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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Labor Day Weekend Events in and around Louisville


We did not make a Labor Day Weekend post for 2012 but a lot of these links and events occur again this year and the links will take you to current info!

Whether it's a BBQ at home with neighbors, family and freinds or a weekend out and about, we hope it's a good one!

 Here are some things to do in Kentuckiana!

World Fest 2011 at the Belvedere all weekend, the 2nd through the 4th.  We posted about this event last year! 

On September 5th, enjoy a lunch cruise on the Belle of Louisville

Sept. 5th, 11am-4pm. Familypalooza at Southeast Christian Church.  Inflatables, face painting and much much more!

Kentucky Flea Market Labor Day Spectacular at the Kentucky Expo Center -September 2-5, 2011. Friday Noon - 7 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM, Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM, Monday 10 AM - 5 PM.
Free Admission!!!

(not for 2012) A Block party hosted by The Frazier History Museum! See “Da Vinci- The Genius” at a discounted rate before it closes September 18. Family-friendly, fun-filled day in the sun!  Main Street between 8th and 9th Streets September 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Inflatable games, prize drawings, fun activities and more!  All activities on the black party are free, but admission to the Frazier Museum is $5 due to “Da Vinci- The Genius.”

Kentucky Bluegrass Music Festival at the Water Tower on September 3,4,and 5th.  Live bluegrass, food, drink, craft vendors and other entertainment as well as a kids area!  Kids under 10 are free!  Saturday: 4pm - 10:30pm Sunday: 4pm - 10:30pm Monday: 1pm - 7pm, $6.00 before 6:00pm $9.00 after 6:00pm

The Utica Homecoming Festival  (LINK FOR 2012) at Utica Community Center and Park, 106 N. 4th Street
An annual event which began in 1998. This year the festival and parade will be held on Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3.Bounce houses, kiddie games and golf put. One charge of $5 gets a kid in and out all day!  Saturday -11 am TOWN PARADE Bring the kids to meet and greet with Buddy Bat. Like cars? There will be everything from Model A Club Cars to muscle cars, Car show follows the parade. Free DJ street dance for all ages in the evening.

See something we missed?  Let us know by emailing info@louisvillefamilyfun.net

Friday, July 29, 2011

Review : The City Mouse and The Country Mouse presented by the Magic Lantern Stage Company

Tonight, the Magic Lantern Stage Company helped me do something I didn't think was possible.  It made me love my son more than I did this afternoon.  You think you love your children as possible and then you have an experience that takes it up a notch.  And, it helped me love Louisville a little bit more as well (and that's on top of a whole love of affection I've got for this city).

My son and I entered the Kentucky Center and found our way upstairs to the quaint theater for the opening night of "The City Mouse and The Country Mouse."  It was an "in the round" type theater (except only 3/4 of the way around) and everyone felt like part of the play.  The audience was full of people of all ages. 

The show started and my son was captivated by the simple, yet colorful stage props and the three actresses that lit up this tiny stage.  It was amazing how simple yet wonderful it was.  This performance was absolutely perfect for young children and an excellent way to introduce theater to a child.  The story was told so well with quick changes to keep everyone's attention, wonderfully catchy songs that had great rhymes and rhythm and three actresses that connected with the audience and brought this fable adaptation to life just a few feet in front of us.

It was an adorable story with a important life lesson about loving yourself for who you are and that you don't have to change, you should just be content with who you are and appreciate that everyone is different! They sang, variety is the spice of life! Towards the end, the country mouse sang a heart-felt song about being herself.  At the endof that song, and I paraphrase, she sang "I just have to be....." and my son, during her short pause in the song, sat back in his chair and so sweetly sang "....meeeeee!"  I leaned over and gave his a big kiss on his forehead (which he wiped off, of course).  I was so filled with love and pride.  This is why I am so grateful for this show, they gave me that moment that will forever be in my memory.

When the show was over, everyone stood in applause.  The kids walked on the floor to take photos with the props and sit in the City Mouse's chair.  It is such a family friendly show!  Finally, I took my son to go over to say hi to the City Mouse actress and he got shy but another young boy who I think was about 6 walked right up to her and she leaned over.  He talked quietly to her and I didn't hear the exact words but it went something like:  I think friendship is about loving people and being nice to everyone.  It was adorable!  Expose your children to these cultural experiences in theater, arts, museums:  they are listening and learning!

The Magic Lantern Theater Company still has tickets available for shows this weekend!   Check out their website for details and take your family out!  They also have other shows in the works for the winter. 

Review of Chuck E. Cheese's New Pizza and a CONTEST!

Our new winner is 
Lena L.        email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!  

This contest is CLOSED

My kids and I have been to Chuck E. Cheese's a few times but this time, we were invited to try out their new pizza recipe!  The new pizza features fresh, never-frozen dough, a crispier crust, fresh vegetables and 100-percent natural mozzarella cheese, freshly grated in Chuck E. Cheese’s kitchens every day. Together, these ingredients make a “much-kneaded” recipe for a cheesier, crispier, tastier version of the childhood favorite – no matter how you slice it!  We did like the new pizza!  I took a friend (and LouFamFun follower!) and her son with me and we were pleased to find the pizza cooked just right, with just enough cheese and sauce.  The kids loved it too!

You can try this new recipe and enjoy some at the 2 Kentuckiana locations and save using their coupons!

We have THREE guest passes for our fabuLOUs readers!  If you would like a chance to win a guest pass for 1 large pizza (with choice of topping), 4 drinks and 30 tokens, simply comment on this blog post telling us what you favorite pizza topping is or which Chuck E. Cheese game your child just LOVES to play! 
Be sure to post under an account or
using "anonymous" with your name and last initial typed in your comment. 

Note: The contest ends on or before Monday, August 1st at noon and the winners will be announced randomly before that time on this post. The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted. The winner must email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net before noon on August 3rd to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen. Passes will be mailed out sometime soon after August 9th.  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

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville July 29, 30, 31

There's ONE more weekend in July! July has been very long and HOT!  Here's some ideas for what to do for your last HOORAH in July 2011!

How about checking out the Speed Art Museum and enjoying their summer story time?

Attend the premier performance from the Magic Lantern Stage Company

Enjoy unlimited Putt Putt with game tokens for a discounted price!

Watch a classic at the Crescent Hill outdoor cinema

Swim for FREE at the JCC pool!

Finish the weekend with a FREE outdoor concert in Cherokee Triangle

Of course, there are even more events to choose from on the calendar!

Save on Pre School Registration!

PhotobucketMy children attend St. James PreSchool in Pewee Valley. Last year, my son was in the 3 year old class and my daughter went to Parent's Day Out.   They absolutely loved it and I was quite pleased with the program.  The teachers are wonderful and so organized.  My children had so much fun, made great little friends and learned from their time at St. James.  I am sending them back this fall!  My son will be in the 4 year old class, attending 9am-noon Monday - Thursday.  My daughter will be in the 2 year old class, attending the same times but on Tuesday and Thursday.  They also have a 3 year old class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The Parents Day Out Program is enrolling also and meets Monday and Wednesday from 9am -2pm but they are flexible in that you can pick your child up early if need be!  They also have an optional "Lunch Bunch" program for kids that are in the classes that end at noon in which you can opt for your child to stay an hour extra and eat lunch with their classmates!

I did a lot of research last year in terms of cost.  I found St. James to be very affordable!  And, right now, if you call and register, they will take $25 off of the registration fee for either Parent's Day Out of Preschool!  This little school is a hidden gem, give them a call.  Diane Crump is the Director and you can call 502.241.8136. Or you can email her at dianecrump@email.com  Be sure to mention Louisville Family Fun so you can get your discount!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Max & Ruby will be coming to the Louisville Palace

We will be having a giveaway for tickets! But if you just can't wait, here's presale info!!

Max & Ruby: Bunny Party
Sunday, October 9 at 1pm & 4pm
Louisville Palace

Presale starts: Wed, Jul 27 at 10am
Presale ends: Thu, Jul 28 at 10pm
Use Password: lyrics
Public Onsale: Fri, Jul 29 at 12pm!

Max & Ruby

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review of Fuzziwig's Candy Factory in Prospect

After a trip to Henry's Ark with Louisville Mommies, I joined some friends and Louisville Family Fun readers at the new Fuzziwig's Candy Factory in Prospect for some treats!  It is conveniently located off of Hwy 42 right over the Oldham county line.  Since they open at 11am, it was a perfect time for us after our morning outing!

The entire store just plain made me happy!  It is really inviting, clean and colorful.  My kids' faces lit up the minute they walked in the door.  Since it was our first trip to the store, I encouraged my kids to take it slow and look at everything before they decided on their special treat.  The store offers candy (homemade, packaged, scoop-able, specialty), beverages and Dippin' Dots treats!

We walked around the entire shop. They have a large selection of fun pez dispensers, candy novelties and some toys. Half of the store walls are covered with candy bins for scoop-able candy. There are so many choices! Sugar free, gummy, chocolate, sour, taffy etc!  I liked browsing the retro candy section.  They also have displays full of special chocolate treats like truffles, delicious covered pretzels and oreos, dipped apples and my choice selection: Kentucky Crunch, which was incredible!  (rice crispies, marshmallows, peanut butter, white & milk chocolate, & chocolate chips in one big dollop!!!)  My kids each got a small bag of candy and I got the Kentucky Crunch and it was a little over $7.

I did not try the fudge, but my friends told me that they tried it and it is wonderful and creamy!  They make it in the store, so you know it is fresh.  Honestly, there are many thing in that show that I want to try.

They have a nice area of tables and chairs with a children's movie playing.  My kids sat and enjoyed some of their treats and I was able to chat with my friend.  That's a rare occurrence in a candy store!  They also have a small game room to which they are adding a few arcade games and they have a back room for birthday parties.  The owner said they can customize your parties and the kids can make candies or do other activities in the back; basically: they are flexible!

I have a feeling that Fuzziwig's Candy Factory is going to become regular vocabulary in my home. I can see this place being a wonderful reward for my children or a place to celebrate.  I think a box of treats would make for a really nice gift for teacher also!  I might just have to become a regular. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

CONTEST! Tickets to see "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse" by the Magic Lantern Stage Company

Our 2nd winner is PAULA W!!!
Our first winner is Rene L!!!
email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!
the contest has ended :)

We are happy to share with you some new summer entertainment for children!

“The City Mouse and the Country Mouse” launches the
Magic Lantern Stage Company July 29-31, 2011
in the Mex Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

The Magic Lantern Stage Company, a new professional acting company performing plays for children, opens its first production, “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse”, July 29-31, 2011. The play is an updated musical version of the classic Aesop fable. Performances are in the Mex Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

Originally found in Aesop’s collection, “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse” has been re-told throughout history all over the world with the delightful Hanna-Barbera’s Tom and Jerry cartoon, “Mouse in Manhattan” being one of its most memorable re-tellings. The Magic Lantern Stage Company’s version casts the mice as girls. One enjoys her life in the country and one, the city. When they try to adapt to each other’s lifestyle, misadventures abound. Along the way, they encounter many colorful characters. In the end both learn to accept and even appreciate each other’s differences. The play presents the timeless message of learning to love ourselves and each other for who we are. Set to lively music, it is entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

“I think the simple message of “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse” is one that is still appropriate for our world today,” says Lisa Essenpreis, Producing Director of The Magic Lantern Stage Company. Lisa is the vision behind Magic Lantern. She has formed this company out of her love for children’s theater. “I find children’s stories moving, uplifting, entertaining and enjoy adapting them for the stage,” says she. Lisa and partner Frank Bugbee wrote the script and composed the music for “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse.” Lisa says, “Our goal is to present original scripts of classic stories, fables, and fairy tales. We hope to inspire and uplift our audiences. “

Lisa has long been associated with children’s theater working with both Stage One: The Louisville Children’s Theater and the Blue Apple Players. She has taught elementary and high school theater and has had a musical adaptation of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” produced by Derby Dinner Playhouse’s Children’s Theater. Frank Bugbee is a producer, engineer, composer, and musician. He is the other half of the creative force behind Magic Lantern Stage Company. He also owns and operates Cardinal Hill Studios. Over the years, Frank has written and produced songs for and performed with many bands including Soul Inc. He teaches guitar, bass and songwriting.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to be part of the growing Louisville theater community,” says Lisa.

Performances for “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse” are Friday, July 29 at 7 pm, Saturday, July 30 at 10 am, 12 pm, and 7 pm, and Sunday, July 31 at 2 pm and 4 pm. Tickets are $15.00. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available. Call 502-547-7777 or 800-775-7777 to purchase tickets or visit http://www.kentuckycenter.org/.

We encourage you to LIKE the Magic Lantern Stage Company on Facebook to keep apprised about upcoming shows!!

Louisville Family Fun is giving away 2 - family 4 packs of tickets to see the show! You will get to choose which performance to attend!

To enter:

Comment on this blog post stating if you are a City Mouse or a Country Mouse and why?!?!  Two winners will be chosen at random times before Thursday at noon!!!  So, ENTER NOW!
Be sure to include your name and last initial or post under an account!

Note: The contest ends on Thursday, July 28th at noon and the winners will be announced randomly before that time on this post. The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted. The winner must email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net before noon on Thursday July 28th.  Tickets will be placed at will call. 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

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Usborne Books Parties and Our Online Book Fair!

Today I hosted a small afternoon tea (iced!) with some friends and we enjoyed chatting and browsing some awesome books.  Kellie Burton, a local Louisville mother herself, is a consultant with Usborne Books and she joined us to give us information about the different books and the importance of not just exposing our children to books, but reading with our children and being a reading role model for our families.   It was a simple and enjoyable 2 hours exploring the books and enormous catalog! Kellie was very knowledgeable about the selection as she was able to provide us with advice on which books were age appropriate.  You can host a gathering for parents, a Usborne Books story time play date or even a book fair at your child's school or daycare.  These books are of the highest quality in terms of content and make. I also feel that they are priced appropriately for such high quality.

Speaking of book fairs, I thought we could roll my party online! Readers, here is your chance to get some really special books and get FREE shipping.  As you know, hosts get free books.  As part of the mission of Louisville Family Fun LLC, Louisville Family Fun is committed to charitable giving.  The reward amount that I receive as a hostess will be used to purchase books for a local charity so that a child less fortunate than my own can have the opportunity to sit in awe of a wonderful book!  Please leave a comment on this blog post if you would like to nominate a non-profit, child-centered beneficiary for these books!

You can SHOP HERE until midnight on July 28th.
You can order online and pay the shipping fee

How can you get FREE Shipping?? 
1) Shop HERE
2) Write down the book titles you want and the last 6 digits of the book code.  Purchase more than $60 worth of books. 
3) Email your Full Name, Book List with numbers and phone number to burtonbooks@gmail.com
4) Kellie Burton will call you to take a credit card payment and submit your order with FREE shipping!

On the shop website, note there are value packs of books and compilation books that are a great value! In the value packs, you will get multiple books for a discounted rate per book and the compilation books are MANY books in one!  Think ahead to birthdays, party gifts and holidays!

Happy Shopping and remember, nominate a local non-profit charity that would be great as a recipient of these books! Maybe a woman's shelter or an after-school enrichment program!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Educational Magazine Project for Preschoolers

Louisville Family Fun does not always have to take place outdoors or cost a ton of money!  We love exploring local parks, events, museums and businesses but sometimes it's nice to have a calm afternoon being creative at home.

A few days ago, I was cleaning and about to recycle many many magazines and instead, I turned it into a simple activity that the kids enjoyed.

I cut out a bunch of different pictures from the magazines.  I tried to make sure I was getting a variety of colors. Then, I placed different colors of construction paper on our table.  We went through the photo cut-outs one by one and talked about the colors.  The kids used glue sticks to attach the picture to it's matching construction paper.  We had great discussions about how dark a color was or how light it was. Was it a warm color or a cool color?  Is there a pattern? etc.  It turned into a really lovely hour!

Take a little time to look around your home, maybe you have some family fun sitting right in front of you!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville July 22, 23, 24

July, July....you are one hot tamale!!!  What can Kentuckiana families do this weekend and avoid melting or spontaneous combustion from the heat? Here's our picks for a COOL weekend:


See the Hwang's Martial Arts demo at the Main Library in LaGrange.  Worth the trip, that is one nice library and you can spend the entire morning there!

Catch a breeze coming off the Ohio and enjoy a concert in Jeffersonville in their "Rolling Out the Weekend" series. 


Hit a farmer's market EARLY and beat the heat! We have them listed on our calendar!

Enjoy some cool ice cream treats with your family fun at the Jefferson Memorial Forest Ice Cream Social.


Celebrate some cool history at Locust Grove's FREE anniversary celebration event!

And of course, we have many more options for you on our calendar so check it all out and make your own picks!

Contest! Mary Kay Products WINNER!!!

KATHY K is the winner!!! Email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by noon on Wednesday July 27th to claim your prize!!

Deonna Tinsely is a local Louisvillian and Louisville Family Fun reader but she is also a Mary Kay consultant! I can personally attest to Donna's ability to assist you (she did my hair!!), she is so easy to work with, someone who really cares about your individual preferences and needs and will be so accommodating!  She has some excellent products that she wants to give away to one of our lucky readers.

Time Wise Basic Skin Care Set retailing at $30. The set includes a 3 in 1 cleanser, it cleanses, exfoliates, and freshens the skin in 1 simple step! The second prize is an age fighting moisturizer. The winner will be able to choose between normal to dry, or combination/oily skin. Both shipped free to you!

1) Register with her Mary Kay website!

For a second entry,

2) Comment on this blog post telling us what type of health & beauty product you use every day.  Not necessarily the brand.....just the type.  Be sure to include your name and last initial or comment under an account.

Note: The contest ends on Sunday, July 24th at 5pm and the winner will be announced Monday, July 25th by midnight on this site. The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted and registrations. 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, July 19, 2011

Things to do in and around Louisville in August 2011

Another family fun month in Kenuckiana! Enjoy your last few weeks before school starts up again. Hope you are having a great summer!

And don’t forget to enter our Inaugural Summer Challenge before it is too late!

Kentucky Car Weekend - FREE- Read our review from last year

Family Fun Fair at Falls of the Ohio - An air conditioned event with lots of fun activities from dissecting an owl pellet to Earth Day scavenger hunt.

Introduction to Family Camping – O’Bannon Woods State Park – Pre-registration needed
And of course.....the Kentucky State Fair!

Beautiful Butterflies at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve –Learn about butterflies in this FREE event.

Touch-a-Truck – FREE in Clarksville - Check out our review from last year

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

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

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Review: Bricks 4 Kidz

Last week, Sharon Dodson, Managing Director of Bricks 4 Kidz in Louisville, came over to conduct a trial mini-party for my son, daughter and some friends.  While she set up, the kids were getting so excited to see what kinds of lego goodies she was going to whip out of her bags!  She got out a big box of the larger duplo blocks for them to build with and get warmed up.  As soon as a few friends arrived, Sharon got the older kids started on their project while at the same time setting up a motorized lego art project for the other kids.

My son and some friends (~ages 4-6) worked on making an intricate pyramid out of some smaller lego pieces.  Each of them got a box of all of the legos they needed and a kid-friendly manual to follow.  She assisted them in getting started in the pattern and how to follow the instructions.  The manuals are numbered and have large pictures that are colo- coded, making them easy to follow.   Quickly, all of the children were busy constructing their pyramids. 

Meanwhile, some of the parents and I helped the younger children with the moterized lego project.  We taped a paper plate to the legos and when we turned it on, it spun.  Then, the children used markers to make rainbow swirl designs on the plates.  They were fascinated. One of the little girls sat there the entire time mesmerized by the contraption making rainbow plate after rainbow plate!  I'd say that was a success!

After the pyramid builders were well on their way and self-sufficient, Sharon got manuals for the younger children (~ages 2-3) so we could help them make dinosaurs out of the larger duplo sets.  It was really cute and I loved that it was quite educational since we kept referring to the pieces at 2x2 or 2x4!  My young 2.5 year old daughter was counting the spots on the blocks to find what I asked and was using terms properly like square or rectangle.  As a trained math teacher, I really enjoy seeing these connections being made at such a young age!

With some snacks and lots of legos, the kids had a great time!  Each of them were very proud of their creations even if they were the ones from the manuals or those that they came up with out of their own creativity.  Sharon was wonderful and patient in assisting the children, complementary of their creativity and encouraged them to be creative in thinking of their own designs as well as teach them about patterns and following the instructions.  I thought it was a really nice balance.

Sharon has a Facebook page for the Louisville Bricks 4 Kidz and if you "like" her page or follow her on Twitter, you can learn about upcoming events, camps, school programs, parties and special discounts when she offers them!  If you think your school, preschool and beyond would enjoy this Bricks 4 Kidz program, just contact her as she would love to bring these opportunities to a wider audience.  She also has birthday party options and with larger groups, brings in another teacher to assist!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

WINNER! Sugar n Stripes $20 gift certificate!

And the winner, that gets to pick our the hair accessories of their choice on the Sugar n Stripes etsy.com page is.......   ANGELA S.   Congrats Angela!!  Email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net before Monday July 18th at noon to claim your prize. 

Don't forget:  Anyone can get a great deal at Sugar n Stripes by using the code LouFamFun30 to receive 30% off of your order!!!

New contest coming soon!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Louisville Family Fun July 15, 16, 17 Weekend

Halfway through July!! How are you planning on enjoying the weekend?  Here's our picks!


Zoovie – Monsters vs. Aliens at the Zoo
Cards Under the Stars – Tangled –FREE- with pre-show entertainment by Wee Rock

Tour the Tour – FREE
Learn the fascinating history of Louisville Water Company and how we make millions of gallons of drinking water every day. This is for ages 8 and up.

Fossil Hunts at Foxhollow Farms -
We will begin with a short hay ride followed by a hike to Harrod’s Creek for some great rock hunting! Along the gravel shorelines there are many fossilized shells, coral, and even crystals and other formations to be found. Cost - $25/bag of rocks - up to 5 people can use one bag.

Twilight Cinema- Hook at Riverstage in Jeffersonville – FREE


National Ice Cream Day! - $1.41 scoops at Graeters

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!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Review of Farnsley Park By: Jeanette

We recently spent a late afternoon playdate with some friends and their kiddos at Farnsley Park. This is a neighborhood park located at 3100 Wedgewood Way. It was a nice location for our picnic with some water play at the sprayground. There are two playgrounds with the one geared towards littler kids surrounded by fence. Swings, baby swings, and slides were at the playground surrounded by big trees that provided shade. There were several picnic tables in the shade as well to enjoy our dinner.

The sprayground was surrounded by concrete and not quite as shaded. There was a bathhouse, but was not the cleanest or freshest smelling. There was some trash around as well, but plenty of trash cans around. Tennis courts and soccer goals were available to enjoy. Overall it was a quaint little park that worked well for our get together not overly crowded or loud.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CONTEST! $20 Gift Certificate for Sugar and Stripes

Sugar and Stripes and all things nice! That's just the first thing I think of when I hear the name of this business, run by a local Louisville mom!

Sugar and Stripes offers handmade, top quality items!  She has a great Etsy.com site full of adorable bows, clips and hair ties that would look oh-so-fashionable on any little girl.  I believe my favorite is Ms. Fishy! Oh wait, no, I like Ms. Turtle!  Shoot, I like ALL of them!

She also has a Facebook page and I encourage you to "like" it so you can keep tabs on her new designs. 

And for those who like a tweet tweet every now and again, she is also on Twitter

We are giving away a a $20 gift certificate to her Etsy shop. Shipping will be free to the winner.

And, here is a coupon code for 30% off all orders with this code: LouFamFun30
Now, EVERYONE is a winner :)

Here's how to enter our random drawing for this fabuLOUs prize:

1) Like her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter

2) Comment on this post telling us which of her handmade items is your favorite from her Etsy ShopBe sure to leave your name and last initial or comment under an account.

Note: The contest ends on Friday July 15th at 5pm and the winner will be announced Saturday July 16th 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

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Review of French Lick Resort By: Stephanie

My husband and I were extremely lucky to have the opportunity to visit Fench Lick, IN and stay at French Lick Resort at the French Lick Springs Hotel for a wonderful weekend getaway from Louisville with our kids.  It was under an hour and a half drive from our home in Louisville which made for ample time to enjoy our stay even though we were only going for one night.  The ride was very simple, direct and quite scenic.  If you are looking for a staycation close to Louisville, this is a great option. 

We arrived at the hotel and it was bustling with people checking in and the expansive porch was full of people in rocking chairs relaxing and enjoying the view.  You can choose complementary valet parking or you can park yourself.  The kids were in awe over how big the hotel was and I was impressed with it's grandeur. It is a stunning hotel!

Check in was quick and we headed to our room.  We had a large, clean and nicely decorated room with tall windows and enough space for the roll away bed that we requested.  The kids loved the idea of being able to sleep in the lofty beds with silky covers that I thought they wouldn't want to leave the room!  We enjoyed our view of the front of the hotel where we could see the town of French Lick to the right and the historic train station to the left.  There are so many things to do in French Lick for families that are right in proximity to this resort or at the resort itself!

We convinced the children to come and explore the hotel! We stopped in the lobby to read about some of the daily happenings to choose how to spend our time.  The kids sat in just about every couch and chair and looked wide-eyed up at the painted ceilings.  Following our map that we got at check-in, we found the gorgeous gardens and spring in the back and the indoor shopping area.  The shops include a gift shop, ladies shop for clothes and accessories, a men's shop, a jewelry shop and a cute little candy shop.  Just about everywhere we turned, we found another restaurant. There are several ranging from a bar and grill to a buffet to a fancier steak house.  They also have an adorable coffee and ice cream shop near the lobby that is perfect for grabbing a treat and heading to the porch to rock and enjoy it!  While heading back to the elevator, we saw they were giving out complimentary lemonade and freshly baked cookies; what a special afternoon treat! Several times, we were greeted by the friendly staff and felt very welcomed. 

We made our plans and my husband and I took our kids to the pool.  He chose to take them to the indoor pool since it was open-air and you felt like you were outside, but without the worry of sunscreen and getting burned!  Plus, it was very close to bathrooms and the kids loved the dolphin sculpture spraying water and the DJ playing music!  I headed to the Spas for a signature facial. Is this family fun?!  Absolutely!!  French Lick Resort offers families the flexibility to have members enjoying one ammenity while someone gets a break for some pampering.  I was greeted and escorted to the changing area and then to the tranquility room of the spa where I enjoyed a tea and some magazines.  My spa professional took me back to a calming room and I enjoyed a nearly 1 hour facial that was pure relaxation bliss.  It was by far one of the best spa treatments I have ever had.  No, it WAS the best!  After, I relaxed in the tranquility room a little while longer and had some more tea and an orange while kicking up my feet. Feeling so relaxed, I returned to my family at the pool a very happy mommy!

We headed back to our room to freshen up and change and hit the bowling alley right there in the hotel for pizza and bowling!  They also have an arcade right there too.  We played a full game of bowling and enjoyed some pizza and strombolis.  I was not expecting much from the pizza but was pleasantly surprised to find it had a tasty crust and was pretty darn good!  After our family game of bowling, we took a very short stroll to the hostoric French Lick Railway station so the kids could see the trains up close.  We didn't go on an excursion ride, but the trains are all there and they can touch them, climb up on them and go inside of the station.  They loved it and we even had to take our son back for one more stroll around the station before heading back to Louisville the next day.  We walked back to the hotel and saw many people enjoying the live music out of the porch veranda before retiring for the evening. 

We called it a night and awoke and brewed our in-room coffee and got dressed for breakfast. We chose the buffet style dining area because, according to the daily newsletter dropped at our door, they had a kids-eat-free special for kids uner 12! We also read in the lobby that they have a character breakfast. We were pleased with the dining experience, price and the freshness of the food. I loved the chocolate chip waffle made especially for me!  The service was also really timely but we didn't see any of the characters as listed in the lobby. But, we hadn't told the kids, so they didn't know any different. After breakfast, we went to the playground and over to the Kids Fest building where they have games, crafts, movie and more. This spot is also where families can rent bikes and surries for outings! The Kids Fest building is staffed and has some scheduled events. But, families can also go in and enjoy the facilities for 1 hour a day free of charge. This was just enough time for my kids to do a craft, play some of the huge connect four, race around with jump ropes and do a little dress up. It was a very nice feature and had our children be over the age of 6, we could have scheduled them for sitting services there and hit the casino!

We took a short stroll over the the shopping area across the street from the hotel and decided it was hot and we wanted to head back to that awesome indoor pool! I pondered letting the kids run around in the outdoor spray fountain in the city square but decided on the lovely pool instead.  Off we went, finishing up our trip with one last dip in the pool. We packed up and checked out at noon (extended 1 hour by request). We were able to fuel up for the drive home in a nearby gas station and quickly look at the trains one more time as promised. Everything is very close by and convenient. We also drove around the back of the hotel to see the golf courses and paved trails that you can use for walking or biking. We saw many families riding on those with the surrey bikes!

I think the ideal amount of time would be at least 2 to 3 nights at the resort.  French Lick Resort is actually 2 hotels and if you stay at one, you can enjoy the ammenities at both and there are shuttles for your convenience.  They also have transportation to Patoka Lake and a long weekend would be fantastic.  We didn't have enough time to head to the West Baden Springs Hotel and see what they had to offer but will make a point of visiting that part of the resort on our next stay.  Next time, we will keep an eye on their package deals and take advantage of one for a slightly longer stay.

On the way back to Louisville, on IN-150, we noticed a throw-back type ice cream/burger place called Shakeburger and decided to stop.  What a gem! When you head to French Lick, stop there and get a burger and a shake because your car isn't the only thing that needs fuel!

I hope you all would consider a trip to Fench Lick.  Save some gas and don't go on a long drive to the coast!  Head just a little west and enjoy incredible ammenities at this fantastic Indiana resort!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Louisville Family Fun July 8, 9, 10 Weekend

This weekend is sure to have something for everyone in the family to enjoy from movies to canoeing to smores to ice cream!


FREE Shuttle Launch Party at the planetarium, 11am (party's on whether or not the shuttle actually launches)

Cow Appreciation Day at participating Chick-Fil-A. Visit on Cow Appreciation Day in your "proper" cow attire and eat for FREE!

Block Party and Movie at Northeast Christian Church for free beginning at 6:30pm. Movie playing is Secretariat.

Food, Games, and Movie at Springdale Community Church beginning at 7pm showing. How to Train Your Dragon. FREE!


Family Canoe Day at Jefferson Memorial Forest. Canoe rental is $10. Recommended for beginning paddlers 5 years old and up.

Campfire, Smores, and more at Blackacre Conservancy .Go for a guided evening hike and end with campfire, smores, and stories. Members free; guests $3/max.$5/family.

Twilight Cinema featuring The Karate Kid at Riverstage in Jeffersonville – FREE

River Days Festival in West Point. Check out the website for events for both Friday and Saturday. In case you need to see more Fireworks they are ending the festival with fireworks on Saturday.


Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social 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. Call us at 502/935-6809 for more details.

Metro Council Movie Nite showing Morning Glory at Iroquois Park

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!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Review of Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park By: Jeanette

Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park, 3730 River Rd, is a short drive from Locust Grove. The park is right along the river. It has a bathhouse, picnic tables with grills, open grassy spaces, and a playground. The playground had slides, baby swings, and regular swings. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of litter around, but being a holiday weekend it may typically be cleaner. However there were plenty of trash cans around. This would be a good alternative park if you want a quieter park along the river as compared to Waterfront Park.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

WINNER! Dinner & a Movie!

Thanks to realtor Bobby Lewis (Sold by Bobby),  SONDRAH will enjoy $25 at the restaurant of her choice and $25 at a movie theater of her choice!  Please email us at info@louisvillefamilyfun.net before noon on July 8th to claim your prize

Thanks to Bobby Lewis for offering up such a great price and readers, keep an eye on his facebook page for new listings and refer him to friends for their realty needs!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review of Locust Grove By: Jeanette

Our family took advantage of the free admission on Independence Day to explore Locust Grove off of Blankenbaker Lane. This is a National Historic Landmark housing 55 acres where William and Lucy Clark Croghan, enslaved African-Americans, and Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark lived. Although my husband and I enjoyed the guided tour of the house, our children were still too young. My kids did enjoy exploring the grounds on their own and the museum at the visitor’s center. This would be a great place to bring history alive for children that have studied the 1700s-1800s time period.

The visitor center offers a short movie that gives some background on Locust Grove. The museum there is very informative and has a few interactive pieces. Of particular interest for our family was their display of a typical day for the Croghan family. They showed what the kids would be doing from 6am until the time they go to bed. Then you can go on a guided tour of the 3 story house. After the tour, we explored the grounds visiting the gardens and other buildings. There is lots of open fields and shade for picnics.

Locust Grove has several events coming up too as well as summer camps (craft, pioneer, Shakespeare) if you are looking for something to do before summer is over. They are hosting Jane Austen Festival July 9 and 10. An anniversary party that is free to the public celebrating 50 years of public ownership July 24. In October they host, 18th Century Market Fair which sounds exciting with them bringing the spirit of the past alive through reenactments and entertainment. General admission for Locust Grove is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 6-12.