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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Picks for Things to do this Weekend around Louisville: July 31, August 1,2

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Friday
You can try out some fun on the water at Long Run Park with Quest Outdoors. At 4pm, they'll be there for you to test out paddle boards, boats and more.  See details here.

Fleet Feet is having a back to school party.  Get 20% off (shoes for kids in grades K-12) and they'll have ice cream and a bounce house obstacle course. Sounds like my kind of shopping!
Details here.  (Activities start at 5pm, deal is all day)

Saturday
Did you see Nicolle's review of Children in the Dell?  That's this Saturday 10:30am to Noon - check out the review here and head to Yew Dell Gardens for nature fun.

Head to Whet Your Palette for a ladies night out! From 6-8pm, it's "Happiest Hour" and canvases are half off! You can bring your own goodies for snacking and imbibing and have some laughs with your friends - you deserve it!

Sunday
Take a break from running about and spend some time at home.  Play a few games, go for a walk, try a new recipe and cook together.  It's not always about "where should we go" that makes for family fun!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review Early Learning Readiness Program with YMCA of Greater Louisville

 photo IMG_6775_zpsca3b17e4.jpgThe YMCA of Greater Louisville offers a fairly new program for three and four year olds in the Louisville/Jefferson County area. It's called Caring and Learning with Me, or also known as Early Learning Readiness (ELR). "It is a free early learning readiness program for children ages 3 & 4. This program is geared for the child who usually stays home with a family member, friend or neighbor. Our caring staff combines the fun of a play date and the preparedness for kindergarten. We provide hands-on resources and support for the caregiver of the child. We come together 2 days per week for a playful learning experience for everyone. We meet from 10 am-12 pm at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (1501 Rangeland Road) on Tuesdays and Thursdays or Wednesdays and Fridays."

My 3 1/2 year old son and I have been attending the program since late January; we got in on it a little bit late but they still had some openings so we could attend. We have been having a blast together. We attend on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-12pm. This is not a stand alone preschool type option in which you drop your child off; it is a parent driven, interactive program where you learn with your child and experience fun together. It has been great for us because we didn't start traditional three year old preschool this year, so it has really helped my preschooler learn about expectations and skills needed for school. Circle time, learning to follow directions better, going from one task to another and how to transition and clean up after yourself, listening to others in authority figures, being part of a team (having jobs to do) and taking responsibility and ownership of the classroom, and socializing with others are the big factors for our experience. He is the type of child who is probably close to being school ready in terms of kindergarten readiness skills like knowing shapes, colors, ABCs, number recognition, etc, but really needed some help with social skills. We have really enjoyed it, he calls it "preschool class" and looks forward to it each week!


Other Helpful Information:
While it's designed for 3-5 years old, they do enroll birth to age 5.
A second site is starting this fall at Roosevelt Perry Elementary; Robin Norfleet is the program facilitator -  rnorlfeet@ymcalouisville.org.
The program is completely FREE.
They are currently accepting registrations for the new year that starts the week of August 17th
You can call 637-1575 as well for more information. Mary Graybeal is the Program Supervisor.
Email Kerry Basham at kbasham@ymcalouisville.org
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Phone: 502-637-1575

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This program runs during the school year and follows the JCPS school calendar. Look for registration and sign ups for next year around August.

By guest contributor: Erin

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review of BoomBozz Craft Pizzas & TapHouse in Jeffersontown, KY

 photo IMG_7228_zpsxod71bji.jpgRecently, my family and I met some friends for dinner at BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse, the new location that recently opened near Jeffersontown at 1890 South Hurstbourne Parkway (502-491-4111). We have had Tony Boombozz Pizza in the past and it is always delicious and good service. This new location is a great addition to this popular local pizza restaurant business in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

 photo 1e2ca41e-fd84-426d-9143-5eb28f505c27_zpsfjo0qaei.jpgWe met up with a group of 14 including adults and 8 kids. We were able to reserve the back party room with no problem and they were very accommodating to let us do that. It is a larger glass enclosed room for larger parties and was very nice.

 photo IMG_7227_zpso9ukdnpc.jpgSince we were three different families combined, we each ordered separate pizzas based on our family's likes. We had medium plain cheese pizzas for the kids, and tried a pepperoni/mushroom pizza, a large pepperoni with two different sauces, and one of the signature pizzas. Try the Boombozz #1 Salad also-- it's to die for!

We were very pleased with our food and service. For a large party with kids of varying ages, our server was on top of it all and gave top notch attention to us which I value.

This location also has an outdoor seating area which is great for al fresco dining this time of year! Check out their website for all of their locations.

By guest contributor: Erin

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Week in Preview July 27th-30th

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Enjoy your week with lots of fun!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: Use your cultural pass and discover the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Check their website for location and times.
 
Eat it: Head over to Big Four Burgers & Beer NA for their Back to School Bash! On July 27th from 5-7pm, join them for free face painting, balloon animals, and free food for the kids. Find more information here!

Move it: Beat the Heat at All About Kids for some fun! Check out their website for times of their open gym and swim!


Learn it: If you have a soon to be Kindergartener you need to be at Slugger Field on July 28th.  See the Louisville Bats play, meet representatives from local schools and community organizations, and get lots of free stuff for your kindergartener. Click here for more information.

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: July 24,25,26

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Thursday (Bonus idea!!)
Mini Golf at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Weather is going to be wonderful! Dine at Taqueria Tsunami (show flyer, lunch or dinner) + donate $5 to BBBS for mini golf from 4-9pm.  Great night to be outdoors!  See flyer/details here

Friday
The Diaper Fairy Cottage has a crawler/walker playground for little ones every Friday from 12:30 to 2:30pm.  What a great way for some playtime and to meet other parents.  It's free!

If you haven't checked out the new Science in Play exhibit at Kentucky Science Center, do so this Friday after 5pm and admission is just $5!

Saturday
Nulu is one of my favorite areas of Louisville. They are having a Summer Block Party from 10am-5pm.  It's a great area to walk around and shop unique, local businesses.  Details here about what's going on that day!


How about Mother/Daughter fun?  Side by Side Studio has a special craft for moms and daughters (12-17) to do together - Hoop Weaving.  Visit this website to sign up and get more info!

Sunday
Visit a "hidden gem" - not sure what I am talking about?  Click here!


Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Family Day Out by the Ohio River

 photo ad973fcc-0c00-422b-b366-87b749be8d1c_zpscwzl1rbp.jpgMy family and I decided to spend the day together down by the Ohio River. We parked at the Waterfront playground and splashpad area early enough in the morning so there were still parking spots, and headed over the Big 4 Bridge to Jeffersonville. The walk over the bridge is always enjoyable with good views of the boats, wildlife, and construction. At the base of the bridge on the Jeffersonville side, there is a farmers market on Saturdays which my kids enjoyed looking around. There is also a stepped water feature which my kids enjoyed sitting around and dangling their feet in. There are signs that say no swimming, and I didn't let my kids walk through it, but I felt it was permitted to sit on the low walls and cool our feet.

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Next, we headed to my highlight of the day, Schimpff's Confectionery. We enjoyed looking around and got some fountain drinks and ice cream before the 11am "tour." Jill and Warren Schimpff (great grandson of founder 1891) did a great job with an entertaining and educational presentation. We learned about the shop, antique stove, candy table, the largest display of publicly viewed candy rollers (no longer used by most), how to make candy, and more while Jill and Warren made a batch of red hots candy. (Did you know they pump the candy and chocolate smells out to sidewalk out front?!) It was fascinating to learn about, and Jill and Warren were very funny. At the end, we all got a piece of fresh red hot to enjoy.

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From Schimpff's, we walked a little way down the street to Horner Novelty. This is just a store to shop at, but it has 2 floors of everything in the world you could ever want for any party! My kids spent over an hour looking at the themed merchandise, masks, hats, and party items in the store. If you ever have a school, holiday, or party need, Horner Novelty has something you can use.

 photo 20150613_101611_zpsctjdzij6.jpgAfter Horner, we headed back toward the bridge stopping at Pearl Street Treats for a quick snack (hot dogs and frozen yogurt) before walking back over to Waterfront Park on the Louisville side. My kids changed into their swimsuits and grabbed their towels we had brought along in the car. They enjoyed playing in the splash pad and playground for couple hours while my husband and I enjoyed sitting in the shaded seating area. My kids were too busy playing to eat, but they do have hot dogs and ice cream at the splash pad area if you get hungry or hot.

We had a great day! We all enjoyed the family time, exercise, and fun without electronics.

By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Review of Precious Threadz consignment store in Louisville



Precious Threadz is a locally owned and operated consignment store located at 12482 LaGrange Road in Louisville. I had a hard time finding them my first visit because the store is located on the side of the shopping center and is not visible from the main street.

Precious Threadz sells gently used name brand clothing (birth-size 20), toys, and furniture. The store is rather small, but kept very clean and organized. I have been in consignment stores before that look like a tornado went through them. This place had girl clothes on one side, boys on the other, some racks in the middle, shoes in one corner, and larger items up by the window. They also had a huge selection of cute bows and headbands up front.

I went one day in late winter to shop for my 1 and 4 year old daughters. They had a decent size selection of 12 and 18 month clothes for me to look through, but the selection was not nearly as large for 3T and 4T sizes. They had also had a decent amount of shoes to choose from, but I found that the toy and book selection was limited. They did have a few larger items like a swing, walker, activity mat and a riding toy. I found a few things I liked, and the prices were comparable to other consignment stores, maybe slightly higher.

I also brought some clothes in to sell. All the info you need about the buying process is on the website. Make sure you read it before you bring your clothes in. It’s very helpful. They keep your clothes and then will contact you when they are done looking through them. This is nice because you don’t have to wait around, but it also means another trip back to the store. When my clothes were ready I got a text that said how much they would pay and that I had other clothes to be picked up. When I went back I decided not to sell because the offer wasn’t as high as I’d like. I feel like this is true for most consignment stores though. They do have to make a profit.

Make sure you follow them on Facebook because they keep you up to date with store information, buying schedules, new items that have arrived, and SALES! They have had several sales since I started following them on Facebook ($1 clearance section, 25% off pjs, 25% off seasonal selection, etc.)

I really like that they offer personalized items, such as car seat covers (you pick the colors/fabric), bows, and personalized embroidered shirts. They have options for birthday shirts, holiday shirts, and special occasion shirts. Check their Facebook album for pictures and prices.

They also just got in a huge selection of Ty Beanie Boos that seem to be popular right now.

If you’re in the area, stop in and see if there’s something for your little one. Happy shopping!

By Guest Contributor:
Kimberly

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Week in Preview July 20th-23rd

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School will be starting in less than a month so make sure you get out and have some fun this week!


Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: Head over to Whet Your Palette in July. All drop in's are half off from 6-8pm! Check their website for more information.  

Eat it: Spend some time in Middletown with a meal at Fat Jimmy's Pizza. Kids Eat for $2.00 All Day Monday and Tuesday. Find more information here!

Move it: Take a drive to Simpsonville, KY and join Big Brothers Big Sisters for some mini-golf on Thursday, July 23rd. Enjoy 9-holes of putt-putt golf at the The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass for a $5 donation to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby County. Click here for more information!


Learn it: On Monday or Tuesday, head over to the Louisville Water Tower for Water Wizards. Participants will visit 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. Click here for more information and to register.

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: July 17,18,19

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Always keep tabs on our Summer Fun Links page!
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This weekend might be the hottest of the summer!

Friday
Jump in the AC at House of Boom. They have "Kid Jump" from 9-10am during which they have special pricing per hour for jump times for ages 6 & under. One accompanying adult jumps free per child paid! (This excludes the 2 and under jump for free.)  See our House of Boom review here.

Saturday
It's Star Wars Night at the Louisville Bats. It's a 6:05pm game - always better to head to an evening game during the hot summer. They encourage you to dress up as your favorite STAR WARS® character. They will have STAR WARS® themed sights and sounds, character appearances, photo opp & more!

Sunday 
 photo family fun day 2_zpsjqgn1vtd.jpgFAMILY FUN DAY!
We helped Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve start this event two years ago and it has become a staple fundraiser for them.  It is all to benefit this wonderful preserve that is a gem for our community.  See details here and RSVP "going" on Facebook and invite friends.
11-3pm at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve!
Louisville Family Fun has donated freebies for the first 100 families.  The firetruck splashdown at 1pm is the best part - don't miss it! $3/child, maximum $12/family; Parents and children 2 & under admitted FREE!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure at Jefferson Memorial Forest in KY

I was recently given the opportunity to check out Jefferson Memorial Forest’s new Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure. I will start by saying I have never done any other zip line or rope obstacle course before and am slightly afraid of heights, so this was a new experience for me!

 photo training_zpsxdxwwzno.jpgThe new treetop adventure marks the opening of Go Ape’s 12th course in the US and has been described as possibly their best one yet. Located near the forest’s visitor’s center, the course can be reached and viewed from the start of the trails.

After checking in at the registration table, adventure seekers are walked up to the training area where instructors help with securing a harness on each person. There is a scaled down version of the course in this area where visitors receive a briefing on what to expect along the course and instructions on properly securing oneself to each obstacle. During this time, I was given the opportunity to become familiar with my gear and practice attaching and detaching to the lines while my feet were still safely planted on the ground.

The instruction portion then moved onto an area where we further strengthened our training, but in an elevated area. I appreciated that I was given a chance to practice climbing a rope ladder, walk a tight rope and try out a zip line before jumping right into the much larger Go Ape course. Expect to spend about 30 minutes on training.

After you complete the training and are given the go-ahead by your instructor you are off to climb your first rope ladder up to the platform located 30-40 feet above the forest floor. In my opinion, the rope ladders are the most physically challenging part to each section. They are wobbly and require some upper body strength. There are signs at each new platform and rope ladder with instructions on how to properly place the carabiners and pulley. The carabiners and pulley are also color coded, which helps when trying to remember where to place them. You are on your own along the course, but instructors patrol the course below offering help and encouragement. Each person also has a safety whistle located in their harness should they need immediate help.

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The course is comprised of 5 sections, 39 varying degrees of crossings and ending with a zip line at the end of each section. Each new section takes you higher into the forest’s canopy. There are crossings that are more challenging than others, but you can choose which ones you want to do. One of the more difficult ones I saw were suspended rings that required focus, balance and strength to cross. Some areas require crawling through enclosed nets, longer strides, strength to climb rope nets at the end of the Tarzan swings and running landings at the end of zip lines.

 photo tarzan swing_zpsvfpqg1hy.jpgI liked that each section ended with a zip line that put you back on solid ground. Once you are at the end of each zip line, you walk to the next section where you have to climb a new rope ladder. Expect to work up a sweat and to be a little tired (to say the least)! I took advantage of the end of the zip lines by taking a short break before beginning a new section. You can also choose to end your adventure at the end of each zip line. There is water placed along the course, but make sure you are not hungry before beginning the course because you will be out on it for 2-3 hours.

I encourage families to check out the FAQ section for this course, where you can learn more about rules and tips for safely completing the course. The course is open to children 10 and over that are at least 4’7” tall, but I will stress that this activity takes focus and attention to detail to remain safe. I recommend wearing bermuda length shorts, capris or pants (depending on the temperature) and proper footwear (boots or tennis shoes). The harnesses are tight and will bunch clothing. Do not wear earrings and have long hair tied back. My head rubbed against wires and ropes all along the course. You will get dirty along the course! Leave your cell phone and other valuables at home or in your car. I thought I would have opportunities to take pictures of my adventure, but once I was 40’ above the ground, I did not want any distractions and safety was my main priority.

 photo zip line_zpsnznmap2m.jpgExperienced and new thrill-seekers will not be disappointed with the new Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure. Even though it was nerve-racking at times for me, it was also exhilarating and allowed me to go way out of my comfort zone! Check out Louisville’s great new attraction in the beautiful Jefferson Memorial Forest!

Pricing for the course:

Baboon ages 10-15: $37

Orangutans ages 16-17: $57

Gorillas ages 18 and over: $57

You are encouraged to book ahead of time because time slots do fill quickly especially on weekends.

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle