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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Things to do this weekend around Louisville: April 18,19,20

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Check out our posts about the Kentucky Derby Festival and Easter!

Save the date for May 17th. It's our next Louisville Family Fun Experience Series Event. Tickets will go on sale SOON. Limited quantity!

Would you like to win a prize worth over $400 that's PACKED with BIG family fun?  Click HERE and see how.

Friday
It's not always about heading out to an event. How about finding a new restaurant to try and dining outside? We have a great post for family friendly outdoor dining, of course we do.  Click HERE.

If you really want some hoopla, head to the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. Hoopla, get it.  Ha!

Saturday
 photo wildflower_zps4679b8e9.pngSpring Wildflower Walks with Tavia Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. At Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve FREE, Donations encouraged
Join Executive Director, Tavia Cathcart Brown, co-author of Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and Southern Appalachians and the award-winning Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest book, as she reveals the fascinating stories of wildflowers. She will share stories about their medicinal uses, folklore, edibility, and how they get their names. There will be free crafts for kids.
Indoor Wildflower Presentation - 10:00 a.m. Woodland Garden Walk (easy) - 11:00 a.m. Wildflower Trail Walk (moderate) - 12:15 p.m.

Also, the Easter Parade along Frankfort Ave is on Saturday! The parade begins at 11:45am in front of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Avenue, and will travel to Haldeman Avenue. Bring Easter baskets to be filled with free candy.

Sunday
Happy Easter! Enjoy an Easter brunch with your family or hang out and enjoy time together!  Here's our Easter post.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
Stephanie

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Donate for a chance to WIN BIG! Help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana

Did you know it takes $1,200 to secure a mentoring match for a year through 

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And, according to a recent study, 90% reported their “Big” helped them make better choices.

Let's MAKE A MATCH together!

Louisville Family Fun is a proud supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana through fundraisers like these and the Louisville Family Fun Experience Series.

Donate by the end of the day April 22nd for a chance to win BIG

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Family Fun Packs: Five (5) will be given away in a random drawing. The Prize Pack includes four (4) general admission single day passes to the new Kentucky Kingdom and four (4) Louisville Bats reserved any day seat vouchers. The Prize Pack is valued over $200!

The GRAND Prize Pack!!!  One (1) will be given away in a random drawing. The GRAND Prize Pack includes all of the above, plus two (2) Louisville Zoo one day passes, five (5) Lazer Blaze attraction passes, four (4) Frazier History Museum admission passes, four (4) SweetFrog Premium Yogurt 4oz. free vouchers and one (1) year-long family membership to Bernheim Forest. The GRAND Prize Pack is valued at $400!

Here's how the giveaway works: The more you give, the better your chances are of winning! For every $10 you donate you’ll receive 1 entry into the Family Fun Prize Pack Giveaway. For every $25 you donate you’ll receive 1 entry into the GRAND Prize Pack Giveaway.

So for example: donate $100 and receive 10 chances for the Prize Pack Giveaway and 4 chances for the GRAND Prize Pack Giveaway.

Winners will be randomly drawn on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 so donations must be made by 11:59pm on April 22nd.


Good luck and thanks for helping local children through this fantastic organization!

Mighty Momz Training with Mighty Titan Adventures in Louisville, KY

Do you find yourself running around all the time, but yet cannot count it as getting your workout in? As moms, it is difficult to find time for everything that we would like to do. Fortunately, Coach Nicole (also a mom!) of the Mighty Titans, can help! She has developed an express fitness program for moms.

I recently had a chance to chat with Nicole about her Mighty Momz class and go through a Success session. This session is the first thing you need to do to get started in the Mighty Momz class. This 30 minute assessment will go over things like your health - (including past injuries), calculate your percent body fat, posture evaluation, and work together to come up with attainable health and fitness goals. She is very thorough and takes her time explaining everything of what she is doing and why. This assessment will help her develop an exercise prescription for you. For example, for me she noticed my left side was slightly higher than the other and my upper body caved in a little - all this was news to me. With these in mind and having my percent body fat in an acceptable range, she recommended (aka prescribed) I gain more muscle mass to help improve my core which in turn would help my posture. Also, she encouraged using a foam roller for recovery training.

The next step would be to meet with her in one of the group session 1-3x/week. This is a 45 minute workout that includes warm-up, workout, cool-down, and a question and answer session - including some nutritional tips. During the week, you will do the exercises as prescribed from your success session on your own. This program is setup to continue to boost your metabolism for 36 hours post workout and build muscle tissues. Nicole is constantly evolving your workouts to keep you getting stronger and fitter.

 photo untitled_zpsaf939bf5.pngWhat makes this unique is that Coach Nicole is offering personal training in a group setting. She has over 20 years of personal training experience, certified in pre- and post-natal, and a master's degree in exercise physiologist. She holds you accountability - if she does not see you at the workout, she will contact you. If you have questions when you are home - she is available via e-mail or phone. The personal training is with the group price of $20-25/session. The only equipment you would need is a foam roller and some resistance bands which means her training you can do anywhere and anytime!

