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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Middletown Family Fun Festival is coming!

In my opinion, which I like to share (LOL), the Middletown Family Fun Festival is one of the best in Louisville.  It is big enough to have a lot to offer, but has a small town feel to it.  Here is the REVIEW I wrote last year. 

I am also really looking forward to it because hopefully, I can meet some of you in person.  Louisville Family Fun LLC will have a booth. It's on our Louisville Family Fun Pass Tour and we will have fun scavenger hunt for a code word to get you a great discount on the Fun Pass if you purchase it at the festival using that code word. 

We will have a pink tent, so come by and say hi! 

This festival is free! 

There's a calendar of entertainment from musicians to magicians.  They have a schedule of entertainment on their website. 

You can also help them support Middletown's Helping Hand Initiative - Blessings in a Backpack by bringing backpacks, non-perishable food items, diapers, socks, underwear and gently used coats and books to the festival. There will be boxes and volunteers to assist you with your donations.

Come on out!  I will have some contests at my booth courtesy of www.LouisvilleBestDeals.com  You will be able to enter to win tickets to the Kentucky Horse Park and Louisville Mega Cavern You can also enter for a chance to win a Stroll n' Tone Push Card for great mom & baby fitness classes.  And a 4 Kicks for Kidz Birthday Party!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: Dr. Bizer's VisionWorld - Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates

Recently, I went to Dr. Bizer's VisionWorld - Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates for a routine eye exam.  As you can imagine, I am on the computer a ton and I wanted to make sure I was not damaging my eyesight by straining at the computer. I saw that Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates sponsored the wonderful VIPS (Visually Impaired Pre School) so I thought I would head there.  Wondering what this has to do with Louisville Family FUN? I will explain!

PhotobucketI visited the Springhurst location on a Saturday.  The place was very busy.  There was a bunch of staff around helping people, I didn't notice many people lingering about waiting for someone. I was greeted immediately and the receptionist took all of the necessary information and gave me forms to fill out in the waiting room.  Less than 5 minutes later, she came and took me to do some tests and pictures before seeing the doctor.  I read an eye chart and I sat at two machines for quick exams.  Everything was pretty standard and she explained it all so I was prepared. No matter how many times I get an eye exam and they tell me about that puff of air in my eye, I still jump each time! But, it's painless.  Then, she took me to a new machine that I had never seen before.  I put my eye up against a small opening, opened really wide and a green light came across and took a picture of the inside of my eye.  I had to do it a few times to get a better picture, but she was really patient.  This photo was to replace having to get my pupils dilated to see everything inside my eye!  I thought that was great, I really don't like getting my eyes dilated.

Then, I went to the exam room and met Dr. Bita Tabassi.  She was very friendly and asked me about why I came in and about me personally.  I told her about my blog, of course, and she was thrilled to hear about it since she has two young children!  She performed several exams with lenses switching to see when something was clear, worse, better etc.  She shined lights in my eyes and used magnifiers to look inside and examine my eyes.  She also went over the pictures taken earlier to explain everything from where the optic nerve was or the look of my blood vessels.  My eyes were normal but I am slightly far-sighted.  She gave me a prescription for glasses for reading and when I am on the computer and said that she recommends them, but that they are not 100% necessary.  I liked her honesty.  She also let me know that those pictures of the inside of my eye were saved to my record so there is a nice basis for comparison for future exams.

Why am I writing about this on my Louisville Family Fun site?  Because our family lives have to be a balance between the fun and the necessary.  I realize that much of the fun I am able to have with my kids stems from the fact that I take care of myself physically and mentally and I make sure that I do the same for them.  Like dental exams, I think families should make routine eye exams part of their schedule.  Adults may notice changes in their vision that inspires them to go see a doctor, but kids may not complain about this or they may complain about something else (like a headache) that could actually be their eyes.  Places like Dr. Bizer's often have great discounts for routine exams or glasses. You can 'like' them on Facebook and they will keep you up to date.  And, for $30 additional, you can get the internal pictures taken of your eyes or your child's eyes and have a permanent record for comparison if anything goes wrong in the future, just like getting x-rays of your teeth.    You can't have all of your family fun if you don't take care of yourself!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Tour the Louisville Family Fun Pass & Get Free Stuff!

I will be touring many of the Louisville Family Fun Pass locations throughout September and October. Ashley, my Sponsorship Manager, will also be at some of the locations. During these events we will have some AWESOME promotions for you when you buy your Louisville Family Fun Pass and get your exclusive discounts for places around Louisville for an entire year! This is way better than a coupon!  (cash or check at these locations, credit cards/bank draft can be taken online only)

Click HERE to find out more about the Fun Pass!

September is a great time to buy it, then you will have it to start using RIGHT AWAY on Oct. 1st!
The September price will be $20.  Read full details of the card on our Louisville Family Fun Pass page. They are on sale for $17 until the end of August!!!


Friday-Sunday September 9-11th: Stephanie and Ashley will be at the Middletown Family Fun Festival.  Look for our pink tent!  There will be a CODE word updated and written in this post and if you check back here, find me and tell me the code word when you are buying your pass, you will save $5!  HOWDIE is the code.

Tuesday September 13th:  KaZoing! Party and Play is opening for a SPECIAL open play from 10:00-12:00 for Louisville Family Fun! They do not usually have open play on Tuesdays.  It is open to the public and it's $5 per child to play.  But, if you purchase your Louisville Family Fun Passes at the open play that day, Louisville Family Fun and KaZoing will cover the cost of the open play for 2 children!!

Wednesday September 14th: Stephanie will be at Carmen's Cupcakes at Norton Commons from 12:00-1:30pm.  Coming by and purchase your Louisville Family Fun cake and Louisville Family Fun will buy you one cupcake of your choice!

Thursday September 22th:  Stephanie will be at 4 Kicks for Kidz during open play from 9:30-11am.  Buy your Louisville Family Fun pass and open play for one child is on us!

Wednesday September 28th:  Stephanie will be at Jamie's 14K Cupcakes  from 11-12:30pm with the Louisville Family Fun Pass.  If you buy your Fun Pass that day, Louisville Family Fun will buy you one cupcake of your choice on the spot!

Friday September 30th:  Ashley will be at Bruster's Ice Cream in Lyndon from 3:30-5:30pm.  Purchase your Louisville Family Fun pass from Ashley and Louisville Family Fun will buy you a single scoop of your choice!

Sunday October 2nd:  We will be at Fuzziwigs Candy Factory in Prospect in the afternoon.  Buy your Louisville Family Fun pass that day and pick out a special chocolate treat from the case and it's on Louisville Family Fun!

Sunday October 23rd:  Stephanie will be at the Louisville Mommies Trunk or Treat event at the Woodhaven Country Club from 3-6pm.  There will be a special gift for the first 10 people to buy their Louisville Family Fun Pass!

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Louisville Family Fun Pass will go to  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review of Touch a Truck in Clarksville, IN

PhotobucketPhotobucketToday we went to the Touch a Truck event at Colgate Park in Clarksville. Colgate Park is conveniently located just north of the Ohio on the west side of I65.  This is a free event from 10am to noon and it takes place every year on the same day as their community yard sale.  You can head to the yard sale earlier to shop, the kids can play on the playground and then at 10am, tour the trucks!

PhotobucketPhotobucketI was not a serious shopper, so we just browsed the yard sale for about 20 minutes.  Then, we headed to the Touch a Truck.  There were about a dozen different trucks/vehicles to climb on and explore.  It was not overly crowded and we only had to wait on line twice behind just a few kids.  The people associated with each truck were really helpful and showed my kids things about the trucks, let them honk the horns and talk on the speakers/radios.  Most of the trucks were open but some had the doors closed so the kids could walk around them and check them out, but couldn't get in. But, that was only a few.  There was one little excavator that was a big hit!  That was the longer line that we had to wait in, but a very cool piece of equipment for my kids to pretend to drive. 

