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Friday, August 31, 2012

Things to do for Labor Day Weekend around Louisville

My fingers have been doing a lot of typing, so here's a video about my picks for the weekend!  With a very awkward "Hiiiiiiiiii" since I wasn't sure if the recording began!

Southwest YMCA Back to School Bash
Parklands outdoor movie (Update: CANCELLED)
The Nina & The Pinta
Kentucky Bluegrass & Burgoo Festival - kids 10 and under are free!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Top 10 things to do in Louisville - Kentuckiana this Fall!

PhotobucketFall is in the air! Get your calendars out and plan ahead for some fabuLOUs family fun!

10.  Yew Dell Gardens  Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, KY offers many family friendly events throughout the year.  Books n Blankets is a great way to spend a fall afternoon- simply pay the entry fee and ask the staff for a basket of books and a blanket.  Then you can spend the afternoon in the beautiful gardens reading nature-themed books to the kids.  There are also kids’ events on Saturday mornings thru October, and BooDell is October 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  See http://www.yewdellgardens.org/ for more info.

9. 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove  October 27-28 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  There will be an 18th century style market, mock battles, and lots of history.  Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children.  Check out http://www.locustgrove.org/ for more info.

8. Southwest Festival The Southwest Community Festival is a large fall festival held each year at the Sun Valley Park.  It will be held this year on October 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There will be a car show, Toddler Town, inflatables, and more.  See http://www.southwestfestival.org/ for more info.

7. Turkey Trot at the Northeast YMCA  Thursday November 22 (Thanksgiving Day) Start your day off right with the Northeast YMCA’s Turkey Day Fun Run and Turkey Trot for the kids.  Long run starts at 8:10 a.m., short run and fitness walk at 8:30, and the Turkey Trot for the kids starts at 9:30 a.m.  Register online at http://www.ymcalouisville.org/ .

6.  Earth Discovery Day at the Falls of the Ohio  October 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. check out this new event at the Falls of the Ohio State Park.  There will be craft activities, mineral digs, speakers, guided hikes, and more.  Check out http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/ for more info.

5.  St. James Art Fair The 56th Annual St. James Court Art Show will be held this year October 5-7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  There is something for everyone here, from handmade toys and puzzles to ceramics, glass, paintings, jewelry, and other fine arts.  The show is adjacent to Louisville’s historic Central Park, which has a great playground for the kids.  Check out http://www.stjamescourtartshow.com/ for more info.  I highly recommend the valet parking at 6th and Magnolia for $20.

Photobucket4. Spiderman Day at the Kentucky Railway Museum  The Kentucky Railway museum has great events throughout the year.  On September 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. kids can meet and greet Spiderman, go on a train excursion, and participate in other children’s activities.  This event is $18 per person, and kids under 2 are free.  Reservations are required.  You can find more info about this and other events at http://www.kyrail.org/ .

3.  Bernheim Colorfest  Each fall Bernheim Forest hosts Colorfest, a fall festival celebrating the changing colors of the leaves.  There will be crafts and activities, hayrides, demonstrations, and plenty of other family friendly activities.  Colorfest will be held October 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and October 21 from noon to 5 p.m.  The entrance fee is $5 per vehicle.   Find more info at http://www.bernheim.org/ .

2.  Pick your own Pumpkins at Huber’s Farm  Journeying to Huber’s Farm in Starlight Indiana to pick pumpkins is a longstanding family tradition.  Go on a hayride out to the field and pick your pumpkin, eat a family-style meal in the restaurant, and let the kids play in the Barnyard.  There is so much to do at Huber’s farm year round.  Fall activities are every weekend in October.  See http://www.joehubers.com/ for more info.

Photobucket1.  World’s Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo  This event has to be number one because of how much fun everyone has.  As a college student I used to volunteer for this event, and now I am happy to take my kids every year.  The costumes are great and there is a good balance between candy and exercise.  This event takes place October 5-7, 11-14, 18-21, & 25-28 with entry between 5:30 and 8 p.m.  The first two weeks are free to Zoo members, and discount tickets can be purchased at Meijer thru September 28.  See http://www.louisvillezoo.org/ for more details.

Choices by guest contributor: Maggie

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review of Copper Cupcake

PhotobucketCupcakes for lunch? Oh, yes we did!  My daughter and I were running errands and I had a coupon for Copper Cupcake and so we stopped into this Norton Commons bakery for a treat and to pick up some extra for our friends.

It's an inviting little shop with a few seats outside and inside, making for a perfect spot for a treat with my daughter.  The woman working was very helpful and friendly and the shop was spotless. We chatted about the cupcake flavors and I inquired about their ingredients since our friends need dye-free treats.  Copper Cupcake uses high quality ingredients and many from local farms and suppliers.  She checked the dyes for me so that I could make the best selections for my friends.  There were some with artificial dyes but only a few so I was happy to have so many choices for my friends, usually they are limited.

We got a dozen cupcakes, half to give to friends and half for our family.  We chose a variety of cupcakes, I think we got one of everything except the red velvet (save that for next time!). We had a coupon from ValPak so it was about $18 for 12 cupcakes since it was buy 6, get 6 free. Click HERE for the coupon.

My daughter chose a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles to have at the shop.  I sat with her and enjoyed her sugary giggles and chose to have mine at home after lunch. It was hard to wait though!  She ate all of the cupcake, to the last crumb.  As far as cupcakes go, they were not very messy and I thought it had just enough frosting to cupcake ratio - is that a real bakery statistic?

PhotobucketAt home, I had the signature copper cupcake.  It is a gingerbread cupcake filled with bourbon caramel and topped with cream cheese icing.  It was the most unique cupcake that I have ever had.  The bourbon caramel definitely has a bourbon flavor but it's not overwhelming, it's sweet.  The cream cheese icing was perfect with just the right amount to get a bit of caramel, a bit of cake and a bit of icing in each bite.  A must try but beware (in a good way), this cupcake ooooooozes when you bite in!  Later, my husband had the lime cupcake with lime tart filling and gave me a try.  OK, I thought I like the copper cupcake and I did but clearly I LOVED this lime cupcake.  The filling in the cupcake is so tart and with the vanilla icing on top, it was a sweet-tart explosion. I also liked that it wasn't quite as oozing as the caramel in the other cupcake, a little easier to eat. This cupcake will bring me back there for more. Did I mention that you can see all of the little black speckles from the real vanilla in their icing? Yeah, it's good.

I got some different cupcakes for my friends (carrot, German chocolate and others) and I will let you know what they liked best!   This is a high quality bakery with more than just cupcakes, so check it out! They are open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 7pm.  Great for ordering for a party, grabbing some coffee and a cupcake, cookie or breakfast bread or popping over for some dessert.


An All Day Trip to the Kentucky State Fair (Review #3)

PhotobucketMy family and I spent ALL day at the Kentucky State Fair. We started at the World's Championship Horse Show at 9am. The upper level seats were free, but the floor level had a cost (the free entry is only on certain days). My kids enjoyed watching several classes compete. They liked that each competition started with younger kids (we saw kids as young as 8), then teens, then adults. We saw regular riders (saddlebred) and horses pulling carts (pleasure riding). My kids loved to pick out which horses they liked the best, which riders they thought looked the best, and which would be the winners. It helped to explain what the judges were looking for, and what would get them better marks. The loud speaker voice was very clear, and the competition for each class was just short enough to hold my kids' attention. My kids really enjoyed cheering the winners on as they took their winning lap around the arena, and we loved hearing where all of the different riders had come from. The show attracts riders from all across the country and even internationally (we saw someone from South Africa!) with more than 2,000 horses competing for over $1 million in awards.

PhotobucketAfter we had our fill of horses, we headed throughout the fair grounds enjoying freebies from each booth, getting health checks, looking at submitted entries for art, baking, and everything else under the sun, we looked at all the animals in their pens, and of course, tasted the food. I particularly liked the deep fried Girl Scout Cookies! We also enjoyed many of the shows.

PhotobucketMy daughter's favorite was JUMP! The Ultimate Dog Challenge. My kids loved watching the dogs jump, catch frisbees, walk on two legs, jump rope, and a whole bunch of other tricks. Their favorite was watching the dogs jump over 52" high pole. There was audience participation, and I liked that the host emphasized adopting from shelters and said all of the dogs in his show were rescued.

PhotobucketWe ended the day with my son's favorite show, the BMX Pros Trick Team show. With tricks and stunts by bicyclists and a skate boarder, it looked like the guys could defy gravity and break the laws of physics. My son can't wait to try and ride his bike up a ramp and try to flip it up side down in the air. The whole show was less than a 30 minutes, but due to sitting on bleachers out in the full sun, that was fine with us. After a long day, we decided it was well worth the fatigue. We had a great time at the Kentucky State Fair, and we can't wait to go back again next year!

By guest contributor: Caryn

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Deal Round-Up for the Kentuckiana Frozen Yogurt Shops

It’s hot. So we at LouisvilleFamilyFun.net decided to bring you all the sweet deals to be had on frozen yogurt in the area.
These are subject to change so always check with the business to see if these deals are still going on!

Sweet n Swirly
1305 Veterans Parkway Clarksville, IN (812) 725-8795
805 Blankenbaker Pkwy., #102 Louisville, KY (502) 690-7733
976 Breckenridge Ln. Louisville, KY (502) 897-1950
Buy 1, Get 1 Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m.
Tuesday - twice as nice double rewards Wedensdays - no weigh! $4 no matter what
Friday - Fill 'er up Fridays $4 no matter what

Sweet Frog
1401 Veterans Parkway Clarksville, IN (812) 725-7765
Text FROG24 to 66782. You will be entered to win a free cup and other prizes. You will also receive text only deals once or twice a month.
Tuesday 12-5 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. kids 10 and under get a free froyo with purchase of a parent’s froyo, one free child per parent purchase.
Printable Buy 1 Get 1 offer on Facebook page, as well as occasional offers on Facebook page.
Deals also on Foursquare.

