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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Free Things to Do in and around Louisville in September 2016

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September 2nd - 5th: Celebrate World Fest at the Belvedere located at 5th Street and Main Street. WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 14th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education this Labor Day weekend.

September 5th: It’s time again for the Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike, & Paddle! Bring the entire family for this free, healthy hometown event. Various fitness demonstrations start the day including yoga, tai chi, zumba, pickleball, NIA 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.

September 9th and 10th: Middletown’s Family Fun Festival includes activities for the entire family! Booths, games, a parade, rides, kidz fun zone and entertainment offers fun for all!

September 10th- 11th: Art Fair at Mellwood will have Artists, a Children’s Art Tent, Music, Drinks, and Food! Free Admission and parking!

September 11th – 18th: Gaslight Festival includes a parade, car show, and workout series plus lots more!

September 17th: National Jug Band Jubilee will be held at the Brown-Foreman Amphitheater near the Big 4 Bridge. Free Admission and Free Parking and will include lots of fun music. Bring a chair and enjoy!

September 24th: Nulu Fest shuts down the street for a good 'ole block party, featuring local food, craft beer, awesome vendors, and live music on the big stage.

September 28th: Waterfront Wednesday will be held at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park, located next to the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge. Featuring Nada Surf, OJR and Howell Dawdy!

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Family Getaway to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN

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Dolly Parton is one of the most prolific and recognizable songwriters of all time. She was born in Sevierville, Tennessee, the fourth of twelve children. Instead of taking her success and moving away she stayed and invested in her community. Today she lives in Sevierville and has many investments in the surrounding community including Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Dollywood is the most visited ticketed attraction in Tennessee and Dolly Parton is the single biggest employer in Pigeon Forge.

Dollywood is not what you might expect. It’s part amusement park, part old-timey mountain town, and part museum all rolled into one. The newest roller coaster, The Lightning Rod, is a wooden coaster which shoots riders straight up the side of a mountain at 73 m.p.h. and then launches them over a cliff. Other coasters have names such as Tennessee Tornado and Barnstormer, and while their names may conjure up cutesy country images these coasters are quite serious.

 photo Dollywood 2_zpso0kmjz8d.jpgGuests can experience Dollywood any way they wish. You can visit Chasing Rainbows Museum and take in some shows around the park or you can ride some of the best thrill rides in the country. Rides have signs that clearly state the thrill level and what you can expect, so there don’t have to be any unwelcome surprises if you have a sensitive kid. We especially loved riding the Dollywood Express- a coal powered steam engine that winds through the park and into the hills.

My family received complimentary tickets to Dollywood in exchange for this review, but I can assure you we would have enjoyed it just as much if we had paid for admission. My husband and my eldest son went on the roller coasters multiple times, while my youngest and I tried out some of the less scary rides. We had lunch at Aunt Granny’s, an all you can eat buffet toward the front of the park named after Parton’s nickname given by her nieces and nephews. The fare included country cooking such as greens and fried chicken, but there was also a taco bar, salad bar, and dessert bar. There are tons of food choices throughout the park ranging from sit down meals to snack bars. One of the nicest things about this park is you can get a free cup of water at any of the snack bars that serve Coke.

 photo dollywood 3_zpsvkxm1a9w.jpgSince we were traveling with our dog we decided to take advantage of Doggywood- the boarding kennel at the main entrance of the park. It was so nice to not have to worry about our dog being back in our hotel room all day in her crate. Instead she was in a spacious kennel with plenty of water, a mat to lay on, and her favorite toy. We were responsible for walking her which was no big deal- we just went back every few hours and took her out and she was totally fine. It was so nice to have one less thing to worry about on our family vacation!

My family, including my fur baby, had a fabulous time at Dollywood. We spent 9 hours there and still didn’t get to experience all the park had to offer, so we are planning a return trip for Spring Break. The first thing I plan to hit on my next trip is the Chasing Rainbows Museum. After seeing the investment of love she has made in the community I can’t wait to learn more about her.