PhotobucketAll in all, we stayed at the Touch a Truck for a little under an hour and half.  My kids are really into trucks, so we spent a good bit of time at each truck.  I did run into a friend and asked her daughter "Hey, which one is your favorite truck?" and she answered "I don't like trucks, I only like princesses."  That was pretty darn funny. But, I think she still had fun!

PhotobucketFor a free event, this was a really good one.  The weather was nice, the people were accommodating and it wasn't too crowded.  Great photo opps, lots of smiles!  All around family fun!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville August 26,27,28

It's the last weekend in August. I am very ready for September!  But, let's go out with a bang and make this last weekend in August in Kentuckiana a fabuLOUs one!

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Here's my picks for the weekend:


Try a new cupcake shop, grand opening tomorrow Jamie's 14K Cupcakes.  938 Baxter Ave!  People, they have PUSH POP CUPCAKES.   Yeah, I know, awesome!

Hop on and off - F.A.T. Hop is wonderful and you can grab a slice of pizza at one end and shop at the other.  The free Trolley rides start running at 6pm.


10am Come say hi to Stephanie and her kids at the Touch A Truck Event in Clarksville. She'll be the one picking her son's jaw off of the floor as he stares in awe at the trucks. 
2pm Enjoy the beautiful Yew Dell Gardens for their Hummingbird Festival, free with regular admission.

Grab a cupcake at any of the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie shop locations for just $1.50 this weekend.  They are upside-down and really unique. 


Shop at Locust Grove and get some "new to you" books, it's their big books sale!  $10 a bag or half price on Sunday!

Headshot by Cyndi Whitworth Photography

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review of CostumeSupercenter.com

PhotobucketPhotobucketMy daughter has really fell in love with horses later and I have been trying to run with that so she I can help foster this interest.  We have been reading books about horses, drawing and painting them, going to the Kentucky State Fair and watching them in the competitions, exploring the Kentucky Derby Museum and on and on. But, something was missing. Maggie does not have a horse!  Well, this is impossible so I thought I would do the next best thing, a costume! We can play dress up with it and she can use her imagination and pretend to "run for the roses!"  And, if she's still in love with horses, she can use it for Halloween as well. 

PhotobucketPhotobucketWe browsed ConstumeSupercenter.com and looked at many of the different girl's Halloween costumes.  I was originally thinking I would want a costume for her that would turn her into a horse, then I saw the cowgirl costumes and thought the children's options were really adorable!  But still, we need a horse!!!  Then, I hit the jackpot!!  I found a horse costume that fits over her and it's like she's riding it.  She can dress up like a cowgirl, jockey, saddle bred rider....anything!

Whether it's for Halloween or dress up, this website is really great.  My kids and I sat at the computer and had fun browsing all of the categories thinking about Halloween and laughing about things like who would be Scooby and who would be Shaggy.  My son claimed that my daughter should be Shaggy because I always say her hair is a mess!   Aside from Halloween, it's a nice site for dress-up options.  The prices are reasonable because the accessories come a la cart and you are not forced into paying $50 for the costume when you really didn't want the gloves and hat (for example). 

PhotobucketThe shipping was very fast and they have coupon codes at different times! Right now (Aug '11) they have a coupon code on the top of the site for 15% off when you spend $30.  So, get yourself some dress up supplies or start shopping for Halloween. 

Let your kids' imagination come to life!

Review of the Kentucky Derby Museum

PhotobucketI took my daughter and "horsey" lover to The Kentucky Derby Museum.  I will start off by saying that I am completey appalled with myself that in all of the hundreds of things I have written about, it has taken me this long to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum.  This museum is incredible!  It should be on your short list, if not on the top, for things to do with your family.

