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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend Around Louisville - March 27,28,29

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Feeling lucky?  Kentucky Family Fun has a contest running this weekend to win Louisville Mega Cavern Mega Quest passes!


Friday
Renaissance Fun Park has unlimited Go Karts, Laser Tag and Mini Golf all day for $20 (cost of Fun Card $1, not included, can be saved for future use. (This deal actually runs Friday 3/27/15 thru Sunday 4/12/15) This is a great deal considering the amount of time you can spend together doing these activities!

While in Middletown, enjoy dinner at Homerun Burgers.  We love it! Here's a Groupon Deal

Saturday
When RED fans and BLUE fans come together, do you know they make PURPLE fans?  Louisville City FC is Louisville's own soccer team and they have their first EVER home game at Slugger Field at 3pm against St. Louis.  Let's show our support of the new team in town by helping them sell out their season opener.  Tickets here

Sunday
Check out our Easter Post.  There are a few Sunday events - including the Bass Pro Shop events, which are great and FREE.  If you don't find something for this Sunday, at least you can get ahead on planning for Easter weekend!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

PS - See our Spring Break Camp post and Spring Festivals post from this week, they are SWEET!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review of KidsCommons in Columbus, IN

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My niece recently moved to Columbus, IN, so when we went to visit her, we decided to check out KidsCommons. For 2 kids and 1 adult the price was only $21.00. My boys rushed through the first floor, eager to see everything as fast as they could, but finally stuck with the ExploraHouse for the longest period of time. The ExploraHouse was full of secret passages, stairs, and of course, the toilet slide, which they loved while learning about the ‘ins and outs’ of a house. Upstairs they shot basketballs and played for a few minutes in the toddler grocery. We went back to the second floor and discovered 2 big tables filled with building manipulatives (blocks, rings, stuff to make cars, etc.) and concentrated on who could build the coolest contraption.

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Our next stop was the City by Design area. At first the boys told me it was boring, but when I started playing they quickly joined me. This area included a computer to build a city, a large chalkboard to draw your imaginary city, and other blocks and designs to use to create a community. They then went back for another trip to the ExploraHouse where I sat next to a lovely lady who was visiting with a home school group from Southern Indiana. We finished our day in Bubble-ology where they stood inside the body bubble and tried various shaped wands in the big tank (I may have joined in on this one). KidsCommons also included a toddler pond play area for kids 3 and under, and a climbing wall that cost an additional $3 for 4 climbs.

If you have the time (and the energy), go across the street and check out the Commons Playground. It is a free indoor playground that has slides, a huge climbing structure, and tunnels to explore. The climbing structure is high so make sure your kids don’t go too far or they will cry and you will have to go save them (like I did). I also would highly recommend going to Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor for something sweet before heading home!


- KidsCommons is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm.

- General Admission: $7.00 (ages 18 months-99)

- With Annual Membership: Free

- With Grandparent Membership: Free

- Ten Visit Pass: $50.00 (No Expiration Date)

- Climbing Wall: $3.00 plus museum admission*

* Climbers must be at least 5 years old and 44” tall with a signed release form.


By Guest Contributor :
Kelly 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review of All About Kids - Open Swim - Blankenbaker Location in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_6724_zps2a064588.jpgWe recently checked out the open swim time at All About Kids at the Louisville/Blankenbaker location. The check-in process was very smooth. The website suggests arriving 10-15 minutes early if possible to allow for lines at check-in and to maximize your time in the pool. Your child also must have an updated waiver on file with AAK; there is a link online to update it, which is very convenient. Open swim is for two hours and is for children ages 12 and under.

For the entire time I was there with the kids, there was a certified lifeguard for the two hour time span. Children have to swim across the width of the pool to be allowed to go off the slides into the water. The lifeguard will check their swimming capabilities and then lets the kids swim at their own leisure. The pool is a fairly decent size; the day we were there, there may have been about 15 kids in the water at varying times but it didn't seem too crowded.

The pool is 3 feet to 4 1/2 feet deep and children under age 5 must be accompanied by an adult in the water. There is a fun water based play structure at one end of the pool, where the small water slides are. There are ample changing rooms and restrooms throughout the facility. There are three changing rooms right outside the pool entrance, as well as a family restroom right around the corner near the gym area. There are also girls and boys restrooms inside the pool deck area.

Open swim is $9 per person if you are not a member of All About Kids (members are $7). It is on Fridays from 7pm-9pm, Saturdays from 7pm-9pm, and Sundays from 2pm-4pm. There is a cafe to purchase drinks and snacks and they are reasonably priced. There is also free WiFi available for parents. All About Kids also offers swim classes with their Fun Fins Swim Club; there are tons of levels offered. Call 502-809-1386 or go online to learn more.


 photo IMG_6726_zpsd9a4fa7e.jpg photo IMG_6725_zps856cde4b.jpgHear more about AAK on this recent podcast with Louisville.am.

 By guest contributor: Erin

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Week in Preview March 23-26

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Hope everyone is enjoying March Madness. Good luck to your team, whomever they may be!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: The circus is in town, the Louisville Turner's Circus. This all volunteer circus is a visual stunner filled with silks, triple trapeze, and much more. March 26th is their first day. Check here for times and location.

Eat it: At all Moe's Kentuckiana locations - Kids Eat FREE* all day on Wednesdays! *1 free kids meal per adult entree purchase of $5 or more. These locations are locally owned and operated.Click here to find one near you.

Move it:  Head over to Awesome Outdoor Products and visit their pay and play showroom where they have 7 Rainbow Play system playsets set up in a heated showroom (no air conditioning). Pay and Play is $7.00 M-F. Call them at 502-266-0058 before you go just to make sure they do not have any parties going on as they playroom is closed during parties.


Learn it: Join Brilliant Sky Toys and Book Store for Treehouse Tales on Wednesday at 10:30am. Check them out on Facebook here for themes and location. 

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend Around Louisville - March 20,21,22

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Check out our Easter Events post - many options for this weekend!

It's all about NATURE this weekend!

Friday
Looking for something unique for teens and tweens?  Night Climbing looks amazing! It's at Jefferson Memorial Forest and kids 10 and up (waiver required for kids under age 18) and adults can challenge themselves to climbing a 52' tower!  It's $15 and starts at 7pm. See details here.

Saturday
It's all about Raptors are Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.  From 10am to 1pm your family can learn about Ravishing Raptors at this free event (donations appreciated.)  There will even be a live golden eagle!  See the event schedule HERE and bring a picnic to enjoy some family time at the nature preserve, take a hike, bask in the spring fun!

Sunday
Explore our Spring Fun Links page and find something "new to you" to do outside!  Start hunting for historical markers, pick one of the 50+ free things to do and go!  There's so much in this town and with the harsh winter behind us, Sunday afternoons are best spent outside being active and enjoying quality time together.  (Oh, and basketball....watch basketball....if that's your excuse.....then, you can stay inside.)

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

PS - See our Spring Break Camp post and Spring Festivals post from this week, they are SWEET!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review of Buffalo Trace Easter Egg Hunt

 photo cf2ce6ff-4c7b-48d8-a949-fdd0ac7768bf_zpsf31b3c39.jpgBourbon tourism in Kentucky is up 12% from 2012, and it looks like it is going to keep on growing. I recently wrote about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail for families, and since then I’ve talked to a lot of parents who enjoy taking their kids along to Bourbon events. Distillery tours and The Kentucky Bourbon Festival are two of the common trips on which families seem to be taking with their kids. But did you know some of the distilleries also have family-friendly events?

Last year I finally made it to Buffalo Trace’s Easter Egg Hunt with my youngest son. Buffalo Trace is located in Frankfort right by the Kentucky River, and the grounds are absolutely beautiful. They had three areas set up for different age groups, and each age group started about 20 minutes apart.

 photo b5e09f42-6b1d-4b22-8d93-2d0fca061593_zpsa585631d.jpgAfter the egg hunt, we got in line to get a picture with the Easter Bunny. They had several Easter bunnies around the grounds for each age group so the lines wouldn’t get too long. They also served lemonade and cookies. There was a beautiful playground and beautiful walking paths to explore. The best part was that it was all free and open to the public.


 photo 67fb2eab-b512-43ee-897a-dff906f54c77_zpsc7f060da.jpgBuffalo Trace Distillery offers lots of events throughout the year. Check their events page for more details. The drive is short and beautiful, and there are lots of other distilleries as well as the Salato Wildlife Education Center along the way if you want to make a day of it.

By guest contributor: Maggie


PS. Click here for our listing of local Easter Events. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cheap Movie Tickets and Discount Deals in and around Louisville, KY


 Some of our local theaters offer some super bargains on certain days. Check out which ones and have a day at the movies for less.

Carmike Stonybrook 20 + Imax 
2745 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy Louisville, KY 40220
502-499-6658
Stonybrook Theaters offer the Super Bargain Matinee. If you see a movie that starts between 4:00pm - 5:30pm prices are $5.00. There is a $3.00 surcharge for a 3D movie and a $4 surcharge for IMAX. Discounts for matinees, military with ID, and seniors are also available. Please see their website for details.

Baxter Ave Filmworks 
1250 Bardstown Rd Louisville, KY 40204
502-459-2288
Located in the Highlands behind Mid City Mall, Baxter Ave Filmworks offers Matinees All Day Tuesdays. Tickets are $5.75 all day long. Discounts are also available for Matinees, Seniors, Students, and Military. Please see their website for details.

Preston Crossings 16 
9700 Preston Crossing Blvd Louisville, KY 40229
502-961-9700
Located near Preston Hwy and the Gene Snyder, Preston Crossings 16 offers Discount Tuesday. For $5.50 each ticket, all day at this location*, you can enjoy a movie for less. If you want to see a movie in 3D there is a $3.00 upcharge. Plus, sign up for their weekly email and receive a new coupon for discounted concessions and more. Other discounts are available for seniors and military, check it out here (*Excluding opening day movies, specialty-priced engagements, or holidays.)

Cinemark Mall St. Matthews and XD 
5000 Shelbyville Rd Louisville, KY 40207
502-259-9649  
After shopping, stop by the theater on Tuesday for Discount Tuesday prices. A ticket will cost $5.50 each ticket, all day at this location*. 3D and XD are not discounted. Plus, sign up for their weekly email and receive a new coupon for discounted concessions and more. Other discounts are available for seniors and military, check it out here (*Excluding opening day movies, specialty-priced engagements, or holidays.)

KeyStone Crossing Mt. Washington 
220 Armstrong Lane Mt. Washington, KY 40047
502-251-4411
Ages 3-11 can get into movies for $5.00 for all shows. There is a $2.00 surcharge for all 3D performances. Discounts are also available for Matinees, Seniors, College Students with ID, and Military with ID. Please see their website for details.

Village 8 Theaters 
4014 Dutchmans Lane Louisville, KY 40207
502-894-8697
If you are in for a real bargain, check out the Village 8 Theaters. On Tuesdays, movies are only $2.00 all day and on Thursdays, movies are only $3.00 all day. Exclusives are not a part of this deal.

Cinemark Tinseltown USA & XD 
4400 Towne Center Drive, Louisville, KY 40241
502-326-9272  
Enjoy Discount Day on Tuesdays when tickets are only $5.50 each ticket all day on standard movies at this location.* Plus, sign up for their weekly email and receive a new coupon for discounted concessions and more. Other discounts are available for seniors and military, check it out here  (*Excluding opening day movies, specialty-priced engagements, or holidays.)

By guest contributor:  
Kelly

Monday, March 16, 2015

Review of Disney's Cinderella

I was recently given free tickets to a screening of Disney’s Cinderella for the purpose of review. 

I decided to take my four year old daughter, eight year old niece, and my mom. The movie was showing at the Carmike Stonybrook 20 CinemasWe got our popcorn, drinks, and booster seats before heading into the theater.  The seat backs seemed very high and even my 8 year old niece had trouble seeing over them. I ended up holding my daughter through most of the movie because she was still having difficulty seeing. 

