The Kentucky Derby is an exciting time every May in Louisville, Kentucky. Children throughout Kentuckiana can also enjoy learning all about the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby Museum, on the grounds of Churchill Downs, features numerous age appropriate programs for kids on a regular basis. Some of the events offered are listed below, based on grade levels.
Another list is provided which includes some books about the Derby. The Derby can be an enriching time for learning! Children’s books all about the Kentucky Derby make learning quite interesting and most especially fun!
Books about the Derby:
There are wonderful children’s books available about horses and about the Kentucky Derby. Check out the Louisville public library in your area. With a library card, you can order specific books and have them sent to any library in the Louisville metro. Listed below are two titles of books all about horse racing and about the Derby. What a great way to educate children as to what the Kentucky Derby is all about!
Great Racehorses by John Green
This book has amazing tales about race horses. Two of the thirty race horses discussed are Seabiscuit and Secretariat. This is an educational book which teaches children all about horse racing and about former Derby winners!
Derby Day: A Pop-Up Celebration of the Kentucky Derby by Pamela Pease
Pop-Up books are great for young children. How exciting to see race horses literally jumping off of the page! Children will love the vibrant colors in the illustrations and will surely enjoy the dynamic story telling.
The Kentucky Derby Museum
Visit the Museum
Summer Hours: M-S 8AM-5PM (ET)
Sunday 11AM-5PM (ET)
704 Central Ave
Louisville, KY 40208
Phone: (502) 637-1111
The museum offers a variety of enriching programs for various age levels. Speak to your child’s teacher or principal about potentially scheduling a class field trip. Or, call the museum directly to learn about featured programs offered every month. Here are some of the programs listed on the website:
Arts and Humanities
Horse Tales (PK-1)
Rhythm Around the Track (1-3)
Aristides’ Art Club (K-5)
Racing Colors (PK/K)
Mathin’ Around The Track(1-3) *NEW*
Odds in Everyday Life (4-8)
Thoroughbred Care (K-3)
Science on the Track (4-8)
Superhorse, The Shoe, and You (4-8)
Workouts Tour (4-12)
Creating Traditions (2-5)
Louisville and the Derby (3-12)
Race Through Time (4-8)
Economics and the Derby (4-8)
Culture and Racing (4-8) *NEW*
African Americans in Thoroughbred
Vanishing Bluegrass (4-8)
Jockeying For Position (9-12)
The Kentucky Derby is an exciting time for parents and for children too! Make sure your kids get in on the learning and fun this Derby season!