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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Monday, March 13, 2017

Easter Egg Hunts around Shelby County

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Here's a list of some fun Easter events around town- for parents and kids!
 

Easter Egg Decorating Workshop for Kids at Dogwood Art Gallery
April 8, 11am-2pm
$10 per child, $15 for 2 siblings
RSVP 437-5152

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
April 8 at the Family Activity Center
10am- Children 6 and under
11am- Children 7-14
$8 per child if preregistered before the event
$10 per child if registered at the door

Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
April 8, 11am- 2pm
Visit with the Easter Bunny (bring your camera)!
Special goodie bag for the first 100 kids who meet the Easter Bunny
(5 lucky winners will find a Golden Egg in their bag that will be redeemable for a $25 Outlet Shoppes gift card!)

Clay Street Baptist Church
April 8, 11:30-1:30

Holy Cross Lutheran Egg Hunt
April 8, 1pm
Community is invited to come find 2,000 eggs!

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

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

Faith Pointe Church Easter Egg Hunt (709 Mt. Eden Road)
April 15, 11-1
Children's games, bounce house, gift card drawing for adults, and more!

Olive Branch UMC Egg Hunt
April 15, 1-3 pm
6383 Zaring Mill Road
Over 1,000 eggs! Easter Bunny visit!
Ages 1-12

First Christian Church (Shelbyville)
April 15, 2-4 pm

Salem Baptist Church
April 15, 4pm
Egg hunt, devotional, crafts, sandwich/chip supper

Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground
April 15, all day
Eggs will be hidden periodically throughout the day for children of all ages to find.
Stay and play all day for $6!
Don't forget to enjoy lunch at Laughing Leos while you're there :)

Centenary United Methodist Church
April 15, 1 to 2:30
Colonel Sanders Pavilion at Clear Creek Park


Shelby County Public Library Story Time
Easter/Spring themed stories, craft, egg hunt
During regular story time hours Easter week!
Each family is asked to bring 12 filled eggs if possible.



We will continue to update our list as we learn of more family friendly Easter egg hunts around Shelby County. If you know of any, please email Kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will gladly add it to the list. Thanks!


Have a 'hoppy' Easter!
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Lots 4 Tots Kids Consignment Sale

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Source: Lots4Tots Facebook

The Lots 4 Tots Kids Consignment Sale is coming up in Shelbyville!
Items for sale include Spring & Summer clothes and accessories, toys, cribs & bedding, strollers, swings, and any other clean child related items! 

Thurdsay, March 16 10am-8pm 
Friday, March 17 10am-8pm
Saturday, March 18 9am-7pm (many items 1/2 price) 

The sale will take place in the Floral Hall Building at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.


Like their page on Facebook to see pictures from this years sale!

Happy Shopping!



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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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