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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Winner! A L Arms Photography package

A L Arms Photography wants a lucky reader to get some photographic memories that they will treasure!

Follow her on Facebook to see more of her work and keep up with her photography packages.

The winner of this fabuLOUs prize is Elisabeth Cridlin.  She will receive a full session which includes 60 minutes of shooting time at the location of your choice and a password protected gallery of 15-20 professionally-edited images from which to choose a small print package of (1) 5x7, and (4) wallets OR (1) 5x7, (1) 3.5x5 and (2) wallets of your favorite pose. value: $100.00

No cash value must be used in 2013 - location can only be in the Louisville area -can not combine with other offers.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Things to do this weekend around Louisville - March 28,29,30

I am going to say it.  I may jinx it, but I am going to go for it.  It's going to be SUNNY on Saturday.  WARM - as in - you won't need a hat and gloves!  FINALLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYY!  Get up, dance, squeal (but take your allergy medicine, it's coming...you know what I mean).

Fill today and tomorrow with outdoor fun.  Many of you will have your own plans on Sunday so I am focusing on the other days.

Go to a new park - explore - run - bring a ball, a picnic, a kite.  We highlight some fun parks in our recent post about 50+ FUN Free things to do in our area.

It's the F.A.T. Trolley Hop tonight along Frankfort Ave.  Hop on and off the trolley for free starting at 6pm.  We usually find a spot to eat earlier (say Clifton's Pizza) and park near there.  After dinner, we walk along The Avenue, hop on the trolley and ride around and find our way to The Comfy Cow for dessert. It's right by Clifton's so we will be right back by our car! Such a smarty pants I am!

U of L has home games for baseball this weekend. Yes, U of L has other sports besides basketball.  And, the baseball games are free to attend and parking is readily available near the stadium.  Spring perfection!  This Saturday, they play Notre Dame at 1pm. Go. Do it.  Saturday is Trading Card day!
From their website, you can also see the:
MLB's Pitch, Hit, & Run: March 30 vs. Notre Dame, 1:00 p.m. Join in Major League Baseball's Pitch, Hit & Run competition and have a chance to reach the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game! PHR is a FREE, exciting skills event for boys and girls where participants have the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition. Louisville will host a local competition for kids ages 7 to 13. The event requires pre-registration (beginning in early March) and will be conducted on the field following the UofL-UND contest.

And, there's a ton of Easter events this Saturday.  Here's our Easter post and we have them listed on the calendar above. I'll highlight the Jeffersontown Easterfest  and Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt in Jeffersonville (they even have an adult hunt!) as recommended family events.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
Stephanie

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

LouFamFun $10 Challenge - March- Riverfront Fun and Reward!

I’ve been waiting for a beautiful day to complete my $10 LouFamFun Challenge, and in Kentucky we say if you don’t like the weather just wait a few hours! We’ve been blessed with many beautiful days throughout the winter, and now that it’s spring I’m looking forward to many beautiful days filled with outdoor activities.

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 photo 2013-03-09_142855_zpse13ad3d3.jpgMy family’s new favorite outdoor activity is a visit to the Big Four Bridge, which was very recently opened to the public. We started our day of family fun there with a picnic and a great opportunity for family fitness. My kids love running up the ramp, balancing on the concrete curbs along the bridge, and jumping from bench to bench. There are also great views of the city from up there. The cost of two hours of family fun is FREE!

 photo 2013-03-09_165429_zpsdfa8b45b.jpg photo 2013-03-09_164846_zps763d0db2.jpgAfter playing on the playground for a few minutes we needed a break from the crowds. We headed to Kingfish on River Road at Zorn Avenue for some mini golf. Kingifsh is a great place for a family meal- you can get carry out and sit at the picnic tables down by the river while the kids play on the playground equipment. But since we were on a tight budget, we opted for mini golf for the kids. The cost is $3 per person up front, and you get back $1 each when you return the clubs and balls. For this hour of family fun the cost was $4.

 photo 2013-03-09_180628_zps92280004.jpgFinally, after hours of physical activity and excitement, we decided to treat ourselves to doughnuts from Krispy Kreme. My kids love Krispy Kreme on Bardstown Road because they can watch the production line in action while sporting their Krispy Kreme paper hats. The cost for each of us to have a special doughnut and watch the doughnuts being made was $4.36, bringing our total for the day to $8.36. On a nice day in Louisville, you can struggle to spend an entire $10 to entertain your family for an afternoon.

By guest contributor: Maggie

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Making Pancakes with metal cookie cutters

My family loves pancakes on the weekend and it always kicks off our day of fun. But, once I started making basic shapes, my kids started requesting more complex shapes. I am just not that crafty with the batter, it just oozes everywhere and I get a blobish-horse instead of anything that really resembles a horse. Then, at Christmas time, we were making our cookies with metal cutters and I thought possibly, I could make pancakes with them. I was going to make circles and then just cut out the shape but I didn't want to waste the extra on the outside.

It does work, straight on the pan! I use a pan that's completely flat on the bottom and preheat it. I mix up my standard Bisquick batter that I buy in enormous quantities at Costco and put some butter on the pan. Then, I use cooking spray and spray the inside of the metal cookie cutter. Place the cookie cutter on the pan and slowly pour the batter inside. If you pour it too fast, it may ooze under then cutter and the shape won't form. However, pouring it slowly allows it to cook a little as it spread and slow it down, keeping it within the cutter. We also love to drop in chocolate chips, of course.

When it bubbles a little, slowly remove the cookie cutter and flip the pancake carefully to maintain the shape. When you repeat the process, spray the cookie cutter on the inside again. Also, cookie cutters that are larger and don't have small detail spots work better!

Happy flap jacking!
Stephanie


Monday, March 25, 2013

Contest: ALArms Photography package

A L Arms Photography wants a lucky reader to get some photographic memories that they will treasure!

Check out the images she captured, just gorgeous and spring is a great time for a family session.

Follow her on Facebook to see more of her work and keep up with her photography packages.

