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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review of Disney's Alice Through The Looking Glass (*In theatres May 27th)

 photo alice_through_the_looking_glass_zpszdjrlvn7.jpgLet me first start off by saying that I chose to take my 12-yr old neighbor instead of my own 6 and 9-yr old kids, just for fear of there being "scary" parts of which neither of my children are fans. However, I did run into some close family friends at the theater, and they had their 7 and 9yr olds in tow. The following review stems from a collaboration of all of our views on the film. Before going, I must admit that I did read a few reviews online, none of which seemed overly impressed by the movie. I am happy to report that ALL of us found ourselves in opposition of these critics!

Alice Through The Looking Glass takes us back to Wonderland (now referred to as the Underland by Alice). This time Alice is a strong-willed, ship captain, and travels back in time to try and help her friend, the Mad Hatter, find his family to whom he believes to be still alive. Alice meets Time, a somewhat dark character at first, who holds the key to allowing Alice to travel back-and-forth through time to alter the past, in turn, trying to prevent some of the future from occurring. As she travels through time, she does go in and out of Wonderland, allowing us to run into the old characters we all love from the original movie - White Rabbit, White Queen, Cheshire Cat, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum - which give us the occasional humorous parts throughout the film. Overall though, the film is very much a detailed story, all revolving around time and time travel. For this reason only, younger children (under 7) may have a difficult time understanding it all. Also, there are a few "dark" parts of the movie, which involve minimal violence and frightening storms and fire, which may be a bit scary for younger audiences.

I took the opinions of 6 people (3 adults and the 3 varying aged children), and everyone enjoyed the movie. We all liked the story line, and the graphics and 3D action was great. The characters were fantastic, Johnny Depp as the Hatter, and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. And lets not forget the Red Queen -- she was also really great in the movie.

 photo kids20and20sign_zpsmqyn3x8w.jpgI would definitely recommend seeing Alice Through The Looking Glass. Possibly with a bit older children, only for the reason of understanding the concept of time in the film, and also for a few "dark/scary" portions. But again, the 7-yr old who attended really liked it, and only said she was scared two times. *She did not quite understand the actual time theme to the movie, but that did not equate to her disliking it at all. In the end, all three kids said they liked it and want to buy it when it comes out on DVD! I'd say it's a winner! 

By Guest Contributor: Karen

Review of the new Gateway Park in Clarksville, IN

 photo 0503161044_zpst1yz4woa.jpgGateway Park in Clarksville just had its grand opening, so my son and I ventured across the Lincoln Bridge to check it out!

The park is situated off of Eastern Boulevard (exit 2 off of I-65) on Little League Road. It sits next to Clarksville's Little League Park. It boasts large swings for families to enjoy, a huge clubhouse, two slides, a rock climbing structure, some natural type logs to step on and crawl through, and some play scenic mushrooms for balancing and walking across as well. There are also a couple of webbed structures to climb on. We noticed plenty of covered picnic and pavilion areas for packing a picnic to enjoy together. There are restrooms, a shelter, an event lawn and a covered stage area. Gateway Park also boasts a sprayground, and the water is already turned on for kids enjoyment!

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 photo 0503161045a_HDR_zps8kf8l7nz.jpgThe park is smaller than some, but definitely has a lot of appeal for Southern Indiana residents! I found the large clubhouse structure needs some work, as the only way up or down is a set of steps that are pretty steep--  especially for younger kids. The day we went it was not crowded, but I imagine I would get pretty nervous if many more kids were up there, and those trying to climb up would be also dealing with those trying to climb down. My child is sort of at a stage where he is afraid of heights, and he got a little nervous trying to climb up the steps and wanted me to come with him. Getting him back down was tricky! I did see on the Gateway Park Facebook page that they heard from park goers on the grand opening day that they should take some things into consideration, and here was part of their response: "Several people have commented about the false gate where the clubhouse meets the big rock. Others have expressed concern that the ladder is the only way down. Don't worry, the false gate is a temporary fix. We have ordered a slide that will allow kids to slide down from the top of the clubhouse rock, to the ground. We realized the clubhouse needed a slide or an alternate way down once the rock was put in place. We hope to have it installed as soon as it arrives." A slide would be a great addition as children could slide down from the clubhouse rather than trying to go back down the steps. My little guy loved the slides built into the hill, and I loved the AstroTurf as well. He actually loved sliding down the green space!

