Monday, May 9, 2016

5 Tips for Families Visiting Churchill Downs

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Churchill 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 two Family Adventure Days coming up- May 15 and June 26! 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! Tickets are $8 and include access to all kid-friendly activities ($1 of every ticket is donated to Kosair Children's Hospital) or $11 if you want to include a family meal. These are great days to bring the entire family out to the track because there's something for everyone!
Note: Children ages 2 and under get free access to the Family Adventure Day activities (and on every other race day except for Oaks & Derby, children under 12 get free general admission). There are 2 options for Family Meals: 1. Uncrustable, apple sauce & juice 2. Hot dog, chips, soft drink or water (family meals are $5 if purchased separately).

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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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