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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Kentucky Derby Festival Events for Kids and Families

This post is from old...........but thanks for visiting our site. 
 For our updated recommendations, see here

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We have partnered with the Kentucky Derby Festival to make sure that you know everything there is to know about the abundance of fun that leads up to The Kentucky Derby on May 4th at Churchill Downs.

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What is a Pegasus Pin?  They are nifty little annual pins that you wear to gain admission to some of the events.  Events will list if they require a Pegasus Pin for admission.  You can find them at Kroger, that's the easiest but they are often sold at the events as well. They are sold individually or in family packs. Kids under the age of 6 do not need pins!

LouFamFun's Kentucky Derby Festival album on Photobucket

Giveaways coming to Louisville Family Fun in March
All post updates about the festival, contests &
winners will be posted HERE

Basketball Classic Tickets (which includes Night of Future Stars)
Tons of wristbands for the Meijer Family Fun Zone 
Tickets for seats at the Pegasus Parade
Family Packs of Pegasus Pins
Free entries for the miniFun Run

McDonald's Thunder Preview Party - one of our favorite festival events! Read our past review here.  April 4th at Bowman Field from 5-9pm.  Entry is a Thunder Funder Cup from McDonald's (Kentuckiana locations) or a Pegasus pin. 

The Basketball Classic - April 19th at 7pm at Freedom Hall. This is the opportunity to see premier high school basketball talent.  Tickets are on sale now.  If you get a ticket to this event, you can also go to the Night of Future Stars on April 18th at 7pm at Floyd Central High School.

Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront - Weekdays starting April 25th 11 AM - 11 PM, Saturday 7:30 AM – 11 PM, Sunday 1 PM – 11 PM. at Waterfront Park. Concerts with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides and more. Admission is free with a 2013 Pegasus Pin 

Also, April 29th is Discovery Day!

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 photo KDFimagesdiscoveryday2_zps89bbdfec.png Check back for special LouFamFun info and a savings opportunity for Discovery Day!
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Information about the Meijer Family Fun Zone: Read more about this in our review from last year. This is part of Thunder over Louisville  on April 20th and takes place on the Belvedere. It is not open to the public, you must have a wristband.  Wristbands cannot be purchased, only won through Kentucky Derby Festival partners.
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Kraft will have a cooking demo • Beef Council doing cooking demo • Radio station with van will be present • 2 large inflatables • Face painters •  Meijer tent doing food giveaways • Freebies from LouFamFun • Sportacus from the Sprout Channel brought in by Produce for Kids will also be there doing appearances • And wristband recipients have access in the Kentucky Center for the Arts for restrooms and concessions.

Thunder Over Louisville - one of the largest annual fireworks displays in North America! April 20th on the Waterfront. See our review from last year. Click here for information about the air show and fireworks!

Great BalloonFest - April 25-27th
miniFun Run - a new event! - Sunday April 28th at 11:30am. Registration is $20 before 4/15. It's for kids ages 3-14. They can participate in a non-competitive fun run! The miniFun Run provides a great course for families to be active together. Participants receive a runners bib, finishers medal and a 2013 Kentucky Derby Festival Family miniFun Run t-shirt.

Children's Tea with the Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses - April 28th at the Crowne Plaza from 1-3:30pm.  Tickets tend to sell out, reservations required. 502-299-0708

The Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert is April 28th at 4pm at the Iroquois Ampitheatre and admission is a pegasus pin. Relax with your family in this lovely setting, bring a picnic and enjoy the music.

The Pegasus Parade Preview Party - April 30th Kentucky Exposition Center South wing.  Admission requires a Pegasus Pin (and don't forget the $8 KEC parking fee) - a great way to get up close to the parade floats and get excited about the event!  Click here to read our past review.  Private Group Tours 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Open to the Public 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  To schedule a private group tour call 502-572-3828.

The Great Steamboat Race - May 1st - race starts at 6pm.  The Belle of Cincinnati and The Belle of Louisville compete on the Ohio River! You can ride the boats for a ticketed fee or you can find a spot on the river to watch the race!

The Pegasus Parade - May 2nd at 5pm along Broadway from Campbell to 9th in downtown Louisville.  A wonderful parade celebrating our city and the Kentucky Derby.  You can get tickets for seats or bleacher seats but you can also find a spot along the parade route at no cost.  Here's our review from last year so you can learn more about the experience. 

This informational post will be kept as a special page on our website so you can find it easily along our red menu bar.


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