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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Review of Creekside Playground at the Parklands at Floyds Fork By: Stephanie

Today we went to explore the new playground & sprayground in east Louisville, Creekside. It is part of the new Parklands at Floyds Fork & Beckley Creek Park that will be completed in 2012.  The place was packed full of families and groups out to cool down and play on a hot day. 

The first thing I noticed was the lovely covered area that ran the length of the play area.  As a parent, this is so helpful for when you want to sit in a shady spot while the kids play or to have a shady area to give the kids a break from the sun.  In the shade there are many picnic tables and quite a bit of space to host many groups. 

We headed to the restroom first and it was clean (as it should be since it is new!) and centrally located for convenience.  We found a spot at a picnic table for our things and the kids hit the splash pad area.  The ground is concrete in this sprayground but it is textured in a way that it was not slippery.  My children were barefoot and frolicking in the water and did not slip.  There are many spouts spraying dancing water from the ground, hoops created a tunnel of spraying water and two large spouts that kids can turn and spray where they want!  There was also a pole hoisting a bucket to randomly dump water on kids waiting below.  Everyone was having a blast.

After a bit of splashing, my children wanted their shoes on so they could check out the very different looking playground. It is really unique.  My son kept saying "look at this cool piece" and ran around frantically taking it all in.  Some of the slides did get hot so even though they are plastic and light colored, be careful if it's a hot day and they have bare legs!  The ground at the playground is wood mulch in some areas and rubber foam in others.  They have a large rocking boat that's very cool, an extremely modern merry-go-round wheel, swings for all ages and for those with special needs and they have 2 different sized play structures to suit both the younger and older children.  My son said it was the best new park and that we definitely have to bring Daddy next time, so I think that means it gets an A+ from our family!

Check out our video on our YouTube Channel!

Monday, June 27, 2011

CONTEST! Louisville Science Center tickets!

Here is your chance to visit the Louisville Science Center with your family and see the new exhibit: The Chronicles of Narnia and the rest of the fantastic museum.  On a recent rainy day, I took my kids to the museum to explore this new exhibit. I have seen the movie but my kids were not familiar with it.  They are also young and developmentally, they just don't understand some of the themes of this movie. Regardless, they entered the exhibit with excitement about what they were about to see.  They love exploring new things and they loved the mock fur coat closet! I tried to explain to them that it was a magic closet and we pretended to get whisked away into the tundra like in the movie.  They thought it was a silly game and enjoyed that!  The exhibit features items from the movie like clothing and artifacts.  So, for a true fan of this movie, it would be a very interesting trip through the exhibit and a rare chance to see these items!  My kids loved sitting in the big "ice" chair, crawling through the tunnel log and attempting to lift the heavy swords.  It was a quick exhibit for us, but engaging nonetheless.  A great bonus to the already fabulous Louisville Science Center.   We used the rest of our trip visiting all of the other floors of the museum and our favorite things! 

You can read both of our past review for more info!  Review 1 and Review 2

We are giving away 4 passes to the museum which also gets you into the special Narnia exhibit. 

For a chance to win this awesome prize, simply comment on this post telling us your favorite part of the Louisville Science Center or if you haven't been there, what you look forward to about going for the first time!

Please include your name and last initial in the comment or use an account when posting.

Note: The contest ends on Thursday June 30th at noon and the winner will be announced Friday July 1st on this site. The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted. Your comment will not appear immediately and will not be posted if you do not follow the guidelines or if you miss the deadline (even by minutes).


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

Love and Insanity By: Stephanie

Considering my mathematics background and Master's degree concentrating on research methods, I am pretty sure the finding that I am about to describe are highly qualitative in nature. But, I think there are enough parents that will agree with me that it may actually make for enough data to generate a true study.  And, please tolerate my academic overtone, I am a geek at heart.

Possibly, there is a negative correlation between how much a parent loves their children and their control over their own sanity.  My experience this morning may be inspiration for a research study!  With it being a Monday and the thunder booming, I headed to All About Kids with my 4 and 2.5 year old children.  As we leave,  I remind my 2.5 year old not to pick at her scraped knee that she had already started to explore.  Of course, upon arrival, I go to take her out of her car seat and she is covered in blood. Ah, this is why she was so quiet in the back seat.  We haven't even played yet!  I clean, sanitize and we get a bandaid to patch it up. 

As I knew would happen, they leap from the floor after I removed their shoes and begin bouncing off every play item regardless of whether or not it was truly intended for bouncing.  Hyper is not quite a strong enough word.  Because of my deep love for my children and their safety, as well as the safety of those around my little bulls, I trail after the little ones repeating continuously the basic play rules one needs to reiterate in these times of chaos.  We survive until our lunch break.

My 2.5 year old decides that lunch will not be her yogurt, blueberries and other healthy items but simply a "race car" juice and fruit snacks.  Then, she refuses to sit in her seat instead choosing to play with the door stops to the doors that allow people to get in and out of the play area, therefore trapping people in the open gym. I attempted once to force her back to the table making a slight scene so I opted to simply tell her that if she refused to eat, she just needs to sit against the wall and pout instead of trapping people in the room and causing a fire hazard.  My 4 year old was trying his best to be cooperative but decided, if she doesn't have to eat, he shouldn't either.  However, I remind myself of my undying love for my kids and decide that they will not starve and I take a deep breath and re-enter the play area as they are going to open the large gym.  I still have my sanity but as the reminders of my love for my children increase in my head, the sanity begins to slip; hence the negative correlation.

We play, I run around after them and dream of cloning myself so that I can be with both of them at the same time to make sure they are acting appropriately and having fun.  I manage to convince them to go down some tandem slides together so they can be in the same place.  My 2.5 year old decided this is a fantastic place to do some business in her diaper and my 4 year old, with his keen nose, informs me that she has done so.  I think, we should just leave. However, I LOVE them, I do, I LOVE them, LOVE LOVE LOVE so I think, they need to play more because I LOVE them. Sanity: fading.  My feisty daughter, after 10 minutes of coaxing decides that she will indeed entertain the idea of a diaper change and heads for the door only to start a sprint toward a climbing structure to get away with me. I scale a few levels, snag her sneaky little legs and drag her kicking and screaming to the bathroom.  The love at this point has totally removed all sanity as I briskly sweep her up to the changing table, tear off her shorts and turn into a mommy-machine where I am able to reach into the depths of my backpack, find a diaper, wipes all the while wrangling this 30 lb creature to stay still so I can change her without any poop getting all over the place.  While she succumbs to my powers, I notice that there is an article of clothing in the toilet and take note that I should definitely tell the staff about this when I exit the restroom.

Phew, my daughter is changed. Now, where are her shorts?  Not in the bag, not on the floor. Where could they be? No, it couldn't be.  I lean over the toilet and take a long hard look. Yes, indeed!  In the last 2 minutes of dealing with this wild, but oh so adorable, beast, and without any recollection of the fact, when I tore off her shorts, I threw them in the toilet!  Now what?  Oh, and where is my other child??  Yes, I left him in the gym area!  I strap my pant-less child under my arms, find a Ziploc full of crayons in my backpack, empty it, grab the shorts out of the potty and ring them out, jam them in the Ziploc, wash our hands and run back out to the gym to find my other child. I find him and tell him "James, we have to leave, Maggie has no shorts and mommy has no sanity, it's time to go, I love you and we can come back another day."

And we will, because I will always love my children and therefore, in conclusion from this qualitative study, I will never have my sanity.

WINNERS! Prizes from LouisvilleMommies.com Birthday Bash

Yesterday was a long day of fun/errands for my family and my son and I just didn't get round to writing out ALL of those email addresses and randomly picking them out of a hat! After he went to bed, I got it ready and he just picked all of the winners.

Here they are, the winner is identified by the beginning of their email address:

$75 Gift Certificate to Heartland Music Together: "cmw2008"


Email us by July 13th at noon with your name and mailing address to claim your prize or we will select another winner!!  info@louisvillefamilyfun.net

Sunday, June 26, 2011

WINNER! Stroll 'n Tone classes

You all better like Stroll 'n Tone on Facebook because even though there were few entries for our contest, I KNOW when January and those New Year's resolutions roll around, people will once again set some fitness goals and need Stroll 'n Tone!  However, ELIZABETH S. does NOT have to wait until January because she won the Stroll 'n Tone "push" card worth 4 classes!

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

Friday, June 24, 2011

See you at the Louisville Mommies Birthday Bash

Tomorrow, Stephanie will be at the Louisville Mommies Birthday Bash. Stop by the Louisville Family Fun table for a little treat and to sign up for a chance to win a great prize (or two!)

We will have sign-up sheets for the following prizes and will announce the winner on our site on Sunday, June 26th!

2 Free passes to Open Play at KaZoing Party and Play
$75 gift certificate to Heartland Music Together
2 Free classes at Wee Rock

She will also have FREE open play passes for 4 Kicks for Kidz that you can use when they start back up with their open play schedule in the fall!

Stephanie will be available to tell you about our site and if you are a local business, she can also tell you about our sponsorship specials and rates!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Review of Carmen's Cupcakes By: Stephanie

Recently, Carmen's Cupcakes posted on Facebook that Alison Krauss tried their cupcakes and said they were the best!  Now, I had to have them!  We stopped into the Carmen's Cupcakes' shop in Norton Commons (Prospect) and were met by the cheery owner, Misty and the aroma of baked goodness.

The bakery is very kid-friendly.  There are a few tables inside and outside for enjoying your treat. They also have a few coloring books and a big blackboard wall with chalk available for doodling entertainment.  My son chose candy over a cupcake, which in my opinion was an incredibly bad decision! But, he's 4, choose your battles! I liften my two year old daughter, who has an even bigger sweet tooth than I do, and she ogled over the cupcake options.  The owner told us about the various flavors and although it was difficult, my daughter chose the peanut butter cupcake and I choose the bon bon cupcake.   We were given the desserts on a nice plate with a fork and Maggie was able to go to a little table to add some embellishments to her cupcake like sprinkles and chocolate chips.
I tasted both cupcakes.  The cakes were extremely moist.  They are a little more dense than most cakes I have had, but in a good way. They lean almost toward a muffin texture.  Maggie's cupcake was a peanut butter paradise.  The bon bon cupcake was a rich chocolate cake with a white icing (that tasted like marshmallow) and a dollop of fudge. Simply put: it was incredible. The icing was just right and I didn't leave feeling like I over-indulged, it was all proportional; just enough cake, just enough icing.  The other thing I noticed about both cupcakes was that I wasn't bombarded by sugar. It was pure flavor, not just tons of sweetness.

We need to head back to Carmen's Cupcakes again to try their Pinkaliscious frozen yogurt and treat bar. I am sure both of my children will enjoy adorning their chilled treats with all sorts of goodies.  I want to try it since it's a non-fat alternative to our normal ice cream desserts. 

Looking for an excuse to try the cupcakes? Head there on Tuesdays this summer for a FREE cupcake for your child when you (an adult) purchases a cupcake!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Louisville Family Fun June 24, 25, 26 Weekend

How about we focus on what is FREE this weekend!!! Hopefully the weather will cooperate so you can enjoy everything!

Friday:

Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big screen at 8pm as a part of the 7th Annual Crescent Hill Outdoor Cinema.

Shakespeare in Central Park (also Saturday and Sunday) showing “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare- Abridged” at 7:30pm
Check the calendar for the free concerts at Westport Village, Riverstage in Jeffersonville, Warder Park

Saturday:

Feed the Animals at Blackacre Conservancy, 9am
Guided Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest, 9am needs RSVP
Louisville Mommies Birthday Bash at Fern Valley Hotel and Convention Center starting at 10am

Grand Opening of Creekside Playground and Sprayground starting at 10am

3rd Anniversary Yappy Hour at the Pet Station Salon & Boutique with free food for people and furry friends!

Nanny McFee Returns at Riverstage in Jeffersonville

Don’t forget about all the Local Library events on Saturdays too!

Sunday:

Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shop (also Saturday)
Summer Concert at Cherokee Triangle

Check out the websites for additional information for updates on the event, dates, times, and pricing! Be sure and check out our calendar for additional events going on this weekend.


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

CONTEST! Free Stroll 'n Tone classes!

Did you read Jeanette's recent rave review of the Stroll 'n Tone classes?  Well, she loved the class and thanks to the instructor, we are able to give away a punch card (or as they call it, a "push" card) that is good for 4 classes!  You and a child (or multiple children) can enjoy some time together as you get to exercise and chat with other moms.  What a great combination!  The classes meet in Prospect in the Norton Commons area and you can visit the Stroll 'n Tone website for information about when classes meet. 

