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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Weekend Getaway to Nashville, TN - Fall break idea!

 photo photo2_zpsdaaa538e.jpg photo photo1_zpsfa9c9245.jpgWe have lived in Louisville for almost five years and love taking trips to places just a few hours from town. Nashville has been on our list since we got here and this past Fall Break we finally loaded up the family and headed south to spend three days of our break exploring the Music City. My only regret is that we did not do it sooner. Nashville was packed with family friendly activities and attractions!

We arrived around lunch time on Thursday and headed straight to our hotel for early check-in. My oldest daughter has severe food allergies so we always stay at a hotel that offers a kitchen or kitchenette, as eating out can be challenging for us. On this trip we stayed at the Residence Inn in Brentwood, TN. We were fifteen minutes from downtown Nashville and the surrounding area offered lots of great restaurants and a Target, which we did stop in to grab some snacks for the hotel. The hotel was clean, offered a daily hot breakfast, and the staff was very customer focused.

After dropping our bags, we were off to the Nashville Zoo- which was only about 10 minutes from our hotel. We were able to tour the entire zoo in about 2.5 hours. The crowds were non-existent on the day we went so that aided in our quick tour through the venue. Some of the coolest features our family enjoyed were the kangaroo exhibit (you actually get to go in the area and they are hopping all around you), the red panda exhibit, and the historic mansion that is on the Zoo property (my girls loved seeing the old appliances, furniture and carts that were on display). After our zoo adventure we headed back to the hotel to cook dinner and rest up for our next day of Nashville fun.

 photo photo3_zpsa2a08940.jpgOn Friday, our first stop was the Nashville Public Library Downtown. Not only is the building itself cool, but the children’s library was amazing! We attended a variety show put on by Wishing Chair Productions that included puppets, juggling, and great music. It was held in a permanent theater located in the children’s library. The best part- it was totally free! You can check the children’s library website for a schedule of all of their free shows and story times. After the show, we hung out in the children’s library to read books and play on the computers. We had packed our lunch and were planning to eat at a park, but there was a beautiful courtyard adjacent to the children’s library so we ended up having our picnic right there (as did many other show attendees). Nourished and ready for more we headed to Fannie Mae Dees Park, referred to by those we talked to at the library as “dragon park”. Located near the Vanderbilt medical center, it has a huge dragon sculpture that kids can climb and jump on. My girls had a blast walking on the scales and watching older kids climb up the dragons back. The park also offered a great play structure and many features were wheelchair accessible. We were there for hours. The only downside to this park, there were no public restrooms we could find. We then made way to the Demonbreun Hill neighborhood for a late day drink and snack. We were able to sit at an outside table at South, one of the many restaurants in the area, and the girls enjoyed people watching and some goldfish, while we enjoyed an adult beverage. We had planned to hit the Opryland Hotel that night, but realized after dinner that our fun morning and afternoon had wiped the girls out so we opted to stay at the hotel and watch a movie.

Saturday brought another gorgeous day so we headed to Cheekwood Botanical Garden. We were there during the Harvest Fall Festival. Admission seemed steep to me, over $40 for the whole family, but I was pleasantly surprised at all of the cool things the price of admission got us! We were able to take in free concerts throughout the park, an arts and crafts session that was very well run by staff members, a cool train exhibit (that even my princess-loving girls raved about), beautifully landscaped grounds that made a perfect picnic spot for us, and a very cool tree house that we got to play in. The highlight, however, was the free performance by the Nashville Ballet. My girls were in awe to be sitting so close to the performance and after the show was over they invited all of the kids to the stage area and taught them a few moves from the show. My girls are still talking about dancing with real ballerinas.

Since we nixed the Opryland Hotel from the agenda the night before we decided to stop there on our way out of town. You can visit the hotel for free, but apparently if you pull up to the main hotel entrance you will have to pay for parking. I read online that you can enter through the Opry Mills Mall parking lot and drive through to the hotel event center. There you can park for free and enter into one of back entrances of the hotel. It was a bit of a walk from the parking lot to the hotel, but totally worth it for free parking! Once inside, we were all amazed at the grandeur of the hotel. We opted to take the boat ride through the hotel (the Delta area) which was about $30 for the whole family, but you could easily save that cash and just walk through the four main areas of the hotel (Delta, Magnolia, Cascades and Garden Conservatory).

Although, my girls did get a huge kick out of riding a boat inside a hotel and the guided tour during the 15 minute ride revealed a lot of interesting facts about the hotel. Another cool feature we enjoyed was walking behind a waterfall in the Cascades area. In addition to cool sites, the hotel offers a number a specialty stores, restaurants and bars. We packed in so much in three days and still feel like we left so much to explore on our next trip. Nashville is definitely on our list of great places to visit close to Louisville. Check out Nashville Fun for Families!

By guest contributor: Tami

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Review of Happy Halloween Weekends at Holiday World

Most people plan their Holiday World trips for the summer when they can visit Splashin' Safari as well as hit all of the rides for thrills.  Don't forget, they are open on the weekends throughout the fall.  We tried it out last year and found that we actually preferred the smaller crowds and less pressure on us parents to try to get to the water park + all of the rides in a day.  The fall entertainment and not being covered in sunscreen and sweat all day.......that was better!

Besides the always-fun rides, there are special seasonal activities for Happy Halloween Weekends.

There was a huge corn maze, this was a family favorite. We were in there for a while and no one minded.  There are also hay rides, free little pumpkins and while we were there, a man was carving the most interesting sculptures in wood with a chainsaw- the kids were mesmerized.   I also noticed a huge corn pit (imagine sandbox, but with dried corn kernels) for the little ones.

Inside some of the theaters, they have "scares" that were just enough to get the kids a little scared but not enough that it wasn't fun. There was a 3-D adventure and a spooky cage maze.  The shows are all Halloween themed as well.

Note - it's less expensive during Happy Halloween Weekends. Tickets start at $22.99.
Children ages 2 and younger are always free

Weekends September 26 – October 31
Remember - it's central time there!

Saturday hours: 11am to 8pm CDT

Sunday hours: 11am to 5pm CDT


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Week in Preview Sept. 28th-October 1st.

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Fall is in the air and there is so much to do!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Thursday, October 1st is Give Local Louisville! Head over to Big Brothers Big Sisters from 7:30-9:00am for an Open House. If you can't make it at that time, no worries, you can donate all day! Find out more here.

Eat it: Tuesday, September 29th is National Coffee and Donut Day. Head over to Krispy Kreme and get your fill for FREE! Check it out here!

Move it: Go explore Blackacre Conservancy for a hike, to see the animals, or just explore. Find more information here!

Learn it:  Join the Kentucky Science Center this week on Tuesday, September 29th for their FREE play date. For ages 0-4, from 8:30am-9:30am. Find out more here!

By Guest Contributor: 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend: September 25, 26, 27

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Boys and Girls Haven is hosting an evening of outdoor fun for all ages! They will have games, face painting, concessions, an outdoor showing of The Sandlot, and an appearance by Buddy the Bat! It starts at 7pm, movie begins at 8.  Admission is $20 per car and includes all activities. All for a great cause -see details here.

NuluFest is taking over Market Street in Nulu from 11am to 11pm on 9/26.  Guess who is sponsoring the kids area?  WE ARE!  The kids area is open 11am-6pm and will have lots of free activities and some kids' stage entertainment from kids' bands to story time!   Get some yummy Valley Dairy Freeze food and treats to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Neon Nite 5K walk, run, stroller roll is the place to be for evening fun - it starts at 8:45pm with a pre-event GLOW party and DJ.  It's at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Register here with code FRIENDS to save $9 on individual registrations since you're a friend of LFF -we get the group rate!  And, it's all for charity.
It's the first fall Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs.  Tickets are just $8 if you buy them in advance.  A portion of the proceeds goes toward Kosair Children's Hospital.  There's tons of activities, family-friendly food/pricing and a special area for watching the races. We love it!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Top 10 Free Things to Do this Fall in and around Louisville, KY

These are the top ten picks of things to do this fall for FREE. This means that there is no cost to enter the festival or event, but there might be activities within the event that have a ticketed cost and also does not include things like paying for food or drinks, etc. Have fun this fall y'all!

1.  Colorfest at Bernheim Forest This event is a wonderful immersion into the fall season and admission to the event is free; there is a $5 per car environmental fee for non-members. There will be a pumpkin launch, hayrides, and a haymaze plus lots of other activities. It's Saturday, October 17 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, October 18 from 10am-5pm.

2. Go to Blackacre State Nature Preserve - There are tons of photo opps with breathtaking backdrops for your fall favorite photo times with your family. Just walking along the grounds, seeing the animals up close, and even going to the feedings on Saturday mornings is fun in the cool crisp air of autumn. There's no better time to take a hike than in the fall in Louisville and Blackacre has some great trails with beautiful views of tree lines and waterfalls. It's a must this time of year.

3. Roadside Farm Markets - One of my favorite things to do in the fall is hitting up the local roadside markets for special autumnal season goodies. Check out this list of certified roadside markets in Jefferson County and Oldham County. We love to go pumpkin picking, but not always at the hugely crowded pumpkin patches all over the area. My favorite roadside market near our home in Jeffersontown is Tower View Farm and Nursery. They have tons of pumpkins, gourds, apples, mums, hay barrels, and more for your fall decorating needs. I bring my kids there every year to take advantage of the gorgeous set ups and colors for fall pictures. And I only have to drive a mile or two from my house! They have wagons set up for the kids to pull around the property while you pick out some neat pumpkins. They also usually offer quick hayrides back to the back of their property where you can "pick" a pumpkin from their backyard. It's fabulous!

4. St. James Court Art Fair - No top 10 fall list is complete without including St. James Court Art Fair. It's a must-do and is always a great chance to take in the historic sites and walkways through Old Louisville. Stop by Dizzy Whiz when you're done for a great dive experience!

5. The Parklands of Floyds Fork Turkey Run Park - I must say the more time I spend in the Parklands the more I love it. The Parklands already has a great parks system with Beckley Creek Park and Pope Lick Park, and is gearing up to open Turkey Run Park on October 16! Another oasis of nature trails and walking paths, this park will be a sure thing to see this autumn. Don't miss it!

