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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

LouFamFun takes a Winter Break

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SAVE THE DATE FOR JANUARY 24th 2-6pm for the LouFamFun 6th BIRTHDAY PARTY 
TO BENEFIT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS!

Readers - We are taking a publishing break until the week of January 3rd.  We are linking up some awesome posts that will help you over winter break.  Thank you so much for your readership - we hope you have a wonderful holiday and that 2016 brings you joy and prosperity.

Winter Fun Links

New Year's Eve for families

10 Free Things to Do over Winter Break

Winter Break Camps for Kids

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Year's Event Events and Things to do for your Family around Louisville

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You know we are always on top of things through LouFamFun!  

Looking for something family-friendly to do for New Year's Eve?

Here's what I found:

If you want to go out on the town and need a place for the kids, All About Kids offers a slumber party on the 31st.  There's an overnight option and a late night pick-up option.

The Kentucky Science Center has a NOON Year's celebration on the 31st and 1st, details HERE.

The Louisville Free Public Library has several events at branches throughout our area - click HERE and HERE.

House of Boom is staying open til 1am. Just $20/jumper from 11-1am. 15 yrs and up only.

Paoli Peaks has a family friendly NYE event- details HERE.

Hwang's Martial Arts has an overnight bash - details HERE.

Celebrate New Year's Day cheering on the UofL Women's Basketball team - they have a game at 4pm vs. Florida State.

It's just not a happenin' holiday for families - if you are like me, we stay home, drink hot cocoa (mommy *might* put a little something extra in hers), and play board games while watching celebrations on TV.  Wild and crazy, folks!

Have fun and be fabuLOUs in 2016!

Stephanie

Know of any other events to add to the list? Comment below.

Review of SimCave Digital Gaming Arena in Louisville, KY


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There’s a new digital gaming arena in Louisville and in the words of my 7 year old son, “This place is epic!” SimCave is located at 11501 Plantside Drive near the Industrial Park off of Blankenbaker Parkway. I recently took my children and a friend to check it out during their grand opening night.

We were immediately greeted by a friendly staff member, checked in and taken back to the waiting area. A few rules were discussed and then we headed back to the digital gaming rooms. There is a video game console room and then a separate PC room. This was pretty cool to my children. My children love Minecraft and in their opinion there is a big difference between playing the game on an Xbox vs a computer.



 photo simcave kids_zpsel9ahcel.jpgThe 360 degree rooms are dark with seating in the middle. In the middle of the seating is a platform where a staff member stays in the room during the game time. The walls are covered in flat screen TVs (one for each player). I’m pretty sure my son let out a squeal when he saw the room. I have to admit, it is pretty cool to see. Parents wait in the comfy waiting room outside the gaming rooms. There are a few TVs in this area too with videos of YouTubers playing different games. At first, I thought the videos were of the actual players in the rooms! My children got to play Minecraft for about 30 minutes and then exited into the party room. The party room is very large with plenty of seating for guests.

Near the front entrance is the dance cave party. Parents, don’t shy away from this room, we know you have some moves! This is a larger room with a huge screen, party lights and a dance floor. Most of the games for this room are dance related, but because there is a Kinect and Wii console in the room, other games are possible-just ask!

Currently, SimCave is taking reservations for birthday parties. The digital gaming arena party includes 100 minutes of gaming, pizza and drinks and party room access. This party can accommodate 11 gamers and as usual there is a dedicated party host to oversee the game and make sure everything operates smoothly. This party is $329.

 photo simcave dance_zpsurnlmbsx.jpgThe dance cave party includes 100 minutes of dancing, pizza and drinks and can accommodate 8 dancers. The room is set up to have the entire party within the room. This party is $259.

Group outings are also available and parent’s day out events, too. Keep up with SimCave on Facebook for upcoming parent’s day out dates. Included is 3 hours of game time playing, drinks and a snack for $10. I recommend signing up early because they are popular and seating is limited. SimCave also hosts leagues and tournaments. The first is a HALO 5 tournament on 12/30!