Gateway Park is beautiful, and they plan to host a number of events there such as concerts, outdoor movies, and more. Check it all out here!

By guest contributor: Erin

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Week in Preview May 30th - June 2nd

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Schools out!! Who is ready for some fun?


Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Thursday, June 2nd is opening night for Shakespeare Festival in Central Park for THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. Starting at 7pm, Food Trucks will be available and the show starts at 8pm. Find out more here!

Eat it: Get a Free cookie or waffle cone with a purchase at The Arctic Scoop! Discounts valid until May 31, 2016 by showing your Kentucky, Indiana, military or local student ID. Get all the information here!

Move it:Get the family moving with Subway's Fresh Fit Hike, Bike, and Paddle on Monday! Various fitness demonstrations start the day including yoga, tai chi, zumba, pickleball, and much more. There are numerous vendor booths available for information and giveaways. After all of that, take your pick from a 5k hike, 15-mile bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River. Check out all the details here!

Learn it: Stop by The Little Loomhouse this week for their Drop-In Weaving Classes. Classes will be held Wednesday and Thursday this week. Check out their Facebook page for more details!

By Guest Contributor:

Kelly

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Memorial Day Weekend!


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Be sure to check out our SUMMER FUN page - Your GUIDE to Louisville area fun for May-August!

If you’re looking for something to do between barbecues and swimming, check out what’s going on in the Louisville area over Memorial Day weekend!

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Remember!

Flags 4 Vets National Memorial Day Vigil – Families are invited to help place 25,000 American flags at Waterfront Park.  This event runs 5/28-5/30.

Sing, Dance & Shows!

Abbey Road on the River – If all you need is love over the long weekend, check out this music festival at The Belvedere Festival Park 5/26-5/30. Admission fee for Adults, donations requested for Child admission.

KY Reggae Festival – Travel to the Caribbean at the Louisville Water Tower.  The Reggae Festival runs 5/27-5/29. Admission fee, kids 10 and under are FREE.  Read our review here.

The RiverStage in Jeffersonville – Concert on 5/27 with the Louisville Crashers! FREE

The Jeffersonville Parks is also hosting a FREE outdoor movies on 5/28 - The Good Dinosaur!

City of New Albany is having the BOOMTOWN Festival on 5/29 starting at 1pm. See details here. FREE

Get Active!

Mayor’s Hike Bike & Paddle – Hike, bike, paddle, walk, learn tai chi and many other activities on the Great Lawn on 5/30.  Read our review here.  

Metro Parks Golf Courses – Family weekend at Metro Park Golf Courses Saturday - Monday.  A family of 4 can play 9 holes, with cart, after 4:30PM at any Metro Parks course for only $20!  Call ahead for tee times.

Louisville Bats Baseball Games – Take your family out to a ballgame! There are home games scheduled during the long weekend, check out the schedule online for game times and special promotions.  Military Appreciation Day is on 5/30 - free admission for military families (bring proper ID).

Splash - Cool off at an area splash park or enjoy one of the area’s great parks!  Check out our extensive Park reviews list here.  Atlantis Waterpark opens this weekend

Shop!

Fleur de Flea – If you want to enjoy downtown’s Waterfront Park without paying an admission fee to an event listed above, check out this vintage urban market on 5/28.  Peruse the one of a kind vendor merchandise, enjoy food truck deliciousness and walk the Big 4 Bridge with your family!

KY Flea Market Memorial Day Spectacular – Something for everyone!  Free admission (must pay for parking) 5/27-5/29

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Summer Festivals 2016 in and around Louisville, KY

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Summer festivals are coming and there are tons to choose from all throughout Kentuckiana!


Ongoing throughout Summer:

May 27, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 12
FridayFest at Highview Park- Food trucks and music! 

June 1- August 7
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival- The 56th season of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, times vary depending on day of show. Free.

June 3-5, July 1-3, Aug 5-7
The Flea Off Market check website for times, 1007 E. Jefferson St. Free.


June:

June 3-4 
Portland Festival- 3329 Northwestern Pkwy, check website for times. 

Louisville Greek Festival-Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Friday 4pm-11pm-Saturday 11am-11pm.

June 3-5
Lego KidsFest- The Kentucky Exposition Center, times vary depending on day, cost $22 per ticket.

June 4
Americana World Fest- Iroquois Amphitheater, 1pm-10pm, free.

June 4-5- Butchertown Art Fair, 800-900 blocks of East Washington St, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm.

June 5
SummerFest- Jeffersontown Veterans Park, 6:30pm-11:00pm, free.

June 4-July 10
Highlands Renaissance Festival-Eminence, KY, starts at 10:00 am each day, tickets $7.00-$8.00. 

June 11
Upper Highlands Festival- Atherton High School front lawn, 11:00am-3:00pm, free.
Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hoot- Waterfront Park- Noon-7pm, free. 
Clifton Music and Art Festival, Frankfort Ave, 1pm-10:30pm, free.

June 11-12
Art on the Parish Green, Historic Downtown New Albany, Sat 10:00am-6:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm. 

June 18
Family Farm & Forage Day- Farnsley-Moremen Landing 10:00am-4:00pm, free.
The Crestwood Festival- Crestwood Elementary School, 10am-6pm, free. 

June 18-June 19
Festival of the Arts- The Paddock Shops, 10:00am-5:00pm, free.

June 25-26
Clark Days- Falls of the Ohio, 10:00am-4:00pm, $2.00 per person. 


July:

July 2 
Riverview Independence Festival, Riverview Park, 3:00pm-11:00pm, free.

July 3-4
Crescent Hill 4th of July Festival, Paterson-Dumesnil House, opens at 10am, free.

July 15-17

Forecastle Festival 

July 17
Family Fun Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve -  11am -3pm - fundraiser for the nature preserve! Raptor Rehab will be there too!

July 22-24

July 29-31
Fandomefest- The Kentucky Expo Center, cost and times vary, check website. 

Best Boomin’ Festival- Blackacre Historic Homestead- Friday 5:30pm-10:00pm, Saturday 9am-8:30pm, friday admission $10. Get half off with canned good donation to Dare to Care. Saturday admission is $10 (kids are free).    

July 30
Peach Jam - 5K, Pancake Breakfast and free family fun festival at Mulberry Orchard!

July 30-31
Funtopia Kids Festival- Kentucky Expo Center, 10:00am-7:00pm both days. Tickets $10.00-$20.00.


August:

August 5
Splash n Dash 5K run/walk for Kosair Children's Hospital

August 12-12
St. Joseph Childers’s Home Picnic, St. Joseph Children’s Home, Fri 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sat noon-midnight. 

August 18-28
The Kentucky State Fair- Times very, parking $8 per vehicle, adults $8, Child $6, under 5 free. 

August 27
Seven Sense Festival South Preston Street, 12pm, free.


September

September 3-4
Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Festival, The Louisville Water Tower, Time and ticket price TBA, check website for more. 

September 9-10
Middletown’s Family Fun Festival & Craft Show, downtown Middletown, Fri 6:00pm-10pm, Sat 10:00am-9:00pm. 

September 11-18
Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival, downtown Jeffersontown, check website for times, free. 

September 17
National Jug Band Jubilee, Brown-Forman Amphitheater, time TBA, free. 

September 24
NuLu Festival, 600-900 Blocks of E. Market St, 11:00am-11:pm, Fee. 

September 24-25
Louisville Irish Fest, Bellarmine University, Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 11:30am-6pm, $8.00 for adults, $5 children 6-12, under 6 free.  


More festival dates will be added as we find them! Any additions should be submitted to Brandy@louisvllefamilyfun.net. 

By Guest Contributor: Christine


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Summer 2017 Reading Programs in and around Louisville, KY

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Help your kids prevent the dreaded "summer slide" by participating in a dozen+ free summer reading programs and other educational fun over the summer months! Remember, any parent or caregiver who reads to a child counts for those younger ones!

A Reader's Corner - Check in with this local bookstore this summer for storytimes and other reading information and incentives.

Barnes and Noble - Beginning May 16, when your child in grades 1 through 6 fills out the completed Summer Reading Triathlon journal, he/she is eligible for a free book! They are celebrating over 20 years of summer reading!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Week in Preview May 23rd-26th

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So many deals this week, check them out and pick a few!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Buy tickets this week from The Louisville Ballet and save! Save 25% off tickets for Sleeping Beauty (onstage April 7-8, 2017) when you buy them between May 22nd - May 31st! Find out more information here!

Eat it: Take a drive over to Joe Huber's Family Farm and Restaurant for their Hometown Tourist Celebration. Receive a free dessert with purchase of meal. Hometown Tourist Celebration brochure must be presented to redeem offer. Find out more here!

Move it: Head over to the Parklands of Floyds Fork for 15% off Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky rental. Cannot be combined with other offers; children must be 11 years old to operate craft alone; children must be 30 lb. to be in craft and accompanied by adult. Check out more here!

Learn it: Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing has buy one adult admission, get second admission free. Take your kids and enjoy some history! Offer not valid during special events. More information can be found here!

By Guest Contributor:

Kelly

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: May 20,21,22


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Be sure to check out our SUMMER FUN page - Your GUIDE to Louisville area fun for May-August!

Friday:  The weather is looking kind of...........cloudy. Save the outdoor fun for Saturday and Sunday. For an indoor option, check our Whet Your Palette. They are having a special all summer for half off painting on Fridays.  This Friday, they have 11x14 canvases for $10 instead of $20.  Pretty darn good deal and fun place. Just mention this deal.
Saturday: LOTS of festivals this weekend.  It's the Old Louisville Springfest.  I just love Old Louisville and it's unique charm.  Why not spend the day there? They have a kids area, blocks and blocks of vendors, music and more. Details here.  There's also the St. Matthews Street Fair - details here. Fun times, lots of live music!

 photo BLF_OnlineAd_200x200_zpsmmtixgtb.png Sunday:  Head on our to the Buy Local Fair from Noon-6pm at Louisville Water Town Park. It's your chance to enjoy shopping from local businesses, enjoying food and entertainment - all local.  It's $5 to park, free admission.


Have a fabuLOUs weekend! 
~Stephanie

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Week in Preview May 16th - 19th

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Rain, rain go away, we need to have some fun today!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: Take a cruise on the Belle of Louisville/Spirit of Jefferson with the Hometown Tourist Celebration! Buy one sightseeing ticket, get one free. Limit four per person. Must be of equal or greater value. Cannot upgrade to meal. Find more information here!

Eat it: Have ice cream for dinner this week! The kids will think you are awesome and everyone will have a blast. There are lots of fun places for ice cream including Comfy Cow, Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, or Schimpff's Confectionary (and get your FREE 1/4 pound of Schimpff's Cinnamon Red Hots with the mention of the Hometown Tourist Celebration) .


Move it: Head underground for a trip to the Louisville Mega Caverns! You can zip line, complete a ropes course, or even visit an underground bike park. Make sure reserve a spot if you go!

Learn it: Visit the newly reopened Speed Art Museum this week and explore their re-imagined Art Sparks, interactive exhibits, and outdoor art park. Tuesday – Saturday:10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Monday. Kids 3 and under are FREE.

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: May 13,14,15


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This post is sponsored by: 
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Friday:
The weather is looking good to head out to Foxhollow Farm for a concert!  Admission is free for kids age 12 and under, adult tickets are $10 in advance/$12 at door.  They have food available for purchase, you just bring your chairs/blankets! The Dittmeier & The Sawdusters band sounds really good: Info here

Saturday: 
OH.EM.GEE! It's the How to Festival hosted by the Louisville Free Public Library! It's from 10am-3pm at the Main Library downtown and the list is HUGE. SO.MUCH.LEARNING.  Car repair, learn how to hula hoop, make pizza, arrange flowers and more. See the full (crazy packed amazing) schedule here.

Sunday: 
It's the first Family Adventure Day of 2016 at Churchill Downs!  Not only will there be live horse racing, but tons of fun kid-friendly activities that are all included in the ticket price! Tickets are $8 and include access to all kid-friendly activities ($1 of every ticket is donated to Kosair Children's Hospital) or $11 if you want to include a family meal. The family viewing area for the races is right by the winner's circle so it's a wonderful location! Note: Children ages 2 and under get free access to the Family Adventure Day activities (and on every other race day except for Oaks & Derby, children under 12 get free general admission). There are 2 options for Family Meals: 1. Uncrustable, apple sauce & juice 2. Hot dog, chips, soft drink or water (family meals are $5 if purchased separately).
Clip for Kids is at 4th Street Live on Sunday at 2pm. This is a fundraiser for Kosair Children's Hospital here at home. Basically, you form a team and get a hair cut (trim or drastic!!) and raise money to help kids fighting cancer. Can't go?  Well....you can donate!  See details here



Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
~Stephanie

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

LEGO KidsFest Louisville, Kentucky Discount Coupon Code

This is a sponsored post.

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LEGO KidsFest is coming June 3-5th for a total of 5 sessions. It's all happening at the Kentucky Expo Center and you do not want to miss out.  Be sure to read our "7 Things you can ONLY do at LEGO KidsFest" post to see what's so special.

You know what else is special? We have a discount code for you!  Use code LSVparent to save 10% on tickets. Act fast, this code is only valid 5/11-5/18.

As the date draws near, sessions will sell out.  To esure that you get the session you want, get your tickets now with the coupon code!


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Monday, May 9, 2016

Your Louisville Graduation Catering Made Easy!

This is a sponsored post
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Your favorite fresh Mexican restaurant also caters! With Salsarita’s catering, you get the same fresh food as you would in our restaurants. Every day at Salsarita’s starts at 7 a.m., cutting tomatoes for our Pico de Gallo, chopping cilantro for our hand-mashed guacamole, frying tortilla chips and crispy taco shells, grilling meats, and sautéing fajita vegetables.

From graduation parties to Fourth of July picnics, let Salsarita’s catering exceed your guests’ expectations this summer. With fajitas, tacos, nachos, salads and more, our catering bars allow your guests to create their own meals just as they’d like. Even the pickiest eaters will be back for seconds (or thirds…).

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Call our catering Fiesta Line at 502.356.9468 today to learn more or visit www.salsaritas.com. We have two Salsarita’s in Louisville – St. Matthews and Middletown.

Fresh. Flavorful. Fun. Salsarita’s Catering.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Week of Preview May 9th-12th

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Sit back and relax a bit this week but then go have some fun!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it:  Take a trip to Southern Indiana and see Legally Blonde The Musical at Derby Dinner Playhouse! They have various dates and times this week, check it out here!

Eat it: Have dinner at Shiraz MG Monday-Thursday (Chamberlain Lane location) for a free kid's meal. 4pm-close. See their website for more information!

Move it: Get moving at Lazer Blaze! They have laser tag, bumper cars, mini golf, and video games. Lots of fun for everyone. Find more information here!

Learn it: Head over to the Learning Express Toys of Louisville to "Make a Plate" on Wednesday, May 11th at 11:00am. Find out more here, registration required!

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 

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To enter, you must be 18+ and email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net with the word 'OCTONAUTS' in the subject and 'Enter to Win' in the body.  One entry per email address. Enter TODAY & TOMORROW ONLY (5/8/16 & 5/9/16)  Winner will be chosen and notified via email by 5/13/16

WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED: Congrats Holly Koprowski! 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: May 7,8,9


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Friday:
It's Oaks Day and Clarksville Parks and Recreation is celebrating by showing the movie Seabiscuit at the brand new Gateway Park. The movie starts at dusk and it's FREE!!


Saturday: 
"The sun shines bright in my old Kentucky home." Celebrate Derby in your own way with an at-home family party. We compiled our collective experiences HERE to help you get started. 

Sunday:  
Happy Mother's Day! Spend some special time with those little people who call you 'Mommy.' The Louisville Zoo is offering FREE admission to all mothers. The first 500 moms through the gate will receive a special gift bag courtesy of McDonalds of Kentuckiana.



Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
~Stephanie

Thursday, May 5, 2016

What's new at The Louisville Zoo for Spring/Summer 2016?

 photo 13173150_10101933923029924_479968128520351244_o_zpsnefzpoix.jpgWhen my first child was born, one of his first outings was a visit to The Louisville Zoo. We have been zoo members ever since and we've spent countless hours walking around, observing the animals and enjoying the grounds. Over the last decade, we've watched The Louisville Zoo grow and add additional features and exhibits. This year, there is even more excitement in store for zoo visitors!