Another good thing about the Mighty Moms class is that you can enroll anytime and the success session and the first week is FREE! If you are unhappy, you can stop anytime, risk-free. The classes are being offered at 10am at Mockingbird and 8:30am in Crestwood. Mockingbird offers soccer classes for 18months up to 3 years at 10am with open enrollment for those kids whose moms is enrolled in the Mighty Momz class. 

Nicole posts little fitness nuggets on her Mighty Titans Facebook page too. She posts exercises, nutritional tips and more to keep you going on your fitness journey. She also provided nutritional coaching apart from these classes if you need more help.

If you want some accountability, need one-on-one to start working out, you definitely should send Nicole an e-mail! As a coach, she wants you to be successful. She meets you right where your fitness level is at today and will work alongside with you, encouraging you to attain your goals.

By guest contributor: Jeanette

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paintn' Party Upcoming Derby Parties!

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 photo paintnparty_zps517f0bee.jpgPaintn' Party has some unique parties planned for you this week and next! I met owner Tiffany Whelan a couple of months ago and I really love her spirit for what she is doing, she love bringing art into people's lives. She's a working art teacher by day and party artist by night. Check out these awesome upcoming classes.




 photo jockey_zpsa29a867a.jpgSweet Sprinkles Bakery - Derby Painting Party
Sweet Sprinkles Bakery
435 N. Bardstown Road - Mt. Washington KY
Thursday, April 17th - 7pm
$35 for painting, beverages and treats!
RSVP required - Click here



 photo spires_zpse8c147fb.jpgMartinis and Masterpieces
The Chocolate Bar at Wesport Village
Twin Spires!
Thursday, April 24th - 6:30 pm
$35 for painting and any one choice of Martinis!
RSVP is required - Click here

Monday, April 14, 2014

Birthday Freebies in and around Louisville, KY

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The only thing better than celebrating your kiddo’s birthday in a big way, is doing it as inexpensively as possible! As a mom businesses really earn brownie points with me for treating my children well, and giving them free or highly discounted stuff makes me happier and honestly more likely to return. Here is a list of some area businesses that offer special treats for your little ones:

1. The Disney Store: Gives buttons to kids that have a space for writing their name and they sang happy birthday while we were there. 426-7922

2. Toys R Us: Has Geoffrey’s birthday club, if you sign up online they will send your child a card in the mail and an invitation to come into the store for a special birthday experience. 896-1243

3. Burger King: If you enroll your child in Club BK, they will receive a coupon for a free kids meal on their birthday as well as one when you sign up.

4. Baskin Robbins: If you sign your child up for the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club they will receive a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream on their birthday. (PS. There isn’t an age limit on this one)

5. Cold Stone Creamery: Free Ice Cream Creation

6. Moe’s Southwest Grill: Free Birthday Burrito

7. California Pizza Kitchen: Free Kids Meal for kids 10 and under. 425-5125

8. IHOP: Free Meal on your birthday and a Free Meal for Signing up. (Also a Free Meal 1 year after signing up)

9. Red Robin: Free Burger on your Birthday, this can be used with in a 2 week span. 899-9001

10. Chuck E Cheese: Kids get a coupon for 20 Free Tokens

11. Old Spaghetti Factory: Free kid’s meal on their birthday. 581-1070

12. Hometown Pizza: Free personal size pizza on your kid’s birthday. (12 and under)

13. Zaxby’s: Join their text club and get a free nibbler on your birthday.

14. Applebees: Free Entrée on your birthday

15. Bob Evans: Free Kids Meal

16. Buca di Beppo: Free Birthday Brownie Sundae 493-2426

17. Culvers: Free One Scoop Sundae

18. Denny’s: Free Build your own Grand Slam Breakfast.

19. Firehouse Subs: A Free Medium Birthday Sub

20. Krispy Kreme: Free Donut and small coffee or soda.

By guest contributor: Allison

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Winners! Honeybaked Ham

 photo honeybaked_zpsaec3d520.jpgHoneyBaked is getting ready to serve up your Easter ham! They have even opened up kiosks in retail stores nationwide. Famous for the leanest selection of moist, tender hams and turkeys, HoneyBaked is offering convenient pop-up locations at Kroger stores in the Louisville area.




Last week, we had a contest for 2 $25 gift certificates to give to 2 lucky readers. These certificates can be redeemed at the retail stores (not the pop-up locations).

The winners are: Tammy Thaler and Kristine Kauflin
To claim, please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net with your mailing address using the email address with which you entered the contest!

Louisville Health Kick Festival Offers Fun for the Whole Family

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Saturday Apr. 26 Kentucky Exposition Center West Hall A/B, 937 Phillips Ln

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Learn about family health and safety at the Louisville Health Kick Festival, presented by Hwang’s Martial Arts. More than 50 vendors will offer free information and interactive activities. Children of all ages will enjoy playing on an obstacle course, inflatable bounce house and basketball goal, and learning about bike safety at the bike rodeo. Healthy lifestyle tips will be provided by Norton Healthcare and other local health organizations. Entertaining yoga, Zumba and martial arts demonstrations will be featured throughout the day and massages will be available for adults. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 each or $15 for a family four pack. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit healthkick.eventbrite.com.

The headlining event at the festival is the Kick-a-Thon: a fun, active fundraiser. Proceeds from Louisville Health Kick Festival and the Kick-a-Thon benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital. Participants in the Kick-A-Thon raise money by collecting donations, pledging to perform a kick for every dollar raised. Experienced Taekwondo instructors will guide the fun. Participants can enter as either individuals or teams. Teams work together to raise funds and compete against the other teams to perform the most kicks in five minutes. The Kick-a-Thon is open to the public and registration is going on now. Registration fees are $35 for an individual or $30 per person on a team of 3-20. Sign up at tinyurl.com/healthkickfestival.

Hwang’s Martial Arts offers Taekwondo and martial arts classes at multiple locations statewide in addition to programs at Jefferson County Public Schools, after school programs and summer camps. Not only is Hwang’s Martial Arts committed to the physical health and mental of children in Kentuckiana, they have a mission to give back to local charities and incorporate philanthropy into student curriculum. Hwang’s Martial Arts celebrates three years partnering with the Children’s Hospital Foundation, which raises money exclusively to support Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Children's Hospital Foundation raises funds each year to support programs, equipment and facilities, research, advocacy and education at Kosair Children's Hospital. For more information or ways to help visit HelpKosairChildrensHospital.com.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Things to do this weekend around Louisville - April 11,12,13

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 photo LMQ_zpsb9e8f632.jpg April is such an awesome time in Louisville - Baseball, Derby Festival, Easter and outdoor fun.

Save the date for May 17th. It's our next Louisville Family Fun Experience Series Event.  Tickets will go on sale in late April.

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Here are my picks for the weekend:

Friday: Farmer Jason Show from 10am – 11am and Noon-1pm (2 shows, also 2 on Thursday 4/10) at the Paul W. Ogle Cultural & Community Center Indiana University Southeast (4201 Grant Line Rd. New Albany, IN 47150) This is a FREE concert, BUT RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Farmer Jason is the brainchild of rock music legend Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers. In 2002 he created Farmer Jason to educate and entertain children about farm life and the wonders of nature.  We saw Farmer Jason a while back - super fun show! You can make your reservations online. 


Saturday:  Gorgeous weather for the weekend, get outside! Thunder Fun stuff!  Did you know that the Meijer Family Fun Zone is open to anyone with a Pegasus Pin this year?  See details by clicking here.

Or, how about 18th Century Thunder at Locust Grove.  Educational, fun, affordable - love it!
Free admission to the grounds and the encampment program. To tour the historic house: $6 adults, $3 kids 6-12, free for kids 5 and under. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.


 photo 5BatsTickets_zps5f2b9fc1.pngSunday: LOUFAMFUN DAY AT THE LOUISVILLE BATS.  2:05pm start, lots of fun promotions for Sunday and a LouFamFun reader will be throwing out the first pitch with Stephanie.  $5 tickets and the beautiful sunshine..........what more could you ask for?

Tickets: BatsBaseball.com

Stephanie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review of MegaQuest at Louisville Mega Caverns in Louisville, KY

Some of the Louisville Family Fun writers took their kids to try out the Mega Quest experience at Louisville Mega Caverns. Here's what each writer had to say about their fun day!

Karen: Mega Quest is a unique experience, capable of entertaining just about anyone!  The staff were kind, and very helpful, *especially when my equipment was malfunctioning in the middle of the course - possible due to operator error :-)  My son is a small 7-yr old, and while some areas were impossible for him to cross (due to arm reach and leg span), he had a blast everywhere else. I think the prime child age would be about 8 and up, unless of course the child is quite tall for his/her age. The best part, for me, was watching my son face his fears and us working together to accomplish certain areas. It was a great, FUN bonding experience for he and I. Per my son, after 2+ hours in the course, "Mom, that was AWWWWESOME!!!"

Jeanette: My 6 year old and I had a great time at the ropes course. He said his favorite was the big zipline into the cargo net. I enjoyed doing something active and different with my son amidst all the crazy weather. My son led on the course and headed straight to the upper level. Next time, we will stay on the lower level before going up to the harder level. By the end, he was getting tired and had trouble with his clamps, but it didn't dampen his spirits from enjoying wearing all the safety gear and climbing around.

Caryn: My 7 1/2 year old son and I really enjoyed the obstacle course! I love that there is no one way to go through the obstacle course. It felt like you could go through it 100 times and never do it the same way twice, or just stay on it the whole 3 hours without ever using the big zip line exit till the end. On the other hand, I appreciated all the available seating within view of the ropes course for when we needed to take a break. I love that you can take your own drinks and snacks there, and that they sell drinks and snacks in case you came unprepared. It was nice to have a little gift shop that wasn't a ridiculous distraction for the kids. Everything felt very safe, and all of the workers were very helpful and nice. We can't wait to go again!

Maggie: This course was physically demanding, but even though I have a minor physical disability I was able to do it for two hours.  But what’s more impressive to me is that my six year old was able to take off on his own shortly after we started.  He was scared when we first arrived, but I nearly had to drag him out after three hours.  He talked about it the whole rest of the night and he’s already begging to go back again.  I really wish I would have known about this place sooner.  It was great!  A few tips-use the restroom before you get your harness on; you have to take it all the way off to go.  Also, once you’re in the course you aren’t getting out any time soon.  And bring water for when you’re done.  They do have a water fountain but it’s just not enough.


Stephanie: My son will not stop talking about the Mega Quest, we loved it.  It was a full body workout, I woke up the next day with muscles aching - in a good way.  Things that I think are important to point out are that you can stay at Mega Quest for 3 hours, it's not just a course you go through once, and it is definitely exercise so don't overdress or you will be really hot!  Also, there are lockers you can use for just $1 to secure valuables while you climb.  My favorite part was the one on one connection I had with my son when he got a little scared when approaching a few obstacles - we talked through it and celebrated together when he overcame his fears.
Heather: My daughter and I loved MegaQuest including a request for affordable birthday held there.I suggest dressing in layers. Its a bit cool going in but you definitely get in a good workout! So make sure you bring your fave sports bottle full of water.  Other than that, grab the fam and spend the day underground. We had a blast and the staff was amazing!




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review of Portland Museum in Louisville, KY

 photo 24a7075d-89e8-4cbc-9a8d-d2988859f0a6_zps01529eaa.jpg photo f51e4bd9-80d2-4bc7-a354-fcc644d65f66_zpsdf3533b4.jpgI learned about the Portland Museum last summer while I was researching all the museums in the area for Louisville Family Fun.  I was surprised I hadn’t heard of it since it had been around so long.  I asked a friend who grew up in Portland if she knew about it, and she said she had gone there several times for school field trips.  I added it to my summer agenda.

When I tried to go over the summer, I discovered it was only open Tuesday-Friday from 10-4:30.  The hours made it difficult to get there, but I finally made it this winter.

 photo af0d398c-1be9-4094-8821-7e43989f1fda_zps9ce3f77b.jpgIn the main lobby is an animatronic version of Captain Mary Millicent Miller, native Portlander and the first licensed woman steamboat captain in the United States.  She tells her story of working with her husband and then eventually captaining her own vessel.

Then we went into another room filled with animatronics and dioramas that tell the history of the Portland area.  Each area is accompanied by an audio presentation, and you are prompted to move through the exhibit by the stories and lights.  It was really a unique experience.  I had my four year old with me that day, and once he got over his fear of the dark he seemed interested in the animatronics if nothing else.
 photo 2a0b4843-8f77-45d0-b941-12466dc81a28_zps951a20fd.jpgThere were many displays of historic artifacts and documents relating to the Portland neighborhood.  I don’t recommend this for very small children, as it is a hands-off museum.  This would be a great place for older kids (6+) and anyone who wants to learn more about the unique history of the Portland area.

 photo f8b6b6d8-2929-4ba2-b11f-a177c0be7973_zps2a443fdc.jpgPerhaps my favorite thing there was newsreel footage from the 1937 flood in Louisville, but my son wasn’t interested in sitting still for it so I wasn’t able to watch the entire collection.  I will return for this.


 photo 3963b879-509c-4b52-a07c-7005f49cb1d3_zps55e67687.jpgThere isn’t much off-street parking, but there seems to be plenty of on-street parking.  This would be a nice place to visit in the summer time, because they have a really great playground in the back.  I would recommend this in conjunction with a trip to the Falls of the Ohio and/or the Howard Steamboat Museum since they all deal with the same area and histories.

By guest contributor: Maggie