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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Vote for Louisville Family Fun!

Do you love our site and the detailed, current and abundant information we provide for families in the Louisville area?  Then...SPREAD THE WORD by voting for us as the "Best Local Website" for Louisville Magazine in 2011.   What a great way to let all of Louisville know about this site!

Just go to this SURVEY and enter us in the "Best Local Website" category!  (http://www.louisvillefamilyfun.net/)

You will even be entered to win $200 worth of dining certificates from the magazine!

The contest ends April 22, 2011

While you are at it, vote for all of your other faves in Louisville, we did!

Comment on this blog post when you have entered and we will give you an extra entry into all of our April contests! Be sure to inclue your name!

Living Social Discount for Wheel Fun Rentals TODAY ONLY

If you like Waterfront park as much as we do, this is a great way to see it! Wheel Fun has a deal TODAY through Living Social for 50% off!  You can visit their website to see the various "wheels" that they rent and the rates.  For example, with one Living Social deal purchased, you get $30 worth of rentals for $15...that means you can rent a single surrey and take the family out and about Waterfront Park for 1.5 hours! 

You can purchase 3 but can only use 1 per visit. However, they don't expire until April 2012!
Be sure to read all of the fine print for yourself!

We are going to give it a try!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Free Events and Things to do in April in Louisville By: Jeanette

April and October, I have heard, are the best months to be living in Louisville. I definitely have to agree! This month is packed full of family friendly events. Be sure to check out our previous posts relating to Easter, Earth Day, and the DERBY!

First Friday Free Night Speed Museum and Art Sparks, April 1  - Great opportunity to check out Art Sparks for free! Check out our reviews of Art Sparks:

Review 1  and Review 2

First Friday Trolley Hop at Main and Market, April 1. Enjoy riding the trolley for FREE!

Grand Opening of the Nature Explore Area at Jefferson Memorial Forest, April 2
This is an area where children, ages 3-5 years old, can play, be creative, imagine, discover, explore…the possibilities are endless. Little ones can climb on tree stumps, build with tree “cookies”, hide in the Sassafras Tree House, create with seeds, leaves, rocks and other natural materials and listen to a story under the trees.

Party with Heartland Music Together at St Andrews Episcopal Church, April 10
We're doing it up big-time, with food, music, children's activities, informal playtimes and live performances, door prizes, free gifts, and even more music.
To RSVP, contact Miriam at (502) 491-3131 info@heartlandmusictogether.com

Wildflower Open House at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, April 16
Hear special stories about the uses and history of both native plants and exotics. There will be free crafts for kids throughout the day at the Nature Center.

Crafting Touchable Gourds at American Printing House for the Blind, April 23
Art isn't just about seeing it with your eyes—it's about touching, exploring and experiencing. Participants will use art techniques such as paper mache, dry brush painting, and collage to create unique tactile art pieces from gourds—including bobble-head gourds. Free to the public, but registration is required. Call 899-2213 to register.

WFPK Waterfront Wednesday, April 27
Louisville’s most popular after work concert series.

Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, April 30 or find them on Facebook
The Cherokee Triangle Neighborhood comes together to welcome hundreds of artists and thousands of visitors for our annual art fair.

Always double check the website of the events for more information and any updates.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CONTEST! $40 in Discovery Toys!

Local mom, Carolyn Nowlin, is a Discovery Toys consultant and would love to share these fantastic toys with another parent!  You will win a $40 voucher to purchase any Discovery Toy that you want! 

From Carolyn:
The five reasons why all parents and educators should want to include Discovery Toys in their children’s daily play experiences are because


1. they are KID-POWERED
2. they have LAYERS OF LEARNING
3. they encourage PARENT INVOLVEMENT
4. they are SAFE and of THE HIGHEST QUALITY
5. finally they are FUN.

• Nearly 80% of the products on toy shelves today in the mass market are electronic.

• Particularly, this is true for Infant & Toddler products, which is frightening because it is during these critical ages and stages, more than almost any other time, for parents to be bonding with their children and laying the foundations for future learning!

• Studies by the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center show that since the late 1970s, children have lost 12 hours per week in free time! Meanwhile, time in structured sports has doubled. This includes organized sports, physical education classes and extracurricular activities where rules must be followed, and adults dictate the play.

To enter this contest, visit her WEBSITE and look at the toys. Comment on this blog letting us know which toy you would love to see your child playing with! Be sure to include your name!

Please note: comments do not show up immediately.  1 entry per person. This contest will end on Thursday March 31st at midnight and the winner will be announced on this site by 5pm on April 1st.
**The winner must pay to ship the product**

Review of the Louisville Kids Fair By: Stephanie

The Louisville Kids Fair was held this weekend at the convention center downtown.  Overall, I feel there is a lot of room for improvement but at the same time, my child had a lot of fun.  My son loves exploring and doing new things, so entering the fair and roaming around was really entertaining for him.  This was it's first year; I think it has potential!

First, I will just put it out there that as a parent, I was bothered by the hodge-podge of vendor booths.  For a kids fair, I felt the vendors should be restricted to only those that cater to children.  I can see all of these vendors for free at events like the Middletown Family Festival and other community/chruch festivals throughout the year.  I would have loved to see some of the places that I know from around town there to give everyone information and maybe prizes or free passes. Instead, we had to weed through home improvement vendors or lawyers to get to the kids information.  For whatever reason, many of the kid-friendly businesses were not at the fair.  However, they do list the vendors on their website so in the future, you can check who will be there and see if you are interested in those particular vendors.

Also, I thought that for the amount of families in attendance, there were not enough activities for the kids. This problem could be seen by the length of the lines and the confusion on some people's faces.  In some areas near the bounce houses and by the pony rides, it was hard to tell who was on line for which activity because the lines were so long and interwoven.  For many activities, people were waiting on lines at least 20-30 people deep for a short pony ride, some very simplistic face painting or about 3 minutes of bouncing.  In the future, maybe they will have a better idea of how many people will attend and add more activities and spread the event to a larger space to account for the lines.

Last, it was very hectic.  Part of this was the venue. It was not large enough to account for lots of people with strollers, long lines and big bounce houses.  It felt spread out in the middle and then cramps on the sides.  I think that for a family event, there needs to be plenty of space so that children don't get lost weaving in and out of crowds.  As for the bounce houses, when we were there, the woman running the obstacle course had great control over the people and spacing it out for safety. However, the people working the other bounce houses seemed frazzled and overwhelmed by the crowd losing count of the number of kids in there, who was in line first, allowing people in that were too old/tall and allowing kids to jump down the slides or go down head first. 

We were pleased with the area in the back set up for the stage and the firetruck.  There were plenty of seats for people to watch the little shows and those there looked like they were really enjoying it.  My son really enjoyed the firetruck and the firemen really kept the line moving and talked with the kids.  Also, there were tables and chairs for families to take breaks or have a snack from the refreshment area, which is great.  But, the refreshment area was at the front and the tables were in the back of the hall so maybe the tables should have been placed closer to the refreshment stand instead of the petting zoo!  As for the bounce houses, when we did make it through the lines, my son did have fun in the 3 bounce houses that he tried. 

We did like that each vendor had something to giveaway for the kids such as toothbrushes, stickers or candy. My son liked browsing to see if they had games to play or things to get while I picked up a flyer, entered a contest, got some passes to try things or chatted with the vendors. He loved all of the characters that were dressed up and walking around the shake hands like a horse from a riding lessons booth, the LG &E bug and a polar bear from the Zoo booth.

All in all, we were there for about an hour and a half and although I got bored faster than my son, we both left happy since he had fun.  I came home learning about one new place that I can tell readers about, so that's an added bonus!  Like I said, it does have potential!  I hope to see the event grow and improve so that it can truly become what it should be: an informative and fun event for all things KIDS in Louisville!

Monday, March 28, 2011

March 29th Kids Eat Free at Chili's - Coupon!

Here's a great coupon! Print it and head to on of the several Chili's in our area and get up to TWO free kids meals per ONE adult meal purchased! That's a great reason to not cook dinner tomorrow night!

$2 Movies on Tuesdays at the Village 8 Theatre

The Village 8 in St. Matthews is a great value for families wanting to head out to the movies and not spend a fortune.  They have a list of first run and second run films and on Tuesdays, it's only $2, what a great discount!  Take the family out for a special weekday treat!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Louisville Family Fun March 25, 26, 27 Weekend

For the last weekend in March, why don’t you and your family do something NEW together? There are lots of possibilities this weekend!


French Vacation Family Day at the Speed Museum
Get ready to treat all five of your senses to a French inspired Family Day with a sampling of creative art making, delicious food, beautiful music, fun poetry, and even a chance to meet Claude Monet to celebrate the origins of Impressionist Landscapes.

American Turner Circus
After a few postponements due to flooding, it is finally time for the students of American Turners to show off their skills.

Teddy Bear at the Orchestra
Grab your teddy bear and join the Louisville Orchestra for an exciting journey introducing the orchestra through fun, kid friendly classical music and emceed from stage by our own giant teddy bear.

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. Participate in interpretive hikes, storytelling, live demonstrations, and children’s activities inspired by these birds. Raptor Rehab, KY Fish and Wildlife, and food vendors will be present. Meets in the Horine Reservation.

Louisville Kids Fair
The fair is a brand new event which will be premiering at the Kentucky International Convention Center. This fun-filled event was created to allow families to spend the day together while shopping, gathering information, and most of all allowing the kids to have fun!

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

What family fun do you have planned for this weekend?

Celebrating Earth Day in Louisville By: Jeanette

Enjoy the month of April by celebrating the Earth. Here are some local events to help you.

Louisville Zoo is celebrating the whole month of April. Each weekday visitors can enjoy the many keeper presentations and animal encounters that we offer and every weekend will be filled with scavenger hunts and special activities. Check out the website for all the fun happening at Louisville Zoo!
Family Volunteer Day at Bernheim www.bernheim.org – It is FREE, but a RSVP needed.You can give a few hours or several hundred hours working throughout the 14,600 acres of forest or the 600 acre arboretum. You will participate in a variety of activities while having fun in the great outdoors, and the ever-changing landscape at Bernheim gives you endless opportunities for life-long learning. Contact Amy Joseph Landon to sign up (502) 955-8512 x262 or alandon@bernheim.org.

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway at Douglass Community Center
Free! Volunteers will give away 1,500 trees to anyone signing the United Nations Environment Program's (UNEP) pledge to plant and nurse the tree to adulthood.

Earth Day Celebration at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park Join park staff, environmental groups, and area businesses as we celebrate Earth Day. Throughout the day we will have hikes to the vernal pond, a dumpster dive, a live animal demonstration, a park clean-up, and a geocaching demonstration. Call 502-429-7270 for more information.

Be sure to check out your local library for Earth Celebration Events all month long.
Louisville Library
Oldham
Always double check with the event’s websites to get additional info if a RSVP or ticket is needed, pricing, time etc. If you know of other local events please e-mail us so we’ll update the list. Thanks!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Family Fun with the Louisville Bats Baseball Team By: Jeanette

With the arrival of spring, that could only mean one thing: time to head to the ballpark and catch some Louisville Bats in action! The opening week (April 7) is promised to be family fun packed. They have fish fry, fireworks, Pablo from Backyardigans, and kids run the bases planned. If you can’t make it opening week they routinely have running of the bases (Sundays) and fireworks(Fridays) throughout the season so check the schedule for additional family friendly events with the games.

Don’t forget to have your kids (under 12) join the Knothole Gang Kids Club. For a $10 joining fee, they will get into every Sunday game for FREE, a t-shirt, and a meet and greet with the players just to name a few of the perks for joining.
 
Play Ball!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Review of Kingpin Lanes in Louisville By: Stephanie

Kingpin Lanes is located in Jeffersontown Commons on Taylorsville Rd.  My kids and I, along with my parents, spent a recent rainy afternoon there bowling and playing.  They are open 7 days a week and it's a very large facility with lanes on both sides and a cafe in the middle. 

It was just under $25 for 6 of us to bowl 2 games and rent shoes (5 shoe rentals).  We used a coupon that we found on their website.  When you pay, they will put in everyone's names and if you have kids with you, they will ask if they want bumpers.  Then, when you play, when it is the child's turn, the bumper pop up automatically. They also have little ramps that the kids can use to help them bowl.

