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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

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

2016 Easter Events and Egg Hunts in and around Louisville

Ready for a taste of Spring? Check out our fun list of Easter HOPpenings around town!

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March 6

Easter Bunny Arrival at Jefferson Mall- The Bunny will be arriving at the main entrance by firetruck at 10 am, then parading to Center Court. Special activities and crafts through noon!

March 12

Easter Ceramics Workshop at OCS Art Center from 10am - noon. Cost - $15, must register online. 


March 13

Easter Egg-stravaganza at Westport Place Health Campus 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. FREE Community Event. Complimentary food, egg dying, egg hunt and door prizes. Fun for All Ages!


March 19

Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass Easter Event from 10am – 2pm. Event will include a strolling Easter Bunny, a face painter, DJ, and a bounce house. The first 200 people will receive one Easter egg with a prize inside. Over $1000 in gift certificates will be given out total, and one egg will contain a $200 gift certificate!

Easter Egg-stravaganza at Glen Ridge Health Campus from 11am - 1pm. FREE Community Event. Complimentary Food, pictures with the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunt.

Easter Egg-stravaganza at Franciscan Health Care Center from 12pm - 2pm. FREE Community Event. Fun for all ages. Pictures with the Easter Bunny at 12pm. Hoppin’ Easter Egg Hunt at 1:30pm.

Fit4Mom Egg Hunt, 9:30am at Tom Sawyer Park. A FREE Easter inspired Stroller Strides class that includes an EGGciting Easter Egg Hunt! You DO NOT need to be a member to attend! **Must enroll to ensure a spot, and enough eggs for the littles.

City of Lyndon Easter Egg Hunt from 11am - 1pm. Train rides, petting zoo, face painting, Easter bunny & lots of eggs!

River City United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt from 11am – 1pm. All are welcome to hunt for candy-filled eggs, plus enjoy free food, face painting, a photo booth, and much more!

Buffalo Trace Egg Hunt at 1pm. An egg-citing event for children and parents! Search for thousands of treat-filled eggs, plus enjoy refreshments and pictures with the Easter Bunny. All activities are complimentary.

Easter Fest at Norton Commons from 2 - 4pm, in the Oval Park. Join the YMCA at Norton Commons along with Christ Church United Methodist for the second annual Easter Fest at Norton Commons. The event will include egg hunts, face painting, hair chalking, outdoor games, story time, and more.

Hippity Hoppity Hunt (Campers Only) Kentucky Horse Park, 11am – 3pm. Little campers and their parents will enjoy the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, and some crafts. *The Hippity Hoppity Hunt is open only to campers, so be sure to get your reservation in by contacting the KHP Campground at 800-370-6416 or the website.

Make an Easter Door Hanger at Bass Pro Shop 1 - 4pm. Free!

Easter Egg Hunt at Bass Pro Shop 2pm. Free! Register at 1:30. Ages 2 - 10. Find 5 eggs. Return for candy.


March 20
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Five Below Egg Hunt (Outer Loop Location) from 10 – 10:45am. Come for the candy. Stay for the great deals!

Make an Easter Door Hanger at Bass Pro Shop 1 - 4pm. Free!

Easter Egg Hunt at Bass Pro Shop 2pm. Free! Register at 1:30. Ages 2 - 10. Find 5 eggs. Return for candy.

Easter Extravaganza at the Northeast Y 1-4pm. Decorate easter eggs, crafts, games, and meet the Easter Bunny! $5/child for members
$10/child for program participants. Register online.

March 25

Make a Bunny Bookmark at Bass Pro Shop 4 - 7pm. Free!

March 26

Eggstravaganza at the Louisville Zoo from 10am - 2pm. Bring your basket and hop on over for this is EGG–citing day. Hunt for the elusive golden egg hidden in a field full of thousands of colorful eggs. All eggs can be redeemed for a prize following the hunt. There will be some EGG-cellent games, and a visit from the EGG-ceptional Easter Bunny. Be sure to bring your camera!

Easter Eggspress Train Ride at the Kentucky Railway Museum at 1:00pm (lasting for about 90-minutes) *Reservations Recommended.

Clarksville Parks & Recreation Egg Hunt at 10am. Free event at Colgate Park, children ages 1-12 can hunt for thousands of candy-filled eggs. After the hunt, kids will get the chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Pre-registration is not required for this event.

Shepherdsville (Helicopter) Egg Drop, 11am at the Bullitt County Fairgrounds. A free family event put together by local churches, with inflatables, games, and thousands of eggs. The grand prize this year will be a helicopter ride!***Must pre-register to attend! 

Easter “EGG”sploration from 1 - 3pm at Kenwood Heights Christian Church. Free egg hunt for the whole family.

Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade runs from Stilz Ave. to Pope Street, 11am – 1pm. Floats, flags and lots of candy! Be sure to bring a bag to collect candy. Easter Hat Contest to follow, 1:30 pm at The Hub Louisville, 2235 Frankfort Avenue. Good Garbage will be partnering with the Frankfort Ave Easter Parade Committee, hosting an Easter Hat making open art on March 19, 11-2pm, which can be worn for the Easter Hat Contest at the Hub after the Easter Parade on March 26

Oldham County YMCA Egg Hunt – 1:00 pm. Free event, open to the community. Donations in the form of candy, small toys/novelties and plastic eggs would greatly be appreciated.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt – City of Jeffersonville at Richard Vissing Park. Time and Details TBA.

Breakfast with The Bunny at Renaissance Fun Park, 9am - 1pm. $20 – Must purchase tickets in advance online. Continental Breakfast, goodie bags, meet & greet with The Bunny, unlimited go karts, laser tag, and mini golf for 4 hours!

Easter Eggspolsion at Graceland Baptist Church - 11am - 1pm. Food, inflatables and an eggspolsion!

Easter Egg Hunt at St. John United Methodist Church - 11 am - 12:30pm. Age 2 - 5th grade. Bouncies, free lunch, crafts Easter Bunny & more!

Easter Eggstravaganza at Westport Road Church of Christ - 9:30 -11am. A free family event including an egg hunt (divided by age groups), pictures with the Easter bunny, seed planting craft activity, a Grave story, and a life size tic-tac-toe game beginning at 9:30am.

Middletown Easter Egg Hunt - Egg hunt at 1pm . Bouncies open until 3pm. Middletown Park behind City Hall.

ADULT ONLY Easter Egg Hunt - Noon – 3pm at Renaissance By Design. Food is prepared and 90 eggs & giant jelly beans are stuffed with prizes, candy and second chances to hunt again. Over 25 wrapped prizes, $5, $10 certificates plus the Silver Egg worth $25 and the Golden egg worth $50. The Easter Egg Hunt takes place both in the shop and garden, weather permitting.

Make a Tree Stump Bunny Box at Bass Pro Shop- 1 - 4pm. Free!

Easter Egg Hunt at Bass Pro Shop 2pm. Free! Register at 1:30. Ages 2 - 10. Find 5 eggs. Return for candy.


March 27

Easter Sunday Buffet & Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Joe Huber’s. Easter buffet is served all day, from 11am - 6pm, and the egg hunt begins at 3pm. Reservations strongly recommended by calling 812-923-5255.

Easter Brunch Cruise on the Belle of Louisville from 12:30 - 3pm. Cost - $40 or $26 for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets in advance. Hop on down to Louisville's waterfront and have a bunny fun day on the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson! The Easter Bunny will be on board to add to the children's delight as we take a two-hour cruise on the Ohio River. A scrumptious brunch buffet is included, and music from a DJ will round out the day!

Make a Tree Stump Bunny Box at Bass Pro Shop- 1 - 4pm. Free!

Easter Egg Hunt at Bass Pro Shop 2pm. Free! Register at 1:30. Ages 2 - 10. Find 5 eggs. Return for candy.


The Easter Bunny will make multiple appearances at the following malls and stores in March:

Bass Pro Shop - March 19 - 27th. Monday - Thursday, 6 - 8pm. Friday 2 - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm. Photos with the Easter Bunny! Special events, such as crafts and egg hunts, listed above.  

Greentree Mall - Easter Bunny Arrival Event, March 5th from 10am – noon. Firetruck, face painting, balloon twister, and much more. Photos with the Easter Bunny March 5 - 26.  *Pet Night, March 14 from 6 - 9pm.

Jefferson Mall - March 5 - 26,  Monday - Saturday 10am - 9pm and Sunday 12 - 6pm. *Pet Nights, March 14 & 21 from 6 - 9pm.

Oxmoor Mall - March 11- 26. Monday - Saturday 10am - 8pm and Sunday 12 - 6pm. *Pet Nights
Bring your furry friend to see the Bunny! Cats and dogs only, please. Mon. 3/14 and 3/21, 5 - 9pm.

St. Matthews - March 11 - 26. Monday - Saturday 10am - 9pm and Sunday 12 - 6pm. *Pet Nights
Bring your furry friend to see the Bunny! Cats and dogs only, please. Mon. 3/14 and 3/21, 5 - 9pm.


Know of another event? Please email the information, including weblink, to brandy@louisvillefamilyfun.net.


By guest contributor: Karen

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

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Summer Camps in and around Louisville: Academic Camps, 2017

THIS POST IS CURRENTLY IN "UPDATE" MODE FOR 2017


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We have 4 Summer Camp posts, click here to see more!

 photo STEAMPunk_zpsqtld4srw.png Give your child’s summer break a dose of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) powered fun and learning in a STEAMPunks Summer Camp! These week-long day camps blend project based learning environments, hands on exploration and cutting edge technology to teach exciting subjects like Video Game Design, Circuitry and Soldering, 3D Printing, Robotics, Coding and more! Every camper will learn invaluable STEAM skills, a crucial factor in the ever expanding career fields of the future, and leave camp with a tangible project to encourage lifelong tinkering and creativity. With seasoned instructors and an arsenal of collaborative projects and fun curriculum, a STEAMPunks Summer Camp means your child’s brain stays engaged in the educational “off season” and they’re primed for the best summer experience of their life. Register here now!
What will your child make at STEAMPunks Summer Camp? Venues TBD.
Schedule Will be posted by mid March!








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Sign up for Louisville Zoo Wild Spring Break Camp April 3-7 and week-long Summer Safari Day Camps June 5 – July 28. Geared to all grade levels, the fun and engaging themes include Zoo walks, large animal presentations and up-close encounters with animal ambassadors. Enjoy new specialty camps like Vet Camp plus convenient hours and carline drop off service. Register at louisvillezoo.org/education.

Use Promo code “EARLYBIRD” to save on summer camps if you enroll before April 30.


 photo club SciKidz logo_zpsf0a2yvb7.pngClub SciKids: A day camp offering a variety of programs for your young scientist’s interests. Interests which include Video Game Creation, Veterinary Medicine, Paleontology, Engineering, Space, Biology, Chemistry, Oceanography, LEGO® Robotics and much more!
Each camp inspires interest in science and technology by involving children in the creation of a multitude of experiments and take-away projects. Our goal is for kids to have fun and get excited about science.
Camps for grades Pre-K to 8th.




In alphabetical order - It will continue to be updated as camp information is released:

** denotes "preschool too!"

Bellarmine Lots of options, price ranges, and dates. Check site for all options.

Brown Forman INSPIRE Summer Enrichment Program Targets minority high school students, but open to all. Free!

Club SciKidz - Video Game Creation, Veterinary Medicine, Paleontology, Engineering, Space, Biology, Chemistry, Oceanography, LEGO® Robotics and much more. PreK-8th grade.

Junior Achievement BizTown Camp Ages 9 - 12. 9-4 Monday through Friday. June 12-16, June 26-30, and July 10-14. $195

Kentucky Country Day June 1-August 8. Many options available. K-12, depending on camp chosen. Prices and times range depending on camp.

Kentucky Science Center ** Science camps. Ages 4-15. 8-5 Monday through Friday. May 29 through August 4.

Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies  ** Summer Therapeutic Handwriting Camps. Age 4 - Early Elementary.

Louisville Collegiate School *** Six Weeks: June 5-July 14. Over 100 options for half-day and full-day camps and classes. Ages 4-18. Taught by experienced teachers and open to all students.

Louisville Zoo ** - June 5 – July 28 PreK - 8th grade. 9-4.  Most camps about $245.

Prospect Latin Preschool **

Russian School of Mathematics - Summer classes during 2 sessions for grades K -12. June 6-June 28 and July 5-27.

STEAMPunks - Video Game Design, Circuitry and Soldering, 3D Printing, Robotics, Coding and more, Dates and location TBA

Sullivan College of Technology and Design June 11-16. Computer forensics, graphic design, interior design, robotics, web development.

University of Louisville has a variety of camps in many disciplines - click here for options. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Summer Camps in and around Louisville: General Camps, 2016


THIS POST IS CURRENTLY IN "UPDATE" MODE FOR 2017


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 In Alphabetical Order - It will continue to be updated as camp information is released.

 ** denotes "preschool too!"

Camp HiHo 8 weekly sessions between June 5 and August 11. $270/week. Ages 5-13.

Camp Quality Kentuckiana A camp for children ages 6-16 who have cancer. June 25-30. Free! 

Cedar Ridge Camp Tra­di­tional day camp and overnight camps. $179-$659. Lots of options like sports, science, food, etc.

Virginia Chance School Summer Under the Trees Camp ** - Age 2 through grade 5. Art, music, games, drama and stories while spending time in nature. 8:30 to various times depending on age.

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

Frazier History Museum  1st-7th graders, 9-4. $200/week

GymTyme Fun Gym Summer Camps ** Monday-Friday, 8-5.

Jefferson Memorial Forest Ages 5-15. 9-4. Camps in June and July. $125-$200.

Lions Camp Crescendo Camps for children with disabilities or in foster care in June and July. 

Louisville Nature Center ** Options in June and July. $220. Ages 4-12.

Louisville Zoo ** PreK-8th grade. June and July options. Most weeks $245. 9-4 with drop off and pick up an hour before and after. Lots of weekly options.

My Gym ** Seven themed weeks of camps for children ages 3-7. $100/week, $30/ day. Monday-Thursday 1-4. June through August.

Oldham County YMCA **

Passionist Earth and Spirit Center Odyssey Camps Art, yoga, science experiments, exploring nature. June 12-16, 19-23. 9-12 or 9-4.  $95-$225.

Safiyyah Dance Co.

Smiley Camp ** Ages 3-6. $150/week, discounts for additional weeks and siblings. Monday through Friday, 9-2.

St. James Preschool - Ages 3-6, June 13-July 15th, Monday - Thursday. Arts and crafts, outdoor exploration, sports.

Sullivan Camps Culinary and pastry camp options. June 11-16. $650-$850 depending on housing.

VIPS-Louisville  June and July, Monday through Thursday, 9-1. $120/week.

White Mills Christian Camp ** A variety of faith-based day and overnight camps (general, science, sports & performing arts & more). Ages 4-12th grade.  Options in June and July.

YMCA Louisville ** Many options at various locations.  Check for your location.

YMCA of Southern Indiana Many options available.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Summer Camps in and around Louisville: Arts Camps, 2017

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 photo whet your palette_zpsi6ipatsk.jpg This summer we invite you to join us on an artistic adventure as we explore some of our favorite things in new and exciting ways! Back by popular demand, our popular Messy Camp, Star Wars and Fairy Art Camps are all back! We’ll be creating things that glow... Lightsabers, stone fairy houses, wands, tiny fairies. Our witches and wizards, in Harry Potter camp will create handmade wands and potions! Also this year, My Little Pony, Animals, Just Paint!, Boxes & Bowls, Oils, Sculpture, Large Mixed Media and more. Our fun and talented staff will guide your young ones to discover their inner artist at our Art House. Three age groups including TEENS. Class sizes LIMITED!

AGES: 4-16 
WHEN: 12 camps weekly through summer beginning May 29.
M-F: 8-10:30, 11am-2pm & 2:30-5. (Full day & late pickup options.)
 COST: $95-$225 per camp
WhetYourPalette.com • WYPalette@gmail.com • 502.438.8865


 photo side by side_zps3rnt5c1f.jpg Spend your summer creating and exploring at Side by Side Studio's art and nature inspired summer camps! Offering 4-day camps for ages 3-6 including Art Meets Science, Think BIG Art, and Art-Nature-Music! For ages 5-11 we have 5-day camps including Art-Nature-Mindfulness, Art Around the World, and Build it-Sculpt it-Recycle it! Save your spot now at sidebysidestudio.com! or 502-640-1813


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Los Monitos camps are the perfect combination of fun and learning! 6-12 year olds and their parents can choose from FOUR COOKING camps and FIVE ADVENTURE camps! This year we’ve doubled our popular cooking camps and added new missions to TWO International Spy Camps (for 8-12 year olds.) Combine multiple camps for discounts! Experience a variety of languages, cultures, and geography, including Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Hindi! Visit www.losmonitos.com/summercamps or call (502) 893-0933 for more information.


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Take an Adventure Through Time with The J Summer Camp where there is something for every child. The J Summer Camp offers traditional camp for children 2 years through 10th grade with arts & crafts, sports, free swim, swim lessons and more!
Children 2 years old receive private swim lessons twice a week, children 3 and 4 years old receive group swim lessons three times a week and children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade receive group lessons daily. Specialty camps are also offered which include: Soccer, Theatre, Dance, Lego, Cooking, Art and more. All specialty camps enjoy a daily swim.
 We believe that all campers can participate, all campers can succeed and all campers can make a new friend. Our Yachad program integrates children with special needs fully in our regular program. We also offer a special unit for preschoolers transitioning into Kindergarten. Our beautiful campus includes two outdoor pools, baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, as well as indoor gymnasiums, auditorium and more!


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3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205 • 502.459.0660 • http://www.jcclouisvillecamp.org/


Our Musical Theatre camps are the perfect combination of a traditional camp experience with all of the activities mixed in with fun and excitement in singing, dancing and acting. CMPI Young Performers-Elementary ages. July 17th-21st. 9-3p.m. or overnight camp July 9-15th. A broadway themed show will be performed at the end of the week for parents. This is great for girls and boys. Experience the magic of Broadway in a fun learning environment with top professionals in the industry.
Students will love our daily activities too. Water day, Movie day, and so MUCH MORE!! Students may bring their own lunch. We will provide a themed snack daily.
Register on our website Classicmelodies.org.


DERBY DINNER PLAYHOUSE - SUMMER MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP A one-week performing arts camp for students ages 7-17 exploring drama, music, and dance. $175 each; 9am-3pm; June 19-23; July 17-22; July 24-29; July 31-Aug 5; Aug 7-12. REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 15TH! To register or for info: www.derbydinner.com/classes or wallace@derbydinner.com



In alphabetical order - will be updated as more camps released their information:

** denotes "preschool too!"


Bellarmine University

Classic Melodies - Musical Theatre Camps are the perfect combination of a traditional camp experience with all of the fun activities mixed in with singing, dancing and acting with top industry professionals. Two camps to accommodate all ages!

Clint Vaught’s Young Actors Institute No camps in 2016 due to major renovations.

Derby Din­ner Play­house See information above

Drama by George See information above

Gillman's Dance Academy Frozen Dance Camp

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Options in June and July. 9-4 for $220/week, or half day options available for $110/week. Ages 5-11.

Louisville Collegiate School ** Six Weeks: June 5-July 14. Over 100 options for half-day and full-day camps and classes. Ages 4-18. Taught by experienced teachers and open to all students.

Louisville Dance Alliance **

Louisville Drama Project Musical theater camp. July 17-28. 9-3 Monday through Friday. $250. 6th-12th grades.

Louisville Visual Art Association Variety of art options such as photography and painting.  June – August. $230 for full day, 9-4. Ages 7-14.

McClanahan School of Irish Dance ** June 6-8 and June 18-20. 9:30-11:30. Ages 4-12. Irish dancing & music, Irish art & crafts and Irish stories. Cost: $85/child, $75 each add’l child.

Oldham County Schools Arts Center **

Sacred Heart School for the Arts ***

Speed Art Museum **

Stage One Family Theatre Camps

Suzuki String Institute ** June 11-16. $75. Ages 0-18. Violin, viola, cello and guitar lessons for ages 3+.

Walden Theatre Camps ** Imagination, art, theater, skill building camps. 2 week options for $495. Ages 3-11.

FUNfortheArts.com is also a fantastic resource for camps!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Summer Camps in and around Louisville: Sports Camps, 2017

THIS POST IS CURRENTLY IN "UPDATE" MODE FOR 2017

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 photo AAK_zps7ikol8q2.jpg At All About Kids, camps are high-energy, all-day fun that’s far from ordinary. Don’t worry about your kids sitting around and watching TV all summer – here they’ll interact with other children, play games, learn skills and enjoy different camp themes each week. Camps are for boys and girls ages 4 and up.
Our caring staff will nurture your child through days and weeks of camp fun (choose from individual days or full weeks)! Each day features swimming (ages 6 and up), Open Gym, instructed classes in gymnastics, martial arts, dance and tumbling (classes vary each day), outside playtime (weather permitting), arts and crafts and more!
 Hours: 9am-5pm Early drop off (8am) and late pick up (6pm) options available ($6 each, per child, per day)
Pricing: 1 day: $49 2 days: $98 3 days: $145 4 days: $189 Full week: $199
*Special: 20% discount on all campers registered by May 12!
**20% sibling discount on additional siblings only if registered after May 12


 photo jcc_zpsxul23mm2.jpgTake an Adventure Through Time with The J Summer Camp where there is something for every child. The J Summer Camp offers traditional camp for children 2 years through 10th grade with arts & crafts, sports, free swim, swim lessons and more! Children 2 years old receive private swim lessons twice a week, children 3 and 4 years old receive group swim lessons three times a week and children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade receive group lessons daily.
Specialty camps are also offered which include: Soccer, Theatre, Dance, Lego, Cooking, Art and more. All specialty camps enjoy a daily swim. We believe that all campers can participate, all campers can succeed and all campers can make a new friend. Our Yachad program integrates children with special needs fully in our regular program. We also offer a special unit for preschoolers transitioning into Kindergarten. Our beautiful campus includes two outdoor pools, baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, as well as indoor gymnasiums, auditorium and more!

3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205 • 502.459.0660 • http://www.jcclouisvillecamp.org/



In Alphabetical Order - It will continue to be updated as camp information is released. 
** denotes "preschool too!" 

4 Kicks for Kidz All About Kids Indoor and outdoor fun in gym and pool. Full and half day options. 

Bellarmine Baseball camps One-two day camps. June 13, 20-21, and 27-28. $95-$125. Ages 6-18.

Bellarmine Basketball Camp: For boys a girls, discounts for siblings and/or if your child attends multiple weeks

Ballard High School Field Hockey Camp June 1-3. Grades 2-6, 9 am-12 pm. Grades7-9, 6-9 pm. $100 Contact ballardfieldhockey@gmail.com

Blair­wood Ten­nis Camps Focus on tennis, but also play other games and swim. Ages 5-14. Full and half day options, Monday through Friday.

Camp Rondo Basketball Camp: Rajon Rondo's local camp - UK players past and present attend also! June 26-July 30 $225 includes lunch, camp fun/skills learning, gear and meeting players.



IU Southeast Athletics Basketball, baseball, and softball options. Dates, prices and ages range depending on sport. 


KGA

Kentucky Youth Soccer 

Louisville 10 and Under Tennis Association- Summer Park Programs, $64 per child.

Louisville Collegiate School *** Six Weeks: June 5-July 14. Over 100 options for half-day and full-day camps and classes. Ages 4-18. Taught by experienced teachers and open to all students. 

Louisville Equestrian Center **  Dates throughout June and July $385/session, discounts for early registration. 9-4, Monday through Friday



My Gym **  Seven themed weeks of camp for children 3-9. $100/week, $30/day. Mon-Thurs, 1-4 pm. June through August

Reds Baseball and Softball Camps at Bellarmine University June 5-9. Ages 6-14. 9-3 Monday through Friday. $395.

River City Soc­cer Lacrosse, soccer, and field hockey options.


St. X Sports Camps

University of Louisville Baseball Camps - half day and full day options, grades 1-8. Multiple weeks.

University of Louisville Summer Sports Camps - From soccer to tennis to swimming and more! Click here for a list of all of the sports camps offered


Adverting available!  Contact lauren@louisvillefamilyfun.net

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

Monday, February 8, 2016

2016 Lenten Fish Fry Locations in and around Louisville, KY

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St. Agnes (40205): All the Fridays of Lent

St. Albert the Great (40222): Feb. 12th – March 18th starting at 5pm.

