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Friday, May 31, 2013

Things to do this Weekend in and around Louisville May 31, June1,2

Doesn't Derby seem like ages ago? Finally it's June. May was very long... I'm ready to move on.

Since today is the last Friday of the month, it's the trolley hop along Frankfort Ave. Plan some strolling around with the kids, dinner (did someone say food trucks?!?) a dessert and pop on the trolley for free to cruise around.  Trolley runs for free from 6pm-10:30.  There's a map on their website.

Also, on Friday and Saturday, there's the Portland Festival. It's a family event to help raise money for neighborhood projects and to celebrate the Portland neighborhood. Info on their Facebook page.

A few summer concert series' kick off this weekend. Check out the Jeffersonville River Stage has a band playing tonight (Friday) called Juice Box Heroes. I know I got through a lot of juice boxes and I am a hero to my kids so maybe I should join that band?

Saturday and Sunday you can venture up to LaGrange and check out their family-friendly arts festival, Arts on the Green. It's from 10-5pm both days.

And, if you have a Thomas the train fan in your house, it's a great weekend to head to the Kentucky Railway Museum! June 1-2 and next weekend June 8-9 Day Out with Thomas at Kentucky Railway Museum, New Haven, KY.Use code lvillefamilyfun13 to save $2 per ticket.

Make it fabuLOUs! And, check out the Louisville.am podcast for this week (should publish today), it's all about summer concerts and tune in next week, June 5th at 9pm for the live Spreecast webinar - access link will be on Facebook.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer Festivals in Louisville, KY and Nearby Cities: June - September 2013

This post is sponsored by:
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 While enjoying the summer months with your family, consider getting away to one of these nearby festivals and mix up your summertime adventure. Shopping, food, music, and fun are right here in our city, or just a quick daytrip away!

As always, please check with the festival organizers for specific details. They could change!

June 1-2 Arts on the Green Fine Arts andCraft Festival @Oldham County Courthouse Square LaGrange, KY

June 1  Americana WorldFestival @Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Rd.

 photo Thomas_zps0a961a4f.jpgJune 1-2 and 8-9 Day Out with Thomas at Kentucky Railway Museum, New Haven, KY.Use code lvillefamilyfun13 to save $2 per ticket.

June 6-9 Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY   

June 7-8 Lyndon Summer Festival in Robsion Park.  Friday- 4 pm-10 pm, Saturday-Noon to 10 pm with fireworks at 9:30pm

June 7-9 Great American Brass Band Festival @Centre College, Danville, KY 

June 8-9 Festival of the Arts, The Summit Shopping Center

Sundays, June 23-September 23 City of Middletown Spring and Summer Concerts in Wetherby Park

June 20-July 21 KY Shakespeare Festival - Free in Central Park - see website for times and production information

July 4-7 Ky Flea Market 4th of July Spectacular at Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center 

July 12-14 Berea Craft Festival @Indian Fort Theatre, Berea, KY 

July 12-14 Forecastle Festival  in Downtown Louisville, KY

July 19-21 Blues-N-Barbecue Festival at the historic Louisville Water Tower 

July 21st - FAMILY FUN DAY with LOUISVILLE FAMILY FUN to benefit the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.

August 3 Chassis and Canvas Art Show - at Cardinal Hill Rehab Center with Easter Seals of Louisville 

 photo stjoseph_zpsd40644f2.jpgAugust 10 St. Joseph Orphan’s Picnic on Frankfort Avenue 

August 23-24 Heartland Festival in the Park in Elizabethtown, KY @Freeman Lake Park 

August 30-September 2 Labor Day Spectacular Ky Flea Market at KY Fair and Expo Center 

August 30-September 2  Bluegrass Music and Burgoo Festival at the Louisville Water Tower 

September 5-8 Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival in Harrodsburg, KY 

September 6-7 Middletown Family Fun Festival  inHistoric Middletown, KY

September 21 Original Butchertown Oktoberfest @St. Joseph Catholic Church 

September 17-22  Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Downtown Bardstown, KY 

September 21 National Jug Band Jubilee @Brown-Foreman Ampitheatre in Louisville Waterfront Park 
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September 20-22 Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival Arts and Crafts Extravaganza in Gaslight Square, Jeffersontown, KY

September 27-28 Nunnlea Craft Fair in Louisville,KY 

By guest contributor: Jackie

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Outdoor Summer Concerts in and around Louisville

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Click HERE for 2015 Concerts

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

WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays at Big Four Lawn starting at 5pm. Head downtown and enjoy the river view and some good music.

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

PhotobucketAfter Work Concerts in New Albany in Downtown New Albany (at intersection of Spring & Pearl). All Summer, 6pm on Fridays starting June 7th

Summer Concert In The Park at Wetherby Park - Middletown - Sunday afternoons starting at 5:30. Free food served by the Lions Club.

Iroquios Park Summer Concerts -This venue hosts a variety of artists, dates and times.  Many free, some for a small fee.

Rolling out the Weekends at Riverstage in Jeffersonville starting at 7pm.  We wrote a review about this event, read it HERE.

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

PhotobucketWestport Village Summer Concerts starts June 7th - it's every Friday night starting at 7pm

Kentucky State Fair – Free Concerts with paid admission to the state fair beginning August 15.

The Summit Shopping Center starts June 6th - they center plaza!

