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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: September 22,23,24


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Click here for our FALL FESTIVALS list!!

Click here to learn more about our FREE #LoveLouFamFun Scavenger Hunt!

Friday:  Head to Norton Commons for the Sundown Street Party - live music, food and entertainment. It's from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. and it's free (not outside food or drink). Click here for details.



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Head on over to NuluFest - we will be in the kids area with little activity sheets the kids can take to the booths to get stamped and redeem for candy at Muth's Candy!   Snow White will be there from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., bubble fun, family stage entertainment. All activities are free since they are provided by businesses but for the mini golf, bring cash to donate to Lincoln Elementary PTA! The kids area is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Sunday:
Why not take a day trip to beautiful Madison, IN. They are having their popular Festival of Art with a ton of entertainment and I can't express enough what a great little town it is!  It's from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. so visit their website to make plans. 


Stephanie

Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat about saving some bucks and things that defined us then..........but not now............

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Halloween 2016 Events in and around Louisville, KY

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September 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15,  21, 22, 28, 29: The Spirits of LaGrange Ghost Tour is a two-hour candlelit walking tour. The tour takes you inside locations with about eight stops along the way for a distance of 12 blocks. Tours depart from the Oldham County History Center 106 North Second Avenue (West Courthouse Square). Due to the potential spirit activity, all 100% genuine, tours are not recommended for children under 12.

September 16th - October 29th: Grim Trails. If you are looking for a scare! (Best for older children)

September 23rd: Ghost Stories with Roberta Simpson Brown. The Author of Queen of the Cold Blooded Tales and 10 other very scary books will be telling some of the scariest stories ever told and will share her latest encounter with the Pope Lick Monster! Starts at 6pm. *This program is not for the faint of heart. Bring brave companions and be prepared to be afraid!

September 24th: Culbertson Mansion Coffin Race starting at 12pm. After the race enjoy the artists, food, and music at the Carnegie Center for the Arts.

September 24 - October 29: Deere Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Southern Indiana’s LARGEST Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch attraction.

September 30th, Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 2016: Literally, A Haunted House - Culbertson Mansion. Not for the faint of heart. Starts at 7pm.

October- various dates: Bass Pro Shops will have FREE Halloween Events.

October 1st: Halloween Spooktacular is Family Fun for All Ages! Enjoy this early Halloween concert at the Brown Theatre for the whole family. Halloween music and activities engage youngsters in the thrill of the orchestra. Plus, a costume parade will end this Spooktacular concert! Pre-Concert activities begin at 10am in the lobby, show starts at 11am.

October 1st starts the ‘World’s Largest Halloween Party’ at the Louisville Zoo! CHEERY, not Eerie. If scary isn't any fun for your little ones, then don’t miss the sweetest party in town. Enjoy your Zoo magically transformed into a living storybook with costumed characters and trick-or-treating throughout the Zoo for kids 11 and under. 5:00pm-8:30pm. October 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30.

 photo LFF 300 x 200 px Haunted Hike 2016 banner_zpskpqm9nsn.jpgOctober 2nd: The Haunted Hike at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve offers Halloween fun for the entire family! This kid-friendly event features a half-mile Fantasy Kiddie Trail with lots of candy stations, a Harvest Hay Village, Inflatable Party Zone, a comic Haunted House, jungle hayrides, treat stations, and fun activities for the entire family. Sunday, October 2, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Rain date – Oct 16)

October 8th: Hallow Green Free Costume Swap at The Diaper Fairy Cottage! Halloween might just be our favorite time of year! Join us for a FREE costume swap! Bring in last year's Halloween costume or outgrown dress-up clothes and come back to find something new! Drop off the costume anytime beginning September 1st and before Thursday, October 6th and receive 1 ticket per item that will allow you to "shop" Saturday, October 8th.

October 13 - November 6, 2016: The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular will be held in Iroquois Park with 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a ¼-mile walking trail, illuminated at night as an “art show” daily from dusk to 11 p.m. during the week (Sunday-Thursday) and midnight on Friday & Saturday.

October 15th: Movies at Middletown Library: Casper from 2:00pm-4:30pm. Enjoy making a spooky craft and catching up with everyone’s favorite friendly ghost! This film is rated PG, children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 245-7332 to register.

