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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Review of the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair By: Stephanie

We woke up this morning to gorgeous weather and I decided to spend the morning with my daughter browsing the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair.  Since I had never been before, we headed out early and arrive just after 10am when it began.  We parked on a side street leading away from the triangle area and did not have too far to walk.  At this time, the people were strolling in but it was by no means crowded. 

We loaded our wagon and browsed around at the artisan booths.  My daughter, 2 years old, really loved taking in all of the sites and colors.  The bustle of a fair is always fun for her!  The fair had two main aisles of booths.  The first aisle closest to the park gazebo is very wide, which was really nice considering there were many families, strollers and wagons.  At the beginning of the first aisle they had food vendors and the location was perfect since it was next to the park with picnic tables and a large tent with tables and chairs.  The second aisle was not as wide but it did not feel cramped. 

There were many interesting booths with items ranging from handmade scarves to children's clothing or pottery to eclectic metal sculptures.  It was very interesting to browse and see how creative people are!  There were a few booths for children's activities like sand art or working with clay. There was also a parent's day out program with a large tent full of children's crafts and Heartland Music Together was there with plenty of instruments to play with.

At the opposite end of the park near the Castelman statue, there were a few more food vendors.  We saw plenty of people indulging in Graeter's ice cream and my daughter was thrilled to pick out a large, delicious chocolate chip Kizito Cookie

After browsing and buying a wonderful Celtic Carving piece made by Wayne Cruze, we headed to play at the small fenced in playground on Willow Ave and eat our picnic lunch (carried in my Cordial Lee tote, of course!)  It is conveniently located near the restrooms, which is always an important detail for families to know about! 

By this time, around noon, the place was booming.  People were flocking from all of the roads leading into the art fair and the park area was full of people enjoying their lunch.  It had gotten quite crowded but it still looked fairly dispersed.  Live music from the gazebo also began at close to 1pm. 

The Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is not just for art enthusiasts, but for anyone in the Louisville area who is looking for a free, family-friendly outdoor event full of interesting sights, good fun and happy people! The fair always takes place on the Saturday and Sunday before the Kentucky Derby. 

Friday, April 29, 2011

Louisville Family Fun Spring Photo Contest

If you are like me (Stephanie), you will take plenty of photo around town while exploring what this great city of Louisville has to offer!  Take your camera with you as you enjoy some wonderful weather and snap some shots! If you get one that you think really displays "Louisville Family Fun in Springtime,"  send it to photo@louisvillefamilyfun.net.  This photo does not have to be posed, although it can be, and does not have to be of your family, although it can be.  It just has to be your interpretation of the theme!

We will be accepting admissions to our Louisville Family Fun Spring Photo Contest until midnight on May 4th.  By midnight May 6th, we will post these photos and open voting for the best photo that depicts the theme "Louisville Family Fun in Springtime."

The winning photographer will win a PACKAGE of awesome tickets.  That's a secret that we are going to tease you with!  This is one of the best prizes we have given away! OK...enough teasing.

Get snapping!

WINNER! Organizing Utility Tote from Thirty-One Gifts

The winner of this fantastic Organizing Utility Tote from Christina's Thirty-One Gifts is Lindsey D
Please email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize.  Email us before 3:30pm on Saturday April 30th!

Thanks to everyone for entering the contest!  More great giveaways to come!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Exclusive Photography Discount for our readers! Randi Underwood Photography

May is National Photography Month…what better time for a portrait session?

To every reader Randi Underwood Photography is offering a 30 minute May mini sessions for $50 with a $40 print credit AND a DVD of edited digital images for web use, and password protected online proofing gallery! (A $150 value!)

In order to get this great deal, you must…

1. Click “like” on Randi Underwood Photography page on facebook

2. Leave a comment on her wall that states what you like about her photography!

The details:

Special runs until May 31st, 2011 at midnight EST.

Session location must be in the Louisville, KY area and session must be scheduled in May/June 2011

BONUS: Want a free session? She will be giving away ONE free mini session to the person that refers the most new "likes" to her page. The steps are rather simple. You suggest this page to your friends, tell them to "like" the page and then have them send her a message with your name so she knows you were the one that referred them.
Read about Randi's other endeavors. She is fundraising for Alex's Lemonade Stand

Events & Things to do April 29, 30 & May 1 in Louisville

Here are our top choices for things to do in Kentuckiana this weekend! Hopefully the weather will finally cooperate and you and your family can get out and enjoy it!


The Chow Wagon for the Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront is open! Rain or Shine! You just need a Pegasus Pin to enter

FAT Friday Trolley Hop, fun for all ages and FREE!

Balloon Glow at Bowman Field at 7pm, Pegasus pin for admission!


Bardstown Road Farmers Market

Derby Festival Balloon Race


Cherokee Triangle Art Fair

Healthy Kids Day  FREE

Celebration Sunday at the Waterfront

Be sure to check with these places because a lot of them are cancelling events or moving them because of the weather and flooding!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Review of Crosby Park By: Stephanie

Crosby Park is a small park not far off of Shelbyville Road in Middletown.  Mainly, it is dedicated to sports recreation, but it does have other things to offer.  My kids really enjoyed out morning outing and picnic at this cute park.         

It has several baseball fields that are used for little league. It also has a small picnic shelter and tennis courts.  We started out day with some fun at the playground. The play structure is in great shape and good for a variety of ages.  There are several swings, both baby swings and regular swings. 
                                                                                                     After the playgrounds, we took out wiffle balls and bats out to one of the fields and enjoyed a nice pick-up game with some of the other children at the park. It was a really great time of pretend home-runs and jumping on bases! It was a pretty warm day and we were happy to find a refreshing water fountain at the centrally located building that also housed bathrooms and a concession stand for when little league is in session.  After the game, we went back to find shade under one of the many big trees and enjoyed some lunch. After, we climbed a tree or two and climbed around some more at the playground. 
This park is simple and just enough for a morning out or grab an ice cream at the nearby DQ and go with the family for a little baseball game in the evening. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review of Graeter's Ice Cream By: Stephanie

I have heard many people speak highly about Graeter's ice cream but I had never been there.  I follow them on Facebook so I kept hearing about their Buy One Get One Free Sundaes during rainy days in April. It was the perfect excuse for an afternoon treat for my kids and I. 

We went to the Springhurst location on a Monday afternoon.  The woman, who I think is an assistant manager, was very friendly.  She engaged the kids and got them all excited about their sundaes.  She showed them their big scoops and oozed the toppings all over the ice cream and it definitely made my kids oooo and ahhhh.  Then, instead of the standard pecans, she offered the kids rainbow sprinkles to top their ice cream dessert.  It was just under $5 for two good-sized sundaes with generous toppings and fresh whipped cream.

We sat and enjoyed our sundaes.  My son loved his chocolate ice cream with marshmallow topping, whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles.  He told me several times how delicious the marshmallow was, I tried it and definitely agree. My daughter had peanut butter chip ice cream (which was INCREDIBLE) with chocolate topping, whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. My little two year old devoured this sundae. The only thing that disappointed me was the fact that I wasn't able to eat more of it!!  From the tastes I had, I would claim this as the best peanut butter flavored ice cream I have ever had....and I have had a LOT. 

The ice cream shop also offers drinks and cones on their delectable menu.  At this specific location, they also featured cakes and cookies by Desserts by Helen.      The shop was very clean and well kept.  The water fountain has little cups to fill and take bake to your seat which was perfect because my children needed a little drink with their rich sundaes!

They have multiple locations and sell their ice cream in several stores, so have a try!  I highly suggest you follow them on Facebook so you can be updated on any of the seasonal flavors and specials that they run! For example: they are selling reusable tumblers and if you buy one and bring it back on future trips, you get $1 off of a large drink!  The Louisville Graeter's has a separate Facebook page that seems to be updated more often, but they say on that page that it will be deactivated soon, so 'like' both of them!

Monday, April 25, 2011

CONTEST!! Organizing Utility Tote from Thirty-One Gifts

This contest has ended

Christina Leedy is a local consultant for Thirty-One and has an awesome prize and some special discounts for our Louisville Family Fun readers! She has a facebook page that everyone should 'like' because she posts about monthly discounts. Who doesn't love a deal?
The prize: 
You can enter to win an Organizing Utility Tote (with personalization, choice of pattern and free shipping)!!!  Man, I wish I could win these prizes also!  This versatile, spacious tote keeps your clutter organized! Great for your cleaning supplies or sporting gear. Use as an everyday tote, a gym bag or a diaper bag! Seven side pockets are perfect for shampoo, magazines, your MP3 player and water bottles. Made from extra-tough nylon with stain- and water-resistant lining.

To enter:
1) Like her facebook page AND

2) Write a comment on this blog post telling us another product from her site that you like besides the prize tote! Please be sure to include your first name and last initial.

The exclusive discounts:
Visit her website and click on 'My Events'.   There are 2 'Events' listed. One for April and the other for May.  Click on 'Shop Now' and then 'Shop Now' again.  Then, buy whatever you like and get 10% off during these events!  Act fast, these are only week long specials!! Check the expiration dates!
Note: When you place the order, the discount will not show; she will have to manually enter the discount when she submits the orders.

Note: Contest will end Friday April 29th at noon and the winner will be announced by noon on April 30th.  Comments will not show immediately.  Anyone can enter this contest: nationwide

Mondays with Mrs. Sparkles: Cherokee Art Fair, April 30

Don't miss the Cherokee Art Fair this coming weekend. It is a treat to take our children to this festival every year. Between exploring the artwork, the hands-on activities, eating ice cream and watching oversized puppets, it has become a signature event in our derby activities.

Here is a partial list of participating artists. Follow the links to learn more about them before you see their work in person this weekend. For a complete listing of participants visit the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair Facebook Page.

Children’s Items

Squallis Puppeteers puppets 712

Clothing and Accessories

Patterson, Laura & Gillian (Mosvold, Beech Designs) clothing 422


DeLozier, Beth (Crochetlaces) 513

Zent, Wendy (Whirlwend) felted wool 203

Glass, not Stained

Rodrigues, Sergio de Almeida (Vettori Art Glass) 506

Keenan, Beth & JoAnn Rawley (Fountains & Funktinis) 304


Boles, Barbara & Jason Smith (Windhorse Designs) 322

Stewart, Agnes (AgCessories by Agnes Grace) 305

Tinkle, Mary Merchant 115

Watson, Sissy 326

Wohlfeld, Thomas (Tomas Originals) 510

Zoellner, Jeff 535

Mixed Media

Joel Pinkerton

Painting &Drawing

Maney, Staci McKnight 701


Hii, Lou papercuts 430


Buckner, Mary Ann 220

Elder, Cynthia 525

Shedd, Randall 706

Kyle 413


Scott, Henrietta & Jeff (Highland Raku Studios) 406

Zama, Caroline (StarBird Pottery) 502


Hound Dog Press 123


Lambert, Mindy & Steve (Artienne Studio) 428

Children’s Activities

Children's Art Tent Cherokee Pkway/Willow Park

Heartland Music Together 801

Sand Art 805

Artistic Activities for Children and Adults

Caricatures by Denny Whelan near Dining Tent

Henna Tattoos by Bakula Sheth 804

WINNER! Mini Market Tote from Cordial Lee

Thanks to GABRIELLE M. for entering our contest for a Mini Market Tote from Cordial Lee.  YOU ARE THE WINNER!

Please email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize.  Email us before Tuesday April 26th at 9am!

Thanks to everyone who entered, we will have another contest VERY soon!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

FREE (or nearly free) Things to do in Louisville in May 2011

With April showers, bring May’s hours of family fun! Another great month to live in the Louisville vicinity or have all your friends visit! Be sure to check out our previous posts for Derby events , movies , and concerts  for additional things to do that are free or cheap!

Annual Healthy Kids Day at Papa John’s Stadium on May 1
Make friends, have fun, get active and discover what you can achieve at Healthy Kids Day.

Family Fun Festival at Howard Steamboat Museum, Port Fulton Park, Jeffersonville, May 21- Carnival style games, food and raffle drawing. Dunking booth, face painting, inflatables and much more. $1/ticket for the games.
BloomFest at Berhneim, May 21
Bernheim’s annual celebration of spring features the popular Woodland Faeries Costume Contest and “Construction Zone”, Nature Discovery Stations, Kite Flying, KY Craft Artists, Live Music, Great food including the Bloomin’ Brunch. $5/car
Forest Fest at Jefferson Memorial Forest, May 21

Strawberry Festival at St. John’s Floyd Knobs, IN, May 28

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

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Louisville Family Fun April 22, 23, 24 Weekend

Easter Weekend has finally arrived! Hope you are getting your fill with all the local Easter festivities with egg hunts and parades. Be sure to check your local churches for their Easter services too.

In between your egg hunts and family gatherings, be sure to check out these discounted events in the area for this weekend only!

Drive-In Movie at Georgetown Drive-in is having 60 cents opening weekend admission. They are showing Yogi Bear and Little Fockers.

Earth Day at the Louisville Zoo - $2 admission

Earth Day at Lousiville Mega Cavern – A free child’s ticket with purchase of an adult ticket for the historic tram tour.

Check out the websites for additional information for dates, times, and pricing. Our calendar has additional family fun going on this weekend too including the 4th annual Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hootenanny beginning at noon on Saturday!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

CONTEST! Mini Market Tote from Cordial Lee

Did you think that my new Mini Market Tote from Cordial Lee is just the cutest, most practical mommy accessory?  Well, now it's your turn to win one for yourself or someone special in your life.  Stephanie just wrote a review about it.

With Mother's Day just around the corner, we are happy to be giving away any MINI MARKET TOTE of your choice (including shipping!)  That's right, you get to choose a solid, trimmed or patterned mini market tote. Then, you can select your monogramming style and color and Cordial Lee will ship it to you.

Here's how you enter:

1) Like Cordial Lee on Facebook for updates on sales and special promotions!

2) Take a look at the Mini Market Totes and comment on this blog post telling us which one you would order! Solid? Trim? or Which pattern? And, what style and color of lettering do you think would look fabulous? Be sure to include your first name and last initial in the post!
Tell everyone you know about this great contest, it's open to anyone nationwide. Click any of the share buttons below to post about this on facebook or twitter!

This contest will end on Sunday April 24th at midnight and the randomly selected winner will be announced on this site before Monday April 25th at midnight.  Please note, comments do not show up immediately.  This contest is for a MINI tote, not a LARGE tote.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2011 Spring & Summer Concerts in and around Louisville

Click HERE for the 2015 Directory

Do you love all types of music? Do you love being outdoors? Do you love free or almost free? Then you are going to love this summer in Louisville and surrounding area! Check out these venues for some family fun!

WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays at Big Four Lawn beginning April 27. Be sure to double check the website for updates on location due to all the rains.

Kroger’s Fest-A -Ville on the Waterfront beginning April 28. Free with purchase of Pegasus pin. Check out the schedule for the concert as there are lots of other fun events happening during this festival too.

Concerts in the Park in Warder Park (Jeffersonville, IN) beginning May 13.

Summer Concert In The Park at Wetherby Park - Middletown - Begins May 15 with free food served by the Lions Club.

Iroquios Park Summer Concerts - Starting in April.

Rolling out the Weekends at Riverstage in Jeffersonville beginning May 28.

Summer Concerts at Cherokee Triangle beginning May 29

Westport Village Summer Concerts starting in June

Kentucky State Fair – Free Concerts with paid admission to the state fair beginning August 18.

The Summit Shopping Center has music on their center plaza starting in July!

Do you know of concert happenings that we missed? E-mail us so we can update our post and calendar. Thanks for your help!

Review of Cordial Lee's Mini Market Tote By: Stephanie

This weekend, my family and I went out on a wonderful afternoon to meet up with the Louisville Mommies for a picnic and Easter Egg hunt!  I used this opportunity to break out my brand new Mini Market tote from Cordial Lee.   Usually, I just pack a frumpy insulated bag for our picnic, but I now feel stylin' with my new personalized tote.  My kids absolutely love to picnic. We search through the list of Louisville Metro Parks and pick a new one and head out for lunch.  Or, we meet up with friends like we did this weekend. 

The mini tote is 12" x 9" x 7.5" and had more than enough room to pack lunch for my family of 4. It is open at the top, so I just put a kitchen towel over the top to keep things contained and insulated.  It is really sturdy. It comes flat and folds flat for storage. So, to get it ready for the picnic, I just folded down two metal braces that look like the handles to hold the tote in place.  It's really nifty!

When I ordered, it was so hard to pick out the design I liked best from all of the great options!  They have patterns but even with the solid, I got to choose the color of the tote, color of the embrodery and even the style of the lettering. This is a fabulous, useful and reasonably priced gift for any mom or friend!  You know, I can totally see giving one of these to someone for a baby shower gift and filling it with baby products or giving it as a bridal shower gift full of picnicking accessories.  How fantastic! 
I can't wait to hit the farmer's markets with this cute tote.  I also live within walking distance of the grocery store and often take a morning stroll with my daughter while my son is at school and we can pop into Kroger to grab some produce to fill up my tote!

You know what's even better?  Cordial Lee is owned by a mom from the Louisville area!  You know what they say: Keep it Local! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review of Free Soccer Clinics at Grace Evangelical Free Church By: Stephanie

The Grace Evangelical Free Church on Factory Lane in Louisville offers a great FREE outreach program for kids. On Tuesday nights (during spring and fall, check with them for the schedule) the have an informal soccer clinic for kids ages 4-10.  Last week, I took my son to play!

When we arrived, we were greeted warmly and invited to play.  As recommended, we brought our own ball and ran out onto the open field to kick the ball around.  The clinics start at 6pm on Tuesdays and the clinic leader and Associate Pastor, Darin Anderson,  gathered the kids to do some warm ups. For about 10 minutes, he and other volunteers guided the kids through some drills to learn simple soccer skills and warm up.

After the warm ups, they split the kids by age and the older kids went off with a volunteer and the younger kids stayed by the mini-nets they set up for some games.  I watched on as the brought the kids together to introduce themselves and then they played fun games like chasing the coach and trying to kick the ball at him or sharks and minnows.  My son had a lot of fun since the volunteer coaches were very engaging and outgoing. 

The had a short half-time at about 6:45pm where they had water for the kids and sat them down to hand out lolli pops and do a short kid-friendly bible lesson and prayer.  After the break, the kids went back to the field for some scrimmages.  

It is a really great outreach program and great affordable(FREE!) option for parents to introduce their children to soccer and get outside to play and exercise.   

Monday, April 18, 2011

Buy One Get One Free at Graeter's Ice Cream Shops in Kentuckiana

Throughout April, grab the family, jump in the car and start singing your best rendition of "Rain, Rain, Go Away!" as you cruise down to your local Graeter's Ice Cream for an awesome treat and discount. If it's raining in the area during store hours, you will get BUY ONE GET ONE FREE SUNdaes for the entire month of April. They update their facebook status regularly, so we recommend you 'like' them so that you can be reminded of this deal on the next rainy day!

Special Discounts at the Louisville Science Center until April 30th

Courtesy of the Louisville Science Center's facebook page, we found out about the following special discounts that they have available now through the end of April.  We love to see families learning, having fun and saving at the same time!

Tax Re-FUN Season is April 17-30 at the Louisville Science Center with three ways to save! You must mention the codeword "Re-FUN" at the Admissions Desk at the time of purchase. Promotion only available for onsite purchases.

1. IMAX Concessions - Receive a free box of popcorn with the purchase of every IMAX ticket.

2. Gift Shop - Buy one item, get a second one 50% off (equal or lesser price).

3. Admissions - Receive one free child ticket (ages 2-12) with the purchase of one adult ticket for Star Trek: The Exhibition, presented locally by AT&T (available for members only).


Monday’s With Mrs. Sparkles: Easter Eggs and Historic Egg Hunts around Louisville

Monday’s With Mrs. Sparkles: Easter Eggs  

Easter brings to my mind many comforting images – my sister and our cousins dressed in matching Easter dresses made by my Grandmother, daffodils blooming in clusters along the driveway of our farm, and more recently of Liberty Hall Historic Site and Gardens, in Frankfort, where local congregations and families would gather for impromptu egg hunts.  My fondest memories, however, center around dyeing and decorating eggs. 
In true Mrs. Sparkle fashion, I have been thinking about decorating Easter eggs for weeks and have been pulling together an Easter Egg kit for a series of decorating sessions.  With the hopes for boosting the creativity factor, I have been on the prowl for new materials and techniques.   I tend to over think things, so don’t feel like you need everything I have listed below in order to dye eggs.  This list is for inspiration purposes only!  I am also working with blown-out eggs this year, so that is why I have listed an aspirator in the basic supplies.

Mrs. Sparkles Easter Egg Kit: 
Basic Supplies
Slotted Spoons
Infant Aspirator
Heat Resistant Cups
Paper Towels
McCormick Food Coloring – Basics and Neon
Large Safety Pins
Paper Clips
(Hot Water)

Decorating Supplies
Rubber Bands
Masking Tape
Double Sided Tape
Pointed Tip Scissors
Glitter Pens
White Glue
Watercolor paintbrushes
Letter Stickers
Seasonal Stickers
Office Stickers
Vinyl Sheets
Seasonal Stencils
Easter Stamps
Heat Gun
Embossing Powder
Embossing Ink
Tissue Paper
White Crayon
Vegetable Oil
Fishing Line
3” long beading needle
Onion Skins
Clean Tooth Brush
Rubber Ruler
Dried Flowers
Old Nylons

Martha Stewart Egg Dyeing Application - The egg coloring chart is stupendous if you feel up to mixing your own dyes.

Onion Skin Dyeing
Wax Resist

Ok… I think I am probably wearing you out now.  For more ideas check out Martha Stewart’s Website here.

Hunting your Eggs
I have also been hatching a plan for an impromptu egg hunt of our own at a historic site nearby.  If you are looking to take your family egg hunt to a new location, consider visiting one of Louisville’s historic homes this weekend.   The gardens and grounds of local historic sites are unique places and are often overlooked.  Make sure to call the site ahead of time to avoid programming conflicts.

Historic Sites and Grounds
Bellevoir Mansion - Are you looking for an organized hunt, check out the Northeast YMCA’s 19th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23rd.

Brennan House 631 South Fifth Street, Louisville

Farmington Historic Home Check out the 48th Annual Art in the Garden on April 23rd and 24th
3033 Bardstown Road, Louisville

Federal Hill, My Old Kentucky Home 501 East Stephen Foster Avenue,

Locust Grove 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville

Riverside, The Farnsley-Moreman Landing 7410 Moorman Road, Louisville

White Hall 3110 Lexington Road, Louisville

Liberty Hall - Frankfort

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Winner! A Dozen of Kara's Cupcakes!

The randomly selected winner is HEATHER R! Congrats Heather! Soon, you and your family will be enjoying some wonderful chocolate cupcakes with almond buttercream frosting made especially for you.

Please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by Monday 4/18 by noon in order to claim your prize!

Check out Kara's Cupcakes facebook page for information about ordering for your next event, celebration or just a special dessert!

More contests coming soon.......

Saturday, April 16, 2011

2011 Summer Movies in Louisville and Surrounding Area

Looking for 2014 info? Click HERE

Forget about spending lots of money on the blockbuster movies this summer! Enjoy spending less on movies by seeing movies free or cheap both indoors and outdoors this summer! Check out these flicks this summer with the family!

$2 Movie Tuesday - All year long at Dupont Village 8. Take the kids and their friends and you’ll instantly be supermom and won’t have to take out a loan to do it. Watch second-run movies at Village 8 in Dupont for $3 during a matinee. On Tuesdays, admission is only $2.00!

Georgetown Drive-in – 60 Cents/person opening weekend only – April 22 To Celebrate 60 years Georgetown drive-in is having 60 cents general admission for opening weekend! It is about a 30min drive from Louisville.

Metro Council Movie Nights at Iroquois Amphitheater-FREE- starting May 13 with Toy Story 3 at 8:30pm.
Twilight Movies – FREE - at Riverstage in Jeffersonville starts June 4 with Despicable Me. Movies begin at dusk. Check out the website for the movies that will be playing.

Monday Movie Nights at Iroquois Amphitheater –FREE - starting May 16 with The Princess and the Frog at 8:30pm.

Friday Night Movies at Norton Commons – FREE - Starting May 20.

Zoovie Night Series – Members FREE, $5 for non-members starts June 3 with Yogi Bear. Field opens at 6pm and movies begin at sundown. There is free entertainment before the show.

Great Escapes FREE Movies in New Albany (W & Th); Oldham County (T & W); River Falls Clarksville (M & T) and Simpsonville (T,W, Th)

Rave Movie theaters free Family movies! Tuesdays and Wednedays at 10am.

Cards Under the Stars: A Family movie will be shown on a large inflatable screen on the University of Louisville Belknap campus, next to Grawemeyer Hall. There will also be inflatable rides for the children and entertainment. Activities begin at 6:30PM and the movie begins at dusk. Movies are TBA
Friday, June 10   Friday, July 15    Friday, August 5

FREE Movies at North East Christian Church. 10am, Wednesday mornings

Be sure to always check the website for any updates on the events.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Review of Hays Kennedy Park in Prospect, KY By: Stephanie

Hays Kennedy Park is located not far off of 42 in Prospect.  We visited the park recently on a warm, sunny but windy day.  Even with the wind, my kids loved exploring the new-to-us park.    It has a paved walking trail that would be great for strollers, bikes, scooters or just going for a stroll with a friend (furry or not!).  There is a picnic shelter that has restrooms that were open!  They have a playground area that was well-kept with two structures for different age groups. 

Since this park is located relatively close to the river, there was some flooding in the low-lying areas. It did not impact the play area or walking path.  I did ask another mom if she frequented the park and if there is usually water there.  She said that there is usually water on the northern side of the park but not on the other.  So, expect a pond....or more. 
There are picnic tables near the playground, even a mini one under a tree that was perfect for my preschool age children.

There are basketball and tennis courts and baseball and soccer field.  It's a good, well-rounded park with a lot of open space. We walked all about and picked wildflowers, played chase around some trees and hide and seek while exploring the walking path.  It is a simple and quiet park that would be great for a morning out or an afternoon picnic.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Louisville Family Fun April 15, 16, and 17 Weekend

In case you have not heard, Thunder Over Louisville is this weekend! It is the largest annual pyrotechnic display in North America. No worries if that is not your thing, there are plenty of other fun family options this weekend! There's also a bunch of Easter Egg Hunts around town, check out our Easter post.

Air Show Practice at the Waterfront -Possibly see some air show practice (with a smaller crowd than on Saturday) down by the waterfront starting around noon on Friday, April 15 .

Companies representing General George Rogers Clark’s troops from the Northwest Campaign will re-enact life in a military camp, including, cooking, drilling and other demonstrations as well as a memorial service to their leader. Admission: $6 adults, kids age 12 and under FREE!

Easter Activities at Bass Pro ShopSee the Easter bunny, do an Easter Egg Hunt and decorate your own egg.

Crocodilian Awareness Day featuring Lyle, Lyle Crocodile at Louisville Zoo. Zookeepers will provide some amazing insight into the lives and behaviors of these powerful predators during presentations scheduled throughout the day. Then meet and greet the loveable title character from the book Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.
Check out the websites for additional information for dates, times, and pricing and our calendar for additional family fun going on this weekend.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

CONTEST! A Dozen of Kara's Cupcakes

What a mouth-watering prize do have for you!

Kara's Cupcakes are delectable delights in all different flavor combinations!  She specializes in custom cupcakes that are completely made from scratch and can be personalized and decorated however you like. She even delivers! 

One lucky winner is going to get
A DOZEN Chocolate with Almond Buttercream Icing cupcakes delivered right to their front door!  (Louisville metro only)

To enter:

1) Like her facebook page and look at the photos of all of her wonderful cupcakes and the flavors (under the info tab).  Post a comment on this blog post telling us your favorite design and your ideal flavor combination! Please leave first name and last initial in your comment.

This contest end on Saturday April 16th at 5pm and the randomly selected winner will be announced by midnight on Sunday April 17th.  Note: comments do not appear immediately.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Review of Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen By: Stephanie

I am so gald that the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen shops have facebook and twitter pages, and so are my kids!  They always post about specials, deals and discounts that we would not have known about otherwise.  For example, for April 2011, you can get a $5 gift card with the purchase of a cake!  Just recently, they had $1 scoops of a special flavor called "Pease, Love & Chocolate" and I went to their Middletown location with my kids for an afternoon treat. 

These bakery locations, 9 in all around Louisville, offer freshly baked goods, delicious homemade ice cream and more. You can head there for lunch and get a great deli sandwich made with quality Boars Head meats.  Their locations are clean, casual and comfortable for families and they are open early or late to fit a busy schedule.

I am a chocolate lover and I can honestly say that this special flavor, "Peace, Love & Chocolate" is indeed special!  It was rich but not overwhelming and the little chunks of chocolate and fudge were so smooth. It was simply wonderful.  We are also going to head there the next timne they have their special cookie decorating activities for kids.  During these events, you can get a big cookie and all of the fixings for $6, which is sure to be fun!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mondays with Mrs. Sparkles: Violets, violets, millions of violets

Where was I last year when Spring sprung? Why do I not remember the sea of violets all over Kentuckiana? Have you noticed the purple ground cover along Eastern Parkway, River Road, Southern Parkway or any of the other shaded roads around? Everywhere I look, I am drawn to the millions of violets covering the light dappled lawns of Louisville. I admit it, I am not from around here, so what is normal for many is really extraordinary to me, especially after a long and cold winter.

So for this week I would like to implore you and your family to take a moment and enjoy the rites of spring and go roll around in the violets (especially before the lawn mowers get going). Don’t feel like lying down in the grass? Well, here are some other creative projects that will get you out picking violets.

Flower Pressing
After picking violets, press flowers by laying them in-between an old telephone directory. See this wiki video Press flowers by applying weight to the layers of flowers and paper with stacks of books. Once dried, use flowers in a creative art project.

Your children will love the magic of transferring the shapes and colors of flowers to fabric. See this how to video here . You can decorate t-shirts or bags or make flags, banners, or framed pictures with old sheets or cheap muslin.

Family Photos
Take your family out to a patch of wild violets and take some photos. Take a friend to capture your whole family laying down in a sea of purple.

Review of Puzzles Fun Dome By: Stephanie

Puzzles Fun Dome is located on Bluegrass Pkwy off of Blankenbaker just south of 64. We visited Puzzles on a rainy day looking for some indoor fun! My kids did have a lot of fun for several hours but I left having spent quite a bit more than if I would have gone to a comparable facility where they have hours of open play for just $5.

I paid $6.99 for each of my two children. My admission was free. We got there at 11am on a weekday, so the tickets were less expensive than if we had arrived after 2pm or went on a weekend (when they are $9.99). FYI: children under 1 are free and those between 1 and 2 years old are $5. We did not bring food as you are not allowed to bring your own food.

Right away, my children (2 and 4) ran off to explore. First, they headed for the bounce houses and slides. We played in these for a while and had a ton of fun. They had 2 bounce houses and 4 big slides. They also had a bouncy basketball court! Then, they went to the younger tot area where they have a climbing structure that has a slide as well as other toys for younger children. This area is gated off and has a bench for parents to sit while their kids play.

After playing in these two areas, my kids wanted to venture into the basketball court and mini-bowling area to check it out but these require paying extra fees so I kept them out of there. So, they headed to the arcade area where again, I denied their request for the coins and money that they needed to play the games but since they are young, they spent some time checking out all of the games even though we didn't play them.

From there, we went to the counter labeled the Art Studio and I was disappointed. The website said they would have "fresh innovative activities" and all they had were copied coloring pages, crayons and markers. They did have scissors and water coloring sets but there was no little cups of water or supplies for actually painting or creating a craft. It did not keep my kids' attention for long. Next to the Art Studio was the movie theater. This is a cute little theater where they were playing a Shrek movie that day. You can pop in and relax for a while to take a break and my kids enjoyed that.

Before heading back to the play areas, we took a break for lunch. They have a concession area that sells standard lunch and dinner items like sandwiches, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, pizza, drinks, ice cream etc. We ordered one small pizza and one chicken nugget and tater tot kids meal that came with a drink (no free refills, that was an additional charge of 50 cents). It was right around $9. I chose not to order something for myself in order to save the money. The food took between 5 and 10 minutes to cook and then we went upstairs to eat at some picnic tables. The pizza and chicken meal were fine, my kids ate them but it was nothing spectacular. After lunch, we played some more in the bounce area and my son wanted to play mini-golf. Again, I denied his request since that would have been an extra $7 if they both played.

All in all, my kids did have a fun time at Puzzle Fun Dome for the 2.5 hours that we stayed there. However, it was costly for what we did and I pretty much went there for as cheap as I could. I went when the admission was the lowest ($14 for 2 kids) and ordered the minimum amount of food for my kids to eat, not even myself ($9) and I spent a good amount of energy saying "no" to all of the additional activities that would have ran our tab up to nearly $40 or more. They do have deals for games (like buy 2, get one free) sometimes and they have a family of four pass for $59.99 that's good for 6 months (if you think you are going to go often). But, if you want to check it out, here's my suggestion for being the most frugal: Eat lunch at home and head there at about 12:30-1pm. You will get in at the lower rate and not have to spend money for food! Or, better yet, let your kids earn their own money and save it up until they have around $25 and let them pay there own way for whatever they want to do or eat there.