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Monday, December 31, 2012

CONTEST! 5 FREE McCafe Beverages at McDonald's of Kentuckiana

PhotobucketI don't know about you, but freezing cold weather does not deter me from a delicious frozen beverage.  My family pops through the drive-thru at McDonald's pretty often because it's right by our house and I don't have to drag the kicks in and wrestle them to get a cup of coffee - perfect!

So, if you want me to hook you up with 5 free medium McCafe beverages and you can treat yourself to a frappe for a pick me up (or the fruity ones, but those don't have caffeine and they have fruit....sounds a bit healthy to me.....I *need* coffee) - LouFamFun is here for you!

And, we'll throw in a Louisville Family Fun Pass and a LouFamFun Planning magnet!

Good luck!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Things to do in and around Louisville with Kids for New Year's Eve

Looking for 2013 info? Click here

What is there to do around Louisville that is family-friendly for New Years Eve?

Here's a list of some options with links but, I have to say, this is not a holiday that is jam-packed for families. Most people prefer to hang at home in pajamas and play games with the kids so a lot of places just don't plan events. Here's what I found:

Steve-O the Magician will be doing some tricks of the trade at Lynn's Paradise Cafe on both 12/31 and 1/1 from 10am-2pm.  It's Lynn's annual New Year's Eve/Day Pajama Party.

If you want to go out on the town and need a place for the kids, All About Kids offers a slumber party on the 31st.  There's an overnight option and a late night pick-up option.  They also do this at the Oldham County location.

The Kentucky Science Center has a NOON Year's celebration on the 31st and 1st, details HERE.

The Iroquois Library has a toddler dance party on the 31st at 10:15am; what toddler doesn't want to dance into 2013????

The Main Library has a New Year's Eve party at 2pm on the 31st.  It includes a craft!

Incredible Dave's has a "Family" New Year's Eve party.

The Spirit of Jefferson has a dinner cruise on the 31st!  Details HERE

Have fun and be fabuLOUs in 2013!


Friday, December 28, 2012

The Best Places for Sledding in and around Louisville

 photo IMG_4221_zps7b8e9594.jpg Winter is really upon us with crisp air and snowy nights!  Growing up in NY, I loved to sled but our yard was flat so sledding had to take place elsewhere. Problem was, in NY, when it snowed, IT SNOWED and there was no way my parents were driving us out in the snow so we had to wait a day to let the road get cleared and then snow.  But, with 3 inches of snow in Louisville, the roads can clear quicker and be safe for traveling and people can hit a great hill in the area for sledding!

Louisville Metro Parks has designated sledding areas.  From their website:

  • Cherokee Park (Baringer Hill, intersection of Alexander Road and Scenic Loop)
  • George Rogers Clark Park (1024 Thruston Avenue, behind playground, near McKinley Avenue)
  • Joe Creason Park (1297 Trevilian Way, behind Metro Parks administration building)
  • McNeely Lake Park (6900 Cooper Chapel Road, near Korean War Memorial)
  • Tyler Park (1501 Castlewood Avenue, on Tyler Park Drive side of park)
  • Charlie Vettiner Park  (5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Road, near Easum Road entrance)

    They also have some basic rules about sledding posted on their website: Sledding is permitted on designated sledding hills only when the “Sledding Hill Open” sign is displayed. Sledding hills will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. as long as there is adequate snow to protect slopes. All sledding hills will close at 11 p.m. Park vehicles only on pavement in regular parking areas to protect your car from damage. No vehicles are permitted off the pavement in any park. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time.

    There's also snowtubing and skiing at Paoli Peaks or Perfect North in Southern Indiana

    Readers on Facebook and Twitter recommend:

    Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve - there are hills near the back entrance to the trails next to the playground area that are steep for sledding!

    Also, one reader said that in Southern Indiana, the Riverfront in New Albany is great!  Readers also recommend Hounz Lane Park!

    From the above list given by the Metro Parks, there are readers that recommend pretty much all of them so go for it!

    Read the stream of comments about sledding - on our Facebook page HERE

    Wave 3 has a weather blog you can follow to track the snowfall.

    Enjoy the snow!

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    Review of My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

    PhotobucketPhotobucketFor my birthday and anniversary, my husband and I decided to go for our first ride on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train. The train leaves from Bardstown and travels north through Bernheim Forest and the Jim Beam distillery property to Limestone Springs and back. The trip is a 37 mile round trip excursion and is approximately 2 ½ hours long. The Bardstown railroad branch was originally constructed by The Bardstown and Louisville Railroad in 1860. The R. J. Corman Railroad Company purchased the branch in 1987 and developed the Dinner Train which had its inaugural run in 1988. The four cars of the dinner train are all steel skirted cars built by the Budd Company in the late 1940's after World War II that were refurbished for the dinner train.

    PhotobucketIt's best to buy your tickets in advance if you want to ensure a seat, and many of the excursions are sold out early. As of November 2012, they still did not have online advanced tickets, so we called and gave our information over the phone a month before our excursion date. They ask you to be at the train depot a half hour before your train is scheduled to leave. When you first enter, you check in at the depot desk and get your ticket. You are assigned a seat in advance, so it does not matter what time you do arrive as long as you arrive before they board. Everyone waits in the depot where there is a bar and small gift shop. Once your train and seat section are called to board, you board the train car and find your table. Each table is a 4 person table, so if you have a party of 2, you will be paired with another party of 2 that will be seated across from you at the table. We were seated with two strangers who we had very little in common with, but we enjoyed chatting with them. Private seating may be purchased for an additional fee (the fee is $75 for lunch, $100 for dinner and $125 for the murder mystery excursions).

    PhotobucketOn our train, the plates were already set with an appetizer of grapes, crackers, and cheese when we boarded. Once everyone was on board, the waiters and waitresses came out to get drink orders and your choice of salads. Your non-alcoholic drinks are all included, and they have a long list of wine by the bottle, a list of wine by the glass, beer, and other liquor drinks for purchase (you can pay your bill at the end of the ride by cash or credit). They ask you to call them with your choice of entree a couple weeks in advance of your excursion, but the waitress did ask us for our entree, salad, and dessert choices. The food was delicious and was a large portion size. No one went home hungry or disappointed. We enjoyed meeting the chef who stopped at each table to chat with you before the dessert was served. For dessert we ordered the Chocolate Choo-Choo for Two. It was so delicious and neat looking, we ordered a separate one to take home to our kids for only $3 extra!

    The scenery on the train was mostly woods, houses, the Jim Bean distillery, and lots of large whiskey distilleries where rows upon rows of whiskey barrels are stored. Once it was dark, the scenery was minimal despite the under lighting of the train, but since we were going back along the same route, it was nice to focus on our conversation and the atmosphere of the train on the return trip. One word of advice - if you are easily motion sick, you may want to ask to sit facing forward on the first stretch of the trip (seats B and D). The train moves slower on the way out, and that is when you eat most of your food. The trip back goes faster and was more difficult to see that you were moving backward in the dark.
    PhotobucketOne thing that was different on our excursion from others, was the Murder Mystery performance. We were entertained between each course by 5 actors that put on a play down the center aisle of the train car. It was fun to be entertained during the trip, it was neat to be sitting right next to the actors as they performed, and I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery before they told us who did it. I think it added something to the train ride that made the price worth it for a special occasion. One word of warning - while children ages 5 through 12 are permitted to ride the murder mystery dinners, our performance included a lot of adult content and a few choice words that would keep me from bringing younger children on board. You may want to double check the content before you let your kids ride with you.

    Our train ride was in October when the changing leaves made the ride extra beautiful, but the train does run year round. Most of the train rides are Friday and Saturdays, but there are mid-week excursions for holidays, kid's events, and specialty events like The Wild Turkey Bourbon Run, and North Pole Express. As of 2012, the prices for adults are from $60 to $100 each depending on whether you ride for lunch, dinner, special excursions or murder mystery trains. Children's tickets (ages 5-12) are from $35 - $60. Group pricing is available for groups of 10 or more. I think the ride may be a little too long for my kids to enjoy without getting antsy, but it was great for a special date night. I think for my kids, I would stick with the special children's excursions. They have for excursions for kids ages 3 through 12, and breakfast excursions are only 1 ½ hours in length. We really enjoyed My Old Kentucky Dinner Train and thought it was wonderful for a special occasion. It was a unique setting to enjoy delicious food, fun entertainment, and beautiful scenery.

    By guest contributor: Caryn

    Monday, December 24, 2012

    Things to do in Downtown Louisville for the Holidays

    If you are celebrating Christmas or another holiday, heading to downtown Louisville like a tourist or with out of town guests can be a fun adventure without getting out of town.  At the last minute one day, I decided to gather up some things in a backpack and play tourist along the 4th Street area of Louisville with the kids after school. It was a mild day so I knew it would be the perfect opportunity.

