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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Clifty Falls State Park Review: By Jeanette

Clifty Falls State Park is northeast of Louisville near Madison, IN. It is about a 90 minute drive, so it makes for a nice day trip for some hiking. There are four falls at the park, but do to the dry weather, they were just trickles. However, it was very scenic with bouldered canyons to see. Trails give you views from top of canyon as well as the bottom. There are several hikes from easy to rugged and one even goes in the creek bed. In a rainy year, you would definitely be getting your shoes wet while hiking.  They do have a cave, but it is closed for now to protect the bats. They also have a playground with some picnic tables around it. The playground had a wooden climbing structure and two swings. You do have to pay to get into the park ($5 in-state, $7 out-of-state).  Its website gives additional facilities available such as camping and the nature center. I would definitely check this park out if you are looking for some hiking and picnicking for the day.  You might want to visit it while Madison is hosting one of its special events such as Chautauqua of the Arts in September or Regatta hydroplane race in July.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Louisville Family Fall Fun October 29-31 Weekend

HALLOWEEN WEEKEND has finally arrived! There are so many affordable family fun activities to celebrate Halloween with your family! Be sure to check out the calendar for additional events that did not make our top picks for this weekend.

Boo Dell at Yell Dell Botanical Gardens 
Jack-o-Lantern Stroll at Bellarmine University  – We attended last year and look forward to returning this year. I recommend getting there right when it starts as it got crowded last year.
Kidabalou at Northeast 
PumpkinFest in Jeffersontown 
Trick or Treat in the Village at WestPort Village

Check out the websites for additional information for dates, times, and pricing.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October is National Cookie Month!


Through October 31 you can donate a new or gently used book and get a free cookie at Great American Cookie locations.

Jefferson Mall
4801/B-328 Outerloop
Louisville, KY 40219

Mall of St. Matthews
5000 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, KY 40207

Oxmoor Center
7900 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40222

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Make a Fun Halloween Greeting

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!
You can go to JibJab.com and make a monster mash video for free and it is sure to be a hit with the kiddos!

Boo Dell Parking Pass WINNER!

The kids are taking naps so I have time to post the winner. My son picked the name before he went in for a nap and the winner is.............Robyn Senn

Robyn wins a $5 parking pass for Boo Dell at Yew Dell Gardens this weekend!

Thanks to everyone who participated! More contests soon for great stuff and tickets!

Train Rides at the Kentucky Railways Museum in New Haven By: Stephanie

IMG_0720This past weekend, my family and I took a nice 1 hr drive down I65 and some country roads to arrive in New Haven, KY at the Kentucky Railway Museum.  We bought tickets for a 2 hour train excursion through Groupon.com.  The train ride started at 11am and ended at 1pm.
We arrived at around 10:20am allowing us a little while to check out the museum and the station.  Outside the station, there are 2 train cars that you and your kids can check out.  You can also walk around the platform and down a little from the actual station to look at some of the engines and just what's going on to get ready for the ride.
Inside the station, they have a shop and a smal museum.  The museum has some Thomas and Friends tables and trains for the kids to enjoy as well as exhibits showing you the history of the KY Railway. The line that this train runs on is the oldest in KY!
Ten minutes before ride, the train pulls into the station blowing its whistle and letting off steam.  My kids thought that was fantastic!  The conductors and engineers get the train ready and you board and go through any car and select your seats. Weather permitting, some of the cars have windows open!  Shortly after the ride starts, the conductor comes through to punch tickets. My son thought he was on the Polar Express!
We rode through the countryside and it was really nice. We went over a few bridges and the kids really enjoyed that.  The conductor comes over the intercom to tell you some history but otherwise, you just sit back and enjoy.  You do pass a farm that was the location of The Battle of New Haven during the Civil War and the old house that was the headquarters for the Union Army.  Very Interesting to geeks like me!  You can bring snacks and drinks (except popcorn) on the train.  Then, the train stops in Boston, KY.  You can stay on the train while they switch the engine to the other end or you can get off and get a snack. We got off and to our suprise, we found a duo of gentelmen playing and singing some bluegrass outside of the convenience store.  Everyone really enjoyed that!

On the way back, we switched cars and had some snacks.  They gave the children little booklets about train safety and we just relaxed and enjoyed the views looking for animals and tractors. 

It was totally worth the trip out there and a wonderful way to spend most of the day.  The KY Railway Museum also offers other types of special trips like murder mystery rides, train robbery rides, a polar express ride and more.  They also host Thomas the Train A Day Out with Thomas in the summer and other special characters.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


BOO DELL is Saturday, October 30; 10:30 - 3pm; Free Admission; Parking $5/car
Calling all ghouls and goblins! Yew Dell and the Oldham County Library have teamed up once again to offer fright-free trick-or-treating ‘til 2pm, a jack-o-lantern contest and Mr. Magic (2pm).Come in your Halloween best and bring the kids! Food and refreshments will be available.

