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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Lousiville: April 29,30 & May 1

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It's the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow at KY Expo Center - it starts at 9pm. Remeber, it's $8 parking/car to park there. Gates open at 6pm.  GLOW ON!

Saturday: Please, I am doing an anti-rain dance in the morning. 9am. 
Mighty Titan will be at at River Valley Christian Church for a festival starting at 3pm. The festival activities are free but there's a fee for the Mighty Titan Course. 

All About Kids is having a FREE "Try Trampoline & Tumbling" day from 5-6pm!  Click here for more information and to register.
Fan Fest Day at the Kentucky Derby Museum is going to be awesome!  They have extended hours from 8am to 7pm and a bunch of special opportunities. They even have brunch, I <3 brunch. They'll have a Kids' Zone from 10:30am to 5pm, walking tours, meet & greets and more.  And, did you know that admission is free for kids ages 5 and under? 

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

7 Things You Can Only Do at LEGO KidsFest

This a sponsored post but written from experience at the event
I know there are a lot of LEGO lovers out there and parents think about taking a trip to LEGOLAND but the cost of that can be tough on the wallet.  It's awesome when a traveling show like LEGO KidsFest comes into town and takes the travel costs away and families can experience it close by!
Once again, LEGO KidsFest is coming to Kentucky in June.   

Here are some things we love about LEGO KidsFest and we are sure you will do - and there's more! 

1) Climb on a gigantic pile of LEGO bricks and make whatever you want!
2) Design your own power shield in the world of Nexo Knights or work of art to display for everyone to see.
3) Be a part of building a HUGE LEGO United States.
4) Challenge other families in fun races to build thematic creations.
No photo! Last time I was there, I was too busy having fun building things to take a photo!

5) Meet Master Builders and learn from their amazing building skills.
6) Pose with larger-than-life LEGO statues and structures.
7) Build your own vehicles and race against other LEGO speed lovers.
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8) Kids 2 years old and younger don't need a ticket and they have a fun LEGO Duplo area for little ones!
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Have fun building! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Weekend Getaway to St. Louis

St. Louis is about 4 hours from Louisville, and an EXCELLENT weekend or week getaway with a TON to do. It is in the Central Time Zone, so you gain an hour driving there. Here is my weekend trip, and at the bottom I've included a list of other attractions that I have visited or heard great things about.


City Museum
 photo city museum2_zpscywpykju.jpgNot for the faint of heart. This place is seriously crazy, busy, hard core playing, climbing, sliding, and easy to lose your kids. Prepare to spend a FULL day there if your kids like climbing. Park early in the parking garage for $5, or across the street for $5 without shade. Wear sneakers, knee pads, elbow pads, and sunblock if you pay for the roof access. Give ground rules at each area (don't leave cave area without Mom, don't leave the skate park area without your Dad, etc).

This is the layout: 4 separate floors, the roof, the Monstro Cityoutside that goes up 5 floors high, and the 10 story slide that comes out in the cave area. The roof is worth the $5 each on a nice day, but it gets hot out, so go there first. It's very easy to lose your kids in any given area. Tunnels go everywhere and come out everywhere. There are some tunnels, caves, and rebar curves that are just too tight to fit an average size adult. You WILL lose your child at multiple times throughout the day. Have a meeting spot.
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There are places to buy food on every level, but sometimes they are hidden away. Average lunch under $10 including side and drink. I noticed many people brought food and drink with them, or went out and came back for meals. There is a very small "6 and under" section on the 4th floor is much more tame for little ones. The gift store is on the smaller side, not too overpriced, and not forced on you like other attractions where you must enter or exit through it. There are a lot of $5 and under trinkets. My tip: don't bring a purse, don't put your phone where it will fall out and break.

World Aquarium (inside City Museum)
It's $8 to enter ($6 after 5pm). Some things look old, it's not huge, but my kids LOVED it. There are fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. Lots to touch (mostly turtles and fish), lots to climb on and under (see if you can find the hidden tunnel behind Stingray City!). Lots of animals taken out by staff to be pet. Check times for feedings when you get there - you can go in and out as many times as you want if you have the stamp on your hand. If you buy a tour you not only get more information, you can also pick up a turtle, feed the sharks, and other perks. Check before you go. Drury Hotels has a coupon for a free sharks tooth.

The St Louis Zoo
 photo IMG_3935_zpsnnoxewpl.jpgA wonderful zoo, and it's FREE to enter! Parking is $15, but if you get there early, there are a ton of free parking spaces that line the road to the zoo. Once you get in the zoo, I recommend buying the Safari Pass for $12 (discounted with Lou Zoo membership!). It allows your child to go to a bunch of attractions, that individually, will cost much more (Children's Zoo, carousel, train, stingrays, and more).

