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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review of Open Gym at Discovery Gym in Shelbyville, KY

 photo 20140823_091917_zpsa84271b4.jpgMy family and I recently moved to the Shelby County area. Being new to the area I am constantly on the look out for family friendly things to do that don’t involve traveling to Louisville. Much to my excitement, I learned about The Discovery Gym. It is a fairly new establishment that offers gymnastics classes, a pre-school and Kindergarten program, birthday parties, and open gym times. From Louisville, it’s about a 20 minute drive past the Middletown exit on I-64. If you’re looking for a more scenic drive, you could head down Shelbyville Road and see some amazing homes and horse farms. 

The Discovery Gym currently has open gym on Saturday mornings from 9-9:55 for $5 a child. It may seem early, but if your children are like mine than you are probably already wide awake by 9am. To sign up for open gym you need to “like” Discovery Gym on Facebook because that is where you will sign up each week with your child’s name/age. Once 10-12 children have signed up you will be put on a wait list. The morning of the open gym they will let you know on Facebook whether or not there were any cancellations. I have been put on the wait list twice, once we got to go and once we didn’t. I have found that it is much busier in the winter months when there isn’t as much to do outside and people may be getting a touch of cabin fever. 
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The gym itself isn’t that large, but there are still lots of fun things for children of all ages. They have two rock walls, several different size balance beams, a climbing rope, swing, trampoline, uneven bars, parallel bars, and a few other pieces of equipment that you would find in a typical gymnastics class. My 3 ½ year old bounced around the gym from one thing to another, but really enjoyed trying to flip on the bars and walk across the tallest beam. My 1 year old enjoyed being bounced on the trampoline. 
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In the back part of the gym is their open preschool classroom. It’s not separated by walls so if you have children playing in both areas you can watch them pretty easily. This area is full of wooden blocks, a doll house, a kitchen, baby dolls, cars, legos, and a few other toys that are accessible to the children during open gym. My daughters really enjoyed this area as well. It was a good way for them to rest after being so active in the gym area, but once they got their energy back they were ready to hit the gym floor again. 

I think this open gym is great for families who live in the area or are planning on being in the area for awhile. I, personally, wouldn’t travel to Shelbyville from Louisville just to visit a 55 minute open gym. I would, however, suggest visiting the open gym and then seeing some of the other wonderful sights Shelbyville has to offer. I would recommend Gallrein FarmsThe Outlet Shoppes, or you could travel a little further down I-64 to Salato Wildlife Center.

By guest contributor: Kimberly

Monday, September 29, 2014

HerLouisville: Guide to Looking & Feeling Great and Enjoying Autumn

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Autumn is an incredible season here in Louisville. The city is full of fall festivals, football games, and the vibrant foliage of fall. Any given weekend may bring a neighborhood or cultural festival , a trip to Huber’s, and a high school football game or two. It’s a busy season, so we’ve put together the HerLouisville Guide to Feeling Great and Enjoying Fall to help you stay as pretty as the season around you.

Whether you’re tailgating, picking pumpkins, or just celebrating the season, here are some tried and true ways to look great while enjoying your autumn:

Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever gotten sunburned on a beautiful fall day at Churchill Downs or Cardinal Stadium. Yeah, me too. Even in cooler temperatures, most of us find ourselves spending a lot of time outside on beautiful autumn days. It’s easy to get sun damage or even a light sunburn on sunny fall days. Remember to re-apply sunscreen frequently to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin.

Remember to hydrate!
The intense temperature changes of Kentucky autumns bring dramatic foliage and beautiful flowers. Brisk breezes and temperature changes also make it easy to get dehydrated. Keep a refillable water bottle with you at all times, and don’t forget to moisturize your skin. You’ll look and feel better, and have more energy to enjoy autumn events.

Eat your autumn vegetables!
You’ve probably reminded your kids to finish their veggies at least a half a million times. Be sure to take your own advice and enjoy some of the season’s vitamin-packed harvest. Leafy green vegetables like kale and rainbow chard are full of antioxidants and keep your skin glowing and your body performing at its highest potential. These superfoods are in season now and can be found for a great price at Lucky’s or your local farmers market.