6. NuLu Fest - This festival in the NuLu neighborhood along East Market Street has grown a lot too over the past couple of years. It's a huge block party with lots of food, vendors, live music, fun and more. LouFamFun will be there at the children's area! It's September 26 from 11am-11pm (children's area closes at 6pm)

7. Portland Heritage Art Fair - Go support the Portland area of town and see what's new and exciting in this revitalized neighborhood. There will be a trolley tour, art show, live music, children's activities at the Portland Family Health Center, tours of the Portland locks and historic Marine Hospital, events at the Portland Museum and more. It's on September 26 from 10am-6pm.

8. Once Upon a Time: A Storybook Halloween at the Main Library is a free after hours event for children and families! There will be lots of stories, games, and activities along with a special performance by StageOne Storytellers. It is on Friday, October 16 from 6pm-8pm.

9. Madison, Indiana - Take a day trip to Madison, IN. We love heading there each fall season and taking the scenic drive along U.S. 42 through Oldham, Henry and Trimble counties. This pick is also on our Fall Getaways for Families. Stop in Bedford, KY and explore the roadside market, Bray Orchards, as well. The Madison Chautauqua festival is September 26-27. You can spend a little bit of money and pay the entry fee ($9 for out-of-state license plates) for Clifty Falls State Park and explore this gem; it's beautiful in the fall!

 photo IMG_7152_zps5ab40586.jpg10. Take a hike! Seriously, there are so many wonderful places to hike and walk among nature trails around the city and outlying areas. These places come to mind immediately: Bernheim Forest, Jefferson Memorial Forest, The Parklands, Louisville Loop, Falls of the Ohio and the Ohio River Greenway, Big 4 Bridge, Yew Dell Gardens, and Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. Did you know if you venture over to southern Indiana you can find the Legendary Shoe Tree? Take this list from Roadside America and venture into something you've never found before in Kentucky! I think you must go explore and discover it and more!

Get your calendars out and mark them - here's a link to our HUGE fall festivals and events list around Kentuckiana.

By guest contributor: Erin

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Halloween 2015 Events in and around Louisville, KY

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Ready to celebrate Halloween? We've got a great list to get you started. There are TONS of events throughout October! 

Ongoing/Repeating Events

The World’s Largest Halloween Party is happening again this year at the Louisville Zoo. October 2–4, 8–11, 15–18, 22–25 & 29–30, 2015. Start Your Party 5 until 8:30 p.m.

The Spirits of LaGrange Ghost Tour is a two-hour candlelit walking tour. The tour takes you inside locations with about eight stops along the way for a distance of 12 blocks. The tours run Friday and Saturday evenings in September - October. Tours depart from the Oldham County History Center 106 North Second Avenue (West Courthouse Square) and cost $18.

Bass Pro Shops will have FREE Halloween Events in October!

Kentucky Renaissance Fair 2nd Annual Corn Maze & Fall Nights from October 2nd – October 31st. Weekends Only!

Literally, A Haunted House at the Culbertson Manson. Visit these Weekends: October 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 30 & 31 (Halloween, of course). This one is not for the faint of heart so may be better for older tweens and teens.

Deere Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Southern Indiana’s LARGEST Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch attraction. They are open September 26th and run through November 2nd.

Pirates of PRP is located at Seaforth Drive, Louisville, KY 40258 for the Pirate/Halloween lovers in us all! View the yard display, Sept. 20 - Oct. 31.

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is from October 8th– November 1st, will be held in Iroquois Park with 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a ¼-mile walking trail, illuminated at night as an “art show” daily from dusk to 11 p.m. during the week (Sunday-Thursday) and midnight on Friday & Saturday.

Family Fun Saturday: Creepy Kentucky Join the Kentucky Historical Society on October 10th, 17th, 24th and 31 from 1-4pm. From old-fashioned fortunetelling games to Kentucky ghost stories discover the Halloween traditions of the Commonwealth. For kids ages 5-10 and their families. Free admission does not include Kentucky Historical Society museums.

October 1 - 5

Trick or Trunk in Fern Creek at Beulah Presbyterian Church. Lots of candy & goodies. Oct. 2, 6-8pm. Free event but canned goods are being accepted for donations.

Boo! Squallis' Not-So-Spooky Variety Show on October, 3 from 1 - 1:30, a humorous Halloween-themed variety show. Appropriate for all ages, this 25-minute show is composed of short skits that explore different styles of puppetry, and features live musical accompaniment. The performance will be followed by a ghost-puppet-making workshop.

The 11th Annual Haunted Hike at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve RESCHEDULED TO Sunday, October 4, 2015, 3 to 9 p.m. Admission covers the Fantasy Kiddie Trail, Haunted House, Harvest Hay Village, Jungle Hayrides, Treat Stations and Fun Activities for the Entire Family. Admission: Children 2 and under FREE; $6 per person, with a maximum of $25 per family. KaZoing’s Inflatable Party Zone – $5/child - “Play all you want!”

