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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Week in Preview February 29th-March 3rd

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Leap into the week with some Fun!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: Check out Earth and Fire Pottery for Classes or Pottery-To-Go. Find out more here!

Eat it: Can you swing a date night on Monday? If so, head over to The Melting Pot. They are having a Leap Year Special! If not, have a date with your kids at Big Four Burgers on Monday where kids eat FREE!

Move it: On Monday night at House of Boom it is Family Night! You and your entire immediate family fly for only $35/hr! Check it out here for more information!

Learn it: Enjoy a story time at Learning Express Toys on Tuesday at 10:30am. Snacks and crafts follow the story. Learn more here!



By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: February 26,27,28

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Check out our Camps Page & Easter Events post too!

Friday:

The Frankfor Avenue Trolley Hop is on Friday (and the last Friday monthly).  This is a great way to support local businesses and entertain the family at the same time.  Pick a dinner restaurant, ride the trolley around, end with The Comfy Cow. Easy!  The free trolley starts running at 6pm.

Saturday:

It's Butterfly Bonanza at Idlewild Farm from 10am to 1pm. Learn about butterfly gardening, native pollinators, beneficial insects and more! Cost is $15 for adults, free for children 12 and under! There will be door prizes and raffles.

Head to The Diaper Fairy Cottage for a mom's night out 6-9pm - Vision Boards. They will provide small poster boards, magazines, and various craft supplies for you to use, but they encourage folks to bring their own supplies to share as well like glue sticks, markers, scissors, etc. They will have snacks & beverages.

Sunday: 

Give It A Whirl takes place starting at 10am at Bowman Field. The focus is to bring hands-on experiences to kids so they can learn about helicopters.  It goes until 2pm and it's FREE. Read more about the event here.

It's Star Wars day at the UofL Women's Basketball game - there's a costume contest for kids age 4-12. Tickets are just $3 with code STARWARS   You can send your photos of kids in costume prior to the game to be featured on the jumbotron - send them to the team via Facebook message.




Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
~Stephanie

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Week in Preview February 22nd-25th

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Who is ready for Spring?!? Get in the mood with some baseball this week!


Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: Enjoy some baseball this week with the University of Louisville. Games are Free and a lot of fun. They play this week on Tuesday, February 23rd at 3:00pm. Find out more here!

Eat it: Bring the family to Bob Evans on Tuesday for Kids Eat Free night! *Free Kid's Meal with each adult purchase from 4pm-close, dine in only.

Move it: Head to All About Kids-Oldham County Location on Thursday for some Inflatable Fun Zone play! Ages 10-under from 4-8pm, $8 per child. Learn more here!

Learn it: Get creative at Side by Side Studio this week. On February 22nd at 10am, they are hosting an Art Explorers Class for children 2-6 years old. Check it out here for more information!



By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 


Friday, February 19, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: February 19,20,21

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Check out our Summer Camps page for advanced planning!

Friday:
Go out on a family date tonight. If you go to the KY Science Center after 5pm on a Friday (or Saturday), it's just $5. Check their website for additional information. For an additional fee, they have a bunch of unique movies - all shown in their fantastic 4-story digital theater. 

Saturday:
According to WLKY Weather, it's going to be close to 70 degrees on Saturday.  We recommend you have some outdoor fun! Perhaps a family hike at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve or Iroquois Park.  Find a new park to explore! See our PARKS section on our reviews page.  Take advantage of this warmth and be active outside with your family on Saturday.

Sunday: 
Bass Pro Shop in Clarksville is focusing on fishing all weekend. It's the "Next Generation" fishing event, all free. Activities from Noon to 5pm include Free Casting Pond, Free Kid’s Craft (while supplies last), Free Photo Download, and more! (Also on Saturday)



Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
~Stephanie

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Week in Preview February 15th-18th

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Enjoy some fun this week all around town!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: Wednesday, February 17th is Kamishibai Storytime with Crane House at the Iroquois Library. The Crane House will present a special Kamishibai-style storytime. This traditional storytelling form is used in Japan. From 11:15am-12:00pm.

Eat it: Enjoy dinner at Chili's on Tuesday. Kids eat FREE with each adult entree purchase (kids aged 12 and under eating off the kid's menu). 

Move it: Head over to the Parklands and discover their PNC Acheivement Center for Education and Interpretation before heading out for a hike!

Learn it: Stay in this week and have a family board game night! Learn a new game or pick out a family favorite and enjoy some family time. Check out our writer's favorite games here!



By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: February 12,13,14

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Friday:
All About Kids in Crestwood is hosting a slumber party - perfect for parents looking for a Valentine's Day night out!  Click here for details.

The Louisville Urban League is having family chess night!  Dinner is provided if you RSVP. You don't have to know how to play - they'll teach you.  Click here for details.

Saturday:
Kentucky Science Center is having "No Limits Family Camp" geared toward kids PreK to 5th Grade from 8:30-9:30am. There's special pricing and it's for families with children with special needs. The theme is science experiments with everyday kitchen items!  Click here for information and registration details.

Head to Whet Your Palette and tell them we sent you! From 6-8pm you can paint canvases for half off. Paint a gift for someone you love!

Sunday: 
Check out our Valentine's Day Fun post - there's some deals for the family on Sunday!



Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
~Stephanie

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review of Heaven & Evan Bourbon Tour through Mint Julep Tours Date Night

 photo IMG_1936_zps7iordobl.jpgMy husband and I got to enjoy a date evening on the Heaven & Evan Bourbon Tour through Mint Julep Tours recently and had a wonderful time. This was a special tour that included a few extra perks that a normal tour wouldn’t include and cost more than one normally would as well. We met the tour group at The Galt House and Mint Julep Tours took us the rest of the way. The ride from Louisville to Bardstown, though long, passed in a blink of an eye as Tommy G and Terry Smooth kept us distracted with bits of interesting regional history and bourbon lore. The tour of the "rickhouse" was interesting and the appetizers and cocktails were great. Master Distiller Craig Beam graciously answered all our questions and showed us how to get bourbon fresh from the barrel.

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After the tour in Bardstown at the Heaven Hill Distillery, we were driven back to Louisville where we found a nice dinner and some great bourbon to taste in a hidden Speakeasy at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience! After a somewhat cheesy, but overall entertaining video about the history of Evan William’s bourbon, artisanal Master Distiller Charlie Downs presented us with three fantastic bourbons and schooled us in the inexact science of bourbon tasting. When everything was complete we were given signed Bourbon to take home (after a last tour through the gift shop of course)!

 photo IMG_1943_zpsmqgbs66t.jpgWe had a great time and look forward to trying another bourbon tour through Mint Julep Tours in the future! For more information about Mint Julep Tours check out their website or Facebook page!

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Week in Preview February 8th-11th

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It's going to be cold this week, find some warm fun inside!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: On Tuesday, February 9th at 6:30pm, Shakespeare’s famous characters are brought to life in this amazing two-person performance of Romeo and Juliet. The audience will be engaged with professional actors in a creative performance that focuses on the importance of leadership, teamwork, and conflict resolution. All ages welcome. Jeffersontown Library. More dates are listed on their website!

Eat it: There is a Valentine kid's painting party on Monday, Feb. 8th 2016 at Fairdale Pizza! Sign up at Fairdale pizza to reserve your spot. 30 seats available! Click here for more information!

Move it: It's time to go ice skating! Here are a few places to check out around town: Iceland Sports Complex and Alpine Ice Arena

Learn it: February kicks off African-American History Month at the Library and they have lots of free programs to choose from. Check out their website for loads of ideas!



By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: February 6,7,8

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Check out our web calendar and Valentine's Day Fun post too!

Friday:
It's Friday Friends at VIPS from 10:30am to Noon! Community friends between ages 0-6 are invited to VIPS for a 90 minute "exploration play session" held monthly at Visually Impaired Preschool Services. Children will spend time playing and learning in Kosair Kids Town, the Sensory Room, the Reading Room and the VIPS Playground & Sensory Garden. Suggested $5 donation per child ($10 max per family) is appreciated. An adult caregiver must be present.

Saturday:
See the "Tricky Fox" show with Squallis Puppeteers.  They have two shows (10 am and 1pm). They have a puppet show ($5) and then a puppet making workshop ($5) - kids and adults can participate!

Sunday: 
Two ranked teams meet at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday at 2pm.  UofL Women's Basketball takes on Notre Dame.  Tickets are just $3 when you show your Kroger Card - details here



Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
~Stephanie

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review of Date Night at Stout Burgers and Beers in Louisville, KY

 photo photo 2_zpsgjkqrspo.jpgThe stars aligned on our wedding anniversary and my husband and I were able to celebrate with a kid-free night out. We decided to try something new and headed out to Stout Burgers and Beers on Bardstown Road.

We went on a Wednesday night and had a 15-20 minute wait for a table. They took our cell phone number and promised to send us a text when our table would be ready. We went down a few doors to Books and Music Exchange to browse while we waited which worked out well.

Stout Burgers and Beers is small and tables are close together but we didn’t feel like we were intruding on the table next to us or vice versa. It was loud, but not so loud that you couldn’t hear your table mate.


 photo photo 1_zpsgborbng3.jpgMy husband was super excited to try the wide beer assortment and really enjoyed a Dragon’s Milk (bottled) and a chocolate stout (draft). I am not a huge beer fan so I opted for a cider and tried Pitchfork (a Sonoma cider) and really liked the pear flavor it had. The food was really good as well! I ordered the Goombah Burger (parmesan flakes, smoked mozzarella, crispy prosciutto, and lemon basil aioli) with onion rings and my husband had the Stout Burger (blue cheese, emi gruyere, rosemary bacon, caramelized onions, horseradish cream, and roasted tomatoes) with fries.

Our bill wasn’t too expensive and we had a really nice time enjoying some yummy food kid-free! I would highly recommend Stout Burgers and Beers for a date night or a girl’s night out. Stout is located at 1604 Bardstown Rd and can be found on Facebook here!

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Monday, February 1, 2016

Review of newly released movie, The Finest Hours

Kimberly was granted admission for the purpose of review. 

I recently attended the preview for The Finest Hours at Xscape Blankenbaker. I’ve been to this new movie theater several times because I love the reclining seats! They are super comfortable and roomy.

I didn’t really know much about the movie beforehand, except that it was based on a true story. I thought the movie started out a little slow, but once the storm rolled in things got really interesting really fast. Watching the ships battle the intense storm was intense at times. The movie was in 3D and the visuals were great. I really felt like I was the one in the boat at times. The Finest Hours does a good job of telling this unbelievable story of bravery and determination.

 photo finest_zpsre6x9pc0.jpgHere’s the official movie description: “On February 18, 1952, a massive nor'easter strikes New England, wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path. The SS Pendleton, an oil tanker bound for Boston, is ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber, set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.”

The Finest Hours was released in Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats and is now playing in theaters. It is rated PG-13 due to the intense peril depicted. A preview is available on IMDb.

By guest contributor: Kimberly

9 Free Things to do in February 2016, Louisville, KY

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1. Saturday, Feb 6th the Iroquois Library is hosting a Valentine's Day Pajama Breakfast. Come dressed in your PJs for stories, Valentine’s crafting and breakfast in the library! Starts at 10:30.

2. Saturday, February 6th is the Home Depot’s Free Kid’s Workshop at the Dixie Highway Store. From 9am-12pm. Make a Valentine’s Mailbox!

3. On February 6th, is the Riverside Farnsley Moremen Landing The Other Side of Archaeology – Free Public Archaeology Lab Program at Riverside. The lab program is offered from 10am-4pm.

4. February 19th, 20th, 21st, and 23rd the University of Louisville Baseball team plays and tickets are FREE! Check out the times here!

5. The 21C Museum Hotel Art Gallery - Since 21c is a hotel, the gallery area on the ground floor is open to the public, for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are varying art exhibits; some video installations, sculptures, paintings and a permanent interactive piece near the elevator that kids love. Even the bathrooms have interesting enhancements, like one-way mirrors.

6. Saturday, February 13th, Love Monster and the Last Chocolate Storytime at Barnes and Noble in the Paddock Shops at 11:00am. Monster comes home from vacation and discovers a box of chocolates on his doorstep. He knows he should share it with his friends, but what if there's none left for him after everyone has a piece? Activities and coloring to follow. 

7. Saturday, February 20th, is Good Garbage: Open House from 10am-3pm. Join us for creating fun, learn about classes, workshops, camps, and other programming we offer!

8. February 23rd and 27th enjoy a Kentucky Science Center Play Date starting at 8:30am. These hour-long Play Dates are open to Visitors ages 0-4 and their adult caregivers. With no big kids in sight, little ones will be free to roam, investigate, build, experience, and learn to play!

9. February 26th is Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center Family Fun Night from 7-9pm.

By guest contributor: Kelly