For a chance to win this card (valued at $45), simple do the following:

1) Like the Stroll 'n Tone Facebook page


and

2) Post a comment below telling us your favorite physical activity/sport that you like to do with your child(ren). Be sure to include your first name and last initial or comment under an account.

Note: The contest ends on Saturday June 25th at noon and the winner will be announced Sunday June 26th on this site. The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted.  Your comment will not appear immediately and will not be posted if you do not follow the guidelines or if you miss the deadline (even by minutes).



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

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Things to do in and around Louisville in July 2011

July not only brings Independence Day, but also is the last full month before school starts up again! Already?! Let us help you make July 2011 the most memorable yet. And don’t forget to enter our Inaugural Summer Challenge!


Preview of fun events coming to the area in July:

Madison Regatta  - July 1-3 in Madison, In (about an hour's drive from Louisville)
200MPH Hydroplane racing; vintage boats, air show, fireworks, musical entertainment, food.

Crescent Hill Old Fashioned 4th - July 3-4 Enjoy an art show and fireworks. Here’s our link from Stephanie's review from last year.

FREE Shuttle Launch Party July 8 at Rauch Planetarium

Family Canoe Day at Tom Wallace Park July 9
Take a canoe out on the lake, and spend time on the shore learning about the incredible creatures that live below. This program is suitable for beginning paddlers (ages 5 and to adult.) Fee: Activities Free; $10.00 canoe rental

Campfire, Stories, and Smores at Blackacre Conservancy June 9
Volunteer Mark Myers will take our visitors on an evening hike at Blackacre, which he will round off with a campfire, stories and roast smores. Members free; guests $3/max.$5/family.

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social - July 10, 2011 at Riverside Landing
Enjoy great ice cream, good music, and family fun on the banks of the Ohio River at our Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social. Admission is FREE, but some activities require the purchase of a ticket.

Cards Family Movie – Tangled - July 15 at Belknap Campus. Heidi Howe from Wee Rock will be part of the pre-movie entertainment!

Ice Cream Social – July 23 at Tom Wallace Park
Ehrler’s Ice Cream will be on hand to serve up their cold treats, while you and your family engage scavenger hunts, family relay races, balloon tosses and a variety of other games that will bring out the kid in you. Fee: Activities Free; Ice Cream $3.25 to $5.50

Anniversary Party – July 24 at Locust Grove – FREE.  Celebrate 50 years of public ownership of Locust Grove with food, drinks, and fun.

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 SUMMER FUNMOVIES, CONCERTS, and additional MetroFests

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

Monday, June 20, 2011

Review of Stroll ‘n Tone By: Jeanette

Throw a tantrum, play patty-cake, and a mini skirt walk are just a few of the moves, Karlie, from Stroll ‘n Tone will have you doing in her classes. These classes are designed with a mom in mind. Karlie is the owner and instructor who also is a personal trainer and a mom of a one year old. As a mom, she knows how hard it is to find time for fitness in our busy lives, so she designed this class to allow moms to bring their stroller riding aged kids along for the workout.


The class meets right outside Custom Fitness in Prospect, KY. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am and on Saturdays at 10am. I recommend getting there 5-10min early as I was running late by the time I got my boys in the stroller. We started with a warm-up walk followed by variations of walking with strollers to get our heart rates up. Then we set up a ‘mobile station’ where we park the strollers in a circle so the kids could see each other while we did jumping jacks, squats, and other exercises for a few minutes. Then we went back to pushing the stroller in different ways and repeated the mobile stations. The mobile stations are perfect for moms that need to tend to the kids for a snack, drink etc. Near the end of the class, Karlie leads additional strength and core exercises. The classes are outside, but can be moved inside Custom Fitness to finish off if the weather is too hot or too wet.

The classes are very affordable – especially for being taught by a personal trainer who knows first-hand the aches and pains of being a new mom and trying to get back in to pre-baby shape. You don’t have to be a member or pay monthly dues. A single class is $12 for 50min or you can buy push cards where a class can be as cheap as $8. You do need to register to attend because the classes are limited in size to ensure no overcrowding. When you are done, there’s a playground in the Norton Commons area or take a short drive north to Henry’s Ark like we did and feed some carrots to the animals.

The class was great. Not only do you get to bring your kids along, but also you get some cardio, core, and strength training in with fellow moms. Karlie was encouraging and easy to follow. She was great with both my kids when the youngest was fussy or the oldest was whining. The classes are early enough in the day that you can still do another fun activity with the kids before lunchtime.

So what do you need? Preferably a jogging stroller or non-umbrella stroller, snacks and drinks for your kids (or other entertainment books etc), drink for yourself, sunglasses, suntan lotion, and a towel or blanket. That is it. You probably already have the gear! What are you waiting for? The first class is FREE! Visit the website and sign-up to check it out for yourself. You can also "like" the Stroll 'n Tone Facebook page to stay updates on class schedules and changes. 

Mondays with Mrs. Sparkles: A Colorful New Technique for Making Puppets

Today Mrs. Sparkles dons her educator cap and makes out for Frankfort, Kentucky. I will be appearing today at the Paul Sawyier Public Library at 1:00 and 2:30 to present a program on Asian shadow puppetry for the Crane House, the Asia Institute Inc. I wanted to give you a sneak peak at what we will be doing and inspire you to try a new technique (or at least new to me).


Today I will be leading a program where we will be making a pí yĭng xì (皮影戏), pronounced pea ying see, known literally to mean a shadow of hide (because they were often made from animal hides). A pí yĭng xì is a shadow puppet that is translucent, brightly colored and has articulated limbs. A puppeteer, hidden behind a screen, moves the puppets in front of a light while telling a story. Here are some fantastic examples:

Shadow Puppetry 1

Shadow Puppetry 2

 During the program today at the Paul Sawyier Library, we will be making our own pí yĭng xì, but not from animal hides or vellum, but instead from a process that a colleague shared with me at the Speed Art Museum. I wanted to share this technique with you today. It will remind you a lot of melting wax shavings between two sheets of wax paper with an iron. By following the instructions below you can make your own colorful translucent image.

