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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review of PRP Ice Cream Corner in Louisville, KY

 photo prp_zpsfbb27d4e.jpgPRP Ice Cream Corner is a cute little ice cream shop located at the corner of Sky Blue and Greenwood Road in the Pleasure Ridge Park area of Louisville. It replaced an old, vacant building and was such a wonderful addition to the neighborhood in 2010. The ice cream shop, locally owned and operated, is going strong. Most of the workers are high school students from PRP, and they have always been super friendly. Many times you will run into one of the two brothers who own the shop, and they are both very friendly as well. I recently talked to one of the owners, Donnie. He told me that they strive to make PRP Ice Cream Corner a clean, safe, family friendly environment. They also try to keep the prices as affordable as possible for everyone. I thought the prices were very comparable to other ice cream shops I’ve been to.

 photo prp3_zps87f2d33f.jpgThey have over 24 different hand dipped flavors including some sugar free options. I have enjoyed butter pecan, cookie dough, strawberry, spumoni, and cinnamon. My daughter’s favorite is superman because she thinks it makes her stronger. They also have vanilla, chocolate, and orange soft serve. They serve shakes, malts, and sundaes, including their new hot fudge cake sundae that has two pieces of cake. Yes, two! I must admit that I have enjoyed my share of sundaes this summer. Besides ice cream you can enjoy hotdogs, BBQ sandwiches, nachos, chips, candy, and sodas.

You order your ice cream from a window outside. It’s covered with a very large canopy which is nice on those sunny days or if you are getting ice cream on a rainy day. After you order you will pick up your ice cream at another window. They have always been quick to get our ice cream out, which is nice because it’s hard to keep a 3 year old waiting when it comes to ice cream. With your treat in hand, head over to the Banana Split Pit, which is a large covered patio with lots of wooden benches. I’ve never had any problem finding a seat. The shade is nice and helps keep the ice cream from melting as fast.

 photo prp2_zps1508e632.jpgOverall, PRP Ice Cream Corner is such a wonderful addition to the PRP community. I love locally owned and operated businesses, and I try to support them as much as possible. It’s clean, friendly, and affordable. I would recommend it to anyone in the area looking for a sweet treat. They are only open until October, and the date will be announced on their Facebook page. Be sure to follow their page so you can also learn when their end of year blowout date will be. Almost everything will be half-off! Be sure to fill up that day to hold you over until the Spring when they will open up again!

By guest contributor: Kimberly

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Halloween Events and Things to Do in and around Louisville 2014



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In chronological order and constantly updated so check back often.

PhotobucketThe Worlds Largest Halloween Party is at the Zoo - various dates - tickets are on sale starting 9/17! Even members wanting to attend on discounted nights have to reserve tickets.   It runs pretty much the entire month of October.

Holiday World Happy Halloween Weekends  :September 20th - October 26th.  Online pricing ranges from $17.95 to $24.95 - children 2 and under are free.


KY Renaissance Fair is having a month-long pumpkin (insert Oprah voice) extravaganza.   It's October 4- Novemeber 2 (that's how they spelled it, I'm being cheeky) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.

Haunted Hike at the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.    October 4th from 3-9pm. (See their website for pricing - Fees for Fantasy Kiddie Trail, haunted house, big bouncy area.  Lots of other activities are free like hay rides, candy stations, other activities) Highly recommend the haunted house (5-9pm) - great for even preschoolers!

The Great Pumpkin 10K - so you can eat more candy - October 4th 9am at The Parklands of Floyds Fork.

The La Grange Fire Department is hosting Oldham County's largest Safety and Halloween Festival on October 4th from 4-7pm. Trick-or-treating and more! Hayrides, bouncies, climb in firetrucks and more- all at the Oldham County Fairgrounds. Food available for purchase.

Jack O' Lantern Spectacular - 5,000 pumpkins light a trail the length of five football fields at the base of Iroquois Park October 9 -November 2. Open from dusk to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets range from $9 to $15, with discounts for seniors and children 12 and under.  Ticket info online at www.jackolanternlouisville.com. Unlimited season passes to the event will be available for $40 and discounts are available at the Box Office when using your Thorntons Refreshing Rewards Card. The event is held rain or shine.

The Caufields Halloween Parade is on October 10th at 7pm on Baxter Ave and full of crazy costumes and lots of tossed candy - bring a bag for the kids. FREE.
FAQ: Is it too scary for little kids?  LFF answer:  Most of the scary costumed folks leave the little ones alone but use your judgement. If you child is pretty sensitive to costumed folks, probably stay away. If your children are like mine and think the gore is silly, go for it!

