My kids are grown now, but when they were younger, I remember scouring the newspaper for activities or events I could take them to that could enrich their lives and enlarge their worlds.
Fortunately for parents, members of the Lexington Learning Cooperative and organizers of Spotlight Lexington have made world-broadening an easy task.
During each weekend of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Learning Cooperative will host several events geared for children and families.
The informal networking group, which is composed overwhelmingly of non-profit educational, historical, artistic, musical, environmental and cultural organizations, will produce the activities.
"We have a variety of activities scheduled," said Sonja Brooks of Sisohpromatem Art Foundation, "including individual art projects that you will have the opportunity to make something and take it away."
At least once during each of the three weekends during the Games, there will be a community project, she said, such as the use of materials to create a large-scale weaving between trees and poles in Triangle Park on Sept. 26.
"We are trying to get people to know that from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, there are free family activities along with all the other things that are going on in Triangle Park for Spotlight Lexington," Brooks said.
Activities will be at the Family Arts Paddock, a tent near the split at West Main and West Vine streets on the west side of the park.
Historic presentations from the Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum, Native Americans, and the Bluegrass Indo- American Civic Society also will be featured.
The first activity will be making bracelets, necklaces, anklets or key chains from hemp as taught by members of the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation.
Alison Carter, historic preservation specialist, said participants will be taught a simple style and a more intricate style of braiding.
"The reason we are doing the hemp," Carter said, "is because John Wesley Hunt, one of the first millionaires west of the Allegheny Mountains, made most of his money with the production of hemp when it was legal. Hemp was a big part of Lexington and the Lexington economy."
With his money, Hunt built Hopemont, a home for his wife and 12 children, now known as the Hunt-Morgan House, at 201 North Mill Street.
You can take your hemp creation to the house for a free tour during the Games. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tours on the hour.
Talk about expanding worlds.
With all of the activities scheduled for adults and for children, Spotlight Lexington seems to be the place to be during the Games, especially if you can't get to the Kentucky Horse Park.