Sunday, August 16, 2020

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 Fall Hours:
Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm
Sundays 12 - 5 pm

Fall Fun on the weekend. Activities include:
  • 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)
  • Straw activities (Free)
  • and more.....see info here.
You need tickets for all of the activities listed that are not free. 
*Each ticket is $1. You can purchase a bracelet for $15 that would allow for unlimited activities (except for pony rides and apple cannon)! 

Mulberry Orchard has free hayrides to their pumpkin patch on the weekends. They also offer a farm park full of fun with a soybean maze, corn play bus, and playground (super slide, swings, tires, tunnels, and more). They have fall fun family passes for $20 for unlimited access in October - see other options on their website. 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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Tuesdays - 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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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Mulberry Orchard

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Mulberry Orchard is a family farm in Shelbyville run by Matt and Amanda Gajdzik. It is located at 1330 Mulberry Pike. They have a market with farm fresh produce such as squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and juicy peaches in the summer. They grow 15 varieties of peaches and 17 varieties of apples! They hope to have u-pick in the future when the trees are more mature. They also sell local honey, eggs, preserves, jellies, freezer chicken and pork, beef jerky, and unique gifts. 

 photo IMG_2071_zpsdpmxou4q.jpgMulberry has a covered picnic area where you can enjoy some of the yummy food they have to offer. They sell an array of lunch items and delicious treats like apple cider doughnuts and fried apple/peach pies! The picnic tables are conveniently located near a children's play area that includes a huge slide, swings, large tractor tires, a corn bus, tunnels and lots of room to run. It's a great place to have lunch, relax, and let the kids be kids! 

In the Fall, visitors can enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn mazes, and special events.

This family farm in Shelbyville is also the perfect place for an educational school trip or group tour! It's $7 per student and a great way to show kids first-hand what happens on a farm.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

5 Tips for Families Visiting Churchill Downs

 photo FAD-1_zpsp2hw74oa.jpgChurchill Downs is such a fun and exciting place to visit- and not just on the first Saturday in May! We've compiled a list of 5 Tips for Families Visiting Churchill Downs! 

1. Churchill Downs has Family Adventure Days coming up! Not only will there be live horse racing, but lots of fun kid-friendly activities! There will be inflatables, a petting zoo, stick horse races, face painting, pony rides, and more!

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

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

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

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

Go Baby Go! 

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Fish Fry List for Shelby County

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It's Fish Fry time! We'll update our list as we learn of more throughout the Lenten season. 

Lent for the year 2019 is celebrated/observed from March 6 through April 18. Therefore, most of these Fish Fries will be on Fridays March 8 - April 12 with some variation depending on the church or organization.
Dine in or carry out

Church of the Annunciation (201 Main Street)

Finchville Fish Fry at the Finchville Ruritan Club
5 to 8 pm
Carry outs are available

All Saints (Taylorsville)
5-7 pm in Parish Hall

There's a great fish fry in Simpsonville also, here's the link for dates and info.

Click here to check out the HUGE fish fry list for Louisville! 

We will update our list throughout the Lenten season!
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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Valentine's Day in Shelby County

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

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Gogh Crazy has several events for Valentine's Day from string art to special deals.
Check out their Facebook page for events - click here

Valentine Creations - Cards and Cookies - Saturday, February 9 from 1:30-3:30 pm. Design your own cards and enjoy some cookies! Just $5 per family.

Enjoy a special dinner at Science Hill with your own special someone! February 14th starting at 5:30pm. They have a unique menu just for Valentine's Day. 

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Friends of the parks logo contest

The Shelby County Parks Foundation is starting at "Friends of the Parks" program and would like a local youth to design the logo. 

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The contest is open to any youth in Shelby, Spenser or Henry counties ages 18 and under. 

The image below gives you all of the details you need for creating and submitting the design. Act fast! The deadline is Friday, January 11!
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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!

Now through the end of the year, beautifully decorated
Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

Friday, December 14, 5-8pm.

November 17, 6:30
Lights, Santa, Chili, Hot Chocolate, Performances

November 25, 9am-2:30pm
Shelby County Fairgrounds
Food, crafts, decorations

Saturday, December 1, 1 PM
Annunciation Catholic Church

December 2, 10am
"12 Days of Christmas"

Shelbyville First Baptist Church
December 1, 6-8 pm

Various dates and times. Reservations required - some dates sold out!

December 7, 6:30-8:30
$20 per builder at the door/$15 if preregistered by Dec. 2
All supplies provided, Santa, hot chocolate, and more!

Cornerstone Christian Academy
December 8, 6 pm
Tickets: Adults/$35 Children/$15

Shelby County Community Theatre
November 29 - December 2, December 6-9.

Have a joyous Holiday Season! 
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Simpsonville Winter Basketball and Cheer

The City of Simpsonville Parks and Recreations department offers youth basketball and cheer throughout winter. 

A great opportunity for Shelby County kids to be active this winter!
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Pre-K to 7th Grade
$75 - uniform included
Weekly practice
Season starts 12/3 and ends in February
You must register by 11/27/18

Pre-K to 4th Grade
$75 - uniform included
Weekly practice and halftime performances at games
Season starts 12/3 and ends in February
You must register by 11/27/18

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Weekend Fun for Shelby County Families

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Here are some fun ideas for October 19-21

There's an indoor farmer's market at Bourbon Kitchen on Saturday, click here for details.

Trunk or treat at First Christian Church of Shelbyville, Saturday 2-4pm. Click here

Check out the Simpsonville Farmer's Market - open Saturday 9am -1pm.

On Saturday there's a Family Fun Fest at Shelbyville Wesleyan Church from 4-6pm. Free! Check out what fun they will have by clicking here

Free pancake breakfast on Sunday at the Stratton Center! Meet some candidates and enjoy some pancakes. Starts at 11am. 

Want to go pumpkin picking? Check out this list!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Halloween Events in Shelby County

Here is a list of some Shelby County Halloween events for families.

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Halloween is a fun time for children and parents! 

Waddy Fire Dept Community Children's Halloween Party
at the Waddy Fire Dept
October 13, 6-8 pm
Trick or treat, games, food, and more!
Dress in costume if you'd like, costume judging takes place at 7 pm.

Trunk or Treat 
First Christian Church of Shelbyville
October 20, 2-4pm
Lots of activities for the kids

Halloween Walk with the Animals
Salato Wildlife Center (Frankfort)
October 27, 12 - 4 pm

Halloween Festival at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
October 27, 3 - 5 pm
For children 12 and under, accompanied by a supervising adult. Enjoy face painting, balloon art, games, photo op & more! While supplies last.

Trunk or Treat at Shelby Christian Church
October 31 6-8 pm in their parking lot

Trunk or Treat at Shelbyville First Baptist 
October 31 6:30-8:30 pm

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

Don't forget to check out our list of Halloween events in Louisville

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 and we will gladly update our list! Thanks!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour 2018

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The Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour is September 15, 2018. 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!

On the day of the tour pick up your Farm Passport at one of the following three locations: Shelby County Farmer's Market, Simpsonville Farmer's Market or any participating farm to pick up a map.

 photo shelby farm tour2_zps7wptrfm1.jpg 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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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Summer Send Off - Labor Day Event

Want to go to camp on Labor Day? 

 photo IMG_3256_zpsgeza52gm.jpgThe Summer Send Off with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana will bring families together for camp fun on Labor Day. The event is September 3 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 has raised enough funds to cover hundreds of 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. 
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  • 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!

This 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 past events:

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