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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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Readers - We are taking a publishing break until the week of January 2nd.  We are linking up some awesome posts that will help you over winter break.  Thank you so much for your readership - we hope you have a wonderful holiday and that 2017 brings you joy and prosperity.

Winter Fun Links

10 Free Things to Do over Winter Break

Best Christmas Lights!

New Year's Eve for families

Popular Post - Waverly Hills Light Show

Ideas for indoor fun

Give the Gift of Kentucky Experiences

Monday, December 19, 2016

Review of Sing by Illumination Entertainment

 photo IMG_1299_zpsq2xhqbnw.jpgWe were recently lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the new computered animated movie, Sing. All 4 of us give it two thumbs way up!

Sing follows struggling theater owner, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) and his attempts to save the family business. After he has lost all hope he comes up with the idea of a singing competition (think American Idol with animated characters). The story goes on to follow his contestants and their stage fright, family life (good and bad), and of course some run ins with bad guys. You’ll enjoy the music as it jumps from great throw-backs to pop hits from today.

The whole family enjoyed this wonderful film that entertains kids and adults alike. At the end of the show we saw only grins as we exited the theater. Several little ones were dancing in the aisles as the credits rolled.

This is a great film to fill in the blanks this holiday season. A fantastically fun family movie experience you won’t regret. Sing opens on December 21, 2016 and is rated PG. 

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Week in Preview December 19th-22nd

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Schools are out so make some time for fun!

Click here to see the holiday events list.

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Join the Jefferson Memorial Forest & Natural Areas for their Holiday Open House Thursday, December 22nd from 1:00-4:00pm. Guests can create ornaments, embark on a scavenger hunt and even enjoy a few cookies. You can also find some great last-minute gifts for friends and family! Click here for more information!

Eat it: Choose your favorite cookie recipe or two and have a family night of cooking. Pair them with some yummy hot chocolate and settle in for a Christmas movie!

Move it: Strap on your roller skates and get moving this week! Bring 2 non perishable food items to Champs Rollerdrome and receive free admission (any session from the 19th-22nd). Find out more on their website!

Learn it: Drop in to the Iroquois Library on Monday, December 19th for their Family Art Studio. From 2:00-4:00pm you can make a present to give. Find more information here!

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: December 16,17,18

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Do you have any Fandom Fest/Comic Con lovers in your house?  Fandom Fest is hosting a Christmas Bash at The Nerdy Planet.  They will have a free gift for everyone, refreshments, door prizes and more.  It's from 7-9pm. Details here.

Love City Inc. wants the community to gather for caroling and hand out 100 donated food baskets from 5-6:30pm. Details here. Love City is a non-profit organization in Portland with the goal to support and lift up children's dreams for their future. Join them to spread love!

It's Nutcracker on Ice (also on Saturday) at 1:30pm and 4:30pm at Iceland. Support these young skater and enjoy this show!


P.S. - Tune in! Stephanie and Dan talk about our favorite holiday movies!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Coffee Zone in Westport Village, Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_0552_zpslybmdaoz.jpgWestport Village has a new coffee shop called The Coffee Zone and we all hope it is here to stay. It went into the old Heine Brothers space, right next to The Comfy Cow.

 photo IMG_0549_zpsc8ls5vet.jpgI pretty much stick with the same thing when getting fancy coffee, a vanilla latte, however, I noticed they had some seasonal flavors and said why not try it? So I got a vanilla latte with a splash of bourbon syrup, whole milk but hold the whip. It was so good, I went back the next day and got another. It had the aroma of mild coffee (not sugar), was just the right temp for sipping, and was not overly sweet or strong.

If you don’t like coffee, no worries. They have seasonal hot chocolate- I will be in line soon to try the Bourbon Caramel Hot Chocolate and report back. They also have frozen beverages and smoothies.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. They offered suggestions on flavors to try and what would mix well. I did not have a chance to drill them on the different types of coffee they offer and what regions they are from but I know you can buy it by the pound and more.

I have yet to try the varity of baked goods they offered, but overheard some people trying them and approving.

The Coffee Zone is a nice and big space that worked well for my 9 a.m. meeting. There are lots of places to sit, a few big tables, and some smaller ones. In the warm months there is lots of outdoor seating that works for people watching.

 photo IMG_0551_zpsbpi0ugx6.jpgI suggest liking their Facebook page and checking back for specials. They post them up there from time to time. I noticed once they offeres a $2, 12oz latte any flavor...for example.

