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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Review for Special Event "A Wild, Wild Rumpus" at the Main Library in Louisville

PhotobucketPhotobucketMy kids and I headed to the Main Library (Louisville Free Public Library) this weekend for a special event - A Wild, Wild Rumpus. It involved a special reading of "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Pierre" performed by Stage One Family Theatre, wild crafts with the Speed Art Museum, great photo opportunities, and a free book!

PhotobucketPhotobucketFirst we had to find a place to park. All of the meter spots seemed full, so I took my bag of quarters and headed to the lot across the street from the library paying $3 for 2 hours (you can park for free on weekends over on 4th street, but with my two kids in tow, I wanted to be close). When we got in, we headed to the back left corner where the kid's room is, and walked through a hall full of information on Maurice Sendak and "Where the Wild Things Are." There was a Max cut-out, a tree stump, and backgrounds to pose in front of for pictures. Then we saw a REAL Wild Thing walking around, and my son HAD to have his picture with him while my daughter hid behind me. Then we got on a long, but fast moving line through the lobby to get a free copy of the book, "Where the Wild Things Are." There was also a paper on the events of the day with times and locations which was very helpful.

PhotobucketWith some time to kill, we headed over to the kids' room where my kids played with the soft blocks, did some puzzles, and looked at some books. Then we headed over to where Stage One was doing the book readings. There must have been hundreds of kids and parents in the room! Lots of families filled up the aisles and back of the room, however, with the stage and microphones, I think everyone was able to see the presentation. Stage One did an incredible job! They first read "Pierre" having the audience recite the phrase "I don't care!" each time it was written in the book. My kids loved it! Then came "Where the Wild Things Are." My kids loved that one of the actors dressed up in the Max outfit, and they loved yelling out the pre-practiced phrases for the Wild Things.

PhotobucketPhotobucketAfter the book presentations, we headed upstairs to do some wild crafts. Again, there must have been hundreds of kids, but there were several long tables,and I never saw the craft supplies run out. There were supplies for crowns, masks, and cup monsters. Luckily, there is also a big, private bathroom in the upstairs that saved us from a near-accident while crafting!

All in all, it was a great event, It was well organized, well stocked, and able to handle the hundreds of families that came. I look forward to attending future events at the library, would love to see more by Stage One, and am excited to head back to the Speed Art Museum again soon!

By guest contributor: Caryn

Monday, January 30, 2012

WINNER! Salsaritas catered meal for 15!

Salsaritas

The winner of this awesome catered meal is:

Jeremy Soeder

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

And, readers, check out Salsaritas catering options and don't spend all day in the kitchen preparing for parties!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Review of Derby City Magic Shows

PhotobucketOn the first Monday of each month, there is a family-friendly magic show at the Comedy Caravan called Derby City Magic.  It is a 90 minute show with a variety of acts and it is $10.

PhotobucketWe went on January 9th, the show started promptly at 7:15pm.  When we arrived, they checked my ID since you can purchase alcoholic beverages if you choose.  We waited until the opened the room and my son enjoyed climbing up on the stools to look at their big fish tank in the waiting room/bar area.

We went in for the show and a waitress came around to take orders. We had a sprite and a bottomless bowl of popcorn and with a tip, it was just $5.  There was a short video with music while we waiter for the show to start.  You sit at tables, its set up so you can have some food while you watch the show!

PhotobucketThe show began with an introduction from Dennis Alm, the show producer. He interacted with the audience, made jokes and did some tricks.  Then, a young 18-year old magician names Spencer Korcz took the stage and performed some disappearing ball tricks, card tricks and other parts of his magic act which included bring people on stage. 

Next, The Balloon Man Terry Kelly took the stage and I think my son really enjoyed his act.  Terry had a great personality and my son loved to watch him make a very elaborate Daffy Duck out of long balloons.  He said he can make nearly 10,000 things out of balloons! Incredible!

In between each act, Dennis Alm would appear to do some tricks or slight of hand illusions.  These were great because he brought in some comedy with it and kept going back to one trick in which he made a $20 bill disappear that was given to him by an audience member.  Then, at the very end, he magically made that $20 reappear in a gumball machine. 

