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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Summer Festivals and Events in and around Louisville, KY: June, July, August, September 2015

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Summer time in the Louisville area means festival time! There are tons to choose from, all throughout Kentuckiana and the surrounding areas!

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Saturday, May 30 - Summer Reading Kickoff Festivities at Louisville Free Public Library. A kickoff celebration will occur at the Main Library from 10am-12pm.

Sunday, May 31 11am-3pm - Arts and Culture Day at Brown Foreman Amphitheater on the Waterfront; free hands-on arts and cultural activities for all ages. Food trucks will be on site.

May 31-August 7 - Cultural Pass Program returns . See more info here.


FridayFest at Highview Park - May 29 + 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/7

Weekends 5/30-7/5 - Highland Renaissance Festival in Eminence, KY

June 3-August 9 - 2015 Season of  KY Shakespeare Festival - Free in Central Park - see website for times and production information

June 4-7 - Great American Brass Band Festival at Centre College, Danville, KY 

Jun 4-6 - Capital Expo Festival in Frankfort, KY

June 5 - City of Jeffersontown Summerfest in Jeffersontown Veteran's Memorial Park

June 5 - Louisville Bats Baseball Friday Night Fireworks  (other dates: 6/12, 7/3, 7/17, 7/31, 8/14, 8/28, 9/4)

June 5 - Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop

June 5 - Bourbon City BBQ Festival, Bardstown, KY

June 5 21st Annual Bardstown Bluegrass Festival, Bardstown, KY

Jun 5-6 - Portland Festival

June 5-7  - Flea Off Market

June 6 - JEFF FEST in Jeffersonville, IN

June 6 - Free Fishing Weekend at Sam Peden Community Park

June 6 - 25th Annual Americana World Festival, Iroquois Amphitheater

June 6, 7, 13, 14  - Day Out with Thomas at Kentucky Railway Museum, New Haven, KY

June 6-7 - Wings for Kids Radio Controlled Air Show 11am-5pm at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park

June 6-7 -  Butchertown Art Fair

June 6-7 - Arts on the Green Fine Arts and Craft Festival, Oldham County Courthouse Square, LaGrange, KY

June 7 - Taste of Newport in Newport, KY

June 11-14 -  Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY

June 12 - Downtown Jeffersonville Trolley Hop (other dates 7/10, 8/14, 9/11)

June 12-13 - Lyndon Summer Festival in Robsion Park

June 12-14 - Louisville Greek Festival at Festival Plaza Waterfront Park

June 12-14 - Art on the Parish Green, New Albany, Indiana

June 13 - Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester, KY

June 13 - Stephen Foster Festival in Bardstown, KY

June 14 - New Albany Public Art Walk

June 14 - Concert in Wetherby Park in Middletown: 8 Days A Week

June 19-21 - Mainstrasse Village Original Goettafest @Mainstrasse Village - Covington, KY

June 20 - Clifton Festival

June 20-21 - Festival of the Arts, The Paddocks

June 21-25 - Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown, KY

June 27 - Free Guided Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest

June 27 - Crestwood Festival

June 27 - Riverview Park Independence Festival

June 27 - Kroger Family Health Fair

June 27-28 -  Clark Days in Clarksville, Indiana

July: (Looking for 2015 4th of July events, click HERE)

July 2-5 Kentucky Flea Market 4th of July Spectacular at Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center

July 3 - Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop

July 3-4 - Crescent Hill 4th of July Festival

July 3-4  - Fourth of July Fireworks at Waterfront Park (returns 2015, more info to come)

July 3-5 - Flea Off Market

July 4 - Founders' Day Celebration in Elizabethtown, KY

July 8-11 - Ichthus Festival in Lexington, KY

July 10-11 - Lebowski Fest

July 10-12 -  Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival at the historic Louisville Water Tower

July 10-12 - Berea Craft Festival, Berea, KY

July 11 - Peach Jam Festival in Utica, KY

July 11-12  - Kentucky Farm Fest in Crestwood, KY

July 12 - Concert in Wetherby Park: Miller’s Folly Bluegrass

July 17-19 - Forecastle Festival in Downtown Louisville

July 17-19 - Breyerfest in Lexington, KY

July 18 - Sweet Corn Festival in Georgetown, KY

July 19 -  Family Fun Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve; $3/child, maximum $12/family; Parents and children 2 & under FREE!

