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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Review of Claire's Ear Piercing in The Mall St. Matthews

 photo IMG_7148_zpsauuvrqjp.jpgOn the first day of Spring Break, we took a trip to The Mall St. Matthews. While shopping inside Claire's, my 6 yr old daughter noticed a girl near her age who was getting her ears pierced. After seeing that the girl did not cry, my daughter decided she would like have her ears pierced as well. This is something we had talked about before, but she had previously been too nervous.

Claire's offers a wide variety of earrings and my daughter was excited about all of the cute choices she would have after 6 weeks with her starter set. For piercing, there is no need for an appointment. We simply went to the counter and a Piercing Specialist was called over to assist us. There are a large variety of "piercing earrings" ranging in price from $18.50 to $64.50. The Piercing Specialist recommended 14K Gold over the cheaper stainless steel options to minimize the risk of an allergic reaction. My daughter selected her birthstone in 14K white gold ($54.50). The Specialist then requested my driver's license and gave me some forms to read over, complete and sign. The forms asked for basic things such as our contact info and my daughter's date of birth. There was a basic waiver that one would expect to sign for something such as this.

 photo IMG_7150_zpsge07ppf7.jpgWhile I was completing the paperwork, the Specialist cleaned the piercing instruments and earrings and put on gloves. She prepped two instruments because we opted to have both ears pierced simultaneously. She used a marker to indicate where the piercing would be on each earlobe and I was asked to approve the location. Then the other Specialist came over and donned her gloves. My daughter sat in her aunt's lap during the piercing, while I watched and videoed. It was over in a flash, and there were no tears!

Ear piercing at Claire's is free with the purchase of a Starter kit, which includes the Piercing Earrings and Cleaning Solution. There was no additional charge for the cleaning solution, so it was just the cost of the earrings mentioned above.

 photo IMG_7160_zpsgxsqfv1g.jpgIf you have concerns about having your child's ears pierced, it's a good idea to talk to her/his pediatrician. Some pediatricians will pierce ears in their office. Another option for piercing is a reputable tattoo parlor. It may sound funny, taking your child into a tattoo parlor, but they use a different technique there that some people prefer and they certainly have a lot of experience with piercing. As for Claire's, we were very pleased with the procedure and professionalism of the Piercing Specialists who pierced my daughter's ears. They obviously have a lot of experience, as we witnessed 3 other piercings in the short time we were in the store. More information about ear piercing at Claire's is available HERE on their website.

By Guest Contributor: Brandy 




Sunday, June 28, 2015

Week in Preview June 29th-July 2nd

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Get ready for the 4th of July with music, food, and more!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: Ready for some music? Head over to Iroquois Amphitheater on Thursday, July 2nd to listen to FAITHFULLY: A Symphonic Tribute to the music of JOURNEY. "Faithfully" is the best tribute band to ever play the music of Journey. They perform with the Louisville Orchestra in a glorious evening of hits including "Open Arms," "Faithfully," "Don't Stop Believin'" and more. For more information or to purchase tickets go here.

Eat it: Spend a night in and have the kids help cook. Check out Pinterest for some kid food ideas and make it a fun family night. 4th of July firecracker dogs might be a cool option. Find the recipe here!

Move it: Head over to Putt-Putt Fun Center on Bardstown Rd for some family fun. Play all the Putt-Putt golf you desire from 10am until 5pm every Monday for $8. Check here for more information.


Learn it: Go to the Little Loomhouse and check out their Weaving Wednesdays. Starting July 1 – August 12 from 12-3pm. This class is for ages 6 and over and costs $25 which includes supplies. Come spend an afternoon at the Loomhouse this summer weaving and sewing a small project to take home! Please call 502-367-4792 in advance to register. Check out their website for more information.

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: June 26,27,28

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Make this weekend all about helping the community!

Friday
Stay home in the evening - order Papa John's using code BBBSKY to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.  Gather around the TV to cheer for the US Women's Soccer team as they face China in the World Cup at 7:30pm.  Make flags and signs, paint your faces red, white and blue - get into it!  (Papa John's has a deal through 6/28 - if you have a rewards account and spend at least $15 - you'll get a free pizza on your next order!  The BBBSKY code is $16 - WINNING!)

Saturday
Head to Good Garbage (2216 Frankfort Ave.) for "Compassionate Creations" - making sleeping mats for the homeless. See details here. It's from 10am-Noon.

Sunday 
Project Play is here!  We are sponsoring a great event for Big Brothers Big Sisters at Simpsonville Park from 2-4pm - celebrating the FUN in mentoring. It's a free community event, donations welcome.  There will be a variety of field games, goodies and prizes.  We'll be there with ShelbyFamilyFun.net putting temporary tattoos on kiddos and helping to sell snacks and beverages to benefit BBBS.  Come if you want to play or if you want to learn about becoming a mentor - or both!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review of Clarksville Family Aquatic Center

The Family Aquatic Center in Clarksville is a great destination during the summer for Louisville area families that have kids of all ages.  Just over the Ohio River in Southern Indiana (super easy to find), it's clean, affordable and has enough variety to keep everyone entertained!

It is open daily June 3 – July 28 and weekends: August 1-2, August 8-9 from 12:00pm - 6:00pm.  Admission is just $5 per person and season passes are available.  They have days for special events - so be sure to check their website to see what's coming up.
We headed to the center on a Sunday afternoon for about 3 hours.  It was moderately crowded but we were still able to find chairs.  Many folks leave after the 3pm pool break - something to note!  The pool is separated by depth with a zero entry pool that's popular for the little ones (and relaxing parents) with a spray area and a deeper pool for the big kids.  No diving is allowed but the kids love jumping in feet first and that is allowed.  There's also two slides - one with tubes/one body slide.  Kids must be 42" tall to go on these and there are life guards at the top and bottom.  My kids LOVED these (I did as well).

During our visit, we used the lockers for our wallets and keys.  Bring quarters - it's $0.50 to use a locker.  Also, there are changing areas and showers and everything was nice and clean.  The kids HAD to get a treat at the snack shop and we found everything to be very economically priced - the kids picked ice cream bars that were just $1.50 each.  We also noticed that there was a tent for Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt and a nice picnic area. Although you cannot bring in coolers with outside food, there is a nice picnic area just outside the entry where you could take a break for a meal.  They do let you in and out with a hand stamp.   And, yes there's more, there is a sand volleyball court and a small playground inside the pool area.
Guess what?  You can even have a birthday party there for just $100!!!!!   Truly, it made for a wonderful afternoon and it all barely cost $25. 

Stephanie

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

French Lick Springs Hotel and Resort: Weekend Getaway from Louisville, KY

Erin was given a complimentary two night stay for purpose of review

 photo front of hotel_zpsiogoe89x.jpgMy family and I stayed at French Lick Resort for two days over our JCPS Spring Break week. We enjoyed the Spring Break activities that the resort put together with families in mind. It was a ton of fun and we filled our days up pretty quickly with all they had to offer!

We arrived on a Friday in the early afternoon and check-in was as smooth as possible. My family and I have never been to French Lick so it was exciting to be there as first time guests. We stayed at the French Lick Springs Hotel; the property also has another hotel called West Baden Springs Hotel. Both hotels are listed on the National Historic Register and carry a lot of history with their stories. Guests of either hotel can visit both properties and take advantage of amenities at both.

Some of the options available for spring break guests included the following:
Kids Pass: unlimited bowling and shoes, unlimited project/play time at KidsFest for ages 6-12, one small ice cream French Lick Mercantile Co, one slice of pizza and one drink from Pluto's Pizzeria, one youth admission to French Lick Museum, one hayride, youth duathlon participation, one s'more every Fri/Sat evening, and one painting class.

Suggested activities for the special Spring Break itinerary: guided family-friendly hikes through the resort's trail system, pick up basketball, duathlon, piano entertainment, 80s dance party, s'mores, movie nights, DJ at the pools, obstacle course, capture the flag, acrylic painting class, bowling and arcade games, swimming, footgolf, horseback riding, and historical walking tours. Throughout the past month, the resort had put together an activities guide that included the above mentioned activities plus events such as Mommy & Me tea, renegade bowling, game nights, karaoke, tricky golf, dodgeball, magic shows, Cookies & Canvas, and many arts and crafts projects and workshops. At the KidsFest Lodge, children and families could participate in what was called Family Springfest and many scheduled activities such as toymakers workshops, craft projects, and airplane olympics. For children ages 6-12, a supervised drop off time was set up as well in which parents could utilize this time to have some parent's night out time for 4 hours while their children played and were involved in organized activities and were given dinner as well. All of the spring break activities that the resort puts on are a yearly offering, and with the summer season getting rolling, the resort also has summer time activities lined up for families staying at French Lick Resort.

My family and I took advantage of many of the spring break activities, including playing and crafting at KidsFest Lodge, renting and riding the surrey bikes from the Lodge, playing a round of Footgolf at the Valley Links & Golf Learning Center, attending the 80s Dance Party, and using the Kids Pass for free bowling and the acrylic painting class. We took the free trolley ride from French Lick Springs Hotel to West Baden Springs Hotel twice and that was really enjoyable. We played arcades and bowled at Pluto's Alley and used the indoor swimming pool several times. We loved listening to the DJ play poolside both days we were there and enjoyed roasting our s'mores over the fire pit by the outdoor pool.

One of the other special things we got to do was have a Mom and Me manicure together. My daughter and I were treated at the spa at West Baden Springs Hotel. It was really a special time for us and my 11 year old daughter thought it was all so neat to be treated so formally! We got to have our manis side by side and chatted while we got pampered and it made for a great memory for us.

There are many dining options available at French Lick Resort. We ate at Spring #8 Deli for lunch the first day, and bought some convenience items to go from the French Lick Mercantile Co one morning for breakfast, which we ate in our room. The options are kind of pricey at the resort, so keep that in mind for family dining. There is a breakfast buffet and brunch available at the resort at The Grande Colonnade. It is $14 for adults who are staying at the resort and children under 12 eat for free. We ate at Pluto's Pizzeria (where the kids used their pass for a free slice of pizza each and a free drink) and the prices there were pretty affordable. There are other places to eat if you leave the property and drive down the state road, and you can walk across the street from the hotel and find a couple of places (including a Denny's where we ate one day as well).

We also spent some time just roaming through the lobbies and halls of both French Lick and West Baden. It was fun to explore the gardens and the shoppes and event center. Riding the free trolley between both hotels was really one of the highlights for us! The gardens and grounds surrounding West Baden are worth exploring, and seeing the huge dome shaped ceiling at West Baden is impressive too. We absolutely enjoyed our stay and all the fun activities we did; we used up every hour of each day we were there and filled our days to the brim! Along with all of these family-friendly activities, the resort also hosts a concert series, live music at the restaurants, golfing, spa treatments including massages and facials, and of course the casino entertainment is available as well. I highly recommend checking into French Lick for a weekend getaway. Even adding another day would help because you could add in visiting historic Paoli and the rest of French Lick, as well as check out the golf course and nearby Patoka Lake. At such an easy and accessible one hour drive from Louisville, it's totally worth it. Take 64 West toward Greenville and take 150 directly to French Lick. Follow French Lick Resort on Facebook and Twitter as well.
LouFamFun's French Lick Spring Break 2015 album on Photobucket


By guest contributor: Erin

Monday, June 22, 2015

Review of Disney Pixar's "Inside Out"

We had the opportunity to "sneak preview" the new movie Inside Out.   See the trailer here.

This movies is an adorable depiction of people's emotions and how in life's ups and downs, emotions are all important.  Riley is a "tween" that's going through a major life change and she has a hard time dealing with it.  Her emotions inside her head don't want her to ever be sad but thing go a muck and she loses her ability to be happy or sad - she's just, emotionless.   Her emotions are so obsessed with keeping her happy that they don't realize that it's ok to be sad and that they can balance each other out to get their Riley back!

The movie was quite funny - with some laugh-out loud moments just for parents (like flashing back to the time when we had to actually remember phone numbers) so it's great for the entire family.

My kids agreed that the anger emotion character was the funniest - guess you can't beat a character who bursts into flames.  After the movies, they went back and forth talking about their favorite parts of the movie and one-upping each other with quotes they could remember. I'd say that's a good sign!  We saw the movie in 3-D and it was subtle, nothing crazy with the 3-D so I think this would be a good first 3-D movie if anyone in your family hasn't seen one!

Stephanie

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Week in Preview June 22nd-25th

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

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: Visit the Louisville Water Tower on Wednesday or Thursday this week and explore the WaterWorks Museum, explore information and artifacts, watch water-related videos, take a guided tour of the facilities, and do engaging activities focusing on water. Check it out here for more information!

Eat it: Every Tuesday at Senor Iguanas...KIDS EAT FREE with any adult entree purchase. -- They didn't forget about the adults either! They've got great daily drink specials on domestic drafts and house lime margaritas just for you. Everyone wins! Check it out here!

Move it:Wave pool, water slides, and a kid area, Atlantis Water Park is a great way to spend an afternoon with your kids. Open 11am-6pm daily. Check their website for more information.


Learn it: Use your Cultural Pass on Wednesday and head over to the Portland Museum.
Explore Louisville’s river heritage through vivid dioramas, life-sized characters, automated sound track, documentaries, and much more. Check it out here for more information.

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville - June 19,20,10

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Friday

Head to VIPS (Visually Impaired Preschool) for Friday Friends. They host this every Friday from 10am-Noon through July 24th. Families with kids ages birth-6 are welcome. They have a wonderful Kosair Kids Town that's fun for playtime, a sensory room, aplayground and garden! $5/child (max $10/family) suggested donation to support their services!

Saturday
***CANCELED due to weather **** 
History is alive at Family Farm & Forage Day. A new free event at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing  from 10 am to 4 pm. They'll have a variety of children’s activities, workshops, talks and booths along with a farm animal petting zoo, Doesn't this sound fun: Bluegrass Betsy the Cow (milking demonstration), horse-drawn wagon tours of the historic farm site, and tours of the historic Farnsley-Moremen House (1/2 price).

Sunday 

Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs - get your tickets in advance to save $2 per ticket.  It's a day of racing - fun for Father's Day - and LOTS of activities for the kids to keep them occupied and everyone happy.  See details here.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Review of George Rogers Clark Days at Falls of the Ohio in Clarksville, Indiana

 photo 20140628_143049_zps4d4f4f1a.jpgIf you’ve lived around here for any length of time, you’ve probably been to the Falls of the Ohio. You can hike around in the fossil beds for hours and find dozens of species of fossils. As you walk toward the interpretive center, you will probably walk past the statue of Lewis and Clark and wonder why it happens to be there.

As it turns out, George Rogers Clark once called the park area his home. There is a replica of his cabin built on the other side of the park, and every summer there is a “George Rogers Clark Days” celebration. I didn’t even know about the cabin and I only recently learned about the celebration, so we decided to check it out.

 photo 20140628_150156_zps96f4977d.jpg photo 20140628_143119_zpsf1fd1fb2.jpgPeople were dressed in period clothes and put on demonstrations of what life would have been like for them during the time of George Rogers Clark. We checked out a Native American travel lodge and various types of dried preserved foods of the time period. My kids learned how to throw and axe, shoot a bow and arrow, and sling a spear. They watched a blacksmith work with iron and they learned how to start a fire with a flint and tinder. And I learned that my kids are naturals at primitive weapons.

The best part is that this fun, educational two day weekend event was completely free. It was a little tough to find since we had never been to the cabin side of the park before, but this is definitely an event I would recommend to any family interested in local history and period demonstrations. My kids had a blast! Don’t forget to stop by The Widow’s Walk Ice Creamery  for a treat on your way out!

George Rogers Clark Days are scheduled for June 27 and 28 for 2015.

By guest contributor: Maggie

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Children in the Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, KY

 photo FullSizeRender-3_zpsoheu8mqz.jpgSometimes in order to truly experience something, you must experience it through the eyes of a child. Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is a five minute drive from our house and we have visited there probably a dozen or so times. Many of our visits were for special events, like Boo Dell, their scavenger hunt or a playdate outing. My husband and I recently took our two children to Yew Dell’s Children in the Dell program one Saturday morning. It was on this Saturday morning that both of us realized we had never fully experienced Yew Dell or quite enjoyed it to its capacity during our previous visits.

We arrived at Yew Dell a few minutes early to check in and pay for admission to the program. The program is free for children with regular admission of a parent or guardian. Adult admission is $7 and they are asked to remain on the grounds during the program. Even though the activities are geared toward children 5 and up, my 3 year old (along with other younger children) was able to enjoy the program with help from an adult.

 photo IMG_3828_zpsteiwxhyy.jpgWe gathered together near the entrance with our teacher, Cathy. She gave us a brief introduction on the program and what the activity would entail. We took a short walk to the building where we would do the craft. Along the way, Cathy gave out bits of information about the grounds, but explained that we would later go on a walk and more questions would be answered.

The craft was simple and a lot of fun for the children. There was even a “garden” element to it. The children created sun catchers using a cut out poster board star, contact paper and red, white and blue flowers from a lei. While the glue was drying on the stars, we took a group walk around the grounds. This is when my husband and I (and the children) really got to experience Yew Dell Gardens. The laid-back nature walk allowed everyone to explore beautiful Yew Dell using a variety of senses. The floral smells were amazing, my son created an instrument from a shell with seeds that had fallen from one of the trees, a little girl created artwork using a dandelion, the children climbed trees and touched magnolia blooms.

Cathy was very patient, kind and flexible with the children. I loved that she allowed the children just the right amount of freedom to explore while respecting the Yew Dell grounds. She explained that there are about four educators that help with the children’s program and the walks and craft vary with each person. Yew Dell is stroller friendly, with paved walkways, and restrooms are close to the craft building.

 photo FullSizeRender-3_zpsvljmor8n.jpgAfter our walk, we completed our craft and a light snack and water were provided for the children. Families are free to continue to explore Yew Dell after the children’s program is over. This program runs May – September on Saturdays 10:30-Noon. You can pre-register online, but there is an additional fee, and drop-ins are available if space allows. There are different memberships available that cover adult admission to programs like Children in the Dell and offer reciprocal benefits at other botanical gardens like Bernheim Forest.

Children in the Dell is a great program for families to explore and appreciate what nature has to offer!

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle