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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: March 24,25,26

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Tune into this week on Fortyish: Dan and I talk about internet safety for our kids with the big digital cheese at U of L.

My Gym has "Practice and Play" on Fridays from 12:15-1:05 p.m. Take your child to play at their Children's Fitness Center that has a jungle gym, slides, trampoline, monkey bars, balance beam, ballpit, basketball hoops, and more. It's free if you are already a member, or $5/per child per visit.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Five Local Candy Shops For Easter Candy - Louisville, KY

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It’s always nice to support local businesses, most especially the ones that make sweet treats by hand with love. Several of the candy shops in the Louisville area have been around for decades, while others are fairly new but already well-established. But they all share one thing in common- these are businesses run by local families, and their businesses serve the community’s collective sweet tooth in a very special way. Here are five local candy shops with all the sweet treats you need for your Easter Baskets:

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Bourbon truffles are what put this shop on the map, but now you can get all kinds of different chocolate goodies from chocolate mustaches to chocolate horseshoes. The great thing about this shop is it is a nut-free shop, so if you are having trouble finding chocolate candy that is safe for people with allergies this is the place to go. Open daily.

631 S 4th St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 589-0210

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Six Great Things about the Indianapolis Children's Museum - Day Trip from Louisville

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The Indianapolis Children's Museum is an easy drive up I-65, approximately 2 hours from Louisville. Here are some of the perks and features that make it worth the trip:

1. Free parking! The museum has a parking garage and surface parking that is free! Parking has never been a problem for us when visiting the museum.

2. They offer free admission days several times a year.

3. There is a wonderful theater, Lilly Theater, that offers family-friendly shows for free with museum admission. The tickets are given on a first come, first serve basis on the lower level starting at 10am.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Swim lessons for Louisville-area kids

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 photo AAK_Swimming_17_zpsa6bdkjqq.jpg The Fun Fins Swim School at All About Kids (located in Louisville and Oldham County) makes learning to swim FUN!

Fun Fins Swim School has become the premier instructional swimming facility in the state of Kentucky. They offer a warm, safe, and FUN environment. Their skillfully trained instructors will safely teach your child to swim with confidence. Their pools are heated to a comfortable 88 degrees; making your child’s experience even more comfortable.

 photo AAK_Swimming_11_zpsx1vaqlqp.jpgAt Fun Fins Swim School, instructors work at each child’s individual pace and put his or her mental and physical well-being first. All About Kids is dedicated to addressing the needs and readiness of your child therefore they never teach through fear, domination or force. Their emphasis is teaching through joy, kindness, understanding, and patience. All About Kids believes the journey is as important as the destination.

Fun Fins is also known in the community for their commitment to children’s safety. They accommodate children with special needs through our “Get Your FEAT Wet” program for children with autism. They also provide free classes for children 4 months- 1yr.

Not only do they teach kids how to swim, they teach them how to swim using correct techniques and proper progressions. In each level, children will learn exciting new skills. Whatever your child’s needs may be, they have the right class!

They offer a free trial class and a 100% money back guarantee in the first month.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week in Preview March 20th-23rd

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Run, Jump, or Skip to fun this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Join the Louisville Orchestra on Thursday at 7:30pm at Valley Traditional High School. This concert features the different families of instruments as they separate from the full body of the orchestra. Teddy Abrams and the LO offer music by each section of the orchestra. There are amazing works for wind orchestras and glorious pieces for string bands. A piece for the brass section is sure to show-off the heroics of the trumpets and trombones. The Orchestra comes together to perform the “Classical Symphony” by Sergei Prokofiev. Tickets are $20, $10 students with I.D.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: March 17,18,19

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Tune into this week's episode of Fortyish - LouFamFun Dana came by - she writes for us, teaches preschool, volunteers at church and with all sorts of kid-related stuff so.....she's kids kids kids 24/7.  We chat about that crazy life!

Attention girls!  Have you heard of Abigail Academy? It's for girls only and focuses on fun and learning in a creative/supportive environment.  They have workshops on the weekends and there's one on Friday. It's a cooking class with different themes (workshops for younger girls take place on Saturdays) and runs from 5:00-7:30pm. Sign your daughter up in advance, it would be fun to go with a friend!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review of Pastry Plus in Louisville, KY

 photo 65c38603-b184-47a3-b8c6-775f38686e2c_zpsjze8f0g5.jpgOne of my most recent missions is to compile a Donut--or is it Doughnut---Shop round up for readers. That means I must check out every doughnut shop in Kentuckiana, right?! That may be a little too difficult, both on my time and my waistline, but I did recently stop into a doughnut shop my family has not been to before. You want to go there. Soon!

 photo 0205171005_zpshinygr7d.jpgPastry Plus is a tiny little hole in the wall shop over in Highview near Okolona. The sign on the door says "Fresh Daily Since 1998." After I told my family we were going to check this place out, my husband told me he remembers this donut shop from when he was in high school at the then named Highview Baptist School right around the corner from the shop. Trips down memory lane are the best! We visited the shop recently on a Saturday morning. The shop opens at 5 a.m. every day except Mondays. We arrived around 7 a.m., while the dusk of night was fading and the sun was starting to rise. The lights were still on outside, and the parking lot had about 10 cars in it. If you want to be sure to get a good sampling of their goodies, I suggest arriving very early. The donut cases were already showing signs of being wiped clean!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review of STEAMPunks Parent's Night Out in Louisville, KY

Our writer was given admission to STEAMPunks Parent’s Night Out for purpose of review.

 photo iHUB_zpslfe2muis.jpgIf you were to visit the iHub Tech Space in Downtown Louisville on the 3rd Friday of the month, you would encounter a space filled with young children problem-solving, exploring, investigating, creating and having fun!

STEAMPunks offers several programs for children and our family recently participated in the Parent’s Night Out in February. Registration was easily completed online and a reminder email was sent to me the Thursday before the night out. The email contained the evening’s itinerary, an explanation of the activities and drop-off and pick-up procedures.

I appreciated the details so I could tell my kids what to expect. iHub Tech Space is located in Downtown Louisville at 204 S. Floyd Street. The building is near Market Street and is easy to find. The front door to the space is near a parking lot and street parking and is kept locked at all times.

 photo Stop Motion Animation_zpsvdm8xmbr.jpgWe were greeted at the door, signed in and the night’s schedule was explained to my two kids. They couldn’t wait to get started. There were Maker Stations set up around the room. While the children were waiting for everyone to arrive, they were free to choose where they wanted to play. After a few minutes of free play, the children were divided into groups and assigned stations. The stations included Minecraft Gaming Challenges, Dash & Dot & Sphero Robots and Stop Motion Animation. Children rotated between each station and were later given more time at their choice of stations.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Week in Preview March 13th-16th

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Have some ice cream and a play date this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: On Thursday have fun at PlayDate at Kentucky Science Center from 5 - 7 pm. Exclusively for visitors’ ages 0-4 and their adult caregivers. PlayDates take the big kids out of the equation, letting little ones freely investigate, build, experience, and share. Theme: Nutrition & Mindful Eating in recognition of National Nutrition Month and National School Breakfast Week

Friday, March 10, 2017

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: March 10,11,12

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Tune into this week's episode of Fortyish - Dan and I talk about something serious, heroin.  Dan invited his friend Frank on for this episode, Frank recently lost his son to this horrible epidemic of addiction.

Head to the free Louisville City FC kick-off party Friday night from 6-8 p.m. at Baptist Health Eastpoint, 2400 Eastpoint Parkway. Meet players, take photos and get autographs.There will be a photo booth, a mobile gaming truck, foosball, prizes and you can grab a free bite provided by Raising Cane's and Salsarita’s.