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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Have you joined LouisvilleMommies.com?

It is a wonderful site run by local moms in conjunction with The Mommies Network of nearly 100 site nation wide. Join today and have access to a great network of moms who love to get together as well as plan family fun for everyone!  We have several fun events planned for this week and an upcoming weekend Valentine's Day party!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow Day Valentine's

Are you staying in today?  It's great timing to have your kids make valentine's day cards for family and friends. Have them make a one of a kind mosaic card!  On a white piece of paper, draw for them or have them draw (depending on age capabilities) a heart.  Let them rip up pieces or pink and red construction paper.  Let them glue those scraps to the lines that form the heart.  Once their hearty is created, they can color the paper, add stickers or write a message to the one they love!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Arts and Crafts at Mama's Hip: By Jeanette

Looking for something to do today (Jan. 29)? Why don’t you check out the new arts class geared towards kids aged 1-5.
It is put on by the Louisville Preschool for the Arts . Tara Young will lead the class in print making starting at 10:30. It is $7 and no sign-up is required.
The class is located at 1559 Bardstown Road (Mama’s Hip).
Let’s us know if you are able to make it and what you thought about it.

Or if that’s too early show up at Mama’s Hip at 12pm-3pm to catch up on some crafting with your little one. From Mama’s Hip website, “Come get your craft on! Bring your little ones to play in the playroom while you craft. Bring a small project to work on and enjoy the community of mamas crafting together. Yummy snacks will be provided.”

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Coming to a place near you! By Jeannette

Tickets are available for purchase for the upcoming shows.

Feb 6, 27 If You Give Pig a Party 
The Kentucky Center, Bornhard Theater
Recommended for Grades Pre K - 3
If you give a pig a party, she's going to ask for some balloons. When you give her the balloons, she'll want to decorate the house. When she's finished, she'll put on her favorite dress. Then she'll call all her friends Mouse, Moose, and more. Come join Stage One’s party and have some fun with pig and friends. A musical based on the popular “If You Give”…book series.

Feb 4-7 Kosair Shrine Circus 
Kentucky Fairgrounds Tickets vary from $14-20. In addition to the circus, they have elephant and pony rides, moon bounce, and photos with a snake. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.

March 10-14 Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus
US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
Tickets vary from $14.50 and up.

March 26-28 Sesame Street Live – When Elmo Grows Up

Brown Theater
Muppets on Sesame Street are asking, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' as they prepare for a pageant on Sesame Street. "When Elmo Grows Up" includes lessons on perseverance, teamwork and the power of imagination. Children learn that if they believe in themselves and are willing to try, the possibilities are endless.

March 27 Carnival of the Animals
Whitney Hall
The Lion, King of the Beasts, is in search of a queen and needs your help to find her. Combining music and movement, your kids help create a lively display of music, puppets and sound!
Ages 3-10 accompanied by an adult
Tickets $15

March 25-28 Disney on Ice Princess Classics
Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
Disney On Ice presents Princess Classics is an amazing journey to the magical lands of Disney’s classic fairy tales. Travel to a kingdom under the sea, an enchanted French castle, an Arabian palace and more! With special guest Tinker Bell, enter the worlds of your favorite Disney princesses – Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Professional Indoor Soccer: By Stephanie

Did you know that Louisville has a professional indoor soccer team called the Lightning?  Their next game is 1/29. Their season runs through February. They play at the Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club. As for tickets, you can get them online. They have family packaged rates, but general admission tickets are only $10. For a sporting event, that's a pretty good deal, especially when you consider how much it is to go to the movies these days!  They have a Kids Zone with activities, freebies and inflatables.  They also have activities at half time. 