1501 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY (502) 458-2322
3922 Westport Rd. Louisville, KY (502) 893-3454
Lula’s offers punch cards and double punches on Tuesday. You get 2 extra punches if you order the recipe of the day.
Like Lula’s on Facebook and receive 10% off your purchase, one time only.
There is a 10% discount for Military, Police, and Fire with ID.
Lula’s also posts occasional specials and coupons on Facebook.

Orange Leaf Clarksville
1440 Veterans Parkway Clarksville, IN (812) 282-4800
Wednesday is student day. Show a valid Student ID all day Wednesday and get 15% off.
Check in on Facebook any time and get 1 ounce off.
Orange Leaf in Clarksville also posts occasional specials on their Facebook page.

Orange Leaf Louisville  or their other facebook page
3567 Springhurst Blvd. Louisville, KY (502) 276-8813
3012 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY (502) 276-8831
Check in on Facebook or Foursquare or mention Orange Leaf on Twitter and get 1 oz off. Social Wednesday get 2 oz off.
Orange Leaf Louisville also offers occasional deals on their Facebook page.

32 Degrees Yogurt Bar
4126 Summit Plaza Dr. Louisville, KY (502) 423-0371
Happy Hour Monday-Thursday 5-7 receive double punches when you tag 32 Degrees or check in on Facebook.

4600 Shelbyville Rd., #637 Louisville, KY (502) 897-1500
4646 Chamberlain Lane Louisville, KY (502) 426-0201
Waffle Bowl Wednesday- receive a free waffle bowl with purchase on Wednesday.
Menchie’s also posts special code words on their Facebook page occasionally, good for 2 free ounces.

2723 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy. Louisville, KY (502) 491-9983
2214 Holiday Manor Ctr. Louisville, KY (502) 742-4070
13210 Shelbyville Rd. 502-254-1130
Monday Happy Hour from 4-6 Buy 1 Get 1 cups
Tuesday double stamps
First Wednesday of the month is special citizen day. People over 60 get 10% off.
Thursday get $1 off all smoothies.

Compiled by guest contributor: Maggie

Know of any on-going deals that we missed? Comment on this post with the deal and a link to the details!

Monday, August 27, 2012

CONTEST! VIP Party for 10 at Sweet Frog Clarksville

PhotobucketWho wouldn't want to win a VIP Party for 10 people at Sweet Frog

All 10 people get all the FroYo & Toppings they can fit in a 12oz cup for Free in their wonderful Clarksville shop.  The birthday attendees will have their choice from 16+ flavors and 80+ toppings that equals a ton of fun!


You can also text FROG22 to 66782 for a simple chance from them to win free froyo, every 10th person wins a 12oz treat!

Good luck!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

WINNER! $50 Gift Card to Frisch's Big Boy

Breakfast, lunch or dinner.....or multiple - the $50 gift card goes to:  

Cathy Miller

Enjoy a milkshake for me!

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

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Review of the Kentucky State Fair (#2) highlighting 4-H and FOOD!

PhotobucketFirst things that comes to mind when you think of the Kentucky State Fair? Fried food!  Rides! Animals! But have you ever stopped and checked out all the entries that are on display in the 4-H/FFA section? Maybe you have, but didn't know how much work is put into them, and how many kids across Jefferson county and the state that they represent. There is a little gem to be uncovered at the Fair: it's in the West Hall. 

PhotobucketPhotobucket4-H students are part of clubs that meet in community centers, schools, libraries, churches, etc. And all year long they work on projects in areas such as communications, science and technology, nutrition, home environment, photography, and agriculture to name a few. The entries you can see at the state fair are the culmination of these kids' hardwork! These showcased entries are created by KIDS! And very talented ones. I had no idea of the amount of talent out there until I spent a lot of time in the West Hall looking at all the beautiful work they do! Be sure and check it out while you're making your way through the fair. You will see woodwork, leather projects, sewn handicrafts, cakes, jellies, photographs, clothing, baskets...the list could go on. Also in the West Hall is the FFA entries and winners.

PhotobucketPhotobucketFuture Farmers of America is a national organization committed to helping young people become the best in the science, business, and art of agricultural careers. You can see their hardwork as well. The 4-H is an organization run through the University of Kentucky. It started out as an agricultural entity, in which farm kids could have an outlet to explore in the rural commnunities. The cooperative extension office came to be to "extend" and bring that quality of service to the city kids, and that is how 4-H clubs sprung up throughout the county. It is a well-run, very organized, and innovative program for elementary-high school kids. If your student is between the ages of 9-19, 4-H could be for them. The easiest way to connect with a 4-H club is to check them out here: http://ces.ca.uky.edu/jefferson/4HYouthDevelopment, or you can find an ongoing club at some of the libraries. 4-H is represented by a four leaf clover: the four H's stand for head, heart, hands, and health!

By guest contributor: Erin


Whether it is the unusual doughnut burger and fried kool aid, the traditional corn dog and elephant ear, or the local grown pork loin sandwich and roasted ear of corn dipped in butter, The fair has it all!

PhotobucketWe ventured to the fair with my friend and her family. She chose the pork lion sandwich that can be found throughout the fair grounds but is cheapest at the Kentucky proud tent. This tent is located between the south wing and midway, and houses all the Kentucky produced meat vendors. It is also less crowded so your family will be able to find a place to sit.

PhotobucketMy 3 year old boys chose the traditional corn dog and fries which cost $6 for a basket. I followed suit by getting a foot long corn dog but opted to skip the fries. We found a vendor right outside the south wing, and they were served up fresh and steaming hot.

PhotobucketPhotobucketWe washed them down with a large freshly squeezed cup of lemonade. The service was worth the 5 dollar price tag. After seeing the look on my kids' faces when I told them they would have to share, the server came to the rescue by cutting a slit in the top and adding an extra straw. Problem solved! The lemonade was sweet and tangy and even came with a fresh, whole lemon in the bottom of the cup.

Our last food stop was to pick up an elephant ear for dessert. Saying it was worth the $5 is an understatement. It was cooked right before our eyes and was so big it covered 2 paper plates. It came drenched in powder sugar, and definitely hit the spot.

By guest contributor: Joline

Friday, August 24, 2012

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville

I'm going to call this "Things to do this weekend" post the deals edition! As I think about the options for things to do this weekend, I think of three great deal-seeker opportunities that can provide some family fun at the event.....or through the deals you find!

PhotobucketFirst, the Kids 2 Kids Consignment sale from the Louisville Mothers of Twins Club is Saturday, it's one of the first consignment sales of the season.  Details HERE.  You can head there and find some steals on duds, toys, books and gizmos for all sorts of family fun.

Second, all weekend Friday - Sunday from 10am-4:30pm, it's the Locust Grove Summer Used Book Sale.  They claim this is their biggest one yet, and that's pretty darn big!  They have all sorts of books for every age and most books are $1 or $2.  If you ask me, books are definitely family fun!  Kindle who? Go get a REAL book and support this historic place.

Third, treat yourself after your days of shopping with FREE TOPPINGS at Sweet n Swirly.  Seriously? Is this real? YES.  All of their locations, all day Sunday (while they are open of course, 11am-10pm) you pump the froyo, pay for it and then you just get to TOP TOP TOP the treat.  This is my son's dream!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend, check out the calendar at the top of the page for more ideas!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Best list of Preschools in and around Louisville (Jefferson County including Oldham,Shelby, Bullitt Counties)

This is a partially sponsored post. 
Christ Church School teaches, inspires, and cares for children ages six weeks throughKindergarten, with flexible options from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Our mission is to buildand maintain a child’s positive self image and an eager attitude to learn in a Christian environment. We offer a challenging core curriculum that includes Handwriting without Tears and special areas that include computers, physical education, music, Chapel, and Chinese.

Christ Church School
4614 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY 40207

PhotobucketMontessori School of Louisville provides an exceptional, child-centered education for children ages 18 months to 14 years. MSL offers an authentic Montessori learning environment and curriculum, carefully developed to meet the specific needs of children during their formative years: Toddler (18 months - 2.5 years), and Primary (3 - 6 years). Children thrive in a nurturing and stimulating community, unified by the love of learning. Discover how MSL can make a brilliant difference in your child's life. www.msl-edu.org.

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Providing Louisville with the best in child care and development.

2 Years - Kindergarten

Childcare * Preschool * Kindergarten * Before & After School Care * Small Class Sizes * Advanced Curriculum * One-On-One Cognitive Development

Our teachers focus on language, literacy, social and emotional skills, always providing opportunities for children to make choices for themselves while learning responsibility.
ECLC Kindergarten program is state certified and accredited through the ACSI.
Call for enrollment (502) 968-5451 or www.eclcenter.us

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Primrose partners with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life, and offers an environment that helps children have fun while nurturing Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts® Our vision is to deliver the best and most trusted early childhood education and child care services for families across America. Our Primrose Balanced Learning System delivers high-quality educational services that support children's development as well-rounded individuals. This effort to nurture children into becoming balanced adults proves to be a primary reason that parents choose Primrose. Our school serves children from 6 weeks to private Pre-Kindergarten, Before and After School programming, Half-day programs and Summer Camp. We anticipate our school opening June 2014.

 photo NewBHLogo_zpsa0ad2354.jpgBright Horizons at Louisville  is a leading provider of high-quality early education and preschool. Our programs empower children from infancy on to become confident, successful learners and secure, caring people. We strive to grow young readers, scientists, artists, and explorers who are engaged and curious. Our programs invite children to approach school and academics with skills, confidence, and a drive for excellence. All while experiencing the joys of childhood.

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St. Joseph Child Development Center is located on the beautiful campus of St. Joseph Children’s Home. Full and Part time care is available for children ages 6 weeks- 12 years of age. We participate in the STARS Program. St. Joe’s has low child-staff ratios with long teacher tenure. Kid-Fit, Spanish, and Music classes are offered weekly. All classrooms follow Creative Curriculum. Quality Preschool. Trustworthy Childcare. Please contact Angela Jacobi at 502-893-0241 or AngelaJ@sjkids.org.

 photo st luke_zpsyjzr9bfr.pngSt. Luke’s Preschool is an educational program that is for children ages 14 months to 5 years. Our small class size allows us to work closely with each child so that their individual academic, social and emotional needs are met.
Students are introduced to 21st Century Curriculum through the use of SMART board technology and tablets. Manipulative play, learning centers, enrichment activities, and crafts fill our day. Our curriculum includes Handwriting without Tears, The Wilson Reading Method, and Creative Curriculum. Extended hours are available (8:00 am-4:00 pm).
Throughout the summer we offer six weeks of summer camp for children 2 years to 10 years old.

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Click here to learn more about Prospect Latin Preschool.
"We learn not for school, but for life."


 photo Chance_Logo_Small_zpsbinbtlaf.jpgWhere You Start Matters. With over 50 years as Louisville’s premier progressive school for children age 2-through-5th-grade, we continually set new standards for best practices in education. Virginia Chance School provides two lead teachers in every classroom, integrated outdoor learning for all students, a Play-Based Preschool curriculum with real Science, Spanish, Art, Music and P.E. classes by specialist teachers in dedicated classrooms, and a multi-age elementary program. Call now to arrange a tour of our school and 26-acre campus that includes woods, fields, gardens, Goose Creek and The Learning Greenhouse! It’s the ideal place for children to develop a lifelong love of learning.

Tour Today! 502-425-6904 or admissions@chanceschool.org
Virginia Chance School 4200 Lime Kiln Lane, Louisville, KY 40222 www.Instagram.com/VirginiaChanceSchool

Need information on Oldham County preschools? Click here
Need information on Shelby County preschools? Click here.

Do you have something great to say about one of these schools that parents need to hear? Just post it in a comment so other parents know that you recommend that school.

St. Matthews

- Harvey Browne - http://harveybrownepreschool.org/

- Friends School - http://www.friendsschoollouisville.org/preschool/

- Bethel St. Paul - http://www.bethelstpaul.org/page4.html

- 2nd pres weekday school http://www.secondpresschool.org/

- St. Matthews child development center http://www.smcdc.org/

- The Community Preschool at St.Matthews Episcopal Church -http://preschool.stmatt-ky.org/

- St. Matthew Baptist Preschool - http://www.smbcpreschool.org/

- Sproutlings Pediatric Day Care & Preschool - http://sproutlingsdaycare.com/

- Jewish Community Center - http://jccoflouisville.org/

- Westport Road Church of Christ - http://wrccfamily.org/content/view/259/152/

- Waldorf School of Louisville -  www.waldorflouisville.com

- St. Albert - http://school.stalbert.org/

Highlands/Crescent Hill

- Highland Presbyterian Weekday School - http://www.hpc-lou.org/study-and-learn/weekday-school/

- St. Joe's - http://sjkids.org/cdc_about.php

- Southside Christian Childcare http://www.southsidechristianchildcare.com

- Kribs2kids Academy http://kribs2kids.com/

- Keneseth Israel Preschool http://kip-kids.com/

- Highlands Educational Center Inc

- Strathmoor Preschool http://strathmoorpresbyterian.org/19701.html

- Highlands Latin School http://www.thelatinschool.org/

 - Sacred Heart - http://sacredheartschools.org/preschool/index.php

- Christian Academy (Rock Creek) http://caschools.us/rc

- AJ Preschool - http://www.ajpreschool.com/

- Louisville Collegiate School www.loucol.com/academics/lowerschool/juniorkindergarten

- St. Raphael Child Enrichment - http://saintraphaelchurch.org/child-enrichment-center/

- St. James Catholic School - http://www.stjamesbluejays.com/ps_preschool.php

- St. Leonard - http://www.stleonardlouisville-school.org/


-Westport Rd Baptist Church - http://mywrbc.org/ministries/preschool

- Primrose School - http://www.primroseeastlouisville.com/

- St. Mams Child Development Center http://www.stmam.com/childcare.php

- Tiny tots http://www.tinytotnursery.net/

- Prelude Preschool and Childcare

- Lyndon Christian Church - http://www.lyndonchristian.org/Ministries.html

- Our Savior Lutheran School - http://www.oursaviorlouisville.com/

- Bright Horizons (Plainview) - http://child-care-preschool.brighthorizons.com/KY/

- YMCA Louisville (Northeast branch) - http://ymcalouisville.org/northeast/child-care/infant-and-preschool.html

- The Gardiner School - http://www.thegardnerschool.com/preschool

Fern Creek

- Beulah Presbyterian -http://www.beulahpresbyterian.com/youthgroupspreschool.html

-Whitfield Academy (Outer Loop and Middletown) - http://www.whitefield.org/academics/preschool

- St. Bernard - http://www.stbernardlou.com/school/php/page.php?h=4&u=preschool&p=1

- St. Gabriel - http://www.stgabriel.net/AfterSchoolCare/AfterSchoolProgram.html

- A step ahead childcare http://www.childcarelouisville.com/

- Fern Creek Baptist Child Development Center

- Joy-Ti Childcare http://www.daycarelouisville.com/

- Summit Heights United Methodist - http://www.summitheightsumc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71&Itemid=65

- Little Scholars Childcare & Preschool - http://www.littlescholarsinc.com/


- St. Andrew Academy - http://www.saintandrewacademy.org/preschool.php

- CAL Southwest - http://caschools.us/southwest-junior-academy

- Southside Christian Childcare http://www.southsidechristianchildcare.com

- St. Lawrence - http://www.archlou.org/schools/preschools-and-day-cares/st-lawrence-child-care-enrichment-center/

- Mary Queen of Peace - http://www.archlou.org/schools/preschools-and-day-cares/mary-queen-of-peace-preschool/


- St. Joseph Parish Preschool (Butchertown) - http://www.sjosephcatholic.org/preschool.shtml

-Children's Choice http://www.childrenschoice.com/

- Bright Horizons - www.brighthorizons.com/LFF

- Southside Christian Childcare http://www.southsidechristianchildcare.com

- Northside Christian School http://dev.northsideforyou.com/

- Butterflies and Bullfrogs Enrichment Center http://www.bbecenter.net/index2.html

- YMCA Louisville (Chestnut) - http://www.ymcalouisville.org/chestnut/child-care/infant-and-preschool.html

- Kenwood Montessori School - http://kmsky.org/

North East Louisville/Springhurst

- Virginia Chance School - http://chanceschool.org/

- Prospect Latin Preschool - http://www.prospectlatinschool.org/

-Vanguard Academy (Norton Commons) - http://www.thevanguardacademy.com/

- Primrose School - http://www.primroseeastlouisville.com/

- Saint Mary Academy - http://saintmaryacademy.com/

- Northeast Christian Kidzone (Brownsboro/Chamberlain) - http://necchurch.org/preschool

- Christ Church School - http://www.ccum.net/school/

-Temple Early Childcare Education Center - http://www.temple-preschool.com/

- Springdale Preschool - http://springdalechurch.org/preschool/

- Puzzles Academy http://www.puzzlesacademycdc.com/

- La Petite Academy http://www.lapetite.com/dma-landing/louisville-jefferson-county/?gclid=CJve-47frbgCFexDMgod0lIABA

- Watkins Early Learning Center http://www.watkinselc.com

- First Kids Louisville http://www.firstkidslouisville.org/

- Discovery Preschool and Child Care http://www.discoveryps.com/

- Elite Preschool http://www.elitepre-school.com

- Portland Christian School http://www.portlandchristian.org/

- Montessori School of Louisville - http://www.montessorischooloflouisville.org/

- Westport Road Baptist - http://www.mywrbc.org/ministries/preschool/mdo-preschool/


- Christ Lutheran Church - http://www.christlutheranlouisville.org/cgi-bin/kingdomtools/ktpublic.rb?utility=Page&ministry_id=1&page_title=pre_kinder

- Providence Childcare & Preschool - http://www.providenceccps.com/

- Quala Care Preschool - http://www.aiexcellence.com/Main/PreSchool.asp

- Jtown Preschool - http://www.jtownpreschool.com/

- St. Edward Child Development - http://stedwardjtown.org/CDC/CDC_General_Info.pdf

- Rainbow Nursery School - http://www.facebook.com/RainbowNurserySchool

- St. Michael http://www.stmikellc.org/home/

- Puzzles Academy http://www.puzzlesacademycdc.com/

- His Kids Academy http://www.hiskidsacademy.com/

- Hurstbourne Preschool and Childcare

- Nur Islamic School http://www.nurislamicschool.org/#

- St. Paul Episcopal Preschool http://stpaulsepiscopal.episcopalky.org/preschool/about.html

- Stepping Stones Child Development - http://www.steppingstonesky.com/

Buechel/Hikes Point

- Brilliant Minds Academy - http://www.brilliantmindsacademy.org/

- Hayfield Montessori http://hayfieldmontessori.com/

- Okalona Christian - http://okolonacc.org/ministries/weekday-pre-school

- John Paul II Academy - http://www.john-paul-academy.org/default.htm

- St. Martha Catholic School - http://stmarthaschool.org/

South End

- Iroquois Presbyterian Preschool - http://www.ipres.net/Preschool.dsp

- Southside Christian Childcare http://www.southsidechristianchildcare.com

- Beuchel Day Care and Preschool http://buecheldaycare.com/

- Chapel Hill Preschool - http://chapelhillpreschool.com/

- YMCA Louisville - (Southwest) http://ymcalouisville.org/southwest/child-care/infant-and-preschool.html

- Evangel Creative Learning - http://eclcenter.us/

- St. Nicholas Academy -  http://www.sna-panthers.org/


- Middletown United Methodist - Middletownumc.org/preschool

- St. Luke's Episcopal Preschool www.stlukespreschool.wix.com/home

- CAL English Station – http://caschools.us

- Trinity Presbyterian Preschool - http://www.tpclouisville.net/Preschool.html

- Open Arms Preschool - http://www.openarmspreschool.org/

- Kayfield Academy http://www.kayfieldacademy.com/

- La Petite Academy http://www.lapetite.com/dma-landing/louisville-jefferson-county/?gclid=CJve-47frbgCFexDMgod0lIABA

- The Oak School http://www.theoakschool.com/

- Middletown Christian Preschool - http://www.middletownchristian.org/children_youth/preschool\

- Evergreen Christian Preschool - http://www.evergreenchristianpreschool.com/

- Carriage House Preschool - http://carriagehouseps.org/

Oldham County

-Crestwood Baptist Church - http://www.crestwoodbaptist.org/ministries/weekdaypreschool/

-Crestwood United Methodist - http://www.crestwoodmethodist.com/30

- A Wise Choice for Kids (Crestwood) - http://awisechoiceforkids.com/

- Prospect Latin School - http://www.prospectlatinschool.org/

- St. James (Pewee Valley) - http://stjamespewee.wordpress.com/

- St. John (Prospect) - http://stjohnprospect.com/get-involved/school/preschool/

- St. Francis (Goshen) - http://stfrancisschool.org/our-campuses/harrods-creek-preschool/philosophy-curriculum/

- Prospect Preschool Academy - http://www.prospectpreschoolacademy.org/

- Immaculate Conception - http://www.archlou.org/schools/preschools-and-day-cares/immaculate-conception-preschool/

- The Chatter Box (Crestwood) - http://www.thechatterboxky.com/Home.html

- Oldham County Preschool (Headstart/state funded) -http://www.oldham.kyschools.us/preschool/

- Alps Preschool (Crestwood) - http://www.alpspreschool.com/

- Tomorrow's Promise (Crestwood) - http://www.tomorrows-promise.com/Welcome.html

- The Learning Garden Preschool http://www.thelearninggardenpreschool.com/

Bullitt & Shelby County

- North Bullitt Christian Preschool - http://nbchristian.org/id11.html

- First Baptist Church Mt. Washington - http://www.fbcmw.org/#/ministries/children

- Shelbyville First Baptist - http://www.shelbyvillebaptist.com/opportunities-to-grow/weekday-preschool/

- Shelby Christian - http://www.shelbychristian.org/#/youth/early-childhood

- Dorman Preschool (early intervention) - http://www.dormancenter.org/services.htm

- Cornerstone Christian Academy - https://www.ccaofky.org/Home_Page.html

This directory can certainly be updated! If you know of a preschool that we missed that has information online about their services, please comment with the name of the school, geographic area and the link to their site!

If they do not have information online, please comment with the name of the school, geographic area and phone number.

This directory does not include Southern Indiana, we will be creating a separate directory for this area.

If you would like to feature your preschool more prominently in this directory, space is available! Please email lauren@louisvillefamilyfun.net to inquire about the affordable one-time fee!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

All About Kids opens a new location in Crestwood

PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketWe had the pleasure of attending the grand opening for the new branch of All About Kids Sports Center in Oldham County. It's in the old Walmart building in Crestwood. It may be a little smaller than their Blankenbaker campus, but I actually like the layout better.

When you first walk in the door, the check-in is to the right, as well as the store (they have a small store for uniforms, shoes, swim suits, and other sports needs), Just For Kicks Tae Kwon Do room and Step One dance room. The pool (which looks bigger than their other pool, but is not yet finished) is on your left. I'm excited to see how it will look in September when it's completed (swim lessons are scheduled to start on the September 24, 2012). The main gymnastic room is straight ahead. They have an inflatables section that looks very similar to the one on Blankenbaker. I think the gymnastics area with equipment is about the same size, but the open floor for cheer, dance, and gymnastic floor routines is a little smaller. I'm hoping this will encourage them to have less going on at the same time. The Blankenbaker campus floor appears to always have several classes going on at once, and I'm sure this adds to the craziness of the parking lot. The Oldham campus can handle a lot more traffic and parked cars!

PhotobucketPhotobucketThe new gym still has a rope swing, several floor level trampolines, and pits of red and blue foam squares to play with. They still have a viewing area upstairs, but no classes on the second floor. I hope this will decrease the 2nd floor crowding that is at the other campus, but the upstairs viewing area is smaller than the one at Blankenbaker, so it may still be packed. There are 3 party rooms at the new campus. Two are upstairs in a room and can be opened into one big room, and one is directly below looking out to the pool on one side and the gymnastics area on the other side. To me, they look like even better party rooms than the Blankenbaker campus.

PhotobucketAt the grand opening, they had only one open entrance to the whole gymnastics/inflatables area which is great for security. But there is a gate that goes just to the inflatables area as well as a door on the opposite side of the gymnastics area that can be opened as well. Something that is much better in the new campus is that there is a men's and women's room connected to the gym floor. Kids can head to the restroom during class without having to wait for parents to escort them off of the gym floor. This set-up is much more time efficient and safer for the younger kids.

PhotobucketOne thing the new campus doesn't have is a cafe. When I emailed one of the staff to ask about a possible cafe, they stated, "We do not have a cafe at this facility, nor do we have plans to build one. Unfortunately no outside food or drink is allowed in, but we do have vending machines (both food and drink) and an ice cream vendor in the building as snack/treat options."  The Blankenbaker campus changed their rules to not allow any outside food or drink this past year also, so if you go for the open gym from 10am to 2pm, you may need to buy food at their cafe. Unfortunately, the Oldham campus doesn't have any made to order food. But, if you go early or late, you can save money by eating at home before or after your gym/swim time.
The new Oldham County branch of All About Kids is a awesome. The schedules look very similar on both campuses. The new building has a great location, nice equipment, a bigger parking lot, and friendly staff. I think the classes are wonderful, and even better is the opportunity for your kids to gain self-confidence, self-esteem, personal growth, health, and much more! I highly recommend you check it out - classes have already started!

By guest contributor: Caryn

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review of The Kentucky State Fair ( Review #1)

Photos and Video by Stephanie

Our trip to the Kentucky State Fair this year started with a chat with Freddy from the Farm Bureau, a walk through the South Wing to browse the exhibits and a stop at the KET table to take a picture with famous Curious George. Then, we headed to the west wing and found the cattle, goats, rabbits and more. We spent a long time walking these aisles and comparing animals. We also enjoyed the border collie show and some dinner under the country music tent. We ended our evening with rides in the thrillway where my kids took advantage of the $15 wristbands deal by riding as many thrills as they could! It was a fantastic evening with the family!


PhotobucketThis year’s experience at the Kentucky State Fair was one of the best in recent memory. For starters, it wasn’t even 80 degrees when we arrived at noon, and it only climbed to 82 by the time we left a little after five. The first show we happened upon is fairly new to the Fair- Neverless Nocks All- American Stunt and Thrill Show. It opened with two men climbing poles and balancing atop without any safety harnesses or climbing equipment. What a thrill!

PhotobucketThroughout the day we saw the agricultural exhibits, visited the Kidz Biz Stage, watched Miller’s Border Collies, and learned about safety at the Kentucky State Police’s Safety Town. But three things really captured my kids’ imaginations: making beeswax candles at the Bees and Honey exhibit, playing on the TARC bus, and watching the ladies spin yarn on their spinning wheels. Then we rounded the day out with a visit to the Thrillway and some cotton candy before we headed home. No matter what your interests, the Fair has something for everyone!

By guest contributor: Maggie


The weather was awesome this weekend, making it the perfect time to head to the Kentucky State Fair. Our children, ages 7 and 3, tend to gravitate towards the animals. We have seen about every animal related attraction in previous years. This year I decided to try something new and check out the shows. I know many of you probably have flashbacks of your parents making you wait around and sit through some terribly boring show at an amusement park or maybe even at a fair. My goal was not to scar my kids for life, so I selected three very energetic shows that I thought they would enjoy.

PhotobucketThe first show turned out to be our favorite of all; Nerveless Nocks All-American Stunt and Thrill Show. This exciting performance contained many stunts that you’d expect to see at the circus. There was a very tall sway pole, a wire walking act, a large pendulum and giant a globe in which the performers rode motor bikes-- just to name a few. Most amazing of all, these stunts were performed outside over bare concrete. Wow! The whole family loved this show!

PhotobucketLater in the afternoon, we headed over to the South Wing Family Stage to see a vaudeville-style act, known as Handsome Little Devils. This humorous performance included several great balance and juggling tricks. The act included one “bad guy” who was there for added comedy. Though the performance was family friendly, my 7 yr old was kind of bothered by the bad guy and got nervous during those parts. On the other hand, my 3 yr old found the bad guy to be funny.

Before leaving the South Wing, we returned to the Family Stage to see the Zuma Zuma Acrobats. This troupe from Africa began their act by showing off their limbo skills and inviting children from the audience to join in. There were flips, handstands, juggling and dancing. It was a short, but very high energy performance that ended with another chance for children in the audience to take the stage.

We still spent plenty of time seeing the animals and other exhibits, but my children learned that the shows can be fun too. It’s also a great way to give little legs some rest throughout the day!

By guest contributor: Brandy

Monday, August 20, 2012

CONTEST! $50 Gift Card to Frisch's

PhotobucketFrisch's has some new Prime Time Burger options that they would love for you to try.
And, as you can see from the photo, they go great with milkshakes!

Frisch's is one of my daughters favorite places to eat because she likes to sit a the counter and watch the staff at work and pancakes are her favorite and she can get them any time of the day at Frisch's! With multiple locations around town, this is a great prize for one of you!

Good luck

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Mia Bella Photography - information and a discount!

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