WE ARE GIVING AWAY ONE FREE PARKING PASS so the event will be TOTALLY FREE for the winner!

All you have to do is ONE of the following:      post a comment on this blog post, email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com or post a comment on tonight's ALL CAPS facebook post answering this question:

The contest ends Tuesday at 10am and the winner will be announced on this blog.

BOO! Good luck!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Coupon for Bruster's Ice Cream in Louisville

Click HERE to find a coupon on Bruster's facebook page for 50cents off!   Head there this weekend and get some pumpkin ice cream.....mmmmmmmmmmm

Bruster's Ice Cream is on Lyndon Ln in Lyndon.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Louisville Family Fall Fun Events & Things to Do: October 22- 24 Weekend

With 30-40% chance of rain this weekend there is a variety of affordable family fun for the weekend to still get out of the house:

Need a pumpkin? Check out Pumpkin Patches nearby.

Bardstown Bound Boofest

October Fest at Boyd’s Orchards

Pumpkin Carving at Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market ()

Pumpkin Hunt at Bon Air Library

World’s Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville zoo

Wee Rock

If you need even more Halloween festivities check out this SITE.

And don’t forget to check out the websites for additional information for dates, times, and pricing.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween Activities and Crafts to do at Home By: Jeanette

Halloween Fun at Home

Some inexpensive ideas to have Halloween fun with the family at home:


Marshmallow Ghost would be a fun project for preschoolers.

Rock Jack-o-Lanterns another alternative to carving pumpkins.

Edible Treats:

Monster toes – Now who wants to try? 

Main dish of Mummy Meatloaf 

With a side dish of Swamp Creatures 

Finish the meal off with Hairy Daddy Longlegs


Try your hand at Eyeball Bounce 

Or enjoy a Mummy Wrap just for fun

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Park Review by Jeanette

Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market is just about an hour drive down I-65S to Hodgenville, KY from Louisville and is a young, expanding farm. We checked it out during their annual PumpkinFest which included live music. This is a very kid and family friendly place. It only costs $5 for hay ride and the corn maze for people 3 years and older. If you only want to participate in one: the hay ride is $2 and the corn maze is $3. Since we have younger children we opted out of the 3 acre corn maze this year. They said it takes approximately an hour to finish. The hay ride is not necessary to pick the pumpkins, but it was a bonus for my oldest son. There is not a set schedule for it so you just had to keep an eye out for it which was pretty easy. The play area was free and included a playset, grain bin with ‘corn boxes’ (my son’s favorite), pedal tractors, some straw pile, stick maze and a dirt mound to climb up. They have lots of varieties of pumpkins to pick from and vary from $1.50 to $9. You will need to make sure you try their apple dumpling and pumpkin soft serve ice cream while you are there too. They have a covered picnic area to enjoy your lunch or those treats. On Saturdays they do have some cooking going for lunchtime too. The next several weekends they have special things planned at their farm such as being able to paint or carve your pumpkins at the farm and even a Pumpkin Destruction Day. They are still a fairly young farm that continues to grow with developing new activities and expanding their produce. Be sure to check out their website and facebook page for updates on produce, activities and hope you fun supporting your local Kentucky farmer. We had fun and look forward to returning again.

Since we were in the area we took a short drive from Hinton’s Orchard to Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace National Park. We started out at the visitor center where you can get an informational brochure and watch a 15min movie about Abraham’s Kentucky years. This is all for free too. We then headed to the Memorial Building which reminds you of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. This building houses Abraham Lincoln’s birthhome which is a one room log cabin. We were also able to see the Sinking Springs which is where the Lincoln f
amily retrieved their water. There are two short hikes at the park and picnic areas nearby. There is a program called, Junior Ranger, which is free and you pick up a booklet from the visitor center to help your children learn more about our 16th president as part of the program.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Foxhollow Farms Fall Festival in Crestwood, KY

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Foxhollow Farms in Crestwood hosts a fall family festival in early October. Each year, they open their farm for this fundraiser for Maryhurst.  We have gone two years in a row.  The event is growing!  There were so many more people there this year. Luckily, the farm is large and it still wasn't too crowded.  We paid $1 to park and $1 per ticket to enjoy some of the activities (prices change over the years so this may be different).  The kids enjoyed the hay castle for free and then we explored the festival to see the activities. They had face painting, tie-dying, pumpkin picking and more but my kids wanted to ride the ponies and take the tractor hay ride through the farm.  The lines for these were a little long because they were so popular! But, it was worth the wait because it was so cute to see my kids on the ponies and I always like a nice fall hay ride!  If you haven't been, you should check out this festival next year.  Surely, we will have it on our calendar.  In the meantime, head on up to Foxhollow Farms and check it out.

They also have a summer concert series


Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tour the New KFC YUM! Center in Louisville

Win 4 tickets to tour the KFC YUM! CENTER on Tuesday October 19th at 7pm. 

3 ways to enter: 
1) Post a comment on this blog post answering the question
2) Email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com with the answer to the question
3) Post on tonight's ALL CAPS facebook page status with the answer to the question

The contest will end Friday October 15th at 5pm and the winner will be chosen at random.  We will mail you the tickets or we can arrange to meet outside of the event since I (Stephanie) will be there!

What is your favorite sport to play as a family?

Review of Natural Bridge State Resort Park: By Jeanette

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is about a 2 hour drive from Louisville that provides challenging hikes that end with great views. We recently traveled there for a weekend with my parents and brother and his son. We stayed in a 1 bedroom cottage at the resort that had 2 queen size beds, full kitchen, and screened in porch. The rest of my family stayed at the lodge which had views overlooking the lake. Campground are also nearby. The park is free to park your car and hike for the day. They have snack shops near the lodge and a playground with several picnic tables and shelters around.

We spent most of our time exploring the trails which were great. Most of the trails were short (1 mile or less), but interloped with each other, so there were multiple ways to hike to the Natural Bridge. You just needed to decide how you like to climb up hill and downhill. There were tons of stairs on the hikes. One hike my brother counted over 200 stairs! The original trail takes you to a natural fracture on the bridge to climb up it which is a tight fit when you are carrying a backpack with a baby in front. On another hike there’s a spot called Devil’s Gulch that is pretty much a rock staircase going straight up and down. Another challenging hike included Needle’s Eye with a short rock ladder included with rock steps that were so steep that it was best to use your hands along with your feet to climb up. Once you climbed up there were a few overlooks including Lookout Point and Lover’s Leap that made the trip up worth it and seeing the Natural Bridge from a distance. I imagine this is a great place when the leaves are changing. There are a few other less challenging hikes that take you to other arches, but they do not look as massive because of all the growth around them, but still worth the hike to go see them.

The park also has other features besides hiking: pool during the summer, putt-putt ($3/person probably won’t be your favorite place to putt-putt), paddle boats ($7 for 4 people for a half hour or $11 for an hour - I recommend only a half hour because you are limited to a small area to where you can actually paddle), caving during the summer, and skylift ($9/adult roundtrip) to the natural bridge.

So if you are looking for some great views and some fun hikes, make sure you check out Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Winner: Tickets to Children's Theater at Derby Dinner Playhouse

Sarah Scherm O'Bryan! She wins 2 tickets to THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS at the Children’s Theatre at Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, IN.

Congrats and let us know how it is!!

Next contest coming tomorrow!!!

Coupon for a Special Fun Day at KaZoing! Party & Play in Louisville

Many schools have off next week and KaZoing! will be having a special Fun Day open play on Tuesday, October 19th!  It is from 10am to 2pm and our blog readers get a coupon for $2 off!  That makes 4 hours of fun for just $4.  You can print one coupon and it's good for $2 off for 4 kids! 

KaZoing! has a large room of inflatables and so much more.  Come for a couple of hours or stay for all 4, there is surely enough to do!

Monday, October 11, 2010


We are giving away 2 tickets to THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS at the Children’s Theatre at Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, IN. 

The tickets are good for any breakfast or lunch performance on Oct. 16, 23, 30, or Nov. 6, 13 2010. The winner will have to call and make a reservation. 

3 ways to enter (but just do one!):
  • email us at louisvillefamilyfun@gmail.com
  • post a comment on this blog post
  • post a comment under today's (10/11) ALL CAPS status on our facebook page answering the following question:
What is your child's favorite nursery rhyme?

 Your name will be entered only once, so just pick one way to enter!
The contest will end Wednesday 10/13 at noon


The Musical

Derby Dinner Playhouse will open their 2010-2011 Children’s Musical Theatre Series with THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS on October 9, 2010. Public performances run October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6 & 13, 2010. For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit www.derbydinner.com. ASK ABOUT SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS - SEE ALL 4 SHOWS & SAVE!

THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS allows the audience to be the jury as the Big Bad Wolf is put on trial for his “supposed” crimes against the three pigs. This is a hilarious rock musical led by Lillian Magill, a top pig reporter who is covering the courtroom drama. The audience gets to hear both sides and then decides whether the Wolf is guilty or innocent, thereby determining how the play will end. As the playwright says, it is “A thrilling courtroom dram-edy…with music! And ham!”

The musical version of THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS was adapted from the popular children’s book written by Joe Scieszka and Lane Smith. The book and lyrics were written by Robert Kauzlaric and the music was composed by Paul Gilvary and William Rush. Musical numbers featured are “Piggsylvanian National Anthem”, “Cheeseburgers Ain’t Cute”, “Piggy World”, “Al’s Side Of The Story”, and more!

THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS is under the direction of Matt Wallace and the cast will include Bill Hanna as Alexander T. Wolf, Sandra Rivera, Abigail Bailey Maupin, Megan Muller, and Jamie Lynn Gilliam.

All public performances of THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS are on Saturdays with Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and Lunch at 12:00 p.m. All performances feature a kid friendly menu and are one hour in length. This production is most suitable for ages 3 - 12.

School performances of THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS are available throughout the week and are scheduled for October 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, & 29, 2010. Lesson Plans that meet the Kentucky and Indiana academic goals are made available to enhance the educational opportunities.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Caufields Halloween Parade in Louisville

I took the kids to Bardstown Rd in the Highlands on Friday night to see the Halloween Parade. I did not know what to expect from my kids but was pleasantly surprised to see that they weren't afraid of all of the Halloween costumes and decorations.  Although they were on the gross side and scary, my kids just thought they were silly and funny.  They loved the idea of sittting on the side of the street waiting for candy to come their way!  The parade was about 1 hour long and was very fun and light-hearted.  Even though people were dressed up with all sorts of blood and gore, it had a positive and fun vibe.  There were tons of families there and everyone was having a great time.  I found parking on a parallel street really easily just a few minutes before the parade began.  We will go every year! It is a must-do free event in Louisville!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Golftober in Louisville

"Golftober” at Metro ParksDuring October weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) a family of 4 can golf 9 holes for $20 after 4pm at any Metro Park course. This includes greens and carts fees.

This golf special is available on the weekends of Oct. 1-3; Oct. 8-10; Oct. 15-17; Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 29-31.

Golf courses are located in Cherokee Park and Crescent Hill Park, along with Waverly Park’s Bobby Nichols Golf Course. There are 18-hole courses in Iroquois Park, Long Run Park, Seneca Park, Shawnee Park, Sun Valley Park and Charlie Vettiner Park. For more information or to set a tee time, call (502) 456-8134

Thursday, October 7, 2010

October 8-11 Weekend Events in Louisville and surrounding areas

This is a great weekend to be in Louisville! Let us help you plan what to do! Here are some of this weekend’s highlights:


Caulfield’s Halloween Parade

16th Annual Belknap Festival

Garvin Gates Blues Festival

Highview Community Festival and Parade

Second Sunday Health Initiative

Great Louisville Fire Drill

Just a little more than Free and up:

PumpkinFest  (I am hoping to check this out and pick out our pumpkin for decorating! Just $5/ person covers a hayride, corn maze, and FarmLand play area.)

Fall Festival at Boyds Orchard

Fall Festival at Fox Hollow  (We went to this last year and had fun eating to live music, seeing the scarecrows, chickens, and pumpkin patch)

Harvest Festival at Farmington

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs at Derby Dinner 

Let us know what you hope to check out and how it goes!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Visiting Boyds Orchard in Versailles By: Stephanie

 Boyds Orchard is just a little over an hour away down I64 toward Lexington. It is a wonderful fall day trip from Louisville. There is definitely enough to keep you busy all day!

Admission and parking are free at Boyd Orchard but if you want to enjoy the other things they have to offer, you pay a fee. It can get pricey, but check out their weekday and weekend packages in which they bundle some of the fees.

I would suggest getting their early if you go on a weekend.  We were there at 9:30am and it was all for us. But, by the time we were leaving at noon, it was packed and you had to park across the street and everything. They have birthday parties there so that adds to the congestion.

OK, to the good stuff.  In front of the barn/shop there are lots of pumpkins to choose from and a huge chair for the kids to check out. There's a cut out train and a barn for the kids to play in.  There's some rocking chairs and table top checkers for those who want to relax and enjoy the fresh air.

In the shop, there is a cafe for lunch and a bakery. We got a dozen of the apple cinnamon donuts and they were delicious. You can't go there without getting some!  There's also lots of produce from their farm that is for sale.  They let you taste the bakery items and apples!  There is also some retail stuff in the barn.

Out back, they are grilling up some food and there are plenty of picnic tables and event some corn hole if you want to do that. You can also get your tickets for the various fun activities.  We got our wrist bands and the kids ran to play on the playsets, bouncy train, sand boxes (well, tires), slides, hay castle, climbing wall and more!  They had an absolute blast!

Eventually, we headed to the petting zoo area.  I would not spend the money on this! We go to the zoo all of the time so this was not very interesting for the kids.  They have some goats and a donkey. 

So, on to the tractor hay ride.  We got aboard a long hay trailer and set out on the tractor. It took us all around the scenic farm and we stopped at the corn maze.  With our kids, we explored the maze and to my surprise, my toddlers were totally into this.  We found a secret path out of the maze (LOL!) so that we wouldn't be in there for too long and took the kids to the row of large hay bales that they have near the maze.  My son ran across them and jumped about 276 times.  Finally, we took the tractor ride back to the barn and headed home.  It was such a great day!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Enjoy Brown County, IN

Looking for a day trip with great scenic fall views? Brown County, IN provides just that. They even have a leaf cam that keeps you up-to-date daily with the fall colors. I have to admit that I am partial to this area having grown up near there. Brown County State Park, the largest state park in Indiana, has great scenic views, trails, and if you are staying in the lodge an indoor aquatic center. Close to the park is Nashville which is known as a historic artist colony. Brown County’s visitor’s website has lots of fall activities for all ages too.

Although I recommend checking out Brown County, be prepared to wait in traffic and be with lots of other people who want to enjoy the rolling hills of southern Indiana during peak fall season – especially on weekends. So if you can not make it this fall season, it is still a great little get away the rest of the year.

Bruster's FREE Ice Cream!

Today our blog readers get a sweeeeet deal! Read about it here.  Bruster's has a lot of great fall flavors!

Best of Louisville: Events and Locations

LEO Weekly recently published the reader’s choice for Best of Louisville. Louisville Eccentric Observer (where LEO comes from) is an urban alternative weekly newspaper. They covered a wide range of catagories Best of Louisville from best BBQ to best church picnic to best bathrooms. I have highlighted three for you. If you have not checked these places out yet you may want to to see for yourself why they were ranked best.

Best Playground

1) Waterfront Park
2) Tyler Park
3) Iroquois Park

Best Place to Take Kids When It’s Raining

1) Louisville Science Center
2) Art Sparks Interactive Gallery
3) Incredible Dave’s

Best Annual Festival

1) Kentucky Derby Festival

2) St. James Art Fair

3) Forecastle

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Review of Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, KY By: Jeanette

We recently were able to visit Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, KY. Now you may be thinking I must be a little crazy to take my 2 year old and 6 month old, but what 2 year old does not like a castle, Secret Garden, or roaming around the Serpentine Garden? It’s a great place to let imaginations run wild and maybe even have a pretend tea party (or real) with your children at a table hidden amongst the plants. You enter through a restored red tobacco barn which also houses a glass enclosed gift shop. Yew Dell Gardens is a place that needs a visit each season because it does not stay the same. If you enjoy plants, trees, and flowers this is definitely a place to check out. You can learn and see for yourself what grows well in this area in all the seasons to give you some ideas for your own yard. They also have an annual plant and garden sale right before the Kentucky Derby. Some other events that they host includes: Third Thursday Concert Series, Slow Food School of Tradition Cooking, and Boo Dell which is coming up on Oct. 30. Boo Dell is a fright free trick-or-treating with Mr. Magic. This would be a great opportunity to check out the gardens for only $5 for parking! We will be giving away a free parking pass...so keep checking back to find out more!
The gardens are stroller friendly for the most part and easy to navigate around with bathrooms onsite. They have a few picnic tables and benches around too for picnic lunches or snacks. Be sure to check out their website for additional garden descriptions, hours, admission prices, and directions.

Who knows who you’ll meet there, as we had the opportunity to meet Theodore Klein’s (founder of Yew Dell) daughter and granddaughter who were busy working in the gardens. They told us stories about growing up swimming in the ‘cement pond’ with the cows coming up to watch and all the hard work ‘Papa”, as they referred to him, put into the gardens and building the castle which was the pool house.

I noticed this quote on the castle, “Time is – too long to those who mourn, too short to those who laugh, but to those who LOVE time is eternity.” I think this sums up what Yew Dell can offer. If you need a quiet place, a place to chit chat, or to hang out with those you love while smelling flowers and other plants around you - this is the place.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

YO GABBA GABBA Ticket winner!

Isabelle Culver!!!  Congrats Isabelle!!

Thank you to all of you that participated in the contest, there were so many! We wish we had more tickets to give.