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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:


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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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


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 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 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 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 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 2016 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 17, 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 20 years of summer reading!

Bullitt County Public Library - ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, READ! This is a free program to help children and teens combat the summer slide. For children, there are stories, crafts, and other activities. All participants are awarded coupons and prizes.

Carmichael’s Kid’s Summer Book Club - Registration for Give Me Summer, Give Me Books Bingo! is open at Carmichael's Kids for young readers of all ages. Kids just need to come to the store, grab their summer reading bingo card, pick up a few books and start reading! Completed Bingo cards should be returned to Carmichael's Kids by August 25th, 2016!

Chuck E Cheese Reading Program - Click on the Kids Corner, then Activities and Downloads to find the Read With Chuck E. tab. You can get information about the reading program (which runs all year) at your local Chuck E. Cheese.

Fazoli's - has a tab on their website devoted to kids' activities and family nights. Check it out here.

Half Price Books - The Feed Your Brain summer reading program usually starts on June 1 and runs through the end of July. In the past, readers log 15 minutes of reading time per day. When you reach 300 minutes, kids can bring the reading log in and earn $5 worth of bookworm bucks to be used for purchases in the store. High school students can also participate by writing reviews of the books they read!

Jeffersonville Township Public Library -  This library includes Jeffersonville and Clarksville. Check back for an update on their 2016 Summer Reading Club.

LifeWay R.E.A.D. - Reveal. Explore. Amaze. Discover. Join us on our 2016 summer reading journey, June 1 to Aug. 31. We want to help you and your family promote the love of reading in your home as well as encouraging the love of God's Word through reading His Scripture. This program is geared toward grades 1 through 6, but all are welcome to join in the adventure. Challenge: Read six books over the course of the summer and memorize six Scripture verses. Reward: Turn in a completed summer reading journal at your local LifeWay store to earn a free book and a new free Bible.

Louisville Free Public Library - Reading is Magical summer reading program begins on June 1.
New this year: online registration for Summer Reading and will include lots of interaction for kids-they can earn badges and track their reading lists and progress and more. Preregistration is now open. Reading is Magical this summer at LFPL! Generally, elementary aged kids and younger read 10 books over the summer and log them. Prizes include a cool backpack and free passes to many attractions around the city and state. There is also a teen summer reading program. More information is forthcoming on the website.
Reading is Magical Celebration takes place on June 4, 10 - 12:30pm at the Main Library, 301 York Street. Magical fun for all! Harry Potter exhibit, crafts, obstacle course, storytelling, enchanted worlds. Fun for all ages. Pick up your summer reading form.

New Albany-Floyd County Public Library - Check back for more information about their 2016 Summer Reading Club.

The Old Spaghetti Factory - Contact them (502-581-1070) to see if your child can read 5 books and earn a free meal!

Pizza Hut's Book It Program - Reading program for kids in grades K-6.

Pottery Barn Kids has offered a reading incentive program in the past; check their website for details for this year. Some stores offer weekly story times, and if you become a member you can earn an incentive prize after attending five story times.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge - Be a Reading Super Hero! Kids sign in and log the minutes they read beginning onMay 9 and earn prizes as they go. There are also links for educators and parents with helpful information such as book lists and other activities. 

Sylvan Learning Center's Book Adventure - Register your child on the website. Then, children will take quizzes over books they've read and exchange their quiz points for prizes. This reading incentive program is year-long.

Texas Roadhouse - An ongoing reading program whereby kids read 3 books and write them down on the bookmark provided. Turn it in for a free kid's meal with an adult entrĂ©e purchase. It's for kids 12 and under. I found bookmarks at the Middletown Library. 

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Additional educational opportunities:

The Cultural Pass Program with Mayor Greg Fischer - This popular program returns for its third year. Information can be found at any Louisville Free Public Library location beginning mid-May.

Our recent LFPL Library spring break article has a ton of awesome links to educational fun that goes on all year long. These FREE programs and resources are especially fun in the summer!

