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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Concerts in and around Louisville

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Looking for 2014 info? Click HERE

Outdoor music is a great way to enjoy different genres that you might not normally listen too, exposure your children to a great community cultural event and dance where no one will judge your terrible dance moves (I speak for myself!)

Summer Concerts are abundant in Downtown, the Highlands, Jeffersonville, Middletown and more.  You are going to love this summer in Kentuckiana! Check out these venues for some family fun!

WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays at Big Four Lawn. Be sure to double check the website for updates on location due to all the rains.

Concerts in the Park in Warder Park -Jeffersonville, IN - Fridays at 7:30.

Live @ 5 Summer Concerts at in Downtown New Albany (Marktet & State St). All Summer, 5pm on Fridays. Here's the Free parking info

Summer Concert In The Park at Wetherby Park - Middletown - Sunday afternoons. Free food served by the Lions Club.

Iroquios Park Summer Concerts -Variety of artists, dates and times.  Many free, some for a small fee.

PhotobucketRolling out the Weekends at Riverstage in Jeffersonville.  We wrote a review about this last year, read it HERE.


Summer Concerts at Cherokee Triangle Sundays from 7-9, great little playground there too.  Through July and also on Labor Day weekend Monday.  We wrote a review about this last year, read it HERE.

Westport Village Summer Concerts starting in June, details to come on their website

Kentucky State Fair – Free Concerts with paid admission to the state fair beginning August 16.

PhotobucketThe Summit Shopping Center has music on their center plaza during June & July at 6:30!

Concerts at the Jeffersontown Farmer's Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, see the link for dates (thanks to a reader for telling me about this one!)

Do you know of concert happenings that we missed? E-mail us so we can update our post and calendar. Thanks for your help!

Stephanie

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review of Bungalow Joe's

PhotobucketRecently, we decided to have a family night out. That means no cooking for Mommy! We decided to go to Bungalow Joe's, as my husband has been hearing about the burgers for weeks. The website describes it as a "premier FAMILY sports bar/restaurant." After looking at the website to ensure it looked kid friendly, we decided to give it a try.

Photobucket Bungalow Joe's is located in Fern Creek on Beulah Church Road, which is an area I hadn't visited in years. I spent a lot of time there in high school, so the drive took me on a trip down memory lane. Knowing that there were some games on that night, we arrived at 5:30, to beat the crowd. When we walked through the doors we were greeted with a friendly "sit anywhere you'd like," as there were only a few other families in the restaurant. I was instantly impressed that the restaurant section of Bungalow Joe's was separated from the bar area by a wall -- a wall full of TVs. This thrilled both my husband and our 4-year-old. While I chose a table the husband and son decided to explore the small game room. After a few rounds of race car driving and pinball, we had to tear our son away from the games with promise of a temporary tattoo from the tattoo machine. As soon as they sat down, the waitress arrived at the table to take our order.

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PhotobucketThough there were many options from fish and chicken sandwiches to burgers and steaks, my husband and I ordered the burgers we had been hearing about. He opted for a mushroom and Swiss version, while I chose the regular burger route. Our son generally only orders burgers only to eat the bun ( and leave the meat - so maddening) so, we steered him toward the quesadillas. The kid will eat anything wrapped in a tortilla. We also decided that since we had a Seize The Deal coupon, we'd order an appetizer. I can't resist a pickle in any form, so we went for the fried pickles. Just as our son was about to ask where the food was for the first time (which was approximately 2.2 seconds after the order is taken at any restaurant), the pickles were delivered. What arrived at our table was not the traditional fried pickle chip, but long pickle slices that were lightly battered then fried. Though they were a bit on the oily side, the crunch and flavor did not disappoint. The pickles were resting on a small pile of Bungalow Joe's homemade kettle chips, which our son exclaimed were "yummy!" After we devoured the pickles and our son began to get out a few of the toys we brought to keep him occupied; our main course was delivered.

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The burgers were huge, juicy, perfectly cooked, and delicious. They were served with more of the homemade kettle chips, which I think my husband and child could easily become addicted to. The one thing I did not try -- though I wanted to-- was a tall, frosty glass of one of the many beers they had on tap. We'll save the frosty beverage sampling for an adult evening out. We were all happily stuffed for just over $21, including the coupon but not the tip. Bungalow Joe's  definitely lived up to the family friendly promise. We all three enjoyed the experience and will definitely return. Possibly on a Wednesday Game Night when kids eat free, or on a weekend with friends for an adult evening out.

By guest contributor: Candace

Note: you can get discount vouchers for Bungalow Joe's ANY time on DiningDiscoveries.com !!!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CONTEST! Salsarita's Gift Card

PhotobucketRecently, we published an idea about a Daddy/Kid Date night at Salsarita's. So, just in time for Father's Day, Salsarita's thought it would be perfect to give away a $25 gift card for their restaurant.  This is a great gift for Dad's especially with their really hearty Casarita, I know the Dad in our house wouldn't mind enjoying one of those cheesy burritos!  


And remember, Salsarita's offers kids eat free nights TWICE a week, Mondays and Thursdays!




Good luck!

Monday, May 28, 2012

No Join Fee through June 5th for YMCA of Greater Louisville

We have been members of YMCA of Greater Louisville for a few months and have really enjoyed all of the options.  We have a community-wide membership and have visited a few of the branches.  We have saved on swim classes, t-ball and summer camp because of our membership!  There's no excuse for going and getting some exercise because they have child care during most of the day and my kids enjoy going there as well.  It's a really great family place.

I wanted to let everyone know, as we kick off summer, that they have NO JOIN FEE through June 5th. Act fast! It's a great time to join and save that fee.  They have a bunch of different levels for membership and you can add Calypso Cove for the summer. We are headed there for the first time today and I showed my children the promotional video and they are so excited.

 

Note: The YMCA of Greater Louisville also offers financial assistance so if you think this is not financially feasible but you still want to join, give them a call and see what the financial assistance entails!

Stephanie

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Review of Science in Play in Photos

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From their press release: The Science Center’s newest exhibit, Science in Play, powered by PNC is now open. The exhibit is specially designed to encourage science learning through the lens of play for children ages 3-7 and their caregivers, while celebrating the innate curiosity in children. Science in Play is a customized new exhibit, commissioned by and built specifically for the Science Center. The exhibit encompasses 5,800 square feet and is divided into six separate activity zones: The Sensory Course, Testing Area, Big Build, Small Build, The Science Depot, and The Shapes & Stuff Store. Rich in loose parts, sensory and intuitive materials, children and their caregivers will be invited to build, test, imagine, problem solve and engineer, behaving and thinking like scientists—all while playing. Signage is designed and used to assist caregivers in interpreting play as learning.

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From their press release: Science in Play runs through January 1, 2013. Admission to the exhibit is free with museum admission, which is $13 for adults, $11 for children ages 2-12, and free for Science Center members. In addition to regular admission, visitors can also purchase a Play Pass for Science in Play for $20 per month. The Play Pass offers access to all Science Center exhibits for one adult and up to four children under age 8 during the week. For families with young children, the Science Center will also offer free play dates inside the exhibit on the first Tuesday of each month from 8:30-9:30 a.m., exclusively for children ages four and younger.

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We enjoyed 2 hours of fun and learning at this exhibit.  My son was so focused on building with the large blue blocks and creating a roller coaster masterpiece. He was truly experimenting with the pieces to make it work! The vacuum tube wall was a blast, especially when the science center representative came over to give the kids ideas about how to make it even more fun by putting in a bunch of different colored scarves, waiting for them to fly out and only grabbing the orange one and then only grabbing the blue and so on.  When we went to the next room, my daughter completed her shopping list of shapes and was so proud!  In those 2 hours, we didn't do everything, so it's definitely worth a trip back.  I would recommend this exhibit for elementary school age and younger, I think that's an ideal age group although older kids can still have fun with it.  Remember, the Science Center has $5 admission after 5pm on Friday's and Saturdays! And, the $20 play pass is a great deal for families with young children!