For your own translucent puppet or window hanging you will need:
  • Crayons (Crayola twistables are best if you don’t want colors to run)
  • Tracing Paper
  • Drawing Paper
  • Pencil
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • A visit to Office Max or Staples
Instructions:

Using a pencil and drawing paper, draw a character/flower/car/etc. as large as the piece of paper.

Next, using tracing paper and a permanent marker, trace your drawing onto tracing paper with a permanent marker.

Next, using crayons (or twistables for younger children who may be upset that their colors mix and run) color your character/flower/car/etc. in on your tracing paper.

Next, cut away the excess tracing paper from around your drawing, leaving a seam of tracing paper around your drawing. Don’t cross your scissors over your drawing or you will loose detail.

Finally, LAMINATE your cut out character/flower/car/etc. at your local office supply store or at home if you own a lamination machine.

Here are some examples of what we have made here at home…

A Flower Suncatcher




















A Translucent Butterfly Puppet
















If your child enjoys puppet making or theatrical displays, also check out Squallis Puppeteers! I hear that their summer camps are wonderful.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Louisville Family Fun June 17, 18, 19 Weekend

Let us help you celebrate the fathers in your lives ALL WEEKEND with these events – something for everyone!

Friday:

Smokin’ on the River BBQ, Blues and Brew Festival  What father would not enjoy the 3 Bs: BBQ, Blues and Brew? This runs Friday and Saturday in Jeffersonville, IN.

Have a father of young kids in your life that watches Law and Order? Treat him to a play of Law and Order: Fairy Tale Order at the Walden Theater.

Saturday:

Treat all your dads in you life to ice cream at Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen for their 6th annual 25¢ Ice Cream Social. The one in St. Matthew’s will feature some music from Cadillac Shack.

Have a history buff as a dad? Take a day trip to Madison, IN to enjoy Lanier Days Local Heritage Festival-Historic Trades Fair. Activities at this event include a Civil War encampment, storytellers, children’s craft, Victorian tea, history talks and more. $1 for children, $2 for adults

Or stay local and enjoy the Festival in the Upper Highlands - Live music; vendor market, including non-profits; petting zoo; Louisville Metro Police and Fire displays; Face painting; inflatables; clowns; food; Red Cross Blood Drive.

Sunday: HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!

Does your dad enjoy painting? Spend the day at Artist in You and enjoy half-off studio fee for dads and their kids.

Want to spend the day at the pool with your cool dad? Visit Clarksville Aquatic Center where fathers get in free for the day when accompanied by their kids.

Or enjoy the day at Louisville Slugger Field cheering on your Louisville Bats! They are offering a field reserve ticket to all fathers for $5 and will let all fathers play catch with their children at the conclusion of the game!

Check out the websites for additional information for updates on the event, dates, times, and pricing! Be sure and check out our calendar for additional events going on this weekend.
An additional note: we do our best to keep our calendars accurate, but occasionally mistakes are made. Always double check the websites. We welcome corrections, questions, and additions to our calendar. Thanks for your help!

Review of Bryant's Blueberries By: Jeanette

If you love blueberries, then a trip to Bryant Blueberries in New Salisbury, IN is a must for the summer! I took my 1 year-old there recently and picked until our hearts' content – which was only about an hour for my youngest son.

It took about an hour to get there from our home in southeast Louisville. It was super easy to find following their directions from their e-mails and website and with large signs on the road. They are only open certain days so you will need to sign up for their e-mails so you know when they are open.

We arrived at 9 am and their parking area was already pretty full. They started at 7:30am. We parked near the road and it was a short walk back to the blueberries. There is a blue polebarn that will have containers for picking or if you brought your own - right inside there is a scale to weigh your containers before picking. (By this barn are 2 port-o-pots and a spicket with water and soap.) There is a small chalkboard listing the rows and types of blueberries that are available for picking.

I brought our backpack carrier for my son, but a jogging stroller or wagon would be just fine, but definitely do not recommend an umbrella stroller if you need help with a small one. The rows were wide and well maintained. The blueberries were very easy to pick and lots were at my son's level so he was able to help pick too. After done picking, we headed back to the blue barn where there were 4-5 cashiers checking people out. There was a line, but it moved fairly quickly. In about an hour, we picked 4lbs of blueberries. They sell for $2.05/lb (Prices change year to year, check their website for current prices) which is definitely cheaper than the $2-3/pint at the store. I definitely recommend coming earlier in the day versus later because they close whenever most of the berries have been picked. In their e-mail they recommend calling if you plan on coming after noon. Also be sure to pack some sunscreen with you. Fortunately, we were not bothered by bugs while visiting.

Now we are looking forward to eating some blueberry muffins and freezing the extras - if there is any!


If you want to make a day out of it, Marengo Cave is not too far from Bryant's.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

CONTEST! 4th of July Handmade Bow from Katiebugz Bowtique

WINNER!!!  Kassi S.
Please email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!


Have a special little girl in your life that would love to sport this beautiful handmade bow at upcoming 4th of July festivities?  Enter our contest!  Katiebugz Bowtique is a local business run by a talented local to Louisville mom. She makes all sorts of adorable accessories that you can see on her Facebook page.

Definitely "like" her page to keep up with her latest designs and specials. 

A lucky winner will get this bow mailed to them in time for the fireworks, festivals and BBQs!


To enter:


Leave a comment on this post finishing this sentence "I'm proud to be an American because...." Be sure to leave your first name and last initial or post under an account.

Note: The contest ends on Saturday June 18th at noon and the winner will be announced Sunday June 19th on this site. Your comment will not appear immediately and will not be posted if you do not follow the guidelines or if you miss the deadline (even by minutes).
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. As a participant in this giveaway, you are providing information to Louisville Family Fun and not to Facebook. Liking the page does not automatically enter you in the contest and the winner will not be announced via Facebook.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mondays with Mrs. Sparkles – Fly a Flag for Dad!

It has been two weeks since Mrs. Sparkles has made a creative entry on Louisvillefamilyfun.net! It is good to be back! Since my last entry, the Sparkle family spent Memorial Day weekend at Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center in Ravenna. The weekend was filled with creek exploration, children’s laughter and catching up with close friends. Once home we turned our attention toward preparing for another camping trip – a weekend trip for just my husband and I.


We normally make a trip to Floyd County, Virginia each summer to attend a world and folk music festival called Floydfest. For anyone looking to share music with your children in a clean and family friendly venue, this is the festival for you. This year however, we decided to attend Bannaroo in Manchester, Tennessee this past weekend.

Although it was hot and extremely dusty, we had a wonderful time. I feel like my creativity packs have been recharged. Our family has been reunited and I return today with my mind turned towards father’s day.

Drawing inspiration from our camping excursions, I thought I would suggest a fun father’s day gift/project. One of the highlights to our weekend at Bonarroo was visiting other camps. Flags hung on tall bamboo poles identified many of the campsites in our area. We decided that our family needed a flagpole and a “Camp Sparkle” flag. With this idea in mind, I am going to attempt to make an 8’ tall collapsible bamboo flagpole and screenprinted flag for my husband for father’s day.

Here are my project resources – I will share my results later this week!

Super Simple Screen Printing

Locally grown bamboo:

Wolford’s Nursery – 502.245.6097

Other resources:

Oats Flag Company, Louisville

Colonel Walker Flags, Louisville

Collapsible Flag Pole (In Case I can not make my own pole)



Photos coming soon!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

WINNER! 4 Kicks for Kidz Birthday Party!

The winner of this fabuLOUsly fun prize worth $150 and lots of smiles & giggles is ROSIE C.  Congrats Rosie! We hope your 2 year old LOVES it.

Email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim you prize before Tuesday June 14th at noon.

Thanks to all that entered and thanks to 4 Kicks for Kidz for offering up this fantastic prize!


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Review of Impellizzeri's Pizza By: Stephanie

PhotobucketAs a family, pizza restaurants are our "go-to" option for dinner out with the kids. Generally, they are quick, reasonably priced, family-friendly and kids love pizza. I have heard wonderful thing about Impellizzeri's, so I decided to give them a shot. We dined out at their Brownsboro Road location and enjoyed the pizza as well as the people.
We chose a seat on their outdoor patio. It is not a large patio, but large enough for 6 families to eat outside. We like eating outside because our rambunctious preschoolers tend to do well outdoors so for families, having an outdoor space for dining is perfect. You can dine outdoors at either their East End or Highlands locations. When we arrived, the staff was friendly in commenting on how cute my daughter looked in her dress and being flexible in where we wanted to sit. The waitress even complemented me on my forethought in bringing coloring books and crayons with me!

PhotobucketWe brought a coupon with us for some savings! They have coupons and specials posted on their website. We kept it simple and ordered a large original style pizza with homemade Italian sausage on half and some drinks. I generally choose a thin crust, but wanted to try their original style to get the full Impellizzeri's experience. As we waited for our food, I saw buttery-dough-deliciousness arrive at a neighboring table in the form of bread sticks and had ordering remorse that I did not get those! Those bread sticks looked heavenly and I will be ordering them next visit so I can enjoy a carbohydrate binge.

PhotobucketThe pizza came and was cut into small squares. The original crust is not as thick as deep dish but thicker than thin-crust; simply: it's medium! It looked picture perfect and when we cut into it, we found multiple layers of sauce, cheese and topping. It was hearty and fresh. My daughter dove into the cheese slices with a vengeance and ate an impressive 3 pieces. After you try it for yourself, you will find that this is an impressive feat for a 2 year old; those slices are quite filling. My husband and I agreed that the sauce was interestingly tangy and definitely made the pizza unique. And, I go back to my dough-obsessed comment from earlier. In terms of crust, this was fantastic. It was perfectly crisp on the outside but soft and chewy inside. Very well cooked.

We ordered the large, ate until we were full and still went home with multiple slices for leftovers. With our coupon, we dined for less than $20 (not including tip) as a family of four and didn't have to worry about lunch for the next day. We will definitely go back and I WILL get my bread sticks that I have been dreaming about and maybe make it there on a Tuesday for half-price hoagies; I'm always up for a good hoagie! Or, maybe a Monday so I can get my baked-bread-perfection at half price! (They have daily specials that begin at 4pm).

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Give me an 8, Give me an 0, Give me another 0: NOW GIVE ME COFFEE

James picked #2! So, the winner is WENDY PIERCE!  Email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!

It is late, I am still on the computer so it is appropriate that Louisville Family Fun gives away a $10 gift card to a COFFEE shop, Heine Brothers Coffee.  Thank you to all of our loyal fans and welcome to all of our new fans!  We hope you love our site.  And thanks to Heine Brothers Coffee for giving this wonderful gift to a lucky reader.

This is how the contest will go:

Post a comment under this post and just tell us something about your family that makes you smile :) Include your first name and last initial or post using an account!

Saturday, we will count the total number of posts and put all of those numbers in a cup.  Then we (well, my son) will randomly select a number and the person that posted in that spot will win the card!!!   
We don't use random online selectors, it's more "family fun" for us to do it the old-fashioned way!

Comments will close at 8am on Saturday June 11th and my little dude will select a winner before his first t-ball game!

Your comment will not appear immediately and will not be posted if you do not follow the guidelines or if you miss the deadline (even by minutes).



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

Louisville Family Fun June 10, 11, 12 Weekend

The forecast for the second weekend in June looks to be fabuLOUs! I am predicting some pretty fun happenings no matter if it is scorching hot or if rain appears. It was so hard to choose the top events this weekend so be sure and check out all the additional festivals, movies, and more on the calendar.

Friday:

Public Premier of Mark Steven Williams' Tour of the Summer Night Sky at Rauch Planetarium – FREE

Despicable Me at Natural Science lawn next to Grawemeyer Hall at U of L – FREE

Louisville Greekfest - Belvedere walkway entrance is at Main and Fifth Street. –  Enjoy Greek food and culture all weekend long!

Saturday:

Just for Kids’ Day at Norton Commons Farmers’ Market - Bouncies, face painting, petting zoo, Kosair’s balloon, Worthington Fire Department and more at the farmers’ market. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation.

JeffFest at Downtown Jeffersonville - Fun for the entire family along with celebrating Schimpff’s Confectionery’s 120th Anniversary.

Second Saturdays at Frazier Museum – Celebrating Queens and Kings of England

Stars Over Blackacre’s Summer Night Sky – Blackacre Conservancy

Sunday:

Storytime Performance by BlueApple Players at the Summit of Arts Festival – FREE  

Summit Arts Festival (Saturday too) at the Summit.  Storytelling and crafts both days.

MetroCouncil Movie Night - SECRETARIAT at Iroquois Amiphitheater

Check out the websites for additional information for updates on the event, dates, times, and pricing!


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

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

CONTEST!! 4 Kicks for Kidz Birthday Party

Birthday parties are so special so why not enter for a chance to win a fabuLOUs party thrown at 4 Kicks for Kidz.  They have a great birthday program with a coach running run, age-appropriate drills and time for presents and cake.  You can win this 1.5 hour party valued at $150!!  Don't forget about the exclusive discount we are offering for their 2011 Summer Camps!

To enter:

1) Like 4 Kicks for Kidz on Facebook! Follow them on Twitter (@4kicksforkidz)!

2) Comment on this post telling us what your child loves about soccer!  Leave your name & first initial or post under an account!

Note: The party is for 1-16 children!  The contest ends on Saturday June 11th at noon and the winner will be announced Sunday June 12th on this site.  Your comment will not appear immediately and will not be posted if you do not follow the guidelines or if you miss the deadline (even by minutes). 

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

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Review: Shrek The Musical at The Kentucky Center

 
Shrek The Musical closes out the 2010-2011 season for Broadway Across America - Louisville.  We had the opportunity to see the show this event and had a fantastic time.  Both the show and venue were perfect for families!  The show runs until Sunday, June 12th and they still have tickets available!  The show ran a little under 3 hours which included a 20 minute intermission. Food and refreshments were available in the lobby as well as some snacks (nuts,candy) that you can bring into the theater.  Parking at The Kentucky Center was $6 for the event.

If you have seen the Shrek movies, you know that it is a comedy that provides quick one-liners and quirky fun.  This musical was just the same, if not more, since it was live.  The set was so colorful and changed quickly and often, which kept the attention of my 2 and 4 year old children.  The show was similar enough to the movies that my kids were thrilled when they recognized some of their favorite parts of the movie. But, it wasn't a copy of the movie which I made it more engaging since it was like we hadn't seen it before.

My son reported that his favorite part was when the dragon sang. They had crew members dressed in black that skillfully controlled a very large and vibrant dragon while an actress sang the song (and sang it very well!).  It was fascinating to watch and obviously caught my son's eye.  I really liked the Lord Farquadd character because I just could not help but laugh at how they made him shorter! You will have to see it!  (what a tease, I know!)  My daughter said that she just loved seeing the "real" Shrek and my husband, who is not typically into musicals, said he thought it was funny and that he enjoyed it.  The entire theater erupted in laughter quite frequently, I think everyone there was truly having a good time!

Next season, Broadway Across America is bringing exciting new shows to Louisville!  You can get season tickets or individual tickets for fabuLOUs shows like Mary Poppins, Blue Man Group, Fiddler on the Roof and more!

Soccer Camp Discount at 4 Kicks for Kidz

We are happy to offer you an exclusive discount for soccer camp at 4 Kicks for Kidz. This discount only applies to the summer camp events!  We love their programming and are sure you will be pleased as well! 

They have camps that range from $75 to $100 that are great for all ages.  They offer camps at Middletown United Methodist Church, Wilt Elementary School and Westport Road Baptist Church.

You will get a $10 discount when you mention that you heard about their camps from LouisvilleFamilyFun.net 


Parents can register on line, but you must e-mail Coach Rob rob@4kicksforkidz.com to state that you registered under the LouisvilleFamilyFun discount.  He can process your payment over the phone with a credit card, or you can pay by check on the first day of the camp. 

Have a kickin' good time!

A Weekend Getaway from Louisville – Columbus, IN

PhotobucketJust north of Louisville on I-65 is a great town of Columbus, IN. I might be bias since it is my hometown, but if your family needs a weekend getaway this summer; this might be what you are looking for. It is 90minutes north of Louisville and 45min south of Indianapolis so you could also visit Indianapolis Zoo or the Children’s Museum while in the area. The Children’s Museum is free the first Thursday of the month from 4-8pm thanks to Target.
Here are some highlights for a weekend trip to Columbus:

Lodging:

Holiday Inn has indoor pool and mini indoor putt-putt course

Abe Martin Lodge at Brown State Park has an indoor aquatic center that is free for staying there.

PhotobucketCamping at Brown County State Park

Things to Do:

Kids Commons: A great place for kids of all ages. We went there for the first time this past weekend. The website is pretty informative of what to expect. A morning or afternoon could easily be spent here. Both my sons (ages 3 and 1) had a great time. So many hands on activities from rock climbing, climbing in a giant toilet, bubble play to big arcade games. This is $6/person.

PhotobucketCommons Mall – This is right across from Kids Commons and has a free indoor playground that is huge! This just recently opened so you can still smell the newness. Slides, tons of things to climb on and explore all with a soft rubbery flooring.

Hiking and Biking at Brown County State Park - Short drive from Columbus and the park is known as the “Little Smokies”. Great hiking and views.
Among other things there is some great shopping nearby in Nashville, IN and at Edinburg Outlets or play a round of miniature golf. Don’t forget Columbus is known for its architecture so be sure and take note of all the cool buildings while you are driving around.

Places to Eat:

Zaharakos - Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

Zwanzigz Pizza - Great Pizza!

Arni’s is another place for good pizza.

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition opens June 11, 2011

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition will open Saturday, June 11, at the Louisville Science Center. Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) produced the exhibition in partnership with Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. Based on the blockbuster film series and C.S. Lewis' beloved fictional books, the 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art entertainment and educational experience offers visitors the opportunity to tour scenes from the famed literary world of Narnia. Through authentic costumes, props and set dressings from the magical Narnia films, visitors will enter a three dimensional world that combines the wonders of science with aspects of fantasy.

 
Photobucket"This exhibition is a truly captivating and entertaining experience for all ages," said GES EVP and Chief Creative Officer Eddie Newquist. "From the scene displays and props seen in the Narnia films, to the scientific and educational aspects of the exhibition that stimulate the senses and the mind, guests will be transported into another world to experience Narnia like never before."

Once inside Narnia, visitors will view artifacts from C.S. Lewis’ personal study, including the original walk in wardrobe that started it all. Other interactive and instructive elements include:

 
  • A replica of the White Witch's Throne where visitors can sit on the icy throne and feel the chill. A nearby display describes the impact of climate change on our planet and investigates whether our planet could be frozen for 100 years, like the world of Narnia.
  • An area where visitors will have the opportunity to use a real working catapult similar to those used during medieval times, as well as lift a real sword used in the filming of The Chronicles of Narnia.
  • An area highlighting the mythical creatures of Narnia, which allows visitors to create their own creatures featured in the film. Three stacks of rotating, square blocks stand in three-, four- and six-foot configurations, each level featuring different aspects of a creature. By rearranging the different levels, visitors can create well-known characters from the Narnia films or mix and match the squares to create new characters.

 
With hands-on, interactive elements and original film artifacts, guests encounter topics like geography, archeology, engineering, humanity’s impact on nature and environmental changes. The Exhibition inspires visitors to learn more about the science behind The Chronicles of Narnia.

 
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition will be open through September 18. Tickets, which include admission to the Science Center’s permanent exhibits, are $13 for adults and $11 for children 2 to 12. Combination tickets, which include an IMAX film, are $18 for adults and $16 for children.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Review: Dinosaur World and Kentucky Down Under By:Stephanie

This weekend, I ventured with my kids, a friend and her kids down I-65 about 1 hr and 45 minutes to visit Dinosaur World and Kentucky Down Under.  We got our tickets from www.LouisvilleBestDeals.com
It was a very easy drive since both attractions are only minutes apart and right off of the highway in the Cave City area.

We started at Dinosaur World, exit 53 off of I-65.  You can get ticket information on their site but I highly recommend checking out www.LouisvilleBestDeals.com for discounted tickets!  We got there right before it opened and we were one of the first ones in.  You enter through a gift shop and get your wristbands.  On the other side, you can choose what to do first.  We chose to follow the shaded, paved trail to see all of the dinosaur creatures in the woods! The kids were fascinated but their size and different colors.  And, even on a hot day, it was mostly shaded so it remained relatively cool.  We followed all of the paths to see the dinosaurs and the wooly mammoths.  There are plaques to tell you about each of the creatures and many photo opportunities!

The path leads back to the gift shop.  The kids wanted to play a bit on the playground and we had a small snack. There are covered picnic tables in this area. You can bring in snacks and take breaks here.  The playground is not shaded.  The restrooms are located near the playground as well as vending machines.

After playing, we took the kids to the big sand box where they can dig and brush like paleontologists.  There are seats for parents to look on and this area is covered and good for resting and cooling off a bit. The kids dig and brush and uncover large fossils.

After digging, we had a few minutes to wait for one of the schedule fossil dig times.  We played with the large dinosaur puzzle and went through the indoor museum that displayed many interesting fossils and a recreations of a paleontologist research area.

The last activity we did was the fossil dig. They only hold these are scheduled times, so check the posting for the times.  All times are central time!  The kids come in and use little sifters to find small fossils. They are given a small cup and can scoop as many as they want and then choose their 3 favorites to take home.  The employee tells each child about what they have chosen and places the fossils in a small baggie for them to take home.  My kids loved this part and my son is still carrying around his fossils days later.

We left Dinosaur World and headed north to get to Kentucky Down Under at exit 58.  We entered the small gift shop and got our admission maps.  You can get ticket information on their site, but again, I recommend checking to see if http://www.LouisvilleBestDeals.com has tickets available for purchase for some savings!    The staff in the office will give you a map and tell you the times of different education shows.  It is very useful information and they were quite friendly.  We brought a wagon for pulling some of the kids and our stuff and it was very helpful since there is a big hill that you have to walk up before you get to the exhibits!

About halfway up the hill, there is an aviary.  We went in and saw a few lizards and snakes on display and we left our wagon in that area.  The staff member gave us little cups of bird seed and we entered the caged area with the birds.  These smaller birds did not flock to us immediately but as we got closer, they came over and landed on our cups and hands to eat the food. It was so much fun and there were lots of giggles!

Then, we continued up the hill.  At the top, there is an area for mining for gems and a gift shop.  This is also where you can catch your cave tour if you choose to do that. You have to schedule a time when you first enter and get tickets.  We did not choose to do the cave tour simply because we were outnumbered by our children and we thought we would just do that some other time!

Over the hill, there are exhibits of other birds and animals.  We really liked the laughing Kookaburra. The staff told us that if we rolled out tongues, the bird would throw it's head back and laugh, and it did!  That was a huge hit with the kids!

We went to the next aviary full of larger birds called Rainbow Lorakeets. The staff member gave us small cups of liquid food and gave us instructions on what to expect and what to do.  When you enter, the bird immediately come to you and land on your arms, shoulders, hands or head. It was such a crazy and fun experience.  The staff took some pictures for us and then when we wanted the birds off, he helped my son use a net to momentarily scare them away so we could walk out. It was awesome!

We took a break in the cafe area right near these birds. It is covered and has clean restrooms. They serve food, but we brought our lunch and at at the picnic tables.  Then, it was time for a sheep herding show that was very interested to watch.  The trainer and other staff took us into the barn for a show and to answer some questions.  They were very knowledgeable and friendly.  Kids got to feed the lambs and try to get a sheep into shearing position. It was all very well organize and well done.

Last, we went to the outback walkabout to visit the kangaroos and wallabies.  The guide gave us instructions when we entered and introduced us to the animals.  She let us know when it was appropriate to pet them and was so patient with everyone.  The animals were friendly and hopping around. It was such a unique experience and my children were so enthralled by these animals. 

I recommend that you leave early and make a day of it! You can visit both of these place in one day, which is cost effective for gas.  They both open early in the day, so especially when it's hot, you can get their right when they open and enjoy yourself before it is the hottest part of the day. 

WINNER! $25 Bruster's Ice Cream Gift Certificate

One lucky winner is in for some seriously delicious ice cream from Bruster's in Lyndon and it's: ANGELA S.   

Congrats Angela, feel free to invite us along, we sure love ice cream too!


Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by Tuesday June 7th at noon to claim your prize!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bryant's Blueberries are just about ripe!

We just received this update from a local Kentuckiana farm!  If you love blueberries, they are almost ready. Picking fruit at a local farm is such a fun activity to do with your family. Then, head home and scour books and the internet for fun new recipes to try together!

