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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fall Family Bucket List 2015

There’s so much to do in the fall in Louisville that you can easily become overwhelmed. These are the events you’re going to want to check off your bucket list if you’ve never had the chance to experience them before. As always, if you’re looking for something new to do with your family, LouFamFun has you covered!

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The Flea Off Market September 4-6 https://www.facebook.com/events/1434625316834334/

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve Fall Family Campout September 5 http://www.creaseymahannaturepreserve.org/

Digging The Past at The Falls of the Ohio September 12 http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/special_events.html

The Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown September 13-20 http://www.jtownchamber.com/gaslightfestival.aspx

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati September 18-20 http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/
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The Madison Chautauqua September 26-27 http://www.madisonchautauqua.com/

The St. James Art Fair October 2-4 http://www.stjamescourtartshow.com/

The Jack O’Lantern Spectacular October 8-November 1 http://www.jackolanternlouisville.com/
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Caufield’s Halloween Parade on Baxter October 9 http://baxterparade.com/

ColorFest at Bernheim Forest October 17-18 http://bernheim.org/

Pumpkin Picking at Huber’s Farm http://www.joehubers.com/
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18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove October 24-25 http://locustgrove.org/

Go camping at Natural Bridge State Park http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/natural-bridge/

The Turkey Trot at the YMCA Northeast Thanksgiving Day November 26 http://www.ymcalouisville.org/


By Guest Contributor: Maggie

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Week in Preview August 31st-September 3rd



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It's almost Labor Day but there is still lots of fun to be had!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: Check out the Muhammad Ali Center and see the XOXO: An Exhibit about Love and & Forgiveness. Share, listen, connect, ask, and learn about feelings and emotions. This exhibit closes on September 20th so go soon! Find our review here!

Eat it: On Monday, August 31st, Baskin-Robbins is celebrating 31! Join them for $1.31 scoops all day! Find out more here!

Move it: This week go for an after dinner adventure! Head outside for a walk, a bike ride, or a round of firefly-catching before the sun sets.

Learn it: Head down to the Waterfront and explore the replica of Columbus' ships the Nina & the Pinta. Find more information here!

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly

Friday, August 28, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: August 28,29,30

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Friday
Columbus is sailing the Ohio!  It appears like that indeed!  Here's a great edu-tainment idea for you and your kids.  There are replica Nina and Pinta ships docking at Louisville Waterfront park.  You can simply go down and see them while enjoying a walk along the river or you can tour them for a fee.  See details here

Saturday
Head to Clarksville for the Touch-a-Truck event.  It's FREE! See details here.  They host this in conjunction with a big community yard sale which starts early but the touch-a-truck is 10am-noon.  They are also having mini-train rides for kids (also free) from 9:30am to 12:30pm and concession will be available. 

Sunday
What's your child's superpower?  Let them discover it at the Ali Center on Sunday with Global Game Changers!  It's FREE and will feature fun games, face-painting, cape making and more.  It's from 1-5pm and geared toward families with kids ages 4-12.  See details here.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review of XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness at the Muhammad Ali Center

Our writer was granted admission for purpose of review.

Part of the Muhammad Ali Center’s mission statement includes promoting respect, hope and understanding to its visitors. The XOXO Exhibit incorporates these elements while learning about love and forgiveness.

This traveling exhibit is included with admission to the Ali Center and will be at the center until September 20th. Located on the 4th floor, visitors can expect to find several engaging and hands-on exhibits. Even though XOXO is geared toward younger children, there were several adults and older children participating in the activities.

 photo Tone20Phone_zpseqpnc99c.jpgMy children especially loved the Tone Phone, Tokens of Love and Emotional Faces exhibits.

The Tone Phone has two telephones and a large screen inside of a small dome. Children speak into the phones and watch how the tone of their voice affects the shapes that are projected onto the screen in front of them. A lesson on how we come across to others when we speak is exemplified in a fun and age-appropriate means for children to understand.


 photo Tokens20of20Love_zps88qdoql0.jpgTokens of Love was my personal favorite and I could tell other adults appreciated this exhibit as well! Using a small piece of paper, visitors are asked to write a message of love to keep or give away. It is then crushed and pressed into a small circular token with a heart stamped on the top of it. My children returned to this exhibit over and over again. They loved thinking of messages and pictures of love and different people they could create one for as a gift. They also had a lot of fun using the different tools and machines used to crush and press the paper.

Emotional Faces is a fun exhibit for all ages. Two people can sit inside a photo booth where they can see their reflection on a screen in front of them and then on a much larger sectioned screen on the wall in front of the photo booth. Descriptive words for emotions appear on the screen and visitors are asked to demonstrate the emotion. They can then see their recording on the larger sectioned screen. Visitors learn how to identify emotions and learn how others express them.

 photo Emotional20Faces_zpsnxcu1xwg.jpgA few other activities include creating silhouettes, learning to balance on a seesaw with another person, writing about a negative experience and shredding it into artwork as a means to release the experience and reading children’s books about feelings.

My children and I loved the XOXO exhibit at the Muhammad Ali Center. It is an exhibit allowing all ages to understand, appreciate and express their emotions through creative and thoughtful activities.

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review of Yoli's Cafeteria in Louisville, KY

 photo photo 3-5_zpsva4f2uql.jpgAcross the street from Beechmont Bombshells and a few doors down from Sunergos, Yoli’s Cafeteria is a new addition to the Beechmont neighborhood. Located on Woodlawn Ave, it is tucked into a corner offering yummy Cuban food. After hearing lots of compliments, my family and I decided to check it out and we were pleasantly surprised at the taste and portions of the food we were given. We also had a wonderful server who was eager to answer any questions and always available to offer up anything we needed.  photo photo204-5_zpsciisepxm.jpg

 photo photo201-7_zpspkoi4ebd.jpgWe started our dinner with freshly squeezed orange juice, which my boys watched being made with fascination! Then we selected 3 platefuls of yummy food. My husband ordered the Cuban sandwich and onion rings, I had the beef steak with black bean rice and fried plantains, and my boys split a plate of chicken breast steak with yellow rice and French fries. We all enjoyed our food but we did decide we liked the yellow rice over the black bean rice.

 photo photo202-6_zpsj0l2wbz3.jpgMy husband took a Cuban coffee to go and enjoyed it very much, but I decided to skip it as I didn’t want to be awake all night. Yoli’s has specials depending on the day but always offers Cuban Sandwiches, Beef Steak, Chicken Breast Steak, and Kingfish Steak.

We left Yoli’s Cafeteria stuffed to the brim and with plenty of leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I highly recommended stopping in and trying it out. Located at 328 W. Woodlawn Ave, Louisville, KY 40214.

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Things to do for Labor Day Weekend around Louisville

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Head to Waterfront Park and explore replica of Columbus' ships - the Nina & the Pinta.  They will be there August 28th through September 7th. Tickets: Adults $8, seniors (60 and older) $7, and children between the ages of 5-16 $6. Age 4 and under are free.

The Louisville Bats have games all weekend. Don’t forget that fireworks are on Friday and kids eat FREE on Sunday!


The University of Louisville has loads of sport choices this weekend. Go enjoy some soccer, volleyball, or field hockey here in town or find some place to go to cheer on the Cards when they play against Auburn on Saturday!

Steamboat Days in Jeffersonville features 3 days of fun for all ages. Food live music, art village, balloon glimmer, steamboat parade, family fun zone and more!

The World Fest is happening from September 4th-7th and admission is FREE! World Fest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 13th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education this Labor Day weekend. World Fest takes place in downtown Louisville at the Belvedere located at 5th Street and Main Street.


The City of New Albany will be showing a movie on Saturday, September 5th. Grab your blanket and your popcorn and stretch out on the riverfront lawn because it’s time to sing-a-long with Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and the whole crew in this Frozen adventure. The movie begins at dark (est. 8pm start time).


Family Palooza is happening at all campuses of Southeast Christian Church. Labor Day • Monday, September 7 • 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. All Campuses: Blankenbaker, Indiana, Oldham, and Southwest. Come out to a FREE day of fun for the entire family! Carnival Games • Snocones • Inflatables • Water Slides • Arts and Crafts • Pony Rides. Fun for All Ages • Food Items for $1 or Less. Bring your friends and neighbors and join the fun!


The Kentucky Flea Market is all weekend so if you are ready to shop you should head over to the Kentucky Expo Center. Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-6 and Monday 10-5. There is also a special antique section and admission is FREE!


The Flea Off Market is happening this weekend as well. September 4th--4pm to 10pm, September 5th--11am to 6pm, September 6th--11am to 5pm. Buy local and keep it weird!


The Kentucky Bluegrass Festival is going on September 4th-6th at the Louisville Water Tower Park. Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 4-11pm, and Sunday 4-11pm. Buy a 3 day pass for $30 or adults tickets cost $12 before 6pm and $16 after 6pm. Kids 10 and under are FREE!


Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest has a few activities scheduled for Saturday, September 5th. ECO Kids Discovery Day: Damsels and Dragons from 9am-5pm, Pollywog Play Party: Behaving Like Bugs & Bees from 10:30am-12pm (registration required), and Insect Safari from 2pm-3:30pm (registration required).


The Subway Fresh Fit Hike Bike & Paddle is an annual event held every Labor Day. Bring the entire family for this free, healthy hometown event. Various fitness demonstrations start the day including yoga, tai chi, zumba, pickleball, NIA and much more. There are numerous vendor booths available for information and giveaways. After all of that, take your pick from a 5k hike, 10-mile bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River. This event is not a race. It is open to participants of all levels and we encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the festivities!

Renaissance Fun Park has an all-inclusive, unlimited attraction $20 deal for family fun.  See details here.  It includes mini golf, go-cart rides and laser tag!

By guest contributor:
Kelly

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Week in Preview: August 24th-27th



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Are you tired of homework yet? Get out and have some fun!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: Have you been to see a soccer game yet at Slugger Field? If not, now's your chance! On  Tuesday, August 25th at 7:30pm, the Louisville City FC takes on Orlando City (MLS) and they need your help to cheer them on to victory! Use code BBBS2015 for a discount and to help Big Brothers Big Sisters! Find out more here or buy tickets here with the above code!

Eat it: Find a new coffee shop and sit with your little ones and read, color, or play (if the coffee shop has a play area). You can enjoy some caffeine and your kiddos can have some nice time with you! Some places to explore include: Sister Beans Coffee House, Heine Brothers', Sunergos Coffee, or McQuixote Books and Coffee.

Move it: Head down to Waterfront Park and rent a surrey, bike, or coupe from Wheel Fun Rentals. Explore the water front or bike up the ramp to the Big Four Bridge. Click here for more information!

Learn it: At the Kentucky Science Center, on August 25th, discover the science of SLEEP as we relax during this interactive story time. For ages 0-4, from 8:30am-9:30am, FREE! Learn more here!


By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly

Saturday, August 22, 2015

KidStuff Children's Consignment Sale, Fall 2015

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The school year has started and it’s hard to believe it’s already time to start thinking about sweaters and snow boots- where did summer go?!? Don’t worry though- KidStuff Sales Events are your one stop shopping events in the Kentuckiana area to get you ready for fall and winter! Whether you are looking to sell your outgrown children’s items, or need to stock up, KidStuff Sales Events are perfect for you! KidStuff Sales Events hosts three local seasonal sales (east Louisville, southern Indiana, and Oldham County) stocked with tens of thousands of items- everything from cribs and strollers to baseball bats and tap shoes; from school uniforms and everyday sets to Halloween costumes and holiday picture outfits; and from book bags and lunch boxes to books, puzzles and games!

 photo kidstuff 1_zpsf6neef8e.jpgKidStuff Sales are kicking off the fall 2015 season with a HUGE $200 Shopping Spree Giveaway!!! Enter online before 8:00pm on September 12th for your chance at a 1 hour, $200 Shopping Spree on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00am. Everything on the sales floor is up for grabs- furniture, baby gear, clothing, accessories, toys, and more! The local television show Great Day Live! will be there filming all the goodies you select!

How much can you get for $200 at KidStuff? In the words of one of our facebook fans, $200 would cover “my daughter’s winter clothes and put a huge dent in Christmas!” Another fan said she could “probably get everything I need for 3 girls with $200!” And this mom said what we are all thinking, saying $200 was “hopefully enough pants for my 4 year old to cover any growth spurts after I buy his fall wardrobe! #highwaters!!” What would YOU buy with $200? Enter on the website at www.KidStuffSale.com.
 
Come to any one, or all!, of the KidStuff Sales events this fall! Join us as a seller to clear out your outgrown items, or a shopper to stock up on everything you need! New to Consignment Events?

SELLER BENEFITS include 70-85% commission of personal sales, consignor pre-sale to shop before the public, “tag for you” service- KidStuff will tag your items for you!, and an easy to use online inventory management system with daily sales updates.

SHOPPER BENEFITS include savings of up to 90% off retail, an organized sales floor, a hold area for larger items, smiling faces to help you shop, and a discount day with many items 50% off! We also offer registration on the website for soon-to-be and new moms, military, and seminary families to shop early.


 

Fall 2015 area events:
LOUISVILLE EVENT: September 17-20, Ramada Plaza Conference Center
OLDHAM COUNTY EVENT: October 9-11, YMCA Soccer Complex- Buckner
SOUTHERN INDIANA EVENT: October 23-25, National Guard Armory- New Albany

Visit www.kidstuffsale.com for more information about selling and shopping, and to enter the $200 Shopping Spree Raffle!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: August 21,22,23

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Friday
It's Kentucky State Fair time!  Head there for some fried goodies, music, shows, rides, animals and more.  Learn about what our state has to offer and enjoy a little bit of everything.  See details and links to reviews here.

Saturday
Food lovers - support the South Louisville Community Ministries by heading to the Taste of South Louisville at Churchill Downs.  Kids love sampling new things, at least mine do!  Or, you can make this an outing with some friends or an afternoon date :)  Details here.

Cheer on the Louisville City FC at Slugger field.  They are doing really well in their division, they could win!  The game is 7:30pm, use code BBBS2015 to save and they'll donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters!

Sunday
Head to the Ali Center before the XOXO exhibit closes in a month.  Our writer Nicolle just took her kids and said there are so many hands-on activities there!  See details here. Did you know admission is just $4 for kids ages 6-12 and kids under the age of six - admission is free!?!?! 

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review of Cake Flour bakery in East Louisville

 photo carousel-slide-01_1_zps5rk6y9cj.jpgIf you know me, you know I've never been a 100% fan of sweets. Then Cake Flour came into my life. Let me tell you, it is amazing! This quaint little bakery, located at 2420 Lime Kiln Lane, is a great spot for a coffee meeting with friends or a lunch date with someone special. It opens early (7am Monday-Friday, 8am on Saturday) and stays open till 6pm during the week, so you can stop and pick up dessert or a surprise sweet treat for the ones you love. I have been known to show up with a flourless chocolate torte for my fiancĂ© on occasion. If you do this buy one for yourself too, because they will not want to share.


If you want a cake, it is best to call ahead to order one. I will caution you, they are not everyday kid birthday cakes that you find at Kroger or Wal-Mart. They are a little bit on the pricy side as well. I would recommend them for a special teen birthday party or adult special occasion.

Something you might not realize that Cake Flour does is catering. They are perfect for small parties, office meetings, or afternoon tea at your house. It is a simple but really great menu. I have had almost everything they offer and I've never been disappointed. They show up on time and are very friendly.

If you have food allergies, this is also a great place to get your desserts. They have a whole "made without" menu that has offerings such as nut free, gluten free and vegan, to name a few.

 photo 1_15_zpsnuzfv2bb.jpgOver the last few months, a few friends of mine have been meeting at Cake Flour once a week to get coffee and breakfast (another thing they offer). Two of my friends bring their little ones and the staff has always been very friendly and accommodating. The owner has a few little ones of her own and has no problem with children in her bakery. If you get a chance, try the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich! You have to get there early or they might be out. In that case, I would go with a schmuffin. What is a schmuffin you ask? It's a nutmeg-laced, spice cake rolled in cinnamon and sugar and baked to perfection. I know your month is watering!

Cake Flour is a great locally owned bakery that has a friendly staff, great breakfast and lunch menu options, and some of the best desserts I have ever had.

Go and Enjoy!

By Guest Contributor: Christine