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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Picks for things to do this weekend: May 30, 31 and June 1

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It's the weekend again! Yippee!

Did you see that the Louisville Children's Museum endeavor is having a fundraiser at Camp Hi Ho? Your kids can go for a day and it's a wonderful way to support their mission to create a children's museum here in Louisville.  Click the flyer to sign up on their website.

Make sure you see our summer reading post! It's that time of year. 

And, I was interviewed for the Rusty Satellite show this week, tune in!

Here are my picks for the weekend!  Here are several FREE, wooo hoooo, options!

Head downtown for a free walking tour starting at 2 p.m. Meet at the Louisville Visitors Center, 301 South Fourth Street, Louisville, Ky., 40202. PossibiliTours Walking Tours provide historical and architectural anecdotes about Possibility City. It's a 90-minute walking tour (weather permitting) and covers about 10 blocks. Advance reservations are required. Call the Louisville Visitors Center at 502-379-6109 one day in advance to reserve your spot. Walk-ins are taken based on availability. See our review here.

Check out the Chalk Walk Festival in Clarksville from 10am-3pm.  Just $5 per art space (limited day of spaces)- prizes, games and fun!  You can just go and hang out and enjoy the fun!
(note: we originally posted about a frog event at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, we had the date wrong and that event is NOT this weekend)

Head out to a free summer concert outdoors.  There's one in Cherokee Triangle Sunday night at 7pm.  Bring a picnic dinner, it's a wonderful setting!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LouFamFun Volunteer Challenge - May

Do you have enough to eat? Do you have laundry detergent? What about toilet paper? Food?

These needs are at the heart of this month’s Volunteer Challenge. I have been greatly touched by looking at the need in our community—in all parts of the community, so this is where I started. In our city, the number of families in need is growing: some, through a temporary bump in the road, others through more long term and dire situations. Luckily, the Metro has something in place to begin to stand in the gap—and we can help.

 photo 1601465_10203989266315841_7340849970934150472_n_zpsde266d48.jpgThe Louisville Association of Community Ministries is just that: A well connected network of “neighbors helping neighbors.” To gather facts and get some more information, I had the opportunity to sit down with the Executive Director of the Central Louisville Ministry. She painted a picture of great need, but one tempered with hope. Her center offers a variety of services on an emergency need basis. They work with LG&E, the Water Company, and other utility providers to help those who are in the most need.

They also offer a Food Pantry, a Personal Care Closet, and Clothes Closet. How can you help? Add an extra bottle or two of shampoo and conditioner to your groceries. Pick out some canned goods and pasta. Grab a package or two of toilet paper, or a bottle of liquid detergent. Then bring it on down! In the case of the Central Louisville office, the business hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4p.m---but if you want to share, you can call and make an appointment to drop off your donations. While they can’t pick it up, they are more than willing to meet you at a time that works!

This is just one example of one area ministry in Louisville, and that is the charm of the whole thing. Each address in Louisville falls under one of the 14 area ministries (and one associate member). Each of the areas is divided by zip code. Each office is tailored to the needs of that community, and often times involved directly with churches and ministries in the area. So this means that there is a way to help right by you!!

I began to really see the way Louisville Community Ministries work by becoming involved through our church. We regularly collect food for the food pantry of our local office. Soon, I became aware of the other offices, and the variety of needs. All in our city.

In fact, we don’t live near the Central Louisville Ministry—but we decided that we would share our resources there for this month in addition to our local office. You may be curious about their number one need: Toilet paper!!!

Can you believe it? Number two? Liquid laundry detergent! ( You can get a huge jug at the Dollar Tree) How much do we take for granted!! If you don’t want to shop as a family, you can always send a monetary donation—they will gladly shop for you.

We can make a difference! Sharing what we have is a way for our family to spread hope in a difficult time. We CAN make a difference. I also have noticed that when we go to the grocery store, my boys are quick to want to add some things to our cart to “share with people who need it.” It has changed my family’s perspective about what we have, and about what really matters. I hope that you are as inspired by the chance to share with those in need as we are.

 You can see for yourself this awesome network through their website (click on members to see each area office, contact information, and website). Many of the area ministry members are also on Facebook.

By guest contributor: Jackie

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review of Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY

 photo e20b757e-b24f-4d3b-bc78-2b2eb6d2f9b2_zpsc69271c9.jpg photo d7e4e1a8-a04a-45de-b6da-8f3321237a20_zps16d6b86d.jpgWe got to Churchill Downs for the Family Adventure Day around 11:30 last Sunday. The sun was shining, the wind was lightly blowing, and adventure was in the air. The kids, who had never been to Churchill Downs, were amazed by the sights and sounds of the racetrack. We got to catch some horses in the paddock area; a huge hit since we were able to go right up to the rail. Moving on, we came upon the Family Pavilion.

 photo 63fd765b-d278-487b-9a98-d46c717b5bf7_zpsbd728ab1.jpgThere were several activities for the kids in the pavilion area including Cookies and Canvas where the kids painted a horseshoe, three bounce houses, mini golf, an area designated for sidewalk chalk drawing, the Kona Ice Truck (my kids favorite), face painting, registration to run in a stick horse race in the paddock, a photo op with Charlie – Churchill’s mascot, a firetruck, a bike safety station where kids can actually ride bikes through a small obstacle course, and a live band just to name a few. The fun continued up the steps where there were smaller games like ring toss (over a stuffed penguin), skeet ball, and a few more small carnival type games.

There was also a menu of decently priced food for the venue ($3 cheeseburgers, $2 hotdogs, chips, drinks, etc.). The upstairs area was definitely less crowded so we were able to just grab a snack and enjoy the sunshine. Just make sure you have cash for the food and Kona truck to avoid $5 ATM fees!

 photo cd3_zps6550ec3a.jpgWhen you go the next one in June, be prepared for the lines. They are long and deep. Some activities seemed to be somewhat disorganized – like unmanned bouncies for the first couple of hours and only two face painters for a line of a few dozen kids. However, this was the rough draft and I’m sure they took notes of areas they could improve on. All in all, it was a great experience for the kids as well as a great way to introduce them to the track. And they even got to see a horse race!

By guest contributor: Dana

Monday, May 26, 2014

2014 Summer Reading Programs, Promotions, Contests in and around Louisville (and Nationwide)

For 2015 Information - click here

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Check our our podcast about SUMMER READING programs!


Barnes & Noble - Imagination’s Destination Summer Reading program at Barnes & Nobel bookstores for children grades 1-6- read any 8 books, record them on the reading log (you can download it online or pick up a copy at the store) and bring the log to the store for a free book (listed on the reading log)! The program runs from May 20th to September 2nd.

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 10 free tokens!

Half-Price Books - Feed Your Brain Summer Reading - Kids log the minutes they read during the months of June and July. If you hit 300 minutes in the month you can bring your log to the store (the first week of the following month) and receive a small gift card for the store. They award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize.

Book It! From Pizza Hut has a summer reading program running from June 1st through August 15th and a great website for family reading ideas and parent resources!

Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge – their program is designed for both early readers and independent readers. Download the log and track your reading through August 26th. You can turn in your log at Pottery Barn Kids for a free book and a chance to win other great prizes.

Scholastic 2014 Summer Reading Challenge -The theme this summer is Reading Under the Stars. It is for kids ages 4-14. Children enter their reading minutes in Scholastic's Read for the World Record challenge. You register your child online beginning May 5th.


Bullitt Library - The summer reading program at Bullitt Library will begin after the 2013-2014 school year. Children from preschool to 5th grade are eligible to participate and it will include stories, crafts and prizes. Specific dates and locations will be listed on their website.

Jeffersonville Township - Summer reading club - They have special programs during the summer check their website for further details and dates.

Louisville Free Public Library - LFPL offers a program for young readers and teens. Read Big! is a 10-week program for readers up to fifth grade. The program will have weekly book giveaways and grand prize drawings at the end of the summer. Every child who completes the program will receive an official Summer Reading backpack, along with passes to local attractions. Children’s Grand Prizes include multiple $500 Family Shopping Sprees at Barnes & Noble and tickets for one lucky reader and 13 of his or hers closest friends to a Louisville Bats game in the Mayor’s suite. LFPL also offers a Teen Summer Reading “TSR” program for children in grades 6-12. These readers need to read six books and complete a book related activity. Teens who complete the program will receive a pair of earbud headphones and passes to local attractions and U of L games. TSR Grand Prize giveaways include a tablet computer, U of L football tickets, and gift cards to Barnes & Noble. Join the program at any branch as of June 1st or attend the kick-off party at the Main Library on May 31st from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Also, keep tabs on the Kindergarten Countdown events!

New Albany/Floyd County - The summer reading program will kick off on May 27th and run through July 26th. They will offer programming for patrons of all ages from birth to adult readers. Check their website beginning mid-May for a list of programs and event times.

Oldham Library - Fizz! Boom! Read @ Your Library is the theme for Oldham County’s Summer Reading Program. They will kick off this science themed program on May 31st from 11-2pm at the Main branch in LaGrange. The kick-off will have book characters, snow cones, the Honey Hill petting zoo and more. Featured programs this summer will include Silly Safaris, Hooked on Science, Madcap Puppets, the Starlab Planetarium, classes with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Mobile Science Center and Animal Science presented by Animal Tales. By signing up for the Summer Reading Program, your child can be entered to win a $1000 college scholarship through KHEAA. In addition to their traditional summer reading program, Oldham County will also host a Kindergarten Countdown program. Children who are entering kindergarten in the fall can sign up anytime beginning May 31st and receive a Kindergarten Countdown t-shirt, receive information on being prepared for kindergarten, and be eligible for fun events throughout the summer.

Shelby County Public Library- Shelby County will offer a science based program- Fizz! Boom! Read @ Your Library. They will also incorporate math into the program. The kick-off of the program will be held on June 14th from 11-1. It will feature a make your own robot activity as well as live music and ice cream. Every Wednesday during the 7-week program the library will offer a unique program. Program times are 11am and 2pm. There will also be an interactive science table at the library throughout the program for young readers to explore science and have some fun. The library will also host a book fair in July.

Spencer County Public Library- Spencer County will be having a Bazinga! themed summer reading program starting on May 24. Head to their website to enter; they have a program for children under age 12 and for teens ages 13-18.

By guest contributor: Tami

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Review of Derby Dinner Playhouse's "Princess Penelope's Dragon"

 photo photo11_zps89274e83.jpgPrincess Penelope’s Dragon is the latest children's theatre production to hit the Derby Dinner Playhouse Stage.  We went to the  May 24th lunch performance and left happily entertained.  They have future performances on May 31, June 7, 14 and 21.  Tickets start at $16 and include food and beverage (juice/milk for kids, water/tea/coffee for adults).

I took my daughter out for a mommy/daughter date and we had such a great time.  I have seen Derby Dinner Playhouse shows before and I can honestly say this has been my favorite children's theatre show.  The actors were very animated and the story had a wonderful lesson.

 photo photo2_zps6dddc7f2.jpgPlan to get to a show about 20 minutes before the doors open.  This will get you close to the front of the line to get in and get your table.  Once seated, wait staff with take drink orders and you can head to the buffet. There is always a salad bar with standard garden salad options.  For this show, they had seasoned potato wedges, mac n cheese, green beans, corn on the cob, chicken nuggets, corn dogs and sliced ham and turkey.  They have rolls as well.  We ate a hearty meal and they promptly cleaned the table, refilled drinks and took dessert orders.  With all of the buffet options, we opted not to get dessert (prices $1.50 to $5.75) but many people did get dessert.

The show started with an introduction by their star mascot and some actors introducing the next season of productions, which looks like fun.  My daughter decided that she wants to go to Derby Dinner Playhouse for her birthday in the fall!  When the show began, we were quite distracted by the blinking lights of the group of girls sitting directing in front of us.  I didn't notice it during dinner but when the lights dimmed, it was extremely distracting to have a row of rainbow blinking butterfly headbands directly in our line of view.  Luckily, there was a table empty two tables away so I just moved with my daughter.  However, if there was not another seat available nearby, our experience would have been ruined!  I am going to let the Derby Dinner Playhouse staff know about this concern and I'll update this post regarding their response (see the comments). I am going to suggest that the star mascot ask patrons to turn off lighted toys just like they do for cell phones.  I'm quite surprised the mothers with the children didn't recognize the total distraction and turn them off themselves to be conscientious of other viewers.  Anyway, when we moved to our new seat, it was just fine.
The show was delightful.  Actually, the actress that played Penelope was delightful - she was just perfect for the awkwardly adorable character.  The story was quick to keep attention, funny and had some surprises that evoked reactions from the kids.  Most of all, I liked the lesson.  The story showed why it is important to take responsibility for mistakes instead of lying to deflect punishment.   I thought it was a wonderful combination of teaching a moral lesson and getting you bopping in your seat.  I have already told a friend to take her girls!

Enjoy the show and check out Derby Dinner Playhouse.  If not for this show, see their next season - we'll definitely be going to Rudolph!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Picks for Things to do this Weekend: May 23,24,25,26

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Summer is almost here and we are ready for Memorial Day weekend!

We have an awesome post about Memorial Day Weekend events, check it out by clicking HERE.

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Head to the Frazier History Museum for some patriotic fun.  They have an exhibit called "Long May She Wave" that's all about the American Flag! And, you get BOGO admission because it's Hometown Tourist month.

Atlantis Water Park opens this weekend, kick off summer with a splash. Click here for details.

Head to the 6:05pm Louisville Bats game! Sundays are awesome for families and kids - read our review here.  There are fireworks after this game for Memorial Day (no "kids run the bases" for this game).

Head to the waterfront and jam at the Kentucky Raggae Festival.  For a review, click here. It's 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm.   Admission is $10 before 6pm, $14 after 6pm, kids 10 and under free. No food, drink or pets allowed. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Birthday Parties at The Parklands of Floyds Fork

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Did you know that you can have your child's birthday party at The Parklands of Floyd's Fork?  We just had my son's 7th birthday party there and it was different and really nice.  Of course, we did luck out with incredible weather and that didn't hurt!

We booked the party for 2 hours. I was able to set up 30 minutes prior in a room equipped with tables and chairs and lovely natural light.  They said you can have up to 30 people.  We had about 15 kids and some adults and it was comfortable.  There is a sink in the room which was convenient for post-outdoor pre-cake hand washing.  Also, the bathrooms are right near the room.  The staff interpretive ranger stopped in to check on my progress and discuss the party.

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 photo IMG_1954smaller_zpsac1e9465.jpgWhen the kids started arriving, they gathered and started to get excited.  Our Interpretive Ranger took that as a clue to go grab a tank with a turtle and tell the kids about it, and feed it a worm!  Then, when everyone arrived, she gathered the kids outside to give them some ground rules and hand out the nets - we were off for a creek walk.

We all walked together to the Sycamore Trail. It is a really kid-friendly, relatively short trail that gets close to the water. Lots to explore.  I would advise having adults in the front and back to help the Interpretive Ranger because the kids do get excited and wander ahead and you do need to cross one road.

 photo IMG_1957smaller_zpsf6218d30.jpg The kids did not shy away one bit from exploring the water.  The Interpretive Ranger was there to tell the kids about the things they found or to give ideas for exploring and what to look for.  With kids that varied in age, this party was a bit scattered in that some were really into throwing stones in the water and others wanted to climb the huge fallen trees while still others thought wading in the water was a good idea.  Honestly, this made me very nervous. I really didn't think kids would go in the creek given it has a swift current but they did but not far.  I didn't even know to ask the question as to whether or not this was allowed.  So, I had to keep a keen eye on the kids so they only went in slightly and it really took away from being able to enjoy the party - I was really nervous watching the kids like a hawk.  I would advise making the decision before hand about allowing kids to get their feet in or not and making it clear to them. I would have preferred that no children go in the water, there was plenty to find and do without getting wet.

 photo IMG_1980smaller_zps63ec45f8.jpg photo IMG_1963smaller_zps42d2abf0.jpg After about 45 minutes of exploring all around the creek and finding mussels, fossils, and shells, we headed back toward the playground.  The kids liked asking the Interpretive Ranger questions and when we had to wait for the group, she quickly started a game with them to hold their attention.  The exploration part of the party was over and the kids ran to the playground to play for about half an hour.  Then, we gathered the kids to go to the party room where we enjoyed cake, snacks and drinks.  The kids were all worn out and tired, nice and quiet eating their snacks.  I love when the parties are really active and this involved learning as well, great combination.

All in all, I think the party options at The Parklands of Floyds Fork are a great alternative if you are looking for something new for active kids (what kid isn't active?!?!).  Click here to see their flyer telling you all about the options - call for pricing, they have a discount for members.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review of Hidden Hill Nursery Kite Extravaganza in Utica, Indiana

 photo IMG_4808_zpsf630eee4.jpg photo IMG_4805_zps19826b61.jpgSpring has sprung! Once it starts getting warmer outside my kids (2 & 4) and I are outside A LOT. So, in an effort to get outdoors and do something a bit different we checked out The Annual Kite Extravaganza at Hidden Hill Nursery. (You might recognize the name of the owner of Hidden Hill Nursery, Bob Hill, who wrote a column in the Courier Journal for several years.) Hidden Hill Nursery is located in Utica, IN-a short and scenic 5-7 minute drive once you across the 65 bridge. Hidden Hill Nursery specializes in garden sculpture and rare and unique plant species. Each year, they celebrate the opening of their nursery and spring by hosting The Annual Kite Extravaganza.

We pulled into their small gravel parking lot and started down the marked path towards all of the action. The path is laden with sculptures-most of which have been made out of repurposed items. The sculptures range from carved stone to a giant tin man made from watering cans. The kids got a kick out of some of the more eccentric ones. I considered it a beginning of their art appreciation!

After we weaved through the sculptures, tunnels of metal and vines we found the kite making area. There were two employees there to assist families. We spent about 30 minutes here using small dowel rods, plastic table covers, string and duct tape and made the most awesome kites. The kids were so proud of their creations. Just a few weeks before, I nearly bought them kites at Costco. I’m so glad I didn’t. The nominal fee of $3 per kite here was definitely well spent. We took our completed creations out to the giant field assigned for kite flying and stayed there for about another hour. The kids were laughing, running and just…well, happy. Honestly, it wasn’t just the kids who had a good time. Mom and Dad were running around like kids too!

 photo IMG_4857_zps2ffc88d6.jpgOn our way out, we took a short break at their picnic tables for a snack that we had brought along with us. Next to the picnic tables, there was a small gift shop and bathrooms available.

I would certainly encourage you to check this place out. You may have missed their kite event, but you could make your own or buy one to take here and fly on a windy day. I would also recommend this as a fantastic place to take some pictures of your kids, as there are some great natural backdrops. If you do go, be sure to check out their website for hours as they vary slightly and are open Thursday-Sunday only.

By guest contributor: Jennifer

Monday, May 19, 2014

Review of Kentucky Reggae Festival in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_1456_zps5c266e77.jpgMy family and I have been attending the Kentucky Reggae Festival for a number of years. My husband and I first started going pre-kids, then after having our first child we took her, and then we had our little boy, and now all four of us go. We ventured out last year with both of our kids and had our usual great, festive time together. The Reggae Festival is always held Memorial Day weekend every year at the historic Water Tower off of River Road and Zorn Avenue along the river.

 photo IMG_1470_zpsedc5d31f.jpgThis festival is very family-friendly. Every year we have gone we have seen loads of families with kids of all ages. The music is superb, very Caribbean and of course reggae-style! The Jamaican Association of Louisville is always there serving up authentic Jamaican cuisine such as jerk chicken, beef patties, and fried plantains. Jam Pan Food Truck will also be there serving up their authentic cuisine. There are always a lot of food options and plenty of space to wander around and explore the grounds of the Water Tower, dance to the upbeat music, and shop the local vendors' market selling their artisan crafts and handmade clothes. There are always a couple of bounce houses set up for the kids. People bring blankets, lawn chairs, sidewalk chalk, outdoor simple toys, bubbles, etc. It's very friendly and festive and has a great open and inviting feel to it. We just love it!

The Reggae Festival is Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26. Admission is $10 before 6pm; $14 after 6pm. We always arrive in the early to late afternoon at the discounted price and leave before dusk. Children under 10 years old are admitted free.

By guest contributor: Erin

Sunday, May 18, 2014

WINNER! Derby Dinner Playhouse Tickets

 photo junglebook_zps7c8cc437.jpgPenelope is the most precocious princess in the land, blaming everything she does wrong on her pink dragon. This world premiere musical comedy is a clever, updated take on the “Boy Who Cried Wolf” and is about honesty and giving respect to other.

Derby Dinner Playhouse has a wonderful new show opening soon!  The Jungle Book will be a great family-friendly theatre opportunity.
Click here to read a recent review.

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Who won the tickets, you ask?   
It's Cheryl Schultheis

Cheryl, email info@lousivillefamilyfun.net to claim the prize, use the email address with which you entered the contest!

Review of Fire It Up Pottery in LaGrange, KY

 photo 1210131413a_zpsf10a2448.jpgWe have a family tradition of always making pottery gifts for our family at Christmas time - it's a fun give idea for any occasion year-round. We decided to try "Fire It Up" in downtown LaGrange. It's a cute building with a main table for 4 in the center, and 2 other tables in the back area. They specialize in paint your own pottery, dichroic jewelry, clay, and fused glass.

 photo 1210131402a_zpsad51be6f.jpgThe woman who assisted us was very helpful and personable. There was a good selection of pottery to chose from, the atmosphere was warm, and we had a great time. When it was time for me to do a little finishing work, they brought out markers for the kids to draw on the table with (which are covered in paper). That made it so easy to keep the kids busy without having to worry about them getting in trouble with the breakable items in the store.

 photo 1210131401_zps55373e29.jpgBesides the friendliness and coziness of Fire It Up, one of the things I liked best, was there was no sitting fee or other hidden fees for the pottery painting. What you pick out, is what you pay for. The pottery is fired, and you pick it up in a week or two. We had a wonderful experience, and the pottery came out great.

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I would recommend calling in advance to make sure it isn't too crowded. While we were there, someone came in that was having a birthday party at Fire It Up. It seems like a great idea for a small party, and they sounded very fun and accommodating. They are open Tuesday thru Saturday, with late hours on Friday.

By guest contributor: Caryn

Grand Opening of Lucky's Market in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_5042_zps4863b5e4.jpgLucky's Market just opened last week, and three of our writers ventured over there earlier this week to check out the digs at this new store in east Louisville.

I was privileged to get a sneak peek of the new Lucky’s Market before it opened to the public. I actually was lucky enough to go twice. I am glad that I gave it another shot before I wrote the review. The first time I ventured in the new grocery store was very crowded. Imagine Trader Joe’s x5 on their first few opening weekends. The second time I went back I was able to linger in the aisles and check out all of the unique items. In what seems like a totally different life I went to culinary school, so for me getting to wander through grocery stores and check out new items is so much fun (assuming that I am kid free). I was in awe, from the produce area that has produce
beautifully stacked to the deli meat that was cooked in house. They had meat cases with house smoked bacon, ground beef, ground turkey, ground turkey thighs (you don’t see that at Kroger) burgers with toppings ready to go on the grill. It was beautiful. Ground beef was even $1.67 per lb (limit 5 lbs per family). What I can’t stop thinking about is the rows of bulk items. Think barrels of flour, sugars (brown and white) almond flour, pasta flour, arrowroot flour, gluten free flour. The list could go on but I would probably bore you with my enthusiasm. Have you ever needed just a small amount of a spice but you didn’t want to buy a $4.00 jar of a product you might only use once? You can buy various spices by the ounce there. Bottom line, I think that I would shop there for meat and produce and probably stick to other places for canned goods and such. It isn’t super close to my house so the prices need to stay low on the high quality products for me to venture out of my normal routine to frequent their establishment. The other point that I have is during peek hours (Think rush hour on Hurstbourne Lane) is not ideal especially if you have a limited time schedule. ~Allison

Lucky’s Market – from the Point of View of Thrifty Mom
I am a pretty thrifty shopper – I usually search sale ads and try to match coupons to help save my family money. Definitely not Extreme Couponers material, but I try not to overspend when I can help it. So, imagine my delight when I saw the ad circular for Lucky’s Market Grand Opening. Blueberries for 88 cents?? 3 pounds of red and golden delicious apples for a dollar? Wow! I was pretty impressed. Upon actually walking into the produce department, I was struck by how clean and organized everything is. Neat stacks of lemons (3 for $1), bell peppers (48 cents!), grapefruit (2 for $1), and cucumbers (48 cents). At least the cucumbers were neat until my toddler chose one from the bottom of the pile creating an avalanche effect into the neighboring jalapenos. But anyway, the produce is gorgeous! The sales were amazing and the regular priced items were pretty much around what you would pay at a national chain (maybe only slightly higher, but again the quality was incredible). The meats, I found to be more expensive than I’d like to pay, but the sale price of ground beef (hormone free!) of $1.67 per pound made me happy. They also had larger shrimp on sale for $5 per pound which made my kids happy. Because of the organic nature of a lot of their packaged foods, things like soups, canned items, pastas, etc. are more expensive than what you would buy at a national chain. However, as I was browsing this morning, I did overhear more than one person comment that Lucky’s prices were better than Earth Fare. They also have a bulk section where you can buy grains, flour, coffee, etc. by the pound and those prices I thought were very competitive. One thing that makes me positively giddy, being the thrifty shopper I am, is the Double Ad Wednesdays. What this means is both the upcoming week’s and the previous week’s ad items are on sale all Wednesday long! They also accept manufacture’s coupons. I’ve signed up on their website to get their ad emailed so I don’t miss anything. Because where Lucky’s is located from me and so many stores in between, Lucky’s won’t replace my regular shopping trip where I have my coupons ready and sorted, but I will be looking forward to checking my inbox for their Wednesday circulars! Happy shopping! ~Dana

I must say, I loved the open air feel as I walked up to the garage-like doors that were ajar at the soft opening of Lucky's the other evening. It was a beautiful summer evening, and walking in and seeing the produce lined up, the fresh corn on the cob on sale for 3 for $1, and being greeted by the 10 for $10 display of Rooibee Red Tea had me begging for more. How Louisville/lovely/local was this store going to be? Very much indeed. photo IMG_50272_zps80d57601.jpg

 photo IMG_5031_zpsc5cfff17.jpg photo IMG_5037_zps1239fdfb.jpgNow, the place was hopping and it was hard to really shop with a grocery cart, so I will venture back one day soon, and I'll be making it a pit stop about once a week to pick up specialty items. You know what I really took away from the feel of the store? The genuine, local, organic, Kentucky proud feeling that seemed to stem from everywhere. It is a natural and local-based grocery and specialty store. Signs all around proudly state things like "We are committed to seeking local products." I'm going to highlight the family-friendly things I took away from my visit. First of all, these cute small grocery carts are begging for little ones to help shop with mom, dad, grandma, babysitter, etc. What better way to show your family how to eat more healthy than to have them involved in the process of picking out healthy foods? Secondly, the deli counter: can I say grab and go quick healthy meal options abound here?! So many ideas for take-out. Sure you have to venture in the store, but ditch the drive-thru once a week and stop here and make it a fun family outing piecing together a meal as a family. They also had pizza by the slice options for 2/$3 and they have some tables in the front and some picnic tables with umbrellas outside-where it looks like families could grab something from the meat/deli counter and eat there. It'll be fun! Thirdly, their upcoming family-oriented events sound super and just what LouFamFun is all about! On Saturday, May 24, they are hosting their "grand opening" event complete with $1 house-made brats, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas (cash only). They will also have live music, face painting, and a visit from the Middletown Fire Department. It's from 11am-3pm. Also on Sunday, May 25, they have a Local Food Fest from 11am-3pm. Their sale ad for opening included some awesome deals, go check it out together soon!  ~Erin

Lucky's Market is located at 200 North Hurstbourne Parkway.
Hours: 8am-10pm 7 days a week
Phone: 502-883-4781
Newsletter sign-up for great deals
Website http://www.luckysmarket.com/location/louisville-ky/

By guest contributors: Allison, Dana, and Erin

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Things to do this weekend: May 16,17,18

This post is proudly sponsored by:    
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We had such a wonderful time with all of you at our event this weekend!

What else is happening this weekend:

Friday - Head on out to the Old Louisville Springfest and listen to some live music starting at 5pm.  It's free!

Saturday -  Archaeology Exploration Day- details here or see above!

 photo FamilyAdventureDay_ElevatorPoster1_zpsf419dfd0.jpgIt's the first Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs  11:30 – 5:30 Tickets are $5/person in advance, purchase online.  Or, $10/Adult – $5/Child 3-12 – Free/3 and Under  the day of the event. **$1 of every Family Pavilion Ticket is donated to Kosair Children’s Hospital** Enjoy a day at the World’s most legendary race track with the family by bringing the kids to Churchill Downs for Family Adventure Day! Family Activities include: Kid’s bands  -Meet and greets with the horses -Inflatables - Face painting - Mini Golf  - Stick Horse Races - Corn Hole - Cookies & Canvas Painting - Carnival Games - Story Time - and more! Their next event like this is June 22. You get to check out the NEW Family Pavilion Ticket which includes: Access to family-friendly seating in the brand new Grandstand Pavilion, easy access to all family activities and a great view of the race track.

Also on Sunday is the show, The Magic and the Wonder. Coupon available here.  The show is at the Kentucky Center at 5pm and the Buy Local Fair at Louisville Water Tower from noon-6pm.

Are you thinking about summer?  Check out our recent podcast for great ideas

Have a RAWWWWRing good time this weekend,

Outdoor Summer Concerts in and around Louisville, KY 2014

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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! 

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Click HERE for the 2015 Concert Directory

Westport Village Summer Concerts Every Thursday, June 5 - July 31, 6:30-9PM.

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, May 23 - Sept. 19 at 7pm. 

New Albany Bicentennial Park Concert Series at the new Bicentennial Park (at intersection of Spring & Pearl). All Summer, 6pm on Fridays starting June 7th. 

Summer Concerts in the Park: Wetherby Park - Middletown - Sunday afternoons. May 18, June 22, July 20, August 17 and September 14 at 5:30 and October 5 at 4pm. Free food served by the Lions Club and Leos. *There is no cost, but there will be an (optional) opportunity to donate cash and non-perishable foods to various charities. 

Iroquois Park Summer Concerts -This venue hosts a variety of artists, dates and times. There is a fee for most concerts. 

RiverStage Summer Concert Series  in Jeffersonville. Every Friday night, May 23 - Labor Day weekend, 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. Memorial Day Monday and Sunday evenings through July with a final concert on Labor Day weekend Monday. We wrote a review about this event, read it HERE

Kentucky State Fair – Free Concerts with paid admission to the state fair beginning August 14. 

Concerts at the Jeffersontown Farmer's Market Saturdays beginning May 17. See their calendar for the specific dates. 

FridayFest at Highview Park on select Fridays, beginning 6/13. 

Crescent Hill Radio Trolley Hop Concerts  Select Fridays, May 30 - Sept. 25. On the lawns between Galt and Peterson Avenues. 

Norton Commons Amphitheater Concerts First concert is Sat. May 17 at 6pm. Check the Facebook page for future concert announcements. 

Music on the Terrace at The Paddock Shops Every Thursday June 5-July 31, 6:30-8pm

Summer Concerts at the Louisville Zoo- The Monarchs perform May 17, 5-9pm for a small fee. On June 21, there is a Rock N’ Roll Reunion Concert including multiple artists, beginning at 1pm, free with zoo admission. 

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

 By guest contributor: Brandy

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Things to Do on Memorial Day Weekend 2014 in and around Louisville, KY

This post is sponsored by Atlantis Water Park.

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Are you thinking about summer?  Check out our recent podcast for great ideas

Here are some ideas if you're staying in town for Memorial Day weekend, or if you're looking for a lake weekend getaway or a day trip!

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1. Head to the historic Louisville Water Tower for the Kentucky Reggae Festival. It's always in Louisville on Memorial Day weekend. Review HERE. It's super family-friendly and a great music entertainment option outdoors!

2. Check out the Land Between the Lakes area and Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. We have a review here. Our Kentucky State Parks system is invaluable for planning a trip to a state park or a lake getaway, check it out!

 photo memday_zps0527e869.jpg3. Feeling patriotic? Why not place American flags around designated spots for our active, retired, and veteran military. It's a great weekend to get the whole family involved in a project like that. Here are some ideas to get you started: Last year my family spent an entire day (may have been two!) of this weekend at the Waterfront Park area. Volunteers had placed American flags all throughout the Great Lawn. It was done through this project, flags4vets.com. Check back to see if they are organizing another one this year. Here is the event for this year at Waterfront Park, on Saturday, May 24.

4. Big news! Kentucky Kingdom opens on May 24. It's supposed to be more family-oriented with new rides in their King Louie's Playland and they have a new sea lion "splash" show.

5. Check out our Top 10 Lists here. There are SO many ideas that I don't need to list them all out again for you! We have our Day Trips from Louisville ideas, Summer Break Itinerary (which can easily be used this weekend!), Al Fresco Dining, Tips for Camping with kids, History Hunt for Families, and more!

Have a fabuLOUs Memorial Day weekend, folks!

By guest contributor: Erin

Monday, May 12, 2014

Archaeology Exploration Day is coming!

This isn't going to be just any egg hunt..........

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Series Gold Sponsor: 
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Series Bronze Sponsors:
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Help us support two fantastic local charities!
Use code BATS when ordering to get 1 FREE voucher for admission to a 2014 Louisville Bats game per ticket to our event! 
Code is for paid tickets for Archaeology Exploration Day, 100 available, Bats vouchers handed out at event check-in. Mention that you used this promo when you check in!
Get your tickets NOW!
If the code does not work, the promotion has run out.

Each guests 2 and over, even parents, will receive an awesome freebie coupon from Bricks & Minifigs, YEAH! ($3 value)

Archaeology Exploration Day 
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
May 17th Time 10am-2pm
$10 per person
Includes all activities, food, beverage and ice cream!
(Children under 2 can attend free of charge however only those with paid ticket will receive food/ice cream vouchers)

Archaeology fossil digging, interactive hiking, crafts, LEGO Building and dino egg hunting led by actors & more

An all-inclusive ticket price includes all activities, lunch and 
ice cream and a charitable donation.

Tickets on sale NOW! Limited quantity!

A portion from every ticket will go to local charities:
$1 from every ticket will go to the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
A donation will also be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana

Food/Refreshment Sponsors:
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All ticketed attendees will enjoy:
Chick-fil-A sandwich or nuggets
Vanilla, Strawberry or Chocolate ice cream with sprinkles
(You may bring in items to compliment what we offer)

Rain date: June 7th