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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cool down! Let's run a quick CONTEST!

WINNER!! Natalie S.  Email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by noon on June 2nd to claim your prize!

Want a great educational prize that allows you and your children to enjoy some wonderful A/C and have a nice time?  How about a family 4 pack of tickets to The Frazier Histor Museum?  They have wonderful family programs including their Second Saturday events.  Through September 18th, they have a special DaVinci exhibit featuring DaVinci's inventions built to scale, replicas of his sketches and much more.  (note: kids under 4 are FREE, so they won't need a ticket!)


This contest runs TODAY ONLY! (in honor of our 700 likes on Facebook!)

For a chance to win this nearly $80 value, comment below stating your favorite historical figure! Be sure to leave your name and last initial!

We will start a multiple-day contest tomorrow morning!

Note: Your comment will not show immediately and a winner will be selected at random at 10pm on Tuesday May 31st.

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Review of Mayor's Healthy Hometown Subway Hike, Bike & Paddle By: Jeanette

PhotobucketPhotobucketMemorial and Labor Day weekend Mayor Fischer along with sponsors such as Subway host a Healthy Hometown Hike, Bike, and Paddle FREE event. These are part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown which coordinates activities that will increase physical activity and healthy eating to improve the health of Louisville Metro residents.


PhotobucketPhotobucketThis was my first year participating in its 7 year history and it was the first time for the addition of the paddle component. Besides the hot sun, it was a great experience for being a FREE event! We were able to park in one of the parking lots near Waterfront Park. It would have been a good idea to have arrived right when the booths open (9am) to take advantage of all the FREE things they were giving away: pedometers, t-shirts, get fitted for a bike helmet and bike water bottles to name a few things. They also had booths to have your bike checked out. Prior to starting the bike, the mayor made an appearance and spoke about all the support they’ve had from the biking and paddling community with this event. There were tons of bikers – and even a unicycle and penny-farthings. It took at least 10-15minutes for all the bikers to cross the start line. There were tons of families with their kids biking too. They encouraged the experienced bikers to go first since there were so many bikers. The bike was a 15mile course. Once the bikes were gone, the hikers took off. We opted for the hike this time. It was a well marked path going through the park for a little bit. There was one water stop, although I could have used another stop with the hot weather. You had a choice between a 3.2mile course or 4.1mile. For the paddle route, you traveled 2.6miles. Once you got back to where the festivities were happening there was a hydrant opened enough with a mist to cool off, some cold water to drink, and more music playing.

I think is a great event put on by the city especially since it is FREE. It provides a chance to get out with the family for biking, hiking, or paddling just for fun. In addition to being on the Waterfront, we were also able to see the Flags for Vets on the lawn. What a great way to spend Memorial Day. Look for another event coming Labor Day.

Monday, May 30, 2011

4th of July - Independence Day Events in and around Louisville



Here is a list of fun things to do with your family for the 4th of July around Louisville and Southern Indiana!
Saturday July 2

Fireworks in the Town Center: Norton Commons
Bring out the family to see the fireworks from the Town Center. The fireworks display will be held Saturday, July 2nd at dusk! Bring chairs, blankets, goodies and all!

Sunday July 3

Independence Celebration: Jefferonsville-The Louisville Crashers w/Identity Crisis
The Louisville Crashers and Identity Crisis perform at RiverStage. Admission is free. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

4th of July Fireworks Cruise
Join us for Louisville's Fourth of July celebration! Both the Belle of Louisville and the Spirit of Jefferson will participate in the event with a funtastic cruise on July 3rd, and the Belle will also do a Fireworks Cruise on July 4th. A gigantic fireworks show will be featured on both nights.

Crescent Hill Old-Fashioned Fourth of July in conjuction with the Crescent Hill Art & Music Festival

Waterfront Independence Festival: Live music, kids activities, vendors

New Albany Independence Day Concert: Joe Diffy, Sammy Kershaw, and Aaron Tippin.  Country Concert followed by Fireworks - New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater

Fireworks in Anchorage over Owl Creek:

Monday July 4

Waterfront Independence Festival:Live music, kids activities, vendors

Independence Day – Locust Grove FREE TO THE PUBLIC all day!
Celebrate our nation's Independence in the style of the early Republic. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds of Locust Grove.

Louisville Bats Be sure to catch the special fireworks nights on July 4th. These shows will be bigger and better then our Friday night shows!

4th of July Fireworks Cruise Join us for Louisville's Fourth of July celebration! Both the Belle of Louisville and the Spirit of Jefferson will participate in the event with a funtastic cruise on July 3rd, and the Belle will also do a Fireworks Cruise on July 4th. A gigantic fireworks show will be featured on both nights.

Celebrating Freedom Parade in Jeffersonville The annual Celebrating Freedom Parade takes place on Spring Street between Riverside Drive and Court Avenue, with a post-parade celebration in Warder Park. The event is free.

