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Monday, February 28, 2011

Mondays with Mrs. Sparkles: An Oldie, but a Goodie - Shrink Film (a.k.a. Shrink-a-dinks)

Ok, I have to admit that many of my creative ideas are not unique. Mostly I find that like many artists, my ideas are borrowed or inspired by projects created by someone else. Take last week's article, Bubble Wrap Fun - all you have to do is Google Bubble Wrap and project, and you will find similar projects. The point is to be inspired to make something your own.

Here is the thing - sometimes a great creative process fades, and the next new thing becomes popular and we forget the fun of our previous pursuit. Sometimes, it just takes someone to remind you how much fun you had. Take making friendship bracelets - why is it that braiding threads is fun and interesting when we are a pre-teen but we are less likely to use threads in the same way when we are adults?

Do you remember Shrink-a-dinks? Did you ever get to play around with them when you were a kid? Well, I challenge you to explore them again, or if you have never heard of them, join us in some miniature fun. Don’t to forget to check out what other people are doing with them on the web and at your local hand-made retail store.

Shrink Film – A matte or clear plastic film (and now it comes in colors) that shrinks to 20 – 40% its original size when you place it in a 300-350 degree oven. You can draw on it with permanent markers or colored pencils. You can cut holes in it. There are so many things you can do with it. Here are my suggestions for you and your family.

Create a shrink-a-dink kit. Choose your favorite basic shape and scale it to 3” or bigger. Trace your favorite shape onto the shrink film and cut out 20 or more copies of the shape from the film. Punch one small hole in each piece of film. Fill the pencil box with your favorite permanent markers and your shapes. Throw it in your bag and illustrate your film with images from you daily life. Shrink your shapes at home and add a jump ring. Wear your creations as earrings or charms for necklaces or attach to zippers.

Want to preserve your child’s favorite drawing. Lay a piece of matte or clear shrink film over your child’s drawing and trace as closely as possible. Shrink your film and add to scrapbooks, make them into magnets, etc.

Most importantly, be inspired and have fun!

Things to do in Louisville in March 2011

Not only are we getting closer to warmer weather, but March looks is a great month for fun free and inexpensive things to do from a parade to Kids Fairs!


First Friday Free Night Speed Museum and Art Sparks - Great opportunity to check out Art Sparks for free! Check out our review and 2nd review of Art Sparks:

Mardi Gras at Main Library Main Library
Listen to jazz and make a mask at this festive storytime. Ages 3-11

Kids Fest in Shepherdsville Kid's Fest -FREE
A festival designed to entertain and educate children 12 years old and under. Children must be supervised by an adult.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at Broadway and Baxter and ends near Mid City Mall.

Not quite free: $10 or less/person

Raptor Day at Jefferson Memorial Forest:
Have an up close and personal experience as you learn more about these jet fighters of the birding world. Fee: $2 for parking.
American Turners Circus put on by the students

SECOND SATURDAY Family Day – “Celebrating Women’s History Month” at Frazier Museum

Louisville Kids Fair at Kentucky International Convention Center 

Also double check the website of the events for more information.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Review of Open Gym and Inflatables Birthday Parties at All About Kids By: Stephanie

Yesterday, my son and I attended a birthday party at All About Kids to celebrate one of his pre-school classmate's 4th birthday.  If you are considering holding a birthday party there, this review should be helpful!

When we were invited, we got a large postcard as an invitation that was a waiver from All About Kids. It had the birthday child's party information on it and space on the back for me to fill out information about my child to serve as a participation waiver.  We arrived at AAK and went to the front desk to exchange the waiver for wrist bands.  Parents of children 3 and under get a wristband as well so that they can accompany their child onto the gym floor. Otherwise, if your child is 4 and up, you watch the party from the balcony area above. 

