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Are you looking for child-friendly resources and services?

Join us in person at the 2022 UK Parents Resource Fair for university employees on Monday, September 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can stop by any time and stay as long as your schedule allows. We have collected information from resources and services throughout the Lexington and surrounding area to help you meet your family's needs. Whether you are looking for a place for your child to enjoy after school or an extracurricular activity to encourage an area of interest, you can find opportunities in our listings. Some programs also provide extra services like extended hours, availability on snow days and holidays, and camps during summer and winter breaks. Several offer discounts for UK employees. Take a look! 

UK does not endorse any of these camps or special programs. We provide these listings to support families with up-to-date information to assist with child care planning. If you are a vendor and would like to be included, please click here.

ARTplay Children's Studio Not attending fair

After School
Day Camp
Summer Camp

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Preschool
K-2
3-5

UK Discount
10% discount through December
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ARTplay is a kid-led, creative and imaginative studio. Our space and teachers foster curiosity, magic and community by igniting the process of inspired, art-filled experimentation…..and FUN!
We offer: parent and child classes; preschool drop off classes; PRETENDschool; after school classes for ages 5-12 years; open studio Wednesday through Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; birthday parties; summer camp; and family and tween workshops.

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Jarah Jones
859-309-9591
artplayky@gmail.com

Hours
Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00

Cost
Classes $25
Open Studio $15+

Awesome Inc U Meet us at the fair

After School
Summer Camp

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6-8
9-12

UK Discount
One month free on multi-month subscriptions
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Awesome Inc exists to help people pursue their definition of awesome. For our youth programs, we offer students an oppurtunity to learn how to code from professional software developers and to do it with like-minded peers.

We inspire kids by introducing them to the awesome power of coding! Students experience the joy of building their own games and apps in an engaging and safe space, whether in-person or online. And you'll love it too, knowing your kids are developing a practical skills, building a creative portfolio and making great friends along the way.

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Stephen Ruh
859-240-7321
stephen.ruh@awesomeinc.org

Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-7 p.m. with flexible drop off and pick up

Cost
$120/month, with discounted rates for longer subscriptions

Child Care Aware of Kentucky Meet us at the fair

After School
No School (holiday, snow day, etc.)
Summer Camp

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Preschool

UK Discount
Free referral services for child care programs.
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Child Care Aware of Kentucky is the statewide regional network for child care resource and referral services supporting access to safe, affordable, quality child care for families. Choosing child care is one of the most important choices a parent will make. Your child needs a child care provider that will keep them safe, healthy and learning. We can share tools to assist you in identifying high quality child care and selecting the best fit for you and your family.

We provide free developmental monitoring resources for families with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." developmental checklists and Milestone Tracker app are family friendly tools to track their child's milestones and encourage families to "act early" by talking to their child's doctor if they have concerns about their development.

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Christine Hausman
859-257-2078
christine.hausman@uky.edu

Hours
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

CREATE studio Not attending fair

After School
No School (holiday, snow day, etc.)
Day Camp
Fall Camp
Summer Camp

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Preschool
K-2
3-5

UK Discount
10%
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CREATE art and play studio is an inspiring art studio located in Lexington, Kentucky. We are dedicated to providing the joyful exploration of art for kids of all ages. Our unique studio is full of playful experimentation of art processes and materials. We encourage individual expression and imaginative exploration of each child’s artistic ideas. We offer camps, classes, parties, workshops and more!

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Sydney Cox
859-413-2992
info@createstudioky.com

Hours
Camp hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
After school hours: 3-5:30 p.m.

Cost
Varies

Cut and Paste Craft Studio Meet us at the fair

After School
No School (holiday, snow day, etc.)
Summer Camp

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Preschool
K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12

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We are a drop-in craft studio offering crafting for ages 3 to 103. In addition to drop-in crafting, we offer after school craft programs, preschool process art, field trips, parent/child classes, summer camps, tween/teen craft nights, birthday parties, adult classes and private parties.

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Laurie Evans
859-223-0114
cutandpastelaurie@gmail.com

Hours

During the School Year we are open:
Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

Evolve 2 Perform Basketball Training Academy Meet us at the fair

After School
No School (holiday, snow day, etc.)
Day Camp
Fall Camp
Summer Camp
Extracurricular

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3-5
6-8
9-12

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EVOLVE 2 PERFORM was founded by coach Justin Taylor who has been developing and evolving athletes with basketball performance training since 2006. Coach Taylor played collegiately at the Division 1 level and upon graduating, he played professionally in various countries for several years. He attained hands-on experience in what it takes to excel in the sport of basketball both on and off the court. Blessed in opportunities to play against and with some of the industry’s top talent, he has a vast knowledge that encompasses many different views of the way the game is played. In addition to his personal experience, he also coached at the collegiate NCAA level. With his love for the game and passionate drive to develop athletes, coach Taylor created his basketball training programs as a way to give back to basketball and the community. He now serves the basketball and athletic community under the Evolve 2 Perform platform, a performance training program specializing in basketball development, VertiMax, and strength and conditioning. At Evolve 2 Perform, we challenge the full potential of each athlete by pushing them beyond their normal physical and mental expectations. Evolve 2 Perform is no only focused on the physical evolution of each athlete, but also on instilling qualities of toughness, responsibility and dedication to one’s goals in the face of adversity.

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Sophia Lopes
310-621-2146
info@evolve2perform.com

Hours

Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost

Varies depending on class type and cost structure: single session, package or membership rates available

First 5 Lex Meet us at the fair

Academic / Mental
Extracurricular
Family Support

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Preschool

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The mission of First 5 Lex is to create a collaborative community to support the whole child and family, from quality prenatal care through early childhood, resulting in a foundation for lifelong learning. Parent and caregiver interactions with children from birth to five years are the key to future success. What we need to do to prepare our children for school is simple and fun: READ, TALK and PLAY! First 5 Lex - Read, Talk and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten was developed by Fayette County Public Schools in partnership with early childhood professionals from across our community, in response to concerns about school readiness. The program is designed to give families and caregivers access to information about early learning and connect them to fun, stimulating, age-appropriate activities and experiences that will support their young children's development and learning.

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Eamonn FitzGerald
859-381-4307
eamonn.fitzgerald@fayette.kyschools.us

Mathnasium of West Lexington Meet us at the fair

Academic / Mental

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Preschool
K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12

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Mathnasium is a math only learning center. We help children learn and understand math in ways that can change their lives forever. Our mission is to build strong foundational skills to help children be successful in school. We offer initial assessments to help us pinpoint what skills the children have mastered and what what skills they need to work on. From the initial assessment, we build an individualized learning plan. Our instructors work one-on-one with the students using a team teaching approach. Our goal is to build math skills as well as math confidence.

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Sandra McVoy
(859) 219-0001
westlexington@mathnasium.com

Hours

In center: Monday through Thursday, 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Online: Monday through Thursday 3 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost

Below algebra 1, monthly sessions: 4 sessions for $209; 8 sessions for $269; 12 sessions for $289
Algebra 1 and above, 4 sessions for $239; 8 sessions for $309; 12 sessions for $329

MickeyTravels Meet us at the fair

Extracurricular

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Preschool
K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12

UK Discount
My services are free 100% of the time.
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I am a travel planner specializing in Disney and Orlando vacations. My planning services are 100% free for clients, and I can do everything from obtaining quotes, booking the trip, booking transportation, getting dining reservations and making customized recommendations!

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Kelsey Rahenkamp
859-227-3002
kelseyr@mickeytravels.com

Cost
Free

Parent-Teacher Store Meet us at the fair

Academic / Mental

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Preschool
K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12

UK Discount
15%
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We supply educational materials and toys that support children's learning.

We offer a 15% discount on purchases by UK employees valid September 12, 2022 through September 26, 2022. UK employees must show their ID badges to receive the discount. Online orders will not show the discount; however, the discount will be applied at the store when the UK employee comes to pick up their purchase.

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Meg La Rue
859-223-3555
meg@ptslex.com

Hours
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.

Cost
Costs vary depending on the items purchased

Resurgence Counseling Center Not attending fair

Academic / Mental
Family Support

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3-5
6-8
9-12

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Resurgence Counseling is a mental health agency specializing in trauma, anxiety/depression, stress management, pre- and postpartum, child and teen, and various other areas of mental health. We use a client centered approach and offer additional services including case management.

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Stephen Warner
(859) 251-8782
stephen@resurgencecounseling.com

Hours
Monday through Friday with some weekend availability.

The Academy Lexington Meet us at the fair

After School
No School (holiday, snow day, etc.)
Day Camp
Fall Camp
Summer Camp
Extracurricular

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Preschool
K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12

UK Discount
10%
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John William Ireland
859-361-3217
lexgym@aol.com

Hours
8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost
Costs vary

The Bright Spot Meet us at the fair

Summer Camp
Extracurricular

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Preschool
K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12

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The Bright Spot is all about providing classes and experiences in a fun-filled way that taps into curiosity and creativity. We offer classes, camps, kid’s nights out, clubs (Lego and crafting), writing coaching and more for children and also classes for adults.

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Angie Madden
859-523-1009
angiemadden@thebrightspotky.com

Hours
Open during scheduled classes and events

Cost
Varies by class/event

The Lexington Theatre Company Meet us at the fair

After School
Summer Camp
Extracurricular

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K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12

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The Lexington Theatre Company's Artist Development Program provides theatrical instruction for students of all ages in central Kentucky. Group classes in musical theatre and movement are available for grades K-12, adults and seniors age 55+. Private coachings are available for 2nd grade and older. Free programming includes our Story Cycle program in musical theatre songwriting for middle and high school students and our Summer Apprentice programs with opportunities to work with professionals and Broadway veterans, both onstage and backstage.

The Lexington Theatre Company is a non-profit, professional, regional theatre based in Lexington, creating Broadway-calibre productions starring seasoned professionals from Broadway, rising stars from around the country and local professionals. The company creates professional theatre and trains the next generation of theatre artists so that our community can enjoy a shared experience of masterful storytelling. For more information, visit lexingtontheatrecompany.org

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Lyndy Franklin Smith
859-940-4450
education@lexingtontheatrecompany.org

Hours
Varies depending on class, camp or production

Cost
Varies depending on class, camp or production

The Little Gym of Lexington Not attending fair

Extracurricular

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Preschool
K-2
3-5

UK Discount
no
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The Little Gym of Lexington East offers progressively structured, non-competitive classes in a positive learning environment, creating opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all while progressing and growing new skills. We offer programs for children starting at 4 months up to 12 years old. Our trained instructors nurture happy and confident kids through a range of non-competitive parent/child, pre-K and grade school gymnastics classes. Other programs include Parent Survival Nights, camps, private lessons and birthday parties.

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Kristin Lee
859-266-2266
klee@thelittlegym.com

Hours

Sunday: 10 a.m.-1p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Tuesday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m.-5:30p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost
$85 per month

Tutoring Club Meet us at the fair

After School
Academic / Mental

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K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12

UK Discount
5%.
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Tutoring Club offers on site or virtual tutoring for K-12 students in math, reading, writing, homework, study skills, ACT/SAT prep and more.

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Larry Boss
859-224-1020
lexingtonky@tutoringclub.com

Hours
Monday-Thursday, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost
Hourly rates. Vary by plan.

UK Advanced EyeCare Optical Shop Meet us at the fair

Family Support

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Preschool
K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12

UK Discount
Policy: All University of Kentucky employees shall receive a discount benefit on glasses and contacts purchased through the University Optical Shops, when not utilizing their vision insurance benefits. Eyeglasses – up to 30% maximum discount 20% discount (including frames and upgrades) 10% additional discount available to UK employees with a valid prescription written by a UK provider Contacts - 10% discount available with any valid prescription Discounts are not eligible for purchases filed through insurance. Employee must present their valid UK ID at time of sale. Discount offered to UK employees only. UK contractors such as Aramark, STEPS, and CKMS are eligible to participate. Discounts are subject to change at the discretion of the optical shop leadership. All current discount information is available to UK employees through the UK benefits page and advertised through various UK employee benefits information resources.
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UK Optical Shops try to be a resource for all eyewear needs for our patients, employees, students, and the community.
Our goal is to provide parents a one-stop shop for their kids to receive all of their eye care needs.
We offer school eye exams, we accept UK insurance, and our UK employee discount is extended to immediate family. We have a huge selection of kids glasses, pediatric glasses, and sports glasses, as well as retail contact lenses and medically necessary contact lenses.
Our expert team of opticians are available Monday - Friday 8am – 5pm at two convenient Lexington locations, Shriner’s Hospital for Children and UK at Turfland.

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Megan Chestnut
859-218-2644
megan.chestnut@uky.edu

Hours
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Ultimate Test Prep and College Planning Meet us at the fair

After School
Day Camp
Summer Camp
Academic / Mental
Extracurricular
Family Support

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9-12

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Ultimate Test Prep and College Planning provides targeted feedback and tools to improve scores on standardized tests (ACT, SAT, PSAT, GRE, LSAT and more). We offer individual instruction and group classes to enhance students' test-taking skills by analyzing their strengths and weaknesses. We provide college planning, and we support students with crucial advice about applications, essays, deadlines, interviews, scholarships, etc. Our combination of test-prep and stronger college applications results in significant savings and higher admission rates for our families.

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Winni van Gessel
859-888-8228
info@ultimatetestprep.com

Hours
9 a.m.-7 p.m., weekdays
Some classes provided during the weekend

Cost

$199 - $899 for a variety of services
Individualized packages and combinations available

University of Kentucky Family Center Meet us at the fair

After School
Academic / Mental
Family Support

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Preschool
K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12

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The University of Kentucky Family Center is a community mental health facility serviced by therapy interns who are in their Family Sciences master's program at UK. Our interns are supervised weekly by their clinical supervisors who are licensed Marriage and Family therapists within UK's Family Sciences faculty. The Family Center has contributed its efforts to the community for more than 25 years. As a non-profit, the Family Center's first priority is to provide a place of genuine personal growth for therapy interns and their clients.

The Family Center always has open doors and provides services regardless of economic or social status, and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability. We are an extension of the University of Kentucky and we have been working with members of the Lexington community from all backgrounds for more than 30 years. Give us a call and start working towards the future today with one of our skilled therapy interns.

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Nathan D. Wood, Ph.D., LMFT
859-257-7932
nathan.wood@uky.edu

Hours
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost
All our services are based on a sliding fee scale based on household income.