Anchorage Parade, Picnic and Games:  Parade starts at 5:30pm, picnic (bring your own) at 6:30 and games at 7:30

Sunday, May 29, 2011

First Time Riding a Bike

My son loves going to different parks around Louisville and riding his bike.  Our favorites are Robsion Park in Lyndon and Hayes Kennedy Park in Prospect.  Both parks have paved "tracks" or walkways that are great for younger ones to bike or scoot around on.  We also like Brown Park in St. Matthews but there's a a few spots there that are a little hilly or tricky because of the bridges!  Usually, my daughter drags along behind with me as we try to keep up with my speed demon son. Or, she has a big wheel and she scoots along on that. But, this morning, since my husband could come with us and keep track of our son, I was able to focus on teaching Maggie how to pedal the bike. And, SHE DID IT!  She was so proud of herself and I think if we keep practicing, she will be racing after her older brother in no time!
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Countdown to Kindergarten

PhotobucketDo you have a child that will be entering kindergarten next school year?  Be sure and check out the free program put on by Metro United Way Success By 6, the City of Louisville, the Louisville Free Public Library, Jefferson County Public Schools, and PNC Bank. It is called Kindergarten Countdown. There are tips to prepare your child for school and a summer countdown program.  Starting June 1 you can get a free t-shirt at the library for your child that will allow the child and an adult to attend some free events this summer including a production at Walden Theater of Law and Order: The Fairy Tale Unit, Louisville Bats, Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville Science Center, and Art Sparks to name a few of the events. Make sure to check out the link to see the specific dates for the free events to enjoy the last summer before your little one starts her journey in school.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

WINNER! An overnight getaway!

Well, the week long extravaganza or giving has come to a close! Thanks for helping us celebrate our 500th posts by allowing us to shower you with prizes.  Good news is: we will have lots of prizes to give!!  But, we can only keep up this pace for so long.....
The winner of the night's getaway for 4 to the Comfort Inn - Brooks and 4 Pirate's Bay Water Park Passes is: ROBIN L. 

Please email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by Monday 5/30 at noon to claim your prize or another winner will be selected!

Review of Wheel Fun Rentals By: Jeanette

PhotobucketLooking for a unique way to spend with the family or show off Louisville with out-of-town guests? Then, you should definitely check out Wheel Fun Rentals!


PhotobucketIt was a little challenging for us to find from where we parked. We parked near Joe’s Crab Shack and it was just south of there on River Road. It is located at 135 East River Road downtown. All their bikes were out and a big sign was up so it was eventually easy to spot it.

PhotobucketMy 3 year old was so excited to see all the different type bikes had out. They have single and double surreys, deuce coupes, choppers, cruisers, and quad sports. You will be able to find a bike that is perfect for your family's size and ages. My family and I took a single surrey out for a ride. (Just a note that prior to riding one adult has to leave her license with them to ensure the return of the bike and fill out some paperwork – fairly quick and short.) The deuce coupe would have been another option for our family size and age, but we preferred having our kids in front of us instead of sitting behind us as they would in the deuce coupe. We had our 3 year old and 1 year old in the child seat in front of us and my husband and I sat next two each right behind them. My oldest was able to reach behind and ring the bell as often as he wanted. We brought our own helmets, but they had helmets available except for our youngest. In the single surreys, there are 2 steering wheels, but only one actually steers. The brake is also by the wheel. One of the employees explains how the bike works just in case and gives a few precautions such a slow around the corners and downhill. Keep in mind when going for a ride, that there will not be storage space so that you’ll need to hold it in your bag/purse in a lap or if you do not have young kids you can put a bag where they would sit.

PhotobucketWe leisurely biked for about 30minutes around the waterfront passing the playgrounds before our youngest was ready to call it quits. The surrey was pretty easy to steer and pedal. It was great to take a young kids out and bike together. We had a blast biking around the river and look forward to trying the deuce coupe in the future!

They will be available daily for the summer starting in June. The bike rides range from $8-$30/hour. They have a coupon you can print off the website for a discount.

They also offer guided tours of Downtown Louisville, Riverwalk, and Churchhill Downs or self guided tours of Waterfront Park, Riverwalk, Downtown Louisville, and Falls of the Ohio. Reservations are only taken for the guided tours. The website offers great descriptions of the tours with what you will see and what bike is best.

What a fun way to get some exercise, fresh air, and see Louisville with friends and family!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Review of Warheim Park By: Jeanette

PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketWarheim Park could quite possibly be the quaintest little park in the Louisville area. My oldest son and I finally found the park after asking a couple, who were walking, for help. It is located at 1832 Overlook Terrace in the Highlands area. It just has a rock with its name engraved on Overlook Terrace where you park on the street and take the path down to the play area. They have a place to park your bike as well so no bikes are allowed back in the park. It is a small park with one picnic bench, 2 swings, a gazebo with a bridge, a couple of slides and some climbing things on the playground. It has a small area of grass space – good for throwing ball or kicking the soccer ball, lots of beautiful landscaping with several adult swings. The gazebo had bricks with names and quotes to read. This park is well shaded and backs up to residential houses. One of the houses even had a chicken coop! It would be a great place for a picnic with the family or a getaway from the family to read a book. The park was very clean and well maintained. However, there were no bathrooms there so keep that in mind.
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Be sure to check out the website to learn more about this unique park as it is community owned and a protected green space. This was a vision of Hal Warheim who even has a little notepad on the gazebo to leave your thoughts about the park.

CONTEST! 500th post celebration.....the caffeinated version

THE WINNER IS JENNY G.  Congrats to you and toast LouFamFun when you get your coffee with cream and splenda!  Email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!  We might just through a little something extra in the envelope for you....we are cool like that!

PhotobucketI write this contest longing for a delicious, perfectly brewed something special from Heine Brothers' Coffee.  With locations all over Louisville, you can swing by and get some just about any time you are out. HOT, COLD, DECAF, REGULAR, HAZELNUT, MOCHA, CARAMEL, BLACK...however you want it (and you know you do), they've got it!

We want a lucky winner to enjoy a $10 Gift Card to Heine Brothers' Coffee, well, becuase we love their coffee and we love you!  And, hey, it's Friday.

To enter: Take a look at their menu (and drool), then comment on this post what your first order will be if you win the gift card! Be sure to include your first name and last initial.

Limited time!!  I will pick a winner tonight at 10pm!! (because I have a 4yo and 2yo, no social life and I will be home)

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

Review of Forest Fest at Jefferson Memorial Forest by: Jeanette

PhotobucketIf you like being outdoors relaxing listening to bluegrass, then check out Forest Fest next May! We went for the first time this past weekend. You could tell we were first timers as we did not bring lawn chairs, blankets, or a cooler. Although the extra gear was not necessary, it would definitely make you more comfortable as opposed to sitting on the straw bales or picnic tables.  We arrived a few minutes early, paid our $5 to park and then headed over to the festival. Here there were several kid friendly activities from face painting, jumpy inflatable, nature crafts, and live turtle as well as some furs of the local wildlife.  There were also a few craft tables and a few eateries including bar-b-que and ice cream. The place where the audience sits had plenty of shaded spots as well as sunny spots. It was a pretty relaxed environment and a good way to enjoy the day before it got to hot for our little ones. Later on they were having a family scavenger hunt led by the local park services with prizes to give away. That sounds like it would be fun when my boys get a little older. It was not too crowded while we were there, but imagine it picked up in the afternoon since it was an all day event. Next year, however, we’ll come better prepared with a cooler of food and drinks and a blanket for the kids to play. Overall it was a gorgeous day to spend outside listening to some good bluegrass music. Highly recommend checking it out next year if you like bluegrass. $5/car is a good deal to spend an afternoon together with the family!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

CONTEST! 500th post celebration & 650 "like" giveaway

THE WINNER IS BETH K!  Thanks to all who participated!
Beth, please email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize.

Get dancing and singing with your child! Enrollment for the next session at Heartland Music Together is right around the corner and we want a lucky family to enjoy a $75 gift certificate to put toward a class!  Post a comment below telling us your child's favorite "non-kid" song! Make sure you post your name and last initial!!

We will draw a random winner at around 4pm today!  Tell your friends to run on over to our site for a chance to win!! (comments will not display immediately)

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



Nursery Depot - For all your Baby Nursery and Kids

Louisville Family Fun May 26, 27,28 Weekend

The end of May has arrived which means Memorial Day and an extra day in the weekend for you to enjoy local events and bar-b-q! As you enjoy your weekend don’t forget what this holiday is all about and the National Moment of Remembrance that was established by Congress in 2000. At 3pm on Memorial Day join other Americans by taking one minute to pause and honor those Americans who died while defending our country. We would have our freedoms if it was not for them!


Friday:

FAT Friday Trolley Hop Ride the trolley for free along Frankfort Avenue and enjoy special events at the local stores such as Bubble Truck at Crescent Hill Trading Company.

Saturday:
Star Wars Day at Half Priced Books in Springhurst

Sunday:
Louisville Bats with Kids Run the Bases and Special Fireworks

Don’t forget to be a Hometown Visitor until the end of May! You have caverns, museums, Wheels Fun Rentals and more to choose from to get a great discount just for living in Kentucky or Indiana!

Check out the websites for additional information for updates on the event, dates, times, and pricing. Also our Memorial weekend post earlier has some additional suggestions!

An additional note: we do our best to keep our calendars accurate, but occasionally mistakes are made and with Monday being a holiday some events may be on holiday as well! We welcome corrections, questions, and additions to our calendar. Thanks for your help!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Review of Joe Huber's Family Farm & Huber's Orchard

We visited Joe Huber's Family Farm and arrived at 9:30am.  It was about a 40 minute drive from my home in East Louisville.  The strawberry picking began at 9am, but at 9:30, we were one of the first ones out there.  We headed into the general store, picked up a cardboard basket and there was a tractor waiting outside. We climbed aboard the tractor wagon for a short drive up the road to the strawberry fields.  They dropped us off and we went crazy picking!

They have straw on the ground which was really nice considering it would have been a little muddy otherwise.  We stay pretty clean!  The kids and I went frantic picking the wonderful strawberries. They were gorgeous, shiny and so ripe.  But, there were plenty of green buds and flowers on the plants, so there are more strawberries yet to ripen!

We picked for about 20 minutes and filled our two baskets.  The tractor came back around and we rode it back to the shop. There, we purchased a few packages of shortcakes to take home and they weighed our strawberries for purchase.  The u-pick strawberries are $1.25/lb.  They also have strawberries already picked if it's just not your thing.  They have a variety of other vegetables that looked fresh and were modestly priced for such high quality, like beans and tomatoes as well as others.  The store also has lovely gifts ranging from toys to home decor to preserves.  A cute shop!  To note: They also have a retro ice cream soda shop in the building and the restroom is located in the shop.  And, there is a large family restaurant at which they serve good home-cooking (so I have heard!).

We put the berries in the car and headed to the play area, the Barnyard. It was $4 for admission which came with 4 tickets.  Parents pay also. We had a great time exploring the open area, playing in the barn and the big slide.  We also played on the playground for a bit and build some towers with the big play bricks they had out.  We got some little cups of corn for the animals and headed back to visit with them.  They had a turkey and many goats.  My children LOVED the wheel conveyor belt that you can use to feed the animals.  The goats see you turning that wheel and they run up the stairs to wait at the top for the corn to fall out of the little containers!  While we were there, a little goat got it's head stuck in the wire fencing and my son ran to get help while this little goat was squealing and crying.  It was quite the encounter!  The other goats' instincts kicked in and they starting ramming into the baby goat and got him free!  It was pretty intense!