PhotobucketMy son gobbled up his popcorn, chuckled at the tricks and really liked that I took him out on a little "Mommy & Son Date" on a Monday night. I think this show is great for families and recommend it for kids age 7 and up.  Not that my almost 5 year old son didn't enjoy it, but some of the card tricks were more difficult for him to realize what was going on.  I think a child just a little bit older would have appreciated these magic tricks more. The elementary school and older children that were there absolutely noticed the tricks and appreciated the magic. Actually, there was one boy in front of us that laughed almost the entire show!

Stephanie

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Review of Monster Jam at Freedom Hall in Louisville

PhotobucketMy husband and I had the pleasure of taking our 5 year old son to Monster Jam tonight, Friday January 27th at Louisville, Ky’s Freedom Hall. I have not been to a monster truck show since I was a young teen and this was my husband and son’s first in-person show. We arrived and paid the Ky Expo Center $8 parking fee and got to the front a few minutes before the gates opened at 6:30pm. Once inside, we easily found our seats, which were a little off from center and had a great view. Most seats seem to have good views because of the shape of the arena. We had some time before the show started so we were glad they had some pre-show entertainment, including “old school” style trucks from skyhighriders, some small remote controlled trucks trying to go up the mounds of dirt monster truck style, a man throwing a neat boomerang style which sometimes members of the crowd might catch and be able to keep during breaks, and some 4 wheelers that came out and drove the track to show us the paths. The well-spoken announcer told us what to expect and explained the judging process. There was a thoughtful salute to service men and women and the National Anthem. We were already entertained and it was just now time for the real fun- and noise- to begin!


The truck my son most easily recognizes because we used to live not terribly far from his “Dungeon” and sometimes would stop by to see other trucks and his shop, Grave Digger, was in another Monster Truck Jam on the East Coast this weekend so we did not get to see him. The other trucks were so fantastic that we had no trouble getting excited about them instead though. We cheered as we found out one of the drivers, Derick Anson in Heavy Hitter, is from right here in Louisville!

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Talk about action-packed! The loud noises alone thrill most kids (and many dads!), but you can also buy special headsets to help muffle the sound or go with good old-fashioned ear plugs. The headsets they sell at the show were super cute and shaped like big monster truck tires. My son was a little fearful of the thought of noise, even with ear plugs, and we were just about to go see about buying a headset when a really nice fan next to use offered to let him wear her unused plain one. After that, my son uncovered his ears and had an absolute ball!






PhotobucketThe show kept all of us really involved almost the entire time. The only “down time” is in between types of events, but they have other entertainment during the first two and suggest using the longer third one as an intermission to stretch, use the restroom, or grab food, drink, or souvenirs. We enjoyed the 4 wheelers and Motorcross in between monster truck events almost as much as the monster trucks! They even had fun giveaways in between and encouraged the crowd to get loud and dance to win prizes. The main events included some opening stunts, racing, and the very popular freestyle event. We enjoyed each of those and my son was mesmerized watching how high in the air some of the trucks go as they make their way over giant dirt mounds and old junked cars.

You can tell how professional and how much practice these drivers have to do to perform these awesome tricks and stunts. My son already plays Monster trucks with his official toys and other trucks and cars and I am sure that play will increase significantly this week. He is already talking about when he’ll be old enough to do bike stunts or drive a big truck, so just remember to remind your little ones that they are all done by pros and not anything to try at home just yet!

They had numerous souvenirs for sale, like monster truck hat cotton candy and souvenir cup snow cones for $15 each, the boomerang style toy for $20, several t-shirts, and my son’s choice, a nice quality $5 checkered flag. There were lots of concession choices if you needed a snack, but we stopped for an inexpensive fast dinner on our way to Freedom Hall and were not hungry enough to try anything, even though the soft pretzels and flavored popcorn sure looked tasty.

Overall, we had a fabulous time and made some fun family memories together with a relaxed family crowd who seemed to move around more often than not, so between that and the loud trucks, you have no fear of your little ones disturbing anyone. I loved all of the stunts, but really enjoyed watching some of the monster trucks preform doughnuts. It is quite a sight!  Many people waited in line at some tables near the front entrance where the announcer said all of the drivers would be a few minutes after the show for autographs.
Regular tickets for upper or lower level seating are $22 adults and $5 kids ages 2-12, plus fees, in advance and add on $2 for buying them the day of the show. You can buy them at Freedom Hall for Saturday, January 28th’s events and usually through Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.com/ or calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets also usually available at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Kentucky International Convention Center, KFC Yum! Center, and participating Kroger locations.

PhotobucketThere are some great additional options for Saturday’s event. You might still be able to get a free Pit Pass from friends who maybe cannot use ones that they picked up before January 26th at area Advance Auto stores. If you missed getting the free ones and cannot find a friend with any to share, you can buy them for $10 Adults/$5 kids through the Freedom Hall Box Office and ticketmaster.com while supplies last. You’ll need your ticket for the main event, plus the Pit Pass to enter early for the 5-6:30pm Pit Party before gates open at 6:30pm for the main event at 7:30pm. The Pit Party is a time to see the trucks closer, meet some drivers, and maybe even score an autograph if you do not mind waiting!

Or if you really are up for a treat, you might get lucky enough to still be able to buy a Total Access Pass so you can avoid the lines, skip the crowds and enjoy VIP access Saturday evening. They sell a VERY limited number of these so if you missed your chance this year, remember to buy in advance next time they come to town. This $65 pass gets you the best seats and exclusive access to drivers with a private meet and greet from 4:00PM - 5:00PM before the more crowded Pit Party begins.

Go get you tickets and ear protection now so you do not have to wait until they come back to town! You might want to dress warmly under your coat since the arena seemed to be cooled off sometimes as the trucks heated up the track. If you simply can’t make it to tonight’s show, go to http://www.mosterjam.com/ to see if they are coming to another city you might be able to enjoy them in or for when they come back to Louisville next. You can get on their email list and follow them on social networking too so you get advance notice.
My family can hardly wait for the next time they come to town!
 
By guest contributor:  Angela

Friday, January 27, 2012

Things to do in and around Louisville this weekend January 27,28,29



Monster Jam: Friday and Saturday night at Freedom Hall at 7:30

Main Library Wild Wild Rumpus Saturday from 11-1:30  FREE!  Story time from Stage One Children's Theater and crafts too!

Louisville Visual Arts Associations "Parent's Day Out" suggestion!  Calligraphy adult education class - $20 for workshop (supplies provided) and go home with a Valentine's Day themed piece and calligraphy markers.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Stephanie

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Parent's Night Out - J. Harrod's Restaurant & Bar in Prospect

My husband and I wanted to get away for just a little but to have a quiet dinner without reminding kids to sit down or stop banging the forks and cleaning up spilled juice.  We chose J. Harrod's because we had a coupon, it was close to home so we didn't eat up babysitter time with driving and it is a locally owned restaurant.

J. Harrod's is in Prospect just west of 42 on River Road.  It is a cozy venue with a fireplace in the middle, friendly hosts and attentive wait staff.  We went on a Friday night at 6:30 and the restaurant was quite full, they do accept reservations, but we were seated promptly even though we didn't have reservations.  However, if you want a fireplace spot, you might call for reservations and request it!  That would have been really nice.

The menu was a nice balance of pastas, chicken, pork, beef and more.  I really liked the Kentucky flare they put in some of the entrees like the option of a hot brown or the rib eye steak my husband ordered brushed with Maker's Mark or maybe Bourbon Bread Pudding for dessert.  When it's a locally owned place, I find browsing a menu particularly fun!  I chose the chicken piccata with mashed potatoes and green beans.  I ordered a glass of wine (reasonable prices) and my husband ordered a beer (very reasonable prices).  Our waitress was knowledgeable and timely.

The atmosphere was really inviting since it was decorated with local charm and dim for evening ambiance.  Everyone there was really enjoying their dining experience, laughing and talking.  It was a lovely place.  We waited for our meal and enjoyed the bread and drinks.  When the food arrived, it looked wonderful and indeed, it tasted just as good. My husband was really pleased with his steak, the cut and flavor, and it was cooked just like he asked.   My chicken piccata was delicious with just enough sauce.  We both really liked the beans.  Yes, green bean can be memorable! They were great!  Everything else was perfect.  We really had nothing bad to say about our experience at all.

Again, we had a coupon so our meal was very well priced.  In all, it would have been around $50 for our meal and 2 drinks plus tip.  For a classy, locally owned restaurant, I think that is very reasonable for a date night and a wonderfully prepared meal. 

We went to the bar after our meal for one more drink and some conversation before heading back to put the kids to bed. Sometimes, we choose to just go out to dinner since I tend to worry when other people put the kids to bed.  It's still nice to get out for 1.5 hours, relax and recharge!  The bar was simple. The bartender grew up in Prospect and chatted with us for a bit.  She asked how long we'd lived in the area and where we moved from, it was refreshing to be at a nice place with such nice people. 

We will definitely return to J. Harrod's and maybe on your next date night, we'll see you there!

Stephanie

"Parent's Night Out" is a new regular feature on Louisville Family Fun. At least twice a month, we will come to you will ideas to get out with your spouse, partner or friends.  These ideas will feature activities at different price points and cover locations throughout the Louisville metro area as well as overnight/day trip getaways.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CONTEST! Party Catering from Salsaritas Fresh Cantina

PhotobucketRecently, I tried Salsaritas Fresh Cantina in St. Matthews and wrote a review, you can read it here.  I just loved it and thought, wouldn't it be fun to bring that delicious food to one of my readers! 

Salsaritas is not only going to give YOU a meal, but they are going to give you enough for a PARTY!  There's this little game coming up called the Super Bowl and there's these basketball teams around here that will be participating in some MARCH MADNESS and wouldn't it be nice to have a catered party for the big games?!?!

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Bring your appetite and Salsarita's will bring the REST!

With hot food, cool toppings and complete serviceware… Salsaritas supplies everything you need to make them SAY “WOW” at your next business meeting, social gathering or family get together.
Prepared with only the freshest ingredients!

The winner will get a to redeem for your Party from Salsaritas and LOUISVILLE FAMILY FUN!!
(Redemption value: Party of 15)

Louisville Family Fun Pass Holders can send a photo of their Fun Pass to bonus@louisvillefamilyfun.net with the subject SALARITAS for 3 bonus entries!  Send it before the contest closes!

CONTEST CLOSED!



Stephanie

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

WINNER! Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Tickets!

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Amanda Elliott  is the winner of 4 tickets to the 7:30 show at Freedom Hall! 

Amanda, email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!

Monster Jam, here she comes! 

VROOOOOOM!!

In addition to going to the show,
you can go see the trucks on
Thursday the 26th for free!

From the Monster Jam website:


Come check out Maximum Destruction at Advance Auto Parts in Louisville, KY!
Thursday, January 26th from 2:00PM - 6:00PM
Advance Auto Parts is located at 294 Market Place Dr, Louisville, KY 40229
Phone: (502) 955-6949
Subject to change without notice.

Come check out Full Boar at Advance Auto Parts in Shelbyville, KY!
Thursday, January 26th from 2:00PM - 6:00PM
Advance Auto Parts is located at 172 Boone Station Rd, Shelbyville, KY 40065
Phone: (502) 633-9696
Subject to change without notice.

Come check out Heavy Hitter at Advance Auto Parts in Crestwood, KY!
Thursday, January 26th from 2:00PM - 6:00PM
Advance Auto Parts is located at 6402 Lagrange Rd, Crestwood, KY 40014
Phone: (502) 241-6244
Subject to change without notice.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World comes to the Louisville Science Center

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I had the opportunity to preview the new exhibit at the Louisville Science Center - Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World.  Last in Orlando, this exhibit comes to Kentuckiana from January 22 to April 22 and will teach children about sounds waves and history and wow parents with some really cool instruments.








The exhibit features guitars of all shapes, styles and from varies period in history.  All along the walls of the exhibit area and at some kiosks, there are cased guitars with descriptions about their impact, history and value.  There are modern electric guitars and over 100 year old guitars worth thousands and thousands of dollars.  There's even a guitar made from an armadillo shell that will surely interest the kids.

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As you tour the guitars to read about them and wonder at the creativity that went into making them or the science behind their sound, the kids can explore the hands-on features of the exhibit. There are several spots where kids can stop, strum, bang and stretch chords to experiment in making different sounds or learn about sounds wave frequency.  One of these spots is the world largest playable guitar!  Families and friends can work together to press on strings and pull on them to make music.  There are also computer/TV kiosks throughout where kids can play games to create their own guitar or wave their hands over pictures of different guitars to hear their sounds.

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When I was touring the exhibit, I definitely spotted the hand-on activities and which ones my children would like but I also thought this exhibit would be great to tour on my own or for a date night.  On Fridays and Saturdays after 5pm, admission to the Louisville Science Center is just $5.  Most of us would think of this museum as something we have to take our kids to, but with this exhibit, I see an additional opportunity for a Friday or Saturday night inexpensive date night option for heading there after dinner to browse the cool guitars!

Admission to the Louisville Science Center is: free for members, $13 for non-member adults, and $11 for non-member children ages 2-12.
Stephanie

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Personal Opinion, Inc. wants you to get PAID for your opinion!

PhotobucketHave you ever wondered how companies decide how to change their products’ logos, packaging or even the scents and colors on everything from diapers to pizza to laundry detergent? Well, the answer is market research. Many companies rely on focus groups, product testing, taste testing and interviews with consumers to determine exactly what those consumers want to buy.


Personal Opinion, Inc. is a local market research company that helps put those manufacturers in touch with the consumers they are seeking, and gives consumers a way to make a little extra money for providing their opinion.

For example, this week (January 22,2012) Personal Opinion is seeking moms with girls age 4-8 for a toy study coming up this weekend. The kids get to look at pictures of toys and games on a computer, give their opinion, and receive a toy valued at $20 for their time. Another upcoming study is for moms of babies in diapers, where over 200 consumers will be asked to evaluate baby products and get paid for doing so.

Consumers can join the Personal Opinion panel by calling 502-899-2400, logging on to the web site at www.personalopinion.com or stopping by 999 Breckenridge Lane.

Established in 1960, Personal Opinion is still family-owned and operated in St. Matthews, right off Breckenridge Lane in the unique Spanish stucco building behind WW Cousin’s restaurant. A member in good standing in the Better Business Bureau (A+ rating), the company is well-known and well-respected in the research field. Personal Opinion will never sell your name or information and will never ask you for anything but your honest opinion.

Manufacturers are very careful to make sure that consumers are well-represented across every demographic, so that they can best keep their products or services up to date. When manufacturers need a particular “segment” of the population, consumers’ names are pulled from the database according to age, gender, ethnicity or other specific quotas.


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A typical focus group discussion room

Personal Opinion’s professional team of telephone recruiters then calls to see if a consumer qualifies and is available and interested in a particular study. They always let you know when and where the study will be held, and how much you would be paid for your participation. Incentives range widely, depending on the length of the group and if there is any pre-work (such as trying diapers for a week or keeping a diary of your shopping). Consumers can commonly make anywhere from $40 or $50 for an hour-long focus group, to several hundred dollars for an all-day discussion group.


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A typical computer test set-up

So if you are interested in getting paid for your opinion, call 899-2400 or click on http://www.personalopinion.com/ and join the consumer database. Your opinion is very important, and like they say: Everybody has one, we want yours!

This is a sponsored post advertisement  

Saturday, January 21, 2012

WINNER! 4 Big Splash Adventure Day Passes + $20 gas card

You all came out in record numbers to enter to win this great prize! It surely will be some warm fun in this blustery weather and I am thrilled to announce that the winner of the 4 Big Splash Adventure Day passes + $20 gas card is........


Kendra Henry!

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

CONTEST! 4 Tickets to see Monster Jam at Freedom Hall

PhotobucketAdvance Auto Parts - MONSTER JAM is coming to Louisville!

Friday, January 27: 7:30PM and  Saturday, January 28: 7:30PM     *Doors Open 1 Hour Prior to Event

TICKETS:
Adults: $22
Kids: $5 (Ages 2-12)  That's a great deal!!!

Total Access Pass: $65
(Total Access Pass available for Saturday only. Includes Best Seats and access to a Private Meet & Greet)
Facility, Handling, and Convenience fees may apply. All seats $2 more day of show.

TICKET OUTLETS:
Freedom Hall Box Office, All Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com,  or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

PARTY IN THE PITS:
Saturday, January 28th 5:00PM – 6:30PM   -   Meet the drivers, take pictures, and get their autographs.
Pit passes available for FREE at Advance Auto Parts. Also available through the box office or Ticketmaster for additional fee.   Must have Saturday event ticket and pit pass to enter. Space is limited so arrive early!

PhotobucketHAMPTON’S TRUCK LINE UP:
Maximum Destruction, Wolverine, Samson, Raminator, Rammunition, Full Boar, Mechanical Mischief, and Heavy Hitter!
*Trucks subject to change without notice.

FOR MORE INFORMATION LOG ONTO http://www.monsterjam.com/



PhotobucketWe are giving away 4 tickets

to the Friday night show!
 
Louisville Family Fun Pass holders can email a photo of their pass (once) to bonus@louisvillefamilyfun.net to receive 3 bonus entries.  Please put MONSTER JAM in the subject.


 
 
 
 
Louisville Family Fun is a Feld Family Ambassador and in exchange for our time and efforts, Feld Entertainment has provided a Louisville Family Fun writer with tickets to the show.  Louisville Family Fun is the sponsor of this contest, Feld Entertainment provided the tickets for this contest but is neither a sponsor nor endorser of this promotion.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Things to do in and around Louisville this weekend January 20,21,22

What's going on this weekend???  I'll let you know about some things to do with your kids in this short video!

Warning: I am not wearing make-up, you may want to squint your eyes!




Read more about open skating at Alpine Ice Arena by clicking HERE


Click HERE for more information about The Great Train Expo

Stephanie

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Things to do in and around Louisville for Valentine's Day

PhotobucketThere's lots to do for Valentine's Day around Louisville!  

This post is sponsored by Fuzziwig's Candy Factory







Take them to a show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse or out to the movies and make it a special little "date" for just Mom and kiddo or Daddy and kiddo....or better yet, make it a family date!

Take them to the Paint Spot or The Artist in You and they can paint a picture frame. Plan ahead and have it ready by Valentine's Day. Then, on Valentine's Day, give them their frame with a picture of your child and you inside and a write out a special card for them!

Take them to Fuzziwig's Candy Factory to pick out their own special chocolate treats!  They can pick from their favorite bulk candy or something special from the hand-dipped chocolate case!

After dinner on Valentine's Day, treat the family to chocolate fondue at home!

Kids ages 6 and up can make some pottery at the Douglass Community Center on February 4th from 1-3pm.  $10 per piece.

Make some cookies at the Brave Hearts Bash to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital heart patients.  It's on February 4th from 1-4pm in the Erskine Community Center. Contact them for more details.

On February 10th, Vint Northfield has an event that's $18 for 2! Sparkling wine, dipped strawberries, brie and crackers and live music!
Nulu Valentine's Day Open House event:  This family-friendly and open-to-the-public shopping event is on February 11th from 11am to 6pm along Market Stree and will feature a performace by Justin Lewis at 1pm in Peace on Earth.  There will be discounts at a lot of the shops!

Pottery Barn Kids has a Doll Tea Party on February 11th at 3 and 4 pm.  RSVP is required. Kids dress up and bring their favorite doll or stuffed animal and enjoy refreshments, stories and crafts!

Head to the 2nd Annual Chocopalooza at the The Comfy Cow on Frankfort Avenue on Saturday, February 11th from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and open to the public. A percentage of all sales during the event will be donated to Make-A-Wish and Boys & Girls Haven.
There will be 11 different and udderly unique chocolate ice creams for your sampling pleasure as well as a variety of Cellar Door's amazing truffles, fudge, peanut butter cups and more!
Interactive Chocolate Stations will be positioned throughout the store, including:
*Chocolate crepe station
*Make your own chocolate cotton candy station
*Dip your own chocolate covered banana station
Live Music, Magic Acts, Face Painting and Door Prizes!

Fuzziwig's Candy Factory is having a craft event! Monday, February 13th at 1pm, head there to make an edible craft.  It's just $5 and includes a drink!  Call to reserve a spot.

Family Drop-In Workshop at The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Shrink Film Valentine Gifts Monday, February 13 11:00 – 2:00pm • $6 per person Explore the magic of shrink film while creating a Valentine themed magnet or piece of jewelry and make a gift bag too!