Review of Rays Monkey House: By Jeannette

Ray’s Monkey’s House
Just a short walk from Mama’s Hip is a kid friendly coffee house called, Ray’s Monkey’s House. This is a great place to meetup with fellow mommas with kids in tow and enjoy some coffee, tea, some homemade pastries, and chitchat. They have 2 small play areas. One has a wooden kitchenette and the other has some trains, books and such. Just a note their website is not up-to-date on the events so they no longer have storytime, but it is still a great way to get your cup of joe with your friends when your kids are with you.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Try Lowes Build & Grow this weekend: By Stephanie

 
 

My son and husband went to the last session and had a very nice time. My son is young for the class, but they do not turn anyone away. It just meant that my husband did more work than my son, but it was still a positive experience for him and we will go again. You need to register for the workshop and print a waiver to sign and bring with you. The workshop lasts about half an hour and if you go to the Lowes off of Brownsboro Rd north of the Gene Snyder, you can head to the Barnes & Noble at the Summit after the workshop and attend storytime!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mama's Hip: Review by Jeannette

Mama's Hip
This is a great natural and babywearing store, but that is not the only reason you should check it out. The stores is home to several playdates geared towards various ages (free) and music classes ($7, but first class is free) led by Heidi Howe (review to come in a future posting). By looking at their calendar you can also see that they hosts several childbirth classes including a breastfeeding class. It’s a great place to meet other moms and their little ones, shop for baby clothes or babywearing gear, and attend some classes.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Simple, necessary fun: By Stephanie

Going to the grocery store is something that I have to do and I have to do often.  If I didn't make it fun, my kids would drive me crazy while I am there because they are bored.  We mix it up by going to different stores each time.  I have found that Kroger is a very friendly grocery store for kids.  In particular, the store near the Summit shopping center is very good. It has mini-carts for the kids to push and of course, they give out cookies if you ask for one.  However, everytime I am there, it is very busy and that makes it more stressful when shopping with 2 little ones.  Recently, I went to the BIG Kroger on Shelbyville Rd in Middletown (behind Wicks).  It was GREAT.  It was very clean and spacious.  They did not have the mini-carts but they have the smaller adult carts and my son was just as happy pushing that one around. Next time though, I will bring his play cart from home for him to push.  Additionally, they have FREE little rides in the front of the store; a horse and a fire engine. My kids rode them before we shopped and after and it was a great incentive for good behavior.  They also had cookies to give to the kids and a nice Starbuck's for a mommy treat!

Other ways you can get your kids to cooperate is to make a game!  On Sunday, let the kids cut out coupons that you are not going to use and paste them to construction paper, Staple or bind them together somehow and let them carry them around and search for those items.  You can come prepared with some simple prize to give them when they are finished! I also use the grocery to teach numbers and letters because there are signs everywhere. In the car over, I tell him we are on a hunt for the letter "B" and "G" today.  All throughout the store I hear, "Look Mommy, there's a B, another B!"

Happy Shopping!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Review of OrKIDStra: By our blog-follower Caryn

We enjoyed going to see the OrKIDStra today. I have mixed feelings on it. All in all, it was a well put together program.
Actually, our favorite time was the free activities before the show even started. They gave you a map of musicians to find. Each musician talked to you about their instrument and played for the kids. Then they gave you a "ticket"; with their information on it. Once you went to each station and collected all 5 tickets, you returned them to the table with the maps, and they let you choose a prize. They also had a table where you made your own conductor''s wand, a balloon show (which wasn't that great), and an area where the actual Maestro for the show was showing the kids how to conduct 3 musicians from the show. Then they let the kids direct them and they went faster or slower depending on how the kid''s moved their wand. It was great! Josh did it twice.
The show had great orchestra music, a great Maestro, and a great interactive kids program. But the "clown" I thought we were going to see was actually a mime. Josh really didn't get it. He kept asking to see the clown, asking where his red hair was, and saying he wanted to go see the music clown. He was very sad to hear the mime WAS the clown. The mime was "old school" Josh didn't understand most of what he was trying to convey to the audience. BUT, that being said, he only asked to leave once  :D The rest of the time he was entertained by the Maestro and the orchestra music.
I'd recommend it for kids over the age of 5, but under that, it wouldn't be worth it. I'd say the free activities were worth the $6 for parking, but I would have been disappointed if I hadn't gotten the tickets free.