The other good news is you can put your name in at Wild Eggs and take your pager with you to sip on some coffee while you wait.

Overall I really enjoyed The Coffee Zone and have been back a few times. They are friendly, clean, convenient to my home and seve up a great cup of coffee.

By Guest Contributor: Christine

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review of Birthday Party at House of Boom in Louisville

We opted to have my daughter's "friend party" at House of Boom this past spring to celebrate her 13th birthday and we were very pleased with the party experience.

 photo 0421161814a_zpsf6mztahs.jpgWe chose a week night party to save a little bit of money; week day (Monday-Thursday) parties run $225-$500 depending on the number of jumpers in your party. Weekend parties Friday-Sunday run $275-$550. A birthday party package at House of Boom includes a one hour flight ticket for each jumper and exclusive use of a party room for 45 minutes after your jump time (you jump first, then have the party room for food, cake, presents, etc.). You will have your own party hostess assigned to your party who will help with set up and clean up of the room, included in the price is all paper goods, utensils, etc. and table covers, although guests can bring in their own if desired. You are also allowed to bring in any food, drink, and cake or desserts. The birthday person also received a free flight t-shirt.

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My daughter's party was on a Thursday evening starting around 5pm. Since she is in middle school, that time worked best for kids arriving from home and getting back home in time for homework and other family matters. I allowed her to invite 10 friends, so the party was the base price of $225 before taxes. They all arrived right on time and got their personal items stowed away and gifts dropped off in the party room. With their ages, I didn't mind parents leaving their kids there at the site. Anyone who had not filled out an online waiver form had to have one filled out by a parent before they could start jumping. The waiver form is required and there are no exceptions. They keep them on file so if you have kids who have been to HOB previously, staff will be able to search for their waiver through their account. Online waivers can be found here https://houseofboom.pfestore.com/waiver/WaiverInfo.aspx

 photo 0421161924_zps0dbekmpd.jpgMy daughter and her friends had a blast jumping and goofing off for an hour. Because it was an early evening on a Thursday, the place really wasn't that busy at all so they practically had it to themselves. After exhausting themselves, they headed to the party room to eat pizza, have some drinks and cake, and open presents. I had ordered Papa John's pizza online for them ahead of time through the mobile app and had it delivered directly to HOB, plus used one of their popular coupon codes!

My daughter made great memories at her 13th party with all of her closest friends, and we will definitely think about using HOB for a birthday party again. The party hostess was a great help and having to listen to and work with 11 tweens and teenagers (who can get pretty loud in that party room), she deserved an A+! I really loved watching the teens let loose and just be kids again; this age is so fun! I recommend booking a party on a weeknight if you can fit it into your schedule for a less crowded experience and to save a little bit in your pocket.

House of Boom is located at 100 Urton Lane, Louisville, KY 40223

By guest contributor: Erin

Monday, December 12, 2016

Basketball Lessons for Kids

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In a positive, safe environment, the coaching staff will provide this group a basic introduction to the game of basketball with a focus on improving the kids' motor skills through different activities and games. During each 45-minute class, the Lil Ballers will participate in warm-up/stretching, instructional/activities and implementation/scrimmage sessions.
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Clinics provide growth opportunities for beginners to basketball, all the way through the advanced high school player! Your child will learn about teamwork, fair play, and the rules of the game all while developing individual skills.

The Youth Recreational Basketball League is a co-ed league for ages 3 years – 4th grade. It is a great league to help kids learn and enhance the fundamentals of the game of basketball. The league offers approximately 7 games and 9 practices. All practices will be held on Monday or Wednesday evenings and all games will be held on Saturday mornings.

October – February (with open enrollment)
These teams are designed for those athletes that do not play on their school teams, but wish to compete in a competitive environment. The program is designed to simulate a “school season” for the players while preparing them for next year’s try-outs.
This group also has a March – July summer program.
The summer program takes your player’s basketball skills to a new level during their “off season.” This is a 6 month commitment designed to improve your athlete’s skill level by having regular team practices.

Click here for more information about these classes or to sign up!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Week in Preview December 12th-15th

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Star Wars, the Grinch, and Santa are just a few of the fun options to choose from this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Celebrate Dr. Seuss with The Grinch Who Stole Christmas at the Fairdale Library on Thursday at 6pm. They will watch the classic film, craft and eat themed snacks. Ages Preschool+. Find out more here!

For the Star Wars fan, head over to the Main Library on Tuesday at 7pm. Join biographer Brian Jay Jones for a discussion of his latest book George Lucas: A Life, detailing the incredible life story of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones creator. This program is free, but tickets are required. Get your tickets here!

Eat it: Kids eat FREE at Sandi's Kitchen from now until Christmas from 4-8pm! Dine in only, one per adult. Check it out here!

Move it: Go see Santa at All About Kids-Oldham County Location on Thursday, December 15th from 5:30-6:30pm. While you are there get moving during the Fun Zone (4-8pm, kids 10 and under, cost is $8 per child).

Learn it: Join Side by Side for their Open Studio on Monday from 10-11am or Tuesday from 4-5pm. Open Studio is a drop-in event and pre-registration is not required. Cost is $10. Check out their website for more information!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: December 9,10,11

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This is a big weekend for holiday events, but not everything........... 

This looks so cool and cold but I think it you prepare, it will be fine! Layer up, bring lots of blankets and wear warm shoes. There's a Geminid Meteor Shower Program from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Jefferson Memorial Forest.  Look for shooting stars whizzing overhead with one of their naturalists. They'll also have a guided cosmic hike and hot chocolate and coffee will be available. They'll have telescopes set up. Pre-registration required, call 368-5404. It's$8 per person.

Head to New Albany for an Old-Fashioned Christmas featuring Victorian carolers through downtown, rides in a horse-drawn carriages, a lovely bell choir performance, and unique boutiques and stores with retro storefronts decorations fit for the season. It runs from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in downtown New Albany. It's free and food will be available for purchase.

I have to be honest, I may or may not have chosen this event because I wanted to say Schnitzelburg. Say it, it's kind of funny and makes me smile!  Santa and the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council are celebrating the holiday season! Meet at Emerson Park under the Jim King Gazebo for hot chocolate, snacks, and holiday cheer at 5:30. Kids can sit on Santa's lap for photos. Then, everyone will walk along Hickory Street and sing Christmas carols together. So simple and fun.


P.S. - Tune in! Stephanie and Dan talk about career shifts - the gal we interview used to fit bras and now she's all about burgers.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Waverly Hills Laser Light Show

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When I think of Christmas traditions, Waverly Hills Sanatorium has never come to mind. Mostly known for being one of the most haunted places on earth, I never thought I would be intentionally heading up that winding road in my minivan with my husband and three children in tow. We all still sleep with a night light and creepy is totally not our thing. That being said, I have always been a little bit curious about Waverly Hills. Besides, who doesn’t like a Christmas light show?

 photo 20161202_175921_zpsnx0jcooq.jpgSo we all piled up and headed to the Sanatorium for the Waverly Hills Laser Light Show. As soon as we got through the gates, there were Christmas lights and themes galore all the way up to main attraction! Santa and his reindeer, a nativity set, dinosaurs, nutcrackers, all sorts of inflatables, and more lined the windy drive up to Waverly Hills.

We attended the first showing at 6, and we were the first ones in and got the prime spot right in the middle. Looking straight up at the looming building and all its history was actually pretty awesome and only slightly moved the needle on my creepy meter. We were instructed to turn our radio to a specific station then we waited for the light show.

My kids flat out thought it was amazing!! The lights are perfectly synchronized to all the Christmas favorites from Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree to Silent Night to a seasonal Turn Down For What. Lights danced in front of us in so many forms and kept us all entranced for the entire show. We were all singing along and some wonderfully beautiful memories were made. I mean, who can forget a laser light show at Waverly Hills? Besides the flawlessly executed lights on the building’s façade, the historical setting makes for a pretty fantastic experience.

 photo b5ee893b-f111-4bae-a6ce-fcfe443e2575_zpsrbw3jrtd.jpgIt’s definitely worth the $25 admission for a carload of up to 7 people. Waverly Hills has teamed up with Dare to Care, and if you bring some non-perishable foods, you get $5 off your admission along with some holiday warm fuzzies for helping a good cause. Every Friday and Saturday through Christmas Eve, the shows start at 6 p.m. and are every half hour until 10 (gates open at 5:30). I would recommend going around 7 for the second hour. We were at the first show and there were a couple technical difficulties with the sound, so when we go next year (and we WILL go next year), we’ll wait until a later showing

 photo 20161202_181551_zpspvljbrmc.jpgThe show is appropriate for all ages; just make sure everyone takes a potty break beforehand as there are no facilities. We were able to completely shut the engine down on the van without getting cold, but a festive idea would be to take a thermos of hot chocolate and some fuzzy blankets if the weather is a little too frightful. So go enjoy the show and have some Louisville Family Fun!

