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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Things to do this weekend around Louisville - November 29,30 Dec 1

We hope you are having a lovely Thanksgiving! (or had, if you are finding out post during the weekend)

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So much fun!  Join us so I can load you up with gifts - it's not just swimming, there's fun for everyone!
YMCA SI is conveniently located in New Albany right off of 64

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Are you going to do some shopping? Recently on the LouFamFun podcast on Louisville.am, the fabuLOUs Maggie and I chatted about great local places for shopping - unique gifts all around.


Picks for the weekend - There's no boredom when there's LouFamFun - be sure to check out Holiday Post too!

Friday: Light Up Louisville! Details here.  See the parade, Santa's Workshop activities at the Kentucky International Convention Center and after Santa arrives, head back to KICC for FREE photos with Santa courtesy of Moe's Southwest Grill and you favorite website, LouFamFun!

Saturday:
It's one of the FREE playdates for little ones and their caregivers at the Kentucky Science Center. It's from 8:30-9:30am for kiddos 0-4 to explore.  Best part, you get to stay at the museum all day for free as well! No registration required but you have to go to the early morning playdate.

Sunday:  The Jeffersonville outdoor ice rink is open!  Details here for location, directions and prices. It's such a fun outdoor activity for families this winter.  On Sundays in December from 1-4pm, skate with Santa!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

Stephanie

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lunch and Play Date Options at Oxmoor Center in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_4136_zps39b16003.jpgRecently I met Ms. LouFamFun for lunch at Oxmoor Center. She had been tweeting a bunch with Yang Kee Noodle and invited me to try it with her. Oh my word! That food was scrumptious! We left there full, satisfied, and chock full of ideas we had brainstormed about for Louisville Family Fun! And we came up with some great ideas for families to play at the new play area and grab an affordable, absolutely delish lunch or early dinner at Yang Kee Noodle.

 photo IMG_4140_zpsde5cde9d.jpg photo IMG_4141_zps5d0dc606.jpg photo IMG_4135_zps01f5d29e.jpg photo oxmoor_zps19086f89.jpgYes, there is a new play area at Oxmoor Center, called the Tot Lot. The day we went, we were both kid-less (can I hear an "Amen!?) So we didn't want to hang around the toddler play area for too long, we took a snapshot and asked readers to guess where we were and then headed off to lunch. We saw many parents with younger kiddos having fun in the play place that is in the Sears corridor across from Subway. It's in the same vicinity that the old huge ship was. I ventured back recently with my 2 year-old to get it kid-tested and momma-approved. Yes to both! He had a blast climbing on the huge block and number structures, climbing the stairs to the slide, running through the archway that he kept calling "the rainbow" and climbing through the tunnel. It's a very nice play area (obviously because it's brand new) and it's just the right size for toddlers and young preschoolers. I would say it's mainly geared toward walking 1's through 3-year-olds. There's a nice area with a television that was showing videos of children playing with shapes and adding color by using everyday items around the house. There is plenty of seating for adults all around, cell phone charging stations, and places under the seats for shoes. The only rule I saw was that children must take their shoes off and wear socks. Along the outside there is stroller parking as well. A great new area to go when it's raining outside now that the weather has turned cooler.

 photo IMG_0693_zps18b51b5f.jpg photo IMG_0695_zpsb2db3634.jpgBack to our lunch at Yang Kee Noodle. We split three dishes that were such enormous helpings you could easily feed a family of four (i.e.,) with pairings of a few dishes so you can all try and share something together. We had the lettuce wraps (TO DIE FOR!), chicken fried rice, and a Yang Kee specialty: Pad See Ew. They have great combo options and a kid's menu priced at $3.99 each that includes a drink. We also liked their lunch bowl options. Click here to see their menu. We both ordered waters and the bill was around $21.00. It's a sit down place where they place a colored flag on your table and bring your food to you, but no servers so there's no tip involved either. There's a very nice patio area outside and you can make it a nice fall lunch or dinner outside or use the indoors to your advantage this coming winter. All in all, a pit stop for food at Yang Kee Noodle and a play date at the new Tot Lot are a sure bet for Louisville families seeking frugal fun. We're here to bring it to you!

Oxmoor Center's hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm
Yang Kee Noodle's hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-9:30pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11:30am-8:30pm
7900 Shelbyville Road

By guest contributor: Erin


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tips for staying active as a family in winter in and around Louisville, KY

With summer behind us, the winter weather will be making its appearance sooner than later. Fortunately, living in Kentuckiana, you and your family should not have an excuse NOT to stay active this winter!

Recently, I was able to talk with a fellow mom, head coach and owner of the Mighty Titan Adventures, Nicole Tegeler. (if you do not know about the Mighty Titans yet - you are missing out!) She definitely knows how to beat any excuse your family may have for not getting physically fit this winter.

Excuse #1: “It is too cold outside!”
Winter should not stop you from going outdoors. According to weather.com, January is the coldest month in our area with average low of 27F and high of 43F.  Tegeler recommends dressing appropriately from head to toe with layers is the cure for this excuse. She suggests a wicking layer as the first layer, followed by an insulation layer, and then a shell or windbreaker for the outside. Although the first 5-10  minutes outside maybe a little chilly, layering allows you to stay warm and able to move freely without feeling bogged down. Some outdoor family activities include hiking, mountain biking, sledding, roller blading or skiing. Activities in the woods can  protect you from the cool winter winds. Why not try spelunking? On average, Mammoth Cave is around 54F, so that can feel warm on a chilly day. It is also important to stay hydrated during your activities, so Tegeler suggests packing a backpack with water or even some hot chocolate to enjoy.

Excuse #2: “No time!”
As a family, you find yourself going from one activity to the next after school and work. If you find yourself watching your kids at their sports practice, Tegeler recommends using that hour to do some body weight workout or resistant band workouts. You could even do these exercises as a family during a TV commercial. On the Mighty Titan facebook page, she posts an exercise of the week as well.  If your calendar is full, start scheduling dates on the calendar with the family to try some of the wide variety of active things in the area. Why not ask another family to join you too? Kentuckiana has a wide variety of activities that can get your families’ heart rate up and have fun - from jumping on trampolines at SkyZone, ice skating, roller skating to rock climbing.

Excuse #3: “Exercising is boring!”
Not all exercising is boring - especially in winter! Tegeler said, “One of the biggest things families can do to stay active this winter is to enjoy all the active things Louisville has to offer.” So your family may not like to run or bike, but why not enjoy something you can only do in winter such as skiing or outdoor ice skating? Your family could take ballroom dance lessons together or yoga. If there is something your family wants to try, more than likely Kentuckiana has it. Another suggestion is to sign up for Mighty Titans Kidz and Momz personal training coming in January. I imagine Tegeler will keep it interesting, fun and help meet any new year’s resolution you may make related to fitness.

Why not make a bucket list of new activities to try that will get your families’ heart pumping this winter?

Here are even more ideas and places (not an exhaustive list by no means!) to help you and your family to stay active this winter!

Indoor Play Areas:
SIGS Sportsplex
Awesome Outdoor Products Review here
Indoor playgrounds at restaurants such as Chick-Fil-A or Oxmoor Center


Indoor Sports Areas:
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RockSport, Review here  
Riot Skate Park 
Louisville Tennis Club offers lessons on their indoor courts
Walking at a mall
Join a soccer, basketball, or volleyball team. Places like 4 Kicks 4 Kidz, Upward Sports (review here), and MidAmerica Sports Center offer some great options.
Enjoy an ice hockey game together with the Louisville Cardinals. Then go ice skating at  www.alpineicearena.com or www.icelandlouisville.com together afterwards!

Outdoor Activities:
Playing in snow, shoveling
Roller blading at places like Parklands of Floyds Fork
Hiking (and geocaching) at places like Parklands, JeffersonMemorial Forest, Bernheim
Batting cages
The Fun Farm - laser tag and paintball 
Family Friendly Road Races:

Check out your local community center for other indoor activities http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/communitycenters/
http://www.jeffparks.org/
http://www.ymcalouisville.org/oldham-county/ - Look on the left side for Lagrange Community Center link - even offers free karate for kids! 

And a friendly reminder to check out the LFF calendar for ‘active’ events too! Also, a side note: When you purchase a Kids Eat Free VIP card from us, you receive 3 freebies that more than outweigh the cost of the card ($25). Consider purchasing one and you will get a free open play from KaZoing, a free Mighty Titan Adventures registration ($35 value), and 2 free weeks of Hwang's Martial Arts classes. Details here.

By guest contributor: Jeanette

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Holiday Bucket List for Louisville families

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There are tons of great Holiday events in Louisville and it may seem daunting to pick the ones that are right for your family. Here’s my family’s Holiday Season Bucket list:

-We started a new tradition last year by participating in the Northeast YMCA’s Turkey Day Fun Run and Turkey Trot for the kids. This is a great way to get the family moving together as well as a healthy start to Thanksgiving Day. The Fun Run and Walk are first up and there is childcare available in the Adventure Center for all participants. Then the Turkey Trot takes place across the street and is broken up by age groups. My kids had so much fun they beg to do it again year round!

-After Thanksgiving, we load up the van and drive through Lights Under Louisville. This is a great event for out-of-town guests since it is fairly unique. And since they charge by the car load instead of per person, you can load up the mommy van and enjoy the Christmas lights together. It takes 30-45 minutes to get through and there are no pit stops along the way, so I don’t recommend this for potty trainers.

-If you are athletically inclined, head over to Jeffersonville Ice Rink for some family ice-skating and hot cocoa. If you have rowdy boys and want to take them somewhere they’ll blend in, head over to Iceland and watch a UofL Men’s Ice Hockey  game. Admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free. My kids love the games, but the Zambonis alone are worth the price of admission.

-A couple of weeks before Christmas, we usually catch a show at Derby Dinner Playhouse, see the Nutcracker, or go on a Christmas Train Ride in either French Lick  or The Kentucky Railway Museum. The Polar Express train ride we took last year was a memorable experience for my kids and it was totally worth the long drive up to French Lick. This year I think we’ll check out the pirate-themed Jingle Arrgh the Way at Derby Dinner Playhouse.

-Every year I take my kids to a local hot shop to blow Christmas ornaments. We’ve visited them all and I love the diversity among glass-blowers in Louisville. Last year we visited Twin Glass Studio in Norton Commons and the experience was superb. There’s a viewing room between the hot shop and the front of the store where kids can play until it’s their turn to design and blow their very own creation. See my review here.

-Of course if there’s snow on the ground, you’ll find us at the park sledding. We take sledding very seriously and we have the injuries to prove it! We always end our sledding with homemade cocoa, which makes it especially exciting for my kiddos.

-Twice a year I gift my neighbors with food. In the summer when my tomato plants produce more than we can consume, I leave tomatoes on their doorsteps while they are at work. It’s my very own version of ding-dong-ditch.  During December, however, I bake cookies with the kids and we go around to all our neighbors’ houses to wish them a Merry Christmas. It’s a great way to see everyone during the cold months as well as a fun way to spread Holiday Cheer.

-Last but not least, no Holiday Season is complete without a trip to Muth’s Candies for a box of Modjeskas. They’ve been open in the same location on Market Street since 1921 and my family has been going there for generations. It’s a Louisville tradition.

A great tip! Use the image above to check off the things you've done throughout the holiday season!!

By guest contributor: Maggie

Sunday, November 24, 2013

WINNER! KaLightoscope Package

They are in full-on holiday mode at the Galt House.  Have you seen the green screen videos?  Click here to see our ride in Santa's sleigh over Louisville!

 photo IMG_0896_zps852f2803.jpgDid you know that for KaLightoscope, you get a free children's ticket (for kids 12 and under) with the purchase of an adult ticket? All of their options are on ChristmasAtTheGaltHouse.com.  How about a staycation?

