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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Week in Preview June 1st-4th



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School is out or close to it, now let's have some summer fun!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: Take a short drive down to Frankfort and visit the Kentucky State Capital. It is open M-F from 8am-4:30pm. For tours or additional information about the New State Capitol, contact the tour guide's desk at (502) 564-3449 or check here for more information. 

Eat it: Give $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, get a $1 coupon from Arby's! Arby's fundraising efforts will start June 1 and end July 26. Arby's wants to be a part of giving to the youth of our community the gift of a mentor. Head to your local Arby's this summer for breakfast, lunch or dinner! 

Move it: It's Back! Enjoy ALL DAY Unlimited Attractions for just $20 at The Renaissance Fun Park, also check out some of our other great specials! http://funatthepark.com/specials/



Learn it: On Monday, June 1st, the Louisville Free Public Library starts it's summer reading program. Head over to your closest library and pick up their information and get reading! Click here for more information.

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend Around Louisville: May 29,30,31

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Friday
Kid Jump at House of Boom! This place just opened this month in Middletown and it's so cool!  From 9-10am they have exclusive jumping for kids age 6 and under.  Click here for more info.

Saturday
It's a FREE playdate at the Kentucky Science Center for the little ones!  Kids ages 0-4 and their caregivers can join in a playdate starting at 8:30am and enjoy free admission to the Kentucky Science Center!  Details here.

Do something different - the Clarksville Chalk Walk festival 10am - 1pm.  Folks will compete in chalk art competitions, how fun is that to watch?  The festival is free and will feature a rock climbing wall, laster tag, local vendors, food and more!  Click here for details.

Finish the evening with Twighlight Cinema at the Jeffersonville Riverstage!  Starts at 7:30pm.  See Details here

Sunday 
It's the last day to enjoy a Hometown Tourist discount. Take advantage of this! See your options here.



Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Week in Preview May 25th-28th

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Register by 5/27 to participate as a family in
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We hope you had a nice holiday weekend, but don't stop yet, there is more fun to be had!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: The Louisville Zoo is encouraging families to build! They are calling all family LEGO® Brick builders to show them your own nature-inspired LEGO brick creations in the Zoo’s inaugural LEGO® Brick Family Challenge. You have until May 28 to post your entry! Find more information here!

Eat it: Go find a Food Truck and try out some tasty cuisine! Check them out here or follow them on twitter to find out where they will be located!

Move it: Subway Fresh Fit Hike Bike and Paddle is happening on the Waterfront on Memorial Day.
It takes place at the top of Waterfront Park's Great Lawn at E. Witherspoon Street near the dancing fountain. Parking is available in many areas around Waterfront Park. Look here for the schedules!


Learn it: Head over to the Kentucky Science Center on May 26th for Everybody poops! Explore the science of scat (animal poop) and learn more about the power of your digestive system.This is a Free Play Date for children ages 0-4 from 8:30am-9:30am. Click here for more information!

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly

Review of Disney Movie: Tomorrowland


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Erin was granted free admission for the purpose of review.

Last week my family and I attended the movie screening to the new Disney film, Tomorrowland, at Carmike Stonybrook 20 Cinemas. We thoroughly enjoyed the movie and all thought it was a great film.

When I first saw a preview/trailer for the movie on television, I thought the movie had something to do with kids traveling to some other land via the ride "It's a Small World" at Disney World. And although Walt Disney and the history surrounding the World's Fair from 1964 is part of the film, it's so much more than that. It takes movie goers on an adventure to a another land via pins that are given to pre-selected individuals: the dreamers of the world, if you will. The world doesn't have to stay a mess; it can be fixed. Why can't we fix the world? is a predominant theme throughout the movie. The girl character, Casey, played by actress Britt Robertson, leads the audience through the use of her imagination, invention, and perseverance to understanding that we don't have to just accept the way things are or will be. We have the power to change the outcome, if we dream it and believe in it and ourselves. Throughout the film, we are reminded to remember the future.

I don't want to give away too much of the film, but I will say it was highly entertaining and very enjoyable for adults as well. The conversational tone and jokes had my husband and I laughing out loud, as well as our 12 year old daughter and the rest of the audience. I appreciated the humor and dialogue, as well as the stunning visual effects and the places you'll go on an adventure through the film. You feel like you are right there with the characters. And it stars George Clooney: you can never go wrong with that right moms?!

Tomorrowland opens up at theaters nationwide on Friday, May 22. It is rated PG so keep that in mind; I would venture to say it is not suited for little ones, but upper elementary + will really enjoy it and there is nothing that stood out to me that was inappropriate.

By guest contributor: Erin

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Things to do Memorial Day Weekend 2015 in and around Louisville, KY

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If you’re looking for something to do between barbeques and swimming, check out what’s going on in the Louisville area over Memorial Day weekend!

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Remember!

Flags 4 Vets National Memorial Day Vigil – Families are invited to help place 25,000 American flags at Waterfront Park.  This event runs 5/23-5/25.

Sing & Dance!

Abbey Road on the River – If all you need is love over the long weekend, check out this music festival at The Belvedere Festival Park 5/21-5/25. Admission fee for Adults, donations requested for Child admission.

KY Reggae Festival – Travel to the Caribbean at the Louisville Water Tower.  The Reggae Festival runs 5/22-5/24. Admission fee, kids 10 and under are FREE.  Read our review here.

The RiverStage in Jeffersonville – Concert on 5/22 at 7PM and Twilight Cinema (Annie) on 5/23 at 7:30PM.  Both events are FREE!

Get Active!

Mayor’s Hike Bike & Paddle – Hike, bike, paddle, walk, learn tai chi and many other activities on the Great Lawn on 5/25.  Read our review here.  

Metro Parks Golf Courses – Family weekend at Metro Park Golf Courses 5/23-5/25.  A family of 4 can play 9 holes, with cart, after 4:30PM at any Metro Parks course for only $20!  Call ahead for tee times.

Louisville Bats Baseball Games – Take your family out to a ballgame! There are home games scheduled during the long weekend, check out the schedule online for game times and special promotions.  Military Appreciation Day is on 5/25 and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Replica will be at Slugger Field 5/25-5/27.

Splash - Cool off at an area splash park or enjoy one of the area’s great parks!  Check out our extensive Park reviews list here.  Atlantis Waterpark opens this weekend.   And, the Clarksville Aquatics Center opens this weekend, admission is just $5!



Shop!

Fleur de Flea – If you want to enjoy downtown’s Waterfront Park without paying an admission fee to an event listed above, check out this vintage urban market on 5/23.  Peruse the one of a kind vendor merchandise, enjoy food truck deliciousness and walk the Big 4 Bridge with your family!

KY Flea Market Memorial Day Spectacular – Something for everyone!  Free admission (must pay for parking) 5/22-5/25

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"Sleeping Beauty" at Derby Dinner Playhouse- A Lunch Date with my Child

 photo sleeping_beauty_zpsc4xfnyqt.jpgMy daughter and I had the pleasure of attending the opening day lunchtime showing of Sleeping Beauty at Derby Dinner Playhouse. This our first time visiting Derby Dinner Playhouse and we were both excited for a mother-daughter date while the "boys" did their own thing.

Anticipating we might encounter traffic with construction, we timed our arrival close to the time that the doors opened. Thankfully, we didn't experience any problems or delays. Upon arriving, we were promptly seated at a table with a little girl the exact same age as my daughter (perfect!). A server stopped by to take our drink orders. The ticket price includes multiple beverage options. The lunch is buffet-style and includes kid-friendly items. A complete menu can be found here. Dessert is also offered for a small charge, and we decided to order some after seeing several servers walking by with trays containing sundaes, cookies and cake. Who could resist?

 photo IMG_2733_zpsf3ndvkme.jpgThe play began promptly at 1:15. My daughter and I have both seen the animated version of Sleeping Beauty many times, so we are familiar with the storyline. We quickly realized that the Derby Dinner Playhouse adaptation was different. Even some of the characters were different. However, it still told the overall story of a cursed sleeping princess and the spell-breaking power of a kiss. The parts in between were humorous and included some audience participation, which was fun. My daughter thought Prince Charming was especially funny! Her favorite part was when he found a pair of fairy wings. You'll have to check out the play to learn exactly what happened there!

 photo IMG_2737_zpsey6t41of.jpgWe saw many young children at the play and it seemed to hold their attention. Several little girls were dressed up, but we also saw many in jeans too, so it's not mandatory. Derby Dinner Playhouse has gift shop, and there was a table out front with eye-catching toys. Most were inexpensive, but I always like to be aware of those things so I can lay out the ground rules with my child in advance.

Sleeping Beauty is showing on Saturdays through 6/13/15. Doors open at 9 a.m. for the breakfast show and at noon for the lunch show. For more reservations and information visit the Derby Dinner Playhouse website.

By Guest Contributor: Brandy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Week in Preview May 18th-21st

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Smile, laugh, and love this week with your family!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: May 18, 6:30pm, Middletown Library: Enjoy a special free performance by the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra, an acoustic ensemble of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars, and bass performing instrumental music from early baroque and renaissance to classical and modern. Learn about the musicians and their instruments, and stick around after the performance for a brief Q&A session. Check here for more information!

Eat it: Dine in at The Spaghetti Shop at the Outer Loop location or the New Albany location on Monday (or Saturday) and they will feed the kids for free with the purchase of a full-sized meal! Dine in only. Find them on Facebook or on the Web.

Move it: Take a bike ride along the Louisville Loop. Known to many bikers and joggers, the Louisville Loop is over 100 miles of shared road. It surrounds the city of Louisville, and is perfect for that determined biker or a fun family adventure. Check here for more information!



Learn it: Tuesday, May 19th is the voting primaries. If you can, take your kiddos with you so that they can begin to learn the process. You can talk to them about who you are voting for, why you are voting for them, and the reason behind the process. A great learning experience! Go here to find out where you should go to vote if you are unsure.

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly

Friday, May 15, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: May 15,16,17

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Friday
Take it easy! My daughter and I plan a sleep-over in the basement and she said she wants me to read her 6 books because she is six and then we are eating popcorn and watching a movie!  There's so much going on Saturday and Sunday, have fun at home!  (Or go grab some FREE dinner at Visionworks in Middletown - see here)

Saturday
Did you see our review of the Louisville City FC soccer games at Slugger Field? We are definitely fans! They have a home game this Saturday at 7:30pm. Use code BBBS2015 to save on tickets!

Sunday - Take your pick of many ways to help kids!
Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs - click here - benefiting Kosair Children's Hospital. 
The Magic and The Wonder at The Kentucky Center - click here - benefiting Kosair Charities. 
Clip for Kids at 4th Street Live - click here - benefiting Kosair Children's Hospital 

Or, support local businesses by checking out the Buy Local Fair put on by LIBA!  There's a Kids Zone thanks to the Louisville Water Company, live music, tons of local vendor booths and great food.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Clip for Kids Benefiting Kosair Children's Hospital

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Join us for Chili’s® Clip for Kids on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. at Fourth Street Live! 

Clip, trim, or shave your hair to help kids fighting cancer at

 Kosair Children’s Hospital. 

Every dollar raising will benefit pediatric cancer care right here at home. 

Register today at ClipForKids.org!

Review of Louisville City FC Soccer Games at Slugger Field


My son is now 8 and isn't as interested in having big birthday parties - no complaints here.  So, this year, I asked him what he would like to do to celebrate. I gave him some ideas like an overnight water park hotel, a day exploring a new park, a museum or maybe tickets to see the new professional soccer team.  The minute I mentioned the soccer game, his decision was made!

I purchased tickets online at LouisvilleCityFC.com. You can get tickets for as low as $15 - I used code BBBS2015 to save some money (getting tickets at as low as $12) and help Big Brothers Big Sisters - the team is making donations for every use of the code.  Ticket price is determined by seat location.  Since it was my son's birthday, we went for tickets close to the middle of the field.  We went to a Thursday game that started at 7:30pm - games are 90 minutes and with half-time, we were out of the park by 9:30pm.  Parking was $5 right at Slugger Field and it was easy in and out.

The game was moderately crowded - enough fans to make it really fun but not too much to cause problems with parking, traffic or lines.  When we arrived, the Louisville Coopers (the official group of supporters) were walking into the stadium singing and holding their banner.  They sang all through the stadium as they went to their seats.  The kids really got a kick out of that.   Like all sporting events, the match opened with some processions of players and the National Anthem.

Once the game began, the fans became really vocal and engaged. More so than baseball, which is fun but moves at a pretty slow pace in my opinion, the soccer game was all action and the crowd never really settled - the game flew by.  Everyone yelled to declare when they thought a foul occurred or screamed as the ball just missed the goal.  We were up and down out of our seats and, of course, the most excitement took place when Louisville City FC scored and the crowd jumped up, roared and the purple smoke erupted from the fan zone behind the goal.

Everything was moderately priced with popcorn for $4 and snow cones for around the same price.  Our evening was blessed with an amazing sunset over the Louisville skyline and pleasant weather.  It was our favorite sporting event in Louisville- that we attended as a family - seriously- and we will definitely be back.

Louisville City FC gained 4 new fans that night.



Stephanie

Monday, May 11, 2015

Kids' Vision Night at Visionworks

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Visionworks Doctors of Optometry is excited to announce their second Kids’ Vision Night in Louisville that will take place at the Middletown Visionworks location on Friday, May 15.

Families can stop by the store between 3 and 6 pm to enjoy free pizza, balloon animals, a gift bag from Visionworks, and other various activities. Dr. Mark Lynn, owner of over 70 Visionworks locations in the region, is excited to expand this event and show appreciation for his loyal customers.
“We wanted to make the shopping experience for families as convenient as possible, so we’ve provided supervised activities for kids while their parents or siblings take time to shop or get their eye exams. Hopefully it can be a one stop shop to take care of all their eye care needs.” said Lynn.

Appointments are encouraged for Kid’s Vision Night, although walk-ins are welcome. Visionworks Middletown is located at 13210 Shelbyville Road Suite 101, and can be reached at 502-244-9198 to schedule an appointment.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Week in Preview May 11th-14th

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Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs
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May 17 and June 21. Advance tickets just $8

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Enjoy the May flowers and sun and get out and explore. We have lots of fun options this week!


Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: Pack up your family and go for a 'treasure hunt.' Geocaching is a fun family adventure that will get you outdoors and exploring. See our review here to learn more!

Eat it: Travel out to Mike Linnig's on Thursday for their music fest. A huge entertainment tent and outdoor bar, located across the street from the main restaurant, will provide fun and food for the whole family! Go here or on Facebook for more information!

Move it: Go for a hike in Bernheim Forest! They have free admission during the week and multiple trails to choose from. Go here to find out more!



Learn it:Explore Louisville Nature Center and walk through the native wildflower gardens, seasonal butterflies and dragonflies in their gardens, view the indoor exhibits and murals, 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

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: May 8,9,10 (Hometown Tourist Month Discounts)

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This week's picks are dedicated to our amazing hometown.  Thank you Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau for always lining up amazing Hometown Tourist opportunities for locals.

Here are our favorite things from their array of options - see everything here. All information courtesy of Go To Louisville.

Hometown Quest Scavenger Hunt – Saturdays May 9, 16 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet at the Louisville Visitors Center (Fourth and Jefferson streets) for this part race, part scavenger hunt and part historical sightseeing tour in downtown Louisville, organized by the Louisville Quest. Once you’ve completed all of the tasks on this 60-minute adventure, return to the Louisville Visitors Center and get an official Louisville tumbler cup.

Head to Schimpff's for a Free 1/4 pound of Schimpff's Cinnamon Red Hots with the mention of the Hometown Tourist Celebration. **Discounts valid May 4-31, 2015 by showing your Kentucky, Indiana, military or local student ID.**

Derby Dinner Playhouse - Buy one ticket at regular price, get one free on May 5,6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 ONLY. Limit 2. Based on availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. **Discounts valid May 4-31, 2015 by showing your Kentucky, Indiana, military or local student ID.**

Kentucky Derby Museum - 2 for 1 general admission (higher admission applied). No other discount can be applied. **Discounts valid May 4-31, 2015 by showing your Kentucky, Indiana, military or local student ID.**

Squire Boone Caverns - Buy one cavern tour, get the second cavern tour free.

Frazier History Museum - Buy one adult admission, get one admission of equal or lesser value free. **Discounts valid May 4-31, 2015 by showing your Kentucky, Indiana, military or local student ID.**

Muhammad Ali Center - Two for the price of one adult admission. **Discounts valid May 4-31, 2015 by showing your Kentucky, Indiana, military or local student ID.**

Indiana Caverns - Buy one adult ticket and get either a free child or a 2nd adult at $9. Limit one per family. **Discounts valid May 4-31, 2015 by showing your Kentucky, Indiana, military or local student ID.**

Belle of Louisville - Buy 1 adult sightseeing ticket, receive 1 adult sightseeing ticket free. Limit 2 per reservation, cannot be upgraded. Not valid with another discounts or during special events. **Discounts valid May 4-31, 2015 by showing your Kentucky, Indiana, military or local student ID.**

Discounts are all value through May 31,2015

Be a Hometown Tourist - Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review of El Acapulco Mexican restaurant in LaGrange, KY

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El Acapulco is a Mexican restaurant in LaGrange, KY near the Walmart. It has a great setup and great food. They have a HUGE outdoor seating area that is covered with multiple ceiling fans to keep the air flowing. There is also an outdoor swingset, kids room indoors with a TV, a bar, and room for private parties inside.
                       
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The chips and salsa are free and delicious to munch on before your food arrives, and the kids meals come with smiley face fries! The food is super good, always comes hot, and the staff is always friendly. My whole family loves El Acapulco for the food, entertainment, and great environment.


By Guest Contributor:
Caryn 


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Week In Preview May 4th-7th


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Hope you had a good Derby week and won lots of money!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-3:30pm, now is a good time to go take a tour of the Little Loomhouse. They have a historical tour or you can take a weaving tour where you get to sit down at one of the Little Looms and weave a sample that you get to take home. Call them to set up a tour at 502-367-4792.  You can find out more information here!

Eat it: Mondays are KIDS NIGHTS at Texas Roadhouse (Dupont). Get up to 2 - $0.99 kids meal with each adult meal. Dine in only 6-9pm. Activities too! Click here for details.

Move it: The Louisville Extreme Park, closed since Jan. 7 to accommodate work on the Ohio River Bridges Project, has reopened with some new facilities in an expanded area of the popular park. Head down there and get moving. Click here for location details.


Learn it: Head over to The Parent-Teacher Store & Toys Too to pick up your teacher recommended Summer Bridge Learning Workbooks. Available in preschool to 8th grade. Stop in and get yours before they're gone. For more information check out their website!

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly