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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Things to do in and around Louisville for Easter


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FUN EASTER ACTIVITIES AT BASS PRO SHOPS!
March 31st - April 8th!
The Easter Bunny! Get your one free photo with the Easter Bunny!
There will be Easter Egg Hunts
Crafts for the kids

Photos with the Bunny at the malls:
Oxmoor Mall  March 24-April 7th

St. Matthews Mall  March 24th-April 7th

Green Tree Mall March 23rd-April 7th

Jefferson Mall

March 3rd, meet the Easter Bunny at the Children's Place Garden Party (Jefferson Mall) from noon-4pm. Treats and deals!

March 24th, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at California Pizza Kitchen at Oxmoor Center. $8 per person, kids 3 and under are free. 8-10am

March 31st at 11am- Easter Party at Sun Valley Community Center. Bring a dozen eggs to share.  FREE


Grace EFC (13060 Factory Ln. - map) on Saturday, March 31, at 11 am for an Easter Eggstravaganza! If the weather is nice 800 treat-filled eggs will be hidden all over the field and grounds. If it's rainy or otherwise uncooperative the fun will go on indoors. Everyone is welcome for a great time, plenty of candy and a small prize that explains what Easter is all about! 


SPAK Accessible Easter Egg Hunt March 31st  11-2pm at Kosair Charities front lawn 982 Eastern Parkway.

Down Syndrome of Louisville Easter Egg Hunt March 31st 11-noon

Buffalo Trace Easter Egg Hunt
Buffalo Trace Distillery will hold the Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 31st. Festivities start at 1:00 p.m., with the great hunt getting underway in the Gardens of Buffalo Trace at 1:15 p.m. Don't miss out of all the fun and refreshments! FREE

Easter Egg Hunt at Northeast Christian Church:  March 31st -for preschool to grade 5, after Kidville Live (around noon)

Bunnies Storytime April 4th 10:30 for ages 3-5 at the Shawnee Library

Spring Candy Hunt April 4th at 2pm at the Middletown Library for ages 2 and up

Peeps diarama project April 4th at 3:30 at the Southwest Library for ages 12-19



Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at Rivervalley Christian Church - April 6 (7:30-9) Bring your family for games, moonwalks, food and a lot of fun!  Bring your own basket and flashlight.  Designed for kids 5th grade and under.  


Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt in Jeffersonville at Warder Park for ages 3 and up on April 7th at 7:30pmFREE Bring your own flashlight.

Jeffersontown is having an Easterfest on April 7th from 1-3pm at  Bluebird Gym.  There will be games, an Egg hunt, the Easter bunny and more!

Egg Hunt at Colgate Park in Clarksville, IN on April 7th at 10am There will be over 4000 eggs to be collected so arrive on time to be sure to have some fun! Bring your own Easter basket or bag. The Easter Bunny will be visiting!

April 7th - Harvey Brown Presbyterian Church Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast starting at 9am.  (Egg hunt for 5th grade and under)

Easter Parade:  on April 7th. The Parade begins at approximately 11:30 A.M. in front of St. Mark’s, 2822 Frankfort Ave. and heads towards downtown Louisville ending at Haldeman Avenue.

Easter Egg Hunt, at All About Kids, April 7th
 Ages 6 and under, older siblings can play in open gym, there is a fee (I believe ~$6 in advance)
Designated areas for 1-2 yr olds, 3-4 yr olds, and 5-6 yr olds.
Indoor event, door prizes and photo ops with the Easter Bunny

Christ Community Church of the Nazarene has an EGGsplosion on April 7th. It's at 3pm and is free family fun for kids age 1 to grade 5.  They'll have an egg hunt, music, candy, prizes and more!  They area also collecting canned goods.

Annual Giant Easter Egg Hunt eat Joe Huber’s Family Farm and Restaurant, April 8th - Annual Giant Easter Egg Hunt will be at 3pm and the Easter Bunny will be there too. Don't forget to call and make your reservations for the Dining Room or Buffet at 923-5255!  (I do not see details on website yet)

Crowne Plaza Easter Brunch- Hourly egg hunts, photos with Easter Bunny and brunch!  Kids 5 and under are free

Lots of churches offer Easter egg hunts so be sure to google your local churches and check the times for Easter Sunday services while you are there.  We will be adding for Easter Egg Hunts as we learn about them!

