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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Family & Kid Friendly Kentucky Derby Festival Events

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It's almost April and that means...Let's talk DERBY!  The Kentucky Derby Festival has a bunch of events that are great for kids and families to enjoy.  Most of them just require a KDF pegasus pin but some require tickets.  Here's some great Derby Festival events for kids that you should consider attending!

The McDonald's Thunder Preview Party is at hangar at Bowmen Field and admission is a pegasus pin or a McDonald's Thunder Funder cup.  It is on April 5th from 5-9pm and I suggest you plan ahead and get their early.  The line for parking can form along Taylorsville Road but it is worth it. The kids love it. They usually have rides in a little mock plane, planes and helicopters to climb in and explore, bouncies, freebies from McDonald's, crafts and characters roaming around for high fives and photo ops!

The Great BalloonFest events span a few days so you can pick which one is best for your families schedule and get to see the wonderful, colorful balloons. If you have young kids, you can take them earlier in the the evening and still get the experience if you don't want to take them out later for the glimmers and glows.  They are April 26th to 28th at various times and locations and admission is a pegasus pin.

The Kroger Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront spans many days and admission is a pegasus pin.  It starts April 26th and ends May 4th and provides an entertainment option for families during the day!  This event has it's own schedule of events. Note, you cannot bring food and drink in so plan to buy lunch or visit around your families dining schedule if you want to save money!

Apassionata is coming to Freedom Hall from April 27th to the 29th for a series of shows. This European show is starting it's tour in the US right here in Louisville. Very cool!  It has been the #1 selling European arena show for 10 years.  We will have a discount code for you, stay tuned.

The Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert is April 29th at 4pm at the Iroquois Ampitheatre and admission is a pegasus pin.  Relax with your family in this lovely setting, bring a picnic and enjoy the music.

Celebration Sunday is at the Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront on April 29th from 1-11pm and admission is a pegasus pin. This is a family event with a ferris wheel, carousel, inflatables and live music.

The Children's Tea is at the Seelbach on April 29th from 1-3pm and although you must purchase tickets to attend, it just may prove to be a very special annual events for you and your little one each year.

Discovery Day is at the Kroger Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront on April 30th from 11am-1:30 and admission is a pegasus pin.  There will be free educational activities, a Stage One Family Theatre story time, inflatables and a soccer clinic!

The Parade Preview Party is May 1st from 5-9pm at the Kentucky Exposition Center and admission is a pegasus pin (note, $8 to park).  The floats are there, people are giving things away, there's usually a scavenger hunt for the kids and performances.  We love this event! Here's our review from last year: CLICK HERE

The Republic Bank Pegasus Parade is May 3rd starting at 5pm along Broadway from Campbell to 9th street, heading West.  You can get tickets for a preferred spot or you can grab a seat on a curb to enjoy a great parade!

You can find even more events on the Kentucky Derby Festival website, these are just out Louisville Family Fun picks of great one's to enjoy with your kids!

Stephanie

23 comments:

Katie said...

I couldn't find it on the Pegasus pin site.... Are pins required for all kids, regardless of age? Or are little ones free to these events? This is my first year experiencing all this and am looking forward to it with my family!

Louisville Family Fun said...

6 and up need a pegasus pin! Under 6-FREE!

Denise Hamilton said...

Can't wait to try out the Parade Preview Party! Sounds like a really fun family event and I've got 4 kids (16, 12, 8, 3)...I think we could all enjoy this one!

Chad Taylor said...

Looking forward to taking the kids to the Great Balloon Fest

Kendra H said...

I'm really curious about discovery day! That spunds like it would be one of our favorites.

Krissy G said...

The Great BallonFest!!! This will be our first year attending... so excited:)

Amanda C said...

I can't wait for the Pegasus Parade! My mom used to take us, and now I look forward to taking my daughter!

Amanda C.

MommyBarnes said...

The Great BalloonFest!!

Anonymous said...

The Great Balloon Fest.

Jaclyn G.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to take my daughter to the Great BalloonFest for the first time!!!

Mandy H.

Shannon Z said...

Celebration Sunday at Fest-A-Ville at the waterfront with the whole family!! Shannon Z

Olivia S. said...

The Great BalloonFest!

Anonymous said...

Celebration Sunday sounds fun!

Logan W.

Anonymous said...

Our family loves the McDonald's Thunder Preview party at Bowman field.
Tina P.

Anonymous said...

It has to be the CHOW WAGON for us. We LOVE the food and I don't even mind blowing my "diet" to CHOW DOWN!!!! Billie Fetz

Anonymous said...

The balloon glow is my familys favorite. It's so beautiful and when it's over we go to Krispy Kreme and get a chocolate donut and coffee. Bill Houghton

Amanda said...

Thunder preview



Amanda Elliott

Brooke Webb said...

We love the ballon glimmer!

Crystal said...

I'm looking forward to the Zumba event at the Derby Festival!

Kimberly O. said...

The great balloon fest. I loved the balloon glow last year.

Anonymous said...

Pegasus Parade! Kristin V

Anonymous said...

Thunder preview party

Angela S

Holly Renee said...

I am so excited about the Parade Preview Party. We have never been before and by your review from last year it looks great. I know my kids will love to look at all the floats and balloons. My kids always enjoys things like bouncers and face painting so they will have a great time. Plus the added freebies that will be given away my bunch will be thrilled. I also know the Pegasus Parade will be more fun after seeing it all just two days before. Thanks for the info.