No matter what time of the year you go to Dollywood there is something fun going on. They have special programming for Christmas, a Southern Gospel and Harvest Festival, a Festival of Nations, and plenty of other seasonal events. The operation of some rides may be temporarily interrupted due to very cold temperatures, so it’s important to check the weather as well as the calendar before you go. Earlier this summer, Dollywood opened a "calming room" for guests with sensory issues or autism spectrum disorders. The room provides a place for overstimulated guests to recover from sensory overload. You can read more about it here.

By Guest Contributor: Maggie

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Week in Preview August 29th - September 1st

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Learn something new this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Take a trip to the Oldham County Historical Society for their History Hounds on Thursday, September 1st from 10-11am. Free! Check out our review for more information about this program!

Eat it: Tuesdays are Kid's Eat FREE at Mark's Feed Store! Head there for dinner, with purchase of an entree after 4pm.

Move it: Teach your kids a new game by taking them to Chickasaw Park for a game of horseshoes or Buechel Park to learn cricket! 

Learn it: At the Middletown Library it is Brown Bag Storytime on Thursday, September 1st. Bring a lunch and participate in enrichment activities that build early learning skills. This story,time features engaging books which are accompanied by a variety of activities including: songs, rhymes, art activities, and creative play. Ages 3-5, starts at 1pm.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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

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Enjoy an evening of U of L soccer - it's a double header.  For one ticket, you see two games. They will be unveiling a new playground, signing autographs, and will have pre-game "fan fest" type activities.  Check out all of the details here.

Peppa Pig is going to be at Learning Express in Middletown from 2-4pm.  The first dozen children will get a free gift bag.  Stop on by and get a photo with Peppa Pig.

What's your superpower?  Head to the Ali Center for a free event on Sunday from 1-5pm.  It's all about discovering your special powers and families have access to the entire museum. Craft, hands-on activities and more.  See details here.


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat about "Fit at 40" and lots of BRO stuff.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Exploring the site of Historical Rose Island Amusement Park in Charlestown, IN

 photo rose20island_zpsfkgnrsmu.jpgI grew up a river rat in a Prospect neighborhood called Cardinal Harbour. Everyone had boats and canoes, and some of my earliest memories were of going out on the sail boat on the weekends. As I got older I started hearing rumors about an amusement park right across the river from my neighborhood. You couldn’t go over there at the time because the land was owned by the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, but eventually the plant left and the land was given to Charlestown State Park.

About ten years ago a local man made a documentary about the place and the rumor mill fired back up. The documentary can be purchased locally at Schimpff's Confectionery. A friend canoed over there and took pictures- the swimming pool had become a rectangular pond but was still very visible. It was only accessible by boat until last fall, when Charlestown State Park put in a bridge, completed an archaeological survey, and opened it up to visitors.

 photo rose20island20Collage_zpsilpgdilu.jpgSince then it has been in the back of my mind to go find this place I had found so captivating. There’s almost no information online about how to get there, so we loaded up the car and went exploring. Even Google maps doesn’t work very well over there- we drove around the park for about 45 minutes before we finally found the trail head. To get there, you will need to set your GPS to Charlestown State Park. It costs $7 per car to get in typically, though the day we went there was no one there to collect the money and no drop box. I would imagine it’s seasonal. Take a right once you’re inside the park and look for the parking lot for trails 3 and 4. You will take trail 3 to trail 7, which will lead you across the new bridge and right into the Rose Island Amusement Park. The hike is mostly paved, but there is a 70 foot elevation drop, making the hike moderately difficult. You *could* take a stroller or wagon, though the steep hills and shear drops into deep water would certainly make me think twice, especially if your stroller doesn’t have a tether. This is not a hike for the very young or the very old or anyone out of shape. It’s probably over 3 miles with sections of very steep grade, so make sure you are well-prepared for it.

There are also no facilities in this park. I saw one outhouse/latrine while we were driving around for 45 minutes and picnic tables with a charcoal grill. Presumably there are restrooms in the camping area because I saw water towers, but there were none near the trail head. This place is out in the middle of nowhere, so take snacks and water and plan to carry your garbage out with you.