July 25 - Free Guided Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest


August 7 - Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop

August 7-9 - Flea Off Market

August 7-9 - FandomFest in Louisville

August 7-8 - St. Joseph Orphan’s Picnic on Frankfort Avenue

August 16 - Concert in Wetherby Park: Doo Wop All Stars

August 21-23 Sellersburg Celebrates in Sellersburg, Indiana

August 29 - Free Guided Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest

August 29-30 Art in Speed Park in Sellersburg, Indiana


September 4 - Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop

September 4-7 -  Kentucky Flea Market Labor Day Spectacular at KY Fair and Expo Center

September 4-6 -  Bluegrass and Bourbon Festival at Louisville Water Tower

September 3-6 -  Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival in Harrodsburg, KY

September 11-12 -  Middletown Family Fun Festival in Historic Middletown, KY

September 13-20 Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival Arts and Crafts Extravaganza week long festival and event in Gaslight Square, Jeffersontown, KY

September 15-20 - Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Downtown Bardstown, KY

September 19 Original Butchertown Oktoberfest at St. Joseph Catholic Church

September 20 - Concert in Wetherby Park

September 20 National Jug Band Jubilee at Brown-Foreman Amphitheatre in Louisville Waterfront Park

September 26-27 -  Louisville Irish Festival

More festival dates will be added as we find them!

By Guest Contributor: Erin

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Reading Programs in and around Louisville, KY 2015

As parents we are faced with the hard task of preventing brain drain over the summer. Summer Reading programs are a great place to start, and the prizes aren’t bad either!

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Barnes and Noble- When your child reads any 8 books, he/she is eligible for a free book!

Book It!- Pizza Hut has been providing encouragement for kids who are putting effort into reading, since I was a kid! This year their summer program starts on June 22nd and runs through August 14th. There isn’t much available on their website, it says info coming soon, so check back often! 

Carmichael’s Kid’s Summer Book Club- The first meeting is and will be a discussion of "One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate, winner of the 2013 Newberry Award. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is best suited to rising 3rd-5th graders.

Chuck E Cheese- On the site there is a calendar with 2 weeks worth of spaces to log reading time. Once that is full, bring in the calendar to exchange for 10 free tokens. Side note: They also have calendars for things like table manners, homework, goodnight’s sleep, and good behavior. All are also worth 10 tokens.

Half Price Books- Starting June 1 and running through July, log 15 minutes of reading time with your child ( parents can read to their child) per day. Once 300 minutes of reading time is reached bring in the reading log and exchange for bookworm bucks ($5 HPB voucher)

Louisville Free Public Library- Starting June 1 the “Under the Sea” reading program begins at the Louisville Free Public Library. Once your child reads 10 books they can exchange their voucher for a shark backpack filled with lots of fun prizes. They are having a kickoff party on May 30th here are more details from the site: “Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the Main Library as we kick off Summer Reading a little early with our Reading Frenzy! There will be stories, games, performances, and activities for the whole family.”   There's also a teen summer reading program too!

New Albany/Floyd County Library- For the Children's Summer Reading Club (ages 3 to going-into-5th-grade), choose to log either minutes (10 hours) or books (25 books). We recommend you choose to count minutes if you're reading chapter books and to choose books if you're reading picture books or easy readers. 

Oldham County Public Library- The summer seedlings program begins on June 13 and runs through July 18th. 

Old Spaghetti Factory- For every 5 books your child reads they get a voucher for a free kids meal!

Scholastic Summer Reading- Have your child log their hours on the site and they will earn virtual prizes and will be entered to win prizes from Klutz.

Sylvan Learning Center- Log on to their website and have your child take a quiz about the most recent book that they read. There are prizes for successful tests taken.

By Guest Contributor: Allison

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

4th of July Independence Day Celebrations and Fireworks for 2015 in and around Louisville

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Fireworks, Baseball, Music! You can find it all below. Pick your favorite and have a great 4th of July Holiday!

Riverview Park Independence Day Festival - June 27th. 3 - 10:30pm. Lots of activities & entertainment!

Bats Baseball July 3rd Fireworks
Friday night fireworks by the Louisville Bats. Show begins right after the game. For game tickets call 212-BATS or purchase online.

Belle of Louisville: Fireworks Cruises
On July 3 and July 4, board a boat and watch the fireworks on the water. Reservations are recommended. On both nights, the cruises depart around 8:30 p.m. and return to land around 11 p.m.

4th of July Bullitt Blast
July 2-4th: Three days of live music, good food, great events, and Fireworks! There's no place better to be this Independence Day. Admission is free!

Crescent Hill Art & Music Festival
The 2015 Crescent Hill Fourth of July Celebration will be held at the Peterson-Dumesnil House on Friday July 3 and Saturday July 4.
Plan to spend two full days with your friends and neighbors (and new friends you have yet to meet!) while you listen to an amazing range of music courtesy of the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in Crescent Hill on the stately grounds of the Peterson Dumesnil House right off Grinstead Drive. Chairs and blankets welcome - food and beverages will be available but more on that later!

4th of July at The Flea Off Market
When: July 3rd -- 4pm to 10pm
July 4th -- 11am to 5pm
July 5th -- 11am to 5pm
Where: Flea Off Market
Open for the 4th, The Flea Off Market will have vendors, of course, and live music from Humongous, Juanita, King Kong, and Born Cross eye

Independence Day Weekend at O'Bannon Woods State Park
July 4, 2015 - July 5, 2015
(10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) O'Bannon Woods State Park 7234 Old Forest Road Corydon, IN 47112

4th of July in Jeffersonville, Indiana
The public is invited to attend the Jeffersonville Celebrating Freedom Parade on Saturday, July 4th at 11am in Historic Downtown Jeffersonville, Indiana. The parade route will be along Spring Street from the riverfront to Federal Avenue (near Warder Park).
After the parade there will be a brief ceremony in Warder Park to remember the origins of America’s freedoms, to honor our veterans, and give the parade awards. Cold drinks and hot dogs will be available for purchase at the ceremony. Warder Park is located at the corner of Spring Street and Court Avenue. There will also be concerts in Warder Park and the RiverStage on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day!

Jeffersonville Riverstage
July 4th
Join us for a summer full of great music, movies, BBQ and much more!!!!
RiverPops Featuring: Wizard of Oz
All Events are FREE! Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130

Kiwanis Annual Fireworks in Corydon
July 3rd starting at 10:00pm
1605 Hwy 62 E Corydon, Indiana 47112

Simpsonville Red, White and Boom
3-D experience on July 4th.  4pm to dusk - festival fun for everyone! 
108 Old Veechdale Rd Simpsonville
LouFamFun went last year - wonderful event!

Cheer on Louisville City FC - they have a home game on July 4th!  Use code BBBS2015 to get a discount on tickets and support Big Brothers Big Sisters at the same time!  This is along with Louisville Orchestra Waterfront 4th of July Celebration - Starts 5pm on July 4th.  Back again for 2015!

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Week in Preview May 25th-28th

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We hope you had a nice holiday weekend, but don't stop yet, there is more fun to be had!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: The Louisville Zoo is encouraging families to build! They are calling all family LEGO® Brick builders to show them your own nature-inspired LEGO brick creations in the Zoo’s inaugural LEGO® Brick Family Challenge. You have until May 28 to post your entry! Find more information here!

Eat it: Go find a Food Truck and try out some tasty cuisine! Check them out here or follow them on twitter to find out where they will be located!

Move it: Subway Fresh Fit Hike Bike and Paddle is happening on the Waterfront on Memorial Day.
It takes place at the top of Waterfront Park's Great Lawn at E. Witherspoon Street near the dancing fountain. Parking is available in many areas around Waterfront Park. Look here for the schedules!

Learn it: Head over to the Kentucky Science Center on May 26th for Everybody poops! Explore the science of scat (animal poop) and learn more about the power of your digestive system.This is a Free Play Date for children ages 0-4 from 8:30am-9:30am. Click here for more information!

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Review of Disney Movie: Tomorrowland

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Erin was granted free admission for the purpose of review.

Last week my family and I attended the movie screening to the new Disney film, Tomorrowland, at Carmike Stonybrook 20 Cinemas. We thoroughly enjoyed the movie and all thought it was a great film.

When I first saw a preview/trailer for the movie on television, I thought the movie had something to do with kids traveling to some other land via the ride "It's a Small World" at Disney World. And although Walt Disney and the history surrounding the World's Fair from 1964 is part of the film, it's so much more than that. It takes movie goers on an adventure to a another land via pins that are given to pre-selected individuals: the dreamers of the world, if you will. The world doesn't have to stay a mess; it can be fixed. Why can't we fix the world? is a predominant theme throughout the movie. The girl character, Casey, played by actress Britt Robertson, leads the audience through the use of her imagination, invention, and perseverance to understanding that we don't have to just accept the way things are or will be. We have the power to change the outcome, if we dream it and believe in it and ourselves. Throughout the film, we are reminded to remember the future.

I don't want to give away too much of the film, but I will say it was highly entertaining and very enjoyable for adults as well. The conversational tone and jokes had my husband and I laughing out loud, as well as our 12 year old daughter and the rest of the audience. I appreciated the humor and dialogue, as well as the stunning visual effects and the places you'll go on an adventure through the film. You feel like you are right there with the characters. And it stars George Clooney: you can never go wrong with that right moms?!

Tomorrowland opens up at theaters nationwide on Friday, May 22. It is rated PG so keep that in mind; I would venture to say it is not suited for little ones, but upper elementary + will really enjoy it and there is nothing that stood out to me that was inappropriate.

By guest contributor: Erin

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Things to do Memorial Day Weekend 2015 in and around Louisville, KY

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If you’re looking for something to do between barbeques and swimming, check out what’s going on in the Louisville area over Memorial Day weekend!

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Flags 4 Vets National Memorial Day Vigil – Families are invited to help place 25,000 American flags at Waterfront Park.  This event runs 5/23-5/25.

Sing & Dance!

Abbey Road on the River – If all you need is love over the long weekend, check out this music festival at The Belvedere Festival Park 5/21-5/25. Admission fee for Adults, donations requested for Child admission.

KY Reggae Festival – Travel to the Caribbean at the Louisville Water Tower.  The Reggae Festival runs 5/22-5/24. Admission fee, kids 10 and under are FREE.  Read our review here.

The RiverStage in Jeffersonville – Concert on 5/22 at 7PM and Twilight Cinema (Annie) on 5/23 at 7:30PM.  Both events are FREE!

Get Active!

Mayor’s Hike Bike & Paddle – Hike, bike, paddle, walk, learn tai chi and many other activities on the Great Lawn on 5/25.  Read our review here.  

Metro Parks Golf Courses – Family weekend at Metro Park Golf Courses 5/23-5/25.  A family of 4 can play 9 holes, with cart, after 4:30PM at any Metro Parks course for only $20!  Call ahead for tee times.

Louisville Bats Baseball Games – Take your family out to a ballgame! There are home games scheduled during the long weekend, check out the schedule online for game times and special promotions.  Military Appreciation Day is on 5/25 and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Replica will be at Slugger Field 5/25-5/27.

Splash - Cool off at an area splash park or enjoy one of the area’s great parks!  Check out our extensive Park reviews list here.  Atlantis Waterpark opens this weekend.   And, the Clarksville Aquatics Center opens this weekend, admission is just $5!


Fleur de Flea – If you want to enjoy downtown’s Waterfront Park without paying an admission fee to an event listed above, check out this vintage urban market on 5/23.  Peruse the one of a kind vendor merchandise, enjoy food truck deliciousness and walk the Big 4 Bridge with your family!

KY Flea Market Memorial Day Spectacular – Something for everyone!  Free admission (must pay for parking) 5/22-5/25

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Free or Cheap Summer Movie Discounts & Deals Around Louisville 2015

The following venues are offering free or inexpensive movies throughout the summer. Be sure to visit the original website or call to verify details, in case there are any changes. Enjoy! 

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Summer Movie Clubhouse includes these local theaters: Cinemark Mall St. Matthews, Cinemark Tinseltown, Rave Preston Crossings.  $5 for 10 movies or $1 for each movie.  All movies are rated G or PG.  (Coupon available online for $1 off a movie snack pack.)

Cinemark Mall St. Matthews Movie Schedule: Tuesdays at 9:45AM
6/9: The Lego Movie
6/16: Dolphin Tale 2
6/23: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
6/30: Penguins of Madagascar
7/7: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
7/14: How to Train Your Dragon 2
7/21: Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
7/28: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
8/4: The Nut Job
8/11: Rio 2

Cinemark Tinseltown Movie Schedule: Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10AM
6/3 & 6/4: The Croods
6/10 & 6/11: The Lego Movie
6/17 & 6/18: Dolphin Tale 2
6/24 & 6/25: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
7/1 & 7/2: Penguins of Madagascar
7/8 & 7/9: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
7/15 & 7/16: How to Train Your Dragon 2
7/22 & 7/23: Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
7/29 & 7/30: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
8/5 & 8/6 The Nut Job

Rave Preston Crossings Movie Schedule: Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10AM
6/9 & 6/10: The Lego Movie
6/16 & 6/17: Dolphin Tale 2
6/23 & 6/24: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
6/30 & 7/1: Penguins of Madagascar
7/7 & 7/8: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
7/14 & 7/15: How to Train Your Dragon 2
7/21 & 7/22: Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
7/28 & 7/29: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
8/4 & 8/5: The Nut Job
8/11 & 8/12: Rio 2

Summer Movie Express at Regal Theater in New Albany - $1/movie on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10AM.  A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
Movie Schedule:
6/9, 6/10: The Nut Job, Annie
6/16, 6/17: Earth to Echo, The Box Trolls
6/23, 6/24: Paddington, Turbo
6/30, 7/1: Rio 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2
7/7, 7/8: Mr. Peabody & Sherman, The Book of Life
7/14, 7/15: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Penguins of Madagascar
7/21, 7/22: Madagascar 3, Dolphin Tale 2
7/28, 7/29: Muppets Most Wanted, Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
8/4, 8/5: The Lego Movie, The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Don’t forget about all of the awesome Outdoor Movies around Louisville, too!  Pack your blankets, lawn chairs, bug spray and snacks for these great venues!

Cards Under the Stars – Natural Sciences Lawn near Grawemeyer Hall, beginning 5/29 with a Frozen Sing-A-Long at 6:30PM, FREE!  Read our review here and check their events calendar for movie schedule updates.

Iroquois Amphitheater – Various dates, beginning on 5/9, doors open at 7PM, show starts at 8PM, FREE.  This outdoor movie night offers a variety of films for the entire family ranging from “Frozen” to “The Birds” on the schedule.

Louisville Zoo – Friday night movie series, field opens at 6PM, movie starts at sundown.  The zoo crew provides free entertainment before the show.  Snacks and other refreshments are available for purchase.  FREE to zoo members, $5 after 5PM for non-members (don’t forget about the parking fee).  This is one of my favorite outdoor movie venues because admission allows you a little time to see some of the animals before the movie and there is a designated “blankets only” area for viewing the movie.  Movie Schedule: 6/12: The Lego Movie, 7/17: Big Hero 6, 8/14: Frozen Sing-A-Long, 9/11: Guardians of the Galaxy

Norton Commons Movie on the Lawn – Various Fridays beginning at dusk, FREE.  Read our review here and check their events page for updated information. Movie Schedule: 6/19: Paddington, 7/17: Big Hero 6, 8/14: Cinderella

Twilight Cinema at the Jeffersonville Riverstage – Saturdays, games, inflatables and entertainment beginning at 7:30PM and the movie beginning at dark, FREE.  
Movie Schedule: 
5/23: Annie
5/30: Big Hero 6
6/6: Maleficent
6/20: The Box Trolls
6/27: Charlotte’s Web
7/11: Paddington
7/18: Planes Fire & Rescue
7/25: Dolphin Tale 2
8/8: Into the Woods
8/15: Toy Story 3
8/22: Muppets Most Wanted
8/29: Cinderella

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"Sleeping Beauty" at Derby Dinner Playhouse- A Lunch Date with my Child

 photo sleeping_beauty_zpsc4xfnyqt.jpgMy daughter and I had the pleasure of attending the opening day lunchtime showing of Sleeping Beauty at Derby Dinner Playhouse. This our first time visiting Derby Dinner Playhouse and we were both excited for a mother-daughter date while the "boys" did their own thing.