We met the birthday girl and her friends and family in the party room on the second floor. This was on a Saturday and there were a couple of other parties going on at the same time but it did not seem crowded at all. It is far more crowded during open gym!  A young AAK employee was the party leader and got the kids lined up and escorted everyone to the gym.  The children sat and listed to instructions from the leader and allowed to play in the inflatable area for about 15 minutes.  After that time, the leader gathered the children and took them to the larger gym area.  During the time, another party was sharing the space but they had their own leader and they stayed on the other side of the gym.  The party leader led the children through different stations of the gym and equipment making sure that they all got a turn on the ropes or trapeze and kept the children in their designated area until it was time to rotate. 

After about 1 hr, the party leader brought us all back to the party room and helped the parents of the birthday girl with the cake and cupcakes. There were chairs for the parents and a picnic style table for the kids.  The party leader helped to serve and clean up and when the birthday girl opened her gifts, the party leader wrote down a list for the parents to keep track of who gave what.  After opening gifts, the party leader handed out some AAK sports bottles with coupons inside and the birthday girl handed out some favors. All together, the party was an hour and a half.

The party was very smooth and swift.  The host parents were enjoying chatting with other parents and watching all of the kids and not fussing over anything. If you are looking for a party that runs easily and doesn't require a huge time commitment but is so much fun for the kids, All About Kids is a great option and they have all of their party descriptions and fees listed on their website!

Friday, February 25, 2011

CONTEST! Book Buddies - Bringing Books to Life!

Here is your chance to get a custom gift for your child that you will both enjoy.  Just select your child's favorite book and Autumn, owner of Book Buddies, will make felt storybook characters just for you!  We have placed a photo of her "Little Red Riding Hood" characters so you can get an idea of what they look like but you can also find out more by 'liking' her facebook page!  You can also find Book Buddies on Etsy

The winner will be able to choose ANY storybook character, even if Autumn has not made it before! She will ship it right to you as well!  This contest is open to ANYONE, not just those in the Louisville area.

For a chance (or 3!) to win this fantastic prize, you can do any (or all) of the following:

1) Comment on this blog post answering the following question.  Best sure to include your name. (first and last initial is fine)

2) 'Like' Book Buddies facebook page and write a comment on Book Buddies' wall letting them know you are entering the contest!

3) Refer a friend to Book Buddies facebook page and tell them to 'like' the page, write a comment like stated in #2 and put your name as a referral in the comment too!

Question:  What is your child's favorite book?

The contest ends on Monday February 28th at 5pm. The winner will be posted by noon on 3/1/11 and must respond via email within 24 hrs of the announcement.  Note: blog comments will not appear immediately.

Louisville Family Fun February 25, 26, 27 Weekend

How are you going to enjoy the last weekend of February 2011? Here are some fun events going on and things to do around the Louisville area:

Little Treasure Sale – stock up on some gently used clothes for the kids

Learn about Slave Life at Locust Grove

Dr. Seuss Storytime at Target 

Michael Jackson Party at Southwest Library 

The Big Gig with Louisville Leopard Percussionists at the Brown Theatre
Check out the websites for additional information for dates, times, and pricing and our calendar for additional family fun going on this weekend.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

WINNER! 2 Tickets to see Madagascar Live!

The randomly selected winner is..............HAYLEE STOCKER!  Please email us within 24 hrs at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com to claime your 2 tickets to the Saturday, Mar. 5 show at 11:00am for Madagascar Live!

Thanks everyone for participating! More great contests to come!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Summer Camps in Louisville: Sports Themed Day Camps

Mabel's Labels! www.mabel.ca

The JCC offers a variety of summer sports camps for kids in kindergarten and up.

Assumption High School hosts many different sports camps for girls. Note: it is unclear on their site if the dates listed are for 2011, check with them

All About Kids has day camps during the summer called Camp-A-Bunga.  Kids will be able to enjoy a variety of activities including swimming and gymnastics.

KGA  is offering 'Big Kid Kare' where kids learn some soccer, tumbling, gymnastics, karate and also do arts & crafts!  Flexible scheduling.


Kentuckiana Baseball day Camps for ages 7-13
Your child can attend soccer camp at U of L

Charlie's Champion Soccer School offers camps for kids during the summer, ages 5-13, in Fern Creek and Shelbyville. 

The Louisville Lightning soccer team also offers summer camps for kids ages 4-15. 
Mockingbird Soccer Club also offers a range of soccer summer camps
Kentucky Youth Soccer hosts a camp at the Buckner Soccer complex in June for kids on U6-U15 teams.

4 Kicks for Kidz offers summer camps for younger children to learn and enjoy soccer

Thoroughbreds Soccer club has camps and clinics for different age groups. 

There are 2 camp sessions at HOOPS for basketball
Higherlevel Basketball holds basketball camps, even Pee Wee camps for the little ones.  They will release their camp dates by the end of Feb 2011. 
Basketball Academy also offers summer camps.

Kentucky Country Day
Where: 4100 Springdale Rd. 40241
Email: cassandra.payne@kcd.org
Web: http://www.kcd.org/content/summer-programs

Springdale Church
Basketball - June 13th - 17th (with Cameron Mills--former UK player)

9:00am to 12:00pm for rising 1st-6th graders
Cost is $60.00

Scuba camp

Paradise Divers scuba camps for kids ages 8-14 during June and July.

If you know of other sports camp options in and around Louisville, please email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com and we will update this list!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mondays with Mrs. Sparkles: Bubble Wrap Fun with Kids

More often than not, being inspired is the roadblock to being creative. How do we get started? How can we help our children be creative? Ideas can come from anywhere. For this Monday’s creative prompt, inspiration came by way of a visit to both Nelligan Hall art studios in Portland and through a visit to the Louisville Visual Art Association. A theme emerged – bubble wrap!

My daughter rediscovered her passion for popping those delightful air filled pockets. She popped away, keeping herself and her brother entertained while I collected art materials at Nelligan Hall for a project I am working on with Wheatley Elementary and LVAA.

The theme continued when we came upon the artwork of Kentucky artist Keith Linton at the Louisville Visual Art Association’s Water Tower Regional art exhibit over the weekend. His work mixes media and brings to life manufactured materials like bubble wrap and Styrofoam. Check out his work by visiting his website or stop by the Water Tower to see it in its real form.

Bubble wrap… what can you create with it?
Here are some ideas:

With tempera, cover the textured side of a sheet of bubble wrap with paint. Place a piece of paper over the painted bubble wrap and press. Peel off paper to reveal a colorful patterned print.
  •  Cut bubble wrap into shapes. Glue shapes to cardboard. Use like stamps on a stamp pad and stamp away.
  • Cover a paint roller with bubble wrap. Roll the paint roller in paint and then cover a piece a paper with circle patterns.
  • Cut shapes out of the bubble wrap. Tape the shapes to your work surface. Paint shapes with tempera paint. Press paper to your work surface. Peel up the paper to reveal your print.
  • Choose a window in your home you would like to decorate. Cut a pice of bubble wrap to cover a window pane. Paint bubble wrap with tempera paints, preferably Crayola tempera because it is transparent. Let bubble wrap dry then hang it in your window.

CONTEST! Two Tickets to Madagascar Live at the Louisville Palace

We are happy to be able to give away TWO TICKETS to see the show Madagascar Live!  This show will be enjoyable to children and adults alike!  You can read more about the show in the press release we have included below the contest description.  Saturday, Mar. 5 show at 11:00am

There are 2 ways to enter:

1) Leave a comment on this blog post answering the following question.  Leave your own name!

2) Refer a friend to our site and tell them to enter by doing #1. Tell them to also include your name as the referral and you will get an extra entry!

Question: "What is your child's favorite animal?"

This contest will end on Wednesday, Feb. 23rd at 5pm and the winner will be chosen at random and posted by midnight on 2/24.  Comments will not appear immediately.  Winners must email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com within 24hrs of posting their name in order to claim the prize!




Louisville, KY (12/15/10) – DreamWorks Theatricals and Broadway Across America announces that “MADAGASCAR LIVE,” DreamWorks Theatricals’ first-ever live family touring show will play The Louisville Palace Theatre. The production is expected to visit over 70 cities across the United States beginning in January 2011. The brand new stage show aimed at family audiences stars the cast of popular characters from the beloved “Madagascar” film series, including Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and members of the madcap Madagascar crew, King Julien and the crafty Penguins. Madagascar Live will make a stop in Louisville at The Palace Theatre from Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6 for six performances:


SATURDAY, MARCH 5 AT 11:00AM 3:00PM 7:00PM



“MADAGASCAR LIVE” is sending one lucky family on the trip of a lifetime to see the show at New York City’s legendary Radio City Music Hall. By registering for a MADAGASCAR LIVE passport for a chance to win at www.MADlive.com, the family will win airfare, hotel, a meet and greet with the “Madagascar Live” characters and a VIP backstage tour. Rules and restrictions can be found at www.madlive.com.

Widely successful across audiences of all ages, the original story will be brought to new life in the 90-minute stage show that will transport audience members from the Central Park Zoo to the wild of Madagascar. In addition to featuring everyone’s favorite characters, “MADAGASCAR LIVE” takes the audience on an action packed adventure with imaginative set, costume and puppet design,

For more information about “MADAGASCAR LIVE,” visit www.madlive.com. Find “MADAGASCAR LIVE” on Facebook (www.facebook.com) by visiting: www.facebook.com/pages/Madagascar-Live/156147897738163.

About DreamWorks Theatricals

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (DWA) established DreamWorks Theatricals to produce stage productions based on its films and other original adapted works. Currently planned projects include an arena spectacular based on How To Train Your Dragon produced in association with Global Creatures as well as an arena show based on Kung Fu Panda produced in association with Franco Dragon Entertainment. DreamWorks Theatricals is currently represented by the North American tour of Shrek The Musical as well as the upcoming London production set to open in May of 2011 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. DWA is devoted to producing high quality family entertainment though the use of computer-generated animation. Jeffrey Katzenberg currently serves as DWA’s CEO and is on the Board of Directors and was a co-founder of DreamWorks Studios in 1994. The President of DreamWorks Theatricals is Bill Damaschke

About Broadway Across America

Broadway Across America (Producer) is owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring musicals and plays across 40 North American cities. Under the supervision of Beth Williams (COO & Head of Production), Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current productions include Promises, Promises; Million Dollar Quartet; La Cage Aux Folles; West Side Story; Memphis; The Scottsboro Boys; the West End production of Flashdance and the upcoming revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Current touring productions include Dreamgirls and Nickelodeon's Storytime Live. Please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com

Friday, February 18, 2011

WINNER! $30 Gift Certificate to KidStuff Sales!

The previous winner did not email us to claim the prize...so the new winner is:

The randomly selected winner is............AMANDA MARKSBURY
Paula, please email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com so we can get you your prize!
Thanks to everyone for participating in this contest!
Spread the word about our wonderful site because there are awesome prizes to come!
Like: Tickets to Madagascar Live, a 4 Kicks for Kidz birthday party and more more more!!

Things to do in Louisville this Weekend February 18-20 By: Jeanette

Louisville Family Fun February 18, 19, 20 Weekend

How are you going to enjoy the last weekend of January 2011? Here are some fun events going on around the Louisville area:

Kid Stuff Sale – stock up on some gently used clothes for the kids. 

Eco Kids - Not all plants drop leaves and turn brown during winter. Look close and you will discover a jungle of green moss, lichen, and coniferous trees thriving in the landscape! Kids and their families will search for green plants through the On-Your-Own Challenge, available in the Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Discovery Stations, available at the Visitor Center from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

39 Clues Book Party  at Southwest Library - Help Dan and Amy Cahill uncover the 39 Clues about their powerful family hidden around the world. Learn about the hunt, then enjoy a craft, an activity, and a snack. Ages 7 and up

Check out the websites for additional information for dates, times, and pricing and our calendar for additional family fun going on this weekend.

And don’t forget about having some family fun at bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, indoor water parks, roller skating rinks, and your local library

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review of Open Play Soccer at 4 Kicks for Kidz By: Stephanie

If you are looking for a fun activity for your kids to do during the week, open play soccer at 4 Kicks for Kidz is wonderful for toddlers and pre-schoolers.  I took my 2-year-old daughter this morning and she and many other pre-school children had a really great time with Coach Rob.  What a fantastic, inexpensive and flexible option for Louisville parents and kids!

The open play starts at 9:30am and costs $5.  For about the first 20 minutes, the parents and children can play on their own with the soccer balls, cones, nets and such.  There is also a little area of wooden play toys and coloring books. My daughter is a young artist so she had to get her coloring fix before any soccer could be played!

Close to 10am, Coach Rob gathered all of the children to welcome them and do a warm-up.  He played a fun interactive song and everyone enjoyed the "freeze game." Then, everyone came back to the circle to do some stretches and be silly!  After that, Coach Rob ran some games and activities to get the kids moving in a more organized manner than just open play.  They did a dribbling game, an obstacle course and a silly game that got my daughter laughing hysterically that the coach called "The Ouch Game." No, the kids didn't get hurt!! They chased the coach and kicked the soccer balls to hit his feet and he yelled ouch. My daughter found it VERY amusing.  The mini-class lasted around 40 minutes.

At the end of the little class portion, Coach Rob gives each child a soccer stamp on their hand and a sucker.  Then, families are free to play some more until 11am. 

This program is available Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30am-11am and costs just $5!  We have it posted on our site calendar.

4 Kicks for Kidz also offers birthday parties, classes and summer camps!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

CONTEST! $30 Gift Certificate to Kid Stuff Sales!

Are you ready to hit all of the upcoming consignment sales? We have a great opportunity for you!  Win $30 to use at the Kid Stuff Sales!!  This is better than a coupon, it's free stuff!!  The Kid Stuff Sales are huge and there are a few of them so you can shop and shop and shop and....well, you get it!  There is one THIS WEEK starting on Feburuary 17th at the Ramada Plaza Louisville. They also have a Southern Indiana and an Oldham County sale in March.  Visit their website for more details!

Enter NOW, this contest ends on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 18th at 9am!!

Here's how to win, do both for 2 entries!!

1) Post a comment on today's ALL CAPS facebook page answering the question

2) Post a comment on this website post answering the question, please leave your name.

Question:  What is your favorite brand of children's clothing?

Please note: comments on this site will not appear imediately. The winner will be posted by noon on Friday. The winner must email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com within 24 hrs of winning.  But, the sooner you email, the sooner you can get shopping!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Kentucky's Lincoln Heritage Trail

Did you know Kentucky has a Lincoln Heritage Trail?  In celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12) and President’s Day (February 21), this would be a fun road trip to discover the people, places, and events that influenced Abraham Lincoln’s legacy. The trail has stops in Louisville, Frankfort, Lexington, Springfield, and Hodgenville covering his birthplace, boyhood home, as well as a couple of battlefields.
From the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail’s Website:

“Witness for yourself his humble beginnings with a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, which includes a replica of the one-room log cabin in which he was born. Continue your exploration along the trail and experience how Kentucky and Kentuckians influenced Lincoln’s childhood, ideals and presidency.”

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mondays with Mrs. Sparkles: Creative Simple Idea for a Valentine's Day Craft

Are you stumped about what to get that special someone? Maybe you would just like to make a good friend or family member smile today or any other day. I have an idea and I think it is a fun one. We can all do it together!

Here is what you will need. Your camera phone or camera and objects found where ever you happen to be. It is as simple as that.