Always double check with the event’s websites to get additional info if a RSVP or ticket is needed, pricing, time etc. If you know of other local events please Submit them by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review of birthday parties at My Gym

PhotobucketPhotobucketMy Gym has recently re-opened in Middletown (11800 Shelbyville Road Suite 101 Louisville, KY 40243), and my kids were invited to a My Gym birthday party a couple weekends ago. When we arrived, there was fun music playing and the kids were told to take their shoes off and put them in a cubby hole. Then the kids were invited to enjoy the gym until all of the guests had arrived, and the kids had been able to play for a while. 
The owner "Mr. Bill" got all the kids together in the center of the room. He played some fun games where the kids had to listen, follow directions, take turns, and complete some type of physical task. He used a variety of equipment in the gym from jumping over ropes to kicking hanging balloons. The kids enjoyed the games for a while, and then given free time again to play. Then they were allowed to take turns on the zip line with Mr. Bill helping them. The younger kids got to sit in a swing, while the older kids got to hold onto the zip line handlebars and hang. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and I'm sure they would have enjoyed doing it for the rest of the party! They got to play some more, and Mr Bill started to give rides on a sled around the carpeted room! It was a big hit!
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PhotobucketAfter some more play time,we broke to eat some cake. The kids all lined up, sitting at the cubby & countertop. Everyone sang happy birthday, ate cake, and went back to & playing. The birthday boy then opened his gifts (although the parents were invited to stay or leave for the present time) with the kids sitting in the center of the gym. After that, the kids were given a few more minutes to play before leaving with their goody bags. The gym had 2 climbing structures, a wooden rung ladder over a ball pit,monkey bars, a trampoline, and other various climbing and rolling The kids had a great time, and I would recommend it to anyone for a birthday party!
By guest contributor: Caryn

Monday, February 27, 2012

CONTEST! Family 4 pack of tickets to Sesame Street Live!

It's CONTEST time!  Who loves Elmo???

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Sesame Street Live
“1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends”
Louisville, KY; Kentucky Center – Brown Theatre
Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1, 2012

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Ticket information
SAVE $3 per ticket with the code ERNIE (not opening night) on kentuckycenter.org

• Ticket prices: $17.75, $22.75, $29.75 (Gold Circle) & $49.75 (Sunny Seats).
• Opening Night Friday, March 30, 7:00 PM—All seats $15.75
(excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats).
• Group discounts available. Groups 10+ call 502-584-7777.
• Get the ultimate fan experience with Sunny Seats!
The Sunny Seats Package includes a VIP Seat and a pre-show Meet
& Greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live friends.
• Additional fees/surcharges may apply.





Good luck! Stephanie

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Things to do in and around Louisville for St. Patrick's Day

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This post has been sponsored by:  Orange Leaf - Clarksville




The best thing to do in Louisville for St. Patrick's Day is the Louisville St. Patrick's Day Parade along Baxter/Bardstown Road.  For 2012, it is Saturday March 10th starting at 3pm.It wraps up at 5pm and you can head to the party in front of O'Sheas!  We went last year and I wrote a review, it was a fantastic parade. 

For the entire month of March, families can participate in the "Luck of the Irish Scavenger Hunt" at the Crescent Hill Library.  Kids can looks for the shamrocks and sneaky leprechauns to find the pot of gold!

For a night out without the kids, you can go to the Wearin' O' the Green Party at the Boys and Girls Haven gym and enjoy a cash bar, some food and great live music. This event is on March 3rd from 7:30pm to midnight.

The Highlands/Shelby library will have a special story time for 2-3 year olds called "Wearing of the Green" themed around St. Patrick's Day stories on March 13th at 7pm and March 14th at 10:15am.

On March 17th, there are a few library event to celebrate St. Patrick's Day -
Green Storytime at 10:15am at the Fairdale Branch - stories and craft
St. Patty's Day Family Storytime in Middletown - story, craft and treat
Magical Rainbows at 11am at the Crescent Hill branch - stories and craft
Wearin' of the Green at 11:30am at the Okolona branch - stories and craft
St. Patrick's Day family time at 2pm at Main Library (sign ups required) stories and craft
Wear green and head to the Southwest library at 2:30 for storytime and a snack
All day, you can drop in the Portland branch for a St. Patty's day craft


The Irish Rover has a big tent party on March 17th with all things Irish - music, dancing, food and beer!  There's a $5 cover charge and reservations are highly recommended.


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Stephanie

Saturday, February 25, 2012

WINNER! 4 tickets to see the Fresh Beat Band

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I am so excited to announce the winner of this contest! The winner gets 4 tickets to the March 11th Show at the Louisville Palace.

And, the groovy winner is:  Karen M. Williams

Judy- please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net
to claim your prize!


Contest! FREE Registration for New Consignors at KidStuff Sale

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NEW KidStuff Sale Consignors / seller prize!  It's back again this weekend!

New consignors: It's your chance to win a FREE registration fee at any of our 3 upcoming KidStuff Sale spring/summer events.  Sellers receive 70-85% of their personal sales!  This is a great way to clear out your closets and get some cash to put toward your growing child's wardrobe.  If you haven't ever sold at a consignment sale, give it a try!

I encourage you to Follow the KidStuff Sale on Facebook and Twitter. This way, you can stay up to date on deadlines for registrations, shopping dates and special deals!


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Good luck!
Stephanie

Friday, February 24, 2012

WINNER! Wonder Forge Busy Busy Airport Game

We are pleased to announce that Dayna Gilvin has won the Busy Busy Airport game from Wonder Forge! It is such a fund game, you will love playing it with your kids!

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Please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to make arrangements to get the game!

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville February

No video this week!  I usually shoot them on Thursday night and after a really fun, long day at the New Albany YMCA of Southern Indiana, I was in pajamas super early last night!

But, I can still definitely type in my PJs so, here's my picks for things to do this weekend.

Friday-Sunday:  Definitely head to the YMCA for free!  I went to the Floyd County branch in New Albany and the kids and I spend 4 hours there and had so much fun (and they went to bed early because of it=BONUS!).  Swam in the main pool, kid pool, toured the facilities, played in the gym and had a snack. The kids splash area is SO NICE, but check the schedule because I read it incorrectly and I thought it was open when "open swim" took place, but it was not- it's listed on the website, not the PDF schedule.   I brought food and we at at one of the many tables downstairs.  You will need to take a moment at the beginning to fill out forms and need a photo id.  Check out their calendar to plan your visit since you can participate in any of their classes and use any of the facilities free but they are not all going all of the time!  The times are HERE.

Saturday:  Derby Diner Playhouse kicks off their new children's theatre show, How I Became a Pirate.  The shows are on the 2/25,3/3,3/10,3/17 and 3/24.  Doors open at 9 for the breakfast show and noon for the lunch show.  Check out their website for ticket information and details.

Sunday: Head to Sweet n Swirly on Breckenridge Ln for an afternoon treat and "Magic Hour" by Steve-O Magic   I'll be there and might just have some little giveaways for you if you say howdy! Details for the event are in the photo!

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Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
Stephanie

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review of Salsaritas - Take Home Taco Bar

PhotobucketPhotobucketRecently, I was out and about in St. Matthews on a Friday and I just didn't feel like cooking when I got home.  Fridays are like that!  Salsaritas is right near the corner of Westport Road and Hubbards lane so I stopped in and picked up a Take Home Taco Bar. 

I didn't have to order it since it was just for 4 people.  But, even if you buy one for a larger family, I doubt you have to call ahead. Basically, they have special containers for them and you just tell them how many people you are looking to feed and they will give you the appropriate amount. 

PhotobucketI ordered for 4 and you can choose your meat, I chose chicken.  They give you your choice of beans and some rice.  They also warm up enough tortillas for your meal, soft or hard tacos - your choice! All of the hot items are in one container.  Then, you choose your salsa and also get sour cream. They give you lettuce, cheese and diced tomatoes.  And then, best of all, a huge bag of their seasoned chips!

PhotobucketThey bagged it all up for me and it was $20.  At home, we spread it all out on the table and had a really nice dinner. It was healthier than other convenient options and we had leftover for lunch the next day.  Well, we did not have leftover chips and salsa because we couldn't leave a single crumb!  By the time I bought chicken, tortillas, cheese, seasoning, beans, rice and so on and so on, I would have spent well over $20 and then I would have had to cook it!  This is a great deal!

Next time you are looking for a new options to feed your family, check out Salsarita's because they have great dine in options but also have easy take-home options that make dinner DONE!

Stephanie

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Parent's Night Out - University of Louisville Cardinals Basketball Game

PhotobucketOne of our goals as a couple for 2012 is to go on one date night per month. Serendipitously, the University of Louisville was playing our alma mater, Villanova University, on January 25, my husband's birthday. I bought tickets to the event on stubhub.com, excited to have out second night out since our daughter was born in August.


This was our second time to the KFC Yum Center, which turned two in October. It is a beautiful and modern arena that can seat up to 22,000 people. When you enter you are directed to giant escalators bring you to the floor where your section is located (there are elevators if you I had need them). The facilities are clean, staff is friendly, signage is easy to read and we were able to find our seats without any trouble. There were numerous concessions, priced about the same as other sporting events that we've been to in other cities. We had already had dinner so we had opted for the dessert cart run by the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, our large cookie was fresh and satisfying. Our seats were in section 310 row S and although high up we were able to see the entire floor quite well, the jumbo trons were also helpful.
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Louisville fans are passionate and definitely enjoyed the game, and they were even friendly to us, likely the only fans of the opposing team in attendance that evening. The arena looked about 90% full, which indicates there is a good fan base. Tickets run from $35 and up per person, pretty reasonable, but they aren't easy to find, especially if there is a good Big East match-up. If you enjoy watching college basketball, you will have a good time. Despite the loss of our dear Wildcats, we enjoyed the three hour break from our children, who were blissfully sleeping by the time we arrived home.

By guest contributor: Tanya

Lock Up Lead promo code / discount! Must have for older homes

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You can use the code "loufamfun" to save 15% off the Lock Up Lead product. It's good through March 15th.

You can visit the website, http://lockuplead.com and get a great in-depth description about the product:
- lead poisoning is more dangerous to children because of their quicker absorption rate
- lead poisoning is irreversible
- lead dust is the main culprit of poisoning
- any home built before 1978 is at risk of having lead paint
- lead abatement of a home is a high-cost project involving contractors and specialists, whereas Lock Up Lead is a do-it-yourself solution


How does it help? From their website:

"LockUpLead is a revolutionary cleaner that reduces hazards in homes and schools from the #1 environmental health risk to children — dust from lead-based paint. LockUpLead uses patented technology to convert lead-based dust to a non-hazardous form on contact. Just spray onto the contaminated surface and wipe off with a damp cloth or sponge.
LockUpLead is formulated using the FESI-Bond patented technology, and is available in a 16 oz. spray bottle, a 2-bottle pack, 1-gallon, 5-gallon, and 55-gallon containers. You can also purchase a convenient LockUpLead kit that contains a 16 oz. spray bottle, gloves, N100 respirator mask, scraper, sanding sponge and a 100% biodegradable plastic drop cloth." Read in full HERE
Lock Up Lead, a Louisville company, is also on Facebook http://facebook.com/lockuplead and on Twitter http://twitter.com/lockuplead.

If you have a home built before 1978, take a moment to learn more about this product and you can use the code "loufamfun" to save 15% off the Lock Up Lead product. It's good through March 15th.


Stephanie


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review of The Creation Museum

DEALCHICKEN Deal!  Admission for 2 for $25 (kids under 5 are free!)  Click HERE

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Did you know all animals were herbivores before Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit? Did you know Noah brought dinosaurs on the Ark? Did you know you can tell a legless lizard from a snake by the eyelids? I learned all of this and more at The Creation Museum. It's located in Petersburg, KY, which is just miles from the Cincinnati Airport. It was about an hour and a half drive from my home in Louisville, Kentucky, but I felt it was worth it for a day trip.

When you first walk in, you purchase your tickets, get your picture taken against a green screen (for an optional picture to buy later), and proceed to the Main Hall. The Main Hall has a giant dinosaur skeleton, life size trees, moving dinosaurs and people, and a real stream with live fish and turtles. The museum is laid out so that you begin with either the Special Effects Movie Theater, or proceed to the Exhibits. The website says it gets busy on weekends and holidays, but when we got there a half an hour after it opened on a Saturday, it felt almost empty, even though a large bus group came in before us. We started by looking around the Main Hall until the first Special Effects Show started. Amazingly, the movie appealed to both my kids and myself. It takes facts and concepts that scientists debate far above my comprehension, and puts them into understandable explanations. It is an entertaining movie with funny characters and interactive effects. You get rained on, your seat shakes, and you feel the wind around you, making the movie come alive as you watch.


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The Creation Museum prides itself on bringing the pages of the Bible to life. Once you enter the Exhibits Hall, it leads you around the museum from creation to Jesus' life leading up to the cross. There are lots of amazing exhibits. My kids especially loved walking through the Garden of Eden, the Noah's Ark area with touch screen quizzes that help you build your own ark, and they loved all of the life-like dinosaurs. But their favorite part by far, was the Snakes Alive show. A separate ticket was required for this show, but since it was a 45 minute presentation, I didn't think my kids would make it through and didn't buy them at the entrance. However, once we got near the show area, the presenter was out in the lobby with two of his reptiles. He let me kids pet them, hold them, and allowed me to take numerous pictures of them. Then he asked me and the other family there with us if we wanted to have our own Snakes Alive show since no one else was around. There was a register right there, and the tickets were only $3.50 each, so we decided to give it a shot. It was the best decision I made all day. The Herpetologist, Rick Teepen (www.snakesalive.vpweb.com) was an excellent teacher. He was interactive and had the kids sitting on the edge of their seats the whole time. He must have had well over a dozen different kids of snakes plus several other reptiles - almost all of which he let the kids pet, hold, and get their picture with them. The presentation ended with him bringing out his 80 pound python for us to pose with for numerous pictures. (The Snakes Alive show can also be brought to your birthday party, VBS, youth group, or other events, and after seeing his presentation, I would highly recommend it!).

We continued through the museum which (of course) ended at the gift shop. I was happy to see the gift shop was not over priced, but was comparable in price to other regular stores. While I did spend almost $50 at the gift shop, a lot of it was on gifts and products you can't find just anywhere. Especially if you have any affiliation with a church, pastor, or any other religious groups. After the gift shop, we headed over to Noah's Cafe restaurant (there is also a cafe in the middle of the museum, and an outdoor restaurant during warmer months). Again, I felt the prices were not bad for a museum restaurant. The Creation Museum does not allow outside food to be brought into the museum, but you are welcome to eat meals from home outside under one of the pavilions in the garden, or you have the option of leaving the museum for lunch and coming back in with your original ticket from that day. We only spent less $20 for my kids and I for lunch, however we didn't indulge in any of their desserts, event though their funnel cake looked so tempting! The restaurant had a great set up with lots of long tables that could be used for groups, or multiple families with space between. The coffee and fountain drinks were at both ends of the dining room to keep the lines down.

After lunch we headed outside to the Botanical Gardens and Petting Zoo. These are included in your admission price! There's not a lot to see outside in the winter, but there are several cool bridges including a floating bridge, a suspension bridge, and arched bridge, plus waterfalls, ponds, and several different paths to walk around. (Beware - some of the bridges are not allowed to have strollers or wheelchairs cross them!) During the warmer months they say there are bright flowers, hummingbirds, butterflies, and even Venus Flytrap plants! The petting zoo included a zonkey (zebra-donkey), a zorse (zebra-horse), wallabies, llamas, birds, and other types of animals. There are a few food machines to feed the animals, but my kids weren't up for it in the cold. There are $5 camel rides five afternoons a week (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday) March through October. Sadly, Gomer (the dromedary camel) rests the months of January and February, so we'll have to go back another time to take advantage of such low-cost rides!


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For admission, adults (ages 13–59) are $25, seniors (age 60+) are $20,and children (ages 5–12) $15. Kids under age 5 are free. At first I was thrilled to be getting one of my kids in for free, but I quickly realized why. The museum is amazing, but a lot of it requires reading...and my 5 year old and 2 year old were not going to stand still and listen to me read each sign. There was plenty for them to look at, and lots of chances to teach them about nature, science, and the Bible, and how they all come together. While I think it is great for kids and adults alike, it is definitely geared towards older kids - especially readers.

Some of the great practical things about the Creation Museum? There are strollers and wheelchairs you can borrow (for a $5 refundable deposit). There are bathrooms everywhere, including family bathrooms. There is a changing table in the Men's and Women's rooms. There is a nursing room. They will help you jump-start your car or unlock your vehicle if you need it. And the restaurant has options for special needs diets.

I think you could easily spend the whole day (or two) at the museum if you go to the planetarium, any special shows, walk around the gardens and petting zoo, or if you read every display or sign in the building. The museum opens at Noon on Sundays, 9am on Saturdays, and 10am the rest of the week. I think it's a great way to spend a day - especially once your kids reach the age of asking how everything came to be, ask about evolution versus creation, or how dinosaurs fit into the Bible. The Creation Museum is not only entertaining, but educational and enlightening as well.

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By guest contributor: Caryn

Monday, February 20, 2012

CONTEST! Family 4 Pack of tickets to see the Fresh Beat Band - take 2!

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Check out their new website -- http://www.freshbeatbandlive.com/ , Facebook page www.facebook.com/freshbeatbandlive and for more Fresh Beat activities and fun go to http://www.nickjr.com/the-fresh-beat-band



SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012 3:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $39.50 / $32.50

TICKETS AVAILABLE VIA LOUSIVILLEPALACE.COM, TICKETMASTER OUTLETS, THE PALACE THEATRE BOX OFFICE OR CHARGE BY PHONE  1-800-745-3000


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GOOD LUCK!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Review of Busy, Busy Airport and Curious George Hide and Seek Zoo from Wonder Forge

Recently, I got 2 games from Wonder Forge and they have easily become my kids' favorite games!

PhotobucketWhat I love about both of these games is that they both encourage the kids to get up and move!

PhotobucketFirst, the Busy, Busy Airport game is themed around the Richard Scarry books.  My kids know these books and love all of the pictures so they took to the game with zeal.  The box serves as the airport.  The kids spread the destination boards around the house, we kept them on the same level.  All of the little passengers take their places at the airport, the souvenir cards get stacked at the destinations and everyone gets an airplane.  The kids roll the dice by dropping them down the control tower and the dice have pictures on them.  There will be two options and they get to pick which one they want to do.  They can pick up passengers or fly them to their destinations.  If kids have passengers, they can fly them to the beach, mountains, city or forest.  They drop off passengers and pick up souvenirs.  The passengers and souvenirs all slide into the airplanes.  We play until all of the passengers have left the airport and the winner is the one with the most souvenirs.  It is such an adorable game!
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PhotobucketThe Curious George Hide and Seek Zoo is great for kids that love the show or kids that just love animals.  There are sections of the zoo with cards.  There's also a little bus that kids can move and when it reaches the end of the road, that's how you know the game is over.  The best part is the walkie talkie.  Kids press the button and it tells them to do 1 of 3 things: move the bus, flip a card or that the animals have escaped!  When kids flip the cards, it shows an animal with a problem (like their cage is broken, they are out of food or they are thirsty).  They place the card down and then spin.  The spinner allows them to help the animals! When kids help the animals, they keep a card. If they move the bus, they still get to spin to help an animal. If the walkie talkie siren goes off and the animals escape, everyone except the player with the walkie talkie grabs an animal mask, puts it off and has 30 seconds to hide.  Then, the sounds on the walkie talkie changes and  the player can go find the animals.  They collect cards for each animal they find.  At the end, the player with the most cards, wins!
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Both games are complex enough to keep it interesting, but simple enough for younger players (like a 3 year old) to still participate.  We have played the games over and over, even taken them to playdates.  They are really well made and fun for everyone!

Stephanie

SURPRISE!  We have a game to give away! It's the Busy, Busy Aiport Game!
I suggest you"Like" Wonder Forge on Facebook, they run giveaways! That's how I got the Curious George game!

PhotobucketThen, visit their website and post a comment on this blog post telling us which other games you see look like ones your kids would love! The contest will close at midnight on 2/23 and we will randomly select a winner on 2/24 and announce the winner on THIS POST.  Comment once using an account or type in your name and last initial.  Winner must be able to pick up the prize at a time we arrange, location will be Vint Coffee Northfield.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

WINNER! 4 Tickets to see the Fresh Beat Band!

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I am so excited to announce the winner of this contest! The winner gets 4 tickets to the March 11th Show at the Louisville Palace.

And, the groovy winner is:  Judy Frazier

Judy- please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net
to claim your prize!

No worries!  We are giving away another family 4 pack of tickets next week! Stay tuned

CONTEST! KidStuff Sale! Prize for Consignors / Sellers

WINNER! Cyndi Whitworth email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim!!

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NEW KidStuff Sale Consignors / seller prize!

New consignors: It's your chance to win a FREE registration fee at any of our 3 upcoming KidStuff Sale spring/summer events.  Sellers receive 70-85% of their personal sales!  This is a great way to clear out your closets and get some cash to put toward your growing child's wardrobe.  If you haven't ever sold at a consignment sale, give it a try!

I encourage you to Follow the KidStuff Sale on Facebook and Twitter. This way, you can stay up to date on deadlines for registrations, shopping dates and special deals!


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Good luck!

Stephanie

Friday, February 17, 2012

Things to do in and around Louisville this weekend February 17,18,19

Check out my new fancy-schmancy video!




Farm Machinery Show info - Click HERE


Farmer Jason Concert at Uncle Slaytons - Click HERE


Derby City Film Festival info - Click HERE

Summer Camps in Louisville 2012: Art, Music, Dance, Theater

Looking for 2015 info? Click here
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Art, Music, Dance or Theater summer day camps in Louisville / Kentuckiana for 2012


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PhotobucketH.O.P.E. Percussion Camp- The Johnny Lee Lane Hands On Percussion Experience (H.O.P.E.) at the University of Louisville is designed for middle school and high school percussionists. Dates are July 15 – 21, 2012. The areas of focus include drumset, concert percussion, marching percussion, Latin percussion,electronics and percussion ensemble. Please follow the provided link for more information and registration. Johnny Lee Lane is Director of Education for REMO, Inc.. Dr. Greg Byrne, Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Louisville, is the Founder and Host of H.O.P.E.

Visit www.louisville.edu/music/hope for more information.

PhotobucketLouisville Ballet School - Summer Dance Programs June 11 – July 13
Introduce your child to dance with arts, crafts and new friends! Louisville Ballet School offers workshops designed to develop coordination, musicality, and kinetic awareness, as well as instill a love for dance and the arts.

Children (ages 3-5) will discover an exciting mix of creative dance, arts and crafts, and narrative storytelling through movement – all inspired by the wonderful world around us.

Children (ages 6-8) will explore a blend of creative dance and pre-ballet exercises along with visual art projects to discover the art of storytelling through dance while sharing in the traditions of the full-length classical ballets.

Students (ages 8-13) with prior dance experience will discover the art of storytelling through dance while learning traditional folk dances, repertoire from full-length classical ballets, and dance styles including modern, character dance, Flamenco, and Pilates.

Students (ages 11-16) with previous dance training will experience the exciting life of a professional dancer - joining in the grand tradition of classical ballet by learning repertoire from full-length classical ballets as well as exploring contemporary dance styles to enhance strength and versatility.

All classes take place in our St. Matthews studios. Summer Dance Programs fill up quickly so register now to reserve your child’s place in class. Register via email to school@louisvilleballet.org, by fax to (502) 583-0006, in-person at our studios or by mail.

 Louisville Ballet School
4121 Shelbyville Road
(502) 583-3150, ext. 245
school@louisvilleballet.org
www.louisvilleballet.org/DanceSchool


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Art @ the Beach-  www.dupontmanual.com/art  (2012 dates not listed yet)

Assumption High School-  http://www.ahsrockets.org/  Art, Graphic Design, music theatre, drama and more!

Bellarmine University- bellarmine.edu/ce/summeryouthcamps.asp
They have some fun art options like cartooning!  (2012 not yet listed)

Camp Shakespeare
St. Francis High School
Age: 4 - 14 Summer Camp: June 6 - July 17  $200
http://www.kyshakespeare.com/Kentucky_Shakespeare/Camp_Shakespeare.html

Earth and Fire Pottery By You  http://www.earthfirepottery.com/  2012 Dates not yet released

Jewish Community Center of Louisville-  http://www.jcclouisvillecamp.org/  - variety of options for all ages

Louisville Nature Center-  http://www.louisvillenaturecenter.org/  Options for age 4-12, ranges from $115 to $200

Oldham County Schools Arts Center -  http://www.ocsartscenter.org/  Half day options for ages 4-17, can combine for a full day

Presentation Academy- http://www.presentationacademy.org/  2012 camps not listed yet

Sacred Heart School for the Arts- http://www.sacredheartschools.org/arts/summer_camps.php  2012 dates not yet listed

Southern Indiana Center for the Arts- http://www.soinart.com/artcamps.html 2012 Dates not yet listed

Spot 5 Art Studio - http://www.spot5artstudio.com/camps.html  Many options

Squallis Puppeteers- http://www.squallispuppeteers.com/Site/Camps.html Variety of ages and themes

Star Bird Pottery- http://www.starbirdpottery.com/  2012 Dates not yet released

Stage One Family Theatre Camps - Ages 4-18

The Speed Art Museum- http://www.speedmuseum.org/SummerCamp.html 2012 Dates not yet released

Walden Theatre-http://www.waldentheatre.org/summer.asp Camps for kids age 5-18 for art, imagination, theater, acting, comedy and more. Fees starting at $125

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetariumplanetarium.louisville.edu  Camps for grades 1-6, 2012 dates notyet released

Louisville Visual Art Assoiciation- http://www.louisvillevisualart.org/summercamps.html - Classes for elementary, middle and high school students, fees start at $110


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Click HERE for General Camp Listings!

Please let us know if there are others to add!  You can get a featured spot for your camp by emailing info@louisvillefamilyfun.net
Note, this is published in February and some businesses have not updated their information. Also, we will add to this list as we find more!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review of Culver's

PhotobucketCulver’s is a great family restaurant whether you are just looking to pick something up for home or have a sit down meal together. They have chicken, burgers, and fish sandwiches or dinners with a variety of sides: fries, soup, salad. And let’s not forget the CUSTARD - always having a flavor of the day! If you have never been before, you order your food at the counter, they give you a plastic number, and then they will bring the food to you.

PhotobucketTheir website - http://www.culvers.com/ - is full of information. You can find a section call mindful choices where you see all the calories on the food. Another helpful tab is the allergen grid. It tells you what allergens are present in their food: corn, dairy, egg, fish, gluten, MSG, peanut, shellfish, soy, tree nut, and wheat.

We recently ate there and had a good meal. I had the butterburger and a salad. I was impressed with the salad that it seemed really fresh and green. My husband had the fried chicken sandwich with fries which you can’t go wrong. My kids split a kids meal with chicken fingers which they enjoyed and that also comes with a scoop of custard. That scoop of custard was huge! We recommend checking out Culver’s even if it just for a special treat of custard.
 
By guest contributor: Jeanette