Open eBooks App from Michelle Obama - If you're part of a Title I school, your child has access to thousands of free electronic books.

Read It Down - Have fines on your children's library accounts? Step into the library where kids and teens can read their fines down! Check out more about the program here

Also check out Oldham Family Fun and Shelby Family Fun for information about library summer reading programs in those counties!

Happy reading and prize earning!

By guest contributor: Erin

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:


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!

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Have a fabuLOUs weekend! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Summer 2016 Movie Deals in and around Louisville, KY

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Throughout the summer, movie theaters and libraries offer special movie deals for families. Prices range from FREE to $1. It's a great way to enjoy some downtime on a hot summer day, and the price can't be beat! These deals are very popular, so be sure to arrive early!

CineMark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Ten fun films for kids! $5 for all 10 movies if purchased in advance or $1 per show purchased at the box office. Available at Mall St. Matthews, Tinseltown and Rave Preston Crossing. Show dates listed below. For a snack coupon, follow the link and select the theater you'd like to visit.

CineMark Mall St. Matthews: All shows on Tuesday at 9:45am

6/7:  Paddington

6/14:  Alvin and the Chipmonks Road Chip

6/21: Dream Big

6/28: Pan

7/5: Home

7/12: The BoxTrolls

7/19: The Sandlot

7/26: Norm of the North

8/2: Shaun the Sheep Movie

8/9: Max

CineMark Tinseltown: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:00am

6/1 & 6/2:  Max

6/8 & 6/9: Paddington

6/15 & 6/16: Alvin and the Chipmonks Road Chip

6/22 & 6/23: Dream Big

6/29 & 6/30: Pan

7/6 & 7/7: Home

7/13 & 7/14: The BoxTrolls

7/20 & 7/21: The Sandlot

7/27 & 7/28: Norm of the North

8/3 & 8/4: Shaun the Sheep Movie

Rave Cinemas Preston Crossing: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00am

6/7 & 6/8: Paddington

6/14 & 6/15: Alvin and the Chipmonks Road Chip

6/21 & 6/22: Dream Big

6/28 & 6/29: Pan

7/5 & 7/6: Home

7/12 & 7/13: The BoxTrolls

7/19 & 7/20: The Sandlot

7/26 & 7/27: Norm of the North

8/2 & 8/3: Shaun the Sheep Movie

8/9 & 8/10: Max

Regal Entertainment Group Summer Movie Express 2016: Regal Theaters in New Albany is offering Family fun movies on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime! Admission is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

5/31 & 6/1: The Lego Movie & Max

6/7 & 6/8: Goosebumps & The Iron Giant: Signature Edition

6/14 & 6/15: Pan & The Smurfs

6/21 & 6/22: Despicable Me 2 & Home

6/28 & 6/29: Minions & The Peanuts Movie

7/5 & 7/6: Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip & Curious George

7/12 & 7/13: The Book of Life & Hotel Transylvania 2

7/19 & 7/20: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 & Shaun The Sheep

7/26 & 7/27: The Croods & Dr. Suess' The Lorax

Xscape Theatres Blankenbaker 14 - FREE 2016 Kids' Summer Movies. All shows begin at 9:30am. Doors open at 9am. Tuesday - Thursday. Arrive early.

6/7, 6/8 & 6/9: Hotel Transylvania 2

6/14, 6/15 & 6/16: The Peanuts Movie

6/21, 6/22 & 6/23: SMURFS 2

6/28, 6/29, 6/30: Home

7/5, 7/6 & 7/7: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

7/12, 7/13 & 7/14: Alvin & the Chipmunks: Road Trip

7/19, 7/20 & 7/21: Goosebumps

7/26, 7/27 & 7/28: Penguins of Madagascar

Louisville Free Public Library - All Branches: New for 2016, FREE movies at the library! The list is extensive. Click the link above for details.

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

2017 FREE Louisville Cultural Pass

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Passes may be picked up at the Louisville Free Public Library or a Metro Parks Community Center starting on May 23rd.
 Passes are good June 5 - August 6, 2016. 