Here is the idea, express your love throughout the day by taking pictures of creative hearts. Use found objects wherever you are. I will start. As I sat down to write this, I pulled out my paperclips and created a heart. Pretty simple, but when I put it together with what my daughter has created, I have a collection of images that I can share with the one(s) that I love.

Here are some guidelines:

1. Use everyday things to create a heart - crayons, sugar packets, erasers, etc.
2. Think simple and thematic.

3. Choose a simple background.

4. Don't forget the importance of lighting - avoid shadows and work near a window if you can.

5. Think square format.

6. Take a picture and send it to the one(s) you love with a sweet message.

Now go and have fun. Happy Valentines Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

WINNER! $75 for Heartland Music Together

The winner of the $75 gift certificate to Heartland Music Together is Maleah!  Maleah posted a comment on our blog saying that if she made up a song for her child it would be "You make me crazy! Wait that is already a song! LOL Really I would write a love ballad, good night song. :) "

This is how the winner selection process went down:

Mommy "James, put your hand in the bag and just pick one winner"
James "Ok mommy, what is the winning prize this time?"
Mommy "The winner gets some money to use to take a fun music class"
James "Wow, that's so cool, I like music too, I like Jason Aldean and I like Lady A"
Mommy "I know you do dude, ok, now pick only ONE paper"
James picks the paper
Mommy "Ok James, now let's open it up and see who won"
James opens the paper
Mommy "Wow, it's Miss Maleah! She won, you know....Hannah and Ella's mommy"
James  throws the paper back in the bag.
Mommy "What are you doing that for?"
James "You said one winner mommy and Hannah is 1 and Ella is 2, that's too many winners"
Mommy "Hehehehehehehehehehehehehehe, hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!"

Maleah, please email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com so we can send you your gift certificate!

Thanks everyone for entering! We will have another contest next week!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Review of Open Gym at Kentucky Gymnastics Academy (KGA) By: Stephanie

This morning, Maggie and I went for a fun hour of play at Kentucky Gymnastics Academy, better known as KGA.  KGA is located in the Eastpoint business area on Stanley Gault Parkway which is very easy to access from the Old Henry exit off of the Gene Snyder.  It was $5 for Maggie (and I) to play during this pre school open play since parents are free.  They also have an option of buying a punch card for 5 visits for a total of $20.  It is geared toward children ages 1-5.

Maggie ran full speed ahead once she got her jacket and shoes off. The first activity we enjoyed together was the running length trampoline.  Maggie also loved climbing the latter up to the foam pit and playing although she did not want to swing from the "vine." Many of the other kids were really having fun with that and were kept safe by the KGA facilitator named Barabara.

Maggie and I explored everything from the climbing wall, rings, balance beams and spent a lot of time playing on the large soft mat area full of balls, a riding ramp car, a basketball hoop and other age appropriate toys. 

At the end of the open gym time, Barbara hands out little bean bags and sings a special song with the kids.  They sit down and get s stamp for doing a great job!  It is a nice way to end the session since it signals to the kids that it is time to leave and helps stop those "I DON'T WANT TO GO!!" melt downs (although my daughter did still have a mild breakdown since she wanted to stay!)

If you are running errands with your child, this is a great way to break up the morning and let them get some energy out.  It is late enough to get things done in the morning but early enough to be home in time for lunch.  It is a simple outlet for their boundless energy and as an extra bonus, parents can have fun playing just like I did!

Their open play schedule is as follows and listed on our calendar at the top of our site:
Monday  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Friday 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m and 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

They also offer gymnastics classes for kids of all ages and birthday parties! And if you are looking for a few free hours, they have a Drop & Shop program that's $7/hr.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

CONTEST!! $75 Gift Certificate to Heartland Music Together

We have a great prize from your from Heartland Music Together!  $75 to use toward one of their classes, no expiration date!!  These classes are wonderful for both the parents and children. You can visit our Past Reviews page and see what we have said about the program in the past.

To enter the contest to win this $75 gift certificate, simple do one or more of the following:

1) Comment on this blog post answering the following question. Please make sure to include your name.

2) Comment on today's ALL CAPS facebook status answering the question

3) Write a review about LouisvilleFamilyFun.net on our facebook page under the Reviews tab.

Do all 3 for 3 chances to win!

Question:  If you wrote a song about your child, what would be the title?

Please note: comments on this website will not appear immediately.
The contest will end Saturday at noon and the winner will be announced by the end of the day on 2/13.  The winner will be posted on this site and must email us within 24 hrs to claim the prize. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Today's Family Beautiful Baby Contest

This is Stephanie and I feel compelled to tell you about a SUPER CUTE little boy that I just saw in the Today's Family Magazine that I picked up today at Kroger.  He is absolutely adorable, #31...go take a look!  OH wait, oh my gosh, could it be?? Is his name Nathanial Dunlap??? Is that THE Nate Dunlap?? Son of Louisville Family Fun's very own Jeanette!?!?!   Well, he just got even cuter....if that's possible!

Vote for Nate, #31!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mondays with Mrs. Sparkles: Fun Winter Activites in Louisville and at Home

  According to Punxsutawney Phil’s shadowless predictions, winter is winding down and spring is upon us. Last week, with the hope for a break in the weather, I pre-registered my children to participate in Bernheim Arboretum’s first-Saturday Pollywog Play Parties. We were prepared for A Flurry of Fun, a winter themed program, made so much more exciting now that our days for enjoying winter are numbered.

Preregistering for the program was simple. I called and left my name, number and my children’s names on their voice mail. When we arrived at Bernheim’s education center a playful scene greeted us. It included an oversized mushroom, a creatively designed pond and activity stations. The program, which lasted an hour and a half, began with singing and stories. Later we broke out to explore the sensory and art stations around the room. Preschoolers excavated gems from ice, played with faux snow, and tossed cotton balls into the air using a tablecloth among other activities.

One of the activities that I found the most inspiring was called painting with ice. Children dipped popsicles (just plain water on a stick) into what I think was Kool-aid and painted on paper. With this idea of creative ice play, I would like to suggest some other variations to try at home.

Paint with colored Ice Popsicles. Fill Ice cube trays with water and drop 4 drops of food coloring into each hole. Cover with Aluminum foil and insert a popscicle stick in each hole and then freeze. When ice is frozen, set out for about 5 minutes to begin thawing. Paint with the ice cubes on absorbent paper.
Freeze large blocks of ice and build with them outside. Fill cartons and plastic food containers with water. Color water with food coloring and set outside when it is well below freezing or inside freezer. Remove ice from containers when frozen and build with them outside.

Carving Ice. Try carving into ice using salt and kid safe tools such as salted water. Fill carvings with cooled colored gelatin. Find inspiration online through exploring unique ice sculptures.

Enjoy the last remnants of Winter (optimistically speaking) and don’t forget to check out Bernheim Arboretum’s fantastic programming.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

WINNER! 2 Tickets to Derby Dinner Playhouse

The winner of 2 tickets to see Alexander Who's Not Not Not Going to Move at the Derby Dinner Playhouse Children's Theater in Jeffersonville, IN is ASHLEY B!  This prize is for any of the Saturday Public performances (Breakfast or Lunch) on Feb. 19, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19.

Ashley posted a comment on our blog for her entry! Thanks to everyone for participating!