Stephanie

Saturday, May 26, 2012

WINNER! James Byrd Photography Prize

PhotobucketThe winner or a FREE photo session with James Byrd Photography is.................. CLARE NOE!


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


Congrats and I hope you get some great family photos to treasure!

Review of our trip to Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, FL




Recently, I took my son to the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, FL.  I got a great media rate but I looked up rates and found some for under $150 a night, awesome for all that this place has to offer!  I booked my airfare through Vacation by V and we flew to Orlando from the Louisville airport through Memphis and into Orlando.  It turned out to be cheaper to rent a car for 3 days than to pay for a cab/shuttle, so I rented from Thrifty online for just $50 for the weekend.  My son is five, so we took a booster seat with us, you can gate check booster/car seats!  We only had carry-on luggage;packed light.  I packed a backpack of new activity books and snacks for my son to enjoy during the travel and keep him busy. At the Louisville airport, we parked in the open lot for $9/day.  It is very close to the terminal.  We checked in quickly, there was no line and only had to go through a short line for security.  I find the Louisville airport to be generally kid-friendly for travel as they do have a separate line for people traveling with small children.

We arrived in Orlando on time with only one minor issue on the plane, ear pain for my son when we were descending. Since my son doesn't chew gum, I brought lots of fruit snacks in case this happened. It wasn't a perfect cure, but it did help him get through the discomfort.  In Orlando, we found the rental car desks and got our car in under 15 minutes.  The cars were outside in the parking deck and they let us pick any in the rental class we paid for, my son thought that was cool! He picked a snazzy little red Ford.  I printed directions at home from the Nick Hotel website.  They were accurate and we were at the hotel in less than 30 minutes.  Be prepared with cash and quarters to pay toll roads!!

At the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, someone greeted us as we pulled into park to verify our reservation.  They also offered to help with our baggage.  We checked in early and our room was not ready but they took my number to text me when it was ready.  We could explore since they gave us our wrist bands! Also, they give you a great 411 sheet of times for shows and happenings.  If something requires reservations, sign up when you check in! Since we packed very little, we just grabbed our bags and headed to the food court area to have lunch.  The food court offers family-friendly items from subs to pizza to grill items.  It was clean and open.  The prices were high compared to if you were just out shopping somewhere but not so high for a resort.  The portions were large so we were able to share things to keep the cost down.  After lunch, we explored the mall area and then changed in a restroom to get ready for swimming!  

We went to the Oasis.  It is the smaller of the two pool areas but it was still very spacious.  We gave our room number and name to get some towels and a life vest.  My son took to the slides immediately and the water was so warm and refreshing!  There were attentive life guards all around, they were very professional. We also spent some time in the kids' play area which is great for the younger crowd and contained by a fence.  In this area, they also have a small playground and a concession stand as well as private cabanas that you can rent that even have TVs.

When our room was ready, we did get a text and we headed right there after turning in our towels and life vest.  We had a "Fairly Odd Parents" themed room that my son just loved!  Ours was a 2-bedroom kids suite with a semi-private room for my son that had bunk beds, a bedroom with a queen bed, a living area, a kitchenette area and a bathroom.  We were on the Lagoon side of the hotel on the 4th floor. The only thing that took me by surprise was that the carpets in the living area were damp.  They seemed to have just been cleaned as I could smell the solution a bit.  A plus that they are so attentive to cleanliness but damp on my feet for the first bit that we were there!  We had some down time in the room and headed back out to swim at the Lagoon.  

The Lagoon was much more populated since people were checking in by then. It has more cabanas, a larger grill for dining at the pool, activities, crafts on the weekend, shows, a kids play area, a hot tub and basketball!  We arrived right when they were getting ready for Slime Time, the daily mass sliming!  We got our towels and vest, found a chair to put our stuff and watched as the staff came out in their sliming gear, everyone sang, danced and cheered and then they slimed everyone!  The families were loving it!  The slime drained right off and everyone went back to swimming.  We explored the slides and pool. Then, we noticed they also have mini-golf behind the slides and played a few rounds.  