SimCave has a variety of games available. If there is one you are particularly interested in, just ask! SimCave has top of the line equipment and all of the latest video games. Also, I was also told that you can switch games during your private party. For example, you can do 30 minutes of Minecraft and then 30 minutes of Mario Kart. The staff were incredibly friendly and I could tell they were having fun along with the guests.

If you have a child that loves video games or even if you love playing (adults can play too) then I highly recommend checking out SimCave Louisville!

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Week in Preview December 21st-24th

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Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season!

Here are my picks for the week!


 photo side by side square ad_zps38ywq8kd.pngLive it: Discover Holidays Around the World at the Frazier History Museum. This culturally rich display of trees, lights and traditional objects, each created by local residents, showcases holiday celebrations throughout Louisville’s growing and diverse ethnic communities. Check their website for more information!

Eat it: Bake some cookies or brownies with your kids this week and give them to a neighbor, your local fire house/police station, or nursing home.

Move it:Drive on over to Indiana to SIGS for their Bouncetime on Tuesday or Thursday (Friday as well) from 9am-Noon. $6/member child, $8 non-member child. Find more information here.

Learn it: With the warmer weather, go for a learning hike in one of the beautiful parks in the city. Some examples include Jefferson Memorial Forest or the Parklands of Floyds Fork.



By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend: December 18,19,20

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Check out our web calendar and Winter Fun Links page too! 

SAVE THE DATE FOR JANUARY 24th 2-6pm for the LouFamFun 6th BIRTHDAY PARTY 
TO BENEFIT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS!

Friday:
Head to All About Kids and let the little ones burn off some energy between 10am and 2pm!  At both locations (Jefferson and Oldham) they have an Inflatable Fun Zone with a preschool open gym from noon-1pm.  $8 per child.

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The Kentucky Science Center is having a Polar Express Family Day! It's from 9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. Tickets are: Members $10, Non-Member $15 Suggested for families with kids age 7 and under. Watch the movie in 3D, wear your PJs. They'll provide the warm winter snack. After the movie, they'll have fun hands-on activities from the movie. Click here for details.

There will be a little bit of chill in the air which will put your in the mood for winter break and holidays (with a peppermint mocha in hand....perfection).  Head downtown for skating and exploring. See our writer's tips here.

Sunday:   Need a last minute gift?  Make one!  Whet Your Palette has 10% off on Sunday for the holiday designs. Learn about this awesome place by clicking here.   They are open from noon-7pm.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
~Stephanie

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Review of Bernheim Forest Trails and ECO Discovery Days

 photo f90f3bae-699a-43b3-a25a-fe3e67adfd28_zpshikpoy7p.jpgBernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a 14,000 acre arboretum, forest, and nature preserve located in Clermont, Kentucky (25 miles south of Louisville), and is the largest privately owned natural area in the state. It includes numerous walking paths of all different lengths and difficulty levels, a visitors' center, cafe, and gift shop, an education center, a children's play area, shelters, and four lakes. There are lots of bathrooms, picnic tables, and charcoal grills around to use.

We started at the Canopy Tree Walk (a wooden canopy walk that extends off a cliff 75 feet above the forest floor). Then we drove a short distance to the Fire Tower Loop and went up the Fire Tower (check for hours, the guide must invite you up, no dogs go up, and if you ask lots of interesting questions you may receive an honorary park guide card and fossils).



We got back in the car and drove down to the Children's Play Garden (it's a mix of old school small playground equipment and natural climbing elements). We drove back to the Education Center (full of neat hands-on stuff) and I Spy Trail (get the checklist from the Education Center). We then headed back into the Visitor Center for lunch at Isaacs Cafe. (The cafe gets busy and slow at lunch, so consider packing a picnic lunch to save time and money.)

 photo 20151107_133326_zpsag5rqgeq.jpg After that we looked at the ECO Kids Discovery Day stations. The ECO Program is every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month outside the Visitor Center. E-C-O stands for Every Child Outside, and its purpose is to connect families with nature. Each ECO Kids Discovery Day includes Hands-on Discovery Stations, an On Your Own Challenge, and a Hike of the Day. My kids really enjoyed the live snake!

 photo 20151107_112614_zpslsnkrjzf.jpgBernheim is open daily from 7 a.m. until sunset, the exceptions being Christmas day (December 25) and New Year's Day (January 1). The visitor's center, gift shop, and art gallery are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

Admission is free on weekdays, but a fee is charged on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays ($5 for each passenger car, mini-van, or motorcycle; $10 for passenger vans. It is well worth the $5 to enter, especially with the ECO Day and open Fire Tower.