Take some time for yourself!
Autumn brings so many amazing opportunities and obligations that it’s easy to wear yourself out. Don’t try to do it all: packing in too many fun activities leads to an overtaxed family who can’t function at school or work. You need to remember to take some time to relax. Many local yoga studio and massage centers are running great promotions through Groupon and LivingSocial right now. Easy to reach, easy to afford and easy to take care of yourself! And remember that a night in with good friends and a good bottle of wine is sometimes the best autumn activity of all!

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 photo WrapPricklyPear_zpsf9610550.jpegThe old saying goes that if you don’t like the weather in Kentucky, stick around a day and it will change. I find that, during Kentucky autumns, weather changes are more of an hourly thing. Dressing in layers is the only way to stay on the go while trading out pieces that are appropriate for the very moment. Pair neutral leggings or skinny jeans with a long-sleeved t-shirt, and keep a vest, fleece or poncho in the car. You can easily switch between t-shirts that support your kids’ soccer team and a dressier poncho or wrap as you switch between activities. Riding boots or wellies keep you warm and pull the look together.  The pieces shown are available at the Prickly Pear Boutique in Middletown.


Have a gorgeous autumn, y’all!
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!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend: September 26,26,28

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It's officially Fall!!!  Check our Fall Fun Links page  and Halloween post !
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Click play and learn about Bricks & Minifigs - an awesome store in Middletown

Let's get to the picks for the weekend:

Friday:
Dine outside! Pick a new place to try - Elizabeth Woolsey recently recommended Impellizeri's patio (Holiday Manor, I believe).  We have our list of outdoor dining options linked here.  My kids actually love the Village Anchor patio and Anchorage Trail is right there for a nice walk after dinner.  We get dressed nicely, learn about manners and proper etiquette and have a family date outside, it's wonderful.

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Give me an N! Give me a U! Give me an L! Give me a U! What's that spell?!?!?!?!  NULU!!  Click the image for details.

WOOO HOOO It's Nulu Fest and I heart Nulu. Louisville Family Fun is sponsoring the Kids area so come by and say hi, get some freebies, play games and definitely get ice cream since Valley Dairy Freeze will be there and donating 15% of the sales to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.


Sunday: 
It's the Ken-Ducky Derby.  Potentially one of the most unique sites in Kentuckiana - thousands of runner duckies being dumped into the Ohio River.  It's noon-5pm at Waterfront Park. Check out details here and see our past review.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Local Hobby with Kids - Retro Record Player and Record Shops in Louisville, KY

 photo 20140804_141202_zps2f1d4fff.jpgSometimes amid a flurry of video games and Netflix, you find yourself wanting to introduce your kids to a little alternative culture. There are so many options out there for families seeking a change of pace every once in a while. For my family, that change of pace has come in the form of a vintage 1978 Fisher Price record player.

We are regular attendees of the Flea Off Market, so we were thrilled to hear about the BBFlea in St. Matthews, which was basically an encore of the regular once a month event. The first booth we stepped into contained the record player. I picked it up and immediately purchased it without hesitation for maybe $20. I had been thinking about getting a record player for myself anyway, and I knew the kids would love having one of their own.

 photo 20140804_145309_zps8eed8b16.jpgWe picked up three records that day- Beach Boys Party, Sesame Street Signs, and a story record. When we got home several hours later, we discovered the needle on the record player was bad. I tweeted out a distress call and my Twitter friends responded almost immediately that I should take it to Magnetic Tape Recorder in Irish Hill. I took it that Monday morning and they fixed it while I waited for $30.

When the kids got home from summer camp that evening, we sat in their room listening to records. I taught them how to handle the records, how to use the record player, and the importance of being careful with the needle. As we sat listening to the Beach Boys and talking about music, my 5 year old son told me, “Mom, I think this is good for you, too. You can stop by any time.” My heart melted.

 photo 20140804_143943_zps78176d22.jpgFor the rest of the summer, every time we had a day off we would hit the record shops. Several of the shops we visited also had used books and comic books, so we’ve expanded our horizons to include those as well. The range of musical genres we’ve collected includes Caribbean steel drum music, show tunes, big band, jazz, classical, and lots of rock n roll. My kids really enjoy going into record shops and flipping through the albums, and I enjoy being able to teach them to appreciate many different kinds of music.

