In 2012, the Kentucky Horse Park celebrated the grand opening of its newest barn, designed specifically for youth ages 13 and under.
The Kids Barn is an interactive facility with daily educational and fun activities that are guaranteed to capture even the youngest child's attention. Kids will get the opportunity to help our friendly staff groom horses, go on scavenger hunts, and jump their own course of fences in the "Champion's Arena" located in the grassy area right beside the barn. Included with park admission, the Kids Barn activities are sure to keep the young and young at heart engaged and entertained all day long.
KIDS BARN DAILY SCHEDULE (March 15th – November 5th)
All Day Self Guided Tour of Kids Barn:
Along with scheduled activities in the Kid’s Barn, it will be open daily for visitors to follow the self guided tour. Topics presented in the Kids Barn will be laid out in depth throughout the barn; each stall will represent a different topic area of the equine industry. Programs, classes, and clinics that are offered through the KHP Education Department can also be found on the KHP website!
Groom and Shine:
The residents of the Kids Barn need help! After playing in their paddocks all day, our horses need some TLC to make their coats shine. The Groom and Shine demonstration will teach you the different grooming tools, their uses, and the techniques to groom a horse. Once our staff has demonstrated how to groom, it’s your turn to give it a try! (A great hand on activity for children of any age).
Show Time: March 15th – November 5th at 2:45pm
Other Activities Throughout the Day:
A list of scavenger hunt items will be listed on pieces of paper available for taking at both ends of the barn. The object is for children to take their time finding the items around the park while visiting with their family.
Jump a Course:
Located just outside the Kid’s Barn, “Champion’s Arena” will be a place in which children can expend some energy over a miniature scale show jumping course (Jumps donated by Jump4Joy). Courses will be posted and changed weekly to give children am ongoing challenge as well as some much needed exercise.
Breeds of the Day:
Two to four different breeds of horses or ponies are on display in the Kids Barn on a daily basis. Accompanying these horses is a description of the breed, its origin, uses, and characteristics to show visitors the variety of horse and pony breeds in the equine world, and to educate them on the value of finding a good mount for their child.