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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Parents Like Us: Taryn Skees

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Taryn is a blogger (More Skees Please) and lives in the same area of Kentuckiana that I do.  We have many mutual friends and people were always saying to me, "Have you met Taryn?  She's a blogger too."  Finally, one Sunday, Taryn came and spoke at St. Bernadette to all of the parents while our children were in their Sunday classes.  I made the connection and found her after the program to introduce myself.  I am really impressed by her drive, her passion for changing the way many people are just uncomfortable or afraid of differences with the Choose Kind Library and her work ethic.  You'll see why........

Tell us a little bit about your family and how long you have called the Louisville area your home:

My husband, Ricky, and I are both Bellarmine alums ('04 and '03 respectively) and we married in May of 2005. We signed the papers for the purchase of our first home in the Hikes Point area ON our wedding day and settled in when we returned from our honeymoon. Soon after, we moved across the river to Floyds Knobs, IN (Ricky's hometown) where we welcomed 2 baby boys just 11 months apart. His job brought about an opportunity in Austin, TX, and we ended up there from 2010-2013 where we had another baby boy. Upon moving back, I found out I was once again expecting...and once again, you guessed it, a boy! We now live in Oldham Co. and have our feet firmly planted on the ground. I feel like we have come full circle and couldn't be more excited to call Louisville our home.

What's the first thing your family wants to do together when the weather warms up?

With 4 high-energy boys, the cold weather doesn't typically stop them from getting outside to play! As for me, brrr, I am patiently waiting for spring. We walked the Big 4 Bridge a couple times last year and very much look forward to doing that again as a family when the weather is nice. We also just love playing with friends in the neighborhood - the kids ride bikes, play football, play on the swingset, while the adults sit around chatting and carrying on.
It's family game night!  What will you play and why do you all like it so much?
My son just got Battleship for his birthday, and my older two are into that at the moment. They also love playing chess with their dad. With a 4.5 year age gap between the older two and younger two boys, there aren't many games that we ALL play together, but Eye Found It (Disney) and Pictionary Man are a few we enjoy.

Tell us about your favorite family day trip around Kentuckiana - readers might just want to go!
We took the boys to Holiday World for the first time last summer and absolutely loved it. I had been as a kid, and although there have obviously been a lot of updates, it brought me right back to the times I had gone with my family. Such a great small town amusement park - not quite as overwhelming as King's Island but still has plenty to do for the entire family!

Mama, it's been a long day. What do you to decompress?

I'm not gonna lie, bedtime is one of the best parts of my day. With 4 boys ranging in age from 1 to almost 8, our house is NEVER quiet (and rarely clean)...that is until they are all tucked snuggly in their beds. I typically take a deep breath, pour a large glass of wine and catch up on my favorite shows on the DVR with my husband. Depending on my level of exhaustion, sometimes I will also try to get some work done. For me, that means household tasks and sorting through the stacks paperwork on my desk, writing/blogging, and/or working on action items for my nonprofit, apertOWL. Surprisingly, feeling organized and crossing off items from my to-do list is just the thing I need to ease some tension.
Listen into this podcast interview of Taryn Skees



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Week in Preview March 29-April 2

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Hop, hop, hop on through the week in preparation for Easter and enjoy our ideas to help you out.

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: Get ready for spring and baseball with a trip to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Tours are done everyday and include a FREE Souvenir Mini Bat after the factory tour. Check out their website for times and prices and find them on Facebook here.

Eat it: Chick-fil-A at Stoneybrook has a FREE Kid's meal with the purchase of a regular meal on Mondays. Check them out on Facebook here.

Move it: Get ready to MOVE IT this summer by signing up for FREE bowling. Kids Bowl Free is a fun program that will allow for 2 FREE games of bowling a day all summer long! Register here to get ready for lots of fun.

Learn it: Head over to The Parent-Teacher Store and Toys Too! to pick up some fun learning activities for Easter and/or spring. They have lots to choose from to keep you and your kids busy! Find them on Facebook here.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend Around Louisville - March 27,28,29

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Download our App - click here - the events calendar and Kids Eat Free list right at your fingertips!

Feeling lucky?  Kentucky Family Fun has a contest running this weekend to win Louisville Mega Cavern Mega Quest passes!

Renaissance Fun Park has unlimited Go Karts, Laser Tag and Mini Golf all day for $20 (cost of Fun Card $1, not included, can be saved for future use. (This deal actually runs Friday 3/27/15 thru Sunday 4/12/15) This is a great deal considering the amount of time you can spend together doing these activities!