October 6 - 12

How to Haunt Your House is happening at the Southwest Library on October 8th at 3:30pm. Your local library has various Halloween programs/stories throughout the month. Check here for more details.

Southwest Family YMCA Fall Festival is October 9th and free, open to everyone.  5-7pm.

Trunk or Treat & Carnival Games at Mary T. Meagher’s on October 10th from 4-7pm.

Teal Pumpkin Playdate is October 11th from 3-4:30pm at Seneca Park with the Louisville Food Allergy Support Group.

October 13 - 19

Classic Horror Theater on Mary T. Meagher’s Lawn on October 16th at 9pm

Caufield’s Halloween Parade is October 16th starting at 7pm. Get ready for crazy costumes and candy all for free! STARTS: Baxter Avenue Morgue at Lexington Rd. and ENDS: Rosewood Ave. & Bardstown Rd.

Turner's Revue presents "Haunt" Jeepers Creepers! The circus is getting downright WICKED - join Turners Circus Revue for Haunt on October 16th. The show begins at 8:00 and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.00...scare you there!

Norton Commons Fall Festival is on Saturday, October 17, from 2-5 pm. Join them for mini-train rides, a hay maze, face painting, trick or treating sponsored by the Norton Commons businesses, a live remote with 102.3 the Max, and more. Costumes are highly encouraged for kids of all ages! Please note that trick-or-treating will be from 2-4 pm only.

October 20 - 26

Friday, October 23rd 2015, from 6:00-9:00 pm at Louisville Slugger Field for our Annual Dreams with Wings Jack O’Lantern Stroll! In addition to the over 1,500 beautifully carved pumpkins lighting the night, the Stroll offers trick-or-treating in the safety of Slugger Field, games, crafts, Louisville’s largest pumpkin pie by Heitzman’s Traditional Bakery, members of the Louisville League of Mascots, University of Louisville athletes, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, live music and so much more.

Corn Island Storytelling is back and better than ever! We have partnered with UofL to bring you a two-day collaborative Corn Island Storytelling Festival. Friday, October 23rd at UofL will be filled with storytelling glory as Matthew “Black Eagle” Man and Lynny Prince take the stage. Saturday, October 24th at Blackacre will not disappoint with an incredible line up of local and national storytellers and performers like Roberta Brown, Bob Sanders, and the Troubadors of Divine Bliss.

The Museum of the Printing House for the Blind will be making HALLOWEEN MASKS on Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Museum staff will guide participants of all ages and abilities as they make scary or friendly Halloween masks and headdresses using tactile materials. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. For adults and children age 5 and up.

Pumpkinfest is on Saturday, October 24th in Jeffersontown from 11am-2pm. This is a great alternative to the traditional trick-or treating. Children dress in costume and trick-or-treat along Historic Gaslight Square, enjoy activities at the pavilion and enjoy lunch.

Halloween in Brown Park on October 24th from 11am-2pm. This free and family-friendly Halloween celebration includes trick-or-treating stations throughout Brown Park, bounce houses, hay rides, a petting zoo, and games.

Bardstown BooFest is Saturday, October 24th.

Trunk or Treat in New Albany: Saturday, October 24th from 5pm-9pm at the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater.

Jeffersonville Halloween Downtown will be held on Monday, Oct. 26th 6-8pm. Event will begin at Big 4 Station and is open to kids 12 & under. FREE!

October 27 - November 1

“Trick or Treatment” with Louisville Water at the Crescent Hill Gatehouse and Filter Plant on Wed, Oct 28 from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. – a fun night for both kids and adults! The kids can have fun visiting our not so spooky Gatehouse, where they can take part in fun science experiments, enjoy a healthy Zombie walk and wash down a few treats with refreshing pure tap! Then it’s time for the adult fun – hop the trolley over to the Crescent Hill Filter Plant for a tour of our treatment facilities.

Jack-GLOW-Lantern Fall Festival: Friday 10/30 from 6pm-9pm at River Valley Christian Church. Glow games, s'mores, chili & dessert cook-off, pumpkin carving and decorating contest.  Food available for purchase.

The F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop takes place Oct. 30th. Trolleys run from 6:00 pm until 10:30 pm.

Haunted Halls at Beechmont Community Center is October 30th from 7-10pm. It is $2 a person and 6 and under is free!

Halloween in Downtown La Grange is on Saturday October 31, 2015 for lots of spooky fun. Have fun Trick-or-Treating at participating shops from 11am to 5pm and participate in a Costume Contest at 2pm on Walnut Street next to Rainy Day Resale.

Boo Dell at Yew Dell: Saturday, October 31, 2015, 11am-2pm Trail-o-Treats, 2-3pm Mr. Magic Performs. $5 per car-load or $1 per person walk-ins.

Take a Boo Sightseeing Cruise on the Belle of Louisville on October 31st from 11:30-2pm.

Fright Light Halloween Party at the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium on October 31st from 12:30pm-4:00pm.

Trick or Treat at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass on October 31st from 2 - 5pm.

Grim Trails start September 18th and run until October 31st if you are looking for a scare! (Best for older children)

Halloween on Hillcrest is a legendary street for Halloween decorations in the Ville. If you are looking for a street to visit this Halloween, take a walk down Hillcrest to check out some of the most elaborate Halloween decorations you will find in any neighborhood in town.

Nightmare on Main Street by the Louisville Orchestra! Friday, October 30 at 8 pm at Kentucky Center. You are invited to wear your best costume and shiver to an evening of ghoulish, favorite music from movies, shows and orchestral pops! 
Halloween Spooktacular on October 31 at Brown Theatre. Calling all ghosts and goblins! Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt and the Louisville Orchestra will perform Halloween musical tricks and treats for all boys and girls. Festive fall holiday crafts before the concert with spooky stories from the Louisville Free Public Library, and our Instrument Playground, kick off the fun. Best suited for ages 3 - 10. Pre-concert activities in the lobby at 10 am. Concert at 11 am.

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Know of other events?  Email event info to info@louisvillefamilyfun.net

Monday, September 21, 2015

Open House at My Gym Louisville September 2015

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Open House at My Gym Louisville:  Saturday, September 26th, 1-6pm

 photo my gym 9_zpsxolvkcgo.jpgLooking for something to do this weekend? Bring your children for a free day of fun at My Gym Louisville. Check out our facility and meet our fabulous staff. We'll have Zumba®Kids and Art activities, games, music, puppets, prizes, raffles, and more.

My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks thru 12 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. In Tiny Tykes through Champions, we offer structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes in our gym that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more.

In Power Tumblers, for 6-10 year olds, we offer a focused gymnastics experience where children learn the basics in a non-competitive environment, from a teacher who was a competitive gymnast! In Art Explorers, for children 2-4 yrs, we work on colors, shapes and textures. Classes include explore time, painting or play dough, a main project, storytime, and a fun ending, all based around a theme.

(Ms. Chelsea and Ms. Julie dancing with Audrey at the Zumba® Instructor Convention)

 photo my gym 11_zps17bhihj8.jpg In Zumba® Kids & Zumba®Kids Jr. dance fitness classes for children 3-12, we warm up, follow along, learn a different dance style step-by-step each week, incorporate cultural explorations and dance games, and perform for parents and peers, before we cool down. We have kids-only classes, and classes where parent and child can participate together.

Preview each program once for free! Now through our open house, enroll in classes and save $55 off your family registration fee, and half off your first month of classes with an 8 week enrollment. Use the code “LouFamFun” when you enroll online.

In addition to our classes, My Gym Louisville also offers:

* Fantastic Birthday Parties – You get exclusive use of our facility for 90 minutes, a teacher to facilitate your party and help serve your food, invitations, tablecloth, and paper products. You can bring whatever outside food you like, or we have all inclusive packages where we can do everything for you.

*Parent's Night Out – Twice a month on a Friday night from 5-9pm, children from 16 months – 8 years are able to play in our gym, while you get an evening to yourself. We take care of dinner for the kids, too. Make sure to sign up in advance, we do fill up!

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* Practice & Play – Enjoy free play time in our gym, four times per week! Currently enrolled members and their entire families come as often as they like for no charge, or families not enrolled drop in for $5/child.

* Summer Camps and Special Events

If you have questions about the Open House or would like more information about any of our programs, give us a call at 502-614-6001, or email louisville@mygym.com.

We are located at 11770 Shelbyville Road, at Village Square Plaza in Middletown.

Website: mygym.com/louisville

Facebook: facebook.com/mygymlouisville

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Week in Preview September 21st-24th

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Where has September gone? Get busy with your family having some fun this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: See the Squallis Puppeteers for Arts in Play Weekly Drop-in Playgroup on Thursday, September 24th. Join Mama to Mama at the Family Health Center Broadway every Thursday morning at 10am for a variety of arts based activities geared towards kiddos up to 5 years old and their grown ups. Find more information here!

Eat it: Kids eat FREE during the month of September at Joe's Crab Shack! Get more details here!

Move it: Head to Renaissance Fun Park and enjoy their Fall Specials! Click here to check them out!

Learn it: Go on a nature scavenger hunt at one of the many local parks in town. Check out some ideas for a scavenger hunt here!

By Guest Contributor: 

PS - Mark your calendar for the weekend - NuluFest (9/26 kids area 11am-6pm) & NeonNite at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass (9/26 8:45pm register by 9/23 use code facebook to save $5 on individual registrations)!  

Friday, September 18, 2015

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

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Harry Potter in the house!!!!!!! I mean, Harry Potter in the Kentucky Science Center!!  Check out a flick at the 4-story digital theater.  Also, get to the science center after 5pm and entry to the exhibits is just $5. See details about the movie by clicking here.

It's the Bike to Beat Cancer Family Ride - an excellent way to start your day. For $25, your family can participate and help a great cause.  You'll get t-shirts, food and fun in the "Just for Kids" zone.  See details here.

Our favorite dentist is having a fall festival from 10am-1pm. They'll fill the parking lot with free fun (and KETTLE CORN!!!!  mmmmm).  Stop on by and see why Derby City Pediatric Dentistry is the best in town!  Details here.

Release your inner history buff and head to the Farnsley - Moremen Landing for 200 Years on the Ohio. It's free! You can see an old-time baseball game!  Everything is in period theme - dress, food, demonstrations and more.  (Also on Saturday).  See details here.

Yo! Bro!  Dads!  Diaper Fairy Cottage has something just for you. It's "Afterbros" - a new dad support group from 4-5:30pm.  

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

Monday, September 14, 2015

Win BIG fun for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana

We have been raising much needed funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana (BBBS) for nearly five years.  Years ago, I realized that my website was a source of information for mentors seeking fun/inexpensive things to do with their "Littles" and I decided, I need to support this cause.

We have donated thousands of dollars and advertising space to this cause.  
 Now, you can help with just $5.
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Do you take your family fun for granted?  Every weekend, even weekday......."what should we do today?" "Where should we go out to dinner?"  You may even have extra money to spend on tickets for shows, special meals at cool restaurants, a weekend getaway etc.     

Not every child in Kentuckiana gets regular exposure to the arts, cultural events and team sports.  

But, through Big Brothers Big Sisters - "Littles" can have those experiences through their mentors who have committed to broaden their Little's mind and support their dreams.

It costs $1,200 to professionally support a mentoring match for a year and make lasting positive impacts that change the child's outlook, ambitions, self-esteem, confidence........
their LIFE.

Our goal: sell 240 raffle tickets so 
YOU can be a part of changing a child's life 
for the better, forever through mentoring. 

Click HERE to enter to win a 
House of Boom Birthday Party (including Papa John's gift cards 
for the food and this just in, a $25 gift card to The Parent Teacher Store!!)

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Week in Preview September 14th-17th

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Fall is in the air, time to start thinking sweatshirts and pumpkin spice!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Visit the Thomas Edison House this week. The museum is open for guided tours on Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Click here for prices and location!

Eat it:Kids eat FREE every Tuesday at Charlie Noble's Eatery + Draught House in Sellersburg, IN. Find their menu and location here!

Move it: Check out something new and play some Footgolf. Metro Parks & Recreation opened its first Footgolf course at Bobby Nichols. Learn more here!

Learn it: Visit the Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing on the South Points Scenic Area. Tour and explore the historic house and grounds that exists to promote, preserve, restore and interpret historic farm life on the Ohio River. Learn more here.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: September 11,12,13

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Have you been to Climb Nulu yet? Check it out!  Kids and parents love it.  See details about hours and waivers etc on their website.  It's a funky rock wall design, it's in Nulu (I heart Nulu) and they have special pricing for kids ages 11 and under. BOOM!

The Carnegie Center in New Albany has amazing programming. This Saturday 10am-noon they have a free family workshop where you can make stamped clay bowls.  Space is limited so don't just pop on in, contact them first. dthomas@carnegiecenter.org, or call 812-944-7336

Anyone have any cookie monsters at their house?  Cookie decorating at The Arctic Scoop for just $1 from 2-4pm.  Yum!
GET OUT OF TOWN!  Celebrate Apples! It's the 25th annual Trimble County Apple Festival 12:30pm to 5pm - FUN event for the whole family! Quality arts and crafts, quilt displays, live music, pageants for all ages, an apple pie baking contest, kid activities, many food booths, and much more! It's located just 35 miles NE of Louisville off I-71 Exit 34.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Favorite Quick Fall / Weekend Getaways from Louisville

I recently polled the Louisville Family Fun writers looking for their favorite quick getaways for fall.  Fall is a gorgeous time of year around Kentuckiana to explore and before kids' activities overrun your weekends, look for one when you get take a quick getaway and enjoy what fall has to offer!

 photo IMG_0773_zpsu08gy9vh.jpgStephanie - Madison, IN.  This is my favorite getaway without a getaway, if that makes sense. We don't stay overnight but it feels like a getaway. It's beautiful in the fall, there's a little farm store along US42 to stop at along the way and town is beyond charming.

Kelly - We like going to Dinosaur World, Huber's, or taking a day trip to Rough River.

Caryn - Mammoth Cave area with Dinosaur World and KY Down Under

Brandy - We like Cincinnati Museum Center!

Maggie- Camping at Natural Bridge State Park! The colors in Red River Gorge are beautiful in the fall!

Erin -Madison Indiana - love going there every fall. We've never stayed overnight but I think staying over and going to Clifty Falls is a sure bet.

Tami - KY Horse Park in Lexington and Brown County Indiana.  State park review here.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Review of Wagner's Pharmacy

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Growing up in the South End, I have known about and frequented Wagner’s Pharmacy often through the years. However, my friends thought I was crazy when they heard I was eating at a pharmacy. When I found out they had never been there we set up a girls' lunch so they could check it out.

Wagner’s Pharmacy is located across the street from Churchill Downs on the corner of 4th Street and Central Ave. It is open from 8:00am-2:00pm and is billed as a breakfast and brunch restaurant. It can get extra busy when the track is running and especially during Derby time, but the service is quick and the food is yummy! It also is an operating pharmacy and even offers fun, Derby-inspired trinkets. If you listen closely you may also pick up some good information about the horses running across the street. The decoration is full of Derby history and is great for horse lovers!

My friends each sampled the chili (one with spaghetti, one without) and both said it was very good, not too spicy, but loaded with flavor. They each also sampled a sandwich along with it (one a grilled cheese and one a BLT) that included chips, which they also complimented. I had my favorite, a club sandwich with chips and a sweet tea. Both of my friends were impressed with the quality of food, the quick service, and the prices that went with them. They both agreed to visit Wagner’s more often for lunch and of course, I’ll be there with and without them!

Wagner’s also offers daily specials. Breakfast is served until 11:00am and lunch is served until 2:00pm. Find them on Facebook for hours, location, and menus. Wagner’s is located at 3113 S. 4th Street in Louisville, KY.

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Week in Preview September 7th-10th

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Happy Labor Day! Enjoy some fun this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Cincinnati Reds Legends is now open through November 1st at the Louisville Slugger Museum! This special exhibit, which will be displayed in the museum’s back gallery, is an art exhibit featuring the works of Chris Felix, Scott Hannig and Donnie Pollard specially created for the book Cincinnati Reds Legends, by author Mike Shannon. Go here for more information.

Eat it: Find a Sonic between 2-4pm for an after school treat. They have 1/2 price drinks and slushes during this time. Go here to find a location near you!

Move it: Go for a nature walk at the Louisville Nature Center on September 10th starting at 10am. Registration is required so make sure to check out how here!

Learn it: Join the Louisville Free Public Library at Fairdale on September 10th for STEAM for preschoolers. Starts at 2pm and is for children 6 and under. Check LFPL's website for additional details.

Need some Labor Day ideas? Check out our post here!

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Picks for Things to do This Weekend around Louisville - September 4,5,6 - Labor Day

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If we had to pick one......Steamboat Days looks like it'll be fantabulously fun.  

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fall Festivals and Events in and around Louisville / Kentuckiana 2015

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September 3-6  Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival Harrodsburg, KY

September 4-6  Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival Winchester, KY

September 5  Goldenrod Gala Arts Festival in Carrollton, KY

September 4-6  Steamboat Days Downtown Jeffersonville Riverstage 

September 4-6  Kentucky Bluegrass and Bourbon Festival at Louisville Water Tower

September 4-6  September Flea Off Market

September 4-7  11am-7pm WorldFest

September 11 (6p-10p) & September 12(10a-9p)  Middletown Family Fun Festival -Review here

September 4,11,18 @ 7pm  Concerts in the Park in Jeffersonville, Indiana Free concerts in Warder Park continue Friday evenings in September

September 11 6pm-9pm  Back to School Block Party at Mary T Meagher Aquatic Center

September 11-13  Fleur de Lis Regatta Sailing for a Cure The Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park

September 11-13  Lanesville, IN Heritage Weekend

September 11 7:30pm  North Bullitt Demolition Derby

September 11-13  Mainstrasse Village Oktoberfest Covington, KY

September 11-13  Kentucky State BBQ Festival Danville, KY

September 12  Dragon Boat Festival

September 12 8am-6pm  Simpsonville Fall Festival See this list from Shelby Family Fun for more fall events in Shelby County!

September 12 10am-4pm  Digging the Past! A celebration of Archeology & Fossils

September 12  Via Colori Street Painting Festival Elizabethtown, KY

September 12  Hidden Hill Bluegrass Festival

September 12-13  Trimble County Apple Festival Bedford, KY

September 12  Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival New Haven, KY

September 12-13  Apple Festival in Georgetown, KY

September 13 Art in the Park at Cherokee Park, Hogan's Fountain

September 13 Forest Springs Arts & Crafts Festival 10am-5pm

September 13-20  Gaslight Festival Week Highlights: Gaslight Parade (review), Gaslight Balloon Glow (review), Arts and Crafts Extravaganza Fri 7pm-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

September 15-20  Kentucky Bourbon Festival

September 18-20  Oktoberfest Zinzinnati - see review here about day trip

September 19  The Mighty Pumpkin 5K and 3K Kids Obstacle Race at Gallrein Farms

September 18-20  Spoonbread Festival Berea, KY

September 18-19  Greensburg Cow Days

September 18-19  Horse Cave Heritage Festival Horse Cave, KY

September 19  Mini Maker Faire

September 19  Fall Fest at Gallrein Farms

September 19  Family Camp-Out (Overnight) at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

September 19 9am-4pm  Bug Fest - Bernheim Forest

September 19 4pm-11pm  St Francis of Assisi Fall Festival

 photo 11935613_10207830158738991_1337394412_n_zpsswky5mhu.jpgSeptember 19 10am-1pm  Fall Festival at Derby City Pediatric Dentistry. Yes, a dentist is having a festival and it's fun!

September 19  Original Butchertown Oktoberfest St. Joseph Catholic Church

September 19 Flutter Festival hosted by The Diaper Fairy Cottage

September 19 noon-11pm  National Jug Band Jubilee Brown-Forman Amphitheater in Louisville's Waterfront Park

September 19-20 10am-5pm  200 Years on the Ohio - Riverside Farnsley-Moremen Landing

September 19-20  Day Out with Thomas Train Rides at French Lick Railway

September 26 10am-5pm  Art in the Park

September 26 Sugar Maples Fall Festival

September 26 8am  Free Guided Hike

September 26  Family Canoe Day at Tom Wallace Lake

September 26-27  Finchville Fall Festival; see Shelby Family Fun

September 25-26  Lebanon Junction Wall Street Park Festival

September 24-27  Annual World Chicken Festival in London, KY

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September 26 11am-11pm  NuLu Fest  in the NuLu neighborhood on Market Street - kids area sponsored by Louisville Family Fun!

September 26-27  Day Out with Thomas Train Rides at French Lick Railway

September 26-27  Louisville Irish Fest

September 26, 12pm-5pm   Ken-Ducky Derby Downtown Waterfront on the Wharf - review here.

September 26 10am-6pm  Portland Art & Heritage Fair

September 26-27 44th  Annual Madison Chautauqua in Madison, Indiana (read our post here) Annual Harvest Celebration Festival in Madison

September 26-27  Marion County Ham Days

September 27  New Albany Indie Fest

September 27 10am-4:30pm  Fall Antiques Market @Locust Grove

September 27 7:30pm  Lunar Eclipse at Blackacre Nature Preserve

September 29- October 2, daily 9am-5pm  Idea Festival, Kentucky Center


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October 2-3 10am-5pm  Canoemobile on the Ohio River

October 2  Spencer County Octoberfest Taylorsville, KY

October 3-4 10am-4pm  Nunnlea Craft Fair Nunnlea Home in Louisville

October 3 10am-3pm  Covenant Classical Academy Fall Festival  (open to public)

October 2-5  59th Annual St. James Court Art Show - read our post here.

October 3 10am-3pm  South Oldham Fire Fest

October 3-4  Lincoln Days Hodgenville, KY

October 3  Mammoth Cave Craft Fair

October 3-11  Harvest Homecoming New Albany, Indiana - See our tips here.

October 3-4  Pumpkin Patch Express with Kentucky Railway Museum

October 3-11  Week in the Highlands

October 3 6pm-9pm  Blackacre Barn Bash

October 4 2pm-7pm  Big Rock Jazz & Blues Festival Big Rock in Cherokee Park

October 4 5pm-8pm Prospect Fall Festival at Gingerwoods Event Hall

October 9  Fall Break Express Train Ride at Kentucky Railway Museum

October 9-10 11am-10pm  20th Annual Belknap Fall Festival

October 9-10  Garvin Gates Blues Festival

October 9 (4:30p-10p) &10 (12p-10p)  A Taste of St. Michael

October 9  LaGrange Railroad & Bluegrass Music Festival  

October 10 11am-4pm  Highview Community Fall Festival -Outer Loop Plaza

October 10 12pm-3pm Civil War Day at Farmington Historical Home

October 10 10am-6pm  Fall Festival @ Foxhollow Farm

October 10-11  Annual Bardstown Arts, Crafts, & Antiques Fair

October 11 10am-6pm  12th Annual Farmington Harvest Festival

October 16  NEW!  Turkey Run Park opens at The Parklands of Floyds Fork; get out and explore this fall!

October 16-17  Mount Washington Fall Festival

October 16-18  Hermitage Classic at Hermitage Farm in Goshen, KY

October 17 9am-5pm  Bernheim Forest Colorfest & Scarecrow Jubilee

October 17  Glendale Crossing Festival

October 17 10am-2pm  Mayor's Healthy Hometown Fall Hike

October 17-18  International Oktoberfest @Newport,KY Riverfront

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October 17th Ninth & O Fall Fest 11am-2pm

October 17th  Norton Commons Fall Festival 2-5pm

October 17th Clarksville Bluegrass Jamfest 11am-4pm 

October 17th Pumpkin Festival at Sunny Acres Farm

October 17-18  Autumn on the River

October 18 2pm-6pm  Cyclouvia

October 24 3pm-7pm  Tom Sawyer Foundation's Fall Fest

October 24 1pm  Corn Island Storytelling at Blackacre Nature Preserve

October 24-25 10am-4:30pm  18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove

October 31 7:30pm  October Free Guided Hike


November 6  Clarksville Parks Harvest Hayride 6-8:30pm

November 11 - 11am  Veteran's Day Parade in Downtown Louisville. Starts at 4th and Chestnut Streets.

By guest contributor: Erin

Know of other events?  Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will add them!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fall Family Bucket List 2015

 photo Maggies Phone Pics Jan 2014 327_zpsfo4effso.jpgThere’s so much to do in the fall in Louisville that you can easily become overwhelmed. These are the events you’re going to want to check off your bucket list if you’ve never had the chance to experience them before. As always, if you’re looking for something new to do with your family, LouFamFun has you covered!

The Flea Off Market September 4-6 

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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati September 18-20 

The Madison Chautauqua September 26-27

The St. James Art Fair October 2-4 

The Jack O’Lantern Spectacular October 8-November 1

The Highlands Louisville Halloween Parade on Baxter October 16

By Guest Contributor: Maggie