Once you hike a mile down a 70 foot elevation drop, you will cross 14 Mile Creek on a brand new bridge and be greeted by a replica of the old Rose Island Amusement Park sign, where you can read about the history of the park. David Rose opened the complex in 1923 with a hotel, swimming pool, wooden roller coaster, ferris wheel, and pony rides. It was a popular destination for people who lived in the area. You could come across a rope bridge on the Indiana side, take a ferry from the Northern part of Oldham County, or the steamboat Idlewild from Downtown Louisville (now the Belle of Louisville). There were cottages and hotel rooms for rent for guests who wanted to vacation there- the steamboat ride could take 2 hours each way. It was a popular place until the 1937 flood washed most of it away.

Today there are markers for the 1937 flood all over the site. There are signs throughout explaining different parts of the ruins, and hand-cranked speakers also help to tell the story. My kids really loved those. Once we made it down to the river bank and I pointed out grandpa’s house, the kids got really excited. They hadn’t understood where we were until they saw grandpa’s house across the river. “You mean I’m on the island I’ve always wanted to go to?!” my 8 year-old exclaimed. They were just as excited to explore this piece of local history as I was.

On the way back to the car we saw a juvenile snake on the road and a flock of enormous wild turkeys. Hiking out is much harder than hiking in because it’s such a steep grade. But it’s well worth the time to learn about this piece of local history that was almost completely lost to the 1937 flood.

By Guest Contributor: Maggie

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review of Zeggz Amazing Eggs on Lime Kiln Ln. in Louisville, KY

 photo 20160424_111434-1_zpspoercwfw.jpgMy family and I had the opportunity to check out the new Zeggz off 42 and Lime Kiln in the Holiday Manor area. I like this restaurant for several reasons. First, you order your food at the register and then pick an area to sit with your number displayed. You have your choice of counter, table, booth, or couch area. It's a great place or a large group because of ability to put together the tables at the top level of the restaurant, or the private dinning room on the bottom level.

There is a help yourself drink station on both levels for soda, tea, or coffee. Or you can order juice which the wait staff will bring to your table. I think it's nice to refill your drinks as needed, and grab that last to go refill before you leave!

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They serve breakfast and lunch food (7am - 2pm week days, 3pm weekends), and the food was delicious. They have a good selection, and pride themselves on their cage free brown eggs (which were delicious and cooked exactly how it asked!)

We ordered a cinnamon roll appetizer before our brunch which was fun to share (and necessary on a busy Sunday morning). We heard a couple tables complaining about the wait for their food, but my kids were happy with their kids menu sheets to draw on. Be sure to grab kids menus with activities from the half wall by the door!

I love that you can leave when you're ready - you've already paid and you don't do anything with your dishes. The tables were bused very quickly, and everything looked very clean. We're looking forward to going again soon!

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By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Week in Preview August 22nd-25th

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Music, baseball, and BBQ! This is going to be a great week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Take in a baseball game this week with the Louisville Bats! They play on Monday and Tuesday this week at 7:05pm each night. Find out more here and make sure to click on the promotion to see how you can save some money!

Eat it:Have dinner on Tuesday at Jucy's for some good BBQ! Kids eat free with adult purchase at dinner! Check out their website for more information!

Move it: Get moving at All About Kids for their Fun Zone! This is $8 per child and open 10am-2pm, Monday through Friday! Ages 5 and under only.

Learn it: Head over to the Highlands/Shelby Park Library on Monday for Jay Sand Presents All Around This World starting at 4pm. A unique global music and world cultures program that takes kids and their families on a worldwide tour using international songs, rhythms and movement. All ages. Click here for more details!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

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

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Head to the Louisville Zoo for movie night! As the summer winds down, the movies start earlier! Field opens at 6 p.m.; movie starts at sundown.  It's Minions and you'll get to meet and greet the Minions before the show. The Zoo Crew will provide free entertainment and snacks and other refreshments are available for purchase. Bring your own blankets/lawn chairs. This event is FREE to Zoo members and with Zoo admission which is just $5 per person after 5 p.m. for non-members.