The winner of this fabuLOUs prize will receive a full session which includes 60 minutes of shooting time at the location of your choice and a password protected gallery of 15-20 professionally-edited images from which to choose a small print package of (1) 5x7, and (4) wallets OR (1) 5x7, (1) 3.5x5 and (2) wallets of your favorite pose. value: $100.00

No cash value must be used in 2013 - location can only be in the Louisville area -can not combine with other offers.

A L Arms Photography is also offering a discount to LouisvilleFamilyFun readers! $25 off session fee - just mention you saw the discount on this post.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

WINNER! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!℠ tickets

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!℠  plays KFC Yum! Center April 25 – 28. Tickets start at $15 at ticketmaster.com. For the best seats get your tickets today!

Check out this fun coloring sheet that you can print to get the kids excited

WE HAVE TWO WINNERS!

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Jillian Curtis and Kandace Boyd


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

Winners will be sent vouchers to trade at the box office for tickets. 
Feld Entertainment is neither a sponsor nor endorser of this promotion. I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Things to do this weekend around Louisville - March 22,23,24

It's going to be a hopping good time this weekend.  The weekend is jam-packed with Easter activities that are sure to bring out the giggles in everyone.  Here's the full list of Easter events that we have found but to make things easy for you, like we always do, I have my picks for what I think will be fabuLOUs.

 photo IMG_2362_zpsa73c2e8d.jpgHow about a day trip out to Buffalo Trace on Saturday.  From their websiteAn egg-citing event for children and parents! Search for thousands of treat-filled eggs plus enjoy refreshments and pictures with the Easter Bunny. All activities are free and begin at 1:00 p.m.

There's a FREE Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday (501 Romara Place) in the City of Lyndon. A free Easter Egg Hunt AND from 10am until 1:00pm there will be a petting zoo, music, jumpy, refreshments, face painting, games and more. WOW! The Easter Bunny will be too. Be sure to bring your own basket!

Also, it's a great time to shop the KidStuff Sale and find some spring and summer bargains!  Event location, date and times on their website.

And on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - the U of L Cardinals Baseball team will be playing at home. The games are free and they have a family day on Sundays!  Inflatables and kids can run the bases after the game- and $1 hot dogs.  WOO HOO!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sweet Frog Opens in Prospect

There's a newly opened frozen yogurt shop, Sweet Frog in Prospect.  It is up 42 past the Gene Snyder in the Prospect Village Shopping Center at 5909 Timber Ridge Dr.   These same owners have a shop in Clarksville and are bringing their frozen yogurt treats to this side of the Ohio.

We grabbed treats after dinner for a total of just over $9.  There pay per ounce rate is $0.43/ounce. They have a cheery interior with pink and green and have two different size cups.  I really liked that they have smaller cups since my kids are just tall enough to fill up their own cups, it keeps them under control.  I had a mint mixed with chocolate topped with mini chocolate chips and the kids selected their typical crazy blend of flavors and candy toppings (limited to 3 toppings, mommy's rule).  They have an array of toppings like in their Clarksville store (see our review here) and hopefully, they will host fun events like that have done at their Clarksville store!  And, I did notice some unique flavors - Maple Bacon Donut for example.  Tasted it - surprisingly delicious.

If you love these frozen yogurt shops that have popped up around town, check out this new Sweet Frog location.

Stephanie

Top Ten Places for Family Farm Fun around Louisville

Farming is a big deal in Kentucky, so it’s only natural to teach our kids about the various aspects of farming and where our food and agricultural products come from. Check out some of these family-friendly farm activities in the Louisville area.

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Foxhollow Farm

 10. Pick Your Own Christmas Tree from one of the several Christmas Tree Farms around Louisville. (Yeah, we said Christmas trees......) I always go to Sleepy Hollow Tree Farm, but there are many locations in Oldham, Jefferson, Shelbyand, Bullitt counties as well as in Indiana. My kids love running around the open spaces, exclaiming that each tree is the perfect tree. Then, while we wait for the man with the chain saw to come cut it down, we drink hot cocoa together.

9. Horseback Riding is a great confidence booster for kids. Learning how to control such a large animal helps build self-esteem and athleticism. There are far too many options to list here, but I will mention Windy Meadows in LaGrange, which offers tours, riding lessons, and has a children’s book featuring the farm’s horses as characters.

8. Apple picking is a great family activity in the fall. Our favorite spot is Hidden Hollow Orchard. Click here for more places to pick apples in the Louisville area.

7. Bray’s Orchard is a long drive, but you can’t get better strawberries anywhere during strawberry season. They also offer a variety of produce in their roadside market, hayrides to their pumpkin patch in the fall, and seasonal homemade ice cream in the ice cream parlor. My favorite ice cream to get at Bray’s is dandelion ice cream, because where else can you get dandelion ice cream?

6. Farmer’s Markets are a great place to take your kids, because in addition to buying tasty produce you can also teach your kids where food comes from by introducing them to the farmers who actually make it. The St. Matthews Farmer’s Market is one of my favorites because there is everything from live music to concessions in addition to the farm fresh food. It will be opening May 11 this year. Click here to find a farmer’s market near you.

5. Henry’s Ark is part zoo, part farm, and is a great place to spend some inexpensive family time. They are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm year round. Enjoy the animals and pack a picnic to enjoy in the gazebo overlooking the lake. Donations keep the Ark going, so plan to donate at least $5 per family. Feeding the animals is no longer permitted.. Visit their Facebook page or click here for a review.

4. Gallrein Farms in Shelbyville, KY is a great local farm destination, with everything from a bakery to a petting zoo in addition to homegrown fruits, vegetables, and flowers. There are also horse drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, a corn maze, and a John Deere Barrel train in the fall. Click here for our review.

3. Huber’s Farm & Winery in Starlight, IN is a year-round family fun destination. The restaurant at Joe Huber's serves wonderful family-style meals, and there is a farm store, soda shop, ice cream shop, and multiple play areas for the kids. There is also a winery that offers wine tastings, pick-your-own seasonal produce, and hayrides to the pumpkin patch in the fall. Click here see our review of Huber's Winery.

2. Horse shows are plentiful in Kentucky, and there are several different varieties of horse shows from three day hunter-jumper events to the Rodeo. There are always great horse shows going on at Kentucky Horse Park  (see our review here ). If you don’t want to travel quite so far, check out one of the local horse shows, such as the Rock Creek Horse Show.

1. Foxhollow Farm is a great farm destination for anything from a farm-to-table dining experience to a gardening workshop. They also have hiking trails and a playground, you can take a picnic! The restaurant will be re-opening in the spring, and there are always classes and workshops to attend as well as a great fall festival. Click here for more info.

By guest contributor: Maggie

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review of Zaytun Mediterranean Grill

I would liken Zaytun to a burger joint with Mediterranean food. As you walk in you are able to select your own table, we chose one in a quiet corner as we were toting an 18 month old and a 3 yr old. We were quickly brought a high chair but they do not have booster seats, so my son made due sitting on his knees. Our waitress brought over the menu, which I wouldn't doubt doubles as the take-out menu as well. The selection of food is not varied, hummus, baba ghanouj, fries and gyros (remember, Mediterranean burger joint). Menu prices range from $6-10 but you do get dinged $.80 per special topping (basic toppings are free).

 photo zaytun_zps50b1838a.jpgI didn't have high hopes but I truly was impressed with how GOOD the food was. The baba ghanouj was great and my gyro was excellent. Portion size is on the larger side but not too big. The pita bread was clearly homemade and quite fresh.

My kids enjoyed eating something different, my husband and I enjoyed being out, and the noise level of the place didn't make my son or daughter stick out as they squealed for one reason or another. There are a few things to know before you take a trip out: 1) the bathrooms are tiny and there isn't space to change a diaper if necessary. 2) There are two parking spots next to the restaurant so depend on parking on the street, we were able to find a spot a block for the restaurant. 3) Though we did not indulge, beer and wine are available with your meal.

By guest contributor: Tanya

Photo from the Zaytun Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Backyard Fun with the kids - Simple ideas for big fun

 photo IMG_2672_zpsed8d6de8.jpg Spring is in the air!  We love promoting all of the places to go and explore around Louisville. But, let's be realistic. You can't go somewhere everyday but those kids still love to be entertained.  What can you do right in your own backyard?  Here's some ideas from the LouFamFun writers.  


My kids and their friends enjoy the inflatable tires I bought for a bean bag toss. They love to crawl through them, put someone inside and stack the inflatables on top of them and then push them over, hiding in the tires and sometimes throwing the bean bag inside. I bought them from oriental trading and whenever I bring them out they have a blast! (1 yr old-4 yrs old) - Tanya

We take 2 litter bottles of coke and put chopped up mentos inside. It causes the coke to shoot up in the sky. - Yolanda

We like the slip n slide and water table. Once we blew up a bunch of balloons and put them on the trampoline and the kids really liked jumping around with them. Bubble painting is also a favorite. - Maggie 

My kids (7 and 4) love to play outside in the dark with flashlights. The possibilities are endless! They also enjoy rolling all their trucks, balls and pool toys down the slide. - Brandy

We love to paint with real paint rollers and huge paint brushes with this washable sidewalk paint: ½ cup of cold tap water, ½ cup of cornstarch, and however many drops of food coloring you want. Or you can just take a bucket of water and a paint brush and let them paint the deck or your fence. This summer we're also going to do big flat Rubbermaid totes with Cheerios or other cheap cereal for my little boy and let him play with all his trucks, then leave what spills for the birds! - Erin

My kids love the ole Cops and robbers often it turns into superheros vs villains depending if costumes are involved or not. The kids hide a bag aka money bag in the backyard while my husband is in the front of the house. The kids yell ready. Then my husband tries to find it, retrieve it and not get caught. Lots of exercise - Jeanette

My niece and nephew love to play in the sprinkler, i know it is old school but the first warm day I bet it will be hooked up. - Christine

We're big with bubbles and water (balloons, buckets, sponges, water table) - Caryn

Sidewalk paint is always a fan favorite. And setting up water "obstacles" around the whole yard with baby pools, sprinklers, etc is great fun too - Karen

Good ol' soccer ball and tag. Followed by bubbles and chalk.  - Jackie

My kids love to hunt for anything.  We hide Easter eggs all year round, toy dinos or farm animals.  They grab a bucket and run around to collect them all.  They also love to pretend that their playset is a pirate ship and have weathered many "storms" up there! - Stephanie

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Wonder Forge Spring Goodies - Disney Easter Matching & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Games

 photo photo11-1_zps5eec3a39.jpgThe fantastic folks at Wonder Forge sent me these games to try out and tell you about!  They are available at Target so they are easy to find if you think your child will be into them.

The first game that we played was the matching game. We dove into that because the kids are already familiar with the memory game concept.  What was great about this game is that there are so many tiles, 72 actually. The kids were able to split the tiles and each play. Then, we played a game with ALL of the tiles together.  I have a boy and a girl and this game suited us just fine because it isn't gender specific. There are characters for all sorts of Disney movies, everyone had a favorite.  It's a cute alternative to more Easter chocolate!

 photo photo21-1_zpsa636369d.jpgDisney Matching Game (suggested 3+, ~$7.99)
Easter’s even sweeter with favorite Disney characters and picture-matching fun!
The classic game of picture matching gets all dressed up for Easter. Mickey, Donald, Tinker Bell, and all your favorite Disney characters show their Easter spirit in colorful matching tiles.

 photo photo31_zps0a7af7e3.jpgThen, we played the Clash Alley game. This took some time to set up but we have played a few times since, and it's quick to start after the initial set up.  There are many features and rules and it took us a few rounds to get the hang of all of the moves, cards, dice and the strategy.  My 4 year old struggled a little to keep up with the strategy so I do agree that 6+ is a good age range.  My almost 6 year old did just fine.  Funny though, my 4 year old won the first game - luck!  We have played this game over and over and it's a breeze now that we know the rules. We had family game night this past weekend and no one won, we played and snacked for over an hour and left it for the next day.  They were excited to get back to the game the next day.  As opposed to games that they want to spend so much time getting out and then it's over in 10 minutes, this game keeps them active and engaged for a while.