Concerts at the Jeffersontown Farmer's Market  Saturdays, see their calendar and the specific dates

FridayFest at Highview park on select Fridays

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


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May Family Book Review and Summer Reading Tips

This month's featured book is a chapter book called Night Buddies, Impostors, and One Far Out Flying Machine written by Sands Hetherington and illustrated by Jessica Love.

 photo photo_zps40a0cd48.jpg photo photo_zps40a0cd48.jpgSince school around Louisville is letting out for summer, I thought I would highlight a longer read because a lot of LouFamFun families have older kids as well. My daughter (10) read this book recently. It was a funny, quirky read about nighttime adventures when kids are supposed to be asleep. As a parent, you probably get the line "I can't sleep" a lot from your children. In this tale, the main character, a boy named John, is having one of those sleepless nights and as he's tossing and turning and staring into the dark, he meets (of all things) a red crocodile. More red crocodiles start appearing, and it's up to John and his friend to fight off these impostors and get back to bed. Like froyo? Try pineapple cheesecake, a flavor that is found  in a never ending supply throughout the story. If your child likes off the cuff stories centered around adventure and fantasy and have a comic book similarity to them, he or she might like this one. You can order this book here, through Louisville's local bookstore, Carmichael's. You can also follow Night Buddies at Adventures After Lights Out.

Summer. Books. Reading. Sound familiar? It's summer reading time! It gets harder and harder to finish those summer reading logs as your kids get older. You want them to read at least at or above their grade level and challenge themselves over the summer. They just want to romp out in the yard, sleep until 10am, and bask in the sunlit pool or sprayground all day long. The system that I set up for my daughter last year really helped. We compromised and I let her pick out 6 books, and I picked the other 4. (Kids have to usually read at least 10 to enter into summer reading programs.)

The six books she picked out were whatever she wanted. They had to be grade level appropriate and chapter books, but she flew through a bunch of fairy series last summer. The four I picked out were either classics, such as The Magician's Nephew from Chronicles of Narnia, and 3 others from the Newbery literary award lists. (I chose these because I like to read them as well!) We got two copies of these type of books and each read them, then we could discuss them and that created some fun time together throughout the summer.

This summer we'll probably do the same compromise. I think she will make more choices like the classics because she is starting to get pretty bored with the same old plot lines and characters that she finds in all of the series. She is really into comics and manga this year too, and I will introduce her to some of these formats that I think she will really enjoy.

By guest contributor: Erin

Monday, May 27, 2013

Contest! Grocery Store Tour with Louisville Nutrition and Health

 photo LNHlogo_zpsf89b7865.jpgTeresa Neuman of Louisville Nutrition and Health wants you to learn about food and lifestyle choices that will work best for you and your family!   We all need balance and energy to feel good day in and day out to take care of our families and enjoy our time together. Teresa Neuman can help you reach these goals! I know her personally - she is not going to preach to you or judge your choices. Teresa's approach is not to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. It is not to create lists of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, she works with clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding.

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The lucky winner will get a "Grocery Store Tour," a $95 value. 
It takes about 1.5 hours and is where you meet Teresa Neuman of Louisville Nutrition and Health at your local grocery store (with just you or your family and friends) to discover the right way to grocery shop, unhealthy products to stay away from and nutritious choices for the entire family. Teresa decodes the labels and the dos and don'ts of buying the right foods while living within a budget. You will be able to use the information from this tour over and over again in your daily life.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

WINNERS! Day Out with Thomas Tickets!

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Thomas the Tank Engine® is adored by little engineers everywhere. He is pulling into the station for a larger than life experience at Day Out With Thomas®:The GO GO Thomas Tour 2013, visiting the Kentucky Railway Museum on June 1-2nd and 8-9th . 

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please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize by 11:59pm 5/28

For tickets, click here. Use code lvillefamilyfun13 to save $2 per ticket!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends

Twitter: www.twitter.com/trueblueengine

YouTube: www.youtube.com/thomasandfriends

Friday, May 24, 2013

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville - May 24,25,26,27

memorial day photo: MEMORIAL DAY WITH 2 FLAGS memorial-day_zpsa2f7ab6e.gifIt's a long weekend - celebrating Memorial Day and those who have so honorably served our country - and the unofficial start to summer.  I've started a "Summer" Pinterest board if you want to check it out, I just keep pinning and pinning and pinning.  Yes, I will try some of these things out. And, of course, the latest can be heard on Louisville.am if you want to hear my lovely voice.

In an effort to not be redundant - here's the link to the Memorial Day weekend events post we made a few weeks back.  I like to hear myself talk (type?) but not need to copy and paste all of that, just click the link.

As for my picks:  I think Memorial Day weekend should be relaxing.  My recommendation is to take 1 day to venture out and do something fun and tire the kids out, 1 day to catch up on things around the home -garden - exercise - errands - spring cleaning and 1 day to play at home when you don't worry about the chores, you just play.  There, 3 day weekend!

For the venture out fun - it's not going to be swimming/sprayground weather.  However, Saturday does look like it will be lovely for a park day or hiking.  And, here's my event of choice for parks/walking/fun/exploring.   2013 Waterfront Heritage Walks! Walk the Big Four Bridge with Historian Rick Bell Duration: Saturday, May 25 at 10-11:30am. You Meet at the Big Four Bridge at Waterfront Park at the top of the ramp on the disc. From their website: It's a free walking tour, led by local historian Rick Bell, will explore the history of Louisville’s Big Four Bridge from its days as an important carrier of freight and passenger trains to its current incarnation as a pedestrian/bicycle path. This 90-minute tour will start at the top of the ramp to the Big Four Bridge, proceed across the bridge and back, for a total distance of approximately 1.5 miles. 
Note: they also have one on Sunday 2-3:30 and it will focus on the Steamboat era and start at the Belle.

I guess I really just have one pick.  Ain't they special to be my one and only?