My mother ordered a salad and I was really surprised at what I saw when they brought it out to her. For less than $5, this salad was huge, fresh and had such a nice variety of ingredients.  We didn't order anything else, but from the looks of that salad and the care put into making it, I bet the rest of the food is made just as well. 
The kids and I ventured into the video arcade. It was spacious and clean with numerous games. You can purchase tokens to use and tickets come out of the games to be redeemed for prizes. 
We went for casual bowling but I noticed that they also have live music and karaoke at different times. There is a room when you first enter that looks like it's perfect for some nightlife entertainment, with pool tables as well.  They even have a little room for mini-bowling with scaled down lanes.  They also host birthday parties for kids or adults.  It's a full service fun place!
On a rainy, snowy or day that's just too hot to be outside, head indoors to Kingpin Lanes and have a ball!  Tell them we sent you!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mondays with Mrs. Sparkles: Exploring Japan from Kentuckiana

Following last week’s natural disaster, our hearts and prayers have been with the people of Japan. Images and vague ideas of earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear reactors exploding have infiltrated our family’s psyche. Unwittingly, our daughter has formed her own idea of what a tsunami is - a pile of debris and trash on top of houses – thus, separating the tsunami with the result.
With so many images of devastation pervading our concept of Japan, I would like to suggest some activities and resources that will help put this past week’s events into context. Enjoy exploring Japan!

Sadako and the 1,000 cranes:
Explore Japan’s history through a book and with making Origami Cranes. Read “Sadako and the 1,000 Cranes” with your child. Work together to create your own Origami Cranes. Follow the video below. It will guide you through the process of making an Origami Crane. All you will need is a square sheet of 20lb or less paper. Use Origami paper, DCMV basic Scrapbooking paper or copy paper.
Here's a Video


DCMV Paper at Joanns

Crane House, The Asia Institute:
Take a tour of the Crane House galleries. Call ahead to schedule a tour.
Japan-Kentucky Friendship Gardens:
Take a ride to Georgetown, Kentucky to explore, Yuko-En on the Elkhorn, a serene Japanese style stroll garden. Take some dry bread with you to feed to the Koi in the pond.

Cherry Blossom Festival and Georgetown International Kite and Culture Festival:
Plan your trip to Georgetown for Saturday, April 18 and attend both events which will be held on adjacent properties. Make a kite, stroll through the Yuko-En gardens and watch cultural performances.

Explore Japan From Home:
Visit Japan from the comfort of your home. Learn about Manga, contemporary fashion, and of course, Japanese foods among other things.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

WINNER! Family 4 Pack of Tickets to Louisville Kids Fair

Natalie S. (respond by 3/23 @8pm) & Ashley R. are the lucky winners of the Family 4 Packs of tickets to the Louisville Kids Fair next weekend!  Please email us within 24hrs at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Kid Friendly Kentucky Derby Events for 2011

Are you looking for 2013 information?  Click HERE

DERBY TIME! These events range from the air show and fireworks to the parade and Twilight on the Great Lawn. Be sure to check out the website for additional events, times, and pricing.

McDonald's Thunder Preview Party 4/7/11
The Kentucky Derby Festival is pleased to announce that McDonald's Restaurants of Kentuckiana will once again be title sponsor of the Thunder Funder Program, which will help raise funds for the 2011Thunder Over Louisville show, the Derby Festival's Opening Ceremonies on April 16. Ninety-seven area McDonald's restaurants will donate a portion of their drink sales revenue to help support Thunder.

Thunder Over Louisville 4/15/11
Thunder Over Louisville is not only the official opening ceremonies for the two fun-filled weeks of the Kentucky Derby Festival, it is also the nation's largest annual fireworks show. The Thunder Air Show dazzles the crowd with more than 100 planes, aerobatics teams, daring sky diving teams and breathtaking stunts.

The Fillies Children's Tea with the Derby Festival Princesses 4/17/11
Children are encouraged to dress like a prince or princess for this social event with the members of the Derby Festival's 2011 Royal Court.

U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest 4/28/11-4/30/11
Previously recognized by Louisville Magazine as Louisville's "Best Event," the 39th annual U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Race and 19th annual U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow will continue as two of the marquee events of the Derby Festival schedule, in addition to newer ballooning events such as the U.S. Bank Great Balloon Rush Hour Race, U.S. Bank Great Balloon Lift-off and U.S. Bank Great Balloon Tour.

Movie Night on the Great Lawn 4/29/11
Fans of the movie, Twilight, will want to bring their blankets and folding chairs to Kroger's Fest-a-Ville on the Great Lawn at Waterfront on Friday, April 29, as the hit film will be shown on a 45-foot inflatable screen. The wildly popular vampire flick will be screened at 9:15 PM; admission is a 2011 Pegasus Pin.

Kroger's Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront 4/28/11-5/6/11: We wrote a review for this event last year.

Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert 5/1/11
The concert featuring five Louisville Youth Orchestra ensembles.

Celebration Sunday with 88.5 WJIE 5/1/11
Enjoy a great family event on the waterfront. Family activities will be programmed throughout the day, including an inflatable playground, rock-climbing wall, ferris wheel, carousel and more. Building 419, Rush of fools, and Downhere will perform.

Discovery Day 5/2/11
The event will feature free educational and interactive activities for children.

Republic Bank Parade Preview Party 5/3/11
Parade enthusiasts can sneak a peak of each float during the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Float Preview Party.

Republic Bank Pegasus Parade 5/5/11
The 56th parade promises to be a spectacle of colorful floats, marching bands, giant inflatables, equestrians and celebrities parading down Broadway in downtown Louisville.

Night of Future Stars at Bellarmine University, 4/21/11
The Derby Festival's roundball activities kick off with Derby Festival Night of the Future Stars. The event is held every year on the night before the Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

Ramble for the Roses at Iroquois Park, 5/3/11
Enjoy a family-friendly evening at the 25th Anniversary of the Ramble for the Roses! The Ramble mini-Festival offers a playground, cookout selection of food, drink and children's games.

Don’t forget to plan your own kid-friendly derby party!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Easter in Louisville & Southern Indiana- Events and Things to Do

Looking for 2016 information? Click HERE

Easter Pageant at Southeast Church, now (March 18) through April 1.  Not suitable for kids under 6. Purchase tickets online.

FUN EASTER ACTIVITIES AT BASS PRO SHOPS!
April 16, 2011 - April 24, 2011

The Easter Bunny is coming to Bass Pro Shops Clarksville! Get your one free photo with the Easter Bunny!
The Easter Bunny will be available every day:
Saturday & Sunday, April 16-17 & 23-24, 11am-3pm
Monday – Friday, April 18-22, 6-8pm

There will be Easter Egg Hunts on April 16,17, 23, 24 at 1:00 pm for one hour only for kids ages 2 through 10! You only have to find five eggs and get your prize!

Crafts for the kids will be available:
1st Weekend: "Decorate Your Own Easter Egg" Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, Noon - 3pm (while supplies last)
2nd Weekend: "Make A Foam Magnet Easter Egg Decoration" Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, Noon - 3pm (while supplies last)
Friday, April 22, 6-8pm (while supplies last)

Photos with the Bunny starting April 9:
Oxmoor Mall

St. Matthews Mall

Green Tree Mall (actually starts April 7)

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Ken Ellis Center (Jeffersonville), April 9 Enjoy crafts, games and donuts with the Easter Bunny! RSVP to Sara Schutz at sschutz@jeffparks.org or 502.376.9104.

Douglass Community Center Easter Events
Easter pottery – April 14 ages 6 and up ($10) and Egg coloring April 20
Age 12 and up. $3, Easter Eggs-travaganza ($3) for 12 and under on April 23 from 10am-12pm.

Also check your local community center for additional events.

Easter Parade:  on April 23. The Parade begins at approximately 11:30 A.M. in front of St. Mark’s, 2822 Frankfort Ave. and heads towards downtown Louisville ending at Haldeman Avenue.

Scavenger Hunt Eggstravaganza at Portland Library starting on April 18-April 22
List the correct location of all ten eggs hidden in the library and you'll be entered to win a BIG prize! Ages 3-18

Easter in the State Parks: beginning April 22. Enjoy a Easter themed weekend in nature with the family.

Easter Egg Hunt with Revolution Church on April 23.
Located at Highlands Latin School area
Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 for under 5 years old and then 11:15 for 5+ ages.

Lots of churches offer Easter egg hunts so be sure to google your local churches and check the times for Easter Sunday services while you are there.


Egg Hunt at Colgate Park in Clarksville, IN on April 23 There will be over 4000 eggs to be collected so arrive on time to be sure to have some fun! Bring your own Easter basket or bag. The Easter Bunny will be visiting!
Easter Egg Hunt, at All About Kids, April 23

Cottontail Express at Kentucky Railway Museum, April 23
Enjoy a train excursion with the Easter Bunny. All children receive a special treat.

Annual Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Joe Huber’s Family Farm and Restaurant, April 24 - Annual Giant Easter Egg Hunt will be at 3pm and the Easter Bunny will be there too. Don't forget to call and make your reservations for the Dining Room or Buffet at 923-5255!

Easter Brunch Cruise on Belle of Louisville, April 24  It's a perfect time to take the family out for a special Easter event. The Easter Bunny might just hop on in, too, with more fun for children! Join us on the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville as she starts off her cruising season on the Ohio River.

Grace MOPS Eggstavaganza April 9th 10am-Noon at Grace Lutheran Church in New Albany. Egg hunts for different age groups, food, face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Buffalo Trace Easter Egg Hunt
Buffalo Trace Distillery will hold the Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 16, 2011. Festivities start at 1:00 p.m., with the great hunt getting underway in the Gardens of Buffalo Trace at 1:15 p.m. Don't miss out of all the fun and refreshments!

Easter Egg Hunt at All About Kids
Saturday, April 23 2pm-4pm   $6/register by April 16, $8/register after or day of event
Ages 6 and under, older siblings can play in open gym
Designated areas for 1-2 yr olds, 3-4 yr olds, and 5-6 yr olds.
Indoor event, door prizes and photo ops with the Easter Bunny

April 9 - Easter Egg Hunt, Howard Steamboat Museum, Jeffersonville. Free Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. Children through age 5 will hunt on the West lawn. Six, seven and eight year olds will hunt on the East lawn. Please bring your own basket and camera. Free goodie bags for each child. Children may visit with the Easter Bunny before and after the hunt. For info call (812) 283-3728


April 9 - Middletown Easter Egg Hunt - 1-2pm! at Middletown Park. The Easter Bunny will be there too. Eggs will also be at area Middletown Businesses with coupons, discounts & free gifts for the adults on Friday, April 8th and Saturday April 9th

April 23 - Grace Louisville Easter Egg hunt - FREE - 10am

April 23 - Westport Road Baptist Church - FREE - Community Easter Egg hunt at Briar Hill park 10:30am

April 23rd - River Valley Christian Church Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt in Goshen - with Mr. Magic 7:30pm


Always double check with the event’s websites to get additional info if a RSVP or ticket is needed, pricing, time etc. If you know of other local events please e-mail us so we’ll update the list. Thanks!

Review of the Louisville St. Patricks Day Parade By: Stephanie


The Louisville St. Patrick's Day parade is held on a Saturday around March 17th.  This year, 2011, it was the Saturday before. It starts at the intersection of E. Broadway and Baxter and ends near the Mid City Mall on Bardstown Rd.  It is a fun event for the whole family.

We took a seat on a wall across from the Homemade Ice Cream & pie Kitchen near KFC.  Not that sitting near the KFC drivethrough was the best place, but having a nice wall to sit on was great for watching the parade.  It began at 3pm and was a full 2 hrs long.  The parade was full of traditional parade marchers like military personnel, bands, police on horseback and fire trucks. But, in the spirit of St. Patrick's day, there were bagpipers, lots of people dressed up as leprechauns and many party floats with people enjoying themselves and dancing!  There were even 2 floats dedicated to Lady Gaga. You just never know what you will see!  Most of the marchers handed out candy and beads. This was a huge hit to all of the children sitting on the curbs enjoying the parade as it went by. 

It was really easy to park getting there and leaving. We just approached the area on Grinstead off of 64 and parked on one of the residential side streets. We arrived at about 2pm to just walk around and get a good spot and at that time, there were no issues with traffic.

It was a really festive parade. Lots of people were dressed up and having a blast which made it great for just hanging out on a nice day. 

Although we didn't participate, after the parade, part of Baxter near many of the Irish pubs remains closed for live music. 

Louisville Family Fun March 18, 19, 20 Weekend

Here are a few events happening this weekend - something for everyday.


FRIDAY

Fish Fry at St James School for the whole family! Carry-outs available.

SATURDAY

GET HEALTHY LOUISVILLE at KFC Yum! Center
Norton Healthcare invites the entire family to this event complete with health screenings, educational resources and fun activities for everyone. Attendees can learn about going green, the latest workout craze Zumba and get a free haircut.

