Cradle & ALL

Dive In to Summer: Pool Season Is Underway

Lexington families can splash in to summer beginning Saturday, May 28 when Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek and Woodland aquatic centers open for the season.

Shillito, Douglass and Picadome neighborhood pools open on Saturday, June 4.

Pool passes can be purchased at all aquatic centers during operating hours beginning May 28. Family passes for up to six members are $200, individual passes are $40.

Aquatic centers are open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $4 for youth 15 and under, $5 for adults 16 and older.

Douglass and Picadome pools are open noon- 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday.

Shillito Pool is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Monday-Saturday, and 1-8 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $3 for youth 15 and under, $4 for adults 16 and older.

Special events include:

Wednesday, June 8 – Wet and Wild Wednesday at Woodland Aquatic Center, noon-4 p.m.

Saturday, June 11 – Castlewood Block Party, noon-4 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22 – Wet and Wild Wednesday at Tates Creek Aquatic Center, noon-4 p.m.

Saturday, June 25- Dive-In Movie at Shillito Pool, 8-11 p.m.


By The Numbers

1.5% of births in the U.S. are homebirths

32% of deliveries in the U.S. are C-Sections

The average age of a first-time mom in the U.S. is 26

The birth rate for women in their early 40’s has been on the rise for the past three decades


Free Friday Flicks Are Back

Every Friday in June at Jacobson Park, families can enjoy a newly released movie, petting zoo and children’s games – all for free with Free Friday Flicks, sponsored by Lexington Parks and Recreation.

Families are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic, or money for on-site food vendors. Pre-show activities begin at 7 p.m., the movie begins at dark.

Movie Schedule:

June 3: “Inside Out”

June 10: “Minions”

June 17: “The Peanuts Movie”

June 24: “Kung Fu Panda 3”

A rain date is set for July 8 if needed.

Info: 288-2900.

Did You Know?

Dads made up 16% of the stay-at-home parent population in 2015.

Sound Off

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen took heat on social media after going out for dinner with her husband a week after her daughter was born. Our readers answered the question: “How long should you wait after baby is born for a date night?”

• “It’s totally up to each parent, they’ll know when it’s time to take a break to refresh! When a home is calm, everyone is happy.”  – Luana Porter Barker

• “Date night should be whenever you feel it’s right. No need to get a sitter. Have a nice dinner or enjoy a movie and popcorn after getting baby to sleep.” – Jananne Cupp Shipley

• “Whenever you are comfortable enough to leave the baby. If you aren’t ready, you won’t enjoy yourself anyways. I think 2 months for me.” – Heather Barger

  “I think it depends on how your birth went and how you’re feeling. Also if your doctor thinks it’s ok.” – Megan Ritchie


Thomas and Friends

Thomas The Tank Engine is chugging back to the Bluegrass in June. The Kentucky Railway Museum will host “Day Out With Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016” on June 4, 5, 11 & 12.
Train rides leave at 9:50 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 1:10 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 3:40 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
This family-fun event is for all ages. Riders can take a train ride with Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy fun activities. Tickets are $20.
Info: (866) 468-7630 or Y

Bike Prom Cycles to Town

The Living Arts & Science Center is hosting the eighth annual Bike Prom on Saturday, June 4. Cyclists can dress up as their favorite David Bowie persona and get a “dance card” punched by biking to downtown businesses. At the afterparty at the Living Arts & Science Center, a prom king and queen will be crowned and prizes awarded.
Check-in begins at 5 p.m. The bike race begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Info:

Book Review

Triangles: by Yusuke Yonezu

Review by Stacy Faraci

“Triangles” is a very sweet board book that takes elements of shapes, colors, and tactile cutouts, and forms a very enjoyable experience for any little reader. Bold simple pages that take bright colors and contrast them with white backgrounds make it an eye-catching read … Full reviews available on

Make Youth Groups Healthier

Yogurt parfaits, a popcorn bar and “Dance Like This Dude” are a few of the activities youth group leaders can use to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their gatherings.
If your kids attend a youth group or if you lead a group (church, temple, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, afterschool programs, etc.), you may be interested in the practical, youth-tested tools offered through the Better Bites in Youth Groups initiative sponsored by the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition.
Instructions for making healthy, affordable snacks and leading fun physical activities are provided.
Partners are reporting that not only do they feel good about the long- and short-term benefits of role modeling healthy habits to the children they serve, they find the kids are more focused when they eat better and move more.
Info: Emily DeWitt, Better Bites Coordinator.
– Anita Courtney, Director of the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition