SAFE CAMPING

Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.  “Being prepared for emergency situations is critical when people are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help,” said Don Lauritzen.

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LET YOUR KIDS STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES AT THE ARBORETUM

Are you looking for something that can provide your children a very special opportunity? Something that at the same time will allow them to experience stimulating sensations? The place you seek is right here in Lexington on the campus of the University of Kentucky. The Arboretum is Kentucky’s state botanical garden and includes the Home Demonstration Garden, the Rose Garden and the Fragrance Garden.  Start your exploration with a stop at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, which is open Monday through Friday....

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KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE IN THE SUMMER

Kids these days are heading down the path leading to a sedentary lifestyle, and that makes it important for adults to spark a passion for activity in them. This will keep their bodies, brains and development on track. Summer is the right time to get them moving.

Here are five ways to encourage your kids to live and love an active and healthier lifestyle outdoors.

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•  Hunt-Morgan House is the 19th- century home of a Civil War brigadier general and Nobel Prize winner. The second floor houses the Alexander T. Hunt Civil War Museum. 201 N. Mill Street

•  The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the 19th-century Georgian home of the former first lady. 578 W. Main Street

•  Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg is preserved to showcase the Shaker lifestyle. Riverboat rides available. 3501 Lexington Road

•  Waveland State Historic Site is an original antebellum house with guided tours. 225 Waveland Museum Lane


HORSES

•  Horse Farm Tours showcases Thoroughbred horses.  (859) 268-2906

•  The Kentucky Horse Park lets you get up close to horses and offers museums and horse-drawn tours. 4089 Iron Works Parkway


PARKS AND NATURE

•  McConnell Springs is the birthplace of Lexington. 416 Rebmann Lane

•  Ravens Run Nature Sanctuary is a 794-acre nature sanctuary dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the Kentucky River Palisades and early Kentucky history. It has over 10 miles of hiking trails with access to streams, meadows, woodlands and over 600 species of plants. Numerous remnants of early settlers can also be found here. There are year-round monthly stargazing events. 3885 Raven Run Way

•  Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge is available to visitors the last weekend of every month. Call ahead to (859) 881-3449 for an appointment.


CITY EVENTS AND RESOURCES

•  Bluegrass music at the Southland Jamboree (May-September) at Moondance Amphitheater. 1152 Monarch Street

•  Thursday Night Live in downtown Lexington (April – October).

•  Jazz at Ecton Park and Moonlight Pass (April – August). 956 Turkey Foot Road

•  Farish Theater at the Lexington Central Library offers movies and performances for free. 140 E. Main Street

•  Lexington Children’s Theatre offers shows for young people. 418 W. Short Street. www.lctonstage.org

•  The Carnegie Center has a variety of learning and entertainment opportunities. 251 W. 2nd Street

•  Lexington Recreation and Community Programs (phone (781) 698-4800) and Lexington Community Center (phone (781) 698-4810) offer family day/night activities, sports, learning, parent/ child tournaments, games, art and reading programs, for children, adults and both together. Most are for a fee; some are free. www.activityreg.com/ LXNGTNMA/24_Site1.PDF


SUMMER CAMPS

•  Lexington Parks and Recreation. www.lexingtonky.gov/departments/parks-recreation

•  University of Kentucky Summer Camp Listings. www.uky.edu/hr/ work-life/resources-for-parents/summer-camps-listings


Lexington has seven neighborhood pools and aquatic centers.


AQUATIC CENTERS

Regular season begins May 27. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children (15 and under). Cash, check and credit cards accepted.


•  Castlewood, 320 Parkview Avenue – features a looped slide, a giant octopus, sand play area and vending machines.

•  Southland, 625 Hill-n-Dale Road – has a separate play pool for young children, a splash bucket, tall slide, zero-depth entry and concession stand.

•  Tates Creek, 1400 Gainesway Drive – has an enclosed looped slide, play structures and a 50-meter lap pool. Concessions available at the golf course concession stand.

•  Woodland, 190 Old Park Avenue –  interactive pirate ship, zero-depth entry, a looped slide and a concession stand.


NEIGHBORHOOD POOLS

Regular season begins June 3. Admission is $4 adult and $3 children (15 and under).


•  Douglass, 701 Howard Street –  Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.

•  Picadome, 469 Parkway Drive – Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.

•  Shillito, 300 Reynolds Road – Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.


For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Aquatics Department at (859) 288-2973.

Lexington doesn’t lack things to do! Check out these fun family activities.


INDOOR FAMILY FUN CENTERS


•  Champs Entertainment Complex – roller skating, laser tag and laser maze, black light mini golf and arcade. 297 Ruccio Way

•  Champs Rollerdrome – roller skating, laser tag and putt putt. 255 Palumbo Drive

•  Gattitown – a 30,000-square-foot family entertainment center with more than 150 video/redemption games, bumper cars and movies. Buffet with pizza, pasta, breadsticks, salad bar and desserts. 2524 Nicholasville Road

•  L’escalade Fitness – indoor climbing adventures. 916 N. Broadway

•  Sky Zone – a warehouse sized room filled with giant trampolines. Call ahead to reserve space. (859) 629- 4455. 3644 N. Boston Road

•  Southland Bowling Lanes – bowling and snacks. 205 Southland Drive


OUTDOOR PLAY AREAS

•  Jacobson Park Creative Playgrounds has massive play structures with towers, bridges, cars and a lighthouse. The park also offers Free Friday Flick movies in the summer. 4001 Athens Boonesboro Road

•  Kids Place is a two-story playground with slides, rope bridges, ball baths and climbing and jumping activities. Located in the Lexington Athletic Club. 3882 Mall Road     

FAMILY SUMMER FUN

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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•  Malibu Jack’s Family Fun Center has a NASCAR-style go-kart speedway, one of the largest arcades in Kentucky, mini golf and a café. 3025 Blake James Drive

•  Miniature golf courses: Lexington Ice Center, 560 Eureka Springs Drive and White Haven Miniature Golf and Driving Range, 100 Yorkshire Boulevard.

•  Woodland Park includes a skate park. 601 E. High Street


INTERACTIVE MUSEUMS

•  The Explorium offers different interactive exhibits to stimulate imagination. Special events are hosted every Saturday and Sunday. It also offers summer camps and art classes and a play area for babies and children under age 3. 440 W. Short Street

•  The Living Arts and Science Center provides creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences. 362 N. Martin Luther King Boulevard


HISTORIC TOURS

•  Ashland The Henry Clay Estate is a 19th-century 18-room mansion with guided tours that last about an hour. 120 Sycamore Road