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Friday, September 30, 2011

WINNER! 4 tickets to see Max & Ruby at the Palace!

The winner of 4 tickets to see Max & Ruby: A Bunny Party at the Louisville Palace is:
Gwen Pumphrey

Please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by 10/2 with your mailing address to claim the prize!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Top 5 Things to do in Louisville this Weekend (September 30, October 1, 2)

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Here are my top 5 things for you to do this weekend in and around Kentuckiana that are family friendly and affordable!

1) You can take advantage of an incredible and unique opportunity to tour the USS LST 325 that is docked at the downtown wharf.  It will be open for tours through Saturday, 9am - 5pm. It is here as part of the Medal of Honor Convention.
Admission to LST 325: Adults - $10; Students K-12 - $5; Families as a group - $20.  That's a great family deal.

2) The St. James Arts Show in Old Louisville is a popular Louisville event!  It is happening all weekend and features over 700 artists.  I recommend browsing around down there, taking in this wonderful niche of Louisville and heading across the street to central park for a picnic and some play time for the kids!

3) It's a wonderful time of year to be outside and what better than to tour Frankfort Ave for the FAT Friday Hop!  It's free to ride the trolley starting at 6pm on Friday so grab some pizza at Cliftons, ride the trolley, stop for some dessert at Sweet Surrender and who knows what else!

4)  Once a month, Squallis Puppeteers puts on a workshop and it's this Saturday!  There's a performance and a puppet making workshop.  The performance is $5 and the workshop is $5.  That's a great price for such a one-of-a-kind family experience.  This weekend, the show is called "Elephant's Child" and it's at the School of Sharks Theater on Eastern Parkway.

5)  Enjoy some free outdoor music to celebrate the Week in the Highlands at the Highland-Douglass Big Rock Jazz Fest at the Big Rock area of Cherokee park.  It's on Sunday October 2nd from 2-7pm.

Like always these are just a selection! There are even more things to do listed on our calendar. Have a great weekend!

Stephanie

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Learning Tower by Little Partners

PhotobucketLast week, I went to the ABC Kids Expo at the Kentucky Exposition Center.  I was searching for products that I thought would aid in "Family Fun."  At my house, this product would definitely help.  My kids are always helping me cook or wash dishes and I get so nervous with them standing on chairs!  The Learning Tower is a safer alternative!  They love being little helpers and I think it would be more fun for me and them if I knew they were contained in their little booster tower.

I have seen The Learning Tower before.  My friend in NY has one and loves it. It adjusts in heights so it would be good for a younger preschooler as well as a 5 year old.  What I didn't know is that it has multiple purposes.  You can get add-on pieces to get more out of it.  As you can see in the picture, my son is standing in it drawing and my daughter is drawing on the side. There is a dry erase board that you can get to attach to the side! This would be great for me because if one child wants to help me on the counter and the other doesn't, I can still keep them close by with other things to do!  Also, both of my kids could fit in it at the same time with ample room.

They have cute tents that go over them to convert them into a puppet show playhouse.  It's really a great idea!  They are working on a prototype for a drop in seat so that the tower can be converted into a high chair!  This would be an AWESOME high chair because you could continue to use it for years with other purposes.  Since it's a piece of furniture, it's also nice that they come in different colors or shades of wood. 

I asked if they were sold locally and they are not, yet.  They did indicate that they hoped a local business would see them at the show and decide to carry them.  They retail for close to $200 and the add-on pieces are extra.  If your children are just starting out wanting to help you and are on the younger side, I think it is a good investment since you will get many years out of it!  I saw on their site that they would ship for free because they ship for free with orders over $99!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review of Deere Farms in Lanesville, IN

PhotobucketLast Sunday we went to Deere Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Lanesville, Indiana, which is the largest maze in Southern Indiana. It is a short drive from Louisville (about 20-30 minute drive). This place gets very busy in September and October, however we went the day after their opening day and we had the whole place for ourselves!


PhotobucketUpon our arrival, we were greeted by the Deere Farms staff who were very friendly and made sure everything was ready for us.

We decided to start with the corn maze. They have 3 different mazes which were professionally designed to honor all military men and women and represent an Eagle and the word USA. Deere Farms also shows their appreciation for the military by giving free admission to the corn maze to anyone in the military who shows their military ID. The corn maze cost $8 per person and is free for children under 5.

PhotobucketThe maze was a lot of fun for the whole family, even for Chloe who is only 17 month old! Make sure you sit down and plan your route before you enter the maze if you don't want to get lost! The farm scene investigation game which is included with the corn maze admission is a lot of fun. The girls enjoyed looking for clues in the maze and punching their Farm Scene Investigation Cards!

After the corn maze and a lot of walking, we decided to take a break and do the hayride ($3 per person and free for kids under 5). We enjoyed the farm and the woods scenery. On the way back we stopped by the pumpkin patch and let the girls pick their own pumpkins (which cost between $4 and $6 depending on the size).
The pumpkin bounce house was a big hit with the girls ($2 each) as well as the Barrel Train ride ($2).

PhotobucketBefore we left, we had a piece of their peanut butter chocolate dream and an Apple Cider slush both were DELICIOUS!

We spent over 3 hours at Deere Farms and had a wonderful time!

The prices are very reasonable and Deere Farms offer a lot of Free activities (ride to the pumpkin patch, truck full of corn for the little ones to play in, hayride and corn maze for children under 5). It is definitely worth spending an afternoon at Deere Farms. Unlike other places which are more commercial, Deere Farms is a friendly and fun place to go with the whole family!
Deere Farms is open Fridays at 3pm, Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at noon. Deere Farms closes at dark.

By contributing writer: Isabelle

Monday, September 26, 2011

CONTEST! 8 Great Prizes from Louisville's Own Hadley Pottery Company

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We are proud to offer this fabuLOUs prize to our readers from Hadley Pottery Company. Hadley Pottery is an iconic, hand-crafted line of pottery made here in Louisville and founded in 1940 by Mary Alice Hadley and her husband. There are 8 prizes! WOW!  You can find Hadley Pottery on Facebook too!

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• 1 Trick or Treat bowl (value $42.50 online)
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• 6 Halloween coasters, winner’s choice of pattern (value $9.75 each online)
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You can see all of the items on their site

Winners must be able to pick up their prizes at Hadley Pottery Company which is located at 1570 Story Avenue, easily accessible from interstates I-64, I-65 and I-71.
Store hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday hours are extended until 4:00 pm from the second week in November until Christmas.
For more information call 502.584.2171 or 866.584.2171.

We know you love the Halloween selections that we are featuring, but what else do you like?

For a chance to win, explore their patterns and tell us your favorite. You can enter everyday telling us different things you like! Post your favorites in a comment on this blog post, be sure to include your name and last initial or post under an account!

Louisville Family Fun Pass holders can get 2 bonus entries by emailing a photo of their Pass to bonus@louisvillefamilyfun.net and put HADLEY in the subject line!

Note: The contest ends on Friday at midnight, September 30th and the winner will be announced before the end of the day Sunday October 2nd on this site. YOU CAN ENTER ONCE PER DAY! The winners will be selected at random from the comments posted with any eligible bonus entries added. The winners must email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by the end of the day October 4th or new winners will be chosen. 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, September 25, 2011

CONTEST! Max & Ruby Bunny Party at the Palace! Family 4 pack of tickets!

PhotobucketLouisville welcomes two performances of the family friendly musical for all ages!

It's a surprise party for someone special, and bunny siblings Max and Ruby have a-million-and-one things to do before the big event. Join in the fun as they embark on a musical bus ride to East Bunnyhop General Store, where they deliberate on what to buy for the Super Duper Special Birthday Guest. Max & Ruby never quite want the same thing and their plans always collide – with hilarious results!

Here is your chance to win a family 4 pack of tickets to a show on October 9th at 4pm at the Louisville Palace!


For your chance to win, post the answer to the following question in a comment on this blog post. Be sure to post using an account or another option but include your name or last initial so you can be identified. There will be a new question each day for extra entries!

Thursday's Question (last one!):  What kind of tree does Max & Ruby have in their yard?

Louisville Family Fun Pass holders can email a photo of their pass to bonus@louisvillefamilyfun.net to get 5 bonus entries into the contest! PUT MAX & RUBY in the subject line!


Note: Comments will remain hidden until we post the next question.  The contest ends on Thursday at midnight, September 29th and the winner will be announced before the end of the day Friday Sept. 30th on this site. YOU CAN ENTER ONCE PER DAY, there will be a different question each day! The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted with any eligible bonus entries added. The winner must email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by the end of the day October 2nd or a new winner will be chosen. 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).



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Friday, September 23, 2011

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville September 23,24,25

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The last full weekend in September, here we are.  Kicking it off with some rain on this fabuLOUs Friday.  What to do this weekend, what to do???  The weather forecast is touch and go so I will make my picks a combination of indoor and outdoor options.  Always remember, there are MANY more options on our calendar as well, these are just my selections.

Friday:  After 5pm, you can tour the Louisville Science Center for just $5.  Remember, there's more to this museum than just the kids zone, take your kids to all of the levels to explore the different exhibits. My kids love the top floor with the dancing machine and interactive soccer!

PhotobucketSaturday: Pick a festival!  I will be at the Nulu Festival from 2-7pm in the kids area!  It will be a great festival.   I will have the Louisville Family Fun Passes for sale.  25% of the proceeds will go to the non-profit community organization that puts on the Nulu Festival!  Find me and say  GIVE ME THE DEAL and get your Fun Pass for just $15 or bring a friend and buy 2 for $25!  I have some free open play passes for KaZoing, tickets to the Kentucky Show and coupons  for the Louisville Mega Caverns for you to choose with your purchase while supplies last!!  Also, enter to win a family 4 pack to the Kentucky Railway Museum!

There are at least 5 other festivals to choose from on our calendar!

Sunday:  Enjoy a Septemberfest Wee Rock concert at Immanuel United Church of Christ at 1:30.  Or, if the weather is good, head to the Pheonix Hill HOOPLA Music Series at from 5:30-8:30.  It's at St. Lucille Grant Park and features local musicians, food and children's activities


Head to one of these or check out the calendar to plan your weekend!  Make it fabuLOUs.

Stephanie

Thursday, September 22, 2011

CONTEST! RecycBling* Designs Necklace

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The winner is:  Andrea, she said...



There's so many awesome things she's made. I also like the white paper bead on a silvertone finding with glass and plastic accent beads!

Please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net with your full name and mailing address to claim the prize!

 
This fantastic necklace is just one in the large assortment of interesting hand made pieces by this local artisan.  Check out all of her designs on her Facebook page for RecycBling Designs.  She makes the beads out of recycled papers, like magazines!  How incredible is that?

Here's her story from her Facebook page:  Magazine pages cut, rolled, sealed and drying.... This adventure began from an attempt to find another child craft activity so that I could use all of those stacked up magazines that I just couldn't bring myself to throw away. I ran across a video on how to make paper beads from cut strips of paper. I tried it and with much surprise...the end result was ok. Good enough to try again, so I began ...rolling, rolling and rolling. I experimented with different shapes of paper and different types of sealants. I have been making paper beads to use in jewelry designs as well as paper bowls and paper gift bows for about a year now and I am happy to share it here on facebook with everyone. You can visit my etsy store or come see me at the many craft fairs around town.

You have a chance to win this fabuLOUs 24 inch necklace with a quilled rose as a focal piece.  I want it, but I guess one of you can have it. 


TO ENTER:  Like her Facebook page or check out her Etsy shop full of extremely unqiue pieces at what I think are great prices and write a comment on this post stating which piece is your favorite!  Be sure to use your name and last initial in your comment or use an account. 

Louisville Family Fun Pass holders can email a photo of their pass to bonus@louisvillefamilyfun.net to get 2 bonus entries into the contest!

Note: The contest ends on Sunday at midnight, September 25th and the winner will be announced before the end of the day Monday the 26th on this site. YOU CAN ENTER ONCE PER DAY! The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted with any eligible bonus entries added. The winner must email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by the end of the day Sept 28th or a new winner will be chosen. 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

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fun and Educational Ideas for your visit to the Louisville Zoo

The Louisville Zoo is fabuLOUs!  It just a really nice size, not too big to be overwhelming but big enough to have a nice variety of creatures and critters to see.  We love take little breaks for playtime at the playground or the splashpad in the summer.  I have been taking my children since we moved to Louisville and at each visit, they definitely learn something new.  As a parent, we can be teachers to our children on these zoo trips and help show them that zoos are not only places to see interesting animals, but to learn about what makes them so interesting.  We can teach them age-appropriate details about the animals diet, habitat, routines etc. adding to these details as they grow up.

The zoo website has a way to make this a little easier.  They have printable materials that you can take with you to aid in teaching your child and showing them that learning at the zoo can be just as fun as simply going there to play.  They have charts for observing behavior of the gorillas, seeking and finding different animals and categorizing them by how they move and lots of sheets with questions for different areas of the zoo.
Here are all of the educational printables:
http://www.louisvillezoo.org/education/materials/index.htm

Dress the kids up like zoologists, get them a clip board from the Dollar Tree and tie a pen/pencil to it.  Make it official!  Tell them it's there job to go and learn about the animals and report back.  Award them a little prize or treat after they finish it, or maybe let them pick what's for dinner! Maybe after checking these out, your children and you can work together to make your own zoologist charts for the zoo or siblings can make scavenger hunts for each other.  If you do it together, you know your children the best and you can make the activity suitable for their age and development.  Make your next trip to the zoo a little different!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Siblinks - Connecting Siblings of Special Needs Kids

I wanted to tell you about a very interesting program that I learned about today while toting my son to see the doctor.  We go to Prospect Pediatrics and one of the doctors, Pam Biddle, MD is coordinating this wonderful program called Siblinks through siblingsupport.org  This a fabuLOUs time for these kids to get together with others and connect. 

Here's what it's about:  It is an opportunity for brothers and sisters of children with special health, mental health and/or developmental needs to meet other siblings in these circumstances.  They can get together and focus on having fun and know that they are not alone!  The program is for kids ages 7-12 and it is taking place at the Kidville Theater at Northeast Christian Church.

You can also help out if you are an adult sibling of a special needs person or a teen sibling.  To register or inquire about helping, you can email Pam Biddle, MD at pambiddle@yahoo.com  (502-262-3131) or Danielle Jones at stevedansj@yahoo.com

The workshop dates are September 24th, October 22, November 19th & December 10th all from 10am to noon.  The cost is $20/workshop (scholarships available).  Class space is limited to 20, so inquire today!

Monday, September 19, 2011

WINNER! Doll dress & Matching bow from Vintage Couture Larissa Brown

SARAH is the winner!  Random.org generated #2 and she was the 2nd comment!  Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net with your mailing address and Larissa Brown will get it to you!

OK, so Sarah is a LouFamFun faithful follower, I just have to poke fun.......Sarah, at least YOU won this and not one of your contest recruits!  Love ya!

CONTEST! Win a Class from the Louisville Visual Art Association

The winner is: Jessica N
email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!


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The Louisville Visual Art Association has partnered with the Speed Art Museum to offer a series of Fall workshops where you and your child can take classes at the same time. Classes are taught at the Louisville Water Tower at the same time but at separate levels-- so you and your child (or grandchild!) can learn about the same technique at an age appropriate level. The fees include instruction, supplies and a snack and enrollment is limited, so check them out right away! I think the jewelry class looks fabuLOUs, send a child to make something for Grandma or someone special!

You can sign up for one class or all of them, if you want to save. Also, you can bring a child and get a duo discount. All information is available on their website.

  • Adult Classes are $55 for members, $65 for non-members
  • Child Classes are $50 for members, $60 for non-members
September 25 - Screenprinting

Louisville Family Fun Pass holders have a chance to save on the October classes. Receive a 10% discount: They are giving one discount per class, so if you have a Fun Pass or want to get in on this deal, get a fun pass and call now!!

October 9 - Jewelry Making

October 16 - Fashion Illustration

October 23 - Fiber Art

We are giving away a free adult class AND a free child class!! That's an over $100 value!

To enter this contest:
Visit the LVAA website and read the class descriptions. Write a comment on this blog post telling us which class interests you the most and why.  Be sure to post using an account or include your name and last initial.

Note: The contest ends on  Wednesday at midnight, September 21st and the winner will be announced before the end of the day Thursday the 22nd on this site. YOU CAN ENTER ONCE PER DAY! The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted with any eligible bonus entries added. The winner must email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by the end of the day Sept 24th or a new winner will be chosen. 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).



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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Slideshow & Review of of the Gaslight Festival Parade

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The Gaslight Festival Parade is part of the Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival. It was on Thursday the 15th at 6pm and ran for about 2 hours. We went up Watterson Trail until the road was blocked and just turned down some side streets to find parking, not a problem at all. We sat right on the sidewalk and curb to wait for the parade. Many of the area businesses were out selling food, churches had grills going, there was a DJ in the parking lot right next to where we sat. It's an all around happening event, not just a parade. The parade started promptly, we had to wait until about 6:15 to see anything since we were on the end of the parade route. My kids loved the different tractors the best! We brought snacks and drinks with us to save money so I wouldn't be tempted to buy food, but many of the parade participants tossed out treats.   

Over all, it was a really nice parade. Simple and obviously a great community event.  The only negative point was the random people selling things.  There were some vendors with carts that probably got approval from the chamber, but some people were just individually rolling coolers selling drinks?  I would like the Jeffersontown Chamber to have some sort of ID to give approved vendors so that I know they went through the proper channel to be allowed to participate in the event. 

Events and Things to do for Halloween in and around Louisville

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Yes, the time has come! There's a chill in the air, the stores are stocked with costume and candy.  It's HALLOWEEN TIME!

Here's a big long list of all of the fun things you can do in Kentuckiana to celebrate with the ghouls and goblins that are family friendly and easy on the pocket. 

The Worlds Largest Halloween Party is at the Zoo and runs pretty much the entire month of October. If you have a membership, you can get into this event free on limited days.

On Thursdays & Sundays October 6-28 the Grim Tales Haunted Attraction in the Middletown Plaza, becomes The Haunted Yard, a friendly haunted maze - (no monsters, not too dark) for kids 10 & under. Kids can walk the maze with their parents & trick or treat. $5 per child--parents free! 12312 Shelbyville Road

The Caufields Halloween Parade is on October 14th at 7pm on Baxter Ave and full of interesting costumes and lots of tossed candy. FREE

The La Grange Fire Department is hosting Oldham County's largest Safety and Halloween Festival on October 15th from 5-9pm. Chili supper and carnival-type games, inflatables and children's costume contest plus free trick-or-treating. Children will have access to a fire safety house to learn how to escape a smoky room, fingerprinting, several police cars for the children to see and sit inside, ambulances for children to walk through and several fire trucks to explore. Location Oldham County Fairgrounds 2401 W. Highway 146, La Grange

Trunk or Treat 2011 Saturday evening October 15th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Lyndon Baptist Church. Enter from Catherine Lane off Lyndon Lane next to Brusters Ice Cream. This event is being hosted by the Elite Academy of Dance Team Parents. Families can play Carnival Games for 25 cents (everyone wins a prize), & there will be face painting for $1.00, Hotdogs, chips, water, soft drinks, cake pops. All cost $1 each; Halloween music for dancing. A $25 Spa gift card will be awarded for the best decorated trunk. We hope to see you there!!! It will be a fun Fall festival/Halloween evening for families!

Sunny Acres farm is having a pumpkin festival on October 15th from noon-8pm.  Pumpkins for sale to carve, hay rides, petting farm barnyard area and for $5, there is an 11 acre corn maze.  FREE admission

The Bass Pro Shop has Halloween freebies starting on October 21st. They have color sheets, free photos with the great pumpkin-charlie brown, crafts and even trick or treating! Check out their website for full details for dates and times!

Museum of American Printing House for the Blind: Saturday, October 22, 2011 10 a.m.–12 noon
Make your own Halloween masks! Museum staff will guide your children to make a scary or friendly, for kids of all ages. Free to the public: registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 by October 20 to register. 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville KY 40206.

Come on out to the Sun Valley Community Center on October 21st from 6-8pm with your under 12 year olds for games, a haunted house and trick or treating.  They ask that you bring a bag of wrapped candy. 

GREEN HILL HALLOWEEN PARTY!
October 23rd at Green Hill from 2-4pm.  Parade of horses, horse rides for the kids and even a bouncy!  Wear your costumes!

Also on October 23rd: Louisville Family Fun will be at the Louisville Mommies Trunk or Treat event at the Woodhaven Country Club from 3-6pm. This event is free and open to the public. Activities, prizes for best costumes and "trunk" or treating!  FREE but please bring a jar of peanut butter for Blessings in a Backpack. 

On October 24th, take the kids to the streets of Jeffersonville for their big Halloween night! There's trick or treating on Spring Street on Monday, October 24 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Fall Festival - St. Johns -Prospect -Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30-7:30 PM

Domino's Dough Raiser 5:30-6:30 - All You Can Eat Pizza & Pasta for $5.50 per Person
Fun Games! Trunk or Treat in the Parking Lot at 6:30

Jack O’Lantern Stroll: October 28, 2011,  Louisville Slugger Field

A community event that features over 1,200 carved pumpkins, carved by community members and those supported by Dreams With Wings.

Fright Light Halloween Party at the Rauch Planetarium:  October 23, 3-6 pm and October 28, 7-9 pm: Annual Fright Light Halloween Party


Hillview Kroger Trick or Treat on October 25th from 5-8pm, the one on Mud Lane.  FREE

14th Annual Halloween Festival in Brown Park  The City of St. Matthews and the
St. Matthews Area Business Association present the 14th Annual Halloween Festival in Brown Park
(corner of Kresge Way and Browns Lane)
Date: Sat. October 29th, 2011  Time: 11am- 2pm  Trick or Treating: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Cost: Free

The Church of the Harvest: Free fall festival with trick or treating!  Family Harvest Festival & Trunk a Treat Saturday, October 29th 2pm-6pm Trunk a Treat 6pm-7pm Cornhole tournament $25 per team beginning at 2pm Silent Auction 2pm - 5:30pm Free food, jumps, and lots of activities for the kids. Also there will be a fashion show presented by Fashion Bug at 4pm. Come out and enjoy a great afternoon of family fun!

Boo Dell at Yell Dell gardens is just $5 for parking with free admission. It is on October 29th from 11-3 featuring trick or treating, a pumpkin carving contest, Magic show (2pm) and more.


Pumpkinfest  Saturday, October 29, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Jeffersontown Farmers' Market Pavilion   10434 Watterson Trail

Halloween Drop-in Workshop at KMAC Saturday, October 29 11:00-12:30
$6 per person   Get in the Halloween spirit by creating a fun Halloween-themed project. Open to all ages and skill levels.
Middletown’s Free Halloween Party – Sponsored by Middletown Owned Business & City of Middletown
11711 Main Street at Middletown First Baptist Church Parking lot Saturday, October 29th from 9:00 am to 2 pm
Come in costume for trick or treating with local businesses!!  Free Candy ** Games & Prizes **Activities and Storytelling.
For more info call 245-3174 In the event of rain – event will be held in the lower level of First BaptistChurch
Pumpkin Patch Pancake Party Sponsored by the First Baptist Church
FREE Pancake Breakfast at Celebration Hall! 11711 Main Street Saturday, October 29th from 9 am to 11 am
For more information call 245-7889


Mighty Kindness Harvest Hootenanny:  Long list of vendors and entertainment, nature walks and more...including trick or treating! Informative Facebook page!  Noon- 6pm on October 29th at the Louisville Nature Center.

Halloween Harvest Party at the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.    There's even a coupon for admission!  Friday, October 28th 4:00-10:00 p.m. &  Saturday, October 29th 3:00-10:00 p.m. 2011  Some activities are free and others are pay-as-you-do etc.  Options include kids halloween trail, haunted house and more!

Norton Commons Fall Festival - all free- Fall Festival at Norton Commons, October 29 from 4-6
Come to the Town Center to enjoy Trick or Treating, face painting, bouncies, music and much more! The event is open to all and free.

The Valley Ministry: Trunk or Trunk or treat on Oct. 29th at 6pm. FREE!


BOONANZA at the Louisville Science Center: Free with admission
October 29-30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zapped back to life by popular demand is BOONANZA, full of science tricks and treats. Activities include making wearable scabs and blisters, slime making, mummifying apples, giant spider webs, touchable organs and more!

Okolona Christian Church:  Trunk or Treat 6-7:30 on October 31st  FREE and open to anyone

Mall St. Matthews:  Trick or treating on October 31st from 5-7pm

Friday, September 16, 2011

CONTEST! Vintage Couture Doll Dress & Matching Bow!

PhotobucketPhotobucketEvery little princess has her favorite doll and what fun it is to match! Vintage Couture taken one of our favorite outfits, Texas Rose Dress, and made it for her favorite 18” friend. And what little girl doesn't like a Hair Bow to match her little doll? They've combined rosy red, lively leopard and black ribbon to adorn this bow on an alligator clip. Retail Value is $24 for the doll dress and $14 for the bow.

PhotobucketTo win the Doll Dress and Matching Bow:
Visit Larissa Brown's Vintage Couture website and look at the shop!  Tell us your favorite item!  Write it in a comment on this post and be sure to use an account or type your name and last initial.

Louisville Family Fun Pass holders can have 2 bonus entries by emailing a photo of their fun pass to bonus@louisvillefamilyfun.net ! Snap a shot and save it, you'll want it for future contests! Or, take one with your phone and email it! Include your name!
Note: The contest ends on Sunday at midnight, September 18th and the winner will be announced before the end of the day Monday the 19th on this site. YOU CAN ENTER ONCE PER DAY! The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted with any eligible bonus entries added. The winner must email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by the end of the day Sept 21st or a new winner will be chosen. 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

PhotobucketFall in Love with Vintage Couture, the new Fall/Holiday Collection has arrived!

There is something for everyone in our Fall/Holiday Collection -- babies, girls, boys, and even Mom! Boutique-style fashions made with custom-designed fabrics. Vintage Couture's exclusive collections are only available through our Trunk Shows or from Larissa Brown's website. The Winter Collection will be available Mid-October!


Want to earn Free or Half Price Clothing? Have FUN with your friends? Contact Larissa Brown today to Schedule a Trunk Show: Larissa Brown    812.786.7886    lbrownVC@gmail.com

WINNER! Derby Dinner Playhouse Tickets

This lucky winner gets to go to Miss Nelson is Missing at the Derby Dinner Playhouse with a just as lucky kid!  We are so pleased to send Amy Adams to see this wonderful production. Amy gets a pass that is good for two tickets.  Please email your mailing address before the end of the day 9/18 to info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville September 16,17,18

We are mid-way through September and I hope it's been a great month so far.  Want to make it even better? Get out with the family this weekend!

Here are my picks for things to do this weekend in Kentuckiana. 

Over all of the days, attend a Gaslight Festival event.  There's tons to choose from. You can go to the parade today(Thurs), the Balloon Glow Friday or the vendor area to explore arts and crafts or hear some live music while you have some yummy food.  Or, maybe the car show is more your speed.  Check out the calendar of events 

PhotobucketOn Friday night, you can try our Hwang's Martial arts and have some family fun.  They are having an open house of sorts.  It's at all 4 locations starting at 6:30pm.  There will be games, food and the kids can try out some martial arts. This is a great way to see if you want to enroll a child in this kind of activity. Just $5 to give it a try.

Saturday is overwhelming. There are so many choices.  We are going to Disney on Ice!  2 other great choices are the Antique and Railroad Festival in LaGrange, this article tells you all about it. Or,  you can catch a show, Into the Woods, at the Clarksville Little Theater at 8pm. 

Sunday, Head on out to the 100 Years on the Ohio event.  Admission is: $6/Adults; $5/Seniors (60+); $3/Children (6-12). Family rate: $15 (2 adults with up to 3 children).  and it's from 10am-5pm (It's also on Saturday).  Your admission buys you tours, activities, parades, re-enactments and more.  Details on their website.   Or, for a free option, head outside with your family to Tyler Park in the Highlands (great park!) and enjoy free jazz music starting at 4pm

I hope you have a fabuLOUs weekend with your family and that Louisville Family Fun plays a part in making that happen. 

Stephanie
Photo by Cyndi Whitworth

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review of Qdoba Mexican Grill

PhotobucketQdoba has locations all around Louisville (and one coming to Clarksville) and until just a couple of weeks ago, I had never been to one.  I don't know why, probably because I simply have tunnel vision leading me to McDonald's or pizza when I think about takeout.  But, that's just silly on my part considering that at home, my nearly 3 year old devours anything with a tex-mex flavor or flare. And chips, did someone say chips? They love chips!  Qdoba graciously invited me to their pre-opening night at one of their newest locations and I am so glad they did!   The kids have requested the "chips store" a few times!

PhotobucketPhotobucketWe went to the new location near U of L at Cardinal and 3rd streets in the new Cardinal Towne development.  It sits right at the intersection making for a pretty busy, urban setting that I really liked. I am a super nerd and anytime I can be around the buzz of a university, I am all over it. Makes me want to go back and get that Dr. in front of my name, how much I enjoy writing a good research paper....ah, I digress.  My kids liked the bustle of the area as well- kept their little preschool attentions with differnt noises, traffic zooming by and people watching.   There is a good-sized patio that is covered and shady so you can sit outside and enjoy all of the sights. 

We went in and the kids got a kick out of watching the employees rolling up the burritos and making the food through the glass as I stood to decide what to order.  I chose cheese quesadilla kids meals for both of them. Those came with chips and a drink.  Or, you can choose juice, milk instead of a fountain beverage.  You can also get beans or applesauce instead of chips.  They also have little kiddo tacos and burritos for meal choices.  I chose the Fajita Ranchera Burrito that was full of chicken, rice, ranchera sauce, onions and bell peppers. I got to choose a salsa, I got the corn salsa and I added some sour cream.  It's great that you can customize it so easily and you see them making it right there.  I always get darn mayo on my sandwiches at other places when I specifically ask for "no mayo."  That wouldn't happen at Qdoba since you can watch them make it.  The burrito was BIG, bordering on huge.  I also got a drink.  The prices are reasonable.  They hosted me but I can say that for the 3 of us, I think it would have been under $15 for sure and I took half of my burrito home. 

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PhotobucketWe ate by the window at the tall stools because that is what the children chose.  Again, they wanted to eat and watch all of the action going on outside.  Then, they changed their minds as typical little ones will do, and we moved to the outside patio.  This was so nice.  They sat and we played I-spy with all of the surroundings and cars/trucks passing by.  My food was absolutely delicious, far better than the nuggets and fast food pizza I would typically choose.  It was extremely fresh and I was full with only half of my burrito.  The kids ate all of their quesadilla and chips, that's a success.  I have been back once (had taco salad at the Summit location: fabuLOUs) and I am already planning to go again this weekend if my kids cooperate with my plans.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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