By Guest Contributor: Dana

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift Ideas FROM Teachers

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We talked to local teachers to find out what toys and games they'd love their students to receive this holiday season.

Preschool ideas:

Playdough, Mr. Potato Head, stringing beads, Lite-Brite and scissors all help develop fine motor skills.

Building toys like Lego and Lincoln Logs are helpful for creativity as well as fine motor skills.

Snail's Pace Race teaches color, counting and taking turns without competitiveness.

Spelling Bee Bingo reinforces letters.

CandyLand and Chutes and Ladders teach basic counting skills.

Sum Swamp teaches basic math skills.

Dice games help with recognizing patterns and counting.

*Teacher Tip! - When playing board game, have your kids follow ALL of the rules ALL of the time, and make sure to let your child lose about half the time.

*Teacher Tip! A small white board is an easy, inexpensive gift that most children love. In addition to letting your child play with it independently, keeping it close by when doing reading homework in later years can be really helpful.

Elementary ideas

Grades K-1

Hullabaloo gets little ones moving.

Uncle Wiggily for number fluency.

WOO! introduces simple addition and spelling concepts.

Coggy encourages visual-spatial skills, critical thinking and logic.

Grades 2-3

SET family card game is great for higher level thinking.

Tenzi and Slapzi encourage dexterity, quick thinking, and interaction.

Perplexus improves hand-eye coordination and spatial relations and develops motor and dexterity skills.

Rory's Story Cubes is a creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play.

Grades 4-5

Rummikub encourages family interaction and logic.

Qwirkle encourages visual thinking and planning, strategy. A LouFamFun fave!

Blokus develops logic and spacial perception while kids learn to be tactical.

Ivan’s Hinge patterned challenge cards invite curiosity, logic, determination and refines visual spatial skills.

*Teacher Tip! Bring the classic board games back into the home. With the electronics explosion we are experiencing in our world, conversation between parents and children has been reduced tremendously. There seems to be a decline in language and vocabulary skills in the past 5-6 years that could be attributed to too much screen time. Playing a board game encourages lots of healthy dialogue! Not to mention the added benefit of learning to take turns, win and lose gracefully and think strategically.

*Reading Intervention Teacher Tip!!! Books are the best gift of all. While electronic books are awesome and easy to access, I have noticed in the past few years that some of my beginning readers struggle with turning pages, reading the left page before the right page and understanding directionality of print. Having an adult read a real book with or to a child naturally establishes these early concepts of print. It also encourages lots of rich conversation – so healthy!

Note: Amazon affiliate links were provided for visual aid. These games and toys are available at many retailers, including local independent toy stores, so be sure to check your favorite store.

By Guest Contributor: Dana

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Week in Preview December 5th-8th

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No time to sit still, get moving and have some fun!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it:Splurge a little this week and go see Linkin' Bridge and Tom Mabe on Thursday. Join them as they give back with a night of entertainment and inspiration to benefit Blessings in a Backpack and 100 Black Men of Louisville at The Kentucky Center on Thursday, December 8th starting at 7pm. For more information check it out here!

Eat it:Have dinner Tuesday at Senor Iguanas and get a free kid's meal with the purchase of an adult meal! Check out their website for more information!

Move it: Get moving at KaZoing Party and Play on Wednesday, December 7th for their Holiday Party from 5-8pm! Free Santa visit, jumping elves, face painting, and more! Admission is 1 new unopened gift per child or $8 to be donated to Foster Care Children in the community. Find out all the news here!

Learn it: Join others at the Santa’s Workshop at the Main Library in Oldham County on Tuesday from 6-8pm! This year, they are celebrating the holidays and local ingenuity. Children can make a variety of crafts and science projects in the elf themed maker room. Families can enjoy holiday music and refreshments while interacting with local artisans. Learn about the different processes of creating from experts in weaving, glass bead making, molding, and more. Don’t miss out on this free event for all ages! Find more information here!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Picks for things to do this weekend around Louisville: December 2,3,4

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Adventure throughout Kentuckiana this weekend:

Waverly Hills celebrates the Holidays with a Laser Light Show! Drive up the newly decorated winding road to Waverly Hills, see the beautiful historic building, and enjoy a laser show unlike anything else in town. And you never have to leave the warmth of your car! Bring non-perishable food items for a Dare to Care and receive $5 off your admission! Gates open from 5:30 to 10:00 pm For a standard car (Max 7 people): $25.00 per vehicle.

 photo 11 x 17 2016 Christmas poster-FINAL_zpsnbevg5cj.jpgWe've said it before, we really enjoy events at the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve and their annual Nature of Christmas event is Saturday from noon - 3pm.  They have crafts, shopping, treats and hot chocolate, food, hay rides and of course, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus (1:30-3pm). The Bell Choir plays at 12:30pm and it's very nice!  It's free (donations encouraged).

Skate with Santa at the Jeffersonville Ice Rink. The rink is real ice and located at Market & Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Santa is there on Sunday from 1-4pm. It is $8 per person and there's a $2 discount if you bring your own skates. Hopefully the rain holds off during this time!


P.S. - Tune in! Stephanie and Dan talk about community service

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Free Things To Do in and around Louisville, KY, December 2016

There's so much going on in December and we know......it involves a lot of spending.  So, let's take a moment to focus on some FREE family fun!

1. Carriage Rides with Santa
Every Saturday and Sunday through December 18, 2016, 12:00 -4:00PM
Head to the Paddock Shops and enjoy a free ride with carriage ride with Santa around the shopping area.

2. Speed Art Museum Free Admission
Every Sunday, 12:00- 5:00PM
Thanks to a generous contribution from Brown-Forman, anyone can visit the Speed for free on Sundays through March 2021.

3. Nutcracker Family Storytime at Louisville Free Public Library Branches
Thursday, December 01, 2016, 6:30 PM, Iroquois
Tuesday, December 06, 2016, 6:30 PM, St. Matthews
Thursday, December 08, 2016, 6:30 PM, Main Library

Children of all ages and their families are invited to one of six special Nutcracker Family Storytimes with Louisville Ballet. The events feature a Louisville Ballet dancer reading the classic holiday story The Nutcracker, followed by Nutcracker-inspired crafts and activities. PLUS, one lucky family at each storytime will receive 4 tickets to see Louisville Ballet’s production of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.

4. The Polar Express Storytime- Friday December 2, 2016 7:00 PM
All aboard! Come in your PJs and join in the magical evening at Barnes and Noble at the Paddock Shops or the Shoppes at Plainview as they host their annual Polar Express Storytime. Coloring and activities to follow, including writing a Dear Santa letter. Also check out their holiday themed story times on Saturdays throughout the month of December.

5. Highview Holiday Fest- Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:00-8:00PM
Join the holiday fun at the Highview Holiday Fest at the Highview Park and SE Government Center on Outer Loop. Free, fun, family friendly event.

6. Light Up the Village at Westport Village- Friday, December 2, 2016, 5:00PM
Westport Village will host its Light Up The Village holiday celebration with festivities that will include decorations, lights, holiday cheer and special promotions and give aways at select shops.

7. 13th Annual Nature of Christmas in Goshen- Saturday, December 3 from 12 – 3 p.m. (Rain Date December 10)

Get into the holiday spirit with your friends, family and neighbors at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve! Come for the free chili, hot dogs and hot chocolate. Enjoy live music, artisans and gift booths, crafts and the always popular hay ride. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here for photos and to hand out treat bags to the first 200 children.

8. Light Up St. Matthews- Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4:00-6:00PM

Go to Brown Park for Light Up St. Matthews, a neighborhood tradition for decades! Enjoy light displays cookies and hot chocolate, a live DJ, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, activities for the kids, and fun for the entire family. At 6 p.m. the event concludes with Santa turning on the lights throughout the park.

9. Building Workshops- Saturday, December 3, 2016

Little builders can enjoy a free workshop at Home Depot to build a Gingerbread Man Candy Dish or the Lowes Build and Grow Workshop to build Christmas Ornaments. Register online to attend either event.

10. Family Fun Night: Holiday Open House- Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm

Go to the Oldham County Library for a festive evening including crafts, music and refreshments.

11. Festival of Nativities- December 8-10, 2016

See over 500 nativity scenes from around the world at The Crestwood Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Attractions include: Children's room, Treat Room, Family Photo Booth, Nativity Art Tours, Live Artists, Living Nativity, Musical Concerts, Nativity Story Readings in English and Español.

12. Christmas Gift and Décor Show- December 9-11, 2016

Head to the Kentucky Expo Center and enjoy free admission to the show with over 750 vendors and free pictures with Santa!

By Guest Contributor: Tami