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review of O'Line Sports Grill in Louisville

I recently purchased a deal voucher for half off to try out the O'Line Sports Grill near Westport Rd. and Hurstbourne Pkwy. I like to try new places, especially those that claim to be family-friendly right there on their website.

We dined on a Wednesday night and it was pretty quiet.  Mainly, the patrons seemed to be the after-work crowd unwinding at the bar.  We sat in a booth and the wait staff was prompt - our waitress was very nice.  The place is simple.  Booths, tables, bar, several TVs and basic bar decor.  The kids selected their kids meals first. There are several to choose from - your normal fare of pizza, chicken tenders, mac n cheese etc.  The kids chose pizza with chips and mini corn dogs with fruit and the meals came with drinks.  Then, I browse the regular menu.  They have a long list of appetizers and burgers along with some sandwiches and salads.  I went with a burger and onion rings, the chipotle burger to be specific.

Our food arrived quickly.  The portions were just right. I was assuming, like most places, that I would get way too much food but that wasn't the case.  The kids preferred the fried mini corn dogs over the pizza and both of them liked the homemade chips.  The fruit did not seem like it was cut up that day or maybe it was sitting in juice and it made it look less fresh.  My burger was good, nothing overwhelming but I did like the onion rings - big and crisp.  Good thing they didn't load me up on those!

We all dined for under $20 with drinks. I actually had to order a salad to go in order to meet the $20 threshold to redeem my voucher because the food is moderately priced. With tip and my to-go salad, it was finally around $25.  If you are looking for a simple burger type place to enjoy a beer, watch a game with the family and eat your heart out in appetizers, this is a good option.  From my one-time experience, I don't think you'll leave thinking it's the best food you've ever had but it was good, the waitress was attentive and everything was reasonably priced.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Outdoor Dining in and around Louisville, KY: Top Ten Places to Dine Al Fresco

These Louisville local restaurants await your company in their superb outdoor seating venues. All of these were highly recommended by LouFamFun readers.

 photo kingfish_zps795fed89.jpgKingFish on Upper River Road  Did you know the first KingFish restaurant opened in Louisville on Derby Day in 1948? They have a longstanding tradition of good food, service, and atmosphere. This location offers family fun outdoors by the river. 

The Irish Rover   This staple on Frankfort Avenue is a lovely place to people watch the traffic up and down historic Frankfort Ave. I have been here a handful of times both with family and with just my husband and have absolutely loved the atmosphere and the food.

The Grape Leaf   My husband and I recently dined here for the first time for an anniversary celebration. We have definitely put it on our "to do again" list. Dine outside and feel like you've been transported to a romantic, quaint city faraway.
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Captain's Quarters  Their seafood menu is loaded, they offer a reasonably priced kid's menu, and have a Sunday brunch.  It can get busy but with the big lawn along the river, it's laid back and relaxed - you can even order it "to-go" and eat casually out on the lawn.  Sunset over the Ohio is lovely when paired with fried green chile wontons!

Corbett's   A great patio awaits you at this little gem near the Old Brownsboro Crossing shopping center. Step away from the hustle and bustle of all the shopping from Cabela's and The Summit and dine in peace - great date night location.

Village Anchor   A great brunch spot tucked away in quaint Anchorage. See our review here.

The Cafe   Just discovered this jewel on the eastern side of downtown. Check out their Facebook page for updates-they have a patio that cannot be passed up!

Garage Bar
Nulu is a great place to spend an evening.  They have wood-fired pizzas that are really delicious and with such a unique outdoor setting, everyone will like the atmosphere.  Plus, when you are finished eating or even before, you can stroll along Market St and explore!
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Johnny Brusco's NY Style Pizza   Located in Norton Commons in Prospect, this locally owned franchise has great outdoor seating and delicious pizza. They really cater to families with their pizza by the slice - everyone can get what they want and it's affordable!

Cunningham's Creekside   Enjoy your meal a bit more relaxed, right on the creek! Have a good ole' fashioned fish sandwich this summer - I've heard it's one of the tastiest around.

Honorable Mentions:
(El Toro Mexican Restaurante, Selena's in Anchorage, Buckheads, Birracibo )

By guest contributor: Erin

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review of 2 Dips & a Shake

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321 West Main Street 
(located on the bottom of the Waterfront Plaza building on the corner of 3rd and Main).

Hours: M-Th 11am to 9pm, F & Sat 11am to 10pm, Closed Sunday

Our family set out for a fun-filled Friday evening spent entirely downtown. After strolling across the Big Four Bridge, and playing at Waterfront Park, we had dinner on the river and wanted to end out the evening in style - What better than to indulge in some yummy dessert?!?

 photo DSCN0951_zps4bdcc633.jpgBeing that 2 Dips & a Shake had just opened that same week, we hoped it would make the perfect place. It is easily accessible, as the Waterfront Plaza Garage (off 3rd) has parking on the same ground floor level, and a marked door that leads into the back of the parlor.

Upon entering, the first thing I noticed was that there is no seating; literally a counter to order from and that is all. Inquiring with one of the workers, I was informed that there is seating outside (cafe-style tables), which are located under a large awning in case of rain. Patrons are also permitted to sit in the attached restaurant, Down One Bourbon Bar. The bar/restaurant and 321deli, which is located directly next door, are all locally owned and operated by the same company. I also took note that there are no bathrooms attached to the parlor, and was informed that patrons also utilize the restaurant for this purpose as well. *Note, there are no changing tables in the bathrooms.

