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Friday, December 31, 2010

Review of Outside In Family Fun Center in Jeffersonville, IN By: Stephanie

I took a short drive across the river to Indiana to check out a family-run indoor activity center.  Without school, my kids are really needing to get out of the house!  Outside In is conventiently located on Hamburg Pike.  Heading north, take exit 5 off of I65, make a right on Veterans and a left at the light for Hamburg Pike. The place will be on your left.

It was $6 for each of my kids to play.  That includes the bouncy area and a downstairs toddler area for kids under 4.  They offer group rates: $4 per child that is part of a group of 12 or more (mornings only).  They also have a family special that includes lunch: 4 drinks, 1 pizza & 2 play passes for $20.  Additionally, you can purchase a punch card that brings each visit down to $5. Note, they have concessions and do not allow outside food or beverages.

We went into the bouncies first. They had 3 inflatable. I smaller slide, one basic bounce house and 1 large inflatable maze with a larger slide.  My kids enjoyed all three! Also on the main floor are rooms for birthday parties, video games, the concessions and eating area and bathrooms. 

After about 30 minutes of bouncing. We ventured downstairs to the toddler area.  This area, along with the rest of the establishment, was very clean and seemed really new or just refinished.  There is carpeting and the poles are padded.  There are 2 identical inflatables that are toddler size.  They also have several toys to play with including a ride on train track with 2 trains, teeter totters, inflatable/soft sports equipment, plastic picnic tables and other ride ons and toddler toys.  There is also a bathroom downstairs.  My kids played down there for at least an hour so that speaks to how much fun they were having!  The only issue I had, and not a big one at that, was that I am highly sensitive to smells and I think the inflatable must be new as I could smell a plastic-type odor that gave me a little headache.  Some people may not even notice this though, I am really sensitive to smells! And even if so, this "new inflatable" smell is not going to be around forever!

Before we left, we went upstairs for some more bouncing. During this time, I met and spoke with one of the owners, Angie.  She was very outgoing and helpful. She and her husband run this fun center and I love the idea that a family is in charge!  My son has asked several times today to go back to the place with the Spider Man bouncy and the logging trains :)

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As you can see from their website, they also offer party supply rentals. And, in the warmer months, they have miniature golf and pedal cars outside!  They are also on facebook and update their season hours or have specials posted on their page. They also have a Groupon for 1/1/11



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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Special Coupon Code for Heartland Music Together in Louisville

Heartland Music Together is an established music class in Louisville led by Miriam Klein.  We will be checking out some classes to give you an up-to-date review in the near future. But, in the meantime, she is graciously giving FIVE Louisville Family Fun readers the opportunity to save $15 on class tuition.  Just register online for a class and use the coupon code LouFamFun    This code will only work for the first five people to register and use it! Check out the class schedule and get singing with your child!  Classes start January 10th. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Events for your Family on New Year's Eve near Louisville By: Jeanette

New Year’s Eve Family Style in and around Louisville
There are several options to celebrate the New Year:

*****If you are wanting a kids free night ******

All about Kids Slumber Party
Join the fun at AAK this New Year's Eve! We will go swimming, play in Open Gym, have a pizza party, watch the ball drop at midnight and more!!!

New Year’s Eve Sleepover at SIGS. While you spend an evening out on the town, your child (ages 5 and up) can spend the night at SIGS having fun on BounceTime, swimming in the pool, and doing gymnastics! Kids will enjoy pizza and a midnight snack and of course TONS OF FUN!

*********New Year’s fun without staying up late*******

New Year’s Eve Dance Party at Main Library.  December 31 starting at 2pm. Join us for some New Year’s stories and make some noise for 2011! Ages 3-10

Noon Year’s Celebration at Louisville Science Center.  January 1-2, 2011.Say farewell to 2010 and our latest exhibit, Sesame Street Presents: The Body, as we ring in the new year. We’ll create party hats using a mathematician’stools, build noisemakers and discover how sound is created, dance to family-friendly music and engineer balloons for a noon-time balloon drop to ring in 2011. Plus, enjoy these activities to get you and your family jump started on a happy, healthy new year! Design your own lunch bag to fill with healthy foods for school, make your own growth chart to take home, and learn how your body works harder doing physical activity. Elmo will make a special appearance (to welcome the New Year), so don’t forget your camera!

Annual New year's Eve and Day Pajama Party at Lynn’s Paradise CafĂ©   Dec 31, 2010 - Jan 1, 2011  Entertainment & fun both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Celebrate in your PJ's all day long for two days!!! Everyone in the Pajamas will receive a "special" gift!!!

*********New Year’s FUN Late Night*******

Incredible Daves:  Family New Year’s Eve Bash with DJ and Balloon Drop at Midnight.

*********New Year’s FUN Nearby*******

Countdown to Noon at Indianapolis Children’s Museum  Dec. 31, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

This event lets children and families participate in the excitement of a countdown to the New Year at a reasonable hour. Enjoy activities that include music, dancing, art, and special guests from the Land of Oz.

New Year’s Eve Celebration in Lexington at the Explorium
Join the Explorium in ringing in 2011 at a kid-friendly New Year's Eve Celebration. Children can cheer and celebrate as the ball (balloons) drop at 12 noon. Other highlights include ginger-ale toasts, crafts, and music. The event begins at 10 a.m. on December 31.

*********Stay-at-Home Fun*******

DVR the Ball dropping to watch with the kids at noon on Jan. 1

Watch some New Year’s themed Movies with food and drinks such as: When Harry Met Sally, About a Boy, Bridget Jones’s Diary, or Happy New Year, Charlie Brown

Have Fun Cooking with Kids: Mini Pizza Recipe By: Stephanie

My kids love to cook with me and I try to find simple recipes that can get them involved.  For younger kids, you need recipes that don't involve a lot of chopping or raw meats.  This recipe is just perfect for little helpers.  We make mini pizzas all of the time.  It's much more fun to make these together than to drag them out to pick up a pizza or just pop one in the oven from the freezer!

Start with a tube of refrigerated biscuits.  The brand doesn't matter, but it works best if you get the flaky/layered type.  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spray/grease a cookie sheet.

The kids LOVE to separate the biscuits.  That's the crust.  Just let them split the layers and make two crusts from one biscuit. Then, with their hands, they can flatten out the biscuit slightly.  Lay them down on the greased pan.

Prior to getting them over to help, prepare little bowls of toppings and sauce.  This way, all of the chopping is finished and they are ready to go. Kids don't like to have to wait for you to cut or run to get the ingredients.  It's a more pleasurable time together if it's all set out.

Then, each child gets a spoon and sauce and drops a little sauce on the biscuit and spreads it out with the back of the spoon.  After they are all topped, let the kids sprinkle on cheese and toppings!  And, let the pizzas be imperfect. If some gets on the pan or one has too much cheese and another not enough, so be it.  This activity and recipe will not produce a culinary masterpiece. It's about getting the kids involved and having fun while you cook!

Bake the pizzas until everything has melted and the crusts have puffed up and are golden around the edges.

Get creative!  We make BBQ Chicken pizzas used chopped up cooked chicken, BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese. You can make a Hawaiian pizza with BBQ sauce, ham, pineapple and cheddar cheese.  Let your kids decide!

Children, no matter the age, are eager to help and proud of their creations. It makes them more willing to eat the food if they actually made it! So, instead of trying to find ways to occupy them while you run to the kitchen to cook dinner, bring them in there with you and give them a spoon!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Things to Do in Louisville In January 2011 By: Jeanette

Louisville Family Fun January 2011:  We hope one of your new resolutions is to let us help you and your family find family fun in the Louisville area and to pass LFF on to your friends. We want you to spend more time having fun and less time searching for it!

Highlights for January

January 1-2
Annual New Year's Eve and Day Pajama Party at Lynn's Paradise Cafe
Entertainment & fun both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Celebrate in your PJ's all day long for two days!!! Everyone in the Pajamas will receive a "special" gift!

Noon Year Celebration at Louisville Science Center
Say farewell to 2010 and our latest exhibit, Sesame Street Presents: The Body, as we ring in the New Year. We’ll create party hats using a mathematician’s tools, build noisemakers and discover how sound is created, dance to family-friendly music and engineer balloons for a noon-time balloon drop to ring in 2011. Elmo will make a special appearance (to welcome the new year), so don’t forget your camera!
January 7-9
First Friday Trolley Hop

A Birthday Celebration for Mary Ingalls at APH for the Blind.
Come to the Museum to explore the sounds and smells, the textures and tastes, of Mary's world. Sing along with some of Pa's fiddle tunes, weave a beaded bracelet (the same as those Mary made for her sisters), and have some birthday cake made from Ma's recipe. Come in costume and participate in our Ingalls Family Look-Alike Contest. Free to the public, but registration is required. Call 899-2213 to register. For all ages.

SECOND SATURDAY Family Day, “Toy Story” at Frazier History Museum
Woody, Jessie and Buzz… what could be more fun? Join the Kids Club on their site for FREE!

January 11

Meet Kirsten: An American Girl Ages 6 and up; sign-up required.

January 14-16

Telescope Workshop: Using at the Planetarium. Workshop to learn how to use that new telescope you got over the holidays...or the one that's been in the back of your closet from previous holiday gift exchanges! Then stay for the 8 pm seasonal Skies Over Louisville to learn all the constellations you can spot in the winter night sky and get a free sky map to take home.

ECO Kids at Bernheim. Kids and their families will compare (naked!) tree structures through the On-Your-Own Challenge, available in the Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Discovery Stations are available at the Visitor Center from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

January 21-23

Madcap Puppet Theatre Presents Peter and the Wolf at the Speed Musuem

Messy Afternoons at Louisville Science

January 28-30

F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop

Earth Day Everyday at Newburg Library.  Recycle magazines and newspapers into fabulous beads, then string them together for a necklace or book dangle. Ages 8-12.

Be sure and check the Louisville Free Public Library website for storytimes and more fun activities at the Library. Not all of them are listed on our calendar!


Check out the websites for additional information for dates, times, and pricing. For additional family friendly activities see the above calendar.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Review of Gigi's Cupcakes in Louisville By: Stephanie

 Last week while running around town, I stopped in to Gigi's Cupcakes in Louisville to pick up a treat for the kids. Thanks to the coupon that I got at a Louisville Mommies event, we were able to buy one and get one free!

The cupcakes run $3 a piece and are discounted if you buy a dozen.  Gigi's is located on S. Hurstbourne past Sam Swope but before Taylorsville Rd.  It's a pretty penny for just a cupcake, but I can say, it's not JUST a cupcake. This is a decadent dessert!  There is something for everyone. They vary their menu daily but have a long list of options to drool over online.  There is no need to pay full price anyway; they always post specials on their facebook page

These cupcakes were ENORMOUS, as you can see by the picture.  I suggest eating it with a fork as there is no way you can get your mouth around this one from top to bottom.  If you are not a fan of icing, it might not be the cupcake for you. I, however, love icing and their icing is fantastic. I expected it to be very heavy because the pile of it sat so sturdy on top of the cake but it was surprisingly fluffy. I can't say it was light, but it was not overwhelming....just right in the middle!  The cupcakes were great too. They were moist, but not too crumbly. 

My kids are young. They loved the experience of entering the shop and saying their oooooo's and aaaaaahhhh's over the varieties. They were stunned by the size of them.  They wanted to eat at the shop but I took the cupcakes home because there is only a window counter with stools to eat at and with two little ones, that might have been hard to handle.

These cupcakes are definitely a treat. My kids really enjoyed eating them because they knew it was something special.  I really wish they had mini-cupcakes! My kids didn't come anywhere near finishing theirs and I think I would be more inclined to frequent their location if I knew their was a cupcake more appropriate for their size and appetite. 
If you haven't been to Gigi's, try it out!  And, if you are having a special event, this is a fun alternative to a cake and will surely get the same reaction out of your guests as it did from my kids!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Louisville Family Fun Things to Do December 24-26 Weekend

CHRISTMAS WEEKEND!!


We hope you have a great weekend planned with family and friends. If you have some free morning or afternoons, maybe you’ll want to check out one of the many local museums as suggested below too.

Santa Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop – FREE

Toyland Christmas Lights Display  – a fundraiser for Home of the Innocents...scroll down to read Stephanie's review from last night.

Lights Under Louisville 

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
It has a special exhibit, Merry Christmas Charlie Brown until January 2, 2011 that has hands on arts and crafts and continuous play of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Frazier History Museum has Holiday around the World exhibit along with Toy Story Presents the Good, The Bad, and the Cuddly.

Louisville Science Museum has Light before Christmas playing at the IMAX (Note this museum is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas)


With the holiday falling on a Saturday double check with the websites to see if they are open on Christmas Eve and on Sunday.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Best Christmas Lights in Louisville! Review of Toyland Christmas Display By: Stephanie

Looking for more Louisville holiday events? Click here for 2016 info.

Click here for Lights Under Louisville discounts. 
This review is not from this year and some of the Toyland experience may have changed. However, according to their website, they are still up and running seven nights a week!

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 Being that it's the holiday season......instead of my usual Wednesday night drive to the Okolona area of Louisville to teach a college course, I took my son to see the Toyland Christmas lights display.  We took the Gene Snyder to the Smyrna exit, continued to Outer Loop where we made a left. Then, we made a right on Shepardsville and a left on Mile of Sunshine and came upon the house of lights on the left.

We pulled into the little circle that the house is on and parked. Some people just drive by but even in the cold, it was better to get out and walk around to see everything.  The lights are set to music and video. In the middle of the yard,  there is a huge wreath with a screen in the middle. On this screen, Santa conducts the music and there are other videos played.  There is also video to tell you about the charity for which Toyland Christmas is collecting money, The Home of the Innocents.   Each year, they also have a main event with Pap Johns pizza and hot chocolate that is their huge fundraising night. We didn't make it this year, but I hope this post will put that into your mind to remember for next year! 

The front and side of the house is all decorated with lights and blow up characters.  They also have a small cabin-like building in the driveway that is made to be Santa's workshop.  We peaked in the window to see the fireplace going, tree lit, toys moving and even a train zipping around the top of the room. My son oogled at the train and the man, who must live there, let James into Santa's toyshop. James sat in Santa's special chair and checked the place out; he thought he was quite important!  Around the side of the house, Mrs. Claus is in one window and a digital/tv Santa is in the other window and he even gives out a nice HO! HO! HO to everyone, walks around and fiddles with his candle. It's fun!

Even though this one house is the center of attention, there are many homes nearby that decorate with lots of lights. So, in general, this little neighborhood is a great place to take an evening drive to see some lights. Everyone on their circle is decorated quite a bit!

Now, there may be more elaborate light displays or something more spectacular. But, I think this has got to be the best since it's not just lights.....  It's about bringing my son there, seeing him dance to the music and smile at the lights and then stop by the donation box and drop in some money to help their cause.  When these people plug in those lights each night......it's for a bigger purpose and I commend them for their time and effort. 

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They have events every year.  Pictures with Santa, a special events weekend - such fun. They have raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity!


FREE Movie Night for the Holidays from Blockbuster Express!

Use the code thanku at a Blockbuster Express kiosk now through 12/24 at midnight for a FREE movie rental! There are some around town, just visit their SITE and find the one nearest to you!

You can use this more than once if you use a different credit card!

And, you must return it by 9pm the next day in order to avoid charges, so make sure you can do that...considering if you rent tomorrow, you need to return it on Christmas day!

Simple, Fun Christmas Activities to do at home By: Jeanette

As if you don’t have enough going on in the next few days, here are some fun activities to entertain the kids.

Decorate the……

We played this game last year and called it Decorate the Grandpa. Using some red and green crepe paper that I gave to my oldest son, nephew, and niece, we pretended Grandpa was Christmas tree and decorated him with the crepe paper. They walked around and around unraveling the paper and a couple of times caught each other in the wrapping. It was hysterical. They loved it.

Make Christmas Tree Cones

This is another easy project. Take a sugar cone and frost it with green icing. Place it upside-down and decorate with a variety of candies and tadaaaa you are done with a fun edible treat!