October 11th Mary T. Meagher is having a Halloween Festival from 5pm until 7:15pm.  Trunk or treat and carnival games. They also have old school fright night movies on the lawn at the Mary. T. Meagher Aquatic Center throughout October.

Main Library Downtown After-hours Halloween party Friday, October 17 6-8pm  Storybook-themed evening of not-so-scary storytelling

Trunk or Treat hosted by Louisville Mommies.  October 18th 12-3pm.

Harry Potter Halloween Party at the Middletown Libary October 18th from 2-3pm for kids age 6 to 18.

Lots of Louisville Free Public Libary special Halloween themed story times, check your location for options.

someecards.com - Do you have chocolate? My mom is going to eat half of my candy and she likes chocolate.
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The Bass Pro Shop has Halloween freebies starting starting mid-October. Details will be posted on their website. It's all FREE!

Jack O’Lantern Stroll: October 24th  Louisville Slugger Field
A community event that features over 1,200 carved pumpkins, carved by community members and those supported by Dreams With Wings.

Museum of American Printing House for the Blind: Saturday, October 25th 10:30 a.m.–12:30pm
Make your own Halloween masks! Museum staff will guide your children to make a scary or friendly, for kids of all ages. Free to the public: registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 to register.

October 25th Halloween Fest at Shawnee Library - all day fun.

Belle of Louisville has special cruises for Halloween like the Scaryoke cruise or the Boo cruise.  Late October - Different dates, times, prices!

Jeffersontown Pumpkinfest - 11am to 2pm on October 25th in Gaslight square. Trick or treating, entertainment and more.

Halloween in Brown Park  - October 25th - music, hayrides, lots of games, haunted forest and more.
(corner of Kresge Way and Browns Lane)  11am- 2pm  Trick or Treating is from 11:30am – 1:30pm ALL FREE

Norton Commons Halloween Fun - October 25th from 2pm-5pm. Food vendors, games and more! FREE

Boo Dell at Yell Dell gardens is just $5 for parking with free admission. It is on October 25th from 11-2 featuring trick or treating, a pumpkin carving contest, Magic show (2-3pm) and more.

Fright Light Halloween Party at the Rauch Planetarium:   October 26th for the party but they also have Fright Light shows throughout October!

Bellarmine's Hall-o-Treats - October 27th from 6-8pm.  Trick or treating through decorated halls. 

7th Street Haunt Family Friendly trick or treating - October 31st 4-7pm - indoors - FREE for kids up to 12 years old - lights on haunted house.

F.A.T. Hop - Halloween Hop October 31st 6:00-10:30pm on Frankfort Ave.

Fall Festival at Highland Park First Baptist Church -  October 31st, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Candy, food, trunk or treat, games, bouncies,free for all. www.hpfbc.com for more details. 7321 Billtown Rd.

Light Up the Night - New Birth Ministries on October 31st

Some of the area Kroger stores even offer trick or treating on October 31st. Check with your local store!

Trick or Treating at Oxmoor Center - pending details

Trick or Treating at Mall St. Matthews - pending details

Green Tree Mall trick or treating: pending details

Westport Village Halloween event  typically has an event but nothing is listed yet.

Jeffersonville usually has a downtown event - details coming soon

Fern Creek Fire Department usually has a community party on October 31st - pending details.

Shepherdsville Fire Department usually has a trunk or treat event on October 31st - website to be updated!

4H Floyd County Costume Carnival - details coming soon

There's Hillcrest Ave too - the best Halloween decorations in the city - great place to walk for an evening. Click here for another video.

Hetzer Haunted House - October 31st. Free haunted house for Halloween night. Probably for teens and older.

If your kids 10 and up need some screams, there's a haunted attraction called Grim Trails in Middletown on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Review of All About Kids - Open Gym - Oldham County Location in Crestwood

Tami was given admission to open gym for the purpose of writing a review.

 photo photo1_zps4fcc44de.jpgMy daughters, ages 3 and 5, and I went to the Inflatable Fun Zone and Preschool Open Gym at All About Kids in Crestwood for great escape from the heat and a great way for them to get exercise!

The Fun Zone, which is open M-F from 10am – 2pm, is only for kids ages 5 and under (they do offer Fun Zone times for older kids as well).  This preschool only time really allows for the little ones (and their moms) to enjoy their time without worrying about older kids taking over the play space.  For just $6/child the Fun Zone boasts three large inflatables (bouncers and slides), a small trampoline, multiple slides in different sizes, ride-on-toys in different sizes, and a climbing structure.  They really do have something for all ages.

We arrived at 11am and were the first ones there.  My girls were ecstatic to have free rein over the play area.  Not long after we arrived though, more friends showed up.  In total there were about 15 kids in the Fun Zone that day and while the overall space is fairly compact, it did not feel crowded. 

Moms of younger kiddos are generally inside the fun zone helping their little ones navigate the play structures, but there is also a seating area just outside the Fun Zone so moms can take a seat and still see the entire play area.  Another great feature of the Fun Zone, it has two locking gates so no one can escape!

At 12:00pm, the larger gym opens and all of the kids, again only those 5 and younger, are allowed to go over to the “big” side and use the larger gymnastics equipment.  Prior to opening the big side an instructor will gather the kids and go over the rules, which are focused on safety.  Once the gates open the kids can enjoy large trampolines, foam pits for jumping and swinging, balance beams in various heights, a trapeze (which is manned by a staff member), and various bars and rings.  As a mom of two, it was a little stressful when both girls wanted to be in different parts of the gym and needed assistance, but you can see the entire gym at all times so it was easy to split time and still keep an eye on both.

While the big gym was open, there were two staff members on the floor, monitoring safety and enforcing the rules.  They were very attentive to the kids and would help anyone who needed it.  My oldest daughter actually fell off of one of the balance beams while we were there and instantly a staff member came over to check on her and brought her some ice.  I don’t think she really needed it, but thought it was great customer service!

The big gym is open for an hour and the staff was great about giving a 5 minute and 2 minute warnings that the big gym was about to close.  Once the big gym closes you can return to the Fun Zone until 2pm.  One thing that I noticed on this visit (and others), the Fun Zone is relatively quiet while the big gym is open.  So, if you have a really little one that might be a great time to visit the Fun Zone to try out the bigger play structures.

 photo photo2_zpsa015adcd.jpgThe facility, while a few years old now, is still very clean and the equipment is all in good shape.  The restrooms were clean and have small sinks which is great for post-play clean up.    They also offer cubbies to store shoes and other personal items. And, they do now have a snack bar and another big gym area which was not available when the facility first opened.

All About Kids is one of our go-to indoor play spots.  It is great for getting little bodies moving and climbing.  It offers a fun and safe environment for kids to play and a great space for moms to connect.  It is an ideal spot for a play date or just a fun morning out with your kids.  You can get a membership to the facility, but the Fun Zone and Open Gym are open to both members and non-members.

To learn more about All About Kids in Crestwood including the Fun Zone, Open Gyms and other great things like classes and parties visit their website

By guest contributor: Tami




Sunday, September 14, 2014

Family Book Review - September

Erin was given two Little Critters Collection books and merchandise for purpose of review

This month's family book review is brought to you by Kohl's Cares and includes two stories from the Mercer Mayer storybook collection, Little Critter. Kohl's Department Stores are offering these items for purchase for $5 until September 20. 100% of the profits from these merchandise purchases goes directly to charities supporting children's and women's health and education initiatives across the country.

Little Critter's Bedtime Storybook by Mercer Mayer contains four short stories related to getting to bed! Have fun winding down at nighttime while reading bedtime stories with a fussy princess, a bear who learns to share, and a cold windy night. These stories are a great length for bedtime and of course the well-known and beloved illustrations of Mercer Mayer captivate young children!

Little Critter Jack and the Beanstalk is a great, interactive lift-the-flap version of the classic tall tale. The story begins with "Once upon a time there was a little critter named Jack." Little Critter Jack frolics through the beanstalk story, and fun flaps for little fingers to lift on every page. This story will surely delight young readers!


By guest contributor: Erin

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend: September 12,13,14

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You can always find new ideas by visiting our Fall Fun Links page - check it out!!
And, enjoy our fall festivals podcast

Let's get to the picks for the weekend:

Friday
Get your InstaFam Hunt tickets - it's at the Louisville Zoo - lots of prizes (over $1,000 worth) will be awarded, freebies, includes your Zoo admission for during the event and their outdoor movie. ALL of the proceeds go to charity! Details: http://www.louisvillefamilyfun.net/p/loufamfun-experience-series.html
Discount available via our Facebook page!

Saturday
Enjoy a Fall festival!  Why not take a little day trip? Simpsonville has a great on this weekend and I believe our fabuLOUs Erin has selected the Apple Festival at Evans Orchard for her family fun this weekend. All listed here.

And, My Gym is having an open house on Saturday. Click here for details.

Sunday
It's Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs. Click here to read our review from the spring event.  It's $5 if you buy the tickets online in advance and it includes a lot of activities!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend! As always, check out the calendar above for even more ideas.
Stephanie

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Top 10 Unusual Vacation Spots in Kentucky

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1. Wigwam Village in Cave City Kentucky used to be one of seven similar hotels in America, but now thanks to the popularity of the Interstate there are only three left. This is a unique piece of Americana. I’ve tried three times to get reservations to no avail, so book early.

2. The Tree Top Roundhouse along Lake Cumberland Shores is up on stilts in the tree tops. It will provide your family with a relaxing getaway in nature.

3. Have you ever wanted to try off-grid living? This cabin in the middle of the Red River Gorge features a turf roof, propane cooking, and a composting toilet. The only interruptions you’ll get are when the owners bring you five gallons of water a day.

4. The Jailer’s Inn in Bardstown, KY has plenty of posh rooms to choose from. But the most unique room they have is the restored jail cell, complete with black and white stripes and pictures of Elvis and James Dean. You can actually sleep in a restored jail bunk!

5. Did you know there’s an Inn at Shaker Village? This historic site offers simple Shaker accommodations in a rustic setting.

6. Rabbit Hash General Store is in the heart of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, the town that has a dog for mayor. You can stay in the General Store’s apartment and explore all the charming town has to offer.

7. If you’re looking for the next place for your big family reunion, check out Pine Paradise at Nolin Lake. This place has 8 bedrooms and sleeps 48. There’s a game room, party barn, lake, fire pit, barbecue pit, and more.

8. Sleep in a castle at Castle Post in Versailles.

9.Stay in a luxury Yurt in the Red River Gorge at Cliffview Resort. A dome on top allows the sunlight in during the day and the effect of sleeping under the stars at night.

10. Hidden Cave Ranch offers a bed and breakfast atmosphere with horseback riding and relaxation.

By guest contributor: Maggie

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Best Playgrounds in and around Louisville

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Allison: Always Beckley. Why? Because my kids can do most everything and if we get tired of playing we can go on a walk.  We have a review here.

Nicolle: I might get in trouble for this......but someone introduced me to the KCD (Kentucky Country Day private school) playground a few years back. I don't think it's considered public, but it's an awesome playground designed like a maze-like castle. There aren't too many scary fall through spots, plenty of slides, swings, monkey bars and just room to run!  Oh no she didn't!!

Lauren: Hounz Lane Park. It's smaller so it isn't so crowded, but with plenty to do. There's also a creek to explore and great picnic places!

Dana: Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve - Harmony playground. It's so close to our home and has a playground, gardens and trails. The kids love it!

Stephanie: I'm going with Iroquois because the playground is big but also has a smaller contained kids area and it's near the spray ground and hiking trails.

Maggie: Robsion Park in Lyndon has a really great walking trail (for little ones learning to ride bikes too.) Their playgrounds are great, but be sure to wear sunscreen since there's no shade.

Erin: For playground only purposes, our fave right now is the Don Fightmaster Playground that's by UofL. It's huge, lots of great ramps to explore (making it very accessible for disabled/handicap children), and enclosed with a fence so my active toddler can't escape! Hard to park, but if you eat at McD's right next door you can park in their parking lot.

Jackie: I'm going to say Douglass Hills park. Play equipment is great for my aged kids, walking loop is right there, great for picnics. Yep. Love it.

Kimberly: Riverview Park in south Louisville. Great sprayground, lots of neat playground equipment for various ages, and a great view of the ohio river!

Brandy: We recently discovered Briar Hill Park. There is a playground, sand volleyball, paved walking path and some hiking trails we've yet to explore. Also, real restrooms. We'll definitely visit again soon.

Maggie take 2 - she can't make up her mind: I might want to change my answer. We like Wendell Moore Park because there's a great Lake for fishing, picnic sheds, and a nice playground.

Caryn: We like Waterfront Park with the Ohio River fishing/walking, Big 4 Bridge, and Tumbleweed for lunch/dinner to make a day of it!

Tami: Crescent Hill by Mary T Meagher Aquatic Center - it is TINY, but has both a play structure and a splash area. We have never been when it is crowded. The aquatic center is right there so you have access to bathroom.

Feel free to suggest your favorite park in the comments!

Monday, September 8, 2014

HerLouisville: A Guide to At-Home Tailgating

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If your house is anything like mine, then you know exactly what you’ll be doing every Saturday from now through December: watching college football. Between skyrocketing ticket prices, the unpredictable Kentucky weather, and the lack of rewind buttons and couches in the stadium, I find myself staying away from the stadium and throwing tailgate parties from home. It’s just more laid-back and comfortable to invite friends to watch at home than to spend an entire day out in the elements.

 photo UofLTailgate_zpsbf02e4ec.jpegI’ve gotten a lot of practice at putting together a quick at-home tailgate, and today I’m going to share with you my favorite tips to help you throw a stylish at-home tailgate without breaking the bank!

Mix in a few team licensed signature pieces with solid color plates and napkins from the dollar store, or even from your own cabinets. This lets you fill in your team colors without spending a ton on decor.
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Small bites mean less waste! Make bite-sized hamburgers on dinner rolls for your littlest guests or nervous game-watchers.

 Keep kids entertained with downloadable football-themed coloring sheets. Have a “Helmet Design Contest” with inexpensive foam footballs, or other small “prizes” that they can enjoy at the party.

Assume your guests will be thirsty! Go ahead and plan on several beverages per guest. The more variety, the better. Adult guests may enjoy a beer, wine, or bourbon. Everyone needs to stay hydrated. Pick up inexpensive bottles of water as well as a few types of soda. Flavored sparkling water is a great choice, too; it adds a delicious twist without the sugar or caffeine of soda.
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Don’t spend so much time prepping that you miss the game yourself!
It’s easy to make everyday snacks special while saving time! Don’t be afraid to order pizza and use some pre-made shortcuts for your party!

I’ve found a brand of pimiento cheese that I just love; I pair it with some crackers and crudités and it’s all set. Most Louisville delis offer Southern staples like pimiento cheese, benedictine or beer cheese. A couple tubs of these favorite spreads go far!

Add a Kentucky touch to your favorite brownie mix by adding a tablespoon or two of bourbon to the batter. The alcohol bakes out, and you’re left with a rich bourbon accent to your brownies.

Have fun, and I hope your team wins big this season!

Heather

Learn about Heather and see a growing compilation of HerLouisville features on our new page dedicated to the topic.  We'll focus on entertaining, style and dining with moms in mind!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Open House at My Gym Louisville

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Open House at My Gym Louisville
September 13, 9am-2pm


 photo mygym3_zpscac407e4.jpg Looking for something to do next weekend? Bring your children for a free day of fun at My Gym Louisville! Check out our facility and meet our fabulous staff. We'll have games, music, puppets, prizes, raffles, and more. We'll also be offering exclusive open house discounts on class enrollment and registration fees!
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My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks thru 12 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. We offer structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more.

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In addition to our classes, MyGym Louisville also offers fantastic Birthday Parties, Parent's Night Out, Camps, and special events.

MyGym Louisville is located at 11770 Shelbyville Road, at Village Square Plaza in Middletown.

If you have questions about the Open House or would like more information on any of our programs, give us a call at 502-614-6001, or email louisville@mygym.com.  Website: mygym.com/louisville Facebook: facebook.com/mygymlouisville

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville September 5,6,7

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Are you ready for fall? I am.  That's why I went ahead and published our Fall Festivals List.  Be sure to check it out HERE.

You can always find new ideas by visiting our Fall Fun Links page

Get your InstaFam Hunt tickets (DEAL ALERT, CLICK HERE)- lots of prizes, freebies, outdoor movie and ALL of the proceeds go to charity! Details: http://www.louisvillefamilyfun.net/p/loufamfun-experience-series.html

Let's get to the picks for the weekend:

Friday
I think this festival at the SBTS looks so unique - it's a Land of Oz theme starting at 6pm.  Check it out here.

Saturday
Nulu is such a fun place to be - why not enjoy a free art activity at Local Speed from 11:30 to 3:30 (details here) and do some shopping and dine out while you are there?

Or, the Middletown Family Fun festival is always a great time.  There is a parade at around 11:45 and so many vendors, free activities, concerts and more ending with fireworks at night.

Sunday
West Broadway opens for bikes, walking and play to take over the street for cycLOUvia. From 2:00 to 6:00 pm on West Broadway between 9th Street and 26th Street you can take a stroll, run, or ride down one of Louisville’s busiest streets - right down the middle of the street. Walking, cycling, skateboarding, or dancing.....have fun!

Be fabuLOUs,
Stephanie