Before the movie started we got to watch a seven minute sequel to the ever popular Frozen movie. This one was called Frozen Fever, and had the same cast from the original Frozen movie. It followed Elsa as she prepared for Anna’s birthday party. It was cute and funny, and definitely had the little girls (and boys) excited! 

The Cinderella movie was a great reenactment of the original Disney movie released in 1950. The story follows Ella as her father dies and leaves her to deal with her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, Drizella and Anastasia. If you’ve ever seen the older version of Cinderella then you won’t be too surprised with the events of the new movie, though there are some differences. I thought the storyline, acting, and music was all very good. I really enjoyed it, as did everyone that went with me. The movie kept my four year old daughter’s attention the entire time, and she is already asking to go see it again!

By guest contributor:
Kimberly 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Week in Preview for March 16-19

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St. Patrick's Day is this week so make sure to wear green on Tuesday! Hope your week is full of lots of luck!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: Shakespeare in the Library performing The Tempest has started and will be running through the month of March. This week find them at the Jeffersontown and Westport Libraries on March 17th and at the Newburg Library on March 18th. Check out their website here for times and for a list of remaining dates on their schedule.

Eat it: Head over to Dixie Highway on Tuesday for Kids Eat Free at Cosmic Pizza. Options include:  Build your own pizza. (The kids make the pizza at the table and then it is cooked), Spaghetti, Spaghetti with meatballs, or mini corn dogs. 2 kids per large pizza or adult entree. Find them on Facebook here.

Move it: Head over to All About Kids for Preschool Open Gym. A special time just for preschoolers where the entire gym is open – trampolines, pits, slides, trapeze, tree houses, and lots of tumbling space. This is for children 5 and under and is open from 12:00-1:00pm Monday-Friday. Click here for more information.


Learn it: History Hounds for Tots is a FREE program for children ages birth to preschool at the Oldham County History Center. There will be all kinds of activities to help children learn about the world around them and their place in it.  Programs are held on Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. in the Rob Morris Educational Building on the History Center Grounds. Registration is not necessary.  For more information call the History Center at:  502-222-0826 or go here for more information. The spring session ends April 30th.

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly

Music activities for children – now available in the Prospect area

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Heartland Music Together announces a new class location for their popular family music classes. Starting this spring, classes are available at First Christian Church on Rt. 42, at the corner of Wolf Pen Branch Rd in Harrods Creek. “We’re excited about this new possibility,” says Miriam Klein, Director. “This location is convenient for families in the east end of Louisville as well as Prospect. With a location just off the Gene Snyder, it’ll be easy for families to join us from almost anywhere in Oldham County or east Louisville!”

 Heartland Music Together offers award winning family music classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers together with a parent or adult caregiver. Each class features a mix of activities including songs, chants, rhythm and tonal play, movement games, and music exploration with simple musical instruments. Classes flow from quiet activities to high-energy fun, and always end with a quiet lullaby and ritual goodbye song. 

Families love the fun in class, as well as included recordings and activity books which keep the music going all through the week. Families also comment that mixed age classes let siblings play together in the same class, without having to schedule separate activities for older and younger children. One mom comments, “There is constant singing in our house now by all of us!”

Spring classes will start in Prospect on March 28, with Saturday classes at 9:30 and 10:30 am. 

 photo hmt_zpsogybm5zg.jpgHeartland Music Together offers classes all around the Louisville metropolitan area, with additional locations in Louisville, New Albany, and Shelbyville KY. Spring classes start the week of March 23, and registration is open for all class locations.

Free demonstration classes are scheduled in the next two weeks to give new families a chance to try a class. Every visiting family gets a gift CD with five complete songs plus video content. Enrolling families get a CD with 25 complete songs, digital downloads, an illustrated songbook/activity book, and more.

 For more information, call (502) 491-3131, or visit www.heartlandmusictogether.com.