Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 Summer Camps

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This is a partially sponsored post. 

Penelope's Pottery Painting 

Penelope's Pottery Painting is a new paint your own pottery business located at the Blue Gables Shopping Center in Shelbyville!

During their Summer camp, children (designed for ages 8-14) will combine their love of literacy with their love of art and meet the Masters at Penelope's Pottery Painting. Each day students will study a Master artist such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, or Degas. They will create an art project based on that artist's style. Each day they will paint a ceramic representing that artists. At the end of the week, they will use their tiles to create a "quilt" of the Master's to hang on the wall.

Week 1 (6/12-6/23) Mornings only 9-12
Week 2 (6/19-6/23) Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, Monet
Week 3 (6/26-6/30) Cezanne, DaVinci, Chagall, Matisse
Week 4 (7/10-7/14) Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, Monet
Week 5 (7/17-7/21) Cezanne, DaVinci, Chagall, Matisse

$225 Full Week Camp
Monday through Friday 9am-3pm (Lunch Provided)
Or just come for a day for $99

Like them on Facebook to stay updated on their grand opening and other fun events (they do parties, showers, and more)!


 photo parklands_zpsixa73swj.jpgGet Outside at The Parklands of Floyds Fork! Campers in grades K-6 spend their days participating in discovery-based field experiences and science investigations into gardening, art, paddling, hiking, biking, biology and bugs! Keep your student engaged and entertained while school is out for the summer.

Get Outside! Science Camps are based in Beckley Creek Park and the PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation. Drop-off locations may vary for Paddling and Adventure camps. These full day programs include hands-on classroom activities, field hikes, “Sprayground Wednesdays,” and so much more!

The Parklands Summer Science Camps take place over eight weeks from June through August. Each week includes one camp for campers entering K-3 and one for 4-6 graders. Save when you register by May 5! Parklands Members receive a reduced tuition rate.
502-584- 0350

Camp invention

 photo camp invention_zps1lct2vzw.jpg Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! An exciting, weeklong summer adventure awaits with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation and sharpen their 21st century skills. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork. Children work together to transform the terrain and ecosystem of a distant exoplanet. They take risks as budding business owners, blast rockets, air cannons, and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local, certified educators lead a week of hands-on activities that fuel children’s confidence in their natural ability to dream and create. Early registration discounts are available so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Visit or call 800.968.4332 for information. Use promo code INNOVATE25 by 3/20 to save $25 on registration.


 photo STEAMPunk_zpsqtld4srw.png Give your child’s summer break a dose of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) powered fun and learning in a STEAMPunks Summer Camp! These week-long day camps blend project based learning environments, hands on exploration and cutting edge technology to teach exciting subjects like Video Game Design, Circuitry and Soldering, 3D Printing, Robotics, Coding and more! Every camper will learn invaluable STEAM skills, a crucial factor in the ever expanding career fields of the future, and leave camp with a tangible project to encourage lifelong tinkering and creativity. With seasoned instructors and an arsenal of collaborative projects and fun curriculum, a STEAMPunks Summer Camp means your child’s brain stays engaged in the educational “off season” and they’re primed for the best summer experience of their life. Register here now! What will your child make at STEAMPunks Summer Camp? Venues TBD. Schedule will be posted by mid March!

Bright horizons

 photo Bright Horizons_zpsmuzpznyr.jpg Fun, friendships, and exploration – all summer long! Bright Horizons summer camp for preschool and school-aged children offers fun and excitement for your child AND meets your expectations of convenience, flexibility, a healthy and safe environment, and experienced counselors.

Your child will enjoy a jam packed summer that includes: · Field trips, special guests, and events Cool themes including STEM, ecology, art, cinematography, cooking, theater, and more · Sports, fitness, and outdoor adventures Call us today to learn more! Our camps follow the local public school calendar and run throughout the entire summer vacation time period.

Whet Your Palette

 photo whet your palette_zpsi6ipatsk.jpgThis summer we invite you to join us on an artistic adventure as we explore some of our favorite things in new and exciting ways! Back by popular demand, our popular Messy Camp, Star Wars and Fairy Art Camps are all back! We’ll be creating things that glow... Lightsabers, stone fairy houses, wands, tiny fairies. Our witches and wizards, in Harry Potter camp will create handmade wands and potions! Also this year, My Little Pony, Animals, Just Paint!, Boxes & Bowls, Oils, Sculpture, Large Mixed Media and more. Our fun and talented staff will guide your young ones to discover their inner artist at our Art House.

Three age groups including TEENS. Class sizes LIMITED!
AGES: 4-16
WHEN: 12 camps weekly through summer beginning May 29. M-F: 8-10:30,
11am-2pm & 2:30-5. (Full day & late pickup options.)
COST: $95-$225 per camp


 photo Snapology_zpsk2ruuwkd.jpg Bring STEM to life using LEGO® bricks, technology and other engaging tools! Snapology provides a fun and safe environment for children ages 4-14 to learn about robotics, programming, animation, engineering, video game design, science and more.

For summer 2017, we are offering over 30 camps at three different locations: St. Matthews Community Center, Sayers Classical Academy and First Baptist Church of Middletown. ***Register early and save.***

Please visit to see what we have planned!

Classic melodies

 photo classic melodies_zpsys1jqhxm.png Our Musical Theatre camps are the perfect combination of a traditional camp experience with all of the activities mixed in with fun and excitement in singing, dancing and acting. CMPI Young Performers-Elementary ages. July 17th-21st. 9-3p.m. A broadway themed show will be performed at the end of the week for parents. This is great for girls and boys. Experience the magic of Broadway in a fun learning environment with top professionals in the industry. Students will love our daily activities too. Water day, Movie day, and so MUCH MORE!! Students may bring their own lunch. We will provide a themed snack daily. Register on our website .

St. Luke's Camp Maple

 photo st lukes_zps41qeoopq.jpgWelcome to St. Luke's Camp Maple, where you will have fun in the company of friends old and new.  All camps include hands on learning, fun outdoor activities, and free play time.  

Our camp is staffed with the same high quality teachers who work in our preschool program.  All are experienced teachers who are CPR and First Aid certified. 

Camps run Monday-Friday from 9am-1:30pm for children ages 2-10.  Each camp is theme based so one week is different than the next.  We look forward to you joining us for one or all six fun and exciting camps.

May 22-May 26 Discover your Favorite Artist
June 5-9 Nature Camp
June 19-23 Explore the World of Science
July 10-14 Culinary Camp
July 17-21 Build with Bricks
July 31-Aug 4 Space Camp

Other camps in the area (Shelby County):

Shelbyville Parks and Recreation
Simpsonville Parks and Recreation 
Cornerstone Christian Academy
Gogh Crazy
Shelby County Community Theatre
Discovery Gym

Looking for overnight camp ideas? Click here!

Check out this huge list of Louisville camps!

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Star Family Circus

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The circus is coming to town! 

The Star Family Circus will return to Shelbyville on March 12th.
They will perform at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Building at 3:00 and 6:00. 

$12 for Adults
$6 for Students (13-17) 
Children (12 and under) are FREE!

My family has attended the Star Family Circus the last two years and had a blast each time. In the past they allow children to watch from the floor right outside the ring. My children loved being so close to the performers. They have all the great circus acts- jugglers, clowns, aerialists, dogs, acrobats, and even had motorcycle daredevils last year that put on a great show. They have reasonably priced refreshments for purchase as well.

It's a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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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!

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

Holiday Camp at the FAC
$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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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Weekend Plans!

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This weekend is supposed to be warm! Here's a few ideas to get the family outside and having fun together!

Friday- Head to the new Gogh Crazy for open studio time. Stop by from 10am- 4pm and let the kids work at various art stations. Price is $7 an hour per child. There will also be open studio time on Monday at the same time. Stop by Chicken Champs for lunch- I've heard so many wonderful things about this place. I can't wait to try it for myself!

Saturday- Head over to the library at 11am for February Family Fun Day. This month's topic is Games! Play some board games, work puzzles, and enjoy your time together! Afterwards, stroll down the street and check out the Greenway Trail. This paved path offers wonderful views! You could also head to the Miller Outdoor Education Center at Red orchard Park. They're open every Saturday from 12-4 and admission is FREE! They have several great hands-on exhibits. There's also some great play pods around the park to explore!

Sunday- Check out Lake Shelby on what is supposed to be another warm February day! Rent a canoe or paddle boat while you're there! When you're done stop by the Clear Creek playground around the corner and enjoy the beautiful day!

Have a Fabulous February weekend!

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2017 Shelby County Bucket List

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Shelby County has so much to offer all year long! Check out some of these fun activities we decided to include in our 2017 Shelby County bucket list!


Keep warm by playing indoor at Kaleidopscopes Indoor Playground, Inc.  The price is $6 per child and they can play all day long!

Head over to the Miller Outdoor Education Center on Saturday mornings and check out some of their wildlife exhibits and demonstrations. It's FREE!


Watch a show at the Shelby County Community Theater.  Check their website for show information, times and prices.

Participate in the Shelby County Public Library adult winter reading program. Participants will have numerous ways to earn tickets for weekly prize drawings. Participants who read 5 books will be entered into the grand prize drawing. This program is for adults 18 and over, and you must have a library card (signing up for one will earn you a 'weekly prize drawing' ticket). If you plan on participating for the 2017 program you better hurry to the library to sign up!


Eat at the Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Don’t forget to check out the ‘Claudia Sanders Dinner House Cookbook’ so you can try your hand at some famous recipes.

Go horse back riding. There are several areas around Shelby County that offer horse back riding trails. Red Orchard Park in Shelbyville has free hiking and horse back riding trails. Shelby Trails Park has several horse trails to choose from, as well as pedestrian trails. You must purchase a $50 yearly permit or a $10 daily riding pass. Guided trail rides are also available for $25 for a 50 minute ride (call 232-2110). Check out some other options for horseback riding here.


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Rent a paddleboat, canoe, or rowboat at Lake Shelby. If you want to experience more of what Lake Shelby has to offer, you can pitch a tent and stay the night. This 20 acre lake is also fully stocked, so don't forget your fishing gear. I hear they have a boat playhouse too. Sounds awesome!

Check out some of the wonderful Shelby County Parks. Get outside and play!

Attend one of the Spring Festivals or Easter Egg Hunts in the area! List of festivals and dates to be updated soon!


Shelby County is considered the American Saddlebred Capital of the World because of the many American Saddlebred breeding and training facilities. So one thing you must do is take an American Saddlebred Horse Farm Tour! If you are staying in a Shelby County lodging accommodation you can schedule a tour for FREE (donation suggested). All other tours are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12-17. Tours will not resume until March 30th.

Shelby County Farmer’s Market begins in April at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Over 30 farmers from around the area bring fresh produce and handmade goods to sell. Check online to see a list of some of their farmers, as well as their produce calendar. Don't forget to look for the Rooted in Shelby logo!


Pick blueberries at Blues-End Farm!

The Shelby County Fair has something for everyone. Some favorites include a tractor pull, truck pull, beauty contests, agricultural exhibits, livestock, youth exhibits/contests, horse show, and carnival rides. Oh wait, don't forget the fair food!

The summer reading program at the Shelby County Public Library is fun for kids of all ages. They have a kick-off day that is full of crafts, games, music and prizes. The library has several special events each week during the program as well. Children who complete the reading requirements receive a book, certificate, and dining coupons. 

Go geocaching with your family!


Simpsonville Red, White, and Boom usually starts around noon. It's free admission and free parking. This event is full of music, food, bouncy houses, vendor booths, and of course fireworks! The event takes place at Simpsonville Park.

The Shelbyville Horse Show at the Shelby County Fairgrounds is a Shelby County tradition that you won't want to miss.

Are your kids bored of summer yet? Enjoy some FREE family fun!