This year, the library is using a tool called Beanstack. It connected parents to free reading recommendations and programs - like the Cultural Pass. Parents can register online via Beanstack and track summer reading progress for their children. The kids can earn badges for reaching reading goals and participating in the Cultural Pass.  You can even preregister for the Cultural Pass online.

See details here about Beanstack.  If you are looking for other Louisville Metro-led summer programs, see here.

June 4th at the Main Library from 10am-12:30pm is the "Reading is Magical Celebration" 
View their Harry Potter exhibit, battle an obstacle course, experience potions with the Science Center and much much more!!

June 5th is Arts & Culture Day from 11am-4pm at Brown-Forman Lawn at Waterfront Park.


Once you register via the website linked above - you can access some additional 2016 info by clicking on "Discover" and "Learning Activities" to see the venues/attractions/museums/business participating in the Cultural Pass for 2016.  Here's an image of the 2016 pass - this cannot be printed and used, you MUST go get a pass!

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Are you eligible for a LFPL library card?  See here.

Pick up a pass from local Louisville Free Public Library branches or Metro Parks Community Centers. You must have this pass to gain free admission and they will hole-punch the pass to indicate a visit.

Only one visit per pass per institution will be allowed and special exhibits and programs are not included with the pass.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Vacation Bible School: Summer 2016 VBS Programs in and around Louisville

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The following churches have published Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs for summer 2016. Please contact the church directly for registration, fees and to confirm the information listed below. Click on church name for link to church/program website.

This post is sponsored by:
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Looking for VBS in Crestwood, Prospect, Goshen, Pewee Valley,  Buckner or LaGrange? Click over to Oldham Family Fun for a list of programs available in your area! 

June 6 - 10

Fern Creek Baptist Church- 5920 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40291
Submerged ~ 9a - 12p ~ age 3 - 8th grade completed AND 6p - 9p ~ 9th - completed 12th gr

St. Thomas More- 6105 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40214
Call for details ~ Age 4 - 5th Grade

June 7 - 10

St. Leonard Catholic Community- 440 Zorn Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
SonSurf Beach Bash ~ 9a - 12p ~ Preschool (potty trained) - 4th grade

June 12 - 17

Fern Creek United Methodist Church- 6727 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40291
Cave Quest ~ Call for registration and time ~ Age 3 - graduating 5th grade

June 13 - 15

Sojourn Community Church at J-Town- 11412 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, KY 40299
Make a Joyful Noise ~ 9a - 12p ~ Age 4 - completed 5th grade

June 13 - 16

St John UMC- 2000 Douglass Blvd., Louisville, Kentucky 40205
Egypt: Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace 9a - 12p ~ Age 4 - Rising 5th grade

June 13 - 17

Christ Church United Methodist- 4614 Brownsboro Rd., Louisville, KY 40207
Cave Quest ~ 9a - 12p ~ Age 4 (by Oct. 1) - rising 6th grade

Christ Lutheran Church- 9212 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, KY 40299
​Cave Quest: Following Jesus, The Light of the World!! ~ 9a - 12p ~ Age 3 (potty trained) - 11

Graceland Baptist Church - 3600 Kamer Miller Rd., New Albany, IN 47150
Submerged ~ 6:30 - 8:45p ~ Age 3 - 5th grade

Holy Trinity
501 Cherrywood Rd., Louisville, KY 40201
Egypt: Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace ~ 9a - 12p ~ Age 4 - incoming 4th grade

St. Matthews Baptist- 3515 Grandview Ave., Louisville, KY 40207
Submerged ~ 8:30a - 12p ~ Age 3 (born on or before 10/1/11) - completed 6th grade

Sojourn Community Church East Campus- 2501 Rudy Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
Make a Joyful Noise ~ 9a - 12p ~ Age 4 - completed 5th grade

Sojourn Community Church at Midtown- 1207 South Shelby St., Louisville, KY 40203
Make a Joyful Noise ~ 9a - 12p ~ Age 4 - completed 5th grade

