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Thursday, September 30, 2010

WIN FREE YO GABBA GABBA Live! Tickets for Louisville Palace

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED
THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SATURDAY

This is your chance to win tickets to YO GABBA GABBA! Live at the Louisville Palace on Monday, October 11 at 5pm.  The tickets are row U, seats 5 and 6.  You will also get a FREE offical Yo Gabba Gabba CD called "Music is AWESOME......Volume 2"
Since the show is soon, I cannot mail the tickets so the winner must be able to meet me (Stephanie) in the Middletown/Springhurst or Summit area on Sunday at 3:45pm or Monday in Lyndon/St. Matthews at 9:30am. 

Here's how to win:

Email us the answer to the following question at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com
and/or post your answer in a comment on our ALL CAPS facebook status. If you do both, you will be entered twice!  The contest ends Friday October 1st at 9pm.  The winner will be chosed at random.

The Question is:  "Who is your child's favorite Yo Gabba Gabba! character?"

Good luck!

YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! NORTH AMERICAN TOUR



WILL STOP IN LOUISVILLE ON MONDAY,OCTOBER 11, 2010


1PM &; 5PM FOR SINGING &; DANCING


AND TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AFFILIATE


$1 From Every Ticket Sold To Benefit Habitat for Humanity Affiliate in Louisville.


Louisville, KY -- Fresh off a triumphant sold-out tour debut, a headlining performance at The White House, a critically-acclaimed, chart-topping album, and an appearance at Coachella that garnered rave reviews from spectators and media alike, DJ Lance Rock and the cast of YO GABBA GABBA! are heading back on the road with YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! to play to enthusiastic fans in Louisville. Today’s hottest live show for families will be at the Louisville Palace on October 11, 2010 at 1pm & 5pm. YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! is produced by S2BN Entertainment in association with Wildbrain Entertainment and The Magic Store and promoted by Live Nation.


Champions on the stage and in the community, the Gabba Gang will partner with Habitat for Humanity to further their homebuilding efforts in Louisville. In addition, $1 from every ticket sold for YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! in Louisville will be donated to the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.


Pre-sale tickets are available to American Express Cardmembers starting Thursday, May 20. The public on-sale will begin FRIDAY, JUNE 4 AT NOON. A special GabbaTix pre-sale offer for members of the Gabba community will begin on Wednesday, May 26 at 10 a.m. VIP packages with premium tickets and meet and greets will also be available. For complete tour, ticket information and VIP packages, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com. Children under one year of age will be admitted free to sit on a parent’s lap.


YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY


LOUISVILLE, KY at THE LOUISVILLE PALACE


MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, at 1PM &; 5PM


The state-of-the-art production features music, singing, dancing and animation. The show is an interactive experience that offers audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life. Joining the characters on stage will be hip-hop legend Biz Markie to teach kids how to beat box with “Biz’s Beat of the Day”. Special guests will join the party on stage for the Super Music Friends Show and Dancey Dance segments.


Released in October, 2009, YO GABBA GABBA!: MUSIC IS AWESOME Volume 1 topped kids and overall music charts at iTunes (#1 kids album), Amazon (top 5 kids album) and Target sales, which reached more than 40,000 copies in only 6 months since its release. YO GABBA GABBA!: MUSIC IS AWESOME was picked as one of 2009’s top holiday gifts for toddlers by both PARENTS magazine and the popular Mom web destination MomLogic.com. YO GABBA GABBA!: MUSIC IS AWESOME Volume 2 will be released on iTunes and will hit shelves nationwide this September.

Louisville Family Fun Calendar of Events and more...

As posted on the side bar we do our best to keep our calendar accurate. If an activity occurs weekly or monthly we tend to just have it repeated throughout the year so if the event falls on a holiday always check the website. Please check with these locations first if you have any questions, especially on holidays.  Also we are not informed if events get canceled so again check the website of the event before going if possible or if you hear of a cancelation or change let us know to update our calendar! Thanks for your help and cooperation!

Also, we referenced being able to give away Yo Gabba Gabba tickets.  We are still looking into this.  We were promised 2 tickets but we have not gotten them in the mail and we will let you know what we know when we know it!

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Best Family Events and Activities in Louisville during October! By: Jeanette

Louisville Family Fun October Picks that are free or cheap!


Plan your October weekends with us! Our top picks for October for $5/family and under:

Oct. 2-4
St. James Court Art Show: Voted best art show in the nation by the trade journal Sunshine Artist in 2003, 2004, and 2006.

Harvest Homecoming: One of the largest festivals in Indiana.

Oct. 9-11

Friday, October 8: Caufield’s Halloween Parade: All are welcome to walk in the parade! Registration preferred.

16th Annual Belknap Festival: Arts and Crafts and Family Fun

Sunday, October 11: Great Louisville Fire Drill: An afternoon of educational/fun fire safety activities (children's games, fire truck rides, fire safety trailer). Live entertainment, free hot dogs and firehouse chili.

Oct. 16-18

Colorfest: Enjoy fun for the whole family. Plenty of food, music, pumpkin painting, hay rides, crafts, Kentucky craft artist, discovery stations and much more at Bernheim Forest!

Louisville Zoo “World’s Largest Halloween Party”  One of the free weekends for zoo members

Oct. 23-25

OctoberFest at Boyd’s Orchards  Details on their website and Stephanie is heading there this weekend, so be sure to read the review!

Oct. 30-31

Jack-o-Lantern Stroll at Bellermine: Bring the kids dress up and trick or treat among the jack-o-lanterns.


Boo Dell: Yew Dell Gardens is offering a fright-free trick-or-treating event: Mr. Magic, Jack-o-lantern contests and more
And for all things Halloween in Louisville check out Louisville Halloween. It has a list of Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes, Danger Run, Haunted Theater, and more!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Review of Louisville's Baby Loves Disco By: Stephanie

Baby Loves Disco was the most fun my kids had in a long time, and we know how to have some fun!  My son was so sweaty (in a good way) and my daughter probably had sore cheeks from smiling and lauging.  When we got there, they just ran into the big room and headed for the inflatables.  My son jumped for a long time but my daughter stopped for a moment and thought, huh, what's that I hear?  MUSIC! She proceeded to run circles around the dance floor countless times.  The DJs were dressed in their cool disco attire and had games like hula hoop contests, freeze dance and the limbo! 

We took breaks from bouncing and dancing to play in the baby area, make sock puppets, get some tattoos and have a snack break.  Oh, and let's not forget....we popped a ton of bubbles.  The highlight of the evening was the face painting. My son was transformed into a roaring tiger and my daughter was made into a cute little kitty. 





KaZoing did a wonderful thing in hosting this event since it was a fundraiser! We had such a wonderful time and can't wait to go back for a similar event or just an open play sometime soon.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

WIN Tickets to Baby Loves Disco!

Congrats to our winner...Andrea Loveless!!
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The first person to email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com with the answer to this question will win a family pack of tickets (2 adult, 2 children) for Baby Loves Disco on Friday night at Kazoing.

Where in Louisville is Kazoing located?

LAST CHANCE TO WIN BABY LOVES DISCO TICKETS!!

We will have a FAST contest for a FAMILY 4 PACK OF TICKETS to the Baby Loves Disco held on Sept. 24th at KaZoing! You can read more about it here



At around 9pm, I will post a question and the first person to email the answer to us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com will win this prize! A $30 value!

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen Coupon

For a limited time!  COUPON

Discounts on Apple Pie Slices!

Museum Day in Louisville (Sept. 25, 2010)

Smithsonian Magazine is sponsoring a National Museum Day where you can get in free to a participating museum by submitting your request online. They will e-mail you your ticket once you have selected the museum. Some nearby museums that are participating:


Carnegie Center for Art and History

Howard Steamboat Museum and Mansion

Frazier International History Museum

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory

Monday, September 20, 2010

Surprise! TWO Winners!

Thanks to everyone for emailing, posting on facebook and leaving comments here.  We will give away TWO family packs because the winner of last week's contest emailed and us to let us know she can no longer go.  The TWO LUCKY WINNERS are KENDRA HENRY and SARAH STRANGEThey wil family packs of tickets to BABY LOVES DISCO at KAZOING!

Blackacre Conservancy Preserve in Louisville By: Jeanette

The kids and I ventured over to Blackacre Conservancy this past weekend. Fortunately it was free. I think I had my expectations too high. It took me longer to find it because I was expecting an easier to spot sign off of Tucker Station road. However we did find it and drove back on the gravel driveway. I had a hard time trying to follow the signs on where to park. I ended up parking next to the few others cars there in a pasture. We missed the animal feedings this morning, but we still saw 2 goats and 2 horses in the pasture. We checked out the old barn and the smokehouse. Several of the buildings were marked private. We walked over to the nature center only to find it locked up as well. I was hoping to run into someone or find trail descriptions about whether a jogging stroller would be able to go on any of the trails. Unfortunately I did not see anyone around to get help and the informational kiosks did not help me out either.


On a nice note, there were chairs and tents set up for a wedding later in the afternoon. The preserve looks like it would be a great outdoor setting for a wedding.

I think I might return again when I can have another adult with me with the kids to check out the trails and hopefully the nature center would be open. I like the location of it being so close (a short drive down Taylorsville Road from Veteran’s Park). It might also be fun to come when they have re-enactors there (Sundays 1-5), but am not for sure about paying for it though.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

CONTEST!! Baby Loves Disco TICKETS!!

Do you want to go to Baby Loves Disco on the 24th at KaZoing?

Three ways to enter:

  • Click the comments button at the bottom of this post and leave a comment on this blog telling us what your favorite thing is about our blog!!  (you can't be anonymous, we won't know who you are!!)
  • Post a comment on our facebook page telling us what your favorite thing is about our blog!!
  • Email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com telling us what your favorite thing is about our blog!!


Want more chances to win??? Do all three and you will be entered 3 times!!

The contest ends at 5pm on Monday and the winner will be posted on this blog and on our facebook page. The winner gets admission for 2 adults and 2 children to Baby Loves Disco at KaZoing....a $30 value!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Baby Loves Disco Tickets!

THIS WEEKEND....We will give away a family pack of passes to Baby Loves Disco to be held at KaZoing on Sept 24th!  Keep your eye on the blog!

Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival 2010

Although there have been Gaslight Festival events going on for a few days, the three day fun-filled weekend starts tonight at 7pm.  There will be arts and crafts booths on Waterson Trail near Taylorsville Rd.  There will also be live music throughout the weekend.  The children's are will be open on Saturday and Sunday.  Check the website for times and locations!

The Gaslight Festival has had activities going on all week. What started as a small street fair has blossomed into 200,000 visitor/year festival. They have something for everyone. We were able to check it out for a little bit last year and walked around all the arts, crafts, and commercial booths and even saw ‘Elvis’ drive in for a concert. If you are not big on crowds earlier in the day is better. As evening approached  last year, more people came out. Parking is available in surrounding neighborhoods and some families opened up their yards for pay parking. Some of the highlights this year: Thursday - parade, Friday - balloon glow, Saturday – Karaoke finals, and on Sat-Sun there’s the arts and crafts booths, live entertainment and a children’s playground. Check out the website for additional information.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fun Family Activities to do this Fall in Louisville By: Jeanette

Looking for some fun ways to spend outdoors with the family? Try some of these out:


Picnicking: Pack your lunch and enjoy the fall colors at places such as Bernheim Forest , Cherokee Park , Iroquois Park or Joe Creason Park  that have scenic views.

Geocaching: Go on a treasure hunt by picking out some coordinates at a local park and plug them into your GPS.

Letterboxing: Try this other type of treasure hunting while enjoying and hiking in the outdoors.

Biking:  There are maps for Riverwalk Trails and Levee Trails online as well as map your own trail at this link. No bike? Rent one at Wheel Fun Rentals

Arts and Crafts: Disney’s Family Fun magazine is one of my favorites and also is a great website for ideas especially for outdoor fun in the fall: from sun catchers to autumn placemats to leafy labyrinth

Disney Store Free Shipping!

Halloween is what many families look forward to in the fall. If your little one loves Disney and they need a costume, you can get FREE SHIPPING now until the 21st on disneystore.com when you buy a costume!  Just use the promo code TREAT

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Who will be the fastest? BABY LOVES DISCO TICKETS CONTEST

This contest is over!  Jennifer Kavanagh is the winner!  Can we get a WOOT WOOT for Jennifer?!?!?!

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The first person to EMAIL us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com and tell us the correct answer to the following question will win a FAMILY PACK (2 adults, 2 children) of tickets to BABY LOVES DISCO at KaZoing!  September 24th at 5pm!

Besides dancing and music, what other fun things will kids be able to do at BABY LOVES DISCO? (You just email one thing)

2 HOUR WARNING!

At around 3pm (no exact time since I am a busy mommy and my kids dictate when I can do something!)  we will give away a FAMILY PACK of TICKETS TO BABY LOVES DISCO that will be held at KaZoing on Sept 24th from 5-8pm!  This is a $30 value!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest By: Jeanette

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a great place that connects people of all ages with nature. We spent a day there this past weekend to check it out and still did not get everything explored. It costs only $5/carload on weekends and holidays or otherwise is free. We started at the Visitor Center - a site to see in itself having been built from recycled wood and has a living, green roof. The staff there was super friendly in providing a trail map and giving suggestions for what to see and do with two little ones in tow.
We headed off to the Tree Canopy. This is a very short hike (stroller friendly) that goes out 75ft above the forest floor. It was great view and I imagine even better once the leaves start changing. We also checked out the children’s play garden. It was an ‘old school’ playground made from wood with some slides, monkey bars, and swings. It also had a few unique features such as a rock garden, xylophone, and smell maze. Outhouses, picnic tables were around this area too. We then head to Lake Nevin as suggested by the staff because they were getting ready for a Connect event. We hiked the gravel trail around the lake. They had birdhouses of all styles up for the event. It was fun having our oldest son spot them out along the trail. We did a few more hikes in the area and tried our hand at Letterboxing but were unsuccessful at our first attempt, but fun nonetheless.


We had a great time and look forward to going back and exploring some more, but recommend taking a first aid kit with bee sting care in it. There were numerous bees and both my husband and I got stung. Fortunately the kids were safe.

Bernheim has a variety of events for all ages. Check out its program and events tab on its website for additional details. Next time we hope to check out the Education Center and maybe attend Polywog Play Party or the Scarecrow Jubilee.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Someone will have a great birthday at Locker Soccer!!

And....it will be TISHA MONDY'S CHILD! Tisha told us that her and her family look forward to football the most!  She wins a LOCKER SOCCER BIRTHDAY PARTY!! This is a $150 value!  What a lucky kiddo she has......and his friends too :)

Thanks to everyone for entering the contest!  Next, we will give away another family pack of tickets to Baby Loves Disco at KaZoing, so keep your eye on the blog!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Middletown Family Fun Festival By: Stephanie

Tonight my husband and I headed to the Middletown Family Fun Festival in the heart of Middletown after dinner. It was a really fun evening!  The weather was nice even though it was cloudy but there was still plently of families out and about at the festival.  We parked at a nearby church and it was only a short walk to the park area.  In the park they have many vendors who are basically advertising their services but they are giving out little trinkets to the kids or they have games for them to play.  My kids got some yummy free popcorn and some balloons, so my little ones were thrilled.  They have 4 inflatables. One is geared toward preschool age, the other elementary. Then, there is a slide and a bouncy basketball game. They had staff monitoring all of the kids and keeping the numbers low on how many were in there.   All of the kids enjoyed the bouncing around!  As you go west a bit down the road, they have some food vendors serving your standard festival fare and in a large parking lot, they have a stage set up for live music. I wish I would have realized that earlier in the evening because my kids really enjoyed dancing to the music and we did that too late! 

If you are looking for something to do tomorrow, head on over. It is very casual so you can go for as little as half an hour or you can spend 2 hours there.  And, since it's free.....what have you got to lose?

ReBump Maternity Resale in Louisville

A local mother, Jenny Hunter,  is trying to save some pregnant mommies-to-be some cash (so they can save it for diapers!) It's always fun to save money so you can budget for all of the fun events that we tell you about!  You can check out her site by clicking here

Here is what she has to say: 

Hi! I am a SAHM of 3 active boys ages 5, 3, and 1. I attended high school at Eastern High School and went to college at Purdue in Indiana where I met my husband. After graduating college my husband and I moved around to Texas, Oklahoma, back to Texas and then decided to come back home to be closer to family (and babysitting!).


The main reason I have started my business is because I always got frustrated when pregnant and trying to buy clothing. I hated having to spend lots of money on clothes that I was only going to wear a few months, at the most. At that time I wished there was a place that only sold gently used maternity wear. That is when I had the idea to try it myself.
The past few weeks I have been purchasing inventory, tagging the items, building clothing racks, and getting everything organized. I am trying to get everything sorted so it will be easy to browse. All the clothing is sorted by size and type of clothing. It is in the detached garage at my house so weather is not an issue.


Our Grand Opening is this Saturday, September 11th, from 8-10:30am. Or if you would rather come at a different time, contact me and we can find a time that works better.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

WIN a family four pack of tickets to BABY LOVES DISCO

OH MY, Jenny can't go so.....Jennifer Nash is the winner!! Second place takes the prize this time.....but still a Jennifer LOL!
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CONTEST HAS ENDED!
THE WINNER IS JENNY MCKIM!!

Thanks for ALLLL of the emails, wow...that was a lot!  Stay tuned, we still have THREE more family packs to give away!

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Sorry this was supposed to be an hour ago but blogger was giving me issues and then it was nappy time, so I had to be offline for a little. 

The FIRST person to email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com with the correct answer to this question will win 4 TICKETS to BABY LOVES DISCO at KAZOING! on Sept 24th from 5-8pm.  This is a $30 value (2 adults, 2 walking kids)

WHAT CHARITY WILL GET ALL OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT?

TWO HOUR WARNING!

We will have a FAST contest for a FAMILY 4 PACK OF TICKETS to the Baby Loves Disco held on Sept. 24th at KaZoing!  You can read more about it below.....

In 2 HOURS, I will post a question and the first person to email the answer to us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com will win this prize! A $30 value!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Locker Soccer Contest!

Let's celebrate having 200 "likes" on facebook by giving some lucky kids a party!!  Just comment on this evening's ALL CAPS facebook status answer the question or email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com if you would like to be entered into a drawing for a FREE LOCKER SOCCER BIRTHDAY PARTY!  This is a $150 value people! WOW!!

The question is: "What sporting event does your family look forward to every year?"

The contest will end Saturday at noon and the winner will be posted on this site!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

KaZoing Party & Play to hold Baby Loves Disco Fundraiser!

We love KaZoing for being a great place for kids to have fun, be creative, celebrate and expend all of their energy! But, even more, we love KaZoing for being a caring, family run business.  On September 24th, they will be host to the Baby Loves Disco Lemonade Tour to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand.  KaZoing is donating all of their space and staff to host this fundraiser which means 100% of the ticket sales/proceeds to to this fantastic cause.  There will be music, dancing and fun activities for kids and parents alike.  It will be from 5-8pm and is sure to be FANTASTIC!

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids walking and up.  Remember, your money goes to an important cause and it allows you to see your little ones get down and boogie!

We will also be giving away FOUR family packs of tickets (2 adults, 2 children....$30 value!!)  Keep an eye out on the blog for the start of the contests!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Bruster's for Bloggers is TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is your chance to go to Bruster's Ice Cream on Lyndon Lane and get a great deal just because you follow our blog!  Just tell them you heard about the deal on the Louisville Family Fun blog and you get BUY ONE GET ONE FREE for any ice cream treat! This does not include pies or cakes, just cones, scoops, candy blends, shakes etc.  It is really yummy ice cream! Maybe it's your child's first day of preschool and you would like to celebrate a successful first day.....maybe it's someone's birthday....or maybe you just love ice cream! Go and get some!

Last time, a mom went and the scooper didn't know about the deal.  I have reminded the owner and hopefully they will remind the staff.  If you just remind them about the deal, they will remember!  If not, please make sure to let us know!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Bruster's Ice Cream Coupons

Click here for the latest coupons and head to Bruster's Ice Cream on Lyndon Lane for a sweet treat!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Labor Day Weekend WorldFest in Louisville By: Jeanette

If you are sticking around the Louisville area this holiday weekend, I recommend checking out the free event, WorldFest. We attended last year and had a great time! The highlight for us was trying out a huge variety of food while listening to music. It is hosted at the Belvedere. The Worldfest is a chance to celebrate the different cultures in Louisville. There is a parade of cultures that will be held on Saturday at noon. Other activities include 4 stages with music and dancing, and opportunities to purchase some crafts and cuisines of the various cultures. The festival will have some children’s events such as storytimes, face painting, and LMPD display. Checkout the website for times for children’s events and what will be on the 4 stages while you are there.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Touch a Truck in Clarksville By: Jeanette

We took a short drive north from Louisville this weekend to Touch-A-Truck in Clarksville, IN. The Clarksville Parks and Rec hosted this free event. It was a great experience for our family.


We arrived shortly after it started at 10am. We had a few waits in line to sit in a truck, but no more than 2 were ever in front of us. There was a huge variety of cars and trucks: UPS semi-truck, school bus, fire trucks, dump trucks, tow truck, power parachute, tour bus, police car, golf cart, and armored personnel carrier to name a few. The vehicles were open so children could get up in them, explore, and of course, honk the horn. Many of the operators of the vehicles were nearby and kid friendly. A pancake breakfast and a yard sale were going on simultaneously. This event is definitely worth checking out again next year.

New Blog Feature

For those of you that like to plan ahead, we have added a page with an expanded monthly calendar.  You can find the link over to the right of the page toward the top. We hope this is just one more aspect of our blog that can help you enjoy family fun in Louisville!