St. Aloysius-Peewee Valley (40056): Friday, Feb. 10th and Fridays, Feb. 12th – March 18th from 5-7:30pm.

Annunciation-Shelbyville (40065): February 12th, February 19th, February 26th, March 4th, March 11th, and March 18th, 4:30-7:30 pm. Take-out and eat in.

Ascension (40220): Six Friday Fish Fries starting February 12th - March 18th. Carry out and dine-in served from 5:30-8:00pm.

St. Athanasius (40219): Feb. 12th through March 18th from 4:30-8:00pm. Dine-in, Carryout, and Drive thru.

St. Augustine (40203): Feb 12th through March 18th 11am-6pm.

St. Bartholomew (40218): Weekly Parish Fish Fry's will be held in the Magel Center (Gym). Friday, February 5th - Friday, March 18th. 4:30-7:30 pm. Now accepting debit & credit cards.

St. Bernadette, Prospect (40059): Feb. 12th-March 18th 5:00-8:00pm

St. Bernard (40228): Feb. 5th-March 18th from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Dine-in and Carryout. www.stbernardfishfry.com for online ordering.

St. Edward (40299): Friday, February 12th - March 18th from 5-8pm.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (40229): Feb. 12th thru March 18th from 4:30-7:30pm.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary (40217): February 12th – March 18th. 4-7:30pm.

St. Francis of Assisi (40205): Feb. 12th thru March 18th from 4:30-8:00pm.

St. Gabriel (40291): Every Friday during lent for lunch (takeout) and dinner (in gym/cafeteria with TVs to watch games!)

Good Shepherd (40212): Men of Good Shepherd Fish Fry Friday, February 5, 2016, 4-8:00pm in Lehmann Hall.

Guardian Angels (40219): Feb. 5th-March 25th from 4-7:30pm.

Holy Family (40213): Feb. 12- March 18 from 4-7pm

St. James (40204): Friday, February 12th - Friday, March 18th from 5-8pm

St. Joseph (40206): February 12th – March 18th Lunch served from 11:30am-1:00pm and Dinner served from 5-7:30pm.

St. Leonard (40206): Fridays, Feb. 12th – March 10th from 5:30-8pm.

Love City Inc. (40212): Fridays. Open 12-8pm. All proceeds goes back into Love City!!

St. Martin de Porres (40211): Friday, Feb. 5th – March 18th from 11am-6pm.

St. Mary Academy (40059): Feb. 12th – March 18th from 5-8pm.

St. Michael (40299): Fridays, Feb. 12th – March 18th from 4:30pm-8:00pm.

Most Blessed Sacrament: Fridays, February 12th – March 18th from 4-7pm.

North Oldham Lions Club: Fridays, February 12th - March 18th from 5:30-8pm. Dine-In, Drive Thru & Carry Out.

Our Lady of Lourdes (40207): 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, and 3/11 from 5:30-8:30pm and drive thru 4:30-7pm.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (40214): Feb. 12th – March 18th from 5-8pm.

Our Lady of Perpetual Health (47150): February 12th and 26th from 4-7pm.

Our Mother of Sorrows (40217): Fridays, Feb. 12th – March 18th 5pm-7:30pm.

St. Patrick (40245): Fridays, February 12th – March 11th from 5-8pm in the Celtic Center.

St. Paul (40258): February 12th, 19th, 26th, March 4th, March 11th, and March 18th from 4:30pm-7:30pm.

St. Peter the Apostle (40258): Feb. 12th – March 18th from 5-8pm.

St. Raphael (40205): Begins on Feb. 12th and runs through March 18th.

St. Rita (40219): Feb. 12th – March 18th Lunch 11am-1pm and Dinner from 5pm-7:30pm.

St. Stephen Martyr (40217): February 12th – March 18th from 5pm-8pm.

St. Thomas More (40214): Ash Wednesday from 5-8pm and Friday, Feb. 12th – March 25th from 5-8pm.

St. Therese (40204): February 12th-March 18th from 4-7pm.

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