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Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

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Be sure to check out our SUMMER FUN page - Your GUIDE to Louisville area fun for May-August!

Head to a concert in the park at Warder Park in Jeffersonville. It starts at 7pm and it's free!  Click here for information.

Want a night out?  The kids can have fun at All About Kids! Kids ages 4-10 can swim, play, watch movies and have a sleep over (or you can pick them up by 11pm). It also includes dinner.  This week, there's also a tween lock-in for kids ages 11-14.  Click here for registration details.

Saturday & Sunday :
It's Clark Days at Falls of the Ohio State Park. For just $2, enjoy this educational event and learn about George Rogers Clark (founder of Louisville).  There are reenactors, tours and more! Click here for info.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Review of Jeffersontown Summer Art Camp in Jeffersontown, KY

 photo 376f83cd-375c-4358-8089-c1806bf57e24_zpslsetkqns.jpgLast summer (2015), my daughter attended a week long art camp that was held as a collaboration between the Jeffersontown Historical Museum and Louisville Visual Art. It was a half day camp offered from 9am-12pm for 5 days. The price was very good too, just $85!

 photo IMG_7994_zpsid2dayyh.jpgShe really enjoyed it, as she loves art and anything to do with being creative with her hands. I really loved the pieces she made, and the techniques she used to create with. I also loved the price and the convenience of it being at the Jeffersontown Community Center, which is just minutes from our house. They explored a lot of creativity through painting, drawing, piecing together masks and other tangible art pieces and more. I loved how they were pretty open to create anything they wanted, and not just copy and follow along a step-by-step process by the art instructor. It was very much self-driven and process-induced and focused rather than "product-making." The process versus product art exploration is my favorite, and my daughter really experience that during this camp.

 photo 9669639c-6596-4e63-bdfa-39a467ce3e39_zpsb9gnlbgh.jpgIt was neat that a representative from the Education and Outreach team at Louisville Visual Art came to teach the camp, and we got to meet with one of their artists and learn more about their offerings for kids and tweens while we were involved in the camp.

There are two sessions being offered July 18 - 22. Chose 9am - 12pm or 1 - 4pm. Registration is due by July 11, so don't delay.
Find out more about this summer's art camp offering by contacting the Jeffersontown Historical Museum at 502-261-8290 or 502-314-2242. The Jeffersontown Historical Museum is located at 10635 Watterson Trail and is open Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm.

By Guest Contributor: Erin

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review of Drama Camp with Drama By George at Bellarmine University

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Last summer, my then twelve-year-old daughter attended one of the drama camps by Drama By George. It was a one week half day camp held at Bellarmine University.

She really enjoyed it! She attended the camp with a friend, and both of them love drama. They worked in groups on a play entitled "Cinderella in Elementary School." The young actors learned responsibility in working as a team because putting on a show is a big effort. Throughout the week-long program, each actor was assigned a role and had to work on memorizing their lines, word for word. Parents were asked to "run lines" with their child to help them succeed by memorizing lines, but also when to say them. It was fun running lines together!

My child is talkative when she wants to be, but also shies away from public speaking and speaking up in social situations. She really shined during the week and learned to come out of her shell a bit. Parents were invited to view the performance on the last day of camp, and I was blown away by the use of her voice and how professional and confident she sounded. Also, she was an actor who had a role with quite a few lines, and she had to stand on a table and act out one part of the play. I was astounded she did that! She learned some great acting tips, as well as self-confidence building mechanisms and I was so proud of her. I highly recommend Drama By George camps, and I really appreciated that they were offered at flexible times and were pretty affordable.

Drama By George is led by Artistic Director George Halitzka. Check out our 2016 post for more information about summer camp offerings. You can also view a photo gallery of the campers and all the fun they had here. As of the time of this posting there was still room for campers in the July session. If that one doesn't fit your schedule, Drama By George offers camps and programs throughout the year.

Drama By George
1236 Lexington Road, 40204

By guest contributor: Erin

Monday, June 20, 2016

4th of July Independence Day Celebrations and Fireworks for 2016 in and around Louisville

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Celebrate our nation's independence with sports, concerts, festivals, fireworks and MORE!! 

