Horse-related activities abound in Lexington.

Things to Do With Little Kids in Lexington, KY

by Barbie Carpenter

Proudly touted as the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky has plenty of things to do, perfect for family fun. Little kids can enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities at numerous Lexington attractions, designed especially with a kid's curiosity in mind. This burgeoning city in the heart of bluegrass country has a lot to offer locals and visitors alike.


Located in the heart of downtown Lexington in Victorian Square, the Explorium of Lexington is a children's museum with a variety of exhibits to delight young minds. Here, your kids can get creative with bubbles in The Bubble Zone, as well as experience the Hold Your Horses exhibit, an interactive grooming stable and veterinary clinic, sure to delight young horse lovers. The Explorium's open art studio allows kids to get crafty and bring home a souvenir as well. Not too far down the road, also in downtown Lexington, is the Living Arts and Sciences Center, where you can sign up your young kids for a variety of stimulating and interactive classes including painting, science and music.

Nature Exploration

Your kids can explore local nature at a number of Lexington locations. The Kentucky Children's Garden, located at The Arboretum, offers child-scaled gardens where little kids can enjoy experiential play. Kids can get dirty by digging in the garden, give fishing a try and learn more about the environment in this hands-on experience. At Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, there are several trails where your kids can take nature walks to discover plant, birds and other species local to Kentucky.

Horse-Related Fun

As the horse capital of the world, Lexington naturally has horse-related fun for all ages. The Kentucky Horse Park features a Kids Barn that has daily activities, such as horse grooming, scavenger hunts and a jumping course, for kids ages 13 and under. Downtown Lexington's aptly named Thoroughbred Park includes life-size bronze statues of horses, which kids can explore and even climb. If you want to show your kids some horses in their natural environment, you can drive through the Lexington countryside to see horses at work and at play on beautifully landscaped farms.

Sample Some Sweets

Little kids with a sweet tooth have a few spots to explore in Lexington. Sign up for a free tour at Old Kentucky Chocolates, where kids can watch the candy-making process in action. At the end of the tour, they can even enjoy a sweet treat right off of the line. For a bit of a healthier option, head over to Boyd Orchards, where kids can pick fresh strawberries, peaches, raspberries and blackberries. Availability varies depending on the time of year, so give the Orchards a call before heading out with the kids.

About the Author

Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.

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