There's a new business in town called "Turnip the Beet" (how cute it that?!?!?!) and they are having a grand opening.  Their business is all about cooking and kids LOVE cooking. They will have cupcakes to decorate, Popsicles to enjoy and popcorn to munch on. You'll have a chance to win free classes & take a selfies at their Chef Selfie station. Check it out here.

It's family fun at Louisville Bats - 2:05pm game and autographs before! Before the game, you can go down on the field to receive autographs from current Bats players and coaches starting at 12:45 pm and ending at 1:20 pm. Also, it's Kids Eat Free day (Kids 12 & younger All kids 12 & younger will receive a free kids meal) and there's an "Inflatable FunZone" too! Remember, on Sundays, kids run the bases after the game too!


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat about style (ha!) and favorite movies from when we were younger!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review of Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market in Louisville, KY

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Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is in Louisville!  If you’re looking for low grocery prices with a farmer’s market feel and quality, then Fresh Thyme is the store for you.  Fresh Thyme is located in St. Matthews at 4301 Shelbyville Road.

The layout is centered around a large fresh produce department.  Wait until you see the vibrant fruit and vegetable colors and low prices!  Many of the produce items are locally grown and organic and priced lower than many other grocery stores.  Double ad Wednesday offers customers two times the savings!  

 photo fresh20thyme20fruit_zpsekw6rznf.jpgThere’s plenty more to see around the produce section, but you’ll never feel too overwhelmed in the store.  Shoppers can find freshly flown-in seafood, hormone-free meat, natural beauty products, earth-friendly cleaning supplies, gluten and dairy-free options, alcohol and so many more natural food and product options.  Many of the items can be bought in bulk, too.  The store offers several product varieties and brands, setting itself apart from other natural food stores.

 photo fresh20thyme20almond20butter_zpstpopzv9a.jpgThe fragrant bakery goods, warm pizza and fresh sushi will all catch your eye and nose!  If you don’t want pizza or the salad bar, there is a large selection of ready-to-eat healthy meals in a variety of sizes.  You can pick something up for lunch for yourself or pick something up for the entire family for dinner.

Each Fresh Thyme store has a Giving Tree.  Every time you shop at Fresh Thyme you can visit the Giving Tree board to see which local organizations they’re supporting with in-kind donations and fundraising events.  At the grand-opening the store was already helping Dare to Care and local schools in the community.  You can pick up a donation request form in the store to request product donations for your local not-for-profit organization!

Check out Louisville’s newest grocery filled with fresh and natural choices and smiling faces!  Have fun making your own almond butter, let the kids weigh some fruit and push it around in one of the kid carts, splurge on some seriously fresh and the softest gummy bears you have ever tasted or pick up a delicious dinner for the family! Follow Fresh Thyme on Facebook for great deals and offers.

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle

Monday, August 15, 2016

Review of Disney's Pete's Dragon

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My family had the opportunity to see Pete's Dragon, a remake of a film from the late 1970s. This modernized live action version features an updated look, feel, and story line to create quite a different tale from the original, which was a live action/animation hybrid musical. It was great to have it as all live action and set decades ago, a nice change of pace and a chance to see how times were different then.

It has all of the ingredients of the Disney greats- adventure, mostly likeable characters you want to root for, sadness, danger, suspense, excitement, and a happy ending. There are several quite tense and sad moments that may frighten or upset some young children, and a handful of somewhat yucky moments, but neither takes away from the overall positive messages about valuing nature and other's feelings, friendship, family, the family you sometimes make for yourself, bravery, loyalty, honesty, perseverance, and in true Disney style- believing in magic.

The cinematography is just beautiful and the CG effects are so well integrated, especially considering it was in 3D, that you may even be able to temporarily forget the lovable gentle giant of a dragon isn't real. Having recently seen E.T. at home, we can't help but make some comparisons to that beloved classic and we are glad something with a similar feel and message has hit the screens again, albeit with a bit of Jungle Book style. This movie felt deeper than many family films with well-developed characters and relationships which gave us plenty we can talk about, while standing on its own as a grand fairy tale adventure everyone thoroughly enjoyed.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Week in Preview August 15th-18th

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Enjoy some summer while you still can!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: *******CANCELLED AS OF TUESDAY MORNING-THE SCHOOL ANNOUNCED CANCELLATION DUE TO IMPENDING STORMS******* On Tuesday, August 16th, the University of Louisville is having a Fan-Friendly Cardinals Summer Festival! University of Louisville coaches, student-athletes, spirit groups and athletic staff members will interact with UofL fans at 6 p.m. at Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille. IT'S FREE! Find out more here!

Eat it: More Cheese! Head over to Skyline Chili for 50% more cheese for no extra charge. Now through August 28, order a Sky-Way and you'll get 50% extra cheese on your regular or large Way! So come into your favorite neighborhood Skyline today and say "Make mine a Sky-Way!". Find your Skyline Chili here!

Move it: It's supposed to be rainy this week so get moving inside with some bowling. There are lots of options including: Main Event, Ken-Bowl Lanes, and Kingpin Lanes!

Learn it: Take a drive to Southern Indiana for a trip to the Falls of the Ohio State Park! The park features a spectacular Interpretive Center overlooking the fossil beds containing an exhibit gallery and video presentation! Check out our review here!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

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

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Don't let go of summer! Head out to Goshen for an outdoor movie - Zootopia.  Details here.  Movies start at dusk and they have concessions, bouncy house and free popcorn!

Oh my gosh, how cool is this? Planet Watch at Bernheim from 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm, totally cool opportunity for the big kids that can stay up that late. The Louisville Astronomical Society will be setting up powerful telescopes for your viewing pleasure. Bernheim Members $10; Non-Members $12 Registration and payment due by 4 p.m. Friday. Call (502) 955-8512. Space is limited. 

Why not try something different? Your Yoga on Bardstown Rd (near the Watterson) is hosting a Partner Yoga/ Acroyoga workshop for all ages and ability levels. It's a great activity for a parent and child!  It's from 12-2pm and includes snacks and beverages.  You LOVE snacks!  Register online by clicking here.  It's $24 for adults, $12 for kids - normally, their workshops are $35 so this is a great deal!


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat about mid-life crises and celebrating 40th birthdays. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review of Gymnastics Class at My Gym in Louisville, KY

 photo 0210161305_zpsfcxxfnvr.jpgMy four-year-old recently started taking gymnastics classes at My Gym Louisville in Middletown and we have found his new love!

These classes are really wonderful! They usually start out with a circle time where they sing a song, act silly, stretch and exercise, and play some games together. They then venture into individual activities centered around whatever the gym activity or skill is for that day. Then they break into two groups (usually the boys go together and the girls go together with another teacher) and they work on more individual instruction and skill building. After that portion, they take a break and are allowed to explore the gym while some music plays. They gather back together again after about 10 minutes of free play and do a group activity together and a story or puppet play or something else that Mr. Bill interacts along with the children. The entire class lasts about an hour.

Mr. Bill is a fantastic teacher!! I know from the past that many people who have gone through My Gym classes absolutely rave about him. We have found what everyone loves. He is so flexible, encouraging, silly and goofy and makes all the children feel at ease and comfortable at their level.

My guy is a VERY active one if I haven't mentioned that yet, and My Gym classes have helped him to really dive into himself and learn some methods for centering himself so to speak. I've found that since he exhibits some sensory processing habits, gymnastics really helps him focus and learn some more skills to help him pay more attention, sit still a little bit longer, listen to instruction and follow through, and give him the exercise he needs to really get the energy out. It has been a fantastic experience and a weekly gig we really look forward to each week.

My Gym Louisville offers many different class times and levels for children ranging from ages 6 months to 12 years. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information. Additionally, they offer Parent's Night Out options usually twice a month, Zumba for kids and adults, summer camps, and several open practice & play time in the huge gym and play area. Open practice and play is free for enrolled members but you don't have to be a member to check it out! It's $5 for non-members.