Here’s a list of a few places in Louisville to find records:
Book and Music Exchange
Better Days 
Highland Records
Half Price Books
Guestroom Records 

By guest contributor: Maggie

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review of General Butler State Park in Carrolton, KY

 photo 20140726_164723_resized_zps79511b26.jpgMy kids and I discovered a hidden gem in Carrolton, KY recently - General Butler Resort State Park. We drove through the first entrance to find a picnic area, playground, tiny basketball court, and shelters (you can reserve them for parties). Then we saw that they had even more! Mini golf, a mini train ride, an ice cream stand (most under $3), a boat dock, and the entrance to a 1.6 mile hiking trail. (There is also a bathroom building that was pretty clean and spacious).

 photo 20140726_173115_resized_zpsd67e47a3.jpgWhen we got there, there were a couple of private parties, but it still didn't feel crowded. The canoes and paddle boats are available to rent for $10 an hour (10am - 4pm), the 18 hole mini golf is $4 or $3 for kids under 12, and the mini train ride is $1.50 each. My kids enjoyed it all! Then we got back in the car and drove up to the rest of the park. We came to an Observation Point which was worth the stop to get out and look (we even watched 2 fawns eat grass 10 feet from us). There was a nice looking 9 hole golf course we drove by, and at the other end was the old Butler-Turpin Home from 1859 which is open for tours (tours available May through Nov, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm, $5 adult, $3 under 18, free for children 6 and under). There is a nice history on display at the house and on the website.

 photo 20140726_171755_resized_zps82d1cdf8.jpgAt the other side of the park are archery, tennis, playground, and more picnic areas. And of course, there are overnight stays available. You can tent or RV camp (111 campsites with utility hookups and grills, showers and rest rooms are available at two central service buildings and one laundry facility is available). You can stay in one of the 24 cottages (one, two, and three-bedroom cottages with one bath and two baths, and stocked with supplies). Or stay at the lodge (each of the 53 rooms features a private balcony or patio overlooking the pool or hillside) with a restaurant at the lodge for dining.

General Butler State Park was a great place for a short stop or long visit. Especially considering pets, bikes, and other options available that aren't always allowed at other parks. We're looking forward to heading back and staying overnight next time!

By guest contributor: Caryn

Monday, September 22, 2014

Parents Like Us: Elizabeth Woolsey

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 Louisville is a big-small town, no?  Through this awesome adventure that is LouFamFun, I have come to realize that those people you see on billboards, hear on the radio, elect to positions or lead board rooms - they are really, simply "Parents Like Us."   I learned that they read LouFamFun and use it just like everyone else, they wake up early to prep school lunches, shuttle kids to soccer, worry about their kids, encourage their children when they need it most and it just so happens - a lot of people might also know who they are because of their jobs.   Hence, this feature came to mind to give them a voice to share about their families and their lives in Kentuckiana as it relates to parenting.

 photo sean008e_zps04f4231c.jpgThis first feature is Elizabeth Woolsey.  I have to admit, I see her on TV and think..... WOW! She is so put together, always looks great...does she ever put her yoga pants on backwards when late for dropping the kids off at school?  Well, I don't know the answer to that one but I do know the answers to the questions I asked her. Yes, she's leading the local news on WDRB but she's also a mom, a wife, and likely the household finder-of-lost-socks just like me.

Tell us a little bit about your family and how long you have called the Louisville area your home:
I’m originally from Missouri, and my husband from Arkansas. I met my husband in Arkansas covering a story when I was working as reporter, and he was a newspaper photographer. We’ve been together ever since! My job at WDRB brought us to Louisville. We love it here and have called it home for 16 years! We have two boys, one in kindergarten and one in second grade at Christian Academy of Louisville.

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What's one thing every parent in our area should know about?
The public school system here operates differently than any I have ever seen. My advice to parents is do your research early! Look into all your options earlier than you think is necessary, so you can take tours and select the school that provides the best fit for your children. There are great public and private options!

If you had $20 to spend (and we make you spend it!!) to fill an entire 3hrs of entertainment for your family, what would you choose to do?
We love the St. Matthews farmers market on Saturdays. There is something for everyone with animals, food and entertainment. We always buy kettle corn for the kids, delicious homemade pasta, fruits and veggies. We’ll also grab sandwiches at Jimmy John’s and hit a local park.

What is your families favorite quick meal spot for dining out, and why?
You’ll find us at either Texas Roadhouse or Impellizzeri’s every week. Texas Roadhouse is one of the only places my kids will clean their plates. My older son could live on the rolls alone if I allowed it. And we love the patio at Impellizzeri’s. Besides the great pizza, my kids have plenty of room to take their Hot Wheels and spread out while we eat.

It's Date Night!!!! Where are you going?
My idea of a great date night is a long, relaxing dinner. We love Varanese and also frequent NuLu. There are so many great choices there, and we might hit one spot for dinner and another for dessert. We’re lucky to have so many fantastic restaurant options here – it’s sometimes hard to make a decision.
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What gets you through those tough parenting days? (besides date night!)
I talk to my mom often. She always has great advice and such a positive attitude. Comparing notes and talking with friends is also a huge help. Sometimes just sharing problems and concerns and discovering you’re not alone can be comforting. Friends who have been in your shoes usually have great advice as well.

Thanks Elizabeth, it was our pleasure to learn more about you!
Stephanie

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: September 19,20,21

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You can always find new ideas by visiting our Fall Fun Links page - check it out!! Newly added Halloween post with a Holiday World giveaway that ends Friday night - act fast.

Click play and learn about this weekend's National Jugband Jubilee event!

Let's get to the picks for the weekend:

Friday
Shoot for the stars with this event at Blackacre: Stars over Blackacre.  Stargazing at 8pm with Louisville Astronomical society sounds out of this world. And, for $15 per family to attend an event that's both educational and entertaining - that's a big score!

Saturday
We are playing soccer all morning, how about you?  Then, our pick is to head to the dentist. Seriously!  There is no cooler dentist in town than Dr. Korie at Derby City Pediatric Dentistry because her and her staff take such pride in kids loving going to her office.  Head to her Fall Festival from 10-1 and get kettle corn (it's crazy good) and all sorts of treats and lots of fun. Full details here.

Also, it's the National Jugband Jubilee that's.....FREE! Noon - 11pm at Waterfront Park - jugband music.  What's that?? Go see.  Details here.

Sunday
200 Years on the Ohio (also on Saturday) Sunday will include: an 1860s base ball game between the Cincinnati Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Red Stockings @ 1:00 PM; presentations by "Mr. Lincoln;" period fashion shows; a Regency tea, dancing demonstrations and archery demonstrations.  I'm a total geek - this sounds AMAZING!  Farnsley-Moremen Landing. Cost per day is $6/Adults; $5/Seniors; $3/children (ages 6-12); Children 5 and under are FREE or just $15 per family (2 adults and up to 3 children.) Admission includes a tour of the 1837 Farnsley-Moremen House and all activities.

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

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 Rd 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 super-friendly brothers who own the shop. 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.

 photo LouisvilleFamilyFun_WebBanner_2014_400x200_zps95767bd3.jpgWorld's Largest Halloween Party is at the Louisville Zoo - various dates - tickets are on sale now! Even members wanting to attend on discounted nights have to reserve tickets.   It runs pretty much the entire month of October and is the place to be for family fun in Louisville this time of year.






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.

October 10 & 11 - PRP Ice Cream Corner Blowout Ice Cream Sale and Halloween Party. Details here.

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

Trunk or Treat and Festival at Norton Commons YMCA.  October 17 6-8pm, free and open to anyone.

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.

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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