Slithering Snakes at Creasey Mahan Preserve – FREE Enjoy a visit with Jamie Cook, a Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources Conservation Educator, and our visiting snake friends. Jamie will present programs at 11:00 and 12:15. Lots of fun crafts for the kids to make too!

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Kentucky Crafted: The Market at Kentucky Expo Center There's a $3 off one ticket for taking a survey from the website. There is also a Children & Family Traditions area for a variety of hands-on activities, and the Kentucky Proud dining area, where a variety of regional edibles trade stories about surviving knife attacks and open flames.

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

Thursday, March 17, 2011

CONTEST! Tickets to the Louisville Kids Fair

Have you heard about the new Louisville Kids FairIt is at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Saturday March 26 from 10am-5pm and Sunday March 27th from noon-5pm. 

We have 2 FAMILY PACKS of tickets to give away!  That's 4 tickets for each of our two winners!  There will be lots of fun for everyone at this event.

Here's how to win!

Write a comment on this post answering the following question, please include your name:

What is your favorite family activity to do in Louisville?

This contest will end Sunday March 20th at 5pm and the winner will be announced by noon on Monday March 21st.  2 winners will be chosen at random. The winners must email us within 24 hrs so that we can mail out your tickets on time! Comment will not show immediately.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review of Tioga Falls and Fort Duffield By: Jeanette

With spring just around the corner, we took a drive about a 40 minute drive southwest of Louisville to hike and visit some historic sites and a 130 foot waterfall. We started off by hiking the Tioga Falls trail. The parking area has 4 picnic tables, but I did not see any restrooms nearby. This hike is about 2 miles roundtrip with a few steep places and some rough footing. At a casual pace, it takes about 2 hours. The Tioga falls were great to see and hear. From the website, there is a downloadable brochure to learn about 33 points of interest including how there used to be a hotel at the top of the falls in the 1800s. Wealthy planters from the south would send their families here in the summer to escape malaria. On the hike back we hiked along the creek. This would be a great summer hike to let the kids splash in the creek. In the same area is another historical hiking site, Bridges to the Past. We did not hike this trail this time.


Just north of the falls is Fort Duffield Park in West Point, Kentucky. At the parking area are 2 brochures: one of the maps of the trails (although none are well marked) and the other a walking tour brochure with the history. This was known as "Union Stronghold At The Mouth of Salt River" during the Civil War. It is 300 feet above the city and is largest earthworks in Kentucky. We were able to see southern Indiana once at the top. There are 10miles of hiking and mountain biking trails (intermediate and expert riders) at the park, a few picnic tables, and a restroom. Our oldest son loved checking out the 3 buildings onsite. The fort has a living history demonstration every Memorial and Labor Day weekends.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mondays with Mrs. Sparkles: Crazy Scrapbooking

How many times have you started a sentence with “When I was a little girl/boy”?  How much does your child really know about your childhood?  Sure they know life was different, but what was it really like?  

In honor of Women’s History Month, I would like to inspire you to really share what life was like for you as a child with your sweet offspring.  For this week’s project, Crazy Quilts will be our inspiration.  Don’t know what a Crazy Quilt is?  Check out this quilt from the National Gallery of Art.

Our project objective: make a scrapbook page filled with memories from our or our mother’s childhood.  What you will need to get started:


Scrapbook paper
Acid Free Pens
Scrapbook filler page
Glue
Pictures are optional

Directions:
To create your scrapbook page choose papers that correspond to memories.   In my example, my mother chose vintage prints that reminded her of her childhood.

Cut irregular shapes out of your selected sheets of paper.

Glue your paper down on your filler page by overlapping your paper until you have covered your entire page.

Trim your overlapped paper to the shape and size of your filler paper.

Illustrate your page with words, phrases, pictures and stories.

Embellish the seams with crazy quilt inspired patterns.

Want to see a Crazy Quilt?  You can see  an example at the Louisville Airport.  Take the escalators up from the baggage claim and take a left down the hall.  You can see two at the end of the hall.  

For additional inspiration, Google Crazy Quilt Stitches

Embroidery Guild of America, Louisville Kentucky


 

Friday, March 11, 2011

WINNER!! 6 FREE Brilliant Babies Playgroup Classes

The winner of this fantastic prize Jerimy Lindsey.  Jerimy entered by 'liking' the Brilliant Babies Facebook page. Congrats Jerimy!  Please email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com to claim your Brilliant Babies Playgroup pass.  

Special Discount Deal for Flying Hands

Flying Hands offers private or group music lessons in the Louisville area.   Your child can learn anything from mandolin to playing the piano or take voice lessons. Their instructors are very experienced and knowledgeable.  They offer flexible schedules to meet your needs!  Louisville Family Fun has coordinated a special discount deal for our readers!

Contact Flying Hands and tell them that you would like the Louisville Family Fun discount.  You can get 1 FREE lesson with the purchase of 1 month or 1/2 off a lesson.  This discount is for new students only and can only be used one time (1 per person). 

Now, get musical!

Louisville Family Fun March 11, 12, 13 Weekend

Here are a few FREE events happening this weekend:

Louisville Leopard Percussionists at Norton Elementary School

Kids Fest in Shepherdsville - 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.

Next Generation Weekend at Bass Pro Shop - Free Fun, games, crafts, and activities for the kids!
Check out the websites for additional information for dates, times, and pricing and our calendar for additional family fun going on this weekend.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Groupon Discount for My Gym Classes

Today ONLY!  Groupon has a great deal for classes at MY GYM!  $55 for membership, 4 classes and 4 open plays!

Always read the fine print when buying a Groupon!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Review of Mary T Meagher Open Swim By: Stephanie

Last week, I took my kids to the open swim at Mary T. Meagher Aquatics Center. We went to a weekday open swim from 12-3pm.  They have many different times for open swim as well as lap swimming or water aerobics. You can even have a swimming birthday party there!

Anyway, we went at noon and the open swim area was not busy at all. We checked in and paid. It was $8.50 for my son and I, my daughter got in free since she is under 3.  They take credit cards. We headed to the women's locker room where we got changed.  We brought a lock with us to use on one of the lockers and I brought my backpack out to the pool with our towels.

There are lanes designated for lap swimming and a section in each pool for open swim.  They have a basketball hoop and ball, a slide, pool noodles and kick boards for you to use.  There are life guards on duty. My kids and I had a great time swimming and stayed for about an hour and a half.  The water was warm but not bath-water-warm. There are chairs and bleachers to lay your stuff on or sit down to take a break. We didn't snack there but I did see other children having snacks and drinks so I assume they allow you to do that, but I would check with them for sure.

We headed back to the locker room to change. They do have some exercise equipment near the ladies locker room that adults can use!  In the locker room there are private changing areas as well as showers if you want to rinse off the chlorine.

If you are looking for some indoor recreational swimming in Louisville, this is a fantastic option. They have many different times during the week and on the weekends and it is really affordable. They do have options for family passes if you plan on going often enough for that to save you some money!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

CONTEST! 6 FREE Brilliant Babies Playgroup Classes

Here is your chance to win 6 Free Brilliant Babies Playgroup Classes!! ($48 value)  They are on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am at Babyology and taught by a wonderfully hard-working local mom named Andrea! 

From her site:
Playgroup Classes meet Saturday mornings from 10:30-11:30 am at Babyology, 3934 Dutchmans Lane Louisville, Kentucky 40207. Doors open at 10:15 to allow freeplay and friend making! Designed for children 6 months-5 years and the people who love them, this parent participating playgroup focuses on American Sign Language, Music & Movement, Storybook Readings, Instrumental Expression, Parachute Play, Puppets, Games & Dances, Social Development, Parent/Child Bonding and much more!


For a chance to win, do one (or all) of the following:

1) Like Brilliant Babies facebook page and post a comment on her page letting Andrea know that you are entering the contest.

2) Post a comment on this blog answering the following question, include your name

3) Refer a friend to this contest and tell them to enter and include your name in their blog post entry so that you can earn an additional entry!

Question:  What do you think you would enjoy most about the Brilliant Babies playgroup?

This contest will end on Thursday 3/10/11 at midnight and the winner will be announced by midnight on 3/11/11.  Note: comments on this blog will not appear immediately. The winner must email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com within 24 hrs of the announcement in order to claim their prize!

A Great Coupon for All About Kids Classes

You can get a great discount for classes at All About Kids today only through GROUPON.  This deal does not expire for 1 year! So, if you think you might enroll your child next fall or winter, it is worth it to get it now!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Summer Camps in Louisville: Art, Music, Theater, Dance


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Art @ the Beach
Where: duPont Manual Visual Art Magnet, 120 West Lee Street
Contact: Suzanne Sidebottom 485-8241
Email: suzanne.sidebottom@jefferson.kyschools.us
Web: www.dupontmanual.com/art

Assumption High School
Where: Assumption High School, 2170 Tyler Lane
Contact: Norah Deeley 502-458-9551
Email: Norah.Deeley@ahsrockets.org
Web: http://www.ahsrockets.org/

Bellarmine University
Where: Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Rd.
Contact: Martha Strobel 502-452-8166
Email: continuingstudies@bellarmine.edu
Web: bellarmine.edu/ce/summeryouthcamps.asp
They have some fun art options like cartooning!

Camp Shakespeare
Where: St. Francis High School
Age: 4 - 14
Contact: Melinda Crecelius
Email: Melinda@kyshakes.org
Web: http://www.kyshakespeare.com/Kentucky_Shakespeare/Camp_Shakespeare.html

Earth and Fire Pottery By You
Where: New Albany, IN, 4212 Charlestown Road, Suite 4 (in front of Meijer)
Contact: Kelly Conrad 812-944-7357
Email: gregconrad@juno.com
Web: http://www.earthfirepottery.com/

Jewish Community Center of Louisville
Where: Jewish Community Center of Louisville, 3600 Dutchmans Lane
Contact: Mary Dooley 238-2718
Email: mdooley@jccoflouisville.org
Web: http://www.jccoflouisville.org/

Kentucky Historical Society
Where: Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601
Contact: Mike Deetsch 502-564-1792, ext. 4425
Email: mike.deetsch@ky.gov
Web: www.history.ky.gov/camp

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
Where: Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 West Main Street
Contact: Dane Waters 502-589-0102
Email: danewaters@kentuckyarts.org
Web: http://www.kentuckyarts.org/

Louisville Nature Center
Where: Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Avenue
Contact: Kathy Morris (502) 458-1328
Email: lnc@bellsouth.net
Web: http://www.louisvillenaturecenter.org/

Oldham County Schools Arts Center
Where: Oldham County Schools Arts Center, 7105 Floydsburg Road
Contact: Leslie Daland 241-6018
Email: leslie.daland@oldham.kyschools.us
Web: http://www.ocsartscenter.org/

Presentation Academy
Where: Presentation Academy's Arts & Athletics Center, 900 South Fourth Street
Contact: Susanne Iles (502) 583-5935
Email: siles@presentationacademy.org
Web: http://www.presentationacademy.org/

Sacred Heart School for the Arts
Where: Sacred Heart School for the Arts, 3105 Lexington Rd., Angela Hall, Bldg. 17
Contact: Lynn Slaughter 897-1816
Email: lslaughter@sacredheartschools.org
Web: http://www.sacredheartschools.org/

Southern Indiana Center for the Arts
Where: Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, 2001 North Ewing Street, Seymour, Indiana
Contact: Dick Parman 812-522-2278
Email: sicaadmin@verizon.net
Web: http://www.soinart.com/

Spot 5 Art Studio
Where: Clifton, 2044 Frankfort Avenue
Contact: Laurie Blayney 594-1483
Email: info@spot5artstudio.com
Web: http://www.spot5artstudio.com/

Squallis Puppeteers
Where: School of Sharks Theater and Workshop, 770 Eastern Parkway Louisville KY 40217
Contact: Nora Christensen 502 636 1974
Email: squallispuppeteers@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.squallispuppeteers.com/

St. Michael Charlestown
Where: St. Michael School & Community Childcare Center, 102 St. Michael Drive Charlestown, IN 47111
Contact: Natalie Elder 812-256-3503
Email: stmichaelcharlestown@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.stmichaelcharlestown.com/

St. X High School
Where: St. X High School, 1609 Poplar Level Road
Contact: Susan Jaffe 502-637-4712
Email: jaffes@saintxfac.com
Web: http://www.saintx.com/

Star Bird Pottery
Where: St. Matthews, 215 Brunswick Road, 40207
Contact: Caroline Zama 895-6086
Email: caroline_zama@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.starbirdpottery.com/

The Speed Art Museum
Where: The Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St.
Contact: Manjiri Menezes 502.634.2734
Email: camps@speedmuseum.org
Web: http://www.speedmuseum.org/

Walden Theatre
Where: Walden Theatre, 1123 Payne Street
When: 9:30 am - noon, June14-18, June 28-July2, July 12-16, July 26-30
Email: mail@waldentheatre.org
Web: http://www.waldentheatre.org/

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
Where: Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, Belknap Campus
When: July 25-29, 9 am - 4 pm
Email: planet@louisville.edu
Web: planetarium.louisville.edu

Louisville Visual Art Assoiciation
Where: Providence High School, 707 Providence Way Clarksville, IN 47129
When: June 13-17, 2011, 9 AM-12 PM
Email: savannah@louisvillevisualart.org
Web: http://www.louisvillevisualart.org/

Bellarmine University -  Music
Where: Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Rd.
When: 9 am - noon, June 20 - 24
Email: continuingstudies@bellarmine.edu
Web: www.bellarmine.edu/ce/summeryouthcamps.aspx

Louisville Suzuki Institute
Where: School of Music, University of Louisville, School of Music, U of L 40292
When: 2-6 PM June 5, 2011; 8:30 AM-4:30 PM June 6-10, 2011
Email: LSSA@bellsouth.net
Web: www.neighborhoodlink.com/org/suzuki

Louisville Youth Choir
Where: Sacred Heart School for the Arts, 3105 Lexington Rd., Bldg. 17 on the Ursuline Campus
When: July 25-29
Email: tefoster@louyouthchoir.org
Web: www.louyouthchoir.org/

The Louisville Leopard Percussionists
Where: Leopard rehearsal space, 741 South 3rd Street
When: July 18-22
Email: louisvilleleopardpercussionists@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.louisvilleleopardpercussionists.com/

Derby Dinner Playhouse
Where: Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN
When: Three weeks from which to choose. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., July 11-16; July 18-23; July 25-30 (no camp on Wednesdays due to matinee.)
Email: wallace@derbydinner.com
Web: http://www.derbydinner.com/

Encore! Youth Theatre
Where: East End Louisville, TBD
When: 9-4 9 AM-4 PM,. June 6th-August 12th (Before and aftercare is a possibility)
Email: info@encoreyouththeatre.org
Web: http://www.encoreyouththeatre.org/

Rainbow Dance Academy
Where: RDA, 4308 Grant Line Road, New Albany Indiana
Email: RDAstardancers@aol.com
Web: http://www.wecreatestars.com/

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

The Artist in You Summer Camp
The Summit Shopping Center
http://theartistinyou.net/classes.html

UofL Dance Academy
U of L Belnap campus
http://www.uldanceacademy.com/

Paint Spot
4600 Shelbyville Road Plaza
June and July Full Day weekly programs or Mom's Day Away play days.
http://www.paint-spot.com/

Elite Academy of Dance and Performing Arts Summer Camps
8111-1 LaGrange Rd

Springdale Church
Art and Music - July 11-15

9:00 am to 12:00 pm for children age 3 (potty trained) through rising 6th graders.
Cost is $60.00

Let us know if we missed something!

Summer Camps in Louisville: Academic Camps


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Here are some suggestions for Academic/Learning Based Summer Camps around Louisville for 2011.

Geometry, Algebra, Study Skills, HTML programming, 3D Digital programming, Standardized Test Prep, Reading at Bellarmine  cost ranges from around $100 to $200 for a week.

All ages, all subjects at The Academy of Louisville  $150 per week

Greater Galilee Baptist Church: summer tutoring program with emphasis on math, science, reading/writing, and arts and crafts.  Email for more info. $10 registration fee+ $25 wkly tuition/child

Junior Achievement BizTown Camp, what it's like to run a business! $185

Science and health camps in Frankfort through KSU. FREE

Reading Booster Sessions from Langsford Learning Acceleration Center  $70/session

Minds in Motion  $30-$40 per hour

New Zion Community Development Foundation, Inc. camp incorporating education based lessons with recreation. Email for more info. $75/week + one-time $25 registration

3 Four week camps, half or full day at Prospect Latin Preschool  18mo to preK  
Summit Book Club for entering Freshmen & Sophomores.  $180  or they offer tutoring sessions or small group classes.
 
Camps for Math, information retention and grammar at Trinity High School

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

Mad Science Summer camps at various locations

Bellarmine is offering a variety of camps for different subjects for children age 7-17.

Please let us know if there are others to add!

Spring Break Programs at the YMCA of Greater Louisville

The YMCA of Greater Louisville is one of the best places for family resources and activities in our area.  Are you wondering what your child will do over Spring Break and worried that they will be at home vegging out in front of the TV all day?  Get them into a program at the YMCA so they can be active and learning during their week off!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

WINNER! 4 Kicks for Kidz Birthday Party!

The winner of the 4 Kicks for Kidz Birthday Party, a $150 value,  is:  Caitlin


Caitlin posted on our blog as her entry!
 
Please email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Louisville Family Fun March 4, 5, 6 Weekend

Here are a few FREE events happening this weekend - something for the young and young at heart to enjoy as a family.


First Friday Free Night Speed Museum and Art Sparks - Great opportunity to check out Art Sparks for free!

Kids Workshop at Home Depot workshop building a race car

Engineering Expo of UofL for older kids - watch demonstrations highlighting various engineering fields, including Speed student-built vehicles they race in competitions

Read Across America Kids Event at participating Borders
For kids ages 6 to 10 -a very special event to celebrate reading -- and the birthday of Dr. Seuss!

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

An additional note: we do our best to keep our calendars accurate, but occasionally mistakes are made, so we welcome corrections, questions, and additions to our calendar. Thanks for your help!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Review of the Newport Aquarium By: Jeanette

My family and I spent a day this past weekend checking out the Newport Aquarium near Cincinnati, OH. It is about an hour and half drive from Louisville and makes for a fun daytrip (could have easily turned into a nice weekend trip with all the other Cincinnati attractions). We found some metered parking (free since it was on the weekend) within a few blocks of the aquarium. Followed the signs up the stairs and saw the beautiful skyline of Cincinnati before heading in to see the exhibits. The ticket sales are outside. I’ve read online that the local Kroger’s sell slightly discounted tickets so you do not have to wait in line or pay full price. Also, if you plan on going more than once in a year, the annual membership pays for itself. Definitely recommend purchasing tickets in advance to avoid waiting in the ticket line at the aquarium.


Unfortunately, the aquarium was pretty crowded when we got there, which was about a half hour after it opened. We were thankful that we didn’t bring the stroller with how crowded it was! There were several photographers there to take your group photos if you were so inclined. Afterwards we followed the crowd through World of Rivers, Shore Gallery – where we bypassed the theater because of the crowd, Shark Cage, and Bizarre and Beautiful. The crowd started to thin out by the time we got to the Ohio Riverbank and things became much more enjoyable for our family.

The d├ęcor at the museum was great and engaging. You really have to be observant because you can easily overlook a sneak peak window as you walk through tunnels or walking over windows to get a peak at the alligators. The frog bog exhibit provided some great interactives such as climbing on frogs, slides, and a frogger game. They have two touch tanks which were a great way to get up close and personal with the animals. Our favorite exhibit was definitely the surrounded by sharks area. Sharks were swimming next to you and over you as you walked through the exhibit.

Their brochure is online that gives more information. By the time we got to the end of the aquarium, the line to get in had diminished so it might have just been crowded since it had just opened. It took us about an hour to go through, but could have easily had spent at least 2 hours had it been less crowded and our 2 young kids would have been able to move through at their own pace. There is even an e-how article about how to visit the aquarium, so check this out for more tips. The aquarium is definitely worth checking out, but I would do some research to go on a less crowded day.

Louisville Science Center plans Hats! Reflections in Time

The Louisville Science Center announced today that it will open an exhibit featuring vintage hats from their permanent collection on March 5. The two part exhibit, Hats! Reflections in Time, is being coordinated by fashion consultant and guest curator Jo Ross and designer Bob Stuecker. The project will feature two successive displays of more than 50 unique hats that have been refurbished by hat designer Gabriel Amar of Frank Olive Hats of New York.
The first exhibit, running March 5 through September 30, 2011, will feature hats grouped in 13 distinct categories according to their shape and will be displayed in the Science Center’s Discovery Gallery. Dating from the late 19th Century through the 1980’s, the hats have been selected to illustrate a wide range of colors, styles, materials and decorative elements.

“Many people might not realize the techniques needed to create custom made hats,” said Joanna Haas, Executive Director of the Louisville Science Center. “There is a tremendous amount of science and math that designers employ in modifying the different materials and in planning the exact geometry and construction of each hat.”

Gabriel Amar, owner and chief designer for Frank Olive Hats, has donated his expertise to restore the Science Center’s hats. He will be featured in a video within the gallery called The Art of the Hat, helping visitors understand the construction methods he uses to fabricate his unique one-of-a-kind designer hats. Amar will be at the Science Center on Monday, February 28 to help with the exhibit installation.

Many of the hats exhibited resemble styles that may have been worn to the Kentucky Derby or other festive events. They also have significance to the region’s history and culture.

“The hats within the Byck Costume Collection reflect over 130 years of fashion worn by the residents of Louisville and its surrounding area,” said guest curator Jo Ross. “The quality of materials, importance to the wearer, and the craftsmanship in this diverse group of hats is evident in their condition.”

Ross, in a previous role with Byck’s Department Store, helped the Byck family encourage members of the community to donate treasured garments to the Louisville Science Center’s collection when it opened at its present location in l977. The Byck Costume Collection now contains 15,000 unique objects within the overall garment collection of over 22,000 items including hats, shoes, and vintage clothing of all types. Ross and Stuecker will be working with Science Center staff on March 3 and 4, 2011 to carefully display each of the 50 hats.

Hats! Reflections in Time will be on display March 5 through September 30, 2011. A second grouping of 50 additional hats will be displayed from October 2011 through May 2012. The exhibit is made possible by a group of donors and with in-kind contributions from Gaby Amar for Frank Olive, The Kentucky Derby Museum and video production provided by WHAS Crusade for Children with photography, writing and editing by Larry Ledford.

Admission to the Louisville Science Center is $18 for adults and $14 for children. Member admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, please visit their website.

About Gabriel Amar Gabriel Amar is the owner and chief designer for Frank Olive Hats, a well known women’s hat company started by Frank Olive himself. Olive developed a reputation in Louisville and throughout the nation as the premiere hat designer. He hosted extensive hat shows locally at Bacons and Byck’s Specialty Store, as well as at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and other specialty stores across the United States. In 1999, Gabriel Amar joined Frank Olive as the hat designer and in 2001, purchased the firm started a new company Gabriel Amar for Frank Olive. Amar’s designs have graced the runway at Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Shows in recent years as the featured millinery designer.

Gabriel Amar will be in Louisville on February 27 when 20 of his designer hats along with five Von Maur designer gowns will be auctioned for the benefit of the WHAS Crusade for Children at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Since 1999, Amar has donated more than $90,000 in designer hats to local charity events held for the Kentucky Derby Museum, The Susan G. Komen Foundation, Hospice, Stage One, the American Red Cross, the Prodigal Ministries and the WHAS Crusade for Children. His creations can be found locally at Clay and Cotton, Macy’s, Rodeo Drive and Von Maur.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

CONTEST! FREE 4 Kicks for Kidz Birthday Party!

We are so excited to bring another awesome opportunity your way!  4 Kicks for Kidz is one of our biggest supporters and they want to give one of our readers a FREE Birthday Party for their child.  This is a $150 value!! WOW!  Your child will get  to be a soccer star for the day with a 1.5 hour birthday party including games, a personal instructor and so much fun!  They have tables and chairs in a space for cake and goodies and opening presents. 

I (Stephanie) can vouch for how wonderful 4 Kicks for Kidz is! My son has taken the pre-school soccer classes and I have taken my daughter to the open play sessions.  We enjoy it each time and the instructors are fantastic!

To enter this contest, you can do any (or all) of the following:

1) 'Like' 4 Kicks for Kidz on Facebook and go to their website and sign up for their newsletter (bottom of their page). Post on their Facebook page that you have done BOTH!

2) Comment on our blog post telling us why you think your child would love a soccer party! Be sure to leave your name (first and last initial is fine)

3) Refer a friend to our site and tell them to comment as stated in #2 and state your name as a referral!

This contest will end on Friday March 4, 2011 at noon and the winner will be announced by midnight on March 5th. Please note, comments on this site will not appear immediately.  The winner must email us at LouisvilleFamilyFun@gmail.com within 24 hrs of announcing the winner!