Turtle Playground
Just across the street from the zoo. It's a bunch of over-sized concrete animals for kids to climb on if you need a break from the zoo, or decide to come out for a picnic lunch.


Courtesy Diner
Less than a mile from the zoo, and had delicious, low priced diner food. My kids enjoyed sitting at the counter and listening to the jukebox. They have the usual kids menu, free refills, and are a nice alternative to the pricey zoo food. However, you will lose your parking spot if you plan to return to the zoo, so it may be a nice post - zoo meal. The only downside is that they only take cash (like a classic diner), but they do have an ATM in the diner.

Fitz's Bootling Company
This is an excellent place to grab lunch or diner. The food is delicious, the soda is awesome, and there is vintage bottling equipment inside the restaurant actually bottling soda that your kids will be entertained throughout the meal.

Gus's Pretzel Shop
Watch them hand-twist soft, salty pretzels if you get there before noon. Try the bratwurst and hot dogs wrapped in pretzel dough. Down the street from Anheuser-Busch brewery.

 There are quite a few hotels with indoor pools from about $120 to $200 in the St. Louis area. We went to a Drury Hotel where we enjoyed the indoor pool, free happy hour (the kids ate nachos, pretzels, and chips while mom and dad got up to 3 complimentary alcoholic drinks and unlimited sodas), and free, full, hot breakfast the next morning. Our room was basic, but with Wifi, cable, microwave, and frige in the room which are always handy to have. They had a coupon book in the room for all of the area attractions, but they are also on the website link posted earlier which anyone can access.

Other excellent attractions:

Gateway Arch
Prepare to wait in line, even when you buy tickets in advance which I highly recommend. Don't worry if you're late for your tour time, they'll let you go when you get to the head of the line. Not for claustrophobics.

The Magic House
Better for younger kids, but teens won't be bored out of their minds. Check the Drury site for discounts.

Grant's Farm
You can watch various animals on a tram tour of the park, and Clydesdales are found in their nearby barn and pastures. FREE admission to Grant's Farm, tram rides and all shows. A few attractions require a small fee to participate, and parking is $12.

Purina Farms (free admission)

St. Louis Science Center (free admission)

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours
Free admission, parking, and 2 free beers each adult! But my kids weren't thrilled to go, and the wait for tours gets longer as the day goes on.

By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

LEGO KidsFest Ticket Contest

The winners are: Shawn Worley, Connie Wilson, Ashley Rice & Tonya Nicole Thompson. 
We will email your instructions for claiming your tickets! Congrats! 

LEGO KidsFest is coming to Kentucky in June and we want to hook you up with some free tickets!  We love our readers and are so excited to extend this opportunity to everyone - GOOD LUCK!

We are giving away FOUR VIK 4-packs that include a preview event on Friday June 3rd plus admission to the general session!

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Event dates are June 3–5.  The sell out in other cities, so act fast to get your tickets.....if you don't win our contest :)  Location: Kentucky Exposition Center 937 Phillips Lane Louisville, KY 40209

LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests

Tickets are available for all sessions!
(Note: Each session offers the same exhibits and activities)
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Friday, June 3, 2016
4 pm - 8:30 pm

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 5, 2016
Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm

Review of Jack Jouett House Historic Site in Versailles, KY

 photo jouett20house20Collage_zpsgdibjyv8.jpgDid you know the “Paul Revere of the South” settled in Kentucky after the Revolutionary War? I sure didn’t. Captain Jack Jouett was asleep one night outside the Coocoo Tavern when he heard the hoof beats of Banastre Tarleton’s British Troops coming down the road. He knew they were after Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia Legislature, so he took off on his horse through the back country to warn them. He rode 40 miles, sustaining multiple serious injuries along the way that would disfigure him for life. He arrived at Montecello at 4:30 in the morning, warning Thomas Jefferson and the Legislature and saving most of them from capture. Only 7 members of the Legislature, including Daniel Boone, were captured that day but they were all released because they were not the high-profile folks Tarleton was after.

Jouett migrated to Kentucky after the war. He lived in present-day Woodford County for 13 years with his wife and their 12 children. He was a horse breeder, farmer, and livestock importer whose knowledge was often sought out on many farming matters. According to Janice Clark, Executive Director of the Jack Jouett House Historic Site, Jouett was on the Separation Committee to separate Kentucky from Virginia and was active in many other aspects of early Kentucky life and politics.

 photo Jack20Jouett20House_zps2ffh0v1u.jpgHe built a brick home at a time when most frontier folks in Kentucky were living in one-room log cabins, and his home still stands well-preserved on the grounds today. In addition to breeding horses, Jouett also had a working distillery and mill on this site which has recently been uncovered by volunteer archaeologists.

