopes has lots of fun planned for this summer! They will have weekly camps running from May 23rd thru July 28th for kids in K thru 5th grade! $30/day and $25/siblings or $125/week and $100/siblings. Drop off as early as 7:30! Each week they will cover a different topic (superheroes, space, dinos, bugs, scientists, and more!) Call and reserve your spot today!

They also host birthday parties! Talk about a fun time! Call for more info or to reserve your party today!

Monday 3-8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10-8
Friday and Saturday 10-9
Sunday Closed
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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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