PhotobucketIt was $13 for my admission and my daughter, like all kids under 5, was free.  The admission prices are on their website and for the quality of the museum, I think they are fair.  You don't just get the museum, you get a movie and a tour as well!  The museum is part of Churchill Downs and easy to access from I-65. No issue with parking at all, but I did not go on a race day. I imagine when Churchill Downs is active, you may not want to go for a casual trip to the museum.

You get wristbands and proceed into the museum through starting gates facing a large wall of tvs that have thoroughbreds charging out of the gates.  You can hear them stomping through the speakers, it's really cool.

PhotobucketWe wandered slowly through the displays.  There are interactive displays where you can pull up just about any Kentucky Derby coverage you like on a tv and watch it or ones that have hand-held speakers so you can get some educational information as you watch.  Then, there are also treasured items like cups, trophies, silks etc. that are interesting and special to be able to see.  The place is pristine and immaculately kept.  But, at the same time, it was entirely child-friendly and although I felt I was in a high-class museum, I didn't feel afraid that my child would get into trouble!

PhotobucketPhotobucketThen, we saw the horse riding game!  My daughter leaped onto that horse with such zeal.  Three horses face tv screens and they have buttons for controlling the horse on the screen or choosing options for the game.  The three players compete with each other, racing around the track.  My daughter, and all of the museum goers really enjoyed this game!  She beat out two teenage boys, no joke!!!  We also dabbled in calling a race and hearing it played back to us, that was hysterical.

PhotobucketPhotobucketWe ventured up to the 2nd floor and I liked the Shoemaker exhibit (temporary exhibit) that is on display until the end of the year.  It has a big velcro puzzle for my daughter to do while I browsed to look at and learn about all of his awards.  Also upstairs, there are a few touch and feel type displays as well as a mini version of a stable that my daughter found interesting to look at. We spent the most time at the dress-up-like-a-jockey part of the museum and another starting gate that had a horse that kids can climb on.  Quite the photo-opp! 

PhotobucketPhotobucketWhile we were upstairs, the movie in the central room downstairs started.  We were able to watch over the balcony and it was very well done. The movie is shown on a 360 degree screen and you sit in the middle. It was so vivid and engaging. It was a wonderful documentary and made me get chills thinking about the greatness that is the Kentucky Derby and how fabuLOUs it is to live in Louisville!
Finally, we went on the tour. They have tours every 30 minutes that come with admission. They also have other tours that are for an additional fee, like a behind the scenes tour.  The tour was just long enough to keep my daughter's attention, about 20 minutes.  They stop periodically to give you some anecdotal history that was quite interesting, take you by the track, by the paddock and back to the small stable area by the cafe to see the resident horses.  We did not eat there, but they do have a cafe, the Derby Cafe,  and a cute gift shop (where we found an adorable book for just $3 that's my daughter's new favorite, we've read is 632 times already and counting). 

I will go back to this museum.  After all, I have to take my son and my husband! It is not just an attraction for out of town visitors, but for Kentuckiana residents as well.  Especially if you have children under 5, take them while they are young enough to get in for free, they will have a lovely day and you did just save a few bucks on their admission.       

Here are some videos from the Louisville Family Fun YouTube channel:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Love my Local Business, Please - By: Stephanie

If you don't know, Louisville Family Fun LLC is a business, not just a hobby. This is a labor of love that was started just to provide information and yes, as a hobby but it has morphed into a full-blown empire.  Ok, Ok, empire is a tad extreme!!  Tad...well, very extreme!  This website is run almost entirely by my own sweat (caffeine), dedication (adrenaline) and desire to provide quality information to families so that they can enjoy Louisville (and surrounding) without breaking the bank!  I love every minute it takes to run this website, even at 2am.

But, here's the but, I need help. I want to hire people. Wouldn't it be wonderful to help another at-home mom like myself make a extra money doing something super fun like writing for Louisville Family Fun, securing awesome deals for you or maintaining our outstanding calendar? Shouldn't other cities have websites like mine; I'd like to hire people to do just that!