The home and historic site are open to visitors April-October, Mon. 10am-noon, Fri. noon-5pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. It is also open by appointment year round. There are also volunteer opportunities for everything from archaeology to special events help.
See the website for details.

By guest contributor: Maggie

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week in Preview April 25th-28th

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Derby fever is in the air!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it:Fest-a-Ville opens on April 28th! Pick up a Pegasus Pin and take your family down to have some fun! This is the ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE featuring the Waterfront Jam Concert Series with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides and more. Happy Hour Weekdays 4-6 PM, $2 Beers. Check it out here for times and location!

Eat it: Can you say FREE doughnuts! Head over to Krispy Kreme for Superhero day and buy a Dozen Original Glazed, Get A Dozen Free On 4/28 in the US & CAN. Pow! Find more information here and get the email you will need!

Move it: Check out All About Kids Summer VIK Program! Join them for UNLIMITED FUN June, July and August! Includes: One class per week! UNLIMITED Fun Zone AND Open Gym times! UNLIMITED Makeup Classes! 20% off additional classes! 10% off birthday party packages! Must register by May 9th! Check their website for more information!

Learn it: April is National Card and Letter writing month celebrated by the U.S. Postal Service!
Celebrate with the family by setting up an evening of letter or card-writing fun!Check out some ideas here to get you started!

By Guest Contributor: 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: April 22,23,24

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Check out our Spring Fun Page & Deals Page !

Our friends at Whet Your Palette told us they are having a special this Friday, Dads paint free!  So, why not have a Daddy/Daughter, Daddy/Son or Daddy/Everyone date on Friday and paint together.  Their prices are already so affordable. And, the Village Anchor is just across the street, perfect place to grab something to eat....Anchorage Trail is there as well.  Perfect outing.

So, there's this Thunder event people keep talking about. You can do that if you are up for crowds - the fireworks are indeed epic.  The port-a-potties are epic too. Did you know that Locust Grove has a Thunder event?  It's to commemorate the arrival of troops to this area during the Revolutionary War under the command of George Rogers Clark.  Their "thunder" is a 21-gun salute. Dare to be different - Locust Grove sounds cool. Details here. $6 for adults, free for children 12 and under and....BATHROOMS :)
Louisville Leopards have their BIG GIG this Sunday at 2pm at the Brown Theatre - this group is so fun to watch. And, Teddy Abrams is joining them. Sweet!  Get the details here.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review of Main Event - new entertainment center in Louisville

Main Event hosted our staff and guests for a fun night of bowling, games and food so we could report back to you on our experience.  We had some mock birthday parties that involved bowling, pizza, video games, laser tag and the ropes course.

Main Event is a Texas-based company that recently opened a venue off of I64 at Blankenbaker Parkway in Louisville.  It is a one-stop place for not only families, but anyone looking for a variety of fun options.  They have an extensive menu, full bar, tabletop game area, meeting area capacity and all of the fun entertainment mentioned above for the parties.  You can plan a special event there or you can pop in for a few hours of activities.  They have LOTs of televisions so it's also a good place to eat and catch a sports game.

Here's what our writers had to say about the parties:

Overview: Each party consisted of 10 children and we had two party hosts staffing the events. The party hosts take care of whatever you need. The kids bowled for about 45 minutes, then ate and then went on to do another activity decided on by the parent throwing the party - either arcade games, laser tag or ropes course. The birthday child goes home with a bowling pin that is passed around for everyone to sign!

 photo IMG_0461_zpshjcuwxbk.jpgThe staff were very friendly and attentive. We loved the kids' blacklight bowling- it was much faster paced than an adult game so the kids never got bored. This would be a great place for families with any age of kids for any occasion. There's so much to do! We can't wait to go back.

Loved how attentive the hostesses were for our party! I felt very taken care of enjoyed the delicious food! They were so attentive to our every need! The kids and adults had a blast!

The kids really liked the bowling and being able to make monsters/shoot arrows when they bowled using their score. As parents, we enjoyed being able to watch a basketball game on the big screens at the end of the bowling lanes. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was yummy! We all enjoyed the arcade and the big variety that was offered there.

Loved how will the hostesses took care of us. They were always asking if we needed anything and checking on the adults as well as the kids. The Rollercoaster in the arcade was a HUGE hit! If I had any suggestions, it would be to have shoes for kids smaller than a size 9. My daughter struggled to walk in her shoes and she's 5 years old.

The kids were entranced by the animation that coordinated with the bowling. I liked that the bowing seating area included tables. Very handy for drinks or snacks! The kids enjoyed the pizza and I appreciated that the party tables had sturdy chairs instead of bench seating. It's more comfortable and safer for young children. The arcade is huge and really fun too! We had fun in the laser tag area, however, I would suggest that the employees explain how to operate the laser guns before players enter. There was some confusion about how they work.

The black light bowling is very kid and family friendly! There's enough space for everyone, the score graphics were interactive and the game is fast-paced! Each hostess was attentive to the children and adults. The bowling hostess helped keep the kids bowling in order and the other helped with drinks.

My family loved the arcade. The huge variety allowed each of us to find something fun to enjoy.

We loved how kid friendly the bowling way...faster paced with one bowl per person each turn, great score visuals for the little ones, the giant dinosaur to help them bowl, and more! The hosts were super friendly and very attentive. They even helped the kids bowl! The arcade was very fun as well. Loved this place, and can't wait to go back!

The hostesses for the party were so attentive! I like how they got the dinosaur ramp ready for my four year old every time he was ready to bowl. Loved the range of appropriate things to do for all ages. With a preschooler and two tweens in tow, it was the number one thing I noticed. Will definitely be back! Tip for non-party visits: People to sign up for their spot for bowling, laser tag and ropes course as you arrive. Especially on their really busy deal days or a school break week!

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We had the opportunity to sample items from the menu and this is not your typical entertainment center food, it was very good.  The HUGE pretzel with dipping sauces was my favorite - they make them from homemade fresh dough daily.  The pizza was also tasty and there was a hummus appetizer that was another hit item.  For the parties, I liked that they let you bring in the dessert.  With such a big menu, I didn't know if they would do that so it's a nice option.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review of The New Interpretive Center at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Southern Indiana

 photo IMG_9851_zpsgktysvfj.jpgThe new Interpretive Center at the Falls of the Ohio State Park recently reopened and it is spectacular! The center is renovated with engaging exhibits, offering visitors an opportunity to experience the history of the Falls of the Ohio like they haven’t been able to in the past. There are four new themes: An Ancient Sea, A Changing Land, Converging Cultures and The Falls Today.

 photo IMG_9863_zpszizswhju.jpgBegin your visit in the now handicap accessible auditorium where you will watch a short film about the Falls. Around the corner from the auditorium is the new, brightly colored and oh-so-cool Devonian Sea Creature station. There is a large screen with an underwater scene playing, levers, doors and drawers to pull and open, a huge Dunkleosteus fish overhead, touch screen, fossil tracing station, an underwater tunnel to crawl through and rocks to climb on. There is so much to see, touch and read in this area!

The next area is devoted to paleontology, archeology and the early people that settled near the Falls. The area again was very hands-on with such things as a wall puzzle for children, drawers that opened to display arrowheads, a Shawnee wegiwa visitors can walk through and furs to touch.

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There is a new Lewis & Clark Theater where you can learn about the explorers and a small exhibit of Clark’s cabin. My children liked touching and learning about the tools and supplies that would have been used by Clark.

 photo IMG_9860_zpsvkecarzy.jpgThere is an area with more information and historical facts about the Falls today along with a virtual aquarium. Visitors can touch small kiosks with different Ohio River creatures and items to learn more about them on the giant screen in front of them. In this area is also a cool 3D sculpture, created by a local artist, of different garbage items found floating in the Ohio River.

Your family will love the new Interpretive Center! The center has been transformed from glass cases of artifacts with lots of reading, to interactive, hands-on, sensory-stimulating exhibits! The center is open year round (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas) and admission is $9 (12 and older), $7 (5-12), under 5 are free. More information is available on Facebook.

By guest contributor: Nicolle

Monday, April 18, 2016

Drama by George Offers Summer Theatre Camps for Ages 8-16

This is a sponsored post 
Got a Drama Queen or Drama King at your house? This summer, educational theatre company Drama by George is giving young actors ages 8-16 the chance to act in a play, make a movie, or learn comedy improv. Students can build self-confidence and creativity in any of our awesome summer day camps.

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  • Moviemakers Filmmaking Camp. Are you ready for your closeup? Here’s a unique opportunity to act in a short digital film (and peek behind the scenes, too)! For ages 8-12, tuition $165. Held at St. James Catholic School in the Highlands, June 20-24, 9:00 am-12:00 pm daily.
  • Center Stage Drama Camp. Want to be in the spotlight? Learn basic acting skills and perform a short play in just one week! For ages 8-12, tuition $149. Held at Bellarmine University in the Highlands, June 27-July 1, 9:00 am-12:00 pm daily.
  • Advanced Center Stage Camp. Take your skills to the next level in this camp for experienced young actors! You’ll learn more about theatre and perform a one-act play. For ages 11-14, tuition $349. Held at Bellarmine University in the Highlands, July 11-22, 9:00 am-3:30 pm Monday-Friday.
  • Comedy Improv Camp. Learn the basics of comedic acting without a script. We’ll show you the funny at Comedy Improv Camp! For ages 13-16, tuition $149. Held at Bellarmine University in the Highlands, July 25-29, 1:00-4:00 pm daily.
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Drama by George has provided character-building theatre programs for over 25,000 Kentuckiana students since 2007. All of the photos accompanying this article are real Louisville kids from our past drama programs. The accompanying video is one of the student films that we produced during our 2015 Moviemakers camp.

For more information or to register for any Drama by George camp, please visit www.dramabygeorge.com/camps or call (502) 718-5090.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Week in Preview April 18th-21st

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Enjoy the picture perfect weather this week and have some fun!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Join Arts-in-Play on Tuesday at 10am for a fun-filled, weekly drop-in play group open to any caregiver and their infant or young child (3 months through preschool age). Located at the Americana Community Center (4801 Southside Dr.), Mama to Mama partners with Louisville Ballet’s “Nurturing Pathways” program to help build positive connections between caregivers and their children, relieve stress, and develop body awareness that supports positive learning and growth. Find more about it here!

Eat it: Have dinner at IHOP for FREE! From April 11th – May 6th, every night, 4pm – 10pm, get any kids’ meal FREE with the purchase of any adult entrĂ©e. Get more information here!

Move it: Go for a walk at the Crescent Hill Reservoir for some family exercise. Get more information here!

Learn it: Take a trip to the Louisville Slugger Museum to check out the Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Oddball™ exhibit! The Oddball exhibit showcases Ripley’s bizarre baseball treasures and other unbelievable findings. Check it out here for more information!

By Guest Contributor: 

Review of Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK

 photo IMG_2717_zpsrrh3tadl.jpg We had the opportunity to preview "The Jungle Book" and found it to be action-packed but endearing at the same time.  My son is 9 and it was just the right amount of thrill for him, I think a child under the age of 7 might have some moments of startle or get slightly afraid at some of the more evil characters (like the tiger).  However, it was fun to have a little bit of fear watching the movie with my son. He grabbed my hand a few times and looked over at me with an "OMG" face - I got a real kick out of it.  The mix of a real boy with the animated creatures was also very different and I really liked them together - it was well done in that I felt like they were really together.  It rounded out with some adorable little critters and funny ones making it an overall perfect movie for a theater in 3D.

Here's more about the movie:
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong'o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.

The wild adventure is in theaters in 3D now. Rated PG.

For more information, check out Disney.com/thejunglebook, like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyJungleBook, and follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyStudios and Instagram: https://instagram.com/DisneyStudios.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Picks for Things to do this Weekend around Louisville: April 15,16,17

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Check out our Spring Fun Page & Deals Page !

With seasonal weather finally making itself known, try a dinner outside with the family.  We love a great picnic - maybe at the an Olmsted Park or the Parklands - but if you want to head to a restaurant, see our list of our favorite outdoor dining options. 

There's a Touch-a-Truck in Shepherdsville from 10am-4pm.  $5 for children (kids age 2 and under admitted free), $1 for adults and $2 for unlimited bouncies.  Kids love these events!

Have a cultural experience with your kids at the Crane House for their free Water Fest Family Day festival on Saturday from 11am-1pm. Art, printing, learning, stories and more!
It's Play Golf Louisville Day - why not hit the course when you can learn for free? There will be demonstrations, prizes, lessons and more. It's taking place at Seneca Golf Course from 1-4pm. See information here.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Archery Lessons, Ranges and Equipment in and around Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_4044_zps2rv2g2xu.jpgRecently, my twelve year old daughter took up an interest in learning the sport of archery. She became fascinated by archery when the movie "Brave" came out, and of course after the popularity of the "Hunger Games" trilogy. Tidbit: Did you know that Louisville native actress Jennifer Lawrence was on the archery team at JCPS school Kammerer Middle School?

 photo IMG_4046_zpsxd6iec6n.jpgSo, with this newfound interest in a sport for my daughter, we decided to purchase her equipment for Christmas this year after she took some lessons through a four week course at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park back in the fall. She absolutely loved it, and was shooting really well, picking it up quickly and making targets pretty accurately. The instructor at E.P. Tom Sawyer was Nick Price who is a Park Naturalist, and he was great with the kids who were taking lessons. They follow the rules of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP). The sessions take place once a week (choice of days) in the early evening and run $50 for four 1-hour-long lessons. I think that was pretty reasonable, and it was something my daughter thoroughly enjoyed doing. She's been trying to figure out what sport she really wants to pursue, and has finally found a passion with archery. She's even decided to try out for her school's team next year! You can find more information about the NASP archery lessons at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park here. Spring 2016 lessons are starting up on April 12. They will also offer lessons in July and October 2016. There is also an Archery Range at the park which is free and open to the public. Call 502-429-7270 with any questions.

In past years, Jefferson Memorial Forest has also offered an Archery program where children over the age of 8 can learn to shoot a bow and arrow.

Another option to get involved with Archery is through your local 4-H. Contact Dennis Ruhl (druhl@uky.edu) for more information about Archery programs and clubs with the Cooperative Extension Office in Jefferson County. Call 502-569-2344 for more information. There is also a 4-H Shooting Sports Program with the Oldham County Extension Office; 502-222-9453 or 502-222-1983.

We decided, after countless recommendations, to purchase our daughter's bow, arrow, and case and other additional items at King's Archery Outfitters in Fern Creek. Locally owned by some great people, we found every time we've been in the store the staff is overly accommodating and eager to help and answer any and all questions. If you choose to purchase a bow from King's, you can then have access to some free shooting time at the indoor range they have on site. The folks there will also set you up with a personal one on one session on an individual appointment time to go over the basics of archery and cover safety protocols and evaluate where the archery student is in their progress. We bought the Genesis bow and arrow, which is the standard bow and arrow for the NASP and the only one that schools who participate in that archery program and competitions allow students to use. As I stated, King's has an indoor range and you can pay $5 per session to shoot and practice there any time they are open. Since we purchased the Genesis bow there, my daughter received a 5 pass card that she can use at her own leisure. You can also purchase a card for $20 for 5 sessions of practice time. Most practice times run about 1/2 an hour, but if it's not busy and appointments aren't back to back students can practice longer if they want. The owner, Scott King, told me that they also offer lessons and you can call the shop (502-499-6543) and ask for Rachel for details on their various offerings. King's Archery Outfitters is located at 4754 Bardstown Road. The store hours are Tues/Wed/Thurs 12pm-7pm, Fri 12pm-6pm and Sat 11am-5pm.
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When I was shopping around the holidays, I also found that Academy Sports in Middletown has a section devoted to archery as well, and they are another good place to start. Give them a call as well to see if they offer indoor range time and any lessons. They are located at 13401 Shelbyville Road/502-489-5770. Yet, another place to check out for archery equipment is Play It Again Sports. They can be reached at 502-897-3494.

Also, the 2016 National Tournament with NASP will be here in Louisville, May 12-14 at the Kentucky Expo Center and will surely be of interest to archers of all ages!

By guest contributor: Erin

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

5 Kentucky Derby Festival Events Not to Miss

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1. Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars-The Derby Festival’s basketball activities kick off with Night of the Future Stars. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin or a ticket to the Basketball Classic game the next day. Some of the event’s most exciting moments have come during the Slam Dunk, 2-on-2 contest and the 3-point Shootout. Autograph signing opportunities available immediately following the event. 

2. Give A Day: Mayor's Week of Service- Volunteer activities all around the city! Mayor Fischer urges citizens, businesses and civic groups to join in and volunteer. Some of the organizations that will be available for volunteers to help include Brightside, Metro United Way, Dare to Care and WaterStep. Individuals, companies and groups can volunteer online HERE. Louisville non-profit groups, schools and churches may use that same link to list their own projects and request volunteers.

3. U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest: Great Balloon Glimmer- The Glimmer is a “mini-glow,” which kicks-off a weekend full of ballooning events. Balloons will light up on the Great Lawn of Waterfront Park for opening night of Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville and the Chow Wagon. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin.

4. Children's Tea with the Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses- Children are encouraged to dress like a prince or princess for this social event with the members of the Derby Festival’s Royal Court. Follow the link to purchase tickets.

5. Thornton’s Great Bed Races-  Watch as 40+ teams race custom beds on wheels. Expect fun costumes, lots of energy and laughter at this unique event! Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin.

Remember: Kids under the age of 6 do not need pins! 

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Week in Preview April 11th-14th

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Make sure to just play, have fun, and enjoy this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Visit six attractions in downtown Louisville for one great price! Check out “The Main Ticket.” This discount ticket bundles admission to six downtown Louisville attractions, including the Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Kentucky Science Center, KentuckyShow!, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and the Muhammad Ali Center. Prices for The Main Ticket are as follows: Adult passes, $31.99; child’s pass $24.99 (6-12). Once purchased, The Main Ticket can be redeemed once at each aforementioned attraction within a year from the original purchase date. For more information or to purchase Main Tickets, please click here.

Eat it: Head over to Gattiland-Outer Loop in April for the kid's combo deal! Get a $10 game card, kid's buffet, and drink for $10.99 during the month of April. Check out their Facebook page for more!

Move it: Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are Open Play days at Kazoing Party and Play. It's only $6 and from 10-Noon (and 4:00-6:00pm on Wednesdays as well). Check it out here!

Learn it:Take a trip to the Louisville Zoo in April for $5.25 Fun Day Mondays. This includes special activities, zoo-keeper presentations, and a regional art contest for students. Find out more here!

By Guest Contributor: 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: April 8,9,10

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Check out our Spring Fun Page & Deals Page !

If you are looking to round out Spring Break - head to Renaissance Fun Park. For just $20, you get unlimited fun. Go Karts, Mini Golf, Laser Tag.  They open at 10am!

One Love Louisville is looking to inspire youth to become active in the community to help develop ways to engage everyone in positive activities and reduce violence. They are inviting Louisville youth (8-18yrs) and their families to join them as they celebrate the release of the One Love Louisville Youth Edition action plan from 4-7pm at the California Community Center! There will be music & free food........Give-a-Ways too! (First 100 youth receive gifts.)  To vote on top ideas for reducing violence throughout Louisville, be there between 4:00-5:00pm. To hear and/or meet Mayor Fischer and Director of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, Rashaad Abdur-Ahmaad be there by 5:00pm!

Have a Wildcat fan in the family? UK Wildcat, Alex Poythress will be at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass from 2 - 3:30pm! Meet him at Campus Warehouse. First autograph is $25 and includes a complimentary featured print. $15 for each additional signature.

Please note: the previously suggested archery event at Jefferson Memorial Forest, has been cancelled due to the forecast of cold temperatures and high winds. Instructions for credit or refund are available on the event page. This program will be offered again in August. 
UofL’s Opera Theatre presents one of the most beloved, family-friendly classics, Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” in the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater at 2pm.  UofL’s rendition will play up the story’s magical aspects with special effects like smoke, black lights, video projections and slight-of-hand tricks! The show is an accessible introduction to opera for those who may be unfamiliar with the age-old art form, but are curious. Tickets are $20, $10 for students and seniors, free for all UofL students, staff and faculty. For tickets go to kentuckycenter.org or call 502-584-7777. Kentucky Center members call 502-566-5144.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Annual Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea in LaGrange, KY

 photo 20150419_130306-2_zpsyu0envjj.jpgI had the privilege of attending the 8th Annual Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea hosted by Downtown LaGrange. The Blue Hydrangea Tea is a national event to draw attention to ovarian cancer. It supports O.A.K, Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky, with 100% of the donations going to O.A.K.. Cindy Adams, a local downtown LaGrange merchant, started the local version but lost her own battle with ovarian cancer in 2008.

 photo 20150419_130145-1-1-2_zpsrmbmdesl.jpgEach year, more than 2 dozen shops and businesses open from 1pm-5pm on the Sunday afternoon after Thunder of Louisville. Participating businesses offer the opportunity to shop, sample special teas and treats, and enter a drawing for a door prize. Each participant receives a teacup of their choosing, a goodie bag and numbered door prizes tickets to use at each participating store. It is cheaper to buy tickets in advance than at the door ($10 versus $15 in 2015). We enjoyed figuring out which door prizes we liked the most, and adding more tickets to the desired prize drawings.

 photo 20150419_140137-1-1-2_zpsrw7uu60j.jpgThis event was very enjoyable (even in the rain). I'd recommend seeing each store briefly, and returning to the stores for a longer visit after you see them all. That way you can sample all the tea and goodies and decide which door prizes you want to divide your tickets among. We found we shopped too long at the initial shops, and then had trouble getting to some of the outlying shops off Main Street in time (and they had some of the best prizes and fewest entries!).

 photo 20150419_140709-2_zpsvmw5joky.jpgThere was live music, good deals, and friendly volunteers and shop keepers throughout the event. In past years, attendees have dressed up for the event in nicer weather, but we saw all assortments of dress. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes - there is a lot of walking, but it is on level sidewalks. This event may not be fun for young children, however there were some well behaved children who did not mind the shopping and enjoyed all the sugary treats! It seems like a great event for a mom and teen daughter outing, or an event for out-of-town guests that are visiting for Thunder. Most of the tea is stroller/handicap accessible, however some of the stores are crowded with products and not very accessible, or up a step or flight of steps. There were minivan "buses" that would stop at areas all around the tea locations if you are able to get in and out easily.

I'll look forward to returning to Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea each year. It was not only enjoyable, but a great fundraiser for a great cause!

The 2016 Blue Hydrangea Tea will take place Sunday, April 17, from 1 - 5pm. 

By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Introduction to Revolution Devo Cycling - A new bicycling team for kids in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_4662_zpsorc76taq.jpgGetting kids on bikes- a happy place for me! 

I am a major advocate for bike riding, any and all forms of it, and believe getting a kid on a bicycle can be one of the best things ever. 

As a child, one of my favorite things was riding my bike. When I got in trouble that was the first thing my parents took away from me. I did all my chores, plus a few of my sisters, to get my bike riding privileges back. When I heard about Revolution Devo Cycling, it brought a big smile to my face and made me wish there was something like this in my childhood. 

Revo Devo is a new cycling program in Louisville for kids that teaches them how to race their bicycle and have fun. It was founded by families that love to race bikes and wanted to share what they new with the next generation and get more kids (and parents) involved in the wonderful world of cycling. 

To get involved kids need to be able to ride a two-wheel bike and have a positive attitude about riding. The Revo Devo team will work with the child to put them in an appropriate skill level.  Kids will learn the basics of riding, racing and how to have fun while doing it all.  The cost to join Revo Devo is minimal and covers the cost of a team jersey and shorts. Revo Devo holds weekly practices that cover all different cycling disciplines such as mountain bike, road riding, and cyclocross, depending on the season. They also focus on other aspects of riding, such as, what to do when you drop your chain, get a flat tire, or how to get back up when you fall. 

 photo IMG_4661_zpsiswuikzz.jpgThis team prides themselves on giving kids the skills they need to grow into the racing world and feel confident in their skills. One thing they are doing to help foster a positive, fun environment is a mentoring program. Kids are paired up with adults that race, both male and female, to be able to ask them questions, hear about their experience, and know they have someone to talk to about what they might be experiencing. 

You can see all the fun that is Revolution Devo Cycling by going to the webpageFacebook, Instagram and Twitter. To find out how to get your kid(s) involved you can contact Michael Seiler at bikezen@gmail.com. 

As a person the loves the joy of riding and wants others to share that love, this is a perfect opportunity to get the kids started off in the right program with people that truly love the sport of cycling and understand what it takes to have fun and learn. 

By Guest Contributor: Christine 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Week in Preview April 4th-7th

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Happy Spring Break!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Go for a day trip around Kentucky or Indiana. Check out our post here, decide which one is best for your family, and go on an adventure!

Eat it:With so much fun going on, you best take a break for food! Head to your local McAlister's and get a FREE kids meal from 4pm-close with an adult meal purchased, Monday-Thursday. Kids must be present. Check here to find one near you!

Move it: Join Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest for a Tree-rific Spring Break week Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8. in conjunction with the Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat exhibit.
Spring break activities are FREE and take place at Bernheim’s Visitor Center. Find more information here!

Learn it: Skate My Way Skateboard Build Program - April 5-7 from 1-5 p.m. – Middle School students. Taught by certified skateboard build instructors, participants will design and create their own, usable skateboards. All supplies are included. Space is limited to 10 participants at each location and participants must attend all three days of the workshop. Parental permission and sign-up are required: call Kate Schiavi at (502) 574-1620 to register.
Bon Air Library - April 4-6, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Iroquois Library - April 5-7, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Southwest Regional Library - April 6-8, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

** For more Spring Break ideas, check out our Spring Fun links! 

By Guest Contributor: 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: April 1,2,3

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Check out our Spring Fun Page & Deals Page !

There's a special "Princess High Tea" at Sisters Tea Parlor in Buckner - conveniently located off of I71. They will serve bottomless pots of tea, fruit salad and child-friendly tiered tea tray. Every guest will receive a special gift - the cost is $20 per person. Reservations required, call 502-222-6420 

Louisville City FC has their season home opener at Slugger Field vs. the NY Redbulls at 3pm.  Click here to find a special code to use when you get tickets, you'll be supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters!  These games are a ton of fun - read about them here.

Paint something for spring!  Whet Your Palette has half off canvases from 6-8pm, it's a seriously good deal.
SimCave is having "Kids Day Out" which is a fun way for them to enjoy some gaming (and dancing in the "Just Dance" room while you run some errands or have coffee with a friend!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

Best Music Classes in Louisville for Moms and Babies

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Your baby’s ears are wide open!

 photo hmt march post2_zps7pyrh1ge.jpgYour baby started listening to your voice at even before birth! If you sing while you’re pregnant, your baby will have favorite songs even before birth.
Babies learn music the same way they learn language, and on the same schedule. The sooner you sing to your baby, the sooner your child will develop his or her own music skills.
Music is good for babies and young children 

Lullabies can literally change your baby’s body chemistry for the better! When you sing, your child’s body produces endorphins that help soothe him or her to sleep.
Music is a natural tantrum buster! Children who are exposed to regular music making when young are better at managing their emotions to stay calm in difficult situations.

Music is good for you!

 photo hmt march post_zpsejuk9dsb.jpgWhen you sing, your body releases anti-stress hormones to help you feel better and sleep better. Lullabies are good for you too, not just for your baby!

Join a Music Together class, and you’ll get songs to sing, play ideas, recordings, and more parent resources with every class. We'll show you ways to interact and play with your baby, and we'll help you understand and recognize your baby's musical development.

Spring classes have started and there's room for you. 
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• Babies only classes (0-8 months)
• Mixed-age classes (0-4 years)
• Class locations all around the city. There’s one near you!

(502) 491-3131