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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Week in Preview February 1st-4th

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It's time for some Louisville February Fun!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: It's $5 February for the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, the Muhammad Ali Center, and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. The promotion encourages locals to enjoy these wonderful attractions that are close to home. Thanks to $5 February, Kentucky and Indiana residents can escape a cold winter day and experience world-class, indoor entertainment without having to travel very far or spend a lot of money. Find out more here!

Eat it: Head out to Texican's BBQ Pitt for Kids Eat FREE on Mondays. Kids 12 and under eat free with an adult meal purchase. Find out more here!

Move it: Get jumping at House of Boom for Kid's Jump on Monday from 9am-10am. Every Mon-Sat 9am-10am is special pricing per hour for jump times for ages 6 & under. One accompanying adult jumps free per child paid! (This excludes the 2 and under jump for free.)

Learn it: Head to your local Community Center on Thursdays for Organ Wise Guys! This is a program that helps kids be smart from the inside out. From 6:00-6:30 and for children ages 6-10. Contact your local Community Center for more information!



By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: January 29,30,31

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Check out our web calendar and Winter Fun Links page too!

Friday:
As winter goes, Friday is going to be pretty mild.  Same with Saturday.  We think it would be a great day to head to the Louisville Zoo!  If you bring a canned food item to donate to Dare to Care or show your Kroger plus card, you receive a $1 discount on admission!

Saturday:
If you need to run some errands and the kids are whining about having to tag along - SimCave is having Kid's Day Out.  They have times for both Saturday and Sunday and it's just $15.  Space is limited so sign up online.

On an unseasonably warm day in January, maybe walking around The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass would lead you to deals - there's always sales toward the end of a season.  If you haven't been to Johnny Rockets yet, that would be perfect for dinner.   


Sunday: 
Some rain might roll in on Sunday so head to the UofL WBB game vs Wake Forest.These games are affordable and fun! 

It's the last day of the Louisville RV, Boat and Sportshow.  This event is free for kids 15 and under and there are endless things to look at and do!


Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
~Stephanie

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review of Soap Making Class at The Little Loomhouse

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A friend and I decided to try out a soap making class at The Little Loomhouse recently and had a really fun evening. Neither of us was really sure what we were getting ourselves into so we were a little apprehensive of what was to come. Mona (our teacher) was very experienced and all of the supplies that were needed were provided with the price of the class. The class was small, which was good, since some of the steps to making soap is a little dangerous (science is cool!). Mona guided us through all the steps including measuring out lye and oils, melting all the oils needed, and helping us pick the essential oils that we wanted.

 photo IMG_2114_zpsontzsemo.jpg After lots of stirring by hand and with an immersion blender, we poured our soaps into a rain gutter molds and let it sit for a week. We met back the following week and split all the scented soaps between us. Rosemary mint, orange, spice, and lavender were a few that we made. Because all were hand made by different people they all had their own unique character and will make excellent Christmas gifts (unless I keep them for myself!). Mona also provided us with the recipe she used if we wanted to try it at home.

The Little Loomhouse offers various classes throughout the year including Introduction to Basket Weaving, Weaving Basic Classes, various Field Trips, and Introduction to Spinning. I was also told that they will probably do another soap making class in the spring. Find more information on their website or Facebook page! The Little Loomhouse is located at 328 Kenwood Hill Road.

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Parents' Night Out Options in the Louisville Area

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Of course you love spending time with your kids, but who doesn’t enjoy a night out without the kids once in a while? Below is a list of places in the Louisville area that offer fun Parents' Night Out options. Some information can easily be found online, but we recommend contacting the business directly to verify details in an event that they change without notice.


All About Kids – Slumber Parties or PNO available at 2 locations for ages 4 and up (must be potty-trained). Pizza provided. The dates alternate between the 2 locations (usually on Friday nights). Louisville: $38 per child 6:30pm-9am or $28 6:30-11pm. Oldham: $35 per child 6:30pm-9am or $25 6:30-11pm. There is an additional $5 charge if you register the day of the event.


Power and Grace Gymnastics offers a monthly Parent's Night Out option for kids potty trained to age 11.  Open gym, snacks and a movie. It's $35.

STEAMPunks has a unique learning-fun Parent's Night Out option, it's kept small and runs for four hours. Kids engage in STEAM activities with instructors, eat, watch movies and more.  They have this once a month and it's $35.

Turnip the Beet has unique cooking classes for kids and they offer PNO as well.  It is $60 for three hours and just $20 more for each additional sibling. It is for kids ages 7 and up. They make a meal together based on a movie theme!

My Gym – Select dates for children 16 months – 8 years old. $25 first child, $15 add’l child. Pizza and drinks provided. (Open to non-members!) 5-9pm

YMCA Louisville – Select dates available at different branches. Pricing, times, availability to non-members and activities vary between branches. Check your local branch’s website or call the branch directly for information.

Louisville Gymnastics – Select Saturday nights for potty-trained children. $30 includes activities, food & drinks. 2 locations available. 6-10pm

Jewish Community Center – Select dates for children age 2 – 6th grade. $20 members, $10 add’l child, $30 non-members, $10 add’l child. Activities may include swimming, movie, craft, etc. Snacks provided, but parents must pack a dinner for their children. 5:30-9:30pm

Blairwood Kids Night Out - Tennis, pizza, friends, and fun! This exciting clinic keeps kids moving. Parents can drop their kids off and have a Saturday evening to themselves, knowing the kids are having fun and learning a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime. $25/member, $35/non-member. Full price for first child, half-price for each additional sibling. Advance registration is encouraged so we can adequately staff the events.

KY Science Center – Drop & Date program for children grades K-6. $35 members, $15 add’l child, $45 non-members, $20 add’l child. 6:30-10:00pm
By guest contributor: Nicolle 

**Prices and schedules may change, always check with the location**

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Week in Preview January 25th - 28th

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Basketball and snow tubing are some of the activities you can enjoy this week!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: It's Big Brothers Big Sisters Night with the UofL Women's Basketball on Thursday, January 28th! Be sure to click the special ticket link on the event page and use code BBBS to get tickets for just $3!Find out more here!

Eat it: Kids eat FREE on Monday at Christi's Cafe on Dixie Highway. From 4pm-close you can get a free kids meal with each adult meal purchased! Check out their Facebook page for more information!

Move it: Head over to Perfect North Slopes for some snow tubing! Monday - Thursday: 1:00pm - 9:30pm (non-holiday) but make sure you check their website for news and snow reports for updates and weather related changes!

Learn it: On Tuesday, January 26th, join the Kentucky Science Center for their hour long play date starting at 8:30am. Open to visitors ages 0-4 and their adult caregivers. Check it out here for more information!



By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 


Thursday, January 21, 2016

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

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Check out our web calendar and Winter Fun Links page too! 

UPDATE: 2:15 time slot SOLD OUT. No walk ins!

SUNDAY
 JANUARY 24th 2-6pm 
(3 jump times to choose from)
$10
House of Boom 
LouFamFun 6th BIRTHDAY PARTY 
Reasons to go:
They aren't usually open on Sunday - they are opening just for this!
It's jumping at a discount
It's 100% for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
You'll have severe cabin fever because of the snow and this is the cure
Jumpers get ice cream from The Arctic Scoop!
Jumpers get Papa John's Louisville & Pepsi
Chance to win awesome prizes
Goody Bags for kids!
More Than Entertainment with awesome tunes
Selfies with Louisville City FC soccer players!
Activities with Derby City Pediatric Dentistry and Side by Side Studio
Shall I go on?

You must register online by 10am on Sunday to be entered into the raffle drawings
Tickets available at the door for the jump times, watch Facebook to see if times sell out
Parents do not have to purchase tickets for themselves if they are accompanyng paid jumpers

There are few weeks out of the year when we don't give multiple recommendations.  Well, on Saturday - we recommend snuggling under blankets, playing in the heaps of snow and drinking lots of hot chocolate. And then, on Sunday.....when the roads have cleared, as they will...........HOUSE OF BOOM with us!!!  Help Big Brothers Big Sisters #ForTheKids


Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
~Stephanie

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review of the Cottage Inn in Louisville, KY

My husband and I rarely get a date night anymore together, so we opt for lunch dates instead! A few months ago we tried a place that has been in Louisville for a while, but one we had not been to before. We had an early lunch at Cottage Inn on Eastern Parkway across from the famed ice cream place, Dairy Kastle. Our lunch date was superb, and the food was downright delicious and full of southern flair.

 photo 10553430_10152544382323905_8896038961195631197_n_zpswvha6vp9.jpgI tried the fried chicken tender salad for $8.99. My husband opted for the daily lunch special which was hot roast beef with two sides. He had green beans and mashed potatoes with gravy. It was $7.99, and both meals were scrumptious! I thought for the amount of food that the prices were great, and the atmosphere inside Cottage Inn is just as simple, sweet, cozy and quaint as you can imagine. This restaurant has been serving up their southern dishes with just as much southern hospitality since 1929! They do have huge selections of delectable desserts, some of which are the only thing that some people come in for! The long counter at the front of the restaurant is topped with huge glass serving dishes of pies and cakes, and although we didn't try dessert that day because we were so full, we took note of them for next time!

They do get pretty busy at lunch time, and they do have limited seating space, so arriving at the earlier start of lunch rush hour is recommended. If the inside is small looking, take a look at the tiny parking lot. But don't let it fool you, you can find parking a little further down on the street. It is, affectionately speaking, a "hole-in-the-wall" kind of place, but is clean and very charming. I personally love these kinds of places; they are what make our culinary city so unique and thriving.

Cottage Inn is located at 570 Eastern Parkway. Call 502-637-4325 with any questions and for the lunch hours (starting at 10:45am I believe).


By guest contributor: Erin
photo courtesy of Cottage Inn, Facebook

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Review of Movie Experience at Xscape Theater in Louisville, KY

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 photo 20151018_120256-1_zps1vqvnt5b.jpgMy husband and I recently had a great date night at the new Xscape Theater off Blankenbaker. It was a little pricier than some of the alternatives, but it had some perks.

Of course, everything at Xscape looked new and clean. The large popcorn and large drinks come with a free refill for that day. Yum! Best of all, the seats were fully reclining with electric controls. All of the theaters seemed to have less than 100 seats each despite there usual theater size, because the reclining seats are so large, and the aisles so wide between each row. One of the couples with us stated they enjoy going to Xscape for the comfort, however, if the movie is slow, you risk falling asleep because they are so comfortable. The only thing negative we experienced was the small size of the bathrooms, which created a long line when the movie let out.

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$7 matinee ticket (vs $5.90 Tinseltown, $6.15 St Matthews Mall, and $7 at Stonybrook)

$10 regular ticket (vs $9.40 Tinseltown, $9.40 St Matthews Mall, and $10.87 at Stonybrook)

Enjoy!

By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Week in Preview January 18th-21st

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It's cold so find some fun inside!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: Head over to the Falls of the Ohio State Park's newly reopened Interpretive Center. Hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Eat it: Dinner at Ruby Tuesday's on Tuesday = One free kid's entree with one adult entree purchase after 5 PM. Check it out here!

Move it: Go Kazoing! during one of their Open Play Days. Monday 10am-12pm, Wednesday 10am-12pm & 4pm-6pm, or Thursday 10am-12pm. Head over to their website for more information!

  • Mondays 10 am - 12 pm
  • Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm & 4 pm - 6 pm
  • Thursdays 10 am - 12 pm
  • Fridays 10 am - 12 pm
  • - See more at: http://www.kazoing.com/work-kazoing/#sthash.49TEiKId.dpuf

  • Mondays 10 am - 12 pm
  • Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm & 4 pm - 6 pm
  • Thursdays 10 am - 12 pm
  • Fridays 10 am - 12 pm
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    Learn it: It's Story Time with the Diaper Fairy on Tuesday, January 19th at 10:30am. It's our FREE Story hour with a craft! Come out for all the best stories perfect for children ages 1-5. Learn more here!



    By Guest Contributor: 
    Kelly 


    Thursday, January 14, 2016

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

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    Check out our web calendar and Winter Fun Links page too! 

    Get your tickets!
     JANUARY 24th 2-6pm at House of Boom for the 
    LouFamFun 6th BIRTHDAY PARTY 

    Friday:
    Did your kids get report cards this week?  At Renaissance Fun Park, Good Grades = Fun Times, bring in straight A's and get Unlimited Video Games for 1 Hour FREE. They have lots of other specials as well - like unlimited laser tag for $15.

    Saturday:
    COOKIES & ICE CREAM!!!  You can't keep me away.  At The Arctic Scoop - they make your ice cream in front of you in liquid nitrogen and I am here to attest - it's CRAZY good.  On Saturday, they have a cookie decorating activity too.  Stop by between 2 and 4pm, it's just $1 per cookie.  You MUST get ice cream too.  

    Sunday:   
    We love the Y - are you a member?  Why don't you check it out on Sunday.  In the winter, we spend a lot of Sundays at the Y in the gym shooting hoops, splashing at one of the pools or walking the indoor track.  We've been members for 4 years, our kids love it and always have. Each branch is different and with a community membership, you have the flexibilty to go to all of them!  There's no join fee through 1/20.  It's more than fitness - it's family time.

    Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
    ~Stephanie

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    Review of Johnny Rockets at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

     photo 1112151221_zpsenovnjnv.jpgJohnny Rockets recently opened at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville. My family and I were so excited about it that we went for lunch on opening day!

    The restaurant is part of the mall’s Phase 2 and opened along side new stores H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Maurice’s. Johnny Rockets is located on the far side of the mall. The restaurant is attached to the mall, but stands out because it looks like a diner.

    When we entered the restaurant we were greeted by several employees. Everyone was super friendly! We loved the d├ęcor and feel of the restaurant- like a real diner from the 50s.

     photo received_10207268321562012_zpsmq2pjka4.jpegThe waitress gave each of my girls a paper hat and coloring menu. That kept them busy until the food came. The waitress also gave us little bowls for our ketchup and made a smiley face in each one- my kids thought that was so cool. I ordered the Route 66 burger (Swiss cheese, onions, and mushrooms) and it was delicious! My husband ordered the Smokehouse Burger (cheese, bacon, onion rings, bbq sauce) and he really enjoyed it. The girls split a kid’s meal that came with 2 hamburgers and fries. They also shared a strawberry milkshake- yum! My husband and I shared bottomless fries- all you can eat fries! Check out their menu here.

    The food was delicious, but our favorite part was watching all the staff dance every half hour. My oldest daughter enjoyed it so much she requested them to dance again- and they did. They even asked if she wanted to dance with them, but she opted to dance from her chair instead. It was such a fun dining experience!



    Johnny Rockets is a great addition to the Outlet Shoppes. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was fun and exciting, and the staff was super friendly! We will definitely be back- soon!

    By Guest Contributor: Kimberly 

    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    Review of Climb Nulu in Louisville, KY

     photo climb20nulu_zpsogzdpckq.jpgMy kids have a lot of energy, so we’re always looking for things to do that will help them burn some of it off. Rock climbing has been a staple for years, though it’s often tough to belay for 2 kids at the same time. When we recently discovered Climb Nulu was nothing but bouldering walls and didn’t require belayers we knew we had to check it out.

    Bouldering is a type of rock climbing that doesn’t require ropes and harnesses. The only special equipment recommended at Climb Nulu is climbing shoes, available for rent, and a chalk bag if you need it. The floors are made of thick padding and the climbing walls are no higher than 15 feet.

    We went on a cold, rainy day when school was not in session, so naturally the parking lot was jam packed. There were hordes of people in the place, but it never felt crowded. Whereas a lot of rock climbing places are limited to the number of ropes available, Climb Nulu is just an open gym full of multiple climbing routes, each of which is marked for route and difficulty.

    There’s also a kids’ room full of easier courses, though anyone can climb anywhere they want. The floor is about a foot and a half of solid foam, so kids can safely jump down from the top of the rock wall without getting hurt.

    The kids in our group were ages 4, 6, and 8 and even one of the adults in our group climbed as well. It’s very affordable- $10 for kids and $15 for first-time adults and $12 for returning adults. There’s a drop-off Kids Club Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:30 for Ages 6 – 17, and parents are welcome to use the workout room while their kids climb if they want to hang around. They also have a date night special on Friday night- $24 per couple. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for events and new additions.

    Climb Nulu is a welcome addition to the city of Louisville. My kids can’t wait to go back and check out the new courses they are constantly adding. Maybe we’ll invest in the $55 a month membership this summer!

    By guest contributor: Maggie

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

    Week in Preview January 11th-14th

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    Happy New Year! We are ready for a year filled with fun!

    Here are my picks for the week!


    Live it: Take a road trip to Northern, KY and enjoy Winter Family Days at the Newport Aquarium. Two kids get in FREE with each adult paying full price during this time. Find more information here!

    Eat it: Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays at Good Ole' Jessie's Diner located on Dixie Hwy! Check Facebook for more information!

    Move it: Take a drive to Indiana and visit Wiggles and Giggles Playroom for free play for kiddos 5 and under on Monday or Thursday from 10am-Noon. Check our review for more information!

    Learn it: Head to Western Regional Library on Monday for New Year's Around the World, starting at 4:30pm. Come craft and learn what other cultures are doing for New Year's! All ages. More information can be found here!



    By Guest Contributor: 
    Kelly 


    Thursday, January 7, 2016

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

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    Check out our web calendar and Winter Fun Links page too! 

    Get your tickets!
     JANUARY 24th 2-6pm at House of Boom for the 
    LouFamFun 6th BIRTHDAY PARTY 

    Friday:
    What was the name of the dragon (god wanna be) in Mulan and who provided his voice?
    During the ballroom scene of Beauty & the Beast, what color is Belle's Gown?
    Where in WDW can you find the Neverland Club for kids?

    If you know the answers to these - then you better believe you'll love a Disney trivia night!
    Head to For Goodness Crepes for a fun family dinner experience on Friday starting at 6pm. Details about this event can be found here.
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    Saturday:
    From 11am-4pm, it's Winter Family Day at KMAC.  It's totally free and you'll make family take-home projects together like animal masks and ears of winter animals. Learn more about this event here.

    Sunday:   
    I heard there might be some snow coming soon?  Maybe I imagined that.  It's about time for some brrrrrrr so I don't mind.  Winter is all about snow and.....ice skating.  Head to the Jeffersonville outdoor ice rink between noon and 8pm for a wonderful winter experience of skating outside.  It's such a nice area of Kentuckiana to spend the day!

    Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
    ~Stephanie

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    Review of Pieology in Louisville, KY

     photo 20150928_135425-1_zpscmz8sngu.jpgFirst impression– that familiar sub place we all know so well meets pizza! Pieology is an average-sized establishment, that is rather interesting looking with modern pub-style seating in the center, and lower tables surrounding the outside. One of the inner walls is completely covered in quotes, which helps to pass the time, however small amount that it is. We’ll get to that in a moment. Plenty of room to dine-in, or easy enough to go through the “assembly line” and take your pie to go.



     photo 20150928_135329-1_zpsc7dy8mbe.jpgThe object is pretty simple – Pick your crust, a house-made traditional or whole wheat (*gluten free is also available for an additional $2.00). Moving down the line, you then choose your sauce - classic red, alfredo, pesto, BBQ, buffalo, and a few others. Next comes the cheeses (there are many), then the vegetables, and lastly, the meats. And let me tell you, everything was as fresh as can be (*at which point I no longer compared it to “that sub place”)! The selections are incredible too. A lot of options you wouldn’t find available at your traditional pizza place.

     photo 20150928_135831-1_zpsmyz1ygaw.jpg Best part, I think, about these awesome, UNLIMITED TOPPING creations…… Every pie is just $7.50!!! Yes, that’s right! We watched as the employees created each pie in front of us, and then stuck them in the fire burning stove visible in the back. The total time from creating the pie to coming out of the stove was 10-minutes, if that.

    My kids stuck with the basic crust, red sauce, mozzarella cheese, and sausage, while my husband and I choose the whole wheat crust and went with an employee recommendation of a combination of a little red sauce and pesto, paired with feta cheese, and just about every vegetable they had to offer. Both pizzas were delicious, but I would definitely suggest the whole wheat crust over the standard. The kids absolutely loved their pizza, and my son, who’s favorite food is pizza, said, “I wish we could eat here every day, and get a different kind every time!”

    If you are not the creative type, or would just like a suggestion on what to try, they do offer a few “Pieologist’s Favorites” on their menu, which are also just $7.50 each. There are also salads, drinks and desserts.

    Pieology has definitely made it’s way to our families’ list of highly approved restaurants!!! Just how many different pies can you create?!?!?

    2043 S. Hurstbourne Parkway
    Louisville, KY 40220
    502.749.7072
    Open Daily 11am – 10pm

    By Guest Contributor: Karen

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    Review of Mother/Daughter Art Class at Side by Side Studio

     photo mampmsidebysidestudio_zpsjrjmf8nc.jpgLast month my daughter and I attended a mother/daughter class at Side by Side Studio in Clifton. It was called Mother&Daughter Create-Love-Laugh-Learn Side-by-Side. The purpose of the free class was to encourage dialogue with mothers and daughters in a setting where they could experience art and craft making together, to live, laugh, love, create and learn from each other while producing a special piece of crafted material that they could cherish together. We really enjoyed the class and are looking forward to the next one!

    The day we went to do this together we decided to spend the whole afternoon together walking along Frankfort Avenue. We stopped into Carmichael's Bookstore, browsed for a bit and bought a couple of books. We also ate lunch at Caspian Grill, which I recommend. My daughter got a kids meal for under age 12 that was a small fresh burger with fries, and I tried the more authentic Greek beef gyro. There are quite a few places to eat or grab a drink together, as well as plenty of little locally owned shops to peruse for unique items. It made for a great few hours spending one on one time together.

     photo IMG_8534_zpsvqbv7rbp.jpgWe arrived at the quaint studio along Frankfort Avenue about 15 minutes early and knocked on the door at the front porch. Studio owner Kim came and let us in and showed us upstairs to the room where we would be crafting. There was hot water for tea and hot chocolate set out along with crackers, hummus, grapes and cheese to snack on. The setting was set up so nicely! We got our treats and drink and sat down to start learning the process of rope vessel crafting, which is something I had never heard of and certainly we both were newbies! It is the art of creating vessels from rope and embroidery thread. Kim was a natural at leading the class and teaching the beginning steps all the way through to the end result. She was there every step along the way to help with a need or answer questions as we went along.

     photo IMG_8539_zpse7eae1pz.jpgThe rope jars we created were just beautiful, and my daughter and I really enjoyed working together side by side. I loved the idea of this type or embroidery; I have never tried to knit or crochet but thought I could totally see myself making more of these types of crafts as there is no pattern or steps to have to count. You just weave along with embroidery thread and clothes line rope, carefully shaping it into a little bowl, jewelry holder, or pencil holder, etc. My daughter ended up making hers a bit smaller, and then made a little lid to go with it which I found so creative!



    This class was designed for mothers and their daughters ages 12-17 to attend together. It is a free class through a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. The age though I think is pretty flexible as I saw mothers with daughters there younger than that. I would just take into consideration what the activity is and the attention span of your daughter. In January, there will be another free event for Mothers and Daughters. Participants will hand stitch heart-shaped hand warmers. This event is for mothers and daughters (ages 8-17). A healthy snack will be included. Pre-registration is requested.

     photo IMG_8531_zpsxxm3ihyk.jpgSide by Side Studio is located at 2528 Frankfort Avenue. Follow her on Facebook for the most up to date information. There are many other art sessions and classes offered throughout the week. You can also call 502-640-1813 for more information.

    By guest contributor: Erin

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    Monday, January 4, 2016

    LouFamFun's 6th Annual Birthday Party!

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    It's the Louisville Family Fun 6th Annual Birthday Party benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Party goers will be able to jump, eat and play at House of Boom.
    100 Urton Lane, Louisville, KY 40223

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    January 24th 
       2 - 6 pm         
    Get your tickets!
    One hour jump times available.

    For just a $10 per jumper, come out and jump, play games, jam to the beats from DJ J-Bird, dine on Papa John’s Pizza, Pepsi and Arctic Scoop’s nitrogen ice cream, activities with Side by Side Studio, Derby City Pediatric Dentistry, lots of prizes and more!
    It's more than just jumping!

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    All of the proceeds will go directly to 
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
     Don’t miss this chance to hang out with the family and do good at the same time!

    All paid jumpers will get pizza, a drink and ice cream.  These items will be available for non-jumpers in attendance for a small donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Parents/guests who are not jumping do not have to pay to simply attend.

    For ease of check-in, fill out this online waiver before arriving!


    Follow Louisville Family Fun on Facebook for updates!

    Friday, January 1, 2016

    8 FREE Events/Activities To Do around Louisville, KY January 2016

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    1. December 19 through January 18: Winter Wonderland Train Show at Southwest Regional Library. The train show is presented by the Kentucky and Indiana Model Railroad Club. You and your family can see and hear wonderful model trains at this exciting exhibit. Click here for hours of operation and details.

    2. Monday, January 4: From 10am-12pm, families with children under age 5 can play for free in the Wiggles and Giggles playroom. It's located in the Griffin Recreation Center in New Albany. Drive over the new bridge and make a morning of it in Southern Indiana! The Wiggles and Giggle playroom and gymnasium is open regularly for free play on Mondays and Thursdays. Click here for more details.

    3. Tuesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26: Learning Express Toys of Louisville Toddler Storytime with Miss Erin at 10:30am. Craft and a snack included. A different theme each week. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for details.

    4. Saturday, January 9: Family Fun Day is happening from 11am-4pm at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. The program is free for all ages and will be a full day of fun art activities that the whole family can enjoy. Make some art for holiday gifts and bring art supplies to be donated to YMCA SafePlace! KMAC is undergoing major renovations for the new year, they are located at 611 West Main Street.

    5. Saturday, January 9: Cross the river to New Albany for the monthly Family Fun Workshop at Carnegie Center for Art and History. The project for January is Rags and Tags- make a Shrinky-dink pet ID tag, or a luggage tagor a necklace! Preregistration is appreciated. Arrive between 10 am and 11:30 to participate.

    6. Saturday, January 16: Head to Good Garbage for their Kids Make and Take from 11am-1pm. The theme has not been determined yet, but this cool recyclable themed art shop in Clifton/Crescent Hill area is a great place to explore especially during the cold winter months! The cost is free but they do accept donations. Click here for more details

    7. Saturday, January 23: Head to the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind for a National Braille Literacy Awareness Month program! It's called Helen Keller: This is Your Life and it will be from 1pm-3pm. Learn all about this fascinating woman who forever changed the world for people with disabilities. The program is free and open to the public but they ask that you register ahead of time because space is limited. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register.

    8. Saturday, January 23: Join Clifford fans at the Southwest Regional Library for their huge Clifford's Big Pajama Party! The party runs from 10am to 12pm and will be celebrating the big red dog and the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge going on at the library. Don't forget to wear your pajamas!



    By guest contributor: Erin