While in Middletown, enjoy dinner at Homerun Burgers.  We love it! Here's a Groupon Deal

When RED fans and BLUE fans come together, do you know they make PURPLE fans?  Louisville City FC is Louisville's own soccer team and they have their first EVER home game at Slugger Field at 3pm against St. Louis.  Let's show our support of the new team in town by helping them sell out their season opener.  Tickets here

Check out our Easter Post.  There are a few Sunday events - including the Bass Pro Shop events, which are great and FREE.  If you don't find something for this Sunday, at least you can get ahead on planning for Easter weekend!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

PS - See our Spring Break Camp post and Spring Festivals post from this week, they are SWEET!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review of KidsCommons in Columbus, IN

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My niece recently moved to Columbus, IN, so when we went to visit her, we decided to check out KidsCommons. For 2 kids and 1 adult the price was only $21.00. My boys rushed through the first floor, eager to see everything as fast as they could, but finally stuck with the ExploraHouse for the longest period of time. The ExploraHouse was full of secret passages, stairs, and of course, the toilet slide, which they loved while learning about the ‘ins and outs’ of a house. Upstairs they shot basketballs and played for a few minutes in the toddler grocery. We went back to the second floor and discovered 2 big tables filled with building manipulatives (blocks, rings, stuff to make cars, etc.) and concentrated on who could build the coolest contraption.

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Our next stop was the City by Design area. At first the boys told me it was boring, but when I started playing they quickly joined me. This area included a computer to build a city, a large chalkboard to draw your imaginary city, and other blocks and designs to use to create a community. They then went back for another trip to the ExploraHouse where I sat next to a lovely lady who was visiting with a home school group from Southern Indiana. We finished our day in Bubble-ology where they stood inside the body bubble and tried various shaped wands in the big tank (I may have joined in on this one). KidsCommons also included a toddler pond play area for kids 3 and under, and a climbing wall that cost an additional $3 for 4 climbs.

If you have the time (and the energy), go across the street and check out the Commons Playground. It is a free indoor playground that has slides, a huge climbing structure, and tunnels to explore. The climbing structure is high so make sure your kids don’t go too far or they will cry and you will have to go save them (like I did). I also would highly recommend going to Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor for something sweet before heading home!

- KidsCommons is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm.

- General Admission: $7.00 (ages 18 months-99)

- With Annual Membership: Free

- With Grandparent Membership: Free

- Ten Visit Pass: $50.00 (No Expiration Date)

- Climbing Wall: $3.00 plus museum admission*

* Climbers must be at least 5 years old and 44” tall with a signed release form.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review of All About Kids - Open Swim - Blankenbaker Location in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_6724_zps2a064588.jpgWe recently checked out the open swim time at All About Kids at the Louisville/Blankenbaker location. The check-in process was very smooth. The website suggests arriving 10-15 minutes early if possible to allow for lines at check-in and to maximize your time in the pool. Your child also must have an updated waiver on file with AAK; there is a link online to update it, which is very convenient. Open swim is for two hours and is for children ages 12 and under.

For the entire time I was there with the kids, there was a certified lifeguard for the two hour time span. Children have to swim across the width of the pool to be allowed to go off the slides into the water. The lifeguard will check their swimming capabilities and then lets the kids swim at their own leisure. The pool is a fairly decent size; the day we were there, there may have been about 15 kids in the water at varying times but it didn't seem too crowded.

The pool is 3 feet to 4 1/2 feet deep and children under age 5 must be accompanied by an adult in the water. There is a fun water based play structure at one end of the pool, where the small water slides are. There are ample changing rooms and restrooms throughout the facility. There are three changing rooms right outside the pool entrance, as well as a family restroom right around the corner near the gym area. There are also girls and boys restrooms inside the pool deck area.

Open swim is $9 per person if you are not a member of All About Kids (members are $7). It is on Fridays from 7pm-9pm, Saturdays from 7pm-9pm, and Sundays from 2pm-4pm. There is a cafe to purchase drinks and snacks and they are reasonably priced. There is also free WiFi available for parents. All About Kids also offers swim classes with their Fun Fins Swim Club; there are tons of levels offered. Call 502-809-1386 or go online to learn more.

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 By guest contributor: Erin

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Week in Preview March 23-26

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Hope everyone is enjoying March Madness. Good luck to your team, whomever they may be!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: The circus is in town, the Louisville Turner's Circus. This all volunteer circus is a visual stunner filled with silks, triple trapeze, and much more. March 26th is their first day. Check here for times and location.

Eat it: At all Moe's Kentuckiana locations - Kids Eat FREE* all day on Wednesdays! *1 free kids meal per adult entree purchase of $5 or more. These locations are locally owned and operated.Click here to find one near you.

Move it:  Head over to Awesome Outdoor Products and visit their pay and play showroom where they have 7 Rainbow Play system playsets set up in a heated showroom (no air conditioning). Pay and Play is $7.00 M-F. Call them at 502-266-0058 before you go just to make sure they do not have any parties going on as they playroom is closed during parties.

Learn it: Join Brilliant Sky Toys and Book Store for Treehouse Tales on Wednesday at 10:30am. Check them out on Facebook here for themes and location. 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend Around Louisville - March 20,21,22

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Download our App - click here - the events calendar and Kids Eat Free list right at your fingertips! There's a contest running now!

Check out our Easter Events post - many options for this weekend!

It's all about NATURE this weekend!

Looking for something unique for teens and tweens?  Night Climbing looks amazing! It's at Jefferson Memorial Forest and kids 10 and up (waiver required for kids under age 18) and adults can challenge themselves to climbing a 52' tower!  It's $15 and starts at 7pm. See details here.

It's all about Raptors are Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.  From 10am to 1pm your family can learn about Ravishing Raptors at this free event (donations appreciated.)  There will even be a live golden eagle!  See the event schedule HERE and bring a picnic to enjoy some family time at the nature preserve, take a hike, bask in the spring fun!

Explore our Spring Fun Links page and find something "new to you" to do outside!  Start hunting for historical markers, pick one of the 50+ free things to do and go!  There's so much in this town and with the harsh winter behind us, Sunday afternoons are best spent outside being active and enjoying quality time together.  (Oh, and basketball....watch basketball....if that's your excuse.....then, you can stay inside.)

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

PS - See our Spring Break Camp post and Spring Festivals post from this week, they are SWEET!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review of Buffalo Trace Easter Egg Hunt

 photo cf2ce6ff-4c7b-48d8-a949-fdd0ac7768bf_zpsf31b3c39.jpgBourbon tourism in Kentucky is up 12% from 2012, and it looks like it is going to keep on growing. I recently wrote about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail for families, and since then I’ve talked to a lot of parents who enjoy taking their kids along to Bourbon events. Distillery tours and The Kentucky Bourbon Festival are two of the common trips on which families seem to be taking with their kids. But did you know some of the distilleries also have family-friendly events?

Last year I finally made it to Buffalo Trace’s Easter Egg Hunt with my youngest son. Buffalo Trace is located in Frankfort right by the Kentucky River, and the grounds are absolutely beautiful. They had three areas set up for different age groups, and each age group started about 20 minutes apart.

 photo b5e09f42-6b1d-4b22-8d93-2d0fca061593_zpsa585631d.jpgAfter the egg hunt, we got in line to get a picture with the Easter Bunny. They had several Easter bunnies around the grounds for each age group so the lines wouldn’t get too long. They also served lemonade and cookies. There was a beautiful playground and beautiful walking paths to explore. The best part was that it was all free and open to the public.

 photo 67fb2eab-b512-43ee-897a-dff906f54c77_zpsc7f060da.jpgBuffalo Trace Distillery offers lots of events throughout the year. Check their events page for more details. The drive is short and beautiful, and there are lots of other distilleries as well as the Salato Wildlife Education Center along the way if you want to make a day of it.

By guest contributor: Maggie

PS. Click here for our listing of local Easter Events. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cheap Movie Tickets and Discount Deals in and around Louisville, KY

 Some of our local theaters offer some super bargains on certain days. Check out which ones and have a day at the movies for less.

Carmike Stonybrook 20 + Imax 
2745 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy Louisville, KY 40220
Stonybrook Theaters offer the Super Bargain Matinee. If you see a movie that starts between 4:00pm - 5:30pm prices are $5.00. There is a $3.00 surcharge for a 3D movie and a $4 surcharge for IMAX. Discounts for matinees, military with ID, and seniors are also available. Please see their website for details.

Baxter Ave Filmworks 
1250 Bardstown Rd Louisville, KY 40204
Located in the Highlands behind Mid City Mall, Baxter Ave Filmworks offers Matinees All Day Tuesdays. Tickets are $5.75 all day long. Discounts are also available for Matinees, Seniors, Students, and Military. Please see their website for details.

Preston Crossings 16 
9700 Preston Crossing Blvd Louisville, KY 40229
Located near Preston Hwy and the Gene Snyder, Preston Crossings 16 offers Discount Tuesday. For $5.50 each ticket, all day at this location*, you can enjoy a movie for less. If you want to see a movie in 3D there is a $3.00 upcharge. Plus, sign up for their weekly email and receive a new coupon for discounted concessions and more. Other discounts are available for seniors and military, check it out here (*Excluding opening day movies, specialty-priced engagements, or holidays.)

Cinemark Mall St. Matthews and XD 
5000 Shelbyville Rd Louisville, KY 40207
After shopping, stop by the theater on Tuesday for Discount Tuesday prices. A ticket will cost $5.50 each ticket, all day at this location*. 3D and XD are not discounted. Plus, sign up for their weekly email and receive a new coupon for discounted concessions and more. Other discounts are available for seniors and military, check it out here (*Excluding opening day movies, specialty-priced engagements, or holidays.)

KeyStone Crossing Mt. Washington 
220 Armstrong Lane Mt. Washington, KY 40047
Ages 3-11 can get into movies for $5.00 for all shows. There is a $2.00 surcharge for all 3D performances. Discounts are also available for Matinees, Seniors, College Students with ID, and Military with ID. Please see their website for details.

Village 8 Theaters 
4014 Dutchmans Lane Louisville, KY 40207
If you are in for a real bargain, check out the Village 8 Theaters. On Tuesdays, movies are only $2.00 all day and on Thursdays, movies are only $3.00 all day. Exclusives are not a part of this deal.

Cinemark Tinseltown USA & XD 
4400 Towne Center Drive, Louisville, KY 40241
Enjoy Discount Day on Tuesdays when tickets are only $5.50 each ticket all day on standard movies at this location.* Plus, sign up for their weekly email and receive a new coupon for discounted concessions and more. Other discounts are available for seniors and military, check it out here  (*Excluding opening day movies, specialty-priced engagements, or holidays.)

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Review of Disney's Cinderella

I was recently given free tickets to a screening of Disney’s Cinderella for the purpose of review. 

I decided to take my four year old daughter, eight year old niece, and my mom. The movie was showing at the Carmike Stonybrook 20 CinemasWe got our popcorn, drinks, and booster seats before heading into the theater.  The seat backs seemed very high and even my 8 year old niece had trouble seeing over them. I ended up holding my daughter through most of the movie because she was still having difficulty seeing. 

Before the movie started we got to watch a seven minute sequel to the ever popular Frozen movie. This one was called Frozen Fever, and had the same cast from the original Frozen movie. It followed Elsa as she prepared for Anna’s birthday party. It was cute and funny, and definitely had the little girls (and boys) excited! 

The Cinderella movie was a great reenactment of the original Disney movie released in 1950. The story follows Ella as her father dies and leaves her to deal with her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, Drizella and Anastasia. If you’ve ever seen the older version of Cinderella then you won’t be too surprised with the events of the new movie, though there are some differences. I thought the storyline, acting, and music was all very good. I really enjoyed it, as did everyone that went with me. The movie kept my four year old daughter’s attention the entire time, and she is already asking to go see it again!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Week in Preview for March 16-19

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St. Patrick's Day is this week so make sure to wear green on Tuesday! Hope your week is full of lots of luck!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: Shakespeare in the Library performing The Tempest has started and will be running through the month of March. This week find them at the Jeffersontown and Westport Libraries on March 17th and at the Newburg Library on March 18th. Check out their website here for times and for a list of remaining dates on their schedule.

Eat it: Head over to Dixie Highway on Tuesday for Kids Eat Free at Cosmic Pizza. Options include:  Build your own pizza. (The kids make the pizza at the table and then it is cooked), Spaghetti, Spaghetti with meatballs, or mini corn dogs. 2 kids per large pizza or adult entree. Find them on Facebook here.

Move it: Head over to All About Kids for Preschool Open Gym. A special time just for preschoolers where the entire gym is open – trampolines, pits, slides, trapeze, tree houses, and lots of tumbling space. This is for children 5 and under and is open from 12:00-1:00pm Monday-Friday. Click here for more information.

Learn it: History Hounds for Tots is a FREE program for children ages birth to preschool at the Oldham County History Center. There will be all kinds of activities to help children learn about the world around them and their place in it.  Programs are held on Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. in the Rob Morris Educational Building on the History Center Grounds. Registration is not necessary.  For more information call the History Center at:  502-222-0826 or go here for more information. The spring session ends April 30th.

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Music activities for children – now available in the Prospect area

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Heartland Music Together announces a new class location for their popular family music classes. Starting this spring, classes are available at First Christian Church on Rt. 42, at the corner of Wolf Pen Branch Rd in Harrods Creek. “We’re excited about this new possibility,” says Miriam Klein, Director. “This location is convenient for families in the east end of Louisville as well as Prospect. With a location just off the Gene Snyder, it’ll be easy for families to join us from almost anywhere in Oldham County or east Louisville!”

 Heartland Music Together offers award winning family music classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers together with a parent or adult caregiver. Each class features a mix of activities including songs, chants, rhythm and tonal play, movement games, and music exploration with simple musical instruments. Classes flow from quiet activities to high-energy fun, and always end with a quiet lullaby and ritual goodbye song. 

Families love the fun in class, as well as included recordings and activity books which keep the music going all through the week. Families also comment that mixed age classes let siblings play together in the same class, without having to schedule separate activities for older and younger children. One mom comments, “There is constant singing in our house now by all of us!”

Spring classes will start in Prospect on March 28, with Saturday classes at 9:30 and 10:30 am. 

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Free demonstration classes are scheduled in the next two weeks to give new families a chance to try a class. Every visiting family gets a gift CD with five complete songs plus video content. Enrolling families get a CD with 25 complete songs, digital downloads, an illustrated songbook/activity book, and more.

 For more information, call (502) 491-3131, or visit www.heartlandmusictogether.com.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: March 13,14,15

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Download our App - click here - the events calendar and Kids Eat Free list right at your fingertips! There's a contest running now!

Louisville Cream is having an ice cream social at 8pm.   They have "premium small batch ice cream."  Yeah, I'll take some of that.  Details on their Facebook Page.

Top o' the weekend to ya!  It's the Louisville St. Patrick's Day Parade - hopefully the weather cooperates.  It starts at 3pm and runs from Baxter and Broadway proceeding along the Baxter/Bardstown Road corridor

The Dog Show Cluster is all weekend and should be a lot of fun. Sunday would be a great day for checking out all of the pups, no?  There's even a scavenger hunt for kids!  See details here.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

PS - See our Spring Break Camp post and Spring Festivals post from this week, they are SWEET!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Happy Places: Favorite Local Date Night Spot in and around Louisville

We're continuing our "Happy Place" feature.  Different activities and places around town that just make your family HAPPY, written by the LouFamFun team. 

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LouFamFun writers: Tell me your favorite local place for a date.

Stephanie ~ Frankfort Ave - Coffee at Vint, off to Bourbon's Bistro and finish with dessert at Comfy Cow.

Nicolle ~ My husband and I love Captain's Quarters! We enjoy sitting outside by the Ohio River and listening to the live music.

Jeanette ~ Heine Brothers to play some games.

Kelly ~ Dinner at Harvest followed up by a movie.

Caryn ~ We do dinner at a different restaurant each time and then a movie at Tinseltown.

Karen ~ Trying any LOCAL non-chain restaurant, then sitting outside at a restaurant/bar for drinks and dessert on 4th street (listening to music and people-watching).

Kimberly ~ Village 8 for a $2 movie.

Lauren ~ Martinis! We love the three cheese ravioli and lasagna!

Brandy ~ We honestly don't get many date nights, but we enjoy breakfast dates. Our favorite local place is Verbena Cafe in Norton Commons.

Maggie ~ Anywhere on the Urban Bourbon Trail. I love exploring all the facets of the bourbon culture and I'm always sure to be among friends!

Erin ~ Local spots in Clifton, Crescent Hill, or Highlands. We really enjoyed an anniversary date at The Grape Leaf and dessert at Comfy Cow a couple of years ago. We keep a running list of local places to try and when we get the rare chance, we go to our list.

Tami ~ Mojitos or KingPin lanes for x-treme bowling.

Allison ~ Marketplace Restaurant at Theater Square.

Dana ~ Bristol in Prospect - wontons and wine, need I say more?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Spring Break 2015 Itinerary: Louisville / Kentuckiana Areas

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Not sure what to do with your kids on Spring Break? Have no fear; our spring break itinerary is here!

Monday, April 6: 
Outside: Head to the Louisville Zoo to see all the animals, take a ride on the train, or a spin on the carousel. The zoo hours are from 10am-5pm (stay until 6pm) starting March 14th. Tickets for Adults are: $15.95 and for Kids ages 3-11 are: $11.50. Discounts available for Seniors and Military. There is a $5 parking fee if you are not a member. 1100 Trevilian Way Louisville, KY 40213

Inside: Awesome Outdoor Products- Come by and visit their pay and play showroom where they have 7 Rainbow Play system playsets set up in a heated showroom (no air conditioning). Pay and Play is $7.00 M-F and $10 on Saturday. Call them at 502-266-0058 before you go just to make sure they do not have any parties going on as they playroom is closed during parties. 13720 Aiken Road Suite B Louisville KY 40245.

Tuesday, April 7: 
Outside: Go for a walk on the Big 4 Bridge and explore some of the yummy foods you can find after crossing the Ohio River into Indiana. Choose from the Red Yeti Brewing Co., Big Four Burgers, or Schimpff’s Confectionery. Check here for more restaurant ideas and a map to find them.

Inside/Outside: Check out Renaissance Fun Park and enjoy some laser tag, go karts, or mini golf. For a detailed list of prices and hours visit their website. They typically will run unique specials for each break so be sure to check out their website often to see what is available. 201 Park Place Drive Louisville, Kentucky 40243

Wednesday, April 8: 
Outside: Visit Locust Grove for a historical tour. Open M-Sat from 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4:30pm. Tours begin with the (optional) showing of an introductory video, each hour on the quarter hour (10:15, 11:15, 12:15; 1:15, 2:15; 3:15). The tour of the house and grounds then follows at the half-hour, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Allow for 45 minutes before or after your tour to explore our new museum gallery. Admission: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children 6-12 years. Discounts for AAA members, please inquire. 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207

Inside: Visit your neighborhood library for story times and other events that are scheduled. Some include: World of Minecraft (Cresent Hill/Southwest), Lego Build-a-thon (Main Library), Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party (Highlands/Shelby Park), Bleach Tie Dye (Fairdale), Ahoy Pirates (Main Library), Magic Tree House Party (Fern Creek-call to register), and Captain Underpants Party (Southwest). Check the website for dates and times.

Thursday, April 9: 
Outside: Go explore a park you’ve never visited before. Some parks that may be fun include: Parklands at Floyds Fork, Iroquois Park, or Cherokee Park. Visit this link for a list of Parks in the Louisville Metro Area.

Inside: Find an adventure at Louisville Mega Caverns. You can go on a zip line tour, challenge yourself on an aerial ropes course, take a tour on the mega tram, or ride your bike on the underground bike park (opened in February). Advanced reservations are probably a good idea, although walk-ins are welcome on some of the attractions (but space is not guaranteed). Some of these attractions have height/weight restrictions so check those out before you go. Visit their website and make reservations, check hours, and see about pricing. 1841 Taylor Ave Louisville, KY 40213

Friday, April 10: 
Outside: Take a ride and visit Bernheim Arboretum for their Spring Break Adventure Week. They’ve planned a special week of daily drop-in activities and guided nature hikes for children of all ages. Bernheim also offers on-your-own hiking, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for free play at our Children’s Play Garden – not to mention the fields, forests and creeks you are welcome to roam. Daily Discovery Stations: 11 AM – 2 PM; Visitor Center; FREE, donations welcome. Hands-on Discovery Stations, featuring a variety of nature, science, art, and play activities, will be set up daily at the Visitor Center for families to explore at their leisure. Bernheim staff and Volunteer Naturalists will be on hand to help bring each Discovery Station to life! Daily Nature Hike: 2 PM – 3 PM; Visitor Center; FREE, donations welcome. Bernheim staff and Volunteer Naturalists will lead a guided nature hike through Bernheim’s spring landscape each afternoon. As you explore the arboretum and forest, you and your family will be challenged to connect with nature in new and exciting ways.

Inside: Go "do science" at the Kentucky Science Center. Discover their exhibits and/or watch a movie on their new 4-Story Digital Theater. Hours are Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices are located on their website and if you go after 5pm on Friday or Saturday, tickets only cost $5.00 per person. 727 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202

Saturday, April 11: 
Outside: Go to the Louisville Nature Center and walk through the native wildflower gardens, seasonal butterflies and dragonflies in our gardens, view the indoor exhibits and mural, observe wildlife up-close in our bird blind, look at books and do activities in our library, or hike in Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. 3745 Illinois Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40213

Inside: Have you been to the Planetarium? Now is your chance to check it out at the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium. Public shows run Friday, April 10 at 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 pm and 11pm, Saturday, April 11 at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm, and Sunday, April 12 at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. Please check their website as show schedules can change. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first serve basis the day of the show (no advance ticket sales) and prices are listed on their website. 106 W Brandeis Ave Louisville, KY, 40292

Sunday, April 12:
Outside: Take in a baseball game with the Louisville Bats. The game on April 12th starts at 2:05pm. Become a member of the Louisville Bats Kids Club and receive admission to EVERY Sunday Home Game*, Todd Frazier Replica Bats Jersey, Bats Logo Cap, Voucher for Carousel Ride OR Speed Pitch, and a Kids Club Membership Card. NEW FOR 2015! KIDS EAT FREE ON SUNDAYS! All kids with a game ticket can eat for free during the game. Free meal includes hot dog, small soda and junior nachos. Sunday Promotions: Every Sunday kids can take part in our FREE Kids Inflatable FunZone and postgame Kids Run the Bases (excludes 5/24 & 9/6). 401 EAST MAIN STREET, LOUISVILLE, KY 40202 * Membership card must be presented to receive free admission.

Inside: Go Rollerskating at Champs Rollerdome. Public session starts at 2pm-6pm and admission costs $6.50 with skate rental of $2.50. 9851 Lagrange Rd. Louisville, KY 40223.

 By guest contributor:

PS. Don't forget to check our Spring Break camp directory for more options!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Week in Preview - March 9-12

We have sprung ahead and are looking forward to warmer weather. Spring with me into March with some new places to explore.

Here are my picks for the week:

Learn it: Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. Go check out their Nature Center and take a close-up look at woodland creatures, fossils and rocks, Kentucky fish, a wetland display, a Native American setting, and hawks and owls (stuffed). There's even a "bird blind" where you can view the birds and bees, but the birds can't see you. Go here to learn more.

Eat it:Who wants BBQ? If you said yes you need to go to Mark's Feed Store on Tuesday for Kids Eat Free! All day get 2 kids meals with one adult meal purchase. Check here for locations and menu.

Move it: Get moving at Wiggles and Giggles - Indoor Playground. It's FREE and for children ages 5 and under. Every Monday their playground is open from 10am-2pm and every Thursday their playground and indoor playground are open 10am-12noon. Click here for more information!

Live it: If you are able, go see Disney's the Lion King coming to the Kentucky Center. It is running from Tuesday March 3-Sunday March 29. Check here for show times.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: March 6,7,8

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YOU can help change a child's life forever!  We are trying to raise $2,500 to help local kids  - even MATCHING donations! We are about a third of the way there.   See details here.

How about an adorable show put on by children....for children?  Anchorage Children's Theatre has a 7pm show on Friday and tickets are just $9 for adults and $7 for children.  See details here.

It's the Louisville Health Kick Festival at the KY International Convention Center from noon to 4pm.  Tickets are just $5 and Hwang's Martial Arts aims to please.  They have grown this event over the years, all to raise more and more money for Kosair Children's Hospital.  They are going to have so many fun things happening. See full details here.

Um, is this not the best?!?!? Mary Poppins at Floyd Central Theatre and they are having an ICE CREAM SOCIAL meet & greet before.  Mary Poppins + Ice Cream = dreamy!  You have to reserve the spots for the ice cream social online - be sure to do that.    The show tickets range from $6 to $18 and the social is $10.   And, you are supporting budding performers, I just love this so much.   Click here for details (lots of show times across multiple days.)

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

PS - See our Spring Break Camp post and Spring Festivals post from this week, they are SWEET!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

2015 Easter Egg Hunts and Events around Louisville

Looking for 2016 information? Click HERE

Fun Easter Activities at the Bass Pro Shop (Click here for info)
March 28th - April 5th
Free photos with the Easter Bunny and free crafts

The Easter Bunny arrives at the malls on the following dates:
Oxmoor Mall- March 20
St. Matthews- March 20
Jefferson Mall- March 14
Greentree Mall - March 21

March 21, 12:00 noon
Pre-Registration required

March 21, 10:00-11:00
Children up to age 11 can decorate an egg, decorate a cookie, and meet the Easter bunny

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass 
Tuesday, March 24
Ages 0-3, 6:00pm
Ages 4-8, 6:30pm
Ages 9-12, 7:00pm
Egg hunt, face painting, Easter bunny visits

March 28, 11am-1pm at Bluebird gym. 
Pictures with the Easter bunny, activities, refreshments.

March 28
Age 0 - 5, 12:00pm
Age 6 - 10, 12:30pm
2043 Silver Street, at Silver Street Park
Easter Bunny, free Easter baskets, egg hunt, bounce house, balloon animals.

March 28, 1:00pm
An egg-citing event for children and parents! Search for thousands of treat-filled eggs plus enjoy refreshments and pictures with the Easter Bunny. 

March 28 & 29, 2pm
Hop aboard the Easter Eggspress at the Kentucky Railway Museum. 

March 28, 11:00-1:30

Norton Commons
March 28 2:00 - 3:30pm
Egg Hunt, crafts, music and more.

Schnitzelburg Area Community Council 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt 
March 29 2:00 - 3:00pm 
AMVETS Post 9 
Indoor Easter egg hunt, snacks, Easter Bunny! Free. 

Special Easter activities during regular story times the week leading up to the holiday

Teen Glow Egg Hunt
Portland Community Center
April 3, 8 - 9:30pm  $2 for kids ages 10-17

April 4, 10am for children ages 1-12

April 4, 11:00am

April 4, 11:30-1:30

Adult Easter Egg Hunt
April 4th Noon – 4pm (no children)
Food and 90 eggs & giant Jelly Beans stuffed with prizes, candy and second chances. 25 door prizes  and gold and silver egg to find.
544 Baxter Ave (corner of Payne & Baxter)

All About Kids Easter Event
April 4th 2-4pm
$9 per child but $12 if registered the day of the event
In Louisville it's for kids ages 6 and under
In Oldham it's for kids ages 10 and under

April 5, 10am-2pm
Children are encouraged to bring their basket for the Easter Egg hunt. Bring your camera because the Easter bunny will make an appearance. 

April 5, 12:30-3:00pm

Annual Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Joe Huber’s Family Farm
April 5, Buffet for the family. Egg hunt at 3pm.

April 5 call 502-568-4239 to make reservations

Oldham County YMCA  - watch their Facebook page for details.
April 4 at 1pm

Jeffersonville Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
April 4  6:30-10pm (preregistration required - it is free) at Vissing Park

Have others to add?  Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spring Break Camps in and Around Louisville 2015

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 photo pinots logo_zpseuxpjup6.jpg Looking for a fun place to keep the kids entertained over Spring Break? Pinot's Palette St. Matthews is excited to offer a Spring Break Kids Camp April 6th through 10th, 10-2pm each day! 

At our spacious studio located at 291 N. Hubbards Ln, our friendly artists will entertain your children with a Little Brushes Painting and a fun craft. We will also be providing lunch. Camp cost will be $48/day, with discounts offered for multiple days or multiple children.

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 JCC Spring Camp will explore the five senses with art projects, crafts, sports, games, science projects and, of course, fun! Campers will also swim every day in the JCC’s heated indoor pool.

During the exploration of touch, campers will take a trip to the American Printing House for the Blind to learn about braille.

Camp runs April 6-9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with extended hours available. Camp costs $62 per day, $42 for JCC members.

For more information, call 502-459-0660 or visit www.jewishlouisville.org/jcc/camp/spring-camp

Listed in Alphabetical Order.  All dates are April 6-April 10 unless otherwise specified.

** Denotes camp for preschool!

All About Kids ** Ages 4+. Half and full day options. Swimming, open gym, and more! Prices range from $30 for one half day to $185/week for full day.

Handwriting Camp at Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies. April 6-9. 2 age groups, same price ($255). Ages 4-young primary. 9-11 or 12-2 depending on age.

Kazoing ** Jumping, art, games, play and much more. $22/half day or $40/full day.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft - Camp Couture - Learn about and create clothing. 3rd-8th grades. 9-4. $200.

Kentucky Science Center ** Water, marine biology, egyptology themes . Pre K-8th grade. Half and full day depending on age. $24-$40/day.

Louisville Zoo Ages 6-12. 9-4. Zoo walks, close encounters with some animals, arts and crafts. $275 for non-members, $200 for members, or pay per day ($45-$55).

Stage One Family Theater K-5. Half day and full day options. Fundamentals of acting and creative movements. $150/week for half day or $275/week for full day.

The Parklands at Floyd's Fork Hiking adventure day camps! Grades K-6. 9-4. $35/day. April 6-8. Use code EARLYSPRING to save $5 per day (good through 3/15)

Uptown Art 10:00-2:30. $45 each day. Lunch provided.

YMCA of Southern Indiana Grades K-7. March 23 - 27, and March 30-April 3. 6:30-6:00. Prices starting at $30 for members. Daily games, fun in the Aquatic Center, and much more.

YMCA of Greater Louisville - Grades K - middle school. Rates starting at $112 per child at multiple locations.

YMCA Camp Piomingo - Ages 6-16. March 20-22nd.  Overnight + meals $125.