Countdown to Kindergarten 2018

Each summer children that have registered for kindergarten with Fayette County Public Schools have the opportunity to attend a variety of fun, free, and educational activities through the Countdown to Kindergarten Program.  Many community organizations partner to offer these activities.


Get Ready for Kindergarten This Summer by Attending FREE Countdown to Kindergarten Activities!

To attend all the programs – take the voucher located on your Family Guide to Kindergarten to any branch of the Lexington Public Library and pick up a Countdown to Kindergarten T-shirt for your incoming kindergartener.  The t-shirt serves as their ticket into all the events.  Below you will see dates and descriptions of all the activities and admission requirements for you and other members of your family.



June 1 – 5 Lexington Public Library — “Discover Summer Kick-Off Parties!” Kindergarteners can pick up their
Countdown to Kindergarten shirts with coupon at any library location. Join the party, and get your reading log and a calendar of
events for the summer. We will have special handouts just for you!

• June 1, 10 a.m. – noon at Tates Creek Branch, 2 – 4 p.m. at Beaumont Branch
• June 2, 10 a.m. – noon at Central Library, 2 – 4 p.m. at Northside Branch
• June 4, 2 – 4 p.m. at Village Branch
• June 5, 10 a.m. – noon at Eastside Branch

Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. – The Kentucky Children’s Garden at the Arboretum – 500 Alumni Drive
Come join in the fun! Learn about butterfly life cycles, plant a seed to take home, and explore how the garden is blooming. Free
admission is only for kindergartner with a C to K shirt and one adult; others $3 per person.

Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to noon – Lexington Children’s Theatre– 418 West Short Street
Join the Lexington Children’s Theatre as we delve into “Where the Wild Things Are.” Explore your actor’s tools, make a mask,
and act out this fabulous story. Free admission is only for kindergartner with a C to K shirt and one adult. Register at before June 14.

Saturday, June 16, Parks and Recreation pools
Enjoy a day of swimming at any city pool. Free admission is only for kindergartner with C to K shirt. Please check each pool’s
location for hours and the cost for additional guests.

Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Living Arts and Science Center – 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Check out this special Discovery Saturday program featuring hands-on exhibits, art and makerspace activities, live animals, a
planetarium show, and more! Free admission is only for kindergartener with a C to K shirt and one adult. Additional guests are
$5 each.

Saturday, June 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. – North Lexington Family YMCA – 381 West Loudon Ave.
Parents and children can participate in a variety of self-directed activities to support school readiness through physical activity,
art, and science. Activities will included an obstacle course, a science experiment, and a craft. Admission for the whole family is
included when accompanied by a kindergartener in a C to K shirt.

Saturday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Lexington Philharmonic Concert at the Carnegie Center – |
251 West Second Street
Bring your family to hear some poetry and stories paired with music and then collaborate with LexPhil musicians to create your
own story and adventure. Pre-concert activities include an instrument petting zoo, musical crafts, coloring pages, and more. It’s
free for the child in a C to K shirt and one parent; $5 for all others.

Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to noon – Bluegrass Greensource – 835 National Ave.
Learn about water quality while participating in hands-on activities. Paint a fish print, go fishing for pollution, make a pool
noodle boat, and more. Free admission for the child in a C to K shirt and their families.

Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m. — Explorium – 440 West Short Street
Come see our free show that oozes, fizzes, and kabooms! Museum entry is also free for a child in a C to K shirt; $8 for others.
Email Kalli Turner at for reservations.

Saturday, July 28, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Bluegrass Youth Ballet – 1595 Mercer Road, Suite 180
Come see how ballet moves you! Kindergartners in C to K shirts can join us for ballet class, demonstrations, and activity. It’s free
for a child in their C to K shirt and one parent. Please call (859) 271-4472 or email to register.

Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – McConnell Springs Nature Park – 416 Rebmann Road
Children and their families will participate in a nature scavenger hunt. Free admission for children in C to K shirts and their

Sunday, July 29, Lexington Legends baseball “Barn at the Park” – Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the
game starts at 2 p.m. Activities for kindergarteners include running the bases at the end of the game and Triple Play Zone fun!
Free admission for all children under 12; adults with a kindergartner get in for $5. To register, call the box office at (859) 422-
7867; tickets can be picked up at the will call tent on game day. Tickets also may be purchased that afternoon at any box office
window. Your child must be wearing a Countdown to Kindergarten shirt to receive the discount.

Saturday, August 4 — Back to School Rallies
The YMCA of Central Kentucky hosts Back to School Rallies each year across the city. For information on locations and other
details, go to

Saturday, August 4, Parks and Recreation pools
Enjoy a day of swimming at any city pool. Free admission is only for kindergartner with C to K shirt. Please check each pool
location for hours and admission prices.

Saturday, August 11, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – KET – 600 Cooper Drive
KET wants to help your little one get ready for kindergarten with “Super Saturday 2018.” Children in C to K shirts plus one
accompanying adult (two if there is room) are invited to a special zone in the KET Media Lab. Each child will leave with a book
and activities to do at home. Register at starting June 15.


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How does it work?

Children who register for kindergarten with Fayette County Public Schools for the fall of 2018 will receive information and a t-shirt voucher in their registration packet.  Parents may use the voucher to redeem a free Countdown to Kindergarten t-shirt at any Lexington Public Library branch beginning in the month of May.  This t-shirt will act as the child’s “ticket” to a variety of FREE and fun events this summer. For information on how and where to register your child for kindergarten with Fayette County Public Schools, please visit

What are the free activities?

Thanks to the generosity of a number of local groups, a variety of fun and educational activities are available all summer for your soon-to-be kindergarten.

How does my child get a t-shirt?

Any child who has registered for kindergarten through Fayette County Public Schools will receive a welcome packet about starting school. Within that packet you will find some information about Countdown to Kindergarten, as well as a voucher for your t-shirt.  Bring the voucher to any Lexington Public Library branch to claim your t-shirt.  The t-shirt becomes your child’s FREE ticket to the Countdown to Kindergarten events.

I registered my child, but don’t think I received a t-shirt voucher – now what do I do?

If your child has registered for kindergarten with Fayette County Public Schools and you did not receive a voucher for your free t-shirt, please email Alice Nelson at or call 859-381-4105.

Can my child or other siblings get into the events without a Countdown to Kindergarten t-shirt?

Children entering kindergarten must have and wear the Countdown to Kindergarten shirt to gain FREE access to the sponsored events.  Siblings may be allowed, depending on the specific event.   Additional costs may apply for siblings or additional adults.

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