We have used the PNO (for children ages 16 months to 8 years old) twice and our little one absolutely loves it. It's $25 for four hours from 5pm-9pm on scheduled Friday evenings ($15 for second child, $5 for additional child). They get to play all they want, and they have pizza and juice for dinner while they are there. It's a blast, and my guy never wants to leave when it's time for pick-up! Again, you don't have to be a member of My Gym to use this option.

I highly recommend this option for gymnastics for little ones! The prices are reasonable and the staff is really great with kids. Your first class is free! They also offer birthday party options which are sure to be entertaining for all. They seem to offer specials and discounts all along so check it out or give them a call at 502-614-6001. My Gym Louisville is located at 11770 Shelbyville Road.

By guest contributor: Erin

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review of Stomping Grounds Coffee Co. in Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_2652_zpspf0bytbe.jpgA new coffee shop opened in Valley Station recently and when I had a break from work I took the opportunity to check it out. Stomping Grounds Coffee Co. is located at 10019 Dixie Hwy in the same shopping center as Little Caeser’s, not far from Valley High School. When I first arrived I was the only one there and tried out a Caramel Latte topped with homemade whipped cream. I had my seat of choice and decided on a comfy couch next to the vinyl record player which is available to use if you desired to pick an album. One of the owners stopped to chat with me until some more customers came in and told me about how excited he was about opening.
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Stomping Grounds has high top tables, comfy couches, and a smaller room that can be opened or closed. The smaller room has chairs, a small table for kids, and toys and books for kids (and adults) to explore. Some of the artwork on the walls was from PRP students and the owner said he would like to start having community events and attractions to get more involved with the students and families nearby.

Stomping Grounds Coffee Co. has loads of options to choose from and they are helpful when you are unsure of what you may want to try. Some of the offerings include Flavored Lattes, Cappuccino, The Bee Charmer, Mocha Shakes, and Chai Lattes. Kid’s choices include the Kid’s Steamer (banana, strawberry, and vanilla), hot chocolate, and cold milk. Stomping Grounds also has cookies and donuts that looked really good! They are open Monday-Thursday from 7am-7pm, Friday-Saturday from 7am-8pm, and Sunday from 8am-4pm. Follow them on Facebook for more information.

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Monday, August 8, 2016

Day Trips within 100 Miles of Louisville

Since the inception of this website, I have always said that one of Louisville's greatest attractions is not here. It is the fact that Louisville is so close to so many amazing places making living here so wonderful. No, we don't advocate leaving every single weekend but let's be honest - people love getting away and you can't always be jet-setting off on a fancy vacation.  So, the affordability of day-trip travel is wonderful. It's a perfect way to feel like you've done some special exploring without the burden of a big credit card bill.

Tune in as Dan & I discuss Day Trips within 100 Miles of Louisville. 

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Stephanie White and Dan Vonderheide talk about the wonders of parenthood, marriage, getting older, and all of the good (and bad) things that come along in middle age. Don’t be fooled by the title – it’s a fun and energetic show for all (grown up) ages! 


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Week in Preview August 8th-11th

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Walk or Blaze through some fun this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: It's back! Three games for $10 per person at Lazer Blaze through Tuesday, August 9th. Use the three for any of our great attractions, or three of the same one! Must be used by the same person and no rain checks! Remember, YOU MUST ask for this special! Find out more on their Facebook page.

Eat it: O'Charley's is the place for dinner this week (and until Labor Day)! All Day Everyday (August 1st - September 5th) kids eat FREE! One free kid's meal with the purchase of an adult entree.

Move it: Take advantage of the Walking Wednesdays at the Crescent Hill Reservoir this week before it stops for the season. Check out our review for more information!

Learn it: Join the Fairdale Library this week for their School Readiness Program on Monday from 11:00am-12:30pm. The Everyday Learning Collaborative will help caregivers learn how to plan activities that support school readiness, and show how learning happens everywhere, all the time. Registration required, ages 3-5. Find more here!

