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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Top Ten Indoor Things to do in Winter or on a Rainy Day in Louisville with Kids

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You have found us because cold weather is coming or it's a rainy, dreary day. Not any more! There are nice  family fun options in the great indoors. Check out one of these great family-friendly activities the next time there’s a chill in the air!

Tune into the Louisville.am podcast about this list!


10. Kazoing! Open Play - Although I wish they had more open play hours, Kazoing! Is a great place to let your kids burn off their excess energy when the weather is chilly. They have inflatables and a play room, as well as craft projects. Open Play times are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am to noon and Wednesday from 4-6 pm. The cost is $6 per walking child, and an adult must be present. They also have Mother’s Day Out and special events. They are located at 3600 Chamberlain Lane, Suite 218. See the KaZoing! Party and Play website for details.

9. Champ’s Rollerdrome -  Roller skating is a great way to burn some extra calories with your kids. When JCPS is in session they are open Friday from 7-11 pm ($8.50 per skater), Saturday 2-6 pm ($6.50 per skater) and 7-11 ($8.50 per skater), and Sunday 2-6 ($6.50 per skater). Skate rentals are $2.50. There will be special hours when JCPS is out. See their website for details. Champ’s is located at 9851 LaGrange Road in Louisville. See our review.

8. Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center - Sometimes you just need to go swimming, and the Metro Parks system has this great indoor pool for just such an occasion. Admission is $3 for kids 12 and under and $5.50 for 13 and over. Recreational swim hours are Monday-Thursday noon-4 and 6:30-8 pm, Friday noon-8, and Saturday noon-5. It is located at 201 Reservoir Avenue. Click here for more info.

7. Oxmoor Mall play area, dining and shopping - Great for parents with preschoolers.  Play with iPads, items at Toyland or the Disney Store. The mall has new renovations, a Panera or Yang Kee Noodle for quick, yummy eats and a play area!

6. Rocksport - No matter what age, all the is required to rock climb at Rocksport is a desire to reach the top. Day passes are $12 and harness rentals are $3, and memberships are available. The facility is open Monday-Friday 3-10 pm, Saturday 12-10 pm, and Sunday 12-8 pm. They are located at 10901 Plantside Drive Louisville KY 40299 Phone: 502-266-5833. See their website for more info.

5. Story Time at the Louisville Free Public Library -   Story times vary by day, location, and age group. Click here for a current calendar. There is a kid-friendly event going on every day at the Louisville Free Public Library!

4. Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium - Check out a Planetarium show or attend a special event. See their website for a current schedule. Admission is $8 for 13 and over and $6 for kids 12 and under. The Planetarium is located on UofL’s Belknap Campus. Here's a great podcast about it!

3. All About Kids Funzone and Open Gym - This is a really neat facility that has everything from inflatables to gymnastics to a pool (also now open in Oldham County!). The Funzone is open to kids 5 and under Monday-Friday from 10-2, with a full open gym from 12-1 for $6 per child. The Funzone is also open to kids 10 and under Monday-Thursday from 5-8 pm for $6 per child. There is also an open gym for non-members ages 11 and up Friday and Saturday from 7-9 pm and Sunday from 2-4 pm for $9 per child. See their website for more details as schedules may change.

2. Bowling! There are so many fun options for bowling around town. Here are a few:
 • Ten Pin Lanes  200 Ten Pin Lane
 • King Pin  9525 Taylorsville Rd
 • Executive Strike and Spare  911 Phillips Lane
 • Fern Valley Strike and Spare  6220 Shepherdsville Rd
 • Hoosier Strike and Spare  2310 State Street, New Albany
 • Ken Bowl/Dixie Bowl 10526 Dixie Highway & 7021 Southside Drive


Most of these businesses are open from 10 am until 10 pm or later daily. Bowling costs anywhere from $2-5 per player per game and shoe rentals are usually $2-5 per bowler. See websites for specific info. Each alley has league nights, so it is best to call ahead for lane availability. All of these alleys offer bumper bowling.

Photobucket1. The  Kentucky Science Center! - This is one of my kids’ favorite ways to kill an afternoon when the weather is frightful. The Kid Zone is always great, and the Science In Play  exhibit (temporary) is always exciting.  And, they have a new 4-Story theatre! The Louisville Science Center is located at 727 West Main Street. Admission is free for members, and membership can be combined with your Louisville Zoo membership. Adult admission is $13 and kids 2-12 are $11.
Tune into our podcast with the Kentucky Science Center - a great options for fun on a chilly day:

Need more ideas?  Click here to see Kentucky Family Fun's Top 10 for indoor fun in Louisville!

By guest contributor: Maggie

updated 2014

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