Please contact us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com to claim your prize

Friday, February 4, 2011

Louisville Family Fun February 4, 5, 6 Weekend

Another weekend has arrived to enjoy time with the family. Here are some fun events happening this weekend:

Great Train Expo

Muhammad Ali Center presents OH FREEDOM! by Kentucky Opera 

Squallis Puppeteers – Beepboopbopboopbeep

Kids Workshop (FREE) at Home Depot making a Heart-shaped shelf

Newport Aquarium is having Winter Family Days through February 28. 2 kids get in FREE with 1 adult ticket purchased at the aquarium

Check out the websites for additional information for dates, times, and pricing and our calendar for additional family fun going on this weekend. Below are some regular weekend events:

WeeRock Drop-in Music Classes

Yoga classes with babies, toddlers at Owl Tree Yoga

Carmen’s Lil Chef Cooking Classes

Planterium Shows

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Indoor Winter Yard Sale Hosted by Louisville Mommies

Louisville Mommies, a free non-profit organization bringing together local moms, is hosting an indoor yard sale on Saturday February 5th from 9am to noon. It will be held in Crestwood, KY at the office of Living Water Chiropractic.  The address is 7207 Kavanaugh Road Crestwood, KY, 40014

There will be 8-10 moms set up with items priced to sell!  There will be plenty of clothes, toys and other kid necessities. What a great treat for people who love yard sales and haven't seen one in months!

You know, you can have more FUN if you save your money on necessities by shopping awesome yard sales....leaving more money to spend on entertainment!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review of The Louisville Science Center: Beyond the Kidzone By: Stephanie

If you have younger kids, you may be tempted to spend your entire trip to the Louisville Science Center in the Kidzone. The Kidzone is great and pint-sized. But, I suggest you head up those stairs or the elevator and explore what else they have to offer.  My kids are 2 and 3 and they love the entire museum, top to bottom. 

On the center of the second floor, the kids can really get into building and mechanics. My son spent a long time building a pipe system and my daughter loved the small foam block earthquake simulator.  Besides those, they can turn wheels and pull levels to experiment with air pressure to make music or generate energy to light up some bulbs.  They can gather numbered soft blocks to make a bridge and yes, there's still more.  Off to the right of the elevator, they can pretend to be a part of an assembly line with a fun ball game or build all sorts of things with cool clippy toys.  In an adjacent room, the can learn about some historic creatures and take a little break to hang out and read.

In the section called The World Around Us, they can explore a little cave or check out some stuffed animals; even create and watch a weather report. My kids love the "pin ball" water flow table!

On this visit, we wnt up to the third floor. We hadn't made it there much but I think it's our favorite floor now!  This floow is about the World Within Us.  There is a big tooth puzzle that they thought was fun and the main central room by the elevator is dedicated to the human body.  If you walk across the way to the area dedicated to Time, you will find a great dance arcade game for getting some energy and an aging simulator. My kids got a kick out of seeing my pictures on all of the screens.  My son said his favorite thing was pretending to drive the car that's on that side and we really had a blast in sports simulator. You step into a blue room and stand near the black line on the floor and a video starts. There you are on the tv screen ready to play some sports. It was really cool and my kids and I got quite a work out.

I didn't even cover all that there is to do. I just encourage you to spend a day at the Louisville Science Center. It has so much for every age group, even adults. It's a fantastic place for families, fun and learning. 


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

CONTEST! Tickets to Derby Dinner Playhouse

One of our lucky winners will win a meal and tickets for two people to enjoy one performance of Alexander Who's Not Not Not Going to Move at the Derby Dinner Playhouse Children's Theater in Jeffersonville, IN.  This prize is for any of the Saturday Public performances (Breakfast or Lunch) on Feb. 19, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19. 

Value of $32 or $42 depending on breakfast or lunch

From their site: Alexander, Who's NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT Going to Move

Alexander just received some really bad news from his parents... the family is moving. He already knows that he'll hate it, so he decides that he just won't move! Based on the popular children's book series.

Reservations will be required after you win so you can pick your date!

Here's how you can win:

You can enter BOTH ways for 2 chances to win!

1) Write a comment under TODAY'S ALL CAPS facebook page status answering the question

2) Comment on this blog post answering the question. Be sure to include your name!

The question:  How do you convince your kids to do something they insist they don't want to do?

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The contest will end on Friday February 4th at Noon. The winner will be announced by midnight on 2/5. The winner will be announced on the blog and must respond to us via email within 24hrs to claim the prize.