$50,000 (or even the $25,000 prize) from Intuit would do that for me! It would be the catalyst to let this website become what it needs to be.  Hire a webdesigner to make you all a fabuLOUs searchable database of the Louisville Family Fun reviews that you can search by location, price, age range for kids etc.  Hire people to go out and experience things around town that I can fit into my schedule and pay them to write about it!  Hire someone to improve the calendar and maintain it!  Hire someone to get deals for you that are just what your families need, not microderm abrasion but discounts on family fun stuff!  Hire Hire Hire!!! ALL of the money would go toward HIRING other people to help you find FUN!

LoveALocalBusiness.com is a great opportunity for Louisville Family Fun to grow (and for me to go to bed before midnight LOL).  Please click on the logo link above or on the top right side of the page and show Louisville Family Fun some love!  And show it often!

You can also text to vote for us!
You can text: loufamfun to 244326 to vote for Louisville Family Fun! You will be prompted to answer two questions. It takes only a minute! Thanks so much!

You never know, I might just hire YOU!

WINNERS! Early Shopping Passes for KidStuff Sales


These 4 lucky readers get early shopping passes for them and a guest to the KidStuff sales in either Oldham County or East Louisville.  Here's their Facebook page.

Oldham County sale winners:  Rosie C. and Louise B.

East Louisville sale winners:  Rachel H. and Maryanna S.

Please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net  by the end of the day Thursday August 25th to claim your prize!

Monday, August 22, 2011

CONTEST! Overnight Getaway to French Lick Springs Hotel

After counting it over and over and checking and double, triple checking!  The winner is TANYA C!  I now crown her the MOST LUCKY PERSON IN LOUISVILLE!

We are so excited to bring this special opportunity to our readers.  If you remember, my family and I visited French Lick and stayed at the French Lick Springs Hotel and I wrote a review.  It was a wonderful weekend in scenic French Lick with so much to do right there at the resort. There are activities for the kids, indoor and outdoor swimming, trails for biking, jogging etc. and restaurants.  You can shop right there in the resort or walk right across the street to the town square.  You can also walk to the train depot!  And for the parents, there's a casino!!   I also got to enjoy a blissful facial at the Spa at French Lick.  It was such a well-rounded family getaway, especially since it was a lovely drive into Indiana that didn't take long at all.  You can see a ton of photos in the slideshow in my review

PhotobucketThanks to the fabuLOUs people at French Lick Resort, we are able to offer an extraordinary getaway package to one of our lucky readers. 

The winner will get:

Reservations required. Based on space availability. Not valid on holidays or special events. Does not include gratuity or tax. Cannot be re-sold via an online auction (ie: Ebay, Craigslist, etc). Certificate expires on August 31, 2012.

The package is valued at $450.


PhotobucketFor a chance to win this package:

1)  Write a comment on this blog post telling us which KidsFest activity looks like something your kids would love!  Post under an account or use the anonymous option and type your name and last initial.

2)  2 Bonus entries to all of those who have purchased or purchase a Louisville Family Fun Pass before the end of the contest!

Photobucket3)  Share this contest on Facebook and Twitter (@loufamfun) through tagging Louisville Family Fun or with the share buttons below. Tell your friends to mention your name (first and initial) in their entry comment and you get a bonus entry!**

Note: The contest ends on Friday, August 26th at noon and the winner will be announced before the end of the day Saturday, August 27th on this site. The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted with any eligible bonus entries added. The winner must email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by the end of the day August 29th or a new winner will be chosen. Your comment will not appear immediately and will not be posted if you do not follow the guidelines or if you miss the deadline (even by minutes).
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. As a participant in this giveaway, you are providing information to Louisville Family Fun and not to Facebook. Liking the page does not automatically enter you in the contest and the winner will not be announced via Facebook.

**Tagging does NOT give you a bonus entry in the contest.  It is against Facebook terms to use their features a form of entry into a contest

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Things to do in and around Louisville in September 2011

There's no excuse!  September has an INSANE amount of wonderful family fun events! Here's just a sampling and of course, there's even more on the calendar (hard to believe!).

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Try the Family Fun Grill out at Foxhollow farms on September 3rd.

Enjoy some great music and entertainment at the Bluegrass Festival on Sept. 3d.

Check out WorldFest at the Belvedere on Sept. 4th and learn about different cultures!

PhotobucketExplore various YMCA locations during their Open House Sept. 5-11th!

Familypalooza at Southeast Christian church is sure to be a great time, Sept. 5th and it's free!

Come on out to the Middletown Family Fun Festival for a full weekend of booths, entertainment, parade and more.  Stephanie will be there at the Louisville Family Fun booth and have Fun Passes available. Come say hi.  Sept 9-11th

It's the Louisville Irishfest!  No blarney about it, go out and have fun. Sept 10th & 11th

South Oldham Lions Festival is this month and full of great family fun, Sept 9-11th

There's something for everyone at the Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival that runs from the 11th to the 18th. 
Celebrate 100 years on the Ohio on Sept 17th & 18th with re-enactments, children's activities and more!

Bring out your inner bzzzzzzzzz at the Bugfest at the Bernheim!  Sat. Sept 17th.

Plan ahead and get your FREE museum tickets and use them on the 24th to visit a local museum with a friend.

Eat your heart out at the Jeffersonville Italian Fest on the 24th.  Did someone say cannoli?

I could go on and on and on....September looks like it's going to be a BLAST!

My photo was taken by fabuLOUs Cyndi Whitworth Photography

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review: Playground and Sprayground at Long Run Park

PhotobucketPhotobucketThis morning, I attended the grand opening of a new sprayground at Long Run Park in east Louisville. Long Run Park is part of the Louisville metro parks system and offers scenic paved areas for biking and walking. Many people also enjoy fishing at this park and it has a popular golf course.  It is very easy to find off of the Gene Snyder from Shelbyville Rd or the Old Henry exits. 

The playground is a good size.  It is generally for elementary kids, but my younger daughter was able to navigate it with my careful eye and some assistance.  There are swings: baby and regular.  The ground is wooden mulch.  The bathroom facilities are just across the street, close to walk to.  There is a little area next to the playground that is shaded with picnic tables and grills.  However, the playground is not shaded at all.

PhotobucketThe sprayground was wonderful.  It has many spouts, so it's better than the parks that have the single spout.  It does not have hoops to run through or buckets dumping, it's a simple dancing show of spraying water which is just fine for staying cool and entertained. the ground was concrete but textured and not slippery. I loved the circular design of it.  There are benches around it for parents to watch and it felt more open than if it were rectangular.  Sound silly, but that was just my feel of it.  The only downfall of this sprayground is that there is absolutely no place to get out of the sun. I hope they consider budgeting to add a small shelter with tables for people to get a break from the sun or maybe those tarp/sail type coverings to provide some shade.  So, until then, bring a pop up tent or an umbrella or wear a nice broad sunhat!


WINNERS! Max& Ruby Tickets - QiQi's Day Camp!

One post, two winners!

The winner of the Max & Ruby Tickets for the show at the Palace is:  Kristen K. (email us by end of day 8/24)

The winner of the Day Camp from QiQi's Children's Parties is:  Vickie S.

Email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!

Friday, August 19, 2011

CONTEST! Early shopping at KidStuff Consignment Sales!

PhotobucketThe consignment sale season is rolling in. Not only are these sales great opportunities for big savings, I know a lot of parents that really enjoy shopping and the thrill of the bargain!  If you want an exclusive peak at the KidStuff sales, you've come to the right place! 

We are giving away early shopping opportunities for Wednesday Sept 14 at 9am for Lousiville or Wednesday, Sept 28th at 9am for Oldham Co. You can find detailed information about their upcoming sales on their website.

They have a Facebook fan page you can 'like' to stay up to date!

This contest has ended!
There will be FOUR winners: two winners per location and each winner can bring 1 guest!!

Locations for this contest:
East Louisville
September 14-17, 2011: Winner shopson the 13th!
Ramada Plaza Louisville
Conference Center
9700 Bluegrass Parkway
Louisville, KY 40299

Oldham County
September 28 - October 1, 2011: Winner shops on Sept. 27th!
YMCA Soccer Arena
20 Quality Place
Buckner, KY 40010

This is your chance to get the best deals before anyone else gets to shop!

To enter:

Write a comment on this blog post that says:
1) WHICH SALE you want to shop early in ALL CAPS please. You have to select ONE to enter. 

2) Tell us what you hope to find at this sale for a great bargain price!
Be sure to use an account or post under anonymous and type your name and last initial in the comment so we can identify you!

Note: The contest ends on Monday, August 22nd at noon and the winner will be announced before the end of the day Tuesday, August 23rd on this site. The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted. There will be 4 drawings, 2 for each location and the entrant must complete #1 above to specify the location for which they are entering. The winner must email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by the end of the day August 25th or a new winner will be chosen. Your comment will not appear immediately and will not be posted if you do not follow the guidelines or if you miss the deadline (even by minutes).

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. As a participant in this giveaway, you are providing information to Louisville Family Fun and not to Facebook. Liking the page does not automatically enter you in the contest and the winner will not be announced via Facebook.

Museum Day - September 24th - Free Museum Passes!

Smithsonian Magazine hosts Museum Day! You can go to this LINK and choose from area museums throughout Kentuckiana or beyond and per email address, get 2 free tickets to tour a museum!  Take this opportunity to plan a special day for a Father/Son day at the Louisville Slugger Museum or a trip the Frazier History Museum with your teen for an interestingly educational day. Or, take your art lover to the Speed Art Museum.  Check out all of your options and claim your free tickets!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

CONTEST!! QiQi's Children's Parties - Girl's Day Camp

How much fun is this?!?!?!  

PhotobucketQiQi's Children's Parties is excited to announce their new Girl's Day Camp for girls ages 4-11. Everyone will have a fun filled day getting dressed up, making jewelry and arts and crafts and hanging out in the Movie Theater. Lunch will be enjoyed in the Tea Party room with a child friendly selection of delicious tea sandwiches and sweets. Each child will take home a silvery tiara and a sparkly wand. They will also get to pick out their own cubic zirconia gold overlay charm necklace and ring to take home for a souvenir. Photos will be taken throughout the day and emailed out to each parent at no extra charge.
Only $65 per child

Call 614-6659 for reservations.  (Reservations should be made by 8-25)

Date:  September 10:  10am-3pm  (maximum of 16 children)

We are giving away ONE spot at this party for one of our lucky readers! This will be a FAST contest, only 24 hrs!  To enter, write a comment on this blog post telling us something special about your little princess! 
Be sure to post under account or use anonymous and type your name and last initial in the comment.

Note: The contest ends on Friday, August 19th at 4pm and the winner will be announced before the end of the day Saturday, August 20th on this site. The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted. The winner must email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by the end of the day August 23rd or a new winner will be chosen. Your comment will not appear immediately and will not be posted if you do not follow the guidelines or if you miss the deadline (even by minutes).

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. As a participant in this giveaway, you are providing information to Louisville Family Fun and not to Facebook. Liking the page does not automatically enter you in the contest and the winner will not be announced via Facebook

Thing to do this weekend in and around Louisville August 19,20,21

PhotobucketWe've scoured the internet, papers and tv looking for the best things for you to do with your friends and family this weekend! 

Here's the Louisville Family Fun list of what we think are fabuLOUs options for the weekend.

The Kentucky State Fair is kicking off!  You can head out there for the opening weekend or hit the fair again over the course of it's run. This is the mecca of all Louisville Family Fun!  Read our reviews from last year!
Review 1   Review 2

Cool off inside at the Rauch Planetarium and experience one of their unique evening shows

Shop early at one of the many local farmer's markets that we have listed on our calendar and support local artisans and farmers.

