Words of WittBy Dawn Przystal Posted: May 10th, 2012
For Immediate Release
Thomas the Tank Engine and Cat in the Hat come to Bardstown, Ky.
Classic storybook friends and beloved 'Seussical' characters make family fun this summer
BARDSTOWN, KY - MAY, 2012 - Kids will see their favorite TV and storybook characters this summer in Bardstown, Ky. Thomas the Tank Engine, Cat in the Hat and The Grinch will be among the Who's Who of kid faves on the rails and on the stage in this family-friendly and affordable town in central Kentucky. Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas The Tank Engine rolls into Kentucky Railway Museum in nearby New Haven for a "Day Out With Thomas" on Sat. and Sun., June 2 and 3, and again on June 9 and 10. Twenty-five-minute train rides will run at 9, 9:50, 10:40 and 11:30 a.m., 12:20, 1:10, 2, 2:50, 3:40 and 4:30 p.m. NOTE: No 9 a.m. ride on Sundays. Tickets are $20 plus tax for ages 2 and up. (Save by buying tickets in advance.) Kids will have an opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt and to share in lots of activities: arts and crafts, storytelling, video viewing, live music, a magic show, bounce house and more. Other Kentucky Railway Museum themed excursions include pizza trains and train robberies.
One fish, two fish
Settle into seats beneath the stars and watch Dr. Seuss' most beloved characters come to life: Horton the Elephant, Cat in the Hat, The Grinch, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and Jojo, a little boy with a big imagination. The Broadway-style "Seussical" takes the outdoor stage inside My Old Kentucky Home State Park at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday nights July 5 through Aug. 4.
If you're in Bardstown before these colorful characters transport the audience from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos, you're in luck. The "Stephen Foster Story," Kentucky's official outdoor drama and a splashy family-friendly Broadway musical, runs from June 9 through August 11. Tickets for children ages five and under are free, $10 for those ages six to 12 and $18 for their parents.
Free fun for families
Bardstown has a number of free attractions for families: Pack a picnic lunch to My Old Kentucky Home State Park and set the kids loose on the jungle gyms. Head to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest on weekdays to explore the nature center and hike the trails. Scare the kids straight with a tour of the oldest operating jail complex in Kentucky - the circa 1819 Old County Jail. And head to Bardstown/Nelson County Historical Museum to catch a glimpse of artifacts relating to Jesse James, Abraham Lincoln and Kentucky's pioneers
Big tastes for small change
Feeding the family is fun and affordable in Bardstown. Grab burgers and shakes at the Hurst Drug Store with old-fashioned soda fountain. Satisfy everyone's sweet tooth at Hadorn's Bakery. Sample Southern-style home-cooking at Mammy's Kitchen and Pat's Place. Score some deli goodies at the Bardstown Bowling Center. And it's cupcakes for all at the new Sugar Buzz.
Night-night, sleep tight
Lock down for the night in an authentic jail cell room at The Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast. Stretch out at Eagle Cove Cottage with its two bedrooms and two baths. Check into the Old Kentucky Home Stables and Bed & Breakfast and add swimming and horseback riding to your fun. Bardstown also has several well-known hotel chains - Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn and General Lee Best Western Inn - and excellent campgrounds: Holt's, My Old Kentucky Home State Park and White Acres.
- Saturday, May 18th
- Central Kentucky Heart Walk
- The Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest
- Broadway POPS
- R.J. Corman Railroad Group 5K Run/Walk to benefit Chrysalis House
- The Lexington Singers
- Randy Newman Concert
- The Time Jumpers In Concert
- The Waillers
- Buddy Guy
- Ben Sollee And Kim Churchill
- Stopping Youth Violence