Nickelodeon™ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ Clash Alley™ Strategy Board Game (suggested 6+, ~$16.99)
Beat the bad guys in this action-packed 3D strategy board game!
Run, climb, and leap as you race through the 3D warehouse on important missions to rescue April, recover objects–and even pick up a pizza! On the way, your Turtle must battle mutants, Kraang, and Shredder.

Stephanie

Did you read through this entire review? Wonder Forge would like a LouFamFun reader to win the Nickelodeon™ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ Clash Alley™ Strategy Board Game!  Just email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net with the word CLASH in the subject by Wednesday 3/20 at 5pm.  The winner will be selected using random.org and emailed!  The prize will be sent to the winner!

Contest: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!℠ Tickets! Enter for a Chance to WIN

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!℠  plays KFC Yum! Center April 25 – 28. Tickets start at $15 at ticketmaster.com. For the best seats get your tickets today!

 photo RBBB_R143Logo_112912_zps319eed8b.jpgDrama, surprise and wonder build the excitement so BIG that it could only be The Greatest Show On Earth®. Elephants, tigers, acrobats and aerialists join together from across the globe, each a spectacular piece of the puzzle, forming one exquisite design of magnificence and precision. From the blueprints to the band, from the crates to the clowns, from the hammer to the high wire comes one breathtaking performance of non-stop thrills so astonishing you have to see it to believe it. Join us as we measure out the perfect mix of marvel and majesty in an imagination equation where the impossible comes to life. Be a part of the brand-new spectacles from around the world immersed in the circus tradition you have come to know and love. Experience it live and feel the amazement! Children Of All Ages will be inspired for years to come!

Check out this fun coloring sheet that you can print to get the kids excited


Enter for a chance to WIN

 photo Red143KeyArt-small_zps0b4b5bd3.jpg We have 2 family 4 packs of tickets to the 7:30pm show on Thursday April 25th.  We can't wait to give these tickets to some lucky kids (and parents).Winners will be sent vouchers to trade at the box office for tickets. 
Feld Entertainment is neither a sponsor nor endorser of this promotion. I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Grandma's Irish Soda Bread Recipe

May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.  -Irish Proverb

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Great Grandmother Agnes (middle)                              Grandmother Alice ~1935 
                                         Immigrated to America ~1911                         Rooftop in NYC prior to her confirmation 

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My mother  2006 
Remnants of her grandmother's Agnes' cottage called Corranmore in Kiltyclogher, Ireland

I didn't know my grandmother, she passed away before I was born, but I know her Irish Soda Bread.  My mother started making it quite a bit within the last 15 years and it's a truly great recipe.  It's wonderful to know that a family recipe can keep a memory alive or let a grandchild, me, imagine the grandmother that she never met baking in a little New York City apartment kitchen.   My grandmother is the daughter of Irish immigrants, my son's middle name is Cavan - the town where my immigrant great-grandfather was born.
This heritage is important to my family, particularly my mother, and food, this recipe,
is her way of keeping it with us.  Recipes tend to live on through the women in a family and this one will live on in ours. I will bake it with my daughter on St. Patrick's Day and remind my children about their history from Ireland to New York and now in Kentucky.

Enjoy!

Grandmother Alice's Irish Soda Bread - tweaked by my mother, Kathleen.

 photo sodabread_zps35fd8272.jpg4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup raisins (I use more)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pint of sour cream
3 eggs

milk

 photo sodabreaddough_zpsc1c92f81.jpgMix all dry ingredients together then add eggs and sour cream
Gradually add a very small amount of milk until the batter is wet but tacky

For the pan, my mother uses a large springform pan.  Grandmother Alice used to bake it in a cast iron skillet in the oven.

Grease the pan and bake at 350 for approx. 40/45 minutes. Check center of bread with knife. If knife comes out clean, it is done. Spread a pat of butter over top of bread while hot. Wrap in terry towel while hot and let cool.


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                                                                 My daughter -  exploring her NYC roots - 2010


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                    My mother Kathleen with my daughter                                      My daughter and I
                       St. Patrick's Day Parade - Louisville - 2011                     St. Patrick's Day Parade - Louisville - 2011



Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

-Stephanie

Saturday, March 16, 2013

WINNERS! $25 Gift Cards to Louisville Dunkin Donuts

 photo dunkin2_zps6c0bde59.jpgDDThere are two lucky winners from this past week's Dunkin Donuts coontest!

Coffee, donuts, frozen drinks,sandwiches - all for the winners!

The winners are: 
Angela Bowen and Heather Robinson!

email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net with your mailing address to claim your prize! (by 3/22)

Locally-owned and operated Dunkin Donuts (1250 Bardstown rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40204, 12401 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40243)  Follow them on Facebook for updates and coupons.  



Friday, March 15, 2013

Things to do this weekend around Louisville - March 15,16,17

I made the mistake of looking at the forecast.  It's ugly.  Looks like you should plan some indoor fun.  It will come folks, lots and lots of beautiful days...they will come.  Sometime.

 photo IMG_1699_zpsba57adf6.jpgIn the meantime, there are plenty of family-fun activities around our lovelier-than-the-forecast city.

If you are staying home this weekend, you can plan some St. Patrick's Day fun at home - crafts, recipes.  Here's the LouFamFun St. Patrick's Day Pinterest board for some inspiration.  My kids love to color so I will definitely be printing then the blank leprechaun face to see how they can imagine it!

Or, you can head out and see the Turner's Youth Circus. Fire eating! Turners Circus 2013 Presents "Big Top" Show times are: March 15th at 7:00 March 16th at 7:00 March 17th at 2:00
Tickets are $5 children under 12 and $10 Adults 13 and up in advance. $10 and $15 day of show at the door.