February 14th Jamie's 14k Cupcakes has an event for you.  Please join us on Valentines Day from 5-7pm
Live music by Violinist Micah Chandler, A build you own crostini appetizer platter, 2 cupcakes of your choice, 2 beverages of your choice for $20 per couple

Want an extra special date with your loved one and don't really mind spending a little extra?  Corbett's is a local restaurant that is well-known for delicious food.  They have a special lunch and dinner planned.  It would be a date night to remember.

For a classic Kentuckiana event, cruise together on The Spirit of Jefferson from 7-9pm on February 14th

Happy Valentine's Day !!

Stephanie

PS: Want to win some coupons for FREE KIDS MEALS at Frisch's Big Boy restaurants?  We want to spread some love!! 

Comment ONCE on this blog post filling in the sentence "I love LouisvilleFamilyFun.net because......" and between now and February 14th, we will randomly draw winners from time to time and send out the coupons to the winners! Each winner will get up to 4 coupons! Be sure to post using your first name and last initial or an account.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

CONTEST! Family 4 pack of day passes to BIG SPLASH ADVENTURE + GAS

Rain, wind, tornado warnings, snow....Kentuckiana weather has been wild lately.  But, it's a warm 85 degrees inside of the Big Splash Adventure Water Park in French Lick, Indiana and we have a wonderful prize for you!

PhotobucketWe have 4 day passes that we are going to give away and even better, we are going to throw in a $20 gift card for gas so you can get there and back!

(note, these passes are good through 5/1/12)

Louisville Family Fun Pass holders can email a photo of their pass to bonus@louisvillefamilyfun.net for 4 bonus entries, put BIG SPLASH in the subject. Don't have a LouFamFun Pass? You can get one for just $10-click HERE

You can read my reviews of the water park linked here: Review 1 and Review 2



GOOD LUCK!
Stephanie

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Gym Louisville - re-opening on Shelbyville Road in Middletown

PhotobucketPhotobucketMy Gym Children's Fitness Center is re-opening in Middletown  at 11800 Shelbyville Rd  (502-298-1081  mygymkentucky@gmail.com) in the same shopping center as Ben Franklin Crafts and Taste of Kentucky.  It is tucked in the corner of the shopping center and they had an open house this weekend so my family went to explore.

PhotobucketMy Gym is a modest sized children's play and fitness gym that caters to children from when they are infants up until they are 13 years old.  The classes for babies through about 3 are all parent participation classes and the classes for kids a little over 3 and up are independent classes.  This is a place that you can come with your child and as they grow, you won't need to find another location!  And, they have classes everyday except Sunday at a variety of times to fit your schedule.

They are still in the process of setting up and getting all of their equipment but we were able to get the idea of what they have to offer. We arrived and took our shoes off and stored our stuff in a cubby.  Mr. Bill, the owner and instructor, welcomed us and my kids did not stop to say hi, instead running off to play. The floors are padded and soft and the equipment was spread out, it was not cramped.  They have climbing structures throughout, even on the wall.  They have a small ball pit that got a ton of attention from my daughter and my son got a kick out of going for a roll in a soft spherical tumbler. 

PhotobucketAll of the kids were having a great time and they had staff there to tell people about classes and monitor the children, they were friendly and helpful.  During classes, they have a zip line that I saw that will certainly be a blast and they also bring in other items that they hang from the ceiling, like swings.  We attended an open house, but the classes are more structured for age-appropriate play and fitness levels. 

PhotobucketMr. Bill informed me that they are waiving their $75 lifetime membership fee for the month of January!  The classes for children 13months and younger are 45 minutes and the fee is $30 every four weeks.  The rest of the classes for kids 14months to 13 years old are 1 hour and the fee is $60 every four weeks.  Fees include one class per week and you can pop in for free play on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  Also, you can get a 10% discount if you enroll in a second class and twins can enroll for 50% off for the 2nd child.  You can enroll at any time and if you are looking to enroll after January, the Louisville Family Fun Pass offers a $25 discount off of the Lifetime Membership fee and one free class!

Stephanie

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Barnes and Noble Storytime at the Summit

PhotobucketPhotobucketRecently, my kids and I went to the Barnes and Noble story time at the Summit. They hold it every Saturday at 11am. We got there a little early, and looked through the toy section and played at the Lego table for a while before heading back into the children's section of the store. The train table is on one side of the kid's section, and on the other side there is a stage. The story time is held at the stage, with kids sitting on the floor and on benches listening to the "Story Time Lady" as my kids call her. The same woman has been reading the stories every time we've been there, and she is fantastic! She begins with songs like "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," "The Hokey Pokey," "The Alphabet Song," "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." The kids love singing, being able to stand, do arm actions, and speed the songs up faster and faster.

PhotobucketThen, it was time for the stories. She reads 3 or 4 stories each time, and she is very animated and interactive during each book. She's also not afraid to tell the unruly children (like my own) to behave or be quiet if needed, however she does it in a gentle way that does not make parents feel defensive or angry. It lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, but the kids are entertained non-stop. At the end, each child received a sticker, and then was free to roam the children's books. At times, Barnes and Noble has special events during story time including costumed characters, coloring, or easy crafts. You can check their calendar for more details and upcoming events at or BN.com if you want to find events at a different location. 

By guest contributor: Caryn

Friday, January 13, 2012

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville January 13,14,15,16





Tales at Twilight  - Friday 7pm at Barnes & Noble -Plainview
Click HERE

My Gym Children's Fitness:  Saturday-Monday 9am-1pm  11800 Shelbyville Road in Middletown. FREE Open house!

4 Kicks for Kidz - Monday Open play - 9:30-11 and 12:30-2:30.  $5

Louisville Science Center Schools-Out day camp - Monday starting at 8:30, all day for kids PreK-6th grade.  $40 for members, $45 for non-members.
Stay warm!

Stephanie

Thursday, January 12, 2012

WINNERS! Harlem Globetrotters Tickets!

I have randomly selected the winners for the Harlem Globetrotters tickets!  The winners get a family-4 pack of tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday January 15th.

Note: one of these winners won with their BONUS entries from their Louisville Family Fun Pass!  You can get your Fun Pass for bonus entries and everyday savings for just $10 by clicking HERE


JUNE BOYLES wins 4 tickets
to the 2pm game

ROBYN CLEM wins 4 tickets
to the 7pm game

and

KELLY MCALLISTER wins 4 tickets
to the 7pm game

Winners, please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize by noon tomorrow Friday 1/13

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Review of Steve-O Magic

PhotobucketWe coordinated a great family event at Vint Coffee (Northfield) with Steve-O Magic.  He is a local entertainer that performs at birthday parties and events and I learned from watching his show, he's a ton of fun for kids!

PhotobucketMy son and daughter saw a magic show in New York at a family reunion this summer and they absolutely loved it. So, I was so thrilled to be able to take them to see Steve-O Magic and see that's look of wonder in their eyes and hear their silly giggles.

Steve-O started the show promptly and even before the show, he saw the kids waiting and told them a few little jokes to keep them entertained before the actual show started.  He set up a backdrop so it felt like he was on stage and had a podium to hold all of his gadgets and tools.  From the start of the show forward, he had the kids attention for the full 45 minutes. 

PhotobucketHis act included a variety of tricks from making things disappear (or pretending to in order to get the kids to catch his mistake and scream with delight in correcting him), interacting with the children and bringing them up to do a trick with him, music and more.  You will not just watch Steve-O perform magic, you are part of the show!  Yes, the parents were laughing also. 

My son told me that his favorite part was when Steve-O introduced his fluffy white dog puppet into the act.  He used this puppet to perform some funny tricks with balloons and gave the dog a great personality that the kids really enjoyed.  At that time in the show, I looked over at my children and my son was just grabbing my daughter and hugging her so hard because he was having such a blast.  He looked back once and gave me a thumbs up and another time he told me it's was awesome. 




PhotobucketThe show was fast-paced and organized. Steve-O was well-prepared with music cued and props ready to go.  He had tons of silly one liners that made the kids laugh and some for the parents!  Steve-O is an excellent entertainer, very professional and you can tell he really enjoyed interacting with the kids and providing a quality performance.  At the end of the show, he gave all of the kids coloring sheets and some of the older kids got a magic fish.  It was a wonderful afternoon and I look forward to seeing Steve-O take the stage again and make my kids hoot and holler with delight!

You can see all that Steve-O Magic has to offer on his website.  He can perform at schools, parties, corporate events and just about anywhere people want to have fun.  He also has videos on his site, so you can get a sample of what he can do. 

Stephanie