Open Gyms: Review by Jeanette

Looks like some more rainy weather is headed our way this week and everyone is getting cabin fever. So what is better than taking the kids to an open gym time to run off some energy and try new things? Louisville has several places that over open gyms for children ages 1 and up. I can only attest to three of them right now, but have heard of a few others if anyone wants to give us the inside scoop on those.

1)      All About Kids 
They have open swim time for kids 12 and under Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. They also have open gyms during this time as well. During the week they feature a preschool open gym from 12-1pm.  You can come early and play a smaller zone prior to the open gym. This zone has a few inflatables, slides, and a ball pit to name a few activities. You can bring your lunch or buy your lunch there prior top playing in the open gym as well. The gym portion has trampolines, ball pits, slides, a tree house, and lots of room to run around and get tired. The price varies from $4-8 depending if you are a member or bought a pass. Check out the website for more info.

2)      Kazooing  
Kazooing offers a different type of open gym. They have rooms that are themed. For example one big room holds all the inflateables to jump, slide, and climb. Another room, called the tot lot is geared towards younger kids and has cars to ride, puppets, things to stack among other things. Finally they have a room just to do an art project. Each open gym is $5 and currently occurs: Mondays 10 am - 12 pm, Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm & 4 pm - 6 pm and  Thursdays 10 am - 12 pm.

3)      Kentucky Gymnastics Academy (KGA)
KGA is smaller than the previous places. It usually isn’t as crowded which is probably why ds seems to enjoy this one best. They have trampolines, balls, foam pit, and a few other things – just imagine what you’d see at a gymnastics center.  This too costs $5 for an hour of open gym. It is only open to ages 1-5. They have open gym every morning of the week. Check out their website for the times. It usually starts at 9:30 or 10am.  They also have an open gym for older kids on Thursday starting at 4:30.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Schools out!

Wondering what to do with your school age kids tomorrow?

They can attend a Day Camp at All About Kids

Take them to the Louisville Science Center or send them to a day camp there.

Want to stay home? 
How about doing some popsicle stick crafts? They are easy and inexpensive to do. 

Do an activity that is meaningful for the day.  Try making black and white collages.  Tear pieces of black and white construction paper and let the kids glue them to a colored sheet of paper to make any design they like.  Talk with them about how unique their collage is and that no two collages are the same, like we are as people. 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Storytimes in Louisville: by Jeanette

Storytimes are a great way to get out and about during the cold, dreary winter or the heat of the summer. Several places in the Louisville area hosts storytimes. Both during the week and during the weekend.

Louisville/Oldham County Public Libraries

Check out the library websites for storytimes. They are grouped together for different ages. The youngest kids get some playtime at the end while the older kids get to make a craft after storytime. Each storytime comes with songs and stories.

Children's Pottery Barn at Oxmoor Mall
On Tuesdays this store hosts a storytime as well. I have never attended, but while mall walking last winter saw that it was well attended. It meets just outside their store.

Barnes and Noble

One B&N hosts a storytime on Friday evenings while the one at The Summit hosts a storytime on Saturday mornings. We've been to the Sat. morning one and enjoyed ourselves. Again it was a story, some fingerplay, as well as singing. We have yet to check out the Friday one. Both of these B&N stores have train tables to play with too.

All of these storytimes are listed on the calendar with the exception of the library ones since there are so many. Do you know of other storytime that happen regularly?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

OrKIDStra: By Stephanie

Looking for something really unique to do this weekend? I think this sounds like so much fun! The Louisville Orchestra has a special show geared toward kids. They have some every so often like this one.  This month, it is The Classical Clown.  Tickets are reasonable considering it is something special to do together.  I am unable to go to this, but I would love to know how it is. If you attend with your family, let me know how it is by sending me a message on facebook and I will post your review!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kindermusik : by Stephanie

Local Kindermusik classes start this week. I am going to attend one tomorrow with my kids for a trial.  I will let you all know how it is! If you want to try it out or register, check out their website!

Moms clubs: by Jeannette

There are several 'offline' moms clubs in the area. What I mean by that? They are mainly face-face meetings vs. mainly chatting online as posted in earlier post.