Do you have a middle school/high school child that's learning about local history? Take them on a free tour of the Mahan Manor at the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve - perfect combination of fun and education for kids that age.  It's open from 10-2pm on Saturday.

If the weather does cooperated, there is what seems to be a fantastic event at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park for St. Patrick's Day. It's on Sunday from 1-4pm - the Lucky Leprechaun: Geo Cache event.  It's $5 to register and here's the info from their website:
"On this year's St. Patrick's Day, come out to the park for some geo-caching fun! You will be on the hunt for Louie the Leprechaun's pot o' gold! Go from location to location trying to find the lucky four-leaved clovers, which will provide a hint as to where to find the pot o' gold. Once you think you have enough clues about the hidden location, try and find it! It won't be as easy as just following the rainbow to the end, you will have to use all of your wit to out smart this little leprechaun! The final pot o' gold cache will remain at the park as a permanent cache for the next couple of years. Who will claim the "first to find"? "
Registration will take place at the Activities Building

Those are my LouFamFun picks for things to do this weekend, more options on the calendar!

Stephanie

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pi Day Activities for all Preschoolers and Beyond - By Age

 photo pi_zps048cc1b9.jpgI've always loved math.  I won all of the mental math challenges by my 5th grade teacher and loved my pencil rewards.  When I was in high school, I would spend my study periods or lunch at the middle school helping other kids or my evenings & weekend tutoring for some spending cash.  I tried to steer away from it in college thinking I would go the doctor route but the math department kept calling my name and I earned a math degree to solidify my math-geek status.  I chose teaching/education positions for a while and enjoyed bringing creativity into the math classroom....it doesn't have to be boring, you know.  Even when I returned to graduate school for something else, they realized my math-geekiness and quickly secured me in a research lab to help crunch numbers.  Even today, running around with my kids, managing this blog and all that it takes...I still tutor on Sunday afternoons helping local teens laugh and learn about math.

So, it's Pi Day.  (Did you know it's also Einstein's Birthday?) Why is this number important? Celebrated!  Here are some links that I found and like that help you and your children explore the number, learn, create and just take a day out to pay homage to the wonderful world of math!

Pi, better know by it's approximation 3.14, is the constant (aka: number) that is the ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter. Always. Every. Single. Circle.  

Note - some of these are from "Teachers Pay Teachers" which is free to join and all of the links are for free downloads.

For the littles:
Printable Pi Day Graphic Organizer
Pi Day Craft - bracelets!  After all, it's all about circles!
Elementary Pi Day activities to get them learning about a circle and it's parts
A Song about Pi and why/when it was discovered - good to follow up with a vocabulary lesson!
A Pi Song sung by some 5th graders - challenge your child to make a Pi song

For the tweens and teens
Pi Day Cookie activities to discover Pi
A Pi Day infographic to help lead your discussion about the famous number
Pi Day Humor because YES, you should laugh about math
Advanced quirky video about Pi - for kids in advanced Algebra II and beyond. (Math geeks will find this really geekilicious)

Or, visit the official Pi Day website.  Indeed, there is a Pi Day website.  You can even do something simple tonight and make rice crispy treats but mold it into the shape of the symbol Pi; stop and watch the clock turn to 3:14 pm and have a dance party for Pi; have a contest between the kids to see who can memorize the most digits (here's 100,000 of them ). Google it, Pi Day activities are endless.

Have a great Pi Day!

Stephanie

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Story Time at The Parent-Teacher Store & Toys Too! to benefit the Louisville Children's Museum

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Looking for some indoor fun?  We look forward to some quality story-time with you and your children at the Parent-Teacher Store & Toys too!  Click the flyer to RSVP on Facebook and help spread the word.

It's going to occur monthly on the third Wednesday at 10:30am.  We encourage you to think ahead to your shopping needs and consider making a purchase during that time since the store will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales during story time to the Louisville Children's Museum effort! A great time to shop for a cause even if you don't attend the story time.

See you there,
Stephanie

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review Gattiland, Dixie Highway location

 photo IMG_09731_zps60930a7b.jpgRecently, my kids and I decided to check out the Gattiland in Southwest Louisville. Everyone knows Gattiland: GAMES…LOUD GAMES…KIDS…LOUD KIDS…PRIZES…WHAT CAN I GET FOR 57 ½ TICKETS? PIZZA…ALL YOU CAN EAT, AND EAT,…AND EAT, AND…

I didn’t expect too much difference at this Gattiland. We’ve been to the one at Westport Village and had the usual rousing good time. This is an older venue of the original Mr. Gatti’s. This location is a Gatti’s Pizza. A warning: I passed it up the first trip down Dixie Highway. The restaurant sits off of the road, behind a strip mall with a Little Caesar’s. I called them to get more concrete directions and found it right away after talking to them. You should turn off of Dixie Highway by the Captain D’s at the sign that says Valley Station Towne Center.

 photo IMG_09711_zps67006ea0.jpgIt does not have as much in terms of games and arcades like the Westport Village location. It is quite a bit older and smaller. It was not spotless in terms of cleanliness, but it was okay. The game room is much smaller, but has more games for a younger age range. They use a token system: $1 for 4 tokens, $5 for 20 tokens, and $10 for 40 tokens. You can use cash at the machine or buy tokens with a credit card at the ticket/prize counter. There are three dining rooms with themes running on the televisions: sports, news, and cartoons. It served the typical food you would expect: a pizza buffet, salad bar, but also had some options for younger kids including goldfish crackers, vanilla wafers, mac’n’cheese, applesauce, animal crackers, and pudding. Contrary to some comments I had read about this location, the staff was super nice and attentive. I was able to use my Seize the Deal with no problem and the server brought pizza right from the oven to our table.

 photo IMG_09701_zpse8c8355c.jpgThe thing I like about Gattiland is I can always find some kind of coupon floating around that gets my kids in free, or gets one of us a free meal, or gets them some tokens to play the games. Check here for their ongoing coupons. You know Gattliand is on the LouFamFun Kid’s Eat Free list and they have a discount offer on Dining Discoveries & More. And Gattiland is on the LouFamFun report card as incentives list.

 photo IMG_09681_zpsf935e3d8.jpgSo we took advantage of my daughter’s As on her report card and got some free game playing time as a reward. We ate a lot of pizza, drank too much sugary stuff from the fountain, and brought home a hamburger yoyo and a ring to add to the collection of all the itsy bitsy teeny weeny toys that get lost in every corner of the house and can’t be gotten rid of unless I take them out like contraband when no one is looking. Then two months later: “where’s my neon blue ring with the star in the middle of it?” “Um, I don’t know honey…”
Gattiland is a great choice for indoor fun at a pretty affordable price. Go on a kid’s eat free night and bring your kids’ report cards. You’ll get some great freebies that way.

Located at 10035 Dixie Highway, 502-935-0100. Admission ranges from $4.49 for kids to $8.49 for adults. Advised to call ahead about using coupons, kid’s eat free, and report card incentives. This Gatti’s seemed to not know about these options upon entrance.

By guest contributor: Erin

Monday, March 11, 2013

Contest! Gift Cards for Louisville Dunkin' Donuts

 photo dunkin2_zps6c0bde59.jpgDDDon't these frozen beverages look good for the upcoming warm days?  How about some pastel donuts for Easter or a hot latte to start your day?  

Coffee, donuts, frozen drinks,sandwiches ..... mmmmmmmm!

Locally-owned and operated Dunkin Donuts (1250 Bardstown rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40204, 12401 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40243) would like two lucky LouFamFun winners to enjoy their choice of breakfast items or coffee drinks  - they are giving away 2 - $25 gift cards!

Follow them on Facebook for updates and coupons.  

Good luck!


Sunday, March 10, 2013

WINNERS! LEGO KidsFest tickets!

 photo 20110617-0073LKFPP11_BrickPile-1_zpsa5add224.jpg photo 20120617-0091LKFMW12-art-Copy_zpscefc04b0.jpgThe LEGO KidsFest is coming to Louisville, KY, April 5-8th at the Kentucky Exposition Center. This hands-on LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Games, LEGO Ninjago, and LEGO Friends. There are group builds such as Creation Nation and the LEGO Art Gallery, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space.  If you haven't seen, we have a discount code for you, view it here.



 photo 20110619-0075-2LKFPP11_Museum_zpsc7be1895.jpgWe have 4 lucky winners!

Saturday PM session winner: Kristin Milosevich

Sunday Session 1: Deena Norris

Sunday Session 2: Robin Blair

AND...............

1 VIK (Very Important Kid) family 4-pack of tickets!  Friday before they open the doors for the evening session, includes admission to the Friday session.  Participates in a special demonstration with a LEGO Brick Master and be one of the first to make and add your own creation to their Creation Nation!  The winner is Rebekah Johnson!

Winners: please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize by the end of the day 3/17

Read my review of this event from last year, we went in Cincinnati and it was AWESOME!  Didn't win tickets?  There's still time to get tickets and use our LouFamFun Coupon Code!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Things to do this weekend around Louisville - March 8,9,10

We may get a glimpse of spring this weekend!  It's hard to pick what to do, I'm so happy that you will be able to enjoy some outdoor fun.  Check out our calendar above for all of your options but I do have my picks and here they are:

Did you know that University of Louisville Baseball games are FREE????  (except the oh -so-important game vs. UK).  
Yes, FREE. We published a review last year, read it here to learn more about the experience.  Often, they have freebies and special events and promotions scheduled; it's a fun way to support the Cards.  Saturday's 1pm game vs. Alabama is Hard Hat giveaway day to commemorate the expansion  (They also have a Friday afternoon game).   I can't think of a better way to enjoy the predicted 60 degree weather than some good, all-American baseball!

 photo stpatsparade_zpsaa6188f6.jpgOr, if you are not sporting red....maybe you can sport green?  Saturday is also the St. Patrick's Day parade along the Baxter/Bardstown Rd. corridor. It starts up at 3pm and it's a really great parade, see our review from a past parade. Again....60s....sunshine...outside....you can't go wrong.

Then, end your evening with a "Neverland" party to help support a little local gal fighting bone cancer.  It's at Studio Nulu starting at 5pm. The party will have characters from the story of Peter Pan and Neverland, food and drink, prizes and donation opportunities. I think they need a Tinkerbell?  Take yours? Children of all ages are invited to attend the party. All proceeds will go to helping her family. Since she and other patients will attend the event, it is requested that guests who have been ill not attend as a precaution.  Her name is Miley, make it a party for the record books!

Those are my picks - I can't help but focus on Saturday.  We've been looking forward to a beautiful spring day and it's our best shot at one so whatever you do this weekend, do take a moment to go outside, throw your head back, take a deep breath and soak in some warm sunlight.

Stephanie

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spring Festivals around Louisville, Kentuckiana and Nearby Cities, March April May 2013

Looking for 2014 list of spring festivals? CLICK HERE!!! photo SpringFestivals_zpsf9da574f.jpg

Ahh. Do you smell the sweetness of spring approaching? Are you one of those fans of the groundhog “not” seeing his shadow? Check out these family-friendly festivals and events which start in early March and end in late May.