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Consider marking you calendar to get downtown this holiday season. You don't have to spend a dime! Walk along 4th St. for 40 Nights of Lights and see the light show at Aegon Plaza and pose for memorable photos in front of one of the two large lit trees.  Bundle up and feel the warmth of our downtown!


Last week's contest was a giveaway for one lucky reader! 
4 Tickets to KaLightoscope Christmas 
2 Find Santa Key Games
4 Tickets to Sing n Joy on Thanksgiving Weekend 

THE WINNER IS:Scott Duthie 

Scott, email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net from the email address you used to enter the contest.  Do so by 9pm Monday 11/25/13

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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

First of all, let's acknowledge that it is going to be FAH-REEE-ZING!  Brrrr, my children have swim lessons on Saturday morning and even though it's indoors, the idea of it just sends shivers down my spine.

Check out the Kids Eat Free VIP Card -  We're making a donation to Kentucky Harvest for every card purchased.  Each card comes with a free Mighty Titans registration - great for 2014!

Dude, have you listened to the LouFamFun podcast on Louisville.am? This one linked below is about Mighty Titan adventures so you can learn more about it!


Last plug: the LOUISVILLE FAMILY FUN BLOG BIRTHDAY PARTY!  Gifts for guests, fun for the family and all of the money goes to two great causes that help local families day in and day out - register HERE.

Picks for the weekend - There's no boredom when there's LouFamFun - be sure to check out Holiday Post too!

All weekend: Check out a free demo class with Heartland Music Together, a variety of times and locations. Click here.

FridayNeed something for that difficult tween/teen age?  How about SkyMania (Ages 10-15) at SkyZone. It's from 9pm-10:30pm for jump time and two pieces of pizza and a drink afterwards! $18/person

Saturday:
If you want to be festive on Saturday:

 photo IMG_4411_zpsae77b5ad.jpgBundle up and head to Nulu for the Holiday Open House event - discounts and fun!
Best deal on the block: Ghyslain – 2 count chocolate box with a receipt from a Nulu retailer

There's a special "Booksgiving" story time at Half Price Books nationwide.  The storytime is at 1pm and the kids get a free book.

It's "Brite Nite" at the Paddock Shops - lights up fun for the family.

Sunday:  Go shopping at a locally owned, super awesome store!

Enjoy a holiday bazaar with Santa and shopping in Goshen - 9-4pm on Sunday, details on this Facebook page.

Warm the kids up with a free hot chocolate from Thornton's - Sundays from noon-4pm after a free sleigh ride with Santa at the Paddock shops (also Sundays from noon-4pm through 12/15, also on Saturdays).

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

Stephanie

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review of Jingle ARRGH the Way! at Derby Dinner Playhouse

 photo JingleArrghtheWayPhoto_zpsee623fbf.jpgMy son and I were able to check out Jingle Arrgh the Way this weekend at a hosted lunch show at the Derby Dinner Playhouse. I don’t want to give too much away about the story, but it is a musical play about a boy who takes a trip to the North Pole with his pirate friends to meet Santa. Its overall message was how giving-by way of a gift or friendship- without expecting anything in return was the real ‘treasure’.  It was pretty funny-even for an adult and my four year old was able to sit happily through the entire play. We went to the lunch matinee that opened at 12 and the play started around 1:15pm. I would plan to spend about 3 hours there if you go assuming you will stop at their gift shop and look around. They did have some decently priced items there.

 photo IMG_0458_zps99f3fbe8.jpgIf you are unfamiliar with Derby Dinner Playhouse, lunch or dinner is included with your ticket price. The lunch was great and had lots of kid-friendly food items including chicken nuggets, spaghetti, and French fries. They also offered carved turkey, green beans, corn on the cob, a salad bar and rolls for the more traditional eaters. Tea, water, coffee, orange juice, white and chocolate milk were included in the lunch. Soft drinks were an extra charge as well as dessert, but again, these were reasonably priced. We paid $1.50 for 2 chocolate chip cookies and $2 for an Oreo pudding cup.  My son did say there should have been pizza, but-hey, you can’t please everyone! Mr. and Mrs. Claus came around to every table before the show started for pictures and a quick chat with Santa. Mrs. Claus gave the kids a Pirate eye patch, which was a fun little momento.

Derby Dinner Playhouse is just across the bridge in Clarksville, IN. Parking is easy and there are plenty of spots available. The playhouse itself is nice and reminded me a bit of Medieval Times on a smaller scale. Bathrooms were easy to get to even during the show. I’ll certainly be checking this place out again soon, mateys! 

Remaining dates of this show are November 23, 29, 30 and December 7, 14, 21. Call 812-288-8281 or visit the website for more information.

By guest contributor: Jennifer

Top 10 Locally Owned Shopping Stores in Louisville, KY

You may have seen the pledges going around Facebook, wherein your friends announce their intention to buy their gifts this Holiday Season from local merchants. It may seem like a lot of trouble, but Louisville has some of the best specialty stores anywhere. Shopping locally-owned keeps more money in our local economy and improves the lives of people you actually know. Visiting these different areas of town in search of something special for everyone on your list is an adventure. One of my favorite things to do for people who don’t live in Kentucky is to put together a gift basket of different things that are made here in order to showcase the unique culture of Kentucky.

Tune into our podcast on this topic!


It’s also a fun way to learn about our local history. Here are some of my favorite spots in town:

 photo 2013-09-25_133823_zpsc196c4b9.jpg10. A Taste of Kentucky is your one-stop shop for all things Kentucky. For the foodie in your life they have Bourbon Barrel Cakes, Ale 8, and the full line of Maker’s Mark sauces and spices. They also carry Kentucky-themed Christmas ornaments, home d├ęcor, jewelry, and anything else you can imagine. There are currently four locations in Louisville.

 photo pts_zps3081290a.jpg9. The Parent-Teacher Store has so many items, both educational and well-made, super fun toys.  There are so many unique toys here that you can’t find in the big-box stores. In addition to toys, they have arts and crafts galore.


8. Louisville Stoneware is a great place to shop for collectibles, Louisville originals, or specially made gifts for any occasion. Take your kids to create a special cookie plate for Santa you can use every year, order a personalized dog bowl or coffee mug, or buy a special UofL or UK piece for the sports fan in your life.


7. Lele’s Boutique is tied with Dress and Dwell for this spot. Lele’s offers a wide variety of gifts for everyone on your list, while Dress and Dwell offers clothing and home goods. Lele’s offers embroidery services for personalized gifts, as well.

 photo 2013-10-18_140347_zps6dd218fc.jpg6. Muth’s Candy Store is a longstanding Christmas tradition in my family. My great-grandfather used to give me a small box of Modjeskas for Christmas every year. My dad carried on the tradition after he was gone, and now that I have my own kids I love to take them to the original candy store where so many generations of my family have shopped. While you’re in Nulu, check out Peace of the Earth Boutique, where they sell locally made natural bath products as well as locally made Kluster Shop jewelry, among other things.

 photo 2013-09-27_181722_zps3fc2726f.jpg5. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft has an impressive selection of unique pieces, all handmade in Kentucky. There are ceramics, jewelry, paper goods, and various other one-of-a-kind gifts.

4. Lexie’s Trading Post is a great place to get unique handmade bath products. My favorite is the bourbon lotion-it smells heavenly! You can also have your favorite products refilled at a discount, saving those old containers from the landfill. 

3. The Why Louisville Store and Why Lou Two are great places to find unique gifts for anyone. I’ve bought a onesie with Patrick Swayze on it that says, “Nobody puts baby in a corner”, unique Louisville and Kentucky merchandise like 502 and the fleur de lis, and zombie finger puppets at Why Louisville and Why Lou Two. They even have rock ‘em sock ‘em robots at Why Lou Two. It’s a fun place to visit no matter what you buy. Stop by and say hi to Colonel Sanders.

2. Heimerdinger Cutlery has always been my favorite place to shop for my husband. We have everything from fancy kitchen cutlery to pocket knives. And Heimerdinger is now carrying a full line of men’s shaving and grooming products by Taylor of Old Bond Street. For the foodie in your life, this is the only place in town I’ve ever seen Kershaw Shun knives, and their collection of Wusthoff knives goes far beyond anything I’ve ever seen in a big box store or specialty chain.

 photo 2012-12-01_133434_zps9b6daa92.jpg1. Gifts you make always mean the most, so my top choice every year is always a blow-your-own glass ornament. My kids have been doing this since they were toddlers, so it’s not anywhere near as dangerous or scary as you’re thinking. We’ve gone to Glassworks and Flame Run in the past, which have now merged into the old Glassworks location. Their gallery is amazing and you can find some pretty awesome gifts there.  But my new favorite hot shop is a relatively new kid on the block, Twin Glass Studio. The owner is a mom of twins, so she designed the space to be welcoming for families. See our review here. I really enjoyed blowing a unique ornament for my niece last year-it’s something she will have forever.

By guest contributor: Maggie

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Explore Kentucky's Historical Markers: a great idea for family scavenger hunts in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_1981_zps81e36f18.jpg photo IMG_1980_zpsd8ac5e1b.jpgWhile my daughter was on fall break from school, I decided to take my two kids around town to discover and learn about some history of our city and the state of Kentucky. I find myself stopping and reading the historical markers that I come across all the time, and my 10 year-old has just started becoming interested in the stories behind them. So we set out to find some throughout Louisville during one of her days off. It turned out to be one of the most beautiful fall-like days we have had yet this season and it was perfect!

 photo IMG_1992_zps9215f9e9.jpg photo IMG_1985_zps050253f2.jpgSince we live and breathe in Jeffersontown, I decided we'd start our trip by discovering two historical markers that we pass all of the time when we're driving around town. I looked up the historical marker sites on this website before we set out to locate them. The first one we explored was Tyler Settlement. After we read the marker and learned the history behind the land that is Blackacre Nature Preserve today, we ventured down the road to the country drive that leads to this hidden gem in Louisville! We walked the Waterfall Trail and found the hidden waterfall, we walked the grounds of the original house, spring house, and Appalachian double barn. My kids had a blast and we couldn't have asked for a more picture perfect day!

 photo IMG_1996_zpse206b498.jpg photo IMG_1994_zps5152ed88.jpgWe then drove down Taylorsville Road back toward Gaslight Square in Jeffersontown and parked in the public parking area. We walked over to the corner of Taylorsville and Watterson Trail at the heart of Jeffersontown to read about Roscoe Goose. He was a trainer and jockey who made history in the Kentucky Derby and was born near Jeffersontown. After reading up on this little tidbit of history, we continued down Taylorsville Road toward Bowman Field. We learned about how the start of civil aviation in Louisville began just miles from where we live, and we walked around the grounds and got to see an airplane or two take off and land. It was a great ending to our little adventure of an afternoon!

 photo IMG_1999_zpsf3f3be34.jpg photo IMG_1998_zps0544333d.jpgMy family and I have decided to scope out more of the historical markers that are found throughout the state. We're going to travel to Frankfort and Lexington to see if we can find them on a family scavenger hunt in the months to come. We just visited Covington, KY a few weeks ago and my daughter remembered seeing a historical marker there as well in the MainStrasse Village. She started asking me about our counties and how the state got divided up by each county. Our little family history trip is turning into a great history-making conversation as well. This website lists the markers very conveniently for Jefferson County (you can also look up any Kentucky county). Other sites that are neat to get ideas from are Mapping Kentucky History Project, Kentucky Historical Society, and Signs of History. The best part about this whole family outing is that my daughter kept saying how she couldn't believe how many times we had passed these markers and she never noticed them. She is now on a quest to seek them out every time we're out and about and we hope to make it a weekly or monthly reminder to go try and spot a new one! It's sort of our own version of geocaching. I hope you take your family out on this type of excursion and learn something new about the heritage of our beautifully rich, history-filled state!

By guest contributor: Erin

Monday, November 18, 2013

Louisville Family Fun's 4th Birthday Party Celebration!


Update! This event is today and if you want to come last minute, come on by.  We have prepared gifts for those who have registered by 2pm today so if you come last minute, we will do the best to get you a gift but there may not be one if supplies run out! 

Some of the below info has been updated as well!

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This event is sponsored by Moe's Southwest Grill 
through their generous donation to 
(Moe's Kentuckiana locations are locally owned and operated!)

Every attendee will go home refreshed with a free bottle of delicious caffeine-free tea
thanks to our favorite local beverage, Rooibee Red Tea
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For 4 years, Louisville Family Fun has grown to be your go-to source for family entertainment, kids eat free savings and more.  Simply, we love providing you with the information you need to have family fun on any budget.  For this reason, we are throwing a party for our readers!  100 families can join in the fun to celebrate and give back to our community.  I chose YMCA of Southern Indiana and Big Brothers Big Sisters as the beneficiaries for this event since they work every single day to support local families in so many ways.  Please help me celebrate with my family, LouFamFun writers and other readers.

Please read carefully!

TODAY!!!!!

We have a nice number of folks coming to the party! Your time can be spent at any or all of the fun activities during the party!  You will have access to the locker rooms - prepare accordingly for your family, bring what you need (towels etc).  At 5:20pm we will have snacks in the multipurpose room! Starting at 4:20 and throughout the party, you can send a family member to the multipurpose room to collect a prize/gift!

Swimming info: Swimming- Children under 6 must have a parent or legal guardian in the water with them. 7-9 a parent or guardian must be on the pool deck. 10 and up parents or guardians don’t have to be present. They have life jackets for small children but kids aren’t required to wear them since parents will be present when they swim. If you bring your own flotation device it must be United States Coast Guard certified (it will say on the flotation label).

Those attending must pay $15 in cash at the event.  100% of this will go to the non-profit beneficiaries.  Bring signed waivers for smooth admission, see below. 
You can arrive up to 10 minutes early!

Every child attending will get a goody bag and some little freebies, at least one parent from each family will get something just for them as well!   Each family will get a gift prize!



Thank you to the following businesses for the freebies and prizes to support this charitable event:

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Waivers
Guest Waiver for all attendees - print here
Rock Wall Waiver - print here (optional but necessary for climbers)

Questions? Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net

CONTEST! Christmas at the Galt House Package

 photo IMG_0867_zps6e42fcec.jpgMy family just enjoyed a wonderful weekend at our staycation at the Galt House.  We were able to experience all of the great holiday activities but also get a feel for how to get away without the expense of travel. This holiday season, I think the Galt House is a fantastic option for people who want to take a vacation but have to stay within a budget - or really, a fantastic option for anyone.  Click here to see our ride in Santa's sleigh over Louisville!

 photo IMG_0896_zps852f2803.jpgThere are many events that you can attend without staying at the hotel like Sing 'n' Joy, KaLightoscope, Ernie the Engineer Express Lunch, Colors of the Season Holiday Dinner Show, Breakfast with Santa and Christmas Tea with the Snow Fairy Princess.  Also, you can see the bellmen dance at 5pm nightly and, starting Nov. 30th, explore downtown for 40 Nights of Lights.  There's an option for any interest and a variety of price points making it great for any family.  Did you know that for KaLightoscope, you get a free children's ticket (for kids 12 and under) with the purchase of an adult ticket?

I also learned that they have overnight stay packages for as low as $159 a night that includes 4 tickets to KaLightoscope.  That's a fabulous option to spend a weekend downtown and really feel like you are on a holiday getaway.  All of their options are on ChristmasAtTheGaltHouse.com.
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I encourage all readers to get downtown this holiday season. Even if you don't spend a dime, you can be a part of the wonderful traditions that our city is working hard to create for everyone.  Walk along 4th St. for 40 Nights of Lights and see the light show at Aegon Plaza and pose for memorable photos in front of one of the two large lit trees.  Bundle up and feel the warmth of our downtown!

We have a giveaway for one lucky reader! 
4 Tickets to KaLightoscope Christmas 
2 Find Santa Key Games
4 Tickets to Sing n Joy on Thanksgiving Weekend 

Good Luck!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

November Family Book Review + Preparing for Kindergarten

Louisville Family Fun has been given lots of great books lately to review! This month, I will compile 3 of them for you and talk about some reading tips from Louisville Free Public Library and highlight the Kindergarten readiness information. Since the JCPS application process for kindergarteners is approaching, I thought it would be a good time to remind you of all the information that is available at www.lfpl.org! We also have a post with tips about applying to Jefferson County Public Schools. The application period for incoming students to JCPS begins Monday, November 18.

 photo photo_zps72cb739f.jpgBook 1: Gorillas and More! by Karen Ingebretsen - If your child loves the Gorilla exhibit at the Louisville Zoo, he/she will really enjoy this book. It's a nonfiction book full of facts that answers questions like how big do gorillas get, what do all apes have in common, and the differences between apes and monkeys. It's geared toward an elementary audience but has some great photos throughout the book.

Book 2: It's a bug's life by Brian Johnson - Take a journey through this big world of small creatures. Call them insects or bugs, they are all fascinating in their own way. In this book, children learn about a wide variety of bugs, from six legged to eight legged, to many legged! This book also contains phenomenal photographs for your child to get up close and personal with their favorite (or not so favorite!) insects.

 photo photo_zps735481a5.jpgBook 3: Puzzle me brain twisters by Kris Vaicikonis - This is a great book for those kids who love brain teasers, word puzzles, logic challenges, and riddles. Kids will love taking their own guesses at solving these problems.

The Louisville Free Public Library has some great resources on its website and they are constantly updating it. Not only can you check out books or go to storytimes with your children, but the children's librarians do an awesome job of educating parents about kindergarten readiness and literacy. You can find tips like suggestions of books to read to your incoming kindergartener, homework help sites for younger kids through teens, and more!

 photo blog_zps91b241ba.pngThe library here in Louisville has all kinds of books on these topics just like the ones mentioned here. And you can always check your local library (if it's Oldham or Spencer or Shelby or one in Southern Indiana!) Also, at the LouFamFun 4th birthday, we will have some of these books as giveaways for readers!!

Curl up with a good book!

By guest contributor: Erin

Tips for Relieving Holiday Stress from Foster Chiropractic


This post is sponsored by Foster Chiropractic.

As the holidays are rapidly approaching, everyone's stress level starts to rise. How will we fit everything into the budget? Whose house do we go to first? How will Santa get all the toys delivered and ready before the kids wake up?!

If reading that paragraph sets your heart racing, then read below for some stress reduction techniques from Dr. Foster of Foster Chiropractic.

1. Set a plan. Setting a plan to paper often makes it easy to break down large problems into a series of easy to manage steps.

2. Take time for yourself. Part of taking care of everyone is taking care of yourself. Be sure to have time for you to do things for yourself. Taking time for oneself also includes dealing with nagging issues like headaches, that often get worse around this time of year.

 photo holiday-stress-tips-300x259_zpse893bb9f.jpg3. Exercise 20 minutes per day. I know it seems like we are bombarded with people telling us to exercise more, but this time it is for you. Exercise reduces the impact of stress hormones on our body and makes sleep easier, speeds healing, and improves people's outlook on difficult tasks.

That's it, 3 steps to make this the best Holiday season yet. If you have questions or would like more help with ways to manage your holiday stresses please contact Dr. Foster at 502-509-3121 and let him get you on the road to health.