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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: February 27,28 and March 1

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Friday
Enjoy a ladies night out and head to Tulips & Juleps - this event is put on by the Junior League of Louisville to help them with charitable community endeavors.  It's running all weekend and I bet there will be totally unique items there!  Click here for all of the time and location.

Saturday
Eeeek! It's one of the free playdate weekends at the Kentucky Science Center. What does that mean?  Kiddos 0-4 years old and a caregiver can head there bright and early at 8:30am for a facilitated playdate.  Then, when it's over, they can stay at the museum as long as they want - for FREE!  See details here.

At the Main Library in Downtown Louisville from 2-3pm, the Kentucky Opera will present Battle Cry of Freedom. This will feature musical performances associated with the Civil War.  If your kids are learning about the Civil War or have learned in previous grades, this would be an excellent outing!
Sunday
Oh my! It's March! Kick off the new month with a party! Louisville WaterWorks Museum is 1 year old and is celebrating with a party and $1 admission from 10am to 5pm.  They will have special activities, guided tours and more.  Click here for details.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review of Oldham County History Center: "History Hounds for Tots" Program in La Grange, KY

Historical downtown LaGrange is one of our favorite small towns. We love the train that runs down Main Street, the small shops and restaurants and the history of the town. We recently decided to check out History Hounds for Tots at the Oldham County Historical Society.

 photo IMG_1393_zpscd149adb.jpgThe program took a short break over the holidays, but is gearing back up for the spring session. The program is free for families to attend and meets in the Rob Morris Educational Building (207 W Jefferson Street) on Thursday mornings at 10am. There were about six kids on the morning that we attended. The atmosphere is very laid back, which is a bonus for wandering preschoolers! There was an assortment of books on the floor for the children to explore as we waited for everyone to arrive.

This particular month’s theme was Native Americans and the children were learning about their different dwellings. Helen McKinney, with the Oldham County Historical Society, began with a read-aloud for the children and then passed around pictures of different dwellings. There was a brief discussion about the different types of dwellings and then the children got to do a craft. My daughter loved the craft because it was an edible tepee made out of an ice cream cone, frosting and sprinkles. There was another read-aloud while the kids decorated and ate their tepees. The children did one more group craft together and then moved onto an activity.

 photo IMG_1385_zps8d0af97e.jpgHelen brought out corn cob darts for the children to play. She briefly discussed how Native Americans played a similar game many years ago. The children loved this activity! After the corn cob darts, we all walked over to the History Center. The kids were asked to find the giant turkey in the center and were free to explore the exhibits and play with some of the children’s toys.

This free program is worth checking out if you are in the LaGrange area. It incorporates crafts, music, storytelling, games and taking a look at artifacts relating to Oldham County’s history. According to their website, the program runs through April and then picks back up in September. This session’s topic is different cultures. I thought all of the activities were all preschool age appropriate and engaging. Check them out on Facebook; there are several activities happening at the center throughout the year!

By guest contributor: Nicolle

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Homeschool Options, Classes, and Deals in and around Louisville, KY

In the state of Kentucky, homeschools are considered private schools. Many of the area’s attractions offer the homeschool community discounted programs and admissions like they do for private and public school students. Some businesses and attractions even offer special programs specifically for the homeschool community, adding enriching activities for students outside of the home classroom.





Art Programs
Whet Your Palette Instruction offered Monday – Friday in 2 hour increments. Specific skills are addressed according to each child’s grade level while targeting National Art Standards.
Paint Spot Teacher lead project each month 1-2:30, $15/project
Fire It Up Art instruction available for homeschool students. Contact the studio for more information.
Good Garbage Group outings available. $3-$5/student.

Nature Programs
Louisville Nature Center Field trips and programs that can be designed to fit your curriculum are available with a student discount given.
Falls of the Ohio – Homeschool Field Trip options are available.
Bernheim Forest Field trips available for homeschool educators.
Marengo Cave “Homeschool Days” with discounted rates for different tours.
Indiana Caverns Special February Promo for Homeschool Community. Visit Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday 9-2 and use the special code: “Homeschool is Cool” to receive discounted rates ($10 adults, $5 children) Minimum of 3 people, please call ahead if you have a group of 12 or more. Like them on Facebook to keep up on other promos.

Music & Humanities Programs
Mom’s Music Music Education Enrichment Program -offered in a group setting with other homeschool students. Meet once a week for 90 minutes.
Derby Dinner Playhouse Homeschool students are invited to attend the Children’s Theatre Student Matinees $5
Louisville Ballet Homeschool students are invited to attend the school matinees at discounted rates.

Louisville Orchestra Homeschool students are invited to attend student concerts at discounted rates.

Louisville Opera Homeschool students can purchase discounted student tickets.
Stage One Homeschool students are invited to attend student matinees at discounted rates.

Science Programs
Kentucky Science Center STEM-based on-site and off-site programs designed specifically to support Next Generation Science Standards. Discounted field trip rates also available (no group needed).

Louisville Zoo Science-based classes offered 2-4, once a month. K-5 and high school student programs available. $20 (regular), $15 (members)
Kentucky Kingdom “Education in Motion” school field trip programs with discounted admission rate $19.95, check website for dates available.
Newport Aquarium Homeschool Days offered with discounted ticket rates $11 (no minimum required). Additional educational classes available $4.

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Frazier History Museum “First Friday” of the month Homeschool program (Aug-May) 2-4:30. Advanced payment and registration required.
Shaker Village Homeschool Days offered the second Tuesday of the month. Reduced rates available.




Physical Education
All About Kids Homeschool beginner gymnastics offered on Fridays for students 5+ (Sept-May) Both locations offer homeschool programs.
All-Star Gymnastics Homeschool gymnastics program offered for ages 3-5 and 6 and up.
Kentucky Gymnastics Academy Homeschool basic gymnastics programs offered for different age groups. 18 and 9 week programs available.
Twin Oaks Farm Riding lessons available during the day for homeschool families. Contact them at 502-432-2623 for additional information.
Brad Haynes Martial Arts This Clarksville facility offers homeschool classes on Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 
Jewish Community Center Homeschool swim lessons offered on Mondays 3-4:30. 30 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of free swim. $10/swimmer each lesson. Contact the JCC for more information and to verify the program is still in session for the season.
Lakeside Homeschool Swim Program Instruction offered for developing and pre-competitive swimmers Monday – Thursday. Contact Lakeside Seahawks for information on the different options available to different level swimmers.
CrossFit Regeneration - This Jeffersontown facility offers approved curriculum for homeschool physical education. Classes are broken down Preschool-Elementary Age, Middle School Age and High School Age.

Library Programs
Louisville Free Public Library Search Events & Exhibits for different homeschool programs offered at their many branch locations. Examples of programs: 4-H for Homeschoolers, Science 4 Homeschoolers. Okolona & Southwest seem to regularly offer this programming.
New Albany Floyd Co Public Library “Fantastic Fridays” program for homeschool students 5 and up 10-11. An activity is planned along with a guest speaker relating to the topic. Check the Events page for more information.

 photo image1_zps3c8ca79a.jpgMiscellaneous/Field Trip Options
KY Humane Society Educational Field Trips can be booked Mon-Fri after 10:30 for $1/student.

The Kentucky State Fair offers discounted tickets for Homeschool educators and their families.

Paoli Peaks “Homeschool Mondays” special pricing that includes lift ticket, equipment rental, lessons and a lunch.

Indianapolis Children’s Museum Homeschool programs available (you do not need a group)

Conner Prairie Homeschool Days offers the school tour rate without needing a large group.

Creation Museum Homeschool discount for certain homeschool groups.


Cincinnati Museum “Homeschool Mondays” programs organized by age. Pricing for members and non-members.

Great Wolf Lodge Discounted rate for homeschool families.

King's Island-Discounts for small groups including homeschoolers

Resources for Group Field Trips and Learning Experiences:
River City Field Trips
Louisville Home School

By guest contributor: Nicolle

Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekend Getaway to Nashville - 3 Day Itinerary

We gratefully accepted the opportunity given to us by Comfort Suites to stay at one of their newly-renovated hotels and chose Nashville, TN for a three-day weekend.   Given we traveling in January, I went right to Nashville Fun for Families for ideas.  Local bloggers always know what's best!  Here is a little bit about what we did so you can plan a weekend getaway soon.




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Hotel:
We stayed at Comfort Suites Airport which was really easy to find off a Briley Parkway. Coming from I-65/Louisville - it was very convenient.  It's between downtown and the Opryland area so it made it simple to get anywhere.   The hotel was nicely decorated and modern, clean as well.  Check-in was speedy and parking was no problem.  We stayed in a 2-bed suite and the kids loved it because it was so spacious.  They each had their own bed and I slept on the pull-out couch in the living area so I could relax after they fell asleep.  We had ample room to spread out our items, tuck things away in drawers and hang out together to watch TV.  I liked having the convenience of a refrigerator to store snacks we brought in and there was a microwave too, but we didn't use it since we were only there for 2 nights.

The best part about the hotel was the indoor pool and the complimentary breakfast.  The pool was quite large and when other families were swimming with us, we didn't feel like we were on top of each other.  It was clean, heated and the windows all around made it feel like a nice 80 degree getaway.  The breakfast was perfect.  The staff attended to it so closely to keep everything clean and stocked.  There were hot and cold options - more than plenty to eat and lots of variety so that each morning you can have something different.  My daughter says her favorite thing about the trip was being able to make her own waffles!  We did so much that weekend and the waffle maker at the hotel wins the prize.   I'm really glad I had this opportunity because at rates of around $99/night - I think I'll add Comfort Suites to my go-to for family-friendly affordable hotels.  I've stayed at hotels that run about $50/night more and there's nothing at those that make them better just because they are more expensive.


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Things to do............

Parks:
We enjoyed two parks recommended by Nashville Fun for Families.  The weather was amazing and it was lovely to get outside.  First, we went to Centennial Park to see the Parthenon and other statues, figures and assorted sights.  There's a huge train as well - the kids loved that. We walked the 1-mile path around the small pond and took 1,253 photos in-front of the very unique Parthenon.  Bonus - clean bathrooms in there. 

The other park we explored was Cumberland Park. This is a downtown park near the stadium and across the pedestrian bridge from the hustle and bustle of Music Row. This was our favorite of the two parks.  The kids were leaping and climbing all over the unique play structures, cool slides and rock wall.  The elevator up the walking bridge was great as well so we could get a quick peak from the bridge without having to back-track too much.  The views from this park are not to be missed.  If in Nashville with kids - go to this park.  There's a sprayground too - tuck that information away for summer visits. 

Dining:
We were a little bummed at some of the lines. We tried two "touristy" places that are always online as THE places to go and the lines were just too long.  We would have missed out on doing so much if we waited the entire weekend to eat.  We tried to go to the Pfunky Griddle and Puckett's but decided to leave and save that for a time when we might be in Nashville on a weekday and they aren't as busy.


The only place we waited for was the Aquarium restaurant because it's at the Opry Mills Mall and it was easy to just kill time walking around.  The wait for a Saturday night was just 25 minutes, not too bad.  They texted me when the table was ready - that made it really convenient to walk around the mall.  While walking around, we hit It's Sugar and got some treats for later.   The Aquarium restaurant was great!! It is a bit pricey but I think for a special place to eat on a weekend getaway, it's worth it.  They had a decent variety on the kids' menu and gave the kids an activity book for while we wait. Like the HUGE tank full of hundreds of fish wasn't enough?!  The kids ate up everything on their plates and I enjoyed my salad. The service was attentive and fast, the desserts looked amazing but we were full and tired so we didn't indulge.  Definitely memorable and since there are only a few of these restaurants in the country, check it out in Nashville.


Attractions:
The Adventure Science Center
The Adventure Science Center  ($35 for 1 adult, 2 children) was so fantastic - the best thing we did on the trip.  You can and will spend the entire day there and it will wear you out!  There are multiple floors of fun and in the middle, you can climb up to the tip-top of the glass ceiling on the building and look out over downtown Nashville.  I climbed with the kids and we all giggled the entire way up (and down).  We were there almost the entire time they were open and didn't even do everything so it warrants a return trip!

We did not partake in the BlueMax, shows or planetarium but we did LOVE the tinker area that they have set up in a temporary exhibit space.   The kids totally got into swinging hammers and creating something - my daughter made a cell-phone holder that we actually use now.  She's.....6.

The Opry Mills Mall
The Opry Mills Mall is gigantic and on a Saturday night, I can attest to it, 100% of Nashville is at this mall.  Amazing how popular it is.  Plan accordingly.  There's a large movie theater, Dave & Busters, The Aquarium Restaurant and pretty much any store you can imagine - an impressive place.  If you like to shop, you should definitely go.  My kids and I love browsing through malls and if it wasn't as crowded as when we went, we would have spent more time there.   So, we returned on a Monday right when they opened and went to Build-A-Bear.  It was calm and parking was easy therefore, go on an "off" time for the best experience.  I also noticed there are play areas and even a carousel - more to it than shopping!

Nashville Children's Theatre
The Nashville Children's Theatre had a production from the Mo Willem's book series of books about Elephant and Piggie.  I love those books, some of my favorite to read with my kids - hysterical.  Clearly, we had to see it.  Tickets were $58 for 1 adult and 2 children. Slightly on the high end but for a special show supporting this organization, I still felt good about it.  The theater itself was very nice with a large lobby set up with activities before the show - the kids and I were totally entertained while we waited.  The show itself was just about an hour-  right at the attention span level of most of the kids in the audience who tended to be young.  There was no bad seat since the theater was moderate in size and the actors were very engaging, we laughed and interacted with the show - an all around good time.  If you are in Nashville, it's worth a visit to see what show they are performing at that time.

With the proximity of Nashville to Louisville, I think it's a perfect weekend destination (or longer).  We definitely filled 3 days with ease and could have done even more so we will go back.  And, consider the Comfort Suites because as I mentioned, it was really catered to families and the price is right!


Stephanie

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Children's Theatre at Derby Dinner "The Tooth Fairy" Review

We were given tickets to this show for purpose of review.

Derby Dinner Playhouse has a new Children's Theatre show -THE TOOTH FAIRY. We had the opportunity to see it on February 21.  There are other public performances on February 21, 28, March 7, 9, 14, 21, 2015. You can get information by calling 812-288-8281 or visiting www.derbydinner.com.

 photo unnamed_zps21a07dbb.jpgYour kids have probably asked you many questions about the tooth fairy, trying to figure out how she gets into their room, what she does with the teeth, how she decides what they get in return - the questions are endless.  This adorable musical shows them that questions are great but sometimes, it's good to just let your imagination wander and that answers aren't always as fun!   It reminds the audience that being a kid is freeing and that adults (who know everything, right?) don't use their imagination as much and when you are a kid, just be a kid.  We laughed out loud quite a few times and I really got a kick out of the actors' funny quirks and facial expressions as they acted like six-year-olds learning about science at school.  One of the cutest parts of the show was the use of "real" kids in videos talking about the tooth fairy - nothing beats adorable kids saying funny things!


My daughter is 6 and just lost 3 teeth, one right after the other.  It was perfect timing to take her to this play.  Like all of the Derby Dinner shows, she was enthralled. She absolutely loves the shows.  I asked her what she thought of it and she reported by comparing it to the last show she saw stating "I liked Rudolph the best but THE TOOTH FAIRY was really nice too. I liked her wings."  Kids!  I really do think Derby Dinner does a great job keeping the show moving for young audiences, keeping it silly (they did say poop during this show!) and making sure to have a life lesson come through with every play.    I think it's so important to expose my children to the arts and Derby Dinner makes is accessible because it's affordable, there's food (we love food), the show is not too long and the themes are perfect for young audiences.

All public performances of THE TOOTH FAIRY are on Saturdays with Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and Lunch at 12:00 p.m. An evening performance has been added on Monday – March 9, 2015. All performances feature a kid friendly menu (chicken nuggest, corn dogs, mac and cheese etc). This production is most suitable for ages 3 - 12.

Stephanie

Friday, February 20, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: February 20,21,22

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Friday
Get out while you can - I heard there's more yucky-yuck-yuck in the forecast.  Remember, there's $5 admission for KY/IN residernts in February at:
•Frazier History Museum
•Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
•Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
•Muhammad Ali Center

Saturday
Derby Dinner Playhouse "Tooth Fairy" starts this weekend. If the weather cooperates, we'll be there!  We highly recommend these shows - it's perfect for families and kids of all ages just love it!


Sunday
The JCC is having a Summer Camp open house! They offer so many choices so go and check it out, 1-4pm on Sunday.  Did you see all of our Summer Camp directories?  Check this page - it'll be there until summer so you can research and plan.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Summer Camps in and Around Louisville, 2015: Sports Camps

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 photo JCC_zps51d6e453.jpg Experience the magic of JCC Summer Camp where there is something for every child. JCC Summer Camp offers specialty sports camps for children grades 1-9 all of which include free swim lessons daily!
Camps include Wiley Brown Basketball Camp, Soccer, Gaga, Obstacle Courses and Water World. The beautiful JCC campus includes two outdoor pools, baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, as well as indoor gymnasiums, auditorium and more!
Call for additional information.
3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205 502.459.0660
http://www.jcclouisvillecamp.org/








In Alphabetical Order - It will continue to be updated as camp information is released.

** denotes "preschool too!"

4 Kicks for Kidz

All About Kids Indoor and outdoor fun in gym and pool. Full and half day options. $30/half day-$185/week full day.

Bellarmine baseball camps

Blair­wood Ten­nis, Swim & Fit­ness Focus on tennis, but also play other games and swim. Ages 5-13. Full and half day options.

Boshart Stables

Dance Unlimited

Eternal Health Yoga

Higher Level Basketball

IU Southeast Athlietics

KGA

Kentucky Youth Soccer

Louisville Equestrian Center  ** Ages 4-17. Participate in arts and crafts, barn games and other activities centered around the equestrian theme. Most Monday-Friday, 9-4. $385 per week.

Metro Parks and Recre­ation

KJ Fundamental Football Clinic

Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club

My Gym ** Ages 3-7 or 4-9. $100/week or $30/day. Camps in June and July, 1-4 Monday-Thursday.

River City Soc­cer Lacrosse, soccer, and field hockey options. June-August. 2-3 day camps for $125-$165.

Louisville Skat­ing Acad­emy  June 15-18. Fun and Fundamentals of ice skating.

St. X Sports Camps

U of L They have a wide variety of sports camps.

Windhover Farm Welch Ponies

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Summer Camps in and Around Louisville, 2015: General Camps


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Our programs group children by age and encourage their growing ability to make choices, work with others, and assume responsibilities. Our camp teachers work collaboratively to develop a fun curriculum that takes advantage of all that the summer offers. They use playgrounds, the surrounding communities, and special visitors as an extension of the camp, helping children to discover science, explore nature, and engage in the creative arts, while learning about the vast opportunities in the world around them.
Our Summer Camps run all summer long! Spaces fill quickly - contact us today for more information and to register your child.
 Bright Horizons at Downtown Louisville: 632 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY (502) 584-0716. Bright Horizons at the Plainview School: 10320 Timberwood Circle, Louisville, KY (502) 245-1333.

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Experience the magic of JCC Summer Camp where there is something for every child. JCC Summer Camp offers traditional camp for children 2 years through 9th grade with arts & crafts, sports, free swim, swim lessons and more! Children 2 years old receive private swim lessons twice a week, children 3 and 4 years old receive group swim lessons three times a week and children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade receive group lessons daily.
Specialty camps are also offered which include: Soccer, Theatre, Gaga, Dance, Lego, art and more. All specialty camps enjoy a daily swim. We believe that all campers can participate, all campers can succeed and all campers can make a new friend. Our Yachad program integrates children with special needs fully in our regular program. We also offer a special unit for preschoolers transitioning into Kindergarten. The beautiful JCC campus includes two outdoor pools, baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, as well as indoor gymnasiums, auditorium and more!
Call for a brochure and additional information.
3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205
502.459.0660
http://www.jcclouisvillecamp.org/


 photo losmonitos2_zpsf09172ca.jpgLos Monitos camps are the perfect combination of fun and educational value! 5-12 year olds and their parents can choose from themes including cooking, travel, mystery solving, the arts, and the one-of-a-kind International Spy Camp for 8-13 year olds! Combine multiple camps for discounts! Summer camps cover a variety of languages and their respective cultures and geography, including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Hindi! Visit www.losmonitos.com/summercamps or call (502) 893-0933 for more information.


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Mix children, the arts and some fresh air, and you have a recipe for summer fun! Come and enjoy a variety of programs which develop a positive self-concept, including Yoga one afternoon each week. Each camp program is planned thematically, with off-site field trips organized over the course of the summer. Destination Discovery is a safe, nurturing, educational program for children ages 3 – 10 years.
Call to receive your Destination Discovery information package - 502-640-8585 or email office@msl-edu.org

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Hwang’s Martial Arts summer camp is an all-inclusive enrichment program where kids have fun as they get in shape, build leadership skills and develop positive attitudes. Camp provides basic Taekwondo lessons plus bi-weekly field trips to area attractions like the Louisville Zoo, local pools and parks. Students form long-term friendships as they develop important life skills — all in a fun, positive environment.
Come for one week or stay for all weeks! Drop off times are between 7:30 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. Pick up is between 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. For more info visit us at http://www.hwangsmartialarts.com/all-day-summer-care.html and connect at facebook.com/Hmalouisville.

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The Kentucky Humane Society offers two great summer camps for children six through 12: Lifelong Friends and Kids & Canines. Weeklong camps run June through August. Both camps provide age-appropriate enrichment activities, time with our shelter pets and fun. Kids and Canines even lets the child’s own dog come along. Give your child the gift of better understanding companion animals. For more information, visit www.kyhumane.org or contact Community Outreach Manager Valerie Merrifield, 515-3149 or vmerrifield@kyhumane.org.


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Adventure awaits this summer as your child explores something new each day at Camp Primrose. Exciting summer curriculum projects, special events, and field trips keep your child’s imagination growing. Summer at Camp Primrose is filled with excitement, enthusiasm and creativity! On summer splash days your child stays active and cool with safe water-themed games and activities. Summer campers take field trips to parks, museums and local landmarks to help learning and themes come alive! Call today to learn more (502) 974-4111.

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Planetarium camps engage kids in exciting, hands-on activities that spark curiosity and a love of science. Campers are immersed in visualizations that awe and inspire as our virtual spaceship rockets kids from Earth to the edges of the universe.
Camp options include Space Adventure Camp (entering 2nd – 4th grade) and Space Engineering Camp (one week for 5th-6th grade and one week for 7th – 9th grade). Unleash the inner scientist in your kid!


 photo Parklands_zpsa7e74328.jpgGet outside this summer with The Parklands, offering 10 different week-long camps for ages 5-12. Engaging, discovery-based investigations into gardening, art, storytelling, biology, bugs, mud, paddling and aquatic life- all in beautiful Beckley Creek Park.
Register before May 5 with code LFF to save $15 on tuition. Parklands Members also receive a reduced rate (theparklands.org/member for info. on the perks of membership).
Camps run 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri, June-August. TheParklands.org/camps or (502)584-0350 to learn more and register.



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YMCA Summer Day Camp
At the Y, you can count on the best summer ever for your kids, filled with friendship, accomplishment and belonging. Campers will try new things, make new friends, and discover all they can accomplish when they believe in themselves.

Choose from over 30 locations in Jefferson, Bullitt and Oldham counties. We offer a full day of fun activities for ages 3 – 16 including field trips, swimming, sports, games and plenty of fun. Our trained, certified staff will help your child flourish socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. The Y is for everyone. Financial assistance is available.

Register online by May 6 at ymcalouisville.org and get a free backpack!


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YMCA Camp Piomingo

The YMCA of Greater Louisville’s premier overnight camp offers coed programs for children ages 6 to 16. Nestled in the beautiful woods of Otter Creek Outdoor Recreational Area, Camp Piomingo builds self-esteem, promotes friendship and instills in your child an appreciation of nature – all in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. Activities include swimming, bicycling, archery, arts and crafts and of course the traditional final campfire. Camp starts the week of June 7. Register today at ymcacamppiomingo.org or call 800-411-5822 for more information.



Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana K-12 grade, not just for girl scouts! 2 options - The Bear Creek Aquatic Camp, near Paducah, with 200 acres of waterfront property and 2 miles of shoreline or Camp Pennyroyal, near Owensboro, with a private lake, horseback riding, and lots of outdoor choices. June 14-July 30. $100-$600/week with financial aid available.

 In Alphabetical Order - It will continue to be updated as camp information is released.

** denotes "preschool too!"

Camp HiHo

Camp Quality Kentuckiana A camp for children ages 6-16 who have cancer. June 28-July 3. Free!

Cedar Ridge Camp Tra­di­tional day camp and overnight camps. $179-$659.

Chance School - Info released in March

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve June 15-18 and 22-25. 9-2. Outdoor activities and crafts. $145.

Earth Path Education Nature camp in Cherokee Park. Two weeks in July, 9-3.

  EP Tom Sawyer State Park

Frazier History Museum Grades 1-6. $40/day or $170/week. Options in June and July. 9-4.

Jefferson Memorial Forest Ages 5-15. 9-4. Camps in June and July. $115-$195.

Kentucky Science Center ** Science camps. Ages 4-15, full and half day camps.  June 1-August 7.

Lions Camp Crescendo Camps for children with disabilities or in foster care in June and July.

Louisville Classical Academy Latin, greek, soccer, invention camp options. $60-$220. Ages 7-13.

Louisville Nature Center

Louisville Zoo

My Gym ** Ages 3-7 or 4-9. $100/week or $30/day. Camps in June and July, 1-4 Monday-Thursday.

Oldham County YMCA ** variety of programs, ages 4-14

Passionist Earth and Spirit Center Odyssey Camps Art, yoga, science experiments, exploring nature. Morning and all day options in June. $95-$200.

Rocksport

Smiley Camp  ** Ages 3-6. 9 - 21 week sessions for 3 weeks June 8-26, $150/week with discounts for additional weeks/siblings.

Sullivan Camps Culinary and pastry camp options. June 14-19. $650-$800 depending on housing.

YMCA Louisville ** See ad above. Lots of affordable options and locations!

YMCA of Southern Indiana  Many options available.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Summer Camps in and Around Louisville, 2015: Academic Camps

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iD Tech Camps: Code, Game, Create! Held at the University of Louisville and other top universities nationwide.
Weeklong, day programs for ages 7-17 www.iDTech.com 1-888-709-TECH (8324) info@iDTech.com
Learn code, game design, app development, robotics, web design, film, photography, and more in a fun camp setting!
Weeklong, day programs for ages 7-17 are held at over 100 top universities nationwide including the University of Louisville, Stanford, Princeton, and Yale. Come explore a university campus, experience lots of hands-on learning, get inspired by energetic instructors, and build critical 21st century STEM skills. We guarantee 8 students per instructor for personalized learning. Every time.

Montessori School of Louisville A variety of programs which develop a positive self-concept, including Yoga one afternoon each week. Themed camp programs, with off-site field trips organized over the course of the summer. Ages 3 – 10 years. Call 502-640-8585 or email office@msl-edu.org

In alphabetical order - It will continue to be updated as camp information is released:

** denotes "preschool too!"

Bellarmine Lots of options, price ranges, and dates. Check site for all options.

Brown Forman INSPIRE Summer Enrichment Program

Discover Science Camp

Handwriting is Kid's Play Camp **

IU Model UN Summer Camp June 21-26. $600 includes food and lodging.

Junior Achievement BizTown Camp $195/week, full day. Ages 9 - 12. Available in June and July. 

Kentucky Country Day

Kentucky Science Center ** Science camps. Ages 4-15, full and half day camps.  June 1-August 7.

Meredith Dunn School

Prospect Latin Preschool **

Sullivan College of Technology and Design Five options for high schoolers. $300-$495.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Summer Camps in and Around Louisville, 2015: Arts Camps

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When school’s out, Shakespeare's in! Our mission for children and art is: ‘See it. Hear it. Do it!’
Camp Shakespeare creates opportunities for children and young adults aged 4-18 to explore the theatre arts through imaginative play, visual arts, movement, storytelling, performance, and more!
A summer with Camp Shakespeare will foster an appreciation for the words and works of William Shakespeare as well as encourage the self-confidence of a growing theatre artist!
Kentucky Shakespeare strives to make this unique summer camp experience one that will promote collaboration, creativity, and the desire for lifelong learning.
Camps will run June 15th-August 2nd with one, two, three-week options, and a six-week conservatory.
Contact Hannah Pruitt, Education Programs Manager, at 502-574-9900 or at hannah@kyshakespeare.com for more details. Find our brochure and registration form at our website: www.kyshakespeare.com.


 photo whet_zps041492cb.jpgWhet Your Palette, The Art House In Anchorage, has the best summer camps yet imitating artists of many different media! We will be scultpors and mobile makers like Alexander Calder and smush, mold, pinch, squeeze and twist! We will be painters and mindbogglers like Salvador Dali and his dripping clocks and stretch, drip, splatter, distort and fade. We will be MC Escher-esque and spiral, stair-step, circle, climb and maze into our optical illusions. We will use wire, paint, canvas, found objects and our imaginations to create truly wonderful pieces of art!
Our very talented and fun staff will guide your young artist to discover a world of possibilities in our 7 art room house and patio. Some of our learning fun (splatter paint anyone?) will venture outdoors into our Japanese garden space as well.
AGES: 4-13 
WHEN: Up to 4 camps weekly through summer starting the second week of June
COST: $75-$90 half day $105-$125 full day 10:00-12:30 & 1:30-4:00 
502-438-8865
WhetYourPalette.com
1415 Evergreen Rd, Louisville, KY 40223
WYPalette@gmail.com
Winner Of:  Louisville's A-List


 photo losmonitos_zps446335f5.jpg Los Monitos camps are the perfect combination of fun and educational value! 5-12 year olds and their parents can choose from themes including cooking, travel, mystery solving, the arts, and the one-of-a-kind International Spy Camp for 8-13 year olds! Combine multiple camps for discounts! Summer camps cover a variety of languages and their respective cultures and geography, including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Hindi! Visit www.losmonitos.com/summercamps or call (502) 893-0933 for more information.



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The Oldham County Schools Arts Center offers classes, private lessons, and camps in music, theatre, visual arts and dance.
Camps run June 15th through August 7th.
Do you want to play in a Rock ‘n Roll band? Improve your audition skills? Paint a mural? Join a “Frozen” dance or theatre camp? Be creative in a clay sculpting camp? Make your own Muppet puppet?
For more information or to register call 502-241-6018 or visit www.ocsartscenter.org.







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DERBY DINNER PLAYHOUSE - SUMMER MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP
A one-week performing arts camp for students ages 7-17 exploring drama, music, and dance. Taught by DDP theatre professionals and focusing on creative dramatics and scenes, songs, and dance from Broadway Musicals, the camp culminates in a final sharing on the DDP stage.
TUITION: $175 each
TIME: 9am-3pm
DATES (5 options): JUNE 29-JULY 3; JULY 6-11; JULY 13-18; JULY 20-25; JULY 27-AUG 1


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Experience the magic of JCC Summer Camp where there is something for every child. JCC Summer Camp offers specialty arts camps for children grades 1-6 all of which include free swim lessons daily!
Camps include Dance Mix, Cooking Spotlight Youth Musical Theatre, Color Camp and Painting Fever. The beautiful JCC campus includes two outdoor pools, baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, as well as indoor gymnasiums, auditorium and more!
Call for additional information.
3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205 502.459.0660
http://www.jcclouisvillecamp.org/






Louisville Visual Arts Association Each camper will have a unique art experience from learning photography, printmaking and sculpture to writing and creating books, wearable art, painting portraits and more! There are eight full day one-week camps and three half day one –week workshops to chose from! 


DRAMA BY GEORGE — Check out our awesome drama camps for children and teens! Kids entering grades 3-6 can perform a live play OR make a short film. Teens entering grades 7-12 can present a murder mystery in an actual mansion or learn to perform comedy improv.



In alphabetical order - will be updated as more camps released their information:

** denotes "preschool too!"

Assumption High School

Bellarmine University

Classic Melodies Theater camps. Day and overnight camp options.

Clint Vaught’s Young Actors Institute June 1 – June 12, Monday - Friday. 8:30-4:30

Derby Din­ner Play­house Drama, music, and dance camp. Ages 7-17. June 29-August 1. $175. 9-3. 

Drama by George — Week long theater and movie making camps for kids and teens. 3rd-12th graders. $149-$250 per week, depending on camp.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Options in June and July. 9-4, or half day options. $110-220/week. Ages 5-18.

Louisville Visual Art Association Variety of art options such as clay making, photography, and wearable art. Classes for school age students. June – August. Full and half day options. $125-$275 depending on camp.

McClanahan School of Irish Dance ** June 9-11. 9:30-11:30. Ages 4-12. Irish dancing & music, Irish art & crafts and Irish stories. Cost: $85/child, $75 each add’l child.

Oldham County Schools Arts Center **  June 15-August 7. Classes, private lessons, and camps in music, theatre, visual arts and dance.

Paint Spot Monday-Friday 9-3. Ages 6 and up. $199/week. Camps in June and July.

Sacred Heart School for the Arts  **

Speed Art Museum ** Monday-Friday, 9-4. Ages 5-12. $200/week. Options in June and July.

Spot 5 Art Studio

Stage One Family Theatre Camps

Suzuki String Institute ** June 14-19. Ages 0-18. Violin, viola, cello and guitar lessons for ages 3+.

The Artist In You

The Bard's Town Theatre

The Parklands of Floyd's Fork - Art & Photography Camp. Week of June 22 9am-4pm, Use code EARLYBIRD by May 5th to save $15/week.

Walden Theatre Camps Imagination, art, theater, skill building camps. 1, 2, and 3 week options for various ages depending on camp chosen.