    For convenience, we parked in the 4th street Live parking garage that you can access from 5th street.  We arrived at 3:15pm and parked until 7:30pm, it was $8.  There is cheaper parking, many of the lots where you pay at the machines are $5 but again, I chose convenience.  We walked into 4th Street Live and first things first, we hit the bathroom to make sure we were good to go for a while.  You will find an open public restroom in the food court on the second level.  After that, we walked around and just did some sightseeing and then decided it was time to go skating.

    PhotobucketPhotobucketThey have the entrances and skate rental set up outside of the Sports & Social Club restaurant in the middle of 4th Street Live.  It's $3/hr for kids, $5/hr for adults and $2/pair if you rent skates. They do have day pass options if you want to be able to come back and skate later on the same day.  They only took cash.  The skates didn't have laces but instead, these retractable bands that make it pretty quick for putting them on and off with the kids. They have sized toddler 9 and up (but I'm not sure just how big they go if you are a guy and have large feet, forgot to ask! Probably a 13, I assume).  You pay after you skate.  We hit the ice.  Oh way....I feel strange referring to it that way. It is NOT ice.  They may say it's synthetic ice but sit on it, feel it, it is NOT ice.  It is basically pieces of what looks and feels like a cutting board material that has been oiled.  I grew up in NY, my Dad taught me how to ice skate. I can ice skate. I could NOT skate on this stuff. It was very strange.  My son (5.5), being fearless, just took to it and did his own version or skate/walking/running and had a blast.  My daughter (4) did fine holding my hand and fumbling on the surface but she too had a great time. I didn't like it for skating. The experience was fun, but it was not ice skating. Just an experience outside, people walking by, chilly weather etc.  Also, I didn't think it was very clean. My daughter's tights were quite dirty and so were her gloves. I don't know how often they clean the surface.  Again, my kids didn't find anything wrong with it but from the expression on my people's faces there to try it out, I could tell I was not the only one somewhat disappointed.  We paid $17 for all of us to skate.


    We skated for about 45 minutes, paid and moved on for a treat.  We tried the relatively new Fudgery.  The kids were drawn by the delicious smell and the we went at the right time when the employee what whipping up some fudge on the slabbed.  He entertained the kids by throwing the fudge around and making bubbles to slap and pop with his big spatula.  We purchased a pretzel rod dipped in chocolate and half a pound of tasty peanut butter fudge for about $11.  I packed drink pouches, great decision, saved money!  So far, total cost of our excursion: $36.

    PhotobucketThen, we walked around, picking at our treat and looking at the big tree at 4th Street Live. We stopped into A Taste of Kentucky and got a cool horse shaped cookie cutter and shopped a bit.  We needed to make another bathroom break soon so we headed to the Galt House to see the holiday decorations.  I decided to do something a little different and cut into the Convention Center and headed to the second floor to walk with the kids along the sky walk.  They got a kick out of that and you know you can take that from 4th Street Live (in the food court) to the Galt House, great for inclement weather or just a different perspective.  My kids loved walking OVER the streets.  It's called Louie Link.  Cost of sightseeing: ZERO

    PhotobucketWe explored the Galt House, chatted with the bellman dressed as Toy Soldiers, looked at the bird displays and some of the KaLightoscope art that they have out in the lobby areas. We paused for a snack, which I packed in order to save money.  But, we were really getting hungry for dinner so we walked two blocks east to 2nd and Main and at Bearno's by the Bridge.  It was really busy since there was a U of L game at the Yum! Center but we were still seated right away.  We sat in the basement area and the kids thought that was neat and different.  There is a buffet option down there that seemed really popular for the pre-game crowd.  It was filled with game-goers and families.  We chose a simple medium cheese pizza, waters for the kids and a soda for me.  This was my first time trying Bearno's pizza and I was pleasantly surprised!  The crust was different, a bit crunchy and usually I like a soft crust but this was really great.  And, a bonus that I noticed.  The crunchy crust made it really easy for the kids to handle since it as sturdy; they usually struggle to hold a soft crust pizza slice so I have to cut it into a million pieces.  We ate the entire pizza, just the right size for us and it was about $18 with tip.  Total cost of outing so far: $54 (3 hrs of fun so far).

