September 4, 2012

Top Ten Things to Do in the Lexington Area with Kids

We used to live in Lexington, Kentucky before moving to Germany. These ten places were our favorites to take the kids. All are in Lexington Kentucky or very close by (within a 10 minute drive).

1) Visit the Explorium!. Lexington's Children Museum. My son's favorite part was always the amazing bubble room!
2) Visit the Arboretum and check out the Kentucky Children's Garden Area. The stream is awesome for the kids to play in, and they can pick the vegetables!
3) In summer, play in the fountains in front of the courthouses on South Limestone.
4) For winter days, head over to Joseph Beth . An awesome book store and gift store with a reading hour, trains, toys, and even a fountain area in the hallway to entertain your kids.
5) Paint some pottery at Mad Potter and make gifts for the grandparents using their hand prints etc.
6) Visit the Kentucky Horsepark especially at Christmas time when they have the Southern Lights Holiday Festival (awesome lights, petting zoo, crafts for sale, pony rides etc.).
7) Go to Boyds or Evans Orchards! Pick apples and peaches and other fruits in season, and enjoy the awesome play areas they have for the kids! The perfect time is fall when you can pick pumpkins, take hay rides, eat caramel apples, and do the corn mazes etc. They even have petting zoos with camel rides.

8) Check out Lexington's creative playgrounds at Shilito Park or Jacobson Park. Jacobson Park has a large pond as well for feeding ducks and paddle boats and they have fun events all summer long (like movies in the park).
9) Check out Monkey Joes! My son loved this place and it was our special treat for him when he behaved exceptionally well. Full of slides and bouncy castles.
10) Go to Ecton Park every Tuesday night for Jazz in the Park all summer long. We loved bringing our picnic basket and blanket and stretching out to hear the jazz, and Cooper loved the park and music and kids running around.

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