Enjoy Pet Day at the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. Bring your friends and family (furry or not!!) 
Head to Hwang's Martial Arts for American Girl Day.  Pre-registration is required for this event.

Looking for a little adventure up I71?  The Newport Aquarium has a special deal from 4-7pm.  You can get 2 kids in free with one paid adult!

Photo by Cyndi Whitworth Photography

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review of the The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

PhotobucketThank you so much to Louisville Family Fun reader, Brandy Schaefer for writing this fabuLOUs guest review for our site!

PhotobucketA couple of weeks ago, I decided to hop into my van with my two kids, pop in Cars and drive to meet my sister and her family at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. I am the type of person who gets nervous to drive downtown, even in my own city, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to find the museum. Just two turns off of I-65 and I was in the FREE garage right across the street from the museum. Awesome! From the garage, we walked over the street via the skywalk and entered the museum.

PhotobucketThe Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a total of 5 stories tall. It is open from 10 - 5. We arrived at 11 and did not have time to thoroughly explore it all. After paying admission (just $39 and some change for me and two kids) and checking out the giant Bumblebee Transformer in the lobby, the kids headed straight for the DinoSphere section of the museum. There we explored dinosaur skeletons under the cover of a dome like ceiling (like a planetarium) that changed to show different types of weather. The great thing about this museum is that one can explore each exhibit on so many levels. There are the traditional signs explaining each exhibit, but also several touch screen computer activities for kids. Additionally, there are opportunities for small children to get closer to the exhibits through tunnels. There is a dino bone digging area, a dinosaur toy play table, a large nest area where kids could don dino costumes and pretend to guard their eggs. There was even a lab where researchers were cleaning and prepping real dinosaur bones and an actual Paleontologist who talked to the children at regular intervals. DinoSphere was one of the our favorite areas!

PhotobucketAlso on this level is an awesome glass Water Clock that stands 26 feet tall. Kids and adults alike enjoy watching the clock change to the next hour. There is also a great food court with several different counters-- each selling a different type of food. The food is good quality and priced as expected for this type of venue. One of my favorite features is the Toddler Bites meal I was able to purchase for my 2 yr old. I could choose 3 or 4 small portions of various things such as mandarin oranges, mac n cheese, Goldfish, Cheerios, sliced hot dogs, apple sauce, cottage cheese, juice, etc. It was much better getting her a burger and fries that she would barely touch!

PhotobucketThe museum features rotating exhibits in addition to the staples. We visited two of the rotating exhibits-- Dora & Diego Let’s Explore and Barbie The Fashion Experience. Both were super fun!! The Barbie exhibit even features a dressing area and runway where the kids can come out and strut their stuff. This was a hit for the girls and we noticed some of boys getting into the act as well!

Another favorite was All Aboard, a Reuben Wells designed steam engine that “operates” at regular intervals. Behind it there are train cars to explore, complete with TV screen windows that make it feel as though you are actually moving! The Egypt section of the museum features something similar, with a EgyptAir plane. Again the windows are TV screens and the seats rumble to make you feel as though you are in motion.

At the end of the day, we rushed to the top level of the museum to walk through the kaleidoscope area and take a ride on the Carousel. The cost is $1 per child to ride. We finished just in time to catch the End of the Day Parade. One of the cool things about this museum is the fact that there is a large ramp in the center that you can use to travel between the levels. With a stroller or wheelchair, it makes it so much easier than dealing with the elevator. Near closing time, they invite everyone to the top of the ramp to be part of the parade. Everyone lines up and each child is given a flag to wave in the parade. Then the entire group processes down the ramp towards the exit, following a dinosaur mascot while the “End of the Day” song plays over the speakers. As a parent, one of the worst parts of any excursion is having to leave. There are always tears. But I didn’t hear whining or crying out of any of the children as they marched down the ramp towards the exit. Pure genius!! We absolutely loved the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and can’t wait to go back and explore it further!