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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Things to do this weekend around Louisville - February 28, March 1, 2

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Tune into our weekly podcast - this week featuring Miriam Klein from Heartland Music Together

Friday through Sunday:  The U of L Cardinals Baseball team's season has started.  This means FREE baseball.  They have home games this weekend so check it out, there's so many promotions as well. Here's a review we wrote about the games!

Friday:  Shop the Parent-Teacher Store & Toys Too! They are having a one day sale, 20% off your purchase Friday 2/28 only so click here for details.

Head to The Ogle Center to see StageOne's The Glorious Adventures of Robin Hood. They have shows at 10am and noon, it's free but reservations are required.  Recommended for grades 4 and up.  Perfect for homeschoolers to head on out there!

It's "Bring a Friend Day" and the Summer Camp Kick-Off at all of the Hwang's Martial Arts locations - a great way to check them out. Fun stuff starts at 110:30. See the link for details.

 photo mardisgrasrauch_zps04034453.jpgHead to the Planetarium and join LouFamFun for their Mardi Gras Party. Kids get to make masks, UV bead necklaces and shakers and enjoy the awesome festive sound of the University of Louisville School of Music's Steel Drum Band. Perfect Little Planet will show hourly beginning at 1:30 PM, with the last show beginning at 4:30 PM. Every family will receive a BOGO coupon for a future visit to the planetarium. But wait, there's more, Comfy Cow "free single scoop" coupons will be given to kids while supplies last. Cost: $5/person (no free admits) Help support the planetarium!


Belle of Louisville is Preparing for Another 100 Years on the Ohio River

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Today the Belle of Louisville began the 100 year celebration a little early with the announcement of reconditioned engines that were donated by Atlas Machine and Supply. Atlas is a local company that has been operating in Louisville since 1907. Atlas also donated their time to the project. The Belle’s engines, before the restore, were 120+ years old.

Louisville is very lucky to have this historic icon for all to enjoy. Most steamboats were only estimated to last 5 years and The Belle has long exceeded that estimate and hopes to make it another 100+ years. The chief engineer Rob Furlong is a native Louisvillian and said he did this project as a labor of love and would not have wanted anyone else to work on the project. He also stated that this job was “a lot of fun” for him and his crew. Everyone involved truly had The Belle at heart and put a lot of love into the project.   

 photo belle1_zpsd37c000b.jpg photo belle3_zps53e4ccb3.jpgThe updated engines will make The Belle a little faster and a lot more energy efficient as she rolls down the river. This year’s Great Steam Boat Race put on by the Kentucky Derby Festival on April 30th and The Belle and her pretty engines are hoping to take the Golden Antlers.

On October 18, 2014 The Belle will officially be 100 years old. There will be many events surrounding the 100 year celebration, including a 6 day celebration from October 14-19. You can check out more information about the festival at http://festivalofriverboats.com/.   

The Belle will be open for cruises down the Ohio in April and families can see the new engines at work. The engine room is open for viewing and you might get lucky with someone on hand to answer some questions. It is highly recommended that you take your family to see the engine room and on a Belle cruise.

The president of Atlas, Rich Gimmel, stated that he “Loves the River, Loves Louisville, and Loves the Belle.” With all that love, this project is one to be remember and seen. You can read all about the Belle of Louisville by visiting the website, http://www.belleoflouisville.org. Visiting the Belle of Louisville in 2014 is a must do activity. 

By guest contributor: Christine

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Top 10 History Hunt for Families in Louisville, KY

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Want to incorporate some history into your family fun? These are 10 history-related things for Louisville families to find throughout the city. I'll give you hints, you go on the hunt. Let your kids try to figure these out on their own first! When you're done and have found them all, come up with some type of family reward for yourselves!

10. This building was founded in Louisville in 1858 and is the oldest organization of its kind in the U.S. Hint: Try reading with your hands, not with your eyes.

9. There are over 120 metro parks in Louisville. This one is the oldest, acquired in 1880! Hint: This is the only park (that I could see) that has a geometrical shape in its name.

8. Founded in 1798, a famous Thinker sits in front of the main building. Hint: there's about a 50/50 chance you might be a fan.

7. This person lived in Louisville from 1866 to 1867. Head to the Butchertown area to see his house. Hint: How many light bulbs do you change per month? 

6. Erected in 1834, this building is a distinct feature of Louisville's downtown skyline. Hint: Part of this building spins in a circle. 

5. This building was built in 1905 during the Andrew Carnegie era. It's a place where you can start your lifelong learning journey. Hint: If you borrow something, be sure to return it.

4. The first race of this kind was held on May 17, 1875 at this historic place in Louisville. Hint: race + May: you should be able to figure this one out! 

3. This person explored his way west and stopped in Louisville to settle in the city in 1778. Hint: Have you visited the Belvedere lately? 

2. Someone in Louisville is celebrating their 100th birthday this year. Hint: She's a graceful floater.

1. You can jump all you want on this "bed", but your landing won't be soft. Hint: you'll have to drive over water to find this bed.

By guest contributor: Erin

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Review of THE JUNGLE BOOK at Derby Dinner Playhouse

 photo junglebook_zps7c8cc437.jpgThe Jungle Book is the first children's show of the year at Derby Dinner Playhouse.  According to their website "Experience this extraordinary musical adventure into the fantasy world of Rudyard Kipling. Join Mowgli, a boy raise by wolves in the jungles of India, as he discovers life lessons with his friends Bagheera and the beloved bear Baloo."

We arrived at noon for lunch. There was a significant line at check-in because we got there at the peek time. I'd advise getting to the show at 11:45am or a little after noon to be either the first in there or to let the line pass through a bit by the time you have arrived.  There is plenty of time to get food and eat before the show even if you aren't seated right at noon.

We were taken to an assigned table and a waiter took our drink orders.  Tea, water, OJ and milk are options included in your ticket. If you want something else, it is extra (same with dessert).  We were more than satisfied with the standard choices and didn't order anything additional.  We headed to the lunch buffet and the line moved quickly.  There was a salad bar that was fresh and a hot buffet which consisted of pasta, mac n cheese, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, green beans and a carving station for turkey.  They also had rolls and condiments. Lots to choose from for a hearty lunch and there were plenty of kid friendly options.

We had about 45 minutes to eat and the waiter refilled out drinks many times. During the show, Bravo the Star came around to greet families and welcome everyone to the show. The wait staff came around to ask everyone about dessert and tables were cleaned and tabs closed up by 1:15pm for the show to begin.

The Jungle Book was a really adorable show.  There was laughter throughout by both parents and kids and my son loved that the actors came out into the audience.  The bear was our favorite character - he was the silliest and I think that the lion did a really great job.  However, I do think that the SSSSSSSSSSSnake stole the show! The story moved quickly and kept my son's attention and the music was engaging, especially when the kids in the theater were encouraged to beat on the tables along with the music (normally we wouldn't allow this at a theater or a restaurant so my son thought this was super cool).

This show is fun for the entire family but I can say, I truly enjoyed the one-on-one time with my son and I think this will become a normal routine for our family and next time, I'm checking out a breakfast show with my daughter. For The Jungle Book, there's also shows on March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014. There are breakfast and lunch shows on these dates and tickets start at $16.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Winner! Girls of Grace Tickets + CD

 photo girlsofgrace_zps7570e87b.jpgWHAT: “Girls of Grace” event for teen girls and their mothers
WHO: Hosted by multi-platinum trio Point of Grace featuring youth leader Chris Wheeler and inspirational author Annie Downs and music by today’s top Christian artists including Britt Nicole, Royal Tailor and Amanda Noelle and Downs.
 photo girlsofgrace2_zps00e06e0e.jpgWHEN: Saturday, March 8; 9am – 4:30pm
WHERE: Okolona Christian Church, 10801 Faithful Way, Louisville, KY 40229
TICKETS: $54. To purchase visit www.girlsofgrace.com or call 888.483.0018

We had a contest for two tickets to give away for a mother and daughter along with a Point of Grace A Thousand Little Things CD.

The winner is Amanda Elliott 
email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your tickets!

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Parent Teacher Store Gift Card from Foster Chiropractic
Shine Punch Card

LouFamFun Volunteer Challenge - February

 photo ac08ffaa-3f28-4ba4-82d3-7e7a07c4b6f8_zpsea70dc9e.jpgFebruary's charity spotlight is the Humane Society of Oldham County. Not only is this a terrific foundation, it is how I came to own my dog. The Camp Canine Program did all the work to provide me with a well behaved dog that I knew would do well with my kids, friends' dogs, and the neighbor's cats before we even took her home.

The Humane Society of Oldham County has 4 main programs for dog and cat adoption, dog training, and feral cat population control.

The Camp Canine Training Program at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex (LLCC) is designed to take homeless dogs of all types and provide them with the proper training and care so they will be more adoption-friendly to the general public. Dogs who are candidates for Camp Canine are behavior tested. If they pass that test, they're earmarked for the next open "cell" at LLCC - where the inmate handlers put the dogs through 8-10 weeks of AKC Good Citizen lessons.

The Barn Cat Placement Program is designed to find homes for cats that have traditionally been deemed un-adoptable through the “normal” adoption procedures. They are placed in a barn or other secure outdoor structure where they can have a long, happy life keeping the rodent population down.

The Feral Cat Fix Project allows residents to catch and bring in feral cats for sterilization and then release them back into the wild.

Forever Fosters are dogs and cats that come into the rescue program that may have chronic health problems, be severely disabled, or they may be elderly and not easily adapt to new situations. Despite their special needs, whatever it may be, these dogs and cats should live out the rest of their lives in a safe and loving home and to be cared for with the respect and dignity they so richly deserve. The HSOOC will continue to provide veterinary care for these animals and the foster families provide the love and home.

 photo 14000d0f-c939-48c9-89ba-37f850ae8c91_zps44d9478b.jpgWhen an animal is in crisis and comes into their care, they are given medical treatment, shelter, training, love, and that is just the beginning. The Humane Society of Oldham County works tirelessly to find permanent, loving homes for each and every animal. They are funded entirely by fundraisers, donations and grants. Having been through the process myself, I can tell you the Humane Society of Oldham County makes it very easy for you to adopt an animal, takes great care of their animals, and you will get more than you give by adopting an animal from them.

Check out their Facebook page or website. They always have pictures of available dogs and cats to view.

By guest contributor: Caryn

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Things to do this weekend around Louisville - February 21,22,23

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Now to the picks for the weekend:

Friday: It's Kids Night Out with the Northeast YMCA.  Bowling, pizza, fun!  6-11pm. Details here.

It's JUNGLE BOOK at Derby Dinner Playhouse! We are going to check it out, I love this because I think it's a story that both boys and girls will really enjoy.  There are breakfast and lunch performances. Details here.

How about some square dancing?  For $5 a dancer, anyone can learn at Foxhollow Farm, 7pm at their farm center. Details here.

Sunday (Saturday too): The Maple Sugar Festival in Salem, IN is this weekend (and next weekend). Details here and our review here.  Super awesome fun for the entire family and delicious food.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Things to do in and around Louisville with your kids: ideas from the LouFamFun Dads

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The fathers of the LouFamFun kids' crew gave their thoughts on their favorite things to do with their kids around the city. Here they are!
David: This LFF Dad likes Foxhollow Farm events for time with his kids for these reasons: Good variety of activities; things to do as a family, crafts/games/play areas just for the kids, food, music, etc, Relaxed environment: no set times – you come and go when you want, You can do as many or as few things as you want at your own pace, Well attended, but not crowded, Outdoors, so it’s nice on a good spring or fall day, the kids can run around and get some energy out, Inexpensive. 
 photo stefan_zps87612b61.jpgStefan: Stefan likes to go out for meals at restaurants and let the kids order their own food like an adult and he enjoys taking the kids bowling. He also likes to take the kids to the movies and let them get their own snack pack and drink in their seat and take the kids to parks with playgrounds.

Jason: I love to go to Lowe's Build and Grow and Home Depot Kids Clinic on Saturday mornings with my young daughter. It's a half hour or forty five minute workshop where we get to assemble a toy or other fun activity together. It is a fun time to spend together.

Ryan: He likes to take his kids to the Science Center, zoo, playground/parks, hiking, and off-roading.
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Jordan: My favorite thing to do around Louisville with kids is going to the Parklands of Floyds Fork. The kids love playing at the play ground and splash park. The play ground is one of the most unique around town. I love to take the boys on a walk/run while they ride their bikes or scooters. The park has many miles of hiking, running, and biking paths with peaceful surroundings. The Parklands is a work in progress, so we can't wait to see what new additions the future will bring.

 photo forsite_zps5e8e0c68.jpgJohn: Our favorite place is the movies. We will see a new movie that my daughter (10) gets to pick out and we usually have a daddy/daughter date day and grab a bite to eat as well. Sometimes we'll go to the mall and walk around, or get a treat like a cupcake at Gigi's Cupcakes. We've also done a jump time at SkyZone before. With my 2 1/2-year-old, our favorite thing to do together is go to playgrounds and take a trip to the pet store and look at all the animals.
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Rich: My favorite things to do with the kids, outside of their sport activities (practices and games), are to take them to parks and to the riverfront. We all like the outdoors, spring through late fall. Going for nature hikes, playing in the water at splashparks, playground fun. We also enjoy going to the zoo. Really, the most fun we seem to have involves no money at all. Well, unless we go for an ice cream treat or something after. We also enjoy races together. It's great because we can walk the family-friendly events together, or run. Our favorite is the Color Run.

Steve: I like to take my boys to Chuck E Cheese and the Louisville Zoo. It may be a simple trip, but we all have a great time. I also love taking the boys to the hardware store... doing projects, and watching the forklifts!

Since so many of the dads mentioned parks and playgrounds, here are some links to reviews of playgrounds in particular. You can always check our reviews of parks through this link, and scroll to Parks.

Don Fightmaster Playground near UofL
Riverview Park in southwest Louisville
Bob Hedge Park in Jeffersonville
Waterfront Park Downtown Louisville
Wendell Moore Park in La Grange

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review of Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft MakerSpace in Downtown Louisville, KY

 photo 8ef8165f-4c94-4192-a3ba-81535f58617d_zpsc74cc73c.jpg photo 931d25c7-1a11-47c8-ab99-cee48b67af67_zps27da00e6.jpg photo 966f1d72-8cb0-42cd-ba13-2c3586e95178_zpsa6281594.jpg photo 30c851d1-bfa8-42cd-887b-19f2265c4a23_zps3127cdb3.jpgOn Friday, February 7, my daughter and I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the new MakerSpace inside of the Kentucky Museum of Art and CraftThe MakerSpace is a special area designed with younger visitors in mind. It is an immersive art experience where visitors can experiment and create art in new and exciting ways. 

The KMAC MakerSpace is comprised of multiple stations. There is a nice collection of art-related books for all different reading levels, a large chalkboard with colorful chalk and even an area for making origami. In the center of the room, there is a table that is themed to go along with KMAC’s current Walter Early exhibit. Guests were invited to color pictures or make their own Walter Early statue with colorful pipe cleaners. Beside the table is a block building area where visitors can use photographs as guides to replicate famous architectural structures, or create a design of their very own. 

 photo 47ac15d1-5b78-4142-8830-48da98357473_zps8f2503a4.jpgMy daughter immediately gravitated toward the Wonder Wall-- a large board covered in special fabric. Visitors are encouraged to create their own art on the Wonder Wall using objects from the bins below. Some of the items are everyday objects, such as bottle caps and plastic utensils, while others are more obscure. Each object has velcro attached so that it can be positioned and repositioned on the wall. My 5 year old spent a lot of time in this area. A class from a local elementary school attended the grand opening as well, and I observed the 7 year olds making some awesome creations on the Wonder Wall.

 photo 40e3a17e-913c-4a21-b580-2cee2a102bc2_zps202057d3.jpg photo 23f5bdaa-e1d1-433d-9f01-e12780f6b07f_zps906ab356.jpgAnother favorite area was the Community Craft Corner. The current feature is a community quilt. Guests can select fabric covered tiles and arrange them in a pattern of their choosing. There is a diagram showing some common patterns for budding artists to replicate, or they can make their own. My daughter saw the square and triangle shaped tiles and immediately began making a row of houses.That is the fun of this space! It’s the perfect place to let your imagination run wild. Along with the quilting theme, there was a large vertical quilt board on the wall. Below the board, guests can decorate foam sheets and cut out their own designs to place onto the quilt. 

The MakerSpace is included in the admission price of the KMAC and is open during regular museum hours. Some of the offerings are permanent, while other stations will be changed periodically to coincide with rotating exhibits within the museum. The MakerSpace inside the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft is an awesome new addition to Louisville’s Museum Row

 photo 3de0276b-2a0c-4d2e-a549-1c160650d635_zps13e16f04.jpg By guest contributor: Brandy

Monday, February 17, 2014

Contest! Girls of Grace tickets and Point of Grace CD!

 photo girlsofgrace_zps7570e87b.jpgWHAT: “Girls of Grace” event for teen girls and their mothers
WHO: Hosted by multi-platinum trio Point of Grace featuring youth leader Chris Wheeler and inspirational author Annie Downs and music by today’s top Christian artists including Britt Nicole, Royal Tailor and Amanda Noelle and Downs.
WHEN: Saturday, March 8; 9am – 4:30pm
WHERE: Okolona Christian Church, 10801 Faithful Way, Louisville, KY 40229
TICKETS: $54. To purchase visit www.girlsofgrace.com or call 888.483.0018

The 11th season of “Girls of Grace” is scheduled to visit Louisville, KY, on March 8 at Okolona Christian Church. This event teaches teen girls (6th-12th grades) and their mothers and leaders how to live freely, love fiercely and lead fearlessly as a Girl of Grace through a high-impact all-day event. This is a perfect experience for teens, moms and their leaders to empower and equip themselves with the tools they need to become Christ followers who have a lasting impact on their generation. In partnership with WAY-FM, this year’s conference includes live music by today’s top Christian artists including Britt Nicole, Royal Tailor and Amanda Noelle, renowned guest speakers Chris Wheeler and Annie Downs and interactive sessions.
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The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes a full day of live music and guest speakers. Recording artists Britt Nicole, Royal Tailor, Amanda Noelle and Point of Grace are set to perform. The day also features renowned guest speakers including youth speaker Chris Wheeler (Director of Student Initiatives, Show Hope) and inspirational author Annie Downs.

We have two tickets to give away for a mother and daughter along with a Point of Grace A Thousand Little Things.  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Review of 4D Digital Theater at Kentucky Science Center in Louisville, KY

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Photo courtesy of Kentucky Science Center
On a recent Friday morning, I surprised my 5 year old daughter with a visit to the new Digital Theater inside of the Kentucky Science Center. The theater no longer has the IMAX system which was installed back in 1988. It now boasts a fully digital theater with Precision White Screen technology from RealD Inc., which allows for dramatically improved viewing quality both in 2D and 3D. A new sound system was also installed to complete the upgrade to the 4 story theater. 

KSC is currently showing four films in the new theater; Titans of the Ice Age 3D, Watermelon Magic, The Last Reef and Jerusalem. After reading about them online, I decided to see the new early childhood film, Watermelon Magic, which is about a 5 year old girl growing watermelons on her family’s farm. Before the feature film, there was a short preview of The Last Reef. The images of sea life were simply stunning! The sound was very crisp and clear, though loud enough that it took a few minutes for my daughter to adapt and remove her hands from her ears. 

I was not totally sure what to expect from a film about watermelon growing, but it turned out to be pretty neat, and it appealed to my daughter who clearly identified with the main character. The film is made in a unique style. It’s not really fluid motion, but rather, a quick series of stills. There is very little dialogue, but enough to keep set up the story and keep it going. It feels very artistic and different than the type of movies we are used to seeing. The time lapse images of the watermelons from seed to fruit are amazing! The film lasted 45 minutes and held my daughter’s attention well enough to keep her still, though she certainly made a lot of excited comments throughout the movie. Watermelon Magic is made for young children and I believe that those outside the target audience may be a little bored by the plot. However, it’s hard not to be impressed as the beautiful pictures come to life on the new cutting edge screen!  

By guest contributor: Brandy

WINNER! Derby Dinner Playhouse tickets - THE JUNGLE BOOK

 photo junglebook_zps7c8cc437.jpgExperience this extraordinary musical adventure into the fantasy world of Rudyard Kipling. Join Mowgli, a boy raise by wolves in the jungles of India, as he discovers life lessons with his friends Bagheera and the beloved bear Baloo

 has a wonderful new show opening soon!  The Jungle Book will be a great family-friendly theatre opportunity.

Families can enjoy Derby Dinner Playhouse  for breakfast or lunch on February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014 and see THE JUNGLE BOOK! Tickets are just $16 - that include the show and your meal!

Last week we had a contest for 4 tickets, the winner is MEGAN PRICE!
To claim, please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net from the email address used to enter the contest.  Congrats Megan!

Also, we picked new winners for previous unclaimed prizes, see if you are a winner HERE  and HERE.

Top 10 Things to Start Doing Now to Be Healthy – Helpful tips for parents and their children

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1. Eat BREAKFAST. I realize mornings can be hectic, and some people may not even be hungry to eat right away after they wake up. But breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. You’ve just fasted (since last night’s dinner) for the last 10-12 hours, it’s time to “break-the-fast.” Your body is primed and ready to get some good nutrients moving through it. Eat a balanced meal to keep you full and feed your brain (always shoot for a carb and a protein). My kids’ favorite go-to meals are oatmeal with fruit and nuts/seeds mixed in, scrambled eggs and banana pancakes, Greek yogurt and a whole grain-low sugar cereal.

2. Don’t drink your sugar. Sugary sodas and juices are one of the top culprits for many of our society’s current health issues. I am not saying never, but minimal in moderation. One can of ginger-ale is 43 grams of sugar! That’s more than a full size large candy bar. Sugar is everywhere, cutting out sodas and sugar loaded fruit juices not only will improve your kids’ health, but it will save you a lot of money. Replace it with water, throw a lemon and some local honey in it and you have home-made lemonade! Once you and your kids ditch it, you will be surprised how you begin to actually crave water again.

3. Choose whole vitamins. Even the best of eaters don’t get their daily needs met every day through nutrition alone. I recommend finding a whole food based vitamin (not the synthetic, sugar loaded, cute shaped ones). I’ve been giving my kids JuicePlus for years, but there are many variations that serve the same purpose. Along with a multi, I give my kids a good source of vitamin D (during the winter months), healthy omegas (brain food) and a probiotic (healthy gut and digestion).

4. Use the 80/20 rule for processed foods. I realized it’s almost impossible to keep processed foods out of their little fingers. The key here is teaching them moderation; some of anything is okay, just not ALL the time. With my kids, if their morning snack was a granola bar or rice cakes, their afternoon snack is going to be some fruit/real fruit cup/dried fruit or veggies.

5. Plant a garden with them. Last year was the first year I planted my own garden, and it was also the first year my six year old tried collard greens (which he liked). There’s something magical about kids having their hands, literally, in their own food. When they see how and where it comes from, and they have a vested interest in it growing, they are more apt to try new things.

6. Use the “yuck” rule. If they say “yuck,” they have to at least take one bite. Studies suggest it takes three separate tastes of a new taste to develop a taste for it. Just like trying new foods with a baby, have your kids try something several times before you dismiss it.

7. Limit video game/screen time. Especially during the school week, only allowing limited screen time is essential to them getting adequate movement in their day. Every child and age is different, find out what works, look for triggers and listen to your gut on what it appropriate for your child.

8. Get them to bed on time. Sleep deprivation causes depression, low self-esteem, difficulty in concentration and/or focus, difficulty with critical thinking, problem solving and hyperactivity. For ages 5-12, a good rule of thumb is about 10 hours per night. There is no replacement for a good nights’ sleep, be sure to set the stage and talk to them about how important good sleep is to their bodies growth and development.

9. Get them involved in a charity. Just like adults, focusing on other’s needs seems to magically take the pressure off our own lives. Find something your family can be passionate about and become involved with in your community. At any level, it teaches them the importance of a community and living to serve a greater purpose.

10. Be involved in their lives/ask the right questions. What seems insignificant on a large scale is their whole world. Ask them specific questions about their days, not a generalized “How was your day?” Really give them the time and attention that you crave as an individual…become experts on what’s going on at school, on the playground and with the kids on the block. Ask things like “Who said something that hurt someone’s feelings today?” or “What did you do that made you or someone feel good about themself today?” You will get so much more information out of them than the typical response of “school was boring, everything went fine.”

By guest contributor: Teresa

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Things to do this weekend around Louisville - February 14,15,16

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And last point of business, tune into this week's podcast with the Louisville Free Public Library regarding 1,000 Books Before Kingergarten

What's going on this weekend? Oh, there's that Valentine's Day holiday to celebrate. We don't really do much here at the LouFamFun house and honestly, there's not too many "family" options out there so if you are looking for those, events are more in line with drop your kids off somewhere and have a date night. For info on those, click here.

If you don't have a date night planned, check out our Pinterest board about Valentine's Day ideas.  Stay home, hang out with the family and spend time together - isn't that what love is all about?  We are going to make the pink rice krispies treats shaped as hearts and watch a Disney "love" movie.

9-11am Winter hike in The Parklands! Enjoy the crisp air and beautiful vistas exploring the Black Willow Trail in Beckley Creek Park paying close attention to feathered friends. This event is FREE to Parklands Members/ $5 for non-members.

In the evening, it's the Puppet Prom with Squallis Puppeteers. You can dance the night away at this unique event for all ages.  Tickets are $10 to $25.

How about a Kids Eat Free deal with entertainment?  From 6-8pm at Bistro 42 in Prospect, Steve-O the Magician roams the tables and performs for patrons and they offer a kids eat free deal. Win-win!  My kids love their pizza!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

Summer Camps in & around Louisville, 2014: Sports Camps



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Hwang’s Martial Arts summer camp is an all-inclusive enrichment program where kids have fun as they get in shape, build leadership skills and develop positive attitudes. Camp provides basic Taekwondo lessons plus bi-weekly field trips to area attractions like the Louisville Zoo, local pools and parks. Students form long-term friendships as they develop important life skills — all in a fun, positive environment. Come for one week or stay for all weeks! Drop off times are between 7:30 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. Pick up is between 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. For more info visit us at http://www.hwangsmartialarts.com/all-day-summer-care.html and connect at facebook.com/Hmalouisville.

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Experience the magic of JCC Summer Camp where there is something for every child. JCC Summer Camp offers traditional camp for children 2 years through 9th grade with arts & crafts, sports, free swim, swim lessons and more! Specialty camps are also offered which include: Football, Soccer, Theatre, Dance, Horseback Riding, Lego, Sailing and more. All specialty camps enjoy a daily swim. The beautiful JCC campus includes two outdoor pools, baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, as well as indoor gymnasiums, auditorium and more! Call for a brochure and additional information. 3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205 • 502.459.0660 • http://www.jcclouisvillecamp.org/

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All About Kids

All About Kids Sports Center offers a safe, affordable, quality day camp with caring, responsible staff. We offer new themes and FUN every week, plus a flexible schedule offering full days and half days! Every week also features swimming, gymnastics, dance, martial arts and cheer! Campers must be four years old or older to attend and are split by age. They are given the opportunity to swim everyday in our heated, indoor pool!

In Alphabetical Order

4 Kicks for Kidz offers summer camps for younger children to learn and enjoy soccer. June and July. Ages 3-10. $75-$100.

All About Kids has day camps during the summer called Camp-A-Bunga. Kids will be able to enjoy a variety of activities including swimming and gymnastics.

Basketball Academy

Bellarmine baseball camps for kids in grades K-8.

Blair­wood Ten­nis, Swim & Fit­ness Ages 5–13, Camp focus is ten­nis instruc­tion, as well as sports, games, and swimming. Half & Whole day.

Boshart Stables 9-2. Camps offered in June, July, and August. Also have a Bible and Bit camp for 7-11 year olds.

Com­pet­i­tive Edge Gym­nas­tics and Cheer (Ages 4 & Up) Activ­i­ties include gym­nas­tics, cheer, tum­bling and crafts. Half or whole day. A week or all sum­mer long.

Dance Unlimited A variety of dance and movement options.

Dejuan Wheat Sports Camp Basketball skills. 9-3, Two options and locations in June and July. $145.

Eternal Health Yoga Ages 3-10.

Felton Spencer and Roger Burkman Co-Ed Basketball Camp

Foot­ball Futures Youth Foot­ball Camps for kids enter­ing grades 1st through 5th.

Higher Level Basketball HOOPS June 24-26. $175. Play with UK pros. Ages 7-16.

IU Southeast Athlietics Baketball, baseball and softball options available.

KGA is offering 'Big Kid Kare' where kids learn some soccer, tumbling, gymnastics, karate and also do arts & crafts! Flexible scheduling.

Kentucky Youth Soccer

Louisville Equestrian Center

Louisville Fencing Center

Metro Parks and Recre­ation Ages 8 - 16 at locations all over the city. 8 - 6 daily. June 4 - July 27. Rates start at $50/week. Reduced fees available for those who qualify.

KJ Fundamental Football Clinic Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club offers a range of soccer summer camps.

My Gym Ages 2 1/2–8

Paradise Divers has offered scuba camps. Ages 8-14. 5 day camp to get a junior open water certification.

River City Soc­cer Var­i­ous ages. Lacrosse, Field Hockey and Soc­cer Camps for girls and boys.

Showtime Saddlebreds Four weeks of camp June and July. 9-3. $275/week.

Louisville Skat­ing Acad­emy Ages 3–13 No pre­vi­ous skat­ing expe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary.

Skipping Fish Boat School St. X Sports Camps Lots of options for various sports.

U of L They have a wide variety of sports camps.

Windhover Farm Welch Ponies

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Summer Camps in & around Louisville, 2014: Academic Camps



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Held at the University of Louisville and other top universities nationwide Weeklong, day programs for ages 7-17
1-888-709-TECH (8324)

 Learn code, game design, app development, robotics, web design, film, photography, and more in a fun camp setting!
Weeklong, day programs for ages 7-17 are held at over 100 top universities nationwide including the University of Louisville, Stanford, Princeton, and Yale. Come explore a university campus, experience lots of hands-on learning, get inspired by energetic instructors, and build critical 21st century STEM skills. We guarantee 8 students per instructor for personalized learning. Every time.

The Parklands at Floyds Fork Where outdoor learning means science is fun! K-6th grade. Monday-Friday, 9-4. June and July.

The Falls of the Ohio Foun­da­tion Through hands-on activities, campers will discover fossils, nature, native people, and more! Various options for different ages. Ages 10-16, Half day, $125/week, Full day, $150/week

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A Better Grade Tutoring Jump Start Camp Grade K-8. Offered in June and July, camps last 8 days. $259

Bellarmine Lots of options, price ranges, and dates. Check site for all options.

Brown Forman INSPIRE Summer Enrichment Program A program focused on high school minority students. June 10-27, 9-12, Monday-Friday.

Discover Science Camp  Lego Robotics and Engineering options available.  Ages 6-12. 8:45-1, Monday through Friday. 4 weeks in June.

Handwriting is Kid's Play Camp July 16-19. 9am-12pm. Cost is $250.

IU Model UN Summer Camp

Junior Achievement BizTown Camp $195/week, full day. Ages 9 - 12. Available in June and July.

Kentucky Country Day Camps in June, July, and August. Lots of options for grades K-12.

Kentucky Science Center Ages 4-14, full and half day camps, starting at $20/day.P

Meredith Dunn School k-6th grade. Begins late June, 3.5 weeks. 8:30-12.

Oldham County History Center

Prospect Latin Preschool Four week camps, half or full day. 21mo to entering Kindergarten. Check site for brochure.

Sullivan College of Technology and Design Four options for high schoolers. $300-$495.

Therapeutic Handwriting Camps at Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies First two weeks in August. Spring Break camp forms currently up, but watch for Summer camp registration soon.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Summer Camps in & around Louisville 2014: Art, Music, Dance, Theater



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Mix children, the arts and some fresh air, and you have a recipe for summer fun! Come and enjoy a variety of programs which develop a positive self-concept, including Yoga one afternoon each week. Each camp program is planned thematically, with off-site field trips organized over the course of the summer. Destination Discovery is a safe, nurturing, educational program for children ages 3 – 10 years. Call to receive your Destination Discovery information package - (502) 640-8585 or e-mail office@msl-edu.org.

 photo 53bfd5de-2220-4fa1-b132-19cf724407cb_zps6aed1529.jpg Louisville Ballet School – St. Matthews 

 Let your dreams take center stage! June 16 – July 18 The Louisville Ballet School offers workshops for children just beginning their journey as well as those who have a growing passion for dance. Classes are designed to develop coordination, musicality, and kinetic awareness, as well as instill a love for dance and the arts. Children ages 3 - 8 will discover an exciting mix of dance, visual arts, and storytelling through movement. Students ages 8 - 16 will be immersed in the grand tradition of classical ballet, learning choreography that has been the foundation of our art form for two hundred years. Summer dance programs fill up quickly. Register now to reserve your child’s place in class. Cost: $65 - $95 & $195 - $425. Louisville Ballet School, 4121 Shelbyville Road 502.583.3150, ext. 245 school@louisvilleballet.org louisvilleballet.org/DanceSchool

Whet Your Palette has a great selection of camps lined up including the popular "Splatters and Drips" and "Painting with Nature" camps! We've also added some new ones like our "Not Your Typical Self Portrait" camp! Our beautiful studio space includes sunrooms, screened in porch and our garden filled property. Our programs enrich the minds of children and let them express themselves through creativity and fun, all while learning. Our staff is very fun, knowledgable, and talented. We are a hidden gem in Louisville and very unique to the city. Come check us out!

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Experience the magic of JCC Summer Camp where there is something for every child. JCC Summer Camp offers traditional camp for children 2 years through 9th grade with arts & crafts, sports, free swim, swim lessons and more! Specialty camps are also offered which include: Football, Soccer, Theatre, Dance, Horseback Riding, Lego, Sailing and more. All specialty camps enjoy a daily swim. The beautiful JCC campus includes two outdoor pools, baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, as well as indoor gymnasiums, auditorium and more! Call for a brochure and additional information. 3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205 • 502.459.0660 • 

Derby Din­ner Play­house  Musical Theater Camp. Ages 7-17.  July 7-August 9.  $175. 9-3.  

McClanahan School of Irish Dance  June 10-12. 9:30-11:30. Ages 3.5-12. Irish dancing & music, Irish art & crafts and Irish stories. Snacks, drinks and a free summer camp t-shirt for all children. Cost: $85/child, $75 each add’l child.

Drama by George —Weeklong theatre camps for kids and teens. Themes include live drama, moviemaking, murder mysteries, and comedy improv.

Fiber Arts Camps at the Little Loomhouse -  Campers will learn and experience various forms of textile art including lots of weaving on Little Looms! June 9-13 and June 23-27, Monday – Friday, 9-2. Ages 6 - 12, Limited to 12 campers for each session. $175 plus $25 supply fee. 

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ArtTrust This is a program that empowers teen girls through art. 

Assumption High School Art, Graphic Design, music theater, drama and sports. Grades 3-11. $75-$110. Camps in June and July. 

Bellarmine University They have some fun art options like cartooning as well as academic camps. June and July, options for 4th graders and up. 

Camp Shakespeare Classic Melodies Theater camps. Day and overnight camp options. 

Clint Vaught’s Young Actors Institute June 10 – June 21. Ages 10-17. Contact: 485-6392.

 Oldham County Schools Arts Center Half day options for ages 4-17, can combine for a full day. 

Elite Dance Ages 4 - 16 in June and July 

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Multiple options in June and July. $85-$200/week. Full and half day options. 

Louisville Visual Art Assoiciation Variety of art options such as clay making and wearable art. Classes for school age students. June 16– August 8. 

Musical Milestones Ages 6 months to 7 years. Musical playdates, piano lessons, multi-age family classes.

Sacred Heart School for the Arts Dance, drama, art, music. Ages 3 and up. $55 and up depending on class. Lots of options! 

Spot 5 Art Studio Many options for painting for various ages. Many art options from painting to photography. Starting the week of June 3. 

Stage One Family Theatre Camps Ages 4-18. Learn by doing: comprehensive drama/theatre education includes interactive, participatory exploration Suzuki String Insti­tute Ages 3–18.

Suzuki String Institute for vio­lin, viola, and cello. June 15-20.

The Artist In You Ages 6-14. Art projects ranging from pottery painting to food-art and games. $225 a week from 9-3 Monday through Friday. 

The Bard's Town Theatre Walden Theatre Camps for kids age 5-18 for art, imagination, theater, acting, comedy and more.