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Louisville City FC
Cheer on the soccer team at their home game on July 4th at 7:30pm. Use code BBBS2016 to support local kids through mentoring programs!

Louisville Orchestra Waterfront July 3rd
Full Louisville Orchestra concert on the Great Lawn with family fun zone, food and fireworks over the Ohio River. 5-10:15pm.

Louisville Bats Baseball Game & Fireworks
Watch a Bats Baseball game on July 3rd and enjoy the fireworks after the game. Game starts at 6:45pm.

Riverview Independence Festival
Enjoy music, MadCap Science, fireworks and other entertainment at Riverview Park in Louisville on July 2nd Festival opens at 3pm, Fireworks at 10pm.

Belle of Louisville Fireworks Cruises
Cruise the Ohio River while watching the fireworks. Reservations are recommended. Cruises on July 3rd and July 4th, 8:00pm-10:30pm.
Independence Day Lunch Cruise also available on July 4th 11:30am-2pm.

Kentucky Kingdom
Watch their social media pages for possible free admission for active/retired US military. Discount admission for their immediate family, too.

Crescent Hill Art & Music Festival
Celebrate Independence Day on the grounds of the Peterson-Dumesnil House on July 3rd and July 4th 10am-10pm. There will be artists’ booths, live music, a children’s zone, food court, cake booth, pet contest, silent auction, fireworks (on July 4th) and so much more! Free trolley ride from the Seminary Parking lot on Grinstead Drive.

Locust Grove Independence Day
FREE to the public all day! Join the Clark and Croghan families as they celebrate Independence Day 1816. See reenactments, hear readings of the Declaration of Independence throughout the day and other activities. Food and drinks for sale or bring a picnic. 10:00am-4:30pm.

Beargrass Christian Church Fanfare for the 4th
Musical Visions of America with the Louisville Chorus on June 30th at 7:30pm. Admission fee.

July 4th Patriotic Concert
The town of Clarksville will hold its 2nd annual concert at St. Anthony of Padua Church. The concert is free and open to the public. July 3rd at 3pm. Free!

Jeffersonville 4th of July Parade & Celebration
Watch the parade beginning at 11am down Spring Street on July 4th and then continue the celebrations at Warder Park.

Riverfront Independence Day Celebration
Concert at 5pm and then fireworks on July 3rd in New Albany.

Simpsonville Red, White & Boom
Celebrate on July 4th at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Pre-show Party 4pm-Dusk with food, games, activities and live music. Fireworks beginning at dusk.

Wendell Moore Park Independence Day Celebration
Kick off the festivities at the Oldham County Aquatic Center at 2pm with singing, Flag Ceremony, Pool Races, Kiddie Patriotic Swimwear Contest, Adult Cannonball Contest and the Greased Watermelon Dive (regular pool admission). Entertainment in the park before the fireworks at 10pm.

Bullitt Blast & Shepherdsville City Fair
Live music, food, events, rides and fireworks at the Shepherdsville City Park on July 1st 5:00pm-12:00am and July 2nd 2:00pm-12:00am Admission is free!

Marengo 4th of July Festival
Celebrate Independence Day on July 3rd and 4th with lots of food, activities for all ages, parade and fireworks.

Downtown Corydon Firecracker Treasure Hunt
Before the evening of fireworks start, come to Downtown Corydon to enjoy a fun treasure hunt exploring the downtown businesses and taking advantage of specials and fun times. July 2 10am-5pm Facebook event here.

Kiwanis Annual Fireworks in Corydon
Enjoy fireworks on July 3rd at the Old Capital Golf Club.

Madison Regatta Fireworks
This Indiana festival lasts July 1-3 with admission fees. The fireworks are free on July 2nd at 10pm.

My Old Kentucky Home
Fourth of July Bash on July 2nd at My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Enjoy old fashioned games, face painting, a bounce house and more beginning at 6:30pm. Then take your seats and enjoy a performance of “The Stephen Foster Story,” with a free cupcake at intermission for everyone. After the show, sit back and relax and enjoy the fireworks show!

