Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ways to give back and help others during the holidays

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Let's help make this amazing community even better by showing love and kindness to all those in need- not just this holiday season, but all year long! Here's a few places to donate toys, clothes, or time!

The Shelby County Fire Department is collecting toys for their annual toy drive until December 17 (today!) at Fire Station 1. There are also several Toys for Tots boxes set up around town to collect new toys for children in need.

Help a child or family in need through the Angel Tree. There are several angel trees around the county that still have angels that need to be adopted. Kroger has a tree full of angels looking for food donations or gift cards. Call local churches to see if they still have angels or families in need of assistance. 

The Teen Advisory Board at the SCPL is sponsoring a Christmas Blanket Drive for Northside Early Childhood Center preschool children. They need new small, fleece blankets. There are boxes set up in the library if you would like to participate.

Crestview Care and Rehabilitation is looking for volunteers to help residents through arts, crafts, games, music, reading, and other activities. Crestview will also host small groups to include interested residents for community or religious involvement. Call Brittany Mitchell at 633-2454 to volunteer today!

Therapeutic Riding Association Inc. of Louisville (T.R.A.I.L) is located in Simpsonville and is looking for individuals who enjoy horses and working with special needs children and adults to help assist with therapeutic riding lessons. Call Nathalie Green at 876-7844 if this sounds like something that you could assist with. 

Do you knit or crochet? If so, A Place to Sleep, needs volunteers who can knit or crochet blocks for blankets. Free yarn and hooks/needles are available if needed. Contact Lynn Whittaker at 321-7116 if you can help out with this great ministry.

Ink to Skin Tattoo Studio is having a toy drive. If you bring in a $20 toy you will be given a $50 gift certificate towards a tattoo done by Joe. The deadline to donate is December 20th. 

You can donate your gently used items to Operation Care or Centro Latino on Main Street.

Shelby County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to walk, play with, and socialize with dogs and cats. Call 633-0009 to volunteer today! Tyson's Chance Animal Foundation is always looking for donations of various items. Like them on Facebook to keep up with what they are in need of the most.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby County is accepting donations for the families in need that they serve. They are always looking for mentors and community leaders to serve on their advisory board. They have mentors waiting to be matched with youth ages 7-16. If you want to be a Big Brother or Big Sister call 753-3745 or visit today!

An easy way to give back is to make sure your Kroger card is linked up to your local school, church, or nonprofit through their Community Rewards program. It's an easy way to raise money for your organization, just by shopping at Kroger and swiping your card!

I'm sure there are many other great ways to give back in Shelby County. If you know of any that you would like to add to the list, please email me at and I will gladly add it! Thank you!

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles!

If you're from Shelby County then you are probably familiar with the 'Bubble Man' who sells bubble wands that create gigantic bubbles! My family has seen him in several parking lots and at the farmer's market selling his creations, and watching in awe as the huge bubbles float high into the sky.

The weather the next few days will be perfect to get outside and blow some bubbles! You may even be able to find the Bubble Man around town to purchase some of his wands (great Christmas gift!). A friend of mine bought some wands this summer, and was given the award winning bubble soap recipe!

The Bubble Man's Guar Gum Recipe:
  • 2 tablespoons guar gum powder (xanthan gum substitute can be found at Kroger and will work too)
  • 2-4 tablespoons rubbing alcohol (you must make a guar slurry, before adding it to the water)
  • 3 gallons of HOT tap water
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 18 oz. Dawn Power Clean Platinum dish soap
In a bucket, pour 3 gallons HOT tap water and add the baking power. Mix it well, until there are no lumps. Set mixture aside. Measure the guar gum powder into a small bowl and add enough rubbing alcohol to blend it into a smooth, lump-free slurry that will pour easily. Start stirring the water in the bucket until it’s moving quickly enough to create a slight vortex in the center. At that time, pour the guar/alcohol slurry into it and continue to stir for two minutes to allow it to thicken slightly and allow the guar to hydrate. Next, gently mix in the dish soap (try to avoid foaming). Let the whole thing sit for about 15 minutes. When the bubbles are popping prematurely, the addition of a pinch of Polyethylene Oxide can have a profound effect. A small amount of sediment at the bottom is normal.

The wand can be created with pvc pipes, caps, and cotton string. I recommend purchasing some from the Bubble Man next time you see him around town! Have you seen how big those bubbles are?!

Get ready to start popping.......

*These directions were given to P. Farris by the Bubble Man. 
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Winter Break Fun in Shelby County

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It's Winter Break! Here's a few ideas of things to do around town for those needing to burn off some energy or get out of the house for a bit!

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 are supposed to be in the 60s and 70s. 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. Kids are $6 each, and parents are free now! 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! (I saw on their Facebook page that they are creating new exhibits and installing a new play feature this week- woohoo!)

Go watch a movie at Great Escape 8 Shelbyville. Did you know if you sign up to be a Regal Crown Club member (which is FREE to do) you can get popcorn for $2 every Tuesday!

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! It's never too cold for ice cream!

Check out the library's calendar! 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!

If you're looking for somewhere to drop the kids off for awhile (or most of the day) check out The Discovery Gym. They are having big kid camps and little kid camps before and after Christmas! You can register here. Don't forget to sign up starting after the New Year for their next session of gymnastics classes!

Give back to others in Shelby County! Here's some ideas on what you and your family can do to help others!

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 during Winter Break!

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! Shelby Family Fun wishes you a very joyous and safe holiday season! We'll see you again in 2016! 

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Photos with Santa in Shelby County

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It's time to bring out those cute Christmas outfits! 
Santa is making several photo-op stops in Shelby County!

Metzger's Country Store (Simpsonville)
December 5, 12 &19,  9:30-1:30
Bring family, friends, and pets to have pictures with Santa
Bring your own camera!!

Wal-Mart Pictures with Santa
December 5 & 6, 11-4
December 12 & 13, 11-4

Shelby County Library
December 6, 1-3:30
Free pictures with Santa, refreshments, music, stories, and more!

Breakfast with Santa
University of Louisville Golf Club
December 12, 9:30-11 am
Call 852-8958 for reservations or more info

Strolling Santa at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
December 12 and 19, 4-9 pm

Kroger (Shelbyville)
December 19, 11-2

Cookies and Milk with Santa
Wakefield Scearce Galleries
December 20, 1-4 pm
*Donations accepted to benefit Montgomery Family Adoption

We will continue to update our list as we learn of more places where Santa will be posing for pictures. There are a few places that haven't finalized dates/times yet. Please check back for more info! If you know of any, please email and we will gladly add it to our list. Thanks!

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Monday, November 30, 2015

7 FREE events in Shelby County this December

Everyone loves FREE! Here's a few of our favorite FREE activities going on this month in Shelby County!

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December 2 from 5-7 pm.
This class is free, but they do ask that you bring your own 16X20 canvas. Everything else, including step-by-step instructions and paint, is included. This class does require registration in advanced and is limited to 20 people. Call 633-3803 to see if there's still room. This month's painting is a personalized Christmas ornament picture!

First Saturday Walk About
December 5, 8:30-9 am
Head over to the Clear Creek Park Family Activity Center the first Saturday of the month for their monthly walk about session. Burn off some of those unwanted Thanksgiving pounds or just walk for fun! Not only is the walk free, but all participants get a FREE day pass to the FAC! I'm thinking indoor swimming fun :) If it's cold, rainy, or snowy they walk indoors!

Shelby County Christmas Parade
December 5, 10 am
Bring the family down to Main Street to enjoy a family friendly parade!

A Night in Bethlemhem: Drive Thru Nativity
December 5, 6-8 pm at Shelbyville First Baptist Church
Jump in the car and head over to Shelbyville First Baptist Church to view and hear the narration of the Christmas story. There will be over 100 live performers and animals. Free hot chocolate and cookies while supplies last!

Christmas at the Library
December 6, 1-3:30
Lots of fun Christmas activities for the family! Kids can get their picture taken with Santa, write letters to Santa, send Christmas cards to veterans, enjoy refreshments and holiday music, listen to Christmas stories, and more!

Lowe's Build and Grow
December 12, 10 am
Great time for dad (or mom) to bond with the kids while creating a free wooden project at Lowe's. This month is an adorable Christmas train engine. Register online here.

Stroller Strides
Don't let the cold winter months keep you from exercising! Bring your youngster, a stroller, and head over to Stroller Strides new indoor winter meeting spots (Oxmoor Mall and Babies R Us). They're not in Shelby County, but still not too far, especially for those like me who travel to Louisville several times a week anyway. In the warmer months they meet at the Parklands, which is even closer to Shelby County! They even met at Mulberry Farm for a free family workout a few weeks ago! Your first week of Stroller Strides is FREE! Plus, you don't have to be a member to be a part of their play dates! Check out more info by following them on Facebook here!

Frugal family fun at its finest! 
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas at the Library

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Christmas at the Shelby County Library
Sunday, December 6
1:00 to 3:30

Pictures with Santa
Holiday Music
Write letters to Santa (he may even write back!)
Write Christmas cards to Veterans
Listen to Christmas stories
Holiday giveaways

The Shelby County Library is such a beautiful place, especially around Christmas. If you've never been to Christmas at the Library, you must try to attend this year. The staff does such a wonderful job and is always so friendly. It has become an annual Christmas tradition for my family!

See other fun events happening at the Shelby County Library by clicking here!

Have you heard about their 'Uniquely U Paintings' yet? The bookmobile librarian, Amanda, will give step by step instructions on how to paint a particular painting on canvas. The class is FREE, but they ask that you bring a 16 X 20 canvas. Paint brushes and other supplies will be provided!  Their next session is December 2 from 5-7 pm. They will be painting a personalized Christmas ornament painting! 
Registration is required, call 633-3803 to save your spot! 

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Check out all the other fun Holiday events happening in Shelby County here
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Review of Johnny Rockets at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

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Johnny Rockets is open at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass! The new restaurant opened along side new stores H&M, Abercrombie, Campus Wearhouse, and Maurice's. It's all part of their Phase 2 project- which just had its ribbon cutting. My family was so excited about the opening that we went soon after they opened their doors for the first time! 

The restaurant is easily visible from I-64. It's attached to the mall itself, but stands out because it looks like a diner straight out of the 50's. That diner look and feel continues inside as well. My oldest wanted to sit at the counter, but we opted for a booth in the back. Johnny Rockets is known for shakes, but my husband and I just got water to drink (we do that at most restaurants to keep the price down). My daughters shared a strawberry shake and loved it! The restaurant is also known for their burgers. I ordered the Route 66 burger (Swiss cheese, onions, and mushrooms) and it was really good! My husband orders the Smokehouse Burger (cheese, bacon, onion rings, bbq sauce) and thought it was delicious! We shared bottomless fries, but next time are going to share the bottomless 1/2 fries & 1/2 onion ring shareable. My daughters shared a kids meal that came with 2 burgers and fries. They must have enjoyed their food because they ate most of it. They really liked when the waitress came over and gave them a small dipping bowl for their ketchup and put a smiley face in it. Check out everything else they have to offer here.

The food was good, but our favorite thing about our Johnny Rockets lunch was watching the staff dance to music. My four year old loved the synchronized dances and asked the waitress if they would dance again- and they did. The waitress asked if the girls wanted to join them, but they opted to dance in the booth instead. It made for a fun dining experience! The waitress said they are supposed to dance every half hour, but sometimes may forget or get too busy so just ask and they will try their best to oblige. 

I am so glad Johnny Rockets came to Shelby County! This is currently the only Johnny Rockets in Kentucky! The food was yummy, the staff was friendly, and the atmosphere was fun! We will be back! 

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Starbucks is Open!

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The Shelbyville Starbucks is now OPEN!
The new Starbucks is located inside the Kroger at 311 Boone Station Road. 

Hours: 6 am - 9 pm daily

Check out this deal.....November 12-15 (2-5 pm) if you buy any holiday drink, you can get one FREE! 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day Freebies!

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We are so appreciative to all the men and women who have served our county or are currently serving. We compiled a list of businesses in the Shelby County area who are honoring veterans and active military with freebies this Veteran's Day (November 11, 2015). 

Starbucks- Veterans and active duty members (and their spouses) can enjoy a free tall (12 oz) brewed hot coffee on November 11, 2015.

Harvest Coffee- Free drip coffee for veterans. 

Zaxby's- Veterans and active duty members can enjoy a free meal on November 11, 2015.

Bob Evans- Veterans and active duty members can enjoy a free menu item (hotcakes, french toast, or country biscuit breakfast) on November 11, 2015. 

Bungalow Joes- Veterans eat free November 11, 2015.

Will's Grill- Half off for Veterans November 11, 2015. 

CattlemansVeterans and active duty members can enjoy a free lunch entree (up to $10) from 11 am to 2 pm on November 11, 2015. Includes all you can eat salad, baked potato, ranch style beans, and bread.

Little Ceasars- Free $5 Hot and Ready lunch combo between 11 am and 2 pm for all veterans and active duty members on November 11, 2015. 

Tumbleweed- Veterans and active duty members can enjoy a free meal (from a special menu). 10% off discount to veterans and active duty members all day, every day!

Cracker Barrel- Free double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake on November 11, 2015 for all veterans and active duty members. 

White Castle- Free breakfast slider and small coffee/drink on November 11, 2015 for all veterans and active duty members.

 Beauty Pro's Salon & Boutique (802 Washington Street, Shelbyville)- Free haircut for veterans on November 11, 2015. Call 991-3275 for more details.

Great Clips- Veterans get a free haircut on November 11, 2015. Anyone who gets a haircut on November 11 will get a coupon for a free haircut to give to a veteran (doesn't expire until the end of the year). 

*Most of these restaurants require a proof of service or military ID to get the freebie. Some may require you to dine in to earn the freebie. There are other restaurants in the Louisville area offering free meals (Aplebees, Chilis, Hooters, IHOP, Olive Garden, Red Robin, and more).

Thank you again for your service! 

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Johnny Rockets Grand Opening & Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Come celebrate the opening of the new Johnny Rockets at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass on November 12 at 10 am! The first 50 people in line will get a special prize!

15% of sales on November 12 will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters!

Other fun opening day happenings at Johnny Rockets:
  • Food sampling
  • Visit by community leaders
  • Special prize to first 50 people in line
  • Dance off competition

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Sounds like a great day to enjoy some yummy food, find some great deals, and start getting into the holiday spirit! 
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Churchill Downs Family Adventure Day

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Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs
Presented by Kroger

Churchill Downs is the place to be Sunday, November 8! It's their last Family Adventure Day of the year!

It's a great time to have some outdoor fun before the cold winter arrives! Bring the whole family out for an  affordable day of races and family fun! Children 12 and under can enjoy over 20 kid friendly activities including pony rides, inflatables, a petting zoo, stick horse races, face painting, and more! There will also be interactive and educational activities from Kosair Children's Hospital. Your child will also have a chance to call "Riders Up!" for a real race!

Purchase Advance tickets online for $8, or $10 at the gate.
(Ticket includes admission to the racetrack, access to the new courtyard area, and a wristband for unlimited access to all family adventure day activities)

A portion of all sales goes to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital!

Go, Baby, Go!
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Best Holiday Events in Shelby County

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It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Here's a list of some of the best Holiday events in Shelby County!

November 7, 4-8 pm
Main Street, between 5th and 8th
Craft & vendor booths, music, tree lighting, food court
Don't forget to browse the stores on Main Street!

Trims & Whims Craft Show
Wright Elementary (Shelbyville)
November 7 9:30-4
November 8, 11-4

Bethesda Church Chili Supper & Auction
November 7, 5 pm
Held at Stratton Center (Washington Street)
Chili supper $7, Children under 6 are free!

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
November 12, 5-9 pm
Tree lighting, Santa, DJ, and more!
Check out their holiday shopping hours HERE!

Turkey Trot 5K (2nd leg of Shelby County Holiday Trifecta)
November 21, 8:30 am
6th & Main, Shelbyville

Family Fun Day at the library
November 21, 11 am
Activity: Family Christmas Ornaments

Light Up Simpsonville
November 21, 6 pm
Wiche Park (7026 Shelbyville Road)

Shop Small Saturday
November 28
Shop all the local shops in Shelby County!

Wakefield Scearce Galleries
Browse over 20 themed rooms for decorating ideas and gifts!
Enjoy a delicious southern cuisine at Science Hill Inn!
Call 633-2825 for lunch reservations between 10:30 and 2:00

Afternoon Teas at Bell House
December 1, 8, and 15, 2:30-4:30
Enjoy an afternoon of scones, sandwiches, treats, and hot tea!
Reservations required 437-5678

Uniquely U Painting at the Library
Paint a Personalized Christmas Ornament picture on canvas
December 2, 5-7 pm
FREE (they just ask that you bring a 16X20 canvas)
Registration required: 633-3803

CASA's Christmas in the Courtyard
December 3, 5:30-8:30
Wakefield-Scearce Galleries
Enjoy food and drinks while shopping the beautiful galleries

It's a Wonderful Life
Shelby County Community Theater
December 4-6, 10-13

A Night In Bethlehem: A Drive-Thru Live Nativity
Shelbyville First Baptist Church
December 5, 6-8 pm
View & Hear the narration of the Christmas story from the comfort of you vehicle.
Over 100 live characters & animals!
Free cookies & hot chocolate!

Christmas Dinner & Auction
Cornerstone Christian Academy
December 5, 6-9 pm
Auction includes dinner, entertainment, activities for kids, live/silent auctions
Tickets $25/adults, $15/child

Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Church
7th and Main, Shelbyville
December 6, 2 pm

Shelby County Christmas Parade
December 5, 10 am
Main Street, Shelbyville

Christmas at the Shelby County Library
December 6, 1-3:30 pm
Pictures with Santa, letters to Santa, activities, music, & more!

Festival of Trees
Amber Oaks Assisted Living Community
December 10, 4-6 pm
Santa, food, music, silent auction, Ugly Christmas Sweater contest

Lowe's Build and Grow
December 12, 10 am
Make a free wooden Christmas train

Humane Society Santa Paws 5K (3rd leg of Shelby County Holiday Trifecta)
December 12, 8-10 am
6th & Main, Shelbyville

Strolling Santa
The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
December 12 & 19, 4-9 pm
Pose for selfies with Santa

Cookies & Milk with Santa
December 20, 1-4 pm
Wakefield-Scearce Galleries
*Donations benefit Montgomery Family adoption

Check out places to get Photos with Santa in Shelby County!

Check out the new Shelby Christmas Tree Farm

Check out all the Holiday Events in and around Louisville!

Happy Holidays!

*This list will be updated regularly. If you know of any family friendly holiday events in Shelby County, please email Thank you!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

H&M set to open at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is a great place to shop! It's about to get even better.....

H&M will open its doors to the public on November 5 at noon! H&M is one of the world's largest fashion retailers. The store sells 'fashion forward apparel' at affordable prices for women and men. The new store at the outlet will also sell the H&M children's collection, which goes from newborn to 14 years old. Also available will be accessories, maternity, sports apparel, and plus size clothing.

H&M is the first fashion company to introduce a garment recycling program. Customers who visit the new store at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass can help save natural resources by donating unwanted clothing (of any brand). Customers will receive a 15% off coupon to be used on their entire next purchase for donating a bag of unwanted garments.

Help H&M kick off this great initiative! Guests who bring in unwanted garments to recycle before the store opens at noon will be entered to win gift cards (valued between $50 and $250)! They will also get their 15% off coupon.

The first 200 people in line will receive an H&M t-shirt and an 'Access to Fashion Pass' valued from $10 to $300! There will be other opening day offers and fun giveaways as well!

*Maurices opens November 6! Johnny Rockets opens November 12 (look for a post next week about their grand opening)!

Happy shopping!
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Shelby County Month in Preview- November

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Looks like Shelby County is getting in the holiday spirit this month! Check out all the fun events around town or nearby....

First Saturday Walk About
Clear Creek Park (FAC)
November 7, 8:30-9 am
All participants receive a FREE day pass to the FAC!

Shelbyville Festival of Lights
November 7, 4-8 pm
Booths, tree lighting, food court

Trims & Whims Craft Show
Wright Elementary (Shelbyville)
November 7 9:30-4
November 8, 11-4

Tractor Pull (Waddy)
Waddy Ruritan Club
November 7, 10 am
Public welcome, $5 admission

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
November 12, 6:30-9
Tree lighting, Santa, DJ, and more!

Family Fun Night- Dabbling in the Arts
November 13, 6-8 pm
Call 633-4593 to register, $2/person

3rd Annual Persimmon Ridge Art Show
November 14, 1-5 pm
Arts & Crafts by neighborhood arts, refreshments, socializing, & shopping!
Located in the Persimmon Ridge Clubhouse

Lowe's Build & Grow
November 14, 10 am
Build a pullback car for FREE!

Lazy T Farms LLC Open House, Shelbyville
New riding lesson program
Raffles, free trail rides, hot chili and cider
November 14
Call 502-930-5551 for more info.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints starts open parties!
November 14
See schedule here!

Mommy & Me Zumba at Fit for Life
November 16, 6 pm
Call 647- 7867 to register
$7 total for mommy & child

Turkey Trot 5K (2nd leg of Shelby County Holiday Trifecta)
November 21, 8:30 am

Family Fun Day at the library
November 21, 11 am
Family Christmas Ornaments

Light Up Simpsonville
November 21, 6 pm

Shop Small Saturday
November 28
Shop all the local shops in Shelby County!

House of Boom
Family Night
Every Monday from 6-9 pm
$35 for the whole family to jump!

Don't forget to check out the new indoor playground Kaleidoscope on those colder days!

Have a month of memory making fun in Shelby County!

*This list will be updated regularly. If you know of any events please email

Visit for happenings in the Louisville metro area and to explore the state!
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

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 or $5 cash (each location may be different). All you do is bring in at least a sandwich size bag full of candy (no chocolate) to any Mortenson, Braces Braces Braces, or Kid's Dentistree the first week in November. Mortenson then sends all the candy to troops through Operation Gratitude.

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 some of the candy for stocking stuffers or gifts. My daughter's birthday is in December, so we save some for goody bags (or a pinata).

If your children are like mine, they may not like every kind of candy. That's when we sort what they like and what they don't like. Guess who gets to take the unwanted candy to work for his office buddies....daddy!

What does your family do to control the candy overload this time of year?

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints in Shelbyville

Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints started about a year ago when two sisters, Trish Stancik and Barb Helton, decided to share their joy of painting with people all over Shelby County. They decided to help people learn to paint and have fun at the same time through traveling painting parties. They come to your home or business and help you and your guests paint a beautiful picture on canvas. They supply the canvas, brushes, paint, and easels. You just need to supply the tables, chairs, and water. They continue to do traveling parties, but have now opened up a studio at 813 Taylorsville Road in Shelbyville and will be able to have classes there that anyone can register for!

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New Studio in Shelbyville 

Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints will start hosting open painting parties every other weekend in this new studio space. You can check their website for a schedule and description of what they will be painting. Check out the paintings for November and December here! Two hour classes are $30, three hour classes are $45. Space is limited, call 502-379-3972 to register.

They are still traveling as well throughout the week and on the weekends they aren't having the open parties at the studio. Private parties do require a minimum of 8 people. The cost will depend on the difficulty of the painting chosen. These are perfect for birthdays, bridal/baby showers, business parties, church events, holiday parties, bachelorette parties, etc.

I've done a few of these paintings in Louisville, and am SO excited that I can stay local now! Be sure to like them on Facebook!

Happy Painting!

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Mulberry Orchard's Light the Night Corn Maze

 photo 0919151249-2_zpset8jqsdf.jpgThere are several corn mazes around, but how many of them are you allowed to go into at night?! Mulberry Orchard in Shelbyville has added an extra thrill to their corn maze by allowing people to do just that tonight during their Light the Night Corn Maze event. Make sure you bring your flashlights (they're required) and head over to 1330 Mulberry Pike! You and your family can try to make your way through their maze using only the moon light and your flashlight. How fun! And as an added bonus- when you do make your way to the exit there will be a bonfire waiting! Bonfires are a fall staple! My daughter's love to roast marshmallows and sit around the fire telling not so scary stories. Mulberry will have everything you need for s'mores available to purchase, or you can pick something else up from their yummy kitchen- apple cider, doughnuts, snacks, etc.

The weather is going to be perfect, the staff is the friendliest around, and the orchard itself is a beautiful place to spend this Fall night! Go have some fun and make memories that will last forever!

For more info on the Light the Night event, click here.

October 23, 2015
$5/person, children 5 and under FREE! 
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Friday, October 16, 2015

Clear Creek Greenway Trail

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Clear Creek Greenway Phase 1 is now complete! Put your walking shoes on or grab your bike and check out this one mile paved path. It's a perfect time to enjoy the cool, crisp weather and admire the changing colors of the leaves! This new trail is a peaceful and scenic path along the creek and under several bridges.You can enter the trail at Stratton Bottom Park on N. 2nd Street or off N. 7th Street.  Phase 2 and 3 will continue once funding has been provided. 

Happy hiking! 

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall Crafts for Kids

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My children love to do crafts, and I love to display them around the house! I'm all about the simple crafts that are easy on the wallet. Below are some that we have done so far this season.

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Hand Print Fall Tree!
Canvas (or paper)

Paint the child's hand and arm brown for the tree trunk. Place their panted arm and hand on the canvas/paper. Children then use their fingers to make fingerprint leaves on their tree. Mine decided to make a leaf pile also.

Nature Collection Collage!
Clear Contact Paper
Bag for collecting items from your nature walk
Hole punch
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Let each child hold a bag as you go on a nature walk to collect items. Items to find could include leaves of various colors and sizes, grass, flowers, twig, clovers, and anything else that catches the child's eye. Bring the bag back inside and let the child cover their contact paper with everything they found. Put another piece of contact paper over it to keep everything in place. Put a hole in the top and tie a string through it.
*You could give the children a list of items to find outside and make a scavenger hunt out of it!

Pine Cone Chick!
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Pine Cone
Pipe Cleaners

Find a pine cone. Cut and twist pipe cleaners to look like feet and glue them on the bottom. Glue the eyes on. Make a beak out of paper (or more pipe cleaners) and glue those on. You could also glue feathers on. Hot glue guns work best to hold the items on, but be very careful using it around the children because it gets very hot!

Fun with leaves!

Let the children find leaves and draw faces on them! Simple and easy, but lots of fun!
Leaf rubbings are also very simple and fun!
Letting the children paint leaves and make prints!
You can also cut the middle out of a paper plate and let children glue leaves of various colors and sizes around the plate to make a homemade wreath!

Painting Pumpkins!

My daughter LOVES to paint anything, but pumpkins are one of her absolute favorite things to paint. It's an easy and safe alternative to carving them (we try to carve one or two also). If you're feeling extra creative you can glue feathers, jewels, beads, etc. on the pumpkin also. Give the kids some paint and supplies and let them use their imagination!

What is your favorite Fall craft?

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Lots 4 Tots Kids Consignment Sale in Shelbyville

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Source: Lots4Tots Facebook

The Lots 4 Tots Kids Consignment Sale is this week in Shelbyville! Items for sale include Fall & Winter clothes and accessories, toys, cribs & bedding, strollers, swings, and any other clean child related items! 

Thursday and Friday 10am-6pm 
Saturday 8am-5pm (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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Monday, October 5, 2015

Awesome Outdoor Products Open House Event

This is a sponsored post.

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Awesome Outdoor Products Fall open house event!
 October 10th from 10am- 2pm 
13720 Aiken Road in Louisville

Food, Games, Local Vendors, and FUN!

Play for FREE in the playset showroom- where there will be 7 large Rainbow play system playsets up and ready for children to use! They will also have Step 2 toys, cars and trains, pop-up basketball, and more!

If you're in the market for a new playset- you won't want to miss this event. There will be Display Sales and Play Set specials!

Like them on Facebook to stay updated on other fun events and sales! 

Did you know they have pay and play?
Pay $7 and let your child play on the play sets and other toys in the showroom!
Perfect for the cold weather coming up!

Monday-Friday 10-5
Saturday 10-2

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shelby County Month in Preview- October

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 Be sure to check out all the fun Halloween & Trick-or-Treating Events happening this month!

We have updated our Fall Festivals list!

Have fun picking pumpkins in Shelby County!

Other fun events this month:

Blessing of the Animals
October 3
Shelby County Humane Society- 10 am
Shelby County Animal Shelter- 11:30

Sheiks & Shrieks Fall Horse Show
October 3
Shelby County Fairgrounds

Shelby County Community Theater present Disney's Alice In Wonderland Jr.
October 2, 3, 8, 9, 10- 7:30
October 4 and 11- 2:30
Reservations: 633-0242

Lots 4 Tots Consignment Sale
October 8-9, 10 am- 6 pm
October 10, 8 am- 5 pm
Shelby County Fairgrounds- Floral Hall Building

Monster Dash 5K
Shelby County Fairgrounds
October 10, 7:30-10am

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
(not really a family event, but helpful to know about)
October 10, 9-2
120 Midland Blvd. (Former Winn Dixie/Peddlers Mall)

Dog Days at Metzger's 
October 10, 10-2
Blessing of the animals, costume & talent contests, & More!

Lowe's Build and Grow
Project- Haunted Birdhouse
October 10, 10am

Awesome Outdoor Products
FREE open house/open play
October 10, 10-2

Library Family Fun Day- "Fun with Paint"
October 17, 11-Noon

Exotic Animals Day at Metzger's
October 17, 9-2

Pajama Fun Walk & Run 
To beniefit A Place To Sleep
October 24, 10-2
Clear Creek Park

Illusionist Joseph Young
October 24 at 6 pm at Heritage Elementary
October 25 at 11 am at Clayvillage Baptist
Free and open to the public

Shelby County Farmer's Market
Shelby County Fairgrounds
Saturday 8-12, Wednesday 3-6pm

Live Music 
Talon Winery
Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays 4-7pm

House of Boom
Family Night
Every Monday from 6-9 pm
$35 for the whole family to jump!

Don't forget to check out the new indoor playground Kaleidoscope!

Have a month of memory making fun in Shelby County!

*This list will be updated regularly. If you know of any events please email

Visit for happenings in the Louisville metro area and to explore the state!
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Halloween Events / Trick or Treating in Shelby County

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Halloween is a fun time for children and adults! Here is a list of some Shelby County Halloween events for the kids, families, and even some geared towards adults!

Shelby County Monster Dash 5K
Shelby County Fairgrounds
October 10, 7:30-10 am
Register Today!

Lowe's Build & Grow
Make a free haunted birdhouse!
October 10, 10 am

Shelby Horse Trails Open House & Costume Contest
October 10, Noon-5
Free pony rides, treats for the kids
$10 entry fee for costume contest

Civil War Ghost Stories
Shelby County Public Library
October 15, 6-7 pm

Halloween Bash at JCTC Shelby Campus
October 16, 5-7 pm
Trick or Treating for the kids!
For more info call 502-213-3600

Mulberry Orchard's Light the Night
Bonfire & corn maze by flashlight
October 17 & 23, 6:30-8:30

2nd Annual Trunk or Treat at Martinrea
October 18, 2:30-6 pm
Trick or treating (no age limit), games, food

Kid's Pumpkin Painting Contest at Wal-Mart
4 to 8 year olds 9-10 am
9 to 13 year olds 10:30-11:30 am
Pumpkins & paint provided!

Trick or Treat Trail
Red Orchard Park
October 24, 5-7 pm

Treats & Tailgating
Simpsonville Christian Church
October 25, 5-7 pm

Trunk or Treat at Simpsonville Baptist
October 28, 6:15-7:30 pm

Pumpkin Party
October 28, 6-8 pm
Shelbyville First Baptist Church

Paranormal Investigation (guest speaker)
Shelby County Public Library
October 29, 7-8 pm

Village Plaza's Annual Safe Trick or Treat
October 30, 3-5 pm

Shelby County Fire Department
(200 Alpine Drive, Shelbyville)
Halloween-themed Open House
October 30, 6:30-8:30

Froggy's Safe Trick or Treat Street
October 30, 5-7 pm
6th Street (between Main & Washington)

Howl-O-Ween Party at Tyson's Chance
October 31, 8pm
Shelbyville Country Club (21+, costumes optional, $10 at the door)

Kroger (Shelbyville)
October 31, 2-4 pm
Candy and activity stations for the kids

Trick or Treating at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
October 31, 2-5 pm
Face painting, balloon art, coloring, candy!

Kaleidoscope Halloween Costume Party
October 31
Door prizes, costume contests, games, & more!

Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat
First Christian Church, Shelbyville
October 31, 2-4 pm

Halloween celebration in Waddy
Waddy Ruritan Club
October 31, 6-8 pm

Halloween Walk with the Animals
Salato Wildlife Center (Frankfort)
October 31, Noon - 5 pm

Library Story Time
Halloween Week
Wear costumes, read Fall/Halloween stories, do a fun craft!

Check out all the Halloween Events in Louisville!

Don't forget to check out the updated Fall Festivals list! 

*The neighborhood Trick or treating time for Shelby County is 5-7 pm.

We will continue to update this list as dates/times become available for other events. If you know of any other Halloween events in Shelby County, please email and we will gladly update our list! Thanks!

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Starbucks in Shelbyville

Update- Starbucks will open November 9, 2015!

Starbucks is coming to Shelbyville! We've heard talk about it for months, but work has officially started this week! The new Starbucks will be inside the Kroger at 311 Boone Station Road. Work is scheduled to be complete sometime around the middle of November....just in time for those yummy holiday drinks :)

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We still LOVE our local coffee shops and won't forget about them :)
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground in Shelbyville

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Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground is located at 525 Main Street in Shelbyville! My daughters and I recently spent a few hours checking the place out- we had a blast! The cost is $6 per child. They do have yearly memberships that includes unlimited play for the entire family for one year as well as discounts at their restaurant, Laughing Leo, and some of the programs they offer! Remember to bring socks! I forgot and had to purchase a few pairs for $1 each.

On the first floor is a giant jungle gym play feature. It kept the attention of my two young daughters for quite awhile. Across from that structure is a horizontal rock wall! Definitely fun to attempt, though we weren't very good. Behind the steps was a train table. Speaking of steps, be sure to check out the Super Slide that takes you from the second floor back down to the first. My girls were too scared, but I heard it's super fast! I need one of those in my house ;)

 photo 0921151211 1_zpssax3asso.jpg photo 0921151210 1_zpsawcpttlp.jpg We climbed the colorful steps to the second floor to find a retro kitchen and play food. I liked how they had adult size seats set up next to it that allowed us to play "restaurant". Upstairs there were also two music areas- one that used pvc pipes and flip flops to make sound and the other was made with various household items like buckets. After playing kitchen and making music, we made our way to the lego room. It wasn't a huge room, but there were tons of legos! They had a long table with stools that allowed children (and adults) plenty of room to build. We probably spent the majority of our time in the lego room. My daughters loved putting the different pieces together to make minifigs. We probably made over 30 different ones! The room next to the lego room is larger with tables and chairs set up. One of the workers pulled out some coloring books, paper, crayons, markers, etc. and the children spent some time coloring.

They also have a large ball room upstairs where they have classes- karate, dance, yoga, music, etc. If you are interested in any of these give them a call!  They also do birthday parties! Inside the ballroom was a large bounce house that is used during busy hours and on weekends!

 photo 0921151236_zpshhag5bhg.jpgThe staff was super nice! They walked around and engaged with the visitors, kept everything clean and organized, and one even sat and played legos with my youngest daughter for over 30 minutes! They also had  nice seating areas set up on both floors for parents to sit down and relax while the children play.

 photo 0921151332_zpsjwsl37di.jpgLaughing Leo's is a restaurant set up in the back of the first floor. We decided to take a break from playing to check it out. I was surprised at the variety they offered on their menu- appetizers, salads, hamburgers, hot dogs, spaghetti, etc. We went straight for dessert and split a hot fudge sundae! Yum! Patrons that have the yearly membership save 10% at Laughing Leos! The tables were covered with paper so they could be colored on and the wall on one side of the restaurant was a chalkboard that could be reached from the booth. Very helpful in keeping the children busy until the ice cream came!

Overall, we had a really fun time. The kids stayed busy for over 2 hours! I love how there is no time limit like some places have! We could have played all day :) The staff was super friendly. It's a great addition to Shelby County- especially during those colder months when you want to be indoors! The classes look like they'll be great also!  :)

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Sunday 11am-4pm

For more information on the membership (which has lots of other perks besides the unlimited play) and classes call 437-2261 or check them out on Facebook.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fall Family Bucket List for Shelby County

My family just wrote our Fall Bucket List! Below is a list of all the fun things we're excited to do this season!

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Enjoy one of the many Fall Festivals in the area- Simpsonville, Bagdad, Finchville, Southville!

Enjoy the Fall festivities every weekend at Gallrein Farms!

Tour 10 farms for FREE on the Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour!

Go camping at Lake Shelby!

Let the dog have some fun too and attend Woofstock!

Try to find your way through a dark corn maze at Mulberry Orchard's Light the Night! Enjoy a fun bonfire afterwards!

Dress in glow gear and walk/run the Neon Nite and then dress like a monster and walk/run the Monster Dash 5K!

Party on Main Street with the Car Cruise & Street Party Concert (Shop on Main Street first, of course)!

Do fun Fall crafts with the kids! Carve our pumpkins!

Dress in fun costumes and enjoy some Halloween fun around town (stay tuned, fun list to be published at the beginning of October)!

What's on your family bucket list for Fall?
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Neon Nite 5K

Are you ready to GLOW?
Get a team together and let your glow show!

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Neon Nite
Run, Walk & Stroller Roll
Saturday, September 26
The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

The Neon Nite Run is a night time run, jog, walk & stroller roll for participants, groups and families of all ages and abilities. We are about having a great night time experience without focusing on how fast you can complete a 5K.

Register online TODAY at 
Register By: 9/23/15!
Register early! Once we reach 1,000 participants, registration will be closed!

Entry Fee:
Individual: $29 per person
Group of 5-9: $25 per person
Group of 10 or more: $20 per person

(There is no charge for passengers in strollers. However, glow gear will not be made available to stroller passengers)

Registered participants will get cool glow gear, a t-shirt, and lot of fun! Prizes for the glowiest, a DJ and an After Glow Party!

Race Packet Pick Up:
Noon -8:30 pm on September 26th race day (at the fireplace outside Taqueria Tsunami)

Pre Glow-Run Party starts at 8:45 pm. Run starts at 9:15 pm. 

Questions: Call Simpsonville Parks & Recreation (502) 722-8793 
Email questions:

Be sure to spread the word- the more we glow, the more Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby County can grow!
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Churchill Downs Family Adventure Day

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Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs
Presented by Kroger

Churchill Downs is the place to be on Sunday, September 27 & Sunday, November 8!

Come enjoy an affordable day of races and family fun! Children 12 and under can enjoy tons of kid friendly activities including pony rides, inflatables, a petting zoo, stick horse races, face painting, and more! There will also be interactive and educational activities from Kosair Children's Hospital. Your child will also have a chance to call "Riders Up!" for a real race!

Purchase Advance tickets online for $8, or $10 at the gate.
(Ticket includes admission to the racetrack, access to the new courtyard area, and a wristband for unlimited access to all family adventure day activities)

$1 of all sales goes to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital!

Go, Baby, Go!
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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!

Gallrein Farms

 photo 0924151201_zps854rtmsc.jpg Fall fun at Gallrein Farms starts September 19th as they host the Fall Extravaganza and the Mighty Pumpkin 5K! They will be open from 10 am to 6 pm on that day, and a portion of the proceeds from opening day will go to support local charities! They will continue to have fun activities every weekend until October 31st. 

Weekend activities include:
  • Hay rides to the pumpkin patch
  • Pony rides
  • Barrel train rides
  • Jump pillows 
  • Music & Food 
  • Corn maze
  • Pedal tractors
  • Bounce house
  • Petting Zoo
*The petting zoo is free of charge, but the other activities will cost extra. Hay rides are $2/person this year.

Monday-Saturday 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 1 to 5 pm

Mulberry Orchard

Mulberry Orchard has FREE hayrides to the pumpkin patch on the weekends. They also offer a FREE corn maze and playground (super slide, swings, tires, tunnels, and more) when opened! 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!

 photo 1008151211_zpsnckqh4wi.jpgLight the Night events (bonfire and corn maze by flashlight) are tentatively set for October 17 and 23 from 6:30-8:30! See info from Light the Night 2014 here.

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!

Both of these farms are also on the Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour on September 19!

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour

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Shelby Co. Good Neighbors Farm Tour

The Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour is September 19, 2015. From 9 am to 4 pm your family can enjoy 10 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, Harvest Coffee & Cafe, or Metzger's County Store.

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). I believe they have a children's prize this year as well :)

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Shelby Co. Good Neighbors Farm Tour
The 2015 tour includes these farms/businesses:
1. Flowers Farm, LLC
2. Lettleiki Icelandics, LLC at Swallowland Farm
3. Tipton Dairy
4. Mulberry Orchard
5. Hornback Farms
6. Gallrein Farms
7. Blues End Farm
8. Coop's Rockies Farm
9. Walnut Ridge
10. Alpaca Haven Farm of Ky

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.
You can scan the QR code on the brochure to get directions to each location on your smart phone.

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.

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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