Happy New Year! It’s finally 2023!
If the last few years 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.
It’s cold so why not check out some indoor fun? All About Kids, Bounce Back Gymnastics and Power & Grace Gymnastics have open gym times for a variety of ages. Play on the gymnastics floor, play basketball or swim in their fun indoor pool. Oldham County Parks & Rec also hosts its annual Father/Daughter dance this month. Put on your dancing shoes and make some memories. LaGrange Parks & Rec has several events going on this month to keep you active.
Don’t forget that Yew Dell Botanical Gardens offers free admission starting in January until March 24th. Visitors can stop by Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm. Walk around the gardens or hike back in the wooded trails. LaGrange’s Chocolate Crawl is a great way to see all that Main Street has to offer.
This month, check out the Oldham County Schools Arts Center. They have classes for every age and host one day ceramic workshops too. There are several live performances already on the calendar for 2023! Check out the local talent.
You know there are horses in Oldham County, but what about all of the other lovely animal encounters to be had? Take a farm tour where you might run into some bison, alpaca, sheep or a racehorse! We love the Harvest Moon Dairy Farm where groups can learn about a working dairy farm and have a chance to feed a baby calf. Another favorite is Woodland Farm in Goshen.
Ahhh…finally warmer weather! Many outdoor concerts and movies start this month. Find a FREE concert or movie. FoxHollow Farm’s Sunset Concert Series will return for 2023. It 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! If May brings hot days, spend them at Maples Park’s sprayground or the newest srayground at The Springs Park in LaGrange.
The start of summer means more outdoor activities and festivals! Arts on the Green is a neat festival showcasing artists’ work. 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. We discovered Little Big Gem Mine & Rock Shop this past year and it is a lot of fun! All ages can enjoy mining on a sluice outdoors in LaGrange.
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 includes unlimited rides on the fairway and a lot more. Families can watch FREE magic shows and nightly arena events. 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. Main Street also hosts a couple of markets around this time of year. 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 in a unique setting, Boo Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens and Creasey Mahan’s Haunted Hike are great to check out. We also always enjoy trick or treating at 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.