** This Saturday, 12/19/15, is the Hot Chocolate Hike. Celebrate the start of winter with a hot chocolate treat! Earn a free cup by completing the On Your Own Challenge and then turning in your worksheet at Isaac’s Café. During the afternoon, have fun exploring hands-on Discovery Stations and the guided Hike of the Day.

By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review of Downtown Louisville Holiday Celebration

 photo 20151212_135221_zpsqr99pemg.jpgMy family and I went to 4th Street this past weekend to check out the downtown holiday celebration "Holiday in the City." There a few different areas to check out: World Market at Holiday Square, Santa's House, the Ice rink, the Bourbon and Beer Village, and the Galt House.

I recommend going in late afternoon so you can navigate the city, park with ease, enjoy the area in the light, and stay for the lights to come on (the Holiday in the City Light Show starts every night at 6pm and plays every hour).

 photo 20151212_143039_zpsmwmnjlms.jpg First head over to World Market at Holiday Square to the Main Source cabin and buy a $3 reindeer lapel pin. It gets you $2 off the ice skating, plus a bunch of other discounts, and it's a great keepsake for future Christmas to come. Then go ice skating on the ice rink (it's usually $10 for an hour but due to being REAL ICE, it was closed this weekend due to the warm weather).

 photo 20151212_133048_zps7omieu7t.jpg Walk down to the Galt House and check out the dancing bellman at 5pm. Then go to the 3rd floor walkway to see the lights on 4th Street. If you have time, check out all of the Christmas festivities at the Galt House.

 photo 20151212_131259-1_zpsqv66vpv8.jpgThen head back up to Santa's House for a picture with Santa. Grab some dinner, drinks, or desserts from the little cabins and shops at the World Market. I recommend the funnel cake, apple strudel, pretzels, and anything they are selling at Bengta's Sweet Shop (authentic German goodies)!

Then enjoy all the Christmas lights on the drive home!

By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Week in Preview December 14th-17th

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Pick one or pick them all, just make sure you have a FabuLOUs time!

Here are my picks for the week!


 photo side by side square ad_zps38ywq8kd.pngLive it: Take a drive under ground at Louisville Mega Caverns for the Lights Under Louisville. Discount coupons are available at participating Wendy's. Find out more here!

Eat it: Head over to Chick-fil-A St. Matthews and Mall St. Matthew's on December 17th for Family Night! You're invited to take a picture with a Santa Cow and an Elf Cow. Find out more information here! 

Move it: Go explore at Indiana Caverns and take a walking tour with a boat ride. Check out their website for more information! 

Learn it: Visit The Parent-Teacher Store and Toys Too! to pick up some Christmas gifts or for some family fun over the upcoming school break! Check them out here!

For more fun, check out our Holiday and Christmas Event List here!
By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville - December 11,12,13

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Check out our web calendar and Winter Fun Links page too! 

SAVE THE DATE FOR JANUARY 24th 2-6pm for the LouFamFun 6th BIRTHDAY PARTY 
TO BENEFIT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS!

Friday:
The Festival of the Nativities in Crestwood is a free event with over 400 displays, children's activities and music.  It's from 4-8pm. Find details here.  If you are interested in seeing a live nativity in Kentucky, click here for ideas.

Or, head to New Albany for the Uptown Ornament Walk. The concept is - you visit local businesses and collect pieced that ultimately come together to make an ornament. LOVE!  They also have Santa visits, children's activities, photo booth and attention moms - WINE TASTING.  It's all from 5-8pm, see details here.

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Santa is making a special stop by the Louisville Zoo and he’s bringing some of his North Pole friends along too. So much to do with sing-alongs and a complimentary photo with Santa for each child. Get a special Santa Safari passport and begin your journey through the Zoo’s heated buildings to experience one-on-one interaction with Zoo educators.  10 a.m., Noon & 2 p.m. Separate fee with reservations required for all attending. See details here: http://louisvillezoo.org/santa/


Sunday:   
Head to cheer on the UofL Lady Cards as they play IUPUI at the KFC Yum Center.  Tickets start at $6!  Get your tickets by clicking here.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
~Stephanie

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Daddy ~ Daughter Dates

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Dads, when was the last time you went on a date with your daughter? We have a fun list of ideas, broken down by age group. Put a few of these on your calendar and watch your little princess's face light up as she spends time with the #1 man in her life.

Preschool

~ Go to Lowe’s for their Build and Grow classes

~ Have lunch or dinner followed by a special trip to Build a Bear

~ Go Roller Skating or Ice Skating together

~ Go fossil hunting at the Falls of the Ohio


Elementary School

~ Go for lunch followed with a trip to the batting cages or putt putt

~ Go jump at House of Boom

~ Get dressed up and go out for a fancy dinner followed by ice cream or a trip to the bookstore to pick out a book to read together (flowers would be fun to give as well).

~ Have a backyard camping trip-make smores and sleep under the stars (or in a tent).


Middle School

~ Explore photography by taking pictures of family/friends/nature/etc and make a photo book together

~ Go out and have some fun at Renaissance Family Fun Park or Kart Kountry

~ Find a bowling alley and play a few games

~ Pick a museum you’ve never explored and check it out. Some examples include the Muhammed Ali Center, the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Frazier History Museum, or the Kentucky Science Center.


High School

~ Take a class together such as a crafting class, cooking class, music lessons or art class

~ Go on an adventure and try zip lining or the aerial ropes course at the Louisville Mega Caverns

~ Check out an event at the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium

~ Go Geocaching together

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Review of Christmas at the Galt House 2015

The writer and her family were given admission to this event for the purpose of review.

 photo IMG_8763_zps8z6kv75q.jpgChristmas at the Galt House is back and packed full of things to see and do. This was our first time experiencing the attraction. We visited on a Saturday during opening weekend so it was very crowded. The in and out access is helpful during peak hours. We were able to skip crowded areas, take a break or grab a bite to eat in the hotel and return to them when they cleared.

Santa was our first stop as we made our way from the ticket booth. The line moved fairly quickly. We bought the professional 5X7 photo ($12.99) even though you are allowed to snap your own photos. Make sure you register for the free digital download; it wasn’t clear to us this was available until later.

 photo IMG_8707_zpsevaaepfd.jpgNext to Santa is a small room filled with gingerbread houses. The room is a showcase for a gingerbread house contest containing several contestants’ beautiful designs. We were especially impressed with the largest of these designs; a massive house created by some of the Galt House chefs. There are a few tables and chairs set up in this room where you can create your own gingerbread house. The kits were $17.95 and an additional $4.95 for the take-home box.

The Holly Jolly Elf Show is back again this year. It was very popular last year, so it was moved to its own room with shows starting about every hour. I recommend getting in line 15-20 minutes prior to the show time because the room fills quickly. The elves interact with the crowd before the show starts and take photos after the show. My 4 year old daughter said this was her favorite.


A Christmas Carol is the theme throughout KaLightoscope again this year. My children enjoyed reading parts of the story along the path, looking at the handcrafted silk luminaries and knocking on some of the doors in Scrooge’s village. We did not feel like there were many “creepy” displays and we could tell event planners were intentional about the placement of ghosts and tombstones.

We walked through the KaLightoscope tent in about 10 minutes and made our way inside the hotel. Along the walk is the new Winter Wonderlane. The map describes it as “whimsical trees and dancing lights above as you approach a fairy-tale gazebo with a magical mistletoe.” We saw a gazebo, but decided it was too rainy and cold to explore.

 photo FullSizeRender_zpsot3g33jv.jpgOnce we were back inside the hotel, we entered a room where children can write letters to Santa, try out the green screen sleigh ride and pay $8 for a chance to pick a present that had a tablet inside. This room was quite small and crowded so we moved on to the Christmas village displays. We saw signs to play the Great Christmas Mouse Mystery Game ($10). When we were leaving I asked about the game and was told that it is a scavenger hunt played in the Christmas Village and game cards are redeemed for a prize.


The Snow Fairy Castle is located just on the other side of the village displays. There were two fairies that spoke to young children, posed for pictures and pretended to sprinkle fairy dust on children’s hands. I liked how special the fairies made each child feel. The snow fairy line was a little chaotic and difficult to navigate.

 photo IMG_8733_zpsb1dgdbvs.jpgIn this area, children can sit and create a snowflake at the Make-A-Flake tables, build a life-size snowman and write on a giant white board. Just like the Santa letter writing area, the Make-A-Flake tables were crowded and some of the art supplies needed to be replenished. There was a reindeer ring toss game and face painting for $8 in this area. Luckily, there is enough to see and do that skipping over the additional fee sections was not a big deal.

We had to pull our children away from the giant white board and made our way to The Peppermint Express train ride. There was a long line, but it moved quickly and it was roped off, making it easier to find where the line actually ended. It is a short train ride, but children can go on it as many times as they like. This area also included the Mistletoe Marketplace where Christmas items are sold.

I read that this year’s opening weekend drew a record crowd. I would suggest going during the week to avoid the congestion. The event runs until December 27th. Admission cost is $15 for adults (13 and up), $5 children (3-12) and 2 and under and military (with valid ID) are free. Extra events such as Breakfast with Santa and Christmas Tea with a Snow Fairy Princess are an additional cost. There are also Galt House overnight packages available.

In addition to the many entertaining sections, there were fun elf characters walking around the hotel, Christmas Carolers, silly photo opportunities and Dancing Bellmen. Add this event to your holiday bucket list to enjoy the beautifully decorated downtown hotel and the family-friendly experiences at Christmas at the Galt House!

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Week in Preview December 7th-10th

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Santa, ice cream, and reading makes for a great fun!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: Take a trip to Fourth Street Live and visit Santa's House for a photo opportunity. Open Wednesday's from 5:00pm-8:00pm (and also on the weekends). Find out more here! 

Eat it: It's Take Home Twosday at The Comfy Cow! Each Tuesday through March, take home 2 pints of Ice Cream and get $2.00 off! Follow them on Facebook for more information! 



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Learn it:  Curl up with some great books this December during Reading Month at the Library! Find more information about their events here!

For more fun, check out our Holiday and Christmas Event List here!
By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: December 4,5,6

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There are so many options for things to do this weekend, it was really hard to make choices on what to recommend! I'll take a stab at it, always do. But definitely, definitely check out our web calendar and Winter Fun Links page because something else might suit your fancy.

Friday:
Enjoy the sunshine and head to Jeffersonville for ice skating. After, explore Jeffersonville. Their rink is walking distance from great restaurants like Big Four Burgers, the walking bridge and neighboring park and of course, Schimpfs (they close at 5pm, get your candy early!).  It would really make for a wonderful afternoon and evening.

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It's the 13th Annual Nature of Christmas in Goshenat the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. It's from  12 – 3 p.m. and it's FREE, donations encouraged They will have free food, artisans and gift booths, crafts, hayrides, music, and Santa & Mrs. Claus with gift bags and treats.

Check out Side by Side Studio for mother/daughter crafting.  This Saturday, from 2-4pm they have a free workshop and you'll learn to dye scarves for Hope Scarves. Sign up here.

Sunday:   
Family fitness!  The JCC is hosting the "Dreidel Dash 5K" for families of all faiths and fitness levels starting at 1:15pm - it includes a one-mile Family Fun Run for everyone and an indoor after party with games, music, Hanukkah snacks and a menorah-lighting at sundown. Registration for the 5K is $35. The event is free for folks not participating in the race.

Have a great weekend!
~Stephanie

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch or Dinner with Santa in Louisville 2015

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Start a new holiday tradition and enjoy a meal with Santa! This is one of my children's favorite things to do around Christmas. Just be sure to call ahead, as most require reservations in advance. 

Friday, December 4

Gustavo's - Dinner and free picture with Santa. 5 - 8pm. Every Friday until Christmas.


Saturday, December 5

The Galt House - Breakfast with Santa. 10am - 12pm. $40/child. $20/adult. Includes admission to Christmas at the Galt House.

Spirit of Jefferson - Lunch cruise with Santa & Mrs. Claus. 11:30am - 2pm.  $25/child. $35/adult.
$34/seniors.

Jefferson Mall Chic-fil-A- Breakfast with Santa in the food court. 8:30am, 9am, 9:30am.

Bardstown Rd. Aglow Kick-off Breakfast- Breakfast with Santa at Panera, 1534 Bardstown Rd. Benefits Crusade for Children. 9-11am.

McMahan Breakfast with Santa- 8am - 12pm. $7/adult. $5/child. Under 3, free. McMahan Fire Dept. 4318 Taylorsville Rd. Benefits Crusade for Children.

Fondue with Santa- 12pm - 4pm. The Melting Pot. Photo and fondue with Santa. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. $12/child. $22/adult.


Sunday, December 6

Martini Italian Bistro - Breakfast buffet and Santa visit at your table. 9 - 10:30am. $6.95/child under 12. $16.95/adult.


Friday, December 11

Gustavo's - Dinner and free picture with Santa. 5 - 8pm. Every Friday until Christmas.


Saturday, December 12

The Galt House - Breakfast with Santa. 10am - 12pm. $40/child. $20/adult. Includes admission to Christmas at the Galt House.

Spirit of Jefferson - Breakfast cruise with Santa & Mrs. Claus. 9:30am - 12pm.  $25/child. $35/adult.
$34/seniors.

JDRF Breakfast with Santa - Breakfast with Santa at the Cheesecake Factory, Mall St. Matthews. 8 - 9:30am. Tickets are $10. Under 1 yr, free.

Eastwood Fire Protection District - Breakfast with Santa. 8 - 11am. Free.

Christmas in Anchorage - Breakfast with Santa. 8:30am and 10am. $10.

St. Thomas More- Breakfast with Santa. 9am - 12pm. 502-366-1463.

U of L Golf Club - Breakfast with Santa. 9:30 - 11am. Call 852-8958 for reservations and information. 401 Champions Way, Simpsonville, KY

For Goodness Crepes - Meet Santa, try some crepes and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa. Crafts for the kids! 5 - 8pm.

Fondue with Santa- 12pm - 4pm. The Melting Pot. Photo and fondue with Santa. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. $12/child. $22/adult.

Breakfast with Santa- 9am - 10am children under 5 only and 10a - 12p all ages. Sky Zone. Photos with Santa, giveaways and breakfast goodies available to all who purchase a jump pass between 9am-Noon!


Sunday, December 13

Visit Santa at Captain's Quarters- Visit Santa from 11am-1pm and 6:30pm-9pm. Free photos, free make your own ornament and kids 12 and under eat free with adult entree purchase.


Friday, December 18

Gustavo's - Dinner and free picture with Santa. 5 - 8pm. Every Friday until Christmas.


Saturday, December 19

The Galt House - Breakfast with Santa. 10 am - 12 pm. $40/child. $20/adult. Includes admission to Christmas at the Galt House.

Oldham County Schools Arts Center - Pancake breakfast, music and photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. $10.

Know of some other Santa meals we missed? Email the information to brandy@louisvillefamilyfun.net.

By Guest Contributor: Brandy



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

10 FREE Activities & Events in December

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1. Enjoy the Nutcracker family storytime with the Louisville Ballet at several Louisville Free Public Library branches this month. A Louisville Ballet dancer will read the classic story, The Nutcracker, followed by Nutcracker inspired crafts and activities!
  • December 1 at 6:30 Fern Creek
  • December 2 at 6:30 Main Branch
  • December 3 at 6:30 Iroquois
  • December 9 at 6:30 Southwest
2. Free family activities every Saturday at Local Speed.
  • December 5 at Noon- Words of Art: Stories at the Speed
  • December 12 from 11:30 to 3:30- Celestial Skies with Calliope Arts
  • December 19 from 11:30 to 3:30- Finger Knitting
  • December 26 from 11:30 to 3:30- Beaded Jewelry for New Years
3. Walk the new downtown bridge on December 5 from 10 am to 2 pm! Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will cut the ribbon at the open house style celebration before the public is invited to walk across the bridge. The first 10,000 people will receive a keepsake medallion. Bring your phone/camera because there will be selfie stations set up on the bridge.

4. December 5 from 12 to 3 pm is the 13th Annual Nature of Christmas in Goshen. The event is located at the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. There will be free food and hot chocolate, free crafts for kids, live music, a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus with gift bags, hayrides, and more. This is a free event, but donations are appreciated.

5. Families are invited to view and hear the narration of the Christmas story at A Night in Bethlehem on December 5 from 6-8 pm. It is a drive-thru live Nativity with over 100 live characters and animals! Plus, there will be free hot chocolate and cookies while supplies last. The event takes place at Shelbyville First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

6. Put those hammers to use as you help your child build something this month! You can register to build holiday stacking blocks at Home Depot on December 5 at 9 am or you can build a Christmas Train at Lowe’s Build and Grow on December 12 at 10 am.

7. Help light up the city of Jeffersontown December 5 from 6 to 8 pm at the Jefferson Community Center. There will be live performances from local choral groups, refreshments, crafts, carriage rides, and pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus! All for free!

8. Enjoy a free yoga class at Keneseth Isreal on December 6 from 3 to 4:30 pm. No yoga experience is needed! Just bring a towel and mat!

9. Head over the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center for the Christmas Gift and Décor Show December 11, 12, and 13. Admission is FREE!

10. Enjoy free family fun at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany on December 12 from 10 am - Noon. Kids ages 2-12 are invited to their family fun workshop to make finger knit scarves. The class is free, but registration is appreciated (812-944-7336).

By Guest Contributor: Kimberly
 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Review of Jack Frost Saves Christmas at Derby Dinner Playhouse

Our writer was granted admission for the purpose of review.

 photo 20151114_123307_zpsiifclfox.jpgMy 1st grader and I were given the opportunity to go and see a Christmas show at Derby Dinner Playhouse. We were so excited to take advantage of some much needed mother and son time. What is it about this time of the year and just being so busy?!




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We were there to see Jack Frost Saves Christmas  The doors open at noon and the show starts at 1:15. We were coming from a Cub Scout Event so we ended up arriving more like 12:20. Having been to a show before I honestly preferred arriving a bit later. It kept the wiggles at bay and we finished eating just in time to order dessert and the show to begin!


The lunch buffet has lots of kid-friendly foods like, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, and corn dogs. Don't worry mom and dad they were carving turkey, to go along with mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots.

Santa is also present at every show from now until Christmas, and he stopped by the table long enough to say hello and hand my son a slap bracelet. He was very excited to see Santa!

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The play was a musical with upbeat songs and engaging characters. My son especially got a kick out of the part of the play where Santa loses his pants. I realized while watching the show that I hadn't read the story of Jack Frost to my kids. While that didn't take anything away from the play I would encourage reading it with the kids before going. Mainly because I was wracking my brain the whole time trying to remember the story!

We had a great time on our Mother and Son date! Jack Frost Saves Christmas is running through December 21.

By Guest Contributor: Allison

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Week in Preview November 30th-December 3rd

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Jingle Bells, jingle bells, it's time for some winter fun!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: December is time for Holiday Interim Sessions at Heartland Music Together. Find more information here!

Eat it: Take a tour of Schimpff's Confectionery that includes a guided tour of the candy museum as well as a live demonstration of a small batch of candy. Then you can stay for lunch or dessert! Make sure to call and make a reservation! Find out more here!



 photo side by side square ad_zps38ywq8kd.pngMove it: Go ice skating downtown! Located at 4th and Jefferson Street, the Ice Skating Rink is open until January 3rd. Check here for times and prices!

Learn it:  Multiple opportunities this week to see the Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet. On Tuesday, you can go to Fern Creek Branch. On Wednesday, check it out at the Main Branch or on Thursday find it at the Iroquois Branch! Find more information here!

For more fun, check out our Holiday and Christmas Event List here!
By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly