10. Yew Dell Gardens Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, KY offers many family friendly events throughout the year. Books n Blankets is a great way to spend a fall afternoon- simply pay the entry fee and ask the staff for a basket of books and a blanket. Then you can spend the afternoon in the beautiful gardens reading nature-themed books to the kids. There are also kids’ events on Saturday mornings thru October, and BooDell is October 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. See http://www.yewdellgardens.org/ for more info.
9. 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove October 27-28 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. There will be an 18th century style market, mock battles, and lots of history. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Check out http://www.locustgrove.org/ for more info.
8. Southwest Festival The Southwest Community Festival is a large fall festival held each year at the Sun Valley Park. It will be held this year on October 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a car show, Toddler Town, inflatables, and more. See http://www.southwestfestival.org/ for more info.
7. Turkey Trot at the Northeast YMCA Thursday November 22 (Thanksgiving Day) Start your day off right with the Northeast YMCA’s Turkey Day Fun Run and Turkey Trot for the kids. Long run starts at 8:10 a.m., short run and fitness walk at 8:30, and the Turkey Trot for the kids starts at 9:30 a.m. Register online at http://www.ymcalouisville.org/ .
6. Earth Discovery Day at the Falls of the Ohio October 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. check out this new event at the Falls of the Ohio State Park. There will be craft activities, mineral digs, speakers, guided hikes, and more. Check out http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/ for more info.
5. St. James Art Fair The 56th Annual St. James Court Art Show will be held this year October 5-7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is something for everyone here, from handmade toys and puzzles to ceramics, glass, paintings, jewelry, and other fine arts. The show is adjacent to Louisville’s historic Central Park, which has a great playground for the kids. Check out http://www.stjamescourtartshow.com/ for more info. I highly recommend the valet parking at 6th and Magnolia for $20.
4. Spiderman Day at the Kentucky Railway Museum The Kentucky Railway museum has great events throughout the year. On September 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. kids can meet and greet Spiderman, go on a train excursion, and participate in other children’s activities. This event is $18 per person, and kids under 2 are free. Reservations are required. You can find more info about this and other events at http://www.kyrail.org/ .
3. Bernheim Colorfest Each fall Bernheim Forest hosts Colorfest, a fall festival celebrating the changing colors of the leaves. There will be crafts and activities, hayrides, demonstrations, and plenty of other family friendly activities. Colorfest will be held October 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and October 21 from noon to 5 p.m. The entrance fee is $5 per vehicle. Find more info at http://www.bernheim.org/ .
2. Pick your own Pumpkins at Huber’s Farm Journeying to Huber’s Farm in Starlight Indiana to pick pumpkins is a longstanding family tradition. Go on a hayride out to the field and pick your pumpkin, eat a family-style meal in the restaurant, and let the kids play in the Barnyard. There is so much to do at Huber’s farm year round. Fall activities are every weekend in October. See http://www.joehubers.com/ for more info.
1. World’s Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo This event has to be number one because of how much fun everyone has. As a college student I used to volunteer for this event, and now I am happy to take my kids every year. The costumes are great and there is a good balance between candy and exercise. This event takes place October 5-7, 11-14, 18-21, & 25-28 with entry between 5:30 and 8 p.m. The first two weeks are free to Zoo members, and discount tickets can be purchased at Meijer thru September 28. See http://www.louisvillezoo.org/ for more details.
Choices by guest contributor: Maggie
Choices by guest contributor: Maggie