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 photo DSCN0950_zpsb07c2c99.jpgAs for the ice cream - well, it is quite yummy! They have 12 Comfy Cow flavors to choose from, including all your basic flavors as well as some fun ones - Derby & Bourbon Ball. They also offer 5 different sundaes, which include some with flair - Super Coffee Sundae made up of coffee ice cream, coffee syrup, espresso grounds and chocolate-covered espresso beans, and a Mint Julep sundae made up of mint chip ice cream with bourbon syrup! There are also 8 different shake choices, that which include your basics, as well as some usually ones - Bourbon & Nutella! Lastly, they offer a variety of unusual fountain drinks, including Mojito, Spicy Mango, & Pineapple/Chipotle, just to name a few!

As for the prices, I think they are to be expected for fine ice cream/desserts - $3.50/scoop $4.75 for a double, $5.50-7.50 for sundaes, and $4.50/6.00 for shakes.

 photo RSCN0967_zpsb76eaa57.jpgOverall, the desserts are yummy (per my kids' happy, messy faces), and the atmosphere (as least outdoors) is pretty neat. Given the location, it's a perfect stop for some after- theater or post-game dessert, especially in the summer months where seating outside is optimal. If not on an outing with the family, it would certainly provide the perfect cute little "date-night" stop with your loved one ... especially after dining nextdoor at Down One Bourbon Bar! ;-)

By guest contributor: Karen

Monday, May 20, 2013

Contest! Tickets for Day Out with Thomas

This is a sponsored contest about a fabuLOUs upcoming event

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Thomas the Tank Engine® is adored by little engineers everywhere. He is pulling into the station for a larger than life experience at Day Out With Thomas®:The GO GO Thomas Tour 2013, visiting the Kentucky Railway Museum on June 1-2nd and 8-9th . 

 photo IMG_11002_zpsa9cd27a0.jpgDay Out with Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. For two back to back weekends, little engineers and their families are invited to take a train ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas& Friends themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more.

For tickets, click here. Use code lvillefamilyfun13 to save $2 per ticket!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends

Twitter: www.twitter.com/trueblueengine

YouTube: www.youtube.com/thomasandfriends

We have 2 family 4 packs of tickets 
to give away to lucky readers!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

WINNER! Atlantis Water Park + Hotel Staycation

 photo IMG_3347-1_zps54da20ce.jpgThere's a Holiday Inn Lakeview room and the Atlantis Water Park tickets for a lucky winner!  

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 photo atlantiswaterpark-1_zps0ab17916.jpg The Water Park opens Memorial Day and is open through early August. It features water slides, a wave pool and a kids splash area.  Of course, there's lots of lounge chairs for sunning or shaded spots for cooling off as well as concessions.

They have an Atlantis & Holiday Inn Package Special that you can take advantage of all summer!
It includes one night stay at Holiday Inn Lakeview 4 Day Passes to Atlantis for just $99.00 plus tax
(Pass MUST be used during time of stay)

THE WINNER IS.................TIA RUTTER

email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!

Friday, May 17, 2013

This to do this weekend in an around Louisville - May 17,18,19

 photo Kingfishevent_zpsc9d91576.jpgSunday!  Head to Kingfish (River Road) for the Louisville Children's Museum "Dine to Donate" event to celebrate mother's with Susan G. Komen (Louisville affiliate).  The awesome band Kudmani is providing fantastic entertainment from 4-7pm and you can get your food and sit out by the river and enjoy the tunes. There's also children's activities and the kids can do ALL of them for just $1 - wow!
Help these two great causes by attending this event and ordering everything on the menu - wink wink ;)

In other news - how about a free walking tour downtown?  They have them all month on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of Hometown Tourist month! Click here for more info.  The families that tour together, snore together -never heard that? Well, yeah, I just made that up. Get it, touring....you get tired...then you snore and sleep well. Ok, it's a terrible saying.

Don't forget the UofL Baseball games that are FREE. The season is wrapping up and it's your last regular season opportunity to see the Cards in action for free family fun.  There's games all Friday and Saturday, click here for details.

Also for Friday and Saturday, it's the Old Louisville Springfest!  5-10pm on Friday and noon-10pm on Saturday.

On Saturday from 4-11, head to the Pitt Academy fundraiser Bar-B-Q festival! Games, food, music, food, children's area, food. Get it!

The Magic and the Wonder is Sunday at the Louisville Palace at 5pm. Save $2 on tickets using the code KOSAIR. It benefits Kosair Charities.  Click here for tickets!

And, don't forget, SPRAYGROUNDS are starting to open up.  Check with your favorite to make sure but a lot of them are already open. fabuLOUs free family fun!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Summer Reading Programs, Promotions and Contests around Louisville (and nationwide)

Summer reading programs are a great way to keep your child motivated over the summer and ready for school in the fall!  Check out this Louisville.am podcast on the topic!

For 2015 Information - click here

Here's all of the great programs we found:

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Imagination Destination Summer Reading programs at Barnes & Noble  bookstores! - Kids read any 8 books, record them on the reading log and bring the log to their store for a free book (listed on the reading log)! The program runs from May 21st to Sept. 3rd.

Chuck E. Cheese's reading reward chart (you can do this at any time, not just the summer) - Kids log their reading for 2 weeks and redeem for free tokens!

Pottery Barn  - Summer Reading Challenge - This free challenge is for kids 10 and under. The stores have story time on Tuesdays (confirm with local stores) where you can read their recommended books, the kids log the reading and can win prizes. It goes May 16th - August 26th (confirm participation with local stores).

Scholastic 2013 Summer Reading Challenge It's for kids  birth - 12 years old. They enter their reading minutes in Scholastic's Read for the World Record challenge. You register your child online and they record their reading minutes online and can earn prizes. Parents and Teachers can monitor their reading.