If you haven't been to the zoo in a while, you are in for a fun treat! Some remodeling has taken place, and the zoo is now offering camel rides at an additional cost of $6 for guests or $5 for members. Tickets may be purchased at the admission windows, train and tram station or at the camel area.


You have likely heard about the premature baby gorilla born at the Louisville Zoo in March. This sweet girl, named Kindi, is growing and thriving thanks to the diligent work of the zoo keepers. The public may now see Kindi in Gorilla Forest during limited hours, noon - 4 pm, Thursday - Sunday. According to the zoo website, she will be presented with her attending keeper in a sectioned off area of the indoor sanctuary. Viewing times are subject to change as needed.

On May 14, The Louisville Zoo will unveil it's newest exhibit, Penguin Cove. Penguin Cove will feature "Little" Penguins which are the smallest of all penguins species. Little Penguins are only about a foot tall and weigh around two pounds. Colonies of Little Penguins are found on southern coast of Australia, the island of Tasmania, and the coastline of New Zealand. We can't wait to see them!

Last but not least, starting May 21, the Louisville Zoo will begin offering 3 - 4 free-flight bird shows per day. The new show, called Wings of the World, will feature an array of birds which may include condors, eagles, cassowaries, singing parrots, cranes, and more! The show, created by Joe Krathwohl, “The Birdman," will include information about animal behaviors and conservation messages. The show will be free with zoo admission.

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The Louisville Zoo is open year round, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years day. On rare occasions, the Zoo closes for inclement weather, but they always post any changes on Facebook.

Special Zoo Offer: Free admission for moms on Mother's Day! 

By Guest Contributor: Brandy 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Top 13 Indoor Things to do with Teens/Tweens in Louisville, KY

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Here are some of our family-friendly indoor ideas from a mom of a tween!

1. Main Event Entertainment has a huge indoor arcade and games play area plus a really cool black light bowling center. They also have a fantastic indoor ropes course as well as an entertaining laser tag section. They have deals to save some money on certain days during the week.

2. SimCave is the new indoor digital gaming arena in Louisville and has already found itself widely popular among people of all ages!

3. House of Boom Extreme Air Sports is our go-to for indoor jumping! It's an indoor trampoline park located in Middletown. On Friday and Saturday nights they offer ClubBOOM from 9pm to Midnight for teens ages 15 and over! It is near a lot of great places to eat and get a sweet treat (such as the Middletown location of Comfy Cow!)

4. Renaissance Fun Park is full of all kinds of fun for tweens and teens! They always seem to be offering some kind of deal, such as their occasional fun pass for $20 that includes unlimited Go Karts, Laser Tag and Mini Golf for 4 hours. Check out their website for more information.

5. Bowling- If you want to go Bowling in Louisville with tweens and teens in mind, there are plenty of options from which to choose.
6. Lazer Blaze is the original laser tag spot in the city of Louisville (over 20 years)! They are located in St. Matthews and also offer mini golf, bumper cars, and arcades. They have a bunch of specials which can be found on their website.

7. Movies!! - Xscape Theatres, Carmike Stonybrook 20, Cinemark Tinseltown, Baxter Avenue Theatres, Preston Crossings 16, Keystone Cinemas (Mt. Washington), Kentucky Science Center, Regal Cinemas New Albany 16, Cinemark Mall St. Matthews, and Village 8 Theatres (not closing yet!)

8. Bluegrass Indoor Karting is a unique indoor go-kart place right in the heart of Jeffersontown's Bluegrass Industrial Park. They have some great options for indoor fun! Check out our review here.

9. BreakOut Louisville Escape Games is a place I haven't tried yet, but many friends have loved it. I think it's a neat idea to take teens as a group to try and figure out the mystery! There is a waiver to be filled out for anyone under age 18, and if you're under age 14 you must be accompanied by an adult. 

10. Malibu Jacks is another indoor entertainment center that is located near Main Event. They offer arcades, bowling, go-karts and mini golf as well.

11. SkyZone Louisville is another great indoor trampoline park that offers SkyJam on Saturday nights from 10pm too 11:30pm. It's specifically for teens ages 16 and over. They also offer many weekday deals so check their website.

12. Climb NuLu is a fabulous indoor rock climbing spot in the heart of NuLu. They have a Youth Climbing Club and a Youth Climbing Team, perfect for younger ones and tweens-teens ages 6-17! Check out their website http://climbnulu.com/ for more info, and our review!

13. Shopping - We know most tweens and teens like to shop. Of course, there are the malls such as Oxmoor Center, Mall St. Matthews, Jefferson Mall, and Greentree Mall in Southern Indiana. Just remember the new restrictions (at Oxmoor and Mall St. Matthews) that an adult must accompany teens after 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Keep in mind places like Five Below in Middletown; my daughter was recently at a sleepover for a friend's birthday party and they wen to Blaze Pizza (where each girl got to make their own individual pizza which is really fun), shopped at Five Below, and went and saw a movie at Xscape Theater. It's fun to group ideas together for a fun experience with a group of your tweens'/teens' friends!

Need more ideas? See our previous post.

By guest contributor: Erin

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review of Will In The Ville- Shakespeare Plays in Louisville

 photo 20160416_183423_zpshxylrngx.jpgIt has been argued that no one has made a bigger impact on modern English than William Shakespeare. Louisville hosts Shakespeare in the Park every summer, but this summer is going to be the summer of Will. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. is sending Shakespeare’s First Folio on a tour, and The Frazier History Museum is one of the stops. Because of this, there will be special Shakespeare programming throughout the city accompanying the special exhibit, which will take place November 10-December 10.

My family recently seized the opportunity to see Romeo and Juliet at Hounz Lane park near our neighborhood, part of the Will In The Ville programming that is traveling all over Louisville to bring Shakespeare to everyone. We brought blankets and camping chairs and sat right up front for the play, which was about an hour and a half long. The weather was perfect and there were maybe 50 people in attendance.

 photo edited_1460853221514_zpsz49tb18i.jpgThe first scene was the thumb biting scene, which I admit I have rehearsed with my kids. My oldest son’s eyes lit up when he realized he knew what they were talking about. It was the single most gratifying experience of my parenting life. There were also plenty of sword fights, which kept my boys interested and entertained. The actors kept the play moving, which was quite a feat since they were all playing multiple characters. The best part is the plays are free and open to the public thanks to sponsorship.

Take whatever you need to sit on in most cases, as well as your own water and snacks. Depending on the time of day you may need sunscreen or bug spray. Many parks have playgrounds if your kids start to lose interest, but most of the kids in the audience were mesmerized.

There will be many more opportunities to catch a play at a park near you before the opening of the regular Shakespeare in Central Park season, which starts June 1st. Click here for a full list of plays and other Shakespeare related activities. Parks include Tom Sawyer, Shawnee, Russell Lee, Big Four Station, Tyler Park, Sun Valley Park, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Story Avenue Park, and many others. There’s definitely Shakespeare happening somewhere in your general vicinity.

By Guest Contributor: Maggie

Monday, May 2, 2016

Free Things to do in Louisville - May 2016

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Every Saturday - Farm Animal Feedings at Blackacre Conservancy. Farm animal feedings, during which Farmer Larry and other volunteer animal feeders discuss feeding and caring for farm animals, will take place spring through fall on Saturdays at 9:30am. Visitors are always welcome to bring their own treats to feed the animals, but feed will be provided. Apples, carrots, and bread are farm animal favorites. Meet in the barn for this fun opportunity!

Every Sunday (Until March 2021) – Speed Museum admission is FREE 12-5pm.

Various May Dates - Shakespeare in the Parks at different parks in Louisville. Watch a performance of Romeo & Juliet on these dates: 5/1 Sun Valley Park 6pm, 5/13 Veterans Memorial Park 6:30pm, 5/14 Story Ave Park 6pm and 5/15 Petersburg Park 6pm.

Various May Dates – University of Louisville Baseball Games at Jim Patterson Stadium. Home games on 5/1 (12pm), 5/3 (6pm), 5/13 (6pm), 5/14 (1pm), 5/15 (1pm), 5/17 (6pm).

5/1 – Louisville Youth Orchestra “Papa Pops and There Off” at Iroquois Amphitheater. 4pm, doors open at 3pm.

5/2 – Broad Run Park Sprayground grand opening! Cool off and check out the newest section of The Parklands of Floyds Fork.

5/3 – Gateway Park in Clarksville, IN grand opening! 10am. Come explore the brand new park!

5/6 – “Seabiscuit” movie at Gateway Park in Clarksville, IN. Beginning at dusk.

5/6 – First Friday Trolley Hop. 5-11pm

5/13-14 – Mt. Washington Spring Festival. Friday 4-8pm and Saturday 9-5pm. Facebook page here.

5/14 – “How To” Festival at the Louisville Free Public Library (Main Branch). 10-3pm.

5/14 – “Hotel Transylvania 2” movie at Iroquois Amphitheater. 8:30pm, doors open at 7:30pm.

5/20 – “Junction Creek Band” concert at Gateway Park in Clarksville, IN. 7-9pm.

5/20-21 – Old Louisville SpringFest. Friday 12-9pm and Saturday 10-9pm. Kosair KidZone open on Saturday 12-6pm. Facebook page here.

5/20 – Jeffersonville Main Street’s Concerts in the Park Series Warder Park, 7pm.

5/21 – FIT4MOM Louisville-Stroller Strides Birthday Party at Tom Sawyer Park. Arrive at 9am, workout begins at 9:30am. There will be a FUN workout, giveaways, refreshments, and lots of FUN activities for the kiddos!

5/21 – Forest Fest at Jefferson Memorial Forest. 10:30-7pm. Food trucks, craft vendors, kid’s activities, workshops, field camping, silent auction and music! ($10 to park.) Facebook event here.

5/21 – St. Matthew’s Street Festival. 11-10pm. This day-long festival held on Frankfort Avenue between Lexington Road and Bauer Avenue highlights the community’s businesses, history, cuisine, and style. It also showcases the area’s retailers, restaurants, and live entertainment. Family fun and activities include the free Kids Zone, Fun Zone and Wellness Fair.

5/25 – WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Concert. Doors open at 5pm, music starts at 6pm.

5/26 – Wave3 News Concert Series at the KFC Yum! Center. 11:30-1pm Outdoor concert with food trucks.

5/27 – RiverStage Concert Series Jeffersonville, 7pm.

5/28 – Flags4Vets National Memorial Day Vigil at Waterfront Park beginning at noon. Adults and kids are invited to assist with placing 15,000 flags on the North Great Lawn.

5/28 – Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market at Waterfront Plaza 10-6pm. Vendors from all over Kentuckiana are set-up selling their one of a kind goods, including vintage clothing, books, records, primitives, antiques, repurposed, recycled, collectables and so much more. Petting zoo, food trucks, music.

5/28 – Norton Commons “Music on the Water” Concerts Amphitheater 6:30-10pm

5/28 – Children in the Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood every Saturday thru 8/27, 10:30-12pm, children are FREE with paid adult admission.

5/29 – Boomtown Ball & Festival in New Albany, IN featuring Flea Off Market, food & drink, music, family-fun. Gates open at 1pm.

5/29 – Cherokee Triangle Summer Concert Series Willow Park, 7-9PM

5/30 – Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle at Waterfront Park. See the online schedule of events for times.

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Week in Preview May 2nd-5th

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Loads of fun to pick from this week!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: It's time for the Great Space, Place & Boat Race Viewing Party. Louisville Water Tower Park offers a vehicle parking rate of $20 per vehicle from 3P to 7P. Parking fee includes visitor’s access to the WaterWorks Museum, a look inside the historic Louisville Water Tower, and a tour of current pumping stations. Guided Tours will take place at the top of each hour from 3P to 6P. Families may enjoy outdoor activities and games from 3P to 6P. Indoor restrooms available. Check it out here!

Eat it: Round up the lil' Roadies and join Texas Roadhouse for their Legendary Kid's Night: Monday 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM at the Shively location.  Kid's night includes free kid's meal, free dessert, Andy Armadillo, a Balloon Artist, and a Magician. Go here for more information!


Move it: Get moving at our newest park this week! Broad Run Park is now open and has lots of fun things to explore. Find more information and directions here!
 
Learn it: Pick a day this week and spend some time at your local library or go on an adventure and check out a new to you library. Many libraries offer story times throughout the week including baby story time, preschool story time, and toddler story time. Find the schedule here!



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By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly