Sunflower Kids supports, empowers, and strengthens adult and child survivors of domestic violence by collaborating with central Kentucky agencies to provide safe, supervised visitation services. The organization works toward a vision of diverse communities free of violence, where all individuals are safe and treated with the respect they deserve. True to this inclusive mission, Sunflower Kids recognizes that the abused partner is not always female and that families experiencing domestic violence are not always heterosexual. For the safety of adults and children, visits take place at Sunflower Kids' secure facility, which has a number of security measures in place, such as staggered arrival and departure times and separate entrances and exits. A visitation monitor stays in the room during each session to observe interactions between the child and the parent who poses the safety concern, making sure the child is both physically and emotionally safe.
Established by the owners of Shamrock Bar & Grille and featuring 29 flat-screen TVs and a game room, The Cellar nourishes bellies of all ages with a menu marked by dressed-up salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Make hands feel giant with an order of mini brauts ($5) before making nice with a made-to-order Cellar burger ($8) or one of many sandwich selections. The entree section includes salads, steaks, seafood, and a mouthwatering full rack of barbecue baby-back ribs ($20). The parmesan-pressed chicken breast ($12.50), like any streetwise debutante, surrounds itself with a bounty of bow-tied tasties and goes well with myriad bourbon varieties.
Bartenders dart about behind the lengthy wood bar at Patchen Pub, pouring pitchers of draft beer and stirring up mixed drinks. Servers parade out from the kitchen onto the sunny upper and lower decks, balancing trays of housemade wings, overstuffed deli sandwiches, and juicy Black Angus beef burgers. Meanwhile, carousers compete in lively games of darts and pool, pausing only to steal nibbles of nachos or order second rounds of drinks.
Blue Agave Cantina and Tequila Bar serves a menu specializing in marinated meats and margaritas. Guests unable to domesticate their fire hydrant can cool off with a bowl of guacamole, prepared to order from fresh avocados, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime ($6). Entrust hands to tacos, served with salsa, lime, cilantro, and onions on corn tortillas, with your choice of steak, shredded or marinated pork, or chicken ($4 for two). Diners licensed to operate silverware can take a test run with the red-chili and shredded-pork carnitas platter ($11) or the alambres, marinated steak topped with cheese, peppers, and onions, served on a hot skillet ($16).
Musikgarten of Lexington director Jennifer Tutt believes that cultivating kids' natural musical aptitude enhances more than just the ability to hum a tune; it can also boost memory, foster pattern recognition, and refine motor skills. Following a curriculum used around the world, instructors with master's and doctorate degrees in music nurture the all-around development of students ranging from infants to 10-year-olds. They bring parents in on the fun: many age groups encourage the attendance and participation of adults, who are also given engaging ways to continue the lesson plan at home. Depending on age level, classes mix singing and dancing with basic instrument play, and, for older kids, a smattering of music theory, history, and performance. All-ages private lessons run the gamut of 17 instruments, from piano and voice to viola and trumpet.
A nationally acclaimed comedy club, Comedy Off Broadway serves up live laughs every Friday and Saturday and many weeknights thanks to a plethora of nationally recognized comedians. Upcoming joke jockeys include comedic melodeer Tim Wilson (December 1–11) and Boston Comedy Festival winner Dwight Slade (December 29–January 1). Choose from the following rib-tickling options, each of which requires a one-drink minimum (alcoholic or non-alcoholic):