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Friday, April 30, 2010

F.A.T Friday Hop!

The Franklin Avenue Trolley Hop is the last Friday of the month and great for family fun! We went last month and my kids loved it. There are a lot of people walking around and many of the area's businesses come out to the street to sell things or do demonstrations.  There is also live music!  Plus, you can hop on the trolley for free and ride is where ever you want on the route. You can find a map on their website. There is plenty of free parking all along the route!  There should be lots to do tonight since tomorrow is Derby and people will want to be out and about.  There is a cute little ice cream shop called Conez & Coneyz that you can pop into and grab a scoop or two. The ice cream is delicious and they have the cutest mini cones for small children that are only $1. And, the last time I was there, there was a bubbly truck and the man made balloon animals and such for the kids. I assume he will be there for each event. I don't remember the cross street where he was located, but I do remember that it wasn't far from the ice cream shop.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

May is Bike Month!: By Jeanette

If you want to hear about some other things besides Derby – here ya go: May is Bike Month!
Did you know Louisville is ranked #21 for bike friendly cities by Bicycling magazine? You can go biking in a park or find a route using new tool found at this site.  And if you are up for the challenge Friday, May 21 is bike to work day.    At the end of the month is the family friendly Mayor’s Hike and Bike.  So gather your family and friends and go out pedaling!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Stuck inside?

Here are some rainy day ideas!! Click here

Also, did you know that the Science Center is open on Sundays, early too. GREAT fun on a rainy Sunday!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Kroger's Fest-A-Ville

Yesterday, I took my kids down to the waterfront to check out the Fest-a-Ville.  The weather was wonderful and we had a great time.  The entertainment offerings are limited but the food options are insane. Basically, the whole thing revolves around food, beer and music.  It's not a roaring crazy event, so don't think you can' take your kids there. We ate at a picnic table and listened to music. I was able to feed myself and the kids for $15, not too bad.  It was very calm and my kids enjoyed walking around and checking everything out.  For kids, they have 2 inflatables and a rock wall.  You have to purchase tickets. The inflatable slide is $1 and the bouncy house is $2.  I am not sure how much the rock wall is as we weren't going to try that out.  My kids were more interested in playing at the park, so we didn't do any of the inflatables.  You can easily walk to the adjacent playground for some fun after you check out the festival. I wouldn't plan on going in and out over and over because although they will let you out of the Fest-a-ville near the playground, they won't let you back in!   Parking was not an issue, I found a spot on the street right across from the park....but I was there before people started coming in for the balloon show. Still, when I was leaving, the parking lot directly across from the park was not full. 

Cool Sesame Street Building Sets!

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 I received a sample of the K'NEX Sesame Street Collection building sets to try with my three-year-old son. We have two sets, the Police Station Building Set and the 123 Brownstone Building Set. Each set comes with around 40 colorful pieces and instructions on how to assemble the structure featured on the front of the box. In addition, the instructions include other activities that you can do with your child that reinforce learning concepts such as counting, colors or creativity. Since these sets are geared toward children ages 2 to 5, the boxes include characters that will interconnect with the blocks, which is great for creative play. With both sets, the pieces good sizes for little hands but not too small too small for them either. In my opinion, none of the pieces pose a chocking hazard for this age group.   


Police Station Building Set
The Police Station Building Set includes an Ernie policeman and an Elmo. Each of the characters can be taken apart and put back together and their feet will lock into the blocks. My son's favorite feature is the stoplight that comes with the set. When he rides in the car, he loves to point out when the light turns green. Therefore, he gets a kick out of making the play stoplight and telling Elmo to stop or go! The set has windows that lock into some of the blocks. This feature allows the kids to interact with you while they play because they will pretend to be in the building with Elmo talking through the window to you and Ernie. The windows open and shut, just one of the little things that make it a fun toy for preschoolers.

123 Brownstone Building Set
 The 123 Brownstone Building Set or "Elmo's House," as my son calls it, is a vibrant collection of blocks and characters. This set includes an Elmo and a Cookie Monster that can be taken apart and put back together. It also has extra blocks to represent grass and unique little pieces that make trees. Just like the Police Station Set, the brownstone has windows but more of them! There are many pieces that have features of the brownstone drawn on them. My son treated this building set much like a puzzle, trying to figure out how to match the blocks to create the door or the window that has a picture of Bert. The only thing that my son seems to wish for is a door that will open so that Elmo can go into the house. The door on this set is drawn over several blocks and he would like an opening like on the police station set. However, it's not really a drawback since he just adapted and scoots Elmo around the side of the house to get him inside!

First, my son played with one set and enjoyed putting it together and taking it apart. Then, after opening the other set, he played with both of them together to make a little town with other toys we have. He drives cars up to the stoplight and makes them stop. He takes policeman Ernie and pretends that he tells the cars to slow down! I really saw his creativity and interaction with the toys increase when he had more than one set. I think these building sets are wonderful alone but even better when they play with them simultaneously.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Review of Anchorage Trail: By Stephanie

The days have been so lovely, why not go for a scenic walk?!  Hidden in Anchorage, there is a paved trail that is very shaded and beautiful. There are bridges, fences, lots of green, big benches and even a rock amphitheater. If you so choose, you can bring your dog....or horse! There are separate, more wooded cross country trails on which horses are allowed.  The paved path is 1 mile, but you would probably walk 2 miles total if you would like to get back to your car!  On that note, there is plenty of parking at the beginning of the trail.

My kids and dog really enjoyed the walk.  There are doggy clean up spots and trash for their.......business.  Early in the trail, there is an open area with a big tree that has a swing hanging.  My son was quite fond of the idea of swinging from the tree!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fest-a-ville

Kroger's Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront starts tomorrow! I plan on taking my kids tomorrow since it is supposed to rain Friday and over the weekend. Plus, I have heard that it is much busier during the weekends, which makes sense!  I got a family pack of Pegasus Pins at Kroger and we are ready to check it out. I will post about my experience with parking and the activities and food. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Treat your family this week!

BOGO for $0.25 at DQ this week!

This year marks the 25th Birthday of the World's Favorite Frozen Treat. We realize that we couldn't have made it this far without your support. So to show our appreciation, we're declaring this Buy One at regular price Get One for 25¢ Blizzard® Treat Week! Stop by any participating DQ from now until Sunday, April 25 and get a Blizzard treat for only 25¢ when you purchase one at the regular price.* The best part about it is that there are no coupons to hand in and no memberships to sign. We simply want to thank you for being the best fans in the world. Now, get to your local DQ and raise your cup, upside down of course, to 25 years of the Blizzard treat!

Louisville Bats Discount! Today ONLY!

Get 4 tickets for $15!!!

Check out this site!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jeffersontown Veteran's Memorial Park Review: By Jeanette

Veteran's Memorial Park or as my 2 year old likes to call it, Helicopter Park, is a great little park located off of Taylorsville Rd just south of Ruckriegel Pkwy. There are 2 separate playgrounds for little and bigger kids. They have bathroom facilities, a basketball court, a short walking trail, and a couple of pavilions with picnic tables. The playground that is geared towards younger kids is a bit more shaded than the other one that has no big trees around. They have a helicopter, a tank, and a few other military items for you to look at that is dedicated to the local vets in the area.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

National Park Week April 17-25: By Jeanette

National Parks are waiving entrance fees the week of the 17th so go out and enjoy the great outdoors in Kentucky!

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
Big South Fork
Cumberland Gap
Mammoth Cave
Trail of Tears

I’ve only been to Mammoth Cave (see previous review) but hope to check these other parks out soon.

Review of Seneca Park: By Stephanie

Seneca Park is a really popular place and has a lot to offer.  They have a nice playground with plenty of swings and 2 play sets to suit kids of different ages.  The playground is right next to the restrooms, so that is convenient!  The ground is covered in mulch and there is parking right next to it.  There are also tennis courts, ball fields, basketball courts and volleyball courts.  Many people were walking and running the trail that runs around the park and according to their website, it is 1.2  miles.   And, if you are looking for a longer path, there is a 3.1 mile cross country path. I cannot speak about this from experience because I run 3.1 miles around the playground chasing my kids, not on the path!  And, there is golf, for some kid free fun....if golfing is what you consider fun :) 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Kids Eat Free: April at IHOP


These days going out to dinner as a family can be expensive, and with overscheduled lives, family dinner time has dwindled, causing many families to opt for quick meals at home or on the go.  For the entire month of April, families can break out of their routine without breaking the bank by heading to IHOP for its national ‘Kids Eat Free’ dinner promotion.  
Kids Eat Free EVERYDAY from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Promotions runs from April 1 – April 30.   Families who dine in at IHOP will receive one free Kid’s Meal with each adult entrĂ©e purchase. For more information please visit www.iHOP.com

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Review of Hounz Lane Park: By Stephanie

Hounz Lane Park is off of Hurstbourne Parkway across from Tom Sawyer Park.  It is a very small park with a lot to offer!  It is our new "go to" park!  There is plenty of grassy area to run and play or fly a kite.  We have picnicked there too. There is a picnic shelter with tables, plenty of room for a couple of families. There are also several picnic tables spread out around the park.   There are grills for you to use if you bring some charcoal and supplies.  There is one port-a-potty. 

For sports, there are tennis courts and a multi-purpose field that has lacrosse nets and a backstop for baseball or softball. 

There is a small but very nice playground that gets good shade in the afternoon.  An added bonus for the hot days ahead!  There are swings, regular and baby swings, these do not get shade.  The ground at the playground is covered in wood mulch and there are some rubber padded areas.  It is also nice that they have benches close to the playground for parents. 

There is a small stream that runs through the park and a short path that runs along it with a bridge to cross over. Although I did not fish the stream, both times that I was there, I saw kids and their families with some equipment for fishing.  I don't know what's in the stream or whether or not they even caught anything!