Plus, a new smoothie spot in the Stonewall Shopping Center.
 
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80º | 4% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:15 a.m. | Sunset 8:58 p.m.

 
Summer fun, minus the sun
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Activate Games is fun for the whole family. | Photo by @kaitlyn_hubert + @nemaetebar
“One day it started raining, and it didn’t quit for four months,” said Forrest Gump — or any Lexingtonian lately. Now that the rain has subsided and Lexington is seeing steamy temps, we’ve compiled six different indoor activities to enjoy this summer.

Activate Games, 2312 Sir Barton Way, Ste. 150 | $25
Hamburg’s interactive gaming experience boasts high-tech games that will challenge you both mentally and physically. Electronic wristbands track your score as you compete against friends and family.

Battle Axes, 164 Turner Commons Way | Prices vary
Take outdoor adventures inside at this Turner Commons entertainment venue which features go-karts, zip lines, bowling, inflatable bounce houses, an arcade + a fully stocked bar.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Cir. | Price of purchase
Fan yourself with the pages of your new summer read + order a refreshing snack from Bronte Bistro. Plus, you can stroll along the pond behind the store to take in views + feed the ducks.

An outside shot of the Kentucky Theatre at night in Lexington KY

Nothing beats a bag of popcorn, your favorite flick, and some A/C on a hot summer day. | Photo by @herdlani

Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St. | Prices vary
Lexington’s historic and independently owned theater shows screenings of both modern + classic films. The “Summer Classics” series is a local favorite — screening a well-known film every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. throughout the summer.

Lexington Ice Center and Sports Complex, 560 Eureka Springs Dr. | $13
Lexington’s ice skating rink is open for the summer until Sunday, July 31. The facility also offers gymnasiums for basketball + volleyball and miniature golf courses.

The Mad Potter, 3385 Tates Creek Rd. | Prices vary
This paint-your-own-pottery studio offers walk-ins with no studio fees. Try your hand at something new, then leave with your handmade piece to remember the fun times — think: mugs, plates, teapots + more.
 
 
Events
 
Friday, June 7
  • Summer Playground Days | Friday, June 7 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | McConnell Springs Park, 416 Rebmann Ln., Lexington | Free | Let the kids burn off steam with fun, educational activities including sports, arts + crafts, STEM projects, and more.
  • Jam Making Class | Friday, June 7 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Harkness Edwards Vineyards, 5199 Combs Ferry Rd., Winchester | $47 | Learn the basics of making fresh jam, then leave with a jar + recipe to enjoy at home — a glass of wine is included.
  • Plunge Party | Friday, June 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Recovery Room, 3851 Mall Rd., Ste. 160, Lexington | $20 | Bring your swimsuit and your squad to explore the offerings at this social wellness community.
Saturday, June 8
  • Remembering Point Given | Saturday, June 8 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pkwy., Lexington | Free | Celebrate the life + legacy of Point Given, who was the first horse to win four $1 million races in a row.
  • Wise Bird Cider’s 5 Year Anniversary Party | Saturday, June 8 | 12-11:59 p.m. | Wise Bird Cider, 1170 Manchester St., Lexington | Free | Celebrate five years of this local cidery with new releases, food + cider specials, a celebrity dunk tank, art activities, and more.
Sunday, June 9
  • The 2024 Kenwick Bungalow Tour | Sunday, June 9 | 1-5 p.m. | The Kenwick Neighborhood, 207 Owsley Ave., Lexington | $8.50-$10 | Explore the unique personality of the Kenwick Neighborhood by touring eight homes and gardens.
  • Weekly Sound Bath with Amy Hudson | Sunday, June 9 | 5:30-7 p.m. | The Sound Healing Center of Lexington, 333 E. Short St., Ste. 320, Lexington | $25 | Let your tension and stress melt away to sweet serene sounds of crystal singing bowls.
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Meet your new dinner date: Purple Carrot plant-based meals
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Purple Carrot’s nutritious meals are loaded with flavor. | Photo by Purple Carrot
Introducing your secret weapon against boring, tasteless meals: Purple Carrot.

Purple Carrot offers chef-prepared, fully plant-based meals that are ready to eat in under two minutes. Prefer to cook yourself? Opt for meal kits or shop plant-based grocery items from a fully stocked “plantry.”

This spring, Purple Carrot is ushering in the warm weather with vibrant, seasonal meals like Roasted Red Pepper Farro Bowls with chickpeas and mint (yum).
 
News Notes
 
Biz
  • Kitchen Shift, a holistic nutrition shop that sells supplements + offers health coaching, is now also blending up smoothies. Stop by 3101 Clays Mill Rd., Ste. 401, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., to sip on flavors like the Vitamin C Please, which features oranges, pineapple, tumeric, and almond milk.
Sports
  • UK volleyball alum Avery Skinner will be representing team USA at the 2024 Olympics this July. Skinner graduated from UK in 2021 + played on the 2020 NCAA National Championship winning team. She becomes the first-ever Kentucky volleyball player to compete at the Olympics.
Festival
  • Say cheese. The Beer Cheese Festival returns to downtown Winchester tomorrow, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by for arts + crafts vendors, local food and drinks, and of course, beer cheese. While you’re there, read our day trip to Winchester for more fun things to do.
Edu
  • Asbury and Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) have signed a new transfer partnership that aims to boost Kentucky’s workforce in the education + business fields. Through the partnership, KCTCS graduates will have a smooth transition into Asbury’s bachelor’s programs, as well as flexible online programming.
Arts
  • Downtown art gallery Gold Crown Gallery announced it will be moving from its home at 128 Deweese St. Stop by to browse + shop during its final days downtown with its extended hours beginning next week — Tuesday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. It’s last event will be held Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m.
Shop
  • Speaking of moving, the Kentucky Fun Mall is also moving — again. But before they do, it needs your help clearing the shelves. Shop its Epic Yard Sale this Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for $5 tees, as well as fixtures, hangers, store decor + more.
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Get in Lexington, we’re going foraging
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Forage for this cute little mini mushroom eraser art set. | Photo by Rebecca Dundon
Tomorrow, June 8, you could find one-of-a-kind, mushroom-inspired art on your morning walk.

Game of Shrooms is a global art scavenger hunt which began in 2019. Hundreds of artists sign up to hide unique, fungi-full works in their area and give clues to their whereabouts on social media. This year, a few Lexington artists are on board.

Starting a little after midnight on Saturday, works will be stowed around the Horse Capital of the World.

Check out the map of participating artists and follow them on social media — they’ll likely leave hints throughout the day about where their work can be found.

If you find a piece, be sure to tag or message the artist to let them know. Participating artists include:
Happy foraging, y’all.
 
The Buy
 
The clear bag you need to go hands-free at any concerts, games, or events this summer (it’s stadium-approved).
 
 
The Wrap
 
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