Cool off at the Family Activity Center in Shelbyville. They have an indoor and outdoor pool (with fun slides). They also have playground equipment, a golf course, and fitness equipment. Non-members can pay a daily fee to use the facilities.

Fishing at Guist Creek & Marina in Shelbyville. Guist Creek is the largest lake in the county at 317 acres. Word on the street is that it's one of the best bass fishing areas for its size in the state! Get your fishing licence and head on over. Camping is also available from March through November. They have a marina, supply shop, boat dock, and a special area for water skiing (end of May through the end of September)! How fun!


Take a self guided farm tour at the Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour event in September. It's a one day event that allows you to see and touch various farm animals, farm equipment, crops, and farm products. It's also a great way to see what great farms there are in Shelby County. The best's FREE!

Take an alpaca farm tour!


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Check out Gallrein Farms for a hayride to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, and even climb a hay pyramid. During weekends in October, Gallrein has other fun activities such as pony rides, painting pumpkins, and a really cool barrel train. They have a nice market and deli too (with delicious homemade fudge).

Visit Mulberry Orchard for a Light the Night corn maze and bonfire. Bring your flashlights and try to make your way through the dark corn maze. When you've made your way out you get to enjoy a bonfire. The Mulberry kitchen will be making tasty treats to enjoy as well. Sounds like a super fun night!


Get in the Holiday spirit by attending the Celebration of Lights in Shelbyville or Light Up Simpsonville. Both events offer food, vendors, crafts, games, music, Santa visits, and lot of family fun leading up to the lighting of the towns.

Shop Small on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (and throughout the year)! Walk down Main Street in Shelbyville and browse the unique shops. You could spend all day shopping at some one-of-a-kind stores such as Stacey's Simple Stuff, Paisley Pig Antique Mall, or the Polka Dotted Pineapple. Stop for lunch at McKinley's Bread Shop & Deli to refuel.


If the lights didn't get you in the Christmas spirit, the Shelbyville Christmas Parade will! It's an annual event sponsored by the Shelby County Fire & Rescue Department, and it's sure to please. Adorable floats, music, and, of course, Santa make this event a yearly tradition for many families.

Shop at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass for some great deals. This great addition to Shelby County has 80 shops and restaurants in one area. With Christmas around the corner, this is a great one-stop shopping experience for sure. The new stores are open!

We hope you have a wonderful year making fun family memories!

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Valentine's Day in Shelby County

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Here's a list of some fun things to do in Shelby County with your Valentine :)

Gogh Crazy
Feb. 5 at 2pm

Family Valentine Silhouette Painting
Gogh Crazy
Feb. 10, 6:00 pm

Valentine's Daddy/Daughter Date Night
at Harvest Coffee & Cafe
Feb. 10, 5:30-7:30
Shop Matilda Jane and enoy dinner!

Celebrate Valentine's Day a little early and take the children to Parent's Night Out at the FAC
Feb. 10, 6-10pm
Gym, swimming, games, corn hole, Wii, board games, and more!
Parents can choose to stay if they wish!

Uniquely U Painting (adults 18+)
February 11 from 10 am to 12 pm.
Paint and instruction is free (registration required), but you do need to bring a 16 by 20 canvas.
Painting: I love you to the moon and back

Farm to Table Valentine's Dinner
at Harvest Coffee & Cafe
Feb. 11, 5:30 to 7:30 and 7:30 to 9:30

Monarch, Mutts, & Meows at Claudia Sanders is February 11. Music, Dance contest, buffet, 50/50, silent/live auctions, and more!

Celebrate GALentine's Day on Feb. 11 at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Enter to win a $250 gift card for you and one for your best pal! Shop from 1 to 4 pm and enjoy music and special treats.

Another contest happening at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is a giveaway for a romantic candlelight dinner for 2 on Valentine's Day at Johnny Rockets. Entry cards are available at the customer service desk and the drawing will be held on February 8 at 2  pm at Johnny Rockets.

We will update our list as more events are published closer to Valentine's Day! If you know of a Valentine's event to add to the list, please email!

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