From their email:

Our first ripening variety (Duke) will be ready to pick on Monday June 6 from 7:30am (please no earlier) to 8 pm. There will be approximately 2 1/2 tons of ripe fruit available. We will remain open until all of the ripe Duke are picked and then close for ripening. We might be open Tuesday from 7:30am to 1pm to finish the first picking of Duke. Only Duke will be available for picking on Monday & possibly Tuesday. Duke is a non acidic, somewhat sweet berry whose flavor improves with chilling. More will ripen in the first 2 weeks of the season.
We expect to be picked out of the Duke by the Monday night or midday Tuesday and will close until PROBABLY Saturday June 11. When we reopen more Duke will be available and Bluejay should also be ready. Bluejay is a very firm berry that cooks quite well; it is slightly acidic but most consider it sweet.

Check the website http://www.bryantsblueberries.com/ or call 812 366-3592 to find out if we have enough ripe fruit to be open on Tuesday morning. The information will be updated by Monday 9pm. (No separate email will be sent regarding Tuesday.)

Here's the directions that I hope you will read.

The price is $2.05 per lb; pre-picked berries are not available.

We accept cash and checks, but NEITHER debit NOR credit cards.

Please park facing ribbons hung on rope. Please do NOT park within 10 feet of the driveway. People need to pull off to get around oncoming traffic.

If you bring your own picking containers (they should have handles), please have us weigh them BEFORE picking. You may pick into our buckets, baskets and/or milk jugs.
For transporting your berries home, we provide plastic bags. Or you can bring your own large shallow containers (dish pans, roasters, Tupperware, etc.)

Directions:
Do not follow Google or Garmin directions if they use the Lanesville Exit (#113); you will get lost !

From Louisville or New Albany: Take I-64 west to the Georgetown Exit

(#118). Go right (west) on SR 64 for 10 miles. Turn left on Oak Park Rd

(opposite Insight Eye Care-before New Salisbury stop light!) 1 mile on left.


From Corydon: Go north on SR 135 toward New Salisbury. Pass under train

trestle. Turn right on Spring Branch Rd (first street beyond the "New Salisbury" sign.)

Turn Right at first stop. ½ mile on left. (If you miss Spring Branch Rd, turn right at

New Salisbury stop light onto SR 64 and right at the first street, Oak Park Rd. 1 mile

on left.)


From Palmyra: Take SR 135 south to the New Salisbury stoplight. Turn

left on SR 64; go about 1/4 mile to Oak Park Rd (the first street). Turn

right on Oak Park Rd (opposite Insight Eye Care). 1 mile on left.

Review of Cherokee Triangle Summer Concerts By: Stephanie

PhotobucketPhotobucketLast weekend, we headed to the Cherokee Triangle area near Willow Park to enjoy the first summer concert in their serious.  It is organized by the Cherokee Triangle Association and they put on a fantastic event.  They have a series of concerts throughout the summer!

PhotobucketPhotobucketThe concert begins at 7pm on Sundays.  We arrived right at 7 and it was starting to fill up.  We were able to find street parking up one of the side roads past Willow Park.  We brought our wagon to escort the kids and our picnic supplies.  The park was hopping with people of all ages that showed up to picnic, chat, dance, play and enjoy the music.

PhotobucketThe band was really fun and interacted with the audience. In front of the gazebo where the band played, there is a patio open for dancing and people filled it quickly to show off their moves. There were some serious dances, some there just having fun and moms with their kids (like me) just bouncing to the tunes!

PhotobucketWillow Park is a nice little fenced in park so it is a great spot for family-friendly concerts. If the kids get restless, you can take them over to play. An ice cream truck also showed up to sell some treats.  During this particular concert, a grandfather brought some supplies to make HUGE bubbles for his family and it turned out to be a hit with all of the kids there! You just never know! Even Mayor Fischer stopped by at this concert to welcome everyone and kick off summer. And, a big hit with my kids, a Louisville metro fire truck stopped by and gave out hats and the firefighters helped the kids climb into the truck and explore.

PhotobucketThere are clean restroom facilities right near the park and gazebo, so this is not a concern.  They do have picnic table but get there early if you want to claim one.  Otherwise, there is ample green space to lay out a blanket or place chairs.  It is a pet-free event.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Louisville Family Fun June 3, 4, 5 Weekend

The First Weekend of June brings First Friday Trolley Hop, First Free Fridays at Speed Museum, Louisville Zoo extended hours Thursdays –Saturdays and a whole lot more!

Friday:

Movie on the Lawn – FREE – at Springdale Community Church. Megaminds will be playing along with food, inflatables, and games.

Out-of School Bash at Chick-Fil-A Glenmary location: Come enjoy the fun with a rock wall, bouncy, games & prizes. WAYFM will be here raffling off free Chick-fil-A for a year. We will have free ice cream sundaes with purchase of a meal.
Saturday:

Family Picnic at Bernheim - Free entrance, details on Facebook

Foxhollow Farm Festival at Foxhollow Farm - The festival will feature Farm Fresh "slow" Food, Live Music, a Farmers’ Market, Pony Rides, Hay Rides, Guided waterfall Hikes, and more.

Pioneer Days at Blackacre Conservancy - A celebration of Kentucky's pioneer's history! We'll have interactive presentations in churning butter, making corn-husk dolls, candle-making, leather working, horseshoeing, rush and caning chairs, and so much more! $15/family or $5/person for non-members.

Sunday:

Feed your Brain at Halfpriced Books - Join HPBs for for the Biggest Storytime of the summer.

Check out the websites for additional information for updates on the event, dates, times, and pricing!

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

NEW from Mabel’s Labels!
The Limited Edition Camp Combo™
is here!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

CONTEST! $25 Gift Certificate to Bruster's Ice Cream

PhotobucketWho need sto cool off?  How about heading out to enjoy some delicious ice cream with your family?  Bruster's Ice Cream is in Lyndon (Lyndon Lane not far from LaGrange Rd) and offers a wide variety of cool-down-deliciousness!  They have wonderful flavors, shakes, cakes and even free mini cones for the little ones in your life.  It's a fun experience too since it is a throw back walk-up ice cream shop. 

You can sign up for their Sweet Rewards program and get coupons emailed to you! Or, follow them on Facebook or Twitter to get updates on specials and new flavors!

This contest is for a $25 gift certificate for Bruster's Ice Cream! That's a lot of scoops!

To enter:  Simply comment on this page telling us your ideal ice cream treat!

Note: Your comment will not show immediately and the contest ends on Saturday June 4th at midnight. A winner will be selected at random on Sunday June 5th and announced on this site.

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.