Anchorage Civic Club Fireworks, 5K and Parade.
July 3rd Fireworks at Owl Creek Country Club beginning at dusk. (No outside food or drink on the golf course.)
July 4th Almost 5k/10k walk/run at 8am. Registration at Village Anchor Restaurant.
July 4th Independence Day Parade at 5:30pm. Picnic on the lawn at 6:30pm with games and much more at 7:30pm

Prospect Boomsday Celebration
July 4th "Boomsday" in Prospect at Cowley Park. Cowley Park in Prospect can celebrate the 4th of July together. Activities in the park. Parade beginning at Westover Drive at 5:30pm. Fireworks at dusk.

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle 

Know of other events?  Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Week in Preview June 20th-23rd

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Take a deep breath and enjoy some family fun!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Grab a blanket and go outside one night this week. Lie down on the grass and look to the stars to find some star constellations. Check out a constellation guide here!

Eat it: Tuesday night is Kid's Night at Fazoli's. From 5-8pm, 1 Adult Entree=3 Kids Meals for $0.99 each! They also have spaghetti smarts activities for kids 12 and under. Look here for more details!

Move it: Bring your tween or teen to the Waterfront Park on June 21st for Waterfront Yoga. Come enjoy the beauty of the waterfront and the relaxation and rejuvenation of yoga at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater, next to Doc’s Cantina. Classes will be held Tuesdays at 7pm, weather permitting and are only $5 per person. Beginners are welcome! Find more information here!

Learn it: Sign up for Barnes and Nobles Summer Reading Triathlon! Follow all the steps and receive a FREE book! Check out their website for more information!

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: June 17,18,19 Father's Day!

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A 4-hour pass for unlimited attractions is $20 at Renaissance Fun Park.  That's a lot of go cart rides, mini-golf and more!  Sounds like a fun Friday night! 

Or, head to the Louisville Zoo for a movie - Marvel's Avengers. They have giveaways before the movie and Iron Man is making an appearance.  Click here for info about the Zoo movie nights.

Family Farm & Forage day starts at 10am at Farnsley-Moremen Landing.  Here's a schedule of the entire day - tons going on. It wraps up at 4pm. It's free :)

Treat Dad to Doughnuts at Kentucky Derby Museum. They are putting on a special breakfast and event for Father's Day and it's the perfect way to celebrate. You must get tickets in advance!  See here.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review of Disney Pixar's Finding Dory - in theaters June 17

The writer received free admission for preview. 

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I recently enjoyed the opportunity to preview Disney Pixar's latest animated feature film, Finding Dory. I brought with me my 7 year old daughter who was very excited to see the sequel to Finding Nemo. As we waited for the movie to begin, we mused about what the plot would be. Would Dory get lost like Nemo? Would the focus be on Dory's search or her own family? As it turns out, it was a little of both! 

The preview was in 3D, which I was't thrilled about at first because my eyes have a hard time adjusting. Luckily, I was just fine by the end of the adorable short film that preceded the feature film. Finding Dory began with some flashbacks to Dory's young-fishhood with her parents, but the bulk of the movie took place in the present and included Marlin and Nemo as main characters and other Finding Nemo favorites, such as Crush and Mr. Ray, in smaller roles. Many new characters were also introduced. While the movie was entertaining, cute and humorous at times, it wasn't extremely funny. Overall, I found the plot to be a little too basic-- like a long game of hide and seek. I don't think I'd rush out to buy it, but it's definitely a heartwarming tale worthy of watching this summer. 

My daughter enjoyed the film, but said she liked it slightly less than Finding Nemo. She enjoyed learning more about where Dory came from and also the ending. There was one brief chase scene she found to be a bit scary (similar to the shark chase in Nemo). Other than that, she liked the film and said she would watch it again. 

I think the animation was one of best parts of Finding Dory. It was very vivid, and I'm glad I saw in in 3D after all since there were some really neat affects. I'd definitely recommend seeing it on the big screen or on BluRay, so you can fully appreciate it. 

By Guest Contributor: Brandy 

7 Tips for Family Fun at Churchill Downs

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Churchill Downs is an iconic venue in the city for obvious reasons.  Recently, with diversified programming, more and more families are headed their for a day of fun for everyone.  Here are some things to know before you go!

1) General admission on regular race day is free for kids 12 and younger.  For adults, it's just $3. We recommend general admission because the kids tend to want to move around so paying for seats that you don't sit in much may lead to you hoping you saved that money for a giant pretzel :) If you are going with many adults, stop at a local hotel and visit the kiosk with the brochures - Churchill Downs is known to put free admission coupons on the back!

2) You can take the kids over to Kentucky Derby Museum and see the gardens and visit the horses for free.  This wonderful museum itself is separate from Churchill Downs and there is an admission fee (free for kids under age 5).

3) Look out for special events like Family Adventure Day or brunches.  These come with higher fees but you get what you pay for............there are more things to do and even special family-friendly menu items.

4) To save some money for other things while at the track - you get what I am saying here - look for free parking.  When you arrive, there will be a temptation to park right up front or in someone's yard because they are offering you a deal on their cardboard sign but be it known........Churchill Downs offers free parking first-come, first-serve basis and trust me, these lots are NOT far away.  Head to Longfield Avenue near Gate 10, the White Lot and Green Lot– Accessible off of Taylor Boulevard or Bohannon Avenue. See a map here. Sometimes you can find street parking, but that's more difficult.

5) Get at least one program.  The kids love the horse names, stats and details.  They won't be grabbing at yours all the time!  Well, maybe that's wishful thinking.

6) Keep it moving.  Churchill Downs is BIG.  Show the kids all of the signs hanging for past Derby winners. Read the placards by the statues or art to learn some history.  Head to the Paddock to what goes on prior to a race. Hang out by the stairs where the jockeys go in and out (by the paddock across the walkway to the track).  Watch a race from different angles - at a turn, down the stretch etc.  Get a look at the horse coming into the winner's circle.  Ride the escalators :)

7) Chicken Nuggets. You browse all of the food stops looking for the most bang for your buck. It's the chicken nugget basket.  You're welcome.

And remember, bet a Kentucky Proud horse with the prettiest silks and interesting name - a winner every time ;) 
(Disclaimer: Seriously, we are not responsible for your wagering outcomes!)


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review of Steel City Pops in Louisville, KY

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Steel City Pops recently opened its first Louisville location at 1021 Bardstown Road! My daughters love popsicles, so we decided to give it a try just a week after they opened. The workers were so friendly. They greeted us as we came in, told us all about their pops, and said how excited they were to be in Louisville. Steel City Pops are made from all-natural or certified organic ingredients (local when possible). The pops are sweetened with raw, organic cane sugar- no artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors! 

 photo 0328161415_zpsowdac9y6.jpgIt was tough trying to decide which pop we each wanted. They have fruity flavors and creamy flavors. Click here for a list of all their pops! I opted for the Chai Latte pop. It was very good! My girls chose one mango and one strawberry lemonade. The pops are pretty large, but my little girls had no trouble finishing them up. I snuck in a bite (or two) of each and found them to be very fresh and delicious! The fruity and creamy pops are $3 each, or 4/$11. They also serve cookie pops for $4 each and several different types of coffee.

 photo 0328161432_zpseghgwgr8.jpgAfter we got our pops we went towards the back of the store and sat at a tall bar where we could watch them making the pops through large windows. The girls didn’t take their eyes off what the workers were doing the whole time! The staff was super friendly, the pops were delicious, and the ability to watch the whole process was fun! We can’t wait to go back and try some of the other flavors!

 By Guest Contributor: Kimberly 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Week in Preview June 13th-16th

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Where are you and your family headed for fun?

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: 'Zoo something different every day' at the Louisville Zoo! Go check our the new Penquin Cove or the Wings of the World Bird Show! Find more information here!

Eat it: W. W. Cousins has FREE kids meals on Monday and Tuesday after 4pm! Kids 12 and under get one “Kids Meal” free with the purchase of each regular entree of dinner. Check our their Facebook page for more information.

Move it: Have you signed up for kid's free bowling yet? If not, do it now! Registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Every Day All Summer Long. Go here for more information.

Learn it: On Wednesday use your Cultural Pass and head over to the Portland Museum. The Main Exhibit show will run once an hour, Captain Mary Miller is ready to tell her tale, and our Galleries are open for viewing. Every Wednesday from now until August 7 will be our designated Cultural Pass Day, so grab your pass and come take a tour! Check it out here for more info!

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