Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring Break Day Trips around Shelby County

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Take a day trip to somewhere within an hours drive of Shelby County....


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.


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!

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Kart Kounty

Check out this huge list of fun free/cheap ideas of things to do around Louisville during Spring Break!

Bullitt County:

Visit Bernheim Forest for their Spring Break Adventure Week. Daily drop in activities and guided nature hikes for all ages from 11 am- 3pm each day. And it's FREE!

Rev up your engines as your race around the lap at Kart Kountry.

If you're willing to travel a little farther, check out Louisville Family Fun's list of 15 Spring Break Destinations within a 3 Hour Drive!

If you don't feel like driving much over the break then you'll want to check out our list of fun things to do in Shelby County over Spring Break!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Break Camps in Shelby County

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$35/day, $25/day for siblings- includes lunch and snack
9-4 (extended hours available)
Science, music, field trips, dance, drama, games, & more!
Call 437-2261 for more info!

Big Kid Camp (K-6th grade)
$28/day or $125/week 7-5:30

Little Kid Camp (ages 3-5)
T/Th or M/W 9-1 $40

$15/day per child
Children swim daily!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Commonwealth Smoothie & Supplement Company

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Commonwealth Smoothie is the newest Shelbyville business to open their doors. It is located at 998 Brooks Industrial Road, next to Bourbon Barrel Cross Fit. I stopped by to check it out and grab one of their healthy drinks. I decided to go with the #4 Hawaiian Berry Bear Crawl. It was so delicious and refreshing! The taste and price was very comparable to other smoothie shops I frequent when in Louisville. So glad we have a local smoothie shop- shop small, shop local, shop Shelby!

I must admit, I was a little hesitant to go in at first because I thought it was mainly for people working out next door or those needing supplements, but the workers were very friendly and welcoming. They really took the time to talk to me about the different drink choices- and they said they are working on more drink combinations to add to their menu before their grand opening in a few weeks! Today they added strawberry-mango...mmmmm! I will definitely be back- soon!

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Their grand opening is set for April 1, but you can go on and stop by today! 

Monday through Friday 5-9
Saturday 8-9
Sunday 10:30-8

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Free Ice Cream Cone!

Head to Dairy Queen today for FREE Cone Day! 
Donations accepted for Children's Miracle Network Hospital!

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort

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Salato Wildlife Center is the perfect place to spend an afternoon without breaking the bank. It's not too far from Shelby County, located off US 60, in Frankfort.

They have lots of informative, interactive inside exhibits. My youngest daughter loves all the fish! They have great outdoor exhibits as well! Some of their animals on exhibit outside include a black bear, bobcats, birds, deer, bison, and more! Many of the animal exhibits have something fun for the kids to 'play' on....a huge eagles nest, a bear trap tunnel, eggs, etc. It's a very fun, interactive center, both inside and out!

There are also fishing lakes, hiking trails, and picnic areas on the property. My daughters and I don't fish, but we like to sit by the lake or walk out on the little dock and watch other people fish. It's also fun to watch the ducks and geese. It is such a beautiful place!

Salato has lots of meet and greets throughout the year where visitors can get even closer to the animals and learn more about them. Like them on facebook to keep up to date with these events.

Adults $4
Children (5-18) $2
Children under 5 FREE

Days and hours of admission
Tuesday- Friday 9-5
Saturday 10-5
Closed Sunday & Monday

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Spring Festivals

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Updated! Easter Egg Hunts in Shelby County

March Madness at Main Source Bank
March 17, 11-4
Free Papa Johns Pizza, Free chips and salsa from Tsunamis, prizes, $5 bracket game!

I Shop Shelby Community Showcase
March 19, 10-3pm at Shelby County High School
Over 50 vendor booths, concessions, entertainment, & prizes!
Free and open to the public!

Bunny Day
Red Orchard Park
March 26, 10-12
Egg hunt, arts and crafts, visit from the bunny, & more!

The FAC's 16th Anniversary Celebration
March 30!
  • Free admission
  • Door prizes
  • Open Swim
  • Open Gym
  • Giveaways
  • Free food
  • Free classes

Shelby Trails Park Grand Opening
April 2, 10-3 pm
Face Painting, pony rides, nail salon, food truck, & more!

Earth Day Celebration at Red Orchard Park
April 16, 10 am to 2 pm

Health and Fitness Fun Day
Family Activity Center
April 30, 9-Noon
Door prices, bike giveaways, & more!

Community Cook-Out to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week
May 3, 5:30-7:30 at Fred Wiche Park
May 4, 11:30-1:30 on the lawn next to the court house
Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and dessert!
Free event, but donations will be accepted to support Simpsonville Parks & Rec Scholarship Program and Shelby County Backpack Program!

Bagdad Days
May 13-15 at Bagdad Baptist Church
May 13- VBS for kids 5:30, dinner at 6, live auction at 7
May 14- 5K, pancake breakfast, parade, vendors, pageant, music, food, & Bagdad's Biggest Banana Split
May 15- Service at 11 followed by picnic
For more info, visit or call 386-1763 (Amy)

We will continue to update our list as we learn of other Spring festivals! If you know of any, please email and we will gladly add it to our list! Thanks!

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Free Fun in March

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Take a much deserved break and drop the kiddos off at the Family Activity Center for Gym & Swim
On March 11 from 6-10 pm, kids in 1st through 5th Grade can enjoy food, games, and lots of fun! The best part is....the first 50 kids are FREE! It's $5 per kid after that!

Get artistic at the library on March 11 for their monthly Uniquely U Painting. This month's painting will be a Spring Scene. Last time I checked they were having two classes, 2-4 pm & 5-7 pm, to accommodate the growing interest. This class is free, but participants must be 18 or over and must bring 16X20 canvas. Registration is required (limited to 20 people), call 633-3803 today!

This month's Lowe's Build and Grow project is a Monster Jam Monster Truck and will be March 12 at 10 am. They're also having a special Thursday night clinic on March 24 at 7 pm. My family loves these!

March 19 at 11 am, the library is having their Family Fun Day! This month they will have a special guest penguin from the Newport Aquarium! Children will have a chance to touch and take a picture with him (bring your camera)! The Event is free, but registration required by calling 633-3803!

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is the place to be March 19 from 10 am to 2 pm! They will have a strolling Easter Bunny, Face Painting, Bounce House, and DJ! The first 200 shoppers will receive an Easter egg with a prize, one lucky egg will have a $200 gift certificate!

Be sure to stop by the Shelby County High School on March 19 from 10-3 for I Shop Shelby Community Showcase! There will be over 50 vendor booths, concessions, entertainment, & prizes!
Free and open to the public!

March 26 is Bunny Day! Come to Red Orchard Park from 10-12 to enjoy an egg hunt, activities, and visit from the Easter Bunny! This is a free event and open to everyone!

The Finchville Community Easter Egg Hunt at Finchville Park is March 26 from 10 am-1 pm!
There will be an Egg Hunt, Food, Animal/Pet Show, & more!

Come help The FAC celebrate their 16th Anniversary on March 30! Check out everything they will have going on....
  • Free admission
  • Door prizes
  • Open Swim
  • Open Gym
  • Giveaways
  • Free food
  • Free classes

Wow! That's a lot of FREE FUN this month! Enjoy :)
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

March Family Fun in Shelby County

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We've highlighted some of our favorite family activities going on around town this month! 

Check out all the Easter Egg Hunts around town in March!

First Saturday Walk About
March 5, 8:30-9:30
Participants receive a free daily pass to the FAC

Nextreme Sports Knockerball
March 5, 1-4 pm
$5, open play event
Must be at least 4'8'' to play
Under 18 years old must have parent waiver filled out

Time of My Life Tour
Concert at Cornerstone Christian
March 5, Concert at 7 (doors open at 6)
$10 advance tickets, $15 at door
The Afters, Chris August, Unspoken, Among the Thirsty

Star Family Circus
March 6 at 3pm and March 7 at 7pm
 Shelby County Fairgrounds
$12 adults, $6 students (13-17), 12 and under FREE!

Gym & Swim
March 11, 6-10 pm
1st through 5th Grade
Food, games, fun!
First 50 kids are FREE! $5 per kid after that!
Let the FAC watch your children while you take a much deserved break!

Uniquely U Painting at the Library (18 and over)- Spring Scene
March 11, 2-4 & 5-7
Class is free, but participants must bring 16X20 canvas
Registration is required (limited to 20 people), call 633-3803 today!

Family Fun- Dabbling in the arts
Shelby County Extension Office
March 11, 6-8 pm
Project- Crafting greeting cards using different media
Call 633-4593 to register, $2 a person

Lowe's Build and Grow
March 12, 10 am
Project: Monster Jam Monster Truck

March Madness at Main Source Bank
March 17, 11-4
Free pizza, chips and salsa, prizes, $5 bracket challenge

Family Fun Day at the library- Penguins!
March 19, 11am
Special guest penguin from the Newport Aquarium
Children will have a chance to touch and take a picture with him (bring your camera)! 
Event is free, but registration required by calling 633-3803!

I Shop Shelby Community Showcase
March 19, 10-3pm at Shelby County High School
Over 50 vendor booths, concessions, entertainment, & prizes!
Free and open to the public!

Free Play Open House at Awesome Outdoor Products
March 19, 10-2
Located in Middletown

Lowe's Build and Grow
March 24, 7 pm
Pullback Racecar

Bunny Day
March 26, 10-12
Red Orchard Park

The FAC's 16th Anniversary Celebration
March 30!
  • Free admission
  • Door prizes
  • Open Swim
  • Open Gym
  • Giveaways
  • Free food
  • Free classes

Have a marvelous March! 
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