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 3pm
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Highlands/Phoenix Hill Tavern to Mid-City Mall along Baxter Avenue www.louisvilleirish.com
stpatsparadelouisville@gmail.com


Saturday, March 9, 2013
KidsFest @ Paroquet Springs Conference Centre
http://www.travelbullitt.org/ freida.howe@gmail.com 502-543-6727


Saturday, March 9-Sunday, March 10
2013 National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, IN
http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9am-5pm
ECO Kids Discovery Days
http://www.bernheim.org/ 502-955-8512

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 10am-2pm
Mahan Manor Historic Tours @Creasy Mahan Nature Preserve Crafts for kids in the Nature Center http://www.creaseymahannaturepreserve.org/ 502-228-4362

Sunday, March 17, 2013, 1pm-4pm
Lucky Leprechaun Geo Cache @E.P. Tom Sawyer Park
www.parks.ky.gov 502-429-7270

Friday, March 22-Saturday, March 23, 2013
Native American Weekend @Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/cumberland-falls/default.aspx 606-528-4121 Toll Free: (800) 325-0063

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 3pm
Raptor Rehab @Blackacre State Nature Preserve
http://blackacreconservancy.org/events/ 502-266-9802

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:00am-12:00pm
University of Louisville Dance Marathon @University of Louisville Student Activities Center
https://www.facebook.com/#!/ULDMForTheKids 502-629-8060

2013 Easter Events in Louisville/Southern Indiana

April 4, 2013-May 4, 2013Kentucky Derby Festival Events

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 10am-12pm
Hellebore Day @Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
www.yewdellgardens.org 502-241-4788

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 12pm-6pm
Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hoot
http://mightykindnesshoot.weebly.com/ 502-608-1587

Weekend of April 12-14, 2013
Bardstown Colonial Days
www.bardstowncolonialdays.com 502-396-5311

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 1pm
University of Louisville Football: Spring Game @Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/417884811629455/

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 11am-3pm
Martial Arts Showcase and Expo @Kentucky International Convention Center Hall 2D www.hmalouisville.com

Saturday, April 13, 2013 10am-4pm
Raptor Day @ Charlestown State Park, Clarksville, IN
http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/special_events.html 812-280-9970


Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9am-5pm
Southern Kentucky Book Fest in Bowling Green, KY
http://www.sokybookfest.org/ 


Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10am-2pm
Spring Wildflowers Open House @ Creasy Mahan Nature Preserve http://www.creaseymahannaturepreserve.org/ 502-228-4362

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10am-3pm
Earth Day 2013@ E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park
www.parks.ky.gov 502-429-7270

Saturday, April 20-Sunday April 21, 10am-5pm
Civil War Reenactments with Bardstown Home Guard 7th KY and 24th KY
www.civil-war-museum.org 502-349-0291

April 20, 2013, 10am-2pm Sunday, April 21, 2013, 10am-2pm
Party for the Planet @Louisville Zoo Saturday, A month-long celebration, with main events on Earth Day weekend
www.louisvillezoo.org 502-459-2181

Saturday, April 20-Sunday, April 21, 10am-4:30pm
Revolutionary War Encampment @Locust Grove
www.locustgrove.org 502-897-9845


Saturday, April 20-Sunday, April 21, 2013
Georgetown International Kite and Culture Festival
http://www.georgetownky.com/ 502-863-1575


Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 6pm WFPK
Waterfront Wednesday-1st concert of season
http://www.wfpk.org/502-814-6500

 photo IMG_4212_zps7398fbc4.jpgSaturday, April 27, 2013, 10am-4pm
Earth Day at the Falls @ Falls of the Ohio State Park
http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/special_events.html 812-280-9970

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 10am-4pm
Salt Dyed Silk Scarves @Little Loomhouse Opening weekend of New Cut Corridor Trolley Hop
https://www.facebook.com/NewCutCorridorTrolleyHopComing 502-367-4792 education@littleloomhouse.org

Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28, 2013, 10am-6pm
Cherokee Triangle Art Fair
http://cherokeetriangle.org/art-fair/ 502-459-0256

May 1-31 2013
Hometown Tourist Celebration
http://www.gotolouisville.com/hometown-tourist-celebration/index.aspx

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Derby Day at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY
www.keeneland.com 800-456-3412

Friday, May 10-Saturday, May 11, 2013
Kentucky Black Bear Festival in Cumberland, KY
http://www.harlancountytrails.com/

Friday, May 10-Saturday, May 11, 2013, 11am-10pm
International BBQ Festival in Owensboro, KY
http://www.bbqfest.com/ 270-926-6938


May 10 - May 11, 2013
Mt. Washington Spring Festival
http://www.travelbullitt.org/ 502-538-4897

Saturday, May 11-Sunday, May 12, 2013
Mayfest Arts Fair in Lexington, KY
www.downtownlex.com 859-425-2590


Saturday, May 11, 2013, 2pm-8pm
Buy Local First Fair @Louisville Water Tower
http://www.keeplouisvilleweird.com/buylocalfair 502-500-4669

Sunday, May 12, 2013
McDonalds Mother’s Day @Louisville Zoo
www.louisvillezoo.org 502-459-2181

Friday, May 17, 6pm-10pm-Saturday, May 18, 12pm-10pm
Jazz, Arts, and Wine Festival @ Newport on the Levee
http://www.newportonthelevee.com/

Friday, May 17, 5pm-10pm-Saturday, May 18, 2013, 12pm-10pm
Old Louisville SpringFest
http://www.oldlouisvillespringfest.org  info@oldlouisvillespringfest.org

Friday, May 17, 6pm and Saturday, May 18, 2013, 1pm
RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival in Madison, Indiana
http://www.visitmadison.org/ 800-599-2956


Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19. 2013
Maifest @Mainstrasse Village in Covington, KY
http://www.mainstrasse.org/

Saturday, May 18, 2013
St. Matthews Street Festival
http://stmatthewschamber.com/pages/StreetFestival1/502-899-2523

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 12pm-4pm
NatureFest! @ Creasy Mahan Nature Preserve
http://www.creaseymahannaturepreserve.org/ 502-228-4362

Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2013
Howard Steamboat Museum Chatauqua
http://www.jeffmainstreet.org/events/events-calendar.html 812-283-0301

Saturday, May 18, 2013
SpringFest in Glendale, KY
http://www.glendalekentucky.com/ 270-369-6188

Saturday, May 19, 2013, 10am-4pm
Bloomfest @Bernheim Forest
http://www.bernheim.org/bloomfest.html502-955-8515

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 12pm-4pm
Storybook Character Day @Louisville Zoo
www.louisvillezoo.org 502-459-2181

May 23rd - 27th
Abbey Road on the River
http://www.arotr.com/

Monday, May 27, 2013
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike, Bike, & Paddle http://www.louisvilleky.gov/HealthyHometown/HikeandBikeMHHM/ 502-574-5011


Please be sure to call or double check links with these festival coordinators. They are subject to change at any time.