Anticipating we might encounter traffic with construction, we timed our arrival close to the time that the doors opened. Thankfully, we didn't experience any problems or delays. Upon arriving, we were promptly seated at a table with a little girl the exact same age as my daughter (perfect!). A server stopped by to take our drink orders. The ticket price includes multiple beverage options. The lunch is buffet-style and includes kid-friendly items. A complete menu can be found here. Dessert is also offered for a small charge, and we decided to order some after seeing several servers walking by with trays containing sundaes, cookies and cake. Who could resist?

 photo IMG_2733_zpsf3ndvkme.jpgThe play began promptly at 1:15. My daughter and I have both seen the animated version of Sleeping Beauty many times, so we are familiar with the storyline. We quickly realized that the Derby Dinner Playhouse adaptation was different. Even some of the characters were different. However, it still told the overall story of a cursed sleeping princess and the spell-breaking power of a kiss. The parts in between were humorous and included some audience participation, which was fun. My daughter thought Prince Charming was especially funny! Her favorite part was when he found a pair of fairy wings. You'll have to check out the play to learn exactly what happened there!

 photo IMG_2737_zpsey6t41of.jpgWe saw many young children at the play and it seemed to hold their attention. Several little girls were dressed up, but we also saw many in jeans too, so it's not mandatory. Derby Dinner Playhouse has gift shop, and there was a table out front with eye-catching toys. Most were inexpensive, but I always like to be aware of those things so I can lay out the ground rules with my child in advance.

Sleeping Beauty is showing on Saturdays through 6/13/15. Doors open at 9 a.m. for the breakfast show and at noon for the lunch show. For more reservations and information visit the Derby Dinner Playhouse website.

By Guest Contributor: Brandy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Week in Preview May 18th-21st

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Smile, laugh, and love this week with your family!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: May 18, 6:30pm, Middletown Library: Enjoy a special free performance by the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra, an acoustic ensemble of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars, and bass performing instrumental music from early baroque and renaissance to classical and modern. Learn about the musicians and their instruments, and stick around after the performance for a brief Q&A session. Check here for more information!

Eat it: Dine in at The Spaghetti Shop at the Outer Loop location or the New Albany location on Monday (or Saturday) and they will feed the kids for free with the purchase of a full-sized meal! Dine in only. Find them on Facebook or on the Web.

Move it: Take a bike ride along the Louisville Loop. Known to many bikers and joggers, the Louisville Loop is over 100 miles of shared road. It surrounds the city of Louisville, and is perfect for that determined biker or a fun family adventure. Check here for more information!

Learn it: Tuesday, May 19th is the voting primaries. If you can, take your kiddos with you so that they can begin to learn the process. You can talk to them about who you are voting for, why you are voting for them, and the reason behind the process. A great learning experience! Go here to find out where you should go to vote if you are unsure.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: May 15,16,17

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Take it easy! My daughter and I plan a sleep-over in the basement and she said she wants me to read her 6 books because she is six and then we are eating popcorn and watching a movie!  There's so much going on Saturday and Sunday, have fun at home!  (Or go grab some FREE dinner at Visionworks in Middletown - see here)

Did you see our review of the Louisville City FC soccer games at Slugger Field? We are definitely fans! They have a home game this Saturday at 7:30pm. Use code BBBS2015 to save on tickets!

Sunday - Take your pick of many ways to help kids!
Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs - click here - benefiting Kosair Children's Hospital. 
The Magic and The Wonder at The Kentucky Center - click here - benefiting Kosair Charities. 
Clip for Kids at 4th Street Live - click here - benefiting Kosair Children's Hospital 

Or, support local businesses by checking out the Buy Local Fair put on by LIBA!  There's a Kids Zone thanks to the Louisville Water Company, live music, tons of local vendor booths and great food.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,