Finally, as the sun set, we got a little cold since it was early May and we headed to our room to get changed.  We decided to end our night with a The Krabby Patty Celebration show (free with your stay and my son LOVED it), a few arcade games and pizza back in our room.  We also grabbed some ice cream in the sundry shop to take back and have for dessert. There's a freezer in the room in the small kitchenette fridge.  We noticed they were starting a "dive in" movie by the pool when we headed back to our room. Back in the room, we relaxed, watched some shows and went to bed.  If you have younger kids, you might want a room on the Oasis side because it will be a little quieter. We were on the Lagoon pool side and it stay open until 10pm.  However, for tween and teens, the Lagoon pool would be really fun to be near, it's where all of the action is.

The next morning, we had breakfast in our room, some items I brought with me.  To save money, there is a Super Target just a few exits down toward the airport and you can pick up food for your room! My room had a microwave too but some rooms even have a stove top.  I saw a lot of families arriving with groceries.  We had already made reservations for our shuttle to Disney (included in the resort fee).  It was right on time!  We spent the day at Disney World and I knew when the shuttle was coming back (various times throughout the day) so we headed to the bus area and it was right on time.  Back at the hotel, we visited the pool again and grabbed some dinner at the Nicktoons Cafe to bring back to our room after the long day.  

On our last day, we went to the Character Breakfast at 9am.  It's open from 1-11am and requires reservations.  I chose to go in the middle of it so that we could have a nice big meal that would last a while since we were traveling.  It is $22 for those 13 and up, $13 for kids 4-12.  A little pricey, but definitely the thing to do at the hotel and inexpensive compared to the Disney character meals. If you go at around 10am, you probably will not need lunch.  There was so much food.  Options from pastries and cereals to breakfast burritos and homemade omelets.  Go hungry!  Every half hour, the characters and staff members sing or have a parade around the room for kids to join.  Throughout the breakfast, some of the characters are off to the side for photos.  We stayed for an hour and ate and enjoyed having all of the characters greet us at our table.  

After breakfast, we shopped at the mall and fed the fish and ducks outside.  There was a staff member filling the dispensers with food and he let my son just dig into the bucket and feed the fish a ton.  Each staff member we met were just as friendly. If you need a break from the pools, there are things to do!  They have 4-D movies, shows, a teen lounge and meet 'n greet times with characters for photo opps.  We chose to go to the Oasis pool one more time before heading to the airport. We did the speedy checkout on the phone and took our bags to the pool.  You can stay until 1pm on the day of checkout and checkout it at 11am.  We swan and relaxed poolside.  Before heading out, we changed in the family room of the bathroom in the mall area. On the way out, they were holding some of the interactive family shows by the pool that everyone was really enjoying.  

The Nickelodeon Suites Resort is so easy for traveling.  We hopped back into our rental car and headed right back to the airport by reversing the directions. There was a gas station right the the way for refueling and returning the car.  Car rental return was clearly displayed at the Orlando airport and they checked us out right in the parking garage!  We had a late lunch at the food court, the Orlando airport has a full mall in it, it's very nice!  Then, we went through security (longer lines than Louisville) and took the shuttle tram to our gate.  We  were back in Louisville after a change-over in Atlanta (big airport, so leave time to change planes!).  What a trip!  I definitely think we went down and back too quickly and you should stay at least 3 nights at this hotel to really get to do everything!

Happy travels, I love Louisville but sometimes, you just want to get out of town for a special vacation and this is a fantastic option. 

Stephanie

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer Reading Programs around Louisville for 2012

For 2015 Information - click here


Keep your kids reading all summer long with these fun reading programs in and around Kentuckiana:

Barnes and Noble
This reading program is geared toward first through sixth graders, but we did it last year too and my kids were in pre-school. Your child reads 8 books and downloads a journal to write about the books. Then the child will be able to pick out a book from a list for free.

Half Price Books –FEED YOUR BRAIN® Summer Reading Program Read for at least 15 minutes each day, children or parent reading to child.  Log the time and turn in the log for a $5 HPB reward!

Chuck E Cheese
Print out the reading chart, fill it out, bring it to Chuck E Cheese to get 10 free tokens. (There are several other rewards charts here too to earn free tokens.)

Louisville Library
You can start All Star Readers summer reading program June 1 by visiting your local library to pick up a summer reading folder. You have until Aug. 11 to complete to win prizes such as a hat, passes to local attractions, food freebies and more!

Oldham County Library- summer reading program starts on May 30th.  Earn a chance to win $1000, everyone that finished gets a pass to the end of the summer pool party!  They also have special events with character appearances.

Bullitt County Summer Reading - They have special sessions at their branches at different dates and times!

Jeffersonville has a summer reading program for kids birth to age 18. Read, log progress and win stuff!

New Albany/Floyd County has a summer reading program.  Register and get a welcome packet.  Log reading and win rewards!

The Muhammad Ali Center also has a reading program that incorporates fitness and service!  A really nice well-rounded program.

Book It! From Pizza Hut has a summer reading sweepstakes and a really nice website for family reading ideas!

Old Spaghetti Factory reading rewards, your school or organization can sign up.

Scholastic Summer reading programs to log your minutes and try to win prizes

Pottery Barn Kids has a summer reading program,details are online for downloading their progress trackers and entering to win prizes!

Do you know of other summer reading programs? Let us know so we can keep our list updated. Thanks!
info@louisvillefamilyfun.net

Review of Gordon Biersch

PhotobucketThis past weekend my husband and I enjoyed a double date to the VIP Reception for the new Gordon Biersch opening this week at 4th Street Live! in downtown Louisville. Three of us had never visited one, but my husband was already a big fan from frequenting the location where we used to live on the east coast. He was excited to have one here now and that he won an additional invitation to attend on the Gordon Biersch Louisville facebook page so we could invite another couple to join us.

We entered the garage from 5th Street and, since it was just after 6pm on a Saturday, parking was free. From there you can walk right into the heart of the 4th Street Live! area and it was just a quick left past a few other restaurants to get to Gordon Biersch. We were greeted promptly and, because it was a reception rather than regular seating, were told we could sit wherever we’d like. There were plenty of tables to choose from and we noticed the entire interior was nicely decorated and had a clean, modern feel. The bar area is large and offers numerous tvs high on the wall and ample space for gathering. You can see the fermentation tanks through a window to the side and the kitchen through a large glass window opposite the bar area closer to the main dining tables.
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PhotobucketSince it was an opening reception there were no menus. Instead, servers came around with a variety of tasty appetizers so you could sample key menu items. They shared that everything is made from scratch on site and described each item as they offered it. We enjoyed tapas sized tastes of Margherita pizza, Housemade Chips, bruschetta, Southwestern flatbread, a warm crab dip served with crostini, a potsticker which we shared since they ran out a few times before making it to our area, a small salad, and a little bit of bowtie pasta with lobster claw and shrimp. Everything we were able to taste was very good. My favorites were the Housemade chips, which were lightly topped with baked potato toppings, and the seriously delicious garlic fries.

Drinks were highly discounted and benefited Boys & Girls Haven and extra donations were accepted in a clearly marked envelope. The initial server did a great job explaining the beer selections and their unique qualities. My party tried three of the beer choices and were quite pleased with their selections. They also have a wine and handcrafted cocktails menu, including some lighter and non-alcoholic choices. Our assigned server seemed a little overwhelmed considering she was only taking drink orders and other servers were roving with the appetizers. We were quite understanding that this is a brand new place and it will take time for everyone to get their footing, but couldn’t help but notice she appeared more attentive to our neighboring tables, which was disappointing. Every other employee we encountered was friendly and helpful and did not let it show if they felt the understandable stress that might accompany opening a large new restaurant in an area hot spot.
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 The corner location at 4th and Liberty is highly visible and offers great views of groups as they approach the 4th Street Live! area. From our indoor table, we enjoyed seeing several bachelorette parties making their way to start their celebrations. The patio seating looked like lots of fun too, right next to the action, and the fireplace outside is sure to make for a romantic evening when the air is crisper. There were a few items that always seemed empty by the time they made their way near us, like a great smelling pizza and Kobe and pulled pork sliders, so I look forward to ordering them when we visit again. We noticed just a handful of high chairs and boosters available, which makes sense for their location. I can see popping in there with my family early in the day and they do offer a reasonably priced Kid’s Menu, but imagine it will be more of an adult place in the later evening as that part of downtown is meant to be. Overall we had a great time and loved being able to get a sneak peek at what is sure to be a very popular addition to Louisville. We look forward to going back to try more of the great sounding menu items, including indulgences and some lighter options, and are happy to have another great place to grab a tasty bite and unwind!

By guest contributor: Angela

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Steepleton Open House from Louisville Family Fun!

This event has been rescheduled for June 21st, same time and place!

I have coordinated a fun open house event for you to kick off summer! Play sets are made to by played on and Steepleton wants your kids to come and jump, slide and swing in their "back yard"

There will be chances to win awesome prizes (for example: free tacos from Salsarita's, discount cards from The Parent Teacher Store and free Frozen Yogurt from Sweet n Swirly), time to play on all of the structures that Steepleton has set up! Balloons by Bonkers  (pending response for the rescheduled date) will be there and a great chance to meet the Board of the Louisville Children's Museum endeavor. Louisville Water company will be there with some Pure Tap water bottles and other goodies!


It is the same night as the Salsarita's Kids Eat Free night and that's right across the street. So, grab some dinner and head over to play at the Steepleton Open House or do the same in reverse! The St. Matthew's fire truck will be there too.

I will have Louisville Family Fun gear available for $8 at the event and stay tuned for details about how to get bonus points at this event for the Live Love Lou Summer Contest!

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During this event, Steepleton is offering 25% Off Swingsets + Free Installation, $100 Baskeball Installation and $200 off Trampoline Installation!!

Stephanie

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review of Vacation by V

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If you follow Louisville Family Fun on Facebook and Twitter, you saw photos of my trip from Louisville to Orlando. We visited the Nickelodeon Suites Resort for a 3 day, 2 night trip and were able to spend one of those days at Disney World!  Vacation by V made it so easy to book my trip.  Vicky Spencer Rouse, the owner, and I corresponded via email and she very quickly secured me a flight.  It's not more expensive to use a travel agent! She is well-versed in getting the most bang for your buck and knows about all of the flight options from Louisville to Orlando.  I would have been spending a lot of time investigating the differences in traveling on a Thursday vs. a Friday, connecting or not and the best times to travel.  She knew what I was looking for a found me great flights.   She sent me the itinerary and the week of my trip, she checked in with me to give me some tips and reminders.

Also, she knows so much about Disney World. I was a bit overwhelmed thinking of all of the options for parks, dining, transportation, shows and more.  I wanted to make sure we could squeeze in the best things to do without trying to do too much with a 5 year old.  She offered advice that I wouldn't have gotten from just reading the Disney pamplets or website.  Plus, if you do a web search about tips, the results are endless.  I felt like I could just ask her and get an answer, the end!

It was a wonderful trip and I would recommend that if you are planning a trip out of town soon, especially to Disney, check with Vacation by V.  It certainly can't hurt and it just might save you time and money!

Stephanie

Monday, May 21, 2012

WINNER! Dining Discoveries & More Contest


Here's what you WON, Amanda Clarke!

$15 certificate to Yang Kee Noodle YUMMY!
$75 certificate for Hwang's Martial Arts (4 classes + White belt)
$170 certificate for Everlasting Beauty Medi Spa (to use for 3 microdermabrasions or 3 custom facials or 2 chemical peels, your choice!)
$15 certificate for F.A.B.D. Smokehouse


That's a $275 prize!!! YIPPEEE! Remember, these certificates and MORE are available on DiningDiscoveries.com for half off.

Amanda, email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net with your mailing address!

CONTEST! James Byrd Photography Session

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Spirit Day at Chick-fil-a for the Louisville Children's Museum!

Come out and support our efforts to create a Louisville Children's Museum!  Dine ALL day May 22nd for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert or all of the above and bring this certificate with you. PRINT HERE.  Give them your certificate when making your purchase and Chick-fil-A St. Matthews or Springhurst will make a donation from your purchase to help our cause!

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Like Louisville Children's Museum on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@LouChildrenMus)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Things to do this weekend in Louisville - May 18,19,20

This weekend is packed, and so are the weeks to come. Be sure to check out the calendar at the top of our page because what's in this post is just my picks for the weekend. There's a ton to choose from.

Enjoy an evening of shopping at the fundraiser for the Louisville Children's Museum on Friday night. It's from 6-10pm at the Woodmont Club (4120 Woodmont Park Lane 40245).  It's $5 admission which included 2 drink tickets (wine, sodas, tea etc) and snacks as well as shopping t he vendors! There's great silent auction prizes so bring cash or checks.  The silent auction will close at 8:30pm.
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On Saturday, explore the Old Louisville Springfest.  It's from 10am to 11pm between the 1200 and 1300 blocks of First Street. There's a kids zone, shopping, food and music.
Or, maybe the St. Matthews Street Festival which is also from 10am to 11pm but on the 3800 blog of Frankfort Ave. It will feature vendors, music, food, a kids area and more!

On Sunday, check out The Magic and the Wonder at the Louisville Palace.  Details about this show can be found HERE.
Or, the Buy Local First Fair at the watertower from 2-6pm.  There will be a ton of local vendors and fun. I will be there at my own booth with LouFamFun gear for a reduced price of $8 (freebie with purchase!).  Remember, I'll be making a donation to the Louisville Children's Museum from the sale of these shirts! And, you can enter to win a fun cupcake play kitchen and other prizes!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

Stephanie

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Farmer's Markets, Strawberry & Blueberry Picking, CSAs and ProduceDelivery in the Louisville Area

It's the season for Farmer’s Markets and u-picks!

FARMERS’ MARKETS

Almost any day in Louisville you can find a farmer’s market. This is a great opportunity to pick up organic and non-organic, fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, meat etc. You can google the farmer market to see if they have a website to get specifics of what is available each time. But, The Mayor's Healthy Hometown initiative did a great job compiling a LIST, we aren't going reinvent the wheel!
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Let's not forget about the sunny side, here's links for Southern Indiana

Jeffersonville Farmers’ Market
New Albany Farmers’ Market

U-PICKS
Now who does not love going to the farm with the family and picking fresh fruit and vegetables? What a great way to spend some quality family time together while getting some yummy food! We love Hubers and Hinton’s Orchard. Hubers is about 40min drive from Louisville while Hinton’s is closer to an hour. Both places have activities for the kids and calendar of events where you definitely can spend at least a half a day enjoying yourselves on the farm. There's also Gallrein Farms in Shelbyville. Be sure to check out our reviews of both places. HUBERS HINTON ORCHARDS For blueberries, keep any eye out on the Bryant's Blueberries website for details about their crop! Read our review!

Don’t forget about our recent review of Green B.E.A.N. Delivery as another option to obtain organic produce and support Midwest farmers. There's also Grasshoppers Distribution for this kind of service.

And, another option: CSA
Consumer Supported Agriculture is something new to me, but sounds like a great alternative and/or addition to farmers’ markets. What is CSA? From the website, “Community supported agriculture is exactly what it sounds like - local people supporting local farmers. At the start of a season, you sign up for a share and agree to pay the farmer a fee. In return the farmer agrees to supply you with fresh produce for a set number of weeks during the growing season.” You meet them at a designated time and place. I recently heard Mary, from Courtney Farms talk on NPR. In addition to CSA, Courtney Farms offer a la carte. A la Carte you can go to their website and order exactly what you want which they will deliver at certain locations. Currently they have pick-up points in Shelbyville, Simpsonville, Crescent Hill, Jeffersontown, and Highlands (TBD).

Stephanie & Jeanette