New York Times: 4th Annual Summer Reading Contest - a contest for teens (13 - 19 years old).  They submit editorial comments on an article, video, photo or other New York Times post from June 14th - August 16th. Then, each week, a winning post is chosen and featured on NYT blog. Contest rules and details can be found here.

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

Half-Price Books - Feed Your Brain Summer Reading -  Kids can read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) and add up the minutes. Read 300 minutes, turn in the completed log and earn HPB Bookworm Bucks for each month. They award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize - a $20 HPB Gift Card!

LPFL  - Build Your Brain! They have a kick off party June 1st from 10-12:30 at the Main Library.  Then, all summer, kids birth to 5th grade can participate in the program. Pick up a form at any branch or download it here,  log the books and turn them in for an awesome prize pack full of coupons for family fun and goodies.  Also keep tabs on the Kindergarten Countdown events!

Oldham Library - Summer seedlings program starts with a June 1st kick off party from 11-2 at the Main Library where kids can sign up for the summer reading program.

Bullitt Library  - Dig In! Summer reading program for kids preschool to 5th grade. Stories, crafts and prizes.  Specific dates and locations listed on their website.

Shelby County Public Library- from their website calendar June 3rd 3-6pm  "The library is kicking off the 2013 summer reading season with an ice cream social on Monday, June 3. Stop by the library anytime between 3-6pm to sign up for summer reading, get ice cream, and enjoy the children's activities. Ronald McDonald will be making a special appearance from 3-4pm. The Kurt Vonnegut traveling museum provided through the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library will also be on exhibit in the library. This is a free event. Donations for the roof repairs and Carnegie East Wing renovation will be accepted. Bake sale items will also be sold to raise funds for children's educational resources."

Jeffersonville - Summer reading club - They have special programs during the summer plus kids can sign up starting June 3, and the club runs through July 31. The club is a WIN – WIN activity for everyone as the kids read and learn, they win and when they track their books, they win prizes and coupons!

New Albany/Floyd County -
Kick off if May 31st from 10am-3:30pm (drop in) From their website:  "Drop in to the Children's Room any time between 10:00am and 3:30pm for fun and activities to kick off the 2013 Summer Reading Club! We'll have craft stations set up throughout the Children's Room where kids can create their own posters, make a mummy bookmark, contribute to a cave painting, and more! While you're here, sign up for the Summer Reading Club and check out some great books to read!"

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Louisville - Support those with Food Allergies - FARE Walk for Food Allergies

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Do you read every label, on every package of food, every week, at the grocery store? Have you ever feared for your child’s life as you took them to a friend’s birthday party or school celebration? Do you bake most things from scratch so you can control the ingredients? Chances are no, unless you have a child or family member with a life threatening food allergy. It is estimated that 1 in 13 children have food allergies and there has been a dramatic increase in the last few years by those affected by food allergies. If you are not personally dealing with a food allergy, chances are you are in contact with someone who does. As a parent of a children with a severe food allergies, I can say with certainty that having support from non-allergic families is key.

This is Food Allergy Awareness Week sponsored by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education). Take some time this week to learn more about food allergies and how you can help to keep everyone safe. You can start by clicking here to learn more about how you can be a PAL to those with food allergies.

 You can also show support for Louisville friends who are dealing with food allergies by participating in the FARE Walk for Food Allergies. This walk will be held for the first time in Louisville on August 10, 2013. Bring your whole family for a fun walk on the riverfront and show your support for the millions that deal with food allergies every day. For more information on the walk, to register a team, or find out how to be a sponsor visit www.foodallergywalk.org/louisville.

By guest contributor: Tami

The Best list of Pediatricians in and around Louisville

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Are you a new parent? New to Louisville? Or, just looking for a new pediatrician?  Here's a list of all of the pediatricians or groups of pediatricians that we could find!

All Children Pediatrics 244-6373 (Middletown)
All Star Pediatrics 762-0498 (Fern Creek)
Beverly M. Gaines & Associates 585-2924 (Downtown)
Brownsboro Park Pediatrics 897-3232 (St. Matthews)
Children's Health Pediatrics 897-1727 (St. Matthews)
East Louisville Pediatrics 896-8868 (St. Matthews)
Iroquois Pediatrics 361-1197 (Iroquois)
Jeffersonville Pediatrics 812-288-9141 (Jeffersonville)
Kaplan Barron Pediatric Group 452-6337 (Buechel)
Kidz Life Pediatrics  425-7827 (Norton Commons)
Louisville Area Pediatrics PSC 245-7337 (Middletown)
Louisville Pediatric Specialists 935-5633 (Dixie Highway)
Metro Pediatric Associates 412-0597 (East End)
Middletown Pediatrics 244-9858 (Middletown)
Oldham County Pediatrics 225-6277 (Crestwood)
Pediatric Associates of Louisville 231-1144 (Bardstown Rd.)
Pediatric Associates of Southern Indiana 812-945-2229 (New Albany)
Prospect Pediatrics 228-1312 (Prospect)
South Louisville Pediatrics 448-7853 (Dixie Highway)
Springhurst Pediatrics 339-0444 (Springhurst)
Springs Pediatrics 895-0524 (St. Matthews)
Tender Care Pediatrics 966-3918 (South End)
The Best Kids 895-9421 (St. Matthews)
University Health Child Specialists 852-3361 (Downtown)

Dr. Howell Adams, MD 895-8847 (St. Matthews)
Dr. James R. Allen, MD 897-5044  (St. Matthews)
Dr. Rowena Aquino, MD 774-8631 (Downtown)
Dr. Jerry M. Benfield, MD 327-9100 (Crescent Hill)
Dr. Ronald C. Bibb, Jr., MD 327-9100 (Crescent Hill)
Dr. Adel Bichir, MD 812-945-5246 (New Albany)
Dr. Mary Lynn Bundy, MD 812-944-5888 (New Albany)
Dr. Laura A. Chady, MD 553-5886 (St. Matthews)
Dr. Mark Charpentier, MD 812-558-5990 (Floyds Knobs)
Dr. Tim Corba, MD 812-949-1616  (New Albany)
Dr. Stephanie Eken, MD 896-2606 (St. Matthews)
Dr. Stuart Eldridge, MD 812-923-2273 (Floyd's Knobs)
Dr. Michelle Elisburg, MD 366-4747 (Taylor Blvd.)
Dr. Mary M. Fleming, MD 812-282-1367 (Jeffersonville)
Dr. Richard Greathouse, MD 459-2863 (Hikes Point)
Dr. Lynn Gulley, MD 812-282-1367 (Jeffersonville)
Dr. Susan Haffner, MD 629-7212 (Downtown)
Dr. Bobbie Hall, MD 819-5900 (Taylorsville Rd.)
Dr. Bruce Haskell, MD 964-9094 (Outer Loop)
Dr. Thomas C. Hubbs, MD 935-5633 (Dixie Highway)
Dr. Charles J. Kessler, MD 744-5074  (East End)
Dr. Susan M. King, MD 852-5128 (Downtown)
Dr. Shabnam Maghsood, MD 895-4082 (St. Matthews)
Dr. Christopher Mescia, MD 812-949-0405  (New Albany)
Dr. Patricia A. Morgan, MD 812-280-6623 (Clarksville)
Dr. Thomas Myers, MD 812-945-2198 (New Albany)
Dr. John Oliphant, MD 493-9994 (Stonybrooke)
Dr. Kathleen Palmera, MD 812-280-9145 (Clarksville)
Dr. Brian Posnansky, MD 895-9421 (4 locations)
Dr. Kelly Pringle, MD 812-280-6623 (Clarksville)
Dr. Karl Pryor, Jr., MD 585-2924 (Downtown)
Dr. Natalie Sarkanich, MD 245-6049 (East End)
Dr. Carmine Scalzitti, MD 897-6454 (St. Matthews)
Dr. Jerry W. Seligman, MD 425-2242 (East End)
Dr. Kathleen Shiner, MD 812-949-0405 (New Albany)
Dr. John T. Stutts, MD 852-7670 (Downtown)
Dr. Jeb S. Teichman, MD 812-288-9141 (Jeffersonville)
Dr. Julie A Uhlman, MD 290-7118 (East End)
Dr. Donna M. Volk, MD 456-4707 (Eastern Pkwy.)
Dr. George W. White III, MD 774-4401 (New Albany)

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

LouFamFun $10 Challenge - May

 photo 3-1_zpsd66f2798.jpgWhat FUN things can you and your family do around Louisville, KY with only $10 in your pocket??  I had an exciting challenge of making this happen and instantly realized I don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun.  My adventure took place over two weekends.

With Spring weather slowly approaching us, our first activity involved my girls and I sitting on our deck early one morning enjoying the beautiful weather, birds singing, and watching the swirling movement of the Ohio River. I had a cup of coffee while my two girls drew pictures of our beautiful surroundings.  It was quite peaceful watching them draw colorful pictures from their interpretation of the scenery.  Time seems to fly by as they were drawing and I was quite amazed an hour had gone by but…it was completely FREE!

The next activity was an idea I had found on Pinterest.  Since I’m a Pinterest follower (more like addict), I found some ideas on how to turn some of my running t-shirts into FUN Zumba workout clothes.  I’m a runner and have acquired a lot of running t-shirts through my various races that just sit in my closet.  My girls love being creative and fashionable, so they will take every chance they can to help cut, rip, and we have a plain t-shirts into new styles.  This took another hour and was absolutely FREE and lots of FUN!

To end the day, we decided to go to the Mahan Oldham County Library…which is our favorite library…to pick out some fun reading for the evening.  Since we have a passion for reading, I wanted my girls to pick out some FUN books they could read and share what they learned with the family.  We each got 1 book and my 9 year old read a book to us in the car on the way to rent a movie for “Family Movie Night”.  The girls were super excited because we hadn’t spent any of our $10 yet. 

We did stop at Red Box in Oldham County to rent “The Hobbit” which cost us $1.25.  This isn’t a movie review but I would highly recommend this movie for the family.  “The Hobbit” does have some scenes that may be frightening for small children.

 photo 6_zpscfc5fd40.jpgCreasey Mahan Nature Preserve was next on our list for FUN the 2nd weekend of our April challenge.  The nature preserve is located in Oldham County and happens to be located just down the road from where we live and is a great place to take your family hiking and enjoying nature.  Our family attended a recent seminar on spring flowers.  We also toured the bird observation room and various animal exhibits.  My two girls had a blast running around asking what all of the animals were.  Additionally, we went on a nature walk so the girls could visit the frog pond where they were able to find turtles sunbathing on the logs and little tad poles swimming along the shoreline. The nature preserve is completely FREE and survives based on donations from the community so the girls want to use some of the $10 to donate towards the nature preserve.  $5 was donated towards the nature preserve!

 photo 5_zps98ceaaf3.jpgAfter the great fun we had at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, we drove to Thornton’s gas station in Oldham County on U.S. 42 to get free ices for the girls.  On Saturdays, kids 12 and under get free icees if an item is purchased for $.99 and higher.  So, my husband and I each bought two waters which came to $2.25 so the girls were each able to get a regular icee with the flavor of their choice for FREE!  So far, we had spent $8.50 of the $10 we had allocated towards our LFF challenge.  Yet, we had more fun planned! 

The next stop on our agenda was the Henry’s Ark petting zoo which is also located in Oldham County on North Rose Island.  This zoo is an awesome place to spend time with your family and it’s also FREE.  We were given a bag of carrots by a friend to feed the animals.  My 9 year old and I had been to Henry’s Ark about a year ago when we first moved to KY so we wanted to share this fun with my 4 year old and husband who haven’t had the experience yet.  Henry Ark’s has a lot of great animals such as zebras, llamas, peacocks, donkeys, deer, chickens, goats, pigs, and emus.  All of these animals loved the carrots we brought and my girls had a blast feeding them.  Both girls had so much fun so they wanted to take the rest of the $10 we had left which was $1.50 and put into the donation box for the zoo.

Since we spent all of our allotted $10, what was next??
 photo 7_zps3802a0e9.jpgBoth girls had bottles of bubbles they received as gifts from their Easter baskets, so we headed home to end the awesome day with blowing bubbles in our back yard down by the Ohio River.  The girls spent most of their time chasing bubbles my husband was blowing.  I think my husband had more fun than the girls!  This was another activity that was completely FREE and was quite fun for the entire family!

I was quite impressed with all of the FUN and EXCITING activities the entire family was able to do together within a 5 mile radius of our home in Oldham County with only $10 in our pocket over two weekends!!  Although a lot of the areas we enjoyed were FREE, they need donations to remain open for everyone’s enjoyment! 

By guest contributor: Tammy

Monday, May 13, 2013

Staycation Contest! Holiday Inn Lakeview + 4 Water Park Passes for Atlantis Water Park

 photo IMG_3347-1_zps54da20ce.jpgSometimes, it doesn't take a long drive or a flight out of town to feel like your getting away.  The Holiday Inn Lakeview and the Atlantis Water Park want you to enjoy a little staycation getaway.  This hotel is really easy to get to in Jeffersonville right off of I-65.  They have an indoor pool and a full restaurant so you will have a great time with your stay!  Plus, it's so close to the river view dining options and the Falls of the Ohio State park if you want to make 2 full days of fun surrounding your overnight stay.  One day at the Water Park, another day on an outing!

 photo atlantiswaterpark-1_zps0ab17916.jpg The Water Park opens Memorial Day and is open through early August. It features water slides, a wave pool and a kids splash area.  Of course, there's lots of lounge chairs for sunning or shaded spots for cooling off as well as concessions.

They have an Atlantis & Holiday Inn Package Special that you can take advantage of all summer!
It includes one night stay at Holiday Inn Lakeview 4 Day Passes to Atlantis for just $99.00 plus tax
(Pass MUST be used during time of stay)

We are giving away one of these packages to a lucky reader in this sponsored giveaway!


Saturday, May 11, 2013

WINNER! 4 Day tickets to Abbey Road on the River!

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 photo IMG_2540_zps39a5a1f2.jpgA lucky winner and their family will get to dance their hearts out over Memorial Day weekend as they hang out at Waterfront Park and enjoy endless Beatles tunes!  

We have 4 tickets for the lucky winner!
The winner is AMY GILMORE

Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your tickets!

Still thinking of buying tickets?  Check out our review from last year here.

29th Annual Bar-B-Q Festival benefiting Pitt Academy

This is a sponsored post about a fabuLOUs upcoming event

29th Annual Bar-B-Q Festival Returns

 photo pitt_zps7480838d.jpgOn Saturday, May 18, the aroma of smoking meats and burgoo will fill the air around Pitt Academy announcing the 29th Annual Bar-B-Q Pitt Festival. The award-winning food, outstanding blues music, children’s area and game booths provide something for everyone who enjoys great food and fun! The barbecue artisans from St. Pius X Catholic Church in Owensboro, Ky., will once again fire up their 120-foot-long open style pits with hickory and oak. Pork, mutton, and chicken are basted with the Cooking Team’s secret recipe and smoked overnight while 200 gallons of burgoo simmer all day until it all reaches the perfect stage for serving over 4000 meals. Festival hours are 4:00 – 11:00 pm (food is served until 8:00 pm).

“This is a wonderful family friendly event that includes something for everyone”, said board president, Steve DeGaris, “In addition to the mouth-watering food, there will be game booths, children’s activities, and a Blues Music Tent.” This year’s Blues Tent features the following bands: 5 - 7:15 pm - THE KING BEES, 7:45 - 10:00 pm - LITTLE T&A .

All proceeds directly benefit Pitt Academy, a 501 (C-3) non-profit school that provides an innovative learning environment in which children with a broad spectrum of learning and communication differences can reach their own academic, creative, and social potential. Pitt Academy serves children Kindergarten through 12th grades with disabilities such as Autism, Down syndrome, Intellectually Challanged, FMD, Developmentally Delayed, ADD/ADHD, Fragile X Syndrome and Speech/Language disorder.

Pitt Academy was founded in 1949. It is located at 6010 Preston Highway, in Louisville, KY. For more information about the Bar-B-Q Pitt Festival contact Karen Kirchdorfer at karen@pitt.com. Their website is www.pitt.com.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville May 10,11,12

Howdy! It's the middle of May - the weather is warming up and the kids are winding down for the year in school.  I'm getting pretty excited about being outside so much (even though my allergies are full blown right now).  We are having a lot of fun gardening and getting dirty outside.  So, besides hanging out in the yard, what's there to do in this town?

First, there's the opening day of epic proportions at the Frazier History Museum.  See “Mythic Creatures,” an eye-popping new exhibition and celebrate the museum’s ninth birthday. On Saturday 5/11 ONLY, you can take advantage of $5 admission (regular adult price is $18.50). There will be unicorn rides, adventurous activities, fantastic face painting, captivating creatures from the Louisville Zoo, role-playing performances with the Dungeon Master and perhaps even a sighting of Sasquatch himself. Comfy Cow Ice Cream and MozzaPi will be on-hand to offer refreshments as well. Explore the unknown, then take home your own “Mythic Creatures” commemorative photo.  Ride a unicorn?  YEE HAW!

The Family Fun Workshops at the Carnegie Center are on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10 am-12 pm. This Saturday it's Faux Stained Glass Flowers for Mother's Day. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required, space is limited. Call (812) 944-7336 to register or send an email to lwilkins@carnegiecenter.org. It is a drop-in workshop, so people come and go from 10am until about 12pm but no later than 11:30am.  Suggested ages are 2-12, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Don't forget about the FREE downtown scavenger hunt we posted about!
And, the Buy Local Fair organized by the Louisville Independent Business Alliance on Saturday from 2-8pm.  Phew, Saturday is hoppin'!

All weekend (and all summer for that matter) it seems you can find some entertainment at Mike Linnig's.  They have a full list here.  They have an entertainer that's scheduled called DJ Tater.  I find this amusing and strangely intriguing. I glanced over all of the other thing scheduled and saw the DJ Tater and the rest is history. DJ Tater has made it to my picks for the weekend. I used to be cool and enjoy new music acts, now I am fascinated by a stuffed Mr. Potato Head. So is life.

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day!  Take a few minutes to check out the Louisville Family Fun podcasts!

Review of ThunderBlast 2013

 photo Thunder2_zpsfedd2b8c.jpgThis year, my family and I did Thunder Over Louisville at ThunderBlast at the Kentucky Science Center. ThunderBlast allows you to watch the air show and fireworks from the convenience of the Science Center parking area. It is not as crowded as some of the area venues, there are indoor bathroom facilities nearby with plenty of toilet paper and lots of activities for the kids. Included in the tickets were all of the Science Center attractions and discounted IMAX films inside as well as the temporary exhibit Body Worlds Vital inside the Center. With the purchase of the ThunderBlast wrist bands, you were also given access to the Louisville Slugger Museum across the street. We did purchase tickets for one of the IMAX films. They were discounted $4 each during ThunderBlast. It was fun, but in all honesty, we had plenty to do without spending the extra money.

We got to the downtown area early and found a good $15 parking garage spot (most are $15-$20) close to the Science Center. There are no coolers, food or drink allowed in the ThunderBlast area except for the provided carnival-style vendors. I was disappointed by the limited number of vendors, but you can come and go through all of downtown area for food if you want. We did buy a $2 bottle of water and a small $2 popcorn while viewing the show. I did pack a cooler of drinks and snacks and left it in the car in case we wanted other options since we were parked so close.

 photo d3ed5501-d0d2-49e3-8a6c-36a394d1c120_zps1e196070.jpgThe Science Center was pretty empty in the morning (you have to have a membership or pay an entrance fee before the 2pm ThunderBlast start time). We played all over the Science Center, taking our time on each floor. The "Science Depot" room on the first floor was open which had crafts, games, and activities for the kids. We played Hide and Seek around the airplane in the kid's area, played all of the games on the 2nd floor, and we played "I Spy" at different exhibit areas to take up time before ThunderBlast was open.

 photo Thunder7_zps25bb5087.jpg photo Thunder_zps83957a0a.jpgWhen it got closer to 2pm, we headed down toward the ThunderBlast area. There was a long line to enter, but the Science Center staff were setting off rockets and interacting with the line during the wait. The line moved fast once the gate was open. They handed out a schedule of Science Center events as well as the air show schedule. My kids immediately gravitated to the fenced in inflatables and foam block area. The area never seemed too crowded, and there were several chairs where I could sit and observe the entire fenced in area. There was also an area for the kids to make and shoot off paper rockets, and launch balls in a giant sling shot. There were scheduled demonstrations in the ThunderBlast area as well as inside the Science Center, all of which my kids loved.

It was a bit cold, even with our coats on because the ThunderBlast area is covered by overpasses. I wish more of the venue area was in the sun, but in hotter years, it will be nice to be in the shade. Initially, the air show viewing area was only 1-2 chairs deep, but by fireworks time, it was about a dozen chairs deep from the fence line. What I liked about being inside the fenced off ThunderBlast area, was the security I felt leaving our chairs, coats, and other non-valuables at our viewing spot while we wandered in and out of the ThunderBlast area. No one touched our stuff, there was security to get in, and security constantly patrolling the ThunderBlast area.

 photo Thunder4_zpsa00dc8ad.jpgThe seats were great for the air show, however they were probably not the best viewing seats for the fireworks as we were a ways up from the bridge. But what I did like: the radio station Hummer parked in the middle of the ThunderBlast area blasting the commentary and music to the air show and fireworks. When it was time to leave, it was very easy to make it up to the garage and out of the downtown area. I'm sure closer firework seats would not have made the leaving experience so easy.

I would highly recommend ThunderBlast, especially for families with young kids. The endless activities, freedom to come and go from ThunderBlast to the Science Center and back, fenced in inflatables, Body Worlds and Slugger Museum tickets, and the clean toilet facilities all made the somewhat expensive tickets worth it. If you go next year, be sure to bring gloves, hats, glow toys/sticks (to lighten the pressure from buying light-up items from vendors) snacks, blankets and chairs. You'll sit in comfort for the shows, your children will be entertained all day, and all proceeds benefit the Science Center’s mission-driven programs such as curriculum development, on-site programming, School’s Out Science Camps, and outreach efforts throughout the region.

By guest contributor: Caryn