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Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Day Events

Looking for something to do on New Years Day?

There is a huge flea market at the KY Expo Center. It is free and runs for a few days.
Check out this website for details. 

Also, the Louisville Science Center is OPEN on New Years Day. This place has fun for all ages. There is a toddler/pre-school museum as well as a few floors of things to explore. There is more than enough to do and spend a whole day there if you like!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

NYE Family Fun Ideas!

Staying in:

Go to your local Redbox location and rent a movie or two for just a buck. Go get some jiffy pop from the grocery store and pop that and enjoy it with homemade hot cocoa!  (add a shot of peppermint schnapps for the adults!)

Hot Cocoa:  in a small pot, heat 1/4 cup water with 3 tbls cocoa and 3 tbls sugar. Stir until it is all dissolved and boiling slowly. Slowly pour in and stir 3 cups of milk and heat through. Makes 3 servings! Use whole milk if you want it nice and rich. Add a little extra cocoa if you prefer things more chocolaty.....I always do!

Let the kids eat pizza on fancy dinner plates and drink ginger ale out of wine/champagne glasses! Go out and get plain party hats and let them bedazzle them with beads and glitter.


Make edible party hats! Get waffle ice cream cones and brush them with melted chocolate and use icing to adhere candies or decorate them!!!


 Going out:
 There is an interesting family event at the Bernheim  The event has a "moon" theme!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cook with your kids this week!

Make something special! Whoopie Pies!


INGREDIENTS
For the pies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
4 oz. (1/2 cup) butter
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
For the vanilla fluff filling
1 3/4 cup. plus 2 T. sugar
10 T. water
1 envelope gelatin powder (1/4 oz.)
3/4 cup egg whites
1 1/2 pounds butter, room temperature (substitute 1/2 pound of peanut butter for butter and omit vanilla for a peanut butter filling)
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
 
DIRECTIONS
For the pies:
In a bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda and salt together. In a mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
Slowly add the egg and vanilla extract. Scrape the bowl thoroughly and add little bit of the dry ingredients. Mix and then add a little bit of the buttermilk. Alternate this process until all the drys and buttermilk are used.
Scoop 1/4 cup of batter on to a parchment-lined sheet tray and bake at 375 degrees F for 15-18 mins., rotating once.
Remove from ovens and let cool on trays.
For the vanilla fluff filling:
Soak gelatin in 2 tbls. of water. In a heavy-duty pot, stir together sugar and water until dissolved. Cook at a high heat until 266 degrees F.
Meanwhile, in a mixer, whisk whites until light and foamy and carefully slowly pour hot syrup into the whipping whites. While still hot and whisking, add bloomed gelatin and continue whisking until cool.

On the machine still, slowly add butter, a tablespoon at a time, until the butter is fully incorporated. Add salt and vanilla extract and mix.
Ready to use immediately.

 

Monday, December 28, 2009

Kids home this week?

Why not try some ice skating? There are 2 local ice skating rinks that offer times for open skating and have rental skates. There fees are reasonable and it's just the perfect time of year to hit the ice!

Ice Land Sports

Alpine Ice Arena

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Start your week off....

With a cup of joe!  Head over to Ray's Monkey House and get a great cup of coffee and relax while your kids play. This coffee shop is kid friendly and has toys to entertain little ones.

YMCA

Have you been thinking of joining the YMCA of Louisville? Well, throught the 31st, there is NO JOIN FEE. Call them for more information!

Running Errands?

Are you going to be out and about today running errands and have to drag the kids along? Stop by your local Feeder's Supply store! The kids will enjoy checking out all of the animals and fish that they have there, it's like a mini-zoo!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Eve Ideas!

Christmas Eve is usually a time to spend with family at home so I thought I would share some ideas for family fun at home!

Make some felt candy cane mice!

Make some Cinnamon/Applesauce ornaments!

Huddle up for Winter

Take the kids to the Main Library for an afternoon story time centered around winter songs and stories! It starts at 2pm and should be fun for all!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Jump over the hump

In the spirit of getting over the Wednesday "hump", take your kids to jump over the hump.  On Wednesdays, Pump It Up! has open play for kids ages 2-5 from 10am to 11:30am. It is $5 for kids over the age of 2.  Often, they have coupons on the back of Kroger receipts, check and see if you have one!  This place has several large inflatables and the kids will have a great time jumping for an hour or so. It is not that big, which I think is a bonus because you are not constantly trying to track them down!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Bowl into the holidays

Why not take the kids bowling tomorrow? Check it Lyndon Lanes.  They have a pretty extensive menu for the snack bar if you go during lunch, that makes things easy. 

Ring ring ring....It's Santa Calling!

Why not schedule Santa to call your little one and check up on them tonight?! It's free!

http://www.holidayphonecalls.com/

Sunday, December 20, 2009

It doesn't have to be a manic Monday! Library Fun!

take your little one to a morning story time at the Crescent Hill library.  Open to walkers under 24 months and it starts at 10:15 am.
Crescent Hill
2762 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY USA 40206


Take your kids to decorate some cookies at the Main Library! It is free and open to all ages and starts at 2pm!
Main Library
301 York Street
Louisville, KY USA 40203

In the evening, enjoy stories for the whole family at the Newburg Library.   The theme is "Winter Blues Story Time" and it is at 6pm.
Newburg
4800 Exeter Avenue
Louisville, KY USA 40218

Weekend Holiday Fun

The Bass Pro Shops in Clarksville, IN is a wonderful place to enjoy a few hours with the family all year round. However, during the holiday season, the place is transformed into a winter wonderland. Santa is there at 10am to sit for free picutres, kids can write letters to Santa or color, they can play with remote control cars and other toys.  Then, there is always the entire store to explore full of animals to look at and a huge fish tank. Parents can enjoy a Starbuck's coffee as well!

Bass Pro Shops Winter Wonderland

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