We brought a picnic lunch and there were many spots to sit and eat, shady or not.  After we ate a little, we cashed in some tickets and went on the mini tractor ride that went all around the barnyard area.  The kids loved that they got to ride behind another tractor!  We also got some of the rings and balls for the toss games near the pond and although my kids did not even come close, the just plain enjoyed throwing things in the water!
We spent about 2.5 hours at this farm area before heading to Huber's Winery.  A nice couple that sat with us on our tractor ride to the strawberry patch advised us that it's more than just a winery!  They were correct!  It is just a minute away from Joe Huber's.  They have a play area there as well that had animals and other activities. We did not do these activities as it was getting later in the day. We plan to go back for blueberry picking in June and will do the Huber Winery activities then!  It is $6 for admission.  We parked and immediately my children ran for the old vehicles they have parked outside the shop.  They have a truck and a tractor and the kids just climbed all over them.  They also have some cut out veggies and fruits for picture taking and a talking tree!  We went inside to find wonderful veggies and fruits as well as baking/cooking mixes, candy, preserves and a fabulous bakery. I mean, WOW!  You could do some damage in there, everything looked incredible and I sampled a few so I can say....they taste as good as they look! 

Although we didn't pick any more, they do have a separate strawberry patch there and we rode the tractor around to check out the farm as it went to drop people off and pick people up.  Then, we were finally done!  We had such a full morning and early afternoon.  I did notice that they have a wine shop and restaurant as well as a cheese/ice cream shop! And, when we were driving out, I saw a family picnicking down by a pond on a nice little deck and that looked like such a great little spot. 

I absolutely recommend the trip to Starlight, IN to visit Huber's.  It is unique and totally family friendly.  We were there early on a weekday and I imagine it would be quite crowded on the weekends.  Always call ahead when you are going there for u-pick trips to make sure the fruits are ready and not picked through!
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CONTEST!! 500th Post Celebration Overnight Getaway for YOU!

You don't have to drive for hours and hours to get away for the weekend.  You can take a short drive down I-65 to the Comfort Inn with the Pirate's Bay Indoor Water park and stay there! It's on us!  One lucky winner will get a night's stay for 4, a hot breakfast and 4 water park wristbands. 

If you remember, we wrote a review and had a blast.

To enter:  Post a comment on this blog post telling us WHY you need a family getaway! Leave your first name and last initial.

SURPRISE!! On Wednesday May 25th we will randomly pick on of the entries made so far for an extra little prize!!!....and it's
 Sarah Kemelgor...she wins FOUR passes to Atlantis Waterpark from www.LouisvilleBestDeals.com! email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net

This contest will end Friday May 27th at midnight and the winner will be announce on this site on Saturday May 28th.

Note: Comments will not show immediately and any comments deemed inappropriate will not be entered or published.  Winners will be chosen at random. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. As a participant in this giveaway, you are providing information to Louisville Family Fun and not to Facebook.  Liking the page does not automatically enter you in the contest and the winner will not be announced via Facebook.

Groupon Today: Putt Putt Golf


Louisville Family Fun is an affiliate marketer for Groupon!  Support our site financially by making your Groupon purchase through our site! 

Today, there is an excellent family-friendly deal for PUTT PUTT MINI GOLF on Bardstown Road!

If you would like to get in on this Groupon, you can support Louisville Family Fun at the same time!  Thanks so much!

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Review of McNeely Lake Park By: Jeanette

PhotobucketMcNeely Lake Park has just about everything you could want in a park: lake for fishing or boating, ducks, trails, playground, horseback riding, geocaches, tennis, soccer, basketball, 3 playgrounds, picnic areas to name a few of the amenities. It is located off of Cooper Chapel Road off Preston Highway. It is one of the largest in the metro area.

PhotobucketMcNeely Lake Park North houses a Korean War Memorial and two playgrounds and lots of shaded eating areas. There is a nice gravel walking path along the lake and several ducks along the way. A side note is this park had more litter than I had seen at several of the other parks unfortunately.

PhotobucketA short drive to McNeely Lake South is where a playground in the shade is located with some more picnic areas, lots of soccer fields, a basketball court, and some trails. This would be a great spot for a picnic lunch with all the shade. I imagine this one is pretty business during soccer season though. This part of the park also seemed cleaner than the other one.

PhotobucketHorseback riding is available at the stables 7 days a week and an appointment is preferred. Additional information is found on the website.

This park is definitely one to check out during all the seasons as the leaves on the trees in the fall are gorgeous reflecting off the lake.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mondays with Mrs. Sparkles: Creative Camping

How many of you are looking for some serious R&R over Memorial Day Weekend? Are you preparing for a weekend outdoors? Does collecting wild strawberries, taking hikes at daybreak, reading a good book and sitting by a campfire sound irresistible?

I have a serious case of cabin fever – strange it isn’t snowing outside. I guess I should say I have a serious case of metro fever. Between trying to avoid inhaling exhaust while walking down Bardstown Road, becoming aggravated by the never ending line of stop lights during our morning commute and the sounds of noisy motorcycles growling down Eastern Parkway I am starting to come out of my skin a little.

I know from experience that taking children out into the woods may sound relaxing, but it can present some challenges. We expect that the great outdoors will inspire our children to spend hours exploring, but that does not keep the boredom monster from rearing his ugly head.

If you are planning to take your children outdoors, consider filling your bag-o-tricks with some creative activities.

Campfire Light Shows: With 4” Glow sticks and a rope, create a set of Poi- glow strings. By spinning the strings your children can experiment with creating arcs of light and color that are sure to impress you and entertain them.

Campfire Shadow Performances: Take along a basic top sheet and hang between two trees safely in front of a campfire or lantern. Take ghost stories to a new level by acting them out while casting shadows for your campfire audience. Looking for something different? Find some inspiration here
With materials found around your campsite, experiment with making shadowscapes.

Fairy Houses: With a bag of treasures, engage your children in some fairy house building. Treasures could include but are not limited to buttons, bottle caps, yarn, plastic rings, dried flowers, beans, and beads. Don’t forget a pair of child’s scissors and a Fairy Field Guide.

Still looking for somewhere unique to camp with your family. Look no further than Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center in Ravenna, Kentucky. Between the wild strawberries, emerging butterflies, hiking trails and quiet, you are sure to come home refreshed.

500th Post Celebration: CONTEST...AGAIN!!!

WINNER!  ROBYN T.  Congrats!  Yes, we were at the Louisville Science Center on 2/2/11!  You win two free classes from WEE ROCK!

Want to win another FUN prize for something local and wonderful to do with your children?  What could it be?  It's a surprise because I like to tease you. 

If you would like a chance to win, just email the answer to this question to info@louisvillefamilyfun.net and be the FIRST correct answer!

What is the full date of the REVIEW that Stephanie did that has a picture of her children standing at a wall of gears? Hmmmm, where in Louisville is there a wall of gears?????!!!

Review of Strawlution Straws By: Stephanie

PhotobucketPhotobucketStraw-lution straws are unique, durable straws that you unfortunately can't find in a retail store in Kentucky but you can luckily order online!  I sampled these straws and indeed, they solved the problem of the slipping, dripping straw.

PhotobucketEach morning, my children enjoy their Danimals smoothies which have foil tops.  Before getting the Straw-lution straws, I would cut a regular straw and pop it through the foil.  Sometimes, the kids were just fine with them but often, they would walk around and the straw would pop out or they would fiddle with the straw and pull it out.  Inevitably, yogurt smoothie would drip on my furniture and worse, the carpet.  With the Straw-lution straw, they pop it in and it stays in there and never slips out! No more slipping and dripping! Then, I just put them in my dishwasher basket for cleaning. They are wider than normal straws so they don't come out of the bottom of the dishwasher basket.

PhotobucketThey are BPA free, made in the USA and dishwasher safe.  They are wider than normal straws so they can be used for liquids or thicker foods like yogurt or pudding too.  They'll work with any food that has a foil top or spot for a straw.  I usually don't give my kids food or drinks with straws in the car for fear of a big mess while I am driving. I am confident in the Straw-lution straw now and think with one of these, the kids can drink or snack on a yogurt without a mess in the back seat.

Best of all, they were created by a problem solving mom!

Groupon and Stand Up to Cancer


Groupon: Get the Best Deal in Your City Today!

Monday, May 23, Groupon will be running a $15 for $35 Groupon at Stand Up To Cancer, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Proceeds from all purchases help fund groundbreaking cancer research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives.

As an affiliate advertiser with Groupon, we wanted to let you know about this wonderful endeavor!  Cancer has hit 2 important people in my life in the last few years and anything that we can do to help, well, it should be done!


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

500th Post Celebration: Another CONTEST!!!

WINNER: AMY C!! It was August 2010 when we made 39 posts!!  She wins 2 Open Play Passes to KaZoing!

In what month in 2010 did we make 39 posts?  Email the answer to info@louisvillefamilyfun.net and the first person with the correct answer will win a SURPRISE PRIZE!!!

Thanks to all of our wonderful readers, watch out Oprah...here we come!

WINNERS!!! Lots of prizes!

Thanks to all of the wonderful people that stopped by the tent to chat with me about Louisville Family Fun and Louisville Mommies and for those of you who signed up to enter a contest, we have randomly selected winners!  As promised, we are announcing them today!

There will be LOTS of giveaways this week in celebrations  of our soon-to-be 500th post, so keep checking back!

Winners: please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by noon on Wednesday, May 25th to claim your prize or we will draw another winner.

(winners are identified by abbreviated email addresses)

WINNER, 2 Open Play Passes to KaZoing! is eyesof


Congrats!  We hope all of you enjoy your prizes and don't forget to tell everyone that you won on Louisville Family Fun!

Many of the prizes have been removed from this post because they were left unclaimed and given away in another contest.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Things to do in Louisville in June 2011

June brings summer vacation and hopefully some warmer, dryer weather! Thankfully June in Louisville is packed full of FAMILY FUN!
Here are a few of the fun, unique events to look forward too:

Family Picnic at Bernheim – FREE- June 4

Shakespeare in Central Park – Free Shakespeare Plays starting June 7

JeffFest at Downtown Jeffersonville – June 11

Louisville Library Summer Kickoff Celebration at the Main Library – June 11

The Summit Festival of the Arts at the Summit – June 11-12

Festival of the Upper Highlands at Atherton High School Front Lawn – June 18

Rauch Planetarium Shows every Friday and Saturday to escape the summer heat

Louisville Zoo has special extended hours for June and July on Thursday-Saturday evenings with members getting free carousal rides and tram rides after 6pm on certain days.

Be sure to check out our previous posts for movies, concerts, and additional MetroFests

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


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Friday, May 20, 2011

WINNER! Sew Whimsy Creations Item

Donnie L. gets to choose any item from the Sew Whimsy Creations Etsy shop (under $20)!  What a lucky winner! 

Please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by the end of the day on Saturday 5/21 to claim your prize!

Don't forget, we are going to be giving away a ton of great prizes in the upcoming days to celebrate our 500th post!!!

Swagbucks - It's FUN to get FREE stuff


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From them:

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You can earn points for doing things as simple as searching the web via their search engines, playing games, watching videos, participating in polls or buying daily deals that you would have bought anyway through places like Groupon or LivingSocial.  You can earn gift cards or items that you select!

I am going to sign up and start earning!  I know many people that are already doing it and I am wondering why I haven't caught on yet!!  With all of the fun things that I like to do around town, getting things for free helps me leave some extra cash in my wallet for a special trip to try something new with my kids or gas money for a longer day trip. 

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Louisville Family Fun May 20, 21, 22 Weekend

If there is a weekend to pray to keep the rain at bay this is the weekend! There are so many festivals going on this weekend, it will be hard to choose which one to attend! If festivals are not your thing, there are still plenty of other choices on our calendar!


Friday:

Ascension Summer Festival- This festival is also on Saturday.

Saturday:

Love yard sales? Why Louisville is having the Ultimate Yard Sale! They stay, “A lifetime of collecting will come to an end on May 21st in the parking lot behind WHY Louisville.”

Lots of Festivals!!!!

Bloomfest at Bernheim

Family Fun Festival at Howard Steamboat Museum

Strawberry Festival and Car Show at Hinton’s Orchard

ForestFest at Jefferson Memorial Forest

Spin-A-Yarn Storytelling Festival at Little Loomhouse

Nature Fest at Creasy Mahan Nature Preserve - Be sure to stop by the LouFamFun and Louisville Mommies Booth!!  We'll have opportunities to win prizes!!!

Sunday:

Spend the day at the Louisville Zoo’s Storybook Day 

Check out the websites for additional information for updates on the event, dates, times, and pricing. Our calendar has lots of other happenings in the area if you are still looking for some family fun for your 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!

500th Post Celebration

500!!

We have been blogging since December 2009 and this site has become an exciting business for us and we are so grateful to all of our readers (and the all-knowing and powerful Google).  We kick of this "however long we feel like it" celebration of our 500th post with giveaways at the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve Nature Fest.  Not only is this one of Stephanie's favorite places to take the kids, it is also a fantastic charity.  All of the proceeds of this event benefit this wonderful Kentuckiana gem. 

Stephanie will be staffing a LouisvilleMommies.com / LouisvilleFamilyFun.net booth. Let's kick off this fun-tastic giveaway extravaganza!!

Find Stephanie for a chance to win:  4 tickets to Atlantis Waterpark from http://www.louisvillebestdeals.com/, KaZoing! Open Play Passes, Free Wee Rock music classes and a $75 Gift Certificate for Heartland Music Together.

And, of course, there's more prizes to come!  Oprah may be shutting down her show, but we've only just begun!


Mabel's Labels www.mabel.ca


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

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Summer Reading Programs in and around Louisville

Looking for summer reading info for 2013? Click HERE


Keep your kids reading all summer long with these fun reading programs:

Barnes and Noble
This reading program is geared toward first through sixth graders. Your child reads 8 books and downloads a journal to write about the books. Then the child will be able to pick out a book from a list for free.

Borders/Waldenbooks
For kids 12 and under take Borders Double Dog Dare Challenge. Read 10 books and fill out the linked form above to get a free book. This program is from 6/1/11 to 9/5/11

Half Price Books –FEED YOUR BRAIN® Summer Reading Program June 1 – July 31, 2011. Kids 14 years of age and under can earn Back-to-School Bucks by reading at least 600 minutes this summer. Kids are encouraged to keep on reading past the first 600 minutes to compete for a Top Reader Prize.

Chuck E Cheese
Print out the reading chart, fill it out, bring it to Chuck E Cheese to get 10 free tokens. (There are several other rewards charts here too to earn free tokens.)

Louisville Library
You can start Myth, Magic, and Imagination summer reading program June 1 by visiting your local library to pick up a summer reading folder. You have until Aug. 6 to complete to win prizes such as a backpack, journal and passes to local attractions. This is for ages birth to 5th grade. Be sure and check out the summer reading kickoff on June 11 at the main library.

Sylvan Summer Reading 

Book It! From Pizza Hut

Old Spaghetti Factory reading rewards, check if your local restaurant participates.

Scholastic Summer reading programs

Pottery Barn Kids Reading Program

Do you know of other summer reading programs? Let us know so we can keep our list updated. Thanks!


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Fun Summer Activities in and around Louisville

Make this summer a memorable one for your family without breaking the bank!

Kids Bowl For Free:  Kids can bowl 2 games for free at participating bowling alleys. Bowling shoes will need to be rented. Louisville has two participation locations:

Dixie Bowl
Ken Bowl Lanes in Louisville

AMF Kids Bowl Free options!
Putt-Putt: Check them out for Super Saturdays: $7.50 per person. Unlimited Putt-Putt® golf and 10 Tokens for the Game Room

Bass Pro Shops: Summer camp at Bass Pro Shoppe - FREE - crafts, workshops, and activities

Glow Golf: Has daily specials including Mondays - kids play FREE when parents pay regular admission and Thursday - Parents play FREE when children pay regular admission.

Church Picnics: The Catholic churches have lots of picnics all through the summer that offer some food and family fun.

Local libraries have lots of special activities to stay cool this summer for all ages ranging from crafts to free movies:

Oldham County:  - crafts, teen events, free movies
Louisville Free Public Library
New Albany-Floyd County
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Don’t forget about the movie matinees at various movie theaters, metro parks and their spraypads/spraygrounds, ice skating, roller skating, and your local library.

Do you know of other kid friendly businesses that are offering special discounts for the summer? Share with us so we can keep the list updated! Thanks for your help!


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Spraygrounds and Splash Areas In and Around Louisville

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Thanks to Sweet Frog Louisville for sponsoring this post!
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Here more about Louisville Metro Parks in this fabuLOUs podcast!


If you don't have access to a pool, there are many FREE options to cool down and get wet during the hot months in and around Louisville.  Many of the metro parks have spray areas and splash pads for lots of fun on really hot summer days as do other locations.  They are free and most are surrounded by all of the other amenities like playgrounds and picnic areas. 

Here's a list of the free ones!



Mary T. Meagher has an outdoor sprayground. Here is our review.

Algonquin

Baxter Square

Bingham

Boone Square

California

Central - We discuss it in our review

Cherokee - Our Review

Chickasaw

Crescent Hill

George Rogers Clark - See our reviews

G.G. Moore

Waterfront - review (of the park in general)

William B. Stansbury

William Harrison

Wyandotte


For a fee:

The Louisville Zoo also has a nice splash and spray area, Papa John's Splash Park. Admission is required!


Updated July 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hometown Tourist Celebration and Offers

This afternoon, I took my children downtown to the Hometown Tourist Celebration.  In the street outside of the visitor's center, several tents were set up to show off all that Louisville has to offer.  There were representatives from many local attractions informing people about the fantastic activities, museums and sites to see in Kentuckiana.  They also had a summer kick off party going on at 4th Street Live, so we enjoyed some live music as well. 

The most exciting things about the Hometown Tourist Celebration is the discounts that are being offered now!  There are THREE PAGES of discounts available to you!  They are all short terms discounts, so browse quickly and find something you can enjoy with your family before the discount expires. You don't even need a coupon, you just flash your KY or IN ID. 
Some notable offers for families are:

Derby Dinner Playhouse

Belle of Louisville

Falls of the Ohio
Louisville Zoo

Dinosaur World

American Printing House for the Blind

Bernheim Arboretum

Frazier History Museum

KY Derby Museum

Louisville Science Center

Squirre Boone Caverns
Wheel Fun Rentals

Louisville Mega Cavern


Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve Nature Fest

Stephanie will be there representing LouFamFun.net and LouisvilleMommies.com! Two fantastic websites! Stephanie will also have coupons to hand out for Carmen's Cupcakes and Incredible Dave's as well as a sign up for a chance to win tickets to Atlantis Water Park from http://www.louisvillebestdeals.com/ ,a $75 gift certificate to Heartland Music Together , Open Play Passes from KaZoing! or Free Wee Rock music classes.....so stop by and say hi! Come on out to this great family event to support this wonderful place.
From their Facebook Page

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
NatureFest!

Saturday, May 21, 12 - 4 p.m.
(Rain Date, Sunday, May 22)
$5/person or $20/family of 4 or more

Hayrides, children's activities, music, arts and crafts, hikes and those bouncy inflatables are part of the fun at NatureFest 2011! We have something for everyone to enjoy!

FOOD

Designed as an old-fashioned family picnic, NatureFest offers guests the option of bringing their own food or purchasing grilled chicken wraps, Kentucky Bison Company bison burgers, falafel pita sandwiches, and other items from the Burning Bush Grille. Yummy dessert will be available from Gelato Gilberto.

MUSIC

We have two fabulous bands not to be missed:
12:00-1:30pm The St. James Hotel, a folk band with two guitarists, a banjo player and a bass player.
1:30-4:00pm A big hit last year, Uppa Creek returns to perform classic and folk rock.

FUN FOR ALL!

Tractor-powered hayrides will take visitors on "jungle cruises" through the forest (weather permitting). Or explore the preserve's spring-fed creeks, frog pond, grassland habitats and its new Dr. & Mrs. Paul Dent Woodland Garden. Visit the silent auction in the Field House, and bid on a beautiful basket of goodies.


Remember to bring a picnic blanket or folding chairs and friendly dogs on leash are welcomed. All proceeds benefit the Nature Preserve! Pet adoptions will also be available.

Farmers’ Markets, CSAs, U-picks in Louisville and surrounding area By:Jeanette

It's the season for  Farmer’s Markets and u-picks!

FARMERS’ MARKETS

Almost any day in Louisville you can find a farmer’s market. This is a great opportunity to pick up organic and non-organic, fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, meat etc. You can google the farmer market to see if they have a website to get specifics of what is available each time.  But, The Mayor's Healthy Hometown initiative did a great job compiling a LIST, we aren't going reinvent the wheel!

Let's not forget about the sunny side, here's links for Southern Indiana

Jeffersonville Farmers’ Market
New Albany Farmers’ Market

U-PICKS
Now who does not love going to the farm with the family and picking fresh fruit and vegetables? What a great way to spend some quality family time together while getting some yummy food! We love Hubers and Hinton’s Orchard. Hubers is about 40min drive from Louisville while Hinton’s is closer to an hour. Both places have activities for the kids and calendar of events where you definitely can spend at least a half a day enjoying yourselves on the farm. There's also Gallrein Farms in Shelbyville. Be sure to check out our reviews of both places. HUBERS  HINTON ORCHARDS  For blueberries, keep any eye out on the Bryant's Blueberries website for details about their crop!  Read our review!

Don’t forget about our recent review of Green B.E.A.N. Delivery as another option to obtain organic produce and support Midwest farmers. There's also Grasshoppers Distribution for this kind of service.

And, another option: CSA
Consumer Supported Agriculture is something new to me, but sounds like a great alternative and/or addition to farmers’ markets. What is CSA? From the website, “Community supported agriculture is exactly what it sounds like - local people supporting local farmers. At the start of a season, you sign up for a share and agree to pay the farmer a fee. In return the farmer agrees to supply you with fresh produce for a set number of weeks during the growing season.” You meet them at a designated time and place. I recently heard Mary, from Courtney Farms talk on NPR. In addition to CSA, Courtney Farms offer a la carte. A la Carte you can go to their website and order exactly what you want which they will deliver at certain locations. Currently they have pick-up points in Shelbyville, Simpsonville, Crescent Hill, Jeffersontown, and Highlands (TBD).

Stephanie & Jeanette

Monday, May 16, 2011

CONTEST! Handmade Items by Sew Whimsy Creations

Handmade items are not only unique, but they are made with love! Sew Whimsey Creations are made by a local Louisville mom and sold on Etsy.  One of our lucky readers will be able to pick one of these hand made items if they are chosen as the winner of this contest.

To enter:

1) Like Sew Whimsey Creations

AND

2) Visit the Sew Whimsey Creations Etsy shop and browse the wonderful items she has listed. The winner will be able to choose any item from this shop that's under $20.  Post a comment on this page stating which item your would choose. Please post your name and last initial.

This contest runs until midnight May 19th. A winner will be selected at random and announced on this site on May 20th.  Comment will not appear immediately and those that do not fulfill the requirements will not be entered. 

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

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Star Trek: The Exhibition phases out at the Louisville Science Center, Discounts & Special Events

Recently Released from the Louisville Science Center communications director:  Special discounts and events are planned for the final weekends of Star Trek: The Exhibition, locally presented by AT&T, open at the Louisville Science Center through May 22, 2011. The exhibition features sets, costumes, priceless museum pieces and props from all five Star Trek television series and 11 Star Trek feature films, including the newest blockbuster film.


Discounts will be offered during the final weeks of the exhibition. From May 12-22, as part of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Hometown Tourist Celebration, visitors who present their Kentucky or Indiana ID will receive the member price on admission to Star Trek: The Exhibition ($10 for adults and $8 for children 2 to 12). The discounted price includes admission to the Science Center’s permanent exhibits. Star Trek merchandise will be available at a 20% discount in the Gift Shop.

During the closing weekends, several activities are planned. All activities are free with admission to Star Trek: The Exhibition.

Innovation and invention – themes inspired by Star Trek – will be the focus of activities for the closing weekends. On May 21 and 22, “Robot Rovers” will be offered along with “Tinkerer’s Workshop” – where visitors can disassemble consumer and commercial grade appliances and explore their insides.

On Saturday, May 21, from 1 to 5 p.m., there will be several presentations about the Klingon language, given by Tracy Canfield, a computational linguist specializing in French and fictional languages whose short stories have appeared in numerous science fiction and fantasy magazines, and Michael Roney Jr., a professional Klingon translator whose extensive portfolio includes the Klingon version of the Sophos anti-virus software and the Klingon audio tour at the Jenolan Caves in Australia. Presentation topics include the Sounds of Klingon, exploring how Klingon draws human languages from around the world to create an extraterrestrial language that can still be pronounced by human actors; The Grammar of Klingon, focusing on the construction of Klingon sentences and the surprising connections to human languages; and Klingon in the Land of Kangaroos. Klingon in the Land of Kangaroos will explore the process of creating a Klingon audio tour for the Jenolan Caves in Australia. Roney is translator for the project and Canfield is the voice actor.

About Star Trek: The Exhibition Star Trek: The Exhibition presents museums and education-minded communities with a unique opportunity: the chance to effortlessly educate and inspire scientific and creative thinking in a familiar and entertaining atmosphere. By simultaneously taking visitors into the universe of the future and the past, Star Trek: The Exhibition allows visitors to reconnect with iconic Star Trek moments and characters while exploring the creative spirit of science fiction that gave us many of today’s modern marvels.

Review of Pirate's Bay Indoor Water Park By: Stephanie

This business is now closed.

Hit "home" on our website to find more information about lots of great things to do around Kentuckiana!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Father’s Day Events and Things to Do in Louisville

Father’s Day is just around the corner! Louisville has some fun crafts and events to celebrate your father and being a father.

June 4 Valet Organizer at Home Depot – Free- Have the kids make a special present for their dad.

June 11 Goofy Golf at Lowe’s – Free with registration.  Build a goofy golf game for your dad.

June 14 Father’s Day Crafts at Okolona Library – FREE

June 17-19 Father’s Day Camping at Louisville South KOA
Families can treat Dad to a day of fishing, swimming, hiking or mini-golf. Fathers receive a complimentary breakfast, courtesy of KOA. 

June 18 - Greentree Mall Hottest Dad Event

June 19 Father’s Day Bluegrass Cruise – Belle of Louisville - Advanced Reservations needed

June 19 Father’s Day BBQ Adventure at Jefferson Memorial Forest – Pre-registration
An event for Father’s and sons, no matter what the age. Choose from a variety of activities to create your own adventure and memories. Pre-registration required 368-5404. Fee: $25 per Dad. Includes BBQ lunch and afternoon of activities for Dad and child, $10 for each additional family member.


FREE for all fathers accompanied by their children. Regular admission price for all other family members. at Clarksville Aquatic Center



DadFest   Saturday, June 18 - 5:00 pm and Sunday, June 19 9:15 or 11:00 am
DadFest is the BEST Father’s Day Weekend EVER!
Dad food, dad activities, classic car/motorcycle show, projects for dads and kids to make together, popular sports figures (Jockey Pat Day, Former UofL Quarterback Stefan Lefors, Big East Official James Breeding, UofL Baseball Coach Dan McDonald, UofL Athletic Director Tom Jurich), and more - don’t miss it!  


Don’t forget to check out our website calendar for additional ideas for dads such as a Louisville Bats game or Summer Concert at Cherokee Triangle.

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!