    PhotobucketPhotobucketFinally, I thought: what a nice evening for a horse and carriage ride!  We had never done this in downtown Louisville and we always see them parked by the Old Spaghetti Factory so we headed that way. I looked it up that afternoon so I had an idea of what they offered. The weather was perfect, not too cold, and the lights would be on for the holidays and 40 Nights of Lights and there was lots of bustle on the streets because of the basketball game.  We walked 1 block south to Market and 1 block west to 3rd and there were 2 horse drawn carriages awaiting us!  My daughter squealed with delight because one of the carriages was a lit Cinderella-style carriage.  Of course, we chose this ride.  It was $20 for a 15 minute spin around about 4 blocks.  I couldn't tip her because she had not change and I only had 2  - $20 bills. The website said they take credit cards, they did not. Lesson learned, bring singles. My kids LOVED it.  They were waving to people as we trotted by and yelling "Merry Christmas, have a nice day!!" and people were responding with thanks or greetings. It was both hysterical and heart-warming at the same time.  You can make reservations or you can take your chance that they will be by 3rd and Market, evenings.  Total cost of adventure, final: $74 for 4 hours of once a year fun.

    PhotobucketI NEVER spend $74 on 4 hours of activities.  I think it can be done a little cheaper if you want.  Pack a dinner and eat it somewhere or don't splurge on the horse-drawn carriage ride and just get a free pet of the horses and photo opportunity. And, the ice skating was just ok but really not too expensive for testing it out (and my son did say it was his favorite if the day).  But, hey, it was awesome to walk hand-in-hand with the kids in that urban setting with music piping and lights on for 40 Nights of Lights and I just couldn't resist.  But, a day downtown for under $100 can definitely feel like a getaway and a getaway would be far more expensive!


    Sunday, December 23, 2012

    WINNER! Yo Gabba Gabba Live tickets!

    PhotobucketYo Gabba Gabba LIVE! is coming to the Louisville Palace in January!  The Louisville Palace is such a wonderful place to see any kind of show and this is a fabuLOUs opportunity to get the kids there for some fun.

    We have 4 tickets to give to one lucky reader!

    And the winning reader is...........

    Missy Hopper

    email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim

    Friday, December 21, 2012

    Things to do this weekend December 21,22,23

    PhotobucketI thought I would highlight some great places to see lights so you can grab some hot chocolate to go and zoom around the Louisville area seeing the sites!

    First, there are some awesome attractions. There's the Louisville Mega Cavern- Lights Under Louisville , which just got recognized nationally as an awesome place to see lights by USA Today.  Don't forget to grab a coupon.  Or, you could head downtown and see the lights along 4th street and the enormous tree by 4th Street Live.  Also, there's the BEST display at the Toyland Christmas house and they raise money for Home of the Innocents. I tell everyone about this house and they always report back about how much fun it was and a hit with the kids.    Also, people have reported on our Facebook page that there's a few houses near the Toyland house that you can go see on the same trip.  It's 3704 Arcadia Court, Louisville, KY 40299.

    If you are looking for some more options, there are nice light displays at parks like Brown Park in St. Matthews and Veteran's Park in Jeffersontown. And, dancing lights and music in Downtown LaGrange right in the Main St. square. Readers also gave some more feedback on our Facebook page too:
    One said: There's Griswold house on Iola between Lexington Rd and Frankfort Ave that's fabulous!!
    Multiple readers mentioned Charlestown, IN and the wonderful lights they have in the town square and they also offer carriage rides Thursday-Sunday.

    If you are looking for an activity this weekend, I recommend some fun skating at the Jeffersonville Ice Rink which is outdoors and real ice.  Fridays are teen nights with a DJ playing, Saturday at 11am they will have a FREE Nurcracker on Ice show and Sunday starting at 1pm, you can skate with Santa.  Coupon HERE.

    Another fun option that's happening Friday and Saturday is a special show called Christmas in Candyland. It's at the Clifton Center and it's a musical put on by kids!  Tickets are $12 at the door and there are performances Friday and Saturday at 2pm and 7:30 both days.

    Have a fabuLOUs weekend (I will be wrapping! And note, that's with a W, you do not want me rapping....although I do know every word to every Salt-n-Pepa song from the 80s/90s....test me....I digress...)

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Review of K.A.S. Gallery - Kid’s Painting Class

    PhotobucketPhotobucketI recently took my daughter and a friend to check out the painting classes geared for children at K.A.S.Gallery in the Clifton Neighborhood. I highly recommend them! The girls had a blast creating a snowman painting.

    PhotobucketThe class was to start at 2:00, but it started a little bit late (at about 2:15) because they have two locations now and some parents/kids were at the Mellwood Arts Center. The teacher did say that the owner had gone to Mellwood to put a sign up. It’s a little bit confusing because K.A.S. has a space at Mellwood Arts Center, as well as one on Frankfort Ave. I’ve also read recently that they are opening up a second location on Frankfort Ave. But the teacher at the kid’s class told me that the owner has decided to start teaching all art classes, both adults and kids, at the Frankfort Ave location. The class goes for about 1-1 ½ hours; it ended at 3:30.