Valley View Church- 8911 3rd Street Rd., Louisville, KY 40272
Cave Quest ~ 8:30a - 12:30p ~ Age 5 - completed 5th grade

Walnut Street Baptist Church- 1143 S. 3rd Street, Louisville, Ky 40203
Ocean Commotion ~ Call for details

June 20 - 24

Middletown United Methodist Church
- 11902 Old Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, KY40243
Surf Shack ~ 9a - 12p ~ Preschool completed - 5th grade completed

Westport Road Baptist Church- 9705 Westport Rd., Louisville, KY 40241
Submerged ~ 9a - 12p for Age 4 - completed 5th grade

June 26-30

Jeffersontown Christian Church- 10631 Taylorsville Road, Jeffersontown, KY 40299
Call for details

Kosmosdale Baptist Church- 7012 Shipley Lane, Louisville, KY 40272
6/26- family carnival kickoff at 5pm ~  6-9pm on 6/27-6/30 ~ Entering K - 6

June 27 - July 1

Our Savior Lutheran Church- 8305 Nottingham Parkway, Louisville KY 40222
Cave Quest ~ 9 - 11:30a ~ Age 4 - 12

July (Date TBA)

Highland Presbyterian Church- 1011 Cherokee Rd., Louisville, KY 40204
Call for details ~ K - 5th

July 10 - 14
Beechland Baptist Church- 4613 Greenwood Rd., Louisville, KY 40258
Call for details ~ 6 - 8:30p

July 11 - 15

Bethany Baptist Church- 2319 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
Submerged ~ 9a - 12p ~ Age 4-completed 5th grade

Middletown Christian Church- 500 N. Watterson Trail, Louisville, KY 40243
Cave Quest ~ 5:30 - 8:30p ~ Age 4 (by June 1) - entering 5th grade

July 11 - 17
Springdale Community Church- 4601 Springdale Rd., Louisville, KY 40241
Submerged ~ 9a - 12p ~ Completed K - completed 5th

July 12-14
New Beginnings Community Church- 104 Wooded Valley Drive New Albany, IN 47150. 
Veggie Tales ~. 6 - 8p (Meal provided) ~  K-5th grade

July 18 - 22
Kenwood Heights Christian Church- 5620 New Cut Rd., Louisville, KY 40214
Call for details

Sojourn Community Church at New Albany- 2023 Ekin Ave., New Albany, IN 47150
Make a Joyful Noise ~ 6 - 8:30p ~ Age 4 - completed 5th grade

July 21 - 24

Deer Park Baptist Church- 1733 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
Call for details

July 25 - 28

Hope Lutheran Church- 4200 Shenandoah Dr., Louisville, KY 40241
9a - 12p ~ Age 3 - 5th grade

July 25 - 29

Louisville Chinese Christian Church- 6120 Lovers Lane, Louisville, KY 40291
Deep Sea Discovery ~ 9a- 4p ~ Ages: Incoming 1st through Incoming 5th grade
502-231- 6113 *Program is in English*

VBS List for Oldham County

Are we missing a VBS that you know about? Email brandy@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will update this post!

By Guest Contributor: Brandy

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.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

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

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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

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.

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!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Free Outdoor Summer Movies Around Louisville 2016

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There are tons of options for outdoor movies in the Greater Louisville area. Grab a blanket and enjoy the show! 

Be sure to visit the original website or call to verify details, in case there are any changes.

Cards under the Stars: UofL’s free, outdoor summer movie series begins for its 7th season. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn between the Natural Sciences Building and Grawemeyer Hall. The film begins at sunset.

5/20: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

6/24: Zootopia

7/22: Inside Out

Christ Church at Goshen Outdoor Summer Movie Nights: Fun family event! Popcorn and movies beginning at dusk. Games, bouncies and concessions at 6pm.

6/10: Inside Out

7/15: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

8/12: Zootopia

Clarksville Outdoor Movie Series Schedule: All movies begin at dusk (around 8 or 8:30pm), and admission is FREE. Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, but alcohol is not allowed. If you don’t want to worry about packing snacks, the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department has you covered. We will be selling fresh popcorn, candy, and sodas during each movie night.

6/3: The Good Dinosaur

7/1: Minions

8/5: Hotel Transylvania 2

9/2: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

10/7: Zootopia

Iroquois Amphitheatre Free Movie Series: Free! Seating begins at 7:30pm and movie starts at 8:30pm.

5/14: Hotel Transylvania 2

6/6: Grease

6/11: The Good Dinosaur

6/13: Bridge of Spies

6/20: To Kill a Mockingbird

6/27: Where the Wild Things Are

7/11: San Andreas

7/16: Minions

7/18: Shawn the Sheep

7/25: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Louisville Zoo: Enjoy a movie under the stars at the wildest theater in town. Watch your favorite movies on our giant inflatable screen. The Zoo Crew will provide free entertainment before the show. Snacks and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Don’t forget to pack your blanket or lawn chairs. Movie nights are FREE to Zoo members and only $5 after 5 p.m. for non-members.

6/17: The Avengers

7/15: Inside Out

8/19: Minions

9/16: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Norton Commons Movie on the Lawn: 8 - 10pm, starting promptly at dusk on the big screen in the Norton Commons Town Center. Bring your chairs, blankets, & snacks for an evening full of fun for the whole family! There is no cost to attend this event. Rain will result in a cancellation of this event.
No pets on the Town Center lawn, please.

6/10: Inside Out

7/8: Paddington

8/19: Zootopia

Twilight Cinema at the Jeffersonville Riverstage: Spend Saturday evenings under the stars and enjoy a movie on our JUMBO screen, inflatables, dancing, games and more! This is a FREE event! Saturday entertainment begins at 7:30 pm, movie will show at dark.

5/28: The Good Dinosaur

6/4: Norm of the North

6/11: Hotel Transylvania 2

6/18: The Spongebob Movie

6/25: Avengers Age of Ultron

7/2: Minions

7/9: Goosebumps

7/16: PAN

8/6: Inside Out

8/13: Aladdin

8/20: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

8/27: Shaun the Sheep

Know of another great outdoor movie happening this summer? Email Brandy@louisvillefamilyfun.net. 

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Church Picnics in and around Louisville - Spring and Summer 2016

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Summer is coming soon and that means Church Picnics! Full of rides, games, food, and fun, these festivals can be a great time out with the family!


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: May 13th, 5-11 pm; Annual Picnic on Church Grounds - Fish Dinner, booths, rides, Food Tent, etc. 11501 Maple Way, Louisville, Ky. 40229

St. Bernard:  May 19th is Ride Night 6-10pm, $15 unlimited or $1 per ride. May 20th, 6pm-midnight and May 21st, 5pm-midnight, rides are $20 unlimited or $1 per. 57500 Tangelo Dr., Louisville, Ky. 40228

St. Christopher: May 15th ONLY from 12:15-4:00pm in the Parish Life Center. 1225 S. Wilson Rd., Radcliff, Ky. 40160

St. Edwards: June 2nd-4th. 9608 Sue Helen Drive Jeffersontown, KY 40299

Our Mother of Sorrows: June 3rd and 4th from 5:30pm-Midnight. 770 Eastern Parkway, Louisville, KY

St. Athanasius: June 2nd-4th. June 2nd will be ride night. 5915 Outer Loop, Louisville, Ky. 40219

Ascension: June 3rd and 4th. Live Music!!! Kids’ Games Area!!! Gambling Tent!!! Festival Food Tent!!! Chicken Dinner (Saturday evening)!!! 4600 Lynnbrook Drive Louisville, KY 40220

St. Peter the Apostle: June 2nd-4th. June 2nd will be ride night, buy a bracelet and ride as much as you like. 5431 Johnsontown Road Louisville, Ky 40272

St. Aloysius Shepherdsville: June 3rd and 4th 187 S. Plum St., Shepherdsville, Ky. 40165

Holy Trinity: June 3rd-4th. 501 Cherrywood Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40207

Most Blessed Sacrament: June 4th ONLY. 3509 Taylor Blvd., Louisville, Ky. 40215

St. Catherine: June 4th ONLY! 174 N. Main St. New Haven, Ky. 40051

St. Charles: June 4th ONLY. 675 Hwy. 327, Lebanon, Ky. 40033

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: June 9th -11th. June 9th will be ride night! 5505 New Cut Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40214

St. Francis Xavier: June 9th- 11th, June 9th will be ride night only. June 10th will be their famous fish dinner and June 11th will be their chicken dinner. 155 Stringer Ln., Mt. Washington, Ky. 40047

St. John Paul II: June 9th-11th. June 9th is ride night! 3042 Hikes Ln. Louisville, KY 40220

St. Lawrence: June 10th and 11th 1925 Lewiston Dr., Louisville, Ky. 40216

St. Margaret Mary: June 10th-11th 7813 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40222

Our Lady of Lourdes: June 10th-11th 508 Breckenridge Ln., Louisville, Ky. 40207

St. Bartholomew: June 16th (ride night only) June 17th (4:30 to 8:00 pm Fish, Shrimp, Bratwurst Dinner) June 18th (4:30 to 8:00 pm Chicken Dinner with all you can eat sides). 2042 Buechel Bank Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40218

St. Paul: June 16th-18th (June 16th will be rides only) 6901 Dixie Hwy., Louisville, Ky. 40258

St. Raphael: June 17th-18th 2900 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Ky. 40205

St. Albert the Great: June 17th and 18th 1395 Girard Dr., Louisville, Ky. 40222

St. Elizabeth the Hungary: June 17th-18th 1020 East Burnett Ave., Louisville, Ky. 40217

St. Bernadette: June 25th-27th (June 25rd will be ride night) 6500 Saint Bernadette Avenue, Prospect, Ky. 40059

Holy Family: June 23rd – 25th (June 23rd will be ride night only). 3926 Poplar Level Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40213

St. Martha: June 24th-25th 2825 Klondike Ln., Louisville, Ky. 40218

St. Benedict: June 25th 211 W. Oak St., Lebanon Junction, Ky. 40150


St. Joseph: July 8th and July 9th 1406 E. Washington St., Louisville, Ky. 40206

St. Stephen Martyr: July 8th and 9th (5:30pm-11:30pm) 2931 Pindell Ave., Louisville, Ky. 40217

Mary Queen of Peace: July 9th 4005 Dixie Hwy., Louisville, Ky. 40216

St. Ignatius Martyr: July 9th 1818 Rangeland Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40219

St. Aloysius Peewee Valley: July 16th 212 Mt. Mercy Dr. Pewee Valley, Ky. 40056

St. Agnes: July 15th-16th 1920 Newburg Rd., Louisville, KY 40205

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: July 15th-16th 903 Fairdale Rd., Fairdale, Ky. 40118

St. Michael: July 29th-30th 3705 Stone Lakes Dr., Louisville, Ky. 40299

St. Therese: July 29th-30th 1010 Schiller Ave., Louisville, Ky. 40204


St. Gabriel: August 5th – 6th 5505 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40291

St. Joe's: August 12th, 4-11pm and August 13th, noon - midnight. The 167th Annual Picnic!

Annunciation: 120 Main St., Shelbyville, Ky. 40065. Typically has a picnic in August. Call for details. 502-633-1547

St. Rita: August 11th-13th (August 11th is ride night) 8709 Preston Hwy., Louisville, Ky. 40219


St. Leonard: 440 Zorn Ave., Louisville, KY 40206. Typically has a picnic in September. Call for details. 502-897-2595.

Good Shepherd: September 10th 3511 Rudd Avenue, Louisville, Ky. 40212

Incarnation: September 10th 2229 Lower Hunters Trace, Louisville, Ky. 40216

St. Francis of Assisi: September 24th 1960 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40205

More information can be found here!

Know of another church picnic happening this Spring or Summer? Email Brandy@louisvillefamilyfun.com. 

By Guest Contributor: Kelly