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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kids Eat Free: This week's recs

Monday: Cornerstone Cafe
Kids must be 12 years old or less.
4773 Fox Run Rd
Buckner, KY 40010

Tuesday:  Firefresh BBQ
Kids must be 12 years old or less.
Hours that kids eat free are After 4pm
Firefresh BBQ limits 1 free kids meal per adult plate dinner purchased.
 6435 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY 40291

Kids must be 12 years old or less.
Hours that kids eat free are 2pm-close
1001 Breckenridge Lane
Louisville, KY 40207

Thursday: Turkey Joe's
Kids must be 12 years old or less. 
One free kids meal with each adult meal purchase
2809 North Hurstbourne Prky
Louisville , KY 40223

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Outdoors in winter – Caving Fun: By Jeanette

This weekend’s weather has gotten me excited for spring and to be outdoors. But seeing how we are still in winter, caves are the next best thing to enjoy being outdoors in winter.

Louisville is close to several area cave systems that are worth exploring for all ages that are open for the winter season. Each cave/cavern system has something unique to offer so check out their website.

Louisville Mega Caverns
Louisville is home to one of the largest caverns in America. You don’t have to worry about getting worn out walking as you ride a tram for the hour tour and hear about the history and science.

Squire Boone Caverns 
About hour from Louisville is the Squire Boone Caverns. They have 4 tours 7 days a week. They have a coupon for the tour on their website. If you don’t make it this winter, in summer they have village where you can see a variety of activities including several hands-on activities: dipping candles, mining for fool’s gold, and feeding animals.

Marengo Caves 
This cave system is also about an hour away. They have 2 walking tours and weekend adventures for those wanting to get more spelunking experience. They also offer gemstone mining.

Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave is probably the most famous cave around and is just under 2 hours from Louisville. There are several winter tours and a few have age requirements. If you happen to go on a sunny day the area also has some great hiking and beautiful overlooks. We took our son (then 18 months) on the Mammoth walking tour and had a great time.

One more thing to note Indiana state parks, Spring Mill and Clifty Falls both have caves in their park. I would call to make sure they are open as they were closed for the 2009 season to help preserve the bat population.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mommy Movies

Did you notice on the calendar that you can enjoy a movie this afternoon with your baby?!  I don't know the last time I went to a movie!!! It's for a discounted ticket price too and no one will mind if your baby fusses, check it out.

Monday, February 15, 2010

President's Day Crafts

Celebrate the history of President Lincoln by making a log cabin out of pretzel sticks!

Or, make large construction paper silhouettes of your favorite presidents and the kids can pose for a photo-op!

Snow Fun

Are you going to head outside to play when all of the snow is done falling? Prepare now and make some ice cubes with water that has been tinted with food coloring. Hide them all over the yard in the snow and have an ice cube hunt! Or, fill spray bottles with colored water and the kids can spray the snow as though they were playing with sidewalk chalk!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Music Class Options: By Stephanie

If you are looking to take a music class with your preschooler, check out my recently published article on this topic.

Music Class Options in Louisville, KY

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Kids Eat Free: This week's recs

(12 yrs old or younger)
10000 Brownsboro Rd
Louisville, KY 40241

Cumberland Brews 
 (12 yrs old or younger)
1576 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40205

Kids eat for $1 with purchase of adult meal
133 S Hurstbourne Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40222

2 children per adult meal purchased, 12 yrs old or younger
2669 Charlestown Rd
New Albany, IN 47150

5-10 pm, kids eat free
450 S. Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas: By Jeanette

Paint your own pottery:
There are a couple places around Louisville that allows you to choose a piece of pottery and paint it. Then they will fire it up for you. You can take your kids and have them do some finger painting, handprints or any other creative idea you can come up with.
I have only been to Paint Spot here in Louisville and had a good experience. I would like to check out the Louisville Stoneware sometime after looking at its website. You can tour the factory and paint! Be sure to check their websites for hours and prices.

For 7+ aged kids
If you have older kids (or want to get out without kids), want a unique experience, and don’t mind spending a little more you should check-out Louisville Glassworks. They have a special Valentine’s project of blowing a kiss. You can also tour the factory for a small fee. I have not checked this place out yet so if anyone has any feedback let us know on facebook.

There are also a few Valentine Day related craft events happening this weekend listed on the calendar too if you are looking for something to do.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

More ways to celebrate Black History Month: By Jeanette

If you are up for a little drive check out the places below:

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace:
About an hour south of Louisville (Hodgenville, KY) is the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. This historical site is free and open daily. From the website it offers these activities for children besides touring the site:
1) Children are encouraged to participate in the free Junior Ranger Program. Program booklet and patch are available free of charge at the Birthplace Unit Visitor Center. (Not able to visit the park? A downloadable version is available for you to print at home from the site)
2) Build Your Own Log Cabin Children of all ages can built their own log cabin using the miniature logs on the Lincoln Logs touch-table located in the Visitor Center.

Camp Nelson Heritage Park, Jessamine County, KY –
About 2 hours from Louisville if you are feeling up for a longer trip there is Camp Nelson Heritage Park. This was a supply center for Union Troops where more than 10,000 African American soldiers were trained and stationed.

Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY -
The Kentucky Historical Society history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum.
Check out the website for hours and fees. Every Saturday from 1-4pm they have a program for children aged 3-12 that has free activities to explore KY’s past and allow the kids to be creative. Check out the website for hours, fees, and the Saturday’s activity.

Longest recorded cave system in the world was explored and mined by enslaved African Americans during the 18th and 19th centuries. The cave is about an hour and 40 minute drive from Louisville. Check out the website for prices and tours. They have a few programs geared towards kids ages 8&up to check out as well. Don’t worry about being too cold out to go caving inside the cave temperature fluctuates from 54-60F.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Celebrate Black History Month: by Jeanette

February is Black History Month. Louisville and surrounding area has several places to check out, learn more, and celebrate.

Farmington Historic Home, Louisville, KY 
19th century plantation home of the Speed family including Joshua Speed longtime friend to President Lincoln. Site interpretation includes recognition of the contributions of enslaved men and women who lived there. Check out the website for hours and fees.

Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, KY
International cultural and educational center along the Ohio River that features the life of athlete and humanitarian Muhammad Ali.