The birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd, Lexington, Kentucky is rich in history and interwoven with some of the most stunning horse farms in the world, but that's not all it is. Within the city limits, families will find an abundance of hands-on, interactive attractions catering to kids that are accessible no matter the weather conditions. Lexington outdoors is chartered territory, it's time to explore the indoors.
1. Hands on Art and Science
Parents need not worry about the ''do not touch'' rule at the Explorium of Lexington as their kids play in water, climb inside a giant mouth and create a shimmering wall of bubbles. With a special area designated for children aged 3 and under, all ages are catered for here. Inside the Living Arts and Science Museum you'll find exhibits that the kids can feel, smell, hear and sometimes dress up as at the costume station. Kids will get one on one with the stars and planets while learning about mythology and legend in the inflatable StarLab Planetarium. The LASC does not charge entry, though donation prices are suggested.
If you are looking for museums of a different nature, Lexington offers a wide spectrum of learning experiences. Take your little engineers and machine lovers to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky located at the Bluegrass Airport. They will stare in awe at fighter jets, army helicopters, biplanes, even a quadruplane and try their hand at using aircraft controls in the Youngster's Flight Simulator. For animal lovers, visit the American Saddlebred Museum nestled in the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. Along with interactive exhibits, a special children's area and the "largest collection of saddlebred artifacts in the world." Your ticket price also includes admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, which is dedicated to exploring the relationship between horse and human.
3. Learn a New Skill
There are several well established riding stables with indoor riding facilities offering lessons that accommodate all levels of ages and experience. Pricing, contact and calendar information is typically available from the location's website, with some offering lessons as well as equipment for visitors. After animal play, introduce your child to a skill you're never too young to learn and visit Wild Thyme Cooking School, where their motto is "cooking up fun." Classes such as "Cooking Through the Alphabet," start at 3 years of age in a colorful kitchen designed for little ones where they are introduced to new foods and textures, interspersed with open play time and stories. Wild Thyme offers classes that cater to the whole family while developing food awareness.
4. Live Entertainment
The Lexington Children's Theatre has been offering engaging live performances that have captured childrens' imaginations since 1938. This is a forgiving theatre that understands kids' attention spans, so if your child needs to get up and wiggle for a minute, that is perfectly acceptable. Another kid-friendly performance venue, the Farish Theatre, is part of the Lexington Public Central Library in the heart of downtown. This 139-seat theater offers everything from children's plays to puppet performances to live music and even movie screenings all free of charge.