Get out and explore the beautiful Kentucky scenery all around you this spring. If you’re like a lot of us living in the Ohio Valley, just don’t forget to take your allergy meds with you!

By guest contributor: Erin

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Very Affordable Family Vacation from Louisville: Lake Barkley State Resort Park

 photo boat1_zpsa62bd32e.jpgAre you starting to think about your family’s spring break trip or a little quick vacay this summer? My family and I ventured down to one of Kentucky State Park’s about two years ago for a family getaway. After researching on their website and gathering visitor’s guides from dozens of our great state park choices, we decided on Lake Barkley. We were really won over by what we learned about the Land Between the Lakes area, the affordability, and the easy drive from home.

 photo lodgeroom_zps170970f5.jpgBack when I booked this little getaway, I was able to receive a discount on lodging by working for the Louisville government. We stayed at the lodge at Lake Barkley State Resort Park for roughly $70-80 per night. We went in late July and roomed during the weekday time slots, when accommodations are frequently less expensive than their weekend counterparts. We left Louisville on a Sunday morning around 10:00am and arrived near Cadiz, Kentucky (the closest small town to the park) around 1:00pm. Lake Barkley is in the Central Time Zone, so they are one hour ahead of us. It is about 200 miles away and a three hour drive through Western Kentucky. We took 65 South towards Elizabethtown and followed signs for the Western Kentucky Parkway towards Owensboro and Paducah, Ky.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park is located at:
3500 State Park Rd.
Cadiz, KY 42211
Phone: (270) 924-1131
Toll Free: (800) 325-1708
Email: john.jordan@ky.gov
Park Manager: John Jordan

 photo lb1_zpsd2f0b282.jpgWe stayed for four nights (Sunday-Thursday) in one of the lodge rooms that overlooked the lake. To save even more money, I packed breakfast, snack, and lunch items to eat from our lodge room. We had fruit, granola bars, nuts, bread, peanut butter and a variety of snack crackers and drinks to choose from. The room had a table and a balcony that looked out over the water, so it provided plenty of room to eat with convenience. We also used tables on the patio near the pool a few times to eat our own meals. The lodge restaurant did provide a breakfast buffet each morning, and we ate dinner once at the lodge restaurant. It was kind of pricey and I wasn’t too keen on the selection. A nice reminder for now: the LouFamFun Pass has a kid’s eat free with adult purchase perk on it for any Kentucky State Park restaurant! Obviously I did not own my valuable pass at the time we were there. Two times we drove into Cadiz and ate cheaply at a McDonald’s and a Cracker Barrel. The one other evening of our stay we ate up in the Land Between the Lakes area where we spent the day sightseeing.

 photo lb10_zps4cc3a68f.jpgHere are the highlights of our stay:
• We visited the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory located within the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. We saw a show about Galileo that was about $10.00 for a family of three (at the time.)
• Stopped in and walked around the Golden Pond Visitor’s Center, which is where the Planetarium is. There are many tours and other activities which start from here; some are free and others have fees.
 photo lb12_zps19673c30.jpg• Rented a pontoon boat for 4 hours and maneuvered up and down the lake for an afternoon (packing a picnic lunch to be enjoyed while basking in the sun on the water.) The boat rental cost about $75.00 + a gas fill-up after we brought the boat back. You do have to put down a liability payment, but that is reimbursed to you when you return the boat. We rented from the marina which was ½ mile from the lodge property. (270) 924-9954
• Had a wonderful evening meal + a delicious dessert at the well-known Patti’s 1880’s Settlement and walked the beautiful grounds of the restaurant (Discount available here)
• Played in the video and arcade room of the lodge. It contained lots of arcade games, air hockey and a ping pong table that was well used while we were there.
• Ate at the lodge restaurant, Windows on the Water, overlooking awesome panoramic views of Lake Barkley.
• Drove the beautiful, scenic, and secluded roads to Land Between the Lakes area.
• Stopped at Kenlake State Resort Park and walked out on the boat docks there and checked out the lodge
• Spent hours just hovered over the boat docks leading up to the lodge’s waterfront
• Spent as many countless hours in the lodge’s outdoor swimming pool
 photo lb5_zps519fe0c8.jpg• Played tennis and used the exercise facilities as well as swam in the indoor pool
• Took part in water exercise classes at the indoor pool
• Took advantage of the many free children’s activities that were going on daily, including scavenger hunts, fishing lessons, and outdoor games like hopscotch and limbo which included little prizes as well
• Spent an afternoon at the public beach at Lake Barkley – yes you can tell your kids you’re going to Florida and drive for only three hours to a beach – they will not know the difference
• Drove near the Kentucky Dam and saw it up close

 photo lbeach_zpsf13cbe7b.jpgThis vacation was simple and perfect for our family’s needs at the time. We wanted to be on the water, but didn’t want to travel very far that year. We wanted to stay on a lake (I think it was inspired by having rewatched the movie “On Golden Pond” a couple of times that summer) We knew we could use my work discount and knew everything we’d be doing would be within the park’s provided amenities. This trip was during a year when we just didn’t want to fork out a lot of money and wanted to still have a nice trip that would make some family memories, and it did. I highly recommend a family vacation to Lake Barkley State Resort Park. We had a lovely time so close to home and there is so much to see, experience, and discover right here in our own beautiful state of Kentucky. Our state park system is affordable, accessible, and absolutely noteworthy. And the Land Between the Lakes area truly is a land lover’s delight. If you are an outdoorsy family, this will be a sure bet for you and yours.

By guest contributor: Erin 

Prices and activities quoted are from 2010. Check websites and guidebooks for current pricing.