Happy 2021! If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that family fun is essential for our mental and physical health. Grab a sheet of paper and pencil and jot down some of the ideas we have below.
Given the current state of the pandemic and the uncertainty of what is to come, we have included some optimistic events in the post. We hope that we can get back to being together for some of these wonderful events.
It’s cold so why not check out some indoor fun? All About Kids in Crestwood has open gym and swim times for all ages. Play on the gymnastics floor, play basketball or swim in their fun indoor pool. (Some of the regular open gym areas might be closed because of Covid, but they do offer open gym and swim right now.)
Don’t forget that Yew Dell Botanical Gardens offers free admission starting in December until March 26th. Visitors can stop by Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm. Walk around the gardens or hike back in the wooded trails.
This month try a class at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center. They have classes for every age and host one day ceramic workshops too. For around $15, families can sit together and create. We are hoping that this Spring and Summer bring back live performances at the center as well.
Ahhh…finally warmer weather! Many outdoor concerts and movies start this month. Find a FREE concert, movie or have your own outdoor family movie night at home. FoxHollow Farm’s Sunset Concert Series offers wide open spaces, hay bales to jump on and a variety of food trucks for concert goers to enjoy. The Sauerbeck Family Drive-In is also a great place to visit for a double feature! We also hope that the sprayground at Maples Park finally opens this Spring!
The start of summer means more outdoor activities and festivals! Arts on the Green is a neat festival showcasing artists’ work. The LaGrange Railroad Museum is also a fun place to check out. Check out the museum and learn more about what they have to offer for families. Admission is free (donations are encouraged!) to the museum and they are open on Saturdays. Families should also take advantage of the wonderful summer reading programs that the Oldham County Public Library starts around this time of year. The programs are free, entertaining and educational.
One of the more popular events in Oldham County has to be Oldham County Day! The special event is always the 3rd Saturday in July. Families can enjoy a pancake breakfast, fun parade and entertainment on the Courthouse Square in Downtown LaGrange. This event is a great way to show your pride in the county. Read our review here. Another fun family activity in July is the Oldham County Family YMCA Mud Run. They do a great job with the course and the price isn’t too bad for this unique activity.
Love a good county fair? If so, the Oldham County Fair is for you! Admission is includes unlimited rides on the fairway and a lot more. Families can watch FREE magic shows, pageants or spend a couple extra bucks on camels rides or at the petting zoo. Read why we love the fair here. Hidden Hollow Orchard is our closest apple orchard and usually has an opening date in mid-August. Take the kids on a unique outing and go apple picking together.
Check out the LaGrange Farmers’ Market and Artisans on the square in Downtown LaGrange! Local produce, sweet treats, meat, coffee and more goods are to be found! Take a walk down Main Street to visit more local shops and eateries. Explore one of Oldham County Parks this month. September can bring mild mornings and evenings to take a great hike, play at a park or ride bikes.
Oldham County has no shortage of Fall Festivals and Halloween events. If you’re looking for treats, Boo Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is the place to check out. Trick-or-treat your way through the beautiful gardens, meet local fire heroes and see a magic show. Two other great places to find treats and a not so scary haunted house is at the Haunted Hike at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve and LaGrange Halloween MAINia.
Are you all festival’d out? Why not take a drive “down the hill” to Westport? This small, quiet town is on the Ohio River where families can enjoy fall colors, Schamback Park(Westport Park) and a little down time together. Knock on Wood Country Mercantile is a great place to visit for lunch or if it’s a warm day, maybe a slice of some ice cream pie?
Schedules are packed, everyone is tired. This month calls for some relaxing FREE entertainment. We love to drive through the Ballardsville Church Living Nativity. The kids love to see the animals and hear the Christmas story. Free hot chocolate and cookies wait for everyone at the end. Extend your night by driving around some of the neighborhoods nearby to look at Christmas lights. Other great and free holiday events are Yule Log in Pewee Valley and Light Up LaGrange.