    PhotobucketOnce we got started, I could tell that this was going to be a sure bet for the girls with me. The painting class is a step-by-step process, in which you watch the teacher paint a portion, and then you paint that portion. The teacher, Miss Kim, gave everyone the color that they needed as they needed it, which I thought was smart so that the kids wouldn’t get carried away and work ahead of her. Miss Kim was very good with the kids, telling them each step to do as she did it. Simple things like when to mix the blue paint with the white paint and where to start the blue line on the canvas so that the sky and ground meet at the horizon were so helpful to a varying age group. She made a point to say that nothing is perfect in painting, like when you paint your line, it doesn’t matter if it’s not straight because the earth is not straight. She was very interactive with the kids and joked around with them some. I really appreciated her approach to teaching and working with kids.

    Miss Kim engaged the kids by asking them how long they have before school lets out for winter break and saying things like “You guys are pros!” She also told them not to panic if they got paint all over themselves, because that’s what makes good artists. She instructed them to put their brushes down so she would know when they were ready for the next step. I thought she did a very nice job and the whole afternoon flowed very well from start to finish. She also made a point to tell them when it was a good time for a bathroom break or to grab another snack. She was very attentive to the needs of the kids throughout the class. I just really appreciated her talking with the kids, answering questions, helping them when they thought something wasn’t working right, and being flexible and very organized throughout the whole afternoon.
    My daughter even picked up on how nice she was, saying that she was funny and she was a good teacher. She complimented her on that as well when the class was over. Miss Kim did take pictures of each child with their painting, which were posted on the K.A.S. Gallery Facebook page.

    K.A.S. Gallery is located at 1806 Frankfort Ave very near Mellwood Ave. It is right next to Sweet Surrender and across the street from the opposite corner is the Silver Dollar. Kid’s classes are $12 and that includes a canvas and the time spent painting. I think that is a good price for what we experienced. The kid’s painting classes are recommended for ages 5-12. They also serve snacks, which on this day were sugar cookies, pretzels, grapes, juice boxes, and water. They had some two liters sitting out too. The kids got to get a snack right before they began painting and any time when they were waiting for paint to dry, they were free to get up and grab another snack.
    They are offering kid’s and family painting classes coming up (12/29) Click here for pricing and registration. K.A.S. Gallery's preschool art class meets every Thursday at 3pm for ages 2 to 4. You can also call 653-9305 for more information.

    We’ll definitely go back some time soon. My daughter and her friend had a blast and created a fun, festive painting that is lovingly adorning our wall! I love getting to that part of town because I rarely do. It’s such a neat area to walk and explore.

    By guest contributor: Erin

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Review of French Lick Scenic Railway - The Polar Express Train

    PhotobucketReading The Polar Express at Christmastime is a tradition that goes back to my childhood. Recently I was able to treat my own children to a ride on The Polar Express train at the French Lick Scenic Railway, and we all had a very memorable time.

    PhotobucketIt took us a little over an hour and a half to make it to French Lick. Once we were there, we picked up our tickets and checked out the activities that were available at the train station. There was a wall where kids could write messages to Santa, wooden train tables, coloring stations, and activity centers set up in a tent that was heated by a propane heater. I was not crazy about the fact that the restroom facility was a tent full of port-o-potties, but the experience once we got on the train made it well worth it.

    PhotobucketOnce we boarded the Polar Express and found our seats, we embarked on a journey to the North Pole. One the way the story of the Polar Express was read over the loudspeaker while the Conductor carried the book through the car so all the kids could see the pictures. We were served hot chocolate and sugar cookies and sang Christmas songs. Then we arrived at the North Pole and Santa boarded the train. He went through each car giving every child a silver bell and posing for pictures. On the way back to the station we sang more Christmas songs and the elves danced with the children. It was truly a magical experience.

    All tickets for the 2012 season are sold out, but there are many other events at this beautiful scenic railway. We’re already planning to attend the Dinosaur Train event in May. Tickets to the Dinosaur Train are $29.

    By guest contributor: Maggie

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    Fun Things to do in Louisville with Kids for $5 or less

    PhotobucketRecently, I asked the LouisvilleFamilyFun.net writers this question:

    If I gave you $5 per child and told you to make the most out of it for family fun in Louisville, what would you do? (not counting gas, would like answer that works all year round)

    Here are the writers' responses:

    Kentucky Gymnastics Academy open gym for sure. My kids are in love with Ms. Barb. - She's like a toddler whisperer. 9:30-10:30 Monday and Friday. 10-11 Tues-Thurs

    I'd take my kiddos to story time at the St. Matthews library and then out for bagels at Bruegger's.

    I'd take my kids to the St. Matthews farmers market, buy some fresh fruit, and walk around.

    Stop at the Library to pick out some new books, head to a park for some playtime (or a snowball fight I can wish, right?) and finish up at Annie May's Sweet Cafe. Yummy!

    Head to $5 after 5pm on Fri/Sat nights at Louisville Science Center. And also look forward to ArtSparks reopening because $5 a kid is the go-to place for my kiddos.

    Walk around the Summit including Barnes and Noble, the play area, and maybe some snacks at Starbucks.

    Take the kids to the dollar store to buy some trinkets and snacks. then do some geocaching - exchanging those trinkets for new ones.

    Then, I asked the readers and here are some of my favorite responses:

    Buy veggies and head to Henry's Ark! -Kelly

    $2 Tuesday movies at Village 8! - Katie

    We would go to the grocery store, buy a bag of carrots and crackers before heading to Henry's Ark to feed the animals. Then we would head to Creasey Mahan for a hike and picnic. We'd finish off by heading to Fuzziwig's to spend the rest of the money on a treat! - Amy

    Rock climbing/walking at the Falls (of the Ohio), Widows Walk ice cream and playing at the park downtown  -Teresa

    Pack a picnic and hike and explore at Bernheim forest. Free to enter during the week, or $5 per car on weekends. Twice a month they have a free Eco-kids thing. - Robin

    Go to the public library for storytime (free!), take them to the park to play on a playground (also free!), let them pick out a $1 toy at the Dollar Tree, and then take them to Zaxby's for a milkshake (around $2.50). Mommy gets to pocket the extra change!!! - Jenni

    Tuesday $1.99 Happy Meal, Play Place, RedBox Movie, Popcorn & Ice Cream! Movies at home are more comfortable and you can pause it for kiddo potty breaks! - Sherry

    Science Center Fridays and Saturdays after 5pm. And the place is pretty empty after 7pm. We love it!
     - LaToya

    A cheap fishing pole and enjoy all the great fishing lakes that Louisville has to offer and kids don't need a license - Derek!

    See, we can all have so much fun for under $5!  

    Monday, December 17, 2012

    CONTEST! Yo Gabba Gabba Tickets

    PhotobucketIf you haven't seen, you'll be pleased to know that Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE! is coming to the Louisville Palace in January!  The Louisville Palace is such a wonderful place to see any kind of show and this is a fabuLOUs opportunity to get the kids there for some fun.

    We have 4 tickets to give to one lucky reader!

    So, if your child is a fan of this show and it's characters, get your entries in daily.  Don't forget: LouFamFun Pass holders get bonus entries and just last week one of the winners of another contest won with their bonus entries!

    Good luck!

    Friday, December 14, 2012

    WINNERS! Galt House - KaLightoscope prizes!

    Someone is going to be very merry this Friday!  We have two lucky winners to announce today!

    Congrats to Jen Kuhle for winning the KaLightoscope Family Package!

    Congrats to Katie Baurle for winning the spot for 1 child/2 adults at this weekend's Snow Fairy Princess Tea!

    Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!

    Visit the Christmas at the Galt House website for more information about these great events.

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

    Things to do this weekend around Louisville December 14,15,16

    It's mid-December and I don't know about you but I am taking it easy. I know, I know....but you're LouFamFUN and you are doing what?  Nothing?  Yep. Nothing. Well, not nothing but for me, it's practically nothing. I am not hitting the roads and gallivanting about with the family this weekend.  We're catching up on things, I'm helping some teens prepare for midterms (I double as a math tutor extraordinaire) and I'm having some lovely ladies over on Sunday night to help wrap all of the things I have gathered to give to the two Big Brothers Big Sisters Families that Louisville Family Fun LLC has supported with the help of other local businesses this holiday season through the LouFamFun-a-thon.

    But you, let's talk about you.  You want to do something, you say?  Ok, here's my picks for the weekend.  You can always browse our website calendar for other options if you don't just want to do what I tell you to do (how dare you).

    Friday - You better get on this one now.  The YMCA has a FREE volleyball clinic TONIGHT with some pretty cool folks for a really unique opportunity.  You must reserve it, full details here on time, location etc.

    Saturday & Sunday- The Louisville Skating Academy is putting on performances of Nutcracker on Ice at Iceland.  You can get tickets online today (or at the door for more) for the performances this weekend.  Tickets online today are $12 and they have shows 4 times this weekend!

    Sunday - You can head to Stepping Stones Child Development center and make an ornament for $2.  The proceeds go to the Salvation Army.  It's from noon-4pm and refreshments will be served. Details HERE.

    Don't forget to limber up for some skating fun of your own on December 20th for the LouFamFun 3rd Birthday Party.  Party details HERE.


    Review of Crave Cafe & Catering

    PhotobucketI decided to take my kids to Crave Cafe & Catering for lunch after a recent trip to the zoo. I had never been before, but had a coupon and thought I'd try it out. I found it easily, but was disappointed to see it was only on-street parking, however it was free parking. I found a spot and we headed in.

    PhotobucketIt looked like a nice, small, "mom and pop" type deli restaurant. There were several tables inside, and about 4 tables outside. The sandwiches and salads had catchy names, there were 3 soups to choose from, and there was a fountain machine for free refills off to the side. We walked up to the counter and browsed the menu. I know kids eat free every week day from 4 to 8pm, but I was surprised to see they didn't have a kids menu. When I ordered my Mellwood Sandwich and vegetable soup (see menu HERE), I asked what they had for kids. The woman behind the counter said they could basically make any sandwich I wanted for the kids, so I had them make a PB&Js. We all got chips on the side to keep it simple, but the menu said there were fresh sides available.

    Photobucket The food was good, but I was surprised how much my bill totaled - I should have waited for the kids eat free hour. But, the one thing that was outstanding were the cookies. My kids behaved well through the meal, and the bakery case was calling my name. The chocolate chip cookies were delicious! My kids said the restaurant was "Ok." But it was much more of a unique, local restaurant than a kid's attraction. There were a lot of people in and out while we were there which gave me the impression it was more of a take out restaurant than a sit down restaurant. But I liked the fact that they didn't give you a number or call out your name. It's small enough that they just watch where you go sit and bring your food out to you when it's ready. The staff was very friendly attentive, and the food was ready nice and fast - a plus when you're dinning with kids. If you're in the area, you're looking for some place local to eat, or hungry for sandwiches, soup, or salad, I'd recommend it.

    By guest contributor: Caryn

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    Review of BLU Grille - Brunch with Santa

    PhotobucketPhotobucketMy family had the pleasure of dining at BLU Italian Grille’s Fresh Pasta & Jazz Sunday Brunch, located inside the Marriott downtown. Santa Claus greeted us in the beautifully decorated hotel lobby. There was only one other family having brunch at Blu so my 3 year old had the opportunity to take three separate trips to Santa’s lap without having to wait (my daughter screamed if we got in fifteen feet of Santa, she’s 15 months old). We were seated in the dining room and were promptly brought a high chair and booster seat. There were only four other tables with patrons so we had lots of attention and could enjoy 5 different buffet stations without having to wait. The stations included: a pasta, omelet and carving station, an antipasto station, a breakfast station (complete with eggs benedict, French toast, fresh fruit, breakfast pizza and MUCH more), a station with hot brunch choices (salmon, oysters and vegetables), and a dessert station. We stayed for an hour and a half enjoyed the musicians playing jazz Christmas melodies and sampling as much food as we could.  The food was better than typical brunch food and we loved that we could have pre-made items or have made to order items at each station.

    PhotobucketI’m truly surprised there wasn't more families taking advantage of this opportunity. Given the cost, atmosphere, and lots of quality time with Santa in comparison with other events we've been to with small children, it was well worth it. Go while you still have a chance!

    BLU Italian Grille’s Fresh Pasta & Jazz Sunday Brunch with Santa
    Sundays, December 9-23
    10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m
    $22.95 per person; $11.50 (plus tax & gratuity) for children 4-12 years old
    (See COUPON  HERE)
    Free for children under 4 years old
    Complimentary parking is available for all brunch guests, street parking is also free and plentiful

    By guest contributor: Tanya

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    Review of Colors of the Season Holiday Dinner Show

    PhotobucketPhotobucketIf you like Christmas music, live shows, and delicious food, then you'll LOVE the Colors of the Season Holiday Dinner Show at the Galt House. The evening begins before you even get to the show as you walk through the beautifully decorated Galt House. I suggest getting there early in time for the 5pm toy soldier routine in the lobby. Then, head up to the 3rd floor to visit Santa and snag a couple pictures with him (the visit is free and you can use your own camera to take pictures). If you still have time, I suggest you go sit in the Skywalk that spans the hotel over 4th Street. It has a bar, a 24 hour deli, free wi-fi, a bird atrium, elf photo cut-outs (there are photo cut-outs all over the hotel), and a beautiful view. You can see the Ohio River or the light show at Fourth Street Live 40 Nights of Lights which starts every night at 6pm.

    PhotobucketPhotobucketWhen you head up to the Colors banquet room, you hand in your ticket and are seated at a beautiful table. The show stars off with a wonderful medley of famous Kentucky musicians. Then your salad is served, followed by your entree, warm bread, and dessert (There is a vegetarian entree and children's alternative meal). The meal was DELICIOUS! I especially loved the eggnog Cheesecake. (You can purchase $7 glasses of wine or $30 bottles of wine during your meal). Following the meal, there is time for conversation, and the show continues. It's a wonderful production based on 6 main cast members telling a story mostly by Christmas songs. There are also two local children, 2 ballet dancers, as well as a cute dance scene with the ballerina, toy soldier, bear, and doll. The show ended with a 5 carol sing-a-long with the audience which was wonderful. It really puts you in the spirit of Christmas.

    PhotobucketPhotobucketThe entire show including dinner and music was about 2 hours long. I would recommend it for at least elementary school aged kids and up, however it is mostly music which may not appeal to some young kids. It would make a wonderful date night with time spent at the Skywalk following the show, or even a walk down to 4th Street Live afterwards. It would also make a great family night with Santa, the toy soldiers, and even a trip through KaLightoscope beforehand.The show runs through December 15th. Ticket prices are $36-$46 adults, $13-$20 kids 12 and under. Ticket pricing for Galt House activities HERE.

    By guest contributor: Caryn  

    Tip- 40 Nights of Lights on a weekend night is going to be busy with the bar scene at 4th Street Live. Earlier is better, or on a weeknight.

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    CONTEST! Christmas at the Galt House Prizes!

    PhotobucketPhotobucketI've really enjoyed all of the Christmas at the Galt House events this year. From KaLightoscope to the Snow Fairy Princess Tea and have written to tell you about it! Now, the friendly people from the Galt House would like you to have a chance to win some great prizes and experience it for yourself!

    First, you can win............
    A KaLightoscope Christmas Family Pack (click the link to read our review!)
    o 4 Tickets
    o 2 Find Santa Key Games
    o Tickets will need to be picked up at the onsite box office in will call.

    Second, you can win...........
    Christmas Tea with the Snow Fairy Princess (click the link to read our review!)
    Sunday, December 16th (2pm – 4pm)up to 2 Adults with 1 Child. This also includes 3 Tickets to KaLightoscope Christmas.

    Good luck (you can enter to win one or both but there will be 2 separate winners, 1 for each prize)

    LouFamFun's 3rd Birthday Party to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana


    It's that time of year!  LouFamFun celebrated it's 3rd birthday to celebrate when we hit the web.  It has been a fabuLOUs 3 years and we are throwing YOU a party! Outdoor skating this time of year is a perfect way to have family fun!
    Hope to see you there.

    Remember, it's CASH only because the money will be immediately put onto grocery gift cards to be given to the 2 families that we are helping this holiday season through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.

    Bring your scarves, gloves and be ready to skate (gracefully or not!!) and enjoy this family time for just $1 per skater that's going to a great cause!  We will have cupcakes to share too!

    The businesses in the flyer donated to help Big Brother's Big Sisters for the LouFamFun-a-thon. Please patronize these businesses to thank them for supporting local kids!
    Fuzziwig's Candy Factory, The Parent-Teacher Store & Toys Too, Derby City Pediatric Dentistry & Sweet Frog Clarksville

    At the event: Lots of door prizes!  You get a raffle ticket with your admission donation and 1 extra raffle ticket per canned food item donated to Kentucky Harvest (max 10 tickets, no max on canned food donation)
    Rescheduled from 12/20 b/c of weather. - Rink capacity is 200 - We will have 200 cupcakes to share

    An additional thank you to these businesses!

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    Photobucket                                                    Clarksville- On Veteran's Pkwy
                                                                        next to Chuy's

    And don't forget all of the fun things happening now through late January at the Jeffersonville Ice Rink!

    Here's a COUPON for $3 off ice skating that you can use this season!