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: August 5,6,7

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Friday: Clarksville Parks is having a Touch-a-Truck and movie night at Gateway Park.  It's FREE!  The touch-a-truck event takes place in the parking lot and runs from 6-8pm.  At 8:45pm, they'll start "Hotel Transylvania 2" so bring your lawn chairs and blankets!  They'll also have a balloon artist, face painter, gaming truck and more - what fun!

For indoor fun, check out All About Kids - they have a Back to School Bash from 7-9pm!  It's free, donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters are encouraged. 

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It's the Splash & Dash 5K walk/run at The Parklands to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital.  After the super-fun 5K, they have a family zone full of activities - this isn't your typical 5k!!  It's $25 for adults, $10 for kids. Event details here.

It's also Pet Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.  This is a free event, bring your pup.  They also have educational opportunities to learn and interact with butterflies.

All About Kids is having another Back to School Bash at their Oldham County location - it's from 2-4pm. It's also free, with donations to Blessings in a Backpack encouraged. Have fun, help kids - win win!!

Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat with Chad Coulter from LouVino. And, we talk about other wise stuff, of course.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Walking Wednesdays at the Crescent Hill Reservoir in Louisville, KY

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Louisville has one of the oldest water treatment companies in the United States. Kentucky’s vast underground limestone aquifers provided easy access to fresh water via wells throughout the state, but they also aided the spread of diseases such as cholera and typhus. In the early 1800s Louisville was nicknamed “The Graveyard of the West” because of the widespread and deadly outbreaks that were occurring on a regular basis. The Louisville Water Company was founded in 1854 and the massive infrastructure that would bring safe drinking water to Louisville residents was completed 12 years later, helping Louisville to be completely free of cholera during the next major epidemic in 1873. A few years later in 1879 the Crescent Hill Reservoir opened to meet the growing demand for safe water. Ever since then it has been a Louisville tradition to enjoy a walk around the reservoir.

 photo IMGP5456_zpseokjghul.jpgToday you can see people walking and running around the Crescent Hill Reservoir at all times of the day and in all seasons of the year. It is particularly popular in the warmer months. During the summer the Louisville Water Company opens up the historic Gate House to visitors. There was a restoration project last year, so when it opened up for visitors in the spring of 2016 there were noticeable improvements, including higher hand rails on the staircases.

I took my kids last summer and they thought it was the coolest thing ever. It was a little scary taking them up the stairs with the hand rails at my hip level, so I was quite happy to see they were extended for safety. We always start with a lap around the reservoir to get some of their excess energy out, which is usually augmented by watching a train go by down below us- something you don’t get to see every day. In the gate house there are water coolers full of Louisville Pure Tap ice water and cups, which I found especially nice in the heat of July. They also have laminated schematic drawings of the gate house and surrounding facilities as well as docents who can tell you more about the history and architecture.

 photo IMGP5462_zpsrk9kzdra.jpg There’s not much inside the pump house other than pumping machinery, which is really interesting close up for kids who are interested in mechanical things. It’s always nice to get a different perspective on something you might be taking for granted, and it presents a great opportunity to explain the significance of water treatment history to kids who may be taking clean drinking water for granted.

The gate house is open to visitors one Wednesday a month through the end of the summer. The final two dates for Walking Wednesdays, the days the gate house will be open to the public, are August 10 and September 14, 11am-1pm and 5pm-8pm.

Click here to learn more about the Louisville Waterworks Museum.

By Guest Contributor: Maggie

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Review of Mark Payton's Glass Center in Louisville, KY

 photo 0276c2b6-d833-4615-8fe2-6f3d80695304_zpscw6kehvv.jpgWe decided to check out Mark Payton's Glass Center one Saturday for one of their Walk In Workshops. Payton's is located in the Glass Works building downtown right by the Louisville Slugger Museum. You don't have to make an appointment, you just show up and create! We arrived shortly after 10am when they opened, and selected various sized suncatchers to decorate (they advertised projects as cheap as $14). The employee brought us over to one of the tables (you stand while you work) and reviewed the tools, instructions, and types of glass materials. Basically, they give you a clear piece of glass as your base, and you can decorate it however you want.

 photo 20160130_122208_zpsqyjybe7n.jpgYou must be at least 12 years old to cut and shape the glass, but you can use decorative glass products that don't need to be cut, or share a project with your kids, and let them design while you do the cutting. There are tons of supplies, and endless possibilities to create. You leave the projects there to be fired, and pick them back up another day (how soon they are ready depends on when they fire them which can vary).

 photo 20160130_120932_zpsrsc0xfbv.jpgThere is a cute cafe right across the hall where you can relax and buy a snack or light lunch after you are done with your project We stopped there after making the projects, and again when we picked them up - it's a great atmosphere with cute sitting areas and lots of glass projects to view while you eat!

It was a great time, and we're looking forward to heading back and making more glass projects again soon. I'd especially recommend it for cold or rainy weather, or handmade gifts for parents and grandparents!

 photo d94d85fc-55e2-42d9-8790-0a5cfda4e001_zpswtjqprrr.jpgJust a few words of warning:
-You are working with glass and cuts happen. They supply band aids.
-The workshop is also a store full of breakable items at all heights and easily in reach.
-It can get pricey, so I recommend asking the employee to point out a price range of objects to choose from.
-You must be 12 years old to cut the glass.
-Bring quarters or credit card for the meter parking right outside their building (they say it takes at least an hour and a half for a basic glass project - my daughter and I needed 2 hours to complete her suncatcher).

By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Monday, August 1, 2016

Free Things to Do in August 2016 around Louisville, KY

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Free Cultural Passes are valid through August 6th! Use the first week of the month to try out a new venue or two!

August 5th- All About Kids (*Louisville Location) Back-To-School Bash- Free open gym and swim from 7-9pm. 100% of donations collected at the door will go to Big Brothers and Big Sisters!

August 5th - Touch-a-Truck fun at Gateway Park (and movie night!!) It all starts at 6pm and it's free.

August 6th- Make a skateboard pencil box at the Home Depot Kids Workshop, 9am-12pm.

August 6th- Pet Day & Butterfly Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, 10am - 2pm.

August 7th- All About Kids (*Oldham Location) Back-To-School Bash- Free open gym and swim from 7-9pm. 100% of donations collected at the door will go to Big Brothers and Big Sisters!

August 12th- FridayFest at Highview Park- Local live music, local food trucks and community socializing.

August 27th- Seven Sense Festival (*Charitable event for Boys & Girls Haven)
Live music, including 40 bands, craft breweries, food trucks, and arts & crafts vendors.

It's not too late to enjoy a free outdoor summer movie!

- 8/5 - Hotel Transylvania at Gateway Park in Clarksville. Begins at 8:30pm.
- 8/6 - Inside Out at Jefferson RiverStage. Open at 7:30pm. Movie at dusk.
- 8/12 - Zootopia at Christ Church at Goshen. Concessions open at 7pm, movie at dusk.
- 8/13 - Aladdin at Jefferson RiverStage. Open at 7:30pm. Movie at dusk.
- 8/19 - Zootopia at Norton Commons Town Center. Movie at dusk.
- 8/20 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 at Jefferson RiverStage. Open at 7:30pm. Movie at dusk.
- 8/27 - Shaun the Sheep at Jefferson RiverStage. Open at 7:30pm. Movie at dusk.

There are also some fun church picnics this month.

- August 5th & 6th– St. Gabriel
- August 11th - 13th– St. Rita (*August 11th is ride night)
- August 12th & 13th (Fri 5-10pm, Sat noon-midnight) – 167th Annual St. Joseph Children’s Home Picnic. This is Kentucky’s largest picnic!

Too hot? Check out the August Calendar on Louisville’s Free Public Library site to find a long list of free events and activities to help beat the heat!

By Guest Contributor: Karen