October 15th: Haunted Halloween Backyard BBQ at Home of the Innocence from 4-7pm! They’ve partnered with local restaurants to prepare a delicious BBQ feast in their haunted backyard. The food is delicious, and there is something for everyone – Halloween costume contests, a haunted trick or treat trail, games and inflatables, a spooky hayride tour of our 8-acre backyard, a petting zoo, and much more!

October 15th: Howl-O-Ween Search and Rescue: at the Cure Lounge. 2pm - 4am. Pet costume contest, pumpkin painting, raffles, prize baskets, adoptable pets, food, drinks, scavenger hunt across Germantown. $30 per person. $100 for team of 4.

October 16th: Halloween Havoc Nerf War from 6-9pm! First annual Halloween themed nerf war! Please bring costumes, Halloween Themed! Ages 12+ only.

October 21st: Friday Dance Party: Monster Mash! at the St. Matthew’s Library. 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM. Come in costume for this special Halloween themed dance party! Ages 0-7

October 22nd: Spooky Dance Party for Kids! 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Join us for spooky songs and dances, an activity, and a not-so-scary snack! Shake your sillies out with us. All ages at the Southwest Library.

October 28th: Classic Horror Theater at Mary T. Meagher’s for Dive-In Theatre at 7pm with Trunk or Treat & Carnival Games from 4-6pm. They will be showing Hotel Transylvania 2!

October 28th: Dreams with Wings Jack O’Lantern Stroll from 6:00-9:00 pm at Louisville Slugger Field. In addition to the over 1,500 beautifully carved pumpkins lighting the night, the Stroll offers trick-or-treating in the safety of Slugger Field, games, crafts, Louisville’s largest pumpkin pie by Heitzman’s Traditional Bakery, members of the Louisville League of Mascots, University of Louisville athletes, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, live music and so much more.

October 29th: Halloween in Downtown La Grange, Trick-or-Treating at participating shops from 11am to 3pm. Costume Contest at 1pm on Walnut Street next to Rainy Day Resale.

October 29th: Take a Boo Sightseeing Cruise on the Belle of Louisville from 11:30-2pm.

October 29th: Corydon Halloween Parade. Get in the spirit of Halloween and come dressed in your favorite costume and stroll through the Square in downtown Corydon. The parade starts from the Harrison County Fairgrounds at 6:00 p.m.

October 29th: Pumpkinfest is in Jeffersontown from 11am-1pm. This is a great alternative to the traditional trick-or treating. Children dress in costume and trick-or-treat along Historic Gaslight Square, enjoy activities at the pavilion and enjoy lunch.

October 29th: Boo Dell at Yew Dell, 11am-2pm Trail-o-Treats, Hay rides, a straw maze, scavenger hunts and the popular Mr. Magic at 2pm will round out this fabulous fall day. Bring a pumpkin decorated like a character from your favorite book and enter the Jack-o-Lantern Look-a-Like contest! This event draws a big crowd, so come early to get in on the goodies. Free with Regular Admission!

October 29th: Fright Light Halloween Party at the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Ghoulishly good times abound at our frightfully fun Fright Light Halloween Party. $5/person covers kids' activities, treats and our Fright Light Laser Show. (No free admits, coupons, discounts).

October 29th: Halloween Party at All About Kids Sports Center from 6-9pm! Join us for an evening of spooky fun including trick or treating, open gym and swim, and a costume contest! Plus all participants receive a goody bag!

Halloween on Hillcrest is a legendary street for Halloween decorations in the Ville. If you are looking for a street to visit this Halloween, take a walk down Hillcrest to check out some of the most elaborate Halloween decorations you will find in any neighborhood in town.

Pirates of PRP is located at Seaforth Drive, Louisville, KY 40258 for the Pirate/Halloween lovers in us all! Check their Facebook page for updates.

Dates TBA: Halloween in Brown Park. This free and family-friendly Halloween celebration includes trick-or-treating stations throughout Brown Park, bounce houses, hay rides, a petting zoo, and games.

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Family Service Opportunity at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana

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My husband and I consider our family to be very fortunate. We
want to teach our kids (ages 11 and 7) compassion, and help them develop a heart for service. We recently had the opportunity to volunteer for the Adopt-A-Meal Program at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiania (RMHCK).

According to the RMHCK website, The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families of children receiving healthcare at area medical facilities. In addition to a guest rooms and showers, the charity provides laundry facilities, toiletries, and even entertainment. People in the community can lend their support by donating food or preparing meals at the house.


Upon arrival at the Ronald McDonald House, we were shown to the kitchen, which is quite large, with 4 sinks, dishwashers, ovens and stovetops. There is plenty of counter space, as well as cabinets full of pots, pans, cooking utensils and more. We were given a file box that included a checklist for restoring the kitchen to the condition it was in when we arrived. After a quick review, we were ready to get started.

 photo IMG_1488_zpsfewk6tfy.jpgThe Adopt-A-Meal Program guidelines state that all food must be prepared in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen. It is good to have a few adults on hand to complete the preparation and cooking. This was a multi-generational service project for our family— my husband’s parents, brother and sister-in-law joined us and our children for the evening and also shared the cost of the food. Remember the adage, “Many hands make light work.” If you don’t have family nearby, you could volunteer with friends, co-workers, neighbors or a church group.

 photo IMG_1486_zps8e1yjvoa.jpgAfter cooking the meal, we set up everything on the serving table in the dining room and the families filled their plates. During this time, we finished making dessert— this was our kids’ favorite part! We baked chocolate chip cookies and they enjoyed carrying them out to the families on a serving tray. Once dessert was served, we joined the remaining families in the dining room for dinner. We got to chat with some of the adults and children who were staying at the house, and everyone was very nice and appreciative. After eating, we went back to work cleaning up the kitchen. We had intentionally made extra casseroles, and there was plenty of space in one of the refrigerators for us to store leftovers for the guests. RMHCK even provided labels for us to write the contents and date.

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Our entire family enjoyed visiting the Ronald McDonald House and participating in the Adopt-A-Meal program. It was a rewarding experience and definitely something we would like to do again. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a way to serve within the community. Children need to be at least 5 years old to participate. For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit http://rmhc-kentuckiana.org/.

By Guest Contributor: Brandy

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Week in Preview September 19th-22nd



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Ahoy Mateys! It's time for donuts this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Have you signed up your 4th grader up yet for 'Every Kid in a Park' yet? If not do so here! Fourth graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a free pass that provides access to federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid from September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017 and grants free entry for fourth graders and up to three accompanying adults (or an entire non-commerical vehicle for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 sites across the country.

Eat it: Arrrr! It's talk like a pirate day on Monday and you can get some donuts for FREE at Krispy Kreme if you either speak like or dress like a pirate! Check out their Facebook page for more information and have some fun with your kids!

Move it: BACK TO SCHOOL BOUNCE-TIME at SIGS Sportsplex is Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. - Noon! Come play in Southern Indiana this week for some fun!

Learn it: It's Prime Time Family Reading Time at the Highlands/Shelby Park Library on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00pm. Enjoy a delicious meal, discuss engaging picture books, earn a chance to win prizes, and most importantly have some quality time with your family. For families with children ages 6-10. Registration is required, please check out their website for more information.

By Guest Contributor:

Kelly


p.s.  Nulu Festival is Saturday!
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: September 16,17,18


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Click here for our FALL FESTIVALS list!!

Click here to learn more about our FREE #LoveLouFamFun Scavenger Hunt!

Friday:
Spend the evening at the Gaslight Balloon Glow.  Details here. It takes place at Skyview Park from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. This event will feature music, food and children's activities and the Balloon Glow begins at 7:15 p.


Saturday:
The Bike to Beat Cancer takes place from early morning through afternoon. Families can participate in the Family Ride (register between 9am and 10am).  Also, there's a Finish Line Celebration from 11am-3pm where there's a "Just for Kids" Zone that is open and full of free, family fun activities.


Sunday:
How about some 1860s "base ball" between the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Cincinnati Buckeyes (Sunday @ 1 PM)?  There's a great family event at the Farnsley-Moremen Landing called 200 Years on the Ohio this weekend from 10 am to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and they have a lot of 1800s period fun planned!

Sunday is Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs. This event takes place twice this fall so don't miss out on this one. Click here for details!

Stephanie

Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat get some therapy............

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Family Adventure Day returns for Fall 2016

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Family Adventure Day takes place on September 18th (also on November 6th)

Presented by Kroger
The first race is at 12:45 PM

Families will enjoy the thrills of racing and so much more! Tickets are just $8 when purchased online in advance - the activities are includes. You get unlimited access to all kid-friendly activities. Enjoy tons of fun activities for children 12 and under, including: face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables stick horse races and much more!

There's also the Family Four Pack option that includes 4 Family Adventure Day tickets, 4 family meals from the concession stands within the Family Adventure Day area and 2 racing programs for $44. Activities conclude around 5 PM, weather permitting. $1 of every Family Adventure ticket is donated to Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Click here to see some tips for families visiting Churchill Downs

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Introduction to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group for Moms

 photo unnamed_zpsveh3mffo.jpgWhen I left my full-time job to stay home with my first baby, I was so excited and had all sorts of ideas about the things we were going to do and the conversations we were going to have. I just hadn’t realized that newborns don’t do much and, as cute as they are, make terrible conversationalists. It never dawned on me how isolating being home with a newborn could be. Even in the toddler phase, there was only so much Barney and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star I could take.

Then one wonderful, amazing day – I discovered MOPS. No, not the big fuzzy thing with a big long handle you use for the kitchen floor. MOPS, as defined by their website, “stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and by preschoolers we mean kiddos from birth through kindergarten. We know it’s a little confusing so let’s just stick with MOPS.”

MOPS, as defined by me, is SO much more. It’s an amazing sisterhood of moms coming together to laugh, cry, learn, eat (OH THE FOOD), chat, share, and bond. I started MOPS when I had a three year old, two year old and was “out to there” with number three. MOPS groups can differ in the details of how they do things, but it’s their similarities that unite them.

What you can expect:

Childcare. Wonderful, loving, caring childcare is provided so you can attend the meeting and “unplug”. The babies are snuggled and the older kiddos can have story time, music time, sometimes a craft and definitely snacks! My kids all loved going to MOPS and I loved knowing they were having fun in a safe and caring environment.

There are dues to belong to MOPS, International and some of the groups have their own dues as well – to help with things like childcare and all the fun things happening during the meetings. The first meeting is always free so you can “try before you buy.” But I promise you’ll love it.

MOPS is a Christian faith based organization so most of the meetings are housed in churches. However, you do not need to be a member of the church where MOPS is to be a member of MOPS and to go to the meetings. Finding a group is easy-peasy. All you have to do is go to this website and enter your zip code.

Meeting formats range from small discussion groups, engaging guest speakers, service projects, crafts, to games and parties. Go in with a “participate, don’t anticipate” attitude!

 photo unnamed 1_zpsomytzeur.jpgI used to be a really shy person, so I was pretty nervous walking in those doors six years ago, but I can honestly say my life has been changed forever in amazing ways. I have long lasting friendships with women I would not have met otherwise. I am a better mom because I was able to learn from others who had been where I was – who had the same parenting challenges I did. I was able to be a part of a team and have opportunities to serve others. I made connections I know will last a lifetime.


Although my kids are getting older and I’m phasing out of MOPS, I will always be grateful for everything it meant to me.

By Guest Contributor: Dana

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Review of MOD - A new pizza restaurant in Louisville, KY


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My three kiddos (ages 9, 8 and 5) and I headed to try the new pizza place, MOD, in Hikes Point. It’s located off Breckenridge Road in McMahan Plaza right next to the Park Federal Credit Union. MOD was easy enough to find, but parking was limited out front. We parked in the overflow behind the building, just had to be super careful because of the bank drive through and other shopping center drivers.

 photo 20160826_181953_zpsdjv0uopf.jpgAs soon we walked in, we were greeted by everybody behind counter with a big HELLO – like they had been expecting us. Granted, they had been, but it didn’t take long to see that they greeted everyone who walked in with a boisterous HELLO!! When you first walk up to the counter, the menu board with prices is directly over the counter and there is another menu board to the side with some of the MOD favorite recipes.

When we approached the counter, a super friendly employee greeted us again and asked if we had ever been to MOD. We had not, so she explained the process. You choose one of two sizes of dough to make your pizza. 11” for $7.77 or a 6” for $4.77. They also have salad options available, but we went straight for the good stuff.

 photo 20160826_181315_zpscqjaa4zc.jpg photo 20160826_182015_zpsem1uoons.jpgAfter you pick which size you would like, you start with the base (traditional red sauce, bbq sauce, garlic rub, etc.) From there you pick your cheeses, then proteins, then veggies. If there was a topping that was missing to choose from, I didn’t notice. MOD has traditional toppings like pepperoni to more interesting choices like pineapple or artichokes. Best of all, I could tell the toppings were totally fresh and they looked totally delicious.

My kids each chose the larger 11” inch pizza and they loved loading them up with the toppings THEY on THEIR pizza. There was no arguing over someone wanting black olives and another gagging at the very thought. After we had our pizzas “just so,” went to the cashier to settle up and got our fountain drinks (they also have beer and wine for the over 21 crowd), we had just enough time to settle in at our table before our order of garlic strips and cinnamon strips were brought out. At $2.77 each, they are absolutely a MUST try! Just a few short moments later, we were feasting on our pizzas and my kids were incredibly impressed with the job they did making their own!

My kids loved the fun atmosphere (everyone shouting out HELLO!), the energetic (and family friendly) music, the wonderful service, and how clean the whole restaurant was. For the four of us to each get an 11” pizza, 2 appetizers, and 4 drinks the total was around $40. We all had at least one slice of pizza left over. Theoretically, two of my kids could have easily shared an 11” inch– but then we would’ve argued over black olives – or each had a 6” and everyone would have had more than enough food. Especially considering that you can pile as many toppings on as you’d like!

We were able to walk straight in at 6 on a Friday night and get served immediately, but we noticed the closer it got to 7 more folks were coming in. However, even when a line did start to form, the MOD folks have their job down to a science and kept things flowing quickly and smoothly – smiling all the while.

My kids and I loved MOD and we will definitely be back!

By Guest Contributor: Dana

Monday, September 12, 2016

Movie Review: The Light Between Oceans

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I recently attended the preview for The Light Between Oceans at Xscape Blankenbaker. I’ve been to this new movie theater several times because I love the reclining seats! They are so comfortably and roomy. It’s hard to go to another movie theater after seeing a movie at this one.

The movie is about a lighthouse keeper and his new wife who live on an isolated island. Their life is full of happiness, except for their inability to have children. Coincidently, a rowboat with a baby inside washes up to the shore. They have to make the decision to either keep the baby as their own or report the lost child in hopes to find her mother. 



This movie is based on a book, but I found it very hard to believe that a couple struggling to have a baby happened to be lucky enough to have a healthy baby wash up from the choppy ocean in a tiny boat to their isolated island. I kind of lost interest shortly after that as the story seemed to drag on.  Then when it came time for the ending it was so rushed that I was left with some unanswered questions.

This is not a children’s movie, and would be best to watch on a girls night out or date night. 

By Guest Contributor: Kimberly 

ALL ABOARD FOR FAMILY FUN at Kentucky Railway Museum

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The Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven, Kentucky offers tons of fun for the family!  Whether it's a 22 mile train excursion through the Rolling Fork River Valley or a stroll through the museum - you'll definitely feel like you're stepping back in time when you hop aboard for a train ride into the past. Train excursions run from April through December.

 photo Peanuts_LexFun4Kids_300x200_zpsuz7lay1e.jpgCheck out the museum's specialty trains which include the Easter Eggspress, Train Robberies, Mystery Trains, Luncheon Trains, Car Show, Halloween, Day Out with Thomas and ending the year with our very popular Christmas Trains. Due to the popularity of the Christmas Trains it is well advised to make those reservations by November 1st. Christmas trains will sell out.

For more information on reserving your next outing whether it be a family reunion, field trip, birthday party or just a day trip with the family please call the Kentucky Railway Museum at  (800) 272-0152 or hop aboard www.kyrail.org. You can also checkout our FACEBOOK page www.facebook.com/kyrail for updates.

The Kentucky Railway Museum is centrally located and is only 1 hour south of Louisville!