I've been able to check out 3 of the clubs which I will highlight here. They all are set up differently and offer various things. Most of them encourage you to come check them out prior to joining to see if that is what you looking for.


Hip Mamas.
This group is a meetup group. From their website they describe themselves as "This group is to get Kentuckiana mama's up and out. And by that I mean that not only will you be socializing your kids but yourself as well. We are an active group who gets together at least twice a week. With an occasional mama's night out." It only costs $5 a year. There is a message board, but mainly the calendar of activities is the main focus of this group. I found it as a great place to discover what Louisville had to offer for SAHMs with their kiddos.


MOMs CLUB.
This group describe themselves as "We are a support group designed just for you, the at-home mother of today! You are interested in the world around you, want a variety of activities for you and your children, and are proud of your choice of at-home mothering for your families! We know, because we're at-home mothers, too!" The annual fee is $15-30. There are a few local chapters so you join the one within your zip code. They have monthly meetings that have guest speakers and playgroups throughout the week. In addition, they might have additional activities or themed playdates for the whole chapter as well as MNO (moms night out).


MOPS.
MOPS is a Christian based group that meets at several different churches in the area. The thing that makes this group unique is that you pay $5/month for the monthly meeting and your child is watched by a daycare worker. So you actually get a few hours to hang with other moms with your little one still close by. This group also offers MNO and monthly playdates.

Review of Louisville Science Center: by Jeannette

Want another place to take the kids during the winter? The Science Center is a place to escape your house, but still be inside with the little ones. However the downside -- a bit pricey. If you are going to be going more than once or twice a year, it is worth getting a membership. They have a sectioned geared toward younger kids (7 and younger). Our ds loves this area. It has a splash area, airplane with a kitchen and some puppets among other things to explore. The main exhibits are geared toward older kids, but our ds still seemed to enjoy it being able to push buttons and things even though he doesn't know what is going on :)....So check it out if you need to get out of the house for a bit and you might even learn a thing or two...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Kids Eat Free: This week's recs

Tuesday: Beef O'Brady's (multiple locations)
Free kids meal for kids 12 or younger, with purchase of an adult meal!

Wednesday: Jerry's Restaurant
8408 Preston Hwy
Louisville, KY 40219
(502)969-3149
kids eat free from 4-9pm, up to 2 free kids meals per adult!


Thursday: Captain D's (multiple locations, only at participating locations...check first!)
Get 2 free Kid's meals with any adult entree purchase at regular price, dine in only.

Friday: Smoketown USA
1153 Logan Street
Louisville, KY 40204
(502)409-9180
 Kids 6 and under receive One free kids meal with each adult meal purchased

Saturday: Quizno's
 3099 Breckenridge Ln
Louisville, KY 40220
(502)479-323
One free kids meal with the purchase of an adult combo meal, all day!

Club Mom Review: By Jeanette

DS and I ventured out to Green Tree Mall (Clarksville, IN) this morning to meet a few other mom friends there and check out Club Mom as well as the mall.

The mall has a quaint playarea that has soft flooring and rubber turtles and fishes to climb and a tree slide. Ian loved it. There is only one opening so it was easy to just sit and watch Ian and the other kiddos run and play. However, it was recommended to just come during the day as sometimes parents leave their kids (older) there while they go shop.

Photobucket green tree mall slide


Club Mom was fun too. (www.greentreemall.com) This month they featured magician, Mr. Moustache. Ian did great sitting through the 40 minute show. It was entertaining and the kids seem to love it. There seemed to be plenty of seating, but it was full. You do have to pay $5 for the first visit. You get a ticket for door prizes at the end and kids get to pick a special little toy. Also if it is your birthday month, your child gets a little gift as well.

club mommr. moustache

We plan on checking it out again next month to see a new guest entertainer. It will be just good to get out during the winter and walk in the mall and let ds use some of his energy at the playground there.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sock Hop!

What are you doing tomorrow? There is a fun event at the Highlands Library, a Sock Hop! It starts at 7pm and is geared toward kids ages 3-8. Head on over there after dinner and be back for bed time!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

All Aboard!!

Tomorrow, head on out to the Great Train Expo!  Kids 12 and under are free. There's plently to do for the whole family.  Neat train displays, a miniature train to ride, displays for the kids to operate and door prizes! 
Kentucky International Convention Center
211 Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202 
Sunday, January 10, 2010
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Friday, January 8, 2010

Weekend Activities

Lowes Build & Grow is this weekend. The kids can make a coin bank this Saturday morning! You must register online!

Another option is heading to the Barnes & Noble at the Summit Shopping center. They are having Musical Storytime this Saturday!

Tales for Tonight

Head over to Barnes & Noble in the Plainview shopping center tonight at 7pm for Tales at Twilight!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sledding!

Don't have a snow sled or the stores are all out with the news predicting the season's first significant snowfall?  Well, try a garbage can lid or a lid to a plastic storage bin. Or, do you have inflatable pool tubes sitting in your garage? Kids and adults can ride those down hills for sledding too!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dining out

There are many restaurants that offer "kids eat free" (or cheap!)  nights in the Louisville area. Maybe a fun family thing to do this week would be to pick one of these and go have a meal out!  Here are some of my top-picks for the week!  I will highlight different restaurants each week.

Tuesday:  Fazolis Kids eat for $0.99 and they have activities
337 Whittington Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40222
(502)423-1777

Wednesday: Moe's Southwest Grill  12 yrs or younger, 2pm to close
12001 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40243
(502)245-6250

Thursday: Chicl-fil-a  5-8pm, free kids meal with an adult combo meal purchased (family night, they usually have activities too....and the cow)
10501 Westport Rd
Louisville, KY 40241
(502)339-505




Monday, January 4, 2010

Free Music Demo Classes

There are several demo classes this week for Heartland Music Together. They are:

Tuesday, Jan 5, 10 am
     Springhurst
Minds-In-Motion,
3600 Chamberlain Lane, 40241
 

Wednesday, Jan 6, 11:30 am
     Highlands
St Andrews Episcopal Church,
2233 Woodbourne Ave, 40205

Wednesday, Jan 6, 4 pm - Note, NEW afternoon time!
     Highlands
St Andrews Episcopal Church,
2233 Woodbourne Ave, 40205

Saturday, Jan 9, 10:30 am
     Highlands
St Andrews Episcopal Church,
2233 Woodbourne Ave, 40205
 
email them at info@heartlandmusictogether or call (502) 491-3131 to sign up!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Snow is coming!

Are you prepared for the snow this week?  Do you have everything you need to make sure you family has a fun, safe time in the snow?  Focus on that early on in the week so you are prepared.  Warm clothing for playing outside, waterproof gloves, hats, boots, a sled! And for when you come in, maybe some hot cocoa, warm brownies, board games or a movie!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cats vs. Cards




If you haven't heard, there's a big game today!  Spend the day preparing for some family fun tonight.  Head out to Walmart to collect all that you need at a good price.  Get some poster paper and paint supplies and have the kids make posters as if they were at the game. They can make catchy sayings with the letters CATS or CARDS in each word.  Head to the craft aisle and pick up some face paint.  The can get in the spirit by painting their faces to support the team of their choice. Then, head over to the grocery section and let them create a snacking menu to enjoy during the game.  Maybe pigs in a blanket or mini bagels and the fixings for mini-bagel pizzas! Chips and dips or maybe get a pillsbury pizza crust and let them create their own big pizza.  Wash it all down with a root beer!     

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Activity for the weekend

Need something to inspire and entertain the kids this weekend?  Have them do something crafty!  They can make a 2010 Dream Board.  Get some cardboard and let them cut out pictures/text from old newspapers, magazines and catalogs and make a collage about what they hope for in 2010!

Saturday Morning

There are 2 free events this weekend that might interest you.  At 11am at the Barnes & Noble in the Summit shopping center (Brownsboro Rd./Hurstborne) there is story time.  And, at Home Depot, there is a kids workshop. The Home Depot workshop is geared for kids 5-12 and is at any of their locations tomorrow between 9am and noon. Tomorrow, they can make a wooden calendar, great way to kick of the new year! Check out this website for details.