                                             Picture from: The Hungry Housewife Blog

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Make a Foam Winter Mitten Wreath By: Stephanie

Here's a craft that's a little more involved that you can do with your children during the winter. You can make it geared toward the holidays or just simply make it winter themed. A foam mitten wreath!

Have the kids trace the outside of their hands in the shape on mittens on foam sheets. They can do their fingers if they are a littel older and better at cutting.  Or, you can buy pre-shaped foam (like ours).  Choose colors that fit your theme. We did a general winter theme, but you can easily make one that's red and green or shades of blue with white for Hannukah. 

Then, give them kids foam stickers to decorate the mittens. Or, cut out various shapes from the leftover foam after cutting out the mittens and they can glue those to the mittens.  You can add glitter, jewels, beads....anything really! But, the heavier it is, the more secure you need to make the hanging feature and mine might not work for you.

Cut out small rectangles of different colors that will fit the bottom of the mittens like cuffs.

Glue the bottom corners of the mittens and a bit of the sides to each other to form a circle. Alternate the mittens when gluing.....under, over, under etc.  Let the wreath dry.  Use a large foam sticker to adhere a small piece of ribbon to the back on one of the mittens to form a loop for hanging!

Hopefully, this craft ideas gives you some ideas of your own to adapt it and make a cute decoration!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

WINNER! $40 to be used at Regalo Gifts

The winner is Annette S.  She told us that she has a few Christmas traditions but the one we liked best was about her advent calendar.  She has family activities to go with the Christmas story. For example, she said that to go along with when Mary rides the donkey to Bethlehem, she gives her kids piggy back or "donkey back" rides.

What a creative mommy!

She wins a $40 to use at Regalo Gifts!

Review of Open Gym & Swim at All About Kids By: Stephanie

I often take my kids to the PreSchool Open Gym at All About Kids during the week in the mornings, but I have been wanting to try their Open Gym & Swim.  Why not break up the hibernation during these freezing winter months by heading to swim!  I don't have a good picture to share since it was quite humid in the room with the pool :(

The Open Gym & Swim started at 7pm and we got their right before 7.  To our surprise, there was a snake of a line. I couldn't believe how many people there were!  I occupied the kids while my husband waited in line. After 20 minutes, I knew he was close to the front so I got the kids dressed for the pool. They have changing rooms right outside of the pool entrance. 

Finally, we were in.  I asked the life guard if this was a typical crowd and he assured me that it was not. He said he had never seen people having to wait that long, so don't let my long wait deter you.  My kids had a blast!  They haven't been swimming in months and I think they would have stayed there for hours and hours.  They have a few items for the kids to play with but the big hit for my son was the slide into the pool. I lost count of how many times he got out of the pool to go for a slide.

There is a locker room for men and women that you can enter from the pool.  We got changed at about 8:15, giving us until 9pm for my kids to go to the gym to get in some bouncing and climbing.  For those who have never been there, All About Kids has a huge indoor gym full of trampolines, bars to climb, balance beams, foam pits and more. They even have a preschool area with a bouncy house, inflatable slide and such.

Parents can play with their kids or they can watch from above since it has a large open balcony.  I would encourage parents to stay with their kids as it gets very busy and with all of the jumping and running, I think it's helpful to have parents nearby. 

The cost of the Open Gym & Swim is $6 members, $8 guests and they have it on Fridays and Saturdays from 7-9pm as well as Sundays from 2-4pm. I had 2 passes to try it out from Louisville Mommies but I will take my kids back again some time!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tissue Paper Plate Wreath Craft By: Stephanie

This craft could not be simpler. All you need is a paper plate, tissue paper, glue and a bow!  Just cut a circle out of the center of the plate. The kids can cut up the green tissue paper into little squares or any scrap shapes.  Then, they glue those pieces onto the plate. To decorate the wreath, they can rip off pieces of red tissue paper and ball them up. Glue those all over the green to make decorative berries.  Adorn the wreath with a wrapping bow!  It's a great craft that doesn't take a lot of time and who doesn't have wrapping supplies around during this time of year?!

Indoor Ice Skating Locations in Louisville By:Stephanie

First, I want to wish my website a HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY! LFF has been writing about fun events and things to do in the Louisville area for exactly 1 year and we have enjoyed providing this service! We hope you have been able to use our site to make wonderful memories with your family!

On to the article......

Ice Skating is a wonderful family activity, especially for this week before Christmas when school is out!

There are two locations for ice skating in the Louisville area. 

Alpine Ice Arena is a family owned and run complex with a wide open schedule for free skating.  They are open for skating from 11am-2pm Monday through Friday.  On Saturdays, they are open suring the day from 1-5pm and on Sunday from 2-6pm with FREE lessons at 4pm on Sundays!  How about going on a "family date night" on a Friday or Saturday night?  They are open of Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm-midnight for skating and snacking!  Skating is $6 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6 and under. Skate rental is $3.  There are coupons on their website!  If you are a U of L fan, their hockey team uses this arena that is located on Gardiner Lane, just off Bardstown Road! Be sure to check out their special holiday skating hours.

Iceland Sports Complex is located on UPS drive in Anchorage near Hurstbourne Pkwy.  They are also open for public skating but have a more limited schedule.  They are open on Mondays and Fridays during the day from 11am-2pm and on the weekends during the day on Saturday from 11am-2pm and Sunday from 1-4pm.  You could also enjoy a family night out at Iceland on Fridays or Saturdays from 7-10pm.  Skating is $6 and skate rentals are $2 ($3 for hockey skates).  Iceland Sports Complex is open year-round, so you can even cool off in the summer by taking a spin on the rink!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

WINNER! Bruster's Ice Cream Cake! Photo Contest Winner!

And, the winner by a landslide is #2 submitted by Amy C!  I have to admit, this photo did give me quite the chuckle as I could totally see this same thing happening at my house!


Here's to hoping that the wonderful Ice Cream Cake from Bruster's Ice Cream will turn these frowns upside down!

Homemade Holiday Picture Frame Craft By: Stephanie

Don't forget to vote in our Holiday Photo Contest!

And, click on the "Enter to Win" button on the right to enter our latest contest!

I love giving homemade gifts from the kids to their grandparents or our other family members.  This year, I had a really cute picture of them printed up and headed to Michael's (with my coupons of course!) and got supplies for them to make frames for these pictures.

I chose a square wooden frame, 2 small bottles of acrylic paints and holiday foam stickers knowing I already had other supplies at home.

I covered my table with our crafting vinyl table cloth, got out the painting supplies and smocks and helped the kids through the craft.  Of course, if your kids are older, they can be left alone to decorate more so than my 2 and 3 year old. First, they painted the fronts of all of the frames in one color and then I gave them another color to paint the back and edges. I kept the colors separate because I didn't want them to blend the colors to make a mushy brown!

Then, we got out some glitter glue and smeared that all over the frames with our fingers to add a sparkle sheen.  Finally, I gave them some really nice glittered foam stickers to decorate the frames. After tehy finished, I took the frames outside and sprayed on a clear coat of paint to seal the frames and make them glossy. I cut a picture to fit and viola! a cute gift! 

My kids had a lot of fun with this because of all of the elements involved from painting, to glitter glue to stickers!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winter Wonderland Christmas at Bass Pro Shops By: Stephanie


Vote in our Holiday Photo Contest!
This morning, my husband and I got the kids dressed in their holiday attire and headed across the Ohio to Indiana to visit Bass Pro Shops in Clarksville.   Santa arrived at 10am, but we got there at around 10:45am.  At that time, the line was relatively short! We were pleased since I have heard that the line can get quite long.  Actually, when we were leaving, the line looked pretty significant. 

The good thing about Winter Wonderland is that if you are there with someone else, they can wait on line and you can take the kids around to play games, color or just check out the items for sale.  Right around Santa's workshop, there's a lot to see and do for the kids. It will make waiting in line bearable if you have a partner that can wait in line rather than making the kids stay in line for a while.
They are very efficient about the Santa pictures. The kids get up on his lap, bells shake, lights flash and bam! You have a free 4x6 photo of your kids with Santa and even a reindeer in the background.

After the picture, we walked around with the kids to explore the rest of the store. They loved seeing all of the animals, large aquarium, waterfalls, sharks dangling from the ceiling, camping tents and boats. My daughter loved walking through the "rainforest" on the 2nd floor where people can play shooting target games.  You can even grab a starbucks and head over to the putting greens and practice some golf!

We really enjoyed our monring at Bass Pro Shops. It's a truly remarkable store, experience really.  And, don't forget, you can actually SHOP there too!

Click the "Enter to Win" button on the right to read about our latest contest!

Friday, December 17, 2010

CONTEST & Special Discount! Share your Christmas Traditions! Win $40 at Regalo

Do you need to head out for a last minute gift?  Regalo offers really unique gift ideas! In conjunction with Louisville Family Radio and Kristen Riddick's show Intelligent Talk for Parents on 970 WGTK, we are giving away a $40 gift certificate to Regalo!

We also have a special offer for our readers and listeners of the radio show!  From now until December 31,2010, head into Regalo and get 20% off 1 item! (This is not to be used with any other promotion and only 1 per customer)  Just tell them you heard about it on Intelligent Talk for Parents or read about it on Louisville Family Fun!


Regalo is located at 982 Barret Ave  Louisville, KY 40204 and their number is 502.583.1798

What's the contest? 

Email** us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com and tell us about your favorite Christmas tradition.  Kristen ,Stephanie and Jeanette will read them and decide which is the most unique.  It's fitting that the most unique tradition should win $40 to use at Regalo, a unique store!  To enter, submit your email by Monday 12/20 at 9am.  The winner will be announced by the end of the day on Tuesday, 12/22!

**Please indicate in your email if you would be willing and able to talk with Kristen on the phone on Thursday morning, December 23rd and have the interview recorded to air on her show!

Don't forget to scroll down to vote for our Holiday Photo Contest winner!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Where can we visit Santa in Louisville and Kentuckiana? By: Stephanie

Santa has been taking some time out of his busy schedule to come to Louisville for all of the area kids to visit with him!

You can see Santa at the area malls. We have them listed on the events calendar above with a link to a coupon for $2 off their photo packages.

If you are looking for some less expensive....uh, FREE....options, here you go:

Macy's:  This Saturday 12/18 at 2pm, Santa will be at the Macy's at the Oxmoor Mall. He will be reading The Night Before Christmas and there will be a mailbox for the kids to drop their letters in! Even the Mayor-Elect will be there!

Chick Fil A: Inside the Mall St. Matthews at the Chick Fil A, you and your kids can have breakfast with Satnta from 8:30am to 10am on Saturday 12/18.  They ask that you register for the event. There will be crafts and other fun activities!

Winter Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops in Clarksville, IN: This is a fantastic little day trip. Not only can you get a free picture with a fantastic Santa, but the kids can play all sorts of interactive games and make a craft.  Santa is available from 10am-8pm during the week, noon-5pm on Sunday and 10am-9pm on Saturday. 

Gingerbread Village at the Galt House: This is part of the Kalightoscope event but you can visit Gingerbread Village for FREE and Santa will be there this Saturday 12/18 from 11am-3pm

The Summit Shopping Center: On Saturday and Sunday, you can head to the Summit Shopping Center and take a horse drawn carriage ride with Santa for FREE. He will gladly pose for pictures. He's available right outside of the Toys R Us express from 12-5pm. 

You know Santa is really busy, so if you want to see one of his helpers, Santa Cow is at the Springhurst and St. Matthews Chick Fil A's tonight and next Thursday 12/23 for Family Night from 5-7pm. Kids eat free with a paid adults meal and you can bring your camera for the photo ops. 

Hear Stephanie talk about these opportunities to see Santa on WGTK's Intelligent Talk for Parents with Kristen Riddick this Saturday at 11am (AM 970) 

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Holiday Photo Contest Entries! Vote NOW!

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The winner will get an 8" Round Oreo Cake from Bruster's Ice Cream in Lyndon!

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